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...

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...

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