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Living in the Stacks

32 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 4 years ago - ★★★★★ - 1 rating

Join hosts Melody, Max, Dexter, Diana, and Jon every two weeks for this audio book club we like to call Living in the Stacks.

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Indie Author Showcase: Champagne Brunch of the Insectivores by Jim Hanson

May 03, 2020 20:42 - 1 hour - 66.7 MB

A bit late due to *gestures at everything*, but this episode Jon ends the Indie Author Showcase with another spacefaring story in Jim Hanson's Champagne Brunch of the Insectivores. Stay tuned to the end to hear about the future plans for Living in the Stacks.

Indie Author Showcase: A Twist of Wyrd by P.J. Friel

March 20, 2020 02:06 - 1 hour - 77.8 MB

As we hunker down during the pandemic, Dexter leads the discussion on P.J. Friel’s urban fantasy romance set in Akron, A Twist of Wyrd.

Indie Author Showcase: Dancing with Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie

February 28, 2020 04:11 - 1 hour - 57.2 MB

This month, Max leads our discussion with one of their favorite novels, the galactic epic Dancing with Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie.

Indie Author Showcase: Stelvei: The Lavender Project by A.D. Price

January 31, 2020 03:49 - 1 hour - 79.7 MB

Note: This month’s book is not available for purchase at this time, but if anyone’s interested in being a beta reader, you can contact the author here: [email protected] month’s episode begins Jon’s theme, the Indie Author Showcase, where we read books from independent authors we know and have them on the show to discuss them. First up, Melody has us read A.D. Price’s Stelvei: The Lavender Project, and we interview her about the book and her writing process.

The End of the World As We Know It: It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

December 15, 2019 18:00 - 1 hour - 66.1 MB

CW: discussions of fascism and references to the current presidential administration It’s the end of the post-apocalyptic and dystopian novel theme as Jon leads a discussion on Sinclair Lewis’ sadly prophetic story of fascism’s rise in the United States It Can’t Happen Here.

The End of the World As We Know It: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

November 19, 2019 04:45 - 1 hour - 70.3 MB

Dexter returns to lead a discussion on Stephenie Meyer's followup to the Twilight Saga, the post-apocalyptic alien invasion story The Host.

The End of the World As We Know It: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

October 21, 2019 03:21 - 49 minutes - 45.7 MB

Our dive into the post-apocalypse continues with Max leading a discussion on Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember.

The End of the World As We Know It: Blindness by José Saramago

September 21, 2019 18:16 - 55 minutes - 51.2 MB

Melody kicks off Dexter's theme of dystopia and post-apocalyptic books with José Saramago's story of ableism, human misery, and long form poop description Blindness.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

August 15, 2019 17:00 - 1 hour - 64.9 MB

We end the current cycle with Jon's pick, a classic story of existential dread and body horror. It's Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

July 15, 2019 17:00 - 1 hour - 58.6 MB

On this very LGBTQIA+ centric episode, Dexter leads the discussion on Becky Albertalli's gay coming of age novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the book behind 2018's Love, Simon.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

June 18, 2019 05:12 - 45 minutes - 41.9 MB

This month, Max does their best to lead a discussion on philosophy and travel while Melody and Jon struggled in reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

May 15, 2019 17:44 - 1 hour - 65.5 MB

CW: This book features molestation, suicide ideation, and abortion, which the hosts discuss. Our next cycle starts with Melody picking Lauren Oliver’s Rooms, a ghost story unlike any we’ve read before.

Blasts from the Past: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

April 15, 2019 17:00 - 57 minutes - 59.9 MB

Our first themed trip through history comes to an end as Jon takes us in a cross-continental and cross-historical story of a Chinese-American woman learning her mother’s life story in rural China in the 1970s.

Blasts from the Past: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

March 15, 2019 21:56 - 1 hour - 81 MB

Dexter takes the wheels of our literary time machine to pre-colonial Nigeria and the arrival of Europeans in Chinua Achebe’s Thing’s Fall Apart.

Blasts from the Past: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

February 15, 2019 18:00 - 44.4 MB

Continuing our journey to the past, Max takes us to post-Revolutionary War Philadelphia during a yellow fever outbreak in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793.

Blasts from the Past: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

January 15, 2019 18:00 - 50 minutes - 46.3 MB

This episode starts Max's themed cycle, Historical Fiction. Starting us off, Melody takes us back to a Japanese-American family being held in an interment camp during World War II in Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor was Divine.

A Major Announcement

November 29, 2018 21:20 - 5 minutes - 4.72 MB

To end 2018, we here at Living in the Stacks wanted to let your Readers know some major changes to the podcast. Happy Holidays, and we'll see you in 2019.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

November 27, 2018 18:00 - 1 hour - 67.4 MB

Jon ends this cycle by taking an irreverent trip to the stars in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

November 13, 2018 18:00 - 1 hour - 62.3 MB

Diana takes us on a story of intrigue and betrayal that spans two World Wars in Kate Quinn's The Alice Network.  

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

October 30, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 74.2 MB

We go from fantasy to dystopia as Dex leads the discussion of Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

October 17, 2018 00:09 - 1 hour - 72 MB

Our trip to Fantasy Land isn't over as Max has us read Peter S. Beagle's classic deconstruction of the genre The Last Unicorn.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

October 02, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 74.3 MB

With our first themed cycle completed, Melody takes us fantastical trip to the circus in Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. 

Required Reading: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

September 18, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 78.8 MB

Our first Required Reading cycle concludes with Jon leading the discussion of Ray Bradbury's eerily foreboding novel Fahrenheit 451. 

Required Reading: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

September 05, 2018 00:20 - 1 hour - 63.8 MB

Our Required Reading cycle nears its conclusion as this time Diana leads the discussion for the heartbreaking coming of age story The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. 

Required Reading: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

August 21, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 79.5 MB

Our Required Reading cycle marches on as Dexter leads the discussion on the influential classic Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 

Required Reading: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

August 07, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 70 MB

Our Required Reading cycle continues with Max leading our discussion of the iconic The Princess Bride by William Goldman. 

Required Reading: My Ántonia by Willa Cather

July 23, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 77.9 MB

Living in the Stacks starts off its first themed cycle with Required Reading, and Melody leads the discussion on Willa Cather's My Ántonia.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

July 10, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 70.6 MB

CW: we get political and shit. You have been warned.  Jon ends the first cycle for the hosts with some shorter, but meatier fare: George Orwell's allegory for the Russian Revolution, Animal Farm. 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

June 26, 2018 17:00 - 1 hour - 84.9 MB

This episode, Diana guides us through a more mature interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic in The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. 

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

June 13, 2018 03:00 - 1 hour - 82.8 MB

Dexter leads the discussion this episode as we talk about the book that got him into reading, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. 

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

June 13, 2018 03:00 - 1 hour - 80.2 MB

This episode, Max leads the discussion as we delve into the Biblical satire Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

June 13, 2018 03:00 - 2 hours - 80.1 MB

In our debut episode, our hosts introduce themselves and Melody leads the discussion about the first entry in Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Saga, A Wizard of Earthsea.