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Strong Sense of Place
Strong Sense of Place
Melissa & Dave

One lifetime is too short to visit everywhere and meet everyone. That‘s why we love books with a strong sense of place... more

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Episodes

LoLT: Chicken Soup Manifesto and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books on our TBRs: The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai and Wandering Stars by Tommy... more

23 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
LoLT: 2024’s Unmissable Events and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books: Strawberry Fields by Patrick D. Joyce and The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden. Dave... more

16 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
LoLT: A Valentine’s Day Poem and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books on our TBRs: Everyone on This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson and Fall... more

09 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
LoLT: Judith Viorst & Alexander and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: Broughtupsy by Christina Cooke and The Curse of Pietro Houdini by Derek B. Miller. Then... more

02 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
LoLT: Namibia Cam and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett and Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar. Then Mel shares... more

26 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
LoLT: Planet Word and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books: The Fury by Alex Michaelides and Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook. Then Dave recommends... more

19 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
LoLT: New Podcast Recommendations and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about new books: The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan and Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree.... more

12 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
LoLT: The British Library Hack and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan Santlofer and North Woods by Daniel Mason. Then Dave... more

05 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
LoLT: Reading Resolutions and Two Great Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Empty Theater by Jac Jemc and Yellowfaceby R.F. Kuang. Then we discuss great reading... more

29 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
LoLT: (Fun) Christmas To-Do List and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two great books: One Woman Show by Christine Coulson and To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill... more

22 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
LoLT: Celebrating Crustmas and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: This Is Christmas, Song by Song by Annie Zaleski and The Bathysphere Book by Brad... more

15 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
LoLT: Best Books of 2022 & New Books

In this episode, we get excited about three books: ‘The Christmas Party’ by Georgette Heyer, ‘The Christmas Murder Game’ by... more

08 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
LoLT: Tabletop Game Recommendations and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer and The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez. Then Dave recommends... more

01 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
A Mini-Episode to Wish You A Cozy and Happy Thanksgiving

We know you don’t all celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, but it’s never a bad idea to express gratitude... more

20 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
LoLT: Proper British Beavers and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books: The Three Dahlias by Katy Watson and World Within a Song by Jeff Tweedy. Then Carrie... more

17 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
LoLT: Wes Anderson Shorts and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books: The Future by Naomi Alderman and Watership Down: The Graphic Novel by James Sturm & Joe... more

10 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
LoLT: Slow Travel Videos and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books: What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez and The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by... more

03 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
LoLT: What is Gothic? and Two New Books

In this show, we’re excited about two books: The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley and Starter Villain by John Scalzi. Then Mel... more

27 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
LoLT: Best Public Libraries and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books: The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope by José Andrés and I Love... more

20 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
LoLT: Cookbooks with a Strong Sense of Place and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: The Pale House Devil by Richard Kadrey and Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and... more

13 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
LoLT: The Food & Fashion Exhibit and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books: A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand and Murder Most Royal by S.J. Bennett. Then... more

06 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
LoLT: Playing with Connections and Two New Books

In this show, we’re excited about two books — Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig and The Secret Hours by Mick Herron. Then Craig... more

29 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
LoLT: The Hermanus Whale Festival and Two New Books

In this show, we get excited about two books — Pockets by Hannah Carlson and Roaming by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. Then Dave... more

22 Sep 2023 · 9 minutes
LoLT: ‘The Wheel of Time’ and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison and The Tao of the Backup Catcher by Tim Brown... more

15 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
LoLT: Award-Nominated Nonfiction and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: the cookbook ‘Portico’ by Leah Koenig and ‘The Square of Sevens’... more

08 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
LoLT: The Great Philly Cheesesteak Debate and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: ‘Where There Was Fire’ by John Manuel Arias and ‘The Heaven... more

01 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
LoLT: Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: ‘The Continental Affair’ by Christine Mangan and ‘The Quickening’ by Elizabeth... more

25 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
LoLT: The Long Now Foundation and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books — ‘The Bookbinder’ by Pip Williams and ‘Tabula Rasa, Vol 1’... more

11 Aug 2023 · 7 minutes
LoLT: Remembering the Concorde and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two books — ‘Ms. Demeanor’ by Elinor Lipman Moreno-Garcia and ‘Speech Team: A Novel’... more

04 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Bonus Episode With Tasha Sounart, Creative Director of Theme Parks at Pixar

If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes of the best theme parks in the world — Hello, Disney!... more

28 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
LoLT: Phantom Islands and Two New Books

In this episode, we’re excited about two new books — ‘Silver Nitrate’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and ‘The Skull: A Tyrolean... more

21 Jul 2023 · 8 minutes
Amusement Parks: Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

The gates of an amusement park are a portal to a magical realm of thrill rides and fantasy worlds, larger-than-life... more

17 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
LoLT: Beautiful Street Art by NeSpoon & Two Great Books

This is a replay of an episode featuring books from beloved authors that are excellent summer reads: 'Killers of a... more

14 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
LoLT: A Sneaky Socialite and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two new books — ‘The Only One Left’ by Riley Sager and ‘The... more

07 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
LoLT: Postcard Pen Pals and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two new books — ‘100 Places to See After You Die’ by Ken... more

30 Jun 2023 · 7 minutes
Argentina: Tango to the End of the World

Argentina is so alluring. Rugged gauchos riding the pampas, the percussive heartbeat of the tango, the otherwordly beauty of Tierra... more

26 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
LoLT: A Celebration of the Big Bang and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two new books — ‘Return to Valetto’ by Dominic Smith and ‘National Dish’... more

23 Jun 2023 · 6 minutes
LoLT: The Literary Fun of ‘80 Days’ and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two new books — ‘Unpacking for Greece’ by Sally Jane Smith and the... more

16 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
Kenya: Hurrying Has No Blessing

Located on the east coast of Africa, Kenya is a fantastic place to explore Swahili culture and get close to... more

12 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
LoLT: Shakespeare’s First Folio and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two new books — The Power of Saying No by Vanessa Patrick and... more

09 Jun 2023 · 7 minutes
LoLT: 1917 Pulitzer Prize and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Tumbling Girl by Bridget Walsh and The West: A New... more

02 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
Theater: Act One, Scene I, Lights Up

Google the words’ history of theater,’ and you’ll get a timeline that begins in ancient Greece, circa the 6th century... more

29 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
LoLT: Literary Street in Vilnius and Two New Books

Housekeeping note: There will be no 'Library of Lost Time' next week. The next episode will appear on Friday, June... more

19 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Maine: Lighthouses, Lobster Rolls, and the King of Horror

Perched in the top-right corner of the US, Maine is wrapped in a snuggly hug from Canada and bravely faces... more

15 May 2023 · 54 minutes
LoLT: Jeremy Anderberg Recommends Shepherd.com and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Lioness of Boston by Emily Franklin and The Partisan by... more

12 May 2023 · 9 minutes
LoLT: The Forty Elephants Girl Gang and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Dinner Party by Sarah Gilmartin and You Could Make This Place... more

05 May 2023 · 8 minutes
London: The Tower, Tudors, and a Nice Cuppa Tea

There's been a bridge over the Thames in London for about 2000 years. In the time since its founding during... more

01 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
LoLT: How to Find Your Favorite Poems and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Never Sleep by Fred Van Lente and The Wager: A Talk... more

28 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
LoLT: Charlotte Brontë’s Emma and Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal... more

21 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
Lebanon: Surrender to the Call of the Mijwiz

If you were born anytime after, say, 1974, you probably associate Lebanon and its capital city of Beirut with political... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
LoLT: Adopt-a-Listener Month & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox and The... more

14 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
LoLT: Exclamation Points! & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Jane & Edward by Melodie Edwards and Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice... more

07 Apr 2023 · 8 minutes
Sri Lanka: Remarkable, Relentless, Resplendent

Sri Lanka is known for its rich, full-bodied Ceylon tea, fishermen on stilts, and staggering beauty. If you want to... more

03 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
LoLT: The Regency Cook & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Girl with Twenty Fingers by Kate Mueser and White Cat,... more

31 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
LoLT: Best of Shetland Islands & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Company by J.M. Varese and Sweet Enough: A Dessert Cookbook... more

24 Mar 2023 · 10 minutes
Bookshops: Mostly Paper and Magic

A bookshop is a special (maybe enchanted) place found all over the world and staffed by booksellers who seem to... more

20 Mar 2023 · 54 minutes
LoLT: The Gotham Book Prize & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Speak for the Dead by Amy Tector and I Have Some... more

17 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
Jamaica: Let's Get Together and Feel All Right

The mountains of Jamaica rise up out of the turquoise-blue Caribbean. From those jaggy peaks, rolling hills — covered in... more

06 Mar 2023 · 58 minutes
LoLT: Solving a 16th-Century Code & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: ‘Weyward’ by Emilia Hart and ‘Psych: The Story of the Human... more

03 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
LoLT: Peek Inside Virginia Woolf's Diaries & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: My Father’s House by Joseph O’Connor and A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and... more

24 Feb 2023 · 7 minutes
New Orleans: Pass a Good Time

When you’re ready to let the good times roll, there’s no place like New Orleans to cut loose, indulge in... more

20 Feb 2023 · 55 minutes
LoLT: The Story of a Special Map & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson and All the Beauty... more

17 Feb 2023 · 7 minutes
LoLT: Hudson River Rail Excursions & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo and Mr. Breakfast by... more

10 Feb 2023 · 9 minutes
Spain: Valencia, Velázquez, and Vermouth

In this episode, we get all dreamy-eyed about everything that makes Spain a fantastic place to visit. We get curious... more

06 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
LoLT: The Currywurst Story & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 'Cold People' by Tom Rob Smith and 'Awe: The New Science... more

03 Feb 2023 · 8 minutes
SSoP Podcast Mini-Episode — Season 5: Announcing 12 Exciting Destinations

We've put together an itinerary of 12 fantastic destinations with stops in every region of the globe. So pack your... more

30 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
LoLT: Bad High School Analogies & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 'The Mitford Affair' by Marie Benedict and 'Creative ACT: A Way... more

27 Jan 2023 · 8 minutes
LoLT: The Spectacle of 'RRR' & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 'Really Good, Actually' by Monica Heisey and 'How to Sell a... more

20 Jan 2023 · 6 minutes
LoLT: Realm Podcasts & Two New Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 'City Under One Roof' by Iris Yamashita and 'Endurance: 100 Tales... more

13 Jan 2023 · 9 minutes
LoLT: The Extraordinary Attorney Woo & Two Books

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 'The Bandit Queens' by Parini Shroff and 'Project Hail Mary' by... more

06 Jan 2023 · 8 minutes
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Spain: Valencia, Velázquez, and Vermouth
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In this episode, we get all dreamy-eyed about everything that makes Spain a fantastic place to visit. We get curious about a... more