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








Anger Is a Gift

Aristotle famously (er, probably) said that anger is a gift, and Gwen's been given one this year: Rebecca Traister's book about the power of women's rage, "Good and Mad." Plus, Frank finds more presents in The New Yorker archives and NYPL announces its year-end Best Books lists.


Check Out This Sculpture

We're obsessed with libraries loaning unconventional items: seeds, toys, tools, clothes, games, museum passes... and sculptures. Local artist Wendy Richmond joins Gwen and Frank to talk about her work and her new installation, which encouraged patrons to take home her incredible sculptures of her own hands. Check out our live show on Dec. 4! Frank and Gwen will be talking to Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People, at Frank's own Jefferson Market Library! Tuesday, Dec. 4, at...


Keeping You Company in the Kitchen

Whether you're cooking turkey for 20 or opting out of Thanksgiving entirely, books about food are always in season. Frank and Gwen talk about their favorite cookbooks and chef memoirs with NYPL's resident foodie, Jeanne Hodesh, and offer some family recipes of their very own. Check out our live show on Dec. 4! Food memoirs: The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food Memories of a Lost Egypt Colette Rossant Blood, Bones, & ButterCooking for Mr. Latte audiobooks of Anthony Bourdain Tender at the...


Pop-Culture Storytime (with Garfield)

What makes a good story time? Anthony Murisco, youth librarian extraordinaire, joins Frank and Gwen to talk all things kids and books. Plus: everyone's favorite lazy cartoon cat, a true stumper of a guessing game, and a flurry of pop-culture recommendations. In This Episode: Anthony's library: The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library NLS: The National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped A book Anthony likes for storytime: Jump by David...



A library podcast about a book about libraries? Sign us up! Frank goes meta this week with an in-depth review of Susan Orlean's new page-turner, and and Gwen sees an author of children's classics in a new light. Frank & Gwen's Recommendations The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and several other books by Susan Orlean Check out the Library Talks podcast (after Sunday, Nov. 11) to hear an interview with Orlean! The works of Canadian children's author Robert Munsch: Angela’s Airplane...


The Librarian Is In... the Voting Booth!

It's almost Election Day. Do you know where your voting rights are? Christopher Famighetti, professor at Jefferson Market University, joins Frank and Gwen for an in-depth convo about voting — and what libraries have to do with it. Plus: a different take on Tolstoy and the surreal films of Luis Buñuel.


Between Terror and Humor

It's almost Halloween, and it got so creepy we scared Gwen away. Frank braves the gore with Isaiah Pittman, horror aficionado and adult services librarian at NYPL. They talk scary books AND movies. Book Recommendations Paperbacks From Hell: The twisted history of 70's and 80's horror by Grady Hendrix The Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell Night Shift by Stephen King 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill Final Girls: A novel by Riley Sager The series-- Anno...


This Is Not the Foe You're Looking For

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...


Giving It Up for The Hate U Give

Kadiatou Tubman, Education Coordinator from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, joins Gwen and Frank for an intense analysis of Angie Thomas' classic: book vs. movie, casting choices, implications in the classroom, and much more.


Hot Topix Galore

Frank and Gwen are all about feminist texts this week. They go back in time with the classic short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" — which is also NYPL's newest Insta Novel — and then hit the present (hard) with "Red Clocks." In between, there's a beautiful picture book for kids. Plus: Frank figures out a literary puzzle.


Childhood Game-Changers

When we asked our book experts about books that changed their lives, we fell in love with their picks — and we wanted you to hear what they had to say, in their own voices. Plus: Frank and Gwen add their own childhood game-changers. Check out the full list: 40 Books that Changed Librarians' Lives


When Escape Leads You Back to Reality

Gwen and Frank discover two very different alternate worlds that speak to our present times. Their seemingly mismatched books offer stellar writing and clever takes on fantasy, dystopias and cringe-worthy identity politics. Plus: Frank has some, um... words for the author of his book. Book Recommendations Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk


Thanks for Asking

Rosa Caballero-Li, manager of Ask NYPL, has all the answers! Rosa tells Frank and Gwen about the ins, outs, ups, and downs of the Library's multifaceted reference service, staffed by real-live human people. Plus: a story within a story presents some guessing game twists. Need assistance? Have a question? Get in touch with Ask NYPL. Book Recommendation Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado Non-Book Recommendations "Lots of People Love ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’...


This Book Is No Joke

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...


Harry Potter Meets Jane Eyre

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: My Name is Lucy BartonAnything is Possible


Teens Take Charge

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...


Guess What SHOULDN'T Replace Libraries?

Answer: anything! Frank and Gwen discuss why for-profit businesses cannot and should not take libraries' place in society. Plus, recommendations for two small books that contain very big worlds. Book Recommendations Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson Oleg Kagan's opinion piece about how libraries are not companies, and more information about Forbes deleting the original op-ed. The...


America Is Not The Heart

It's our third annual Summer Reading Challenge! This year, Frank and Gwen picked America Is Not the Heart, a debut novel by Elaine Castillo, about language and love and revolution and family and the meaning of home—it's about everything, and it's incredible.


May I Remove Your Preconceived Notions?

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...


What Makes a Good Beach Read?

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