Readers' Review

Readers' Review: "The Ghost at the Table" (Algonquin)

November 25, 2009

It's the day before Thanksgiving. So, for the Readers Review this month Diane chose a novel centering on a family gathering. It's set in an old, New England farmhouse and explores the ways we project our visions of the perfect holiday on...

Readers Review: "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

September 30, 2009

This month's Readers Review takes up one of the most beloved children's books of all time. "Where the Wild Things Are" is the story of a naughty boy named Max, who magically travels to a land of monsters and mayhem. Diane and her guests...

Readers' Review: "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" by Ivan Doig

August 26, 2009

Thanks to everyone who submitted their favorite summer reads for this month's Readers' Review. Diane picked "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" by Ivan Doig, which is also one of her favorite books. It is the central volume in a trilogy that...

Readers' Review: "Olive Kitteridge" (Random House)

June 24, 2009

Diane leads a discussion about the collection of stories which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Readers' Review: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 20, 2009

To mark the anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birth 150 years ago this month, Diane and her guests discuss the most famous of his mysteries. It's the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly beast.

Readers' Review: "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel  Barbery

April 22, 2009

One French critic called "The Elegance of the Hedgehog "the ultimate celebration of every person's invisible part." Diane invites listeners to join in a discussion of this international best-seller by French novelist and professor of...

Readers Review: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

March 18, 2009

Guest host Susan Page invites listeners to join her and a panel for a discussion of the first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiographical series, dealing with her early years as a writer and activist.

Readers' Review: "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama

January 22, 2009

As the first black president of the "Harvard Law Review," Barack Obama received an advance from a publisher in 1995 to write a book. He decided to tell the story of his family in the hopes it might help people understand the fissures of...

Readers' Review: "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga

November 26, 2008

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of the book which received this year's Mann Booker Prize. The judges said it was chosen because it shocked and entertained them in equal measure. "The White Tiger" is a darkly humorous novel...

Readers' Review: "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth

October 29, 2008

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of what some reviewers called Philip Roth's most powerful political novel. It presents an alternate world in which Charles Lindbergh defeats FDR in the 1940 presidential election.

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