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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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Jul 18, 2019

Today on the podcast, Jill has an interview with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. His new book The New Girl is out now. Daniel shares the real-life kidnapping that inspired the book and why he decided to get rid of the first 200 pages and start over.

 

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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 visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jul 15, 2019

You know her from her podcast and writing for NPR. Now getting to discover Linda Holmes as one of the best debut writers of 2019. Evvie Drake Starts Over will make you laugh and move you to tears. Her writing is so powerful and real and the characters jump off the page.

In this conversation, Adam and Linda discuss baseball, the struggle to break the 25,000-word barrier and act two of books, and the everlasting awesomeness of Nick Offerman and Keanu Reeves. 

Jul 11, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Jill welcome Lizzy Saxe to the show to nerd out about the connection between food and stories. We get into the power of food in fantasy novels, their favorite fictional meals from books, wonderful food memoirs of the past, and the new and unique forms of cookbooks coming out including graphic novels and comics.

Fair warning, this episode will make you hungry!

Book mentioned in this episode

Food Politics by Marion Nestle

A Feast of Ice and Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

To Drink and to Eat by Guillaume Long

Heat by Bill Buford

Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Cook Korean! by Robin Ha

Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey

Jul 8, 2019

Today on the podcast, Jill talks with Lisa Taddeo about her new book THREE WOMEN. This discuss what made Lisa want to write the book and what her process was. 

 

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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 visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jul 4, 2019

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To get a free month of access to their incredible online courses just visit:  https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds

 

On this episode, Adam sits down in New York with Danika Stone, author of Switchback, a wonderful human vs. nature story of two teens who get lost in the mountains during a class trip and struggle to survive. They also discuss how Danika remains positive on the internet, her writing process as a "plantzer", and the hectic nature walks she took as a kid with her dad that helped inspire this book.  

Jul 1, 2019

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Sydney to talk all about her new prison librarian memoir Reading Behind Bars. Thanks to all of the listeners who sent in questions. The pair discuss some of Jill's experiences and her writing process.

 

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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 visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jun 27, 2019

It's almost July, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to discuss the books coming out next month they can't wait to read!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Semicolon by Cecaelia Watson

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisle

 

Other books coming out in July

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Need by Helen Phillips

Jun 24, 2019

Adam sat down with Christine Riccio, debut author of Again, but Better and created of the immensely popular PolandBananasBooks YouTube channel. They discuss her travels abroad, writing as catharsis, and how Christine realized her feelings of isolation and loneliness are shared by countless other people around the world. 

Jun 17, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Cadwell Turnbull about his novel The Lesson, which comes out June 18th. This story about an advanced race of aliens coming to The U.S. Virgin Islands explore colonialism and the history of an oft-overlooked part of the world. 

Today's episode is sponsored by Blackstone Publishing. In addition to The Lesson, here are two more great books to check out from Blackstone:

-ANOTHER LIFE by Robert Haller (June 4, 2019)

Description: Set during one summer in a small town in upstate New York, Robert Haller’s debut novel, Another Life, is a modern comedy with a dark edge, centered around an evangelical church. Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, praised the novel, saying: “A fresh voice meets an old soul in Robert Haller, whose Another Life won me over completely with its dark humor, refined earnestness, and uncommon wisdom.” Another Life releases from Blackstone Publishing, on June 4th in hardcover, e-book, and audio.

 

-BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE by Sonia Velton (May 7, 2019)

Description: In eighteenth-century London, a household of Huguenot silk weavers pursue the perfect silk design, while unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, in Sonia Velton’s Blackberry and Wild Rose, an historical fiction debut, now available. Booklist raves “fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives.”

Jun 17, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with debut author Cadwell Turnbull about his new science fiction novel, The Lesson. They discuss colonialism, playing with expectations and creating tension, and authors they both love and respect. 

 

Today's episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks. 

In addition to checking out The Lesson, here are two other great novels available now from their collection:

 

-ANOTHER LIFE by Robert Haller (June 4, 2019)

Description: Set during one summer in a small town in upstate New York, Robert Haller’s debut novel, Another Life, is a modern comedy with a dark edge, centered around an evangelical church. Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, praised the novel, saying: “A fresh voice meets an old soul in Robert Haller, whose Another Life won me over completely with its dark humor, refined earnestness, and uncommon wisdom.” Another Life releases from Blackstone Publishing, on June 4th in hardcover, e-book, and audio.

 

-BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE by Sonia Velton (May 7, 2019)

Description: In eighteenth-century London, a household of Huguenot silk weavers pursue the perfect silk design, while unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, in Sonia Velton’s Blackberry and Wild Rose, an historical fiction debut, now available. Booklist raves “fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives.”

Jun 15, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness, which was selected as the latest Big Library Read global ebook club title. They discuss her upbringing as a child with two parents who fought in WWII, how her childhood and her local libraries inspired this historical fiction, and not judging individuals for the acts of the many. 

 

About the Big Library Read

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists of holds. 

It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through your local library or school library and all you need to get started reading is a library card or student ID.

Jun 10, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Blake Crouch about his new book Recursion. They discuss false memories, the reality of time, and even the Berenstain Bears. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019. 

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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 visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jun 6, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Enni in New York City about her debut novel Tell Me Everything! Sarah also hosts the wonderful First Draft podcast where she interview authors and they discuss how this experience has affected her writing and her publishing life. They also get into their shared appreciation for creating stories through human connections.

Jun 3, 2019

Today's interview is one Jill did with the immensely popular author, Jennifer Weiner about her new book MRS EVERYTHING. The book covers multiple decades and the pair discuss Jennifer's research process, the idea of "chick lit" and how Jennifer's mom inspired this book. 

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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 visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

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.

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

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:

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 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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