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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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1534 Ratings
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I don’t have to read the book!

By Chex926 - May 18 2020
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I really enjoy this pod and have gotten quite a few good book recommendations

A delight

By therebutforthe - May 18 2020
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This is a very soothing listen and the hosts have great chemistry. Thanks Craig and Andrew!

iTunes Ratings

1534 Ratings
Average Ratings
1348
62
32
32
60

I don’t have to read the book!

By Chex926 - May 18 2020
Read more
I really enjoy this pod and have gotten quite a few good book recommendations

A delight

By therebutforthe - May 18 2020
Read more
This is a very soothing listen and the hosts have great chemistry. Thanks Craig and Andrew!
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Overdue

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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Rank #1: Ep 200 - Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

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Here it is: the big two-hundo! This week, Andrew tackles David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in a show that is nearly 2.5 hours long and yet somehow still not quite long enough to get to everything.

We break down the plot and the structure, such as they are, and we also dive deeper into the role of addiction and depression in the book and the book’s at-times antagonistic relationship with the reader. It’s a book worth reading, but perhaps more than anything we’ve yet done for the show, it resists being read.

Sep 26 2016

2hr 25mins

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Rank #2: Ep 050 - Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

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Strap yourselves in and pick a good safe word, because Andrew and Craig both read Fifty Shades of Grey for this, our landmark 50th episode! Boy are they sorry!

A warning up front in case you're not familiar: this is a book that is mostly about a BDSM relationship. Our show this week has swearing and pretty graphic descriptions of sex, so keep that in mind while listening.

Mar 03 2014

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: Ep 300 - Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 300th episode than with a *biting* discussion of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster hit Twilight.

Will klutzy cipher Bella Swan and perfect baseballboy Edward Cullen make it? Can you practice abstinence in the world that gave rise to Fifty Shades? And when you become a vampire, does it make you HOT?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our tricentennial extravaganza!

May 21 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #4: Ep 161 - It, by Stephen King

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Stephen King's It deserves most of the praise it gets - it's an incredibly long, incredibly detailed book that tells two long intertwined stories and a bunch of short ones besides, and in one section it made Andrew physically uncomfortable. Mission accomplished, Stephen!

But it's not all good; the book is longer than it probably needs to be and it lingers on certain aspects of pre-teen sexuality just a BIT more than seems advisable.

Anyway, come on down and enjoy this week's episode! We all float down here.

And you'll float, too.

Feb 15 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Ep 338 - Twilight: Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

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If you can't stand how hot these werewolves are, get out of the kitchen! This week we head back to Forks for the third of the four main Twilight books, and while we had kind of made our peace with reading these in our New Moon episode, we question the wisdom of that decision this time around.

Jan 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: Ep 320 - Twilight: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

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Just like Bella can't resist her vampire beau Edward, we couldn't resist returning to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. So we sharpened our fangs and grew out our wolfbeards for a lengthy discussion of the second book in the series, New Moon.

We bemoan the dearth of quality humans in Bella's life. We discuss our #TeamJacob leanings despite some concerns about his "Nice Guy" persistence. And we express our frustration with a book that doesn't WANT to be a metaphor for power dynamics despite being about a teenage girl DEALING WITH SUPERNATURAL MONSTER BOYS.

Sep 24 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #7: Ep 343 - How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

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You want to be popular? You want your ideas to be heard? You want to get a great job? Then Dale Carnegie has the tips for you! His best-selling self-help volume How to Win Friends and Influence People has been helping business men for decades, so we decided to sit down and go over a few of the particulars.

PS We've also got a hot tip for anyone looking to get more chips at their office cafeteria.

Feb 18 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Ep 072 - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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This week, we take another run at Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is, in Andrew's words, "a book where a bunch of people eventually get married to each other.

"It's also more than that, of course—it gives us an opportunity to talk about class, wealth, social standing, love, the institution of marriage, Milton Bradley jingles, and one Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Fitzy to his friends).

Aug 05 2014

59mins

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Rank #9: Ep 337 - The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), by Philip Pullman

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The Golden Compass (aka The Subtle Knife) has cute soul-Pokémon, multiple universes, and armored battle bears, so what's not to like?

Jan 07 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: Ep 182 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

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This week Andrew completes the Brontë trilogy with Charlotte Brontë's seminal novel Jane Eyre.

Is it a romance? Is it spooky? Do we like Mr. Rochester or does he well and truly stink? We'll attempt to answer these questions and more in between revisiting #MomSwears, solving some Scooby Doo mysteries, and traveling through Internet tubes.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by Kinyo Poetry and Squarespace.

Jun 13 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #11: Ep 351 - Twilight: Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

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Our journey through Stephenie Meyer's world of werewolves, vampires, and teens has come to a close! We wrap up the story of Bella, Edward, and Jacob with Breaking Dawn. It's a book that could probably be at least two books and definitely suffered by the odd pacing of the series' prior entries.

Join us for a discussion of the mind internet, fan fiction and world-building, and just how much we HATE werewolf imprinting.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #12: Ep 131 - The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is the first entry in our four-part journey down the J.R.R. Tolkien rabbit hole that so many of you wanted us to journey down. Andrew and Craig have both already read The Hobbit, the shorter, lighter prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so Craig's sister Jillian joins us for the ride.
Join us for a talk about Tolkien, bedazzled dragons, and one weird trick that giant spiders will HATE.

Aug 31 2015

1hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Ep 413 - Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobol (Bonus Episode)

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What's a boy to do when his dad is the bumbling Chief of Police? Solve crimes, of course! Join us as we solve The Mystery of How Donald J. Sobol Wrote Detective Fiction for Kids!

Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

May 01 2020

59mins

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Rank #14: Ep 400 - The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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What better way to celebrate a milestone episode than to make a bunch of teenagers fight each other to the death? Join us as we discuss the first entry in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, taking particular delight in its worldbuilding and its protagonist Katniss Everdeen. We also get into some of the film-informed Discourse that has surrounded the series since its release, and of course we take time to get our celebrities all mixed up.

(Special note: Want to come see us live with our friends from Appointment Television? Head to bit.ly/booksortv for info on our live show at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH on Thursday, February 20th. It's free!)

Feb 10 2020

1hr 20mins

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Rank #15: Ep 244 - Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

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Do you know the meaning of life? We don't either, but we feel like we're just a little bit closer after reading Hermann Hesse's classic Siddhartha.

Jun 05 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #16: Ep 213 - The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

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S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders was written when the author was just 16, which is impressive not just because the book has an atypical amount of empathy and perspective for something written by a teenager, but because the author is especially close to her characters’ circumstances.

Also on tap for this week: sick raps, tales from the McDonald’s drive-thru, and a whole lot more.

Dec 05 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: Ep 169 - Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews (hosted by Two Bossy Dames)

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This week's episode is something a little different: Andrew and Craig were off writing the Two Bossy Dames newsletter last week, so Margaret H. Willison and Sophie Brookover are taking over the show this week!

The Dames read V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic, which is apparently MUCH more about incest than the books we normally read! But they handle it ably, answering questions like: is this supposed to be titillating? IS it titillating? Why is our culture so bad at exposing young women and girls to sex in a healthy, non-creepy way? And more!

You can subscribe to Two Bossy Dames and view an archive of past letters (including the one we did!) at twobossydames.substack.com

Apr 04 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Ep 134 - LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Join us for the second installment in our four-part journey down to Mordor with J.R.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings series. Craig's sister Jillian remains in the fellowship for a Family Size episode on The Fellowship of the Ring.

Talking points include elven paradises, stranger danger, bath time songs, and the difference between dipping and bouncing.

Sep 14 2015

1hr 27mins

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Rank #19: Ep 247 - The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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What's hidden in your secret garden? Which weeds need weeding? Which flowers need water, sunlight, and a Pokemon trainer to bring them to life?

This week we talk about our own secret gardens, as well as the novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Other talking points include New Women, stolen identities, and The Secret.

Jun 26 2017

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Rank #20: Ep 222 - Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (w/ The Librarian Is In)

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Who has the conch? Somebody find the glasses! We're trapped on a podcast island with the amazing Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius of the New York Public Library's show The Librarian Is In.

Actually, Gwen and Frank were kind enough to have us in their studio to chat about William Golding's novel The Lord of the Flies.

Possible television-related tangents include LOST, Kid Nation, and Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

This episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace and Penn State World Campus.

Jan 30 2017

1hr 18mins

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Ep 428 - Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone takes familiar fantasy tropes and puts them in a new context, which makes them unexpectedly poignant and powerful. 

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Aug 03 2020

1hr 8mins

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Genie Babies - Episodes 1 & 2

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Welcome to Genie Babies, a magic carpet ride of a podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On our newest show-within-a-show, we're reading Husain Haddawy's translation of Muhsin Mahdi's manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights (also known by its westernized title, The Arabian Nights). 

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. In the first half, you'll hear us discuss the some of the background scholarship as well as the stories that setup the collection. In the second, we'll dive deeper into some nested tales where demons truly thrive. In both halves, we'll grapple with the heaping helpings of misogyny that accompany these wild tales!

Stories covered in Nights 1-27 include: The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad, His Visier's Daughter; The Story of the Merchant and the Demon; and The Story of the Fisherman and the Demon, which includes tales about King Yunan, a talking parrot, a She-Ghoul, and a stony prince.

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

Aug 01 2020

1hr 57mins

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Ep 427 - Deacon King Kong, by James McBride

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Everything happens for a reason in James McBride's new novel. It's September of 1969 and a doddering Brooklyn deacon just shot the neighborhood's top drug dealer. The events set in motion touch every member of the community - from its 102-year-old founder to the fire ants in the boiler room - and help them build a future as the world changes around them.

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jul 27 2020

1hr 2mins

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Ep 426 - The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector

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Can our podcast truly capture the depth of a renowned Brazilian novelist's final work? This question mirrors one asked by the narrator of The Hour of the Star, whose attempts to portray a young woman's pitiable existence are hindered by his fears that he will never do her story justice.

Also, Craig talks into a sock.

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jul 20 2020

1hr 3mins

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Ep 425 - Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), by Suzanne Collins

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The Games may have ended, but we're still hungry! We travel back to Panem for the close of Collins' trilogy about Katniss, Peeta, and revolution. It's time to talk (a)political messages, rickety love triangles, the limits of a hero's POV.

If you aren't caught up on our Hunger Games journey, go give Episode 400 or Episode 410 a listen!

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jul 13 2020

1hr 32mins

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Ep 424 - My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Sometimes a book is about exactly what it says on the cover. Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel is plenty dark but surprisingly funny, exploring sibling dynamics heightened by the fact that there is serial killing involved.

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jul 06 2020

55mins

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Ep 423 - The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, by Steve Brusatte (Bonus Episode)

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Craig loves dinosaurs, so Andrew let him talk for an hour about Steve Brusatte's recent book for dino devotees. Time to talk T-Rexes, Sauropods, and graphic depictions of the end of the world with our live Patreon chat.

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

Jul 03 2020

1hr 12mins

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Ep 422 - An Unseen Attraction, by KJ Charles (w/ Margaret H. Willison)

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Special guest Margaret H. Willison joins us this week to talk about the consensual, gay, historically accurate romance novels of KJ Charles.

Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jun 29 2020

1hr 6mins

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Ep 421 - The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

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How could a dream upend your life? Would you stop eating meat? Embark on a ruinous affair? Desert your family?

Han Kang's The Vegetarian asks visceral questions about our capacity for violence and what'd be willing to give up to be rid of it.

Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jun 22 2020

57mins

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Ep 420 - Candide, by Voltaire

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Candide is a novella-length takedown of the idea that we are living in the best of all possible worlds, as ordained by God. These days it's hard to believe we need a whole book about this but it's pretty funny anyway?

Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jun 15 2020

46mins

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Ep 419 - Inferno, by Dan Brown (HELLBOYS Bonus Episode)

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Noted symbologist Robert Langdon has to "solve" a "mystery" that "references" Dante's Inferno! Let's see if he can crack the clues before the whole world succumbs to a transhumanist disease (yes, that's a real sentence that makes real sense.) For context, this was originally released in late May for some of our Patreon supporters.

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As we say in the pre-show, we've donated to the Marshall Project, which seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

If you are able, we would encourage you to also support those fighting for the rights of Black folks in the face of escalating police violence. More donation links and educational resources can be found at: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

Consider ordering some books from Black-owned independent bookstores. LitHub has a great list.

Want to support a beloved bookstore in Minneapolis? Help Uncle Hugo's rebuild.

Jun 08 2020

1hr 30mins

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Ep 418 - Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

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This week we read an (1) explicitly autobiographical (2) non-fiction (3) graphic novel, things we don't usually do! But we try to have a useful discussion anyway. This episode, like most of our shows, does not pass the Bechdel Test.

Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Jun 01 2020

56mins

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HELLBOYS - Episode 11

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Welcome to the last official installment of HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On this episode, we wrap up our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every other month we release them for general consumption. This episode carries us to the end where we meet a Who's Who of Biblical heroes and stare directly into the face of God (Paradiso XXVIII-XXXIII). Then it's time to reflect on our ascension from Hellboys to Heavenlads.

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

May 29 2020

56mins

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Ep 417 - Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri's second short story collection focuses on the experiences of second- and third-generation Bengali-Americans, people caught between the futures they're trying to build and the pasts they're trying to honor. Her direct, compelling writing style makes these slices of life particularly affecting, as do the characters and the misfortunes that befall them.

Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. We hope you dig it!

May 25 2020

1hr 2mins

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Ep 416 - Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf

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Orlando is an English nobleman in the 16th century who, by the end the Woolf's tongue-in-cheek biography of the character, is an English noblewoman in the 20th century. It's quite a journey for all involved!

May 18 2020

1hr 7mins

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Ep 415 - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, by Fredrik Backman

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My grandmother asked me to tell you about this podcast. It's about a book by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, and it's about a precocious young girl named Elsa and her quest to deliver her Granny's letters of apology.

It's a fairy tale - of sorts. It's also a story about coming to grips with the world's complications, with the ways in which we are all more than we appear at first glance, and with grief.

May 11 2020

58mins

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Ep 414 - Llama Llama Red Pajama (Series), by Anna Dewdney

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

On a podcast with his mama!

We read llama books to kids

To make them close their small eyelids.

May 04 2020

59mins

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Ep 413 - Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobol (Bonus Episode)

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What's a boy to do when his dad is the bumbling Chief of Police? Solve crimes, of course! Join us as we solve The Mystery of How Donald J. Sobol Wrote Detective Fiction for Kids!

Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

May 01 2020

59mins

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Ep 412 - A Death in the Family, by James Agee

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Fair warning: this book's a bit of a bummer! Agee's autobiographical A Death in the Family centers on the aftermath of the automobile accident that took his father's life in 1915. It's a poetic exploration of grief and trauma -- which may not be everyone's cup of tea these days! Ways we try to lighten the mood include: It's a Wonderful Life musings, Andrew's Heavenly Dogs, and a bunch of words that Craig may or may not have made up.

Apr 27 2020

1hr 2mins

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Ep 411 - Smoke Jumpers (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R.A. Montgomery

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For this, the highest of holy days, we've revisited the Choose Your Own Adventure-verse with R.A. Montgomery's Smoke Jumpers. Come for the information about what it's like to be a trainee firefighter, stay for the ranger who sounds a whole lot like Strong Bad.

Apr 20 2020

1hr 25mins

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iTunes Ratings

1534 Ratings
Average Ratings
1348
62
32
32
60

I don’t have to read the book!

By Chex926 - May 18 2020
Read more
I really enjoy this pod and have gotten quite a few good book recommendations

A delight

By therebutforthe - May 18 2020
Read more
This is a very soothing listen and the hosts have great chemistry. Thanks Craig and Andrew!