This Is the Author | What Makes A Great Story? Part 2

In this special episode of This is the Author we asked, “What’s your recipe for a good story?” Hear Markus Zusak, Kate Inglis, Tyler Reagin, Khalida Brohi, George Packer, Sam Anderson, Ryan North, Beth Comstock, and Glory Edim share their vital ingredients for a good story.

Authors and audiobooks featured in this compilation episode:

Blood of the Liberals

Acclaimed journalist and novelist George Packer explores the legacy and future of American liberalism through the history of his family’s politically active history.

Boom Town
Author: Sam Anderson
Read By: Sam Anderson

Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of Oklahoma City whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment.

Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Read By: Markus Zusak

As five brothers, the Dunbar boys, love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

How to Invent Everything
Author: Ryan North
Read By: Ryan North

Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted. This guide provides all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up.

I Should Have Honor

A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan—and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment.

Imagine It Forward

An inspiring, fresh, candid, and deeply personal book about how to grapple with the challenges to change we face every day. It’s for all those looking to spearhead change in their companies and careers and reinvent “the way things are done.”

The Life-Giving Leader

The most impactful and most influential leaders are the ones who lead from who they truly are, not who they pretend or wish to be. Learn how to become an empowered, confident leader that brings life and vibrancy to every room they enter.

Notes for the Everlost
Author: Kate Inglis
Read By: Kate Inglis

Part memoir, part handbook for the heartbroken creates a nuanced picture of the landscape of grief and offers inspiration on moving forward, gently integrating the loss into life.

Well-Read Black Girl
Author: Glory Edim
Read By: Glory Edim

This inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, including Jesmyn Ward and Jacqueline Woodson, is curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl. The essays explore the importance of recognizing ourselves—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—in literature.

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