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Katie W.
 Jun 8, 2020
Really wonderful podcast about books. I have truly diversified my reading since becoming a listener and love Traci's thoughtful book reviews.

liberty goldstein
 Jun 1, 2020
This is a smart girl's podcast about books! I appreciate the book recommendations, the in-depth author conversations, and I'm excited to find out there is a book club to go with all of it!

Description

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 


Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.


Episode Date
Ep. 234 The Trees by Percival Everett -- The Stacks Book Club (Lisa Lucas)
00:55:52

Today, publisher Lisa Lucas returns to help us break down the 2021 crime novel The Trees by Percival Everett. In discussing the page-turning thriller, we admire the brilliance of the humor and history on every page, and the mastery Percival Everett himself. We also ask questions around the future, past, and present of the United States in the face of palpable political tensions.There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our October book club pick will be!

You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/28/ep-234-the-trees


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Sep 28, 2022
Ep. 233 A Grieving Apocalyptic Historian with Saeed Jones
00:57:55

Today we speak with Saeed Jones - award-winning author of the new poetry collection Alive at the End of the World. Our conversation covers the art of embracing chaos and finding humor, and how Saeed considers his poems in relation to the reading and the performance of poetry. Saeed also explains why he thinks of all his poems as traps. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.

You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/21/ep-233-saeed-jones

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Sep 21, 2022
Ep. 232 What Should the Rules Be with Andrea Elliott
01:00:28

Andrea Elliott joins us to discuss her investigative reporting career and her Pulitzer Prize winning book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City. We go over how this remarkable story came to be, and how it shifted from what Andrea first anticipated. We also get into what can and should change about the ethics of journalism, and the challenge of protecting children from themselves in the media. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.

You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/14/ep-232-andrea-elliott

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Sep 14, 2022
Ep. 231 At the End of Every Day There's a Book with Lisa Lucas
00:58:18

Lisa Lucas, Senior Vice President at Pantheon and Schocken, is our first ever book publisher to join the podcast. We discuss the path that led Lisa to her current role and how she sees book purchasing as integral to the push for diversity in publishing. We also talk about what inclusivity does and should mean in the world of books.

The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.

You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/07/ep-231-lisa-lucas

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Sep 07, 2022
Ep. 230 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee -- The Stacks Book Club (Ingrid Rojas Contreras)
01:03:10

Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras joins us again to talk about our book club selection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. Our discussion of this essay collection covers the artists' relationship to critical reviews, and how much day jobs and everyday life inform art. We also ask, how important is truth to fiction, and what constitutes a life well-lived? 

You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/31/ep-230-how-to-write-an-autobiographical-novel

Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our September book club pick will be!


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Aug 31, 2022
Ep. 229 Destabilizing Whiteness with Mohsin Hamid
00:58:00

Award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid joins this episode of The Stacks to talk about his newest book The Last White Man. We discuss what inspired the story, his exploration of how whiteness works through fiction, and the ongoing conversation between a reader and the author. We also get into Mohsin's monastic writing rituals, his elite professors, and how his writing fills a need in his understanding of life.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/24/ep-229-mohsin-hamid


The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.


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Aug 24, 2022
Ep. 228 Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee
00:59:37

Today we're joined by entrepreneur and author Marisa Renee Lee, whose book Grief is Love: Living with Loss offers a framework for healing after tragedy. We discuss grief's connection to capitalism and white supremacy, and how our relationship with love is connected to our relationship with loss. We also ask, how can we help people who are grieving, and why are Americans so bad at it? 


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/17/ep-228-marisa-renee-lee


The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.


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Aug 17, 2022
Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz
01:02:26

Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz visit The Stacks to discuss their joint effort Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book. They break down how the process of co-writing, how they decided to write for white audiences, and explain why we need an adult activity book for antiracism in the first place. We also ask, what do we do when we mess up; what makes a good apology?


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/10/ep-227-w-kamau-bell-and-kate-schatz


The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.


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Aug 10, 2022
Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras
00:58:07

We're joined today by novelist and essayist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose new book The Man Who Could Move Clouds combines memoir with rich storytelling and an excavation of family and Colombian history. We discuss magical realism as a nonfiction genre, why it's useful to believe in ghosts, and ask the question, what responsibility do we owe to our pasts?


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/03/ep-226-ingrid-rojas-contreras


The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.


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Aug 03, 2022
Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)
00:52:56

It's The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the classic Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We're joined again by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere, to break down this novel that explores the tensions at the heart of colonialism. We also discuss the ways we project current events onto classic literature, how important an author's own biography is to understanding the text, and that ending!

There are spoilers in today's episode.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/27/ep-225-season-of-migration


Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our August book club pick will be!


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Jul 27, 2022
Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez
00:50:01

Poet and author Erika L. Sánchez joins The Stacks to discuss Crying in the Bathroom, her new memoir about growing up in the 90s as a misfit daughter of Mexican immigrants. We talk about religion and mental health, being loud and funny, and finally feeling ready to write about difficult topics.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/20/ep-224-erika-l-sanchez


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.


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Jul 20, 2022
Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle
00:57:25

Today we speak with journalist and professor Caleb Gayle about his new book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. In our discussion of his career and American history, we cover Black people in the Creek Nation, forty acres and a mule, and what it means to be a citizen. We also ask why we are so consistently taught not to remember, and who benefits from our forgetting?


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/13/ep-223-caleb-gayle


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.


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Jul 13, 2022
Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud
01:02:33

Our guest for this episode is Elamin Abdelmahmoud - political and cultural commentator, Buzzfeed News senior culture writer and author of the new essay collection Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. We discuss the meaning of "elsewhere" in his work, and the complexity of loving something that doesn't align with your politics. We also get into Black music, and great books on music.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/06/ep-222-elamin-abdelmahmoud/


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.


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Jul 06, 2022
Ep. 221 White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson -- The Stacks Book Club (David Dennis Jr.)
01:10:32

Journalist and author, David Dennis Jr. returns to discuss our June Book Club pick White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue... And Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. Together we unpack writing for the white gaze, our feelings about (anti) racism since 2020, and the long tradition of categorizing Black artists as "urban" and white artists as "mainstream" no matter how similar their work. Plus, a peanut butter and jelly taste test to start things off.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/29/ep-221-white-negroes/


Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our July book club pick will be! 


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Jun 29, 2022
Ep. 220 Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley
01:08:47

Today we're joined by Justin Tinsley, senior culture writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him. We talk about the culture, legends, women, and controversies that shaped The Notorious B.I.G.'s life, and place his story into a greater context. Justin also shares how he worked on multiple projects while writing this book, and what he thinks comes next.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/22/ep-220-justin-tinsley


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.


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Jun 22, 2022
Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley
00:54:35

This episode we talk with Oakland native and 2018 youth poet laureate Leila Mottley about writing her debut novel Nightcrawling at 17, and the process of adapting a true story to fiction. Leila imagines how it would be different if she wrote the book now, and insists she's really not exceptional among the countless talented young writers out there.

*Note: This was recorded shortly before the announcement of Nightcrawling as an Oprah's Book Club pick.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/15/ep-219-leila-mottley


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.


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Jun 15, 2022
Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson
01:02:41

Today we speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - academic, minister and author - about his new book Unequal: A Story About America, which he co-wrote with Marc Favreau. We discuss the lies around bootstrap politics and personal responsibility, and our culture's hunger for all things history (except when it's by or about Black people). We also examine how the white gaze shapes how Black history is taught.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/08/ep-218-michael-eric-dyson


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.


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Jun 08, 2022
Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.
01:01:48

This episode we hear from cultural critic David Dennis, Jr - Senior Writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. We talk about the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement, the book that inspired David's storytelling, and what it means to survive when you're planning to die.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/01/ep-217-david-dennis-jr


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.


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Jun 01, 2022
Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith - The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)
01:06:18

It's The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to unpack Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We talk about Danyel as a cultural icon, what it takes to be a superstar. and the joy of disco as a threat to whiteness.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/25/ep-216-shine-bright


Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our June book club pick will be! 


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May 25, 2022
Ep. 215 It's Kind of Wonderful, but it's Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith
01:02:19

Today we're joined by Danyel Smith, author of this month's book club pick, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Danyel is an award-winning journalist, the creator and host of the Black Girl Song Book podcast, and former editor and chief of Vibe, and editor at Billboard. This episode gets into the erasure of black women in pop music, holding music institutions accountable, and the cost of crossing over to the "mainstream".


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/18/ep-215-danyel-smith


The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.


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May 18, 2022
Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.
00:58:23

This week, we speak with Van Lathan Jr., prolific podcaster, Oscar winning producer, and author of the new memoir Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation. Our conversation covers vulnerability, feeling [un]comfortable in our own skin, and the struggle of loving our bodies. We also get into mourning the future, and the journey of becoming who we think we need to be. 


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/11/ep-214-van-lathan


The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.


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May 11, 2022
Ep. 213 Curating a Vibe with Novena Carmel
00:54:47

Today we're joined by musician and DJ Novena Carmel, cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. We get into our childhood reading habits, Novena's radio show experience, and curating a playlist for the city. We also discuss finding one's own rhythm, being the daughter of a music legend, and the power of vibrations.  


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/04/ep-213-novena-carmel


The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.


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May 04, 2022
Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston - The Stacks Book Club (Nate Marshall)
01:08:59

We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston's poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that impact a Black boy's struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. We discuss the narratives around coming of age in the suburbs and the city, and ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as an objectively good poem?


Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our May book club pick will be! 


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/27/ep-212-doppelgangbanger/


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Apr 27, 2022
Ep. 211 A Radical Shift with Julie Otsuka
00:53:03

Today we're speaking with Julie Otsuka, whose nationally-bestselling novel The Swimmers explores what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool. Our conversation covers the art of crafting sentences and finding the right voice. We also discuss the joy of writing in cafes, and the element of surprise.

There are no spoilers on this episode.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/20/ep-211-julie-otsuka


The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.


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Apr 20, 2022
Ep. 210 A Warm Hug with Danny Pellegrino
00:51:20

Today we're joined by the delightful Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories, a collection of essays about growing up as a closeted gay kid in small-town Ohio. We discuss the need to spotlight books in pop culture, the responsibility of media to tell stories that include gay characters, and how we handle grief. Traci also urges Danny to start his own LGBTQIA+ book club, watch out Reese!


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Apr 13, 2022
Ep. 209 A Poem is About Wonder with Nate Marshall
01:04:25

In this episode we speak with the lauded writer, educator and MC Nate Marshall, whose latest poetry collection Finna was named one of NPR's best books of 2020. We discuss poetry's early-2000s pop culture heyday, its evolving cultural voice and our first introductions to the oft-intimidating, wonder-evoking art form.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/06/ep-209-nate-marshall


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Apr 06, 2022
Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)
00:58:57

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison's novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book's central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.

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Mar 30, 2022
Ep. 207 Breaking Through the Black/White Binary with Julissa Arce
00:51:14

Today we're joined by Julissa Arce, author, and education and immigration activist. On this episode we have a conversation around Julissa's third book, You Sound Like a White Girl: A Case for Rejecting Assimilation. We talk about the myths around U.S. citizenship, colorism in Latine communities, plus the histories that the Black-white binary excludes.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/23/ep-207-julissa-arce


The Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.


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Mar 23, 2022
Ep. 206 Who Are You Loving When You Write with Destiny O. Birdsong
00:53:02

Our guest today is author and poet Destiny O. Birdsong. Destiny's debut novel, Nobody's Magic, is about three Black women with Albinism in Shreveport, LA. We talk about the ways Destiny approached representation and nuance when writing about Albinism, her personal training ground for crafting dialogue, and the pressures people can feel around grief.


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Mar 16, 2022
Ep. 205 Finding Ways to Heal with Stephanie Foo
00:52:36

Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer, most recently on This American Life, and she is the author of What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. Today we talk about Stephanie's journey toward healing from Complex PTSD , fighting model minority stereotype, and the lasting impact of generational trauma.


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Mar 09, 2022
Ep. 204 A Journey South with Imani Perry
00:55:57

Imani Perry is the author of seven books including her latest, the New York Times bestselling, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. She is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture, and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Imani shares with us today about her writing process, inspirations, and sweet tooth.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/02/ep-204-imani-perry


The Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.


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Mar 02, 2022
Ep. 203 I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue -- The Stacks Book Club (Tessa Miller)
01:07:05

Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing I Live a Life Like Yours, a memoir by Jan Grue, which explores his experiences as a wheelchair user in Norway. We are joined by author and journalist, Tessa Miller (What Doesn't Kill You) for this conversation on the importance of community, accessibility, and pushing back against stereotypical depictions of disabled people.

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Feb 23, 2022
Ep. 202 Even the Bachelorette Gets Insecure with Rachel Lindsay
01:02:46

Our guest today is Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette and author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths. Rachel is also co-host of the podcast Higher Learning and a corespondent on Extra. We talk today about her experiences in Bachelor Nation, working with a ghost writer, and when she knew she was ready to write this book.


You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/16/ep-202-rachel-lindsay


The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.


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Feb 16, 2022
Day 5 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon
00:54:16

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. 


To wrap up Banned Books in The Stacks we've brought back friend of the podcast Kiese Laymon to help us make sense of this entire week of programming. Kiese is the author of the banned book, Heavy, as well as Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. We talk today about how it feels to have your work banned, what children have a right to know, and what else Kiese sees as tied to this wave of book 


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Feb 11, 2022
Day 4 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi
00:45:00

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.


We start today's episode with Mississippi high school student Timya Wright. Timya shares how she feels about adults telling young people what books they can have access to and the kinds of books she wishes were taught in school. Then we're joined by Azar Nafisi, the bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the forthcoming Read Dangerously:The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times. We talk about Azar's about the need to nurture freedom. We also hear about authors Rebecca Carroll, R. Eric Thomas, and R. O. Kwon's favorite banned books.


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Feb 10, 2022
Day 3 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp
00:46:43

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. 


We continue our conversation on banned books with Virginia State Senator Ghazala Hashmi. Senator Hashmi talks about the legality of book banning as well as the efforts that the governor of her state has put in place to report teachers for "divisive" lessons . Then we talk with Hannah Oliver Depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstores, about censorship versus curation.


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Feb 09, 2022
Day 2 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds
00:54:39

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.


On today's episode we're joined by Alison Bechdel author of the frequently banned graphic memoir Fun Home, and she shares why she hates having to talk about the banning of books. Then we get into a conversation about the comfort level of students with high school English teacher Kelsey Reynolds. We also hear from TV writer and actor Brandon Kyle Goodman, and actress and podcast host Becca Tobin, about their favorite banned books.


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Feb 08, 2022
Day 1 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams
00:49:37

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.


On today's episode we talk with the director of the Warren County - Vicksburg Public Library, Katrina Stokes about curating a collection and the process of banning a book in public libraries. Then we talk with Thursday Williams, an actor from the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, and a current college student, about what's at stake for young people and the things we aren't taught in school. We also hear from authors Hanif Abdurraquib and Tessa Miller about their favorite banned books.


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Feb 07, 2022
Ep. 201 The Language of Chronic Illness with Tessa Miller
01:04:07

Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health justice. We discuss Tessa's debut book, What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt and how publishing a memoir brought on a whole new level of anxiety and insecurities around being a writer and living with chronic illness. We also talk about graphic language, writing for multiple audiences, and prioritizing books by disabled and/or chronically ill authors.


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The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.


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Feb 02, 2022
Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)
01:08:48

Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Nella Larsen's 1929 classic novel Passing. We're joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House' All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920's. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.

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You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/26/ep-200-passing


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Jan 26, 2022
Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James
01:00:23

Today we're joined by Kendra James; writer, podcast producer, and editor, to discuss her debut book, Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School. We talk about Kendra's experiences as the first African American legacy student at the Taft School in Connecticut, the ways she came to terms with the racism she experienced, and who she is writing for. We also talk pettiness, writing in the bathroom, and figure skating.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/19/ep-199-kendra-james


The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.


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Jan 19, 2022
Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds
01:04:47

This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book, Ain't Burned all the Bright, a collaboration with his friend, artist, Jason Griffin. We talk today about creativity in 2020, working with collaborators, and our understandings and experiences around grief. You can hear Jason's first appearances on The Stacks here and here.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/12/ep-198-jason-reynolds


The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.


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Jan 12, 2022
Ep. 197 All Ways Black, Always with Cree Myles
01:01:44

Today we're joined by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random Houses' All Ways Black, a platform that is focused on uplifting and centering the work of Black authors. We talk today about the competitive drive that keeps us motivated, balancing personal identity and reading choices, and the vibe we expect to find in heaven.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/05/ep-197-cree-myles


The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.


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Jan 05, 2022
Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib -- The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)
01:08:15

It's time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we're taking on a favorite book of the year, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. We are joined again by podcaster and TV writer Andrew Ti for this conversation which touches on cancel culture, Black cultural stereotypes, the skillful writing of the book, and so much more.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/29/ep-196-a-little-devil-in-america


Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our January 2022 Book Club pick will be.


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Dec 29, 2021
Ep. 195 The Best Books of 2021 with Lupita Aquino and Morgan Hoit
01:00:54

It's time for The Stacks' annual Best Books of 2021 episode. To help put together this list, we're joined by professional readers Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads) and Morgan Hoit (@nycbookgirl). In addition to sharing our top 10 books of the year, we also discuss the trends we saw in 2021, reading for work, and the books we're excited about in 2022.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/22/ep-195-best-books-of-2021


The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.


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Dec 22, 2021
Ep. 194 How We Understand Loneliness with Kristen Radtke
00:45:07

Kristen Radkte is the author of Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, a work of graphic nonfiction that uses prose and images to explore the experience and portrayal of loneliness. It is spectacular. Kristen talks to us about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our collective understanding of loneliness, what she wishes more people knew about graphic books, and how to connect with the lonely in our lives.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/15/ep-194-kristen-radtke


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Dec 15, 2021
Ep. 193 Betting on the Kids with Angelina Jolie and Tokata Iron Eyes
00:54:13

Angelina Jolie, actor-director-humanitarian, and Indigenous activist Tokata Iron Eyes join Traci to discuss Jolie's book Know Your Rights an Claim Them: A Guide for Youth, which she wrote with Geraldine Van Bueren and Amnesty International. The conversation is a candid discussion with two people who are helping to shape the dialogue around activism, especially when it comes to the global rights of children, and the ways activism permeates all facets of life. 


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The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss this book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.


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Dec 08, 2021
Ep. 192 Yo, Is This Racist with Andrew Ti
00:58:23

Andrew Ti is the creator and co-host of the Yo, Is This Racist podcast, and a comedy and TV writer. He joins the show today to talk about his journey from a neuroscience major at Columbia to the writers room on mixed-ish. We also talk about his relationship to problematic white authors, his aversion to funny books, and more. 


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Dec 01, 2021
Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Dawnie Walton)
01:06:18

It is time for our annual Toni Morrison episode of The Stacks as part of The Stacks Book Club. We are discussing Morrison's third novel, Song of Solomon, and to help us dissect this sweeping story we've brought back author Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev). On the show we discuss this book as part of the conversation for "the great American novel", gush over our favorite characters and scenes, and so much more.

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Nov 24, 2021
Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell
01:01:22

On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. We use her books as a lens to discuss the relationship of language to power and community, the ways women continue to be at the forefront of language innovation, and to look at cultural normativity.


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Nov 17, 2021
Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry
00:56:55

Our guest today is Dr. Myisha Cherry, a philosopher, professor, and author, whose work focuses on emotions and attitudes in public life. Her latest book is The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle. Myisha shares why we must embrace our rage if we want to improve our society, how we've been socialized around anger, and how allies can cause harm.

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Nov 10, 2021
Ep. 188 Creating an Icon with Dawnie Walton
01:01:05

Our guest today is journalist and editor Dawnie Walton, she is the debut author behind one of this year's most talked about novels, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. Dawnie shares her research process, how oral histories can elevate fictional characters, and the rock stars that inspired her own rock icon.


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Nov 03, 2021
Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)
00:59:45

The last week of the month means it's time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we're joined again by author, poet, and podcast host, Nichole Perkins (Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be) to discuss Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. On this episode we talk about the ways the book (and movie) have and haven't aged well, the depiction of friendship between Black women, and the lasting legacy of this modern classic.

There are minor spoilers on this episode.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/27/ep-187-waiting-to-exhale


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Oct 27, 2021
Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart
01:02:55

Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle. Our conversation carries us through and around the intersections of race, religion, and nationality as we discuss the stories we inherent around Blackness, the need for a more radical church, and the texts that give us meaning.


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The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.


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Oct 20, 2021
Ep. 185 Abolition for the People with Bree Newsome Bass Kiese Laymon
01:00:47

Today we're discussing Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing and Prisons, an anthology edited by Colin Kaepernick. We are joined by two contributors from the book, Bree Newsome Bass and Kiese Laymon. Bree is a filmmaker and activist, known for removing the confederate flag from South Carolina Capitol. Kiese is the author of Heavy and Long Division, and a friend of this podcast.


The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.


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Oct 13, 2021
Ep. 184 The Desire Advocate Is In with Nichole Perkins
00:56:43

We're joined today by cultural critic, poet, podcaster, and author Nichole Perkins. Her new book, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be is a memoir in essays that covers the intimate details of Perkins' life. We talk on this episode about sex writing, setting boundaries, and intended versus actual audience.


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The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.


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Oct 06, 2021
Ep. 183 Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson -- The Stacks Book Club (Derecka Purnell)
01:03:16

Today on The Stacks we discuss the book that inspired this podcast, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We're joined by Derecka Purnell (activist and author of the forthcoming Becoming Abolitionists) to delve into this Pulitzer Prize winning book; the coverup, the legacy, and the ways we rely on a superficial notion of justice.

There are minor spoilers on this episode.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/29/ep-183-blood-in-the-water


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Sep 29, 2021
Ep. 182 Athletes and Activism with Dave Zirin
01:00:13

Today we're joined by sportswriter, journalist, and podcaster Dave Zirin to discuss his new book The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World. We talk about the impact of Colin Kaepernick's NFL protest in 2016, the psyche of young activists, and the best sports protest moments of all time. 


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/22/ep-182-dave-zirin


The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.

 

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Sep 22, 2021
Ep. 181 We Don't Have to Agree with Jill Louise Busby
00:59:50

Jill Louise Busby is an writer, filmmaker, and the person behind the now defunct "Jill is Black" account on Instagram. She joins The Stacks to discuss her debut book, Unfollow Me: Essay in Complicity. Our conversation examines the complexities of audience in relation to worth, real life vs. internet life, and the need for balance.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/15/ep-181-jill-louise-busby


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Sep 15, 2021
Ep. 180 Fifty Years After Attica with Heather Ann Thompson
00:57:52

Today we are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, Heather Ann Thompson. We discuss her process in researching and writing this epic civil rights story, and the legacy of the uprising 50 years later.


The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/08/ep-180-heather-ann-thompson

 

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Sep 08, 2021
Ep. 179 Imagining Better with Derecka Purnell
00:58:27

Our guest today is lawyer, writer, activist, organizer, and author Derecka Purnell. Derecka joins us to discuss her forthcoming debut book, Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom out October 5th. Our conversation is an inspiring discussion around police abolition, imagination, and the books that have informed Derecka’s thinking.


The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.


You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/01/ep-179-derecka-purnell

 

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Sep 01, 2021
Ep. 178 Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi -- The Stacks Book Club (Juliet Litman)
00:50:22

It is The Stacks Book Club day, and we are discussing Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. To help us talk about this YA romance we have brought back the wonderful Juliet Litman, host of the Bachelor Party and Jam Session podcasts, as well as head of development at The Ringer. Today we talk about men who are not emotionally available, important messages for young people, and the acknowledgement section in books.

There are spoilers on today’s episode.


Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for September!


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Aug 25, 2021
Ep. 177 Defining the American Dream with Roger Bennett
01:03:49

If you’re in America and you love soccer, you know and love today’s guest, Roger “Rog” Bennett, the co-host of The Men in Blazers Show. Rog joins us to discuss his book, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, (Re)Born in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home. We talk about what it means to consider yourself an American, the dreams of our younger selves, and of course, a little soccer.


The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.


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Aug 18, 2021
Ep. 176 Leaving a Record of History with Adam Serwer
00:59:58

Today we welcome Adam Serwer to the podcast. Adam is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The New York Times bestseller The Cruelty Is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America. We talk about the historical record, Democracy as a means of managing conflict, running as creative routine, and much more.

 

The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.


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Aug 11, 2021
Ep. 175 Chatty Books with Juliet Litman
01:00:44

Our guest today is Juliet Litman. Juliet is the host of the podcasts Bachelor Party and Jam Session on The Ringer network. She is also the head of production at the Ringer. We talk today about the similarities between television and books, why Juliet loves “chatty” novels, and what changes should be made to The Bachelor franchise.

The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/04/ep-175-juliet-litman/


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Aug 04, 2021
Ep. 174 The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui -- The Stacks Book Club (Mira Jacob)
01:00:29

It’s The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing our first ever graphic memoir on the show. The book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, and our guest is graphic memoirist (Good Talk), novelist (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and cultural critic, Mira Jacob. We talk today about the moment that a good book makes the reader examine themselves, books that don’t feel like reading, and the distillation of history for the sake of narrative.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for August!

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/28/ep-174-the-best-we-could-do


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Jul 28, 2021
Ep. 173 Living with Less with Christine Platt
01:02:12

Today we welcome author and decluttering expert Christine Platt, also known as The Afrominimalist. We talk today about Christine’s latest book The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less. We discuss mistakes, unique aesthetics, and how the language around minimalism doesn’t have to be so scary.


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/21/ep-173-christine-platt


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Jul 21, 2021
Ep. 172 The Art vs. The Artist with Quentin Tarantino
01:01:47

Our guest today is Academy Award winning screenwriter and director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained). He joins us to talk about his debut novel, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a novelization of his film with the same title. We discuss the art versus the artist, the challenges of writing a novel, and if Tarantino really plans to retire from filmmaking after his next film.


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.


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Jul 14, 2021
Ep. 171 Trusting in Optimism with Mira Jacob
01:04:41

Mira Jacob is a cultural critics and the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, Good Talk. Today we talk with Mira about the ways optimism is a form of bravery, the alignment of form, function, and story, and the system that leads to authors writing blurbs for books.


The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.


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Jul 07, 2021
Ep. 170 The Undying by Anne Boyer -- The Stacks Book Club (Mychal Denzel Smith)
01:11:40

It’s time for another installment of The Stacks Book Club. This month we’re discussing The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness by Anne Boyer with Mychal Denzel Smith (Stakes is High). Our conversation explores the commodification of cancer, the ways sexism is entrenched in the language of breast cancer, and how form and content can work together and fight against one another in the same text.

There are no spoilers in this episode.


Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for July!


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Jun 30, 2021
Ep. 169 Defining Love for Ourselves with Ashley C. Ford
00:57:58

Ashley C. Ford is a host, podcaster, writer, and now author. Her debut book, Somebody’s Daughter, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and tells the story of her childhood as it relates to her coming of age and her father’s incarceration. Today we discuss therapy and her writing process, the ways anger fuels passion, and what it means to be published by Oprah Winfrey’s imprint. 


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.


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Jun 23, 2021
Ep. 168 Embodying History with Clint Smith
01:14:28

Today we are joined by Clint Smith author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Clint is a staff writer at The Atlantic. We talk about how Clint’s poetry informs his nonfiction, the capacity to be surprised, and the recency of slavery.


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.

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Jun 16, 2021
Ep. 167 Disrupting the Systems that Cage Us with Marlon Peterson
00:57:01

Today we are joined by author and activist Marlon Peterson. His book Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song is out now and is both a memoir of Marlon’s time in prison and an indictment of a system that fails its citizens. We talk today about possibility, asking different questions, and romantic comedies. 


The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.

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Jun 09, 2021
Ep. 166 Who Do We Want to Be with Mychal Denzel Smith
01:06:08

Our guest this week is Mychal Denzel Smith, the author of one of Traci’s favorite books from 2020, Stakes is High. Mychal’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications, and now he hosts the Open Form podcast. Today we talk about the difference between accountability and punishment, abolition, and what it means to want better for America.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/02/ep-166-mychal-denzel-smith/


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Jun 02, 2021
Ep. 165 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenny Lee)
01:09:14

Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re finally discussing Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy with author Jenny Lee. Jenny’s books Anna K and Anna K Away are modern day retellings of Anna Karenina which makes her the perfect person to do a deep dive into this mega-novel. Please be warned there are a lot of spoilers in the episode. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who read along with us, it's no small feat, and we’re honored you took the time to read along with us!

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Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for June!

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May 26, 2021
Ep. 164 Breaking a Story with Patrick Radden Keefe
00:54:13

Our guest today is staff writer at The New Yorker, and award winning author Patrick Radden Keefe. We talk about his newest book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, and the ways the opioid crisis was directly connected to their drug OxyContin. We also discuss Patrick’s thinking around breaking a story, writing after the success of his bestselling book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, and his foray into podcasting with his show Wind of Change.

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. We will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.

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May 19, 2021
Ep. 163 Pushing the Boundaries of Understanding with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
01:02:00

Today we're joined by Chanda Prescod Weinstein, a theoretical physicist specializing in early universe cosmology. She is the author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. We talk today about science anxiety, the ways politics play into science, and how the cosmos are part of all of our lives.

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.

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May 12, 2021
Ep. 162 Adapting a Classic with Jenny Lee
01:11:32

Today on The Stacks we’re talking with TV writer and author Jenny Lee. Jenny is the author of Anna K a modern retelling of Anna Karenina set in the world of New York City’s teenage elite. Her brand new book is a sequel to the bestselling Anna K entitled, Anna K Away. We talk today about adapting a classic, what happens when the source material runs out, and the very real struggle of not always liking your work. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.

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May 05, 2021
Ep. 161 The Tradition by Jericho Brown -- The Stacks Book Club (Reginald Dwayne Betts)
01:20:28

On today's episode of The Stacks we're talking with poet, lawyer, and activist, Reginald Dwayne Betts about The Tradition by Jericho Brown for The Stacks Book Club. We discuss poems as fact or fiction, what happens when you hear a poem out loud, and the ways different poems can take on different meanings to different people. 

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Apr 28, 2021
Ep. 160 Black People Doing Spectacular Things with Hanif Abdurraqib
01:07:10

On this week's episode we're joined by Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif is an author, poet, music and cultural critic, and the host of the podcast Object of Sound. We talk today about his newest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. We talk today about how Hanif expanded the definition of performance, restraint as a tool in writing, and finding gratitude amidst grief. 

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Apr 21, 2021
Ep. 159 Surviving the White Gaze with Rebecca Carroll
00:56:33

Our guest today Rebecca Carroll. Rebecca is a writer, cultural critic, and podcaster. She is the author of multiple books including her memoir which came out in February and is titled Surviving the White Gaze. We discuss her life as a Black child adopted into a white family, how she continues to interrogate the white gaze, and her 2020 podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll.

There are no spoilers on this episode.


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Apr 14, 2021
Ep. 158 Reaching for Answers with Reginald Dwayne Betts
01:09:13

On today's episode we talk with poet, author, activist, and attorney Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon). In the conversation we explore the ways we police and punish ourselves and the people around us, the conditions of worthiness, and the balance between form and word choice in poetry. Dwayne also shares about his nonprofit, Million Book Project, and the work they do to bring books into prisons.

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The Stacks Book Club selection for April is The Tradition by Jericho Brown, we will discuss the book with Reginald Dwayne Betts on Wednesday April 7th.

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Apr 07, 2021
Ep. 157 Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh -- The Stacks Book Club (Nic Stone)
00:52:19

It's time for The Stacks Book Club conversation about our March pick, 2020 National Book Award Finalist, Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh. We are joined by prolific YA author, Nic Stone (Dear Martin, Dear Justyce). Our conversation explores what makes a book "good" or "bad", the complexity of finding one's self, and the power and value in our bodies.

There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club picks for BOTH April and May!

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/03/31/ep-157-every-body-looking


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Mar 31, 2021
Ep. 156 Pursuing a Passion with Brandon Hobson
00:45:24

Brandon Hobson is a National Book Award Finalist, and the author of a brand new novel called The Removed. The book is about one family and the lasting impacts from the murder of their son at the hands of a police officer. Today we talk about how The Removed challenges stereotypes around Native Americans, creating a career from passions, and the writers who inspire Brandon.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.

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Mar 24, 2021
Ep. 155 The Art of the Crush with Mary H.K. Choi
01:11:12

Today on the podcast we talk with young adult author Mary H.K. Choi about her newest book, Yolk. Mary shares with us about her struggles with disordered eating, the steps she takes to take care of herself and her body, and writing about the city of New York. We also spend time discussing having a crush and what makes someone crush worthy.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.

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Mar 17, 2021
Ep. 154 Representation in Kink with R.O. Kwon & Garth Greenwell
00:49:18

Today we're talking with R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, the editors of Kink a new short story anthology all about...well, kink! We discuss the ways this book attempts to push back against harmful stereotypes around sex, the mundanity of kink, and the nuts and bolts of bringing together this many incredible writers.

The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.

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Mar 10, 2021
Ep. 153 Breaking Down Standards with Nic Stone
01:02:40

Today we welcome author Nic Stone to the podcast. Nic is best known as the Young Adult and Middle Grade author of Dear Martin, Dear Justyce, and the Shuri series with Marvel Comics. We talk today about doubt, listening to young people, and the creative process. We also discuss the books that fill up Nic's bookshelves.

The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.

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Mar 03, 2021
Ep. 152 The New Wilderness by Diane Cook -- The Stacks Book Club (Vann Newkirk)
01:05:22

It's The Stacks Book Club day and we're discussing The New Wilderness by Diane Cook with senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the Floodlines podcast, Vann Newkirk. Our conversation looks at the impact of humans on nature, biblical allegories, and the nuance in relationships between parent and child.

There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for March!

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Feb 24, 2021
Ep. 151 Truth and Satire with Mateo Askaripour
00:54:57

Our guest today is Mateo Askaripour, the debut author of Black Buck which is a New York Times Bestseller. We talk about writing satire, Mateo's respect for his readers, and the ways he looked to other authors for inspiration throughout his process. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.

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Feb 17, 2021
Ep. 150 An Invitation to History with Keisha N. Blain
00:57:40

Today our guest is author and historian Dr. Keisha N Blain. Keisha, along with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, edited the brand new collection Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019. Our conversation delves into the work of historians, our ancestors wildest dreams, and the logistics of bringing this ambitious book to life.


The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.


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Feb 10, 2021
Ep. 149 A Bias Toward Justice with Vann Newkirk
00:55:31

Our guest today is journalist and senior editor at The Atlantic, Vann Newkirk. Vann is also the host of the Floodlines podcast that chronicled the events of Hurricane Katrina. We talk today about the idea of journalistic neutrality, environmental racism, and using books as a way to fill in the gaps of the things we learned (or didn’t) in school. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.


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Feb 03, 2021
Ep. 148 The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans -- The Stacks Book Club (Deesha Philyaw)
00:54:44

It's The Stacks Book Club day! On today's episode we are joined again by author Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) to discuss The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. We go through each story in the collection and talk about our favorite parts, white innocence, and specificity in storytelling.

There are spoilers on this episode.


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Jan 27, 2021
Ep. 147 Crafting a Collection with Danielle Evans
01:03:10

Our guest today is Danielle Evans, author of The Stacks January Book Club selection, The Office of Historical Corrections. We discuss this incredible short story collection, spoiler free. We also discuss finding themes in a collection, and the ways Evans approaches writing white characters, plus how she came to understand she wanted to be a writer.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/20/ep-147-danielle-evans


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Jan 20, 2021
Ep. 146 Integrity in Collaboration with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
00:57:04

Today we welcome Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham to The Stacks. They are the editors of Black Futures, a collection of art, essays, memes, recipes and more that document Blackness. In addition to working on this book together, Kimberly is also the author of This is What I Know About Art, an activist, and curator. Jenna is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the co-host of the Still Processing podcast. Today we talk about collaboration in the creative process, how they built this book, and what trust and integrity can look like in professional relationships.

The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.


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Jan 13, 2021
Ep. 145 Measuring Success with Deesha Philyaw
01:08:43

It's 2021 and we're thrilled to kick off the new year with our guest, Deesha Philyaw, the author of National Book Award Finalist, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Today we discuss how Deesha sees a parallel between writing and math, what success looks like to her, and how publishing excludes the voices they need most.

The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/06/ep-145-deesha-philyaw


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Jan 06, 2021
Ep. 144 Citizen by Claudia Rankine -- The Stacks Book Club (Darnell Moore)
01:01:42

It’s The Stacks Book Club day, and we’re joined again by author (No Ashes in the Fire), activist, and podcaster (Being Seen), Darnell Moore to dissect Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. We talk about how the book, published in 2014 holds up, who gets to express rage and joy, and what Rankine forces her readers to reckon with throughout the book.

There are no spoilers on this episode. 

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/30/ep-144-citizen


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Dec 30, 2020
Ep. 143 The Best of 2020 with Christine Bollow and Oscar Almonte-Espinal
01:05:23

Today we’re joined by two of The Stacks’ most favorite readers, Christine Bollow (@readingismagical) and Oscar Almonte-Espinal (@booksteahenny) to share the best books of 2020. We also discuss how 2020 impacted our reading and look ahead to the books we’re most excited about in 2021.

The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.

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Dec 23, 2020
Ep. 142 Sparking Creativity with Arianna Davis
00:54:11

Arianna Davis is the debut author of What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly, and the digital director at Oprahmag.com. Today we discuss how Arianna got her creative juices flowing, what she hopes readers will take away from her book, and of course, Oprah!

The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.


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Dec 16, 2020
Ep. 141 White Male Mediocrity with Ijeoma Oluo
00:52:44

Our guest today is the New York Times Bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo. She joins us to discuss her new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. We talk about who Ijeoma writes for, how she practices accountability, and the types of value judgements that have become the bedrock of white supremacy.

The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.

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Dec 09, 2020
Ep. 140 Radical Black Love with Darnell Moore
01:05:43

We are thrilled to welcome Darnell Moore to The Stacks. Darnell is an activist, the author of No Ashes in the Fire, and now the host of The Being Seen podcast which focuses on the gay and queer Black male experience. We talk today about Black love, reckoning in memoir, and you get to hear him rifle through his book stacks to tell you about his favorite books.

The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on Wednesday December 30th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/02/ep-140-darnell-moore

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Dec 02, 2020
Ep. 139 The Butterfly Effect by Marcus J. Moore -- The Stacks Book Club (Cole Cuchna)
01:03:47

Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore. To help us dissect this book we’ve brought back Cole Cuchna, host of the podcast Dissect. We talk about the importance of creative communities, the complexity of Kendrick Lamar, and so much more.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/25/ep-139-the-butterfly-effect

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Nov 25, 2020
Ep. 138 Celebrating Black Artists with Marcus J. Moore
00:58:22

Marcus J. Moore is a music journalist, the author of our November pick for The Stacks Book Club, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, and today’s guest. Marcus shares why he felt it was important to write about Kendrick Lamar now, how this book is more than just biography, and what music he recommends we all check out. There are no spoilers on this episode.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/18/ep-138-marcus-j-moore

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Nov 18, 2020
Ep. 137 Specificity in Storytelling with Yaa Gyasi
00:47:10

Our guest today is award winning novelist Yaa Gyasi. here to discuss her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. Our conversation touches on the challenges to writing a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut Homegoing, how she gave herself permission to write about small intimate stories this time around, and the ways research has factored into her process as a storyteller.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/11/ep-137-yaa-gyasi

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Nov 11, 2020
Ep. 136 Dissecting with Cole Cuchna
01:10:16

Our guest today is the host of the smash hit music podcast Dissect, Cole Cuchna. Cole joins us to discuss all things Dissect; like how the show came to be, why he focuses on hip-hop albums, the show's incredible growth, and working with collaborators. Then we transition to a conversation on books and why Cole likes to read the complete works of some of literature's heavy hitters.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/04/ep-136-cole-cuchna

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Nov 04, 2020
Ep. 135 The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley--The Stacks Book Club (Marc Lamont Hill)
01:08:49

Today is The Stacks Book Club conversation of The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told Alex Haley. We are joined again by Marc Lamont Hill, author, professor, activist, podcast host, and bookseller for this discussion of one of the important works on nonfiction in American history. We talk about the ways this book transformed us, the bravery of changing one’s mind, and the ways in which this book still feels relevant fifty-five years later.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/28/ep-135-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x

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Oct 28, 2020
Ep. 134 The Stacks Election Special with Akilah Hughes
01:05:57

Today we’re doing something different. With the election just two weeks away, we’re diving head first into the election and politics. Akilah Hughes, host of Crooked Media’s daily news podcast, What A Day, joins us to talk about covering news in fall 2020 and answer your questions about the election. In addition to hosting What a Day Akilah is the author of Obviously: Stories from My Timeline, a comedian, and a TV writer.

The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/21/ep-134-akilah-hughes

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Oct 21, 2020
Ep. 133 Stacks on Stacks with Desus and Mero
00:49:10

Today we welcome two illustrious guests to The Stacks, Desus Nice & The Kid Mero. You know them from the #1 show in late night, Desus & Mero on Showtime, and their podcast Bodega Boys. The pair are now New York Times Best Selling authors with the release of their book God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx. Today we talk about the consumption of culture, the importance of growth and accountability in comedy, and the Bronx, of course.

The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/14/ep-133-desus-and-mero

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Oct 14, 2020
Ep. 132 Coffee & Books with Marc Lamont Hill
01:16:21

Our guest today is Marc Lamont Hill. Marc is a modern day renaissance man. He is an author (Nobody, We Still Here), professor, owner of Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books, and the host of the new podcast Coffee & Books. Marc joins us today to discuss his passion for reading, Black death as a form of entertainment, and what readers should know about selling books.

The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/07/ep-132-marc-lamont-hill

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Oct 07, 2020
Ep. 131 The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio -- The Stacks Book Club (Lupita Aquino)
01:10:36

Today for The Stacks book club we are discussing The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavic encio. Our guest is the reader behind the bookish instagram account Lupita Reads, Lupita Aqu ino. Our conversation looks at the ways undocumented people have been treated as a monolith, the concept of "objective journalism," and how this book has created a space for more undocumented folks to feel seen and heard. There are no spoilers in this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website at: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/30/ep-131-the-undocumented-americans 

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Sep 30, 2020
Ep. 130 The Politics of Sex with Angela Chen
00:47:34

Today on The Stacks we are joined by Angela Chen, journalist and author of a brand new book on asexuality titled: Ace: What Asexuality Revelas about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. We talk about asexuality, the way in which sex is politicized, involuntary celibates, and how people from marianalized groups are expected to educate the masses.

The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website at: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/23/ep-130-angela-chen 

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Sep 23, 2020
Ep. 129 The Myth of Strength with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
00:56:34

Karla Corneji Villavicencio is the author of The Stacks Book Club selection for September, The Undocumented Americans. On today's episode we get a deeper (and spoiler free) look at the book, and why Karla felt compelled to tell these stories now. We also discuss the audience Karla had in mind while writing, her ideal writing setup, and why discribing women of color as "strong" is a form of erasure.

The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villvavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/02/ep-127-lupita-aquino/ 

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Sep 16, 2020
Ep. 128 Big Friendships with Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
01:00:57

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are the friends behind the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and now the authors of the New York Times Best Selling book Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Today we talk about the obstacles they found in researching their book on friendship, finding their voice, the questions that come up in interracial friendships, and about their idea of "shine theory".

The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/09/ep-128-aminatou-sow-ann-friedman

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Sep 09, 2020
Ep. 127 Crushes and Controversy with Lupita Aquino
01:00:33

Our guest today is Lupita Aquino, the reader behind successful bookstagram account Lupita Reads. Lupits is known for her incredible book recommendations and vibrant photos. Our conversation covers the evolving relationship between publishers and book influencers, activism in the book community, and the authors she finds crush-wrothy.

The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/02/ep-127-lupita-aquino

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Sep 02, 2020
Ep. 126 Sula by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Brit Bennett)
01:05:13

Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half, The Mothers) is back for our annual discussion of a Toni Morrison novel. This year, we're taking on Sula, Morrison's novel about the bonds between women. Our conversation dives into feminist commentary throughout the book, the desire to create lasting communal art, and the ways Morrison uses gruesome violence and unexpected humor to show us a world that is deeply human and uniquely Black.

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You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/26/ep-126-sula

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Aug 26, 2020
Ep. 125 Wandering and Wondering with Morgan Jerkins
00:52:31

Morgan Jerkins author of This Will Be My Undoing joins the podcast today to discuss her newest books Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. Morgan shares details of the evolution of the book, the complex relationships between Black and Indigenous people, and how the lack of documentation has helped to obscure Black histories.

Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/19/ep-125-morgan-jerkins

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Aug 19, 2020
Ep. 124 Finding Your Future Self with Liara Tamani
00:59:44

Young Adult author Liara Tamani is our guest today, and we discuss her newest book All the Things We Never Knew. Liara shares how she came to write for young people, the ways she finds authenticity in her characters, why social media isn’t for her, and the ways school curriculum doesn’t always serve students.

Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/12/ep-124-liara-tamani

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Aug 12, 2020
Ep. 123 Complication and Imagination with Brit Bennett
01:01:18

Our guest today is Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, and her latest book, an instant New York Times #1 Bestseller, The Vanishing Half. Brit shares what it has been like having her book optioned by HBO, publishing in the middle of a pandemic and civil rights movement, and how she balances research and creativity. We also talk about the books that Brit loves and the types of characters that excite her.

Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/05/ep-123-brit-bennett

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Aug 05, 2020
Ep. 122 Breathe by Imani Perry -- The Stacks Book Club (Kiese Laymon)
01:02:00

We are thrilled to welcome Kiese Laymon (Heavy, Long Division) back to The Stacks for our July book club discussion of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry. This deeply personal and evocative book brings up many questions that we grapple with around Black identity and family. We also talk about the ways revision is a powerful tool in education and the tradition of the epistolary form.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/29/ep-122-breathe 

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Jul 29, 2020
Ep. 121 Reading with Mr. & Mrs. Stacks
01:10:22

Our guest today is Traci Thomas. Thats right, Traci, the host of The Stacks, is finally spilling her answers to all The Stacks questions. She is talking about what she's reading, what books make her angry, and pretty much all things books. The best part is, her guest host is none other than her husband, Mr. Stacks. It’s an episode unlike any other, but still has all the book recommendations you could possibly need. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today’s show on The Stacks’ website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/22/ep-121-mr-stacks 

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Jul 22, 2020
Ep. 120 Everyone Can Do Something with Meena Harris
01:00:46

Our guest today is Meena Harris, founder and CEO of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign and author of a new children's book, Kamala and Maya's Big Idea. We talk about teaching young people to use their voice to make change, the need for diversity in children's books, and what it was like witnessing her aunt, Kamala Harris, run for President of the United States. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/08/ep-119-james-mcbride

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Jul 15, 2020
Ep. 119 All About the Drive with James McBride
00:45:14

The Stacks is honored to welcome James McBride, author of National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and his critically acclaimed memoir The Color of Water. His newest book, Deacon King Kong, is an Oprah's Book Club pick. We talk today about how James names his characters, they way he thinks about his success, and the role of art and history in American culture. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/08/ep-119-james-mcbride

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Jul 08, 2020
Ep. 118 Living the Revision with Kiese Laymon
01:17:30

The Stacks is thrilled to welcome Kiese Laymon to the show. If you're a longtime fan of the podcast, you've heard Kiese mentioned countless times from authors and readers alike. Kiese is an author (Heavy, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America), essayist, and professor at The University of Mississippi. Today we discuss living revision, writing sentences, crafting nonfiction and the depths of fiction. Then we get into Kiese's favorite books, you'll want to get your TBR ready! 

The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/01/ep-118-kiese-laymon

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Jul 01, 2020
Ep. 117 Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe -- The Stacks Book Club (Emma Copley Eisenberg)
01:01:44

Today for The Stacks Book Club we are discussing Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe with our guest Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl). Our conversation dives into the three driving forces in the book; women, crime, and obsession. We also examine the impulse to solve crimes, why victim statements can be complicated, and what kind of killers get their narratives revisited.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/24/ep-117-savage-appetites

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Jun 24, 2020
Ep. 116 White Fragility with The Lady Gang - Part 2
01:10:41

It's time for part two of The Stacks x The LadyGang conversation about White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. If you missed part one be sure to check it out over on The LadyGang's feed (Apple|Spotify). Today Traci, Keltie, Becca and Jac talk about some harmful and common mistakes white people make, how to apologize, ways to teach your kids about race, and so much more. You can find everything we discussed on both part one and two in the show notes below! 

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.

You can find links to everything we discussed on both part one and part two on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/17/ep-116-white-fragility

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Jun 17, 2020
Ep. 115 Heroes Walk Among Us with Bakari Sellers
00:46:04

In 2006, at the age of 22, Bakari Sellers made history as the youngest person ever elected to the South Carolina state legislature, and the youngest African American elected official in the country. He is now a CNN analyst and the author of a brand new memoir, My Vanishing Country. We talk today with Bakari about the civil rights movements of the past and present, how he hopes we move forward as a nation, and the perseverance it took to get his book published. 

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/10/ep-115-bakari-sellers

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Jun 10, 2020
Ep. 114 Both, And with Emma Copley Eisenberg
00:56:16

Today we welcome debut author and co-founder of Blue Stoop in Philadelphia, Emma Copley Eisenberg. Emma's book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, is an investigation of the murder of two young women--showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community. We talk about True Crime as a genre, and how the phrase "both, and" became to motto of Emma's work. We also talk books, of course.

The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.

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Jun 03, 2020
Ep. 113 The Giver by Lois Lowry -- The Stacks Book Club (Sue Thomas)
00:59:45

We're discussing The Giver by Lois Lowry today as part of The Stacks Book Club with guest, Sue Thomas aka Traci's mom. The Giver is an award winning classic children's book about a utopia and what we sacrifice for peace and stability. Today we focus in on communal memory, how children learn about atrocities, and the ways in which we read novels differently.

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May 27, 2020
Ep. 112 R. Eric Thomas//Here for It
00:48:38

R. Eric Thomas is the author of Here for It and the writer behind Elle.com's daily column "Eric Reads the News". Eric joins the show to talk about centering his identities of Black, Christian, Gay, and American in Here for It, his collection of humorous and thoughtful essays. We also discuss pop culture as a unifying force, Maxine Waters, and how dreams really do come true (and how badly we need to remember that right now).

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.

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May 20, 2020
Ep. 111 Ethan Strauss//The Victory Machine
00:52:05

Today our guest is Ethan Strauss, a basketball reporter for The Athletic and the author of The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty. The book is a workplace drama about one of basketball's greatest teams, but this episode is more than sports talk. We get into Ethan's love of subculture narratives, being a reporter versus an author, and the "sadness of success". This is an episode for both lovers of the game and the page. 

Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/05/13/ep-111-ethan-strauss 

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May 13, 2020
Ep. 110 Like Mother Like Daughter with Sue Thomas
00:51:38

On today's episode we have one of the earliest supporters of The Stacks and one of Traci's biggest fans, Sue Thomas, better known as Traci's mom. That's right, in honor of Mother's day get to know the person who gave Traci her love of reading and so many book recommendations.

The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.

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May 06, 2020
Ep. 109 Trust Exercise by Susan Choi -- The Stacks Book Club (Brandon Taylor)
01:00:03

Its The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the 2019 National Book Award winner in fiction, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. Our guest is Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life, and if you missed Brandon's first episode you can hear it here. Trust Exercise looks at fiction, perspective, and truth as it ventures back to a 1980's performing arts high school. On this episode we discuss the many twists and turns we experienced as readers and our takes on the characters. We dive deep today, and that means lots of spoilers. You've been warned.

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Apr 29, 2020
Ep. 108 Priya Parker on Meaningful Gatherings in the Time of Corona
00:56:31

Priya Parker, the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, is helping us take a deeper look at how we can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. Not only do we discuss Priya's amazing book, but we also talk about connecting with purpose when we cannot be physically together. She shares insight into her new podcast Together Apart which is about gatherings in the time of Coronavirus. We also look ahead to how we will gather after COVID-19.  

Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.

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Apr 22, 2020
Ep. 107 Abi Daré//The Girl with the Louding Voice
00:30:12

Abi Daré is the debut novelist of The Girl with the Louding Voice. Her book is a coming of age story about a Nigerian girl, Adunni, who is sold into marriage by her father, and the the journey she goes on to find her voice. Today we talk with Daré about how her characters haunt her thoughts, her unique writing process, and her unexpected day job.

Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.

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Apr 15, 2020
Ep. 106 Samantha Irby//Wow, No Thank You
00:58:45

Wow, No Thank You is the most recent essay collection from the hilarious and charming Samantha Irby. We talk today with Samantha about her new book, how she pitches her collections, and what sort of mood she strikes when she sits down to writes (its not what you think). This episode, like Irby's writing, is sure to make you laugh out loud.

Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.

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Apr 08, 2020
EP. 105 The Union of Science and Art with Brandon Taylor
00:49:48

Today marks the start of our third year here at The Stacks, and there is no better way to celebrate than by talking a whole lot about books! Thank you to all our listeners for their love and support, and we can't wait for year three! Make sure to listen to the introduction today to hear about some changes to the podcast.

Our Guest today is Brandon Taylor, debut author of one of 2020's buzziest books, Real Life. We talk today about releasing a book into the world, the similarities between science and art, and much more.

The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.

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Apr 01, 2020
Ep. 104 So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson -- The Stacks Book Club (Gigi Levangie)
00:53:12

Today for The Stacks Book Club, we are talking cancel culture and social media as we examine Jon Ronson's book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. Back to discuss this book with us is author (Been There, Married That) and screenwriter, Gigi Levangie. We ask questions about consent, power dynamics, and fame and how these elements play into public shamings.

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Mar 23, 2020
Ep. 103 An Outsider in Hollywood with Gigi Levangie
00:51:35

Our guest today is author and screenwriter Gigi Levangie. Gigi has written seven books, including The Starter Wife and her latest Been There, Married That, which is a comedic take on Hollywood divorce. She also wrote the 1998 film Stepmom. We talk about attending The Academy Awards, turning real life into fiction, and why Gigi is always reading a business book. 

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Mar 18, 2020
Ep. 102 Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde -- The Stacks Book Club (Asha Grant)
01:06:40

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde is a foundation and timeless feminist text. It covers topics like the erasure of Black women in the feminist movement to living with cancer to raising Black sons. This collection of essays and speeches is dense and ripe for discussion. Asha Grant, the founder of the LA chapter of The Free Black Women's Library, is back and brings her love of Audre Lorde to our discussion for The Stacks Book Club.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/11/ep-102-sister-outsider 

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Mar 11, 2020
Ep. 101 Reading Black Women with Asha Grant
00:56:09

Our guest today is Asha Grant, the founder of the Los Angeles Branch of The Free Black Women's Library. We talk about the work Asha does in the LA community, how much of her own reading consists of books by Black women, and why she is focused on decolonizing her bookshelf. Asha also lets us know how we can get involved with The Free Black Women's Library.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/04/ep-101-reading-black-women-with-asha-grant 

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Mar 04, 2020
Ep. 100 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo -- The Stacks Book Club (August McLaughlin)
01:03:23

Sex, desire, and relationships are all part of today's episode of The Stacks Book Club. August McLaughlin (Girl Boner) is back and we're diving head first into Lisa Taddeo's wildly popularThree Women. This book brings up conversations about trauma, representation, and the marketing of a book.

There are minor spoilers on this episode.

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Feb 26, 2020
Ep. 99 Getting a Girl Boner with August McLaughlin
00:51:21

We're keeping it steamy all month long! Today we have August McLaughlin, author of Girl Boner and host of the Girl Boner Podcast, to talk with us about sex positivity, empowerment, why she uses the term "good girl". Don't worry, she also explains what a "girl boner" is. Plus books, always books.

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Feb 19, 2020
Ep. 98 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne -- The Stacks Book Club (Leah Koch)
00:52:20

We're tacklinng our first ever romance novel for The Stacks Book Club, just in time for Valentine's Day! Today we discuss The Hating Game by Sally Thorne with co-owner of The Ripped Bodice, Leah Koch. Get ready for a conversation about tropes, therapy, and diversity in publishing. How romantic.

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Feb 12, 2020
Ep. 97 A Little Romance with Leah Koch of The Ripped Bodice
01:11:42

We're getting in a little romance this month, with co-owner of The Ripped Bodice, Leah Koch. The Ripped Bodice is the first Romance centric bookstore in The United States. Leah sheds light on what its really like to own your own bookstore, breaks down the criteria of romance novels, and suggest a few titles for people who are new to the genre.

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Feb 05, 2020
Ep. 96 Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino -- The Stacks Book Club (Jordan Moblo)
01:01:47

Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino. We've brought back Jordan Moblo, TV executive and professional reader, to talk about the many ideas that come up in this essay collection, including gender norms, being a millennial, the allure of scammers, difficult women, and more!

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/29/ep-96-trick-mirror

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Jan 29, 2020
Ep. 95 Keeping it Positive with Jordan Moblo
00:46:32

We've got a real life, professional reader on the podcast today. TV executive Jordan Moblo has made a career of reading books in order to turn them into TV shows. He also runs a very popular #bookstagram account, @jordys.book.club, dedicated to celebrating the books he loves. Today we talk negative reviews, social media book clubs, and some of Jordan's favorite books of the last year.

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Jan 22, 2020
Ep. 94 Cribsheet by Emily Oster -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenna Parris)
00:55:58

Professional Mama Jenna Parris, of the Mama Said Podcast ,is back to talk about making the tough parenting decisions. Thats right, its our deep dive into Emily Oster's book Cribsheet. The book is a data-driven guide to helping parents make the best decisions for their families based on studies and cost-benefit analysis. We're taking on all the hot button "mommy wars" issues today from vaccinations to caregiving help and more.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/15/ep-94-cribsheet

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Jan 15, 2020
Ep. 93 Becoming a Mom with Jenna Parris
01:00:59

There has been some big news around here, Traci is now a mom, and to let you all in on some of the story of the new mini stacks, Traci talks with co-host of Mama Said Podcast, Jenna Parris. This episode is different than what you're used to around here, and if we're being honest is a little light on the book content. Instead, we're filling you in on all the baby news, Traci shares some parenting anxiety, and we talk about books for kids.

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Jan 08, 2020
Ep. 92 Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li -- The Stacks Book Club (Vanessa Hua)
00:55:05

It is a brand new year, and a we've got a brand new episode of The Stacks!

We've brought back Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars) to discuss Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, a novel about a family restaurant and the drama that comes along with it. We talk about how books are edited and streamlined, immigrants working in food industries, and what it means to be authentic.

There are spoilers on this episode.

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Jan 01, 2020
The Short Stacks 29: The Best of 2019//Lauren Fanella
00:38:46

To close out this year on The Stacks we're sharing our favorite books of 2019. We brought back friend of the podcast, past guest, and avid reader Lauren Fanella. Today Lauren and Traci each share their top five books of 2019, see how their 2018 predictions held up, and look ahead at the books they are most excited for in 2020. 

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/30/ss-29

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Dec 30, 2019
Ep. 91 The People Who Change Us with Vanessa Hua
01:00:44

Our guest today is Vanessa Hua. Vanessa is the author of A River of Stars and a columnist at The San Francisco Chronicale. We talk today about the differences between writing a column versus a novel, the people who change our lives without knowing, and untraditional motherhood. 

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Dec 25, 2019
Ep. 90 Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson -- The Stacks Book Club (Jason Reynolds)
01:06:54

Jason Reynolds is back this week for The Stacks Book Club discussion of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. The novel tells the story of generations of one family living in Brooklyn, NY and the struggles and success of their lives. We talk about maternal disconnect, doubling down on disappointment, and sensitivty readers.

There are no spoilers this week.

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/18/ep-90-red-at-the-bone

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Dec 18, 2019
The Short Stacks 28: Jacqueline Woodson//Red at the Bone
00:35:26

We are thrilled to have best selling novelist and poet Jacqueline Woodson on The Short Stacks to discuss Red at the Bone, her newest book, and our book club pick for this week (tune in on Wednesday)! We talk with Jacqueline about how she turned a childhood habit of lying into a career, crafting authentic characters, and giving a TED Talk.

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Dec 16, 2019
Ep. 89 Staying True to Yourself with Jason Reynolds
01:10:21

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times best selling author and a National Book Award finalist. He writes novels and poetry for young people, and they'll all tell you Jason just "gets it". We sit down with Jason to discuss his new book Look Both Ways, how his love of music led to a career as an author, and what book he would assign in high school.

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Dec 11, 2019
Ep. 88 Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli -- The Stacks Book Club (Ayser Salman)
01:06:19

Today on The Stacks Book Club we discuss Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli, a book that looks at the immigration crisis at the US/Mexico border for the children who make the journey unaccompanied. Our guest Asyer Salman (The Wrong End of the Table) joins the show to talk about empathy, the language around immigration, and what we can do to help.

There are no spoilers on this episode.

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Dec 04, 2019
The Short Stacks 27: Shea Serrano//Movies (and Other Things)
00:47:05

Shea Serrano is a three-time New York Times best selling author, whose most recent book Movies (and Other Things) is a collection of illustrated essays answering all the questions you didn't know you needed answered when it comes to movies...and other things. We talk about Shea's unconventional start as a writer, what his kids think of his work, and what its like working with illustrator Arturo Torres.

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Dec 02, 2019
Ep. 87 Finding a Seat at the Table with Ayser Salman
01:01:06

Today we welcome Ayser Salman to The Stacks. Ayser is the author of The Wrong End of the Table a comedic memoir about her experiences as a Muslim Arab American woman just trying to fit in. We talk about finding your political voice, the privilege of passing, and if we've ever felt truly seen in a book. 

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Nov 27, 2019
Ep. 86 Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat -- The Stacks Book Club (Hugh Garvey)
00:59:21

We're taking on our first ever cookbook as part of The Stacks Book Club with the help of food writer and executive editor at Sunset Magazine, Hugh Garvey. As we gear up for the holiday season we are diving into Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, and breaking down the key elements of cooking. We talk about freeing ourselves from recipes, cooking anxiety, and the communal act of sharing a meal. Hugh then challenges Traci to use what she's learned to build a salad. Its a delicious episode!

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Nov 20, 2019
The Short Stacks 26: Jami Attenberg//All This Could Be Yours
00:35:29

Today we are joined by author Jami Attenberg to discuss her newest book, All This Could Be Yours. The novel is a family drama that asks the question "what obligation do you have to a dying family member that you simply do not like?" We also talk about the work of being a professional writer, and how books take on a life of their own once they are published.

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Nov 18, 2019
Ep. 85 Recipes Have a Happy Ending with Hugh Garvey
00:59:38

Today we are joined by executive editor of Sunset Magazine, Hugh Garvey. Hugh talks with us about his start in journalism, food writing, the politics of eating, and how he fell in love with recipes for their intimacy and happy endings. 

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Nov 13, 2019
Ep. 84 We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin -- The Stacks Book Club (Chris L. Terry)
00:55:26

The Stacks Book Club is tackling a post-post racial satirical novel this week in our reading of We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. To help us discuss what that even means, and what makes a satire work, and so much more is author Chris L. Terry (Black Card).

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Nov 06, 2019
The Short Stacks 25: Maurice Carlos Ruffin//We Cast a Shadow
00:32:24

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, and joins The Short Stacks to tell us about his process in writing this satirical, speculative fiction novel. We get to talk about what music fueled this novel, how his hometown of New Orleans figures into his work, and how he finds balance between being a writer and lawyer.

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Nov 04, 2019
Ep. 83 What is "Black Enough" with Chris L. Terry
00:55:55

Today on The Stacks we welcome author of Black Card, Chris L. Terry. Chris shares how he balanced his book to pull from his personal experiences as a mixed kid in Richmond, VA, and still maintain a wholly fictional premise and characters. We also talk about the racist idea of being "Black enough", and why Chris doesn't believe in having a go-to book recommendation. 

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Oct 30, 2019
Ep. 82 Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen -- The Stacks Book Club (Jac Vanek))
00:53:57

Chase Darkness with Me is Billy Jensen's true crime book about his journey into solving murder cases. We get to talk about this book, and all the complicated issues it brings up with Jac Vanek (LadyGang, The First Degree). We look at the merits of crowd sourced crime investigation, how we treat victims who aren't pretty white women, and how the current obsession with true crime is a little problematic.

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Oct 23, 2019
The Short Stacks 24: Chloe Benjamin//The Immortalists
00:40:46

Chloe Benjamin author of, The Stacks Book Club pick for October 2019, The Immortalists joins the show to talk about how this epic family saga came to be. She shares how she kept track of her research and characters, addressing uncertainty in the world, and which character in this book is her favorite. She also talks about the gorgeous cover, and so much more!

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Oct 21, 2019
Ep. 81 Writing in Books with Jac Vanek
00:55:25

Today we welcome Jac Vanek to The Stacks. Jac is the CEO of fashion and lifestyle brand, Jac Vanek. She is also one third of the LadyGang, and a co-host on The First Degree podcast. Jac takes us on a journey through her "emo-kid" past, tells us who made her into a reader, and shares why she loves writing in her books.

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Oct 16, 2019
Ep. 80 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenna Ushkowitz)
00:47:50

When it comes to our own deaths we can never really know when its coming, or can we? That is the question at the center of The Stacks Book Club pick, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Jenna Ushkowitz is back with us to discuss this book, the vivid characters inside the story, free will vs. magic, and how America deals with grief.

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Oct 09, 2019
The Short Stacks 23: Tressie McMillan Cottom//Thick
00:37:16

Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by author, academic, and podcast host (Hear to Slay) Tressie McMillan Cottom. Her latest book Thick: And Other Essays is on The National Book Award Longlist for nonfiction, and is the center of our conversation. Cottom explains the power in centering the experiences of Black women, and we get into the nitty gritty of writing snacks and beverages.

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Oct 07, 2019
Ep. 79 When Reading Doesn't Feel Like Work with Jenna Ushkowitz
00:54:16

You might know her from Glee or Showmance Podcast, but today you're going to see actress and producer Jenna Ushkowitz in a whole new way. She sits down with us to talk about her reading habits and why, as a type A person, she struggles with reading sometimes feeling like "work". We also discuss sourcing material for TV and film projects, book buying bans, and her love of canine protagonists.

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Oct 02, 2019
Ep. 78 Educated by Tara Westover--The Stacks Book Club (Sarah Enni)
01:13:20

We are talking about Educated by Tara Westover on The Stacks Book Club today. Author and podcast host Sarah Enni helps us break down why this story became a mega-bestseller and why its the book that everyone is still talking about. We also debate the role of fact versus memory in memoir, and what this book means in the current political climate.

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Sep 25, 2019
The Short Stacks 22: Ibram X. Kendi//How to be an Antiracist
00:37:33

Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi joins us today on The Short Stacks to talk about his New York Times Bestselling book, How to be an Antiracist. We discuss how he came to write this book as a mix of history and memoir. Then he shares his advice for discussing racism with loved ones, and gives us plenty of book and author recommendations to continue on our antiracist journeys.

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Sep 23, 2019
Ep. 77 It's OK to Hate a Book with Sarah Enni
01:10:55

Sarah Enni is the author of Tell Me Everything and the creator and host of the podcast First Draft with Sarah Enni. She joins us today to talk about writing Young Adult books that don't talk down to her audience, dream podcast guests, and why it can be a huge compliment when we hate a book.

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Sep 18, 2019
Ep. 76 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Stacks Book Club (Clark Moore)
01:03:40

Actor Clark Moore is back for The Stacks Book Club as we discuss Never Let Me Go by Nobel Laureate, Kazuo Ishiguro. Our conversation focuses on answering a central question in the novel: Who gets to be human? We also discuss the genre of science fiction and the evolution of social movements.

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Sep 11, 2019
The Short Stacks 21: Garrett M. Graff//The Only Plane in the Sky
00:38:07

Today on The Short Stacks we have author and journalist, Garrett M. Graff, whose newest book is The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 is a detailed look at the events of September 11, 2001 as told by the people who lived it. Garrett tells us about the process of creating a cohesive narrative from hundreds of interviews, and what he learned about a day that has been etched in the collective American memory.

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Sep 09, 2019
Ep. 75 Embracing Queer and Colorful Stories with Clark Moore
01:06:59

Actor Clark Moore (Love, Simon, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is our guest on the show today. We talk about what it is like being an adult that teenagers look up to and how social media has changed the way we see our role models. We also discuss the challenges of being and adult reading YA, and why Clark is seeking out books that center the stories of queer people of color.

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Sep 04, 2019
Ep. 74 The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington--The Stacks Book Club (Allison Punch)
00:57:14

Today on The Stacks Book Club, Allison Punch is back to discuss The Cadaver King and the Country Dentists by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington. The Book is an in depth look at two men who are part of the death investigation industry in Mississippi, how their corruption is indicative of the field at large, and how their malpractice is an indictment of the criminal justice system as a whole.

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Aug 28, 2019
The Short Stacks 20: Kim Brooks//Small Animals
00:33:15

Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear , a smart social critique of American parenting and the anxities that come along with it. Today she shares with us the details of her story, how fear and the commodification of children has created more fear, and what we can do to stop this feedback loop.

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Aug 26, 2019
Ep. 73 Reading with Purpose with Allison Punch
00:58:28

Today on The Stacks we have on avid reader and friend of pod, Allison Punch, who you may know better as @AllisonReadsDC on Instagram. Allison talks with us about incorporating reading into her professional life, why she reads books by authors who don't look like her, and gives you all a bunch of recommendations. Get your TBRs ready.

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Aug 21, 2019
Ep. 72 The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander -- The Stacks Book Club (Dani McClain)
00:59:06

Today on The Stacks Book Club we discuss Elizabeth Alexander's memoir The Light of the World about the unexpected death of her husband. We are joined by Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We to discuss this examination of a life well lived.

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Aug 13, 2019
The Short Stacks 19: Ramin Setoodeh//Ladies Who Punch
00:34:38

Ramin Setoodeh is the author of The New York Times Bestseller, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View". Ramin joins The Short Stacks to discuss this iconic TV show, how the 2016 election impacted the writing of this book, and which co-hosts make his "The View" Mount Rushmore.

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Aug 12, 2019
Ep. 71 Mothering and Social Justice with Dani McClain
01:03:24

Dani McClain is an author and journalist, who's new book We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood is an examination of parenting, community, and social justice. Today we discuss advocating for one's self as a privilege, how non-parents can aid in the work of parenting, and about what books we would and wouldn't teaching in school.

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Aug 07, 2019
Ep. 70 WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson--The Stacks Book Club (Calli Cholodenko)
01:05:19

Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Work Party: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson. We've brought back founder of Something Social, Calli Cholodenko, to help discuss being a female entrepreneur, finding the balance between being creative and running a business, and other challenges, big and small, women face in the work place. There is so much to discuss this week, and its all spoiler free.

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Jul 31, 2019
The Short Stacks 18: Bianca Marais//If You Want to Make God Laugh
00:33:17

On this episode of The Short Stacks we have author Bianca Marais on to talk about her sophomore novel, If You Want to Make God Laugh, about three women in South Africa in the immediate aftermath of Apartheid. We discuss Bianca's vision board for writing, dealing with criticism, and the importance of own voice narratives.

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Jul 29, 2019
Ep. 69 Getting Social with Calli Cholodenko
00:52:07

If you're on social media (duh, of course you are) you're going want to listen to today's episode to hear tips and tricks from someone who knows. Calli Cholodenko, founder and creative director of Something Social a social media and marketing company, is our guest and she is here to share insights into Instagram's algorithms, brand management , and of course books.

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Jul 24, 2019
Ep. 68 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim -- The Stacks Book Club (Rachel Overvoll)
01:01:29

Miracle Creek is a courtroom drama meets literary fiction book by Angie Kim, it is also today's selection for The Stacks Book Club. To help us break down this story of parental anxiety, belonging, and the right to life, we have author and activist Rachel Overvoll (Finding Feminism). Today we discuss intention vs. impact, the language we use around ability levels, and how we respond to characters who do bad things.

There are spoilers on this week's episode. For a spoiler free look at this book check out The Short Stacks with Angie Kim.

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Jul 17, 2019
The Short Stacks 17: Radley Balko//The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
00:37:49

In August we'll be discussing The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington for The Stacks Book Club. In anticipation, we have author and journalist Radley Balko (Rise of the Warrior Cop) on The Short Stacks. We talk about how Radley started reporting on death investigations in Mississippi, the process of working with a legal team for this book, and the In the Dark podcast.

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Jul 15, 2019
Ep. 67 Finding Feminism with Rachel Overvoll
01:01:10

Today on The Stacks, we have author and feminist Rachel Overvoll joining us to discuss her book Finding Feminism, which is a memoir about her upbringing as a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian, her split from the church, and her personal journey toward feminism and empowerment. Rachel shares her own definition of Feminist, her perspectives on leaving religion, and then we go off on a The Bachelor tangent. This episode has it all.

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Jul 10, 2019
Ep. 66 Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson -- The Stacks Book Club (Dave Cullen)
01:17:43

Today on The Stacks Book Club, we're taking it to the backlist of American Fiction with Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. Our guest is New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen (Columbine, Parkland). On this episode we discuss chasing highs, what makes a good cover, and who gets to tell what stories.

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Jul 03, 2019
The Short Stacks 16: Angie Kim//Miracle Creek
00:44:26

Miracle Creek is The Stack s Book Club pick for July 17th, and today, we have the author of the book, Angie Kim to give you a spoiler free look into this courtroom drama meets literary fiction about family and obligation. Kim explains how this book is influenced from many different parts of her own life, how she came up with names for her characters, and how Miracle Creek got its title.

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Jul 01, 2019
Ep. 65 Crafting a Compelling Narrative with Dave Cullen
01:18:33

Our guest today is two-time New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen. His first book, Columbine, is one of host, Traci Thomas', favorite books. Cullen is most recently the author of Parkland: Birth of a Movement. Today we talk about following journalistic instincts, crafting a compelling narrative, and then we get a sneak peek into Dave Cullen's forthcoming book, Soldiers First.

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Jun 26, 2019
Ep. 64 The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams -- The Stacks Book Club (Lori Gottlieb)
01:00:44

New York Times Best Selling author Lori Gottlieb (Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) is back to discuss The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams for The Stacks Book Club. The book provides the reader with a range of emotions as it navigates Yip-Williams' terminal cancer diagnosis and struggle to die with grace. We discuss our aversion to not having the answers, bucket lists, and how we, as a society, talk about and treat people living with and dying from cancer.

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Jun 19, 2019
The Short Stacks 15: Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin//How We Fight White Supremacy
00:39:11

For the first time ever we have two authors on The Stacks at once, and we are thrilled about it. Today we talk to Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin the co-authors of How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. We discuss the importance of diverse Black voices being represented in the book, how Solomon and Rankin worked together to create it, and the importance of a book proposal. Plus we talk about how small acts of resistance have a big place in the fight against white supremacy.

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Jun 17, 2019
Ep. 63 The Love of Therapy with Lori Gottlieb
00:58:27

Today our guest is therapist andauthor Lori Gottlieb, whose new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, is a New York Times Best Seller. We talk about how this fascinating book took shape, the importance of mental health, and different kinds of therapy. Then we dive into Lori's reading taste, which can be summed up by her catch phrase, ABAB aka Always Bring a Book.  

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Jun 10, 2019
Ep. 62 Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler -- The Stacks Book Club (Joseph Papa)
01:01:52

Today on The Stacks we're discussing Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler. Author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Life for Passion ) and former book publicist Joseph Papa, is our guest and he helps us break down this book. We discuss the use of the acronym LGBTQIA+, how society criminalizes human beings, and some of the most incredible ten pages of writing we've ever read.

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Jun 05, 2019
The Short Stacks 14: Etaf Rum//A Woman is No Man
00:26:27

Etaf Rum is a debut author, whose book A Woman is No Man, is one of the buzziest of the year. The story follows three gerneations of women in a Palestinian family, and throughout we are asked to grapple with the themes of identity, self worth, abuse, and empowerment. Rum shares with us what it is like to hear from her readers, some of her goals, and what books she keeps around for inspiration.

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Jun 03, 2019
Ep. 61 The Publicizing of Books with Joseph Papa
01:01:12

Our guest today is Joseph Papa, author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life), activist, and former book publicist at Harper Collins. Joseph brings his years of experience to the show to explain how book publicity works, what it is like working with celebrity authors, Kris Jenner's reading taste, Scientology and more!

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May 29, 2019
Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (DaMaris B. Hill)
01:12:53

Beloved is a classic American novel by one of the greatest novelists of our time, Toni Morrison. It is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week, and we are lucky to have author and scholar DaMaris B. Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing) to help us break it down. We talk about the legacy of slavery on Black Americans, how to discuss great works that we don't personally enjoy, intimacy as it relates to insanity, and Pulitzer Prize controversy.

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May 22, 2019
The Short Stacks 13: Robert W. Fieseler//Tinderbox
00:35:12

We're joined today by Robert W. Fieseler author of June The Stacks Book Club Pick, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation . In our conversation we get to know Fieseler, how this tragic event came into his life, where he found his sources, and the toll writing about trauma can have on an author. Our conversation is spoiler free, and serves as a great introduction for our TSBC conversation on Tinderbox , that will air on June 5th.

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May 20, 2019
Ep. 59 Chasing Perfection with DaMaris B. Hill
00:59:48

DaMaris B. Hill is an author and scholar, and her latest book, A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing, is a collection of poetry dealing with the incarceration of Black women. Today on The Stacks she talks with us about how she came to be a writer, her perfectionist spirit, and the books that have inspired her along the way.

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May 15, 2019
Ep. 58 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed -- The Stacks Book Club (Keltie Knight)
00:50:12

Keltie is back! That's right, its time for The Stacks Book Club, and Keltie is here as we take a deep dive into Cheryl Strayed's collection of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things. We talk about this fantastic book, the best advice we've received, dealing with grief, being ambitious, and weddings. Basically, we're talking about it all. And the best part? There are no spoilers this week. 

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May 08, 2019
The Short Stacks 12: Damon Young//What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
00:38:53

On today's episdoe of The Short Stacks our guest is Damon Young. Damon is the co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, a senior editor at The Root, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker . We talk today about the anxieties of releasing a