Read it Forward
Summary: Welcome to the Read it Forward Podcast, hosted by RIF editors Abbe and Emma. We sit down every week to chat about our favorite books, alongside authors and other special guests. We share what we’re reading, we ask authors what’s on their TBR pile and we give book recommendations that are sure to please. Listen along when you’re on the hunt for your next great read. We comb our shelves to bring you the absolute best books out there.
In the first episode of the fourth season of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe interviews Deepak Chopra, M.D., about mindfulness and his latest work, Metahuman, reflects on Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye, and talks with environmental scientist and entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes about the benefits of being a plant parent.
You're invited to this live-stream of the Pop Culture Powerhouses Panel, moderated by Read it Forward's senior editor and podcast host, Abbe Wright, and featuring Emily Nussbaum, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Jia Tolentino, and Linda Holmes. Held at The New School in June of 2019, these four authors discuss their books and the ways in which pop culture — everything from binge-worthy TV to ubiquitous celebrities to the rise of athleisure — influences how we behave as a society.
In this episode, Abbe talks about her summer vacation read, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Then, she sits down with author Beck Dorey-Stein to talk about her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, now out in paperback. Finally, Abbe chats with RIF editor Eliza Smith about true stories written by young authors.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about Trick Mirror, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino's meditation on culture and her place within it. Then, she sits down with author Melissa de la Cruz about her thriller, The Birthday Girl, and Alexander Hamilton. Finally, Read it Forward's assistant editor, Jess, interviews author Julie Kibler about her work of historical fiction, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls.
In this episode, Abbe talks about what she's been reading: The Chelsea Girls, a brand new work of historical fiction from Fiona Davis. Then, she sits down with author Joanne Ramos to discuss her debut novel, The Farm. Finally, we hear from book critic and podcast host, Maris Kreizman, about what books she's loving this summer and what she can't wait to read this fall.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a great summer read about female friendship, How Could She by Lauren Mechling. Then, she sits down with author Jasmine Guillory to talk romance, diverse heroines, and Michelle Obama. Finally, Abbe chats with Learning the Tropes podcast co-hosts Clayton and Erin about the reoccurrence of the rake with the heart of gold and other well-worn romance tropes.
In this episode, Abbe binge-reads I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum, combining her two loves of reading and TV. Then, she sits down with author Nic Stone about her third YA novel, Jackpot, and why it's important to talk to young people about real issues. Finally, Abbe welcomes Evvie Drake Starts Over author and Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast host Linda Holmes into the studio to talk coastal Maine, second chances and Judy Blume.
In this episode, Abbe raves about Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky, and the love triangle (love square?) that carries the plot. Then, she sits down with author Riley Sager about his latest thriller, Lock Every Door. Finally, Abbe and colleague Amy Brinker talk about a book lover's greatest struggle: to dog-ear, or not to dog-ear.
In this episode, Abbe, despite being late to the game, raves about Tara Westover's memoir, Educated. Then, she chats and laughs with author Delia Owens about her novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, elephant behavior, and Reese Witherspoon. Finally, Abbe gets personal with psychic medium and author, Laura Lynne Jackson, about her most recent work, Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe and messages we receive from loved ones on the other side.
In this episode, Abbe reviews The New Me by Halle Butler, and the book's relatable, albeit unlikeable, protagonist. Then, she sits down with author and journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner about her novel, Fleishman is in Trouble, marriage, and Bradley Cooper. Finally, Abbe and Camille Perri talk about When Katie Met Cassidy and other novels with queer protagonists that are perfect Pride Month reading.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a work of historical fiction with a dual narrative, Next Year in Havana. Then, she sits down with author Dani Shapiro about her latest memoir, Inheritance, and the power of secrets. Finally, Abbe teams back up with Emma to try and guess celebrity audiobook narrators. Will they get stumped by British accents? You bet!
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a new WWII-set novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane. Then, she sits down with author, professional poker player, and all-around funny gal Helen Ellis about her new book of essays, Southern Lady Code. Finally, Abbe chats with Victoria, Caroline, and Stacey, the three women behind Book Babes, the NYC-based book club for millennial women, about their ideal summer reads.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the perfect paperback to take to the pool, Ghosted by Rosie Price. Then, she sits down with author Abby Maslin and her husband TC about Abby's memoir, Love You Hard, which details TC's brain injury and the way it changed their marriage. Finally, Abbe chats with Linda D. Anderson, Ph.D., Sonia R. Banks Ph.D., Michele L Owens, Ph.D. about the keys to communication.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the summer thriller she's been enjoying, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Then, she sits down with author Minnie Darke about her novel, Star-Crossed, love, and astrology. Finally, Abbe chats with Sophie and Danielle from the Random House social media team about the books that belong on every millennial's bookshelf.
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the young adult novel she's been devouring, Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Then, she sits down with author Nell Freudenberger about her novel, Lost and Wanted, and the physics involved in the plotline. Finally, Abbe chats with author Andrea Bartz about her thriller, The Lost Night, and about characters in literature that drink too much.