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.

Willard Scott: "The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune" (Hyperion)

June 12, 2003

Willard Scott, veteran Washington broadcaster and weatherman for NBC's "Today show", joins Diane to talk about his new book, which shares the joys of the later years of life according to dozens of people who speak from personal...

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

June 9, 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...

George Crile: "Charlie Wilson's War" (Atlantic Monthly Press)

June 5, 2003

Longtime "60 Minutes" producer George Crile tells the story of how Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson facilitated what eventually amounted to more than $1 billion a year in funding for covert operations backing Afghan freedom fighters...

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