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November 19, 2009
Otis Young sits down with "Exiles in the Garden" by Ward Just, a carefully woven novel sketching the life of a US Senator's son, edged on one side by Washington DC's political players and on the other side by exiles seeking refuge in the United States. Charles Stephen also checks out "Dangerous... more››
November 12, 2009
Charles Stephen opens up Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs," a witty, charming, and warm coming-of-age novel set in a Midwest college town. Otis Young then considers "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" by Maile Meloy, a collection of short stories probing the complicated and often... more››
November 5, 2009
Guest reviewer Barbara Rixstine discusses "In Fed We Trust," by David Wessel, an economics reporter for the Wall Street Journal. This is a book about Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve, and how they tried to head off the recent international financial disaster.
November 5, 2009
Charles Stephen talks with former US poet laureate Ted Kooser about his latest book, "Lights on the Ground of Darkness," a short book of childhood remembrances.
November 5, 2009
Otis Young contemplates "Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell," a thoughtful examination of deities and religion in the context of modern knowledge by retired bishop John Shelby Spong. Charles Stephen marches forward with "Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a... more››
October 29, 2009
Charles Stephen sails through "That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo, a poignant and introspective novel examining family ties, dreams for the future, and life changes. Otis Young discovers "I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing" by Kyria Abrahams, a candid and... more››
October 22, 2009
Otis Young unearths Mitch Horowitz's "Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation," an exploration of the less mainstream beliefs that have woven through American culture since before the Revolutionary War. Charles Stephen kicks back with "Seven Pleasures: Essays on... more››
October 1, 2009
Charles Stephen peruses "Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536" by James Reston Jr., the story of Islam's greatest incursion into Europe when the Ottoman and Holy Roman Empires clashed in Austria and Hungary. Otis Young corners "Castle," a... more››
September 24, 2009
Otis Young reviews "The Shack," an unusual novel by William Paul Young in which a man whose child was kidnapped finds peace with loss at the scene where she may have been murdered. Charles Stephen reviews "The Water's Edge," an intelligent crime novel from Norway by Karin Fossum. Charles then tilts... more››
September 17, 2009
Otis Young summarizes and reviews "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright. This book traces the history of western belief in God and the concept that religions have evolved and become better. Also reviewed, by Charles Stephen, is the final crime novel by the late Donald E Westlake, "Get Real."