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January 2016 book selection

Posts About The Tsar of Love and Techno 

November 18, 2015

I cannot write a word this week without mentioning the attacks on one of my favorite cities, Paris. People around the world are expressing sadness, even anger, about what happened, but I feel that bringing back wonderful memories of trips there, and re-reading the best books about the City of Light, might be helpful. Three books immediately come to mind. If you have others, please leave us a comment, so we can expand the list. 

The first book is one I read years ago, and I have been referencing it ever since. It's called Paris to the Moon, by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. He has written some compelling pieces this week, but this book, written long ago, is about his life as an expat in Paris with his young family. He explains that living in a new city in a new country must be navigated in the same way he adjusts to a new son. There are new routines, new language and a new appreciation for things previously unknown. He clearly loves the city, and he has a funny and honest way of describing some typically French situations.

The second book is new. In The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George, we meet Monsieur Perdu, a literary apothecary, who has a bookstore on the Seine. Perdu has an intuitive knack for finding the exact book a reader needs to mend a broken heart. The only one he can't seem to heal is himself. This book is a love letter to books and to Paris.

The third book needs no explanation. Eloise in Paris, by Kay Thompson, is an absolute joy. Just read it. You will smile all day long.

These books will give you a renewed love for Paris. You may even be inspired to plan a trip. Either way, I think you will enjoy the journey.

While you are planning, don't forget to plan a visit to our event on January 26 at 6pm to hear Donna Apidone interview Anthony Marra about his new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno. It is fantastic. This is our Third Anniversary Party, so it will be an extra special night for CapRadio Reads. I hope to see you there.


November 10, 2015

Out With The Old, In With The New

What a glorious year we have had at CapRadio Reads.  We capped our year off with another stellar event, this time with Janis Cooke Newman and her book, A Master Plan For Rescue. 
We will meet here on this page for a few weeks to talk about what we're reading, what books are on our Christmas lists, and maybe even what books you would like to see us do in 2016. 
Our New Year here at CapRadio Reads is going to start off with
some serious fireworks.  Can you believe we are going to be celebrating our THIRD Anniversary? For this very special occasion, we are bringing back one of our absolute all-time favorite guest authors, Anthony Marra. 
When Tony was here last, he had just written his first novel, A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena. We knew the minute we read it that this was something special. Apparently, the rest of the world has caught on, and they agree with us. 
Marra's new book, The Tsar Of Love And Techno, has received the highest praise possible from every newspaper and blogger and, of course, from NPR itself. 
When an author's first novel is such a hit, one is afraid nothing will ever match up.  Well, this new book is, if possible, even better. We are so excited to see Mr. Marra again and rejoice in his success.  Please join us, Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm, in what will be a very crowded event to celebrate Anthony Marra, his new book
and our anniversary. This one will sell out very fast. 
Be sure and reserve your seat today.
Happy Holidays, and good reading from all of us at CapRadio

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Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' Hits French Bestseller List After Paris Attacks

November 23, 2015

Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast has hit the French bestseller list a half century after its publication, all because of a French granny. A 77-year-old Paris woman who lives near the Bataclan concert hall gave a TV interview that went viral. In the interview, she calls on her countrymen to read Hemingway's novel of living it up in the "City of Light."

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The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

November 23, 2015

In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.

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Cindy Sample's 'Dying For A Donut'

November 9, 2015

Cindy Sample is a mystery author from El Dorado Hills who’s known for her humorous Laurel McKay mystery series. Her latest installment, “Dying for a Donut,” is both titillating and craving-inducing.

The Chapbook: Yesterday’s Revolution, Today’s Renaissance

November 3, 2015

There’s an area of publication making a renaissance in literary circles. It’s called the chapbook and it’s a short collection of poetry, short stories or novellas. Author Kate Asche explains why this type of publication is making a comeback.

Annette Kassis' New Book Focuses On McClatchy Family

November 2, 2015

Annette Kassis is a historical writer who previously has focused her attention on the Prohibition era in Sacramento and the Weinstock family’s retail empire. Her new book puts a spotlight on media.