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New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in February

The late Carrie Fisher once said that “instant gratification takes too long”, and if you’re feeling a bit like that yourself, why not skip all the waiting round and go straight to Overdrive’s eAudiobook collection. This month’s additions include Fisher’s autobiography The Princess Diarist, as well as her earlier memoir (and stage show) Wishful Drinking. We’ve also got a range of other titles, including Hillbilly Elegy, The Case Against Sugar and Fluent in Three Months. You’ll be gratified before you know it!

Overdrive cover The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel
“New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-known true story of the pioneering women of Harvard College Observatory and their revolutionary astronomical discoveries. Described as ‘intricate, complex and fascinating’ by The Observer and a ‘peerless intellectual biography’ by The Economist.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Case Against Sugar, by Gary Taubes
“Gary Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes and the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss and provides the perspective necessary to make nutritional decisions as a society.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
“When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—love poems, unbridled musings and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. With excerpts from these notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Fluent in 3 Months, by Benny Lewis
“Meet the man who makes the mission of learning any language possible! Language hacker Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the internet. Benny’s key principles include speaking the language from day one, changing your mind-set, staying focussed and harnessing free resources.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover WTF?!, by Olivier Magny
“With Stuff Parisians Like, Olivier Magny shared his hilarious insights into the fervently held opinions of his fellow Parisians. Now he moves beyond the City of Light to skewer the many idiosyncrasies that make modern France so unique.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, by Janna Levin
“In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from these waves, the music to accompany astronomy’s silent movie.
In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the story of the obsessions, aspirations and trials of the scientists who embarked on a fifty-year endeavour to capture these elusive waves.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover What Happened, Miss Simone?, by Alan Light
“From Alan Light comes a biography of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocative and least understood artists of our time. Drawn from a trove of rare archival footage, audio recordings and interviews (including Simone’s remarkable private diaries), this nuanced examination of Nina Simone’s life highlights her musical inventiveness and unwavering quest for equality.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher
“Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of) with the crazy truth that is her life. Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of ‘Hollywood in-breeding,’ come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars and become a cultural icon at the age of nineteen. Intimate, hilarious and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?).” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover How to Ruin Everything, by George Watsky
“Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right? In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New recent eAudiobook Non-Fiction

One word: Springsteen. Or, if you’d prefer three, Born to Run. That’s right, the king of recession rock has launched his memoir, and we’ve got you the eAudiobook. Sharing the bill are none other than writer and blogger Jessica Valenti and comedian Phoebe Robinson, as well as the latest work from Noam Chomsky. So in the words of The Boss – sit tight, take hold (and sign in to Overdrive!).

Overdrive cover Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
“Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled his imagination, as well as the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Sex Object, by Jessica Valenti
“Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential. Sex Object explores the painful, funny and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Forty Autumns, by Nina Willner
“A former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She takes us deep into the terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer. A beautifully written story of five women whose spirits could not be broken.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Soul at the White Heat, by Joyce Carol Oates
Why do we write? With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Oates provides unique insights in this candid dispatch from the writing room.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson
“Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share of prejudice: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend”; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel; she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel A. van der Kolk
“In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga and other therapies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Time Travel, by James Gleick
“From the author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in both literature and science and its influence on our understanding of time itself. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture—from Marcel Proust to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable paradoxes and porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Carry On, Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
“Glennon Melton believes that by shedding our weapons and armour, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and ultimately build a better life in our hearts, homes and communities. Readers will find a wise and witty friend who will embolden them to cut themselves a break and commit to small acts of love that can have an extraordinary impact.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Who Rules the World?, by Noam Chomsky
“The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11 and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction in December

In these troubled times, dear reader, you have two options: you can turn away from the horrors of the world and embrace the fantasy that literature provides. Or, you can face the disasters head-on, with books that magnify the precipice of doom we stand on. Then again, you could also just enjoy your summer with a range of insightful and surprising new titles – all available through Overdrive!

Overdrive cover Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
“After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Their lives are enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Both a poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Name on the Door is Not Mine, by C. K. Stead
“A striking new collection of accessible yet elegant stories from literary giant and master craftsman C.K. Stead. They are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead’s subtle sense of humour evident at every turn. The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including ‘Last Season’s Man’, which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Reykjavik Assignment, by Adam LeBor
“UN covert negotiator, Yael Azoulay, has been sent to Reykjavik to broker a secret meeting between US President Freshwater and the Iranian president. Both parties want the violence to stop, but Yael soon realises that powerful enemies are pulling the strings. Enemies for whom peace means an end to their lucrative profit streams. In this gripping thriller, Adam LeBor uses insights gained from twenty-five years of reporting to show us who really has the upper hand in international politics.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly
“Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared. Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Next, by Stephanie Gangi
“Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over her ex, watching him thrive in the spotlight while she wastes away. So she embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover City Woman, by Patricia Scanlan
“Devlin’s flair and ambition has made a success of the ‘City Girl’ health and leisure complex. But what of Luke Reilly, a man used to getting his own way? Caroline, still coming to terms with her husband’s revelations, has to do some serious thinking. Can she face the future on her own? Maggie, torn between motherhood and career, finds her marriage under threat. She must decide if it’s time to put herself first.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bitter Fruits, by Alice Clark-Platts
“The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite. As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Peacock and Vine, by A S Byatt
“This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
“On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting. Decades later, only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams. As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey
“22000 B.C. A beautiful angel stands on a mountaintop. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. The majestic angel utters a single word. “Crap.”” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New OverDrive eBooks site launched

New OD websiteOur eBook and eAudio eBook service OverDrive has been updated to include new features, simplified usage and a brand new design.

You’ll still access WCL’s OverDrive website from the same address on your desktop and mobile device at wcl.overdrive.com. We’ll still provide the same eBook and eAudio content in familiar formats and downloading and streaming options you’re used to.

However, you should notice positive changes:

  • – browsing, subject headings and links to our ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ pages are now at the very top of the website
  • – searches now auto complete with suggested options
  • – sign in with your library card and use a simplified account area
  • – availability of eBook and eAudio titles is now clearly labelled

In addition to these changes, there are improvements to renewals, holds and recommendations to the library.

For more information on our new OverDrive website, go to our Help page here, or to watch a video summary of our new OverDrive features click here.

If you need any help, please use our technical support form and we’ll email you a helpful response!

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Working from home with kids? Here are some ideas…

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We know lots of people are working from home this week, maybe with kids stuck inside in the bad weather, with some schools and kindys still closed. To make your working life a little easier, and provide some much needed distraction for the kids so you can get things done, here are some kids’ craft ideas. Some are tricker than others, but many don’t need too much effort to get them started – we love the lego marble maze idea! So many endless permutations!

We also have kids’ craft books & audiobooks on Overdrive, as well as books that read themselves aloud to your kids on Tumblebooks (‘Readalongs’), and we’ve included a selection of these too — all you need are headphones and they’ll be captivated (quietly!).

Update:
We’ve gone ahead and created a Pinterest board with these and many more ideas — have a browse!


So, here we go:

  1. Have Lego and marbles at home? Build a Lego marble run! There are lots of complicated tutorials out there, but this one looks nice and easy, and you just tilt the board to run the marble through. Then rearrange and try again.
    Lego marble run
  2. Free colouring in pages — there are so many linked here. If your kids are school age, these could be quite good
  3. Here are some neat shoebox craft ideas. Many of these are quite complicated, and kids would need help, but the last one is a mailbox – we think this could be great! Not too much work to set up, and then kids could write and draw cards and letters back and forth. Also pictured below, make a stage! Would require some help to start, but once cut and coloured in, can be used to stage elaborate plays with all manner of toys. We think covering or gluing with wrapping paper would be a good (easy) option instead of decorating with paint
    Mailbox vl-curtain-shape
  4. Holiday cards – these could be fun to make and write?
    Here are some printable Christmas ones to colour in, but there are lots of ideas out there for all holidays — here’s a page with all the site’s printables listed by holiday — Hanukkah is coming up soon too!
  5. Blanket forts! This tutorial is actually aimed at adults, but details blanket fort construction very well, and we think would work for kids, minus perhaps the safety pins (you could substitute clothes pegs instead?). Also includes such important topics as stockpiling snacks inside your blanket fort, and the important step of giving your blanket fort a name, and creating a sign for outside it!
  6. Tumblebooks – read aloud (and other) eBooks for kids
    Give these a go. The ‘read along’ titles will read themselves aloud on any screen, and you don’t need to download them or set up with any other kind of technology — all you’ll need to do is log in with your card. Some of our picks for ‘read along’ titles are: The Paper Bag Princess and All Aboard the Dinotrain. You can also read regular chapter books (that aren’t read along titles), like Neil Gaiman’s Remember the Milk! Because they can’t be checked out to any one borrower, they’re always available online too
  7. Kids’ audiobooks on Overdrive. Many of these you can also listen to online in a browser, if you don’t have time to set up the app on your phone or device! (If you want to do this, choose the ‘advanced search’, and then filter by ‘Overdrive Listen’). Here are a few titles for kids to get you started, but have a browse! Overdrive even has some read-along eBooks too

Overdrive cover The Black Circle, (Audiobook)
“Governments were toppled and rulers were killed during the last attempt to find the lost treasure Amy and Dan Cahill are searching for—do they even stand a chance?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Anna’s Birthday Surprise, (Read-along eBook)
“Read along with Disney! It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dirty Beasts, (Audiobook)
“In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France—at his own peril; the pig who ponders the meaning of life; the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick; and many more. Snigger, titter and laugh at their antics in this collection of irreverent and absurdly comic verse!” (Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in November

November on Overdrive sees the clash of literary giants, with the release of Michael Chabon’s recently-published Moonglow as well as Margaret Atwood’s Booker-nominated classic The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not just the big names, though: several new authors have shaken things up, including New Zealand’s Jonothan Cullinane and his novel Red Herring. Whatever your tastes, it should be an epic month of reading!

Overdrive cover How I Became a North Korean, by Krys Lee
“Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea’s most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood. Danny is a Chinese-American teenager whose parents left China when he was nine; his precocious intelligence has long marked him as an outcast. These three disparate lives converge when each of them travels to the region where China borders North Korea – one of the most threatening environments in the world.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Innocent, by David Szalay
“It is 1948 and Aleksandr, a major in the MGB (the forerunner of the KGB) is sent to an isolated psychiatric clinic to investigate one of the patients there. The patient is a man long presumed dead – a veteran of the Second World War, who seems unable to remember any of his past. Twenty-four years later, Aleksandr is haunted by the case. With his Stalinist faith under threat, he interrogates his memories and the effect the case had on himself and on those he loved most.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Singles Game, by Lauren Weisberger
“When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. Celebrity mags go wild, but as the warrior princess’s star rises, it comes at a price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside? From the author of The Devil Wears Prada.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Beautiful Young Wife, by Tommy Wieringa
“Edward Landauer, a brilliant microbiologist in his forties, meets a beautiful young woman. She is the love of his life, and when the two marry in France, Edward is the happiest man in the world. At first, Ruth Walta appears to represent a victory over time, but even she cannot stop him growing older. After the birth of their long-awaited son, the happiness turns into something new, and Edward no longer recognises his great romance nor the woman who induced it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Skylarking, by Kate Mildenhall
“Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Trees, by Ali Shaw
“The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming 44-year-old Adrien Thomas’ home (and perhaps all of Britain) into shadowy forest. Adrien ventures out into this unrecognisable world, meeting green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife – and to discover just how deep the forest goes.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Shortlisted for the 1986 Man Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Red Herring, by Jonothan Cullinane
“In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation on the waterfront. Into the secret world of rival union politics, dark political agendas and worldwide anti-communist hysteria steps Johnny Molloy, a private detective with secrets of his own. Caitlin Corrigan, a feisty young reporter, is following her own leads. Together they begin to uncover a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the Establishment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Without Mercy, by Jefferson Bass
“Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders – but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: a ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. But the shocking revelation is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: the deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Moonglow, by Michael Chabon
“In 1989, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections the younger man had never heard before. Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession: a tale of madness, of war, of sex and desire and, above all, the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

biglibraryreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the #1 New York Times bestselling book This Is Where It Ends from debut author Marieke Nijkamp —  from October 13th through the 27th.

This is Where it Ends is a fictional account of a school shooting, told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes. Marieke provides a unique and poignant look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students who are living through it in real time. This title brings to light the subject of school shootings realistically, but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

Once you finish this moving book, join our discussion board to share your thoughts. Join the Big Library Read and start reading This Is Where It Ends today!

The Big Library Read runs from October 13th, to October 27th.

Overdrive cover This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp (eBook)
“A New York Times Bestseller! Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016 Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now” (Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction in October

Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would sound like if it had been written by Shakespeare? Or maybe you’ve suspected Jane Austen was really an undercover detective? Perhaps you’ve even wanted to hear your favourite author reading in the food court of the local mall? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the latest eAudiobooks on Overdrive are for you. Even if you didn’t, we’ve got a wide range of other titles, so sign in here to start your search!

Overdrive cover Reputations, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
“Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country’s most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. But this all changes when he’s paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world. Reputations examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories and the surprises of memory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher
“Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Losing It, by Emma Rathbone
“Greenfield has a problem: she’s twenty-six years old and she’s still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something’s got to change. Losing It is about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you’re going for. And it’s about the decisions—and non-decisions—we make that can end up shaping a life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Gone with the Mind, by Mark Leyner
“Gone with the Mind is the story of Mark Leyner’s life, told as only Mark Leyner can. In this utterly unconventional novel, Mark gives a reading in the food court of a mall. Besides his mother, who’s driven him to the mall, and a few employees of fast food chain Panda Express, the reading is completely without audience. The action of Gone with the Mind takes place exclusively at the food court, but the territory covered on these pages has no bounds.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell
“Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The War of Independence was in its third year and the State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British. But when they sent a fleet of 40 vessels to ‘captivate, kill and destroy’ they underestimated their enemies, calm in battle and ready for victory. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Stephanie Barron
“Christmas Eve, and Jane Austen and her circle are in a celebratory mood. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide gathering dies in a tragic accident whose circumstances Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of her fellow snowbound guests. Whom can Jane trust to help her stop the killer striking again?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda
“It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without a trace. Back again to care for her father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Time’s Legacy, by Barbara Erskine
“Abi, a recently-ordained priest, is appointed to the parish of the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history, dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge. Abi must battle the approaching terror along with her own personal demons…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction in October

This month’s additions to Overdrive showcase the changing role of the hero. For traditionalists, we have T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, while those with a taste for grittier protagonists can browse several new detective series, including the award-winning A Rising Man. And if you don’t like heroes at all? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, too – the events in the Booker-nominated His Bloody Project are described by an entire community. To start a quest of your own, just sign in here.

Overdrive cover Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières
“Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia, a town in which Christian and Muslim traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries – until war is declared and the peaceful fabric of life is threatened with destruction. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler
“22-year-old Tess has come to New York to take on her destiny. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the punishing, privileged life of a backwaiter, on and off duty. She’s pulled into the thrall of two other servers—a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual and overpowering. These two will prove to be Tess’s hardest lesson of all.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Portable Veblen, by Elizabeth Mckenzie
“A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas – and squirrels. Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream? Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation? Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century? And what in the world is a ‘Veblen’ anyway?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dirt Road, by James Kelman
“Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and is terrified of losing control of what remains of his family. Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South. As they travel they encounter a new world and we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover His Bloody Project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet
“A brutal triple murder in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There’s no question that Macrae is guilty, but the police and courts must uncover what drove him to murder. A story ingeniously recounted through the accused’s memoir, trial transcripts and newspaper reports, His Bloody Project is a riveting literary thriller, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Rising Man, by Abir Mukherjee
“Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise, he is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. The start of an atmospheric and enticing new historical crime series.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore
“New York, 1888. A young lawyer named Paul Cravath takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? The task facing Cravath is daunting, and the stakes are immense: the winner of the case will illuminate America.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
“T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. The Once and Future King contains all five books about the early life of King Arthur (The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn). White brings to life the major British epic with brilliance, grandeur, warmth and charm.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Jake’s Long Shadow, by Alan Duff
“The third volume in the hard-hitting, best-selling Once Were Warriors trilogy. The millennium has changed but have the Hekes? Where are they now? Son Abe who has rejected violence but violence finds him; Polly, as beautiful as her sister Grace, who committed suicide; the gang leader, Apeman, who killed Tania, what’s prison like, does it change a man? And then there’s Jake Heke, casting his long shadow over everyone.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in September

This month’s non-fiction additions to the Overdrive eAudiobook collection tackle the big issues of the day: technology advancement, the changing nature of employment and (last but not least) American presidential politics. And if you need a breather after all that, there’s In Pursuit of Silence by George Prochnik. To get started on Overdrive, just visit our website – or pop down and see us at your local library.

Overdrive cover The Healthy Programmer, by Joe Kutner (Audiobook)
“To keep doing what you love, you need to maintain your own systems, not just the ones you write code for. Regular exercise and proper nutrition help you learn, remember, concentrate and be creative—skills critical to doing your job well. Learn how to change your work habits, master exercises that make working at a computer more comfortable and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy and sharp for years to come.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Scream, by Tama Janowitz (Audiobook)
“In this darkly funny memoir, the original “Lit Girl” and author of the era-defining Slaves of New York considers her life in and outside of New York City, from the heyday of the 1980s to her life today in a tiny upstate town that proves that fact is always stranger than fiction. Filled with a very real, personal cast of characters, Scream is an intimate, scorching memoir rife with the humour, insight and experience of a writer with a skill for cutting straight to the strangest parts of life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hackers, by Steven Levy (Audiobook)
“Steven Levy’s classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution’s original hackers—those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early ’80s who took risks, bent the rules and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman and Steve Wozniak.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Bread, Wine, Chocolate, by Simran Sethi (Audiobook)
“Simran Sethi explores the history of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply. Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers and coffee roasters to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss, and its consequences for our health, traditions and culture.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Assholes, by Aaron James (Audiobook)
“Make America Great Again? Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon—even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency. From the author of Assholes: A Theory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Movie Freak, by Owen Gleiberman (Audiobook)
“From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film. Gleiberman not only reveals the details of how he became a critic, but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Why We Work, by Barry Schwartz (Audiobook)
“An eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives, showing how work operates in our culture and how you can find your own path to happiness in the workplace. Schwartz takes us through hospitals and hair salons, auto plants and boardrooms, showing workers in all walks of life, showcasing the trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter (Audiobook)
“Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humour and a few second thoughts. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world. This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover In Pursuit of Silence, by George Prochnik (Audiobook)
“More than money, power and even happiness, silence has become the most precious—and dwindling—commodity of our modern world. George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)


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