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Dave Cullen

Acclaimed journalist Dave Cullen changed the way we think and talk about mass shootings with a definitive account of the 1999 Columbine massacre and its aftermath. On this week's Fully Booked, he joins us to discuss Parkland: Birth of a Movement, a heartbreaking and hopeful chronicle of the student-led revolution launched just hours after the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our editors join later in the episode with their top picks in books this week.
01:05:41 2/18/2019

Past Episodes

You may have heard of Hedy Lamarr ... but what you don't know about the glamorous movie star might shock you. On this week's Fully Booked, historical novelist Marie Benedict joins us to discuss The Only Woman in the Room, a New York Times bestseller based on the incredible true story of Lamarr's escape from Austria, journey to Hollywood, and invention of a secret weapon against Nazi Germany that made her a pioneer in wireless communications. Then our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
00:48:04 2/11/2019
In Elizabeth McCracken's latest novel, a woman seemingly drops from the sky (she's discovered in a cemetery, with a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold nearby). On this week's episode, McCracken drops by the recording studio to discuss Bowlaway, the story of three generations of alley owners in a small Massachusetts town, and touches on genealogy, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, and nearly life-sized, fully articulated wooden women, in fiction and the home. And our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
00:42:10 2/4/2019
With the money she made from her first book, Cowboys Are My Weakness, 31-year-old Pam Houston bought a 120-acre ranch near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. She joins us on this week's episode?25 years later?to discuss Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, a profound new essay collection expressing a deep appreciation for the lessons she learned from the land.
00:55:21 1/28/2019
Kristen Roupenian proved short stories can go viral. Soon after publication in the New Yorker, "Cat Person" became a full-fledged cultural phenomenon?the magazine's second "most popular" piece of 2017, right behind Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein exposé?forever altering Roupenian's life. She joins us on this week's podcast to discuss that experience, power dynamics in a patriarchy, and her debut short story collection, You Know You Want This; and our editors offer their top picks in books this week.
00:52:19 1/21/2019
Self-proclaimed skeptic Victoria Loustalot's first encounter with a real-life psychic left her with more questions than answers. But when some of the seer's predictions came true, Loustalot began an earnest investigation into the "modern mystical complex." She joins us on this week's episode to discuss her witty, wondrous third memoir, Future Perfect: A Skeptic's Search for an Honest Mystic, and our editors share their top picks in book this week.
00:58:35 1/14/2019
Ultrabestselling novelist Brad Meltzer is back with a thrilling new nonfiction based on little-known fact, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington and the Birth of American Counterintelligence. On this episode, Meltzer speaks candidly with Clay and Megan about the plot against the General, plot (in general), and working with longtime collaborator Josh Mensch. And our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
00:58:19 1/7/2019
One need not be a royalist to enjoy Lucy Worsley's radiant new biography of Queen Victoria, the "hard-working, energetic, [and] resilient" woman who saved the status of the British monarchy. Worsley, an English historian, author, curator, and television presenter, joins us on this week's Fully Booked for a spirited discussion of Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life, and our editors name their most anticipated books and trends of 2019.
00:55:47 12/31/2018
Happy holidays, Fully Booked fans! In this special episode, Clay and Megan reintroduce two of their favorite 2018 interviews ? Susan Orlean and David Sedaris. Thanks for listening! We'll see you in the new year.
00:53:50 12/24/2018
Investigative journalist Christopher Goffard's stories grab you, shake you, and don't let go. On this week's Fully Booked, Goffard joins Clay and Megan to discuss Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders, "a collection of swift-flowing pieces about outliers, liars, victims, and victimizer" (Kirkus) whose unforgettable titular tale inspired a megapopular podcast and Bravo TV show. Nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau rounds out the hour with continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
00:53:56 12/17/2018
The first person we meet in Karina Longworth's Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood *isn't* Howard Hughes?it's screenwriter Frederica Sagor? a clue to the true focus of her provocative popular history. On this week's Fully Booked, Clay and Megan chat with the author and creator of the You Must Remember This podcast about the highly varied experiences of the talented and ambitious women in Hughes's orbit (1920s-1950s) and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau signs on for continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
00:52:30 12/10/2018
It's the first-ever Fully Booked Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza! The eggnog flows freely as Clay and Megan round up the crème de la crème in photography, cooking, games, health, beauty, and more. Guests include photographer Beowulf Sheehan (Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan), Brooklyn-based restauranteur Doug Crowell (Kindness & Salt: Recipes for the Care & Feeding of Your Friends & Family), bookseller Abby Fennewald of Book People in Austin, and YA editor Laura Simeon with continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
01:30:38 12/3/2018
In Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, Phoebe Robinson offers readers a beacon of light and hope for these dumpster fire times. This frank and funny second essay collection by the NYT-bestselling author, cultural critic, and 2 Dope Queens cohost tackles feminism, race, class, body image, Bono, and much more. Today's episode of Fully Booked features a standup set and Q&A by Robinson, recorded live at the Texas Book Festival, as well as continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018 with children's editor Vicky Smith.
01:36:21 11/26/2018
Michelin-starred chef Anita Lo hasn't always been lucky in love ... but the fruit of her solitude is sweet. On this week's podcast, she joins Clay and Megan for a spirited discussion of Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One, a personal and playful collection of repasts for the unattached. Lo proves to be an unforgettable guest, serving up stories of an only-in-New-York dating disaster and an only-in-Mongolia dining experience, and children's editor Vicky Smith signs on for continuing coverage of the Best Books of 2018.
00:51:46 11/19/2018
Part madcap comedy, part post-Election 2016 primal scream, Jonathan Lethem's The Feral Detective is a veritable carnival of hardboiled delights from the author of Motherless Brooklyn. On this week's episode, Lethem joins Clay and Megan in eternal debates- East Coast vs. West Coast, Democrat vs. Republican, Rabbits vs. Bears (trust us)- and fiction editor Laurie Muchnick introduces the Best 100 Fiction Books of 2018.
00:58:25 11/12/2018

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