Ann M. Martin

May 16, 2013

    Ann M. Martin is the author of the iconic and beloved The Baby-Sitters Club series which has sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her acclaimed novels include Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog’s Life, and On Christmas Eve.

Family Tree, is her new quartet, which brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time, and shows readers the way a family grows.

    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.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

    The very popular Virgil Cole western series by Robert B. Parker has been resurrected three years after the author’s death by newcomer, Robert Knott.

In Ironhorse, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch - newly appointed as Territorial Marshalls - find themselves traveling by train through the Indian Territories.

BOOKS (selected by Joe Donahue)


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
3. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
4. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
5. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers


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.

It’s September of 1940. France has fallen and London is being bombed day and night. Almost single-handedly Winston Churchill maintains the country’s morale. Britain’s fate hangs in the balance and the intelligence agencies on both sides of the Channel are desperate for anything that could give them the edge. Thus begins Simon Tolkien's new book, Orders from Berlin .

New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny will read from and sign her new book The Beautiful Mystery on Friday at the Odyssey Bookstore event at Gamble Auditorium in the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art.

Peter Steiner is a writer, artist and former New Yorker cartoonist. While he may be best known for his 1993 New Yorker cartoon, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” Peter Steiner has recently been making a name for himself as a writer of powerful thrillers. His most recent novel is The Resistance: A Thriller (Louis Morgon Thriller).

We welcome physician and New York Times-bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen, back to the program to speak with her about her latest Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Last to Die.