Vick Mickunas

Host - Book Nook

Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.

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Shandi Pierce and her three-year-old son Natty were shopping at a Circle K store near Atlanta when a holdup took place. This event becomes the catalyst for an attraction that consumes Shandi. She falls in love with an odd guy named William after this stranger intercedes and protects young Natty from the robber.

'Someone Else's Love Story" is a twisted, complicated tale. The author really had a fun time spinning this yarn. By the way, Natty's parentage is one unsolved mystery. Could Natty be the result of an immaculate conception? Read the book. You'll be amazed.

The war between the states; our Civil War was raging 150 years ago. Many books have been published over the past 3 years to mark the anniversary of that Great Unpleasantness. Most of those books have been non-fiction.

Dennis McFarland just published what might be the great Civil War novel of our era. "Nostalgia" is the story of a soldier named Summerfield Hayes.  During the horrific Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 Hayes suffers greatly and is afflicted by what was known at the time as "nostalgia." That term referred to what we now describe as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you surveyed some passersby and asked them to name the most destructive river flood in American history most of them probably wouldn't know the right answer. It happened in 1927. The swollen Mississippi River had burst through the levee system. 27,000 square miles, an area 50 miles wide and 100 miles long was flooded and under as much as 30 feet of water.

Chris West has been a stamp collector for many years. His collection includes some of the first postage stamps that were issued in Britain. West has written "A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps." He selected particular stamps that seemed to speak to him about the history of the particular time periods in when each one was printed.

As we surge headlong through this crazy culture do you ever feel the need for some new words to describe what you are seeing and experiencing? Fortunately for us Liesl Schillinger has stepped forward to plug some of these linguistic gaps.

In her book "Wordbirds" Schillinger coins new expressions to relieve some of these vocabulary shortfalls. Do you hate television or at least pretend to loathe it? According to Schillinger you have a case of "telaversion."

When Bill Bryson was mulling over his next project he was thinking about writing a dual biography of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris during the summer of 1927. Nobody had ever done that before. He became an instant celebrity.

Cover Art by David Battle

This essay appears in The Antioch Review's Fall 2013 edition Cartography 101 with a Twist.

Here's an excerpt:

The central character in Larry Baker's novel is Harry Ducharme. Harry was once at the top of the radio world but his fortunes have taken a real hit. Harry washes up in Saint Augustine, Florida. He's living in his car. He drinks. A lot.

Then Harry hears this voice coming out of the radio. Her name is Nora James. She hosts a cooking show on WWHD, the tiny little radio station in town. Harry feels compelled to meet Nora. He goes to WWHD and asks for a job.

Henry Shackleford begins his tale in the Kansas Territory. The year was 1856 and Henry was a slave. Soon the abolitionist John Brown appears on the scene. Brown is all fired up about fighting slavery. When he encounters Henry he thinks she's a girl named Henrietta. And he quickly coins an affectionate nickname for him (her): Onion. From that point onward Onion dresses like a girl. Many years later, when Henry was 100+ years old he told someone about his crazy adventures with John Brown.

Sue Grafton continues to work her way through the alphabet in her long-running detective series that features her beloved character Kinsey Millhone. "W is for Wasted" is the 23rd book in the series. In this interview Sue Grafton talks about the challenges she faces in trying not to repeat herself and what we might expect from the last three books and the letters of the alphabet that she will be covering as this series draws to a close in coming years.

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