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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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495 Ratings
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440
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12

Ahhh you are back

By 2WOOOF - Mar 02 2020
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So glad you are back. I missed this podcast so much. Let the reading begin.

Glad your back

By Robin3826 - Feb 15 2020
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Welcome Rhonda. Good luck Gwen. So glad the podcast is back.

iTunes Ratings

495 Ratings
Average Ratings
440
30
5
8
12

Ahhh you are back

By 2WOOOF - Mar 02 2020
Read more
So glad you are back. I missed this podcast so much. Let the reading begin.

Glad your back

By Robin3826 - Feb 15 2020
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Welcome Rhonda. Good luck Gwen. So glad the podcast is back.
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The Librarian Is In

Latest release on Mar 26, 2020

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

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: This Is Not the Foe You're Looking For

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Gwen and Frank tackle a near-future dystopian novel about space colonization and a sobering work of journalism about the fallacy of modern philanthropy. Plus: why pho is objectively the best food ever. 

Frank and Gwen's Recommendations

Haaaave you read "The Yellow Wallpaper" yet? Try the Insta Novel

Frank's old favorites: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, Pure Hollywood and Other Stories by Christine Schutt, I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Foe by Iain Reid 

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas, and his recent conversation with Joy-Ann Reid

His previous book, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, which won NYPL's Bernstein Award in 2015

Oct 18 2018

43mins

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Rank #7: Crossing Food Boundaries

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Dr. Shayne Figueroa joins Frank and Gwen to discuss books and food nostalgia, Amish soul food (it's a thing!), and how NYC's free school lunch program is attempting to lift an age-old stigma. Plus: Frank's secret childhood eating habits and another guessing-game stumper.​

Jun 14 2018

47mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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 #10: You Can't Always Get What You Want

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Gwen is so moved by one of the three poems she brings to the studio that she can't even read it (she tried!). And Frank is transported by a novel about a marriage in Nigeria he can't NOT talk about it.  Plus: the perils of social media and why Frank feels he is pretty much free of FOMO. 

Frank's Book Recommendation 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

You can also listen to the author discuss this book on the NYPL podcasts here.

Gwen's Poetry Recommendations 

Airplanes” by Maggie Smith, in the Spring/Summer issue of Ninth Letter

Ghazal: America the Beautiful” by Alicia Ostriker, and the Dear Poet video series of her reading her own work

"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver 

Jul 05 2018

38mins

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Rank #11: The Great Work Continues

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Frank and Gwen's discussion with Dan Kois on Angels in America continues (an epic conversation in two parts!) Plus: a trip to The New York Public Library of Performing Arts in the Upper West Side. Doug Reside, Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division, gives a tour of the collections and pulls out some Angels ephemera to help put the play in its historical context.

Apr 18 2018

34mins

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Rank #12: Border Stories

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Frank and Gwen share thoughts and reading recommendations about immigration, families, and children at the border. Plus: Frank asks what-if and Gwen ponders three recent books on motherhood.

Jun 21 2018

33mins

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Rank #13: Teens Take Charge

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Frank and Gwen get a visit from BridgeUP, NYPL's holistic academic support program for NYC teens. They talk to a teen scholar and program leader about this unique library initiative, what students want and need outside the classroom, and everything that goes into getting them where they want to go in life.

Discussed this week:

BridgeUp's podcast on Latino stereotypes

Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

1984 by George Orwell

The new HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness"

BridgeUp's podcast on Latino stereotypes

Aug 23 2018

25mins

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Rank #14: #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 #15: Call Me, Jason Reynolds

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Gwen and Frank get a visit from Elisa Garcia, Supervising Librarian of Teen Services at the Bronx Library Center, who brings the guessing-game drama and recommendations galore. Plus: Elisa talks about moving to and growing up in the Bronx, the global influence of '90s hip-hop, and all around back-in-the-day coolness. 

May 31 2018

48mins

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Rank #16: 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 #17: Hard-boiled Noir

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Frank dives into the dark and depraved world of noir, explains the basics of the genre and delivers a saucy read from one of his favorite books. Gwen does some detective work herself, taking us on her journey of a book rec that takes a dark turn of it's own! Plus: radio drama, man tears, and some classic YA literature.

Apr 05 2018

34mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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The Librarian Is (Hanging) In (There)

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Frank and Rhonda practice social distancing together (but separately!) to discuss the books they've read this week. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Settle in for a bit and listen to your favorite librarians discuss what they like to read (and listen to!) when they're stuck at home!

Mar 26 2020

44mins

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Machines Like Me? Monsters Like You!

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Frank and Rhonda discuss their non-125 list book picks this week!

Mar 12 2020

45mins

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Giovanni's Room - February Book Club

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Hi all! Thanks for joining us. This week is our inaugural book club episode! As they mentioned last episode, Frank and Rhonda picked Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin off the NYPL's 125 Books We Love list to read and discuss. We hope you had the chance to read along too. So without further ado - click "play" and be transported to 1950s Paris...

Feb 27 2020

49mins

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WE'RE BAAAAAAAACK!

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Didja miss us?! We missed you too! Thanks for joining us on the new season of The Librarian Is In. Our good pal Frank joins us again and welcomes our new co-host Rhonda Evans. Longtime listeners will remember Rhonda from her guest appearance on a previous episode! Rhonda shares with Frank some of her librarian background, favorite genres to read, and information about which branch she currently works, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 

Frank and Rhonda also discuss their top 5 picks on the New York Public Library's 125 Books We Love List! 

Feb 13 2020

49mins

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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

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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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iTunes Ratings

495 Ratings
Average Ratings
440
30
5
8
12

Ahhh you are back

By 2WOOOF - Mar 02 2020
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So glad you are back. I missed this podcast so much. Let the reading begin.

Glad your back

By Robin3826 - Feb 15 2020
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Welcome Rhonda. Good luck Gwen. So glad the podcast is back.