January 26, 2014 Roddy Doyle's new The Guts revisits the Commitments three decades later, grown up and dealing with life's blows. Mastermind Jimmy Rabbitte is out of the hospital after cancer surgery, and he's living life one day at a time. Critic Alan Cheuse says the dialogue-heavy novel is both foulmouthed and bursting with joie de vivre.
May 7, 2012 Mother's Day may arrive earlier in England than in the U.S., but British writer Rosamund Lupton is always happy to celebrate. She recommends three books that distill motherhood to its essential elements. Do you have a favorite book about moms? Tell us in the comments.
March 31, 2011 Roddy Doyle's new novel confronts the dream and reality of Ireland, while Hampton Sides examines Martin Luther King's assassination, historian Tony Judt critiques our deteriorating social contract, and Barbara Stauch defends the middle-aged brain.
Roddy Doyle is the author of the Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Woman Who Walked into Doors. He lives in Dublin.
May 20, 2010 The Dead Republic is the final installment in Roddy Doyle's trilogy about the life of Henry Smart, a former IRA assassin making his way through the first half of the 20th century. Lynn Neary talks with Doyle about the novel, which finds Henry turning his life story into a movie with film director John Ford.
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October 2, 2007 When book editor Arthur Levine invited author Ruth Ozeki to team up with nine other writers to create a new novel, she thought he was nuts. The literary tag team came up with Click, the story of a globe-trotting photojournalist as viewed from a variety of perspectives.
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