Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Glass Hotel’

Glass Hotel
The Nerdette Book Club unpacks Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel, a haunting puzzle of a novel Greta Johnsen / WBEZ
Glass Hotel
The Nerdette Book Club unpacks Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel, a haunting puzzle of a novel Greta Johnsen / WBEZ

Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Glass Hotel’

Welcome to the Nerdette Book Club! Each month, we read a book and chat about it with a rotating group of panelists. It’s just like a normal book club, except you don’t have to share your industrial-sized carton of Good & Plentys.

The book on tap today is Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel. On one hand, it’s a novel about a 2008 Bernie Madoff-esque ponzi scheme. On the other hand, it’s a ghost story. For insights and analysis, follow along with Nerdette host Greta Johnsen and New York magazine advice columnist Heather Havrilesky.

And hey! Our April pick is Alexis Coe’s You Never Forget Your First, a feminist biography of George Washington. Our panelists will be Greta and radio producer Lulu Miller. (And for a taste of the book, check out this adapted excerpt Coe wrote for The New York Times.)

We want you to join the conversation! Read the book and send us your thoughts by recording your voice with your smartphone, then email the audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com. And tune in for the next conversation on Friday, April 24!

Update and correction: Unfortunately, Sarah Vowell will not be able to participate; we’ve updated the show summary to remove her name from the guest roster. A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Vowell as a comedian.