June 17th, 2013
One of the greatest travel writers of our time is bidding a farewell to the land that gave him his inspiration.
With his new book “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” Paul Theroux had planned to complement his 2003 bestseller “Dark Star Safari,” in which he traversed eastern Africa from Cairo to Cape Town. His plan this time was to start in Cape Town and work his way north, through western Africa, with a potential end point of Timbuktu. But once he was out of South Africa, past Namibia, and into Angola, Theroux began to rethink his plan.
Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements.
The heat and poverty, roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy take their toll, and after 2,500 arduous miles, Theroux comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one.
His new book is called “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”
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June 14th, 2013
Comedian Jim Gaffigan is an observer, He makes us see people and things in a different way — including his own children. Five, now.
His book “Dad is Fat” expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children – everything from cousins to toddlers’ communication skills to the eating habits of four year olds.
Will it remind you of Bill Cosby’s “Fatherhood”? Many say it will. Continue to the interview > > >
June 12th, 2013
When 26 U.S. Army nurses and medics boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated a crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival.
They were part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, and their untold story now unfolds in Cate Lineberry‘s book “The Secret Rescue.”
It was a drama that captured the attention of the American public. The group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.
But because of security concerns, the story of these 26 men and women has been left largely untold. Until now. Continue to the interview > > >
June 10th, 2013
That simple entreaty, uttered by a woman whose husband is leaving for Afghanistan, lays the foundation for Lisa Scottoline‘s new novel.
In this book she breaks new ground in delivering the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.
Dr. Mike Scanlon learns, while half a world from home, that his wife has died in what appears to be a tragic accident. But he returns to find the life he left behind has fallen apart.
His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left – his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
June 6th, 2013
There comes a moment in every revolution, writes Nathaniel Philbrick, when neutrality is no longer an option.
In the American Revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill may be that moment.
Philbrick’s new book “Bunker Hill” puts the storied battle in sharp new relief, to underscore its importance in shaping the war that was just beginning and the new nation that would result.
And while the book is filled with the “usual suspects” – Paul Revere, John Adams, Sam Adams – Philbrick also introduces us to a man who should be in that same pantheon, Dr. Joseph Warren, who may have done more than any other single patriot to choreographing the revolution.