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Welcome to the Thoughts from a Page Podcast where I interview authors and other individuals in the publishing industry about the latest and greatest books and trends in the industry. Listen to find some great new reads!
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Julia and I discuss her new book Come Fly the World, how she discovered and decided to tell these women’s stories, approaching the issue of memory and recall with her interviews, the importance of stewardesses’ contributions to both the feminist movement and to present-day women and their ability to travel freely, and much more. Come Fly the World can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Julia’s  recommended reads are: Musings of a Curious Aesthete by Leonard Koren Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York by Alexander Nemerov Things I Don’t Want to Know: On Writing by Deborah Levy If you enjoy reading nonfiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Anna Malaika Tubbs, Joe Berkowitz, Eric Eyre, or Bridgett Davis.
Jennifer and I discuss her book The Yellow Bird Sings, her impetus for telling this story, the significance of the violin and the color yellow in the book, what she learned on her research trip to Poland and how that impacted her writing, why she selected Poland as the setting, and much more. The Yellow Bird Sings can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Jennifer’s 4 recommended reads are: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang The Rose Code by Kate Quinn If you enjoy reading historical fiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Hazel Gaynor, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Kristin Harmel, Asha Lemmie, and Erika Robuck.
Bella and I discuss The Diabolical Bones, the Brontë novels that inspire the books in this series, the Brontë sister who influenced her pen name, the joy she feels writing these books, how she came up with the word detectors, and much more. The Diabolical Bones can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Bella’s 4 recommended reads are: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly
Sarah and I discuss her debut The Sanatorium, having her novel chosen as a Reese’s Book Club selection, how she created such a strong sense of place, making the sanatorium a character in the novel, writing a closed circle mystery, her stunning book cover, whether there will be a sequel, and much more. The Sanatorium can be purchased at Murder by the Book.   Sarah’s 2 recommended reads are: The Heatwave by Kate Riordan When They Find Her by Lia Middleton Links for helping Houstonians: Kids’ Meals and The Houston Food Bank. If you enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Lisa Gardner, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Nick Petrie, and Jane Harper.
Zibby and I discuss her anthology Moms Don’t Have Time To, the genesis of the essays, how she pulled this project together so quickly, which genre is Zibby’s personal favorite, how she reads so many books, what surprised her the most about compiling these essays into an anthology, and much more. Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Zibby’s 4 recommended reads are: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane Rosen The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant, and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety by Harold S. Koplewicz Links for helping Houstonians: Kids’ Meals and The Houston Food Bank. If you want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Wendy Walker, Lisa Duffy, Melissa Croce, and Fiona Davis & M.J. Rose.
Madeleine and I discuss her latest novel The Love Proof, what inspired her to write this book, her love of yoga, her writing process, what she likes to do in her free time, and more. The Love Proof can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Madeleine’s 2 recommended reads are: Beach Read by Emily Henry This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Susan and I discuss her latest novel The Nature of Fragile Things, the unexpected book that inspired her to write this story, her interest in the mail-order bride phenomenon, the fragility of San Francisco’s infrastructure prior to the 1906 earthquake, her book about the 1918 Spanish Flu and its relevance to the current pandemic, and much more. The Nature of Fragile Things can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Susan’s 2 recommended reads are: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger Thanks to The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little for sponsoring this episode.  You can purchase the book here. If you enjoy reading historical fiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Tori Whitaker, Asha Lemmie, Julia Kelly, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, and Marie Benedict.  
Erika and I discuss her latest novel The Invisible Woman, bringing Virginia Hall to life, highlighting the everyday people who contributed to the French Resistance, touring the CIA Museum, how readers are looking for stories of redemption during the pandemic, and much more. The Invisible Woman can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Erika’s 3 recommended reads are: The Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson If you enjoy reading historical fiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Natalie Jenner, Judithe Little, Gill Paul, Hazel Gaynor, or Elise Hooper.
Eliza and I discuss her adult debut If I Disappear, how she created her unique format, finding a place in today’s world, how grief can impact and infect everything else, the importance of focusing on mental health, the fabulous true crime community and much more. If I Disappear can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Eliza’s 3 recommended reads are: The Herd by Andrea Bartz The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn The Hunting Wives by May Cobb If you enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Lisa Gardner, Julie Clark, Jane Harper, Wendy Walker or David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
Anna and I discuss her new book The Three Mothers, the importance of black women and their stories and contributions, how she chose these three mothers, the direct connection between these women and the work their sons pursued, how we tell history and who is telling this history, and much more. The Three Mothers can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Anna’s 2 recommended reads are: The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson If you enjoy reading nonfiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Ty Seidule, Eric Eyre, or Bridgett Davis.
Te-Ping and I discuss her short story collection Land of Big Numbers, how the people she met as a journalist in Beijing inspired some of these stories, what it is like for people who live in a society where many circumstances are outside their control, the universality of intergenerational family stories, and much more. Land of Big Numbers can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Te-Ping’s 2 recommended reads are: Half in Love: Stories by Maile Meloy What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah If you enjoy reading fiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, Nancy Johnson, Lisa Duffy or Julie Carrick Dalton.
Jane and I discuss her latest book The Survivors, how setting and plot drive her stories, creating a strong sense of place, her thoughts on the motion picture adaptation of The Dry and Eric Bana as Aaron Falk, how her journalism training helps her write thrillers, and much more. The Survivors can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Jane’s 2 recommended reads are: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood Thanks to Gene Rontal for sponsoring this episode. His mystery A Pre-Existing Condition can be purchased here.    If you enjoy reading mysteries/thrillers and want to listen to more podcast episodes, try Wendy Walker, Alice Henderson, Lisa Gardner, or David Heska Wanbli Weiden.  
Nancy and I discuss her debut novel The Kindest Lie, the issue of identity in the United States today, her title’s dual meaning, how important it is for aspiring authors to write the story they want to write versus following publishing trends, her own publishing journey, and much more. The Kindest Lie can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Nancy’s 3 recommended reads are: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Interested in the Conversations from a Page online event with Julie Carrick Dalton and Nancy Johnson? Find more information here.    If you enjoy reading contemporary fiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes like this one, try Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, Jane Igharo, Mateo Askaripour or Julie Carrick Dalton.
Ty and I discuss his new book Robert E. Lee and Me, the myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and its creation and perpetuation, how telling his own personal story is more impactful than just sharing his views, why questioning history distresses and unsettles people, and much more. Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Ty’s 3 recommended reads are: The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory by Adam Domby Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson   Other books referenced in this episode are Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson. Thanks to Gene Rontal for sponsoring this episode. His mystery A Pre-Existing Condition can be purchased here.    If you enjoy reading nonfiction and want to listen to more podcast episodes, try Eric Eyre, Joe Berkowitz, or Bridgett Davis.          
Lisa and I discuss her new mystery Before She Disappeared, the complexity of plotting a person’s disappearance in 2021, walking the streets of Mattapan for research and the delicious food item that she discovered there, the real-life inspiration for Frankie Elkin, and much more. Before She Disappeared can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Lisa’s recommended reads are: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab   Thanks to Danielle Martin for sponsoring this episode. Her novel Glimmer As You Can can be purchased here. If you enjoy reading mysteries and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try Alice Henderson, Halley Sutton, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, and/or Wendy Walker.
Liese discusses her new book What Could Be Saved, writing about Bangkok in both the 1970s and present day, pulling from her experiences as an expat, how her writing process has evolved over time, pandemic reading recommendations, and much more. What Could Be Saved can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Liese’s 4 recommended reads are: Long Bright River by Liz Moore Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano Clutter: An Untidy History by Jennifer Howard All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller   The book we discuss about Pan Am is entitled Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke. If you enjoy reading literary and/or contemporary fiction and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try A.H. Kim, Julie Carrick Dalton, Ehsaneh Sadr, or Amy Poeppel.
Mateo discusses his debut novel Black Buck, using a creative format to tell the story, fiction’s incredible power to teach empathy and understanding, his unique (and very cool) cover and the story behind it, having his novel chosen as a Read with Jenna book club selection, and much more. Black Buck can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Mateo’s 2 recommended reads are: How to Make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.   If you enjoy reading contemporary fiction and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try Ehsaneh Sadr, Julie Carrick Dalton, A.H. Kim, and Liese O'Halloran Schwarz.
Julie discusses her debut Waiting for the Night Song, why she loosely based the plot line on a cherished children’s book, choosing New Hampshire for the book’s setting, the importance and urgency of climate fiction, how every region of our planet is interconnected, and much more. Waiting for the Night Song can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Julie’s 4 recommended reads are: The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce   Interested in the Conversations from a Page online event with Julie Carrick Dalton and Nancy Johnson? Find more information here.    Thanks to Densie Webb for sponsoring this episode. Her novel When Robins Appear can be purchased here. If you enjoy literary fiction and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, Sarah McCraw Crow, and Ava Homa.
Nick discusses his latest mystery The Breaker, incorporating cutting edge technology into some of his stories, the long-range implications and societal changes resulting from new technology such as cell phones and social media, writing about PTSD, the progression and development of his current book covers, and much more. The Breaker can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Nick’s 2 recommended reads are: The Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer   If you enjoy reading mysteries and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try Wendy Walker, Julie Clark, Alice Henderson, and Lisa Gardner.
Julia discusses her latest book The Last Garden in England, the pros and cons of choosing a popular topic like gardening to write about, the importance of creating a strong sense of place, recruiting her father to help her research English gardens, writing a story set in three time periods, and much more. The Last Garden in England can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Julia’s 4 recommended reads are: Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Kew Garden Girls by Posy Lovell   Thanks to Densie Webb for sponsoring this episode. Her novel When Robins Appear can be purchased here. If you enjoy reading historical fiction and want to listen to more episodes like this one, try Hazel Gaynor, Judithe Little, Susie Orman Schnall, Kristin Harmel, and Sadeqa Johnson.
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