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 authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

Episode Date
Kitty O'Meara, AND THE PEOPLE STAYED HOME
29:34

Kitty O’Meara’s poem, And the People Stayed Home, went absolutely viral during the pandemic (the irony of which is not lost on her). She sits down with Zibby to discuss her sudden rise to fame, her hope for the post-pandemic future, and the illuminating experience of being a hospice chaplain.

Mar 05, 2021
Julia Turshen, SIMPLY JULIA
27:15

“It’s like you unveiled yourself over every dish.” Zibby talks with cookbook author Julia Turshen about the deeply personal nature of Julia's 15th cookbook, including its revelatory essay on body image and self-worth. They discuss cooking when you don’t feel like it and the pandemic’s impact on the cookbook.

Mar 04, 2021
Kayleen Schaefer, BUT YOU'RE STILL SO YOUNG
22:46

"You thought that when you arrived at X age you would be finished, but we're not ever finished.” Kayleen Schaefer talks with Zibby about her experience interviewing eight people in their thirties over the course of a year-plus. She redefines what it means to be an adult, and refutes the notion that everyone else has it figured out. 

Mar 03, 2021
Patricia Engel, INFINITE COUNTRY
20:34

“Diaspora is the world’s condition.” Patricia Engel talks with Zibby about growing up the daughter of immigrants, the ingrained pull of an ancestral homeland, and the doubts that haunt those who uproot in search of a better future. 

Mar 02, 2021
Tanya Selvaratnam, ASSUME NOTHING
28:00

“I wrote my way out of the darkness.” Tanya Selvaratnam talks with Zibby about the intimate partner violence she suffered in a past abusive relationship. She shares the experience of coming forward with her story, and details what’s next as she moves past this chapter and onto future projects.

Mar 01, 2021
Joann Lublin, POWER MOMS: HOW EXECUTIVE MOTHERS NAVIGATE WORK AND LIFE
24:44

Joann Lublin dismisses the myth of work-life balance and makes a case instead for “work-life sway.” She shares with Zibby the biggest challenges she overcame as a top editor at the Wall Street Journal, and her forecast for the future of the female workforce.

Feb 28, 2021
Katrina Adams, OWN THE ARENA
22:31

Tennis guru and head of the USTA Katrina Adams talks about her success on and off the court -- including her role in a dramatic moment with Serena Williams --  in this candid chat between two tennis lovers.

Feb 27, 2021
Julia Fine, THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE
24:26

This frank conversation made Zibby rethink her relationship to “Good Night, Moon” forever as she chatted with novelist Julia Fine about the ways motherhood can make us all crazy.

Feb 26, 2021
Jennifer Ryan, THE KITCHEN FRONT: A NOVEL
26:07

Book editor turned novelist Jennifer Ryan talks with Zibby about the inspiration behind her latest WWII-era novel, The Kitchen Front. She shares memories of her grandmother, discusses testing ration recipes (she’s a fan of the mushroom soup!) and reveals how she carved out time to write a novel while raising young children. Jennifer recently wrote an essay for Zibby’s Medium publication Moms Don’t Have Time to Write called “When the Novelty of Writing Your Novel Wears Thin.”

Feb 25, 2021
Meaghan Murphy, YOUR FULLY CHARGED LIFE: A RADICALLY SIMPLE APPROACH TO HAVING ENDLESS ENERGY AND FILLING EVERY DAY WITH YAY!
33:01

We 100% guarantee that Meaghan B. Murphy’s interview with Zibby will put a smile on your face! In this inspirational chat, the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day discusses ‘doing’ happy and shares some of the active choices we can make every day to live more positively. Yay!

Feb 24, 2021
Elizabeth Miki Brina, SPEAK, OKINAWA: A MEMOIR
27:17

"This is a book that I needed to write my whole life. It's been building up inside of me for a long time.” Elizabeth Miki Brina talks with Zibby about how writing helped her understand both her history and herself. She discusses inherited traumas and explains the important role writing played in her healing process.

Feb 23, 2021
Georgina Lawton, RACELESS
30:53

In this moving interview, Georgina Lawton talks with Zibby about the emotional toll of uncovering the long-held secret that explained her black racial identity, despite being born to two white parents.

Feb 23, 2021
Vendela Vida, WE RUN THE TIDES: A NOVEL
25:02

“Teenagers, just by their very nature, are shapeshifters.” Acclaimed novelist Vendela Vida explains how a non-fiction book on lies became We Run the Tides. She talks with Zibby about her pandemic reading habits, writing fan mail (her first letter was to Robert Downey Jr.!), her writing center nonprofit, and more.

Feb 22, 2021
Emily Layden, ALL GIRLS: A NOVEL
22:18

Emily Layden’s All Girls: A Novel, honors “the experience of teenage girlhood in all its depth and capacity.” The former high school teacher talks with Zibby about what it was like “to come of age in a place that really promises you the world when that world still isn’t totally yours for the taking.” They also touched on the benefits of therapy and the incredible story of how this book came to be.

Feb 21, 2021
Maria Adelmann, GIRLS OF A CERTAIN AGE
14:36

"I find it hard to be in one voice while I'm writing.” Maria Adelmann shares with Zibby why she loves writing (and reading!) short stories, and how her latest collection of stories, Girls of A Certain Age, came to be. 

Feb 20, 2021
Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane, UNDER OUR ROOF: A SON'S BATTLE FOR RECOVERY, A MOTHER'S BATTLE FOR HER SON
27:32

"Don't give up hope.” Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son, Harry Cunnane, have a candid conversation with Zibby about Harry’s past struggles with addiction. They discuss learning new truths about each other while writing their book, the toll addiction takes on the family system, and the role of hope in healing. 

Feb 19, 2021
Kristin Hannah, THE FOUR WINDS
28:51

“Books are always the place that my characters go when the world bruises them, or when they need to recharge or regroup and just to enjoy themselves.” Prolific writer Kristin Hannah talks with Zibby about her iterative writing process, the unconditional love of motherhood, and the importance of female friendships.

Feb 18, 2021
Amy Newmark, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: MAKING "ME TIME"
33:59

"How great is it to have a job where I get to just share wonderful storytelling with people?” Amy Newmark talks with Zibby about her love of stories, the 30-year path that led her to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and more upcoming anthologies.

Feb 17, 2021
Zibby Owens, MOMS DON'T HAVE TIME TO: A QUARANTINE ANTHOLOGY
17:02

IT’S PUB DAY FOR ZIBBY’S ANTHOLOGY! In honor of the big day, we’re releasing a special episode in which Zibby is interviewed by her four kids! This is one episode you won't want to miss. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, out TODAY!

Feb 16, 2021
David Sedaris, THE BEST OF ME
38:40

"If I'm going to be reading something in front of an audience, I wouldn't want there to be no laughter. I'm not interested in that.” David Sedaris talks about owning who you are as a writer and explains why "publishing isn’t writing.” He also tells Zibby why he doesn’t read Internet comments and discloses how he expresses love. (Hint: it involves Christmas!)

Feb 15, 2021
Ladee Hubbard, THE RIB KING
29:22

“I do a lot of research and then try to forget it so I can be a little bit more instinctual when I'm writing.” Ladee Hubbard talks with Zibby about weaving fact with fiction, and how her latest novel, The Rib King, speaks to the current cultural moment.

Feb 14, 2021
Lauren Edmondson, LADIES OF THE HOUSE
34:16
Lauren talks with Zibby about her pandemic pregnancy and her "second baby of the quarantine” — her novel, Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense & Sensibility. She discusses growing up around politics, what it takes to modernize Jane Austen, and her relationship-status with writing. 

 

Feb 13, 2021
Chang-rae Lee, MY YEAR ABROAD
27:06
“That's the fun part of writing. You can go anywhere you want.” Chang-rae Lee talks with Zibby about the role of storytellers, how writing helps him cope with his fears, and how being a college professor has kept him from growing old.
Feb 12, 2021
David Rubenstein, HOW TO LEAD
37:19

David Rubenstein shares with Zibby his thoughts on happiness, mortality, success, and more in this deeply sincere yet humorous chat that runs the conversational gamut.

Feb 11, 2021
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English (Adapted for Young Readers)
27:24

Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer spoke to Zibby about the bakery sign moment that was his "origin story," why younger people should even care about grammar, his love of books, how copy editing is like make-up artistry (or not) and more.

Feb 10, 2021
Abigail Dean, GIRL A
28:27

First time novelist and former lawyer Abigail Dean discusses how she wrote the first half of this book during a leave from work, her writing process, the scary street near her parents' home, and more. 

Feb 09, 2021
Cameran Eubanks Wimberly, ONE DAY YOU'LL THANK ME
20:20

Former Southern Charm and Real World star Cameran Eubanks Wimberly shares her thoughts on motherhood, celebrity (she hates being called "famous") and more in this podcast recorded during a live event with Anderson's Bookshop. 

Feb 08, 2021
Stephanie Thornton Plymale, AMERICAN DAUGHTER
31:44

"I fell through every crack.” Stephanie Thornton Plymale talks with Zibby about overcoming past traumas and the liberation that came with owning her history.

Feb 07, 2021
Robert Jones Jr., THE PROPHETS
30:03
"He confirmed my right to be. I bow down to James Baldwin. I adore him.” Robert Jones, Jr. talks with Zibby about adopting James Baldwin as a spiritual godfather, how a serendipitous find inspired ‘The Prophets,’ and what it means to be a black queer writer.
Feb 06, 2021
Maggie Downs, BRAVER THAN YOU THINK
31:18

Maggie Downs’ incredible memoir recounts the year she spent traveling the world completing her mother’s bucket list while her mom was at home in the final stage of Alzheimer’s. She talks with Zibby about grief, marriage (she met her husband skydiving!) and being the Cincinnati Carrie Bradshaw.

Feb 05, 2021
Peter Ho Davies, A LIE SOMEONE TOLD YOU ABOUT YOURSELF
32:27

What would you do if a prenatal test yielded potentially catastrophic results? Peter Ho Davies and Zibby discuss this question that’s at the center of Peter’s latest novel, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. Their deeply honest conversation covers the uncertainties of parenthood, the blurry lines between fiction and fact, writing advice, and more.

Feb 05, 2021
Elin Hilderbrand, TROUBLES IN PARADISE
35:02

Troubles in Paradise is the last of Elin Hilderbrand's delicious trilogy set in the Virgin Islands. Elin and Zibby discussed getting caught up in local gossip, persistence in the publishing world, and being fueled by writing.

Feb 04, 2021
Nancy Johnson, THE KINDEST LIE
32:04

Zibby inhaled Nancy's fictionalized story about race, class, and family at the dawn of the Obama era. She loved hearing about Nancy's inspiration for The Kindest Lie, the importance of the 2008 election, her relationship with her father, and more.

Feb 04, 2021
Brandon Hobson, THE REMOVED
28:23

Brandon Hobson knows how to get into characters' heads and likens the process to acting. He talked to Zibby about the themes in his latest novel—a beautiful examination of how we grieve, how we heal, and the meaning of home. 

Feb 03, 2021
Rebecca Sacks, CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES
30:01

Zibby describes Rebecca Sacks's novel as a "literary achievement" and "epic journey." She and Rebecca talked about lives intersecting, the beauty in learning new languages, and the idea of being a global citizen. 

Feb 03, 2021
Cherie Jones, HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE
24:15

Cherie Jones's book feels like a classic from another era. Her writing is so vivid. She told Zibby about how her characters are inspired by voices that pop into her brain and that it's her role to translate those to paper. The result is vivid, stunning, and entirely captivating.

Feb 03, 2021
Lauren Fox, SEND FOR ME
30:48

When Lauren Fox was in her twenties she found letters in her parents' basement. Her grandparents had been living with them for years and she found a box amongst their belongings containing about seventy-five letters written in German script, which would take Lauren down an immersive path uncovering details about her family. The story she ultimately wrote is fiction, but the inspiration for Send for Me is based on her own ancestry. 

Feb 03, 2021
Rachel Ricketts, DO BETTER
30:47
Rachel Ricketts talks to Zibby about spiritual activism, dismantling systems of discrimination and oppression, creating equity, and more in this deeply important conversation. 
Feb 02, 2021
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, THE SCAFFOLD EFFECT
32:06

Dr. Harold Koplewicz founded the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to children's mental health disorders that Zibby supports as a board member. They talked about combating stigmas associated with mental illness, managing anxiety, and his critical advice to parents to self-care so they have the strength to take care of their children. 

Feb 02, 2021
Adam Grant, THINK AGAIN
31:04

The topic of Adam Grant's book is "The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know," which Zibby thinks will help people view changing their mind, adapting their ideas, or rethinking their decisions as a strength instead of a weakness. Listen on for an enlightening take about flip-flopping, pre-crastinating, false deadlines, and transforming your beliefs. 

Feb 02, 2021
Anna Malaika Tubbs, THE THREE MOTHERS
32:43

Zibby was honored to speak with Anna Malaika Tubbs about The Three Mothers - a brilliant, conversational, and historically-rich biography. Anna shines a light on the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin and the crucial role they play in American history, what they symbolize in terms of Black womanhood, and how we can use feminist theory, gender theory, critical race theory to help us better understand and change the world.  

Feb 02, 2021
Melissa Gould, WIDOWISH
35:54

Melissa Gould calls her emotional memoir a modern love story. Her writing deeply resonated with Zibby, and they talked about grieving, expectations, parenting through loss, and falling in love.

Feb 01, 2021
Laura Tremaine, SHARE YOUR STUFF. I'LL GO FIRST.
33:02

Laura Tremaine says that when she changed her mindset around what kind of writer she thought she was supposed to be, this terrific book about connecting took form. Laura shares her experiences with fear, vulnerability, and relationships in a way that sparks deep thought and conversation in her audience.

Feb 01, 2021
Jordan Thierry and Ben Sand, A KIDS BOOK ABOUT
23:37

Jordan Thierry is the author of A Kids Book About Systemic Racism and Ben Sand is the author of A Kids Book About White Privilege—both part of a fantastic, educational, and inspiring new series of kids' books. They talked to Zibby about the challenges of writing about deep topics for a young set of readers, creating digestible conversations about race in the home and on the page, and how we can all take part in disseminating a positive message about "love and hope and resistance and change and acceptance."

Jan 31, 2021
Caroline Gertler, MANY POINTS OF ME
24:43

Caroline Gertler taught herself to read around age three and knew from then on that she wanted to be a writer. She chatted with Zibby about the books that inspired her, her love of art history, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and more. 

Jan 30, 2021
Sara Faith Alterman, LET'S NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN
32:36

Sara Faith Alterman's funny and moving memoir takes off from the day her G-rated upbringing came to a screeching halt when she discovered her father's pornographic writing career. With brilliant humor, Sara recounts how she stumbled upon the books as a child, the difficulty in talking about sex in a matter-of-fact way, and reconciling the different sides to her father. 

Jan 29, 2021
Rio Cortez, THE ABCS OF BLACK HISTORY
25:42

Rio Cortez is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose beautifully written, illustrated book presents Black history to younger children. She talked with Zibby about creating a story that depicts diverse figures from Black culture around the globe, tracing her own roots, diaspora communities, her pregnancy journey, and more.

Jan 28, 2021
Gabrielle Korn, EVERYBODY (ELSE) IS PERFECT
29:46

Gabrielle Korn's former life as the editor-in-chief of NYLON at age twenty-eight looked shiny and glamorous by day; however, as soon as she left the office, her reality was different. She talked to Zibby about identity and personally struggling with an eating disorder while fighting for body positivity at work. They also discussed how the media creates impossible beauty standards and what it's like to be in the middle of it. 

Jan 27, 2021
Helen Fisher, FAYE, FARAWAY
33:11

Helen Fisher talked to Zibby about having to change the title of her novel in the United States, beginning to write in her forties, how difficult it can be to portray loss and grief in writing, managing rejection, and more.

Jan 26, 2021
Chelsea Clinton, SHE PERSISTED
26:42
Zibby was honored to interview Chelsea Clinton and talk about advocacy, writing books centered on girls and women, their mutual admiration for teachers, raising children in the public eye, and the importance of practicing persistence. 
Jan 25, 2021
Charles Yu, THE ONLY LIVING GIRL ON EARTH
22:46

Charles Yu's story is a depiction of Earth in the 3000's in which all that's left of an otherwise abandoned planet is a gift shop. He and Zibby talked about spaceships, teenagedom, mother-daughter dynamics, television writing, and more.

Jan 24, 2021
Brittany Barnett, A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT
30:52
Brittany Barnett's book is "a memoir that shows how she came to understand injustice in the courts, how she discovered genius behind bars, and how this journey caused her definition of freedom to evolve.” Her book was Amazon’s "#1 Best Book of 2020." Zibby was utterly impressed by A Knock at Midnight and moved by her conversation with Brittany. 
Jan 23, 2021
Jennifer Rosner, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS
50:53
Jennifer Rosner's journey to becoming a writer is deeply personal and as beautiful as her debut novel - a mesmerizing story set during World War II. She and Zibby talked about silence, risk, the bond between parents and children, collective trauma, and more.
Jan 22, 2021
Christina Baker Kline, THE EXILES
26:07

An instant New York Times bestseller, Christina Baker Kline's The Exiles is a riveting novel about three women in nineteenth-century Australia. Christina talked to Zibby about history, how terrifying it can be to write about the past, and the importance of taking chances.

Jan 21, 2021
Shari Medini, PARENTING WHILE WORKING FROM HOME
29:33

Shari Medini's timely guide and chat with Zibby will help you navigate the delicate balance of wearing many hats like pursuing a career and working from home, parenting and being a partner, and caring for yourself. She shares simple solutions and actionable ideas that prioritize taking things one step at a time! 

Jan 20, 2021
Elizabeth Passarella, GOOD APPLE
27:34
Elizabeth Passarella's collection of essays explores and normalizes dualities in personal identity. She chats about being a Southern girl in New York, small apartments and suburban houses, religion, and politics - all while unpacking various stereotypes from her unique vantage point and witty style.
Jan 19, 2021
Ashly Perez, READ THIS FOR INSPIRATION
23:12

If you need encouragement, Read This for Inspiration is your ticket to feeling uplifted. Ashly Perez talked to Zibby about her creative and nonlinear book, BuzzFeed background, being diagnosed with ADHD in her late twenties, her special relationship with her abuelo, and more.

Jan 18, 2021
Priya Parker, THE ART OF GATHERING
31:56

How do we create psychological togetherness when physical togetherness is not an option? Priya Parker shares that "gathering" is a source of meaning, inspiration, and beauty. She gives wonderful examples to Zibby about shifting away from conventional structures of gathering toward coming together in ways that create unexpected connection and adventure.

Jan 15, 2021
Katherine May, WINTERING
25:24

Katherine May's perspective on the transformative power of "wintering" is both timely and timeless. She embraces the ethos of winter to rest, renew, and restore to amass energy to reframe everyday chaos and challenging moments. Katherine says that being "quick to put on a brave face" may be doing us more harm than good because part of being human includes imperfection. Zibby might just put that reminder on a sticky-note by her bedside.

Jan 14, 2021
Rabbi Steve Leder, THE BEAUTY OF WHAT REMAINS
26:46

Rabbi Steve Leder has officiated roughly one thousand funerals over thirty years. Even with so much experience helping people deal with loss, he realized he wasn’t prepared when his father passed away after a ten-year decline through Alzheimer's. His insights about what death can teach us about life are profound, and his conversation with Zibby is just as heartfelt as his book, which he hopes serves as a field guide for readers.

Jan 13, 2021
Gabriel Byrne, WALKING WITH GHOSTS
31:37

Gabriel Byrne's memoir is absolutely gorgeous, and he has so much wisdom to share. His interview with Zibby was briefly interrupted by a goat in the background, but they still got to chat about how his love of literature started with his mother reading classics at bedtime, finding his authentic voice, and the deep work it took to write about the most painful areas of his life.  

Jan 12, 2021
Felicia Luna Lemus, PARTICULATE MATTER
18:32
Zibby loved reading Particulate Matter, Felicia Luna Lemus's uniquely crafted work of creative nonfiction. She spoke with Felicia Luna Lemus about her process of creating this "portrait" of a challenging year, human vulnerability, and noticing the beauty in everyday details.
Jan 11, 2021
Malcolm Mitchell, MY VERY FAVORITE BOOK IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
31:05

Malcolm Mitchell and Zibby talked about new fatherhood, the inspirational book he wrote about his journey through literacy and finding magic in reading, and his message to kids that sometimes the best stories can be found inside of ourselves.

Jan 08, 2021
Shani M. King, HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU BLACK LIVES MATTER
26:05
Shani King's books stem from conversations he has and wants to have with his kids about identity, history, and celebration. He spoke to Zibby about raising a generation that knows there is power in who they are, teaching his own children about their unique background, African American history, and more. 
Jan 07, 2021
Liz Tichenor, THE NIGHT LAKE
29:55

Liz Tichenor spoke with Zibby about becoming ordained as a priest while experiencing the monumental losses of her young son and her mother. She opened up about the challenge of maintaining her faith in the face of extreme grief and the importance of showing up authentically in her leadership position by sharing her own story.

Jan 06, 2021
Ashley Audrain, THE PUSH
31:44

Ashley Audrain's amazing book is both chilling and life-affirming - even though she didn’t originally set out to write a book that was so rife with emotional suspense. The two talked about unexpected challenges in parenting, inherited trauma, only finishing books they love, and Ashley's great advice for new mothers who are writers.

 

 

Jan 05, 2021
Jen Sincero, BADASS HABITS
22:06
Jen Sincero's book is a must-read to start off 2021. Jen has brought "badass" into mainstream culture, and her latest book tackles all of our "badass habits and shares the important message that we can do anything we want...as long as we get in the right mindset!
Jan 04, 2021
Sabaa Tahir, A SKY BEYOND THE STORM
26:22

Zibby did an Instagram Live with Sabaa Tahir for Good Morning America's Book Club Instagram page. Sabaa is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the few Pakistani American authors writing speculative fiction. She brings a unique perspective to the fantasy genre, and Zibby loved discussing the fourth book in her series.

Jan 03, 2021
John Allman, BOYS DANCE!
24:03

John Allman's children's books are amazing. He chatted with Zibby about growing up in Texas as a dancer, his love of performance, the American Ballet Theater, and following your North Star.

Jan 02, 2021
Cait Flanders, ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT
25:09

Adventures in Opting Out is so timely. Cait Flanders and Zibby talked about taking new paths, making intentional decisions like opting out of drinking, being reflective, and more.

Jan 01, 2021
Sophie Cousens, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
31:10

Zibby had a blast interviewing Sophie Cousens for Good Morning America's Book Club Instagram page. This Time Next Year is the perfect book to read right now. They talked about New Year's Eve, bad luck, getting stuck in bathrooms, self-fulfilling prophecies, and how nothing is as perfect as what the veneer of any exterior might convey.

Dec 31, 2020
Lauren Martin, THE BOOK OF MOODS
32:31

Zibby couldn't wait to talk to Lauren Martin about her memoir. The book shifted Zibby's whole mindset about how moods affect us, impact the people around us, and how we can navigate through those individual characteristics in a helpful and meaningful way. 

Dec 30, 2020
Nessa Rapoport, EVENING
27:48

Nessa Rapoport's novel is thirty years in the making. Her writing is just as poetic as how she describes to Zibby the way all the parts came together to create this beautiful book.

Dec 29, 2020
Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher, SANCTUARY
27:05

Zibby was excited to do an Instagram Live with Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their novel set in 2032. They discuss a world where citizens are chipped and tracked, what it means to survive as an undocumented immigrant, and the meaning of sanctuary.

Dec 28, 2020
Kara Goldin, UNDAUNTED
36:36
Zibby devoured Kara Goldin's memoir. Her approach to entrepreneurism, success in business, and overcoming challenges is sharp, inspiring, and refreshingly applicable to achieving any goal you have. Take Kara's "no idea is crazy" approach into 2021 for a fulfilling new year!
Dec 25, 2020
Dr. Reshma Shah, NOURISH
22:06
Dr. Reshma Shah's book is filled with recipes that will make even avid omnivores wonder why they haven't tried more plant-based dishes before. Dr. Shah talked to Zibby about her winding journey to plant-based eating, the impact of food choices on the environment, and how to really connect with what's on our dinner plates.
Dec 24, 2020
Isabel Wilkerson, CASTE
31:14

Isabel Wilkerson - already a Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author - has captured attention with her stunning new book Caste, which has been lauded as "an instant American classic" by The New York Times. Zibby was thrilled to learn more about Isabel's extensive research process, how the people she writes about become a part of her, and her masterful ability to excavate truths and explain phenomena in such an enthralling format. 

Dec 23, 2020
Anne-Louise Nieto and Hanna Chiou, HABBI HABBI
30:04
Zibby talked to Anne-Louise Nieto and Hanna Chiou, the co-founders of Habbi Habbi, a brilliant way to bring bilingual education into your home. They talked about their inspiration for the reading wand and bilingual books they created, making learning accessible to children and adults, and how studying different languages helps us celebrate people and cultures around the world.
Dec 22, 2020
Paige Peterson, GROWING UP BELVEDERE-TIBURON
26:10
Paige Peterson was Zibby's first boss ever - at age eleven she started babysitting Paige's daughter! Their connection comes through in their special conversation as Paige revealed more about the inspiration behind her captivating book: a childhood spent in the beautiful Northern California nature, coming of age in the '60s, silence and secrets in small towns, raising her own children, and more.
Dec 21, 2020
RE-RELEASE: Ray Dalio, who just tragically lost his son
26:40

From Zibby: I woke up this morning to the horrific news that Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, father of four, grandfather, philanthropist, and author of PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS about which I interviewed him last January, had tragically lost his 42-year-old son in a car accident. I've never met Ray in person. I didn't even know his oldest son's name until this morning. But I am shaken with grief knowing how much pain Ray and his entire family must be in now. He has already tweeted about his loss and kindly mentioned all the other families reeling from losing a child in the midst of his own sorrow. Ray discussed his four sons, parenting and grandparenting a lot in our conversation. In honor of his horrific loss, I'm rereleasing his episode so you can all get to know him and mourn with him today. 

Dec 19, 2020
Clint Edwards, FATHER-ISH
26:23
When Zibby started reading Father-Ish, she wasn't in a good mood, but Clint Edwards's book is so funny that she started laughing out loud right away. Clint has a way of making everyday moments in parenting life feel funny and relatable. Using his signature humor, he talked to Zibby about some of the serious things like rejection, mental health, and why being reflective and writing is the best thing he's done for his marriage and family. 
Dec 18, 2020
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY
26:58
Zibby's family has long loved Jarrett Krosoczka's New York Times bestselling books, so it was special for Zibby to learn more about Jarrett's life. He shared how his wildly famous TED Talk came to life, how to deal with strangers talking to you about your private life, growing up with parents who are addicts, and the importance of a strong work ethic.
Dec 17, 2020
Rachel Bloom, I WANT TO BE WHERE THE NORMAL PEOPLE ARE
27:24
Rachel Bloom's memoir will capture your heart just like her Golden Globe winning tv series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." They chatted about what "normal" means, award shows, OCD, comedy, and more.
Dec 16, 2020
Sarah Gelman, DIRECTOR OF BOOKS, PR, AND EDITORIAL, AMAZON
44:26
For passionate readers, Sarah Gelman has the world's best job - she's the Director of Books, PR, and Editorial at Amazon. In this special episode, she and Zibby talked about Amazon's "Best Books of 2020," jumping on trampolines with their children, and their mutual love of sharing good books with people.
Dec 15, 2020
Natalie Portman, NATALIE PORTMAN'S FABLES
26:36
Zibby and her family love Natalie Portman's reimagining of classic fairy tales. She had a blast talking to the actress, filmmaker, writer, and mother about judging people by their character rather than their gender, the upside of social media, and bringing women's soccer to Los Angeles. 
Dec 14, 2020
Jean Kwok, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE
40:32

Jean Kwok's inspiration for her latest novel is deeply personal. Her conversation with Zibby is captivating - sharing intimate details about her brother who went missing ten years ago, growing up in New York City in a working-class immigrant family, and feeling like the black sheep of her family. 

Dec 11, 2020
Suzanne Nossel, DARE TO SPEAK
27:02

Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, created a brilliant playbook for navigating free speech in an era of Twitter, cancel culture, and a divided culture. She talked to Zibby about what it means to defend free speech, creating inclusivity, and how we can use the power of the written word to mend a fractured society.

Dec 10, 2020
Jennifer Risher, WE NEED TO TALK
34:15

Zibby talked to power couple Jennifer Risher, author of We Need To Talk, and her husband David. They shared their stories about joining Microsoft and Amazon in the early years, managing unexpected wealth in their early thirties, the hidden effects of being newly affluent, and pulling the curtain back on the taboo topic of money talk.

Dec 09, 2020
Michelle Buteau, SURVIVAL OF THE THICKEST
25:58
Michelle Buteau, comedy queen, talked to Zibby about IVF and hormones, beauty and body image, and raising twins. Michelle reminded Zibby how important it is to stop worrying about being perfect and to focus on your passion. 
Dec 08, 2020
Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn, NOT A PARTNERSHIP
33:24
Zibby thanked Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn on behalf of couples everywhere for their terrific book. Their conversation explored some of our biggest questions about relationships: what does a sparkling marriage look like, why do we stop trying to impress each other when the honeymoon phase is over, and can you fall back in love with your partner by making simple changes? This will now be Zibby’s go-to gift for engaged couples (and close friends who might admit to some marital issues)!
Dec 07, 2020
Kazu Kibuishi, AMULET SERIES
28:37

Kazu has been drawing comics since he was five years old. He chatted with Zibby about the inspiration for his popular graphic novel series, how cartoons are a universal language, and how he had to relearn to do what he loves after being in a coma. 

Dec 04, 2020
Emmanuel Acho, UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN
27:00

"Uncomfortable" is a bit of a misnomer because Emmanuel Acho is gifted at making people feel at ease having honest conversations about racism and social injustice. He talked to Zibby about making our way to the middle to find the truth, why he believes we learn history in school when we're too young to understand it, and creating a catalyst for racial reconciliation through dialogue.

Dec 03, 2020
Rachel Hollis, DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING
36:50

Zibby thinks Didn't See That Coming is the best book title. It really hits home and she had a great time talking to Rachel about encouraging people who are going through something difficult to get to the other side, the different ways grief manifests, and absorbing the role of being a healer to others.

Dec 02, 2020
Julie Buxbaum, ADMISSION
26:09
Julie Buxbaum became so obsessed with the 2019 college admissions scandal that she was inspired to write Admission. Zibby loved talking about Julie's compelling characters, what it must feel like to be a teeager at the center of a huge media fallout, what achievement means, what success costs, and ethical parenting. 
Dec 01, 2020
Hope Edelman, THE AFTERGRIEF
40:09
Hope Edelman talked about her research process for this poignant book, what her term AfterGrief means, bereavement leave, and confiding in others. Her moving advice resonated with Zibby: release yourself from the idea of an end point for mourning and consider grief as ebbs and flow of intensity rather than an end point. 
Nov 30, 2020
Dr. Evan Antin, WORLD WILD VET
28:53
Zibby and Dr. Evan Antin both brought furry, four-legged guests to their interview. He shared his passion for animals, wildlife conservation, and vet medicine and talked about some of his wildest adventures around the globe (tune in for snake bite sagas), his advice for being a responsible pet parent, and what it was like being named one of People's Sexiest Men Alive!
Nov 27, 2020
Peace Adzo Medie, HIS ONLY WIFE
21:22
Peace Adzo Medie's latest work of fiction is a Reese's Book Club pick and she talked to Zibby about the themes she explored: how culture shapes women's lives, class divide, generational views on what a marriage ought to be like, and the difficulty in parting with comfort for the unknown.
Nov 26, 2020
Janet Evanovich, FORTUNE AND GLORY
27:58
Zibby talked to powerhouse writer Janet Evanovich about her New York Times best-seller and twenty-seventh book in the best-selling Stephanie Plum series, her start as a romance novelist, and her love of comic books, drawing, and adventure. 
Nov 25, 2020
Morgan Jerkins, WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS
27:10

Wandering in Strange Lands was a labor of love for Morgan Jerkins. She talked to Zibby about her inspiration for the book, inheriting trauma, and why she encourages aspiring writers to investigate ideas that make them afraid.

Nov 24, 2020
Laura Vanderkam, THE NEW CORNER OFFICE
25:03
Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and says that "once a second is gone, all the money in the world can't buy it back." Her wisdom and research resonates as we navigate 2020. Zibby got the low-down on how to successfully work from home, configure childcare, and create priority checklists. 
Nov 23, 2020
Kim Brooks, SMALL ANIMALS
31:53
Kim Brooks knows what it means for one seemingly small decision to snowball into something unexpected. She described the catalyst event that led her to write Small Animals (a must-read for parents) to Zibby. They talked about the anxiety of raising children, examining the culture of parenthood and how it shifts over generations, and marriage, divorce and coparenting. 
Nov 20, 2020
Matthew John Bocchi, SWAY
34:10
Matthew John Bocchi was a child when his father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He and Zibby had a moving conversation about the long-lasting effects of this tragedy, coping mechanisms, addiction, abuse, and hope. 
Nov 19, 2020
Liz Petrone, THE PRICE OF ADMISSION
30:09

Zibby talked to Liz Petrone about her soulful memoir, which poignantly explores mental illness and expressed the need for our society to do better in telling the truth about depression, anxiety, and disordered behaviors. 

Nov 18, 2020
Sarah Crossan, HERE IS THE BEEHIVE
26:15
Zibby loved Sarah Crossan's unique writing style and the format of Here Is the Beehive; it reads almost like one big long poem. This novel about adultery, seduction and loyalty will be a book club pick on Zibby’s Virtual Book Club! Sarah and Zibby talked all about secrets, intuition, the shock value of grief, and universal compassion. 
Nov 17, 2020
Clarissa Ward, ON ALL FRONTS
28:26

Clarissa Ward is a badass journalist. She talked to Zibby about her trajectory studying comparative literature at Yale, wanting to become an actress, and the epiphany moment that led to her career as an award-winning war correspondent.

Nov 16, 2020
Cameron Douglas, LONG WAY HOME
29:51

Cameron Douglas wrote a raw and intimate portrait of being raised as Hollywood royalty (the son of Michael Douglas and grandson of Kirk Douglas) and experience becoming a drug addict who served time in prison. He spoke openly with Zibby about anxiety, addiction, survival, and transformation.

Nov 13, 2020
Fariha Roisin, LIKE A BIRD
28:03
Fariha Roisin's novel is gripping and bold and at times so disturbing it’s almost hard to read. Zibby was fascinated by their talk about abuse, autonomy, humor, self-discovery, victimhood, ancestral trauma, and much more. 
Nov 12, 2020
Christa Parravani, LOVED AND WANTED
29:45

Christa Parravani's memoir is so open and deep that Zibby felt like she already knew her before their interview. Christa talked about both wanting to have the choice for reproductive healthcare and loving and wanting children; navigating associated emotional, financial, and regulatory aspects of the options women face; and her belief that by sharing stories there is justice and liberation for women.

Nov 11, 2020
Cecily von Ziegesar, COBBLE HILL
34:54
Cecily von Ziegesar wrote the book series Gossip Girl that inspired the hit TV show (Xoxo). Her recent novel, Cobble Hill, is just as entertaining. She talked to Zibby about how being a grown up doesn't mean you always act like one, being able to intimately write New York-based stories as a native Manhattanite, and learning to poke fun at yourself. 
Nov 10, 2020
Bryan Washington, MEMORIAL
25:46
Bryan Washington says his editor calls his debut novel Memorial a "rom-com with teeth.” Zibby calls it "powerful and raw.” Good Morning America agreed and selected it as their November book pick! Bryan spoke to Zibby about wanting to write a love story about characters that he hadn't seen on the page, his Jamaican heritage, and more.
Nov 09, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden!!! SPECIAL RE-RELEASE
25:43

In honor of the historic win yesterday of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (the first woman VP ever -- and a woman of color!!), I'm re-releasing my interview with THE NEW FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES Prof. Jill Biden!! We discussed the many themes of her recent memoir: loss, family traditions, education, motherhood, and more. I am truly filled with HOPE after this monumental moment in history, a moment our country so desperately needed. Let's hear it for healing and reclaiming the soul of our nation. And congratulations to Jill!! 

Nov 08, 2020
Alice Hoffman, MAGIC LESSONS
24:39
Zibby was delighted to talk to the legendary doyenne of fiction, Alice Hoffman, who called her latest novel "an escape" for her as a writer. They chatted about witchcraft, fairy tales, female heroines, and more.
Nov 06, 2020
Susie Yang, WHITE IVY
20:02
Susie Yang's novel, which was recently selected as a TODAY Show #ReadwithJenna pick, is utterly compelling. She talked to Zibby about having a vivid imagination, writing emotions that create a visceral reaction in readers, and the feeling of being an outsider and the natural pull to belong to something. 
Nov 05, 2020
Brit Bennett, THE VANISHING HALF
27:11
Zibby was thrilled to interview New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett as part of a PEN America Virtual Author Event. In their live conversation, Brit paints a brilliant picture of how she crafts interwoven stories across timelines, the literature of passing, and the fluidity of identity.
Nov 04, 2020
Nicole Krauss, TO BE A MAN
27:50
Bestselling author Nicole Krauss spoke to Zibby about travel, religion, Nicole's fearless collection of fiction and how she writes characters so compassionately. This incredibly bright literary icon also touched on the paradoxes of people, the dichotomy of women and men, and the reimagining of relationships. 

 

Nov 03, 2020
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, MELANIA AND ME
34:40
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former director of special events at Vogue, was a confidant to Melania Trump from the early 2000s until she found herself in the wake of the Trump family's ascension to the White House and a controversy around inauguration finance irregularities. In her book, and talk with Zibby, she talks candidly about trust and betrayal, facing scrutiny in the spotlight, and re-examining friendship.
Nov 02, 2020
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, LORETTA LITTLE LOOKS BACK
28:11
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney's novel is versatile and innovative - it's filled with gorgeous illustrations and reads like a mix of poetry, first-person narratives, gospel rhythms, and blues. Zibby loved interviewing the husband-and-wife duo about the three generations of voices they brought to life in this book, drawing from history and experience to craft their work, and the secrets to a successful collaboration.  

 

Oct 31, 2020
Max Gross, THE LOST SHTETL
25:37
Max Gross's debut novel weaves an imaginative, humorous, and distinct story about a tiny Jewish village that existed in isolation, overlooked by the Nazis during World War II, forces during the Cold War, and modern technology - until a series of events pushes the community straight into the twenty-first century. Zibby and Max talked about growing up in New York, the haunting experience of visiting Auschwitz, the significance of history, and more. 
Oct 30, 2020
Charlotte Wood, THE WEEKEND
23:15
Zibby was moved by Charlotte Wood's beautifully written novel about well-worn friendships, getting older, and processing grief. They talked about how sustaining female friendships can be, how relationships adapt as people change over the course of their lives, and how personal the space of a book is for readers.
Oct 30, 2020
Jane Igharo, TIES THAT TETHER
19:54
Zibby and Jane Igharo had an animated conversation about Jane's debut novel, inspired by her own experiences being caught between familial expectations and following her heart. Jane talked about everything from trying to understand the motivations of immigrant parents to preserving culture, from creating Nigerian heroines in fiction to her childhood dream of being a Disney channel actress… and even her affinity for Miley Cyrus songs. 
Oct 30, 2020
Sophie Kinsella, LOVE YOUR LIFE
33:57
Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's special blend of comedy and romance shines through in her latest novel. Zibby, who has been inhaling the “Shopaholic" novels for years, loved getting to chat with one of her favorite authors about bedtime chaos, books, deal breakers, and decision fatigue (from online dating to online shopping!).
Oct 30, 2020
Megan Harlan, MOBILE HOME
18:25

Megan Harlan moved seventeen times across four continents when she was growing up. She told Zibby about her relationship with "place" as a result of her nomadic childhood, living life in all sorts of homes from a posh flat in London to a Texas to a trailer in Saudi Arabia, and the drive to explore different corners of the world.

Oct 29, 2020
Elizabeth Lesser, CASSANDRA SPEAKS
31:15

Elizabeth Lesser is an author, cofounder of Omega Institute, has given two popular TED talks, and is a member of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul100. She told Zibby that she's been preparing her whole life to write her fourth book, Cassandra Speaks. Elizabeth shared that her curiosity about power and perspective stemmed from her childhood growing up as the daughter of a feminist mother and a domineering father and the question she has pursued since: what about history and culture would be different if women were the storytellers? 

Oct 29, 2020
Sara Seager, THE SMALLEST LIGHT IN THE UNIVERSE
26:35

Sara Seager is an preeminent astronomer, planetary scientist, and MIT professor whose luminous memoir is about how she had to reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovered the power of connection on this planet as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. It's one of Zibby's favorite recent books and she talked with Sara about grief, rebuilding, and our earth and beyond.

Oct 29, 2020
Sydney Sadick, AIM HIGH
25:42

TV fashion and lifestyle expert Sydney Sadick believes confidence is an accessory that never goes out of style. She and Zibby chatted about developing personal style, "quarantine fashion," sourcing pieces that pop on a budget, and how the way we dress can impact our mood.

Oct 28, 2020
Ann Shen, NEVERTHELESS, SHE WORE IT
21:10
Ann Shen is a beautiful illustrator, designer, and author and her striking new book highlights some of history's biggest fashion moments and women who broke the mold wearing them. She and Zibby talked about female role models who broke the rules, the role of style in culture, and embracing a signature look.
Oct 28, 2020
Christie Tate, GROUP
27:55
Christie Tate knows what it feels like for someone’s life to look really great on paper and yet still feel inwardly lost and lonely. She talked to Zibby about the transformative experience of starting group therapy as a law student which helped crack her open, create an emotionally full life, and ultimately allow her to share the importance of connecting with others through her terrific memoir. 
Oct 27, 2020
Elizabeth Berg, I'LL BE SEEING YOU
31:42
Zibby was deeply moved by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg's sensational and loving memoir about caring for her parents in their twilight years. Elizabeth's beautiful writing provides inspiration, comfort, and a guidebook for navigating the emotional and practical conditions of caregiving. 

 

Oct 27, 2020
Alisson Wood, BEING LOLITA
26:53

When Alisson Wood was a 17-year-old high school student, she became enmeshed in an abusive relationship with an English teacher. She talked to Zibby about the grooming that created a blueprint for her understanding of love for a long time, the complicated storm of power, sex, and gender dynamics, and why sharing her experience is so important to empower others who have experienced trauma.

Oct 27, 2020
Jenna Bush Hager, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME
29:07
Zibby had such a special conversation with fellow book enthusiast and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Jenna talked candidly about what it was like to go through loss in the spotlight and lose loved ones who are public figures, especially as a busy mom. She and Zibby chatted about running to the bus stop, heels vs. clogs, working out, and their mutual affection for writing and writers. 

 

Oct 26, 2020
Rumaan Alam, LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND
36:01
Leave the World Behind is the “it” book of the moment: a Jenna’s Book Club pick on TODAY, a Barnes & Noble pick, and on the short-list for the National Book Award. Rumaan's striking book has captivated readers around the globe! Zibby loved the sentiment he shared about how deeply meaningful it is when people take the limited time they have to appreciate someone else's art.
Oct 26, 2020
Eva Chen, ROXY THE LAST UNISAURUS REX
33:50
Zibby talked to Eva Chen, Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, sartorial icon, and author of the most charming children's books. They discussed their dream home libraries, turning to reading for a sense of belonging, and the magic that stories can bring to little ones and grown-ups alike.
Oct 23, 2020
Tami Charles, ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER
26:01
Zibby and Tami Charles did an Instagram Live together to launch her new book, which Tami wrote as a tribute to her 10-year-old son. It’s a reminder to all children, especially those from marginalized communities, that they are an important part of the universe. Zibby had a heartfelt conversation with Tami about her poetic children's book, how this story came to her in a dream, and the power in telling children that they matter.
Oct 23, 2020
Brooke Hecker, LETTERS FROM MY TOOTH FAIRY
20:52
Brooke Hecker began writing letters 'from the tooth fairy' for her daughter for each tooth she lost. She eventually turned the notes into this collection, which is a delightful snapshot of different parts of childhood through the lens of the tooth fairy. Zibby knows a lot of parents will be able to relate to this and might just start their own family traditions as a result.
Oct 23, 2020
Kwame Mbalia, TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD
20:35

Zibby loved talking to Kwame Mbalia about his exploration of "non-Western fantasy and science fiction and imagining scientific innovations for future worlds through the eyes of African and African Americans" through his phenomenal book series which is a must-read for families.

Oct 22, 2020
Alyssa Milano, PROJECT CLASS PRESIDENT
31:28

Alyssa Milano (actor, producer, designer, philanthropist, humanitarian and author!) spoke with Zibby about how her character Hope wants to change the world but has to get through the trials and tribulations of middle school first, introducing kids to ideas about activism and community through a lens they can relate to, and how to parent during culturally-charged moments.

Oct 22, 2020
Oliver Jeffers, WHAT WE'LL BUILD
21:16
Oliver Jeffers is a celebrity in Zibby's house; she and her children love his books, especially HOW TO CATCH A STAR. With beautiful illustrations and thought-provoking writing, WHAT WE’LL BUILD, his latest book, was inspired by the birth of his daughter and the possibility of changing the world.
Oct 21, 2020
Kathie Lee Gifford, HELLO LITTLE DREAMER
37:34
Interviewing Kathie Lee Gifford was such a treat for Zibby. Kathie Lee, who says she's a kid at heart, talked to Zibby about imparting important values to your children, having perspective, and how it's never too late to dream.
Oct 21, 2020
Lou Diamond Phillips, THE TINDERBOX
28:13
Zibby got to interview actor, director, and author Lou Diamond Phillips and his wife Yvonne about how Lou's latest book, The Tinderbox, was inspired by a series of Yvonne's drawings. They talked to Zibby about coming from military backgrounds, how there's no science to writing, and the importance of having someone to bounce ideas around with, plus how helpful author Chris Bohjalian was to the whole process.
Oct 20, 2020
Lauren Tarshis, I SURVIVED: THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
34:14
Lauren Tarshis told Zibby that she didn't read a book until she was fourteen years old, which is an amazing part of Lauren's journey to becoming a New York Times best-selling author of dozens of books. Lauren’s I SURVIVED books are a terrific lesson in empathy - helping kids (and grown ups!) imagine what it's like to be in someone else's shoes when they're facing hardship.
Oct 20, 2020
Sophie Blackall, IF YOU COME TO EARTH
27:19
Zibby talked to Sophie Blackall about her beautifully illustrated children's book and how she wanted to create something that makes kids feel connected around the globe. They also discussed how being curious opens doors to new worlds and Sophie's new retreat for children's book authors and illustrators. But really they spoke about life, loss, and the true meaning of it all.
Oct 19, 2020
Kimberly Derting & Shelli Johannes, CECE LOVES SCIENCE
33:20
Zibby enjoyed interviewing co-authors, critique partners, and longtime friends Kimberly Derting and Shelli Johannes about their popular book series. They shared their love of science, keeping their kids entertained, their favorite subscription boxes, and more.
Oct 19, 2020
Shannon Lee, BE WATER, MY FRIEND
35:47
Zibby truly enjoyed getting to know Shannon. Shannon shared what she’d learned from her father, renowned movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee, how it felt to have to “hide” who she was growing up, why she has taken over managing his legacy, how the tragic death of her brother affected her, and how her dad's meaningful practices and timeless concepts inspired Shannon's journey.  
Oct 16, 2020
Anne Helen Petersen, CAN'T EVEN
26:33

Based on Anne Helen Petersen's viral BuzzFeed article, Can't Even is an in-depth and fascinating examination of millennial burnout culture. She and Zibby chatted about deciphering how and why we got to this place of non-vacations and unrealistic work expectations. They discussed the hopeful possibility of reorienting our lives away from being "on" 24/7. 

Oct 15, 2020
Cheryl Strayed, THIS TELLING
37:36

Zibby did an Instagram Live with bestselling author Cheryl Strayed (author of WILD) and was over the moon to be interviewing her. They talked about This Telling, her Amazon Original Story, feminism over the last century, the radical act of telling the truth, and vulnerability.

Oct 14, 2020
Terri Cheney, MODERN MADNESS
24:50
Terri Cheney portrays mental illness through beautiful and often humorous writing in her latest book. She and Zibby talked about her Modern Love article that was adapted for the HBO show, her life as an entertainment lawyer for Hollywood stars, and keeping her bipolar diagnosis a secret.   

 

Oct 13, 2020
Alexandra Elle, AFTER THE RAIN
25:25

Alexandra Elle calls her new collection of work her "big girl book" filled with hope, camaraderie, and lessons from motherhood. Listen to their moving talk about healing, self-love, and community. 

Oct 12, 2020
Jamie Lee Curtis, LETTERS FROM CAMP
31:38

Zibby was thrilled to talk with Jamie Lee Curtis, who has contributed so much to so many different areas in the artistic world. Jamie and Zibby chatted about Letters from Camp, her recent and delightful Audible Original, sleepaway camp, nostalgia, telling the truth about ourselves, and giving back. 

Oct 09, 2020
Deborah Tannen, FINDING MY FATHER
30:54

Deborah Tannen calls her father's life a walking tour through history - growing up in a Jewish community in Warsaw during World War I, The Bolshevik Revolution, The Great Depression - and Zibby was fascinated by his stories and the father-daughter relationship. Deborah and Zibby talked about dreams, communication, and reflecting on the past.

Oct 08, 2020
Victoria Montgomery-Brown, DIGITAL GODDESS
30:06

Zibby loved the lessons from Victoria Montgomery-Brown's new book and their interview. Her unique position as a female business founder, entrepreneur, and CEO is inspiring - and her stories about the NYPD, therapy, and honesty are fascinating. 

Oct 07, 2020
Heather Land, A PERFECT 10
31:38
Comedienne Heather Land told Zibby about how she became a public persona due to a dare from a friend and how a coping mechanism turned into a career. They also bonded over second marriages and falling in love after divorce. Zibby recommended this as one of her Good Morning America October picks! 
Oct 06, 2020
Brooke Adams Law, CATCHLIGHT
28:44

Zibby and Brooke Adams Law covered a lot of ground in this special conversation from Alzheimers to self-expression and discovery to writing circles. Zibby especially loved Brooke's inspiring story of how Catchlight came to be.

Oct 05, 2020
Nicholas Sparks, THE RETURN
30:36

Zibby was equal parts honored and excited to interview Nicholas Sparks. They talked about different kinds of love stories, how he was encouraged to become a writer by his mother, therapy, reacting to trauma, and more.

Oct 02, 2020
Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, ALL THIS TIME
32:47
Zibby had a great time getting to know Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, who are the #1 New York Times best-selling team of Five Feet Apart which was a hit movie. Now they’ve come back with their second joint novel called All This Time, which was beautiful and a total tearjerker. Zibby recommends having tissues on hand!  

 

Oct 01, 2020
Bill Clegg, THE END OF THE DAY
32:42

Zibby has been a longtime fan of Bill Clegg's beautiful writing especially his fantastic memoir, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. They talked about everything from addiction to parenting to audiobooks… and everything in between. 

Sep 30, 2020
Arden Myrin, LITTLE MISS LITTLE COMPTON
30:42

Zibby could have talked to Arden Myrin all day. She chatted with the actress, comedian, and first time author about how her parents married on a dare, her quirky small-town upbringing, being honest with your audience, and being okay with not being okay during times of loss. 

Sep 29, 2020
Jeff Hobbs, SHOW THEM YOU'RE GOOD
16:59

Jeff Hobbs and Zibby talked about Jeff's latest book, immersion journalism, the messiness of being a teenager, high-school dances, and how different lives along the same timelines can veer off in different ways. 

Sep 28, 2020
Meredith Masony, ASK ME WHAT'S FOR DINNER ONE MORE TIME
32:41

Meredith Masony's book is basically Zibby's life manual. You can expect Meredith's laugh-inducing brand of humor and relatability from her "That’s Inappropriate" viral series in her essay collection. She shared her experience as a mom of three young kids having a life-threatening tumor. She spoke with Zibby about not waiting until tomorrow to do the things you want to do today, home-schooling, the pandemic, and more.

Sep 25, 2020
Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao, FAMILY IN SIX TONES
30:23
Zibby laughed her way through her conversation with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao. She enjoyed their beautiful memoir about identity, belonging, Vietnam, and more. She had a front row seat to their authentic mother-daughter dynamic in this priceless interview. 
Sep 24, 2020
Ken Follett, THE EVENING AND THE MORNING
25:44
Zibby was honored to interview bestselling author Ken Follett, one of the world's best-loved and prolific authors. They talked about Ken’s role as a stepfather, his experience of tragically losing his grown son, how he comes up with ideas for his books, and the key to the longevity of his career.
Sep 23, 2020
Catherine Gildiner, GOOD MORNING, MONSTER
30:10

Catherine Gildiner's book Good Morning, Monster is an impactful read that follows five patients' journeys to emotional recovery. Zibby was captivated by these stories and her conversation with Catherine about treatment, trauma, and truth being stranger than fiction.

Sep 22, 2020
Sara Evans, BORN TO FLY
32:23
Zibby loved reading country music star Sara Evans's inspiring memoir. She and Sara had a beautiful talk about blended families and step-parenting, owning your talents, and not letting people put you in a box. Their talk about body image and eating was emotional and truly authentic.
Sep 21, 2020
Nancy Jooyoun Kim, THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE
28:58

Nancy Jooyoun Kim's beautiful novel explores a nuanced mother-daughter relationship through a dual narrative. Her book was just picked as this month’s Reese’s Book Club pick and is already a New York Times bestseller. She and Zibby talked about the fragility of families, keeping secrets, and the complexities of language and lived experience between immigrant parents with American-born children. 

Sep 18, 2020
Elizabeth Ames, THE OTHER'S GOLD
26:31

Elizabeth Ames is the author of the terrific debut novel The Other's Gold. She and Zibby talked about living at Harvard, writing a campus novel, and their formative college years. 

Sep 17, 2020
Cat Deeley, THE JOY IN YOU
25:22

The superstar host of TV hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deeley, has a written a lovely children’s book, originally intended for her boys. Her interview with Zibby is a heartfelt reminder that all parents want their kids to be happy, kind, and feel confident in dreaming big.

Sep 16, 2020
Caitlin Moran, MORE THAN A WOMAN
33:48
Caitlin Moran's observational humor is in a class of its own. Zibby laughed her way through Caitlin's book and their conversation: comparing raising children to addiction, motherhood as a superhero narrative, and how sharing our parenting stories is the key to sanity.
Sep 15, 2020
Catherine Cho, INFERNO
21:44

Zibby was enthralled by Catherine Cho's memoir about her postpartum psychosis when her son was three months old. They talked about preparation for pregnancy being primarily about the physical aspects without considering the mental or psychological shift of becoming a mother, unfolding the trauma of abusive relationships, and the road to recovery. 

Sep 14, 2020
Zibby reflects briefly on the past six months
05:56

This short reflection was intended as a voiceover for an IGTV/Instagram slideshow of Zibby’s six months after quarantine hit, from March 12th to September 13th, 2020. As she heads back to New York City, she discusses how the pandemic has changed her. Go to instagram.com/zibbyowens to see the accompanying photos. 

Sep 13, 2020
Lisa Donovan, OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HUNGER
33:12
Lisa Donovan, renowned pastry chef and essayist, talked to Zibby about creating societal change by reclaiming her story and the stories of women in an industry — and world —  in which men have traditionally been dominant.

 

Sep 11, 2020
Kendra Adachi, THE LAZY GENIUS WAY
32:22
Kendra Adachi's book is a New York Times best seller about spending your energy on what matters to you. Listen to Zibby (who hopes she is now on her way to becoming a lazy genius, too) and Kendra talk about best friends, Oreos, and principles to help you live a meaningful life by your own definition.
Sep 10, 2020
Sue Miller, MONOGAMY
31:52
Legendary bestselling author Sue Miller's critically acclaimed, elegant, and sharply realistic new account of the contemporary family is just as powerful as her previous blockbuster hits. This novel, about a couple, their marriage, and what happens when one of them suddenly passes away, is one of the most accurate and searing records of what it’s like to deal with a spouse who passes away in the night — or the loss of any loved one. She and Zibby talked about quasi-monogamy, bringing characters to life, and the intricacies of grief.
Sep 09, 2020
Deshaun Watson, PASS IT ON
25:10

Deshaun Watson, NFL quarterback for the Houston Texans, is a marvel on and off the field. Zibby was ultra-impressed by his book and loved talking to him about his relationship with his mom, Habitat for Humanity, chess, and finding balance and energy in his personal and professional life. 

Sep 08, 2020
Julia Phillips, DISAPPEARING EARTH
27:28

Julia Phillips always knew she wanted to be a novelist, and her debut of Disappearing Earth is a breathtaking national bestseller. She and Zibby talked about their love of libraries, what a happy writing place looks like, and finding your creative community.

Sep 07, 2020
Zibby Talks About Her Family's Recent Losses
13:45
In this short, heartfelt, tearjerker of an episode (you might need some Kleenex), Zibby shares her own thoughts and feelings during a tragic time. Her husband Kyle’s mother, Susan Felice Owens, and grandmother Marie (“Nene”) Felice, both passed away recently from COVID. This is Zibby's direct outreach to podcast listeners to share what she’s been going through and to hopefully help those who have lost anyone they have loved, too…. (and to encourage everyone to protect themselves from COVID). 
Sep 05, 2020
Kate Riordan, THE HEATWAVE
25:31

Zibby couldn't put down Kate Riordan's thriller, a compelling mystery set in the South of France (making it the perfect backdrop for a long-weekend read)!

Sep 04, 2020
Sheila Grinell, THE CONTRACT
21:14

Zibby couldn't resist asking Sheila Grinell about the story of her birth (spoiler: it involves a New York City taxi cab), and she loved their conversation about Sheila's winding path to writing, which included a journey through math, science, business, and the museum world. 

Sep 04, 2020
Heather Cabot, THE NEW CHARDONNAY
34:23

Zibby did a live virtual event with The Strand Bookstore and award-winning reporter Heather Cabot about her bookThe New Chardonnay, a fascinating look into the new world of legal cannabis. 

Sep 03, 2020
Robert Weintraub, THE DIVINE MISS MARBLE
22:51

Zibby had a blast talking to bestselling author Robert Weintraub about his captivation with the life of tennis star, Alice Marble, and his experience traveling the country to uncover the mystery of her extraordinary life.

Sep 03, 2020
Marisa Porges, WHAT GIRLS NEED
32:35

Marisa Porges and Zibby explored Marisa's powerful book about what girls need to succeed. 

Sep 02, 2020
Amy Schmidt, CANNONBALL!
25:12

Amy Schmidt brings her signature brand of honesty and openness to her book, podcast, and conversation with Zibby, reminding us to live fearlessly and with confidence. You'll probably feel like she's your best friend by the time you're done listening to this episode. 

Sep 02, 2020
Raven Leilani, LUSTER
25:25

Raven Leilani's debut novel has been one of the most anticipated books of 2020. She and Zibby talked about different forms of creativity, reconciling fantasy and reality, and the experience of Black women in publishing. 

Sep 01, 2020
Charlotte McConaghy, MIGRATIONS
24:24

Zibby loved talking to Charlotte McConaghy about her beautiful debut novel, family trauma, and the search for home. 

Sep 01, 2020
Alyssa Shelasky, APRON ANXIETY
22:11

Alyssa Shelasky talked to Zibby about her memoir: learning to cook, the world of food and celebrity chefs, being happy for your ex, and universal truths about love and loss. 

Aug 31, 2020
Heather Lanier, RAISING A RARE GIRL
31:38

Zibby and Heather Lanier talked about Raising a Rare Girl, Heather's beautiful account of raising her daughter with a rare chromosomal syndrome, being a medical advocate, and what happens when the map of "normal" parents expect is turned upside down.  

Aug 31, 2020
Michele Harper, THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING
30:36

Zibby loved Michele's New York Times bestselling memoir and the chance to talk with her about overcoming growing up in an abusive household, her philosophy around fixing what's broken, and considering her work as a doctor a practice of healing. 

Aug 31, 2020
Sara Schaefer, GRAND
30:04

Sara Schaefer talked to Zibby about Grand, an honest, witty, and vulnerable memoir. They talked about family scandal, reflecting on childhood, moral anxiety, and whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Aug 31, 2020
Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Authors Share Their Favorites
06:12

Today, Saturday, August 29th, is Independent Bookstore Day. Listen to a selection of notable authors from this podcast as they share their favorite independent bookstores and why they love them. Watch them on Instagram here

Authors include:

Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Raven Leilani, Luster

Bethany Saltman, Strange Situation: A Mother's Journey into the Science of Attachment

Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings

Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City?, Rules for Being a Girl

Kristy Woodson Harvey, Feels Like Falling

Bonnie Tsui, Why We Swim

Liz Astrof, Don't Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom

Erin Geiger Smith, Thank You For Voting

Elissa Altman, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing and Longing

Heather Cabot, The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream

Rebecca Serle, In Five Years

Kendra Adachi, The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't and Get Stuff Done

 

Aug 29, 2020
Samantha Irby, WOW, NO THANK YOU
33:49
Samantha Irby's humor is exactly what everyone needs right now. She and Zibby talked about rituals, lip balm, bribing children, and what it's like to share your inner monologue with the world.   

 

Aug 28, 2020
Sue Monk Kidd, THE BOOK OF LONGINGS
30:19

Zibby interviewed Sue Monk Kidd, award-winning and international best-selling author, for Armonk's North Castle Public Library 2020 speaker series. Already a literary phenomenon, Sue's breathtaking novel The Book of Longings is her latest brilliant work of fiction, and her creativity and characters are a gift.

Aug 27, 2020
Laura Lippman, MY LIFE AS A VILLAINESS
32:34

Laura Lippman, the best-selling crime writer, has come out with a fantastic book of essays called My Life as a Villainess. Zibby loved reading this collection and talking with Laura about shifting from creating worlds through novels to revealing the inner workings of her own world.

Aug 26, 2020
Pamela Redmond, OLDER
28:48

Pamela Redmond is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction including Younger, now a hit TV show created by Darren Star. Her new novel, Older, a sequel to Younger, is just coming out, so she and Zibby (of course) talked about age, as well as makeovers, beauty, confidence and authenticity.

Aug 25, 2020
Supriya Kelkar, AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE
24:17
Supriya Kelkar drew from personal experience growing up Indian American in a small town in the U.S. for her moving YA novel. She talked to Zibby about hiding her curls until her thirties, microaggressions, and South Asian American culture.
Aug 24, 2020
Capricia Penavic Marshall, PROTOCOL
27:16
Capricia Penavic Marshall served as White House Social Secretary in the Clinton administration and as United States Chief of Protocol in the Obama administration. Her book, Protocol, is a front-row seat to interacting with world leaders and a how-to of important lessons learned from her impressive career in government. 
Aug 21, 2020
Nefertiti Austin, MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE
35:52
Nefertiti Austin's book, Motherhood So White, is a powerful memoir about adopting her son, the foster care system, single motherhood, race, and more. She talked with Zibby at a book club for HeyMama about cultural nuances, adoption, the power of parenting, and being a free spirit. 
Aug 20, 2020
Heidi Pitlor, IMPERSONATION
26:30

Heidi Pitlor's third novel came out yesterday, and she and Zibby talked about writing the book you want to read, motherhood, and the magic of libraries. 

Aug 19, 2020
Christie Pearce Rampone & Dr. Kristine Keane, BE ALL IN
35:30

USA Olympian and superstar soccer player Christie Pearce Rampone and her co-author Dr. Kristine Keane wrote a book that every parent needs. Christie, Kristine and Zibby spent a lot of the time sharing their experiences about kids and sports, how to get involved as a parent, and what really matters. 

Aug 18, 2020
Tracy Tutor, FEAR IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD
30:06
Tracy Tutor, the first female real estate broker on Million Dollar Listing LA, exudes confidence and authenticity both on TV and throughout her new book. Zibby loved doing an Instagram Live with Tracy and talking about getting out of your comfort zone, red flags, and becoming a chameleon. 
Aug 17, 2020
Daphne Merkin, 22 MINUTES OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
39:30
Zibby has been a fan of Daphne Merkin’s for a long time and was over-the-moon excited to talk to her about her latest novel. Turns out, Daphne has been writing this story — about being seemingly trapped in a relationship with the “wrong” guy —  on and off for the past 30 years! 
Aug 14, 2020
Renée Watson, WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE
32:03

Renée Watson, New York Times best-selling author, educator, and activist, talked about Oprah Winfrey, social issues, and young girls finding their voices with Zibby. 

Aug 13, 2020
Susan Wiggs, THE LOST AND FOUND BOOKSHOP
33:45
Zibby had a lot of fun on Instagram Live talking to Susan Wiggs on her pub day! They discussed the fantasy of running a bookstore, character development and idea generation for the 50 novels she has written over her career (including the latest which became a New York Times best seller)!

 

Aug 12, 2020
Tommy Butler, BEFORE YOU GO
23:09

Zibby loved the prose in Tommy Butler’s debut novel. They talked about philosophy, poetry, loneliness, and balancing a law career with a lifelong love of writing. 

Aug 11, 2020
Chandler Baker, THE WHISPER NETWORK
27:49
Chandler Baker's book, a Reese's Book Club pick, really spoke to Zibby. As someone trying to balance work and momlife, Zibby related to Chandler and her book's character! They discussed the competing demands of a career, family, what's going on in our heads, and whether working out can ever be in the cards, all themes in the psychological workplace drama. 

 

Aug 10, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden, WHERE THE LIGHT ENTERS
25:43

Zibby had the honor of interviewing the former Second Lady (and perhaps future First Lady), Dr. Jill Biden. She spoke to Zibby about childhood traditions, loss, the state of schools opening this fall, her passion for teaching and more on Instagram Live.

Aug 08, 2020
Betsy Carter, LOST SOULS AT THE NEPTUNE INN
26:25

When Zibby was growing up and an aspiring author, Betsy Carter was a huge mentor to her and encouraged her love of writing. This has all come full circle with Zibby now getting to do a special interview with the inimitable Betsy about her most recent novel. The longtime friends talked about emotional exorcism, good and bad luck, and exploring the unknown through fiction.

Aug 07, 2020
Allison Winn Scotch, CLEO MCDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING
24:44

You might feel like you're just eavesdropping on a call between friends in this episode. Allison talks to Zibby about her character, Cleo, a Senator and Presidential-hopeful, Cleo’s political ambitions, regret in general…. and how Allison tackles the writing process!

Aug 06, 2020
Erica Katz, THE BOYS' CLUB
25:06

Erica Katz, a pseudonym for the lawyer (and debut author), lied to her colleagues about vacationing at the beach when she was really hiding in her closet writing this book. It's a good thing Erica told Zibby that she feels like writing is a vacation. The Boys’ Club, a page-turning tale of sexual harassment in the workplace, is a top summer read of 2020 that has already been optioned by Netflix.

Aug 05, 2020
Caroline Leavitt, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
34:14

Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times best-selling author of twelve novels. She told Zibby about the inspiration for her latest book: her own survival of a rare blood disease, being put into a coma, and coping with that alternate universe.

Aug 04, 2020
André Leon Talley, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES
35:00

After this episode, Zibby wanted to give André Leon Talley a hug. He was Anna Wintour’s indomitable right-hand-man at Vogue for decades, but in this memoir, André revealed his serial sexual abuse as a young boy and his chronic eating disorder. He has so many poignant memories and extraordinary stories that he’s already at work on his next book. 

Aug 03, 2020
Sophie Mackintosh, BLUE TICKET
21:26

Sophie Mackintosh tells Zibby about her inspiration for Blue Ticket: spending her whole life feeling absolutely certain that she didn't want to have children until one day a switch flipped. Originally conceived as a horror novel, Sophie decided to explore the themes of motherhood and social expectation through this dystopian book.

Jul 31, 2020
Lara Prescott, THE SECRETS WE KEPT
25:05

Lara Prescott's debut novel was an instant New York Times best seller. Lara's mom thinks it's fate that she wrote The Secrets We Kept, a work of historical fiction based on the true story behind Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, because Lara was named after the heroine in that book! 

Jul 30, 2020
Sophie Heawood, THE HUNGOVER GAMES
22:37

Sophie Heawood is every bit as funny, raw, and honest as her memoir. She talks to Zibby about trading a rock-and-roll lifestyle for unexpected single motherhood and her story of growing up with her daughter. 

Jul 29, 2020
Jodie Patterson, THE BOLD WORLD
34:25

Jodie Patterson's memoir quickly became one of Zibby's 2020 - and all time - favorites. Listen to conversation for standout insight on transformation, blended families, and more. "We have to discuss and debate with decorum and then shoot some basketball together at the end of the day" perfectly encapsulates Jodie's brand of brilliant advice. 

Jul 28, 2020
Bruce Feiler, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS
36:43

Bruce Feiler, one of America's most popular voices on contemporary life, shares amazing advice about "lifequakes," how to navigate things when life gets overturned in a big way, and adapting to a nonlinear existence.

Jul 27, 2020
Holly Martyn, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO PUT ON SOME LIPSTICK?
24:04

Holly’s hilarious book tracks her dating exploits when she had given up hope. Holly spoke to Zibby about dating while parenting, how her dates felt about being part of a book (!), the conclusion to her project and how writing has gotten her through the tough times.

Jul 24, 2020
Sandy Abrams, BREATHE TO SUCCEED
18:45

Breathe to Succeed is a slim, inspirational book filled with useful advice on how to be as successful as possible through the power of breath and inner self-awareness. Sandy gave Zibby some really specific tips and even tried getting her to practice breathing. Find out if she was willing or not! 

Jul 24, 2020
Evy Poumpouras, BECOMING BULLETPROOF
30:00

Bad-ass. Evy Poumpouras is the epitome of a bad-ass. Formerly a member of the Secret Service, Evy shares the types of looks she gives her husband when she wants something, how she exhibits confidence, what resilience looks like and why she wrote a book giving women everywhere the skills to become bulletproof like her. 

Jul 24, 2020
Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman, BIG FRIENDSHIP
21:02

This power duo, co-hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, tracks their friendship origins in this treatise on the power and role of female friendship, Shine Theory,  and how to keep the friends that matter. 

Jul 24, 2020
Tara Stiles, CLEAN MIND, CLEAN BODY
27:07

The founder of Strala yoga spoke to Zibby about her participation in a recent National Geographic kids book about animal yoga poses, her daily yoga classes on Instagram, spreading the Strala approach to yoga, parenting a toddler, and more. 

Jul 23, 2020
Tiler Peck, KATARINA BALLERINA
26:06

This charming, world-famous ballerina not only co-authored Katarina Ballerina, a middle grade story about an aspiring ballerina, but also hosts Instagram dance classes in quarantine with special guests like Josh Groban. Zibby spoke to Tiler about overcoming injuries, surviving in your parent’s house, training, writing, entertaining others, and more.

Jul 23, 2020
Libby Copeland, THE LOST FAMILY
27:18

Zibby spoke to Libby Copeland about her non-fiction book The Lost Family, which Zibby read all in one sitting because she couldn’t put it down. The book centers around one woman’s search for her family’s roots. They chatted about identity, family, bioethics, the business of DNA, what to do with their kids all summer, and more. Libby’s professionalism came through in every well-crafted sentence she effortlessly uttered. 

Jul 23, 2020
Jennifer Dahlberg, LAGGING INDICATORS
21:51

Jennifer Dahlberg, Stockholm-based author of novel Lagging Indicators, talked to Zibby about her fascination with the finance world and what it’s like for black women in that ecosystem, pausing her writing career when her kids were young, and why she’s currently locked up in a shed in Sweden. 

Jul 22, 2020
Amy Poeppel, MUSICAL CHAIRS
27:18

The author of Musical Chairs and several other novels, Amy Poeppel is charming and down-to-earth. (Fun fact: she has lived all around the globe and is actually a former teacher.) Her latest book, which is structured lyrically and contains a zillion music references, is a story about an empty-nester (sort of) balancing a career and what life throws at her.

Jul 22, 2020
Julie Pennell, LOUISIANA LUCKY
12:27

Zibby was “lucky” (get it?) to speak to Julie Pennell about her light, entertaining summer read centered around three sisters who win the lottery and have to decide what really matters.

Jul 22, 2020
Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
23:03

This best friend duo, co-hosts of the podcast We Fight So You Don’t Have To, have written yet another novel together. And they’re still friends! Listen to Zibby chat with them about the importance of highlighting other authors, podcasting, collaborating, and more.

Jul 22, 2020
Jane Rosen, ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR
19:42

Eliza Starts a Rumor is irresistible, as is Jane L. Rosen (who tells Zibby that she’s besties with Katie Couric)!

Jul 22, 2020
Natascha Biebow, THE CRAYON MAN
16:47

The Crayon Man will make you reconsider every time your child snaps a crayon in half. Part history, part fun story, this book is delightful, as was the conversation Natascha had with Zibby!

Jul 21, 2020
Stephen Shaskan, PIZZA & TACO
19:01

There’s no rhyme or reason to why kids are obsessed with some books, but Stephen Shaskan’s new series, Pizza & Taco, is one of those books. Listen to Stephen discuss her passion for delighting kids and how he works! 

Jul 21, 2020
Chioma Momah, FIRST DAY AT THE BIG SCHOOL
23:43

I spoke to children’s book author Chiomah Momah from her home office all the way in Nigeria. (Ignore the part, please, when I didn’t realize the city she lived in was the capital! Oops!) Her picture book, First Day at the Big School, about a young child getting ready to go to school, is so relatable that I’ve already read it to my rising kindergartener several times. I loved hearing about how she found time to write it with her big full-time job and how she handled the pandemic! 

Jul 21, 2020
Iva-Marie Palmer, GIMME EVERYTHING YOU GOT
29:36

What even is the difference between YA, middle grade, and adult books? Iva-Marie’s latest book in the roller-rink heyday of the 1970s is about teens, so it must be YA. But it doesn’t have to be read by teens. Any grown-up who wants a quick dip into the past should pick it up -- and  listen to this chat! 

Jul 21, 2020
Erin Gardner, PROCRASTIBAKING
21:21

Who hasn’t baked lately? For anyone who has ever procrastinated -- especially anyone who finds baking to be the ultimate in distracting time-sinks -- Erin Gardner has the answers. Recipes, tips and more make this highly relatable mama and baker extraordinaire the ultimate procrastibaker.

Jul 20, 2020
Rachel Friedman, AND THEN WE GREW UP
18:23

Maybe early success can be a bad thing. Rachel Freidman debates this in her book and in conversation with Zibby as she reflects on her early achievements in music and then, even, in her first book. But then what? What happens after? And how do you hold onto creativity? Rachel goes back to her “band camp” friends to glean some life lessons.

Jul 20, 2020
George Brescia, CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
29:43

Don’t sweatpants kinda make you feel blech? There’s something psychologically helpful about actually getting dressed, even in a pandemic. George Brescia is a stylist to the stars who has filled his book with advice for everyone on how to find and rock their own style. This isn’t a what-should-you-wear book. Instead, George explains to Zibby how he’s more of a fashion curator, a psychologist for the shelves. 

Jul 20, 2020
Claire Nicogossian, MAMA, YOU ARE ENOUGH
21:51

This is the advice every parent can use right about now. Listen to Dr. Claire Nicogossian’s soothing, sensible advice for a quick dose of sanity in the chaos of today.

Jul 20, 2020
Ali Wenzke, THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING
24:54

Ready to move? Debating whether to move? Need a housewarming-ish gift? Ali Wenzke’s super-useful book gives tips, quizzes, charts and more to make any move easier. Zibby and Ali talked about mothering through the pandemic, the value of structure, and so much more.

Jul 20, 2020
Jennifer Steil, EXILE MUSIC
24:50

Jennifer Steil was a hostage while pregnant. That’s just one of many notable life experiences that informs her work with depth and intrigue. EXILE MUSIC is no exception. It was hard to put down! She spoke to Zibby about motherhood, travel, inspiration, and resilience.

Jul 17, 2020
Karma Brown, RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE
34:28

Karma Brown and Zibby hit it off right away as they talked about Recipe For A Perfect Wife. They jumped right in to Karma’s cancer experience, how she used her sister as her surrogate, and what life as a mom means to her now. They spoke about her many books, why her characters keep getting in accidents, and the meaning of life! 

Jul 17, 2020
Beatriz Williams, HER LAST FLIGHT
27:15

Wow, was Zibby impressed by Beatriz’s giant intellect! This historical fiction author spouted facts and figures at a steady clip while explaining the inspiration behind her latest novel. 

Jul 17, 2020
Leah Franqui, MOTHER LAND
23:42

Leah and Zibby swapped stories about the sights and sounds in their neighborhoods in the late afternoons that signal the end of the day. The fish market in Mumbai to the ice cream truck peddling down tree-shaded streets on Long Island united them across the world as they discussed mother-in-laws, marriage surprises and more.

Jul 17, 2020
Lynn Steger Strong, WANT
27:04

A Columbia professor, Lynn Steger Strong teaches writing so could give advice for hours. Listen to her hand-picked tips and her journey to writing Want.

Jul 17, 2020
Debra Jo Immergut, YOU AGAIN
26:57

Debra Jo Immergut, the author of You Again, a thriller about what happens when your present self sees your younger self on the street and what ensues after, is riveting. A “Sliding Doors” type of story, You Again will make you rethink your entire life. It even involves a mother’s sojourn into Antifa and more surprises. 

 

Jul 16, 2020
Stephanie Storey, RAPHAEL, PAINTER IN ROME
22:33

Zibby and Stephanie were supposed to talk about the art world and the history behind some of history’s greatest artists, but instead they spoke about the stroke that unexpectedly hit Stephanie’s husband one evening and changed their lives. Hear what Stephanie has never shared before about her private life -- and why she is so captivated by superstars like Raphael. 

Jul 16, 2020
Amy Jo Burns, SHINER
19:47

A searing novel about Applachain heartbreak, Shiner is Amy Jo Burns’ story based on her own environment growing up. Listen to her talk to Zibby about trauma, secrets, loss and more.

Jul 16, 2020
Elizabeth Kay, SEVEN LIES
17:17

Seven Lies is a big book bursting on the scene, but you wouldn’t know it listening to Elizabeth Kay chat nonchalantly with Zibby about the auction that took place around this hot property. A publishing industry insider, Elizabeth incorporated all the elements of a suspenseful, thought-provoking narrative in the web of lies that blankets her book.

Jul 16, 2020
Brooke Fossey, THE BIG FINISH
16:52

Brooke’s novel The Big Finish was inspired by her own grandfather and his experience at a nursing home. Brooke spoke to Zibby about both having four kids, managing intergenerational care, and what it takes to write a book.

Jul 15, 2020
Aimee Agresti, THE SUMMER SET
16:32

A former entertainment reporter, Aimee Agresti spills all in this delicious novel, The Summer Set, about an aging A-list star. Zibby and Aimee dished about their favorite shows, stars, and more.

Jul 15, 2020
Sonali Dev, RECIPE FOR PERSUASION
17:52

Sonali Dev is obsessed with Bollywood. In fact, she tried to replicate many things she loves about those bright, beautiful movies in the plot of her novel, Recipe For Persuasion!

Jul 15, 2020
Amity Gaige, SEA WIFE
17:52

Amity Gaige’s novel Sea Wife is a beautifully written novel about the effects of a sea voyage on a couple and family. Amity talks to Zibby about writing and more! 

Jul 15, 2020
Christina Clancy, THE SECOND HOME
24:00

Zibby still can’t stop thinking about the characters in The Second Home, an ode to Cape Cod in Christina Clancy’s debut novel about parents, children, places that matter, babysitters, awful men, sibling lore, and more.

Jul 15, 2020
Elise Hooper, FAST GIRLS
18:39

Elise Hooper loves doing research. Fast Girls, her historical novel about women runners in the Olympics, highlights her love of working out -- and Google deep dives. Elise and Zibby chatted about her process, her relationship to exercise, and more! 

Jul 15, 2020
Amanda Brainerd, AGE OF CONSENT
25:15

Harvard grad and real estate exec, Amanda Brainerd, worked on this novel for years. A look back at the 1980s told through the lens of girls away at boarding school, this coming-of-age tale about falling in love and finding yourself is not to be missed. Listen to Zibby chat with another Upper East Side mom about life, writing, and parenthood! 

Jul 14, 2020
Brandy Ferner, ADULT CONVERSATION
30:26

Brandy starts her book with a scene of a busy mom on the toilet hiding from her kids. That’s the tone of this tell-it-like-is conversation with Zibby. A podcaster herself, Brandy confessed all types of things about parenting, discussed her writing process, and gave hope to moms who are struggling. 

Jul 14, 2020
Lauren Ho, LAST TANG STANDING
20:19

Lauren Ho, the author of debut novel Last Tang Standing, spoke to me from Malaysia about her book which she swears isn’t really about her mother. A comedienne at heart (who hadn’t heard of Midge Maisel — a crime!), Lauren discussed her anxieties about writing, being single, stalking bookstores with her kids, and more.

Jul 14, 2020
Erin Geiger Smith, THANK YOU FOR VOTING
26:24

Thank You For Voting was supposed to be research that Erin Geiger Smith did for the renowned author and Parnassus Bookstore owner, Ann Patchett. But after Erin threw herself into the work for so long, Ann said that Erin should finish writing the book herself! This accidental treatise on the history of voting will encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming election. Something more critical now than ever before. 

Jul 14, 2020
Jason Rosenthal, MY WIFE SAID YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY ME
24:55

This heart-breaking yet inspirational story by Jason Rosenthal is an ode to his deceased wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Amy wrote a “Modern Love” piece in the New York Times  as she was dying called, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” His memoir, My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me, was based on his answer to her article, also in the “Modern Love” column. Jason spoke to Zibby about everything from falling in love to putting himself back together after the worst came true. 

Jul 13, 2020
Janine Urbaniak Reid, THE OPPOSITE OF CERTAINTY
24:53

Janine Reid can’t stop kicking her perfectionist self for trusting the first doctor who dismissed her son’s symptoms. Years later, after her son declined and treatment was no longer an option, Janine looks back at how this struggle upended her plans and taught her what’s really important about life.

Jul 13, 2020
Jayson Greene, ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS
23:04

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child. Jayson Greene lived through it and even wrote about it in this powerful account of his daughter’s injury and subsequent death due to an errant brick that flew off an Upper West Side building. This inspirational, gutting story and conversation will make you rethink what you thought you knew about everything from organ donation to conquering tragedy.

Jul 13, 2020
Lisa Baker Morgan, PARIS, PART TIME
13:33

Chef Lisa Baker Morgan writes about the terrifying illness that landed her in a French hospital, separated from her two daughters (but with a very dashing paramour) in her beautiful memoir, PARIS PART-TIME. With an inside look at the Parisian real estate market -- and food markets -- this book will instantly transport you to another time and place. Lisa shares all with Zibby as they laugh about the craziness of dating -- with kids!

Jul 13, 2020
Jasmine Guillory, PARTY OF TWO
21:46
Jasmine Guillory’s book The Proposal was a Reese’s Book Club pick and bestseller. Party of Two, a novel about a white Senator and a black lawyer who fall in love and have to contend with the public eye during their new romance, is even better! It'll leave you craving a slice of chocolate cake after reading Jasmine’s mouth-watering descriptions of basically everything. Her characters have a real appetite for food, adventure, and love.   
Jul 10, 2020
Judith Warner, AND THEN THEY STOPPED TALKING TO ME
32:22

Judith Warner's latest book is called And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School. She is a best-selling author, a special correspondent for Newsweek, and journalist who had a New York Times column. She's an extremely compelling speaker and writer, and this book provides invaluable insight about the (sometimes really painful) memories from navigating adolescence, and for parents trying to intellectually make sense of what's going on with their middle schoolers. It’s also about the memories from adolescence that adults carry with them and how that translates into their own parenting. 

Jul 09, 2020
Rachel Beanland, FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER
23:59
Rachel Beanland is the author of the novel Florence Adler Swims Forever, through which she takes family history and secret-keeping to a riveting place. Based on a tragedy that took place in the 1930s in her own family, we talked about how Rachel grew up with this family lore, whether it's justified to keep hard truths from the people they impact, and how that narrative has shaped her relationships.
Jul 08, 2020
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE
42:00

I interviewed the amazing Taffy Brodesser Akner about her bestselling first novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, as part of the Streicker Center from Temple Emanu-El's "Women on the Move" series. Taffy was formerly a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and has written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. We laughed about how many people in her circle think that they know who her protagonist is based on - or even thought “Fleishman” was supposed to be them! I loved Taffy's insights about the role of Judaism in her book, what makes a good interview, and where she wrote this novel. (Hint: it involves a couch in the bathroom at Nordstroms.) I truly loved connecting with Taffy.

Jul 07, 2020
Bethany Saltman, STRANGE SITUATION
23:12

Bethany Saltman is the author of Strange Situation: A Mother's Journey into the Science of Attachment. She's also an award-winning editor and researcher. Her work can be seen in publications like The New Yorker, New York magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents and many others. Strange Situation is a beautiful memoir of Bethany's 10-year journey researching and exploring the science of attachment. The science is fascinating but I really loved that this was a coming-of-age story about motherhood that explored her own upbringing to who she became as a parent. We talked about expectations about what motherhood "should" feel like, Bethany's Buddhist practice, growing up in a 1970's household of "benign parental neglect," and unpacking the heavy things she was carrying from her childhood in order to be the parent she envisioned for her daughter.

Jul 06, 2020
Danica McKellar, THE TIMES MACHINE
29:41
I had a blast interviewing former child actress from “The Wonder Years” Danica McKellar about her latest book called The Times Machine! Like me, you probably adored her first as Winnie! (My daughter knows her from “Project MC2” on Netflix.) Among other great acting roles and becoming a parent, Danica started McKellar Math. She developed her own math theorem, spoke before the congressional committee in 2007 about why kids' math scores are far behind those in other countries, and how we should really start in middle school targeting kids for math. Now she has written ten different math books (all of which have terrific titles). She's a total star and her passion has helped so many kids and families get through the stress of learning math together.
Jul 03, 2020
Catherine Newman, HOW TO BE A PERSON
20:25

Catherine Newman is the author of the fantastic book How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up. She's the etiquette columnist at Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award-winning nonprofit kids' cooking magazine ChopChop. I'm so glad Catherine was inspired to write this book because it's an amazing way to get kids comfortable with basic skills from table-setting to apologizing and help them feel independent while doing it. I followed Catherine's advice to get the book and just leave it somewhere accessible for everyone in the family - they'll be inclined to read this practical, fun, graphic novel-esque book. It's a favorite in my house!

Jul 02, 2020
Kevin Kwan, SEX AND VANITY
29:27

I had the most fun laughing and talking with Kevin Kwan who is the author of Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, the international best-selling novels and almost unprecedented single-author trifecta. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood's highest-grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. His latest book is called Sex and Vanity. Kevin and I talked about his upbringing in Singapore and Texas, satirizing social codes and outlandish snobbery, being a lifelong observer, and his funny and terrific advice to authors: "don't be afraid to really take a chance and let your freak flag fly" because you never know what'll happen when you just write from your own place of authenticity.

Jul 01, 2020
J. Courtney Sullivan, FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
31:06

I adored interviewing J. Courtney Sullivan about her latest book Friends and Strangers, which comes out today! She is a New York Times best-selling author and her newest novel has been on every most-anticipated list and best-book-of-the-summer list there basically is for 2020. I felt like Courtney was in my brain when I was reading - it took me back to being a new mom. We talked about her book's central and intricate dynamic between a babysitter and a new parent, what it means to have a safety net, and what we envision as marriage and raising children and the nuances we learn along the way about what those things *really* look like.

Jun 30, 2020
Kerry Kletter, EAST COAST GIRLS
28:06

Kerry Kletter is a critically acclaimed author who also has an extensive background in theater and has appeared in film, television, and on stage. I loved talking to her about her most recent book and first adult novel, East Coast Girls. We went deep about the central theme of shared trauma that appears in her work: how does an author's experiences impact what they want to write about and how they shape their characters? How do you excavate your true self and dismantle dysfunctional coping mechanisms? How can writers give words to experience so that other people feel seen and validated? How can we adapt to give people room to grow? I think you'll really enjoy Kerry's insights.

Jun 29, 2020
Bonnie Tsui, WHY WE SWIM
19:59

Bonnie Tsui’s mom actually reached out to me after seeing me on and suggested I interview her daughter! Turns out, Bonnie wrote a fantastic, thought-provoking book recently called Why We Swim, a perfect book for these summer months. Part-memoir and part-investigative journalism, Why We Swim will make anyone long for the blood-pressure-lowering effects of staying underwater. Bonnie is a native New Yorker, Harvard University graduate where she rowed crew and snowboarded, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and California Sunday magazine, a live storyteller, author, and surfer. Bonnie's parents met in a swimming pool in Hong Kong, which is just so fitting. Her book is absolutely fascinating - a personal, cultural, scientific, and journalistic exploration of the human relationship with water and swimming. Bonnie explained how we're wired to respond to water and the psychological benefits of being around and in water for our mental health. I think you'll want to take a swim after listening.

Jun 28, 2020
Glennon Doyle, UNTAMED
32:49
I am such a HUGE fan of Glennon Doyle’s. I loved her book Untamed and could relate to so many parts of it. Talking to Glennon and hearing her soulful advice was just second to none! An activist and thought leader, parent, wife, and inspired writer, Glennon is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed, a Reese's Book Club selection, Love Warrior, an Oprah's Book Club selection, and the New York Times bestseller Carry on, Warrior. Glennon founded Together Rising, a non-profit that “transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.” I felt like I was bordering on obsequiousness in this episode as I gushed and gushed, but I truly loved talking to Glennon about following her heart, remarriage, kids, and role modeling. Funny enough, the day after I interviewed her and discussed her marriage to Olympic soccer champion, I interviewed another member of the US Olympic soccer team. None of it helped with the backyard soccer I attempted with my kids, but all of it inspired me in many, many ways!
Jun 27, 2020
Mary Morris, ALL THE WAY TO THE TIGERS
20:10
Mary Morris is the author of the new, critically acclaimed travel memoir All the Way to the Tigers. She is an award-winning author and has written three story collections, four travel memoirs, and five novels. She also teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence. Mary and I talked about how an accident halted her regular state of constant motion, spurred her on to deep self-exploration, and created this brilliant memoir. Her skating incident even served as a roadmap to helping her cope with the pandemic pause. Mary has an exceptional zest for life that's clear in our conversation and her writing. Find out if she ever makes it to the tigers!
Jun 26, 2020
Carlos Whittaker, ENTER WILD
27:21

Carlos Whittaker is the author of three books, Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You, Kill the Spider, and most recently, Enter Wild: Exchange a Mild and Mundane Faith for Life with an Uncontainable God. Carlos's wife calls him "a hope dealer" (listen to learn what that means!). Carlos has been a recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and now spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. His first speaking engagement happened just two weeks after he decided to leave his music career behind when he was invited to speak at the White House for President Obama's Easter Prayer Breakfast. I think you'll love hearing Carlos's story as much as I did. By the end I accomplished my goal of being allowed to use his friends-only nickname: Los!

Jun 25, 2020
Susan Burton, EMPTY
28:26
Susan Burton's memoir, Empty, is one of my favorite recent books. I'm really excited to share our conversation which we had at the beginning of the pandemic. Now it feels like a lifetime ago! Susan is an editor at This American Life on where the episodes she has produced include "Ten Sessions," "Five Women," and "Tell Me I'm Fat.” Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others. Empty is the story of Susan’s secret eating disorders, both anorexia and binge eating disorder, that defined her adolescence and adulthood. We talked about her book becoming both a confession about the painful secrets she had been living with and sharing her story as a means of recovery and connection. Our interview was the first one she had done and she meaningfully shed light on habits and compulsions, how we hide our turmoil, and the road to sharing ourselves with the people closest to us.  

 

Jun 24, 2020
Julie Clark, THE LAST FLIGHT
27:00
Julie Clark's latest book, The Last Fight, was powerful and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I loved talking to Julie about her suspenseful book centered around two women who are desperate to escape their lives for very different reasons. We discussed the feeling of powerlessness that I think we can all relate to in some way, how Julie writes characters that have agency and are resourceful, her personal story cancer story and what it means to be afraid but make a new plan and move forward, and more.
Jun 23, 2020
Marian Keyes, GROWN UPS
18:57

Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. She has written fourteen novels that have all been bestsellers with 30 million books sold in 33 languages around the world. I loved talking to her about the impetus for transitioning to a career in writing at thirty, addiction and recovery, the self we present to the world versus what's really going on beneath the surface, and creating nuanced and layered characters readers can identify with. Her latest book, Grown Ups, touches on all the issues and more!

 

 

Jun 22, 2020
Kara Kinney Cartwright, JUST DON'T BE AN ASSH*LE
22:07
Kara Kinney Cartwright is the author of Just Don't Be an Assh*le: A Surprisingly Necessary Guide to Being a Good Guy, which is a frank and very funny guidebook designed to help teach younger men how to have positive interactions, make good decisions, and recognize when they're "being jerkfaces.” This book was Kara's way of sending her kids out into the world to navigate school, friends, and family without being a you-know-what. I think this should be required reading for teenagers ... and maybe some adults who missed the memo! (I may be giving a few anonymously as gifts!)
Jun 21, 2020
Angela DiTerlizzi, THE MAGICAL YET
23:03
Angela DiTerlizzi is the author of The Magical Yet. She is a mom, wife, and author who delights in writing rhythmic, charming picture books to be enjoyed and shared by both parents and children alike - including my family! Your "yet" is something that's always with you when you're down about the things you can't do or dreams that haven't come true to cheerlead you through those moments and remind you to shift from the mindset of "I don't know how to do this" to "I don't know how to do this yet." My seven-year-old thinks the book is inspiring, as do I. It's a timely reminder about a timeless mindset to help us keep going! 
Jun 20, 2020
Zaina Arafat, YOU EXIST TOO MUCH
37:38

Zaina Arafat is the debut author of You Exist Too Much: A Novel, an anticipated book for June 2020 by O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, Lit Hub and so many others. She is a Palestinian American writer, teacher, and editor whose stories and essays have appeared in a number of top publications. It was fantastic to interview Zaina through the Center for Fiction during part of their Inside and Out 2020 Pride event series. Her writing is beautiful, and I had an amazing time talking with her about the autobiographical reflections in her novel, identity, challenging stereotypes, family approval, and love.

Jun 19, 2020
Samantha Harvey, THE SHAPELESS UNEASE
23:40

Samantha Harvey is an acclaimed novelist whose most recent book, a genre-bending memoir called The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping, just came out to rave reviews. For anyone who has ever experienced a sleepless night (perhaps all of us these days), this book mirrors the emotions that surface in the dead of night. The form followed the content as Samantha navigated her issues, delving into losses and traumas from her past. We talked about her thoughts about writing, not sleeping, and the writing process itself: that it's like dreaming, and also an expression of love that requires you to open your heart. 

 

Jun 18, 2020
Mia Birdsong, HOW WE SHOW UP
32:44

I had such a nice talk with author Mia Birdsong, who wrote How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community. Mia is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. In her work on guaranteed income as senior fellow at the Economic Security Project, she tapped into the voices and visions of low-income people to reimagine the American social contract, which she focused on in her TED talk. Mia and I talked about her work around social justice, the human need for interdependence, and what exclusion from practicing the American dream looks like. How We Show Up is powerful, as is our conversation, and I hope you take away as much from it as I did.

 

 

Jun 17, 2020
Laura Munson, WILLA'S GROVE
25:44

Laura Munson is the author of Willa's Grove, her debut novel. She's also the author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is...: A Season of Unlikely Happiness, which is a memoir based on her New York Times Modern Love essay which was so popular it actually crashed The New York Times website. We talked about coming to crossroads moments in life and how her characters in Willa's Grove react to them, the nuances of female friendship, her writer's retreat and foundation, and the importance of perseverance for writers.

Jun 16, 2020
Liz Moore, LONG BRIGHT RIVER
24:04

I had the chance to interview Liz Moore over Zoom and Instagram Live to discuss Long Bright River, which is Liz's best-selling novel and a GMA Book Club pick. It's the story of two sisters who grow up adjacent to Kensington in Philadelphia which is a neighborhood that's been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis. As adults, they become estranged: the older sister is a police officer and the younger sister is suffering from opioid addiction. Liz and I talked about how her book was inspired by her own family history, genetic predisposition, and systemic failures in our country that have contributed to the insidiousness of addiction.

   

 

Jun 15, 2020
Danny Feekes & Suzanne Skyvara, GOODREADS TEAM
28:28

Today's episode is a bit of a departure from my typical author interviews. I'm talking to two of the most important people at Goodreads, which many of you fellow book lovers already know about. It's a giant site for book recommendations where you can follow your friends' picks. Danny Feekes is the editorial director at Goodreads and Suzanne Skyvara is the VP of marketing and editorial. They're both terrific, entertaining, and have the inside scoop about what is popular on Goodreads for this summer — and what their own picks are, and more! You’ll have to listen to hear how we ended up discussing naked yoga. Who knew?!

 

 

Jun 14, 2020
Natalie Jenner, THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY
26:09

I had the best conversation with Natalie Jenner who is a debut author of The Jane Austen Society. Her historical fiction depicts eight extremely different people at the end of World War II who are all dealing with trauma and loss in different ways, and bond over an unknown shared love of Jane Austen. It’s based on an account of the actual formation of the first Jane Austen Society during World War II. Her book is transportive, and you can feel how inspired she was writing it. Plus, her own life story about opening a bookstore with her husband before finding out he was sick gives a unique perspective on hope.

 

Jun 13, 2020
Esther Safran Foer, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE'RE STILL HERE
24:33

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Esther Safran Foer. She is the author of the beautiful memoir called I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir, which she wrote to explore her family's history, preserve their names, and share the past with her children, grandchildren and their grandchildren. We talked about how optimism and resilience are entwined with survival and overcoming unspeakable darkness, the task of self-reflection and the liberation of opening up about tragedy, plus how to keep memories. I hope you get as much out of our conversation as I did.

Jun 12, 2020
Adrienne Bankert, YOUR HIDDEN SUPERPOWER
28:56

Adrienne Bankert is the author of Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone. She is also an Emmy Award-winning journalist and currently serves as a New York-based national correspondent for ABC News. Her book is incredibly compelling, as was our conversation. Adrienne and I talked about embedding kindness into our identity and harnessing it as a universal language, what it means to be yourself and show people your gifts, and attracting the kind of career and relationships in your life that you want and need.

Jun 11, 2020
Maria Quiban Whitesell, YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE
24:38

Maria Quiban Whitesell greets millions of Los Angeles viewers daily each morning as Fox 11's meteorologist, and wrote an amazing memoir called You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After. It is heartfelt and inspiring, and also a supportive roadmap for readers facing their own hardships. Maria and I talked about her love story with her late husband Sean, parenting through grief, the catharsis of writing and conversation, and how important it is for people going through grief to build a village of support.

Jun 10, 2020
Donna Hemans, TEA BY THE SEA
25:21

Donna Hemans is the amazing, Jamaican-born author of award-winning novel River Woman and most recently, Tea by the Sea. Her short has been featured in Caribbean Writer, Witness and other publications and anthologies. Tea by the Sea is a heartbreaking and inspiring story about a young mother whose baby was taken from her at birth and we talked all about how she pieced this novel together, that her biggest takeaway from her MFA program was learning how a reader understands your story, and the process of writing and evoking emotions that you haven't experienced yourself.

 

Jun 09, 2020
Maria Russo, HOW TO RAISE A READER
30:51

I loved interviewing Maria Russo. She is the former children's books editor of The New York Times Book Review, and she and co-author Pamela Paul wrote How to Raise a Reader, which is right up my alley. It was just great to talk about someone who is equally passionate about reading and teaching children to cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Maria talks about how the difficult part is ensuring children have access to a lot of different and diverse books and that's where parents can really take action, how important librarians are, and how reading is the ultimate way for us to reflect and connect.

Jun 08, 2020
Special Re-Release: Jamaica Kincaid, PARTY
25:04

Today I'm re-releasing my conversation with legendary writer, award-winning novelist, and professor Jamaica Kincaid. Jamaica is most recently the author of children’s book Party, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés. She has written nearly a dozen books, was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine for over twenty years, and teaches in both the English and African and African American Studies Departments at Harvard University. I was honored to speak to her last year about her esteemed body of work. One of the interesting pieces for me as I revisit this episode is Jamaica talking about how Party is adventurous and beautifully illustrated - as well as a layered interpretation of white privilege through the eyes of the young characters in a coming-of-age story.

Jun 07, 2020
Special Re-Release: Jewell Parker Rhodes, BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER
30:29

I'm re-releasing my episode with Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, which I was honored to record with her a number of months ago. She is an award-winning and best-selling author of many books including her most recent, Black Brother, Black Brother. She is such a rock star, and you'll hear more about her impressive background in our episode. We talked a lot about her books, which combine historical fiction and uplifting narrative while exploring challenging themes like colorism and prejudice. One of the most powerful things she said was about what her grandmother taught her: "Everybody is related. Everybody is kin. This whole idea that color would be a determining factor for someone to discriminate against you has got to stop." I couldn't think of a better message to share right now.

Jun 06, 2020
Dr. Casandra Henriquez, PRINCESS ZARA'S BIRTHDAY TRADITION
36:46

Six weeks ago, I interviewed Dr. Casandra Henriquez ("Coach Cass”) for my Instagram Live show. We had a great time talking about her children's book, Princess Zara's Birthday Tradition. My almost-7-year-old daughter is a huge fan of Princess Zara’s! I was able to include Princess Zara's Birthday Tradition in an article I wrote for The Washington Post where I did a roundup of some really great children's books that have come out recently. This week I invited Coach Cass to come on my podcast to have an open, honest discussion about race, the Black Lives Matter movement, and what she thinks everyone can do to help. It was raw, emotional, intimate, and inspiring. I hope you’ll listen and agree. 

Jun 05, 2020
Special Re-Release: Glory Edim, WELL-READ BLACK GIRL
37:01

To amplify voices of color, I'm re-releasing my episode with Glory Edim which we recorded in person earlier this year. Glory 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. She 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. She is a role model of mine and what she shares about the importance of bringing black authors to all readers, her love of independent booksellers, and the value of direct contact and discussion is important. 

Jun 04, 2020
Brad Montague, BECOMING BETTER GROWNUPS
35:52

I had such a nice conversation with Brad Montague. It felt so easy getting to know him; he's just an all-around awesome guy. Brad's latest book is called Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering How to Fly. He also developed the award-winning series Kid President. Brad goes around the country talking to teachers and educators and everybody else helping us all rediscover something we lost as children. His book was inspired by listening to kids talk about what they think it looks like to be a "good grownup.” It’s a lesson we all need to hear, especially now. Our conversation about what adults are missing and how to find it again will give you some really good insights and tools to get through the darkest hours.

Jun 03, 2020
Leslie Gray Streeter, BLACK WIDOW
27:21

Leslie Gray Streeter is an award-winning columnist and pop culture critic for The Palm Beach Post where she has worked since 2002. She wrote a beautiful book about being a widow called Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title. Her story is emotional, honest, and focuses on the small and very human things we notice and feel while mourning. I loved hearing from Leslie about how every person's experience with loss is different so there's no template for this type of book, how race and religion factor into her personal narrative, and finding moments of comic-relief in grief helped her process and tell her story.

Jun 02, 2020
Victoria James, WINE GIRL
23:06
Victoria James is the author of Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier, her coming-of-age story in the wine world. Victoria has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen and was certified as a sommelier when she was twenty-one. She was Food & Wine's Sommelier of the Year in 2018 and has appeared on both Forbes and Zagat's "30 Under 30" lists. She's worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City and is currently a partner and beverage director at Cote, a Michelin-starred hotspot, and cofounder of Wine Empowered, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to diversify the hospitality industry by offering tuition-free wine classes to women and minorities. I loved talking to Victoria about how hospitality has represented so much to her - irreplaceable community and culture, but also sexism and disciminartion - and how she can use her story to help other people navigate the restaurant industry.  

 

Jun 01, 2020
Wally Lamb, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
34:59

I had the best time doing an Instagram Live with Wally Lamb who is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels: I’ll Take You There, We Are Water, Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True, and She’s Come Undone. I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone were both selected for Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution which is a women’s prison in Connecticut where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past seventeen years. I Know This Much is True was first published in 1998, and has now been turned into an HBO original limited series which just aired. Wally and I talked about what drew him to write these characters originally, his curiosity about and research into mental illness, and being part of a fifteen year project to turn his writing into film.

May 31, 2020
Jeanine Cummins, AMERICAN DIRT
36:50
I was absolutely thrilled to interview Jeanine Cummins for my virtual book club. When American Dirt came out, it was an Oprah's book club pick, landed on the best-seller list, was optioned by Clint Eastwood…. and yet caused an enormous controversy, one that caused Jeanine to cancel her book tour and all events due to death threats and more. I wrote an article defending her work and a novelists’s right to create fictitious worlds. I felt compelled to write it because of how much I adored story. How much it moved me. How beautifully written and powerful it was. Just like a good book should be. After months of speculation about her feelings, I could finally speak to her directly about what happened and the unheard story about her writing the book itself. We spoke more about the important part —the book, her relationship with her dad and her devastating loss of him—than the controversy, but it was all relevant, inspiring and informative. Jeanine is a passionate advocate for borderlands migrants and is matching donations up to $100K until July 31st for anyone who wants to give here. I hope you’ll find our discussion as moving as I did.  

 

May 30, 2020
Lily King, WRITERS & LOVERS
34:46

I loved my conversation with Lily King which I did via Instagram Live in conjunction with the Montclair Literary Festival. Lily's latest novel, Writers & Lovers, was so good that it kept me up late two nights in a row, which is very rare for me. Lily is the author of five best-selling, award-winning novels. Writers & Lovers has been the Read with Jenna book pick, a New York Times best seller, and on everybody's list of what book you need to be reading. We talked about so many of the little gems in the book about the pressure on authors to write the next great American novel; rejection, perseverance, and writing rituals; and balancing writing with raising children,

May 29, 2020
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 Times, The 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 Guardian, The New York Times, The 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. My kids and I are obsessed with his "I am...." series and love his latest book, I Am Leonardo Da Vinci.

 

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 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, Swimming, The Outside of August, The 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 Granta, The New York Times, One Story, Virginia 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
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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
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Ashley Prentice Norton is the author of novels The Chocolate Money and If You Left. Ashley 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
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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 & Peele, Midnight, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Journal, Glamour, Elle, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Snowflakes, All the Ways the World Can End, Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery, Amen, 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 Attendant, The 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
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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
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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 Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, 13 Reasons Why, Parenthood, Blue Bloods, NCIS: 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 Fiction, Quarterly West, Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and other journals. You’ll never forget these characters!!