Fully Booked by Kirkus Reviews

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Karina Longworth

The first person we meet in Karina Longworth's Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood *isn't* Howard Hughes?it's screenwriter Frederica Sagor? a clue to the true focus of her provocative popular history. On this week's Fully Booked, Clay and Megan chat with the author and creator of the You Must Remember This podcast about the highly varied experiences of the talented and ambitious women in Hughes's orbit (1920s-1950s) and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau signs on for continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
00:52:30 12/10/2018

Past Episodes

It's the first-ever Fully Booked Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza! The eggnog flows freely as Clay and Megan round up the crème de la crème in photography, cooking, games, health, beauty, and more. Guests include photographer Beowulf Sheehan (Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan), Brooklyn-based restauranteur Doug Crowell (Kindness & Salt: Recipes for the Care & Feeding of Your Friends & Family), bookseller Abby Fennewald of Book People in Austin, and YA editor Laura Simeon with continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
01:30:38 12/3/2018
In Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, Phoebe Robinson offers readers a beacon of light and hope for these dumpster fire times. This frank and funny second essay collection by the NYT-bestselling author, cultural critic, and 2 Dope Queens cohost tackles feminism, race, class, body image, Bono, and much more. Today's episode of Fully Booked features a standup set and Q&A by Robinson, recorded live at the Texas Book Festival, as well as continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018 with children's editor Vicky Smith.
01:36:21 11/26/2018
Michelin-starred chef Anita Lo hasn't always been lucky in love ... but the fruit of her solitude is sweet. On this week's podcast, she joins Clay and Megan for a spirited discussion of Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One, a personal and playful collection of repasts for the unattached. Lo proves to be an unforgettable guest, serving up stories of an only-in-New-York dating disaster and an only-in-Mongolia dining experience, and children's editor Vicky Smith signs on for continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
00:51:46 11/19/2018
Part madcap comedy, part post-Election 2016 primal scream, Jonathan Lethem's The Feral Detective is a veritable carnival of hardboiled delights from the author of Motherless Brooklyn. On this week's episode, Lethem joins Clay and Megan in eternal debates- East Coast vs. West Coast, Democrat vs. Republican, Rabbits vs. Bears (trust us)- and fiction editor Laurie Muchnick introduces the Best 100 Fiction Books of 2018.
00:58:25 11/12/2018
Kirkus Reviews asked the finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize?which recognizes excellent literature every year, from picture books to adult books, rewarding three writers $50,000 each?to talk about their new books at the recent Texas Book Festival in Austin. This week's episode, which is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, is a recording of that panel of prominent, nationally known writers of many genres. Join us as the writers talk about their inspirations.
00:54:20 11/5/2018
Joseph Fink is one of the creators of the popular Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts. Now Alice Isn't Dead is a suspenseful novel filled with misshapen serial killers, an exhausted long haul trucker who believes her wife isn't deceased even though there was a funeral for her, and a bunch of missing people. Megan and Clay ask Fink about the inspirations for Alice Isn't Dead and our editors pipe up with their fave picks!
00:49:17 10/29/2018
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, which has blossomed from an online sensation to a book club to a fascinating anthology of essays by well-known and debut writers discussing their lives as readers and thinkers. We ask Edim about the anthology in this week's episode. And our editors reveal which bestsellers are worth your reading time!
00:58:00 10/22/2018
In late April 1986, as the world was learning about the Chernobyl disaster, the beautiful central library of Los Angeles Public Library system was burning. A troubled actor named Harry Peak was arrested for starting the fire. The Library Book is Susan Orlean's fascinating story of the attack; in typical Orlean fashion, the story gets deeper and weirder than its ostensible subject. And we also bring our editors on the line to talk about which bestsellers they think you ought to be reading this week!
01:14:57 10/15/2018
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are two of the most popular young adult writers publishing today; Albertalli's novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda became the hit movie Love, Simon. The two writers collaborated to write What If It's Us, a sweet novel about a summer romance between Ben and Arthur. The editors talk about Banned Books Week and reveal which bestsellers are worth your time!
01:05:11 10/8/2018
Bestselling thriller writer Lisa Unger's new novel, Under My Skin, is about a young woman struggling with the aftermath of her husband's murder finds herself in escalating danger in this novel of psychological suspense. Unger brings the reader along as her narrator's grip on reality is tested and keeps the twists coming in this standout thriller. Megan and Clay and our children's and YA book editors Vicky Smith and Laura Simeon talk about the finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature and they also talk about some great new books!
01:01:32 10/1/2018
This week, we talk to Gary Shteyngart about his new novel, Lake Success, about a hedge fund manager on the skids who takes a cross-country Greyhound bus trip to reconnect with his college girlfriend, leaving his wife to deal with their autistic 3-year-old. The novel is smart, relevant, fundamentally warm-hearted, and hilarious. Megan and Clay talk about the finalists of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction and our editors reveal which new bestsellers are worth your time!
01:04:20 9/24/2018
This week, we're asking New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore about her great new book of the entire history of the U.S., These Truths, which our reviewer calls "a splendid rendering?filled with triumph, tragedy, and hope?that will please Lepore's readers immensely and win her many new ones." Megan and Clay also talk about the new Bob Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and our editors reveal their picks for the best reads this week!
00:53:24 9/17/2018
This week, we talk to the author of one of the most-anticipated nonfiction books of the fall: Sarah Weinman, whose The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Kidnapping That Scandalized the World is a tantalizing, entertaining true-life detective and literary story whose roots were hidden deep in a novel that has perplexed and challenged readers for decades. This episode is sponsored by Baker & Taylor, a leading distributor of books, video and music to libraries, institutions, and retailers. To learn more about how Baker and Taylor can help your library visit www.baker-taylor.com.
00:56:11 9/10/2018
This week, Megan and Clay talk to civil rights activist and Pod Save the People host DeRay McKesson. His new book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, is a compelling account of technology-powered protest. And it's a fascinating read, full of his personal stories in addition to his ideas about activism. We also preview some of the great interviews on our site right now from our recent Legends Issue and our editors pipe up with their favorite new reads!
00:54:01 9/3/2018

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