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Fables, Fairytales and Folklore: Discussing ‘The Rules of Magic’ with Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book which is set in New York City in the sixties is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak and redemption.” When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Alice Hoffman reveals how she grew…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: Suzanne’s Children, A True Story of Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Paris

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The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak, who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz is one of many untold stories of the Holocaust. This week’s episode of Just the Right Book welcomes author Anne Nelson who tells Spaak’s story in her latest book, Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris. The Yale University alum consults with many of the leading US foundations including Gates, Rockefeller, and Carnegie on international media conflict and human rights, was a war correspondent in Latin America and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia for the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, and PBS. Nelson has now set her considerable wide-ranging skills…

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Lemony Snicket Author Daniel Handler Gets “Dirty”

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If you have read the Series of Unfortunate Events series, then you are probably familiar with Daniel Handler, as he wrote the thirteen-book series under his pen name, Lemony Snicket. The San Francisco native took time away to come talk to Roxanne Coady on this latest episode of Just the Right Book!, where they discuss his latest book, All the Dirty Parts. The story details the erotic impulses of a teenage boy stuck in the midst of many girls and a friend. Together, Roxanne and Daniel talk about any subjects including how to speak with your children about sexuality, pornography’s contribution to our culture, and how the book has stirred up controversy. Handler commented, “Publishing houses just felt like it was not something that…

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