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Now displaying: May, 2019
May 30, 2019

It's almost June which means it's time for Adam and Jill's monthly roundup of books to read this month.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:


Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Girl In Red by Christina Henry

Her Daughter's Mother by Daniele Petrova

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

 

 

 

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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.

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May 27, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Ali Benjamin about her latest novel, The Next Great Paulie Fink. The book is all about how storytelling can shape an individual, how we experience stories, and how we relate them to others. Adam and Ali discuss finding oneself in stories, and the various forms of storytelling throughout history. 


Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit https://thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn!

May 23, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Brian Jay Jones, the award-winning biographer whose latest book Becoming Dr. Seuss is now available. They discuss the life of Theodore Geisel both before and after becoming the cultural phenomenon that is Dr. Seuss. They also discuss Jim Henson, George Lucas, and the monumental content they've created for generations of fans. 

May 20, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Jill share the books they've enjoyed recently before getting into their big thoughts after watching the Game of Thrones finale. What they think might surprise you!

 

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry

Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry

Remembering by Wendell Berry

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

May 16, 2019

Jill has a new memoir coming out on July 2 called Reading Behind Bars which is all about her experiences as a prison librarian. In today's episode, along with talking about her book she also discusses some other books set in prison. Her list includes fiction, nonfiction, and titles written from prison.

To get a sneak peek of Jill's book Reading Behind Bars, visit her website at https://www.jillgrunenwald.com/sneak-peek

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters

Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

American Prison by Shane Bauer

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

Green Mile by Stephen King

Cherry by Nico Walker

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 

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.

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visitwww.evergreenpodcasts.com

May 13, 2019

In today's episode, Jill interviews author Karen Russell about her new short story collection Orange World and Other Stories. They discuss the differences in writing short fiction v. a novel and how she organized the collection.

Interview was recorded at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, WA.

Today's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn! 

 

Music:

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.

 We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visitwww.evergreenpodcasts.com

May 9, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats about his recent book festival travels before discussing the books he's enjoyed recently. Then, he gets into how he overcame depression last year by focusing on stories in the books he was reading.  

May 6, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Kim Michele Richardson about her new book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Inspired by the true story of the Blue People of Kentucky, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek looks at the fierce pack horse librarians and the impact they had on a isolated community. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle.

 

May 2, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Alafair Burke who was in town for a library event! They discuss her latest thriller The Better Sister, how she uses tension from the criminal justice system to up the stakes for family dramas, and what it's like getting to work with Mary Higgins Clark. 

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