Fiction

Peter Carey: "The Chemistry of Tears"

Peter Carey: "The Chemistry of Tears"

May 31, 2012

Peter Carey, the award-winning author of "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Parrot and Olivier in America," joins Diane to talk about his new book, "The Chemistry of Tears." It's a tale of two intertwined love stories involving a 19th century automaton and a man and a woman who can never meet.

Richard Ford:  "Canada"

Richard Ford: "Canada"

May 24, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford talks about his first novel in six years, "Canada."

Readers' Review:  "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

Readers' Review: "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

May 23, 2012

Denis Johnson's novella "Train Dreams" was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For our May Readers' Review, we discuss this portrait of the American West in the first half of the 20th century. Diane hopes you'll join her and her panel as they discuss "Train Dreams."

John Irving:  "In One Person:  A Novel"

John Irving: "In One Person: A Novel"

May 9, 2012

Sexual ambiguity and desire are at the center of John Irving's latest novel, "In One Person." The best-selling author reflects on the early days of the AIDS crisis and argues for sexual tolerance.

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.

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