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NICK PETRIE – LIGHT IT UP (A Peter Ash Novel)

Author: Nick Petrie Book: LIGHT IT UP (A Peter Ash Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 16, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Lots of characters get compared to...

ROBERT CRAIS – THE WANTED (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel)

Author: Robert Crais Book: THE WANTED (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 26, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Investigator Elvis Cole and...

CHLOE BENJAMIN – THE IMMORTALISTS: A Novel

Author: Chloe Benjamin Book: THE IMMORTALISTS: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I...

BRAD TAYLOR – OPERATOR DOWN (A Pike Logan Thriller)

Author: Brad Taylor Book: OPERATOR DOWN (A Pike Logan Thriller) Publishing: Dutton (January 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling...

GEORGIA HUNTER – WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES: A Novel

Author: Georgia Hunter Book: WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES: A Novel Publishing: Penguin Books (January 2, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Inspired by the incredible true story of...

GILLY MACMILLAN – ODD CHILD OUT: A Novel

Author: Gilly Macmillan Book: ODD CHILD OUT: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT...

MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH – LOVE, SANTA

Author: Martha Brockenbrough Book: LOVE, SANTA Publishing: Arthur A. Levine Books (September 26, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In a series of letters, a young girl writes to...

RACHEL RENEE RUSSELL – DORK DIARIES 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe

Author/Illustrator: Rachel Renee Russell Book: DORK DIARIES 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe Publishing: Aladdin (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in...

CHRIS HARRIS – I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING (And Other Nonsense for Mischievous...

Author: Chris Harris Book: I'M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING (And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups) Publishing: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers...

JEREMY LENT – THE PATTERNING INSTINCT: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning

Author: Jeremy Lent Book: THE PATTERNING INSTINCT: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning Publishing: Prometheus Books (May 23, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): This fresh perspective...

DIANA FINLAY HENDRICKS & DELBERT McCLINTON – DELBERT McCLINTON: ONE OF THE FORTUNATE FEW

Author: Diana Finlay Hendricks (joined during the interview by Delbert McClinton) Book: DELBERT McCLINTON: One of the Fortunate Few Publishing: Texas A&M University Press (December 11,...

JAMES ROLLINS – THE DEMON CROWN: A Sigma Force Novel

Author: James Rollins Book: THE DEMON CROWN: A Sigma Force Novel Publishing: William Morrow (December 5, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Bone-chilling.” –Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) “One of the...

MARC CAMERON – TOM CLANCY’S POWER AND EMPIRE (A Jack Ryan Novel)

Author: Marc Cameron Book: TOM CLANCY'S POWER AND EMPIRE (A Jack Ryan Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (November 28, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A newly belligerent Chinese...

A KSCJ CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Radio Play Written by Brian & Dan Vakulskas

For your holiday listening pleasure, the KSCJ Staff put together A KSCJ Christmas Carol, an old-time radio play.  The script, written by Brian &...

JOHN HODGMAN – VACATIONLAND: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Author: John Hodgman Book: VACATIONLAND: True Stories from Painful Beaches Publishing: Viking (October 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “I love everything about this hilarious book except the...

JOHN SANDFORD – DEEP FREEZE (A Virgil Flowers Novel)

Author: John Sandford Book: DEEP FREEZE (A Virgil Flowers Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Class reunions: a time for memories—good, bad,...

CHRIS MATTHEWS – BOBBY KENNEDY: A Raging Spirit

Author: Chris Matthews Book: BOBBY KENNEDY: A Raging Spirit Publishing: Simon & Schuster (October 31, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times Bestseller A revealing new portrait of...

Dr. Jeanette Betancourt & Rosita – SESAME STREET FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Here is my interview for KSCJ's "Good Morning Siouxland" with Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D., and Rosita from Sesame Street.  Dr. Betancourt is the Senior...

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA (Without Having...

Author: Greta Van Susteren Book: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA (Without Having to Call a Kid) Publishing: Simon & Schuster (November 14, 2017) Synopsis...

ROBBIN LEGERE HENDERSON – IMMIGRANT GIRL, RADICAL WOMAN: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth...

Commentator & Illustrator: Robbin Legere Henderson Book: MATILDA RABINOWITZ: IMMIGRANT GIRL, RADICAL WOMAN: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century Publishing: ILR Press (October 15, 2017) Synopsis...

LIZA MUNDY – CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers...

Author: Liza Mundy Book: CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Publishing: Hachette Books (October 10, 2017) Synopsis (from...

SHAWN ASKINOSIE – MEANINGFUL WORK: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling,...

Author: Shawn Askinosie Book: MEANINGFUL WORK: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul Publishing: TarcherPerigee (November 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

PHIL PROCTOR – WHERE’S MY FORTUNE COOKIE?: My Psychic, Psurrealistic Pstory

Author: Phil Proctor (with Brad Schreiber) Book: WHERE'S MY FORTUNE COOKIE?: My Psychic, Psurrealistic Pstory Publishing: Blurb (September 19, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The hilarious, startling biography...

HARVEY FROMMER – THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK: From the Beginning to Today: Trivia, Facts...

Author: Harvey Frommer Book: THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK: From the Beginning to Today: Trivia, Facts and Stats, Oral History, Marker Moments and Legendary Personalities―A History...

ROBERT DALLEK – FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A Political Life

Author: Robert Dallek Book: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A Political Life Publishing: Viking (November 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “We come to see in FDR the magisterial, central...

FORD COCHRAN – TIMELESS JOURNEYS: Travels to the World’s Legendary Places

Director of Programming, National Geographic: Ford Cochran Book: TIMELESS JOURNEYS: Travels to the World's Legendary Places Publishing: National Geographic (October 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From Machu...

ROBERT W. MERRY – PRESIDENT MCKINLEY: Architect of the American Century

Author: Robert W. Merry Book: PRESIDENT MCKINLEY: Architect of the American Century Publishing: Simon & Schuster (November 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “A deft character study of...

NOAH FELDMAN – THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON: Genius, Partisan, President

Author: Noah Feldman Book: THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON: Genius, Partisan, President Publishing: Random House (October 31, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A sweeping reexamination of the...

DAVID BALDACCI – END GAME (Will Robie Series)

Author: David Baldacci Book: END GAME (Will Robie Series) Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (November 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci...

JOHN U. BACON – THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of...

Author: John U. Bacon Book: THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism Publishing: William Morrow (November 7, 2017) Synopsis...

BO DIETL: One Tough Cop!

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime Show interview with Bo Dietl.  In addition to being a regular guest on "Imus in the Morning" for...

SCOTT C. ANDERSON – THE PSYCHOBIOTIC REVOLUTION: Mood, Food, and the New Science of...

Co-Author: Scott C. Anderson (with John F. Cryan, PH.D & Ted Dinan, M.D., PH.D.) Book: THE PSYCHOBIOTIC REVOLUTION: Mood, Food, and the New Science of...

NADIA LOPEZ – THE BRIDGE TO BRILLIANCE: How One Woman and One Community are...

Author: Nadia Lopez Book: THE BRIDGE TO BRILLIANCE: How One Woman and One Community are Inspiring the World Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (November 7, 2017) Synopsis...

NAAMA BLOOM – HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern...

Author: Naama Bloom Book: HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl Publishing: Dutton Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from...

DAVID BARCLAY MOORE: THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET

Author: David Barclay Moore Book: THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET Publishing: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 19, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "The right story at the...

MARIA GOODAVAGE – SECRET SERVICE DOGS: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the...

Author: Maria Goodavage Book: SECRET SERVICE DOGS: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States Publishing: Dutton; Paperback edition (October 31, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

DANIEL SHUMSKI – HOW TO INSTANT POT: Mastering All the Functions of the One...

Author: Daniel Shumski Book: HOW TO INSTANT POT: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook  Publishing: Workman Publishing...

BRIAN KILMEADE – ANDREW JACKSON AND THE MIRACLE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Battle That...

Author: Brian Kilmeade (with Don Yaeger) Book: ANDREW JACKSON AND THE MIRACLE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny Publishing: Sentinel (October 24, 2017) Synopsis...

SID ROSENBERG – YOU’RE WRONG AND YOU’RE UGLY: Highs and Lows of a Radio...

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Sid Rosenberg, cast member of the nationally-syndicated "Imus in the Morning" radio program and co-host of...

JENNIFER EGAN – MANHATTAN BEACH: A Novel

Author: Jennifer Egan Book: MANHATTAN BEACH: A Novel Publishing: Scribner (October 3, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): LONGLISTED for the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION The daring and magnificent...

JACKIE MARTLING – THE JOKE MAN: Bow to Stern

Author: Jackie Martling (Foreword by Artie Lange) Book: THE JOKE MAN: Bow to Stern Publishing: Post Hill Press (October 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): For the first...

DANIEL GOLDEN – SPY SCHOOLS: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit...

Author: Daniel Golden Book: SPY SCHOOLS: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities Publishing: Henry Holt and Co. (October 10, 2017) Synopsis (from...

COLIN DICKEY – GHOSTLAND: An American History in Haunted Places

Author: Colin Dickey Book: GHOSTLAND: An American History in Haunted Places Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (October 3, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): One of NPR's Great Reads...

ERIKA L. SANCHEZ – I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER

Author: Erika L. Sanchez Book: I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER Publishing: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): National Book Award...

NIC STONE – DEAR MARTIN: A Novel

Author: Nic Stone Book: DEAR MARTIN: A Novel Publishing: Crown Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times...

SEAN CONNOLLY – THE BOOK OF MASSIVELY EPIC ENGINEERING DISASTERS: 33 Thrilling Experiments Based...

Author: Sean Connolly Book: THE BOOK OF MASSIVELY EPIC ENGINEERING DISASTERS: 33 Thrilling Experiments Based on History's Greatest Blunders Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (September 5, 2017) Synopsis...

ERIC METAXAS – MARTIN LUTHER: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

Author: Eric Metaxas Book: MARTIN LUTHER: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World Publishing: Viking (October 3, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “A new magisterial biography...

MICHAEL RAPAPORT – THIS BOOK HAS BALLS: Sports Rants from the MVP of Trash...

Here is last night's Davenport Cleaners Halftime Show interview with Michael Rapaport, the actor, director, podcast host, and author of THIS BOOK HAS BALLS:...

ROBEN FARZAD – HOTEL SCARFACE: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami

Author: Roben Farzad Book: HOTEL SCARFACE: Where Cocaine Cowboys Parties and Plotted to Control Miami Publishing: Berkley (October 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The wild, true story...

DEBORAH COPAKEN – THE ABCs OF PARENTHOOD: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice

Co-Author: Deborah Copaken (with Randy Polumbo) Book: THE ABCs OF PARENTHOOD: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice Publishing: Chronicle Books (August 29, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A wise,...
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