Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

John Kasich It's Up to Us
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"What you do matters. What we do matters."

This is the simple thesis by the former Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, which he hopes to spread with his latest book It's Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change

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In Brian Wray's new book Max's Box, a little boy's parents give him a box that will hold everything, including his feelings. Max fills the box until it grows so large, it gets in the way of everything he wants to do. Eventually, Max discovers a way to turn his box into something beautiful. Wray hopes his children's book is a conversation starter for children to to share their feelings with adults.

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Small Silent Things is the debut novel from Cincinnati native and current California resident, Robin Page. She's on the phone with Barbara Gray to talk about the book and the impact of growing up here on her work.

Marie Marvingt: Fiancée of Danger

Oct 4, 2019

Called “the most incredible woman since Joan of Arc,” Marie Marvingt was the world’s first female bomber/fighter pilot, one of the only women to fight in trenches on the front lines in WWI, the inventor of the air ambulance, a world class athlete, and so much more.  But hardly anyone knows her name.

Author Rosalie Maggio joins Barbara Gray by phone to discuss her new biography, Marie Marvingt: Fiancée of Danger.

You Are Home: An Ode To The National Parks

Oct 4, 2019

Kelly Blewett reviews the book You Are Home by Evan Turk, a picture book that provides a tour of the United States’ National Parks.

debbie harry
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In her new book, Debbie Harry invites you in for an in-depth and personal look at the forming of the band Blondie, her close relationships, her troubles, and her successes.

A new book from writer John William Law chronicles the stardom of two of Hollywood's most iconic actresses - Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day – through the lens of one film production they both shared.

Law talks with John Kiesewetter about Goddess and the Girl Next Door which details the last days of Marilyn Monroe and the production of her incomplete film, Something's Got to Give, and how the film would resurface a year later starring Doris Day under the name Move Over, Darling.

Planted by the Signs

Sep 27, 2019
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The Flea Market As Architectural Journey

Sep 23, 2019
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Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright may be the Midwest's (and the nation's) most famous architects, but the region has always been a fertile ground for builders master and amateur. 

Two men taking on a river adventure is the basis of Alexander Watson's new book, River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America.

He's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about this journey and about the growing fleet of wooden yachts making their home in Cincinnati.

Check out Alexander Watson's blog: River Queens: The Journey Continues.

Journalist Beth Macy has chronicled the origins of the opioid crisis in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

In the new paperback edition's discussion guide, she argues again for greater emphasis on medical treatment for addicts.And she discussed President Trump, lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and other issues in an interview with The Daily Yonder, which covers rural America. For some excerpts, read on.

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The ever-changing Cincinnati landscape of places to go and experiences to be had made a 2nd edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die inevitable. Local theatre critic and Around Cincinnati contributor Rick Pender is the author of both editions and he joins Brian O'Donnell to talk about what's new and what's gone in this updated version.

The Latest Novel From Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger

Sep 13, 2019
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Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger is ready to release her second novel, a young adult story of loss, mental illness, and tragedy. She's with our Barbara Gray to talk about Six Goodbyes We Never Said and her September 25 visit to Rookwood's Joseph Beth Booksellers.

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Acclaimed visual artist Maira Kalman and her son, Alex, have recently written an engrossing book about Maira's mother, Sara Berman. Our Kelly Blewett is on the phone with both Maira and Alex to talk about Sara Berman's Closet.

How to Be an Anti-Racist
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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi says there is no such thing as being "not racist." As one of the leading commentators on race in America, he argues there are only racist and antiracist ideas.

Joanne Greenway: Limited Engagement

Sep 6, 2019

Poet Joanne Greenway has published her first chapbook of free verse poetry, Limited Engagement. She joins Barbara Gray to explore its theatrical title and themes, plus read several of her poems.

Review: Guest House for Young Widows

Sep 6, 2019

Kelly Blewett reviews Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, an exploration of the women who chose to join the Islamic State, by reporter Azadeh Moaveni, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Roberta Schultz reviews A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber by Michael J. Rosen, a look at Thurber’s work as an artist, cartoonist, and illustrator that includes his drawings and commentary from fellow cartoonists and writers.

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Last check, we thought it was just Cincinnatians who were obsessed with reading James Patterson. As it turns out, Northern Kentuckians are enamored with him, too.

The Horse Cure

Aug 30, 2019

The healing power of horses has been an integral part of Michelle Holling-Brooks' life, and she shares hers and other stories in her new book, The Horse Cure: True Stories: Remarkable Horses Bringing Miraculous Change to Humankind.

She provides more of her background and why she wrote the book in this interview with our Barbara Gray.

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