I have to admit - I have an "aural" crush on Terry Gross. Whenever I hear "This is Fresh Air" I feel like everything will be OK. If you are not a fan of Terry or her show this book will still be interesting for many people.
Onto the book - this is a collection of some of her thousands of interviews with some biographical moments and candid memories. The people highlighted here have left their imprint on our culture in many ways. Even though I know many of the people she spotlights here I learned quite a bit about everyone. As I said - I love her voice. As I read the parts where she is asking questions or introducing the segments, I can hear her voice in my head. This is a great book if you only want to read a few minutes a night. The interviews are mostly short and succinct. Sometimes I read just one or two, sometimes I plow through the connected interviews. There is an effort to keep the book flowing by putting actors and authors who worked together back to back. There is an emphasis on the movie "Taxi Driver" at the end of the first half of the book.
This book is like her show. For me that means it was a comforting read. Just like listening to her show is for me. Truth be told I hate it hate it when the show comes on there is a guest host. I like the guest hosts but - and I cannot stress this enough - her voice just calms me for some reason. I think I will pull up an old show right now. I wonder if she can sing? Maybe I could get her to just read some books to me? Somethings are best left unexplained - my fascination with her voice is one of them I guess.
Again - I would share this book with you but it is on my Kindle. I picked it up during a sale a while ago. If you like to read I highly suggest checking Amazon often for their sales. Sometimes I add 5-6 books for under $10. Of course that means I have dozens of books to read now though.