Readers' Review

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.

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.

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