036: “It’s okay not to be okay.”

What do American Ambassadors, historic sex clubs, lawn-care, depression, and social niceties have in common? Well... they're all discussed on this episode! Linear thought is overrated.

Two Book Minimum:

She Said/She Said: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

"Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family forthe first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything."

As two not-so-Young Adults, we freaking loved this book. It deals with social awkwardness, depression, friendship, bravery, cultural differences, and so much more. Grab the tissues, y'all, and remember: “It’s okay not to be okay.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
The Trevor Hotline: 1-866-488-7386 (text and chat options available)
Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence: 785-841-2345 (after-hours chat available)

2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019

Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond.

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, opens a new windowStitcher, opens a new window, or SoundCloud, opens a new window. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate