Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper
S4 E26: Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper

In this episode meet, Geraldine Brooks, author of Foreign Correspondence; Jason Bauman, editor of The Stonewall Reader; and Stoney Stamper, author of My First Rodeo. From reconnecting with old pen pals to exploring integral and unknown pieces of LGBT history to sharing the ups-and-downs of fatherhood, this episode explores the importance of sharing stories and preserving voices from our pasts. And, find out how through recording her audiobook, one author was able to reconnect with her younger selves.

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S4 E25: Tyler Kepner, Monica L. Smith, and Mathew Sleeth

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Tyler Kepner, author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches; Monica L. Smith, author of Cities; and Matthew Sleeth, author of Reforesting Faith. Each of these authors wants to ensure that the history and importance of particular people and places are acknowledged, explored, and celebrated—whether it’s a beloved baseball pitcher, a bustling city, or the beauty of trees in the natural world. And, learn why one author’s recording experience reminded him of reading aloud in first grade.

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S4 E24: Hal Elrod, Ashley Neese, and Erin Lowry

In this episode of This Is the Author meet, Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Equation; Ashley Neese, author of How to Breathe; and Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial Takes On Investing. These three authors decided to write and record their audiobooks in order to share formulas, lessons, and wisdom that will help listeners live a balanced, less stressful life. And, find out which author would cast any of the Real Housewives of New York to narrate her audiobook.


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S4 E22: Helen Ellis, Lizzie Post, and Cathy Guisewite

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Helen Ellis, author of Southern Lady Code; Lizzie Post, author of Higher Etiquette; and Cathy Guisewite, author of Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault. While listening to stories about Southern Lady charm, cannabis etiquette, and Cathy’s famous “AACK,” you will fall in love with these ladies’ laugh-out-loud honesty about the writing and recording process. Plus learn which author’s mother made a special appearance in the recording booth.

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S4 E20: Gigi Gorgeous, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, and Kwame Onwuachi

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Gigi Gorgeous, author of He Said, She Said; Shannon Sedgwick Davis, author of To Stop a Warlord; and Kwame Onwuachi, author of Notes from a Young Black Chef. More than one of these authors described the audio recording process as “therapeutic.” Hear why…whether it was overcoming that childhood fear of being picked to read aloud, to completing that final step in a long publishing journey from living a story to writing it down. These authors can inspire us all to achieve our dreams and fight for what we believe in. Plus, find out which author would cast Snoop Dogg to narrate their audiobook.

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S4 E19: Mira Jacob, Robert W. Lee, and Carlotta Walls LaNier

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk; Robert W. Lee, author of A Sin by Any Other Name; and Carlotta Walls LaNier, author of A Mighty Long Way. These authors share their personal narratives, exploring the topics of race, identity, and our country’s history, and will no doubt inspire listeners’ own conversations. And find out which author described their recording process as “a bear.”

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S4 E18: Matthew Gray Gubler, Emily Arnold McCully, and A.S. King

In this episode, meet Matthew Gray Gubler, author of Rumple Buttercup; Emily Arnold McCully, author of Dreaming in Code; and A.S. King, author of Dig. From illuminating the life of a brilliant mathematician to using a delightfully weird monster to encourage kids to be themselves, the stories these authors bring to life will enthrall listeners. Plus, find out which author can’t distinguish her own recorded voice from her sister’s.

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S4 E17: Carolyn Forché, Eric O’Neill, and Evan Ratliff

In this episode meet Carolyn Forché, author of What You Have Heard Is True; Eric O’Neill, author of Gray Day; and Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind. These authors reveal personal truths, undercover spy stories, and dark secrets in their riveting audiobooks. Hear the truth about what it was like to record…including which author had trouble pronouncing United States over and over again.

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S4 E15: Alex Kotlowitz, Jennifer Eberhardt, and Preet Bharara

In this episode, meet Alex Kotlowitz, author of An American Summer; Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, author of Biased; and Preet Bharara, author of Doing Justice. These authors’ timely audiobooks explore the complex topics of violence, race, and criminal justice. Hear about the meaningful and influential interviews that contributed to these audiobooks, and how these personal stories and different perspectives can help us reflect on our own. Plus, find out which author was inspired, in part, by Tim O’Brien’s seminal book The Things They Carried.

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