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The transition from womanhood to motherhood is the most profound, overwhelming experience of a woman's life. Hear Lola Light's story as she shares her journey of discovering that she was pregnant while she was single, to deciding to keep the baby and raise it on her own, followed by many significant events which ultimately portrays the strength of any woman entering motherhood. A woman's life will forever change with the gift of a new life, and Lola Light's vulnerability shines through while ...
 
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Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her debut novel, In Every Mirror She's Black. Lolá was born in Nigeria and lived in the States for a long time before moving to Sweden. She is an award winning author, speaker, and photographer who has traveled the globe for her work. In Every Mirror She's Black is told through the perspe…
 
Naomi Hirahara, the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai series, talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her latest historical mystery novel, Clark and Division, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. Clark and Division tells the story of the Ito family who was detained first at Manzanar in California and then to Chicago in 1944 as Japanese Ameri…
 
Ash Davidson talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her very accomplished debut novel, Damnation Spring, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. It’s a book where the characters and their story will stay with you. Damnation Spring is set in a northern California town in the late ‘70s. Damnation Spring tells the very human story of a family torn apart b…
 
William Kent Krueger joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss his newest novel, Lightning Strike, which is a prequel to his Cork O'Connor series. He is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace, This Tender Land, 18 Cork O'Connor novels, and more. Lightning Strike tells the story of 12-year-old Cork O'Connor in his home town o…
 
Miranda Cowley Heller talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, The Paper Palace, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Set on the Outer Cape of Cape Cod over the course of 24 hours, Elle must make a decision about whether to stay with her husband, Peter, or to leave her marriage for her childhood friend, Jonas. The book looks b…
 
Jonathan Santlofer joins Carol Fitzgerald for a lively discussion of his new novel, The Last Mona Lisa, his first novel with a historical setting. The Last Mona Lisa explores the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, giving readers a backstage look at what happened with the painting and the thief behind it all. With forgeries propping up in …
 
Taylor Jenkins Reid joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about Malibu Rising, her latest New York Times bestseller. Malibu Rising follows four famous siblings over one day in August 1983, the day of their annual party, which is legendary. All the “right” people are there. By the end of the night their lives will be changed, secrets will be revealed -- an…
 
Chandler Baker, the New York Times bestselling author of the Whisper Network, talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her newest novel, The Husbands. The Husbands follows Nora Spangler, an attorney with more than her career on her plate. She’s up for partnership at her law firm, but at home she’s juggling everything for the house and kids. Her husband work…
 
Megan Abbott joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest thriller, The Turnout, which is the 10th book in her award-winning career. Set against the world of ballet, The Turnout follows Dara and Marie Durant, two sisters who trained in ballet since they were children. Their parents ran the prestigious Durant School of Dance. After their sudden d…
 
Megan Miranda joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest thriller, Such a Quiet Place, which is a locked-in thriller. The setting is the idyllic neighborhood of Hollow's Edge, where the residents are also employed by the local college. It’s a convivial place where everyone looks out for one another. The community is reeling from the murder of …
 
Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray talked to Carol Fitzgerald about their first collaboration, The Personal Librarian, which is a New York Times bestseller, a Good Morning America Book Club Selection, and a Bookreporter Bets On pick. Marie, who has been interviewed for “Bookreporter Talks To” previously, is the New York Times bestsellin…
 
Scott Shepherd joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about his thriller, The Last Commandment, which is the first in a series. They cover a lot of turf here; Scott has had the idea for this book for a while now and talks about how he played around with the it decades before writing it. They spoke in depth about the characters, why he chose London and New …
 
In this episode, Lola Light speaks to the components of perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) including common presentations, examples of scary and intrusive thoughts, and evidence-based treatments. **Trigger warning*** some examples described in this podcast episode may be disturbing to some listeners. Please proceed with caution.…
 
T.J. Newman joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her debut thriller, Falling, which is a #1 Indie Pick for July and a Bookreporter Bets On selection. TJ, a former flight attendant, got the idea for this book when she was on a flight and asked the flight’s captain, “Hey, what would you do if your family was taken, and you were told that if you didn’…
 
Kate White joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest novel, The Fiancée, a stand-alone thriller in a locked-in scenario. The Fiancée is set on a sixty-acre estate, where Summer, her husband Gabe, her nine-year-old stepson Henry, and other members of the family have gathered for an annual summer reunion. Enter Hannah, Summer's brother-in-law's…
 
Julie Clark, the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight, was our June "Bookaccino Live" Book Club guest. In The Last Flight, two women switch places to get a chance at a new life. Claire, who married into a political dynasty that she wants out of, meets Eva in an airport bar. On a whim, the two decide to trade tickets and board the ot…
 
Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her newest novel, Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty. In Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty, Peyton thinks she has it all as an anchor of a beloved morning show, with celebrity status and enough money for …
 
Joshua Henkin joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss his new novel, Morningside Heights. As the author of four novels, Joshua also directs the MFA Fiction Writing program at Brooklyn College. In Morningside Heights, Pru Steiner falls in love with her Shakespeare professor, Spence. Marrying him means ending her ambition to make a name for herself in New …
 
Zakiya Dalila Harris joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL. Zakiya spent a few years working in the editorial department at Knopf/Doubleday. She left to write THE OTHER BLACK GIRL when the kernel of a story idea came to her, and it was too good to ignore. In THE OTHER BLACK GIRL, editorial assistant Nella Rogers, w…
 
Linwood Barclay, the New York Times bestselling thriller author of over 20 novels, joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss his latest thriller, Find You First. In Find You First, Miles Cookson is a tech millionaire who has all the money he could ask for but is running out of time. He's been diagnosed with a terminal illness and hopes to spend the last bi…
 
Wendy Wax joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest novel, The Break-Up Book Club, a Bookreporter Bets On selection. Wendy is known for writing character-driven novels; she jokes during the interview that there are times she wishes she could skip plot and conflict and just write characters. The Break-Up Book Club is a briskly-paced story abou…
 
Jean Hanff Korelitz joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss her New York Times bestselling novel, The Plot, which also is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. In The Plot, Jacob Finch Bonner is a novelist whose first book saw some success. Since then, his career has been floundering. He teaches at a third-rate writing workshop when he comes across a terrifi…
 
Laura Dave joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her first domestic suspense novel, The Last Thing He Told Me, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and is a Reese Witherspoon Book Pick and a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The idea for this book is one that Laura had for a while; she started writing notes for it back in 2012, even as s…
 
Robert Kolker, the New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road, was our May “Bookaccino Live” Book Club guest. Hidden Valley Road, which is now available in paperback, follows the true story of the Galvin family, which was upended by acute schizophrenia in the 1960's and 1970's. At that time, the family hid any suspicion of their abnorm…
 
Pam Jenoff joins us to talk about her latest New York Times bestseller, THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR. Inspired by true events, THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR tells the story of Sadie Gault, a young woman who takes refuge with her family in the sewers beneath the Krakow Ghetto as Nazis begin to ship Jews to the camps in the middle of WWII. While walki…
 
Mark Sullivan joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about his new historical thriller, THE LAST GREEN VALLEY. Many readers know Mark from his last historical novel, BENEATH A SCARLET SKY, which was a mega-bestseller. THE LAST GREEN VALLEY book is eagerly anticipated. THE LAST GREEN VALLEY here opens in the Ukraine, where the Martel family is offered two o…
 
Kim Michele Richardson , the New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, was our April “Bookaccino Live” Book Club guest. Kim Michele is a Kentuckian, who is proud to share her Kentucky heritage and that of those before her. Inspired by both the true stories of the "blue people" of Kentucky, and the WPA’s Pack Horse Li…
 
Sally Hepworth, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister, joins Carol Fitzgerald from Australia to talk about her latest domestic thriller, which also is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. In The Good Sister, there are twin sisters --- Fern and Rose. Fern, who has behavior issues which allude to being on the autism spectrum, always h…
 
Lisa Scottoline, the #1 bestselling author of 33 novels, joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her first work of historical fiction, ETERNAL, a sweeping historical epic inspired by true events. Lisa shares the inspiration for ETERNAL, which was four decades in the making. The seeds of it were sown during a class she took at the University of Pennsyl…
 
Gabriela Garcia, whose short fiction and poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry and other collections, joins Carol to discuss her first novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. OF WOMEN AND SALT looks at the lives of two families of women, from the days of the cigar factories in the nineteenth century Cuba to modern…
 
As part of the Morristown Festival of Books @Home series, Carol Fitzgerald interviewed Kristin Hannah, author of THE FOUR WINDS, which debuted at #1 simultaneously on the New York Times Print, Combined Print and eBook and Audio Bestseller lists. During their conversation they discuss Kristin’s inspiration and writing process for THE FOUR WINDS, as …
 
Nadia Hashimi joins “Bookreporter Talks To” to discuss her newest novel, Sparks Like Stars. The book opens in Afghanistan in 1978, where a ten-year-old girl named Sitara witnesses and survives a government coup that has her entire family slain. She is shepherded to an American Foreign Service officer to flee the country. In her writing, Nadia captu…
 
Alexandra Andrews joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss her debut novel, Who is Maud Dixon?, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. In the book, Florence Darrow is early in her career at a book publisher, hoping to eventually make it as a successful author. In the publishing world, Mississippi Foxtrot by Maud Dixon is one of the hottest books on th…
 
As part of the Morristown Festival of Books @Home series, Carol Fitzgerald interviewed Nadia Owusu, the author of AFTERSHOCKS, which is a memoir. Nadia was born in Tanzania, and raised in Italy, Ethiopia, England, Ghana, and Uganda, before moving to New York when she was 18. She talks about her background traveling the world, as well as why she see…
 
To kick off Women's History Month in March, Carol Fitzgerald moderated a panel featuring Lauren Willig (BAND OF SISTERS), Marie Benedict (THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE), Kristin Harmel (THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES) and Vanessa Riley (ISLAND QUEEN) as they celebrated the Lauren's new historical novel, BAND OF SISTERS, which is based on her extensive resea…
 
Chris Whitaker talks to Carol Fitzgerald about We Begin at the End, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The discussion opens with Chris sharing the circuitous --- and somewhat crazy --- route he took to becoming an author, and what drew him to write his lead character, 13-year-old, Duchess. That story alone could be a book. We Begin at the E…
 
Alex Berenson, joins us to discuss his standalone thriller, The Power Couple, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. Both Rebecca and Brian are government agents -- one in the FBI, the other in the CIA. As the book opens, Rebecca and Brian Unsworth are on a vacation in Europe with their teenage children as they celebrate their 20th anniversary.…
 
Jane Harper joins Carol Fitzgerald from her office in Australia to talk about The Survivors, her latest thriller. Setting has a strong influence on Jane's thriller work, and she talked about exploring Tasmania as part of her research process. Humorously, the setting had Carol looking at maps and confessing that she had no idea where Tasmania was in…
 
Janet Skeslien Charles joins us to talk about her historical novel, The Paris Library. While working as the programs manager at The American Library in Paris, she learned the history of the library, which celebrated its centennial last year. Included in its storied history are the heroic librarians who stood up to the Nazis during World War II and …
 
Sharon Virts joins us to discuss her debut novel, Masque of Honor: A Historical Novel of the American South. Inspiration for this book came as Sharon was restoring the historic home where she now lives, called Selma. During her restoration research, she learned about the home’s original owners, and that set her on a path to learn more about the peo…
 
Sadeqa Johnson joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss Yellow Wife, her first novel of historical fiction. Yellow Wife tells the story of Pheby Delores Brown, a mixed-race woman who grew up in Virginia. When the book opens, she is living on a plantation with her mother, who is a medicine woman. Pheby’s father is the Master of the plantation, which gives …
 
Welcome to our January "Bookaccino Live" Book Group event, in which we discuss This Tender Land with William Kent Krueger. We opened the program with Carol Fitzgerald interviewing Kent about This Tender Land, a New York Times bestseller and Bookreporter Bets On selection. Four readers were then invited to join the discussion on camera to ask questi…
 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner has been writing thrillers for the past twenty years. You probably know her best from her three book series, including the one with Detective D.D. Warren, but her latest novel, Before She Disappeared is a standalone novel. In Before She Disappeared, Frankie Elkin is a middle-aged woman who spends he…
 
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz joins us to discuss her new novel What Could Be Saved, a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The book began as a short story in which she reflected on her life in Bangkok as a child. The bones of the story were there and grew to be the novel we have now. What Could Be Saved follows the perspectives of a family. When the book op…
 
Melanie Benjamin, the New York Times bestselling author of Mistress of the Ritz and The Swans of Fifth Avenue, returns to our podcast and video series to discuss her new novel, The Children's Blizzard. This blizzard, so named in 1888, provides the backdrop for the book, and gives readers insight into what happened in the Dakota Territory on that fa…
 
We kick off 2021 talking to Ashley Audrain, the author of The Push, a book that has been getting well-deserved buzz. In it, Blythe has given birth to her daughter, Violet, and while she dreamed of a loving mother-daughter relationship, she is not bonding with Violet. Something feels off. Her husband, Fox, does not see it, and this has her questioni…
 
In this episode, Lola Light shares her honest and hilarious experiences and tips of getting back into the dating world as a single parent. Thank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast! From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast. Su…
 
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