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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books is the award-winning, author-interview podcast hosted by author, bookstore owner and publisher, Zibby Owens, dubbed "NYC's Most Powerful Book-fluencer" (Vulture). (Zibby's novel Blank is a USA Today bestseller!) Hear from your favorite celebrities, novelists, memoirists, and others to keep you in-the-know, help you find the next book for you, and inspire you!
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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Author Obsessions

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    • 4.6 • 515 Ratings

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books is the award-winning, author-interview podcast hosted by author, bookstore owner and publisher, Zibby Owens, dubbed "NYC's Most Powerful Book-fluencer" (Vulture). (Zibby's novel Blank is a USA Today bestseller!) Hear from your favorite celebrities, novelists, memoirists, and others to keep you in-the-know, help you find the next book for you, and inspire you!
Sign up for our newsletters here and learn more on zibbymedia.com.
Please rate and review the podcast if you love it!!
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Sound editing by TexturesSound.
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Thank you to this week's sponsors:
ByHeart: ByHeart is an infant nutrition company built from the ground up to deliver real innovation on behalf of babies and parents. Their mission is simple: make the best formula in the world. Curious about ByHeart? Redeem your welcome offer at ByHeart.com/Podcast with code ZIBBY20 for a limited time. Additional terms and conditions apply.
BetterHelp: If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. It’s entirely online—designed to be convenient, flexible, and suited to your schedule. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, and switch therapists any time for no additional charge. Visit BetterHelp.com/momsdonthavetime today to get 10% off your first month.

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    Actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB: A Family Memoir

    Actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB: A Family Memoir

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    • 23 min
    Time magazine's "40 under 40" Bakari Sellers, THE MOMENT: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now

    Time magazine's "40 under 40" Bakari Sellers, THE MOMENT: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now

    Lawyer, CNN commentator, and New York Times bestselling author Bakari Sellers joins Zibby to discuss THE MOMENT, an urgent, astute synthesis of the modern political landscape and policies impacting Black families and communities. Bakari, whose book blends personal family history with a broader narrative of Black experience in America, recounts the traumatic birth of his twins and his wife’s near-fatal complications, which revealed systemic inequalities in the healthcare system. He also reflects on his upbringing in South Carolina, his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the generational trauma Black Americans face, and the necessity of empathy, activism, and continued progress towards equality.
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    • 18 min
    A Zibby Summer Reads pick! Laura Hankin, ONE-STAR ROMANCE

    A Zibby Summer Reads pick! Laura Hankin, ONE-STAR ROMANCE

    Zibby is joined for a second time by Laura Hankin, the author of ONE-STAR ROMANCE, a wickedly smart rom-com about a struggling writer who has to walk down the aisle at her best friend’s wedding with the man who gave her book a very public one-star rating—which, by the way, happened to Laura! Laura delves into the novel’s deeper themes of evolving friendships and the challenges of creative pursuits and then talks about the highs and lows of her own career. She and Zibby also discuss anxiety-inducing Goodreads reviews, Laura’s writing journey during pregnancy (and morning sickness), and the viral TikTok video that inspired this novel.
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    • 22 min
    NYT bestseller! Ruth Reichl, THE PARIS NOVEL

    NYT bestseller! Ruth Reichl, THE PARIS NOVEL

    Zibby speaks with New York Times bestselling author Ruth Reichl about THE PARIS A NOVEL, a sumptuous, evocative, mouthwatering adventure through the food, art, and fashion scenes of 1980s Paris as told by Stella, a woman who stumbles across a vintage store, tries on a fabulous Dior dress, and is changed forever. Ruth reveals how her own transformative experience in a couture dress inspired this novel and then delves into the themes of hope, joy, and fairytale-like transformation. Then, she describes her unexpected career in food writing and the evolution of food culture and then shares her best advice for aspiring writers.
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    • 26 min
    #1 NYT bestseller! Jonathan Haidt, THE ANXIOUS GENERATION: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness

    #1 NYT bestseller! Jonathan Haidt, THE ANXIOUS GENERATION: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness

    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt joins Zibby to discuss THE ANXIOUS GENERATION, a must-read investigation into the collapse of youth mental health in the era of smartphones—and a plan for a healthier, freer childhood. Jonathan attributes increasing rates of anxiety and depression among children, particularly girls, to two main factors: the overprotection of children and the rise of social media. He shares his recommendations, including delaying exposure to smartphones, phone-free schools, and encouraging independent, unstructured play.
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    • 23 min
    A Zibby Summer Reads pick! Teddy Wayne, THE WINNER

    A Zibby Summer Reads pick! Teddy Wayne, THE WINNER

    Zibby speaks with award-winning author Teddy Wayne about THE WINNER, a dark, explosive literary thriller about an unemployed law school graduate who gets a summer job as a tennis pro at an exclusive, old-money community near Cape Cod, and gives lessons (and more…) to a divorced woman twice his age. Teddy delves into the real-life inspirations for the setting, his character development process, and his interest in depicting class and privilege in this story. He also reveals that he is working on the screenplay for a potential film adaptation (!), describes his journey to becoming a writer, and gives his best advice to aspiring writers.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
515 Ratings

515 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!

Lit up books ,

Problematic politics

I started listening to Zibby years ago—when she actually read the books. It’s so uncomfortable listening to her interviews now when it’s obvious she doesn’t know the subject matter because she hasn’t read the book. Additionally, Zibby’s politics are problematic and have taken over the show. She often sounds like she’s forcing guests to comment on and agree with her bloodthirsty Zionist views. She supports genocide and racism and has no interest in presenting a balanced narrative. As a Jewish woman (and mother) I’m horrified by her lack of humanity and have stopped listening to this show.

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!

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