A monthly book club for Lopate Show listeners.
Recently in The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ernest Hemingway’s grandson discusses the quintessential story of the Lost Generation.
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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The author says the tension between light and dark themes in his book was deliberate.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
When Adelle Waldman was a guest on the Lopate Show to discuss her novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. she talked about some favorite books and why Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater blew her away.
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!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, was here to talk about the great novel Middlemarch and why she's read it over and over. She answered a few other questions about other favorite books, what she's reading now, and what it's like to be a staff writer at The New Yorker.
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.
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.
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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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Novelist Jonathan Franzen shares a few of his favorite science fiction books from his high-school days. He also recommends Christina Stead's novel The Man Who Loved Children and Adelle Waldman's debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. And he says the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a good place to take a walk and see some birds. Just don't ask him for hot new restaurant recommendations.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Jonathan Franzen has been called one of the most important living fiction writers in America. His 2001 novel The Corrections won the National Book Award and Freedom was named as one the best books of 2010 by Time, the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly, among publications. We’re going back to his very first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, written in 1988 and set in his home town, St. Louis. In the novel, St. Louis is a quietly dying city until it hires a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, as its new police chief. The story predicts a number of shifts that were to come decades later in American life: suburban malaise, surveillance culture, domestic terrorism, and paranoia.
Leave your questions for Jonathan Franzen below!
Monday, October 21, 2013
What are your favorite books/who are your favorite authors?
The library is too big for favorites. Recently I have enjoyed Donna Tartt's new novel, John Ralston Saul's Voltaire's Bastards, David Graeber's Debt, Chris Adrian's The Children's Hospital.
What authors or works do you think are underappreciated or overlooked?
The Great Australian writer Helen Garney. Go out and buy The Spare Room now.
Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Where, when, and how do you write?
Clean teeth. Put on shoes. Make coffee. Write with my nose.
Do you have favorite or least favorite words? What are they and why?
MBA words of any sort—incentivise for instance. Ultilitarian, ugly words like "de-glove."
Are there certain kinds of characters or stories you’re drawn to in your own work?
Obsessive people, angry people, anyone with dangerous levels of energy.
What's the last great thing you read/saw/listened to?
Rachel Kusher's The Flame Throwers.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Oscar and Lucinda is Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning 1988 novel, that tells the story of an unusual romance in 19th-century Australia. Oscar is a nervous Anglican minister, and Lucinda is an heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory, and the two share a guilty passion for gambling. The story culminates in a crazy expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.
Buy, borrow, or download the book today and start reading now so you can join the conversation with Peter Carey! You can leave your thoughts and questions about the book as a comment, below.
Monday, September 23, 2013
The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s September selection is Zoë Heller’s first novel, Everything You Know. It’s a cynical dark comedy about a hack writer and accused murderer who becomes engrossed in his estranged daughter’s diaries after she commits suicide. They lead him to confront his failings as a father and in life. The New York Times called it “an acerbic, sneakily touching novel about the rehabilitation of a monster.”
Do you have a question for the author—leave it as a comment!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The season for beach reading might be drawing to a close, but if you're looking for a good book to read, here are some recommendations from producers and contributors of the Lopate Show.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Junot Diaz stopped by August 16 to talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for the Lopate Show Book Club. Watch him talk about why Watership Down made such a big impression on him, writing advice, and reading while walking.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Oscar, a sweet but extremely overweight "ghetto nerd" from New Jersey who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, above all, finding love.