Readers' Review

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.

Readers' Review: "The Dead" by James Joyce

January 21, 2004

A wife tells her husband about a long dead lover that haunts her past in this wintery tale from "Dubliners," a classic volume of short stories by Irish writer James Joyce.

Readers' Review: John Hersey's "A Bell for Adano"

December 17, 2003

A panel discusses John Hersey's 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning novel about an American officer with civil authority for overseeing an Italian town after it's been liberated by Allied forces in WWII.

Readers' Review: "Three Junes" by Julia Glass

November 19, 2003

Mysterious twists of fate and coincidence bring members of a Scotish family together, while self-doubts and lack of communication keep them apart in this 2002 National Book Award winning novel set on both sides of the Atlantic over three...

Readers' Review: "1984" by George Orwell

October 15, 2003

The year 1984 has come and gone. But the nightmarish vision of George Orwell's novel is as timely as ever. Diane and her guests discuss this classic book originally published in 1949.

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