Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith — The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

It’s The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to unpack Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We talk about Danyel as a cultural icon, what it takes to be a superstar. and the joy of disco as a threat to whiteness.

Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our June book club pick will be!

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The Stacks Book Club – May 2022

This month’s Book Club pick is Danyel Smith’s Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Shine Bright combines music criticism, memoir and biography to give a detailed and intimate narrative of pop music’s bedrock, as built by Black women. Smith’s history as a music fan, essayist,Vibe and Billboard editor, and host of the Black Girl Songbook podcast has put her in the center of this American story since childhood. She covers everyone from the enslaved singing poet Phillis Wheatley to Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Gladys Knight, along with under-appreciated artists such as Deniece Williams, Jody Watley and Marilyn McCoo.

We will be discussing Shine Bright by Danyel Smith on Wednesday, May 25th. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on May 4th. 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.

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Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston — The Stacks Book Club (Nate Marshall)

We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston’s poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that impact a Black boy’s struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. We discuss the narratives around coming of age in the suburbs and the city, and ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as an objectively good poem?

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The Stacks Book Club — April 2022

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we’re reading Cortney Lamar Charleston’s Doppelgangbanger for The Stacks Book Club. The author’s second poetry collection unpacks American Black masculinity and its intersection with love, community and family. Charleston’s voice and sensibility are informed by his upbringing in 90s Southside Chicago during hip hop’s heyday. His playful but vulnerable writing explores a Black boy’s struggle to authentically redefine his own manhood amid traditional, self-destructive influences.

We will be discussing Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston on Wednesday, April 27th. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on April 6th. 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.

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Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book’s central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.
There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our April book club pick will be!

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The Stacks Book Club — March 2022

Once a year we read a Toni Morrison novel for The Stacks Book Club, and the time has come in 2022, to take on one of her later works, A Mercy.

Written in 2008, A Mercy is set in late 17th century colonial America and centers the inhabitants of a farm in New York. We meet the European farmer and the wife he purchased, an Indigenous woman, a Black enslaved child, two indentured servants, and more. Morrison explores the complexity of ideas like ownership, community, and the evolution of the systems that have come to define America.

We will be discussing A Mercy by Toni Morrison on Wednesday, March 30th. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on March 2nd. 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.

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Ep. 203 I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue — The Stacks Book Club (Tessa Miller)

Today for The Stacks Book Club we’re discussing I Live a Life Like Yours, a memoir by Jan Grue, which explores his experiences as a wheelchair user in Norway. We are joined by author and journalist, Tessa Miller (What Doesn’t Kill You) for this conversation on the importance of community, accessibility, and pushing back against stereotypical depictions of disabled people.
There are no spoilers on today’s episode.

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The Stacks Book Club — February 2022

This month we’re reading Jan Grue’s memoir I Live a Life Like Yours, which looks at Grue’s life in Norway as a wheelchair user with a undiagnosed muscular disease. The book brings up issues of accessibility, stigma, privilege, and ultimately our relationship to our own humanity. The book was originally published in Norway in 2018 where it won the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. It has since been translated from the original Norwegian by B. L. Crook, and released in English in the United States in 2021.

We will be discussing I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue on Wednesday, February 23rd. You can find out who our guest will be for that discussion by listening to the podcast on February 2nd. 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.

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Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen — The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we’re discussing Nella Larsen’s 1929 classic novel Passing. We’re joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House’ All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920’s. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.
There are spoilers on this episode.

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Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib — The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)

It’s time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we’re taking on a favorite book of the year, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. We are joined again by podcaster and TV writer Andrew Ti for this conversation which touches on cancel culture, Black cultural stereotypes, the skillful writing of the book, and so much more.

Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our January 2022 Book Club pick will be.

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