Best-selling author James Rollins called into discuss his new book The Demon Crown, the 13th book in the Sigma Force series. James talked about his writing process, answering unanswerable questions, making random phone calls to experts, and whether or not The Demon Crown will be a relaxing read for quiet moments during the holidays (answer: no).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Luvvie Ajayi made her 2nd appearance on the show to talk about a new hardcover edition (including bonus material) of her best-selling book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. We had a lively discussion about the do’s and do not’s of social media, especially the importance of remembering your pages are a dictatorship, not a democracy.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author John Feinstein called in for a fun discussion of his new book, The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. We talked about questionable team bonding over ping-pong games, how the 2016 Ryder Cup squad was inspired by the 1992 basketball Dream Team, and why golf could use more singing fans.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michael Rapaport called in to chat about sports and his new book, “THIS BOOK HAS BALLS: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash.” We discussed 23 reasons why LeBron will never be like Mike, the 90s Bulls-Knicks rivalry, and growing up in the 70s and 80s being all-consumed by sports. A fun interview with slams of John Starks and Phil Jackson included at no extra charge.
“The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool” is a new book written by Leon Black as told to J.B. Smoove. We discussed how Leon took over his book deal, how he gets inside the mind of the character, and why everyone needs their own personal Leon.
It was good to catch up with Molly Sims after more than a 3 year absence from the show. Molly’s new book is Everyday Chic, with hints and tips on staying organized and stylish while juggling work and family. We shared toddler stories & talked about her favorite quarterback, fellow Vanderbilt alum Jay Cutler.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ella Morton is a travel writer who specializes in the strange and wondrous. She’s one of the co-authors of ATLAS OBSCURA: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders. We discussed some of the fun sites highlighted in the book, including a museum in Chicago I was completely unaware of (The International Museum of Surgical Science – fun for all the family). We also shared our experiences on the set of Sesame Street.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. Her new book is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and The Mission List, a social change influencer database. She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999, when she helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat. She’s the author of the insightful new book Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home). Clearly, Morra knows me better than my therapist.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Andrew Vaughan is a distinguished and respected music journalist whose work has appeared in Billboard, Music Week, Mojo, Q, the London Times, the Guardian and numerous other publications. Andrew called in to discuss the life and career of Willie Nelson as chronicled in his new book, Willie Nelson: American Icon.Follow @bigwakeupcall