The Book Show

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Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers. 

As the son of a librarian, Joe has been part of the book world since childhood. His first job was as a library assistant, during college he was a clerk at an independent book store and for the past 25 years he has been interviewing authors about their books on the radio.

He is also the host of The Roundtable on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, a 3-hour general interest talk show. Notable authors he has interviewed include: Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, John Updike, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Anne Rice, Philip Roth, E.L Doctorow, Richard Russo, David Sedaris and Maya Angelou. 

Joe  has won several awards for his interviews, including honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the New York State Association of Broadcasters, The Headliners, The National Press Club and the Scripps-Howard Foundation. 

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The Fun Parts: Stories is a hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called “the novelist of his generation.” Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask , offers up a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt collection of stories, some first published in The New Yorker , The Paris Review , or Playboy .

Ann Hood’s 13th novel is The Obituary Writer . The story goes back and forth in time between 1919 San Francisco, when obituary writer Vivien Lowe searches for the man she lost in the Great Earthquake of 1906, and 1961 Washington, DC, when Claire, a young wife and mother, struggles to decide whether to follow the man she loves or stay in her secure marriage.

An extraordinary literary event, All That Is , is a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master, James Salter. It is a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild , her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things , and the novel Torch . Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It tells Cheryl’s story of hitting the Pacific Crest Trail at age 22, following the death of her mother.

Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi , opens with India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war. India is roiled by factional violence between Hindus and Muslims. Bombers strafe citizens, vigilantes settle scores, and terrorists set off dirty bombs around the country as Mumbai boils over with fear and fury. But, at its heart, it is a love story.

Novelist Meg Wolitzer has written several popular novels including, The Wife , The Ten-Year Nap , and The Uncoupling . H er new novel is an exploration of friendship, coming-of-age, talent and success. The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods.

Elizabeth Graver’s new novel, The End of the Point , is set in a summer community on Buzzard’s Bay from 1942 to 1999 and traces one family’s journey through the latter half of the 20th Century. It examines the legacy of family and place and explores what we’re born into and what we pass down.

In Tara Conklin's debut novel, The House Girl: A Novel , two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, live lives that unexpectedly intertwine. 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. 1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm—an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell.

Jodi Picoult is the author of a string of best-selling novels with heavy themes ripped from the headlines. Her latest book is The Storyteller , which is about a young woman who finds herself wrestling with a moral dilemma after she befriends an elderly man at a grief group who turns out to have been a Nazi war criminal.

Award-winning novelist and poet, Stephen Dobyns , returns to the thriller genre after a fifteen-year hiatus with The Burn Palace . The novel is a blend of suspense, supernatural underpinnings and sexual shenanigans set in a provincial New England town. Dobyns creates an insular community sideswiped by madness when a series of odd, violent crimes occur in rapid succession.

In his early 70s, author Daniel Klein came to terms with aging. Klein returned to the Greek village and philosophers he has visited for decades to discover authentic ways of aging. In Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life , he concludes that old age is a privilege to be savored, rather than a disease to be cured or a condition to be denied.

George Saunders is renowned for his six collections of short stories, novellas, and his non-fiction essays. His most recent work, Tenth of December: Stories , was reviewed for The New York Time Magazine with the headline: "George Saunders has written the best book you’ll read this year." The collected stories are dark yet funny, desperate yet hopeful.

Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels and was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. His latest novel, Suspect , tells the story of Scott and Maggie - an LAPD K9 team nobody trusts--damaged goods who are wounded, scared, and suspect. Who work together to solve a murder and regain trust.

In 1973 in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him. After much success they have written the new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction , which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.

Insane City is Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry's first novel in more than 10 years, though he has been writing non-fiction best-sellers during that time. In the book, Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida. Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist , The Angel of Darkness , The Lessons of Terror , and The Italian Secretary . He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater.

Telegraph Avenue is the eighth novel by Michael Chabon who won the Pulitzer in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay . Telegraph Avenue begins with two long-time friends holding on to what’s left of their past glory, a used vinyl store called Brokeland Records in 2004 Oakland, CA. Originally aired as Book Show #1265.

Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. Lionel Asbo: State of England centers around a thuggish, yet occasionally endearing antihero, Lionel Asbo, whose last name results from being handed down at age 3 an Anti Social Behavior Order, a civil order issued in Britain against conduct that includes things like begging, graffiti and excessive noise.

In contrast, Lionel's nephew, Desmond, is depicted as a working-class role model in his earnest pursuit of education and love....

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedurals being written in America." In the new book, Paradise City , Joe Gunther investigates Vermont burglaries and a murder leads him to Northampton, Massachusetts.

Louise Erdrich has been a published and highly regarded author for nearly 30 years but had never won a National Book Award until being cited in November 2012 for her novel, The Round House . It is the second book of a planned trilogy about an Ojibwe boy and his quest to avenge his mother's rape.

Jeffrey Toobin in CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst and a staff writer for The New Yorker . In his new book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court , he describes how the court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling from this year show how the constitution is being reinterpreted.

Da Chen’s debut novel, Brothers - set during the Chinese cultural revolution - received tremendous praise for its insight into the period. His new book, My Last Empress: A Novel , is a mystical and poetic story of romance and palace intrigue set in 19th Century China.

For over three decades in American history, Willie Sutton was America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York. Sutton , is the debut novel from J.R. Moehringer - author of his best-selling memoir, The Tender Bar .

Winter of the World is the second book in Ken Follett's Century Trilogy , which tracks the intertwined fates of five families from the early 1930s and the rise of Nazism through the late 1940s and the dawn of the nuclear arms race. In it, we follow the characters from Book One — Fall of Giants .

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown , established him as a major new writer. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest, This Is How You Lose Her , features nine stories. At the center of each - is Yunior, a Dominican American who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved and the book explores the haunting, impossible power of love.

When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic, The Beauty Mythn , on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain. Her latest is Vagina: A New Biography .

The New York Times Magazine's original "Ethicist" Randy Cohen helps readers locate their own internal ethical compasses as he delivers answers to life's most challenging dilemmas. His new book: Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything , is organized thematically in a Q&A format, challenging readers to think about how they would (or should) respond when faced with everyday moral challenges, from sex and love to religion, technology, and much more. Randy Cohen wrote "The Ethicist"...

For nearly a decade, Salman Rushdie lived under the threat of death after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwā because of his novel, The Satanic Verses: A Novel . Now in his memoir, Joseph Anton , Rushdie reveals the story of his years in hiding, what he experienced – he uses the memoir as a chance to reclaim those stolen years.

In the new book Several Short Sentences About Writing , author and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg does away with much of the traditional wisdom on writing and dissects the sentence — its structure, its intention, its semantic craftsmanship — to deliver a new, useful, and direct guide to the art of storytelling.

Umberto Eco is an accomplished medieval scholar and author who is best known for his bestselling novel, The Name of the Rose . Now comes his latest, The Prague Cemetery , already a bestselling novel in 40 other countries around the world. This story is based on monstrous and mysterious events of the 19th century including death of Ippolito Nievo, the forgery of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Dreyfus affair and more. In the world Eco creates, conspiracies abound and one man finds himself in the middle of it all. Umberto Eco's Website
Music - Depeche Mode This is a repeat of The Book Show #1219.