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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 31, 2018

Michael and Hannah visit the fourteenth century with Anya Seton’s 1954 historical romance Katherine. Hannah, our resident medievalist, gets hot about the Middle Ages, and Michael gets quizzed on saints’ gnarly iconography.

Books mentioned: Rose Tremain, Music and Silence; Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend;...


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...


Jul 17, 2018

Michael and Hannah read the melancholy post-Vietnam novel The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, and Michael schools Hannah on the wild world of science fiction. Along the way, they agree Hemingway was an a**hole and, as usual, check in about what they’ve been reading in their free time.

Books mentioned: David Lodge,


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...


Jul 3, 2018

A look at Oprah’s first ever pick for her book club, The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard (1996). Hannah and Michael discuss Queen Michelle Pfeiffer, terrible theme restaurants, and why people hate bad moms.

Books mentioned: David Lodge, Small World

Movie mentioned:  Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

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