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Memoir

History, Journalism, Memoir, Non Fiction

May 05: The Explorer Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

ICEBOUND by Andrea Pitzer

In the 1500s, William Barents became the first Dutch polar explorer to set sail in an attempt to discover a northern route to China. Andrea Pitzer became fascinated by his story. So much so, that she did what all curious journalists would do—she set sail to retrace his journey.

We discuss what Andrea learned about Barents’ three Arctic expeditions, and some of the little known history around his challenges and successes. Andrea also shares how her own expedition to the Russian Arctic was life changing; what surprised her the most. And the highlight of her experience sailing on a tall ship, where she spent time high up the mast.

About Andrea Pitzer

Icebound: Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World is the latest book by critically acclaimed author and journalist  Andrea Pitzer. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate. Andrea’s two previous books are One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.

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Memoir, Non Fiction, True Crime

Apr 21: The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer

Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

In her own words Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During Cape Cod summers, her mother worked days in a motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, leaving her with a local handyman–Tony Costa. He was one of the few understanding adults in Liza’s life. But years later, she was haunted by nightmares, and that’s when she learned her charismatic babysitter was also a vicious serial killer.

Part memoir, part true crime Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan joined forces to tell this chilling real life story in The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer. Today we look at how Liza came to know the truth about her babysitter, and how that unwittingly helped her deal with her own childhood demons. We discuss what’s known of Tony Costa; what made him a monster. And how the authors resolved three cold cases during the course of their research. We also explore how these two friends of 40+ years wrote this book together, and what they took away from the experience.

About Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

With a BA focused in creative writing, this is Liza Rodman’s first book. Jennifer Jordan is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter with decades of experience as a news anchor and investigative journalist. The Babysitter is her fifth book.

 

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Humor, Memoir, Non Fiction

Oct 21: #1 NYT Bestselling Author Teresa Rhyne with Poppy in The Wild

A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres Of Wilderness, And The Dogged Determination That Brought Her Home

Known as the pack-leader of heartfelt, funny, original dog memoirs, Teresa Rhyne is upfront about her books having happy endingsimportant when we’re talking about our furry ones.

Today we hear the tale of Poppy, a beautiful beagle rescued from China’s meat trade, only to vanish in 1500 acres of wilderness. Teresa shares how she became involved as a foster mom. Common mistakes that dog owners make when their dog is lost.  And how her own dog helped her through breast cancer.

About Teresa J Rhyne

Teresa Rhyne’s debut memoir The Dog Lived (and So Will I) reached #1 on the New York Times Nonfiction and E-book bestseller lists twice, #1 on the Wall Street Journal Nonfiction bestseller list, and #6 on USA Today’s Top 100 books in the USA. Poppy In The Wild: A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres Of Wilderness, And The Dogged Determination That Brought Her Home is Teresa’s third book. When not writing bestselling memoirs, she is a fulltime estate planning attorney in California.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

SEP 16: Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT & Meredith May’s The Honey Bus

Today, we pollinate your mind with a buzzworthy guest … literally.  Meredith May learned some of life’s most pivotal lessons about community, loyalty and survival from one of nature’s most fragile and important creatures.  Raised by her fourth generation beekeeper grandfather while her mother’s mental state slowly deteriorated, Meredith found everything she needed to know about family was buzzing right there in the hive.  Her new memoir is The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees.

Meredith spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is a fifth generation beekeeper.

Later, frustrated by how little has changed in the 20 years since first writing about sexual assault in her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson reveals her personal history as a survivor of sexual assault and her journey to healing in her new book SHOUT.  Today, she’ll discuss solutions to this ongoing problem, sharing key insights from among the thousands of women she has interviewed over the last two decades.

Laurie is a New York Times bestseller whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults.  In addition to combatting censorship, she regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Social Issues, Women's Issues

JUL 29: Keele Burgin’s Wholly Unraveled

“This is my story of growing up in and escaping a cult, only to find myself chasing adrenaline and drugs in hopes of finding a shred of self-worth before finally landing in a remote community where I lived in silence, quieted my demons, and found the courage to love myself.”  Wholly Unraveled is activist Keele Burgin’s memoir on survival and self-discovery.

Keele is an entrepreneur, activist, mother of three, author, and filmmaker.  She has served in leadership roles on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations that empower women.

To end our show, we invite you to join us in celebrating 12 years of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair!  Vicki’s brought you more than 1,000 guests over the years, on topics ranging from psychology and self-help, to creativity and designing the life you choose, memoir, fiction, adventure, and the latest in health and science.

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Personal Development

JUN 24: Karen Rinaldi’s It’s Great to Suck at Something & Laura Schroff’s An Invisible Thread

Today’s first guest will help you find success through embracing failure.  Karen Rinaldi joins us to discuss how resilience is born from discovering the freedom of sucking at something.  It’s Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters reveals the joy in the pursuit rather than the goal.

Karen has worked in publishing for over two decades, and is the  founder of the imprint Harper Wave at HarperCollins. She has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah.com, Time, LitHub and other publications.

Next, Laura Schroff was a busy sales executive when she befriended an 11 year old homeless boy, both of them embarking on a life-changing journey of hope, kindness, adventure, and love.  An Invisible Thread is her memoir, showing how the power of fate can help you find your way.

Laura is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history— In StyleTeen People, and People Style Watch.  She has been a keynote speaker at over 300 schools, libraries, charities and bookstores.

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Environment, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Memoir, Personal Development

JUN 17: Karen Auvinen’s Rough Beauty & Donald Altman Returns

Imagine a winter’s day alone in the mountain’s, the silence runs deep, the wind chills your bones, yet you feel the warmth of joy from this solitary moment.  Award-winning poet and author Karen Auvinen has spent decades living alone at 8500 feet, and shares her experiences in her new memoir, Rough Beauty: 40 Seasons of Mountain Living.

Karen is a mountain woman, life-long westerner, and accomplished writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Lithub, Real Simple, and Westword, as well as numerous literary journals.

Later, psychologist and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman returns to Conversations Live to share how love, kindness, and compassion help overcome fear and negativity.  Hear his original interview on mindful living here.

Donald is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. He served as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University.

 

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Memoir, Non Fiction, Personal Development

JUN 10: Julie Berry’s Lovely War & The Detox Professor David Getoff

Julie Berry joins us to discuss Lovely War and what it would like to be a young girl in love with a soldier during the Great War.

Julie holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults.   In the decade since she published her first novel, she has won numerous awards for her young adult fiction.

Next, if you are ever confused by conflicting information regarding diet, exercise, and nutrition, Detox Professor David Getoff joins us to clear up some common misconceptions.

David Getoff is a board certified clinical nutritionist- internationally recognized expert in nutrition, diet, the use of nutritional supplements and detoxification. He has lectured at dozens of scientific medical, nutritional, dental and agricultural conferences across the United States and is the author of Abundant Health in a Toxic World.

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Health & Wellness, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues

MAY 20: Jared Yates Sexton’s The Man They Wanted Me To Be, Lauren McDuffie’s Smoke Roots Mountain Harvest, & Jodi Helmer’s Tea Garden

Depression.  Lower life expectancy.  Misogyny.  Suicide.  These are just the worst of the societal consequences of toxic masculinity, failing both men and women.  The Man They Wanted Me to Be doubles as a memoir and cultural analysis, told from the point of view of Jared Yates Sexton, who was raised with strict expectations that are outdated in our current cultural climate.

Jared is a contributing political writer at Salon, and his political writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He has authored three collections of fiction and a crime novel, and is an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

Next, capture the flavors and modern cooking techniques of Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains in Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest.  Author Lauren McDuffie joins us to share some tales from Appalachian country and her favorite recipes, including Drunken Short Ribs and Baked Pork Chops with Cran-Apple Moonshine compote.

Lauren admits she is not a chef, but a passionate and curious lover of food, and writes the award-wining food blog Harvest and Honey.

Later, Jodi Helmer has a love of tea that developed as a young child.  While her palate and tastes have changed, her passion for tea has remained.  In Growing Your Own Tea Garden, she shares tips for turning your garden (or windowsill) into a mini tea plantation..

Jodi’s writing has appeared in publications like SierraEntrepreneur, NPR, National Geographic TravelerAARP, and more, and she has authored six books.  She lives  on a small homestead in rural North Carolina where she grows flowers and vegetables, keeps bees and raises chickens, goats and one very spoiled donkey.

 

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Personal Development

MAY 13: Karen Rinaldi’s It’s Great to Suck at Something & Laura Schroff’s An Invisible Thread

Today’s first guest will help you find success through embracing failure.  Karen Rinaldi joins us to discuss how resilience is born from discovering the freedom of sucking at something.  It’s Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters reveals the joy in the pursuit rather than the goal.

Karen has worked in publishing for over two decades, and is the  founder of the imprint Harper Wave at HarperCollins. She has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah.com, Time, LitHub and other publications.

Next, Laura Schroff was a busy sales executive when she befriended an 11 year old homeless boy, both of them embarking on a life-changing journey of hope, kindness, adventure, and love.  An Invisible Thread is her memoir, showing how the power of fate can help you find your way.

Laura is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history— In StyleTeen People, and People Style Watch.  She has been a keynote speaker at over 300 schools, libraries, charities and bookstores.

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