331 posts categorized Literature

9/17/17 // Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music

In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race. | listen

9/10/17 // Vanessa Grigoriadis - Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent on Campus

An award-winning journalist reports from the front lines of the sexual assault controversy. | listen

9/3/17 // Angelica Baker - Our Little Racket

A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan. | listen

8/6/17 // Dr. Richard Barager — The Atheist and the Parrotfish

Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart and kidney transplant. | listen

7/30/17 // Rachel Kadish - The Weight of Ink

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing… | listen

7/23/17 // Drew Knowles: Route 66 Adventure Handbook: High-Octane 5th Edition

As the song says, get your kicks on Route 66! Dubbed “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, this iconic highway has inspired generations of Americans to take to the open road and go traveling. | listen

7/16/17 // John Andrew Fredrick - 'Fucking Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson'

In Fucking Innocent, John Andrew Fredrick examines Anderson's three earliest films and discusses each individually and as the burgeoning of the art of one of the most talented of American directors. | listen

7/9/17 // Peter E. Meltzer - 'So You Think You Know Rock and Roll: An In-Depth Q&A Tour of the Revolutionary Decade 1965-1975'

A wide-ranging portrait of that transformative and remarkable decade from 1965-1975; from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era to days before disco. | listen

7/2/17 // John R. “Jack” Bohrer - 'The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK'

If you ever wondered how Robert Kennedy became the person he was at the end of his life, this book tells the story. | listen

6/25/17 // Sarah Healy - The Sisters Chase

A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge. | listen

6/18/17 // Holly Peterson - 'It Happens in the Hamptons'

When Katie Doyle sets out for the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hard-working… | listen

6/11/17 // Michael Hauschild and James Maloney - IRTE: The Writings and Teaching of Improvisational Theater

What is Improvisational Theater? Can it be taught and learned? What are some of the “Bibles” of Improv? Today on Book Talk I speak with two professional performers and instructors in New York on Improv Theater. | listen

6/4/17 // Nadia Hashimi - House Without Windows

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood — an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture. | listen

5/28/17 // Hala Alyan - 'Salt Houses'

Alyan’s debut novel Salt Houses explores a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home. | listen

5/21/17 // Scott Hartley – The Fuzzy And The Techie

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World explores the vital role of the Liberal Arts in humanizing our technology. | listen

5/14/17 // Sonia Taitz - Great With Child

Great With Child tells the story of ambitious, driven Abigail Thomas. Up for partnership at a prestigious law firm, she is thrown by an accidental pregnancy that threatens to upend her life. Witty, warm, and wise, this novel confronts the true meanings of love, morality, and duty. | listen

5/7/17 // Jessica Shattuck – The Women In The Castle

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. | listen

4/30/17 // Olivia Sudjic – Sympathy: A Novel

A beguiling tale of blood ties, bad choices, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital world. | listen

4/23/17 // Paula Priamos – Inside V

The bonds of love and trust are put to the test when a woman’s husband goes missing on the eve of his incarceration, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about him. | listen

4/16/17 // Michael Callahan – The Night She Won Miss America

Inspired by a true story, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950 — only to vanish the night she wins. | listen

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