On NPR's Fresh Air (April 10):
Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R. A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey. Blue Rider Press, 2012. Print Length: 357 p. Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (15 reviews). Kindle edition: $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"...Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport - and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers - and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap. Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and,and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life-affirming big leaguer." - Publisher.
On NPR's Weekend Edition (April 14):
Prague Fatale, by Philip Kerr. A Bernie Gunther novel. Putnam, 2012. Print Length: 408 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (13 reviews). Kindle edition: $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. He has chosen his guests with care. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself. Indeed, a murder does occur, but the victim is a young adjutant on Heydrich’s staff, found dead in his room, the door and windows bolted from the inside. Anticipating foul play, Heydrich had already ordered Bernie Gunther to Prague. After more than a decade in Berlin's Kripo, Bernie had jumped ship as the Nazis came to power, setting himself up as a private detective. But Heydrich, who managed to subsume Kripo into his own SS operations, has forced Bernie back to police work. Now, searching for the killer, Gunther must pick through the lives of some of the Reich’s most odious officials..." - Publisher.
On CSPAN2's BookTV (April 15):
Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, by Brad Matsen. Twelve, 2008. Print Length: 336 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (57 reviews). Kindle edition: $2.99. Text-to-Speech: Disabled.
"After rewriting history with their discovery of a Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, legendary divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler decided to investigate the great enduring mystery of history's most notorious shipwreck: Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did? To answer the question, Chatterton and Kohler assemble a team of experts to explore Titanic, study its engineering, and dive to the wreck of its sister ship, Brittanic, where Titanic's last secrets may be revealed. Titanic's Last Secrets is a rollercoaster ride through the shipbuilding history, the transatlantic luxury liner business, and shipwreck forensics. Chatterton and Kohler weave their way through a labyrinth of clues to discover that Titanic was not the strong, heroic ship the world thought she was and that the men who built her covered up her flaws when disaster struck." - Publisher.
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show (April 17):
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed , by Leslie Maitland. Other Press, 2012. Print Length: 512 p. Amazon customer rating: none yet. Kindle edition: $11.19. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry. Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.
On NBC's Today Show (April 17) and on ABC's The View (April 18):
Total Memory Makeover, by Marilu Henner. Gallery Books, 2012. Print Length: 258 p. Amazon customer rating: none yet. Kindle edition: $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Disabled.
"If you could remember the confidence you felt when your prom date said yes, could it embolden you to ask for a raise today? Could the thrill you felt fitting into your skinny jeans five years ago inspire you to skip the doughnuts this morning? Would the details of your early days with a heartbreaking ex help you recognize the potential red flags in a sexy new romance? Marilu Henner says, “YES!” In this revolutionary new book, the New York Times bestselling author, renowned health advocate, actress, performer, and memory expert helps you develop the ability to remember more of your past, to recall it more clearly, and most of all, to understand your memories as a blueprint for the extraordinary life you were meant to have! Marilu is gifted with Highly Superior Auto-biographical Memory (HSAM), a rare and incredible ability that allows her to vividly recall every detail of her life since childhood. While most of us may prefer to keep the unhappy times buried in the past, Marilu has discovered that only by remembering what happened then can we change our lives for a better now." - Publisher.
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