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

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
Sophie Mackintosh tells Zibby about her inspiration for Blue Ticket: spending her whole life feeling absolutely certain that she didn't want to have children until one day a switch flipped. Originally...
July 31, 2020
Lara Prescott's debut novel was an instant New York Times best seller. Lara's mom thinks it's fate that she wrote The Secrets We Kept, a work of historical fiction based on the true story behind Boris...
July 30, 2020
Sophie Heawood is every bit as funny, raw, and honest as her memoir. She talks to Zibby about trading a rock-and-roll lifestyle for unexpected single motherhood and her story of growing up with her da...
July 29, 2020
Jodie Patterson's memoir quickly became one of Zibby's 2020 - and all time - favorites. Listen to conversation for standout insight on transformation, blended families, and more. "We have to discuss a...
July 28, 2020
Bruce Feiler, one of America's most popular voices on contemporary life, shares amazing advice about "lifequakes," how to navigate things when life gets overturned in a big way, and adapting to a nonl...
July 27, 2020
Holly’s hilarious book tracks her dating exploits when she had given up hope. Holly spoke to Zibby about dating while parenting, how her dates felt about being part of a book (!), the conclusion to he...
July 24, 2020
Breathe to Succeed is a slim, inspirational book filled with useful advice on how to be as successful as possible through the power of breath and inner self-awareness. Sandy gave Zibby some really spe...
July 24, 2020
Bad-ass. Evy Poumpouras is the epitome of a bad-ass. Formerly a member of the Secret Service, Evy shares the types of looks she gives her husband when she wants something, how she exhibits confidence,...
July 24, 2020
This power duo, co-hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, tracks their friendship origins in this treatise on the power and role of female friendship, Shine Theory,  and how to keep the friends th...
July 24, 2020
The founder of Strala yoga spoke to Zibby about her participation in a recent National Geographic kids book about animal yoga poses, her daily yoga classes on Instagram, spreading the Strala approach ...
July 23, 2020
This charming, world-famous ballerina not only co-authored Katarina Ballerina, a middle grade story about an aspiring ballerina, but also hosts Instagram dance classes in quarantine with special guest...
July 23, 2020
Zibby spoke to Libby Copeland about her non-fiction book The Lost Family, which Zibby read all in one sitting because she couldn’t put it down. The book centers around one woman’s search for her famil...
July 23, 2020
Jennifer Dahlberg, Stockholm-based author of novel Lagging Indicators, talked to Zibby about her fascination with the finance world and what it’s like for black women in that ecosystem, pausing her wr...
July 22, 2020
The author of Musical Chairs and several other novels, Amy Poeppel is charming and down-to-earth. (Fun fact: she has lived all around the globe and is actually a former teacher.) Her latest book, whic...
July 22, 2020
Zibby was “lucky” (get it?) to speak to Julie Pennell about her light, entertaining summer read centered around three sisters who win the lottery and have to decide what really matters.
July 22, 2020
This best friend duo, co-hosts of the podcast We Fight So You Don’t Have To, have written yet another novel together. And they’re still friends! Listen to Zibby chat with them about the importance of ...
July 22, 2020
Eliza Starts a Rumor is irresistible, as is Jane L. Rosen (who tells Zibby that she’s besties with Katie Couric)!
July 22, 2020
The Crayon Man will make you reconsider every time your child snaps a crayon in half. Part history, part fun story, this book is delightful, as was the conversation Natascha had with Zibby!
July 21, 2020
There’s no rhyme or reason to why kids are obsessed with some books, but Stephen Shaskan’s new series, Pizza & Taco, is one of those books. Listen to Stephen discuss her passion for delighting kid...
July 21, 2020
I spoke to children’s book author Chiomah Momah from her home office all the way in Nigeria. (Ignore the part, please, when I didn’t realize the city she lived in was the capital! Oops!) Her picture b...
July 21, 2020
What even is the difference between YA, middle grade, and adult books? Iva-Marie’s latest book in the roller-rink heyday of the 1970s is about teens, so it must be YA. But it doesn’t have to be read b...
July 21, 2020
Who hasn’t baked lately? For anyone who has ever procrastinated -- especially anyone who finds baking to be the ultimate in distracting time-sinks -- Erin Gardner has the answers. Recipes, tips and mo...
July 20, 2020
Maybe early success can be a bad thing. Rachel Freidman debates this in her book and in conversation with Zibby as she reflects on her early achievements in music and then, even, in her first book. Bu...
July 20, 2020
Don’t sweatpants kinda make you feel blech? There’s something psychologically helpful about actually getting dressed, even in a pandemic. George Brescia is a stylist to the stars who has filled his bo...
July 20, 2020
This is the advice every parent can use right about now. Listen to Dr. Claire Nicogossian’s soothing, sensible advice for a quick dose of sanity in the chaos of today.
July 20, 2020
Ready to move? Debating whether to move? Need a housewarming-ish gift? Ali Wenzke’s super-useful book gives tips, quizzes, charts and more to make any move easier. Zibby and Ali talked about mothering...
July 20, 2020
Jennifer Steil was a hostage while pregnant. That’s just one of many notable life experiences that informs her work with depth and intrigue. EXILE MUSIC is no exception. It was hard to put down! She s...
July 17, 2020
Karma Brown and Zibby hit it off right away as they talked about Recipe For A Perfect Wife. They jumped right in to Karma’s cancer experience, how she used her sister as her surrogate, and what life a...
July 17, 2020
Wow, was Zibby impressed by Beatriz’s giant intellect! This historical fiction author spouted facts and figures at a steady clip while explaining the inspiration behind her latest novel. 
July 17, 2020
Leah and Zibby swapped stories about the sights and sounds in their neighborhoods in the late afternoons that signal the end of the day. The fish market in Mumbai to the ice cream truck peddling down ...
July 17, 2020
A Columbia professor, Lynn Steger Strong teaches writing so could give advice for hours. Listen to her hand-picked tips and her journey to writing Want.
July 17, 2020
Debra Jo Immergut, the author of You Again, a thriller about what happens when your present self sees your younger self on the street and what ensues after, is riveting. A “Sliding Doors” type of stor...
July 16, 2020
Zibby and Stephanie were supposed to talk about the art world and the history behind some of history’s greatest artists, but instead they spoke about the stroke that unexpectedly hit Stephanie’s husba...
July 16, 2020
A searing novel about Applachain heartbreak, Shiner is Amy Jo Burns’ story based on her own environment growing up. Listen to her talk to Zibby about trauma, secrets, loss and more.
July 16, 2020
Seven Lies is a big book bursting on the scene, but you wouldn’t know it listening to Elizabeth Kay chat nonchalantly with Zibby about the auction that took place around this hot property. A publishin...
July 16, 2020
Brooke’s novel The Big Finish was inspired by her own grandfather and his experience at a nursing home. Brooke spoke to Zibby about both having four kids, managing intergenerational care, and what it ...
July 15, 2020
A former entertainment reporter, Aimee Agresti spills all in this delicious novel, The Summer Set, about an aging A-list star. Zibby and Aimee dished about their favorite shows, stars, and more.
July 15, 2020
Sonali Dev is obsessed with Bollywood. In fact, she tried to replicate many things she loves about those bright, beautiful movies in the plot of her novel, Recipe For Persuasion!
July 15, 2020
Amity Gaige’s novel Sea Wife is a beautifully written novel about the effects of a sea voyage on a couple and family. Amity talks to Zibby about writing and more! 
July 15, 2020
Zibby still can’t stop thinking about the characters in The Second Home, an ode to Cape Cod in Christina Clancy’s debut novel about parents, children, places that matter, babysitters, awful men, sibli...
July 15, 2020
Elise Hooper loves doing research. Fast Girls, her historical novel about women runners in the Olympics, highlights her love of working out -- and Google deep dives. Elise and Zibby chatted about her ...
July 15, 2020
Harvard grad and real estate exec, Amanda Brainerd, worked on this novel for years. A look back at the 1980s told through the lens of girls away at boarding school, this coming-of-age tale about falli...
July 14, 2020
Brandy starts her book with a scene of a busy mom on the toilet hiding from her kids. That’s the tone of this tell-it-like-is conversation with Zibby. A podcaster herself, Brandy confessed all types o...
July 14, 2020
Lauren Ho, the author of debut novel Last Tang Standing, spoke to me from Malaysia about her book which she swears isn’t really about her mother. A comedienne at heart (who hadn’t heard of Midge Maise...
July 14, 2020
Thank You For Voting was supposed to be research that Erin Geiger Smith did for the renowned author and Parnassus Bookstore owner, Ann Patchett. But after Erin threw herself into the work for so long,...
July 14, 2020
This heart-breaking yet inspirational story by Jason Rosenthal is an ode to his deceased wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Amy wrote a “Modern Love” piece in the New York Times  as she was dying called, “Yo...
July 13, 2020
Janine Reid can’t stop kicking her perfectionist self for trusting the first doctor who dismissed her son’s symptoms. Years later, after her son declined and treatment was no longer an option, Janine ...
July 13, 2020
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child. Jayson Greene lived through it and even wrote about it in this powerful account of his daughter’s injury and subsequent death due to an errant bric...
July 13, 2020

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