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The Book Show #1462 - Emily Barton

What if an empire of Jewish warriors that really existed in the Middle Ages had never fallen—and was the only thing standing between Hitler and his conquest of Russia? Emily Barton's new novel, The Book of Esther, is a saga of war, technology, mysticism, power, and faith.

The Book Show #1461 - Russell Banks

Russell Banks' works include the novels Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. His latest, Voyager: Travel Writings, is a collection of travel essays spanning the globe from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.

The Book Show #1460 - Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen's new novel, Book of Numbers, is narrated by a fictional Joshua Cohen – also a writer, whose misfortune is to have written a book with the publication date of September 11, 2001.

The Book Show #1459 - Nathaniel Philbrick

Best-selling historian Nathaniel Philbrick once again takes readers deep into the American Revolution, leading them into battles and illuminating the players on the field and behind the scenes. His latest - Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution - is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

The Book Show #1458 - Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland's foremost living novelists and journalists. His most recent novel is Nora Webster, which the Los Angeles Times said "may actually be a perfect work of fiction." He also wrote the novel, Brooklyn, which was made into a successful film nominated this year for an Oscar for Best Picture.

The Book Show #1457 - Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the author of ten books, including the novel, The Shipping News and the short story, Brokeback Mountain. Her new novel, Barkskins, imagines the forging of a new world through humanity's insatiable appetite for timber and through two families intertwined in the early onslaught of modern global deforestation.

The Book Show #1456 - Joseph Luzzi

On November 29, 2007 Joseph Luzzi's life forever changed. His wife, Catherine, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was killed in a car crash. Before she died, doctors delivered their daughter, Isabel. His new memoir is In A Dark Wood. It tells the story how he dealt with his grief in part through the writings of Dante.

The Book Show #1455 - Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard's new book, The Book of Aron, tells the story of a Jewish boy growing up in poverty and desperation. It begins before the Germans invaded Poland and, through Aron's eyes, takes us from the Polish countryside into the depths of the Warsaw Ghetto and then into a famous orphanage for destitute children.

The Book Show #1454 - Anna Quindlen

Best known of award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Anna Quindlen returns with her eighth novel, Miller's Valley. The setting is a farming valley in Pennsylvania during the height of the Viet Nam War. Outside influences like the war and a government plan to flood the valley affect the lives of one family - and the community.

The Book Show #1453 - Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies. He has now written the history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? His new book is The Gene: An Intimate History.

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