Lauren Markham - The Far Away Brothers
Journalist Lauren Markham’s book, “The Far Away Brothers,” is the story of twin teens who came to the U.S. illegally from El Salvador. They wind up in Oakland, California, trying to start a new life. Markham’s storytelling reveals the intricacies of the U.S. immigration system and the true experience of two unaccompanied minors fleeing gang violence in their home country. She discussed their story with CapRadio’s Donna Apidone. Interview Highlights You talk right up front about the...
Robin Sloan - Sourdough
Robin Sloan pokes fun at Silicon Valley’s robots and flavorless protein drinks in his second book, "Sourdough." It’s the perfect title for a book about various cultures in and around the Bay Area. And there are plenty of them: food culture, Saturday morning market culture, technology culture, and, of course, sourdough bread culture. The book is about a young programmer named Lois who moves to California to work for a robotics company. She winds up becoming a part of the underground food...
Shanthi Sekaran - Lucky Boy
Tens of thousands of undocumented women have made the journey across the southern border of the United States. The trip is expensive. Some migrants are raped by guides or fellow travelers. That was Soli’s story in the novel "Lucky Boy," by author Shanthi Sekaran. Soli arrives in the U.S. pregnant and tries to juggle motherhood and work as a nanny in Berkeley, California. When immigration agents find out about her, she’s faced with deportation and possibly being forced to relinquish her...
John Lescroart - Fatal
Author John Lescroart’s 28th book, "Fatal," is centered around a massive, deadly terrorist attack in San Francisco. There’s no sign of the usual main characters from many of his other thrillers: lawyer Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky. Instead, he writes from the perspective of a new character: Sergeant Beth Tully, a homicide inspector for the San Francisco Police Department dealing with the aftermath of the attack. "Fatal" explores the complex ways that humans cope with trauma in the wake of...
Elizabeth Rynecki - Chasing Portraits
The Nazis were famous for raiding and ruining art collections throughout Europe during World War II. Author Elizabeth Rynecki’s great-grandfather Moshe Rynecki was a Jewish artist in Poland who created hundreds of paintings depicting everyday life. Moshe distributed them so they wouldn’t be destroyed. He later died in a concentration camp, but his son George (Elizabeth’s grandfather) survived and wrote a memoir. "Chasing Portraits" is Elizabeth Rynecki’s story of trying to track down her...
Trailer: Introducing The CapRadio Reads Podcast With Donna Apidone
Gain insight into your favorite writer or discover your next great read on the new CapRadio Reads podcast. CapRadio’s Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone sits down with prominent authors and fresh writers. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. We’re releasing our first four episodes this week.