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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. 
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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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    Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Dawnie Walton)

    Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Dawnie Walton)

    It is time for our annual Toni Morrison episode of The Stacks as part of The Stacks Book Club. We are discussing Morrison's third novel, Song of Solomon, and to help us dissect this sweeping story we've brought back author Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev). On the show we discuss this book as part of the conversation for "the great American novel", gush over our favorite characters and scenes, and so much more.
    There are spoilers on this episode.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/24/ep-191-song-of-solomon
    Be sure to listen to the end of the episode to hear what our December book club pick will be.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell

    Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell

    On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. We use her books as a lens to discuss the relationship of language to power and community, the ways women continue to be at the forefront of language innovation, and to look at cultural normativity.
    The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry

    Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry

    Our guest today is Dr. Myisha Cherry, a philosopher, professor, and author, whose work focuses on emotions and attitudes in public life. Her latest book is The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle. Myisha shares why we must embrace our rage if we want to improve our society, how we've been socialized around anger, and how allies can cause harm.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/10/ep-189-myisha-cherry
    The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.
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    • 58 min
    Ep. 188 Creating an Icon with Dawnie Walton

    Ep. 188 Creating an Icon with Dawnie Walton

    Our guest today is journalist and editor Dawnie Walton, she is the debut author behind one of this year's most talked about novels, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. Dawnie shares her research process, how oral histories can elevate fictional characters, and the rock stars that inspired her own rock icon.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/11/03/ep-188-dawnie-walton
    The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

    Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

    The last week of the month means it's time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we're joined again by author, poet, and podcast host, Nichole Perkins (Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be) to discuss Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. On this episode we talk about the ways the book (and movie) have and haven't aged well, the depiction of friendship between Black women, and the lasting legacy of this modern classic.
    There are minor spoilers on this episode.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/27/ep-187-waiting-to-exhale
    Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what The Stacks Book Club pick for November will be!
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

    Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

    Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle. Our conversation carries us through and around the intersections of race, religion, and nationality as we discuss the stories we inherent around Blackness, the need for a more radical church, and the texts that give us meaning.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/20/ep-186-dante-stewart
    The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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ChristinaReads ,

Perfect blend of fun and substantive

I really love this podcast. Traci asks very insightful questions and her discussions with authors are a treat to listen to. I also love the way Traci chooses guests for the podcast and her taste in books. She doesn’t get stuck in the buzzy books of the moment, but picks authors and books that she is excited about, and mixed fiction and nonfiction. She has led me to a lot of great reads this year!

KaraZielinski ,

So fun!

I listen to many book podcasts and this one is so unique. I love all the author interviews and book recommendations!

hearteyesunicorn ,

The Best

I pretty much don’t want to read books unless Traci has a podcast on them now. Her conversations with authors and other book people are just so insightful and honest. She’s a talented interviewer who can really draw interesting and funny and serious stuff from anyone she’s talking with.

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