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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 

Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 

Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

    Ep. 315 Pete Rose: The Great Anti-hero with Keith O'Brien

    Ep. 315 Pete Rose: The Great Anti-hero with Keith O'Brien

    Journalist and bestselling author Keith O'Brien joins this episode to talk about his new book Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball. Keith reveals his thoughts on Rose's complex story, which is anything but black and white. We also discuss the steroid era of baseball, Pete Rose's legacy around race, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for April is The January Children by Safia Elhillo. We will discuss the book on April 24th with Hala Alyan.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/17/ep-315-keith-obrien




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    • 58 min
    Ep. 314 Being Chesty with Andrew Boryga

    Ep. 314 Being Chesty with Andrew Boryga

    First-time novelist and award-winning writer Andrew Boryga talks about his new book Victim, a satirical take on diversity initiatives, self-promotion and the art of the hustle. Andrew reveals how he thought about audience while composing the book, and discusses the difference between attention and privilege.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for April is The January Children by Safia Elhillo. We will discuss the book on April 24th with Hala Alyan.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/10/ep-314-andrew-boryga




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    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

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    • 56 min
    Ep. 313 Auditioning for Empathy with Hala Alyan

    Ep. 313 Auditioning for Empathy with Hala Alyan

    Writer, poet and psychologist Hala Alyan joins this episode to discuss her newest poetry collection The Moon That Turns You Back. We hear about how she thinks about form, and cultivating empathy in art. Hala also talks about her experience promoting a book during the ongoing violence attacks on Gaza, and what it's like for her therapy patients to read her work.




    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/04/03/ep-313-hala-alyan




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    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

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    • 57 min
    Unabridged: Ask Me Anything, Hosted by Mr. Stacks

    Unabridged: Ask Me Anything, Hosted by Mr. Stacks

    *Patreon- and Substack-only bonus episode teaser*

    This episode of The Stacks Unabridged is a special AMA session with your host in the hot seat. We collected questions from social media and our Patreon and Substack communities, and Mr. Stacks asked Traci everything you wanted to know. You'll hear about how Traci reads for work versus pleasure, her favorite musicals, 2024 baseball predictions, and much more.

    *This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon and our Substack subscribers. To join a community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.




    JOIN PATREON OR SUBSTACK TO LISTEN

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/29/tsu-31-ask-me-anything




    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe

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    • 12 min
    Ep. 312 Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu -- The Stacks Book Club (Elise Hu)

    Ep. 312 Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu -- The Stacks Book Club (Elise Hu)

    Flawless author Elise Hu returns to discuss our March book club pick Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We talk about the satirical novel's themes of assimilation, the performance of imposed identity and the myth of the model minority. We also ask, who gets to be "American"?

    Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our April book club pick will be.




    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/27/ep-312-interior-chinatown




    Episode Transcript

    Connect with Elise: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Substack | TED Talks Daily

    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe




    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    To support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 311 They Say We Die Twice with Pamela Prickett & Stefan Timmermans

    Ep. 311 They Say We Die Twice with Pamela Prickett & Stefan Timmermans

    Sociologists and co-authors Pamela Prickett and Stefan Timmermans join The Stacks to talk about their book The Unclaimed: Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels. The book follows four people whose bodies go unclaimed after their deaths, and how and why this happens. We also discuss how Pamela and Stefan think ethically about reporting and writing about the dead, why being claimed matters, and how they took care of themselves while spending eight years with this subject matter.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. We will discuss the book on March 27th with Elise Hu.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/03/20/ep-311-pamela-prickett-stefan-timmermans




    Episode Transcript

    Connect with Pamela: Twitter | Website

    Connect with Stefan: Twitter | Website

    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe




    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    To support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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1.7K Ratings

Camcam374 ,

Welcoming and Accessible

Wednesdays are my favorite days because I get to be welcomed into a wonderful conversation about books on The Stacks. I have learned so much from this podcast on various topics. I have a processing learning disability, and sometimes it’s hard for me to follow more thought provoking podcasts, therefore making me feel dumb. Traci, however, and her guests are SO SO SO SO accessible - she has a gift of phrasing things that make sense, sound intelligent, and I’m able to follow everything she’s talking about. It’s an incredible feeling. I’m currently backtracking on her Book Club episodes and loving them. I’m so grateful for this podcast and everything Traci has given to the bookworm community!

KRoseC05 ,

I Adore This Podcast

It never fails. I’ll see the title of an episode, or the book of the week, and think “Meh. I’ll get to it when I get to it.” But then I listen to said episode and the conversation is engaging, the questions are thoughtful, and by the end of the episode I’m bummed that Traci and her guest can’t carry on their conversation longer, and I immediately try to get my hands on the book on question (for better or worse, my stack is tall).

What I really love about this podcast is how authentic Traci is. She will say what she honestly thinks about various topics or books, she asks guests questions that she’s interested in knowing the answers to, and the fact that she openly mentions hating things makes me giggle.

I enjoy this Podcast so much, I subscribe to Traci’s Patreon and Substack. Best wishes to The Stacks for many years of success!

NatNNM ,

Best pod!!

Traci is a fantastic interviewer and her taste in books is top-notch. She manages to ask engaging, and sometimes tough questions, to guests that I am skeptical I would be interested in and changes my mind by the end of the episode. My reading life is so much richer because of her work! This podcast is a good time!!

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