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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).

Sep 18, 2018

In this, the final ep of Season One, your faithful guides return to patron saint Barbara, explore fringe wings of romance writing (Bitcoin???), and enjoy a Dispatch from Hudson News.


Book Stuffing

Barbara’s Singing

Killer Romance



Sep 11, 2018

Michael and Hannah unpack pink misogynist Dame Barbara Cartland’s...prodigious output, wading their way through her daughter’s voluminous hair, plagiarism charges, and her deep deep deep hatred of her fellow women.  They also talk about what else their reading, aspirationally or otherwise.

Books mentioned.  A Hazard...

Sep 4, 2018

In this ep of That Book Club Hannah and Michael take your feedback, give an update on all the Cocky™ copyright drama, and wish Magic: the Gathering a happy and healthy 25th birthday (get ready for that quarter-life crisis!).

Background on Cocky drama here.  Specifics about the court case here.

Faleena’s mea culpa