The first hundred days of the presidential administration of Franklin Roosevelt was one of the most astounding -- and, perhaps, most critical -- periods in American history, writes Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. In his book "The Defining Moment," he offers an eye-opening account of those first hundred d
In the terrorist-scarred, near-future Washington, DC, there is a murder. More of an assassination, really. A young man is shot and killed in broad daylight, in a very public place, in the Susan Richards Shreve thriller called "A Student of Living Things." His family's search for answers is complicat
Today, one author, two books. We'll be talking with James Maguire about his two new books, just out: "American Bee," which takes us behind the scenes of the National Spelling Bee, and, first, "Impresario," which is the first book-length biography of TV's legendary Ed Sullivan.
The word courtesan has come to be synonymous with escort, call girl, mistress. But in its original context, a courtesan was a well-compensated companion to socially prominent European men of the Renaissance. Sarah Dunant's novel takes us to Venice in the early 1500s, where we meet a 25-year-old cour
Molly Murphy has only been in the U.S. a short time, having arrived here under unique circumstances from her native Ireland, but she has already become adept -- in her own way -- at solving mysteries, in the popular series of mysteries by veteran writer Rhys Bowen. In Bowen's latest, "Oh Danny Boy,"
Human beings are just tiny little bits of dust in a universe so vast we can hardly imagine it. How many times have we been told that? Enough times, apparently, so that many people have begun to feel cut off from the universe, insignificant and adrift. Now astrophysicist Joel Primack and his wife, sc
A man who has grown apart from the music that once gave him so much joy is drawn back to it, in the E. Lynn Harris novel "I Say a Little Prayer." Chauncey Greer is actually invited to sing at an upcoming church revival, and he's looking forward to it -- until he learns that the event will also featu
Today our focus is on two of the most critical episodes in American democracy in the last half century -- Watergate, and the McCarthy era. John O'Connor joins us, to talk about the new book he has co-authored with Mark Felt -- better known as "Deep Throat" -- called "A G-Man's Life." We'll hear from
Whether it's profiling boxer Floyd Patterson, or trying to track down Frank SInatra, or chronicling an American mob family, or revealing the true nature of modern American mores about sex, journalist and author Gay Talese has always been at the cutting edge of his profession. Now, in his first subst
This is Part Two of our report from Book Expo America, the largest book publishing industry trade show in America. Today we're taking you along as we meet some of the hundreds of authors who came to the show. In Part One, we met fiction writers. Now, in Part Two, we meet some of the notable non-fict
Inspiringi love hearing writers talk about their books. makes me wanna write!
Reviewed on 07/12/2005