Readers' Review

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

August 27, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it is the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

July 23, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: A novel about a beautiful and smart Nigerian woman who leaves military-ruled Nigeria and heads for America. For the first time, she must grapple with what it means to be black. Diane Rehm and a panel of guests discuss the award-winning novel "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

Readers' Review: "The Secret History" By Donna Tartt

Readers' Review: "The Secret History" By Donna Tartt

May 28, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "The Secret History." Set on a college campus, a scholarship student joins a sophisticated clique that harbors dark secrets. Published in 1992, it's the first novel by Donna Tartt, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

March 26, 2014

A special March Readers' Review: Diane and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

February 26, 2014

For our February Readers’ Review: "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward. It's the story of a poor family from a down-and-out Bayou town in the days before and after Hurricane Katrina. Diane and her guests discuss this National Book Award winner.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

January 22, 2014

For our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published almost 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today...

Readers' Review: "The Casual Vacancy" By J.K. Rowling

December 18, 2013

For our December Readers' Review: J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults is set in an idyllic English town that's not what it first seems. The story revolves around residents who form opposing camps after the death of a local parish council member. Diane and her guests discuss “The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series.

Readers' Review: "Frankenstein" By Mary Shelley

October 30, 2013

For our next Readers' Review: a classic horror tale that has fascinated readers for almost two centuries. Diane and her guests discuss "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

September 18, 2013

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

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