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Andrew Sean Greer's Novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Andrew Sean Greer talks about his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, about a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived when she undergoes electroshock therapy.

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Andrew Solomon on Unique Children; Unconventional in the 17th Century; Ruth Ozeki's Novel; Coach Bobby Knight

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today’s show: National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon looks into how parents learn to cope with unique children. John Glassie talks about about the life of Athanasius Kircher, an unconventional 17th-century priest-scientist who was seen as either a great genius or a colossal crackpot—or both. Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The Tale for the Time Being. And legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his career and explains the power of negative thinking.

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Ruth Ozeki's Novel A Tale for the Time Being

Monday, July 01, 2013

Ruth Ozeki talks about her novel, A Tale for the Time Being. It connects a 16-year-old in Tokyo with a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. 

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June's Book: Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hilary Mantel joins us for the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Bring Up the Bodies, which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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Lionel Shriver's Novel Big Brother

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, Big Brother, about siblings, marriage, and obesity. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love, but her husband has begun to spurns the “toxic” dishes she makes and spends hours each day manically cycling. When Pandora’s brother comes to visit she doesn’t recognize him because he has gained hundreds of pounds. When he overstays his welcome, Pandora’s husband delivers an  ultimatum: It’s him or me.

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Guest Picks: Tom Drury

Friday, June 14, 2013

Novelist Tom Drury was on the show Friday, June 14, and he mentioned that his last interview with Leonard was partly what inspired this new novel, Pacific, which picks up where his debut novel left off 20 years ago. Find out what else inspires him!

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Tom Drury's Pacific

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tom Drury returns to the characters that launched his career two decades ago in his debut, The End of Vandalism. In Pacific, 14-year-old Micah Darling travels to Los Angeles to reunite with his mother, who deserted him seven years ago, and he finds himself overwhelmed with magical freedom.

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Claire Messud's Novel The Woman Upstairs

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Claire Messud talks about her new novel, The Woman Upstairs. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover and has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. But she finds herself drawn deep into the complex world of a family.

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Roxana Robinson's Novel Sparta

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Roxana Robinson talks about her new novel, Sparta, about a Marine who returns home to Katonah, New York, after serving four years in Iraq. As he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love.

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Colum McCann's TransAtlantic

Monday, June 03, 2013

Colum McCann discusses his new novel, TransAtlantic. It tells three parallel stories of ocean crossings—set in Newfoundland in 1919, Dublin in the 1840s, in New York in 1998. The novel tells the stories of iconic crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history.

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Guest Picks: Colum McCann

Monday, June 03, 2013

Writer Colum McCann was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, TransAtlantic. He also told us what he's been reading lately, and what his favorite comfort food is.

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Philipp Meyer on His Novel, The Son

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Philipp Meyer talks about his new novel, The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

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Publishing the Pentagon Papers; the novel The Son; Prosecuting Rape in Pakistan; the Last of the Doughboys

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

James Goodale, chief counsel for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers, talks about the debate over whether publishing those documents was in the country's best interest. Philipp Meyer describes his new novel, The Son, set it Texas and spanning more than a century. We’ll find out about the challenges of prosecuting rape cases in Pakistan, the subject of the documentary “Outlawed in Pakistan.” And Richard Rubin discusses finding and interviewing find dozens of WWI veterans to capture their stories of the Great War before they died.

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Clive Davis; Why Things Catch On; the Novel Frances and Bernard; Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Monday, May 27, 2013

Legendary music producer Clive Davis talks about working with some of music’s biggest names over the last five decades, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Kelly Clarkson.  Marketing professor Jonah Berger helps us understand why some products and ideas catch on while others don’t. Carlene Bauer talks about her latest novel, Frances and Bernard. Plus, one woman’s experience growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its high-profile protests and extreme beliefs.

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Frances and Bernard, a Novel By Carlene Bauer

Monday, May 27, 2013

Carlene Bauer talks about her new novel, Frances and Bernard, Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. He writes her a letter, and soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. 

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The End of the Point, a Novel by Elizabeth Graver

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

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Pollution and Cancer in Toms River; Paul Anka; Elizabeth Graver's New Novel; Big Data Revolution

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dan Fagin talks about how Toms River, New Jersey, was a dumping ground for cancer-causing industrial pollution for decades. Paul Anka looks back at his life and his career in music, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

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Lauren Graham

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lauren Graham talks about her career as an actress—from "Gilmore Girls" to "Guys and Dolls" to "Parenthood"—and her new novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. She shares stories about anxiety and auditions.

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Guest Picks: Lauren Graham

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about writing her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. She also told us what's on the playlist she's making for the actors who play her kids on the comedy series Parenthood.

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Icelandic Novelist Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrated Icelandic novelist Sjón has won many international awards and has been compared to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland’s other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. His new novel The Whispering Muse is set in 1949, and follows Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander who joins a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

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