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Best of the Book Nook: New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time by Gail Sheehy


In 1996 the journalist Gail Sheehy came out to our studios to do a live interview. Her book "New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time" had just come out in paperback and she was doing a very brief book tour, 5 cities, 4 major metropolitan areas, and Dayton, Ohio. At the time I didn't realize what a big deal that was to have her come all the way out here to Yellow Springs.

Gail had published a book in 1976 called "Passages" and it became a mega-best-seller. It has sold over ten million copies. She was famous for her journalism as well, for magazine pieces that are now legendary. At the time I didn't know enough about her to even be nervous.Perhaps I should have been.

Gail died in August of 2020. I immediately began searching for the tape of this conversation from 25 years ago. I couldn't find it. I did locate a recording of a subsequent interview we did by telephone but I really wanted to find this one to use for this memorial program.

It was a eureka moment when I finally tracked down this recording. I hope you enjoy it.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.