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Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Book Squad Podcast 009: Did we hate Catcher in the Rye the second time?

Note: This episode was recorded in the Sound & Vision studio at LPL! This will be the new home for Book Squad Podcast and we want to give a huuuuuge shout out to Nick Carswell of AudioReader for getting the podcast launched and teaching us how to actually organize things. Thanks, Nick!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Two Book Minimum:

Public Relations by Katie Heaney (2017)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017)

Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren (2017)

Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor (2017)

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (2017)


She Said/She Said: Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

“Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.” (WorldCat)

Since it’s just about back-to-school time, we wanted to pick a book that we were, uh, forced to read in high school. And because we like to torture ourselves, we picked one that we both hated!  Do we still hate it? Listen up, folks… it’s on.

Upcoming Events:
Beach Author series presents George Saunders! Find more info here.

 

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. 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

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

Book Squad Podcast 008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Two Book Minimum:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell


She Said/She Said: 
Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” - John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school , Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.


 

This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. 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

Our New Friend Libby

It’s no secret how much I love Hoopla. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about it at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the bar, the laundromat… pretty much anywhere.) It’s just so easy to use and I’m a bit of a give-upper when it comes to confusing technological processes. That’s why I was SO excited when I heard that Overdrive (something I shied away from in the past) released a brand new user-friendly app to use! Meet my new friend, Libby. Not only does Libby offer amazing audiobooks and ebooks for free with your library card, but it does it with a way more visually appealing and easy-to-navigate interface than before.

Because Hoopla offers content constantly without holds (yay!) it sometimes means that there are titles that aren’t available in that catalog yet (boo.) Libby, on the other hand, offers access to some of those hard-to-find hits, and the occasional holds list is usually super short (or nonexistent.) It also gives you the option of previewing audiobooks, whether or not they are immediately available, which is AWESOME for those of us who judge a book pretty quickly by its narrator.

If you’re tech savvier than I am, feel free to just head to your preferred app store and get going on Libby. If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a little walk-through for browsing for, checking out, and opening content…

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Book Squad Podcast 007: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Feminist post-apocalypse, and more!

Lucky Number Seven – Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Feminist post-apocalypse, and more!

Featuring

Two Book Minimum:

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

Exit West by Moshin Hamid Links: Amazon | Lawrence Public Library

She Said / She Said:

Encyclopedia Of An Ordinary Life 

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Available from Lawrence Public Library | Amazon.com

From the author of the viral Modern Love column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life , Amy Krouse Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted the centuries-old format of the encyclopedia to convey the accumulated knowledge of her lifetime in a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir. Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many of which are cross-referenced, Rosenthal captures in wonderful and episodic detail the moments, observations, and emotions that comprise a contemporary life. Start anywhere–preferably at the beginning–and see how one young woman’s alphabetized existence can open up and define the world in new and unexpected ways.

Watch Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s TedX talk The Crevices of Life (2011)

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Bookish News


 

This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. 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

Listen Up: Audiobook Month Listener’s Advisory

This summer, whether you’re traveling, commuting, or taking a little staycation, audiobooks can be a perfect companion. The challenge is finding one that matches your tastes, which can be a little trickier than just picking a “great book.” Here are a few tips and suggestions for helping you find your next great listen:

Audiobook-recommending guru Renee Young has some appeal terms that you can use when browsing or asking for audiobooks. Think of these as basic lingo that can help you feel less overwhelmed and narrow down your selections. Read More..

Short Story Mixtape

I remember sitting on the mauve carpet of my bedroom in front of my boombox, patiently waiting  with one finger poised above the tape deck’s red RECORD button. As soon as the radio DJ finished their boring spiel and “my song” came on, I jammed that sucker down and silently congratulated myself on yet another score for my mixtape.

I was in fifth grade and this tape was a very big deal. iTunes wasn’t going to be a thing for several more years, our shared home computer probably just barely had a CD drive, and anyway that was my dad’s realm. All I needed were the sweet, sweet jams on Y-98 FM.

While I sorta wish I could find some of those old tapes for the nostalgia factor, I also know that they were very time-specific. Listening to a tape of my hard-earned “jams” would probably give me that embarrassed-for-someone-else feeling and ruin the memory. (Also true for CDs I made in high school and college… some things should just live in your head.)

To me, the importance lies in both the right-now-ness as well as the process of creating a collection of faves – whether on tape, CD, iPod, or Spotify playlist. It makes me wish it were possible to make a “mix” of other forms of media, and what I’d really love to have is a short story mixtape – a personal anthology of the short stories that spoke to me at a particular point in my life. Read More..

Book Squad Podcast 006: Parable of the Sower vs 1984, I Am Not Your Negro and more – BONUS EDITION

P 6: Parable of the Sower vs 1984, I Am Not Your Negro and more – BONUS EDITION


(We got a little wordy in this one!)

Featuring

Two Book Minimum:

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Bestiary (Poems) by Donika Kelly

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Some of My Best Friends are Black by Tanner Colby

 

She Said / She Said:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.

Why not read 1984?

“Parable Of The Sower – Not 1984 – Is The Dystopia For Our Age”
by Nnedi Okorafor on www.modernghana.com

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A little piece of Poetry:

Polli read Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy by Thomas Lux, which was share by Poet Laureate of Kansas Eric McHenry


 

This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. 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

Catching Feelings at Book Club Speed Dating

Finding the right read for your book club can feel a little bit like dating sometimes. You go through a bunch of duds before finding the right fit. Sometimes your friends are helpful but other times… not so much (looking at you, Friend Who Tried Setting Me Up With Someone Who Hates Cats).

The whole thing is messy, but at least with books we can make it a *little* easier. Behold: Book Club Speed Dating. It’s like regular speed dating, but with books, which is WAY less awkward. The Book Squad (along with fab folks from The Raven and Dusty Bookshelf) recently put on our THIRD Book Club Speed Dating event. Read More..

Book Squad Podcast 005: In the Time of Butterflies

Introducing Audio Reader’s new Book Podcast program, with the wonderful Book Squad librarians from Lawrence Public Library!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs and beyond.

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Books on our Radar for 2017

A new year means new books! Last year, we compiled a list of highly-anticipated titles in both fiction and non-fiction for adults. These were the hyped super-faves for the 2016 publishing world, and they were a lot of fun to write about. This year, however, we’ve decided to switch gears and focus on some upcoming titles that may be lesser-known, or by debut authors.

Put these books on your radar, and check back in with us as you read! Read More..