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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

May 27, 2020

America remains a dream for many immigrants, whose myriad stories span decades and generations. L.N. Gruer’s illuminating debut novel “The Blue Tartar” chronicles five immigrant women, all bound by a history that takes them from the killing fields in Ukraine to the fire-scorched Hollywood Hills.

An immigrant herself, Gruer was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. She won first place at the San Francisco Writers Conference for her poetry collection “I Sing of Things Unspoken” and is also an award-winning essayist. In addition, she’s written nonfiction works on therapeutic nutrition, including her groundbreaking book on mineral deficiencies in children.

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