Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Dawie Walton)

It is time for our annual Toni Morrison episode of The Stacks as part of The Stacks Book Club. We are discussing Morrison’s third novel, Song of Solomon, and to help us dissect this sweeping story we’ve brought back author Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev). On the show we discuss this book as part of the conversation for “the great American novel”, gush over our favorite characters and scenes, and so much more.
There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen to the end of the episode to hear what our December book club pick will be.

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Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell

On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. We use her books as a lens to discuss the relationship of language to power and community, the ways women continue to be at the forefront of language innovation, and to look at cultural normativity.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.

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Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.

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Amanda’s cover inspiration mood board.

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Gift Guide for the Book Lovers in Your Life

If you’re anything like my family you’ve got a book lover in your life and you’re too scared to actually buy them any books, because of course they’ve already read everything. I’m here to help you find the right book adjacent gifts for the book lovers in your life. If you’re stubborn and dead set on getting them an *actual* book, check out my favorite books of all time list, and the best books I’ve read this year, plus other curated lists of books I love. Or, you could get really presumptuous and preorder a book coming out in 2022 for them, here are a few 2022 releases I’m excited about.


  1. I love black, gold, and white, so this mug is an obvious, yes please.
  2. Do you need to gift a coffee subscription? Yes, you most certainly do. This is an easy gift for a person close to you or a coworker you barely know.
  3. If it’s a read on the go situation, you’ll need a way to transport your reading beverages, this bottle and mug combo is perfection.
  4. This Stagg electronic kettle is for all you coffee lovers, it allows temperature control and a variety of settings (oh and it’s good for tea lovers too).
  5. I love this Ember Temperature Controlled Mug because it keeps my tea warm while I read and doesn’t get between me and a good book.
  6. A gift Mr. Stacks got me that I loved was a very pretty Royal Albert Tea set, if you’ve got a tea lover in your life, this luxury only ups the reading experience.
  7. Gift a monthly tea subscription from Plum Deluxe, a family owned tea company.
  8. This is my favorite tea, it is a rose flavored black tea and it is perfect.
  9. A monogramed mug? Say no more.
  10. People ask my about my milk frother all the time, so here it is. Also worth noting, it was a holiday gift from my brother a few years back and I still love it!
  1. Are you even a book lover if you don’t have a favorite reading light? I love this light because it is rechargable, has multiple brightness settings, and is super easy to pack for trips.
  2. Mouth is the best snack delivery box, the food is gourmet, and they have so much variety. It is perfect for any book lover because they can graze on the goodies while they read, plus when you finish it, it’s gone, which means its not taking up precious bookshelf space.
  3. I swore I would never read on a Kindle but now I do and I like it a lot. It’s easy to travel with, and I use it to read at night so I don’t have to wake up Mr. Stacks if he’s asleep.
  4. Get this “book people” puzzle for the audiobook lover in your life, then they can do the puzzle while they listen to their new favorite book through Libro.FM.
  5. But did you know you could send ice cream in the mail? Jeni’s ice cream can be delivered and this holiday flavor way is legit.
  6. These noise canceling headphones are perfect for audiobooks, or just reading in peace. 
  7. This sweet treat salted caramel is perfect topping for any reader with a sweet tooth.
  8. Libro.FM is an online audiobook store that allows you to purchase audiobooks through your favorite indie bookstore. You can also give memberships to the readers in your life. They are a great company that cares deeply about supporting bookstores and local communities. 
  9. I do a lot of reading in the bath, and I love to throw these bath bombs in with me to set the mood. They smell great and they aren’t too oily.
  1. What kind of shameless self promoter would I be if I didn’t suggest some The Stacks gear? I mean we have very cute sweatshirts, hats, totes, and if the book lover in your life isn’t listening yet, tell them to check out the show!
  2. You’re not a real book lover if you don’t have a cozy cardigan. This one from Madewell is my most favorite these days, but honestly they have SOOOOO many you can’t go wrong.
  3. If all else fails, pick out some cute merch from your favorite bookworms, favorite indie bookstore.
  4. These slippers from Madewell are so cute and comfy. I love a leopard print, but they do come in other colors too.
  5. Not a book t-shirt that also supports a good cause! That’s exactly what this The 1619 Project tee does. 50% of all sales go to the African American Cultural Heritage Fund.
  6. Reading in bed wrapped up in a snuggly robe is certainly my happy place. This robe from Barefoot Dreams couldn’t be softer and more perfect for a slow morning in bed with a book.
  7. It’s not secret I love my Kibou minimalist diaper bag. It is very cute, functional, and it fits my Kindle. Plus, if you use the code THESTACKS at checkout you can get 10% off your order. Also, this one isn’t just for parents. I take it with me even when The Mini Stacks are nowhere to be found.
  8. Do good and look good in this tee shirt from The 1619 Project. Fifty percent of the sales price of this shirt goes to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
  9. Simply Literary Co. has the best small batch bookish gear and it is full of personality.This book worm sweatshirt is the best bookish sweatshirt I’ve ever seen.
  10. These are my favorite socks for in the home and out in the world. They are warm, but not hot, they are thick, but fit nicely in sneakers, they are the best. (Use code: THESTACKS for 20% your first order)
  1. Since your favorite book lover needs a little green in their home this planter gift box is perfect.
  2. A candle that smells great and supports the National Park system is a perfect pair.
  3. How will you light all these candles? With the matches in this match cloche of course!
  4. If I’m reading I’m wrapping myself up in a cozy throw blanket, and these faux fur ones are my faves. 
  5. What better way to track reading than with this vibrant oversized planner?
  6. These West Elm coasters are perfect for any warm or cold reading beverage.
  7. This Noir Santal candle from AN Style is the best smell ever. I live for this candle. There are other great scents, but this one if my fave, and it gets me in the mood to relax and read.
  8. I love this cozy oversized chunky knit throw blanket. It is heavy enough for warmth, and moody enough for style.
  9. A gift Mr. Stacks got for me one year was a weekly flower delivery from a local florist, Whit Hazen (If you’re in LA I highly recommend Whit). It was the best five weeks of my life. I loved reading near my flowers and using them for my bookstagram photos. Here is a list of Black owned florists across the United States.

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Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry

Our guest today is Dr. Myisha Cherry, a philosopher, professor, and author, whose work focuses on emotions and attitudes in public life. Her latest book is The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle. Myisha shares why we must embrace our rage if we want to improve our society, how we’ve been socialized around anger, and how allies can cause harm.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.

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Ep. 188 Creating and Icon with Dawnie Walton

Our guest today is journalist and editor Dawnie Walton, she is the debut author behind one of this year’s most talked about novels, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. Dawnie shares her research process, how oral histories can elevate fictional characters, and the rock stars that inspired her own rock icon.

The Stacks Book Club selection for November is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on November 24th with Dawnie Walton.

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Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.

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The Stacks Book Club — November 2021

If you’ve been a fan of The Stacks podcast for a while, you know we tackle one Toni Morrison novel every year. This year we’re going with her third novel, 1977’s Song of Solomon. I have to admit, I’m very excited about this one!

Song of Solomon is a coming of age story about Milkman Dead, and his life in the rustbelt in Michigan to his family’s origins in the American South. This book is full of incredibly vivid scenes, adventure, and characters, and ultimately asks questions about what is owed to any of us.

We will be discussing Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison on Wednesday, November 27th. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on November 3rd. If you’d like even more discussion around the book consider joining The Stacks Pack on Patreon and participating in The Stacks’ monthly virtual book club.

Order your copy of our November book on Bookshop.org or Amazon.


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Top of The Stacks: October 2021

Here is a little glimpse of the best things I ate, wore, read, watched, and cooked this month. I also made sure to include my favorite chocolate based candy, because I think folks are sleeping on the goodness that is Reese’s Take 5 bars. Thank me later.


I found this article super interesting on the ways Black women are creating narratives around passing.

These are my favorite workout socks, and now they sponsor the show.

The best part of October is all the candy, my favorite chocolate candy are Reese’s Take 5 and if you don’t know you need to find out!

I was the guest host on Keep It! and it is a real life dream come true.

It finally got chilly in LA so I busted out my go to lasagna recipe I’ve been making/eating since 2005.

I wrote about these three books this month for my shereads.com column.

Wait, Lularich is the scam documentary of my life. I’d never seen or hear of these atrocious leggings but I’m all in now.

And of course the brilliant Sam Sanders did an episode on the documentary. Must listen.

Past podcast guest, Rebecca Carroll, wrote this piece on the moving Passing and it’s very good.

I got to talk about why books are the best on Nichole Perkin’s podcast, This is Good For You!

I know it’s a little early, but I did get the boys these Black Santa pajamas for the holidays and they’re perfect.

It’s not secret I love Colin Kaepernick, and his new show Colin in Black and White on Netflix is worth watching.

Sweater weather is here and I am ready in this cute and comfy (not itchy at all) cardigan.

I may or may not have started watching Succession at the start of the third season, I did not go back. I am the chaos.

Michelle, The Bachelorette, is here and I love it!

This is my favorite tea brand, and I finally tried their Chai tea bags, and they are very good.


WHAT I READ IN OCTOBER

THE STACKS OCTOBER EPISODES


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Unabridged: Be the Host with the Most Delicious Snacks with Katherine Lewin (Episode 2)

We’re back with another installment of The Stacks Pack exclusive show, The Stacks: Unabridged. In preparation for all your holiday hosting needs, and in honor of Traci’s extreme love of food and gatherings we’re talking dinner parties with the owner of Big Night, Katherine Lewin. Big Night is a new store in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to hosting perfect dinner parties. Katherine helps us release some of the pressures of hosting and gives us tips for being the best guest ever. Plus snacks. Duh.

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Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan — The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

The last week of the month means it’s time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we’re joined again by author, poet, and podcast host, Nichole Perkins (Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be) to discuss Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. On this episode we talk about the ways the book (and movie) have and haven’t aged well, the depiction of friendship between Black women, and the lasting legacy of this modern classic.
There are minor spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what The Stacks Book Club pick for November will be.

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Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle. Our conversation carries us through and around the intersections of race, religion, and nationality as we discuss the stories we inherent around Blackness, the need for a more radical church, and the texts that give us meaning.

The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.

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