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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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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 17, 2013

"The Myth of the Perfect Girl" by Ana Hamayoun

  According to our next guest, in their efforts to juggle schoolwork and extracurricular activities, family life and social lives, friends, as well as relationships online and the real world, many girls begin to lose sight of who they really are, and instead work overtime to please their friends, parents, teachers, and others.

In her new book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl, Ana Hamoyoun presents advice to empower both parents and girls themselves to discover what true success and happiness means to them — and how to work to achieve it.

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Science
9:51 am
Thu January 17, 2013

"The Myths of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky

    The new book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does, isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Friendkeeping by Julie Klam

A few years ago, Julie Klam wrote a book called You Had Me At Woof. It was the story of Otto, a Boston terrier that stole Julie's heart and changed her life. Her relationship with Otto helped her to forge more enduring bonds with people. Klam has some very close friendships.

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