This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson (Audiobook): Review

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...librarian? In a world where public library funding is cut, one woman (Marilyn Johnson) highlights the heroic deeds of the humble, and not so humble, librarian. She will don cyber disguises to infiltrate the secret world of the cybrarian. If you liked the archive scenes in The DaVinci Code, you'll love how Marilyn asks librarians for rare books like Easy Travel to Other Planets*. You'll be on the edge of your seat!

Okay, not really, but This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson is not only informative but interesting. Marilyn first became interested in librarians while researching for her book The Dead Beat, a book about obituaries. She appreciated the help of the librarians she met who never belittled her for her lack of knowledge. That is after all their job. To help.

Along the way, Marilyn would meet fascinating people from all walks of life who had one thing in common, they were librarians. Some might be tattooed or have blue hair, teach missionaries or take on the Patriot Act, but all just want to help you, dear reader, get the information you need when you need it.

This Book Is Overdue! is often outrageous, shocking and funny. There were things in there I never knew about librarians, like Second Life. It's sounds really out there but here I am blogging so I'm not one to talk. Libraries are growing beyond the brick and mortar structure of your local branches. This Book Is Overdue! is for anyone with an interest in information, libraries or books. As it turns out, librarians are fascinating creatures.

About the Audiobook: Narrated by Hillary Huber. She added just the right intonation for the sassy replies of the interviewees.

Find out more about Marilyn Johnson on her website.

I borrowed this copy from, where else, the library.


*I kinda want to read this.


  1. Too funny ... I referenced Marilyn Johnson's book THE DEAD BEAT in my post today, too.

    I've seen this at my local library, but never picked it up. Think I might have to give this one another look, thanks to this review.

  2. I enjoyed this book as well. It certainly dispels the sterotype some may have about librarians.

  3. This sounds like a great book for book lovers!

  4. Librarians are a strange lot. In my experience they divide into two camps: one camp, incredibly intelligent, goes the extra mile to help readers, students, or teachers. The other camp's motto: My Way Or The Highway.

  5. Melissa- That is a funny coincidence!

    Suzanne- Yes, they weren't your 'typical' librarians- if there is such a thing.

    Kathy- It is.

    Shelley- Luckily, I've only met nice librarians. :)

  6. It warms the cockles of my mean old professor heart to see more people reading this book. I say mean old professor heart because my students have midterm projects due, and they don't love me right now. Ahem. lol

    Anyway, it was a delight to interview Marilyn Johnson recently, and I have the utmost respect for her for writing this book. I learned about the Second Life phenomenon when I was in library school myself (currently on hold), and it's WAY out there. Really hard to traverse until you figure out all the workings of the virtual environment. I applaud her for figure that out. My computer and I both crashed after trying it out.

    Spread the word far and wide! This book, and librarians, rock!

  7. I second your recommendation...this is a great book. And it made me wish I was a librarian.

  8. This sounds amazing! I love libraries and librarians and books and books about books, so I will keep an eye out for this.

    I've met some seriously grumpy librarians, sadly. They put a damper on the fun-filled trip to the library. One in CT nearly bit my head off every time I wanted to check anything out and made up arbitrary rules ("You can only check out three books per subject!!!" When I asked another librarian about that, she looked at me like I was nuts and said, "There's no rule like that...") Fortunately, most librarians I've met have been very nice and helpful. :)

  9. This is the second positive review I've read about this book! I am definitely going to have to pick it up. From the library, of course :)

  10. Having worked at the reference desk in our local library I'm going to have to get this one!


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