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SIMON LELIC – THE NEW NEIGHBORS

Author: Simon Lelic Book: THE NEW NEIGHBORS Publishing: Berkley (April 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller...

JOSEPH A. ESPOSITO – DINNER IN CAMELOT: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers, and...

Author: Joseph A. Esposito Book: DINNER IN CAMELOT: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House Publishing: ForeEdge (April 3,...

JESSE ROGERS – TRY NOT TO SUCK: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe...

Author: Jesse Rogers (with co-author Bill Chastain) Book: TRY NOT TO SUCK: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon Publishing: Triumph Books (March 15, 2018) Synopsis...

GILBERT KING – BENEATH A RUTHLESS SUN: A True Story of Violence, Race, and...

Author: Gilbert King Book: BENEATH A RUTHLESS SUN: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found Publishing: Riverhead Books (April 24, 2018) Synopsis (from...

DAVID BALDACCI – THE FALLEN (An Amos Decker/Memory Man Novel)

Author: David Baldacci Book: THE FALLEN (An Amos Decker/Memory Man Novel) Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (April 17, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The closer Amos Decker comes to...

JEFFERY DEAVER – THE CUTTING EDGE: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Author: Jeffery Deaver Book: THE CUTTING EDGE: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (April 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER. Lincoln Rhyme and...

MARY HIGGINS CLARK – I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU: A Novel

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Book: I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU: A Novel Publishing: Simon & Schuster (April 3, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A new thriller from...

ELIZABETH GEORGE – THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES: A Lynley Novel

Author: Elizabeth George Book: THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES: A Lynley Novel Publishing: Viking (March 20, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas...

C.J. BOX – THE DISAPPEARED (A Joe Pickett Novel)

Author: C.J. Box Book: THE DISAPPEARED (A Joe Pickett Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 27, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two...

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK – SECOND WIND: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That...

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Book: SECOND WIND: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together Publishing: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 6,...

BRAD MELTZER – THE ESCAPE ARTIST: A Thriller

Author: Brad Meltzer Book: THE ESCAPE ARTIST: A Thriller Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (March 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Meltzer is a master and this is his...

MARK GREANEY – AGENT IN PLACE (A Gray Man Novel)

Author: Mark Greaney Book: AGENT IN PLACE (A Gray Man Novel) Publishing: Berkley (February 20, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The Gray Man is back in another nonstop...

TOM MALMQUIST – IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE

Author: Tom Malmquist Book: IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE Publishing: Melville House; Translation edition (January 30, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Amazon Book of the Month...

MARTIN PUCHNER – THE WRITTEN WORLD: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History,...

Author: Martin Puchner Book: THE WRITTEN WORLD: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Publishing: Random House (October 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The story...

JOJO MOYES – STILL ME: A Novel

Author: Jojo Moyes Book: STILL ME: A Novel Publishing: Pamela Dorman Books (January 30, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo...

JEFF VANDERLOO Halftime Interview, 2/27/18

Here's my halftime interview with Jeff Vanderloo, who is now in his 7th year as Director of Basketball Operations at Creighton University in Omaha. The...

ROB WORMAN Halftime Interview, 2/26/18

Here is my halftime interview with Rob Worman, "an escalation manager from Edina, Minnesota" (in the words of announcer Johnny Gilbert), whose 7-day run...

FRED GRANDY Halftime Interview, 2/23/2018

Here is my halftime interview with Fred Grandy, the Sioux City native and former Iowa congressman who achieved Hollywood fame during his 9-year run...

KRISTIN HANNAH – THE GREAT ALONE: A Novel

Author: Kristin Hannah Book: THE GREAT ALONE: A Novel Publishing: Holtzbrinck Publishers (February 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An instant #1 New York Times bestseller! "A TOUR DE...

BRAD MELTZER – I AM HARRIET TUBMAN

Author: Brad Meltzer (illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos) Book: I AM HARRIET TUBMAN (Ordinary People Change the World Series) Publishing: Dial Books (January 16, 2018) Synopsis (from the...

MATT HAIG – HOW TO STOP TIME: A Novel

Author: Matt Haig Author: HOW TO STOP TIME: A Novel Publishing: Viking (February 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “The first rule is that you don’t fall in...

LISA GARDNER – LOOK FOR ME: A Novel

Author: Lisa Gardner Book: LOOK FOR ME: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (February 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates....

SCOTT FERRALL Halftime Interview (2/1/2018)

Scott Ferrall is the host of the nationally-syndicated "Ferrall on the Bench" on CBS Sports Radio.  During my interview with him, we talked about...

TOM HUNT – KILLER CHOICE: A Thriller

Author: Tom Hunt Book: KILLER CHOICE: A Thriller Publishing: Berkley (January 30, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Terrific…full of shocks and twists you won’t see coming—unputdownable and highly...

COLE CROSTON Halftime Interview (1/26/2018)

Cole Croston is a graduate of Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (2012) and the University of Iowa (2017).  At Iowa, Cole joined the football program...

ALLAN J. LICHTMAN – THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT

Author: Allan J. Lichtman Book: THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT Publishing: Dey Street Books; Paperback edition (January 16, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Lichtman has written what may...

A.J. FINN – THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW: A Novel

Author: A.J. Finn Book: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (January 2, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! “Astounding. Thrilling....

TONY DOW Halftime Interview (1/18/2018)

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Tony Dow, best known for his portrayal of Wally Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver".  We talked...

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...
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