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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.

Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen Survivor Marion Lazan

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Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorThe Holocaust, concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: WRITERS PAM JENOFF JESSICA SHATTUCK

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As we commemorate HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist Jessica Shattuck.

Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Pam Jenoff it all began with the astonishing success of her THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL the World War II heartrending, Quill-nominated International Bestseller. Many successful books later she comes to us with her new title, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, already on the New York Times Bestseller List. THE ORPHAN’S TALE is set amid the unconventional world of a traveling circus, the novel bringing together two women—both refugees from their own pasts and each attempting to live under the radar during the Nazi incursion. Drawing on a little a little-known, real-life Nazi-run program, the Lebensborn Program, in which Jewish babies were ripped from their families and sent by train to concentration camps and the circuses of the era that sheltered Jews during the War, THE ORPHAN’S TALE exposes the light in the shadows of World War II.

Holocaust Remembrance DayAuthor Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were Nazi’s. She admitted the truth in a recent New York Times op ed. “My grandparents were Nazis,” Shattuck wrote. “It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this.” It was when Shattuck came upon a picture of her grandfather in his Nazi uniform that Shattuck could no longer deny the truth, even though she had had and loved her grandmother who Shattuck says did not seem temperamentally suited to hate. Understanding why and how this woman Shattuck knew and loved was swept up in a movement that became synonymous with evil led to Shattuck’s writing her gripping new novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE (currently on the New York Times Bestseller List). Turbulent, disturbing, fraught, haunting, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE provides rarely seen insight into the lives of ordinary Germans during the Nazi era, providing a perspective rarely examined in the voluminous literature of the Second World War.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi, Germany, World War II, historical fiction, Jewish literature two interesting conversations with bestselling authors Pam Jenoff and Jessica Shattuck on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 19, the podcast posted 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARION BLUMENTHAL LAZAN

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Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 12, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, 3 p.m. ET.

HOLOCAUSTMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

HOLOCAUSTThe Holocaust, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WAS ERNEST HEMINGWAY A SPY FOR RUSSIA?

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Trump, Russia, spies, crime, writer Ernest Hemingway? We bring them all together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 29 when joining Halli at her table is Nicholas Reynolds author of the controversial new book that says Ernest Hemingway was a Russian spy, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S SECRET ADVENTURES 1935-1961 and the editor of the riveting BOOK OF CRIME: MORE THAN 166 YEARS COVERING THE BEAT, Kevin Flynn.

Ernest Hemingway is surely one of our greatest American writers, whose life has been mapped to the fullest. But despite the gazillion words written about Hemingway now comes new insight into one of the most famous lives in literature. In his new book WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Nicholas Reynold’s reveals a secret that  during World War II, Hemingway became a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too. While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Hemingway’s involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. He brings the secret to life for the first time, Hemingway’s recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD (the forerunner to the KGB) followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS (the precursor to the CIA) —to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.

ernest hemingway crime russia spyFor 166 years, THE NEW YORK TIMES has been a rich source of information about CRIME, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life.  Now in a fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF CRIME, captures the full sweep of the newspaper’s coverage of the subject of crime from the assassinations of icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X to the deadly trails left behind by serial killers like the Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer. Who can forget the Manson murders, bank heists by Dillinger, art heists and white-collar crimes from Ponzi to Madoff? Flynn brings us them all, including crimes of passion, heists, kidnapping, murders, the mob and more. This is a book that appeals to the voyeur in us all.

Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Russia, CIA, FBI, KGB, the New York Times, crime, murder, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORIANS KATHRYN SMITH, MARC WORTMAN

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For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.

As we commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we return to history and World War II with two important stories when journalist Kathryn Smith, author of THE GATEKEEPER: MISSY LEHAND, FDR AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT DEFINED A PRESIDENCY and historian Marc Wortman, author of 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR join Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In THE GATEKEEPER, Journalist Kathryn Smith tells the story of Marguerite  Alice “Missy” LeHand the savvy personal secretary President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal members of his inner circle. Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of Chief of Staff long before the position was formally created, working with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed Vice Presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. She was also FDR’s confidante (lover?), his support when he contracted polio, and his close friend. People in Washington, D.C., knew one indisputable truth: if you wanted to get to FDR, you had to go through Missy.

1941 Fighting the Shadow War National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayA divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR. Conventional wisdom dictates that the US entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Historian Marc Wortman sees it another way, revealing the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle. Churchill, Lindbergh, the Roosevelt family, FDR advisor and emissary Harry Hopkins, journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson, Wortman weaves the smart, suspenseful history that reads like an epic novel.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, history, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, December 7, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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