the library of lost time!

Every week: two new books and an irresistible distraction.

Sure, you have important things to do. But it takes just a 10 minutes or so to learn about two upcoming book releases and something fascinating about the world.

The Library of Lost Time is a weekly podcast where we share two new book releases at the top of our TBR, then celebrate a fun book- or travel-related distraction.

Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts. Remember to visit your local library and your independent bookstore to lose some time yourself!

The Real 'Dirty Dancing' Hotel (?) & New Books — 29 July 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley and The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Then we go retro with Welcome to Kutsher’s, a documentary about the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills.

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Postcards from Timbuktu & New Books — 15 July 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. Then we daydream about receiving a postcard from the ancient city of Timbuktu.

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Pop-Up Book Art & New Books — 08 July 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey. Then we explore the delightfully retro world of Thomas Allen’s pulp fiction art.

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Butler County Donut Trail & New Books — 01 July 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson and Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels, and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe. Then we take a sweet virtual roadtrip along Ohio’s famed Donut Trail.

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Typewriter Rodeo & New Books — 24 June 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Ordinary Monsters by J. M. Miro. Then we share the lowdown on the thoroughly delightful Typewriter Rodeo poets in Austin, Texas.

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Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway & New Books — 17 June 2022

In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman and Downton Shabby: One American’s Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family’s English Castle by Hopwood DePree. Then we share details about the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø, Norway, where 6000 runners hit the course under a bright sun that never sets.

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