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Get the ultimate insider's scoop on the best new books. The editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not the books on the bestseller list are worth the read, give you behind-the-scenes insights, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.

Fully Booked by Kirkus Reviews PodcastOne

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    • 3.9, 50 Ratings

Get the ultimate insider's scoop on the best new books. The editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not the books on the bestseller list are worth the read, give you behind-the-scenes insights, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.

    Duchess Goldblatt

    Duchess Goldblatt

    Anonymous discusses Becoming Duchess Goldblatt (HMH, July 7), the story of the person behind the saucy-yet-supportive Twitter persona that became a favorite of the literati and Lyle Lovett. Kirkus: “A fascinating memoir by a 21st-century original” (starred review). Then our editors join with their reading recommendations for the week, including books by Kate Messner, Brandy Colbert, Bakari Sellers, and Talia Hibbert.

    • 52 min
    Fully Booked: Summer Reading 2020

    Fully Booked: Summer Reading 2020

    Welcome to Fully Booked: Summer Reading 2020! In this special episode, editor in chief Tom Beer joins host Megan Labrise to present the hottest books for the sultriest months. First up, young readers editors Vicky Smith and Laura Simeon give their top picks in children’s, middle-grade, and YA books for July and August. Then fiction editor Laurie Muchnick and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau sign on for a second segment celebrating novels, memoirs, essay collections, and more. We’ve got frontlist, we’ve got backlist, we’ve got reading recommendations from former Kirkus Prize winners and finalists, and one spirited debate on the merits of summer reading programs. You won’t want to miss it.

    • 1 hr
    Jia Lynn Yang

    Jia Lynn Yang

    Jia Lynn Yang discusses One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965 (W.W. Norton, May 19), an outstanding history of the fight for U.S. immigration reform. Exploring questions of what it means to be an “American,” who gets to be one, and who gets to decide, Yang’s authorial debut is “critical in understanding today’s immigrations issues” (starred review). Then Kirkus’ editors make their weekly reading recommendations, with books by Lauren Soloy, Deb Caletti, Masha Gessen, and Brit Bennett.

    • 58 min
    Max Brooks

    Max Brooks

    This week’s episode is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, publishers of Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/contest/darius-the-great/). In our lead interview, bestselling novelist Max Brooks discusses Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Dey Street, June 16). Then Kirkus’ editors make their weekly reading recommendations, with books by Ben Clanton, Abdi Nor Iftin, Robert Kolker, and Connie Schultz.

    • 43 min
    Molly Ball

    Molly Ball

    TIME national political correspondent Molly Ball discusses Pelosi (Henry Holt, May 5), an intriguing portrait of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking woman in U.S. government history. Ball’s “top-notch political biography” is “a cradle-to-today portrait of a master politician who ‘shattered the “marble ceiling” and blazed a new trail for women’” (starred review). Then Kirkus’ editors make their weekly reading recommendations, with books by Jules Feiffer, Lillian Clark, Willie Mays with John Shea, and Elin Hilderbrand.

    • 47 min
    Megha Majumdar

    Megha Majumdar

    Megha Majumdar discusses her highly anticipated debut novel, A Burning (Knopf, June 2). Set in contemporary Kolkata, A Burning opens with an extraordinary act of domestic terrorism at a train station. Amid mass confusion and alarm, Jivan, a Muslim woman living in a nearby slum, posts a Facebook message that proves incendiary, landing her in prison. Her voice is soon joined by others in a polyphonic tale exploring politics, class, ambition, labor, and love. Then Kirkus’ editors make their weekly reading recommendations, with books by Stella Dreis, Kimberly Drew, and Madeleine St. John.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Esterdotter ,

Great series, but...

A great variety of interesting guests, but Kirkus needs to listen to the episodes. Hysterical laughter, in inappropriate places, is just annoying.

peterack ,

I Love Books, I Love Fully Booked!`

A good podcast. The hosts are not pretentious and they ask intellegent questions of authors regarding the latter's books, processes, lives, etc. There is usually space near the conclusion of the podcast where they talk about "hits and misses" for the week and/or answering listener's question.

One has to wade through some laughable, predictable “woke” speak (one reviewer will always life works on colonized transgendered lesbians who identify as a person of color” - or close to it). It’s still worth the wading for the book recommendations as well as the laughs.

The podcast helps me find even more good books, and undiscovered for me, authors to read.

PatandGena ,

Great Guest/Negative Political Ad Jarring

I was quite excited to hear DeRay McKesson, a vocal black progressive speaker , author and leader in our culture. However, I was taken aback by the negative tone deaf, disrespectful anti Delgado political ad promo that aired just before the interview began. To be clear, Delgado (D) is a progressive black man running for Congress in upstate NY against John Faso (R), a white, conservative, hateful Trumper...the embodiment of a candidate that DeRay McKesson, and his listeners abhor. If you like DeRay’s message, please promote candidates like Delgado and VOTE in November!🗳

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