Ep. 118: Namrata Patel on Capturing Boston Through the Seasons, Found Families and Unforgettable Characters

 Today my guest is Namrata Patel, author of The Candid Life of Meena Dave, about a photojournalist whose solitary  life is turned upside down when she unexpectedly inherits an apartment in a Victorian brownstone in historic Back Bay, Boston.

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“Full of lively characters who will win readers’ hearts and keep them thinking long after the book is finished, this book is a genuine, charming debut. Long-buried secrets and a journey of self-discovery will keep the pages turning.” – Booklist

 

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About the Author:

Namrata Patel is an Indian-American writer who lives in Boston. Her writing examines diaspora, dual-cultural identity among Indian-Americans and explores this dynamic while also touching on both—the family’s we’re born with and those we choose. Namrata has lived in India, Spokane, London, and New York City. 

You can find out more about her books at her website nampatel.com

 

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Ep 117: Kathleen West – Olympic Dreams to Hockey Mom Anxiety in Home or Away

 Today my guest is Kathleen West, author of Home or Away, an incisive look at toxic friendships, old alliances, and over competitive parenting in organized youth and elite hockey as two former Olympic hopeful pass along their love of the game-and the rest of their baggage-to the next generation.

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“A gloriously entertaining plunge into the ultra-competitive world of youth sports and the lengths we go to for the kids and game we love.”New York Times bestselling author KJ Dell’Antonia

 

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About the Author:

Kathleen West is a veteran school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her A+ human family and two B- dogs.

You can find out more about her books at her website https://www.kathleenwestbooks.com/.

 

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Ep 116: Julia Kelly on Capturing the End of One Era for the Queen and British High Society

Today Julia Kelly is on the podcast to discuss her historical novel, The Last Dance of the Debutante, a masterful, glittering novel that whisks you to midcentury Britain as it follows three of the last debutantes to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II.

We recorded this conversation before the Queen’s passing. It’s fascinating to hear more about the ending of one era for England in the 1950s as we witness another time of change today.

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“Julia Kelly elegantly brings to life the last official presentation of debutantes at court with her exquisitely researched and beautiful written detail in The Last Dance of the Debutante. This story was so decadent, I wanted to don silk and crinoline and read it with a glass of champagne.”  —Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London

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About the Author:

Julia Kelly is the international bestselling author of historical women’s fiction books about the extraordinary stories of the past. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. She has also written historical romance. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London.

You can find out more about her books at her website https://www.juliakellywrites.com/.

 

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Ep 115: Amy Tector on Archival Secrets and Sweeping Readers Away to Paris

Amy Tector is on the podcast this week to discuss her new novel, The Honeybee Emeralds. We chatted about capturing expat life and Parisian destinations, how to have a successful critique group (Amy’s is twenty years in and counting!), her most exciting discoveries as an archivist, and much more.

 

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“Debut novelist Tector captures European life and her characters beautifully as she interweaves the perspectives of four women seeking fulfillment and success in this satisfying adventure. Keep an eye on this author.” —Booklist

 

 

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About the Author:

Amy Tector was born and raised in the rolling hills of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She has worked in archives for the past twenty years and has found some pretty amazing things, including lost letters, mysterious notes, and even a whale’s ear. Amy spent many years as an expat, living in Brussels and in The Hague, where she worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for War Crimes in Yugoslavia. She lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her daughter, dog, and husband.

You can find out more about her books at her website https://www.amytector.com/

 

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Ep 114: Sarah McCoy on Mustique Island’s  Glamour, Royalty, Secrets, and Scandal

Sarah McCoy is back on the podcast this week to discuss her new novel Mustique Island, a compulsive, sun-splashed voyage of self-discovery with a wealthy divorcee and her two headstrong daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and long-held secrets are the buried treasures.

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“Glamorous, scandalous, and wholly immersive in a way that will keep you turning pages long after the sun has set, Mustique Island is a captivating story of mothers and daughters told with adventurous spirit and heart. Toss this in your beach bag and your summer reading is set.”
Steven Rowley, bestselling author of The Guncle  

 

 

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About the Author:

SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of the novels MUSTIQUE ISLAND; MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES; THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN; THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee; THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO (Random House); “The Branch of Hazel: a novella” in GRAND CENTRAL; and LE SOUFFLE DES FEUILLES ET DES PROMESSES, a French exclusive title.

Sarah’s work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post, Read It Forward, Writer Unboxed, and other publications. She hosted the NPR WSNC Radio monthly program “Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy” and is a Board Member for the literary nonprofit Bookmarks. She taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso.

She lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their fur children Gilly Pup and Tutu Cat in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

You can find out more about her books at her website www.sarahmccoy.com or reach her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SarahMMcCoy.

 

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Ep. 113: KJ Dell’Antonia on Online Personas, Creating Small Towns, and Having More Fun with Fiction

This week, KJ Dell’Antonia is on the podcast to discuss her new novel, In Her Boots, a delightfully entertaining story set in small town New Hampshire about a ruse that goes awry and a chaotic homecoming that proves that confronting your past can sometimes set you free. 

 

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In Her Boots is a modern, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud funny novel that reminds us that the only way to find true connection, friendship and belonging is to fully be ourselves. A joy to read from page one all the way to the very end.” —Louise Miller, author of The Late Bloomers’ Club and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

 

 

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About the Author:

KJ Dell’Antonia is the former editor of Motherlode and current contributor to The New York Times, as well as the author of How to Be a Happier Parent and the instant New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club Pick, The Chicken Sisters. She lives with her family on a small farm in Lyme, New Hampshire, but retains an abiding love for her childhood in Texas and Kansas. Learn more: https://kjdellantonia.com

 

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Ep. 112: Jamie Ford on Plotting a Sprawling Family Saga and Exploring Inherited Trauma

This week my guest is Jamie Ford, the New York Times Bestselling Author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. His new novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, is this month’s “Read with Jenna” pick and a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across generations.

 

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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy is simply transcendent. The first Chinese woman to set her lotus-bound feet in America is destined to set off a ripple through time and space, as her descendants struggle with her legacy of loss and loneliness. Themes of karma, courage, love, and motherhood weave timelessly through eight generations of women seeking to find balance in an increasingly tempest-racked world. Jamie Ford has outdone himself!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

 

 

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About the Author:

Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug. Learn more https://jamieford.com.

 

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Ep. 111: Jamie Brenner on Gilt, Seasonal Writing Rhythms, and Sparkling Summer Settings

Jamie Brenner is on the podcast this week to discuss Gilt, a luxurious and richly compelling novel about a famous family jewelry dynasty and the hidden past that could topple it all. 

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“I completely lost myself in Brenner’s blissful, heartfelt novel, centered around a family curse and a luscious pink diamond. A joyous story about shifting family dynamics, self-discovery and the power of forgiveness. The perfect summer read.” —Fiona Davis, New York Timesbestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

 

 

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About the Author:

Jamie Brenner is the author of six novels, including Blush and The Forever Summer. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia on a steady diet of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels, and later moved to New York City to live like the heroines of her favorite books. Jamie now divides her time between Philadelphia and Provincetown. Learn more at www.jamiebrenner.com

 

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Ep. 110: Zibby Owens – Moms Don’t Have Time To… Shake Up the Publishing World

Today bookfluencer extraordinaire Zibby Owens is back on the podcast to discuss her two new books, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature and a picture book called Princess Charming. Zibby also gives the inside scoop on all of her exciting entrepreneurial projects included Zibby Books, Zcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books, and more.

 

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“Zibby Owens’s BOOKENDS is a candid and charming memoir about the ups and downs of midlife through the lens of reading and books. Zibby, one of the most beloved book influencers in America, shares how books can help us through tough times. An inspiring and hopeful read.” -Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

 

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About Zibby:

Zibby Owens is an author, podcaster, publisher, CEO, and mother of four.

Zibby is the founder of Zibby Owens Media, a privately-held media company designed to help busy people live their best lives by connecting to books and each other. The three divisions include Zibby Books, a publishing house for fiction and memoir, Zcast, a podcast network powered by Acast including Zibby’s award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, and Moms Don’t Have Time To, a new content and community site including Zibby’s Virtual Book Club, events, and the former Moms Don’t Have Time to Write. 

She is a regular columnist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on morning news shows recommending books.

Editor of two anthologies (Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids and Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology), a children’s book Princess Charming, and now a memoir Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, Zibby loves to write. She regularly pens personal essays, starting with her first one in Seventeen magazine in 1992.

Zibby lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children.  Follow her on Instagram @zibbyowens. 

 

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Ep. 109: Emily Henry on Book Lovers and Writing Bestselling Rom-coms

Calling all romance fans: today my guest is Emily Henry, author of Book Lovers, an insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

 

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Book Lovers is a treat from start to finish, flipping the conventional small-town love story trope on its head…This enemies-to-lovers novel is a quick and satisfying binge-read.”USA Today

 

 

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About the Author:

Emily Henry studied creative writing at Hope College, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @emilyhenrywrites. Learn more: www.emilyhenrybooks.com.

 

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