What we’re reading during the snow storm

    St. Louis’ winter weather is here. If you are stuck inside with nowhere to go, take a look at some of our favorite conversations with best selling authors and their new works! Don’t forget to subscribe to Talking with Authors, wherever you get your podcasts!

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

    From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist Lori Gottlieb, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” is a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she). We sit down to talk to Gottlieb about her new book, as well as debunk some theories and misconceptions about therapy along the way.


    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    Best selling author David Grann talks about how he found the story of the forgotten Osage murders that became the basis for his book, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and who is making it into a movie.


    I: A Memoir

    Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi sits down with HEC’s Paul Schankman for a revealing discussion of his new memoir about the highs and lows of his life both artistically and personally.


    Chances Are…

    Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in Literature, author Richard Russo shares his insights into his writing practices and how his own college experience plays into the opening of his latest novel, “Chances Are…” The story includes Russo’s trademark wry humor and strong male relationships featuring three 66-year-old men who convene on Martha’s Vineyard one fall weekend, 44 years after meeting in college. An unsolved mystery, as old as their friendship, plays a pivotal role.


    Lalani of the Distant Sea

    In Erin Entrada Kelly’s beautiful new novel, “Lalani of the Distant Sea”, we meet mythical creatures, faithful friends and an ordinary girl who braves impossible odds to help the people she loves. The story, which is Entrada Kelly’s first fantasy novel, was inspired by Phillipine folklore and the stories her Filipina mother told her as a child. Entrada Kelly – who won the Newbery Medal in 2018 for “Hello, Universe”, which will soon become a movie – began writing novels as a child to channel the loneliness she felt as a Filipina-American growing up in Louisiana. Now, as the New York Times Bestselling “authoress” of five beloved middle-grade books, she creates the characters she longed to see a child.


    Fentanyl, Inc. How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

    When award-winning journalist Ben Westhoff began covering the Electronic Dance Music scene in 2015 for L.A. Weekly, he noticed a disturbing trend. People were dying from party drugs at EDM events. For the next four years, Westhoff (Original Gangstas, Dirty South), followed the deadly trail of fentanyl, a drug that was created for legitimate medical use before Mexican cartels began adding illicit, Chinese-made fentanyl to heroin and other street drugs. In his new book, Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic (Grove Atlantic), Westhoff exposes the origins of synthetic opioids and the devastating consequences of a drug crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.


    Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix It

    Marty Makary, M.D., sits down with HEC’s Paul Schankman to discuss his new book, The Price We Pay, What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix It. Dr. Makary’s breakthrough book documents price gouging by hospitals and sweetheart deals with insurance companies that result in poor treatment and sometimes patient bankruptcy. His research includes new ideas on how to fix the system, and ways patients can look out for themselves to lower the price they pay.


    Big thanks to the Saint Louis County Library , the Missouri Humanities Council, and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival for making these interviews possible. Consider purchasing from one of your independent bookstores!

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