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Zibby is an author, publisher, indie bookstore owner, CEO and Founder of Zibby Media, and a mother of four. Zibby launched her whole second career (after staying home with the kids for 11 years) with this personal, conversational, literary podcast. Now downloaded over 10 million times, Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books has consistently been in the top 200 on the Apple Arts charts and is a must-listen for the bookish set. It even won the prestigious Webby Award. Zibby's warm style, inquisiti ...
 
This weekly show pairs international sex expert Tracey Cox and comic Kelsey Chittick as they discuss three anonymously sourced question each week about sex and relationships. Laugh-out-loud funny, irreverent, British, international sex expert and author of 17 books Tracey answers questions posed by witty author and former stand-up comedienne Kelsey Chittick, such as: How much should I really share with my girlfriends? What do I do about my husband's work wife? How often should we really be g ...
 
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Zibby interviews debut author Jessica George about Maame, which is a B&N Discover Pick, a Book of the Month pick, a #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick, and will be adapted into a TV series by Jenna! Maame is a charming, vividly drawn, and poignant coming-of-age tale about a twenty-something “later bloomer" navigating online dating, a nightmarish job, gr…
 
Zibby is joined by molecular biologist, NYU professor, and leading public health advocate Dr. Marion Nestle to discuss her engrossing and deeply moving new memoir Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. Marion describes the challenges she faced as a woman working in a science lab in the 50s, and the career sacrifices she made to raise her…
 
Zibby interviews debut author Belinda Huijuan Tang about A Map for the Missing, a mesmerizing and propulsive intergenerational mystery about a math professor who, after ten years in America, returns to rural China to search for his missing father. Belinda reveals that the novel is based on her own great-grandfather’s disappearance and explains how …
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) My partner always falls out when we have sex. It’s frustrating and interrupts the flow. Is there a reason why this is happening and how do we stop it? 2) My boyfriend thinks he’s great in bed – he told me right at the start that all his exes say he’s the best lover they’…
 
Zibby speaks to creative director and former bookseller Annette Dauphin Simon about her charming, clever, and beautifully-illustrated new book Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers, which was inspired by a rainy day at a bookstore in Neptune Beach, Florida, where randomly stacked books formed funny poems. Annette discus…
 
Peggy Orenstein is the author of many books including her latest UNRAVELING. She and Zibby met in person in L.A. to discuss everything from loss and motherhood to sheep and writer advice. Peggy opened up about the loss of her father and how she experienced the poignant moments she wrote about in her book. She also discussed the loss of her mother a…
 
Zibby is joined by OB/GYN, breast cancer survivor, and author Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz to discuss her honest, empowering, and joyful new guide Menopause Bootcamp: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age. Suzanne talks about going gray (and receiving backlash for it), her popular Menopause Bootcamp retreats, the most common …
 
In this special episode (a live event during publication week!), Zibby interviews former actress and author Deborah Goodrich Royce about Reef Road, a brilliant, absorbing, and expertly-paced psychological thriller about two women whose lives collide when a severed hand washes ashore in Palm Beach, Florida. Deborah talks about the real crime that im…
 
Zibby interviews comedian, award-winning screenwriter, and debut author Monica Heisey about Really Good, Actually, a hilarious, big-hearted, and astutely observed novel about a young divorcee’s search for joy (and it's this week's GMA Buzz Pick and just became an international bestseller!). Monica describes her protagonist Maggie, whose experiences…
 
Zibby speaks to Hindu priest, entrepreneur, renowned international speaker, and former monk Dandapani about his enriching new book The Power of Unwavering Focus. Dandapani talks about his fascinating life trajectory from an engineering degree and ten years as an ordained monk to leaving the monastery and opening a spiritual sanctuary in Costa Rica …
 
Zibby interviews Meenal Lele, a medical researcher and the founder of Lil Mixins (the #1 pediatrician-recommended allergy-prevention product), about her revolutionary new parenting book The Baby and the Biome: How The Tiny World Inside Your Child Holds the Secret to Their Health. Meenal talks about immune systems, revealing that ages 0 to 3 are the…
 
Zibby interviews author, psychotherapist, and former Google on-site therapist Katherine Morgan Schafler about her rigorously researched, empathetic, and empowering new book The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power – a love letter to all ambitious, high-achieving women. Katherine describes the five types of perfectionis…
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) Why is it that I can orgasm easily on my own (using my fingers or a vibrator) but have never had an orgasm with a partner? So many boyfriends have said, ‘Oh, but you’ve never had sex with ME!”, convinced they will be the one to make it happen. But it never does. I came c…
 
Humor writer Wendi Aarons, whose work appears frequently in The New Yorker and McSweeney's, joins Zibby to discuss her hysterical, honest, and moving new memoir I’m Wearing Tunics Now: On Growing Older, Better, and a Hell of a Lot Louder. Wendi talks about her witty and unique clothes-themed essays, explaining how each article of clothing (from chu…
 
Zibby speaks to teacher, swim coach, and writer Ryan Rae Harbuck about When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Chair, a raw, humorous, and profound new memoir about her paralyzing car accident in her teens and the decision to live a life of courage, ambition, and adventure after it. Ryan shares the gut-wrenching details of her accident–the school dance and m…
 
Zibby interviews digital media personality Mary Lawless Lee about her stunning photographic memoir Happily Grey: Stories, Souvenirs, and Everyday Wonders from the Life In Between. Mary shares the inspiration behind her book’s unique visual format, the story behind the messy bun (which she invented!), and some of the vulnerable details she shares in…
 
Zibby speaks to New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict about The Mitford Affair, a spellbinding and immersive new book about the notoriously glamorous Mitford sisters and the high-ranking fascist company one of them keeps in the lead-up to World War II. Marie talks about her fascination with the real-life Mitford sisters (the “it” girls o…
 
Zibby interviews #1 New York Times bestselling author Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez) about Lighter, a compassionate, humble, and wise guidebook for self-healing that is beautifully entwined with his personal experiences. Yung Pueblo shares his story–his family’s immigration from Ecuador to Boston, the trauma of living in poverty, the escape he found in …
 
Guest host Alisha Fernandez Miranda interviews New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch about The Rewind, an endearing 90s rom-com about two exes who wake up next to each other on New Year’s Day with wedding rings on their fingers and no recollection of how they got there. Allison talks about the joys and frustrations of the traditiona…
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) Don’t give me a hard time because it sounds boring; but, missionary is my favorite position—it just works for us. Can you suggest some ways to mix it up a little to keep things interesting? 2) I’ve been married for 25 years and love my husband, but my self-confidence has…
 
Zibby interviews Aashna Shah, a high school student and the first Indian American Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, about Dynamic Diya - Dyslexia is her Superpower, one of the three children's books she has written about learning disabilities (all of which she has been diagnosed with!). Aashna talks about her experiences in the pageant and describes…
 
Zibby is joined by Sheila Heti (bestselling author of Pure Colour) and acclaimed illustrator Esmé Shapiro to discuss A Garden of Creatures, a tender new picture book that reflects beautifully on death and what happens after it. Sheila and Esmé talk about the personal losses that brought them together and inspired this project, the artistic vision b…
 
Zibby interviews debut author Oindrila Mukherjee about The Dream Builders, a kaleidoscopic and arresting new novel that is written from ten different perspectives and explores class, gender, secrets, ambition, and dashed dreams in a booming, shimmery Indian city. Oindrila describes her book’s memorable elements–the astonishing Americanization of In…
 
Zibby speaks to Emmy award-winning ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor and Atlantic contributing writer Jemele Hill about her beautiful and radically honest new memoir Uphill. Jemele describes the childhood traumas she revisited when writing this book, like her near-fatal car accident, her parents’ drug addictions, and her mother’s sexual assaults. She als…
 
Zibby interviews former antitrust lawyer, New York Times opinion writer, and debut author Kashana Cauley about The Survivalists, a darkly funny and thrilling new doomsday novel about a successful Black lawyer who moves in with her coffee entrepreneur boyfriend and his Hurricane Sandy-traumatized, illegal-gun-stockpiling, bunker-building roommates. …
 
Zibby is joined by bestselling author and repeat MDHTTRB guest Laura Zigman to discuss Small World, a tender and quirky novel about two newly divorced sisters who move back in together and finally confront a tragedy of their past–the death of their disabled sister. Laura reveals how her own life experiences inspired this story, sharing the intimate…
 
Zibby interviews debut author Sarah Levy about Drinking Games, a candid and poignant new memoir in essays about her journey to sobriety. Sarah shares the details of her story–it involves blackouts, forgotten hookups, eating disorders, debilitating perfectionism, and ultimately, the decision to get sober. She also talks about what it has been like t…
 
Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling authors James Patterson and Mike Lupica to discuss The House of Wolves, an unforgettable thriller about Jenny Wolf, her murdered father, and the billion-dollar empire he left her with. The three discuss the book’s most memorable elements–its powerful female protagonist, intricate sibling rivalries, and …
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) I’m a woman in my early 40s and my problem is that I can only orgasm with a clitoral vibrator. I can reach orgasm on my own or with my partner, but only if I use vibration. I’ve never had an orgasm another way. I have tried SO hard on my own using fingers, but I don’t ge…
 
Zibby speaks to Paris-based author Rachel Kapelke-Dale about The Ingenue, an exhilarating new suspense novel about a former piano prodigy who returns to her hometown for her mother’s funeral and discovers her massive family estate will be given to someone else. Rachel talks about her journey to becoming a writer, from Brown University to a Ph.D. in…
 
Zibby interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Isaac Fitzgerald about his gritty and humorous memoir-in-essays Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional. Isaac talks about his book’s unexpected but incredible reception across the country (thanks to indie booksellers!), his arduous, months-long writing process, and his story’s most me…
 
Zibby speaks to Pulitzer and Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, poet, playwright, and teacher Faleeha Hassan about her remarkable, heartfelt, and harrowing new memoir War and Me. Faleeha talks about the unimaginable hardship of living through several wars, the memories that still haunt her today, and how her past experiences inevitably infiltrate her…
 
Author Kara Forney joins guest host Julianna Goldman to discuss her heartwarming and honest 46-essay anthology Boy Moms: Collective Tales of Mothers and Sons, which she describes as chicken soup for the boy mom soul. Kara discusses the deliberate decision to find talented and diverse writers that were not already household names and the themes that…
 
Guest host Allison Pataki interviews New York Times bestselling co-authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan about their wildly successful new novel Mad Honey. The two talk about the serendipitous origins of their partnership (it involves a dream and an impulsive Tweet), how they managed to split writing duties and weave their chapters togeth…
 
Zibby interviews repeat MDHTTRB guest Lynn Steger Strong about Flight, a powerful and propulsive new novel about a family and the resentment, financial tension, heartache, and love they experience on the first Christmas without their matriarch. Lynn discusses the themes she most enjoyed exploring in this project–family, shame, parenthood, middle ag…
 
Guest host Julianna Goldman interviews acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller (frontman for the Old 97s!) about The Baby-Changing Station, a hilarious new picture book about a sibling rivalry and a magical baby-changing station that can exchange little brothers for very cool gadgets! Rhett reveals the inspiration behind the book, sharing his own …
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) I don’t know where to start but please help because our sex life is such a mess! We’ve been married for 12 years and it’s the usual story: things started out great, then we got bored and sex got less and less frequent. Now we barely do it and it’s awkward and not pleasur…
 
Zibby is joined by New York Times bestselling author, attorney, advocate, and Undisclosed podcast host Rabia Chaudry to discuss her mouthwatering and deeply thoughtful new book Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family. Rabia reveals the inspiration behind this project and shares the intimate stories of her food and weight journey, f…
 
Guest host Allison Pataki interviews award-winning UCLA professor Cassie Holmes about her enlightening and joyful new guide Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most. Cassie discusses her groundbreaking research on time and explains the undeniable benefits of designing purposeful schedules and maximizin…
 
Guest host Alisha Fernandez Miranda speaks to Pantsuit Politics podcast co-hosts Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers about their compelling and thoughtful new book Now What?: How to Move Forward When We’re Divided (About Basically Everything). Sarah and Beth talk about our society’s current political polarization and how they have navigated poli…
 
Guest host Julianna Goldman interviews former bank executive, career coach, and debut author Jamie Fiore Higgins about her riveting and revelatory new memoir Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs. Jamie describes her 18-year banking career, detailing the abuse she endured as she ascended the ranks (like being mooed at for us…
 
Guest host Allison Pataki speaks to renowned grief expert and neuroscientist Mary-Frances O’Connor, who combines trailblazing neuroimaging work and field research, and beautiful storytelling in her new book The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss. Mary-Frances discusses the myth of the five stages of grieving (…
 
Zibby is joined by bestselling author Becca Day to discuss her two new psychological thrillers The Girl Behind the Gates and All Her Little Lies. Becca describes her lifelong love of murder mysteries, the theater company she founded and sold, and what it's like balancing writing and parenting. She also talks about the YouTube channel she created to…
 
Zibby speaks to USA Today bestselling author and repeat MDHTTRB guest Sonali Dev about The Vibrant Years, a sparkling new novel about three generations of Indian American women navigating dating apps, secrets, and ambition. Sonali describes her wonderful publishing experience as the inaugural pick for Mindy’s Book Studio (Mindy Kaling’s innovative …
 
Zibby interviews writing coach and bestselling author Amy Wallen about her irreverent, witty, and beautifully illustrated new guidebook How To Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet and Savory Tips for the Writing Life. Amy describes her book’s journey–from wanting to comfort and encourage aspiring writers to incorporating delicious pie recipes to partner…
 
Zibby speaks to life coach and bestselling author Steph Jagger about her thoughtful and staggeringly beautiful new memoir Everything Left to Remember: My Mother, Our Memories, and a Journey Through the Rocky Mountains. Steph describes the incredible road trip she took with her mother, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s; her and her family’s journey fr…
 
Guest host Alisha Fernandez Miranda is joined by national bestselling author Jonathan Escoffery to discuss If I Survive You, a spectacular debut collection of stories about a Jamaican immigrant family in Miami that is blazing with wit, heart, and humor (and was longlisted for the National Book Award!). Jonathan describes his central character Trela…
 
Zibby speaks to comedian, co-creator and co-star of the hit series Catastrophe, and New York Times bestselling author Rob Delaney about his harrowing and brave new memoir A Heart That Works (a New Yorker and USA Today Best Book of 2022). Rob shares the intimate details of his story–his son Henry’s brain tumor and death, his brother-in-law’s suicide…
 
In this episode, Tracey and Kelsey discuss these three anonymous questions: 1) I have an issue with pubic hair. Basically, I’m not a fan and like it well-manicured on both women and men. I shave my testicles and keep the rest neatly trimmed. My wife however has a laissez-faire attitude and sports a luxuriant bush though she does trim it before a be…
 
Zibby speaks to Beautiful Writers Podcast host and New York Times bestselling author Linda Sivertsen about her new book Beautiful Writers: A Journey of Big Dreams and Messy Manuscripts–with Tricks of the Trade from Bestselling Authors. Linda describes the inspiration behind the book and her decision to weave her personal story with the advice of br…
 
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