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What Are You Reading?

Last Friday of each Month at 4:44 pm

Tom Hall hosts What Are You Reading?, a show where authors and others recommend books that they’re currently enjoying. On the last Friday of the month at 4:44 p.m., during All Things Considered, Tom will find out what’s on bedside tables and loaded onto e-readers across Maryland and beyond.

What Are You Reading? is made possible by the Ivy Bookshop.

  Elissa is recommending:

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksburg



Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Saidiya Hartman

Mileah Kromer

Nov 27, 2020


  Tom talks with Mileah Kromer, the Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.  Mileah is reading:


Steadfast Democrats:  How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior by Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird





My Life as a Villainess by Laura Lippman

Alicia Wilson

Oct 23, 2020

Tom talks with Alicia Wilson, Vice President for Economic Development at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System

Alicia is recommending:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett



Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dave Pilkey


Chickie is recommending:

Happiness by Aminatta Forna



The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larsen


Emily Sullivan

Aug 31, 2020

Tom talks with Emily Sullivan of the WYPR News Team. 

Emily is recommending:

Girlhood by Melissa Febos

Danyell Irby

Jul 24, 2020

Tom talks with Danyell Irby, WYPR’s Executive Director of News and the producer of The Daily Dose, WYPR’s podcast compendium of stories from the WYPR News Team.  Danyell is recommending:

LEFT neglected by Lisa Genova

Photo courtesy Profiles PR

Tom talks with WYPR President and General manager LaFontaine Oliver  

LaFontaine is recommending:

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax.


Robert Ginyard

Mar 27, 2020
Rob Sivak

Tom talks with the entrepreneur and podcast host, Robert Ginyard. 

Robert recommends: Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss.

Dominique Maria Bonessi-Scarborough

Dec 27, 2019
Tyrone Turner

Tom talks with WAMU Reporter Dominique Maria Bonessi-Scarborough.

Dominique recommends:

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

Lawrence Lanahan

Nov 21, 2019

Tom talks with journalist and author Lawrence Lanahan. 

Lawrence recommends: 

Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane

Lawrence Lanahan is the author of The Lines Between Us:  Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide. 

To learn about Lawrence's book events, visit his website.  

Chris Wilson

Oct 25, 2019
Christy Zuccarini

Tom talks with entrepreneur and activist Chris Wilson.

Jonathan Pevsner

Sep 27, 2019

Tom talks with Professor and Researcher Dr. Jonathan Pevsner.

Kathleen Cahill: What Are You Reading?

Aug 23, 2019

Tom talks with Midday Producer Kathleen Cahill.

D. Watkins

Jul 26, 2019


Tom talks with the author and Salon.com columnist D. Watkins. 

Kurt Schmoke

Jun 28, 2019

Tom talks with Kurt Schmoke, the president of the University of Baltimore.

Morgan Hikaru Ome

May 23, 2019

Tom talks with Johns Hopkins News-Letter Editor-in-Chief Morgan Hikaru Ome.

Grace Cavalieri

Apr 26, 2019
Tony Lewis

Tom talks with the Poet Laureate of Maryland, Grace Cavalieri.

Grace is recommending:

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris

Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado

Alec MacGillis

Mar 29, 2019

Tom talks with Pro Publica investigative reporter Alec MacGillis.

Dr. Stanford Carpenter

Feb 21, 2019

Tom talks with the cultural anthropologist Dr. Stanford Carpenter. 

Dr. Carpenter is recommending two comics/graphic novels:

"I Am Alfonso Jones" by Tony Medina, with artists Stacey Robinson and John Jennings

"Destroyer" by Victor LaValle, with art by Dietrich Smith

Dr. Jannette Dates

Jan 25, 2019

Tom talks with Howard University Dean Emerita Dr. Jannette Dates. Dr. Dates is recommending:

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Cianna Greaves

Dec 21, 2018
Sanford Greene

Tom talks with WYPR Producer Cianna Greaves. 

Cianna is recommending:

Bitter Root # 1; a comic book collection

Writer: David F. Walker, Chuck Brown

Artist/Cover: Sanford Greene

Variant Cover: Mike Mignola, Denys Cowan and Brittney Williams

James Patterson

Nov 23, 2018

Tom talks with best-selling author James Patterson. James is recommending:

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Fear by Bob Woodward. 

James’ latest book is Target.

Kwame Alexander

Oct 26, 2018

Tom talks with Kwame Alexander, the best-selling poet, author, educator and publisher. 

Kwame recommends:

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Day You Begin, a children’s book, by Jaqueline Woodson

Kwame’s latest book is Swing (co-authored with Mary Rand Hess)

Heidi Daniel

Sep 28, 2018

Tom talks with Heidi Daniel, the President and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Heidi recommends:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Sean Yoes

Aug 28, 2018

Tom talks with Sean Yoes of the Afro American Newspaper. 

Sean is recommending:

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

Sean is the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories from One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.

Jennifer Palmieri

Jul 27, 2018
Andrew Duncan

Tom talks with Jennifer Palmieri, the former Director of Communications in the Obama White House and for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. 

Jennifer is recommending:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The Courting of Marcus Dupree by Willie Morris 

Jennifer Palmieri is the author of Dear Madame President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

Jun 19, 2018

Tom talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Jeff is recommending:

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger

Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

Tom Pelton

May 25, 2018

Tom talks with Environment in Focus Host Tom Pelton.

Tom recommends: 

"Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser

"From the Bottom Up" by Chad Pregracke

David Yaffe

Apr 27, 2018
Ellen M. Blalock

Tom talks with Syracuse University Professor David Yaffe.

David recommends: 

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The Bostonians by Henry James.

David’s latest book is Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell.