Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I can think of no other novelist — popular or highbrow — who consistently celebrates female gutsiness, brains, and sexuality. She’s Jane Austen with a schmear. National Public Radio’s Fresh Air of Susan Isaacs, author of Compliments of a Friend





Thursday, August 1, 2013


Tune into All Things Considered TODAY to hear Gesine Bullock-Prado talk about her “found recipes,” like this enticing plum tart.
Tune into All Things Considered TODAY to hear Gesine Bullock-Prado talk about her “found recipes,” like this enticing plum tart.





Tuesday, January 22, 2013
For an organization that’s supposed to be ‘secret,’ the British Secret Service, MI6, is awfully famous. MI6 agents turned novelists include Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and John LeCarre, and their books — together with the film franchise starring Fleming’s James Bond — have made the intelligence organization a global brand. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Gordon Corera, author of The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of M16 about the private world of secret intelligence and why spies make such great novelists.





Thursday, August 30, 2012
Next time you’re admiring a 19th century American master painting at a museum or auction house, take a closer look. What looks like an authentic creation complete with cracks and yellowing varnish could actually be the work of forger Ken Perenyi. NPR Books on Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger





Friday, August 24, 2012

Scott Spencer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Updike, Jane Kenyon, and The Colbert Report’s writers.”

—NPR’s Terry Gross responds to the “Who are your favorite writers?” question in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire






Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In the end, Lost In The Cosmos is true to its purpose. It does help. For all his chiding Percy never loses a kind of existential optimism. We may not know our Selves, but we certainly can embrace their journey, the romantic encounter with our own mystery that fills us with meaning. An Existential Guide For When You’re Really ‘Lost’ : NPR





Thursday, July 12, 2012

Listen - Donald Westlake: Hard-Boiled To The End

NPR’s Fresh Air remembers Westlake with interviews from 1988 and 1997

Happy Birthday Donald Westlake (1933-2008), one of America’s greatest mystery writers of all time.






Monday, July 2, 2012
Rachel Carson’s Summer Reading List
In her bestselling book The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson—author of Silent Spring and one of the most influential nature writers of the 20th century—included a list of “Outstanding Sea Prose” as suggestions for further reading. “These books are listed because each, in one way or another, captures the sea’s varied and always changing moods,” she wrote. “All are among my own favorite volumes.”
Here is her list - all of them ideal for beach reading.
Henry Beston’s The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod. 
Joseph Conrad’s The Mirror of the Sea. 
Richard Hughes’ In Hazard. 
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. 
Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Men Against the Sea.
H.M. Tomlinson’s The Sea and the Jungle.

Rachel Carson’s Summer Reading List

In her bestselling book The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson—author of Silent Spring and one of the most influential nature writers of the 20th century—included a list of “Outstanding Sea Prose” as suggestions for further reading. “These books are listed because each, in one way or another, captures the sea’s varied and always changing moods,” she wrote. “All are among my own favorite volumes.”

Here is her list - all of them ideal for beach reading.

Henry Beston’s The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod. 

Joseph Conrad’s The Mirror of the Sea

Richard Hughes’ In Hazard

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. 

Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Men Against the Sea.

H.M. Tomlinson’s The Sea and the Jungle.