Thursday, August 02, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Middlesex won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it’s the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s selection for July! It tells the story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus to Detroit, then to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe. Calliope is not like other girls—she has to uncover a family secret and piece together her genetic history in order to reveal who she truly is. Jeffrey Eugenides joins us to discuss the novel.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Stephen Carter talks about his novel The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. It takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority and faces an impeachment trial. A young black woman working at the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense finds herself in a web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the government.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pablo Medina talks about his novel, Cubop City Blues, set in a New York City shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers. A nearly blind storyteller tells his ailing parents imaginative stories populated by both well-known musical figures like Chano Pozo and Jelly Roll Morton along with invented characters.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, discusses his new novel, True Believers. The story alternates between the present and the 1960s—and captures the enduring impact of the social upheaval of that time on the ways we live now. The narrator, Karen Hollander, is a successful attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of a 1968 episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. She’s about to make that secret public—but first she has to track down the answers to some crucial last questions.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.
Monday, July 02, 2012
Alex Gilvarry discusses his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant, a story in which high fashion and homeland security clash. A flamboyant fashion designer named Boyet unexpectedly winds up in Gitmo, locked away indefinitely on suspicion of being linked to a terrorist plot.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Chad Harbach’s novel The Art of Fielding is the next pick for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! It was named one of 2011’s best books by the New York Times and The New Yorker. Set at a midwestern college where a star shortstop has transformed the school’s baseball team, it follows five characters grappling with the consequences of one wild throw.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
John Lanchester talks about Capital, his sweeping new social novel set in London at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The economic shift plays out among the residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his posh wife, an old woman and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners, a refugee who works as the meter maid, a young soccer star from Senegal.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Jess Walter talks about his new novel, Beautiful Ruins. The story begins in Italy in 1962 and spans 50 years, delving into the tangled lives of a dozen characters: a dying actress, a starstruck Italian innkeeper, a movie producer and his idealistic young assistant, the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the actor Richard Burton.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Spy novelist Alan Furst talks about his new book, Mission to Paris, and the art of writing spy thrillers. It is set in the late summer of 1938, when Europe is about to explode, and a Hollywood film star is on his way to Paris to make a movie. The Nazis have their eye on him, but they don’t know is that he’s part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Monday, May 07, 2012
Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City, is about a young Nigerian doctor who wanders around Manhattan reflecting on his relationships, recent breakup, and his past. Although it's set in busy, crowded New York City, the novel explores themes of isolation, dislocation, and identity. The New Yorker called Open City "Beautiful, subtle—and original...A prismatic debut," and it was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award.
Monday, April 23, 2012