Ep. 94 Stuff We Don’t Know (But Should) with Fredrik Backman

We’re joined by Fredrik Backman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Anxious People, the perils of helping to coach his girl’s soccer team, all the stuff you’re simply expected to know as an adult, being inspired by World War Z, Kevin Costner baseball movies, Andre Agassi and Donna Tartt commonalities, and the sublime ideality of a hamburger. We also recommend: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon, and Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Audiobook of the week is Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson.   Plus- Dave gets busted by his Principal, Laura just says no to the Ritz Carlton, and Andrew’s mustache makes him look like an NFL coach from the 70s.

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Pop Stars and Fame With Elissa R. Sloan

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Elissa R Sloan for a fun conversation about her new book The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, how she was inspired by America’s Next Top Model, the impossible standards women face, *NSYNC’s rotating cube, and how she held off getting therapy until after the book was finished.

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Ep. 91 Stepping On Cats With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a conversation about her fantastic book The Butcher’s Daughter, investigative genealogy, crying while writing, spending more time researching than writing, her clumsiness, and listening to audiobooks while swimming. We also recommend: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Dead West by Matt Goldman, and The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly. Audiobook of the week is Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.   Plus- Dave is surprised at every turn as he starts teaching virtually, Laura details the misadventures of hybrid learning, and Andrew gets a mail order bride bike.

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Ep. 88 Buried Treasure with Kirsty Manning

We are joined by Kirsty Manning for a fun conversation about her new book The Lost Jewels, American optimism vs. Australian sarcasm,  the Cheapside Hoard, the craftsmanship of jewelry,  the timelessness of the human spirit, and how her novel was borne of  procrastination. We also recommend Before You Go by Tommy Butler, Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, and Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn Muir. Our audiobook of the week is Soul Circus by George Pelecanos. Plus – Dave goes to the DMV for the screaming, Laura is stressed out at a photo shoot, and Andrew goes horse riding and gets a biter. 

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Ep. 87 Where The Bodies Are Buried With Shari Lapena

We’re joined by author Shari Lapena and we discuss her new book The End of Her, her staunch refusal to outline, why she loves torturing parents, and how she can take a horrific news story and turn it into a crackling good thriller. We recommend: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken.  Audiobook of the week is Creepers by David Morrell narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor. Plus – Dave’s UPS guy chastises him, Laura says goodbye to her car by recalling all three times it was totaled, and Andrew buys a house in the town made famous by Killdozer.

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Ep 86 Andrew Five-0

We recommend: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey CatesA Dangerous Breed by Glen Eric Hamilton and The Watcher by Saxon Andrew.  Audiobook of the week is Shiner by Amy Jo Burns narrated by Catherine Taber. Plus – Dave waits hours for a piece of cake, Andrew’s “surprise” 50th birthday party, and Laura is preparing for a metaphorical hurricane.

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Ep. 84 Getting Rabid With Paul Tremblay

We are joined by Paul Tremblay! We discuss his new book Survivor Song, being inspired by panic, finding a new twist on zombies, rabies books, and Honeycomb cereal. We also recommend: Forward: Stories of Tomorrow edited by Blake Crouch and Adrift by Greg Curtis.  Audiobook of the week is Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. Plus- Dave, Andrew, and Laura share their 4th of July stories replete with cops and backyard fireworks mishaps.

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Joining Cults with Jeffery Deaver

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Jeffery Deaver! We chat about speed walking, his excellent new book The Goodbye Man, the Deaver formula, and that time his hot date turned out to be a cult recruiter.

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Ep. 75 – Shopping Bolivia’s Witch Market with Jennifer Steil

Author Jennifer Steil joins us for a chat about her new book Exile Music, living the high life in La Paz, miniature houses, and her special relationship with pancakes.  We recommend: Exile Music by Jennifer Steil, Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, and Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is Deadwood by Pete Dexter narrated by J. Rodney Turner.  Dave takes a bike ride and sees monsters, Laura hears talk of cadaver autopsies, and Andrew battles a mariachi band.

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Ep. 74 Kimberly McCreight and Rikers Island Restrooms

New York Times Bestselling author Kimberly McCreight joins us for a chat about her new thriller A Good Marriage, the terror of not outlining, laptop stickers, and getting to the bottom of the whole marriage thing.  We recommend: Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates, The Line That Held Us by David Joy, and Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson Hernandez narrated by Glenn Davis and Ron Butler.  Dave is sickened by a mask stain, Laura is stopped in traffic by people in the street, and Andrew’s getting a pool.

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Ep. 73 C Pam Zhang

Author C Pam Zhang joins us for a chat about her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, creating her own mythology, otherness, moving a lot as a kid, and why The Lion King > Tiger King.  We recommend: A Brazen Curiousity by Lynn Messina, Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik, and Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer.  Audiobook of the week is The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel narrated by the fabulous Lisa Flanagan.  Dave is a destroyer of jumper cables, Laura finds no relief from her yakking mechanics, and Andrew reminisces on a shirtless Amish hunk.

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Episode 72 – Seeking Vengeance with Jack Carr

Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr joins us for a chat about his new novel Savage Son, writing torture scenes, action missions in Iraq, and writing the book he wanted to write since 6th Grade.  We recommend: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau, Do No Harm by Max Allan Collins, and Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.  Audiobook of the week is Broken by Don Winslow narrated by the fantastic Ray Porter.  Dave is tired of people sidling up next to him, Laura details the worst purchase she made this year, and Andrew goes to war against pine trees.

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Ep. 71 – Of Genes & Monsters with Danielle Trussoni

Author Danielle Trussoni joins us for a chat about her fanstastic novel The Ancestor, DNA tests gone wrong, Austrian castles, and how being bored in church led to a fascination with the supernatural. We recommend: The Straw Men by Michael Marshall, The Worst is Yet to Come by S. P. Miskowski, and Transcendence and Rebellion by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is Deacon King Kong by James McBride narrated by the brilliant Dominic Hoffman.  Dave is distance teaching and his students are “right at home”, Laura is wobbly, and Andrew is disturbed by a crackling Oreo.

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Raising Hell with James Rollins

An “Inside Chat” with Author James Rollins who talks with us about his fantastic new novel The Last Odyssey, a lice laden tarantula, playing with mythology, and the Jessica Fletcher Syndrome. Plus – candy thermometers and blasting music.

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Ep. 68 What It’s Like to Swim With Great White Sharks with Author Stephanie Wrobel

Author Stephanie Wrobel joins us for a chat about her page-turning debut novel Darling Rose Gold, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, vans, and swimming with the sharks.  We recommend: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, City of Margins by William Boyle, and Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  Audiobook of the week is Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey narrated by the dynamic Katherine Fenton.  Dave is shocked by a stranger’s confession, Laura tries to escape a hand-shaker, and Andrew rues getting restaurant pickup.

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Ep. 64 Author Kathleen West and More!

Author Kathleen West joins us for a chat about her debut novel Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes, teacher personas, parent Facebook groups gone wrong, and what the hell is meant by a grow and a glow. We recommend: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley, Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth, and Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.  Audiobook of the week is The Fisherman by John Langan narrated by Danny Campbell. YA Shout Out is Adorkable by Cookie Gorman.  Dave is flummoxed by breathing exercises at work, Laura is spooked at a creepy construction site blasting 50’s music, and Andrew’s kids are writing themselves checks he can’t cash.

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Ep. 51 Author Jeff Menapace and More!

Author Jeff Menapace joins us for a lively conversation about his book Dark Halls, his love for The Three Stooges and childhood phobias. We recommend: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, Twilight by William Gay, and Steel Dragon by Kevin McLaughlin and Michael Anderle.  Audiobook of the week is Homicide:  A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon narrated by the fantastic Reed Diamond.  YA book of the week is Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.  Also – Dave’s students text him about his substitute,  Andrew’s dogs get groomed, and Laura has to pick up her notebook from a bartender with a handlebar mustache.

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Ep. 44 Author Simon Brett and More

Author Simon Brett OBE joins us for an entertaining chat about his career as a novelist, his character Charles Paris, meeting Prince William, narrating his own books, and much more!  We recommend: Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland, Walkers by Graham Masterton, Breaking Destiny by Mitty Walters, and all of the Charles Paris books. Audiobook of the week is The Hungry Ones by Chris Sorensen narrated by the talented Chris Sorensen.  YA book of the week is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. We are outraged at the state of HS marching bands today, Dave’s classroom needs better soundproofing, and Andrew is bemused by some cotton candy grapes.

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Ep. 42 Author Robyn Harding and More!

Author Robyn Harding joins us from Vancouver, British Columbia for a fun conversation about sugar daddies, writing, and her new thriller The Arrangement.  We recommend: Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly, The Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt Jr, and Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard.  Audiobook of the week is Scrublands by Chris Hammer read by the lively Rupert Degas.  YA book of the week is My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows. Plus- Andrew is a slumlord, Laura is helpless as Dave is stung by (5) bees, and Dave’s students are using their acting skills learned in his class for nefarious purposes.

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Ep. 38 Snacks in the Stacks

We debut a new game this week called “Snacks in the Stacks” and we talk about jury duty evasion and Andrew owns a courthouse(!).   This week we recommend: Goodnight Stranger by Miciah Bay Gault, Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.  Audiobook of the week is Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem read by the salty voiced Geoffrey Cantor.  YA book of the week is The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu.

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Ep. 37 Author Erika Mailman and More!

Author Erika Mailman joins us for a chat about Lizzie Borden and her latest book The Murderer’s Maid.  We recommend: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena, The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Audiobook of the week is IQ by Joe Ide narrated by the smooth baritoned richness that is Sullivan Jones.  YA book of the week is Haunted by Lynn Carthage.

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Ep. 36 Author Kristan Higgins and More!

Author Kristan Higgins joins us for a chat about using dogs in her books, holding grudges and her new book Life and Other Inconveniences.  We recommend: Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins, Ghostman by Roger Hobbs, and Caretaker by Josi Russell.  Audiobook of the week is The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth narrated by the voice bending Barrie Kreinik.  YA book of the week is Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza.

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