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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
26 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Nathan Harris, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER: A Novel
"I can assure you that moms do find time to read. At least, my mom did." Zibby is joined by Nathan Harris whose debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, was selected as an Oprah Book Club Pick, was on President Obama's 2021 Summer Reading List, and was longlisted for this year's Booker Prize. Nathan shares why he was initially scared to write a novel set immediately after emancipation, how his mom reacted when he told her Oprah had just called him, and the importance of finding a supportive community to share your literary universe with.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Y02DJXBookshop: https://bit.ly/3sRmp5S See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Daisy Dowling, WORKPARENT: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids
Zibby is joined by Daisy Dowling, her beloved fourth-grade teacher's daughter, to discuss Daisy's new book, Workparent. After serving as a corporate executive coach assisting mothers and fathers trying to strike the right work-life balance, Daisy realized there are lessons every working parent can learn. She shares why she made sure to include advice for all types of families, how she structured her research as if she were an architect, and the importance of figuring out your own working-parent template while not comparing yourself to anyone else.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jhWqkzBookshop: https://bit.ly/3kv2IwC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Jenny Lisk, FUTURE WIDOW: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice
When Jenny Lisk's husband started feeling dizzy one day, they had no idea the cause would be terminal brain cancer. In an instant, Jenny had to become a caretaker to her husband while also figuring out how she was going to parent their two kids as a widow. Now five years later, Jenny hosts the Widowed Parent Podcast and has written her first book, Future Widow, to offer the advice she wishes she had to those in her position as well as friends and family looking to help.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WjXZpLBookshop: https://bit.ly/2UTGhIW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Fredrik Backman, ANXIOUS PEOPLE: A Novel
"People affect each other in ways you're not aware of and in ways that you're not expecting." Fredrik Backman, the bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, joins Zibby to discuss his latest novel, Anxious People, the #1 bestseller which is now out in paperback. The two talk about the lifelong effects of losing loved ones to suicide, as well as why Fredrik prefers to work through the tragic death of his friend in his comedic books instead of his dramatic stories. They also connect over their shared belief that parenthood is often a thankless job.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3sXlm4kBookshop: https://bit.ly/2XUkh1v See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Hank Phillippi Ryan, HER PERFECT LIFE
Zibby is joined by 37-time Emmy award-winning journalist and bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan to discuss her latest novel, Her Perfect Life. Hank shares which elements of her own life inspired storylines for her protagonist and when she decided to take the leap into writing fiction. Hank also tells Zibby about the inner conflict that arises when breaking a news story and where she draws the line between hurting and helping people.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/38idLnaBookshop: https://bit.ly/3yjM9c5 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Liane Moriarty, APPLES NEVER FALL
Bestselling author of Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers, and Truly Madly Deeply, Liane Moriarty (also now known as “the TV lady”) had planned to take a year off to write for herself instead of a deadline, but she ended up creating an entire novel from a single-sentence prompt her sister sent her. Liane joins Zibby to talk about how she came up with the three incredibly different yet intricately woven storylines in her latest book, Apples Never Fall, as well as when she realized tennis would play a huge role in the narrative. The two also talk about Liane's use of red herrings, empty nest-hood, and, of course, podcasts.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kuWmgKBookshop: https://bit.ly/3Bc21iH See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Kristan Higgins, PACK UP THE MOON: A Novel
Kristan Higgins, the bestselling author of twenty-one books, joins Zibby to discuss her latest novel Pack Up the Moon. Kristan shares how her personal experience with grief has shaped her entire life — and, notably, her marriage — and inspired a number of her stories, including this one. She also tells Zibby about how she became a writer when she realized that her love for reading and romantic comedies could be coupled to tell the stories of normal people. Read Kristan's essay "Preparing for Widowhood" on Moms Don't Have Time to Write here. Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3DlMRJtBookshop: https://bit.ly/3mA4eAk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Kat Chow, SEEING GHOSTS: A Memoir
Former NPR reporter and journalist Kat Chow had a fear of death growing up which only made the death of her mother hit harder. In her debut memoir, Seeing Ghosts, Kat attempts to preserve her mother and her idiosyncrasies while also recounting her family's grieving process. Kat and Zibby discuss the process of mourning and memorializing those who have passed on and how the collective grief from Covid has impacted them.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jlfS08Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3sRKQQh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Jessica DuLong, SAVED AT THE SEAWALL: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift
Zibby hosts a special podcast in honor of the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 with author, mariner, historian, and journalist Jessica DuLong. Jessica’s latest book, Saved at the Seawall, tells the story of the boat lift in the New York City harbor on 9/11 and beyond. Jessica shares what drove her to take action and assist on the water, as well as the individual narratives of so many other who put humanity first to help others in need in the immediate aftermath of the crashes. Jessica and Zibby also discuss their own grieving journeys and how we can apply the lessons learned back then to our divided world today.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3DYXqTaBookshop: https://bit.ly/3jUeMbH See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Bethany Crandell, SEE JANE SNAP
Zibby is joined by Bethany Crandell to talk about her hilarious second adult novel, See Jane Snap, which began with just the title. Bethany shares what inspired her to start writing young adult novels and when she knew it was time to make the switch to adult fiction. She also tells Zibby how her own family's story offered inspiration for this book and where she sees her writing going next.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jpL8LvBookshop: https://bit.ly/3yiuyBm See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström, IN EVERY MIRROR SHE'S BLACK: A Novel
Debut novelist Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström joins Zibby to talk about the inspiration for her book, In Every Mirror She's Black. Although she received 70 rejections, Lọlá knew her story about three Black women from all walks of life in Sweden was necessary to share with the world and her determination has proven industry gatekeepers wrong. Lọlá also tells Zibby about her experiences working as a travel journalist and how living all around the world helped her shape her characters and her story.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/38jAsYlBookshop: https://bit.ly/38gGZTA See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Sophie Brickman, BABY, UNPLUGGED: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age
Journalist Sophie Brickman joined Zibby to discuss her first book, Baby, Unplugged, and the way childcare technology can make parents more anxious than at ease. Sophie shares how her husband's love of technology led to them test out a variety of child-centered gadgets, and which among them were actually worth it. Sophie also tells Zibby about how her experience as a line cook in New York City led to her career in journalism and what inspired her to make the shift from food writing to researching parenthood.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WrIbBeBookshop: https://bit.ly/3ynTHdI See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Lauren Groff, MATRIX: A Novel
Lauren Groff, the award-winning author of Florida, joins Zibby to talk about her latest novel, Matrix, which was inspired by the often overlooked medieval female poet, Marie de France. Lauren shares why she wanted to discuss contemporary issues through a historical lens, why her novels often go through four or five very different iterations, and the number one tactic she uses to get out of her own way when writing.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WqdSL6Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3kl8alC See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Hayley Mills, FOREVER YOUNG: A Memoir
Zibby is joined by the iconic star of the original The Parent Trap, Hayley Mills, to discuss her time acting with Disney and the stories that are recounted in her new memoir, Forever Young. Hayley tells Zibby about how her screenwriter son showed her how to shape the narrative arc of her formative years, her experience exploring Walt Disney's archives and private possessions (which included her own hand-written letters), and the lessons she learned about her own family through reflecting on the past.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zrzB3SBookshop: https://bit.ly/3DdGYOq See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Jan Grue, I LIVE A LIFE LIKE YOURS: A Memoir
Norwegian author and professor Jan Grue joins Zibby to discuss his latest book, I Live a Life Like Yours, which was originally published in Norway in 2018. They talk about how Jan was inspired to write the book after reviewing medical and bureaucratic files on his childhood that painted a very different picture than his happy memories, and shares how he went about reconciling the two. Zibby and Jan's conversation also touches on the differences in how those with disabilities are treated in the U.S. and in Norway, as well as the importance of simply being kind to everyone you encounter.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mxfiyhBookshop: https://bit.ly/38hLqxy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Chin, YZ, EDGE CASE: A Novel
"It's distressing to realize that you're changing. You can see yourself changing in the eyes of the people closest to you." Zibby is joined by YZ Chin to discuss her first novel, Edge Case. While the book is not autobiographical, YZ explains which elements of her own immigration journey inspired parts of the story and shared how obtaining her green card allowed her to finally pursue her dream of writing a novel. The two also talk about how the book portrays issues like mental illness and gender dynamics in the workplace with honesty and compassion.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: amzn.to/37rXYSmBookshop: bit.ly/2X2xBAG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Amy Koppelman, A MOUTHFUL OF AIR
"No one tells you how scary it is to become a mom. You're responsible for a whole other life." Amy Koppelman joined Zibby for an IG Live to talk about her book, A Mouthful of Air, which is being re-released to celebrate the premiere of its film adaptation, which Amy wrote the screenplay for and directed. They talk about why so many women suffer during the postpartum period in silence, how Amy wanted the book to help start a conversation about maternal mental health eighteen years ago, and the experience of adapting a very personal book for the screen with Amanda Seyfried.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: amzn.to/3xUiEy9Bookshop: bit.ly/3xVHe1p See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
James Whiteside, CENTER CENTER: A Funny, Sexy, Sad Almost-Memoir of a Boy in Ballet
Principal dancer and choreographer of the American Ballet Theatre James Whiteside joins Zibby to discuss his almost-memoir, Center Center, which James always knew he was meant to write. The two talk about his eclectic late mother and the impact she had on James and his siblings, as well as his plans for the future now that he is living his childhood dream. Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: amzn.to/3rnp8mABookshop: bit.ly/3ixcSMs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Dr. Samantha Boardman, EVERYDAY VITALITY: Turning Stress into Strength
"The most vital things we do — the best antidote to stress — are actually doing things for someone else." Psychiatrist Samantha Boardman, MD, joins Zibby to talk about the patient who inspired her to pursue positive psychology and the lessons she learned on that journey, which culminated in her new book, Everyday Vitality. Samantha shares the easiest ways we can all start reviving our own vitality (hint: we can't do it alone) and tells Zibby about the ways she has applied her practice in her own life, proving positive growth and change are possible for everyone.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: amzn.to/3rVz5biBookshop: bit.ly/3lEzsWs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Cynthia C. Muchnick and Justin Muchnick, THE PARENT COMPASS: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World & THE BOARDING SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
Zibby is joined by mother-son duo Cindy C. Muchnick and Justin Muchnick to talk about their respective books, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World and The Boarding School Survival Guide. Zibby sought Justin's book when her own son went off to boarding school, as it features personal accounts from twenty-six students about what they wished they had known before enrolling. Cindy's book serves as a nice companion for parents learning how to be supportive without over-managing their children. Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon (The Parent Compass): amzn.to/3rZ36XxAmazon (The Boarding School Survival Guide): amzn.to/2U0gJJJBookshop (The Parent Compass): bit.ly/3isUjdlBookshop (The Boarding School Survival Guide): bit.ly/3jywJLs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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