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.

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#1731: Peter Heller "The Guide" | The Book Show

This week, Peter Heller's new novel, "The Guide," takes place against the backdrop of his home state of Colorado. It follows a young man, Jack, who accepts a job as a fishing guide at an elite resort in the wilds of Colorado. What begins as an idyllic experience soon takes a dark turn. Photo courtesy of Knopf.

#1730: Paula Hawkins "A Slow Fire Burning" | The Book Show

This week, with one of the longest-running bestselling adult hardcovers in publishing history, "The Girl on the Train," Paula Hawkins became an international publishing phenomenon. She now unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge in her latest novel, "A Slow Fire Burning." Photo courtesy of Riverhead Books.

#1729: Lisa Napoli "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie" | The Book Show

This week, we discuss the new book "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR" by journalist Lisa Napoli. The book is a group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism; covered decades of American news; and whose voices defined NPR. Photo courtesy of Abrams Press.

#1728: Patricia Engel "Infinite Country" | The Book Show

This week, in her new novel "Infinite Country," acclaimed author Patricia Engel gives voice to five family members as they navigate the particular challenges of family life in two countries. In the book, Engel shows immigration as an ongoing process and a constant flow of people across borders. Photo courtesy of Avid Reader Press/ Simon & Schuster.

#1727: Christopher Cox "The Deadline Effect" | The Book Show

This week, Editor, journalist and writer Christopher Cox explores his experiences with looming deadlines and how he became determined to learn the secret of managing them in his new book, "The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like it's the Last Minute Before the Last Minute." Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster/ Avid Reader Press.

#1726: Fannie Flagg "The Wonder Boy Of Whistle Stop" | The Book Show

This week on The Book Show, Fannie Flagg discusses her sequel to the New York Times bestseller "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café." The novel, "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," traces what happened to the beloved characters in Fried Green Tomatoes. This episode originally aired in Dec. 2020. Photo courtesy of Random House.

#1725: Francine Prose "The Vixen" | The Book Show

This week, bestselling author Francine Prose discusses her latest, "The Vixen." Set in the glamorous world of 1950s New York publishing, the novel is the story of a young man tasked with editing a steamy bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Photo courtesy of Harper.

#1724: Jim Shepard "Phase Six" | The Book Show

This week, Jim Shepard discusses his latest book "Phase Six." The novel is about the next pandemic that reads like a fictional sequel to our current crisis. Shepard is also the author of seven previous novels including, "The Book of Aron." Photo courtesy of Random House.

#1723: James Ellroy "Widespread Panic" | The Book Show

This week, from the modern master of noir James Ellroy, comes the new novel "Widespread Panic;" about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood Underground. The novel is a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films, and strange bedfellows. Photo courtesy of Knopf.

#1722: T.J. Newman "Falling" | The Book Show

This week, Former flight attendant T. J. Newman wrote much of her new novel, "Falling," on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. "Falling" follows pilot Bill Hoffman after he's been given an impossible choice: crash the plane he's currently flying, or let his kidnapped family die. Photo courtesy of Avid Reader Press.