The fabulous Jess McHugh joins me to discuss her thought provoking new book, Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books. We also discuss the glory of Paris and so much more.

Jess McHugh is a writer, editor, and researcher who has reported from North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and West Africa covering culture, politics, history, and identity. She has written thousands of stories, ranging from the fight to preserve world heritage in Palmyra, Syria, to the story of the first American dictionary. Her new book Americanon is about how seemingly innocuous bestselling books have served quietly as blueprints for “the good American,” molding our common language, culture, and customs.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Paris Review Daily, TIME, The Guardian, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The New Republic, Fortune, Village Voice, International Business Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Review of Books, AFP Services, The Believer, Lapham’s Quarterly, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, InStyle, DAME, LitHub, Bookforum, Thrillist and Travel + Leisure, among others. Jess used to be a staff reporter at Time Inc. and International Business Times.

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