Peter Manseau, Author Of The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, And The Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost Chats On Dr. Alvin

Click Here To Listen Peter Manseau-The Apparitionists "A rare work of historical nonfiction that is both studious and just plain entertaining."—Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of 2017 "An exceptional story"—Errol Morris, New York Times Book Review A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary [...]

Katherine Hall Page, Author Of The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Katherine Hall Page-Casket The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue. For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party. Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At [...]

Jeremy Dauber, Author Of Jewish Comedy: A Serious History Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Jeremy Dauber A rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout Jewish history. In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing the product of Jews’ comic imagination over continents and centuries into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy―including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar―he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival, diaspora, Zionism―all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish [...]

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Mike Lankord, Author Of Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View Of The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click To Here Mike Lankord "I found Mr. Lankford’s writing thought-provoking and Mr. Isaacson’s thought-stifling. Mr.Lankford proposes a great many insights...With immediacy and grace, Becoming Leonardo starts on a high note and gets better to the very end."—WALL STREET JOURNAL Why did Leonardo Da Vinci leave so many of his major works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist build war machines for the notorious Borgias? Why did he carry the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went for decades, yet never quite finish it? Why did he write backwards, and was he really at war with Michelangelo? And was he gay? In a book unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes [...]

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David Hallberg, Author Of A Body Of Work Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen David Hallberg David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the [...]

Tom Sancton, Author Of The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Tom Sancton Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L’Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she’s now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It’s a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city—and involving the most glamorous industry—in the world. The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L’Oréal’s shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From [...]

DrAlvin.Com Welcomes Natural Wonder To City Winery Nashville On Sunday August 27th At 7:30pm. See You There!

Natural Wonder According to the old idiom, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but some subjects worthy of flattery are not so easily imitated, and in the age of the tribute band, many a giant of the American songbook goes without authentic tribute simply because the original article set the bar a little too high. Such seems to be the case with Stevie Wonder, the genius of composition and unparalleled vocal and instrumental ability who, throughout his career, has had the backing of some of the most formidable musicians in the industry. When one considers the colossal talent that is Stevie Wonder–the limitless voice and boundless multi-instrumental skill–it’s no mystery as to why there [...]

Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience Complied By Shaun Usher chats with Dr. Alvin

Shaun Usher Click Here To Listen Live From The U.K. This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.