Readers' Review

Readers' Review: "Bee Season"

September 17, 2003

Diane invites you to join her and a panel for a conversation of "Bee Season" by Myla Goldberg. The novel is about what happens to an eccentric family after its youngest member wins a spelling bee.

Readers' Review: Naguib Mahfouz's "Palace Walk"

July 16, 2003

July's Readers' Review selection is the first volume of Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. A panel talks about this look at Egyptian society at the end of World War I.

Readers' Review: Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi"

June 18, 2003

The June Readers' Review panel talks about this harrowing account of a shipwrecked boy trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat for 227 days with a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Readers' Review: Leif Enger's "Peace Like a River"

May 21, 2003

The May Readers' Review panel talks about Leif Enger's tale, set in Minnesota in the early 1960s and told by an asthmatic 11-year-old boy. It's both the story of a man on the run from the law, and of a family's struggle to do what's right.

Readers' Review: Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"

April 16, 2003

Diane and her guests talk about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening as explored in Dai Sijie's story. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution, Sijie's tale follows two city boys exiled to a remote mountain village...

Readers' Review: Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" (Penguin)

March 19, 2003

In this month's Readers' Review, Diane and her guests discuss Graham Greene's classic tale of desire and deception set during the French war in Indochina in the early fifties. "The Quiet American" was published in 1955 and provided...

Readers' Review: James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain"

February 19, 2003

James Baldwin's semiautobiographical first novel was published in 1953 to high acclaim. Diane and a panel talk about this American classic, which uses as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a...

Readers' Review: Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain"

January 15, 2003

Diane leads a panel discussion of this National Book Award-winning novel about the odyssey of a wounded Civil War soldier who deserts the Confederate army and sets out on a 300-mile journey home to the woman he loves.

Readers' Review: "Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups"

December 18, 2002

The December Readers' Review panel prepares for holiday family gatherings with a discussion of Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler's latest novel, featuring her hallmark Baltimore setting and cast of eccentric characters.

Readers' Review: Richard Russo's "Empire Falls" (LSU Press)

November 20, 2002

Our November Readers' Review panel discusses the 2002 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It's a tragicomic look at the hopes, disappointments, and humanity of life among the working class in a decaying mill town.

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