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S4 E39: Ruth Reichl, Emily Nussbaum, and Emilie Pine

In this episode meet Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums; Emily Nussbaum, author of I Like to Watch; and Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self. Each of these nonfiction writers shares work inspired by her life, whether it’s a memoir about her career or essays about personal-yet-universal experiences. And find out which writer would cast Julia Whelan as her dream narrator.

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Jon Meacham, Matthew Stanley, and Steve Sheinken
S4 E38: Jon Meacham, Matthew Stanley, and Steve Sheinkin

In this episode meet Jon Meacham, co-author of Songs of America; Matthew Stanley, author of Einstein’s War; and Steve Sheinkin, author of Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot. History is the driving force behind each of these authors’ audiobooks. These authors use storytelling as a way to engage and connect listeners to the past, to topics ranging from American music to Amelia Earhart to World War I. Even non-history buffs will fall in love with history after listening to each author talk about his audiobook. Then find out which author would cast Helen Mirren as his audiobook narrator.

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Elaine Welteroth, Amber Scorah, and Tiffany Jenkins
S4 E37: Elaine Welteroth, Amber Scorah, and Tiffany Jenkins

In this episode meet Elaine Welteroth, author of More Than Enough; Amber Scorah, author of Leaving the Witness; and Tiffany Jenkins, author of High Achiever. These women share their personal journeys—complete with mistakes and hardships—in such an intimate and vulnerable way that listeners will be inspired to examine their own lives and spark conversations with those around them. Plus find out which author describes the recording process as being “a little bit like therapy.”

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S4 E36: Ocean Vuong, Jamil Zaki, Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi

In this episode meet Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous; Jamil Zaki, author of The War for Kindness; and Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi, authors of Tell Me Who You Are. By sharing their stories, these authors are breaking down barriers from language to race in order to help people find commonalities and connection. Discover which author would have a famed Dead Poets Society actor narrate their audiobook.

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S4 E35: Larry Diamond, Amanda Little, and Elliot Ackerman

In this episode meet Larry Diamond, author of Ill Winds; Amanda Little, author of The Fate of Food; and Elliot Ackerman, author of Places and Names. Each of these authors tackles necessary and timely subjects in their audiobooks, from the alarming rise of anti-democratic politics around the world to climate change. Listeners will come away with a new understanding of the world after hearing from these authors. Plus, find out why one author would cast Will Ferrell to read his audiobook.

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S4 E34: Jennifer Pastiloff, Megan Monahan, and Ayaz Virji

In this episode meet Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human; Megan Monahan, author of Don’t Hate, Meditate!; and Ayaz Virji, author of Love Thy Neighbor. These authors share messages of happiness, lightness, and hope in their audiobooks. They will inspire listeners to find each of these feelings in their own lives, and to make a change within themselves and in the world around them. And hear how one author couldn’t decide between two dream narrators: Idris Elba and Michelle Obama.

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S4 E33: Jane Green, Leah Hager Cohen, and Belinda Luscombe

In this episode meet Jane Green, author of The Friends We Keep; Leah Hager Cohen, author of Strangers and Cousins; and Belinda Luscombe, author of Marriageology. At the heart of each of these audiobooks is the idea that relationships shape us, from friends and families to lovers and spouses. Indeed, these women are excited about the relationship between themselves and you, the listener. Plus discover which author found accent inspiration from the Game of Thrones audiobook.

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Robert Knott, Eric Liu, Jill Lepore
S4 E32: Robert Knott, Eric Liu, and Jill Lepore

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Robert Knott, author of Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin; Eric Liu, author of Become America; and Jill Lepore, author of This America. From a beloved and uniquely American genre of fiction to meditations about our country today, the United States of America plays a big role in what inspired each of these authors’ audiobooks. Plus, find out which author has been told he sounds just like actor Rob Lowe.

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John Cena, Ashley Iaconetti & Jared Haibon, Jesselyn Silva
S4 E31: John Cena, Ashley Iaconetti & Jared Haibon, Jesselyn Silva

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet John Cena, author of Elbow Grease; Ashley Iaconetti & Jared Haibon, authors of Lucy & Clark; and Jesselyn Silva, author of My Corner of the Ring. Whether it’s encouraging kids to never give up, to have confidence to make new friends, or to achieve their dreams, each of these authors hopes their audiobooks will inspire young listeners. Plus, find out which author’s dream narrator would be Jack Black.

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S4 E30: Ann Bausum, Matt McCarthy, and Sister Helen Prejean

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Ann Bausum, author of VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America; Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs; and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. From potentially life-threatening illnesses to the death penalty as a part of our criminal justice system, the often-overlooked and complicated topics explored by each of these authors will educate and inspire listeners. Plus, discover which author’s family would schedule road trips around each release of the Harry Potter audiobooks.

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