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Host and staff librarian Tammy Bobrowsky interviews authors and talks books with community members. Be a part of our online What We're Reading Community on Facebook where you can get great book recommendations from other community members and let us know what you're reading! 

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Of Women and Salt takes us from present day to Miami to a family detention center in Texas, to Mexico and then back to a 19th century cigar factory in Cuba. It's a haunting meditation on the choices that mothers make, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots. (~From the Publisher)

What We're Reading producer and Staff Librarian Tammy Bobrowsky talks with Michelle Zauner, writer and indie rockstar known as Japanese Breakfast. Michelle’s new book is called Crying in H Mart. It’s a powerful and vivid memoir about growing up Korean American and Michelle’s often turbulent relationship with her mother before she lost her battle with cancer in 2014.

Jasmine Mans writes to call herself—and us—home

Apr 25, 2021

In celebration of National Poetry month I talk with black American poet and artist Jasmine Mans. Jasmine is from Newark, New Jersey, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BA in African American Studies and her debut collection of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012. Her last collection was just published, it’s called Black Girl, Call Home. 

"Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself."

What We're Reading producer and Staff Librarian Tammy Bobrowsky talks with Minnesota writer Kathleen West. Her new novel is called Are We There Yet.

What We're Reading producer and Staff Librarian Tammy Bobrowsky talks with writer David Arnold. His new novel is called The Electric Kingdom. It's a unique take on storytelling and the post-apocalpytic novel. David talks about how the 2016 movie Arrival inspired him to try his hand at science-fiction, and what it was like to release a post-apocalyptic novel in the middle of a real-life pandemic.   


If I asked you to name a genius, there’s a good chance you’d say: Albert Einstein, or Galileo, or Mozart, or some other famous man from history. But what about Clara Peeters? Lise Meitner? Frances Arnold? Fei-Fei Li? Likely not. The way we have defined genius throughout history, famous men from male-dominated power structures, has kept women geniuses in the shadows for too long.

Sabreen Lakhani

Tammy Bobrowsky talks with Rachel Lynn Solomon, writer and former public radio producer, about her new novel called "The Ex Talk." It’s a romantic comedy about two public radio personalities who fall in love while pretending to be exes.

Sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite tell us about their new novel "One of the Good Ones." It’s a story about a family grieving the loss of a sister in an incident of police brutality, and brings to light what it means to be deemed “worthy” when you’re Black.


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In 1998, author Sharon G Flake wrote the novel The Skin I’m In. Aimed at young adults, it told the story of 13 year-old Maleeka Madison: tall, skinny, and dark-skinned--she struggles against the burden of low self-esteem that many black girls face when they're darker skinned. To make her life easier, Maleeka befriends the toughest girl in school, Charlese Jones, who only makes life harder for Maleeka until she finally learns to stand up for herself and love the skin she’s in.

Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster. Sisters Amanda and Mae clash when a reality TV show visits their small Kansas town to film a competition between the family's two fried chicken restaurants. This is writer KJ Dell'Antonia’s debut novel. It’s called The Chicken Sisters. KJ is the former editor of MotherLode and current contributor to The New York Times, as well as the author of How to Be a Happier Parent.