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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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475 Ratings
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Thanks for a great year

By harriet vane is my hero - Jan 16 2020
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2019 was a better year for having this podcast in my ears! So sad to have Gwen leave- but good luck in your new job. Frank you can’t leave! We need you n 2020.

I’ll miss you Gwen

By DannyCalifornia - Jan 03 2020
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I enjoying listening to this podcast and I am sad to hear Gwen is leaving 😔

iTunes Ratings

475 Ratings
Average Ratings
424
30
4
7
10

Thanks for a great year

By harriet vane is my hero - Jan 16 2020
Read more
2019 was a better year for having this podcast in my ears! So sad to have Gwen leave- but good luck in your new job. Frank you can’t leave! We need you n 2020.

I’ll miss you Gwen

By DannyCalifornia - Jan 03 2020
Read more
I enjoying listening to this podcast and I am sad to hear Gwen is leaving 😔
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The Librarian Is In

Latest release on Dec 26, 2019

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

Rank #1: Bonus Episode - Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror

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Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and best-selling authors to trace the history of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s classic. This special podcast episode unpacks the genius of Shelley’s novel, its origins and evolution—from the British Romantics to Black Lives Matter—to uncover how it’s helped us better understand ourselves, our humanity, and our future.

Mar 12 2019

53mins

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Rank #2: New Fiction! New Fiction!

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Gwen gets fired up about reading—you guessed it—new fiction this year, while Frank dips into the backlist of a new favorite author. Plus: New Year's resolutions, The Bachelor, and the best short stories of 2018.

Book Recommendations

Best American Short Stories 2018, ed. by Roxane Gay

The Children's Bach by Helen Garner

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Encocylopedia Britannica's quick summary of "Beowulf"—or check out lots of versions of the actual poem from the Library

Non-Book Recommendations

Jan 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #3: Cozy Intellectualism and/or Baby Marginalia

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We all love libraries, but what books do you just NEED to own? Frank coins a new genre, Gwen falls for a book about mistakes, and they both share some deep thoughts about the oxford comma.

This Week’s Books:

The Grammarians by Cathleen Shine

The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Dreyer's English : An Utterly correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

Oct 03 2019

46mins

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Rank #4: #TeamEdith, Ep. 3

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We talk about how to fit more reading into busy schedules, Lin-Manuel Miranda, horror books and movies, childhood favorites, David Bowie, Lin-Manuel Miranda again, and our love for Downton Abbey’s kind Anna and unstoppable Edith.

Jan 21 2016

56mins

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Rank #5: How to Pull Yourself Out of a Book Slump

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Gwen and Frank are both struggling to find the perfect book this week — and coming up with some ideas about how to do it. Plus: the glory that is Ilana Glazer.

Nov 01 2017

36mins

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Rank #6: May I Remove Your Preconceived Notions?

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Frank and Gwen break down romance novel stereotypes with fellow NYPL librarian Anne Rouyer. The genre often gets dismissed as fluff, but romance can subvert the traditional confines of gender, power, class, and more. (Gay Regency, anyone?)

Anne's Recommendations

Social Intercourse by Greg Howard

The Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean 

Unmasked by the Marquess and It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (for those who love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

And for a non-book recommendation: 'Hiyori's Bed & Breakfast'

Aug 02 2018

53mins

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Rank #7: The Podcast That Must Not Be Named, Ep. 4

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Go behind the scenes at BookOps, the Library's special secret spy agen— er, the "technical services" unit. Also: the Helen Ellis/Shirley Jackson/Anita Brookner triumvirate, Frank's shocking Harry Potter confession, and more.

Feb 04 2016

59mins

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Rank #8: Comfort Reads

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Gwen and Frank tackle one book that feels comforting and homey; one that's distinctly unsettling; and one that's somewhere in between. Plus: A stranger on the train helps us deconstruct the genius of J-Patt.

Book Recommendations

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug   Also mentioned:

Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt and the rest of the cast going down the bathtub slide!

Everything Doris Day

May 16 2019

47mins

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Rank #9: New Year, New (Reading) You

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Want to broaden your reading horizons this year? Librarian extraordinaire Meredith Mann joins Frank and Gwen to debate the pros and cons of annual reading challenges. Plus: secret database magic, sci-fi written by robots, and our favorite British bakers. Get links to the books discussed in the episode at nypl.org/podcast.

Jan 04 2018

44mins

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Rank #10: Harry Potter Meets Jane Eyre

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, Gwen and Frank fall hard for the wise and wonderful Vanessa Zoltan of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast! We talk Harry and Jane, try the spiritual practice of lectio divina, discuss the healing power of romance novels, figure out Frank's Tinder profile... get ready for some serious revelations.

Vanessa's book recs:

Aug 30 2018

51mins

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Rank #11: Cuckoo for Overdue

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Third time's the charm! Gwen and Frank join the fine folks from the Overdue podcast to discuss Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Oct 17 2019

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Rank #12: Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never.

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Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into a masterpiece by this year's Nobel Prize winner in Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Get the full list of episodes at www.nypl.org/podcast

Nov 16 2017

44mins

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Rank #13: Peyton DisPlaced

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Another crossover episode with our fine friends from the Overdue podcast! Frank and Gwen join Craig and Andrew in Philadelphia to discuss the 1956 novel Peyton Place. Is it a classic? A soap opera? A groundbreaking statement about sexuality? Is it “ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle” — the first line of the book? You decide.

Apr 26 2018

57mins

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Rank #14: This Book Is No Joke

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Which books do you wish you'd read in high school? Frank and Gwen offer up some ideas and then move on to city novels with urban themes and a picture book about a dog who tries to be a fork. Plus: what to do if you can't get enough of the Queer Eye guys.

Book Recommendations

"NYT: If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be?"

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Bull by David Elliott

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The City and the City by China Miéville

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Non-Book Recommendations

Short videos of the Queer Eye guys on YouTube, such as 9 Things They’ve Never Done Before (in which Jonathan and Tan bedazzle a tie), a round of Never Have I Ever, and a bizarre social-media compliment battle

Sep 06 2018

37mins

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Rank #15: What Makes a Good Beach Read?

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We're finding our midsummer vacation reading groove! Gwen is spectacularly awed by a debut novel and Frank gets drawn into a thriller (with a dash of reader real-estate jealousy).

Our Book Recommendations 

"There There" by Tommy Orange

"One Dark Throne" by Kendare Blake

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

"The Incendiaries" by R.O. Kwan

"The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn

Non-Book Recommendations

Frank: The film "Shadow of a Doubt"

 Gwen: These seriously comfortable boxer briefs

Jul 26 2018

35mins

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Rank #16: It's Not You, Book, It's Me

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Frank confesses his sometimes-complicated relationship with certain books and his bouts of book insecurity. Plus: What happens when Frank and Gwen serendipitously read the same book around the same time but don't quite remember it the same way? And an unpublished work from the early 1930s finallly gets the recognition it deserves.

May 24 2018

40mins

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Rank #17: How Many Hats Can a Librarian Wear?

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Books and reading are the foundation of any library but your local librarian is doing so much more: computer help, test prep and yes, even knitting. This week, Gwen and Frank talk to Erin Horanzy, an Adult Programming Librarian at NYPL's Francis Martin Library in the Bronx. Enjoy!

We want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts with us in this short survey: www.nypl.org/podcastsurvey

Jan 25 2018

36mins

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Rank #18: Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never.

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This week: a rebroadcast of one of our favorite episodes. Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go.'

May 30 2019

45mins

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Rank #19: Kilts, Cupcakes, and Romance Novels

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Frank and Gwen dive into two very different romance novels with NYPL librarians Annie Lin and Kate Fais.  Plus: a super-clean podcast, a binge-watch-able show, and a gender-bending picture book.

Feb 16 2017

45mins

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Rank #20: Books on the Subway

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This week it's Frank and Gwen's turn in the hot seat. They recently joined the Books on the Subway Podcast with Hollie and Rosy for a discussion about all things books and libraries, and we're bringing you that episode this week. Make sure to check them out at www.booksonthesubway.com

Sep 05 2019

47mins

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Walk the Windswept Moors

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For the last episode of 2019, Gwen surprises Frank by reading one of his all time favorite books, Frank delves into the world of Trust Exercise and Gwen shares a personal announcement. Stay warm on those windswept moors everybody, and we'll see you in 2020!

Dec 26 2019

58mins

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Wallow with Me

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Come stare moodily out a lonely window with us! Frank falls into a book trance after reading a French novel with a double meaning in its title, and Gwen unpacks a heartbreaker about a woman who leaves Jamaica for Brooklyn. 

Dec 12 2019

50mins

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Frozen Solid: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 154

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Frank is feeling all the feelings about a book of experimental prose poetry, Gwen is charmed by a semi-autobiographical YA story, and everyone has "Let It Go" stuck in their heads now. You're welcome!

Nov 28 2019

45mins

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When Pushkin Comes to Shove

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Frank reads 19th-century Russian verse out loud for a solid two minutes. What more could you want in this world? Plus: Ben Platt, call us. Maybe.

Nov 14 2019

54mins

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Anita Brookner and Dorothy Parker Walk into a Bar...

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Your hosts wax rhapsodic about two of their mainstay favorite authors. Plus: Gwen takes "cozy intellectual" suggestions from a listener's email and Frank discovers a YouTube celebrity crush. 

Oct 31 2019

46mins

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Cuckoo for Overdue

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Third time's the charm! Gwen and Frank join the fine folks from the Overdue podcast to discuss Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Oct 17 2019

1hr 5mins

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Cozy Intellectualism and/or Baby Marginalia

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We all love libraries, but what books do you just NEED to own? Frank coins a new genre, Gwen falls for a book about mistakes, and they both share some deep thoughts about the oxford comma.

This Week’s Books:

The Grammarians by Cathleen Shine

The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Dreyer's English : An Utterly correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

Oct 03 2019

46mins

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Life-Changing Lessons

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Book synergy abounds with two titles that explore the sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes supernatural relationship between parents and children. Plus, a listener question about "leisure reading" proves to be more complicated than it first seems. 

Books Discussed:

Lanny by Max Porter

A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk

Sep 19 2019

34mins

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Books on the Subway

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This week it's Frank and Gwen's turn in the hot seat. They recently joined the Books on the Subway Podcast with Hollie and Rosy for a discussion about all things books and libraries, and we're bringing you that episode this week. Make sure to check them out at www.booksonthesubway.com

Sep 05 2019

47mins

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Dragons and Robots

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A look at how some libraries reflect the communities they're a part of through their special collections. Plus, Gwen's son weighs in on a children's book with some very un-scary dragons and Frank dives into some mind-bending stories about alternate realities and the nature of consciousness.

This weeks titles:

Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West

Exhalation  by Ted Chiang

Aug 22 2019

38mins

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Bunny, I Love You!

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Frank and Gwen do a deep dive into their summer reading pick, Mona Awad's new novel, Bunnya dark satirical take on female friendship, loneliness, desire, and creative writing MFA programs. Alert: spoilers! tons of 'em! 

Tell us what everybody's talking about in your world of books and libraries! Suggest Hot Topix(TM) by email or voice memo to podcasts[at]nypl.org or call 507-NYPL-LIB.

Aug 08 2019

1hr 9mins

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The Dog-Eared Days of Summer

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Do you dog-ear? Use bookmarks or sticky notes? Write notes in margins? Or do you—heaven forbid—underline? We delve deep into the ethical implications of leaving your mark on library books. Plus: two new summer reads and one musical cue.

Suggest Hot Topix(TM) or tell us what you think about summer reading!

Email podcasts[at]nypl.org or call 507-NYPL-LIB.

Jul 25 2019

49mins

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The Katniss Konundrum

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To prequel or not to prequel? Frank and Gwen debate the new installment of the Hunger Games franchise and two very different books about life in two very different places.

Suggest Hot Topix(TM) or tell us what you think about summer reading! Email podcasts[at]nypl.org or call 507-NYPL-LIB.

Jul 11 2019

40mins

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Are You There, Frank? It's Me, Gwen

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Frank and Gwen announce their return date plus reveal their Summer Reading Challenge

Jul 04 2019

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Gwen's Book Flare (Rebroadcast)

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What's the opposite of a book slump? We're calling it a flare, and Gwen is on one. She and Frank have a flurry of adult book recommendations, from dystopian novels to innovative science fiction. 

What we are reading now

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Jun 27 2019

36mins

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Peyton DisPlaced (Rebroadcast)

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Another crossover episode with our fine friends from the Overdue podcast! Frank and Gwen join Craig and Andrew in Philadelphia to discuss the 1956 novel Peyton Place. Is it a classic? A soap opera? A groundbreaking statement about sexuality? Is it “ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle” — the first line of the book? You decide.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

More Peyton Place...

If you liked this episode, check out our first TLII/Overdue collab: "Lord of the Guys," back in January 2017!

Jun 20 2019

57mins

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The Librarian Is LIVE (Rebroadcast)

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This week we take you back to our first-ever live show, recorded in Frank's very own Jefferson Market Library! Gwen and Frank talk to Eric Klinenberg, sociologist and author of a new book about libraries and social infrastructure. Plus: the audience offers an invaluable assist during the guessing game.

Guest Star: Eric Klinenberg

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

More of his work in our catalog and on his website

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin

Books by Barbara Ehrenreich

O Cafe in Greenwich Village (and pão de queijo)

Jun 13 2019

50mins

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Hogwarts & Hollywood (Rebroadcast)

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It's the first-ever Reading Challenge episode! Gwen and Frank assigned books to each other to read and discuss on the air. Hijinks ensue...

Book Recommendations 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Ava Gardner: 'Love Is Nothing' by Lee Server

Also mentioned: 

Our fourth episode, when Gwen flipped out on Frank for not having read Harry Potter.

Several of Ava's movies, available from NYPL:

The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne

Pottermore online

That great tweet about girls with frizzy hair (warning: language!)

Jun 06 2019

38mins

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Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never.

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This week: a rebroadcast of one of our favorite episodes. Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go.'

May 30 2019

45mins

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DIY ASMR, Library-Style

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This episode is brought to you by our soon-to-be-rival podcast, dreamed up by YA librarian Crystal Chen—who's also this week's guest! All rights reserved by her! We talk musicals, poetry, what it really means to create a list of "best" books, and professional development for library staff members.

Book Recommendations

NYPL's Best Poetry Books (and our most recent best books lists)

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Bad Blood  Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Also recommended:

The Woodstock Library in the Bronx

ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response

"VEEP" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

May 23 2019

38mins

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iTunes Ratings

475 Ratings
Average Ratings
424
30
4
7
10

Thanks for a great year

By harriet vane is my hero - Jan 16 2020
Read more
2019 was a better year for having this podcast in my ears! So sad to have Gwen leave- but good luck in your new job. Frank you can’t leave! We need you n 2020.

I’ll miss you Gwen

By DannyCalifornia - Jan 03 2020
Read more
I enjoying listening to this podcast and I am sad to hear Gwen is leaving 😔