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 MashaContinue reading “Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters”

A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines

On today’s episode, we set up Celia Aniskovich, a New York City-based documentarian who co-produced the Netflix true crime series “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” and produced the mini series “Surviving Jefferey Epstein” for Lifetime. In 2021, she released a six-part podcast series for Wondery called “The Spy Affair” about alleged Russian spy MariaContinue reading “A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines”

A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds

Today, we’re setting up Molly Armstrong, a social justice lawyer who focuses on child welfare issues. Molly has received the prestigious Kathryn A. McDonald Award in Service to Family Court from the New York City Bar and was a Root-Tilden Scholar at NYU School of Law. She enjoys relaxing with a long walk, a goodContinue reading “A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds”

Bonus Episode: Comedian Ginny Hogan on Dating and “Unlikeable” Characters

Another special treat! This week, Rachel interviews the fabulous, and hilarious, Ginny Hogan (who is always on Twitter). Rachel and Ginny talk about her new book, I’m More Dateable than a Plate of Refried Beans, dating while funny, writing humor, and—of course!—book recommendations. Books Discussed A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman A Man Called Ove byContinue reading “Bonus Episode: Comedian Ginny Hogan on Dating and “Unlikeable” Characters”

An “Indian Matchmaking” Alum Gets Set Up with Six Books

This episode, our guest is Aparna Shewakramani. Aparna is a lawyer from Houston and a former cast member of the Netflix show Indian Matchmaking. Her book, She’s Unlikeable and Other Lies that Bring Women Down, came out in Spring 2022. She is also the founder of the travel company, My Golden Balloon. In her readingContinue reading “An “Indian Matchmaking” Alum Gets Set Up with Six Books”

Bonus Episode: Adrienne Celt on Writing Time Travel, Drawing Cartoons, and Translating Russian Classics for Fun

In this special bonus episode, Kristen talks with Adrienne Celt, a novelist and cartoonist. Celt is the author of the novels End of the World House, Invitation to a Bonfire, and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR. She hasContinue reading “Bonus Episode: Adrienne Celt on Writing Time Travel, Drawing Cartoons, and Translating Russian Classics for Fun”

A Matchmaker Gets Set Up with Her Dream Reads

Episode 10 On this week’s episode, we set up a literal matchmaker with six books. Yeah, it’s meta! Matchmaker Maria is a business owner, matchmaker, and dating coach. She is host of the Ask a Matchmaker podcast, a frazzled super mom, a happy wife, a mother’s caretaker, and an Instagram “dating influencer.” Tune in toContinue reading “A Matchmaker Gets Set Up with Her Dream Reads”

An Editor in Love with Outer Space and Romance Novels

Episode 9 In this episode, we match up Jaime Green, a freelance writer and editor. Jaime was the Romance columnist for The New York Times from 2018 to 2020 and is currently a series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Her book about the ways we imagine life beyond Earth in science andContinue reading “An Editor in Love with Outer Space and Romance Novels”

Bonus Episode: Spooky Season Reads

In today’s very special bonus episode, our co-hosts chat offer recommendations for some thrilling (and chilling) reads! Not into being scared? Don’t worry! We also have suggestions that won’t make you hide under the covers. Join us! Books Discussed Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen Night Rooms by Gina Nutt My SoulContinue reading “Bonus Episode: Spooky Season Reads”