Fiction

Ann Hood:  "The Red Thread"

Ann Hood: "The Red Thread"

May 3, 2010

A story about five families hoping to adopt baby girls from China. Novelist Ann Hood weaves together their accounts with the heartbreaking stories of the mothers who gave up their infants.

Readers Review:  "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson

Readers Review: "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson

April 28, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of a Norwegian novel that has been lauded for its universal relevance. It is the story of a man who has settled into a rustic cabin to live the rest of his life with quiet deliberation. A...

Christos Tsiolkas: "The Slap" (Penguin)

Christos Tsiolkas: "The Slap" (Penguin)

April 26, 2010

An award-winning Australian novelist on a twenty-first century moral dilemma. A man at a Sunday barbeque slaps a misbehaving child who is not his own, triggering different reactions among his friends and family.

E.O. Wilson: "Anthill"

E.O. Wilson: "Anthill"

April 22, 2010

The first novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E. O. Wilson. It's the story of a boy transformed by an improbable love of ants. He risks everything, even his life, to save their pristine habitat in the wetlands of Alabama.

Jim Lehrer: "Super"

Jim Lehrer: "Super"

April 20, 2010

Every night millions of viewers watch Jim Lehrer host the NewsHour on PBS. Many are also fans of his novels, plays and memoirs. He talks about his new book and journalism in the digital age.

Simon Tolkien: "The Inheritance"

Simon Tolkien: "The Inheritance"

April 13, 2010

The grandson of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R.Tolkien describes their close relationship. He talks about his latest legal thriller and how his grandfather’s celebrity and literary achievement influenced his life and his own writing...

Anna Quindlen: "Every Last One"

Anna Quindlen: "Every Last One"

April 12, 2010

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents the story of a mother, a father, their family and the unforeseen, catastrophic consequences of everyday actions.

Ian McEwen: "Solar"

Ian McEwen: "Solar"

April 8, 2010

A novel from best-selling author, Ian McEwan, about a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident. How he uses the opportunity to extricate himself from a failing marriage, reinvigorate...

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"

March 8, 2010

A proper, proud, retired British officer courts a local widow of Pakistani descent in this debut novel. Author Helen Simonson discusses the power of romance to transcend modern stereotypes about culture and religion.

Readers Review: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

February 25, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a Readers' Review discussion of a novel that has touched a nerve with many people. It's topping best-seller lists across the country. "The Help" by Kathyrn Stockett centers on a young, white woman and two...

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