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The Book Show

Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.

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#1771 Dan Chaon “Sleepwalk” | The Book Show

Dan Chaon’s latest thriller, “Sleepwalk,” is a high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big-hearted mercenary. The novel examines where we’ve been and where we’re going and the connections that bind us, no matter how far we travel to dodge them or how cleverly we hide.

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28 Jun 2022

Rank #1

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#1769 Bill McKibben “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon” | The Book Show

Author and Environmentalist Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, which was the first book to warn the general public about the climate crisis. Bill McKibben’s latest is “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.”

27mins

14 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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#1768 Nathaniel Philbrick “Travels with George” | The Book Show

Does George Washington still matter? Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick argues for Washington's unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies. His book is "Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy."

27mins

7 Jun 2022

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#1770 Jennifer Egan “The Candy House” | The Book Show

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7 Jun 2022

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#1767 Emily St. John Mandel “Sea of Tranquility” | The Book Show

Emily St. John Mandel is the award-winning, best-selling author of “Station Eleven” and “The Glass Hotel.” She returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon 500-years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space. Her new book is “Sea of Tranquility.”

27mins

31 May 2022

Rank #5

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#1766 Julianna Margulies “Sunshine Girl” | The Book Show

Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award winner, Julianna Margulies has achieved success in television, theater, and film and starred in two classic series: “ER” and “The Good Wife.” As a bubbly child, Julianna was bestowed with the family nickname “Sunshine Girl,” also the title of her new memoir.

27mins

24 May 2022

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#1765 Stephen Harrigan “The Leopard is Loose” | The Book Show

The fragile, 1952 postwar tranquility of a young boy’s world explodes one summer day when a leopard escapes from the Oklahoma City Zoo, throwing all the local residents into dangerous excitement, in Stephen Harrigan’s story of a child’s confrontation with his deepest fears. His new novel is “The Leopard is Loose.”

27mins

17 May 2022

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#1764 Douglas Stuart “Young Mungo | The Book Show

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel "Shuggie Bain" was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize and his new second novel, "Young Mungo" is a portrayal of working-class life and a moving and suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James - who should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all.

27mins

10 May 2022

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#1763 Gregory Maguire “Cress Watercress”|The Book Show

Gregory Maguire, the imagination behind "Wicked," turns his trademark wit and wisdom to an animal adventure about growing up, moving on, and finding community. "Cress Watercress" is a lavishly illustrated woodland tale with a classic sensibility and modern flair. 

27mins

3 May 2022

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#1762 Amy Bloom “In Love”| The Book Show

Amy Bloom’s memoir, "In Love," asks: what are you willing to do for the one you love? And what is our own right to die? Bloom describes the events that took place from the time of her husband’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, until his death by “accompanied suicide” with Dignitas in Zurich.

27mins

26 Apr 2022

Rank #10