monicahadley's blog

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The Intersection of Madness and Culture: Frank Bures

Geography of MadnessIn THE GEOGRAPHY OF MADNESS: Penis Thieves, Frank BuresVoodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes journalist Frank Bures sheds light on the source of these and other “culture-bound” syndromes, This fascinating book is a combination of travel writing, medical history, and anthropological exploration, delving into the link between culture and psychological conditions.

Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn more about our curious world!

So Close to Home Today's guest, Michael J. Tougias, is a New York Times bestselling author and has co-authored 24 books, primarily focusing on maritime, travel and nature adventures.  His recent book "The Finest Hours" became a Disney movie starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and former Fairfielder Ben Foster.

Today Michael joins Caroline and guest host Paul Gandy to discuss his latest maritime survival story, "So Close to Home:  A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II."Michael Tougias

The Downs family was travelling from Texas to South American in 1941 when their ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat.  I never even realized that battles took place right off American shores!

Listen in today to learn how this author uncovers these fascinating stories from history!

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Getting Lost in "Septimania" with Jonathan Levi

Jonathan Levi From co-founder of "Granta:The Magazine of New Writing" to opera composer, playwright and director, educator, short story and essay writer and of course, novelist, Jonathan Levi is the embodiment of the Renaissance Man.

Septimania

His first novel, " A Guide for the Perplexed" was published in 1992 to rave reviews.  His second novel, "Septimania," is brand new and hard to describe.  Here's one way: "Levi's fable of love, religion and physics dances with a spirited and lambent invention, rendered in precise and often lyrically beautiful prose."--Owen Sheers, author of I Saw a Man and Resistance

Okay, maybe you'll just have to tune in to Writers' Voices if you really want to  know what it's about!

 

Julie BerryJulie Berry is an award-winning writer of novels for children and young adults, including The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. 

The Passion of Dolssa

This week, Julie joins us on Writers' Voices to discuss her latest book, "The Passion of Dolssa," a historical novel for young adults set in 13th Century Provence, France.  It deals with some very adult topics - faith, love, fideltiy, and the power of the feminine.

And it is a great read!  Listen in - we'd love to have you.

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"All Better Now" is a Relative Term for Emily Wing Smith

Emily Wing SmithAll Better Now From the "Weird Smart Girl," to the "Thank God She was Hit by a Car Girl," to "Woo-Head" and "Bad Hand" - there was always something wrong with Emily Wing Smith.  In this memoir, complete with pages from her childhood medical history, Emily Wing Smith faces describes the struggles she faced to become "All Better Now," how relative that is when dealing with physical and mental illness, and how important writing and story-telling have been in the process. 

In our coversation, Emily highlights the paradox of how we view mentail illness. When her behavioral problems were blamed on a near-fatal brain tumor, somehow that was less "her fault."

Join us on Writers' Voices for an insightful conversation with this brave and authentic author.

 

Amy Gottlieb

The Beautiful Possible

Amy Gottlieb's debut novel, "The Beautiful Possible" is a love story that crosses worlds - from Nazi Germany, to India, to America - and generations.  

Amy is a graduate of Clark University and the university of Chicago and has published poetry and short stories widely.  She has been called "a bright star in the firmament of 21st century Jewish writers."

Join us on Writers' Voices for a conversation with this author who wrote,"inside every story lies the hidden kernel of an infininte one." 

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Michael C. White Explores Loss in "Resting Places"

Michael C. WhiteResting Places"Resting Places" is Michael C. White's seventh novel.  He also teaches in Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing program, which he founded - that's Fairfield, Connecticut, not to be confused with Fairfield, Iowa, the home of KRUU and Writers' Voices.

A few years ago, Michael noticed one of those roadside memorials, known in Spanish as "descanos", or resting places, along a road he had often traveled.  He stopped to check it out, and the inscription and belongings that had been left there suggested an entire story of a man who had died there.  From that experience grew this novel about a woman who loses her son in a mysterious accident, and sets out on a cross country journey to visit the site of his death.

Join us on Writers' Voices as we once again delve into the craft of writing.

 

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Everyone Loves Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

William Anderson

If you grew up in the USA during the 1960s, 70's or 80's, then chances are you have fond memories of "The Little House on the Prairie" TV Show, if not the books.

  Our guest this week on Writers' Voices, William Anderson, fell in love with "The Little House" book in the third grade, and became curious about the real lives of the people the book was based on.  He went on to write at least half a dozen books about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her work, plus over 20 other books, mostly history for young readers. His most recent book "The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder" brings this celebrated author to live in her own words, annotated with useful historical references.

 

Saeeda HafizThe Healing

When I see a book that is a memoir of someone who has embarked on a spiritual path (usually Eastern in origin),  and/or promoting a cleaner diet or exercise regime, I expect a rosy picture, filled with tantalizing rewards of living and eating "right." The newly pure are happier, healthier and more prosperous.

In Saeeda Hafiz's book "The Healing: A Memoir of Food, Family and Yoga" is more truthful. Such changes may come slowly and at times involve two steps forward, three steps back. The expected benefits don't always materialize, at least not in the way you expected.

Saeeda is an African American woman raised in an environment rife with poverty, addiction and domesitc violence.  In her memoir, she shares her authentic story of overcoming that legacy through food and yoga.  And lots of hard work.

Join us on Writers' Voices for another great conversation!

 

Ruta SepetysToday's guest on Writers' Voices, Ruta Sepetys, is the NYT bestselling author of the young adult historical novel and soon-to-be feature film, "Between Shades of Gray," set in Siberia in 1941.

Now, in her third book, "Salt to the Sea" she once again looks to her Eastern European roots and the WWII time periodSalt to the Sea to bring to light the little-known story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, where thousands of fleeing East Prussians, mostly children, lost their lives.

Ruta's books have been published in 45 countries and 33 languages. Join us to learn more about this oft-overlooked piece of history, and what goes into writing a historical novel.

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