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This week on the Reading Life:  Gwendolyn Knapp, whose hilarious new memoir is After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter. And Greg Cartwright, who’s heading up the Central City Little Free Library Project.

Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently published “Solo Duet Training for Horns,” a collection of instructive duets for the French horn.

This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Jodi Picoult, whose new book, written with her daughter Samantha van Leer, is Off the Page, is making her first visit to New Orleans May 28.

Symphony Book Fair chair Heidi Charters and volunteer Linda Ferguson preview this year's anticipated book sale, which will feature the private collection of the late Joseph Cohen, former Tulane professor and a great New Orleans book man. And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop talks about the League of Extraordinary Readers, her debut summer reading program.

This week on the Reading Life: Amy Conner, whose new book is Million Dollar Road. Ever wonder what an alligator farm is like? Conner once owned part of the largest one in the world and takes you there in her new novel.

Barri Bronston hits the sidewalks of our city in her charming new guide, Walking New Orleans.

This week on the Reading Life: New Orleans novelist Patty Friedmann, whose new book in the Too Jewish trilogy is Do Not Open for 50 Years.

Margret Aldrich talks about The Little Free Library Book, and Nikki Leali, the youngest Little Free Librarian in New Orleans, talks about her Louisiana Ave. library.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Greg Iles is back to tell us about The Bone Tree, the epic second novel in the trilogy that began with last year’s Natchez Burning. And we’ll hear from memoirist Felice Picano about his charming book, Nights at Rizzoli.

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This week on the Reading Life: Jim Grimsley, author of How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

Plus, City librarian/New Orleans Public Library executive director Charles Brown talks about the high stakes of this week’s upcoming millage election.

Following Ladies of Liberty and Founding Mothers, NPR and ABC News regular Cokie Roberts has written another book giving women in American history credit where credit is due.

The latest, Capital Dames, looks at the Civil War and the Women of Washington, D.C. from 1848-1868.


This week on The Reading Life:  Journalist turned bestselling historian Cokie Roberts, whose new book is Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.

New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci talks about Memory Man, his 30th novel for adults, and UNO's Rick Barton talks about In the Wake of the Flagship, the sequel to his first novelThe El Cholo Feeling Passes.

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This week on the Reading Life:  Sarah DeBacher of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and Abram Himelstein of the Neighborhood Story Project, talking about When I Was Your Age, a lovely book of essays by the teachers of Andrew W. Wilson Charter School, and novelist Rene Steinke, author of Friendswood.

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