Books

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.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

September 30, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

September 25, 2013

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

September 18, 2013

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

September 10, 2013

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

September 9, 2013

National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, her first in seven years. It's the story of an ordinary woman's life, its heartbreaks and its joys.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal: "The Gift Of Adversity"

September 4, 2013

Dr. Norman Rosenthal was the first to diagnose and treat seasonal affective disorder. The psychiatrist on facing adversity and setbacks in his own life.

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