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TB14: Mesdames & Mitfords

Stamp our passports because we are in VERSAILLES this week talking about Nancy Mitford’s Madame de Pompadour! We’ve got crazy court rules, a charming mistress, wild English sisters, and a few too many Nazis. Join us! Books mentioned: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massey; Cleopatra: A Life, Stacey Schiff; Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Siegfried Sassoon; The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford; Hons and Rebels, The American Way of Death, Jessica...


TB13: Traveling Through the Vacuum as a Spore

Hannah time travels to her youth and Michael teleports to Pern to discuss Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight, the first book in the seminal Dragonriders of Pern series. Links: Anne interview for the BBC; the best place on Earth i.e. Enya’s castle; Anne being sweet with fans; Real Estate Corner! Books Mentioned: Anne McCaffrey, Dragonflight; Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game; Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon; Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation; Naomi Alderman, The Power. Email...


TBC: The Hamburgers of Lake Saranac

Hannah and Michael check in with listeners at the halfway point of Season 2. Plus: pretentious newsletters, nutso e-books, and the latest in Jack Reacher's large-handed quest to be on a screen near you.


TB12: Do You Hear the Cedars Ring???

Boy oh boy, we go deep on Anastasia, the first book in the Ringing Cedars series by Vladimir Megre. Is it a Russian cult? A ponzi scheme? An elaborate prank on us, your sweet and unsuspecting hosts? All we know for sure is that this sh*t is f*cking insane. Wake up and smell the cedars, people, this is a wild ride. Links: Video on homesteading, Vladimir explains Anastasia, more about homesteading. Books mentioned: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl; Dan Brown, Angles and Demons; Donna Tartt, The...


TB11: When a Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss

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 and The Savvy Sistahs by Brenda Jackson, Calypso by David Sedaris, The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Leguin, The City & the City by China Miéville. Give us a shout at...


TB10: Sex on a Horse

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. McMansion Hell Books mentioned: Nelson DeMille Gold Coast and The Charm School; Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping; Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus; Barbara...


TB9: Anne Rice

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 game. 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,...


Season Two Preview!

A sneak peak of Season Two, coming to your ears October 30.


TBC: Barbara, Bitcoins, and Boatboys, Oh My!

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. Sources: Book Stuffing Barbara’s Singing Killer Romance Bitcoin-bodice-rippers-are-romances-most-sizzling-new-subgenre Article about blockchains that we'll never read Email us at Don’t forget to friend us on Goodreads and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


TB8: Dame Barbara Cartland

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 of Hearts and The Ghost Who Fell in Love by Barbara Cartland. The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki...


TBC: Hannah Knows Magic

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. Magic: The Gathering articles: New Yorker, Hazlit. Friend us on Goodreads! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and email us at


TB7: Dude, Where's My Threquel?

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 author Twitter. Books mentioned: Naomi Novik, Uprooted, His Majesty’s Dragon; Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear; Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time...


TBC: To the WHAThouse?!?

Michael and Hannah face their fears and watch a spy movie (sure they’ve read the book, but baby steps!). Plus, a new segment suggested by a listener! Article mentioned: Le Carré, “The Spy Who Liked Me” Follow along with Mrs. Dalloway here. And everyone watch this extraordinary film. Email us at And! Don’t forget to friend us on Goodreads and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


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!