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Do you remember the books you read growing up in the 1970's and 80's? Whether it's a favorite series that you know by heart, or a story that you vaguely recall, the "Books From the Basement" Podcast is the place to tune in. Best friends Amy Tharakan and Lisa Burkett offer listeners a comedic approach to revisiting their favorite series books that were written between 1930 and 1970.

Books From the Basement Lisa Burkett and Amy Tharakan

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    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Do you remember the books you read growing up in the 1970's and 80's? Whether it's a favorite series that you know by heart, or a story that you vaguely recall, the "Books From the Basement" Podcast is the place to tune in. Best friends Amy Tharakan and Lisa Burkett offer listeners a comedic approach to revisiting their favorite series books that were written between 1930 and 1970.

    Bonus Episode #5

    Bonus Episode #5

    Get ready for our fifth bonus episode because it’s all about the Mighty Mississippi (and one other random topic). In this episode, Lisa and Amy discuss questions and topics from Trixie Belden and The Mystery on the Mississippi. You’ll learn about the history of the Mississippi River and its impact on American life. Also, discover some interesting facts about the indigenous inhabitants in the St. Louis area and the Cahokia people. Add in some tidbits about the Secret Service and the FBI, as well as tourist sites you may want to visit, and you’ve got an abundance of new knowledge! There's no starter and no ender--just content and conversation. Sit back, relax and join us as we tackle these subjects and more.

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    Thank you Sara Pack for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Bonus Episode #4

    Bonus Episode #4

    It's time for our fourth bonus episode! Lisa and Amy discuss questions and topics that have come up during our latest episodes. You'll hear interesting information about such things as the history of vending machines, how telegrams changed communication, how slavery in the 1800’s affected NYC, and a little about the underground railroad. You'll also learn all about the 14-year-old brain and how it applies to Trixie and the gang. Add in an update on the Automat, and you’ve got a large serving of information you never knew you wanted to know! There's no starter and no ender--just content and conversation. Sit back, relax and join us as we tackle these subjects and more.
     
     Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. It's free to subscribe, and you can still listen on your favorite platform.  Just click on the link below, select listen on Apple iTunes, then choose ratings and reviews. It's just that easy and it really helps us out a lot! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-from-the-basement/id1544343334
    If you want to help us keep our podcast ad-free, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/booksbasement where you can make a donation by buying us a "book" instead of a coffee!             
    Visit our FB Page: www.facebook/booksfromthebasement
    Join our FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/booksfromthebasementpc
    Follow us on Twitter: @books_basement
    Thank you Sara Pack for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Season One Wrap-up

    Season One Wrap-up

    Join Lisa and Amy as they wrap-up season one with a discussion of the Trixie Belden series. You will also hear input from our listeners about their experiences with the Trixie books, both as children and adults, and how the podcast has helped them revisit these books in a whole new light.

    Thank you to our amazing listener, Stephanie, for her participation in this episode!

    Stephanie is a criminal defense attorney who has found her way back to Kansas after many years in Nevada and Tennessee. She still enjoys mysteries and loves listening to true crime podcasts and all things 80s. Stephanie's side hustle is co-hosting "aNodPod" on the Weekend Media Network when she isn't "chow-purring" her kids to and from all of their activities. The podcast will be on all podcast platforms, and the first episode will be dropped this weekend!

    For more information, contact Stephanie at stephanie@weekendmediagroup.com
    Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. It's free to subscribe, and you can still listen on your regular platform. Just follow this link and click the “listen on Apple podcast” button. Then click on the rate and review tab to reach the correct page. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-from-the-basement/id1544343334
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    If you want to help us keep our podcast ad-free, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/booksbasement where you can donate by buying us a "book" instead of a coffee!             
    Thank you, Sara Pack, for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 3)

    Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 3)

    Lisa and Amy are more than challenged by their last Trixie Belden book episode. The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest has been a struggle to this point, and the final part offers very little clarity. As Juliana’s wedding day approaches, the BWGs continue to work the Miss Ryks case. How many times can Lisa and Amy say, “It makes no sense,” “I don’t know,” “It doesn’t say,” “They don’t tell us,” and “I don’t understand?” A lot!
    Questions? Where is Dan Mangan? Exactly what is a “wheels sale?” What is going on at the Glen Road Inn? Do cowboy hats really make a gang appear more dangerous? How many times does is take to confirm Miss Ryks’ true identity? Why do bare feet scare Trixie? Are the wedding gifts really worth all this trouble? Can a wheelchair be a weapon?
    Also, Bobby becomes a caterer, Mr. Lytell and Mrs. Vanderpoel suspiciously motor around Sleepyside together, the thieves rack up expenses as they carry out their plan, Molinson and the Sleepyside police can’t catch a thief, Hallie is missing, there’s an arrest at the reception, and the BWGs carry out a rescue.
    It’s the final ender of season one, and A Calendar of Games doesn’t disappoint. Lisa presents a Candy Capade party that will both puzzle and entertain. 
    Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. It's free to subscribe, and you can still listen on your regular platform. Just follow this link and click the “listen on Apple podcast” button. Then click on the rate and review tab to reach the correct page. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-from-the-basement/id1544343334
    Email us at booksfromthebasementpc@gmail.com
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    If you want to help us keep our podcast ad-free, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/booksbasement where you can donate by buying us a "book" instead of a coffee!             
    Thank you, Sara Pack, for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 2)

    Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 2)

    Part two of The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest  has Lisa & Amy stumped and frustrated. The book becomes even more convoluted as they try to find answers to the many, many, many questions. This week in Trixie land, Trixie, Honey & Hallie juggle between investigating the strange new occurrences in Sleepyside and planning Juliana’s wedding. 
    More questions! Are Trixie and Hallie becoming friends or are they ready to throttle each other? How did a scratch get on one of the Wheeler bikes? And a follow-up to that--who’s bike is it? What does it mean to “carry a guest book” at a wedding? Why doesn’t Julianna realize that her engagement ring is missing?
    Also, Mrs. Vanderpoel is back, Dan’s NYC gang is lurking in the woods, Miss Ryks suspiciously orders liver & onions, food disappears from the Belden kitchen, and Juliana find a wedding dress in an odd place.
    We’re back to the Frankel’s Unusual Party Ideas and Games in Lisa’s ender. Join us as we celebrate April Fools Day (either too early or too late).
    Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. It's free to subscribe, and you can still listen on your regular platform. Just follow this link and click the “listen on Apple podcast” button. Then click on the rate and review tab to reach the correct page. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-from-the-basement/id1544343334
    Email us at booksfromthebasementpc@gmail.com
    Visit our FB Page:  www.facebook/booksfromthebasement
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    If you want to help us keep our podcast ad-free, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/booksbasement where you can donate by buying us a "book" instead of a coffee!             
    Thank you, Sara Pack, for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com 

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Trixie Belden: Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 1)

    Trixie Belden: Mystery of the Uninvited Guest (Part 1)

    In this episode, Lisa and Amy begin their discussion of The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest. This book will close out the first season of Books From the Basement, and it’s a doozy! Hans and Juliana are getting married at Manor House, and it’s going to be one crazy wedding! To make things even more wonky, Trixie’s cousin, Hallie Belden, comes to town and makes it impossible for things to go Trixie’s way.
    So... many… questions...  in this first part, alone! What’s the backstory behind Trixie and Hallie’s volatile relationship? Can just corn on the cob and veggies pass as a proper Belden meal? What’s the deal with the mysterious wheelchair? Do Hallie and Dan have what it takes to be a couple? What’s up with all the raspberries? Are the Wheelers double dating with Miss Trask and Mr. Lytell?
    Also, future Dr. Brian is back, mysterious Miss Ryks is in town, Di’s slighted, Dan’s whistling off key, Jim and Trixie share a root beer, and the Lynch mansion is robbed!
    Lisa’s ender is a Tourist party courtesy of Ronald F. Keeler in Suggestions for Socials!
    Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. It's free to subscribe, and you can still listen on your regular platform. Just follow this link and click the “listen on Apple podcast” button. Then click on the rate and review tab to reach the correct page. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-from-the-basement/id1544343334
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    If you want to help us keep our podcast ad-free, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/booksbasement where you can donate by buying us a "book" instead of a coffee!             
    Thank you, Sara Pack, for helping us with our grammar and punctuation questions! Sara is an editor and can be found on Upwork or at sarapackediting.com

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

gnidrg ,

Fun Poscast

I am late to discover this, but have enjoyed the Trixie Belden episodes very much. I recently listened to the audiobook versions of the first four in the TB series. I had not read them since I was ten years old.
Even in my adult reading, I did not notice any of the writing issues the podcasters point out, and now I cannot figure how I missed them, such as how does one hide a diamond in a peach? Maybe I had regressed to a child’s gullible mind. I found it hilarious to hear what I overlooked!!
Julie Campbell had a gift for
storytelling (obviously) for pre-teens but am guessing no one taught her the fine points of writing fiction. I am surprised her editors did not catch or correct the errors.
Anyway, would definitely recommend this if you are in a mood to reminisce about favorite books from your youth.

LoreeLP ,

Like a visit with old friends.

I was so happy to find this podcast while searching for one of my all time favorite book series. I have to admit I enjoy Amy and Lisa so much that I replay each podcast throughout the week. I first met Trixie and crew back in Junior High in the late 1970s when my best friend loaned me one of her books. Soon my BFF and her cousin and I were discussing them on the school bus each morning and casting ourselves as Trixie, Honey, and Di, lol. Swooning over Jim and Brian and wishing we had horses instead of bicycles. We did spend a lot of our time in a rural area and didn’t live near our school so at least we had that in common. I loved Trixie despite being of the Ugly edition generation and was thrilled to discover the earlier and much more attractive editions as a young adult and still collect them when I get the chance. Yes, sometimes they may seem almost shocking in these PC times, but they were written in a different time and without intent to shock or offend, which can’t be said of some books being published today. Also love the end of segment party games and other pop culture references relating to the original publication dates. PS as for the many redheads…always though that Regan and Jim were Matthew Wheelers secret sons that he managed to bring into the family in round about ways. Why else would he keep Regan around when the BWGs were doing all the work of a groomsman? 😀

HotPinkManatee ,

My Beloved Trixie Books

Full disclosure—when I first started listening to this podcast I was AGHAST. I didn’t feel like they treated the books with the reverence that I have for them. My Trixie Belden books were a lifeline for a kid who lived on a farm with no close neighbors and a less than ideal childhood. If you are looking for an exaltation of the books, this is probably not for you. I have grown to really enjoy Lisa and Amy’s commentary and, looking back on the books as an adult, they are pretty fantastical. That doesn’t change how much I love(d) them and how much pure joy I still feel when I read them. The added information and context that Lisa brings with her side stories are really interesting. I learned a LOT from the books and now I get to learn even more because of the research Lisa does. Thank you for talking about my favorite book series and letting me have a different relationship with them as an adult. Also, Nancy Drew sucked and Trixie is far superior. Peace.

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