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TBC: Meryl-ly We Roll Along

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. Resources: NYT on Dave Pelzer Thatcher Wine, book curator to the *stahs* Meryl as star signs.


Meryl 10: Big Little Lies

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 Moriarty: Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies; Judith Krantz, Scruples; Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary; Catherine...


Meryl 9: Kid Lit

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 Roald Dahl: New Yorker, BBC. On Fantastic Mr Fox On The Giver: Lowis Lowry 1, Lois Lowry 2, on T Swift. On boarding. Email us at...


Meryl 8: Postcards from the Edge

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: onGood Morning America, Fresh Air. Carrie’s house.Clip of Meryl being agenius.Postcard From the Edgetrailer. Email us Friend us on Goodreadsand follow us onInstagram,Twitter, andFacebook.


Meryl 7: The Orchid Thief/Adaptation

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: Charlie Kaufmann/Spike Jonze: Adaptation Resources: Susan Orlean’s Website | Marriage | Hudson Valley Home | LA Home 1 | LA Home 2 | NY Times...


Meryl 6: Sick Lit

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 Child Called It; John Green, The Fault in Our Stars; Jodi Picoult (Judy Picaloo), My Sister’s Keeper. Resources: Lurlene Youtube Channel, inc....


TBC: Are You There Goodreads? It's Me, Bill Gates.

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 Wharton, House of Mirth; Age of Innocence; Custom of the Country John Steinbeck, East of Eden Umberto Eco, The Name of the...


Meryl 5: The French Lieutenant’s Woman

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: NYT John Fowles obit Months of Meryl. Roger Ebert’s rave. Meryl on her performance.


Meryl 4: Nora Ephron's Heartburn

Michael and Hannah dive into Nora Ephron’s Heartburn and learn that Nora knows what to do. Also: Lillian Hellman remains the worst, Mandy Patinkin gets screwed, and Carly Simon goes wild. Nora on her apartment and her cookbook crushes. Heartburn Clips here and here. The cover of Michael’s copy of Heartburn. Books mentioned: Heartburn, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, Nora Ephron; How to be a Jewish Mother, Dan...


Meryl 3: The Devil Wears Prada

In this installment of #TheMerylSeason, Michael and Hannah tackle Lauren Weisburger’s The Devil Wears Prada and its sequels, and try desperately to master Meryl’s iconic affect in the eponymous movie. Plus, a quiz! Research Links: On Lauren Weisburger: here On The Devil Wears Prada (book): here. On The Devil Wears Prada (movie): here. The bag made of hay. Email us at Friend us on Goodreads and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Meryl 2: The Bridges of Madison County

It’s over the covered bridge to Madison County, Iowa, the setting for Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County and its (spoiler) exponentially better film adaptation. We cover (ha) tie-in fragrances, Waller’s, um, musical career, and the one and only Painter of Light™, all while paying respects to Our Lady of the Pod, Meryl. Resources: Waller interview, background on BoMC, Meryl interview, Anthony Lane on the book, Frank Rich on the book, the La-Z-Boy from...heaven(?),...


Meryl 1: Julie & Julia & Julia

Hannah and Michael kick off THE MERYL SEASON with an investigation into Meryl Streep’s first appearance on the silver screen, Julia (1977), an adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s memoir Pentimento, and her much later turn as Julia Child in Julie & Julia, an adaptation of Child’s My Life in France and Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia. Resources for this episode: Meryl on Jane Fonda (worth watching!) You, too, can read Elyse Sewell’s blog! Julia sans Julie Books mentioned: Lillian Hellman,...


TBC: Desks of the Rich and Famous

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 Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation Bridget Collins, The Binding Pierce Brown, Red Rising Trilogy Ramin Setoodeh, Ladies Who...


TBC Unplugged: Tortured Whale Metaphors

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, Educated Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Date Joan Didion, A Book of Common Prayer Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts Ramin Setoodeh, Ladies Who...


TBC Unplugged: Planes, Trains and...Pamela?

Your faithful hosts pop in to talk travel hacks and why it’s worth traveling to eighteenth-century England. Plus, a dip into what we’re actually reading! Books mentioned: Marlon James,Black Leopard, Red WolfSamuel Richardson,PamelaBram Stoker,DraculaMary Shelley,FrankensteinSaul Bellow,HerzogChoderlos de Laclos,Les Liaisons Dangereuses / Dangerous LiaisonsHenry Fielding,Tom JonesandShamelaJane Austen,Lady Susan(and the movieLove and Friendship)Craig Brown,99 Glimpses of Princess...


TBC Unplugged: The Scammer in the Window

We interrupt our hiatus to bring you a special TBC on Dan Mallory, best-selling thriller writer and Olympic-level scammer, whose shenanigans were recently exposed in The New Yorker. Plus we talk LA libraries, mail fails, and (according to Michael) the single most horrifying article published so far in 2019. Links: Robert Caro being brilliant. Watch the scammer: Dan Mallory interview vid. Follow Christopher Shinn on Twitter. These monsters. Email us at


TB16: Middlemarch

White Whale time! Specifically George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Yes, Michael actually read the damn thing and Hannah read it for like the 60th time. Get their feelings about the book, some background on George herself, and a dose of what H & M are *actually* reading. Thank you for a great season two!! Books mentioned: My Life in Middlemarch, Rebecca Mead; The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt; Lethal White, Robert Galbraith. Resources: Rebecca Mead in the New Yorker, Henry James negging...


TBC: 2018 Yearbook & 2019 Resolutions

Michael and Hannah give out superlatives for the books they've read in 2018, and make New Year's Reading Resolutions. Join the fun! Follow us @thatbookpod! Friend us on Goodreads!


TBC: Give an Errand!

Happy holi-daze people! In this book club ep Michael and Hannah hear your thoughts on Madame de Pompadour and Queen Insta herself, Rupi Kaur. Plus: a poetry scammer, a WILD gift idea, and a new segment!


TB15: InstaPoetry

Michael and Hannah take on creators of poetic #content, try to decide what poetry is (eep) and compare the current vogue for Instagram poetry with pop giants Lady Gaga and Robyn. Plus, a quiz! Poets Cited: @rupikaur_ @atticuspoetry @tylerknott @langleav @yrsadaleyward @jewel Links: Don’t miss this Molly Fischer profile from The Cut. Or her Rolling Stone profile. Here are a couple articles for Rupi. And a couple that are against her. Also this is where Atticus was...