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TB6: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Michael and Hannah discuss how confusing spy movies are, take a stroll on the other side of the iron curtain, and tip their hats to grifters and their nutso schemes before turning to the MANY other things they are reading this week. Books mentioned: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those who Leave and Those who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child; Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary; Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair; Alan Hollinghurst, The...


That Book Club: Ursula Tackles the Stackle!

Michael and Hannah take your feedback about wild saints and debut their new segment “Tackle the Stackle” with reading tips from listeners. Books mentioned: George Orwell, 1984; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hound of the Baskervilles; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend; George Eliot, Middlemarch; William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair Images mentioned: John the Baptist Moses Ursula Friend us on Goodreads. And write in at


TB5: Katherine

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; Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice; Provenance. Saints mentioned: St Michael; St George; St Jerome; St Sebastian; St Peter Martyr; St Stephen; St Dennis; St Agatha; St Lucy; St...


That Book Club: Sci-fi! Presidential Fanfic!

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 Trilogy; Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain; Philip K. Dick, Minority Report; Ira Levin, This Perfect Day; Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time; Andrew Shaffer, Hope Never...


TB4: Military Sci-Fi

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, Nice Work; Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur; Sebastian Barry, Days without End; The Secret Scripture. Article mentioned: This Australian Biohacker, a super chill and normal...


That Book Club: Samurais! Whale Taxonomies! Totes!

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 listeners for their extraordinary feedback! To give your feedback, write or leave a voice memo at Friend us on Goodreads. And find us @thatbookpod on all social...


TB3: OG Oprah

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) Find us on Goodreads! Write in!


TB2: Danielle Steel

Hannah and Michael dive into Danielle Steel’s fugue state, discussing her wild life, digging into her 1987 multigenerational novel Kaleidoscope, and surveying the weirdly prudish Steel oeuvre. They also chat about what else they're reading. Books mentioned: Melissa Clark, Dinner in an Instant; Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach; Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad; David Lodge, Changing Places; Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Movie mentioned: Kaleidoscope...


TB1: Jack Reacher

Inaugural episode! Hannah and Michael dive into Lee Child’s best selling Jack Reacher series, tackling different books: Killing Floor and Echo Burning. They try to decide on the world’s most boring crime, encounter lawyers who make surprising fashion choices, and take a wild ride through Reacher’s universe of dude justice. They also dig into their “White Whale” books--books they’re always chasing and can’t quite catch up to--and talk about what else they’re reading. Books mentioned: Moby...