Books by Allegra Goodman
NPR stories about Allegra Goodman
A high-powered executive questions her lifestyle choices while her environmental activist sister struggles with doubts about her beliefs. Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector debuts at No. 15.
Allegra Goodman, Lawrence Gonzales and Fannie Flagg each bring a fresh spin to familiar plots, while Jon Krakauer indicts Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.
It's that time of year again! Susan Stamberg chats with three independent booksellers about their favorite reads of the year, from an atlas of remote islands to a children's book about feminist heroes.
Book reviews can be pretty liberal about comparing authors to Jane Austen, but here's a writer who actually lives up to that association. Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector stars two sisters struggling to decide between wealth and virtue in dot-com-era California.
Contemporary authors have a habit of lazily shoplifting plots and characters from 19th-century fiction — especially the works of Jane Austen. But even though Allegra Goodman's latest novel, The Cookbook Collector, is a modern riff on Sense and Sensibility, her homage quickly comes to have a glorious life of its own.
Allegra Goodman's well-told tale of two young sisters begins in the halcyon days of 1999. Ambitious Emily works at a dot-com startup, while aimless Jess studies philosophy and drifts from boyfriend to boyfriend. Goodman demonstrates her gifts as a graceful writer and an uncommonly astute observer of human foibles.
Maureen Corrigan runs down her list of the year's best fiction, including a series of books set in post-Sept. 11 New York City, Richard Ford's last installment in the Frank Bascombe trilogy and fiction by two Alices.
A young scientist achieves startling results. A colleague is suspicious. Allegra Goodman's novel Intuition, explores tense relations between researchers in a cancer lab, and the professional passions driving them.