Today's short bonus episode is with Nora McInerny the host of podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” and the author of several books including No Happy Endings: A Memoir, which I talked to her about earlier this year. I wanted to meet Nora in person and learn more about her incredible nonprofit, called Still Kickin, which she founded after her husband passed away. Watch a short video of our interview here, too!
Sheri Salata was the co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and has now written a fabulous book, The Beautiful No. Sheri had a front-row seat to the most prolific wisdom-keepers of our time and her book is filled with insight about manifesting your dreams and reimagining what living your best life looks like. Listen to our talk, watch the video here, or read the transcript on zibbyowens.com! Don’t you think I’m right that Sheri should write a children’s book about her dogs next??!
Amanda Stern is the author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life, a memoir about her undiagnosed childhood panic disorder that takes place in New York City in the Etan Patz era. The subtitle, Dispatches from an Anxious Life, is only a small piece of the puzzle of how the course of Amanda's life was shaped. Listen and learn more about her compelling story.
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She's also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Her latest book, The Female Persuasion, was an instant New York Times best seller and was one of the most celebrated books of 2018. Listen to Meg discuss her own mother, her writing, characters who don't feel worthy and so much more!
Biz Ellis is a former stand-up comic and corporate event planner. She now cohosts the comedy podcast that happens to be about parenting called “One Bad Mother.” She, along with her cohost Theresa Thorn, wrote a parenting, sort of, advice book, You're Doing a Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting. After feeling like so many of the parenting books they read did not make them feel confident or comforted, they wanted to make a book that reminded parents that no matter how they're doing it, if it's working, good job.
Jennifer Weiner is the best-selling author of dozens of books including her latest novel, MRS. EVERYTHING. This book, about two sisters from the 1950s to present day, is a family saga, a drama, one that made me gasp at times, relate at other times, and stay engaged throughout. Women’s rights. Lesbianism. Civil rights. Eating disorders. Sexual assault. Drugs. This is her magnum opus. Jen and I did an Instagram LIVE of our conversation. It was beyond exciting to be interviewing her!!
Katie Arnold is a contributing editor at Outside magazine where she has been on staff for twelve years. Running Home: A Memoir is her first book and we're talking all about it today. It explores Katie's relationship with running and with her father after the two converged after he died in 2010. The book is a powerful story of how she grieves her father and how running and the wilderness healed her.
For Father's Day, I wrote this short article about my dad for the TODAY Parenting Team site. I'm reading it here to wish everyone else a Happy Father's Day.... and to remind all parents out there that sometimes it's the little things that count.
Evangeline Lilly is the author of the children's book series The Squickerwonkers. The two titles in the series so far are The Pre-Show and Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled. A former model, Evangeline is best known for her acting career. She was fourteen years old when I came up with The Squickerwonkers original poem. Listen to her talk about her love of poetry, influence from Dr. Seuss, and inspiration for her (sometimes very badly behaved!) characters.
Lydia Fenet is the Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s. As lead benefit auctioneer of the firm, she has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations. Listen to our conversation about her first book: The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You: Command an Audience and Sell Your Way to Success!