Katie Britton

Hello WAMC Land. As some of you are reading this, we are in the throes of another glorious fund drive. Some of you have already pledged, and I know some of you are waiting for the right moment. Perhaps I can entice you to pledge sooner than later by dangling the programming carrot in front of you. Not a fan of carrots you say? Hmmm, well how about the biggest and most crispy slice of bacon? Yep, knew that would work.

Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.

David Levithan’s new novel, Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love. Levithan also takes it several steps further by having the lost generation of AIDS victims tell the story as they see it unfolding.

In Sara Farizan’s debut novel, If You Could Be Mine, she articulately weaves a tale of secret love, self-actualization, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow. Set in current day Iran, Farizan writes about being gay in a society that punishes homosexuality and tries to fix them by offering transgender surgery, while also capturing the multitude of emotions that love infects in everyone.

On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But the rescue mission wasn’t as easy or successful as the military had hoped.

In Michael Hassan’s debut novel Crash & Burn, we’re told a story that people are all too familiar with in today’s headlines - a school shooting. In the weeks and months after his school was taken hostage at gunpoint by his ex-best friend Burn, Crash re-hashes his role in saving the school and the events that led the two childhood friends take two very different paths. This page-turning fictional story has the grit of real teenage life, and stresses out the reader in ways that makes you crave more.

We often see cookie cookbooks, bread books, cookbooks with a Latin, Italian or Asian flare, but rarely see Polish food featured. Well we can look no further than Anne Applebaum & Danielle Crittenden’s From a Polish Country House Kitchen. What was once considered no frills, heavy eating is brought to a simple, clean, and refreshing level that will have your taste buds singing.

Jeff Probst has become a household name. As the host of the reality TV show Survivor, Probst has brought viewers to remote locations for 26 seasons, as marooned strangers duke it out to be the sole survivor and win the million dollar prize. But that’s not all Probst does; he wrapped-up his daytime talk show in February, has directed two feature films, and now he’s co-writing a tween series, Stranded, of which the second book, Trial by Fire is out now.

In Scott Speer’s enthralling Immortal City trilogy, the world has changed. Angels have ‘come out’ and it’s their turn to have a piece of the American dream. No longer are the Hollywood Hills & Walk of Fame filled with movie stars, instead they’re names of the greatest Angels, and the best shows are the real life saves that a streamed real time. Angels are the rock stars of the world, and no one can forget that it’s pay to save. Now the second novel in the series is out, Natural Born Angel, and Maddy and Jacks are at a cross roads, as the roles are reversed, futures are in question, and the big and bad, just got bigger and badder. 

We’ve all heard of the story, if not read, H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau.  As narrator Edward Prendick   accounted the happenings of the Island, we got a creepy glimpse into vivisection. Author Meghan Shepherd has now taken the tale one step further, and her novel The Madman’s Daughter tells the story from the newly created daughter of Dr. Moreau, Juliet.