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“Bookreporter Talks To” is a podcast from The Book Report Network where we host in-depth conversations with authors about the books that we love. We know authors cannot travel everywhere, so we want to bring them to you, wherever YOU may be.

Bookreporter Talks To Carol Fitzgerald

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“Bookreporter Talks To” is a podcast from The Book Report Network where we host in-depth conversations with authors about the books that we love. We know authors cannot travel everywhere, so we want to bring them to you, wherever YOU may be.

    Jesse Kornbluth

    Jesse Kornbluth

    Jesse Kornbluth is an author and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times and more. Today he is the cultural concierge at HeadButler.com. He also is Carol's business partner and together they founded The Book Report Network back in 1996 when the internet as a communications medium was in its early days. In this interview, Carol and Jesse talk about his new book, a fictional diary from the perspective of JFK's fondest lover, Mary Meyer. As Jesse puts it, what would otherwise be a footnote in historical books about John F. Kennedy takes center stage in this tragic love story; perhaps the greatest love story never told.
    Discussed in this episode:
    JFK and Mary Meyer: A Love Story by Jesse Kornbluth
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    • 47 min
    Liz Moore

    Liz Moore

    Liz Moore, an acclaimed author who lives in Philadelphia, has closely researched her city's police districts and the nearby victims of the opioid crisis. As material for inspiration, Liz kept a journal of nonfiction sketches about the people who affected her during the time she spent with them, culminating in the completely fictional, though tonally accurate, LONG BRIGHT RIVER. Carol asks Liz about her new book, her understanding of the drug trade, the state of police and their handling of heroin addiction, and the plight of the characters on both ends of that dilemma in LONG BRIGHT RIVER.
    Discussed in this episode:
    LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore
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    • 52 min
    William Kent Krueger

    William Kent Krueger

    This Tender Land made breakthrough success on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2019 and has been reviewed as one of the best books of the year. Not surprising, since the character relationships and stories at play in this enthralling journey make it a true modern-day classic. Carol sits down to talk with author William Kent Krueger about his own experiences in America's heartland. They discuss the struggles he faced writing about Native American children in the depression era, both tangibly in his writing process and how the book's events impacted him as he explored them.
    Discussed in this episode:
    This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger 
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    • 56 min
    Cara Wall

    Cara Wall

    Cara talks about her fantastic debut novel, The Dearly Beloved, which was a Bookreporter Bets-On selection earlier this year. She relays her writing experience in-depth with Carol, sharing her thoughts on cultural expression in the '50s and '60s, the controversial topics at the heart of her book, discussions she's had with book clubs, and more. Cara has said her book is about faith in all of its forms, including faith in families, faith in relationships, and people's faith in each other.
    The Dearly Beloved is a Today Show Book Club pick. To see the whole Today Show interview, click here.
    You can find and direct message Cara on her Instagram page.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
     
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    • 47 min
    Whitney Scharer

    Whitney Scharer

    Whitney discusses her bestseller, The Age of Light, which tells the story of renowned photographer Lee Miller and her transformations as a model, artist, and inventor. Lee's journey in the book, while connected to real accounts of her choices, is a fictionalized retelling of impactful moments in her life. Carol talks to Whitney about the iconic stories Lee is known for, the inspiration artists can find in the life Lee led, and some of Whitney's own adventures.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
    Whitney's Pinterest Page
    Whitney's Website
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    • 54 min
    Beatriz Williams

    Beatriz Williams

    Beatriz describes multiple events from the WWII's Bahamas that inspired her to write The Golden Hour, including a mysterious murder, old money changing hands, and the vibrant personalities of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were sent to the islands during wartime. But that's not all. Carol talks to her about her ongoing collaboration projects with Lauren Willig and Karen White including the upcoming All the Ways We Said Goodbye, and  her next solo book, The Wicked Redhead, which will be out on December 10th!
    Books discussed in this episode:
    The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
    The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams
    All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White.
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