Fiction

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.

Ha Jin:  "Nanjing Requiem"

Ha Jin: "Nanjing Requiem"

November 21, 2011

The National Book Award winning author returns to his native China in his latest novel. It takes place during one of the darkest moments in 20th century history: the Japanese invasion of Nanjing in 1937.

Umberto Eco:  "The Prague Cemetery"

Umberto Eco: "The Prague Cemetery"

November 10, 2011

The author of "The Name of the Rose" talks about his latest novel.

Readers' Review: "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

October 26, 2011

For October's Readers’ Review: the story of the boy who never grew up: “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie. One hundred years after the novel was first published we discuss why the novel continues to captivate children and adults alike.

Chris Bohjalian:  "The Night Strangers" (Crown)

Chris Bohjalian: "The Night Strangers" (Crown)

October 12, 2011

A new novel from the best-selling author of "Midwives." It's a modern-day ghost story and psychological thriller set in a small New England town. Chris Bohjalian talks with guest host, Steve Roberts, about defying expectations and how he avoids writing the same novel twice.

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

September 28, 2011

A Readers' Review of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. The novel exposed the plight of immigrants and shocking conditions within the meat packing industry at the start of the 20th century.

Erin Morgenstern:  "The Night Circus"

Erin Morgenstern: "The Night Circus"

September 22, 2011

What the world needs now is … magic. At least that’s what promoters of a new novel called “The Night Circus” are betting. Author Erin Morgenstern on the inspiration for her enchanting tale.

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

September 5, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

Justin Torres:  "We The Animals"

Justin Torres: "We The Animals"

August 30, 2011

Author Justin Torres presents a portrait of the joys and heartbreaks of family. His first novel, based upon his own life,tells the story of three inseparable brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father.

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