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Our year-end survey. What the hell did we read in 2021??? Books mentioned: Run, Don’t Walk: The Listening House, Mabel Seeley; Hidden Valley Road, Robert Kolker; Piranesi, Susanna Clarke; Intimacies, Katie Kitamura; Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck; Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee; Thumbs Up: The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz; The Copenhagen Trilogy, Tove Dit…
 
RIP Eve Babitz. Here's our episode on her from September 2020. Books mentioned: Eve’s Hollywood, Slow Days Fast Company, Sex & Rage, L.A. Woman, I Used to Be Charming, Eve Babitz; Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A, Lili Anolik; Catch-22, Joseph Heller; The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West; Play It as It Lays, Joan Didion; E…
 
Re-releasing this episode in tribute to our vampire queen! RIP, Anne. Books mentioned: The Witching Hour and Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice; Dracula by Bram Stoker. Of interest: Amazon reviews, Guardian Q & A, Anne’s Youtube Channel, Anne’s opinion on editors. Email us at thatbookpod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to friend us on Goodreads and follow us o…
 
In Part 2 of our Rand investigation (our season finale!), we visit Galt’s Gulch and figure out what the deal is with Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. What's Ayn Rand’s favorite color??? Go on, guess. Resources: Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Anne C. Heller, Ayn Rand and the World She Made (2009) Jennifer Burns, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the …
 
In part one of our (first ever!) two-episode investigation, we tackle the surprisingly irrational life of Ayn Rand, the polarizing capitalist whose legal name was Alice O’Connor, and who was born Alissa Zionvievna Rosenbaum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. What. A. Ride. Resources: Anne C. Heller, Ayn Rand and the World She Made (2009) Jennifer Burns, …
 
The man who launched a thousand screams and his alter-ego who launched a thousand "wait, who?"s. It’s Stephen King/Richard Bachman day! Happy scary season, everyone! King books mentioned: On Writing, The Shining, Carrie, Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, Misery. Bachman books mentioned: The Long Walk, The Regulators.…
 
A dive into the hiveminds behind Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. We raise questions like: what do The Hardy Boys eat? Does Nancy = feminism? And what counts as a clue? Resources: Nancy Drew’s Father, The New Yorker, Meghan O’Rourke Rewriting the Past in Children's Literature: The Hardy Boys an Other Series, Robert L. Crawford (academic article) Book…
 
One of the most extraordinary pen name tales. Sci-fi savant James Tiptree Jr. had accolades, admirers and many, many pen pals. Problem was, he didn't exist. James Tiptree Jr. stories discussed in this episode: The Last Flight of Dr. Ain The Women Men Don’t See Books mentioned: James Tiptree Jr., Her Smoke Rose Up Forever Julie Phillips, James Tiptr…
 
Our Pseudonym Season kicks off with a look into political miracle-worker Stacey Abrams' other life as romance author Selena Montgomery. Books Mentioned: Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps. Selena Montgomery, Secrets and Lies; Deception. Robert Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Callista Gingrich, Sweet Land of Liberty. Next week’s James Tiptree Jr…
 
Michael and Hannah gossip about books + preview their upcoming Pseudonym Season! We’re thrilled to be back in your ears! Articles and newsletters mentioned: Hermans and Le Carré (The Guardian) The Great Gatsby Glut (NYT) Read Like the Wind (Vulture) The State of the Literary Jonathans (Vanity Fair) Books mentioned: John Le Carré, The Spy Who Came i…
 
What we read in this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Books: The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett; Field Work, Mischa Berlinski; I Remember You, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir; Kindred, Octavia Butler; The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton; This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Cleanness, Garth Greenwell; The …
 
Some classic segments today! A brief season wrap-up leads into a To the WHAThouse?!?™️ on Aeschylus’s The Oresteia and Michael’s (too) early introduction to it. Then a Tackle That Stackle™️hack for your e-reader. Then What Hannah is Actually Reading™️ and what Michael isn’t, because he’s a deadbeat. Books mentioned: Aeschylus, The Oresteia; Brit Be…
 
In our final episode of the season, we’re in New York City with one of the greats, Edith Wharton and her novel The Custom of the Country. We talk being frenemies with Henry James, half-assed ghosts, and why TCotC is a straight-up bop. Books Mentioned: Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, The Reef; Hermione Lee, Edith Wharton. Resources: Dearest Edith (1929 …
 
Just as the sun shines on that temperate den of vice known as Los Angeles, we shine our (private) eye(s) on noir fiction set in L.A., with authors James M. Cain and Walter Mosley. Taking bets on which one of us takes this as their cue to do a 10-minute monologue on Barbara Stanwyck. Books mentioned: James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Do…
 
Y’all might have to down some redbull (+ vodka) to keep up with vanilla suit connoisseur Tom Wolfe and his eighties brick, The Bonfire of the Vanities. It is, let’s say, equal parts energetic and problematic. We get into why, then do a juicy dive on the misguided movie adaptation starring, bewilderingly, Tom Hanks. Books mentioned: The Electric Koo…
 
Inspired by this New York Times interview by Lindsay Mannering, we dive headfirst into Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book. Join us as we travel back in time to the early aughts, when jean waistlines were low, cargo pants were plentiful, and Jessica reigned supreme (behind Britney and Xtina). Further Reading: Open Book reviews: New Yorker, LA Times,…
 
If you don’t love our pod, how in the *hell* are you gonna love somebody else? ...Did we get that right??? Queen, multi-hyphenate, fracker: RuPaul André Charles does it all in today’s ep. Can we get an amen?? Books Mentioned: Lettin’ it All Hang Out, Workin' It: RuPaul's Guide to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Style, GuRu, all by RuPaul. Resources…
 
This week: uber L.A. woman Eve Babitz. How do you talk about a woman who knew everyone and did everything there is to do?? We give it a shot--covering her life, her work, and her recent revival on #bookstagram. Books mentioned: Eve’s Hollywood, Slow Days Fast Company, Sex & Rage, L.A. Woman, I Used to Be Charming, Eve Babitz; Hollywood's Eve: Eve B…
 
Hannah and Michael travel back to early 20th-century New York and learn about two so-called “forgotten women” of the Harlem Renaissance. This one’s a remedial education! Books Mentioned: Passing, Nella Larsen; Plum Bun, Jessie Redmon Fauset; The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson; Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston; The Vanishing …
 
We kick off our bicoastal NY/LA season with Judith Krantz’s genre-defining 1978 novel Scruples. WARNING: not for the kiddos! Judith had a filthy mind, so this ep is definitely NC-17. Judith Obits: NYT, The Guardian, Economist, Bloomberg. Clive James review in the LRB. Clips: 80s miniseries, ABC Pilot Trailer. Books mentioned: Rita Felsky, Doing Tim…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes before the premiere of our Bicoastal Season on September 1st. This season is all about books set in New York and LA, and we can't wait to share it with you! Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this gem from our Meryl Streep season on The Bridges of Madison County, a true That Book™️. It’s over the covere…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes before the premiere of our Bicoastal Season on September 1st. This season is all about books set in New York and LA, and we can't wait to share it with you! Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this ep from 2018 about one of the best-selling (and kookiest) authors of all time, Dame Barbara Cartland. Micha…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes before the premiere of our Bicoastal Season on September 1st. This season is all about books set in New York and LA and we can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this oldie from 2018 about the queen of Black romance, Brenda Jackson. Hannah and Michael discuss Brenda Ja…
 
Black Lives Matter. How we’re going to do better. Plus books by black authors we’re excited to read. Books mentioned: Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half Brandon Taylor, Real Life Claude McKay, Romance in Marseille James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room Octavia Butler, Kindred Samuel R. Delany, The Einstein Inter…
 
Updates on everything everyone’s reading (and NOT reading, side-eye straight to Thrift Books) in lockdown. Bookshop.org Thriftbooks.com Trailer for The Pieces I Am, Toni Morrison documentary. Peter Ackroyd's Venice on Audible, narrated by Simon Vance Books mentioned: The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling; His Dark Materials Trilogy, Philip Pullman;…
 
Hannah and Michael shelter in place! We have a dramatic reading from friend of the pod Danielle Steel, a brief stop at W.H Auden’s messy apartment and finally lots & lots of book talk--what (and how!) we’re reading in these troubled times. ICONIC Danielle Steel interview in the NY Post. Auden was a slob. Smitten Kitchen will save us all. Thrift Boo…
 
Our annual roundup of all the books we read in 2019! We share number of books read (Hannah smokes us all, of course), give out awards, and look ahead to 2020. Links: NYT 100 Notable books for 2019 Patricia Lockwood on John Updike Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwenyth Paltrow/Goop Books mentioned: Furious Hours, Casey Cep; The Topeka School, Ben Lerner; …
 
Hannah owns Michael so hard he writes this from beyond the grave. Plus, catching up with old friends and old enemies. Resources: NYT Profile, Robert Caro The Goldfinch tanks Susan Orlean on The Real Real Jia Tolentino on Outdoor Voices and The New Me by Hallie Butler Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian on Jack Reacher Books mentioned: Robert (and Ina…
 
A TBC stuffed full of treats: 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. Resources: NYT on Dave Pelzer Thatcher Wine, book curator to the *stahs* Meryl as star signs. Email us at thatbookpod@gmail.com. Friend us on Goodreads and follow us…
 
In our final full ep of the Meryl Season™ we follow Our Lady of the Pod to Monterey, CA, where she’s doing the most on Big Little Lies. But before we get there we discuss “Chick Lit” (or should we say "beach reads"?) and do a quick stopover in Australia to visit the works and (extremely boring) life of Liane Moriarty. Books mentioned: Liane Moriart…
 
Michael and Hannah take on Hollywood’s cash cow: kid lit! Plus, they take a look at what to do with problematic faves and a deep dive on “boarding” Hollywood stars into movies. Books Mentioned: Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox; Matilda; The Witches; Boy Lois Lowry, The Giver; Chasing Blue Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events Resources: On Ro…
 
This week we take a ride through the glorious brain of Carrie Fisher: princess of Hollywood, funny person, crank. Meryl played a Carrie-ish person an adaptation of her novel, Postcards from the Edge. Resources for this episode: Carrie’s interviews: on Good Morning America, Fresh Air. Carrie’s house. Clip of Meryl being a genius. Postcard From the E…
 
Into the swamp with Meryl we go to discuss Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief and its wild adaptation, um, Adaptation. We talk Florida Lit, Florida Men, and authors with money. Books/Authors Mentioned: Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief; Rin Tin Tin, The Library Book; Carl Hiassen; Karen Russell, Swamplandia; Jeff Van Der Meer, Area X Trilogy Movies: Char…
 
Inspired by the 1998 Meryl Streep weepie, One True Thing, Hannah and Michael cough gently into their handkerchiefs and discuss the “Sick Lit” phenomenon, spearheaded by Lurlene McDaniel and her 70+ books about children dying. Books mentioned: Lurlene McDaniel, Six Months to Live, Don’t Die, My Love, Somewhere Between Life and Death; Dave Pelzer, A …
 
Hannah and Michael talk about the UK’s answer to Thomas Kinkade, moving with books, and hot takes on literature. Resources: 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 Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach Edith Wha…
 
Michael and Hannah hang with Meryl in Lyme Regis in the 1981 adaptation of John Fowles’s 1969 The French Lieutenant’s Woman. We are remarkable people! Books mentioned: John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Collector, The Maggot; Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea; A.S. Byatt, Possession; Michael Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White Resources:…
 
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