Howard Jay Smith | Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 | Author Interview

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Ludwig van Beethoven was the world's first Rock Star. Howard Jay Smith discusses the many great romances in his life, as well as his masterwork, the 9th Symphony. Smith calls the 9th Symphony, "the most profound and influential" piece of Western Classical music ever written, which Beethoven wrote while entirely deaf. Howard Jay Smith also talks about the research that went into writing this historical novel, Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.

Interviewed by Jeffrey Masters.

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Bio: Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Ojai, California. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is his third book. He [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

California by Edan Lepucki | Book Discussion

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The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with [...]

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

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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 [...]