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New York Times bestselling author DEBBIE MACOMBER joins BOOKSTORM podcast to talk about her Christmas release, The Christmas Spirit! Laugh with us as we celebrate friendships and talk about love! We addressed common relationship issues - do opposites really attract? Aren’t shared values important? We touched on male bonding and friendships … and th…
 
New York Times bestselling author and internationally known essayist/poet BARBARA KINGSOLVER joins BOOKSTORM to discuss her newest novel, Demon Copperhead! Although Appalachia is the locale for this life-changing novel, we dove deep into its resilient people and our common humanity. We talk about our innate need to be loved, accepted, nurtured, and…
 
Best-selling author and attorney Scott Turow joins us to discuss SUSPECT, his newest thriller! No subject was taboo … we talk about sex positivity and shame. We address the multiple purposes for which people engage in sex. His characters aren’t just using sex for love, connection, need, honesty, or vulnerability, but also for selfish gratification,…
 
Bestselling author Lisa Unger joins BOOKSTORM to discuss Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, her newest thriller! An isolated cabin. A storm. A stranger ... and a family that's about to be confronted with long-held secrets. Wow! We love talking about family trauma, and coping when a family falls apart. And this discussion delivers! We examine isolation, and…
 
Kristina McMorris returns to BOOKSTORM to discuss her newest release, The Ways We Hide! If you’re like us, you believe there can never be enough novels about WWII. This one is offers an entirely different perspective. Join us as we explore the idea that no mission is more treacherous than escaping one's past. We talk about the impacts of trauma. We…
 
New York Times Bestselling author Shelby Van Pelt joins us to discuss her bestseller Remarkably Bright Creatures! We dove deep into the aquarium of life with this fantastic story. We saw truths about one another from the unusual perspective of a remarkably bright – or perhaps remarkably observant – octopus. We discuss his observations about how hum…
 
Bestselling author Thrity Umrigar joins us to talk about Honor, her newest novel! At its heart, this is a love story - love for one another, love for the place of our birth. It features a character who experienced India in a whole new way when she returned as an adult. We see her trying to reconcile different aspects of her birth country. On the on…
 
Bestselling author Jaime Ford joins BOOKSTORM podcast to discuss The Many Daughters of Afong Moy! Have you ever wondered whether trauma can be passed down to subsequent generations? What about gifts and aptitudes? Would you ever use an experimental medical treatment to remember those incidents? Are answers that important? We tackle the incredibly p…
 
Every marriage has its secrets! Is falling in love irrational? Should we run from it? Best-selling author John Searles joins BOOKSTORM to talk about some of the harsher aspects of love! The characters in Her Last Affair all experienced serious trauma in their past. Some of them later harmed others. Do we view people with deep wounds with empathy? W…
 
Bestselling author Laurie Lico Albanese joins BOOKSTORM to talk about HESTER, her masterful reimagining the tragic heroine in The Scarlett Letter! You’ll never read that classic the same. Laurie captivated us with little-known historical facts — the very beginnings of the Underground Railroad, the dark side of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the black fam…
 
Bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton joins BOOKSTORM to discuss her incredible novel THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS! Why would an American heiress risk her life to help artists and intellectuals in France who were being hunted by the Nazis? What role generally did Americans play in helping the French Resistance? How were war refugees treated across Euro…
 
Best-selling author Lauren Belfer joins us to talk about Ashton Hall, her newest novel! We were immediately immersed in this brilliant, atmospheric story that explores marriage, motherhood, societal expectations, and the historical role of women. Lauren draws parallels between the challenges facing women in the Sixteenth Century and now: struggles …
 
Wade Rouse joins us to discuss a number of universal life themes from his newest novel, The Edge of Summer. Wade vividly recounts anecdotes from his formative years in the Ozarks. He shares memories of his cherished late grandmother, and acknowledges the tremendous positive influence she’s had on his life. He talks about how his characters had to r…
 
Join us for an important and absolutely riveting discussion with Brendan Slocumb about his best-seller, The Violin Conspiracy! This interview was a no-holds-barred discussion about race, appearance, bias … and the world of classical music. How can we respond to racism and oppression - is respectful discussion enough? What about the role of anger? Y…
 
Join us as we discuss The Secret Keeper of Jaipur with best-selling author Alka Joshi! This story, although it stands alone, is a follow up to The Henna Artist, her immensely popular novel that was published in 2020. We explore universal themes of power, class, respect, corruption, and parenthood … all against the backdrop of 1960s India. We were f…
 
Join us as we tackle The Lost Girls of Willowbrook, Ellen Marie Wiseman’s powerful, heartbreaking, and complex novel about young people institutionalized in a New York “school” that was anything but. Senator Robert Kennedy once called Willowbrook a “snake pit.” Ellen talks about how children were essentially warehoused for years in this understaffe…
 
Katherine Center (The Bodyguard) is on the Radar! Want to talk about LOVE? Join us for a lively discussion with the delightful Katherine Center as we dive deep on The Bodyguard! Her newest bestseller is pure joy - a much needed breath of fresh air in today’s challenging world. We cover the universal themes of love, grief, jealously, escapism, balan…
 
People tell us who they are, don’t they? How do we recognize when someone’s motivations are way off … evil even? How do we telegraph our vulnerabilities? The thrills don’t stop in Karin Slaughter’s Girl, Forgotten, her gripping follow up to Pieces of Her (now a Netflix hit series!) Join us for a deep discussion about some fascinating topics, includ…
 
We’re talking revenge, justice, and The Lies I Tell with Julie Clark! Con artists are often charismatic and intelligent … they’re also good at being whoever you need them to be. On this episode, we deconstruct them - what drives these scammers? What are the hallmarks of one? How do we avoid them? Do we telegraph our weaknesses to others? We talk ab…
 
We're talking with Jamie Brenner about her fabulous novel Gilt! This glittering story has it all -- love, gems, antiques, beach towns, family dysfunction, and, of course, guilt. Are you someone who believes in love . . . but not happy endings? You think you don't deserve happiness? You'll love to hear what these characters and Jamie have to say. If…
 
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are here to chat about The Golden Couple! This novel kept us on the edge of our seats - we encounter some master manipulators! We've all encountered them in real life, haven't we? People who seem charming and charismatic, but who have their own agenda. People who deceive. We shine some light on that dysfunctional …
 
“Words are the resistance among oppressors, words rivaling heavy artillery, seemingly insignificant and yet still efficacious…” Powerful words from a powerful novel! This WWII story has it all - the French resistance, secret codes, women moving into non-traditional roles, intelligence gathering, the plight of displaced persons, and the necessity of…
 
Power, politics, narcissism, and revenge … yes, we cover it all in this wonderful discussion with Chris Pavone about TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON, his newest international thriller! We talk about fame – including its burdens, dangers, and pitfalls. Are people aware of the price they may have to pay for that lifestyle? What happens when the cost is you? Wha…
 
Join us for an excellent and thought-provoking discussion with Dolen Perkins-Valdez about historic atrocities against Black girls and women, as well as the governmental and corporate interests that perpetrated these wrongs. We talk about reproductive injustice, racism, dignity, fundamental rights, discrimination against differently-abled people, st…
 
Sarah McCoy (Mustique Island) is on the Radar! We’re immersed in the lush, private Caribbean island of Mustique in the 1970s - a place where royalty and celebrities can cavort … far away from the eyes of the press and the expectations of upper class society. We cover just a handful of the themes in this rich novel, including motherhood, sisterhood,…
 
Join us for a wide-ranging and beautiful discussion about identity, multiculturalism, discovery, tradition, and, of course, Black Cake! Charmaine talks about the questions she asks about the human condition, including those relating to our expectations, dreams, and aspirations. We covered a number of delicate subjects, including shame … and how ope…
 
Join us for a riveting discussion about complicated family dynamics … and fresh starts -- we love these characters and their messy lives! We talked about self-deception, fear, and faking it until you make it. (Hello, social media?!) We touch on marriages without passion, sibling relationships, growth through crisis, communication breakdowns, family…
 
Internationally-known, best-selling author Francine Rivers is on the radar with The Lady's Mine, her newest novel! While we laughed and enjoyed this sweet story, we also were struck by the important underlying themes. What happens when you stand up to wrongdoing? Your reputation suffers, your safety is compromised, and obstacles appear out of nowhe…
 
E15: Paula McClain is on the radar with her fantastic crime thriller When the Stars Go Dark! Join us as we dive deep on topics ranging from the ripple effects of childhood trauma, abandonment by a parent, the physical effects of psychological harm, the resiliency of children, missing and exploited children … and growth, hope, and forgiveness. We ta…
 
E14: Nina DeGramont is on the radar with her riveting novel The Christie Affair!!Join us as we explore a terrific take on the real-life eleven day disappearance of beloved mystery writer Agatha Christie … told from the perspective of the other woman. Is there ever an excuse for betrayal? Does justifiable husband-stealing exist? Do we all long to fl…
 
E13: Adriana Trigiani (The Good Left Undone) is on the Radar! Join us for a dazzling conversation with this New York Times best-selling author! We talk all things Italian! We cover family secrets, the role of women in Italian families, cultural traditions, and the preservation of legacies. We touch on WWII Italy, prejudice, and the importance of fa…
 
E12: Fiona Davis (The Magnolia Palace) is on the Radar! Family secrets, betrayal, murder ... and even new beginnings within one of New York City's most storied Gilded Age mansions, the home belonging to the famous Frick Family! We cover it all. Join us as we explore the beauty of art, women's beauty, especially as viewed through the eyes of men, fa…
 
Join us for a fascinating discussion with Laura Morelli about her latest novel The Stolen Lady! We talk about the famous Mona Lisa, and the priceless treasures stolen by the Nazis during WWII! Wow! We also cover the universal beauty of art, the justice angles, the return of stolen pieces, and so much more- Laura shares so many little-known tidbits …
 
Join us for an absolutely riveting discussion with Heather Morris about her brand new best-seller Three Sisters! We explore the gripping themes underlying this amazing novel - as well as the story of the real-life sisters that inspired it! We cover family bonds, WWII, the Holocaust, living to honor the dead, the phenomenon of Survivor’s Guilt, prej…
 
How far would you go to protect your family? Would you take justice into your own hands? We tackled those fascinating topics and more … including crisis responses, true crime, ordinary fathers as heroes, “good” and “bad,” lawlessness, losing faith in the legal system, and damages designed to punish a wrongdoer. We laughed — a lot — and even made a …
 
Best-Selling author SANDRA BROWN and her incredible novel BLIND TIGER are on the radar! We tackled some of the most fascinating topics out there, including the long-term impacts of Prohibition on society, black markets, the rise of crime, the problem of addressing the symptoms of societal problems like addiction and domestic abuse, instead of the r…
 
E7: Best-selling author Samantha Greene Woodruff braves the storm to talk about her incredible book The Lobotomist’s Wife! Join us as we tackle a handful of fascinating topics, including the trap of believing your own press, misguided beliefs about depression in the 50s, dismissive notions about women’s health, medical research, being our own healt…
 
Kristina McMorris, and her fabulous novel Sold on a Monday , is on the radar! Join us for fascinating discussions about the Depression Era, poverty, and its impact on children and families; the role of empathy, selflessness, second guessing ourselves, life-changing choices... and mistakes. Do not miss this one!…
 
Join us and Christina Baker Kline as we discuss her incredible novel The Exiles! We chat about perseverance, hope, sisterhood, the birth of modern Australia, cultural and aboriginal injustices, colonialism, the protections found in the Constitution, and the transformative power of education! You don’t want to miss this engaging discussion!…
 
E4: Best-selling author Jessica Strawser braves the storm to talk about A Million Reasons Why , her latest novel! We discuss shocking family secrets (especially the ones revealed after a DNA test), chronic illness, living organ donation, the complexities of a parent-adult child relationship, boundaries with toxic people, mental health, and the real…
 
Best-selling author Tosca Lee braves the storm to talk about two of her latest novels: The Line Between and A Single Light! We explore natural disasters, selflessness, sustainability, cults, renewal, emerging pandemics, and, of course, love and the relationships that carry us through trying times. (Bonus: somehow we touch on biodiversity, melting p…
 
Best-selling author STEVEN JAMES braves the storm to discuss his thrilling novel SYNAPSE! Join us as we explore the soul, artificial intelligence in a world 30 years in the future, grieving, complicated human choices, rights for non-humans, and animals in the afterlife! This conversation will stay with you long after you listen.…
 
Join us and best-selling author Lisa Wingate on a deep dive into the themes and topics in The Book of Lost Friends! We cover messy family histories, preserving a legacy, dueling identities, remembering history, the difficulty, but importance, of family relationships, common humanity, and more.By Christen Civiletto & Chris Storm
 
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