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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).

Apr 14, 2020

Hannah and Michael shelter in place! We have a dramatic reading from friend of the pod Danielle Steel, a brief stop at W.H Auden’s messy apartment and finally lots & lots of book talk--what (and how!) we’re reading in these troubled times.

ICONIC Danielle Steel interview in the NY Post.

Auden was a slob.

Smitten Kitchen will save us all.

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Books mentioned: Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy; Najmieh Batmanglij, New Food of Life; Ken Forkish, Flour Water Salt Yeast; Liu Cixin, The Three Body Problem; Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here; E.M. Forster, Howard’s End; Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White; Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient; Joe Hill, N0s4a2; Paul Tremblay, A Head Full of Ghosts; Henry James, Washington Square; Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; Hilary Mantel, The Mirror and the Light; Scarlett Thomas, Oligarchy & The Seed Collectors.