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English, Arts, 1 season, 363 episodes, 1 hour, 22 minutes
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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club.  Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com (http://www.thestackspodcast.com) for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.
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Ep. 315 Pete Rose: The Great Anti-hero with Keith O'Brien

Journalist and bestselling author Keith O'Brien joins this episode to talk about his new book Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball. Keith reveals his thoughts on Rose's complex story, which is anything but black and white. We also discuss the steroid era of baseball, Pete Rose's legacy around race, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.The Stacks Book Club selection for April is The January Children by Safia Elhillo. We will discuss the book on April 24th with Hala Alyan.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/17/ep-315-keith-obrienEpisode TranscriptConnect with Keith: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/17/202458 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 314 Being Chesty with Andrew Boryga

First-time novelist and award-winning writer Andrew Boryga talks about his new book Victim, a satirical take on diversity initiatives, self-promotion and the art of the hustle. Andrew reveals how he thought about audience while composing the book, and discusses the difference between attention and privilege.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/10/ep-314-andrew-borygaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Andrew: Instagram | Twitter | Website | SubstackConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/10/202456 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 313 Auditioning for Empathy with Hala Alyan

Writer, poet and psychologist Hala Alyan joins this episode to discuss her newest poetry collection The Moon That Turns You Back. We hear about how she thinks about form, and cultivating empathy in art. Hala also talks about her experience promoting a book during the ongoing violence attacks on Gaza, and what it's like for her therapy patients to read her work.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/03/ep-313-hala-alyanEpisode TranscriptConnect with Hala: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/3/202457 minutes, 18 seconds
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Unabridged: Ask Me Anything, Hosted by Mr. Stacks

*Patreon- and Substack-only bonus episode teaser*This episode of The Stacks Unabridged is a special AMA session with your host in the hot seat. We collected questions from social media and our Patreon and Substack communities, and Mr. Stacks asked Traci everything you wanted to know. You'll hear about how Traci reads for work versus pleasure, her favorite musicals, 2024 baseball predictions, and much more.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon and our Substack subscribers. To join a community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN PATREON OR SUBSTACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/29/tsu-31-ask-me-anythingConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/29/202412 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 312 Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu -- The Stacks Book Club (Elise Hu)

Flawless author Elise Hu returns to discuss our March book club pick Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We talk about the satirical novel's themes of assimilation, the performance of imposed identity and the myth of the model minority. We also ask, who gets to be "American"?Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our April book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/27/ep-312-interior-chinatownEpisode TranscriptConnect with Elise: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Substack | TED Talks DailyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/27/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 311 They Say We Die Twice with Pamela Prickett & Stefan Timmermans

Sociologists and co-authors Pamela Prickett and Stefan Timmermans join The Stacks to talk about their book The Unclaimed: Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels. The book follows four people whose bodies go unclaimed after their deaths, and how and why this happens. We also discuss how Pamela and Stefan think ethically about reporting and writing about the dead, why being claimed matters, and how they took care of themselves while spending eight years with this subject matter.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We will discuss the book on March 27th with Elise Hu.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/20/ep-311-pamela-prickett-stefan-timmermansEpisode TranscriptConnect with Pamela: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Stefan: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/20/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 310 The Absence of Story with Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange joins The Stacks today to discuss his new novel Wandering Stars. We talk about writing this prequel/sequel to his debut nove,l the Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There. Tommy reveals how he thinks about the relationship between faith and addiction, and why he writes about Oakland. He also talks about waiting until adulthood to finally see himself represented in popular culture, and how not seeing himself is a driving force in his work. Traci also asks Tommy if he has any plans to write nonfiction.There are no spoilers in this episode.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We will discuss the book on March 27th with Elise Hu.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/13/ep-310-tommy-orangeEpisode TranscriptConnect with Tommy: TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/13/202457 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 309 Chasing Artificial Standards with Elise Hu

Author and TED Talks Daily host Elise Hu joins The Stacks to discuss her book Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. Elise explains how Korea became a pop culture superpower, and how she approached writing about a culture outside of her own. We also discuss "cultural technology" and anti-Blackness in Korean beauty standards, and Elise slips into journalist mode to interview Traci.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We will discuss the book on March 27th with Elise Hu.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/06/ep-309-elise-huEpisode TranscriptConnect with Elise: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Substack | TED Talks DailyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/6/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 308 Viral Justice by Ruha Benjamin -- The Stacks Book Club (Uché Blackstock)

Physician and bestselling author Uché Blackstock returns to discuss the memoir-manifesto Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want by Ruha Benjamin. We talk about viral justice and viral injustice, and how American individualism is one of the biggest challenges to the work of abolition. We also unpack why we struggle with owning the power we have, and how viral justice can show up in our communities, from education to labor and beyond.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our March book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/02/28/ep-308-viral-justiceEpisode TranscriptConnect with Uché: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/28/202459 minutes, 8 seconds
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Unabridged: No One Wants to Talk About the Sex with Kiley Reid

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This episode features audio from a February live show at Vroman's Bookstore with NYT bestselling novelist Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age, Come and Get It). Kiley talks about her approach to character development and satire; she also reveals what she hopes her audiences take away from her work, and why she primarily cares about being entertaining.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/02/23/tsu-31-kiley-reidConnect with Kiley: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/23/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 307 A Story We Tell Backward with Lauren Markham

This episode features a discussion with journalist and writer Lauren Markham about her new book A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging. She explains why Greece interested her as a base for her writing about immigration, and how the border is used as a tool for autocracy. We also talk about the criminalization of migrants and refugees and what abolition in immigration could look like.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is Viral Justice by Ruha Benjamin. We will discuss the book on February 28th with Uché Blackstock.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/02/21/ep-307-lauren-markhamEpisode TranscriptConnect with Lauren: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/21/20241 hour, 10 seconds
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Ep. 306 I Love Our Romance Community with Tia Williams

Romance novelist Tia Williams visits the show to discuss her latest book A Love Song for Ricki Wilde. Tia shares why she wanted to venture into historical romance, how being a beauty editor has helped her create characters, and why telling this fated-mates story forced her to work even harder than usual. Plus, we break down trends in romance covers.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is Viral Justice by Ruha Benjamin. We will discuss the book on February 28th with Uché Blackstock.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/02/14/ep-306-tia-williamsEpisode TranscriptConnect with Tia: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/14/202448 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 305 Going from Pet to Threat with Uché Blackstock

Physician, educator and author Uché Blackstock shares her New York Times Bestselling book Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine. The book is both a memoir and an indictment of disparities in our healthcare system. We hear what legacy means to Uché, and how racism shows up in medicine for Black doctors. We also talk about her most beloved books, and the Pet to Threat phenomenon. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is Viral Justice by Ruha Benjamin. We will discuss the book on February 28th with Uché Blackstock.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/02/07/ep-305-uche-blackstockEpisode TranscriptConnect with Uché: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/7/202455 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 304 Erasure by Percival Everett -- The Stacks Book Club (Zach Stafford)

Vibe Check host Zach Stafford returns to discuss our January book club selection, the 2001 satirical novel Erasure by Percival Everett. Our conversation today delves into ownership of art and stories, what the joke of the novel is, the title of the book, and we even dabble (spoiler-free) into the movie based on the book, American Fiction.There are spoilers for the book, Erasure, on today's episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our January book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/31/ep-304-erasureEpisode TranscriptConnect with Zach: Instagram | Twitter | Vibe CheckConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/31/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
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Unabridged: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2024 with Cree Myles and Sara Hildreth

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*For today's Unabridged, book lovers Cree Myles (All Ways Black) and Sara Hildreth (Fiction Matters) join us to reveal their most anticipated reads for the first half of 2024. We talk about our reading goals for the year, list a few 2024 books we've already liked, and get into the books we're most looking forward to.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/26/tsu-30-2024-most-anticipatedConnect with Cree: Instagram | Twitter | All Ways BlackConnect with Sara: Instagram | Fiction Matters | Novel PairingsConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/26/202414 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 303 The Culmination of My Psycho-Spiritual Self with Kaveh Akbar

We are joined by poet and debut novelist Kaveh Akbar to discuss his book Martyr!, the story of a newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants on a quest for answers and meaning. Kaveh explains how fonts play into his revision process, and why he wanted to proselytize the art he likes most in the book. He also reveals what he found most difficult about prose, compared to writing poetry.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is Erasure by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on January 31st with Zach Stafford.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/24/ep-303-kaveh-akbarEpisode TranscriptConnect with Kaveh: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/24/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 302 We Shouldn't Be Asking You This Question with Carolina Ixta

Educator and author Carolina Ixta joins The Stacks to discuss her debut novel Shut Up, This is Serious. Set in East Oakland, the story explores teen friendship, generational cycles and authenticity. Carolina talks about the process of writing about sex in Young Adult fiction, and confronting anti-Black racism in Latine communities. The Stacks Book Club selection for January is Erasure by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on January 31st with Zach Stafford.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/17/ep-302-carolina-ixtaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Carolina: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/17/20241 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Ep. 301 What Makes a Recipe Good with Sohla El-Waylly

Chef, restaurateur and media personality Sohla El-Waylly joins to talk about her debut cookbook, Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook. We find out how Sohla balances difficulty, time, and ingredients while writing recipes for home chefs. She also shares how having a child has changed the way she thinks about food and feeding people, and shares tips for cooking related resolutions (including one that Traci is committed to).The Stacks Book Club selection for January is Erasure by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on January 31st with Zach Stafford.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/10/ep-301-sohla-el-wayllyEpisode TranscriptConnect with Sohla: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/10/202459 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 300 A Lover of Place with Zach Stafford

Writer, Vibe Check cohost, and Tony winning Producer, Zach Stafford joins The Stacks to discuss being a journalist, his many jobs over the year, and of course, books!. Zach reveals his surprise problematic favorite book, explains how his love of geography has informed his entire professional career and addresses the challenge of squaring his upbeat personality with being a serious journalist.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is Erasure by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on January 31st with Zach Stafford.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/01/03/ep-300-zach-staffordEpisode TranscriptConnect with Zach: Instagram | Twitter | Vibe CheckConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/3/202459 minutes
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Unabridged: The LA Live Show with Chelsea Devantez, Rachel Lindsay and Sam Sanders

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This edition of The Stacks Unabridged features audio from our Los Angeles stop on the Live in The Stacks tour. We were joined by Chelsea Devantez, Rachel Lindsay and Sam Sanders in a discussion of celebrity memoirs, pop culture gossip and book recommendations.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/29/tsu-29-la-tourConnect with Chelsea: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Glamorous TrashConnect with Rachel: Instagram | Twitter | Higher LearningConnect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter | Into It | Vibe CheckConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/29/202313 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 299 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare -- The Stacks Book Club (Farah Karim-Cooper)

Author and Shakespeare scholar Farah Karim-Cooper returns for our final book club episode of the year to discuss the Bard's most famous play - Romeo and Juliet. We ask questions around why this play became William Shakespeare's most well known, and why we teach it in schools. We also share the characters we love and hate, and unpack the way race plays into the text.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our January book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/27/ep-299-romeo-and-julietEpisode TranscriptConnect with Farah: TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/27/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 298 The Best Books of 2023 with MJ Franklin and Adam Vitcavage

New York Times Book Review editor MJ Franklin and Debutiful's Adam Vitcavage join The Stacks for our annual best books of the year episode. We reveal our personal picks for the ten best books of 2023, and predict trends we anticipate for 2024. Plus, we discuss all the books we're most looking forward to reading in the new year. The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We will discuss the book on December 27th with Farah Karim-Cooper.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/20/ep-298-best-books-of-2023Episode TranscriptConnect with MJ: Instagram | TwitterConnect with Adam: Instagram | Twitter | Website | DebutifulConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/20/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 297 It's a Policy of Neglect with Nathan Thrall

Journalist and author Nathan Thrall joins us to discuss his book A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy. Nathan explains why he wanted to tell this story in 2023, and how the events of October 7th changed how his book about life for a Palestinian family was received. Nathan also shares what folks can do to impact change in the Israel-Palestine conflict.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We will discuss the book on December 27th with Farah Karim-Cooper.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/13/ep-297-nathan-thrallEpisode TranscriptConnect with Nathan: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/13/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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Unabridged: The NYC Late Show with Kiese Laymon

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*We're back with friend of The Stacks, Kiese Laymon, with audio from the second New York live show on our national tour. Kiese discusses writing about real people in his life, and reveals what he would change about his memoir Heavy if he could revise it. Plus, we talk about first kisses, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/08/tsu-28-nyc-tour-2Connect with Kiese: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/8/20239 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 296 Gatekeeping Around Shakespeare with Farah Karim-Cooper

Author and professor Farah Karim-Cooper joins The Stacks to talk about her book The Great White Bard: How to Love Shakespeare While Talking about Race. Farah reveals how she came to be a Shakespeare and race scholar, and how her work has been received thus far. We also discuss her favorite plays by Shakespeare, and the ways in which his legacy doesn't match up with who he was in his life. The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We will discuss the book on December 27th with Farah Karim-Cooper.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/12/06/ep-296-farah-karim-cooperEpisode TranscriptConnect with Farah: TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/6/202359 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 295 Severance by Ling Ma -- The Stacks Book Club (Mitchell S. Jackson)

Author Mitchell S. Jackson returns for our book club discussion of Ling Ma's post-apocalyptic novel Severance. On this episode we try to piece together the story's timeline, unpack the ending, and we cast the TV show adaptation. We also discuss quote marks, capitalism, and the role of religion throughout the novel.There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our December book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/29/ep-295-severanceEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mitchell: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/29/202358 minutes, 46 seconds
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Unabridged: The NYC Early Show with Kiese Laymon

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This Unabridged is a conversation with author and friend of The Stacks Kiese Laymon from our early show in New York City. We hear from Kiese about how he knows when his work is ready for an audience, and get intel on his forthcoming book. We also get into sports, hot topics, and the unmatched confidence of New Yorkers.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/24/tsu-27-nyc-tour-1Connect with Kiese: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/24/202313 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 294 People Just Have Never Seen It with Ali Stroker

Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker discusses her new middle grade novel Cut Loose!, co-written with Stacy Davidowitz. Ali reveals why she avoided having friends with disabilities in her youth, how she translates choreography for her wheelchair, and how her thinking around accommodations has changed over time. We also hear how she thinks about storytelling versus teaching her audience.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Severance by Ling Ma. We will discuss the book on November 29th with Mitchell S. Jackson.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/22/ep-294-ali-strokerEpisode TranscriptConnect with Ali: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/22/202355 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 293 Progress Is not Linear with Beto O'Rourke

Texas politician and author Beto O'Rourke joins The Stacks to talk about his book We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible. We learn why Beto thinks voting rights is the most important battle we're currently fighting, what he says to people who don't feel represented or served by politicians, and whether he plans to run for office again. The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Severance by Ling Ma. We will discuss the book on November 29th with Mitchell S. Jackson.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/15/ep-293-beto-orourkeEpisode TranscriptConnect with Beto: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/15/20231 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Ep. 292 Writing Toward Beauty with Jesmyn Ward

Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward joins The Stacks to discuss her latest novel Let Us Descend. She reveals how the book came to her, and how audience plays into her writing process. We also learn why Jesmyn changed her normal writing process for this book, how she writes to the center of emotions in her fiction, and how her level of success impacts her ability to write.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Severance by Ling Ma. We will discuss the book on November 29th with Mitchell S. Jackson.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/08/ep-292-jesmyn-wardEpisode TranscriptConnect with Jesmyn: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/8/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 291 I've Never Read for Pleasure with Mitchell S. Jackson

Award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson joins the show to discuss his new book Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion. He explains why he wanted to write about the intersection of basketball and fashion in this hybrid of lookbook and cultural commentary. We also get into basketball's best and worst dressed, what winning the Pulitzer has meant to Mitchell and why he never reads for pleasure.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Severance by Ling Ma. We will discuss the book on November 29th with Mitchell S. Jackson.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/11/01/ep-291-mitchell-jacksonEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mitchell: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/1/202356 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 290 Tar Baby by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Minda Honey)

It's time for our annual Toni Morrison read for The Stacks Book Club! Author, Minda Honey is back to discuss Tar Baby, a novel about colorism, the class divide and gender roles. We dig into the book's title, unpack the ending and question who we were rooting for throughout the book.There are spoilers on today's episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our November book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/10/25/ep-290-tar-babyEpisode TranscriptConnect with Minda: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/25/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds
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Unabridged: The DC Live Show with Jason Reynolds

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This Unabridged episode features audio from our Washington DC stop of The Stacks Tour, featuring bestselling author and friend of the show Jason Reynolds. We discuss Jason's bath routine, the real story behind his book Ghost and our favorite guest on The Stacks.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/10/20/tsu-26-dc-tourConnect with Jason: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/20/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 289 Changing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Oliver Jeffers

Children's book author and artist Oliver Jeffers joins to discuss his first all-ages illustrated book Begin Again: How We Got Here and Where We Might Go - Our Human Story. So Far. We talk about cultivating a sense of optimism, the relationship between distance and perspective and the importance of the stories we tell ourselves. We also ask what reconciliation and justice look like if we want to move forward together, and what kind of world Oliver hopes for.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Tar Baby by Toni Morrison. We will discuss the book on October 25th with Minda Honey.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/10/18/ep-289-oliver-jeffersEpisode TranscriptConnect with Oliver: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/18/202350 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 288 Just Presenting the Facts with Michael Harriot

Columnist and commentator Michael Harriot joins The Stacks to talk about his book Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America. Michael reveals why he wanted to write a book about American history told from the perspective of Black people, how he thinks of connecting to his audience, and what makes this moment different than other moments in American history.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Tar Baby by Toni Morrison. We will discuss the book on October 25th with Minda Honey.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/10/11/ep-288-michael-harriotEpisode TranscriptConnect with Michael: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/11/202350 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 287 Ending Racism with Minda Honey

Political and relationship essayist Minda Honey is here to discuss her new book The Heartbreak Years: A Memoir. We talk about Minda's experience of being Black and Filipina, colorism and the internet's lack of nuance, how her exes have taken her writing about them and how she cured racism with this book. Also, we hear about Minda's reading tracker and annual mega-reading challenge.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Tar Baby by Toni Morrison. We will discuss the book on October 25th with Minda Honey.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/10/04/ep-287-minda-honeyEpisode TranscriptConnect with Minda: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/4/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 286 Monsters by Claire Dederer -- The Stacks Book Club (Brittany Luse)

We're thrilled to welcome back podcaster Brittany Luse to discuss Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer for The Stacks Book Club. We discuss how race does and doesn't show up in the book, and what worked for us versus what didn't. We also consider the nature of punishment and redemption when it comes to monstrous celebrities, and ask whose genius we miss out on when we make space for the monsters.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for October 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/09/27/ep-286-monstersEpisode TranscriptConnect with Brittany: Instagram | Twitter | It’s Been a MinuteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/27/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 285 A Page Is Not Wild with Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba visits The Stacks to discuss her new essay collection Creep: Accusations and Confessions. Myriam describes how a question about catharsis inspired the book, how she knows when she's ready to write about a topic or an event, and how thinking about her audience informs her writing. We also learn how humor plays into Myriam's work, and how her ancestors showed up in her writing process.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer. We will discuss the book on September 27th with Brittany Luse.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/09/20/ep-285-myriam-gurbaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Myriam: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/20/202357 minutes, 7 seconds
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Unabridged: The Chicago Live Show with Samantha Irby

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This episode of The Stacks Unabridged features audio from our Chicago show on the Live in The Stacks tour. Humorist, TV writer and author Samantha Irby joins to talk about her new book Quietly Hostile: Essays. We also discuss books we love, books we hate and Hunter Biden's memoir. This is an edited version of the live show, so if you want more, come join us on tour! Get your tickets here.  *This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/09/15/tsu-25-chicago-tourConnect with Samantha: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/15/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 284 Romance and Politics with Stacey Abrams

Politician, activist and author Stacey Abrams joins us to discuss her romantic suspense novel The Art of Desire, written under her pen name Selena Montgomery. We learn where her pseudonym came from and why she chose to re-release the book. We also talk about how Stacey's political life is influenced by her creative life and vice versa, what comes next for her, and how romance writing has changed in the last 20 years.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer. We will discuss the book on September 27th with Brittany Luse.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/09/13/ep-284-stacey-abramsEpisode TranscriptConnect with Stacey: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/13/202332 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 283 The Curiosity Never Ends with Brittany Luse

Today we're joined by award-winning journalist and cultural critic Brittany Luse upon her first anniversary as host of NPR's It's Been a Minute. We discuss curiosity as a foundational principal of Brittany's life, and what comes easily versus what's more difficult as a veteran podcaster. We also hear about how she decides what to cover on the show, and Brittany's book club with her niece.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer. We will discuss the book on September 27th with Brittany Luse.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/09/06/ep-283-brittany-luseEpisode TranscriptConnect with Brittany: Instagram | Twitter | It's Been a MinuteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds
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Introducing: Vibe Check with Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones and Zach Stafford

Introducing Vibe Check, a podcast where hosts Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford make sense of what’s going on in news and culture – and how it all feels. On this episode of Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed and Zach talk about the literary works that they turn to frequently, what purpose they serve in each of their lives, and why.You can find Vibe Check on every podcast listening platform.*This is a special episode from the Vibe Check hosts, all friends of The Stacks.*Connect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter Connect with Saeed: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Zach: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/1/202351 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 282 You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi -- The Stacks Book Club (Sam Sanders)

Podcaster and journalist Sam Sanders returns to discuss You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi for The Stacks Book Club. In our conversation of this romance novel, we wonder if the book actually qualifies as such under the rules of romance novels. We also discuss how the story feels like real life because it mirrors the messiness of actual love stories, who we are rooting for, and we brainstorm casts for the upcoming screen adaptation.There are spoilers on today's episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for September 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/30/ep-282-you-made-a-fool-of-deathEpisode TranscriptConnect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter | Into It | Vibe CheckConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/30/202350 minutes, 32 seconds
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Unabridged: The Oakland Live Show with Leila Mottley

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*This Unabridged features audio from our first stop on The Stacks tour in Oakland with Leila Mottley. We talk about her book Nightcrawling and share our reality TV hot takes. We also give audience book recommendations with a special guest. This is an edited version of the live show, so if you want more, come join us on tour! Get your tickets here.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/25/tsu-24-oakland-tourConnect with Leila: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Deesha: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/25/202312 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 281 The Characters Came Quickly with Jennifer Baker

Podcaster and author Jennifer Baker discusses her YA novel Forgive Me Not, how she created its alternate juvenile justice system and what she wanted to teach young people about incarceration and grief. Plus, we hear about how Jennifer and her editor worked together to edit the book, the many ways in which publishing has changed and stayed the same, and who decides who the villain is.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. We will discuss the book on August 30th with Sam Sanders.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/23/ep-281-jennifer-bakerEpisode TranscriptConnect with Jennifer: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Minorities in PublishingConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/23/202358 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 280 Blind Thought with Andrew Leland

After living with the retinitis pigmentosa for decades, Andrew Leland; writer, audio producer, and teacher, decided to write about blindness in his debut book, The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight. We discuss how he thought about specificity while addressing a broad audience and why writing about ableism felt so risky to him. We also talk about the concept of "blind thought" and the ongoing debate around blindness being a neutral characteristic.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. We will discuss the book on August 30th with Sam Sanders.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/16/ep-280-andrew-lelandEpisode TranscriptConnect with Andrew: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/16/20231 hour, 5 minutes
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Ep. 279 Inaction Is a Form of Police Brutality with Nora Neus

Emmy-nominated journalist Nora Neus is here to discuss her illuminating new book 24 Hours in Charlottesville: An Oral History of the Stand Against White Supremacy. The book chronicles the events of 2017, where armed neo-Nazi demonstrators descended on the University of Virginia campus and downtown Charlottesville. Nora explains why she didn't interview white nationalists for the book, how she found her subjects and sources, and how she navigated objective versus subjective truth while telling this story.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. We will discuss the book on August 30th with Sam Sanders.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/09/ep-279-nora-neusEpisode TranscriptConnect with Nora: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/9/202358 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 278 We're Giving Him Drugs with Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders, host of the Into It and Vibe Check podcasts, joins us to discuss the history of objectivity in journalism, what identity is and how people wield it, and what it's like having co-hosts and working with friends. We also hear how Sam decides which books to feature on his podcasts and how much he should share with his audience.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. We will discuss the book on August 30th with Sam Sanders.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/08/02/ep-278-sam-sandersEpisode TranscriptConnect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter | Into It | Vibe CheckConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/2/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Unabridged: Talking HBO's Watchmen Series with David Dennis Jr.

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*Friend of The Stacks David Dennis Jr. is back to help us break down the 2019 HBO limited series Watchmen, in honor of our July book club episode about Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel. We discuss David's obsession with the show, its pivotal race moments and one special ingredient that the series added to its source material.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/07/28/tsu-23-david-dennis-jrConnect with David: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/28/202314 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 277 Watchmen by Alan Moore -- The Stacks Book Club (Joel Christian Gill)

Cartoonist and author Joel Christian Gill returns for book club day to discuss the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We dissect this 12 part comic and learn about the thematic and formal elements in play. We also talk about the role of God, Batman, and women in the book, and finally Joel shares why Watchmen is considered to be the greatest comic of all time? There are spoilers in this episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for August 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/07/26/ep-277-watchmenEpisode TranscriptConnect with Joel: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/26/202358 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 276 How We Keep Each Other Alive with Donovan X. Ramsey

Journalist Donovan X. Ramsey joins us to talk about his illuminating narrative nonfiction book When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era. Donovan explains exactly what crack is, talks about the disparities in crack sentencing, and the ways the media and rap music influenced the era.The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We will discuss the book on July 26th with Joel Christian Gill.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/07/19/ep-276-donovan-x-ramseyEpisode TranscriptConnect with Donovan: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/19/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 275 We're on the Extreme Side with Ricardo Nuila

Physician and writer Ricardo Nuila joins The Stacks to discuss The People's Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine, about Ben Taub county hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. Nuila breaks down the difference between public and private hospitals, how medical costs are calculated, and what individuals can do to help change the healthcare system. He also shares why he thinks we need both public and private care options. The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We will discuss the book on July 26th with Joel Christian Gill.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/07/12/ep-275-ricardo-nuilaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Ricardo: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/12/20231 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds
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Ep. 274 Comics Is a Medium Not a Genre with Joel Christian Gill

Cartoonist and educator Joel Christian Gill joins us to talk about his new book Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America, an illustrated adaptation of Ibram X. Kendi's 2017 release. He gives us a brief history of comics in American culture and discusses the medium as a sneaky way to teach people things. We also get into color theory, the difference between comics and graphic novels, and more!The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We will discuss the book on July 26th with Joel Christian Gill.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/07/05/ep-274-joel-christian-gillEpisode TranscriptConnect with Joel: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/5/20231 hour, 47 seconds
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Unabridged: I'm a New Bitch Every Month with Jamilah Mapp and Erica Dickerson

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*Podcasters and co-authors Jamilah Mapp and Erica Dickerson join Unabridged to talk about their new book A Good Mom's Guide to Making Bad Choices. We get into their collaborative process, how they've embraced changing their minds in public and they explain how they navigate privacy with their daughters, plus more!*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/06/30/tsu-22-jamilah-mapp-erica-dickersonConnect with Jamilah: Instagram | TwitterConnect with Erica: InstagramGood Moms, Bad Choices: Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/30/202313 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 273 Oreo by Fran Ross -- The Stacks Book Club (Hannah Oliver Depp)

Loyalty Bookstores owner Hannah Oliver Depp returns to discuss our June book club pick Oreo by Fran Ross. We talk about the history and context of this 1974 satire, including the story of Fran Ross herself. We wonder how to categorize this novel about a Black and Jewish teenaged girl who finds her self in man precarious situations, and we ask what to make of a book that pokes fun at just about everyone.There are spoilers in this episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for July 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/06/28/ep-273-oreoEpisode TranscriptConnect with Hannah: Instagram | Twitter | Loyalty BookstoresConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/28/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 272 Cold Butter and Cold Emails with Stacey Mei Yan Fong

Today we speak with Stacey Mei Yan Fong, creator of the project which spawned her new book 50 Pies, 50 States: An Immigrant's Love Letter to the United States Through Pie. We discuss how Stacey's thinking about America changed while creating this road trip of a cookbook, and we hear how she navigated the darker parts of America while celebrating the country. She also gives us her best baking tips, and we fight over a pie not included in the book.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Oreo by Fran Ross. We will discuss the book on June 28th with Hannah Oliver Depp.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/06/21/ep-272-stacey-mei-yan-fongEpisode TranscriptConnect with Stacey: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/21/20231 hour, 1 minute, 24 seconds
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Ep. 271 The Paradox of Visibility with Tre'vell Anderson

Award-winning journalist, podcaster, and author Tre'vell Anderson joins The Stacks to discuss their new book We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film. We talk about how the media portrayal of trans people impacts individuals and the conversation around trans rights, and the relationship between trans women and drag queens on screen. We also discuss the types of trans stories that have deemed acceptable for audiences.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Oreo by Fran Ross. We will discuss the book on June 28th with Hannah Oliver Depp.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/06/14/ep-271-trevell-andersonEpisode TranscriptConnect with Tre'vell: Instagram | Twitter | Website | FANTIConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/14/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Ep. 270 My Whole Self Is Here with Hannah Oliver Depp

Today we're joined by the owner of Loyalty Bookstores, Hannah Oliver Depp. We hear about Hannah's road to owning her own bookstores in the Washington D.C. area, how she decides what to have in stock, and how indie bookstores influence the publishing world. We also discuss the best ways to support indie bookshops, and where the name Loyalty came from.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Oreo by Fran Ross. We will discuss the book on June 28th with Hannah Oliver Depp.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/06/07/ep-270-hannah-oliver-deppEpisode TranscriptConnect with Hannah: Instagram | Twitter | Loyalty BookstoresConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/7/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 269 This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris -- The Stacks Book Club (Nicole Chung)

Author Nicole Chung returns to discuss our May book club selection This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown by Taylor Harris. We discuss the importance of specificity in memoir, and how much likability and reliability matter. We also talk about where this book shines and where it falls short.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for June 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/31/ep-269-this-boy-we-madeEpisode TranscriptConnect with Nicole: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/31/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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Unabridged: The Best of 2023...So Far with Lupita Aquino, Liberty Hardy, and Greta Johnsen

*patron-only bonus episode teaser*Here by popular demand is our first Unabridged mid-year best of's (so-far) episode, featuring a trio of our favorite bookish friends - Book Riot's Liberty Hardy, Lupita Aquino (aka @Lupita.Reads) and Nerdette's Greta Johnsen. We list and discuss our favorite 2023 releases we've read, the backslist we're obsessed with, and a few picks we're looking forward to in the back half of the year.*This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon. To join this community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.JOIN THE STACKS PACK TO LISTENYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/26/tsu-21-best-of-2023-so-far/Connect with Liberty: Instagram | All the Books!Connect with Lupita: Instagram | TwitterConnect with Greta: Instagram | Twitter | NerdetteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/26/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 268 Over Burdened and Under Funded by Roxanna Asgarian

Journalist and author Roxanna Asgarian joins The Stacks to talk about her new nonfiction book, We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America. We find out how Roxanna pushed back against true crime culture in writing about the 2018 Hart family tragedy. We also discuss how birth families are treated versus adoptive parents, how race and class factor into American child welfare and the financial implications of the system.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris. We will discuss the book on May 31st with Nicole Chung.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/24/ep-268-roxanna-asgarianEpisode TranscriptConnect with Roxanna: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/24/202358 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 267 The Pull to Make Art with Vashti Harrison

Bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison joins us to talk about Big, her new storybook educating children on growth and self-love. We discuss how Vashti explored the adultification of black girls, and how she utilized the color pink throughout the book. She also explains how she thinks about parents and kids as her target audience, and the process of linking an author to an illustrator in the world of children's books.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris. We will discuss the book on May 31st with Nicole Chung.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/17/ep-267-vashti-harrisonEpisode TranscriptConnect with Vashti: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/17/202357 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 266 We Are the Ones Who Make the World with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Award-winning author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah joins us for a spoiler-free discussion of his new novel Chain-Gang All Stars. He shares the pressures of releasing his second book on a topic that asks so much from the reader, and his trepidation around serving the cause of abolition in the prison space. Plus, we find out what makes revision so important to Nana, and how he thinks about employing violence in the book to help tell this story.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris. We will discuss the book on May 31st with Nicole Chung.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/10/ep-266-nana-kwame-adjei-brenyahEpisode TranscriptConnect with Nana: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/10/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 265 Deep Comfort Reads with Nicole Chung

Bestselling author Nicole Chung joins The Stacks to discuss her new book A Living Remedy: A Memoir. We talk about her process of writing and talking about grief in the midst and aftermath of COVID, and what it's like as a memoirist to be publicly known for her family life. We also hear what it's meant for Nicole to become a full-time writer, and how she uses vibes to organize her books.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown by Taylor Harris. We will discuss the book on May 31st with Nicole Chung.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/05/03/ep-265-nicole-chungEpisode TranscriptConnect with Nicole: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/3/20231 hour, 1 minute, 8 seconds
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Ep. 264 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay -- The Stacks Book Club (Clint Smith)

Poet and Above Ground author Clint Smith returns to discuss our April book club selection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, a poetry collection by Ross Gay. We discuss the moment of the book's release and why it's important within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement. We also argue that successfully engaging with a poem doesn't require understanding what a poem is about, and we ask how much the author's intent actually matters in poetry. Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for May 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/04/26/ep-264-catalog-of-unabashed-gratitudeEpisode TranscriptConnect with Clint: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/26/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 263 Revisiting Waco 30 Years Later with Jeff Guinn, Stephan Talty, and Kevin Cook

Today marks thirty years since the last day of the FBI siege on the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas. We hear from three authors who released books on the events this year: Jeff Guinn (Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and a Legacy of Rage), Stephan Talty (Koresh: The True Story of David Koresh and the Tragedy at Waco) and Kevin Cook (Waco Rising: David Koresh, the FBI, and the Birth of America's Modern Militias) They address why they chose to tell this story now, what exactly happened in Waco (and why), and why this story is still relevant today.The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. We will discuss the book on April 26th with Clint Smith.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/04/19/ep-263-wacoEpisode TranscriptConnect with Jeff: WebsiteConnect with Stephan: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Kevin: Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/19/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 262 Joy, Surprise, and Uplift with Ari Shapiro

Today, award-winning host of NPR's All Things Considered, and now New York Times bestselling author, Ari Shapiro joins us to discuss his new book The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening. We discuss how Ari brings his identity to his storytelling, the difference between illuminating and influencing in journalism, and how he approaches writing interview questions.The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. We will discuss the book on April 26th with Clint Smith.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/04/12/ep-262-ari-shapiroEpisode TranscriptConnect with Ari: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 261 All at Once with Clint Smith

Today we welcome author Clint Smith to The Stacks to talk about his new poetry collection Above Ground, a tribute to being a parent amidst the chaos of life. We discuss how he handled the pressure to follow up the bestselling and award-winning How the Word is Passed. We also get into how parenting has animated all facets of life, and how competition has facilitated Clint's relationship to literature. The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. We will discuss the book on April 26th with Clint Smith.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/04/05/ep-261-clint-smithEpisode TranscriptConnect with Clint: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/5/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 260 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay -- The Stacks Book Club (Shanita Hubbard)

Professor and Ride or Die author Shanita Hubbard returns to discuss the 2014 book of essays Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We look back at the collection and ask, how did the book hold up? Its mix of personal memoir, political commentary and pop culture references have us examining our relationship to the text from a new perspective in this spoiler-free episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our book club pick will be for April 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/03/29/ep-260-bad-feministEpisode TranscriptConnect with Shanita: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/29/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 259 How Innocent Are They with Joseph Earl Thomas

Writer and Philadelphia native Joseph Earl Thomas joins the show to discuss his new book Sink: A Memoir, about coming of age amid chaos and finding a way through. He talks about why he wanted to write a memoir that centers childhood without growing into adulthood, the challenge of writing his story in the face of respectability politics and the push to write about "Black joy."The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We will discuss the book on March 29th with Shanita Hubbard.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/03/22/ep-259-joseph-earl-thomasEpisode TranscriptConnect with Joseph: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/22/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 258 Long-Suffering Basketball Fans with José Olivarez

Today we're joined by poet, writer and educator José Olivarez to discuss his new book Promises of Gold, a collection of poems exploring all forms of love, including friendship, romantic and cultural. We find out why José had someone else translate his collection into Spanish when Spanish is his first language. We also discuss how he thinks about organizing his poems on the page and in the book, and why balance in a collection is so important.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We will discuss the book on March 29th with Shanita Hubbard.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/03/15/ep-258-jose-olivarezEpisode TranscriptConnect with José: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/15/202357 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 257 The Hardest Book I Had to Write with Carol Anderson

Prolific author, historian and educator Dr. Carol Anderson joins us to discuss her book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. We talk about what sparked her interest in writing it, and dissect the role of anti-blackness in the formation and upholding of the second amendment. Carol reveals how she thinks of her writing in terms of persuasion versus education, and why this is the hardest book she has ever written.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We will discuss the book on March 29th with Shanita Hubbard.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/03/08/ep-257-carol-andersonEpisode TranscriptConnect with Carol: WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/8/202356 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 256 Centering Us with Shanita Hubbard

Today professor and author Shanita Hubbard speaks with The Stacks about her book Ride or Die: A Feminist Manifesto for the Well-Being of Black Women. We discuss the cultural erasure of Black women and why the idea that they will "save the world" is manipulative. We also note how Black female essayists have been weaving together scholarly and pop cultural commentary in the most complex and delightful ways.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We will discuss the book on March 29th with Shanita Hubbard.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/03/01/ep-256-shanita-hubbardEpisode TranscriptConnect with Shanita: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/1/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 255 The Round House by Louise Erdrich -- The Stacks Book Club (Mina Kimes)

It's The Stacks Book Club Day, and we're joined again by Mina Kimes of ESPN, to discuss Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House. This page-turning coming-of-age story is set in 1988 North Dakota and follows a boy and his friends seeking justice for a horrific crime. Today we talk about the merits of vengeance, the relationship between coming into ones sexuality and understanding consent, and the flaws in the criminal legal system especially in regard to American tribal lands. There are spoilers in this episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our book club pick will be in March 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/02/22/ep-255-the-round-houseEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mina: Instagram | Twitter | The Mina Kimes Show featuring LennyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/22/202358 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 254 Heartbreak is Pivotal to Romance with Camonghne Felix

Communications strategist and poet Camonghne Felix joins The Stacks to discuss her brand new memoir Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation. We talk about heartbreak as a kind of trauma, trying to understand the world, and the meaning of dyscalculia. We also get into Camonghne's experiences as a political speechwriter, and what that entails.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. We will discuss the book on February 22nd with Mina Kimes.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/02/15/ep-254-camonghne-felixEpisode TranscriptConnect with Camonghne: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/15/202357 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 253 I Tend to Write About It with Lamya H.

Today we're joined by Lamya H., who has just released their debut book Hijab Butch Blues - a memoir about coming of age as a queer Muslim immigrant, that uses figures from the Quran as reference points. We discuss what is gained and what is lost from writing under a pseudonym, the complexities of choosing to be religious, and how Lamya approached the decision to include known religious figures in their storytelling. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. We will discuss the book on February 22nd with Mina Kimes.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/02/08/ep-253-lamya-hEpisode TranscriptConnect with Lamya: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/8/202349 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 252 Begging to Go to the Library with Mina Kimes

Award-winning ESPN reporter Mina Kimes joins the show to share her love of reading and the one book that inspired her career. Mina reveals how she ended up in sports journalism, how she handles online harassment, and what she would change if she were suddenly appointed NFL commissioner.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. We will discuss the book on February 22nd with Mina Kimes.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/02/01/ep-252-mina-kimesEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mina: Instagram | Twitter | The Mina Kimes Show featuring LennyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/1/202356 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 251 The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey -- The Stacks Book Club (Chelsea Devantez)

Chelsea Devantez, host of the Celebrity Book Club podcast, returns to discuss our January Book Club pick The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis. In breaking down her memoir, we get into Mariah's relationships, her experience of race and her dynamic with her parents. We also couldn't help but compare aspects of Mariah's story to what Prince Harry shares in his new memoir Spare.Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our book club pick will be in February 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/01/25/ep-251-the-meaning-of-mariah-careyEpisode TranscriptConnect with Chelsea: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Celebrity Book ClubConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/25/20231 hour, 1 minute, 59 seconds
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Ep. 250 A Litany of Abuses with Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham

Today we're joined by two award-winning journalists from the field of criminal justice and police misconduct. Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham have coauthored the book The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover-Up in Oakland, an exposé following many years of investigation. We get into why they wanted to write about the Oakland Police Department in the first place, and ask whether the police can be reformed. We also discuss how the authors feel their own identities played into their writing of the book. The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis. We will discuss the book on January 25th with Chelsea Devantez.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/01/18/ep-250-ali-winston-darwin-bondgrahamEpisode TranscriptConnect with Ali: Twitter Connect with Darwin: TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/18/202359 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 249 The Vibe is Really Gnarly with Aubrey Gordon

Author, activist and podcaster Aubrey Gordon talks to us today about her brand new second book - "You Just Need to Lose Weight": And 19 Other Myths about Fat People. She addresses the challenge of writing a book for both fat and thin people, and explains why she was initially apprehensive about "myth-busting." We also discuss what's wrong with how we frame fatness, why BMI is unreliable, and the problem with body positivity.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis. We will discuss the book on January 25th with Chelsea Devantez.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/01/11/ep-249-aubrey-gordonEpisode TranscriptConnect with Aubrey: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Maintenance PhaseConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/11/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 248 For the Love of Celebrity Memoirs with Chelsea Devantez

Comedian and Emmy-nominated TV and film writer Chelsea Devantez joins our first Stacks episode of 2023. Her Celebrity Book Club podcast breaks down celeb memoirs with a roster of Chelsea's funniest friends. We get into how Chelsea started the show, and why she wants to spend time lifting up the stories of the rich and famous. We also ask ourselves why we love to hate these books so much.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis. We will discuss the book on January 25th with Chelsea Devantez.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2023/01/04/ep-248-chelsea-devantezEpisode TranscriptConnect with Chelsea: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Celebrity Book ClubConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/4/202356 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 247 True Biz by Sara Nović -- The Stacks Book Club (Greta Johnsen)

For our final book club pick of 2022, Greta Johnsen is back to discuss True Biz by Sara Nović, a novel about the teachers and students of a boarding school for the Deaf. We ask who the audience is for this book, and whether the Deaf community should have to teach hearing people about themselves. We also get into the topic of consent with children and parents, especially when it comes to medical decisions.Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our book club pick will be in January 2023.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/12/28/ep-247-true-bizEpisode TranscriptConnect with Greta: Instagram | Twitter | NerdetteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 246 The Best Books of 2022 with Andrew Limbong

NPR Arts Desk reporter and Book of the Day podcast host Andrew Limbong joins The Stacks to count down his five favorite books of 2022. Traci shares her own list, making it our official top ten of the year. We also get into the trends we saw throughout 2022, and what we're looking forward to in 2023.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is True Biz by Sarah Nović. We will discuss the book on December 28th with Greta Johnsen.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/12/21/ep-246-best-books-of-2022Episode TranscriptConnect with Andrew: Instagram | Twitter | Book of the DayConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/21/202258 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 245 The Worst Moments of His Life with Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa join The Stacks to discuss their book His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice. We talk about giving George Floyd the "presidential" biography treatment, and why they chose to tell his story now. They reveal how they tackled writing such a massive book with over 400 interviews, and what the fact-checking process was like. We also ask, 'who is the audience for this book?'The Stacks Book Club selection for December is True Biz by Sarah Nović. We will discuss the book on December 28th with Greta Johnsen.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/12/14/ep-245-robert-samuels-toluse-olorunnipaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Toluse: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Robert: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/14/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 244 Relentlessly Positive with Greta Johnsen

Today we're joined by Greta Johnsen, host and producer of the Nerdette podcast from WBEZ Chicago, at host of HBO's House of the Dragon recap podcast. We get into Greta's positive approach to reviewing books and how she currates all things nerd. We also hold a grilled cheese debate and discuss the art of balancing book criticism with never having written a book.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is True Biz by Sarah Nović. We will discuss the book on December 28th with Greta Johnsen.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/12/07/ep-244-greta-johnsenEpisode TranscriptConnect with Greta: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/7/20221 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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Ep. 243 Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law -- The Stacks Book Club (Mariame Kaba)

Today anti-violence activist and author Mariame Kaba returns to discuss Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law for The Stacks Book Club. We highlight the depth of knowledge that this book provides about the history and current state of criminalization, and unpack the idea that prison is something that ties us all together. We ask why so many so-called reforms look like prison and policing, and what solutions might work in their place. Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our December book club pick will be.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/11/30/ep-243-prison-by-any-other-nameEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mariame: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/30/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 242 Lurching from Disaster to Disaster with Steven W. Thrasher

Journalist and academic Steven W. Thrasher joins the show to discuss his eye-opening new book The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide. Steven explains the idea of the viral underclass - those most societally vulnerable to disease transmission - and the criminalization of the sick. We also discuss his comparison of COVID-19 and HIV responses throughout the book and his positionally as a Black and queer writer discussing disease.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We will discuss the book on November 30th with Mariame Kaba.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/11/23/ep-242-steven-w-thrasherEpisode TranscriptConnect with Steven: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/23/202258 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 241 Names on Top of Names on Top of Names with Jonathan Abrams

Today Jonathan Abrams joins The Stacks to discuss his third book The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop. In unpacking the massive undertaking, the NYT staff writer and sports reporter addresses what goes into crafting a good oral history, and why he wanted to tell this particular story now. Plus, we get into the best diss tracks and rap beefs of all time.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We will discuss the book on November 30th with Mariame Kaba.Episode TranscriptYou can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://www.thestackspodcast.com/2022/11/16/ep-241-jonathan-abramsConnect with Jonathan: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/16/202255 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 240 Hold the Powers that Be Accountable with Jemele Hill

Renowned sports journalist Jemele Hill joins the show to discuss her powerful new book Uphill: A Memoir. We talk about how she organized and thought about telling her story, how she cultivated he sources as a journalist. Jemele also reveals how she navigates the challenging relationship between her own identity as a Black woman and the world of sports.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We will discuss the book on November 30th with Mariame Kaba.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: thestackspodcast.com/2022/11/09/ep-240-jemele-hillEpisode TranscriptConnect with Jemele: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/9/202258 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 239 The Purpose of a System Is What It Does with Mariame Kaba

Today we welcome Mariame Kaba - activist and author of the book We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, and her latest, No More Police: A Case for Abolition, which she cowrote with Andrea J. Ritchie. In discussing her lifelong devotion to anti-violence, we learn why Mariame doesn't center herself in the work toward abolition, and why she does not consider herself a writer. She also explains the difference between punishment and consequences and shares some incredible book recommendations.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Prison By Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We will discuss the book on November 30th with Mariame Kaba.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/11/02/ep-239-mariame-kabaEpisode TranscriptConnect with Mariame: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/2/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 238 Fairest by Meredith Talusan -- The Stacks Book Club (Anthony Christian Ocampo)

Today professor and author Anthony Christian Ocampo returns to unpack the memoir Fairest by Meredith Talusan. The book is about Talusan's childhood in the Philippines, immigration to the US, experiences at Harvard, and eventual transition. Traci and Anthony discuss the subjective nature of beauty, and what it means to have an author reckon with their past in a memoir. They differ considerably on their opinions of the book, and lean into a conversation about critique, representation, and responsibility.Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our November book club pick will be!You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/10/26/ep-238-fairestEpisode TranscriptConnect with Anthony: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/26/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 237 Girl Fear with Kamila Shamsie

Today we welcome Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie, author of the new novel Best of Friends and past The Stacks Book Club pick, Home Fire. We discuss the shifting of global political climates, the idea of 'girl fear' and Kamila stresses the importance of giving new writers a chance to mature, and we tackle the question, "How do you write after success?"The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Fairest by Meredith Talusan. We will discuss the book on October 26th with Anthony Christian Ocampo.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/10/19/ep-237-kamila-shamsieEpisode TranscriptConnect with Kamila: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/19/202250 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 236 I Thought I Was the Problem with Brandon Kyle Goodman

Actor, activist and Traci's very dear college friend Brandon Kyle Goodman joins The Stacks to talk about their new book You Gotta Be You: How to Embrace This Messy Life and Step Into Who You Really Are. Together, we ponder its central question: "Who would I be if society never got its hands on me?" We also discuss manipulative friendships, chosen family, pronouns and Brandon's experiences coming into their non-binary identity.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Fairest by Meredith Talusan. We will discuss the book on October 26th with Anthony Christian Ocampo.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/10/12/ep-236-brandon-kyle-goodmanEpisode TranscriptConnect with Brandon: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/12/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 235 Filipinx Literary Renaissance with Anthony Christian Ocampo

This episode, we speak with Anthony Christian Ocampo, Ph.D - sociology professor and author of Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons, an homage to second-generation gay men of color. We discuss the delicate art of writing as an academic while making the work accessible to laypeople, and why Anthony puts himself in his work. We also cover talking bad about books, and current renaissance of Filipinx literature. The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Fairest by Meredith Talusan. We will discuss the book on October 26th with Anthony Christian Ocampo.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/10/05/ep-235-anthony-ocampoEpisode TranscriptConnect with Anthony: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/5/202258 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 234 The Trees by Percival Everett -- The Stacks Book Club (Lisa Lucas)

Today, publisher Lisa Lucas returns to help us break down the 2021 crime novel The Trees by Percival Everett. In discussing the page-turning thriller, we admire the brilliance of the humor and history on every page, and the mastery Percival Everett himself. We also ask questions around the future, past, and present of the United States in the face of palpable political tensions.There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our October book club pick will be!You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/28/ep-234-the-treesEpisode TranscriptConnect with Lisa: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/28/202255 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 233 A Grieving Apocalyptic Historian with Saeed Jones

Today we speak with Saeed Jones - award-winning author of the new poetry collection Alive at the End of the World. Our conversation covers the art of embracing chaos and finding humor, and how Saeed considers his poems in relation to the reading and the performance of poetry. Saeed also explains why he thinks of all his poems as traps. The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/21/ep-233-saeed-jonesEpisode TranscriptConnect with Saeed: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/21/202257 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 232 What Should the Rules Be with Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott joins us to discuss her investigative reporting career and her Pulitzer Prize winning book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City. We go over how this remarkable story came to be, and how it shifted from what Andrea first anticipated. We also get into what can and should change about the ethics of journalism, and the challenge of protecting children from themselves in the media. The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/14/ep-232-andrea-elliottEpisode TranscriptConnect with Andrea: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/14/20221 hour, 28 seconds
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Ep. 231 At the End of Every Day There's a Book with Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas, Senior Vice President at Pantheon and Schocken, is our first ever book publisher to join the podcast. We discuss the path that led Lisa to her current role and how she sees book purchasing as integral to the push for diversity in publishing. We also talk about what inclusivity does and should mean in the world of books.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/07/ep-231-lisa-lucasEpisode TranscriptConnect with Lisa: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/7/202258 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 230 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee -- The Stacks Book Club (Ingrid Rojas Contreras)

Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras joins us again to talk about our book club selection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. Our discussion of this essay collection covers the artists' relationship to critical reviews, and how much day jobs and everyday life inform art. We also ask, how important is truth to fiction, and what constitutes a life well-lived? You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/31/ep-230-how-to-write-an-autobiographical-novelBe sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our September book club pick will be!Episode TranscriptConnect with Ingrid: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/31/20221 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Ep. 229 Destabilizing Whiteness with Mohsin Hamid

Award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid joins this episode of The Stacks to talk about his newest book The Last White Man. We discuss what inspired the story, his exploration of how whiteness works through fiction, and the ongoing conversation between a reader and the author. We also get into Mohsin's monastic writing rituals, his elite professors, and how his writing fills a need in his understanding of life.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/24/ep-229-mohsin-hamidThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Episode TranscriptConnect with Mohsin: WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/24/202255 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 228 Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee

Today we're joined by entrepreneur and author Marisa Renee Lee, whose book Grief is Love: Living with Loss offers a framework for healing after tragedy. We discuss grief's connection to capitalism and white supremacy, and how our relationship with love is connected to our relationship with loss. We also ask, how can we help people who are grieving, and why are Americans so bad at it? You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/17/ep-228-marisa-renee-leeThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Episode TranscriptConnect with Marisa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/17/202258 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz visit The Stacks to discuss their joint effort Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book. They break down how the process of co-writing, how they decided to write for white audiences, and explain why we need an adult activity book for antiracism in the first place. We also ask, what do we do when we mess up; what makes a good apology?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/10/ep-227-w-kamau-bell-and-kate-schatzThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Episode TranscriptConnect with W. Kamau: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Kate: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/10/202259 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

We're joined today by novelist and essayist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose new book The Man Who Could Move Clouds combines memoir with rich storytelling and an excavation of family and Colombian history. We discuss magical realism as a nonfiction genre, why it's useful to believe in ghosts, and ask the question, what responsibility do we owe to our pasts?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/03/ep-226-ingrid-rojas-contrerasThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Episode TranscriptConnect with Ingrid: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/3/202255 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

It's The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the classic Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We're joined again by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere, to break down this novel that explores the tensions at the heart of colonialism. We also discuss the ways we project current events onto classic literature, how important an author's own biography is to understanding the text, and that ending!There are spoilers in today's episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/27/ep-225-season-of-migrationBe sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our August book club pick will be!Connect with Elamin: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/27/202252 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

Poet and author Erika L. Sánchez joins The Stacks to discuss Crying in the Bathroom, her new memoir about growing up in the 90s as a misfit daughter of Mexican immigrants. We talk about religion and mental health, being loud and funny, and finally feeling ready to write about difficult topics.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/20/ep-224-erika-l-sanchezThe Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Erika: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/20/202250 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

Today we speak with journalist and professor Caleb Gayle about his new book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. In our discussion of his career and American history, we cover Black people in the Creek Nation, forty acres and a mule, and what it means to be a citizen. We also ask why we are so consistently taught not to remember, and who benefits from our forgetting?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/13/ep-223-caleb-gayleThe Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Caleb: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/13/202257 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Our guest for this episode is Elamin Abdelmahmoud - political and cultural commentator, Buzzfeed News senior culture writer and author of the new essay collection Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. We discuss the meaning of "elsewhere" in his work, and the complexity of loving something that doesn't align with your politics. We also get into Black music, and great books on music.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/06/ep-222-elamin-abdelmahmoud/The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Elamin: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/6/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 221 White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson -- The Stacks Book Club (David Dennis Jr.)

Journalist and author, David Dennis Jr. returns to discuss our June Book Club pick White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue... And Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. Together we unpack writing for the white gaze, our feelings about (anti) racism since 2020, and the long tradition of categorizing Black artists as "urban" and white artists as "mainstream" no matter how similar their work. Plus, a peanut butter and jelly taste test to start things off.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/29/ep-221-white-negroes/Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our July book club pick will be! Connect with David: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/29/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 220 Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley

Today we're joined by Justin Tinsley, senior culture writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him. We talk about the culture, legends, women, and controversies that shaped The Notorious B.I.G.'s life, and place his story into a greater context. Justin also shares how he worked on multiple projects while writing this book, and what he thinks comes next.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/22/ep-220-justin-tinsleyThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Justin: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/22/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley

This episode we talk with Oakland native and 2018 youth poet laureate Leila Mottley about writing her debut novel Nightcrawling at 17, and the process of adapting a true story to fiction. Leila imagines how it would be different if she wrote the book now, and insists she's really not exceptional among the countless talented young writers out there.*Note: This was recorded shortly before the announcement of Nightcrawling as an Oprah's Book Club pick.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/15/ep-219-leila-mottleyThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Leila: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/15/202254 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson

Today we speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - academic, minister and author - about his new book Unequal: A Story About America, which he co-wrote with Marc Favreau. We discuss the lies around bootstrap politics and personal responsibility, and our culture's hunger for all things history (except when it's by or about Black people). We also examine how the white gaze shapes how Black history is taught.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/08/ep-218-michael-eric-dysonThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Dr. Dyson: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/8/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.

This episode we hear from cultural critic David Dennis, Jr - Senior Writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. We talk about the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement, the book that inspired David's storytelling, and what it means to survive when you're planning to die.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/01/ep-217-david-dennis-jrThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with David: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/1/20221 hour, 1 minute, 48 seconds
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Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith - The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

It's The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to unpack Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We talk about Danyel as a cultural icon, what it takes to be a superstar. and the joy of disco as a threat to whiteness.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/25/ep-216-shine-brightBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our June book club pick will be! Connect with Novena: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/25/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 215 It's Kind of Wonderful, but it's Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith

Today we're joined by Danyel Smith, author of this month's book club pick, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Danyel is an award-winning journalist, the creator and host of the Black Girl Song Book podcast, and former editor and chief of Vibe, and editor at Billboard. This episode gets into the erasure of black women in pop music, holding music institutions accountable, and the cost of crossing over to the "mainstream".You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/18/ep-215-danyel-smithThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Danyel: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/18/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.

This week, we speak with Van Lathan Jr., prolific podcaster, Oscar winning producer, and author of the new memoir Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation. Our conversation covers vulnerability, feeling [un]comfortable in our own skin, and the struggle of loving our bodies. We also get into mourning the future, and the journey of becoming who we think we need to be. You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/11/ep-214-van-lathanThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Van: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/11/202258 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 213 Curating a Vibe with Novena Carmel

Today we're joined by musician and DJ Novena Carmel, cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. We get into our childhood reading habits, Novena's radio show experience, and curating a playlist for the city. We also discuss finding one's own rhythm, being the daughter of a music legend, and the power of vibrations.  You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/04/ep-213-novena-carmelThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Novena: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/4/202254 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston - The Stacks Book Club (Nate Marshall)

We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston's poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that impact a Black boy's struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. We discuss the narratives around coming of age in the suburbs and the city, and ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as an objectively good poem?Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our May book club pick will be! You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/27/ep-212-doppelgangbanger/Connect with Nate: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/27/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 211 A Radical Shift with Julie Otsuka

Today we're speaking with Julie Otsuka, whose nationally-bestselling novel The Swimmers explores what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool. Our conversation covers the art of crafting sentences and finding the right voice. We also discuss the joy of writing in cafes, and the element of surprise.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/20/ep-211-julie-otsukaThe Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Julie: WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/20/202253 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 210 A Warm Hug with Danny Pellegrino

Today we're joined by the delightful Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories, a collection of essays about growing up as a closeted gay kid in small-town Ohio. We discuss the need to spotlight books in pop culture, the responsibility of media to tell stories that include gay characters, and how we handle grief. Traci also urges Danny to start his own LGBTQIA+ book club, watch out Reese!You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/13/ep-210-danny-pellegrino/The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Danny: Instagram | Twitter | Podcast | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/13/202251 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 209 A Poem is About Wonder with Nate Marshall

In this episode we speak with the lauded writer, educator and MC Nate Marshall, whose latest poetry collection Finna was named one of NPR's best books of 2020. We discuss poetry's early-2000s pop culture heyday, its evolving cultural voice and our first introductions to the oft-intimidating, wonder-evoking art form.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/06/ep-209-nate-marshallThe Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Nate: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/6/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison's novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book's central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/30/ep-208-a-mercyBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our April book club pick will be! Connect with Imani: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/30/202258 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 207 Breaking Through the Black/White Binary with Julissa Arce

Today we're joined by Julissa Arce, author, and education and immigration activist. On this episode we have a conversation around Julissa's third book, You Sound Like a White Girl: A Case for Rejecting Assimilation. We talk about the myths around U.S. citizenship, colorism in Latine communities, plus the histories that the Black-white binary excludes.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/23/ep-207-julissa-arceThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Julissa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/23/202251 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 206 Who Are You Loving When You Write with Destiny O. Birdsong

Our guest today is author and poet Destiny O. Birdsong. Destiny's debut novel, Nobody's Magic, is about three Black women with Albinism in Shreveport, LA. We talk about the ways Destiny approached representation and nuance when writing about Albinism, her personal training ground for crafting dialogue, and the pressures people can feel around grief.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/16/ep-206-destiny-o-birdsongThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Destiny: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/16/202253 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 205 Finding Ways to Heal with Stephanie Foo

Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer, most recently on This American Life, and she is the author of What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. Today we talk about Stephanie's journey toward healing from Complex PTSD , fighting model minority stereotype, and the lasting impact of generational trauma.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/09/ep-205-stephanie-fooThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Stephanie: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/9/202252 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 204 A Journey South with Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the author of seven books including her latest, the New York Times bestselling, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. She is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture, and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Imani shares with us today about her writing process, inspirations, and sweet tooth.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/02/ep-204-imani-perryThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Imani: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/2/202255 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 203 I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue -- The Stacks Book Club (Tessa Miller)

Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing I Live a Life Like Yours, a memoir by Jan Grue, which explores his experiences as a wheelchair user in Norway. We are joined by author and journalist, Tessa Miller (What Doesn't Kill You) for this conversation on the importance of community, accessibility, and pushing back against stereotypical depictions of disabled people.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/23/ep-203-i-live-a-life-like-yoursBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our March book club pick will be! Connect with Tessa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/23/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 202 Even the Bachelorette Gets Insecure with Rachel Lindsay

Our guest today is Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette and author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths. Rachel is also co-host of the podcast Higher Learning and a corespondent on Extra. We talk today about her experiences in Bachelor Nation, working with a ghost writer, and when she knew she was ready to write this book.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/16/ep-202-rachel-lindsayThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Connect with Rachel: Instagram | Twitter | Higher LearningConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/16/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 46 seconds
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Day 5 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. To wrap up Banned Books in The Stacks we've brought back friend of the podcast Kiese Laymon to help us make sense of this entire week of programming. Kiese is the author of the banned book, Heavy, as well as Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. We talk today about how it feels to have your work banned, what children have a right to know, and what else Kiese sees as tied to this wave of book You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/11/banned-books-day-5Connect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/11/202254 minutes, 16 seconds
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Day 4 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.We start today's episode with Mississippi high school student Timya Wright. Timya shares how she feels about adults telling young people what books they can have access to and the kinds of books she wishes were taught in school. Then we're joined by Azar Nafisi, the bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the forthcoming Read Dangerously:The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times. We talk about Azar's about the need to nurture freedom. We also hear about authors Rebecca Carroll, R. Eric Thomas, and R. O. Kwon's favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/10/banned-books-day-4Connect with Azar: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/10/202245 minutes
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Day 3 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. We continue our conversation on banned books with Virginia State Senator Ghazala Hashmi. Senator Hashmi talks about the legality of book banning as well as the efforts that the governor of her state has put in place to report teachers for "divisive" lessons . Then we talk with Hannah Oliver Depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstores, about censorship versus curation.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/09/banned-books-day-3Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/9/202246 minutes, 43 seconds
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Day 2 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. On today's episode we're joined by Alison Bechdel author of the frequently banned graphic memoir Fun Home, and she shares why she hates having to talk about the banning of books. Then we get into a conversation about the comfort level of students with high school English teacher Kelsey Reynolds. We also hear from TV writer and actor Brandon Kyle Goodman, and actress and podcast host Becca Tobin, about their favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/08/banned-books-day-2Connect with Alison: Website | Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/8/202254 minutes, 39 seconds
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Day 1 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. On today's episode we talk with the director of the Warren County - Vicksburg Public Library, Katrina Stokes about curating a collection and the process of banning a book in public libraries. Then we talk with Thursday Williams, an actor from the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, and a current college student, about what's at stake for young people and the things we aren't taught in school. We also hear from authors Hanif Abdurraquib and Tessa Miller about their favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/07/banned-books-day-1Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/7/202249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 201 The Language of Chronic Illness with Tessa Miller

Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health justice. We discuss Tessa's debut book, What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt and how publishing a memoir brought on a whole new level of anxiety and insecurities around being a writer and living with chronic illness. We also talk about graphic language, writing for multiple audiences, and prioritizing books by disabled and/or chronically ill authors.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/02/ep-201-tessa-millerThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Connect with Tessa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/2/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Nella Larsen's 1929 classic novel Passing. We're joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House' All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920's. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/26/ep-200-passingStay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our February Book Club pick will be.Connect with Cree: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/26/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James

Today we're joined by Kendra James; writer, podcast producer, and editor, to discuss her debut book, Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School. We talk about Kendra's experiences as the first African American legacy student at the Taft School in Connecticut, the ways she came to terms with the racism she experienced, and who she is writing for. We also talk pettiness, writing in the bathroom, and figure skating.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/19/ep-199-kendra-jamesThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Kendra: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/19/20221 hour, 23 seconds
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Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds

This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book, Ain't Burned all the Bright, a collaboration with his friend, artist, Jason Griffin. We talk today about creativity in 2020, working with collaborators, and our understandings and experiences around grief. You can hear Jason's first appearances on The Stacks here and here.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/12/ep-198-jason-reynoldsThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Jason: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/12/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 197 All Ways Black, Always with Cree Myles

Today we're joined by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random Houses' All Ways Black, a platform that is focused on uplifting and centering the work of Black authors. We talk today about the competitive drive that keeps us motivated, balancing personal identity and reading choices, and the vibe we expect to find in heaven.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/05/ep-197-cree-mylesThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Cree: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/5/20221 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib -- The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)

It's time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we're taking on a favorite book of the year, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. We are joined again by podcaster and TV writer Andrew Ti for this conversation which touches on cancel culture, Black cultural stereotypes, the skillful writing of the book, and so much more.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/29/ep-196-a-little-devil-in-americaStay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our January 2022 Book Club pick will be.Connect with Andrew: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/29/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 195 The Best Books of 2021 with Lupita Aquino and Morgan Hoit

It's time for The Stacks' annual Best Books of 2021 episode. To help put together this list, we're joined by professional readers Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads) and Morgan Hoit (@nycbookgirl). In addition to sharing our top 10 books of the year, we also discuss the trends we saw in 2021, reading for work, and the books we're excited about in 2022.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/22/ep-195-best-books-of-2021The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.Connect with Lupita: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Morgan: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/22/20211 hour, 54 seconds
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Ep. 194 How We Understand Loneliness with Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radkte is the author of Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, a work of graphic nonfiction that uses prose and images to explore the experience and portrayal of loneliness. It is spectacular. Kristen talks to us about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our collective understanding of loneliness, what she wishes more people knew about graphic books, and how to connect with the lonely in our lives.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/15/ep-194-kristen-radtkeThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.Connect with Kristen: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/15/202145 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 193 Betting on the Kids with Angelina Jolie and Tokata Iron Eyes

Angelina Jolie, actor-director-humanitarian, and Indigenous activist Tokata Iron Eyes join Traci to discuss Jolie's book Know Your Rights an Claim Them: A Guide for Youth, which she wrote with Geraldine Van Bueren and Amnesty International. The conversation is a candid discussion with two people who are helping to shape the dialogue around activism, especially when it comes to the global rights of children, and the ways activism permeates all facets of life. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/08/ep-193-angelina-jolie-tokata-iron-eyesThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss this book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.Connect with Angelina: InstagramConnect with Tokata: InstagramConnect with Amnesty International: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/8/202154 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 192 Yo, Is This Racist with Andrew Ti

Andrew Ti is the creator and co-host of the Yo, Is This Racist podcast, and a comedy and TV writer. He joins the show today to talk about his journey from a neuroscience major at Columbia to the writers room on mixed-ish. We also talk about his relationship to problematic white authors, his aversion to funny books, and more. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/01/ep-192-andrew-ti/The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.Connect with Andrew: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/1/202158 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Dawnie Walton)

It is time for our annual Toni Morrison episode of The Stacks as part of The Stacks Book Club. We are discussing Morrison's third novel, Song of Solomon, and to help us dissect this sweeping story we've brought back author Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev). On the show we discuss this book as part of the conversation for "the great American novel", gush over our favorite characters and scenes, and so much more.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/24/ep-191-song-of-solomonBe sure to listen to the end of the episode to hear what our December book club pick will be.Connect with Dawnie: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/24/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell

On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. We use her books as a lens to discuss the relationship of language to power and community, the ways women continue to be at the forefront of language innovation, and to look at cultural normativity.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.Connect with Amanda: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Sounds Like a Cult PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/17/20211 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry

Our guest today is Dr. Myisha Cherry, a philosopher, professor, and author, whose work focuses on emotions and attitudes in public life. Her latest book is The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle. Myisha shares why we must embrace our rage if we want to improve our society, how we've been socialized around anger, and how allies can cause harm.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/10/ep-189-myisha-cherryThe Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.Connect with Myisha: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/10/202156 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 188 Creating an Icon with Dawnie Walton

Our guest today is journalist and editor Dawnie Walton, she is the debut author behind one of this year's most talked about novels, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. Dawnie shares her research process, how oral histories can elevate fictional characters, and the rock stars that inspired her own rock icon.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/03/ep-188-dawnie-waltonThe Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.Connect with Dawnie: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/3/20211 hour, 1 minute, 5 seconds
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Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

The last week of the month means it's time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we're joined again by author, poet, and podcast host, Nichole Perkins (Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be) to discuss Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. On this episode we talk about the ways the book (and movie) have and haven't aged well, the depiction of friendship between Black women, and the lasting legacy of this modern classic.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/27/ep-187-waiting-to-exhaleBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what The Stacks Book Club pick for November will be!Connect with Nichole: Twitter | Instagram | Website | This is Good for You PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/27/202159 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle. Our conversation carries us through and around the intersections of race, religion, and nationality as we discuss the stories we inherent around Blackness, the need for a more radical church, and the texts that give us meaning.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/20/ep-186-dante-stewartThe Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonConnect with Danté: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/20/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 185 Abolition for the People with Bree Newsome Bass Kiese Laymon

Today we're discussing Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing and Prisons, an anthology edited by Colin Kaepernick. We are joined by two contributors from the book, Bree Newsome Bass and Kiese Laymon. Bree is a filmmaker and activist, known for removing the confederate flag from South Carolina Capitol. Kiese is the author of Heavy and Long Division, and a friend of this podcast.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/13/ep-185-bree-newsome-kiese-laymonConnect with Bree: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | Bookshop.org | Amazon SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/13/20211 hour, 47 seconds
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Ep. 184 The Desire Advocate Is In with Nichole Perkins

We're joined today by cultural critic, poet, podcaster, and author Nichole Perkins. Her new book, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be is a memoir in essays that covers the intimate details of Perkins' life. We talk on this episode about sex writing, setting boundaries, and intended versus actual audience.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/06/ep-184-nichole-perkinsThe Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.Connect with Nichole: Twitter | Instagram | Website | This is Good for You PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/6/202156 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 183 Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson -- The Stacks Book Club (Derecka Purnell)

Today on The Stacks we discuss the book that inspired this podcast, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We're joined by Derecka Purnell (activist and author of the forthcoming Becoming Abolitionists) to delve into this Pulitzer Prize winning book; the coverup, the legacy, and the ways we rely on a superficial notion of justice.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/29/ep-183-blood-in-the-waterBe sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for October!Connect with Derecka: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/29/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 182 Athletes and Activism with Dave Zirin

Today we're joined by sportswriter, journalist, and podcaster Dave Zirin to discuss his new book The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World. We talk about the impact of Colin Kaepernick's NFL protest in 2016, the psyche of young activists, and the best sports protest moments of all time. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/22/ep-182-dave-zirinThe Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th. Connect with Dave: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/22/20211 hour, 13 seconds
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Ep. 181 We Don't Have to Agree with Jill Louise Busby

Jill Louise Busby is an writer, filmmaker, and the person behind the now defunct "Jill is Black" account on Instagram. She joins The Stacks to discuss her debut book, Unfollow Me: Essay in Complicity. Our conversation examines the complexities of audience in relation to worth, real life vs. internet life, and the need for balance.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/15/ep-181-jill-louise-busbyThe Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th. Connect with Jill: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/15/202159 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 180 Fifty Years After Attica with Heather Ann Thompson

Today we are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, Heather Ann Thompson. We discuss her process in researching and writing this epic civil rights story, and the legacy of the uprising 50 years later.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/08/ep-180-heather-ann-thompson Connect with Heather: Twitter | Instagram | Website  Connect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/8/202157 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 179 Imagining Better with Derecka Purnell

Our guest today is lawyer, writer, activist, organizer, and author Derecka Purnell. Derecka joins us to discuss her forthcoming debut book, Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom out October 5th. Our conversation is an inspiring discussion around police abolition, imagination, and the books that have informed Derecka’s thinking.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/01/ep-179-derecka-purnell Episode TranscriptConnect with Derecka: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/1/202158 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 178 Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi -- The Stacks Book Club (Juliet Litman)

It is The Stacks Book Club day, and we are discussing Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. To help us talk about this YA romance we have brought back the wonderful Juliet Litman, host of the Bachelor Party and Jam Session podcasts, as well as head of development at The Ringer. Today we talk about men who are not emotionally available, important messages for young people, and the acknowledgement section in books.There are spoilers on today’s episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for September!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/25/ep-178-emergency-contactPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.Connect with Juliet: Twitter | Instagram | The RingerConnect with The Stacks: Instagram| Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/25/202150 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 177 Defining the American Dream with Roger Bennett

If you’re in America and you love soccer, you know and love today’s guest, Roger “Rog” Bennett, the co-host of The Men in Blazers Show. Rog joins us to discuss his book, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, (Re)Born in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home. We talk about what it means to consider yourself an American, the dreams of our younger selves, and of course, a little soccer.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/18/ep-177-roger-bennettConnect with Rog: Twitter | Instagram | Website | PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/18/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 176 Leaving a Record of History with Adam Serwer

Today we welcome Adam Serwer to the podcast. Adam is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The New York Times bestseller The Cruelty Is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America. We talk about the historical record, Democracy as a means of managing conflict, running as creative routine, and much more. The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/11/ep-176-adam-serwerSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/11/202159 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 175 Chatty Books with Juliet Litman

Our guest today is Juliet Litman. Juliet is the host of the podcasts Bachelor Party and Jam Session on The Ringer network. She is also the head of production at the Ringer. We talk today about the similarities between television and books, why Juliet loves “chatty” novels, and what changes should be made to The Bachelor franchise.The Stacks Book Club selection for August is Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. We will discuss the book with Juliet Litman on Wednesday August 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/04/ep-175-juliet-litman/Connect with Juliet: Twitter | Instagram | The RingerConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/4/20211 hour, 44 seconds
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Ep. 174 The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui -- The Stacks Book Club (Mira Jacob)

It’s The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing our first ever graphic memoir on the show. The book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, and our guest is graphic memoirist (Good Talk), novelist (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and cultural critic, Mira Jacob. We talk today about the moment that a good book makes the reader examine themselves, books that don’t feel like reading, and the distillation of history for the sake of narrative.There are no spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for August!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/28/ep-174-the-best-we-could-doConnect with Mira: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/28/20211 hour, 29 seconds
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Ep. 173 Living with Less with Christine Platt

Today we welcome author and decluttering expert Christine Platt, also known as The Afrominimalist. We talk today about Christine’s latest book The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less. We discuss mistakes, unique aesthetics, and how the language around minimalism doesn’t have to be so scary.The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/21/ep-173-christine-plattConnect with Christine: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/21/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 172 The Art vs. The Artist with Quentin Tarantino

Our guest today is Academy Award winning screenwriter and director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained). He joins us to talk about his debut novel, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a novelization of his film with the same title. We discuss the art versus the artist, the challenges of writing a novel, and if Tarantino really plans to retire from filmmaking after his next film.The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/14/ep-172-quentin-tarantinoConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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Ep. 171 Trusting in Optimism with Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is a cultural critics and the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, Good Talk. Today we talk with Mira about the ways optimism is a form of bravery, the alignment of form, function, and story, and the system that leads to authors writing blurbs for books.The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/07/ep-171-mira-jacobPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.Connect with Mira: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/7/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 170 The Undying by Anne Boyer -- The Stacks Book Club (Mychal Denzel Smith)

It’s time for another installment of The Stacks Book Club. This month we’re discussing The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness by Anne Boyer with Mychal Denzel Smith (Stakes is High). Our conversation explores the commodification of cancer, the ways sexism is entrenched in the language of breast cancer, and how form and content can work together and fight against one another in the same text.There are no spoilers in this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for July!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/30/ep-170-the-undyingConnect with Mychal: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Open Form PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/30/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 169 Defining Love for Ourselves with Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford is a host, podcaster, writer, and now author. Her debut book, Somebody’s Daughter, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and tells the story of her childhood as it relates to her coming of age and her father’s incarceration. Today we discuss therapy and her writing process, the ways anger fuels passion, and what it means to be published by Oprah Winfrey’s imprint. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/23/ep-169-ashley-c-ford/SUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Connect with Ashley: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/23/202157 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 168 Embodying History with Clint Smith

Today we are joined by Clint Smith author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Clint is a staff writer at The Atlantic. We talk about how Clint’s poetry informs his nonfiction, the capacity to be surprised, and the recency of slavery.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/16/ep-168-clint-smithConnect with Clint: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/16/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 167 Disrupting the Systems that Cage Us with Marlon Peterson

Today we are joined by author and activist Marlon Peterson. His book Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song is out now and is both a memoir of Marlon’s time in prison and an indictment of a system that fails its citizens. We talk today about possibility, asking different questions, and romantic comedies. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/09/ep-167-marlon-petersonMarlon: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/9/202157 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 166 Who Do We Want to Be with Mychal Denzel Smith

Our guest this week is Mychal Denzel Smith, the author of one of Traci’s favorite books from 2020, Stakes is High. Mychal’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications, and now he hosts the Open Form podcast. Today we talk about the difference between accountability and punishment, abolition, and what it means to want better for America.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/06/02/ep-166-mychal-denzel-smith/Connect with Mychal: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Open Form...SUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/2/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 165 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenny Lee)

Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re finally discussing Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy with author Jenny Lee. Jenny’s books Anna K and Anna K Away are modern day retellings of Anna Karenina which makes her the perfect person to do a deep dive into this mega-novel. Please be warned there are a lot of spoilers in the episode. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who read along with us, it's no small feat, and we’re honored you took the time to read along with us!There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for June!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/05/26/ep-165-anna-kareninaSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/26/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 164 Breaking a Story with Patrick Radden Keefe

Our guest today is staff writer at The New Yorker, and award winning author Patrick Radden Keefe. We talk about his newest book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, and the ways the opioid crisis was directly connected to their drug OxyContin. We also discuss Patrick’s thinking around breaking a story, writing after the success of his bestselling book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, and his foray into podcasting with his show Wind of Change.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. We will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/05/19/ep-164-patrick-radden-keefeSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/19/202154 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 163 Pushing the Boundaries of Understanding with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Today we're joined by Chanda Prescod Weinstein, a theoretical physicist specializing in early universe cosmology. She is the author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. We talk today about science anxiety, the ways politics play into science, and how the cosmos are part of all of our lives.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/05/12/ep-163-chanda-prescod-weinsteinConnect with Chanda: Twitter | Instagram SUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/12/20211 hour, 2 minutes
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Ep. 162 Adapting a Classic with Jenny Lee

Today on The Stacks we’re talking with TV writer and author Jenny Lee. Jenny is the author of Anna K a modern retelling of Anna Karenina set in the world of New York City’s teenage elite. Her brand new book is a sequel to the bestselling Anna K entitled, Anna K Away. We talk today about adapting a classic, what happens when the source material runs out, and the very real struggle of not always liking your work. The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th.Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/05/05/ep-162-jenny-leeSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/5/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 161 The Tradition by Jericho Brown -- The Stacks Book Club (Reginald Dwayne Betts)

On today's episode of The Stacks we're talking with poet, lawyer, and activist, Reginald Dwayne Betts about The Tradition by Jericho Brown for The Stacks Book Club. We discuss poems as fact or fiction, what happens when you hear a poem out loud, and the ways different poems can take on different meanings to different people. Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/04/28/ep-161-the-traditionSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/28/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 160 Black People Doing Spectacular Things with Hanif Abdurraqib

On this week's episode we're joined by Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif is an author, poet, music and cultural critic, and the host of the podcast Object of Sound. We talk today about his newest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. We talk today about how Hanif expanded the definition of performance, restraint as a tool in writing, and finding gratitude amidst grief. Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: Connect with Hanif: InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/21/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 159 Surviving the White Gaze with Rebecca Carroll

Our guest today Rebecca Carroll. Rebecca is a writer, cultural critic, and podcaster. She is the author of multiple books including her memoir which came out in February and is titled Surviving the White Gaze. We discuss her life as a Black child adopted into a white family, how she continues to interrogate the white gaze, and her 2020 podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll.There are no spoilers on this episode.For the month of April, The Stacks is raising $50,000 for Million Book Project to bring books into prisons nationwide. Click here to donate.Connect with Rebecca: Twitter | InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/14/202156 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 158 Reaching for Answers with Reginald Dwayne Betts

On today's episode we talk with poet, author, activist, and attorney Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon). In the conversation we explore the ways we police and punish ourselves and the people around us, the conditions of worthiness, and the balance between form and word choice in poetry. Dwayne also shares about his nonprofit, Million Book Project, and the work they do to bring books into prisons.Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project. The Stacks Book Club selection for April is The Tradition by Jericho Brown, we will discuss the book with Reginald Dwayne Betts on Wednesday April 7th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/04/07/ep-158-reginald-dwayne-bettsSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/7/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 157 Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh -- The Stacks Book Club (Nic Stone)

It's time for The Stacks Book Club conversation about our March pick, 2020 National Book Award Finalist, Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh. We are joined by prolific YA author, Nic Stone (Dear Martin, Dear Justyce). Our conversation explores what makes a book "good" or "bad", the complexity of finding one's self, and the power and value in our bodies.There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club picks for BOTH April and May!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/03/31/ep-157-every-body-lookingConnect with Nic: InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/31/202152 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 156 Pursuing a Passion with Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson is a National Book Award Finalist, and the author of a brand new novel called The Removed. The book is about one family and the lasting impacts from the murder of their son at the hands of a police officer. Today we talk about how The Removed challenges stereotypes around Native Americans, creating a career from passions, and the writers who inspire Brandon.There are no spoilers on this episode.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/03/24/ep-156-brandon-hobsonConnect with Brandon: TwitterSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/24/202145 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 155 The Art of the Crush with Mary H.K. Choi

Today on the podcast we talk with young adult author Mary H.K. Choi about her newest book, Yolk. Mary shares with us about her struggles with disordered eating, the steps she takes to take care of herself and her body, and writing about the city of New York. We also spend time discussing having a crush and what makes someone crush worthy.There are no spoilers on this episode.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/03/17/ep-155-mary-hk-choiConnect with Mary: Twitter | InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/17/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 154 Representation in Kink with R.O. Kwon & Garth Greenwell

Today we're talking with R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, the editors of Kink a new short story anthology all about...well, kink! We discuss the ways this book attempts to push back against harmful stereotypes around sex, the mundanity of kink, and the nuts and bolts of bringing together this many incredible writers.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: Connect with R. O.: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/10/202149 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 153 Breaking Down Standards with Nic Stone

Today we welcome author Nic Stone to the podcast. Nic is best known as the Young Adult and Middle Grade author of Dear Martin, Dear Justyce, and the Shuri series with Marvel Comics. We talk today about doubt, listening to young people, and the creative process. We also discuss the books that fill up Nic's bookshelves.The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/03/03/ep-153-nic-stoneSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/3/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 152 The New Wilderness by Diane Cook -- The Stacks Book Club (Vann Newkirk)

It's The Stacks Book Club day and we're discussing The New Wilderness by Diane Cook with senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the Floodlines podcast, Vann Newkirk. Our conversation looks at the impact of humans on nature, biblical allegories, and the nuance in relationships between parent and child.There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for March!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/02/24/ep-152-the-new-wildernessSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/24/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 151 Truth and Satire with Mateo Askaripour

Our guest today is Mateo Askaripour, the debut author of Black Buck which is a New York Times Bestseller. We talk about writing satire, Mateo's respect for his readers, and the ways he looked to other authors for inspiration throughout his process. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/02/17/ep-151-mateo-askaripourConnect with Mateo: InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/17/202154 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 150 An Invitation to History with Keisha N. Blain

Today our guest is author and historian Dr. Keisha N Blain. Keisha, along with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, edited the brand new collection Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019. Our conversation delves into the work of historians, our ancestors wildest dreams, and the logistics of bringing this ambitious book to life.The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/02/10/ep-150-keisha-n-blainSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/10/202157 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 149 A Bias Toward Justice with Vann Newkirk

Our guest today is journalist and senior editor at The Atlantic, Vann Newkirk. Vann is also the host of the Floodlines podcast that chronicled the events of Hurricane Katrina. We talk today about the idea of journalistic neutrality, environmental racism, and using books as a way to fill in the gaps of the things we learned (or didn’t) in school. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/02/03/ep-149-a-bias-toward-justice-with-vann-newkirk/Connect with Vann: The AtlanticSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/3/202155 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 148 The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans -- The Stacks Book Club (Deesha Philyaw)

It's The Stacks Book Club day! On today's episode we are joined again by author Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) to discuss The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. We go through each story in the collection and talk about our favorite parts, white innocence, and specificity in storytelling.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/27/ep-148-the-office-of-historical-correctionsConnect with Deesha: TwitterSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/27/202154 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 147 Crafting a Collection with Danielle Evans

Our guest today is Danielle Evans, author of The Stacks January Book Club selection, The Office of Historical Corrections. We discuss this incredible short story collection, spoiler free. We also discuss finding themes in a collection, and the ways Evans approaches writing white characters, plus how she came to understand she wanted to be a writer.There are no spoilers on this episode.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/20/ep-147-danielle-evansConnect with Danielle: Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/20/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 146 Integrity in Collaboration with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

Today we welcome Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham to The Stacks. They are the editors of Black Futures, a collection of art, essays, memes, recipes and more that document Blackness. In addition to working on this book together, Kimberly is also the author of This is What I Know About Art, an activist, and curator. Jenna is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the co-host of the Still Processing podcast. Today we talk about collaboration in the creative process, how they built this book, and what trust and integrity can look like in professional relationships.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/13/ep-146-kimberly-drew-jenna-worthamSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/13/202157 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 145 Measuring Success with Deesha Philyaw

It's 2021 and we're thrilled to kick off the new year with our guest, Deesha Philyaw, the author of National Book Award Finalist, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Today we discuss how Deesha sees a parallel between writing and math, what success looks like to her, and how publishing excludes the voices they need most.The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/01/06/ep-145-deesha-philyawConnect with Deesha: TwitterTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/6/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 144 Citizen by Claudia Rankine -- The Stacks Book Club (Darnell Moore)

It’s The Stacks Book Club day, and we’re joined again by author (No Ashes in the Fire), activist, and podcaster (Being Seen), Darnell Moore to dissect Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. We talk about how the book, published in 2014 holds up, who gets to express rage and joy, and what Rankine forces her readers to reckon with throughout the book.There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/30/ep-144-citizenConnect with Darnell: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Being Seen PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/30/20201 hour, 1 minute, 42 seconds
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Ep. 143 The Best of 2020 with Christine Bollow and Oscar Almonte-Espinal

Today we’re joined by two of The Stacks’ most favorite readers, Christine Bollow (@readingismagical) and Oscar Almonte-Espinal (@booksteahenny) to share the best books of 2020. We also discuss how 2020 impacted our reading and look ahead to the books we’re most excited about in 2021.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/23/ep-143-the-best-books-of-2020SUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/23/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 142 Sparking Creativity with Arianna Davis

Arianna Davis is the debut author of What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly, and the digital director at Oprahmag.com. Today we discuss how Arianna got her creative juices flowing, what she hopes readers will take away from her book, and of course, Oprah!The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/16/ep-142-arianna-davisConnect with Arianna: InstagramSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/16/202054 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 141 White Male Mediocrity with Ijeoma Oluo

Our guest today is the New York Times Bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo. She joins us to discuss her new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. We talk about who Ijeoma writes for, how she practices accountability, and the types of value judgements that have become the bedrock of white supremacy.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/09/ep-141-ijeoma-oluo/Connect with Ijeoma: Twitter | Instagram| WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/9/202052 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 140 Radical Black Love with Darnell Moore

We are thrilled to welcome Darnell Moore to The Stacks. Darnell is an activist, the author of No Ashes in the Fire, and now the host of The Being Seen podcast which focuses on the gay and queer Black male experience. We talk today about Black love, reckoning in memoir, and you get to hear him rifle through his book stacks to tell you about his favorite books.The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on Wednesday December 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/12/02/ep-140-darnell-mooreConnect with Darnell: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Being Seen PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/2/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 139 The Butterfly Effect by Marcus J. Moore -- The Stacks Book Club (Cole Cuchna)

Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore. To help us dissect this book we’ve brought back Cole Cuchna, host of the podcast Dissect. We talk about the importance of creative communities, the complexity of Kendrick Lamar, and so much more.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/25/ep-139-the-butterfly-effectConnect with Cole and Dissect: Dissect Website | Dissect Twitter | Dissect Instagram | Dissect on SpotifyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/25/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 138 Celebrating Black Artists with Marcus J. Moore

Marcus J. Moore is a music journalist, the author of our November pick for The Stacks Book Club, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, and today’s guest. Marcus shares why he felt it was important to write about Kendrick Lamar now, how this book is more than just biography, and what music he recommends we all check out. There are no spoilers on this episode.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/18/ep-138-marcus-j-mooreConnect with Marcus: Twitter| Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Shop The Stacks' New MerchSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/18/202058 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 137 Specificity in Storytelling with Yaa Gyasi

Our guest today is award winning novelist Yaa Gyasi. here to discuss her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. Our conversation touches on the challenges to writing a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut Homegoing, how she gave herself permission to write about small intimate stories this time around, and the ways research has factored into her process as a storyteller.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/11/ep-137-yaa-gyasiConnect with Yaa: FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/11/202047 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 136 Dissecting with Cole Cuchna

Our guest today is the host of the smash hit music podcast Dissect, Cole Cuchna. Cole joins us to discuss all things Dissect; like how the show came to be, why he focuses on hip-hop albums, the show's incredible growth, and working with collaborators. Then we transition to a conversation on books and why Cole likes to read the complete works of some of literature's heavy hitters.The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/04/ep-136-cole-cuchnaConnect with Cole and Dissect: Dissect Website | Dissect Twitter | Dissect Instagram | Dissect on SpotifyConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/4/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 135 The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley--The Stacks Book Club (Marc Lamont Hill)

Today is The Stacks Book Club conversation of The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told Alex Haley. We are joined again by Marc Lamont Hill, author, professor, activist, podcast host, and bookseller for this discussion of one of the important works on nonfiction in American history. We talk about the ways this book transformed us, the bravery of changing one’s mind, and the ways in which this book still feels relevant fifty-five years later.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/28/ep-135-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-xConnect with Marc: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Uncle Bobbie's | Coffee & BooksConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/28/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 134 The Stacks Election Special with Akilah Hughes

Today we’re doing something different. With the election just two weeks away, we’re diving head first into the election and politics. Akilah Hughes, host of Crooked Media’s daily news podcast, What A Day, joins us to talk about covering news in fall 2020 and answer your questions about the election. In addition to hosting What a Day Akilah is the author of Obviously: Stories from My Timeline, a comedian, and a TV writer.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/21/ep-134-akilah-hughesConnect with Akilah: Twitter |Instagram | Website | What a DayConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/21/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 133 Stacks on Stacks with Desus and Mero

Today we welcome two illustrious guests to The Stacks, Desus Nice & The Kid Mero. You know them from the #1 show in late night, Desus & Mero on Showtime, and their podcast Bodega Boys. The pair are now New York Times Best Selling authors with the release of their book God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx. Today we talk about the consumption of culture, the importance of growth and accountability in comedy, and the Bronx, of course.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/14/ep-133-desus-and-meroConnect with Desus & Mero: Desus Twitter |Desus Instagram | Mero Twitter | Mero Instagram | Bodega Boys Podcast | Desus & Mero on ShowtimeConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/14/202049 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 132 Coffee & Books with Marc Lamont Hill

Our guest today is Marc Lamont Hill. Marc is a modern day renaissance man. He is an author (Nobody, We Still Here), professor, owner of Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books, and the host of the new podcast Coffee & Books. Marc joins us today to discuss his passion for reading, Black death as a form of entertainment, and what readers should know about selling books.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with Marc Lamont Hill on October 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/10/07/ep-132-marc-lamont-hillConnect with Marc: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Uncle Bobbie's | Coffee & BooksConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/7/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 131 The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio -- The Stacks Book Club (Lupita Aquino)

Today for The Stacks book club we are discussing The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavic encio. Our guest is the reader behind the bookish instagram account Lupita Reads, Lupita Aqu ino. Our conversation looks at the ways undocumented people have been treated as a monolith, the concept of "objective journalism," and how this book has created a space for more undocumented folks to feel seen and heard. There are no spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website at: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/30/ep-131-the-undocumented-americans Connect with Lupita: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/30/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 130 The Politics of Sex with Angela Chen

Today on The Stacks we are joined by Angela Chen, journalist and author of a brand new book on asexuality titled: Ace: What Asexuality Revelas about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. We talk about asexuality, the way in which sex is politicized, involuntary celibates, and how people from marianalized groups are expected to educate the masses.The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website at: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/23/ep-130-angela-chen Connect with Angela: Twitter | Instagram |WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/23/202047 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 129 The Myth of Strength with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Corneji Villavicencio is the author of The Stacks Book Club selection for September, The Undocumented Americans. On today's episode we get a deeper (and spoiler free) look at the book, and why Karla felt compelled to tell these stories now. We also discuss the audience Karla had in mind while writing, her ideal writing setup, and why discribing women of color as "strong" is a form of erasure.The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villvavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/02/ep-127-lupita-aquino/ Connect with Karla: InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/16/202056 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 128 Big Friendships with Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are the friends behind the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and now the authors of the New York Times Best Selling book Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Today we talk about the obstacles they found in researching their book on friendship, finding their voice, the questions that come up in interracial friendships, and about their idea of "shine theory".The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/09/ep-128-aminatou-sow-ann-friedmanConnect with Aminatou & Ann: Aminatou Twitter|Aminatou Instagram|Ann Twitter|Call Your Girlfriend | Big FriendshipConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/9/20201 hour, 57 seconds
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Ep. 127 Crushes and Controversy with Lupita Aquino

Our guest today is Lupita Aquino, the reader behind successful bookstagram account Lupita Reads. Lupits is known for her incredible book recommendations and vibrant photos. Our conversation covers the evolving relationship between publishers and book influencers, activism in the book community, and the authors she finds crush-wrothy.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita Aquino on September 30th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/09/02/ep-127-lupita-aquinoConnect with Lupita: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/2/20201 hour, 33 seconds
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Ep. 126 Sula by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Brit Bennett)

Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half, The Mothers) is back for our annual discussion of a Toni Morrison novel. This year, we're taking on Sula, Morrison's novel about the bonds between women. Our conversation dives into feminist commentary throughout the book, the desire to create lasting communal art, and the ways Morrison uses gruesome violence and unexpected humor to show us a world that is deeply human and uniquely Black.There are spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/26/ep-126-sulaConnect with Brit: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/26/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 125 Wandering and Wondering with Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins author of This Will Be My Undoing joins the podcast today to discuss her newest books Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. Morgan shares details of the evolution of the book, the complex relationships between Black and Indigenous people, and how the lack of documentation has helped to obscure Black histories.Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/19/ep-125-morgan-jerkinsConnect with Morgan: Twitter|Instagram|WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/19/202052 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 124 Finding Your Future Self with Liara Tamani

Young Adult author Liara Tamani is our guest today, and we discuss her newest book All the Things We Never Knew. Liara shares how she came to write for young people, the ways she finds authenticity in her characters, why social media isn’t for her, and the ways school curriculum doesn’t always serve students.Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/12/ep-124-liara-tamaniConnect with Liara: Instagram|WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsoSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/12/202059 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 123 Complication and Imagination with Brit Bennett

Our guest today is Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, and her latest book, an instant New York Times #1 Bestseller, The Vanishing Half. Brit shares what it has been like having her book optioned by HBO, publishing in the middle of a pandemic and civil rights movement, and how she balances research and creativity. We also talk about the books that Brit loves and the types of characters that excite her.Tune in on August 26th when we discuss Sula by Toni Morrison for The Stacks Book Club with Brit Bennett.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/08/05/ep-123-brit-bennettConnect with Brit: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/5/20201 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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Ep. 122 Breathe by Imani Perry -- The Stacks Book Club (Kiese Laymon)

We are thrilled to welcome Kiese Laymon (Heavy, Long Division) back to The Stacks for our July book club discussion of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry. This deeply personal and evocative book brings up many questions that we grapple with around Black identity and family. We also talk about the ways revision is a powerful tool in education and the tradition of the epistolary form.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/29/ep-122-breathe Connect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/29/20201 hour, 2 minutes
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Ep. 121 Reading with Mr. & Mrs. Stacks

Our guest today is Traci Thomas. Thats right, Traci, the host of The Stacks, is finally spilling her answers to all The Stacks questions. She is talking about what she's reading, what books make her angry, and pretty much all things books. The best part is, her guest host is none other than her husband, Mr. Stacks. It’s an episode unlike any other, but still has all the book recommendations you could possibly need. The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today’s show on The Stacks’ website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/22/ep-121-mr-stacks Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/22/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 120 Everyone Can Do Something with Meena Harris

Our guest today is Meena Harris, founder and CEO of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign and author of a new children's book, Kamala and Maya's Big Idea. We talk about teaching young people to use their voice to make change, the need for diversity in children's books, and what it was like witnessing her aunt, Kamala Harris, run for President of the United States. The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/08/ep-119-james-mcbrideConnect with Meena: Twitter | Instagram | Phenomenal Woman Action CampaignConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/15/20201 hour, 46 seconds
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Ep. 119 All About the Drive with James McBride

The Stacks is honored to welcome James McBride, author of National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and his critically acclaimed memoir The Color of Water. His newest book, Deacon King Kong, is an Oprah's Book Club pick. We talk today about how James names his characters, they way he thinks about his success, and the role of art and history in American culture. The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/08/ep-119-james-mcbrideConnect with James: Website | Instagram | FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/8/202045 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 118 Living the Revision with Kiese Laymon

The Stacks is thrilled to welcome Kiese Laymon to the show. If you're a longtime fan of the podcast, you've heard Kiese mentioned countless times from authors and readers alike. Kiese is an author (Heavy, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America), essayist, and professor at The University of Mississippi. Today we discuss living revision, writing sentences, crafting nonfiction and the depths of fiction. Then we get into Kiese's favorite books, you'll want to get your TBR ready! The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Breathe by Imani Perry, we will discuss the book with Kiese Laymon on July 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/07/01/ep-118-kiese-laymonConnect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/1/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 117 Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe -- The Stacks Book Club (Emma Copley Eisenberg)

Today for The Stacks Book Club we are discussing Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe with our guest Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl). Our conversation dives into the three driving forces in the book; women, crime, and obsession. We also examine the impulse to solve crimes, why victim statements can be complicated, and what kind of killers get their narratives revisited.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/24/ep-117-savage-appetitesConnect with Emma: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/24/20201 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Ep. 116 White Fragility with The Lady Gang - Part 2

It's time for part two of The Stacks x The LadyGang conversation about White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. If you missed part one be sure to check it out over on The LadyGang's feed (Apple|Spotify). Today Traci, Keltie, Becca and Jac talk about some harmful and common mistakes white people make, how to apologize, ways to teach your kids about race, and so much more. You can find everything we discussed on both part one and two in the show notes below! The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.You can find links to everything we discussed on both part one and part two on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/17/ep-116-white-fragilityConnect with The LadyGang: The LadyGang | Keltie Knight | Becca Tobin | Jac VanekConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click hereSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/17/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 115 Heroes Walk Among Us with Bakari Sellers

In 2006, at the age of 22, Bakari Sellers made history as the youngest person ever elected to the South Carolina state legislature, and the youngest African American elected official in the country. He is now a CNN analyst and the author of a brand new memoir, My Vanishing Country. We talk today with Bakari about the civil rights movements of the past and present, how he hopes we move forward as a nation, and the perseverance it took to get his book published. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/06/10/ep-115-bakari-sellersConnect with Bakari: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/10/202046 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 114 Both, And with Emma Copley Eisenberg

Today we welcome debut author and co-founder of Blue Stoop in Philadelphia, Emma Copley Eisenberg. Emma's book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, is an investigation of the murder of two young women--showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community. We talk about True Crime as a genre, and how the phrase "both, and" became to motto of Emma's work. We also talk books, of course.The Stacks Book Club selection for June is Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, we will discuss the book with Emma Copley Eisenberg on June 24th.Connect with Emma: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/3/202056 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 113 The Giver by Lois Lowry -- The Stacks Book Club (Sue Thomas)

We're discussing The Giver by Lois Lowry today as part of The Stacks Book Club with guest, Sue Thomas aka Traci's mom. The Giver is an award winning classic children's book about a utopia and what we sacrifice for peace and stability. Today we focus in on communal memory, how children learn about atrocities, and the ways in which we read novels differently.There are spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/05/27/ep-113-the-giverConnect with Sue: InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/27/202059 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 112 R. Eric Thomas//Here for It

R. Eric Thomas is the author of Here for It and the writer behind Elle.com's daily column "Eric Reads the News". Eric joins the show to talk about centering his identities of Black, Christian, Gay, and American in Here for It, his collection of humorous and thoughtful essays. We also discuss pop culture as a unifying force, Maxine Waters, and how dreams really do come true (and how badly we need to remember that right now).The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/05/20/ep-112-r-eric-thomasConnect with Eric: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | Eric Reads the NewsConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/20/202048 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 111 Ethan Strauss//The Victory Machine

Today our guest is Ethan Strauss, a basketball reporter for The Athletic and the author of The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty. The book is a workplace drama about one of basketball's greatest teams, but this episode is more than sports talk. We get into Ethan's love of subculture narratives, being a reporter versus an author, and the "sadness of success". This is an episode for both lovers of the game and the page. Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/05/13/ep-111-ethan-strauss Connect with Ethan: Twitter | Instagram | The Athletic | House of Strauss PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/13/202052 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 110 Like Mother Like Daughter with Sue Thomas

On today's episode we have one of the earliest supporters of The Stacks and one of Traci's biggest fans, Sue Thomas, better known as Traci's mom. That's right, in honor of Mother's day get to know the person who gave Traci her love of reading and so many book recommendations.The Stacks Book Club selection for May is The Giver by Lois Lowry, we will discuss the book with Sue Thomas on May 27th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/05/06/ep-110-sue-thomasConnect with Sue: InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/6/202051 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 109 Trust Exercise by Susan Choi -- The Stacks Book Club (Brandon Taylor)

Its The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the 2019 National Book Award winner in fiction, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. Our guest is Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life, and if you missed Brandon's first episode you can hear it here. Trust Exercise looks at fiction, perspective, and truth as it ventures back to a 1980's performing arts high school. On this episode we discuss the many twists and turns we experienced as readers and our takes on the characters. We dive deep today, and that means lots of spoilers. You've been warned.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/04/29/ep-109-trust-exerciseConnect with Brandon: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/29/20201 hour, 3 seconds
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Ep. 108 Priya Parker on Meaningful Gatherings in the Time of Corona

Priya Parker, the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, is helping us take a deeper look at how we can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. Not only do we discuss Priya's amazing book, but we also talk about connecting with purpose when we cannot be physically together. She shares insight into her new podcast Together Apart which is about gatherings in the time of Coronavirus. We also look ahead to how we will gather after COVID-19.  Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/04/22/ep-108-priya-parkerConnect with Priya: Twitter | Instagram | Website |Together Apart PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/22/202056 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 107 Abi Daré//The Girl with the Louding Voice

Abi Daré is the debut novelist of The Girl with the Louding Voice. Her book is a coming of age story about a Nigerian girl, Adunni, who is sold into marriage by her father, and the the journey she goes on to find her voice. Today we talk with Daré about how her characters haunt her thoughts, her unique writing process, and her unexpected day job.Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/04/15/ep-107-abi-dareConnect with Abi: Twitter | Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/15/202030 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 106 Samantha Irby//Wow, No Thank You

Wow, No Thank You is the most recent essay collection from the hilarious and charming Samantha Irby. We talk today with Samantha about her new book, how she pitches her collections, and what sort of mood she strikes when she sits down to writes (its not what you think). This episode, like Irby's writing, is sure to make you laugh out loud.Remember, The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/04/08/ep-106-samantha-irbyConnect with Samantha: Twitter | Instagram | Website | NewsletterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/8/202058 minutes, 45 seconds
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EP. 105 The Union of Science and Art with Brandon Taylor

Today marks the start of our third year here at The Stacks, and there is no better way to celebrate than by talking a whole lot about books! Thank you to all our listeners for their love and support, and we can't wait for year three! Make sure to listen to the introduction today to hear about some changes to the podcast.Our Guest today is Brandon Taylor, debut author of one of 2020's buzziest books, Real Life. We talk today about releasing a book into the world, the similarities between science and art, and much more.The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, we will discuss the book with Brandon Taylor on April 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/04/01/ep-105-brandon-taylorConnect with Brandon: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/1/202049 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 104 So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson -- The Stacks Book Club (Gigi Levangie)

Today for The Stacks Book Club, we are talking cancel culture and social media as we examine Jon Ronson's book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. Back to discuss this book with us is author (Been There, Married That) and screenwriter, Gigi Levangie. We ask questions about consent, power dynamics, and fame and how these elements play into public shamings.There are no spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/25/ep-104-so-youve-been-publicly-shamedConnect with Gigi: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/23/202053 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 103 An Outsider in Hollywood with Gigi Levangie

Our guest today is author and screenwriter Gigi Levangie. Gigi has written seven books, including The Starter Wife and her latest Been There, Married That, which is a comedic take on Hollywood divorce. She also wrote the 1998 film Stepmom. We talk about attending The Academy Awards, turning real life into fiction, and why Gigi is always reading a business book. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/18/ep-103-gigi-levangie Connect with Gigi: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/18/202051 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 102 Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde -- The Stacks Book Club (Asha Grant)

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde is a foundation and timeless feminist text. It covers topics like the erasure of Black women in the feminist movement to living with cancer to raising Black sons. This collection of essays and speeches is dense and ripe for discussion. Asha Grant, the founder of the LA chapter of The Free Black Women's Library, is back and brings her love of Audre Lorde to our discussion for The Stacks Book Club.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/11/ep-102-sister-outsider Connect with Asha & The Free Black Women's Library LA: Instagram | Website | Patreon | GoFundMe | Book WishlistConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/11/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 101 Reading Black Women with Asha Grant

Our guest today is Asha Grant, the founder of the Los Angeles Branch of The Free Black Women's Library. We talk about the work Asha does in the LA community, how much of her own reading consists of books by Black women, and why she is focused on decolonizing her bookshelf. Asha also lets us know how we can get involved with The Free Black Women's Library.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/03/04/ep-101-reading-black-women-with-asha-grant Connect with Asha & The Free Black Women's Library LA: Instagram | Website | Patreon | GoFundMe | Book WishlistConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/4/202056 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 100 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo -- The Stacks Book Club (August McLaughlin)

Sex, desire, and relationships are all part of today's episode of The Stacks Book Club. August McLaughlin (Girl Boner) is back and we're diving head first into Lisa Taddeo's wildly popularThree Women. This book brings up conversations about trauma, representation, and the marketing of a book.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/02/19/ep-99-august-mclaughlinConnect with August: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Girl Boner Facebook | Girl Boner PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/26/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 99 Getting a Girl Boner with August McLaughlin

We're keeping it steamy all month long! Today we have August McLaughlin, author of Girl Boner and host of the Girl Boner Podcast, to talk with us about sex positivity, empowerment, why she uses the term "good girl". Don't worry, she also explains what a "girl boner" is. Plus books, always books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/02/19/ep-99-august-mclaughlinConnect with August: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Girl Boner Facebook | Girl Boner PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/19/202051 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 98 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne -- The Stacks Book Club (Leah Koch)

We're tacklinng our first ever romance novel for The Stacks Book Club, just in time for Valentine's Day! Today we discuss The Hating Game by Sally Thorne with co-owner of The Ripped Bodice, Leah Koch. Get ready for a conversation about tropes, therapy, and diversity in publishing. How romantic.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/02/12/ep-98-the-hating-gameConnect with Leah & The Ripped Bodice: The Ripped Bodice | The Ripped Bodice Twitter | The Ripped Bodice Instagram |Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/12/202052 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 97 A Little Romance with Leah Koch of The Ripped Bodice

We're getting in a little romance this month, with co-owner of The Ripped Bodice, Leah Koch. The Ripped Bodice is the first Romance centric bookstore in The United States. Leah sheds light on what its really like to own your own bookstore, breaks down the criteria of romance novels, and suggest a few titles for people who are new to the genre.SHOP AT THE RIPPED BODICE You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/02/05/ep-97-leah-kochConnect with Leah & The Ripped Bodice: The Ripped Bodice | The Ripped Bodice Twitter | The Ripped Bodice Instagram |Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/5/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 96 Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino -- The Stacks Book Club (Jordan Moblo)

Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino. We've brought back Jordan Moblo, TV executive and professional reader, to talk about the many ideas that come up in this essay collection, including gender norms, being a millennial, the allure of scammers, difficult women, and more!There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/29/ep-96-trick-mirrorConnect with Jordan: Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/29/20201 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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Ep. 95 Keeping it Positive with Jordan Moblo

We've got a real life, professional reader on the podcast today. TV executive Jordan Moblo has made a career of reading books in order to turn them into TV shows. He also runs a very popular #bookstagram account, @jordys.book.club, dedicated to celebrating the books he loves. Today we talk negative reviews, social media book clubs, and some of Jordan's favorite books of the last year.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/22/ep-95-jordan-mobloConnect with Jordan: Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/22/202046 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 94 Cribsheet by Emily Oster -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenna Parris)

Professional Mama Jenna Parris, of the Mama Said Podcast ,is back to talk about making the tough parenting decisions. Thats right, its our deep dive into Emily Oster's book Cribsheet. The book is a data-driven guide to helping parents make the best decisions for their families based on studies and cost-benefit analysis. We're taking on all the hot button "mommy wars" issues today from vaccinations to caregiving help and more.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/15/ep-94-cribsheetConnect with Jenna: Instagram | Mama Said PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/15/202055 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 93 Becoming a Mom with Jenna Parris

There has been some big news around here, Traci is now a mom, and to let you all in on some of the story of the new mini stacks, Traci talks with co-host of Mama Said Podcast, Jenna Parris. This episode is different than what you're used to around here, and if we're being honest is a little light on the book content. Instead, we're filling you in on all the baby news, Traci shares some parenting anxiety, and we talk about books for kids.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/08/ep-93-jenna-parrisConnect with Jenna: Instagram | Mama Said Podcast Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/8/20201 hour, 59 seconds
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Ep. 92 Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li -- The Stacks Book Club (Vanessa Hua)

It is a brand new year, and a we've got a brand new episode of The Stacks!We've brought back Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars) to discuss Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, a novel about a family restaurant and the drama that comes along with it. We talk about how books are edited and streamlined, immigrants working in food industries, and what it means to be authentic.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/01/01/ep-92-number-one-chinese-restaurantConnect with Vanessa: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/1/202055 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Short Stacks 29: The Best of 2019//Lauren Fanella

To close out this year on The Stacks we're sharing our favorite books of 2019. We brought back friend of the podcast, past guest, and avid reader Lauren Fanella. Today Lauren and Traci each share their top five books of 2019, see how their 2018 predictions held up, and look ahead at the books they are most excited for in 2020. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/30/ss-29Connect with Lauren: InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/30/201938 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 91 The People Who Change Us with Vanessa Hua

Our guest today is Vanessa Hua. Vanessa is the author of A River of Stars and a columnist at The San Francisco Chronicale. We talk today about the differences between writing a column versus a novel, the people who change our lives without knowing, and untraditional motherhood. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/25/ep-91-vanessa-huaConnect with Vanessa: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/25/20191 hour, 44 seconds
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Ep. 90 Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson -- The Stacks Book Club (Jason Reynolds)

Jason Reynolds is back this week for The Stacks Book Club discussion of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. The novel tells the story of generations of one family living in Brooklyn, NY and the struggles and success of their lives. We talk about maternal disconnect, doubling down on disappointment, and sensitivty readers.There are no spoilers this week.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/18/ep-90-red-at-the-boneConnect with Jason: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/18/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Short Stacks 28: Jacqueline Woodson//Red at the Bone

We are thrilled to have best selling novelist and poet Jacqueline Woodson on The Short Stacks to discuss Red at the Bone, her newest book, and our book club pick for this week (tune in on Wednesday)! We talk with Jacqueline about how she turned a childhood habit of lying into a career, crafting authentic characters, and giving a TED Talk.There are no spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/16/ss28Connect with Jacqueline: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/16/201935 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 89 Staying True to Yourself with Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times best selling author and a National Book Award finalist. He writes novels and poetry for young people, and they'll all tell you Jason just "gets it". We sit down with Jason to discuss his new book Look Both Ways, how his love of music led to a career as an author, and what book he would assign in high school.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/11/ep-89-jason-reynoldsConnect with Jason: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/11/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 88 Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli -- The Stacks Book Club (Ayser Salman)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we discuss Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli, a book that looks at the immigration crisis at the US/Mexico border for the children who make the journey unaccompanied. Our guest Asyer Salman (The Wrong End of the Table) joins the show to talk about empathy, the language around immigration, and what we can do to help.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/04/ep-88-tell-me-how-it-endsConnect with Ayser: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/4/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Short Stacks 27: Shea Serrano//Movies (and Other Things)

Shea Serrano is a three-time New York Times best selling author, whose most recent book Movies (and Other Things) is a collection of illustrated essays answering all the questions you didn't know you needed answered when it comes to movies...and other things. We talk about Shea's unconventional start as a writer, what his kids think of his work, and what its like working with illustrator Arturo Torres.There are no spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/12/02/ss27Connect with Shea: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/2/201947 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 87 Finding a Seat at the Table with Ayser Salman

Today we welcome Ayser Salman to The Stacks. Ayser is the author of The Wrong End of the Table a comedic memoir about her experiences as a Muslim Arab American woman just trying to fit in. We talk about finding your political voice, the privilege of passing, and if we've ever felt truly seen in a book. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/27/ep-87-ayser-salmanConnect with Ayser: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/27/20191 hour, 1 minute, 6 seconds
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Ep. 86 Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat -- The Stacks Book Club (Hugh Garvey)

We're taking on our first ever cookbook as part of The Stacks Book Club with the help of food writer and executive editor at Sunset Magazine, Hugh Garvey. As we gear up for the holiday season we are diving into Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, and breaking down the key elements of cooking. We talk about freeing ourselves from recipes, cooking anxiety, and the communal act of sharing a meal. Hugh then challenges Traci to use what she's learned to build a salad. Its a delicious episode!There are no spoilers in this episdoe.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/20/ep-86-salt-fat-acid-heatConnect with Hugh: Instagram | Sunset MagazineConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/20/201959 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Short Stacks 26: Jami Attenberg//All This Could Be Yours

Today we are joined by author Jami Attenberg to discuss her newest book, All This Could Be Yours. The novel is a family drama that asks the question "what obligation do you have to a dying family member that you simply do not like?" We also talk about the work of being a professional writer, and how books take on a life of their own once they are published.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/18/ss26Connect with Jami: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/18/201935 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 85 Recipes Have a Happy Ending with Hugh Garvey

Today we are joined by executive editor of Sunset Magazine, Hugh Garvey. Hugh talks with us about his start in journalism, food writing, the politics of eating, and how he fell in love with recipes for their intimacy and happy endings. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/13/ep-85-hugh-garveyConnect with Hugh: Instagram | Sunset MagazineConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/13/201959 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 84 We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin -- The Stacks Book Club (Chris L. Terry)

The Stacks Book Club is tackling a post-post racial satirical novel this week in our reading of We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. To help us discuss what that even means, and what makes a satire work, and so much more is author Chris L. Terry (Black Card). There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/06/ep-84-we-cast-a-shadowConnect with Chris: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/6/201955 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Short Stacks 25: Maurice Carlos Ruffin//We Cast a Shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, and joins The Short Stacks to tell us about his process in writing this satirical, speculative fiction novel. We get to talk about what music fueled this novel, how his hometown of New Orleans figures into his work, and how he finds balance between being a writer and lawyer.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/11/04/ss25Connect with Maurice: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/4/201932 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 83 What is "Black Enough" with Chris L. Terry

Today on The Stacks we welcome author of Black Card, Chris L. Terry. Chris shares how he balanced his book to pull from his personal experiences as a mixed kid in Richmond, VA, and still maintain a wholly fictional premise and characters. We also talk about the racist idea of being "Black enough", and why Chris doesn't believe in having a go-to book recommendation. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/30/ep-83-chris-l-terryConnect with Chris: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/30/201955 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 82 Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen -- The Stacks Book Club (Jac Vanek))

Chase Darkness with Me is Billy Jensen's true crime book about his journey into solving murder cases. We get to talk about this book, and all the complicated issues it brings up with Jac Vanek (LadyGang, The First Degree). We look at the merits of crowd sourced crime investigation, how we treat victims who aren't pretty white women, and how the current obsession with true crime is a little problematic.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/23/ep-82-chase-darkness-with-meConnect with Jac: Instagram | LadyGang | The First Degree | Jac VanekConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click hereSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/23/201953 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Short Stacks 24: Chloe Benjamin//The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin author of, The Stacks Book Club pick for October 2019, The Immortalists joins the show to talk about how this epic family saga came to be. She shares how she kept track of her research and characters, addressing uncertainty in the world, and which character in this book is her favorite. She also talks about the gorgeous cover, and so much more!There are no spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/21/ss24Connect with Chloe: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/21/201940 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 81 Writing in Books with Jac Vanek

Today we welcome Jac Vanek to The Stacks. Jac is the CEO of fashion and lifestyle brand, Jac Vanek. She is also one third of the LadyGang, and a co-host on The First Degree podcast. Jac takes us on a journey through her "emo-kid" past, tells us who made her into a reader, and shares why she loves writing in her books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/16/ep-81-jac-vanekConnect with Jac: Instagram | LadyGang | The First Degree | Jac VanekConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/16/201955 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 80 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenna Ushkowitz)

When it comes to our own deaths we can never really know when its coming, or can we? That is the question at the center of The Stacks Book Club pick, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Jenna Ushkowitz is back with us to discuss this book, the vivid characters inside the story, free will vs. magic, and how America deals with grief.There are spoilers in this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/09/ep-80-the-immortalistsConnect with Jenna: Instagram | Twitter | Showmance Podcast | Showmance InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/9/201947 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Short Stacks 23: Tressie McMillan Cottom//Thick

Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by author, academic, and podcast host (Hear to Slay) Tressie McMillan Cottom. Her latest book Thick: And Other Essays is on The National Book Award Longlist for nonfiction, and is the center of our conversation. Cottom explains the power in centering the experiences of Black women, and we get into the nitty gritty of writing snacks and beverages.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/07/ss23Connect with Tressie: Twitter | Instagram | Hear to Slay Podcast | Hear to Slay InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/7/201937 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 79 When Reading Doesn't Feel Like Work with Jenna Ushkowitz

You might know her from Glee or Showmance Podcast, but today you're going to see actress and producer Jenna Ushkowitz in a whole new way. She sits down with us to talk about her reading habits and why, as a type A person, she struggles with reading sometimes feeling like "work". We also discuss sourcing material for TV and film projects, book buying bans, and her love of canine protagonists.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/10/02/ep-79-jenna-ushkowitzConnect with Jenna: Instagram | Twitter | Showmance Podcast | Showmance InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/2/201954 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 78 Educated by Tara Westover--The Stacks Book Club (Sarah Enni)

We are talking about Educated by Tara Westover on The Stacks Book Club today. Author and podcast host Sarah Enni helps us break down why this story became a mega-bestseller and why its the book that everyone is still talking about. We also debate the role of fact versus memory in memoir, and what this book means in the current political climate.There are spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/25/ep-78-educatedConnect with Sarah: Website | Instagram | Twitter | First Draft Website | First Draft Instagram | First Draft TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/25/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Short Stacks 22: Ibram X. Kendi//How to be an Antiracist

Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi joins us today on The Short Stacks to talk about his New York Times Bestselling book, How to be an Antiracist. We discuss how he came to write this book as a mix of history and memoir. Then he shares his advice for discussing racism with loved ones, and gives us plenty of book and author recommendations to continue on our antiracist journeys.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/23/ss22Connect with Ibram: Twitter | Instagram | Website | FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/23/201937 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 77 It's OK to Hate a Book with Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni is the author of Tell Me Everything and the creator and host of the podcast First Draft with Sarah Enni. She joins us today to talk about writing Young Adult books that don't talk down to her audience, dream podcast guests, and why it can be a huge compliment when we hate a book.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/18/ep-77-sarah-enniConnect with Sarah: Website | Instagram | Twitter | First Draft Website | First Draft Instagram | First Draft TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/18/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 76 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Stacks Book Club (Clark Moore)

Actor Clark Moore is back for The Stacks Book Club as we discuss Never Let Me Go by Nobel Laureate, Kazuo Ishiguro. Our conversation focuses on answering a central question in the novel: Who gets to be human? We also discuss the genre of science fiction and the evolution of social movements.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/11/ep-76-never-let-me-goConnect with Clark: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/11/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Short Stacks 21: Garrett M. Graff//The Only Plane in the Sky

Today on The Short Stacks we have author and journalist, Garrett M. Graff, whose newest book is The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 is a detailed look at the events of September 11, 2001 as told by the people who lived it. Garrett tells us about the process of creating a cohesive narrative from hundreds of interviews, and what he learned about a day that has been etched in the collective American memory.There are no spoilers on this episdoe.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/09/ss21Connect with Garrett: Twitter | Website | FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/9/201938 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 75 Embracing Queer and Colorful Stories with Clark Moore

Actor Clark Moore (Love, Simon, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is our guest on the show today. We talk about what it is like being an adult that teenagers look up to and how social media has changed the way we see our role models. We also discuss the challenges of being and adult reading YA, and why Clark is seeking out books that center the stories of queer people of color.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/09/04/ep-75-clark-mooreConnect with Clark: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/4/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 74 The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington--The Stacks Book Club (Allison Punch)

Today on The Stacks Book Club, Allison Punch is back to discuss The Cadaver King and the Country Dentists by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington. The Book is an in depth look at two men who are part of the death investigation industry in Mississippi, how their corruption is indicative of the field at large, and how their malpractice is an indictment of the criminal justice system as a whole.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/28/ep-74-the-cadaver-king-and-the-country-dentist Connect with Allison: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/28/201957 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Short Stacks 20: Kim Brooks//Small Animals

Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear , a smart social critique of American parenting and the anxities that come along with it. Today she shares with us the details of her story, how fear and the commodification of children has created more fear, and what we can do to stop this feedback loop.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/26/ss20Connect with Kim: Twitter | Website | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/26/201933 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 73 Reading with Purpose with Allison Punch

Today on The Stacks we have on avid reader and friend of pod, Allison Punch, who you may know better as @AllisonReadsDC on Instagram. Allison talks with us about incorporating reading into her professional life, why she reads books by authors who don't look like her, and gives you all a bunch of recommendations. Get your TBRs ready.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/21/ep-73-allison-punchConnect with Allison: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/21/201958 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 72 The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander -- The Stacks Book Club (Dani McClain)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we discuss Elizabeth Alexander's memoir The Light of the World about the unexpected death of her husband. We are joined by Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We to discuss this examination of a life well lived.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/14/ep-72-the-light-of-the-worldConnect with Dani: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/13/201959 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Short Stacks 19: Ramin Setoodeh//Ladies Who Punch

Ramin Setoodeh is the author of The New York Times Bestseller, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View". Ramin joins The Short Stacks to discuss this iconic TV show, how the 2016 election impacted the writing of this book, and which co-hosts make his "The View" Mount Rushmore.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/12/ss19Connect with Ramin: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/12/201934 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 71 Mothering and Social Justice with Dani McClain

Dani McClain is an author and journalist, who's new book We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood is an examination of parenting, community, and social justice. Today we discuss advocating for one's self as a privilege, how non-parents can aid in the work of parenting, and about what books we would and wouldn't teaching in school.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/08/07/ep-71-dani-mcclainConnect with Dani: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/7/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 70 WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson--The Stacks Book Club (Calli Cholodenko)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Work Party: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson. We've brought back founder of Something Social, Calli Cholodenko, to help discuss being a female entrepreneur, finding the balance between being creative and running a business, and other challenges, big and small, women face in the work place. There is so much to discuss this week, and its all spoiler free. You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/31/ep-70-work-partyConnect with Calli: Instagram | Something Social Instagram | Something Social WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/31/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Short Stacks 18: Bianca Marais//If You Want to Make God Laugh

On this episode of The Short Stacks we have author Bianca Marais on to talk about her sophomore novel, If You Want to Make God Laugh, about three women in South Africa in the immediate aftermath of Apartheid. We discuss Bianca's vision board for writing, dealing with criticism, and the importance of own voice narratives.There are not spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/29/ss18Connect with Bianca Marais: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/29/201933 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 69 Getting Social with Calli Cholodenko

If you're on social media (duh, of course you are) you're going want to listen to today's episode to hear tips and tricks from someone who knows. Calli Cholodenko, founder and creative director of Something Social a social media and marketing company, is our guest and she is here to share insights into Instagram's algorithms, brand management , and of course books.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/24/ep-69-calli-cholodenkoConnect with Calli: Instagram | Something Social Instagram | Something Social WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/24/201952 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 68 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim -- The Stacks Book Club (Rachel Overvoll)

Miracle Creek is a courtroom drama meets literary fiction book by Angie Kim, it is also today's selection for The Stacks Book Club. To help us break down this story of parental anxiety, belonging, and the right to life, we have author and activist Rachel Overvoll (Finding Feminism). Today we discuss intention vs. impact, the language we use around ability levels, and how we respond to characters who do bad things.There are spoilers on this week's episode. For a spoiler free look at this book check out The Short Stacks with Angie Kim. You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/17/ep-68-miracle-creek Connect with Rachel: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/17/20191 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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The Short Stacks 17: Radley Balko//The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

In August we'll be discussing The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington for The Stacks Book Club. In anticipation, we have author and journalist Radley Balko (Rise of the Warrior Cop) on The Short Stacks. We talk about how Radley started reporting on death investigations in Mississippi, the process of working with a legal team for this book, and the In the Dark podcast. There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/15/ss17  Connect with Radley: Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/15/201937 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 67 Finding Feminism with Rachel Overvoll

Today on The Stacks, we have author and feminist Rachel Overvoll joining us to discuss her book Finding Feminism, which is a memoir about her upbringing as a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian, her split from the church, and her personal journey toward feminism and empowerment. Rachel shares her own definition of Feminist, her perspectives on leaving religion, and then we go off on a The Bachelor tangent. This episode has it all.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/10/ep-67-rachel-overvollConnect with Rachel: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/10/20191 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Ep. 66 Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson -- The Stacks Book Club (Dave Cullen)

Today on The Stacks Book Club, we're taking it to the backlist of American Fiction with Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. Our guest is New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen (Columbine, Parkland). On this episode we discuss chasing highs, what makes a good cover, and who gets to tell what stories. There are spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/03/ep-66-jesus-sonConnect with Dave: Website | Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/3/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Short Stacks 16: Angie Kim//Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek is The Stack s Book Club pick for July 17th, and today, we have the author of the book, Angie Kim to give you a spoiler free look into this courtroom drama meets literary fiction about family and obligation. Kim explains how this book is influenced from many different parts of her own life, how she came up with names for her characters, and how Miracle Creek got its title.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/01/ss16Connect with Angie: Website | Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/1/201944 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 65 Crafting a Compelling Narrative with Dave Cullen

Our guest today is two-time New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen. His first book, Columbine, is one of host, Traci Thomas', favorite books. Cullen is most recently the author of Parkland: Birth of a Movement. Today we talk about following journalistic instincts, crafting a compelling narrative, and then we get a sneak peek into Dave Cullen's forthcoming book, Soldiers First.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/26/ep-65-dave-cullen Connect with Dave: Website | Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/26/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 64 The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams -- The Stacks Book Club (Lori Gottlieb)

New York Times Best Selling author Lori Gottlieb (Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) is back to discuss The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams for The Stacks Book Club. The book provides the reader with a range of emotions as it navigates Yip-Williams' terminal cancer diagnosis and struggle to die with grace. We discuss our aversion to not having the answers, bucket lists, and how we, as a society, talk about and treat people living with and dying from cancer.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/19/ep-64-the-unwinding-of-the-miracleConnect with Lori: Website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/19/20191 hour, 44 seconds
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The Short Stacks 15: Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin//How We Fight White Supremacy

For the first time ever we have two authors on The Stacks at once, and we are thrilled about it. Today we talk to Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin the co-authors of How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. We discuss the importance of diverse Black voices being represented in the book, how Solomon and Rankin worked together to create it, and the importance of a book proposal. Plus we talk about how small acts of resistance have a big place in the fight against white supremacy.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/17/ss15 Connect with Akiba: Twitter | Instagram | Website Connect with Kenrya: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/17/201939 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 63 The Love of Therapy with Lori Gottlieb

Today our guest is therapist andauthor Lori Gottlieb, whose new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, is a New York Times Best Seller. We talk about how this fascinating book took shape, the importance of mental health, and different kinds of therapy. Then we dive into Lori's reading taste, which can be summed up by her catch phrase, ABAB aka Always Bring a Book.  Also make sure to follow The Stacks on Instagram to win a copy of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. (Giveaway ends 6.18.2019)You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/12/ep-63-lori-gottliebConnect with Lori: Website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/10/201958 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 62 Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler -- The Stacks Book Club (Joseph Papa)

Today on The Stacks we're discussing Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler. Author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Life for Passion ) and former book publicist Joseph Papa, is our guest and he helps us break down this book. We discuss the use of the acronym LGBTQIA+, how society criminalizes human beings, and some of the most incredible ten pages of writing we've ever read.There are no spoilers on this episdoe.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/05/ep-62-tinderbox Connect with Joseph: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/5/20191 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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The Short Stacks 14: Etaf Rum//A Woman is No Man

Etaf Rum is a debut author, whose book A Woman is No Man, is one of the buzziest of the year. The story follows three gerneations of women in a Palestinian family, and throughout we are asked to grapple with the themes of identity, self worth, abuse, and empowerment. Rum shares with us what it is like to hear from her readers, some of her goals, and what books she keeps around for inspiration.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/03/ss14 Connect with Etaf: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Books and Beans InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
6/3/201926 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 61 The Publicizing of Books with Joseph Papa

Our guest today is Joseph Papa, author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life), activist, and former book publicist at Harper Collins. Joseph brings his years of experience to the show to explain how book publicity works, what it is like working with celebrity authors, Kris Jenner's reading taste, Scientology and more!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's episdoe on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/28/ep-61-joseph-papaConnect with Joseph: Instagram | Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/29/20191 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (DaMaris B. Hill)

Beloved is a classic American novel by one of the greatest novelists of our time, Toni Morrison. It is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week, and we are lucky to have author and scholar DaMaris B. Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing) to help us break it down. We talk about the legacy of slavery on Black Americans, how to discuss great works that we don't personally enjoy, intimacy as it relates to insanity, and Pulitzer Prize controversy. There are spoilers on this week's episode.You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/22/ep-60-belovedConnect with DaMaris: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/22/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Short Stacks 13: Robert W. Fieseler//Tinderbox

We're joined today by Robert W. Fieseler author of June The Stacks Book Club Pick, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation . In our conversation we get to know Fieseler, how this tragic event came into his life, where he found his sources, and the toll writing about trauma can have on an author. Our conversation is spoiler free, and serves as a great introduction for our TSBC conversation on Tinderbox , that will air on June 5th.You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/20/ss13 Connect with Robert: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/20/201935 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 59 Chasing Perfection with DaMaris B. Hill

DaMaris B. Hill is an author and scholar, and her latest book, A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing, is a collection of poetry dealing with the incarceration of Black women. Today on The Stacks she talks with us about how she came to be a writer, her perfectionist spirit, and the books that have inspired her along the way.You can find everyhting we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/10/ep-59-damaris-b-hillConnect with DaMaris: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/15/201959 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 58 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed -- The Stacks Book Club (Keltie Knight)

Keltie is back! That's right, its time for The Stacks Book Club, and Keltie is here as we take a deep dive into Cheryl Strayed's collection of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things. We talk about this fantastic book, the best advice we've received, dealing with grief, being ambitious, and weddings. Basically, we're talking about it all. And the best part? There are no spoilers this week. You can find everything we talk about on today's website on The Stacks Website: thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/08/ep-58-tiny-beautiful-thingsConnect with Keltie: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | The LadyGang WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/8/201950 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Short Stacks 12: Damon Young//What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

On today's episdoe of The Short Stacks our guest is Damon Young. Damon is the co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, a senior editor at The Root, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker . We talk today about the anxieties of releasing a memoir into the world, public apologies, and getting blurbs from people you admire. There are no spoilers today.You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/06/ss12 Connect with Damon: Instagram | Twitter | FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/6/201938 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 57 Being a Boss with Keltie Knight

The Stacks is thrilled to announce we are now part of The LadyGang Network on PodcastOne . Don't worry, there are no changes for you, we're still the same bookish podcast you love. In order to kick off our new partnership, we've got co-host of The LadyGang and correspondent on Entertainment Tonight , Keltie Knight. We talk about starting your own business, the value of a good first impression, and books about dogs.You can find everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/01/ep-57-keltie-knight Connect with Keltie: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | The LadyGang WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/1/20191 hour, 29 seconds
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Ep. 56 Wild Beauty by Ntozake Shange — The Stacks Book Club (Gabrielle Civil)

In honor of National Poetry Month, we're talking all things poetry for The Stacks Book Club. We're joined again by author, performance artist, and poet Gabrielle Civil, and we're discussing Ntozake Shange's poetry collection, Wild Beauty. If you're intimidated by poetry, you'll love today's episode. We talk about how to approach poetry, where to start, and if there is such thing as a "good" poem (or if that even matters). Plus a whole lot more. There a no spoilers today.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/24/ep-57-wild-beauty-by-ntozake-shange-the-stacks-book-clu-gabrielle-civilConnect with Gabrielle: Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/24/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Short Stacks 11: Miriam Toews//Women Talking

On this episode of The Short Stacks our guest is award-wining author, Miriam Toews. We are discussing her new book, Women Talking, which is inspired by true events of a series of rapes within a Mennonite community in Bolivia. We talk about the differences between a first and eighth book, what other jobs Miriam might like to have, and what authors you should check out if you likeWomen Talking. There are no spoilers today. You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/22/ss11Connect with Miriam: FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/22/201936 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 55 The Art of Performance with Gabrielle Civil

Today we have performance artist, author, poet, and professor Gabrielle Civil on the podcast to discuss the creative process, books that bite, overachieving Black girls, and books in translation. We spend time discussing Performance Memoir as a genre and we hear about Gabrielle's books Swallow the Fish and Experiments in Joy.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/17/ep-55-gabrielle-civilConnect with Gabrielle: Facebook | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click heSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/17/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 54 The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois — The Stacks Book Club (Ben Blacker)

Ben Blacker is back and we're talking all things theatre and oral history today on The Stacks, as we breakdown The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. The book is an oral history of Angels in America, a classic American play about the AIDS crisis by Tony Kushner. We discuss government funded art, human rights, and so much theatre geek goodness. Plus, no spoilers. Listen and enjoy.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/10/ep54-the-world-only-spins-forwardConnect with Ben: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/10/201959 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Short Stacks 10: Bryan Washington//Lot

Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by debut author, Bryan Washington, whose debut book Lot is a short story collection set in Houston. Bryan talks street names as titles, his "day job", and what is next for him (trust me its exciting). You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/08/ss10-bryan-washingtonConnect with Bryan: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click hereSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/8/201937 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 53 Writing is Writing with Ben Blacker

Today marks one full year of The Stacks, and what an amazing year it has been. The Stacks has every intention of making year two even better. To kick it off we have a real life renaissance man; author, comedian, and podcaster, Ben Blacker. We talk today about the importance of literature as a way to see the humanity in others, the types of anger you can feel toward books, and about Ben's life as a writer of many different mediums, from comic books to teen movies.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/04/03/ep-53-ben-blackerConnect with Ben: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/3/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 52 I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid — The Stacks Book Club (Niccole Thurman)

Today we are dissecting our first thriller ever on The Stacks Book Club, and to help us do it, we have actress and comedian Niccole Thurman (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper). The book is Iain Reid's debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and it tells the story of a relationship on the brink. We talk about male authors writing female characters, what we like in a thriller, and who we think should be in the movie. There are a ton of spoilers this week, listen at your own risk.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/27/ep-52-im-thinking-of-ending-thingsConnect with Niccole: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/27/201948 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Short Stacks 9: Isaac Butler//The World Only Spins Forward

On April 10th, we will be discussing The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois for The Stacks Book Club. To get you ready for that conversation, we have co-author Isaac Butler on The (not-so) Short Stacks to talk about his background in theatre, how this oral history came to be, the logistics of writing as a duo, and about Isaac's Shakespeare podcast, Lend Me Your Ears. We cover a lot of ground today, including a detour into the world of chips.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/25/ss9-isaac-butlerConnect with Isaac: Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/25/201944 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 51 Satire and Creative Outlets with Niccole Thurman

Our guest today is actress and comedian, Niccole Thurman, who is best known for being a citizen journalist onThe Opposition with Jordan Klepper, among other things. Niccole talks with us today about finding a creative outlet, dating challenges, and the need for more empathy. Fans of Oprah's Book Club get ready, you may hear some familiar titles as we dive into Niccole's faves.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/20/ep-51-niccole-thurmanConnect with Niccole: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/20/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 50 Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister — The Stacks Book Club (James J. Sexton)

Lawyer and author James Sexton (If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late) is back on The Stacks to discuss Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister. In her newest book, Traister explains the revolutionary power of women's anger. In our discussion for The Stacks Book Club we talk about intersectional feminism, the 2020 Election, and the power and persuasiveness of Traister's arguments. Today's episode is spoiler free.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/13/ep-50-good-and-madConnect with James': Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/13/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Short Stacks 8: Lacy M. Johnson//The Reckonings

The Reckonings made The Stacks favorite books of 2018, and today we're talking with the author of that essay collection, Lacy M. Johnson. The Reckonings is a meditation on justice and mercy in relationship to some of the most complex issues of the current moment. Johnson joins us to discuss how this collection came to be, what inspired her in her writing, and what snacks she ate along the way.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/11/ss8-lacy-m-johnsonConnect with Lacy: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/11/201938 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 49 Relationships and Recommendations with James Sexton

We're talking relationships today on The Stacks with long time divorce lawyer and author James J. Sexton. We discuss James' book If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late a guide on how-not-to be married. We get some good relationship advice, and some even better book recommendations, plus we talk about our favorite lawyer narratives.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/03/06/ep-49-james-sextonConnect with James': Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/6/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 48 Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah — The Stacks Book Club (Wade Allain-Marcus)

Friday Black is a genre-bending collection of short stories by debut author, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. It tackles the Black experience in America, consumerism, mental health and many other pressing issues of our day. Today on The Stacks, Wade Allain-Marcus (Insecure, French Dirty, Snowfall) and Traci attempt to break down the major themes and ideas from these stories for The Stacks Book Club. There are spoilers on today's episode, but if you haven't read the book yet, check out our conversation with author Adjei-Brenyah on The Short Stacks instead.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/02/27/ep-48-friday-black-by-nana-kwame-adjei-brenyah-the-stacks-book-club-wade-allain-marcusConnect with Wade: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/27/201953 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Short Stacks 7: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah//Friday Black

Today on The Short Stacks we're honored to welcome author of this week's The Stacks Book Club pick, Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. We talk about his genre-bending short story collection, how the title and cover came to be, and what its like being part of this current moment of exciting and diverse fiction writing. There are no spoilers today.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:Connect with Nana: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/25/201939 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 47 Reading, Writing, and Representation with Wade Allain-Marcus

Its time for another episode of The Stacks. Today our guest is actor (Insecure, Snowfall), director (French Dirty), and writer (Grown-ish) Wade Allain-Marcus. We talk about how TV shows are written, white savior narratives, and connecting with the emotional truth of a story. Plus, we're joined by Wade's chatty dog Tika.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/02/20/ep-47-reading-writing-and-representation-with-wade-allain-marcusConnect with Wade: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/20/201955 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 46 All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung — The Stacks Book Club (Vanessa McGrady)

All You Can Ever Know is an emotional memoir on adoption and identity by Nicole Chung. It is also this week's pick for The Stacks Book Club. We are again joined by author Vanessa McGrady (author of Rock Needs River) to discuss All You Can Ever Know. We talk about transracial adoptions, adoption mythology, and expectations versus reality. There are spoilers this week, listen at your own risk, or check out The Short Stacks feature author Nicole Chung, which is spoiler free.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/02/13/ep-46-all-you-can-ever-know-by-nicole-chung-the-stacks-book-club-vanessa-mcgradyConnect with Vanessa: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/13/201955 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know

Today on The Short Stacks author Nicole Chung joins us to discuss her memoir, and The Stacks Book Club pick, All You Can Ever Know. The book addresses her transracial adoption, her decision to find her birth family, and becoming a mother. Nicole shares with The Stacks the chaotic setting in which she wrote the book, why she felt compelled to tell her story, and much more. There are no spoilers this week, so listen and enjoy, and then come back on Wednesday to hear our TSBC conversation around All You Can Ever Know.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/02/11/the-short-stacks-6-nicole-chung-all-you-can-ever-knowConnect with Nicole: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/11/201936 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 45 Vanessa McGrady on Adoption and Memoirs

Today on The Stacks, author and journalist Vanessa McGrady talks