In many ways, New York Times best-selling author Robert Kolker is a cut above: He’s a New York Times best-selling author, for one. His novel Lost Girls was adapted into a Sundance darling Netflix film. He’s reported on embezzlement in public education, abortion-doctor assassins, Osama Bin Laden experts, and sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. But there is one glaring trait that he shares with all of us: He screens his phone calls.

It’s this very human reflex that provided with Kolker with a story for the ages when one Oprah Winfrey happened to be on the other end of a screened call….

Author Robert Kolker takes us inside Hidden Valley Road, Oprah’s latest book club pick,” April 7, 2020