The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Schools, Cities and Artists in Love

This week on The Reading Life: former Times-Picayune education reporter Sarah Carr discusses Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children.

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First Reads
9:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Wave' By Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She now lives in New York and North London.
Ann Billingsley

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:28 am

Economist Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country Sri Lanka when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cory Doctorow and Christine Wiltz

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Cory Doctorow, blogger at, whose new young adult novel is Homeland.

And we’ll talk with New Orleans favorite Christine Wiltz, whose post-Katrina caper is Shoot the Money.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Ruta Sepetys and Eloisa James

The Reading Life has two bestselling authors this week: Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray, whose new young adult book is Out of the Easy, and bestselling author Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love, whose new romance is The Lady Most Willing, written with Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway

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The Sound of Books
11:38 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Well Crafted Thriller from Novelist Stephen Maitland-Lewis: "Emeralds Never Fade"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the recent novel by soon-to-be part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis, Emeralds Never Fade.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Baby Dolls and Shoe Stories

The Sound of Books
1:18 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Evocative New Work From Alabama Writer Frye Gaillard: "The Books That Mattered"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from journalist and author Frye Gaillard, The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Jen Lancaster, Yuka Petz and Reggie Jones

On this week's The Reading Life, Susan talks with bestselling author Jen Lancaster, whose new book is Here I Go Again. Then, paper/book artist Yuka Petz, whose beautiful work appears in a new exhibit in the Carroll Art Gallery at the Newcomb Art Department in Woldenberg Art Center.

Finally, celebrate Super Bowl week with former Saint Reggie Jones, who has written a guide to football for the ladies. Hut! Hut!

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: January 29, 2013

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The Sound of Books
3:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Susannah Cahalan's Vivid Mix of Memoir and Medical Thriller: "Brain on Fire"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new memoir by journalist Susannah Cahalan: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

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1:48 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Lemon Cake, Basketball and Bead Dogs


This week on The Reading Life: Aimee Bender, whose most recent novel is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Aimee will be the Zale-Kimmerling writer in residence at Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University this week.

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