Three women make a promise to each other at a New Year's Eve wedding they're all attending -- within one year, they pledge, each will be engaged. Can they pull it off? That's the premise behind The Vow, the new novel by authors Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray, and Mitzi Miller. We'll talk with al
Every president needs a reliable director of central intelligence. The national security depends on it. But as the new book Burn Before Reading by former CIA director Admiral Stansfield Turner shows, the relationship between a president and his DCI is often strained, contentious, and even downright
Today we'll meet the author of an unusual field guide -- a field guide to the kinds of structures you probably see many times a day and think nothing about. Brian Hayes calls his book Infrastructure. We'll talk with him in a few minutes, but first we'll meet physicist Lawrence Krauss, whose new book
Today we're going to meet Ian Urbina of the New York Times, who has collected some ingenious, hilarious, and occasionally downright disturbing stories of how people deal with the everyday things that get on their nerves. His book is called Life’s Little Annoyances. But first, do you know who is sp
Scientists have a gravely important task ahead of them, in Kim Stanley Robinson's thriller Fifty Degrees Below. Thanks to global warming -- which Robinson warned us about in his previous novel Forty Signs of Rain -- the Gulf Stream has stopped bringing warm air to the eastern U.S. and Europe. Winter
Are you on the road a lot? Or is it your spouse who's gone for days, or weeks, at a time? America is the land of the road warrior. Business executives routinely travel thousands of miles a year. Now one of the warriors, Rob Jolles, has written a helpful book of inspiration called The Way of the Road
Fifty years ago today, in Montgomery, Alabama, a seamstress from the projects named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. Angered and inspired by her arrest, the city's African-American residents launched a bus boycott that provided the spark for the American civil rights
Having only a small number of possible suspects doesn't make a murder easier to solve, as one character reminds another in the P.D. James mystery The Lighthouse. It's not a locked-room mystery as much as it is an isolated-island mystery, where a prominent, but not very likeable, author has been foun
What's your secret, the one thing you've never told anyone, maybe not even yourself? One man from Maryland is inspiring people to finally reveal those secrets. Frank Warren began by asking people to anonymously send him a postcard. Then he began posting those postcards on a website, and now it's bec
"The train goes nowhere, but it goes there fast," is what it says on the back cover of a book-and-CD for children called Dog Train.A creative team headed by illustrator and songwriter Sandra Boynton assembled an all-star musical cast to bring the songs in Dog Train to life.
Inspiringi love hearing writers talk about their books. makes me wanna write!
Reviewed on 07/12/2005