On today's episode, Laura is the smartest person in the room because she is the ONLY person in the room. That's right, it's a first for this podcast: a solo show! A few logistical obstacles got in the way of recording with a guest, so it's just Laura telling you about the best books she's read so far in 2018. 

Here's the list of every book she mentions, but not every book was a grand slam. You'll just have to listen to the episode to find out which books she's endorsing and which ones she's simply noting.

For reference, here's a list of Laura's Favorite Books of All Time

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The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Laura's current favorite memoir of 2018)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner (Laura's favorite book of 2016)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Laura's current novel of 2018)

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Laura's must-read of 2018)

You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

The Big Leap by Gary Hendricks

The Jess Lively podcast

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Trebold and Elyse Resch

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper 

The Likeness by Tana French

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

Book of the Month Club

The Nix by Nathan Hill

I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard

Love & Ruin by Paula McClain

Circe by Madeline Miller

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun


Thanks for listening to Smartest Person in the Room! 

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