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House of Cards Author: Politics Isn't a Place for Angels

Friday, June 06, 2014

Even Prince Charles has used the book's signature line: "You might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment."

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Smith Henderson's Novel Fourth of July Creek

Monday, June 02, 2014

PEN prize-winning writer Smith Henderson discusses his new novel, Fourth of July Creek. After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral 11-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah, a paranoid survivalist waiting for the coming End Times.

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Euphoria, a Novel Based on Margaret Mead's Life

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lily King discusses her new novel, Euphoria. It's about three young anthropologists of the1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives, and was inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adelle Waldman's debut novel made a big impression when it was published last year—it was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Slate, NPR, and The New York Times. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. follows writer Nate Piven, a young rising star in New York's literary world who can’t quite figure out his romantic life. It’s a portrait of a flawed and sometimes infuriating modern man searching for happiness, and it’s an honest look at how Nate thinks about women, sex, and love.

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Wonderland, a Novel by Stacy D'Erasmo

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stacey D’Erasmo discusses her new novel, Wonderland, about an a rock star who’s trying to make a comeback at age 44. This may be her last chance to cement her place in the life she chose and the life she struggled for, but she’s not sure if it’s a life she can sustain.

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Delicious! Ruth Reichl's Novel

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Former New York Times restaurant reviewer and Gourmet magazine editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl talks about her first novel, Delicious! It tells the story of Billie Breslin, who moves from California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. When the magazine is abruptly closed, Billie stays on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints. The lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery—she finds a cache of old letters written to the legendary chef James Beard.

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Casebook, a Novel by Mona Simpson

Monday, May 05, 2014

Mona Simpson talks about her new novel, Casebook, about a young boy’s quest to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family. What he discovers turns out to be what he least wants to know: the inner workings of his parents’ lives.

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Guest Picks: Mona Simpson

Monday, May 05, 2014

Writer Mona Simpson was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Casebook. She also told us about what she's listening to -- on the radio, in the car, at home. 

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Every Day Is for the Thief, a Novel by Teju Cole

Friday, May 02, 2014

Teju Cole talks about his new novel, Every Day Is for the Thief, about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He taps into the energies of Lagos life—creative, malevolent, ambiguous—and slowly begins to make sense of the profound changes that have taken place in his country and in himself in the 15 years since he moved away.

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In the Light of What We Know, a Novel by Zia Haider Rahman

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Zia Haider Rahman discusses her debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of this century. One September morning in 2008, an investment banker whose career and marriage are collapsing receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances.

 

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All The Birds, Singing, a Novel by Evie Wyld

Monday, April 28, 2014

Evie Wyld, one of Granta magazine's Best Young British Novelists, discusses her new book, All The Birds, Singing, about a young woman living in an old farmhouse on a British island where her disobedient collie and a flock of sheep are her sole companions. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep. Is it foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, or an obscure, formidable beast?

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a Novel by Anthony Marra

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthony Marra discusses his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It’s set in Chechnya and explores the transcendent power of love in wartime.

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Above, a Novel by Isla Morley

Friday, April 11, 2014

Isla Morley discusses her novel Above. It’s about a teenager who’s abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban­doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up.

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Kinder than Solitude, a Novel by Yiyun Li

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Yiyun Li discusses her new novel, Kinder than Solitude, which moves back and forth in time, between America today and China in the 1990s, and follows the story of three people whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed.

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Frog Music, a Novel by Emma Donoghue

Monday, April 07, 2014

Emma Donoghue talks about her novel Frog Music, which tells the story of Blanche Beunon, a French burlesque dancer in mid-19th century San Francisco who risks everything to bring to justice the murderer of her friend Jenny.

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Guest Picks: Susan Minot

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Susan Minot was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest novel, Thirty Girls. She also told us that she's a fan of popcorn. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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Thirty Girls, a New Novel by Susan Minot

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Susan Minot talks about her new novel, Thirty Girls, about two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to find meaning from events that test them. Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army who struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships.

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All Our Names, a Novel by Dinaw Mengestu

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dinaw Mengestu talks about his latest novel, All Our Names. It’s the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university into the clamor of the streets. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart—one into danger, the other into the safety of exile in America, where he is haunted by the friend he left behind.

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mohsin Hamid talks about his new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. It’s a tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, and it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water.

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Helen Oyeyemi's Novel Boy, Snow, Bird

Friday, March 07, 2014

Helen Oyeyemi talks about her novel Boy, Snow, Bird. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking for a new life. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. When Bird has a baby who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.

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