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The Book Show #1465 - Jay McInerney

Writer Jay McInerney became famous in the 1980s for Bright Lights, Big City, a semi-autobiographical novel about a young man coming of age in Manhattan, but his latest is more domestic in nature – focusing on the idea of a "perfect marriage." Bright, Precious Days is the third book in a trilogy about married couple Russell and Corrine Calloway.

The Book Show #1464 - Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is widely acclaimed as one of America's greatest spy novelists. He's know for his creation of the hero art-restorer assassin and spy, Gabriel Allon. His latest, The Black Widow, is the 16th novel in which Allon has appeared.

The Book Show #1463 - Liz Moore

Novelist Liz Moore's latest is The Unseen World , which tells the moving story of a daughter's quest to discover the truth about her beloved father's hidden past. The story begins in a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston and follows the girl's quest to figure out her father's secrets in a virtual universe.

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.

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