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‘Marilla of Green Gables’ by Sarah McCoy

11/8/2018
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A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking,...

Duration:02:56:31

‘What We Owe’ by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde

11/1/2018
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Tehran, 1978: Nahid and Masood, both eighteen, are young lovers and young revolutionaries, determined to overthrow the Shah's regime and help to bring about democracy. Their clandestine activities are dangerous, but with youth, passion and right on their side, they feel invincible. Then one night, Nahid allows her younger sister to come along to a huge demonstration. Violence breaks out. Nahid lets go of her sister's hand. Everything changes. Thirty years later, Nahid lies in a hospital...

Duration:02:43:54

‘No Cameras Allowed’ by Julian David Stone

10/25/2018
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Starting by simply stashing a camera in his socks, then taping equipment all over his body, to finally customizing a jacket to hide equipment from security guards, he shot dozens of the 1980s greatest acts: Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, and many, many more. Culled from this incredible, never-before-seen archive, this book contains over 250 of his best photos, along with some of the craziest...

Duration:02:33:06

‘An Uncivil War’ by Greg Sargen

10/18/2018
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American democracy is facing a crisis as fraught as we’ve seen in decades. Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the specter of authoritarian rule. Extreme polarization and the scorched-earth war between the parties drags on with no end in sight. At the heart of this dangerous moment is a paradox: It took a figure as uniquely menacing as Trump to rivet the nation’s attention on the fragility of our democracy. Yet the causes of our dysfunction are long-running—they predate Trump, helped...

Duration:02:54:08

‘Friday Black’ by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

10/11/2018
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From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities of life in this country. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:03 - Episode Intro (music: “Live Like Me” by The Nude Party) 04:35 - Interview with Nana Kwame...

Duration:03:13:46

"Fly Girls" by Keith O’Brien

10/4/2018
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Fly Girls is the story of women fighting for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them, and then beating the men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was, for the female pilots, a stunning upset and one that proved what the women had known all along: They were just as good as the male pilots, maybe even better. They belonged. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 00:58 - Episode Intro (music:...

Duration:00:34:25

‘Godsend’ by John Wray

9/27/2018
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Like many other eighteen-year-olds, Aden Sawyer is intently focused on a goal: escape from her hometown. Her plan will take her far from her mother’s claustrophobic house, where the family photos have all been turned to face the wall; far from the influence of her domineering father—a professor of Islamic studies— and his new wife. Aden’s dream, however, is worlds removed from conventional fantasies of teen rebellion: she is determined to travel to Peshawar, Pakistan, to study Islam at a...

Duration:00:42:11

‘The Widower’s Notebook: A Memoir’ by Jonathan Santlofer

9/20/2018
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Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower’s Notebook, is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of enduring love Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:09 - Episode Intro (music: Lately by Field Division) 03:51 - Interview with Jonathan Santlofer, Part 1 17:50 - Big Sur, Golden Hour - Field Division 19:49 - Interview with...

Duration:00:38:13

‘Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago’ by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz

9/13/2018
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A Mystery Writers of America “Grand Master”—author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner—teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America’s most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Max...

Duration:00:46:28

‘Homeplace’ by John Lingan

9/6/2018
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Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy, a local country music icon and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting her on a course for fame that outlasted her tragically short life. What Lingan found was a community in the throes of an identity crisis. Winchester's strict hierarchy, hammered out in the colonial era, put landowners at the top of the heap and shunted "white...

Duration:00:50:08

‘Eden’ by Andrea Kleine

8/30/2018
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Every other weekend, Hope and Eden—backpacks, Walkmans, and homework in hand—wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. It’s the divorce shuffle; they’re used to it. Only this weekend, he’s screwed up, forgotten, and their world will irrevocably change when a stranger lures them into his truck with a false story and smile Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:05 - Episode Intro (music:...

Duration:00:43:09

'The God Game' by Jeffrey Round

8/23/2018
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When the husband of a Queen’s Park aide runs off to escape his gambling debts, private investigator Dan Sharp is hired to track him down. As the city’s political landscape verges on the bizarre — with a crack-using mayor and a major scandal looming — Dan finds himself pitted against a mysterious figure known for making or breaking the reputations of upcoming politicians Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:11 - Episode Intro...

Duration:00:44:47

Tango Lessons: A Memoir by Meghan Flaherty

8/16/2018
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In tango, there’s a leader and a follower, and, traditionally, the woman follows. As Meghan moved from beginner classes to the late-night dance halls of New York’s vibrant tango underground, she discovered that more than any footwork, the hardest and most essential lesson of the dance was to follow with strength and agency; to find her balance, regardless of the lead. And as she broke her own rule—never mix romance and tango—she started to apply those lessons in every corner of her life...

Duration:00:45:21

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss

8/9/2018
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Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes Book Cover and Author...

Duration:00:36:58

‘Visible Empire’ by Hannah Pittard

8/2/2018
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It’s a humid summer day when the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Air France Flight 007, which had been chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s cultural leaders following a luxurious arts oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, most of the city’s wealthiest residents perished Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: Gumball Blue by...

Duration:00:50:11

‘The Completionist’ by Siobhan Adcock

7/26/2018
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After months of disturbing behavior, Gardner Quinn has vanished. Her older sister Fredericka is desperate to find her, but Fred is also pregnant—miraculously so, in a near-future America struggling with infertility. So she entrusts the job to their brother, Carter. Just home from war, his search for his sister is a welcome distraction from mysterious physical symptoms he can’t ignore... and his slightly-more-than recreational drinking. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the...

Duration:00:43:13

‘The Man Who Climbs Trees’ by James Aldred

7/19/2018
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James' climbs take him to breathtaking locations as he scales the most incredible and majestic trees on the planet. On the way, he meets native tribes, gets attacked by African bees, climbs alongside gorillas, chased by elephants and spends his nights in a hammock pitched high in the branches with only the stars above him. This book blends incredible stories of scrapes and bruises in the branches with a new way of looking at life high above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest...

Duration:00:39:26

‘RFK: His Words for Our Time’ by C. Richard Allen & Edwin O. Guthman

7/12/2018
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As citizens search for leadership that is both inspirational and practical, and a vision of America that is compelling across the divides of race, gender, age and personal circumstances, Robert Kennedy’s words and Presidential campaign are increasingly studied as a road map and a catalyst, providing a complete picture of this legacy, centered on Kennedy’s speeches on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that...

Duration:00:38:29

‘All The Ever Afters’ by Danielle Teller

7/5/2018
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We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story... Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: BackBack by Gracie Mansion) 03:54 - Interview with Danielle Teller, Part 1 15:20 - Phony - Gracie Mansion 17:36 - Interview...

Duration:00:33:16

‘Regrets Only’ by Erin Duffy

6/28/2018
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Claire thought she had everything a woman was supposed to want—a loving husband, a newborn son, a beautiful home in the suburbs. Then she walks in on her husband canoodling with their realtor in their newly renovated kitchen, and in an instant, her perfect life comes crashing down. With her marriage heading for divorce, Claire knows it’s time to stop feeling sorry for herself. But how can she move on when she’s still stuck in the orbit of her husband’s world? Book Cover and Author headshot...

Duration:00:43:03