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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"Someone" By Alice McDermott

  One life, its devastating pains and unexpected joys, its burst of brilliant clarity, and moments of profound confusion - this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s new novel, her first in 7 years.

Alice McDermott is the author of 6 previous novels including, After This, Child of My Heart, and Charming Billy. She is also the winner of the 1998 National Book Award.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon October 7, 2013

I Don't know: In Praise Of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) By Leah Hager Cohen

    Leah Hager Cohen holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

In her new book, I don't know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) she explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Thu September 12, 2013

"The Gift of Adversity" By Dr. Norman Rosenthal

    Adversity is an irreducible fact of life. Although we can and should learn from all experiences, both positive and negative, bestselling author Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, believes that adversity is by far the best teacher most of us will ever encounter.

Whether the adversity one experiences is the result of poor decision-making, a desire to test one’s mettle, or plain bad luck, Rosenthal believes life’s most important lessons—from the value of family to the importance of occasionally cutting corners—can be best learned from it. He writes about it in his book, The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" by Bob Dotson

    For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award–winning “American Story with Bob Dotson” on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than forty years—logging more than four million miles—in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our country for the better.

Here we speak with Dotson about his new book, American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"More Scenes from the Rural Life" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

  Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today.

Klinkenborg's new book - More Scenes from the Rural Life - gathers together 150 of his best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher" by Sue Halpern

    At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Lab mix, a new lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team.

She writes about the experience in her book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

"Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century" by Patrick Smith

    Americans cherish their national myths, some of which predate the country’s founding. But the time for illusions, nostalgia, and grand ambition abroad has gone by, according to journalist Patrick Smith in his new book, Time No Longer.

He says Americans are now faced with a choice between a mythical idea of themselves, their nation, and their global “mission,” on the one hand, and on the other an idea of America that is rooted in historical consciousness.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg

    Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, joins us to talk about her new book: The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.

She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"Looking for Signs" by Diane Cameron

    Diane Cameron is a writer, speaker, teacher and spiritual director. She is an advocate for people in need at Unity House in Troy, New York. Looking for Signs is a collection of her columns and essays.

She'll be signing the book at The Book House in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23 at 3PM.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 24, 2013

"On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes" by Alexandra Horowitz

    Alexandra Horowitz joins us this morning to talk about her new book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, which shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles.”

On Looking is structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a sound designer.

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