Book Show Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.
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Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.

Most Recent Episodes

The Book Show #1679 - Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez's first book since "The Friend," winner of the National Book Award, looks back to a precarious, pre-pandemic world. "What You Are Going Through" is a story of death and companionship, loneliness and obligation and as she writes: "Messy life. Unfair life. Life that must be dealt with."

The Book Show #1678 - Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Veselka's new novel, "The Great Offshore Grounds," tells the story of sisters Livy and Cheyenne as they set out to claim an unusual inheritance from their estranged father. The book explores how individuals begin to navigate ethics and emotions until they find where in the world they belong.

The Book Show #1677 - Carl Hiaasen

As a native Floridian, author Carl Hiaasen has worked his entire adult life for the Miami Herald, for which he writes an award-winning column. In his latest, very funny, novel "Squeeze Me," Hiaasen takes on The Palm Beach social scene - complete with Presidential shenanigans, a missing woman named Kiki Pew, and enormous pythons.

The Book Show #1676 - Kurt Andersen

In his new book "Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History," Kurt Andersen asks the question: When did America give up on fairness? The bestselling author of "Fantasyland" tells the history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change and charts a way back to the future.

The Book Show #1675 - Jhumpa Lahiri

One of the best-loved fiction writers of her generation, Jhumpa Lahiri fell completely in love with Italian language and literature beginning in 2012. She recently edited and published "The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories," a collection of short works of fiction— nearly half appearing in English for the first time.

The Book Show #1674 - Caroline Leavitt

Bestselling author Caroline Leavitt's latest, "With or Without You," tells the story of Stella. When she wakes from a coma she develops an uncanny ability to draw and identify everyone's innermost feelings. Her husband and best friend, who bonded during her illness, may have formed a new relationship as she lay sleeping.

The Book Show #1673 - Emma Donoghue

Joe Donahue: Emma Donoghue's new novel "The Pull of the Stars", brings us to Dublin 1918, in a maternity ward at the height of the great flu. With the country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center where expecting mothers who have come down with influenza are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world steps two outsiders: Dr. Kathleen Lin, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie

The Book Show #1672 - Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is a veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday. His new book, "Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days That Changed the World," a behind-the-scenes account of the secret meetings and lead up to the world's first use of the atomic bomb in wartime-the American attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

The Book Show #1671 - Scott Spencer

An Ocean Without a Shore" from the best-selling, critically acclaimed author Scott Spencer, known for "Endless Love" and "Man in the Woods", is an exploration of that timeless of human dilemmas the one in which your love is left unreturned. Since their college days, Kip Woods has been infatuated with Thaddeus Kaufman, who, years later, is a married father of two children and desperately trying to revive a failing career. Kip's devotion to Thaddeus has been life-defining and destiny-altering, but

The Book Show #1670 - Kelly Braffet

Kelly Braffet is the author of three previous novels, her latest - "The Unwilling" is a high stakes coming-of-age tale full of enchantment and political turmoil. The narrative is set against a backdrop of court intrigue and ancient magic featuring an unforgettable heroine with no name and no history, who discovers there's more to her story than she ever imagined.

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