Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

It started as a one-woman food monologue…then other famous foodies joined in…suddenly Peggy Sweeney-McDonald had a hit which she has now turned into a beautiful coffee table book. Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde…Life Stories about Food is now out and Barbara Gray learns all about it from the author.

  In his latest book, “The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die,” Harvard Professor of History Niall Ferguson gives his views on why rich countries lose their way and begin to fail. Niall talks with Mark Perzel about his book, and his theory the institutions which keep society going are degenerating.

  Author and Career Consultant Andrea Kay talks about her latest book, “This Is How To Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want” and provides insight on landing your next job.

Barbara Gray talks with Northern Kentucky attorney and author Rick Robinson about his newest novel, leaving behind his political thrillers for the time being, and penning a personal coming-of-age story called Alligator Alley.

NKY Professor Emeritus Martin Giesbrecht's new memoir

Jun 28, 2013

Martin Giesbrecht is a retired professor of economics, having taught at Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University. He has been a frequent contributor to WVXU over the years, doing commentary and guest spots discussing today’s economy. He has written a memoir, Before I Forget: stories and thoughts of a clarinet playing academic, and he joins Frank Johnson to talk about his love of music, economics and writing this book.

Mary McCartney is the daughter of music royalty – her parents are Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney – and she has followed in her father’s vegetarian footsteps. She has just published Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking, and as our Barbara Gray learns, it’s full of great recipes and beautiful photography.

"The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty"

Jun 28, 2013

In a fascinating look at our propensity to lie, Mark Perzel talks with behavioral economist and author Dan Ariely about his book The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves.

"The History of Us"

Jun 28, 2013

Leah Stewart teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati and is a successful novelist with her books Husband and Wife, and The Myth of You and Me receiving critical acclaim. Her newest book, The History of Us, based here in Cincinnati, is out and she joins Mark Perzel to discuss her writing and her newest novel.

The source of all your favorite spirits

Jun 28, 2013

Pretty much every spirit known to man begins life as some sort of plant: sake began with a grain of rice; scotch emerged from barley; tequila from agave; rum from sugarcane; and bourbon from corn. In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores how humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform all matter of plant life into alcohol over the centuries. She’s with Mark Perzel this morning for a little liquor education.

If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell is joined in the studio by Dan Woellert, author of the new book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chilli, which traces this specialized dish from early inception to the growth of a variety of chili parlors. Also joining in the conversation are Chris Kiradjief and his Uncle John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

Historic flood now detailed in a new book

Jun 21, 2013

Local author Geoff Williams has written an extensive look at one of this area’s major natural disasters. He’s in the studio with our Barbara Gray to talk about his interest and research into the book Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever. While the city of Cincinnati wasn’t terribly impacted, surrounding areas like Loveland, Cleves and Dayton took the brunt.

Mark Perzel talks with author David Herlihy about his book The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. It’s the fascinating tale of Frank Lenz, a young man who left home in Pittsburgh in 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled "pneumatic safety" bike, a prototype of the modern bicycle, only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey two years into his epic journey.

Kambri Crews discusses her fascinating memoir

Jun 21, 2013

Author Kambri Crews joins Mark Perzel to talk about her provocative bestselling memoir, Burn Down the Ground, about her life as a hearing child of deaf parents and her father’s subsequent arrest and prison sentence.

"City of Women" set in WWII Berlin

Jun 21, 2013

Local author David Gillham talks with Mark Perzel about his bestselling novel, City of Women, based in World War II Berlin, and now out in paperback.

The amazing story of cycling superstar Gino Bartali

Jun 21, 2013

Mark Perzel learns the story of Italian cycling superstar Gino Bartali, the man who not only won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, but to this day holds the record for longest time span between victories. It also shares the story of how his secret efforts helped save Jews in Italy during World War II. Aili & Andres McConnon discuss their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation which recounts Bartali’s inspirational life.

Author and Playwright Brian Kimberling

Jun 14, 2013

Brian Kimberling has gone from the bucolic college life at Indiana University to becoming a produced playwright and, now, first time author. Barbara Gray talks with the novelist about the characters and the process of writing Snapper.

"Pinkhoneysuckle" by Barbara Everett Heintz

Jun 14, 2013

Lee Hay talks with longtime Cincinnati resident Barbara Everett Heintz about her book Pinkhoneysuckle, a semi-autobiographical tale of a woman growing up in what she refers to as “3rd world shame” in America’s Appalachian region.

Ohio author Donald Ray Pollock

Jun 14, 2013

He started as a paper mill worker in Chillicothe, living in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and now, 30 years later, he has published two books to great critical and audience acclaim. Mark Perzel talks with author Donald Ray Pollock about his first novel, The Devil All the Time.

"The Four Season Farm Gardner's Cookbook"

Jun 14, 2013

Two outstanding organic gardeners have written a two-in-one book just in time for spring planting and menu planning. The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook has recipes for all seasons, plus a garden guide to help you plant what’s perfect for your personal garden. Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are the authors, and they talk about all the benefits of organic gardening with Mark Perzel.

"I Could Pee on This"

Jun 14, 2013

Poetry takes on a distinctly feline voice with selections such as “Kneel Before Me,” “Who Is That On Your Lap,” and “Some Of My Best Friends Are Dogs.” This collection of cat verse (and accompanying photos), brought to us by Mark Perzel’s guest, Francesco Marciuliano (author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth), is aptly titled I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.

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