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Elizabeth Strout: "The Burgess Boys: A Novel"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel, "The Burgess Boys." It centers on three adult siblings haunted by a childhood tragedy and facing a crisis involving Somali refugees in their small Maine hometown.

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Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

Meg Wolitzer's latest novel begins in 1974 when six teenagers meet at an artsy summer camp. It traces their lifelong friendship and how their individual talents play out in life.

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Amity Gaige: "Schroder"

A new novel explores whether a person whose life is built on lies can be a good and loving parent.

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George Saunders: "Tenth of December"

George Saunders has a new collection of short stories. How the MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow went from working in the oil fields of Asia to writing critically acclaimed fiction.

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Ru Freeman: "On Sal Mal Lane"

A journalist uses her experiences growing up during Sri Lanka's civil war to inform her latest novel. Ru Freeman describes how growing religious and ethnic tensions affected children from diverse backgrounds living on an ordinary lane in Colombo in the years preceding the war.

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Dinaw Mengestu On The African Immigrant Experience (Rebroadcast)

The acclaimed novelist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu discusses his writing, his heritage and the immigrant experience.

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Barbara Kingsolver: "Flight Behavior" (Rebroadcast)

Barbara Kingsolver talks with Diane about her 14th book, a novel set in Appalachia. It traces the unforeseen impact of global concerns on the ordinary citizens of a rural community and how they are forced to come to terms with their changing place in a larger world.

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Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton (Rebroadcast)

For our February Readers’ Review: A tragic love story about a poor farmer who falls for his ailing wife’s cousin. We hope you’ll join us for the discussion of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton on Wednesday, February 22.

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Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership"

Farmer and author Wendell Berry writes about characters who've lived in an imaginary town in Kentucky for generations. He explains why this way of life is threatened, and why we need a national agricultural policy based on ecological principles to protect it.

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Readers' Review: "The Bonfire of the Vanities" By Tom Wolfe

For this month's Readers' Review, Diane invites you to read Tom Wolfe's first novel. "Bonfire of the Vanities" was published 25 years ago and remains a biting satire of race and class in the New York investment world of the 1980s.

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