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May 24, 2012
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at a new Stephen King novel, "11/22/63", about a teacher in Maine who is able to travel back in time to Dallas in 1963 to stop Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination of President Kennedy. Also reviewed, Ted Kooser's children's book, "House Held Up by Trees".
May 17, 2012
"The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt. The winner of this years Pulitzer Price for General Nonfiction. A book of history and philosophy which traces the discovery and subsequent influence of an ancient poem, "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius.
May 10, 2012
Charles welcomes guest reviewer, Don Hanway, who looks at "Much Ado About Loving" which offers guidelines to romantic happiness derived from classic novels. Also reviewed, a short, well-written love story of sorts, set in rural England after the second World War entitled, "Coral Glynn".
May 3, 2012
Guest reviewer Pat Leach looks at "The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje, the story of a young boy's life–changing ocean voyage. Then, Charles discusses "50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True" by Guy Harrison, a primer for the skeptical mind.
April 26, 2012
"Dorchester Terrace" by Anne Perry. Charles Stephen looks at a late Victorian mystery dealing with European intrigue and treason.
April 19, 2012
"Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times" by Eyal Press, a collection of true accounts of individuals faced with questions of conscience in dangerous circumstances. Examples of different kinds of courage from war torn Europe to our contemporary... more››
April 12, 2012
Guest reviewer Susan Stephen looks at two new crime novels, one set in outdoor Wyoming, "Force of Nature" by C J Box and the other in Atlantic City, "Stay Close" by Harlan Coben.
April 5, 2012
Guest reviewer, Jane Hood, looks at "The White Tiger", a darkly funny novel about a man who rises from poverty to success in the high tech marketplaces of India. Also reviewed, a crime novel, "Dublin Dead" by Gerard O'Donovan
March 29, 2012
"Justice and the Enemy: Nuremburg, 9/11 and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" by William Shawcross. A provocative but fair-minded look at the difficulty of dealing fairly with captured terrorists.
March 22, 2012
This time it's two books about English, its history, how it has changed over time and its power in the contemporary world. "The Little Book of Languages" by David Crystal and "Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language" by Robert McCrum.