Your new internet besties give you a weekly dose of books, banter, and folks you should be following. Join 30-something reading enthusiasts and real-life best friends Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman every month for a book club featuring a read they promise you won’t be able to put down. In between, they’re joined by guests for conversations on careers, dating, fashion, and more.
Favorite Snacks, Chores That Give Us A Rush, and The Brighter Side of Quarantine.
Today’s episode is a real grab bag! We start out with a topic close to Grace’s heart: snacks. We compare our snacking habits, our favorite snacks, and more. We also touch on our favorite chores. You have probably never met two people who feel so strongly about doing laundry. And as we get closer to the end of quarantine and life going back to (almost?) normal, we also reflect on some bright sides of quarantine and what we are looking forward to now that we’ll both be fully vaccinated.
Delicious! By Ruth Reichl Book Club
Today is Book Club, and we read Delicious! By Ruth Reichl. The book tells the story of Billie Breslin, who moves from California to NYC to work for Delicious!, the country’s most prominent food magazine. When Delicious! is unexpectedly shut down, Billie is kept on board to honor the Delicious! Guarantee, which is how she discovers a cache of letters from 12-year-old Lulu Swan to the famous chef James Beard from WWII. From there, Billie embarks on a culinary scavenger hunt to find the adult Lulu Swan.
Clark’s Botanicals Founder, Francesco Clark, on How Vanity Saved His Life
Today we are joined by Francesco Clark, the founder of the clean beauty brand Clark’s Botanicals. Francesco shares the origin story of Clark's Botanicals: When he suffered a devastating spinal cord injury, he found himself paralyzed. One unexpected side effect of his paralysis was that his body could no longer sweat… and as a result, his skin changed dramatically. Together with his father, they created Clark’s Botanicals. We hope you enjoy hearing this story of resilience as much as we did!
Listener Q&A: Big Life Decisions, Career Moves, Daily Routines, + More!
Grace has made it safe and sound to Charleston and we were due for catch up! We put a call out in the Facebook group for questions, and we tackle them all in today’s episode. We share our favorite book podcasts, how we choose what to read next, how we manage our day, and give advice to a listener on a big life decision. We also answer questions about if job hunting is all who you know, making friends in a pandemic (or in a new city), managing zoom fatigue, and the age-old question: is NYC worth the money?
Childhood Nostalgia: Pogs, Beanie Babies, Starter Jackets, and Mall Culture
Today’s episode was the last one we recorded together while Grace was living in Brooklyn! As we embark on a new (remote) era of the podcast we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and talk about all of our childhood favorite things. As two weird kids (and now, weird adults), there were a lot of fun and silly memories to share. We share the things that we collected, the foods we coveted (and our strange bagged lunches), our love for the mall and our favorite childhood books.
The Midnight Library Book Club
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Our March Book Club pick is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The book follows 35-year-old Nora Seed, who is full of regrets over how she lived her life. In between life and death she is given the chance to explore how alternate lives would have played out had she made different choices thanks to the magic of The Midnight Library. We also share our own regrets and wrong turns that ultimately led us to where we are today.
This podcast is my weekly obsession
Love this podcast. Grace and Becca are wonderful hosts and even with the great guests they bring on the podcast, my favorite episodes are still just the two of them chatting! I appreciate all of the book recs and I feel like I’m just listening to my best friends chat.
My daily WFH listen!
I love reading but I think I would enjoy this podcast even if I didn’t! These women are such a joy to listen to - they are down to earth and not obnoxious the way some people can come across on podcasts. I love their advice episodes and listen to multiple episodes a day while I work, they’re basically my coworkers. Love ya Becca & Grace!
I recently discovered Grace and Becca when they were guests on a different podcast and I’m now hooked! I’ve gone back and listened to so many old episodes and just love the topics they cover. I love how they appreciate and respect each other’s different tastes in books/movies/shows!