Fiction

Andres Neuman: "Traveler of the Century"

May 7, 2012

One of Spain’s best-selling authors on his first English-language translation. Set in nineteenth century Europe, it's the story of forbidden love, intrigue and the meaning of identity.

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

May 2, 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: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt

March 21, 2012

For our March Readers' Review, Diane and her guests will discuss a classic modern memoir. It's the story of an Irish childhood shaped not just by poverty but also a resilient spirit. We hope you will join us to discuss "Angela's Ashes" on Wednesday, March 21.

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

February 22, 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.

Adam Johnson: "The Orphan Master's Son"

Adam Johnson: "The Orphan Master's Son"

January 31, 2012

Diane talks to author Adam Johnson about his new novel, "The Orphan Master's Son" which follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

January 18, 2012

For our January Readers' Review, Diane selected a classic thriller by Frederick Forsyth. "The Day of the Jackal" traces the preparations of a professional assassin hired to kill French President Charles De Gaulle.

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2011

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features a middle-aged investigative journalist and a youthful computer hacker struggling with personal demons. It is the first book of a Scandinavian crime fiction trilogy by Stieg Larsson. He died four...

Michael Ondaatje: "The Cat's Table"

December 8, 2011

The Booker Prize winning author of "The English Patient" discusses his latest book titled "The Cat's Table."

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

Readers' Review:  "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

Readers' Review: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

November 23, 2011

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. It's the classic story about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the 20th century in urban America.

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