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The Book Show

  • Book cover for "Rough Sleepers" by Tracy Kidder
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    Tracy Kidders new book, “Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People,” tells the story of Dr. Jim O’Connell – a man who invented ways to create a community of care for a city’s unhoused population – the “rough sleepers.”
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    Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels including “A Thousand Acres,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the “Last Hundred Years Trilogy.” Her latest, “A Dangerous Business,” tells the remarkable story of the California gold rush and a pair of sex-worker sleuths who track down the culprit behind a series of disappearances.
  • Russell Banks, an award-winning fiction writer who rooted such novels as “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter” in the wintry, rural communities of his native north-east has died. He was 82. We were fortunate to speak with Banks many times about his work - most recently in 2021 when his novel "Foregone" was released. We re-share interview today, in memoriam.
  • A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history. In her new novel, "Horse," Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.
  • Emily St. John Mandel is the award-winning, best-selling author of “Station Eleven” and “The Glass Hotel” She returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon 500-years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space. Her new book is “Sea of Tranquility.”
  • Bestselling author Nick Hornby is an icon in American pop culture and his latest brings his signature wit and appeal to his first nonfiction book in many years, "Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius." In it, he studies the cosmic link between these two unlikely creative geniuses.
  • Bestselling author Nick Hornby is an icon in American pop culture and his latest brings his signature wit and appeal to his first nonfiction book in many years, "Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius." In it, he studies the cosmic link between these two unlikely creative geniuses.
  • Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s new novel "Singularities" tells a playful, multilayered story of nostalgia, life and death, and quantum theory.
  • Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold. In her latest, Pure Colour, she presents a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and an absurdly funny guide to the great (and terrible) things about being alive.
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi for his latest legal thriller “The Boys from Biloxi,” The story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
  • Jennifer Egan’s new novel, “The Candy House,” is a sibling novel to her Pulitzer-Prize and National Book Critics Circle-winning “A Visit from The Goon Squad.” It asks big questions about the totalizing and flattening effects of digital culture, privacy, and surveillance. It is a place where people can upload their actual memories, and let other people live in theirs.
  • Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of “Little Fires Everywhere.” Her new novel, “Our Missing Hearts,” is about a mother’s unbreakable love in a world consumed by fear. Bird’s mother was a Chinese American poet who disappeared. When Bird is 12, he embarks on a journey to put together the pieces, aided by an underground network of librarians.