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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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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.

    #1668: Amity Gaige “Sea Wife” | The Book Show

    #1668: Amity Gaige “Sea Wife” | The Book Show

    This week on The Book Show, Amity Gaige discusses her book, Sea Wife. A transporting novel about marriage, family and love in a time of turmoil. Sea Wife is about a young family who takes a yearlong sailing trip, which alters their lives. Gaige writes with dual perspectives: Juliet’s first-person narration, and Michael’s captain’s log, […]

    • 27 min
    #1667: John Dickerson “The Hardest Job In The World: The American Presidency” | The Book Show

    #1667: John Dickerson “The Hardest Job In The World: The American Presidency” | The Book Show

    On this week’s Book Show, John Dickerson discusses his new book The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency. He takes a deep dive into the history, evolution and current state of the American presidency. Dickerson is a veteran political journalist, and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is the author of Whistlestop: My […]

    • 27 min
    #1666: Megha Majumdar “A Burning” | The Book Show

    #1666: Megha Majumdar “A Burning” | The Book Show

    On this week’s Book Show, Joe Donahue speaks with author Megha Majumdar. Her debut novel, A Burning, centers around three characters whose lives become intertwined after a terrorist attack in India. Majumdar’s novel discusses themes of class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams throughout […]

    • 27 min
    #1665: Lydia Millet “A Children’s Bible” | The Book Show

    #1665: Lydia Millet “A Children’s Bible” | The Book Show

    On this week’s Book Show, Lydia Millet discusses her new book A Children’s Bible. Her novel follows a group of children on a forced vacation with their families. Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex. The children feel neglected, and suffocated at the same time. When […]

    • 27 min
    #1664: Ibram X. Kendi “How to Be An Antiracist” | The Book Show

    #1664: Ibram X. Kendi “How to Be An Antiracist” | The Book Show

    On this week’s Book Show, Ibram X. Kendi discusses his book How To Be An Antiracist. Kendi is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, and author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which […]

    • 27 min
    #1663: Curtis Sittenfeld “Rodham” | The Book Show

    #1663: Curtis Sittenfeld “Rodham” | The Book Show

    This week on The Book Show, from the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton? In real life, Bill Clinton proposed to Hillary Rodham twice and she said no, until the third time. In author Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, Rodham, she says no the […]

    • 27 min

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