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Books That Make You brings you conversations with both authors and literary folks on the business side of things. We discuss new books, old books, indie books, and all the wonderful themes found within books. Whether you're an author or an avid book reader, this is the show for you.

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Books That Make You brings you conversations with both authors and literary folks on the business side of things. We discuss new books, old books, indie books, and all the wonderful themes found within books. Whether you're an author or an avid book reader, this is the show for you.

    The Left Turn: Two Lives, Worlds Apart, by Becky Parker Geist

    The Left Turn: Two Lives, Worlds Apart, by Becky Parker Geist

    Books That Make You Wonder What Might Happen in an Alternate Life
    The sun is out, life is good, and you’re going on a nice bike ride. Then, suddenly, a hasty decision propels you into a different version of your life.
    It’s a glitch in the matrix, sending you down a path to discovering that the nature of the cosmos may not exactly be what you thought it was.
    Such is the premise for The Left Turn: Two Lives, Worlds Apart, the new metaphysical woman’s fiction novel by Becker Parker Geist. It’s a trip through the Twilight Zone, but with far more hope.
    A writer and performer since she was a child, Becky Parker Geist is now the CEO of Pro Audio Voices, which offers audiobook production and marketing. She is also President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. She revels being immersed in the world of independent publishing.
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    • 30 min
    Trailblazing women for equality, On the Shoulders of Mighty Women with Lesley Michaels

    Trailblazing women for equality, On the Shoulders of Mighty Women with Lesley Michaels

    Books That Make You Become a Warrior for Equality
    Trailblazing women before us created spaces for us all, gave us opportunities they could never reach themselves. In author Lesley Michaels words, their philosophical legacy is simple: create your own space and own it. Own and celebrate your womanhood.
    Michaels’ “On the Shoulders of Mighty Women” is a modern feminist’s guide to a diverse and equitable world, in which she takes the reader on explorations of life, womanhood, feminism, and the sometimes tumultuous collisions of all three as women struggle to hold up more than half the world.
    Her ethos was shaped by her audacious paternal grandmother, a savvy businesswoman and First Wave feminist. Coming of age during Second Wave feminism, Michaels was later one of the first women to break through the glass ceiling in the “old boy” industry of oil and gas.
    Having since become a leader in the coaching industry, she has since mentored Fortune 500 C-Suite executives. Today, she creates virtual programs on topics ranging from “Building Strategic Alliances of Women” to “Discovering Personal Freedom Through Self-Trust” to She hosts the weekly podcast, “Women We Should Know”.
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    • 29 min
    Dive into the new environmental thriller The Silent Count, by E. A. Smiroldo

    Dive into the new environmental thriller The Silent Count, by E. A. Smiroldo

    Books That Make You Want to Heal the World of Climate Change
    As the climate crisis progresses and we see more catastrophes from rising temperatures, damaged ecosystems, droughts, rising sea levels and so much more, we wonder what we can do.
    Author and engineer E. A. Smiroldo uses real science in her debut novel “The Silent Count”, a sci-fi story novel about climate change that blends her expertise blends with real-world issues.
    A lifelong resident of Washington DC, Smiroldo has seen how politics corrupts and skews human perception and morality. She understands all too well how close humankind is to the brink of real climate catastrophe, and she is determined to emphasize how vital it is for us to come together for ourselves and the planet.
    A. Smiroldo is a nuclear engineer with a BS in engineering. She’s also a Music Association Award-nominated singer-songwriter, and is the recipient of prizes in writing competitions from the Bethesda Literary Festival and the International Screenwriters' Dig, the latter of which gave her the chance to option a screenplay treatment with X-Ray Media.
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    • 27 min
    How to see the signs, then break the cycle with Marci Hopkins. Author of Chaos to Clarity

    How to see the signs, then break the cycle with Marci Hopkins. Author of Chaos to Clarity

    Books That Make You See Clarity in Chaos
    On the road to recovery or transformation, it’s often hard to recognize what might be holding you back. Many feel stuck, like there is nothing they can do. How can we see and break the ongoing cycles we may be trapped in?
    Marci Hopkins is the author of “Chaos to Clarity: Seeing the Signs and Breaking the Cycles”, a combination memoir and self-help book designed to educate readers on how to break such cycles, as they heal from their past, try to make amends in friendships or relationships, and attempt to create a more fulfilling life.
    Marci Hopkins is also an award-winning TV personality, who hosts “Wake Up with Marci”, a show whose mission is to offer hope, empowerment, and the ability to change your mindset. Here, she engages in edifying conversations with celebrities, authors and industry leaders. “Wake Up” airs on the CBS-owned WLNY-TV 10/55 at 10 am on Saturdays.
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    • 29 min
    Road Trip Adventures with Mary Hollendoner, author of Monkeys on the Road

    Road Trip Adventures with Mary Hollendoner, author of Monkeys on the Road

    Books That Make You Want to Undertake an Adventurous Road Trip
    Many of us wish for a long adventure, to just pack up and hit the open road. Life, however, often holds us back. We find we can’t just up and go somewhere for an extended period of time. Or can we?
    From 2017 to 2021, Mary Hollendoner and her family road-tripped from Northern California down to Patagonia, Argentina, in an old 90s camper van with her husband and six-year-old daughter. Traveling almost thirty-thousand miles, they encountered many adventures, such as an angry and potentially drunk mob in quake-shattered Mexico, being caught amidst a political revolution in Bolivia, and having to evacuate a wildfire. All such adventures came to a head, though, when COVID struck, forcing them to remain in Argentina for over a year.
    In her book award-winning book “Monkeys on the Road”, now an Amazon bestseller, Hollendoner chronicles her family’s many encounters on the trip. And despite all the more dangerous aspects, the heart of the story remains the many local people who welcomed them in, who treated them with nothing but generosity—and the occasional, delicious homecooked meal.
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    • 32 min
    Real-Life Love Stories from Natalia Lazaruss, author of My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses

    Real-Life Love Stories from Natalia Lazaruss, author of My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses

    Books That Make You Swoon From a Real-Life Love Stories
    When we’re caught in its whirlwind, love can spur the greatest passions, creativity, ideas and transformations. Few books illustrate such a concept as well as that of “My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses”, the new autobiographical work from multi-talented actress, director and stage producer Natalia Lazarus.
    Natalia is also the Founder & CEO of the Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory—including its iconic Promenade Playhouse, which she founded in 1996.
    “My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses” told in poetic verse and featuring Picasso’s artwork within its pages, was inspired when Natalia was starring in Jeffery Hatcher’s dramatic, two-character play “A Picasso in Paris”. Across its beautiful, alluring story, it charts love found and love lost, emotional renewal and new beginnings.
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    • 31 min

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