The Book Show

#1464 – Daniel Silva

#1464 – Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is widely acclaimed as one of America’s greatest spy novelists. He’s know for his creation of the hero art-restorer assassin and spy, Gabriel Allon. His latest, The Black Widow, is the 16th novel in which Allon has appeared.

#1456 – Joseph Luzzi

#1456 – Joseph Luzzi

On November 29, 2007 Joseph Luzzi’s life forever changed. His wife, Catherine, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was killed in a car crash.

Before she died, doctors delivered their daughter, Isabel. His new memoir is In A Dark Wood. It tells the story how he dealt with his grief in part through the writings of Dante.

Previously aired as Book Show #1408.

#1455 – Jim Shepard

#1455 – Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard’s new book, The Book of Aron, tells the story of a Jewish boy growing up in poverty and desperation. It begins before the Germans invaded Poland and, through Aron’s eyes, takes us from the Polish countryside into the depths of the Warsaw Ghetto and then into a famous orphanage for destitute children.

Originally aired as Book Show #1413.

#1454 – Anna Quindlen

#1454 – Anna Quindlen

Best known of award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Anna Quindlen returns with her eighth novel, Miller’s Valley.

The setting is a farming valley in Pennsylvania during the height of the Viet Nam War. Outside influences like the war and a government plan to flood the valley affect the lives of one family – and the community.

#1453 – Siddhartha Mukherjee

#1453 – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies. He has now written the history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?

His new book is The Gene: An Intimate History.

#1452 – Richard Russo

#1452 – Richard Russo

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo is one of America’s most celebrated fiction writers, as well as an acclaimed screenwriter and memoirist.

His new novel, Everybody’s Fool, is a sequel to his novel Nobody’s Fool, which revisits the upstate New York setting and characters of that highly-praised novel.

#1451 – Steve Berry

#1451 – Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the author of fifteen historical novels. His latest,The 14th Colony, deals with presidential succession, potential disaster at the inauguration, and a real plan, never carried out, to invade Canada and make it The 14th Colony.

Berry’s protagonist, Cotton Malone, must stop disaster before it happens, which is only a few hours away.

#1450 – Louis Begley

#1450 – Louis Begley

Louis Begley, best known for his masterful observations of life in New York City’s upper crust, made his thriller debut withKiller Come Hither.

That book told the story of former Marine Corps officer turned novelist and Yale Alum, Jack Dana. Now Begley continues Jack’s story in the sequel, Kill and Be Killed.

#1449 – Augusten Burroughs

#1449 – Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is the author of such best-selling autobiographical works as Running with Scissors, Dry, and Magical Thinking.

His latest is called Lust & Wonder in which he chronicles the development and demise of the different relationships he’s had while living in New York, he examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it out.

#1448 – Mark Leyner

#1448 – Mark Leyner

Gone with the Mind is Mark Leyner’s latest novel – in which a character named Mark Leyner is to give a reading from his autobiography, also entitled Gone with the Mind, in a mall food court.

#1447 – Charles Duhigg

#1447 – Charles Duhigg

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg’s first bookThe Power of Habit has spent over 150 weeks on the NYT bestseller lists.

In his new book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, he looks to explain why some people and companies are able to get so much more done than others.

#1446 – Tracy Chevalier

#1446 – Tracy Chevalier

Writer Tracy Chevalier spins fiction from history. Her new novel, At the Edge of the Orchard, takes us back to the Gold Rush era to tell the tale of a pioneer family on the American frontier.

#1445 – Ethan Canin

#1445 – Ethan Canin

In his new novel The Doubter’s Almanac, Ethan Canin – the author of America, America and The Palace Thiefexplores the nature of genius,  rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family.

#1444 – Jon Krakauer

#1444 – Jon Krakauer

In his new book, Missoula, journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period.

Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what is cost them.

He is the author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven and Three Cups of Deceit.

#1443 – Debbie Macomber

#1443 – Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber has been dubbed “the reigning queen of women’s fiction.”

She has 200 million books in print; the newest, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, is about a mother and her daughter-in-law who both leave their respective troubled marriages and lean on each other while starting over.

#1442 – Elizabeth Brundage

#1442 – Elizabeth Brundage

Elizabeth Brundage is the author of the novels A Stranger Like You, Somebody Else’s Daughter, and The Doctor’s Wife.

Her latest is All Things Cease to Appear, where late on winter afternoon in upstate, New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife murdered and their three-year-old daughter alone in her room across the hall. The novel is a complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage.

#1441 – Irvine Welsh

#1441 – Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel – A Decent Ride –  featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters—’Juice’ Terry Lawson—that’s thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing.

#1440 – Elizabeth Strout

#1440 – Elizabeth Strout

Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout’s bestselling novels Olive Kitteridge  and The Burgess Boys  have illuminated our most tender relationships.

Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, she shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

#1439 – Carol Goodman

#1439 – Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of The Book of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water.

Her latest, River Road, is a psychological thriller about a college professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit-and-run accident and the secrets that emerge as she desperately tries to clear her name.

#1438 – Elisa Albert

#1438 – Elisa Albert

In her latest novel, After Birth, Elisa Albert writes about motherhood and friendship. The book tells the story of Ari who lives in a town in upstate New York and is supposed to be working on a Ph.D. in women’s studies but she has major postpartum depression.

The book issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles and expects them to act like natives.

#1437 – Ernest Cline

#1437 – Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline’s debut novel, Ready Player One was a New York Times best-seller in 2012. The film version of that novel is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

Cline returns with a new 80’s nostalgic video game themed thriller entitled, Armada.

Armada tells the story of Zach Lightman – an aimless teenage gamer with anger issues looking to save the universe.

#1436 – Samantha Hunt

#1436 – Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt’s third novel, Mr. Splitfoot, tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning. The novel is a contemporary gothic, a subversive ghost story and a compelling mystery. Hunt’s work has been performed on This American Life and on NPR’s Selected Shorts program.

#1435 – B. A. Shapiro

#1435 – B. A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro brilliantly captured the world of art-theft and forgery in her critically acclaimed best-selling novel, The Art Forger.

Shapiro’s latest is The Muralist, a story about the birth of abstract-impressionism set against the backdrop of The Great Depression and the eve of World War II.

#1434 – Gloria Steinem

#1434 – Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road is Gloria Steinem’s first book in over 20 years.

It it, the writer, activist, and organizer offers a candid account of how her early years led her to an on-the-road kin of life; traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change.

#1433 – Ian Toll

#1433 – Ian Toll

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific Empire, island by island.

Historian Ian Toll’s new book, The Conquering Tide, encompasses the heart of the Pacific War—the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944.

#1432 – Tina Packer

#1432 – Tina Packer

Tina Packer is one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts and now the actor, director, and master teacher offers an exploration of the women of Shakespeare’s plays in her new book: Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays.

#1431 – Jane Smiley

#1431 – Jane Smiley

Novelist Jane Smiley is in the middle of her Last Hundred Yearstrilogy about the Langdon family.

While last year’s Some Luck followed the Langdon family through the depression, her new novel, Early Warning, tells their story as the country moves into the Cold War, through the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s and into the materialism of the ’80s.

 

#1430 – David Pietrusza

#1430 – David Pietrusza

Reeling from the Great Depression, the United States and Germany elected two new leaders of diametrically opposing ideologies. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the presidency and Adolf Hitler became chancellor.

Author and historian David Pietrusza will discuss his new book –1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR–Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny.

#1429 – Simon Winchester

#1429 – Simon Winchester

Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Simon Winchester discusses his new book, Pacific, on this week’s Book Show.

#1428 – Margaret Atwood

#1428 – Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50  books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays including Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, and A Handmaid’s Tale. Her latest, The Heart Goes Last, is a funny disturbing tale about a new future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

This edition of The Book Show was recorded at Mount Holyoke College in an event presented by The Odyssey Bookshop.

#1427 – Sara Gruen

#1427 – Sara Gruen

At the Water’s Edgeis a love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.

In the new novel from the author of the bestselling Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen demonstrates her talent for creating period pieces.

#1426 – Ted Koppel

#1426 – Ted Koppel

In his new book of investigative reporting, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyber-attack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.

Ted Koppel is a 42-year veteran of ABC News and was anchor and managing editor of Nightline from 1980 to 2005.

#1425 – Malcolm Gladwell

#1425 – Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorkersince 1996. Previously he worked at The Washington Post.

He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers; a collection of his New Yorkerarticles titled What the Dog Saw and most recently, David and Goliath.

This episode was recorded live at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT and presented by Oblong Books and Music.

#1424 – Adam Johnson

#1424 – Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son.

Johnson’s new book – Fortune Smiles – is a collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear, while offering a new way of looking at the world. The collection was just named a National Book Award finalist.

#1423 – John Lahr

#1423 – John Lahr

John Lahr is an acclaimed theater critic. Since 1992 he’s been the Senior Drama Critic for The New Yorker magazine.

He’s the author of such books as Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, and the brand new, Joy Ride. The book is a collection of Lahr’s New Yorker profiles and reviews which explore the lives of the theatricals.

#1422 – Ron Rash

#1422 – Ron Rash

Ron Rash’s latest, Above the Waterfall, takes place in and around a state park in the Appalachian Mountains.

The characters are haunted by eco-terrorism, a school shooting, and crystal meth addiction – but several of his characters can find solace in the trees, flowers, and fields that surround them.

#1421 – Abigail Thomas

#1421 – Abigail Thomas

Stephen King calls Abigail Thomas “the Emily Dickinson of memoirists.”

Her latest book, What Comes Next and How to Like It, is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago.

#1420 – Richard Price

#1420 – Richard Price

Richard Price is known for his bestsellers Clockers and Freedomland as well as writing for the HBO hit – The Wire.

His latest book, The Whites, is a tale of a New York City police detective under siege by an unsolved murder, his own dark past, and a violent stalker out of revenge.