Arts & Culture

Umberto Eco: "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" (Harcourt)

June 20, 2005

The Italian author explains how he drew on the pop culture of his youth in Fascist Italy for his latest novel. It's the story of a middle-aged antique books dealer trying to rediscover his identity after he awakes from a stroke with...

Readers' Review: "The Wife" by Meg Wolitzer

June 15, 2005

Listeners join an in-studio panel to discuss this story of the long and stormy marriage between a world-famous novelist and his wife.

Richard McCann: "Mother of Sorrows" (Pantheon)

May 31, 2005

Ten interwoven stories about growing up in the suburbs. They're stories of discovery, loss and the relationship between a son and his complicated mother.

Mireille Guiliano: "French Women Don't Get Fat" (Knopf)

May 27, 2005

French women are known to enjoy bread, pastry, wine, and regular three-course meals. One French woman shares her secrets of eating for pleasure without getting fat.

Patricia O'Toole: "When Trumpets Call" (Simon & Schuster)

May 25, 2005

After he left the White House at age 50, President Theodore Roosevelt struggled to recover power and find a sense of purpose. Diane talks with the author of a new book focusing on the last decade of his life.

Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan: "Sinatra: The Life" (Knopf)

May 20, 2005

As a young man, Frank Sinatra set out to be the best singer in the world. A new biography of the singer draws on new information to reveal how his legendary voice took him to the top ... with help from the mob. The authors talk about the...

Readers Review: "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson

May 18, 2005

Marilynne Robinson recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel, "Gilead." Our readers review panel takes a look back at her first novel, which has been called a modern classic. "Housekeeping" is the story of two...

David Reynolds: "John Brown, Abolitionist" (Knopf)

May 12, 2005

A distinguished professor of English and American Studies takes a look at the life of the controversial Abolitionist who used terror tactics against slavery and changed the course of American history.

Goldie Hawn: "A Lotus Grows in the Mud" (Putnam)

May 9, 2005

She's been called the smartest dumb blond in Hollywood. Goldie Hawn found stardom in the 60s on television in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. She went on to become an Academy Award winning actress and acclaimed film producer and director...

Eli Wallach: "The Good, the Bad, and Me" (Harcourt)

May 5, 2005

The actor looks back on over fifty years on stage and in the movies and on his fifty-seven year marriage to actress Anne Jackson.

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