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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.

Lara Vapnyar author of The Scent of Pine
March 16, 2014 01:01 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Lara Vapnyar author of The Scent of Pines

Throughout her acclaimed, award-winning career, novelist Lara Vapnyar has consistently impressed critics with her striking honesty, empathy, and humor—yet never before have Vapnyar’s talents been as perfectly matched or shone as brightly as in her captivating latest novel, The Scent of Pine.

Though Lena is only thirty-eight, she finds herself in the grip of a midlife crisis. She feels out of place in her adoptive country, her career has stalled, and her marriage has tumbled into a spiral of apathy and distrust—it seems impossible she will ever find happiness again. But then she meets Ben, a failed artist turned reluctant academic, who is just as lost as she is. They strike up a precarious friendship and soon surprise themselves by embarking on an impulsive weekend adventure.

Sherill Tippins author of "Inside the Dream Palace"
March 16, 2014 12:32 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Sherill Tippins author of Inside the Dream Palace

The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed February House, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there, among them John Sloan, Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious, and Dee Dee Ramone. Now as legendary as the artists it has housed and the countless creative collaborations it has sparked, the Chelsea has always stood as a mystery as well: Why and how did this hotel become the largest and longest-lived artists’ community in the known world? Inside the Dream Palace is the intimate and definitive story.

Ransom Riggs author of Hollow City
March 16, 2014 12:07 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Ransom Riggs author of Hollow City

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Sue Monk Kidd author of "The Invention of Wings"
March 15, 2014 07:03 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader Interviews Sue Monk Kidd best selling author of "The Invention of Wings"

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

Gary Shteyngart author of Little Failure
March 15, 2014 06:45 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Gary Shteyngart author of Little Failure


After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own.

Wil S. Hylton author of "Vanished - A Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II"
March 15, 2014 06:29 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews best selling author Wil S. Hylton author of "Vanished - A Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II"

"A powerful story, masterfully told."—GQ
"[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."—
"Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells."—The Boston Globe
"Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller."—Newsday

As featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and The Diane Rehm Show

J. Michael Lennon Author of "Norman Mailer - A Double Life"
March 15, 2014 05:51 PM PDT
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The Avid Reader interviews Michael Lennon author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life

Norman Mailer was one of the giants of American letters and one of the most celebrated public figures of his time. He was a novelist, journalist, biographer, and filmmaker; a provocateur and passionate observer of his times; and a husband, father, and serial philanderer.

Perhaps nothing characterized Mailer more than his unbounded ambition. He wanted not merely to be the greatest writer of his generation, but a writer great enough to be compared to Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. As Michael Lennon describes, he even had presidential ambitions, although he settled for running for mayor of New York City. He championed personal freedom and civil liberties, calling himself a “left conservative,” and yet he was Enemy #1 of the Women’s Movement.

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