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Next up on Life Elsewhere, best-selling author Peter James talks about his latest book Want You Dead, the tenth in the Roy Grace detective-thriller series. James is a fascinating guest who will share his opinions on the intricacies of police work and criminal minds.

Plus, a listener selects Lizzy Mercier Descloux  for the latest Hit That Never Was. And, we’ll present a surprise Holiday release from Lola DutronicThe Christmas Disco.

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Holiday Gifts!

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, our distinguished panel of experts offered their suggestions for our Annual Christmas Gift Special. Each guest was asked to select three books and one non-book gift. Their choices were as different as they were intriguing.

Peter James, best-selling author of the Roy Grace detective-thriller series:


The Burning Room – Michael Connelly

A Year In The Life Of Downton Abbey – Jessica Fellowes

Practical Homicide Investigation – Vernon J Geberth

Nespresso D290 Concept Espresso and Coffeemaker

Robert Newman, esteemed creative director and influential design consultant:


Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art – edited by John Duke Kirsch

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression – Richard Havers

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague – Joyce Brabner, illustrated by Mark Zingarelli

Donation to Ferguson Memorial Public Library

Mark Haskell-Smith, author of five novels and the forthcoming Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

The Moor’s Account – Laila Lalami

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them – Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes – David Kaplan

Hiut Denim

David UlinLos Angeles Times book critic and author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

Gabriel: A Poem – Edward Hirsch

Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas – Patrick Modiano

Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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The Annual Holiday Gift Special


Four brilliant creative minds offer their smart, entertaining and fascinating ideas on what books to buy and ask for this Christmas.

Robert Newman the highly regarded creative director whose excellent work includes, The Village Voice, Details, New York, Real Simple and other publications is a regular contributor to LIfe Elsewhere on Art, Media And Culture

Robert Newman’s Book Selection:

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe
Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined
Power to the People
Dennis P. Eichhorn’s Real Good Stuff #1 And 2
Humans of New York
The Big Book of Anorak
Barbed Wire Baseball

Mark Haskel-Smith is a popular author based in Los Angeles, his latest book is Raw, A Love Story
His previous non-fiction works have been well received along with his exploration into the world of marijuana, Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup

Mark Haskell-Smith’s Selection:

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Nigerians in Space by Deji Olukotun

Laurie Winer is a long-time journalist who has been on staff at the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. She is a founding editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. 

Laurie Winer’s Selection:

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi
The Heart of the Plate by Molly Katzen
The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence by Patricia Wells
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle

Robert Priest is the pre-eminent creative director who has skillfully guided the design of major publications such as Newsweek, Reauters and Oprah Magazine. He is currently a partner at Priest and Grace a world acclaimed design agency.

Robert Priest’s Selection:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Mexican Graphics: Grafica Mexicana
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems
Harvest (Vintage)
All That Is by James Salter