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Book Nook: What Rose Forgot, by Nevada Barr


When I was a small boy and I learned how to read my life changed forever. I became so excited about reading books. All these years later my excitement remains. If anything, I am more excited about books now that I ever was. So many good books to read, so little time.

I first began interviewing authors on WYSO back in 1994. For many years I have been aware of the novelist Nevada Barr and her series that features Anna Pigeon, a National Parks Ranger who solves mysteries while being surrounded by nature. Amazingly, I have never interviewed Nevada Barr! Until now.

She recently published a stand-alone novel called "What Rose Forgot" and I had an opportunity to interview her. I conduct many interviews with authors who have written books that I loved. Sometimes the interviews can be as wonderful as the books that we are discussing. But that is not always the case. Fortunately I loved my conversation with Nevada as much as I liked her book. It was my lucky day!

This is the story of Rose, a woman in her late 60s who has become virtual prisoner of our health care system. Rose refuses to remain a victim of her dire situation. She's a fighter and she is ornery as all get out! What a story.

And for me the most fascinating moment took place when I asked Nevada to talk about her past life and she mentioned that she had once had a job that put her voice out there for millions to hear her speaking on a daily basis. I had been listening to her voice for years! You will be amazed to know that you probably have been doing the same thing. You'll surely realize this fact after she mentions 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 LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.

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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.