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Booked Up with Jen Taub features intimate interviews with nonfiction authors. Jen’s guests include writers of current bestsellers and beloved backlist books. Conversations cover love, money, politics, early dreams, writing habits, reading tastes, procrastination techniques, self-doubt, and news of the day.

Creator and host, Jen Taub is a law professor, advocate, and author. Her nonfiction books include BIG DIRTY MONEY (Viking 2020) and OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (Yale Press 2014). She focuses on “follow the money” matters— promoting transparency and opposing corruption.

Jen’s favorite poem is Prufrock (and yes she knows that Eliot held abhorrent views. She contains multitudes and can separate the dancer from the dance.)

Taub was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law in fall 2019 at Harvard Law School and is now a professor of law at the Western New England University School of Law. A former associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments, she is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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Booked Up with Jen Taub features intimate interviews with nonfiction authors. Jen’s guests include writers of current bestsellers and beloved backlist books. Conversations cover love, money, politics, early dreams, writing habits, reading tastes, procrastination techniques, self-doubt, and news of the day.

Creator and host, Jen Taub is a law professor, advocate, and author. Her nonfiction books include BIG DIRTY MONEY (Viking 2020) and OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (Yale Press 2014). She focuses on “follow the money” matters— promoting transparency and opposing corruption.

Jen’s favorite poem is Prufrock (and yes she knows that Eliot held abhorrent views. She contains multitudes and can separate the dancer from the dance.)

Taub was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law in fall 2019 at Harvard Law School and is now a professor of law at the Western New England University School of Law. A former associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments, she is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

    Book Club: January 6th Committee Report

    Book Club: January 6th Committee Report

    Who knows? One day perhaps we will look back on this episode of Booked Up to find out that Donald Trump has faced a different kind of booking. Or at least an indictment. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today for our January book club meeting we are following the facts by discussing the content and implications of the Final Report of the Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US. Capitol.. 

    We have two special guests. Andrew Weissman, lead prosecutor in the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation and NYU law professor. And, Jill Wine-Banks: Watergate prosecutor and the first woman to serve as general counsel of the Army.  Jill is the author of Watergate Girl, and Andrew of Where Law Ends.



    Contact Booked Up:

    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 

    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061

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    Andrew Weissman
    Twitter | Website | Author of WHERE LAW ENDS

    Jill Wine-Banks
    Twitter | Website | Author of WATERGATE GIRL

    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Hamlet’s Heirs with Linda Charnes

    Hamlet’s Heirs with Linda Charnes

    Dr. Linda Charnes ––  Professor of English, European Studies and Gender Studies at Indiana
    University, Bloomington where she has taught since 1989–– joined Jen to talk about Hamlet, Talionic Law (aka retributive eye-for-an-eye justice), and America’s revenge fantasies. 

    She is the author of several books about Shakespeare, contemporary politics, and political psychology. Her first book was Notorious Identity: Materializing the Subject in Shakespeare published in 1993 by Harvard University Press, followed by Hamlet’s Heirs: Shakespeare and the Politics of a New Millennium, originally published in 2007 by Routledge, 2007, with a second edition in 2015.

    Dr. Charnes has bucked the trend of academic treatments of Shakespeare’s work in favor of
    unorthodox approaches that challenge temporal periods, field silos and most importantly,
    divides between ivory tower and mass cultural versions of Shakespeare’s plays. An expert in
    psychoanalytic and political theories, She was among the first to create and
    model an unorthodox blending of theoretical approaches, which she has called “a theory
    without organs.” 

    Dr. Charnes has lectured at prestigious venues all over the world, and directed faculty seminars at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the International Shakespeare Conference at Stratford-Upon-Avon. She fondly recalls giving the pre-performance lecture on Hamlet at the New Globe Theater in London, on the first night of Mark Rylance’s performance
    in the title role. The date was July 4th , 2000.

    In 2021, she was awarded the James P. Holland Award for Career Distinguished Teaching and
    Service to Students at Indiana University, Bloomington.

    For a cool photo of Linda click here for the website

    Contact Booked Up:

    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 

    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061

    Get More from Linda Charnes
    Website |  Author of HAMLET’S HEIRS and NOTORIOUS IDENTITY


    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Lauren Hough

    Lauren Hough

    Lauren Hough is the author of the New York Times bestseller, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING, a collection of essays about growing up in the abusive Children of God cult, coming out in the military, and piecing a life together, as Roxane Gay put it, “on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are might to be.”

    Jen caught up with Lauren before she headed out on the road with her dog, Woody to research her next book MONSTER OF A LAND. Though she pressed, Jen was not able to get Lauren to spill the details on what is (or is not happening) with the screenplay about her memoir LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING. However, they did get into other personal topics from social media mobs to drug use to their in-person meeting in 2021 (after covid vaccinations) and a stuffed animal known as lamby.

    The audiobook of LEAVING is narrated in part by actor Cate Blanchett, who is also reportedly the owner of the film rights.

    Contact Booked Up:



    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 


    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061



    Get More from Lauren Hough
    Twitter | Website | LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING


    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    INVASION by Luke Harding

    INVASION by Luke Harding

    Nearly a year into Russia’s Febuary 2022 invasion of Ukraine, journalist and author Luke Harding reflects on the people he met in the war zone while researching for his new book INVASION: THE INSIDE STORY OF RUSSIA’S BLOODY WAR AND UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL. Some of these brave sources are survivors of the Bucha massacre, who shared with him the trauma of losing loved ones and direct experiences of the violent atrocities. Others include a once optimistic contact from Mariupol who turned desperate, phoning Harding (who was 1,000 kilometers away) begging him to save his wife and children.

    The book is spellbinding on its own merits, yet, this interview with Harding uniquely reveals the personal toll that reporting from a war zone takes on a journalist with the associated survivor’s guilt. Among the pain, though, is laughter, including the humor and pride associated with the Ukrainians on Snake Island. On the day of the invasion, they were being fired upon by the Moskva, Russia’s giant guided-missile cruiser that patroled the Black Sea with a crew of more than 500 men. The Russians warned the Ukrainians on the island to surrender or they would be bombed. In response, the Ukrianian border guard believing they were facing certain death or capture said, “Russian War Ship, go fuck yourself.” Not only did these men survive, but later, in April, the Moskva caught fire and sunk. The Ukrainians claimed credit for its demise.

    Given his extensive background reporting from Russia as the former Moscow bureau chief, there are few if any reporters who have the first-hand understanding of Putin’s goals to retake Ukraine and beyond, and his lack of concern for the death toll he will run up trying, and failing to reach that goal. 

    Contact Booked Up:



    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 


    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061



    Get More from Luke Harding
    Twitter | Guardian Website | Author of several books including INVASION, COLLUSION, THE SNOWDEN FILES and A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON


    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 1 hr
    The Unfolding by A. M. Homes

    The Unfolding by A. M. Homes

    A.M Homes is an award-winning nonfiction author, novelist, short-storry writer, playwright, and librettist. This is the first time she and Jen speak together, having been introduced virtually by a mutual friend.  In this conversation, AMH lives her axiom  that, “People should pay more attention. Everyone wants attention, but no one wants to give attention.” In fact, she even commandeers the interview for a bit, getting Jen to talk about her past and future own writing projects.

    A love of history permeates AMH’s fictional work, as she uses post-WWII American history as structural pins to help  llustrate how we got from there to where we are today. In her newest novel, The Unfolding historical moments and figures function as much more than backdrops. These important events are embedded in the inner lives of her well-observed characters, and these characters do more than react, they are catalysts.

    Her previous work includes, This Book Will Save Your Life, which won the 2013 Orange/Women’s Prize for Fiction, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects.




    Contact Booked Up:



    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 


    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061



    Get More from A.M. Homes
    Twitter | Website | Author of THE UNFOLDING and THE MISTRESS’S DAUGHTER


    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Book Club: The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

    Book Club: The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

    We kvetched, we laughed, we cried. Never-Trumper George Conway and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll puzzled over Jen’s selection for this month’s book, but were quickly won over by THE LIGHT WE CARRY after just a few pages. In fact, George now plans to read BECOMING. Ivan Lett encouraged us all to share the light we carry and appreciated the message about being yourself. In the words of First Lady Michelle Obama, “We only hurt ourselves when we hide our realness away." Lisa Birnbach helped us see the value in self-forgiveness. 

    Jen and Ivan agreed that when they go low, we don’t go high, we light to get down into the mud and fight. That said, we found so much value in the advice in THE LIGHT WE CARRY. Many passages were read aloud, including one on knitting by E. Jean, and an amusing bit about President Obama’s parenting style. Michelle wrote, “When [Sasha and Malia]  moved to California, he emailed them a lengthy article about earthquake preparedness and offered to have Secret Service give them a natural-disaster-response briefing. (This was met with a polite, 'No thanks.')”



    Contact Booked Up:
    You can email Jen & the Booked Up team at: BOOKEDUP@POLITICON.COM or by writing to: 

    BOOKED UP 
    P.O. BOX 147
    NORTHAMPTON, MA 01061



    Get More from Book Club Members

    Lisa Birnbach
    Twitter | Website | Author of THE OFFICIAL PREPPY HANDBOOK and TRUE PREP

    E. Jean Carroll
    Twitter | Ask E. Jean Substack | Author of WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR?

    George Conway
    Twitter | On Morniing Joe | Author of Atlantic article Unfit for Office

    Ivan Lett
    Twitter | Website | Author of HAARLEM REBORN

    Get More from Jen Taub:
    Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY 

    • 55 min

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149 Ratings

freebyrd2002 ,

Smart

I love this podcast. It’s done well and doesn’t dumb anything down. #nerdavengers

Kin Tuckey ,

Love Jen’s Style

These interviews are done in such a conversational style, I keep forgetting I’m not there to add my 2 cents. Very interesting folks so far. Very smart and informative. Totally recommend!

JeniFromCali ,

Five ⭐️’s

Of all the book podcasts I subscribe to Jen Taub’s is at the top. Love her deep dives with a single author. Jen is an excellent listener and superb at leading these delightful conversations. 5-⭐️‘s

(First became a fan of Jen’s on the Mary Trump Show podcast.)

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