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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 24, 2018

In this ep of That Book Club Hannah and Michael take your sci-fi recs, infiltrate Hudson News, and investigate an alarming new trend: presidential fanfic.

Books mentioned

Dan Simmons, Hyperion; Kim Stanley Robinson, Mars Trilogy; James S. A. Corey, The Expanse; Anne McCaffery, Dragonflight; Pierce Brown, Red Rising Trilogy; Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain; Philip K. Dick, Minority Report; Ira Levin, This Perfect Day; Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time; Andrew Shaffer, Hope Never Dies; Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President is Missing; Elif Batuman, The Idiot

Articles mentioned

Anthony Lane’s review of The President is Missing, and New Republic review here.

Obama/Biden fanfic Hope Never Dies

Time Up on Bill

More on James Patterson’s Bookshots [shudder]