Readers' Review

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.

Readers' Review: J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

December 21, 2001

The December Readers' Review panel discusses Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in J.K. Rowling's series of internationally best-selling novels featuring wizard-in-training Harry Potter.

Readers' Review: Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"

October 19, 2001

October's Readers' Review panel discusses the short-short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, a brief but thought-provoking tale that opens as a young woman receives the news that her husband has died in an accident.

Readers' Review: Nevil Shute's "Town Like Alice"

September 21, 2001

The September Readers' Review panel discusses Shute's 1950 novel, which is both a war story and a love story about a British woman and an Australian man who meet as POWs of the Japanese during World War II.

Readers' Review: Anne Lamott's "Bird By Bird"

June 15, 2001

The title of Anne Lamott's popular writing guide refers to a childhood story about her brother, who was overwhelmed by an upcoming school report on birds. Their father advised him, "Just take it bird by bird." A panel of writers...

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