Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

By Zibby Owens

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Writer Zibby Owens, www.zibbyowens.com, mother of four, interviews and chats with authors about their work.

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Mary Beth Keane, ASK AGAIN, YES
24:19

Mary Beth Keane's most recent novel, Ask Again, Yes, is a New York Times best-seller and The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick. She has authored two other books, was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35," and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. Mary Beth and I talked about the moving moving themes in her novel: forgiveness and sacrifice, depression and masking fear, and how we protect ourselves and the people we love. Centered around two neighboring families in a New York City suburb in the 1970s, I've heard her describe Ask Again, Yes as Romeo and Juliet, if the families had to hang out forever. It's a must-read!

May 28, 2020
Kristy Woodson Harvey, FEELS LIKE FALLING
19:23

I met Kristy Woodson Harvey last summer at Author's Night for the East Hampton Library, but I interviewed her virtually to talk about her latest book, Feels Like Falling. She has a seriously impressive bio (phi beta kappa!!) which includes authoring many books, some of which have also been optioned for film. Feels Like Falling, about a seemingly unlikely friendship, is funny, relevant, and a book people can really escape into. Kristy and I talked about book tours, her writing schedule, and her advice to aspiring authors. As she says, the creative part of writing is what lights us up and keeps us coming back to it, but treat it as a business because that part of it is what allows us to be able to do this as a career.

 

May 27, 2020
Nina Renata Aron, GOOD MORNING, DESTROYER OF MEN'S SOULS
20:12
Nina Renata Aron recently published a beautiful, gritty, and un-put-down-able memoir called Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls. Nina is a features editor at Full Stop, an online literary magazine and her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Rumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere. Nina calls her book a literary memoir about codependency - and while it is really an intense look at love and addiction, she encapsulated the universal appeal of her book during our conversation, which is broadly about the expectations that women place on themselves and that have been placed upon them culturally and how much of themselves to give in love - in motherhood, in family, in romance.
May 26, 2020
Judith Viorst, NEARING NINETY
40:33
I had the privilege of interviewing the legendary author Judith Viorst as part of the Women on the Move three-part series from the Streicker Center at Temple Emanu-El. Judith is basically who I want to be when I grow up. She has been a prolific writer for decades and just doesn't stop and is amazing. She wrote Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in 1972, which has sold over two million copies and of course has become a movie from Disney. Recently, she has also written many books for adults about each decade, books from your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, up until now. She wrote Nearing Ninety, which is a fantastic book of poems, thoughts, and reflections. I loved our conversation and Judith's insights about paying attention to the world you're in - no matter what age you are!
May 25, 2020
Phyllis Grant, EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL
24:30

Phyllis Grant is an IACP finalist for Personal Essays/Memoir Writing and a three-time Saveur Food Blog Award finalist for her blog, Dash and Bella. Her latest book is Everything Is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes. She has cooked in world-renowned restaurants, including Nobu, Michael's, and Bouley. Her essays and recipes have been published in a dozen anthologies and cookbooks, including Best Food Writing in both 2015 and 2016, and her work has been widely featured in everything from The New York Times to Food25. Her memoir is beautifully written and uniquely structured, tracing her appetites, desires, passions, challenges. I loved our conversation - especially Phyllis's hope that this book gives people confidence to play in the kitchen. She says the best learning comes from stepping back from recipes and getting creative with what you have in your kitchen! How perfect is that insight right now? (I’ve made her cottage cheese pancake recipe three times now in quarantine - with yogurt instead - and it’s AMAZING.)

May 24, 2020
Meena Harris, KAMALA AND MAYA'S BIG IDEA
25:22

I had a blast interviewing Meena Harris. Meena is the author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea which is based on her aunt and mom, Senator Kamala Harris and Maya Harris, who campaigned to change the playground outside their building when they were kids. She's also the founder and CEO of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which supports women everywhere and the critical work that's being done for women's rights. My kids and I loved her children's book - and the online activity book component is an amazing way to engage with your family! Meena and I chatted about creating children's literature that highlights girls in the world going after their big ideas, how to ingrain in people that activism starts small, and the importance of self-affirmation and the universal message that women are phenomenal. Check out the merch on the phenomenalwoman.com site. My daughter is obsessed with the Phenomenal Girl green, cozy sweatshirt!

May 23, 2020
Susan Choi, TRUST EXERCISE
33:02

I did an Instagram Live with Susan Choi, which was so much fun. Susan's first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, came out in April 2019 and is the one we talked about the most. It won the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Susan and I also talked about quarantine hair secrets, our agreement that the world students live in today is more complicated than the one we grew up in, and that different secrets to writing a book sometimes feel just like learning to parent different children.

May 22, 2020
Emily Henry, BEACH READ
29:01

I interviewed Emily Henry, author of Beach Read, which has been on every most-anticipated summer read list there is! Emily writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. Her novel follows a romance writer who has stopped believing in love after uncovering some secrets that derail what she knew about her family. Emily and I talked about writing as a way of coping with things we fear, grabbing hold of happiness, and her wonderful insights into the literary world’s genre stereotypes. Enjoy listening to our conversation!

May 21, 2020
David Baldacci, WALK THE WIRE
27:18

I had the best time interviewing David Baldacci at seven thirty in the morning on the publication day for his latest novel, Walk the Wire. David is a best-selling author. His first novel was Absolute Power in 1996. The feature film adaptation that followed with Clint Eastwood as its director and star was just one of the many film adaptations of his forty novels that he's written for adults. All have been national and international best sellers. David and I talked about how pub dates are exciting even after experiencing so many of them, his advice to aspiring writers that they need to find subject matter that they have a lot if interest in instead of writing about something they think will be popular, and the wonderful foundation he and his wife started, Wish You Well, which aims to eradicate adult illiteracy in the US.

May 20, 2020
Laura Hankin, HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
25:58
Laura Hankin is the debut author Happy & You Know It, a darkly humorous novel set on New York's Upper East Side about a struggling musician who takes a gig as a playgroup entertainer and the clique of moms she comes to know. No one is as perfect as they seem. Laura is also an artist and performer herself. The viral videos that she creates and stars in with her comedy duo, Feminarchy, have been featured in NowThis, The New York Times, and Funny or Die. I don’t know why, but we recorded this episode so long ago (I think in December!!) and joked about what could possibly happen between then and now. Who ever would have imagined?!!? We had a fun conversation about the Upper East Side setting, female friendships, how we judge and label people before we know them, and the in-depth backstories that made her characters so detailed.
May 19, 2020
Valerie & Lynne Constantine, THE WIFE STALKER
31:25

Lynne and Valerie Constantine are the terrific duo behind the pen name Liv Constantine. Their debut thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, a People magazine Book of the Week, a Target Book Club selection, and is in development for television. Their second book, The Last Time I Saw You, was published by HarperCollins and is also in development for film. Now they’ve just released The Wife Stalker - which you might devour in one sitting - a woman whose husband leaves her for another woman who is hiding chillingly disturbing secrets. I talked to the duo about female protagonists, how to weigh the past against the future, and how they came to craft perfectly unexpected plot twists!

May 18, 2020
Maya Shanbhag Lang, WHAT WE CARRY
29:52

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the author of What We Carry: A Memoir and The Sixteenth of June, a novel. Lang’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and In Style, among others. I got to do an Instagram Live event with Maya for this interview. I was dazzled while reading What We Carry because Maya's self-discovery and unpacking of the family and personal histories we think we know are palpable and profound. Maya and I talked about giving yourself permission to talk about things freely and processing experiences through writing and also, weightlifting, which she says became an exercise not in picking up heavy weights, but in finally setting them down and giving herself permission to do that. I love that.

May 17, 2020
Brian Platzer, THE BODY POLITIC
29:58

Brian Platzer is the author of The Body Politic and Bed-Stuy Is Burning. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The New York TimesThe New Republic, and Salon, among other publications. The Body Politic is an incredibly savvy novel about a group of four friends who first meet after September 11th, but the narrative begins right after the 2016 election. Secrets, confrontation, and forgiveness are central - as is a deep first-person account of having a neurological disorder from one of the central characters. It really sets the novel apart, and listening to Brian talk about how it was based on his own neurological disorder infuses it with even more meaning. We had a really enlightening talk about vocabulary and self-advocacy around chronic illness, the delicate nature of entering into somebody else's "dark space" to help, and tipping points that prompt us to open up and take action.

May 16, 2020
Mary Katherine Backstrom, MOM BABBLE
25:36

I could not stop laughing during my interview with Mary Katherine Backstrom. It was late on a Friday afternoon/evening during the quarantine. We were both a little bit giddy. I kept getting interrupted by my kids. It was very informal. I almost decided to cut all of it. Then I said, you know what? This is what life was like that day, and it's fitting because she is the founder, viral blogger, essayist, and personality behind Mom Babble, a growing community of about half a million followers. MK, as she goes by, has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was awarded the Today Show Iris Award. We talked about the challenges of postpartum depression, adventure-loving children, chasing dreams, and her latest book called Mom Babble, which will absolutely remind all the parents out there that they are not alone!

May 15, 2020
Lionel Shriver, THE MOTION OF THE BODY THROUGH SPACE
30:28
I had so much fun interviewing Lionel Shriver about her latest book, The Motion of the Body Through Space. Lionel's previous novels include the international best-seller We Need to Talk About Kevin, among other terrific books like Double Fault. Her journalism has appeared in The GuardianThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Lionel is witty and insightful and has her finger on the pulse of contemporary culture, as evidenced in the narrative and characters in The Motion of the Body Through Space. Our conversation was sprinkled with laughter as we talked about her novel, which highlights what she calls today's "cult of exercise" and how exercise has become somewhat of a spiritual pursuit plus a socially competitive activity. We also explored the experience of aging especially as an athlete. I loved her advice to aspiring authors: "write whatever you damn well please!"
May 14, 2020
Anna Solomon, THE BOOK OF V.
30:20

I had the privilege of interviewing author Anna Solomon on the Good Morning America Book Club Instagram Live account. Her book, The Book of V., was the GMA Book Club pick for the month of May! The most recent of Anna’s three novels is The Book of V., an intricate tale interweaving three stories of three women spread out across three different centuries. I was completely floored when I reached the end of the book! Anna and I talked about the exploration and subversion of power and gender dynamics in her characters, the impact of female friendships, and the fundamental relationship between grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, plus her really interesting and visual writing process.

 

 

May 13, 2020
Elizabeth Wetmore, VALENTINE
32:59

Elizabeth Wetmore is the debut author — at age 52 — of Valentine, which is a #ReadWithJenna Today Show pick. Elizabeth also came to my virtual book club, which was so much fun! She and her thrilling, emotional debut novel that explores a brutal crime in a small Texas town, are on a huge meteoric rise! I loved our conversation about how she blended her experiences with compelling characters to create an astonishing work of fiction, the complexities in mother-daughter relationships, and her advice to writers: you are not alone, and you are not on anyone else's timetable. 

 
 

 

May 12, 2020
Ruthie Lindsey, THERE I AM
34:02

I had the best time talking to Ruthie Lindsey, the author of There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing - A Memoir. A speaker, author, podcast host, and social media figure, Ruthie travels the globe sharing her story empowering others to find purpose in their pain and to "look for beauty in the midst of their sacred wounds." Ruthie and I talked about the trauma she faced while in "Earth school," survival and resilience, breakdowns and breakthroughs, healing and hope. Her memoir is astounding to read, but listening to Ruthie's story in her own words is really something else - she brings a spiritual contribution to the world that is remarkable. 

May 11, 2020
Lena Dunham, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
26:31

I recently did an Instagram Live with the absolutely amazing Lena Dunham! She probably needs no introduction, but Lena was the creator, writer, and star of the HBO television series Girls from 2012 to 2017 for which she received several Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards. She also directed several episodes of Girls and became the first woman to win the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing of a Comedy Series. Prior to Girls, Lena also wrote, directed, and starred in the semi-autobiographical independent film called Tiny Furniture for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Most recently, Lena has written a book throughout the coronavirus pandemic called Verified Strangers. It's a serialized book in which she released a chapter or two a day and even let readers who read it on Vogue.com choose what would happen to the main characters, which is really awesome. Lena also wrote the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Not That Kind of Girl. It was a huge thrill to interview Lena (and to be fair, she also turned the tables on me a bit!) and talk about books, how writing and reading provide a sense of connection, and help make us all feel understood. Plus we both thought the other’s neighborhood growing up was way cooler. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

May 10, 2020
Alicia Keys, MORE MYSELF
30:46
I was over the moon (!!!) to interview Alicia Keys recently. Just in case you don't already know, Alicia Keys is a modern-day renaissance woman. A 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia is a songwriter, musician, producer, accomplished actress, New York Times best-selling author, film/television/Broadway producer, entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. Alicia recently released her bestselling book, More Myself: A Journey. Alicia and I talked about the chaos and beauty of creativity, the differences between her experience songwriting and writing a book, the path of discovering who we are under the layers we build up, and leaning into your intuition. We also bonded over how our 5-year-old sons seem to be running our lives during this pandemic! Alicia's positive presence and authenticity is contagious; you can just feel it while listening to our conversation. 
May 09, 2020
Lindsay Powers, YOU CAN'T F*CK UP YOUR KIDS
27:35

Lindsay Powers is the author of You Can't F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting and the creator of the perfectly named #NoShameParenting movement which has reached more than 170 million people across social media. A long-time journalist, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, the New York Post, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, and more. She was founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Parenting and most recently, she was the Vice President for Lifestyle and Entertainment at SiriusXM and the founder of a digital content consulting company. Lindsay and I talked over Skype about trusting your instincts as a parent, that one extra minute of screen time isn't going to preclude your kids from getting into college, and the importance of creating a judgement-free parenting culture. This book is terrific at any time, but it feels even more significant as parents are spending even more time with their kids right now!

May 08, 2020
Brad Meltzer, I AM... LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY
33:02
Today’s guest, Brad Meltzer, is unbelievably accomplished. He is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of 12 thrillers, he has written several nonfiction books, and now his latest adult book is available: The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed, co-written with Josh Mensch. Brad has also written gift and advice books, as well as the massively successful Ordinary People Change the World series of children's books, comic books, and two History Channel TV shows. The Hollywood Reporter, understandably, put Brad on their list of Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors. Brad and I talked about remembering that every accomplished person - from presidents to pop stars - were once kids, the important role failure plays in success, and how to look for and thank the heroes in our everyday lives. 

 

May 07, 2020
Kimberly McCreight, A GOOD MARRIAGE
27:24

I loved talking to Kimberly McCreight about her latest book, A Good Marriage. Kimberly has such an her impressive body of work including The New York Times best-selling book Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards and was called Entertainment Weekly’s favorite book of the year and optioned for film by HBO and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films. Her second adult novel, Where They Found Her, was a USA Today best seller and a Kirkus Best Mystery of the Year. She's also the author of The New York Times best-selling young adult trilogy The Outliers, which was optioned for film by Lionsgate and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard. Her latest book, A Good Marriage, is a legal and domestic suspense novel that had me gasping out loud while I was reading it. The characters and their exploration of marriage, secrets, and compromises is riveting. Kimberly and I spoke about "sleepaway camp parties," plot twists, and what happiness or "a good marriage" can really mean. 

May 06, 2020
Alli Frank & Asha Youmans, TINY IMPERFECTIONS
30:27

Alli Frank and Asha Youmans are the debut co-authors of Tiny Imperfections, a novel. Alli has worked in education for 20-plus years in San Francisco and Seattle in both public and private schools as a teacher, college counselor, coach, and assistant head. Asha has taught in public and private elementary schools for almost 20 years. Their book, an intergenerational, mother-daughter story, is hilarious and pitch perfect. Set against a backdrop of a prestigious San Francisco private school, the story addresses race, single parenting, and dating at 40. The three of us talked about the school admissions process, family relationships, Alli and Asha's terrific dynamic, and how their experience as educators for over 20 years shines through in this heart-filled and humorous love letter to schools and school communities.

May 05, 2020
Betsey Johnson, BETSEY: A MEMOIR
20:59

I recently interviewed Betsey Johnson, the supremely colorful, world-renowned fashion designer and author of Betsey: A Memoir. A designer at the forefront of fashion for the past forty years, Betsey's new memoir illustrates more than just her iconic brand, exploring the fierce fashion industry, motherhood, love, cancer, and more. Betsey and I talked about hard work, talent, and luck as a trifecta that has contributed to her path, being a Leo, and asking for what you want and need.

May 04, 2020
Margarita Montimore, OONA OUT OF ORDER
27:56

Margarita Montimore is the author of Oona Out of Order, a Good Morning America Book Club pick and a USA Today best seller. Her previous book is Asleep from Day. I absolutely loved reading Oona Out of Order - it's so original, surprising, and captivating. Margarita and I talked about what it means to be or feel your age, the discovery process in revising your work, and her advice to aspiring writers: tremendous tenacity.

 

 

May 03, 2020
Jeff Gordinier, HUNGRY
28:53

Jeff Gordinier is the author of Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World. Jeff is the Food and Drinks editor at Esquire and a frequent contributor to The New York Times where he was previously a reporter. Written in a time when we could go out to restaurants and enjoy the beauty of that type of hospitality, this interview made me long for culinary experiences other than chicken fingers with my children. You really have to hear from Jeff himself in this episode about how he ended up on an "eat, pray, love, eat more" journey with René Redzepi, renowned Danish chef who has been a significant change agent in the world of food. Jeff @thegordinier and I talked about his career and infatuation with the experience of restaurants, that sitting down at a restaurant or bar to enjoy a meal or cocktail is to delight in self-care, and how this book is really about reinvention and personal change.

 

May 02, 2020
Kari Lizer, AREN'T YOU FORGETTING SOMEONE?
24:52
Kari Lizer is the author of Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge. She is the creator of the award-winning show The New Adventures of Old Christine, which was based on her life as a single working mom, and an Emmy-nominated co-executive producer of Will & Grace. We talked all about what Kari calls the "no-man's-land time of life," shaping identity through motherhood, empty-nesting, and career, and the creative diversity between writing for television and writing a book. Her collection of essays makes everyday occurrences laugh-out-loud-able and totally relatable!

 

May 01, 2020
Amy Klein, THE TRYING GAME
15:07
Amy Klein is the author of The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant without Losing Your Mind. Amy wrote The Fertility Diary column for The New York Times Motherlode blog for three years and writes frequently about health and fertility for publications like Newsweek, Slate, and The Washington Post. Amy and I talked about her fertility journey, what the much-discussed "baby boom" may look like for people seeking fertility treatment, and the transitions The Trying Game went through before ultimately becoming this compassionate guide about fertility.
 

 

Apr 30, 2020
R. Eric Thomas, HERE FOR IT
19:10
R. Eric Thomas is the author of a collection of essays called Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America. A senior staff writer at elle.com where he has written the pop culture and politics humor column Eric Reads the News since 2016, Eric has also been published by The New York Times and is a long-running host of The Moth StorySLAMs. I loved talking to Eric about going viral, figuring out where the humor is in the hard moments, finding the narrative arc in each story, and that the reason we keep trying is to see what the next chapter brings us. Reading his fantastic, humorous essays feels like you're listening to him talk because he has such a clear voice as a writer - listen on to hear our conversation!
 

 

Apr 29, 2020
Emily Gould, PERFECT TUNES
30:39
Emily Gould is the author of Perfect Tunes: A Novel. She also wrote the books And the Heart Says Whatever and Friendship. She has contributed to many anthologies, Bookforum, and The Cut. She also ran Emily Books, an imprint of Coffee House Press which publishes books by women! Perfect Tunes is a fusion of love, music, loss, and motherhood. Emily and I talked about the dreams of her protagonists and herself, what it's really like to put aside a full draft and start over, whether or not we should worry about what’s in our obituaries, and the pull of collective anguish that really makes people come together.
Apr 28, 2020
Susan Isaacs, TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
31:47

My interview with Susan Isaacs was a special recording that happened earlier in the year at an event at Temple Emanu-El in New York City for their women's group. We did this in front of a live audience, which was a lot of fun. Susan is the best-selling author of 14 novels including her latest, It Takes One to Know One. Her literary accomplishments are beyond impressive! Her novels have been turned into movies with huge stars, she has reviewed books for the largest newspapers in the country, been a political speechwriter, senior magazine editor, recipient of a number of awards, and is the chairperson of Poets & Writers. I loved talking to Susan about combining research and empathy to create captivating narratives, getting to "live" a life other than your own through creating characters on the page, and the irreplaceable pleasure of picking up a book.

Apr 27, 2020
Mallory Kasdan, ELLA
34:06

Mallory Kasdan is the author of Ella, a hilarious, smart children's book that made Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Must List and was featured in Time, Vogue, The LA Times, and The New York Post. Mallory is also a podcast producer and host of “MILK” as well as a professional voice-over actor for TV and radio. My daughter is obsessed with Ella, which is a perfectly executed modern take on Eloise at the Plaza. I loved talking with Mallory about the inspiration behind the story, the relationship between author and illustrator, her super cool career, and parenting podcasts galore!

Apr 26, 2020
Lisa Damour, UNDER PRESSURE
31:41

Lisa Damour, Ph.D, is the New York Times best-selling author of Untangled and her latest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She is a graduate of Yale University where she worked at the Yale Child Study Center (which I also did when I was at Yale!). She is an expert on child development and education which she applies as a research center director, private psychotherapist, consultant, speaker, and advisor. Wow. This episode is full of really meaningful tips for parents. I talked to Lisa about her research, understanding the healthy sides of anxiety, how we can manage our own stress to help teenagers find a middle ground between the extremes, loving your career, and ... face masks! Listen for her many insights.

Apr 25, 2020
Amy Fish, I WANTED FRIES WITH THAT
23:12

I interviewed Amy Fish (over Skype - the new normal!), the author of the fabulously titled I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need. She is the ombudsperson, also known as the Chief Complaints Officer at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and regularly teaches, speaks, and writes about how to complain effectively. Her book is both funny and absolutely helpful. It’s about how to ask for what you want and get what you need. Amy and I talked about why we're fearful to "make waves," the art of speaking up for yourself, and how to make a phone-free dinner table happen!

Apr 24, 2020
Rachel Bertsche, THE KIDS ARE IN BED
25:51

Rachel Bertsche is the best-selling author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend, and Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time. I'm obsessed with her latest book called The Kids Are in Bed: Finding Time for Yourself in the Chaos of Parenting. It’s so on brand for me and my podcast because it's all about finding ways to create and use our #momtime. Rachel and I talked about her research into the areas of our lives that fall to the wayside when we have kids, letting go of the guilt we have as parents to get everything done, and tips for what she calls creating "pockets of indulgence.” Sometimes all you need is 20 minutes to see a friend (in the non-COVID days) or read a book. I just love this approach and I'm really trying to follow this wisdom!

Apr 23, 2020
Janelle Brown, PRETTY THINGS
27:30

Janelle Brown is the New York Times best-selling author of Watch Me Disappear, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, and This is Where We Live. Her latest book, Pretty Things, comes out this week! Her suspense-novel about two women, one a con-artist and one an “Insta-famous" heiress, takes deceit and scheming in the age of influencers to an unexplored level. Janelle and I talked about the downside of social media, real-life stalkers, transitions and friendships, and how to write something unexpected.

Apr 22, 2020
Nicole Kear, FOREVERLAND
28:55

Nicole Kear is the author of the middle grade novel Foreverland, the memoir Now I See You which was on many magazines' best-of lists, the chapter series The Fix-It Friends, and The Startup Squad. Her essays have appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Salon, HuffPost, and more. I read Foreverland to my two little guys, ages five and six, and they joined us for the interview! A modern retelling of Peter Pan, Nicole and I talked about coming of age, the fantasy of running away from home (don't we all just want to hit pause some days!?), and coping with challenges - for kids and adults, alike.

Apr 21, 2020
Rebecca Serle, IN FIVE YEARS
27:20

Rebecca Serle is the author of six books, and is a television writer. Her latest novel, In Five Years, is the Good Morning America Book Club pick for March of 2020 and a bestseller on The New York Times list. I interviewed Rebecca on her pub day (this was before the whole coronavirus came out) and there was so much excitement in the air! Her book tour has been cut short, but I have very fond memories of being able to celebrate her publication day with her publicist Arielle Friedman and my husband Kyle. We talked about plans getting replaced by the unpredictability of life, fate versus free will, and even psychic readings. Try to take some of that joy away when you listen to this episode, even though now we're in a very different time.

Apr 20, 2020
Darcy Miller, CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!
29:54

Darcy Miller is the founder of Darcy Miller Designs and the author and illustrator of Celebrate Everything!: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life and also Our Wedding Scrapbook. A "celebrations expert” (how can you not love that?), she has been an editor at Martha Stewart for 25 years including as editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings for 23 years, where she is now editor-at-large. The idea behind Celebrate Everything! is that you just have to celebrate life and the people you love because you never know what's going to happen next. (This current pandemic is case in point!!) The book is visually inspiring and the message — taking the time to appreciate the people you love and toasting to everything from birthdays and anniversaries to losing a tooth or getting a new job — is a positive reminder we need right now!

Apr 19, 2020
Adrienne Miller, IN THE LAND OF MEN
27:24
Adrienne Miller is the author of the novel The Coast of Akron and In the Land of Men: A Memoir. She was the literary and fiction editor of Esquire from 1997 to 2006. In the Land of Men is her coming-of-age story in the male-dominated literary world of the 1990s, during which she became the first female literary editor of Esquire at the age of 25. It's about power dynamics, the workplace, and as she aptly says, "how to build a self." We talked about looking back at our twenties, her relationship with and the loss of writer David Foster Wallace, and being the ultimate decision maker about your own life.
Apr 18, 2020
Serena Burdick, THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES
23:19

Before social distancing, I sat down with Serena Burdick, who is the author of the historical novel The Girls with No Names. She's also the author of Girl in the Afternoon, and is the 2017 International Book Award winner for historical fiction. I was enthralled by her book and totally think it should be a play. Serena and I talked about this story of two sisters, her relationship with her older sister, how societal norms change, Serena's love of storytelling and characters (and how that led her to pursue acting in her twenties!), and separating her research process from her writing process and her advice to aspiring authors: even if you feel discouraged, finish the work so you have something complete you can work with!

 

 

Apr 17, 2020
Fanny Singer, ALWAYS HOME
31:25
Fanny Singer is the author of Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories with a forward by Alice Waters, her mother. In 2015, the mother-daughter duo published My Pantry, which Fanny also illustrated. Her new book, Always Home, is an immersive and sensory experience: a fusion of recipes, stories about food, and her special and inseparable bond with her mother. We talked about mother-daughter relationships, how food is a meaningful way to show and share love, and how you can use the dinner table as a way to feel part of a team or bigger collective - all of which feels really perfect for the moment we're in right now. I was so honored that Fanny joined my virtual book club this week. She absolutely delighted the group!
Apr 16, 2020
Marisa Meltzer, THIS IS BIG
32:48

Marisa Meltzer is the author of This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World (and Me). She co-authored How Sassy Changed My Life and also Girl Power, and is a contributor to New York Magazine and The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Elle, and Teen Vogue. The inspiration for her newest book, This Is Big, was sparked when she read The New York Times obituary of Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers. Part biography and part memoir, Marisa combines two compelling stories: her own journey with weight and body image, and her immersion into the world of Weight Watchers to research Jean's fascinating life and entrepreneurial impact. Marisa and I talked about our personal relationships to dieting, eating habits as a product of our society, and the complicated influence food has on girls and young women in particular. I think this conversation and her book will resonate strongly with a lot of people because it explores how nuanced transformation - physical and emotional - really is.

Apr 15, 2020
Joanna Hershon, ST. IVO
25:57

Joanna Hershon is the author of the novels, SwimmingThe Outside of AugustThe German Bride, A Dual Inheritance and, as of the pub day today (!!), St. Ivo. St. Ivo is a psychological/emotional story that centers on a married couple with something out of control in their lives (don’t want to spoil the plot!!) and how they cope during a reunion with two old friends during a weekend in the country. This book deals with how individuals cope with uncertainty and is a timely read for this moment in time! Joanna and I discussed how being what she calls a “recovering actress” influences her writing and her interest in how humans move through the stages of trauma and loss. Joanna shared how writing can feel like time spent with a companion and the idea that writers are often exploring their unconscious anxieties through their work. Make sure you listen in to hear about the encounter on the subway that inspired this book! Joanna's writing has appeared in GrantaThe New York Times, One StoryVirginia Quarterly Review, and two literary anthologies, Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud’s Blind Spot. She teaches in the creative writing department at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the painter Derek Buckner.

Apr 14, 2020
Janny Scott, THE BENEFICIARY
25:08

Janny Scott is the author of the New York Times best-selling book A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother and most recently, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father. As a reporter for The New York Times from 1994 to 2008, Janny was a member of the reporting team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Janny’s latest book, The Beneficiary, was chosen as one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 and one of NPR's Favorite Books of 2019. This family memoir explores three generations of Janny’s wealthy, aristocratic, Pennsylvania family and the effect this upbringing had on her and, primarily, her father. Jenny shared that her inspiration for the story was the combination of a literary urge to learn to write in a different way, combined with a deeply emotional feeling about her dad. Janny and I discussed her father’s journals and the role alcoholism has played in her family’s story. Janny shared her thoughts on family wealth and why it can often be a double-edged sword. Be sure to listen for the bit of family lore about The Philadelphia Story and Janny’s visits to a place she calls “The Bureau."

Apr 13, 2020
Ashley Prentice Norton, THE CHOCOLATE MONEY
21:51

Ashley Prentice Norton is the author of novels The Chocolate Money and If You LeftAshley and I discussed both her books during this interview! The Chocolate Money (which I read years ago at a book club I was in!) follows a dysfunctional family dynamic (and is almost a memoir). If You Left deals with a privileged but damaged Manhattan wife whose marriage is threatened. Ashley bravely talked about her struggles with depression, enduring electric shock therapy and continuing to write throughout. We discussed the flawed notion that manic depression leads to a creative life and how to deal with the worries that constantly seems to be surrounding us. I loved hearing about Ashley's creative process and her feeling that "timed writing" is the best way to write.

Apr 10, 2020
Tara Schuster, BUY YOURSELF THE F*CKING LILLIES
32:56

Tara Schuster is the author of Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There. This humorous and honest book explores Tara's neglectful childhood and how she learned to reparent herself and reframe her thinking. I want to hire Tara to be my on-call reframer!! She has such great advice for finding gratitude and joy in every day. Tara and I discussed the 25th birthday call that forced her to change her life and her homemade curriculum of self-care. Tara shared what it looks like to nurture herself in the ways her parents never did and the moment she finally spoke honestly with her father about her childhood. Tara has some wonderful ideas on how to stat positive and mentally healthy during this moment. I loved the reminder that quarantine isn't supposed to be a productivity vacation! We should all just give ourselves a break. (As I am sure you can guess this episode does contain adult language!) FYI, Tara is currently the vice president of talent and development at Comedy Central and is the executive in charge of Light's Out with David Spade. She was formerly the executive in charge of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Key & PeeleMidnight, and numerous other shows. Her plays have been performed at the International Fringe Festival and her writing has been featured in The New Yorker and Forbes online. She is no joke.

Apr 09, 2020
Dibs Baer, LADY TIGERS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
22:11

Dibs Baer is a former entertainment writer and editor who worked in the magazine industry for 15+ years. She has written and co-written six books including the New York Times bestseller I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends. Dibs' newest book, Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle: How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx, centers on a junior high softball coach Chris Astacio and his journey to create not only a team but a safe space for his female students. It was so heartbreaking to hear about the realities these girls were facing growing up in one of the most dangerous, poverty-stricken neighborhoods in America. The story is hard to hear, but the intrepid spirit of their coach is beyond inspiring. Dibs and I chatted about her personal relationship with the women on the team and the lack of female-driven sports movies. (I mean, why IS that?) We discussed life after the implosion of the magazine industry and her experiences as a ghostwriter. So interesting! I loved Dibs' advice to just keep going and how it only takes one person to say yes!    

Apr 08, 2020
Casey Schwartz, ATTENTION: A LOVE STORY
29:32

Casey Schwartz is the author of Attention: A Love Story which is part memoir and part comprehensive journalistic exploration of our culture's flagging ability to pay attention. Casey writes about her struggle with Adderall, her parents, psychedelic science, and the four incredible writers who inspire her. Casey and I discussed the idea that Silicon Valley is literally hijacking us through our phones and why are we giving away our attention so casually. Casey shared her personal experience with the #MeToo movement and the rock bottom moment that ended up yielding the best possible outcome for her. I have a long-time personal connection with Casey's mom, author Marie Brenner, and I loved being able to share my memories with Casey. 

Apr 07, 2020
Laura Prepon, YOU AND I, AS MOTHERS
24:40

Laura Prepon, the actress and author of You and I, As Mothers, and I chatted live on my Instagram Live show last week (“Z-IGTV”). This podcast is a recording of our live conversation. Laura is not only an actor in the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, but she directed, too. She was a cast member of That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006 and has appeared in Girl on the Train and many other films and TV shows. Laura is the New York Times bestselling author of the wellness book The Stash Plan. Her most recent book, You and I, As Mothers, is an emotional and raw first-person look at being a new mom.  I really enjoyed chatting with Laura about the shift of priority that comes with motherhood and why hearing, “Girl, it’s hard,” was the best advice she got. Laura discusses why postpartum anxiety can happen at any stage of motherhood and the dinner that inspired her to share her personal stories of loss. Laura, mom to a toddler and a 4-week-old baby, is simply amazing. We can all learn from her that mom fails are unavoidable. Great advice for this moment in time we are all living through! For more, watch our interview on @zibbyowens Instagram TV Live Episode 21.4.

Apr 06, 2020
Megan Angelo, FOLLOWERS
25:20

Megan Angelo is the debut author of Followers: A Novel. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, where she helped launch comedy coverage, The Wall Street JournalGlamourElle, and many other publications. This debut novel takes place in two different time periods. One storyline centers around two girls who hatch a scheme to become famous in the year 2015. The other revolves around a futuristic celebrity who spends the majority of her time in front of a camera in the year 2051. Megan and I chatted about the journal entry that sparked her interest in this topic and the research she pulled from her background as a celebrity journalist. Megan discussed her relationship with social media and her interest in how the internet has become something we can't seem to walk away from. I particularly loved Megan's very candid discussion of motherhood and the realities of writing while caring for three kids under five!

Apr 05, 2020
Therese Anne Fowler, A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD
27:39
Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times best-selling author of novels Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, A Well-Behaved Woman, and her most recent novel A Good Neighborhood. This contemporary suburban drama centers on a conflict between two families, one black and one white, as they deal with a damaged historic oak tree in the black family's backyard. This book had such a twist of an ending but I won’t say a word. I enjoyed chatting with Therese about her personal connection to the material and why she felt writing this story was a call to activism in these troubled times. Therese and I discussed the research and homework that went into writing from the perspective of a different race and why she strayed from her historical fiction background. Be sure to catch Therese sharing the truly magical moment she knew she was a writer. Therese’s first book was a source of comfort during a critical time in my life and I had such a lovely full circle moment when we sat down to chat! You just never know where life will lead!
Apr 04, 2020
Bess Kalb, NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME
27:59
Bess Kalb is the debut author of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. She is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live and wrote for the Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016 and the Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018. She regularly writes for The New Yorker's Daily Shouts and received a WGA Award in 2016. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me is a beautiful memoir written from the voice of her beloved grandmother. Bess began writing from her grandmother's perspective as a way to feel closer to her and process grief after her death. Bess and I chatted about the authenticity of writing from a loved one's voice and why she felt it was the best way to honor what she calls her grandmother's superhero origin story. I loved hearing about Bess's first experience as a six-year-old writer, something her mother still sweetly reminds her of, and her challenge to all of us to write from the perspective of someone we love. Make sure you catch the fascinating story of the Twitter side project Bess started to distract herself from a soul-crushing job and how this led to a career as a comedy writer! I loved having her as the featured author at my recent book club. To join the book club, check out the link in bio!! 
Apr 03, 2020
Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS
22:11

Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is the best-selling author of Rock What You've Got, the children's book Maverick and Me, and I Just Graduated ... Now What? Katherine is an animal advocate who serves as an ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA. She is also married to actor Chris Pratt! Katherine's latest book, The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable is a collection of twenty-two different interviews with inspiring people who have practiced and struggled with forgiveness in different ways. Katherine's goal is to inspire people to practice forgiveness and to see it not only as a way to move forward but as a gift to themselves. Katherine and I discussed several of the stories in the book and the personal experience that inspired this idea. I loved learning about the concept of practicing "conscious forgiveness" and the idea that forgiving is about giving yourself the gift of moving forward and taking back the power. This is such a timely listen as we all stay home, connect with loved ones and allow more space for personal reflection. 

Apr 02, 2020
Stephanie Danler, STRAY: A MEMOIR
32:29
I’m obsessed with Stephanie Danler’s brilliance. She's the author of the international bestseller Sweetbitter and the executive producer of the Sweetbitter series on Start (which Kyle and I started watching last weekend - so good!). Her latest book, Stray: A Memoir, is set to release in May of 2020 so you can pre-order it now. This forceful and emotional book explores Stephanie’s life as a child raised by an addicts and alcoholics, the damage she inherited, and the journey to move forward towards a different way of life. This book has gotten me out of my own head more than almost anything else lately because it’s just so immersive and beautifully written. Stephanie and I discussed her choice to start this book when her son was five months old, why she had to move several time zones away in order to find the focus to create, and the hardship of writing about such deeply rooted traumas. Stephanie shares her extremely stressful coronavirus experience and the idea that we are all grasping for the illusion of control at this moment in time. I loved Stephanie’s advice to just finish what you start and so much more. I couldn’t wait for her pub day to share this given all of our talk about what’s going on RIGHT NOW. I promise it will help you through.
Apr 01, 2020
Dr. Madeline Levine, READY OR NOT
36:02

New episode - and so needed right now! Madeline Levine, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of the New York Times best-selling books The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. Dr. Levine’s most recent book READY OR NOT: PREPARING OUR KIDS TO THRIVE IN AN UNCERTAIN AND RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD could not be more timely or helpful given the current environment.

She explores how today’s parenting techniques and our educational system are failing to prepare children for their uncertain future, and what we can do to ensure our kids' adaptability, resilience, health, and happiness. (I know I need this during this current coronavirus time of uncertainty and panic.)

Dr. Levine is a wealth of knowledge on parenting. We chatted about her efforts to overcome the idea that a woman can’t beat the boys, how people behave in situations of uncertainty and the concept that to build self-esteem in your child you must let them learn to master things without breathing down their necks. We discussed how pressure, uncertainty, and social media have led to a rise in anxiety and how our 24-hour news cycle can leave us feeling like trauma victims. Dr. Levine explores concrete solutions and coping mechanisms we can use to correct that behavior. I think we could all use these strategies today.  

Mar 31, 2020
Kathleen West, MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES
22:29

Kathleen West is the debut author of Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes. Kathleen uses her experience as both a parent and school teacher to write a pretty perfect novel for today's moms and dads! Kathleen’s story involves a helicopter theater mom who has lost her sense of boundaries, a progressive English teacher who comes under fire for her curriculum, and a social media scandal that ensnares them both. This conversation was the perfect mix of parenting wisdom, writing advice and encouragement! Kathleen and I chatted about the lessons she’s learned by walking the line between parent and teacher and the writing workshops she held with her students while editing the novel. Kathleen started writing this book as a new year's resolution and as a way to reclaim her writing identity. I really appreciated her advice to let yourself to write something terrible! (I’ve definitely taken it - ha!)

Mar 30, 2020
Special Re-Release: Carla Naumburg, HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR SH*T WITH YOUR KIDS
32:34
Re-Release! Now is the time to listen to How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids author Carla Naumburg, Ph.D. share her tips! Is anyone else going a little bit nuts despite how much you love your kids, your parents, your loved ones?! Carla shares so many helpful strategies for dealing with yourself when you’re stressed out and how you manage your relationships better. While this is geared towards kids, it can apply to parents and spouses just as easily. One message?! Self-forgiveness, especially now! You can watch our interview from this week on IGTV (@zibbyowens) too as she discusses specific strategies for getting through the coronavirus without losing your sh*t at everyone in your home!!! 

 

Mar 29, 2020
Special Re-Release: Courtney Maum, TOUCH
32:23

Re-Release! Courtney Maum’s novel, TOUCH, is so timely that I just had to rerelease for you this weekend. This one was of my first podcasts ever so please forgive my beginner skills! Courtney and I discussed her novel which discusses a life without touch, similar to what we’re all going through on a macro level now. She interviewed professional huggers, imagined touch-free body suits and had a couple struggle in the midst of a world in which physical touch between humans becomes a commodity. Am I the only one who misses hugging people?! Courtney has since written a gorgeous, slim novel called Costalegr and a guide to book publishing called Before and After the Book Deal. And she has used her newsletter to assemble all the resources the literary community is assembling during this time (including mine - thanks, Courtney!!). Listen in or our prophetic conversation. It kind of makes you think, right???

Mar 28, 2020
Eilene Zimmerman, SMACKED
27:10

Eilene Zimmerman is the author of the memoir, Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy. Eilene has been a journalist for three decades including a six-year stint as a columnist for The New York Times Sunday Business Section. This memoir is Eilene’s exploration of her ex-husband’s secret drug addiction/overdose, her own culpability, and an analysis of what's going on in the white-collar professional world in terms of unhappiness, depression, anxiety, and substance use. Eilene and I discussed the feeling of powerlessness when sharing children with an ex-spouse, what it is like to examine a relationship once you learn the whole truth, and the idea that we often try to fix problems in our childhood with our own marriages. I was so impressed by the amount of research Eileen put into this book! From traveling around the country talking to addiction psychologists and therapists, to posing questions about mental health, stress, and happiness on several online forums for lawyers to answer anonymously, this woman covered it all. Please listen!

Mar 27, 2020
Gene Luen Yang, DRAGON HOOPS
20:06

Gene Luen Yang is the author, illustrator, and cartoonist of American Born Chinese, the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for the National Book Award and the American Library Association's Printz Award, which he won. Gene also won an Eisner Award for best graphic album as well as several other awards. Gene's two-volume graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the LA Times Book Prize. He's written and illustrated many other graphic novels like Secret Coders and the Avatar series. Gene’s latest book Dragon Hoops is a nonfiction graphic novel that follows the ups and downs of a varsity men's basketball team. My son is such a fan of Gene’s books that I just had to let him join me for the interview. It was such a special treat! Gene and I chatted about creating and selling his first comic book at age five, why reading diversely is a great way to develop your brain, his important role as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and why Gene believes graphic novels belong in the classroom. Make sure to listen to the end of the episode to catch Gene’s fantastic advice for anyone feeling the need to create art, especially now.

Mar 26, 2020
Patrice Karst, THE INVISIBLE STRING
28:54

Patrice Karst is the author of The Invisible String, a beautiful story about the connection we share with our loved ones even when they’re not physically with us, and many other books that help people cope with loss and separation from loved ones, even pets. There’s no better time for this Patrice's books than now!!! Her stories have sold over half a million copies and have touched the lives of so many people. In our chat, Patrice touched on the heartwarming true story that led to her writing the book, the word-of-mouth phenomenon the made her book the go-to book for children needing connection, how she took her painful childhood as the daughter of two mentally ill parents and converted it to joy, and the idea that we are all capable of moving forward from childhood pain. Patrice was kind enough to share several beautiful stories of how this book series has helped children dealing with devastating circumstances, loss, and separation anxiety. I promise this episode will bring a smile to your face and give you a way to stay connected to those you miss. Don’t we all need this now?! (I miss everyone!!)

Mar 25, 2020
Jen Gotch, THE UPSIDE OF BEING DOWN
31:58

Jen Gotch is the founder and chief creative officer of Ban.do, the multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand. She is also a fellow podcaster and former host of the show "Jen Gotch is Okay, Sometimes." Jen is a mental health advocate, reluctantly as you'll find out, and the author of the book The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life. This accessible self-help memoir dives into Jen’s personal history with mental health issues, building her brand, and ways to implement better life practices! Jen and I covered so much during our conversation including how society glamorizes being busy and Jen’s personal family history. Jen's passion for creating a brand that invokes her personal message is so inspirational and I was moved by her hope that this book will help others feel less alone. I loved Jen’s tip to schedule fun into your calendar and make it non-negotiable! I think we could all use that advice right now! (For listeners with kids at home, this episode does include adult language.)

Mar 24, 2020
Janice Kaplan, THE GENIUS OF WOMEN
25:51

Janice Kaplan is the author of The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. This multilayered book tells stories of extraordinary women throughout history and weaves them into a larger narrative regarding the social expectations and biases women still face today. Janice is incredibly intelligent (although she won’t admit she’s a genius!!). I loved chatting with her about why most Americans believe geniuses are men, the idea that society is to blame for the tendency to self-deprecate, and the childhood memory that pushed Janice to keep researching and writing this book. She includes wonderful insights on how to stop buying into stereotypes and understand our full potential! 

Mar 23, 2020
Abby Sher, MISS YOU LOVE YOU HATE YOU BYE
29:41

Abby Sher is a performer and author of many books including her latest, Miss You Love You Hate You Bye. She even wrote a “Modern Love” essay in the New York Times that was adapted into an episode of the Modern Love television series. Abby’s young adult novel tackles the tough subjects of eating disorders, self-harm, and finding the courage to help a friend who can't stop hurting herself. During this extremely personal and emotional conversation, Abby and I discussed her hesitation to write about this topic and the reason she finally gave in. Abby opened up about her own struggles with anorexia, OCD, personal loss, rehab and the intervention that was "disguised" as her 30th birthday party. Make sure to tune in to hear Abby's unique story, which begins with journaling as a form of therapy and eventually leads to her professional writing career which includes these books: Kissing SnowflakesAll the Ways the World Can EndBreaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern SlaveryAmen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying, and her latest.

Mar 20, 2020
Chris Bohjalian, THE RED LOTUS
29:17

Chris Bohjalian is the New York Times best-selling author of 21 books including The Flight AttendantThe Guest Room, and Midwives, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Midwives, along with Secrets of Eden and Past the Bleachers, have been made into movies and The Flight Attendant is in development as a limited series. Chris’s most recent novel, The Red Lotus, is a ticking clock thriller about a New York City ER doctor whose boyfriend disappears while they are biking through Vietnam, leaving her with unanswered questions and danger at every turn. It was truly amazing talking to Chris about his latest book which now seems more timely than ever. I couldn’t believe the amount of research, interviewing, and homework that Chris does before he even starts to write. We chatted about his deep dive into the world of ER doctors (again, particularly timely now), his confession that he does his best thinking while biking, and that his favorite voice-over artist for his audiobooks is his daughter! I loved Chris's advice that life is short and precious and we should approach it that way. We need his thought leadership now more than ever. Thanks, Chris! 

Mar 19, 2020
Malcolm Hansen, THEY COME IN ALL COLORS
28:04

Malcolm Hansen is the winner of the BCALA (Black Caucus American Library Association) Literary Award for a first novelist and was nominated for a 2019 NAACP Image Award. His debut novel They Come In All Colors is a mea culpa style story of a 15-year-old boy who poisons his friend and then explains the circumstances leading up to his choices. Malcom and I spoke about his using writing as a form of therapy, how growing up overseas and being raised by an interracial activist couple shaped his view of the world including being adopted. We even spoke delicately about his relationship with his birth mother. I really enjoyed talking to Malcom about the idea that fiction puts the reader in another person's shoes, plus I won’t ever forget Malcolm’s story of a typewriter, a motorcycle and his dusty road to Ecuador. It's so inspiring! And just a heads up, this episode does include some adult language. Be inspired by Malcolm Hansen like I was! 

Mar 18, 2020
Stephanie Wrobel, DARLING ROSE GOLD
18:58

Stephanie Wrobel is the author of debut novel Darling Rose Gold, a mother-daughter story of obsession, reconciliation, and revenge. It was fascinating to chat with Stephanie about her research into Munchausen by proxy, her advice to authors to treat the business side of publishing as part of their job, her choice to apply to grad school that changed everything, the idea that an author needs life experience to tackle tricky subjects and how Stephanie's struggle to find her footing in a new city gave her the guts to quit her job and write a novel.

Mar 17, 2020
Anne Bogel, DON'T OVERTHINK IT
30:11

Anne Bogel is the famous podcast host of "What Should I Read Next?" and "One Great Book.” She’s also the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the author of Reading People and I'd Rather Be Reading. Her latest book, Don't Overthink It, is already a bestseller!!! Her book is part memoir/part guide to stop second-guessing yourself and make decisions that bring joy to your life. Anne and I have so many things in common from our passion for connecting books with readers to having a house full of 4 kids. I honestly could have kept talking with her for hours! Anne and I chatted about her being a recovering perfectionist, how she visualizes her workload as a Ferris wheel, the concept of giving decisions the amount of energy they deserve and the idea that loving books is like sharing a common language. Be sure to catch Anne's hilarious dinner party story that will keep you laughing!!

Mar 16, 2020
Coronavirus update: My thoughts, my live event at 2 pm and more
04:37

Hi everyone! In this super short episode, I talk briefly about my thoughts and feelings about this crazy time of life and how the coronavirus has affected the book world - and me.

I discuss the live Instagram and live Facebook I'll be doing today (Sunday, March 15th) at 2:00 pm EST with giveaways, author chats, book suggestions and other ways you can help the literary community. Please watch! 

If you haven't already, please check out my storefront on bookshop.org of 150 books coming out in March and April that are affected by the coronavirus -- the authors' tours are cancelled and publicity is harder to come by. Help them out!

 

Mar 15, 2020
Jenny Lee, ANNA K: A LOVE STORY
28:10

Jenny Lee is a TV writer, producer and author of the YA novel Anna K: A Love Story, a modern-day adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. HBO Max acquired the rights for Anna K and Jenny Lee will be adapting and writing this story for the screen. How cool is that?! Jenny and I chatted about the year she took dating off the table and how it changed her productivity, her strict Korean upbringing, the sweet tribute to her husband and their relationship throughout the book, and the crazy experience of being in a Hollywood bidding war! This interview was such a full-circle moment for me and you'll just have to listen to hear why! 

Mar 13, 2020
Cécile David-Weill, PARENTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE
23:15

Cécile David-Weill is a French-American and the author of two novels Crush (under the name Cecile De La Baume) and The Suitors. She studied literature at La Sorbonne in Paris and was a regular contributor to the French magazine Le Point with a column entitled "Letters From New York."Cécile latest book, Parents Under the Influence: Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother, is part memoir and part researched guide to parenting. Cécile and I discussed the personal parenting struggles that led her to tackle this material, the idea that often we parent with our childhood suffering in the forefront of our minds instead of our children, the cheat sheets she includes at the end of the book to give parents a quick peek at the basic principles, and the idea that there is no one perfect way to parent. I really enjoyed speaking with Cécile whose delightful French accent made me feel like I was strolling with a friend down the Seine. Not that I’ve actually done that, but a girl can dream.

Mar 12, 2020
Jan Eliasberg, HANNAH'S WAR
33:52

Jan Eliasberg is the award-winning screenwriter, director and debut author of Hannah's War. This literary spy thriller follows a female Jewish physicist and her work on the atomic bomb during WWII. Jan referred to writing this book as the best creative experience of her life and I can see why! I loved chatting with Jan about the historic New York Times article that sparked her imagination, the exciting task of exploring a male-dominated world from a woman’s point of view, her personal family connection to the source material and her deep need to write a novel after experiencing success in film and television. Jan has written and directed dramatic pilots for CBS, NBC, and ABC and directed episodes of Wiseguy21 Jump Street13 Reasons WhyParenthoodBlue BloodsNCIS: Los Angeles, and many others. As a screenwriter, Jan has written films driven by strong female leads including Fly Girls with Nicole Kidman @nicolekidman and Cameron Diaz @camerondiaz and she was the first woman to direct Miami Vice. Her debut feature film was Past Midnight starring Paul Giamatti and the late Natasha Richardson. Jan graduated from Wesleyan University and has two MFAs, one from the Yale School of Drama and Directing, and one from Warren Wilson in fiction. We did an event this week together about women geniuses with Janice Kaplan and Shoshanna Gruss which was fantastic! 

Mar 11, 2020
Kate Elizabeth Russell, MY DARK VANESSA
28:52

Kate Elizabeth Russell is the debut author of My Dark Vanessa, the story of a young woman coming to terms with the sexual relationship she had with her teacher and the consequences of it that she continues to face in her adult life. Kate started writing this haunting novel in her teens as a way of making sense of our culture's sexualization of teenage girls. Kate discussed her novel coinciding with the @metoomvmt, her views on rewriting the narrative of victimhood and consent, her book giving a voice to victims that feel hesitant to share their story, and the importance of creating fiction that allows room for engagement and disagreement. This woman is so eloquent! Kate earned an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Necessary FictionQuarterly WestMid-American ReviewHayden's Ferry Review, and other journals. You’ll never forget these characters!!

Mar 10, 2020
Glory Edim, WELL-READ BLACK GIRL
35:20

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of black literature and sisterhood. Glory originally started this platform on social media as a way to discuss black women writers, non-binary writers and writers of color and to create conversations about what it means to be a black woman in the world. As her platform grew, Glory organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl literary festival and became the editor of the anthology Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Stories, Discovering Ourselves. Glory is a role model of mine!! I loved chatting with her about the importance of bringing black authors to all readers, her love of independent booksellers, the value of in-person contact and discussion and the tee-shirt that started it all. Glory’s advice on the importance of having patience with yourself when you are trying something new struck such a chord with me and I hope you feel as inspired by her as I do! Glory has a background in startups and creative institutions including Kickstarter, the Webby Awards, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the 2017 Innovator's Award from the Los Angeles Book Prizes for her work as a literature advocate. She serves on the board of New York City's Housing Works. And basically, she’s just awesome. 

Mar 09, 2020
Brenda Janowitz, THE GRACE KELLY DRESS
33:59

Brenda Janowitz is Pop Sugar's book correspondent and the author of six novels. Her latest, The Grace Kelly Dress, tells the story of an heirloom wedding gown and three generations of women whose lives are influenced and changed by the dress. Brenda and I could have talked all day!! Brenda and I discussed — among other things —  her Pinterest board for the cover design, her wedding obsession, how waiting in line at CVS informs her character development, not being so hard on herself, her son who was born at 31 weeks, and her husband’s shirt. Her bio: Brenda’s work has appeared in the “Modern Love” column of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Redbook, The New York Post, Publisher's Weekly, and many other publications. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, and worked as a lawyer and federal clerk before becoming a writer. Be sure to listen in on this one!! 

Mar 06, 2020
Caitlin Mullen, PLEASE SEE US
24:51

Caitlin Mullen is the debut author of Please See Us, a thriller involving the discovery of two murdered women and a high school drop out who starts having disturbing, violent, powerful visions. Caitlin and I had such an interesting conversation about the true crime from her childhood that inspired this thriller, her childhood as a bookish, quiet kid, her summer job at a casino spa, her “A Beautiful Mind" writing process, what she learned working at Word bookstore and how she feels about going back there to have her launch party!! We also chatted about her creative use of tarot cards while writing and her 4-month-old baby!

Mar 05, 2020
Laura Zigman, SEPARATION ANXIETY
31:02

Laura Zigman is the author of Separation Anxiety, her first novel in over a decade which will surely follow the success of Animal Husbandry, Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. This book is about a couple that can’t afford to get divorced, a son who is growing up, and the emotional support the family dog gives the main character, Judy, (a 50-year-old) especially when worn in a sling. Which Laura may or may not have tried herself - listen to find out! We talked about so much including how she came back after her long break from the book world, why she’s always early, how she ended up moving back to her hometown, her breast cancer, why she enjoys ghost-writing, how Craig’s List helped her write, why she isn’t the easiest person to live with, and how she feels about the invisibility that comes with aging. Watch us talk live on May 5th at the Steicker Center at Temple Emanu-El!! 

Mar 04, 2020
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER
30:39

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning and best-selling author of many books including Ninth Ward, which was the winner of the Coretta Scott King honor; Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams’ Children’s Book Award; and New York Times bestsellers Ghost Boys, an IndieBound best seller, a number-one Kids’ Indie Next pick, and ALA 2019 Children's Notable List pick, and winner of the Walter Award, EB White Read Aloud Award, and Children's Choice Book Award.  Dr. Rhodes’ most recent book Black Brother, Black Brother centers on a family of two biracial boys, and their different experiences of race, prejudice and bias and how you one coach and the sport of fencing changed everything. This woman is amazing and I so enjoyed chatting with @jewellparkerrhodes about her passion and purpose. We spoke about how she writes about diversity for a middle school audience, the childhood trauma that led to writing, and her brilliant idea to start a family book club! Dr. Rhodes is also the author of The American Book Award-winning Douglass' Women, two writing guides and the memoir Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness. Her adult literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing. When she's not writing, Dr. Rhodes teaches writing at Arizona State University where she is the founding artistic director and chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Dr. Rhodes received a BA in drama criticism, an MA in English, and a doctorate in arts in English, creative writing, from Carnegie Mellon University. I mean, seriously!

Mar 03, 2020
Meng Jin, LITTLE GODS
23:39

Meng Jin is the debut author of Little Gods, a novel set in China about migrations through time, place, and class and the ways in which we are known and unknown to others and ourselves. From the beginning scene of a pregnant woman in the chaos of the Tiananmem Square riots, I was immediately drawn in by Meng’s beautifully lyrical writing style. Meng and I chatted about her personal connection to the source material, her fascination with mother-daughter relationships, altars and other-worldly influences, and the journey to find her perfect process for writing. Meng is a Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of Harvard University and Hunter College.

Mar 02, 2020
Joanna Guest, FOLDED WISDOM
32:17
Joanna Guest is the author of Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up,
a beautifully illustrated collection of morning notes written by her father. Joanna shared the the story of how the notes began, the lessons we can all learn from her Dad’s sweet wisdom, and what pushed her to leave a career in politics to write this book. This episode will certainly inspires you to grab a pen and paper and write a note to someone you love!

 

Feb 28, 2020
Alexandra Silber, WHITE HOT GRIEF PARADE
34:04

Grammy-nominated actor and singer Alexandra Silber is the author of White Hot Grief Parade. This unique memoir details the six months surrounding the death of Alexandra’s father and her experience with grief at an early age. Alexandra and I chatted about her need to create a grief resource for young adults, writing books in between scenes in a Broadway dressing room, and what it truly means to stand back up after an emotionally traumatic experience. Grab your tissues; this one is a tearjerker. Alexandra has appeared on stage internationally and regionally from the West End of London to esteemed venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. Her most recent role on Broadway was as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof which inspired her first novel After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof". 

Feb 27, 2020
Suzanne Falter, THE EXTREMELY BUSY WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SELF-CARE
25:26
Suzanne Falter is the author of The Extremely Busy Woman's Guide to Self-Care, a how-to tale that helps women slow down and tune in. During this emotional conversation, Suzanne and I chatted about the first steps to self care, the painful loss of her daughter, and the journal she discovered that inspired her to start writing this book and living her best life. Suzanne is an author, speaker, novelist, and host of the "Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women" podcast. She is the author of nonfiction books The Joy of Letting Go, How Much Joy Can You Stand?, Surrendering to Joy and the LGBT fiction series' Transformed and Oaktown Girls. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Self, Fitness, and other publications.
Feb 26, 2020
Dolly Alderton, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE
37:42

Dolly Alderton is the author of The Sunday Times best-selling memoir Everything I Know About Love. This coming-of age-story told in very short chapters chronicles Dolly’s 20s and the various dysfunctions and disasters that manifest through her love life. I really enjoyed chatting with Dolly about growing up in the UK but longing for American culture, her previous struggles with an eating disorder, and the many amazing creative projects she is working on. This woman seriously does it all! Make sure you catch Dolly’s truly fantastic advice to writers at the end of our discussion! Dolly has been a freelance journalist for The Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, and many other publications and she wrote a dating column in The Sunday Times Style section. Dolly is the cohost and co-creator  of "The High Low," Britain’s leading women’s podcast, and the podcast miniseries called "Love Stories." She has two scripts in development, including the TV adaptation of this book. Dolly has been featured in Forbes’ 2018 "30 Under 30," The Elle List, and many more. Listen to her back story! 

Feb 25, 2020
Sara Shepard, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
26:50

Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying GameThe Perfectionists, The Elizas and The Heiresses. Her latest book, Reputation centers on a very prestigious university, an Internet security hack and what happens when everyone's secrets are on display for all to read. Sara and I chatted about why she always includes a murder in her books, the party she crashed that led to a writing career, and the truly crazy experience when Pretty Little Liars became a television series on Freeform!

Feb 24, 2020
Sarah Hurwitz, HERE ALL ALONG
28:44
Sarah Hurwitz is the former head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama. She was also the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Sarah’s book, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) is her account of exploring Judaism as an adult and sharing what it offers for our modern lives. Sarah and I chatted about the role of meditation and mindfulness in Jewish culture and Sarah’s unique writing and editing tricks. I loved getting the inside scoop of her life as a speechwriter! Sarah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, and in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and People.com. She was named one of the Forward's fifty Jews who impacted American life in 2016 and 2019. 
Feb 21, 2020
Andi Buchanan, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING
29:45

New York Times best-selling author Andrea Buchanan is the author of ten books including The Daring Book for Girls and Mother Shock. In her latest memoir, The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself, Andi recounts her year of experiencing a profound health crisis and the struggle to find her way back to her former self. Andi and I discussed the loss of control that comes with illness, Andi’s unique approach to writing after this traumatic experience, and the idea that often you must just "be where you’re at" instead of starting from the beginning. I was particularly moved by Andi’s love of piano and the daily practice she used as a way to heal. 

Feb 20, 2020
Lee Matalone, HOME MAKING
22:35
Lee Matalone is the author of debut novel Home Making, a story of three characters united in a quest to find a sense of identity, home, and belonging. I really enjoyed chatting with Lee about her personal connection to the source material, the path from shorter pieces to a novel, and Lee’s idea that our homes say so much about who we are and what we value. Lee’s writing has been featured in LitHub, The Rumpus, The Offing, and Denver Quarterly. Listen in! 
Feb 19, 2020
Shonda Moralis, BREATHE MAMA BREATHE
19:31

Shonda Moralis is the author of Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms. As a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser, Shonda’s book explores mindfulness breaks and their power to create more connection, calm, and contentment for moms. I so enjoyed chatting with Shonda, and her college-age daughter, about her path to meditation, finding the space, even if it’s in a closet, for that much-needed mom break and her inspiring concepts for practicing mindfulness. You will just have to listen to the episode to find out what a "three-breath hug" and a "SNAP break" are all about! Shonda holds a master's in social work, is a psychotherapist in private practice and is also the author of Breathe, Empower, Achieve: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Women Who Do It All.

 

Feb 18, 2020
Zibby's Essay: "Making Time for Love This Valentine's Day"
07:07

Happy Valentine's Day! I wrote this essay, "Making Time for Love This Valentine's Day" for SheHustleCollective.com. Don't mind me when I start crying at the end of the episode after I read it! It's about how I'm trying to do so much professionally that I've somehow neglected the people I love the most. Yes, I prioritize my kids, but what about my husband? My friends?! I feel like a giant failure. Can anyone relate? Hope you listen and enjoy this.... and I hope it encourages you to hug the people you love in your life a little closer today. There's not enough time in life these days, but love is the most timeless thing there is. 

Feb 14, 2020
Gigi Levangie, BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT
28:48
Gigi Levangie is the author of Been There, Married That, a funny take on a ruthless Hollywood divorce. She also wrote The Starter Wife and Maneater, which were both adapted into award-winning miniseries. She was a screenwriter for “Stepmom” starring Julia Roberts. Gigi and I talked about everything from marriage and divorce, LA vs. NY, the advice she gives friends on whether or not to stay in their marriages, and how to deal with divorce and blended families. Gigi is absolutely hilarious and finds the humor in just about everything. I loved every minute of it. 
Feb 13, 2020
Siena & Mark Siegel, TO DANCE
38:10

I chatted with husband-and-wife team, Siena Cherson Siegel (author) and Mark Siegel (illustrator) of the graphic novel TO DANCE. This autobiographical book chronicles a ten-year period of Siena’s life as she falls in love with ballet and moves to New York to train at the School of American Ballet. This inspiring couple shared what it was like to create together, the journey to merge their passions, and insights into the rise in popularity of the graphic novel. Mark Siegel should know - he's the author and illustrator of several book/graphic novels himself including Oskar and the Eight Blessings and is the founder and editorial director of First Second, an award-winning graphic novel imprint. Siena is a former dancer from Puerto Rico who trained at the School of American Ballet and later worked in their education department. Their unique story is inspiring, heartwarming and important!

Feb 12, 2020
Dan Peres, AS NEEDED FOR PAIN
32:33

Dan Peres is the author of As Needed For Pain: A Memoir of Addiction. This story explores Dan’s struggle with a massive addiction to opiates while working as editor-in-chief of Details magazine. Dan and I discussed hiding addiction in plain sight, his road to sobriety, the role of magic in his life, eating issues, fatherhood, the magazine world, and his path to recovery. 

Feb 11, 2020
Alice Berman, I EAT MEN LIKE AIR
23:51

Alice Berman is the author of the Audible Originals book I Eat Men Like Air. This murder mystery takes place as seven twentysomethings gather to celebrate their friend's upcoming wedding. I just could not stop listening! I loved chatting with Alice about her love of true crime, the importance of cultivating friendships with other authors and the process of bringing a story to life with Audible. Alice’s other work, Lost Boys and Technicolor Girls, is in development with ABC to become a series with Freeform. Plus Alice is a crucial member of my team as head of partnerships!

Feb 07, 2020
Angela Himsel, A RIVER COULD BE A TREE
27:01

Angela Himsel is the author of A River Could Be a Tree, a memoir chronicling Angela’s journey from a conservative Christian upbringing in rural Indiana to life as a practicing Jewish women in Manhattan. Angela and I discussed growing up with ten siblings, the fascinating research that went into the book, and the magical brochure that changed her life. 

Feb 06, 2020
Jennifer Gefsky & Stacey Delo, YOUR TURN
35:46

Jennifer Gefsky and Stacey Delo are the coauthors of Your Turn: Careers, Kids, and Comebacks--A Working Mother's Guide. This book is a true roadmap for women making career decisions as their work and motherhood collide. I absolutely loved hearing Jen and Stacey discuss their personal stories of navigating career paths after having children and their passion for helping women gain confidence to jump back into the workplace post baby. Jen is the cofounder and Stacey is the CEO of Apres Group, a website and community dedicated to helping women reenter the workforce with curated job opportunities. This was more like a casual conversation with all three of us sharing things from our past lives!

Feb 05, 2020
Emily Nemens, THE CACTUS LEAGUE
27:42

Emily Nemens is the Editor of The Paris Review and the debut author of The Cactus League. Emily’s novel centers around a small suburb of Phoenix, AZ and the different hopes and aspirations of the community members during baseball spring training. I loved chatting with Emily about her working on a literary quarterly, her deeply rooted love of baseball, and writing on what Emily calls a “4/10” schedule. Emily previously coedited The Southern Review and has been published in Esquire, n+1, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, and other outlets.

Feb 04, 2020
Caroline de Maigret, OLDER, BUT BETTER, BUT OLDER
22:11

Caroline de Maigret is the author, with Sophie Mas, of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are from 2014 and most recently, Older, but Better, but Older. She is an international model, has been a Chanel ambassador since 2013, and a music producer at Bonus Track Records and a fashion video producer. She is also a children's and women's rights activist. She lives in Paris, but we recently got to talk just after she landed in New York. It was a treat to talk about her latest work - a creatively formatted, humorous, honest take on being in your 40s: the good feelings and fears alike! 

Jan 31, 2020
Mark McConville, FAILURE TO LAUNCH
33:37

Dr. Mark McConville, PhD, is the author of Failure to Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn't Grown Up...and What to Do About It. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice, and as a senior member of the faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, he has lectured and taught widely about child development, parenting, and counseling. An expert in adolescent psychology, his book is a brilliant and constructive guide for parents of kids who are facing the challenges of finding their footing in emerging adulthood.

Jan 30, 2020
Elizabeth Gerlach, BEN'S ADVENTURES
25:19

Zibby Owens: Elizabeth Gerlach is the author of the children's book series Ben's Adventures about a young triplet brother who uses a wheelchair but loves to dream up fun adventures with his family and friends. A former advertising and marketing exec with an MBA in marketing, Elizabeth is now a special needs advocate and fundraiser for the Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation which she founded. She has a very interesting, inspiring, sad, moving, happy, everything story, and I was thrilled to be talking to her about all of it, starting with how she began the series, Ben's Adventures. 

Jan 29, 2020
Marti Bledsoe Post, RETROFIT: THE PLAYBOOK FOR MODERN MOMS
30:26

Marti Bledsoe Post is the author of Retrofit: The Playbook for Modern Moms. She is an executive coach and transformation leader at Mindset Digital, where she was previously the chief strategy officer, and a founding member of Women in Digital. A former White House intern with twenty years of experience in marketing and social media, Marti is now a professional champion of working mothers as the founder of a'parently - get it!? Her book has all these amazing resources for working moms ... and one of the resources was my podcast, which was super exciting to see when I read it! 

Jan 28, 2020
Roz Chast & Patty Marx, YOU CAN ONLY YELL AT ME FOR ONE THING AT A TIME
29:17

I got to sit down with Patricia Marx and Roz Chast on the publication day of their book, You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples. Roz Chast, the illustrator, is the author of the number-one New York Times best-selling memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has been drawing cartoons since she was a child in Brooklyn. She has contributed to The New Yorker regularly and also many other publications. Patty has been a New Yorker contributor since 1989. A former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, she is the author of several books including Let's Be Less Stupid; Him, Her, Him Again, The End of Him; and Starting From Happy. She was the first woman elected to The Harvard Lampoon. Originally from Philadelphia and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has taught at Princeton, NYU, and Stony Brook University. 

Jan 27, 2020
Zibby's Essay: "In Defense of AMERICAN DIRT... and Just Being a Nice Person"
04:14

There has been a storm of controversy surrounding Jeanine Cummins' novel, AMERICAN DIRT. One big objection is that Jeanine shouldn't have written a story about a Mexican mother and her son trying to flee to the U.S. because she herself isn't Mexican and hasn't had that experience. I wrote this short essay in response to it. I published it on Medium and am reading it here (a 3-minute read!). 

Jan 25, 2020
Ann Napolitano, DEAR EDWARD
25:41

Ann Napolitano is the author of Dear Edward, which is a huge sensation. It's a December 2019 Book of the Month Club pick, a January Today Show #ReadWithJenna Pick and the Barnes & Noble January pick among many others. Ann spent 8 years writing this riveting novel, and I got to talk to her about the beautiful storyline, the writing process, her family, and more. 

Jan 24, 2020
Megan Alexander, ONE MORE HUG
25:54

Megan Alexander is an Emmy-nominated national news correspondent on Inside Edition, the number-one syndicated news magazine TV show. She has covered football for CBS, acted in the TV show Nashville, appeared in several films, and executive-produced the feature film Heartbeats. She is the author of Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs, and a new children's book, One More Hug, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. My kids request to read it over and over again - they love it, and every time I read it out loud, I start crying because it's really about cherishing moments with people you love.

Jan 23, 2020
Marti Bledsoe Post, RETROFIT
30:26

Marti Bledsoe Post is the author of Retrofit: The Playbook for Modern Moms. She's an executive coach and transformation leader at Mindset Digital, where she was previously the chief strategy officer, and a founding member of Women in Digital. A former White House intern with twenty years of experience in marketing and social media, Marti is now a professional champion of working mothers as the founder of a'parently - get it!? Her book has all of these amazing resources for working moms - and one of the resources was my podcast, which was so fun to see when I read it! 

Jan 22, 2020
Michael Frank, WHAT IS MISSING
32:42

Michael Frank is the author of What Is Missing, a gripping psychological novel centered on the lives of three brilliantly developed characters. His memoir, The Mighty Franks, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, one of The Telegraph's and The New Statesman's best books of 2017, and the winner of the 2018 JQ Wingate Literary Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and many other publications. He was a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Times Book Review for almost ten years. 

Jan 22, 2020
Thatcher Wine, FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS
27:58

I'm here today with Thatcher Wine who's the coauthor, with Elizabeth Lane, of For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library. A book by book lovers for book lovers, it's about collecting, displaying, and admiring books in a way that reflects who you are. Thatcher is also the founder of Juniper Books, a company that works with book enthusiasts, homeowners, and designers to create custom libraries. He may even be a bigger book lover than I am, so it's such a pleasure to talk to someone else who also shares such a passion for books. 

Jan 21, 2020
Amber Tamblyn, ERA OF IGNITION
31:35

I sat down with Amber Tamblyn who is an author, actress, and director. She has been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award for her work in film and TV. She cowrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film Paint It Black. She's a contributing writer for The New York Times, a poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and a founding member of Time's Up. She's the author of three books of poetry including the best seller Dark Sparkler and the novel Any Man. Her latest book is Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. You really have to listen to our conversation to hear her passion firsthand about harnessing fears, creating power and productivity out of chaos, and not shying away from the hard things.

Jan 20, 2020
Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist, THE WOMAN IN THE PARK
28:56

I interviewed both authors of The Woman in the Park, Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist, coauthors of both the novel and the screenplay for The Woman in the Park. Tullan is an investigator, writer, and actress. Teresa is a TV producer and founder of Roman Way Productions. Their book is a mind-bending psychological thriller about a woman who is drawn to a mysterious man she meets in Central Park, and the unraveling this sets into motion.

Jan 17, 2020
Randi Zinn, GOING BEYOND MOM
36:52

Randi Zinn is the author of Going Beyond Mom: How to Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby. She's a mindfulness and wellness expert and the founder of community Beyond Mom which offers expert interviews, lifestyle advice, stories, a podcast including "Going Beyond with Randi Zinn," events and retreats for the ten thousand creative and productive moms in its membership. We talked about her entrepreneurial "empire" and the inspiration she drew from her yoga practice, writing, podcasting, and parenthood. 

Jan 16, 2020
Suzanne Morrison, YOGA BITCH
23:01

Suzanne Morrison is the author of Yoga Bitch, which was an IndieBound best seller, a Crosscut best Northwest book of 2011, and has been translated into seven languages. Yoga Bitch actually had its start as a long-running one-woman show of the same title which played in New York, London, and across the United States. I loved talking to her about trying the unexpected, forming your identity, breaking rules, and the allure of spiritual practices like yoga.

Jan 15, 2020
Ray Dalio, PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS
26:40

Ray Dalio is the founder, co-CIO, and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, one of the top philanthropists in the country, and the New York Times best-selling author of Principles: Life and Work. His new adaptation, PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS, is an illustrated and entertaining version for readers of all ages. Ray created a simpler version for parents wanting to share these principles for decision-making with their children. I absolutely loved chatting with Ray about work-life balance as a parent, that learning often begins with failure, and the realization that life's greatest satisfaction is having both meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Ray discusses the lessons he has encountered as a parent and grandparent and the importance of letting children formulate their own opinions and decisions at an early age. 

Jan 14, 2020
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, WILDHOOD
29:53

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD is a professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology, visiting professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and president of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. On top of this, she's the coauthor, along with Kathryn Bowers, of best-selling book Zoobiquity and their latest, Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals. It explores an incredible perspective on their discovery about adolescence across the animal kingdom - outlining four key life skills that all adolescents, including both humans and animals, experience - and the story of how she got to this research is just as interesting as the research itself.

Jan 10, 2020
Sandra Miller, TROVE
28:04

Sandra Miller is the author of the memoir Trove: A Woman's Search for Truth and Buried Treasure, which I loved reading. It's a captivating, sharp, and poignant story spurred on by a physical search for a treasure chest that reflects a deeper emotional journey. Sandra has also contributed to more than a hundred publications including The Boston Globe Magazine for which she is a regular correspondent. One of her essays was turned into a short film called Wait directed by Trudie Styler and starring Kerry Washington. Make sure to catch Sandra’s amazing tips on writing despite distractions and putting in the work so you can enjoy the magic. 

Jan 09, 2020
Rochelle Weinstein, THIS IS NOT HOW IT ENDS
22:55

Rochelle Weinstein is the USA Today best-selling author of What We Leave Behind, The Mourning After, Where We Fall, and Somebody's Daughter. Her latest novel, This Is Not How It Ends, is fantastic. Based in the Florida Keys, the protagonist's journey in this love story is far from linear and absolutely riveting. 

Jan 08, 2020
Kiley Reid, SUCH A FUN AGE
23:16

I've been Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is a Reese Witherspoon and Well-Read Black Girl book club pick. It's a powerful comedy of errors plot line that centers on millennial post-graduate babysitter Emira Tucker and explores race, privilege, and complex relationships through intricately crafted characters. 

Jan 07, 2020
Rachel Barenbaum, A BEND IN THE STARS
26:27

Rachel Barenbaum is the debut author of A Bend in the Stars, a riveting historical novel, set in World War I-era Russia, about love and the history and science and survival. It was a New York Times Summer Reading Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. It was also a Boston Globe best seller. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program, Rachel was a hedge fund manager and spinning instructor before committing to full-time work as a writer and reviewer. 

Jan 03, 2020
Melissa T. Shultz, FROM MOM TO ME AGAIN
29:54

Melissa T. Schultz is a writer and the acquisitions editor for Jim Donovan Literary, an agency that represents book authors. She's written about health and parenting for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, AARP’s The Girlfriend, Today.com, and many other publications. Her latest, From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived My First Empty-Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life, is part memoir and part self-help, filled with storytelling and interviews geared toward parents with kids in junior high and up about letting go and entering a new phase with (and without) your children under your roof. 

Jan 02, 2020
Bettina Elias Siegel, KID FOOD
26:17

Bettina Elias Siegel is the author of Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World and nationally recognized writer and advocate on issues related to children and food policy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle among other publications, and on her widely read blog The Lunch Tray. She's a frequent guest on national media and was named one of the country’s twenty most influential moms in 2015 by Family Circle. The topic of "kid food" and raising healthy eaters is on my mind a lot, and Bettina's book is a guidebook for parents navigating this very difficult food environment with their family! 

Jan 01, 2020
Special Episode: Delia Owens (re-release), WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
24:33

To celebrate 2019, I'm re-releasing my episode with Delia Owens, author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, the #1 bestselling book in 2019. I loved our conversation (which I originally released as an episode on January 8th, 2019). Delia talked about her life in the wild, the importance of female friendships, mastering Instagram and how it took 10 years to publish this amazing novel!

Dec 31, 2019
Teru Clavel, WORLD CLASS: ONE MOTHER'S JOURNEY HALFWAY AROUND THE GLOBE IN SEARCH OF THE BEST EDUCATION FOR HER CHILDREN
33:04

Teru Clavel is the author of World Class: One Mother's Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children. She is an education expert, columnist, and sought-after public speaker. She has run her own educational consulting practice since 2010. She's contributed to the Financial Times and The Japan Times among other publications, and has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and other media outlets. Teru, a native New Yorker, chronicles how her family left New York in 2006 and enrolled her three children in local public schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and then Palo Alto. The book is both anecdotal and research based - and a fascinating exploration of education across the globe.  

Dec 26, 2019
Elyssa Friedland & Kermit Roosevelt III, FIRST STREET
21:34

Today I'm with Elyssa Friedland in person and Kermit Roosevelt III via Skype for a new project called First Street, which has been released on Serial Box, a super cool app that allows you to both read and toggle between reading and audio. Elyssa and Kermit collaborated with four other authors on the First Street novel. You may have already heard me interview Elyssa one of her three other novels, The Intermission. Kermit is a writer, author, lawyer, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He's a novelist, and a frequent op-ed contributor, to publications like The New York Times, Time, The Washington Times, and others.

Dec 25, 2019
Alicia Menendez, THE LIKEABILITY TRAP
31:54

Alicia Menendez is an MSNBC anchor and leads the “Latina to Latina” podcast. Previously a cohost of PBS TV’s Amanpour & Co, her reporting has appeared on Bustle, ABC News, Fusion TV, PBS, and Vice News. Her book, The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are, is the perfect pick to put at the top of your new year's reading list. Her examination of the cultural pressure often placed on women to walk a professional and personal tightrope of likeability and leadership. 

Dec 24, 2019
Richie Jackson, GAY LIKE ME
31:13

Richie Jackson is the author of Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son, a poignant reflection on what it was like growing up and what it is like now to be gay in America and how to "celebrate our similarities, but we should revel in our differences." He is an award-winning Broadway, film, and TV producer whose most recent productions include Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He and his husband Jordan Roth were honored with The Trevor Project’s 2016 Trevor Hero Award. 

Dec 19, 2019
Julie Valerie, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST
24:53

Julie Valerie is the debut novelist of Holly Banks Full of Angst, a laugh-out-loud book featuring a less-than-perfect protagonist and a message that reminds all of us that there's really no such thing as perfect. Plus, our conversation was filmed by Sandy Kenyon of ABC News! Watch this clip of us in the feature about “Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books” that also appeared in NYC taxis for a week in December!! 

Dec 18, 2019
Sheryl Haft, GOODNIGHT BUBBALA
20:30

Sheryl Haft is the author a number of books including Goodnight Bubbala and the upcoming Mazie’s Amazing Machines. A former product designer, she's the founder and educator of Kids Engineer!, an elementary after-school program that teaches engineering principles through design and invention building. I love her inspiration for Goodnight Bubbala, her modern-day, Yiddish personalized interpretation of Goodnight Moon

Dec 17, 2019
Jamie Hantman, HEELS IN THE ARENA
28:30

Jamie Brown Hantman has worked at the highest levels of government including at the White House and for the US Department of Justice. Politico named her one of the “50 Politicos to Watch." She's a force, and can now add memoirist to her list of accomplishments. Jamie calls her new book, Heels in the Arena: Living Purple in a Red/Blue Town, "Legally Blonde meets Bossypants" - and who could resist that? It's funny, insightful, and serves as an inspiration to other people interested in going into public service or just learning about what it really looks like behind the scenes in government. 

Dec 12, 2019
Alison Cayne, THE HAVEN'S KITCHEN COOKING SCHOOL
29:16

Alison Cayne is the founder of Haven’s Kitchen, an amazing cooking school, café, and event space in New York. She's the author of The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School: Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen. She's also the creator of podcast “In the Sauce” on the Heritage Radio Network and recently launched a line of fresh-made sauces! Neither a chef nor a nutritionist, her degree is in sustainability and food systems. What started out as her teaching friends in her kitchen turned into an incredible passion and business! Listen to us talk about food, entrepreneurial endeavors, raising lots of kids, and more!! 

Dec 11, 2019
Elliot Ackerman, WAITING FOR EDEN
21:31

Elliot Ackerman is the author of Waiting for Eden, the most beautiful, slim, searing book about the wife of a soldier and how she deals with his return home as a compromised version of himself. It's about the effects of the military on families and the inner struggles on the path to loyalty. Elliot is a brilliant writer whose prose makes me want to underline every sentence.  His novel, Dark at the Crossing, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He also wrote Green on Blue and Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning. A former Marine who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart, Elliot is simply no joke. Listen to us discuss ALL of it. 

Dec 10, 2019
Kelly Corrigan, TELL ME MORE
33:55

Kelly Corrigan is the outstanding author of four consecutive New York Times best sellers including Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, Glitter and Glue, The Middle Place, and Lift. She has been called the poet laurate of the ordinary by HuffPost and the voice of a generation by O Magazine. She is an accomplished columnist with essays in O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. I've been a huge reader of hers for ages so this is an extra special interview and getting to talk to her about this deep, personal, and essential essay collection was a true gift!! 

Dec 05, 2019
Conn Iggulden, THE DOUBLE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS
28:07

Conn Iggulden is a best-selling author of historical fiction, most notably the Emperor series and Conqueror series. He also cowrote The Dangerous Book for Boys with his brother Hal, and most recently, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys with his sons Arthur and Cameron. His books have helped create experience - taking people away from modern screen time and allowing parents and children, kids and friends, to learn new skills, gain knowledge, and just have fun together. 

Dec 04, 2019
Vashti Harrison, LITTLE LEGENDS
31:08

Vashti Harrison is the exceptional children’s book author and illustrator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, and most recently Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, plus board books Dream Big, Little One, and Think Big, Little One. She's also illustrated many other books including Sulwe by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, which is now a New York Times best seller, Cece Loves Science, Hair Love, and others. Vashti is also a filmmaker. I met Vashti at the Brooklyn Book Festival and watched her do this illustrator smackdown which my kids thought was basically the coolest thing ever. I'm super excited that I got to talk to Vashti about her work! 

Dec 03, 2019
Bronson van Wyck, BORN TO PARTY, FORCED TO WORK
31:01

Bronson van Wyck is the cofounder (along with his mother) of Van Wyck & Van Wyck, a well-known event planning firm that has designed events for three presidents of the United States, Beyoncé, the Cooper Hewitt, and many other notables. His new book, Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Hospitality, a gorgeous, gleaming, golden coffee table book/manifesto on hospitality. He's ultra-curious about history, culture, and the rituals of hospitality and pours his experience into a dynamic exploration of the party perfect. 

 

Nov 28, 2019
Torrey Maldonado, TIGHT
29:17

Torrey Maldonado is a middle school teacher in Brooklyn and the author of Tight and Secret Saturdays. He was voted a top-ten Latino author and best middle-grade and young-adult novelist for African Americans. His book Secret Saturdays was highlighted in The New York Times as a top book by and about Latinos. I had planned to read Tight with my kids, but it was too good to wait for them! It's a dynamic navigation of adolescent chaos - tough choices, peer pressure, conflicts at home - and finding a path through it. It was inspiring and memorable -- as was my conversation with the amazing Torrey!!

Nov 27, 2019
Caroline Maguire, WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME?
31:28

There's nothing worse than having your child in pain and not knowing what to do about it. Caroline Maguire, a personal coach who works with children struggling with executive function weakness, can help, at least with all the social ills that plague almost every child at one time or another! The author of Why Will No One Play with Me?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive is a parent-friendly guide to help caregivers know what the professionals know but in jargon-free, user-friendly terms to coach their kid through any social situation. As a parent of four kids, I wish I had this book earlier in my life! 

Nov 26, 2019
Raakhee Mirchandani, SUPER SATYA SAVES THE DAY
30:39

My kids and I met (and immediately fell in love with!) Raakhee Mirchandani at the Brooklyn Book Festival. She's an award-winning writer, editor, and pediatric cancer crusader. Her work has appeared in Elle, Redbook, HuffPost, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post, among other publications. She's currently the editorial director of diversity and inclusion at Dow Jones. She's also the author of children’s book Super Satya Saves the Day, which recently won the Purple Dragonfly Award from Bharat Babies. Listen to our conversation about her inspiration for writing this modern superhero picture book - you'll fall in love with her, too. 

Nov 21, 2019
Cathleen Schine, THE GRAMMARIANS
31:58

Cathleen Schine is the author of 11 books including the best-selling novels The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The Love Letter, and The New Yorkers. Cathy's latest novel is The Grammarians, a coming of age novel about twins, family, relationships, and words. It has been called “an enchanting comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language.” Listen to Cathy talk about her writing process and the power of words. As she says, "I always feel like I'm wandering around banging my head against things and one of them turns out to be a door that opens." All this from the author dubbed "a modern day Jewish Jane Austen!" 

Nov 20, 2019
Mitch Albom, FINDING CHIKA
29:44

Mitch Albom is the author of seven #1 New York Times best sellers including Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time! His latest heartbreaking, inspiring book is Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. This intimate, sentimental memoir is a poignant framing of love, loss, and family. I can't wait for you to hear our conversation about this achingly beautiful book. 

Nov 19, 2019
Rene Denfeld, THE BUTTERFLY GIRL
32:15

Rene Denfeld, is an advocate, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author. We talked about her latest book, The Butterfly Girl, which tackles the plight of homeless children, a marginalized population she's familiar with after growing up homeless herself. Her beautiful, gripping novel — and her journey — is a story of hope, imagination, and rethinking what survival and trauma mean in our culture.

Nov 14, 2019
VC Chickering, TWISTED FAMILY VALUES
28:14

VC Chickering is the author of TWISTED FAMILY VALUES and NOOKIETOWN. This former comedy and TV writer writes in an engaging and unique way about the illicit love between cousins in a coming-of-age meets WASP tale. Listen to Tori and me talk about dating across cultures (!), family drama, trying not to care so much about what other people thing, home design, being super busy when no one cares, and her upcoming projects.

Nov 13, 2019
Susan Shapiro, THE BYLINE BIBLE
38:04

Susan Shapiro is an award-winning Manhattan writing professor, best-selling author of twelve books, and journalist. Her latest book is The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks. This is a super special episode for me because I took Sue’s class at The New School in 2004 when I was trying to write full-time for a little bit. Sue’s class was so amazing - and so is her book - all about teaching you how to get published in magazines and newspapers! Listen to us talk about sending out good book vibes, clever titles and more! 

Nov 12, 2019
Caitlin Moscatello, SEE JANE WIN
36:49

Caitlin Moscatello is an award-winning journalist and author of See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics. She has written for New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vanity Fair, Time, Elle, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications. She started working on this book in February of 2017, a few months after the 2016 election -- when many women across the country thought that we were going to see the first female president. What did happen, though, was a remarkable increase in women running for office - and Caitlin shone a bright spotlight on the journey in See Jane Win. We chatted about all of it, including how she mastered her brilliant journalism while having a baby! 

Nov 07, 2019
Rachel Levy Lesser, LIFE'S ACCESSORIES
26:31

Rachel Levy Lesser is the author of Life’s Accessories: A Memoir (and Fashion Guide). Life’s Accessories is a coming-of-age memoir told in fourteen essays. Each essay centers around an item of clothing, jewelry or an accessory that has had meaning in Rachel's life. Listen to us talk about the pain of losing her mother, fitting in at boarding school, growing up in the 1980s, being a mother herself, and how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie. 

 

Nov 06, 2019
Lisa Jewell, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS
27:25

Lisa Jewell is the internationally best-selling author of seventeen (and a half!) novels including the New York Times best seller Then She Was Gone as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. Her latest book, The Family Upstairs, is already a number one best seller in the UK and is a Book of the Month Club pick. Through the perspective of three different people, Lisa's novel provides a winding, thrilling discovery process for the characters and an enthralling escape for readers.

Nov 05, 2019
Katherine Wintsch, SLAY LIKE A MOTHER
31:03

Katherine Wintsch is the CEO of The Mom Complex and a nationally recognized expert on the topic of modern motherhood. She's also the author of Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What's Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want. Her work has been featured on major media outlets, she has spoken at TEDx and was recently named a Woman of the Decade by the Women’s Economic Forum. Her research about women across the globe inspired her to write about the "dragon" of self-doubt - and her book is about how we can all slay it. 

Nov 01, 2019
Alex Berenson, TELL YOUR CHILDREN
30:09

Alex Berenson is an award-winning novelist, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, and a former New York Times reporter. His latest book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, is his second nonfiction book. It is an intense work of brilliant research. Alex balances the intricate science with some of the extremely practical insights about how to talk to kids about tricky topics and makes a compelling case about the dangers of cannabis. 

Oct 31, 2019
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, THE NINE
27:06

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, author of the award-winning novel Eden and her latest work, The Nine, shares her thoughts on ambitious parenting, boarding school, writing, secrets and more!

Oct 30, 2019
Susan Orlean, THE LIBRARY BOOK
36:37

The legendary Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of eight books including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. Her latest book, The Library Book, was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie nonfiction prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, which is no surprise to anyone who has read her work! This latest work of nonfiction is about a fire that ravaged the LA Public Library in the 1980s, but it's really an investigation into human behavior. Susan and I talked about everything from the loss of her mother, who used to take her to libraries, to how she hides out from her son to write! Plus she discusses some very exciting new projects. 

Oct 29, 2019
Tonya Dalton, THE JOY OF MISSING OUT
32:13

I'm thrilled that I got to sit down in person with Tonya Dalton, the author of The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less. Just reading that title makes me feel like relaxation could be possible. Tonya is the founder and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co., a business focused on helping women create fulfilling lives around their priorities. Talk about something we could all use! She also has a very successful podcast, “Productivity Paradox." This is Tonya's first book, but it's also a system and a movement to help women stop feeling that heavy burden of busy. You'll feel empowered after listening to her explain her philosophy behind letting go of the feeling that you're failing if you're not busy 24/7!

Oct 25, 2019
Erica Cerulo & Claire Mazur, WORK WIFE
23:39

Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur are the coauthors of Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses. They met at the University of Chicago in 2002 and founded Of a Kind in 2010. They have become known for discovering the next big things and launched a wildly popular weekly newsletter, 10 Things, and “A Few Things,” the podcast. Their book is yet another collaboration in their already rich history of being a team of "work wives," exploring the power of female friendship to build and power successful businesses not just from their own (super interesting!) lens but from the perspective of other profitable female partnerships. 

Oct 24, 2019
Vanessa Lillie, LITTLE VOICES
26:56

Vanessa Lillie is the debut author of thriller Little Voices, a story of an investigation by a woman who is both struggling as a new mom and whose her friend was murdered on the night she went into labor. It's not just a riveting murder mystery. It's also a story about new motherhood, the doubts we all have, and the pressure to be perfect parents. Vanessa's astute ability to craft characters with relatable experiences adds a world of depth to the novel and intrigue around her writing process. 

Oct 23, 2019
Alain de Botton, THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
34:28

In this episode, I get the honor of speaking to the brilliant Alain de Botton, the international philosopher and best-selling author of fourteen books, essay collections, and novels. His most recent book is The School of Life, the same name as the international school he founded dedicated to improving our emotional, interior lives. The book is an amazing guide to exploring your past and present to master emotional maturity ... which we could all use a dose of! Listen to us discuss how to live a better life. 

Oct 22, 2019
Tiffany Shlain, 24/6: THE POWER OF UNPLUGGING ONE DAY A WEEK
24:01

Tiffany Shlain is the author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. An Emmy-nominated filmmaker and creator of the Webby Awards, Tiffany has won more than eighty awards and distinctions herself. We talked about her family's practice of unplugging (no phones!!) one day a week, her modern-day interpretation of the sabbath, and how helpful it is to her overall sanity. If this super accomplished tech diva can do it, can't we?!

Oct 17, 2019
Tui Sutherland, THE HIDDEN KINGDOM
29:36

Tui Sutherland is a young adult/fantasy writer who my guest interviewer (my 12-year-old son) is obsessed with! Getting him an advance copy of this graphic novel, which comes out today, was the coolest thing he thinks I've ever done. Tui has written 40 books for children and teens... and she's a two-day Jeopardy champion! Listen to the three of us talk about writing, plot twists, graphic novels, storytelling and more! 

Oct 16, 2019
Adrienne Brodeur, WILD GAME
26:32

Adrienne Brodeur's memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me is absolutely outstanding and will surely be a best-seller. (The film rights have already been sold to Chernin Entertainment with the director attached!) Adrienne's life changed at age 14 when her mother confided something in her. The repercussions from that conversation affected the trajectory of the rest of her life, all her relationships and her sense of self. Listen to Adrienne talk about living through that period of time, her relationship with her mother, writing, parenting her own kids, and what loyalty really means.

Also, this episode I announced my partnership with Book of the Month Club! Enter code ZIBBY to get your first book for just $5 -- an exclusive offer!!!   

Oct 15, 2019
Waylynn Lucas, SUNNY-SIDE UP
20:00

Waylynn Lucas is the author of Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry. An award-winning former pastry chef at famed restaurants like Patina and Bazaar, Waylynn has also been a judge on the Food Network’s TV hit show Cake Wars, and is now giving us a firsthand look at this friendly-for-all cookbook that's going to be a kitchen staple! Hear what inspired Waylynn to be on TV and how her dream came true!! 

Oct 11, 2019
Matt Hall, ODDS ON
27:04

Matt Hall is the author of Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor. He is the co-founder and president of Hill Investment Group and the host of the podcast “Take the Long View.” The subtitle of Matt’s book sounds very business-y, but this is really a personal story that was transformational for him to write and a book you won't want to miss!!

Oct 10, 2019
Rachel Brathen, TO LOVE AND LET GO
31:16

I’m thrilled to share this conversation I had with Rachel Brathen. I interviewed her on Instagram Live at the Simon & Schuster offices on her publication day! (For the video, click here.) Rachel is the founder and CEO of Yoga Girl and the author of the New York Times best-selling book also called Yoga Girl. I absolutely loved her new memoir, To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude, about a year in her life in which she "had the most amazing things happen and the most terrible things happen at the same time." For anyone who has ever gone through a loss or who wants inspiration (from someone who has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to dedicate herself to helping millions of others around the world in a spiritual, soulful way), this book is for you. As she quotes in the book, "I believe in the good things coming, coming, coming....."  

Oct 09, 2019
Carla Naumburg, HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR SH*T WITH YOUR KIDS
31:56

I'm so happy to be here today with Carla Naumburg, PhD, who's a writer, speaker, and clinical social worker and the author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Calmer, Happier Parent. She's also the author of two other mindfulness books. Even with a PhD in clinical social work, she found herself unable to keep her cool with her kids, so she set out on a journey that delivered all of us this book that explores how we can be more patient and present and not explode at our children *quite* so often. It's full of practical ideas and strategies - listen on!

Oct 08, 2019
Will Schwalbe, THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB
31:32

Will Schwalbe is the New York Times best-selling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living: Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life. He is also the host of Macmillan Publisher's podcast, "But That's Another Story with Will Schwalbe." Will and I share an intense love of books! Hear how certain books have helped him through emotional challenges like loss and why Will says "I'm not the same reader when I finish a book as I am when I started." Hear about his crusade to rebrand reading, how one influential book recommender can save your life, and why he loves naps.

Oct 03, 2019
Deborah Copaken & Daniel Jones, MODERN LOVE
38:01

This is a very special episode with the New York Times "Modern Love" column editor Daniel Jones, the "Modern Love" contributor and author, Deborah Copaken, and the two subjects of Deb's essay, Justin and Kate McLeod. The essay is featured in the new book, MODERN LOVE: TRUE STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND REDEMPTION, and will be episode 2 of the Amazon TV series debuting on October 18th! 

Oct 02, 2019
Eve Rodsky, FAIR PLAY
35:37

Eve Rodsky is going to help your marriage!!! The author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), Eve has taken her Harvard law degree, her consulting work with hundreds of families over a decade, and her interviews with 500+ couples to devise an ingenious system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home. This book has already completely changed my life!! Eve, a Hello Sunshine pick, is trying to change the mental load that woman carry and make the home life not equal but fair. She is a badass. Watch her go!!!  

Oct 01, 2019
Amanda Salzhauer, THE KINDNESS ADVANTAGE
22:54

Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is the coauthor, along with Dale Atkins, PhD, of The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children, Everyday Ideas for Raising Kids Who Care. Amanda is a social worker who has worked in both clinics and private practice. Her book is amazing because it highlights the theory and philosophy behind everything they've researched and observed, and then goes on to include hands-on skills and tools to use to garner the fundamentals of kindness for your family - and yourself! I interviewed Amanda in a live podcast from Berry & Co bookstore in Sag Harbor! 

Sep 26, 2019
Katharine McGee, AMERICAN ROYALS
32:05

Katharine McGee is the author of the New York Times best-selling series The Thousandth Floor and her latest best-selling book, American Royals! Self-proclaimed historical fiction addict and British royalty fan, American Royals is a evocative of Crazy Rich Asians and The Crown. It’s a what-if scenario you won’t put down: imagine if George Washington had been our first king and present-day America is still a monarchy, and then dive into the love lives and adventures of the children who are the current heirs to the throne. Listen to us discuss royal weddings, friendship, writing and more!! 

Sep 25, 2019
Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington, GROWN & FLOWN
34:23

Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington are the coauthors of Grown & Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults. They are also the co-creators of Grown & Flown, the number one community site for parents with teens and college students, reaching millions of parents every month. They started their community when they saw how few resources there were for parents of no-longer-little-kids. Their book continues this tradition by addressing some of the most challenging, exciting, heartbreaking, and consequential years of parenting with essays and input from experts and parents alike. Our talk was super helpful to me as it came right before my oldest son went off to boarding school. Best tips: make the bed first, write a goodbye letter, plan some bonding activities in the aftermath of drop-off. 

Sep 24, 2019
Deborah Burns, SATURDAY'S CHILD
26:34

Today I'm talking with Deborah Burns who’s the author of memoir Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir. A former media chief innovation officer and brand leader for top publications, Deborah has helped many brands and execs reinvent themselves. She also founded Skirting the Rules, a firm that helps other women find meaningful futures.  Her memoir is a very moving mother-daughter story through a reflection on her relationship with her unconventional, beautiful, larger-than-life mother. 

Sep 19, 2019
Leslie Anne Bruce, You Are A F*cking Awesome Mom
27:28

Today I'm welcoming Leslie Anne Bruce, a five-time New York Times best-selling coauthor and an award-winning entertainment journalist formally of US Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. She's the founder of Unpacified, an online community for modern women to discuss motherhood through an unfiltered, judgment-free lens of honesty and humor. Her latest book, You Are A F*cking Awesome Mom, puts a different lens on parenting - so much of preparing for becoming a mom is baby-centric, and this shifts the focus to support women in their transition into the journey of motherhood. 

Sep 18, 2019
Stephen A. Schwarzman, WHAT IT TAKES
26:19

I am very, very excited to be interviewing Steve Schwarzman today who is..... my dad!!! He's also the chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, and the founder of the Schwarzman Scholars program in China. He's an active philanthropist with a focus on education, culture, and the arts. My dad wrote What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, to pass on what he has learned to people working in organizations, who start organizations, and run organizations so that they can do a better job, so they can be more successful, so that they can have fuller lives, and so the world can be a better place. Plus his book is full of life advice of all kinds!! Please listen to our special conversation, which even includes his tips on parenting!! 

Sep 17, 2019
Danielle Ganek, THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY
26:57

I'm here today with Danielle Ganek, who is a self-proclaimed book-a-holic, former magazine editor, and the author of two novels, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him and The Summer We Read Gatsby. She talks about her ideas for her novels, how her personal experiences inform her writing, and artistic expression. Listen in!  

Sep 12, 2019
Zibby's Essay, 10 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY FRIEND'S 9/11 DEATH
16:53

I lost my college roommate and best friend, Stacey Sanders, on 9/11. I didn’t just lose her. We all did. We all lost someone or something. I’ve written often about Stace and how her loss affected my life and continues to do so now, 18 years later. I'm releasing a dedicated podcast episode today of me reading three essays I’ve written about Stacey, starting with one I wrote just two weeks after she died for my business school newspaper, the Harbus, one from Redbook magazine in 2013, and one that Modern Loss published today

Sep 11, 2019
Rex Ogle, FREE LUNCH
27:00

I am so excited about my conversation with Rex Ogle, a former children's book editor in New York City and author of Free LunchFree Lunch is essentially a typical middle-grade story - it has to do with wanting to be on the football team, and trying to figure out where to sit, and the transferring-to-a-new-school jitters, but it also has to do with his experience of poverty and domestic violence and how that affected his life. His writing and advice about hope is incredibly powerful. 

Sep 10, 2019
Claire Dederer, LOVE & TROUBLE
30:03

Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV and adapted for the stage. We talked about her books and inspiration, the relationship between reader and writer, the importance of memoir from and for women and how to be a good interviewer!

Sep 05, 2019
Jennifer Blecher, OUT OF PLACE
21:07

Jennifer Blecher is the author of OUT OF PLACE, the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Cove who lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her mom. She's never left the island once in her entire life, which was fine with her until the day that her best friend Nina comes and tells Cove that Nina’s going to be moving to New York City with Nina’s two fathers. In that moment, Cove’s entire life feels like it’s falling apart and she has no idea how to make it better. It’s a story about friendship and mistakes and big acts of courage. Listen to Jennifer talk about her experience with #meangirls, writing, middle school, parenting and so much more. 

Sep 04, 2019
Michele Filgate, WHAT MY MOTHER & I DON'T TALK ABOUT
28:49

Today I'm interviewing Michele Filgate, the editor of the anthology What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence. The collection is based on her essay published by Longreads in October 2017, right after the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the  #MeToo movement took off. She started writing this essay when she was an undergraduate. What started as her trying to work through her stepfather's abuse culminated in this impactful piece she says is a really an essay about a daughter longing for a stronger and better relationship with her mother. She then recruited many others to tell their own stories. The collection is amazing. I loved talking to Michele about her own experiences, how she structured this book, her time in the literary world and how she made peace with her past. 

Sep 03, 2019
Lisa Perry, LISA PERRY: FASHION - HOMES - DESIGN
24:33

Lisa Perry is an internationally renowned fashion designer. Assouline recently released her new book Lisa Perry: Fashion - Homes - Design. The forward was written by Hillary Clinton and the text and photography are by Robyn Lea. Lisa always wanted to have a book. She says that to have twenty years of design projects under one cover was a dream. Her story, success, and advice is so colorful, just like her clothes and placemats!! Listen in. 

Aug 29, 2019
Jack Fairweather, THE VOLUNTEER
28:02

Jack Fairweather is a former award-winning war reporter who has covered Iraq, Afghanistan, and more. He is the author of A War of Choice and The Good War. His most recent book is The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy AuschwitzThe Volunteer is an extraordinary story about a Polish underground operative who took on a mission to infiltrate Auschwitz in 1940, raised a resistance cell inside the camp, and started reporting on Nazi crimes - successfully. This true story is riveting and a must-read! Jack and I discussed everything from parenting to research to war to writing! 

Aug 28, 2019
Lauren Gershell, THAT'S WHAT FRENEMIES ARE FOR
28:00

Lauren Gershell is the coauthor, along with Sophie Littlefield, of That's What Frenemies Are For: A Novel. It centers around a New York City woman who 'has it all' but feels her star fading and goes about trying to regain her social capital. This is Lauren's first book - she had an idea and reached out to a childhood friend who was a literary agent. Her friend liked the idea! Lauren said as a new author that she'd like to write it with somebody, and she got set up on what she calls a blind date that was "love at first sight." Her process is as delightful to hear about as her book is to read. We talked about spinning, friendship, motherhood in NYC and more!!

Aug 27, 2019
Holly Peterson, IT'S HOT IN THE HAMPTONS
28:58

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Holly Peterson released a new book this summer. In her amazing beach read, It’s Hot in the Hamptons, Holly doesn't skim the surface of the Hamptons summer community. She delves into more than the juicy details and takes a look at inequality, class, and differences in today's world. She also shines a light on the #metoo movement, as Holly explains in our interview, yet has women take back the power. I interviewed Holly live at the Children's Museum of the East End ("CMEE") this summer! Listen to us talk motherhood, Hamptons, books, writing, infidelity and more! 

Aug 22, 2019
Jane Green, THE FRIENDS WE KEEP
30:03

Jane Green is the author of many best-selling novels. Her latest book, The Friends We Keep, debuted early this summer, and is set at university in the UK in the 1980s. Three students become best friends and promise to stay close forever - but of course, life has other plans. The story follows them throughout the course of their lives until their thirtieth reunion - they're all swept right back into their circle of friendship, and start making plans. But there's a secret (how could there not be!?). Jane's inspiration and writing process is as fascinating as her novel. Listen in!

Aug 20, 2019
Ben Michaelis, YOUR NEXT BIG THING
23:23

Ben Michaelis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, elite performance coach, and the author of Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. The inspiration for his recent book was really one client - a difficult client originally - and the mutual impact they had on each other's lives. It's a powerful and inspiring exploration - listen for more! 

Aug 16, 2019
Ricardo Cortés, PARTY and GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP
18:48

Ricardo Cortés is an artist, writer, publisher, and the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator of GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP. His most recent project has been taking a small New Yorker magazine "Talk of the Town" piece by legendary author Jamaica Kincaid and turning it into a children's book called PARTY: A MYSTERY. Ricardo illustrated this book but also visualized the entire thing and worked with Jamaica to turn it into a Nancy Drew-like tale from the New York Public Library. Listen to us talk about how he thought of this exciting project, what it was like to have GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP become a blockbuster hit, illustrating for kids vs. adults, and collaborating with a legend. 

Aug 15, 2019
Jamaica Kincaid, PARTY
24:02

I'm beyond honored to release my podcast conversation with the legendary writer, novelist, and professor, Jamaica Kincaid. Jamaica is most recently the author of her first children’s book Party: A Mystery, with captivating illustrations by Ricardo CortésThe acclaimed author doesn't see Party (or any book!) as a "children's book," but rather an imaginative story born from a fascinating series of events. Listen for Jamaica's process and perspective that spans far past her latest publication... and hear what she's never told anyone else!!! 

Aug 14, 2019
Heather Hansen, THE ELEGANT WARRIOR
22:41

Heather Hanson is the author of The Elegant Warrior: How To Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself. A trial lawyer for over twenty years defending medical malpractice suits, Heather is an advocacy and credibility consultant, keynote speaker, and host of “The Elegant Warrior Podcast.” In her book, Heather explores how she was able to maintain and be true to her identity through emotional and challenging conflicts inside and outside of the courtroom - and has taken the tools of being a trial lawyer and applied them across the board so that people can learn to become their own biggest advocates. 

Aug 13, 2019
Karen Dukess, THE LAST BOOK PARTY
33:06

Karen Dukess is the author of The Last Book Party, a fantastic coming-of-age novel set in the literary world and in Cape Cod. Karen's debut novel is absolutely lovely and takes the reader from the shores of the Cape to the literary event of the season. It's evocative, transformative, and very well-written. Listen to Karen and me discuss the background of her book, how it took her until now in her life to publish it, and what the Cape means to her. 

Aug 12, 2019
Madeleine Henry, BREATHE IN, CASH OUT
27:58

Madeleine Henry is the author of Breathe In, Cash Out. Her debut novel Breathe In, Cash Out, is about an investment banker, Allegra, who wants to be a yogi. The book explores reality, escapism, and dreams in the age of social media - and how to reconcile career and passion.

Aug 09, 2019
Elissa Altman, MOTHERLAND: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, LOATHING, AND LONGING
31:35

Elissa Altman's new memoir, MOTHERLAND, is absolutely beautiful! An intimate tale about her relationship with her mother, both the early stages when she felt "less than" given her mother's beauty and acting background, and in the late stages dealing with her mother's fall as her only caregiver. A tale of narcissistic personality disorder in the flesh, Elissa's story will rivet anyone who has struggled with a relationship. Our conversation was personal, open and filled with writing and daughter-ing insights. 

Aug 08, 2019
Fiona Davis, THE CHELSEA GIRLS
26:43

Fiona Davis is the best-selling author of The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Masterpiece. Her latest book, The Chelsea Girls, is in her signature historical fiction style situated around a specific place. This time, she picked The Chelsea Hotel in NYC. Set in the 1950s McCarthy-era, this book is about female friendship and the theater with some major twists thrown in. Listen to us discuss her writing process, acting, friendship, and more! 

Aug 07, 2019
Candace Bushnell, IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY?
32:40

I am beyond excited to be interviewing Candace Bushnell who is the internationally best-selling author of nine books, the latest of which is a memoir: Is There Still Sex in the City?Listen for a deeply insightful and personal journey about womanhood, midlife, female bonds, dating, and self-exploration. 

 
 

 

Aug 06, 2019
Abigail Maslin, LOVE YOU HARD
33:20

Abby Maslin is the author of The Washington Post best seller Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love. Abby started blogging about caring for her husband’s traumatic brain injury weeks after his brutal attack. This book is so beautifully written - an open, honest exploration of putting the pieces back together after significant trauma.

Aug 05, 2019
Liz Astrof, DON'T WAIT UP: CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-WORK MOM
28:12

Liz Astrof is the author of the hilarious collection of essays Don't Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom. An award-winning executive producer and successful sitcom writer, Liz has worked on shows like 2 Broke Girls, The King of Queens, Raising Hope, and many others. She calls herself a writer, producer, and mother-ish.

Aug 02, 2019
Joanne Ramos, THE FARM
30:02

Joanne Ramos, a debut author whose journey from the Philippines to Princeton informed her story, wrote an AMAZING first novel. THE FARM is not only an inside look at a surrogacy facility but it's also an inside look at the world of nannies, baby nurses and more. We spoke about the lottery of life, how caregivers are able to compartmentalize their own private lives, what "make yourself at home" really means, the windy path of writing and so much more. 

Aug 01, 2019
Richard Kirshenbaum, ROUGE
32:08

Richard Kirshenbaum today is an ad man, author, and entrepreneur. His latest book, Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry, has already been optioned by Sony Pictures. Rouge is an incredible story about the women who created the cosmetic industry, the first multibillion-dollar category founded primarily by women. Richard's experience as an ad man having run accounts from Avon to Revlon and having worked with so many well-known female entrepreneurs, he created an homage to all the amazing female entrepreneurs who founded this incredible category.

Jul 31, 2019
Mary Laura Philpott, I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK
33:14

Mary Laura Philpott is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, her debut memoir written as a collection of essays. She asks: what happens after you check off all the boxes on your to-do list and realize you might need to reinvent the list—and yourself? Follow her journey from a young age as a child perfectionist and how those tendencies to want to be "the best" manifested in adulthood. 

Jul 30, 2019
William Dameron, THE LIE
30:06

William Dameron is the author of The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out, which was chosen as the Amazon First Reads Book Pick for June 2019.He is an award-winning blogger and essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and HuffPost, among others. William's riveting memoir explores what we do when we put on false identifies and become someone we're not - and what happens when we finally uncover our lies.

Jul 29, 2019
Lori Gottlieb, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE
33:54

Lori Gottlieb is the author of the instant New York Times best seller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, which is currently being adapted into a TV series with Eva Longoria. She is a psychotherapist, a nationally recognized journalist, and the weekly Dear Therapist columnist for The Atlantic. Lori started her career in the TV and film industry, went back to medical school, and then began her writing career before becoming a therapist. In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, we follow the stories of four very different patients as they're going through various struggles in their lives as well as Lori's own upheaval in her life - making her the fifth patient in the story. 

Jul 25, 2019
Christina Geist, SORRY, GROWN-UPS, YOU CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL
32:43

Christina Geist, author of BUDDY'S BEDTIME BATTERY and her latest children's book, SORRY, GROWN-UPS, YOU CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL, talks about her amazing career, multi-tasking, BoomBoxGifts and branding! 

Jul 24, 2019
Laurie Gelman, YOU'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED: A CLASS MOM NOVEL
22:30

Laurie Gelman spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the United States before writing novels. She is the author of You've Been Volunteered: Class Mom, a novel about the mother who volunteers in the classroom to help everybody out. Find out how Laurie's own experience influenced this fun read! 

Jul 23, 2019
Marcy Dermansky, VERY NICE
27:56

Marcy Dermansky is the author of Very Nice: A Novel. She has previously written critically acclaimed novels and widely published short fiction. Marcy talks about her writing process and the different angles through which she crafted Very Nice, a literary soap opera set in contemporary America that I loved talking about with her! 

Jul 18, 2019
Christopher Cerf, A SKUNK IN MY BUNK!
20:33

Christopher Cerf is an Emmy and Grammy award-winning author, composer, humorist, and producer. A charter contributing editor of the National Lampoon and a former senior editor at Random House, he has written 300+ songs for Sesame Workshop Productions. He's the author of a number of children's books, including Blackie with Paige Peterson and A Skunk in my Bunk! Plus he has a fascinating history in the literary industry. Listen to us talk about the difference between muppets and the literary elite, why he supports FirstBook.org, where he sees the publishing industry going, his time spent joking around with Dr. Seuss, and more! 

Jul 17, 2019
Lauren Mechling, HOW COULD SHE
35:23

Lauren Mechling is the author of How Could She: A Novel. A former reporter at The New York Sun and features editor at The Wall Street Journal, Lauren has written for The New York Times, Vogue, where she is a contributing editor, and The New Yorker online. Her novel, How Could She, is a fascinating exploration of the trouble and heartbreak of female friendship over time. Listen to us discuss her #cloglife (vs. #vanslife!) endeavors, female friendships and more!!! 

Jul 16, 2019
Dr. Michael Reichert, HOW TO RAISE A BOY
28:50

Have any sons? Listen to the highly esteemed, Dr. Michael Reichert, author of HOW TO RAISE A BOY. We had the best conversation about how boys feel pressured to be “brave,” how to parent boys in the best way, and how loss affects everything. As a mother of two boys, this conversation was priceless for me!

Jul 11, 2019
Lisa Taddeo, THREE WOMEN
35:40

Lisa Taddeo's non-fiction book, THREE WOMEN, is absolutely sensational. Dark, moving, and written in a brilliant, fresh way, THREE WOMEN is a story about desire, relationships, lust and longing. By embedding herself in ordinary communities throughout the country and getting to know women with different backgrounds, Lisa created a riveting portrait in this un-put-down-able book. Lisa and I spoke about ALL of it including the loss of her parents in her 20s and what makes her write the way she does. 

Jul 09, 2019
Eva Hagberg Fisher, HOW TO BE LOVED
28:31
Eva Hagberg Fisher is the New York-based author of HOW TO BE LOVED: A MEMOIR OF LIFESAVING FRIENDSHIP. Listen to our discussion about her new book which she says is either "a critique of capitalism dressed up as a narrative about friendship with a little bit of chronic illness and non-chronic illness to move the plot along" or "a memoir about how three friends in particular saved my life when I needed it to be saved in various and extremely different ways." 
Jul 05, 2019
Catherine Price, HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE
37:26

Catherine Price is an award-winning writer and science journalist and the author of How to Break Up with Your Phone. Before you freak out, breaking up with your phone does not mean getting rid of your phone!! It's learning how to use it in a better, more mindful way. Listen to us discuss addiction, writing, our brains and more!! 

Jul 04, 2019
Emily Oster, CRIBSHEET: A DATA-DRIVEN GUIDE TO BETTER, MORE RELAXED PARENTING FROM BIRTH TO PRESCHOOL
24:09

Emily Oster, Ph.D. is a professor of economics at Brown University, but don't let that scare you away!! She is an amazing storyteller and has combed through all the data out there to give all of us the most science-backed parenting tips out there. Listen to our talk about the relative merits of meal kits, marginal utility as it applies to spending time with kids, the beauty of Aquaphor, what to title a sequel to this book, and more! 

Jul 03, 2019
Dena Moes, THE BUDDHA SAT RIGHT HERE
27:20

Dena Moes is the author of The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal. Her book is a memoir of adventure, motherhood, and love, woven into a spiritual journey. In 2014, Dena was a mother who pretty much had it all - she was a busy home birth midwife with a successful practice, two amazing daughters who were thriving, a marriage, a house. She was checking all of the boxes, but inside, something was eroding. What resulted was her family's incredible journey: eight-month backpacking journey through India and Nepal.

Jul 02, 2019
Neil Pasricha, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION
37:46

Neil Pasricha is the mega-best-selling author of many happiness-related books including THE HAPPINESS EQUATION, THE BOOK OF AWESOME, and the children's book, AWESOME IS EVERYWHERE. Neil also established the Institute for Global Happiness - how cool is that?! We spoke about everything from kids and podcasting (he hosts the amazing podcast, "3 Books with Neil Pasricha") to loss and little pops of pleasure. Neil is an absolute happiness guru. Listen to our talk and feel happier!!! 

Jul 01, 2019
Zibby's essay: "School Didn't Prepare Me For Parenting"
07:45

I've been spending a lot of time in the ER this summer. It has made me realize how useless my education has been when it comes to preparing me for motherhood. Why wasn't there a class on how to read ultrasounds? Diagnose illnesses? Undergo extreme sleep deprivation?! Listen to some of the classes I wish I'd taken. I published this as an essay on Medium.com. What do you wish you'd taken!? Email me at zibby@zibbyowens.com with any feedback!! 

Jun 28, 2019
Julie Morgenstern, TIME TO PARENT
32:55

Julie Morgenstern is an internationally recognized organizational consultant who has written six books including two New York Times best sellers. Her latest book is Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You, is a must-read for any parent trying to find time to do anything. It's a modern-day guide book for organizing time with concepts like min-max-mod to help prioritize your to-do list. I adored talking to Julie!!! She is a genius and truly changed how I approach my time - and life! 

Jun 27, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: Nora McInerny on her non-profit, Still Kickin
19:28

Today's short bonus episode is with Nora McInerny the host of podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” and the author of several books including No Happy Endings: A Memoir, which I talked to her about earlier this year. I wanted to meet Nora in person and learn more about her incredible nonprofit, called Still Kickin, which she founded after her husband passed away. Watch a short video of our interview here, too! 

Jun 26, 2019
Sheri Salata, THE BEAUTIFUL NO
28:27

Sheri Salata was the co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and has now written a fabulous book, The Beautiful No. Sheri had a front-row seat to the most prolific wisdom-keepers of our time and her book is filled with insight about manifesting your dreams and reimagining what living your best life looks like. Listen to our talk, watch the video here, or read the transcript on zibbyowens.com! Don’t you think I’m right that Sheri should write a children’s book about her dogs next??! 

Jun 24, 2019
Amanda Stern, LITTLE PANIC
26:38

Amanda Stern is the author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life, a memoir about her undiagnosed childhood panic disorder that takes place in New York City in the Etan Patz era. The subtitle, Dispatches from an Anxious Life, is only a small piece of the puzzle of how the course of Amanda's life was shaped. Listen and learn more about her compelling story.

Jun 21, 2019
Meg Wolitzer, THE FEMALE PERSUASION
19:38

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She's also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Her latest book, The Female Persuasion, was an instant New York Times best seller and was one of the most celebrated books of 2018. Listen to Meg discuss her own mother, her writing, characters who don't feel worthy and so much more! 

Jun 20, 2019
Biz Ellis, YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB
27:30

Biz Ellis is a former stand-up comic and corporate event planner. She now cohosts the comedy podcast that happens to be about parenting called “One Bad Mother.” She, along with her cohost Theresa Thorn, wrote a parenting, sort of, advice book, You're Doing a Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting. After feeling like so many of the parenting books they read did not make them feel confident or comforted, they wanted to make a book that reminded parents that no matter how they're doing it, if it's working, good job. 

Jun 19, 2019
Jennifer Weiner, MRS. EVERYTHING
31:43

Jennifer Weiner is the best-selling author of dozens of books including her latest novel, MRS. EVERYTHING. This book, about two sisters from the 1950s to present day, is a family saga, a drama, one that made me gasp at times, relate at other times, and stay engaged throughout. Women’s rights. Lesbianism. Civil rights. Eating disorders. Sexual assault. Drugs. This is her magnum opus. Jen and I did an Instagram LIVE of our conversation. It was beyond exciting to be interviewing her!! 

 

Jun 18, 2019
Katie Arnold, RUNNING HOME
31:52

Katie Arnold is a contributing editor at Outside magazine where she has been on staff for twelve years. Running Home: A Memoir is her first book and we're talking all about it today. It explores Katie's relationship with running and with her father after the two converged after he died in 2010. The book is a powerful story of how she grieves her father and how running and the wilderness healed her. 

Jun 17, 2019
Zibby's essay: "This Father's Day, My Dad Actually Gave Me The Gift"
06:15

For Father's Day, I wrote this short article about my dad for the TODAY Parenting Team site. I'm reading it here to wish everyone else a Happy Father's Day.... and to remind all parents out there that sometimes it's the little things that count. 

Jun 16, 2019
Evangeline Lilly, THE SQUICKERWONKERS
41:40

Evangeline Lilly is the author of the children's book series The Squickerwonkers. The two titles in the series so far are The Pre-Show and Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled. A former model, Evangeline is best known for her acting career. She was fourteen years old when I came up with The Squickerwonkers original poem. Listen to her talk about her love of poetry, influence from Dr. Seuss, and inspiration for her (sometimes very badly behaved!) characters. 

Jun 14, 2019
Lydia Fenet, THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE ROOM IS YOU
31:18

Lydia Fenet is the Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s. As lead benefit auctioneer of the firm, she has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations. Listen to our conversation about her first book: The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You: Command an Audience and Sell Your Way to Success! 

Jun 13, 2019
Julie Satow, THE PLAZA
32:10

Julie Satow is the author of The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered real estate in New York for over a decade. Listen to us chat about The Plaza - both a biography of the hotel and a social history of New York - and her inspiration to write this fascinating story!

 

Bonus: watch us on Vimeo! 

Jun 12, 2019
Catherine McCord, WEELICIOUS. ONE FAMILY. ONE MEAL.
23:24

Cookbook author and blogger, Catherine McCord, shares her tips for cooking for the whole family in this episode. Her two cookbooks in the WEELICIOUS series (and upcoming third one!) offer easy-to-follow, visually appealing lunchboxes and meals for kids. Hear how she got started and what her secrets are! 

Jun 11, 2019
Lisa Barr, THE UNBREAKABLES
32:56

Award-winning author Lisa Barr talks about her most recent novel, The Unbreakables, a sexy beach read about a protagonist who loses everything she knew and how she reinvents herself. Listen to Lisa talk about the inspiration for the book, the symbolism throughout, and "self-recovery."

 

Jun 10, 2019
Zibby's essay: "Time Keeps On Slipping into the Future... Especially as a Mom"
06:17

Here's a short (5 min!) essay I wrote recently on Kveller.com called, "Time Keeps On Slipping into the Future... Especially as a Mom." It's about how quickly the kids are growing up, how life plays out in full view in NYC vs LA, and how I'm coping with it all. I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think! zibby@zibbyowens.com

Jun 07, 2019
Nicola Harrison, MONTAUK
20:31

Nicola Harrison, a native of England who studied literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook, has published her debut novel after an extensive career in magazines. Listen to Nicola (a first-time podcast interviewee!) discuss the inspiration for her captivating book, Montauk, the meaningful and timeless topics the book explores like loss, infertility, and marriage and divorce, and the contrast between the Long Island town of Montauk now and when the book was set in 1938.

Jun 06, 2019
Wendy Walker, THE NIGHT BEFORE
29:02

Wendy is the national best-selling author of All Is Not ForgottenEmma in the Night, and now her latest work, The Night Before. Listen to Wendy talk about her newest book, and how research and psychology play into creating in-depth characters in this compelling thriller.

Jun 04, 2019
Brian Solis, LIFESCALE: HOW TO LIVE A MORE CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE AND HAPPY LIFE
25:09

Listen to 7-time best-selling author, Brian Solis, as he discusses how to stay focused despite our many technological distractions, how to recover from a life of multi-tasking, and what we need to do to access of inner creativity. 

May 30, 2019
Darcy Lockman, ALL THE RAGE
25:53

Darcy Lockman, Ph.D., talks gender roles in marriage, how to get your husband to NOT just stand there while you make chicken nuggets, all the research on what women are suited for more than men, and how to navigate all the complexities of a family. 

May 28, 2019
Zibby's essay: "Moving On Up"
09:30

I'm trying something new. I'll be releasing one essay episode a week of an article that I've written. Always short. Hopefully relatable! This piece, published on Medium.com, is called, "Moving On Up: A Mother Says Goodbye to Her Little Boy and Hello to Her Young Man." It's about the end of the school year, the passage of time, how it all happens quickly but really in a sea of terribles and amazings. I might cry at the end (sorry!!). Let me know what you think! zibby@zibbyowens.com

May 26, 2019
Reema Zaman, I AM YOURS: A SHARED MEMOIR
32:50

Reema Zaman shares her intimate stories as a woman recovering from years of mistreatment from the male hand and how she has turned to love to channel those feelings. From Bangladesh to Seattle, Reema covers the globe searching for herself as an actress to an activist. Her voice alone is worth listening to!! 

May 23, 2019
Ali Wentworth, Actress/Author, GO ASK ALI and ALI IN WONDERLAND
30:20

Listen to Ali Wentworth as she discusses parenting teens, writing personal stories, surviving an acting career and the "shame" of a happy marriage!! Watch us chat live at https://vimeo.com/337424313

May 21, 2019
Virginia Sole-Smith, THE EATING INSTINCT
37:24

Virginia Sole-Smith tells the harrowing tale of her infant daughter's near-death illness, how it affected her daughter's eating for years and what she learned in the process. Virginia shares reams of research in her book and gives super helpful tips on how to get kids to eat properly!!

May 16, 2019
Jennifer Robson, THE GOWN
28:02

Jennifer Robson's beautiful work of historical fiction takes us behind the scenes of the royal wedding (Queen Elizabeth's!!) to the stories of the dressmakers. Jennifer talks about her love of history, her research, her writing and more! 

May 14, 2019
Marisa Ramel Bardach: THE GOODBYE DIARIES
23:58
Marisa Ramel Bardach talks about losing her mother and how it took her 19 years to publish this "mother-daughter memoir," alternating chapters between her teenage self and her mother who was battling pancreatic cancer. A coming-of-age story, Marisa's book is unforgettable. Get the behind-the-scenes writing story here. ]]>
May 09, 2019
Claire Gibson, BEYOND THE POINT
28:35

Listen to debut novelist and bright, shining talent, Claire Gibson, as she discusses the road to BEYOND THE POINT. This novel of female friendships that began at the West Point Military Academy tackles faith, service, love, family, the military and so much more. Claire is delightful, open, honest and relatable, sharing some of her dating foibles, her interviews with previous cadets, her religious grounding and how she crafted her cinematic, impactful novel. 

May 07, 2019
Kate Hope Day, author of IF, THEN
29:58

Kate Hope Day, debut author of IF, THEN, a powerful look at an Oregon community when time changes shape, talks about motherhood, writing, "Sliding Doors," her background and so much more! 

May 02, 2019
Cathy Guisewite, FIFTY THINGS THAT AREN'T MY FAULT
20:59

Famous creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, Cathy Guisewite shares her ridiculously funny, laugh-out-loud tales of daily annoyances, like getting stuck in a sports bra. She weaves these relatable moments through her tale of trying to help her aging parents and her college-bound daughter and finding herself useless, not to mention her commentary on gender. Listen to her discuss her book, but then go read it. It will make you laugh until you cry. 

Apr 30, 2019
Steven Rowley, THE EDITOR
26:00

Steven Rowley talks about his fabulous novel, THE EDITOR, about a writer who sells his manuscript to Jackie O. The antics that ensue are hilarious and poignant. They speak to mother/son relationships in a memorable, clever way. THE EDITOR also explores same-sex relationships in a frank, respectful, beautiful manner. Steven discusses all, plus his publishing journey! 

Apr 25, 2019
Jamie Brenner, DRAWING HOME
31:30

Listen as Jamie discussed themes in her latest novel, DRAWING HOME, including loss, divorce, mothering teens, art, vaping and more! 

Apr 23, 2019
Celeste Ng, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
28:44

Listen to bestselling, prize-winning author, Celeste Ng, author of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU. Celeste talks about her process for inventing characters, her fear of loss, her own mom, what she keeps on her desk, what she's working on, and her terrific tips for aspiring writers.  

Apr 18, 2019
Helen Ellis, SOUTHERN LADY CODE
24:46

The hilarious, refreshing Helen Ellis makes me laugh out loud in this light-hearted conversation about her decades in the publishing industry and being a Southern girl transplanted in the Big Apple. 

Apr 16, 2019
Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review Editor, MY LIFE WITH BOB
34:02

Pamela Paul gives the inside scoop on what qualities a book needs to make it into the 1% of submitted books that are actually reviewed! She talks about her lifetime love of books, why kids and adults should be bored more often, how she got her current job and much more! 

Apr 11, 2019
Claire Bidwell Smith, THE RULES OF INHERITANCE
23:47

Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, THE RULES OF INHERITANCE, covers her profound loss of her mother, the subsequent death of her father and all the ways she coped with both of those. It's searing and unforgettable. Listen to Claire as she talks about her feelings, her experiences and her current remarriage. 

Apr 09, 2019
Chris Van Dusen, IF I BUILT A CAR, THE CIRCUS SHIP
24:59

The legendary children's book author and illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, shares his secrets to painting, writing, storytelling and more!! 

Apr 04, 2019
Nell Freudenberger, Author of LOST AND WANTED
25:13

Nell Freudenberger, whose first collection of stories, LUCKY GIRLS, was published when she was just 26, has a new novel out in April 2019: LOST AND WANTED. As one of the New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" to watch, Nell has spent the past 20 years in the literary spotlight. Listen to what that was like for her, how she writes, where she finds her international inspiration, love stories and more. 

Apr 02, 2019
Lynda Cohen Loigman, THE WARTIME SISTERS
25:48

Lynda Cohen Loigman paints a clear picture of the WWII homefront as she spins a tale of two sisters and how they navigate the world and their relationship. Listen to Lynda's story of writing this beautiful book! 

Mar 28, 2019
Nora McInerny, NO HAPPY ENDINGS
31:44

Nora McInerny takes a lifetime of loss and turns it into an inspiring, humorous tale especially as she remarries and blends her new family after losing her first husband. 

Mar 26, 2019
Anissa Gray, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS
16:56

This beautiful, dark novel by Anissa Gray brings up issues of family, prison, right and wrong, the past, eating disorders and so much more. Listen as Anissa discusses her motivations for writing, her characters and her own past. 

Mar 21, 2019
Camille Pagan, I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU
21:35

#1 bestselling Kindle author, Camille Pagan, does it again with a fantastic, thought-provoking novel about motherhood, what happens when it gets to be too much, marriage, honesty and more. 

Mar 19, 2019
Susan Conley, ELSEY COME HOME
26:05

Susan Conley's beautiful novel, ELSEY COME HOME, takes place in China and shows a dark side of motherhood, addiction and more. 

Mar 14, 2019
Falguni Kothari, THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS
27:12

Listen to Falguni Kothari as she discusses how she fell into writing fiction, what it's like to have written in India and the U.S. and more! 

Mar 12, 2019
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, Author of MOM HACKS
27:11

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, doctor, mother, TV personality and powerhouse, shares 100+ research-based hacks for moms plus her own advice (running is her sanity!). Her book, MOM HACKS, will help any mom find her way. 

Mar 07, 2019
Gretchen Rubin, OUTER ORDER INNER CALM
32:08

#1 bestselling author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, Gretchen Rubin discusses her latest book on pub day: OUTER ORDER INNER CALM. She gives tips and strategies for decluttering, explains why it will have such a huge effect, loss, parenting, and more! 

Mar 05, 2019
Elisa Strauss, Author of CONFETTI CAKES FOR KIDS
18:10

Listen to cake maker extraordinaire, Elisa Strauss. As founder and head designer of the NYC bakery Confetti Cakes until 2010, Elisa went on to compete in and then judge many Food Network and reality TV cake competitions in between writing her two cookbooks. Listen to how she got her start, how she mastered her craft, following her passion and managing her family at the same time.

Feb 28, 2019
Carolyn Murnick, Author of THE HOT ONE: A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP, SEX AND MURDER
28:01

New York magazine editor, Carolyn Murnick, wrote a chilling, crime-reporter style memoir about the death of her childhood best friend, Ashley. It takes readers across LA, NJ and the whole country as Carolyn researches the criminal mind, her friend's life, the meaning of childhood friendships, the male gaze and more. We discussed all of it, including how the media can glamorize the criminals. This thought-provoking episode will make you question everything. 

Feb 26, 2019
Sharon Rowe, Author of THE MAGIC OF TINY BUSINESS
26:11

Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Eco-Bags, one of the first re-usable shopping bags to hit the U.S. market 20 years ago, talks about her secrets to managing it all: running her own business, parenting, exercising and more. With actionable, reasonable tips, Sharon's book reads like precious advice from the mentor you wish you had. 

Feb 21, 2019
Hillary Frank, Author of WEIRD PARENTING WINS
17:24

Hillary Frank, award-winning host of the podcast, "The Longest Shortest Time," shares tips from moms across the country in her book, WEIRD PARENTING WINS. Listen to this radio expert as she discusses her recent NY Times op-ed piece, her foray into podcasting almost a decade ago, her secret parenting tricks and more.

Feb 19, 2019
Dan Pink, Author of WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING
24:55

Bestselling author, Daniel Pink, changes the way we think about timing in his latest book, WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING. Learn about "the cappuccino," when to work out, when to have important meetings, when to get married (and divorced) and more! His TED talk on motivation had 20 million views!! 

Feb 14, 2019
John Kenney, Author of LOVE POEMS (FOR MARRIED PEOPLE) & TALK TO ME
25:08

Hilarious author, John Kenney, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his first novel, TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, talks about his tongue-in-cheek poetry collection LOVE POEMS (FOR MARRIED PEOPLE) from the New Yorker magazine (perfect for a Valentine's gift!!!), career, marriage, his latest novel, TALK TO ME, social media, the need for kids to be bored, writing and much more! 

Feb 12, 2019
Gary John Bishop, Author, UNF*CK YOURSELF
27:47

Irreverent, bad-ass, personal development guru, Gary John Bishop, gives advice on finding your best self, writing, parenting and getting out of your own way. 

Feb 07, 2019
Lindsey Mead, Editor/Author, ON BEING 40(ish)
20:39

Listen to blogger and author, Lindsey Mead, as she discusses her fabulous new collection of essays from writers like Jill Kargman, KJ Dell'Antonia and Lee Woodruff called ON BEING 40(ish). We talk about writing, parenting, essays and more! 

Feb 05, 2019
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Author of THE CIRCUIT
31:46

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of the amazing tennis chronicle, THE CIRCUIT: A TENNIS ODYSSEY. Listen as Rowan and I talk tennis, poetry, writing and more! 

Jan 31, 2019
Ali Katz, Author of ONE MINUTE TO ZEN
24:55

Ali Katz, author of One Minute to Zen: Gp From Hot Mess to Mindful Mom in One Minute or Less, helps parents everywhere regain their equilibrium! With meditation exercises, visualizations, advice and so much more, Ali is the mindfulness coach you could only dream about. Listen in as she shares her secrets to sanity! 

Jan 29, 2019
Jill Zarin and Lisa Wexler, Authors of SECRETS OF A JEWISH MOTHER
28:34

Listen to Real Housewives of New York star, Jill Zarin, and  her sister, Connecticut Probate Judge and Radio Show Host, Lisa Wexler, and the three of us talk shop. From dating through the seasons to carrying a sweater at all times, these Jewish mothers' advice is right for all types. The sisters' banter is hilarious! 

Jan 24, 2019
Jessica Turner, Author of STRETCHED TOO THIN
22:06

Jessica Turner is the author of THE FRINGE HOURS: MAKING TIME FOR YOU, a best-selling book, and is the founder of lifestyle blog, The Mom Creative (www.themomcreative.com). Her latest book, STRETCHED TOO THIN: HOW WORKING MOMS CAN LOSE THE GUILT, WORK SMARTER AND THRIVE, came out in September 2018. Listen to us chat about survival strategies for overwhelmed moms, how to help your marriage survive kids, and when moms can really find time to read.

 

Jan 22, 2019
Sarah McColl, Author of JOY ENOUGH
35:42

Sarah McColl is an absolutely beautiful writer whose word choices and sentences I call attention to in our conversation. Her memoir, JOY ENOUGH, was published two days ago (Jan 15, 2018) and is one of the most elegant memoirs I've read, similar to A YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion. This ode to her mother and examination of their relationship also incorporates Sarah's troubled marriage, her food career and so much else. Listen to us chat, two similar women, recognizing parts of ourselves in each other. 

Jan 17, 2019
Kathy Wang, Author of FAMILY TRUST
28:40

Debut author, Kathy Wang, talks about the amazing success of her first novel which sold in a highly notable book deal! FAMILY TRUST, a novel about an Asian-American family going through the illness of their family patriarch, includes themes ranging from fidelity, professional failure, loyalty, parenting and more. Kathy's experience working in Silicon Valley informs her stark portrait of the tech industry in this beautiful debut work. 

Jan 15, 2019
Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, Co-authors of AN ANONYMOUS GIRL
25:35

Listen to the dynamic duo, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, co-authors and best friends, as they discuss their secrets of collaboration. Their first project, THE WIFE BETWEEN US, has been optioned by Amblin Entertainment and their newly released book (January 8th, 2019!!), AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, was already sold as a TV show! Greer used to be Sarah's editor at Simon & Schuster and edited seven of her solo novels. This episode is like listening to two close friends and experts share best practices - and we get to listen!

Jan 10, 2019
Delia Owens, Author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
22:49

Delia Owens, bestselling author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, Reese's Book Club Pick of September 2018, talks about her life in the wild, the importance of female friendships, mastering Instagram and how it took 10 years to publish this amazing novel. 

Jan 08, 2019
Gemma Hartley, Author of FED UP.
25:25

Gemma's Hartley's book, FED UP. Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, tackles gender relations and roles by way of the housework! Gemma's article on this topic in Harper's Bazaar got 2 billion views! Listen as she discusses how to make marriages equitable. 

Jan 01, 2019
Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer, Authors of MR. NICE GUY
30:42

This absolute page-turner, MR. NICE GUY, was written by two super nice people! Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, an adorable husband and wife team, wrote this quick-paced, of-the-moment novel about a sex columnist and her subject. It's really about the magazine world, New York City, excess and publishing.

Dec 25, 2018
Rebecca Soffer, Author of MODERN LOSS
28:42

Listen to fabulous, open, honest author, Rebecca Soffer, open up about her parents' deaths, how she coped with loss, her website, ModernLoss.com, and tips she gives for what loved ones can do to help others with a loss. She co-authored, MODERN LOSS: A CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT GRIEF. BEGINNERS WELCOME, with Gabrielle Birkner. 

Dec 18, 2018
Natasha Solomons, Author of HOUSE OF GOLD
28:15

Natasha Solomons will delight with her British accent and lush re-telling of what HOUSE OF GOLD is about. This sweeping novel about a WWI-era European Jewish banking family and what happens when the war hits has already been optioned by the same TV production company that did "Downton Abbey." Listen to Natasha talk about parenting, writing, Europe and more! 

Dec 11, 2018
Sara Bliss, Author of TAKE THE LEAP
28:37

Author and journalist, TAKE THE LEAP, shares her findings about choosing the best career, finding your path in life and how to write a great profile! 

Dec 04, 2018
Min Jin Lee, Author of PACHINKO
28:24

Listen to the award-winning, best-selling author of PACHINKO, Min Jin Lee, as she talks about writing, reading, teaching, parenting, Korea, not giving up, heartbreak and more.

Nov 27, 2018
Anne Lamott, Author of ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE
17:58

Writing legend, Anne Lamott, shares her thoughts on writing, dieting, parenting, hope and more!

Nov 20, 2018
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Author of BOLD & BRAVE: TEN HEROES WHO WON WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE
33:47

Listen to recently re-elected Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she discusses modern-day women's rights heroes, politics, parenting and more! Her new children's book, BOLD & BRAVE: TEN HEROES WHO WON WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE, is inspiring and beautifully illustrated by Maira Kalman. 

 

Nov 13, 2018
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: Jo Piazza, Author of CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN
28:35

Jo Piazza, podcast host of "Committed," travel writer, award-winning journalist and author of CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN and HOW TO BE MARRIED, shares her thoughts on the midterm elections, what it's like for women to be in political office, parenting, and what makes a marriage work among other gems! 

Nov 06, 2018
Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D., Author of THE TANTRUM SURVIVAL GUIDE
35:18

Clinical psychologist, Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D., author of THE TANTRUM SURVIVAL GUIDE: Tune in to Your Toddler's Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again, outlines the whys and hows of managing your child's behavior. Listen as she gives fantastic, tactical advice and commiserates as a fellow mom. 

Oct 30, 2018
Special Episode: Zibby Owens, Writer/Podcaster, "At a Bat Mitzvah the Night of the Pittsburgh Shooting, Celebration Mixed with Sorrow"
04:58

This is a special episode of my podcast, "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books." I'm reading my own essay, which I wrote and published (on Kveller.com) in response to the Pittsburgh shooting yesterday. I hope hearing it helps, just a little, in these horrific times. 

Oct 28, 2018
Molly Flatt, Author of THE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE
36:32

Listen to journalist and author, Molly Flatt, talk about how technology influences our lives, how she delivered her baby in her bathroom (!), why she decided against moving to the suburbs and how many times she threw out and rewrote her 100,000 manuscript before it got published!! You can follow her on Twitter @mollyflatt.

Oct 25, 2018
Dr. Beth Ricanati, Author of BRAIDED: A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND CHALLAHS
21:42

Dr. Beth Ricanati shares her tips for women's wellness from her medical practice and shares why baking challah every week is the ultimate stress mitigator. Her book, BRAIDED, has a fabulous recipe and many stories to inspire every woman... and baker. Love, loss, bread. For the video version of this podcast, visit: https://vimeo.com/295046897.

Oct 23, 2018
Georgia Clark, Author, THE BUCKET LIST
32:00

Georgia Clark, author of THE BUCKET LIST and three other novels, writes about "feisty, flawed, funny women." In this book, she writes about a 25-year-old woman in NYC who is diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation and has to decide whether to get a double mastectomy. To make the decision, she creates a "boob bucket list." 

Oct 18, 2018
Jeff Norton, Author of ALIENATED: GROUNDED AT GROOM LAKE
33:48

Jeff Norton, award-winning author, writer, producer and founder of Awesome Media and Awesome Reads, talks about his latest novel, ALIENATED: GROUNDED AT GROOM LAKE. Special guest interviewer: my 11-year-old son!

Oct 16, 2018
Madeline Puckette, Author of WINE FOLLY: MAGNUM EDITION
29:47

Madeline Puckette, author of WINE FOLLY: MAGNUM EDITION, talks about working as a husband/wife team, how to host a wine tasting party, why her first book experience was so difficult, and what to look for when tasting different wines. 

Oct 11, 2018
Kate Schelter, Author of CLASSIC STYLE: HAND IT DOWN, DRESS IT UP, WEAR IT OUT
31:07

Artist/Author/Stylist/Branding Guru, Kate Schelter, opens up about her way of seeing the world as a composition, her family life, the 1980s, writing, motherhood and style. CLASSIC STYLE is a perfect gift, a book that will make you smile just from seeing the illustrations. 

Oct 09, 2018
Ingrid Fetell Lee, Author of JOYFUL: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
42:49

Listen to this life-changing interview with author, Ingrid Fetell Lee. Ingrid explains the 10 simple ways you can use your environment to add more joy to your life! Simple yet utterly profound!!! Her non-fiction book, JOYFUL: THE SURPRISING POWER OF ORDINARY THINGS TO CREATE EXTRAORDINARY HAPPINESS, is well-written, thought-provoking and surely the next big thing. 

Oct 04, 2018
Jeanne McCulloch, Author of ALL HAPPY FAMILIES
42:19

Jeanne McCulloch opens up about the experiences behind her compelling, beautiful memoir, ALL HAPPY FAMILIES. She talks about the backdrop of the book - the house by the sea in the Hamptons - and how something beautiful can be both a prison or a dreamscape. She discusses her father's alcoholism and its effect on her long-term, her mother's insistence on propriety at all costs, and how to write about family in a memoir in the best way possible. A gifted story-teller, Jeanne weaves stories together with art and grace.

Oct 02, 2018
Glynnis MacNicol, Author of NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS
37:13

Glynnis MacNicol, author of NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS, talks about the year she turned 40, her decision not to have children, the stress of the school run - even as an aunt!, dealing with her mother's dementia, text-only relationships, women's roles in literature and how she coped with burn-out! 

Sep 27, 2018
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: James Frey, Author of KATERINA, A MILLION LITTLE PIECES and more
42:21

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE! James Frey, the #1 best-selling author of A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, MY FRIEND LEONARD, BRIGHT SHINY MORNING, FINAL TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE and many others, brings you his latest adult novel in 10 years, KATERINA. Listen as we discuss addiction and recovery, sex, writing, family and how he feels about the controversy surrounding his first memoir. 

Sep 25, 2018
Susie Orman Schnall, Author of THE SUBWAY GIRLS
33:35

Susie Orman Schnall, author of THE SUBWAY GIRLS, THE BALANCE PROJECT and ON GRACE, talks about work/life balance, careers, living in the moment and her writing habits. Her series of celebrity interviews about work/life balance has informed her discussion and made her realize that there is no one "right" way to do this! THE SUBWAY GIRLS, her latest novel, uses a dual story line to illustrate some compelling narratives and issues facing women over the past 100 years. 

Sep 20, 2018
Gail Honeyman, Author of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
29:20

Gail Honeyman, author of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, talks all about her New York Times best-selling debut novel. Gail discusses loneliness vs. solitude, manicurists vs. dog groomers, alcohol vs. household items, and who she'd want to star in the Reese Witherspoon-produced movie version!

Sep 18, 2018
Amy Blumenfeld, Author of THE CAST
33:48

Amy Blumenfeld talks about surviving childhood cancer and turning her experience into a novel, THE CAST, to help others. While this beautiful story is mostly about issues facing women and men in the 40s, the childhood cancer element frames the story and adds a poignant twist to an otherwise smart beach read. Our talk was personal, meaningful, and definitely worth listening to. 

Sep 13, 2018
Susan Verde, Children's Book Author, I AM HUMAN, I AM YOGA
28:55

Susan Verde, a self-identified author, mom and yogi, has written some of the most lyrically beautiful children's books -- that help adults with anxiety too! Simple, elegant and captivating, Susan's books about mindfulness, I AM HUMAN, I AM YOGA, I AM PEACE, are a must read for all parents and children. Her many other books, like ROCK 'N ROLL SOUL, are fantastic too!! Listen as she gives wellness tips, tells her publication stories and calms ME down! 

Sep 11, 2018
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: Lyss Stern, Author of MOTHERHOOD IS A B#TCH
33:41

Lyss Stern, author of MOTHERHOOD IS A B#TCH, gives LYSS-eners 10 steps to save their sanity! Lyss's tongue-in-cheek, relatable, inspiring book made for fantastic conversation. The CEO and founder of DivaLysscious Moms (www.divasmoms.com) helps everyone feel more fabu-lyss! 

Sep 04, 2018
KJ Dell'Antonia, Author, HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute
29:26

Listen to KJ Dell'Antonia tell it like it is in HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. This first-person-narrative-meets-advice-book provides practical, actionable tips that all parents can appreciate. The former editor of the Motherlode blog of the New York Times, KJ combines research, anecdotes and personal experience to create this modern-day parenting bible. 

Aug 28, 2018
Mara Altman, Author of GROSS ANATOMY: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT (AND BACK)
27:30

Listen as the hilarious Mara Altman talks about her book, GROSS ANATOMY: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT AND BACK, which comes out today (August 21!!)! Mara discusses the ins and outs of chin hair, waxing, PMS, and lice, not just from her experience but by interviewing experts around the world. Today she talks about her twins, her relationship with her mom and how she totally messed up training her dog. Relatable and inspiring, Mara will make every woman come to terms with every part of herself. While laughing.  

Aug 21, 2018
Jon Henes, Writer, "Alzheimer's Disease: A Letter to My Mom"
28:00

Be prepared to cry. Listen to lawyer and writer, Jon Henes, as he discusses the devastating impact of his mother's Alzheimer's disease. His essays on Medium.com about it are deeply moving, beautiful and poignant. Our conversation touches on life and death, the soul, parenting, family, love and what it means to remember. 

 
Aug 14, 2018
Live from Author's Night! Florence Fabricant, The New York Times Food Editor
13:37

Listen in to this LIVE podcast from Author's Night, the East Hampton Library benefit, to fabulous Florence Fabricant, the uber-important food and wine writer and editor of the New York Times. She talks about her latest cookbook (of 12!), her favorite dish to cook (hint: it rhymes with my-yay-ya), how she went from stay-at-home mom to rock star food writer in the 1970s and her tips for cultivating kids with sophiticated palettes. 

Aug 12, 2018
Live from Author's Night! Ellie Cullman, "From Classic to Contemporary"
12:12

Listen in to this LIVE podcast from the East Hampton Library's Author's Night benefit!!! Legendary interior designer, Ellie Cullman, of firm Cullman & Kravis, talks about how she started her business, losing her best friend, the best bang for your buck when decorating, and what's on her wish list. 

Aug 12, 2018
Rev. Lydia Sohn, Author of "What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?"
35:29

Rev. Lydia Sohn, a 30-something Southern California minister (who says she's "not that kind of minister"), wrote an article for Medium.com called "What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?" She interviewed her elderly congregants and found some surprising things about happiness, parenthood, love, body image and life in general. In our conversation, Rev. Sohn shares tips for a happier parenthood, decision-making tips, marriage hacks and more actionable advice to live a meaningful life. 

Aug 07, 2018
Rosie Walsh, Author of GHOSTED
34:06

Rosie Walsh is making her US debut with GHOSTED, a novel set in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where she was raised. (It was actually called THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL when it came out in England.) A former documentary filmmaker, a huge animal lover and a new "mum" herself, Rosie talks about dropping her pseudonym (Lucy Robinson) and using her real name for this novel, how she structured it, how tough it was to actually write, and her tricks for getting over a "Bad Writing Day."  

Jul 31, 2018
Jill Santopolo, Author of THE LIGHT WE LOST
33:24

International best-selling author, Jill Santopolo, talks about writing THE LIGHT WE LOST, her strategies for crafting a successful book (short chapters!), how she writes anywhere and everywhere but always schedules it in, why she started writing and editing for kids, and what's coming next for her, including an appearance at Author's Night on the East End on August 11th. 

Jul 24, 2018
Jen Oliver, Author of "The Love FitMama Way: Transforming The Core of Motherhood"
33:57

Jen Oliver is the Canada-based founder and CEO of FitMama, a movement empowering women to love their bodies while focusing on pre and post-natal care, even decades post-partum! The author of "The Love FitMama Way: Transforming the Core of Motherhood," Jen uses her fitness training, nutritional counseling expertise and healing arts to help moms look and feel good about their bodies. Listen to our chat as Jen and I interview each other for our respective podcasts (hers is called: FitMama). Listen in! 

Jul 17, 2018
Chef Lauren Costello, Author of "Notes on Cooking"
41:54

Chef, food stylist, author and instructor, Lauren Costello, shares some of her French Culinary Institute-trained well-earned tips from her books, "Notes on Cooking" and "The Competent Cook." One tip: just say yes to everything! She reveals some food styling secrets, how to make breakfast kids will eat, and the importance of putting a little love into every dish. 

Jul 10, 2018
Elyssa Friedland, Author of "The Intermission"
33:24
Elyssa Friedland is the author of two novels, LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION, and now THE INTERMISSION (released July 3, 2018!). Elyssa, a Yale and Columbia Law School grad, was a corporate lawyer before moving to writing full-time after the birth of her second child. She has contributed to many publications including New York, Modern Bride, Real Simple and, most recently, The Washington Post. Listen to our chat about Instagram addiction, sexy tennis players, her writing tricks, and how she has sex in the mornings despite having three young kids.

 

Jul 03, 2018
Rebecca Makkai, Author of "The Great Believers"
25:43

Pushcart Prize winner, Rebecca Makkai, talks about her latest novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, the story of a man facing the 1980s Chicago AIDS crisis as well as the story of a mother searching for her lost daughter in 2015 Paris. This beautiful, interwoven tale paints such a vivid picture of an intimate relationship, a time and place, and a mother's love. Rebecca shares what gives her "writer goosebumps," her use of dramatic irony (remember that term from school?!), and what she wished other women wouldn't ask her at book readings. She also gives specific advice to aspiring fiction writers. 

Jul 01, 2018
Andrea Petersen, WSJ Contributor, Author of "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety"
29:58

Wall Street Journal Contributor, Andrea Petersen, shares her research and personal experiences from her book, "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety." She gives tips for how to raise less anxious children, how to help loved ones with anxiety and when to leave your kids alone in the house. 

Jun 26, 2018
Priscilla Gilman, Author of "The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy"
37:09

Priscilla Gilman, author of "The Anti-Romantic Child" and former assistant English professor at Yale and Vassar, talks about raising her autistic son, coping with divorce, managing her career and finding happiness, all the while weaving the wonderful words of Wordsworth throughout her story. 

Jun 19, 2018
Courtney Maum, Author of "Touch"
33:51

Courtney Maum, author of "Touch" and "I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You," talks about her unique professional path to becoming a writer (Corona party promoter in Paris!!), her meeting with a professional cuddler, how she accidentally came up with her novel ideas and the eternal quest to stock the fridge. 

Jun 12, 2018
Kwame Alexander, Author of "The Crossover" Series
28:57

Poet and author extradordinaire, Kwame Alexander, speaks off the cuff about love, life and writing. A best-selling author and Newbery Award winner for "The Crossover," Kwame has written 25 books including "Rebound," "Booked," and "Solo." His work is intended for middle grades/young adults, but as a grown-up, I absolutely love his work. (I cried, repeatedly.) He blends sports and poetry in a unique way which provides "instant access to humanity." Hear about Kwame's plans, his work in Ghana, his future books and his thoughts on the NFL's taking a knee. 

Jun 05, 2018
Allison Pataki, Author of "Beauty in the Broken Places"
33:24

Allison Pataki, author of memoir, "Beauty in the Broken Places," and best-selling historical fiction books, "Sisi," "The Traitor's Wife" and "The Accidental Empress," shares her story of coping with her husband's unexpected, massive stroke at age 30. She shares her vulnerabilities, her advice, and her thoughts on how faith got her through that horrific time in her life: caring for both her husband (then with the cognitive capabilities of a teenage) and a newborn. 

May 29, 2018
Aimee Molloy, Author of "The Perfect Mother"
38:44

Aimee Molloy, author of instant best-seller and amazing novel/thriller, "The Perfect Mother," as well as several other non-fiction books, talks about managing the anxiety of new motherhood, mom "tribes," inverted nipples (?!), writing while hiding from her kids, and how she found out about her book being #5 on the best-seller list. 

May 24, 2018
Dylan Lauren, Founder/CEO Dylan's Candy Bar, Author of "Unwrap Your Sweet Life"
27:53

Dylan Lauren talks about her love of color and candy, how she's raising her "twin"kies, fitting in her workouts, managing her retailtainment empire, writing her first book, how 9/11 affected the launch of Dylan's Candy Bar, her bunny love and more!

May 21, 2018
Caitlin Macy, Author of "Mrs."
31:24

Novelist Caitlin Macy (pronounced "CaiSH-lin"), author of Mrs., Spoiled (Stories) and The Fundamentals of Play, talks about unspoken class distinctions, her own family's fall from wealth, what it takes to make Upper East Side moms stop googling Hamptons real estate, and how she tries to get her daughter to wear socks. She references so many books and authors, it's hard to keep up with her huge, literary mind. 

May 17, 2018
Dani Shapiro, Best-Selling Author of "Hourglass" and "Slow Motion"
46:54

Best-selling author, Dani Shapiro, author of nine amazing books (both memoirs and novels), talks about her secret to great writing, the app everyone needs to be productive, which sentence about her husband she rewrote over and over again and the family secret in her upcoming book from Knopf. (Cliffhanger!)

May 14, 2018
Jennifer Wallace, Award Winning Journalist and TV Commentator
37:22

Jennifer Wallace, TV commentator and award-winning journalist for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many women's magazines, discusses her recent WSJ article, "The Teenage Social Media Trap." Armed with many recent studies, Jennie gives tips on how to manage kids' social media and gives some cautionary warnings. She also discusses how she broke into newspaper reporting, how her girlfriends were instrumental in helping her back into journalism after she took seven years off to raise her three kids, and how to appear calm, cool and collected on air. Plus she shares her secret to finding time to write without distractions! 

May 10, 2018
Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Best-Selling Author of "The Power of Habit" and "Smarter Faster Better"
43:50

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, Charles Duhigg, shares his insightful research to help this mom change her habits and parent more effectively. Charles explains the brain's way of forming habits, unlocks the secret to stopping them and puts his words into action. He also reveals his methods to crafting amazing stories (hint: structure!) and shares what it was like to get the call telling him he'd won a Pulitzer! He also gives tips on how to be more productive (hint: fewer emails!). His amazing books, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity are both New York Times Bestsellers. 

May 07, 2018
Sarah Mlynowski, Best-Selling Author of Young Adult Series "Upside Magic" and "Whatever After"
26:01

Sarah Mlynowski, best-selling author of 35 books including the Upside Magic and Whatever After Young Adult series (ask any kids ages 8-14 and they'll know about them!), talks about magic, getting into the teenage brain, how her parent's divorce shaped her, and the future of princesses. Listen with or without your kids! 

May 03, 2018
Piper Weiss, author of "You All Grow Up and Leave Me"
43:26

Piper Weiss, author of You All Grow Up and Leave Me, recounts the chilling story of her experience with her former NYC tennis pro (and child stalker) Gary Wilensky. One of “Gary’s girls,” Piper starkly and beautifully weaves together her coming-of-age memoir in the 1990’s Manhattan private school scene, fighting her own demons, while unknowingly dealing with a real demon right in front of her. The book is a grand slam. This episode showcases Piper’s soulful talent and sheds light on a national child predator case, sadly a precursor to other monsters who have followed in Gary’s footsteps.

Apr 29, 2018
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: Jill Kargman, Creator/Writer/Producer/Star of "Odd Mom Out"
27:54

WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE!!!! DON'T LISTEN IN THE CAR WITH YOUR KIDS.

Jill Kargman, author of multiple books plus creator/writer/star of "Odd Mom Out," speaks in her unique, hilarious, irreverent way about the ins and outs of parenthood. She dishes about writing for TV versus novels, discusses how she keeps her kids from being spoiled and raves about what she's reading now. 

Apr 26, 2018
Lauren Smith Brody, Author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby
33:26

Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby, shares her own experiences (and relevant studies) about going back to work, trying not to fight with her husband, childcare options, "mom guilt," how to look and feel better, and attempting to not turn into her mother. Lauren has started a movement in the workplace advocating on behalf of new moms and offers workshops, personal sessions for moms and more. Check out www.thefifthtrimester.com

Apr 23, 2018
Sarika Chawla, Journalist, Eating Disorders and Parenting
23:02

Sarika Chawla's article, "How I'm Raising My Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food, Despite My Eating Disorder," from the Washington Post's On Parenting section, outlines her experiences and gives suggestions for managing a relationship with food and parenting. She speaks openly in our interview about her struggles and how she's handling raising her own two children now. 

Apr 19, 2018
Cristina Alger, Author of "The Darlings" and "This Was Not the Plan"
26:46

Cristina Alger discusses what it's like to be a native New Yorker (including what types of girl "friends" to watch out for), parenting and writing through loss and hardship, and how she achieved such a compelling single dad point of view in one of her books. She also gives a sneak peek at her next several projects and lends some advice to aspiring novelists. And she makes me laugh.  

Apr 16, 2018
Dan Lotti, Singer/Songwriter of Dangermuffin
25:14

Dan Lotti, singer/songwriter of amazing band, Dangermuffin, talks about his writing journey, his inspiration and his family. 

Apr 13, 2018
Andre Agassi, Tennis Legend, Author of Open
34:47

Andre Agassi speaks candidly about his tennis career, fatherhood, pushing through pain, writing to make sense of his life, changing education, addressing dyslexia, and finding true meaning through his philanthropic work.

Apr 10, 2018
Lea Carpenter, Author of Eleven Days
21:34

Lea Carpenter speaks candidly about the behind-the-scenes of her book, Eleven Days, published by Knopf, her path as a writer and editor, the military, and how she became a warrior mom herself. 

Apr 06, 2018
A Mother's Right to Sanity
08:26
Starting the Movement to Just Be a Mom And Not a Family Management Exec
Mar 31, 2018