Books

Erik Larson: "The Devil in the White City" (Crown) (Rebroadcast)

August 26, 2003

The 1893 World's Fair in Chicago introduced the world to Shredded Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and the Ferris Wheel. At the same time, the Windy City was also home to the nation's first urban serial killer. Erik Larson's new book tells...

Wally Lamb: "Couldn't Keep It to Myself" (Regan Books) (Rebroadcast)

August 26, 2003

For the past several years, best-selling novelist Wally Lamb has taught writing to a group of women who are prisoners at the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Lamb talks with Diane about a new collection of some of these...

Melissa Fay Greene: "Last Man Out" (Harcourt) (Rebroadcast)

August 25, 2003

Melissa Fay Greene's new book tells the story of the 19 miners dramatically rescued in 1958 from the deepest coal mine in North America after a disastrous cave-in.

John Eisenhower: "General Ike" (Free Press) (Rebroadcast)

August 25, 2003

Historian John Eisenhower shares his account of his father's life, focusing on Dwight D. Eisenhower's experiences and accomplishments as Allied leader in World War II

Romance Novels

August 5, 2003

Romance novels offer love stories and optimistic endings. Literary snobs may think of romance fiction as cheesy, softcore porn for housewives. But more than half of all paperback fiction sold in North America is in the romance category...

Leslie Epstein: "San Remo Drive" (Handsel Books)

August 4, 2003

Leslie Epstein, director of Boston University's creative writing program, talks about the bygone world of his childhood. He grew up in Los Angeles, where his father and uncle were the writing team behind some of Hollywood’s greatest...

Deborah Davis: "Strapless" (Tarcher/Penguin)

July 29, 2003

Author Deborah Davis tells the story of the scandal that ensued after the 1884 unveiling of John Singer Sargent's portrait of Madame X. It depicts a voluptuous, pale-skinned woman in a black evening gown, one shoulder strap dangling off...

Readers' Review: Naguib Mahfouz's "Palace Walk"

July 16, 2003

July's Readers' Review selection is the first volume of Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. A panel talks about this look at Egyptian society at the end of World War I.

Robert MacNeil: "Looking For My Country" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2003

As a journalist, Canadian-born Robert MacNeil covered many of the events that have shaped America's recent history, and co-anchored "The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS until 1995. But it was not until two years after his...

Jennifer Carrell: "The Speckled Monster" (Dutton)

June 20, 2003

Jennifer Carrell tells the dramatic true story of a smallpox outbreak in the early 18th century, and of the London society lady and the Boston doctor who tried to protect their cities from the epidemic.

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