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Overdue

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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Ep 387 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey (w/ The Librarian Is In)

November 18th, 2019

1:08:31

This week, we're joined once again by Gwen and Frank from the New York Public Library's The Librarian Is In podcast, this time to talk about Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and the movie of the same name). …

Ep 386 - On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

November 11th, 2019

1:04:20

What's up, daddio? Dig this, you cool cats: a podcast, burning with the soul of American individualism and the poetry of the open highway. Kerouac's …

Ep 385 - James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (w/ Natasha from UNSpoiled!)

November 4th, 2019

1:05:31

James Henry Trotter has a hard life. He's suffered loss. He's been mistreated. But things start looking up when a giant peach and a menagerie of bug friends come into his life! Roald Dahl's classic story of a …

Ep 384 - The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton (Bonus Episode)

November 1st, 2019

52:52

This is Halloween. This is Halloween! Halloween. Halloween.

Join us for a bonus episode that includes a frightening chat, horrifying drawings, and a spooky spelunk through the world of Tim Burton's (children's book?) The …

Ep 383 - Psycho, by Robert Bloch

October 28th, 2019

59:01

Stop me if you've heard this one: a strange man who runs a motel with his mom (maybe) commits several murders before people get wise to him. At least one of them is in a shower. It's very creepy. Were you thinking of …

Ep 382 - Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach

October 21st, 2019

1:04:45

Come on into our spooky kitchen and let us cook you up a big steaming bowlful of creepypasta! This week's book began life as a series of Reddit posts …

Ep 381 - The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

October 14th, 2019

56:58

Ever wanted to marry a ghost? Then boy do we have a book for you! Spooktober continues with Yangsze Choo's debut novel about a young woman in late 19th-century Malaya who winds up promised to a spectral groom.

It's a fun …

Ep 380 - From Hell, by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

October 7th, 2019

57:48

We rip our way into Spooktober 2019 with From Hell, a 90s graphic novel from writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell about Jack the Ripper. The …

Ep 379 - Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

September 30th, 2019

58:58

Please, sir, I want some more podcast! Dickens' classic novel about a lovable urchin named Oliver Twist is equal parts social novel, mystery, and bildungsroman -- or so Charlie thought. We dive into what works and …

HELLBOYS - Episodes 3 & 4

September 27th, 2019

1:32:26

Welcome back to HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! We're continuing our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's …

Ep 378 - The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

September 23rd, 2019

1:02:31

The God of Small Things is about family, and loss, and India, and the caste system, and all of its disparate plot lines and character arcs come together in the end like a Seinfeld episode but with more tragedy.

Ep 377 - Lysistrata, by Aristophanes

September 16th, 2019

57:10

"What if women ended the Peloponnesian War, am I right?" asks Aristophanes in his classic comedy Lysistrata. Famous for its depiction of a sex strike that brings the warring Greek states to their unsexed knees, the play …

Ep 376 - The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks (w/ Jillian Getting)

September 9th, 2019

1:12:46

It's time to play some games! Craig's sister Jillian read Iain M. Banks' The Player of Games, one of several entries in his Culture series that …

Ep 375 - The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman

September 2nd, 2019

1:06:25

Join us as we attempt to bring Pullman's epic god-fightin' trilogy to a close! We start with a brief recap of the first two books, and then we dive …

Ep 374 - Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer (Bonus Episode w/ Christina Tucker)

August 30th, 2019

1:01:21

Friend of the show Christina Tucker (Unfriendly Black Hotties, PCHH, her new newsletter, etc.) joins us to chat about Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation. It's the first of his Southern Reach trilogy, a Weird Science …

Ep 373 - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (w/ The Worst Bestsellers)

August 26th, 2019

1:14:52

This week we welcome Renata and Kait from The Worst Bestsellers to talk about Becky Chambers' first entry in the Wayfarer series: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It's a book that's equal parts cozy AND sexy, with …

Ep 372 - Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

August 19th, 2019

1:08:46

The titular Tarzan of the titular Apes is a lot more than "Me Tarzan. You Jane." And Edgar Rice Burroughs is here to tell you all about how and why …

Ep 371 - Siblings Without Rivalry, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (w/ Appointment Television)

August 12th, 2019

1:10:25

Andrew's Appointment Television co-hosts Kathryn VanArendonk and Margaret H. Willison join us for a chat about siblings, rivalry, and this classic of modern parenting lit from Adele Faber and Elain Mazlish.

At the time …

Ep 370 - Knights of the Round Table (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Ellen Kushner

August 5th, 2019

1:12:09

It's time to make some more choices! Thanks to a benevolent small business owner, we've been transported back to the time of Arthurian legend and …

Ep 369 - The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2), by Philip Pullman

July 29th, 2019

58:01

Philip Pullman followed up The Golden Compass with The Subtle Knife, the adventure of Lyra and Will on their quest to uncover the secret of Dust and …

HELLBOYS - Episodes 1 & 2

July 26th, 2019

2:04:45

Welcome to HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On our newest show-within-a-show, we're reading Robert and Jean …

Ep 368 - Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

July 22nd, 2019

55:08

The horror, the horror! It's time to talk about colonialism, y'all. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness has inspired plenty of stories about a dude …

Ep 367 - Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris

July 15th, 2019

1:03:05

Behind Closed Doors is about a relationship that seems too perfect to be true - except that instead of arguing about the “right” way to load the dishwasher and the way the other person leaves cabinets hanging open all …

Ep 366 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

July 8th, 2019

1:02:53

"What if the Napoleonic Wars but with magic?" is a great elevator pitch for Susanna Clark's sprawling novel, but it only scratches the surface of …

Ep 365 - Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

July 1st, 2019

53:38

CW: This week’s book revolves around sexual assault, which we discuss in the episode. We don’t read the specific passage and we try to be as general …

Ep 364 - Overdue Q&A #3 (Bonus Episode)

June 28th, 2019

1:10:41

This episode, instead of a book we read YOUR questions! Topics range from the five characters you'd meet at an Overdue dinner party to what makes a great diaper. We also have a blast chatting with our livestream …

Ep 363 - The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber

June 24th, 2019

1:10:59

Michel Faber's 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White has been hailed as a Dickensian novel with a saucy, modern narrator. How exactly does he …

Ep 362 - Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

June 17th, 2019

1:04:48

In this week's episode, we talk about the very nature of what makes a superhero (or an anti-hero, or a supervillain) a superhero (or anti-hero, or supervillain), in between talking about our ideal Father's Day and how …

Ep 361 - A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

June 10th, 2019

51:24

Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun endures for its insightful portrait of a black family in Chicago fighting for a better life. …

Ep 360 - We Have Always Lived In The Castle, by Shirley Jackson

June 3rd, 2019

53:08

Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived In The Castle shares some qualities with her best-known short story The Lottery; both feature small New England towns that are the site of some unfortunate mob action. Join us for …

Stop! Homer Time - Episode 13

May 31st, 2019

39:24

Our voyage ends with Book 24, which includes one more amazing Odysseus lie and a heaping serving of deus ex machina. Then it's time to reflect on our …

Ep 359 - Drowning Ruth, by Christina Schwarz

May 27th, 2019

59:54

Caveat lictor: this episode contains mild spoilers for Drowning Ruth.

Christina Schwarz's debut novel weaves together three main threads: historical …

Ep 358 - Circe, by Madeline Miller

May 20th, 2019

1:14:14

Madeline Miller's Circe is a great chaser for Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey, and it's an excellent exploration of a mythological …

Stop! Homer Time - Chatting with Emily Wilson

May 17th, 2019

47:33

We're almost at the end of our long journey, but before we wrap up with Book 24 and our closing thoughts, we took some time to sit down with Emily …

Ep 357 - 11/22/63, by Stephen King

May 13th, 2019

1:08:03

Look...if you had one shot (or one opportunity) to undo everything Lee Harvey Oswald ever wanted - in one moment - would you capture it or just let …

Ep 356 - Middlemarch, by George Eliot

May 6th, 2019

1:08:51

We kick off May by looking back to the middle of March, courtesy of George Eliot's brick of a novel about an insular English community. Discussion …

Ep 355 - John Dies at the End, by David Wong (Bonus Episode)

May 3rd, 2019

58:37

Just a heads up - this one has explicit language!

David Wong's John Dies at the End is a slacker comedy-slash-cosmic horror adventure that may not be for everyone. Talking points include our own hangups as readers of …

Ep 354 - Fungus the Bogeyman and Dragons Love Tacos (Children's Book Week 2019)

April 29th, 2019

55:54

This year's Children's Book Week - on the eve of the podcast's first child, no less - is about Raymond Briggs' weirdly existential and British Fungus the Bogeyman, and the much lighter and sillier Dragons Love Tacos by …

Ep 353 - The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch

April 22nd, 2019

1:09:21

Scott Lynch's 2006 debut novel is a "sword and sorcery crime novel" about a gang of thieves who get caught up in a power struggle for the fate of their city. The Lies of Locke Lamora bumps up against issues of class and …

Ep 352 - The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

April 15th, 2019

56:46

Ironically, running out of time to read George Eliot's Middlemarch gave us the time to get to H.G. Wells' foundational sci-fi novella The Time Machine, in which he invents the very concept (or at least the modern …

Ep 351 - Twilight: Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

April 8th, 2019

1:41:40

Our journey through Stephenie Meyer's world of werewolves, vampires, and teens has come to a close! We wrap up the story of Bella, Edward, and Jacob …

Ep 350 - Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

April 1st, 2019

1:01:27

In Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut uses surprising humor and sci-fi wit to portray one man's experience of the horrific bombing of Dresden. But don't worry - you needn't have read Slaughterhouse One through Four to …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 11 & 12

March 29th, 2019

1:15:38

Here we go! We're closing in on the end, talking about Books 20-23 of Emily Wilson's Odyssey translation.

Odysseus and Penelope pray before the Suitor Bowl. Athena eggs on the suitors. Telemachus yells at his mom. …

Ep 349 - Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1), by Craig Alanson

March 25th, 2019

1:07:41

This week's book takes us up to space, where the human race fights sentient lizards and hamsters and befriends a fast-talking all-powerful AI. It's …

Ep 348 - Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote

March 18th, 2019

53:47

It may not be that classic Audrey Hepburn joint, but Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's quite the fun, poignant portrait of a young …

Ep 347 - What To Expect When You're Expecting (Part 1), by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

March 11th, 2019

1:13:11

Our SECRET SURPRISE BOOK this week is related to a SECRET SURPRISE LIFE EVENT for one of your co-hosts! Which one? You'll have to listen to find out!!

Ep 346 - Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor (Bonus Episode)

March 8th, 2019

1:04:54

Nnedi Okorafor's magical teen story Akata Witch centers on a young woman named Sunny who discovers that she has magical powers. She then enlists in …

Ep 345 - NOS4A2, by Joe Hill

March 4th, 2019

1:06:35

What if kids could live in a world where it was Christmas every day? What if the only way to get there was in a creepy car driven by a deathless …

Ep 344 - Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card

February 25th, 2019

1:22:18

This is a book all about empathy, which is occasionally odd given that its author has had Some Issues extending empathy to certain people over the years. Andrew also has some trouble reading a book made of paper.

Ep 343 - How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

February 18th, 2019

1:03:00

You want to be popular? You want your ideas to be heard? You want to get a great job? Then Dale Carnegie has the tips for you! His best-selling …

Ep 342 - Native Son, by Richard Wright

February 11th, 2019

1:05:22

Richard Wright's Native Son has been called a "pamphlet" or "protest novel" by writers like James Baldwin, and while there are sections of the book that justify the label, Bigger Thomas and his deeds and motivations …

Ep 341 - Dawn, by Octavia Butler

February 4th, 2019

1:15:57

Octavia Butler's Dawn imagines a future where humans are a rung lower on the food chain than usual. And after nearly extinguishing itself in nuclear fire, humanity's only hope is a mysterious alien species that has …

Ep 340 - The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

January 28th, 2019

1:02:40

This week's book, which can be enjoyed by kingkillers and non-kingkillers alike, manages to be filled with meta-references to fantasy fiction without being annoying, which is rare enough to be the stuff of fantasy all …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 9 & 10

January 25th, 2019

1:09:37

Odysseus is still old and Telemachus still wants to help kill suitors! In these episodes of our show-within-a-show, we cover books 16-19 of Emily …

Ep 339 - The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

January 21st, 2019

1:04:19

Louise Erdirch's National Book Award-winning novel The Round House is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy seeking justice for a terrible crime …

Ep 338 - Twilight: Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

January 14th, 2019

1:19:19

If you can't stand how hot these werewolves are, get out of the kitchen! This week we head back to Forks for the third of the four main Twilight …

Ep 337 - The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), by Philip Pullman

January 7th, 2019

1:05:41

The Golden Compass (aka The Subtle Knife) has cute soul-Pokémon, multiple universes, and armored battle bears, so what's not to like?

Ep 336 - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (Bonus Episode)

January 4th, 2019

1:09:44

How is sex different than love? Is privacy a necessity for human identity? For political identity? DOES GOD POOP?

With the help of Milan Kundera, we …

Ep 335 - Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov (w/ guest Sophie Brookover)

December 31st, 2018

1:09:17

This week we're joined by friend of the show (and one half of the hit newsletter Two Bossy Dames) Sophie Brookover to talk about Vladimir Nabokov's …

Ep 334 - A Dangerously Sexy Christmas, by Stefanie London

December 24th, 2018

1:03:29

The whole team at Overdue wishes you and yours a very horny Christmas and a sultry New Year with Stefanie London's A Dangerously Sexy Christmas, a …

Ep 333 - The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen (Live from NELA in Rhode Island)

December 17th, 2018

45:15

This week's episode is a recording of our live episode from the New England Library Association in Rhode Island in October. We talk about Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, which you may also remember from …

Ep 332 - Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

December 10th, 2018

56:42

Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver successfully melds and renews a whole stack of classical fairytales in a story that is anchored by women and deals with …

Ep 331 - Minecraft: The Island, by Max Brooks

December 3rd, 2018

51:35

Minecraft, one of the most popular games on the planet, has lots of lessons to teach us! Lessons about persistence, about ingenuity, about punching …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 7 & 8

November 30th, 2018

1:13:37

The boys are back in town! Odysseus and Telemachus make it home to Ithaca in this episode of our show-within-a-show, which covers books 12-15 of Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey. We've got sirens, vaping, …

Ep 330 - The Wheel of Time: Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan

November 26th, 2018

1:22:44

The Wheel of Time turns, and we release a new podcast episode. This week, we close out Remember November with a look at the first book in a, um, fourteen book fantasy series with which Andrew is intimately acquainted. …

Ep 329 - Passing, by Nella Larsen

November 19th, 2018

57:28

Travel with us back to the Jazz Age and meet Irene and Clare, two women who practice "passing" to get by in New York City. The tragic characters of …

Ep 328 - The Indian In The Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks

November 12th, 2018

1:02:46

When we talk about judging books by the standards of their time, we’re usually dealing with books that have been written many many decades ago, but Lynne Reid Banks’ The Indian In The Cupboard isn’t far removed from our …

Ep 327 - A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

November 5th, 2018

1:04:09

Remember November commences with us revisiting John Knowles' A Separate Peace. This book about a broken leg boy bored Craig to peaces in high school, …

Ep 326 - Terror on the Titanic (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Jim Wallace (Bonus Episode)

November 2nd, 2018

1:12:44

What's spookier than doing a CYOA book with a live bonus episode audience? CHANGING THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY! Actually, this adventure wasn't TOO spooky but we did meet our least favorite passenger on the Titanic: …

Ep 325 - Hell House, by Richard Matheson

October 29th, 2018

1:06:11

This week we revisit a classic Spooktober trope, the haunted house! Richard Matheson's Hell House definitely does not belong in the upper echelon of haunted house fiction - though it's a page-turner that forwards some …

Ep 324 - Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (w/ the Unfriendly Black Hotties)

October 22nd, 2018

1:13:11

This week's episode, on Thomas Olde Heuvelt's English-language debut novel, is a good reminder: don't accuse a woman of being a witch, kill her, and then taunt her as she despondently traipses through your small town. …

Ep 323 - Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine

October 15th, 2018

57:44

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series has been spooking tweens since 1992, selling millions of copies and spawning numerous offshoots and film projects. This week we discuss one of the earliest in the series: Say Cheese and …

Ep 322 - The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov

October 8th, 2018

58:22

What's scarier than an authoritative government that censors and corrupts its artists? The literal devil! This week we're talking about The Master …

Ep 321 - Carrie, by Stephen King

October 1st, 2018

59:14

Welcome to Spooktober 2018! Our first book this year is Carrie, Stephen King’s first published novel. Even if you know what happens—and you have probably at least encountered the pigs-blood-prom-night thing through …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 5 & 6

September 29th, 2018

1:26:27

After reading a whole bunch of books, we’ve finally gotten to the odyssey part of the Odyssey! Giants, dead people, sort-of-goddesses—these books …

Ep 320 - Twilight: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

September 24th, 2018

1:29:56

Just like Bella can't resist her vampire beau Edward, we couldn't resist returning to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. So we sharpened our fangs …

Ep 319 - Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon

September 17th, 2018

1:15:29

What can be said about Thomas Pynchon's postmodern classic Gravity's Rainbow? Well, it's nearly a thousand pages long so what CAN'T be said, am I right??

Join us for a slightly longer than normal conversation about …

Ep 318 - The Walking Drum, by Louis L'Amour

September 10th, 2018

58:37

Louis L'Amour's The Walking Drum, a historical novel set circa the 12th century in Europe and the Middle East, is less concerned with being an adventure story and more concerned with telling the reader about worlds that …

Ep 317 - Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie (Bonus Episode)

September 8th, 2018

1:06:15

How far would YOU go for your kids? asks Craig DiLouie in Suffer the Children. Would you listen to a whole podcast about KIDS WHO EAT BLOOD?!

This …

Ep 316 - Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes (w/ Natasha from Unspoiled)

September 3rd, 2018

1:25:53

Johnny Tremain is sort of Revolutionary War fan-fiction and sort of World War II propaganda, but it nevertheless remains a part of the canon because …

Ep 315 - Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

August 27th, 2018

58:10

If you want to relive the 2008 financial crisis, this is the book for you! Behold the Dreamers is the story of the crash through the eyes of …

Ep 314 - Love Story, by Erich Segal (w/ Two Bossy Dames)

August 20th, 2018

1:13:49

NOTE: This episode does contain explicit language.

Welcome back to our good friends Margaret and Sophie! They're here to tell you all about Erich Segal's classic tearjerker Love Story. Get ready to hear about tears, …

Ep 313 - The Hardy Boys #1: The Tower Treasure, by Franklin W. Dixon

August 13th, 2018

1:02:54

This week we solve a mystery with the Hardy Boys, the indistinguishable sons of a famous detective. They’ll conquer men in wigs, slightly worse …

Ep 312 - The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

August 6th, 2018

1:05:44

The Diary of a Young Girl, frequently referred to as The Diary of Anne Frank, chronicles the author's time hiding with her family during the German occupation of Amsterdam in the 1940s. It's also a shockingly personal …

Ep 311 - The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

July 30th, 2018

1:05:33

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is slave fiction with just a hint of magical realism mixed in to heighten the stakes. Whitehead uses a …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 3 & 4

July 27th, 2018

1:19:50

The experiment continues! It's the show-within-a-show where we read Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey a few books at a time and having a more in-depth chat about it than they do about most books.

These …

Ep 310 - Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane

July 23rd, 2018

1:10:58

You may remember Dennis Lehane's 2001 novel Mystic River from the award-winning 2003 film of the same name. What elevates this murder mystery from other crime procedurals is its attention to human detail, its …

Ep 309 - The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells

July 16th, 2018

1:05:03

Just what the heck is a Ya-Ya, anyway?? We tackle this and other topics—including physical abuse, parenthood, midlife crises, and other topics we have little-to-no direct experience with—as we cover Rebecca Wells' …

Ep 308 - A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

July 9th, 2018

59:55

V.E. Schwab's popular Shades of Magic series started with this novel about Kell, a magic man with a magic jacket, and Lila, a thief who dreams of …

Ep 307 - Redwall (Live from Philly), by Brian Jacques

July 2nd, 2018

55:37

This week's episode on Brian Jacques' Redwall was recorded live at the 6th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us and to the festival for having us back!

We hope you enjoy our …

Ep 306 - Aristotle Detective, by Margaret Doody (Bonus Episode)

June 28th, 2018

1:00:28

You know Aristotle, the Greek philosopher from the 4th century BCE? What if he was a detective who helped solve mysteries? That's exactly what's …

Ep 305 - The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez

June 25th, 2018

1:04:45

We didn’t plan to discuss Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans during a particularly fraught period in the United States’ immigration …

Ep 304 - Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson

June 18th, 2018

1:05:50

What was it about the first Mistborn book that netted Brandon Sanderson a job wrapping up the Wheel of Time series? That's the central question we attempt to answer in our discussion of Brando Sando's acclaimed novel.

Ep 303 - Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

June 11th, 2018

59:58

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke’s first successful novel, starts as a story about a surprisingly chill (if mysterious) alien invasion, but …

Ep 302 - I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven

June 4th, 2018

1:04:52

Margaret Craven's 1967 novel I Heard the Owl Call My Name is about a young Anglican vicar's work with a First Nations parish in British Columbia. The …

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 1 & 2

May 31st, 2018

1:18:10

Welcome to a new experiment! For this new show-within-a-show, Craig and Andrew will be reading Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey a book at a time and having a more in-depth chat about it than they do about …

Ep 301 - The Power, by Naomi Alderman

May 28th, 2018

57:32

What would you do if you could suddenly zap someone with an electrical charge? What would you do if someone you knew could do it, but you couldn't? …

Ep 300 - Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

May 21st, 2018

1:38:18

We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 300th episode than with a *biting* discussion of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster hit Twilight.

Will …

Ep 299 - Rock and Roll Mystery (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Jim Wallace

May 14th, 2018

1:05:47

We head back to the Choose Your Own Adventure well this week to solve some rock and roll mysteries - will we get brainwashed by a cult? Will we save …

Ep 298 - Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald

May 7th, 2018

1:05:27

If your kid's all strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? PIGGLE-WIGGLE!

Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series chronicles a kindly magical lady as she helps all manner of parents with all manner of …

Ep 297 - Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald (Bonus Episode)

May 3rd, 2018

1:02:58

For April, we covered W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz, a dense yet moving novel about a man discovering his stolen past. The book's themes get a little …

Ep 296 - Peyton Place, by Grace Metalious (w/ The Librarian Is In)

April 30th, 2018

1:23:21

Who better to help us discuss Grace Metalious' 1956 novel about small-town scandal than a couple of Big Apple librarians like Gwen Glazer and Frank …

Ep 295 - Passion's Promise, by Danielle Steel

April 23rd, 2018

1:02:42

Kezia Saint Martin is an unwilling heiress, a woman who uses multiple pseudonyms so she can do the work she loves. Lucas John is a paroled convict, a …

Ep 294 - The New Life, by Orhan Pamuk

April 16th, 2018

1:04:02

"I read a book one day and my whole life changed," opens Orhan Pamuk's best-selling novel The New Life. Like much of Pamuk's work, The New Life dives …

Ep 293 - Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

April 9th, 2018

1:06:12

Put another quarter in the coin slot folks, because it's time to talk about Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. Topics include bad fan culture, the …

Ep 292 - "A" is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton

April 2nd, 2018

1:00:43

Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series stars Kinsey Millhone, a no-nonsense private eye operating in California. "A" is for Alibi is the first book for feature Kinsey, so we spend much of the episode talking about how it …

Ep 291 - Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

March 26th, 2018

1:30:55

Gone With The Wind is an American classic, both in that it is a classic book written by an American author and in that it does a bad job wrangling with America's original sin, slavery. We try to justice both to …

Ep 290 - Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

March 19th, 2018

1:01:20

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is a beloved classic for plenty of reasons. It's got bloodthirsty spiders, hungry hungry rats, and some terrific, radiant, humble pig named Wilbur. But somehow Craig hadn't read it until …

Ep 289 - The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

March 12th, 2018

57:30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Earth were flat and also being carried by four gigantic elephants who were all standing on the …

Ep 288 - The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

March 5th, 2018

1:03:34

Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife is equal parts romance and sci-fi. It's a love story about the limits of free will and the power of destiny. It is also a way hornier book than we gave it credit for.

Ep 287 - The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey (Bonus Episode)

February 28th, 2018

58:28

For February's bonus episode, we spin, twirl, and jump our way through a conversation about Meg Howrey's The Cranes Dance. This book about sisterhood …

Ep 286 - Kindred, by Octavia Butler

February 26th, 2018

1:01:45

Octavia Butler’s Kindred is ostensibly a sci-fi/fantasy novel about time travel, but it also draws heavily from the tradition of first-person slave narratives. Butler’s characters, whether white slaveowners, the slaves …

Ep 285 - The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

February 19th, 2018

57:23

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and...then what? N.K. Jemisin's award-winning novel The Fifth Season kicks off her Broken Earth trilogy with a tale about serial apocalypses and oppressed earth mages. SPOILER ALERT: We talk …

Ep 284 - Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

February 12th, 2018

1:01:58

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is about a lot of things—it's a love story, it's an immigrant story, it's a story about the Obama moment—but it has the most to say about race. It's about being black in America, …

Ep 283 - Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

February 5th, 2018

56:57

Jesmyn Ward's second novel Salvage the Bones is the story of a family in rural Mississippi in the twelve days leading up to Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Equal parts intimate and mythic in proportion, Salvage the Bones …

Ep 282 - The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

January 29th, 2018

1:07:05

In the wake of Ursula K. Le Guin's tragic passing earlier this month, this week's episode covers her Nebula-award winning The Dispossessed. Part of …

Ep 281 - The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

January 22nd, 2018

1:08:35

Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses may be the first book we've covered to have caused a full-blown International Incident. Rushdie's notorious …

Ep 280 - The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

January 15th, 2018

1:12:54

Shhhhhh, everyone, come in closer. Closer! Because we're about to tell you all about The Secret, and we don't want anyone to overhear. Of course, if they hear us talking about all the parts of this book that are bogus, …

Ep 279 - The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy

January 8th, 2018

59:14

A boy and his wolf cross the border into Mexico and things go...rather poorly. That's the premise of Cormac McCarthy's 1994 novel The Crossing. It's …

Ep 278 - Beauty and the Beast, by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (LIVE from the Fall For The Book Festival)

January 1st, 2018

56:30

Our first episode of the new year is actually from our live show at the Fall For The Book Festival in Fairfax, VA. Andrew read the original version of Beauty and the Beast, which bears some similarity to the …

Ep 277 - The Santa Clause, by Daphne Skinner

December 25th, 2017

1:11:35

It's a family affair for this week's episode, in which Craig, Andrew, Laura, and Suzannah gather 'round the fire to discuss Daphne Skinner's novelization of the hit 1994 Tim Allen film, The Santa Clause. Does Tim Allen …

Ep 276 - The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

December 18th, 2017

1:03:52

Markus Zusak's breakthrough novel The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in 1940s Germany told by Death itself. It is equal parts heartening and …

Ep 275 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

December 11th, 2017

57:13

On this week’s show, we ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything via Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a radio-play-turned-book that has been adapted to just about every audiovisual medium …

Ep 274 - Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (Bonus Episode)

December 9th, 2017

1:07:14

Our "November" bonus episode, the final entry in "stuff we've read month," is Ray Bradbury's old high school lit class standby Fahrenheit 451. …

Ep 273 - Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

December 4th, 2017

1:04:27

Grab your tissues everyone! Wilson Rawls' first novel Where the Red Fern Grows is notorious for how sad it is, and the reputation is well-deserved. It's a story of a boy, his dogs, and "death in its saddest form." You …

Ep 272 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by JK Rowling

November 27th, 2017

1:26:18

For this week’s show, we attempt to figure out what we can add to a conversation about one of the most-discussed books in all of modern literature! Join us for a chat about what JK Rowling’s first book does well, how …

Ep 271 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

November 20th, 2017

1:18:46

Strap in and blast off to space with us Ender Wiggin, the pint-sized protagonist of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.

It's the story of an …

Ep 270 - The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

November 13th, 2017

1:03:32

This week we put on our flapper outfits and dance back to the Roaring Twenties! F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby bears us ceaselessly back into the past, and we use the Jazz Age as a backdrop for a conversation …

Ep 269 - A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

November 6th, 2017

1:11:42

Travel through time and space with us to the planet Camazotz and beyond! Learn about love, dictatorships, and cosmic Christian centaurs with us and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

Other topics include meeting your …

Ep 268 - Ghost Stories and Urban Legends #2 (Bonus Episode)

November 3rd, 2017

1:00:46

Trick or Treat! We tricked you - it's a treat! Here's an all-new batch of spooky stories and educational hauntings. 

The podcast is coming from inside the house! We have camping trip guidelines, the Highgate Chicken …

Ep 267 - Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice

October 30th, 2017

1:02:22

This week's penultimate Spooktober entry is Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire, a first-person vampire story that has spawned nearly two dozen …

Ep 266 - Bag of Bones, by Stephen King

October 23rd, 2017

1:21:52

This week, Natasha of the Unspoiled Book Club podcast joins us to hash out Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, a book about being a middlebrow fiction writer, small towns, and ghosts. So, you know, most Stephen King novels.

Ep 265 - House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

October 16th, 2017

1:04:42

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves is out to get you. It is an antagonistic book that's larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. It's also a book about a book about a film about a house that may or may …

Ep 264 - The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe

October 9th, 2017

56:07

This week we take a double-dip into Edgar Allan Poe's spooky catalogue—Craig reads about the Murders in the Rue Morgue, and Andrew sips from the Cask of Amontillado. Both are sort of spooky in their way, but they're …

Ep 263 - Overdue Q&A #2 (Bonus Episode)

October 6th, 2017

1:10:47

This episode we dive back into the mailbag! We didn't read a book but we did read a bunch of great questions from you about how we make the show, how we program it, and what we eat while we're reading.

As always, thanks …

Ep 262 - 99 Fear Street (The First Horror), by R.L. Stine

October 2nd, 2017

58:23

Are you ready to get SPOOKY??? It's the first week of our 2017 Spooktober spectacular, and we're here to talk about R.L. Stine's teen horror series

Ep 261 - Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding

September 25th, 2017

56:21

Books read 1, alcohol units 4 (bad), chuckles 179 (excellent).

This week we tackle Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, a book that's carried a …

Ep 260 - The Traitor, by Michael Cisco

September 18th, 2017

1:00:08

How Weird do you like your fiction? Do you dig bogeymen who eat ghosts? Narrators who repeat themselves all the time? How about soul-crushing …

Ep 259 - Girl at War, by Sara Nović

September 11th, 2017

56:39

Sara Nović's Girl at War has all the confidence and impact of a firsthand account, despite the fact that it was written almost entirely from secondhand accounts. Detailing one girl's experience in the early 90s Croatian …

Ep 258 - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

September 4th, 2017

1:01:34

This week, four conventionally-sized young women approach adulthood in Louisa May Alcott's seminal novel Little Women.

It's time to wonder who will …

Ep 257 - Dying of the Light, by George R. R. Martin

August 28th, 2017

1:01:38

You might know George R. R. Martin from an obscure little HBO series called “Game of Thrones.” This week, we go back to his very first (and pre-ASOIAF) novel, the science fiction/romance story Dying of the Light.

This …

Ep 256 - Anne of Green Gables (Live from Philly), by L.M. Montgomery

August 21st, 2017

48:29

We’re enjoying a summertime break this week, so we hope YOU enjoy our Philly Podcast Festival show about Anne of Green Gables from last month!



Ep 255 - 10:04, by Ben Lerner (Bonus Episode)

August 17th, 2017

1:07:27

Ben Lerner's novel 10:04 is about a man named Ben trying to write a novel. Yes, it's meta. Yes, it can get navel-gazey. But there's an underlying humanity and economy that keeps the book afloat.

Discussion topics include …

Ep 254 - Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

August 14th, 2017

1:04:11

Ranking on multiple Saddest Books Ever lists, Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is a classic young adult novel. A young boy makes a new …

Ep 253 - The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

August 7th, 2017

1:05:03

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a book about apprehension and grifting and murder, which makes it feel like a great selection for this, the Year Of Our Lord 2017. You never like Tom Ripley, exactly, but he’s a fascinating …

Ep 252 - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Live in Boston), by Robert C. O'Brien

July 31st, 2017

1:01:02

Hold on to your hors--I mean, rats, it's a live show! We present to you this dispatch from Boston on Robert C. O'Brien's novel Mrs. Frisby and the …

Ep 251 - Like Water For Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

July 24th, 2017

1:03:39

Laura Esquivel's best-selling novel Like Water For Chocolate is a work of revolutionary magical realism. No really, it takes place during the Mexican …

Ep 250 - Alias Hook, by Lisa Jensen

July 17th, 2017

1:02:55

Live shows and a busy summer mean there’s nothing special about our 250th episode, except insofar as each and every one of our episodes is a special …

Ep 249 - The Nerd, by Larry Shue

July 10th, 2017

56:51

Larry Shue's 1981 play The Nerd is about a gumption-less architect trying to extract a painful person from his life. Did we mention it's a comedy?

We …

Ep 248 - Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger

July 3rd, 2017

55:09

Steve Kluger’s Last Days of Summer isn’t a complicated novel—it’s a nice, emotionally resonant book about a kid without a father and a man without a kid who form a unique and heartwarming bond. Sometimes it’s just nice …

Ep 247 - The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

June 26th, 2017

1:00:55

What's hidden in your secret garden? Which weeds need weeding? Which flowers need water, sunlight, and a Pokemon trainer to bring them to life?

This week we talk about our own secret gardens, as well as the novel The …

Ep 246 - Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey

June 19th, 2017

1:03:46

We’ve read fantasy adventure books and we’ve read sexy books, but have we read any books that are sexy fantasy adventures? After reading Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart, the first in what is currently a nine-book …

Ep 245 - Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit

June 12th, 2017

59:35

If you could wish for anything, what would it be? Dinosaurs to eat? Money to spend? A Nintendo to live in?

The kids in E. Nesbit's story Five …

Ep 244 - Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

June 5th, 2017

1:12:07

Do you know the meaning of life? We don't either, but we feel like we're just a little bit closer after reading Hermann Hesse's classic Siddhartha.

Ep 243 - March, by Geraldine Brooks

May 29th, 2017

1:15:30

Andrew's out of the country so Craig's wife Laura joins the show to talk about Geraldine Brooks' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March.

March imagines …

Ep 242 - Felidae, by Akif Pirinçci (Bonus Episode)

May 25th, 2017

1:00:35

This month, we read the first book in Akif Pirinçci’s “Felidae” series. It’s a “bestselling novel of cats and murder,” and it combines over-the-top …

Ep 241 - You Are A Shark (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Edward Packard

May 22nd, 2017

1:14:20

YOU. ARE. A. SHARK.

Or so the title of this Choose Your Own Adventure book by Edward Packward would have you believe!

Will we be a leader of animals …

Ep 240 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

May 15th, 2017

1:04:08

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao earned Junot Díaz a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and it remains one of the most highly regarded novels of our young …

Ep 239 - From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

May 8th, 2017

1:02:18

We're at the tail end of Children's Book Week, so we thought it appropriate to discuss E.L. Konigsburg's Newberry Award-winning book From the …

Ep 238 - Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer

May 1st, 2017

1:15:58

NOTE: A short stretch of fairly explicit sex talk earns this one the "Explicit" tag, though as usual we avoid cussing. You've been warned!

This week, we illuminate everything about Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel. …

Ep 237 - Skateboard Tough, by Matt Christopher (Special Bonus Episode)

April 30th, 2017

1:19:56

Welcome to our rad, bad, extra-jumbo bonus episode on Matt Christopher's Skateboard Tough! It's a jumbo episode because we spend at least 10 minutes reading the titles of every sport book for kids he wrote.

This episode …

Ep 236 - Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

April 24th, 2017

1:05:58

Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go explores the inner lives of teens as they learn, love, and discover their full potential as... something you need to …

Ep 235 - Silas Marner, by George Eliot

April 17th, 2017

1:08:52

Craig returns this week for a talk about George Eliot (pen name for Mary Anne Evans) and her novel Silas Marner, which starts out as a bummer but gradually becomes an uplifting little story. We also talk about Craig’s …

Ep 234 - The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

April 10th, 2017

1:25:26

Craig’s on his long-delayed honeymoon this week, so Andrew’s wife and other best friend Suzannah is filling in this week to tell you all about Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

Did you know that Dumas has …

Ep 233 - Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (Bonus Episode)

April 6th, 2017

1:01:00

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is most notable for its uniquely structured narrative, so it's only appropriate we made this the first book we cover while livestreaming for patrons!

Other topics include Tom Hanks' henna …

Ep 232 - The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

April 3rd, 2017

1:11:12

This week we dive into Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, a quasi-autobiographical novel about womanhood, depression, and identity. We also discuss the unfortunate circumstances of Plath's early death, country mice …

Ep 231 - The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

March 27th, 2017

1:03:18

This week the boys join Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and read (fictional) stories about the Chinese-American children of Chinese immigrants; they also attempt to navigate some choppy waters around the book’s potential …

Ep 230 - Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Live in Philly)

March 20th, 2017

1:03:55

Well shiver me timbers, it's a live show! They say that dead men tell no tales, but Robert Louis Stevenson sure told a great tale in Treasure Island.

Ep 229 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

March 13th, 2017

1:10:47

This week, we return to the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (“Gabo” to his friends) for the first time since our second-ever episode. This time around we get to dive deeper into “magical realism,” the sort of dreamy …

Ep 228 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

March 6th, 2017

1:14:07

It's time to travel to the magical land of Narnia! It's Craig's first time journeying through C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it's EVERYONE's first time eating Turkish Delight!

Find out what the …

Ep 227 - The World According to Garp, by John Irving

February 27th, 2017

1:07:55

This week we bring you The World According to Garp according to Andrew - we breeze through John Irving’s best-known “middlebrow” novel, touching on its feminist leanings, its surprising progressivism as it regards the …

Ep 226 - Last Act, by Christopher Pike (w/ guest Margaret H. Willison)

February 20th, 2017

1:06:46

This week we're joined by social media maven (and friend of the show) Margaret H. Willison to talk about Christopher Pike's Last Act, an early entry …

Ep 225 - Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, by Audre Lorde

February 13th, 2017

1:01:59

This week, we tackle Audre Lorde's autobiographical Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. It's an account of Lorde's childhood and early adulthood, …

Ep 224 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Bonus Episode)

February 10th, 2017

54:46

Mark Haddon's book about a teenager with "Behavioral Problems" is notable less for what happens in it and more for its perspective. It's an affecting study of human thought and behavior that we can't ruin even by …

Ep 223 - Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

February 6th, 2017

1:04:09

"I am an invisible man," says the unnamed narrator at the beginning of Ralph Ellison's masterpiece Invisible Man. He then walks the reader through …

Ep 222 - Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (w/ The Librarian Is In)

January 30th, 2017

1:18:34

Who has the conch? Somebody find the glasses! We're trapped on a podcast island with the amazing Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius of the New York …

Ep 221 - Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

January 23rd, 2017

1:04:00

What will you remember? What will you be remembered for? Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven asks these questions of most of its characters as they struggle to survive before and after an apocalyptic flu outbreak.

We …

Ep 220 - The US Constitution

January 16th, 2017

1:37:44

We the Hosts of Overdue, in Order to form a more perfect Podcast, establish Humor, insure earbud Tranquility, provide for uncommon offense, promote our listeners’ Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Goofs to ourselves …

Ep 219 - Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, by Anne Washburn

January 9th, 2017

1:02:09

This week, Andrew brings his oddly deep and specific knowledge of The Simpsons to bear on Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. In a post-apocalyptic world in which Simpsons quotes were treated as currency, …

Ep 218 - Angel, by Elizabeth Taylor

January 2nd, 2017

1:07:26

Welcome to 2017! Our first book of the year is Angel by Elizabeth Taylor, a somewhat forgotten mid-century classic about an author shaping her world through fiction.

Because it's us, we HAD to spend time talking about …

Ep 217 - All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison (Bonus Episode w/ Lucas Brown)

December 30th, 2016

54:07

Up in the sky, look! It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a podcast about Superman!

Lucas Brown (host of the podcast "The Math of You") joins us for a …

Ep 216 - A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

December 26th, 2016

1:03:38

For our last regular show of 2016, we come to Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and get schooled on the relationship between the writer and …

Ep 215 - Stealing Christmas, by Alexa Riley

December 19th, 2016

57:03

This week we learn all about the "quick, dirty, and over-the-top" erotic fiction of Alexa Riley - and since Stealing Christmas is holiday-themed, we …

Ep 214 - White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

December 12th, 2016

1:02:02

Show me Zadie Smith's WHITE TEETH! Join us for a discussion about her debut novel that tackles immigration, assimilation, and our collective struggle …

Ep 213 - The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

December 5th, 2016

1:04:11

S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders was written when the author was just 16, which is impressive not just because the book has an atypical amount of empathy and perspective for something written by a teenager, but because the …

Ep 212 - The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

November 28th, 2016

1:03:39

The History of Love is littered with catchphrases. Bazinga! Time to make the donuts! Not the Mama!

That is to say, our episode on The History of Love …

Ep 211 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

November 21st, 2016

1:03:30

Neil Gaiman started 2013's The Ocean at the End of the Lane as a novella for his wife, who "doesn't really like fantasy." This gives the book a different vibe from some of Gaiman's other work, though any book that …

Ep 210 - 2016 Election (Bonus episode)

November 18th, 2016

1:24:23

No book for this month's bonus episode, gang, and we're also releasing it at the same time for both patrons and everyone else in the interest of …

Ep 209 - Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

November 14th, 2016

1:04:59

What does pizza murder have to do with a linguistic virus that dates all the way back to Ancient Sumeria? Find out as we discuss Neal Stephenson's …

Ep 208 - Magic Bites, by Ilona and Andrew Gordon

November 7th, 2016

1:07:37

Magic Bites, the first novel in a longrunning series by wife-and-husband writing team Ilona and Andrew Gordon (known collectively as Ilona Andrews) …

Ep 207 - Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter (Bonus Episode) by R.L. Stine

November 3rd, 2016

1:11:51

Listener beware, we're choosing the scares! In this, our final Spooktober entry of 2016, we bounce around the pages of R.L. Stine's Give Yourself Goosebumps #6: Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter.

It's time to get the …

Ep 206 - Ring, by Koji Suzuki

October 31st, 2016

1:04:49

Hold on to your VHS tapes! It's time to talk about Koji Suzuki's Ring, the 1991 novel that inspired that movie everyone's heard of with the tape and …

Ep 205 - The Werewolf of Paris, by Guy Endore

October 26th, 2016

1:04:19

It’s time to get *very* professional with the fourth book of Spooktober 2016!

Guy Endore’s The Werewolf of Paris is widely regarded as The Werewolf …

Ep 204 - The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

October 17th, 2016

1:05:35

Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as "the greatest haunted-house story ever written." The house itself is vile. It's dark and impossible to navigate. It's dripping with blood. So why are four …

Ep 203 - Hook (Bonus Episode)

October 15th, 2016

1:05:05

Come Peter Panning with us as we discuss the 1991 Steven Spielberg film Hook, inspired by the classic book Peter Pan (Episode 165). It's time to name of a bunch of films, discuss the perils of overstaying your welcome …

Ep 202 - The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill

October 10th, 2016

1:01:44

We get Spooktober rolling in earnest this week with Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, a ghost story written in the 1980s that intentionally invokes …

Ep 201 - Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

October 4th, 2016

1:02:54

This week is the start of Overdue’s third-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary (or at least somewhat spooky) books that will get you in …

Ep 200 - Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

September 26th, 2016

2:25:38

Here it is: the big two-hundo! This week, Andrew tackles David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in a show that is nearly 2.5 hours long and yet somehow still not quite long enough to get to everything.

We break down the …

Ep 199 - Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

September 19th, 2016

1:05:22

It's my life...and it's now or never. I ain't gonna live forever! OR AM I? Natalie Babbitt's beloved children's novel Tuck Everlasting tackles the …

Ep 198 - The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

September 12th, 2016

1:07:52

What if magic were real? What if your favorite fantasy world was a place you could actually go? Would you be happy? Could you be happy?

These are the …

Ep 197 - Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing, by Rod Canion

September 5th, 2016

58:29

Something a little different this week: Andrew read a non-fiction book about the personal computer era, something he was reading about mostly because he was also watching AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. There’s an …

Ep 196 - Watership Down, by Richard Adams (Live from Philadelphia)

September 1st, 2016

55:00

If you came out to our second-ever live show at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, you've already heard this one! But for the rest of you, settle in …

Ep 195 - The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay

August 29th, 2016

1:00:38

With The Beggar's Opera, John Gay attempted to skewer 18th-century British government, the rich, and Italian operas. Did his satire succeed? Maybe you'll find out on this rather free-wheeling episode.

Off-topic topics …

Ep 194 - Prisoner of the Ant People (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R.A. Montgomery

August 22nd, 2016

1:08:07

Shrink your bodies and expand your minds with this week's Choose Your Own Adventure book: Prisoner of the Ant People by R.A. Montgomery.

This week's …

Ep 193 - Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, by Jonathan L. Howard

August 15th, 2016

56:30

What happens when you take some Ray Bradbury, add some undead, stir in a pinch of Doctor Who, sprinkle with dark humor, and bake in the eternal flames of Hell? You get Jonathan L. Howard's Johannes Cabal the …

Ep 192 - Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming

August 8th, 2016

1:04:50

"Bond. James Bond." "Shaken, not stirred." "It's no good crying over spilt milk."

This week we find out which one of these classic James Bond catchphrases does NOT appear in Ian Fleming's debut novel Casino Royale.

We …

Ep 191 - The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (Bonus episode w/ Appointment Television)

August 4th, 2016

1:00:02

Andrew's other podcast pals Margaret and Kathryn give Craig a break this month, and we all talk about Norton Juster's classic The Phantom Tollbooth. …

Ep 190 - Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

August 1st, 2016

1:07:11

This week Andrew reads Rainbow Rowell’s pitch-perfect YA novel Eleanor and Park, and it spurs a discussion of 80s nostalgia, first kisses, censorship, body image issues, and teen life.

Ep 189 - Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

July 25th, 2016

59:47

Daniel José Older's novel Shadowshaper is the story of Sierra Santiago, a young woman with the power to infuse art with spirits and save her community from destruction. Set in Older's modern, magical Brooklyn, …

Ep 188 - The Likeness, by Tana French

July 18th, 2016

1:05:45

This week, we use Tana French’s outstanding sequel The Likeness as an opportunity to comment on everything from the semi-serialized nature of crime stories to tips for going undercover to Pokémon Go.

We read French’s …

Ep 187 - A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks (w/ the Unfriendly Black Hotties)

July 11th, 2016

1:18:53

Sometimes an author’s prose is so distracting in so many ways that it totally derails their stories—such is the case with Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to …

Ep 186 - Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell

July 4th, 2016

1:07:24

Scott O'Dell began writing Island of the Blue Dolphins because of "anger, anger at the hunters who [...] slaughter everything that creeps or walks or …

Ep 185 - Overdue Q&A (Bonus episode)

June 30th, 2016

1:29:24

You asked, we answered! For this month's bonus show we didn't read a specific book, but instead went through some listener-submitted questions about …

Ep 184 - The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne Harris

June 27th, 2016

56:55

Joanne Harris’ The Gospel of Loki is part straightforward myth written for a modern audience and part fanfiction, and we don’t mean that in any sort of pejorative sense.

Harris sees the Norse pantheon as inherently …

Ep 183 - The Door, by Magda Szabo

June 20th, 2016

1:04:43

"In Soviet Hungary...nanny hires you!"

Time to talk about The Door, a lesser known but very powerful book by celebrated Hungarian author Magda Szabo. …

Ep 182 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

June 13th, 2016

1:06:59

This week Andrew completes the Brontë trilogy with Charlotte Brontë's seminal novel Jane Eyre.

Is it a romance? Is it spooky? Do we like Mr. …

Ep 181 - Guilt By Association, by Marcia Clark (Bonus Episode)

June 10th, 2016

1:07:00

Here's a fun fact: Did you know that Marcia Clark, lead prosecutor on the OJ Simpson case, wrote legal thrillers? Neither did we! But Craig's fascination with the American Crime Story version of the trial and a …

Ep 180 - Preacher (Gone to Texas and Until the End of the World) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

June 6th, 2016

1:01:53

What if God walked away from it all? And left behind a Gomorrah-like stew of sex and bloodshed out of which emerged a superpowered preacher, seeking revenge on the almighty? That's the set up for Garth Ennis and Steve …

Ep 179 - 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

May 30th, 2016

1:07:50

It's alternate universes, murderous plots, and ghostwritten novels all the way down this week—1Q84 is Andrew's first Haruki Murakami novel, and …

Ep 178 - The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

May 23rd, 2016

59:58

Get in touch with your inner wolf-dog and answer The Call of the Wild by Jack London!

We apologize that our Murakami episode will take another week, …

Ep 177 - Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

May 16th, 2016

1:02:13

There are dinosaurs! Lots of dinosaurs! And they rule Jurassic Park!

Michael Crichton's techno-thriller classic Jurassic Park kicked off a …

Ep 176 - Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

May 9th, 2016

56:54

It's wall-to-wall horse talk this week, starting with a blow-by-blow analysis of the Kentucky Derby and moving on to Anna Sewell's classic Black …

Ep 175 - The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper

May 2nd, 2016

1:02:55

News at 11! The Dark is Rising! We repeat: the Dark IS Rising!

The second (and titular) entry in Susan Cooper's award-winning The Dark Is Rising …

Ep 174 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo

April 25th, 2016

58:44

We're dipping back in the Victor Hugo well this week with his other best-known book The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Did you know that the book and the Disney movie don't end the same way?

Also on tap: road trips, games of …

Ep 173 - Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bonus episode)

April 21st, 2016

59:13

For this month's bonus episode, Suzannah and Laura (wives of Andrew and Craig, respectively) go on an extended overseas vacation to find themselves. At least, they try to do so vicariously through Elizabeth Gilbert's …

Ep 172 - Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

April 18th, 2016

1:06:51

Do you hear the podcast sing?/Singing the song of Hugo's book?/It is a book about some people who are sad and live in France!

It took us a while to finish Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables, but that doesn't …

Ep 171 - Mr. Peanut, by Adam Ross

April 11th, 2016

56:21

Adam Ross’ Mr. Peanut is a novel about marriage and murder with a warped sense of time and reality, but it’s also a book where the whole is a bit …

Ep 170 - Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig (Bonus Episode)

April 7th, 2016

1:01:46

For March's bonus show, friend of the show Eric Van Tassell swings by to chat about Chuck Wendig's novel Star Wars: Aftermath. Eric's staggering …

Ep 169 - Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews (hosted by Two Bossy Dames)

April 4th, 2016

1:09:19

This week's episode is something a little different: Andrew and Craig were off writing the Two Bossy Dames newsletter last week, so Margaret H. Willison and Sophie Brookover are taking over the show this week!

The Dames …

Ep 168 - The Rover, by Aphra Behn

March 28th, 2016

1:00:07

Aphra Behn's The Rover debuted in 1677 to great acclaim. King Charles II loved it, and audience demand led to Behn writing the sequel: The Rover II.

This week, we talk about why a play about the sexual adventures of …

Ep 167 - Statue of Liberty Adventure (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Ellen Kushner

March 21st, 2016

1:07:46

It's time to choose our adventure and celebrate the arrival of Spring with a trip to the Big Apple in Ellen Kushner's Statue of Liberty Adventure.

This week's choices include quantum pants, Coffee Boy, and Dick Van …

Ep 166 - When Women Were Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams

March 14th, 2016

58:45

Terry Tempest Williams' When Women Were Birds is about the power of words, the power of nature, the power of women, and the power of silence. It's not always fun to read, but it's always got something to say. That's not …

Ep 165 - Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

March 7th, 2016

56:08

You've seen the movie(s). You've seen the play/musical. But have you read the novel of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan? It's chockablock with mommy wives, nanny dogs, and more adventures than you can shake a pretend stick at.

Ep 164 - Speedboat, by Renata Adler (Bonus Episode w/ Sophie Brookover)

March 4th, 2016

59:12

For February's bonus show, friend of the show and co-Two Bossy Dame Sophie Brookover (@sophiebiblio) joins us to talk about Speedboat, Renata Adler's first novel.

This is one of those episodes where the author threatens …

Ep 163 - Disgruntled, by Asali Solomon

February 29th, 2016

55:47

Disgruntled, Asali Solomon’s debut novel, is simultaneously ambitious and accessible. It’s a coming-of-age novel that grapples with questions of …

Ep 162 - A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

February 22nd, 2016

1:01:34

We are doomed to remember a podcast about a book about a boy with a wrecked voice. John Irving's seminal bildungsroman A Prayer for Owen Meany weaves together themes of American disillusionment and religious destiny …

Ep 161 - It, by Stephen King

February 15th, 2016

1:05:46

Stephen King's It deserves most of the praise it gets - it's an incredibly long, incredibly detailed book that tells two long intertwined stories and a bunch of short ones besides, and in one section it made Andrew …

Ep 160 - Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe (w/ Jake Hurwitz)

February 8th, 2016

56:47

Special guest Jake Hurwitz (of Jake and Amir, If I Were You, and Headgum fame) joins us this week to talk about Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, one of the very earliest examples of the modern novel. Along the way, we …

Ep 159 - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and The Forbidden Words of Margaret A (Bonus Episode)

February 5th, 2016

57:47

For January's bonus episode, we put together a sci-fi double feature: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin and The Forbidden Words …

Ep 158 - Beloved, by Toni Morrison

February 1st, 2016

56:27

Widely regarded as one of the best, and most important books, of the last half-century, Toni Morrison's Beloved is an unflinching examination of how …

Ep 157 - The Bees, by Laline Paull

January 25th, 2016

1:01:39

This week's book manages to combine eerily accurate biology with a Margaret Atwood-esque dystopia, a potent mixture that you need to read to believe.

Ep 156 - A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

January 18th, 2016

1:08:44

In A Canticle for Leibowitz, the 1959 post-apocalyptic classic by Walter M. Miller, Jr., a secluded order of monks have dedicated themselves to preserving knowledge that predates an apocalyptic event several centuries …

Ep 155 - Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

January 11th, 2016

1:01:17

Good Omens was written by a sort of science fiction supergroup, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's one of those books where it's as fun to chew on the turns of phrase as it is to find out what happens, which is …

Ep 154 - The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Emma Orczy

January 4th, 2016

56:49

Odd's fish! It's time to reveal the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the hero of Baroness Emma Orczy's 1908 novel. (No seriously, we're going to tell you who he or she is.)

Other spoilers during our Reign of Terror …

Ep 153 - The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (Bonus Episode)

December 31st, 2015

57:01

This month, first-ever patron guest host Asma walks us through Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, a story about upper-class people of marriageable age in 19th century New York City.

It's not the harshest criticism …

Ep 152 - The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (w/ Margaret H. Willison)

December 28th, 2015

57:31

What exactly IS a Cormoran Strike? Did J.K. Rowling's publisher leak her pen name to make big big bucks? To answer these questions and more, we invited on friend of the show Margaret H. Willison to talk The Cuckoo's …

Ep 151 - Home Alone, by Todd Strasser

December 21st, 2015

1:01:40

Welcome to the wild world of movie novelizations! This week, we read Todd Strasser's (mostly) faithful novelization of the hit 1990 family comedy …

Ep 150 - Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James

December 14th, 2015

1:18:12

We're back to finish the fight - this week we take on the third and final book in EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
It's not that a book about a BDSM relationship (complete with graphic sex scenes) can't be good, …

Ep 149 - Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

December 7th, 2015

1:02:10

This week we're going around the world -- in 80 days, no less! Well, actually, Andrew read Jules Verne's classic globetrotting adventure Around the …

Ep 148 - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Bonus Episode)

December 4th, 2015

59:22

Our belated bonus episode for November tackles Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, a seminal work of Nigerian literature and a look at the bad things …

Ep 147 - Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

November 30th, 2015

1:03:52

War...war never changes. But it does get more and more absurd the deeper you dive into Joseph Heller's Catch-22.
Join us for a discussion of potato tips, alternate podcast titles, double binds and logic traps, and the …

Ep 146 - A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, by Flannery O'Connor

November 23rd, 2015

1:03:27

Flannery O'Connor was a master of the Southern Gothic short story. Her characters are vivid, her turns of phrase equal parts memorable and chilling. These stories make you laugh, make you cringe, and sometimes make you …

Ep 145 - A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

November 16th, 2015

1:07:13

Every once in awhile you read a character study about a character who is uniquely unpleasant to study—such is the case with John Kennedy Toole's A …

Ep 144 - The Last of the Wine, by Mary Renault

November 9th, 2015

1:03:36

Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine depicts Ancient Greece as truthfully as possible. It is historical fiction filled with war, political intrigue, …

Ep 143 - Ghost Stories and Urban Legends (Bonus episode)

November 5th, 2015

53:35

To close out Spooktober, we thought it only appropriate that we gather around the digital campfire and swap some spooooooky stories. Tales told …

Ep 142 - Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

November 2nd, 2015

1:04:45

This week we go back to the Brontë well to read Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, the only novel she published before her untimely death at the age …

Ep 141 - Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

October 26th, 2015

1:04:11

Though not conventionally spooky, Daphne du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca is a perfect fit for Spooktober. It takes place at a big creepy (but …

Ep 140 - The Amityville Horror, by Jay Anson

October 19th, 2015

1:02:39

Spooktober rolls on this week with Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror, a “true story” from the mid 1970s about a family that buys a haunted house and …

Ep 139 - Ghost Train (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Louise Munro Foley

October 12th, 2015

1:08:15

Spooktober rolls along with another Choose Your Own Adventure: Louise Munro Foley's Ghost Train. We make some dubious choices in this week's episode: …

Ep 138 - Bunnicula, by James and Deborah Howe (w/ Kathryn VanArendonk)

October 5th, 2015

58:07

This week is the start of Overdue’s second-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary books that will get you in the mood for Halloween!

Our …

Ep 137 - The Martian, by Andy Weir (Bonus episode)

October 1st, 2015

58:15

Andy Weir's The Martian is about a man who gets trapped on Mars. It's about all of the actually plausible-sounding science he uses to get himself out of one scrape after another. It's about the efforts of people back on …

Ep 136 - LOTR: The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien

September 28th, 2015

1:24:39

It is time to ascend Mount Doom and end our time in Middle-Earth with Tolkien's The Return of the King. Many goodbyes are said; scores are settled; …

Ep 135 - LOTR: The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

September 21st, 2015

1:19:21

This week we continue the Lord of the Rings saga with The Two Towers, a book that moves beyond Fellowship’s table-setting and dives right into the action. We spend time talking about why this book is more satisfying …

Ep 134 - LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

September 14th, 2015

1:27:16

Join us for the second installment in our four-part journey down to Mordor with J.R.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings series. Craig's sister …

Ep 133 - Go Set a Watchman (Live from Philadelphia)

September 7th, 2015

52:34

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of American literature, and for good reason. The follow-up-slash-first-draft, Go Set a Watchman, …

Ep 132 - 1984, by George Orwell (Bonus Episode)

September 1st, 2015

1:05:14

There's a reason why words like "Orwellian" and "thoughtcrime" have stuck in the public consciousness for more than 65 years, and that reason is George Orwell's 1984.

A denser, more complex read than Orwell's …

Ep 131 - The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

August 31st, 2015

1:14:40

This is the first entry in our four-part journey down the J.R.R. Tolkien rabbit hole that so many of you wanted us to journey down. Andrew and Craig …

Ep 130 - All The King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

August 24th, 2015

1:02:13

Robert Penn Warren's 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the King's Men has been called "uneven as a corduroy road," "sloppy," and "one of American …

Ep 129 - The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey (w/ Lauren Spohrer)

August 17th, 2015

54:46

Not all mystery novels are about stolen jewels, secret passageways, and shifty butlers. Sometimes, they're just about a man in a hospital bed who …

Ep 128 - Then We Came To The End, by Joshua Ferris

August 10th, 2015

59:28

If you've ever worked in an office, at least a passage or two in Joshua Ferris' Then We Came To The End is going to resonate with you. Few books so accurately capture the extremely important, unimportant minutiae of …

Ep 127 - Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

August 3rd, 2015

1:08:28

One of Edith Wharton's few stories set outside the realm of the American upper class, Ethan Frome is a story about a Massachusetts farmer trying to live out his heart-dreams.

Join us for a discussion of his …

Ep 126 - My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

July 30th, 2015

56:31

We go out in the wilderness for this month's bonus episode, living off the land and making friends with animals and playing homemade flutes with our new bestest buddy Bando.

We also talk about our secrets, the ways an …

Ep 125 - Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume (w/ Margaret H. Willison)

July 27th, 2015

53:22

Coming-of-age novels are a dime a dozen, but Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is one of the best known. It's such a significant work that we invited our pal Margaret H. Willison back to help us through …

Ep 124 - Wit, by Margaret Edson

July 20th, 2015

1:08:37

Margaret Edson's rewarding play Wit (sometimes spelled W;t) is not light, boulevard comedy fare. Inspired by Edson's time in a Washington, D.C. …

Ep 123 - Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

July 13th, 2015

1:03:09

Most people familiar with C.S. Lewis' work will have come to him via the Chronicles of Narnia, a series of fantasy books that's defined for better or worse by its heavy-handed Biblical allegory.

Till We Have Faces, …

Ep 122 - To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

July 6th, 2015

53:46

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is a modernist classic. Rich in lyrical prose and unrelenting streams of conciousness, Lighthouse set a standard …

Ep 121 - Space Vampire (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Edward Packard

June 30th, 2015

1:09:46

YOU: An intrepid spaceboy, graduating at the top of your class at Space Academy.

YOUR MISSION: Find and destroy the evil space vampire at any cost!

Our fourth Choose Your Own Adventure outing takes us into deep space …

Ep 120 - A Boy and His Dog, by Harlan Ellison

June 30th, 2015

1:00:24

Harlan Ellison is a man whose reputation precedes him. His long and storied career as a sci-fi and speculative fiction writer is peppered with …

Ep 119 - Across a Hundred Mountains, by Reyna Grande

June 22nd, 2015

1:06:42

What would you do for a better life? Where would you go? Who would you leave behind? And what does "better" mean, anyway?

Reyna Grande poses these …

Ep 118 - Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy

June 17th, 2015

59:45

Cormac McCarthy is a writer in the vein of Hemingway or Faulkner, a person whose prose you can spot from a mile away. That can be a good or a bad …

Ep 117 - Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

June 8th, 2015

59:32

What better way to discuss Diana Gabaldon's genre-straddling, time-traveling historical fiction novel Outlander than by confining ourselves to the same room? Live (not really) from Craig's kitchen, we're happy to bring …

Ep 116 - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë

June 1st, 2015

1:00:55

Hey, jabronis! This week we finally read our first Brontë book, thanks to one of our Patreon supporters! 

Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is considered to be "one of the first sustained feminist books," and …

Ep 115 - Everything and Nothing, by Jorge Luis Borges

May 26th, 2015

58:03

Craig tackles Jorge Luis Borges this week, and what results is a pile of conversations about fake novels and encyclopedias, WIkipedia hoaxes, the way …

Ep 114 - Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Borrowers (Bonus Episode)

May 20th, 2015

56:20

This is our first monthly bonus episode, brought to you by our supporters on Patreon! If you want these shows one week earlier than everyone else, visit patreon.com/overduepod for details.

It's Children's Book Week …

Ep 113 - Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay (w/ Katherine Fritz)

May 18th, 2015

1:06:27

Why do we let the messy implications of our beliefs keep us from shouting them the rooftops?

Why is it difficult for a movement like feminism to be …

Ep 112 - How Not To Write A Novel, by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman

May 11th, 2015

1:04:48

At this point we've read a lot of novels, but we haven't tried to write our own just yet. Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman's 2008 …

Ep 111 - Sabriel, by Garth Nix (w/ Giaco Furino)

May 4th, 2015

1:00:50

Garth Nix may sound like the name of a country music superstar, but he's actually just the humble, award-winning author behind several fantasy series. This week's book, Sabriel, debuted in 1995 as the first entry in …

Ep 110 - Looking for Alaska, by John Green

April 27th, 2015

1:08:02

John Green's Looking for Alaska is another young adult coming-of-age novel in a long tradition of young adult coming-of-age novels. A young man goes …

Ep 109 - The Girl Next Door, by Jack Ketchum

April 20th, 2015

1:07:55

Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door is not for the faint of heart. The story is based on the grisly murder of Sylvia Likens by her de facto guardian in the 1960s. What preceded her death is too reprehensible to print …

Ep 108 - Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (w/ Margaret H. Willison)

April 13th, 2015

1:03:07

One of the reasons we read is because books can give us perspective—good ones can fully transport us to times and places where we've never been and, …

Ep 107 - A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

April 7th, 2015

53:47

Ernest Hemingway is celebrated for the economy of his prose.

This week we read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

Ep 106 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig

March 31st, 2015

1:07:23

Rejected a world record 121 times before finally finding a publisher and going on to sell millions of copies, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of the most widely read philosophy texts of the 20th-century.

Ep 105 - The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

March 24th, 2015

1:08:58

We're back to sci-fi this week, but we take a break from the politics-heavy universe of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Mary Doria Russell's The …

Ep 104 - 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, by John Ford

March 16th, 2015

58:12

John Ford's 1620s revenge drama 'Tis Pity She's A Whore has everything: friars, murder, bawdy jokes, bawdy suitors, incest -- incest?! What's that doing there?, you might say. And such has been the reaction from nigh on …

Ep 103 - Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

March 9th, 2015

55:27

Celebrated science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote a lot in the 20th century: short stories, screenplays, books on pop science, books on hard science, essays on Shakespeare, essays on history and physics -- name a …

Ep 102 - Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

March 2nd, 2015

57:27

Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the most widely-read books in American literature. It's so entrenched in the modern canon that it's hard to believe Hurston fell into obscurity …

Ep 101 - The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick

February 24th, 2015

1:03:42

Our odometer has rolled over, but the show's the same: this week we take you through the alternate history presented by Philip K. Dick's The Man in …

Ep 100 - Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James

February 16th, 2015

1:21:12

100 episodes! That means we've read and talked about 100 books, which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things but it sure feels like a lot for our little podcast.

For our last milestone episode, we read EL James' Fifty …

Ep 099 - Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello

February 9th, 2015

1:00:40

Luigi Pirandello's most notable contribution to the Western canon is a play about six characters come to life, intruding on a theater rehearsal in search of - get this - an author.

Please join us as we grapple with the …

Ep 098: Secret of the Ninja (Choose Your Own Adventure)

February 2nd, 2015

1:10:35

We dip back into the Choose Your Own Adventure well this week to read Jay Leibold's Secret of the Ninja, a harrowing tale about dojo and time travel …

Ep 097 - Batman: The Long Halloween, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

January 26th, 2015

54:57

Set in the early years of Bruce Wayne's Batmanhood, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman: The Long Halloween chronicles a murderous year in Gotham …

Ep 096 - Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

January 19th, 2015

1:01:36

It's not October anymore, but we've gone back to the spooky story well this week to read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Unlike The Martian Chronicles, the Bradbury book we read back in Episode 28, …

Ep 095 - Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

January 12th, 2015

1:02:47

At last, we've caught our White Whale!

Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, a Leviathan of the American literary canon, chronicles the journey of the Pequod, a whaling ship helmed by the fanatical Captain Ahab. Narrated by …

Ep 094 - The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

January 5th, 2015

56:59

Donna Tartt, a recent recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Goldfinch, broke onto the literary scene over twenty years ago with her debut …

Ep 093 - Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

December 31st, 2014

1:00:16

Usually books try to make you root for the protagonist. Even if he or she is flawed in some crucial way, most stories try to make you feel something for the person whose mind you're inhabiting. That is not the case in …

Ep 092 - A Kidnapped Santa Claus / Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

December 22nd, 2014

57:35

What're the holidays without children's stories? Every year, families gather around their yule rocks and Festivus poles to hear their favorite tales …

Ep 091 - In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

December 16th, 2014

57:48

Truman Capote's Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood chronicles the mass murder of a family in rural Kansas by two runaway parolees. Inspired …

Ep 090 - Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

December 9th, 2014

52:50

We hope you like awesome horses and sobbing cowboys, because this week special guest host Casey Johnston is walking us through Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

It's a kind-of-subversive western that blends cowboy …

Ep 089 - The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

December 1st, 2014

1:02:30

For the second week in a row, we've decided to read a book about a dystopian society—Animal Farm was about the oppressed overthrowing and then becoming the oppressors, but The Handmaid's Tale is about an already …

Ep 088 - Animal Farm, by George Orwell

November 25th, 2014

59:42

Old Man Stalin Had A Farm...E-I-E-I-O....What happens when you mix the Russian Revolution with a bunch of farm animals and (more than a dash) of …

Ep 087 - Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

November 17th, 2014

57:37

Have you read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, or seen the major motion picture currently in theaters? Because if not, you probably should turn back: we're …

Ep 086 - Summerland, by Michael Chabon

November 11th, 2014

54:11

Michael Chabon is no stranger to genre fiction. He has a Lovecraftesque alter ego. He's written essays decrying navel-gazing trends in the short …

Ep 085 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

November 4th, 2014

55:11

Haruki Murakami is a giant of contemporary literature, particularly in his native Japan. However, his books are often rife with references to Western …

Ep 084 - You Are A Monster (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Edward Packard

October 28th, 2014

1:15:59

Spooktober comes to a close with yet another Choose Your Own Adventure story: Edward Packard's You Are A Monster. If you missed our previous CYA episode, do check it out. We cover the series' inception, as well as …

Ep 083 - The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned, by Anne Rice

October 21st, 2014

56:11

Spooktober rolls on with this week's story, an Anne Rice novel that's about spooky mummies and the women who love them. For real, though, people in …

Ep 082 - At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft

October 13th, 2014

54:33

If you've ever heard of a Cthulu, read about the Necronomicon, or been creeped out by sleepy towns in New England, you likely have H.P. Lovecraft to …

Ep 081 - Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin

October 6th, 2014

59:10

Our spooky October (Spooktober?) continues this week with Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, a book about broken trust and creepy new neighbors and Satan babies and a bunch of other stuff. It's a laugh a minute! This book …

Ep 080 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

September 30th, 2014

57:23

Washington Irving - aka Jonathan Oldstyle, Abner Knickerbocker or Geoffrey Crayon - is widely regarded as the First American writer. Born just after …

Ep 079 - The Homecoming, by Harold Pinter

September 24th, 2014

52:06

The stuff in these show notes is just as important as the stuff that isn't in these show notes. At least, that would be the case if they were written …

Ep 078 - The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Edward Packard

September 15th, 2014

1:11:18

We're trying something a little different this week on Overdue. To hear more, turn to page 44. To go back, turn to page 56.

OK, this episode listing doesn't actually have branching paths based on page numbers, but this …

Ep 077 - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman

September 8th, 2014

53:05

Safecracker, prankster, bongo drummer, painter, teacher. Richard Feynman was many things in addition to being a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and he seemed to enjoy the incongruities of his varied interests.

His …

Ep 076 - This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz

September 2nd, 2014

58:25

This week's story, This Is How You Lose Her, is a loosely connected collection of short stories that blurs the line between protagonist and author. …

Ep 075 - The Hairy Ape, by Eugene O'Neill

August 25th, 2014

56:43

"I'm a hairy ape, get me? And I'll bust youse in de jaw if you don't lay off kiddin' me."

When Eugene O'Neill wants to get his point across, he leaves nothing to chance. In his 1922 work of expressionist theatre, The …

Ep 074 - Orange Is The New Black, by Piper Kerman

August 18th, 2014

1:01:13

There's a fair chance that you're familiar with Piper Kerman's Orange Is The New Black through the award-winning Netflix drama. This week we wanted to go to the source material and read the original memoir, not just to …

Ep 073 - Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth

August 12th, 2014

1:02:44

Things get a little hot and heavy on this week's episode dedicated to Philip Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint. We do, however, start off with some reactions to our Pride and Prejudice episode before diving headlong …

Ep 072 - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

August 5th, 2014

59:42

This week, we take another run at Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is, in Andrew's words, "a book where a bunch of people eventually get married to each other.

"It's also more than that, of course—it gives us an …

Ep 071 - Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

July 29th, 2014

1:05:34

Go Tell It on the Mountain, the first novel by revered American author and essayist James Baldwin tackles a whole host of serious issues ranging from …

Ep 070 - Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

July 22nd, 2014

50:24

This week's book, Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring, is historical fiction that purports to tell the story of the painting of the same name. If that's not a good elevator pitch for a book, we haven't heard one.

Ep 069 - The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink

July 14th, 2014

52:34

Bernhard Schlink's The Reader was published just five years after the reunification of Germany, and the ways in which it explores the country's troubled history were quite verboten while the wall still stood.

A young man …

Ep 068 - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

July 7th, 2014

55:39

Robin Sloan's debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, tackles the literary world's imminent digital future with an adventure tale that Andrew describes as "like a Dan Brown book but good."

Through the eyes of a …

Ep 067 - Bossypants, by Tina Fey

July 1st, 2014

49:29

Tina Fey is a prolific, talented, outspoken comedian with a track record to rival the best in the business. She’s also a keen observer of the human …

Ep 066 - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

June 24th, 2014

49:55

Agatha Christie is the owner of numerous superlatives: best-selling novelist, influential mystery writer, criminally successful playwright. Also, did …

Ep 065 - The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

June 17th, 2014

1:01:26

More than a year after reading Middlesex for Episode 12, this week we return to Jeffrey Eugenides' oeuvre to check out 2011's The Marriage Plot.

It's a more focused, less-sprawling book than Middlesex, but as in his …

Ep 064 - Big Blonde and Here We Are, by Dorothy Parker

June 9th, 2014

51:15

Dorothy Parker was a prolific Jazz Age writer who rose to prominence during her days as a member of the Algonquin Round Table - a group of writers, …

Ep 063 - King Lear, by William Shakespeare

June 2nd, 2014

59:23

William Shakespeare's reputation is basically secure at this point. He was hugely influential, his works are widely studied, and although he's over …

Ep 062 - The Giver, by Lois Lowry

May 26th, 2014

1:03:24

Lois Lowry's The Giver imagines a world without color, without hills, without difference and most importantly without memory. Winner of the 1994 …

Ep 061 - The Lorax / Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

May 19th, 2014

57:17

In honor of Children's Book Week, we each decided to read a Dr. Seuss book for this episode—that's right, Andrew had somehow managed to avoid the Lorax, and Craig knew nothing about the Places He'll Go. Seuss himself is …

Ep 060 - Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

May 12th, 2014

1:05:10

What if superheroes were real? Would we still revere them so much? Or would they be too frightening for us to handle, too unstable for us to control?

Ep 059 - The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain

May 6th, 2014

58:25

Mark Twain is an incredibly prolific, incredibly distinctive author. This week's read is just a short story and it's one of Twain's first major …

Ep 058 - The Passage, by Justin Cronin

April 29th, 2014

55:46

Justin Cronin got his start publishing quiet but moving "literary" fiction. In 2010, he blew up North America (in a manner of speaking) with his post-apocalyptic don't-call-them-vampires "genre" novel The Passage.

We …

Ep 057 - Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

April 22nd, 2014

57:57

Tell the Wolves I'm Home, author Carol Rifka Brunt's first novel, is multi-faceted: it's about different kinds of love. It's about siblinghood, and …

Ep 056 - The Misanthrope, by Molière

April 14th, 2014

51:11

Molière's The Misanthrope is a three-and-a-half centuries old play about something as old as time: dishing on your people behind their back. It's …

Ep 055 - To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

April 8th, 2014

59:49

A true classic, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books we should have read years ago. For the two of you who aren't familiar, it's …

Ep 054 - In the Woods, by Tana French

March 31st, 2014

57:53

Why do we keep trying to solve murders in small towns? What is it like for an American author to set a story in a sleepy Irish suburb? Will our …

Ep 053 - The Yellow Wallpaper / The Lottery

March 25th, 2014

52:24

We double-dip a bit in this week's show, reading two short stories and proving that you don't have to have a ton of time to read something thought-provoking. The theme is "female authors writing about …

Ep 052 - Extra Innings, by Baseball Prospectus

March 17th, 2014

55:06

It's almost baseball season! And what better way to celebrate America's (former) pastime than to document the annual occurrence of Craig forcing …

Ep 051 - Replay, by Ken Grimwood

March 11th, 2014

44:35

What if you got to/had to live the same 25 years of your life over and over again? Would you try to recreate the life you had lost? Would you game …

Ep 050 - Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

March 3rd, 2014

1:08:03

Strap yourselves in and pick a good safe word, because Andrew and Craig both read Fifty Shades of Grey for this, our landmark 50th episode! Boy are they sorry!

A warning up front in case you're not familiar: this is a …

Ep 049 - Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

February 24th, 2014

47:21

What's a granfalloon, you ask? Or a karass? A stuppa? A wampeter? These are all terms from the Bokonon religion, created by Kurt Vonnegut in his 1963 novel Cat's Cradle - a hilarious but depressing satire of scientific …

Ep 048 - Dracula, by Bram Stoker

February 18th, 2014

47:08

Craig and Andrew take a trip to Transylvania this week, facilitated by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Join us for a talk about the evolution of the vampire, …

Ep 047 - Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw

February 4th, 2014

51:15

'Ello 'ello! What's all this then?!

A discussion of George Bernard Shaw, turn-of-the-century dialects, My Fair Lady and gender politics, ya say?

Ep 046 - The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

January 28th, 2014

53:15

We return to the Dead White Male canon this week with Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, the gripping tale of an old man who goes out …

Ep 045 - The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

January 21st, 2014

53:40

What does it mean to be a woman? We don't know the answer to that question, and it's doubtful we ever will. But reading Kate Chopin's revolutionary …

Ep 044 - Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers

January 14th, 2014

50:41

Have you ever revisited a classic from your childhood only to find a whole pile of weird subtext you've never noticed before? Andrew's never read …

Ep 043 - The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe

December 31st, 2013

45:38

Nothing screams New Year's like a guy sitting in his study, missing his beloved, wishing an obnoxious, repetitive bird would just leave him the heck …

Ep 042 - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

December 24th, 2013

47:46

'Tis the season to do seasonally-themed episodes, and so Andrew read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the short story that has been so widely …

Ep 041 - Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

December 17th, 2013

51:41

What do you do when your meth-cooking father goes missing in the Missouri Ozarks? Ask your relatives? Go to the cops? Dig for evidence yourself?

Ep 040 - Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

December 10th, 2013

54:07

Sometimes an author's personality (or legend, even) grows to the point that it's just as interesting as the work they produced. This is certainly true in the case of JD Salinger—the stories that sprang up around the …

Ep 039 - The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

November 25th, 2013

49:07

In 1893, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "killed" Sherlock Holmes. Eight years later, the popular detective returned in The Hound of the Baskervilles, much to …

Ep 038 - Eddie and the Cruisers, by P.F. Kluge

November 18th, 2013

57:06

Andrew and Craig both come at P.F. Kluge's Eddie and the Cruisers from a unique perspective: Kluge was (and is) writer-in-residence at Kenyon College …

Ep 037 - The Unnamable, by Samuel Beckett

November 12th, 2013

50:01

No plot, no characters, no setting. Samuel Beckett's The Unnamable sounds like it's about nothing, but it's more than just the Seinfeld of novels - or so Craig tries to convince Andrew. Beckett, a Nobel Laureate, is …

Ep 036 - Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami

November 5th, 2013

56:49

Another Hunger Games movie is right around the corner, but you just can't wait. You need to read a heartwarming tale about tweens and teens who are all dropped down on an island by a repressive government and forced to …

Ep 035 - No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre

October 29th, 2013

46:39

Hell is sheeple, hot cocoa, interventions, mannequins, French pronunciations, and gin. 

Also, hell is other people. Or so wrote Jean-Paul Sartre in …

Ep 034 - Don't Go Back to School, by Kio Stark

October 21st, 2013

50:18

We tried something a little different this week—instead of reading a novel
or play, Andrew read Kio Stark's crowdfunded handbook Don't Go Back to

Ep 033 - The Stand, by Stephen King

October 14th, 2013

53:47

Did you know that Stephen King's The Stand isn't a taut legal thriller? It's just one of the many things that Andrew and Craig learned about the book this week! 

Special guest Giaco Furino walks Andrew and Craig through …

Ep 032 - A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

October 8th, 2013

57:28

 Rock and roll, PowerPoint slides, African dictators: all succumb to the inexorable march of time in Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit …

Ep 031 - The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

October 1st, 2013

41:31

The relationship between interior evil and its effect o one's external
appearance isn't new to the show, but it's explored pretty explicitly in
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. A much darker affair than The

Ep 030 - Medea, by Euripides

September 16th, 2013

50:03

What's there to enjoy about a 2400-year-old tragedy? Is it the ekkyklemas? The god-chariots? Or is it the protagonist so wounded by her husband's …

Ep 029 - The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

September 10th, 2013

42:48

Andrew wanted something short and funny for his selection this week, and he got it in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. It's up for debate whether Wilde actually meant to say anything with this farcical …

Ep 028 - The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

September 2nd, 2013

44:18

Ray Bradbury once described his first novel, The Martian Chronicles, as a collection of short stories "pretending to be a novel." In fact, many of …

Ep 027 - You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers

August 26th, 2013

54:54

It's rare that we read a book and just out-and-out dislike it, but that's what happened when Andrew read Dave Eggers' You Shall Know Our Velocity! Eggers' tale of two young men who travel around the world and give away …

Ep 026 - Persuasion, by Jane Austen

August 13th, 2013

51:07

Craig's never read Jane Austen. Yes, it's unbelievable. Yes, it's sort of shameful. But making up for that kind of thing is what this show's all …

Ep 025 - Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

August 5th, 2013

52:15

Intelligence is a wonderful thing, but as this week's book shows us it isn't the only thing. In Daniel Keyes' classic, developmentally disabled man …

Ep 024 - Grendel, by John Gardner

July 30th, 2013

51:07

This week's show is all about revisiting past shows - the book Craig read, John Gardner's Grendel, is a modern prequel and/or retelling of the …

Ep 023 - Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

July 23rd, 2013

45:25

In the book's preface, Vonnegut called Breakfast of Champions an attempt to "clear his head of all the junk in there." He wasn't kidding. Breakfast is a melange of narrative, sketches, and character sketches - and …

Ep 022 - Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare

July 16th, 2013

44:21

What is Antony and Cleopatra ? Tragedy? Romance? History? Comedy ? The conventional wisdom is to pick tragedy, but this messy entry in the later chapters of Shakespeare's canon dances between the Bard's genres like a …

Ep 021 - Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

July 8th, 2013

43:23

One note for this one: while every episode has a general spoiler warning attached to it, we spoil Yann Martel's Life of Pi in a pretty big way in this show, so if you have the movie next in your Netflix queue or …

Ep 020 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson

July 1st, 2013

56:30

Craig and Andrew team up with their evil selves this week to read Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, not really. But in honor of our 20th episode, we did both read the book this week, mixing up our …

Ep 019 - The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

June 24th, 2013

50:02

We're back from our hiatus, and to kick the rust off we're diving right into a thorny discussion about race, sexuality, and poverty with Alice …

Ep 018 - Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

June 9th, 2013

54:46

"You know Frankenstein's the name of the doctor, not the monster - right?"

Despite decades of metal bolts and flat green foreheads muddying the …

Ep 017 - Winnie The Pooh, by A.A. Milne

June 3rd, 2013

40:56

A.A. Milne's famous bear is almost ninety years old. The first collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories was published in 1926, yet many of us first …

Ep 016 - World War Z, by Max Brooks

May 28th, 2013

48:32

Max Brooks' World War Z, soon to be a not-awesome-looking motion picture, takes an interesting approach to the zombie apocalypse story: it's told …

Ep 015 - The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White

May 20th, 2013

55:15

Whether or not you've read The Elements of Style, the writing rules and techniques you learned in grade school likely came from Strunk and White’s …

Ep 014 - The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

May 13th, 2013

37:59

When you talk about a witch-hunt, you aren't normally referring to sane, procedural, and fair trials. You're talking about a fear-driven investigation driven by suspicions rather than facts, where personal agendas can …

Ep 013 - A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

May 6th, 2013

46:03

Ernest J. Gaines' Pulitzer-nominated novel A Lesson Before Dying takes place in 1940s Jim Crow Louisiana, where a black schoolteacher is asked to …

Ep 012 - Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

April 28th, 2013

50:39

Breaking a three-show "books from circa 1900" streak, Andrew tackles Jeffrey Eugenides' Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex, a tale of love, incest, …

Ep 011 - The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

April 22nd, 2013

40:56

H. G. Wells' classic "scientific romance" The War of the Worlds is perhaps the earliest known example of Martian invasion fiction.

Of course, it's more than just early science fiction. Wells uses the invaders to put …

Ep 010 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

April 15th, 2013

45:15

You've probably seen the movie, but have you read the book? L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz certainly follows the same basic pattern as …

Ep 009 - The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

April 8th, 2013

44:36

What makes a good ghost story? If you said creepy children, gothic architecture, and unreliable narrators, then Henry James has you covered The Turn of the Screw. 

This week Andrew mangles words, Craig gets lost in …

Ep 008 - Dune, by Frank Herbert

April 1st, 2013

47:17

Good science fiction uses fantastical characters, locations, and technology to comment intelligently on problems that we face in the real world, but …

Ep 007 - All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque

March 25th, 2013

55:07

Billed as "The Greatest War Novel of All Time" on many a book jacket, All Quiet on the Western Front chronicles one soldier's harrowing experience in …

Ep 006 - The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

March 18th, 2013

33:46

How would you and your family react if you awoke one morning changed into a huge bug? In our kafkaesque discussion of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, …

Ep 005 - Beowulf

March 11th, 2013

50:03

What book could possible be more overdue for a read than Beowulf, one of the oldest extant works of Anglo-Saxon literature?

Join us as we revel in …

Ep 004 - The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

March 3rd, 2013

49:50

Here on Overdue, it's definitely not going to be multi-layered critiques of religion and missives on love and cholera every week. Take this book as a …

Ep 003 - Edward Albee's Tiny Alice

February 25th, 2013

46:52

When first performed on Broadway in 1964, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice frustrated and discomfited audiences with its metaphysical critiques on faith and religion. It is no less opaque today (at least for Craig), and …

Ep 002 - Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

February 17th, 2013

49:48

Florentino Ariza, the ostensible protagonist of Gabriel García Márquez' Love in the Time of Cholera, has had 622 distinct sexual partners in the 51 …

Ep 001 - Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

February 11th, 2013

36:11

Did you pay attention in ninth grade English? Craig did, sort of. This week he reads – or rereads, he’s not sure – John Steinbeck’s classic tale of Depression-era migrant workers. Topics of conversation include …

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