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Dinaw Mengestu author of All Our Names
April 23, 2014 06:48 PM PDT
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From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. and hosted by WCHE AM 1520 every Monday at 5PM.

Akhil Sharma author of Family Life
April 22, 2014 05:57 PM PDT
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"Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent."—David Sedaris

Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

The Avid Reader is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA.

Alice LaPlante author of A Circle of Wives
April 22, 2014 05:44 PM PDT
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When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life—in fact, multiple lives. A closeted polygamist, Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting women show up at his funeral, suspicions run high. Adams soon finds herself tracking down a murderer through a web of lies and marital discord.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA.

Charles Belfoure author of The Paris Architect
April 20, 2014 01:35 PM PDT
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In Occupied Paris during
World War II, a gentile
architect designs hiding
places for Jews escaping
the Germans.

* On October 13, the New York Post selected THE PARIS ARCHITECT
as a Must Read book.
* USA Today has selected THE PARIS ARCHITECT for
its New Voices book column on Oct. 31.
* THE PARIS ARCHITECT has been selected as an Indie Next pick for October
by the Independent Booksellers Association.
* Best selling author Malcolm Gladwell has chosen THE PARIS ARCHITECT as his favorite book of 2013.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA

Kevin Powers author of The Yellow Birds
April 20, 2014 01:22 PM PDT
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“In this powerful novel of the Iraq war, beautiful and poetic language is juxtaposed with brutal devastation. Terrified young American soldiers trying not to die and searching for something to live for, give voice to the loss and anguish of war. Told in short chapters alternating between the war and its aftermath, this is the story of the bonds of young men thrown together in crisis who remain a part of each other's lives for the duration of their own. Short, raw and visceral, this is one that stays with you.”
Brown University Bookstore (Providence, RI)

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA.

Daniel Levine author of Hyde
April 20, 2014 01:05 PM PDT
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“A gloriously disturbing portrait of man’s animal nature ascendant, Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. It’s Daniel Levine’s extraordinary achievement to give voice to a creature capable of indulging every impulse of transgression, while driving its higher self to damnation. Florid, devious and ingenious, Hyde is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination.”—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum

The Avid Reader is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA.

Phil Klay author of Redeployment
April 20, 2014 12:36 PM PDT
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Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA. and is aired every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE 1520 AM.

Jane Christmas author of "And Then There Were Nuns"
March 16, 2014 02:36 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Jane Christmas author of And Then There Were Nuns

With humor and opinions aplenty, a woman embarks on an unconventional quest to see if she is meant to be a nun.

Elisabeth Elo author of "North of Boston"
March 16, 2014 01:50 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Elisabeth Elo author of North of Boston

Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions

Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

Helene Wecker author of The Golem & the Jinni
March 16, 2014 01:17 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Helene Wecker best selling author of The Golem & the Jinni

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

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