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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 … read more

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Ep. #329 - Chill with the return of our Summer Reading Program

April 18th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam returns from LA to chat with Christina about the upcoming OverDrive Summer Reading Program! She breaks down the awesome …

Ep. #328 - Rachel Howzell Hall

April 15th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with suspense writer Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the new book They All Fall Down. Jill and Rachel discuss Agatha Christie, seven deadly sins, and locked room mysteries. 

Ep. #327 - There Were Never Such Devoted Sister Books

April 11th, 2019


Christina and Rickie are back, this time joining Jill to discuss books featuring sisters! From going into hell to save your sister's soul to helping …

Ep. #326 - Emily Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints

April 8th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Emily Duncan, author of the new young adult book Wicked Saints

Interview was recorded live at ALA …

Ep. #325 - True Crime

April 4th, 2019


Adam's out this week in Jury Duty, so Jill is on her own and decided to stay on brand and talk about some True Crime books!


Books mentioned in this episode

I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

American Fire

Ep. #324: Harlan Coben!!!

April 1st, 2019


On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with Harlan Coben for a live interview in front of a sold out crowd of 400 readers at their home away from …

Ep. #323 - Big Library Read is Back!

March 30th, 2019


On today's very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story. Abu Bakr is an ESL student of Winnie's, who helped him tell his family's story of …

Ep. #322 - April's Biggest Books!

March 28th, 2019


April is around the corner, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! 

Books Mentioned …

Ep. #321 - Interview with Jasper Fforde

March 25th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now.

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Ep. #320 -#MarchSadness 2019

March 21st, 2019


Get your tissues ready, folks! No buzzer beaters. No brackets. Just a bunch of books that will absolutely make you cry. Adam and Jill are joined by …

Ep. #319 - Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King

March 18th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, which was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central …

Ep. #318 - Gretchen Rubin and The Books that Spark Joy

March 14th, 2019


On today's episode Adam and Jill chat with Gretchen Rubin about her new book OUTER ORDER INNER CALM and offer tips about how decluttering our lives can help bring us happiness. Before that, Jill and Adam share the books …

Ep. #317 - Victoria "V.E." Schwab!

March 11th, 2019


Oh my we have a superb episode for you fellow nerds! Adam chatted with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab about her all of her new upcoming projects including The Steel Prince (graphic novel), the re-release of The Near Witch …

Ep. #316 - No Boys Allowed for Women's History Month

March 7th, 2019


For today's episode, Jill is joined by Tiffany and Sydney for a "No Boys Allowed" episode celebrating Women's History Month. Books by women, books about women, and all things awesome. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Ep. #315 - Mallory O'Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon

March 4th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O'Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the …

Ep. #314 - March's Biggest Books

February 28th, 2019


Jill and Adam are back with their monthly picks episode! This week they are diving into upcoming March books they can't wait to read. 


Books Mentioned In This Episode

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

Ep. #313 - Samantha Shannon, Author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

February 25th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats with Samantha Shannon, internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season series to discuss her new high fantasy standalone novel The Priory of the Orange Tree. This sweeping saga tells …

Ep. 312 - Caterrific Books

February 21st, 2019


 A few weeks ago, Adam talked about dog books and now Jill is back with books featuring and about cats! 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Dewey by …

Ep. #311 -- NYT Bestselling author Alexandra Robbins

February 18th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Alexandra Robbins, author of The Overachievers, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Pledged. Her latest book Fraternity is out now. 



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Ep. #310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!

February 14th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes.

Books mentioned …

Ep. #309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast's Heart

February 11th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast's Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It's equal parts moving and …

Ep. #308 - Jill's ALA Adventures and what we've been reading

February 7th, 2019


On today's episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter …

Ep. #307 - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights

February 4th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam interviews Lincoln Peirce, best known for his long running comic and novels in the Big Nate universe. He is back with a new …

Ep. #306 - February's biggest books and some great literary ensemble casts

January 31st, 2019


On today's episode, Christina is back! She helps Adam break down February's biggest books before providing a few of her favorite books with big casts …

Ep. #305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland

January 28th, 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 …

Ep. #304 - DOG BOOKS!

January 24th, 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 …

Ep. #303 - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This

January 21st, 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 …

Ep. #302 -Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room

January 17th, 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 …

Ep. #301 - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

January 14th, 2019


On today's interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk …

Ep. #300 - Madeline Miller on the magic of Shakespeare and Theatre

January 10th, 2019


On today's extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick …

Ep. #299 - Brad Meltzer returns!

January 7th, 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 …

Ep. #298 - January's Biggest Books

January 3rd, 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 …

Ep. #297 - Rebecca Hanover, Author of The Similars

December 31st, 2018


On today's episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Rebecca Hanover about her debut novel The Similars. She tells a wonderful story about high …

Ep. #296 - Best Books of 2018

December 27th, 2018


It's the last Thursday of 2018 and Adam and Jill are here with their roundup of the best books they read in 2018. Both books published this year but also books they read that were published other years.


The …

Ep. #295 - Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

December 24th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview NYT bestselling author Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing. They discuss her fascinating life studying wildlife in Africa and how she learned to adjust to her life …

Ep. #294 - Charlaine Harris (!!) and announcing the PBN 2019 Reading Challenge

December 20th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview the great Charlaine Harris, well known author of the Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles, The Aurora Teagarden series, and the Midnight, Texas series, all of which have been turned …

Ep. #293 - Interview with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal Method PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

December 17th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill chats with Ryder Carroll, inventor of the wildly popular Bullet Journal Method. He has a new book out about the practice …

Ep. #292 - Give the gift of reading: Helping listeners shop for their book lovers

December 13th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam is joined by three of OverDrive's staff librarians to answer a few of the book request emails we've received over the last few weeks. Emma, Kristin, and Maria do not disappoint. Check out all …

Ep. #291 - Kari Lynn Dell, author of Mistletoe in Texas

December 10th, 2018


Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Kari Lynn Dell whose contemporary western romance series Texas Rodeo includes Reckless in …

Ep. #290 - Best audiobooks of 2018 with Robin Witten

December 6th, 2018


On today's episode, Robin Witten from Audiofile Magazine and the Behind the Mic podcast joins us to talk about the absolute best audiobooks of the …

Ep. #289 - Katie Ruggle, Suspense Romance writer extraordinaire!

December 3rd, 2018


Today's episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Katie Ruggle.


Katie's newest book is Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas, the first in …

Ep. #288 -- December's Biggest Books

November 29th, 2018


December is right around the corner and Jill and Adam are here with their top picks for next month! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery Pandemic

Ep. #287 - Alan Cumming Redux

November 26th, 2018


Today's episode is a bit of a flashback as Jill and Adam pull an old episode from the archives. In this case, the amazing and incredible ALAN CUMMING …

Ep. #286 - Thankful Thursday! Spoiler alert: we are thankful for YOU, our listeners!

November 22nd, 2018


Today's episode is being released on Thanksgiving in the United States and Adam and Jill decide to talk about what they are thankful for which is OUR …

Ep. #285: Stuart Turton, Author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

November 19th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview Stuart Turton, author of the phenomenally mysterious The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. We discuss his passion for Agatha Christie, how to make a murder mystery that lives …

Ep. #284 - ~So you say you want a RESOLUTION~

November 15th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill and Adam look back at how they're doing on their 2018 reading resolutions, discuss the different ways they handle depression …

Ep. 283: Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece

November 12th, 2018


Former guest and friend of the podcast Fiona Davis returns to talk about her latest book, The Masterpiece 


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Don't Blink or you'll miss this wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey Doctor Who comics episode!

November 8th, 2018


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Andrew James, Managing and Launch Editor for Titan Comics. Andrew manages the Doctor Who series of Titan Comics and both Whovians nerd out about The Doctor and his (or her!) …

Ep. #281: Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the Check, Please! comics

November 5th, 2018


What do hockey, baking, vlogging and comics have in common? They're all a part of what makes Ngozi so amazing! She is the creator of Check, Please! …

Ep. #280- New Mommas talkin' kid books for Picture Book Month!

November 1st, 2018


On today's episode, Adam is joined by Christina, Andrea and Melissa all of whom have little babes at home (and Andrea is expecting another)! We discuss the books they love reading to their little ones and the books they …

Ep. #279 - Interview with Jasmine Guillory

October 29th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill is joined by Jasmine Guillory, author of the new book The Proposal. Jill and Jasmine discuss romance books, Roxane Gay, and …

Ep. #278 - Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE

October 27th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam sits down with Madeline Miller about her instant bestselling novel CIRCE. The title was selected for the upcoming Together We Read digital book club which runs from November 1-15 in the United …

Ep. #277 - November's biggest new books!

October 25th, 2018


On today's episode we're talking about November new releases we're most excited for! There's something for everyone here! Click on any of the books below to sample them and then go borrow or buy them!


November books

Ep. #276 - Interview with Whitney Gardner

October 22nd, 2018


Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by Whitney Gardner, author and illustrator of Chaotic Good and You're Welcome, Universe. Her latest book, Fake Blood, is out now! 

Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at …

Ep. #275 - Read Harder Challenge 4

October 18th, 2018


On today's episode we're once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We've got your back. To find …

Ep. #274 - Alex London, author of Black Wings Beating

October 15th, 2018


On today's episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!

Ep. #273 - The Great American Read! with Bill Gardner, VP of Programming and Development at PBS

October 11th, 2018


It's a question we're asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America's favorite book and they've been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read …

Ep. #272: April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Boneless Mercies

October 8th, 2018


On today's episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed …

Ep. #271 - Monsters, Murder and More with Mallory O'Meara!

October 4th, 2018


On today's show we welcome in Mallory O'Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in …

Ep. #270 - Interview with Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches

October 1st, 2018


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time's Convert that is set in the same universe and she …

Ep. #269 - A Big Library Read chat with Katherine Locke!

September 29th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam interviews Katherine Locke, author of the latest Big Library Read selection The Girl with the Red Balloon. The book is a mix of historical fiction and magical realism and it RULES. This chat …

Ep. #268 - October new books and BIG Fantastic Beasts feelings...

September 27th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill and Adam share the books coming out in October they are most excited for. BUT FIRST... We are in a BIG NAGINI MOOD. We bring on friend of the show and all around rockstar human Jandra Sutton to …

Ep. #267 - Hank Green! Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

September 24th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam sits down with Hank Green, one half of the VlogBrothers and just so many other amazing things on the internet. Hank's debut …

Ep. #266 - Kerri Maniscalco returns!

September 20th, 2018


On today's episode, our good buddy Kerri Maniscalco returns to chat about her brand new book Escaping from Houdini! Want to know what sounds …

Ep. #265: What OverDrive is Reading for Read an Ebook Day!

September 17th, 2018


Tuesday, September 18th is Read an Ebook Day! OverDrive's own holiday which celebrates a love for digital reading and for today's episode, Adam and …

Ep. #264 - GUY BRANUM!

September 13th, 2018


TV Host, Comedy Writer, Stand up comedian, Memoirist. Guy Branum can do it all. On today's episode Adam interviews one of his favorite celebrities about his debut book My Life As a Goddess. Equal parts introspective and …

Ep. #263 - Melissa Hartwig, Co-Founder of Whole30

September 10th, 2018


On today's episode, we sit down with Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30 and author of the new Whole30 Slow Cooker. We disucss how Whole30 came to …

Ep. #262 - Kami Garcia!

September 6th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as …

Ep. #261 - Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

September 3rd, 2018


On today's episode, Adam is joined by Christina Dalcher whose debut novel VOX is getting all sorts of buzz. This dystopian story draws comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale with it's disturbing setting and the future it …

Ep. #260 - September's best new books!

August 30th, 2018


Jill is getting married! Thankfully, we have many a book nerd here so the wonderful Andrea pinch hits to chat with Adam about the books they're most …

Ep. #259 - Talkin' Fairy Tales with Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik!

August 27th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam has a round table discussion with three of the best writers of modern day fairy tales. Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik all write magical, dark and enchanting stories that many …

EP. #258 - Together We Read author James Moloney

August 25th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam chats with James Moloney, an Australian author whose latest novel The Love That I Have was selected as our most recent …

Ep. #257 - Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter!

August 23rd, 2018


On today's episode it's all about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Adam & Jill begin with a series of topics about the HP community, what the houses mean to them and how the Wizarding World remains connected …

Ep. #256 - Eoin Colfer!

August 20th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam sits down with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, to discuss his new graphic novel Illegal. They …

Ep. #255 - Interview with Keiko Agena

August 16th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam and Jill get to talk with Keiko Agena who played Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Along with acting, she is also a visual artist who has a new workbook for artists out now called No Mistakes. Part …

Ep. 254: R. O. KWON!

August 13th, 2018


On today's episode new best friend of the show R.O. Kwon joins Jill and Adam to discuss her absolutely Earth shattering debut novel The Incendiaries, …

Ep. #253 - YA Anthologies

August 9th, 2018


Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual …

Ep. #252 - Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

August 6th, 2018


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what …

Ep. #251 - August's Biggest Books

August 2nd, 2018


Adam and Jill are back with their monthly picks! Today they offer up some incredible books coming out in August.


Books Mentioned In this Episode


Ep. #250 - Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin!

July 30th, 2018


On today's episode Adam is joined by two of the defining voices in Science Fiction writing, Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin! They discuss tired tropes of Science Fiction, diversity in writing and whether or not it's okay to …

Ep. #249 - Sharp Objects Readalikes

July 26th, 2018


On today's episode, Jill is joined by Emma and Meghan to offer up some Sharp Objects readalikes. Mother / daughter relationships! Small town secrets! Unreliable narrators!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Pieces of …

Ep. #248 - Joe Abercrombie!

July 23rd, 2018


On today's episode Adam chats with Joe Abercrombie, author of the ridiculously popular First Law series. They chat about the new covers of the …

Ep. #247 - Janssen Bradshaw, creator of!

July 19th, 2018


On today's show we have the wildly popular blogger Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the amazing We discuss how she started …

Ep. #246 - Sarah Jacoby, author and illustrator extraordinaire!

July 16th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam bonds with Sarah Jacoby over her jawdropping illustrations, her wonderful children's book and Jim Henson. It's amazing and …

Ep. #245 - Read Harder Challenge Part 3

July 12th, 2018


We're back with a bunch more recommendations to help you tackle the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! Here's what we're chatting about today:


Book About Nature

Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello

The …

Ep. #244 - Katie Ganshert, author of No One Ever Asked

July 9th, 2018


Today Adam is sitting down with author Katie Ganshert, a wonderful woman who writes Christian inspired titles for both adults and young readers. Her …

Ep. #243 - Big Library Read interview with Lacy Williams

July 7th, 2018


Big Library Read is back! This time, readers voted on Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams, a historical western version of Pride & Prejudice. 

From …

Ep. #242 - 10 very important Harry Potter debates

July 5th, 2018


Who is the best Harry Potter character? What's the worst side plot. Is Snape actually good. We tackle these and so many other important topics on today's episode! 

Ep. #241 - Malcolm Hansen, author of They Come in All Colors

July 2nd, 2018


On today's episode, Adam sits down with debut author Malcolm Hansen about his novel They Come in All Colors. This story touches on growing up a …

Ep. #240 - July's Biggest Books

June 28th, 2018


It's our July books episode! Adam and Jill is here with their monthly picks for July and Jill also talks a little bit about her time in New Orleans …

Ep. #239 - Interview with Lisa Genova

June 25th, 2018


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice. Her latest book, Every Note Played, is out now.


Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. …

Ep. #238 - Book Recs and Rules on the Bayou

June 21st, 2018


Today's episode is quite spicy! Get it? Bayou? New Orleans? Cajun? Sorry...

ANYWAY! Jill is going to New Orleans for ALA so we're handing out book recs set in the Big Easy. We then dive into a very important …

Ep. 237 - Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us

June 18th, 2018


Today's interview episode is one we've been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story …

Ep. #236 - Read the Rainbow with the Lambda Literary Awards

June 14th, 2018


It's Pride Month! For today's episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads.

For more …

Ep. #235 - Elisabeth Cohen, author of The Glitch

June 11th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a …

Ep. #234 - Jill's OverDrive Tips & Tricks

June 7th, 2018


Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library's OverDrive collection!

Say Hello! …

Ep. #233 - Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Chamber

June 4th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical …

Ep: #232 -- June's Biggest Books

May 31st, 2018


Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can't wait to read in June! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

There There by Tommy Orange

The Cabin at the End of the World

Ep. #231 - Interview with Ruth Ware

May 28th, 2018


AHHHH! Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. …

Ep. #230 - Join the new Professional Book Nerds reading community!

May 24th, 2018


We have news! We've partnered with Viber, a global messaging app, to launch a reading community for our listeners! Think of this as a Professional Book Nerds Digital Book Club! This community will be an ongoing …

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