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Twice a month, the librarians are in! Join Lawrence Public Librarians and Book Squad members Polli Kenn and Kate Gramlich for some bookish banter straight into your ears.

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051: Meet Me at the Podcast

Want a read that's sweet but not sugary, and philosophical without making you feel dumb? Listen up, folks! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/051-meet-me-at-the-podcast/ This episode is ALL about the She Said/She Said: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson From Shelf Awareness: "What does one's life look like on paper? In hindsight? Through the eyes of a dear friend? These are the questions at the heart of Anne Youngson's wonderful epistolary novel, Meet Me at the Museum." The author's debut came out when she was 70 years old, and features characters who claim to have "More behind us than ahead of us." What follows is a beautiful story of friendship and self-discovery that plays out in a series of letters between Tina and Anders. We like to describe it as being sweet but NOT gushy or sugary, more.... real and open. Philosophical and smart but not obnoxiously so ;) ---------------------------------------- Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

43 MIN1 w ago
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051: Meet Me at the Podcast

050: Welcome back, you bumptious Turdsworth

NEW YEAR NEW...RETURNING PODCAST There was a lil hiatus and we never really got to warn you, sorry! This episode, we jump back in with some bookish news, recommendations, and a chat about what's going on in Lawrence this spring! Turns out? Lots of stuff. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/050-welcome-back-you-bumptious-turdsworth Bookish News: According to LitHub, "Lord Byron used to call William Wordsworth 'Turdsworth,' and yes, this is a real historical fact." You're welcome and goodnight. There has been some capital-U Uproar over at Romance Writers of America. Some capital-R Racist capital-U Uproar. Polli walks us through a bunch of highlights, and here are some other sources: Two Book Minimum: The Little Book of Lost Words by Joe Gillard, found on the Schitt'$ Creek list/display that Ilka made! The Player's Handbook by Jeremy Crawford (D&D, not, like, being a playa) The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” Duh.) Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li What's Going On? (So much.) In partnership with the Lawrence NAACP, we have an awesome African American Read-In planned (events throughout February) with a Kick-off on Feb 2nd. Come to the kick-off for a lively panel discussion led by scholars, writers, and librarians about the importance of representation in literature. Read Across Lawrence has been announced! The adult read is The Round House by Louise Erdrich (who will be at Haskell this spring!!!!) The events for Adult RAL will be throughout April, with the giveaway on March 28th. (Stay tuned for more info, because that will also be our 2020 CENSUS BASH!) Also coming this spring, as we've bragged about before, is Paper Plains Literary Festival ------------------------ Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesopens a new window, Stitcheropens a new window, or SoundCloudopens a new window. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

54 MIN3 w ago
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050: Welcome back, you bumptious Turdsworth

049: What's a Good Death to You?

In time for Día de los Muertos, Polli and Kate discuss a book about what it means to have a "good death" in many places around the world. Through Caitlin Doughty'sFrom Here to Eternity, they encounter death houses, glowing Buddhas, Snow White-esque caskets, revered Angelitos, and more. Join us on an enlightening and surprisingly uplifting journey. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/049-whats-a-good-death-to-you Bookish News:Local bookstore owner, Danny Caine, wins Midwest Bookseller of the Year! If you missed our interview with him in an earlier episode, here ya go! Two Book Minimum: The Library Book by Susan Orlean Death's Acre by Bill Bass She Said/She Said: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Deathby Caitlin Doughty We all have different ideas of what makes a "good life" -- different measures of success and accomplishment and happiness. The same goes for what makes a "good death," as Caitlin Doughty points out in From Here to Eternity. Known also for her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory, and more recent Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death, Doughty is a mortician, funeral director, and death acceptance advocate. Polli and Kate talk about "good deaths" and what this means across the globe according to some of Caitlin Doughty's stories. They also talk about their own personal feelings on death and dying, and invite you to do the same in the comments! “Insist on going to the cremation, insist on going to the burial. Insist on being involved, even if it is just brushing your mother’s hair as she lies in her casket. Insist on applying her favorite shade of lipstick, the one she wouldn’t dream of going to the grave without. Insist on cutting a small lock of her hair to place in a locket or a ring. Do not be afraid. These are human acts, acts of bravery and love in the face of death and loss.” ― Caitlin Doughty What's happening in Lawrence? Paper Plains Literary Festival is coming next spring! Check the link for the lineup and more details. -------------------------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

69 MIN2019 OCT 31
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049: What's a Good Death to You?

048: What do you read for National American Cheese Month?

Did you know it was National Book Month? And National Pickled Pepper Month?? And World Menopause Month??? October is wild, y'all. We decided to combine National Book Month with some of the others and give you reading material to celebrate whatever holiday month you prefer! Except picked peppers -- we forgot books for that one, sorry. show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/048-national-american-cheese-month Bookish News - Roughly a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7. Is this higher or lower than you'd expect? - LitHub put together a list of the Best 10 Debut Novels of the Decade National Book (AND EVERYTHING ELSE) Month! World Homeless Day is October 10th Where I Live by Brenda Rufener My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Evicted by Matthew Desmond (P.S. if you're looking for a local way to make a difference, support the Lawrence Community Shelter) Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Shelter Dogs: photos by Traer Scott Collared by David Rosenfelt American Cheese Month (is this America celebrating cheese? Or celebrating American cheese? We just don't know.) One Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero Cheese, A Connoisseurs Guide to the World's Best by Max McCalman LGBT History Month: Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Arts of LGBTQ by Andrew Raymond Campbell Pride:The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement : A Photographic Journey by Christopher Measom National Disability Employment Awareness Month: More the Same Than Different by Lorraine Cannistra (local author! Also available in book club bag!) The Pretty One by Keah Brown (From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign) Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma Don't Call Me Inspirational A Disabled Feminist Talks Back by Harilyn Rousso Depression Education/Awareness Month Depression in Later Life by Deborah Serani Just Peachy: Comics about Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad by Holly Chisholm Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker (author of Magical Negro: Poems) ***Shout-out to the SAD Lamps available at LPL -- stay tuned for some "Light" Reading sessions in the auditorium this winter!*** Family Sexuality Education Month: For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Healthby Al Vernacchio Sex Is A Funny Word Cory Silverberg It's So Amazing and It's Perfectly Normal, both by Robie Harris What's Happening in Lawrence? We've had some stellar authors here lately: Attica Locke, Annalee Newitz, Ben Lerner, etc! Next spring is a great event: https://www.paperplains.org/ ----- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

72 MIN2019 OCT 7
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048: What do you read for National American Cheese Month?

047: Crow Funerals, Papier-mâché, and Unsung Kansas Heroes

On this episode, the inimitable Dan Coleman — LPL Librarian, Papier-mâché wizard, and #weneeddiversebooks advocate — talks to Polli and Kate about places where children's literature is sorely lacking. They also discuss alarm clocks and bird things. Listen up! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/047-crow-funerals-papier-mache-and-unsung-kansas-heroes Two Book Minimum: The Language of Crows by Michael Westerfield (out of print but available via ILL) More crow goodness: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and famous crows of Seattle) The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez Special Episode: Kansas Needs Diverse Books! Joining us is Dan Coleman, Collection Development Librarian and selector of children’s items.* Did you know that the U.S. turned down the chance to send the first astronaut of color to space? And that this astronaut -- Ed Dwight -- is from Kansas? Read Dan's blog post that inspired this episode for more information on overlooked Kansas figures whose stories need to be told, including Oscar Micheaux (featured here), Billy Mills, Lucile Bluford, KU grad and editor/publisher for The Call, and more. Check out a few of these awesome bibliographies with your kids (or for yourself!) -- Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Gameby John Coy No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansasby Tanya Bolden Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White Americaby Carole Boston Weatherford (*btw youguyz, there are 65 THOUSAND items in the children’s section at LPL.) Upcoming at LPL: A GIANT ALARM CLOCK TO SMASH! AND MORE! Join us at Keep Retirement Weird on Sunday, Sept. 15th to see Dan's other handiwork, an enormous Papier-mâché alarm clock that current and upcoming retirees can smash to bits! ------------------------ 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

51 MIN2019 SEP 10
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047: Crow Funerals, Papier-mâché, and Unsung Kansas Heroes

046: Memories and Other Lies We Tell Each Other

We've got a jam-packed episode for you -- book recs, personality types, Jewish mourning customs, and an amazing debut novel about memory that made us both laughcry. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/046-memories-and-other-lies Two Book Minimum: Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall (R.I.P. 2019) The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron Good Talk by Mira Jacob Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander She Said/She Said: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong Rachel Khong's first novel is charming, hilarious, and also heart-wrenching: Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief. Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one's footing in this life. Note: This book is a great book club read! Suuuupes discuss-able. Library News: check the show notes for some great events, plus our new calendar format! https://issuu.com/lplmarketing/docs/binder1 ----- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

60 MIN2019 SEP 4
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046: Memories and Other Lies We Tell Each Other

045: Isn't it Romantic?

August is Read a Romance Month which is perfect because it's hot outside aaaaaand hot inside the pages (oh my!) Whether you're a regular reader or not, we've got some great insights for why romance matters and how you can find your steamy (or sweet) reads. Warning: there are some terrible romance-related puns in this one. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/045-isnt-it-romantic-read-a-romance-month Bookish News: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is Lucasfilm's first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in a loooong time. The book’s sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengence is coming out this winter (and you can join the holds list now!) Two Book Minimum: The Source of Self-regard by Toni Morrison (Rest in Power) Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher (author of Reviving Ophelia) For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood -- and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin Hothead by Damon Suede RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrOMANCE! We wanted to bring you a little guide that you can refer back to all year! Listen up for themes, tropes, and recommendations! --------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

53 MIN2019 AUG 22
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045: Isn't it Romantic?

044: Oh My Stars, It’s Bookstrology!

Hey listeners, what's your sign? Your BOOK sign, that is! We took the "Universe of Stories" summer reading theme and astrologified it... or bookstrologified? Either way, check out this episode for a ton of recommendations, even if you're on the cusp! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/044-oh-my-stars-its-bookstrology/ Two Book Minimum: Look How Happy I'm Making You by Polly Rosenwaike A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian Deaf Republic: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky (who will be here on Sept 8th!) Our Bodies, Ourselvesby theBoston Women's Health Collective (which later inspired Trans Bodies, Trans Selves) BOOKSTROLOGY! WHAAAAT?! This year's Summer Reading theme is "A Universe of Stories," and we decided to go wild with this theme and create 12 Bookstrology signs! Here are some recommendations for each sign. See the show notes for ALL the book links! So many. --------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

64 MIN2019 JUL 25
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044: Oh My Stars, It’s Bookstrology!

043: Bennet and Darcy and Gramlich and Kenn

Well, Polli FINALLY got Kate to read a Jane Austen book. Find out if she hated it as much as she hated the audiobook intro music! Also get some great recommendations for some sweet gay reads and a few new releases coming out this fall! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/043-bennett-darcy-gramlich-kenn Two Book Minimum: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Autoboyography by Christina Lauren Cantoras byCarolina De Robertis (out in Sept. 2019!) The Man They Wanted Me to Beby Jared Yates Sexton Also mentioned, coming out this fall: The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Oct 2019) and The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (Sept 2019) She Said/She Said:Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen We don't often tackle classics on this podcast, so this is a rare treat! (..Right?) We do include spoilers because, as they say, it's been out for a "hot century."Polli also found some fantastic contemporary retellings of Pride and Prejudiceset around the world: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Pride by Ibi Zoboi (e-audiobookon Hoopla!) Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev Longbourn by Jo Baker An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aiden Bridget Jones's Diaryby Helen Fielding Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesby Seth Grahame-Smith --------------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

58 MIN2019 JUL 12
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043: Bennet and Darcy and Gramlich and Kenn

042: The Answer to Life, The Universe, and Book Nerds

If you made it out to Happy Shirt for our first Adults-Only Summer Reading Book Nerd Party (whadda title, right??) we'd like to say THANK YOU! If you didn't make it out, fret not for we will do it again! Listen to Kate and Polli rave about our community of nerds and swap some new and upcoming titles to add to your reading pile! Show Notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/42-the-answer-to-life-the-universe-and-book-nerds **NOTE: We'd also like to thank everyone who voted for the Book Squad Podcast for Best of Lawrence -- we came in 3rd aaaand were the only non-sports-related podcast in the Top 5, which is AWESOME. Thanks for supporting our nerdery, we wouldn't do it without you :) Two Book Minimum The Risk of Us by Rachel Howard The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren The Way Home by Mark Boyle Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens Other Books Mentioned: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams High School by Tegan and Sara Tidelandsby Phillipa Gregory Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wi...

46 MIN2019 JUN 15
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051: Meet Me at the Podcast

Want a read that's sweet but not sugary, and philosophical without making you feel dumb? Listen up, folks! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/051-meet-me-at-the-podcast/ This episode is ALL about the She Said/She Said: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson From Shelf Awareness: "What does one's life look like on paper? In hindsight? Through the eyes of a dear friend? These are the questions at the heart of Anne Youngson's wonderful epistolary novel, Meet Me at the Museum." The author's debut came out when she was 70 years old, and features characters who claim to have "More behind us than ahead of us." What follows is a beautiful story of friendship and self-discovery that plays out in a series of letters between Tina and Anders. We like to describe it as being sweet but NOT gushy or sugary, more.... real and open. Philosophical and smart but not obnoxiously so ;) ---------------------------------------- Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

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051: Meet Me at the Podcast

050: Welcome back, you bumptious Turdsworth

NEW YEAR NEW...RETURNING PODCAST There was a lil hiatus and we never really got to warn you, sorry! This episode, we jump back in with some bookish news, recommendations, and a chat about what's going on in Lawrence this spring! Turns out? Lots of stuff. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/050-welcome-back-you-bumptious-turdsworth Bookish News: According to LitHub, "Lord Byron used to call William Wordsworth 'Turdsworth,' and yes, this is a real historical fact." You're welcome and goodnight. There has been some capital-U Uproar over at Romance Writers of America. Some capital-R Racist capital-U Uproar. Polli walks us through a bunch of highlights, and here are some other sources: Two Book Minimum: The Little Book of Lost Words by Joe Gillard, found on the Schitt'$ Creek list/display that Ilka made! The Player's Handbook by Jeremy Crawford (D&D, not, like, being a playa) The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” Duh.) Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li What's Going On? (So much.) In partnership with the Lawrence NAACP, we have an awesome African American Read-In planned (events throughout February) with a Kick-off on Feb 2nd. Come to the kick-off for a lively panel discussion led by scholars, writers, and librarians about the importance of representation in literature. Read Across Lawrence has been announced! The adult read is The Round House by Louise Erdrich (who will be at Haskell this spring!!!!) The events for Adult RAL will be throughout April, with the giveaway on March 28th. (Stay tuned for more info, because that will also be our 2020 CENSUS BASH!) Also coming this spring, as we've bragged about before, is Paper Plains Literary Festival ------------------------ Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesopens a new window, Stitcheropens a new window, or SoundCloudopens a new window. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

54 MIN3 w ago
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050: Welcome back, you bumptious Turdsworth

049: What's a Good Death to You?

In time for Día de los Muertos, Polli and Kate discuss a book about what it means to have a "good death" in many places around the world. Through Caitlin Doughty'sFrom Here to Eternity, they encounter death houses, glowing Buddhas, Snow White-esque caskets, revered Angelitos, and more. Join us on an enlightening and surprisingly uplifting journey. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/049-whats-a-good-death-to-you Bookish News:Local bookstore owner, Danny Caine, wins Midwest Bookseller of the Year! If you missed our interview with him in an earlier episode, here ya go! Two Book Minimum: The Library Book by Susan Orlean Death's Acre by Bill Bass She Said/She Said: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Deathby Caitlin Doughty We all have different ideas of what makes a "good life" -- different measures of success and accomplishment and happiness. The same goes for what makes a "good death," as Caitlin Doughty points out in From Here to Eternity. Known also for her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory, and more recent Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death, Doughty is a mortician, funeral director, and death acceptance advocate. Polli and Kate talk about "good deaths" and what this means across the globe according to some of Caitlin Doughty's stories. They also talk about their own personal feelings on death and dying, and invite you to do the same in the comments! “Insist on going to the cremation, insist on going to the burial. Insist on being involved, even if it is just brushing your mother’s hair as she lies in her casket. Insist on applying her favorite shade of lipstick, the one she wouldn’t dream of going to the grave without. Insist on cutting a small lock of her hair to place in a locket or a ring. Do not be afraid. These are human acts, acts of bravery and love in the face of death and loss.” ― Caitlin Doughty What's happening in Lawrence? Paper Plains Literary Festival is coming next spring! Check the link for the lineup and more details. -------------------------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

69 MIN2019 OCT 31
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049: What's a Good Death to You?

048: What do you read for National American Cheese Month?

Did you know it was National Book Month? And National Pickled Pepper Month?? And World Menopause Month??? October is wild, y'all. We decided to combine National Book Month with some of the others and give you reading material to celebrate whatever holiday month you prefer! Except picked peppers -- we forgot books for that one, sorry. show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/048-national-american-cheese-month Bookish News - Roughly a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7. Is this higher or lower than you'd expect? - LitHub put together a list of the Best 10 Debut Novels of the Decade National Book (AND EVERYTHING ELSE) Month! World Homeless Day is October 10th Where I Live by Brenda Rufener My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Evicted by Matthew Desmond (P.S. if you're looking for a local way to make a difference, support the Lawrence Community Shelter) Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Shelter Dogs: photos by Traer Scott Collared by David Rosenfelt American Cheese Month (is this America celebrating cheese? Or celebrating American cheese? We just don't know.) One Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero Cheese, A Connoisseurs Guide to the World's Best by Max McCalman LGBT History Month: Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Arts of LGBTQ by Andrew Raymond Campbell Pride:The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement : A Photographic Journey by Christopher Measom National Disability Employment Awareness Month: More the Same Than Different by Lorraine Cannistra (local author! Also available in book club bag!) The Pretty One by Keah Brown (From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign) Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma Don't Call Me Inspirational A Disabled Feminist Talks Back by Harilyn Rousso Depression Education/Awareness Month Depression in Later Life by Deborah Serani Just Peachy: Comics about Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad by Holly Chisholm Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker (author of Magical Negro: Poems) ***Shout-out to the SAD Lamps available at LPL -- stay tuned for some "Light" Reading sessions in the auditorium this winter!*** Family Sexuality Education Month: For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Healthby Al Vernacchio Sex Is A Funny Word Cory Silverberg It's So Amazing and It's Perfectly Normal, both by Robie Harris What's Happening in Lawrence? We've had some stellar authors here lately: Attica Locke, Annalee Newitz, Ben Lerner, etc! Next spring is a great event: https://www.paperplains.org/ ----- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

72 MIN2019 OCT 7
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048: What do you read for National American Cheese Month?

047: Crow Funerals, Papier-mâché, and Unsung Kansas Heroes

On this episode, the inimitable Dan Coleman — LPL Librarian, Papier-mâché wizard, and #weneeddiversebooks advocate — talks to Polli and Kate about places where children's literature is sorely lacking. They also discuss alarm clocks and bird things. Listen up! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/047-crow-funerals-papier-mache-and-unsung-kansas-heroes Two Book Minimum: The Language of Crows by Michael Westerfield (out of print but available via ILL) More crow goodness: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and famous crows of Seattle) The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez Special Episode: Kansas Needs Diverse Books! Joining us is Dan Coleman, Collection Development Librarian and selector of children’s items.* Did you know that the U.S. turned down the chance to send the first astronaut of color to space? And that this astronaut -- Ed Dwight -- is from Kansas? Read Dan's blog post that inspired this episode for more information on overlooked Kansas figures whose stories need to be told, including Oscar Micheaux (featured here), Billy Mills, Lucile Bluford, KU grad and editor/publisher for The Call, and more. Check out a few of these awesome bibliographies with your kids (or for yourself!) -- Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Gameby John Coy No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansasby Tanya Bolden Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White Americaby Carole Boston Weatherford (*btw youguyz, there are 65 THOUSAND items in the children’s section at LPL.) Upcoming at LPL: A GIANT ALARM CLOCK TO SMASH! AND MORE! Join us at Keep Retirement Weird on Sunday, Sept. 15th to see Dan's other handiwork, an enormous Papier-mâché alarm clock that current and upcoming retirees can smash to bits! ------------------------ 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

51 MIN2019 SEP 10
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047: Crow Funerals, Papier-mâché, and Unsung Kansas Heroes

046: Memories and Other Lies We Tell Each Other

We've got a jam-packed episode for you -- book recs, personality types, Jewish mourning customs, and an amazing debut novel about memory that made us both laughcry. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/046-memories-and-other-lies Two Book Minimum: Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall (R.I.P. 2019) The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron Good Talk by Mira Jacob Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander She Said/She Said: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong Rachel Khong's first novel is charming, hilarious, and also heart-wrenching: Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief. Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one's footing in this life. Note: This book is a great book club read! Suuuupes discuss-able. Library News: check the show notes for some great events, plus our new calendar format! https://issuu.com/lplmarketing/docs/binder1 ----- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

60 MIN2019 SEP 4
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046: Memories and Other Lies We Tell Each Other

045: Isn't it Romantic?

August is Read a Romance Month which is perfect because it's hot outside aaaaaand hot inside the pages (oh my!) Whether you're a regular reader or not, we've got some great insights for why romance matters and how you can find your steamy (or sweet) reads. Warning: there are some terrible romance-related puns in this one. Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/045-isnt-it-romantic-read-a-romance-month Bookish News: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is Lucasfilm's first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in a loooong time. The book’s sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengence is coming out this winter (and you can join the holds list now!) Two Book Minimum: The Source of Self-regard by Toni Morrison (Rest in Power) Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher (author of Reviving Ophelia) For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood -- and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin Hothead by Damon Suede RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrOMANCE! We wanted to bring you a little guide that you can refer back to all year! Listen up for themes, tropes, and recommendations! --------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

53 MIN2019 AUG 22
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044: Oh My Stars, It’s Bookstrology!

Hey listeners, what's your sign? Your BOOK sign, that is! We took the "Universe of Stories" summer reading theme and astrologified it... or bookstrologified? Either way, check out this episode for a ton of recommendations, even if you're on the cusp! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/044-oh-my-stars-its-bookstrology/ Two Book Minimum: Look How Happy I'm Making You by Polly Rosenwaike A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian Deaf Republic: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky (who will be here on Sept 8th!) Our Bodies, Ourselvesby theBoston Women's Health Collective (which later inspired Trans Bodies, Trans Selves) BOOKSTROLOGY! WHAAAAT?! This year's Summer Reading theme is "A Universe of Stories," and we decided to go wild with this theme and create 12 Bookstrology signs! Here are some recommendations for each sign. See the show notes for ALL the book links! So many. --------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

64 MIN2019 JUL 25
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044: Oh My Stars, It’s Bookstrology!

043: Bennet and Darcy and Gramlich and Kenn

Well, Polli FINALLY got Kate to read a Jane Austen book. Find out if she hated it as much as she hated the audiobook intro music! Also get some great recommendations for some sweet gay reads and a few new releases coming out this fall! Show notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/043-bennett-darcy-gramlich-kenn Two Book Minimum: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Autoboyography by Christina Lauren Cantoras byCarolina De Robertis (out in Sept. 2019!) The Man They Wanted Me to Beby Jared Yates Sexton Also mentioned, coming out this fall: The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Oct 2019) and The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (Sept 2019) She Said/She Said:Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen We don't often tackle classics on this podcast, so this is a rare treat! (..Right?) We do include spoilers because, as they say, it's been out for a "hot century."Polli also found some fantastic contemporary retellings of Pride and Prejudiceset around the world: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Pride by Ibi Zoboi (e-audiobookon Hoopla!) Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev Longbourn by Jo Baker An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aiden Bridget Jones's Diaryby Helen Fielding Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesby Seth Grahame-Smith --------------------- 2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challengecan be found here:http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in,with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in theSound & Vision studio. Our theme song is byHeidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast oniTunes,Stitcher, orSoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast.Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

58 MIN2019 JUL 12
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043: Bennet and Darcy and Gramlich and Kenn

042: The Answer to Life, The Universe, and Book Nerds

If you made it out to Happy Shirt for our first Adults-Only Summer Reading Book Nerd Party (whadda title, right??) we'd like to say THANK YOU! If you didn't make it out, fret not for we will do it again! Listen to Kate and Polli rave about our community of nerds and swap some new and upcoming titles to add to your reading pile! Show Notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/42-the-answer-to-life-the-universe-and-book-nerds **NOTE: We'd also like to thank everyone who voted for the Book Squad Podcast for Best of Lawrence -- we came in 3rd aaaand were the only non-sports-related podcast in the Top 5, which is AWESOME. Thanks for supporting our nerdery, we wouldn't do it without you :) Two Book Minimum The Risk of Us by Rachel Howard The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren The Way Home by Mark Boyle Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens Other Books Mentioned: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams High School by Tegan and Sara Tidelandsby Phillipa Gregory Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wi...

46 MIN2019 JUN 15
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042: The Answer to Life, The Universe, and Book Nerds
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