Books

Will Boast: "Epilogue: A Memoir"

Will Boast: "Epilogue: A Memoir"

September 17, 2014

By the time Will Boast's father died of alcoholism, he had already lost his mother and only brother. At 24, he was left completely alone -- until a deeply held secret revealed a family he never knew he had.

Todd Moss: "The Golden Hour"

Todd Moss: "The Golden Hour"

September 16, 2014

Six years ago, Todd Moss was dispatched to Mauritania to reverse a coup. Now the former top U.S. diplomat to Africa has turned his experiences into a new political thriller. An insider’s look at the inner workings of Washington and foreign policymaking.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "Off the Sidelines"

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "Off the Sidelines"

September 10, 2014

A new memoir by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. In sharing the story of her own life, the Democrat from New York calls upon all women to raise their voices and get involved in public life.

Diane Ackerman: "The Human Age"

Diane Ackerman: "The Human Age"

September 9, 2014

At a time of grim talk for our planet’s future, naturalist Diane Ackerman is optimistic. Why she has faith in human innovation and argues for a new view of our relationship with nature.

Najla Said:  "Looking For Palestine: Growing Up Confused In An Arab-American Family"

Najla Said: "Looking For Palestine: Growing Up Confused In An Arab-American Family"

September 8, 2014

The daughter of noted Palestinian academic Edward Said begins her new book by saying, “I am a Palestinian-Lebanese-American Christian woman, but I grew up as a Jew in New York City. I began my life, however, as a WASP." Najla Said talks with guest host Steve Roberts about the years she spent feeling conflicted about her identity and how she eventually grew to see herself and her passions more clearly.

Gail Sheehy: "Daring: My Passages"

Gail Sheehy: "Daring: My Passages"

September 3, 2014

Gail Sheehy shook up our understanding of adulthood with her 1976 book “Passages.” Now the bestselling author turns the lens on herself in a new memoir. Gail Sheehy on life’s passages and the importance of being daring.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck  (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck (Rebroadcast)

September 1, 2014

From our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today. Diane and...

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

August 27, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it was the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

Meryl Comer:  "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

Meryl Comer: "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

August 25, 2014

Alzheimer's disease is considered one of today's most pressing and least understood health epidemics. Diane talks with Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Meryl Comer about her husband's battle with the disease.

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

August 6, 2014

“When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.

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