Books by Ron Hansen
NPR stories about Ron Hansen
Author Sloane Crosley is moving apartments — and, just as importantly, her library. Some books will come with her; others won't. But when she can't find the sheets or shampoo, these are the titles she'll want easy access to.
Why do gruesome stories draw us in? What is it about tales that chill us that we can't stay away from? Author Bruce Machart doesn't have the answers, but he does have three recommendations of books that explore the depths of human depravity.
Ron Hansen's latest novel, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, fictionalizes an infamous crime of sexual transgression. In 1927, Ruth Snyder killed her husband, Albert, after falling in love with a lingerie salesman. Hansen's sexy fictionalization of the real-life murder sizzles with the spirit of the Roaring '20s.
For all the ways movies consume us, it's rare to find good, serious writing that analyzes our relationship to them. Anthony Giardina's three books do just that.
Novelist Ron Hansen is best known for his tales of Western bandits and whiskey runners, but he claims his inspiration for these unsavory characters is divine. The author of Exiles discusses writing, faith and his status as a Catholic deacon in a secular literary world.
Ron Hansen's ethereal novel tells the intertwined story of the Victorian poet, Gerard Manly Hopkins, and the sea tragedy that inspired Hopkins' famous poem, The Wreck of the Deutschland.
There are beach books full of sun and cotton candy and beach books dappled with shadow and sardonic humor. The very different beach books Maureen Corrigan recommends all have one thing in common: They carry a reader far beyond the familiar.