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Dennis Lehane's Novel The Drop Begins with a Rescued Puppy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The author of Mystic River's latest novel has been described as a love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith. 

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Grappling with Mortality and the Rising Sea Level in Ben Lerner's Novel 10:04

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ben Lerner's new novel picks up where his acclaimed previous novel, Leaving Atocha Station, left off.

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Mary Gordon's Tales about Cross-Cultural Encounters

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Her new book The Liar's Wife is a collection of four novellas about characters in transition.

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Amy Bloom's Lucky Us: A Small Town Girl Living in a Lonely World

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amy Bloom talks about her new novel, Lucky Us. It’s set in 1940s America and tells the story of Iris and Eva, two women in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair from small-town Ohio to sensuous Hollywood and to the jazz ...

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Jo Nesbø, Master of the Crime Thriller

Friday, August 08, 2014

Crime thriller master Jo Nesbø discusses his latest novel, The Son, which is set inside Oslo’s maze of especially venal, high-level corruption. It tells the story of Sonny Lofthus, who has been in prison for a dozen years, nurturing a serious heroin habit, serving time ...

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The Kills, a Crime and Conspiracy Novel

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Richard House discusses his four-book novel.

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Revisiting the Cuban Missile Crisis

Monday, August 04, 2014

Stephen L. Carter's historical thriller imagines the secret communications between Kennedy and Khrushchev.

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Seán Hemingway on The Sun Also Rises

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ernest Hemingway’s grandson discusses the quintessential story of the Lost Generation.

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California: A Dystopian Novel by Edan Lepucki

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The writer talks about her debut novel, which got the Colbert bump.

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Land of Love and Drowning, a Novel by Tiphanie Yanique

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A chronicle of three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s.

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Nobody Is Ever Missing, a Novel

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Catherine Lacey talks about her novel about a young woman who takes off for New Zealand, leaving her stable but boring life in New York.

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Song of the Shank, a Novel by Jeffery Renard Allen

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.

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The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, a Novel by Mira Jacob

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mira Jacob discusses her novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which moves from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the dot com boom. The story about the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with life’s uncertainties.

 

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Laughter and the Best Medicine

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.

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Reality into Fiction: Akhil Sharma on Family Life

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The author says the tension between light and dark themes in his book was deliberate.

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, a Novel by Joshua Ferris

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.

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Tom Rachman's New Novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

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?

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China Dolls, a Novel by Lisa See

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. 

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Porochista Khakpour on her novel ‘The Last Illusion’

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. 

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The Book of Unknown Americans, a Novel by Cristina Henriquez

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.

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