author http://wamc.org en 'Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War' By Helen Thorpe http://wamc.org/post/soldier-girls-battles-three-women-home-and-war-helen-thorpe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the spring of 2001, three women enlisted in the Indiana National Guard. Each had her own idea of what a stint in the Guard might mean — free education, a sense of purpose, extra money. But just months after they signed up, the 9/11 attacks occurred and what they thought would be a couple days of drills each month turned into long overseas deployments.</p><p>In her new book, <em>Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War</em>, <a href="http://www.helenthorpe.wordpress.com/">Helen Thorpe</a> follows the lives of Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton for 12 years.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 98013 at http://wamc.org 'Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War' By Helen Thorpe 'Sister Mother Husband Dog ' By Delia Ephron http://wamc.org/post/sister-mother-husband-dog-delia-ephron <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Delia and Nora Ephron were writing partners; they co-wrote the movies <em>You've Got Mail</em> and <em>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em> as well as the off-Broadway hit <em>Love, Loss and What I Wore</em>. Delia was an assistant producer on Nora's film <em>Sleepless in Seattle</em>.</p><p>In her latest book, <em>Sister Mother Husband Dog</em>, novelist <a href="http://www.deliaephronwriter.com/">Delia Ephron</a> writes that losing her older sister, Nora Ephron, was like "losing an arm, it's that deranging." Nora, who wrote <em>When Harry Met Sally</em>, died of acute myeloid leukemia in June 2012.</p><p>But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia acknowledges that sister relationships are complicated. <em>Sister Mother Husband Dog</em> is a collection of autobiographical essays.</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 97937 at http://wamc.org 'Sister Mother Husband Dog ' By Delia Ephron "Updike" By Adam Begley http://wamc.org/post/updike-adam-begley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing “middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities.”</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88848 at http://wamc.org "Updike" By Adam Begley The Book Show #1361 - Lydia Davis http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1361-lydia-davis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lydia Davis is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story.” She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, one of world literature’s most prestigious prizes.</span></p><p>Her latest collection is <em>can’t and won’t - stories</em>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 97077 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1361 - Lydia Davis Joanna Rakoff Coming To The Mount's Touchstones Series http://wamc.org/post/joanna-rakoff-coming-mounts-touchstones-series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In its Touchstones author series, <a href="http://www.edithwharton.org/">The Mount</a> in Lenox, MA welcomes journalist/author <a href="http://www.katebolick.com/">Kate Bolick</a> for a series of interviews with leading writers.</p><p>The August 15 program will feature<a href="http://www.joannarakoff.com/"> Joanna Smith Rakoff</a> whose new memoir, <em>My Salinger Year</em>, was recently released in June and is an Amazon Best Book pick for summer reading!</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 96782 at http://wamc.org Joanna Rakoff Coming To The Mount's Touchstones Series "Anna and Solomon” At Battenkill Books http://wamc.org/post/anna-and-solomon-battenkill-books <p>The Sendak Fellowship was established in 2010 as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration. The fellowship offers the time for artists to explore their craft outside the limitations of everyday life and in the relative isolation of a rural setting. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:12:48 +0000 Joe Donahue 95816 at http://wamc.org "Anna and Solomon” At Battenkill Books The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1357-joanna-rakoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.</p><p>Her memoir of that time is called: <em>My Salinger Year</em>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95080 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff Paul Doiron's "The Bone Orchard" http://wamc.org/post/paul-doirons-bone-orchard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Bestselling author <a href="http://www.pauldoiron.com/">Paul Doiron</a> is the editor in chief of <em>Down East: The Magazine of Maine</em>. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, <em>The Poacher's Son</em>, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. His latest book is <em>The Bone Orchard</em>.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94981 at http://wamc.org Paul Doiron's "The Bone Orchard" Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" http://wamc.org/post/final-novel-deborah-harkness-all-souls-trilogy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.deborahharkness.com/">Deborah Harkness</a> is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling <em>All Souls Trilogy</em>, and the final book in that trilogy, <em>The Book of Life</em>, is out today.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94880 at http://wamc.org Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes http://wamc.org/post/one-plus-one-jojo-moyes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, <em>Me Before You</em>.</p><p>Now, with <em>One Plus One</em>, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story. <em>One Plus One</em> tells the tale of Jess Thomas, a single mother and housecleaner in a southern England seaside town, and the thrown-together relationship she develops with one of her clients, the wealthy, hopelessly geeky Ed Nicholls.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94243 at http://wamc.org "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes