Readers' Review

Readers' Review: Edward Jones' "The Known World"

February 16, 2005

This month's readers' review takes a look at slavery, property, freedom, and family through an unusual lens. Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "The Known World" by...

Readers' Review: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon

January 19, 2005

Join Diane and a panel of readers to discuss this murder mystery novel with a difference. A 15-year-old boy discovers a murdered dog in his neighbor's garden and decides to find the killer. But he is a very unusual detective and...

Readers' Review: "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown

November 24, 2004

You're invited to join the discussion of this best-selling thriller that explores some of Western culture's greatest mysteries - from Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail.

Readers' Review: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

October 20, 2004

The author and his family fled Afghanistan in the 1970s. Now a doctor in California, he's written the first novel in English by an Afghan. It offers an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation set against the...

Readers' Review: "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

September 15, 2004

One-hundred-fifty years ago, essayist, poet, philospher, and anti-slavery activist Henry David Thoreau published a book about his two years spent at Walden Woods. Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of this American classic.

Readers' Review: Edna Ferber's "So Big"

July 21, 2004

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of this 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set in turn-of-the-20th century rural and urban Chicago, the story follows the travails of a gambler's daughter as she struggles to maintain her...

Readers' Review: "Bloomsday" Centenary

June 16, 2004

June 16th marks the day in 1904 on which all of the action in James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place. To commemorate "Bloomsday," Diane and a panel of scholars discuss selected passages from the novel many consider the...

Readers' Review: "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier

May 26, 2004

Diane invites listeners to join a panel discussion of one of the most famous and suspenseful gothic novels of the 20th century.

Readers' Review: "The All of It" Jeannette Haien

March 17, 2004

A secret revealed after the death of a well-liked man in a small Irish town creates a moral dilemma for the local priest. The Readers' Review panel discusses a novel considered to be a sleeper hit when first published in 1986.

Readers' Review: "Middle Passage" by Charles Johnson

February 18, 2004

Diane and her guests discuss the 1990 National Book Award winning novel about a newly freed slave who accidentally boards a slave ship bound for Africa.

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