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March 06, 2021
Welcome to this week's Rendezvous With A Writer OutWest featured book round-up. Find these books, and many more like them, on our separate book website Bookshop.org/shop/OutWestShop.com. We've curated book lists representing the complicated, compelling, and engaging culture, history and diversity of the American West. This week's featured book selections were posted on our OutWest Shop Facebook daily post March 7 - March 13, 2021. Discover titles about John Lewis, Women's History Month, Mysteries, 2021 WWA Spur Award Winners and More! Books are added to this blog as the week unfolds.
MARCH 11, 2021 THE WRITER'S BLOCK RADIO SHOW
SHOW #297 A CONVERSATION WITH STEVE BERRY
Join hosts Jim Christina and Bobbi Jean with their returning guest, STEVE BERRY. We guarantee you, we'll have a great time! We'll be chatting about his newest book, number 16 in the Cotton Malone Series, THE KAISER'S WEB.
I've just turned the last page...what a story! So many twists and turns, compelling characters, unexpected encounters, and surprises around every corner...nothing is as it seems! We had a really interesting conversation with author Steve Berry - about this newest title and also about his writing process, how he conducts his research, and how he feeds his imagination. Bobbi Jean
Two candidates are vying to become Chancellor of Germany. One is a patriot having served for the past sixteen years, the other a usurper, stoking the flames of nationalistic hate. Both harbor secrets, but only one knows the truth about the other. They are on a collision course, all turning on the events of one fateful day ― April 30, 1945 ― and what happened deep beneath Berlin in the Fürherbunker.
From the mysterious Chilean lake district, to the dangerous mesas of South Africa, and finally into the secret vaults of Switzerland, former-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone discovers the truth about the fates of Hitler, Braun, and Bormann. Revelations that could not only transform Europe, but finally expose a mystery known as the Kaiser’s web.
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MARCH 11...BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING...true or false? LOL! I co-host a weekly radio show, The Writer's Block, with host Jim Christina. For the last 6 years we've enjoyed the privilege of interviewing an author every week - and we read their latest title to prepare. I remember when I didn't think I could read a book a week! Enter my new addiction...LIBRARY LOVER'S MYSTERY SERIES by JENN MCKINLAY! How have I found the time to read another book a week...Audible! I didn't think I'd be a fan of listening to the reading of a book, but I'm hooked. Only allowing myself to listen while walking, driving, grocery shopping, and "getting ready" for the day I've found ample time to enjoy these books.
Why do I like this Mystery Series with clever book related titles? My sister, Wendy, recommended them to me - a retired children's librarian who received her undergrad degree from Southern Connecticut State College and her Masters at Rutgers - she felt right at home with these characters. It takes place in a small community library (love libraries), in a Connecticut town (have lived in several), with engaging characters (every staff member is a memorable character, as are the patrons), delicious food descriptions, and unexpected plot twists. So fun!
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MARCH 8...INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY...Today we celebrate women's achievements, we raise awareness against bias, we take action for equality recognizing that from challenge comes change. "The most important thing one woman can do for another is expand her sense of actual possibilities." ---Adrienne Rich
BAD GIRLS THROUGHOUT HISTORY: 100 REMARKABLE WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Ann Shen. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they CHALLENGED the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, women in science, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women who dared to push boundaries vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.
DARE TO MAKE HISTORY: CHASING A DREAM AND FIGHTING FOR EQUITY by Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. This is the story of two courageous and talented women who weren't willing to accept anything less than being treated as equals. On their journey to a gold medal in women's ice hockey, they became role models for generations before and after them. This is not a hockey book. It is not a girls book. It is a book about the importance of the fight for equity, particularly gender equity. It is the inspirational story of how two young women from a small town in North Dakota have dreamed big--had the courage to take on huge battles--and in the end how they have dared to make history.
LATINITAS: CELEBRATING 40 BIG DREAMERS by Juliet Menéndez. Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today! In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, Juliet Menéndez explores the first small steps that set the Latinitas off on their journeys. With gorgeous, hand-painted illustrations, Menéndez shines a spotlight on the power of childhood dreams. This is a book for aspiring artists, scientists, activists, and more. These women followed their dreams--and just might encourage you to follow yours!
FIRST LADIES OF THE UNITED STATES by the National Portrait Gallery, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Foreword by Kim Sajet. First ladies are some of the most scrutinized public figures in the country, praised or criticized on everything from their fashion to their level of political involvement. There's no better way to explore their visibility and lasting impact than with First Ladies of the United States, which places remarkable portraits alongside an insightful essay and lively entries that illuminate the history of the women who have shaped the White House.
"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on." ---Serena Williams
---Post by Book Guide BOBBI JEAN
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