Book Reviews


Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is an American Anthropologist. Her book, The Mushroom at the End of the World, is an original study that explores human relations with non-human species, specifically the Matsusaka mushroom. 


Also, Heather Altfeld's essay, "Obituary for Dead Languages", was chosen to be included in, The Best American Essays 2019. Her first book, The Disappearing Theatre, won the 2015 Poets at Work Prize. She is the 2017 recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.


Bryan Stevenson writes a powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people we represent, and the importance of fighting injustice. His latest, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a New York Times bestseller and this year’s Book In Common.


Also, Author TJ Richardson captures the essence of pursuing your goals amongst hardships in Where I Wanna Be. Richardson speaks about his journey as a nontraditional student. 

Author and Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep details the story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States.


Author and playwright Lynn Elliott formerly taught in the English Department at Chico State University. He who grew up in Wales and reads from his autobiography about his childhood Christmas in Wales. 

Also, Author William Martin drops some wisdom on the practice of forgiveness, creating a unique path from guilt, blame, and shame to peace of mind and freedom.


Poet Ingrid Keriotis shares her book of poetry, It Started with the Wild Horse. The collection of poems explores topics such as wildness and inspiration, love and memory, and family and motherhood. Also, author Robert Hart takes us on a spiritual awakening with Medicine Wheel: The Evolution of Consciousness.


Author Brian Anthony Kraemer details his past in a conversation with Nancy about his latest, “Summer, the Second Twenty Years, My Memoirs” and N. J. Hanson takes us deep into the foreign lands of  Dadria in “The Kingdom of Dadria—A Lamb Amongst Wolves.”


Also, Poet Amy Antongiovanni reads some of her latest work.


Composer and long-time vegan Will Tuttle wrote The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.  Redding author and adventurer Joel Stratte-McClure drops by to wish his mother happy 100th birthday, and Camp Fire survivor Bill Hartley was featured in Douglas Keister’s book People, Places, and Pieces of Paradise. 

For more than 10 years, award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein has documented the movement of the climate crisis from future threat to burning emergency. She makes the case for a green new deal in her book, On Fire.

Medical doctor and clown Patch Adams integrated laughter and creativity into healing. He wrote about our health care system in his book, Gesundheit!.


The first guest, Randy Crawford, who lives in a straw bale house in Chico, describes the benefits of living in a straw bale house.


Author John Sweringen compiled a guide to building straw bale houses, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. Joining John is workshop presenter Jenna Yu.

Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay is a scholar who has contributed to research in Asian-American culture and Mesoamerican Studies. He is the author of “A Survey of Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication,” which includes a chapter on taboo words.