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Fiction

Jun 12: Return of the Peaceful Warrior & The Rules of Love and Grammar

Dan Millman provides a calm harbor in the storm of today’s ever-changing daily news cycles and stresses in his new book, The Hidden Room: Return of the Peaceful Warrior.  He intertwines fiction and autobiography, and shows how to stay centered, focused, and present.

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher, and college professor, and has authored 17 books.

Later, Mary Simses gives a valuable lesson in the futility of striving for perfection in her second novel,  The Rules of Love and Grammar.  Bestselling author James Patterson calls it a “… smart, well-told story about memory, family, and of course, love.”

Mary Simses enrolled in a fiction writing course while working as a corporate attorney, and her experiences getting short stories published led her to write her first novel, which was adapted into a Hallmark movie.

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Fiction

Jun 05: Spring Fiction Kicks Off with NYT Bestie Heather Gudenkauf

With the arrival of early June weather and late sunsets, it’s time to end each day with a page turner and a cool drink on the back porch.

First, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Heather Gudenkauf returns to Conversations Live with her latest work, Not A Sound, in which a shocking discovery combines with chilling secrets to create an emotional thrillride.

We’ll end today’s show introducing two debut novelists.  Benjamin Ludwig “was inspired to write Ginny Moon in part because of (his) own experience adopting a [young] lady with Autism.”

And, if you believe Kraft macaroni and cheese with hot dog pieces and a side of store brand ketchup deserves a spot on the food pyramid, Bunmi Laditan’s Confessions of a Domestic Failure is for you.

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Memoir

May 29: Driving Miss Norma & Death Need Not Be Fatal

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt lived a quiet northern Michigan life for 90 years, never even crossing a state line.  It took the death of her husband of 67 years, followed by her own diagnosis of a terminal illness two days later, for Norma to stop existing and start living. Refusing a hospital bed, she told her doctor, “I’m 90-years-old. I’m hitting the road.”

Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living chronicles the year-long road trip with son and daughter-in-law, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle. Both are professional nomads who travel cross-country full-time in their Airstream trailer, along with Ringo the dog.

Also today, being the last remaining child of Angela of Angela’s Ashes fame, coupled with being Irish, Malachy McCourt has a certain expertise on death.  His latest book, Death Need Not Be Fatal, is of course about the rituals of death … for instance, why do we keep our lights on in funeral processions … but it also is about laughing, tears, brotherhood, poverty, the famous, and living life to the fullest.

Malachy McCourt is an actor, writer, politician, and younger brother of famed writer Frank McCourt.  He was the 2006 Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, and authored several books.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction, Memoir

May 22: A Million Fragile Bones & #1 Bestselling Author Julia Quinn

Connie May Fowler lives “on the edge of the world, alone except for the occasional boyfriend or husband, always in the company of pets, books, art, friends, (and) sundry wildlife.”  On April 10th, 2010, her idyllic existence was torn apart as a nearby oil rig exploded, spewing over 200 million gallons of oil that impacted nearly 70,000 miles of coastline.

In her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, Connie documents the heartbreak and loss suffered at the hands of this man-made disaster, and the beauty and peace that followed as nature proved resilient.  She is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and teacher.

Later, for those who believe romance novels are fluff, author Julia Quinn is here to dispel the notion that intelligence and romantic storytelling are mutually exclusive.  She’ll also share what it takes to pen a #1 New York Times bestseller and discuss her new book, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

Julia Quinn is a bestselling author specializing in historical romance.  She is one of only 16 members of Romance Writer’s of America’s Hall of Fame.

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Personal Development

May 15: F*ck Love 2 & The Worry-Free Mind

F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship is not a typical relationship book.

As the authors say, it “might not help you find the person of your dreams, but it will provide you the roadmap to avoiding the kind of nightmare relationships that probably caused you to buy books like this in the first place.” Sarah Bennett uses her professional sense of humor as a comic, to ground the real-life advice of her psychiatrist dad and coauthor Michael Bennett, MD.

At 3:30 am the hamster wheel in your head is going 90 mph. You toss. You turn. And finally your alarm clock goes off and you face another exhausting day, only to repeat the cycle over and over. again. But life can be different!

Pyschotherapist Bill Wade shares some of the powerful tools from The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive YouDr. Wade is licensed as a professional counselor, and marriage and family therapist, and has maintained a therapy practice for more than 30 years. Both he and his coauthor, Carol Kershaw EdD, have presented workshops throughout the United States and abroad in clinical hypnosis, brain-based transformation, and meditation.

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Lifestyle, Self-help

May 08: It Takes One to Tango & The Truth Behind Canadaland

It takes two to Tango, right?  No, says Winifred M. Reilly, you can decide at any time to take action and make positive change, and by doing so, your spouse is likely to change too.  In It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse-And You Can Too we’ll address questions such as: What if my partner won’t get on board? When is hope, false hope? And why you must learn to think differently and stop looking for “fair” or “equal”.

Winifred Reilly, MA, MFT is a psychotherapist specializing in marital and relationship issues.  She has 35 years of clinical experience treating hundreds of couples on the brink of divorce.

Also today, what do you really know about our neighbors to the North?  Like most Americans you probably view Canada as a benign and peaceful country with a moose around every corner, and a citizenry as rabid about their hockey as we are about football.  You may have even said “Eh” in an affectionately mocking way.

But as the great tundra to the North approaches their sesquicentennial anniversary, award-winning journalist and native Canuck Jesse Brown unveils the truth behind that carefully crafted image in his new book, The Canadaland Guide to Canada.  Now you’ll know what ‘sorry’ really means!  Jesse Brown is the creator of the Canadian podcast, Canadaland, and has won awards for humor and investigative reporting.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

May 01: The Story You Need to Tell & Steve Berry’s The Lost Order

We all have a story to tell.  Some of them are harder than others, and oftentimes writing can be a cathartic way of releasing inner turmoil.  In her upcoming new book, The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss, Sandra Marinelli shares true stories that illustrate how her methods of understanding and communicating your personal stories can lead you on the road to renewal.

Sandra Marinelli is an award-winning teacher and writer, who has literally taught thousands of writers while giving over 200 workshops.  Her experience with breast cancer in 2012 led her to embrace writing as a way of healing.

Later, Steve Berry returns to Conversations Live with his latest adventure starring popular hero Cotton Malone, who finds our country’s dark past could lead to a darker future.

The Lost Order is a riveting thriller that weaves its way through countless plot twists, starting at the Smithsonian, heading to rural Arkansas, and culminating in the rugged mountains of New Mexico.

Steve Berry is a New York Times and international bestselling author who specializes in historical fiction.

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Journalism, Memoir, Personal Development

Apr 24: Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat & Learning to Live Your Happy

What? That’s right,  A Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat. Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always the black sheep, and barely knew how to boil water.

But at college, buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, Marissa transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head. So what happened?

A search for ethical food — part memoir, part journalism, all Marissa Landrigan. Join us to find out more, with this self-described “writer, professor, all around nerd”.

Also today, happiness is … well, we all know that sentence can end a thousand different ways.  For those who tend to dwell in the somber valleys of unhappiness, climbing the hill to happiness can be a lot of work.

Maria Felipe struggled to make that trek, but with a little soul searching, she got the “cuckoo voice of the ego” out of her way.  She shares her journey in Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within.

After experiencing success as a model, actress, and host of TV shows for the World Wrestling Federation, Maria followed her true calling and became a reverend.

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Inspirational, Travel & Adventure

Apr 17: Science of the Magical & An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

From the Biblical parting of the Red Sea to the science behind the mutant X-Men, Matt Kaplan has studied it all.  Discovering the truths associated with legendary myths, fantasies, and magic are all in a day’s work for Matt, and he shares his fascinating findings in Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers.

Matt Kaplan is a science correspondent with The Economist and has written for National Geographic, Nature, and The New York Times.  In his free time, he travels the world exploring our most cherished myths and legends.

Also today, Jonathan Franklin chronicles the astonishing true story of Salvador Alvarenga, who survived a 14 month ordeal at sea after his boat’s motor went out and heavy winds carried him and his partner far from shore.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea inspires the unbreakable will to live of the human spirit.

Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for GQ, The Guardian, and Esquire with a focus on Latin America.  He also produces documentaries broadcast by The New York Times.

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Health & Wellness, Social Issues

Apr 10: Outsmart Overeating & Meaningful Work for Autistic Graduates

How do you reign in mindless snacking, emotional eating, and yo-yo dieting? Tune in today for psychological strategies that work, with licensed psychotherapist, speaker, and bestselling author Karen R Koenig.

Using the latest psychological strategies and mindfulness techniques, Karen Koenig’s new book focuses on helping healthcare providers change their patients’ relationship with food, to become ‘normal’ eaters.

Also joining us for Autism Awareness month, Joanne Lara, founder of Autism Works.  Almost 80% of autistic youth graduating this year, will remain unemployed. We’ll look at solutions and discuss ways to help those with Autism create meaningful work.

An innovator in the world of autism therapy, Joanne Lara was the on-set Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV series “Touch” and co-produced with Temple Grandin the PBS documentary, “Generation A.”

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