Fiction

Carolyn Parkhurst: "The Dogs of Babel" (Little Brown)

July 25, 2003

Author Carolyn Parkhurst talks about her story of a widower who tries to teach his dog to speak in order to unravel the mysterious circumstances of his wife's death, and why she thinks it has become one of this summer's hottest reads.

Dani Shapiro: "Family History" (Knopf)

July 14, 2003

In Dani Shapiro's new novel, an adolescent daughter becomes upset and withdrawn after a summer at camp, and what seems at first like ordinary teen behavior soon threatens to tear apart a family. Shapiro talks with Diane about how her own...

Adriana Trigiani: "Lucia, Lucia" (Random House)

July 9, 2003

The best-selling author of the "Big Stone Gap" trilogy shifts the setting from small town Virginia to Greenwich Village in Manhattan in her latest novel. Adriana Trigiani draws on her own Italian American heritage to tell the story...

Readers' Review: Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi"

June 18, 2003

The June Readers' Review panel talks about this harrowing account of a shipwrecked boy trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat for 227 days with a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Lois Lowry: "The Silent Boy" (Houghton Mifflin)

May 22, 2003

Since 1977, Lois Lowry has been a Newbery Medal-winning writer for children, but her 29 books are widely read by people of all ages. Her latest novel presents the story of a friendship between a bright, curious young girl and a strangely...

Readers' Review: Leif Enger's "Peace Like a River"

May 21, 2003

The May Readers' Review panel talks about Leif Enger's tale, set in Minnesota in the early 1960s and told by an asthmatic 11-year-old boy. It's both the story of a man on the run from the law, and of a family's struggle to do what's right.

Larry King: "Moon Over Manhattan" (New Millennium Press)

May 19, 2003

Larry King and Thomas Cook's latest book is a valentine to the city they love. King joins Diane to talk about this tale involving a self-centered, liberal-leaning talk show host, his spoiled daughter who wants to go to film school, and a...

Robert Stone: "Bay of Souls" (Houghton Mifflin)

May 7, 2003

Best-selling novelist Robert Stone presents his latest work, the story of a Midwestern college professor whose affair with a colleague leads him into an exotic Caribbean world of smuggling, corruption, and voodoo.

Jane Smiley: "Good Faith" (Knopf)

May 5, 2003

Big time greed comes to a small East Coast town in Jane Smiley's twelfth novel, set in the heady world of real estate development in the 1980s. Diane talks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist about a decent real estate agent seduced...

Readers' Review: Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"

April 16, 2003

Diane and her guests talk about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening as explored in Dai Sijie's story. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution, Sijie's tale follows two city boys exiled to a remote mountain village...

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