Category Archives: Amor Towles

The Misunderstood Affliction

 

Julie Rehmeyer was so sick she sometimes couldn’t turn over in bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and scientific research on her disease was at a near standstill. She was running out of money. And she was all alone, with no one to care for her. This is the beginning of her powerful and emotive memoir, Through The Shadowlands – A Science Writer’s Odyssey Into An Illness Science Doesn’t Understand. As an MIT-trained mathematician, Julie was determined to find a solution to her illness. She had exhausted all reasonable ideas, so she turned to an unreasonable one. Leaving behind everything she owned, Rehmeyer drove to the desert, testing the theory that mold in her home and belongings was making her sick. Julie Rehmeyer felt as though she were going to the desert to die. What was her affliction and why is it so misunderstood? Julie Rehmeyer talks candidly with Norman B about her inspiring memoir, next on Life Elsewhere.

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Show #224

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows just a small selection of wonderful books we have talked about at Life Elsewhere. If you overlooked any of them. we encourage you to pop into your local independent bookstore and search them out. While you are there, help us a little and mention you heard about the book on Life Elsewhere.
*Confucius wrote our headline.

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Brilliant Books & Impressive Music

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In spite of all the morose grumbling that 2016 was one horrible year, on reflection, there was a respite, 2016 was a splendid year for books. Some were good, others were very good and a few were brilliant, one of those brilliant books is A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. At almost five hundred pages, this hefty book is captivating from page one. Set in 1922 Moscow, a Bolshevik tribunal has ordered Count Alexander Rostov, an unrepentant aristocrat to spend the rest of his life inside the grand Metropole hotel, across the street from the Kremlin. Towles serves up an intriguing tale with delicious detail, wit, and uncompromising style. He cleverly weaves intricate facts with believable scenarios conjured up from his vivid imagination. Another excellent book from 2016, that may have eluded most best-of lists is, What The Dickens?! Distinctly Dickensian Words And How To Use Them by Bryan Kozlowski. But, as 2017 get’s under way with unprecedented antics by the President-elect, Kozlowski’s book may turn out to be the perfect source for words that best describe those antics. For example: Trumpery! Amor Towles and Bryan Kozlowski join Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Plus, an impressive track by Portland-based, The Prids, from Friends For Equality, a wonderful compilation that was created in response to the Presidential election results.

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The latest volume of Life Elsewhere Music features an interview with musicians Nancy Kells and Erik Schroeder on the brilliant Friends For Equality compilation. With selected tracks from Hand HabitsJohn Andrews & The YawnsJonathon HicksBloodhype, Henoheno, The Prids, Feral Conservatives, Francie Cool, Goff-SchroederGood Good Blood and Spartan Jet-Plex

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What Have You Learned Since 9/11?

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Fifteen years have passed since that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Has time changed how we now understand the impact of those unprecedented attacks on America? If so, what have we learned since 9/11? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we ‘ll pose this question to a distinguished panel of guests:

Steve Brodner, political caricaturist, satirical commentator, and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Tom Hall, chairman of Tucker/Hall a national media crisis firm.

Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne, author of many authoritative commentaries for CounterPunch, and contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Mark Haskell-Smith, fiction and documentary author with a motion picture in the works for a 2017 release and a Life Elsewhere contributor.

Also in this edition, author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow.

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

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“Thank You, For Reading My Book!”

“Thank you, for reading my book!” You’d think that would be an odd comment for an author to utter to a talk-show host. After all, if you are going to interview someone about a book they have taken the time to write, the least you could do is read it. The fact is, as most writers will tell you, talk-show hosts seldom read the whole book, instead, they rely on the press release stuffed inside their new tome. So, “Thank you, for reading my book!” is said in earnest and with genuine surprise every time Norman B wraps an interview. This is what sets Life Elsewhere apart from all the other interview shows where producers scan through the PR material and bios to come up with suitable questions for the host to ask guests. At Life Elsewhere, Norman actually reads the books and asks questions authors are not expecting but delighted to hear. Which is why you should make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere with author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow and hear why he says, “Thank you, for reading my book!”

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Check out the Life Elsewhere Music page and download Norman B’s curated selections of new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed.