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Jan 28, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

 

They discuss today's political climate, the struggle of lower class farmers, the effect the news and classism have society, and the similarities and differences between poverty in urban and rural areas. She also explains what led to her breaking free from the cycle of poverty and struggle in own family. 

 

Jan 24, 2019

Last week we got a message on Twitter suggesting we do an episode all about dog books. Well, Jill is on the road for some interviews so Adam took full advantage. Enjoy these wonderful adventures of very good pups and the bork through ruff times and good times alike. Not all dogs are good bois... Some are good girls!

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Adventures of Balto: The Untold Story of Alaska's Famous Iditarod Sled Dog

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

 

Eb White On Dogs

Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

White Fang

Lily and the Octopus

Jan 21, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Kristen Roupenian about her new  collection of short stories You Know You Want This featuring the widely read and hotly debated Cat Person. They discuss how she avoided the craze that Cat Person created, why she loves the short story format, and how she feels about the novel she's currently working on. Her stories explore human emotion and are darkly funny. This collection is splashed all over countless "best of" lists and is a must read.

Jan 17, 2019

Our incredible friend Marie Benedict stopped by the office on her way to Indianapolis so we just had to record a quick chat about her new book The Only Woman in the Room. In keeping with her style of telling stories about underappreciated woman of history, this book is all about Hedy Lamarr. She was an actress, escaped a marriage to Austrian's most powerful arms dealer, and an inventor whose creation was the foundation for modern day WiFi. Her story is amazing. 

Jan 14, 2019

On today's interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk about the ethical decisions we all make every day and the psychology involved with morality. They also explain their unique writing process. This episode is a must listen for fans of thrillers and suspense!

Jan 10, 2019

On today's extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick off the episode by discussing a very special giveaway Adam and Jill are doing to celebrate 300 episodes before Madeline talks about some recent books she's read. They then dive into all things stage related! 

Jan 7, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Brad Meltzer rekindle their Muppet-fueled friendship after nearly 2 1/2 years apart. They discuss his new book The First Conspiracy which he co-wrote with Josh Mensch about the time George Washington was nearly assassinated before the Revolutionary War ever began. This fascinating true story will blow your mind. This was recorded before Christmas so naturally they discuss Emmet Otter and Brad demands to do the Nerd 9 again to see if his answers are the same as last time. Go borrow/buy/request The First Conspiracy today!

Jan 3, 2019

It's 2019! New year, new month, new books from Jill and Adam. This time, they are sharing their books for January.

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Burned by Edward Humes

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Looker by Laura Sims

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

Annelies by David R. Gillham

Breaking and Entering by Jeremy N Smith

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

An Orchestra if Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

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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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