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The Book Show #1492 - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction – including his classics The Sandman and American Gods . Now he turns his attention back to the source in his new book: Norse Mythology , where he fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc.

The Book Show #1491 - Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry is one of the most prominent Irish writers of his generation. In his latest novel, Days without End , he explores America through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant fighting in the great wars of the mid-19 th century. It's about war, immigration, and the violent making of America, but also a moving love story between two gay men.

The Book Show #1480 - Richard Russo

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo is one of America's most celebrated fiction writers, as well as an acclaimed screenwriter and memoirist. His new novel, Everybody's Fool , is a sequel to his novel Nobody's Fool , which revisits the upstate New York setting and characters of that highly-praised novel.

The Book Show #1489 - Tracy Chevalier

Writer Tracy Chevalier spins fiction from history. Her new novel, At the Edge of the Orchard , takes us back to the Gold Rush era to tell the tale of a pioneer family on the American frontier.

The Book Show #1488 - Stéphane Gerson

When Stéphane Gerson's eight year old son, Owen, died in a rafting accident, he found himself in uncharted territory. In the weeks that followed, he started to write about life without his son. Eventually, those writings took shape as the new book, Disaster Falls: A Family Story.

The Book Show #1487 - Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt's new novel, Cruel Beautiful World is about coming of age in 1969; about wild love, rebellion, and finding oneself in the time of Woodstock and the Manson murders. The novel is a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.

The Book Show #1486 - Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman has written more than thirty works of fiction, including The Museum of Extraordinary Things , The Dovekeepers and Practical Magic . Her latest novel is Faithful . It tells the story of a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

The Book Show #1485 - Wally Lamb

Bestselling author Wally Lamb's latest, I'll Take You There , tells the story of film professor Felix Funicello who is visited by the ghost of a trailblazing director from the silent era who invites Felix to revisit – and in some cases re-live – scenes from his past.

The Book Show #1484 - 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 #1483 - Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and A Redbird Christmas . Her latest novel, The Whole Town's Talking , tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.

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