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Welcome to Books and Authors with Cary Barbor

This is the podcast that brings you intelligent, candid conversations with authors of new books. You'll find authors of novels, essays, history, and short stories here, but you'll notice we have a soft spot for fiction. Host Cary Barbor is a seasoned arts producer who has worked on such public radio shows asWNYC-FM's The Leonard Lopate Show and Studio 360. She hosted her own popular show, BookTalk, on SiriusXM. She has published in New York magazine, Salon.com, and The Huffington Post, among others. 

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  • Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You, at Morristown Festival of Books

    A Chinese American family in the small-town Ohio of the 1970s loses their beloved middle daughter. This gripping novel explores why, and the effect it has on the family.

  • J. Courtney Sullivan, The Engagements

    New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest is a novel about marriage in its many forms. The sprawling story weaves in a history of diamonds, and how they came to symbolise hope...

  • Stephen Grosz, The Examined Life

    Stephen Grosz, a psychoanalyst, discusses various facets of the human condition by describing patient stories he’s heard through his years of practice.

  • Katy Butler, Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Part memoir and part keen investigative journalism, Knocking on Heaven’s Door traces the Butler family’s journey, one they unfortunately have in common with countless other families.

  • Brian Stelter, Top of the Morning

    Brian Stelter, media reporter for The New York Times, went behind the scenes at The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning to find out what happens when the lights dim.

  • Mark Slouka, Brewster

    In this powerful novel, two teenage boys establish a life-saving friendship and escape their unhappy families. A Booklist Editors’ Choice: Best Adult Books for Young Adults.

  • Lisa Scottoline, Accused

    A young girl tries to find her sister's true killer, as she exonerates a man wrongly convicted.

  • Ivy Pochoda, Visitation Street

    One summer night in Brooklyn, two 15-year-old girlfriends take a small pink raft out to the waterfront and set sail. What happens to one of them is a mystery that unfolds throughout the novel.

  • Koethi Zan, The Never List

    Sarah and her best friend Jennifer are abducted by a sadistic college professor and held captive in a dungeon-like cellar. The novel traces how the women manage their lives afterward.

  • A. M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven

    This gothic, comic novel takes a hard look at suburban domesticity and the possibility of personal transformation.

  • Jonathan Miles, Want Not

    In this insightful novel, Miles explores waste, and our consumer culture and all its excesses. What -- and whom -- do we we choose to throw away? And to keep?

  • J. Robert Lennon, Happyland

    In this dark and entertaining satire, doll mogul Happy Masters moves in and remodels Equinox, NY, into Happyland, a sort of amusement park-slash- tourist destination for fans of her creations.

  • Amy Grace Loyd, The Affairs of Others

    This debut novel by the former fiction editor of Playboy is disturbing, captivating, and most of all, emotionally honest.