Books

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

Frederick Forsyth: "The Kill List"

November 7, 2013

Writer Frederick Forsyth has been called the master of international intrigue. His previous blockbusters include "The Day of the Jackal," “The Odessa File” and “The Dogs of War.” He joins guest host Tom Gjelten to talk about his newest novel, "The Kill List."

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

November 6, 2013

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

Fannie Flagg: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion"

Fannie Flagg: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion"

November 4, 2013

Diane talks with author, actor and comedian Fannie Flag about her latest book. It's a comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to re-imagine who they are.

David Folkenflik: "Murdoch's World"

October 31, 2013

Former editors at Rupert Murdoch's London papers face trial this week for their alleged role in hacking peoples' telephones. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik takes an in-depth look at the scandal and how Murdoch built his empire.

Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

October 23, 2013

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

October 22, 2013

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

Andre Dubus III: "Dirty Love"

Andre Dubus III: "Dirty Love"

October 14, 2013

The best-selling author of "House of Sand and Fog" returns to fiction with a collection of linked novellas that explore conflicting needs of power, fear and fantasy.

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

October 8, 2013

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.

Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Lowland"

October 2, 2013

"The Lowland" is a new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Based on true events, it's the story of two brothers growing up in post-colonial India and the limits of love and sacrifice.

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