008: YA Crossover, Eleanor & Park, and more!

It's the YA Crossover episode! Also, Polli introduces Kate to Eleanor & Park and feels ensue. 

Two Book Minimum:

Akata Witch, opens a new window by Nnedi Okorafor

American Street, opens a new window by Ibi Zoboi

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, opens a new window by E. Lockhart

Dear Reader, opens a new window by Mary O’Connell

She Said/She Said: 
Eleanor & Park, opens a new window By Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” - John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school , Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.


Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader, opens a new window.

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