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Paul Bogard author of The End of Night Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
July 19, 2014 03:23 PM PDT
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Streetlamps, neon signs – an ever-present glow that has changed the natural world and adversely affected our health; Paul Bogard illuminates the problems caused by a lack of darkness.

We live awash in artificial light. But night’s natural darkness has always been invaluable for our spiritual health and the health of the natural world, and every living creature suffers from its loss.

Paul Bogard investigates what we mean when we talk about darkness. He travels between the intensely lit cities – from glittering Las Vegas to the gas-lit streets of Westminster – and the sites where real darkness still remains, such as the Brecon Beacons and the island of Sark. Encountering scientists, physicians, activists and writers, Bogard discusses how light is negatively affecting the natural world; how our well-being is significantly influenced by darkness or its lack; and how it’s not a matter of using light at night or not, but rather when and where, how and how much.

A beautiful invocation of our constant companion, the night, which returns every day of our lives, this book reminds us of the power and mystery of the dark.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. It is aired each Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Kevin Birmingham author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce Ulysses
June 25, 2014 07:02 PM PDT
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"A great story--how modernism brought down the regime of censorship--told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every page."--Louis Menand, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Metaphysical Club

The Avid Reader is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs at 5PM EST on WCHE 1520 AM. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

The Fourth Revolution The Global Race to Reinvent the State by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge
June 25, 2014 06:47 PM PDT
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Dysfunctional government: It’s become a cliché, and most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing is ever going to change. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge show us, that is a seriously limited view of things. In fact, there have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. The West has led these revolutions, but now we are in the midst of a fourth revolution, and it is Western government that is in danger of being left behind.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show is aired each Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our store at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Katie Crouch author of Abroad
June 22, 2014 05:38 AM PDT
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Not since Donna Tartt’s The Secret History has a novel this intoxicating captured the headiness and dark temptations of university life.
The old Etruscan city of Grifonia swarms with year-abroad students—thousands of them from all over. Ostensibly, they’ve come to study. But really they are here to reinvent themselves, to shuck their identities and buck constraints far from the watchful eyes of parents and others who know them too well. There’s a reason Henry James’s young ladies went to Europe with chaperones. Today’s young ladies don’t.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please vist our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com.

Laline Paull author of The Bees
June 18, 2014 05:53 PM PDT
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Laline Paull’s ambitious and bold first novel, “The Bees,” follows Flora 717, a sanitation worker doomed by her birth to the lowest caste of her community. She is large and ugly and — oh, yes — a bee. What could feel gimmicky or cute never does; Flora 717 is a brave and spirited soul, and it is a pleasure to follow her through the hive and the air. The brief prologue and epilogue are the only sections of the book with humans, aside from a single scene halfway through in which a man harvesting honey comes off something like Godzilla. Truly, who needs people when bees provide this much pathos? - New York Times

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our store at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Sam Kean author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
June 17, 2014 06:02 PM PDT
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In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title.* With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 5PM on WCHE 1520 AM EST. Visit our store at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Julia Fierro author of Cutting Teeth
June 07, 2014 06:12 PM PDT
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One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow.

Julia Glass author of And The Dark Sacred Night
June 07, 2014 05:43 PM PDT
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In this richly detailed novel about the quest for an unknown father, Julia Glass brings new characters together with familiar figures from her first two novels, immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from suburban New Jersey to rural Vermont and ultimately to the tip of Cape Cod.

Karina Wolf author of The Insomniacs (Children's Book)
May 18, 2014 05:06 PM PDT
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When the Insomniacs move twelve time zones away for Mrs. Insomniac's new job, the family has an impossible time adapting to the change.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. It is aired every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520.
www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Maggie Shipstead author of Astonish Me
May 10, 2014 04:35 PM PDT
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From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. It is aired every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520.
www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

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