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Amy Reichert
The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

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Sonali Dev interviews author Amy Reichert about her newest warmhearted novel The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go.

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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go
by Amy Reichert
$16.00
Air Date/Time: May 22, 11am (Central)
352 pages, paperback

Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.

Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family...

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Craig Symonds
World War II at Sea

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Daniel Weinberg interviews author Craig Symonds about his latest historical work, World War II at Sea.

World War II at Sea
by Craig Symonds
$34.95
Air Date/Time May 5, 12 pm (Central)
1st ed., 792 pages, hardcover

Opening with the 1930 London Conference, Symonds shows how any limitations on naval warfare would become irrelevant before the decade was up, as Europe erupted into conflict once more and its navies were brought to bear against each other. World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the “miracle” evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini’s Regia Marina-at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world-and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the...

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Sebastian Rotella
Rip Crew

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Sebastian Rotella about his latest crime thriller Rip Crew.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of The Convert’s Song and Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, as well as the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter covering international security issues for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest. He worked for twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires. His honors include a Peabody Award; Columbia University’s Dart Award and Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American coverage; the German Marshall Fund’s Weitz Prize for reporting in Europe; five Overseas Press Club Awards; The Urbino Prize of Italy, and an Emmy nomination. He was a Pulitzer finalist for international reporting in 2006.

Rip Crew
by Sebastian Rotella
$27.00
Air Date/Time: April 27, 2pm (Central)
336, hardcover

Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. Award-winning reporter-turned-author Sebastian Rotella returns to crime with this propulsive new work.

At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted, at any cost.

From an author who has been praised for his “pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style” (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of...

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Priscilla Oliveras
Her Perfect Affair

Sonali Dev interviews author Priscilla Oliveras about her new Matched to Perfection title Her Perfect Affair.
Serious Fernandez sister Rosa has very clear plans for responsible livin’.
One dance with Jeremy later… Goodbye serious plans! Hello passion and steamy lurve.

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Her Perfect Affair – Matched To Perfection Series
by Priscilla Oliveras
$4.99
Air Date/Time: April 19, 2:00pm (Central)
336, paperback

Rosa Fernandez doesn’t act on impulse — she’s the responsible one, planning her career with precision, finally landing a job as the librarian at conservative Queen of Peace Academy, confining her strongest emotions to her secret poetry journal. But she’s been harboring a secret crush on dreamy Jeremy Taylor, and after one dance with him at her sister’s wedding, Rosa longs to let loose for the first time. She deserves some fun, after all. So what if she doesn’t have a shot with Jeremy, not with his wealthy pedigree and high profile lifestyle. But one dance leads to one kiss, and soon Rosa is head-over-heels . . .

The adopted son of a prominent Chicago lawyer, Jeremy has a...

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Kathleen Rooney
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Roberta Rubin interviews author Kathleen Rooney about her newest title Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk.

Lillian is on her way to a party when she decides to stroll down memory lane quite literally.

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Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
by Kathleen Rooney
$25.99
Air Date/Time: March 20, 3:00pm (Central)
304, hardcover and later paperback

It’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now ― her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl ― but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed ― and has not.

A love letter to city life in all...

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Melanie Benjamin
The Girls In The Picture

Libby Hellmann will speak with New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin about her newest novel  The Girls In The Picture.

Hollywood in its infancy had many of the same frustrations women in film face today – but for star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion, no man can stop them.

Viewers are welcome to submit questions for the author in advance – and order a signed book to be sent to your home!

The Girls In The Picture
by Melanie Benjamin
$28.00
Air Date/Time: February 22, 3:00pm (Central)
448p, hardcover

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their...

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Sonali Dev
A Distant Heart

Meredith Duran interviews author and Lit with Love host Sonali Dev about her newest novel – about a passion that can heal old wounds and new hearts, and finally set some old mistakes right: A Distant Heart.

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A Distant Heart
By Sonali Dev
$15.95
Air Date/Time January 24, 5:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 352 p., paperback

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass,...

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Kristan Higgins
Now That You Mention It

Sonali Dev interviews author Kristan Higgins about her latest title: Now That You Mention It: A Novel.

An accident sends a young Boston med school student back to her wild island hometown off the coast in Maine. But her education has only begun…

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Now That You Mention It: A Novel
by Kristan Higgins
$15.99
Air Date/Time: January 10, 2pm (Central)
400p, hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family.

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter...

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Sarah Miller
Caroline

Roberta Rubin interviews author Sarah Miller about her newest title, authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust: Caroline.

The untold story of the woman known simply as “Ma” to most Little House fans, the imaginative historical fiction brings the stakes and sacrifices of frontier life dizzyingly close.

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Caroline: Little House. Revisited
By Sarah Miller
$25.99
Air Date/Time December 12, 2:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 p., hardcover

In this novel authorized by Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before–Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise...

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Donna Seaman
Identity Unknown

Roberta Rubin interviews author Donna Seaman about her newest release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Where are all the women artists? Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven women forgotten by the official texts. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face.

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Mollie Cox Bryan
Macrame Murder

Sonali Dev interviewed author Mollie Cox Bryan about her latest in the Cora Craft Mystery Series  Macrame Murder.

The perfect beach vacation/crafting workshop getaway is ruined when a spoiled society bride winds up dead. Isn’t that always the way? Now Cora must solve the crime, teach some beach crafts, and save her handsome boyfriend Adrian from nefarious ne’erdowells. Sigh.

Thank goodness she’s so handy with knots.

 

Macrame Murder (A Cora Crafts Mystery)
By Mollie Cox Bryan
$7.99
Air Date/Time November 9, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., paperback, 352 p.

“The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food and a murder or two!” —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting....

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Adam Gussow
Beyond the Crossroads

Beyond the Crossroads

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Adam Gussow about his new book, Crossroads: The Devil and The Blues Tradition. 

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He’s not just the music’s namesake (“the devil’s music”), but a shadowy presence who haunts the entire genre. In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil’s presence in the Blues.

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Beyond the Crossroads

Beyond the Crossroads:
The Devil and The Blues Tradition
by Adam Gussow
$29.95
Air Date/Time: November 4, 1pm (Central)
416p, paperback

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He’s not just the music’s namesake (“the devil’s music”), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings.

In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil’s presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern...

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Laura Caldwell
Anatomy of Innocence

Solved! host and mystery author Libby Hellmann talks to editor/author Laura Caldwell about her latest look at wrongful convictions featuring best-selling authors writing about true crimes and punishment.

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted
edited by Laura Caldwell
$26.95
Air Date/Time October 25, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 304p., hardcover

Recalling the great muckrakers of the past, an outraged team of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the disasters of wrongful convictions.

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers―including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan―while another exoneree’s case is explored in a previously unpublished...

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Amy E. Reichert
The Simplicity of Cider

The Simplicity of Cider

Sonali Dev spoke with Amy E. Reichert about her newest novel, The Simplicity of Cider.

Ask questions, order a signed book, and enjoy another funny and sweet (and possibly a bit bawdy) episode of Lit With Love.

The Simplicity of Cider

The Simplicity of Cider
by Amy Reichert
$28.00
Air Date/Time September 12, 12pm (Central)
1st ed., 336 pages., cloth

A Simple Life
Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.

Fleeing Heartbreak
Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.

Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father...

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A House Divided
Walter Stahr
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary

Daniel Weinberg speaks with Walter Stahr about Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary. 

Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

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Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
By Walter Stahr
$35.00
Air Date/Time August 23, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 768, hardcover

A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government.

Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton.

Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come” (Kirkus, starred review).

 

About the Author
Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times...

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