Books

Roy Foster: "W.B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. II" (Oxford)

December 10, 2003

Irish historian Roy Foster presents the second and final volume of his biography of poet W.B. Yeats.

Janna Malamud Smith: "A Potent Spell" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2003

According to psychologist Janna Malamud Smith, mothers are motivated above all by an instinct to protect their children - even before they get the many messages of "mother-blame" prevalent in our society. She joins Diane to present...

Alison Owings: "Hey, Waitress" (University of California Press) (Rebroadcast)

September 1, 2003

Author Alison Owings talks with Diane about her coast-to-coast travels to find out what waitresses - at five-star hotels, local diners, and every place in between - think about the job, their co-workers, and customers who don't tip too...

Ross King: "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" (Walker) (Rebroadcast)

August 28, 2003

In a new book, author Ross King tells the story of the power, politics and personal rivalries behind Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, which, King reveals, the artist would have preferred never to undertake.

Isabel Allende: "My Invented Country" (Harper Collins) (Rebroadcast)

August 27, 2003

With memories as a roadmap and nostalgia as a guide, best-selling author Isabel Allende takes us on a tour of a place based on Chile but rooted in her imagination. She explores how the politics, myth, and magic of her homeland have shaped...

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...

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