Hispanic Authors ~ Show September 5 and 6

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Ripper” by Isabel Allende
“The Water Museum” by Luis Alberto Urrea
“Rag and Bone” by Michael Nava
“It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris” by Patricia Engel
“At Night We Walk in Circles” by Daniel Alarcon
“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina
“The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho” by Anjanette Delgado

INTERVIEW
Michael Nava, Author

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New works by Hispanic authors, tales told with atmospheric prose, carefully crafted characters and old fashioned storytelling. Michael Nava stops by to speak about his new title, “The City of Palaces.”

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Literary Potpourri ~ August 29 and 30

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Barbarian Days” by William Finnegan
“Paper Towns” by John Green
“The Jezebel Remedy” by Martin Clark
“Wicked Charms” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
“Crooked” by Austin Grossman
“Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck
“Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party” by Alexander McCall Smith

INTERVIEW
Patrick Nolan, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief, Penguin Books

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A preview of the summer’s hottest books in wide range of genres: fiction, nonfiction, travel and occult. Elaine speaks with Patrick Nolan of Penguin Books about the publishing house’s distinguished 80 year anniversary.

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A NEW BRYSON BOOK ON THE WAY

Bill Bryson’s first travel book in 15 years will be published in autumn. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island will be a new journey around Britain by the writer.

More than 20 years ago, Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. His journey became the Notes from a Small Island, which has sold 942,869 copies. Doubleday will publish in hardcover in autumn 2015.

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Far-Flung Countries and Cultures ~ Show Dec 27 and 28

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Strange Stones” by Peter Hessler
“The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café” by Alexander McCall Smith
“The Trigger” by Tim Butcher
“We’ll Always Have Paris” by Jennifer Coburn
“An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having” compiled by Edith Zimmerman
“Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking” by Anya Von Bremzen
“No Land’s Man” by Aasif Mandvi

INTERVIEW
Alexander McCall Smith, Author

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A global getaway with books about far-flung countries and cultures worth exploring. Elaine is charmed by Alexander McCall Smith, on hand to speak about the new title in his Number One Ladies Detective Agency series, “The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe.”

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Holiday Entertaining and Travel ~ Show Nov 15 & 16

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good” by Kathleen Flinn
“The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue” by David Sax
“Proof: The Science of Booze” by Adam Rogers
“Shadows in the Vineyard” by Maximillian Potter
“Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia” by David Greene
“Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage” by Molly Wizenberg
“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan

INTERVIEWS
Allen Salkin, Author; Pauline Frommer, Travel Guru

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A spotlight on books to gear you up for holiday entertaining and travel. Elaine gets an insider’s look into the Food Network with author Alan Salkin, and receives fabulous trip advice from travel guru Pauline Frommer.

A Glimpse Into Rainbow Rowell’s Life

A GLIMPSE INTO RAINBOW ROWELL’S LIFE

Rainbow Rowell is currently on the circuit, publicizing her 4th bestseller, Landline, the story of a marriage on the rocks, a suffocating friendship, and a magic telephone.

Before Rowell’s amazing success, she worked at her hometown newspaper, the Omaha World Herald, for 10 years. When she left her columnist position to become an advertising copy editor and creative director for a local ad agency, she started writing Attachments as a pastime. The story was unique, written almost entirely in the format of emails, with the primary character being a young man who is paid to snoop. Of course, he falls in love with one particular woman’s emails.

After Rowell’s son was born, she set the manuscript aside completely for two years. “It felt like a hobby. I felt guilty taking time out of my life to write the book. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, Attachments was published in April of 2011. The novel was more successful than Rowell expected, though not well enough for her to quit her day job. Still, with a newfound confidence in her writing, she set forth writing her next book. Eleanor & Park would be the novel that catapulted her into YA superstardom, but before she could write it, she would need to confront the more heart-wrenching memories of her own childhood.

The first time Rowell wrote about the struggles of her childhood was in her column for the Omaha World Herald. Her voice lowers a bit, serious but without shame. “I was living in rural areas often without power or a phone or a car. Our water came from a well and a pump. My dad was not around and when he was around, he was not good. There was a lot of alcohol abuse and drug abuse. I feel like I need to say that I’m probably sane and alive because I had a really great mom. Eventually, when we moved to the city and we were on welfare, it was a step up. Being poor in the city was easier than being poor in the country.”

Books were her safe haven. “My mother was very strict, there was very little on television that we were allowed to watch, there were very few movies that we were allowed to watch. But she’d let me read anything.” Rowell was an avid and prolific reader early on. She devoured everything she could get her hands on (particularly anything written by Beverly Cleary), a habit she describes as “problematic.” Rowell found solace in the stories when she couldn’t find it at home. “As a teenager, I had a really bad stepdad. I felt trapped and suffocated by the circumstances of my life. Those were the themes of my childhood. It’s not like I was miserable all the time, but when you are that poor, it’s present in your every moment and interaction. That poverty is a huge part of who you are in every moment.”

It wasn’t until after Eleanor & Park was published that many of Rowell’s friends found out she’d ever dealt with hardships at all, which she found incredibly disconcerting. “I was kind of like, Oh wait a minute, I haven’t talked to you about this? I’ve had friends for years and years and I’ve never really talked to them about this?”

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Girls With Grit ~ Show July 26 and 27

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED
“The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street” by Susan Jane Gilman
“China Dolls” by Lisa See
“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis
“The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi
“I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai
“The Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes
“All Day and a Night” by Alafair Burke
INTERVIEW
Ayana Mathis, Author
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A literary look at the “Girls with Grit.” Elaine explores titles about women with backbone, brains and bravado.