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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Shirley Jackson Day

    

  It is Shirley Jackson Day – commemorating the day her famous story, "The Lottery," was published in The New Yorker. We welcome Susan Scarf Merrell whose new novel is Shirley - a psychological thriller set at Bennington College in the 1960s.

A young woman who moves with her professor husband into the home of novelist Shirley Jackson and Jackson’s husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, narrate the book. She uncovers a chilling connection between the celebrated couple and the disappearance of a young co-ed on campus years before.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed June 25, 2014

"The Preservationist" By Justin Kramon

    

  Justin Kramon is a Philadelphia-based writer whose first novel was Finny and who’s latest is The Preservationist. The popular novel is about a thrilling love triangle that takes place between three college students.

The Preservationist stars Julia, a damaged young woman who finds herself in the sights of two men, one a fellow college student, the other older and an employee of a restaurant she frequents. So, the big question – which one is the psycho.

Kramon has also taught at several universities, including Haverford and Arcadia.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

"Magnificent Vibration" By Rick Springfield

    Rick Springfield has been writing and performing music for more than four decades. An accomplished actor, he has starred on Broadway, headlined in Las Vegas, and starred in numerous movies and TV series.

His debut novel is Magnificent Vibration, in the book, Bobby steals a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore and calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue June 10, 2014

"Casebook: A Novel" By Mona Simpson

    

  Mona Simpson is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Anywhere But Here and My Hollywood.

Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’s unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C.

Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being, prosperity, and sanity.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

"Worst. Person. Ever." By Douglas Coupland

    

  Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value.

Raymond Gunt is a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. 

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Michael Dobbs' House Of Cards

    A dark tale of greed, corruption, and unquenchable ambition, House of Cards reveals that no matter the country, politics, intrigue and passion reign in the corridors of power. More than twenty years since its first publication it is still considered to be the definitive political thriller.

Michael Dobbs' novel - both its 1989 and 2014 incarnations - is a delicious wallow in British bad behavior, both public and private.

Michael Dobbs is also Lord Dobbs of Wylye, a member of the British House of Lords. He is Britain's leading political novelist and has been a senior adviser to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron. House of Cards was made into an award winning TV series in the UK and for Netflix in the USA, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Book Show #1347 - Emma Donoghue

    In her bestseller Room, writer Emma Donoghue imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

And in her new novel, Frog Music, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876. That crime was never solved. But Emma Donoghue has gone through historical records to write what might have happened.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu May 1, 2014

"Astonish Me" By Maggie Shipstead

    

  Maggie Shipstead's new novel, Astonish Me, is a compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.

While garnering terrific reviews, Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga will host an interview and book signing with Shipstead. She will be interviewed by Darlene Myers, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Northeast Ballet and Myers Dance Center.

Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background.

She raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Book Show #1345 - Rachel Urquhart

    Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits, thought to be in communication with the spirit world.

The Visionist tells the story of 15-year old Polly Kimball who kills her abusive father in a fire. Her mother leads them to seek shelter in The City of Hope, a nearby shaker Settlement. She is anointed a visionist upon her arrival, where she is - by turns - worshipped and questioned.

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Mon April 7, 2014

"I've Got You Under My Skin" By Mary Higgins Clark

    Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges.

In her latest novel, I've Got You Under My Skin, Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered and only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more—the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene: “Tell your mother she’s next, then it’s your turn . . .”

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