Books

Megan McArdle: "The Up Side Of Down"

February 17, 2014

Bloomberg columnist and economics blogger Megan McArdle makes the case that success -- in business and in life -- is largely contingent on how quickly and nimbly we learn from our mistakes. She speaks with Diane about how to identify mistakes early and channel setbacks into future success.

Daniel Jones: "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)"

Daniel Jones: "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)"

February 13, 2014

For nearly 10 years, Daniel Jones has edited the Modern Love column in The New York Times. Over the decade, he has read more than 50,000 stories of relationships lost, found and transformed. In his new book, "Love Illuminated," he reveals what he has learned.

Jennifer Clement: "Prayers For The Stolen"

Jennifer Clement: "Prayers For The Stolen"

February 11, 2014

A new novel about a young girl growing up in rural Mexico: It's a story of hope and determination in a place where mothers disguise their daughters as sons to keep them from being kidnapped by drug lords.

Judy Foreman: "A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem"

February 10, 2014

One hundred million adults in America live with chronic pain, yet only four medical schools require students to take a course on the subject. Judy Foreman draws on her personal experience with chronic pain and her background as an award-winning health journalist to present what she calls a practical plan of action.

Geoff Dyer: "The Contest Of The Century"

Geoff Dyer: "The Contest Of The Century"

February 5, 2014

For years, China has been driven by one thing: growing its economy. Now the country looks to translate its economic might into global influence. In “The Contest of the Century,” journalist Geoff Dyer describes China’s push into international politics and explains why the United States is in a strong position to come out on top.

Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

February 3, 2014

Irish author Roddy Doyle's first novel "The Commitments" was about lower class Dublin. Now, 27 years later, he's back with a follow up to the best-seller. Roddy Doyle on returning to his earliest work.

Isabel Allende: "Ripper"

January 27, 2014

Best-selling author Isabel Allende is known for her historical fiction and magic realism. But her new novel is a thriller about a brilliant teenage sleuth who tracks a serial killer in San Francisco.

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

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

January 22, 2014

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

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

The author of a new book on sports says football is in serious need of reform. From low graduation rates among college players to harmful concussions: what it will take to clean up America's game.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

January 16, 2014

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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