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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books is the award-winning, daily, author interview podcast hosted by author, bookstore owner, publishing house CEO and "NYC's Most Powerful Book-fluencer" (Vulture) Zibby Owens. Zibby's recent novel Blank is a USA Today bestseller.
Zibby has interviewed 1,700+ of today's bestselling and debut authors, plus celebrities like actors, chefs, athletes, politicians, business leaders, and more. With her trademark wit, disarming style, warm demeanor, and that certain something that gets everyone to open up to her, Zibby really learns about her guests. And so will you! Looking for a past episode? Head to Zibby Media for transcripts and links!
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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Author Obsessions

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 507 Ratings

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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books is the award-winning, daily, author interview podcast hosted by author, bookstore owner, publishing house CEO and "NYC's Most Powerful Book-fluencer" (Vulture) Zibby Owens. Zibby's recent novel Blank is a USA Today bestseller.
Zibby has interviewed 1,700+ of today's bestselling and debut authors, plus celebrities like actors, chefs, athletes, politicians, business leaders, and more. With her trademark wit, disarming style, warm demeanor, and that certain something that gets everyone to open up to her, Zibby really learns about her guests. And so will you! Looking for a past episode? Head to Zibby Media for transcripts and links!
Be a part of "The Zibby-verse Tour" (coined by the L.A. Times) by booking a spot here.
Subscribe to Zibby's Substack "Zibby's Highlights" with weekly essays and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, GoodReads, and TikTok.
Please rate and review the podcast if you love it!!
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    Nell Freudenberger, THE LIMITS

    Nell Freudenberger, THE LIMITS

    Award-winning author Nell Freudenberg joins Zibby to discuss THE LIMITS, a heart-wrenching and humane novel set in French Polynesia and New York City about three characters who undergo massive transformations when the pandemic hits. Nell reveals her fascination with the ocean and coral research (she even scuba-dived in Belize to authentically portray the underwater!) and then discusses her protagonist, a scientist torn between her love of science and her familial obligations. She also delves into the themes of unique family dynamics, step-parenting, and what happens to relationships under pressure while reflecting on some of her own experiences as a parent.
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    • 21 min
    Jane Bertch, THE FRENCH INGREDIENT: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time; A Memoir

    Jane Bertch, THE FRENCH INGREDIENT: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time; A Memoir

    Zibby is joined by cooking school owner and author Jane Bertch to discuss THE FRENCH INGREDIENT, the inspiring and delicious memoir of an American woman navigating innumerable cultural differences to build a life in Paris and open her cooking school, La Cuisine Paris. Jane delves into the challenges of opening her business (and triumphing over French naysayers!) and navigating several other personal and professional obstacles while living abroad. She also discusses the importance of community, the significance of food in connecting people from different backgrounds, and her journey as a writer. 
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    • 24 min
    James Rhee, RED HELICOPTER: A Parable for Our Times: Lead Change with Kindness (Plus a Little Math)

    James Rhee, RED HELICOPTER: A Parable for Our Times: Lead Change with Kindness (Plus a Little Math)

    James Rhee, a high school teacher, Harvard Law graduate, private equity investor, and the unexpected Chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart, joins Zibby to discuss RED HELICOPTER—A PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES: Lead Change With Kindness (Plus a Little Math), a brilliant business handbook that elevates kindness, joy, and goodwill. James shares what he learned from his Korean immigrant parents and from the black women he worked with. He reflects on the challenges faced by Ashley Stewart, weaving in themes of race, gender, and systemic barriers. He also touches on grief and the importance of embracing emotions in the workplace.
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    • 27 min
    Neely Tubati Alexander, IN A NOT SO PERFECT WORLD

    Neely Tubati Alexander, IN A NOT SO PERFECT WORLD

    Neely Tubati Alexander returns to the podcast, this time to discuss IN A NOT SO PERFECT WORLD, a delightful Carribbean-set romp about a quirky video-game designer and the hot next-door neighbor who invites her on a luxurious vacation… to pose as his new girlfriend. Neely talks about the romance genre (and all the fun tropes!), her creative process (and the challenges of crafting dialogue and picking the perfect word!), the evolving landscape of publishing, and the impact of TikTok on book sales. She also offers valuable advice for writers seeking to connect with others and navigate the publishing industry. 
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    • 22 min
    Julia Alvarez, THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES

    Julia Alvarez, THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES

    Great American novelist Julia Alvarez, bestselling author of HOW THE GARCÍA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS, joins Zibby to discuss her luminescent and lyrical new novel, THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES. Julia describes her book as a journey through an older writer’s mind as she grapples with the end of her career and all the untold stories within her. She shares some of the inspirations behind the story—from her own ritual of burying manuscripts to the cultural influences of her Dominican heritage. She also delves into the topics of aging, cancel culture, and the necessity of maintaining joy and authenticity in the writing process.
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    • 23 min
    Carys Davies, CLEAR

    Carys Davies, CLEAR

    Award-winning writer Carys Davies joins Zibby to discuss CLEAR, a stunning, exquisite novel about an impoverished Scottish minister who is dispatched to a remote island to “clear” the last remaining inhabitant… who has no intention of leaving. Carys reveals how a chance encounter with an extinct language dictionary ignited the spark for CLEAR over a decade ago and then discusses the profound impact of early photography, the extinction of the Norn language, and the socio-political landscape of 19th-century Scotland. She also describes her writing process and shares valuable advice for aspiring authors.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
507 Ratings

507 Ratings

Working Jewish Mom ,

Love this podcast!

I enjoy the interviews a lot and have read some really good books because of it. Zibby is warm and not intimidating. People high up the literary scene can be a little snooty, so I appreciate that Zibby is so down to earth and seems so approachable. She’s like a good friend whom you discuss books with. There was a really unkind review that said Zibby bought her way up because of her family money. I have known a lot of people who have inherited wealth and not all of them have created something unique like Zibby has which enriches so many people. Who cares if she has inherited wealth? She is doing great things with it. I am currently reading Zibby’s memoir, Bookends; she is an excellent writer on top of everything else!

JeannieGirl77 ,

My Go-To for Books

Love, love this podcast. Zibby is well read, down to earth and asks thoughtful questions to engage in meaningful conversations. I especially love the variety of books she covers. A must-listen for book lovers!

Not a nepo kid11 ,

Pathetic phony

Zibby bought her entire platform and her fame and success with her dad’s cash. Must be so hard being a billionaire’s daughter, coming out of nowhere and doing nothing, and buying your way into the publishing industry. Loser and terrible writer.

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