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‘The French War Bride’ — Novel Looks at the Unique Challenges of One Particular Type of Wartime Love Story

Posted on · The French War Bride is a new book from Houston author Robin Wells. It’s a fictional story of how a young woman was able to escape Nazi-occupied France during World War II by marrying an American Army doctor and coming to America as a war bride. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with Wells to […]

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The Sadness: A Novel About Film & Failure

Posted on · Among the many authors we interview on Houston Matters, we connect with quite a few of them through Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and, in particular, their marketing manager Ben Rybeck. Now, Rybeck has written a book of his own, a novel called The Sadness. Michael Hagerty talked with Rybeck, who says the book’s about something different […]

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Move Over LA: ‘Sunset City’ Uses Houston as Noir Crime Setting

Posted on · When you think of noir crime novels, Los Angeles often comes to mind as a setting. But author Melissa Ginsburg has set her new crime noir novel Sunset City in Houston. That’s because she’s from here. Ginsburg lived in Houston through most of her 20s. Sunset City — her debut novel — is a story about two […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center is in the process of finishing her sixth novel, which goes on sale next year. And her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is being made into a movie. Sandwiched between those is her most current novel, Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her […]

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Air Pollution Report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s Show (April 26, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, the American Lung Association released its 17th annual “State of the Air” report, which says Houston – when it comes to ozone – is the 15th most polluted city in the U.S. But what does that mean and what’s being done to address it? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss air […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center has written a new novel called Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her younger brother convinces her to go on a wilderness survival trip. And, of course, things don’t go well. Many of Center’s novels start in a similar way – […]

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Novel Tells of Houston’s Forgotten Era as the ‘Magnolia City’

Posted on · We all know the stereotypes of Texas and Houston as places where everyone’s supposedly riding horses. But a new novel flies in the face of Houston’s cowboy myth by telling the historical fiction of a largely forgotten era of the city’s history — the roaring 1920s — when Houston was known as the Magnolia City. […]

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Houston Heat, Epilepsy & Magnolia City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District Tuesday announced new mascots for four schools that previously had mascots with Native American or historically insensitive ties. On today’s Houston Matters: News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us what the new mascots will be and about the process that determined them. Then: Whether it’s felt like it or […]

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Former Spy Valerie Plame Tries Her Hand at the Spy Novel

Posted on · In 2003, CIA operative Valerie Plame’s cover was blown by members of the Bush Administration after her husband critiqued the intelligence used to go to war in Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was later convicted of lying about his role in the leak. In 2007 Plame wrote a best-selling […]