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Annalena McAfee on Her Novel, The Spoiler

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Annalena McAfee discusses her novel The Spoiler, set in London in the late 1990s during the height of the newspaper wars. The story is about two women at different times in their careers: One, a legendary war correspondent now in her eighties, is determined to hide the dark details of her personal life from the other, a young feature writer for a newspaper gossip magazine.

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Peter Behrens Discusses The O'Briens

Monday, April 09, 2012

Peter Behrens discusses his new novel, The O’Briens, a family story that spans half a century. It begins with Joe O’Brien, the grandson of a potato-famine emigrant, and a backwoods boy, railroad magnate, and patriarch. The novel tells the story of a man, a marriage, and a family.

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Lionel Shriver's New Novel, The New Republic

Monday, April 02, 2012

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, The New Republic, about a disgruntled New York corporate lawyer who becomes a foreign correspondent in a Portuguese province where a homegrown terrorist movement has sprung up. He thinks he is replacing the larger-than-life reporter he longs to emulate, who has disappeared, but all is not as it seems when the terrorist incidents dry up after that reporter’s disappearance.

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Ellen Ullman Talks about Her Novel By Blood

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ellen Ullman talks about her new novel, By Blood, set in San Francisco in the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in a downtown office building and listens in on the conversations next door between a psychologist and one of her patients. The professor is pulled into the patient’s questions of her own identity.

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Louis Begley's Schmidt Steps Back

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Louis Begley talks about his latest novel, Schmidt Steps Back. It picks up 13 years after his last novel leaves off, on New Year’s Eve 2008, the dawn of the age of Obama. Schmidt’s affection for the young president-elect is boundless, and as he imagines a better day for his country, he dares to hope there’s one for him too.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on His Novel

Wednesday, March 14, 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.

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Jackie Collins on Goddess of Vengeance

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jackie Collins discusses her newest novel, Goddess of Vengeance, which brings back her heroine Lucky Santangelo, who runs a high-profile casino and hotel in Las Vegas. She has a movie star husband, two children, and believes she has it all, but billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take it all away.

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Edward St. Aubyn on His Novel At Last

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn talks about his latest novel, At Last, which begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his returning character Patrick’s mother, Eleanor.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton's New York

Monday, February 13, 2012

Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton's New York.

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February's Book: The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

February’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection is Téa Obreht’s critically acclaimed novel, The Tiger’s Wife. It tells the story of Natalia, a young doctor in an unnamed Balkan country still recovering from war, who starts investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of her grandfather who raised her. As she investigates his death, the complexities of life, war, and her grandfather’s life come to light.

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Margot Livesey on The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Margot Livesey talks about her new novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy . Set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and 1960s, the novel is a captivating homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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Adam Johnson on His Novel, The Orphan Master’s Son

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Adam Johnson describes his latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, which follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and spy chambers of North Korea, the world’s most mysterious dictatorship. Part thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, the novel is a portrait of a world hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, beauty, and love.

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Robert Harris on His Novel The Fear Index

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Robert Harris talks about his international bestselling novel, The Fear Index, which gives a glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and panic.

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Elmore Leonard on Raylan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Elmore Leonard talks about bringing back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the hero of Pronto, Riding the Rap, and the hit FX series Justified, in his latest novel,  Raylan.

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Alex Gilvarry's Novel From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant

Tuesday, January 24, 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.

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Ben Marcus on The Flame Alphabet

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ben Marcus talks about his novel The Flame Alphabet, about what happens when the sound of children’s speech becomes lethal and causes an epidemic. Parents across the country are struck down by illness at the sound of their children’s voices, and many flee, leaving their children to fend for themselves.

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Shalom Auslander's Novel, Hope: A Tragedy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shalom Auslander talks about his novel Hope: A Tragedy, a humorous and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, and a compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts which haunt our present lives.

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Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel: Lunatics

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, talk about joining forces to write a novel. Lunatics is about two men: Philip Horkman, a happy man who owns a pet store and is a referee for kids' soccer, and Jeffrey Peckerman, the sole sane person in a world filled with jerks and morons, who is having a really bad day. The two collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that sends them running for their lives.

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January's Book: Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our first book club pick of 2012 is Gary Shteyngart’s novel, Absurdistan. It tells the story of Misha Vainberg, a young Russian immigrant whose hopes of a U.S. visa are dashed by his father. Forced to leave New York, Misha moves to Absurdistan, a tiny, oil-rich nation where he finds, among other things, civil war, corruption, and love. Get your copy today and start reading this slapstick satire, which the New York Times named one of the 10 best books of 2006!

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Swedish Crime Fiction

Monday, January 09, 2012

Swedish crime thriller writers Arne Dahl, Anders Roslund, and Borge Hellstrom discuss their work and the specific culture of Scandinavian mystery writing. Dahl talks about Misterioso, the first novel in his Intercrime series, which follows Detective Paul Hjelm in the suburbs of Stockholm. Roslund and Hellstrom, are the authors of Three Seconds and Cell 8, both about Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens.

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