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!

Traveling with Sleep Stories & New Books — 16 September 2022
Traveling with Sleep Stories & New Books — 16 September 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Ten Things I Hate About Me by Joe Tracini and Thistlefoot by Gennarose Nethercott. Then Mel explains how the Sleep Stories in the Calm app have taken her on adventures around the world.
Beautiful Street Art by NeSpoon & New Books — 09 September 2022
Beautiful Street Art by NeSpoon & New Books — 09 September 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn and Fairy Tale by Stephen King. Then Mel takes us around Europe with the Polish street artist Nespoon.
Newfoundland Screech & New Books — 02 September 2022
Newfoundland Screech & New Books — 02 September 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: these are the words by Nikita Gill and Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney. Then Dave explains the delightful tradition of newcomers to Newfoundland being ScreechedIn.
Shetland Series & New Books — 26 August 2022
Shetland Series & New Books — 26 August 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva and A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers. Then Mel explains why she's smitten with Detective Inspector Jimmy Pérez and the Shetland TV series, based on the books by Ann Cleeves.
The Most Remote Island in the World & New Books — 05 August 2022
The Most Remote Island in the World & New Books — 05 August 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Kismet by Amina Akhtar and Alias Emma by Ava Glass. Then we think about running away to Tristan da Cunha, the worlds most remote inhabited island.
The Real 'Dirty Dancing' Hotel (?) & New Books — 29 July 2022
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 Kutshers, a documentary about the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills.
Postcards from Timbuktu & New Books — 15 July 2022
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.
Pop-Up Book Art & New Books — 08 July 2022
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 Allens pulp fiction art.
Butler County Donut Trail & New Books — 01 July 2022
Butler County Donut Trail & New Books — 01 July 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Her Majestys 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 Ohios famed Donut Trail.
Typewriter Rodeo & New Books — 24 June 2022
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.
Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway & New Books — 17 June 2022
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 Americans Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Familys 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.
Maurice Sendak's Birthday & New Books — 10 June 2022
Maurice Sendak's Birthday & New Books — 10 June 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill and There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: And Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy and the World by Carlo Rovelli. Then we celebrate the genius of the one and only Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are.
Azerbaijani Food & Two New Books — 03 June 2022
Azerbaijani Food & Two New Books — 03 June 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Hide by Kiersten White and Born to Be Hanged by Keith Thomson. Then we discuss the very soothing, compelling cooking videos on the Country Life Vlog.
Golden Gate Bridge Opening Day & New Books — 27 May 2022
Golden Gate Bridge Opening Day & New Books — 27 May 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: Trust by Hernan Diaz and How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann. Then we get nostalgic for the Opening Day on the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.
A Floating Taco Bar & New Books — 13 May 2022
A Floating Taco Bar & New Books — 13 May 2022
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker and Book of Night by Holly Black. Then we are charmed by three short words: floating taco bar.
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