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

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 conversation about our own personal book rules. Have book rules of your own? Join our Reading Community on Viber and let us know about them! https://vb.me/pbn

Books mentioned in this episode:

Interview with the Vampire & The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson

Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

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