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Villette was Charlotte Bronte's last published novel. It came out in 1853, just two years before her death in 1855. It is a poignant, strangely lonely and sad work, steeped in conflict between society's demands and personal desires. Set in the fictional town of Villette in France, it is the story of the young and intelligent Lucy Snowe, the narrator in the book. She is described by another character in the book as having “no beauty...no attractive accomplishments...” and strangely seems to l ...
 
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In this episode 247, we visit with Rose Senehi, author of “Falling Off a Cliff,” a novel of the Appalachian Mountains, in which two women decades apart traverse the same path—one woman searching for her past, the other looking toward the future. In the 1920’s Lula Mae traverses the harsh terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains with another woman, a doc…
 
In this episode 246, we visit with Mike Bond, author of “America: Volume I,” a novel set against the backdrop of the transformative and turbulent 1960’s. Following the lives of four young people as they navigate the political and social landscape of the time—the Vietnam War and the fight for equality, the assassination of a young, idealistic presid…
 
In this episode 245, we visit with Wiley Cash, the New York Times bestselling author of “When Ghosts Come Home,” a thrilling and suspenseful mystery against the backdrop of the Coastal Carolinas in 1984. When a plane crashes in the middle of the night at a nearby airfield, Sheriff Winston Barnes discovers the body of a Black man shot dead in the gr…
 
In this episode 244, we visit with Marvin Williams Sr., author of “Secondary Break: An NBA Dad’s Story,” a powerful memoir of one father’s journey from his roots in Brooklyn to small-town North Carolina and the love of basketball instilled in both himself and his son, an NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets. With sharp wit and stark honesty, Marvin…
 
In this episode 243, we visit with Sam McGee, author of “Cartledge Creek,” a gripping novel of the Civil War in which his own family’s story is told. Jim Dockery, the youngest of Alfred Dockery’s sons, is shipped off to fight for the Confederacy. His father is one of Richmond county’s most prominent opponents to succession and a vocal advocate for …
 
In this episode 242, we visit with Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Night She Disappeared.” Kim, a concerned mother and Sophie, a mystery writer cross paths when Sophie discovers a clue to the disappearance of Kim’s daughter, Tallulah. New York Times Bestselling author Lee Child had this to say about the book, “No one tells…
 
In this episode 241, we visit with Khalisa Rae, author of “Ghosts in a Black Girl’s Throat,” a vivid collection of poems that explore Black pain, agency, reclamation, and the ghosts—past and present—that haunt them. Jaki Shelton Green, author of “I Want to Undie You,” had this to say about the book, “If storytelling in the griot's hands is a form o…
 
In this episode 240, we visit with Muriel Sheubrooks, author of “Beyond the Fences,” a coming-of-age novel in which a young and ambitious woman journeys from her safe and familiar home in rural Kentucky to join the high-cultured European fashion industry. Throughout the 1950’s, Marilyn White meets a world of wealthy, educated, and worldly people wh…
 
In this episode 239, we visit with Holly Hughes, intuitive healer and author of “Real, Not Perfect: How to Become Your Happy, Authentic Self,” a guide for the lost, for healing past wounds, and breaking free from limiting beliefs. Holly is an intuitive healer with a lifetime of experiences overcoming loss, trauma, and regaining self-worth and power…
 
In this episode 238, guest memoirist Rachael Brooks leads the interview with Hope Andersen, author of “How to Remodel a Life: A Guide to Living Well with Alcoholism and Bipolar Disorder,” a memoir and self-help guide for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Using a house remodel as a metaphor, Hope provides the necessary tools …
 
In this episode 237, we visit with Paul Attaway, author of “Blood in the Low Country,” a thriller in which the idyllic life of one man is forever changed after a shocking and brutal murder. Monty Atkins has a wonderful life, with his beautiful wife, successful business, and the Southern tranquility of living in 1970’s Charleston, South Carolina. Wi…
 
In this episode 236, we visit with Dr. Augustus White III, co-author of “Overcoming: Lessons in Triumphing over Adversity and the Power of Our Common Humanity,” a collection of real-life profiles of men and women united by the theme of overcoming adversity. After the collective trauma America experienced during the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. White, …
 
In this episode 235, we visit with Carolyn Baker, author of “An Unintentional Accomplice: A Personal Perspective on White Responsibility,” a narrative of one woman’s path to confronting internalized racism, white guilt, and the complexities of racism in America. Carolyn Baker was 62–years-old when she learned about the murder of Emmett Till, which …
 
In this episode 234, guest hosted by novelist Sarah Archer, we visit with Joani Elliott, author of “The Audacity of Sara Grayson,” in which Sara Grayson, a 32–year-old greeting card writer, is tasked in her mother’s will to write the final book in her bestselling suspense series. Despite her lack of confidence, Sara takes on the project, even with …
 
In this episode 233, we visit with Vanessa Riley, author of “Island Queen,” a novel based on the true-life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the most successful and powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. Born into slavery, Dorothy, called Doll, bought her freedom from her Irish pl…
 
In this episode 232, we visit with Frye Gaillard, the award-winning author of “A Hard Rain: America in the 1960’s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost,” a reconstruction and remembrance of the transcendent era of the 1960’s. Gaillard explores tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times, from civil rights…
 
In this episode 231, we visit with Allie Coker, author of “The Last Resort,” a novella told “in voices,” small vignettes of characters residing in a sanitarium who exist mostly in their own minds. As we shift from each small perspective—patients, caregivers, security—we begin to see the Last Resort Sanitarium come into view more clearly, especially…
 
In this episode 230, we visit with Rebecca Hodge, author of “Wildland,” a gripping and emotional novel of acceptance, survival, and courage. After Kat Jamison learns her breast cancer has returned, she retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains to make a difficult decision—fight for her life or reunite with her husband in the afterlife. After meeting two…
 
In this episode 229, we visit with Kristy Harvey, the New York Times bestselling author of “Under the Southern Sky,” a novel of love and unconventional family in which two childhood friends reconnect and slowly realize that family is always closer than you think. When journalist Amelia Buxton discovers a personal connection to the biggest story of …
 
In this episode 228, guest hosted by author Christine Arvidson, we visit with Kathleen Basi, author of “A Song for the Road,” a poignant journey of grief, love, and acceptance. Miriam Tedesco is still grieving the loss of her husband and twin teenagers one year ago. After finding an automated cross-country road trip planned by her children for Miri…
 
In this episode 227, we visit with Chris Fabry, award-winning author of “A Piece of the Moon,” a novel inspired by a real-life treasure hunt. Eccentric millionaire Gideon Quidley feels compelled by God to hide his immense fortune in the hills of West Virginia. As he does, he leaves only a few choice bible verses as clues to where the fortune is hid…
 
In this episode 226, we visit with Eric Dezenhall, author of “False Light,” in which old-school reporting meets the #MeToo movement against the backdrop of sensationalist modern media. When Sanford “Fuse” Petty learns that his goddaughter was sexually assaulted by a millennial media mogul on a top social media site, he jumps in to help. Instead of …
 
In this episode 225, we visit with Joel Burcat, author of “Amid Rage,” an environmental legal thriller and the second in the Mike Jacobs series. Mike Jacobs is an environmental prosecutor with Pennsylvania’s environmental agency, DEP, and finds himself caught in the middle of a mine permit battle between a psychotic coal mine operator and cynical n…
 
In this episode 224, we visit with Lainey Cameron, #1 Amazon bestselling author of “The Exit Strategy,” a powerful and satisfying tale of two women brought together by the misdeeds of one duplicitous man and the friendship forged from their shared anger. Ryn Brennan and Carly Santos are both bright and accomplished women in male-dominated fields, a…
 
In this episode 223, guest hosted by writer, editor, and performer, Alice Osborn, we visit with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott, author of “Hell Of A Book.” In “Hell of a Book,” an African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Jason Mott’s novel and is the scaffold…
 
In this episode 222, we visit with Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of “Snaggletooth,” the latest in the Patrick Flint mystery series, a spin-off from the What Doesn’t Kill You Saga. While on a trail ride with his family, Patrick witnesses a plane crash in the Bighorn Mountains. Guided by his moral compass, Patrick embarks on a journey to find the dow…
 
In this episode 221, we visit with Marc Jampole, author of “The Brothers Silver,” a sweeping novel exploring the shame, guilt, anger and fear of betrayal which distort the relationship that survivors of childhood trauma have with other people and their past. The story begins with brothers Jules and Leon Silver sitting helpless as their mother tries…
 
In this episode 220, guest hosted by award winning author David Collins, we visit with award-winning author Alex George, author of “The Paris Hours.” The book is set in one day in the City of Light and one night in search of lost time. Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the…
 
In this episode 219, we visit with #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor to talk about his newest Pike Logan novel “American Traitor,” in which Pike Logan and his new bride Jennifer Cahill must put their carefree vacation in Australia behind to prevent a military confrontation between China and Taiwan. Brad Taylor expertly guides reader …
 
In this episode 218, we visit with Katey Schultz, multiple award-winning author of “Still Come Home,” a novel surrounding the lives of three characters in Afghanistan: an Afghan girl with dreams and ambitions beyond the confines of her misogynistic society, an American soldier about to embark on one last mission, and a man working for the Taliban—n…
 
In this episode 217, guest hosted by Michele Tracy Berger, a women’s and gender studies professor and an award-winning creative writer and creativity coach, we visit with award-winning author, Julia Jordan-Zachery, editor of and contributor to “Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag: Twenty-First Century Acts of Self-Definition.” Through a collection …
 
In this episode 216, we visit with Kevin McIlvoy, author of “One Kind Favor,” a haunting and nuanced look at past and present racial injustices in the Appalachian Mountains. Ghosts haunt the small Appalachian community of Cord, North Carolina. After a lynching is discovered and covered up, the ghosts of Cord begin to unearth the past truths of raci…
 
In this episode 215, we visit with Howard Covington, Jr., author of “Beyond the Bank: Hugh McColl’s Chapter Two,” an in-depth look into the great legacy of Hugh McColl’s philanthropy after his retirement from Bank of America and some of the unique aspects of his character and philosophy that made him successful. In his 80s, McColl remains a force f…
 
In this episode 214, guest hosted by award-winning novelist and teacher, George Hovis, we visit with Clyde Edgerton, the well-known and well-loved North Carolina author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. As well as being a New York Times bestselling author and member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, am…
 
In this episode 213, we visit with Jack Allison author of “The Warm Heart of Africa,” a colorful first-hand account of life in the Peace Corps in the 1960’s. While volunteering in Malawi, this journey for self-realization forged a career as a physician and public health educator. Using his background and deep passion for music, Allison created a se…
 
In this episode 212, we visit with New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap, author of “Crimson Phoenix,” a fast-paced thriller of human survival during WWIII and a nuclear apocalypse. Victoria Emerson, a single mother and member of the US House of Representatives, refuses to abandon her sons and move into the military safety bunker with oth…
 
In today’s episode 211, we visit with Robert Fitzpatrick, author of “Ponzinomics: The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing,” an in-depth look at the history of multi-level marketing and how the lack of regulation has ruined many lives. Hannah Martin, UK-based Consumer Activist and Educator and Co-Founder of Talented Ladies Club, says “Ponzinomics …
 
In this episode 210, we visit with Jacqui Castle, author of “The Seclusion,” a timely dystopian thriller which showcases the danger of totalitarianism in America in the year 2090. It was Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award Winner in Science Fiction and the winner of the North Carolina Author Project. When best friends Patricia “Patch” and Rexx d…
 
In this episode 209, guest host and award-winning author Heather Bell Adams interviews Ron Rash, aptly called by The New York Times “one of the great American authors at work today.” His latest book is “In The Valley, ” named a Garden & Gun and Atlanta Journal Constitution best book of the year and Winner of the 2020 Thomas Robinson Prize for South…
 
In this episode 208, we visit with Gene Hoots, author of “Going Down Tobacco Road: R.J. Reynolds’ Tobacco Empire: The Gold Leaf and North Carolina.” Using his twenty¬–one years of experience working for the tobacco empire, financial analyst Gene Hoots details the rise and fall of R.J. Reynolds. Along with this history are universal business lessons…
 
In this episode 207, we visit with Nancy Stancill, author of Tall: Love and Journalism in a Six-foot World,” an authentically written and compulsively readable memoir of Nancy’s life from gangly teen to investigative reporter. Author Judy Goldman, author of “Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap,” has this to say about the book: "In…
 
In this episode 206, we visit with New York Times bestselling author Jill McCorkle, author of “Hieroglyphics,” a heartfelt and intricate tale that weaves together the lives of four characters: Frank and Lil, a married couple who came together from the shared grief of losing a parent, Shelley, a single mother raising her young son in Frank’s former …
 
In this episode 205, we visit with New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and discuss his recent book, “A Gambling Man,” an Aloysius Archer thriller. The Associated Press calls David Baldacci “a master storyteller.” This story is the next in the Archer Thriller series, a follow-up to the Nero Award-winning thriller “One Good Deed.” Set in…
 
In this episode 204, guest hosted by Jordan Wade, who has a Masters in American Studies, a commitment to social justice and an interest in the topics of identity and religion, we visit with Mirinda Kossoff, author of “The Rope of Life,” a poignant memoir about the faith, identity, loss, and the bond between fathers and their daughters. Fueled by th…
 
In this episode 203, guest hosted by award-winning author Cathy Pickens, we visit with chef Peter Reinhart, author of the book “Perfect Pan Pizza,” a book with 35 new recipes for pizzas baked in pans, in such varieties as Sicilian, Detroit-style, Roman-style, and the author's signature "embedded cheese technique" for making game-changing pizza crus…
 
In this episode 202, we visit with Bonné Bartron, noted filmmaker and author of “Whispers,” the #1 bestselling debut novel in Amazon’s new release charts in Sociology of Abuse, a spine-tingling political thriller is full of dark twists, political conspiracies, and legends that predate the American Constitution. During a trip to Disney World with he…
 
In today’s episode, guest hosted by lawyer turned 5th grade school teacher turned 18th Century docent, Janet Wade, who happens to be married to host Landis Wade, we visit with Bob Deans, author of “The Bicycle Man,” a novel that allows the reader to experience the emotional and turbulent headlines of 1968 as seen through the eyes of a young paperbo…
 
In this 200th episode of Charlotte Readers Podcast, we celebrate with special guest and six-time New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, John Hart, whose latest book, “The Unwilling” is the subject of this episode. In his very first historical novel, John Hart returns to the South. The book is set in Charlotte, during the height of the…
 
In today’s episode, we visit with New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Paolo Bacigalupi, author of “The Water Knife.” In a world where water is scarce, Angel Velasquez is an assassin known as “water knife,” in which he sabotages the water supply of his employer’s competitors. After his paths cross with climate refugee, Maria V…
 
In this episode 198, we visit with Lori Epting, author of “From Chaos to Connection: A Marriage Counselor’s Candid Guide for the Modern Couple.” Lori is an experienced marriage counselor who has guided thousands of couples through the myriad of challenges and obstacles in a marriage. Using blunt, honest lessons and real-life anecdotes, From Chaos t…
 
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