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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.

    Book Group Event: William Kent Krueger

    Book Group Event: William Kent Krueger

    Welcome to our January "Bookaccino Live" Book Group event, in which we discuss This Tender Land with William Kent Krueger. We opened the program with Carol Fitzgerald interviewing Kent about This Tender Land, a New York Times bestseller and Bookreporter Bets On selection. Four readers were then invited to join the discussion on camera to ask questions before we went to questions from our Zoom audience. Kent has been interviewed before on “Bookreporter Talks To,” but this interview took the conversation in new directions. This included a deep dive into the themes and characters of the novel, as well as Kent's own outdoor adventures and writing techniques.
    Bookreporter Talks To William Kent Krueger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-cwXKaNEQY&t
    Books discussed:
    This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/this-tender-land/about
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Lisa Gardner: Before She Disappeared

    Lisa Gardner: Before She Disappeared

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner has been writing thrillers for the past twenty years. You probably know her best from her three book series, including the one with Detective D.D. Warren, but her latest novel, Before She Disappeared is a standalone novel. In Before She Disappeared, Frankie Elkin is a middle-aged woman who spends her life hopping between towns to try locating missing persons, with a focus on tracking down those who live in marginalized communities. She's a recovering alcoholic and a bartender, which sounds like an odd combo until you meet her. When police run out of threads in a missing person case, Frankie starts looking for them. In her newest case, Frankie finds herself in Boston, searching for a missing Haitian teenager. More than one person don't like her asking questions, and the police do not embrace her help at the start. Lisa details the type of work Frankie does for Carol during this week's episode. She describes the life of this woman, who is tied between average life and crime. She also discusses this book being a standalone, what that means for upcoming novels, and some of the challenges she had researching and writing modern day aspects of this thriller.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner:
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    • 57 min
    Liese O'Halloran Schwarz: What Could Be Saved

    Liese O'Halloran Schwarz: What Could Be Saved

    Liese O'Halloran Schwarz joins us to discuss her new novel What Could Be Saved, a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The book began as a short story in which she reflected on her life in Bangkok as a child. The bones of the story were there and grew to be the novel we have now.
    What Could Be Saved follows the perspectives of a family. When the book opens, it’s 2019. We meet Laura Preston, an artist who struggles with her sister about family matters and whose mother is dealing with dementia. A stranger calls claiming to know where her brother Philip is; this is the brother who has been missing for forty years.
    The book pivots to 1972, and the story flips to the perspective of Laura's parents and household staff as the children grow up. We see the family living happily, and then Philip disappears before they return to the United States.
    Liese, who worked for decades as an emergency room doctor, talks with Carol about how writing was always a part of her life--even as she was practicing medicine. Her relationship with her sister, an author named Carla Buckley,  was much different than Laura and Bea's, but has found its way into the books. She speaks at length about her writing process, but especially about the elements that make her fiction both engrossing and powerful.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    What Could Be Saved by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Melanie Benjamin: The Children's Blizzard

    Melanie Benjamin: The Children's Blizzard

    Melanie Benjamin, the New York Times bestselling author of Mistress of the Ritz and The Swans of Fifth Avenue, returns to our podcast and video series to discuss her new novel, The Children's Blizzard. This blizzard, so named in 1888, provides the backdrop for the book, and  gives readers insight into what happened in the Dakota Territory on that fateful day 133 years ago.  The book is framed around the story of two sisters who were young school teachers on the day of the storm. Students headed to class on a winter morning that was more mild than usual, but a blizzard then struck without warning. The schoolteachers, teen girls not much older than the children themselves, were forced to make survival decisions that could mean life or death for the children in their classes. Pulling from research into the historical stories of survivors, the novel plunges you into both the danger of the blizzard itself and its aftermath, which changes the lives of those who were in its path. Melanie also explores the migration west, which often brought immigrants to make this journey looking for a promised land and the struggles that they encountered  They explore Melanie’s research and the level of realism at play in the novel, referencing the deeply personal stories Melanie was able to explore, which are so often lost in history books. Melanie shares how the people in this book relate to her own life, and the sources of inspiration that led her to write this book.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ashley Audrain: The Push

    Ashley Audrain: The Push

    We kick off 2021 talking to Ashley Audrain, the author of The Push, a book that has been getting well-deserved buzz. In it, Blythe has given birth to her daughter, Violet, and while she dreamed of a loving mother-daughter relationship, she is not bonding with Violet. Something feels off. Her husband, Fox, does not see it, and this has her questioning her mothering skills. Her mother and grandmother both grappled with mental instability, so she has no great familial role models. Then her second child Sam arrives, and he is an easy child. Motherhood with him feels blissful, until something happens that turns the family upside down. Carol and Ashley talk about the stereotypical maternal relationship that is touted and often overrated. They also look at the craft of writing The Push. It is written in the second person, which places readers inside Blythe’s head. Ashley also gives listeners a glimpse of what’s next for her writing.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    The Push by Ashley Audrain
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    • 52 min
    Bookreporter "Bets On" 2020 Wrap-up: Presented by Carol Fitzgerald

    Bookreporter "Bets On" 2020 Wrap-up: Presented by Carol Fitzgerald

    Welcome to our End-of-Year video where Carol Fitzgerald talks about all 42 of the books that she selected as Bookreporter "Bets On" selections in 2020!
    You can read more about the books and enter to WIN ALL 42 of these books by Monday, January 4th here: https://www.bookreporter.com/features/end-of-the-year-celebration/end-of-the-year-contest-2020
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED:
    We've listed the books discussed below. You can find each book discussed in this video by clicking on the time stamps beside the title.
    Throughout 2020, we interviewed many of these authors for our "Bookreporter Talks To" video/podcast series. If an interview with an author is available, it will be linked below their name.
    1:40 - AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins
    https://youtu.be/yY-yhIXjMYM
    3:39 - HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD by Robert Kolker https://youtu.be/i8q7ERWS5Pk
    5:42 - HOLLYWOOD PARK by Mikel Jollett https://youtu.be/QojOulByWbc

    The Airborne Toxic Event:
    youtube.com/watch?v=UYPoMjR6-Ao
    9:18 - LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore https://youtu.be/GyhrQhx4sag
    10:39 - SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin https://youtu.be/O2BI4igSM9w
    13:05 - BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain https://youtu.be/g3ZFesn-f-c
    15:32 - THE OTHER MRS. by Mary Kubica
    16:25 - THE END OF HER by Shari Lapena https://youtu.be/jNhTZGD-fcA
    18:07 - THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS by Megan Miranda https://youtu.be/Nsg_QakI1Iw
    19:24 - WHAT'S LEFT OF ME IS YOURS by Stephanie Scott https://youtu.be/WADVVZhvRvI
    21:35 - THE LAST FLIGHT by Julie Clark https://youtu.be/WuVIvne5RuA
    23:55 - TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by Megan Michell Moore
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikNJSm8IyP0&t
    25:25 - HIS & HERS by Alice Feeney https://youtu.be/jXgmz7vlFy8
    26:37 - THE NIGHT SWIM by Megan Goldin
    27:48 - THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley
    29:11 - ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware https://youtu.be/vHEVnEtrCnI
    31:12 - INVISIBLE GIRL by Lisa Jewell https://youtu.be/UfNo28qGmF4
    32:58 - DON'T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker https://youtu.be/QAsZkYfc2H0
    35:08 - GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL by Aimee Molloy https://youtu.be/nQodeii1_M8
    36:45 - CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 by Lisa Unger https://youtu.be/C-s-1EDSN94
    38:23 - THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle https://youtu.be/HFEAzVASNro
    42:05 - LITTLE CRUELTIES by Liz Nugent
    43:05 - LADY CLEMENTINE by Marie Benedict https://youtu.be/4isxLj3yRKs
    44:06 - THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis https://youtu.be/GyMMSAmz4lg
    46:07 - THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE by Allison Pataki https://youtu.be/1a2zSaL9lHQ
    47:45 - THE EXILES by Christina Baker Kline https://youtu.be/2LFOXeOkrXY
    49:35 - BRONTE'S MISTRESS by Finola Austin https://youtu.be/EWUhKdeBxQs
    51:35 - THE GHOSTS OF HARVARD by Francesca Serritella https://youtu.be/Id0r7gDwFIU
    53:12 - THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett
    55:30 - A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler https://youtu.be/PNzJAZHPDek
    57:19 - THE PARIS HOURS by Alex George https://youtu.be/0AUgKOb-MZw
    58:42 - IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle https://youtu.be/hW5K53tZflQ
    1:00:10 - HELLO, SUMMER by Mary Kay Andrews https://youtu.be/65BFGn_-vZo
    1:01:57 - BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner https://youtu.be/KklrdZ1AuxQ
    1:03:12 - FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER by Rachel Beanland https://youtu.be/KVrxLBBjHPY
    1:04:47 - THE JETSETTERS by Amanda Eyre Ward https://youtu.be/C5YLN6cwgJQ
    1:06:24 - ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub https://youtu.be/ki6cNhqjm38
    1:08:32 - THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy
    1:10:34 - MONOGAMY by Sue Miller https://youtu.be/tkOKm1TFU_U
    1:13:03 - THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman https://youtu.be/jQmIWChQ3SA
    1:15:52 - TINY IMPERFECTIONS by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans
    1:18:08 - NEXT TIME THIS YEAR WE'LL BE LAUGHING by Jacqueline Winspear https://www.youtube

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

MaryelleW ,

Jean Kwok

What an interesting and thought provoking author interview. Carol does such a great job and brings out awesome responses to her in depth questions.

Eater, eater ,

Great authors

I would have given this podcast series five stars because I love hearing the authors speak about their lives and their books, but my review lost a star because Carol puts too much of herself into her “interviews.” Sometimes, instead of asking a question, she tells the author about his/her own book. Other times, Carol’s lead up to a question is so long, I imagine the author rolling his/her eyes—as I am—and hoping she gets to the point. Still other times, she relates anecdotes from her own life that are far too long. I will continue to listen to the series because hearing authors talk is such a thrill! I’m like a rock star fan girl when it comes to books and those who write them.

JackieBhealthy ,

Love this podcast!

I look forward to learning what inspired the authors and hearing stories behind the books. I also enjoy the audiobook excerpt that sometimes follows the interview. Keep up the good work!

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