Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters

On this week’s show, we’re setting up Shalita Grant, actress and founder of the company Four Naturals Hair. Grant is a Tony Award-nominated actress whose career on the stage includes runs at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater, where she originated the role of Cassandra in Christopher Durang’s comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Well-known for her recurring characters on NCIS: New Orleans and Santa Clarita Diet, listeners might also recognize Grant from her scene-stealing performances in recent seasons of Search Party and You.

Grant recently read and loved Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability. She loves fall (shout out to cozy socks!) and could spend an entire autumn luxuriating in Barcelona. Her perfect day includes hiking with her girlfriend and cuddling with her dogs. After living for so long in New York City, she’s a self-admitted snob about pizza.

Which of our co-hosts can tempt an actress and entrepreneur as busy as Shalita to cuddle up with her dogs and dive into a good read? Tune in to find out!

Round 1 Picks

In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Round 2 Picks

The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

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Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.