Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

By Zibby Owens

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Writer Zibby Owens, www.zibbyowens.com, mother of four, interviews authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

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Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer, TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEWORK: Organizational, Content-Specific, and Test-Prep Strategies to Help Your Children Help Themselves
00:14:15

Zibby is joined by Brian Platzer and Abby Freireich, two Manhattan teachers who also run New York's only tutoring company fully staffed by professional classroom teachers, to talk about their new book, Taking the Stress Out of Homework. Brian and Abby share their top tips for how parents can assist with homework in non-invasive ways, the importance of teaching young students how to back-plan their schedules, and why their book doesn't offer a one-size-fits-all approach to learning.


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Sep 25, 2021
Renée Rosen, THE SOCIAL GRACES: A Novel
00:21:48

Although Renée Rosen's latest book is a work of fiction, she manages to tell the incredible true story of the feud between Alva Vanderbilt and Caroline Astor in The Social Graces. Set during the Gilded Age, the book comments on the societal absurdities and paradoxes of the era and examines how women were able to create their own way in the world at a time when they had few guaranteed rights.


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Sep 24, 2021
Pam Jenoff, THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR: A Novel
00:27:44

Zibby hosted a meeting of the Peloton Moms Book Club where they were joined by Pam Jenoff to discuss her latest novel, The Woman with the Blue Star. Pam answered questions about how her career in the U.S. Foreign Service continues to inspire her books, where she draws the line between the real historical stories she uncovers and the fiction she writes, and how she has found time to write eleven novels (hint: she gets up earlier than she would like).


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Sep 23, 2021
Fran Drescher, CANCER SCHMANCER
00:24:38

Zibby is joined by creator and star of The Nanny and founder of The Cancer Schmancer Movement, Fran Drescher, to talk about her 2003 New York Times bestseller, Cancer Schmancer, and how its release changed her life forever. After sharing her journey battling uterine cancer, Fran realized just how common her story was and set out on a mission to help everyone live cleaner and healthier lives. If you'd like to participate in Fran's Mahjong Tournament fundraiser, hosted by Modern Mahjong and benefitting the Cancer Schmancer Movement, sign up at cancerschmancer.org.


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Sep 22, 2021
Ruth Ozeki, THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS: A Novel
00:22:37

Award-winning writer, professor, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness. The two talk about capturing the imagination of children's books for adults, how social norms in every culture determine where the line is drawn between creativity and mental illness, and why Ruth sees books as living things.


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Sep 21, 2021
Ben Mezrich, THE ANTISOCIAL NETWORK:
00:30:04

Ben Mezrich, the bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires (which was adapted into The Social Network), joins Zibby to discuss his latest thriller, The Antisocial Network. The book chronicles the GameStop stock scandal that took place earlier this year. Ben discusses why his stories often read very cinematically, his unusual path to becoming a writer, and the ways in which his young kids' internet habits reveal our society's economic future. 


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Sep 20, 2021
Nathan Harris, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER: A Novel
00:21:58

"I can assure you that moms do find time to read. At least, my mom did." Zibby is joined by Nathan Harris whose debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, was selected as an Oprah Book Club Pick, was on President Obama's 2021 Summer Reading List, and was longlisted for this year's Booker Prize. Nathan shares why he was initially scared to write a novel set immediately after emancipation, how his mom reacted when he told her Oprah had just called him, and the importance of finding a supportive community to share your literary universe with.


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Sep 19, 2021
Daisy Dowling, WORKPARENT: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids
00:28:45

Zibby is joined by Daisy Dowling, her beloved fourth-grade teacher's daughter, to discuss Daisy's new book, Workparent. After serving as a corporate executive coach assisting mothers and fathers trying to strike the right work-life balance, Daisy realized there are lessons every working parent can learn. She shares why she made sure to include advice for all types of families, how she structured her research as if she were an architect, and the importance of figuring out your own working-parent template while not comparing yourself to anyone else.


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Sep 18, 2021
Jenny Lisk, FUTURE WIDOW: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice
00:33:37

When Jenny Lisk's husband started feeling dizzy one day, they had no idea the cause would be terminal brain cancer. In an instant, Jenny had to become a caretaker to her husband while also figuring out how she was going to parent their two kids as a widow. Now five years later, Jenny hosts the Widowed Parent Podcast and has written her first book, Future Widow, to offer the advice she wishes she had to those in her position as well as friends and family looking to help.


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Sep 17, 2021
Fredrik Backman, ANXIOUS PEOPLE: A Novel
00:30:51

"People affect each other in ways you're not aware of and in ways that you're not expecting." Fredrik Backman, the bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, joins Zibby to discuss his latest novel, Anxious People, the #1 bestseller which is now out in paperback. The two talk about the lifelong effects of losing loved ones to suicide, as well as why Fredrik prefers to work through the tragic death of his friend in his comedic books instead of his dramatic stories. They also connect over their shared belief that parenthood is often a thankless job.


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Sep 16, 2021
Hank Phillippi Ryan, HER PERFECT LIFE
00:30:16

Zibby is joined by 37-time Emmy award-winning journalist and bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan to discuss her latest novel, Her Perfect Life. Hank shares which elements of her own life inspired storylines for her protagonist and when she decided to take the leap into writing fiction. Hank also tells Zibby about the inner conflict that arises when breaking a news story and where she draws the line between hurting and helping people.


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Sep 15, 2021
Liane Moriarty, APPLES NEVER FALL
00:28:10

Bestselling author of Big Little LiesNine Perfect Strangers, and Truly Madly Deeply, Liane Moriarty (also now known as “the TV lady”) had planned to take a year off to write for herself instead of a deadline, but she ended up creating an entire novel from a single-sentence prompt her sister sent her. Liane joins Zibby to talk about how she came up with the three incredibly different yet intricately woven storylines in her latest book, Apples Never Fall, as well as when she realized tennis would play a huge role in the narrative. The two also talk about Liane's use of red herrings, empty nest-hood, and, of course, podcasts.


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Sep 14, 2021
Kristan Higgins, PACK UP THE MOON: A Novel
00:26:46

Kristan Higgins, the bestselling author of twenty-one books, joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel Pack Up the Moon. Kristan shares how her personal experience with grief has shaped her entire life — and, notably, her marriage — and inspired a number of her stories, including this one. She also tells Zibby about how she became a writer when she realized that her love for reading and romantic comedies could be coupled to tell the stories of normal people. Read Kristan's essay "Preparing for Widowhood" on Moms Don't Have Time to Write here


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Sep 13, 2021
Kat Chow, SEEING GHOSTS: A Memoir
00:19:20

Former NPR reporter and journalist Kat Chow had a fear of death growing up which only made the death of her mother hit harder. In her debut memoir, Seeing Ghosts, Kat attempts to preserve her mother and her idiosyncrasies while also recounting her family's grieving process. Kat and Zibby discuss the process of mourning and memorializing those who have passed on and how the collective grief from Covid has impacted them.


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Sep 12, 2021
Jessica DuLong, SAVED AT THE SEAWALL: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift
00:30:58

Zibby hosts a special podcast in honor of the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 with author, mariner, historian, and journalist Jessica DuLong. Jessica’s latest book, Saved at the Seawall, tells the story of the boat lift in the New York City harbor on 9/11 and beyond. Jessica shares what drove her to take action and assist on the water, as well as the individual narratives of so many other who put humanity first to help others in need in the immediate aftermath of the crashes. Jessica and Zibby also discuss their own grieving journeys and how we can apply the lessons learned back then to our divided world today.


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Sep 11, 2021
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström, IN EVERY MIRROR SHE'S BLACK: A Novel
00:24:26

Debut novelist Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström joins Zibby to talk about the inspiration for her book, In Every Mirror She's Black. Although she received 70 rejections, Lọlá knew her story about three Black women from all walks of life in Sweden was necessary to share with the world and her determination has proven industry gatekeepers wrong. Lọlá also tells Zibby about her experiences working as a travel journalist and how living all around the world helped her shape her characters and her story.


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Sep 10, 2021
Bethany Crandell, SEE JANE SNAP
00:25:38

Zibby is joined by Bethany Crandell to talk about her hilarious second adult novel, See Jane Snap, which began with just the title. Bethany shares what inspired her to start writing young adult novels and when she knew it was time to make the switch to adult fiction. She also tells Zibby how her own family's story offered inspiration for this book and where she sees her writing going next.


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Sep 10, 2021
Sophie Brickman, BABY, UNPLUGGED: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age
00:21:03

Journalist Sophie Brickman joined Zibby to discuss her first book, Baby, Unplugged, and the way childcare technology can make parents more anxious than at ease. Sophie shares how her husband's love of technology led to them test out a variety of child-centered gadgets, and which among them were actually worth it. Sophie also tells Zibby about how her experience as a line cook in New York City led to her career in journalism and what inspired her to make the shift from food writing to researching parenthood.


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Sep 09, 2021
Lauren Groff, MATRIX: A Novel
00:24:09

Lauren Groff, the award-winning author of Florida, joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, Matrix, which was inspired by the often overlooked medieval female poet, Marie de France. Lauren shares why she wanted to discuss contemporary issues through a historical lens, why her novels often go through four or five very different iterations, and the number one tactic she uses to get out of her own way when writing.


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Sep 08, 2021
Hayley Mills, FOREVER YOUNG: A Memoir
00:27:22

Zibby is joined by the iconic star of the original The Parent Trap, Hayley Mills, to discuss her time acting with Disney and the stories that are recounted in her new memoir, Forever Young. Hayley tells Zibby about how her screenwriter son showed her how to shape the narrative arc of her formative years, her experience exploring Walt Disney's archives and private possessions (which included her own hand-written letters), and the lessons she learned about her own family through reflecting on the past.


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Sep 07, 2021
Jan Grue, I LIVE A LIFE LIKE YOURS: A Memoir
00:23:24

Norwegian author and professor Jan Grue joins Zibby to discuss his latest book, I Live a Life Like Yours, which was originally published in Norway in 2018. They talk about how Jan was inspired to write the book after reviewing medical and bureaucratic files on his childhood that painted a very different picture than his happy memories, and shares how he went about reconciling the two. Zibby and Jan's conversation also touches on the differences in how those with disabilities are treated in the U.S. and in Norway, as well as the importance of simply being kind to everyone you encounter.


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Sep 06, 2021
Chin, YZ, EDGE CASE: A Novel
00:24:28

"It's distressing to realize that you're changing. You can see yourself changing in the eyes of the people closest to you." Zibby is joined by YZ Chin to discuss her first novel, Edge Case. While the book is not autobiographical, YZ explains which elements of her own immigration journey inspired parts of the story and shared how obtaining her green card allowed her to finally pursue her dream of writing a novel. The two also talk about how the book portrays issues like mental illness and gender dynamics in the workplace with honesty and compassion.


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Sep 05, 2021
Amy Koppelman, A MOUTHFUL OF AIR
00:27:54

"No one tells you how scary it is to become a mom. You're responsible for a whole other life." Amy Koppelman joined Zibby for an IG Live to talk about her book, A Mouthful of Air, which is being re-released to celebrate the premiere of its film adaptation, which Amy wrote the screenplay for and directed. They talk about why so many women suffer during the postpartum period in silence, how Amy wanted the book to help start a conversation about maternal mental health eighteen years ago, and the experience of adapting a very personal book for the screen with Amanda Seyfried.


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Sep 04, 2021
James Whiteside, CENTER CENTER: A Funny, Sexy, Sad Almost-Memoir of a Boy in Ballet
00:18:06

Principal dancer and choreographer of the American Ballet Theatre James Whiteside joins Zibby to discuss his almost-memoir, Center Center, which James always knew he was meant to write. The two talk about his eclectic late mother and the impact she had on James and his siblings, as well as his plans for the future now that he is living his childhood dream. 


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Sep 03, 2021
Dr. Samantha Boardman, EVERYDAY VITALITY: Turning Stress into Strength
00:29:12

"The most vital things we do — the best antidote to stress — are actually doing things for someone else." Psychiatrist Samantha Boardman, MD, joins Zibby to talk about the patient who inspired her to pursue positive psychology and the lessons she learned on that journey, which culminated in her new book, Everyday Vitality. Samantha shares the easiest ways we can all start reviving our own vitality (hint: we can't do it alone) and tells Zibby about the ways she has applied her practice in her own life, proving positive growth and change are possible for everyone.


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Sep 02, 2021
Cynthia C. Muchnick and Justin Muchnick, THE PARENT COMPASS: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World & THE BOARDING SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
00:30:00

Zibby is joined by mother-son duo Cindy C. Muchnick and Justin Muchnick to talk about their respective books, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World and The Boarding School Survival Guide. Zibby sought Justin's book when her own son went off to boarding school, as it features personal accounts from twenty-six students about what they wished they had known before enrolling. Cindy's book serves as a nice companion for parents learning how to be supportive without over-managing their children.


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Sep 01, 2021
Taylor Jenkins Reid, MALIBU RISING: A Novel
00:26:36

"We live our inner life, and then we live the life that we show people. Sometimes, we're just putting on the performance." Zibby is joined by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid to talk about her latest novel, Malibu Rising, which features the children of one of her former characters — from both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six — over the course of one day. The two discuss why Taylor finds fame and families so interesting to write about, how her screenwriter husband is always her first reader, and the ways in which both Taylor and Zibby manage societal pressures as working mothers. 


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Aug 31, 2021
Eleanor Henderson, EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS: A Marriage
00:26:46

"One of the things that I was working through in my life and in this book was recognizing that I couldn't keep somebody else alive. That was hard to accept." Zibby is joined by Eleanor Henderson, author of the visceral memoir, Everything I Have Is Yours, to talk about the painful reality of caring for a loved one who's suffering from an undiagnosable condition. Eleanor shares the ways in which her fiction writing prepared her to discuss her personal life and why she loves reading books that break her heart.


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Aug 30, 2021
Mona Awad, ALL'S WELL: A Novel
00:27:00

Mona Awad joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, All's Well. The pair talk about Mona's own experience with chronic pain and how she found solace from it in Shakespeare's plays, much like the book's protagonist. Mona also recounts her rocky educational journey and why she credits fairytales with helping her find her way to creative writing.


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Aug 29, 2021
Simon Rich, NEW TEETH: Stories
00:23:22

Zibby is joined by author and screenwriter Simon Rich to discuss his latest book of comedic short stories, New Teeth. One of the youngest writers to be hired on Saturday Night Live, Simon shares how his writing has become much more optimistic since becoming a father, where he finds inspiration for his absurdist fiction, and why his primary goal for the future is so simple. 


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Aug 28, 2021
Sara Arnell, THERE WILL BE LOBSTER: Memoir of a Midlife Crisis
00:20:11

Sara Arnell joins Zibby to discuss her debut book, There Will Be Lobster, which documents her midlife crisis and what she learned in the throes of it. Sara and Zibby talk about the resistance many feel to recognizing they are middle-aged. Sara also shares the serious tolls this era took on her mental health, how her children got involved with shaping and sharing the story, and why she hopes this book will be a guide for others who are uncomfortable with middle age.


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Aug 27, 2021
Mena Suvari, THE GREAT PEACE: A Memoir
00:34:49

Zibby led a discussion with actress Mena Suvari for a virtual event with Book Soup in Los Angeles where they discussed Mena's debut memoir, The Great Peace. Their conversation touched on how Mena knew it was the perfect time to share her story, the ways in which she processed her relationship with fame, and why the miracles in her life have helped her to find her place in this world. Watch the full conversation here!


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Aug 26, 2021
Liv Constantine, THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR
00:19:56

Zibby was joined by sisters Lynne and Val Constantine — the duo behind Liv Constantine who wrote the Reese's Book Club pick, The Last Mrs. Parrish — for an Instagram Live to discuss their latest thriller, The Stranger in the Mirror. They talk about the research that went into writing about amnesia, why the book's suspicious mother-in-law ended up becoming their favorite character, and how their grandmother's life story continues to inspire their narratives today.


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Aug 25, 2021
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Novel
00:24:15

"Grief is what we pay for love. If you don't really love somebody, you just get past it." Zibby is joined by poet, professor, and author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers to talk about her debut novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois. Honorée shares how she wanted to infuse the book with memories from her childhood without stealing stories directly from her family, as well as how a prolonged period of loss and grief in her life has led her to form a deep connection with her characters. Check out Zibby and Kyle’s appearance on Good Day LA where they recommended this book here


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Aug 24, 2021
Katie Russell Newland, A SEASON WITH MOM: Love, Loss, and the Ultimate Baseball Adventure
00:23:54

Before Katie Russell Newland's mom died, the two planned to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the country. After overcoming health issues of her own, Katie decided to finally complete her mother's wish. Her debut memoir, A Season with Mom, tells the story of Katie's journey in the form of letters to her mother documenting what she learned about herself and their relationship, and has already been optioned by Kaley Cuoco's production company!


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Aug 23, 2021
Jennifer Weiner, THAT SUMMER: A Novel
00:27:35

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner joined Zibby's Virtual Book Club to talk about her latest novel, That Summer. Jennifer shares how she was inspired to write her recent trilogy after receiving another Jennifer Weiner's emails and why she wanted to combine that story with the #MeToo movement. She also answers questions from readers about her father, raising two book-loving daughters, and how she uses fiction to work through things as they unfold in her life. Join Zibby's Virtual Book Club today!


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Aug 22, 2021
Cecily Strong, THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON: A Memoir
00:17:21

"Laughter goes hand in hand with tragedy and how we cope." Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong joined Zibby for an Instagram Live to discuss her debut memoir, This Will All Be Over Soon. Combining her own story with that of her beloved cousin Owen, Cecily reflects on the pandemic as it unfolded and what the loss felt like. Cecily hopes the book will keep Owen's optimistic spirit alive, as well as help readers cope with their own loss.


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Aug 21, 2021
Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN
00:30:45

Zibby was joined by the authors of The Personal Librarian, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, for an Instagram Live to talk about their GMA Book Club pick. Marie and Victoria share the story of how they met each other, why they're more like soulmates than collaborators, and how the social movements during the last year served to strengthen both their story and their interracial friendship. The pair also discuss how their trust in one another allowed them to weave an emotional and intricate historical fiction about Belle da Costa Greene, and where their partnership is taking them next.


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Aug 20, 2021
Sara Shepard, SAFE IN MY ARMS
00:31:13

Zibby moderated a conversation with Sara Shepard about her latest novel, Safe in My Arms, as part of the virtual Penguin Bookshop Writers Series in Pittsburgh. The two bonded over their habit of expecting the worst-case scenario in every situation, and Sara shared what projects she's working on next. The two also talked about Sara's essay in Zibby's first anthology as well as why it might be a bad idea for Sara to think about thrillers while jogging around her neighborhood. And, check out Zibby's @gmabookclub IG Live with Sara here!


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Aug 19, 2021
Karin Slaughter, FALSE WITNESS: A Novel
00:29:39

Zibby is joined by illustrious crime author Karin Slaughter, whose books have sold over 35 million copies in 37 languages. The two talk about how Karin's experiences with the pandemic and babysitting factored into her latest book, False Witness, as well as how writing stories throughout her childhood about her sisters disappearing led to her current career. She also shares what it has been like to watch her novel, Pieces of Her, go through the adaptation process with Netflix, and a few behind-the-scenes secrets from her visits to the set.


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Aug 18, 2021
Zoje Stage, GETAWAY
00:21:09

"You can only control your own life and what you do. Tomorrow isn't here. We just have today. Today, we're fine." Author of Baby Teeth Zoje Stage joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, Getaway, which is not about a breezy vacation as the title may suggest. Zoje shares how the trauma she endured as a resident of Squirrel Hill — the neighborhood that was home to the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting — inspired the story's psychological and religious themes, and the parts of herself that she sees in her characters. Check out Zibby and Kyle’s appearance on Good Day LA where they recommended this book here.


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Aug 17, 2021
Jason Mott, HELL OF A BOOK: A Novel
00:19:14

Jason Mott's latest novel, Hell of a Book — which is already a New York Times bestseller and a Read With Jenna Book Club pick— is meant to make readers laugh out loud on one page while offering a critical look at serious topics like race and policing in America on the next. Jason joins Zibby to discuss the technical structure of the book, as well as how his introverted tendencies both inspired the story's undertones and prompted Zibby to reflect on her own shyness. The two also talk about ways they like to recharge after spending time around other people and why Jason doesn't like to take himself too seriously. Check out Zibby and Kyle’s appearance on Good Day LA where they recommended this book here.


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Aug 16, 2021
Gina Yashere, CACK-HANDED: A Memoir
00:27:16

Although Gina Yashere's path to comedy wasn't easy, writing her memoir, Cack-Handed, in her own voice allowed her to work through some things she thought she had left behind. Now a legend in the comedy world, with a CBS sitcom that she created and stars in, Gina is reflecting on how she got to where she is. She shares what growing up as the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants in the U.K. was like in the 1980s, why she turned to comedy as a way to mitigate some of the racialized violence she experienced, and how writing this book helped her understand her mother in a brand-new way.


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Aug 15, 2021
Ann Garvin, I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK: A Novel
00:27:08

Former Moms Don't Have Time to Lose Weight guest Ann Garvin joins Zibby for a new conversation. The two discuss Ann's latest novel, I Thought You Said This Would Work, and how we rarely ever talk about how significant friendships are in our lives, as well as how destabilizing it can be to lose them. Ann also shares what motivated her to start Tall Poppy Writers, a female writing collective designed to help women connect with one another to not only improve their work but also build a supportive community.


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Aug 14, 2021
Claire Nelson, THINGS I LEARNED FROM FALLING: A Memoir
00:26:21

Zibby is joined by journalist Claire Nelson to talk about her incredible debut memoir, Things I Learned From Falling, which documents her near-death experience while hiking at Joshua Tree. As Claire waited for days for assistance to arrive —wondering if any would come at all— she set out on a self-reflection journey in which she uncovered uncomfortable truths about her inner beliefs and her mortality at large. Despite her harrowing journey, Claire shares how she approaches each day with comedy and a determination to live.


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Aug 13, 2021
Mary Dixie Carter, THE PHOTOGRAPHER: A Novel
00:24:27

While The Photographer may be Mary Dixie Carter's first novel, she has been writing and creating art her entire life. Mary Dixie tells Zibby how her previous roles as an actress and a journalist helped shape her into the writer she is today, the bizarre real-life interaction with a photographer that inspired her dark and suspicious protagonist, and why she finds life more fascinating behind the metaphorical camera.


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Aug 12, 2021
Peter Hoffman, WHAT'S GOOD?: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients
00:23:51

Zibby is joined by restaurateur Peter Hoffman to talk about his debut memoir, What's Good, which not only takes readers through Peter's own history but through those of his favorite ingredients as well. The two talk about the people who shaped Peter's cooking style, what we all gain when we cook with local ingredients, and where to find the best strawberries in New York City.


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Aug 11, 2021
Tracy Swinton Bailey, PhD, FOREVER FREE: A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy
00:18:29

"I realized that being a good reader and helping other people read well is a political act. You take a stand in society when you decide to chase after that." Along with instilling a lifelong love of reading, Tracy Swinton Bailey's father taught her how powerful literacy could be, which inspired her to start the literacy nonprofit Freedom Readers in 2010. Tracy talked with Zibby about her memoir, Forever Free, the incredible results Freedom Readers has produced, and how the group plans to grow in a post-pandemic world. Listeners can get involved at freedomreaders.org.


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Aug 10, 2021
Abbie Greaves, ANYWHERE FOR YOU: A Novel
00:23:43

Abbie Greaves is still perplexed by the question posed on the cover of her latest book, Anywhere for You: "How far would you go for the love of your life?" Abbie and Zibby also discussed heartbreaking truths about missing persons, why they love stories with a large cast of characters, and all of the amazing things we often overlook during our daily commutes.


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Aug 09, 2021
Emily Henry, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION
00:32:45

Emily Henry joined Zibby for an Instagram Live to discuss her latest novel, People We Meet on Vacation — one of her two books currently on the New York Times bestsellers list! The two had a wide-ranging and fun conversation about everything from expensing vacations to their favorite rom-com, and why it's so hard for them to pick out book recommendations.


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Aug 08, 2021
Sarah Maslin Nir, HORSE CRAZY: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal
00:29:47

With the Hampton Classic horse show around the corner, New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir's debut memoir, Horse Crazy, is more timely than ever. As she traveled the world for work, Sarah secretly documented the history of horses in each region, satisfying a lifelong obsession while also developing her own personal narrative. From growing up as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor to working for the founder of The Black Cowboy Museum and meeting a woman whose own horse obsession led her to nefarious deeds, Sarah's story is as complex and riveting as the animals she loves.


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Aug 07, 2021
Martha Beck, THE WAY OF INTEGRITY: Finding the Path to Your True Self
00:29:25

Life coach and longtime columnist at O, the Oprah Magazine Martha Beck joins Zibby to discuss her latest book, The Way of Integrity, and how the root of all psychological suffering is a loss of structural integrity in our lives. Martha shares her personal story of losing and learning to regain her own integrity, as well as a handful of self-help steps readers can use to rebuild themselves and achieve the lives they were meant to live.


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Aug 06, 2021
Karin Tanabe, A WOMAN OF INTELLIGENCE: A Novel
00:27:29

"People will ask: 'But you love your kids, right?' Of course, I love my kids — that's not the issue. We don't have to always say that when we are talking about how hard it is to be a mother." Karin Tanabe joins Zibby to talk about her sixth novel, A Woman of Intelligence, and how it portrays motherhood in the 1950s. The two discuss some of the shocking historical events that were featured in the story, the influence Karin had on the cover art, and how writing, like all art, requires time and practice.


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Aug 05, 2021
Clare Mackintosh, HOSTAGE: A Locked-Room Thriller
00:28:26

Although many people haven't started flying at the same rate they were pre-pandemic, Clare Mackintosh's latest thriller, Hostage, might make it hard for anyone to ever get back there. Clare joined Zibby to talk about her love for writing on planes (which partially inspired the story's setting on a 20-hour flight), how her writing habits have changed over the last year, and what she plans to work on now that she has rediscovered her creativity.


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Aug 04, 2021
Phillip Lopate, THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ESSAY
00:23:46

Critic and essayist Phillip Lopate joins Zibby to discuss his latest anthology, The Contemporary American Essay, and how it fits into his trilogy of American essay collections. Also discussed is Phillip's large body of work (including The Art of the Personal Essay, which has been a part of every personal library Zibby has had), why anthologies require a certain headspace to assemble, and just how powerful an essay can be. 


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Aug 03, 2021
Deborah Copaken, LADYPARTS: A Memoir
00:30:41

Universal healthcare may be a controversial issue for some, but not for author Deborah Copaken. In her new memoir, Ladyparts, Deborah shares how her personal and medical history were only made more challenging by the fact that she did not consistently have insurance, despite being a New York Times bestselling author with an illustrious career. Using her own body as a metaphor for how women are treated in the American healthcare system, Deborah takes an unflinching look at the industry's often insurmountable hurdles and the physical toll they take.


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Aug 03, 2021
Anna Qu, MADE IN CHINA: A Memoir of Love and Labor
00:26:27

Zibby is joined by debut memoirist Anna Qu to discuss Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, which is out today. The two discuss the trauma endured during Qu's childhood, how she managed to reconcile her memory with government documents that didn't tell her full story, and why she remains incredibly grateful for those who saw her value when her family did not.


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Aug 03, 2021
Leslie A. Rasmussen, AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER: A Novel
00:19:07

Although it's not surprising that comedy writer Leslie A. Rasmussen's debut novel, After Happily Ever After, is incredibly funny, the relatability of her characters' experiences is uncanny. Pulling real events and emotions from her and her friends' lives — as well as countless other anonymous women who answered a survey during her long-ago attempt to write a non-fiction book about womanhood — Leslie manages to capture shared experiences that are less than ideal and turn them into something not only worth rereading but reliving.


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Aug 02, 2021
Sari Botton, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT (REVISED EDITION): Writers on Loving and Leaving New York
00:25:55

Zibby is joined by Sari Botton, the editor of Goodbye to All That, and two of the authors who contributed essays to the revised anthology, Carolita Johnson and Rosie Schaap. The four women discuss the role New York City has played in each of their lives, as well as how it has changed since the re-release was planned back in 2019. The interview, like the book, was full of nostalgia, reflections, and love for the iconic city.


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Aug 01, 2021
Matt Haig, THE COMFORT BOOK
00:34:00

"However bad things are, there's a resilience inside us that can actually cope with more than it feels like we can in any given moment." After completing The Midnight Library (which has now sold one million copies in the U.S.) at the start of the pandemic, Matt Haig wanted to create a book that was as comforting for others to read as it was for him to create. Having lived with anxiety, depression, and a panic disorder for most of his life, Matt compiled the most helpful habits, philosophies, and lessons to take readers along on a heartening mental health journey in The Comfort Book.


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Jul 31, 2021
Carol Edgarian, VERA: A Novel
00:21:29

Although author Carol Edgarian is not a San Francisco native, she has managed to capture both the beauty of the city and the fear that comes from living in a place so frequently touched by natural disasters. Carol joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, Vera, which elegantly blends together these two themes, as well as her Instagram Live show about the roots of different words and the work she continues to do with her nonprofit, Narrative Magazine.


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Jul 30, 2021
Kate Eberle Walker, THE GOOD BOSS: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work
00:24:50

CEO of PresenceLearning, Kate Eberle Walker, joins Zibby to talk about her new book, The Good Boss, and what it actually takes to become one. After deciding to stop telling other women that they needed to change in order to fit into workplaces that were designed by men for men, Kate realized she needed to create a guide to change the workplaces themselves. Kate and Zibby connect over similar work experiences, and Kate shares some of the nine steps she recognized as essential for making working environments more supportive for women. 


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Jul 29, 2021
Ashley C. Ford, SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir
00:28:02

Growing up, writer and podcaster Ashley C. Ford always felt like her family was keeping secrets from her. As she began to work through the traumas she endured in her relationships both in and outside of her home, Ashley uncovered truths about her family as well as herself, which she shares in her debut memoir, Somebody's Daughter. She tells Zibby what her journey to self-acceptance has looked like, where her relationships with her parents each stand today, and how fulfilling it is to realize love can take any shape if we're willing to embrace it.


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Jul 28, 2021
Joan Silber, SECRETS OF HAPPINESS
00:18:09

Many authors would feel daunted by the prospect of putting out a new book soon after a multi-award-winning novel. But after writing and teaching for over 40 years, Joan Silber knows the only thing in her control is to continue working on her craft regardless of getting published. Her latest book, Secrets of Happiness, takes readers around the world, from New York to Thailand and back again, and proves the age-old advice that the best way for a writer to grow is to just keep writing.


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Jul 27, 2021
Sarah Sentilles, STRANGER CARE: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours
00:31:52

When Sarah Sentilles realized she wanted to become a parent, she learned that her husband did not want to bring another child into an already overpopulated world. The two looked to foster care and were placed with a three-day-old girl they immediately fell in love with. In her new book, Stranger Care, Sarah recounts the journey through the system and what happened when their almost daughter was placed back with her birth mother. As Sarah tells Zibby, her goals in writing the memoir were to give herself the agency the system had deprived her of and to remind herself and other readers that love and care don't have to be synonymous with parenthood.


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Jul 26, 2021
Lea Geller, THE TRUTH AND OTHER HIDDEN THINGS: A Novel
00:20:52

"People always ask: 'How do you find the time to write?' You have to treat it like a job even if you're not getting paid to do it." Author and self-proclaimed recovering lawyer Lea Geller says the blog she started over ten years ago helped her feel less miserable and led to her successful career as a writer. The two discuss Lea's latest novel, The Truth and Other Hidden Things, as well as the lack of creativity they both felt in the depths of quarantine.


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Jul 25, 2021
Anita Diamant, THE RED TENT and PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice
00:22:53

Zibby is joined by best-selling author and journalist Anita Diamant to discuss her latest nonfiction book, Period. End of Sentence., and the fight for menstrual justice. Anita explains how this book — which grew out of the Academy Award-winning documentary of the same name — feels like a culmination of her work as a columnist and novelist, and offers action steps we can all take to help combat period poverty both at home and around the world.


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Jul 24, 2021
Noa Tishby, ISRAEL: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth
00:35:00

Actress, activist, and author Noa Tishby recently joined Zibby for an in-person event to discuss her new book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth. Tishby talks about her activism, the source of most anti-Semitic attacks on the Internet and across America, and why it's so important for everyone to educate themselves on the history of the hotly contested region.


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Jul 24, 2021
Eleni N. Gage, LUCKY IN LOVE: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding
00:32:18

Zibby is joined by Eleni Gage — novelist, freelance writer, and former executive editor at Martha Stewart Weddings — to talk about her incredible personal and professional journeys, as well as her book, Lucky in Love. Eleni shares how she first became fascinated by folklore and rituals, what she learned about love while studying strangers' weddings on a daily basis, and why she wanted to combine them to make a manual for those looking to plan unique and significant ceremonies.


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Jul 23, 2021
Emily Giffin, THE LIES THAT BIND: A Novel
00:41:53

When Emily Giffin recently joined Zibby to discuss her latest novel, The Lies That Bind, the two realized they had an uncanny amount in common. The two bonded over their experiences living in New York City immediately before and after 9/11, which celebrities they look to for inspiration on aging gracefully, and how they both find that moments of upheaval in the world can offer us the most profound periods of internal reflection.


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Jul 22, 2021
Calvin Baker, A MORE PERFECT REUNION: Race, Integration, and the Future of America
00:29:09

"Systemic racism is not something that we made once and we're still under the weight of. It's something we recreate every day." Novelist and professor Calvin Baker joins Zibby to discuss his first nonfiction book, A More Perfect Reunion, and how the historical reckoning that inspired each of his novels helped him put it together. They discuss the myths of race in American society as well as what Calvin sees as the path away from it.


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Jul 21, 2021
Lolo Jones, OVER IT: How to Face Life’s Hurdles with Grit, Hustle, and Grace
00:28:14

"I learned how strong I was. I learned that I'm a fighter. I learned that failure is never going to break me." Olympic runner and bobsledder Lolo Jones joins Zibby to discuss her new memoir, Over It, and the importance of reckoning with her recent past. Lolo shares how reading has always served as inspiration for her, the ways her approach to health and fitness have changed over the course of her career, and the peace she found when she realized reaching her goal of winning an Olympic medal was not nearly as significant as the effort she puts into herself.


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Jul 20, 2021
Alex Michaelides, THE MAIDENS
00:27:44

Although both of Alex Michaelides' two novels have been instant bestsellers, he still often doubts his writing ability as well as any potential success for his work. Alex shares how he relies on meditation to separate himself from negative thoughts before writing, and an intricate planning method known as mind mapping that he uses to physically lay out his novels. He also tells Zibby about how he made the switch from working as a screenwriter to a novelist and what he plans to work on next.


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Jul 19, 2021
Mary Helen Sheriff, BOOP AND EVE'S ROAD TRIP: A Novel
00:31:56

After trying unsuccessfully to sell Boop and Eve's Road Trip, debut novelist Mary Helen Sheriff was told her manuscript had three red flags that many other first novels have as well. Mary shares her experience with Zibby and other writers who may be facing publication roadblocks, as well as a few funky tips for anyone stuck with writer's block. The two also discuss the differences between motherhood and grandmotherhood, how growing up in the 1980s and 90s affected the way they parent today, and which relationships in Mary's life helped shape her characters.


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Jul 18, 2021
Suleika Jaouad, BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
00:39:15

"We tell the story we need to tell, and we have no business trying to avoid it." When Suleika Jaouad was twenty-two years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia and was only given a thirty-five percent chance to live. As she moved through her twenties and from the kingdom of the sick to that of the well, Suleika documented her life in both a personal journal and a column in the New York Times. Now, she shares her journey in Between Two Kingdoms, one of Zibby's favorite memoirs to date, and challenges readers to live their lives in technicolor even when everything has been upended.


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Jul 17, 2021
Elyssa Friedland, LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL
00:32:49

Zibby was recently joined by three-time guest Elyssa Friedland on IG Live to talk about her latest novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, set during a pre-COVID summer at the last remaining resort in the Catskills. Elyssa tells Zibby about how she drew just as much inspiration from her own experiences in the Catskills as she did from Dirty Dancing, why she enjoys creating female characters that surprise readers, and offers a sneak preview about her upcoming novel, Most Likely.


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Jul 16, 2021
Hanna Halperin, SOMETHING WILD: A Novel
00:21:30

Debut novelist Hanna Halperin joins Zibby to discuss how the writing she produced during her MFA intersected with her role as a domestic abuse counselor to lead her to her book, Something Wild. Hanna shares how she immersed herself in the story so much that her characters surprised her, the research she conducted to accurately portray a nearby neighborhood as the backdrop for the plot, and what conversations she hopes her novel will spark.


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Jul 15, 2021
Christina and Ryan Hillsberg, LICENSE TO PARENT: How My Career As a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids
00:32:39

Former CIA spies Christina and Ryan Hillsberg realized that parenting was a lot like their agency training: remove yourself from danger as quickly as possible, stay focused on the task at hand, and pay attention to lessons that become more self-sufficient. The Hillsbergs have passed this knowledge on to their children and want to help other parents incorporate it into their lives, too. With personal stories from their lives at home and in the field (all approved by the CIA, of course), License to Parent offers great advice for raising resourceful and self-sufficient kids.


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Jul 14, 2021
Sunjeev Sahota, CHINA ROOM: A Novel
00:26:06

Zibby is joined by Sunjeev Sahota to discuss his latest novel, China Room. Inspired by a family legend, Sunjeev wove together two different books he had been working on to tell distinct but intricately connected parallel stories. Sunjeev shares the winding journey he went on to write this book, what he thinks of the gendered power dynamics that shape the story, and how dads also don't have time to read.


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Jul 13, 2021
Joyce Maynard, COUNT THE WAYS: A Novel
00:30:28

With the publication of her tenth novel, Count the Ways, Joyce Maynard feels she has said everything she wanted to about falling in love and the dream of making a family. The journalist, author, and teacher joined Zibby to discuss why she's drawn to stories that aren't being told, the ways in which fiction writing has allowed her to explore her real life relationships, and what she tells the women who attend her memoir workshops to help them feel empowered in telling their stories.


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Jul 13, 2021
Terri Libenson, JUST JAIME
00:22:54

Cartoonist and author Terri Libenson joins Zibby to discuss her latest middle-grade novel, Just Jaime, which was selected for The Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club. Terri and Zibby talk about their experiences of excluding and being excluded by friends in middle school, as well as how our painful and embarrassing childhood memories are actually important to discuss. Terri also shares the story of how she became a syndicated cartoonist which ultimately led to her to creating the Emmie & Friends series. Join the KidsPost Summer Book Club here: https://bit.ly/3vGgaBy


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Jul 13, 2021
Kate White, THE FIANCÉE: A Novel
00:24:25

Kate White always knew she wanted to write suspenseful thrillers, even while she was serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo for fourteen years, but it took her time to find the right writer's cocktail. Kate tells Zibby why she wanted such a large ensemble cast for her latest whodunit novel, The Fiancée, as well as how she managed to make so many characters each so memorable. She also shares how her own experience as a stepmother influenced her protagonist and what twisting story she plans to write next.


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Jul 12, 2021
Diana Kupershmit, EMMA'S LAUGH: The Gift of Second Chances - A Memoir
00:23:07

"It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to write a book." When Diana Kupershmit's daughter Emma was born with physical and mental disabilities, she did not believe she could be the mother Emma needed. But during the brief 18 years Emma was alive, she offered Diana countless lessons on how to find her voice, her strength, and her ability to take full advantage of the second chances life can offer.


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Jul 11, 2021
Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, MOM BRAIN: Proven Strategies to Fight the Anxiety, Guilt, and Overwhelming Emotions of Motherhood―and Relax into Your New Self
00:30:15

"My hope with this book was to let empathy ooze out of it, to let moms know that we recognize how hard this is and how much is going on and how much is changing." Dr. Ilyse DiMarco sees a lot of moms through her practice as a psychologist and, as a mom herself, understands how overwhelming the emotions of motherhood often are. That's why her new book, Mom Brain, focuses on offering strategies to help moms learn to take some pressure off of themselves and make small changes that result in big outcomes rather than telling moms what they're doing is wrong. Ilyse shows the power of acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as the power moms have inside themselves. 


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Jul 10, 2021
Gina Hamadey, I WANT TO THANK YOU: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World
00:29:19

In January 2018, Gina Hamadey Bergman decided to write thank-you notes during her commute instead of checking off other tasks on her to-do list. What resulted from a simple choice was an entire year spent conveying gratitude through handwritten notes as Gina decided to write a thank-you note per day to someone or something new in her life. Reflecting on her childhood and studying her relationships, Gina shows readers all of the joy that defined her year and how they too can begin their own note writing project.


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Jul 09, 2021
Erin French, FINDING FREEDOM: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch
00:23:05

Erin French, owner and chef of the illustrious Maine restaurant The Lost Kitchen, has had a winding road to success and she's sharing it all in her new memoir, Finding Freedom. Erin recounts the highs and lows of her life so far and tells Zibby that while reliving it all was incredibly hard, she knows that if her story helps just one person then it would have all been worth it.


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Jul 08, 2021
Naoise Dolan, EXCITING TIMES: A Novel
00:20:50

Zibby is joined by Naoise Dolan to discuss her debut novel, Exciting Times, and all of the success that has come with it. Naoise shares why she wanted to create characters who piqued her own curiosity, how she learned to cope with her overnight popularity, and what her experience has been like so far working on the book's TV adaptation with Zibby's brother's production company.


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Jul 07, 2021
Kelly Williams Brown, EASY CRAFTS FOR THE INSANE: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things
00:35:35

Although Kelly Williams Brown coined the term "adulting" with her first book nearly ten years ago, she realized soon after that she had a lot more to learn from life. After what can be described as a very bad two years, Kelly found that crafts helped her visualize her potential and start putting her life back together each day. Her new memoir, Easy Crafts for the Insane, sheds a light on common struggles humans face but lack the language to discuss, as well as some fun crafts that readers can try themselves.


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Jul 06, 2021
Miranda Cowley Heller, THE PAPER PALACE: A Novel
00:30:45

Coming from a family of writers and editors, Miranda Cowley Heller's time as the Head of Drama at HBO was less expected than the release of her debut novel, The Paper Palace. Miranda joins to talk about the book, which Zibby could not put down, as well as how her literary upbringing has influenced all phases of her professional life and where she plans to go next. (Hint: it's back to HBO for a bit).


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Jul 06, 2021
J. Michael Straczynski, TOGETHER WE WILL GO
00:22:45

"If you want to have a long-term career as a writer, you have to be constantly questioning and challenging yourself." J. Michael Straczynski may be well known for his film, television, and comic work, but he's always looking to find something new to do next. Joe joins Zibby to talk about why he wanted his latest novel, Together We Will Go, to be told through letters and how experiencing the loss of multiple friends to suicide inspired him to write this story. 


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Jul 06, 2021
Amanda Kloots, LIVE YOUR LIFE: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero
00:27:32

Zibby is joined by Amanda Kloots — dancer, fitness instructor, and one of the newest co-hosts on The Talk — to discuss her new memoir, Live Your Life. The two bonded over the unique and traumatic experience of losing a loved one to COVID-19 but focused more on the joy that comes when you live your life: from spending time with your kids and putting effort into your dream business to (yes) even working out.


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Jul 05, 2021
David Page, FOOD AMERICANA: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes
00:30:31

While fans of the Food Network may easily recognize Guy Fieri, they actually have journalist David Page to thank for the iconic show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. After fighting his way into the world of food journalism — and pitching this show on a whim — David is still eating his way across the country with his new book, Food Americana, a collection of stories about how America’s favorite foods came to be.


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Jul 04, 2021
Jasmine Mans, BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME
00:22:32

Poet, artist, and entrepreneur Jasmine Mans joins Zibby to discuss her debut book of poetry, Black Girl, Call Home. She shares the journey she took through her writing history to compile this collection, the power a simple but strong message can hold, and how she realized the only thing holding her back from being a writer was herself.


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Jul 03, 2021
Craig Kessler, THE DAD ADVICE PROJECT: Words of Wisdom From Guys Who Love Being Dads
00:23:03

The Dad Advice Project grew out of Craig Kessler's simple request for letters of advice from his fellow father friends to fill in the gaps his own father left behind. Over the last two and a half years, the project grew to feature fathers from all walks of life: CIA directors, professional golfers, and next-door neighbors, each willing to share what they've learned — and what they still need to work on. Craig shares his favorite lessons with Zibby and why dads usually need more advice than they're offered.


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Jul 02, 2021
Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen, CAMP SLUMBERKINS
00:23:13

Zibby is joined by Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen, the two creators of Slumberkins, as well as one of her sons and all of his Slumberkins. Kelly and Callie talk with Zibby about how they apply their backgrounds in education and family therapy to create products that help teach important lessons in a fun and friendly way. They also share how they came up with the idea for Camp Slumberkins a year ago and when they knew self-publishing was the right path for them. 


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Jul 01, 2021
Alex Aster, EMBLEM ISLAND: Curse of the Night Witch
00:31:38

Although Alex Aster has known that she wanted to be a writer since she was twelve, she had no idea she would also become a viral TikTok creator. Alex recently joined Zibby to discuss her book, Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch, a Barnes & Noble Book Club pick, as well as her journey in publishing, why she wants to make reading more fun for kids, and a handful of tips for Zibby's new trending TikTok account.


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Jun 30, 2021
Jamie Brenner, BLUSH
00:35:43

"Your wine can never escape its place of origin. As people, neither can we. We can reinvent ourselves over and over again, but we can never change where we began." Zibby and Jamie Brenner reconnected for a special BookHampton event celebrating Jamie's latest novel, Blush. The two talked about the research Jamie conducted before setting her story at a Long Island winery, the benefits and detriments of writing books for specific demographics, and the inspiration she took from the dishy female writers of the 1980s.


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Jun 29, 2021
Steven Rowley, THE GUNCLE
00:26:43

Steven Rowley joined Zibby for an IG Live Happy Hour to talk about his new book, The Guncle. The two caught up on what has happened since Steven was last on the podcast, namely two book releases, an engagement, and, of course, a global pandemic. Steven shared the event that inspired him to think about what life might be like for a child who lost a parent at a young age, and how his role as a real-life guncle helped shape his novel's protagonist. 


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Jun 28, 2021
Breena Clarke, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope
00:20:22

Breena Clarke, co-editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'm Speaking Now, recently joined Zibby for an Instagram Live. Their conversation, released here as an episode, covers how Breena and her team selected 101 stories and poems from over 2,000 submissions, why it was essential to feature a diverse range of Black female voices, and the loss of Breena's child. 


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Jun 28, 2021
Jon Levy, YOU'RE INVITED: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence
00:35:51

Behavioral scientist and author Jon Levy joins Zibby to talk about his famous Influencers Dinner, and reveals some secrets about the exclusive dining experience (hint: you'll never guess what they always make for dinner). Jon also shares the science behind his new book, You're Invited, and how the desire to make changes in his life years ago inspired his life's work. 


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Jun 27, 2021
Richard Lui, ENOUGH ABOUT ME: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness
00:29:46

MSNBC and NBC news anchor Richard Lui talks to Zibby — but not about himself. Richard shares why he wanted to write a self-help book on how to be less selfish after he became a family caretaker following his father's Alzheimer's diagnosis, how working in journalism inspired him to form a team of 10 creatives to help write Enough About Me, and how he hopes this book will reach its intended audience of people willing to make more selfless changes in their lives. 


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Jun 26, 2021
Amy B. Scher, THIS IS HOW I SAVE MY LIFE: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything
00:31:07

When Amy Scher was told an experimental stem-cell treatment for chronic Lyme disease could kill her, she decided that she wanted to fight to survive. Amy shares with Zibby what she learned during her years of struggling with a chronic illness, how she has learned to reclaim control over her stress, and why we should always listen to our bodies because they will never lie to us. 


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Jun 25, 2021
Kate Lebo, THE BOOK OF DIFFICULT FRUIT: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes)
00:22:36

Award-winning baker and writer Kate Lebo talks with Zibby about her new book of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit. Part memoir, part history lesson, and featuring fantastic recipes, this alphabetic collection shows readers the relationships that can exist between fruits, medicines, and ourselves. 


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Jun 24, 2021
Mandy Gonzalez, FEARLESS
00:26:24

Broadway performer Mandy Gonzalez — who most recently appeared as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton — joins Zibby to discuss her new middle-grade novel, Fearless, as well as how her own journey served as inspiration for the story. Mandy shares how she first fell in love with theater by listening to old records with her grandmother, when she realized she wanted to write a book like this for her fans, and why it's important for young artists to surround themselves with creativity. 


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Jun 23, 2021
Alka Joshi, THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR: A Novel
00:26:39

"I read books so that I could learn from those characters and what they decided to do with those obstacles in their lives. Now, I get to write those characters." Alka Joshi joins Zibby and shares how her latest book, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, stemmed from her readers' requests for more stories about the characters in her first novel, The Henna Artist. Alka and Zibby also discuss why sometimes it's better to become a writer later in life and where we'll see Alka's characters in the trilogy's third and final book.


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Jun 22, 2021
Saadia Faruqi, A THOUSAND QUESTIONS
00:24:34

Zibby and her daughter interviewed author Saadia Faruqi about her latest book, A Thousand Questions, as part of the Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club. Although it's a middle-grade novel, Saadia hopes that readers of all ages will enjoy it and learn something about Pakistan. She talks with Zibby about why she wants to write books for kids about other cultures that go beyond news headlines, invite young readers to have complex conversations, and feature characters that are not often seen in books. Join the KidsPost Summer Book Club here: https://bit.ly/3vGgaBy


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Jun 22, 2021
James Canton, THE OAK PAPERS
00:23:06

"If we all operated in oak time, I think we'd be a lot calmer, a lot more chilled out." Naturalist and author James Canton explains to Zibby how he wanted to combine his academic background in wild writing with his experience as an ecologist to write a book about what humans can learn from oak trees. Through meditation, journaling, and historical research, James shows readers how to slow down and take time to really observe the world around us. 


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Jun 21, 2021
Liz Climo, YOU'RE DAD: A Little Book for Fathers (And the People Who Love Them)
00:20:25

When cartoonist and animator Liz Climo set out to write You're Dad — a hilarious follow-up to her book You're Mom — she realized she wanted to start a conversation. While You're Mom serves as more of a guide to parenting from someone who wanted one, You're Dad takes a look at the different sizes and shapes families can come in. Liz talks with Zibby about her career in both animation and illustration, how to encourage children when they display a passion for art, and The Simpsons' uncanny ability to predict the future.


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Jun 20, 2021
Peter Brown, FRED GETS DRESSED
00:21:54

When #1 bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown was younger, his mother found him trying on her makeup. He recalls that she reacted with a smile and helped him apply it properly, like an artist would. Peter explains to Zibby how he used this moment as inspiration for his latest picture book, Fred Gets Dressed, why he loves creating both picture and chapter books, and his advice to encourage creative children.


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Jun 20, 2021
Joanna Rakoff, MY SALINGER YEAR
00:37:08

Zibby is joined by Joanna Rakoff, author of the memoir My Salinger Year, which details the year she worked at the literary agency that represented J.D. Salinger. From responding to Salinger's fan mail to essentially running the agency when her boss suffered a personal tragedy, Joanna shares countless unbelievable stories — including one about the secrets her family kept hidden from her for decades. 


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Jun 19, 2021
Olivia Campbell, WOMEN IN WHITE COATS: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine
00:28:32

"The problem with most biographies is that the subjects are made out to be god-like. I really wanted to make these three-dimensional characters." Journalist and author Olivia Campbell joins Zibby to discuss her new book, Women in White Coats. Olivia shares the traumatic experiences that inspired her to research the women who changed the world of medicine, and how those same experiences led the earliest female doctors to pursue their careers.


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Jun 18, 2021
Alexandra Andrews, WHO IS MAUD DIXON?: A Novel
00:17:11

Alexandra Andrews joins Zibby for an impromptu therapy session and conversation about her debut novel, Who is Maud Dixon? The two joke about how many drafts of the story Alexandra wrote before reaching publication, why she hates when other writers say they hate writing, and what it's like being married to another author.


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Jun 17, 2021
Genevieve Gannon, THE MOTHERS
00:18:46

Journalist and author Genevieve Gannon explains to Zibby how her latest novel, The Mothers, started as a failed newspaper article pitch about two families and an IVF mix up. She continues on to discuss why it's important for women to talk publicly about experiences with IVF and miscarriages, the influence her career in journalism has had on her novels, and how she outlined the characters to allow the story to focus on —you guessed it— the mothers.


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Jun 16, 2021
Mary Alice Monroe, THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND & THE ISLANDERS
00:32:03

Zibby is joined by bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe who has not one but three books coming out this year. Mary Alice shares how her own quarantine experience influenced the way the COVID-19 pandemic was explored in her book The Summer of Lost and Found, why her middle-grade novel, The Islanders, was written to help kids unplug, and the significance of writing a story for Reunion Beach to honor Dorothea Benton Frank.


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Jun 15, 2021
Quinta Brunson, SHE MEMES WELL
00:31:47

"I didn't want to be preachy. I wanted to be me, who is not perfect and a friend, and give that out into the world." Writer and producer Quinta Brunson wanted the essays in her new book, She Memes Well, to display her personal growth parallel to the development of the Internet where she first began her career in comedy. She talks with Zibby about how writing the book allowed her to explore her relationships with her mother and what thinking critically about the Internet made her realize about life offline.


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Jun 15, 2021
Jenny Lee, ANNA K AWAY
00:25:15

Jenny Lee joined Zibby on a recent IG Live —released here as a podcast— to discuss her latest novel, Anna K Away, the sequel to her bestselling book, Anna K.


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Jun 14, 2021
Chris Bohjalian, HOUR OF THE WITCH
00:23:10

Chris Bohjalian, author of Hour of the Witch and The Flight Attendant (which was adapted for the hit HBO miniseries), recently talked with Zibby over IG Live— released here as a special episode. 


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Jun 14, 2021
Raakhee Mirchandani + Holly Hatam, HAIR TWINS
00:20:59

Raakhee Mirchandani and Holly Hatam, the author and illustrator duo behind the picture book, Hair Twins, joined Zibby over IG Live to talk about their book and so much more!


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Jun 14, 2021
Susan Groner, PARENTING WITH SANITY AND JOY
00:26:09

Zibby spoke with Susan Groner, author of Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies, via IG Live— and we’re now releasing the event’s audio as a special episode!


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Jun 14, 2021
Judy Batalion, THE LIGHT OF DAYS UJA EVENT
00:38:16

Zibby recently moderated a conversation with Judy Batalion to once again discuss her novel, The Light of Days, as a part of series with the UJA-Federation of New York.


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Jun 14, 2021
Emiko Jean, TOKYO EVER AFTER: A Novel
00:15:14

Emiko Jean realized that although she had always been a voracious reader, she never believed that she could be a writer because she had never read a YA book written by a Japanese American like herself while she was growing up. Now, Emiko is only just beginning to tell the kinds of stories she wants to see more of in the world. Her latest book, Tokyo Ever After, features a protagonist descended from Japanese royalty and was written to be a lighthearted and joyful read.


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Jun 13, 2021
Denene Millner, DENENE MILLNER BOOKS
00:34:19

Journalist and author Denene Millner is living every writer's dream: her imprint, Denene Millner Books, has just released their first season of books with Simon & Schuster. Focusing on stories for children that celebrate Black families and firsts, Denene has begun to cultivate a community and a platform just as she did when she started her column, My Brown Baby. She talks with Zibby about finding time for her own writing while serving as a doula for others' projects, and the role her own family plays in the stories she wants to tell.


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Jun 12, 2021
Hannah Mary McKinnon, YOU WILL REMEMBER ME
00:24:56

When author Hannah Mary McKinnon experienced a professional failure, she realized she had an opportunity to pursue what she had always wanted to do: write a book. With her fifth book now out, it's clear that everything works out for a reason. Hannah's latest novel, You Will Remember Me, was inspired by a news story about a man who suffered retrograde amnesia and what happens to the people in his life that he forgot.


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Jun 11, 2021
Jen Spyra, BIG TIME: STORIES
00:24:03

Jen Spyra, a former writer for The Onion and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, joins Zibby to talk about her new book of short stories, Big Time. Jen shares how she wanted to write stories that weren't TV-friendly (and that wouldn't be rejected in a writer's room), as well as how she drew inspiration by recalling events from her life and asking, "What if this had turned out differently?"


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Jun 11, 2021
Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever, WORLD TRAVEL: AN IRREVERANT GUIDE
00:26:16

"I was left with an outline and a mission and the question of, 'Do I continue with this thing?' What does it mean to write a book with somebody who was so well-known and so beloved and who is no longer here?" Zibby is joined by Laurie Woolever, assistant to the late Anthony Bourdain and co-writer of their new atlas guide, World Travel. Laurie talks with Zibby about what the world was like in Bourdain's orbit, how their guide manages to capture all of his irreverence, and the mark he's left behind on the global culinary community.


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Jun 11, 2021
Marla Frazee, THE FARMER AND THE CIRCUS
00:30:36

"When I'm drawing pictures for children in picture books, I know they're going to get stuff that maybe they don't have the actual vocabulary to articulate, but they will take in the story on a really deep level." Zibby talks with Marla Frazee, the author, and illustrator for favorites like Boss Baby and The Farmer and the Circus, about how she always knew she wanted to work with picture books. Marla also shares how adult emotions like heartbreak have inspired her children's books and the advice she tries to pass on to all of the artists who take her illustration class.


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Jun 10, 2021
Maddy Mara, DRAGON GIRLS
00:21:24

Zibby is joined by three very special guest hosts to interview Meredith Badger and Hilary Rogers, the duo behind Maddy Mara. Zibby and her kids ask about how the pair began their partnership, what it's like writing together while in different parts of the world, and how many Dragon Girls books they plan to write.


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Jun 10, 2021
Lindsey Palmer, OTHERWISE ENGAGED: A NOVEL
00:20:26

Former magazine editor and teacher Lindsey Palmer joins Zibby to discuss how her engagement —and the period of life when she felt like everyone was getting engaged and married— inspired her latest novel, aptly named Otherwise Engaged. The two talk about Lindsey's creative approach to writing universal experiences, the ways in which the feedback she received on her past two novels inspired elements of her third, and how the book's cover is truly just the surface.


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Jun 09, 2021
Naima Coster, WHAT'S MINE AND YOURS
00:23:53

Naima Coster's latest novel, What’s Mine and Yours, was an instant New York Times bestseller, not to mention both a Read with Jenna and Book of the Month Club pick. Naima talks with Zibby about the ways in which her intergenerational trauma has led her to write more optimistic familial dynamics, how it took her two years of deferring medical school to admit she wanted to be a writer, and why her self-doubt is essential to her writing process.


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Jun 09, 2021
Tia Williams,SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE
00:26:55

"What would you do if the one who got away came back?” This question inspired Tia Williams’ latest novel, Seven Days in June. She talks with Zibby about the invisible struggle of living with debilitating chronic pain and discusses how the publishing landscape is changing for black voices.


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Jun 08, 2021
Paul Mendez, RAINBOW MILK
00:29:36

Rainbow Milk author Paul Mendez sits down with Zibby to discuss how his “story of overcoming indoctrination” came to be. He details the role method acting played in his character creation, the story’s parallels to his own life, and the Windrush generation that served as the novel’s inspiration. 


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Jun 08, 2021
Danielle Henderson, THE UGLY CRY
00:29:02

Danielle Henderson talks with Zibby about her incredibly moving new memoir, The Ugly Cry. She details how reading helped her cope, shares her present-day family dynamics, and explains the roundabout way she ended up writing for television.  


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Jun 08, 2021
Cheryl Espinosa-Jones, AN OCEAN BETWEEN THEM
00:26:37

Even before Cheryl Espinosa-Jones' first wife died, she knew she wanted to become a therapist and grief counselor to help others process the struggles that they may be going through. Now with her successful podcast, Good Grief, and her book, An Ocean Between Them, Cheryl is continuously working towards healing others and herself.


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Jun 07, 2021
Richard Russo, MARRIAGE STORY
00:32:55

"The shape of our lives makes a difference in the end. I'd like to die knowing a little bit about what this has all been about." Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo talks with Zibby about the intimate family histories that he explored in his latest book, Marriage Story, a Scribd Original. Richard shares what he learned about his maternal grandmother that uprooted some of his childhood memories, why he believes his writing has a narrow scope, and how he approached writing during the pandemic.


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Jun 07, 2021
Laila Tarraf, STRONG LIKE WATER
00:25:30

Zibby is joined by Chief People Officer for Allbirds Laila Tarraf to discuss how three significant losses made her reconcile the tenderness of her personal life with the strength she had acquired in the business world. Laila shares the most valuable lessons she's learned from her bosses through the years, and how combining courage and compassion may be the most advantageous thing you can do for both your personal and professional personas.


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Jun 07, 2021
Lee Woodruff, IN AN INSTANT
00:29:39

In 2006, Lee Woodruff's husband Bob Woodruff —a prominent ABC news anchor at the time— was severely injured while reporting on the war in Iraq. Immediately, life changed for their family and Lee began to document everything, partially as a recounting of events for Bob if he survived and partially as a history for their four children if he didn't. Lee talks with Zibby about what life was like while writing her 2007 book, In An Instant, and what life has been like for her, Bob, and their family in the years since its publication.


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Jun 07, 2021
Samantha Hart, BLIND PONY
00:27:37

Just like you can't judge a book by its cover, you can never tell a person's story by looking at them. Samantha Hart has led an illustrious career working on marketing campaigns for movies and music, but her memoir, Blind Pony, paints a different picture as it details the abuse and trauma she endured in her childhood. Samantha shares how her struggles have led to her success and why writing this book was so cathartic.


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Jun 07, 2021
Lisa Scottoline, ETERNAL
00:32:32

Lisa and Zibby fangirl over their admiration for one another as well as for Lisa's latest historical novel, Eternal, which continues to receive phenomenal reviews. Set in Rome over the span of 20 years, the story captures a love triangle between three characters coming of age during the weight of fascism. The two discuss how Lisa's failures still fuel her work ethic today, why this book feels like it might be Lisa's magnum opus, and, of course, their shared attraction to the novel's male leads.

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Jun 06, 2021
Maggie O'Farrell, HAMNET
00:25:32

"It doesn't take a psychiatrist to see what Shakespeare has done there: he's allowed his son to live." Novelist Maggie O'Farrell has been fascinated by Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, since she was in high school and decided it was time for the rest of the world to learn of his story. Maggie tells Zibby about the years of research that went into weaving a fictionalized account of how the Shakespeares handled the grief of losing a child, and encourages listeners to reread Hamlet with fresh eyes.


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Jun 06, 2021
Sarah Jakes, Roberts, WOMAN EVOLVE: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life
00:19:09

"I wanted to cultivate a life where when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't ashamed of what I saw." Sarah Jakes Roberts shares her journey from becoming a mother at fourteen to a New York Times bestselling author set on empowering other women. After rediscovering her spirituality, Sarah connected deeply with Eve and has since used her biblical story to encourage women to find their own redemption narratives in her latest book.

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Jun 05, 2021
Dacía James Lewis,THE GAME OF LIFE: Releasing the Weight When God Says Wait
00:25:40

When dancer and choreographer Dacía James Lewis looked back over the journal entries she wrote during a season of infertility and struggles, she knew she had a story that could help other women feel less alone. Through her faith and with a supportive partner by her side, Dacía weathered that storm of hopelessness and is now sharing her story to inspire those who might be going through their own struggle, too.

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Jun 05, 2021
Sunny Hostin, ON THE BLUFFS: A NOVEL
00:31:05

Lawyer and co-host of The View Sunny Hostin joins Zibby to discuss her debut novel, Summer on the Bluffs. Sunny reveals how she set up a writers room of friends to help workshop the book, why she chose to feature this specific house on the cover, and the ways in which her own battle with infertility inspired elements of her story.

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Jun 04, 2021
Wendy Francis, SUMMERTIME GUESTS
00:22:06

Zibby is joined by Wendy Francis to discuss her latest novel which is all about love in the summertime— but with a twist!! Inspired by the real Wentworth By the Sea hotel, Wendy weaves together multiple storylines to create wonderfully thrilling love stories.

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Jun 04, 2021
Paul Rudnick, PLAYING THE PALACE
00:21:19

Author and screenwriter Paul Rudnick joins Zibby to talk about his latest novel, Playing the Palace. Paul shares why he wanted to write a gay romance novel rather than a coming out story, how the changing dynamics of the royal family launched by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle helped inspire this book, and what the significance of IHOP is to both him and his characters.

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Jun 04, 2021
Kate Fagan, ALL THE COLORS CAME OUT: A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons
00:31:03

When former ESPN reporter Kate Fagan's father was diagnosed with ALS, she knew she had to make some changes in her life in order to show up for her family. Despite the wall that had grown between Kate and her father after years of things left unsaid, the two find their way back to their old dynamic, learning some new life lessons along the way.

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Jun 03, 2021
Tovah Feldshuh, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles
00:29:09

Zibby moderated a conversation with actress Tovah Feldshuh about her memoir, Lilyville, as part of the Authors in Conversation @ Home series with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston. Tovah answered questions about both her story and her mother's, what her experience was like as a first-time writer, and why she decided to structure her memoir as though it were a theatrical performance.


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Jun 03, 2021
Kwame Onwuachi, NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF
00:25:16

James Beard Award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi opens up to Zibby about the events that shaped his life and went into his memoir, Notes from a Young Black Chef. He shares how he manages to maintain his positive mindset every day, why his approach to food, fashion, and nail polish is all the same, and the responsibility he feels to share his unique story with the world.

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Jun 03, 2021
Hadassah Lieberman, HADASSAH: AN AMERICAN STORY
00:25:04

Hadassah Lieberman piques Zibby's interest in transgenerational trauma in today's episode as she recounts the need she felt to share her family story. Born to Holocaust survivors and married to a former U.S. Senator, Hadassah has had an extraordinary life and carries the weight of others' narratives with her: after finding and translating her mother's diary, she knew this memoir could not be just hers alone.


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Jun 03, 2021
Dara Kurtz, + Bess Kalb, I AM MY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER + NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME
00:42:35

Zibby moderated a conversation between Emmy-nominated comedy writer, Bess Kalb, and author of I Am My Mother’s Daughter, Dana Kurtz, as part of the Florida JCC's Author Series. The recorded panel, released here as a podcast, focuses on how Bess and Dana both processed the grief of losing the most influential female figures in their lives through writing as well as the lessons that have been collectively passed down through generations of Jewish women.

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Jun 02, 2021
Jennifer Weiner, THAT SUMMER
00:34:57

Zibby did a Facebook Live with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner to celebrate the launch of her latest summer read, That Summer. Jen recently lost both her mother and her father-in-law. She and Zibby discussed the illness, how blindsided she was by its speed and ferocity, how she’s managing a book launch through it all, and the parts of their mental make-ups they’d prefer their daughters didn’t inherit.

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Jun 02, 2021
Lauren Weisberger, WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN AND THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY
00:32:40

The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which became a smash box office hit with Meryl Streep and is now in development with Elton John and Paul Rudnick as a Broadway musical, Lauren Weisberger launched her latest — and already bestselling! — novel with Zibby at a Barnes & Noble virtual event. And they did it in person! They discussed sisterhood, breaching trust, suburbs vs. the city, the college admissions scandal, and how Lauren coped with the success of her first novel in her early twenties. There were a lot of laughs!

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Jun 02, 2021
Zakiya Dalila Harris, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL
00:32:56

Zakiya Dalila Harris tells Zibby about how she knew it was the right time to leave her job in the publishing industry to focus on her own writing, the unsettling workplace encounter that inspired her debut novel, The Other Black Girl, and what her experience has been co-writing Hulu's adaptation of her book with Rashida Jones.


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Jun 01, 2021
Nicola Yoon, INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING
00:30:44

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon, is back with another amazing novel, Instructions for Dancing. Nicola and Zibby discussed her family’s illness, how she wrote part of this book literally in the hospital caring for sick loved ones, and how she coped through writing. They also discussed the theme of the book: ’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.


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Jun 01, 2021
Christine Mangan, PALACE OF THE DROWNED
00:26:39

Christine Mangan walks Zibby through her worldly life story and how her experiences have directly led to a number of plot points in her writing. The two discuss the inspiration for Christine's latest novel, Palace of the Drowned, and why she wanted to write empowered female characters in a story set during the 1960s.


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Jun 01, 2021
Rebecca Starford, AN UNLIKELY SPY
00:29:07

Rebecca Starford tells Zibby all about her new book, The Unlikely Spy, from the obituary that inspired her protagonist to the four years it took to research and write the historical novel, and what it has been like to work on a book like this during the last four years of global affairs.


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Jun 01, 2021
Daniel James Brown, FACING THE MOUNTAIN
00:24:40

Zibby is joined by narrative nonfiction author Daniel James Brown to talk about his latest book which has already hit the New York Times bestseller list, Facing the Mountain, which looks at the story of a Japanese-American combat unit fighting at the height of World War II. Daniel shares how his wife helped him conduct over five years of research for the book, what he uncovered when studying first-hand accounts of life in Japanese incarceration camps, and why it was just as important to feature the soldiers' stories as well as those of their families back home.


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May 31, 2021
Zibby's Interview with Malcolm Gladwell
00:27:57

Zibby did an Instagram Live for @gmabookclub with bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell about his new book, The Bomber Mafia, already a New York Times bestseller! His five previous books have also “hit the list:" The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. Malcolm is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that the amazing audiobook version of The Bomber Mafia, which Malcolm intended to be an audiobook first, physical book second.


 

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May 31, 2021
Cindy McCain, STRONGER
00:25:32

"I have a voice at this moment in time. I have a voice that I can use for good. I intend to keep using it as long as I can." Cindy McCain joins Zibby to discuss some of the things she reveals in her new memoir, such as why she tried to keep her opioid addiction hidden from everyone, what it was like to adopt her daughter Bridget and watch their relationship become politicized, and how her home life with her late husband, Senator John McCain, and their children was no different from that of anyone else.


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May 31, 2021
Mallory Weggemann, LIMITLESS
00:39:25

"Asking for help does not make us weak. It's honestly probably the strongest thing that we can do." Paralympian swimmer Mallory Weggemann takes Zibby through the first few months of her paralysis and how the lessons she learned then have shaped the forward-thinking mentality she carries with her to this day. She shares her incredible story in her new book, Limitless, with the hope that it will empower readers to find the limitless potential we all have inside of us.


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May 30, 2021
Amanda M. Fairbanks, THE LOST BOYS OF MONTAUK
00:27:47

"There's a lot of darkness, but there has to be some sort of sliver of light that we keep going. I do think these stories help us feel less alone. I do." Amanda Fairbanks explains how her career as a journalist shaped her approach to both researching and writing her first book The Lost Boys of Montauk. She also shares what the experience taught her about grief, trauma, and personal histories.


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May 29, 2021
Carol Orange, A DISCERNING EYE
00:28:12

Zibby is joined by Carol Orange to talk about her debut novel, A Discerning Eye, and the rich art history at its core. The pair discuss Carol's career shift from the art world to the literary, their shared appreciation for the study of art history, and the Gardner Museum robbery that inspired this book. 


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May 28, 2021
Rabbi Steve Leder
00:34:14

"It's very hard to demonize someone you know and care about. It's very easy to objectify someone you know nothing about. We really need each other." Rabbi Steve Leder recently joined Zibby for an Instagram Live conversation to discuss this month's hostilities between Israel and Palestine and how the violence is now manifesting in America. The two discussed the importance of building genuine relationships with those who are different from us as well as why this is an essential lesson to teach children, and why more Americans need to condemn the rising tide of anti-Semitism when they see it.

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May 28, 2021
Jessica Anya Blau, MARY JANE
00:25:07

Jessica Anya Blau joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, Mary Jane, which was written in part over FaceTime with friends during the pandemic. The two talked about Jessica's journey to becoming a writer, the ways in which her own adolescence figured into motherhood, and how dancing around her empty kitchen to the biggest hits of 1975 helped her write the book.


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May 27, 2021
Gabriela Garcia, OF WOMEN AND SALT
00:20:13

Gabriela Garcia joins Zibby to talk about her debut novel, Of Women and Salt, which was a Good Morning America pick for April. The two discuss the variety of mother-daughter dynamics the book captures, why Gabriela wanted to portray immigrant characters in a particular way, and the importance of setting the story in her hometown of Miami. 


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May 26, 2021
Michelle Williams, CHECKING IN
00:27:36

"We're waiting on everybody to check in on us. No, you can check in on somebody, too. You don't know what they're going through." Grammy Award-winning member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams opens up to Zibby about her experience living for over a decade with undiagnosed depression and how she hopes advocating for mental health awareness will help others who might be struggling, too.


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May 25, 2021
Dwayne Reed, SIMON B. RHYMIN'
00:26:58

Zibby is joined by Dwayne Reed, the teacher who went viral for his creative and educational YouTube videos, to talk about his latest book, Simon B. Rhymin'. Dwayne shares how he became an educator, what messages he wants his books to convey, and the importance of teaching children lessons that extend outside of the classroom.


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May 24, 2021
Brooke Baldwin, HUDDLE: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power
00:25:09

Former CNN anchor and journalist Brooke Baldwin joins Zibby to talk about how essential it is for women to cultivate their communities —or huddles— wherever they may exist. From workout classes to work friends, Brooke shares stories from successful women as well as from her own life to encourage and inspire readers to focus on lifting one another up. 


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May 21, 2021
Anna Sale, LET'S TALK ABOUT HARD THINGS
00:28:23

"One of the big messages of the book that I hope people allow in is: some hard conversations are hard because you're uncovering a truth that you're not quite ready to face." Journalist and host of the WNYC podcast Death, Sex & Money Anna Sale talks with Zibby about the hard conversations she had to have to write this book and how they feel different from the ones she's been having throughout her entire career.


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May 20, 2021
Cate Doty, MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
00:26:57

"I think that we tell these stories to put it in the record, to honor these people, to showcase them for who they really are." Zibby is joined by former New York Times writer and editor Cate Doty to discuss their shared obsession with the NYT's Vows section (which Cate began her career writing for), as well as what drove Cate to initially become a journalist and what her thoughts on marriage are today.


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May 19, 2021
Abigail Tucker, MOM GENES
00:25:41

Abigail Tucker joins Zibby to break down the science in her latest book. The two talk about the research that is being conducted on how "mommy brain" is a real biological phenomenon, how the way we treat new mothers can have a psychological impact, and how our own mother's genes may still be inside us today.


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May 18, 2021
Deborah Goodrich Royce, RUBY FALLS
00:31:57

Zibby is joined by Deborah Goodrich Royce, owner of the Ocean House Hotel (the site of the Moms Don't Have Time to Travel Retreat!!) and author of the new novel, Ruby Falls. The two discuss Deborah's career —from soap opera star to script story editor, and finally to novelist— and where she found inspiration for her latest book.


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May 17, 2021
Maggie Shipstead, GREAT CIRCLE
00:25:13

This month's Read with Jenna/Today Show book pick!! Maggie Shipstead, author of Great Circle, joins Zibby to talk about her latest book which took almost seven years to write. The two discuss the extensive research that went into the story, how Maggie managed to weave together two narrative arcs without any prepared outline, and how her pre-COVID travels inspired so much of the novel.


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May 14, 2021
Laura Dave, THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME (Apple Movie)
00:23:18

This month's Reese's Book Club pick and number 1 on the bestseller list!! Author Laura Dave explains why she couldn't let the story behind her latest novel, The Last Thing He Told Me, go after starting it nearly ten years ago. Laura talks with Zibby about wanting to write a thriller about the Enron scandal, what the process of adapting the book into a TV show has looked like, and why she's drawn to the found family structure.


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May 13, 2021
Jean Hanff Korelitz, THE PLOT
00:31:30

"It's a great thing about books in general: they don't go anywhere." Jean Hanff Korelitz joins to discuss missing Zibby's in-person salons, why she prefers writing and reading about unlikable protagonists, and how she's welcoming a surge of popularity following the adaptation of her novel You Should've Known into HBO's The Undoing.


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May 12, 2021
Naomi Davis, A COAT OF YELLOW PAINT
00:28:12

Zibby talks with Naomi Davis, author of A Coat of Yellow Paint and creator of the Love Taza blog. The two discussed motherhood in some of its many shapes and sizes, from issues with fertility to feeling undervalued, as well as how to learn to look at your body the way your child does. 


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May 11, 2021
Jessica Bacal, THE REJECTION THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
00:33:40

“If you never get rejected, then it means you’re never trying anything that really pushes you in a way that you’ll grow.” Zibby is joined by Jessica Bacal, author of The Rejection That Changed My Life: 25+ Powerful Women on Being Let Down, Turning It Around, and Burning It Up at Workas well as two of the book’s contributors, Chelsea Kline and Polly Rodriguez. The four talk about what they’ve learned from their individual rejections and offer tips on how we can all begin to approach rejection as a necessary step for growth.


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May 10, 2021
Sybille van Kempen, LOAVES & FISHES FARM SERIES
00:22:59

Zibby is joined by Sybille van Kempen, author of the Loaves & Fishes Farm Series cookbooks and owner of the Loaves & Fishes Foodstore, which Zibby has been visiting for nearly her entire life. Sybille talks about the importance of using local ingredients and why she wanted to create seasonal cookbooks. You can order the self-published series at loavesandfishes.us.


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May 09, 2021
Victor Wooten, THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC: The Lesson Continues
00:26:27

“Music is not about music. Music is about life. If we lose sight of what life is about, then our music suffers.” Grammy Award-winning musician Victor Wooten joins Zibby to talk about his new book, The Spirit of Music. The two discuss Victor’s rich cultural upbringing, the inspiration for his books, and the influence nature has on both his performances and his immersive music camp.


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May 08, 2021
Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, and Lyn Nguyen, MANGO & PEPPERCORNS
00:26:56

"The funny thing is, that's what we did as a family: some families take vacations, my family worked together." Lyn Nguyen talks with Zibby about her book, Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream, which she co-wrote with her mother Tung and her mother's business partner, Katherine Manning. Lyn shares stories about the mentalities her mother instilled in her, the relationship she has with Kathy ("she is, in many ways, my second mom"), and what life has been like at the family restaurant, Hy Vong, during the pandemic.


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May 07, 2021
Emma Gannon, OLIVE
00:32:07

"I think most people do doubt their decisions. It's so human to just be like, 'Have I done the right thing here?'" Debut novelist and fellow podcaster Emma Gannon joins Zibby to talk about her shift from nonfiction to fiction writing, the research that helped to create her characters, and why she wanted to approach the weighty decision to have a child with lightness and humor.


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May 06, 2021
Mark K. Shriver, 10 HIDDEN HEROES
00:26:08

"So many people in America focus on the concept of greatness, on power and prestige, and celebrity and money. I'm really interested in the folks who do the small things that make our communities click." Mark Shriver joins Zibby to discuss the everyday heroes who inspired his children's book, Hidden Heroes, as well as the lessons he continues to learn from his illustrious parents and the mentalities he hopes he has imparted on his own kids.

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May 05, 2021
Alison Bechdel, THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH
00:24:36

"I was born in 1960, which is pretty much when, as a culture, we started exercising." Cartoonist and memoirist Alison Bechdel talks with Zibby about her latest book and the ways in which exercising has both reflected and shaped the stages of her life, from adopting new routines based on cultural trends to analyzing how exercise intersects with mortality. She touches on her family trauma and how that impacted her illustrations. 


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May 04, 2021
Lisa Gardner, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED
00:26:18

Lisa Gardner joins Zibby to discuss her latest thriller, Before She Disappeared, as well as how she grew attached to both the story and the novel's protagonist, Frankie. Lisa shares how her writing practice has shifted over her decades-long career and why she wants to tell different kinds of law enforcement stories. She also confessed to some high school antics!


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May 04, 2021
Kelly Corrigan, HELLO WORLD
00:33:15

"You're always three questions away from a world-class conversation.”Bestselling author of The Middle Place, Glitter and Glue, and Tell Me More Kelly Corrigan joins Zibby (for a second time!) to discuss her new picture book, Hello World!, which teaches readers of any age the importance of getting to know those around them. Everyone has a own story to share. Think: question marks, not periods.

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May 03, 2021
Stephanie Butnick, THE NEWISH JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA
00:29:49

"It's sort of an invitation to a million conversations.” Author, editor, and podcast host Stephanie Butnick shares the inspiration behind "The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between,” a book she wrote along with her fellow Tablet Magazine’s ‘Unorthodox’ cohosts. Between frequent interruptions, Stephanie and Zibby discuss all things Jewish in this candid, humorous, and accessible conversation.


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May 02, 2021
Robinne Lee, THE IDEA OF YOU
00:29:48

Actress and author Robinne Lee discuss the inspiration behind the May-December romance in her novel, The Idea of You, and how birthing her first child lead to birthing her first publication. She shares with Zibby the deep attachment she felt to her characters and the separation anxiety she experienced once the book was complete, highlighting the trauma that comes with letting go of a fictitious love.

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May 01, 2021
Kristy Woodson Harvey, UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY
00:31:14

Zibby had the privilege of moderating author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s virtual tour event with Left Bank Books for her new novel, Under the Southern Sky. We recorded this conversation, and are releasing it now as a special episode you won’t want to miss!

 

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Apr 30, 2021
Gina Frangello, BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN
00:31:30

"I tried to write a narrative that would talk about the collisions of full-throttle life and what happens to women who are over forty who don't remain in that happily-ever-after state.” Gina Frangello discusses her new memoir, Blow Your House Down, and how through it she wants to challenge "the invisibility of middle-aged and older women and this false assumption that our inner lives and our changes and our evolutions just sort of stop after we get married and we have children.” She honestly discusses her past extramarital affair, and contemplates the surreal experience of leading many lives.


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Apr 30, 2021
Adriana Trigiani, REUNION BEACH
00:33:54

"We always just pretended like we knew each other for a hundred years because that's what it felt like.” In her moving interview with Zibby, Adriana Trigiani lovingly recalls her late friend and fellow writer, Dorthea Benton Frank. Between anecdotes, Adriana discusses her experience of growing up in Appalachia, her decades of reinvention, and the art of drama. 

 

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Apr 29, 2021
Jesse Q Sutanto, DIAL A FOR AUNTIES
00:22:49

"I actually got so carried away with some scenes that I'm like, 'Wait, what's the point of this scene again?' It was the most fun that I've ever had writing a book." Jesse Q. Sutanto joins Zibby to talk about her book, Dial A for Aunties, which is currently the #1 book in Humorous American Literature on Amazon. The two discuss Jesse's global experience, how she has four books coming out next year, and why it is so important to have writer friends.

 

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Apr 28, 2021
Vince Granata, EVERYTHING IS FINE
00:21:02
"If there were any means by which I could get some control over this out-of-control story, it had to be through writing." Vince Granata talks with Zibby about how writing helped him contend with his family’s unimaginable past trauma: Vince’s brother murdered his mother in their childhood home. They discuss living with grief, the necessity of continued support systems, and the value of writing mentors. 

 

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Apr 27, 2021
Michaeleen Doucleff, HUNT, GATHER, PARENT
00:28:11
"We Westerners are the exception. This conflict-ridden existence between parents and children is not super universal and not actually really common at all." NPR Correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff traveled around the world and documented the different ways parents communicate with their children. She shares these tools to help de-escalate family tensions and incentivize children to take initiative in her book.  

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Apr 26, 2021
Lynn Berger, SECOND THOUGHTS
00:21:38

"Parenting doesn't start when you have a child. It already started when you were a child." When journalist Lynn Berger found out she was pregnant with her second child, she realized there weren't any books combining research on family structures and sibling dynamics with anecdotes about having multiple children, so she wrote Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child. Lynn joined Zibby to discuss her findings and how her own experience raising two kids shaped the book.

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Apr 25, 2021
Emma Straub, ALL ADULTS HERE
00:28:11

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!!!! Author and owner of Books Are Magic Emma Straub answers all of Zibby's questions about owning an independent bookstore like how she and her husband got started, what the book-buying process looks like, and their plans for Independent Bookstore Day today. Emma also shares what is different about doing a tour for a paperback release and drops a few hints about her next novel. 

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Apr 24, 2021
Alena Dillon, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
00:27:45

Alena Dillon joins Zibby to talk about the research on USA Gymnastics that went into her new book, The Happiest Girl in the World, as well as her upcoming memoir about pregnancy. The two share what they wished they had known going into motherhood and discuss the effects of parenting habits both on and off the page. 

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Apr 23, 2021
Gail Crowther, THREE-MARTINI AFTERNOONS AT THE RITZ
00:30:06

Sociologist and author Gail Crowther joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton, and the incredible history behind it. Gail shares the ghostly experience she had while conducting archival research, why she wants to argue against stereotyping these two poets as crazy women, and the story of how she first fell in love with Sylvia Plath. 

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Apr 22, 2021
Jessica Bruder, NOMADLAND
00:13:36
"One of my great hopes for the movie and for the book is that when people have been inside a different experience, that when they look at people, they’ll wonder what those people have to say in terms of what their story is rather than just trying to kind of slot them in this American caste system." Zibby is joined by journalist, author, and screenwriter Jessica Bruder to talk about her book, Nomadland, and its recent Best Picture Golden Globe-winning movie adaptation. Jessica tells Zibby about living on the road, her career in journalism, and why she thinks we need to change the conversation around homelessness and houselessness.  

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Apr 21, 2021
Alison Hammer, LITTLE PIECES OF ME
00:27:19

Alison Hammer joins Zibby to talk about her new book, Little Pieces of Me, as well as the other six projects she has going on at the moment. The two talk about how Alison's experiences participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge have resulted in multiple finished novels, as well as how they both have novels stored away, waiting to be revived one day.

 

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Apr 20, 2021
Meg Mason, SORROW AND BLISS
00:29:44

"I'm so grateful to anyone who's read the book or passed the book onto someone or posted about it because it wouldn't exist without all of that." Meg Mason talks with Zibby about how she wrote an entire draft for the wrong book before she found her way into writing her latest novel, Sorrow and Bliss. The two also talk about why doctors often approach mental illness with women, what it's like to come of age in your forties, and how Meg relied on her characters' dark British humor to write about heavy topics with levity.  

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Apr 19, 2021
Kristin Van Ogtrop, DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD
00:34:13

"Whether you're dealing with your muffin top over the waistband of your pants or friends who die too young or careers that blow up or slowly shrivel or whatever, you have to remember you're just lucky to be here." Former Editor in Chief of Real Simple and author of Did I Say That Out Loud Kristin van Ogtrop joins Zibby to talk about the importance of a self-chuckle, what it was like to start a new career later in life, and why she will always love print magazines.

 

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Apr 18, 2021
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE
00:22:31

Former model and YA writer Laurie Elizabeth Flynn talks with Zibby about her debut adult novel, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, and her process of writing it. From cringing at the memory of high school emotions to buying a pillow to remind herself not to overthink, Laurie explains how she found her inspiration for her book and why she doesn't plot out her stories before writing. 

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Apr 17, 2021
Dr. Amy Shah, I'M SO EFFING TIRED
00:31:31

"Fixing fatigue is not about doing less. Look, we did less during this past year, and we were more tired than ever. It's not about doing less. It's actually about doing more of the things that actually recharge you." Double board certified doctor Amy Shah, MD, talks with Zibby about how she set out to fix the burnout she felt in her own life after a life-threatening car crash and why she wants to offer what she's learned to others. Amy explains how to find time to recharge during the day, implement small calming rituals that only take a moment, and protect yourself from energy-suckers. 

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Apr 16, 2021
Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter, ALLERGIC
00:28:43

Zibby talks with the author and illustrator duo behind Allergic, Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter, about their process of working together and how Megan's own lifelong experience with allergies influenced the book. Although Allergic is a middle grade graphic novel, the three talk about how it's both an entertaining and important read for the whole family, especially those coping with food allergies in the family. 

 

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Apr 15, 2021
J. Nicole Jones, LOW COUNTRY
00:21:03
"I started writing just to remember her stories and her voice in this world that doesn't exist anymore." Zibby is joined by fellow memoir enthusiast J. Nicole Jones to discuss her upcoming memoir, Low Country, and the family secrets that it reveals. Nicole tells Zibby about the process of rewriting her grandmother's stories after her first draft was stolen, how her South Carolina hometown became its own character, and what it's like to hear your life told through your father's songs.   Purchase the book on Amazon or Bookshop. Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fQcngJ Bookshop: https://bit.ly/39RyaAY    

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Apr 14, 2021
Anne Lamott, DUSK, NIGHT, DAWN
00:30:02

"This whole book is about finding your center. The center does hold with a couple of good friends." Anne Lamott recently joined Zibby's Book Club to discuss her latest book, Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage, and answered questions from book club members. Anne talked about those she looks to for inspiration, her experience watching her son's journey to sobriety as a former alcoholic herself, and how she seeks forgiveness every day, especially during the pandemic. 

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Apr 14, 2021
Paula McLain, WHEN THE STARS GO DARK
00:30:51
"We're all shades of gray. There's always complexity in the human story. That's what I'm interested in.” Paula McLain shares how the inspiration for her latest novel, When the Stars Go Dark, struck during a dog walk. She reveals to Zibby the anxiety she felt about departing from her usual genre, and discusses the courage found in vulnerability.  

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Apr 13, 2021
Jenny Lawson, BROKEN (IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY)
00:29:28
"These anonymous people who are struggling have no idea that they saved people's lives. I just think it really speaks to how wonderful it is when we can share our struggles and realize that we're not alone." Jenny Lawson talks with Zibby about the community that has formed in the comments sections of her blog, The Bloggess, and how their candor inspired her to write more openly about heavier topics like her depression and rheumatoid arthritis. The two also discuss what it has been like for Jenny to open up an independent bookstore in the middle of the pandemic and how she still meets with her fellow essayist friends (though it's not how you imagine).  

 

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Apr 12, 2021
Julie Metz, EVA AND EVE
00:26:52
"As soon as we can all go out again, I really think it's so important to recapture that feeling of connection to our friends and our family." Julie Metz tells Zibby about the journey her research took her on through the histories of Vienna and her own family tree. Her latest book, Eva and Eve, paints vivid pictures of the world her family lived in prior to the Holocaust as well as of the life Julie lives today.   Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop. Amazon: https://amzn.to/3sVBYbU  Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3wpYhZg   

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Apr 11, 2021
Donna Freitas, THE NINE LIVES OF ROSE NAPOLITANO
00:25:09

"Novels. What's wonderful about them is that you can do the stuff you can't in real life. You can make all the mistakes. You can commit all the crimes." Donna Freitas talks with Zibby about how her own life experiences inspired her new book, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, and how writing it helped her heal certain wounds. The two bond over divorce (as well as divorce recovery cake) and discuss how indecision can sometimes be a force of good.

 

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Apr 10, 2021
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, GOOD COMPANY
00:24:08

"The exciting thing about deciding to do something later in your life is that you have all these skills that you just didn't have in your twenties." Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney tells Zibby all about starting her career as a writer in her forties, how the writing process has differed between her two novels, and getting high praise from her son on her latest book, Good Company. 

 

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Apr 09, 2021
Dawnie Walton, THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV
00:19:58
Dawnie Walton talks with Zibby about how she made the pivot from her twenty-year career in journalism to writing her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. The two discuss the support system Dawnie found in her Iowa Writers Workshop peers, creating deep connections in our virtual era, and the Talking Heads concert footage that inspired her inventive new book.   

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Apr 08, 2021
Sanjena Sathian, GOLD DIGGERS
00:22:35

"It's just really hard to locate yourself as an Asian American in American history. Even though you might have been here, you were just always floating in the periphery of historical vision." Sanjena Sathian talks with Zibby about all of the elements that make up her debut novel, Gold Diggers: their conversation ranges from discussing the research on the alchemical traditions that support the book's magic to how the 29-year old built her novel out of a failed short story at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the recommendation of her roommate.

 

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Apr 07, 2021
Judy Batalion, THE LIGHT OF DAYS
00:33:57

"I feel a great duty to these women, even those that told their stories but hadn’t been widely heard and especially those that never got to tell their stories." Judy Batalion talks with Zibby about the extraordinary women of the resistance who fought “for justice and liberty and fairness” in Hitler’s ghettos. She discusses the incredible amount of work and research that went into her latest book, The Light of Days; and, shares her experience growing up a descendant of Holocaust survivors.

 

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Apr 06, 2021
Jessica Winter, THE FOURTH CHILD
00:25:15

Novelist Jessica Winter talks with Zibby about her incredible career trajectory (she’s currently an executive editor at The New Yorker!) and imparts her quarantine parenting wisdom. She also shares how writing her latest novel, The Fourth Child, helped her reckon with her Catholic upbringing and sort through her experience as a Buffalo, NY teen during the Spring of Life anti-abortion demonstrations.

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Apr 05, 2021
Tamara Winfrey Harris, DEAR BLACK GIRL
00:28:33

Tamara Winfrey Harris joins Zibby to discuss her new book of heartwarming letters from Black women to help guide, protect, and inspire the next generation of young Black girls. The writers of the letters in Dear Black Girl range from celebrities like Brandy and former columnist Rochelle Riley to other women who simply responded to the request for letters, all of whom offer incredible advice and promote the universal practice of self-love.

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Apr 04, 2021
Sherry Turkle, THE EMPATHY DIARIES
00:32:25
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has long been revered for her research on society's relationship with technology. In her newest book, The Empathy Diaries, she blends her research with her own narrative as she analyzes the various roles empathy has played in her family history. Sherry talks with Zibby about how her relationship with her mom continues to evolve and the ways in which writing this book began to heal some of her old wounds.  

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Apr 03, 2021
Ilona Bannister, WHEN I RAN AWAY
00:23:23

"I discovered that the writing was helping me process everything that had happened. I didn't know that that's what I needed to do." Debut novelist Ilona Bannister has a heartfelt conversation with Zibby about how her experience on 9/11 served as the backstory for her book, When I Ran Away, and the traumatic events that allowed her to fall into writing and rein in her anxiety.

 

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Apr 02, 2021
Patric Richardson, LAUNDRY LOVE: FINDING JOY IN A COMMON CHORE
00:30:22

The Laundry Evangelist, Patric Richardson, teaches Zibby all of his tips and tricks on how to save your clothes and make doing the laundry more fun. From washing everything on a warm express cycle to hanging a disco ball in your laundry room, Patric is on a mission to extend the life of garments and turn an everyday chore into your new favorite hobby.

 

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Apr 01, 2021
James Brown, APOLOGY TO THE YOUNG ADDICT
00:23:03
"In the end when all is said and done and it comes time for me to depart, I want my children to remember me and say, 'Hey, Dad had some problems, but he changed. He became a good father.'" James Brown talks with Zibby about how his latest book, Apology to the Young Addict, completes his trilogy of memoirs about his addiction, his family, and now his sobriety. The two talk about how addiction can impact kids growing up as well as the possibilities that opened up for James when he began to make a change.  

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Mar 31, 2021
Dave Eggers, WE BECAME JAGUARS
00:32:05
"Generally speaking, kids are just so full of wonder and awe and enthusiasm for everything that they are, in a way, the best audience." NYT Bestselling Author and literary legend Dave Eggers talks with Zibby about the ins and outs many people don't know about the publishing process, how he began writing picture books, and The Young Editors Project which allows young children to help workshop picture books before they're published.  

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Mar 30, 2021
Vijay Vad, BACK RX
00:22:35
"I wanted to be in a medical specialty where I restore people's quality of life. I don't save lives going to work every day, but hopefully, I save their quality of life. That's what life is worth living for." Zibby talks with renowned orthopedist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Vijay Vad, about his book, Back Rx, and the practices he has developed to help his patients (including Zibby's own family) live their lives to the fullest.   

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Mar 29, 2021
Arianna Huffington & Marina Khidekel, YOUR TIME TO THRIVE
00:28:10

Founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, and Thrive Global's Head of Content Development, Marina Khidekel, talk with Zibby about their new book, Your Time to Thrive, and the power of microsteps. The three discuss the importance of stacking your habits, starting your day off of your phone, and putting aside distractions to have more meaningful conversations with the ones you love. 

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Mar 28, 2021
Chris Whitaker, WE BEGIN AT THE END
00:27:49

"Basically, Zibby, I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just winging it and hoping for the best." Author Chris Whitaker talks to Zibby about how writing saved his life twice and how the main character in his new book, We Begin At the End, played a part in that. By the end of this interview, you'll be rooting for both Duchess and Chris.

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Mar 27, 2021
Alan Silberberg, MEET THE MATZAH
00:27:39

"It was a healing, life-changing process of creating art." Alan Silberberg and Zibby talk about his new picture book Meet the Matzah, approaching grief with humor, and the importance of sharing diverse stories for children throughout all mediums.

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Mar 26, 2021
Tracey Cox, GREAT SEX STARTS AT 50
00:27:49

"The problem is that we think of love and sex as being very happy bedfellows, and they're not. They actually hate each other." Sexpert Tracey Cox talks with Zibby about how reaching a certain age doesn't mean we have to sacrifice good sex. Her new book offers multiple ways to rethink sex after 50 to improve your physical health and your relationships. (It may also make you laugh out loud!)

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Mar 25, 2021
Alexander Nemerov, FIERCE POISE
00:22:31

"There is no other reason to write about art unless you have strong feelings about it. That's a given." Stanford University Art History Professor Alexander Nemerov and Zibby discuss how he came to write his latest book, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, the book's creative structure, and his advice for anyone looking to write about art.

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Mar 24, 2021
Claire Lombardo, THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD
00:22:53

Claire Lombardo walks Zibby through the roundabout way she became an author, her experience at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and what she learned when her debut, The Most Fun We Ever Had, first came out.

 

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Mar 23, 2021
Katie Sise, OPEN HOUSE
00:29:37

Katie Sise walks Zibby through her winding career, from actress to jewelry maker, to becoming a TV host, a ghostwriter, and, finally, the writer we know her as today. The two cover everything, from their mutual love of attending open houses to how to find time to write when home with young children.

 

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Mar 22, 2021
RE-RELEASE! Lena Dunham, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
00:26:31

Taking it back a year now to celebrate that Spring 2021 is FINALLY here.

During the pandemic, Zibby did an Instagram Live with Lena Dunham, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Not That Kind of Girl. Lena had been writing a book throughout the coronavirus pandemic called Verified Strangers in which she released a chapter or two a day and even let readers who read it on Vogue.com choose what would happen to the main characters. (Lena was kind enough to blurb Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology.) 

If you missed it, please listen. It will encourage you to write, read, and celebrate the new season.

(Back to the regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd.) 

 

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Mar 21, 2021
Joyce Carol Oates, THE (OTHER) YOU
00:40:34

Zibby interviewed literary legend Joyce Carol Oates as part of Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center's 'Women on the Move' series. Their recorded conversation, released here as a podcast, touches on Oates's two newest releases, American Melancholy and The (Other) You, as well as how she has approached writing during the pandemic.

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Mar 20, 2021
Melissa Bernstein, LIFELINES
00:32:08

"The cry of my own soul to be seen became so great that the risk of not saying who I was, was much greater than the risk of saying who I was." Co-founder of Melissa & Doug, Melissa Bernstein, joins Zibby for a heartfelt and thought-provoking conversation about coming forward with her lifelong experience with existential depression and how it has inspired creativity throughout her life. Her book, LifeLines, opens a door for others who may be going through the darkness as well and offers resources and a friendly hand to help them come into the light.

 

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Mar 19, 2021
Anna Quindlen, NANAVILLE
00:30:52

"It's life-affirming in that you know that someday you will no longer be here, yet all of these people that are carrying some of your DNA will just be boogying down the road." Anna Quindlen talks to Zibby about all of the things grandmothers have time to do and celebrates the parts of grandmotherhood that often go unspoken.

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Mar 18, 2021
Anita Moorjani, SENSITIVE IS THE NEW STRONG
00:31:13

"The universe is gifting us all the time if only we opened our eyes to receive it." Anita Moorjani talks to Zibby about the differences between being a highly sensitive person and an empath, how individuals become "doormats" in other's lives, and the ways in which we can all change our mindsets to fulfill our souls.

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Mar 17, 2021
Lake Bell, Lennon Parham, and Amy Solomon, NOTES FROM THE BATHROOM LINE
00:29:53

"It was always bizarre to me that there wasn't another big collection of humor writing by women, especially because the community's only exploded even more. All I do all day is meet brilliant women." Amy Solomon, Lennon Parham, and actress Lake Bell all join Zibby to talk about compiling work from 150 of the funniest women in comedy, leveling with their kids like adults would, and the different ways we can find and make communities during the on-going pandemic (hint: this book is a start).

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Mar 16, 2021
Sarah Langan, GOOD NEIGHBORS
00:26:31

Sarah Langan reignites Zibby's inner psychology major as the two discuss the social experiments that inspired Sarah's new book Good Neighbors, why she wanted to create a sympathetic narcissist as her main character, and how we can all better understand troublesome people.

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Mar 15, 2021
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, HUNGRY HEARTS: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging
00:28:33

"The truth is that the details of your story are your superpower." Zibby meets fellow anthology editor Jennifer Rudolph Walsh to talk about the connections we make through the most painful parts of our narratives, and what it means to go from a human doing to a human being.

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Mar 14, 2021
Maisy Card, THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY
00:20:49

Author and librarian Maisy Card talks with Zibby about how family secrets inspired her novel, These Ghosts Are Family. She shares the book’s 12-year path to publication, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into working at a library.

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Mar 13, 2021
Jeanine Cummins, AMERICAN DIRT: A NOVEL
00:40:11

Zibby interviewed Jeanine Cummins, author of American Dirt, as part of Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center's 'Women on the Move' series. Their recorded conversation, released here as a podcast, covers the controversy surrounding the novel. Jeanine also speaks with Zibby about the universality of a mother’s love and shares how writing has helped her process past family traumas.

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Mar 12, 2021
Leslie Lehr, A BOOB'S LIFE
00:26:23

“I understand how the culture created this situation where we all had these expectations for our lives that has to do with having boobs and how we judge ourselves and what our expectations are with the other sex." Author Leslie Lehr shares why she was inspired to write a book about, well...boobs. She discusses why she doesn’t let breast cancer define her, and talks with Zibby about the importance of self-care.

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Mar 11, 2021
Luvvie Ajayi Jones, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER
00:30:03

“My journey is a series of moments where I chose to not be moved by the fear that I felt.” The ever-inspirational Luvvie Ajayi Jones redefines what it means to be fearless. She talks with Zibby about confronting impostor syndrome, choosing courage every day, and the radical notion of “firing yourself.”

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Mar 10, 2021
Jamie Figueroa, BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER
00:27:14

"It's another great function of stories and of literature to remind us of our humanness, of our sense of compassion, and that deep essential quality that we must find our way back to, and that is to being relational beings.” Author Jamie Figueroa talks with Zibby about how her latest novel’s opening scene came to her "like a remembered dream." She discusses loss, magical realism, and the importance of cultivating a relationship with your writing.

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Mar 09, 2021
Courtney Zoffness, SPILT MILK
00:23:15

“I found after becoming a mom that I was responding to various experiences or happenings in really particular ways.” Professor, author, and mother Courtney Zoffness discusses how the lens of motherhood inspired her new collection, Spilt Milk. She shares her own experience with childhood anxiety, ponders nature vs. nurture, and talks with Zibby about parenting techniques. 

 

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Mar 08, 2021
Annabelle Gurwitch, YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN?
00:38:11

"I try to write these stories that actually redeem experiences because complaining would just be too easy.” Annabelle Gurwitch talks with Zibby about making lemonade out of lemons (figuratively and literally — she grows a lemon crop every year!), and shares how writing has helped her to find the silver linings in the aftermath of her divorce.

 

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Mar 07, 2021
Jason Gay, LITTLE VICTORIES
00:28:58

“An important part of being a columnist is failing every once in a while or somewhat on the regular. You write the bad ones so you can write the good ones.” Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay talks with Zibby about his career trajectory leading to the WSJ, becoming a character in his readers’ lives, and, of course, Tom Brady. They also cover the art of reading print, and the emotional recent loss of Jason’s friend and fellow writer, Tom Perrotta.

 

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Mar 06, 2021
Kitty O'Meara, AND THE PEOPLE STAYED HOME
00:29:34

Kitty O’Meara’s poem, And the People Stayed Home, went absolutely viral during the pandemic (the irony of which is not lost on her). She sits down with Zibby to discuss her sudden rise to fame, her hope for the post-pandemic future, and the illuminating experience of being a hospice chaplain.

 

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Mar 05, 2021
Julia Turshen, SIMPLY JULIA
00:27:15

“It’s like you unveiled yourself over every dish.” Zibby talks with cookbook author Julia Turshen about the deeply personal nature of Julia's 15th cookbook, including its revelatory essay on body image and self-worth. They discuss cooking when you don’t feel like it and the pandemic’s impact on the cookbook.

 

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Mar 04, 2021
Kayleen Schaefer, BUT YOU'RE STILL SO YOUNG
00:22:46

"You thought that when you arrived at X age you would be finished, but we're not ever finished.” Kayleen Schaefer talks with Zibby about her experience interviewing eight people in their thirties over the course of a year-plus. She redefines what it means to be an adult, and refutes the notion that everyone else has it figured out. 

 

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Mar 03, 2021
Patricia Engel, INFINITE COUNTRY
00:20:34

“Diaspora is the world’s condition.” Patricia Engel talks with Zibby about growing up the daughter of immigrants, the ingrained pull of an ancestral homeland, and the doubts that haunt those who uproot in search of a better future. 

 

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Mar 02, 2021
Tanya Selvaratnam, ASSUME NOTHING
00:28:00

“I wrote my way out of the darkness.” Tanya Selvaratnam talks with Zibby about the intimate partner violence she suffered in a past abusive relationship. She shares the experience of coming forward with her story, and details what’s next as she moves past this chapter and onto future projects.

 

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Mar 01, 2021
Joann Lublin, POWER MOMS: HOW EXECUTIVE MOTHERS NAVIGATE WORK AND LIFE
00:24:44

Joann Lublin dismisses the myth of work-life balance and makes a case instead for “work-life sway.” She shares with Zibby the biggest challenges she overcame as a top editor at the Wall Street Journal, and her forecast for the future of the female workforce.

 

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Feb 28, 2021
Katrina Adams, OWN THE ARENA
00:22:31

Tennis guru and head of the USTA Katrina Adams talks about her success on and off the court -- including her role in a dramatic moment with Serena Williams --  in this candid chat between two tennis lovers.

 

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Feb 27, 2021
Julia Fine, THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE
00:24:25

This frank conversation made Zibby rethink her relationship to “Good Night, Moon” forever as she chatted with novelist Julia Fine about the ways motherhood can make us all crazy.

 

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Feb 26, 2021
Jennifer Ryan, THE KITCHEN FRONT: A NOVEL
00:26:07

Book editor turned novelist Jennifer Ryan talks with Zibby about the inspiration behind her latest WWII-era novel, The Kitchen Front. She shares memories of her grandmother, discusses testing ration recipes (she’s a fan of the mushroom soup!) and reveals how she carved out time to write a novel while raising young children. Jennifer recently wrote an essay for Zibby’s Medium publication Moms Don’t Have Time to Write called “When the Novelty of Writing Your Novel Wears Thin.”

 

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Feb 25, 2021
Meaghan Murphy, YOUR FULLY CHARGED LIFE: A RADICALLY SIMPLE APPROACH TO HAVING ENDLESS ENERGY AND FILLING EVERY DAY WITH YAY!
00:33:01

We 100% guarantee that Meaghan B. Murphy’s interview with Zibby will put a smile on your face! In this inspirational chat, the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day discusses ‘doing’ happy and shares some of the active choices we can make every day to live more positively. Yay!

 

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Feb 24, 2021
Elizabeth Miki Brina, SPEAK, OKINAWA: A MEMOIR
00:27:17

"This is a book that I needed to write my whole life. It's been building up inside of me for a long time.” Elizabeth Miki Brina talks with Zibby about how writing helped her understand both her history and herself. She discusses inherited traumas and explains the important role writing played in her healing process.

 

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Feb 23, 2021
Georgina Lawton, RACELESS
00:30:53

In this moving interview, Georgina Lawton talks with Zibby about the emotional toll of uncovering the long-held secret that explained her black racial identity, despite being born to two white parents.

 

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Feb 23, 2021
Vendela Vida, WE RUN THE TIDES: A NOVEL
00:25:02

“Teenagers, just by their very nature, are shapeshifters.” Acclaimed novelist Vendela Vida explains how a non-fiction book on lies became We Run the Tides. She talks with Zibby about her pandemic reading habits, writing fan mail (her first letter was to Robert Downey Jr.!), her writing center nonprofit, and more.

 

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Feb 22, 2021
Emily Layden, ALL GIRLS: A NOVEL
00:22:18

Emily Layden’s All Girls: A Novel, honors “the experience of teenage girlhood in all its depth and capacity.” The former high school teacher talks with Zibby about what it was like “to come of age in a place that really promises you the world when that world still isn’t totally yours for the taking.” They also touched on the benefits of therapy and the incredible story of how this book came to be.

 

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Feb 21, 2021
Maria Adelmann, GIRLS OF A CERTAIN AGE
00:14:36

"I find it hard to be in one voice while I'm writing.” Maria Adelmann shares with Zibby why she loves writing (and reading!) short stories, and how her latest collection of stories, Girls of A Certain Age, came to be. 

 

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Feb 20, 2021
Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane, UNDER OUR ROOF: A SON'S BATTLE FOR RECOVERY, A MOTHER'S BATTLE FOR HER SON
00:27:32

"Don't give up hope.” Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son, Harry Cunnane, have a candid conversation with Zibby about Harry’s past struggles with addiction. They discuss learning new truths about each other while writing their book, the toll addiction takes on the family system, and the role of hope in healing. 

 

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Feb 19, 2021
Kristin Hannah, THE FOUR WINDS
00:28:51

“Books are always the place that my characters go when the world bruises them, or when they need to recharge or regroup and just to enjoy themselves.” Prolific writer Kristin Hannah talks with Zibby about her iterative writing process, the unconditional love of motherhood, and the importance of female friendships.

 

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Feb 18, 2021
Amy Newmark, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: MAKING "ME TIME"
00:33:59

"How great is it to have a job where I get to just share wonderful storytelling with people?” Amy Newmark talks with Zibby about her love of stories, the 30-year path that led her to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and more upcoming anthologies.

 

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Feb 17, 2021
Zibby Owens, MOMS DON'T HAVE TIME TO: A QUARANTINE ANTHOLOGY
00:17:02

IT’S PUB DAY FOR ZIBBY’S ANTHOLOGY! In honor of the big day, we’re releasing a special episode in which Zibby is interviewed by her four kids! This is one episode you won't want to miss. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, out TODAY!

 

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Feb 16, 2021
David Sedaris, THE BEST OF ME
00:38:40

"If I'm going to be reading something in front of an audience, I wouldn't want there to be no laughter. I'm not interested in that.” David Sedaris talks about owning who you are as a writer and explains why "publishing isn’t writing.” He also tells Zibby why he doesn’t read Internet comments and discloses how he expresses love. (Hint: it involves Christmas!)

 

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Feb 15, 2021
Ladee Hubbard, THE RIB KING
00:29:22

“I do a lot of research and then try to forget it so I can be a little bit more instinctual when I'm writing.” Ladee Hubbard talks with Zibby about weaving fact with fiction, and how her latest novel, The Rib King, speaks to the current cultural moment.

 

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Feb 14, 2021
Lauren Edmondson, LADIES OF THE HOUSE
00:34:16
Lauren talks with Zibby about her pandemic pregnancy and her "second baby of the quarantine” — her novel, Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense & Sensibility. She discusses growing up around politics, what it takes to modernize Jane Austen, and her relationship-status with writing. 

 

 

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Feb 13, 2021
Chang-rae Lee, MY YEAR ABROAD
00:27:06
“That's the fun part of writing. You can go anywhere you want.” Chang-rae Lee talks with Zibby about the role of storytellers, how writing helps him cope with his fears, and how being a college professor has kept him from growing old.  

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Feb 12, 2021
David Rubenstein, HOW TO LEAD
00:37:19

David Rubenstein shares with Zibby his thoughts on happiness, mortality, success, and more in this deeply sincere yet humorous chat that runs the conversational gamut.

 

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Feb 11, 2021
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English (Adapted for Young Readers)
00:27:24

Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer spoke to Zibby about the bakery sign moment that was his "origin story," why younger people should even care about grammar, his love of books, how copy editing is like make-up artistry (or not) and more.

 

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Feb 10, 2021
Abigail Dean, GIRL A
00:28:27

First time novelist and former lawyer Abigail Dean discusses how she wrote the first half of this book during a leave from work, her writing process, the scary street near her parents' home, and more. 

 

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Feb 09, 2021
Cameran Eubanks Wimberly, ONE DAY YOU'LL THANK ME
00:20:20

Former Southern Charm and Real World star Cameran Eubanks Wimberly shares her thoughts on motherhood, celebrity (she hates being called "famous") and more in this podcast recorded during a live event with Anderson's Bookshop. 

 

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Feb 08, 2021
Stephanie Thornton Plymale, AMERICAN DAUGHTER
00:31:44

"I fell through every crack.” Stephanie Thornton Plymale talks with Zibby about overcoming past traumas and the liberation that came with owning her history.

 

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Feb 07, 2021
Robert Jones Jr., THE PROPHETS
00:30:03
"He confirmed my right to be. I bow down to James Baldwin. I adore him.” Robert Jones, Jr. talks with Zibby about adopting James Baldwin as a spiritual godfather, how a serendipitous find inspired ‘The Prophets,’ and what it means to be a black queer writer.  

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Feb 06, 2021
Maggie Downs, BRAVER THAN YOU THINK
00:31:18

Maggie Downs’ incredible memoir recounts the year she spent traveling the world completing her mother’s bucket list while her mom was at home in the final stage of Alzheimer’s. She talks with Zibby about grief, marriage (she met her husband skydiving!) and being the Cincinnati Carrie Bradshaw.

 

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Feb 05, 2021
Peter Ho Davies, A LIE SOMEONE TOLD YOU ABOUT YOURSELF
00:32:27

What would you do if a prenatal test yielded potentially catastrophic results? Peter Ho Davies and Zibby discuss this question that’s at the center of Peter’s latest novel, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. Their deeply honest conversation covers the uncertainties of parenthood, the blurry lines between fiction and fact, writing advice, and more.

 

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Feb 05, 2021
Elin Hilderbrand, TROUBLES IN PARADISE
00:35:02

Troubles in Paradise is the last of Elin Hilderbrand's delicious trilogy set in the Virgin Islands. Elin and Zibby discussed getting caught up in local gossip, persistence in the publishing world, and being fueled by writing.

 

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Feb 04, 2021
Nancy Johnson, THE KINDEST LIE
00:32:04

Zibby inhaled Nancy's fictionalized story about race, class, and family at the dawn of the Obama era. She loved hearing about Nancy's inspiration for The Kindest Lie, the importance of the 2008 election, her relationship with her father, and more.

 

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Feb 04, 2021
Brandon Hobson, THE REMOVED
00:28:23

Brandon Hobson knows how to get into characters' heads and likens the process to acting. He talked to Zibby about the themes in his latest novel—a beautiful examination of how we grieve, how we heal, and the meaning of home. 

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Rebecca Sacks, CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES
00:30:01

Zibby describes Rebecca Sacks's novel as a "literary achievement" and "epic journey." She and Rebecca talked about lives intersecting, the beauty in learning new languages, and the idea of being a global citizen. 

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Cherie Jones, HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE
00:24:15

Cherie Jones's book feels like a classic from another era. Her writing is so vivid. She told Zibby about how her characters are inspired by voices that pop into her brain and that it's her role to translate those to paper. The result is vivid, stunning, and entirely captivating.

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Lauren Fox, SEND FOR ME
00:30:48

When Lauren Fox was in her twenties she found letters in her parents' basement. Her grandparents had been living with them for years and she found a box amongst their belongings containing about seventy-five letters written in German script, which would take Lauren down an immersive path uncovering details about her family. The story she ultimately wrote is fiction, but the inspiration for Send for Me is based on her own ancestry. 

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Rachel Ricketts, DO BETTER
00:30:47
Rachel Ricketts talks to Zibby about spiritual activism, dismantling systems of discrimination and oppression, creating equity, and more in this deeply important conversation.   

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Feb 02, 2021
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, THE SCAFFOLD EFFECT
00:32:06

Dr. Harold Koplewicz founded the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to children's mental health disorders that Zibby supports as a board member. They talked about combating stigmas associated with mental illness, managing anxiety, and his critical advice to parents to self-care so they have the strength to take care of their children. 

 

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Feb 02, 2021
Adam Grant, THINK AGAIN
00:31:04

The topic of Adam Grant's book is "The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know," which Zibby thinks will help people view changing their mind, adapting their ideas, or rethinking their decisions as a strength instead of a weakness. Listen on for an enlightening take about flip-flopping, pre-crastinating, false deadlines, and transforming your beliefs. 

 

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Feb 02, 2021
Anna Malaika Tubbs, THE THREE MOTHERS
00:32:43

Zibby was honored to speak with Anna Malaika Tubbs about The Three Mothers - a brilliant, conversational, and historically-rich biography. Anna shines a light on the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin and the crucial role they play in American history, what they symbolize in terms of Black womanhood, and how we can use feminist theory, gender theory, critical race theory to help us better understand and change the world.  

 

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Feb 02, 2021
Melissa Gould, WIDOWISH
00:35:54

Melissa Gould calls her emotional memoir a modern love story. Her writing deeply resonated with Zibby, and they talked about grieving, expectations, parenting through loss, and falling in love.

 

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Feb 01, 2021
Laura Tremaine, SHARE YOUR STUFF. I'LL GO FIRST.
00:33:02

Laura Tremaine says that when she changed her mindset around what kind of writer she thought she was supposed to be, this terrific book about connecting took form. Laura shares her experiences with fear, vulnerability, and relationships in a way that sparks deep thought and conversation in her audience.

 

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Feb 01, 2021
Jordan Thierry and Ben Sand, A KIDS BOOK ABOUT
00:23:37

Jordan Thierry is the author of A Kids Book About Systemic Racism and Ben Sand is the author of A Kids Book About White Privilege—both part of a fantastic, educational, and inspiring new series of kids' books. They talked to Zibby about the challenges of writing about deep topics for a young set of readers, creating digestible conversations about race in the home and on the page, and how we can all take part in disseminating a positive message about "love and hope and resistance and change and acceptance."

 

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Jan 31, 2021
Caroline Gertler, MANY POINTS OF ME
00:24:43

Caroline Gertler taught herself to read around age three and knew from then on that she wanted to be a writer. She chatted with Zibby about the books that inspired her, her love of art history, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and more. 

 

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Jan 30, 2021
Sara Faith Alterman, LET'S NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN
00:32:36

Sara Faith Alterman's funny and moving memoir takes off from the day her G-rated upbringing came to a screeching halt when she discovered her father's pornographic writing career. With brilliant humor, Sara recounts how she stumbled upon the books as a child, the difficulty in talking about sex in a matter-of-fact way, and reconciling the different sides to her father. 

 

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Jan 29, 2021
Rio Cortez, THE ABCS OF BLACK HISTORY
00:25:42

Rio Cortez is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose beautifully written, illustrated book presents Black history to younger children. She talked with Zibby about creating a story that depicts diverse figures from Black culture around the globe, tracing her own roots, diaspora communities, her pregnancy journey, and more.

 

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Jan 28, 2021
Gabrielle Korn, EVERYBODY (ELSE) IS PERFECT
00:29:46

Gabrielle Korn's former life as the editor-in-chief of NYLON at age twenty-eight looked shiny and glamorous by day; however, as soon as she left the office, her reality was different. She talked to Zibby about identity and personally struggling with an eating disorder while fighting for body positivity at work. They also discussed how the media creates impossible beauty standards and what it's like to be in the middle of it. 

 

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Jan 27, 2021
Helen Fisher, FAYE, FARAWAY
00:33:11

Helen Fisher talked to Zibby about having to change the title of her novel in the United States, beginning to write in her forties, how difficult it can be to portray loss and grief in writing, managing rejection, and more.

 

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Jan 26, 2021
Chelsea Clinton, SHE PERSISTED
00:26:42
Zibby was honored to interview Chelsea Clinton and talk about advocacy, writing books centered on girls and women, their mutual admiration for teachers, raising children in the public eye, and the importance of practicing persistence.   

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Jan 25, 2021
Charles Yu, THE ONLY LIVING GIRL ON EARTH
00:22:46

Charles Yu's story is a depiction of Earth in the 3000's in which all that's left of an otherwise abandoned planet is a gift shop. He and Zibby talked about spaceships, teenagedom, mother-daughter dynamics, television writing, and more.

 

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Jan 24, 2021
Brittany Barnett, A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT
00:30:52
Brittany Barnett's book is "a memoir that shows how she came to understand injustice in the courts, how she discovered genius behind bars, and how this journey caused her definition of freedom to evolve.” Her book was Amazon’s "#1 Best Book of 2020." Zibby was utterly impressed by A Knock at Midnight and moved by her conversation with Brittany.   

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Jan 23, 2021
Jennifer Rosner, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS
00:50:53
Jennifer Rosner's journey to becoming a writer is deeply personal and as beautiful as her debut novel - a mesmerizing story set during World War II. She and Zibby talked about silence, risk, the bond between parents and children, collective trauma, and more.  

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Jan 22, 2021
Christina Baker Kline, THE EXILES
00:26:07

An instant New York Times bestseller, Christina Baker Kline's The Exiles is a riveting novel about three women in nineteenth-century Australia. Christina talked to Zibby about history, how terrifying it can be to write about the past, and the importance of taking chances.

 

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Jan 21, 2021
Shari Medini, PARENTING WHILE WORKING FROM HOME
00:29:33

Shari Medini's timely guide and chat with Zibby will help you navigate the delicate balance of wearing many hats like pursuing a career and working from home, parenting and being a partner, and caring for yourself. She shares simple solutions and actionable ideas that prioritize taking things one step at a time! 

 

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Jan 20, 2021
Elizabeth Passarella, GOOD APPLE
00:27:34
Elizabeth Passarella's collection of essays explores and normalizes dualities in personal identity. She chats about being a Southern girl in New York, small apartments and suburban houses, religion, and politics - all while unpacking various stereotypes from her unique vantage point and witty style.  

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Jan 19, 2021
Ashly Perez, READ THIS FOR INSPIRATION
00:23:12

If you need encouragement, Read This for Inspiration is your ticket to feeling uplifted. Ashly Perez talked to Zibby about her creative and nonlinear book, BuzzFeed background, being diagnosed with ADHD in her late twenties, her special relationship with her abuelo, and more.

 

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Jan 18, 2021
Priya Parker, THE ART OF GATHERING
00:31:56

How do we create psychological togetherness when physical togetherness is not an option? Priya Parker shares that "gathering" is a source of meaning, inspiration, and beauty. She gives wonderful examples to Zibby about shifting away from conventional structures of gathering toward coming together in ways that create unexpected connection and adventure.

 

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Jan 15, 2021
Katherine May, WINTERING
00:25:24

Katherine May's perspective on the transformative power of "wintering" is both timely and timeless. She embraces the ethos of winter to rest, renew, and restore to amass energy to reframe everyday chaos and challenging moments. Katherine says that being "quick to put on a brave face" may be doing us more harm than good because part of being human includes imperfection. Zibby might just put that reminder on a sticky-note by her bedside.

 

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Jan 14, 2021
Rabbi Steve Leder, THE BEAUTY OF WHAT REMAINS
00:26:46

Rabbi Steve Leder has officiated roughly one thousand funerals over thirty years. Even with so much experience helping people deal with loss, he realized he wasn’t prepared when his father passed away after a ten-year decline through Alzheimer's. His insights about what death can teach us about life are profound, and his conversation with Zibby is just as heartfelt as his book, which he hopes serves as a field guide for readers.

 

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Jan 13, 2021
Gabriel Byrne, WALKING WITH GHOSTS
00:31:37

Gabriel Byrne's memoir is absolutely gorgeous, and he has so much wisdom to share. His interview with Zibby was briefly interrupted by a goat in the background, but they still got to chat about how his love of literature started with his mother reading classics at bedtime, finding his authentic voice, and the deep work it took to write about the most painful areas of his life.  

 

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Jan 12, 2021
Felicia Luna Lemus, PARTICULATE MATTER
00:18:32
Zibby loved reading Particulate Matter, Felicia Luna Lemus's uniquely crafted work of creative nonfiction. She spoke with Felicia Luna Lemus about her process of creating this "portrait" of a challenging year, human vulnerability, and noticing the beauty in everyday details.  

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Jan 11, 2021
Malcolm Mitchell, MY VERY FAVORITE BOOK IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
00:31:05

Malcolm Mitchell and Zibby talked about new fatherhood, the inspirational book he wrote about his journey through literacy and finding magic in reading, and his message to kids that sometimes the best stories can be found inside of ourselves.

 

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Jan 08, 2021
Shani M. King, HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU BLACK LIVES MATTER
00:26:05
Shani King's books stem from conversations he has and wants to have with his kids about identity, history, and celebration. He spoke to Zibby about raising a generation that knows there is power in who they are, teaching his own children about their unique background, African American history, and more.   

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Jan 07, 2021
Liz Tichenor, THE NIGHT LAKE
00:29:55

Liz Tichenor spoke with Zibby about becoming ordained as a priest while experiencing the monumental losses of her young son and her mother. She opened up about the challenge of maintaining her faith in the face of extreme grief and the importance of showing up authentically in her leadership position by sharing her own story.

 

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Jan 06, 2021
Ashley Audrain, THE PUSH
00:31:44

Ashley Audrain's amazing book is both chilling and life-affirming - even though she didn’t originally set out to write a book that was so rife with emotional suspense. The two talked about unexpected challenges in parenting, inherited trauma, only finishing books they love, and Ashley's great advice for new mothers who are writers.

 

 

 

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Jan 05, 2021
Jen Sincero, BADASS HABITS
00:22:06
Jen Sincero's book is a must-read to start off 2021. Jen has brought "badass" into mainstream culture, and her latest book tackles all of our "badass habits and shares the important message that we can do anything we want...as long as we get in the right mindset!  

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Jan 04, 2021
Sabaa Tahir, A SKY BEYOND THE STORM
00:26:22

Zibby did an Instagram Live with Sabaa Tahir for Good Morning America's Book Club Instagram page. Sabaa is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the few Pakistani American authors writing speculative fiction. She brings a unique perspective to the fantasy genre, an