Hilary Liftin | Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper | Author Interview

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Hilary Liftin is Hollywood's go-to ghostwriter. She's collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, Mackenzie Phillips, and many others. In her first novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, Hilary explores celebrity life through the fictional movie star, Lizzie Pepper. We talk to her about her new book and what it's like helping celebrities to tell their stories.

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Hilary Liftin about her novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper.

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Bio: Hilary Liftin is a ghostwriter/collaborator specializing in celebrity memoir. Since 2006 she has worked on fifteen books, ten of which hit the [...]

Carine McCandless | The Wild Truth | Author Interview

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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

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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 [...]

Melissa Marr | Made for You | Author Interview

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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

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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

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“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 [...]