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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

'Giants in the Earth' by Ole Edvart Rolvaag()  

February 14, 2006 Art, a listener from central Pennsylvania, recommends this story of a Norwegian pioneer's family: "Hardly a winter passes when I don't think about the struggles faced by the Per Hansa family in the bitter [Dakota Territory] winters."

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

'My Name Is Asher Lev' by Chaim Potok()  

February 8, 2006 Robyn, who listens to WETA in the Washington, D.C. area, recommends this novel about the struggles of a young Jewish boy. "Many people can relate to Asher's conflict — the tension between loyalty to family and community and the desire to fulfill one's own destiny."

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

'Parting the Waters' by Taylor Branch()  

February 2, 2006 Listener Paul from Cedar Falls, Iowa, recommends the biographical series on Martin Luther King Jr. by author Taylor Branch.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

'Love Monkey' by Kyle Smith()  

January 25, 2006 "This book speaks to me loud and clear," writes Ted, who listens to KWMU in St. Louis. "I have recommended this book to nearly every man I know who likes women, music and movies."

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Monday, January 16, 2006

'Broken for You' by Stephanie Kallos()  

January 16, 2006 Listener Ann Marie says: this novel "stayed on my mind for a long time and made me THINK." Ann Marie listens to WAMU in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

'How We Are Hungry' by Dave Eggers()  

January 10, 2006 Kasia, who listens to member station KUT in Austin, recommends Dave Eggers' story collection. "His stream of consciousness style of writing fit[s] perfectly with a shorter form."

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

'The Search' by John Battelle()  

January 3, 2006 Cory, who listens to member station WUWM in Wisconsin, says that this book about the popular search engine Google is a "fascinating and slightly scary look at what's behind the friendly Google interface."

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

'Heart' by Gail Godwin()  

December 29, 2005 Listener Teresa is halfway through this examination of the heart's cultural role throughout history and "feeling gallantly wiser about so much. [I] cannot wait to crawl back in tonight to learn more about this beating organ that has given us life since the beginning."

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Monday, December 26, 2005

'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey()  

December 26, 2005 Listener Theresa recommends this memoir of surviving drug abuse and its sequel, My Friend Leonard. "Don't let the swear words discourage you from reading," she writes.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

'Memories of a Big Sky British War Bride' by Irene Hope Hedrick()  

December 14, 2005 " The lessons the author learns are so real that they are unreal," says listener Hillary about this memoir. The author was a British woman who married an American serviceman and moved to Montana.

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