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Unpacking "The Wedding Veil" with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Wine, Women and Words

Release Date: 06/02/2022

"The Truth About Ben and June" with Alex Kiester

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Author Alex Kiester returns to discuss her novel "The Truth About Ben and June." We dive into the research she did for her characters, writer's quirks and more amid a conversational tangent or two. Or three.  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "The Truth About Ben and June" under 'Featured Books' and our August title, "The Boo Eaters" by Sunyi Dean in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"Let Me Be Frank" with Tracy Dawson

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It's our book of the month episode to unpack "Let Me Be Frank" with author Tracy Dawson. We dive into all things about the book, from how it originated to the epic title to the phenomenal artwork to the women and research behind this non-fiction book.  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"By Her Own Design" with Piper Huguley

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Piper Huguley joins us to discuss her latest historical fiction novel "By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register." We dive into the true story behind the novel, the women in Ann's life, Diana's food question and much more! Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "By Her Own Design" under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.  

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"The Lager Queen of Minnesota" with J. Ryan Stradal

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J. Ryan Stradal joins us to discusses his latest novel "The Lager Queen of Minnesota." We dive into the research that went into the novel, author quirks and host a writer's workshop on his technique of starting a novel in the middle and working his way to the beginning and the end -- and much more!  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"The Memory Keeper of Kyiv" with Erin Litteken

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Erin Litteken joins us to discuss her debut historical fiction novel "The Memory Keeper of Kyiv." We dive into Erin's experiences pulling from her own family history to help inspire, inform and shape this novel, the chapter of Ukrainian history featured in this novel and nerd out about research rabbit holes (of course) -- and much more! Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "The Memory Keeper of Kyiv" under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"Sister Mother Warrior" with Vanessa Riley

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Vanessa Riley returns to the show to discuss her latest novel "Sister Mother Warrior." We dive into the real women behind the novel, finding the balance of history and fiction as a historical fiction writer and -- of course -- the research in a history nerd happy hour. And much, much more. Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "Sister Mother Warrior" by Vanessa Riley under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"Self-Portrait with Ghost" with Meng Jin

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Author Meng Jin returns to discuss "Self-Portrait with Ghost," her collection of short stories. We discuss writers who influenced Meng's writing, how she approached writing the stories in this collection and much more.  We also launch our discussion about "Let Me Be Frank," our book of the month by Tracy Dawson. Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "Self-Portrait with Ghost" under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"Darling Girl" with Liz Michalski

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Liz Michalski joins us to discuss her latest novel, "Darling Girl" a dark reimagining of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" and we dive into fairytales in general, narrator perspectives, Liz's take on Peter and Tinker Bell and so much more!  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "Darling Girl" under 'Featured Books' and our July title, "Let Me Be Frank" by Tracy Dawson in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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Discussing Discussing "The Candid Life of Meena Dave" with Namrata Patel

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***CAUTION: SPOILERS!!*** It's our book of the month episode, so we're diving into all the spoilers of "The Candid Life of Meena Dave" with author Namrata Patel. From the phenomenal characters to the food to the plot twists - we discuss that and much, much more.  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find our June title, "The Candid Life of Meena Dave" by Namrata Patel in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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"The Caretakers" with Amanda Bestor-Siegal

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Amanda Bestor-Siegal joins us to discuss her debut novel, "The Caretakers." We dive into the experiences that inspired the novel, what it was like to layer those experiences into character perspectives and the different themes that were explored through different characters -- and much, much more!  Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find  "The Caretakers" under 'Featured Books' and our June title, "The Candid Life of Meena Dave" by Namrata Patel in our 'Book of the Month' shop.

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***CAUTION: SPOILERS***

Kristy Woodson Harvey joins the show to unpack her novel (and our book of the month) "The Wedding Veil." We discuss the women of the Biltmore and Edith Vanderbilt's wedding veil that really did disappear, how Cornelia's fascination with numerology helped shape her storyline in the novel, the development of some major plot points and so much more. 

Be sure to check out our shop on Bookshop.org to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find our May title, "The Wedding Veil" by Kristy Woodson Harvey in our 'Book of the Month' shop.