Episode 20: Interview with Jane Healey

I was so excited to interview Jane Healey on the podcast. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her first novel THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB was published in 2017. With the release of THE BEANTOWN GIRLS in 2019, she continued to fulfill her dream of writing lesser known stories of women in history.
Keep a look out for her upcoming novel THE SECRET STEALERS, which is based on the true stories of the women of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, during World War II. It will be released in April 2021.

Episode 19: Interview with Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and The Fifth Petal. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages and has been an Amazon Best of the Month and a People Magazine Pick. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in the London Times and the Washington Post. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts. 

Memorial: Bryan Washington

“I watched him sweep in silence, with the moon against his back, and I knew, right then, I think, clear as day, that eventually our moment would end.

I also realized I didn’t want it to.

And it was okay for me not to want it to.

And maybe okay for it not to end right now.

But it had to.


This excerpt at the end of Memorial by Bryan Washington is the essence of the whole book to me. This debut novel by Washington tells the story of two men in a relationship and living together in Houston, Texas. Benson, who is Black, and Mike, who is Japanese, aren’t sure if they should stay together or break up, and they don’t ever want to discuss how they feel about their relationship either. When Mike finds out from his mother that his father, Eiju, is dying of cancer in Japan, he decides to fly there to spend time with him before he dies. The day before he leaves, his mother arrives from Japan and is forced to stay in Houston and live with Benson in their shared apartment after he leaves. If you’re looking for a story that wraps up neatly, this might not be for you, but if you’re interested in the complexity and messiness of love, I recommend this book. — Julie Travers

Episode 18: Interview with journalist, Alison Arnett

Alison Arnett a food and agricultural writer, restaurant critic, and newspaper editor for the Boston Globe, Edible Boston, and other publications and teaches a class on food writing at the Harvard Extension School. During the episode, she gives us many recommendations for brand new and old favorite cookbooks.

Check out her recommendations here:

All about dinner
Pastry love
Rage baking
James Beard
Authentic Mexican
The new Boston globe cookbook
The way we cook
Dinner : changing the game
Cook this now
Kid in the Kitchen
In the kitchen with a good appetite
Comfort in an instant

The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is a novel about the Vignes twins, who grow up together in the small (fictional) Southern Black town of Mallard, Louisiana, in which the residents of the town have been modifying the population to be lighter and lighter skinned with each passing generation. The two girls run away together at the age of 16 to New Orleans. Years later, one of the women returns to Mallard with a dark-skinned daughter, and the other disappears completely, severing the relationship with her sister and her family to live life as a white woman. Over the multiple decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, we check in with each of the women and their daughters and learn how they deal with the choices they’ve made. This is a brilliant and emotional story about racial passing and what we gain and lose with complete transformation. — Julie Travers