Cheryl Strayed

Devastated at the unexpected death of her morther, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three-month solo trip along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail. Those 94 days changed her life in ways she could never have imagined. She writes about that transformative time in her memoir "Wild."


Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder" is a story about medical ethics and self-discovery when everything seems lost. Patchett tells Anne about her own experience visiting the Amazon while researching her novel.

Eugene Thacker talks to Anne Strainchamps about his book, "In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy, Volume 1."

a honeybee

Pattiann Rogers is a celebrated essayist and poet.  She's won numerous awards and is the author of fourteen books.  She shares some of her favorite bee poems with Anne.

Still from  "The Glass Castle"

It's a rite of passage to find our parents embarrassing, particularly as we start to carve out distinct identities in those early years away from home. For Jeannette Walls, the moment was a bit more extreme. 

Aylet Waldman

Writer Ayelet Waldman recounts many stories about what she calls "the perils and joys of trying to be a decent mother in a world intent on making you feel like a bad one."

Ken Nordine is the epitome of jazz poetry, nicknamed "the Voice." Best known for his "Word Jazz" series, this poem is one he did for a paint company. The paint company is long forgotten, but the poem lives on.

red pill blue pill

At the end of Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein". Victor Frankenstein dies but his creation lives on. What happens to Frankenstein's monster is left to the reader's imagination.  At least it was until Susan Heyboer O'Keefe wrote her novel, "Frankenstein's Monster," which picks up...


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