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Jim DeFelice explores the Pony Express in WEST LIKE LIGHTNING
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Jim DeFelice joins the podcast to discuss his new book about the history of the Pony Express, WEST LIKE LIGHTNING. Jim talks about how screwed up congress was during that period of time, just how good of a horse rider you had to be to get a job with the Pony Express, who talked him into writing a book about this topic, and more! The thrilling narrative history of one of the most enduring icons of the American West, the Pony Express, from the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper—an exciting tale of daring young men pushing limits to the extremes across the vast, rugged, and unsettled American West.

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Christopher Moore on NOIR
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Christopher Moore returns to the podcast to discuss his latest sarcastically satiric novel, NOIR Christopher discusses how Bugs Bunny influenced Noir, talks about his goal to write books that he’d like to read while in the bathtub, plays a game of “what’s my agenda?” and much more. San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . . It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.

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Elizabeth Acevedo on THE POET X
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Elizabeth Acevedo joins the podcast to chat about her new novel-in-verse, The Poet X Elizabeth discusses a range of topics including how The Poet X is both her story and a universal coming of age for young girls, her experience of discovering poetry at a young age, the process of going from writing poems to a novel, and so much more. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

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Nikki Giovanni on A GOOD CRY
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Nikki GIovanni joins the podcast to chat about her new collection of poetry A GOOD CRY In the interview Nikki chats about recording her older poems, the feeling that we don't cry enough, women in religion, and much more. In A Good Cry, Nikki takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.

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Tim O'Reilly on WTF?
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This week Ana Maria Allessi sits down with O’Reilly Media founder and author of WTF?, Tim O’Reilly. They discuss how technology platforms can show us how to deal with economic inequality, what Uber and Lyft teach us about cognitive augmentation in jobs, Tim’s experience with policy makers, and so much more. In today’s economy, we have far too much dismay along with our amazement, and technology bears some of the blame. In this combination of memoir, business strategy guide, and call to action, Tim O'Reilly, Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual and the founder of O’Reilly Media, explores the upside and the potential downsides of today's WTF? technologies.

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Armistead Maupin on LOGICAL FAMILY
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This week we sit down with the legendary author of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin to discuss his memoir Logical Family Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his "logical family," the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us," he writes. "We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives." From his loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis, to an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, Maupin tells of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century. Maupin sits down for an interview with Ana Maria Allessi to discuss where he wants to be buried when he dies, writing letters to a girl who fell down a well, his awkward oval office interaction with Richard Nixon, and so much more.

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Sally Quinn on FINDING MAGIC
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This week’s episode features author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington Insider, Sally Quinn. In FINDING MAGIC, Sally Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences—from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics, to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny, her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins, to her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist and her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital’s most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. Quinn sits down for an interview with Ana Maria Allessi to discuss the decision to include the word “magic” in the title of the book, her marriage to Ben Bradlee, how to recognize synchronicity, and much more!

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Katy Tur on UNBELIEVABLE
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Katy Tur is a broadcast journalist and the NBC News correspondent who was tasked with following Donald Trump's presidential campaign. In her new book, UNBELIEVABLE, Tur recounts her experience on the campaign trail. From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump’s inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car. Tur sits down for an interview with Ana Maria Allessi to discuss the difficulty of reading Trump’s tweets for the audiobook, why political reporters don’t vote, her decision not to use a ghostwriter, and much more.

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An Excerpt of SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
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Rounding out our Summer of Excerpts is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and read by Derek Perkins Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. You can buy the audiobook of Sapiens now at audible http://adbl.co/2gCHmwp

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An Excerpt from SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
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Another installment of our Summer of Excerpts, this week we feature the audiobook of SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi and performed by Kate Simses. The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon. You can listen to the audiobook of SHATTER ME in its entirety at Audible, where it is currently on sale.

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An Excerpt From NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts
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Continuing our Summer of Excerpts, this week’s episode features the audiobook NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts, and performed by Janina Edwards. It’s THE GREAT GATSBY brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. You can listen to the audiobook of NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US in its entirety over at Audible, where it is currently on sale.

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An Excerpt From HUNGER by Roxane Gay
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Continuing our Summer of Excerpts, this week's episode features the audiobook of Hunger by Roxane Gay. From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. You can listen to the entire audiobook of Hunger by purchasing it at Audible, where it is currently on sale.

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An Excerpt of DUNKIRK by Joshua Levine
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This week on the pod, we listen to an exciting clip from the audiobook of DUNKIRK by Joshua Levine, and performed by Jonathan Keeble The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. The Nazis had beaten back the Allies and pushed them across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, historian Joshua Levine explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape. Box office stats say you probably already saw the major motion picture from Christopher Nolan, so now get the whole story! Buy the audiobook of DUNKIRK on audible, where it is currently on sale

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An Excerpt of THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
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On this week's episode, we listen to a clip from the audiobook of THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn, and performed by Saskia Maarleveld In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. You can buy the audiobook of THE ALICE NETWORK on Auidble, where it is currently on sale!

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An Excerpt of PAX by Sara Pennypacker
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On this week’s episode, we listen to a clip from the audiobook version of PAX by Sara Pennypacker. The story of a boy and his pet Fox, separated by war, this beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the essential truths that define us and the devastating costs of war, is destined to become a beloved classic. You can buy the audiobook of PAX on audible, where it is currently on sale!

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Mary Kubica On EVERY LAST LIE
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When Mary Kubica introduced the suspense element to her writing with The Good Girl, she knew she had found her style. Now a Master of Suspense, Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date in Every Last Lie - one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried. Ms. Kubica and Ana Maria Allessi sat down at the ABA’s 2017 Winter Institute to discuss Mary’s new book, how to come up with original twists, and her background as a writer.

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Megan Whalen Turner on THICK AS THIEVES
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Megan Whalen Turner's favorite thing about being a writer is that she can give away her creative output while still keeping it on a shelf at home. Her Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations, battles, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. The author sits down with Harper Audio’s Ana Maria Allessi to discuss writing, publishing and her latest stand-alone novel, “Thick As Thieves.”

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Jodi Lynn Anderson on MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC
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Jodi Lynn Anderson’s MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC tell the story of three women – two from different eras of the early 20th century, one from the future – being linked both by their actions and a “very long-lived tortoise.” Anderson says that she likes “to write about magic that’s very realistic,” which was a “constant thread while writing this book.” Grief, love, faith, a “magical glass globe”, and how one’s life can impact others carry a thread between the novel’s three distinct protagonists. Ms. Anderson and Ana Maria Allessi sat down to discuss this title and the author’s writing life at the ABA’s 2017 Winter Institute.

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Jamie Harrison on THE WIDOW NASH
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Jamie Harrison sets her novel in 1905 Livingston Montana because, contrary to popular belief, it was a place of sophistication and flux similar to our world today. THE WIDOW NASH is about a woman who reinvents herself under a new identity. It poses the question, is this cowardice or courage? Harrison has lived in Montana for almost 30 years and writes when not plying her trade as a technical editor. She’s the daughter of author Jim Harrison.

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