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  • March 2015
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  • January 2015

Show #1 March 7 & 8
A look at short story collections that are topping the charts, focusing on writers who make every word count. My guest, Russell Banks, has written several distinguished novels, but today we'll speak with him about his new short story collection.

Russell Banks, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
“Dear Life: Stories” by Alice Munro
“A Permanent Member of the Family” by Russell Banks
“This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
“Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott
“We Live in Water: Stories” by Jess Walter
“This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You” by Jon McGregor
“Redeployment” by Phil Klay
“Honeydew: Stories” by Edith Pearlman

Show #2 March 14 & 15
It's the Ides of March... and with a nefarious nod toward Caesar, we've got murder on our minds. We're up for an international crime spree, highlighted by my guest today, Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative.

Valerie Plame, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery" by Charles Todd
"Burned: Vanessa Pierson, Book 2" by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
"Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery" by C. S. Harris
"Runaway" by Peter May
"A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3" by Jussi Adler-Olsen
"The Forgotten Girls" by Sara Blaedel
"The Final Silence" by Stuart Neville

Show #3 March 21 & 22
Spring into health with new titles on nutrition, plus fitness advice from top-tier experts. Elaine speaks with Catherine Price on her news making book, "Vitamania."

Catherine Price, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm" by Tim Ryan
" Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection" by Catherine Price
"The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet" by Nina Teicholz
"Mind Your Body: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Slimmer, Healthier YOU in Just 15 Minutes a Day" by Joel Harper
"The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body" by Cameron Diaz
"Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting" by Darya Pino Rose
"Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner" by Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Show #1 February 7 & 8
An investigation into thrillers set around the world - from Iceland to Central America. Elaine speaks with Ben Mezrich, who takes an entertaining break from non-fiction with his "Seven Wonders." His hero will remind you of a certain whip-bearing, rabble-rousing archeologist.

Ben Mezrich, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Burial Rites: A Novel" by Hannah Kent
"The Forbidden Tomb" by Chris Kuzneski
"Seven Wonders" by Ben Mezrich
"The Accident" by Chris Pavone
"By Its Cover: Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23" by Donna Leon
"The Girl on the Train: A Novel" by Paula Hawkins
"The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel" by Benjamin Black

Show #2 February 14 & 15
The special Valentines edition of The Book Report puts the spotlight on lighthearted love stories, an intriguing non-fiction title, and some tales from the darker side. Elaine speaks with Charlie Lovett on why Jane Austen is still the queen of hearts.

Charlie Lovett, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Rosie Effect" by Graeme Simsion
"First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen" by Charlie Lovett
"The Boston Girl: A Novel" by Anita Diamant
"The First Bad Man: A Novel" by Miranda July
"Budapest Romance" by Rozsa Gaston
"You" by Caroline Kepnes
"Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them" by Betsy Prioleau

Show #3 February 21 & 22
New titles with fresh perspectives on the founding fathers, memoirs from politicians on the scene as history was being written, and discoveries of dirty dealing politicos. Elaine speaks with Nathan Dorn, curator of the Law Library at the Library of Congress.

Nathan Dorn, Curator of the Law Library at the Library of Congress

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" by Edward Larson
"Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Richard Brookhiser
"Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson" by S. C. Gwynne
"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI" by Betty Medsger
"Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace" by Leon Panetta with Jim Newton
"13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi" by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team
"Believer: My Forty Years in Politics" by David Axelrod

Show #4 February 28 & March 1
A spotlight on books where the setting comes alive - creating a sense of place as central to the story as the main characters. Today, Elaine speaks with Francine Prose, whose "Lovers at the Chameleon Club" conjures up Paris 1932.

Francine Prose, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Love and Treasure" by Ayelet Waldman
"Sweetland" by Michael Crummey
"Leaving Before the Rains Come" by Alexandra Fuller
"The Leaving of Things" by Jay Antani
"The Amber Keeper" by Freda Lightfoot
"The Moonlight Palace" by Liz Rosenberg
"Three Daughters: A Novel" by Consuelo Saah Baehr

Show #1 January 3 & 4
Elaine kicks off the New Year with a show dedicated to the men and women whose music provided the soundtrack of our lives. Glyn Johns, sound engineer and producer of iconic bands, including the Stones, the Eagles and the Beatles, is today's guest.

Glyn Johns, Record Producer/Sound Engineer and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Billy Joel" by Fred Schruers
"Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith" by Joe Perry with David Ritz
"Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin" by David Ritz
"The Leonard Bernstein Letters" edited by Nigel Simone
"Herbie Hancock: Possibilities" by Herbie Hancock
"The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light" by Carlos Santana with Ashley Kahn
"On the Road with Janis Joplin" by John Byrne Cooke

Show #2 January 10 & 11
A spotlight on those - both in fiction and non-fiction - who've taken the road less traveled. Guests today are John Waters, (yes, of "Hairspray" and "Pink Flamingos" fame) whose latest book, "Carsick," chronicles his cross-country hitchhiking adventures; and Juan Jose Valdes of the National Geographic Society.

John Waters, Actor/Author
Juan Jose Valdes, of the National Geographic Society

Audio Books Previewed:
"Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life" by Tom Robbins
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan
"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel" by Joshua Ferris
"Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book" by Richard Ford
"Everything I Never Told You: A Novel" by Celeste Ng
"Little Failure: A Memoir" by Gary Shteyngart

Show #3 January 17 & 18
A look at the top fiction and non-fiction titles selected by Amazon as 2014's best. Elaine speaks with Cristina HenrĂ­quez about "The Book of Unknown Americans," her title that earned a well-deserved spot on many of the year's "Best Of" lists.

Cristina Henriquez, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" by Hampton Sides
"We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas
"Fives and Twenty-Fives" by Michael Pitre
"Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art" by Carl Hoffman
"No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" by Glenn Greenwald
"I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style...With a Twist" by Betty Halbreich with Rebecca Paley

Show #4 January 24 & 25
A chance to team up with sleuths, spies, agents, and thieves as we investigate a new gang of thrillers. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child offer Elaine a sneak peek at their newest title in rollicking conversation about cops and cons.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Lost Key: A Brit in the FBI, Book 2" by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
"Blue Labyrinth" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
"The Job: A Fox and O’Hare Novel, Book 3" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
"Thief: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 3" by Mark Sullivan
"Bless Her Dead Little Heart" by Miranda James
"Wolf in White Van" by John Darnielle
"I am Pilgrim: A Thriller" by Terry Hayes
"An Officer and a Spy: A Novel" by Robert Harris

Show #5 January 31 & February 1
A literary salute to the sleuth...and their sidekick. After all, what is Sherlock without Watson or Poirot without Hastings? Elaine speaks with David Baldacci who, once again, is at the top of his game with "The Escape." David also introduces us to "Faceoff," a thriller lover's dream.

David Baldacci, Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19" by Lee Child
"The Escape" by David Baldacci
"FaceOff" edited by David Baldacci
"The President's Pilot" by Robert Gandt
"The Einstein Pursuit" by Chris Kuzneski
"No Fortunate Son" by Brad Taylor
"Die Again: Rizzoli & Isles" by Tess Gerritsen