memoir

Book Review: "Cuz: The Life And Times Of Michael A."

Dec 15, 2017

Book Review: Kelly Blewett reviews the memoir Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. from author Danielle Allen.

You may know him from movies like A Kiss Before Dying and The Longest Day, and TV shows like It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart, and more recently, NCIS

Writer Armistead Maupin is perhaps best known for his San Francisco column Tales of The City, which was a popular TV special and has recently been adapted into a stage play. 

A new book from Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni tells her personal story of meeting, and later working for, iconic American artist Andy Warhol

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

Author Patricia Lockwood, who spent part of her life here in Cincinnati, has written about growing up with a father who was once an atheist, then a Lutheran minister and, eventually, a married Catholic priest. 

Dr. Brian Volck is a local physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as a writer and poet. 

Musician, producer, judge on The X Factor, Cincinnati native, and now, author – he’s LA Reid and he was recently in town promoting his memoir, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next.

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During the 1970's, Norman Lear's shows were appointment television. “When All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” or any of his other programs were on, you made it a point to be in front of the tube that night. At their peak, his shows were viewed by 120 million people a week.

You may not know Rick Hall’s name, but you’ve heard the music he has produced. Everyone from Mac Davis to Alicia Keys to Wilson Pickett to Aretha Franklin and many more. His memoir, The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame, is now out and he joins our Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about his life and career.

In a sports writing career covering half a century, Hal McCoy crowns his own Hall of Fame career with his latest book, “The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.” The memoir of the team gives fans an inside-the-dugout look that never made the daily press. Veteran sports writer Hal McCoy and WVXU political reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the book, Hal McCoy'’s years covering the Reds, and what really happened to Sparky.

Ron Esposito talks with Richard Loren, manager and agent for the Grateful Dead and personal manager for Jerry Garcia who has just released a new book, High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead.

Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant (Shampoo, The Landlord, The Balcony) has written her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, and she’s on the phone with our movie expert, Larry Thomas, for a conversation about the highlights and low points of her long career.

Book review: "Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience"

Jul 11, 2014

Kelly Blewett has a review of Cincinnati native Eileen Cronin’s new memoir, Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience, recounting growing up here after being born without legs.

  As a young girl, Andrea Raynor wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she ended up, almost by accident, at Harvard Divinity School. She went on to become a United Methodist minister and hospice chaplain. She served as chaplain to the morgue at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

Possibly a first for Around Cincinnati: our interview with local author and Vietnam veteran Rod Jordan has a surprise ending. His book, Welcome to the Nam, talks about his time in country as a grunt in the Marines and how the death and devastation he witnessed has stuck with him his entire life. Brian O’Donnell talks with the author about why he finally decided to write the book, and sets up the final surprise.

Book review: "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening"

Mar 14, 2014

Kelly Blewett has a review of the personal new book from author Carol Wall, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart.

Book review: "The Longest Day: Life as a Wife"

Feb 14, 2014

Kelly Blewett has a review of the new memoir The Longest Date: Life as a Wife, written by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning writer of TV shows like Sex and the City and Modern Family, Cindy Chupack. Her personal, and often comical, story of two marriages and the challenges of matrimony, has already been optioned by Fox TV as a possible series.

Local author Miriam Karp's new memoir

Feb 7, 2014

Local writer, artist and teacher Miriam Karp talks with Barbara Gray about her newly published memoir, Painting Zaidy's Dream.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ray Davies of The Kinks has had a complex relationship with America over the years. He’s toured here, was banned from here, and suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound in New Orleans. It was while recuperating from that injury that he began writing Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, which has just been released. Jim Nolan spoke with Ray Davies by phone about his life, his music and his divided loyalties between Great Britain and America.

The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is the new book from Rebecca McClanahan that asks are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us, and if so, for how long. The author tells Barbara Gray that she delved into the long history of her family to try and find the answers.

NKY Professor Emeritus Martin Giesbrecht's new memoir

Jun 28, 2013

Martin Giesbrecht is a retired professor of economics, having taught at Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University. He has been a frequent contributor to WVXU over the years, doing commentary and guest spots discussing today’s economy. He has written a memoir, Before I Forget: stories and thoughts of a clarinet playing academic, and he joins Frank Johnson to talk about his love of music, economics and writing this book.

Author Kambri Crews joins Mark Perzel to talk about her provocative bestselling memoir, Burn Down the Ground, about her life as a hearing child of deaf parents and her father’s subsequent arrest and prison sentence.

Growing up with horses

May 3, 2013

On this Derby Day, Mark Perzel talks with Clare Balding, and award-winning sports broadcaster from the BBC who was proclaimed a “national treasure” after her work on the London Olympic Games. She has written her memoir, My Animals and Other Family. She talks about her championship horse trainer father and the hundreds of horses who were literally a part of the family, and as the only girl, how she ranked behind her brother and the horses while growing up.

Jim Rogers, Investing Expert

Feb 22, 2013

Jim Rogers is a name every serious investor knows. He’s spent years studying the markets, not just here at home, but all around the globe. His books have been must-reads and now he’s put pen to paper to write his memoir. Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets details his early years in Alabama, then on Wall Street, to his co-founding of the tremendously successful Quantum Fund. But it’s not just a typical memoir. He still makes observations on the state of the markets today and some trends he sees for the future. Jim Rogers is On the Money with Chris DeSimio to share some thoughts about the markets and his book from his current home in Singapore.


What happens when a suburban dad, used to the comforts and conveniences of modern day life, suddenly receives a 12 gauge shotgun from his dad, who simply told him it was for “shooting?” Local author Craig Heimbuch shares his experiences of breaking out of his comfort zone and learning to hunt and better understand his family legacy in his new memoir, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things; Discovering My Manhood Through the Great (and Not-So-Great) American Hunt, and he shares some of this humorous tale with Mark Perzel.


Judy Collins

Nov 2, 2012

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, the memoir of singer/songwriter Judy Collins, is now out in paperback, and she joins Barbara Gray by phone to talk about her life, her music and her book.


Author Kambri Crews

Oct 19, 2012

Author Kambri Crews will be a part of today’s Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival at the Duke Energy Convention Center, signing copies of her fascinating memoir, Burn Down the Ground.