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Nell Zink author of The Wallcreeper
October 30, 2014 03:30 PM PDT
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Fiction. "Who is Nell Zink? She claims to be an expatriate living in northeast Germany. Maybe she is; maybe she isn't. I don't know. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, hilarious, terrifyingly intelligent, and wicked. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, fidelity, Europe, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I've read in years. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. I hope he doesn't kill Nell Zink."—Keith Gessen

The Avid Reader show is aired Monday's 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

Johanna Skibsrud author of Quartet for the End of Time
October 29, 2014 06:07 PM PDT
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Inspired by and structured around the chamber piece of the same title by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time is a mesmerizing story of four lives irrevocably linked in a single act of betrayal. The novel takes us on an unforgettable journey beginning during the 1930s Bonus Army riots, when World War I veteran Arthur Sinclair is falsely accused of conspiracy and then disappears. His absence will haunt his son, Douglas, as well as Alden and Sutton Kelly, the children of a powerful U.S. congressman, as they experience—each in different ways—the dynamic political social changes that took place leading up to and during World War II.

The Avid Reader show airs Monday's 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

Theodore Gray author of Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
October 29, 2014 05:57 PM PDT
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In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world.

The Avid Reader show airs Mondays 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

Azar Nafisi author of The Republic of Imagination
October 29, 2014 05:46 PM PDT
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Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America.

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 website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Mandy Aftel author of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent
October 16, 2014 05:01 PM PDT
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Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive.

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

Charles Seife author of Virtual Unreality
October 07, 2014 02:39 PM PDT
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Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, faker y, and cyber skulduggery that the online world enables.

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

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
September 27, 2014 12:46 PM PDT
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“ Haunting and riveting ... In several moving passages, Mandel's characters look back with similar longing toward the receding pre-plague world, remembering all the things they'd once taken for granted — from the Internet to eating an orange ... It's not just the residents of Mandel's post-collapse world who need to forge stronger connections and live for more than mere survival. So do we all. "
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Maria Venegas author of Bulletproof Vest The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter
September 15, 2014 02:40 PM PDT
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“Maria Venegas is a transfixing writer. Her voice is tough, vulnerable, humorous, insightful and always rousingly alive. American readers have rarely encountered a depiction of Mexican lives so true, unsentimental, and moving as in this emotionally complex story of an Americanized young woman and her outlaw father who lives by the hard violent codes of Mexico profundo.” —Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop. It airs every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit us at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Ellen Cooney author of The Mountaintop School for Dogs And Other Second Chances
September 15, 2014 02:30 PM PDT
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“Is there such a thing as a Rescue Book? Well, there is now. This is a miracle of a book. It’s even a spiritual handbook. And it is for readers young and old and all of the in-between. Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness. If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer.”
—Gail Godwin

AUGUST 2014
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

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

David Mitchell author of The Bone Clocks: A Novel
September 15, 2014 12:55 PM PDT
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The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

“With The Bone Clocks, [David] Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas.”—Los Angeles Times

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

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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