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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on Parenthood as a Spiritual Path

Danya RuttenbergRabbi Danya Ruttenberg knows what it's like to parent small children. In "Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Depseration, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting", Ruttenberg looks at the experiience from an unusal perspective.  What if, instead of being a distraction from spiritual growth, the all-encompassing endeavor of parenting is a spiritual path all its own?

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Ruttenberg's previous books include "Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion," nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature.  She was named one of ten "rabbis to watch" by Newsweek and has written for many magazines.  She is a contributing editor to "Lilith" and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

In "Nurture the Wow," Ruttenberg combines personal revelatons and anecdotes about parenting with a deep knowledge of religious history and spirituality.

Kenny PearlJoin us this week on Writers' Voices as we go behind the scenes of dance in 1960's-70's New York City with Kenny Pearl, who has a Fairfield connection in the Ken Chawkins family.

Straight out of college and with minimal professional dance experience, Kenny headedKenny Pearl from Toronto to New York to follow his passion - modern dance. "The Dance Gods" tells the story of his very successful career. 

Kenny danced with the greats - including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, even touring Russia, before returning to Toronto to teach dance. And finally, to write his memoir!

 

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Richelle Mead Sparkles with "The Glittering Court"

Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn how Richelle Mead became an international best-selling author of young adult fantasy fiction with her series "Vampire Academy."

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Her new series, "The Glittering Court" combines fantasy, history and good old-fashioned story-telling.

Set in a world that combines an old world with features of Elizabethan England and a "New World" that bears some resemblance to the American colonies, this series has the ingredients for a smash hit YA series - romance, adventure, and powerful heroines.

 

Hildegarde MahoneyIn "Journey Interruped, A Family Without a Country in a World at War," Hildegarde Mahoney shares the fascinating story of her German-American family being stranded in Japan on the way to visit Journey Interruptedfamily in Germany at the onset of the war.  Hillie was only 7 when the story begins, and 16 when she and her family finally returned to New York.

The details of their stay in Japan, and then later in Germany where they were repatriated after the war, paint a vivid picture of a unique time in history.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to meet Hildegarde Mahoney and hear more about her fascinating story.

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Danny Gregory Takes on The Monkey Inside Your Head

Danny GregoryArtist, author, creative director, filmmaker, podcaster, blogger, teacher and speakerShut Your Monkey Danny Gregory joins us on Writers' Voices this week to discuss his latest book, "Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done."

Danny lives and breathes creativity, and knows just how damaging that inner voice can be!

 

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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.

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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.

 

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