Tara Ison | Reeling Through Life | Author Interview


In Reeling Through Life, Tara Ison explores how movies have, for better or worse, shaped the many aspects of her life. Films are didactic and entertaining, but more than that, they shape our identities. They offer glimpses into other realties and offer up ways-of-being that inform how we operate in the world. Reeling Through Life is equal parts memoir and film study. In 10 insightful and humorous essays, Tara talks about 115 films and their continuing impact on her life.
"And I'm eleven years old again, fearing invisibility, hoping to be heard. Seeking the distinction and complexity of dysfunction and dark secrets. Hoping to [...]

Alexandra Fuller| Leaving Before the Rains Come | Author Interview


Alexandra Fuller (best known for her memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood) writes about her marriage and its slow unravel in her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come. She describes her husband as “the perfect rescuer” who would save her from the chaos of her family and their life in Africa, and juxtaposes him with stories of her father who declared “boring” to be the worst possible sin. Leaving Before the Rains Come is written with wit and candor; it’s a raw exploration of one’s self that is both unabashed and elegant.
“Long after the divorce was final [...]

Carine McCandless | The Wild Truth | Author Interview


Jon Krakauer's international bestseller, Into the Wild, and Sean Penn's inspirational film of the same name skyrocketed Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) to global fame after he hitchhiked to Alaska and walked into the wilderness alone in 1992. In The Wild Truth, Chris's sister, Carine, tells her own story, while filling in the blanks of her brother's journey. Together they witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family, and reveals how she learned that real redemption can only come from [...]

Jimmy Dore | Your Country Is Just Not That Into You | Author Interview


Why is your brother-in-law concerned about the Estate Tax? Why do millionaire news reporters get everything wrong? Why are blood-sucking teachers bankrupting America? Jimmy Dore, the comedy darling of America’s Progressive Left, answers all these questions and more! In this laugh-out-loud collection of essays that are both street-smart and informed, Jimmy sets out to discover what’s wrong. Crackling with caustic wit and insight, no aspect of American life is safe from Jimmy’s hilarious scrutiny. He gets to the heart of the issues: why Republicans should support gay marriage or why the President shouldn’t have Secret Security until the country has gun control, bringing clarity [...]

Doyin Richards | Daddy Doin' Work | Author Interview


Doyin Richards’ adventures in fatherhood have been documented on his blog, Daddy Doin’ Work. With this book, he answers questions about fatherhood that many women want to know in his no-nonsense, entertaining style. He urges new mothers to enter the minds of new dads, thereby changing their perception of what should be expected from a modern father.
"Dads who teach their kids to be who they are, love themselves, be kind to others - while offering affection in the process - will increase the likelihood of raising happy, healthy, successful children." - Doyin Richards, Daddy Doin' Work
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Thomas Page McBee | Man Alive | Author Interview


Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer the question, "What does it mean to be a man?" His new book focuses on the two men who most impacted his life, his father who abused him as a child and a mugger who almost killed him. He seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood while grappling with the decision to transition from female to male. Man Alive is extraordinarily personal, while still telling the universal story of how we struggle to create ourselves.
“Being human means being at the mercy of others. It’s uncomfortable at that knife’s edge, but you’ve still got a choice [...]

Gail Sheehy | Daring: My Passages | Author Interview


Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times. Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring also celebrates the beguiling love story between Gail and Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. Sheehy also recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of twentieth-century leaders such as Hillary [...]

Melissa Marr | Made for You | Author Interview


Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, which has sold more than one million copies and is published in twenty-six countries. Her new thriller, Made For You, is a Southern Gothic story that follows Eva Tilling after after she wakes up in the hospital. She is being stalked by an obsessive killer, and survives a hit-and-run to discover she now has the ability to foresee the deaths of those around her.
"I pick both items up and slip them into my purse. I’ve been going to the shooting range with my grandfather for years, so I feel [...]

Ben Mezrich | Seven Wonders | Author Interview


Returning to fiction, Ben Mezrich's novel Seven Wonders follows Jack Grady, a field anthropologist and 21st century Indiana Jones, embarks on a far-flung journey around the globe – from China to Peru; Egypt to Brazil – as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, represented by seven divided segments of a golden snake. Jack and his team, complete with intrepid grad students and a brilliant genetic botanist, discover a conspiracy to hide a road map to the Garden of Eden.

Grounded in carefully researched historical fact, Seven Wonders marks the start of a multi-book series whose rights have already [...]

Caitlin Doughty | Smoke Gets in Your Eyes | Author Interview


“Not being forced to see corpses is a privilege of the developed world.” - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
While most people want to avoid thinking about death, Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory made it her life's work. In this behind the scenes look at the funeral industry, Caitlin reveals the strange history and practices of the funeral industry, marveling at the bizarre and wonderful practices from different cultures. Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and [...]

Lois Lowry | The Giver | Author Interview


Lois Lowry's book, The Giver, introduces us to a seemingly perfect utopia. There is no pain or suffering, but with that, we learn that society has given up their right to make any personal choices for themselves. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to be trained by The Giver and is forced to see the unpleasant truths that make up his society.

In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lois Lowry about her award-winning novel, The Giver.

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"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness [...]

Leslie Lehr | What a Mother Knows | Author Interview


How far would a mother go to protect her child? This is the question that Leslie Lehr asks in her new novel, What a Mother Knows. When Michelle wakes up in the hospital after a near-fatal car crash that resulted in an extended coma, she finds her world has completely changed. On top of marital issues and a troubling lawsuit, she discovers that her daughter has been missing, and she begins her own investigation to try to get her back. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Leslie Lehr about her book, What a Mother Knows.
"Maybe she was still asleep [...]

Pamela Ribon | Notes to Boys | Author Interview


As a teenager, Pamela Ribon would write lengthy love letters to the boys that she had crushes on. In her new book, Notes to Boys, she reexamines these letters and other journal entries to write about her life as a lovelorn teenager. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks to Pamela Ribon about her new book, Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public.
“The real tragedy is that nobody ever pulled me aside to gently inform me that some feelings I should keep inside, that not everybody deserves my truth...or at least so much of my truth.” [...]

Courtney Robertson | I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends | Author Interview


On Season 16 of The Bachelor, Courtney Robertson became one of the biggest villains in the franchise’s history. She infamously broke the rules and partook in an illicit skinny-dip that helped seal her proposal to the season's bachelor, Ben Flajnik. I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain is her side of the story. In the book, Courtney dishes about finding love, her famous exes, and what really happens behind the scenes on. I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends is the first ever book written by a former contestant about the show, and she shares many of the [...]

Wally Rudolph | Four Corners | Author Interview


Wally Rudolph's debut novel, Four Corners, follows Frank Bruce as he navigates the often savage corners of the American southwest. This is a love story juxtaposed against the beauty of Wally's language, and the violent members of his past. In this addition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Wally Rudolph (pen name of Walter Wong, Sons of Anarchy) about Four Corners.
"It was bright and dark - the way it can be in parking lots at night - but I could see Maddie's freckles drowning in a swelling red and tears flooding her cheeks. I wanted to feel right. But all my [...]

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke | Your Perfect Life | Author Interview


Like the main characters in their new novel, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for twenty-five years, surviving high school and college together. After an argument on their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel, the main characters, wake up in each other’s bodies and are forced to navigate their altered realities. They quickly realize that they don’t know each other or themselves as well as they thought.

In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke about their new book, Your Perfect Life.
"My mouth tastes like ass. Rolling over, I grab for [...]

Lauren Miller | Free to Fall | Author Interview


Lauren Miller's novel, Free to Fall, is a romantic thriller that takes place in the near future. In this world, it is understood that to achieve happiness in your life, you must follow every recommendation of an app on your mobile device. It's a life-changing technology called Lux that optimizes every decision, big or small, for the best personal results. Free to Fall explores consequences after the main character, Rory, goes to an elite boarding school and stops following the recommendations of her Lux. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lauren Miller about her new book, Free to Fall. [...]

Melissa de la Cruz | The Ring & The Crown | Author Interview


Melissa de la Cruz is the best-selling author many books including the Blue Bloods series, The Ashleys, Heart of Dread, How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, Fresh Off the Boat, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas, and The Witches of East End, which was recently adapted into a television series on Lifetime. In a world where money can buy access to magic, and magic is power, Melissa's new book, The Ring and The Crown, centers around the lives of Princess Marie-Victoria and her mage, Aelwyn as they come to age in an alternate [...]

Dinah Lenney | The Object Parade |Author Interview


Dinah Lenney’s book, The Object Parade, is a collection of interconnected essays that examine meaningful objects – her grandfather’s piano, her mother's green earrings, her mole – and the stories that they evoke from her life. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Dinah Lenney about her new book, The Object Parade.
"It flashed: a pale, round star in the lobe of her ear; a circle of stone shot through with light — not emerald, or chartreuse, or aquamarine — a color like no other." - Dinah Lenney on her Mother's Green Earrings, from The Object Parade
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Patricia Storace | The Book of Heaven | Author Interview


Patricia Storace's novel, The Book of Heaven, asks "What if a woman's point of view were Gods?" The stories and their accompanying proverbs reimagine the lives of familiar women from the old testament including the Queen of Sheba, Job's wife, Abraham's wife, and a polytheistic cook. As The Book of Heaven commences, Eve speaks about what is alleged to have happened in the Garden of Eden, a story she hardly recognizes. She tells her version of events, revealing that the constellations we are accustomed to seeing above conceal heavens with which we have yet to contend. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters, sits [...]

Jason Mitchell | Getting Groomed | Author Interview


Getting Groomed is the first and only wedding planner for gay grooms. It includes sample budgets and a master timeline, and walks a gay couple through every aspect of planning a wedding. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters, sits down and talks with Jason Mitchell about his new book, Getting Groomed.

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Jason Mitchell is the Wedding Planer at Shiraz Events located in NYC. Prior to joining their team, he served as the Event and Banquet Manager at the members-only Soho House New York where he has designed, planned [...]

Kevin Sampsell |This is Between Us | Author Interview


Chronicling five years of a troubled romance,This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

Join Jason Squamata, Pat Janowski, Mark Savage, and Kevin Sampsell [...]

Jackie Collins | Confessions of a Wild Child | Author Interview


Jackie Collins has sold over 500 million books in over 40 different countries. She has just published her 30th book where she shares a glimpse into the childhood of her most popular character, Lucky Santangelo. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Jackie about her newest book, Confessions of a Wild Child.
"I think that in another life - I'm going to sound very Shirley MacLaine - I was either a panther, or I was a black male soul singer, or I was Italian...My house is filled with paintings of panthers and leopards. I just love them. They give me [...]

Anthony Russell | Outrageous Fortune | Author Interview


Anthony Russell, author of Outrageous Fortune, describes himself as lucky with lineage. Growing up at Leeds Castle, he says, "Money, and lots of it, appeared to grow on trees, especially those which adorned the Leeds Castle parkland. Ancestors with glowing titles and extraordinary accomplishments filled the history books, but there would be consequences for being handed everything of a material nature on a plate, with no clear indication of what one might be expected to do with such good fortune." Anthony’s life of privilege and luxury was matched with the fear of breaking one of the unwritten rules of the Castle Way. Outrageous [...]

Charity Gaye Finnestad |Hollywood in Heels | Author Interview


Charity Gaye Finnestad describes herself as a modern-day Alice in Wonderland who has fallen down the rabbit hole. While sill in her 20s, Charity left Oregon and her second husband to move to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Along the way, she started her popular blog, Hollywood in Heels, where she documented her adventures while dating and learning to navigate the entertainment industry.

Her new book of the same name expands on the blog and is smart, funny, and unapologetically honest. Charity writes that Hollywood’s primary commodity is sex and that “illusion is the name of the game.” In Hollywood [...]

Monica Drake | The Stud Book | Author Interview


“The Stud Book” edition, is an exploration of Monica Drake’s “The Stud Book”, an ensemble meditation on the mating games and hilarious sadness of motherhood and fatherhood. In this podcast, host Jason Squamata talks about the book on the levels of craft, theme, and character. Joining Jason with the breakdown are co-hosts Doug Dean, Pat Janowski, and Mark Savage. Also joining the hosts is the Author of “The Stud Book”, Monica Drake, who will expose the slices of life and art that engendered this compelling new novel. It’s Book Circle Online's “The Stud Book” podcast!

About “The Stud Book”:
“A sharp-edged satire of contemporary [...]