(3TV / CBS 5) – Even the casual reader who has taken a peek at the lists of Best books of 2021, or Most Anticipated Fiction of ’21 knew LA POUSSE.
Ashley Audrain’s debut novel explores a woman’s greatest fears about motherhood through the gripping and gripping story of Blythe and her daughter, Violet. She talks with Olivia about how her professional experience as a literary publicist both shaped and rocked her as a writer, and the times she removed almost ¾ of her manuscript. She is also previewing her second novel, THE WHISPERS.
Margaret and Olivia discuss other high-profile debuts and their follow-up novels of Gillian Flynn, Kevin Kwan, Alex Michaelides.
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Steven Rowley, The Guncle: If you didn’t already know what a guncle is, Patrick’s character in Steven Rowley’s “The Guncle” is here to help. As the gay uncle of the Palm Springs house, mimosa lover, and celebrity of the Maisie and Grant sitcom, Patrick opens his heart and home to children in times of crisis. Olivia talks with the author of “Lily and the Octopus” and “The Editor” about this heartfelt, humorous novel about grief, growth and finding the people you need at the right time.
Margaret shares a few favorite novels that are unique to mourning: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward, “The Weekend Wedding Assistant” by Rachel Gladstone and “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore.
Best-selling bookseller TJ Newman: TJ Newman’s life is changing dramatically this summer. The author is an old independent bookstore bookseller, became a flight attendant, became a novelist. “Falling” is already a UK bestseller and is set to hit home on July 7th. Overcoming dozens of literary agents’ refusals to get here, Newman’s suspenseful story of a kidnapping plot targeting an airline pilot’s family ultimately landed him seven-figure contracts for the book and the film rights. She tells Olivia about the failures that paved the way and why her mother won the right to say “I told you so” forever. In a Moment With Margaret, TJ joins Margaret and Olivia to talk about their love for local bookstores and libraries, and new options for audiobooks.
Dr Amy Shah, I am so tired: In I am so tiredWellness expert Dr. Amy Shah discusses what we do that tires us out, outlining a plan for readers to implement changes that will create a surge of energy. Of what you eat, for when you eat, in stress management, Dr Shah talks to Olivia about the energetic trifecta and the personal moment that caused her to change. From survival to shift work to assessing what, and sometimes who, to let go, it’s a revealing discussion that will make listeners want to go deeper into his book. Margaret recommends a piece of fiction that focuses on exhausted moms called “Happy & You Know It” by Laura Hankin, and admits what makes her personally exhausted (Late Night With Love Island UK.)
JoJo Moyes, The star giver: For so many fiction readers, JoJo Moyes is a household name. The British novelist and screenwriter told Olivia and Margaret about the research that led to her latest novel, “The Giver of Stars”. The book is now in paperback format, and to write it the British novelist has made numerous trips to the heart of America for research. She explains why it was important to ride a horse in rural Kentucky (combining two of her passions) and some of the headlines in the news that helped her create Alice, Marjery, and the other packhorse librarians. Moyes is previewing her next book That Heads To The Screen, the trilogy that made her famous, and why today’s readers are making bestsellers from previous versions again. Inspired by Moyes and the Pack Horse Librarians, Olivia and Margaret discuss other novels featuring librarians. For those in the midst of suspense, Margaret recommends “All Devils Are Here” by Louise Penny. A novel with a dark and mysterious network of women, there is “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner. Olivia and Margaret also mention the popular books “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger and a children’s classic: “Mathilda” by Roald Dahl. For those who haven’t read “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth, Olivia suggests the time is right, as one of the main characters is a librarian! Olivia spoke to Hepworth about this novel in Episode 5 of the podcast.
Dr Kevin Leman, 8 secrets to raising successful children: Best-selling author (more times than he can count for sure) Dr Kevin Leman has probably written a book about any problem in your family that you would like to tackle and improve. From parenthood and romantic intimacy, to his birth order theories that still get people talking decades later, Dr. Leman is a deep well of common sense who delivers hilarious truth bombs from in a way that only he can. Leman tells Olivia about her recent book, “8 Secrets to Raising Successful Children,” why mom is the most influential figure in her son’s life, and why tidying up the toaster is her secret to a happy marriage. In “A Moment with Margaret”: Olivia and Margaret discuss the self-help titles that resonate with them. They discuss “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, “More Than Enough” by Elaine Welteroth and “Give Them Lala” by Lala Kent.
Catherine Center, Things you save in a fire: Katherine Center is all about the joy, writing characters and stories that touch your heart. The author of “What You Wish For”, she tells Olivia about “Things You Save in a Fire”, now in paperback. The effervescent artist shares where she’s going to meet writing deadlines, the fun she’s having with her newsletter, how she researched the life of a firefighter, and Olivia finds out that she and Katherine have Duran Duran and Frances Hodgson Burnett in common! Visit www.katherinecenter.com to buy his books and swag. In A Moment With Margaret, Olivia and Margaret discuss three other books that highlight pioneering women or unexpected romance at work: “The Burning Girls” by CJ Tudor, “The Ex Talk” by Rachel Lynn Solomon and “Madame Tussaud. “by Michelle Moran.
Sally Hepworth: The good sister: When Sally Hepworth’s “The Good Sister” came out in April, it instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Available now in paperback, this suspenseful twin sisters Fern and Rose thriller is a summer getaway at its best (be warned, you may be biting your nails.) Sally spoke with Olivia about crafting the doubles. storytelling, the organic way the character of Fern tells the story, the part of his writing process that’s like “a dagger to the heart” to other writers, and self-expression through fashion. “The Good Sister” is published by St. Martin’s Press. In A Moment with Margaret, Margaret shares thrillers she’ll be reading this summer from authors she’s loved in the past: “The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides, “Survive the Night” by Riley Sager and “The Perfect Family. By Robyn Harding. These books are released in June, July and August respectively.
Samantha Ettus: Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction: Harvard MBA, CEO and best-selling author Samantha Ettus shares with Olivia her secrets to building a thriving personal and professional life, as outlined in her book “The Pie Life”. She talks to Olivia about her strategies for making the most of home life, what not to talk about at work (from the CEO’s perspective) and the real cost to women leaving the workforce. . Samantha is like the best friend you always wanted, ready to give you some practical and useful advice that you will want to share with your friends. Margaret and Olivia talk about other books with life lessons they would recommend.
Jennifer Weiner, This summer: The queen of the beach reading returns with That Summer. Novelist Jennifer Weiner talks to Olivia about writing women’s stories through the lens of the #MeToo movement. She shares life on Cape Cod, why Beatrice is still one of her favorite characters and the importance of body image in her writing. Thinking about how she fell in love with reading, she talks about how an essay by Nora Ephron may have changed her life. Margaret shares her beach reading recommendations: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher.
Kristin Hannah, The four winds: Olivia interviews Kristin Hannah, New York Times # 1 bestselling author. Hannah reveals why she makes us “ugly cry” and shares two shocking surprises about the changes she made to both the Four Winds and the Nightingale. She also shares the series of books that hooked her to reading. Olivia and Margaret each recommend a guaranteed book and movie to make you cry. For Olivia, the book is When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi and the movie Stepmom. Margaret’s makeup will unfold while watching Steel Magnolias and reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.
Donna Freitas, The nine lives of Rose Napolitano: Olivia interviews Donna Freitas about her debut in adult fiction about a woman who doesn’t want children and all the challenges that surround her choice. Donna talks about her relationship with her mother, the personal moments that run through this book, and why the gender shift has left some misunderstandings about her work. Olivia and Margaret discuss other “what if” stories. Margaret recommends the Midnight Library by Matt Haig, The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, and Black matter by Blake Croupton.