The Stacks Book Club

We’re not only a podcast thats talks about bookish behavior and reading recommendations, we also have a book club, The Stacks Book Club. The last week of every month we discuss a book with a guest in great detail. We discuss the book, its themes, and what it brings up for us as the reader. Below find a list of all the official TSBC books, past and future.


Severance by Ling Ma with Mitchell S. Jackson – November 29th (Ep. 295)

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison with Minda Honey – October 25th (Ep. 290)

Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer with Brittany Luse – September 27th (Ep. 286)

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi  with Sam Sanders- August 30th (Ep. 282)

Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrations by Dave Gibbons with Joel Christian Gill- July 26th (Ep. 277)

Oreo by Fran Ross with Hannah Oliver Depp – June 28th (Ep. 273)

This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris with Nicole Chung- May 31st (Ep. 269)

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay with Clint Smith- April 26th (Ep. 264)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay with Shanita Hubbard- March 29th (Ep. 260)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich with Mina Kimes- February 22nd (Ep. 255)

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Chelsea Devantez- January 25th (Ep. 251)


True Biz by Sara Nović with Greta Johnsen- December 28th (Ep. 247)

Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law with Mariame Kaba- November 30th (Ep. 243)

Fairest by Meredith Talusan with Anthony Ocampo- October 26th (Ep. 238)

The Trees by Percival Everett with Lisa Lucas- September 28th (Ep. 234)

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee with Ingrid Rojas Contreras – August 31st (Ep. 230)

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih with Elamin Abdelmahmoud – July 27th (Ep. 225)

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation with David Dennis Jr. – June 29th (Ep. 221)

Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith with Novena Carmel – May 25th

Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston with Nate Marshall – April 27th (Ep. 212)

A Mercy by Toni Morrison with Imani Perry – March 30th (Ep. 208)

I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir by Jan Grue with Tessa Miller – February 23rd (Ep. 203)

Passing by Nella Larsen with Cree Myles – January 26th (Ep. 200)


A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib with Andrew Ti – December 29th (Ep. 196)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison with Dawnie Walton – November 24th (Ep. 191)

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan with Nichole Perkins – October 27th (Ep. 187)

Blood in the Water: The Attice Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson with Derecka Purnell – September 29th (Ep. 183)

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi with Juliet Litman – August 25th (Ep. 178)

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui with Mira Jacob – July 28th (Ep. 174 )

The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness by Anne Boyer with Mychal Denzel Smith – June 30th (Ep. 170)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy with Jenny Lee – May 26th (Ep. 165)

The Tradition by Jericho Brown with Reginald Dwayne Betts – April 28th (Ep. 161)

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh with Nic Stone – March 31st (Ep. 157)

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook with Vann Newkirk – February 24th (Ep. 152)

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans with Deesha Philyaw – January 26th (Ep. 148)


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine with Darnell Moore – December 30th (Ep. 144)

The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore with Cole Cuchna – November 25th (Ep. 139)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley with Marc Lamont Hill- October 28th (Ep. 135)

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio with Lupita Aquino – September 30th (Ep. 131)

Sula by Toni Morrison with Brit Bennett – August 26th (Ep. 126)

Breathe by Imani Perry with Kiese Laymon – July 29th (Ep. 122)

Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe with Emma Copley Eisenberg – June 24th (Ep. 117)

The Giver by Lois Lowry – May 27th with Sue Thomas (Ep. 113)

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi – April 29th with Brandon Taylor (Ep. 109)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – March 25th with Gigi Levangie (Ep. 104)

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde – March 11th with Asha Grant (Ep. 102)

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – February 26th with August McLaughlin (Ep. 100)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – February 12th with Leah Koch (Ep. 98)

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino – January 29th with Jordan Moblo (Ep. 96)

Cribsheet by Emily Oster – January 15th with Jenna Parris (Ep. 94)

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li – January 1st with Vanessa Hua (Ep. 92)


Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson – December 18th with Jason Reynolds (Ep. 90)

Tell Me How It Ends by Valeira Luiselli – December 4th with Ayser Salman (Ep. 88)

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat – November 20th with Hugh Garvey (Ep. 86)

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin – November 6th with Chris L. Terry (Ep. 84)

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen – October 23rd with Jac Vanek (Ep. 82)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – October 9th with Jenna Ushkowitz (Ep. 80)

Educated by Tara Westover – September 25th with Sarah Enni (Ep. 78)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – September 11th with Clark Moore (Ep. 76)

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington – August 28th with Allison Punch (Ep. 74)

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander – August 14th with Dani McClain (Ep. 72)

Work Party by Jaclyn Johnson – July 31st with Calli Cholodenko (Ep. 70)

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – July 17th with Rachel Overvoll (Ep. 68)

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson – July 3rd with Dave Cullen (Ep. 66)

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams – June 19th with Lori Gottlieb (Ep. 64)

Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler – June 5th with Joseph Papa (Ep. 62)

Beloved by Toni Morrison – May 22nd with DaMaris B. Hill (Ep. 60)

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – May 8th with Keltie Knight (Ep. 58)

Wild Beauty by Ntozake Shange – April 24th with Gabrielle Civil (Ep. 56)

The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois – April 10th with Ben Blacker (Ep. 54)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid – March 27th with Niccole Thurman (Ep. 52)

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister – March 13th with James J. Sexton (Ep. 50)

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – February 27th with Wade Allain-Marcus (Ep. 48)

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung – February 13th with Vanessa McGrady (Ep. 46)

Rap Dad by Juan Vidal – January 30th with Josh Segarra (Ep. 44)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – January 16th with Tawny Newsome (Ep. 42)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – January 2nd with Alec Penix (Ep. 40)


Open City by Teju Cole – December 19th with Behzad Dabu (Ep. 38)

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim – December 5 with Aja Gabel (Ep.36)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – November 21 with Renée Hicks (Ep.34)

To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann – November 7 with Heather John Fogarty (Ep. 32)

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt – October 24 with Harris Cohn (Ep. 30)

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – October 10 with Nancy Rommelmann (Ep. 28)

Less by Andrew Sean Greer – September 26 with Zeke Smith (Ep. 26)

Motherhood by Sheila Heti – September 12 with Jo Piazza (Ep. 24)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – August 29 with Becca Tobin (Ep. 22)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – August 15 with Jay Connor (Ep. 20)

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes – August 1 with Ashley North (Ep. 18)

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore – July 18 with Lauren Fanella (Ep. 16)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – July 4 with Ross Asdourian (Ep. 14)

How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer – June 20 with Aaron Dolores (Ep. 12)

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier – June 6 with Vella Lovell (Ep. 10)

Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth – May 23 with Sam Pinkleton (Ep. 8)

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin – May 9 with Chris Maddox (Ep. 6)

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – April 25 with Sarah Fong (Ep. 4)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – April 11 with Dallas Lopez (Ep. 2)

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