Readers' Review

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.

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...

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