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Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
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The News from Lake Wobegon stories seem to resonate universally with everyone. Lake Wobegon is inhabited by people you know (they just have different names), and Garrison’s stories always have a thread of truth to them — they are stories from his family or friends, or true stories told to him that then run through his head and were transformed into something that is simultaneously funny, humorous, touching and sad. They are simply brilliant. Garrison is the modern-day Mark Twain!
One of the main queries we have repeatedly received over the years is the desire to have the Lake Wobegon monologue stories in written form. As you can tell by our website, we do a pretty good job of releasing the stories — whether by podcast, digital download or compact disc — but Garrison has often related to me that the written word is quite different than the spoken word, and thus a straight transcript-style book would not work. Each story would have to be re-worked slightly from the version he told on-air. He has gone back and done that in two books and today, I present Leaving Home. Many favorites from the show are included — the story of the ministers holding a barbeque on the Agnus Dei Pontoon, the ‘57 septic tank coming up Main Street while the homecoming day parade is happening, the usher convention in Hawaii, the news from the State Fair, the truck stop and many more. Many people have shared with me that they often prefer to hear Garrison read the stories because they are so accustomed to listening to his voice on the radio, but I will let you be the judge! This book is very entertaining and one that The New York Times said was “clean, down-to-earth, exquisitely good hearted, highly ludicrous.”
The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
Marketplace: Meet Sylvia Day - The Steamy Baroness of Book Deals
Romance novels are big business these days.
That may seem like the ‘duh’ statement of the year, but finding out how big the romance novel industry really is still surprises you. Romance novelist Sylvia Day started writing just a decade ago, and she’s now is a #1 best-selling author in 21 countries.
Her most popular work is the book series “Crossfire,” which helped her land three seven-figure and two eight-figure book deals with different publishers in a three-month span last year.
Oh, and Lionsgate also bought the rights to turn “Crossfire” into a TV series.
Private L.A. by James Patterson
Morning Edition: Author James Patterson to Give $1 Million Dollars to Bookstores
Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.
Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast—and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Weekend Edition: Anna Quindlen Spins a Tale of Middle Aged Reinvention
NPR Book Review: Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.
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Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
The Diane Rehm Show: Jennifer Clement - Prayers for the Stolen
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight. While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.
The Days of Anna Madrigal by Amistead Maupin
Weekend Edition: One Last Tale of the City In ‘Anna Madrigal’
It started as newspaper serial in the 1970s and grew into a beloved series of books that stand as a chronicle of life in the city of San Francisco, beginning in the decade after the summer of love. The series began before anyone had ever heard of AIDS and will end in the era of marriage equality. Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” is coming to a close with the publication of the last book in the series. “The Days of Anna Madrigal” is the story of the transgender landlady who presided over a cast of characters, both gay and straight, living in her apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane. Many of the members of the family Anna created for herself show up in this last chapter of the series. It ends not in the streets of San Francisco but in the Nevada desert.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
On Point: Life, Wisdom and ‘Middlemarch’
The Diane Rehm Show: A Reader’s Review - ‘Middlemarch’
All Things Considered: A New Look at George Eliot That’s Suprisingly Approachable
George Eliot was a woman. A Victorian. A rebel. Her great book, a novel, was “Middlemarch.” 1874. It went deep, deep into the lives of provincial English men and women. Their marriages. Their dreams and ambitions. Their failings and delusions and small triumphs. It’s a Victorian-era book of wisdom on life and love. A century later, Rebecca Mead made “Middlemarch” a kind of personal Bible for life. A guidebook on how to live. How to see and empathize with others.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel by Nancy Horan
The Diane Rehm Show: Nancy Horan’s ‘Wide and Starry Sky’
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Nancy Horan’s novels shed light on those often ignored by history: the lives of famous men. In her latest work, Horan recounts the improbable love affair between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Osbourne. On their own, these two characters fascinate and entertain. Together, they demonstrate a deep and complicated love challenged by convention, geography and illness.
The Kept: A Novel by James Scott
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Here & Now: James Scott’s Bleak Novel of Revenge Set in Upscale NY
A scorching portrait of a merciless world—of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence—The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.
The Pomegranate Lady And Her Sons: Selected Stories By Goli Taraghi
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All Things Considered: 'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts the Comedy and Tragedy of Exile
Bookworm: Goli Taraghi: The Pomegranate Lady & Her Sons
NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Arun Rath, host, Weekends On All Things Considered I have met the pomegranate lady, and you may have as well. If you’ve ever made a disarmingly intimate connection with a stranger while traveling, you’ve had the experience. Connections and dislocations drive the characters in these stories: dislocations of place — exiles who end up in Paris, but never really leave Iran behind, and dislocations of time — elites who preserve a bubble of the “old,” secular, drinking, partying Iran — upon which modern, revolutionary Iran intrudes, with tragic-comedic results. Constantly moving between cultures is not easy on these individuals — but perhaps because of that, it reveals so much raw humanity, both cruelty and compassion.
ORFEO: A Novel by Richard Powers
The Daily Circuit: ORFEO is Kerri’s Book Pick of the Week
Kerri’s book pick of the week is by National Book Award winner Richard Powers. His new work, “Orfeo,” is a modern interpretation of a Greek myth, weaving together bio-terrorism, homeland security and a professor on the run.
A summary from The Millions:
"Orfeo" follows a retired music professor who’s built a DIY genetics lab where he finds musical patterns in DNA sequences. When his dog dies unexpectedly, the FBI seizes the lab, and he goes on the lam. It seems that DNA and music are inextricably paired for Powers, who noted in an essay on having his genome sequenced, "If the genome were a tune played at a nice bright allegro tempo of 120 beats per minute, it would take just short of a century to play."
The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy SIGNED
Talking Volumes: Pat Conroy
The Diane Rehm Show: Pat Conroy
Here & Now: Pat Conroy No Longer Hides Behind Fiction to Tell His Family’s Stories
RadioTimes: Pat Conroy and the Death of His Father
In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P: A Novel by Adelle Waldman
Fresh Air: ‘Love Affairs’ of a Hip, Young Hound Dog
The Brian Lehrer Show: Novel Take on Dating in Brooklyn
"Before I read Adelle Waldman’s brilliant debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., I had about as much interest in reading about the hip, young literary types who’ve colonized Brooklyn as I do in watching Duck Dynasty… but Waldman, who is herself a hip young literary person living in Brooklyn, has written such a crisp, comic novel of manners and ideas about her own tribe that I was completely won over. I inhaled this slim novel; now, I want to go back and read it again, to savor Waldman’s mordant take on work, love and cannibalism among the up-and-coming Brooklyn intelligentsia…. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a sharp and assured tale about a sharp and assured young man, who often acts like a dog.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
Bold, touching, and funny—a debut novel by a brilliant young woman about the coming-of-age of a brilliant young literary man
“He was not the kind of guy who disappeared after sleeping with a woman—and certainly not after the condom broke. On the contrary: Nathaniel Piven was a product of a postfeminist 1980s childhood and politically correct, 1990s college education. He had learned all about male privilege. Moreover, he was in possession of a functional and frankly rather clamorous conscience.” – From The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
The House of Hades by Rick Riodan SIGNED
The Daily Circuit: Talking Volumes with Rick Riordan
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
Calvin and Hobbes E-Books
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
NPR’s The Two-Way: 'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years
Now available for the first time as an e-book!
The cartoons in this e-book have been specially formatted for optimal viewing. The e-book will only work on color tablets and is not intended for viewing on desktop apps.
Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created, Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor.
Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you.