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MARK GREANEY – ONE MINUTE OUT: A Gray Man Novel

Author: Mark Greaney Book: ONE MINUTE OUT: A Gray Man Novel Publishing: Berkley (February 18, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling...

PHILIP RUCKER – A VERY STABLE GENIUS: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America

Co-Author: Philip Rucker (with Carol Leonnig) Book: A VERY STABLE GENIUS: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America Publishing: Penguin Press (January 21, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The...

ALEXIS COE – YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST: A Biography of George Washington

Author: Alexis Coe Book: YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST: A Biography of George Washington Publishing: Viking (February 4, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Alexis Coe energetically dusts off...

PETER SCHWEIZER – PROFILES IN CORRUPTION: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite

Author: Peter Schweizer Book: PROFILES IN CORRUPTION: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite Publishing: Harper (January 21, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Washington insiders operate by a...

MATT PARKER – HUMBLE PI: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

Author: Matt Parker Book: HUMBLE PI: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World Publishing: Riverhead Books (January 21, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AN ADAM...

DAVID RUBENSTEIN – THE AMERICAN STORY: Conversations with Master Historians

Author: David Rubenstein Book: THE AMERICAN STORY: Conversations with Master Historians Publishing: Simon & Schuster (October 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Dan Meers (K.C. Wolf)

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Dan Meers, who plays the role of K.C. Wolf, the mascot of the Super Bowl Champion...

LISA GARDNER – WHEN YOU SEE ME: A Novel

Author: Lisa Gardner Book: WHEN YOU SEE ME: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (January 28, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Rick Mullin, Former Chair – Woodbury County Democrats

Here's my Davenport Cleaners halftime interview with the former chair of the Woodbury County Democrats, Rick Mullin.  In the wake of last night's Iowa...

KILEY REID – SUCH A FUN AGE: A Novel

Author: Kiley Reid Book: SUCH A FUN AGE: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 31, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE'S...

CHAD DUNDAS – THE BLAZE: A Novel

Author: Chad Dundas Book: THE BLAZE: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 21, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "In Dundas' assured hands, one man's search for answers...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Jared Diamond, sportswriter at The Wall Street Journal

Here is my Davenport Cleaners halftime interview with The Wall Street Journal sportswriter Jared Diamond.  This week, he wrote about the 2018-18 Houston Astros'...

JOSEPH FINDER – HOUSE ON FIRE: A Novel

Author: Joseph Finder Book: HOUSE ON FIRE:  A Novel Publishing: Dutton (January 21, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's electrifying new thriller, private...

LENA DERHALLY – MY DADDY IS A HERO: How Chris Watts Went from Family...

Author: Lena Derhally Book: MY DADDY IS A HERO: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Killer Publishing: Lena Derhally (December 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the...

NICK PETRIE – THE WILD ONE: A Peter Ash Novel

Author: Nick Petrie Book: THE WILD ONE: A Peter Ash Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 14, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): War veteran Peter Ash tracks a...

NICK PETRIE – THE WILD ONE: A Peter Ash Novel

Author: Nick Petrie Book: THE WILD ONE: A Peter Ash Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 14, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): War veteran Peter Ash tracks a...

STEVE BEAVEN – WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in...

Author: Steve Beaven Book: WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland Publishing: Little A (January 1, 2020) Synopsis (from the...

DREAMA DENVER – FOUR BEARS IN A BOX

Author: Dreama Denver Book: FOUR BEARS IN A BOX Publishing: Headline Books (February 11, 2020) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Dreama Denver, wife of late TV icon and Gilligan's...

KAREN WHITE – THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET

Author: Karen White Book: THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET Publishing: Berkley (October 22, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Dan Saley, Pro CFB Bettor

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Dan Saley, a professional college football bettor in Las Vegas.  We talk about handicapping bowl games...

JEFF LINDSAY – JUST WATCH ME: A Novel

Author: Jeff Lindsay Book: JUST WATCH ME: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (December 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown...

DAN JONES – CRUSADERS: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

Author: Dan Jones Book: CRUSADERS: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands Publishing: Viking (October 1, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A major new history...

ROBIN COOK – GENESIS: A Novel

Author: Robin Cook Book: GENESIS: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines...

BRUCE STEELE – ONE DAY AT DISNEY: Meet the People Who Make the Magic...

Author: Bruce Steele Book: ONE DAY AT DISNEY: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe Publishing: Disney Editions (December 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the...

ADMIRAL JAMES STAVRIDIS, USN (Ret.) – SAILING TRUE NORTH: Ten Admirals and the Voyage...

Author: Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) Book: SAILING TRUE NORTH: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character Publishing: Penguin Press (October 15, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From...

MARK HALPERIN – HOW TO BEAT TRUMP: America’s Top Political Strategists on What it...

Author: Mark Halperin Book: HOW TO BEAT TRUMP: America's Top Political Strategists on What it Will Take Publishing: Regan Arts. (October 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Sacrifices...

SARAH GELMAN – Director, Amazon Books Editorial – Amazon’s Best Books of 2019!

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Sarah Gelman, the director of Amazon Books Editorial, discussing Amazon's Best Books of 2019.  Enjoy! Here are...

CAROLYN SLOAN – WELCOME TO JAZZ: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music, Featuring “When...

Author: Carolyn Sloan Book: WELCOME TO JAZZ: A Swing-Along Celebration of America's Music, Featuring "When the Saints Go Marching In" Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (October 15,...

ROB MIECH – SPORTS BETTING FOR WINNERS: Tips and Tales from the New World...

Author: Rob Miech Book: SPORTS BETTING FOR WINNERS: Tips and Tales from the New World of Sports Betting Publishing: Citadel (October 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Rob...

DAVID BALDACCI – A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT: An Atlee Pine Thriller

Author: David Baldacci Book: A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT: An Atlee Pine Thriller Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (November 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): FBI Agent Atlee Pine returns...

ANDREW ROBERTS – LEADERSHIP IN WAR: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Author: Andrew Roberts Book: LEADERSHIP IN WAR: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History Publishing: Viking (October 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A comparison of nine leaders...

LAWRENCE JACKSON – YES WE DID: Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African...

Author: Lawrence Jackson Book: YES WE DID: Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African American President Publishing: TarcherPerigee (October 22, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Eight years...

JAN STOCKLASSA – THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and...

Author: Jan Stocklassa Book: THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin Publishing: Amazon Crossing; Translation edition (October...

CRAIG JOHNSON – LAND OF WOLVES (A Longmire Mystery)

Author: Craig Johnson Book: LAND OF WOLVES (A Longmire Mystery) Publishing: Viking (September 17, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The new novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Tim Donaghy, Former NBA Referee

Here's my Davenport Cleaners halftime interview with former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. The 2007 NBA Betting Scandal is one of the greatest sports scandals...

RICK JACKSON – Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (Part IV)

For years, “Having Read That” has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

ANDREW GROSS – THE FIFTH COLUMN: A Novel

Author: Andrew Gross Book: THE FIFTH COLUMN: A Novel Publishing: Minotaur Books (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “One of the best historical thriller authors in the...

GARY MCAVOY – AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE

Author: Gary McAvoy Book: AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE Publishing: Literati Editions (March 4, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Truman Capote's bestselling book "In Cold Blood" has captivated...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART III)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

BOB STOOPS – NO EXCUSES: The Making of a Head Coach

Author: Bob Stoops (with Gene Wojciechowski) Book: NO EXCUSES: The Making of a Head Coach Publishing: Little, Brown and Company (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART II)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Anthony Curtis, the founder of Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press.  Lately, Anthony has been helping Jim...

PAMELA PAUL – HOW TO RAISE A READER: Fostering a Lifelong Love of Books,...

Co-Author: Pamela Paul (with Maria Russo) Book: HOW TO RAISE A READER: Fostering a Lifelong Love of Books, from Birth to Teens Publishing: Workman Publishing Company...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART I)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

SAUL AUSTERLITZ – GENERATION FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a...

Author: Saul Austerlitz Book: GENERATION FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era Publishing: Dutton (September 17, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A fascinating...

SHARON ROBINSON – CHILD OF THE DREAM: A Memoir of 1963

Author: Sharon Robinson Book: CHILD OF THE DREAM: A Memoir of 1963 Publishing: Scholastic Press (September 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson...

BRAD MELTZER – I AM WALT DISNEY & I AM MARIE CURIE

Author: Brad Meltzer Books: I AM WALT DISNEY & I AM MARIE CURIE (Ordinary People Change the World Series) Publishing: Dial Books (September 10, 2019) Synopses (from...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: LEWIS BLACK

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black, who is bringing his THE JOKE'S ON US TOUR to the Orpheum...

REED FARREL COLEMAN – Robert B. Parker’s THE BITTEREST PILL: A Jesse Stone Novel

Author: Reed Farrel Coleman Book: Robert B. Parker's THE BITTEREST PILL: A Jesse Stone Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The opioid...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Dan McCarney

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime Interview with Dan McCarney.  He was an offensive lineman at Iowa from 1972-74.  He served as a graduate...
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