Fiction

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

May 9, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

Linda Grant: "We Had It So Good"

Linda Grant: "We Had It So Good"

May 4, 2011

An award-winning British novelist says the jury is still out for the baby boom generation. Her latest book examines how life unfolds for four Oxford students who set out to change the world.

Readers' Review: "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

April 27, 2011

A new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic tale about an orphan-turned-governess has hit movie theaters. In this month's Readers' Review, Diane invites listeners to discuss "Jane Eyre," the novel first published in 1847.

Readers' Review: "The Masters" by C.P. Snow

March 23, 2011

The setting of "The Masters" by C.P.Snow is an elite college in England. For the March Readers' Review, a discussion about what the politics within this small world reveals about human nature.

David Brooks: "The Social Animal:  The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement"

David Brooks: "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement"

March 10, 2011

A new outlook on human existence dictated by imagination, emotion, and intuition. Columnist and best-selling author David Brooks' latest book stresses relationships over individualism and moral connections over monetary need.

Readers' Review:  "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Readers' Review: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

February 23, 2011

The February Readers' Review considers Oscar Wilde's only novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Censored in Victorian times for references to homosexuality, it continues to spark debate about art and morality.

Frank Delaney: "The Matchmaker of Kenmare"

February 14, 2011

Set in Ireland during World War II, a new novel tells the story of a man and woman brought together by grief and compassion. They are drawn into the conflict as spies for the Allies and discover the perils of neutrality in both war and love.

Lisa Genova: "Left Neglected"

January 31, 2011

When a successful young woman suffers a traumatic brain injury, impairing her ability to perceive information coming from the left, she begins to pay more attention to the things in her life she has "left neglected."

Aminatta Forna:  "The Memory of Love"

Aminatta Forna: "The Memory of Love"

January 25, 2011

The author of a new novel set in the war-torn African nation where she grew up discusses how people are shaped by violence and love.

Readers' Review: "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman

January 19, 2011

The newspaper business has been romanticized in many books and movies. But not in the novel we've chosen for this month's Readers' Review. “The Imperfectionists” BY Tom Rachman follows the lives of journalists at a struggling international paper as the era of print teeters on the edge.

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