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Welcome to the Read it Forward Podcast, hosted by Senior Editor Abbe Wright. Every week, she sits down with authors to hear about their latest book, their writing process, and the books on their TBR pile. Abbe also shares what she's reading and serves up book recommendations that are sure to please. Listen along when you’re on the hunt for your next great read. It's Abbe's mission to comb her shelves to bring you the absolute best books out there.
 
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Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer

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There’s nothing better than a book-to-screen adaptation. Except maybe dissecting the adaptation with your friends and debating whether or not it does the book justice! Enter The Adaptables, the podcast that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations. Hosted by two binge-watching and book-loving besties, Abbe Wright (Senior Editor of Read it Forward) and Emma Shafer (Product Manager at Penguin Random House), this season is all about the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. Joi ...
 
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On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about Episode 12, the series finale of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Lauren Mechling, the author of HOW COULD SHE. Abbe, Emma, and Lauren discuss Connell’s chain, normal coupledom, what makes an adaptation great, and more. Discussion breakdown: I…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 11 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Angela Ledgerwood, host of the Lit Up podcast. Abbe, Emma, and Angela discuss sex etiquette, portrayal of masculinity on TV shows, the tendency of falling back into self-destructive patterns, and …
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe chats about episode 10 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. (Get well soon Emma!) She’s joined by Maris Kreizman, book critic and host of The Maris Review. Abbe and Maris discuss grappling with the loss of loved ones, dating people with mental health issues in college, Skyping, sap…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 9 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Rebecca Leib, comedian, writer, co-host of Ghost Town Podcast, and a producer of Brain Games on National Geographic. Abbe, Emma, and Rebecca discuss why NORMAL PEOPLE is the perfect adaptation to s…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 8 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director at the National Book Foundation. Abbe, Emma, and Lisa discuss the perfect vacation read, interiority, the nuanced character developments that are sometimes lost in th…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 7 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Siobhan Jones, Editorial Director at Book of the Month. Abbe, Emma, and Siobhan discuss boundaries, what not to say to your ex, the inevitability of compromise in a relationship, and more. Discussi…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 6 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Sophie Vershbow, Assistant Director of Social Media at Random House Group. Abbe, Emma, and Sophie discuss Carly Rae Jepsen, nudes, the power dynamics of sex, abuse, and more. Discussion breakdown: …
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 5 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Cristina Arreola, Associate Marketing Manager at Sourcebooks. Abbe, Emma, and Cristina discuss The Friend Zone, power dynamics between Marianne and Connell, social capital, steamy, satisfying sex, …
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode 4 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. They’re joined by Rebecca Marsh, Associate Director of Publicity for Viking and Penguin Books. Abbe, Emma, and Rebecca discuss what goes down during NORMAL PEOPLE: The College Years, The Debs, the diversity of Dubli…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Emma chats about episode 3 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. She's joined by Kelsey Manning, Senior Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House. Emma and Kelsey discuss what goes down at The Debs, Lorraine, a She's All That moment, and more. Discussion breakdown: Intro and Kelsey’s rel…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Emma chats about episode 2 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. She's joined by Alli Hoff Kosik, host of the SSR Podcast. Emma and Alli discuss likeability, consent, teenage sex in movies, Marianne's killer style, and more. Discussion breakdown: Intro (0:30–2:51) Alli’s tenuous relation…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode one of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney's bestselling novel, NORMAL PEOPLE. They’re joined by Michelle Hart, Assistant Books Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. Abbe, Emma, and Michelle discuss the pressure of reading a highly-anticipated follow-up to a beloved book, the jo…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode eight—the finale!—of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by Mira Jacob, author of GOOD TALK and THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING. Abbe, Emma, and Mira discuss baby birds, trans-racial adoptions, being surprised by the adap…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, in anticipation of the finale episode of the Little Fires Everywhere adaptation on Hulu, Abbe sits down with author Celeste Ng to discuss how it felt to see her novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, adapted for TV. Abbe and Celeste discuss seeing Reese and Kerry embody her characters, watching the house burn, trusting a…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode seven of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by Elena Nicolaou, Culture Editor at OprahMag.com. Abbe, Emma, and Elena discuss courage, hypocrisy, Izzy’s sexuality, the enduring legacy of AIM screennames, and more. Discussio…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode six of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine. Abbe, Emma, and Arianna discuss birth control, ambition, Meredith Brooks, the one-hit wonder, likeability, natural hair…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma dish about episode five of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by bookstagrammer Taylor Noel, the woman behind @books_with_taylor. Abbe, Emma, and Taylor discuss Alanis Morissette, Denison University, Magnolia Cupcakes, Celeste Ng’s moving abo…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma dish about episode four of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by novelists Camille Perri, author of THE ASSISTANTS and WHEN KATIE MET CASSIDY, and Quan Barry, author of WE RIDE UPON STICKS. Abbe, Emma, Camille, and Quan discuss Pearl’s first …
 
The Adaptables is a podcast from Read it Forward and Penguin Random House that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations. This season, we’re watching the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng's LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. Join hosts Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer as we interview authors, insiders and Celeste Ng, herself, about what makes an adaptable g…
 
On this episode of The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma dish about episode three of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman from the Bad on Paper podcast! Abbe, Emma, Becca and Grace discuss awkward dinners at The Richardson household, the importance of that perfect dr…
 
Today on The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma chat about episode two of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of, most recently, DAISY JONES & THE SIX. Abbe, Emma, and Taylor discuss the forthcoming adaptation of DAISY JONES & THE SIX, mother/daughter drama, the endurin…
 
Today on The Adaptables, Abbe and Emma dive right in with episode one of the Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. They’re joined by R. Eric Thomas, author of HERE FOR IT: OR, HOW TO SAVE YOUR SOUL IN AMERICA, and Senior Staff Writer of ELLE.com. Abbe, Emma, and Eric discuss complicated mother/daughter relation…
 
There’s nothing better than a book-to-screen adaptation. Except maybe dissecting the adaptation with your friends and debating whether or not it does the book justice! Enter The Adaptables, the podcast that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations. Hosted by two binge-watching and book-loving besties, Abbe Wright (Senior Editor of Read i…
 
Abbe chats with author Marlon James about his novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and his new podcast, Marlon and Jake Read Dead People. He tells listeners about his new American citizenship, having a genre novel nominated for a National Book Award, being promiscuous when it comes to writing fiction, researching African history and mythology, Michael B…
 
In this episode, Abbe reviews one book she recently re-read: Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. She finds that the book definitely holds up to the first time and rediscovers this family of characters all over again. Abbe also sits down with the legendary author Isabel Allende to discuss the Spanish Civil War, the current refugee cris…
 
Recently, Abbe Wright, Read it Forward’s Senior Editor, was invited to be in conversation with Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House to talk about a topic they both love. Books! Specifically, what their favorite reads of 2019 were and what books they’re looking forward to giving to friends and family this holiday season. Listen in to their…
 
In this episode, author Elissa Altman talks about her memoir Motherland, and her fraught—yet loving—relationship with her own mother. Next, Abbe welcomes fellow podcast host, Alli Hoff Kosik, into the studio to discuss her podcast SSR (Sh*t She Read), as well as re-reading and re-inspecting the books we adored from our childhoods. She mentions some…
 
In "What Abbe's Reading," Abbe reviews The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, which was Read it Forward's October Book Club pick. Later, Abbe sits down with comedian and Juggling the Jenkins blogger, Tiffany Jenkins, about her inspiring and harrowing memoir, High Achiever, and why sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. Finally, Abbe cha…
 
Abbe hears from author Meg Wolitzer about her latest book, The Female Persuasion, her mentors (Nora Ephron!), and varying kinds of feminism. Abbe also sits down with novelist Christy Lefteri to talk about the Syrian refugee crisis and how it informs her book, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Finally, Abbe reveals what she's reading: a work of fiction about…
 
Abbe chats with actor and author Neil Patrick Harris about magic, Gone Girl, being a bookseller, and the stories he reads with his twins. Oh, and his latest middle-grade series, The Magic Misfits, and his Choose Your Own Autobiography that puts the reader into his life story. She also talks female friendship and The Clog Life with How Could She aut…
 
Abbe Wright sits down with Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite to discuss her award-winning novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, about older siblings, and not judging the actions of her characters. Later, Abbe chats with Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse, about setting his book in the undetermined "Near Future," and what the real impact of two-day …
 
In the first episode of the fourth season of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe interviews Deepak Chopra, M.D., about mindfulness and his latest work, Metahuman. Dr. Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and co-founder of Jiyo.com and the Chopra Center for…
 
In this special episode of the Read it Forward podcast, we invite you to listen to a live-stream of the Pop Culture Powerhouses Panel. This recent event brings together four preeminent voices in cultural journalism as they celebrate their hotly anticipated summer books and discuss the ways in which pop culture — everything from binge-worthy TV to u…
 
In this episode, Abbe talks about her summer vacation read, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Then, she sits down for lots of laughs with author Beck Dorey-Stein to talk about her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, now out in paperback, Obama, and the power of Craigslist. Finally, Abbe chats with RIF editor Eliza Smith about true stories writte…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about Trick Mirror, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino's meditation on culture and her place within it. Then, she sits down with author Melissa de la Cruz about her thriller, The Birthday Girl, and the enduring appeal of the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Finally, Read it Forward's assistan…
 
In this episode, Abbe talks about what she's been reading: The Chelsea Girls, a brand new work of historical fiction from Fiona Davis, which takes place in the Chelsea Hotel. Then, she sits down with author Joanne Ramos to discuss her debut novel, The Farm, and what, if any, inspiration she drew from The Handmaid's Tale. Finally, we hear from Maris…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a great summer read about female friendship, How Could She by Lauren Mechling, which Elle, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan also raved about. Then, she sits down with author Jasmine Guillory to talk romance, diverse heroines, and Michelle Obama, as well as her latest novel, The Wedding Date. Finally, Abbe chats with Lear…
 
In this episode, Abbe binge-reads I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum, combining her two loves of reading and TV. Then, she sits down with author Nic Stone about her third YA novel, Jackpot, and why it's important to talk to young people about real issues. Finally, Abbe welcomes Evvie Drake Starts Over author and Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast host L…
 
In this episode, Abbe raves about Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky, and the love triangle (love square?) that carries the plot. Then, she sits down with author Riley Sager about his latest thriller, Lock Every Door, and his love of scary movies. Finally, Abbe and colleague Amy Brinker talk about a book lover's greatest struggle: to dog-ear, or not to d…
 
In this episode, Abbe, despite being late to the game, raves about Tara Westover's memoir, Educated. Then, she chats and laughs with author Delia Owens about her novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, elephant behavior, and what it was like to meet fellow southern gal, Reese Witherspoon. She even shares what books she loves reading and re-reading and why …
 
In this episode, Abbe reviews The New Me by Halle Butler, and the book's relatable, albeit unlikeable, protagonist. Then, she sits down with author and journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner about her novel, Fleishman is in Trouble, marriage, and Bradley Cooper. Finally, Abbe and author Camille Perri talk about When Katie Met Cassidy and other novels wit…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a work of historical fiction with a dual narrative, Next Year in Havana. Then, she sits down with author Dani Shapiro about her latest memoir, Inheritance, and the power of secrets. Finally, Abbe teams back up with Emma to try and guess celebrity audiobook narrators. Will they get stumped by British accents? You…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about a new WWII-set novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane. Then, she sits down with author, professional poker player, and all-around funny gal Helen Ellis about her new book of essays, Southern Lady Code. Southern Lady Code means: if you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way. Finally,…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the perfect paperback to take to the pool, Ghosted by Rosie Price. Then, she sits down with author Abby Maslin and her husband TC about Abby's memoir, Love You Hard, which details TC's brain injury and the way it changed their marriage. Finally, Abbe chats with Linda D. Anderson, Ph.D., Sonia R. Banks Ph.D., Mic…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the summer thriller she's been enjoying, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Then, she sits down with author Minnie Darke about her novel, Star-Crossed, love, and astrology. Finally, Abbe chats with Sophie and Danielle from the Random House social media team about the books that belong on every millenn…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the young adult novel she's been devouring, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, which touches on the Black Lives Matter movement. Then, she sits down with author Nell Freudenberger about her novel, Lost and Wanted, and the physics involved in the plotline. Finally, Abbe chats with author Andrea Bartz about her thriller, T…
 
In this episode, Abbe tells us about the fairytale-inspired book she's been reading: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. Then, our book correspondent, Emma, sits down with Megan Griswold about her memoir, The Book of Help, which follows her quest for alternative remedies to the pain and problems she's experiencing. Finally, Abbe chats with psychologist, …
 
In this episode, Abbe talks about what she's been reading: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a uniquely-told novel that is rife with rock 'n roll drama. Then, she sits down with Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella about her latest standalone book, I Owe You One. Finally, Abbe chats with bookstagrammer Taylor Noel (@Books_With_Taylo…
 
In this episode, Abbe talks about what she's been reading: Book club fave A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Then, she sits down with life guru Gretchen Rubin to discuss her latest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm, and how to declutter your life in order to feel better. Spoiler alert: you need to toss that orange lipstick you never wear. Finally, w…
 
In this episode—the first of our third season—Abbe shares what she's been reading: the wildly popular novel, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Then, she sits down with activist, actress and author Amber Tamblyn to discuss her memoir-cum-manifesto, Era of Ignition. Finally, some Game of Thrones fans join Abbe in the studio to talk about books …
 
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