Friday, May 15, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Podcast Reads

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. Check out these books on starting your own podcast or related to your favorite podcast.


Recommendations for Adults:

Limetown by Zack Akers (Nov 2018)

In this prequel to the popular fiction series podcast, a student journalist investigates what happened to the people of Limetown and uncovers a shocking secret that has spiraling ramifications for the town and her own family.


Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron (Oct 2017)

Here host, March Maron, has organized his guests' insightful revelations into 11 categories (like "Identity" or "Relationships.")


The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe (Oct 2019)

An Emmy Award winner presents a collection of transcripts from his favorite episodes from his popular short-form podcast The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations and insights.


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (Oct 2015)

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 


The Last Book on the Left by Ben Kissel (Apr 2020)

An equal parts haunting and hilarious deep-dive review of history's most notorious and cold-blooded serial killers, from the creators of the award-winning Last Podcast on the Left.


Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaundry (Aug 2016)

A full-length account of the story investigated by the award-winning Serial podcast draws on some 170 documents and letters to trace the experiences of Adnan Syed, who is 2000 was sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and who the author and other supporters are certain is innocent.


Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca (Nov 2019)

The popular television correspondent and writer presents an irreverent celebration of the dead people who made life worth living, chronicling the stories of less-remembered notables, from political families and sitcom characters to a forgotten Founding Father. 

Unexplained: Real-Life Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times by Richard MacLean Smith (Oct 2019)

An immersive and engaging exploration of the world's ten most mysterious and spooky stories of the unexplained. 

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (Oct 2017)

A book inspired by the popular podcast LORE - which tells the fascinating, and sometimes terrifying, true stories behind the myths and legends around the world.


Unqualified by Anna Faris (Oct 2017)

The popular actress and host of the hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat counsel on navigating the bizarre, chaotic and ultimate worthwhile challenges of finding love.



The Moth by Catherine Burns (Sep 2013)

In the tradition of book anthologies created from public radio programs such as StoryCorps and This I Believe, THE MOTH collects the best storytelling moments straight from their archive of more than 3000 shows since the first Moth Evening in 1997.


Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (May 2019)

A dual memoir by the hosts of the My Favorite Murder podcast share never-before-heard stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction, sharing insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates.

Recommendations for Teens:

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Mar 2018)

Now abridged for YA audiences, the book is a companion to the celebrated scientist's popular podcast.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Mar 2017)

A studious girl and a quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.


Sadie by Courtney Summers (Sep 2018)

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.

Recommendations for Kids: 

How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons by Shane Birley (Jun 2016)

Step-by-step illustrations and instructions outline 10 key steps for developing and promoting a new online blog, vlog or podcast, drawing on professional tips and practical techniques that cover everything from planning and identifying suitable content to staying safe online.

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