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Video: Alice McDermott on Santa Fe, Nabokov, "Parlor floor and basement"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Alice McDermott talked about why she loves Nabokov, why Santa Fe makes her think of Willa Cather, and writing fictional diaries.

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Live From The Miami Book Fair International 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Enjoy a three-day live stream from the Miami Book Fair International Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23.

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Alice McDermott's Charming Billy

Monday, October 27, 2014

This 1998 National Book Award winning novel is about first love, buried secrets, and the life of an Irish American drinker in Queens.

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Questions for Mary Gordon

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mary Gordon writes in the morning and hates the word "friending." Find out some of her favorite books and authors she wishes got more attention.

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This Month We're Reading Mary Gordon's 'Pearl'

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Read it along with the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club and tune in when the author discusses it on October 1.

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Come See Leonard at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leonard will be hosting a conversation with writers Mary Gordon and Emma Straub at the Brooklyn Book Festival at noon on Sunday, September 21.

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Surveillance State, Real and Imagined: Reading George Orwell's 1984

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Packer joins the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Orwell's dystopian novel about a surveillance state and look at why it still resonates today.

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Video: Sean Hemingway on His Grandfather Ernest

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ernest Hemingway's grandson Sean Hemingway talks about putting together a new edition of The Sun Also Rises, which includes drafts and notes and deleted chapters.

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Seán Hemingway on The Sun Also Rises

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ernest Hemingway’s grandson discusses the quintessential story of the Lost Generation.

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Questions for Akhil Sharma

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The author of Family Life, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's June selection, shared some of the books and authors he loves to read again and again.

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Reality into Fiction: Akhil Sharma on Family Life

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The author says the tension between light and dark themes in his book was deliberate.

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Video: Jane Austen and George Eliot Changed Adelle Waldman's Life

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., talked about some favorite books and why Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater blew her away.

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Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adelle Waldman's debut novel made a big impression when it was published last year—it was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Slate, NPR, and The New York Times. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. follows writer Nate Piven, a young rising star in New York's literary world who can’t quite figure out his romantic life. It’s a portrait of a flawed and sometimes infuriating modern man searching for happiness, and it’s an honest look at how Nate thinks about women, sex, and love.

Leave your comments and questions about the book!

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Video: Mary Roach "If you dig enough, anything is fascinating"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mary Roach came by April 17 to talk about her book Gulp for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.

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Mary Roach's Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal investigates how digestion works, from start to finish. Roach writes about the scientists who tackle the complex bodily process that fuels us and keeps us alive. Gulp is the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s April selection, so pick up a copy and start reading today! Mary Roach will be here April 17 to talk about the amazing, sometimes stomach-turning facts she learned about our digestive tract.

Leave your questions for the author below!

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Video: Rebecca Mead Talks About Some Things She Loves

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, on why she's read Middlemarch over and over, what she's reading now, and what it's like to be a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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Rebecca Mead Discusses Middlemarch and My Life in Middlemarch

Friday, March 28, 2014

Many of our book club authors have listed Middlemarch as among of their favorite and most influential novels, so for our March selection, the Lopate Show Book club is reading George Eliot’s masterpiece, which is often called the greatest English novel. It deals with the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, morality, and human aspiration and failure. Rebecca Mead joins us to talk about what makes the classic novel so great, and to discuss her book, My Life in Middlemarch. Mixing biography, reporting, and memoir, Mead explores Middlemarch’s important place in her own life, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written.

 

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Wave: Surviving Enormous Loss and Grief

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sonali Deraniyagala's memoir Wave is a harrowing account of losing her parents, husband, and two young sons when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka in 2004. 

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Video: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc shares some of her favorite authors, stand-up comedians, and tells us why she's been re-reading some feminist classics.

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Book Club: Random Family

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s first selection for 2014 is Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. Author Adrian Nicole LeBlanc spent years with one extended family in the Bronx to create a portrait of poverty, and of life in and of public housing, prison, and court. It received high praise when it was published in 2003, and remains as relevant and important a decade later. We chose it after we read Andrea Elliott's powerful New York Times series Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life, which reminded us of the extensive reporting on a family's struggles with poverty in Random Family.

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