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Mashable's weekly podcast where we talk about what we're reading and what's happening in the book world. Hosted by: MJ Franklin, Aliza Weinberger and Peter Allen Clark.

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Mashable's weekly podcast where we talk about what we're reading and what's happening in the book world. Hosted by: MJ Franklin, Aliza Weinberger and Peter Allen Clark.

    Our summer readings lists

    Our summer readings lists

    This week on the MashReads Podcast, we discuss our summer reading lists and what exactly qualifies as a beach read before taking a hiatus until the fall.

    Chloe recommends:
    “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan
    “The Third Hotel” by Laura van den Berg
    “Meet Me in the Bathroom” by Lizzy Goodman

     

    Martha recommends:
    "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory
    "The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer
    "Barracoon" by Zora Neal Hurston
    "Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
    "To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before" by Jenny Han

    • 25 min
    'The Pisces'

    'The Pisces'

    This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Melissa Broder's novel "The Pisces," a story about a woman who falls in love with a merman. Then, inspired by the book, we talk about other unexpected romances/ surprising couples in literature.

    And as always, we close the show with recommendations:
    Chloe recommends Motherboard's internet-themed crossword puzzle "Solve The Internet." "It's really fun and they are a little bit easier than the New York Times crossword puzzles, so if you get stuck on the Wednesday puzzle like I do, turn to this one. It's so fun."
    Martha recommends the app Wordscapes, a word-based puzzle game. "I'm addicted to it!"
    MJ recommends "Queer Love In Color" a photo essay that ran in the New York Times for Pride Month that documents black queer couples. "It's just so beautiful. It has a beautiful message to it, the photos are gorgeous, and it's celebrating Pride and love, and you'll look at those photos and feel good."

    • 44 min
    'Florida' (with guest and author Lauren Groff)

    'Florida' (with guest and author Lauren Groff)

    This week on the MashReads Podcast, we chat with Lauren Groff, author of 'Fates and Furies,' 'Delicate Edible Birds,' and more, about her new story collection, 'Florida.'

    "This book is about Florida. But it’s not just the state, it’s about the state of dread and premonition and the desire to push outside the realm of domesticity and how to raise little boys and make them into good people and it’s about snakes and it’s basically everything that you can come up with."

    Also mentioned in the show: Groff's 'New York Times' By The Book interivew:

    "My point is: when people in authority mention writers, they confer upon those writers a leg up into the cannon, and the same people get mentioned over and over again and become cannon. If we're not reading outside of the bounds of what we're told to read, if we're not reading outside of white male supremancy as it's been over the past millenia, then we're doing a profound disservice to the present and to the writers of the past who have been overlooked."

    Then, as always, we close the show with recommenations.
    Lauren recommends Rachel Cusk's book 'Kudos.' "I just finished 'Kudos' by Rachel Cusk on the train and I am still cogitating over it because it ends with this incredible... wait, maybe I shouldn't what it ends with, I don't want to do a spoiler! Someday if you see me and you've read this book, let's talk about the ending because I don't know what to think about."
    MJ recommends 'Motherhood' by Sheila Heti. "It's astounding. Sheila Heti is such a phenomenal writer."

    • 35 min
    "Little Fires Everywhere" and our favorite books about the suburbs

    "Little Fires Everywhere" and our favorite books about the suburbs

    This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Celeste Ng's novel "Little Fires Everywhere." Then, inspired by the book, we talk about our favorite books about the suburbs/ the suburban experience.

    • 44 min
    'An American Marriage' and our favorite love stories

    'An American Marriage' and our favorite love stories

    This week, we are joined by Whitney Hu, Director of Public Programs at the Natinoal Book Foundation, to talk about "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones. The book tells the story of newly married couple Roy and Celeste, after Roy is falsely convicted of a crime he didn't commit and is incarcerated for 5 years. The story then explores what happens to Roy and Celeste's marriage when the time they thought they'd have together is stolen from them.

    Then, inspired by "An American Marriage" we talk about our favorite love stories including A Little Life, Tiny Beautiful Things, and They Both Die At The End.

    And, as always, we close the show with recommendations:
    Martha recommneds "Bubblin" by Anderson Pack, which she nominates for song of the summer. "It's just such a vibe. I don't know how to explain it. You just have to listen to it, it'll make you feel happy."
    Whitney recommends 5 songs that she thinks would be on Celestial's music playlist in "An American Marriage": 'Love Me Right' by Amber Mark, 'Holy' by Jamila Woods, 'Distance' by Emily King, 'Focus' by Her, and 'Tender Love' Michelle Ndegeocello. "I think all of those songs, when you listen to them, have this women empowerment/ also 'love is really complicated and I have feelings for you, why do you have to treat me so wrong' vibe."
    MJ recommends two Twitter videos that'll make you laugh. The first is an interview where Mariah Carey apparently learns that people have to pay bills. The second is a video of the very polite rage expressed by a woman Kim when a customer Ginger won't say whether or not she wants to buy a cheesecake.

    • 41 min
    'The Ensemble' (featuring guest and author Aja Gabel)

    'The Ensemble' (featuring guest and author Aja Gabel)

    This week on the MashReads Podast, we're joined by Aja Gabel, author of "The Ensemble."

    "It's a book about music, classic music in particular, but put another way, it's really just a book about people who happen to play music."

    And, as always, we close the show with recommendations:
    'The Third Hotel' by Laura van den Berg. "It's one of those books where you're like 'I've never read anything like this.'"

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

Charles1997630579 ,

New fave books podcast

Book podcasts are so hit or miss and I stumbled on this one somewhat out of the blue.
Been listening to back episodes and really liking it, jumping around to different books I’ve liked. Good discussions, excellent host dynamic. I’m into it!

lilninja123 ,

Great for book lovers!

I randomly stumbled on this podcast and I'm so happy I did. I love the insight and different opinions MJ, Aliza, and Peter! Allen! Clark! bring to each episode. This podcast has quickly become one of my favorites and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading.

JustEmilyC ,

Great analysis but...

The hosts offer excellent substantive analysis of books. I'm impressed with how deeply they think about themes and meanings behind these stories. It's a smart, thoughtful podcast. That said, I know it's not cool to criticize the hosts' voices but I have to because I can't understand Peter. He elides, mutters and mushes his words together. Simply so listeners can understand, please enunciate.

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