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We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
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Sep 29, 2016

The OverDrive staff librarians come from a wide range of backgrounds and two of our librarians -- Liz and Rachel K. -- come from music library backgrounds. So we decided to use their collective knowledge and reading backgrounds to discuss musical memoirs and rock biographies!

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead by Neil Strauss

Tom Waits on Tom Waits edited by Paul Maher

Just Kids by Patti Smith

M-Train by Patti Smith

Girl in a band by Kim Gordon

Porcelain by Moby

Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh

Out of the Vinyl Deeps by Non Willis Arnowitz

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins

Substance by Peter Hook

Unknown Pleasures by Peter Hook

Autobiography by Morrissey

Spider from Mars by Woody Woodmansey

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

Love is a Mixed Tape by Rob Sheffield

Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

The Show I'll Never Forget by Sean Manning

Piece by Piece by Tori Amos

Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

Special Deluxe by Neil Young

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Homeward Bound by Peter Ames Carlin

Our Band Could Be Your Life Michael Azerrad

Come As You Are by Michael Azerrad

Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

Country by Nich Tosches

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Life by Keith Richards

The Dirt by Tommy Lee and Vince Neil

Get in the Van by Henry Rollins

Dancing with myself by Billy Idol

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Tony Visconti by Tony Visconti

The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw

Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus

Mo'Meta Blues by Questlove

 

 

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 Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 26, 2016

On this episode, Adam chats with lawyer turned author Marie Benedict about her latest novel, The Other Einstein. This historical fiction title is rooted in facts (and science!) and is the story of Albert Einstein’s first wife who was also heavily involved in the scientific community. Adam even manages to surprise Marie with some information about her main character that she didn’t know (which he was quite pleased with himself about…).

Marie discussed her writing process, how she transitioned to being a full time writer and then they get sidetracked for a bit discussing Broadway shows and Hamilton (not surprising)

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

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 Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 22, 2016

Episode Overview

September 25 - October 1st marks Banned Books Week and as a library company full of librarian employees, OverDrive feels very strongly about the importance of reading banned and challenged books. Adam and Jill decided to talk to some of their OverDrive colleagues to find out what they'll be reading for Banned Books Week and to also find out why they celebrate the freedom to read.

Email us at feedback@overdrive.com and share your favorite Banned Book!

 

Titles Mentioned In This Episode

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Satanic Versus by Salman Rushdie

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonngegut

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Forever by Judy Blume

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 19, 2016

We're 50! Well, we're 50 episodes old anyway. In today's very round numbered episode we sat down (virtually) with debut author Cuyler Overholt to talk about her thrillng novel, A deadly Affection, her award-winning debut, is the first installment in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford historical mystery series.

They discuss Cuyler's journey from lawyer to writer and what inspires her stories as well as why she loves the idea of New York City at the turn of the century. 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Sep 15, 2016

Episode Overview:

Friday September 16, 2016 is Read an eBook Day! As the leading app for eBooks available through libraries, we love celebrating this day of #eBookLove. For this week's episode, Adam and Jill decided to poll previous Professional Book Nerd guests to find out what they'll be reading on the day! 

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
Mo'Meta Blues by Questlove
Plaid & Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
News of the World by Paulette Giles

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 12, 2016

In today's episode, Adam chats with author Kate Elliott, who has written 25 novels. She is currently working on her first Young Adult titles with the Court of Fives trilogy. The second Court of Fives title, Poisoned Blade, comes out this fall. Kate and Adam spent a lot of time discussing Fantasy world building and the how Kate's fascination with maps plays into the worlds she creates for her stories. They also dive into the books Kate enjoyed growing up that inspired the works she now creates and they even explore some wonderful facts about Hawaii, where Kate lives, and how she spends her free time there.  

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 9, 2016

Episode Overview

Happy Friday! In today's episode, Jill and Adam hang out in their soon-to-be awesome recording studio and chat. They start by sharing some recent listener emails. They also share some big news about upcoming podcast interviews and give a brief teaser about the upcoming Big Library Read event which starts up in October. 

 

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Natasha Randall

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin

Hollywood Said No by David Cross and Bob Odenkirk

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Attempting Normal by Marc Maron

Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman

The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Jonathan Maberry

Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams by Alan Cumming

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Carry On by Lisa Fenn

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

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Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 5, 2016

Episode Overview

Adam sits down with Lisa Fenn, ESPN producer and author of the new book CARRY ON which examines the unexpected relationship between two disabled wrestlers living in inner city Cleveland. One of those wrestlers, Leroy Sutton, joins Adam and Lisa as they discuss the book and this incredible story of carrying on under extraordinary circumstances. 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Sep 1, 2016

On today's episode, Jill is joined by newcomer Kristi as they discuss some of their favorite nonfiction titles. They dive into some fascinating conversations about travel, science and much more while also providing some helpful "introductory" titles for people looking to get into nonfiction books for the first time. All titles discussed can be sampled and borrowed by clicking on them in the list below.

Nonfiction Reads

 

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

 

This is Not My Life by Diane Schoemperlen

 

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

 

Cracking the Cube by Ian Scheffler

 

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

 

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

 

At Home by Bill Bryson

 

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

 

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

 

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

 

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

Stiff by Mary Roach

 

Grunt by Mary Roach

 

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 by Amy Stewart and Tim Folger

 

The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

 

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! By Richard Feynman

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 

Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

 

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

 

Pistols at Dawn by John Campbell

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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