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Passing down family stories with Maria Kuznetsova

Ep. 539 – Adam is joined by Maria Kuznetsova to discuss her new book, Something Unbelievable. They have a great chat about ancestral stories, craft, and what gets passed down to us from our grandparents. Anyone yearning to learn more about where they come from will adore this conversation and Maria’s phenomenal book.
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We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school. With over a half million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

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Adam Sockel

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 Grunewald

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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Editing Monday's episode with @jf_smit currently and just... wow. It's a must-listen for anyone who has ever struggled with grieving the loss of a loved one.

Her book, THE HALF-ORPHAN'S HANDBOOK, comes out Tuesday and I hope you'll preorder it today. It's beautiful.

I had such a good time chatting about SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE (@randomhouse) with @SocksCLE for the @ProBookNerds podcast! You can hear us chatting about passing down family stories, looking into our own past, writing the weird, and more.


🚂New Episode!🚂

Maria Kuznetsova chats with Adam about her new book SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE. It was a joy to discuss family storytelling, Russian literature, and trying to understand where we come from.

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/passing-down-family-stories-with-maria-kuznetsova/

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