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  • April 2014
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Show #1 April 5 & 6
Elaine looks at new titles from "The Ladies of the List" - popular women authors who can be regularly found on the Best Seller lists.

Sue Monk Kidd, bestselling author of "The Invention of Wings"

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Winter People: A Novel" by Jennifer McMahon
"The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel" by Alice Hoffman
"The Invention of Wings: A Novel" by Sue Monk Kidd
"After I'm Gone: A Novel" by Laura Lippman
"Glitter and Glue: A Memoir" by Kelly Corrigan
"Moving Target: Ali Reynolds, Book 9" by J. A. Jance
"Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby" by Sarah Churchwell

Show #2 April 12 & 13
The Book Report offers a welcome escape from Tax Day headaches with a focus on Sci Fy titles that hurl us into outer space, and the familiar, yet oft-times frightening near future.

Kevin Barry, award winning Irish author of "The City of Bohane"

Audio Books Previewed:
"Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer
"The Martian" by Andy Weir
"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything" by Chris Hadfield
"Blackout" by Connie Willis
"Influx" by Daniel Suarez
"The Last Firewall" by William Hertling
"Year Zero: A Novel" by Rob Reid
"William Shakespeare's Star Wars" by Ian Doescher

Show #3 April 19 & 20
A literary salute to Earth Day with previews of fiction and non-fiction titles that spotlight key environmental issues.

Larry Bud Meyer, author of "Mother Fracker"

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Man From Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson" by Bill Christofferson
"Wet Desert: A Novel" by Gary Hansen
"The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert
"World Made By Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1" by James Howard Kunstler
"How To Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism" by Roger Scruton
"Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer" by David Roberts
"Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places" by Andrew Blackwell
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir

Show #1 March 1 & 2
A look at the books behind this year's crop of Oscar hopefuls. Join Elaine in a special Book Report salute to actors, Hollywood and the Academy.

Diane Ladd, Author and Actress

Audio Books Previewed:
"Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search" by Martin Sixsmith
"Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers" by Valerie Lawson
"The Sting Man: Inside Abscam" by Robert W. Greene         
"A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
"Twentieth Century-Fox: The Zanuck-Skouras Years, 1935-1965" by Peter Lev
"Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3" by Robert Matzen
"The Wolf of Wall Street" by Jordan Belfort

Show #2 March 8 & 9
Elaine looks at books shortlisted for prestigious literary prizes. The titles are a worthy group of contenders which should be awarded a top spot on your reading list.

NoViolet Bulawayo, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin
"Harvest" by Jim Crace
"We Need New Names: A Novel" by NoViolet Bulawayo
"A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki
"Pacific" by Tom Drury
"Fools: Stories" by Joan Silber
"A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel" by Anthony Marra

Show #3 March 15 & 16
A look at new, well-reviewed non-fiction titles that spotlight the people, places and events that chronicled historical turning points.

Brad Meltzer, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42" by William Dalrymple
"My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" by Ari Shavit
"Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China" by Jung Chang
"Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City" by Russell Shorto
"History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time" by Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell
"Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings" by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
"Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns" by Carl Hiaasen

Show #4 March 22 & 23
We salute the welcome return of Spring with a spotlight on characters who've come through adversity and made it to the other side. This week, our focus is on fresh starts.

Wally Lamb, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Still Life With Bread Crumbs: A Novel" by Anna Quindlen
"We Are Water: A Novel" by Wally Lamb
"The Good Luck of Right Now" by Matthew Quick
"Perfect: A Novel" by Rachel Joyce
"The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles: A Novel" by Katherine Pancol
"Queen Sugar: A Novel" by Natalie Baszile
"One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" by B. J. Novak

Show #5 March 29 & 30
Elaine serves up a smorgasbord of new titles on foodies and oenophiles. Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Moss whose "Salt, Sugar, Fat" is a scorching indictment of America's food giants.

Michael Moss, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line" by Michael Gibney
"Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them: And 100 Other Myths About Food and Cooking...Plus 25 Recipes to Get It Right Every Time" by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
"No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken" by Norman Van Aken
"From Scratch: Inside the Food Network" by Allen Salkin
"Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste" by Luke Barr
"Roast Mortem: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 9" by Cleo Coyle
"A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman Who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America's Greatest Wine Entrepreneur" by Edward Humes
"The Juice: Vinous Veritas" by Jay McInerney

Show #1 February 1 & 2
A focus on entertaining new biographies that take you behind the tabloids to offer up an accurate account of the lives of men and women who've become cultural icons.

Delia Ephron and Brian Jay Jones, Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"Johnny Carson" by Henry Bushkin
"Sister Mother Husband Dog" by Delia Ephron
"Poirot and Me" by David Suchet
"Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones
"A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York" by Anjelica Huston
"Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting" by Ann Hood (editor)
"The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants" by Alexandra Popoff

Show #2 February 8 & 9
Love is in the air...and on the page in this special salute to a bouquet of titles picked for Valentine's Day.

Robin Oliveira, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel" by Nancy Horan
"I Always Loved You: A Novel" by Robin Oliveira
"This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" by Ann Patchett
"The Hypnotist's Love Story" by Liane Moriarty
"Love Minus Eighty" by Will McIntosh
"All That Is" by James Salter
"The Rosie Project: A Novel" by Graeme Simsion

Show #3 February 15 & 16
After last week's focus on love stories, this week we explore a great new selection of "life stories"....not biographies, but stories of life's inevitable twists and turns.

Anita Shreve, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel" by Fannie Flagg
"Becoming Clementine" by Jennifer Niven
"Stella Bain" by Anita Shreve
"Someone: A Novel" by Alice McDermott
"Orphan Train: A Novel" by Christina Baker Kline
"The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes
"Looking For Me" by Beth Hoffman

Show #4 February 22 & 23
A spotlight on musicians who rocked the house, and rocked the world. Elaine presents biographies that provided the soundtrack to massive world changes.

David Meyer, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan" by Ian Bell
"Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years" by Mark Lewisohn
"The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution" by James A. Mitchell
"Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker" by Stanley Crouch
"Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc. " by Howard Kaylan with Jeff Tamarkin
" The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret " by Kent Hartman
"Autobiography" by Morrissey

Show #1 January 4 & 5
We're "resolving" to catch up on books you've been meaning to read. Elaine researches a great mix of mystery, thrillers and non-fiction - a title for every taste.

David Baldacci, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Life After Life: A Novel" by Kate Atkinson
"King and Maxwell" by David Baldacci
"The Flamethrowers: A Novel" by Rachel Kushner
"The Guts" by Roddy Doyle
"The Quarry" by Iain M. Banks
"The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud
"Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier" by Tom Kizzia

Show #2 January 11 & 12
Conversations with Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom....bestselling authors who are also members of the literary rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. We speak about their new books, and the band retrospective, "Hard Listening."

Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom: Authors/Musicians of the Rock Bottom Remainders Band

Audio Books Previewed:
"Choke Point: A Risk Agent Novel, Book 2" by Ridley Pearson
"The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel" by Mitch Albom

Show #3 January 18 & 19
A jump start to New Year's Resolutions with titles on business, food and fitness to help you take those difficult first steps towards your 2014 goals.

Judith Martin "Miss Manners" and Meghan Doherty, Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism" by Olivia Fox Cabane
"Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting" by Darya Pino Rose
"Miss Manners Minds Your Business" by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin
"Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers" by David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
"The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street" by Wayne von Borstel
"Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall

Show #4 January 25 & 26
A look at current history titles you'll find as compelling as novels. Their subjects cover diverse eras and offer fascinating new perspectives on people and events.

A. Scott Berg, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre" by Thomas A. Bogar
"Wilson" by A. Scott Berg
"The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams" by Ben Bradlee Jr.
"George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America" by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yeager
"The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend" by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
"The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" by  Robert M. Edsel , Bret Witter