Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to author Patricia Klindienst about her latest book "The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans." The book chronicles Klindienst's travels around the country, studying the gardens of various cultures and what they reveal about the peoples who tend them.
Albany, NY – Author Sara Gruen talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about Gruen's new novel, "Water for Elephants." The book tells the story of an elderly man in a nursing home who finds someone who truly cares for him there, while he reminisces about his years in a circus during the Great Depression. Gruen discusses the origins of the novel and the reasons elephants are so important to it.
Albany, NY – The world of academia is the setting for Elinor Lipman's newest novel "My Latest Grievance," the story of a girl raised by her two left-wing college professor parents and the effect on their family when an old flame of her father's returns to wreak havoc.
Albany, NY – Jodi Picoult, author of "My Sister's Keeper" and "Vanishing Acts," comes onto The Book Show to discuss her newest novel "The Tenth Circle." It tells the story of the Stone family, which is rocked when Trixie Stone, daughter of Daniel and Laura, is date-raped. Daniel finds himself facing an angry part of himself he thought long gone, and Laura must deal with her guilt over being with her lover when her daughter needed her. Picoult discusses the research done for the novel and the book's unique nature as a novel-comic hybrid.
Albany, NY – Hilma Wolitzer's books "Heart's Ending" and "Tunnel of Love" earned her critical acclaim and a devoted following, but she experienced a long period of writer's block, which she talks candidly about in this interview. Her new novel "The Doctor's Daughter," is her first in 12 years, and tells the story of a book doctor in her 50s who begins to have doubts about her marriage, career and relationship with her deteriorating father.
Albany, NY – Walter Mosley, of "Easy Rawlins" fame, talks to Gretchen about his newest novel, "Fortunate Son," the story of two boys - one privileged and white, the other black with a hole in his lung - who are raised together and forced to separate. Mosley talks about the book's themes of race and fate, and about how it has been received by readers and critics.
Albany, NY – Sarah Waters' newest book "The Night Watch" tells the story of lesbian ambulance drivers during the Blitz of London. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to the author about how she got into writing historical fiction, what things were like for Londoners in World War II, and her thoughts on being perceived as a lesbian writer.
Albany, NY – Julia Alvarez, author of the bestselling novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," talks about her latest novel "Saving the World." The book is the story of women in two time periods, one a 21st-century Vermont writer who finds herself fascinated by the story of the other, a 19th-century woman who travels the world inoculating people against smallpox.
Albany, NY – It may be too often said that you can't go home again, but in Melissa Holbrook Pierson's new book "The Place You Love Is Gone," the feeling is examined more closely than usual. The book is a meditation on what has happened to three of Pierson's former homes: Akron, OH; Hoboken, NJ; and Ulster County in New York. Gretchen talks to the author about why the changes in landscape and community brought on by economic and social forces have changed them irrevocably.
Albany, NY – Derek Bok, retired president of Harvard, draws upon a great deal of empirical evidence in his new book "Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More." In this interview, Bok explains how some of the most important skills educators say are needed in the 21st century are no longer being adequately taught in America's colleges and universities.