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Show #1 December 5 & 6
A "singular" listening experience, as Elaine draws you out of your literary comfort zone and into an exploration of "standalones." We'll meet new characters and be transported to unfamiliar places. Elaine has a stellar line-up of author interviews: Tess Gerritsen, Paula McLain and Lauren Groff.

Tess Gerritsen, Paula McLain and Lauren Groff Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Blue Guitar" by John Banville
"Playing with Fire" by Tess Gerritsen
"The Lake House" by Kate Morton
"A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara
"The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende

Show #2 December 12 & 13
"Top of the lists" fiction and non-fiction that revisits history - or re-imagines epic events. Elaine speaks with Sonia Purnell about her Clementine Churchill bio; with Alan Dershowitz about his look at Abraham, the first Jewish lawyer; and Jon Meacham's new bestseller on the first President Bush.

Sonia Purnell, Alan Dershowitz and Jon Meacham Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"American Meteor" by Stephen Moran
"Clementine" by Sonia Purnell
"The Meursault Investigation" by Kamel Daoud
"Abraham" by Alan Dershowitz
"Destiny and Power" by Jon Meacham
"House of the Rising Sun" by James Lee Burke

Show #3 December 19 & 20
This special Book Report edition is a festive mix of holiday-themed fiction and two warm, wonderful books by Gail Sheehy and Dr Brian Weiss. To carry on our Show's tradition, Barbara Korsen, popular TV announcer, performs the beloved poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Gail Sheehy and Dr. Brian Weiss

Audio Books Previewed:
"A Christmas Escape" by Anne Perry
"Daring: My Passages - A Memoir" by Gail Sheehy
"Christmas Bells" by Jennifer Chiaverini
"Miracles Happen" by Dr Brian Weiss
"Dashing Through the Snow" by Debbie Macomber

Show #4 December 26 & 27
As those popular "Best of" lists start popping up, Elaine spotlights some of 2015’s most buzzed about books. Elizabeth George stops by to fill us in on her 19th "Inspector Lynley" novel, and Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants," introduces her newest story.

Elizabeth George and Sara Gruen

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Invention of Nature" by Andrea Wulf
"A Banquet of Consequences" by Elizabeth George
"The Story of a New Name" by Elena Ferrante
"Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
"Sinatra: The Chairman" by James Kaplan 
"Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?" by Stephen Dobyns

Show #1 November 7 & 8
A preview of new titles from "Ladies in the Line-Up." These thriller writers - some old favorites and others debuting - are at the top of their game, and shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts. Elaine speaks with Sandra Brown about her new book, "Friction."

Sandra Brown, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
“In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware
"Friction" by Sandra Brown
"The End Game" by Catherine Coulter with J.T. Ellison
"The Sleeper" by Emily Barr
"The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica
"Crash and Burn" by Lisa Gardner"
"Career of Evil" by Robert Galbraith

Show #2 November 14 & 15
A spotlight on new memoirs from luminaries in entertainment, politics and fashion. Elaine speaks with Frederick Forsyth about "The Outsider," a gripping look into an incredible life.

Frederick Forsyth, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson
"The Outsider" by Frederick Forsyth
"Bream Gives Me Hiccups" by Jesse Eisenberg
"My Journey" by Donna Karan
"A Full Life" by Jimmy Carter
"It's A Long Story" by Willie Nelson with David Ritz
"Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling

Show #3 November 21 & 22
Get ready for great conversations at this season's upcoming parties and family gatherings with updates on titles everyone will be talking about. Matthew Gavin Frank discusses "The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America's Food." Talk about Holiday party-perfect.

Matthew Gavin Frank, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante
"Knives at Dawn" by Andrew Friedman
"Shopaholic to the Rescue" by Sophie Kinsella
"West of Sunset" by Stewart O'Nan
"Do No Harm" by Henry Marsh
"Ally: My Journey Across the American Israeli Divide" by Michael Oren
"My Southern Journey" by Rick Bragg

Show #4 November 28 & 29
With publishers gearing up for the coming holidays, Elaine makes her pick of top titles in the bumper crop of mysteries just released. Karin Slaughter and J. A. Jance drop in to introduce their new thrillers.

Karin Slaughter and J. A. Jance, Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"Crimson Shore" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
"The Crossing" by Michael Connolly
"Dance of the Bones" by J A Jance
"Depraved Heart" by Patricia Cornwell
"Minute Zero" by Todd Moss
"The Golem of Paris" by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

Show #1 October 3 & 4
The Book Report "goes to the dogs" with its preview of a diverse group of mysteries, true stories and historical fiction that have canines at their core. W. Bruce Cameron introduces his new book "The Dog Master," and fills us in on "A Dog's Purpose," his bestseller now being made into a movie.

W. Bruce Cameron

Audio Books Previewed:
"Who Let the Dog Out" by David Rosenfelt
" The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man: Book 1 of the Repo Man Series " by W. Bruce Cameron
" Scents and Sensibility: A Chet and Bernie Mystery " by Spencer Quinn
"Buster: The Dog Who Saved A Thousand Lives" by Will Barrow with Isabel George
" Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found " by Meg Donohue
"The Boy Who Talked to Dogs: A Memoir" by Martin McKenna
"Rescue Road" by Peter Zheutlin

Show #2 October 10 & 11
A look at recent thrillers by Masters, old and new. Lee Child stops by the program to speak about #20 in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, "Make Me."

Lee Child

Audio Books Previewed:
"Trigger Mortis" by Anthony Horowitz
"Make Me" by Lee Child
"The Cinderella Murder" by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
"The Survivor" by Vince Flynn
"Girl Waits With a Gun" by Amy Stewart
"Moriarty" by Anthony Horowitz
"Mycroft Holmes" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Show #3 October 17 & 18
Elaine focuses on families and the crazy quilt way they're stitched together in 2015. New titles previewed spotlight ordinary folks redirecting their lives after being pushed way off course. Jojo Moyes stops by to speak about, "After You," the sequel to her wildly popular "Me Before You."

Jojo Moyes

Audio Books Previewed:
"Purity" by Jonathan Franzen
"After You" by Jojo Moyes
"A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
"Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff        
"Barbara the Slut and Other People" by Lauren Holmes
"Villa America" by Liza Klaussmann
"A Window Opens" by Elisabeth Egan

Show #4 October 24 & 25
The special Halloween edition is a literary tribute to the Zombie Apocalypse, Vampires, the Undead, and an all-round cast of chilling characters. If your Halloween treat is fantasy, Rick Riordan stops by to introduce "The Sword of Summer."

Rick Riordan

Audio Books Previewed:
"Fall of Night" by Jonathan Maberry
"The Sword of Summer" by Rick Riordan
"Broken Monsters" by Lauren Beukes
"The Strong Diaries" by Stephen Lloyd Jones
"Within These Walls" by Ania Ahlborn
"A Love Like Blood" by Marcus Sedwick
"Consumed" by David Cronenberg

Show #5 October 31 & November 1
A look at new nonfiction making all the bestseller lists - and making the rounds as conversation starters at literary get-togethers. Jane McGonigal joins us to introduce "Super Better," her fascinating look at how to go from games to gameful.

Jane McGonigal

Audio Books Previewed:
"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Super Better" by Jane McGonigal
"Rising Strong" by Brene Brown
"Sisters in Law" by Linda Hirschman
"Showdown" by Wil Haygood
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Deep South" by Paul Theroux

Show #1 September 5 & 6
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."

Michael Nava, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Ripper: A Novel" by Isabel Allende
"The Water Museum: Stories" by Luis Alberto Urrea
"Rag and Bone: The Henry Rios Mysteries" by Michael Nava
"It's Not Love, It's Just Paris: A Novel " 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

Show #2 September 12 & 13
An arresting mix of new titles with amateur sleuths, private eyes and cops in the line up. Sara Paretsky drops by to speak about her newest title in the VI Warshawski series, "Brush Back."

Sara Paretsky, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
" Black: Black Series, Volume 1 " by Russell Blake
"Pretty Girls" by Karin Slaughter
"Brush Back" by Sara Paretsky
"Cross and Burn" by Val McDermid
"X" by Sue Grafton
" Dexter Is Dead: A Novel " by Jeff Lindsay
"Bum Rap" by Paul Levine

Show #3 September 19 & 20
With autumn just days away, Elaine previews new titles that offer an escape from fall's frantic pace. These stories offer up a literary romp back to the beach and the lazy days of summer. Beatriz Williams introduces us to her new book, "Tiny Little Thing."

Beatriz Williams, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman
"Tiny Little Thing" by Beatriz Williams
"The Book of Speculation" by Erika Swyler
"Saint Maizie" by Jami Attenberg
"Among the Ten Thousand Things" by Julia Pierpont
"In the Country: Stories " by Mia Alvar
"Who Do You Love: A Novel” by Jennifer Weiner

Show #4 September 26 & 27
An investigation into "Repeat Offenders." Elaine spotlights new titles from top US, Canadian and Scandinavian thriller writers. C.J. Box stops back into the program to chat about his latest, "Badlands."

C.J. Box, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Melody Lingers On" by Mary Higgins Clark
"Badlands" by C.J. Box
"Contract to Kill" by Andrew Peterson
"The Lightning Stones: A Novel" by Jack Du Brul
"The Nature of the Beast" by Louise Penny
"The Hanging Girl: A Department Q Novel" by Jussi Adler-Olsen
"The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz

Show #1 August 1 & 2
A preview of new nonfiction titles that prove "Truth is stranger than fiction." Ben Mezrich returns to the program to introduce Elaine to his latest book about Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchs, "Once Upon a Time in Russia."

Ben Mezrich, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal " by David E. Hoffman
"Once upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History" by Ben Mezrich
"The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia" by Bryan Denson
"Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners From Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History" by Guy Lawson
"God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican" by Gerald Posner
"Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon" by Ed Caesar
"The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America" by Colin Quinn

Show #2 August 8 & 9
A light, lively and easy to pack selection of titles perfect for your summer reading repertoire. Elaine speaks with Mandy Smith about "Cabin Fever," her memoir chronicling her years as a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant.

Mandy Smith, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel" by Nina George
"The Position: A Novel " by Meg Wolitzer
"Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny" by Holly Madison
" I Take You: A Novel " by Eliza Kennedy
"My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry" by Frederik Backman
"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan
" Circling the Sun: A Novel " by Paula McLain

Show #3 August 15 & 16
As summer winds down, publishers offer up a super selection of one of our favorite beach-worthy genres: spies, detectives and cops. Tess Gerritsen stops by to chat about two subjects she's passionate about: her Alzheimer's Research support initiative and her new Rizzoli and Isles adventure.

Tess Gerritsen, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The English Spy" by Daniel Silva
"Die Again: Rizzoli & Isles, Book 11" by Tess Gerritsen
"Thin Air: A Shetland Mystery" by Ann Cleeves
"Devil's Bridge" by Linda Fairstein
"Nemesis: FBI Thriller, Book 19" by Catherine Coulter
"Palace of Treason: A Novel" by Jason Matthews
"Code of Conduct: A Thriller" by Brad Thor

Show #4 August 22 & 23
Books on crooks offers up a literary look at the dons, godfathers and swindlers - from Vegas to the Big Apple - who made mob history. We'll preview new nonfiction and fiction about flawed, fascinating men, including a riveting bio on Benny Binion by this week's guest, Doug Swanson.

Doug Swanson, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas" by David G Schwartz
"Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker" by Doug Swanson
"Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door" by Brian Krebs
"The Cartel" by Don Winslow
"The Marauders: A Novel" by Tom Cooper
"Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History" by Anthony DeStefano
"A Man Without Breath" by Philip Kerr

Show #5 August 29 & 30
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.

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

Audio Books Previewed:
"Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan
"Paper Towns" by John Green
"The Jezebel Remedy" by Martin Clark
" Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel " by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
"Crooked" by Austin Grossman
"The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey" by Rinker Buck
"Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party" by Alexander McCall Smith

Show #1 July 4 & 5
A literary celebration of the 4th with the spotlight on our nation's capital. Elaine focuses on new fiction and non-fiction titles with Washington at their core. Brad Meltzer stops by the program to speak about his new political thriller, "The President's Shadow."

Brad Meltzer, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington" by Gregg Herken
"The President's Shadow: The Culper Ring Series" by Brad Meltzer
"The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan" by Rick Perlstein
" King Suckerman: A Novel " by George Pelecanos
"Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion” by Mark Leibovich
"S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C." by Ruben Castaneda
"Secrets of State" by Matthew Palmer

Show #2 July 11 & 12
A spotlight on entrepreneurs, politicians and statesmen who changed our world. Elaine speaks with Senator Gary Hart about his new title, "The Republic of Conscience."

Senator Gary Hart, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance
"The Virgin Way" by Richard Branson
"Becoming Steve Jobs" by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
"Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America" by David Stewart
"Strategy: A History" by Lawrence Freedman
"Napoleon: A Life" by Andrew Roberts
"Alibaba's World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business" by Porter Erisman

Show #3 July 18 & 19
Elaine spotlights new performances of classic titles narrated by Hollywood's top actors. Marja Mills shares her experiences as Harper Lee's neighbor - timed to coincide with the Lee's release of "Go Set a Watchman."

Marja Mills, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee: performed by Reese Witherspoon
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee: performed by Sissy Spacek
"The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers: performed by Susan Sarandon
"Being There" by Jerzy Kosinski: performed by Dustin Hoffman
" Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh " by Joseph Conrad: performed by Kenneth Branagh
"The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles: performed by Jennifer Connelly
"The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene: performed by Colin Firth

Show #4 July 25 & 26
A look of new titles - thrillers, comedies and nonfiction - with family at the heart of the story. Elaine speaks with Randy Susan Meyers about her thought-provoking book, "Accidents of Marriage."

Randy Susan Meyers, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Reconstructing Amelia" by Kimberly McCreight
"Accidents of Marriage" by Randy Susan Meyers
"The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time" by Jonathan Kozol
"Our Souls at Night: A Novel" by Kent Haruf
"Eight Hundred Grapes" by Laura Dave
"All the Single Ladies: A Novel" by Dorothea Benton Frank
"Modern Romance: An Investigation" by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Show #1 June 6 & 7
A first look at "beach reads" for your early summer enjoyment - everything from Stephen King's newest to "chick lit" titles worth your time. Elaine speaks with Nelson DeMille, who's back with another great John Corey adventure, "Radiant Angel."

Nelson DeMille, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Finders Keepers: A Novel" by Stephen King
"Radiant Angel" by Nelson DeMille
"My Sunshine Away" by M.O. Walsh
"Cash Landing: A Novel" by James Grippando
"Inside the O'Briens: A Novel" by Lisa Genova
"The Road to Character" by David Brooks
"The Year I Met You" by Cecelia Ahern

Show #2 June 13 & 14
A great selection of courtroom thrillers. Which to read first? You be the judge. Elaine speaks to Steve Martini about his new title, "The Enemy Inside."

Steve Martini, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Fall: A Novel: Dismas Hardy, Book 16" by John Lescroat
"The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel" by Steve Martini
"Illegal: A Novel" by Paul Levine
"A Crime of Passion: Joe Dillard, Book 7" by Scott Pratt
"Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel" by Marcia Clark
"A Case of Redemption" by Adam Mitzner
"The Gods of Guilt" by Michael Connelly

Show #3 June 20 & 21
A fitting tribute for Father's Day - a literary look at the "Strong, Silent Type." You're sure to find the perfect gift in this diverse selection of titles. Elaine speaks with Craig Johnson to get the latest on his popular Sheriff Walt Longmire.

Craig Johnson, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Forgotten Room: A Novel" by Lincoln Child
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
"Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery" by Craig Johnson
"Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty" by Charles Leerhsen
"Gathering Prey: Prey, Book 25" by John Sandford
"Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor" by James Scott
"Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of 21st-Century Parenthood" by Drew Magary

Show #4 June 27 & 28
A look at new titles from favorite authors --just in time for our summer reading pleasure. We wanted more...and here they are! Elaine speaks with Jeffery Deaver about his new Kathryn Dance thriller - a story that grabs you from Page One.

Jeffery Deaver, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume
"Solitude Creek: A Kathryn Dance Novel" by Jeffery Deaver
"The Rumor: A Novel" by Elin Hilderbrand
"On the Move: A Life" by Oliver Sacks
"A God In Ruins" by Kate Atkinson
"Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" by Jon Krakauer
"The Knockoff: A Novel" by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Show #1 May 2 & 3
Since "Binge Watching" is so much a part of our culture now, we explore "Binge Reading" with new titles from favorite authors. Elaine speaks with Clive Cussler about his new Isaac Bell adventure, "The Assassin."

Clive Cussler, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances" by Neil Gaiman
"The Assassin: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8" by Clive Cussler with Justin Scott
"God Help the Child: A Novel" by Toni Morrison
"Every Fifteen Minutes" by Lisa Scottoline
"Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West" by Bill O'Reilly with David Fisher
"Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40" by J D Robb
"Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale" by David Duchovny

Show #2 May 9 & 10
In this special Mother's Day salute, Elaine features a great mix of titles from favorite authors, memoirs by fashion icons and tales of some fabulous non-traditional moms. Art-lovers will enjoy Elaine's conversation with Gary Monroe about "The Highwaymen," Florida's African American Landscape Painters.

Gary Monroe, Art Historian and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Bettyville" by George Hodgman
"At the Water's Edge: A Novel" by Sara Gruen
"The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" by Marie Kondo
"The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel" by Rachel Joyce
"In My Shoes: A Memoir" by Tamara Mellon with William Patrick
"First Frost" by Sarah Addison Allen
"The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation" by Melissa Rivers

Show #3 May 16 & 17
An "inside the Beltway" look at political books making headlines. Elaine presents a mix of new histories from Pulitzer Prize winners, page-turning political fiction, and White House memoirs.

Allan Topol, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Reagan: The Life" by H.W. Brands
"Twelve Days: John Wells, Book 9" by Alex Berenson
"Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848 to 1868" by Cokie Roberts
"The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 to 1789" by Joseph J. Ellis
"Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth" by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
"Madam President: A Novel" by Nicolle Wallace
"The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower

Show #4 May 23 & 24
Award winning Sci Fy books that explore galaxies and times far, far away - and interior worlds that are often more foreign. Attention Star Wars fans: Elaine speaks with Ian Doescher, author of "William Shakespeare's Star Wars." Love it, you will....especially the dramatic asides from R2D2!

Ian Doescher, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"My Real Children" by Jo Walton
"Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)" by John Scalzi
"William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back" by Ian Doescher
"Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North
" World of Trouble: The Last Policeman, Book 3 " by Ben H. Winters
"Apolonia" by Jamie McGuire

Show #5 May 30 & 31
A look at the new crop of celebrity bios, written by the men and women frequently in the Hollywood headlines. To add to your enjoyment, each of these titles is performed by the author. Elaine speaks with Swoozie Kurtz about her memoir, "Part Swan, Part Goose."

Swoozie Kurtz, Actress and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"A Fine Romance" by Candice Bergen
"Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family" by Swoozie Kurtz with Joni Rodgers
"Watch Me: A Memoir" by Anjelica Huston
"There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me" by Brooke Shields
"When the Balls Drop" by Brad Garrett
"So That Happened: A Memoir" by Jon Cryer
"Uganda Be Kidding Me" by Chelsea Handler

Show #1 April 4 & 5
A trip to the American West, where cowboys still climb into the saddle, ready for the ride. We'll preview new titles featuring gals and gents who put their lives on the line to search for justice. Elaine speaks with C J Box about his new Joe Pickett adventure, "Endangered."

CJ Box, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Last Kind Words Saloon" by Larry McMurty
"Endangered" by C J Box
"Cold Betrayal" by J A Jance
"Bad Country" by C B McKenzie
"The Son" by Philipp Meyer
"Fourth of July Creek" by Smith Henderson
"Wait for Signs" by Craig Johnson
"John Wayne" by Scott Eyman

Show #2 April 11 & 12
A show that gets down to business with books from creative thinkers who innovate - in the corporate world, and in government. Congressman Barney Frank stops by to discuss his memoir, "Frank."

Congressman Barney Frank

Audio Books Previewed:
"Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow
"How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery" by Kevin Ashton
"Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage” by Barney Frank
"On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller" by Richard Norton Smith
"Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown
"The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money" by Carl Richards
"Leap First: Creating Work That Matters" by Seth Godin

Show #3 April 18 & 19
Preview new thrillers that are making their way up the bestseller lists. Steve Berry returns to the program to give us a glimpse of his new mystery, "Patriot Threat."

Steve Berry, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Blood on Snow" by Jo Nesbo
"The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone" by Steve Berry
"The Whites: A Novel" by Richard Price, Harry Brandt
"The Swimmer: A Novel" by Joakim Zander
"World Gone By: A Novel" by Dennis Lehane
"The Stranger" by Harlan Coben
"Cuba Straits" by Randy Wayne White

Show #4 April 25 & 26
Fabulous new histories brimming with satisfying substance. Elaine speaks with Les Standiford about the evolution of Los Angeles, using the life and work of William Mulholland and his leadership of the water department.

Les Standiford, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
“Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Erik Larson
"Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles" by Les Standiford
"Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day" by Carrie Gibson
"Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul" by Charles King
"The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark" by Meryl Gordon
"Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph" by Jan Swafford
"Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II" by Vicki Constantine Croke

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 #4 March 28 & 29
Family is at the core of all of our stories...yet how different they are. Today we focus on new fiction with families at the heart of the story. My guest, Dave Barry, is famous for his unique worldview of family interactions. We'll speak with him about his new title.

Dave Barry, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
"Yellow Crocus" by Laila Ibrahim
"Ruby" by Cynthia Bond
"Nora Webster" by Colm Toibin
"Vanessa and Her Sister" by Priya Parmar
"Live Right and Find Happiness" by Dave Barry
"Funny Girl" by Nick Hornby

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 Henríquez 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