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Stay Up with Me, by Tom Barbash

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tom Barbash talks about his new collection of short stories, Stay Up With Me, which explores the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us.

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September's Book: Everything You Know, by Zoë Heller

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.”

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Guest Picks: Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 16, 2013

Writer Margaret Atwood was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about MaddAddam, the final installment her dystopian trilogy. She also told us what she's been reading recently -- and it's a long reading list. Find out what's on it in her Guest Picks!

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Margaret Atwood's New Novel, MaddAddam

Monday, September 16, 2013

Margaret Atwood talks about her new novel, MaddAddam, the conclusion to her dystopian trilogy. The story picks up months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity.

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Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem discusses his new novel, Dissident Gardens, an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals that was inspired by his own family.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Lethem

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. He also told us he's a fan of Molly Ringwald movies. Find out what else Jonathan Lethem likes!

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McKinsey and Capitalism; Joe Berlinger on Hank Paulson; Jonathan Lethem on His New Novel; Please Explain

Friday, September 13, 2013

Financial journalist Duff McDonald explains how the consulting firm McKinsey & Company has shaped American business since 1926. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on his new documentary about how former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson steered the economy through the financial meltdown 5 years ago. Jonathan Lethem talks about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. Plus, during this Jewish holiday season, this week’s Please Explain is all about Yiddish!

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John O'Hara's BUtterfield 8 and New York Stories

Thursday, September 12, 2013

John O’Hara is the most-published short story writer in the history of The New Yorker, and he’s seen as an American master of realism. Two new editions of his work have been published—The New York Stories, collected for the first time, and his popular novel BUtterfield 8. Steven Goldleaf, professor of English literature at Pace University and the author of John O’Hara: A Study of Short Fiction, and Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review, John O’Hara’s work and style.

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Poverty in America; John O'Hara's Stories; "Mother of George"; "Informant"; Mismanaged Drug Clinics in NYC

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sasha Abramsky talks about how poverty in America has changed in recent years—and how addressing poverty could help reinvigorate our political system. Paris Review editor Lorin Stein and professor Steven Goldleaf discuss John O’Hara’s BUtterfield 8 and New York Stories. Screenwriter Darci Picoult and star Danai Gurira on the new film, “Mother of George,” about a newly married Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Plus, a film about a leftist activist who became an FBI informant. And we’ll look at the mismanagement of the city’s drug clinics and sober houses.

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The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jojo Moyes discusses her new novel, The Girl You Left Behind. Set in France in 1916, Edouard, an artist, leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything to see her husband again.

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Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Edwidge Danticat talks about her new novel, Claire of the Sea Light. It’s set in a small seaside town in Haiti where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè’s mother died in childbirth, and her father wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who could give Claire a better life. Before he can make his decision, she disappears.

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Guest Picks: Edwidge Danticat

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Edwidge Danticat was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Claire of the Sea Light. She also told us about her love of soup. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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Lee Child on Never Go Back

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lee Child talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back. Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and a chase for truth and justice, Child makes Reacher question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

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Life of the Law

Judging Steinbeck’s Lennie

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute people with mental disabilities. But the Court left it up to individual states to define mentally disabled. After the Texas legislature failed to agree on a definition,

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Fever, a Novel about Typhoid Mary

Monday, September 02, 2013

Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel, Fever, about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary”—Mary Mallon. She was in Irish immigrant who became a cook for some of New York's wealthiest families until someone noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked. The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again.

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The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Friday, August 30, 2013

Philipp Meyer talks about his new novel, The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

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Jane Gardam's Novel Last Friends

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jane Gardam discusses her latest novel, Last Friends. It’s the third book in the Old Filth trilogy, and tells the story of the marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edwards friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.

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Conspiracy Theories; Voyage in the South Pacific; Jane Gardam's Last Friends; Trash into Energy; Doctors without Borders

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We’ll start today’s show with a history of conspiracy theories from colonial America to the current War on Terror. J. Maarten Troost describes leaving rehab and gradually reawakening to life as he retraced the journey that Robert Louis Stevenson made through the South Pacific. Novelist Jane Gardam talks about Last Friends, the final installment in the Old Filth trilogy. We’ll talk to the inventor of a new technology that turns our trash into energy. Plus, find out why Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of Somalia and what its staff is seeing in Syria after the alleged chemical attack over the weekend.

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Tributes: Elmore Leonard

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The laconic Elmore Leonard once noted, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” His ultimate object, he wrote, was “invisibility.”  Even punctuation was avoidable.  Dialogue and blank space ruled.  In the process, he wrote countless bestsellers over his long career, starting out with Westerns.  His novels and short stories often became films, including “Hombre,” “3:10 to Yuma, “The Tall T,” “Get Shorty” and “Out of Sight.”  He died at the age of 87, but you can hear many of his interviews with Leonard over the years below...and his sense of humor comes through loud and clear.

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Guest Picks: Marisha Pessl

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marisha Pessl was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her most recent novel, Night Film. She also told us what she's been reading and about her favorite comfort food.

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