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That Book is your guide to terrible good books and good terrible books.  You know that book: the one you see everyone reading on the subway, the one gathering dust on your stepmom’s nightstand, and the one that the library has twenty untouched copies of. Hosted by Hannah Weaver and Michael Goldsmith, readers with high expectations and low standards.  

By day, Hannah is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. By night, she can be found making a mess of the kitchen, insisting on taking a walk, and reading schmaltzy paperbacks from the public library. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.

Michael is an actor living in Brooklyn. Maybe you've seen him die horribly on shows like Doctor Who and Gotham, but he's mostly a theatre guy--having performed in London, NYC and across the US in all kinds of plays that aren't musicals. He blames books for everything good in his life (knowledge, etc.) and everything bad (bouts with childhood obesity).

Jul 10, 2018

Michael and Hannah take listener feedback about their first three episodes! They hear from Jack Reacher fans, get tips on how to finally tackle Moby Dick, and compare Tony and Tina’s to the Italian Wedding in the Old Neighborhood. They also introduce a new segment, “I Did It for the Tote.” Thanks to all our listeners for their extraordinary feedback!

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Books mentioned: The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard; the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child; the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly; Moby Dick; the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris; Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin, The Idiot by Elif Batuman.

Article discussed: Japan's Rent-a-Family Industry by Elif Batuman (New Yorker)

Song Discussed: Born under a Bad Sign by Albert King