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Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank With Me

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Roberta Rubin interviews author Julia Claiborne Johnson about her newest novel Be Frank With Me.

Reclusive novelist Mimi Banning needs the assistant her publisher sent, Alice, to help her finish her book… But it’s Mimi’s nine year old son Frank who actually runs things in this breakout debut novel.

Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
$25.99
Air Date/Time: May 10, 3:30pm (Central)
304, hardcover

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.
When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel...

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Elizabeth Berg
The Story of Arthur Truluv

Roberta Rubin interviews author Elizabeth Berg about her newest title novel about loneliness, love, and making a new family: The Story of Arthur Truluv.

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The Story of Arthur Truluv
By Elizabeth Berg
$26.00
Air Date/Time January 18, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 p., hardcover

“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg

An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them

“Fans of Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, or [Elizabeth] Berg’s previous novels will appreciate the richly complex characters and clear prose. Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers’ heartstrings.”—Booklist

For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same:...

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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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