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Ep. 42 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie — The Stacks Book Club

1/16/2019
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Today on the podcast we're discussing Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, and to join us for The Stacks Book Club, is actor, comedian, and podcast host, Tawny Newsome. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone set against the backdrop of fear and anti-Muslim sentiments in modern day London. Shamsie won the Women's Prize for Home Fire in 2018, and we totally understand why. We've got all the spoilers this week, so make sure to read the book first, then come back and listen. Everything we talk...

Duration:01:09:20

The Short Stacks 4: Juan Vidal//Rap Dad

1/14/2019
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On January 30th, we're discussing Rap Dad by Juan Vidal as part of The Stacks Book Club, and to get you ready for that chat, I talked with Juan about his process in writing Rap Dad, how he finds time to write with four children, and about his favorite rappers. And with all The Short Stacks, there are no spoilers today, enjoy. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below...

Duration:00:38:05

Ep. 41 Comedy, Race, Travel and Books with Tawny Newsome

1/9/2019
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We are joined by Tawny Newsome, a modern day renaissance woman. Tawny is known for her work as an actress, comedian, and podcaster. She is the co-host of the Yo, is this Racist? podcast, and The Super Group podcast. Tawny talks with us about racism through her lens as a comedian, reading all the travel memoirs (even the bad ones), and what Leonardo Dicaprio movie is also one of her most beloved books. Plus all the book lady comedian memoir recommendations you can handle, so get your TBRs...

Duration:01:09:56

Ep. 40 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz — The Stacks Book Club

1/2/2019
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To kick off the new year, we're talking self-help with Don Miguel Ruiz's best selling book, The Four Agreements. Fitness guru and author, Alec Penix joins us for this The Stacks Book Club discussion. The book lays out four pillars to follow in order to live a happier and more free life. There are no spoilers today, so join us for this conversation on personal growth and self love. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in...

Duration:00:55:52

The Short Stacks 3: Best of 2018//Lauren Fanella

12/31/2018
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Its the last day of 2018, and we're celebrating with our very own wrap up, New Year's Eve show. We brought back friend of the pod, Lauren Fanella (who you might remember from episodes 15 and 16, where we talked about Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore). Lauren joins me to talk about each of our top five books from 2018, and the five books we're most looking forward to in 2019. Get your TBR ready! "Ep. 15 Talking Unconventional Women with Lauren Fanella" (The Stacks) "Ep. 16 Reincarnation...

Duration:00:41:49

Ep. 39 Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirti with Alec Penix

12/26/2018
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We're getting you ready for your mind and body goals in 2019, with our guest celebrity trainer Alec Penix. Alec is the author of a brand new health and fitness book called Seven Sundays. It is a guided 43-day program that focuses on food, sleep, exercise, and spirituality. We also discuss Alec's love of Self-Help Books, reading to learn, and some tips to get you through the holidays. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in...

Duration:00:53:49

Ep. 38 Open City by Teju Cole — The Stacks Book Club

12/19/2018
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This week actor Behzad Dabu (How to Get Away with Murder, The Chi) joins us again to discuss Teju Cole's novel, Open City. The book is a meditation on borders, terror, and belonging set against the back drop of a post 9/11 New York City, and centers a Nigerian immigrant as our guide. This week we discuss the book in detail, there are spoilers, however this book is less about plot and more about big ideas. Listen at your own discretion. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found...

Duration:00:59:29

The Short Stacks 2 – Jesse Byrd//Real Jungle Tales

12/17/2018
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We're talking all things children's books this week on our mini episode with award winning author Jesse Byrd. In addition to writing children's books, Jesse runs his own publishing house (Jesse B Creative), and does children's book project management. Jesse's most recent picture book is Real Jungle Tales and follows a little Native American girl, Zee, who comes up with an ingenious way to avoid punishment, and get candy from her friends on Halloween. We talk with Jesse about his writing...

Duration:00:33:45

Ep. 37 Representation, Basketball, and Books with Behzad Dabu

12/12/2018
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Today on The Stacks, our guest is actor, producer, and activist Behzad Dabu. Behzad is most well known for his roles on How to Get Away with Murder and The Chi. We talk about plays that are great on the page, representation on screen, and his love of basketball books. Everything we talk about today can be found in the show notes, and shopping through those links earns The Stacks a small commission at no cost to you. BOOKS Disgraced by Ayad AkhtarFederico Garcia LorcaBlood and Gifts by J.T....

Duration:01:05:08

Ep. 36 If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim — The Stacks Book Club

12/5/2018
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Author Aja Gabel is back for The Stacks Book Club conversation this week. We're discussing If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim. The book follows one woman, Haemi Lee, her life and relationships during and in the years following the Korean War. Our conversation covers what it means to survive, feminism, war stories, and more. There are spoilers this week, but if you want to get to know If You Leave Me better without spoilers, listen to our first episode of The Short Stacks feature Crystal...

Duration:00:56:16

The Short Stacks 1: Crystal Hana Kim//If You Leave Me

12/3/2018
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Its time for our first ever Short Stack! These mini episodes will come out every other Monday, and feature a conversation with an author about their book and writing process. We are thrilled to have author Crystal Hana Kim for this inaugural episode. Crystal is the author of this week's The Stacks Book Club pick, If You Leave Me. Crystal shares with us where the idea for this book came from, what it is like to hear from readers, and rituals she has around her writing. Don't worry, there are...

Duration:00:38:47

Ep. 35 Prodigies, Time Machines, and Beautiful Writing with Aja Gabel

11/28/2018
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This week on The Stacks our guest is author Aja Gabel. Aja's debut novel, The Ensemble, came out in 2018, and she talks with us about writing her book, cover design, which writers inspire her, and why she got a PhD in creative writing. We also talk music prodigies and time machines, which is to say, we talk about a little of everything. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop...

Duration:01:01:28

Ep. 34 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club

11/21/2018
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The Bluest Eye is the first novel of Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, it is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week. We dissect this American classic and discuss its many themes including race, beauty, love and abuse with Renée Hicks, founder of Book Girl Magic. Our conversation covers the entire book, which means there are a lot of spoilers. Go read the book and then come back and listen. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links...

Duration:00:53:20

Ep. 33 Book Girl Magic with Renee Hicks

11/14/2018
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This week on the podcast, our guest is Renée Hicks, founder of Book Girl Magic, an online book club that centers books by and about Black women. Renée shares with us her journey into reading, how her reading has inspired the reading life of her children, and her love of romance novels, one in particular. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS The...

Duration:00:52:45

Ep. 32 To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann — The Stacks Book Club

11/7/2018
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When a mother, Amanda Stott-Smith, throws her two young children off of a bridge, one journalist tries to understand why. That is the premise of Nancy Rommelmann's true crime book, To The Bridge. This week, for The Stacks Book Club, we discuss this haunting book with journalist Heather John Fogarty. While the story of Stott-Smith and her children is true, if you're not familiar with the events there will be some spoilers on this week's episode. You can find everything we talk about this week...

Duration:00:54:06

Ep. 31 All the Book Recommendations with Heather John Fogarty

10/31/2018
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Our guest this week is journalist Heather John Fogarty, whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire Magazine, Playboy, and more. Heather previously worked as the wine and spirits editor at Bon Appétit. In today's conversation we talk about Heather's James Beard vote, how finding a editor for a novel is like dating, and a book that made both of us very angry. Get ready, Heather is a prolific reader, your TBR will never be the same. You can find everything we talk about...

Duration:00:52:54

Ep. 30 How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt — The Stacks Book Club

10/24/2018
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This week on The Stacks Book Club, activist and organizer Harris Cohn is back to chat about How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. This book was recently featured by Barack Obama on his Facebook page, as a book that speaks to the current moment in the United States. President Obama says it "is a useful primer on the importance of norms, institutional restraints and civic participation in maintaining a democracy - and how quickly those things can erode when we’re not...

Duration:00:50:43

Ep. 29 Politics, Midterms, and Voting (oh, my) with Harris Cohn

10/17/2018
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This week we are joined by Harris Cohn. Harris' day job is in renewable energy, but his real super power is that he is an activist and organizer in his spare time. We talk this week about how Harris got interested in politics, how you can get involved in your local elections, and what SNL cast member Harris wants to write this life story. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop...

Duration:01:03:13

Ep. 28 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou — The Stacks Book Club

10/10/2018
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This week on The Stacks Book Club, journalist and author Nancy Rommelmann is back to discuss Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. We talk about the mind blowing story of biotech startup Theranos, and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. We talk about psychopaths, whistle blowers, and of course, this unbelievable story of abuse and fraud. There are spoilers this week, however the book is based on current events and we do not discuss anything that isn't out in...

Duration:00:52:20

Ep. 27 Talking Investigative Journalism with Nancy Rommelmann

10/3/2018
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This week we are joined by author and journalist, Nancy Rommelmann. Nancy talks to us about her newest book To The Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder, her process as an investigative journalist, and about the time she traveled to see John Wayne Gacy on death row. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann All...

Duration:01:07:39