Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

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

Episodes Date

Zibby laughed her way through her conversation with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao. She enjoyed their beautiful memoir about identity, belonging, Vietnam, and more. She had a front row seat to th...
September 24, 2020
Zibby was honored to interview bestselling author Ken Follett, one of the world's best-loved and prolific authors. They talked about Ken’s role as a stepfather, his experience of tragically losing his...
September 23, 2020
Catherine Gildiner's book Good Morning, Monster is an impactful read that follows five patients' journeys to emotional recovery. Zibby was captivated by these stories and her conversation with Catheri...
September 22, 2020
Zibby loved reading country music star Sara Evans's inspiring memoir. She and Sara had a beautiful talk about blended families and step-parenting, owning your talents, and not letting people put you i...
September 21, 2020
Nancy Jooyoun Kim's beautiful novel explores a nuanced mother-daughter relationship through a dual narrative. Her book was just picked as this month’s Reese’s Book Club pick and is already a New York ...
September 18, 2020
Elizabeth Ames is the author of the terrific debut novel The Other's Gold. She and Zibby talked about living at Harvard, writing a campus novel, and their formative college years. 
September 17, 2020
The superstar host of TV hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deeley, has a written a lovely children’s book, originally intended for her boys. Her interview with Zibby is a heartfelt reminder tha...
September 16, 2020
Caitlin Moran's observational humor is in a class of its own. Zibby laughed her way through Caitlin's book and their conversation: comparing raising children to addiction, motherhood as a superhero ...
September 15, 2020
Zibby was enthralled by Catherine Cho's memoir about her postpartum psychosis when her son was three months old. They talked about preparation for pregnancy being primarily about the physical aspects ...
September 14, 2020
This short reflection was intended as a voiceover for an IGTV/Instagram slideshow of Zibby’s six months after quarantine hit, from March 12th to September 13th, 2020. As she heads back to New York Cit...
September 13, 2020
Lisa Donovan, renowned pastry chef and essayist, talked to Zibby about creating societal change by reclaiming her story and the stories of women in an industry — and world —  in which men have traditi...
September 11, 2020
Kendra Adachi's book is a New York Times best seller about spending your energy on what matters to you. Listen to Zibby (who hopes she is now on her way to becoming a lazy genius, too) and Kendra talk...
September 10, 2020
Legendary bestselling author Sue Miller's critically acclaimed, elegant, and sharply realistic new account of the contemporary family is just as powerful as her previous blockbuster hits. This novel, ...
September 9, 2020
Deshaun Watson, NFL quarterback for the Houston Texans, is a marvel on and off the field. Zibby was ultra-impressed by his book and loved talking to him about his relationship with his mom, Habitat fo...
September 8, 2020
Julia Phillips always knew she wanted to be a novelist, and her debut of Disappearing Earth is a breathtaking national bestseller. She and Zibby talked about their love of libraries, what a happy writ...
September 7, 2020
In this short, heartfelt, tearjerker of an episode (you might need some Kleenex), Zibby shares her own thoughts and feelings during a tragic time. Her husband Kyle’s mother, Susan Felice Owens, and gr...
September 5, 2020
Zibby couldn't put down Kate Riordan's thriller, a compelling mystery set in the South of France (making it the perfect backdrop for a long-weekend read)!
September 4, 2020
Zibby couldn't resist asking Sheila Grinell about the story of her birth (spoiler: it involves a New York City taxi cab), and she loved their conversation about Sheila's winding path to writing, which...
September 4, 2020
Zibby did a live virtual event with The Strand Bookstore and award-winning reporter Heather Cabot about her bookThe New Chardonnay, a fascinating look into the new world of legal cannabis. 
September 3, 2020
Zibby had a blast talking to bestselling author Robert Weintraub about his captivation with the life of tennis star, Alice Marble, and his experience traveling the country to uncover the mystery of he...
September 3, 2020
Marisa Porges and Zibby explored Marisa's powerful book about what girls need to succeed. 
September 2, 2020
Amy Schmidt brings her signature brand of honesty and openness to her book, podcast, and conversation with Zibby, reminding us to live fearlessly and with confidence. You'll probably feel like she's y...
September 2, 2020
Raven Leilani's debut novel has been one of the most anticipated books of 2020. She and Zibby talked about different forms of creativity, reconciling fantasy and reality, and the experience of Black w...
September 1, 2020
Zibby loved talking to Charlotte McConaghy about her beautiful debut novel, family trauma, and the search for home. 
September 1, 2020
Zibby and Heather Lanier talked about Raising a Rare Girl, Heather's beautiful account of raising her daughter with a rare chromosomal syndrome, being a medical advocate, and what happens when the map...
August 31, 2020
Sara Schaefer talked to Zibby about Grand, an honest, witty, and vulnerable memoir. They talked about family scandal, reflecting on childhood, moral anxiety, and whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon...
August 31, 2020
Zibby loved Michele's New York Times bestselling memoir and the chance to talk with her about overcoming growing up in an abusive household, her philosophy around fixing what's broken, and considering...
August 31, 2020
Alyssa Shelasky talked to Zibby about her memoir: learning to cook, the world of food and celebrity chefs, being happy for your ex, and universal truths about love and loss. 
August 31, 2020
Today, Saturday, August 29th, is Independent Bookstore Day. Listen to a selection of notable authors from this podcast as they share their favorite independent bookstores and why they love them. Watch...
August 29, 2020
Samantha Irby's humor is exactly what everyone needs right now. She and Zibby talked about rituals, lip balm, bribing children, and what it's like to share your inner monologue with the world.     
August 28, 2020
Zibby interviewed Sue Monk Kidd, award-winning and international best-selling author, for Armonk's North Castle Public Library 2020 speaker series. Already a literary phenomenon, Sue's breathtaking no...
August 27, 2020
Laura Lippman, the best-selling crime writer, has come out with a fantastic book of essays called My Life as a Villainess. Zibby loved reading this collection and talking with Laura about shifting fro...
August 26, 2020
Pamela Redmond is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction including Younger, now a hit TV show created by Darren Star. Her new novel, Older, a sequel to ...
August 25, 2020
Supriya Kelkar drew from personal experience growing up Indian American in a small town in the U.S. for her moving YA novel. She talked to Zibby about hiding her curls until her thirties, microaggress...
August 24, 2020
Capricia Penavic Marshall served as White House Social Secretary in the Clinton administration and as United States Chief of Protocol in the Obama administration. Her book, Protocol, is a front-row se...
August 21, 2020
Nefertiti Austin's book, Motherhood So White, is a powerful memoir about adopting her son, the foster care system, single motherhood, race, and more. She talked with Zibby at a book club for HeyMama a...
August 20, 2020
Heidi Pitlor's third novel came out yesterday, and she and Zibby talked about writing the book you want to read, motherhood, and the magic of libraries. 
August 19, 2020
USA Olympian and superstar soccer player Christie Pearce Rampone and her co-author Dr. Kristine Keane wrote a book that every parent needs. Christie, Kristine and Zibby spent a lot of the time sharing...
August 18, 2020
Tracy Tutor, the first female real estate broker on Million Dollar Listing LA, exudes confidence and authenticity both on TV and throughout her new book. Zibby loved doing an Instagram Live with Tracy...
August 17, 2020
Zibby has been a fan of Daphne Merkin’s for a long time and was over-the-moon excited to talk to her about her latest novel. Turns out, Daphne has been writing this story — about being seemingly trapp...
August 14, 2020
Renée Watson, New York Times best-selling author, educator, and activist, talked about Oprah Winfrey, social issues, and young girls finding their voices with Zibby. 
August 13, 2020
Zibby had a lot of fun on Instagram Live talking to Susan Wiggs on her pub day! They discussed the fantasy of running a bookstore, character development and idea generation for the 50 novels she has w...
August 12, 2020
Zibby loved the prose in Tommy Butler’s debut novel. They talked about philosophy, poetry, loneliness, and balancing a law career with a lifelong love of writing. 
August 11, 2020
Chandler Baker's book, a Reese's Book Club pick, really spoke to Zibby. As someone trying to balance work and momlife, Zibby related to Chandler and her book's character! They discussed the competing ...
August 10, 2020
Zibby had the honor of interviewing the former Second Lady (and perhaps future First Lady), Dr. Jill Biden. She spoke to Zibby about childhood traditions, loss, the state of schools opening this fall,...
August 8, 2020
When Zibby was growing up and an aspiring author, Betsy Carter was a huge mentor to her and encouraged her love of writing. This has all come full circle with Zibby now getting to do a special intervi...
August 7, 2020
You might feel like you're just eavesdropping on a call between friends in this episode. Allison talks to Zibby about her character, Cleo, a Senator and Presidential-hopeful, Cleo’s political ambition...
August 6, 2020
Erica Katz, a pseudonym for the lawyer (and debut author), lied to her colleagues about vacationing at the beach when she was really hiding in her closet writing this book. It's a good thing Erica tol...
August 5, 2020
Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times best-selling author of twelve novels. She told Zibby about the inspiration for her latest book: her own survival of a rare blood disease, being put into a coma, an...
August 4, 2020
After this episode, Zibby wanted to give André Leon Talley a hug. He was Anna Wintour’s indomitable right-hand-man at Vogue for decades, but in this memoir, André revealed his serial sexual abuse as a...
August 3, 2020

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