Readers' Review

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.

Readers' Review: George Eliot's "Middlemarch"

September 18, 2002

The September Readers' Review panel discusses one of Diane's favorites, George Eliot's Victorian masterpiece about the lives and loves of the residents of a small town.

Readers' Review: Nick Hornby's "How to Be Good"

August 16, 2002

Diane and her guests talk about what it means to be "good." It's a question British author Nick Hornby's main character wrestles with when her cranky husband undergoes a mysterious transformation and becomes a devoted do-gooder in...

Readers' Review: Carol Shields' "The Stone Diaries"

June 21, 2002

The June Readers' Review panel talks about Carol Shields' Pulitzer Prize-winning fictional autobiography of a woman born in 1905 looking back over the nine decades of her life.

Readers' Review: Russell Banks' "The Sweet Hereafter"

April 19, 2002

The April Readers' Review panel discusses Russell Banks' novel about a small town coping with the aftermath of an accident that kills several schoolchildren.

Readers' Review: Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety"

March 15, 2002

The March Readers' Review panel discusses Wallace Stegner's story of the decades-long friendship between two married couples who first meet in Depression-era Madison, Wisconsin.

Readers' Review: Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" (Atlantic Monthly Press)

January 18, 2002

The January Readers' Review panel discusses Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel, whose tale of a woman struggling to take control of her life in a futuristic totalitarian state parallels stories from current news headlines.

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