Ep 022: From the Mixed-up Files of Lawrence P. Library

Polli and Kate explore Magic (both Big and Darker), plus books to help you talk about race and books to help you sublimate your righteous anger. This month we discuss From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler through the eyes of two mixed-up adults who missed it as kids.

Bookish News:

  • Earlier this year, BookRiot launched a feminist book club called "Persist" that takes place entirely on Instagram
  • Last week was National Library Week, but you can follow these 10 tips any time of the year. 

Two Book Minimum:

She Said/She Said: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Neither of us read this book when we were children, and SO MANY of our friends have gushed about it that we decided it needed a look-see. In case you, like us, grew up under a rock, here's the basic spiel:

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

Was it as good as everyone said? Can you enjoy a formative book decades after your formative years? Are we both Claudia? LISTEN AND FIND OUT.

Library News:

  • If you haven't already, get to browsing our sweet new website! If you have any questions, suggestions, or rave reviews, fill out our feedback form - LPL would very seriously appreciate it! 
  • Remember to mark your calendars for Thursday, May 24th at 7PM: Dr. J Drew Lanham will be at Liberty Hall talking about what it means to bird-watch while black.

We also talked about our dogs. Here are Gunther and Luna looking extremely pathetic because they probably did bad things:


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