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Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery (Verlaque and Bonnet Mysteries) by M. L. Longworth
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Morning Edition: Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town
Antoine Verlaque, the handsome chief magistrate of Aix, and his sometime love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet, investigate the death of a local French nobleman who fell from the family chãateau in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence.
This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs by C. W. Neill
Morning Edition: For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book
Shares humorous introductory scenes for unfinished screenplays, including scenes inspired by blockbuster films and television shows.
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
NPR: 'Electric Blue Suit' Is A Wise, Wistful Look At Memory And Mystery
Working at a run-down English family resort during the sweltering summer of 1976, college student David searches for his biological father among suspicious characters and amid eerie visions of a mysterious man.
Dear Committee Members: A Novel by Julie Schumacher
Fresh Air: In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To ‘Dear Committee Members’
Enduring budget cuts at his small liberal arts college, literature professor Jason Fitger despairs of his writing ambitions and imposed role in a star pupil’s would-be opus while writing wryly comic, passive-aggressive letters to students and colleagues.
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by MD, Judy Melinek, T.J. Mitchell
All Things Considered: Medical Examiner: ‘Staying Alive Is Mostly Common Sense’
A New York City forensic pathologist describes her experiences working as a medical examiner during the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax attack, and the plane crash of Flight 587.
Friendswood: A Novel by Rene Steinke
Weekend Edition: Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In ‘Friendswood’
Steinke’s sense of this small Texas town, with its explosive and interconnected lives and deaths, is absolutely masterful.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
A big, moving novel of one tight-knit Texas community and the events that alter its residents’ lives forever.
Friendswood, Texas, is a small Gulf Coast town of church suppers, oil rigs on the horizon, hurricane weather, and high school football games. When tragedy rears its head with an industrial leak that kills and sickens residents, it pulls on the common thread that runs through the community, intensifying everything. From a confused fifteen-year-old girl beset by visions, to a high school football star tormented by his actions, to a mother galvanized by the death of her teen daughter, to a morally bankrupt father trying to survive his mistakes, René Steinke explores what happens when families are trapped in the ambiguity of history’s misstepswhen the actions of a few change the lives and well-being of many.
Driving the narrative powerfully forward is the suspenseful question of the fates of four Friendswood families, and Steinke’s striking insight and empathy. Inspired in part by the town where she herself grew up, this layered, propulsive, psychologically complex story is poignant proof that extreme public events, as catastrophic as they might seem, must almost always pale in comparison to the intimate personal experiences and motivations of grief, love, lust, ambition, anxiety, and regret.
Your Face in Mine: A Novel by Jess Row
Weekend Edition: Race Change Surgery Is Reality In ‘Your Face In Mine’
NPR: False Equivalencies Mar This Bold ‘Face’
Shocked by a childhood friend’s decision to dramatically change his appearance after immersing himself for twenty years in black culture, widower Kelly Thorndike confronts morally ambiguous choices about race, identity, and belonging.
Lauren Bacall 1924 - 2014
Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall was Humphrey Bogart’s partner on and off the screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Tony Awards and received an honorary Oscar in 2009. Beautiful, elegant, sultry and sexy, one more link to “old hollywood” has been lost and will be missed. In 1999, Bacall was the 20th out of 25 actresses listed on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars list with films such as “To Have or Have Not,” “Key Largo,”: “How To Marry a Millionaire,” and “The Mirror has Two Faces.”
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Morning Edition: Hollywood, Broadway Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89
All Things Considered: The Countless Lives of Lauren Bacall
Fresh Air: Lauren Bacall
Great Classic Film Legends: Lauren Bacall - 4 classic films demonstrating both her beauty and talent - Includes Key Largo, Blood Alley, Dark Passage and Designing Woman.
The Mirror has Two Faces - Lauren Bacall was the odds on favorite to win the best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Barbara Streisand’s overbearing, manipulative, over-the top, controlling mother.
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NPR: It’s Faction Against Faction In A Grim Future Chicago
The Current: Movie Maven: ‘Divergent’
KCRW’s The Business: 'Divergent' Producers Launch a Franchise
Morning Edition: From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range
KCRW Film Reviews: Divergent
WBEZ: Ten things you didn’t know about Divergent
Take Two: 25-year-old bestselling author Veronica Roth on her hit ‘Divergent’ trilogy
Morning Edition: 'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: Divergent
NPR’s Monkey See: Not So ‘Divergent’: The Cookie-Cutter Nonconformist
Morning Edition: A Meteoric Rise For Young ‘Divergent’ Author
Divergent is set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.
Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker
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All Things Considered: For Benjamin Booker, A Missed Shot Became A Music Career
The Current: Album Review: Benjamin Booker, ‘Benjamin Booker’
The Current: Benjamin Booker performs in The Current studio
KCRW: Benjamin Booker
NPR First Listen: Benjamin Booker, ‘Benjamin Booker’
World Cafe: Benjamin Booker On World Cafe
NPR All Songs TV: Benjamin Booker, ‘Have You Seen My Son?’
Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. He is influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. Benjamin Booker’s debut self-titled album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff)
Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking by Ben Ford, Carolynn Carreño
KCRW Good Food: Taming the Feast
Chef Ben Ford worked at Chez Panisse before moving to Los Angeles to work at Campanile and Chadwick. His new cookbook, Taming the Feast, offers DIYers diagrams, line drawings, and timelines for creating a backyard party to satisfy the masses.
Only Run by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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Morning Becomes Eclectic: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
NPR First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, ‘Only Run’
”As Always,” the first song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s fourth album, is an enormous sounding rush of ambient noise, thunderclap snare shots, iridescent guitar beauty and singer Alec Ounsworth guardedly assuring, ”Sooner or later I will change/And we will be all right.” The mix of rich ambition and shaky optimism defines a band that’s traded clattery low-fi post-punk for music that’s high drama and hooky hearty….”Only Run” is an album that rarely seems overblown, even when the songs are big enough to fill a cathedral.
A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream by Eric Liu
Morning Edition: Author Explores Irony And Identity In ‘A Chinaman’s Chance’
The author examines the role of today’s Chinese Americans, describing his family’s search for identity in the traditions of both countries and reconciling the sometimes opposing views on success, virtue, power and purpose in life.
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
Fresh Air: Nuclear ‘Command And Control’: A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes
The author of Fast Food Nation presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and what the author perceives as America’s growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.
The Golden Echo by Kimbra
NPR First Listen: Kimbra, ‘The Golden Echo’
Kimbra’s 2nd album The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The Golden Echo was produced by Rich Costey who has been on her dream list of collaborators since she was 15. The lyrics find her grappling with a range of subject matter, from feeling nostalgic about young love on “90s Music,” to being caught up in a place of narrowness on “Mad House,” to wanting to run away and make a new life on “Carolina,” to the vulnerability that follows succumbing to temptation on “Be Everlovin Ya.” Kimbra wrote several of the songs with Daniel Johns from Silverchair, another idol of hers.