14

Mar

BOOK GIVEAWAY! Denise Kiernan’s THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY is now available in trade paperback!
Click through to win a copy! It’s a must-read for all biography fans and WWII enthusiasts.

BOOK GIVEAWAY! Denise Kiernan’s THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY is now available in trade paperback!

Click through to win a copy! It’s a must-read for all biography fans and WWII enthusiasts.

9

Dec

Check out my review of EARLY DECISION by Lacy Crawford here: http://www.tottenvillereview.com/early-decision-based-on-a-true-frenzy/

Check out my review of EARLY DECISION by Lacy Crawford here: http://www.tottenvillereview.com/early-decision-based-on-a-true-frenzy/

9

Dec

RIFFLE BACKSTORY: Q&A WITH JOSH CHETWYND, AUTHOR OF “THE BOOK OF NICE”

Josh Chetwynd has lived an eclectic life. He’s worked as a journalist for such publications as USA Today and U.S. News & World Report; hosted a national radio show for the BBC; played professional baseball in both the US and Europe; and even has two law degrees to boot. More relevant here is the fact he’s written five (also quite eclectic) books. His most recent, “The Book of Nice: A Nice Book About Nice Things for Nice People” covers the histories behind more than 160 of the gestures, words, phrases, offerings, iconography and characters behind what we consider nice. His other books include, “The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind The Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat,” which was named a “Best Book of 2011” by NPR; “How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink”; and “Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History,” which Booklist called “an excellent research tool as well as informative and entertaining.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR AS A WRITER?

JC: It’s so hard to pick a superlative fear! A big one is certainly readers not finding what I do interesting. I’m constantly looking to surprise. Many assume the stories behind elements of life we take for granted (think: Graham crackers, the word hello or the basketball) are boring, but in reality they have compelling backstories. Moreover, the seemingly obscure (consider: European baseball, Teflon or the mint you find on your hotel pillow) are actually far more fascinating than you’d imagine. Bottom line: I worry my books won’t entertain and, at the same time, inform in unexpected ways.

Read the rest of our interview here: https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/117287

5

Dec

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Enter to win THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan

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THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY was hailed by top media outlets as “fascinating” and “a phenomenal story” when it was first published earlier this year.  It hit The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times Best Seller lists, made Amazon’s Top 100 Best Books of 2013 and is currently nominated for the Goodreads Choice, Best Book of 2013 in History and Biography.

Author and journalist Denise Kiernan also received high praise for her “cinematic vividness” and “marvelous” reporting.  She appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” PBS “Newshour,” MSNBC “Morning Joe,” and National Public Radio.

“A phenomenal story.”

Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show

“Fascinating … Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living in the secret city, gleaned from seven years of interviews and research. … Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets.”
Washington Post

“Kiernan…brings a unique and personal perspective to this key part of American history…Instead of the words of top scientists and government officials, Kiernan recounts the experiences of factory workers, secretaries, and low-level chemists…She combines their stories with detailed reporting that provides a clear and compelling picture of this fascinating time.”

Boston Globe

4

Dec

Check out the new books out this December 2013: https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/116928

Check out the new books out this December 2013: https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/116928

30

Nov

RIFFLE BACKSTORY: Q&A WITH DANNY SCHECHTER, AUTHOR OF “MADIBA A TO Z”

Danny Schechter is an American journalist and a documentary filmmaker who made six non-fiction films with Mandela and who was asked personally by the filmmakers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to make a three-hour television documentary about the making of the forthcoming film. Schechter has worked in South Africa since the 1960s, which has given him unprecedented access to insiders. Schechter wrote about the liberation struggle and produced a TV news magazine for three years in its most crucial years from l988-91. Having worked both in public television and for CNN and ABC News, Schechter has also been part of the anti-apartheid movement globally as an activist, earning him the confidence of many anti-apartheid leaders. He continues to work around the world and lives in New York City. Read on for his insightful answers to my interview questions and search his book choices below. 

https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/111869

27

Nov

Riffle Backstory: Q&A with Andrew Kaplan, Author of “HOMELAND: CARRIE’S RUN”

I’m a huge “Homeland” fan so when I got the opportunity to interview the man that wrote HOMELAND: CARRIE’S RUN, I was ecstatic. Andrew Kaplan is best known for his spy thriller novels so he was the perfect guy for the job. If you’re a fan of the show, or a fan of unending drama, plot twists, and CIA operative thrillers, then this original prequel is for you. Check out Kaplan’s draw to write about Carrie Mathison’s life before the show, his writing process, and other book selections below.

https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/112889

20

Nov

RIFFLE BACKSTORY: Q&A with Victoria Wilson, Author of “A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK”

I had the distinct honor of interviewing Victoria Wilson, a publishing executive who’s edited works by the likes of Lorrie Moore, Alice Adams, William Gass, and Anne Rice. Wilson’s latest work includes a biography, A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK—a portrait of the life and career of the late American actress published by Simon & Schuster on November 12, 2013. In this interview, Wilson discusses her writing routine, literary inspiration, and a current preview of books she is working on at Knopf.

If you’re not blown away yet, read the full interview here: https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/115457

18

Nov

Riffle Backstory: a Q&A with Andrew Kaplan, author of HOMELAND: CARRIE’S RUN

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I’m a huge “Homeland” fan so when I got the opportunity to interview the man that wrote HOMELAND: CARRIE’S RUN, I was ecstatic. Andrew Kaplan is best known for his spy thriller novels so he was the perfect guy for the job. If you’re a fan of the show, or a fan of unending drama, plot twists, and CIA operative thrillers, then this original prequel book is for you. Check out Kaplan’s draw to write about Carrie Mathison’s life before the show, his writing process, and other book selections below.

https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/112889

14

Nov

That’s why I write, to bear the world as it crumbles,
Gunter Kunert (via samksmith)