Readers' Review

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...

Readers' Review: Tim O'Brien's "In the Lake of the Woods"

May 25, 2001

The Diane Rehm Show Readers' Review returns with a discussion of Tim O'Brien's novel In the Lake of the Woods. The novel centers on a politician whose role in a Vietnam War massacre has just become public.

Readers' Review: Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms"

March 16, 2001

The March Readers' Review panel joins Diane at the Newseum in Arlington, Virginia to discuss Ernest Hemingway's novel A Farewell to Arms, a novel inspired by the author's experiences during World War I.

Readers' Review: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"

February 16, 2001

The February Readers' Review panel discusses Love in the Time of Cholera by Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This tale of unrequited but lasting love tells the story of a man who spends 50 years, 9 months, and 4 days in love with...

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