15 with the Author | ‘Recess’ by Dan DiSorbo and Ben Applebaum 5/23/16

RecessWho doesn’t like to play?  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Dan DiSorbo about his book “Recess – from dodgeball to double dutch: classic games for players of today”.  He and his co-author were inspired by nostalgia of their days of youth but when they thought more on the benefits of recess they realized that we could all benefit from a break for play.  He talks about the value of play.  There are lots of variations on favorite old games, insider secrets and a coaches corner!  

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Recess by Dan diSorbo

 

 

15 with the Author | ‘The Passion of Dolssa’ by Julie Berry 5/16/16

4e99290a3ba55da5fa5ad4df51d2787cOn today’s 15 with the Author, today’s book is a medieval thriller set in France and wrapped up in a story of sisterhood, feminism, and faith.  Teri Knight talks with Julie Berry about her new novel, ‘The Passion of Dolssa’.  It’s a sweeping saga involving so-called heretics, being burned at the stake, priests and peasants.  The title character is Dolssa a mystic – who escapes being burned and leaves miracles in her wake as she’s hidden by 3 sisters in a small village.  JulieBerrybooks.com

 

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The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

 

 

15 with the Author | ‘The Road Back to Sweetgrass’ by Linda LeGarde Grover

sweetgrassOn today’s 15 with the Author Teri Knight talks with Linda LeGarde Grover about her novel set in northern Minnesota, “The Road Back to Sweetgrass”.  It follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics.  Linda is an Ojibwe and professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She connects the sense of place with the experience of Native women who came of age during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination. 

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15 with the Author | ‘All Better Now’ by Emily Wing Smith 5/2/16

51d6VC+LVPL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_All her life, Emily has felt different from other kids.  Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness, things have never felt right for Emily Wing Smith.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with her about her book, “All Better Now”.  She describes a near fatal accident at the age of 12 that actually saved her life.  

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15 with the Author | ‘I’ll See You in Paris’ by Michelle Gable 4/25/16

Lavender and book

Lavender and book

On today’s 15 with the Author,Teri Knight welcomes back Michelle Gable.  Her first novel was “A Paris Apartment” which was based on the discovery of incredible treasures inside an apartment that had been closed off for decades.  Her latest is “I’ll See You in Paris” and centers around the real life of Gladys Deacon, the Duchess of Marlborough and a real character who found herself in the middle of a worldwide murder scandal at the age of 12.  Gable talks about how she melded Gladys’ story with a contemporary mother and daughter story with secrets of their own.  

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15 with the Author | ‘Salt to the Sea’ by Ruta Sepetys 4/18/16

imagesIt’s 1945 in East Prussia.  WW II is drawing to a close as Russian forces overtake the Germans.  Thousands of refugees are on a frantic trek toward freedom.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Ruta Sepetys, author of ‘Salt to the Sea’.   Her epic historical novel chronicles the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (the largest maritime disaster in history) and follows the stories of 4 teenagers as they flee their different homelands.  Sepetys tells why no one talked about the disaster which killed more than 10,000 people. rutasepetys.com

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