Books inspired by podcasts at Sudbury's libraries

Timothy Ferriss is best known as the creator of the title The 4-Hour Workweek and has since published many other titles based on the same get-more-stuff-done-with-less-work principle. Handout photo jpg, SU

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Podcasts are rising in popularity. In fact, chances are either you or someone you know has listened to a podcast in the last year. Some attribute the popularity of podcasts to the variety of content available, others to the intrinsic allure of storytelling, while many may find the bite-sized portions suitable to multi-tasking at the office, at home or during the daily commute.

If you enjoy podcasts, it may interest you to know that many podcasts have also made their way to book format – ebook, print or audiobook. Here is a sampling of what is available at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.

 

– The podcast Alice Isn’t Dead was inspired by Joseph Fink’s long highway travels and the many rest stops he encountered throughout the United States. Initially airing in early 2016, it has since resulted in more than 30 episodes. Told in an audio diary format, the main character is a truck driver who is determined to search for her wife who is assumed to be dead. As she travels across America, she discovers mysteries that border on the supernatural. Alice Isn’t Dead is available in both print and audiobook format.

 

– Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are the two voices behind the popular podcast “My Favorite Murder”. In the book spinoff, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide, their quirky voices and honest insights draw the reader into their own struggles with depression, eating disorders and addiction and somehow manage to provide advice on how to work through the mess of life. This title is available in print format.

 

– Timothy Ferriss is best known as the creator of the title The 4-Hour Workweek and has since published many other titles based on the same get-more-stuff-done-with-less-work principle. Whether you laud or loathe his entrepreneurial techniques, his most recent title, Tribe of Mentors, follows the same format as his hit podcast, The Tim Ferris Show, in that it features the habits and tactics of the world’s top performers. Many of his titles are available in print, ebook and audiobook format.

 

– In The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie, the author discusses how it can be difficult to create deep connections with our children when faced with over-scheduling and the pervasiveness of technology. Based on the podcast Read-Aloud Revival, the book offers inspiration and book lists for every age to get started in your own home. This title is available in print and ebook format.

  • Based out of New York City, The Moth is a not-for profit-group dedicated to the art and craft of stories – told live and without notes.  While it was originally performance-based, the group grew to include a regularly airing podcast and national public radio show. In the title, All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown edited by Catherine Burns, the Moth presents the most cherished stories told through their program that speak to the human experience. Be prepared to encounter some known authors (storytellers) in addition to a few new and authentic voices. Each story has a tale to tell. This title is available in print format.

Visit the Greater Sudbury Public Library catalogue to view more podcasts that have made their way to book format at https://bit.ly/2lyzRNm.

Jodie Gladman is the information librarian at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.

 

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