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But That's Another Story

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Can one story change the course of your life? Will Schwalbe, bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living, invites notable guests to tell stories of the books — and the moments — that changed them.

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Can one story change the course of your life? Will Schwalbe, bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living, invites notable guests to tell stories of the books — and the moments — that changed them.

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343 Ratings
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The best.

By Rock Leão - Oct 18 2019
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The music, the stories, the books, the interviews 5 stars

Good shows but where are the show notes?

By incognito82 - Sep 02 2019
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Where are the show notes? Where are the books mentioned in the episodes?

iTunes Ratings

343 Ratings
Average Ratings
299
12
8
7
17

The best.

By Rock Leão - Oct 18 2019
Read more
The music, the stories, the books, the interviews 5 stars

Good shows but where are the show notes?

By incognito82 - Sep 02 2019
Read more
Where are the show notes? Where are the books mentioned in the episodes?
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But That's Another Story

Latest release on Feb 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 7 days ago

Rank #1: Jodie Foster

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Academy Award winner Jodie Foster on J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, her career, and finding your tribe. To learn more about the books we've mentioned in this week's episode, check out The Ice Storm by Rick Moody, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub. Check out the podcasts Better at Everything and Grammar Girl, and the audiobook for Nine Perfect Strangers.

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Dec 14 2018

23mins

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Rank #2: Melinda Gates

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Businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates on James Baraz's Awakening Joy, spirituality, and the books that come into our lives later — and put everything into perspective.

To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, The Moment of Liftby Melinda Gates, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaretby Judy Blume, Awakening Joyby James Baraz, and The Book of Awakeningby Mark Nepo.

You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub.

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May 03 2019

18mins

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Rank #3: Hari Kondabolu

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu on Vijay Prashad's The Karma of Brown Folk, being a Queens kid, and reading the right book at just the right time. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Vijay Prashad's The Karma of Brown Folk and W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk.

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Jun 29 2018

22mins

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Rank #4: Michael Eric Dyson

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Thought provocateur Michael Eric Dyson on James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, fictionalizing race and immersing himself in all forms of learning. To learn more about the books, poems and lyrics we discussed in this episode, check out Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast, Thomas Gray’s poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, John Paul Sartre’s Les Mots, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and Jay-Z’s What More Can I Say. Stay in the know about the latest Macmillan news by reading our free newsletter here.

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Nov 29 2019

27mins

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Rank #5: Louise Penny

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Novelist Louise Penny on E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, fear, and the importance of always having beauty in your life. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, and Still Life by Louise Penny.

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May 18 2018

22mins

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Rank #6: Dani Shapiro

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Writer Dani Shapiro on Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, growing up as an Orthodox Jew and writing from trauma. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, the Book of Ruth from the Hebrew Bible, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Inheritance by Dani Shapiro.    

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Jul 26 2019

23mins

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Rank #7: Michael Frank

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Writer Michael Frank on Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart, infertility and waiting. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart. Also look for Michael Frank’s The Mighty Franks and What is Missing? Stay in the know about the latest Macmillan news by reading our free newsletter here.

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Dec 13 2019

25mins

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Rank #8: Terry Tempest Williams

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Author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams on W.S. Merwin’s poem The Last One, leaving Mormonism and writing from pain. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Michael DiGiorgio and Roger Tory Peterson’s Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Marie Louise Von Franz’s Creation Myths and Gladys Reichard’s Navajo Religion. To hear the latest at Macmillan, be sure to check out our newsletter here.

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Nov 15 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: Gary Janetti

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TV writer Gary Janetti on Charles Dickens's David Copperfield, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, and writing his own script. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On:: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. You can read Macmillan's newsletter here.


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Nov 01 2019

19mins

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Rank #10: Mari Andrew

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Illustrator Mari Andrew on Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty, her new memoir, and the beauty of ordinary things. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, and Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew. Please fill out our survey at bit.ly/butthatsanothersurvey.

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Mar 23 2018

22mins

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Rank #11: Veronica Chambers

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Writer and editor Veronica Chambers on Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, demanding a better education, and the power of family lore.

To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out The Exorcistby William Peter Blatty, Queen Beyand Mama's Girlby Veronica Chambers, and The House of the Spiritsby Isabel Allende.

You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub.

Check out the new podcast Case Closed and old favorites from the Quick and Dirty Tips network, and the Start Doing collection from Macmillan Audio. For more great stories from Macmillan Podcasts, subscribe to our newsletter at http://bit.ly/mpnnewsletter.

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Apr 05 2019

22mins

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Rank #12: Kevin Kwan

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Author Kevin Kwan on Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, losing his accent, and discovering he could be funny. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the Adventure Series by Enid Blyton, and A Book of Common Prayer and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. Please fill out our survey at bit.ly/butthatsanothersurvey.

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Jun 15 2018

21mins

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Rank #13: Elizabeth Khuri Chandler

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Goodreads co-founder Elizabeth Khuri Chandler on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, her high school ballerina days, and the lessons she carried — and continues to carry — with her. To learn more about the books we've mentioned in this week's episode, check out Heidi by Johanna Spyri, The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Dune by Frank Herbert. You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub. Check out the podcasts Grammar Girl and Case Closed, and the audiobook for A Well Behaved Woman.

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Nov 30 2018

22mins

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Rank #14: Maeve Higgins

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Comedian Maeve Higgins on Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, being an immigrant, and finding humor even in the most trying of times. To learn more about the books we discussed in this week's episode, check out Jay McInerney's Bright Lights Big City, Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City, Maeve Higgins' Maeve in America, Roald Dahl's Matilda, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and James and the Giant Peach, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub. Please fill out our survey at bit.ly/butthatsanothersurvey.

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Jul 27 2018

21mins

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Rank #15: The Books That Changed Their Lives

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This week, we're looking back on the lessons we've learned from all of our guests and the books that have changed their lives. To learn more about the books we've mentioned in this week's episode, check out Middlemarch by George Eliot, New People by Danzy Senna, The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, Infinite Jestby David Foster Wallace, Who Will Run The Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore, There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and Raymond Carver's Cathedral. You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub. This episode is sponsored by Imposter's Lure. You can listen to the new podcast I Love You But I Hate Your Politics on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. You can listen to the new podcast The Girls on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, and check out Courtney Summers' Sadie.

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Aug 24 2018

18mins

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Rank #16: Julie Buntin

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Author Julie Buntin on Lorrie Moore’s Who Will Run The Frog Hospital, her rebellious youth, and the magnitude of girlhood friendships. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out As Meat Love Salt by Maria McCann, The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, Who Will Run The Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore, and Marlena by Julie Buntin.

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Apr 20 2018

21mins

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Rank #17: Josh Gondelman

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Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, his comedy career, and the value of goodness over niceness. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, It by Stephen King, and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

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Apr 06 2018

21mins

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Rank #18: Keith Gessen

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Writer Keith Gessen on Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift, Russian literature, and figuring out which stories to tell.

To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out All the Sad Young Literary Menand A Terrible Countryby Keith Gessen, War and Peaceby Leo Tolstoy, Infinite Jestby David Foster Wallace, and Humboldt's Giftby Saul Bellow.

You can find transcripts of this episode and past ones on LitHub.

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Apr 19 2019

22mins

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Rank #19: Jeff Hobbs

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Author Jeff Hobbs on Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here, the art of nonfiction, and a eulogy that got way out of hand. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. Please fill out our survey at bit.ly/butthatsanothersurvey.

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May 04 2018

21mins

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Rank #20: Monique Truong

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Writer Monique Truong on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, food in literature, and seeing stories from a different angle. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole Cookbook by Lafcadio Hearn and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 

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Sep 06 2019

25mins

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