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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books


Writer Zibby Owens,, mother of four, interviews authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

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Melinda Wenner Moyer, HOW TO RAISE KIDS WHO AREN'T ASSHOLES: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting — from Tots to Teens

Nov 27 • 41:54

"I think making mistakes is a really important part of parenting. It's actually good for our kids when we screw up because it's an opportunity for us to take responsibility." Melinda Wenner Moyer joined Zibby and former podcast guest Christina Hillsberg for a virtual event with the Strand Bookstore to discuss her first book, How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes, and paren...

Dr. Traci Baxley, SOCIAL JUSTICE PARENTING: How to Raise Compassionate Anti Racist Justice Minded Kids in an Unjust World

Nov 26 • 25:17

Educator, parenting coach, and author of Social Justice Parenting Dr. Traci Baxley joins Zibby to talk about her work on and off the page. Traci and Zibby discuss how to talk about marginalization with children to start raising compassionate and active allies, the impact that radical love can have in a child's life, and why maternal activism is magical to Traci. She also s...

Gillian Laub, GILLIAN LAUB: Family Matters

Nov 26 • 24:57

When photographer Gillian Laub completed her visual book Family Matters last Thanksgiving, she had no idea where her family would be today. Although Gillian had been photographing her family consistently since 1990, the 2016 presidential election and their subsequent support for Donald Trump changed the shape of her work and the dynamics of their tight-knit clan. Gillian s...

Denise Kiernan, WE GATHER TOGETHER: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace

Nov 25 • 24:22

Journalist, producer, and author Denise Kiernan joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, We Gather Together. Denise shares how she sought to weave together the history of Thanksgiving, a biography of the woman who helped make it a national holiday, and research on the benefits of actively practicing gratitude. The two also talk about what it was like to write about comin...

Melanie Kirkpatrick, THANKSGIVING: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience

Nov 25 • 18:53

Zibby is joined by former Wall Street Journal editor Melanie Kirkpatrick to discuss her book, Thanksgiving. Melanie shares how her research for Thanksgiving led to her most recent work of non-fiction, Lady Editor, about the often-overlooked life story of Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday.Melanie and Zibby also talk about some of ...


Nov 24 • 27:47

Zibby is joined by Kris Clink to talk about her sophomore novel, Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal, which dives into the life story of a minor character from her debut. Kris and Zibby talk about their respective podcasts, how Kris's friends have inspired her stories, and which book is coming next in her Lark Lovejoy series. Read Kris's article for Moms Don't Have Time to W...

Carolyn Ferrell, DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN: A Novel

Nov 23 • 26:12

"The thread that runs through all of my work is that I don't like when people are not heard or seen." Zibby is joined by short story writer, professor, and novelist Carolyn Ferrell to talk about her latest book, Dear Miss Metropolitan. The two talk about the real-life events that partially inspired this novel, how Carolyn handled her own mental health as she dove deeply in...

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, STATE OF TERROR: A Novel

Nov 22 • 41:23

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and author Louise Penny joined Zibby for an event with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center to discuss their New York Times bestselling political thriller, State of Terror,which centers around one of Secretary Clinton's greatest fears: the possibility that terrorists could get ahold of nuclear weapons. Secretary Clinton and Penny s...


Nov 21 • 19:06

Author of London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency Kate MacDougall joins Zibby to discuss not only her memoir but the real-life career change that inspired it. MacDougall shares how she always knew the story had the potential to become a book, what it was like to watch her now-husband fall in love with dogs over the course of their relationship, and which writers she has bee...

Amy Mason Doan, LADY SUNSHINE: A Novel

Nov 20 • 23:08

Amy Mason Doan joins Zibby to talk about her third novel, Lady Sunshine, which was inspired in part by a song off of the album, Mermaid Avenue. Amy shares why all of her books grapple with nostalgia and past friendships, how she used an oft-forgotten story about Woodie Guthrie to shape the premise of her story, and the unique place where she wrote the novel during the Covi...

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