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<p>The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. </p> <p>Make sure to check the website <a href="http://www.thestackspodcast.com" target="_self">www.thestackspodcast.com</a> for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.</p>

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Ep. 68 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim -- The Stacks Book Club (Rachel Overvoll)
01:05:48

Miracle Creek is a courtroom drama meets literary fiction book by Angie Kim, it is also today's selection for The Stacks Book Club. To help us break down this story of parental anxiety, belonging, and the right to life, we have author and activist Rachel Overvoll (Finding Feminism). Today we discuss intention vs. impact, the language we use around ability levels, and how we respond to characters who do bad things.
There are spoilers on this week's episode. For a spoiler free look at this book check out The Short Stacks with Angie Kim.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/17/ep-68-miracle-creek 

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Jul 17, 2019
The Short Stacks 17: Radley Balko//The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
00:41:13

In August we'll be discussing The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington for The Stacks Book Club. In anticipation, we have author and journalist Radley Balko (Rise of the Warrior Cop) on The Short Stacks. We talk about how Radley started reporting on death investigations in Mississippi, the process of working with a legal team for this book, and the In the Dark podcast.
There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/15/ss17  

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Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | The Stacks Website | FacebookJul 15, 2019

Ep. 67 Finding Feminism with Rachel Overvoll
01:05:11

Today on The Stacks, we have author and feminist Rachel Overvoll joining us to discuss her book Finding Feminism, which is a memoir about her upbringing as a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian, her split from the church, and her personal journey toward feminism and empowerment. Rachel shares her own definition of Feminist, her perspectives on leaving religion, and then we go off on a The Bachelor tangent. This episode has it all.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/10/ep-67-rachel-overvoll

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Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Apple Podcasts | Jul 10, 2019

Ep. 66 Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson -- The Stacks Book Club (Dave Cullen)
01:22:22

Today on The Stacks Book Club, we're taking it to the backlist of American Fiction with Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. Our guest is New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen (Columbine, Parkland). On this episode we discuss chasing highs, what makes a good cover, and who gets to tell what stories.
There are spoilers on this episode. 

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/03/ep-66-jesus-son

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Jul 03, 2019
The Short Stacks 16: Angie Kim//Miracle Creek
00:48:00

Miracle Creek is The Stack s Book Club pick for July 17th, and today, we have the author of the book, Angie Kim to give you a spoiler free look into this courtroom drama meets literary fiction about family and obligation. Kim explains how this book is influenced from many different parts of her own life, how she came up with names for her characters, and how Miracle Creek got its title.
There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/07/01/ss16

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Jul 01, 2019

Ep. 65 Crafting a Compelling Narrative with Dave Cullen
01:22:30

Our guest today is two-time New York Times Best Selling author Dave Cullen. His first book, Columbine, is one of host, Traci Thomas', favorite books. Cullen is most recently the author of Parkland: Birth of a Movement. Today we talk about following journalistic instincts, crafting a compelling narrative, and then we get a sneak peek into Dave Cullen's forthcoming book, Soldiers First.

There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/26/ep-65-dave-cullen 

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Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Apple Podcasts | Patreon | Jun 26, 2019

Ep. 64 The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams -- The Stacks Book Club (Lori Gottlieb)
01:04:06

New York Times Best Selling author Lori Gottlieb (Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) is back to discuss The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams for The Stacks Book Club. The book provides the reader with a range of emotions as it navigates Yip-Williams' terminal cancer diagnosis and struggle to die with grace. We discuss our aversion to not having the answers, bucket lists, and how we, as a society, talk about and treat people living with and dying from cancer.

There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/19/ep-64-the-unwinding-of-the-miracle

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Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Apple Podcasts | Jun 19, 2019

The Short Stacks 15: Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin//How We Fight White Supremacy
00:42:32

For the first time ever we have two authors on The Stacks at once, and we are thrilled about it. Today we talk to Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin the co-authors of How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. We discuss the importance of diverse Black voices being represented in the book, how Solomon and Rankin worked together to create it, and the importance of a book proposal. Plus we talk about how small acts of resistance have a big place in the fight against white supremacy.
There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/17/ss15 

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Jun 17, 2019
Ep. 63 The Love of Therapy with Lori Gottlieb
01:02:35

Today our guest is therapist andauthor Lori Gottlieb, whose new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, is a New York Times Best Seller. We talk about how this fascinating book took shape, the importance of mental health, and different kinds of therapy. Then we dive into Lori's reading taste, which can be summed up by her catch phrase, ABAB aka Always Bring a Book.  

Also make sure to follow The Stacks on Instagram to win a copy of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. (Giveaway ends 6.18.2019)

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/12/ep-63-lori-gottlieb

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Jun 10, 2019
Ep. 62 Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler -- The Stacks Book Club (Joseph Papa)
01:05:17

Today on The Stacks we're discussing Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler. Author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Life for Passion ) and former book publicist Joseph Papa, is our guest and he helps us break down this book. We discuss the use of the acronym LGBTQIA+, how society criminalizes human beings, and some of the most incredible ten pages of writing we've ever read.

There are no spoilers on this episdoe.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/05/ep-62-tinderbox 

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Jun 05, 2019
The Short Stacks 14: Etaf Rum//A Woman is No Man
00:30:50

Etaf Rum is a debut author, whose book A Woman is No Man, is one of the buzziest of the year. The story follows three gerneations of women in a Palestinian family, and throughout we are asked to grapple with the themes of identity, self worth, abuse, and empowerment. Rum shares with us what it is like to hear from her readers, some of her goals, and what books she keeps around for inspiration.

There are no spoilers on today's episode.

You can find links to everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/06/03/ss14 

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Jun 03, 2019
Ep. 61 The Publicizing of Books with Joseph Papa
01:06:29

Our guest today is Joseph Papa, author (Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life), activist, and former book publicist at Harper Collins. Joseph brings his years of experience to the show to explain how book publicity works, what it is like working with celebrity authors, Kris Jenner's reading taste, Scientology and more!

You can find links to everything we discuss on today's episdoe on The Stacks website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/29/ep-61-joseph-papa 

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Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (DaMaris B. Hill)
01:15:13

Beloved is a classic American novel by one of the greatest novelists of our time, Toni Morrison. It is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week, and we are lucky to have author and scholar DaMaris B. Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing) to help us break it down. We talk about the legacy of slavery on Black Americans, how to discuss great works that we don't personally enjoy, intimacy as it relates to insanity, and Pulitzer Prize controversy.
There are spoilers on this week's episode.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/22/ep-60-beloved

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The Short Stacks 13: Robert W. Fieseler//Tinderbox
00:38:35

We're joined today by Robert W. Fieseler author of June The Stacks Book Club Pick, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation . In our conversation we get to know Fieseler, how this tragic event came into his life, where he found his sources, and the toll writing about trauma can have on an author. Our conversation is spoiler free, and serves as a great introduction for our TSBC conversation on Tinderbox , that will air on June 5th.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/20/ss13 

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Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | May 20, 2019

Ep. 59 Chasing Perfection with DaMaris B. Hill
01:03:22

DaMaris B. Hill is an author and scholar, and her latest book, A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing, is a collection of poetry dealing with the incarceration of Black women. Today on The Stacks she talks with us about how she came to be a writer, her perfectionist spirit, and the books that have inspired her along the way.

You can find everyhting we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/10/ep-59-damaris-b-hill

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May 15, 2019
Ep. 58 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed -- The Stacks Book Club (Keltie Knight)
00:54:02

Keltie is back! That's right, its time for The Stacks Book Club, and Keltie is here as we take a deep dive into Cheryl Strayed's collection of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things. We talk about this fantastic book, the best advice we've received, dealing with grief, being ambitious, and weddings. Basically, we're talking about it all. And the best part? There are no spoilers this week. 

You can find everything we talk about on today's website on The Stacks Website: thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/08/ep-58-tiny-beautiful-things

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May 08, 2019
The Short Stacks 12: Damon Young//What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
00:44:15

On today's episdoe of The Short Stacks our guest is Damon Young. Damon is the co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, a senior editor at The Root, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker . We talk today about the anxieties of releasing a memoir into the world, public apologies, and getting blurbs from people you admire. There are no spoilers today.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe on The Stacks Website: www.thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/06/ss12 

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Ep. 57 Being a Boss with Keltie Knight
01:06:05

The Stacks is thrilled to announce we are now part of The LadyGang Network on PodcastOne . Don't worry, there are no changes for you, we're still the same bookish podcast you love. In order to kick off our new partnership, we've got co-host of The LadyGang and correspondent on Entertainment Tonight , Keltie Knight. We talk about starting your own business, the value of a good first impression, and books about dogs.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episode on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/01/ep-57-keltie-knight 

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May 01, 2019
Ep. 56 Wild Beauty by Ntozake Shange — The Stacks Book Club (Gabrielle Civil)
01:05:40
In honor of National Poetry Month, we're talking all things poetry for The Stacks Book Club. We're joined again by author, performance artist, and poet Gabrielle Civil, and we're discussing Ntozake Shange's poetry collection, Wild Beauty. If you're intimidated by poetry, you'll love today's episode. We talk about how to approach poetry, where to start, and if there is such thing as a "good" poem (or if that even matters). Plus a whole lot more. There a no spoilers today. Purchase Wild Beauty on IndieBound or Amazon. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below helps support the show, at no cost to you. Wild Beauty by Ntozake ShangeEp. 55 The Art of Performance with Gabrielle Civil (The Stacks)Ask the Stacks -- askingthestacks@gmail.com Join The Stacks PackEp 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read--Traci Thomas (What Should I Read Next Podcast, Wondery)FREE Audible TrialFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange"Obie-Winning Actor Laurie Carlos Dies at 67" ( Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill.com)Jessica HagedornNappy Edges by Ntozake ShangeA Daughter's Geography by Ntozake ShangeRidin' the Moon in Texas by Ntozake ShangeExperiments in Joy by Gabrielle CivilAttack of the Difficult Poems by Charles BernsteinImmortal Poems of the English Language by Oscar WilliamsLouis UntermeyerThe Hollow Men by T.S. EliotMother to Son by Langston HughesTaking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice WalkerHenri MatisseSwallow the Fish by Gabrielle Civil Carrie Mae WeemsBarbara Chase-RiboudSally Hemmings by Barbara Chase-RiboudThick by Tressie McMillan CottomWhat Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon YoungA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinIf Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)Titus Andronicus by William ShakespeareLove's Labour's Lost by William ShakespeareTwelfth Night by William ShakespeareReplicas (Jeffrey Nachmanoff, 2019)What Work Is by Philip LevineHow to Lose A Guy in Ten Days (Donald Petrie, 2003)VS podcast (Poetry Foundation) Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith[insert] Boy by Danez SmithSoft Science by Franny ChoiFloating, Brilliant Gone by Fanny ChoiPoetry Foundation--Poetry SubscriptionOcean VuongThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate MarshallThe BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic edited by Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, and Idrissa SimmondsPremonitions : The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry by Walter LewTinderNarrative MuseThe Color Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985)The Color Purple by Alice WalkerTiffany HaddishZoe SaldanaNina (Cynthia Mort, 2016)Center Stage (Nicholas Hytner, 2000)Debbie AllenMarsai MartinLittle (Tina Gordon, 2019)Sweet Honey and the RockSalt by Nayyirah Waheednejma by Nayyirah Waheed Connect with Gabrielle's: Gabrielle's Facebook | Gabrielle's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Apr 24, 2019
The Short Stacks 11: Miriam Toews//Women Talking
00:36:57
On this episode of The Short Stacks our guest is award-wining author, Miriam Toews. We are discussing her new book, Women Talking, which is inspired by true events of a series of rapes within a Mennonite community in Bolivia. We talk about the differences between a first and eighth book, what other jobs Miriam might like to have, and what authors you should check out if you likeWomen Talking. There are no spoilers today. Get your copy of Women Talking, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Women Talking by Miriam ToewsAll My Puny Sorrows by Miriam ToewsA Complicated Kindness by Miriam ToewsThe Stacks Pack "Bolivia: 8 Mennonites Accused of Rape" (Reuters, The New York Times)"A Verdict in Bolivia's Shocking Case of the Mennonite Rapes" (Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Time) Rachel Cusk Roberto BolañoVirginia WoolfThe BibleJoy WilliamsPat BarkerAlice MunroMargaret AtwoodNelson AlgrenNever a Lovely So Real by Colin Asher Connect with Isaac: Miriam's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received Women Talking from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Apr 22, 2019
Ep. 55 The Art of Performance with Gabrielle Civil
01:07:46
Today we have performance artist, author, poet, and professor Gabrielle Civil on the podcast to discuss the creative process, books that bite, overachieving Black girls, and books in translation. We spend time discussing Performance Memoir as a genre and we hear about Gabrielle's books Swallow the Fish and Experiments in Joy. Purchase Gabrielle's Books on IndieBound or Amazon. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Swallow the Fish by Gabrielle CivilExperiments in Joy by Gabrielle CivilBecoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook)Thick by Tressie McMillan CottomOld in Art Schoolby Nell PainterRita DoveRigoberto Gonzales Janet MockI'm So Fine by Khadijah Queens Zetta ElliottNtozake ShangeNaomi Long MadgettWhen Fox is a Thousand by Larissa LaiSalt Fish Girl by Larissa LaiThe Island of Eternal Love by Daina ChavianoChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Vengeance and Virtue by Tomi AdeyemiBlack Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon JamesNalo HopkinsonTananarive DueOctavia E. ButlerA Wish After Midnight by Zetta ElliotKindred by Octavia E. ButlerHarriet JacobsSphinx by Anne GarrétaThe Bridge of Beyond by Simon Schwarz-BartMaud Martha by Gwendolyn BrooksMy Name is Asher Lev by Chaim PotockJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte War and Peace by Leo TolstoyA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesMarcel ProustOn the Come Up by Angie ThomasColor Theory edited by Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini-CastilloNo Archive Will Restore You by Julietta SinghSo You Want to be a Wizard by Diane DuaneWritten on the Body by Jeannette WintersonFreshwater by Akwaeke EmeziJhumpa LahiriHow to Complete and Survive A Doctoral Dissertation by David SternbergMy Body, The Buddhist by Deborah HayEnglish is Broken Here by Coco FuscoA Field Guide for Female Interrogators by Coco FuscoOut of Order, Out of Sight by Adrian PiperDirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinhai Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SamarasinhaiIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinSlow Holler Tarot DeckModern Tarot by Michelle TeaThe Creative Tarot by Jessa CrispinThe Magicians by Lev GrossmanLes Miserables by Victor HugoGerminal by Emilé ZolaOld Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. ElliottThe Return of the Native by Thomas HardyMadame Bouvary by Gustave FlaubertThe Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim HarrisonYes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica ValentiPinocchio by Carlo CollodiDumbo by RH DisneyWild Beauty by Ntozake ShangeThe Elements of Style by William Strunken Jr. and E. B. White Everything Else Ask the Stacks-- askingthestacks@gmail.com Join the Stacks Pack Jack Jones Literary Arts Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) Anna Martine Whitehead The Jam Handy The Accomplices Publishing Nightboat Press Coffee House Press Graywolf Press  Dorothy Project Dalkey Archives Press Small Press Distribution #babygotbacklist on Instagram (@allisonreadsDC) Wolfman Books McNally Jackson Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference Les Miserables (Claude-Michel Schönberg,1980) The Pantages Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1982) Connect with Gabrielle's: Gabrielle's Facebook | Gabrielle's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when...
Apr 17, 2019
Ep. 54 The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois — The Stacks Book Club (Ben Blacker)
00:59:47
Ben Blacker is back and we're talking all things theatre and oral history today on The Stacks, as we breakdown The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. The book is an oral history of Angels in America, a classic American play about the AIDS crisis by Tony Kushner. We discuss government funded art, human rights, and so much theatre geek goodness. Plus, no spoilers. Listen and enjoy. Get your copy of The World Only Spins Forward, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan KoisAngels in America by Tony KushnerThe Short Stacks 9: Isaac Butler//The World Only Spins Forward (The Stacks)Join The Stacks Pack -- PatreonEp 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates with Jay Connor (The Stacks)The Stacks Anniversary SuperlativesHamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda, 2015)GrantlandThe Ringer"Rocked" (Bryan Curtis and Patricia Lee, Grantland)"The Malice at the Palace" (Jonathan Abrams, Grantland)Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom ShalesThose Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom ShalesOskar EustisThe Public Theater George C. WolfeAngels in America (Mike Nichols, 2003)Justin KirkBen ShenkmanMeryl StreepAl PacinoTake Me Out by Richard GreenbergDamn Yankees (Stanley Donen, George Abbott, 1958)Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare"How Outrage Built Over a Shakespearean Depiction of Trump" ( Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb, New York Times)"A Universal Heart, Pounding With Hope" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)Dear Evan Hansen (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2016)Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1982)Wicked (Stephen Schwartz, 2003)Robert MapplethorpeThe Nederlander OrganizationLin Manuel MirandaRENT (Jonathan Larson, 1994)When We Rise by Cleve JonesThe Names Project: AIDS Memorial QuiltEmile HirschInto the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)The Normal Heart by Larry KramerAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsSpring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan SheikBook of Mormon (Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, 2011) Emma ThompsonDebra MessingMary-Louise ParkerMarcia Gay HardenElia KazanZoe KazanAdam DriverBurn This by Lanford WilsonJeffery WrightBasquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)Westworld (HBO)Nathan LaneStephen SpinellaAndrew GarfieldEllen McLaughlinAmerican Conservatory TheaterRuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)Ben Brantley8th Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018) Connect with Ben: Ben's Twitter | Ben's Instagram | Ben's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received The World Only Spins Forward from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Apr 10, 2019
The Short Stacks 10: Bryan Washington//Lot
00:37:42
Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by debut author, Bryan Washington, whose debut book Lot is a short story collection set in Houston. Bryan talks street names as titles, his "day job", and what is next for him (trust me its exciting). Get your copy of Lot, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Lot by Bryan WashingtonBecoming by Michelle ObamaMilk TeaMat JohnsonThe AwlCatapultNicole ChungThe Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know (The Stacks) Aja Gabel"Waugh" (Bryan Washington, The New Yorker)Ep. 35 Prodigies, Time Machines, and Beautiful Writing with Aja Gabel (The Stacks)Brazos Bookstore"Bryan Washington's Playlist for His Story Collection 'Lot'" (Largehearted Boy)Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, 2016)Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)The House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosWomen Hollering Creek by Sandra CisnerosVida by Patricia EngleA Good Fall by Ha JinAmerican Son by Brian Ascalon RoleyThe Leavers by Lisa KoA Lucky Man by Jamel BrinkleyAlexander CheeLacy M. JohnsonMichael ArceneauxCali Sandwich (Houston) Connect with Isaac: Bryan's Twitter | Bryan's Instagram | Bryan's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received Lot from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Apr 08, 2019
Ep. 53 Writing is Writing with Ben Blacker
01:09:51
Today marks one full year of The Stacks, and what an amazing year it has been. The Stacks has every intention of making year two even better. To kick it off we have a real life renaissance man; author, comedian, and podcaster, Ben Blacker. We talk today about the importance of literature as a way to see the humanity in others, the types of anger you can feel toward books, and about Ben's life as a writer of many different mediums, from comic books to teen movies. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books IndieBound: Support Independent Bookstores Hex Wives by Ben Blacker Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea by Yukio Mishima Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë The Awakening by Kate Chopin Macbeth by William Shakespeare Eloquent Rage by Britney Cooper Heavy by Kiese Laymon The Reckonings by Lacy M. Johnson Shrill by Lindy West Roxane Gay No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol Ta-Nehisi Coates Feel Free by Zadie Smith Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed Wild by Cheryl Strayed Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo Empire Falls by Richard Russo Straight Man by Richard Russo Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon The Secret History by Donna Tart The Goldfinch by Donna Tart The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Raymond Chandler The Outsider by Stephen King The Destiny Thief by Richard Russo Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Go Tell it on The Mountain by James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley Moo by Jane Smiley Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois All the Pieces Matter by Jonathan Abrams Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng There There by Tommy Orange Becoming by Michelle Obama The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Lorrie Moore Birds of America by Lorrie Moore The Only Rule Is It Has To Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendricks Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Angels in America by Tony Kushner Euphoria by Lily King Join the Resistance by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker Undead by Kristy McKay Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Stranded by Jeff Probst Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Everything Else Ask the Stacks-- askingthestacks@gmail.com The Thrilling Adventure Hour Paul F Tompkins Paget Brewster Josh Malina Busy Phillips Marc Evan Jackson Jon Hamm J.K. Simmons Beyond Belief- "Wishing Hell" (The Thrilling Adventure Hour, ForeverDog Podcast Network) Dead Pilots Society (Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich Maximum Fun Network The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker (Forever Dog Podcast Network, ATX Television Festival) Episode 2 - Only Child written by John Hodgman (Dead Pilots Society) Pen15 (Hulu) Maya Erskine Anna Konkle The Second City Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB) Shrill (Hulu) The Rumpus New York Times Book Review Paul Newman Nobody's Fool (Robert Benton, 1994) Empire Falls (HBO) Ep. 6 Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin — The Stacks Book Club (The Stacks) If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018) Ep. 48 Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah — The Stacks Book Club (The Stacks) The Wire (HBO) Ozark (Netflix) The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Grey's...
Apr 03, 2019
Ep. 52 I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid — The Stacks Book Club (Niccole Thurman)
00:48:48
Today we are dissecting our first thriller ever on The Stacks Book Club, and to help us do it, we have actress and comedian Niccole Thurman (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper). The book is Iain Reid's debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and it tells the story of a relationship on the brink. We talk about male authors writing female characters, what we like in a thriller, and who we think should be in the movie. There are a ton of spoilers this week, listen at your own risk. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain ReidGet Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)Dissociative disordersWally LambTawny Newsome"Ep. 41 Comedy, Race, Travel and Books with Tawny Newsome" (The Stacks, Traci Thomas)Flywheel GoodreadsAmos LeeThe Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014)House on Haunted Hill (William Malone, 1999)Penn BadgleyYou (Netflix)Gossip Girl (The CW)Adam DriverMiles TellerRashida JonesKidada Jones Tupac ShakurBrothers and Sisters (ABC)Nashville (ABC)Emily VanCamp Connect with Niccole: Niccole's Website | Niccole's Twitter | Niccoles's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 27, 2019
The Short Stacks 9: Isaac Butler//The World Only Spins Forward
00:44:56
On April 10th, we will be discussing The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois for The Stacks Book Club. To get you ready for that conversation, we have co-author Isaac Butler on The (not-so) Short Stacks to talk about his background in theatre, how this oral history came to be, the logistics of writing as a duo, and about Isaac's Shakespeare podcast, Lend Me Your Ears. We cover a lot of ground today, including a detour into the world of chips. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan KoisLend Me Your Ears (Slate Magazine)Angels in America by Tony KushnerDan KoisSlate.comTony KushnerKathleen ChalfantEllen McLaughlin"Angels in America: The Complete Oral History" (Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, Slate.com)Joe Mantello Nathan LaneRoy CohnThe Eureka Theatre CompanyMarcia Gay HardenDavid Marshal Grant"Tony Kushner with Isaac Butler and Dan Kois: Angels in America" (92Y Talks)"Nathan Lane Dances With the Octopus" (Isaac Butler, Vulture)Marianne ElliottHow to Be A Family by Dan KoisThe Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988)Utz's Crab ChipsThe Method by Isaac Butler (Coming 2021)Konstantin StanislavskiInside the Actors Studio (Bravo)Romeo and Juliet by Willian ShakespeareHamlet by Willian ShakespeareHenry VI (Trilogy) by Willian ShakespeareThe Tempest by Willian ShakespeareOthello by Willian ShakespeareMeasure for Measure by Willian ShakespeareTitus Andronicus by Willian ShakespeareRichard III by Willian ShakespeareRichard II by Willian ShakespeareTitus (Julie Taymor, 1999)Star Trek the Next GenerationUrsula K. Le GuinThe Hainish Novels and Stories by Ursual K. Le GuinThe Broken Earth Series by N.K. JemisinMiddlemarch by George EliotStanislaw LemSigrid Wurschmidt Connect with Isaac: Isaac's Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received The World Only Spins Forward from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 25, 2019
Ep. 51 Satire and Creative Outlets with Niccole Thurman
01:06:48
Our guest today is actress and comedian, Niccole Thurman, who is best known for being a citizen journalist onThe Opposition with Jordan Klepper, among other things. Niccole talks with us today about finding a creative outlet, dating challenges, and the need for more empathy. Fans of Oprah's Book Club get ready, you may hear some familiar titles as we dive into Niccole's faves. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books She's Come Undone by Wally LambThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesAct Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve HarveyThe Woman in the Window by A. J. FinnA Million Little Pieces by James Frey How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe RobersonWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngeloYou Are A Badass by Jen SinceroThe Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany HaddishBecoming by Michelle ObamaWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames by David SedarisWhen Breathe Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiThe Great Alone by Kristin HannahGoosebumps by R. L. StineFear Street by R. L. StineI'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain ReidBlack, White, and Jewish by Rebecca WalkerAlice WalkerThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHey, Little Ant by Phillip M. and Hannah Hoose and Debbie Tilley Everything Else The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)Shrill (Hulu)The Second CitySt. VincentDua Lipa"St. Vincent & Dua Lipa | Masseduction / One Kiss | 2019 GRAMMYs" (YouTube.com)"Lost in Your Light" (Dua Lipa ft. Miguel, 2017)"Fast Slow Disco" (St. Vincent, 2017)Steppenwolf TheatreThe Daily Show (Comedy Central)Fox NewsAlex JonesThe AtlanticHuffPostDrag Queen Story Hour"The Nefarious Workings of Drag Queen Story Time" (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Comedy Central)"Mississippi's Last Abortion Provider" (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Comedy Central)Amazon KindleCardi B Instagram"A Suspense Novelists Trail of Deception" (Ian Parker, The New Yorker)Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)"White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It's not." (Robin DiAngelo, The Guardian)Oprah's Book ClubThe Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)Josh HutchersonThe New York Times Connect with Niccole: Niccole's Website | Niccole's Twitter | Niccoles's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 20, 2019
Ep. 50 Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister — The Stacks Book Club (James J. Sexton)
01:05:17
Lawyer and author James Sexton (If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late) is back on The Stacks to discuss Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister. In her newest book, Traister explains the revolutionary power of women's anger. In our discussion for The Stacks Book Club we talk about intersectional feminism, the 2020 Election, and the power and persuasiveness of Traister's arguments. Today's episode is spoiler free. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late by James J. Sexton Esq.Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister"#141 - Is #MeToo Going Too Far?" (Making Sense Podcast, Sam Harris)Aziz Ansari"I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life" (Katie Way, Babe.com)Louis C.K."Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct" (Melena Ryzik, Cara Buckley and Jodi Kantor, The New York Times)Amy Klobuchar "Harry Reid Rebuked Amy Klobuchar For Mistreatment Of Staff" (Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post)Rebecca Traister on TwitterEloquent Rage by Brittney CooperAndrea Dworkinbell hooksRage Against the MachineWill and Grace (NBC)Sarah PalinAnn CoulterReal Time with Bill Maher (HBO)Alicia GarzaBlack Lives Matter"How Men Can Learn to Have Healthier Conflict, With Divorce Attorney James Sexton"(Joel Kahn, Lifehacker)Esther PerelDonald Shorter Jr.Jemele Hill on TwitterBuzzfeed Connect with James': James' Instagram | James' Twitter | James' Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 13, 2019
The Short Stacks 8: Lacy M. Johnson//The Reckonings
00:39:18
The Reckonings made The Stacks favorite books of 2018, and today we're talking with the author of that essay collection, Lacy M. Johnson. The Reckonings is a meditation on justice and mercy in relationship to some of the most complex issues of the current moment. Johnson joins us to discuss how this collection came to be, what inspired her in her writing, and what snacks she ate along the way. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. The Reckonings by Lacy M. JohnsonThe Other Side by Lacy M. JohnsonLeslie Jill PattersonThe Autobiography of an Execution by David R. DowJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Étienne-Jules MareyGillian FlynnGirl on the Train by Paula HawkinsRebecca SolnitWilliam ShakespeareThe Legacy MuseumThe National Memorial for Peace and JusticeHeavy by Kiese LaymonLiving a Feminist Life by Sara AhmedEloquent Rage by Britney CooperWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Connect with Lacy: Lacy's Website | Lacy's Twitter | Lacy's Instagram | Lacy's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received The Reckonings from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 11, 2019
Ep. 49 Relationships and Recommendations with James Sexton
01:14:33
We're talking relationships today on The Stacks with long time divorce lawyer and author James J. Sexton. We discuss James' book If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late a guide on how-not-to be married. We get some good relationship advice, and some even better book recommendations, plus we talk about our favorite lawyer narratives. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books If You're in My Office, Its Already Too Late by James J. Sexton, Esq.The Library Book by Susan OrleanThe Ninja by Eric Van LustbaderThe Sololist by Mark SalzmanLying Awake by Mark SalzmanSellevision by Augusten BurroughsRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsDry by Augusten BurroughsLittle Children by Tom PerrottaElection by Tom Perrotta Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyThe Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Iron Flower by Laurie ForestHarry Potter by J. K. RowlingThe Power of the Dog by Don WinslowThe Force by Don WinslowThe Cartel by Don WinslowWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverA Mother's Reckoning by Sue KleboldColumbine by Dave Cullen12 Rules for Life by Jordan PetersonThe Exorcist by William Peter BlattyLegion by William Peter BlattyGrace and Grit by Ken WilberThe World's Religions by Huston SmithIf You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late by James J. Sexton (Audiobook)The Way of the Superior Man by David DeidaThe Leaves of Grass by Walt WhitmanAmusing Ourselves To Death by Neil PostmanConscientious Objections by Neil PostmanThe Rainmaker by Johnathan GrishamThe Abuse of Innocence by Paul EberleJust Mercy by Bryan StevensonJohn GrishamAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsGood and Mad by Rebecca Traister Everything Else Law and Order (NBC)The Love Boat (ABC)Fantasy Island (ABC)The New York Times Book Review"I'll Have What She's Having: Books for Better Sex and Better Relationships" (Judith Newman, The New York Times)Aaron SorkinAmazon KindleMetallicaThe Daily (The New York Times)National Public Radio (NPR)Mob DeepGarth BrooksAriana GrandeCalvin HarrisRage Against the MachineJohn Grisham's The Rainmaker (Francis Ford Coppola, 1997)Matt DamonThe McMartin Preschool Trials (History.com)Niel DeGrass Tyson Connect with James': James' Instagram | James' Twitter | James' Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Mar 06, 2019
Ep. 48 Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah — The Stacks Book Club (Wade Allain-Marcus)
00:53:37
Friday Black is a genre-bending collection of short stories by debut author, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. It tackles the Black experience in America, consumerism, mental health and many other pressing issues of our day. Today on The Stacks, Wade Allain-Marcus (Insecure, French Dirty, Snowfall) and Traci attempt to break down the major themes and ideas from these stories for The Stacks Book Club. There are spoilers on today's episode, but if you haven't read the book yet, check out our conversation with author Adjei-Brenyah on The Short Stacks instead. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah"The Short Stacks 7: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah//Friday Black" (The Stacks) When We Rise by Cleve JonesGabriel García MárquezSong of Solomon by Toni Morrison Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerNew People by Danzy SennaBlack Mirror (Netflix)"Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's Work in Retail Influenced His Horrifying Short Stories" (Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC)"Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah on 'Friday Black'" (The New York Times)Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori ParksAmanda Seales: I Be Knowin' (HBO) Connect with Wade: Wade's Instagram | Wade's Twitter | Wade's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks.My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here. The Stacks received Friday Black from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For more information click here.
Feb 27, 2019
The Short Stacks 7: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah//Friday Black
00:39:50
Today on The Short Stacks we're honored to welcome author of this week's The Stacks Book Club pick, Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. We talk about his genre-bending short story collection, how the title and cover came to be, and what its like being part of this current moment of exciting and diverse fiction writing. There are no spoilers today. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah"In Geraldo v. Hoodie, Geraldo Loses" (John Hudson, The Atlantic)George SaundersA Lucky Man by Jamel BrinkleyHeads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thomspon-SpiresParable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerSong of Solomon by Toni MorrisonGayl JonesTexaco by Patrick ChamoiseauCorregidora by Gayl JonesBlack Bird by Michael FiegelArthur FlowersBruce Smith ZZ Packer"The Short Stacks 1: Crystal Hana Kim//If You Leave Me" (The Stacks)Jami Attenberg"Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's Work in Retail Influenced His Horrifying Short Stories" (Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC)Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted ChiangArrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)"Patricia Smith - Skinhead - Def Poetry Jam" (Youtube)Roger ReevesTrevante RhodesBird Box (Netflix)Sandra BullockMoonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)Pastoralia by George SaundersTenth of December by George SaundersFruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas ContrerasThe Incendiaries by R.O. KwonThere There by Tommy OrangeShe Would Be King by Wayétu MooreIf You Leave Me by Crystal Hana KimMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteAja GabelNicole Chung Connect with Nana: Nana's Website | Nana's Twitter | Nana's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks received Friday Black from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Feb 25, 2019
Ep. 47 Reading, Writing, and Representation with Wade Allain-Marcus
00:55:59
Its time for another episode of The Stacks. Today our guest is actor (Insecure, Snowfall), director (French Dirty), and writer (Grown-ish) Wade Allain-Marcus. We talk about how TV shows are written, white savior narratives, and connecting with the emotional truth of a story. Plus, we're joined by Wade's chatty dog Tika. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman BirdwellThe Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert LawsonThe Art of the Heist by Myles J. Connor and Jenny SilerDanzy SennaNew People by Danzy SennaA Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezCidade de Deus (City of God) by Paulo Lins Giovanni's Room by James BaldwinJames BaldwinShantaram by Gregory David RobertsRoots by Alex Haley Another Country by James BaldwinA Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaGo Tell It On The Mountain by James BaldwinIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinTa-Nehisi CoatesJust Kids by Patti SmithMartin McDonaghThe Pillowman by Martin McDonaghFriday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-BrenyahLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex HaleyThe Executioner's Song by Norman MailerWilliam ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareTitus Andronicus by William ShakespeareHenry IV Part 1 by William ShakespeareHenry V by William ShakespeareJulius Caeser by William ShakespeareGrapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieBeloved by Toni MorrisonTwilight by Stephanie Meyer50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James The Giver by Lois LowryInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonColor of Water by James McBrideHeavy by Kiese Laymon Everything Else Insecure (HBO)Snowfall (FX)Grown-ish (ABC)French Dirty (Jesse and Wade Allain-Marcus, 2015) City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, 2002)Yara ShahidiEp. 6 Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin -- The Stacks Book Club (Chris Maddox) (The Stacks)The Blind Side (John Lee Hancock, 2009)The Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018)Mahershala AliThe Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)Viggo MortensenDriving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford, 1989)Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005)Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, 2018)Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)Johannes VermeerRembrandt van RijnEp. 7 Talking Books with Sam Pinkleton (The Stacks)Robert MapplethorpePaul Thomas AndersonBarry JenkinsThe Cohen BrothersShonda Rhimes Connect with Wade: Wade's Instagram | Wade's Twitter | Wade's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Feb 20, 2019
Ep. 46 All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung — The Stacks Book Club (Vanessa McGrady)
00:56:13
All You Can Ever Know is an emotional memoir on adoption and identity by Nicole Chung. It is also this week's pick for The Stacks Book Club. We are again joined by author Vanessa McGrady (author of Rock Needs River) to discuss All You Can Ever Know. We talk about transracial adoptions, adoption mythology, and expectations versus reality. There are spoilers this week, listen at your own risk, or check out The Short Stacks feature author Nicole Chung, which is spoiler free. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung"The Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know" (The Stacks) Rock Needs River by Vanessa McGradyRoots by Alex Haley"What Not to Say to an Adoptive Mom" (Vanessa McGrady, Mom.me)Crayola Multicultural CrayonsEverything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren Connect with Vanessa: Vanessa's Website | Vanessa's Twitter | Vanessa's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Feb 13, 2019
The Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know
00:37:12
Today on The Short Stacks author Nicole Chung joins us to discuss her memoir, and The Stacks Book Club pick, All You Can Ever Know. The book addresses her transracial adoption, her decision to find her birth family, and becoming a mother. Nicole shares with The Stacks the chaotic setting in which she wrote the book, why she felt compelled to tell her story, and much more. There are no spoilers this week, so listen and enjoy, and then come back on Wednesday to hear our TSBC conversation around All You Can Ever Know. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole ChungThe Stacks InstagramThe Free Black Woman's Library | Wishlist Prisoners Literature Project | WishlistThe Stacks Book Drive & Giveaway DetailsParkland by Dave Cullen Columbine by Dave CullenCatapult MagazineThe Babysitter's Club by Ann M. MartinThe Mistress's Daughter by A. M. Holmes"The Mistress's Daughter" (A. M. Holmes, The New Yorker)Why Be Happy When you Can Be Normal? by Jeanette WintersonSurviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll (2020 Release)Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling HopgoodThe Language of Blood by Jane Jeong TrenkaThe ToastNicole CaputoDonna ChengTrevor Noah"The Daily Show -- Nicole Chung, October 11, 2018" (Comedy Central)Born a Crime by Trevor NoahCeleste NgAlexander CheeAmy TanKristi Yamaguchi Connect with Nicole: Nicole' Website | Nicole's Twitter | Nicole's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Feb 11, 2019
Ep. 45 Vanessa McGrady on Adoption and Memoirs
00:58:29
Today on The Stacks, author and journalist Vanessa McGrady talks with us about her new book, Rock Needs River, a memoir about becoming a mother through open adoption. We also talk about micro-aggressions , dark and twisty memoirs, and some of Vanessa's favorite books about adoption. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Rock Needs River by Vanessa McGradyThe Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise by Nathan Pritikin and Patrick M. McGradyAll You Can Ever Know by Nicole ChungBorn with Teeth by Kate MulgrewGod and Jetfire by Amy SeekThe Kid by Dan SavageCorduroy by Don FreemanThe Wizard of Oz by L. Frank BaumThe Bible by Christian Art PublishersThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverMayfly by Jeff Sweat Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García MarquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MarquezPriestdaddy by Patricia LockwoodGirl Boner by August McLaughlinBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesHeavy by Kiese LaymonHunger by Roxane GayBecoming by Michelle ObamaEducated by Tara WestoverLove, Lucy by Lucille BallThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsWhen You Read This by Mary AdkinsHe's Just Not That Into You by Greg BehrendtThe Rules by Sherri SchneiderShared Tables by Kaumudi MaratheA Higher Loyalty by James ComeyMen Explain Things to Me by Rebecca SolnitFear by Bob WoodwardGreat Again by Donald TrumpIsabel AllendeAnna QuindlenBarbara KingsolverMaya AngelouBarbara (Stanny) HusonThe Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried M.D.Instant Mom by Nia VardalosTwilight by Stephanie MeyerA Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessBeloved by Toni MorrisonHarriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughThe Diary of Anne Frank by Anne FrankMany Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. WeissNumber the Stars by Lois LowryFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonThe 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody Everything Else "I Won't Let My 4-Year-Old Daughter Grow Up Stepping Aside for Sexism, Like I Did" (Vanessa McGrady, Jezebel)"Why Men Need To Stop Making This Joke About Women And Money" (Vanessa McGrady, Forbes)The Kinship CenterThe Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)Mad Max (George Miller, 1977)The Is Us (NBC)Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, 2013)Ep. 20 Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The Stacks Book Club (The Stacks)Amazon KindleMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (Joel Zwick, 2002)Beloved (Jonathan Demme, 1998) Connect with Vanessa: Vanessa's Website | Vanessa's Twitter | Vanessa's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks received Rock Needs River from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Feb 06, 2019
Ep. 44 Rap Dad by Juan Vidal — The Stacks Books Club (Josh Segarra)
00:58:47
We are joined again today by actor, Josh Segarra (Arrow, Sirens, Orange is the New Black) to discuss Rap Dad by Juan Vidal. A sort of a coming of age story rooted in becoming a parent in the hip-hop culture, Rap Dad is part memoir and part commentary on society. We talk redefining success in relationship to parenthood, intellectualizing religion, and Rap music as teacher. There isn't a lot to spoil this week, so listen and enjoy. You can also hear Juan Vidal talk about writing Rap Dad on The Short Stacks Episode 4. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Rap Dad by Juan VidalThe Short Stacks 4: Juan Vidal//Rap DadChance the RapperAndy MineoThe Reckonings by Lacy M. JohnsonJay-Z"The Ten Crack Commandments" (The Notorious B.I.G., 1997)"Brenda's Got A Baby" (Tupac Shakur, 1991)Coloring Book (Chance the Rapper, 2016)Shea Serrano Connect with Josh: Josh's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here. The Stacks received Rap Dad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For more information click here.
Jan 30, 2019
The Short Stacks 5: Anita Devlin//S.O.B.E.R.
00:35:44
On today's episode of The Short Stacks we're joined by Anita Devlin, who co-wrote the story of her son's addiction in a joint memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R. Anita's journey through her son's (and co-author) addiction and recovery inspired her not only to write this book, but also to become an advocate and support for others dealing with the reaches of addiction. We discuss her transformation from mother to activist and to author. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. S.O.B.E.R. by Anita Baglaneas Devlin and Michael Devlin Jr.On Fire at FiftyBeautiful Boy (Amazon Studios)Ben is Back (Lionsgate)If You Love Me by Maureen CavanaghDopesick by Beth Macy Connect with Juan: Anita's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here. The Stacks received S.O.B.E.R. from the Devlin's for review and conversation on the podcast. For more information click here.
Jan 28, 2019
Ep. 43 Life as an Actor with Josh Segarra
01:00:41
Josh Segarra is an actor of both the stage (On Your Feet) and screen (Arrow, Orange is the New Black, Sirens), and today he is our guest on The Stacks. Josh talks with us about acting, how reading fits into his life as a dad, and we go off on a tangent into sports biographies. Get ready for some good book recommendations and a lot a laughs. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Rap Dad by Juan VidalSo You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon RonsonThe Psychopath Test by Jon RonsonWild at Heart by John EldredgeMans Search by Meaning by Viktor E. FranklLamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher MooreBroken Bananah by Ross AsdourianThe Power of Habit by Charles DuhiggSick in the Head by Judd ApatowThe 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene The Art of Seduction by Robert GreeneThe Game by Neil StraussThe Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonEleven Rings by Phil JacksonThe Last Season by Phil JacksonSacred Hoops by Phil JacksonHave a Nice Day by Mick FoleyShaq Uncut by Shaquille O'NealThe Mamba Mentality by Kobe BryantThose Guys Have all the Fun by James Andrew MillerThe Book of Basketball by Bill SimmonsJunot DíazDrown by Junot DíazThis is How You Lose Her by Junot DíazThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DíazMalcolm GladwellThe Tipping Point by Malcolm GladwellBlink by Malcolm GladwellWhat the Dog Saw by Malcolm GladwellDavid and Goliath by Malcolm GladwellNeil deGrasse TysonGoosebumps Classic (Series 1) by R. L. SteinTo Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper LeeOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyThe Bible (The New King James)Seven Sundays by Alec PenixOh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. SeussSmall Fry by Lisa Brennan-JobsNeil SimonLaughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil SimonThe Odd Couple by Neil SimonMartin McDonaghThe Pillowman by Martin McDonaghTake Me Out by Richard GreenbergRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends by John LeguizamoThe Works of John Leguizamo: Freak, Spic-o-rama, Mambo Mouth, and Sexaholix by John Leguizamo Everything Else The Other Two (Comedy Central)Arrow (The CW)Sirens (USA)Orange is the New Black (Netflix)On Your FeetAJ and the Queen (Netflix)RuPaulMichael Patrick KingSex and the City (HBO)Two Broke Girls (CBS)The Comeback (HBO)Izzy GasperszThe World's Best (CBS)RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)Emilio EstefanGloria EstefanAndrea BurnsSongs for a New WorldJosh BrolinChristian BaleLittle Women (Columbia Pictures)The Machinist (Paramount Classics)Stranger Things (Netflix)The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)This Is Us (NBC)Parenthood (NBC)"The Art of the Pan: What's the Point of a Bad Review in 2019?" (Rob Harvilla, The Ringer)John KrasinskiThe Office (NBC)Tyler Perry MoviesWhite Chicks (Columbia Pictures)The Hangover: Part III (Warner Bros. Pictures)"Ep. 13 Writing Your Book with Ross Asdourian" (The Stacks)"Ep. 14 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks)Lebron JamesThe Shop (HBO)More than an Athlete (ESPN)Maverick CarterSerena WilliamsKevin DurantJ.J. WattThe Offseason: Kevin Durant (HBO)Michael JacksonRevisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell/Pushkin)"McDonalds Broke My Heart" (Revisionist History)GodspellRomeo + Juliet (20th Century Fox)Claire DanesLeonardo DiCaprioHarold PerrineauOz (HBO)Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures)John LeguizamoHomeland (Showtime)The Ministers (Allumbra Pictures)"The Short Stacks 4: Juan Vidal//Rap Dad" (The Stacks) Connect with Josh: Josh's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack,...
Jan 23, 2019
Ep. 42 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie — The Stacks Book Club (Tawny Newsome)
01:09:21
Today on the podcast we're discussing Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, and to join us for The Stacks Book Club, is actor, comedian, and podcast host, Tawny Newsome. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone set against the backdrop of fear and anti-Muslim sentiments in modern day London. Shamsie won the Women's Prize for Home Fire in 2018, and we totally understand why. We've got all the spoilers this week, so make sure to read the book first, then come back and listen. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieYo, is this Racist? (Earlwolf and Andrew Ti)The Women's PrizeAntigone by SophoclesOedipus Rex by SophoclesMedea and Other Plays by EuripidesThe Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)BD Wong Van JonesScene on Radio (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. KendiWhite Chicks (Columbia Pictures)How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (Paramount Pictures)She's All That (Miramax Films)Saul Bass (Art of the Title)Helen Yentus -- Be My CoverBen DenzerHomeland (Showtime)Orange is the New Black (Netflix)The Leftovers (HBO)Mouzam MakkarChampions (NBC)Kumail NanjianiA Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)Nobodies (TV Land)Usman AllyThis Is Us (NBC)Priyanka ChopraRiz AhmedBehzad Dabu (Behzad on The Stacks)Rami MalekGrey's Anatomy (ABC)Sunita ManiGlow (Netflix)Mr. Robot (USA)"If" (Janet Jackson, Youtube)Flywheel Connect with Tawny: Tawny's Instagram | Tawny's Twitter | Tawny's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Jan 16, 2019
The Short Stacks 4: Juan Vidal//Rap Dad
00:38:06
On January 30th, we're discussing Rap Dad by Juan Vidal as part of The Stacks Book Club, and to get you ready for that chat, I talked with Juan about his process in writing Rap Dad, how he finds time to write with four children, and about his favorite rappers. And with all The Short Stacks, there are no spoilers today, enjoy. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Rap Dad by Juan VidalMogwaiThe Album LeafJames Baldwin Travels with Charley in Search of America by John SteinbeckJean-Luc GodardBooks and BooksPhonteNasJay-ZFat JoeQueen LatifahBlack ThoughtThe RootsJim JonesThe DiplomatsLacraeJosh SegarraSamuel L. JacksonJohn Leguizamo Connect with Juan: Juan's Instagram | Juan's Twitter  Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks received Rap Dad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Jan 14, 2019
Ep. 41 Comedy, Race, Travel and Books with Tawny Newsome
01:09:57
We are joined by Tawny Newsome, a modern day renaissance woman. Tawny is known for her work as an actress, comedian, and podcaster. She is the co-host of the Yo, is this Racist? podcast, and The Super Group podcast. Tawny talks with us about racism through her lens as a comedian, reading all the travel memoirs (even the bad ones), and what Leonardo Dicaprio movie is also one of her most beloved books. Plus all the book lady comedian memoir recommendations you can handle, so get your TBRs ready. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareThe Taming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareTitus Andronicus by William ShakespeareTwo Noble Kinsmen by William ShakespeareVagabonding by Rolf PottsAnother Country by James BaldwinGiovanni's Room by James BaldwinA Dirty Job by Christopher MooreOn Beauty by Zadie SmithThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoBad with Money by Gaby Dunn Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesJames BaldwinErnest HemmingwayYou'll Grow Out of It by Jessi KleinHome Fire by Kamila ShamsieShrill by Lindy WestIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy PoehlerBossypants by Tina FeyHunger by Roxane GayIn a Sunburned Country by Bill BrysonRick StevesChelsea HandlerAin't I a Woman by bell hooksThe Beach by Alex GarlandReferences to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot by José Riverabell hooksThe Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieThe 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy FerrissThe Happiness Advantage by Shawn AchorThe Happiness Project by Gretchen RubinThe Art of Travel byJoyful by Ingrid Fetell LeeThirst by Scott Harrison Everything Else Yo, is this Racist? (Earwolf and Andrew Ti)The Super Group (Stitcher)The Second CityYo, is this Racist Blog"986 My Great Grandfather Fought Nazis (w/ DeRay Mckesson)" (Earwolf and Andrew Ti)"975 Is Wearing New Balance Racist? (w/ Jon Lovett)" (Earwolf and Andrew Ti)Crooked MediaKara BrownKeep It (Crooked Media)Ira Madison IIILouis Virtel (Twitter)"989 Being Black In America (w/ Nicole Byer)" (Earwolf and Andrew Ti)The Goonies (Warner Bros.)23 and Me"'Yo, Is This Racist?' Podcast Challenges Racism Through Comedy" (Morning Shift, WEBZ Chicago)"Ep. 6 Giovanni's Room by James Badlwin -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks)Flywheel SportsTidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)"Ep. 20 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks)The Extraordinary Negroes (Jay Conor and Alex Hardy)Traci's Favorite Ten Books of 2018The Office (NBC) Shrill (Hulu)Aidy BryantQueer Eye (Netflix) Connect with Tawny: Tawny's Instagram | Tawny's Twitter | Tawny's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Jan 09, 2019
Ep. 40 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz — The Stacks Book Club (Alec Penix)
00:55:52
To kick off the new year, we're talking self-help with Don Miguel Ruiz's best selling book, The Four Agreements. Fitness guru and author, Alec Penix joins us for this The Stacks Book Club discussion. The book lays out four pillars to follow in order to live a happier and more free life. There are no spoilers today, so join us for this conversation on personal growth and self love. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizSeven Sundays by Alec Penix"Ep. 34 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club" (Traci Thomas, The Stacks)Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister Connect with Alec: Alec's Instagram|Alec's Twitter|Alec's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Jan 02, 2019
The Short Stacks 3: Best of 2018//Lauren Fanella
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Its the last day of 2018, and we're celebrating with our very own wrap up, New Year's Eve show. We brought back friend of the pod, Lauren Fanella (who you might remember from episodes 15 and 16, where we talked about Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore). Lauren joins me to talk about each of our top five books from 2018, and the five books we're most looking forward to in 2019. Get your TBR ready! "Ep. 15 Talking Unconventional Women with Lauren Fanella" (The Stacks) "Ep. 16 Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks, Traci Thomas) Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore The Pisces by Melissa Broder The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight Pictures) So Sad Today by Melissa Broder Melissa Broder Twitter Bad Blood by John Carreyrou "Ep. 28 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks, Traci Thomas) Jennifer Lawrence The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner "Ep. 22 The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks, Traci Thomas) All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin Grey's Anatomy (ABC) There There by Tommy Orange All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung The Ensemble by Aja Gabel The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurtson Alice Walker Motherhood by Sheila Heti "Ep. 24 Motherhood by Sheila Heti -- The Stacks Book Club" (The Stacks) "Ottessa Moshfegh Reads Sheila Heti"(The New Yorker: Fiction, WNYC Studios and The New Yorker) My Year of Rest of Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh "My Life is a Joke" by Sheila Heti The Reckonings by Lacy M. Johnson The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson Ta-Nehisi Coates The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles Heavy by Kiese Laymon Eloquent Rage by Britney Cooper Dare to Lead by Brené Brown The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Becoming by Michelle Obama Tangerine by Christine Mangan How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James Normal People by Sally Rooney Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing by DaMaris B. Hill The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Lot by Bryan Washington "Waugh" (Bryan Washington, The New Yorker) The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Columbine by Dave Cullen Parkland by Dave Cullen Lost Children Archive by Valreia Luiselli Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli Black is the Body by Emily Bernard The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Jami Attenberg All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg Connect with Lauren: Lauren's Instagram|Lauren's Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club...
Dec 31, 2018
Ep. 39 Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirti with Alec Penix
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We're getting you ready for your mind and body goals in 2019, with our guest celebrity trainer Alec Penix. Alec is the author of a brand new health and fitness book called Seven Sundays. It is a guided 43-day program that focuses on food, sleep, exercise, and spirituality. We also discuss Alec's love of Self-Help Books, reading to learn, and some tips to get you through the holidays. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Seven Sundays by Alec PenixAwaken the Giant Within by Tony RobbinsThe Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizSuper Brain by Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D. and Deepak Chopra M.D. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell MaltzA Return to Love by Marianne Williams The 5 Love Languages by Gary ChapmanSeven Sundays (on Audible)It by Stephen KingThe Holy Bible (King James Version)Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey (Universal Pictures)Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoySteph KingJohn GrishamThe Pelican Brief by John GrishamHamlet by William ShakespeareHamlet (Warner Bros.)The Giver by Lois LowryNapoleon HillThe Maker's Diet by Jordan RubinNutrient Timing by John Ivy Everything Else The Stacks Book Club Battle of the Books 2018The Stacks InstagramBig Time RushBy The Book (The New York Times)Simon and Schuster Connect with Alec: Alec's Instagram|Alec's Twitter|Alec's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Dec 26, 2018
Ep. 38 Open City by Teju Cole — The Stacks Book Club (Behzad Dabu)
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This week actor Behzad Dabu (How to Get Away with Murder, The Chi) joins us again to discuss Teju Cole's novel, Open City. The book is a meditation on borders, terror, and belonging set against the back drop of a post 9/11 New York City, and centers a Nigerian immigrant as our guide. This week we discuss the book in detail, there are spoilers, however this book is less about plot and more about big ideas. Listen at your own discretion. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Open City by Teju ColeThe Stacks 2018 Battle of the Books - Prediction BracketThe Stacks InstagramAbout the 2018 Battle of the BooksJoyful by Ingrid Fetell LeeSmall Fry by Lisa Brennan JobsHear Traci on the What Should I Read Next PodcastHow to Get Away with Murder (ABC)Soft Power (Center Theatre Group)Teju Cole's Books  Teju Cole InstagramThe Art Spirit by Robert HenriOpen CityDisgraced by Ayad Akhtar"Louis C.K. Slithers Back, Whether We're Ready or Not" (Amanda Hess, The New York Times)Kevin HartEddie Murphy: Raw and DeliriousDwayne "The Rock" JohnsonKey and PeeleSteve MartinWhoopi GoldbergTiffany Haddish"Self-professed neo-Nazi James A. Fields Jr. convicted of first-degree murder in car-ramming that killed one, injured dozens" (Joe Heim and Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post)The Simpsons (FOX)The Problem with Apu (truTV)Frantz Fanon"CNN Fired Marc Lamont Hill to Comfort Conservative Snowflakes" (Eric Levitz, New York Magazine)"The Trouble with Corey Lewandowski on CNN" (Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker)Chris CillizzaDonald GloverChiwetel EjioforDaniel KaluuyaChadwick BosemanYara Shahidi Connect with Behzad: Behzad's Website|Behzad's Instagram|Behzad's Twitter|Behzad's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Dec 19, 2018
The Short Stacks 2 – Jesse Byrd//Real Jungle Tales
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We're talking all things children's books this week on our mini episode with award winning author Jesse Byrd. In addition to writing children's books, Jesse runs his own publishing house (Jesse B Creative), and does children's book project management. Jesse's most recent picture book is Real Jungle Tales and follows a little Native American girl, Zee, who comes up with an ingenious way to avoid punishment, and get candy from her friends on Halloween. We talk with Jesse about his writing process, working with an illustrator, and why it is important to tell stories that center children of color. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. King Penguin by Jesse Byrd Sunny Days by Jesse Byrd Real Jungle Tales by Jesse Byrd Bishop O'Dowd High School Mary B. Morrison (aka Honey B) Andressa Meissner Jesse B Creative Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler Dark Money by Jane Mayer Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Goosebumps by R. L. Stein Are You Afraid of the Dark (Nickelodeon) So Weird (Disney) Jumanji (TriStar Pictures) Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg Dr. Seuss Stan Lee I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers Corduroy by Don Freeman Connect with Jesse: Jesse B Creative Website|Jesse B Creative Instagram|Jesse B Creative Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Dec 17, 2018
Ep. 37 Representation, Basketball, and Books with Behzad Dabu
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Today on The Stacks, our guest is actor, producer, and activist Behzad Dabu. Behzad is most well known for his roles on How to Get Away with Murder and The Chi. We talk about plays that are great on the page, representation on screen, and his love of basketball books. Everything we talk about today can be found in the show notes, and shopping through those links earns The Stacks a small commission at no cost to you.  BOOKS Disgraced by Ayad AkhtarFederico Garcia LorcaBlood and Gifts by J.T. RogersThe Pillowman by Martin McDonaghRajiv JosephBengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv JosephGuards at the Taj by Rajiv JosephAmerican Dervish by Ayad AkhtarThe Who and the What by Ayad AkhtarJunk by Ayad AkhtarThe Invisible Hand by Ayad AkhtarThe Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Cymbeline by William ShakespeareThe Comedy of Errors by William ShakespeareThe Taming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareRichard III by William ShakespeareAugust Osage County by Tracy LettsMother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecth All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrOn The Road by Jack KerouacCourt Vision by Ira BerkowThe Art Spirit by Robert HenriShowboat by Roland Lazenby Just Kids by Patti SmithIf They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar Exit West by Mohsin HamidBasketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullanBasketball (and Other Things) by Shea SerranoThe Rap Yearbook by Shea SerranoGame of Thrones Series by George R. R. MartinSacred Hoops by Phil JacksonWhen They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-CullorsContested Will by James ShapiroThe Shock Doctrine by Naomi KleinLies My Teacher Taught Me by James W. LoewenThe Year of Living Biblically by A.J. JacobsThe Know-It-All by A.J. JacobsAmericanah by  Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieBetween the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesWe Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi CoatesHeavy by Kiese LaymonFoul Lines by Jack McCallumPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe Stranger by Albert CamusTips by Jon Jory Tips II by Jon JoryTrue and False by David MametLetters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere SmithNight by Elie WieselThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonThe Bible (The New American Standard)The Art of War by Sun TzuKing Lear by William ShakespeareFifty Shades of Grey by E L JamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOpen City by Teju Cole EVERYTHING ELSE The Chicago Inclusion Project Emjoy GavinoBlack Lives MatterReform LA Jails White People 4 Black LivesHow to Get Away with Murder (ABC)The Chi (Showtime)Shonda RhimesLena WaitheViola DavisGrey's Anatomy (ABC)IMDBTraining Day (Warner Bros. Pictures)"Chun Li" by Nicki MinajEminemHouse of Cards (Netflix)August Osage County (The Weinstein Company)Johnnie CochranSharon StoneWoody AllenCenter Theatre GroupZoroastrianFreddie MercuryBohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)QueenEp. 2 The Stacks Book Club -- Exit West by Mohsin HamidGame of Thrones (HBO)The Goodman Theatre"The Case for Reparations" (Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic)Ep. The Stacks Book Club -- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi CoatesCitizen Kane (RKO Radio Pictures) Casablanca (Warner Bros. Pictures)The Godfather (Paramount Pictures)Jaws (Universal Pictures)E.T., The Extra Terrestrial (Universal Pictures)Star Wars (20th Century Fox)Titanic (Paramount Pictures)Schindler's List (Universal Pictures)Gone with the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)A League of Their Own (Columbia Pictures)Jerry Maguire (TriStar Pictures)Rudy (TriStar Pictures)He Got Game (Buena Vista Pictures) By The Book (New York Times) Connect with Behzad: Behzad's Website|Behzad's Instagram|Behzad's Twitter|Behzad's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for...
Dec 12, 2018
Ep. 36 If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim — The Stacks Book Club (Aja Gabel)
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Author Aja Gabel is back for The Stacks Book Club conversation this week. We're discussing If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim. The book follows one woman, Haemi Lee, her life and relationships during and in the years following the Korean War. Our conversation covers what it means to survive, feminism, war stories, and more. There are spoilers this week, but if you want to get to know If You Leave Me better without spoilers, listen to our first episode of The Short Stacks feature Crystal Hana Kim. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim The Ensemble by Aja Gabel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Korean Hanbok Dress Ken Burns Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston Hamilton (Nederlander Group) Old Boy (Show East) The Haidmaiden (CJ Entertainment) Park Chan-wook A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara "Why I Wear My Hanbok" (Crystal Hana Kim, Elle)   Connect with Aja: Aja's Website|Aja's Instagram|Aja's Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Dec 05, 2018
The Short Stacks 1: Crystal Hana Kim//If You Leave Me
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Its time for our first ever Short Stack! These mini episodes will come out every other Monday, and feature a conversation with an author about their book and writing process. We are thrilled to have author Crystal Hana Kim for this inaugural episode. Crystal is the author of this week's The Stacks Book Club pick, If You Leave Me. Crystal shares with us where the idea for this book came from, what it is like to hear from readers, and rituals she has around her writing. Don't worry, there are no spoilers on any of the Short Stacks, listen and enjoy! You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim Louise Erdrich Toni Morrison The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison Sula by Toni Morrison Paradise by Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America - LEDA Werther's Originals Flower Candy Hi-Chew Stray (Aimless) Bullet (Cinema Epoch) What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan My Brilliant Friend (HBO) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante "Word to the Wise live video interview with Crystal Hana Kim" (Refinery29) Connect with Crystal: Crystal's Website|Crystal's Instagram|Crystal's Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Dec 03, 2018
Ep. 35 Prodigies, Time Machines, and Beautiful Writing with Aja Gabel
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This week on The Stacks our guest is author Aja Gabel. Aja's debut novel, The Ensemble, came out in 2018, and she talks with us about writing her book, cover design, which writers inspire her, and why she got a PhD in creative writing. We also talk music prodigies and time machines, which is to say, we talk about a little of everything. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS The Ensemble by Aja Gabel Alexander Chee Antonya Nelson On Beauty by Zadie Smith Open Secrets by Alice Munro The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Toni Morrison Chalk by Joshua Rivkin Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Lot by Brian Washington Alice McDermott Zadie Smith Swing Time by Zadie Smith The People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer The Emissary by Yoko Tawada and Margaret Mitsutani Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi George Saunders Ted Chiang The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philips Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang Ulysses by James Joyce The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz The Babysitter's Club Nancy Drew Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Saturday by Ian McEwan Atonement by Ian McEwan The Lover by Marguerite Duras John Cheever Raymond Carver The Hours by Michael Cunningham My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama EVERYTHING ELSE Aja Gabel's Website Sarah Fong on The Stacks (Ep. 3) Curtis Institute of Music Grey's Anatomy "Latin Ballroom-Kids- Antonio & Maria Rosario" (YouTube) "Yasha and Daniela at Atlanta Open 2011" (YouTube) Helen Yentus (Cargo Collective) Fiddlehead Ferns Tom Holland Tobey Maguire Brit Marling Rooney Mara Peggy Olson Mad Men Jonathan Franzen's 10 Rules for Novelists (Literary Hub) Cy Twombly "Waugh" (Bryan Washington, The New Yorker) Riverhead Publisher Ten Non-Fiction Books for Fiction Lovers (Traci Thomas, The Stacks) National Book Award: Translated Literature Amazon Kindle Busy Philipps Dixie Chicks Arrival (Paramount Pictures) Amy Adams Scarlett Johansson Jennifer Lawrence Passengers (Columbia Pictures) "A Glimpse into the Ideological Monoculture of Literary New York" (Matthew Binder, Quillette) Atonement (Universal Pictures) The Bachelor (ABC) The Hours (Paramount Pictures) My Brilliant Friend (HBO) Connect with Aja: Aja's Website|Aja's Instagram|Aja's Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when...
Nov 28, 2018
Ep. 34 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Renée Hicks)
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The Bluest Eye is the first novel of Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, it is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week. We dissect this American classic and discuss its many themes including race, beauty, love and abuse with Renée Hicks, founder of Book Girl Magic. Our conversation covers the entire book, which means there are a lot of spoilers. Go read the book and then come back and listen. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Book Girl Magic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Pride by Ibi Zoboi Beloved by Toni Morrison "Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis" (Linda Villarosa, New York Times) "Black Women Face More Trauma During Childbirth" (Catherine Pearson, The Huffington Post) Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington "The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves" (Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic) "Serena Williams: What my life-threatening experience taught me about giving birth" (Serena Williams, CNN.com) Top Ten Most Challenged Books List (American Library Association) Native Son by Richard Wright Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates "Ep. 20 The Stacks Book Club - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates" (The Stacks) "Lana Del Rey Stepped into Kanye West's Instagram Comments to Call Him a Narcissist" (Mehera Bonner, Cosmopolitan) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Marsai Martin Regina King Octavia Spencer Terrence Howard Brian Tyree Henry Danny Glover The Color Purple (Film) Connect with Renee and Book Girl Magic: Book Girl Magic Website|Book Girl Magic Instagram|Book Girl Magic Facebook|Book Girl Magic Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Nov 21, 2018
Ep. 33 Book Girl Magic with Renee Hicks
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This week on the podcast, our guest is Renée Hicks, founder of Book Girl Magic, an online book club that centers books by and about Black women. Renée shares with us her journey into reading, how her reading has inspired the reading life of her children, and her love of romance novels, one in particular. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Mothers by Brit Bennett You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby Becoming by Michelle Obama The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory The Perfect Find by Tia Williams Nappily Ever After by Trisha R. Thomas The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Secret by Rhonda Byrne The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero Charlotte's Web by E. B. White The Giver by Lois Lowry Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi Everything's Trash, But It's Okay by Phoebe Robinson Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Tayari Jones Octavia E. Butler Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Parable of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith An American Marriage by Tayari Jones The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Passing by Nella Larsen Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jennifer Lewis Roots by Alex Haley Native Son by Richard Wright The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin Black Boy by Richard Wright Jason Reynolds The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth EVERYTHING ELSE Book Girl Magic Noelle Gray Creative Nappily Ever After (Netflix) Sanaa Lathan Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures) Ep. 4 The Stacks Book Club -- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Anna's Instagram (Renée's book friend for more great recommendations) Family Matters (CBS) Kindle Paperwhite (Waterproof) Black-ish (ABC) Marsai Martin 23 and Me BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) Connect with Renee and Book Girl Magic: Book Girl Magic Website|Book Girl Magic Instagram|Book Girl Magic Facebook|Book Girl Magic Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Nov 14, 2018
Ep. 32 To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann — The Stacks Book Club (Heather John Fogarty)
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When a mother, Amanda Stott-Smith, throws her two young children off of a bridge, one journalist tries to understand why. That is the premise of Nancy Rommelmann's true crime book, To The Bridge. This week, for The Stacks Book Club, we discuss this haunting book with journalist Heather John Fogarty. While the story of Stott-Smith and her children is true, if you're not familiar with the events there will be some spoilers on this week's episode. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann Nancy Rommelmann Nancy Rommelmann on The Stacks The Homicide Report Ghettoside by Jill Leovy Christopher Hitchens The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Columbine by Dave Cullen Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Ep. 28 The Stacks Book Club --Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Warner Bros.) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (The Shubert Organization) Vanessa Hudgens Jessica Biel Brie Larson Jake Gyllenhaal Joseph Gordon Levitt Andrew Garfield "On Motherhood and Murder: A Conversation with Nancy Rommelmann" (Heather John Forgarty, Los Angeles Review of Books) To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelman (Audiobook) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Connect with Heather: Heather's Website|Heather's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Nov 07, 2018
Ep. 31 All the Book Recommendations with Heather John Fogarty
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Our guest this week is journalist Heather John Fogarty, whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire Magazine, Playboy, and more. Heather previously worked as the wine and spirits editor at Bon Appétit. In today's conversation we talk about Heather's James Beard vote, how finding a editor for a novel is like dating, and a book that made both of us very angry. Get ready, Heather is a prolific reader, your TBR will never be the same. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS Mozza at Home by Nancy Silverton and Carolynn Carreno There There by Tommy Orange The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea Desperate Characters by Paula Fox Elsewhere, California by Dana Johnson My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer  The Milkman by Anna Burns The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonia Vargas Fight No More by Lydia Millet Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon An American Marriage by Tayari Jones A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf Octavia E. Butler Ray Bradbury Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Philip Sidney The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth The Amazing Bone by William Steig Who Was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub Who is Michelle Obama? by Megan Stine Ninjago Books Another Country by James Baldwin Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines The Sellout by Paul Beatty In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Joan Didion Dana Johnson Paul Beatty Philip Roth Virginia Woolf Lucia Berlin Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires In the Not Quiet Dark by Dana Johnson Jaws by Peter Benchley The Godfather by Mario Puzo The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Locking Up Our Own by James Foreman Jr. Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson Evicted by Matthew Desmond The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Hey Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose EVERYTHING ELSE Chi Spacca Mozza Nancy Silverton Carolynn Carreño Bon Appétit Vogue Vanity Fair Harper's Bazaar James Beard Foundation Awards Gwen Langer's Deli National Book Award Finalists Man Booker Prize Shortlist Flywheel Sports Daniel Pearl Chevalier's Books Jaws (Universal Pictures) The Godfather Trilogy (Paramount Pictures) Nancy Rommelman Connect with Heather: Heather's Website|Heather's Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Oct 31, 2018
Ep. 30 How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt — The Stacks Book Club (Harris Cohn)
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This week on The Stacks Book Club, activist and organizer Harris Cohn is back to chat about  How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. This book was recently featured by Barack Obama on his Facebook page, as a book that speaks to the current moment in the United States. President Obama says it "is a useful primer on the importance of norms, institutional restraints and civic participation in maintaining a democracy - and how quickly those things can erode when we're not paying attention. There are no spoilers this week, instead you get a civics lesson with lots to discuss. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Swing by Kwame Alexander Barack Obama's Facebook Book Recommendations (October 12, 2018) "Do Migrant Teenagers Have Abortion Rights? Two Volatile Issues Collide in Court" (Robert Pear, New York Times) The 13th (Netflix) The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The Legacy Museum Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson National Museum African American History and Culture (Washington DC) DeRay McKesson Connect with Harris: Harris' Twitter|Harris' Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Oct 24, 2018
Ep. 29 Politics, Midterms, and Voting (oh, my) with Harris Cohn
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This week we are joined by Harris Cohn. Harris' day job is in renewable energy, but his real super power is that he is an activist and organizer in his spare time. We talk this week about how Harris got interested in politics, how you can get involved in your local elections, and what SNL cast member Harris wants to write this life story. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS East of Eden by John Steinbeck City of Thieves by David Benioff The 25th Hour by David Benioff Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Audiobook) Dreams of my Father by Barack Obama (Audiobook) Becoming by Michelle Obama Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris The Lorax by Dr. Seuss How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt 1491 by Charles C. Mann Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Matilda by Roald Dahl The BFG by Roald Dahl White Teeth by Zadie Smith Red Sun Series by Pierce Brown There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss EVERYTHING ELSE Elizabeth Kolbert (The New Yorker) Vann R. Newkirk II (The Atlantic) Top Golf The Last Weekend Swing Left Move On Indivisible Organizing for Action Check Your Voter Registration Status "Eric Holder on the Chaos Inside the White House and the Importance of November" (Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air & The Ringer) Game of Thrones (HBO) Amanda Peet 25th Hour (Buena Vista Pictures) Spike Lee Ed Norton Philip Seymour Hoffman Lin Manuel Miranda Hamilton (The Nederlander Organization) In The Heights (The Nederlander Organization) Marry Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Moana (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Stephen Sondheim Barbara Streisand Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats (The Shubert Organization) Elton John Hans Zimmer Christopher Nolan "The Stacks Book Club -- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward" (Traci Thomas) The Ripped Bodice (A Romantic Bookstore) Saturday Night Live (NBC) Kate McKinnon Leslie Jones Kenan Thompson Beck Bennett Michael Che Colin Jost Lorne Michaels Seth Meyers Connect with Harris: Harris' Twitter|Harris' Instagram Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.  
Oct 17, 2018
Ep. 28 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou — The Stacks Book Club (Nancy Rommelmann)
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This week on The Stacks Book Club, journalist and author Nancy Rommelmann is back to discuss Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. We talk about the mind blowing story of biotech startup Theranos, and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. We talk about psychopaths, whistle blowers, and of course, this unbelievable story of abuse and fraud. There are spoilers this week, however the book is based on current events and we do not discuss anything that isn't out in the news. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below, and by shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Elizabeth Holmes' TedMed 2014 Powell's Books (Portland, OR) "How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught." (Roger Lowenstein, New York Times) Book Soup (Los Angeles, CA) Henry Kissinger David Boies Larry Ellison Rupert Murdoch George Shultz Ponzi Supernova (Radio Lab, Audible) "The Lies and Follies of Laura Albert, a.k.a. JT LeRoy" (Nancy Rommelmann, LA Weekly) The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer Wild Wild Country (Netflix) Bad Blood (Film) Jennifer Lawrence Joy (20th Century Fox) The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Game of Thrones (HBO) Connect with Nancy: Nancy's Instagram|Nancy's Twitter|Nancy's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Oct 10, 2018
Ep. 27 Talking Investigative Journalism with Nancy Rommelmann
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This week we are joined by author and journalist, Nancy Rommelmann. Nancy talks to us about her newest book To The Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder, her process as an investigative journalist, and about the time she traveled to see John Wayne Gacy on death row. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward Destination Gacy by Nancy Rommelmann Columbine by Dave Cullen Wanderer by Sterling Hayden Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Barbarian Days by William Finnegan A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss Katherine Boo Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo The Reckonings by Lacy M. Johnson The Landmark Julius Caesar by Kurt A. Raaflaub The Power Broker by Robert Caro The Passage by Justin Cronin The Twelve by Justin Cronin Valley of the Kings by Terrance Coffey Being Mortal by Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande Deborah Reed Life After Life by Kate Atkinson City of Thieves by David Benioff Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos Joan Didion Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion After Henry by Joan Didion Lost Girls by Robert Kolker Sahara Unveiled by William Langewiesche The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown Netherland by Joseph O'Neill The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales  Othello by William Shakespeare The Odyssey by Homer Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gita Sereny All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor Edie by Jean Stein Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker The Queens of Montague Street by Nancy Rommelmann The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin J.M. Coetzee Raymond Chandler Bad Blood by John Carreyrou EVERYTHING ELSE LA Weekly Cults (Parcast Network) Heaven's Gate (Stitcher / Pineapple Street Media) "Taking My Ex Back In (for His Own Good)" (Nancy Rommelmann, New York Times) The Godfather (Paramount Pictures) Reason.com Wall Street Journal Book Review The New Yorker "Why Atul Gawande Will Soon Be The Most Feared CEO In Healthcare" (Robert Pearl, M.D., Forbes) Game of Thrones (HBO) Amanda Peet @25inFive Instagram Readathon Account William Langewiesche at Vanity Fair William Langewiesche at the Atlantic Patrick Melrose (Showtime) Connect with Nancy: Nancy's Instagram|Nancy's Twitter|Nancy's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. My Mentor Book Club - for 50% off your first month of new nonfiction from My Mentor Book Club go to mymentorbookclub.com/thestacks The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect my opinions on...
Oct 03, 2018
Ep. 26 Less by Andrew Sean Greer — The Stacks Book Club (Zeke Smith)
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We are thrilled to discuss this year's Pulitzer Price winner for fiction, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, for The Stacks Book Club this week. We are joined by guest, Zeke Smith. Zeke is known for his time as a contestant on Survivor (Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, Survivor: Game Changers, CBS), and for his work as a writer and trans activist. Less tells the story of Arthur Less, a struggling novelist who decides to travel the world instead of subjecting himself to being a guest at his ex lover's wedding. There are spoilers this week on the show. Listen at your own risk. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. Less by Andrew Sean Greer Pulitzer Prize Winning Books - Fiction Bleak House by Charles Dickens Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann Columbine by Dave Cullen The Road of Jonestown by Jeff Guinn A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures) Sandra Bullock Julia Roberts Me Too Movement Times Up Movement Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Friends (NBC) Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Neil Patrick Harris Sean Hayes Ellen DeGeneres Nathan Lane David Hyde Pierce Jonathan Groff Jussie Smollett Alan Cumming John Benjamin Hickey Ian McKellen The Bechdel Test Jesse Tyler Ferguson Cheyenne Jackson Ricky Martin The Assasination of GIanna Versace (FX) Guillermo Diaz David Burtka Connect with Zeke: Zeke's Instagram|Zeke's Twitter|Zeke's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Sep 26, 2018
Ep. 25 Talking Fame and Identity with Zeke Smith
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Today on The Stacks we are joined by Zeke Smith. Zeke is a writer and trans activist who you may know best from his seasons on Survivor (Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, Survivor: Game Changers). This week we talk reality TV fame, self-identification, and Zeke's favorite genre of books (hint: its not wha you think). You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. By shopping through the links you help support The Stacks, at no cost to you. Shop on Amazon and iTunes. BOOKS The Quiet American by Graham Greene Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Last Lion by William Manchester and Paul Reid White Teeth by Zadie Smith China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan Feminasty by Erin Gibson Bleak House by Charles Dickens Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson The World According to Garp by John Irving The Histories by Herodotus Fear by Bob Woodward Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman One Bullet Away by Nathaniel C. Fick The Good Soldiers by David Finkel Dick Couch Transgender History by Susan Stryker My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum You are a Badass by Jen Sincero The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer Through my Eyes by Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker Hamlet by William Shakespeare Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Graham Greene Encountering God by Diana L. Eck EVERYTHING ELSE Survivor (CBS) GLAAD Transforming Family Jeff Probst Chris Harrison Longchamp Purse The Bachelor (ABC) The Real Housewives (Bravo) Teresa Guidice "'Survivor' Contestant Opens Up About Being Outed as Transgender" (Zeke Smith, The Hollywood Reporter) Goodreads Rachel Maddow Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures) Nico Santos Connect with Zeke: Zeke's Instagram|Zeke's Twitter|Zeke's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.  
Sep 19, 2018
Ep. 24 Motherhood by Sheila Heti — The Stacks Book Club (Jo Piazza)
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Its time for another episode of The Stacks Book Club, and this week we are discussing Motherhood by Sheila Heti. We are joined again by author Jo Piazza (Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married) to discuss Motherhood, a book about one woman's meditation on weather or not to have children. The book is written in a unique style and falls into the genre of  biographical fiction. There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. Use the our links to shop on Amazon and iTunes and The Stacks earns a small commission, its guilt free shopping. Hunger by Roxane Gay Ep. 23 Talking Women in Politics with Jo Piazza Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza Motherhood by Sheila Heti The Ensemble by Aja Gabel A Vistit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan "Let's Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)" (Cindi Leive, New York Times) Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes "I Just Want to See You Shine" (Committed, How Stuff Works) Register to Vote If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol Talk Story Bookstore Lingua Franca Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed Connect with Jo: Jo's Instagram|Committed Instagram|Jo's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Sep 12, 2018
Ep. 23 Talking Women in Politics with Jo Piazza
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This week on the show, we have author and journalist Jo Piazza as our guest. Jo's most recent release isCharlotte Walsh Likes to Win, a novel about a woman running for senate in the 2018 midterm elections. It is very of the moment, and is the Marie Claire Book Club pick for September. Jo talks to us about her time as a journalist, challenges women face in running for office, and why she likes reading books that aren't new releases. You can find everything we talk about this week in the show notes below. Use the links to shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. BOOKS Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza How to Be Married by Jo Piazza The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Eagen A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Eagen Florida by Lauren Groff You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol The Mothers by Brit Bennett Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon Primary Colors by Anonymous and Joe Klein Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Audiobook) David Sedaris Unbelievable by Katy Tur The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro Catch 22 by Joseph Heller Middlemarch by George Eliot Love Rehab by Jo Piazza Judy Bloom Beverly Cleary Blubber by Judy Bloom Summer Sisters by Judy Bloom Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe Less by Andrew Sean Greer EVERYTHING ELSE Marie Claire Book Club (Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win) Jay-Z Sean Combs (Puff Daddy, Diddy) Jo's Cute Baby (Via Jo's Instagram) Committed (HowStuffWorks) How Stuff Works "I Don't Own Him" (Committed, HowStuffWorks) "We'll Figure It Out" (Committed, HowStuffWorks) Slow Burn (Slate) The Sunday Long Read Emily's List Dirty John Cliff's Notes Shonda Rhimes Grey's Anatomy (ABC) Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt Connect with Jo: Jo's Instagram|Committed Instagram|Jo's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Sep 05, 2018
Ep. 22 The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner — The Stacks Book Club (Becca Tobin)
00:52:31
Becca Tobin (Glee, Lady Gang) is back for The Stacks Book Club, and we're discussing Rachel Kushner's newest book The Mars Room. This gritty novel tells the story of Romy, a young mother who has been incarcerated for two life sentences. We see Romy in her life leading to prison and the world behind bars with thousands of other women struggling to survive. There are spoilers this week, so please listen at your own risk. We cover a lot of topics, and you can find links to everything in the show notes, below. Use the links when you shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner Lady Gang (PodcastOne) Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Emma Stone Tilda Swinton We Need To Talk About Kevin Tom Lenk Tom Lenk as Tilda Swinton "U Bum" (Hysteria, Crooked Media) The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The 13th (Netflix) Ava DuVernay "New York Prison Escape: How It Happened, and How It Ended" (Alex Johnson and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News) The Staircase (Netflix) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Bri Larson Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Game of Thrones (HBO) Lady Bird (A24) Jennifer Lawrence Danielle Brooks Samira Wiley Taylor Schilling Natasha Lyonne Laura Prepon Laverne Cox Chris O'Dowd Paul Giamatti Bernadette Peters Connect with Becca: Becca's Instagram|Lady Gang Instagram|Lady Gang Podcast Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Aug 29, 2018
Ep. 21 Talking Fiction & Hollywood with Becca Tobin
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Our guest this week is Becca Tobin. Becca is most well known as an actress and a co-host of the podcast, Lady Gang. Today we walk  about Becca's podcast becoming a TV show, how reading helped her deal with grief, and her love of fiction that feels a little like a rom-com. We cover a lot of topics this week, and its all in the show notes below. Use the links below when you shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. BOOKS Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles South of Broad by Pat Conroy On the Road by Jack Kerouac The Girls by Emma Cline Commonwealth by Ann Patchett You are a Badass by Jen Sincero The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda Bad Blood by John Carreyrou I Like You Just the Way I Am by Jenny Mollen The Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Live Fast Die Hot by Jenny Mollen Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jaren Diamond The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Stories by Stan Berenstain The Scarlet Letter by The Art of War Plus the Art of Sales by Gary Gagliardi Yes Please by Amy Poehler Emily Giffin All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin Something Borrowed by Emliy Giffin The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy The Age of Empathy by Frans De Waal The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner EVERYTHING ELSE Lady Gang (PodcastOne) Rock of Ages (Musical) Trans-Siberian Orchestra Glee (FOX) "Dynamic Duets" (Glee, Fox) Keltie Knight Entertainment Tonight Jac Vanek Lady Gang (TV Show, ET) A Walk to Remember (Warner Bros. Pictures) Me Before You (Warner Bros. Pictures) Emilia Clarke Jane Fonda Ben Platt Audra McDonald Sutton Foster Thoroughly Modern Millie Neil Haskell So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) Damn Delicious Jane Lynch Quentin Tarantino Emile Hirsch Brad Pitt Leonardo DiCaprio Greta Gerwig Margot Robbie "See First Look at Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson-Inspired Movie" (Beth Casteel, Alta Press) Malcolm Gladwell "How John Carreyrou Exposed the Theranos Scam" (Kate Knibbs, The Ringer) Elizabeth Holmes TEDMED2014 Bride Wars (20th Century Fox) Something Borrowed (Warner Bros.) Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Connect with Becca: Becca's Instagram|Lady Gang Instagram|Lady Gang Podcast Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|The Stacks Website|Facebook|Twitter|Subscribe|Patreon|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. Hidrate Spark - for 10% your purchase at hidratespark.com use code TRACI10 (valid through 8/30). The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Aug 22, 2018
Ep. 20 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — The Stacks Book Club (Jay Connor)
01:09:53
We're thrilled to have writer and host of The Extraordinary Negroes Podcast, Jay Connor, back with us this week for The Stacks Book Club,  discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This episode is spent talking about the three major themes from the book: race, violence, and the Black body, and how those themes are ever present in American society. There are no spoilers this week. We cover a lot of topics, and you can find links to everything below, in the show notes. Use the links when you shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coate James Baldwin Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox) "We Blaxplain Blaxplaining" (Still Processing, The New York Times) Blindspotting (Lionsgate) Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures) Scandal (ABC) Ranier Maningding @theLLAG (Twitter for Love Life of an Asian Guy) "The Toxic World-View of Ta-Nehisi Coates" (Rich Lowry, Politico) "The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates" (Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine) Cornell West Michael Eric Dyson Race Matters by Cornell West Black Lives Matter Toni Morrison Connect with Jay: Instagram|Twitter Connect with The Extraordinary Negroes: iTunes Podcast|Android Podcast|Website|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. Hidrate Spark - for 10% your purchase at hidratespark.com use code TRACI10 (valid through 8/23). The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Aug 15, 2018
Ep. 19 Extraordinary Reading with Jay Connor of The Extraordinary Negroes
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This week our guest is Jay Connor. Jay is a writer, and the creator and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Jay discuss his winding life path through many cities and many careers. We also talk about what books Jay is into and what writers he admires. We cover a lot of topics this week, and its all in the show notes below. Use the links below when you shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. BOOKS Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn People's History of Sports in The United States by Dave Zirin Welcome to the Terrordome by Dave Zirin The John Carlos Story by Dave Zirin The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Every Little Step by Bobby Brown A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole All The Women in my Family Sing edited by Deborah Santana Well, That Escalated Quickly by Franchesca Ramsey I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin The Writer Got Screwed by Brooke A. Wharton The Anatomy of Story by John Truby Howdunit Series (Multiple Authors) Choose Your Own Adventure Books (Multiple Authors) Ship of Theseus by J.J. Abrams Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Beloved by Toni Morrison Baracoon by Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Hunger by Roxane Gay I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The Tasha Trilogy The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen EVERYTHING ELSE The Very Smart Brothas Strange Angel (CBS) Black Card Revoked Ta-Nehisi Coates "Ta-Nehisi Coates is Leaving the Atlantic" (Jacey Fortin, The New Yorks Time) Van R. Newkirk II (The Atlantic) Kiese Laymon Hari Ziyad Donny Cates Matthew Rosenberg Shane Black Alex Hardy Insecure (HBO) The Read (LoudSpeakersNetwork.com) "An Extraordinary Thanksgiving Dinner Draft (Feat. Law Ware)" (iTunes & Android) "An Extraordinary Mother's Day Tribute: I Love My Momma (Feat. The Queens Who Raised Us)" (iTunes & Android) This is Us (NBC) Ear Hustle (Ear Hustle & Radiotopia) Tea with Queen and J. Therapy for Black Girls The Music Snobs The Tony Kornheiser Show James Baldwin Zinn Education Project Dave Zirin (The Nation) Tommie Smith John Carlos Whitney (Miramax) Diverse Classics Robert McKee Toni Morrison Roxane Gay Twitter I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Studios) 13th (Netflix) O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films) Connect with Jay: Instagram|Twitter Connect with The Extraordinary Negroes: iTunes Podcast|Android Podcast|Website|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Aug 08, 2018
Ep. 18 Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes — The Stacks Book Club (Ashley North)
00:51:15
Stylist and CEO Ashley North is back this week for The Stacks Book Club and our discussion of Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. The book is Rhimes' memoir on the year she decided to say yes to everything and use the power of yes to change her life. The book brings up topics surrounding the desire to be professionally successful and personally fulfilled. We talk about motherhood as a "job", the myth of doing it all, and if we would ever do our own Year of Yes. We talk in detail about the book, but this book doesn't really have spoilers. However, if you're wanting to go on Shonda's journey along with her, you should wait to listen until you've read the book. Here are all the things we talked about this week Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes The Stacks Tote Giveaway on The Stacks Patreon You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero AN Style Candles Greys Anatomy (ABC) Scandal (ABC) How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) Private Practice (ABC) The Catch (ABC) Shondaland The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Chrissy Teigen Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jennifer Lewis Black-ish (ABC) Yara Shahidi Betsy Beers Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore "Sandra Oh on 'Killing Eve' and Her Historic Emmy Nomination" (Aisha Harris, New York Times) Connect with Ashley: Instagram|Ashley North Style|Shop AN Style Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Aug 01, 2018
Ep. 17 Talking Fashion and Reading with Stylist Ashley North
00:57:25
Our guest this week is celebrity stylist, TV personality, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, Ashley North. Ashley is most well known for being Kevin Hart's stylist and now she's sitting down with The Stacks to discuss reading. She talks about the not so glamorous parts of being a stylist, her daughters' love of books, and diversity in school reading curriculum. We cover a lot of topics this week, and its all down there in the show notes. Use the links below when you shop on Amazon and iTunes to help support The Stacks. BOOKS Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started by Justin Bieber I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson On Becoming Baby Wise by Robert Bucknam M.D. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah Animal Farm by George Orwell How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres Stuck by Jennie Allen Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison The Saddle Club Series by Bonnie Bryant Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal Babysitter's Club Series by Ann M. Martin Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Beloved by Toni Morrison Sula by Toni Morrison Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James Becoming by Michelle Obama EVERYTHING ELSE Justin Bieber (in purple hoodie) Kevin Hart Soul Plane (MGM) Chris Brown "Golden Globes 2016: The 10 Best-Dressed Dudes" (The Staff, The Hollywood Reporter) Terrence J Drake Chadwick Boseman (at Met Gala) "Who Dresses 'Black Panther' Stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan: 7 Top Hollywood Men's Stylist" (Carol McColgin, The Hollywood Reporter) "Inside Hollywood Reporter's and Jimmy Choo's Power Stylists Event With Chadwick Boseman, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Fanning Sisters and More" (Jane Carlson & Ramona Saviss, The Hollywood Reporter) Becca Tobin Eddie Murphy Ludacris Chingy Tracee Ellis Ross Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip (Universal Pictures) Keep It (Crooked Media) AN Style Candles (Traci's Favorite Candle) The Joy Luck Club (Buena Vista Pictures) Connect with Ashley: Instagram|Ashley North Style|Shop AN Style Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. Hidrate Spark - for 10% your purchase at hidratespark.com use code TRACI10 (valid through 7/31). The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
Jul 25, 2018
Ep. 16 Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore — The Stacks Book Club (Lauren Fanella)
01:00:46
This week Lauren Fanella is here for The Stacks Book Club. We're talking about Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. In the book, Milo, a human who has been reincarnated almost 10,000 times, is on a quest for perfection and everlasting life. The book touches on a lot of social justice issues, Love, and of course Death. We talk about these themes, who we would cast in the TV show, and more. There are spoilers this week, if you plan on reading this book, wait to listen to the episode until you've finished. Here are all the things we mentioned this week on the show Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore The Books Thief by Markus Zusak Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit After the Bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by Alice Walker The Spice Girls TLC Cats (Original Broadway Cast Recording)  Magical Mister Mistoffelees (Cats Film 1998, Andrew Llyod Webber) Big Fish (Columbia Pictures) Joaquin Phoenix Joseph Gordon-Levitt John Cusack Dev Patel Jesse Williams Matthew McConauhey Zooey Deschanel 500 Days of Summer Zoë Kravitz Lupita Nyong'o Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Jackie Cruz Geena Davis Tracee Ellis Ross Sandra Oh Whoopi Goldberg Sally Field Octavia Spencer Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon Connect with Lauren: Instagram|Goodreads To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. Hidrate Spark - for 10% your purchase at hidratespark.com use code TRACI10 (valid through 7/31). The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Jul 18, 2018
Ep. 15 Talking Unconventional Women with Lauren Fanella
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This week our guest is Lauren Fanella, Lauren is a book reader and reviewer on #bookstagram, you might know her as @literarylauren_. Lauren is a lover of books by and about unconventional women, she reads for joy, and she's not scared of a big sad book. We talk about Lauren's reading habits, what books she's looking forward to reading, and how books help her to see the world differently. Here are links to all the things we dicsussed this week on the show. BOOKS Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg The Girl on the Train by  Paula Hawkins Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles The Ensemble by Aja Gabel The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer Exit West by Mohsin Hamid What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins Wild by Cheryl Strayed Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Hunger by Roxane Gay The Pisces by Melissa Broder Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay An Untamed State by Roxane Gay Candide by Voltaire The Stranger by Albert Camus Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck East of Eden by John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The Giver by Lois Lowry Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler EVERYTHING ELSE "#Bookstagram: How Readers Changed The Way We Use Instagram" (Mara White, Huffington Post) Star Wars (20th Century Fox) It Happened One Night (Columbia Pictures) Double Indemnity (Paramount Pictures) Sunset Boulevard (Paramount Pictures) Alfred Hitchcock Gone with the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Little Women (Columbia Pictures) "Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Star in Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Adaptation" (Mia Galuppo, Hollywood Reporter) Roxane Gay Goodreads The Girl on the Train (Universal Pictures) Riverhead Publishers Little, Brown & Company Publishers Riverhead Books Instagram Post on Social Justice Dear Sugars (The New York Times and WBUR) Ernest Hemmingway Roxane Gay Joan Didion Jacqueline Woodson Rebecca Solnit The Goldfinch (Warner Brothers Pictures) The Stacks Episode on Men We Reaped Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon Connect with Lauren: Instagram|Goodreads To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs...
Jul 11, 2018
Ep. 14 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg — The Stacks Book Club (Ross Asdourian)
00:44:55
This week, author Ross Asdourian is back to discuss our The Stacks Book Club book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. We talk about how habits work, the habits we want to change, and we look at two current political movements as habit formers in the community.  While we do discuss many examples from the book in this episode, we don't really spoil anything, as this is a non-fiction book without any plot twists or turns. So feel free to enjoy it, even if you've yet to read the book. Everything we talk about this week is in the show notes below. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore Year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely Malcolm Gladwell's Books The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp "What the Marshmallow Test Really Teaches About Self-Control" (Jacoba Urist, The Atlantic) "These are the Florida students behind the movement to end gun violence" (Jaweed Kaleem and Nina Agrawal, The Los Angeles Times) "The Permanence of Black Lives Matter" (Vann R. Newkirk III, The Atlantic) Broken Bananah by Ross Asdourian Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon Connect with Ross: Instagram|Broken Bananah Website|Broken Bananah Facebook To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Jul 04, 2018
Ep. 13 Writing Your Book with Ross Asdourian
00:34:13
We're excited to welcome Ross Asdourian to our show this week. Ross is the debut author of a hilarious memoir, Broken Bananah: Life, Love, and Sex...Without a Penis, the story of that one time he broke his penis. We don't just talk about Ross' unmentionables, we also talk about the process of writing your own book, self-publishing, and more. Of course Ross is also answering all of your favorite The Stacks questions. You can find a list of all the things we discuss this week right here. BOOKS Broken Bananah by Ross Asdourian The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Steal Like and Artist by Austin Kleon The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Operation Nemesis by Eric Bogosian The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell Blink by Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace Bossypants by Tiny Fey As You Were by Christian Davenport Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Born Standing Up by Steve Martin Lamb by Christopher Moore Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg EVERYTHING ELSE Ross & Traci's Parody Video (Ross Asdourian) Revisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell, Panoply) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Oprah's Book Club Reese's  Book Club x Hello Sunshine   Connect with The Stacks: Instagram|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram|iTunes|The Stacks Website|Patreon Connect with Ross: Instagram|Broken Bananah Website|Broken Bananah Facebook To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Jun 27, 2018
Ep. 12 How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer — The Stacks Book Club (Aaron Dolores)
00:50:11
This week Aaron Dolores, founder of Black Arrow FC is back and we're discussing How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. This book takes a look at the world's most popular sport, and how changes in the social and political landscapes are mirrored on the pitch. With The World Cup in full swing, we discuss racism in soccer, we hypothesize as to why Americans aren't that into the sport, and we encourage you to pick a team and start rooting. There are no spoilers this week. We are more focused on contextualizing the socio-political climate in soccer today, and how that relates to the book. Here is a list of all the things we discuss on this week's episode. "Jury: Dodgers partly responsible for Stow beating" (Kurtis Alexander, SF Gate) Footie Mob Goodie Mob "The Bear of Highbury" (Jon Spurling, Eight by Eight Magazine) "'We're Manchester United, we'll sing what we want!' Fans respond to being told not to chant Romelu Lukaku song" (Sports Staff at The Independent) "Men Arrested At Philadelphia Starbucks Speak Out; Police Commissioner Apologizes" (Amy Held, NPR) Sarah Fong, The Stacks Guest Episode 3 and Episode 4 Scarface (Universal Pictures) The Sopranos (HBO) Welcome to the Terrordome by David Zirin Other books by Dave Zirin The World Cup 2018 Schedule Broken Bananah by Ross Asdourian Connect with The Stacks: Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |iTunes| The Stacks Website|Traci's Instagram Connect with Aaron & Black Arrow FC: Black Arrow Website | Black Arrow Instagram | Black Arrow Facebook | Black Arrow Twitter |Aaron's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
Jun 20, 2018
Ep 11. Talking Books and Soccer with Aaron Dolores Founder of Black Arrow FC
00:53:00
This week we're joined by Aaron Dolores, founder of Black Arrow FC, a lifestyle brand that focuses on the intersection of soccer and Black culture. The World Cup starts tomorrow, so we're talking about Soccer and how it relates to the Black experience. We also discuss story telling in the Black community, when reading doesn't come so easily, and how challenges in your reading life can effect your relationship to books.   Check out everything we discuss right here in the show notes. BOOKS Roots by Alex Haley Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin The Language of the Game by Laurent Dubois The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous & Laurie L. Patton Joe Kadenge: The Life of a Football Legend by John Nene & Raila Odinga The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer EVERYTHING ELSE Croatia vs Brazil Goal Celebration, 2014 (Aaron Dolores) "Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Protest Culture, Dies at 62" (Ben Sisario, New York Times) Abaco Libros y Cafe (Cartagena, Colombia) Issa Rae "I'm rooting for everybody black" (Variety, 2017 Emmy Awards Red Carpet) Roots (ABC) Game of Thrones (HBO) Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)     Connect with The Stacks: Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram|iTunes| The Stacks Website|Patreon Connect with Aaron & Black Arrow FC: Black Arrow Website | Black Arrow Instagram | Black Arrow Facebook | Black Arrow Twitter |Aaron's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 10 New Boy by Tracy Chevalier — The Stacks Book Club (Vella Lovell)
00:54:57
This week, actress Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex- Girlfriend, The Big Sick) is back on The Stacks. This week we're talking about New Boy by Tracy Chevalier. New Boy is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which modern day authors retell Shakespeare's classic works. New Boy is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello, set in a 1970's elementary school in Washington D.C. We talk about this book in comparison to its source material, where Chevalier's book wins and where it misses. Just like Othello itself, this episode covers a lot of subjects, from racism and sexism, to what makes a good adaptation of Shakespeare? While we do discuss New Boy in detail, we don't really spoil the book if you're familiar with Othello. If you don't know Othello then there may be spoilers for you. Listen at your own risk. Here is what we discussed this week O (Lionsgate) Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi Hamlet by William Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare MacBeth by William Shakespeare A Midsummer's Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson Nutshell by Ian McEwand West Side Story (United Artists) Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition (Audible) Romeo + Juliet (20th Century Fox) A Chorus Line (Columbia Pictures) Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare Ten Things I Hate About You (Buena Vista Pictures) Richard III by William Shakespeare A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Black Arrow FC How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer Connect with The Stacks: Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram|iTunes| Website|Patreon Connect with Vella: Instagram | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Jun 06, 2018
Ep. 9 Talking Books with Vella Lovell
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Actress Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex- Girlfriend, The Big Sick) joins us this week to nerd out on books. Vella talks about reading as an actor, examining scripts for clues to her character's inner workings, and being a good scene partner. Vella also talks about trusting Oprah's Book Club recommendations and her love of self help books, especially as a spiritual guide for working actors. We also talk about why it doesn't matter how you read, it just matters that you pick up a book and get started. Check out all the books, plays, and movies Traci and Vella discuss right here in the show notes. BOOKS New Boy by Tracy Chevalier Alls Well The Ends Well by William Shakespeare Othello by William Shakespeare MacBeth by William Shakespeare As You Like It by William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Hamlet by William Shakespeare Richard III by William Shakespeare The Seagull by Anton Chekhov New People by Danzy Senna My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Hunger by Roxane Gay A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander An American Marriage by Tayari Jones The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres Into Thin Air by John Krakauer Into the Wild by John Krakauer Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer Missoula by John Krakauer Born to Run by Christopher McDougall Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The Soulmate Secret  by Arielle Ford The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitz Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Caucasia by Danzy Senna When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen Freedom by Jonathan Franzen The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez In The Woods by Tana French Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama EVERYTHING ELSE Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Soundtrack The Big Sick (Amazon Studios) Felicity (WB) A Chorus Line (Columbia Pictures) Save the Last Dance (Paramount Pictures) Rent (The Nederlander Organization) Jesse L. Martin Brandon Uranowitz Neighbors (The Public Theatre) Oprah's Book Club Eso Won Books (Los Angeles, CA) Book Soup (Los Angeles, CA) Chevalier's Books (Los Angeles, CA) Bart's Books of Ojai (Ojai, CA) Strand Bookstore (New York, NY) Powell's Books (Portland, OR) Jonathan Groff The Bacchae (The Public Theater) Anne with an E (Netflix) Brene Brown Elizabeth Gilbert Rami Malek Daniel Kaluuya Connect with The Stacks: Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram|iTunes| Website|Patreon Connect with Vella: Instagram | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page....
May 30, 2018
Ep. 8 Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth — The Stacks Book Club (Sam Pinkleton)
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Choreographer Sam Pinkleton is back in time for The Stacks Book Club to take on true crime, with Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth. Vulgar Favors examines the serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who murdered 5 men in 1997 culminating in the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. We discuss Cunanan and his victims, but mostly we focus on the tone of the book. We examine the term "gay crime" and why we find this and so much of the book to be problematic. While there are spoilers in this episode, this book covers a real life event, which means all of the information is out in the public. You can listen without ruining the book. Discussed this week: "The Killers Train" (Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair) Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson Got Away with Murder by Vincent Bugliosi The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Season 2 (FX) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival by Deborah Hall New Boy by Tracy Chevalier Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
May 23, 2018
Ep. 7 Talking Books with Sam Pinkleton
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This week on the show we are talking all things books with Tony nominated choreographer, Sam Pinkleton, best known for his work on the Broadway show, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Sam and Traci discuss using books as an entry point to new worlds, the mythology of the present, and a handful of their favorite true crime books. Sam and Traci cover a lot of ground this week, and you can find everything they discuss here in the show notes. BOOKS A Higher Loyalty by James Comey What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X and Alex Haley Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle The Hours by Michael Cunningham On The Road by Jack Kerouac Shrill by Lindy West How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Citizen by Claudia Rankine A Queer and Present Danger by Kate Bornstein My American Journey by Colin Powell Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward There are Things More Beautiful Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker Just Kids by Patti Smith Free For All by Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Blood Memory by Martha Graham Collected Poems by James Merrill Columbine by Dave Cullen Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson Underground by Haruki Murakami Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Going Clear by Lawrence Wright Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Outrage by Vincent Bugliosi War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Patti LuPone: A Memoir by Patti LuPone Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck A People's History of The United States by Howard Zinn The Giver by Lois Lowry Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell How I Learned to Snap by Kirk Read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel What is the What by Dave Eggers Zeitoun by Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward D.V. by Diana Vreeland The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi EVERYTHING ELSE Soft Power (Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson) Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (The Shubert Organization) 2017 Tony Nominations "Whats the Right Age to Read a Book?" (Jennifer Finney Boylan, The New York Times) Dave (Warner Brothers) "Audible Creates $5 Million Fund for Emerging Playwrights" (Joshua Barone, The New York Times) Harry Clarke (Audible) "Audible Brings 'Girls & Boys' With Carey Mulligan to New York" (Peter Libbey, The New York Times) The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) O.J.: Made In America (ESPN) Fun Home (Circle in the Square) Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Sam: Instagram | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For...
May 16, 2018
Ep. 6 Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin — The Stacks Book Club (Chris Maddox)
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On this week of The Stacks, we discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin with our guest, TV writer Chris Maddox. Giovanni's Room is a classic American novel written in 1956, and the topics of masculinity, isolation, and love deferred are as relevant now as they were then. Our conversation traverses these themes from the book and more, like what we think of the title and who we think should star in the film version.   There are spoilers in this episode, so if you've yet to read the book proceed with caution. Here are other things that we talked about this week on The Stacks. "The Unsparing Confessions of 'Giovanni's Room'" (Colm Tóibín, The New Yorker) The Night Of (HBO) Timothee Chalamet Chris, Liam, & Luke Hemsworth Girls (HBO) Lena Dunham Allison Williams Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Chris: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
May 09, 2018
Ep. 5 Talking Books with Chris Maddox
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This week I am joined by TV writer and actor, Chris Maddox. Reading is a huge part of Chris' professional life, and creative habit. Chris shares the kind of stories that excite him when he's looking to write new TV shows and books that have helped shape him as a writer. We get to know Chris this week, before The Stacks Book Club conversation about James Baldwin's classic, Giovanni's Room. Here is all the stuff we discussed this week. BOOKS Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Mystery in Harare by M.J. Simms-Maddox Ship of Theseus by J.J. Abrams The Early Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Angels and Demons by Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Kindred by Octavia E. Butler The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama Bluesman by Andre Dubus III House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III Townie by Andre Dubus III August Wilson Century Play Cycle The Bible Night by Elie Wiesel Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Predictably Irrational by Dr. Dan Ariely EVERYTHING ELSE Lost (ABC) Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) Scandal (ABC, S7. E12) Kerry Washington Gigli (Colombia Pictures) Glitter (20th Century Fox) J.J. Abrams Breaking Bad (AMC) Vince Gilligan Andre Dubus III Elizabeth Strout Roots (ABC) Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Chris: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod.. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
May 02, 2018
Ep. 4 Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward — The Stacks Book Club (Sarah Fong)
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On this week of The Stacks, PhD candidate Sarah Fong is back, and we're talking about Jesmyn Ward's memoir, Men We Reaped.    Our conversation dives into the deaths of five Black men in Ward's life, and what these deaths say about the greater experience of Black people in America. We discuss substance abuse, mental health, grief, systemic racism and a lot more.   There are spoilers in this episode, so if you've yet to read the book proceed with caution.   Here are links to the things we mentioned this week: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" (Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda) "Black-ish" (ABC, S4. E16) Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward Lee Daniels Epigraph Upcoming The Stacks Book Club Picks for May   Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Sarah: Instagram Thank you to this week's sponsor Audible. To get your FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Apr 25, 2018
Ep. 3 Talking Books with Sarah Fong
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On this week of The Stacks we are joined by Sarah Fong, a PhD Candidate in American Studies. Sarah is currently writing her dissertation on U.S. practices of social welfare, particularly as they relate to histories of slavery and colonization. This week we talk about the writing process, reading for work vs. reading for pleasure, and the power of books to teach us new things, and allow us to make changes in the world. Get to know Sarah this week, before next week's The Stacks Book Club conversation on Jesmyn Ward's  Men We Reaped. Here is a list of all the books mentioned on this week's podcast: Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe Moby Dick by Herman Melville A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James The Color of the Land by David A. Chang We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi Storyteller by Leslie Marmon Silko An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown by Julia Scheeres The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Little House on the Prairie Book Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Seed Folks by Paul Fleischman Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis All Our Relations by Winona LaDuke Zeitoun by Dave Eggers From Unincorporated Territory by Craig Santos Perez Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward   Here are some other things we talked about this week: 2015 Man Booker Prize Goodreads Gone with the Wind (MGM and Selznick International Pictures) Ava DuVernay 2011 National Book Award Winners 2017 National Book Award Winners Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Sarah: Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
Apr 18, 2018
Ep. 2 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid — The Stacks Book Club (Dallas Lopez)
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On this week of The Stacks, high school English teacher Dallas Lopez is back, and we're talking about Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This is our very first The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) episode. Join us as we discuss the fears of leaving your home behind, the power of the human spirit to  carry on, who we think should be in the movie, and a lot more.   There are spoilers in this episode, so if you've yet to read the book, listen at your own risk.   Here are links to other things we mentioned this week: "Here are Barack Obama's Favorite Books and Music of 2017"  (Jamie Ducharme, Time) "Manchester by the Sea" (Amazon Studios) Riz Ahmed Vella Lovell       Connect with The Stacks: Blog | Instagram | Facebook | iTunes|Goodreads|Traci's Instagram Connect with Dallas: Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here.   
Apr 11, 2018
Ep. 1 Talking Books with Dallas Lopez
00:25:58
On this week of The Stacks we talk with High School English Teacher, Dallas Lopez. He tells us about how he used to hate reading, and how self-help books helped him to find his way into reading. We discuss books that Dallas loves, and books he doesn't, and books that at one point or another fit in both categories. This week you'll get to know Dallas before next week's The Stacks Book Club conversation about Exit West by Moshin Hamid. Here is a list of all the things Traci and Dallas talked about this week. BOOKS Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdirch Bless Me, Ultimia by Rudolfo Anaya My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok Wild at Heart by John Eldredge Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The TimeTraveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel GarcíaMárquez Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano EVERYTHING ELSE By The Book (New York Times) "The Book Chavez Gave Obama" (Macy Halford, The New Yorker) "Here are Barack Obama's Favorite Books and Music of 2017"  (Jamie Ducharme, Time) Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Website| Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Traci's Instagram Connect with Dallas: Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this website. This does not effect my opinions on books and products. For more information click here. 
Apr 04, 2018
The Stacks Podcast — Coming April 4th
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Welcome to The Stacks a brand new podcast all about books, hosted by Traci Thomas. The Stacks will be your one stop shop for talking about books. Traci will be talking with a guest for two consecutive weeks. Week one will be a bookish conversation about the guest and their reading habits, books they love, books they hate, books they're embarrassed they still haven't read yet. Then in Week two Traci and her guest will discuss The Stacks Book Club pick. They'll dive deep into the book, discussing not only the book itself, but also the greater context the book fits into in our society. Make sure you read the book before you listen, there will be spoilers. Join us every week here at The Stacks for the kind of conversations about books you love to have. Connect with The Stacks: iTunes| Instagram | Facebook |Twitter|Goodreads| Traci's Instagram Happy Reading, and we'll see you in The Stacks.  
Mar 21, 2018