A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

A women reads a book under the sun in the Luxembourg gardens in Paris, on July 1, 2010.   - (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

A women reads a book under the sun in the Luxembourg gardens in Paris, on July 1, 2010.

(MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

A special March Readers' Review: Diane and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.

A special March Readers' Review: Diane and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.

Guests

Rebecca Mead

staff writer, "The New Yorker" and author, "My Life in Middlemarch."

Mark Brazaitis

professor of English, West Virginia University; director, West Virginia Writers' Workshop; author, "Julia & Rodrigo."

Monica Hesse

writer, "The Washington Post" and author, "Burn."

David Kidd

PhD candidate at The New School for Social Research in New York. He's also the lead author on "Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind."

Fiction Our Guests Are Reading

Image of My Struggle: Book 1
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Image of The River Beyond the World: A Novel
by Janet Peery
Picador

Image of The Good Lord Bird: A Novel
by James McBride
Riverhead Hardcover

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