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  • Alain de Botton | The Course of Love

    Recorded Jun 15, 2016

    “With originality, verve, and wit” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Alain de Botton’s internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On Love , How… more

  • Terry McMillan | I Almost Forgot About You

    Recorded Jun 13, 2016  Explicit Content

    “Rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor, and moral heft” ( Los Angeles Times ), Terry McMillan’s bestselling novels include  Waiting to Exhale —a watershed work in contemporary fiction about black women—and  How Stella Got Her Groove Back , “a… more

  • Colm Tóibín, bestselling author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster joins the Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016. Tóibín will be joined by poet  Eavan Boland , and journalist  Sadhbh… more

  • Jennifer Haigh received the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction for her novel Mrs. Kimble . Her other books include the novels The Conditio n, Faith , and the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers , as well as News from Heaven… more

  • Louise Erdrich | LaRose

    Recorded May 11, 2016

    A “brilliant chronicler of the American Indian experience” ( Reader’s Digest ), Louise Erdrich revisits the beloved and familiar Ojibwe reservation of her North Dakota childhood—illuminating the mythical and magical in the detail of the… more

  • The “enthralling” ( The Globe and Mail ) Chris Cleave 's debut novel,  Incendiary —in which a grieving mother pens a raw, pleading letter to Osama bin Laden in the wake of a London terrorist attack—received a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was… more

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Sympathizer

    Recorded Apr 19, 2016

    “A frenzied, abrasive, attention-grabbing” ( Wall Street Journal ) debut novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is the story of a South Vietnamese army captain who emigrates to Los Angeles in 1975 at the end of the war. Through his secret… more

  • As a three-decade veteran of The New Yorker ’s copy department, Mary Norris has had the task of maintaining the venerable periodical’s legendary high standards. In her bestselling Confessions of a Comma Queen , a “winningly tender, funny… more

  • Diane McKinney-Whetstone | Lazaretto

    Recorded Apr 11, 2016

    A writer of “wrenching and sweet truths that feel familiar to any reader” ( Philadelphia Magazine ), Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Tumbling , Tempest Rising , and Trading Dreams at Midnight , a… more

  • With “an outsize life to match her outsize talent” ( New York Times ), Edna O’Brien is the author of a score of novels, short story collections, biographies, and poetry collections. Due to frank female voices and daring sexual scenes, her first… more

  • Hanya Yanagihara | A Little Life

    Recorded Mar 31, 2016

    A National Book Award finalist and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life is a tragic and transcendent psalm to brotherly love and an unsettling meditation on sexual abuse, suffering, and the difficulties of… more

  • The internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels of “brilliant writer” ( New York Times Book Review ) Donna Leon contain “crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant and all too full of human failings” ( The… more

  • Naturalist Helen Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for the bestselling H Is for Hawk , a “beautiful and nearly feral” ( New York Times ) chronicle of the devastating but transformative year she spent training a goshawk… more

  • “Thrilling and enigmatic” ( New York Times Book Review ), Howard Jacobso n is the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel  The Finkler Question , an unflinching story of friendship and loss. An acerbically funny critic, columnist for The… more

  • Skilled at turning “the ordinary marvelously, frighteningly strange” ( The Boston Globe ), Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five virtuosic novels that explore the spaces inside and beyond fairy tales and myths: her first novel, The Icarus Girl ,… more

  • Jacqueline Woodson | Brown Girl Dreaming

    • Recorded Apr 29, 2015

    The author of more than two dozen books for young adults, Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, as well as the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her… more

  • The year 2010 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Called a "sobering corrective" by a reviewer for the New York Times , Bruce Cumings's book takes a fresh look at the often unjustly ignored conflict. Characterizing… more