Readers' Review

Readers' Review: "Tinkers" By Paul Harding

Readers' Review: "Tinkers" By Paul Harding

June 27, 2012

Please join us for a Readers' Review discussion of Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Tinkers." It's the story of a New England patriarch on his death bed whose mind is flooded with disjointed memories of his complicated family life.

Readers' Review:  "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

Readers' Review: "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

May 23, 2012

Denis Johnson's novella "Train Dreams" was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For our May Readers' Review, we discuss this portrait of the American West in the first half of the 20th century. Diane hopes you'll join her and her panel as they discuss "Train Dreams."

Readers' Review: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

Readers' Review: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

April 18, 2012

For our April Readers’ Review: a woman’s journey to self-discovery in the late 1800's. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” so disturbed readers when it first came out it was banned. Now it’s considered a feminist landmark.

Readers' Review: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt

March 21, 2012

For our March Readers' Review, Diane and her guests will discuss a classic modern memoir. It's the story of an Irish childhood shaped not just by poverty but also a resilient spirit. We hope you will join us to discuss "Angela's Ashes" on Wednesday, March 21.

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

February 22, 2012

For our February Readers’ Review: A tragic love story about a poor farmer who falls for his ailing wife’s cousin. We hope you’ll join us for the discussion of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton on Wednesday, February 22.

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

January 18, 2012

For our January Readers' Review, Diane selected a classic thriller by Frederick Forsyth. "The Day of the Jackal" traces the preparations of a professional assassin hired to kill French President Charles De Gaulle.

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2011

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features a middle-aged investigative journalist and a youthful computer hacker struggling with personal demons. It is the first book of a Scandinavian crime fiction trilogy by Stieg Larsson. He died four...

Readers' Review: "Home" by Marilynne Robinson (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2011

"Home" by Marilynne Robinson is a companion piece to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gilead." Set in the same time and place, it also tackles questions of faith and family -- but from a different perspective: the youngest daughter of an old minister and her ne'er-do-well older brother.

Readers' Review:  "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

Readers' Review: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

November 23, 2011

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. It's the classic story about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the 20th century in urban America.

Readers' Review: "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

October 26, 2011

For October's Readers’ Review: the story of the boy who never grew up: “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie. One hundred years after the novel was first published we discuss why the novel continues to captivate children and adults alike.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.