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Col. Chris Hadfield author of Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
April 13, 2015 04:16 PM PDT
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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The Show airs every Monday at 4 PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit us at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

T. C. Boyle author of The Harder They Come: A Novel
March 31, 2015 05:44 PM PDT
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character.

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The Show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

M.O. Walsh author of My Sunshine Away
March 19, 2015 05:43 PM PDT
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Review: Try and restrain yourself from flying through the pages of this wonderful novel. Instead savor this lush Louisiana mystery that takes you back to what life tasted like when you were still somewhat naïve to the ways of the world. Not just Southern, but American in its vivid Baton Rouge colors and scents, treetops and grasses, My Sunshine Away is the story of how the events of our youth profoundly affect us as adults. The last page is as satisfying as the first. A mystery you cannot wait to solve.
—Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebookshop.com

William Nicholson author of Amherst
March 02, 2015 11:16 AM PST
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The Times: ‘A beguiling meditation on poetry and love… After reading this I’m resolved to become more familiar with Nicholson the novelist and to learn more about Alice, Jack, Nick and Laura’s back stories in novels such as The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. What more could you ask for?’

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The Show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Sarah Gerard author of Binary Star
March 02, 2015 05:59 AM PST
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The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.

With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The Show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Matteo Pericoli author of Windows on the World: 50 Writers, 50 Views
March 01, 2015 08:12 AM PST
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Fifty of the world's greatest writers share their views in collaboration with the artist Matteo Pericoli, expanding our own views on place, creativity, and the meaning of home.
All of us, at some point in our daily lives, have found ourselves looking out the window. We pause in our work, tune out of a conversation, and turn toward the outside. Our eyes simply gaze, without seeing, at a landscape whose familiarity becomes the customary ground for distraction: the usual rooftops, the familiar trees, a distant crane. The way of life for most of us in the twenty-first century means that we spend most of our time indoors, in an urban environment, and our awareness of the outside world comes via, and thanks to, a framed glass hole in the wall.
Windows on the World is a profound and eye-opening look inside the worlds of writers, reminding us that the things we see every day are woven into our selves and our imaginations, making us keener and more inquisitive observers of our own.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com.

Daniel Galera author of Blood Drenched Beard
February 24, 2015 05:30 PM PST
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Dwight Garner, The New York Times:
“Mr. Galera has a lovely sense of the rhythms of beach town life in the off season, the salty air and the diesel fishing boat motors and sun that burns off the morning chill… Like his narrator, he’s a lover as much as a fighter, and his novel is seductive. It’s got a tidal pull. Blood-Drenched Beard also has a terrific ending. It’s one that suggests, sometimes at least, that peace, love and understanding are vastly overrated.”

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Katherine Heiny author of Single, Carefree, Mellow
February 23, 2015 03:03 PM PST
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Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome house guests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com.

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
February 20, 2015 07:39 PM PST
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Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Unbecoming inverts everything we expect from a heist story: The pacing is deliberate, the characters are recognizably human, and even small acts of deception leave victims in their wake…By introducing complex themes and one of the most compelling characters in recent fiction, Scherm has elevated the heist novel beyond entertainment. Like a painting that becomes more intriguing the longer you study it, Unbecoming is a genuine work of art.”

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA. The Show airs every Monday at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Paula Hawkins author of The Girl on a Train
February 09, 2015 04:08 PM PST
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A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

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