Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

Author David Baldacci

May 17, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci about his newest thriller, The Hit, and his decision to bring back the character Will Robie, the highly trained assassin who periodically assists the U.S. Government in eliminating the worst of the worst.

The Joys and Benefits of Connecting With Our Cosmic Spirit is the new book by University of Cincinnati alum Lloyd Armogan and the author is on the phone with our Ron Esposito to share his story and his insights about True Meditation.

A new book provides detailed information about the Freedom Summer Monument on the campus of Western College at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which was dedicated in 2000. Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer commemorates Western’s role in Freedom Summer and memorializes James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the Freedom Summer trainees subsequently murdered in Mississippi. The book’s author, Jacqueline Johnson, is the archivist of the Western College Memorial Archives, and she talks with Mark Perzel about this tragic time in American history.

"The Girls of Atomic City"

May 17, 2013

Just off I-40, west of Knoxville, Tennessee, drivers note the exit signs for Oak Ridge and, probably, think very little of it. But this one-time secret city, a Manhattan Project site, employed thousands of small-town southern women during World War II to work on the atomic bomb. A new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, shares interviews and personal stories of some of these women in a fascinating tale of secrecy, first-time independence, even romance. Author Denise Kiernan joins Mark Perzel to talk about these extraordinary women from an extraordinary time.

Geoffrey Rossano is the award-winning editor of the acclaimed book Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace. As Brian O’Donnell learns, David Ingalls had Cincinnati roots: his mother’s side of the family were Taft’s. Ingalls died in 1985, but this book traces his incredible naval career in his own words.

"Suspect" by Robert Crais

May 10, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais about his new, explosive suspense novel, Suspect.

If you aren’t already aware, May is Zombie Awareness Month. Maysville, Kentucky resident Robert Kiskaden is an author whose first book is Z-Universe, all about a scientist whose nightmares start to become reality. The author joins Lee Hay on the phone to discuss his nascent writing career and how he came up with the idea for his debut novel.

Author Michael Pollan

May 10, 2013

No one can write about food, man’s relationship with it, how far we’ve come from what previous generations used to eat, and the hazard much of today’s food is to the human body than Michael Pollan. His newest book is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation and in it, he returns to the true classic elements of life and food: fire, water, air and earth. He joins Mark Perzel on the phone to talk about his newest work, already a bestselling addition to his previous books: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Food Rules and others.

Local author Andrea Cheng

May 3, 2013

Local author Andrea Cheng joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about her newest book, Etched in Clay. Not only did she write the story of a slave who finds an outlet in creating pottery, but the Cincinnati State professor also did the woodcut illustrations for the book.

Joani Lacy, well-known local musician, has recently completed the third book of her Hollister House Trilogy, three stories of a fantastic journey through the Deep South, featuring romance, mysticism and more. She joins Brian O’Donnell to discuss and read from the final installment, The Witch and the Banyan Tree. She’ll be doing a signing on Saturday, May 11 at the Roebling Point Bookstore in Covington.

Is it time to start planning that summer vacation? Not exactly sure where you’d like to go? The solution may be at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, May 11. Travel expert Patricia Schultz, author of the impressive and completely revised 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries, will be speaking about national and world travel at the downtown branch at 2:00pm. She joins Mark Perzel on the phone to discuss this completely rewritten update and the one place she never tires of visiting and revisiting.

Growing up with horses

May 3, 2013

On this Derby Day, Mark Perzel talks with Clare Balding, and award-winning sports broadcaster from the BBC who was proclaimed a “national treasure” after her work on the London Olympic Games. She has written her memoir, My Animals and Other Family. She talks about her championship horse trainer father and the hundreds of horses who were literally a part of the family, and as the only girl, how she ranked behind her brother and the horses while growing up.

Her online community is large and passionate. Her essay, Don’t Carpe Diem, was a viral sensation. Glennon Doyle Melton is founder of the online community known as Momastery.com. Her writings have helped her conquer her demons while realizing many other women shared the same fears and contradictions as she. Her new book, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, brings together many of her best and favorite essays, along with some new ideas. Our Maryanne Zeleznik speaks to the author, mother and wife, about her life’s journey and what this book means to her.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is rewarding the public with an amnesty day, after it won a prestigious national award.

On May 15th you can return your overdue books without owing a fine. If you've already returned them but haven't paid the fine, you're also in the clear. Just bring in your card.

The library amnesty day is the first Director Kim Fender can remember.

Career Expert Andrea Kay

Apr 19, 2013

Finding a job is more difficult now than ever before. The rules for job hunting keep changing and the competition is more intense. Career expert Andrea Kay has a new book out to help with the process.

New book about Urban Exploration

Apr 19, 2013

Urban exploration is a term for seeking out those hidden gems within metropolitan areas…to see what others who live and work in a city may never see.

Authors from Hamilton County will gather on Sunday, April 21 at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch as part of the Ohioana 2013 celebration. Kate Lawrence from the library and Georgeanne Bradford from the Ohioana Board of Trustees are in the studio with Mark Perzel with details of the event and some of the authors who will be in attendance

Despite all you may know about the history and towns of Ohio, local author Randy McNutt is sure to surprise you with facts about long-forgotten battlefields, stagecoach inns and more in his new book, Finding Utopia: Another Journey into Lost Ohio. This is the third in his series of fascinating Ohio books, and he’s in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his newest.

Local author Mike Due

Apr 12, 2013

Mike Due is a local author who has penned the first of what he plans on being a trilogy of stories set, in part, at his alma mater, Northern Kentucky University. Immaterial: Book 1: Discovery is part science fiction, part faith and all thought-provoking. Mark Perzel talks with the author about his self-published first book and his plans for the rest of the trilogy.

Organic gardening & recipes in one book

Apr 12, 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.

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