Ep. 41: Ali Benjamin, Author of The Next Great Paulie Fink

This week I’m sharing an interview with one of my favorite middle grade authors, Ali Benjamin.

Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author. Her new middle grade book, The Next Great Paulie Fink  is about an oddball school in the middle of the woods and a group of misfit kids who decide to hold their own reality TV-style competition. Her 2015 novel, The Thing About Jellyfish was an international bestseller, a National Book Award finalist, and garnered multiple best-of-year accolades.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Next Great Paulie Fink

Big Magic

The Thing About Jellyfish

Where the Heart Is

How To Do Nothing

To learn more about AliBenjamin you can visit her website alibenjamin.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @alibenjamin.

 

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Ep. 40: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Author of Solid Seasons

This week I’m chatting with Jeffrey S. Cramer, who will share insights about two local literary figures–Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition and The Quotable Thoreau. He is also the curator of collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library and lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. His new book is called Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Solid Seasons

Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau : A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry 1969-2017

 

To learn more about Jeffrey S. Cramer you can visit his website http://www.jeffreyscramer.com.

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Ep. 39: Jo Knowles, Author of Where the Heart Is

This week I am delighted to welcome Jo Knowles to the podcast to chat about a new middle grade book I have not been able to stop thinking about- Where The Heart Is.

Jo Knowles is the author of eight young adult and middle grade novels including See You At Harry’s, Still A Work in Progress and Read Between the Lines. Her latest middle grade book is called Where the Heart Is. Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead called it “An immensely appealing, hard-to-put-down story about friendship and love, heartache and bravery–and above all, family”.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Where The Heart Is

See You At Harry’s

Survival Math

The Things I Carry

To learn more about Jo Knowles you can visit her website JoKnowles.com. You can also follow her on Twitter  @JoKnowles or on Instagram @JoKnowlesAuthor

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Ep. 38: Mary Giuliani, Author of Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites

This week Mary Giuliani joins me to discuss her new book, Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.

Mary Giuliani is an author, party and lifestyle expert and founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. Mary has appeared on The Barefoot Contessa, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show. Her new book is called Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.

Ina Garten praised the book saying, “No one tells a story like Mary, and she does it with great recipes too! To read her deeply personal memoir is to feel that you’ve connected with a dear friend who’s thoughtful, funny, and truly unique. I love this book!”

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites

The Cocktail Party

All That You Leave Behind

 

To learn more about Mary Giuliani you can visit her website marygiuliani.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @Mary_Giuliani and on Twitter @MaryGiuliani.

 

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Ep. 37: Lisa Graff, Author of Far Away

This week I’m sharing an interview with the wonderful middle grade author, Lisa Graff.

Lisa Graff is the award-winning author of A Clatter of Jars, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Umbrella Summer, among others. Her new book is called Far Away.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Far Away

Absolutely Almost

A Tangle Of Knots

Umbrella Summer

Lost in the Sun

The Thing About Georgie

Shark Lady

Up For Air

To learn more about Lisa Graff you can visit her website LisaGraff.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @lisagraff or on Facebook @lisagraffauthor.

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Ep. 36: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Sunset Beach

This week I’m delighted to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Kay Andrews to A Bookish Home to discuss her new book, Sunset Beach.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including The Weekenders, Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, and Summer Rental and has been dubbed “The Queen of Beach Reads”. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years.

Booklist says of Sunset Beach, “ Andrews’ latest annual big beach read combines mystery, family secrets, a hint of romance, and a little bit of home renovation…” and  Book Trib said, “Sunset Beach delivers the perfect beach read you’ve been scouting for.” I couldn’t agree more!

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Sunset Beach

Hissy Fit

The High Tide Club

The Gown

Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Where The Crawdads Sing

To learn more about Mary Kay Andrews you can visit her website marykayandrews.com.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook @MaryKayAndrews.

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Ep. 35: Jerry Craft, Author of New Kid

This week I’m excited to welcome Jerry Craft to the podcast to discuss his latest book, New Kid.

Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. His latest book, New Kid, is a middle grade graphic novel that has earned four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus Reviews which called it “An engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.” Jerry has won five African American Literary Awards, is the creator of the award-winning comic strip Mama’s Boyz, and is co-founder and co-producer of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

New Kid

Dear Justice League 

Piecing Me Together

The Voice In My Head

To learn more about Jerry Craft you can visit his website Jerrycraft.net. You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @JerryCraft.

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Ep. 34: Summer Reading Preview With Bookseller Paul Swydan

This week Paul Swydan returns to the podcast. Paul is the owner of Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, Massachusetts. We chatted about some of the books he is looking forward to recommending in the store this summer. Get your TBR lists ready!

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Iver and Ellis

The Bride Test

The Kiss Quotient

The Proposal

The Wedding Date

The Wedding Party

The Stationary Shop

The Nickel Boys

Shatter The Sky

Three Women

How to Be An Anti-Racist

City of Girls

Mrs. Everything

The Poet X

With the Fire On High

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Sorcery of Thorns

Midsummer’s Mayhem

The Next Great Paulie Fink

Chesire Crossing

Dog Man

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School

Lena’s Slippers

A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

If you’re in the Boston area, I hope you go stop by Silver Unicorn Books in Acton. You can also follow the store on Instagram and Facebook @silverunicornbooks and on Twitter @SilUnicornActon.

 

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Ep. 33: Crystal King, Author of The Chef’s Secret

This week I’m sharing an interview with Crystal King, author of The Chef’s Secret, a novel that will transport you to Renaissance Rome. History, romance, food, and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages late into the night–this book has it all.

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Chef’s Secret

Companion Cookbook

The Feast of Sorrow

The Stationery Shop

To learn more about Crystal King you can visit her website CrystalKing.com. There you will also find links to follow her on social media.

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Ep. 32: Elise Hooper, Author of Learning to See

This week I’m sharing an interview with Elise Hooper, author of Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America. This is an inspiring historical fiction novel that will sweep you up into the life of an unforgettable, pioneering woman.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America

A Life Beyond Limits

Impounded

The Other Alcott

Daisy Jones and the Six

To learn more about Elise Hooper you can visit her website Elisehooper.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @elisehooper.

 

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