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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).

Nov 13, 2018

Hannah and Michael discuss Brenda Jackson, romance author extraordinaire.  Along the way they address a blind spot, wade through some wild romance subgenres, and discover new innovations in kissing.

This ep owes a huge debt to Phoebe Judge’s This is Love podcast. Check it out!

Books mentioned: Delaney's Desert Sheikh...

Nov 6, 2018

We check in with Nelson DeMille, proud writer of mega-thrillers and prouder member of Mensa.  Hear all about his faux-Tudor manse and learn what his (second) favorite cuisine is! Oh yeah, we read a couple of his books, too.  

Mentioned in this episode:

Nelson Demille’s Writing Process and his Tudor Castle.


Oct 30, 2018

And we're BACK for season two and for Halloween! We talk Anne Rice, author of The Vampire Chronicles and so, so, so much else. Find out what she’s reviewing on Amazon, get her writing advice, and learn way more about her kinks than you ever wanted or needed to! Plus, Hannah creeps out Michael with a truly chew-tacular...

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...

Aug 28, 2018

Your resident readers tackle Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora, try to figure out wtf LARPing is, and investigate a national crisis: the epidemic of unfinished fantasy series. We’re looking at you, George R. R. Martin and Pat Rothfuss! Plus, a visit to Dune with a pit stop in the bloody battlefield known as romance...