Books

The Reading Life
1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Natasha Trethewey and Dalt Wonk

Natasha Trethewey

This week on The Reading Life: Natasha Trethewey, the 19th United States poet laureate, whose most recent book is Thrall, and Dalt Wonk, author of French Quarter Fables.

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The Sound of Books
6:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" To Rob You Blind

  • An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston — The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.

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The Sound of Books
4:17 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

New Book From Bestselling Author Tanner Colby: "Some of My Best Friends Are Black"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed new book from New York Times bestselling author Tanner Colby — Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jonathan O’Dell, Jordan Soyka, and Larissa Leclair

This week on The Reading Life we'll talk with Jonathan O’Dell, whose wonderful novel, new in paperback, is The Healing; and with Larissa Leclair, founder of the Indie Photobook Library, who’s coming to town for PhotoNOLA, the annual celebration of photography in New Orleans.

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Author Interviews
12:55 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Talking Turkey (And Pie) In 'Thanksgiving'

Sarah C. Rutherford Random House

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 3:56 pm

In the introduction to his new book, Sam Sifton lays it out: "Thanksgiving is not easy." Sifton knows whereof he speaks; he's now the national editor of The New York Times, but before he took on that solemn responsibility, he was the newspaper's restaurant critic and a food columnist for its Sunday Magazine.

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Author Interviews
12:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father

Lyle Talbot began his career as an itinerant carnival and vaudeville performer before eventually making his way to Hollywood.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

If you look up the name Lyle Talbot on IMDb, you'll find dozens of films and television shows he appeared in, starting with the 1931 short The Nightingale and ending with roles on Newhart and Who's the Boss. He made a movie with Bogart before Bogart was a star. He worked with child star Shirley Temple, was featured in the Ed Wood cult classics Plan 9 from Outer Space and Glen or Glenda?, and had a recurring role on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as Ozzie's friend and neighbor Joe Randolph.

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Author Interviews
12:42 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Anne Lamott Distills Prayer Into 'Help, Thanks, Wow'

Anne Lamott is the best-selling author of Some Assembly Required, Grace (Eventually), Plan B and Traveling Mercies.
Sam Lamott Riverhead Books

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:44 am

As Thanksgiving draws near, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for — taking time to consider how best to appreciate what we have in our lives. This year, novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott has focused on using prayer to help express our thanks. Many of her books explore how individuals can transform their lives — how one moves from being troubled to feeling whole. In Lamott's case, she suffered from alcoholism and drug abuse; after hitting rock bottom, she found her faith.

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Author Interviews
12:39 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

Joshua Lott Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:25 am

Americans own an estimated 300 million guns. It's a level of gun ownership that no other country in the world comes close to matching. It's also a source of controversy in the U.S., where groups on both sides of the issue seem to have dug deep into the debate.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rosemary James and Niyi Osundare

  • The Reading Life for Nov. 20, 2012.

This week on The Reading Life: Rosemary James, founder of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and co-owner of Faulkner House Books, who’s behind Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is Random Blues. Susan also reviews Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

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Author Interviews
3:06 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

A Man Of Misconceptions by John Glassie.
Riverhead Hardcover

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:29 am

Back in the 17th century, right around the time when the ideas of great thinkers like Descartes and Newton and Hobbes began to shape the world, a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher also tried to make his mark.

Kircher was something of a jack-of-all-trades. He wrote more than 30 books; he was a philosopher, an inventor, a historian, a scientist. Back in his day, everyone knew about him. But it didn't help his reputation that many of his theories and inventions just couldn't hold water.

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