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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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, and Zibby loved discussing the fourth book in her series.

 

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Jan 03, 2021
John Allman, BOYS DANCE!
00:24:03

John Allman's children's books are amazing. He chatted with Zibby about growing up in Texas as a dancer, his love of performance, the American Ballet Theater, and following your North Star.

 

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Jan 02, 2021
Cait Flanders, ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT
00:25:09

Adventures in Opting Out is so timely. Cait Flanders and Zibby talked about taking new paths, making intentional decisions like opting out of drinking, being reflective, and more.

 

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Jan 01, 2021
Sophie Cousens, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
00:31:10

Zibby had a blast interviewing Sophie Cousens for Good Morning America's Book Club Instagram page. This Time Next Year is the perfect book to read right now. They talked about New Year's Eve, bad luck, getting stuck in bathrooms, self-fulfilling prophecies, and how nothing is as perfect as what the veneer of any exterior might convey.

 

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Dec 31, 2020
Lauren Martin, THE BOOK OF MOODS
00:32:31

Zibby couldn't wait to talk to Lauren Martin about her memoir. The book shifted Zibby's whole mindset about how moods affect us, impact the people around us, and how we can navigate through those individual characteristics in a helpful and meaningful way. 

 

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Dec 30, 2020
Nessa Rapoport, EVENING
00:27:48

Nessa Rapoport's novel is thirty years in the making. Her writing is just as poetic as how she describes to Zibby the way all the parts came together to create this beautiful book.

 

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Dec 29, 2020
Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher, SANCTUARY
00:27:05

Zibby was excited to do an Instagram Live with Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their novel set in 2032. They discuss a world where citizens are chipped and tracked, what it means to survive as an undocumented immigrant, and the meaning of sanctuary.

 

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Dec 28, 2020
Kara Goldin, UNDAUNTED
00:36:36
Zibby devoured Kara Goldin's memoir. Her approach to entrepreneurism, success in business, and overcoming challenges is sharp, inspiring, and refreshingly applicable to achieving any goal you have. Take Kara's "no idea is crazy" approach into 2021 for a fulfilling new year!  

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Dec 25, 2020
Dr. Reshma Shah, NOURISH
00:22:06
Dr. Reshma Shah's book is filled with recipes that will make even avid omnivores wonder why they haven't tried more plant-based dishes before. Dr. Shah talked to Zibby about her winding journey to plant-based eating, the impact of food choices on the environment, and how to really connect with what's on our dinner plates.  

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Dec 24, 2020
Isabel Wilkerson, CASTE
00:31:14

Isabel Wilkerson - already a Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author - has captured attention with her stunning new book Caste, which has been lauded as "an instant American classic" by The New York Times. Zibby was thrilled to learn more about Isabel's extensive research process, how the people she writes about become a part of her, and her masterful ability to excavate truths and explain phenomena in such an enthralling format. 

 

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Dec 23, 2020
Anne-Louise Nieto and Hanna Chiou, HABBI HABBI
00:30:04
Zibby talked to Anne-Louise Nieto and Hanna Chiou, the co-founders of Habbi Habbi, a brilliant way to bring bilingual education into your home. They talked about their inspiration for the reading wand and bilingual books they created, making learning accessible to children and adults, and how studying different languages helps us celebrate people and cultures around the world.  

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Dec 22, 2020
Paige Peterson, GROWING UP BELVEDERE-TIBURON
00:26:10
Paige Peterson was Zibby's first boss ever - at age eleven she started babysitting Paige's daughter! Their connection comes through in their special conversation as Paige revealed more about the inspiration behind her captivating book: a childhood spent in the beautiful Northern California nature, coming of age in the '60s, silence and secrets in small towns, raising her own children, and more.  

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Dec 21, 2020
RE-RELEASE: Ray Dalio, who just tragically lost his son
00:26:40

From Zibby: I woke up this morning to the horrific news that Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, father of four, grandfather, philanthropist, and author of PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS about which I interviewed him last January, had tragically lost his 42-year-old son in a car accident. I've never met Ray in person. I didn't even know his oldest son's name until this morning. But I am shaken with grief knowing how much pain Ray and his entire family must be in now. He has already tweeted about his loss and kindly mentioned all the other families reeling from losing a child in the midst of his own sorrow. Ray discussed his four sons, parenting and grandparenting a lot in our conversation. In honor of his horrific loss, I'm rereleasing his episode so you can all get to know him and mourn with him today. 

 

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Dec 19, 2020
Clint Edwards, FATHER-ISH
00:26:23

When Zibby started reading Father-Ish, she wasn't in a good mood, but Clint Edwards's book is so funny that she started laughing out loud right away. Clint has a way of making everyday moments in parenting life feel funny and relatable. Using his signature humor, he talked to Zibby about some of the serious things like rejection, mental health, and why being reflective and writing is the best thing he's done for his marriage and family. 

 

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Dec 18, 2020
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY
00:26:58

Zibby's family has long loved Jarrett Krosoczka's New York Times bestselling books, so it was special for Zibby to learn more about Jarrett's life. He shared how his wildly famous TED Talk came to life, how to deal with strangers talking to you about your private life, growing up with parents who are addicts, and the importance of a strong work ethic.

 

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Dec 17, 2020
Rachel Bloom, I WANT TO BE WHERE THE NORMAL PEOPLE ARE
00:27:24

Rachel Bloom's memoir will capture your heart just like her Golden Globe winning tv series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." They chatted about what "normal" means, award shows, OCD, comedy, and more.

 

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Dec 16, 2020
Sarah Gelman, DIRECTOR OF BOOKS, PR, AND EDITORIAL, AMAZON
00:44:26

For passionate readers, Sarah Gelman has the world's best job - she's the Director of Books, PR, and Editorial at Amazon. In this special episode, she and Zibby talked about Amazon's "Best Books of 2020," jumping on trampolines with their children, and their mutual love of sharing good books with people.

 

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Dec 15, 2020
Natalie Portman, NATALIE PORTMAN'S FABLES
00:26:36

Zibby and her family love Natalie Portman's reimagining of classic fairy tales. She had a blast talking to the actress, filmmaker, writer, and mother about judging people by their character rather than their gender, the upside of social media, and bringing women's soccer to Los Angeles. 

 

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Dec 14, 2020
Jean Kwok, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE
00:40:32

Jean Kwok's inspiration for her latest novel is deeply personal. Her conversation with Zibby is captivating - sharing intimate details about her brother who went missing ten years ago, growing up in New York City in a working-class immigrant family, and feeling like the black sheep of her family. 

 

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Dec 11, 2020
Suzanne Nossel, DARE TO SPEAK
00:27:02

Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, created a brilliant playbook for navigating free speech in an era of Twitter, cancel culture, and a divided culture. She talked to Zibby about what it means to defend free speech, creating inclusivity, and how we can use the power of the written word to mend a fractured society.

 

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Dec 10, 2020
Jennifer Risher, WE NEED TO TALK
00:34:15

Zibby talked to power couple Jennifer Risher, author of We Need To Talk, and her husband David. They shared their stories about joining Microsoft and Amazon in the early years, managing unexpected wealth in their early thirties, the hidden effects of being newly affluent, and pulling the curtain back on the taboo topic of money talk.

 

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Dec 09, 2020
Michelle Buteau, SURVIVAL OF THE THICKEST
00:25:58

Michelle Buteau, comedy queen, talked to Zibby about IVF and hormones, beauty and body image, and raising twins. Michelle reminded Zibby how important it is to stop worrying about being perfect and to focus on your passion. 

 

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Dec 08, 2020
Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn, NOT A PARTNERSHIP
00:33:24

Zibby thanked Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn on behalf of couples everywhere for their terrific book. Their conversation explored some of our biggest questions about relationships: what does a sparkling marriage look like, why do we stop trying to impress each other when the honeymoon phase is over, and can you fall back in love with your partner by making simple changes? This will now be Zibby’s go-to gift for engaged couples (and close friends who might admit to some marital issues)!

 

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Dec 07, 2020
Kazu Kibuishi, AMULET SERIES
00:28:37

Kazu has been drawing comics since he was five years old. He chatted with Zibby about the inspiration for his popular graphic novel series, how cartoons are a universal language, and how he had to relearn to do what he loves after being in a coma. 

 

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Dec 04, 2020
Emmanuel Acho, UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN
00:27:00

"Uncomfortable" is a bit of a misnomer because Emmanuel Acho is gifted at making people feel at ease having honest conversations about racism and social injustice. He talked to Zibby about making our way to the middle to find the truth, why he believes we learn history in school when we're too young to understand it, and creating a catalyst for racial reconciliation through dialogue.

 

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Dec 03, 2020
Rachel Hollis, DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING
00:36:50

Zibby thinks Didn't See That Coming is the best book title. It really hits home and she had a great time talking to Rachel about encouraging people who are going through something difficult to get to the other side, the different ways grief manifests, and absorbing the role of being a healer to others.

 

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Dec 02, 2020
Julie Buxbaum, ADMISSION
00:26:09

Julie Buxbaum became so obsessed with the 2019 college admissions scandal that she was inspired to write Admission. Zibby loved talking about Julie's compelling characters, what it must feel like to be a teeager at the center of a huge media fallout, what achievement means, what success costs, and ethical parenting. 

 

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Dec 01, 2020
Hope Edelman, THE AFTERGRIEF
00:40:09

Hope Edelman talked about her research process for this poignant book, what her term AfterGrief means, bereavement leave, and confiding in others. Her moving advice resonated with Zibby: release yourself from the idea of an end point for mourning and consider grief as ebbs and flow of intensity rather than an end point. 

 

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Nov 30, 2020
Dr. Evan Antin, WORLD WILD VET
00:28:53

Zibby and Dr. Evan Antin both brought furry, four-legged guests to their interview. He shared his passion for animals, wildlife conservation, and vet medicine and talked about some of his wildest adventures around the globe (tune in for snake bite sagas), his advice for being a responsible pet parent, and what it was like being named one of People's Sexiest Men Alive!

 

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Nov 27, 2020
Peace Adzo Medie, HIS ONLY WIFE
00:21:22

Peace Adzo Medie's latest work of fiction is a Reese's Book Club pick and she talked to Zibby about the themes she explored: how culture shapes women's lives, class divide, generational views on what a marriage ought to be like, and the difficulty in parting with comfort for the unknown.

 

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Nov 26, 2020
Janet Evanovich, FORTUNE AND GLORY
00:27:58

Zibby talked to powerhouse writer Janet Evanovich about her New York Times best-seller and twenty-seventh book in the best-selling Stephanie Plum series, her start as a romance novelist, and her love of comic books, drawing, and adventure. 

 

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Nov 25, 2020
Morgan Jerkins, WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS
00:27:10

Wandering in Strange Lands was a labor of love for Morgan Jerkins. She talked to Zibby about her inspiration for the book, inheriting trauma, and why she encourages aspiring writers to investigate ideas that make them afraid.

 

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Nov 24, 2020
Laura Vanderkam, THE NEW CORNER OFFICE
00:25:03

Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and says that "once a second is gone, all the money in the world can't buy it back." Her wisdom and research resonates as we navigate 2020. Zibby got the low-down on how to successfully work from home, configure childcare, and create priority checklists. 

 

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Nov 23, 2020
Kim Brooks, SMALL ANIMALS
00:31:53

Kim Brooks knows what it means for one seemingly small decision to snowball into something unexpected. She described the catalyst event that led her to write Small Animals (a must-read for parents) to Zibby. They talked about the anxiety of raising children, examining the culture of parenthood and how it shifts over generations, and marriage, divorce and coparenting. 

 

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Nov 20, 2020
Matthew John Bocchi, SWAY
00:34:10

Matthew John Bocchi was a child when his father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He and Zibby had a moving conversation about the long-lasting effects of this tragedy, coping mechanisms, addiction, abuse, and hope. 

 

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Nov 19, 2020
Liz Petrone, THE PRICE OF ADMISSION
00:30:09

Zibby talked to Liz Petrone about her soulful memoir, which poignantly explores mental illness and expressed the need for our society to do better in telling the truth about depression, anxiety, and disordered behaviors. 

 

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Nov 18, 2020
Sarah Crossan, HERE IS THE BEEHIVE
00:26:15

Zibby loved Sarah Crossan's unique writing style and the format of HereIs the Beehive; it reads almost like one big long poem. This novel about adultery, seduction and loyalty will be a book club pick on Zibby’s Virtual Book Club! Sarah and Zibby talked all about secrets, intuition, the shock value of grief, and universal compassion. 

 

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Nov 17, 2020
Clarissa Ward, ON ALL FRONTS
00:28:26

Clarissa Ward is a badass journalist. She talked to Zibby about her trajectory studying comparative literature at Yale, wanting to become an actress, and the epiphany moment that led to her career as an award-winning war correspondent.

 

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Nov 16, 2020
Cameron Douglas, LONG WAY HOME
00:29:51

Cameron Douglas wrote a raw and intimate portrait of being raised as Hollywood royalty (the son of Michael Douglas and grandson of Kirk Douglas) and experience becoming a drug addict who served time in prison. He spoke openly with Zibby about anxiety, addiction, survival, and transformation.

 

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Nov 13, 2020
Fariha Roisin, LIKE A BIRD
00:28:03

Fariha Roisin's novel is gripping and bold and at times so disturbing it’s almost hard to read. Zibby was fascinated by their talk about abuse, autonomy, humor, self-discovery, victimhood, ancestral trauma, and much more. 

 

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Nov 12, 2020
Christa Parravani, LOVED AND WANTED
00:29:45

Christa Parravani's memoir is so open and deep that Zibby felt like she already knew her before their interview. Christa talked about both wanting to have the choice for reproductive healthcare and loving and wanting children; navigating associated emotional, financial, and regulatory aspects of the options women face; and her belief that by sharing stories there is justice and liberation for women.

 

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Nov 11, 2020
Cecily von Ziegesar, COBBLE HILL
00:34:54

Cecily von Ziegesar wrote the book series Gossip Girl that inspired the hit TV show (Xoxo). Her recent novel, Cobble Hill, is just as entertaining. She talked to Zibby about how being a grown up doesn't mean you always act like one, being able to intimately write New York-based stories as a native Manhattanite, and learning to poke fun at yourself. 

 

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Nov 10, 2020
Bryan Washington, MEMORIAL
00:25:46

Bryan Washington says his editor calls his debut novel Memorial a "rom-com with teeth.” Zibby calls it "powerful and raw.” Good Morning America agreed and selected it as their November book pick! Bryan spoke to Zibby about wanting to write a love story about characters that he hadn't seen on the page, his Jamaican heritage, and more.

 

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Nov 09, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden!!! SPECIAL RE-RELEASE
00:25:43

In honor of the historic win yesterday of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (the first woman VP ever -- and a woman of color!!), I'm re-releasing my interview with THE NEW FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES Prof. Jill Biden!! We discussed the many themes of her recent memoir: loss, family traditions, education, motherhood, and more. I am truly filled with HOPE after this monumental moment in history, a moment our country so desperately needed. Let's hear it for healing and reclaiming the soul of our nation. And congratulations to Jill!! 

 

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Nov 08, 2020
Alice Hoffman, MAGIC LESSONS
00:24:39

Zibby was delighted to talk to the legendary doyenne of fiction, Alice Hoffman, who called her latest novel "an escape" for her as a writer. They chatted about witchcraft, fairy tales, female heroines, and more.

 

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Nov 06, 2020
Susie Yang, WHITE IVY
00:20:02

Susie Yang's novel, which was recently selected as a TODAY Show #ReadwithJenna pick, is utterly compelling. She talked to Zibby about having a vivid imagination, writing emotions that create a visceral reaction in readers, and the feeling of being an outsider and the natural pull to belong to something. 

 

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Nov 05, 2020
Brit Bennett, THE VANISHING HALF
00:27:11

Zibby was thrilled to interview New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett as part of a PEN America Virtual Author Event. In their live conversation, Brit paints a brilliant picture of how she crafts interwoven stories across timelines, the literature of passing, and the fluidity of identity.

 

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Nov 04, 2020
Nicole Krauss, TO BE A MAN
00:27:50

Bestselling author Nicole Krauss spoke to Zibby about travel, religion, Nicole's fearless collection of fiction and how she writes characters so compassionately. This incredibly bright literary icon also touched on the paradoxes of people, the dichotomy of women and men, and the reimagining of relationships. 

 

 

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Nov 03, 2020
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, MELANIA AND ME
00:34:40

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former director of special events at Vogue, was a confidant to Melania Trump from the early 2000s until she found herself in the wake of the Trump family's ascension to the White House and a controversy around inauguration finance irregularities. In her book, and talk with Zibby, she talks candidly about trust and betrayal, facing scrutiny in the spotlight, and re-examining friendship.

 

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Nov 02, 2020
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, LORETTA LITTLE LOOKS BACK
00:28:11

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney's novel is versatile and innovative - it's filled with gorgeous illustrations and reads like a mix of poetry, first-person narratives, gospel rhythms, and blues. Zibby loved interviewing the husband-and-wife duo about the three generations of voices they brought to life in this book, drawing from history and experience to craft their work, and the secrets to a successful collaboration. 

 

 

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Oct 31, 2020
Max Gross, THE LOST SHTETL
00:25:37

Max Gross's debut novel weaves an imaginative, humorous, and distinct story about a tiny Jewish village that existed in isolation, overlooked by the Nazis during World War II, forces during the Cold War, and modern technology - until a series of events pushes the community straight into the twenty-first century. Zibby and Max talked about growing up in New York, the haunting experience of visiting Auschwitz, the significance of history, and more. 

 

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Oct 30, 2020
Charlotte Wood, THE WEEKEND
00:23:15

Zibby was moved by Charlotte Wood's beautifully written novel about well-worn friendships, getting older, and processing grief. They talked about how sustaining female friendships can be, how relationships adapt as people change over the course of their lives, and how personal the space of a book is for readers.

 

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Oct 30, 2020
Jane Igharo, TIES THAT TETHER
00:19:54
Zibby and Jane Igharo had an animated conversation about Jane's debut novel, inspired by her own experiences being caught between familial expectations and following her heart. Jane talked about everything from trying to understand the motivations of immigrant parents to preserving culture, from creating Nigerian heroines in fiction to her childhood dream of being a Disney channel actress… and even her affinity for Miley Cyrus songs.   

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Oct 30, 2020
Sophie Kinsella, LOVE YOUR LIFE
00:33:57

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's special blend of comedy and romance shines through in her latest novel. Zibby, who has been inhaling the “Shopaholic" novels for years, loved getting to chat with one of her favorite authors about bedtime chaos, books, deal breakers, and decision fatigue (from online dating to online shopping!).

 

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Oct 30, 2020
Megan Harlan, MOBILE HOME
00:18:25

Megan Harlan moved seventeen times across four continents when she was growing up. She told Zibby about her relationship with "place" as a result of her nomadic childhood, living life in all sorts of homes from a posh flat in London to a Texas to a trailer in Saudi Arabia, and the drive to explore different corners of the world.

 

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Oct 29, 2020
Elizabeth Lesser, CASSANDRA SPEAKS
00:31:15

Elizabeth Lesser is an author, cofounder of Omega Institute, has given two popular TED talks, and is a member of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul100. She told Zibby that she's been preparing her whole life to write her fourth book, Cassandra Speaks. Elizabeth shared that her curiosity about power and perspective stemmed from her childhood growing up as the daughter of a feminist mother and a domineering father and the question she has pursued since: what about history and culture would be different if women were the storytellers? 

 

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Oct 29, 2020
Sara Seager, THE SMALLEST LIGHT IN THE UNIVERSE
00:26:35

Sara Seager is an preeminent astronomer, planetary scientist, and MIT professor whose luminous memoir is about how she had to reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovered the power of connection on this planet as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. It's one of Zibby's favorite recent books and she talked with Sara about grief, rebuilding, and our earth and beyond.

 

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Oct 29, 2020
Sydney Sadick, AIM HIGH
00:25:42

TV fashion and lifestyle expert Sydney Sadick believes confidence is an accessory that never goes out of style. She and Zibby chatted about developing personal style, "quarantine fashion," sourcing pieces that pop on a budget, and how the way we dress can impact our mood.

 

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Oct 28, 2020
Ann Shen, NEVERTHELESS, SHE WORE IT
00:21:10

Ann Shen is a beautiful illustrator, designer, and author and her striking new book highlights some of history's biggest fashion moments and women who broke the mold wearing them. She and Zibby talked about female role models who broke the rules, the role of style in culture, and embracing a signature look.

 

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Oct 28, 2020
Christie Tate, GROUP
00:27:55

Christie Tate knows what it feels like for someone’s life to look really great on paper and yet still feel inwardly lost and lonely. She talked to Zibby about the transformative experience of starting group therapy as a law student which helped crack her open, create an emotionally full life, and ultimately allow her to share the importance of connecting with others through her terrific memoir. 

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Elizabeth Berg, I'LL BE SEEING YOU
00:31:42

Zibby was deeply moved by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg's sensational and loving memoir about caring for her parents in their twilight years. Elizabeth's beautiful writing provides inspiration, comfort, and a guidebook for navigating the emotional and practical conditions of caregiving. 

 

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Alisson Wood, BEING LOLITA
00:26:53

When Alisson Wood was a 17-year-old high school student, she became enmeshed in an abusive relationship with an English teacher. She talked to Zibby about the grooming that created a blueprint for her understanding of love for a long time, the complicated storm of power, sex, and gender dynamics, and why sharing her experience is so important to empower others who have experienced trauma.

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Jenna Bush Hager, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME
00:29:07

Zibby had such a special conversation with fellow book enthusiast and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Jenna talked candidly about what it was like to go through loss in the spotlight and lose loved ones who are public figures, especially as a busy mom. She and Zibby chatted about running to the bus stop, heels vs. clogs, working out, and their mutual affection for writing and writers. 

 

 

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Oct 26, 2020
Rumaan Alam, LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND
00:36:01

Leave the World Behind is the “it” book of the moment: a Jenna’s Book Club pick on TODAY, a Barnes & Noble pick, and on the short-list for the National Book Award. Rumaan's striking book has captivated readers around the globe! Zibby loved the sentiment he shared about how deeply meaningful it is when people take the limited time they have to appreciate someone else's art.

 

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Oct 26, 2020
Eva Chen, ROXY THE LAST UNISAURUS REX
00:33:50

Zibby talked to Eva Chen, Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, sartorial icon, and author of the most charming children's books. They discussed their dream home libraries, turning to reading for a sense of belonging, and the magic that stories can bring to little ones and grown-ups alike.

 

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Oct 23, 2020
Tami Charles, ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER
00:26:01

Zibby and Tami Charles did an Instagram Live together to launch her new book, which Tami wrote as a tribute to her 10-year-old son. It’s a reminder to all children, especially those from marginalized communities, that they are an important part of the universe. Zibby had a heartfelt conversation with Tami about her poetic children's book, how this story came to her in a dream, and the power in telling children that they matter.

 

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Oct 23, 2020
Brooke Hecker, LETTERS FROM MY TOOTH FAIRY
00:20:52

Brooke Hecker began writing letters 'from the tooth fairy' for her daughter for each tooth she lost. She eventually turned the notes into this collection, which is a delightful snapshot of different parts of childhood through the lens of the tooth fairy. Zibby knows a lot of parents will be able to relate to this and might just start their own family traditions as a result.

 

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Oct 23, 2020
Kwame Mbalia, TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD
00:20:35

Zibby loved talking to Kwame Mbalia about his exploration of "non-Western fantasy and science fiction and imagining scientific innovations for future worlds through the eyes of African and African Americans" through his phenomenal book series which is a must-read for families.

 

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Oct 22, 2020
Alyssa Milano, PROJECT CLASS PRESIDENT
00:31:28

Alyssa Milano (actor, producer, designer, philanthropist, humanitarian and author!) spoke with Zibby about how her character Hope wants to change the world but has to get through the trials and tribulations of middle school first, introducing kids to ideas about activism and community through a lens they can relate to, and how to parent during culturally-charged moments.

 

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Oct 22, 2020
Oliver Jeffers, WHAT WE'LL BUILD
00:21:16

Oliver Jeffers is a celebrity in Zibby's house; she and her children love his books, especially HOW TO CATCH A STAR. With beautiful illustrations and thought-provoking writing, WHAT WE’LL BUILD, his latest book, was inspired by the birth of his daughter and the possibility of changing the world.

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Kathie Lee Gifford, HELLO LITTLE DREAMER
00:37:34

Interviewing Kathie Lee Gifford was such a treat for Zibby. Kathie Lee, who says she's a kid at heart, talked to Zibby about imparting important values to your children, having perspective, and how it's never too late to dream.

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Lou Diamond Phillips, THE TINDERBOX
00:28:13

Zibby got to interview actor, director, and author Lou Diamond Phillips and his wife Yvonne about how Lou's latest book, The Tinderbox, was inspired by a series of Yvonne's drawings. They talked to Zibby about coming from military backgrounds, how there's no science to writing, and the importance of having someone to bounce ideas around with, plus how helpful author Chris Bohjalian was to the whole process.

 

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Oct 20, 2020
Lauren Tarshis, I SURVIVED: THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
00:34:14

Lauren Tarshis told Zibby that she didn't read a book until she was fourteen years old, which is an amazing part of Lauren's journey to becoming a New York Times best-selling author of dozens of books. Lauren’s I SURVIVED books are a terrific lesson in empathy - helping kids (and grown ups!) imagine what it's like to be in someone else's shoes when they're facing hardship.

 

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Oct 20, 2020
Sophie Blackall, IF YOU COME TO EARTH
00:27:19

Zibby talked to Sophie Blackall about her beautifully illustrated children's book and how she wanted to create something that makes kids feel connected around the globe. They also discussed how being curious opens doors to new worlds and Sophie's new retreat for children's book authors and illustrators. But really they spoke about life, loss, and the true meaning of it all.

 

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Oct 19, 2020
Kimberly Derting & Shelli Johannes, CECE LOVES SCIENCE
00:33:20

Zibby enjoyed interviewing co-authors, critique partners, and longtime friends Kimberly Derting and Shelli Johannes about their popular book series. They shared their love of science, keeping their kids entertained, their favorite subscription boxes, and more.

 

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Oct 19, 2020
Shannon Lee, BE WATER, MY FRIEND
00:35:47

Zibby truly enjoyed getting to know Shannon. Shannon shared what she’d learned from her father, renowned movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee, how it felt to have to “hide” who she was growing up, why she has taken over managing his legacy, how the tragic death of her brother affected her, and how her dad's meaningful practices and timeless concepts inspired Shannon's journey. 

 

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Oct 16, 2020
Anne Helen Petersen, CAN'T EVEN
00:26:33

Based on Anne Helen Petersen's viral BuzzFeed article, Can't Even is an in-depth and fascinating examination of millennial burnout culture. She and Zibby chatted about deciphering how and why we got to this place of non-vacations and unrealistic work expectations. They discussed the hopeful possibility of reorienting our lives away from being "on" 24/7. 

 

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Oct 15, 2020
Cheryl Strayed, THIS TELLING
00:37:36

Zibby did an Instagram Live with bestselling author Cheryl Strayed (author of WILD) and was over the moon to be interviewing her. They talked about This Telling, her Amazon Original Story, feminism over the last century, the radical act of telling the truth, and vulnerability.

 

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Oct 14, 2020
Terri Cheney, MODERN MADNESS
00:24:50

Terri Cheney portrays mental illness through beautiful and often humorous writing in her latest book. She and Zibby talked about her Modern Love article that was adapted for the HBO show, her life as an entertainment lawyer for Hollywood stars, and keeping her bipolar diagnosis a secret.  

 

 

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Oct 13, 2020
Alexandra Elle, AFTER THE RAIN
00:25:25

Alexandra Elle calls her new collection of work her "big girl book" filled with hope, camaraderie, and lessons from motherhood. Listen to their moving talk about healing, self-love, and community. 

 

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Oct 12, 2020
Jamie Lee Curtis, LETTERS FROM CAMP
00:31:38

Zibby was thrilled to talk with Jamie Lee Curtis, who has contributed so much to so many different areas in the artistic world. Jamie and Zibby chatted about Letters from Camp, her recent and delightful Audible Original, sleepaway camp, nostalgia, telling the truth about ourselves, and giving back. 

 

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Oct 09, 2020
Deborah Tannen, FINDING MY FATHER
00:30:54

Deborah Tannen calls her father's life a walking tour through history - growing up in a Jewish community in Warsaw during World War I, The Bolshevik Revolution, The Great Depression - and Zibby was fascinated by his stories and the father-daughter relationship. Deborah and Zibby talked about dreams, communication, and reflecting on the past.

 

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Oct 08, 2020
Victoria Montgomery-Brown, DIGITAL GODDESS
00:30:06

Zibby loved the lessons from Victoria Montgomery-Brown's new book and their interview. Her unique position as a female business founder, entrepreneur, and CEO is inspiring - and her stories about the NYPD, therapy, and honesty are fascinating. 

 

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Oct 07, 2020
Heather Land, A PERFECT 10
00:31:38

Comedienne Heather Land told Zibby about how she became a public persona due to a dare from a friend and how a coping mechanism turned into a career. They also bonded over second marriages and falling in love after divorce. Zibby recommended this as one of her Good Morning America October picks! 

 

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Oct 06, 2020
Brooke Adams Law, CATCHLIGHT
00:28:44

Zibby and Brooke Adams Law covered a lot of ground in this special conversation from Alzheimers to self-expression and discovery to writing circles. Zibby especially loved Brooke's inspiring story of how Catchlight came to be.

 

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Oct 05, 2020
Nicholas Sparks, THE RETURN
00:30:36

Zibby was equal parts honored and excited to interview Nicholas Sparks. They talked about different kinds of love stories, how he was encouraged to become a writer by his mother, therapy, reacting to trauma, and more.

 

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Oct 02, 2020
Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, ALL THIS TIME
00:32:47

Zibby had a great time getting to know Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, who are the #1 New York Times best-selling team of Five Feet Apart which was a hit movie. Now they’ve come back with their second joint novel called All This Time, which was beautiful and a total tearjerker. Zibby recommends having tissues on hand! 

 

 

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Oct 01, 2020
Bill Clegg, THE END OF THE DAY
00:32:42

Zibby has been a longtime fan of Bill Clegg's beautiful writing especially his fantastic memoir, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. They talked about everything from addiction to parenting to audiobooks… and everything in between. 

 

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Sep 30, 2020
Arden Myrin, LITTLE MISS LITTLE COMPTON
00:30:42

Zibby could have talked to Arden Myrin all day. She chatted with the actress, comedian, and first time author about how her parents married on a dare, her quirky small-town upbringing, being honest with your audience, and being okay with not being okay during times of loss. 

 

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Sep 29, 2020
Jeff Hobbs, SHOW THEM YOU'RE GOOD
00:16:59

Jeff Hobbs and Zibby talked about Jeff's latest book, immersion journalism, the messiness of being a teenager, high-school dances, and how different lives along the same timelines can veer off in different ways. 

 

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Sep 28, 2020
Meredith Masony, ASK ME WHAT'S FOR DINNER ONE MORE TIME
00:32:41

Meredith Masony's book is basically Zibby's life manual. You can expect Meredith's laugh-inducing brand of humor and relatability from her "That’s Inappropriate" viral series in her essay collection. She shared her experience as a mom of three young kids having a life-threatening tumor. She spoke with Zibby about not waiting until tomorrow to do the things you want to do today, home-schooling, the pandemic, and more.

 

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Sep 25, 2020
Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao, FAMILY IN SIX TONES
00:30:23

Zibby laughed her way through her conversation with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao. She enjoyed their beautiful memoir about identity, belonging, Vietnam, and more. She had a front row seat to their authentic mother-daughter dynamic in this priceless interview. 

 

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Sep 24, 2020
Ken Follett, THE EVENING AND THE MORNING
00:25:44

Zibby was honored to interview bestselling author Ken Follett, one of the world's best-loved and prolific authors. They talked about Ken’s role as a stepfather, his experience of tragically losing his grown son, how he comes up with ideas for his books, and the key to the longevity of his career.

 

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Sep 23, 2020
Catherine Gildiner, GOOD MORNING, MONSTER
00:30:10

Catherine Gildiner's book Good Morning, Monster is an impactful read that follows five patients' journeys to emotional recovery. Zibby was captivated by these stories and her conversation with Catherine about treatment, trauma, and truth being stranger than fiction.

 

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Sep 22, 2020
Sara Evans, BORN TO FLY
00:32:23

Zibby loved reading country music star Sara Evans's inspiring memoir. She and Sara had a beautiful talk about blended families and step-parenting, owning your talents, and not letting people put you in a box. Their talk about body image and eating was emotional and truly authentic.

 

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Sep 21, 2020
Nancy Jooyoun Kim, THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE
00:28:58

Nancy Jooyoun Kim's beautiful novel explores a nuanced mother-daughter relationship through a dual narrative. Her book was just picked as this month’s Reese’s Book Club pick and is already a New York Times bestseller. She and Zibby talked about the fragility of families, keeping secrets, and the complexities of language and lived experience between immigrant parents with American-born children. 

 

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Sep 18, 2020
Elizabeth Ames, THE OTHER'S GOLD
00:26:31

Elizabeth Ames is the author of the terrific debut novel The Other's Gold. She and Zibby talked about living at Harvard, writing a campus novel, and their formative college years. 

 

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Sep 17, 2020
Cat Deeley, THE JOY IN YOU
00:25:22

The superstar host of TV hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deeley, has a written a lovely children’s book, originally intended for her boys. Her interview with Zibby is a heartfelt reminder that all parents want their kids to be happy, kind, and feel confident in dreaming big.

 

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Sep 16, 2020
Caitlin Moran, MORE THAN A WOMAN
00:33:48

Caitlin Moran's observational humor is in a class of its own. Zibby laughed her way through Caitlin's book and their conversation: comparing raising children to addiction, motherhood as a superhero narrative, and how sharing our parenting stories is the key to sanity.

 

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Sep 15, 2020
Catherine Cho, INFERNO
00:21:44

Zibby was enthralled by Catherine Cho's memoir about her postpartum psychosis when her son was three months old. They talked about preparation for pregnancy being primarily about the physical aspects without considering the mental or psychological shift of becoming a mother, unfolding the trauma of abusive relationships, and the road to recovery. 

 

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Sep 14, 2020
Zibby reflects briefly on the past six months
00:05:56

This short reflection was intended as a voiceover for an IGTV/Instagram slideshow of Zibby’s six months after quarantine hit, from March 12th to September 13th, 2020. As she heads back to New York City, she discusses how the pandemic has changed her. Go to instagram.com/zibbyowens to see the accompanying photos. 

 

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Sep 13, 2020
Lisa Donovan, OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HUNGER
00:33:11

Lisa Donovan, renowned pastry chef and essayist, talked to Zibby about creating societal change by reclaiming her story and the stories of women in an industry — and world — in which men have traditionally been dominant.

 

 

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Sep 11, 2020
Kendra Adachi, THE LAZY GENIUS WAY
00:32:22

Kendra Adachi's book is a New York Times best seller about spending your energy on what matters to you. Listen to Zibby (who hopes she is now on her way to becoming a lazy genius, too) and Kendra talk about best friends, Oreos, and principles to help you live a meaningful life by your own definition.

 

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Sep 10, 2020
Sue Miller, MONOGAMY
00:31:52

Legendary bestselling author Sue Miller's critically acclaimed, elegant, and sharply realistic new account of the contemporary family is just as powerful as her previous blockbuster hits. This novel, about a couple, their marriage, and what happens when one of them suddenly passes away, is one of the most accurate and searing records of what it’s like to deal with a spouse who passes away in the night — or the loss of any loved one. She and Zibby talked about quasi-monogamy, bringing characters to life, and the intricacies of grief.

 

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Sep 09, 2020
Deshaun Watson, PASS IT ON
00:25:10

Deshaun Watson, NFL quarterback for the Houston Texans, is a marvel on and off the field. Zibby was ultra-impressed by his book and loved talking to him about his relationship with his mom, Habitat for Humanity, chess, and finding balance and energy in his personal and professional life. 

 

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Sep 08, 2020
Julia Phillips, DISAPPEARING EARTH
00:27:28

Julia Phillips always knew she wanted to be a novelist, and her debut of Disappearing Earth is a breathtaking national bestseller. She and Zibby talked about their love of libraries, what a happy writing place looks like, and finding your creative community.

 

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Sep 07, 2020
Zibby Talks About Her Family's Recent Losses
00:13:45
In this short, heartfelt, tearjerker of an episode (you might need some Kleenex), Zibby shares her own thoughts and feelings during a tragic time. Her husband Kyle’s mother, Susan Felice Owens, and grandmother Marie (“Nene”) Felice, both passed away recently from COVID. This is Zibby's direct outreach to podcast listeners to share what she’s been going through and to hopefully help those who have lost anyone they have loved, too…. (and to encourage everyone to protect themselves from COVID).   

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Sep 05, 2020
Kate Riordan, THE HEATWAVE
00:25:31

Zibby couldn't put down Kate Riordan's thriller, a compelling mystery set in the South of France (making it the perfect backdrop for a long-weekend read)!

 

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Sep 04, 2020
Sheila Grinell, THE CONTRACT
00:21:14

Zibby couldn't resist asking Sheila Grinell about the story of her birth (spoiler: it involves a New York City taxi cab), and she loved their conversation about Sheila's winding path to writing, which included a journey through math, science, business, and the museum world. 

 

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Sep 04, 2020
Heather Cabot, THE NEW CHARDONNAY
00:34:23

Zibby did a live virtual event with The Strand Bookstore and award-winning reporter Heather Cabot about her bookThe New Chardonnay, a fascinating look into the new world of legal cannabis. 

 

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Sep 03, 2020
Robert Weintraub, THE DIVINE MISS MARBLE
00:22:51

Zibby had a blast talking to bestselling author Robert Weintraub about his captivation with the life of tennis star, Alice Marble, and his experience traveling the country to uncover the mystery of her extraordinary life.

 

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Sep 03, 2020
Marisa Porges, WHAT GIRLS NEED
00:32:35

Marisa Porges and Zibby explored Marisa's powerful book about what girls need to succeed. 

 

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Sep 02, 2020
Amy Schmidt, CANNONBALL!
00:25:12

Amy Schmidt brings her signature brand of honesty and openness to her book, podcast, and conversation with Zibby, reminding us to live fearlessly and with confidence. You'll probably feel like she's your best friend by the time you're done listening to this episode. 

 

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Sep 02, 2020
Raven Leilani, LUSTER
00:25:25

Raven Leilani's debut novel has been one of the most anticipated books of 2020. She and Zibby talked about different forms of creativity, reconciling fantasy and reality, and the experience of Black women in publishing. 

 

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Sep 01, 2020
Charlotte McConaghy, MIGRATIONS
00:24:24

Zibby loved talking to Charlotte McConaghy about her beautiful debut novel, family trauma, and the search for home. 

 

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Sep 01, 2020
Alyssa Shelasky, APRON ANXIETY
00:22:11

Alyssa Shelasky talked to Zibby about her memoir: learning to cook, the world of food and celebrity chefs, being happy for your ex, and universal truths about love and loss. 

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Heather Lanier, RAISING A RARE GIRL
00:31:38

Zibby and Heather Lanier talked about Raising a Rare Girl, Heather's beautiful account of raising her daughter with a rare chromosomal syndrome, being a medical advocate, and what happens when the map of "normal" parents expect is turned upside down. 

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Michele Harper, THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING
00:30:36

Zibby loved Michele's New York Times bestselling memoir and the chance to talk with her about overcoming growing up in an abusive household, her philosophy around fixing what's broken, and considering her work as a doctor a practice of healing. 

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Sara Schaefer, GRAND
00:30:04

Sara Schaefer talked to Zibby about Grand, an honest, witty, and vulnerable memoir. They talked about family scandal, reflecting on childhood, moral anxiety, and whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon.

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Authors Share Their Favorites
00:06:12

Today, Saturday, August 29th, is Independent Bookstore Day. Listen to a selection of notable authors from this podcast as they share their favorite independent bookstores and why they love them. Watch them on Instagram here

Authors include:

Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Raven Leilani, Luster

Bethany Saltman, Strange Situation: A Mother's Journey into the Science of Attachment

Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings

Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City?, Rules for Being a Girl

Kristy Woodson Harvey, Feels Like Falling

Bonnie Tsui, Why We Swim

Liz Astrof, Don't Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom

Erin Geiger Smith, Thank You For Voting

Elissa Altman, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing and Longing

Heather Cabot, The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream

Rebecca Serle, In Five Years

Kendra Adachi, The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't and Get Stuff Done

 

 

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Aug 29, 2020
Samantha Irby, WOW, NO THANK YOU
00:33:49

Samantha Irby's humor is exactly what everyone needs right now. She and Zibby talked about rituals, lip balm, bribing children, and what it's like to share your inner monologue with the world.  

 

 

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Aug 28, 2020
Sue Monk Kidd, THE BOOK OF LONGINGS
00:30:19

Zibby interviewed Sue Monk Kidd, award-winning and international best-selling author, for Armonk's North Castle Public Library 2020 speaker series. Already a literary phenomenon, Sue's breathtaking novel The Book of Longings is her latest brilliant work of fiction, and her creativity and characters are a gift.

 

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Aug 27, 2020
Laura Lippman, MY LIFE AS A VILLAINESS
00:32:34

Laura Lippman, the best-selling crime writer, has come out with a fantastic book of essays called My Life as a Villainess. Zibby loved reading this collection and talking with Laura about shifting from creating worlds through novels to revealing the inner workings of her own world.

 

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Aug 26, 2020
Pamela Redmond, OLDER
00:28:48

Pamela Redmond is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction including Younger, now a hit TV show created by Darren Star. Her new novel, Older, a sequel to Younger, is just coming out, so she and Zibby (of course) talked about age, as well as makeovers, beauty, confidence and authenticity.

 

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Aug 25, 2020
Supriya Kelkar, AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE
00:24:17

Supriya Kelkar drew from personal experience growing up Indian American in a small town in the U.S. for her moving YA novel. She talked to Zibby about hiding her curls until her thirties, microaggressions, and South Asian American culture.

 

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Aug 24, 2020
Capricia Penavic Marshall, PROTOCOL
00:27:16

Capricia Penavic Marshall served as White House Social Secretary in the Clinton administration and as United States Chief of Protocol in the Obama administration. Her book, Protocol, is a front-row seat to interacting with world leaders and a how-to of important lessons learned from her impressive career in government. 

 

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Aug 21, 2020
Nefertiti Austin, MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE
00:35:52

Nefertiti Austin's book, Motherhood So White, is a powerful memoir about adopting her son, the foster care system, single motherhood, race, and more. She talked with Zibby at a book club for HeyMama about cultural nuances, adoption, the power of parenting, and being a free spirit. 

 

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Aug 20, 2020
Heidi Pitlor, IMPERSONATION
00:26:30

Heidi Pitlor's third novel came out yesterday, and she and Zibby talked about writing the book you want to read, motherhood, and the magic of libraries. 

 

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Aug 19, 2020
Christie Pearce Rampone & Dr. Kristine Keane, BE ALL IN
00:35:30

USA Olympian and superstar soccer player Christie Pearce Rampone and her co-author Dr. Kristine Keane wrote a book that every parent needs. Christie, Kristine and Zibby spent a lot of the time sharing their experiences about kids and sports, how to get involved as a parent, and what really matters. 

 

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Aug 18, 2020
Tracy Tutor, FEAR IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD
00:30:06

Tracy Tutor, the first female real estate broker on Million Dollar Listing LA, exudes confidence and authenticity both on TV and throughout her new book. Zibby loved doing an Instagram Live with Tracy and talking about getting out of your comfort zone, red flags, and becoming a chameleon. 

 

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Aug 17, 2020
Daphne Merkin, 22 MINUTES OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
00:39:30

Zibby has been a fan of Daphne Merkin’s for a long time and was over-the-moon excited to talk to her about her latest novel. Turns out, Daphne has been writing this story — about being seemingly trapped in a relationship with the “wrong” guy — on and off for the past 30 years! 

 

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Aug 14, 2020
Renée Watson, WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE
00:32:03

Renée Watson, New York Times best-selling author, educator, and activist, talked about Oprah Winfrey, social issues, and young girls finding their voices with Zibby. 

 

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Aug 13, 2020
Susan Wiggs, THE LOST AND FOUND BOOKSHOP
00:33:45

Zibby had a lot of fun on Instagram Live talking to Susan Wiggs on her pub day! They discussed the fantasy of running a bookstore, character development and idea generation for the 50 novels she has written over her career (including the latest which became a New York Times best seller)!

 

 

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Aug 12, 2020
Tommy Butler, BEFORE YOU GO
00:23:09

Zibby loved the prose in Tommy Butler’s debut novel. They talked about philosophy, poetry, loneliness, and balancing a law career with a lifelong love of writing. 

 

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Aug 11, 2020
Chandler Baker, THE WHISPER NETWORK
00:27:49

Chandler Baker's book, a Reese's Book Club pick, really spoke to Zibby. As someone trying to balance work and momlife, Zibby related to Chandler and her book's character! They discussed the competing demands of a career, family, what's going on in our heads, and whether working out can ever be in the cards, all themes in the psychological workplace drama. 

 

 

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Aug 10, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden, WHERE THE LIGHT ENTERS
00:25:43

Zibby had the honor of interviewing the former Second Lady (and perhaps future First Lady), Dr. Jill Biden. She spoke to Zibby about childhood traditions, loss, the state of schools opening this fall, her passion for teaching and more on Instagram Live.

 

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Aug 08, 2020
Betsy Carter, LOST SOULS AT THE NEPTUNE INN
00:26:25

When Zibby was growing up and an aspiring author, Betsy Carter was a huge mentor to her and encouraged her love of writing. This has all come full circle with Zibby now getting to do a special interview with the inimitable Betsy about her most recent novel. The longtime friends talked about emotional exorcism, good and bad luck, and exploring the unknown through fiction.

 

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Aug 07, 2020
Allison Winn Scotch, CLEO MCDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING
00:24:44

You might feel like you're just eavesdropping on a call between friends in this episode. Allison talks to Zibby about her character, Cleo, a Senator and Presidential-hopeful, Cleo’s political ambitions, regret in general…. and how Allison tackles the writing process!

 

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Aug 06, 2020
Erica Katz, THE BOYS' CLUB
00:25:06

Erica Katz, a pseudonym for the lawyer (and debut author), lied to her colleagues about vacationing at the beach when she was really hiding in her closet writing this book. It's a good thing Erica told Zibby that she feels like writing is a vacation. The Boys’ Club, a page-turning tale of sexual harassment in the workplace, is a top summer read of 2020 that has already been optioned by Netflix.

 

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Aug 05, 2020
Caroline Leavitt, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
00:34:14

Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times best-selling author of twelve novels. She told Zibby about the inspiration for her latest book: her own survival of a rare blood disease, being put into a coma, and coping with that alternate universe.

 

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Aug 04, 2020
André Leon Talley, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES
00:35:00

After this episode, Zibby wanted to give André Leon Talley a hug. He was Anna Wintour’s indomitable right-hand-man at Vogue for decades, but in this memoir, André revealed his serial sexual abuse as a young boy and his chronic eating disorder. He has so many poignant memories and extraordinary stories that he’s already at work on his next book. 

 

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Aug 03, 2020
Sophie Mackintosh, BLUE TICKET
00:21:26

Sophie Mackintosh tells Zibby about her inspiration for Blue Ticket: spending her whole life feeling absolutely certain that she didn't want to have children until one day a switch flipped. Originally conceived as a horror novel, Sophie decided to explore the themes of motherhood and social expectation through this dystopian book.

 

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Jul 31, 2020
Lara Prescott, THE SECRETS WE KEPT
00:25:05

Lara Prescott's debut novel was an instant New York Times best seller. Lara's mom thinks it's fate that she wrote The Secrets We Kept, a work of historical fiction based on the true story behind Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, because Lara was named after the heroine in that book! 

 

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Jul 30, 2020
Sophie Heawood, THE HUNGOVER GAMES
00:22:37

Sophie Heawood is every bit as funny, raw, and honest as her memoir. She talks to Zibby about trading a rock-and-roll lifestyle for unexpected single motherhood and her story of growing up with her daughter. 

 

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Jul 29, 2020
Jodie Patterson, THE BOLD WORLD
00:34:25

Jodie Patterson's memoir quickly became one of Zibby's 2020 - and all time - favorites. Listen to conversation for standout insight on transformation, blended families, and more. "We have to discuss and debate with decorum and then shoot some basketball together at the end of the day" perfectly encapsulates Jodie's brand of brilliant advice. 

 

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Jul 28, 2020
Bruce Feiler, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS
00:36:43

Bruce Feiler, one of America's most popular voices on contemporary life, shares amazing advice about "lifequakes," how to navigate things when life gets overturned in a big way, and adapting to a nonlinear existence.

 

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Jul 27, 2020
Holly Martyn, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO PUT ON SOME LIPSTICK?
00:24:04

Holly’s hilarious book tracks her dating exploits when she had given up hope. Holly spoke to Zibby about dating while parenting, how her dates felt about being part of a book (!), the conclusion to her project and how writing has gotten her through the tough times.

 

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Jul 24, 2020
Sandy Abrams, BREATHE TO SUCCEED
00:18:45

Breathe to Succeed is a slim, inspirational book filled with useful advice on how to be as successful as possible through the power of breath and inner self-awareness. Sandy gave Zibby some really specific tips and even tried getting her to practice breathing. Find out if she was willing or not! 

 

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Jul 24, 2020
Evy Poumpouras, BECOMING BULLETPROOF
00:30:00

Bad-ass. Evy Poumpouras is the epitome of a bad-ass. Formerly a member of the Secret Service, Evy shares the types of looks she gives her husband when she wants something, how she exhibits confidence, what resilience looks like and why she wrote a book giving women everywhere the skills to become bulletproof like her. 

 

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Jul 24, 2020
Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman, BIG FRIENDSHIP
00:21:02

This power duo, co-hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, tracks their friendship origins in this treatise on the power and role of female friendship, Shine Theory, and how to keep the friends that matter. 

 

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Jul 24, 2020
Tara Stiles, CLEAN MIND, CLEAN BODY
00:27:07

The founder of Strala yoga spoke to Zibby about her participation in a recent National Geographic kids book about animal yoga poses, her daily yoga classes on Instagram, spreading the Strala approach to yoga, parenting a toddler, and more. 

 

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Jul 23, 2020
Tiler Peck, KATARINA BALLERINA
00:26:06

This charming, world-famous ballerina not only co-authored Katarina Ballerina, a middle grade story about an aspiring ballerina, but also hosts Instagram dance classes in quarantine with special guests like Josh Groban. Zibby spoke to Tiler about overcoming injuries, surviving in your parent’s house, training, writing, entertaining others, and more.

 

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Jul 23, 2020
Libby Copeland, THE LOST FAMILY
00:27:18

Zibby spoke to Libby Copeland about her non-fiction book The Lost Family, which Zibby read all in one sitting because she couldn’t put it down. The book centers around one woman’s search for her family’s roots. They chatted about identity, family, bioethics, the business of DNA, what to do with their kids all summer, and more. Libby’s professionalism came through in every well-crafted sentence she effortlessly uttered. 

 

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Jul 23, 2020
Jennifer Dahlberg, LAGGING INDICATORS
00:21:51

Jennifer Dahlberg, Stockholm-based author of novel Lagging Indicators, talked to Zibby about her fascination with the finance world and what it’s like for black women in that ecosystem, pausing her writing career when her kids were young, and why she’s currently locked up in a shed in Sweden. 

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Amy Poeppel, MUSICAL CHAIRS
00:27:18

The author of Musical Chairs and several other novels, Amy Poeppel is charming and down-to-earth. (Fun fact: she has lived all around the globe and is actually a former teacher.) Her latest book, which is structured lyrically and contains a zillion music references, is a story about an empty-nester (sort of) balancing a career and what life throws at her.

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Julie Pennell, LOUISIANA LUCKY
00:12:27

Zibby was “lucky” (get it?) to speak to Julie Pennell about her light, entertaining summer read centered around three sisters who win the lottery and have to decide what really matters.

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
00:23:03

This best friend duo, co-hosts of the podcast We Fight So You Don’t Have To, have written yet another novel together. And they’re still friends! Listen to Zibby chat with them about the importance of highlighting other authors, podcasting, collaborating, and more.

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Jane Rosen, ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR
00:19:42

Eliza Starts a Rumor is irresistible, as is Jane L. Rosen (who tells Zibby that she’s besties with Katie Couric)!

 

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Jul 22, 2020
Natascha Biebow, THE CRAYON MAN
00:16:47

The Crayon Man will make you reconsider every time your child snaps a crayon in half. Part history, part fun story, this book is delightful, as was the conversation Natascha had with Zibby!

 

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Jul 21, 2020
Stephen Shaskan, PIZZA & TACO
00:19:01

There’s no rhyme or reason to why kids are obsessed with some books, but Stephen Shaskan’s new series, Pizza & Taco, is one of those books. Listen to Stephen discuss her passion for delighting kids and how he works! 

 

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Jul 21, 2020
Chioma Momah, FIRST DAY AT THE BIG SCHOOL
00:23:43

I spoke to children’s book author Chiomah Momah from her home office all the way in Nigeria. (Ignore the part, please, when I didn’t realize the city she lived in was the capital! Oops!) Her picture book, First Day at the Big School, about a young child getting ready to go to school, is so relatable that I’ve already read it to my rising kindergartener several times. I loved hearing about how she found time to write it with her big full-time job and how she handled the pandemic! 

 

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Jul 21, 2020
Iva-Marie Palmer, GIMME EVERYTHING YOU GOT
00:29:36

What even is the difference between YA, middle grade, and adult books? Iva-Marie’s latest book in the roller-rink heyday of the 1970s is about teens, so it must be YA. But it doesn’t have to be read by teens. Any grown-up who wants a quick dip into the past should pick it up -- and listen to this chat! 

 

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Jul 21, 2020
Erin Gardner, PROCRASTIBAKING
00:21:21

Who hasn’t baked lately? For anyone who has ever procrastinated -- especially anyone who finds baking to be the ultimate in distracting time-sinks -- Erin Gardner has the answers. Recipes, tips and more make this highly relatable mama and baker extraordinaire the ultimate procrastibaker.

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Rachel Friedman, AND THEN WE GREW UP
00:18:23

Maybe early success can be a bad thing. Rachel Freidman debates this in her book and in conversation with Zibby as she reflects on her early achievements in music and then, even, in her first book. But then what? What happens after? And how do you hold onto creativity? Rachel goes back to her “band camp” friends to glean some life lessons.

 

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Jul 20, 2020
George Brescia, CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
00:29:43

Don’t sweatpants kinda make you feel blech? There’s something psychologically helpful about actually getting dressed, even in a pandemic. George Brescia is a stylist to the stars who has filled his book with advice for everyone on how to find and rock their own style. This isn’t a what-should-you-wear book. Instead, George explains to Zibby how he’s more of a fashion curator, a psychologist for the shelves. 

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Claire Nicogossian, MAMA, YOU ARE ENOUGH
00:21:51

This is the advice every parent can use right about now. Listen to Dr. Claire Nicogossian’s soothing, sensible advice for a quick dose of sanity in the chaos of today.

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Ali Wenzke, THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING
00:24:54

Ready to move? Debating whether to move? Need a housewarming-ish gift? Ali Wenzke’s super-useful book gives tips, quizzes, charts and more to make any move easier. Zibby and Ali talked about mothering through the pandemic, the value of structure, and so much more.

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Jennifer Steil, EXILE MUSIC
00:24:50

Jennifer Steil was a hostage while pregnant. That’s just one of many notable life experiences that informs her work with depth and intrigue. EXILE MUSIC is no exception. It was hard to put down! She spoke to Zibby about motherhood, travel, inspiration, and resilience.

 

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Jul 17, 2020
Karma Brown, RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE
00:34:28

Karma Brown and Zibby hit it off right away as they talked about Recipe For A Perfect Wife. They jumped right in to Karma’s cancer experience, how she used her sister as her surrogate, and what life as a mom means to her now. They spoke about her many books, why her characters keep getting in accidents, and the meaning of life! 

 

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Jul 17, 2020
Beatriz Williams, HER LAST FLIGHT
00:27:15

Wow, was Zibby impressed by Beatriz’s giant intellect! This historical fiction author spouted facts and figures at a steady clip while explaining the inspiration behind her latest novel. 

 

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Jul 17, 2020
Leah Franqui, MOTHER LAND
00:23:42

Leah and Zibby swapped stories about the sights and sounds in their neighborhoods in the late afternoons that signal the end of the day. The fish market in Mumbai to the ice cream truck peddling down tree-shaded streets on Long Island united them across the world as they discussed mother-in-laws, marriage surprises and more.

 

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Jul 17, 2020
Lynn Steger Strong, WANT
00:27:04

A Columbia professor, Lynn Steger Strong teaches writing so could give advice for hours. Listen to her hand-picked tips and her journey to writing Want.

 

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Jul 17, 2020
Debra Jo Immergut, YOU AGAIN
00:26:57

Debra Jo Immergut, the author of You Again, a thriller about what happens when your present self sees your younger self on the street and what ensues after, is riveting. A “Sliding Doors” type of story, You Again will make you rethink your entire life. It even involves a mother’s sojourn into Antifa and more surprises. 

 

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Stephanie Storey, RAPHAEL, PAINTER IN ROME
00:22:33

Zibby and Stephanie were supposed to talk about the art world and the history behind some of history’s greatest artists, but instead they spoke about the stroke that unexpectedly hit Stephanie’s husband one evening and changed their lives. Hear what Stephanie has never shared before about her private life -- and why she is so captivated by superstars like Raphael. 

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Amy Jo Burns, SHINER
00:19:47

A searing novel about Applachain heartbreak, Shiner is Amy Jo Burns’ story based on her own environment growing up. Listen to her talk to Zibby about trauma, secrets, loss and more.

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Elizabeth Kay, SEVEN LIES
00:17:17

Seven Lies is a big book bursting on the scene, but you wouldn’t know it listening to Elizabeth Kay chat nonchalantly with Zibby about the auction that took place around this hot property. A publishing industry insider, Elizabeth incorporated all the elements of a suspenseful, thought-provoking narrative in the web of lies that blankets her book.

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Brooke Fossey, THE BIG FINISH
00:16:52

Brooke’s novel The Big Finish was inspired by her own grandfather and his experience at a nursing home. Brooke spoke to Zibby about both having four kids, managing intergenerational care, and what it takes to write a book.

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Aimee Agresti, THE SUMMER SET
00:16:32

A former entertainment reporter, Aimee Agresti spills all in this delicious novel, The Summer Set, about an aging A-list star. Zibby and Aimee dished about their favorite shows, stars, and more.

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Sonali Dev, RECIPE FOR PERSUASION
00:17:52

Sonali Dev is obsessed with Bollywood. In fact, she tried to replicate many things she loves about those bright, beautiful movies in the plot of her novel, Recipe For Persuasion!

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Amity Gaige, SEA WIFE
00:19:33

Amity Gaige’s novel Sea Wife is a beautifully written novel about the effects of a sea voyage on a couple and family. Amity talks to Zibby about writing and more! 

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Christina Clancy, THE SECOND HOME
00:24:00

Zibby still can’t stop thinking about the characters in The Second Home, an ode to Cape Cod in Christina Clancy’s debut novel about parents, children, places that matter, babysitters, awful men, sibling lore, and more.

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Elise Hooper, FAST GIRLS
00:18:39

Elise Hooper loves doing research. Fast Girls, her historical novel about women runners in the Olympics, highlights her love of working out -- and Google deep dives. Elise and Zibby chatted about her process, her relationship to exercise, and more! 

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Amanda Brainerd, AGE OF CONSENT
00:25:14

Harvard grad and real estate exec, Amanda Brainerd, worked on this novel for years. A look back at the 1980s told through the lens of girls away at boarding school, this coming-of-age tale about falling in love and finding yourself is not to be missed. Listen to Zibby chat with another Upper East Side mom about life, writing, and parenthood! 

 

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Jul 14, 2020
Brandy Ferner, ADULT CONVERSATION
00:30:26

Brandy starts her book with a scene of a busy mom on the toilet hiding from her kids. That’s the tone of this tell-it-like-is conversation with Zibby. A podcaster herself, Brandy confessed all types of things about parenting, discussed her writing process, and gave hope to moms who are struggling. 

 

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Jul 14, 2020
Lauren Ho, LAST TANG STANDING
00:20:19

Lauren Ho, the author of debut novel Last Tang Standing, spoke to me from Malaysia about her book which she swears isn’t really about her mother. A comedienne at heart (who hadn’t heard of Midge Maisel — a crime!), Lauren discussed her anxieties about writing, being single, stalking bookstores with her kids, and more.

 

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Jul 14, 2020
Erin Geiger Smith, THANK YOU FOR VOTING
00:26:24

Thank You For Voting was supposed to be research that Erin Geiger Smith did for the renowned author and Parnassus Bookstore owner, Ann Patchett. But after Erin threw herself into the work for so long, Ann said that Erin should finish writing the book herself! This accidental treatise on the history of voting will encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming election. Something more critical now than ever before. 

 

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Jul 14, 2020
Jason Rosenthal, MY WIFE SAID YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY ME
00:24:55

This heart-breaking yet inspirational story by Jason Rosenthal is an ode to his deceased wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Amy wrote a “Modern Love” piece in the New York Times as she was dying called, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” His memoir, My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me, was based on his answer to her article, also in the “Modern Love” column. Jason spoke to Zibby about everything from falling in love to putting himself back together after the worst came true. 

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Janine Urbaniak Reid, THE OPPOSITE OF CERTAINTY
00:24:53

Janine Reid can’t stop kicking her perfectionist self for trusting the first doctor who dismissed her son’s symptoms. Years later, after her son declined and treatment was no longer an option, Janine looks back at how this struggle upended her plans and taught her what’s really important about life.

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Jayson Greene, ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS
00:23:04

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child. Jayson Greene lived through it and even wrote about it in this powerful account of his daughter’s injury and subsequent death due to an errant brick that flew off an Upper West Side building. This inspirational, gutting story and conversation will make you rethink what you thought you knew about everything from organ donation to conquering tragedy.

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Lisa Baker Morgan, PARIS, PART TIME
00:13:33

Chef Lisa Baker Morgan writes about the terrifying illness that landed her in a French hospital, separated from her two daughters (but with a very dashing paramour) in her beautiful memoir, PARIS PART-TIME. With an inside look at the Parisian real estate market -- and food markets -- this book will instantly transport you to another time and place. Lisa shares all with Zibby as they laugh about the craziness of dating -- with kids!

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Jasmine Guillory, PARTY OF TWO
00:21:46

Jasmine Guillory’s book The Proposal was a Reese’s Book Club pick and bestseller. Party of Two, a novel about a white Senator and a black lawyer who fall in love and have to contend with the public eye during their new romance, is even better! It'll leave you craving a slice of chocolate cake after reading Jasmine’s mouth-watering descriptions of basically everything. Her characters have a real appetite for food, adventure, and love.  

 

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Jul 10, 2020
Judith Warner, AND THEN THEY STOPPED TALKING TO ME
00:32:22

Judith Warner's latest book is called And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School. She is a best-selling author, a special correspondent for Newsweek, and journalist who had a New York Times column. She's an extremely compelling speaker and writer, and this book provides invaluable insight about the (sometimes really painful) memories from navigating adolescence, and for parents trying to intellectually make sense of what's going on with their middle schoolers. It’s also about the memories from adolescence that adults carry with them and how that translates into their own parenting. 

 

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Jul 09, 2020
Rachel Beanland, FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER
00:23:59

Rachel Beanland is the author of the novel Florence Adler Swims Forever, through which she takes family history and secret-keeping to a riveting place. Based on a tragedy that took place in the 1930s in her own family, we talked about how Rachel grew up with this family lore, whether it's justified to keep hard truths from the people they impact, and how that narrative has shaped her relationships.

 

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Jul 08, 2020
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE
00:42:00

I interviewed the amazing Taffy Brodesser Akner about her bestselling first novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, as part of the Streicker Center from Temple Emanu-El's "Women on the Move" series. Taffy was formerly a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and has written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. We laughed about how many people in her circle think that they know who her protagonist is based on - or even thought “Fleishman” was supposed to be them! I loved Taffy's insights about the role of Judaism in her book, what makes a good interview, and where she wrote this novel. (Hint: it involves a couch in the bathroom at Nordstroms.) I truly loved connecting with Taffy.

 

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Jul 07, 2020
Bethany Saltman, STRANGE SITUATION
00:23:12

Bethany Saltman is the author of Strange Situation: A Mother's Journey into the Science of Attachment. She's also an award-winning editor and researcher. Her work can be seen in publications like The New Yorker, New York magazine, Atlantic MonthlyParents and many others. Strange Situation is a beautiful memoir of Bethany's 10-year journey researching and exploring the science of attachment. The science is fascinating but I really loved that this was a coming-of-age story about motherhood that explored her own upbringing to who she became as a parent. We talked about expectations about what motherhood "should" feel like, Bethany's Buddhist practice, growing up in a 1970's household of "benign parental neglect," and unpacking the heavy things she was carrying from her childhood in order to be the parent she envisioned for her daughter.

 

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Jul 06, 2020
Danica McKellar, THE TIMES MACHINE
00:29:41

I had a blast interviewing former child actress from “The Wonder Years” Danica McKellar about her latest book called The Times Machine! Like me, you probably adored her first as Winnie! (My daughter knows her from “Project MC2” on Netflix.) Among other great acting roles and becoming a parent, Danica started McKellar Math. She developed her own math theorem, spoke before the congressional committee in 2007 about why kids' math scores are far behind those in other countries, and how we should really start in middle school targeting kids for math. Now she has written ten different math books (all of which have terrific titles). She's a total star and her passion has helped so many kids and families get through the stress of learning math together.

 

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Jul 03, 2020
Catherine Newman, HOW TO BE A PERSON
00:20:25

Catherine Newman is the author of the fantastic book How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up. She's the etiquette columnist at Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award-winning nonprofit kids' cooking magazine ChopChop. I'm so glad Catherine was inspired to write this book because it's an amazing way to get kids comfortable with basic skills from table-setting to apologizing and help them feel independent while doing it. I followed Catherine's advice to get the book and just leave it somewhere accessible for everyone in the family - they'll be inclined to read this practical, fun, graphic novel-esque book. It's a favorite in my house!

 

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Jul 02, 2020
Kevin Kwan, SEX AND VANITY
00:29:27

I had the most fun laughing and talking with Kevin Kwan who is the author of Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, the international best-selling novels and almost unprecedented single-author trifecta. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood's highest-grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. His latest book is called Sex and Vanity. Kevin and I talked about his upbringing in Singapore and Texas, satirizing social codes and outlandish snobbery, being a lifelong observer, and his funny and terrific advice to authors: "don't be afraid to really take a chance and let your freak flag fly" because you never know what'll happen when you just write from your own place of authenticity.

 

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Jul 01, 2020
J. Courtney Sullivan, FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
00:31:06

I adored interviewing J. Courtney Sullivan about her latest book Friends and Strangers, which comes out today! She is a New York Times best-selling author and her newest novel has been on every most-anticipated list and best-book-of-the-summer list there basically is for 2020. I felt like Courtney was in my brain when I was reading - it took me back to being a new mom. We talked about her book's central and intricate dynamic between a babysitter and a new parent, what it means to have a safety net, and what we envision as marriage and raising children and the nuances we learn along the way about what those things *really* look like.

 

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Jun 30, 2020
Kerry Kletter, EAST COAST GIRLS
00:28:06

Kerry Kletter is a critically acclaimed author who also has an extensive background in theater and has appeared in film, television, and on stage. I loved talking to her about her most recent book and first adult novel, East Coast Girls. We went deep about the central theme of shared trauma that appears in her work: how does an author's experiences impact what they want to write about and how they shape their characters? How do you excavate your true self and dismantle dysfunctional coping mechanisms? How can writers give words to experience so that other people feel seen and validated? How can we adapt to give people room to grow? I think you'll really enjoy Kerry's insights.

 

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Jun 29, 2020
Bonnie Tsui, WHY WE SWIM
00:19:59

Bonnie Tsui’s mom actually reached out to me after seeing me on and suggested I interview her daughter! Turns out, Bonnie wrote a fantastic, thought-provoking book recently called Why We Swim, a perfect book for these summer months. Part-memoir and part-investigative journalism, Why We Swim will make anyone long for the blood-pressure-lowering effects of staying underwater. Bonnie is a native New Yorker, Harvard University graduate where she rowed crew and snowboarded, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and California Sunday magazine, a live storyteller, author, and surfer. Bonnie's parents met in a swimming pool in Hong Kong, which is just so fitting. Her book is absolutely fascinating - a personal, cultural, scientific, and journalistic exploration of the human relationship with water and swimming. Bonnie explained how we're wired to respond to water and the psychological benefits of being around and in water for our mental health. I think you'll want to take a swim after listening.

 

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Jun 28, 2020
Glennon Doyle, UNTAMED
00:32:49
I am such a HUGE fan of Glennon Doyle’s. I loved her book Untamed and could relate to so many parts of it. Talking to Glennon and hearing her soulful advice was just second to none! An activist and thought leader, parent, wife, and inspired writer, Glennon is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed, a Reese's Book Club selection, Love Warrior, an Oprah's Book Club selection, and the New York Times bestseller Carry on, Warrior. Glennon founded Together Rising, a non-profit that “transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.” I felt like I was bordering on obsequiousness in this episode as I gushed and gushed, but I truly loved talking to Glennon about following her heart, remarriage, kids, and role modeling. Funny enough, the day after I interviewed her and discussed her marriage to Olympic soccer champion, I interviewed another member of the US Olympic soccer team. None of it helped with the backyard soccer I attempted with my kids, but all of it inspired me in many, many ways!  

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Jun 27, 2020
Mary Morris, ALL THE WAY TO THE TIGERS
00:20:10
Mary Morris is the author of the new, critically acclaimed travel memoir All the Way to the Tigers. She is an award-winning author and has written three story collections, four travel memoirs, and five novels. She also teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence. Mary and I talked about how an accident halted her regular state of constant motion, spurred her on to deep self-exploration, and created this brilliant memoir. Her skating incident even served as a roadmap to helping her cope with the pandemic pause. Mary has an exceptional zest for life that's clear in our conversation and her writing. Find out if she ever makes it to the tigers!  

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Jun 26, 2020
Carlos Whittaker, ENTER WILD
00:27:21

Carlos Whittaker is the author of three books, Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You, Kill the Spider, and most recently, Enter Wild: Exchange a Mild and Mundane Faith for Life with an Uncontainable God. Carlos's wife calls him "a hope dealer" (listen to learn what that means!). Carlos has been a recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and now spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. His first speaking engagement happened just two weeks after he decided to leave his music career behind when he was invited to speak at the White House for President Obama's Easter Prayer Breakfast. I think you'll love hearing Carlos's story as much as I did. By the end I accomplished my goal of being allowed to use his friends-only nickname: Los!

 

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Jun 25, 2020
Susan Burton, EMPTY
00:28:26
Susan Burton's memoir, Empty, is one of my favorite recent books. I'm really excited to share our conversation which we had at the beginning of the pandemic. Now it feels like a lifetime ago! Susan is an editor at This American Life on where the episodes she has produced include "Ten Sessions," "Five Women," and "Tell Me I'm Fat.” Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others. Empty is the story of Susan’s secret eating disorders, both anorexia and binge eating disorder, that defined her adolescence and adulthood. We talked about her book becoming both a confession about the painful secrets she had been living with and sharing her story as a means of recovery and connection. Our interview was the first one she had done and she meaningfully shed light on habits and compulsions, how we hide our turmoil, and the road to sharing ourselves with the people closest to us.  

 

 

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Jun 24, 2020
Julie Clark, THE LAST FLIGHT
00:27:00
Julie Clark's latest book, The Last Fight, was powerful and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I loved talking to Julie about her suspenseful book centered around two women who are desperate to escape their lives for very different reasons. We discussed the feeling of powerlessness that I think we can all relate to in some way, how Julie writes characters that have agency and are resourceful, her personal story cancer story and what it means to be afraid but make a new plan and move forward, and more.  

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Jun 23, 2020
Marian Keyes, GROWN UPS
00:18:57

Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. She has written fourteen novels that have all been bestsellers with 30 million books sold in 33 languages around the world. I loved talking to her about the impetus for transitioning to a career in writing at thirty, addiction and recovery, the self we present to the world versus what's really going on beneath the surface, and creating nuanced and layered characters readers can identify with. Her latest book, Grown Ups, touches on all the issues and more!

 

 

 

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Jun 22, 2020
Kara Kinney Cartwright, JUST DON'T BE AN ASSH*LE
00:22:07