Summer Reading

The Leonard Lopate Show

Share Your Summer Reading List!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

What books are you bringing with you when you go on vacation this summer? Have there been books on your nightstand that you've been waiting to read? Let us know what you're reading—at the beach, by the lake, or on the subway. Leave a comment below!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elizabeth Gilbert on Summer Reading and Writing

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This segment originally aired live on June 24, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 15th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

What are you reading this summer? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest novel (now in paperback) The Signature of All Things: A Novel(Penguin Books, 2013) shares her view on what makes a great summer read and what she's learned about success and failure as a writer -- and why she's a World Cup soccer superfan.

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The Takeaway

Introducing The Takeaway Book Club

Monday, May 05, 2014

No two book clubs are alike. What makes yours one-of-a-kind? As part of a new reading series, The Takeaway is showcasing unique book clubs from around the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Should Brian Read and Listen to on Vacation?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's a summertime tradition: Brian leaves for vacation this afternoon -- what recent book should he read while he's out? We'll also take suggestions for music to listen to, and play some of the suggestions that have already come in. Post your picks below -- remember, recent books and music only.

→ UPDATE: Thanks for the great music suggestions -- listen to the playlist below!

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Soundcheck Writers Club: Colum McCann, George Saunders, NYPL's Musical Summer Reads

Thursday, July 04, 2013

In this episode: Author Colum McCann talks about his new novel TransAtlantic, and tells us about the music that he listens to while writing. George Saunders discusses his latest collection of short stories, Tenth of December, and explains how his new book is like a concept album. Plus, George Boziwick, Music Division Chief of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, joins us to share a recommended reading list of musician biographies and autobiographies.


Soundcheck Writers Club: Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Eddie Huang

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In today's episode: Author Junot Diaz shares his Pick Three; Jennifer Egan talks about her rock novel A Visit From the Goon Squad; writer Nick Hornby and singer-songwriter Ben Folds discuss collaborating on an album; and restaurateur Eddie Huang talks about his hip-hop filled memoir, Fresh Off the Boat

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Should Brian Read or Listen to on Vacation?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Brian's off for his annual summer vacation starting tomorrow. As we do every year, we ask: What should Brian listen to or read on his trip? And please limit your suggestions to recent releases - we'll compile them below!

 Listen below to a mix of some of your picks - we'll add more as they come in.

Summer Vacation Picks from blshow on 8tracks.

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Between the Sheets: Favorite Books from Futral, Calleja, Luisi and More

Thursday, July 12, 2012

With summer beach reading season underway, we turn to some of today's top singers and conductors and ask: what’s your favorite book?

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New City Budget Restores Money for Day Care and After-School Programs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The annual city budget dance has ended, and the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have waltzed to a deal for $68.5 billion that includes no tax increases, no firehouse closings, no widespread layoffs of teachers or others — and, in fact, slight increases to some services for children and families.

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The Takeaway

Summer Book Club: Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our summer book club continues today with host John Hockenberry's first pick for August. John sees summer reading as an opportunity for challenge. He spent one summer reading the Russian literature, and the following summer he devoted his reading to Charles Dickens. This summer, as the tenth anniversary of September 11 approaches, John decided it was time to tackle a few of the recent novels that deal with that tragic day. His first pick is Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." The novel follows nine-year-old Oskar Schell in the years after his father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Foer sat down with John to discuss his 2005 novel.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Brian's Summer Vacation Reading and Music List

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Brian's off for the next two weeks, and he needs good recommendations to feed his media appetite.

Listeners: What should Brian listen to, what should he read?!

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Got Overdue Fines at City Library Branches? Forget About It.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forgot to return a library book or DVD? Got library fines that you are reluctant to pay? The solution is here. Programs at libraries in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island are helping borrowers to wipe the slate clean of their overdue library fines — if they just read.

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The Takeaway

App Assignment: What Are You Reading and Where Are You Reading It?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" at The Dutch Tavern? "Hey Ho Let's Go: The Ramones" on Rockaway Beach? As we enter the hottest, laziest days of summer, The Takeaway wants to know what you're reading and where you're reading it — no matter what it is and where you are. It's part of our summer book club series.  

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The Takeaway

Celeste Headlee Shares Her Summer Reading List

Monday, July 04, 2011

In July, our Summer Book Club continues. This month, Celeste Headlee picks her reads. She explains her reading philosophy with a little help from our listeners, noting that heavy lifting doesn't necessarily fit with the beach. She says your summer reading should keep your mind "high and light." 



NY Public Library Encourages Kids to Chill Out with Summer Reading

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The school year isn't over yet, and technically it isn't even summer. But as temps soared into the 90s Thursday, the New York Public Library launched its annual summer reading program. And for the first time, the library will let students count Internet reading along with books in their summer diaries.


The Takeaway

Summer Reading: Terry McMillan on 'Getting to Happy'

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

All summer long we've been compiling a list of great summer reads. Now that Labor Day is behind us, we tack one more book onto the list: "Getting to Happy." It's the highly anticipated sequel to author Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale.


The Takeaway

David Lipsky on the Late David Foster Wallace

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor David Lipsky won a National Magazine Award for writing about the late author David Foster Wallace last year. We talk to Lipsky about his recent book, "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," and his travels with the author. We also hear from Wallace's sister, Amy Wallace-Havens, on her brother's legacy.

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The Takeaway

Summer Reading: 'The Passage'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Planning a summer vacation? We’re making a summer reading list to help you pick some really good books to delve into during your free time. Last week we spoke to Hilary Thayer Hamman, the author of "Anthropology of an American Girl." We also asked you about what’s on your reading list for this summer. Calypso, from Oklahoma, wrote in to our website with his suggestion: A romance/mystery novel called "Paper Towns" by John Greene. A good thriller always delivers, too, and author Justin Cronin’s new book "The Passage," is getting a lot of attention for its apocalyptic twist on the vampire theme.

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The Takeaway

Excerpt: 'The Passage'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Excerpt from "The Passage," by Justin Cronin.

Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes. Not a job interview, exactly; it had been made clear to Wolgast that the assignment was his if he wanted it. A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he’d actually managed to fall asleep. He stepped from the van into the bright sunshine of a summer afternoon. He stretched and looked around.  From the topography, he’d have guessed he was somewhere around Telluride. It could have been further north. The air felt thin and clean in his lungs; he felt the dull throb of a high-altitude headache at the top of his skull. 

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The Takeaway

Summer Reading: Listeners Recommend

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What book are you taking to the beach? We kicked off our summer reading series with an interview with "Anthropology of an American Girl" author, Hilary Thayer Hamann, and we've been asking for your reading suggestions. The series will keep going all summer, so come back to add books you love to the list, and take suggestions from other listeners.

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