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.
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Books are an integral part of Life Elsewhere. All kinds of books: the imaginative, off-kilter novel; the gripping detective drama; the investigative documentary; the revealing autobiography; the anecdotal memoir; the unapologetic satire…every type of book is welcome. There’s just one stipulation, Life Elsewhere host, Norman B has to read the book first before he talks about it on air. Which explains why his insightful, conversational interviews are praised by authors and listeners alike.
Above are just some of the books and authors featured in the past year on Life Elsewhere. See if you can match the author’s photograph with their book?
On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear the true, harrowing stories of a photojournalist held hostage in Lebanon. We urge you not to miss Lynsey Addario tell her graphic stories of being on the front-line in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo, as told brilliantly in her new book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.
The imagined ghost of Dorothy Parker haunting the venerable Algonquin hotel with cocktail in hand is the centerpiece of the new novel, Dorothy Parker Drank Here, byadroit author,Ellen Meister, who will entertain with her tales of the Algonquin Round Table and channeling the ghost of Ms. Parker.
“When I first arrived in New York, number five on my “must-see” list was the Algonquin Hotel,” says Norman B. His fascination with the Algonquin Round table and Dorothy Parker in particular, has continued to this day, so it will come as no surprise then, that Norman was delighted when Ellen Meister’snew book, Dorothy Parker Drank Herearrived for his review. “This is a wonderful, cleverly-witty book,” says the host of Life Elsewhere, “perfect for late-night reading, snuggled up in bed, enjoying Meister’sdeft hand at channeling Ms. Parker.” Without giving too much away, Ellen Meister, does more than channel Dorothy Parker in her latest book, she brings the legendary wit to life, albeit as a ghost.To find out more about Dorothy Parker Drank Here, make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, when Ellen Meisterwill talk with Norman B about her new book, Dorothy Parker, ghosts and the Algonquin Hotel.
Plus, we are excited to share with you an interview with photojournalist, Lynsey Addario.She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo. In her new book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and Warshe graphically describes harrowing scenes, including her capture in Lebanon, being beaten and molested. In gruesome detail, Addariorecounts seeingbits of brain and skull embedded into the parcel shelf of a car, just hit by an air strike, then almost nonchalantly, she writes, “I had a bad feeling that something was going to happen.” Lynsey Addario’s exemplarywork appears regularly in The New York Times, National Geographic and Time magazine. Below is a brief example of a riveting interview we urge you not to miss.