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July 3, 2008...

Logan Ward

Have you ever dreamed of leaving the rat race... selling off most of your "stuff", moving to the country and living a simpler, presumably happier, life? Heather and Logan Ward did. Back in 2000 the couple - she's a human rights expert and he's a writer - packed what they could fit into their car and moved from New York City to rural Virginia with their one year old son - who's named after a north Alabama bootlegger. The Wards pick up the story with WBHM's Tanya Ott.

The Wards

Logan Ward's book is called "See You in a Hundred Years".

Robert McCammon

Ever wonder what the Big Apple was like before it was big? Get a glimpse of the small Dutch settlement town that would grow into New York City in the pages of The Queen of Bedlam, the latest novel from Birmingham's Robert McCammon. The award-winning author takes readers to the turn of the 18th century where they encounter young law clerk Matthew Corbett following the trail of blood left by a serial killer dubbed by a local broadsheet as The Masker. McCammon stopped writing back in the '90s but picked up his pen again to create a detective series set in pre-revolutionary America. I asked him where the idea came from.

Robert McCammon interview

Robert McCammon's novel is The Queen of Bedlam.

Cokie Roberts

There are a handful of names closely linked to the early years of our country - Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton, to name a few. But what about Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson or Eliza Hamilton? These women weren't just present, but had considerable influence on the men we're more familiar with. NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts reexamines this history through women's words in her latest book Ladies of Liberty. She spoke with WBHM's Andrew Yeager.

Cokie Roberts & the Ladies of Liberty

Journalist Cokie Roberts's new book is Ladies of Liberty.

The Book of Vice cover

For nearly ten years, Peter Sagal and the gang at Wait Wait Don't Tell Me have been blurring the lines between journalism and jokes, taking a light-hearted look at the news of the day. It's part quiz and part query into what public radio listeners know about current events, pop culture and newsmakers. But in his new book The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them), Sagal also takes a look at the people who indulge in the seedier side of things. He spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.

Peter Sagal interview

Peter Sagal, of NPR's quiz show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. His book is The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and how to do them).

Grace and Marie's Little farm on the Hill

From the naughty to the nice: children's literature. Though when When Leah Webb and Maud Coirier Belser walk into the children's section in many bookstores, they get little saddened. Kids lit - they say - is populated by too many formulaic stories that do little to inspire children. They wanted to offer something a little different - a gentle story with a message of peace. The result is Grace and Marie's Little Farm on the Hill. Webb wrote the book, which Coirier Belser illustrated. They talked with WBHM's Tanya Ott.

Coirier Belser and Webb interview

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Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. I'm Greg Bass.