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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAR 04: Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris

Many of returning guest Pam Jenoff’s historical novels have been inspired in part by her work in international affairs at the Pentagon and for the State Department. Her latest is set during and right after World War II, exploring the story of a group of young women who risked their lives in the defiance of Nazi oppression.  The Lost Girls of Paris is an essential and timeless story of survival, loyalty, and the power of sisterhood.

Pam is a New York Times bestselling author of specializing in historical fiction.

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Career, Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Spirituality

FEB 25: Marc Lesser’s Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader & Ellen Grace O’Brian’s The Jewel of Abundance

Today’s show is all about finding peace and prosperity, personally and profesionally.

Imagine your life if you had the ability to achieve maximum focus without losing flexibility, got more of the right things done, and added to the ultimate goal of bringing more peace into the world?  With his Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, author Marc Lesser dishes up the tools you’ll need for optimum accomplishment without the stress that comes with it.

Marc founded and was CEO of 3 companies, is author of 4 books, and has an MBA degree from New York University. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

Later, The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga provides an antidote to the hypermaterialism that poisons our lives.  “When prosperity is equated with material wealth attained for its own sake, the word prosperity loses its deep meaning,” writes author Ellen Grace O’Brian.  For those who seek the fulfillment of both their souls and their material desires, this book is a wellspring of inspiration and intelligent guidance.

Ellen is the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA, who has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice nationally and internationally for over three decades.  She is also a radio host, and award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, pointing to the mystical experience beyond words and thought.

 

 

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Career, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

FEB 18: Jane Finkle’s The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide & Reshma Saujani’s Brave, Not Perfect

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, but remove the quiet wheel and the bike becomes useless.  Jane Finkle knows firsthand the unique challenges and obstacles introverts face.  Her new book, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up, provides the tools you need to break free from what is holding you back, creating a path to a more fulfilling life.

Jane has 25 years of experience as a career coach for universities and has run her own career counseling firm since 2002.

Next, do you run yourself ragged trying to do it all at home and work, smiling and not a hair out of place, because quite simply, failure is not an option?  While young boys are taught to be bold and adventurous, young women are taught to be prim, proper, and demure.  Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani shows you how to end your love affair with perfection and rewire yourself for bravery.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist., surging onto the political scene in 2010 as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress.  She is Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues, Women's Issues

FEB 11: Linda Graham’s Resilience & Alexia Vernon’s Step Into Your Moxie

Do you stoically remain calm and together during a traumatic event?  Or are you more likely to fall apart?  Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and even Disaster by Linda Graham, MFT, examines our brain’s built-in negativity bias, offering ways to improve your ability to withstand hardships and create positive change.

Linda is an experienced psychotherapist who integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being.  She is a past winner of the Books for a Better Life Award.

Recent headlines have proven that women still have a long way to go to overcome patriarchal prejudices. Forget payscale for a moment, and other more obvious gender inequalities. We’re talking about being taken seriously as a valued human being. We’re talking about being heard when we say NO. When we file complaints about abuse or harassment. When we claim the right to express our feelings.

If you have trouble speaking up for yourself, join us and Step Into Your Moxie.

Alexia Vernonbranded “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement, is a leadership coach for Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations. With a  graduate degree in women’s studies, she’s been featured on major networks and in publications such as Forbes Woman and Women’s Health.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

FEB 04: James Rollins’ Crucible, Karen Kingsbury’s Best Family Ever, Sarah Morgan’s One Summer in Paris

Stephen Hawking portended that Artificial Intelligence is likely to be the end of humankind. In Cruciblereturning guest James Rollins probes the question: If humans are to co-exist with A.I., what do we need to do to ensure our survival?  His answer lies in a much more complex question – what does it mean to have a soul?

James is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold.  Check out his last CLV appearance here!

We’ll begin today with another returning guest, Karen Kingsbury, who is launching a new series of books for children, co-written with her son Tyler Russell.  We’ll discover what prompted them to work together … and how that went. And what makes this series different to many kids’ books currently on the shelves.

Karen is a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, with many of her novels under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019.

And joining us from the UK, USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Morgan. She’s known for writing hot, happy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and has won the prestigious RITA award three times.

Her new story begins with a husband who wants a divorce and a solo trip to Paris where she meets someone … but not the someone you might think. One Summer in Paris comes out in April — join us today for an exclusive sneak peek with Sarah!

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Spirituality

JAN 28: Sophie Hannah’s How to Hold a Grudge & Melanie Warner’s The Magic Feather Effect

Can holding a grudge actually change your life for the better?  In How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life, author Sophie Hannah demonstrates how grudges can work in your favor, protect and inspire you, and even make you more forgiving.

Sophie  is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories.  How to Hold a Grudge is her first foray into self-help.

Next, each year, millions of Americans seek alternative forms of treatment for chronic health problems. Yet even those who have experienced relief often can’t explain it.  In The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief, journalist Melanie Warner brings a critical eye and open mind in her quest to understand some of the world’s most popular alternative health treatments, the people who seek them, and the reasons so many of them feel cured.

Melanie is a freelance journalist who writes about science and health. Previously, she was a business reporter for The New York Times, a senior writer at Fortune magazine, and a blogger for CBSnews.com.

 

 

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Essays, Health & Wellness, Memoir, Social Issues

JAN 21: Suicide Awareness & Prevention Special with A. W. Barnes, Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, & Sigrid Reinert

Death by suicide leaves family members and loved ones with a million unanswered questions. Today we devote the entire hour to suicide awareness and prevention.

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an author and psychologist. As a trusted expert on parenting, child development, and mental health, Dr. Kennedy-Moore joins us to discuss Suicide in Children–What Every Parent Must Know.  If you have kids, this is a must!

We’ll also hear from Sigrid Reinert, suicide prevention specialist with the Washington State Department of Health Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She’ll share signs that indicate someone may be suicidal, red flags to act upon, and expert resources for those who need help.

And, since coping with the suicide of a loved one is arguably one of the hardest experiences we face, we’ll end the hour with one man’s painful journey following the death of his older brother, Mike.

Author A.W. Barnes and Mike were both gay and raised in a large, unaccepting, ultra-conservative Midwest family that shaped their identities … until Mike took his own life.

Seeking catharsis, A.W. wrote a collection of personal essays in The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence. Did he find the answers he was looking for? Did Mike’s death change his views on how they were raised? Has time and reflection helped A.W. come to terms with his loss?

A.W. Barnes has a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. His nonfiction  has appeared in numerous publications, and he’s the academic author of Post-Closet Masculinities in Early Modern England.

 

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Business, Career, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Women's Issues

JAN 14: Elizabeth Emens’ Life Admin & Dr. Bryan Robinson’s #CHILL

Today’s show turns the invisible visible.  Our guests expose the hidden costs of the invisible, often unpaid, and thankless labor you do everyday, and share how to create more sustaining relationships and communication skills while creating more fun time for yourself.

Even with technology (and often because of it) aiding us, most of us are drowning in an endless sea of paperwork, bills, texts, and e-mails, all tedious tasks that become overwhelming if we don’t stay on top of them.  With Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More, author Elizabeth Emens offers simple ways to reduce the time and effort we spend on these mundane daily details of life.  Elizabeth is a legal scholar and an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University.

Next, Psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Robinson says “If you are a workaholic, overachiever, or perfectionist, you have permission to stop working and #CHILL.  His new book, #CHILL: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life, explores how to get out of the trap of working non-stop and achieve a healthy work/life balance.  Dr. Robinson is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has authored thirty nonfiction books and written for over one-hundred professional journals and magazines.

 

 

 

 

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

JAN 07: Robyn Carr’s The Best of Us & Matthew Dicks’ Storyworthy

Robyn Carr began writing novels as a young mother of two, ignoring harsh criticism from a peer suggesting she find another line of work and persevering to become an eleven time New York Times bestselling author.  “There’s a need for positive drama,” she says, “Not just (a) goody-two-shoes, everything-is-beautiful kind of story,  but a kind of story where  characters serve as positive role models for women who read the books.”  Her new book is the latest in her Sullivan’s Crossing series, The Best of Us.

Robyn has written over 40 novels, has received a Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a scripted drama with Netflix coming soon.

Next, Vicki chats with one of her favorite storytellers, Matthew Dicks, whose book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling offers tips and techniques to polish your storytelling to hold any audience’s attention, big or small!

Matthew is a 35-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. He’s an international bestseller, and in addition to his novels he has written musicals, a rock opera, and comic books.

 

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Essays, Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Writers on Writing

DEC 31: Anne Lamott on Almost Everything: Notes on Hope & Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia

She’s a writer’s-writer. A reader’s-writer. And with self-effacing humor, and ruthless honesty, Anne Lamott makes us think about what most of us don’t like to think about.

She’s known for writing and speaking about subjects that begin with Big Capital Letters. Today we’ll share her thoughts on Hate, Jealousy, Love, Hope, and preserving one’s Sanity.

A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anne Lamott has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She’s taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Freida Mock, made a documentary on her called Bird by Bird with Annie. Anne Lamott’s latest book of essays is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

We’ll end today’s show chatting with the host of Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking show on television, Mary Ann Esposito.  Find out the secret to the show’s success, her thoughts regarding pairing food and wine, and a few of her all time favorites for those who like to put an Italian spin on Thanksgiving.  Her latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy reads as both a cookbook and a love-letter to Italy.

Mary Ann’s 12 books have helped chefs and foodies understand authentic Italian ingredients and dishes.  She created and has hosted Ciao Italia on PBS since 1989.

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