Readers' Review

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

September 28, 2011

A Readers' Review of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. The novel exposed the plight of immigrants and shocking conditions within the meat packing industry at the start of the 20th century.

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

August 24, 2011

This month's Readers' Review is a charming book about reading, letters and life on the island of Guernsey during and after World War II.

Readers' Review: "Home" by Marilynne Robinson

July 20, 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: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson

June 29, 2011

A Readers' Review of "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson: The novel is written in the form of a letter from an aging preacher to his young son, reflecting on the mysteries of life.

Readers' Review: "Invisible" by Paul Auster

Readers' Review: "Invisible" by Paul Auster

May 25, 2011

Diane leads a discussion about a novel by one of America's most provocative writers. Paul Auster's "Invisible" is a sometimes shocking story of seduction and betrayal, which pushes the borders between truth and memory, narration and identity.

Readers' Review: "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

April 27, 2011

A new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic tale about an orphan-turned-governess has hit movie theaters. In this month's Readers' Review, Diane invites listeners to discuss "Jane Eyre," the novel first published in 1847.

Readers' Review: "The Masters" by C.P. Snow

March 23, 2011

The setting of "The Masters" by C.P.Snow is an elite college in England. For the March Readers' Review, a discussion about what the politics within this small world reveals about human nature.

Readers' Review:  "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Readers' Review: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

February 23, 2011

The February Readers' Review considers Oscar Wilde's only novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Censored in Victorian times for references to homosexuality, it continues to spark debate about art and morality.

Readers' Review: "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman

January 19, 2011

The newspaper business has been romanticized in many books and movies. But not in the novel we've chosen for this month's Readers' Review. “The Imperfectionists” BY Tom Rachman follows the lives of journalists at a struggling international paper as the era of print teeters on the edge.

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 30, 2010

"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...

Our address has changed!

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