VLADIMIR PUTIN & THE HOTTEST AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin, Thomas Jefferson, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump, which is the Hottest Head of State? It’s politics unusal on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is the only man to wage a battle with Russian President Vladimir Putin and win, and the author of WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN, Franz Sedelmeyer, and the co-author of a very funny book on American Presidents HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE, Kate Dobson.

At the age of 26, Franz Sedelmayer traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and in a short period of time built an enormously successful police supply and training company. Who was one of young Sedelmayer’s big supporters? The young deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, a former KGB lieutenant colonel. His name? Vladimir Putin. The two young men formed a bond, and at Putin’s request Sedelmayer created and trained the KGB’s first Western-style SWAT team. Then, Sedelmayer’s Russian company was expropriated by President Boris Yeltsin and his ambitious, political, and ruthless onetime friend, Vladimir Putin. Why did Putin sell out his friend? Was Putin paid off? In fact, shortly thereafter Putin landed his first Moscow post. Not to take what happened sitting down, Franz Sedelmey went into battle to retrieve his assets and and won—but Russia refused to pay damages. Undeterred, he persevered, waging a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and its current president, Vladimir Putin, his former friend.His unique story told in his book WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN.

Vladimir PutinWith HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE VOLUME ONE: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS,  husband and wife team J.D. and Kate Dobson ask the tough questions that previous presidential biographers and American historians have been afraid to tackle: What are some pickup lines used by former occupants of the Oval Office? How can you style your hair like Martin Van Buren? And which president had the best beard? Smart, cheeky, and above all an entertaining journey through American political history as seen through the smoldering and beguiling eyes of our presidents. J.D.—a 2004 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former congressional aide, lobbyist, and crisis communications consultant—and Kate—a Brown University alumna and former Washington Post comics editor—deliver this trip through our 45 presidents in the style of a teen magazine, complete with quizzes, lists, lots of photos, and no block of text longer than a full page. If you think politics has lost its sense of humor, the Dobsons have restored it.

Vladimir Putin, politics, humor presidents of the United States, books, authors, who could ask for more. Tune into TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BIOGRAPHY JACKIE, JANET & LEE & HIT MAKERS

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BIOGRAPHY

A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the twentieth century Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwell and an investigation into the science of popularity are the subjects of TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is the New York Times bestselling author of JACKIE, JANET & LEE, J. Randy Taraborrelli. And at the bottom of the hour, also joining Halli is the author of HIT MAKERS, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson.

It begins like this: The year is 1951, at one of their “Mother Daughter Teas,” a favorite tradition of shopping and gossip, when the mother, Janet Norton Lee Bouvier Auchincloss Morris asked her daughters, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier one day to add Kennedy and Onassis to her name and Caroline Lee Bouvier one day to add Canfield then Radziwill then Ross to her name: “Do you know what the secret to ‘Happily Ever After’ is?” Before they could answer, Janet did: “Money and Power.” The daughters learned their mother’s lesson well, their stories told in the Oh, my gosh you cannot put it down biography JACKIE, JANET & LEE by the author of nearly 20 biographies that became New York Times bestsellers, J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taking a page from their mother’s playbook and her marriage to their handsome, philandering socialite father, “BlackJack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jackie would marry John F. Kennedy who would become the most powerful man in the world as U.S. President and one of the richest men in the world, Greek Shipping Magnate, Aristotle Onassis. Younger sister Lee would add Princess to her title. Beauty, style, fashion, wealth, the world was their stage. But behind every curtain there is much to be revealed. Taraborrelli does just that.

BIOGRAPHYOriginal, fascinating, and deeply entertaining, Derek Thompson’s HIT MAKERS, THE SCIENCE OF POPULARITY IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION is a confetti of an astonishing thinker’s ideas that uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like, a revelatory cornucopia of the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. Hit-making, or why some things become popular and others do not, shatters the sentimental myths of popularity that have dominated pop culture and business in the past. Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success and slams the body culture, boldly asserting that nobody has “good taste.” Thompson believes that some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. And, there’s this: The consumers that matter the most aren’t the early adopters but rather their friends, followers, and imitators. Yet, although it may be a new world, there remain many enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want. We’ll ask him about that. Applying cutting edge science to stories of hits across the decades, including recent sensations, Thompson reveals how each blockbuster actually has a secret history – of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. Taking us from the dawn of impressionist art to the future of Facebook, from small Etsy designers to the origin of Star Wars, HIT MAKERS is a captivating jaunt through the last century of pop culture and the most valuable currency of the twenty-first century—people’s attention. Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine.

Biography, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli, Hit Makers, science of popularity, Derek Thompson on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

NEWSWEEK’S MATTHEW COOPER and THE RGB WORKOUT

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Andrew McCabe resignation

Andrew McCabe resignation. Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. Will Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign? How does she stay so fit in her 80s? Those questions and more the subject of TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is Newsweek’s Political Editor Matthew Cooper, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s longtime friend and personal trainer, the author of THE RBG WORKOUT, Bryant Johnson.

Comey is gone. Andrew McCabe is going. Rosenstein could be next. What is President Trump up to? Will Robert Miller be allowed to finish his investigation? Newsweek magazine’s political editor, Matthew Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal, U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the magazine in 2014. A veteran White House correspondent, he’s known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case where his refusal to name his sources went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Meet the Press” and a host of broadcast and cable shows and is a frequent guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Andrew McCabe resignationHere’s one for you, the perfect title for a film: The Personal Trainer and the Supreme Court Justice, sorta like The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Except it isn’t a film. This is  the real life story of how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court’s favorite octogenarians, after a bout of colorectal cancer that left her, according to her husband, looking like an “Auschwitz survivor’ hooked up with one Bryant Johnson, today one of America’s most sought after fitness guru’s, in part thanks to his association with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Bryant tells the story of their longtime personal and professional relationship in his book THE RBG WORKOUT, HOW SHE STAYS STRONG…AND YOU CAN TOO! Like Ginsburg, THE RGB WORKOUT is a small book, but packed with a whole lot of information. How does Ginsburg stay so active and energetic? In the book’s foreword, Ginsburg credits her verve to the twice-weekly workouts she does with personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she’s called “the most important person” in her life (after her family, of course). It’s all here, including the workout from start to finish so you can exercise along with Justice Ginsburg.

Andrew McCabe resignation, Newsweek, journalist Matthew Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The RGB Workout, Republicans, Robert Mueller all on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

TRUMP ONE YEAR LATER

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Trump, one year later. Oh, what a year! And they said it wouldn’t last. This week on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Allan J. Lichtman, author of THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT returns to the show to talk politics, Trump, Mueller, impeachment and how Trump’s presidency has effected these United States. In the second half-hour, the authors of TREATING PEOPLE WELL, former White House social secretaries Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard. Is civility a thing of the past in the brash age of Trump?

Distinguished Professor of History at American University, Allan J. Lichtman, has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes. And he continued his forecasting winning streak in the fall of 2016 when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat the heavily favored Democrat, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential elections. The pollsters wish they could have fared as well. Hillary acolytes wish he had broken his winning streak. Then in his bestselling book THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman turned his focus to President Donald Trump and his next forecast – that it is not a question of IF President Trump will be impeached but a question of WHEN! Now on the year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, Lichhtman remains convinced that President Trump’s days are numbered and that an impeachment investigation will be launched. In his updated version of his national bestseller, THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman lays out the factors that will lead to Trump’s removal from office and assesses how Trump’s first year in office has strengthened the case for his impeachment, and goes so far as to explain in detail exactly how he could be removed from office.

TrumpIn the age of Trump is civility dead or just temporarily out-of-fashion? Maybe it’s a lost art one day to be recovered.Two people out to make civility fashionable again are former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who served President George Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who served President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Together they have written TREATING PEOPLE WELL, THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF CIVILITY IN WORK AND IN LIFE, a guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, a book that conveys an important fundamental message—everyone is important and everyone deserves to be treated well — not a book of old school etiquette. For lovers of White House history, this is a treasure of never-before-published anecdotes as they describe pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies both a fun and informative book, and dishy too.

The White House and Trump one year later with Professor Allan Lichtman and Civility in these uncivil times on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

PROOF OF GOD

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Proof of God

Proof of God. The age-old question: Is There A God? Or how about: Is God a woman? For centuries, these fundamental questions have been integral to every culture and religion the world has known.  Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show tackles these questions and more when joining Halli is astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch, co-author of PROOF OF GOD and Isabella Price author of GODDESS POWER.

In the new book, PROOF OF GOD: THE SHOCKING TRUE ANSWER TO THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION, New York Times bestselling author Ptolemy Tompkins join forces with internationally acclaimed astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch to demonstrate that not only is God real, but that it is science, itself, that proves it. “Bernie” Haisch is something of an anomaly – a respected, accomplished scientist who believes, firmly and fervently, in the existence of God. Of course, many scientists disdain faith, as there is no empirical evidence of Gd, and many Christians fear science, which they believe contradicts their beliefs. But the truth Bernie argues in this book is that you cannot understand the universe without acknowledging that the evidence of God is clear in the very make-up of our world. Science and faith, Bernie Haisch believes, are two sides of the same coin.

Proof of God

What if today we learned, definitively, that God is a woman? Why do most of us conceive of God as a man, God the father, of God ruling with testosterone? Suppose, just suppose, God is a woman and all that implies: the feminine of love and healing, birth and death, renewal and evolutionary change. Would there be a complete paradigm shift? In GODDESS POWER, AWAKENING THE WISDOM OF THE DIVINE FEMININE IN YOUR LIFE, author Isabella Price takes readers on an empowering journey into the heart of the Goddess traditions and the rich history and wisdom teachings of the Divine Feminine /Goddess in her numerous manifestations. Price explores Goddess symbols, stories, and key themes, as well as offers valuable spiritual insights on the role the Goddess plays in people’s lives today.  At the root of our cultural challenges, posits Price, lies the imbalance between the “masculine” and the “feminine.” That most of our political, economic, and religious institutions have, for a very long time, been shaped by the “unhealthy masculine” or patriarchal values of conquest, domination, control, competition, authoritarian power structures, dualistic thinking or separation between “us” and “them,” “me” and “the other,” “winners” and “losers” — that these unconscious assumptions and beliefs have shaped the way we think, speak, and act.

Proof of God, religion, spirituality, women power, man power at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

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Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine. And so in the interest of my listener’s health, Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you a chuckle when joining me at my table at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com is the co-author of LIFE IS A JOKE, 100 LIFE LESSONS (WITH PUNCH LINES), Gordon Javna, and Jeremy Dauber, the author of JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY.

Did you hear the one about the Italian Chef? He pasta way. Bada bada bing. Did you laugh at the classic one liner? Maybe, maybe not so much. Jokes. Who writes this stuff? And what is the difference between a good joke and a great joke. According to brothers Gordon and John Javna, in their new book seriously funny book LIFE IS A JOKE, 100 LIFE LESSONS (WITH PUNCH LINES) a great joke not only will make you laugh, a great joke will make you think. Jokes, they assert, are portals of discovery—they can get a message across in a way that’s clear, humorous, and often practical. A work of wit and wisdom with 100 life lessons accompanied by 100 hilarious jokes, LIFE IS A JOKE straddles self-help and entertainment while offering a refreshing new take on a book of wisdom. Oh, and by the way, the book is hysterically funny.

Laughter is the Best MedicineIs laughter the best medicine? And another age old question: Are the Jewish people funnier than everyone else? And if they are, why? If not, are they almost as funny as everyone else? Bada bada bing. The truth be told, over the last century the Jewish people have become known for humor—and, perhaps, for a particular kind of humor — Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Groucho Marks, Woody Allen, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, Nichols and May, Jerry Seinfeld and John Stewart are just a few names we recognize. And the story of Jewish comedy is as vast and variegated as the many Jewish comics and their individual style. In his new book JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY, Jeremy Dauber, professor of Yiddish language, literature and culture at Columbia University explores, defines, and catalogs the history of Jewish humor, taking us on a smart and funny ride.

Laughter is the best medicine, Jewish comedy, life is a joke, an exploration of humor on Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

LAURA INGALLS WILDER LIFE + APPALACHIAN COOKING

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder, homespun Appalachian cooking — it’s an old-fashioned American episode of Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show  when joining me at my table is the author of PRAIRIE FIRES, THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER, the book just named by the New York Times one of the best 10 books of 2017, Caroline Fraser. And at the bottom of the hour, Susi Gott Séguret. Her book APPALACHIAN APPETITE, RECIPES FROM THE HEART OF AMERICA with a foreword by James Beard Award-Winning cookbook author and culinary icon, Nathalie Dupree, at long last brings Appalachian food from its long-time cocoon of stereotypes into the Twenty-First century.

Who doesn’t love the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books, the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder? To millions worldwide, the warm and loving portrayal of Wilder and her family in the books and the wonderful television series has been a source of inspiration. Born 150 years ago this year in 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was the real-life pioneer girl who survived wildfires, tornadoes, malaria, blizzards, and near-starvation on the Great Plains in the late 1800s. Her books have sold over 60 million copies in 45 languages. The TV show of 1970s and 1980s is one of the longest-running, most popular shows in television history, and is still in syndication! Adaptions in print, on stage, and on screen have followed the books’ original publication, as have songbooks, cookbooks, sequels, chat sites, and merchandise of all kinds, from dolls to sunbonnets. Now comes a new look at Laura Ingalls Wilder, her life, her truth in the new book PRAIRIE FIRES, THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER. The author is Caroline Fraser, the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series who claims in this new biography that the true life of Laura Ingalls Wilder has never been told before.

Laura Ingalls WilderSusi Gott Séguret has been intimately involved with food and flavor since, as a toddler she first felt the burn of a radish just pulled from the soil. Founder and director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts held in Asheville, North Carolina, Ithaca, New York, Sonoma, California and Paris, France, Susi also orchestrates the Asheville Wine Experience and the Asheville Truffle Experience. Originally from Appalachia, Susi honed her culinary skills in France, where she resided for over 20 years, earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. Her articles, reviews and photos have appeared in numerous publications and dozens of cookbooks. Her book APPALACHIAN APPETITE, RECIPES FROM THE HEART OF AMERICA with a foreword by James Beard Award-Winning cookbook author and culinary icon, Nathalie Dupree, at long last brings Appalachian food from its long-time cocoon of stereotypes into the Twenty-First century.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Appalachian Appetite, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, recipes, books, authors, Caroline Fraser’s PRAIRIE FIRES, tune into Talkish with Halli Casser-Jayne. The podcast is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WHAT DO EUROPEANS THINK OF PRESIDENT TRUMP?

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What do Europeans think of President Trump?

What do Europeans think of President Trump? Politics and history intertwine on this week’s Talkish with Halli Casser-Jayne when joining me at my table are Dr. Alan Mendoza, Founder and Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society in London — the UK’s most influential foreign policy think tank, and Jason Fagone, the author of the riveting true story, as told in his book THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES, A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, SPIES, AND THE UNLIKELY HEROINE WHO OUTWITTED AMERICA’S ENEMIES.

What do Europeans think of President Trump? Brexit, the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, terrorism, immigration, the subject of refugees are the topics we discuss in a free-wheeling political conversation when joining me on Talkish with Halli Casser-Jayne is Dr. Alan Mendoza, Founder and Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society in London — the UK’s most influential foreign policy think tank. Dr. Mendoza is a frequent speaker at high-profile national and international events and conferences. He is a graduate of Cambridge and a frequent speaker on various foreign policy topics often commenting on the BBC, ITN, Sky, CNBC and al-Jazeera networks amongst others.

What do Europeans think of President Trump?In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her considerable language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the “Adam and Eve” of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told until now. In THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES, A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, SPIES, AND THE UNLIKELY HEROINE WHO OUTWITTED AMERICA’S ENEMIES, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman who played an integral role in our nation’s espionage history for forty years. using her talents first to catch gangsters and smugglers, and ultimately to crack multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Author Jason Fagone, named one of the “Ten young Writers on the Rise” by the Columbia Journalism Review, unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life.

What do Europeans think of President Trump? Politics, history, the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, foreign policy, Brexit, immigration refugees, spies, we cover it all on Talkish! with Halli Casser-Jayne, Wednesday, December 13. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JIMMY FALLON’S FAVORITE YACHT ROCKER ROBBIE DUPREE

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Jimmy Fallon’s “I love this guy!” favorite Yacht Rocker Robbie Dupree and legendary rock and roll chronicler David Hepworth join me at my table on Talkish with Halli Casser-Jayne, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for some rock and rolling conversation.

Jimmy Fallon’s “I love this guy” loves Robbie Dupree for good reason: Just listen to Durpree’s music. It’s been a long and winding road for Dupree but he thinks of himself as one of the “lucky ones”. From his tough beginnings in Brooklyn, to his Top Ten hits, ‘Hot Rod Hearts’ and ‘Steal Away’, which earned him a Grammy nomination in the early 80’s for Best New Artist, Robbie Dupree’s career has twisted and turned, traveled the peaks and the valleys of the ever-changing music industry. From the rich creative atmosphere of the late Sixties through his Woodstock years that were the Seventies, to his chart busting hits of the early Eighties and onward, Dupree’s talent has never stagnated, ever-evolving, his associations with some of the greats of the music industry — David Sancious, Larry Hoppen, Leslie Smith, Rick Chudacoff, and Peter Bunetta seeping into his musical soul. Eleven albums later with his contribution to the genre known as Yacht Rock, Dupree, it can be safely said, has met his heart’s desire and reached the musical promised land. We steal away with Dupree in our first half-hour.

Jimmy Fallon's Favorite Author David Hepworth begins his new book UNCOMMON PEOPLE, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROCK STARS with this declaration: “The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy has passed.” Neil Young, are you listening? In a rock and rollin’ pep rally and memorial, Hepworth’s elegy takes us on the long and winding road through rock and roll history, the up and down beats of an era that offered swagger and recklessness, charisma, self-belief, good hair and above all was riff with talent we could only wish to have. Larger than life but also like us, names like Harrison and Morrison, Elvis and Lewis, Nicks and Joplin, Chuck Berry, Madonna, Bowie, Prince and more come to life on the pages of Hepworth’s book that tells the tales of the uniquely motivated nobodies who went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, who shaped our realities and titillated our fantasies because, after all, UNCOMMON PEOPLE isn’t just their story – it’s our as well. Hepworth, a legend in his own right has launched several successful British magazines, during his long and storied career. He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the coverage of Live Aid in ’85. He has won Editor and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is the radio columnist for the Guardian and a media correspondent for the newspaper, and the author of NEVER A DULL MOMENT.

Jimmy Fallon’s favorite Yacht Rocker Robbie Dupree, David Hepworth Uncommon People, Steal Away, music, rock and roll, Yacht Rock on Talkish with Halli Casser-Jayne, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. The podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JOYCE MAYNARD MARTHA HALL KELLY: BESTSELLING AUTHORS

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Bestselling authors Joyce Maynard and Martha Hall Kelly are women who make magic with words and both are my guests on Talkish! with Halli Casser-Jayne, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

A native of New Hampshire bestselling author Joyce Maynard began publishing her stories in magazines when she was thirteen years old. She first came to national attention in 1972 when she was a freshman at Yale with the publication of her New York Times cover story, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life”. Since then, Maynard has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and many more. She is the author of seventeen books, including the novel TO DIE FOR and the bestselling memoir, AT HOME IN THE WORLD and LABOR DAY adapted for film. Always controversial, she had a relationship with recluse author J.D. Salinger when she was but a girl,  startled the public with her candor about child-rearing and failed marriages and her symphony of failed relationships. Recently she shocked her fans when she adopted two African girls, who she quickly unadopted. Now she returns to the literary stage with her new memoir THE BEST OF US, the story of finding the love of her life late in life only to be met with the biggest test of her life when a one year after their marriage husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. How can a memoir that deals with tragedy be as compelling as THE BEST OF US? Leave it to Joyce Maynard. Tune in.

bestselling authorsBased on the true story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the Rabbits, Martha Hall Kelly’s acclaimed debut novel LILAC GIRLS is a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. The book hit the New York Times bestseller list for good reason: Martha Hall Kelly is a great weaver of tale. The plot: Caroline Ferraday is a former Broadway actress and liaison to the French consulate whose life is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, sinks deeper into her role as a courier for the underground resistance movement. In Germany, Herta Oberheuser, a young doctor, answers an ad for a government medical position—only to find herself embroiled in the male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious and only Nazi concentration camp for women. Riveting, painful, hope-filled LILAC GIRLS is a must-read bestselling book by a bestselling author for good reason: Martha Hall Kelly the inciteful writer my guest this week.

Bestselling authors Joyce Maynard and Martha Hall Kelly, memoir, historical fiction, World War II on Talkish! with Halli Casser-Jayne, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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