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Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

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 long lists for the 2017 National Book Award are coming out this week!

The Man Booker Prize short list has also been revealed:

Two Book Minimum:

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay (2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (2017)
Dying by Cory Taylor (2017)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (2009 / trans. 2013)

Instead of She Said/She Said, this episode addresses the wide world of HISTORICAL FICTION:

Definitions of Historical Fiction vary, sometimes being described as “a story that is set at least a generation (25 years) prior to when it was written” (League of Extraordinary Librarians). We have also seen it defined that the novel must be set before the author was born, and others claim that anything older than 50 years counts!

Here are some examples of Historical Fiction types and some novels that fall within these categories:

African American Historical FictionHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi & Grace by Natashia Deon
Biblical FictionThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant & Cain by Jose Saramago
Classic Historical FictionRoots by Alex Haley & The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory
Dear Diary - Bright Edge of the World by Eowen Ivey & Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Discovery and Exploration in FictionEuphoria by Lily King
Family SagasBefore we visit the goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni & We Are not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Historical WomenJam on the Vine by LaShonda K Barnett, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

…LOTS more can be found by using your library card to log in at NoveList!

Upcoming Events:

  • Ian from the Info Services team at LPL has started Doc Discussions, a documentary watching club! The inaugural event is Saturday, Sept 16th (events will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month) — Details here!
  • Banned Book Trading Cards are coming! Our guest presenter will be… Zora Neale Hurston! Performed by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, a retired professor of English & African American Studies, AND an Emmy-winning performer. Dr. Williams has been working on the upcoming Langston Hughes documentary, I, Too, Sing America.The Banned Book Trading Cards reveal is at 5pm on Friday, Sept. 22nd in the LPL Auditorium

 


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 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

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:

Bookish News:

HUGO Awards — women kicked butt!
N.K. Jemisin is the second woman to win two years in a row in a quarter century!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Hate U Give are being made into movies. Find out more info here.

 

Two Book Minimum:

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2017)
Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (2017)
Uptown Thief by Aya De Leon (2016) from the Justice Hustlers series

bonus: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)


She Said/She Said: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

In honor of the upcoming KU Black Love Symposium, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, we wanted to join in on the excitement and discuss this beautiful classic!

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.”[NEA] As a young woman, who is fair-skinned with long hair, she expects more out of life, but comes to realize she has to find out about life ‘fuh theyselves’ (for herself), just as people can only go-to-God for themselves. Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature. TIME included the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. [More info]


Upcoming Events:


 

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 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

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

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

An Ordinary Life

I first met Amy Krouse Rosenthal while scrolling through social media. I tucked away her article “You May Want to Marry My Husband” for later, not yet realizing there wasn’t a later to be had. In fact, many people first met Amy through that New York Times article which was published on March 3rd of 2017.

That was ten days before Amy died of ovarian cancer. She had written it as a love letter to her husband. When I met her again, through her obituary, I rushed back to find that article and read it with an aching wish to stop time, to bend it over on itself, to cancel it out and rewrite it. 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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The Sorry State We’re In

A few months ago I was invited to be a guest at the “sneak peek” of Harriet Lerner’s TEDxKC talk for her upcoming book Why Won’t You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts. Lerner had made a huge impact in my life with her 1998 book The Mother Dance, so I was excited for the opportunity to see her discuss her work.

On Thursday, January 19th at 7pm,  Harriet will be speaking about her new book at LPL so all of Lawrence will get to bask in her warmth and insight, too! Read More..

Book Squad Podcast 004: Destiny of the Republic, end-of-year lists, and more!

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. Read More..