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BTCO 0300H1
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12 / 30
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South Florida PBS
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Join host Ann Bocock on a literary odyssey through best-selling works of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, and an exciting variety of additional genres. Bocock interviews some of the most prominent literary minds of our time during the half-hour program, featuring in-depth interviews with nationally recognized authors.

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#301 James Patterson – Walk In My Combat Boots
From #1 bestselling author and master storyteller James Patterson and retired U.S. Army Ranger Matt Eversmann (decorated war hero immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down,) gather firsthand accounts from veterans, most of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan, to deliver a vivid and authentic portrait of life in the modern military. Many of the soldiers profiled are children of career military men and were spurred into action by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

#302 Hank Philippi Ryan - The First To Lie
Hank Phillippi Ryan is a USA Today best-selling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agatha’s, three Anthony’s, the Daphne and for “The Other Women,” the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also an on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, having won 37 Emmys and dozens more journalism honors. In the psychological thriller “The First to Lie”, journalism ethics are tested when an investigative reporter squares off with a major pharmaceutical company. This revenge story with dark family secrets pits the newsroom against corporate sabotage.

#303 Alice Hoffman - Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including “The World That We Knew,” “Practical Magic,” “The Rules of Magic,” Oprah’s Book Club selection “Here On Earth,” “The Red Garden,” “The Dove Keepers,” “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” “The Marriage Opposites” and “Faithful.” In “Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic. “ Alice wrote a prequel to her bestselling beloved novel, “Practical Magic,” a story about Maria Owens, the matriarch of the amazing Owens women, accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. It is a showcase of the masterful storytelling of Alice Hoffman.

#304 Maria Hinojosa - Once I was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate Torn America
Emmy Award–winning journalist and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa, tells the story of immigration in America through her family’s experiences and decades of reporting, painting an unflinching portrait of a country in crisis. “Once I Was You” is the author’s intimate experience growing up Mexican-American on the south side of Chicago and documenting the existential wasteland of immigration detention camps for news outlets that often challenged her work. In these pages, she offers a personal and eye-opening account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also enabled willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations, charging us with the broken system we have today.

#305 Chip Jones - The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South
Chip Jones has been reporting for nearly thirty years for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times, Virginia Business magazine, and others. He is the former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine, which is where he first discovered the heart stopping story depicted in “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.” Pulitzer Prize nominated Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Bruce Tucker, a black man, and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family’s permission or knowledge.

#306 Yaa Ghasi -Transcendent Kingdom
Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Yaa Ghasi won the National Book Award for her debut novel “Homegoing” at the age of 26. Her stunning follow-up novel “Transcendent Kingdom,” is both the powerful story of a Ghanaian immigrant family ravaged by addiction, depression and grief, and a novel about faith.

#307 Scott Eyman - Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise
Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, of which three are New York Times bestsellers, including “John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” “Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year relationship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart,” and “Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille.” He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He is a frequent book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal and Film Comment. His books specialize in the golden age of Hollywood.

#308 Chris Bohjalian - The Red Lotus & Hour of the Witch
Chris Bohjalian is The New York Times best-selling author of 21 books. including “Midwives,” “The “Sandcastle Girls,” “The Guest Room” and “The Flight Attendant.” His books have been published in over 30 languages and made into three films. “The Flight Attendant” has been adapted as a television drama. “The Red Lotus” is set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people and those who peddle death to the highest bidder. “Hour of the Witch” is a twisting, tightly plotted thriller from one of our greatest storytellers; a timely and terrifying novel of socially sanctioned brutality amid the backdrop of the Salem witch hunt. A young Puritan woman, faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul, plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive historical thriller.

#309 David Heska Wanbli Weiden – Winter Counts
“Winter Counts” is a thriller set around South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation. The betrayal of Native Americans and the issue of native identity are the backbone of this crime novel. David Heska Wanbli Weiden is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation. This novel is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ choice and was named one of the Best Books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly.

#310 Lisa Unger – Confessions on the 7:45
Lisa Unger is a New York Times best-selling and award- winning author of 18 novels. With millions of readers worldwide and her books published in twenty-six languages, she is widely regarded as the master of suspense. “Confessions on the 7:45” begins with two seemingly random women and two sets of secrets. What appears to be a chance meeting on a commuter train takes a dark turn in this psychological thriller from the master of suspense, Lisa Unger.

#311 Meg Cabot – No Offense
Meg Cabot is a New York Times best-selling Young Adult author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teenagers and adults. She has written and published over fifty books and is best known for “The Princess Diaries,” which was later adapted by Walt Disney Pictures into two feature films. “No Offense” is a charming romance between a children’s librarian and the town sheriff. This is book #2 in the “Little Bridge Island” series and is set in one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys, home to sandy white beaches, salt-rimmed margaritas, and stunning sunsets; a place where nothing goes under the radar and love has a way of sneaking up when least expected.

#312 Kristin Harmel – The Book of Lost Names
Kristin Harmel is a New York Times best-selling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international best-selling author of “The Winemaker's Wife,” “The Room on Rue Amelie,” and a dozen other novels that have been translated into 26 languages and sold all over the world. “The Book of Lost Names” was inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, about a young woman with a talent for forgery who helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis

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