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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).

Oct 22, 2019

Hannah owns Michael so hard he writes this from beyond the grave. Plus, catching up with old friends and old enemies.


Sep 3, 2019

A TBC stuffed full of treats here: NYT Bestseller List grifting, a “book curator” to the rich and Goopy, and a roundup of our epic Meryl Season™ including a shocking confession from Hannah.



NYT on Dave Pelzer

Thatcher Wine, book curator to the *stahs*

Meryl as star signs

Jul 23, 2019

Hannah and Michael talk about the UK’s answer to Thomas Kinkade, moving with books, and hot takes on literature.


Jack Vettriano Profile in the Independent (2010)

NYPL List of New York Books

Hot Takes Thread

Books mentioned:

Robert Caro, The Power Broker

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Ben Lerner, 10:04

May 21, 2019

Hannah and Michael talk Kalamazoo, old fav Danielle Steel, political book scandals, and the books on offer at the hairport.

Books Mentioned:

The Mueller Report

Melissa Caruso, The Tethered Mage

Gary Sinise, Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends; Normal People

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,