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Ep. 37 Representation, Basketball, and Books with Behzad Dabu
1:05:08
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 anything you’re able to give to support the production of this show.
Dec 12, 2018
Ep. 36 The Stacks Book Club — If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
56:17
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
38:47
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
1:01:28
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 products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you.
Nov 28, 2018
Ep. 34 The Stacks Book Club — The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
53:21
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
52:45
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 The Stacks Book Club — To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann
54:07
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
52:54
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 The Stacks Book Club — How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
50:44
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
1:03:14
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 The Stacks Book Club – Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
52:21
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. SponsorsAudible- 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 books and products. For more information click here.
Oct 03, 2018
Ep. 26 The Stacks Book Club – Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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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 The Stacks Book Club – Motherhood by Sheila Heti
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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 Stacks Book Club – The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
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 The Stacks Book Club – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
1:09:53
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 Writing, Podcasting, and Books with Jay Connor of The Extraordinary Negroes
1:05:12
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 The Stacks Book Club – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
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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
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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 The Stacks Book Club – Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
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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 in which we receive a small commission when products are purchased through some links on this we...
Jul 11, 2018
Ep. 14 The Stacks Book Club – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
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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
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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 The Stacks Book Club – How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
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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
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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 The Stacks Book Club – New Boy by Tracy Chevalier and William Shakespeare’s Othello
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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. We are beyond grateful for anything you’re able to give to support the production of this sho...
May 30, 2018
Ep. 8 The Stacks Book Club – Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth
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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 more information click here.
May 16, 2018
Ep. 6 The Stacks Book Club – Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
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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 The Stacks Book Club – Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
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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 The Stacks Book Club – Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
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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
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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