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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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Heroines of the Civil War - "Liar, Temptress,Soldier, Spy"

Karen AbbottMonica and Caroline are back live at KRUU today for an interview we've been looking forward to.  Karen Abbott is a journalist and historian.  Her two previous books, "Sin in the Second City" and "American Rose" were Liar Temptress Soldier Spyboth New York Times bestsellers.  Now she's back with "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy," the true stories of four daring women who served during the Civil War, risking all for their cause.

We will talk about the role of women in the Civil War and why history has largely forgotten them.  How did Abbott become interested in this topic; how did she find her subjects and what were her sources of information?  We will also discuss the challenges of writing history for a general audience.

Abbott is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

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"Soldier Girls" - Women at War

Soldier GirlsEver wonder why people, and women in particular, join the National Guard?  And what it was like to be called in to active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq? 

In "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War," renowned journalist Helen Thorpe delves deep into the lives of her subjects for twelve years, from their homes in Indiana to a combat zone in Afghanistan and back again. Thorpe is also the author of "Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America."  She was a staff writer for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly, and her freelance work has been published widely.

Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this week for another in-depth conversation with a fascinating writer.

Iowa City author Michelle Edwards has written over a dozen books for children, including Chicken Man, which won the National Jewish Book Award. In her latest picture book, Room for the Baby (illustrated by Jana Christy), a family makes room for baby #2 by transforming hoarded cast-offs into useful and fun craft projects. Michelle's other new book (nonfiction for adults), A Knitter's Home Companion, is an illustrated collection of thoughtful essays, knitting patterns, and recipes. Michelle, who illustrated many of her picture books, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Meet her in Fairfield Friday, Dec. 7th during a book signing/reading in the At Home Store on the town square.

Possibility of Everything The Possibility of Everything,examines how an otherwise mainstream mother finds herself making the rather unorthodox choice to take her three-year old daughter to Mayan healers in Belize. The Possibility of Everything chronicles the magical week in Central America that transformed Edelman from a person believing only in the visible and the "proven" to someone open to the idea of larger, unseen forces. Tune in to Writers’Voices on KRUU 100.1 FM this Friday, July 23, at 1 pm Central Time or Monday July 26, 8 am to hear this rebroadcast of Monica and Caroline's interview with nonfiction author Hope Edelman . Edelman’s books include bestsellers Motherless Daughters (1994) and Motherless Mothers (2006). Her articles and reviews have appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times to Seventeen, and her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Bitch in the House (2002).