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Best books of the year on NPR’s On Point

Post Date:12/06/2016 11:45 AM

OverDrive’s Jill Grunenwald shares her best books of the year on NPR’s On Point

When I say I love talking about books, I mean I LOVE TALKING ABOUT BOOKS. It’s one reason we started the Professional Book Nerds podcast a year ago.

Best Books on NPR On Point Thanks to the podcast, I was asked to come onto NPR’s show On Point to discuss my favorite books of 2016! Nationally syndicated, the show host Tom Ashbrook records from Boston and I and the other two guests were both recording from our local NPR stations. I was on with Mary Ann Gwinn, book editor for the Seattle Times, and Ron Davis, co-owner of the independent bookshop Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky.

We each came with a list of ten books, but with three guests and ten books each and only an hour for the show, we didn’t get a chance to get through all of them but my list is below so be sure to check them out!


Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honingford

End of Watch by Stephen King

The Trespasser by Tana French

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donovan and Caren Zucker

Run Fast. Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

You can listen to the episode if you missed it by visiting On Point’s website. It was a fun conversation and I so appreciate On Point, NPR, and Tom Ashbrook for having me on!

We here at OverDrive will be doing our own Best Books of 2016 episode on the Professional Book Nerds so be sure to stay on the lookout for that!

by: Jill Grunenwald, librarian and OverDrive Collection Development Analyst

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