A Makeup Artist and Writer Looking to Get Deep

Episode 6 Niko Maragos is a makeup artist and writer. On this week’s episode, we learn some shocking news about eyebrow trends, plus we recommend great books for people who loved Circe or Detransition Baby. Round 1 Picks The Ingenious Language by Andrea Marcolongo Green Girl by Kate Zambreno The World Does Not Require YouContinue reading “A Makeup Artist and Writer Looking to Get Deep”

A TV Critic Looking for a Soap Opera in Book Form

Episode 5 Ariana Romero is the former senior TV critic for Refinery29. On this week’s episode, we recommend some supernatural and romantic escapist reads to help her relax at the end of a long week. Plus, Ariana recommends some must-see TV. Round 1 Picks You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria Sea Monsters byContinue reading “A TV Critic Looking for a Soap Opera in Book Form”

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Alex McElroy

In today’s very special bonus episode, host Rachel Mans McKenny chats with writer Alex McElroy about cults, bagels, bad men, and, of course, books! In Alex’s new novel, The Atmospherians, a disgraced social media maven becomes the head trainer for a camp designed to rid men of their toxic masculinity. What could possibly go wrong? About AlexContinue reading “Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Alex McElroy”

A Fiction Editor Looking to Get Lost in a Book Again

Episode 3 Christopher Gonzalez is a fiction editor for Barrelhouse and author of the forthcoming story collection, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat. He dreams about taking a food and literary tour of Latin America, and we have no doubt he would crush Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” at karaoke. Which ofContinue reading “A Fiction Editor Looking to Get Lost in a Book Again”

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Julia Fine

In today’s very special bonus episode, host Rachel Mans McKenny chats with writer Julia Fine about the books that inspired her new novel, The Upstairs House. In this psychologically unsettling book, a young mother is haunted by the ghost of Margaret Wise Brown, who famously wrote Goodnight, Moon. Listen in for more book recs andContinue reading “Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Julia Fine”

A Product Designer Looking for Her Next “Moby Dick”

Episode 2 Carrie Tian is a product manager at a major tech company. She’s part of a rollicking book club and even read Moby Dick during quarantine. What can we possibly recommend this voracious reader who wants her next book to be small and perfect — or deliciously large and messy? Listen to find outContinue reading “A Product Designer Looking for Her Next “Moby Dick””