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The KTEP Book Club on Perspectives is a weekly program that highlights best-selling authors, local authors, and independent authors of note. The show not only takes you into the books' characters but into the mind of the writer.  Crime, memoir, history, mystery...it's all covered on our popular program!

JAMES FREY is best known as the author of the controversial memoir "A Million Little Pieces."  But to younger readers, Frey is responsible for creating The Endgame trilogy.  The book "Sky Key" is the sequel to "Endgame: The Calling."  Long ago, extraterrestrials chose 12 families to be on the lookout for signs of the Endgame.  A survivor must be the one to find the 3 keys to determine the fate of humanity.  The search for 3 keys continues.  Earth Key has been found, and the hunt for Sky Key has begun.  How will the Endgame be played, and how far will the players go to acquire the Sky Key?


Aired Nov. 6, 2016

Donna Arp Weitzman is a successful career woman who entered a relationship late in life, and while she thought she found her Prince Charming, she ended up hearing lots of unusual comments from friends & family.  She took a satirical look at that time in her life with her first book, "Cinderella has Cellulite: And Other Musings from a Last Wife." 


Aired Oct. 30, 2016

AZAR NAFISI is the author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehran," which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran.

Her followup book is "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books," which blends memoir and polemic with readings of her favorite American novels:  Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt, and Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  


Aired Oct 23, 2016

Dr. Ezra Cappell, Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, joins us to tell us about the upcoming visit by Art Spiegelman, author of the Holocaust-themed graphic novel Maus.  Spiegelman will be speaking on Wed Oct 19 at 7 p.m. at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired Oct 16, 2016

JoJo Moyes is the author of the bestselling novel "Me Before You," which follows a young woman who becomes a caretaker for a paralyzed young banker, and falls in love.  The sequel to the book, "After You," follows the woman as she grieves the loss of her love, and it follows her journey to try to move on and find love again.  JoJo Moyes joins us on the KTEP Book Club to talk about the success of her bestselling novel and why she wrote a sequel.

JoJo Moyes has a new collection of stories coming out October 18 called "Paris for One."


Aired October 16, 2016

"A WORLD ELSEWHERE: An American Woman in Wartime Germany" by Sigrid MacRae is the extraordinary story of MacRae’s parents: her father, who died fighting for the Germans on the Russian front during World War II, and her newly widowed American mother’s journey with her six young children through war-torn Germany to reach the Allies.


Aired Oct 9, 2016

GIRL IN THE WOODS is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada. 

In 2008, Aspen Matis left behind her quaint Massachusetts town for a school far away to escape her childhood as the sheltered baby girl of her family, Aspen wanted to reinvent herself at college. But on her second night on campus, all those hopes were obliterated when Aspen was raped by a fellow student.  Aspen joins us on this program to talk about her experiences, and how her hike up the Pacific Crest Trail changed her life.


Aired Oct. 2, 2016

National Geographic

  The last of the pristine seas offer a fascinating glimpse into our past and an inspiring vision for the future. In "PRISTINE SEAS: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places," National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala takes readers on a dazzling journey to ten of these astounding locations, showing what we have to gain by protecting our seas.  Sala joins us on this program to tell us more about the Pristine Seas program and the book. 


Aired Sept 25, 2016

PERSPECTIVES: Susan Shapiro Barash

Sep 18, 2016

  Bestselling author of nonfiction books and well-known gender expert SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH (www.susanshapirobarash.com) has crossed over to become a novelist with her debut novel “Between the Tides” under her pen name SUSANNAH MARREN (www.susannahmarren.com).  The book explores the dark secrets that haunt families—even the ones who seem to have it all.  BETWEEN THE TIDES explores family loyalties, mother/daughter bonds, the unspoken rivalries in friendships between women, and the constant tension between freedom and commitment.

Aired Sept. 18, 2016

  BEN BOVA is a 6-time Hugo Award-winning writer of over 120 science fiction novels and nonfiction works. Bova joins us to talk about his 2015 political thriller Power Surge, which steps away from science fiction to tell the tale of a science advisor who must push against the powers-that-be to shine light on a comprehensive energy plan that would boost the country's economy, protect the environment, AND make the US the world leader in energy production.  http://www.benbova.com Aired Sept 11, 2016 

  J.A. Jance's 2015 novel DOWNFALL revisits Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, who is both pregnant AND facing a re-election bid as she investigates the case of what could be a murder/suicide or double homicide in Arizona.  Jance joins us on the  KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES to tell us more about the book and how she weaves her personal life into her stories.


Aired Sept 4, 2016

  Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was born at a time doctors rarely washed their hands or used anesthesia. In the bestselling book DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the previously untold life story of this young, handsome and ambitiously brilliant surgeon whose talents in the operating room and lectures halls were unrivaled in his lifetime.  www.aptowicz.com Aired Aug. 28, 2016

  Inspired by a true story, Amy Stewart came across an old news story about an old buggy accident at the turn of the century.  She spun that story into the tale of Constance and her sisters, who had been living a quiet life to hide a family secret...until a belligerent silk factory owner runs down their buggy and brings the sisters back into the spotlight.  Stewart joins us on this program to tell us more about what inspired the story.


Aired Aug. 21, 2016

  *Audio is forthcoming* Brazilian native JULIANA BARBASSA is the author of "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream." The book profiles the city of Rio de Janeiro as it struggled with poverty and corruption in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games. http://julianabarbassa.com/ Aired Aug. 14, 2016

Arlene Pellicane is the author of '31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom' (www.arlenepellicane.com), one of several books that follow the '31 Day' formula based on Biblical lessons. She joins us to share her life lessons.  Aired Aug. 7, 2016

  On this program we'll hear a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham, whose portrait of President George H.W. Bush is called 'DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.' Meacham used Bush's tape-recorded diaries to shed light on the life & career of this very private man. http://www.jonmeacham.com/

Aired Aug. 7, 2016

  Writer Sarah Hepola is an alcoholic. In her memoir "BLACKOUT: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget," she documents with honesty and humor, the blackouts she experienced. What did she say? How did she meet that guy? The memoir documents her stumbling into the sober life she never wanted.  She talks with Louie Saenz on this week's Book Club about her experiences.

Aired July 31, 2016


  On the next KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES, we visit with Diane Muldrow, longtime editorial director of Little Golden Books. She'll tell us about EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A DISNEY LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK, featuring iconic art from Disney Little Golden Books captioned with advice about finding the magic in life, such as “Keep your heart open” and “Be an explorer”. 

Aired July 24, 2016

  On the next KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES, Julie Lythcott-Haims joins us to talk about her book HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Lythcott-Haims is former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, and her book explores how and why the hyper-attentive parenting, or helicopter parenting, trend has taken parents and their offspring hostage in this country, and exposes the real-life dangers that lie ahead not only for the kids who are raised this way, but for society at large.

Aired July 24, 2016

  On the next KTEP Book Club on Perspectives, we'll visit with J. Ryan Stradal, whose acclaimed novel KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST tells the touching and hilarious story of Eva Thorvald’s triumph over a difficult childhood to become the woman with a once-in-a-generation palate behind the most sought-after dinner reservation in the country.

Told in chapters—one for each of the most influential ingredients in her life—KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST weaves together the perspectives of eight people in Eva Thorvald’s orbit with the bake-offs, eating contests and potluck dinners that shaped her story of pain, spirit, and resilience. 


Aired July 17, 2016

  In 2013, embedded combat photographer, documentation and production specialist, ROBERT CUNNINGHAM, and New York Times best-selling author, Steven Hartov, joined forces to devise a lasting tribute to our American service members serving in Afghanistan. Selecting from more than 55,000 photographs taken by Cunningham, and utilizing Hartov’s own experience in Afghanistan and narrative expertise, they created AFGHANISTAN: ON THE BOUNCE. The book conveys the full range of our troops’ experiences—from deployment through combat, down-time and honoring fallen comrades.


Aired July 10, 2016

Can a quintessential American girl maintain her independent spirit when her father moves the family to Tehran, Iran? Shaghayegh Farsijani's THE BURDEN OF MY RED LIPS IN TEHRAN transports the reader back to adolescence, and was inspired by the author’s life experiences. The book is an eye-opening look into what life was really like for young women during the most heated years of Iran's modern history.  Louie Saenz talks with Farsijani on this week’s Book Club.



Russia poses the most significant threat to world peace today for several important reasons but one main reason: Russian president Vladimir Putin. All Russian Presidents know that Russia's borders are hard to defend and their country has been invaded many times over the centuries, but Putin has taken his responsibility to a new level.


Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown explores the unrest in Russia and the Ukraine in his latest military suspense novel, IRON WOLF.  He joins us on Perspectives to talk more about his military service and how it informs his writing.


Egyptian-American author Rajia Hassib's debut novel is IN THE LANGUAGE OF MIRACLES.  It is a gripping story of a first-generation Egyptian-American family and the wrenching tragedy that tears their lives apart.  Publishers Weekly says that toe novel “offers fascinating insight into the lives of American Muslims, and the prejudice with which they contended in the years after 9/11.”

KATIE WORKMAN'S cookbook DINNER SOLVED! offers recipes for busy parents who want to put dinner on the table for vegetarians, picky eaters, spice-lovers, and the spice averse – all with one recipe!  Workman's "Mom 100 Cookbook" was named one of the ‘Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years’ by Cooking Light and a recipe within it was selected by listeners of NPR’s The Splendid Table as one of the ‘20 Best Recipes In The History of The Splendid Table.’ 

Bestselling author Sandra Brown has developed into one of the best-known romantic suspense writers in the world. Her 2015 thriller FRICTION follows a Texas Ranger who is recovering after the loss of his wife and troubles at work, and finds himself increasingly attracted to a judge who holds his future in her hands. www.sandrabrown.net   

MARK CHEVERTON is a former public school teacher, engineer, and parent.  He wrote INVASION OF THE OVERWORLD after seeing the positive influence of Minecraft to his bullied son and other children. The book is based in the Minecraft universe and explores how to deal with bullying.  http://markcheverton.com/

Nadia Hashimi is the author of WHEN THE MOON IS LOW.  Hashimi’s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion.  Her novel shows the rise of the Taliban, the effect of the regime on the freedom and independence of women and their families, and how societal upheavals such as this help create the refugee crisis we see in numerous regions of the world today. 

Vietnam, 1965: On July 24, a US Air Force fighter jet was suddenly blown from the sky by a mysterious and lethal weapon launched by Russian "advisors" to North Vietnam. Three days later, six more pilots were brought down trying to avenge their fallen brother. Stunned and desperately searching for answers, the Pentagon ordered a top secret program called Wild Weasel I to counter the problem—fast.  Today’s interview focuses on Dan Hampton's THE HUNTER KILLERS, based on unprecedented firsthand interviews with Wild Weasel veterans and previously-unseen declassified documents from both sides of the conflict, as well as author Dan Hampton's own experience as a highly decorated F-16 Wild Weasel pilot.

This episode of the KTEP Book Club focuses on "NAGASAKI: Life After Nuclear War" by Susan Southard, the first book since 1945 to chronicle the enduring impact of nuclear war on those who survived the attack on Nagasaki. Southard provides a heart-wrenching close study of a city post-atomic bomb, as seen through the lives of five survivors and the many others struggling, to this day, with the destruction wrought by the US’s controversial decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan.