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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 murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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 murder mysteries: 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 murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Episodes

Ep 294 - The New Life, by Orhan Pamuk

4/16/2018
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"I read a book one day and my whole life changed," opens Orhan Pamuk's best-selling novel The New Life. Like much of Pamuk's work, The New Life dives deep into how we attempt to process the world around us, drawing specifically on the tensions of the East-West dichotomy. Other talking points include dangerous buses, life-changing books, and in-fiction fiction.

Duration:01:04:02

Ep 293 - Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

4/9/2018
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Put another quarter in the coin slot folks, because it's time to talk about Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. Topics include bad fan culture, the narrowness of the characters' "exhaustive" knowledge of 80s popular culture, and why the critical response to this book has shifted so much in just a few short years.

Duration:01:06:12

Ep 292 - "A" is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton

4/2/2018
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Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series stars Kinsey Millhone, a no-nonsense private eye operating in California. "A" is for Alibi is the first book for feature Kinsey, so we spend much of the episode talking about how it sets up the series and how Kinsey fits into the pantheon of crime fiction protagonists. Also, Andrew comes up with his OWN alphabetic mysteries. This podcast cannot be used for evidence in a court of law. PLUS: We updated our Patreon project! Check it out:...

Duration:01:00:43

Ep 291 - Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

3/26/2018
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Gone With The Wind is an American classic, both in that it is a classic book written by an American author and in that it does a bad job wrangling with America's original sin, slavery. We try to justice both to Mitchell's characterization and sense of place while also accounting for her blind spots.

Duration:01:30:55

Ep 290 - Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

3/19/2018
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E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is a beloved classic for plenty of reasons. It's got bloodthirsty spiders, hungry hungry rats, and some terrific, radiant, humble pig named Wilbur. But somehow Craig hadn't read it until THIS WEEK. Other talking points include: otter tacos, animal sentience, and the saddest feelings anyone's ever felt about a spider.

Duration:01:01:19

Ep 289 - The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

3/12/2018
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Earth were flat and also being carried by four gigantic elephants who were all standing on the back of a giant space turtle? Us too! Which is why Terry Pratchett's Discworld series remains relevant 35 years after its inception in this week's book, The Colour of Magic.

Duration:00:57:30

Ep 288 - The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

3/5/2018
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Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife is equal parts romance and sci-fi. It's a love story about the limits of free will and the power of destiny. It is also a way hornier book than we gave it credit for. Talking points include James Cameron's avatar, time-travelling hi-jinks, and chrono-impairment as a metaphor for absence, loss, and the gravitational pull of love.

Duration:01:03:34

Ep 287 - The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey (Bonus Episode)

2/28/2018
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For February's bonus episode, we spin, twirl, and jump our way through a conversation about Meg Howrey's The Cranes Dance. This book about sisterhood and ambition draws heavily on the author's experience as a successful professional dancer.

Duration:00:58:28

Ep 286 - Kindred, by Octavia Butler

2/26/2018
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Octavia Butler’s Kindred is ostensibly a sci-fi/fantasy novel about time travel, but it also draws heavily from the tradition of first-person slave narratives. Butler’s characters, whether white slaveowners, the slaves themselves, or the time travelers in between are all allowed ample nuance, even as Butler puts the brutality and inhumanity of the era on full display.

Duration:01:01:45

Ep 285 - The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

2/19/2018
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and...then what? N.K. Jemisin's award-winning novel The Fifth Season kicks off her Broken Earth trilogy with a tale about serial apocalypses and oppressed earth mages. SPOILER ALERT: We talk about a critical plot point about 40-45 minutes in. Other talking points include: anniversaries, Super Nintendo RPGs, and internet trolls.

Duration:00:57:22

Ep 284 - Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2/12/2018
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is about a lot of things—it's a love story, it's an immigrant story, it's a story about the Obama moment—but it has the most to say about race. It's about being black in America, but not from the perspective of a black American. It's about how race works in different cultures, and among different people from the same culture. It's about hair. And it's a fascinating read, every step of the way.

Duration:01:01:58

Ep 283 - Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

2/5/2018
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Jesmyn Ward's second novel Salvage the Bones is the story of a family in rural Mississippi in the twelve days leading up to Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Equal parts intimate and mythic in proportion, Salvage the Bones is a moving portrait of perseverance. Join us for a discussion of feline biological warfare, Medea Medea Medea, and unfortunate canines.

Duration:00:56:57

Ep 282 - The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

1/29/2018
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In the wake of Ursula K. Le Guin's tragic passing earlier this month, this week's episode covers her Nebula-award winning The Dispossessed. Part of the "Hainish Cycle," the book deals with capitalism, socialism, anarchism, and human nature in ways that resonate strongly in our current moment.

Duration:01:07:05

Ep 281 - The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

1/22/2018
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Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses may be the first book we've covered to have caused a full-blown International Incident. Rushdie's notorious fourth novel tackles issues of immigration, identity and revelation, but it's the passages inspired by the life of the prophet Muhammad that sparked the most outrage. Join us for a conversation about haunting decisions, amazing transformations, and Andrew's terrible stance on pineapple and pizza.

Duration:01:08:35

Ep 280 - The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

1/15/2018
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Shhhhhh, everyone, come in closer. Closer! Because we're about to tell you all about The Secret, and we don't want anyone to overhear. Of course, if they hear us talking about all the parts of this book that are bogus, THAT would be fine.

Duration:01:12:54

Ep 279 - The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy

1/8/2018
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A boy and his wolf cross the border into Mexico and things go...rather poorly. That's the premise of Cormac McCarthy's 1994 novel The Crossing. It's a Southwestern Gothic coming-of-age story that also touches on the evil nature of man and the collapse of the mythic American West. Talking points include the puppet comedy of Jeff Dunham, violence in McCarthy's West, and a call for proposals on "Neoliberal Discourse and/in McCarthy."

Duration:00:59:14

Ep 278 - Beauty and the Beast (LIVE from the Fall For The Book Festival)

1/1/2018
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Our first episode of the new year is actually from our live show at the Fall For The Book Festirval in Fairfax, VA. Andrew read the original version of Beauty and the Beast, which bears some similarity to the better-known Disney version but kind of goes off the rails toward the end.

Duration:00:56:30

Ep 277 - The Santa Clause, by Daphne Skinner

12/25/2017
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It's a family affair for this week's episode, in which Craig, Andrew, Laura, and Suzannah gather 'round the fire to discuss Daphne Skinner's novelization of the hit 1994 Tim Allen film, The Santa Clause. Does Tim Allen murder Santa? How many Santas have there been? And did we all believe in Santa?

Duration:01:11:34

Ep 276 - The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

12/18/2017
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Markus Zusak's breakthrough novel The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in 1940s Germany told by Death itself. It is equal parts heartening and heartbreaking in its depiction of people just trying to live, and it doesn't shy away from showing how "just trying to live" can create a slippery moral slope. Talking points include Star Wars "spoilers," other books that Death should narrate, the power of literature, and Oscar-bait WW2 stories.

Duration:01:03:51

Ep 275 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

12/11/2017
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On this week’s show, we ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything via Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a radio-play-turned-book that has been adapted to just about every audiovisual medium known to humankind. We also ponder how becoming millionaires would change our walking habits.

Duration:00:57:13

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