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What to Read While You Wait for Obama’s Favorite Book

While Obama was president, he started a tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from each year and, graciously, he’s kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical, feminist themes called The Power by Naomi Alderman. The book was hovering around my to-read list for awhile, and the endorsement from this fella bumped it up several spots.

The reason I used the word dystopian in quotes above is because, when asked if the novel fit that category, Alderman’s response was, “Only if you’re a man.” Its premise asks the question: What happens if, globally, men were suddenly the ones constantly worrying about being overpowered, overlooked, and violently dominated? Read More..

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

Book Squad Podcast 018: WE’VE GOT THE POWAH

Twice 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. Listen to the latest episode:

 

Bookish News:

Awesome article on LitHub about inclusion in publishing. Dhonielle Clayton, COO of We Need Diverse Books (and former librarian!), said “I hate the term sensitivity reader. I prefer the term targeted beta reader because it’s more accurate. . . . I’m not being sensitive. I’m just an editor and it’s another level of editing.”  Click the link to read on!

 

Two Book Minimum:

 

She Said / She Said: THE POWER by Naomi Alderman

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

“In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.”

Obama loved this book and so did we. The holds list is a little ridic, so here’s a blog post that suggests things to read while you’re waiting! (Or, buy it at The Raven Bookstore!!)

 

What we’re up to // Library news:

Read Across Lawrence begins soon! Lizzie Velasquez talk at Lied Center on SUN 3/11 at 3:30pm. More info here – DON’T MISS THIS!

 

 


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 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 017: New Year New Reads!

We took a break from our usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of ideas for bookish/reading New Year resolutions, and books to help you with your non-book-related resolutions!

Book Squad Podcast 017: NEW YEAR NEW READS

Listen to the latest episode:

Books to help you accomplish your goals:

Fitness

Organization

Eating better

Financial goals

Bookish resolution ideas:

Listen to MOAR Podcasts

  • Teen Creeps — “Join grown-up comedians Kelly Nugent and Lindsay Katai as they discuss the YA pulp fiction of their awkward, neon youth.”
  • Smart Podcast Trashy Books — from those smart bitches
  • The Blume Saloon — “a sort-of book club … all things Judy Blume, the patron saint of YA, and anything else that pops into our heads. Join us as each week we cover a few more chapters from a favorite Judy novel.”
  • Black Chick Lit — “features in-depth discussions of the latest and greatest works penned by black women. Join Danielle and Mollie as they talk prose, judge every character’s decisions and laugh at their own jokes.”
  • By The Book — “half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment.”
  • Mental Health Book Club Podcast — books with a mental health theme!
  • Unfriendly Black Hotties – “global takes on higher ed, books, TV, movies, fashions, culinary arts… and whatever the hell else they feel like.”
  • Overdue - “A podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read”
  • The Oral History Podcast – SEX & BOOKS: TWO THINGS THAT ARE BETTER WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THEM – two YA authors, teen focused but not only for teens, ifyaknowwhatimean

Some ideas for the Book Squad Goals reading challenge for 2018! (Download the PDF)

  1. ThrillerThe Woman in the Window & The upcoming book by B.A. Paris!
  2. #OwnVoices bookNo One is Coming to Save Us & Sour HEART (not Sour Grapes, wtf)
  3. Book with character’s name in titlePollyanna & Man Called Ove
  4. Book about mythical creaturePete’s Dragon (ha) & The Last Unicorn
  5. Book about naturePilgrim at Tinker Creek & The Home Place
  6. Book with an LGBTQ+ protagBad Boy & Fist of the Spider Woman
  7. Non-fiction book on topic you don’t know much aboutThe Morning They Came for Us & The Soul of an Octopus
  8. Urban Fiction book: Justice Hustlers series by Aya De Leon & Heist
  9. Anthology of SS by multi authorsWalking the Clouds & Meanwhile, Elsewhere
  10. Book by author with disabilityThe Reason I Jump & Run
  11. True crime book / fic based on true crimeIn Cold Blood
  12. Book set in the futureNever Let Me Go & California
  13. Book you’ve been meaning to finish: TELL US WHAT YOU’RE READINGGGGGG

Want even MORE recommendations for this year’s BSG? Check out Meredith’s post.

 

Insta Book Challenge hashtags:

Follow Kate  and Polli on insta if ya wanna!

ALSO, from Polli: Cap’n O.G. Readmore PSA, but there are whole stories that he narrates, like Jack and the Beanstalk.

 


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 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 016: Hope in the Dark

Book Squad Podcast 016:

TWICE 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. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

  • The LPL staff Best of 2017 list is here! Check it out!
  • Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge is live! Some sample categories:
    • A comic written and illustrated by the same person
    • A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
    • A book with a cover you hate (Ughhh. WHY.)
    • A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  • Book Squad Goals 2018 is coming soon! If you need any recommendations for any challenge items in ANY challenge, let us know!  :D
  • LibraryReads Best of the Best list and January lists are out now

Two Book Minimum:

  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Narrative nonfiction that will draw you and and keep you reading, if you don’t mind reading while mad.)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (slim volume that would make a GREAT gift – it’s based on two lectures Mary Beard delivered in 2014 and 2017.)

She Said / She Said: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (2004, repub 2016)

Hope in the Dark was written (in 2004) to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them–and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.

Some favorite quotes:

“Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes–you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and knowable, a alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what is may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.”

“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.”

“Cause-and-effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension.”

What we’re up to // Library news:

LPL is closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1 – stock up, and/or use our digital resources! 

 Winter Reading Bingo is here!

If you need last minute bookish gift ideas, remember to listen to our last episode


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 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 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

We took a break from our usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of gift book recommendations (or just things you might want to gift yourself!)

Listen to the latest episode:

From Kate:

Books for travelers— 36 Hours in USA and Canada: NYC, East Coast, West Coast, etc. (Browse the whole New York Times series here)

Cookbooks for 90s lovers—

Books for word nerds—

Young Feminist Starter Pack—

Even Younger Feminist Starter Pack

Woke Starter Pack

Gifts for your weird friend

 

From Polli:

Books that felt like Gifts this year

Books for regular nerds

Food and Book Pairings

New Year Resolution: Do more Yoga

Book for when the worlds has gotten you down Anything by Mr. Rogers Or Jim Henson. The World According to Mr. Rogers. And It’s not Easy Being Green Just Plain Awesome:

Happy reading and buying! Remember to go local whenever possible! Coming soon at LPL: Winter Reading Bingo!


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 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 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

TWICE 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. Listen to the latest episode:


 

Bookish News:


Two Book Minimum:

 

She Said/She Said: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (2014) 

Here’s the book jacket description which we may or may not totally agree with:

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population–killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant–the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power–and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

This book is, if not enjoyable, very worthwhile to read. Polly likens it to if “The Parable of the Sower and Station Eleven. Like, if they had a baby. And then put that baby in a Walking Dead onesie.”

Great book club discussion – check out the book club bag!

The Reddit AMA with the author was also a great read, but there are some spoilers!

What are we up to this week? 

Coming soon: Winter Reading Bingo!


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 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

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

The librarians are in! Tune in for Kate and Polli’s favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, and updates from Lawrence Public Library and beyond.


Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

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Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist 

TWICE 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. Listen to the latest episode:

 

We skipped bookish news in order to bring you a (slightly) short(er) episode!

Two Book Minimum:

Note: what Kate meant was omniscient, not omnipresent.

om·nis·cient:

ämˈnisēənt,ämˈniSHənt/

adjective

1.  knowing everything.
“the story is told by an omniscient narrator”

 

She Said/She Said: THE DILEMMA. 

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

Some notes:

“The Dilemma” — Polli’s brill blog post

“The ‘Product of Its Time’ Defense: No Excuse for Sexism and Racism” by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic (2014)

Are these books with problematic authors canon because they’re essentially better? Or do we perpetuate the canonization by continually reading/teaching them? Could they die out if we chose not to? OR NOT. IDK.

 

What are we up to this week? 

Polli:

Kate:

  • First BLACK Lawrence art exhibit (10/27) – check out the FB event for more details and stay tuned for upcoming events!
  • FINALLY SAW GET OUT. OMG, WATCH IT! :P
    • Movie night! 3rd Weds at Franks North Star Tavern -  7pm and 9pm (with free popcorn from Liberty Hall!) Check their Facebook page and watch for details on the 11/15 showings!
  • And? Also my birfday. (11/3)

ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th - there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to douglascountyks.org and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT

 


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 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

Four Fall Finds

Publishing, like everything, goes in cycles; spring and summer are prime time for book publications, and things tend to wane as the months get colder.

However! Every year there are gems that get released after the rush, and I want to highlight a few books that are yet to come for the end of 2017.

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Book Squad Podcast 012: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

Book Squad Podcast 012: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

 TWICE 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. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

The 2017 National Book Award shortlist for Fiction

Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel prize in literature!

Sisters in Crime an organization whose stated mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers”—turns 30 this year!


Two Book Minimum:

Bonus books:

What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Douglas Adams – readalike for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Off Base by Tessa Bailey (note: read in private! Or not…)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – readalike for Like Water for Chocolate

 

She Said/She Said: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (2014)

We are actually disagreeing for once! Hear our takes on this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.

Readalikes for All the Light

Also, Polli mentioned the movie Amelie in connection to this book (the interconnectedness of everyday lives, beautiful french settings, etc.) and, since it’s one of our shared faves, here’s a video :

Upcoming Events:

FRI OCT 20 @7PM Mic Supremacy #2 at Raven Bookstore: “Mic Supremacy is a POC led and centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community.”

SUN Oct 29 @2PM“Pure Imagination – Music from the Movies” — Jayhawk Harp Ensemble coming to play music from beloved movies like Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, etc. in the library Auditorium

We’ll mention this again next time, but ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th – there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to douglascountyks.org and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT

 


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 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