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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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478 Ratings
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I just read the news that you are coming back!

By ctapiau - Feb 07 2020
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Super excited to hear Rhonda and Frank!

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

478 Ratings
Average Ratings
427
30
4
7
10

I just read the news that you are coming back!

By ctapiau - Feb 07 2020
Read more
Super excited to hear Rhonda and Frank!

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 Feb 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: #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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: We Love Men! Ep. 5

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Taboo subjects in adult and children's books alike abound on our fifth episode. Plus, find out what makes a "rare book" rare with our very own rare book librarian, Jessica Pigza.

Feb 18 2016

53mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: And Then There Was Chekhov

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Wherein we discuss reading (and acting!) Anton Chekhov, the influence of Agatha Christie, and the controversial merits of Go, Dog. Go!

Jun 08 2017

43mins

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Rank #15: The Great Nancy Pearl

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Frank and Gwen are beyond thrilled to talk to Nancy Pearl, a.k.a. America's Librarian, a.k.a. the guru of readers' advisory, a.k.a. OUR HERO.

Sep 06 2017

39mins

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Rank #16: 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 #17: Scandal!

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Who's up for some dubious morality? We're all about the scandal this week, as Frank and Gwen tackle controversial essays, what makes a "beach read," and, um, porcupines in library book drops.

Jul 06 2017

34mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: Seeing Yourself on the Page

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The fantastic Sona Charaipotra sits down with Frank and Gwen to talk representation and what it's like to see (or not see) your own experiences reflected in a book. Plus: Archie and Riverdale, Bollywood, Hollywood, and a lot of geeking out over our favorite YA authors.

Jun 15 2017

47mins

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