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Booked Solid Podcast

A podcast for Young Adult, New Adult, and Forever Young at Heart Adults

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Circe

Madeline Miller

Kathleen and James get together and explore an incredible retelling of a myth that fully realizes its characters in new and exciting ways. James reveals that he is a verifiable fanboy for Greek mythology while singing this novel’s praises. Kathleen welcomes James to the podcast and tries to keep things on track. They both agree that everything is better after Odysseus dies.

SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Kathleen Crouse | James Ludy

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Ain't Burned All The Bright

Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin

Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.

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SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Samantha Connell | Kathleen Crouse | James Ludy

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Crafts

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Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. Keep your hands active and your mind engaged with inspiration, ideas, and daily practice exercises all accessed from home with your library card barcode! Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace on an easy-to-use, personalized platform.

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Gender Queer

Maia Kobabe

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

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SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Samantha Connell | Kathleen Crouse

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

V.E. Schwab

With her signature wit and deliciously wicked imagination, V. E. Schwab is one author we just can’t get enough of. In The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, prepare to be mesmerized by Addie — our unflappable heroine, cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets after agreeing to a Faustian bargain, and left to answer the question: “What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?” What follows is a story as creative and unforgettable as Addie herself.

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SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Samantha Connell | Kathleen Crouse

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Genuine Fraud

E. Lockhart

Imogen lives at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She spends her days working out in the hotel gym and telling other guests how she was forced out of Stanford.

But Imogen isn't really Imogen. She's Jule. And she's on the run from something. Or someone. Which means . . . where is the real Imogen?

Rewind: Jule and Imogen are the closest of friends. Obsessed with each other, even. Imogen is an orphan, an heiress; she and Jule spend a summer together in a house on Martha's Vineyard, sharing secrets they'd never reveal to another soul.

But that was months ago. Where is Immie now? And why is Jule using her name?

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SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Samantha Connell | Kathleen Crouse

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The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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SHOW CONTRIBUTORS: Samantha Connell | Kathleen Crouse

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KATHLEEN CROUSE is the Teen Librarian and a mom to Michael the Corgi (an established social media influencer).

SAMANTHA CONNELL is an Adult Services Librarian and a former Pastry Chef with a love of contact sports.

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