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Zibby Owens, author, podcaster, publisher, and mother of four, conducts warm, inquisitive interviews with authors on this award-winning, widely heralded literary podcast. Zibby, dubbed "NYC's Most Important Book-fluencer" by Vulture, is a regular books columnist for Good Morning America and Katie Couric Media. Launched in 2018, Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books has been downloaded millions of times and has spawned two anthologies, an online magazine, a virtual book club, and a publishing house. Learn more at zibbyowens.com.


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Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, ANONYMOUS SEX
28:20

Co-editors Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan join Zibby to talk about their anthology, Anonymous Sex, which features stories from 27 bestselling and award-winning authors, all published anonymously. The three discuss the confidentiality agreements that made this project possible, how Hillary and Cheryl's individual paths led them to collaborate on this during the early days of quarantine, and what messages they wanted to send about sex and connection during a time when everyone was far apart.


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May 23, 2022
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, THE ROUGHEST DRAFT
22:14

Zibby is joined by high school sweethearts and writing duo Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka to talk about their first adult romance novel, The Roughest Draft. The two tell Zibby about how they got their start writing YA books together, what real life moments in their relationship found their way into this story, and which authors are their biggest inspirations.


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May 22, 2022
Hannah Lillith Assadi, THE STARS ARE NOT YET BELLS: A Novel
20:28

Zibby is joined by National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree Hannah Lillith Assadi to talk about her latest novel, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells, which is narrated by a woman with dementia. The two discuss which family stories inspired Hannah, how the book's delayed timeline has impacted her connection to it, and what she's considering working on next. 


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May 21, 2022
Mary Ellen Bartley, Photographer
19:54

Zibby is joined by photographer Mary Ellen Bartley to talk about her work, most notably her "Reading" series. The two share the story of when they connected, how Mary Ellen constructs her images, and where fans can purchase her work. For book lovers who want to see her amazing images in person, she has a show from May 20th to June 20th at The Drawing Room in East Hampton, NY. More info here.


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May 20, 2022
Julianna Margulies, SUNSHINE GIRL: An Unexpected Life
31:09

"You always have to look for the silver lining. That's sort of the purpose of my book and the telling of my journey." Zibby is joined by award-winning actress from hit shows like ER and The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies, to talk about her memoir, Sunshine Girl, which is now out in paperback. The two discuss the importance of working through difficult relationships with your parents as adults, the best pieces of advice Julianna's editor offered her, and what her mother thought of the book.


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May 19, 2022
Evangeline Lilly, THE SQUICKERWONKERS, ACT 2: The Demise of Lorna the Lazy
37:01

Actress Evangeline Lilly returns to talk about her latest addition to the Squickerwonkers series, The Demise of Lorna the Lazy. Evangeline tells Zibby about how although she has created a series that is a dark twist on Dr. Seuss' books, she herself is not a fan of dark stories. The two also discuss their respective work ethics, why Evangeline has such difficulty writing a memoir despite having 35 years of journals, and what she believes is the most important impact storytelling can have on young children.


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May 18, 2022
Alyssa Shelasky, THIS MIGHT BE TOO PERSONAL: And Other Intimate Stories
32:32

New York Magazine columnist and author of Apron Anxiety Alyssa Shelasky returns to talk with Zibby about her latest memoir, This Might Be Too Personal. The two discuss misconceptions about writers' lives, when Alyssa realized her work was famous, and her two remaining regrets after writing this book.


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May 17, 2022
Jane O'Connor, GOOD JOB, GEORGE!
22:20

Zibby is joined by children's book editor and author of the Fancy Nancy series, Jane O'Connor, to talk about her latest picture book, Good Job, George! The two connect over their shared editor and discuss how Jane's granddaughter inspired her new series, why there may be a crossover between her George and Nancy stories, and the variety of projects she is working on next.


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May 16, 2022
Sarah McCoy, MUSTIQUE ISLAND: A Novel
28:14

"Don't put definitions or parameters on what you think the world should be like because it's going to blow your mind." Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling novelist Sarah McCoy to talk about her latest novel, Mustique Island, which was just named an Amazon Best Book of Literature and Fiction for May. The two discuss how Sarah stumbled upon Mustique's scandalous history, the drama that unfolded when she scheduled a trip to the island in March 2020 (as well as which famous writer offered her encouraging advice afterward), and what she included in the story to pay homage to her Puerto Rican and Caribbean heritage.


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May 15, 2022
Sharon Gless, APPARENTLY THERE WERE COMPLAINTS: A Memoir
28:42

Sharon Gless, the Emmy Award-winning star of hit shows like Cagney & Lacey and Burn Notice, joins Zibby to discuss her memoir, Apparently There Were Complaints, which took her seven years to complete. Sharon unpacks some of the stories she shares in the book about her grandmother and tells Zibby about how the two reconnected through a medium. The two also talk about how Sharon's body has changed throughout her career, why she made the decision to not have children, and how she largely wrote this memoir using notes from her friend about all of the stories she has told through the years.


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May 14, 2022
Jean Chen Ho, FIONA AND JANE
22:06

Zibby is joined by Jean Chen Ho to talk about her debut novel, Fiona and Jane, which started when Jean began weaving together short stories about the same pair of Asian American friends. The two discuss Jean's daily writing process, as well as why she's now less daunted to complete her upcoming standalone novel and the research she's currently conducting for it. Jean also shares what inspired her to create this book's piano instructor storyline and casually mentions that she's completing her PhD in literature and creative writing at USC.


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May 13, 2022
Thatcher Wine, THE TWELVE MONOTASKS: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better
29:06

Author of For the Love of Books and founder of Juniper Books Thatcher Wine returns to talk with Zibby about his latest book, The Twelve Monotasks, which encourages readers to ditch their multitasking habits. The two discuss the finer points of what it means to monotask, how Zibby has incorporated it into her work ethic, and which chapters of this book have received the most positive feedback from readers. Thatcher also shares how he learned the power of monotasking firsthand as he battled cancer and why the pandemic actually helped companies like his.


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May 12, 2022
Emily Henry, BOOK LOVERS
26:58

Zibby is once again joined by New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation Emily Henry to talk about her latest novel, Book Lovers, which follows two characters from the publishing world. The two marvel over the magic of finding the right book at the right time and Zibby shares what happened when she went back to review those very books later in life. They also discuss what inspired Emily's Instagram presence, how she manages fan interactions with such popular books, and which real-life relationships helped her to create such a strong sister dynamic despite only having brothers.


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May 11, 2022
Melissa Gilbert, BACK TO THE PRAIRIE: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered
28:48

Zibby is joined by child star of Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert to discuss her latest memoir, Back to the Prairie, which focuses largely on her experience creating her dream home in the Catskills. The two talk about how Melissa faced and overcame her chronic pain, when she and her husband decided to dive all in on living a more rustic lifestyle, and what she loves most about being a grandmother. Melissa also shares how her life differs from popular misconceptions about celebrities as well as what she hopes to write next. 


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May 10, 2022
Melissa Harris, ONE POUND, TWELVE OUNCES: A Preemie Mother's Story of Loss, Hope, and Triumph
21:00

Author Melissa Harris joins Zibby to talk about her award-winning memoir, One Pound, Twelve Ounces, which was actually her premature son's weight at birth. The two discuss how the book grew from a blog Melissa wrote to keep family members around the world updated about her son's progress, when she realized she had PTSD from the ninety-five days she spent in the NICU, and what her life with her children looks like now. 


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May 09, 2022
Kelly Rowland and Jessica McKay, ALWAYS WITH YOU, ALWAYS WITH ME
28:30

"Toni Morrison said if there's a book that you want to read, write it. That's exactly what has happened here." Zibby is joined by Grammy Award-winning member of Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland and educator Jessica McKay to discuss their new picture book, Always with You, Always with Me. The writing duo share how they became friends by bonding over their shared experiences as working mothers as well as how their dynamic created the basis for this story. They also talk with Zibby about leaving magic traces for their kids while they're gone, the misconceptions that come with being a mother who happens to be famous, and why they hope this book will ease some elements of mommy guilt. Check out Zibby's book recommendations for all types of moms to celebrate Mother's Day!


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May 08, 2022
Claire Lynch, SMALL: On Motherhoods
22:22

Zibby is joined by professor Claire Lynch to talk about her debut memoir, Small, which she wrote while in lockdown. The two discuss some of the formative experiences Claire and her wife went through on their fertility and subsequent parenthood journey, as well as how she managed to construct a memoir that reads like poetry. Claire also shares what parents expecting twins should do to prepare themselves, why she finds it easier to reveal her emotions in writing rather than face-to-face, and what style of writing she wants to try next.


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May 08, 2022
Jennifer Grey, OUT OF THE CORNER: A Memoir
35:10

Zibby is joined by the star of Dirty Dancing and other hit films Jennifer Grey to talk about her debut memoir, Out of the Corner, which she says writing was one of the best experiences of her life. The two discuss how Jennifer came to terms with her anxiety as well as with her chronic pain, what it was like for her to recall long-buried memories, and how her relationship with her family has evolved throughout her life and career. Jennifer also shares some of the kind things her daughter told her after reading (and annotating) the book. 


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May 07, 2022
Daphne Oz, EAT YOUR HEART OUT: All-Fun, No-Fuss Food to Celebrate Eating Clean
32:01

Emmy-winning TV host and New York Times bestselling author Daphne Oz joins Zibby to discuss her new cookbook, Eat Your Heart Out, which took five years to complete. The two talk about why Daphne wanted to create recipes without gluten or refined sugar that are still enjoyable to eat and she even shares some of her favorites. Zibby and Daphne also connect over their fashion choices, their relationships with WW past and present, and their desire to eat cleaner without sacrificing the adventures food can offer. Check out Daphne's website here, which is one of Zibby's favorite places to shop!


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May 06, 2022
Kendra Adachi, THE LAZY GENIUS KITCHEN: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before
31:39

Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way and host of The Lazy Genius podcast Kendra Adachi to talk about her latest project, The Lazy Genius Kitchen. Kendra shares how she applied her thirteen-step Lazy Genius method to offer the top five things you need to do when making decisions about your kitchen. The two also discuss a few of the ways Kendra has applied her teachings in her own home, why her strategies are designed to make the experiences of cooking and eating more fun, and what are some of the new additions to her growing Lazy Genius empire. Check out Zibby's episode on The Lazy Genius podcast here.


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May 05, 2022
Courtney Maum, THE YEAR OF THE HORSES: A Memoir
34:05

Author of Touch and Costalegre Courtney Maum returns to the podcast for a third time to talk with Zibby about her highly anticipated debut memoir, The Year of the Horses, which was just picked by Amazon as a Best Book of May. Courtney shares which parts of the book were the hardest for her to write and how her general demeanor has changed since her return to horseback riding. The two also discuss how to be there for someone who doesn't know how to ask for the help they need, the impact her insomnia has had on her life, and why she's looking forward to having a boring summer.


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May 04, 2022
Tunde Oyeneyin, SPEAK: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
25:04

"I think the beauty of uncertainty is infinite possibility. When you don't know what's next, anything can be next." Wildly popular Peloton instructor and host of the Fitness Flipped Podcast Tunde Oyeneyin joins Zibby to celebrate the pub day for her debut memoir, Speak. Tunde shares how she knew from her very first cycling class that it was going to change her life, as well as how that vision merged with her lifelong love of teaching. The two also talk about what Speak is an acronym for, why Tunde still shows up and gives her classes her all even when she doesn't feel her best, and the impact she hopes her vulnerability will have on readers.


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May 03, 2022
Julia Cameron, SEEKING WISDOM: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection (A Six-Week Artist's Way Program)
22:52

Zibby is joined by literary icon and bestselling author of The Artist's Way Julia Cameron to talk about her latest guide for artists, Seeking Wisdom. The two talk about which experiences inspired Julia to write a book about asking for guidance, her advice on how to avoid distractions while writing, and what her close friends do to help keep her grounded. Julia also shares how she applies the tools offered in her books in her own creative life and what she is working on next.


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May 02, 2022
Hampton Sides, IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
33:13

Zibby is joined by historian, journalist, and author Hampton Sides to talk about his latest book, In the Kingdom of Ice. Hampton shares how this project was inspired by an assignment he researched for National Geographic and what role he played in establishing the upcoming Santa Fe Literary Festival. The two also discuss why Hampton is drawn to dramatic survival stories, who inspired him to pursue a career writing narrative non-fiction, and which sliver of history his next project focuses on. For more information on and tickets for the Santa Fe Literary Festival, check out their website here!


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May 01, 2022
Christie Matheson, SHELTER
27:09

Zibby is joined by acclaimed picture book author Christie Matheson to discuss her first middle-grade book, Shelter, which tells the story of a young girl living in a homeless shelter with her family. Christie shares the moment she realized she wanted to help young readers develop a more empathetic perspective of the homeless community in San Francisco, as well as what she learned from her own experience volunteering in a shelter for families. The two also talk about how Christie's experience of having children with severe food allergies found its way into the book, what she wants readers to take away from this story, and the number of projects she has coming out soon.


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Apr 30, 2022
Margaret Verble, WHEN TWO FEATHERS FELL FROM THE SKY
19:29

Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, When Two Feathers Fell from The Sky, which was inspired by both the lore of a shuttered zoo in her hometown of Nashville and the thrilling stories of female performers in Wild West shows. The two discuss Margaret's years-long research process, why she wanted the novel to be both entertaining and to share the history of Native Americans in Central Tennessee, and how her career has changed since becoming a Pulitzer finalist.


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Apr 29, 2022
Katherine Heiny, EARLY MORNING RISER: A Novel
22:13

Katherine Heiny joins Zibby to discuss her hit novel, Early Morning Riser, which is now out in paperback. The two talk about Katherine's return to writing after having kids, why she wanted to make her characters all feel complicated and multi-dimensional, and how publishing a story in the New Yorker while getting her MFA encouraged her to keep writing. Katherine also shares the most heartfelt fan letter she received, how she knew it was time to let the novel go, and the comical story from her twenties that inspired an upcoming short story.


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Apr 28, 2022
Gary Janetti, START WITHOUT ME: (I'll Be There in a Minute)
28:37

Zibby is joined by writer, producer, and author of the instant New York Times bestseller Do You Mind If I Cancel?, Gary Janetti, to talk about his new book of essays, Start Without Me. The two discuss how Gary got his start as a sitcom writer by researching scripts in the Writers Guild Library, why the dreamy quality of the book's short chapters came about naturally, and where aspiring comedy writers should look for inspiration. Gary also shares how he approaches his viral Instagram (which has over 1 million followers!!!) and what he is currently reading.


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Apr 27, 2022
Georgina Cross, NANNY NEEDED: A Novel
30:47

Zibby was joined by Amazon bestselling author Georgina Cross for an in-person interview to talk about her latest novel, Nanny Needed. Georgina shares how through multiple contracts and a surprise ghostwriting project, this is actually her third book out in a year — and the first she's been able to celebrate during the pandemic. The two also discuss Georgina's unique life story, why this novel's twist has made it harder to properly market, Georgina's love for comedian Kevin Hart, and which projects she is working on next. 


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Apr 26, 2022
Kelsey Chittick, SECOND HALF: Surviving Loss and Finding Magic in the Missing
31:28

Comedian, inspirational speaker, and author of The Second Half Kelsey Chittick joins Zibby to discuss her book and how she has rediscovered joy in life following the immense grief of losing her husband. Kelsey recounts the heartbreaking story of how she learned her husband had passed, why she decided to include a section discussing the hopelessness she felt in the immediate aftermath of her loss, and what conversations she wants this book to help start. The two also talk about the importance of staying healthy and why it might be smart to prevent kids from playing collision-based sports too soon. 


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Apr 25, 2022
Kristen Glosserman, IF IT'S NOT RIGHT, GO LEFT: Practical and Inspirational Lessons to Move You in a Positive Direction
32:59

Zibby is joined by personal and business coach Kristen Glosserman to talk about her new book, If It's Not Right, Go Left, which combines memoir with some of Kristen's top advice for readers. The two discuss which life events inspired Kristen to make decisions with the intention to change her life and who has been there to help her along the way. Kristen also shares why her family decided to open their restaurant, Hill Country BBQ, what clients need to know when seeking out a personal life coach, and the most important lesson she learned from Covid while completing this book. Check out Zibby's Good Day DC interview where she recommended Kristen's book here!


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Apr 24, 2022
Lee Kravetz, THE LAST CONFESSIONS OF SYLVIA P.: A Novel
29:18

Zibby is joined by Lee Kravetz to discuss his latest novel, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. The two talk about how Lee's experience working in a mental hospital inspired him to write a fictionalized version of Sylvia Plath's story, what his experience was like working in publicity at Penguin, and why he decided to write this story from the perspective of three different women. Lee and Zibby also share why it is so magical to connect with authors whose work you loved reading and which writers they have befriended as a result of reaching out.


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Apr 23, 2022
Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys (MOVIE OUT TODAY!)
7:38

Zibby is joined by bestselling author Aaron Blabley and filmmaker Pierre Perifel for a special sneak peek 5-minute interview about the new The Bad Guys movie. The three chat about the small changes between the books and the movie, what it's like to direct animated characters, and what was the last thing that made them feel tail-wagging good. Kids, listen in to this one!!


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Apr 22, 2022
Gervais Hagerty, IN POLITE COMPANY: A Novel
28:32

Gervais Hagerty joins Zibby to talk about her debut novel, In Polite Company, which is set in her hometown of Charleston. Gervais shares how her relationship with her grandmother changed following her divorce as well as how their close relationship shaped this story. The two also discuss why Gervais says she gets what she wants in roundabout ways, the lessons she learned in her late twenties after breaking both arms and moving back in with her mother, and what project she is working on next.


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Apr 22, 2022
Alexa Martin, MOM JEANS AND OTHER MISTAKES
30:37

Alexa Martin joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes, which is also her first standalone project. Alexa shares how she managed to write her first book, Intercepted, in just a month and how she caught the writing bug from a combination of creating a blog and reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The two also talk about the conversations around race Alexa seeks to start with her books, notably about the disparities in how Black mothers are treated, and how her fiction has offered her a space to work through grief she has endured in her personal life.


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Apr 21, 2022
Delia Ephron, LEFT ON TENTH: A Second Chance at Life: A Memoir
27:56

Zibby is joined by bestselling author and screenwriter Delia Ephron to talk about her latest book, Left on Tenth, which combines emails, articles, medical records, and memoir. Delia shares what she learned from the moments that she did not remember as she went through treatment for leukemia as well as why her New York Times essay about her diagnosis was infamously missing her byline. The two also discuss the influence Delia's late sister, Nora, has had on her career, how her new relationship stabilized her throughout her second battle with cancer, and the uncanny experiences she has had that reveal her strong sense of intuition.


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Apr 20, 2022
Zibby Owens and Holly Hatam, PRINCESS CHARMING
22:58

Zibby is joined by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator and illustrator of their new children’s book Princess Charming, Holly Hatam to celebrate its publication day!!! Zibby tells the story of how this book came to be and Holly shares how although she always knew she wanted to be an illustrator, it wasn't until her son was born that she finally committed to making her dreams come true. The two discuss the ways in which their kids inspire their work, what Holly does to create her signature collage-style illustrations, and how they plan on celebrating the publication of Princess Charming!


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Apr 19, 2022
Sonya Singh, SARI, NOT SARI
20:15

Sonya Singh joined Zibby for an Instagram Live to talk about her debut novel, Sari, Not Sari. The two discuss why Sonya wanted the book to read like a classic sitcom, which characters and storylines were inspired by her own life, and what she is working on next (as well as how it ties into this book). Sonya also breaks the news that she is writing the first South Asian holiday Hallmark movie titled Christmas Spice which is debuting at the end of this year!


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Apr 18, 2022
Sally Hepworth, THE YOUNGER WIFE: A Novel
32:12

New York Times bestselling author Sally Hepworth joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, The Younger Wife. Sally shares why she wanted to flip the younger wife trope on its head as well as what inspires her to do so with other clichés in all of her books. The two also discuss how Sally's writing process has changed over the years, why she is glad the production companies who have optioned her books are making changes, and what she loves the most about having a neurodiverse family.


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Apr 17, 2022
Susan Rigetti, COVER STORY: A Novel
33:58

Zibby is joined by Susan Rigetti to discuss her debut novel, Cover Story, which was inspired by a number of con artists Susan studied while working at the New York Times. The two talk about the research Susan managed to conduct on The Plaza Hotel and the lives of magazine interns from the opposite coast during the pandemic, as well as how she went from a self-homeschooled child to an engineer, an editor, and now a published author. Susan also shares her experience as a whistleblower at Uber and what her goals are for the future.


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Apr 16, 2022
Beth Morrey, DELPHINE JONES TAKES A CHANCE
27:14

Beth Morrey joins Zibby to talk about her second novel, Delphine Jones Takes a Chance, which is also known in the UK as Em & Me. The two discuss how Beth's habit of worrying helped shaped this story, who she called to help write (and actually produce) the song in the novel, and why she believes teachers are so special. Beth also shares what her experience was like working in the TV world and how that inspired her podcast, One Torn Every Minute.


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Apr 15, 2022
Anna Quindlen, WRITE FOR YOUR LIFE
28:32

Literary giant Anna Quindlen returns to discuss her latest book, Write for Your Life, which shows the innumerable ways writing connects us to the world and those we hold closest. Anna shares why she believes everyone should document their life in words — regardless of whether they consider themselves a writer or not — as well as why the gesture of hand writing a letter or note is sometimes more powerful than the written words themselves. The two also talk about all of the different forms writing can take and why it's important to Anna that her kids have her books to remember her by.


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Apr 14, 2022
Adriana Trigiani, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE
33:25

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns to talk about her latest novel, The Good Left Undone, an intergenerational story inspired by the true history of Italy and Italian immigrants on the brink of World War II. Adriana shares how her family's stories are always woven into her books and which threads were featured in this story. The two also discuss Adriana's varied career as a writer, how she keeps her beloved family members alive off the page, and what inspired her other recent projects.


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Apr 13, 2022
Leigh Newman, NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE: Stories
43:58

Zibby is joined by the co-founder of Zibby Books, Leigh Newman, to celebrate the pub day of her new short story collection, Nobody Gets Out Alive. The two discuss Leigh's childhood growing up in Alaska and which memories with her parents and friends influenced elements of her stories. They also talk about the differences between writing memoirs and fiction, how Leigh got her start in the publishing industry, and what makes their publishing home so special.


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Apr 12, 2022
Michael Lewis, THE PREMONITION: A Pandemic Story
33:45

Michael Lewis, author of bestsellers such as Moneyball, The Big Short, and The Blind Side, joins Zibby to talk about his latest book, The Premonition, which is now out in paperback. The two discuss some of the people in the book who predicted the potential catastrophe Covid has become and why their insights were ultimately unable to protect us. He shares the connection the book has to his Pushkin podcast, Against the Rules, which other crises like the pandemic could have been prevented with the proper communication, and why we often treat experts with such skepticism even when they offer life-saving information. Michael also talks about his late daughter, Dixie, and how his life has changed since her tragic death.


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Apr 11, 2022
Laura Nicole Diamond, SHELTER US: A Novel
27:47

Laura Nicole Diamond joins to discuss her 2015 bestselling novel, Shelter Us, and how it changed her life. Laura tells Zibby about how she made the jump from working as a civil rights lawyer who wrote in private to a novelist, as well as what she did to hold herself to the commitment of writing a novel. Laura also shares how the inclusion of a Guatemalan character in the novel led her family to foster a young Guatemalan refugee seeking asylum, what she learned from her experience volunteering with the houseless community in LA, and why she's currently working on a memoir.


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Apr 10, 2022
Jane Green, SISTER STARDUST: A Novel
32:40

"I'm having more fun in my fifties than I have ever had before in my life. I'm very aware now that I'm not somebody who fits in, and that's fine. In fact, I love it." New York Times bestselling author Jane Green returns to talk about her first biographical novel, Sister Stardust, which centers around the life of socialite Talitha Getty. The two talk about how Jane originally found her way into Talitha's world, what projects her research may spin off into next, and which parts of her own coming-of-age story she infused into her protagonist. Jane also shares how her life has changed since she hit 50 and which decisions she made to help her feel most like her authentic self.


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Apr 09, 2022
Bonnie Garmus, LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY: A Novel
29:27

Bonnie Garmus joins Zibby to talk about her debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry, which has already been optioned for Apple TV by Brie Larson and is this month's GMA Book Club pick. Bonnie shares how the process of selling this book differed drastically from her previous novel (which was rejected ninety-eight times), where she learned the chemistry included in the story, and what moment in her professional history inspired her to write the first chapter of this project. The two also chat about how cooking is a form of chemistry and what Bonnie is reading right now.


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Apr 08, 2022
Chelsea Bieker, HEARTBROKE
31:04

Author of Godshot Chelsea Bieker joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Heartbroke, which is a collection of short stories all set in California's Central Valley where she grew up. The two discuss one story, in particular, that was partially inspired by Chelsea's tumultuous childhood and troubled relationship with her mother. She also shares how she's been working on these stories for nearly a decade as she procrastinated other work, what her writing process looks like after having two children of her own, and the new novel she's working on next.


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Apr 07, 2022
Rachel Barenbaum, ATOMIC ANNA
33:02

"I love strong women, so that's what I write." Author and host of the Debut Spotlight podcast Rachel Barenbaum returns to talk about her latest novel, Atomic Anna, an intergenerational time-travel story. Rachel shares why the 1986 Chernobyl disaster has long been a source of inspiration for her, how she manages to write so visually, and what moral questions she believes more people should ponder especially after the past two years of Covid. 


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Apr 06, 2022
Jennifer Egan, THE CANDY HOUSE: A Novel
35:09

Zibby is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan to discuss her latest novel, The Candy House, which is linked to her 2010 bestseller, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The two talk about Jennifer's journey to becoming a successful writer and how she's glad in some ways that she wasn't famous sooner. Jennifer also shares what her writing process looks like, the experience that changed the course of her career path, and how to tell if you are cut out to be a writer.


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Apr 05, 2022
Kristin Chenoweth, WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY LOVE TODAY?
28:55

Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth joins Zibby to talk about her new picture book, What Will I Do with My Love Today?, which was inspired in part by her beloved dog, Thunder. The two discuss why Kristin decided to incorporate heavy themes like loss, adoption, and perseverance in the face of adversity, as well as how the pandemic played a role in the story. Kristin also shares her favorite passage and the responsibility artists have to put their work out into the world. 


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Apr 04, 2022
Jessamine Chan, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS: A Novel
27:32

Debut novelist Jessamine Chan joins Zibby to discuss her book, The School for Good Mothers, which is now a Read with Jenna pick and an instant New York Times best-seller. Jessamine shares which parts of the book changed when she became a mother herself, the shocking research she conducted into family separation that inspired elements of the story, and how her physical isolation while writing bled into her work. 


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Apr 03, 2022
Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE Every Day
24:27

Editor-at-Large at People Magazine and host of the PEOPLE Every Day podcast Janine Rubenstein joins Zibby to talk about her career and her current book recommendations. Janine shares how she started her career as an editorial assistant helping to select People's book picks and has since made her way around the entire People ecosystem. She also tells Zibby what it's like interviewing celebrities on red carpets for the podcast, as well as how celebrity culture has shifted in some ways since the pandemic. Make sure to listen for Janine's top three recommendations at the moment!


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Apr 02, 2022
Stephanie Gangi, CARRY THE DOG: A Novel
31:42

"I feel like I'm still adding selves and identity. It's not a process that stops. You don't stop growing and sit in a rocking chair." Zibby is joined by Stephanie Gangi to talk about her latest novel, Carry the Dog. The two discuss why it is so important to center stories around older women that feel honest, the influence Stephanie's relationships and personal life have had on her fiction, and what she is looking forward to from life in her 60s. 


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Apr 01, 2022
Jennifer Haupt, COME AS YOU ARE: A Novel
20:38

Zibby is joined by author, essayist, and columnist Jennifer Haupt to discuss her latest novel, Come As You Are. Jennifer shares what happened when she decided she wanted to write a book in her mid-forties, which questions she can answer for younger moms now that her kids are grown up, and how she launched her successful Psychology Today column. Jennifer and Zibby also discuss their anthologies and how they both helped to raise money for bookstores during the early days of the pandemic.


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Mar 31, 2022
Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer, CAT AND NAT'S MOM SECRETS: Coffee-Fueled Confessions from the Mom Trenches
30:20

"I think that that's what moms are superheroes at, is getting through the day. Even in your not-best-self moment, you can still be a light to someone else even when you don't think you are." Zibby is joined by best friends Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer, better known to many as Cat and Nat, to discuss their new book, Cat and Nat's Mom Secrets. The three chat about the importance of finding humor in every day (especially over the past two years), what it was like to cancel so many of their live shows due to the pandemic as well as how they've tended to their community in the meantime, and which projects they're dreaming up next.


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Mar 30, 2022
Kevin and Danielle Jonas, THERE'S A ROCK CONCERT IN MY BEDROOM
19:27

Kevin and Danielle Jonas join Zibby to talk about their first picture book, There's a Rock Concert in My Bedroom, which was inspired by their two daughters. The three discuss their similar dinnertime rituals, why Kevin and Danielle love working together so much, and how they approach their daughters' growing interest in music. Kevin also shares the small token he takes on stage every night to remind him of his family, and what Alena and Valentina think of their dad being a Jonas Brother.


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Mar 29, 2022
Jessica Lahey, THE GIFT OF FAILURE: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed + THE ADDICTION INOCULATION: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence
37:01

Educator, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure and The Addiction Inoculation Jessica Lahey joins Zibby to discuss her books and the parenting advice they provide. As someone who has recovered from a substance abuse disorder, Jessica shares how parents can change their attitude around drinking to help minimize the risk of addiction in their kid's future. She also tells Zibby about why research-based nonfiction is her favorite topic to both read and write, how the responses to The Gift of Failure helped her write The Addiction Inoculation, and what led her and her friend KJ Dell'Antonia to start their podcast #AmWriting.


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Mar 28, 2022
Sara Freeman, TIDES
16:12

Debut novelist Sara Freeman joins Zibby to talk about her book, Tides, and why she was interested in writing psychological literature about sibling dynamics. Sara shares what it was like to spend so much time with the novel's protagonist, how her childhood as the child of a news correspondent left her feeling a little detached from the idea of what makes a home, and which books she's currently reading now.


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Mar 27, 2022
Kate Baer, I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL: Poems
23:24

New York Times bestselling author Kate Baer joins Zibby to talk about her accidental collection of erasure poetry, I Hope This Finds You Well, which takes messages she's received online and turns them into powerful verses. The two discuss their shared experiences as mothers of four, as well as some of the specific emotions and traumas that that entails. Kate also tells Zibby about how this book came as a surprise, when she realized she was a poet, and what it's like to have some of her writing read back to her.


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Mar 26, 2022
Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, I AM BECAUSE WE ARE: An African Mother’s Fight for the Soul of a Nation
27:43

Zibby is joined by the founder of She ROARs Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr to talk about her first book, I Am Because We Are, which combines a memoir of her life with an autobiography of her late mother, Dora Akunyili. Chidiogo shares moments from her family history and from her mother's tenure as a revered director-general of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control that shaped her worldview as well as her empowering work ethic. She also tells Zibby about how her senses of intuition and spiritual guidance have grown stronger since working on this project and why she wants to use this strength to help other women grow.


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Mar 25, 2022
John Cho, TROUBLEMAKER
21:28

"The greatest thing about having written a book is knowing that you have written one. It has emboldened me in many parts of my life in thinking, 'Well, if I can do this, maybe I can do something else.'" Actor John Cho joins Zibby to discuss his debut middle-grade novel, Troublemaker, which was inspired by his own life. John shares how his memories of the Rodney King Riots feel resonant today, the universal emotions of growing up and trying to find ways to feel like an adult when you're still a child, and what his anxiety has looked like following the uptick in anti-Asian violence over the past few years. On a lighter note, John tells Zibby what he hopes younger readers will take away from this story and what he's looking to do with it next.


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Mar 24, 2022
Adam Mansbach and Camila Alves McConaughey, JUST TRY ONE BITE
36:51

Zibby is joined by the duo behind the new picture book Just Try One Bite, Adam Mansbach and Camila Alves McConaughey, to talk about their collaboration as well as their personal projects. Adam shares what it was like to write his prose poem, I Had a Brother Once, about his late brother, why it took him so long to write, and what it has been like since he completed it. Camila also discusses how and why she started Women of Today, an online community that connects women with the intention of helping everyone find exactly the support they need. The three also talk about their respective relationships with sugar and food overall, and how that inspired the messaging of this picture book. 


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Mar 23, 2022
Emmanuel Acho, ILLOGICAL: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits
27:23

"We spend so much time ignoring our calling, searching for our calling not realizing it's already calling us." #1 New York Times bestselling author, Fox Sports analyst, and former NFL player Emmanuel Acho returns to talk with Zibby about his new book, Illogical. Emmanuel shares how being illogical simply means going against conventional wisdom to find the passions that speak to you the most in your personal and professional lives, just as he has done since releasing his first book, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. The two discuss the advice Emmanuel strives to live by, how he wants to inspire others to create the best lives for themselves, and the moments that inspired him to find his calling.


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Mar 22, 2022
Anna David, PARTY GIRL
30:36

"I think a lot of us have that thing where it's like, 'Who am I to think I could write a book?' I'm now always telling people, 'Who are you not to?'" Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling author and founder of Legacy Launch Pad Anna David to talk about the re-release of her novel, Party Girl, as well as the many other things she is working on. Anna shares how her disappointing experience with traditional publishing led her to start an independent service designed to help authors succeed on their own terms, and her new project, Hollywood Book Directory, which helps get books optioned. The two also discuss why they are shaking up the industry and some of the successes they've already had along the way.


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Mar 21, 2022
Sabaa Tahir, ALL MY RAGE: A Novel
23:01

New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir returns to talk about her latest novel, All My Rage, which she worked on for the last fifteen years whenever she got angry. She shares which real facets of her own life she wove into the story, from enduring xenophobia to the ebbs and flows of lifelong friendships, and which scene was written when she was the angriest she had ever been. Sabaa and Zibby also talk about empathy in this day and age, what they think about their kids reading their writing, and which projects Sabaa is working on next.


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Mar 20, 2022
Saumya Roy, CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai
23:19

Journalist, social activist, and professor Saumya Roy joins Zibby to talk about her first book, Castaway Mountain, which is the culmination of eight years of interviews with and research on the wastepickers in the garbage landfill of Mumbai. Saumya shares how she first became involved with wastepickers after she and her father began a non-profit that offers loans to microentrepreneurs and was approached by a number of those who managed the landfill. She wanted to not only show the world who these individuals are and how they have built their lives but also how we as a global community are constantly generating waste which greatly contributes to climate change.


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Mar 19, 2022
Julie Vick, BABIES DON'T MAKE SMALL TALK (SO WHY SHOULD I?): The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Parenthood
17:24

Zibby is joined by Julie Vick to talk about her latest book, a parenting guide for introverts titled Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?). The two discuss what makes someone an introvert, an extrovert, or an ambivert (and why they're both introverts), as well as how the pressures of parenthood could feel even heavier with the added weight of social anxiety or shyness. Julie also shares she found her way back to writing after having her second child and how she cultivated a platform for herself on Twitter.


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Mar 18, 2022
Rosie Walsh, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE: A Novel
26:53

Rosie Walsh returns for an Instagram Live with Zibby to discuss her latest novel, The Love of My Life, which is this month's GMA Book Club pick. The two talk about how this book took Rosie over four years to write and how she managed to work around her writer's block by typing her draft in white. They also talk about where to steal time for writing when raising young kids, what makes obituary writers so fascinating, and the research Rosie conducts to help make her characters feel so true-to-life.


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Mar 17, 2022
Meredith Littas, Meghan Rienks, & Kendall Rhodes, THE BREAK UP DIET
34:14

Zibby is joined by Kendall Rhodes, Meredith Littas, and Meghan Rienks — three women involved with the new Fictionz app and the recent narrative audio series, The Break Up Diet, which Meredith wrote during the early days of the Covid lockdown. The four chat about their astrological signs and which character from Sex and the City they are most like, as well as why Fictionz's mission is to highlight women-centered stories and how they've designed their shows to be intimate and digestible.


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Mar 16, 2022
Seth Meyers, I'M NOT SCARED, YOU'RE SCARED
27:16

Comedian and host of Late Night Seth Meyers joins Zibby to talk about his new picture book, I'm Not Scared, You're Scared. The two talk about their shared editor at Flamingo, the ways in which being a big reader and writer has helped Seth at every stage of his career — notably at Saturday Night Live — and how the pandemic has only strengthened his relationship with books. Seth also shares his wife's connection to the Holocaust and the impact it still has on their family today. 


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Mar 15, 2022
Laura Lippman, SEASONAL WORK: Stories
33:30

Zibby is joined by journalist and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman to talk about her story collection, Seasonal Work. The two discuss the combination of people and things that inspired the book's novella, which centers around dating apps, as well as their respective relationships with social media. Laura also shares whether or not she gets scared in her daily life given the darkness that comes with writing crime novels, her stances on sharing writing for free and why she is not precious about physical books, and how a podcast inspired the next book she is working on.


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Mar 14, 2022
David Damrosch, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS
25:03

Literary historian David Damrosch joins Zibby to discuss his latest book, Around the World in 80 Books, which grew out of a blog he started during the pandemic. The two talk about the thought that went into selecting the eighty books from around the world, David's thoughts on reading translated works, and how he grew more comfortable sharing parts of his personal story, which made the book "a kind of a memoir of a life of reading." David shares some of these personal anecdotes with Zibby, including his connection to Madeleine L'Engle.


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Mar 13, 2022
Paul Bloom, THE SWEET SPOT: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning
15:07

Zibby is joined by psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto Paul Bloom to talk about his latest book, The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning. Paul explains the science behind why we often put ourselves in situations that are difficult and what happens when that decision backfires as well as how we feel when we achieve the result we were striving for. He also tells Zibby about how he originally got into psychology, his thoughts on how the field has evolved over time, and what project he is working on next.


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Mar 12, 2022
Albert Samaha, CONCEPCION: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes
30:37

"To me, this book, in a lot of ways, the core intellectual arc of the book is this journey of me figuring out what it means to be American." Zibby is joined by investigative journalist and editor at BuzzFeed News Albert Samaha to talk about his new memoir, Concepcion, which is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Albert and Zibby talk about the ways in which the shape of the narrative changed over the five years it took to write it, which moments in recent history have had the greatest effect on Albert's family, and how he determined which memories made it into the book.


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Mar 11, 2022
Jacquelyn Mitchard, THE GOOD SON: A Novel
30:51

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, The Good Son, and the brief interaction at a writer's conference that inspired it. The two talk about the unreasoning love parents have for their children, what Jacquelyn's experience was like raising nine kids, and the project she is working on next. Jacquelyn also shares what the experience was like being chosen as Oprah's first book club pick, from almost missing the opportunity when she didn't believe Oprah was really calling her to what it was like to be a part of a massive literary phenomenon. 


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Mar 10, 2022
Clothilde Ewing, STELLA KEEPS THE SUN UP
18:07

Zibby is joined by Clothilde Ewig to talk about her very first picture book, Stella Keeps the Sun Up, which is out this week from Denene Millner Books. Clothilde shares how an op-ed from Denene was what originally inspired her to begin writing and how her own childrens' sleep habits helped her shape the story. Clothilde also tells Zibby about her time working as a producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as what she is working on now, both for her second picture book and as Vice President of Strategic Communications at The Chicago Community Trust.


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Mar 09, 2022
Brad Meltzer, THE LIGHTENING ROD: A Zig & Nola Novel
27:37

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns to talk with Zibby his latest thriller, The Lightning Rod, which was inspired by a real figure hired by the United States Army to paint disasters as they occur. Brad shares how influential his mother and the loss of his parents have been on all of his novels, which real-life spy tricks he has included in his projects that have impressed his kids, and what his experience was like reading to former President George H. W. Bush just before he passed away.


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Mar 08, 2022
Lisa Barr, WOMAN ON FIRE: A Novel
24:47

Award-winning journalist and author Lisa Barr returns to talk with Zibby about her latest novel, Woman on Fire, which is one of this month's Barnes and Noble picks and has just been optioned by Sharon Stone. The two discuss which life experiences Lisa lent to her protagonist, how she managed to fully flesh out every character in her expansive cast, and why her family's Holocaust story continues to inspire her to write books about the era. Lisa also shares the real historical moments she wove into the plot, proving that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. 


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Mar 07, 2022
Nick Hornby, JUST LIKE YOU: A Novel
31:10

Nick Hornby, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of High FidelityAbout a Boy, and Fever Pitch, joins Zibby to discuss his latest novel, Just Like You. The two talk about why his writing is so easily adapted for the screen, the occupational hazards that come with being a writer, and the inadvertent effects parenting can have on kids — both fictional and real. Nick also shares the encounter he observed that lay the groundwork for this story and which political events finally inspired him to write the book.


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Mar 06, 2022
Nikki May, WAHALA: A Novel
24:11

Zibby is joined by author Nikki May to discuss her debut novel, Wahala, which many are calling "Sex and the City with a killer twist." Nikki shares the meal with friends that inspired her to write this story, how she mapped out her four main characters' personalities on a spreadsheet that ended up being taller than her, and why she wants all of her novels to feature mixed-race characters with true-to-life experiences. Nikki and Zibby also talk about the upcoming BBC adaptation of the novel and what role Nikki is happily playing in that development.


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Mar 05, 2022
Fiona Davis, THE MAGNOLIA PALACE: A Novel
26:55

Zibby is once again joined by New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis to talk about her latest novel, The Magnolia Palace, which takes place in New York's famed Frick Collection. The two talk about what inspired Fiona to tell a fictionalized version of the Frick's story, how she managed to write so vividly about the museum during the early days of the pandemic while in lockdown, and the multiple projects she's working on next. Fiona also shares why she decided to talk publicly about her Parkinson's disease and how it may fit into one of her upcoming books. 


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Mar 04, 2022
Catherine Price, THE POWER OF FUN: How to Feel Alive Again
30:20

Science journalist, consultant, and author Catherine Price returns to talk with Zibby about her latest book, The Power of Fun. Catherine explains how signing up for the guitar lessons she always wanted to take inspired her to re-evaluate how we define "fun" and the importance having fun has in our everyday lives. She shares what she learned from interviewing several people about the most fun they've ever had, how the misconceptions around seeking enjoyment often prevent adults from doing the things that make them the happiest, and why the human connection that results from having fun is essential as we emerge from the pandemic. 


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Mar 03, 2022
Georgia Toffolo, MEET ME IN LONDON: A Novel
20:29

Zibby is joined by British television star and author of the Meet Me In series Georgia Toffolo — better known to fans as Toff — to talk about how she always wanted to be a writer and what she plans to work on after the fourth and final book, Meet Me at the Wedding, comes out later this year. The two discuss which pieces of Toff's personal life inspired her series, what it was like to write travel novels during the pandemic, and why she wishes she had waited a few more years before writing her first memoir. 


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Mar 02, 2022
Sarah Polley, RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER: Confrontations with a Body of Memory
23:55

"I had to develop a connection with my body that I hadn’t had as much in the past. That's a really exciting turning point for me, that we're friends now." Zibby is joined by director, actress, and writer Sarah Polley to discuss her memoir, Run Towards the Danger, which is a collection of six personal essays about memories and how we construct them. Sarah shares how the title came from a piece of advice her doctor gave her as she was going through treatment to recover from a years-long concussion and why that experience has shifted her entire approach to life. The two also talk about some of the things Sarah's body has had to endure, why she is extremely hesitant to let her daughter get into acting while she's still a child, and the meticulous planning that went into every word of the essay on Sarah's #MeToo experience.


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Mar 01, 2022
Lisa Unger, LAST GIRL GHOSTED: A Novel
29:31

"The writing life, it's a little bit rollercoaster-y. There are these dizzying highs and these crushing lows. It's not like you have a job with a specific list of tasks and you go and you do it and then you punch out. It's always with you." Zibby is joined by New York Times best-selling author Lisa Unger to talk about her nineteenth novel, Last Girl Ghosted. The two discuss how Lisa's mom's love of books — and lack of boundaries — led Lisa to become a writer, where she finds the inspiration for each of her books, and what phrase should be on a gift pillow for fellow thriller writers.


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Feb 28, 2022
Jennie Nash, BLUEPRINT FOR A BOOK: Build Your Novel from the Inside Out
43:41

Book coach and founder of Author Accelerator Jennie Nash joins Zibby to discuss her latest book, Blueprint for a Book: Build Your Novel from the Inside Out, which offers writers a number of tools for literary success. The two talk about the advice Jennie offered Zibby for her own memoir, how Jennie is using her company to empower those who have been marginalized by the publishing industry, and what many writers get wrong when they try to write a book. Jennie also shares how she went from being a writer to a teacher to a coach, and why this position is the most fulfilling of the three.


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Feb 27, 2022
Julie Chavez, ASK A LIBRARIAN WITH JULIE CHAVEZ: A Zcast Production
31:32

Listen to the inaugural episode of Julie Chavez's new Zcast podcast, Ask a Librarian! Julie is an elementary-school librarian and her forthcoming memoir, The Anxiety Library, will be published by Zibby Books. In this episode, Julie talks with New York Times best-selling author Mac Barnett about how he got his start writing books for children, the limit of language in picture books, and what inspired him to write Extra Yarn, one of Julie's favorite books to read to kids.


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Feb 27, 2022
Megan Fairchild, THE BALLERINA MINDSET: How to Protect Your Mental Health While Striving for Excellence
28:02

Zibby is joined by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, to discuss her memoir, The Ballerina Mindset. Megan shares how the book grew out of her podcast, Ask Megan, to answer questions from mothers of young dancers and the advice she offered there for how to train without harming your body or mind. Megan and Zibby talk about the importance of meditating or just finding time to focus on yourself, the ways in which Megan reframed her relationship with eating and exercise that everyone can adopt, and what lessons she hopes to pass on to her three daughters.


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Feb 26, 2022
Leslie Hooton, THE SECRET OF RAINY DAYS
25:17

Leslie Hooton joins Zibby to discuss her second novel, The Secret of Rainy Days, which she has been working on for nearly fifteen years. The two discuss when Leslie made the decision to start writing full-time, which life experiences and relationships inspired those in this book, and how much they both enjoyed Leslie's visit to New York last year for the Zibby Awards. Read Leslie's article on Moms Don't Have Time to Write here!


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Feb 25, 2022
Jasmine Guillory, WHILE WE WERE DATING
17:43

New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory returns to talk about her latest novel, While We Were Dating. Jasmine tells Zibby about how her characters often appear to her fully formed, the effects writing during the pandemic has had on both this story and her next project, and why she made sure to portray her celebrity protagonist as a star just like us. The two also discuss if Jasmine casts her romantic characters in her mind and what readers can expect from her upcoming contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


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Feb 24, 2022
Amy Wilson, WHEN DID I GET LIKE THIS: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be
28:32

"Moms are important. Moms are powerful. By honing our content just for moms, we're making something more powerful, not less. That's exciting." Zibby is joined by Amy Wilson, co-host of the podcast What Fresh Hell, to talk about her 2010 hit book When Did I Get Like This? Amy tells Zibby about her experience performing the one-woman play adaptation of her book many years ago, how motherhood has changed since writing her book (especially due to Covid-19), and what she loves most about collaborating creatively with others.


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Feb 23, 2022
Debbie Millman, WHY DESIGN MATTERS
36:00

Designer, writer, and host of the hit podcast Design Matters Debbie Millman joins Zibby to discuss her new book, Why Design Matters, which features a number of her past interviewees. The two talk about the five-year journey it took to create this book, which life experiences shaped Debbie's relationship with brands and branding, and why they have the best job in the world. Debbie also shares the most important lessons she has learned from hosting her podcast for seventeen years.


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Feb 22, 2022
Allison Pataki, THE MAGNIFICENT LIVES OF MARJORIE POST: A Novel
23:20

Three-peat guest Allison Pataki returns to talk about her latest historical novel, The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post. Allison and Zibby discuss the number of ways in which Marjorie was ahead of her time, such as how she ran her family's food empire from behind the scenes, hired those in need of work during The Great Depression, opened hospitals and canteens when they were needed most, and even how she sold her yacht to the U.S. Navy to use during World War II. Allison also shares how the pandemic impacted the amount of time she spent immersed in Marjorie's world and how she originally became involved in it.


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Feb 21, 2022
Brenda Janowitz, THE LIZ TAYLOR RING: A Novel
31:57

Journalist, essayist, and author Brenda Janowitz joins Zibby to discuss her seventh book, The Liz Taylor Ring. Brenda tells Zibby about how this project — as well as 2020's The Grace Kelly Dress and her upcoming novel — were all inspired by her lifelong love for old Hollywood starlets, why she finds it hard to live in and write about situations that are not black-and-white, and which piece of advice from author Elin Hilderbrand she has heeded throughout her career as a novelist. Although she is no longer the Books Correspondent for PopSugar, Brenda still offers which books she is loving right now.


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Feb 20, 2022
Heather Morris, THREE SISTERS: A Novel
30:20

Zibby is joined by #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, Heather Morris, to talk about the third book in her trilogy of Holocaust novels, Three Sisters. The two discuss how miraculous each of the three sisters' stories is, why she has chosen to write true stories as fiction instead of biographies, and what it means to Heather to know her books are being taught as part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Heather also shares how she initially became involved in this family of narratives as well as why she was sought out to write them because she herself isn't Jewish.


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Feb 19, 2022
Tony Robbins, LIFE FORCE: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love
38:27

Zibby is joined by entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life and business strategist Tony Robbins to talk about his latest book, Life Force, which covers incredible recent medical breakthroughs that can help add years to your life. The two discuss how Tony's childhood inspired him to read over seven hundred books in just seven years on psychology, physiology, and philosophy which have shaped how he approaches the medical world today. Tony also shares some of the treatments that have significantly helped him and his family over the years, what he plans to do with his Fountain Life and Life Force Centers, and why he is attempting to donate at least a billion meals through his partnership with Feeding America.


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Feb 18, 2022
Georgia Pritchett, MY MESS IS A BIT OF A LIFE: Adventures in Anxiety
26:17

Screenwriter Georgia Pritchett joins Zibby to talk about her debut memoir, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life, which takes readers through her experience dealing with lifelong anxiety and a number of crises that have arisen along the way. Georgia shares how the book stemmed from advice from a therapist who recommended she write everything that had happened to her when she found herself unable to share verbally, what life is like raising two neuroatypical children (as well as how it has impacted her mental health), and why she's only now beginning to show herself more kindness for what she went through. Zibby also asks Georgia about her time writing for the hit HBO show Succession, which is one of Zibby's favorites.


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Feb 17, 2022
Adam Rubin, THE ICE CREAM MACHINE
36:18

"That was maybe one of the most thrilling moments of my whole life: when I first walked into a bookstore and there was something that I wrote on the shelf." Children's book — and now middle-grade — author Adam Rubin joins Zibby to discuss his latest book, The Ice Cream Machine, which features six different stories told in six entirely different ways. Adam and Zibby talk about what he believes is so magical about writing, why he doesn't think stories for children should be dumbed down, and how he hopes readers will be inspired to send him their own Ice Cream Machine story using the book's outer flap as an envelope. Adam also shares what he likes to tell his young audience to hopefully encourage them to pursue the things they love to do regardless of success. 


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Feb 16, 2022
Payal Kadakia, LIFEPASS: Drop Your Limits, Rise to Your Potential - A Groundbreaking Approach to Goal Setting
22:58

Zibby is joined by a fellow entrepreneur and the founder of ClassPass, Payal Kadakia, to discuss her new memoir, LifePass. The two talk about how dance allowed Payal to be her most authentic self and connect with others, why learning to pivot and iterate are central tenets of entrepreneurship, and what Payal plans to do next now that she's sold her company (hint: it's not as concrete as you may think).


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Feb 15, 2022
Florence Williams, HEARTBREAK: A Personal and Scientific Journey
30:22

Zibby is joined by science journalist Florence Williams to talk about her latest book, Heartbreak. Florence shares how she was inspired to research heartbreaks following the sudden end of her marriage, as well as the adventures and experiences she partook in to learn why heartbreak affects us the way it does and how we can move on from it. Florence and Zibby also talk about the current research on loneliness, the power of the A.W.E. method, and why forging and fortifying meaningful connections can be the best cure for a broken heart.


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Feb 14, 2022
Nancy Balbirer, ALMOST ROMANCE: A Memoir
27:45

Actress and writer Nancy Balbirer joins Zibby to talk about her latest memoir, Almost Romance, which tells her incredible true love story. The two discuss what it was like to write a very happy story while living through the tumult of 2020, how much they appreciate the editor they share, and where Nancy plans to take this project next. Nancy also shares what it's like to be recognized from your New York Times Vows column and why she decided to make the shift from acting to writing.


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Feb 13, 2022
Rex Ogle, PUNCHING BAG
27:13

Author Rex Ogle returns to discuss his second memoir, Punching Bag, which is a follow up to his debut memoir, Free Lunch. Rex and Zibby talk about the moments in Rex's childhood that ended up being so significant as he grew older, why his abusive past is important to talk about even though doing so is often painful, and the ways in which he is trying to reach kids who might be in similar situations today. Rex also shares the book he's working on next about his grandmother who remains such a powerful force in his life.


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Feb 12, 2022
Richard Antoine White, I'M POSSIBLE: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
25:39

"I want to offer the world my very best. I don't want to deprive the world of the best version of me." Professor, author, and principal tubist for the New Mexico Philharmonic Richard Antoine White joins Zibby to talk about his debut memoir, I'm Possible. The two discuss how the tuba found Richard, what experiences are on his infinite bucket list, and why teaching is the greatest thing he's ever done. Richard also shares how despite all of the challenges he faced early in life, he wouldn't change anything that happened because it made him who he is today.


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Feb 11, 2022
Naomi Krupitsky, THE FAMILY
27:53

Debut novelist Naomi Krupitsky joins Zibby to talk about her book, The Family, which is an instant New York Times bestseller as well as a Read With Jenna Book Club and a Barnes and Noble Discovery pick. The two talk about how the relationship between the two protagonists was inspired by Naomi's own lifelong friendships, the research she did to help make her story feel more immersive, and what her journey to publication looked like. Namoi also shares how she had to stop watching The Sopranos while working on this project to prevent herself from writing anything too similar and what she is currently reading.


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Feb 10, 2022
Kimberly Harrington, BUT YOU SEEMED SO HAPPY: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits
26:26

"I think women don't prioritize the time they need just to be — just to have space, have no one in their space, time to think. It solves a lot." Zibby is joined by memoirist, columnist, and creative director Kimberly Harrington to discuss her latest collection of essays, But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits. Kimberly shares how writing these essays helped her refine her opinions on marriage as an institution, why she loved rewriting the ending of When Harry Met Sally so much, and what it was like to look back on her old journals (as well as why she included some of her entries in this book).


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Feb 09, 2022
Ericka Sóuter, HOW TO HAVE A KID AND A LIFE: A Survival Guide
25:33

Journalist Ericka Sóuter joins Zibby to talk about her first book, How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide. The two talk about the six questions Ericka believes all women should ask themselves at least once a year, how to make and maintain mom friends, and what countless mothers have told her about loneliness and burnout. Ericka also shares how she formed her own tight-knit circle of friends and how she makes space for herself every day.


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Feb 08, 2022
Nichole Perkins, SOMETIMES I TRIP ON HOW HAPPY WE COULD BE
27:05

Writer and host of the podcast This is Good For You, Nichole Perkins, joins Zibby to talk about her memoir in essays, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be. The two talk about the historic lack of Black romantic leads in books, movies, and TV, the experiences that shaped Nichole’s perception of love and relationships, and how the pandemic inspired her to pursue her passions just for the thrill of it.


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Feb 07, 2022
Mori Taheripour, BRING YOURSELF: How to Harness the Power of Connection to Negotiate Fearlessly
26:35

"I learn something from all of my students. I think they teach me far more than I ever teach them." Mori Taheripour, negotiation expert and professor at the Wharton school, joins Zibby to discuss her first book, Bring Yourself. Mori shares the best lessons from her seventeen years of teaching, why the secret to being a great negotiator is simply being a better person, and which of her own negotiations have been the toughest. Mori and Zibby also talk about how imposter syndrome can affect even those at the top of their field and the ways in which Mori's multiple sclerosis diagnosis fully transformed her approach to life.


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Feb 06, 2022
Danielle Friedman, LET'S GET PHYSICAL: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World
28:33

Zibby is joined by award-winning journalist Danielle Friedman to discuss her first book, Let's Get Physical, about the modern evolution of women's fitness movements. Zibby and Danielle talk about their respective relationships with exercise, which societal norms changed alongside each new development, and the tragic backstory behind the barre phenomenon. Danielle also shares why she intentionally left spinning out of the book as well as how this project has led to the creation of an online workout community.


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Feb 05, 2022
Adam Stern, COMMITTED: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training
25:31

"The more that I achieve, the more I realize that achievements have nothing to do with the value of who you are as a person." Psychiatrist, professor, and writer Adam Stern joins Zibby to talk about his debut memoir, Committed, which combines his medical experience with the story of his cancer diagnosis. The two discuss when Adam realized he had a story that has yet to be told, how psychiatrists approach mental illnesses in their personal lives, and what he's learned from living with 50/50 survival odds. 


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Feb 04, 2022
Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, BLACK JOY: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration
26:57

Professor and New York Times bestselling writer Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts joins Zibby to talk about her eighteenth book, Black Joy. Tracey shares the traumatic experience of losing her cousin to racialized gun violence, as well as memories of her grandmother that seem to bring her back to life. Zibby and Tracey also discuss how children often bring out a sense of innocence and playfulness in adults, why therapy was essential for Tracey to write this book, and the importance of healing tears and feeling joy. 


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Feb 03, 2022
Tessa Hadley, FREE LOVE: A Novel
27:07

Zibby is joined by best-selling writer Tessa Hadley to talk about her latest — and highly anticipated — novel, Free Love, which captures the emotions and consequences of a 1960s affair. The two talk about how Tessa has relaxed into her writing style over the course of her last four books, her journey from a lifelong writer and storyteller to published author in her forties, and what classic works of literature may have been like if authors always had access to the copy and paste feature. Zibby and Tessa also compare the different idiosyncrasies between British and American dialects.


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Feb 02, 2022
Brendan Slocumb, THE VIOLIN CONSPIRACY: A Novel
32:23

Zibby is joined by debut novelist Brendan Slocumb to talk about one of her favorite new releases, The Violin Conspiracy, which is this month's GMA pick! Brendan shares which parts of the book were inspired by his own life story, how this book grew from a failed attempt at a science fiction manuscript in 2007, and what he loves most about teaching music. Brendan also shares how he wrote this novel in two and a half months during the pandemic and why it is so important to bring more people of color into the world of music, especially at the highest echelons. Join Zibby and Brendan for an event with Politics & Prose on 2/9 by registering here!


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Feb 01, 2022
Zoe Whittall, THE SPECTACULAR: A Novel
19:55

Poet and author Zoe Whittall joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, The Spectacular. Zoe shares how her recent relationships inspired the multigenerational story, as well as how her experience of losing a pregnancy at the start of the pandemic deepened its significance. Zoe and Zibby also talk about the importance of writing commercially for and about the queer community, why grappling with anxiety is a core theme throughout all of her work, and what projects she's working on next.


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Jan 31, 2022
Judy Bolton-Fasman, ASYLUM: A Memoir of Family Secrets
25:13

Zibby is joined by Judy Bolton-Fasman to talk about her debut memoir, Asylum, and the different threads throughout her life that led to that title. The two discuss the unique dynamic that existed between Judy's parents and how it fostered a number of secrets she sought to uncover throughout her childhood, as well as the different iterations this project has taken over the sixteen years it took her to write. Judy also openly shares her experience living with panic attacks in the book and in conversation with Zibby because she wants to destigmatize mental illnesses and the different ways we can manage them.


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Jan 30, 2022
Halimah Marcus, HORSE GIRLS: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond
30:06

Executive editor of Electric Literature Halimah Marcus joins Zibby to talk about her new anthology, Horse Girls, which was inspired by her lifelong love of horses. The two discuss the unique dynamic that seems to exist between women and horses, how each essay — penned by an impressive roster of writers — captures a piece of this relationship, and what events in Halimah's personal history have endeared her to loving these animals forever. 


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Jan 29, 2022
Jenny Pentland, THIS WILL BE FUNNY LATER: A Memoir
25:08

Screenwriter Jenny Pentland joins Zibby to discuss her first memoir, This Will Be Funny Later, which largely looks at her life following the success of her mother Rosanne Barr's show. The two talk about the different ways seeking control has manifested in their lives, how motherhood often feels like a constant effort to not make the mistakes your parents made, and why it was cathartic to re-evaluate her traumatic childhood from her family's perspective. Jenny also shares how this book began as Tweets written to help calm her mind and the ways in which this project has been transformative for how she copes with her PTSD.


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Jan 28, 2022
Margarita Gokun Silver, I NAMED MY DOG PUSHKIN (AND OTHER IMMIGRANT TALES): Notes From a Soviet Girl on Becoming an American Woman
25:58

Zibby is joined by writer and journalist Margarita Gokun Silver to talk about her collection of essays, I Named My Dog Pushkin (And Other Immigrant Tales), which follows her journey from growing up in the Soviet Union to America. The two discuss the role Judaism played in Margarita's upbringing and family history in the USSR, how their time at Yale overlapped by a few years, and what efforts Margarita has made to parent her daughter differently than her parents raised her. Margarita also shares the heartbreaking news of her husband's passing and how this book stands as a testament to his life as well as her own.


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Jan 27, 2022
Sarah Hall, BURNTCOAT: A Novel
24:41

Novelist Sarah Hall joins Zibby to discuss her not-quite-pandemic book, Burntcoat, which was just nominated for this year's National Book Critics Circle Awards. Sarah also shares how her role as a single mother inspired elements of this novel, the ways in which writing has allowed her to truly express herself throughout her life, and what notions of identity and relationships she sought to analyze. Sarah also wants readers to know that despite almost being about the pandemic, this book is actually very funny.


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Jan 26, 2022
María Amparo Escandón, L.A. WEATHER: A Novel
20:57

New York Times best-selling novelist María Amparo Escandón joins Zibby to talk about her book, L.A. Weather, which was a Reese's Book Club Pick. The two talk about the things all mothers find themselves fearing, why María's father would call with weather reports for L.A. even though he lived in Mexican City, and what inspired her to start writing when she was in the second grade. María also shares how even though her children are grown adults, moms still don't have time to read books!


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Jan 25, 2022
Allison Larkin, THE PEOPLE WE KEEP
27:08

Bestselling author Allison Larkin joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, The People We Keep, and its protagonist who Allison loves dearly. The two discuss the fifteen-year journey Allison went on to write this book, the reason she feels such a deep connection to the story, and why she didn't feel the need to create a main character who everyone finds likable. Allison also shares how her eclectic life story has influenced her writing and how her next project began with crayons and butcher paper.


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Jan 24, 2022
Ariana Neumann, WHEN TIME STOPPED: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
27:23

Zibby is joined by Ariana Neumann to discuss her award-winning first book, When Time Stopped, which is part memoir and part detective story about her father's family history. Although Ariana thought she knew the story of the Holocaust, in researching how her own family found inventive ways to survive the horrors they faced she learned there is still so much we don't know. Ariana and Zibby talk about some of these incredible stories, as well as how Ariana plans to help others tell their own stories and what she plans to work on next.


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Jan 23, 2022
Katie Couric, GOING THERE
36:46

"I've been the beneficiary and the lucky recipient of this extraordinary life that I never anticipated in a million years." Journalist, newscaster, and co-founder of Katie Couric Media, Katie Couric, joined Zibby for an event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss her memoir, Going There. Katie shares stories about her beloved parents, how she met her second husband after losing her first husband to cancer, and why she decided now was the time to publish her life story. The two also discuss Katie's incredible career and how she's tried to adapt with the changing media landscape, and then they takes questions from the audience.


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Jan 22, 2022
José Vadi, INTER STATE: Essays from California
16:22

Zibby is joined by essayist, poet, and playwright José Vadi to discuss Inter State, his collection of essays about his relationship with his home state of California. José shares how he first found his way to writing and publication through his poetry, which projects he's worked on to document his grandfather's personal history, and what he is working on next. (For those who have listened to the episode: a heel flip is a maneuver in which you impart spin on your board using the heel of your front foot while doing an ollie, or lifting into the air without using your hands.)


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Jan 21, 2022
Susan Orlean, ON ANIMALS
24:50

Journalist and bestselling author Susan Orlean joins Zibby to discuss her new collection, On Animals, which was inspired in part by her quarantine puppy. Susan and Zibby talk about Susan's Literati Book Club, how the underlying question of her collected work is "What is it like to coexist on a planet with these other creatures?," and why this collection was a nice go-between her last novel and her upcoming memoir.


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Jan 21, 2022
Jewell Parker Rhodes, PARADISE ON FIRE
25:15

Bestselling novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes returns to talk about her latest book, Paradise on Fire, and the racial disparities that exist when it comes to children's access to nature. Zibby and Jewell discuss how although the novel is intended for middle-grade readers, there is a heaviness to it that reflects the struggle we are facing in the global fight against climate change. Jewell shares how she was inspired by the late Gary Paulsen to write a wilderness survival story, why her children are outdoors people even though she's not, and a hint about the project she's working on next.


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Jan 20, 2022
Susie Petruccelli, RAISED A WARRIOR: A Memoir of Soccer, Grit, and Leveling the Playing Field
30:12

"We're all expecting things to be better for our daughters, but I honestly am worried that we're going to lose the rights that we already have." Zibby is joined by Susie Petruccelli, former captain of the Harvard women's soccer team and author of Raised a Warrior, to discuss her book, her career, and her love of the sport. The two talk about what it's like to be a twin, the relationship Susie had with her dad and sports, and how her identity changed when she could no longer play soccer. Susie shares when she realized how perilous it is to be a woman in the United States where we have often come to take the existence of human rights laws for granted. 


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Jan 19, 2022
Colleen Hoover, REMINDERS OF HIM: A Novel
21:07

"Every single time I sit down and write a book, I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing." Colleen Hoover, the New York Times-bestselling author of twenty-two novels, joins Zibby to discuss her latest book, Reminders of Him. Colleen shares how she's adopted her sense imposter as part of the writing process, her reaction to the renewal of interest in her backlist, and what she's done to make sure writing has never felt like a job. 


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Jan 18, 2022
Bryan Collier, WE SHALL OVERCOME
16:04

Award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier joins Zibby to talk about his latest picture book, We Shall Overcome, which connects the iconic anthem of the Civil Rights Movement to our current day. The two discuss how Bryan always knew he wanted to be an artist, the ways in which working with children for twelve years inspired his creativity, and why the book he is currently working on is his most exciting project yet. Bryan also breaks down the layers of the book's cover which features his youngest daughter.


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Jan 17, 2022
JJ Heller, HAND TO HOLD
26:00

Singer/songwriter JJ Heller joins Zibby to discuss her new picture book, Hand to Hold, which was inspired by her hit album I Dream of You. JJ and her husband Dave talk about the collaborative process between both their music and this book, how heartening it is to hear stories from families who have fallen in love with I Dream of You, and share a short song excerpt listeners will love. JJ and Zibby also connect over their thoughts on getting older and the way our society misunderstands women as they age. 


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Jan 16, 2022
Jacqueline Woodson, THE YEAR WE LEARNED TO FLY
32:10

National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson joins Zibby to talk about her latest picture book, The Year We Learned to Fly. Although the book is a retelling of an African American folk tale that captures what it means to escape through your imagination rather than through your body, Jacqueline shares how she began writing it before the pandemic began and the story has taken on so much more meaning as a result of Covid. Jacqueline also tells Zibby about when she knew she wanted to be a writer, what it has been like to meet a number of her earliest readers as adults, and which books she currently loves.


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Jan 16, 2022
Robin Arzón, STRONG MAMA
19:28

Zibby is joined by Peloton's Head Instructor Robin Arzón to discuss her first picture book, Strong Mama. Robin talks with Zibby about how she was inspired to show parents that self-care isn't selfish, especially when you have a newborn child. She also shares some of her most motivating messages, the story of how she surprisingly only became an athlete while in law school, and why the best way to workout is often for just ten minutes each day.


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Jan 16, 2022
Jami Attenberg, I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU: Writing Myself Home
30:40

Novelist Jami Attenberg joins Zibby to discuss her first memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, which contains a number of stories about how she developed her creative identity. Jami and Zibby talk about the feeling of needing to share everything when writing a memoir, how they both meditate on where their things are going to end up when they're gone, and how Jami envisions the spectrum of her writing from her novels to her tweets. Jami also shares why she misses going on book tours and how her literary career was far from a linear trajectory.


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Jan 15, 2022
Xochitl Gonzalez, OLGA DIES DREAMING: A Novel
31:38

"The idea that people value what you wrote enough to give you that time to read it...what a privilege that time was spent with your book." Zibby is joined by debut novelist Xochitl Gonzalez to talk about her book, Olga Dies Dreaming, out this week. The two talk about Xochitl's thirteen-year career as a luxury wedding planner as well as when she knew it was time to make a change, which led her down a path to publication. Xochitl also shares why her protagonist is like her if she had never started therapy, which aspects of the book were inspired by her real life, and how important it was for her to be involved in the Hulu adaption of the novel.



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Jan 14, 2022
Quiara Alegría Hudes, MY BROKEN LANGUAGE: A Memoir
21:43

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes joins Zibby to discuss her debut memoir, My Broken Language, which tells both the story of how she became an artist and a woman in the world. Quiara shares the biggest differences between her home life growing up and the culture that existed when she arrived at Yale, how music has shaped her life, and what the continued popularity of her playIn the Heights has been like.


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Jan 13, 2022
Erica C. Barnett, QUITTER: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery
35:44

Journalist Erica C. Barnett joins Zibby to discuss her debut memoir, Quitter, about her recovery from alcoholism. The two talk about the connection between addictions and other forms of maladaptive behaviors, how progress starts when you give yourself achievable goals, and why Erica is not a writer who likes to write. Erica also shares how relapsing taught her to stop seeing herself as a failure, as well as why she has no regrets after publishing this book.


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Jan 12, 2022
Agapi Stassinopoulos, SPEAKING WITH SPIRIT: 52 Prayers to Guide, Inspire, and Uplift You
35:14

Zibby is joined by best-selling author and speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos to talk about her latest book, Speaking with Spirit. Agapi shares how these 52 prayers were a result of the pandemic and her shift from public speaking to a period of deep introspection, and why they work the best when read aloud. Agapi reads her prayer about perfectionism that not only touched Zibby but will also enlighten any reader who may feel the same.


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Jan 11, 2022
Jacqueline Friedland, HE GETS THAT FROM ME: A Novel
30:26

Jacqueline Friedland joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, He Gets That from Me, which was inspired by an article about a surrogacy mix-up that she read while procrastinating work on another project. Jacqueline shares the detailed and compassionate research that went into this project, why she wanted to look critically at the nature-versus-nurture argument, and how her own mother told her not to take a genetics test as her characters do in the book. The two also talk about the importance of the author community as well as what Jacqueline is working on next.


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Jan 10, 2022
Anna Lind Thomas, WE'LL LAUGH ABOUT THIS (SOMEDAY): Essays on Taking Life a Smidge Too Seriously
24:52

Zibby is joined by humor writer Anna Lind Thomas to talk about her first collection of essays, We'll Laugh About This Someday. Anna tells Zibby about the years of work she put in honing her craft after telling her mother that she would be a published author someday, and what chance occurrences led to her going viral online. The two also talk about how Anna's essays serve as a form of therapy for her as she works through once uncomfortable situations and the various projects she is working on now.


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Jan 09, 2022
Jenna Blum, WOODROW ON THE BENCH: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog
30:21

"To all of you writers who are struggling and aspiring out there, it's not an instant-gratification profession but it is the most rewarding thing when something that you make gets out into the world." Author and co-founder of A Mighty Blaze Jenna Blum joins Zibby to talk about her memoir, Woodrow on the Bench, and the beloved dog who inspired it. The two discuss the ways in which Jenna's dog Woodrow helped her manage the grief of losing her mother in 2018, why her journey to publication was far from linear, and the commitment both Jenna and Zibby have to uplifting members of the literary community. Read Jenna's essay for Moms Don't Have Time to Write's Grief column here.


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Jan 08, 2022
Michael Tubbs, THE DEEPER THE ROOTS: A Memoir of Hope and Home
30:37

Zibby is joined by the former mayor of Stockton, CA, Michael Tubbs, to discuss his debut memoir, The Deeper the Roots. Michael shares how his mother's approach to life helped propel him to become the youngest mayor of a major city in American history, why it is so important for authority figures to encourage students in their various pursuits, and what prompted him to file a lawsuit with the NAACP against a former teacher. Michael and Zibby also talk about what the experience was like for Michael to meet his father who is incarcerated and how he and his wife, Anna Malaika Tubbs, are the only married coupled to have both been on Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books.


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Jan 07, 2022
Francine Prose, THE VIXEN: A Novel
31:24

Award-winning novelist Francine Prose joined Zibby for a Women on the Move event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss her latest novel, The Vixen, which centers around the Rosenberg Trial. Francine shares some highlights from her research and which pieces of history were stranger than fiction. She also tells Zibby about the way she approaches and teaches writing, how her decades-long career inspired pieces of this story, and why this book took so long for her to write.


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Jan 06, 2022
Scarlett Thomas, 41-LOVE: A Memoir
28:41

Novelist Scarlett Thomas joins Zibby to discuss her debut memoir, 41-Love, about how she tried to play tennis competitively to put off her need to grow up. The two talk about their shared love for the game, how Scarlett wove a number of other sports stories into her own, and what happened in her life after quitting tennis that shaped the trajectory of the book. Scarlett also shares her fears about releasing such a deeply personal story into the world and whether or not she'd go through this experience again.


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Jan 05, 2022
Jen Mann, MIDLIFE BITES: Anyone Else Falling Apart, Or Is It Just Me?
30:18

"I love writing. I love telling stories. I love making people feel like they're not alone." Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and very funny woman Jen Mann to talk about her latest book, Midlife Bites. Jen explains how this project grew out of a blog post about her midlife crisis that went viral, why there is now nothing in her life she is unwilling to write about, and what she has been reading lately (hint: it made Zibby blush). Zibby also reads some of her favorite passages and shares the ways in which Jen's writing has helped her personally feel less alone.


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Jan 04, 2022
Ann Patchett, THESE PRECIOUS DAYS: Essays
34:57

Literary giant Ann Patchett joined Zibby for a Women on the Move event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss her memoir in essays, These Precious Days. Their conversation spans from topics like their mothers' glamour, the origin story of Ann's bookstore, Parnassus Books, why writers often persevere for far longer than is to be expected in such an uncertain industry, and how this book answers the question, "What did Ann Patchett do during the pandemic?" Ann also answers questions from the event's audience about what genre she finds harder to write, what surprising lessons she's learned during her ten years as a bookseller, and where to find the coat from the title essay about her late friend, Sooki Raphael.


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Jan 03, 2022
Stacey Abrams, STACEY'S EXTRAORDINARY WORDS
22:07

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins Zibby to discuss her first children's book, Stacey's Extraordinary Words, inspired by her own lifelong love for books and words. The two talk about the real-life spelling bee and teacher that helped bolster Stacey's confidence, where she finds her courage to put herself out there on the campaign trail and on the page, and, of course, their go-to ice cream flavors. Stacey also shares how her family started and continues to foster her passion for books and what she plans on working on next (besides her 2022 campaign).


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Jan 02, 2022
Eve Rodsky, FIND YOUR UNICORN SPACE: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World
32:06

"The idea of a unicorn space, it's magical. It is the antidote to burnout. It is a necessary must-have, but it actually won't exist until we claim it." Eve Rodsky, the bestselling author of Fair Play, joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Find Your Unicorn Space, and why a form of genuine self-expression is essential to living a happy life. The two discuss the research and data Eve collected to formulate her theories, the importance of balancing the trio of friendships, self-care, and unicorn space, and why protecting ourselves from burnout with passion is a life-saving action. Eve also shares how her new Fair Play Policy Institute intends to help our society reevaluate the value of gendered domestic labor and what else she plans to do to help women everywhere.


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Jan 01, 2022
Jenny Judson and Danielle Mahfood, THE LAST SEASON
20:16

After five years of working on their debut novel, The Last Season, Jenny Judson and Danielle Mahfood have officially gone from high school best friends to published co-authors. Jenny and Danielle join Zibby to discuss how they managed to write in one cohesive voice despite being both geographically distant and two individual people, the way in which their partnership held them accountable to the work over the course of many years, and why their differences in taste only served to make their story stronger.


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Dec 31, 2021
Corie Adjmi, LIFE AND OTHER SHORTCOMINGS: Stories
21:51

Zibby is joined by Corie Adjmi to discuss her short story collection, Life and Other Shortcomings, which was an International Book Award winner. The two talk about how Corie's marriage has inspired so much of her work, the phase of her life when she decided to try her hand at writing, and the ways in which her children have gotten involved in her career. Corie also shares why she decided to write this book as a series of stories about one character and how her role in the Orthodox Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn inspired her upcoming debut novel.


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Dec 30, 2021
Denise Williams, THE FASTEST WAY TO FALL
26:25

Denise Williams joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, The Fastest Way to Fall. Denise shares why she loves writing and reading stories about fat women owning their bodies, how she infuses what she has learned on her personal self-love journey into her characters, and the specific post-workout energy she tried to encapsulate in this book. The two also talk about the four books Denise has coming out next year and how Zibby can achieve her M&M-centered dream.


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Dec 29, 2021
Emily Itami, FAULT LINES: A Novel
23:10

Debut novelist Emily Itami joins Zibby to talk about her book, Fault Lines, which was inspired in part by her own alternating perceptions of motherhood in Tokyo and London. The two discuss the way women's identities seem to change almost immediately after having children, what it was like for Emily to publish her first novel during the pandemic, and why her husband likes to remind everyone that this story is a work of fiction.


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Dec 28, 2021
Eileen Patricia Curran, HUNGRY HILL
26:59

Zibby is joined by Eileen Patricia Curran to discuss her debut novel, Hungry Hill, which she self-published. Eileen shares what that journey has been like, from assembling a team of passionate experts to distributing her books as far as she can, as well as why she decided to start her own independent imprint. Eileen also tells Zibby about how her own family's connection to the Hungry Hill neighborhood inspired the setting for this story, which parts of her career set her up for success in writing, and what she is planning on publishing next.


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Dec 27, 2021
Erika Schickel, THE BIG HURT: A Memoir
28:24

Zibby is joined by author Erika Schickel to talk about her new memoir, The Big Hurt, and the journey she took to reclaim her story. Erika shares how her whole understanding of herself changed when she was prompted to reevaluate a traumatic memory and what she learned about her family when she began to reflect on her past. Erika and Zibby also discuss how best to deal with the hurt we may each carry with us, why Erika's notorious affair was so compelling, and what feedback she has received since the book's release.


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Dec 26, 2021
Todd Doughty, LITTLE PIECES OF HOPE: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World
27:42

Everyone found their own way to make it through quarantine; for Todd Doughty, that meant compiling lists of happy-making things in a difficult world every day and sharing them on Instagram. Soon, people were gathering in his comments to share their own happy-making things. Todd joins Zibby to discuss what he personally does every day to make himself happy, his journey from book-lover to the publishing industry, and what it was like working on a book from start to finish rather than just on its publicity campaign. 


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Dec 25, 2021
Poppy Harlow, THE BIGGEST LITTLE BOY: A Christmas Story
26:07

CNN anchor, law student, and now author Poppy Harlow joins Zibby to discuss her children's book, The Biggest Little Boy, which was inspired by a real Christmas memory with her son. The two talk about the problems with dedicating books to just one child, what prompted Poppy to go to law school in the middle of her career, and how they're learning to embrace the mess in life as mothers. Poppy also shares the piece of advice that has been changing her self-perception and the two connect over the discomfort of owning up to their achievements. 


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Dec 24, 2021
Melanie Gideon, DID I SAY YOU COULD GO: A Novel
25:43

Melanie Gideon, bestselling author of The Slippery Year and Wife 22, joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Did I Say You Could Go. Melanie shares why she has enjoyed changing genres — moving from young adult to memoir and now to a psychological thriller — and why she thinks more female writers should do the same. The two also discuss the politics of mom friends, how the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal inspired pieces of this story, and what lessons Melanie has learned over the course of her ever-evolving career.


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Dec 23, 2021
Vanessa Zoltan, PRAYING WITH JANE EYRE: Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice
28:33

Vanessa Zoltan, podcast host, atheist chaplain, and author of Praying with Jane Eyre joins Zibby to talk about her book and the path that led her to write it. After not feeling connected to prayer while enrolled in divinity school, Vanessa tried to approach Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as a sacred text. Vanessa and Zibby talk about how what it means to connect on a spiritual level with a secular book, what she loves most about the popularity of Vanessa's podcast, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, and the influence her family's history with the Holocaust has had on her life and her work.


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Dec 22, 2021
Tracey Shors, EVERYDAY TRAUMA: Remapping the Brain's Response to Stress, Anxiety, and Painful Memories for a Better Life
23:37

Zibby is joined by renowned neuroscientist Tracey Shors to discuss her first book, Everyday Trauma. The two talk about how although Tracey was inspired to write this story in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the pandemic has opened up discussions about how stress impacts our brains so much more. Tracey also shares the experience in her own life that she returns to as a case study for processing traumatic memories and what she hopes readers will take away from this book.


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Dec 21, 2021
Josephine Caminos Oría, SOBREMESA: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses
34:41

Josephine Caminos Oría has a love/hate relationship with her book, Sobremesa, even admitting to Zibby that she at one time ripped out 380 pages and tried to start from scratch countless times. But eventually, the pieces fell into place and Josephine was able to tell the story of her family, their recipes and traditions, and the protector who has been watching over her since she was 16. Josephine and Zibby discuss some of the memoir's most unbelievable stories, as well as how Covid impacted her family's foodservice business. Read Josephine's essay about her journey to publication on Moms Don't Have Time to Write.


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Dec 20, 2021
Francesca Serritella, GHOSTS OF HARVARD: A Novel
30:09

Francesca Serritella joins Zibby to discuss her debut novel, Ghosts of Harvard, which was inspired by a real death that occurred during Francesca's first year of undergrad. The two talk about what she did to capture the emotions of going away to college with a darker twist, the role Harvard played in this story and in history, and the influence that Francesca's mother — author Lisa Scottoline — has had on her personal and professional developments.


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Dec 19, 2021
Malcolm Gladwell, MIRACLE AND WONDER: Conversations with Paul Simon
25:33

Zibby is once again joined by Malcolm Gladwell, this time to talk about his new audiobook Miracle and Wonder which covers forty hours of interviews he conducted with Paul Simon. The two talk about why some people would be happy to just create art for themselves even if no one sees it and the lessons Simon's career can offer younger generations. Malcolm also shares why he co-founded Pushkin to help enhance audiobook experiences, and what, in his opinion, is the secret to artistic longevity.


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Dec 18, 2021
Lisa Harding, BRIGHT BURNING THINGS: A Novel
25:19

Zibby is joined by actress, playwright, and author of Harvesting, Lisa Harding, to talk about her latest novel, Bright Burning Things, which is this month's Read with Jenna pick. Lisa shares what life is like for performers after the end of their creative careers and why so many exhibit addictive behaviors like Lisa's protagonist. The two also discuss Lisa's unique writing style, what she wanted to convey about mental illness and addiction, and what life has been like in Ireland during the pandemic.


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Dec 17, 2021
Mary Adkins, PALM BEACH: A Novel
22:32

Author and writing coach Mary Adkins joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, Palm Beach, which was inspired in part by her family's move to Florida in 2019. The two talk about the aspects of Mary's real life that made it into the book, what research she did on income inequality to create the story's primary tension, and why some of her friends weren't huge fans of her protagonist. Mary also shares what she's currently reading and where she is with her next project.


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Dec 16, 2021
Gretchen Carlson, BE FIERCE: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back
34:10

Podcast host, author, and former news anchor Gretchen Carlson joins Zibby to discuss her life story. The two talk about Gretchen's two books, Getting Real and Be Fierce, as well as her nonprofit, Lift Our Voices, which works to further female empowerment by advocating against the mechanisms used to silence women who come forward about workplace harassment. Gretchen also shares how LOV inspired her proposed bill, which is currently moving through Congress with an increasing amount of bipartisan support.


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Dec 15, 2021
Sarah Ruhl, SMILE: The Story of a Face
34:43

Playwright, author, and essayist Sarah Ruhl joined Zibby for a Women on the Move event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss her latest book, Smile. Sarah shared glimpses into what her ten-year journey living with Bell's palsy has been like, how her condition has impacted her relationships with her kids and her mother, and what she is working on now that theaters are opening back up. Zibby and Sarah also connected over having twins and their shared love of essays.


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Dec 14, 2021
Max Greenfield, I DON'T WANT TO READ THIS BOOK
21:39

Max Greenfield, actor and author of the new children's book, I Don't Want to Read This Book, joins Zibby to talk about how his kids helped inspire this project. The two discuss the effects of dyslexia and why those diagnosed with it often tend to be the most creative people, as well as how this book evolved from the videos Max would film with his daughter, Lilly, early in the pandemic. Max also shares how he got feedback for the book and what advice he has for anyone looking to create art. 


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Dec 13, 2021
Julia Quinn, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF BRIDGERTON: Lady Whistledown's Official Guide (The Bridgertons)
35:01

Bestselling author of the Bridgerton series Julia Quinn joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton: Lady Whistledown's Official Guide, which features a collection of quotes and snippets about the show's characters. Julia also shares how she almost gave up writing to attend medical school, the ways in which the popular Netflix adaptation of the books have impacted Julia's own perception, and why she's a huge advocate for treadmill desks. Julia also discusses the recent tragic loss of her father and sister due to a drunk driver and how she plans to honor them. Read more about the Steve Cotler Scholarship set up in her father's name here.


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Dec 12, 2021
Saumya Dave, WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY
25:37

Zibby is joined by Saumya Dave, resident psychiatrist and author of Well-Behaved Indian Women, to talk about her latest novel, What a Happy Family. The two talk about what inspired Saumya and her husband to co-found the nonprofit, thisisforHER, why she finds herself drawn to intergenerational stories, and how her career in the medical field actually helps her career as an author. Read Saumya's essay about the intersection of her two careers on Moms Don't Have Time to Write.


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Dec 11, 2021
Sandra Cisneros, MARTITA, I REMEMBER YOU / MARITA, TE RECUERDO: A Story in English and Spanish
31:51

Zibby is joined by literary icon Sandra Cisneros to talk about her latest book, Martita, I Remember You, which she actually began writing in the early 1990s. The two talk about what made Sandra move forward with publishing this story now, why she feels the need to share as many stories as she can "with the time she has left," and what she would be doing if she weren't a writer (hint: it's still something incredibly creative).


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Dec 10, 2021
Colin Cowie, THE GOLD STANDARD: Giving Your Customers What They Didn't Know They Wanted
25:18

Lifestyle expert Colin Cowie joins Zibby to discuss his 11th book, The Gold Standard. Zibby shares which piece of advice from the book she recently shared to inspire her team at Zibby Books and asks Colin about how Covid-19 impacted his messaging. The two also talk about how to create a desirable product in a saturated market, the ways in which publishing has changed between the release of his first book in 1996 and today, and the guiding principles Colin offers for leaders to direct and unite their teams.


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Dec 09, 2021
Chandler Baker, THE HUSBANDS: A Novel
27:32

Bestselling author of Whisper Network Chandler Baker returns to talk with Zibby about her latest novel, The Husbands, a Stepford Wives gender-swap. Chandler shares why she wanted to write about the discrepancies in the division of domestic labor, as well as what the responses have been like from actual husbands. The two also discuss the things they love about being a part of the literary community, how Chandler finds time to write with two little kids, and what she is working on next.


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Dec 08, 2021
Hilma Wolitzer, TODAY A WOMAN WENT MAD IN THE SUPERMARKET: Stories
28:19

"To me, there's always humor at the edge of the darkness." Zibby is joined by Hilma Wolitzer to talk about her new collection of short stories, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket, which follows one woman throughout her life. The two discuss how Hilma wrote these stories in the large window between 1966 all the way through the pandemic, as well as how they both reflect and stray from her real life experiences. Hilma also shares what it was like to lose her husband to Covid-19 while recovering from it herself in a different hospital, the best lesson about editing (which she learned through a humiliating but impactful experience), and how her relationship with her daughter Meg has been strengthened through their writing.


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Dec 07, 2021
Dana Canedy, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN: A Story of Love and Honor
27:10

Dana Canedy's career is incredible — a senior editor at the New York Times, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, and now the senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster — but it's her lost love story that has shaped who she is today. Dana joined Zibby to discuss her book, A Journal for Jordan, which tells the story of how Dana's fiancée Charles managed to write down all of the life lessons he wanted to teach their son in a blank journal before he was suddenly killed by an IED while deployed in Iraq. Dana and Zibby talk about the need for community when faced when an unprecedented situation, how they have learned to be resilient in the wake of their losses, and what the experience was like for Dana to have the book adapted into a movie by her good friend, Denzel Washington.


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Dec 06, 2021
Riley Sager, SURVIVE THE NIGHT: A Novel
21:52

New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager joins Zibby to discuss his latest thriller, Survive the Night. Riley shares why he loves writing plot twists that the readers will least expect, as well as how this book started with the simplest pitch: "a girl, a killer, a car." The two also talk about why it is that they remember the 1990s better than they remember the last few days, the importance of starting a chapter with a captivating sentence, and how Riley has adjusted to living the life he once dreamed he would have.


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Dec 05, 2021
Maggie Smith, GOLDENROD: Poems
26:22

Zibby is joined by professor and poet Maggie Smith to discuss her latest collection, Goldenrod, which includes a selection of the poems Maggie has written since 2016. Maggie shares why she calls herself a recovering pessimist, the reason she doesn't write when she's in the midst of big feelings, and how she often pulls together poems from lines she writes as they come to her. Zibby also reads two selections from the book, including a piece Maggie forgot she had written.


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Dec 04, 2021
Esther Freud, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE: A Novel
24:13

"I love the fact that we all try and replicate our parents and rebel against them at the same time." Novelist Esther Freud joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, I Couldn't Love You More, and how her fascinating family history inspired its intergenerational story. The two discuss why Esther sought to work on a lighter project than her last, as well as which writing techniques Esther employed as she braided three storylines together.


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Dec 03, 2021
Chloe Shaw, WHAT IS A DOG?: A Memoir
25:43

Zibby is joined by author and dog mother Chloe Shaw to discuss her debut memoir, What Is a Dog? Chloe shares her unique literary career as well as the stories of some of the dogs who have impacted her the most. The two also talk about the importance of community in Chloe's life, why this is the perfect book to gift any dog lover, and how the many forms grief may take are all equally valid.


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Dec 02, 2021
Nora Zelevansky, COMPETITIVE GRIEVING: A Novel
21:13

Zibby is joined by Nora Zelevansky to talk about her latest novel, Competitive Grieving. The two discuss how the death of a friend often also means the loss of a shared history, why moms often feel the need to conceal their grief from their children, and what they each have planned for their own funerals. Read Nora's essay on Moms Don't Have Time to Write.


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Dec 01, 2021
Jodi Picoult, WISH YOU WERE HERE: A Novel
27:19

Although Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of 26 novels which have collectively sold over 40 million copies, the pandemic affected her just like everyone else. After interviews with frontline workers, Covid-19 survivors, and a man who accidentally got trapped on the Galapagos Islands in March 2020, Jodi wrote Wish You Were Here, her take on a pandemic book. She joined Zibby to talk about the horrific stories she heard through her interviews, which projects she has resumed working on, and what questions she hopes all readers will ask themselves as we begin to emerge out from Covid-19's shadow.


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Nov 30, 2021
Pamela Paul, 100 THINGS WE'VE LOST TO THE INTERNET
29:02

Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review, joins Zibby to discuss her latest book, 100 Things We've Lost to the Internet. The two joke about the irony of their meeting about this book on Zoom as well as all of Pamela's promotional coverage on social media. They also talk about the pandemic's effect on our online activity, how our online consumption is a result of marketing messaging, and the relationship between parenting and technology.


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Nov 29, 2021
Bernhard Schlink, OLGA: A Novel
24:24

Zibby is joined by Bernhard Schlink, author of the international bestselling book, The Reader, to discuss his latest novel, Olga. Bernhard shares how the titular character was inspired by the women in his family, which of his own experiences shaped the novel's premise, and why he prefers to read a very specific type of book.


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Nov 28, 2021
Melinda Wenner Moyer, HOW TO RAISE KIDS WHO AREN'T ASSHOLES: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting — from Tots to Teens
41:54

"I think making mistakes is a really important part of parenting. It's actually good for our kids when we screw up because it's an opportunity for us to take responsibility." Melinda Wenner Moyer joined Zibby and former podcast guest Christina Hillsberg for a virtual event with the Strand Bookstore to discuss her first book, How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes, and parenting at large. The three talked about why mothers carry so much guilt (as well as how they can start letting some of it go), the different ways anxiety manifests in kids and parents both seeking to do the right thing, and their top tips for raising well-adjusted kids. The three moms also acknowledge that it doesn't take years of research or hundreds of parenting books to be a good parent; all you truly need to do is be a good person.


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Nov 27, 2021
Gillian Laub, GILLIAN LAUB: Family Matters
24:57

When photographer Gillian Laub completed her visual book Family Matters last Thanksgiving, she had no idea where her family would be today. Although Gillian had been photographing her family consistently since 1990, the 2016 presidential election and their subsequent support for Donald Trump changed the shape of her work and the dynamics of their tight-knit clan. Gillian shares what it was like navigating those four polarizing years, capturing her family's eclectic history and their role in her career, and why this Thanksgiving marks a new era of unity and healing.


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Nov 26, 2021
Dr. Traci Baxley, SOCIAL JUSTICE PARENTING: How to Raise Compassionate Anti Racist Justice Minded Kids in an Unjust World
25:17

Educator, parenting coach, and author of Social Justice Parenting Dr. Traci Baxley joins Zibby to talk about her work on and off the page. Traci and Zibby discuss how to talk about marginalization with children to start raising compassionate and active allies, the impact that radical love can have in a child's life, and why maternal activism is magical to Traci. She also shares her ROCKS System, which she refers to as the basis of social justice parenting as it combines kindness with reflection and social engagement. 


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Nov 26, 2021
Denise Kiernan, WE GATHER TOGETHER: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace
24:22

Journalist, producer, and author Denise Kiernan joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, We Gather Together. Denise shares how she sought to weave together the history of Thanksgiving, a biography of the woman who helped make it a national holiday, and research on the benefits of actively practicing gratitude. The two also talk about what it was like to write about coming together during an era of social distancing, why she is developing We Gather Together into children's and middle-grade books to share with the whole family, and which Thanksgiving food Denise argues is the best. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!!


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Nov 25, 2021
Melanie Kirkpatrick, THANKSGIVING: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience
18:53

Zibby is joined by former Wall Street Journal editor Melanie Kirkpatrick to discuss her book, Thanksgiving. Melanie shares how her research for Thanksgiving led to her most recent work of non-fiction, Lady Editor, about the often-overlooked life story of Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Melanie and Zibby also talk about some of Sarah's efforts that are still relevant in our lives today, the surprising role religion played in the history of Thanksgiving, and why it is so important to learn the true history of this holiday. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!!


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Nov 25, 2021
Kris Clink, SISSIE KLEIN IS COMPLETELY NORMAL: A Novel
27:47

Zibby is joined by Kris Clink to talk about her sophomore novel, Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal, which dives into the life story of a minor character from her debut. Kris and Zibby talk about their respective podcasts, how Kris's friends have inspired her stories, and which book is coming next in her Lark Lovejoy series. Read Kris's article for Moms Don't Have Time to Write about how she knew it was time to pursue her dream of writing a book.


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Nov 24, 2021
Carolyn Ferrell, DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN: A Novel
26:12

"The thread that runs through all of my work is that I don't like when people are not heard or seen." Zibby is joined by short story writer, professor, and novelist Carolyn Ferrell to talk about her latest book, Dear Miss Metropolitan. The two talk about the real-life events that partially inspired this novel, how Carolyn handled her own mental health as she dove deeply into her character's twisted psychologies, and the mythical moment Carolyn realized she was going to be a writer. 


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Nov 23, 2021
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, STATE OF TERROR: A Novel
41:23

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and author Louise Penny joined Zibby for an event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss their New York Times bestselling political thriller, State of Terror, which centers around one of Secretary Clinton's greatest fears: the possibility that terrorists could get ahold of nuclear weapons. Secretary Clinton and Penny share how they met through Clinton's late best friend and bonded through Penny's grief after losing her husband. The duo also reveals what it took for them to hit their co-writing stride, which political powerhouse inspired their protagonist, how President Clinton was recovering after his recent hospitalization, and why it was important that the story focused on strong but imperfect women.


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Nov 22, 2021
Kate MacDougall, LONDON'S NUMBER ONE DOG-WALKING AGENCY: A Memoir
19:06

Author of London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency Kate MacDougall joins Zibby to discuss not only her memoir but the real-life career change that inspired it. MacDougall shares how she always knew the story had the potential to become a book, what it was like to watch her now-husband fall in love with dogs over the course of their relationship, and which writers she has been turning to for inspiration as she finishes her debut novel.


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Nov 21, 2021
Amy Mason Doan, LADY SUNSHINE: A Novel
23:08

Amy Mason Doan joins Zibby to talk about her third novel, Lady Sunshine, which was inspired in part by a song off of the album, Mermaid Avenue. Amy shares why all of her books grapple with nostalgia and past friendships, how she used an oft-forgotten story about Woodie Guthrie to shape the premise of her story, and the unique place where she wrote the novel during the Covid-19 lockdown. Check out the playlist Amy crafted based on the novel here


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Nov 20, 2021
Matthew Barzun, THE POWER OF GIVING AWAY POWER: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go
28:15

Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Sweden Matthew Barzun joins Zibby to talk about his latest book, The Power of Giving Away Power, and how the best leaders are often the ones who don't lord their power over others. Matthew shares how his experience with the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and his interactions with Queen Elizabeth sparked his research, as well as how their leadership style often inspires their supporters to be more willing to volunteer than accept payment for their efforts. 


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Nov 19, 2021
Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler, NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN: The Emotional Lives of Black Women
25:55

Clinical psychologist Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler joins Zibby to discuss her new book, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, which grew from her 2018 New York Times article, "The Strong and Stressed Black Woman." Inger and Zibby talk about the different ways in which Black women are sharing their experiences through both fiction and non-fiction, the effects of intergenerational trauma, and how Inger's grandmother not only inspired her to write this book but to also claim all of the goodness the world has to offer. 


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Nov 18, 2021
Kaira Rouda, THE NEXT WIFE and SOMEBODY'S HOME
24:24

Bestselling author Kaira Rouda joins Zibby to talk about her two novels, The Next Wife and Somebody's Home, both of which she wrote during the pandemic lockdown. Kaira shares how she took the advice she gave to other women in her career prior to writing and became the novelist she always wanted to be, what inspired her to make the shift to domestic thrillers, and what advice she gives to her children about their own writing. 


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Nov 17, 2021
Zelmira Crespi and Maria Luisa Montt, HAPPY MOM, HAPPY KID: How to Reconnect with the Best Version of You For Your Kids
29:22

"We wanted to give you that final nudge and the permission to understand that you are not alone." Zibby is joined by Zelmira Crespi and Maria Montt, co-authors of Happy Mom, Happy Kid. The three talk about their experiences as working moms, the research Zelmira and Maria conducted for this book, and what they found to be the best solution for striking the healthiest work-life balance. Zelmira and Maria also share their most impactful finding: kids just want to be around happy parents, regardless of how that happiness is achieved.


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Nov 16, 2021
Joshua Henkin, MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS: A Novel
24:32

Joshua Henkin joins Zibby to discuss his latest novel, Morningside Heights, which took him eight years and three thousand pages to write. Joshua shares how the story was inspired by his own family's experience with Alzheimer's and his childhood growing up on the Upper West Side. The two also talk about Joshua's MFA program, how growing up in an academic family shaped his career trajectory, and why he wanted to tell this story over the span of so many years.


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Nov 15, 2021
John Freeman, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE MODERN AMERICAN SHORT STORY
32:29

John Freeman, editor, anthologist, and creator of the literary annual Freeman's, joins Zibby to discuss how he put together The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, as well as his esteemed career in the publishing industry. The two talk about what makes a strong short story, why those who work in publishing are some of the most hopeful people, and how collaboration is one of the greatest joys of literature.


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Nov 14, 2021
Einat Nathan, MY EVERYTHING: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise
26:38

"I want every parent to just take a deep breath. We give so much weight to our speeches and to the words that we say. We neglect the small atoms of the family atmosphere and the way we share our imperfections with them." Israeli parenting expert and author Einat Nathan joins Zibby to talk about her bestselling memoir, My Everything. Einat shares how even though she is known for helping other parents, her own parenting experience has been far from perfect, and the ways in which she has shifted her thinking to accept her children and herself exactly as they are. 


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Nov 13, 2021
Laura Lynne Jackson, SIGNS: The Secret Language of the Universe
33:41

"Your life is greater than you can imagine. You are more loved and supported than you can imagine." Zibby is joined by author and medium Laura Lynne Jackson to talk about her latest book, Signs, which shows readers how they can communicate with those who have passed on. Laura Lynne shares what her daily experience is like with so many spirit guides trying to channel messages through her, how they helped her to make the move from teaching to writing books full time, and what she plans to work on next. In addition, Zibby gets a message from a special visitor on the other side. 


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Nov 12, 2021
Daisy Hernández, THE KISSING BUG: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease
24:44

New York Times journalist and author of the memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed, Daisy Hernández, joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, The Kissing Bug, which was inspired by her own family's story. After watching her aunt endure a painful yet unnamed disease for decades, Daisy spent seven years researching and uncovering the facts of the invisible Chagas disease. She shares how weaving together investigative reporting with her own memories was not only important for her personal grieving process but essential to so many readers who have been touched by this under-discussed illness.


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Nov 11, 2021
Jamise Harper and Jane Mount, BIBLIOPHILE: Diverse Spines
26:22

When illustrator Jane Mount DM'd bookstagrammer Jamise Harper, Jamise thought she had messaged the wrong person. But now a year later, the two are ready to share their new book, Bibliophile: Diverse Spines, with the world. Coupling Jamise's book expertise and reading community, Diverse Spines, with Jane's acclaimed artwork, the book invites all kinds of readers to find their next pick — and to have fun doing so.


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Nov 10, 2021
Lily King, FIVE TUESDAYS IN WINTER
22:37

Zibby is joined by award-winning author Lily King to discuss her first collection of short stories, Five Tuesdays in Winter. Although this is Lily's first collection, she has been infatuated with the form since her teenage years and even studied short story fiction writing in college. Lily talks with Zibby about what inspired each of her stories, how writing on a typewriter impacted her creativity, and her essay in Zibby's new anthology, Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids.


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Nov 09, 2021
Saraciea J. Fennell with Zakiya Jamal and Cristina Arreola, WILD TONGUES CAN'T BE TAMED: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora
28:16

Editor of the essay collection, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, Saraciea J. Fennell, and two of the anthology's contributors, Zakiya Jamal and Cristina Arreola, join Zibby to discuss their individual stories and the ties that connect them all. Saraciea explains the importance of curating a collection of deeply personal pieces on the lived Latinx experience which is not often represented in traditional publishing. As Zakiya attests, Saraciea worked tirelessly through the pandemic to push the authors to be their most vulnerable and authentic selves and cultivate a collection designed to make so many people feel less alone.


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Nov 08, 2021
Chibundu Onuzo, SANKOFA: A Novel
20:18

Chibundu Onuzo, author of the Reese's and Amazon Editor's Book Pick Sankofa, joins Zibby to discuss her recent six-year journey to publication. Following a book deal at age nineteen and the release of her acclaimed debut, The Spider King's Daughter, at twenty-one, Chibundu pivoted to complete her Masters and PhD degrees — a move that inadvertently inspired her latest novel. Chibundu tells Zibby about that process, what inspired her to tell the story from the perspective of a woman twenty years her senior, and why she's determined to eventually write a children's book.


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Nov 07, 2021
Hazel Hayes, OUT OF LOVE: A Novel
34:55

Although Hazel Hayes is technically a debut novelist, she has been creating and sharing stories for her entire career: following her start at Google, Hazel became known for curating talent and producing content for YouTube. Now, Hazel joins Zibby to talk about her novel Out of Love which follows a relationship in reverse from its last day all the way back to the beginning. The two discuss the necessity for rituals and routines, why it's important to show all of the different forms interpersonal violence can appear in, and which experiences from her own life Hazel loaned to her protagonist.


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Nov 06, 2021
Sutton Foster, HOOKED: How Crafting Saved My Life
23:31

Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster joins Zibby to talk about her debut memoir, Hooked. The book discusses Sutton's complicated relationship with her mother just as much as it does her incredible career and the love for crafting she has carried with her all through her life. Sutton tells Zibby about why she has often made decisions based on her strong intuition, some of the important lessons she's learning now as a mother herself, and what she is working on next (besides her crochet jar holders).


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Nov 05, 2021
Tracey Lange, WE ARE THE BRENNANS: A Novel
21:25

Zibby is joined by Tracey Lange to talk about her debut novel, We are the Brennans, which was loosely inspired by her experience growing up in a large Irish Catholic family. Tracey shares her journey transitioning from lifelong reader to writer, why she's drawn to stories with messy relationships, and the process she went through to develop such a vivid yet wide-spanning cast of characters.


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Nov 04, 2021
Mitch Albom, THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT: A Novel
34:15

"Do we recognize when our prayers are being answered if it doesn't come in the form that we wanted?" Mitch Albom, bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, returns to talk with Zibby about his latest novel, The Stranger in the Lifeboat, and why he wanted a thriller about God lost at sea. The two also discuss the many lessons we learn as we age, what they would ask God if he was on the podcast, and how the ways that Mitch's faith has changed throughout his life shaped the big conversations had in the novel.


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Nov 03, 2021
Zibby Owens, MOMS DON'T HAVE TIME TO HAVE KIDS: A Timeless Anthology
21:21

Happy Pub Day to Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids, the new anthology edited by our own Zibby Owens!!!! To celebrate, Zibby reads one of her essays from the "Get Sick" section of the book. Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids features 53 essays from 49 authors, including 15 New York Times bestsellers. 


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Nov 02, 2021
Kate Bowler, NO CURE FOR BEING HUMAN: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)
27:10

"It's the deepest truth I know: life only gets harder if we're doing it right." Historian and New York Times bestselling author Kate Bowler joins Zibby to not only talk about the process of writing her new memoir, No Cure for Being Human, but what her journey has been like living with stage four colon cancer at such a young age. The two discuss how they each wrestle with finitude, why Kate is anti-bucket list, and what shape motherhood has taken in her life in the face of her chronic condition.


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Nov 01, 2021
Amor Towles, THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY: A Novel
25:39

Zibby is joined by bestselling author Amor Towles to discuss his latest novel, The Lincoln Highway. The two talk about the history behind the real Lincoln Highway, how Amor tries to capture universal experiences through very idiosyncratic stories and characters, and how writing, to him, often feels like magic. Amor also shares why he made the switch from the financial world to fiction and where he finds his personal inspiration.


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Oct 31, 2021
Dolly Alderton, GHOSTS: A Novel
33:59

Dolly Alderton returns to talk about her debut novel, Ghosts, which is now an international bestseller. Dolly and Zibby discuss the book's snarky but heartening portrayal of mom friends, how they both always find themselves with short-term obsessions, and why those who are chronically late might be the most optimistic people in our lives. Dolly also shares what her experience has been like on set filming the TV adaptation of her memoir, Everything I Know About Love, and some of the new wisdom she has adopted throughout the process.


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Oct 30, 2021
Christina Clancy, SHOULDER SEASON: A Novel
26:30

Christina Clancy joined Zibby for an Instagram Live to talk about her latest novel, Shoulder Season. Christina shares how she felt an obligation to tell the personal stories of former Playboy Bunnies after conducting interviews with the women for another book, as well as how her research led to her opinions on the often controversial Playboy franchise becoming far more nuanced. The two also talk about what inspired Christina to highlight the beauty of the Midwest and why her novels seek to capture the multitudes that all humans have inside of them.


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Oct 29, 2021
Rodrigo García, A FAREWELL TO GABO AND MERCEDES: A Son's Memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha
23:18

Zibby is joined by director and screenwriter Rodrigo García to talk about his debut memoir, A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes. Rodrigo explains how the book began with notes he took in the immediate period after the death of his father, Gabriel García Márquez, but only truly took shape following the passing of his mother Mercedes in 2020. Rodrigo explains to Zibby that he intended for the book to be a goodbye letter to the two individuals who were his parents before they were artists, and to serve as a way for his family to grieve the losses of the people they loved as well as the lives they helped shape.


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Oct 28, 2021
Alyssa Milano, SORRY NOT SORRY
26:39

Actress, activist, and author Alyssa Milano joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Sorry Not Sorry, which she hopes will serve as a timestamp when people reflect on this period in history. Alyssa also shares how she wrote all of the essays to rhythm, the ways in which her mental health over the course of the pandemic inspired a sizable amount of the book, and what changes she wants to see in the publishing industry to help authors like her feel more comfortable promoting their stories.


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Oct 27, 2021
Tamron Hall, AS THE WICKED WATCH: The First Jordan Manning Novel
25:37

"People want the real you. They want your stumbling answers, they want the true intention and reason why you wrote this book." Zibby is joined by broadcast journalist, talk show host, and now author Tamron Hall to talk about her debut novel, As the Wicked Watch. Tamron shares how the book was inspired by two cases she covered as a reporter in 1997 which have stuck with her, as well as how the subsequent series is enabling her to right some of the wrongs she has encountered throughout her career. Tamron and Zibby also talk about the ways in which they combat mom guilt and why time management is so essential for working mothers.


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Oct 26, 2021
Eileen Garvin, THE MUSIC OF BEES: A Novel
22:45

"I'm so glad that I found my way in because it's the thing that makes me feel the most myself." Eileen Garvin joins Zibby to discuss her debut novel, The Music of Bees, and the serendipitous experiences that inspired it. Eileen shares how her hobby of beekeeping was the best way for her to connect with her late father, why it took her so long to discover she was meant to be a writer, and what inspired the first spark of this book. Read Eileen's essay for Moms Don't Have Time to Write here.


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Oct 25, 2021
Tabitha Forney, PAPER AIRPLANES: A Novel
24:27

Tabitha Forney joined Zibby for an IG Live to talk about her debut novel, Paper Airplanes, which follows one woman's journey to recovery after losing her husband on 9/11. The story was inspired by those of Tabitha's own husband and his co-workers who fortunately escaped the North Tower safely, as well as the what-ifs that Tabitha and so many others were left to process after that day. Tabitha also tells Zibby about the painstaking process she went through doing such detailed research and how the dedication to honor the lives lost was what ultimately kept her going.


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Oct 24, 2021
Asha Bromfield, HURRICANE SUMMER: A Novel
23:13

"I believe there's a bigger plan for all of us at play. We're just not always in tune with the seasons of life." When actress Asha Bromfield noticed a lack of projects that told stories like her own, she realized it was her responsibility to create them. Asha tells Zibby about how she was able to write her debut novel, Hurricane Summer, which parts of her own womanhood she wanted the story to explore, and in what ways the experience allowed her to better understand her relationship with her father as well as with herself. Asha also shares what she's been working on outside of both writing and acting, and what she plans to do next.


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Oct 23, 2021
Savala Nolan, DON'T LET IT GET YOU DOWN: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body
26:36

Lawyer, professor, and writer Savala Nolan joins Zibby to discuss her debut essay collection, Don’t Let It Get You Down, which covers the topics of race, gender, and our bodies. Savala reflects on the different iterations her relationship with her mother has gone through and shares where they are today. The two also talk about how Savala began writing as a way to find her place in a world where she doesn't fit in seamlessly, and how it has also allowed her to process experiences that would have otherwise festered inside of her.


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Oct 22, 2021
Keele Burgin, WHOLLY UNRAVELED: A Memoir
27:22

Speaker, activist, and founder of the women's empowerment organization, (B), Keele Burgin joins Zibby to discuss her bestselling memoir, Wholly Unraveled, and share how she ended up at this current moment in her life. Keele tells Zibby about the methods and experiences that helped her overcome the trauma she endured growing up in a religious cult, and the generational wounds she tries to heal as she raises her own three sons. The two also talk about (B)Tribes and how coaching women through telling their own stories inspired Keele to finally tell her own.


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Oct 21, 2021
Alena Dillon, MY BODY IS A BIG FAT TEMPLE: An Ordinary Story of Pregnancy and Early Motherhood
22:38

"Everything was alive in the moment, which was an interesting process because I could see how my voice was changed by the experience." Alena Dillon returns to talk about her latest non-fiction book, My Body Is a Big Fat Temple, which chronicles her pregnancy and looks at the parts of motherhood that often get brushed aside. Alena and Zibby also discuss how although the reward of pregnancy is always worth it, it does a disservice to everyone when we ignore the hard conversations and hefty costs it puts on mothers.


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Oct 20, 2021
Sabrina Benaim, I LOVE YOU, CALL ME BACK: Poems
21:52

Poet Sabrina Benaim joins Zibby to talk about her second collection I Love You, Call Me Back, which is out today. Sabrina shares that while she had the bones of these poems pre-Covid, the pandemic helped shape the stories they ultimately told. The two also talk about the way health scares have impacted Sabrina's family's lives, from her mother's aneurysm diagnosis last year to the tumor that first prompted Sabrina to share her writing with the world.


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Oct 19, 2021
Meg Cabot, NO WORDS: A Novel
24:31

Zibby is joined by Meg Cabot — author of over fifty novels — to talk about her latest book, No Words. The two talk about how the story and many of its characters were inspired by Meg's own experiences at book festivals and by many of her friends and colleagues who she has missed during the pandemic. Zibby also asks Meg about how she first got her start as a writer and what her husband said that convinced her to keep pursuing a career she loves.


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Oct 18, 2021
Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM: A Novel
29:55

Jo Piazza and Christine Pride, co-authors of We Are Not Like Them, join Zibby to talk about their book, their relationship, and what is next for each of them. Jo and Christine share that although many people are focusing on the role race plays in their novel, they wanted to make sure their story addressed a number of the hot-button issues that affect modern friendships. The pair also tell Zibby about how they blurred the lines between writer and editor to become a duo so compatible that they only ever plan to collaborate with one another.


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Oct 17, 2021
Maira Kalman, DARLING BABY
17:32

"It's so liberating to write for children that I'm in heaven and don't think I'll ever stop." Zibby is joined by the iconic illustrator Maira Kalman to discuss her latest picture book, Darling Baby. Maira shares how she started keeping a diary soon after her first grandchild was born and decided to add drawings to the notes she took. Maira also tells Zibby about her incredible life and family history, and why all of her stories center around fascinating women.


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Oct 16, 2021
Tina Wells, HONEST JUNE
34:46

Zibby is joined by the founder of RLVNT Media and middle-grade author Tina Wells to talk about her latest book, Honest June, which is now out exclusively at Target. The two talk about the role magazines like Cosmopolitan and Seventeen played in the early days of their careers, what inspired Tina to start writing middle-grade novels, and how her marketing research still impacts everything she does today.


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Oct 16, 2021
Christina Tosi, EVERY CAKE HAS A STORY
24:20

Pastry chef and founder of Milk Bar, Christina Tosi, joins Zibby to talk about her debut picture book, Every Cake Has a Story, and how her career influenced it. Rather than asking what inspired a cake's flavor, Christina always asks what is its story. She then thought that in this way, humans are just like cakes and we should celebrate the things that make us unique. Christina also shares what made her different growing up and why she wants to show kids how being different is good through the magic of desserts.


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Oct 15, 2021
Shelli R. Johannes, SHINE LIKE A UNICORN
22:15

Children's book author Shelli Johannes joins Zibby to talk about her two most recent releases, Shine Like a Unicorn and Theo TheSaurus: The Dinosaur Who Loved Big Words. Shelli shares that although her kids are older now, the lessons her characters learn are often inspired by real things her own children have experienced. She also tells Zibby about her publishing journey, from her time self-publishing to achieving her ultimate goal: world domination, of course!


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Oct 15, 2021
Victoria Kann, RUBYLICIOUS
24:51

Victoria Kann, author of the Pinkalicious series, joins Zibby and four very special guests to talk about her latest picture book, Rubylicious. Victoria shares how the original Pinkalicious story began as an April Fool's joke and why she tries to answer the question, "What would be really fun?" whenever she writes a new book. Victoria also tells Zibby about why she enjoys getting feedback from kids much more than from adults as well as how some things have changed for her over the past fifteen years as a result of her books.


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Oct 14, 2021
Sandra Boynton, GOOD NIGHT, GOODNIGHT: The original longer version of The Going to Bed Book
24:59

Zibby is joined by humorist, author, and musician Sandra Boynton to talk about her bestselling book, Good Night, Good Night, which was recently expanded and re-released. The two discuss Sandra's extensive and illustrious career, from her start selling greeting cards while still in college to her work creating stories and music for children (which she says has never been intended solely for kids). Sandra also tells Zibby about her work ethic and why the best gifts she ever received have been her education and her family. 


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Oct 14, 2021
Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison, HELLO, STAR
26:44

Zibby is joined by author and illustrator duo Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison to talk about their new picture book, Hello, Star. Stephanie tells Zibby about how its premise was inspired by the questions her young son asked her former astronaut husband about space — and why she decided to feature a mother-daughter pair in the story instead. Vashti shares how Stephanie's lyrical writing encouraged her to try more creative illustration techniques. The two also reveal how they serendipitously found their way to each other.


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Oct 13, 2021
Eva Pilgrim, WALTER DOES HIS BEST: A Frenchie Adventure in Kindness and Muddy Paws
19:29

Good Morning America weekend co-anchor and ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim joins Zibby to discuss her first picture book, Walter Does His Best, which was inspired by her beloved French bulldog. Eva shares how her mom's lessons about kindness have shaped both her parenting goals and the story she wanted this book to tell. She also reveals the interaction that still stands out from her years of reporting and what she's most looking forward to with the birth of her first child.


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Oct 13, 2021
Senator Elizabeth Warren, PINKIE PROMISES
24:52

Senator Elizabeth Warren joins Zibby to discuss her thirteenth book, Pinkie Promises. Senator Warren shares how her tradition of pinkie promising young girls and women inspired the story's premise, why it was important for her to focus on her protagonist's efforts rather than results, and the picture book's secret second plot that will entertain young readers no matter how many times they read it.


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Oct 12, 2021
Jesse Thistle, FROM THE ASHES: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
27:42

Professor and author Jesse Thistle joins Zibby to talk about his bestselling memoir, From the Ashes. Jesse shares how different the overwhelmingly positive reception of his life story has been from the way he used to be perceived, how he believes indigenous people can begin to heal centuries of generational trauma, and what he plans to do next. Jesse also asks listeners to do two simple things in his honor: "Go buy a homeless person or someone down on their luck a meal. Ask them their name."


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Oct 11, 2021
Myriam J.A. Chancy, WHAT STORM, WHAT THUNDER
21:51

Zibby is joined by Guggenheim Fellow, academic, and author Myriam J.A. Chancy to discuss her latest novel, What Storm, What Thunder. Although Myriam wasn't planning on writing about the devastating earthquake that hit her homeland of Haiti in 2010, she knew she had a story to tell after seeing the late LeRoy Clarke's artwork. Myriam shares her own experiences following the earthquake, a handful of the real-life stories that inspired her fiction, and how listeners can get involved to help the people of Haiti in their new time of need. One such way is to support FOKAL. Based in Port-au-Prince, FOKAL has partnered with their US 501C3,“Ayiti Demen” to collect funds to be distributed to 20+ grassroots organizations in the Southern peninsula of Haiti. You can read their entire action plan, and donate here:

https://ademen.org/fokal-haiti-relief-fund/. You can also Text SOUTHHaiti to 44321 if you are in the United States. FOKAL’s complete website can be found here: https://fokal.org


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Oct 10, 2021
Kimberly McCreight, FRIENDS LIKE THESE: A Novel
16:12

Kimberly McCreight joined Zibby for an IG Live to talk about her latest novel, Friends Like These, which was inspired in part by her own tight-knit group of college friends. The two talked about Kimberly's writing process (which she doesn't necessarily recommend), what it has been like to adapt this book for a television series with Steven Spielberg's production company, and, of course, what roles they watch played in their respective friend groups.


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Oct 09, 2021
Billy Baker, WE NEED TO HANG OUT: A Memoir of Making Friends
24:41

When Boston Globe journalist Billy Baker was approached by his editor to write about the loneliness epidemic and how adult men specifically have a hard time with friends, he didn't want to do it. But he took on the project when he realized the changes that needed to be made in his own life. Building off of that Globe article (which became the newspaper's most popular piece), Billy's new book, We Need to Hang Out, combines scientific research with his own experience making and maintaining new friendships to offer readers a guide to hopefully feel less lonely.


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Oct 08, 2021
Alex George, THE PARIS HOURS: A Novel
27:05

Zibby is joined by Alex George to talk about his latest novel, The Paris Hours, as well as his many other literary endeavors. Alex shares how he was inspired to write this novel after hearing a story about Marcel Prout's real-life maid, what writing was like for him throughout the pandemic, and why he made the career leap from lawyer to novelist. Alex and Zibby also talk about the Unbound Book Festival which he helped found, as well as the Skylark Bookshop which is Columbia, Missouri's first independent bookstore.


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Oct 07, 2021
Nicholas Sparks, THE WISH
26:23

Nicholas Sparks returns to discuss his twenty-second novel, The Wish, which had been on his mind for nearly twenty years. Nicholas and Zibby also talk about the shape of contemporary American fiction, the influence his photography had on his latest novel, and why he will always draw from his own life experiences when writing.


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Oct 06, 2021
Helen Russell, HOW TO BE SAD: Everything I've Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad
27:07

Journalist and author Helen Russell joins Zibby to discuss her latest book, How to Be Sad, and her research on how leaning into our sadness can actually lead to true happiness. Helen and Zibby talk about why we are often our most creative and grateful while upset, where there are still gaps in brain activity research, and ways to cultivate a healthy emotional environment with your kids. 


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Oct 05, 2021
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, LIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DIVORCE: (Life After Divorce, Divorce Book for Women)
29:13

Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, aka The Divorce Doctor, joins Zibby to discuss her book, Light on the Other Side of Divorce. Through her work as a clinical psychologist focused on helping those going through the end of their marriage, Dr. Cohen strives to take shame and suffering out of the process and directs her patients instead to think about how they can find their strength again. She offers some of her best tips and tricks for rebuilding yourself to Zibby and opens up about how her own experience with divorce helped shaped the approach she shares with others.


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Oct 04, 2021
Mary Kay Andrews, THE NEWCOMER: A Novel
21:49

"I think my work defines me. I feel as though if I'm not writing, who am I?" Mary Kay Andrews — bestselling author of 26 novels — joins Zibby to talk about her two latest books, The Newcomer and The Santa Suit. Mary Kay shares how the pandemic both changed her writing habits and inspired her and a few fellow writers to start "Friends and Fiction." The group livestreams their conversations and interviews to an audience that has grown to well over 50,000, and they encourage listeners to continue supporting independent bookstores. Mary Kay also tells Zibby what she learned during her career that has allowed her to remain such a prolific author.


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Oct 03, 2021
Mira Jacob, GOOD TALK: A Memoir in Conversations
26:38

Zibby is joined by Mira Jacob to talk about her latest book, Good Talk, which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review. The graphic memoir was the result of Mira's attempts to answer her young son's questions about race in America while dealing with the political developments of 2016 — especially those that took place within her own family. Mira tells Zibby how she was able to assemble this book despite not being an illustrator or a memoirist and how her husband's family has received her side of their shared story.


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Oct 02, 2021
Bethany Saltman, STRANGE SITUATION: A Mother's Journey into the Science of Attachment
13:50

Writer and poet Bethany Saltman didn't set out to write a memoir but when her research into the life and studies of Mary Ainsworth overlapped with her own childhood, she knew she had to delve into her past. Bethany tells Zibby about how Ainsworth's attachment theories apply to the often complicated relationship she had with her older brothers, in which ways her familial past has affected her connection to her own daughter, and what the dynamic with her mother is like today.


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Oct 01, 2021
Phoebe Robinson, PLEASE DON'T SIT ON MY BED IN YOUR OUTSIDE CLOTHES: Essays
26:25

Zibby is joined by Phoebe Robinson — stand-up comedian, co-creator of 2 Dope Queens, and founder of Tiny Reparations Books — to talk about her latest essay collection, Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes. Phoebe shares what inspired her to write a series of essays about the pandemic that did not give readers a simple play-play-play of her quarantine life, why writing an essay about her decision not to have children felt so necessary, and how becoming a boss offered her a new level of empathy for others.


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Sep 30, 2021
Jayne Allen, BLACK GIRLS MUST DIE EXHAUSTED: A Novel
30:43

Although Jayne Allen has been writing all of her life, it wasn't until 2016 when she adopted a pseudonym that she finally felt comfortable publishing her debut novel, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. Now, Jaunique Sealey (the woman behind Jayne Allen) serves as Vice President of Strategy & Community for Zibby Books and her novel is Target's October Book Club pick. Jaunique and Zibby talk about the importance of creating complex characters, why they both like drafting individual scenes first and stitching them together after, and how Jaunique found time in her busy career to write such a beautiful and necessary story. 


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Sep 29, 2021
R.J. Palacio, PONY
30:20

After years spent writing within the world of her bestselling book, Wonder, R.J. Palacio's new novel Pony is a stunning change of pace. Set in the American frontier in the 1850s, the "quick epic," as R.J. calls it, grapples with big themes like life, death, and family. R.J. tells Zibby about how her own orphanhood inspired elements of the story, why she scrapped the first version of her manuscript after two years of work and began it from scratch, and the role music played in helping her complete the novel. 


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Sep 28, 2021
Paula Hawkins, A SLOW FIRE BURNING: A Novel
17:40

Paula Hawkins, the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel, A Slow Fire Burning which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Paula shares how she found her way to thriller writing after working as a business journalist and a rom-com ghostwriter for years, as well as why she has always been drawn to darker stories. The two also talk about how Paula's writing process helps her create such intriguing characters, where she used to go pre-pandemic when she needed inspiration, and what she wants to do next that's not writing.


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Sep 27, 2021
Gregg Behr (WHEN YOU WONDER, YOU'RE LEARNING: Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids) & Joan Koenig (THE MUSICAL CHILD: Using the Power of Music to Raise Children Who Are Happy, Healthy, and Whole)
28:26

"This whole notion that learning needs to be difficult to be effective is just bullshit. I always used to say a laughing child is a learning child— science proves it now." Gregg Behr, co-author of When You Wonder, You're Learning, and Joan Koenig, author of The Musical Child, come together to talk to Zibby about the importance of emphasizing wonder and creativity in young kids' lives. The three all share ideas about how to make imagination a daily habit in the classroom and at home, which of Mister Rogers' lessons are still essential to teach young children today, and why it is so important that your kids see you express joy.



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Sep 26, 2021
Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer, TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEWORK: Organizational, Content-Specific, and Test-Prep Strategies to Help Your Children Help Themselves
14:15

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Aug 18, 2021
Zoje Stage, GETAWAY
21:09

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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