There was a time when no one would want to be called a nerd or a geek, let alone outright admit to being one. In recent times, however, it has become acceptable and even desirable to claim the label. That is why I have compiled a list of OverDrive’s eBooks that best celebrate all things nerd and geek, just in case the excitement of back to school season is beginning to wear off.
To start, in looking at what it means to be a geek from a sociological point of view, Alexandra Robbins explains why those who don’t fit in so well in high school may be likely to thrive after graduation in The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. From a psychological perspective, in his book, Nerds, David Anderegg proposes that Americans need to rethink the negative stereotypes and embrace the brain power.
In Geek Wisdom, the authors give insight on 200 often-quoted lines from books, movies, TV, games, science, and the Internet. Now you’ll finally know why The Dude’s lament about the rug really tying the room together resonates with so many people.
If you’re looking for some projects to show off your own geek muscles, check out The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, a follow-up by the same author, Ken Denmead, to his bestseller Geek Dad. But don’t let the titles hold you back; you don’t actually need to be a dad to enjoy building a working lamp from LEGOs and CDs, designing your own board game, or writing and directing a stop-motion movie. When it comes to projects, if sewing, knitting, beading, or quilting are more your cup of geeky tea, I would recommend World of Geekcraft by Susan Beal & Jay B. Sauceda. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own periodic table of the elements cozy or a colorful set of POW! and ZAP! magnets. For those more comfortable in the kitchen, try out a culinary hack from Jeff Potter’s Cooking for Geeks.
And what list of geek books would be complete without at least one reference to Star Trek? Wil Wheaton, most famous for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, gets up close and personal in his memoir of life beyond the Starship Enterprise in Just a Geek. Similarly, real life sci-fi fan, Simon Pegg, best known for big screen hits like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the more recent space alien buddy comedy, Paul, tells the tales of a nerdy childhood in his memoir, Nerd Do Well.
Finally, if all of the geeky jargon is just too much, it might be time to reference Gregory Bergman & Josh Lambert’s Geektionary: From Anime to Zettabyte, An A to Z Guide to All Things Geek.
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Karen Donovan is a collection development associate at OverDrive.