Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A chronicle of three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Jeffery Renard Allen talks about his new novel, Song of the Shank, a contemporary American story about music, race, an unforgettable man, and an unreal America during the Civil War era. At the heart of this novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a 19th-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
On today’s show: Dr. Leana Wen explains why she thinks that diagnosis is becoming a lost art—and why doctors need to listen more closely to their patients. We’ll find out about Abigail Adams and her bond with her two sisters. Mira Jacob talks about her latest novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. And we’ll talk with comedy writers Adam Resnick and Will Tracy about how they write funny, what can go wrong and life behind the scenes on a successful show, and Mike Sacks, who wrote a book about the top comedy writers.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Joshua Ferris discusses his new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It’s about Paul O'Rourke, a dentist made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it and he’s an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. When someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name, he realizes that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tom Rachman talks about his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly Zylberberg found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want?
Monday, June 16, 2014
Lisa See talks about her novel China Dolls. It’s set in 1938 in San Francisco as a world’s fair is about to open on Treasure Island and a war is brewing overseas. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous nightclub and become fast friends, relying on each other through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Porochista Khakpour talks about her new novel, The Last Illusion, a fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York that's based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour tells the story of Zal, whose demented mother is horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair and becomes convinced she has given birth to a “White Demon.” She hides him in a birdcage and where he lives for the next decade. Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioral analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Cristina Henriquez talks about her novel The Book of Unknown Americans, about a boy and a girl who fall in love, and two families whose hopes collide with destiny. Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their 15-year-old daughter, Maribel, is terribly injured, and they doubt that she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.