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Professional Book Nerds

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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Now displaying: April, 2020
Apr 27, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews Deborah Wiles about her powerful new book Kent State. This quick read looks at the horrific events of May 4th, 1970 on Kent State's campus when the National Guard opened fire on student protestors, killing four and wounding several others. Adam's parents were students at Kent State at the time and were on campus during these events, so this story very much struck home with him. They get into the details that lead up to this awful moment in history as well as the aftermath. This is a must-listen about an event that changed the United States forever and a must-read for history fans everywhere. 

Apr 20, 2020

On today's episode, we Zoom chat with #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle! Her new book This Boy is out now and must-read contemporary young adult book. We discuss the strange life we're all living in quarantine, writing teenage characters into her stories while having teenagers herself, and staying productive in a time when it's a bit hard to focus. This is a wonderful conversation for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation. 

Apr 13, 2020

On today's episode, Adam Zoom chats with Louisa Morgan about her new book The Age of Witches. They talk about being a novelist during this time of quarantine, how her career as an opera singer helped her in her character building, Guilded Age New York, and lots more. 

Apr 9, 2020

On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Emma and Maria to share some book picks for another Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge task. We're sharing some books with unique formats including oral histories, mixed format, unique narrators, diaries, and much more. This was a blast. 

Jill’s Picks

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva



Emma’s Picks

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple 

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 



Maria’s Picks

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Flame by Leonard Cohen

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman



Adam’s Pick’s

Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Apr 6, 2020

Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit https://literati.com/probooknerds for 25% off your first two orders.

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Joe Pulizzi to discuss his debut novel The Will To Die. Joe is an icon in the world of Marketing and someone we've long known about as the creator of the Content Marketing Institute and Content Marketing World and so getting to sit down with him was an honor. Adam and Joe discuss they're Northeast Ohio roots, connecting content marketing to writing, and his unique background working in funeral homes. This was such a blast to record. 

Recording Note: This was recorded back in February before Covid-19 created a need for social distancing.

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