The Book Show #1235 - Anne RiceAlbany, NY(2012-03-20)Anne Rice is back. From the creator of The Vampire Chronicles, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim - she returns to gothic motifs - an old dark house, a mysterious death, the promise of family secrets, and the supernatural monster as hero. It is the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and reinvented. Her new novel is The Wolf Gift.
The Book Show #1234 - Naomi BenaronAlbany, NY(2012-03-13)Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron is a coming-of-age tale set on the cusp of the Rwandan civil war of the 1990s. The book follows Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life.
The Book Show #1233 - Howard Frank MosherAlbany, NY(2012-03-06)Several months before novelist Howard Frank Mosher turned sixty-five, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following forty-six intensive radiation treatments, Mosher set out alone in his twenty-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a road trip and book tour across twenty-first-century America.
The Book Show #1232 - Jodi PicoultAlbany, NY(2012-02-28)Jodi Picoult is the author of 19 novels including Sing You Home, My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart and Handle with Care. She has won wide praise for her compelling works, which combine huge readability with thought-provoking reflections on the human condition. The wrenching decision of whether or not to terminate the life of a loved one is at the heart of Picoult's latest novel Lone Wolf.
The Book Show #1231 - Adam JohnsonAlbany, NY(2012-02-21)To write his first novel, Adam Johnson, immersed himself for years in information about the secretive totalitarian state of North Korea and visited the capital, fascinated and saddened by its brutal absurdities. Adam Johnson is the author The Orphan Master's Son, a novel set in North Korea that brings to life its prison camps, orphanages, economic misery, routine corruption, and palaces of the bureaucratic elite.
The Book Show #1230 - Alan LightmanAlbany, NY(2012-02-14)Alan Lightman, theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and leading explorer of the intersection between the sciences and the humanities, is renowned for accessible works of fiction and nonfiction that explain the "grand ideas" of physics. His most recent book is Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation, which Publishers Weekly called, "a touching, imaginative rendition of God's creation of the Universe."
The Book Show #1229 - Alex Gilvarry and Suzzy RocheAlbany, NY(2012-02-07)On this week's episode of The Book Show we are going to focus on two very talented authors who are making their debut. They have penned two very different books - but what they have in common is that they add their names to a list of fresh, new fiction writers arriving on the scene. We will welcome Suzzy Roche of The Roches who has just written a novel entitled Wayward Saints, and we'll also discover Alex Gilvarry, his first novel is From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.
The Book Show #1228 - Margot LiveseyAlbany, NY(2012-01-31)Livesey, who grew up in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught at a private school for boys, has released her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The book echoes some of Livesey's experiences. Gemma, orphaned young, is sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student. As a young adult, she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands in a story that pays homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
The Book Show #1227 - Stewart O'NanAlbany, NY(2012-01-24)Stewart O'Nan's thirteenth novel, The Odds, is another original, bittersweet snapshot, like his celebrated "Last Night at the Lobster." Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon.
The Book Show #1226 - William GibsonAlbany, NY(2012-01-17)William Gibson has long been recognized as a literary pioneer with an eye for technological movements and social change. His most recent New York Times-bestselling trilogy, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History, earned international acclaim as "the god of speculative fiction" (New York Magazine.)
The Book Show #1225 - Sara ParetskyAlbany, NY(2012-01-10)Thirty years ago, mystery writer Sara Paretsky published her first novel starring intrepid Chicago P.I. V.I. Warshawski. Her latest in the popular series is: Breakdown. The plot mixes the mania for vampire and supernatural novels, especially among tweens, tabloid journalism, xenophobia and dirty politics.
The Book Show #1222 - David PietruszaAlbany, NY(2011-12-20)Called one "of the best historians in the United States" and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns," David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. In his new book, 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America. Pietrusza goes beyond the famed "Dewey defeats Truman" headline to reveal backstage events.
The Book Show #1221 - Tom PerrottaAlbany, NY(2011-12-13)In Tom Perrotta's new novel, The Leftovers, he asks the question: What if a Rapture-like event actually happened and millions of people around the globe simply vanished in one quick unexplained moment? Perrotta is the author of The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Joe College, and Election.
The Book Show #1220 - Colson WhiteheadAlbany, NY(2011-12-06)Colson Whitehead won a following with stories that explore a world that's both familiar and a little skewed - or a lot. His new book, Zone One, is, Whitehead says, "about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed. So it's about New Yorkers." Zone One is the story of the human survivors who are clearing the undead from Lower Manhattan.
The Book Show #1219 - Umberto EcoAlbany, NY(2011-11-29)Umberto Eco is an accomplished medieval scholar and author who is best known for his bestselling novel, The Name of the Rose. Now comes his latest, The Prague Cemetery , already a bestselling novel in 40 other countries around the world.
The Book Show #1217 - Chuck KlostermanAlbany, NY(2011-11-15)Chuck Klosterman is a culture guru - whose new novel is The Visible Man - which explores the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy.
The Book Show #1214 - Ruth RendellAlbany, NY(2011-10-25)Baroness Ruth Rendell has written an astounding 59 novels. All are reason to rejoice, but her 60th, The Vault, starring Reginald Wexford, is simply brilliant. The now retired Chief Inspector Wexford is called upon to aid the police in an investigation that has them stumped. Ruth Rendell joins us on this week's Book Show.
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