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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 23, 2019

We’re back for another chatty interlude! Michael and Hannah discuss rich authors, romance, real estate, and reading lists.


Books mentioned:

Jessica Knoll, The Luckiest Girl Alive

Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Harlan Coben, Tell No One

Elizabeth McCracken, Bowlaway

Kate Atkinson, Transcription

Tara Westover, Educated

Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Date

Joan Didion, A Book of Common Prayer

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

Ramin Setoodeh, Ladies Who Punch

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Robert Caro, The Power Broker


… phew!



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