Boss Maidel is a weekly podcast featuring conversations with women authors, creatives, entrepreneurs etc. In this podcast, we explore all dimensions of life relevant to the modern woman: motherhood, work, health, family, social interactions, etc. We also talk a lot about books: sharing recommendations, interviewing new authors and so much more! The goal is to create a sounding board that can facilitate growth, positivity and a greater sense of community.
Elizabeth Barnhill is the book buyer for Fabled Bookshop in Waco, Texas.
In this episode, we chat about how Elizabeth landed her dream job, how she handpicks books for costumers all over the country, her favorite book recommendations and much more.
Here are a few of Elizabeth's favorite books:
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Bully Market by Jamie Fiore Higgins
Go As A River by Shelley Read
To connect with Elizabth you can reach out to her a @wacoreads
To purchase books or request a Face Time appointment to shop the shelves, you can reach out to @fabledbookshop
Click here to join the Boss Maidel Bookclub and get Elizabeth's summer picks.
In this episode, we chat about Rachel's new book Atomic Anna.
From the critically acclaimed author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.
In 1986, nuclear scientist Anna Berkova is asleep in her bed in the Soviet Union when Chernobyls reactor melts down. The energy surge accidentally sends her through time. When she wakes up, shes in 1992 and discovers Molly, her estranged daughter, shot in the chest. Should Anna travel in time to save her daughter or stop Chernobyl?
Anna goes to 60s Philadelphia, where Molly is coming of age as an adopted refusenik in a family full of secrets. Molly finds solace in comic books, drawing her own series, Atomic Anna. But when she meets volatile Viktor, their romance sets her life on a dangerous course. Anna then seeks out Mollys daughter, Raisa, in the 80s. Raisa is a lonely teen and math prodigy, who finds new issues of Atomic Anna in unexpected places. Each comic challenges her to solve equations leading to two impossible conclusions Time travel is real and so is the strange old woman claiming to be her grandmother.
These three remarkable women must work together across time to prevent the greatest nuclear disaster of the twentieth century, but simply because you can change the past, does it mean you should?
You can follow Rachel at www.rachelbarenbaum.com
You can listen to her podcast Check This Out with Rachel Barenbaum here.
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Book Club Edition: Lauren Fox
LAUREN FOX, who earned her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, is the author of the novels Days of Awe, Still Life with Husband, and Friends Like Us. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters.
In this episode, we talk about Lauren's book Send for Me.
Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents' popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumors that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can't quite believe that it will affect them; they're hardly religious at all. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter, the dangers grow closer: a brick thrown through her window; a childhood friend who cuts ties with her; customers refusing to patronize the bakery. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain.
Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise's granddaughter, Clare, is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother's letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family's sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she's faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future. A novel of dazzling emotional richness that is based on letters from Lauren Fox's own family, Send for Meis a major departure for this acclaimed author, an epic and intimate exploration of mothers and daughters, duty and obligation, hope and forgiveness.
Send for me is a New York Times Best Seller and A Today Show #ReadWithJenna book club pick.
Books discussed in this episode:
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
The Island Child by Molly Aitken
Michal Oshman is Head of Company Culture, Diversity and Inclusion at TikTok Europe and formerly responsible for international leadership and team development at Facebook. Throughout her career, Michal has trained and coached hundreds of tech leaders. She has three university degrees in psychodynamic and systemic thinking, sociology and anthropology. Michal lives with her husband and their four children in London, UK.
As a mentor for leaders in top global companies, Michal created a unique personal growth methodology based on the life-changing principles of Jewish wisdom. It is easy to think that the daily challenges we experience in the 21st century are new and unlike any that people faced in the past. Michal draws on her own heritage and a wide range of Jewish teachings to offer practical advice for common concerns, such as a broken heart, parenting, overcoming setbacks and getting the most out of your career.
You can purchase Michal's book here.
Book Club Edition: Elyssa Friedland
Elyssa Friedland is the author of four novels and a forthcoming picture book. She attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News, and is a graduate of Columbia Law School. She worked as an associate at a major firm before turning to writing full-time. Elyssa currently teaches creative writing at Yale. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, LitHub, POPSUGAR, RealSimple.com, Bustle, Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine and more. Elyssa resides in New York City with her husband and three young children.
In this episode, we chat about Elyssa's latest book: Last Summer At The Golden Hotel. In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families – best friends and business partners – have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be – and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late?
You can follow Elyssa here.
You can purchase Elyssa's book here.
Click here to purchase tickets to my Zoom event with author Nadia Hashimi in conjunction with the Jewish Public Library.
In this episode, I chat with Esty Perman who is a Chabad shlucha ( emissary) in Kansas. In addition to her numerous responsibilities as a preschool teacher, running various learning and community programs etc. Esty is a busy mom trying to juggle it all. She shares her experiences and thoughts on motherhood, spirituality, her journey with secondary infertility etc. on her Instagram account.
The quote I share in the beginning of the episode is from Wisdom to Heal the Earth: Meditations & Teachings of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Tzvi Freeman.
"Each journey the soul travels takes her higher.
Some Journeys are painful, but with purpose. The purpose overwhelms the pain and transforms it into joy.
Some journeys are painful, but with no purpose in sight.There is no medicine to wash away the pain.
There is no medicine, other than faith that ever journey the soul travels takes her higher. Some so much higher, she cannot even imagine their meaning. Until she arrives."
Books that were mentioned:
How To Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePERA
60 Days: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays by Rabbi Simon Jacobson
What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Beata Heuman: Every Room Should Sing
This is the episode where Rabbi Shais Taub talks about the concept of attaining a level where we thank G-d for the perceived bad a swell as the good in our lives.
Love to listen to this podcast
I discovered this podcast just before there was a break. I loved binging the old episodes. Each conversation was interesting, and I put a lot of books on my shelf after hearing about them here. I’m so glad the episodes have resumed. I’m enjoying the new ones just as much as the others.
These are the conversations we need to have!
Chani’s conversation with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus was amazing! They talk about all the conversations we need to be having in the community. I mostly love how they look at the culture and how it has affected women to harbor so much shame about sex. They are beginning to tear down so many of those walls and make it easier for women who struggle to talk.
I always listen to the podcasts while I’m doing the dishes and while I’m typing up things and it is so interesting and so amazing. It is super inspiring and helpful and just all round phenomenal.