Books

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "The Age of Homespun" (Knopf)

December 12, 2001

Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's new book focuses on a part of early American culture often left out of the history books: crafts and tools of the domestic sphere, including baskets, clothing, needlework and more.

Reader's Review: Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"

November 16, 2001

The November Readers' Review panel discusses Thornton Wilder's story of the randomness of life and death in the face of a fateful tragedy.

Marc Leepson: "Saving Monticello" (Free Press)

November 15, 2001

In his new book, author Marc Leepson tells the story of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, and how it nearly fell into ruin before a family rescued it to turn it into the national treasure it is today.

Oliver Sacks: "Uncle Tungsten" (Knopf)

October 26, 2001

Neurologist Oliver Sacks, author of the bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, talks with Diane about his memoir, in which he tells of growing up in Britain during World War II, and the uncle who introduced him...

Billy Collins: "Sailing Alone Around the Room" (Random House)

October 25, 2001

Billy Collins, the new U.S. Poet Laureate, joins Diane to read from his latest poetry collection and to talk about his plans for his tenure as poet laureate.

Nancy Milford: "Savage Beauty" (Random House)

October 24, 2001

Nancy Milford discusses her new biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, a heroine of the Jazz Age and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Auster & Lyden: "The National Story Project" and "I Thought My Father Was God" (Henry Holt)

October 22, 2001

In 1999, NPR's Weekend All Things Considered invited listeners to submit short, true stories for a new feature called the National Story Project. Acclaimed novelist Paul Auster selected, edited, and read on-air some of his favorites...

Readers' Review: Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"

October 19, 2001

October's Readers' Review panel discusses the short-short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, a brief but thought-provoking tale that opens as a young woman receives the news that her husband has died in an accident.

Caroline Kennedy: "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis" (Hyperion)

October 18, 2001

Caroline Kennedy joins Diane to talk about her new book, an anthology that includes her mother's favorite poems and literary passages, as well as other poems significant to members of the Kennedy family.

Rabbi Harold Kushner

September 6, 2001

We all want to be successful in life, but is being successful the same as being good? Rabbi Harold Kushner draws on sources ranging from Biblical texts to contemporary events in his exploration of Living a Life that Matters (Knopf).

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