When Marissa Meyer debuted the first Lunar Chronicles novel, she took everything we thought we know about the fairytales of our childhood, and turned them upside down. Set in a futuristic world, the colonies are about declare war with the Moon and our Red Riding Hood and Cinderella characters are no longer damsels in distress, but emerging leaders of the resistance. The newest novel, and character in the series, is Cress, and she’s been locked in a satellite orbiting the earth for most of her life.
Have you ever felt the pull to a particular place? In Kat Rosenfield’s novel Inland, our main character Callie, and all the women in her family, feel an unexplained pull to the ocean. We also learn that the further from the coast she travels, the sicker she becomes. The book is part fantasy, but with a sound foundation of realism, and Rosefield weaves a tragically beautiful tale that keeps the reader coming back for more.
When Veronica Roth began writing in her dorm room at Northwestern University, she had no idea that a year after graduating college she’d be a New York Times best seller, and have a multi-platform franchise. The novel that made it all happen was Divergent. Since then, Roth has finished the trilogy, seen the first movie hit the silver screens with Golden Globe & SAG nominee Shailene Woodly as our heroine, and written a companion novel, Four: A Divergent Collection.
When I was about 9 years old my best friend’s family took me to Tanglewood for the first time. I remember Rachel’s mother showing us the echo bench, and how we would divulge our secrets on one end to have it heard on the other, throwing us into fits of giggles and solemn promises to keep them safe. We would then take off running, on the endless sprawling lawns, only to find our way back to the bench again. I remember how thrilled I was that the Pops knew the song that Looney Tunes used in their commercials. (Later I was to deduce, it wasn’t that they were so pop-culture savvy to know what Bugs Bunny knew, but Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik had been around much longer.)
Three years ago, Emmy Laybourne debuted her heart pounding trilogy Monument 14, where 14 kids and teens sought refuge in a Big Box store as the world outside was being ripped apart by violent storms, and a release of chemicals that targeted their blood types – making some blood thirsty killers, while rendering others sterile, or severely paranoid.
Hello, WAMC Land! This month we have a great line-up for the 4th, but before I get to that, we do have one change in programming. You may have noticed that on Friday 6/27, Marketplace Money was called Marketplace Weekend. No, you weren’t going crazy… it’s supposed to be that way. The Marketplace crew has revamped the show for your listening pleasure and will deliver on their core content coverage area of business and economic news. They’ll be adding more technology coverage, a wrap-up and analysis of the week's "Numbers," interesting interviews and maintaining the strong and distinctive approach to personal finance and investing that has always been a hallmark of Marketplace Money. Lizzy O’Leary will continue to host the program. Please note that now our Friday at 9PM show will be the first airing, and the repeat will air Sunday mornings at 7AM.
Jeff Guinn has captivated readers with his historical fiction novels, The Autobiography of Santa Claus, and Go Down to Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, as well as his nonfiction work on Charles Manson, and the OK Corral. Now in his newest historical fiction trilogy, beginning with Glorious, Guinn takes a look at the silver prospectors of the late 1800’s in the Arizona territory.
Greetings and salutations, WAMC Land. By now the Fund Drive is well underway and the volunteers are manning the phones, awaiting your pledges. So to whet your palate for the other side of fund drive, here are some teasers about what’s coming in the latter half of the month.
The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming, and it’s the perfect weather to get outdoors. Now, most people would think that this is counterintuitive. I mean, do we really want you to leave your cars or home and radios behind? Of course not! Did you know can take WAMC with you on the go? That’s right, we can be where ever you are via your smartphone, tablet, and of course any of your listening devices. The WAMC app has been updated for iPhones and androids and you can always stream WAMC and WAMC2 HD on-line, so you can always get to our website and listen while on the go as well.
There are few things in life that are completely black and white, and completely good and bad. In Sally Green’s new novel, Half Bad, our main character Nathan is beginning to understand this first hand. His life is driven by people who don’t believe in grey areas, and want to make sure he’s designated either good or bad.