AOT #530: J. Kael Weston Podcasts The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

May 30, 2016 by  
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J. Kael WestonThe Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan

J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he began to ask himself many questions about the costs and legacies of the wars. Weston discusses The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan, his powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.

($28.95) Knopf ISBN # 9780385351126. You can visit J. Kael Weston‘s official web site as well.

AOT #529: Anna Newell Jones Podcasts The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living

May 27, 2016 by  
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Anna Newell JonesThe Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time

Anna Newell Jones, creator of the popular blog AndThenWeSaved.com, reads from and discusses her helpful, timely new guidebook The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time.

($16.99) Morrow ISBN # 9780062367181. You can visit Anna Newell Jones‘s official web site as well.

AOT #528: Ken Ilgunas Podcasts Trespassing Across America

May 20, 2016 by  
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Ken IlgunasTrespassing Across America

Ken Ilgunas, author of the frank and witty memoir about living in a van to save costs while attending grad school Walden on Wheels, reads from and discusses his new personal adventure story Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland. Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing Across America is both a fascinating account of one man’s remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves both physically and mentally.

($27.00) Blue Rider Press ISBN # 9780399175480. You can visit Ken Ilgunas‘s official web site as well.

AOT #527: Douglas Brinkley Podcasts Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

May 9, 2016 by  
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Douglas BrinkleyRightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

Multiple award-winning author Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Brinkley discusses his critically acclaimed new history Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. In his book The Wilderness Warrior, Brinkley celebrated Theodore Roosevelt’s spirit of outdoor exploration and bold vision to protect 234 million acres of wild America. Now, in Rightful Heritage, he turns his attention to another indefatigable environmental leader, Theodore’s distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to chronicle his essential yet undersung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the premier protector of America’s public lands.

($35.00) HarperCollins ISBN # 9780062089236. You can visit Douglas Brinkley‘s official web site as well.

AOT #526: Paolo Bacigalupi Podcasts The Water Knife

May 2, 2016 by  
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Paolo BacigalupiThe Water Knife

Colorado author Paolo Bacigalupi, the New York Times bestselling author of The Windup Girl and a National Book Award finalist, reads from and discusses the new paperback edition of his critically acclaimed novel The Water Knife. “A fresh cautionary tale classic, depicting an America newly shaped by scarcity of our most vital resource. The pages practically turn themselves in a tense, taut plot of crosses and double-crosses, given added depth by riveting characters. This brutal near-future thriller seems so plausible in the world it depicts that you will want to stock up on bottled water.” — Library Journal, starred review

($16.00) Vintage ISBN # 9780804171533. You can visit Paolo Bacigalupi‘s official web site as well.

AOT #525: Governor Bill Ritter Podcasts Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know about America’s Energy Revolution

April 25, 2016 by  
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Governor Bill RitterPowering Forward: What Everyone Should Know about America’s Energy Revolution

Bill Ritter, Jr., the 41st governor of Colorado and one of America’s key thought leaders on sustainable energy, reads from and discusses his new book Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know about America’s Energy Revolution, which is written in partnership with the Center for a New Energy Economy. A historic energy revolution is underway in the United States. Wind, sunlight, and other sustainable resources are now the fastest growing sources of energy in the U.S. and worldwide. Governor Ritter’s book discusses the forces behind the energy revolution, the new ways we must think about energy, and the future of fossil and renewable fuels. It is an essential read for any who want to understand one of history’s biggest challenges to peace, prosperity, and security in the United States.

($17.95) Fulcrum Publishing ISBN # 9781936218219. You can visit Bill Ritter‘s official web site as well.

AOT #524: David Schmader Podcasts Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana

April 19, 2016 by  
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David SchmaderWeed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana

From 1999-2014, David Schmader served as associate editor at Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning news weekly the Stranger, writing the column “Last Days: The Week in Review.” In 2015, Schmader became creative director of the award-winning nonprofit writing center the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, where he also serves as writer-in-residence. Schmader reads from and discusses his new book Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana.

“A hugely informative, completely hilarious, and desperately necessary guide to marijuana-written by one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known, who just so happens to be the person who got me high for the first time. Required reading for longtime potheads and new users alike.” – Dan Savage

($18.95) Sasquatch Books ISBN # 9781632170422.

AOT #523: Joyce Maynard Podcasts Under the Influence

April 13, 2016 by  
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Joyce MaynardUnder the Influence

Joyce Maynard, the New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her, reads from and discusses her new novel Under the Influence. This provocative, complex, and relentlessly gripping novel contains a story about emotional seduction and betrayal, asking: Where do the boundaries of friendship lie? And at what point does generosity become a form of deadly manipulation?

($25.99) William Morrow ISBN # 9780062257642. You can visit Joyce Maynard‘s official web site as well.

AOT #522: Jeffery Deaver Podcasts The Steel Kiss

April 4, 2016 by  
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Jeffery DeaverThe Steel Kiss

Jeffery Deaver, the international bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington, discusses The Steel Kiss. In this new blockbuster thriller, forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme, and his colleague Amelia Sachs find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity – and discover his mission.

($28.00) Grand Central ISBN # 9781455536344. You can visit Jeffery Deaver‘s official web site as well.

AOT #521: Len Vlahos Podcasts Scar Girl

March 28, 2016 by  
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Len VlahosScar Girl

Tattered Cover co-owner, former punk-rocker, and young adult author Len Vlahos performs and discusses his new novel Scar Girl, the sequel to his bestselling debut novel The Scar Boys. Love, music, and heartbreak take the stage in this critically-acclaimed second novel. Told as an interview with the band after they reach the pinnacle of success, readers will hear from Cheyenne, Harry, and Richie as they discover the ups and downs of being rock musicians, complete with meltdowns on stage and fights that test the limits of the band.

($17.95) Carolrhoda Books ISBN # 9781606846070. You can visit Len Vlahos‘s official web site as well.

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