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Cristina Henriquez author of The Book of Unknown Americans
August 17, 2014 10:35 AM PDT
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Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

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

James McBride author of The Good Lord Bird
August 17, 2014 10:07 AM PDT
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From the National Book Foundation..
James McBride’s novel takes a pivotal, troubled sequence in American history—John Brown’s abolitionist campaign—and retells it in a voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain. The narrator is one Henry Shackleford, aka Onion, an escaped teenaged slave who accompanies Brown while disguised as a girl. Fondly portraying Brown as a well-meaning but unhinged zealot, The Good Lord Bird is daringly irreverent, but also wise, funny, and affecting.

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

Amy Bloom author of Lucky Us
August 17, 2014 09:20 AM PDT
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KIRKUS REVIEW

On a journey from Ohio to Hollywood to Long Island to London in the 1940s, a couple of plucky half sisters continually reinvent themselves with the help of an unconventional assortment of friends and relatives.

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

Dave Goldberg author of The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality
August 03, 2014 12:26 PM PDT
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Physicist Dave Goldberg speeds across space, time and everything in between showing that our elegant universe—from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies—is shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven all our recent discoveries about the universe and all the ones to come.

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

JoJo Moyes author of One Plus One & Me Before You
July 27, 2014 02:25 PM PDT
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Me Before You

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

One Plus One

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

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

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

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