Tara is a full-time marketer and part-time avid reader. English major by trade, she is bound to see symbolism in the tiniest of details. Feminist. Frequently opinionated. Sings when the mood takes her. Likely to bring up books the club hasn't read for 5-10 years.
Tara Newman has hosted 61 Episodes.
Episode 90: The City We Became: In NK We Trust
August 30th, 2020 | 48 mins 23 secs
diverse, fantasy, new york city, nk jeminsin, poc
Tara, Meredith, and Jeannette go off to New York City to discuss The City We Became. How the book is a love letter to New York City yet a critique on society with racism. Also, the interesting process of how a city is born.
Episode 89: Book Talk: Settings - I’m at the Purple Hair Stage of Quarantine
August 15th, 2020 | 42 mins 25 secs
book recs, book talk, settings
Meredith, Tara, and Jeannette talk about settings, and how much a setting matters in a book. What does it mean for the setting to be a character in the story? How much does the setting matter to the reader?
Episode 85: The Gifted School: Shenanigans! I Wanted More Shenanigans
June 30th, 2020 | 49 mins 24 secs
gift school, school competition, slice of life
Susan, Meredith, and Tara talk schools; or rather a gifted school for the gifted. They talk about status, competition, and class with how parents think they are doing everything they can to help their children succeed.
Episode 84: Book Talk: Pride Month - Let's Change the Default
June 15th, 2020 | 51 mins 5 secs
diverse voices, gay, lesbian, lgbt, queer
Happy Pride Month! Meredith, Tara, and Susan talk LGBTQIA+ in the media. How TV leans towards WLW and books lean towards MLM, but there still needs to be more representation, overall. They then talk about their LGBTQIA+ focused book stacks and recs.
Episode 83: Black Lives Matter
June 8th, 2020 | 56 secs
black lives matter
Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter. Share them. Say their names. Don’t let them be silenced.
Episode 82: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: I Would Have Talked to the President
May 30th, 2020 | 43 mins 49 secs
extraterrestrial life, hank green, sci fi
Tara, Meredith, and Susan dive into an Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. They discuss how an alien invasion could be surprisingly topical, the drawbacks of internet-fame, and if they too would be one of the Dreamers, solving puzzles with the rest of humanity.
Episode 81: Book Talk: Book Recs for Extraterrestrial Life
May 15th, 2020 | 42 mins 4 secs
Meredith, Tara, and Susan are given a mission: curate a list of books for extraterrestrial life. Each list is surprisingly different and yet they all have something in common. Listen and let us know what novels you would share with ET!
Episode 79: Book Talk: Lit in the Time of Corona
April 15th, 2020 | 33 mins 50 secs
book recs, book talk
Susan, Tara, and Jeannette go into how they are doing during the stay-at-home orders. Specifically, how their reading habits are beneficial, if their reading habits have changed, and recs to get through this trying time.
Episode 76: March: Baby, Come Back!
February 29th, 2020 | 42 mins 15 secs
civil rights movement, freedom riders, graphic novel memoir, historical graphic novel, john lewis, march graphic novels
In this month’s book club episode, Meredith, Tara, and Jeannette discuss the three book graphic novel memoir series “March” by US Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.
Episode 75: Book Talk: Diversity in Publishing
February 15th, 2020 | 44 mins 6 secs
Jeannette, Meredith, and Tara check out some recent stats on diversity in publishing, spotlight a couple of people advocating for diversity in the publishing world, and talk about what they do to maintain diversity in their own reading lives.
Episode 74: The Starless Sea: Had a Whiskey and Contemplated My Life
January 30th, 2020 | 47 mins 49 secs
erin morgenstern, fantasy, homage to stories, starless sea, storytelling
Our hosts dive right into the Starless Sea and discuss all the stories to make a whole story and more. Also, they discover if they are a Keeper, Guardian, or Acolyte.
Episode 73: Book Talk: A New Chapter
January 15th, 2020 | 44 mins 6 secs
Our hosts come together to discuss the evolution of their reading habits in the last decade. They then look forward to their resolutions of the coming year with a fun twist.
Episode 72: The Tenth Girl: Twist Me, Don't Trick Me
December 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
female protagonist, horror, sara faring, tenth girl, ya
It’s our end of the year wrap up and the gang’s all here! Wherein Tara and Meredith talk about YALL Fest, we announce our 11th Hour Readathon to close out our 2019 TBRs, and we pick our favorites from this year’s reads. Then we cozy up by a (internet) fire to discuss the not-so-scary ghost story: “The Tenth Girl.”
Episode 71: Orlando: Don't Take My Pants Away
November 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
It’s Non-Fiction November! Susan, Meredith, and Tara discuss the genre in general, do they read a lot of nonfiction? And what are some of their favorite nonfiction books? Then they go into a fictional biography with Orlando. Virginia Woolf really is ahead of her time and they come to the conclusion that more time may be needed for classics.
Episode 70: City of Brass: I Don't Know if I Want Anyone to be in Charge
October 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
chakraborty, city of brass, female protagonist, high fantasy, non-western fantasy
Meredith, Tara, and Susan talk all about Non-Western Fantasies in this month’s episode, including which ones they’ve loved, which ones are still on their TBR, and what cultures they’d love to read more fantasies about. Then they discuss the historical fantasy and the world of djinns in The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.
Episode 68: The City in the Middle of the Night: Insert Our Love for Libraries Here
August 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
ebooks, libary love, sci fi
Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith talk about Macmillan’s new ebook library lending model, what they love about our public libraries. Then they dive into Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night. The book left them disoriented, but in a good way? You’ll have to listen and find out why!