Books

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"  (Rebroadcast)

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2013

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

David Robertson: "Brick By Brick: How LEGO Rewrote The Rules Of Innovation And Conquered The Global Toy Industry"

David Robertson: "Brick By Brick: How LEGO Rewrote The Rules Of Innovation And Conquered The Global Toy Industry"

July 1, 2013

Despite a cult-like devotion to LEGO, the toy brand faced near bankruptcy just a decade ago. How LEGO pulled off one of the most successful business transformations in recent memory.

Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

June 20, 2013

A debut novel set in post-revolutionary Iran based on the true story of the author’s own birth in a prison in Tehran. The book follows the lives of several political prisoners and their children, who inherit their country’s tenuous future.

Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

May 29, 2013

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection – and baseball. For this month's Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed"

May 23, 2013

The author of the international best-seller “The Kite Runner” sets his latest novel in Afghanistan, San Francisco and Paris. How a wrenching family decision echoes across generations and time zones.

Charles Moore: "Margaret Thatcher"

May 22, 2013

When Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the opposition in 1975 she remarked that her victory felt “like a dream”. And the author of a new biography says that was part of her problem. To people across Britain, the idea that the...

Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

May 15, 2013

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

May 13, 2013

In 1960, Edna O'Brien published "The Country Girl," her first novel. Considered scandalous at the time, the book was burned by priests throughout her native Ireland. Undeterred, she spent the next 50 years creating a body of work that stands among the best writing of the 20th century. Diane talks with Edna O'Brien about her often lonely life and the work that sustained her.

Maya Angelou: "Mom & Me & Mom"

May 8, 2013

When poet Maya Angelou was 3 years old, she was sent to live with her grandmother. In a new memoir, she describes her reunion with her mother a decade later and their relationship going forward.

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"

April 30, 2013

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

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