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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

'The Space Between Us' by Thrity Umrigar()  

May 24, 2006 A listener in Cincinnati recommends this novel about the bond between a woman in India and her housekeeper. Susan in Ohio writes: "This book leads the reader deeply into the cultures of India. It is both fascinating and moving to be allowed into [their lives.]"

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The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

by Thrity N. Umrigar

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

'The Thin Place' by Kathryn Davis()  

May 16, 2006 Kimberly, who listens to WKNO in Memphis, Tenn., says this book about a meeting of the spiritual and physical worlds in a small New England town "is the perfect novel for anyone who enjoys a short but hauntingly powerful novel."

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

'Radical Prunings' by Bonnie Thomas Abbott()  

May 9, 2006 This novel isn't beach reading," writes listener Holly from Spokane, Wash., "it's lounging-in-the-garden reading." Abbott creates a fictional and humorous collection of gardening columns by one Mertensia Corydalis.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

'Come Back' by Claire and Mia Fontaine()  

May 2, 2006 A mother and daughter's memoir touches reader K., who listens to WXEL in West Palm Beach. "It's also pretty funny, which is welcome," she writes. "Most memoirs like this are too unrelenting."

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

'The Scent of God' by Beryl Singleton Bissell()  

April 25, 2006 A compelling memoir leads Diana, a listener in Minnesota, to write in. "The author takes us on her journey to stay true to God through her childhood, her years as a nun in a Poor Clares monastery and her relationship with a priest."

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

'Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight' by Alexandra Fuller()  

April 20, 2006 Cheryl, who listens to Bay Area member station KQED, recommends this memoir of growing up white in 1970s Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe].

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Monday, April 17, 2006

'The Brief History of the Dead' by Kevin Brockmeier()  

April 17, 2006 "I couldn't put it down," says Michigan listener Cyndi of Kevin Brockmeier's novel about an afterlife realm populated by the dead called The City.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

'The Line of Beauty' by Alan Hollinghurst()  

April 11, 2006 "The upper-class British, gay London party scene of the 1980s is about as far from my middle-class American straight suburban existence as it gets, but Hollinghurst writes so vividly that you are swept into it," writes one listener about this novel.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

'Audience of Chairs' by Joan Clark()  

April 5, 2006 "It's the stuff you think about in your head that you hope to god you would never act out on," writes listener Renee, who listens to member station WBFO, when she can get reception in Canada.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami()  

April 3, 2006 Jeff, who listens to WUWM in Milwaukee, recommends Haruki Murakami's mysterious and unconventional novel: "The most challenging novel [I have read] in recent years."

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