Consumed by David Cronenberg | Book Discussion

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David Cronenberg, the celebrated Canadian film director, lauded by The New York Times for creating “some of the best, most challenging, most unusual English-language films of the last twenty years,” and named a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France—turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, disturbing intersection of desire and decay in Consumed, his highly anticipated debut novel.

In the book-filled, artfully messy Paris apartment of the famous French intellectuals Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, an astonishing discovery is made—the grisly, butchered remains of Celestine, partially eaten. Her husband, sought by police for questioning, is nowhere to be found.

Naomi [...]

Pamela Ribon | Notes to Boys | Author Interview

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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.” [...]

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 [...]

Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner | Book Discussion

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Dead Stars is Bruce Wagner’s most lavish and remarkable translation yet of the national zeitgeist: post-privacy porn culture, a Kardashianworld of rapid-cycling, disposable narrative where reality-show triumph is the new American narcotic.

At age thirteen, Telma is famous as the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor until threatened with obscurity by a four-year-old Canadian who’s just undergone a mastectomy … Reeyonna believes that auditioning for pregnant-teen porn online will help fulfill her dream of befriending Jennifer Lawrence and Kanye West … Biggie, the neurologically impaired adolescent son of a billionaire, spends his days Google Map-searching his mother-who abandoned home and family for a new love [...]

Wally Rudolph | Four Corners | Author Interview

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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

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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

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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. [...]

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Discussion

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After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach. Following the tumultuous twelfth expedition chronicled in ANNIHILATION, the agency is in complete disarray.

John Rodrigues (aka "Control") is the Southern Reach's newly appointed head. Working with a distrustful but desperate team, a series of frustrating interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, Control begins to penetrate the secrets of Area [...]

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

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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

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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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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Book Discussion

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Join the Book Circle team as we investigate the he said/she said psychosis of GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn's bestselling hypnotic thriller (soon to be a major motion picture):

"Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates [...]