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The Book Show

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with the most celebrated authors of our time.

Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:21:06 GMT

Copyright: 2007 WAMC

The Book Show #1235 - Anne Rice

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Anne Rice is back. From the creator of The Vampire Chronicles, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim - she returns to gothic motifs - an old dark house, a mysterious death, the promise of family secrets, and the supernatural monster as hero. It is the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and reinvented. Her new novel is The Wolf Gift.

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The Book Show #1234 - Naomi Benaron

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron is a coming-of-age tale set on the cusp of the Rwandan civil war of the 1990s. The book follows Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life.

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The Book Show #1233 - Howard Frank Mosher

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Several months before novelist Howard Frank Mosher turned sixty-five, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following forty-six intensive radiation treatments, Mosher set out alone in his twenty-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a road trip and book tour across twenty-first-century America.

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The Book Show #1232 - Jodi Picoult

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Jodi Picoult is the author of 19 novels including Sing You Home, My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart and Handle with Care. She has won wide praise for her compelling works, which combine huge readability with thought-provoking reflections on the human condition. The wrenching decision of whether or not to terminate the life of a loved one is at the heart of Picoult's latest novel Lone Wolf.

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The Book Show #1231 - Adam Johnson

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

To write his first novel, Adam Johnson, immersed himself for years in information about the secretive totalitarian state of North Korea and visited the capital, fascinated and saddened by its brutal absurdities. Adam Johnson is the author The Orphan Master's Son, a novel set in North Korea that brings to life its prison camps, orphanages, economic misery, routine corruption, and palaces of the bureaucratic elite.

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The Book Show #1230 - Alan Lightman

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Alan Lightman, theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and leading explorer of the intersection between the sciences and the humanities, is renowned for accessible works of fiction and nonfiction that explain the "grand ideas" of physics. His most recent book is Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation, which Publishers Weekly called, "a touching, imaginative rendition of God's creation of the Universe."

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The Book Show #1229 - Alex Gilvarry and Suzzy Roche

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT

On this week's episode of The Book Show we are going to focus on two very talented authors who are making their debut. They have penned two very different books - but what they have in common is that they add their names to a list of fresh, new fiction writers arriving on the scene. We will welcome Suzzy Roche of The Roches who has just written a novel entitled Wayward Saints, and we'll also discover Alex Gilvarry, his first novel is From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

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The Book Show #1228 - Margot Livesey

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Livesey, who grew up in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught at a private school for boys, has released her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The book echoes some of Livesey's experiences. Gemma, orphaned young, is sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student. As a young adult, she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands in a story that pays homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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The Book Show #1227 - Stewart O'Nan

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Stewart O'Nan's thirteenth novel, The Odds, is another original, bittersweet snapshot, like his celebrated "Last Night at the Lobster." Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon.

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The Book Show #1226 - William Gibson

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

William Gibson has long been recognized as a literary pioneer with an eye for technological movements and social change. His most recent New York Times-bestselling trilogy, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History, earned international acclaim as "the god of speculative fiction" (New York Magazine.)

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The Book Show #1225 - Sara Paretsky

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Thirty years ago, mystery writer Sara Paretsky published her first novel starring intrepid Chicago P.I. V.I. Warshawski. Her latest in the popular series is: Breakdown. The plot mixes the mania for vampire and supernatural novels, especially among tweens, tabloid journalism, xenophobia and dirty politics.

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The Book Show #1222 - David Pietrusza

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Called one "of the best historians in the United States" and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns," David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. In his new book, 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America. Pietrusza goes beyond the famed "Dewey defeats Truman" headline to reveal backstage events.

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The Book Show #1221 - Tom Perrotta

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In Tom Perrotta's new novel, The Leftovers, he asks the question: What if a Rapture-like event actually happened and millions of people around the globe simply vanished in one quick unexplained moment? Perrotta is the author of The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Joe College, and Election.

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The Book Show #1220 - Colson Whitehead

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Colson Whitehead won a following with stories that explore a world that's both familiar and a little skewed - or a lot. His new book,
Zone One
, is, Whitehead says, "about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed. So it's about New Yorkers." Zone One is the story of the human survivors who are clearing the undead from Lower Manhattan.

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The Book Show #1219 - Umberto Eco

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Umberto Eco is an accomplished medieval scholar and author who is best known for his bestselling novel, The Name of the Rose. Now comes his latest, The Prague Cemetery , already a bestselling novel in 40 other countries around the world.

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The Book Show #1218 - Hillary Jordan

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Best-selling author Hillary Jordan discusses her new novel When She Woke.

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The Book Show #1217 - Chuck Klosterman

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Chuck Klosterman is a culture guru - whose new novel is The Visible Man - which explores the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy.

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The Book Show #1216 - Jeffrey Eugenides

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides joins us on The Book Show this week, to discuss his new book The Marriage Plot.

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The Book Show #1215 - Jonathan Franzen

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Jonathan Franzen, one of America's most famous and feted literary novelists joins us on The Book Show this week.

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The Book Show #1214 - Ruth Rendell

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Baroness Ruth Rendell has written an astounding 59 novels. All are reason to rejoice, but her 60th, The Vault, starring Reginald Wexford, is simply brilliant. The now retired Chief Inspector Wexford is called upon to aid the police in an investigation that has them stumped. Ruth Rendell joins us on this week's Book Show.

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The Book Show #1213 - Tom Piazza

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

From Bob Dylan to Norman Mailer to Gustave Flaubert, from the Mississippi Delta to his adopted home of New Orleans, Tom Piazza covers a lot of ground as a writer on music and culture. His new book is Devil Sent the Rain.

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The Book Show #1212 - Lisa Grunwald

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In Lisa Grunwald's new novel, The Irresistible Henry House, we meet Henry whose early years were spent as a "practice baby" at a university for mothers in training. The novel is the story of Henry and the many women who enter his life over the course of three of the most compelling decades in American History.

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The Book Show #1211 - William Kennedy

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and celebrated author of books set in Albany NY is the author of the new novel, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes.

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The Book Show #1210 - Terry Brooks

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Writer Terry Brooks has spun epic fantasy tales for more than 30 years. His groundbreaking The Sword of Shannara became a runaway best-seller in 1977 and was the first fantasy paperback to appear on the New York Times bestseller list.

On this week's Book Show, Joe speaks with Terry Brooks about his strategy for writing thousands of years of history.

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The Book Show #1209 - Ernest Cline

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Screenwriter Ernest Cline speaks about his debut novel, Ready Player One, which is an exhilarating, unpredictable trip for retro pop culture junkies.

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The Book Show #1208 - Amy Waldman

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Former NY Times journalist and first-time novelist Amy Waldman has imagined an alternative history to the selection process for the 9/11 Memorial in NYC.

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The Book Show #1207 - Sebastian Barry

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Sebastian Barry discusses his new novel On Canaan's Side, the story of 20th century America though the span of one woman's lifetime, Lilly Dunne.

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The Book Show #1206 - Margaret Morganroth Gullette

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In her book Agewise, Margaret Morganroth Gullette discusses the last remaining bigotry in America, against aging.

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The Book Show #1205 - Charles C. Mann

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Charles C. Mann follows up his book 1491 with a new book, 1493 about how Columbus's entry into the Americas changed it ecologically and globally.

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The Book Show #1204 - Roland Merullo

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Roland Merullo's latest novel, The Talk-Funny Girl, shows a teenage girl who suffers abuse, but finds redemption in work as a stonemason.

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The Book Show #1203 - Keith Donohue

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Based on women from different periods of American history, in Keith Donohue's novel Centuries of June lets each woman tell her story of love and loss in the bathroom of a young architect.

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The Book Show #1202 - Steve Stern

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Steve Stern's fabulist novel The Frozen Rabbi opens when a 15-year-old boy finds a 19th-century Eastern European rabbi in the bottom of his family's basement freezer.

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The Book Show #1200 - Arthur Phillips

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Arthur Phillips creates not only a faux "memoir", but a complete Shakespeare play in his novel The Tragedy of Arthur.

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The Book Show #1199 - Wendy McClure

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Wendy McClure, enamored of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, goes in search of the real places in the novels in her book The Wilder Life.

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The Book Show #1198 - Roy Blount Jr.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Humorist and writer Roy Blount, Jr. talks about his latest book Alphabetter Juice, or, The Joy of Text.

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The Book Show #1197 - Jennifer Egan

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Jennifer Egan recently won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her latest novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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The Book Show #1196 - Sue Miller

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Sue Miller has followed up her bestseller The Senator's Wife with a new novel. The Lake Shore Limited circles around a play based on loss and love.

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The Book Show #1195 - Adam Goodheart

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Adam Goodheart's book 1861 examines the first year of the Civil War in the 150th anniversary of that event.

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The Book Show #1194 - Alexandra Styron

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Alexandra Styron talks about her book Reading My Father, a memoir about her father William Styron, the author of Sophie's Choice.

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The Book Show #1193 - Jean Thompson

Tue, 31 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Jean Thompson's novel The Year We Left Home looks at an Iowa family over a period of thirty years.

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The Book Show #1192 - Meg Wolitzer

Tue, 24 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In Meg Wolitzer's latest novel, The Uncoupling, a high school production of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata mysteriously leads women to lose interest in their partners.

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The Book Show #1191 - Mark Ovenden

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Mark Ovenden's colorful new book Railway Maps of the World uses text and over 500 illustrations to describe the histories of dozens of railways here and abroad.

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The Book Show #1190 - Daisy Hay

Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In the group biography The Young Romantics, Daisy Hay shows the entanglements and friendships of the Romantic poets Shelley, Byron, and Keats.

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The Book Show #1189 - Mary Gordon

Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Acclaimed author Mary Gordon's novel The Love of My Youth brings together in Rome two people who had been lovers in their youth.

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The Book Show #1188 - Victoria Brown

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Victoria Brown's novel Minding Ben explores the life of the West Indian nanny in New York, by an author who herself lived that experience.

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The Book Show #1187 - Stanley Fish

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Academic and cultural critic Stanley Fish looks at the building blocks of good writing in his new book How to Write a Sentence.

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The Book Show #1186 - Colm Toibin

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Colm Toibin, bestselling author of the novels The Master and Brooklyn, talks about his new short story collection The Empty Family, about love, loss, and being far from home.

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The Book Show #1185 - Sarah Vowell

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Sarah Vowell, known for her wry looks at American history and her commentaries on This American Life, discusses her new book Unfamiliar Fishes.

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The Book Show #1184 - James Hynes

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In his latest novel, Next, James Hynes sends a middle-aged man from Michigan on a secret job interview in Austin, Texas.

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The Book Show #1183 - Mat Johnson

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Novelist Mat Johnson takes a new look at Edgar Allen Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, in his new novel Pym, about adventure in Antarctica.

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The Book Show #1182 - Karen Tei Yamashita

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Karen Tei Yamashita's novel I Hotel, about San Francisco's turbulent Chinatown in the late 1960s and 70s, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award.

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The Book Show #1181 - Sherry Turkle

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In her book Alone Together, MIT professor Sherry Turkle looks at the ways that technology has changed our fundamental human relationships.

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The Book Show #1180 - Cathleen Schine

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This week Gretchen speaks with author Cathleen Schine about her novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

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The Book Show #1179 - Gordon Campbell

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James edition of the Bible. Gordon Campbell discusses the remarkable translation in his book Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011.

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The Book Show #1178 - Deborah Harkness

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Professor Deborah Harkness unexpectedly became a novelist as she began to write about witches, daemons and vampires in Oxford. Her compelling novel A Discovery of Witches is the first of a trilogy.

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The Book Show #1177 - Joan Schenkar

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Writer Joan Schenkar talks about the Patricia Highsmith's complicated life in her new biography, The Talented Miss Highsmith.

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The Book Show #1176 - Susan Vreeland

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Susan Vreeland's latest novel, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, takes us inside Louis Comfort Tiffany's glassworks studios, and shows us the woman who designed and helped make some of their iconic works.

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The Book Show #1175 - Caroline Leavitt

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Caroline Leavitt's eighth novel, Pictures of You, follows the aftermath of a tragic car accident and those who survive.

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The Book Show #1174 - Alyn Shipton

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In the first full-length biography of American jazz legend Cab Calloway, Alyn Shipton talks about his new book Hi-De-Ho.

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The Book Show #1173 - Stacy Schiff

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Stacy Schiff takes on the true history of one of the world's most fascinating women in her book Cleopatra: A Life.

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The Book Show #1172 - Hazel Rowley

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Biographer Hazel Rowley examines the marriage of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt in her book Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.

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The Book Show #1171 - Lydia Davis

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

MacArthur "genius" award winner Lydia Davis talks about her two recent books: a new translation of Madame Bovary and The Collected Short Stories of Lydia Davis.

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The Book Show #1170 - Jeff Sharlet

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Gretchen speaks with writer Jeff Sharlet about his new book C Street.

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The Book Show #1169 - Jay Parini

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Author Jay Parini joins Gretchen to talk about his new book The Passages of H.M.: A Novel of Herman Melville.

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The Book Show #1168 - Nicole Krauss

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

This week we hear from novelist Nicole Krauss about her new book Great House.

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The Book Show #1167 - Salmon Rushdie

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Novelist Salmon Rushdie speaks about his new book Luka & the Fire of Life.

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The Book Show #1166 - Helen Simonson

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Helen Simonson joins Gretchen to speak about her new book Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

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The Book Show #1165 - Paul Auster

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Author Paul Auster tells us about his new novel Sunset Park.

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The Book Show #1164 - Tracy Chevalier

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about her new novel, Remarkable Creatures.

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The Book Show #1163 - Gregory Maguire

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Grethchen speaks with Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

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The Book Show #1162 - Edwidge Danticat

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

This week we hear from Haitian author Edwidge Danticat about her book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.

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The Book Show #1161 - Lyndall Gordon

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Author Lyndall Gordons tells us about the life of Emily Dickinson, and her book Lives Like Loaded Guns.

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The Book Show #1160 - Michael Cunningham

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham joins Gretchen to talk about his new novel By Nightfall.

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The Book Show #1159 - Donald E. Pease

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The Book Show, we learn about the life of Dr. Seuss.

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The Book Show #1158 - Sydney Finkelstein

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

This week on the Book Show, we'll be talking to Sydney Finkelstein about his book Think Again.

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The Book Show #1157 - Margaret Drabble

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Margaet Drabble joins Gretchen to discuss her book The Pattern in the Carpet.

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The Book Show #1156 - Louise Erdrich

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina speaks with Louise Erdrich about her 13th novel The Palgue of Doves.

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The Book Show #1155 - Colum McCann

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In Colum McCann's novel Let the Great World Spin, events and people swirl around the day that Philippe Petite made his remarkable tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

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The Book Show #1154 - Bret Easton Ellis

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Bret Easton Ellis's debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age in his new novel, Imperial Bedrooms.

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The Book Show #1153 - Robin Cook

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Robin Cook's latest novel CURE, which looks at the cutthroat world of legal patents and intellectual property in medical research.

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The Book Show #1152 - Elizabeth Brundage

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Elizabeth Brundage's latest novel, A Stranger Like Us, allows her to incorporate her background in Screenwriting to pen a thriller about the lengths to which we'll go to make our dreams come true.

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The Book Show #1151 - Carl Hiaasen

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Best-selling Florida author Carl Hiaasen will join us on this week's Book show to discuss his latest, Star Island.

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The Book Show #1150 - Jon Clinch

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Following up Finn, his much-heralded and prize-winning debut, novelist Jon Clinch returns with Kings of the Earth.

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The Book Show #1149 - Oscar Hijuelos

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Oscar Hijuelos was the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer for Fiction for his amazing novel - Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Now 20-years later, Hijuelos has written his companion to that classic - Beautiful Maria of My Soul which follows the muse of the first novel (Maria) from her beginnings in rural Cuba to glitzy Havana and eventually America.

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The Book Show #1148 - Isabel Allende

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Island Beneath the Sea is the first novel in four years from best-selling writer Isabel Allende. The book takes readers to Haiti during its turbulent colonial era and the bloody revolution at the turn of the 19th century that launched two centuries of upheaval.

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The Book Show #1147 - Howard Norman

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country's finest novelists, returns to the fictional terrain of his major books with his new novel What is Left the Daughter.

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The Book Show #1146 - Lauren Belfer

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Novelist Lauren Belfer, introduces us to Claire Shipley, a photojournalist for LIFE magazine, in her new novel: A Fierce Radiance.

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The Book Show #1145 - Justin Cronin

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Justin Cronin's new 770-page thriller, The Passage, has garnered much attention for its $3.7 million book deal and subsequent bidding war between Hollywood studios for a film adaptation.

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The Book Show #1144 - Karl Marlantes

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Joe speaks with author Karl Marlantes about his book MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

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The Book Show #1143 - Roddy Doyle

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Roddy Doyle's irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back in the conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry. And in the new book, The Dead Republic, Henry is not mellowing with age.

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The Book Show #1141 - Pearl Abraham

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In American Taliban, author Pearl Abraham imagines a young surfer/skater on a distinctly American spiritual journey that begins with Transcendentalism and countercultural impulses, enters into world mysticism, and finds its destination in Islam.

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The Book Show #1140 - Anna Quindlen

Tue, 25 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her latest novel is Every Last One. The book presents a powerful portrait of a mother, a father, and a family - and the explosive, disastrous consequences of what seems like normal, everyday actions.

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The Book Show #1139 - Simon Tolkien

Tue, 18 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Author Simon Tolkien received rave reviews for his first legal thriller, The Final Witness. Now, in The Inheritance, Tolkien sharpens his craft even more, deftly weaving psychological suspense and family drama to create a mystery steeped in memories, betrayal, and the long shadow of the past.

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The Book Show #1138 - Alice Lichtenstein

Tue, 11 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The Book Show we meet novelist Alice Lichtenstein whose new novel is Lost.

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The Book Show #1137 - Lisa Grunwald

Tue, 04 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In Lisa Grunwald's new novel, The Irresistible Henry House, we meet Henry whose early years were spent as a "practice baby" at a university for mothers in training.

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The Book Show #1136 - Ann Lamott

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In Anne Lamott 7th novel, Imperfect Birds, she brings back two of her most popular characters Elizabeth & Rosie, and explores the challenges they face when confronted by deceit, rebellion, and addiction.

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The Book Show #1135 - Walter Mosley

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Walter Mosley joins Joe on The Book Show to talk about his newest Leonid McGill mystery, "Known to Kill".

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The Book Show #1134 - Sue Miller

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Bestselling author Sue Miller discusses her new novel "The Lake Shore Limited".

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The Book Show #1133 - Anne Perry

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

New York Times bestselling novelist Anne Perry is known as the Queen of Victorian mysteries. The author of an acclaimed series set during World War I, now broadens her canvas with her first major stand-alone book - an epic historical novel set in thirteenth-century Constantinople, where a woman must live a lie in her quest to uncover the truth.

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The Book Show #1132 - Chang-rae Lee

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

With his three critically acclaimed novels, Chang-rae Lee has established himself as one of the most talented writers of contemporary literary fiction. Now, with "The Surrendered", Lee tells a heartbreaking story about how love and war unalterably change the lives of those they touch.

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