Fiction

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2012

For our February Readers’ Review: A tragic love story about a poor farmer who falls for his ailing wife’s cousin. We hope you’ll join us for the discussion of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton on Wednesday, February 22.

Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership" (Rebroadcast)

Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership" (Rebroadcast)

December 25, 2012

Farmer and author Wendell Berry writes about characters who've lived in an imaginary town in Kentucky for generations. He explains why this way of life is threatened, and why we need a national agricultural policy based on ecological principles to protect it.

Readers' Review: "The Bonfire of the Vanities" By Tom Wolfe

November 28, 2012

For this month's Readers' Review, Diane invites you to read Tom Wolfe's first novel. "Bonfire of the Vanities" was published 25 years ago and remains a biting satire of race and class in the New York investment world of the 1980s.

Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership"

Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership"

November 14, 2012

Farmer and author Wendell Berry writes about characters who've lived in an imaginary town in Kentucky for generations. He explains why this way of life is threatened, and why we need a national agricultural policy based on ecological principles to protect it.

Barbara Kingsolver: "Flight Behavior"

November 8, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver talks with Diane about her 14th book, a novel set in Appalachia. It traces the unforeseen impact of global concerns on the ordinary citizens of a rural community and how they are forced to come to terms with their changing place in a larger world.

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

October 30, 2012

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

Kevin Powers: "The Yellow Birds"

September 25, 2012

Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers' new novel "The Yellow Birds" takes us into the minds and lives of two young soldiers. He describes their complex emotions on the battlefield and at home.

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel"

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel"

September 12, 2012

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Readers' Review: "Presumed Innocent" By Scott Turow

Readers' Review: "Presumed Innocent" By Scott Turow

August 22, 2012

For our August Readers' Review: Scott Turow's first legal thriller. It brings to life one man's nightmare as he faces conviction for the murder of his lover. Join Diane and her guests to discuss "Presumed Innocent."

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