It had been a few months since Bob last spoke with our intrepid book critic Laura Miller, so fall seemed like a good time to check in and see what’s recently piqued her interest. As usual, I asked Laura to focus on the new fiction she’s reading, simply because we cover so much non-fiction on the show. Since I’m still mad at myself for missing my chance to have Bob talk with Jennet Conant about her book The Irregulars, I was delighted that it was one of the books Laura mentioned to me. And if you’re looking for an escape from the current political fervor, this is a diverse enough list to keep your mind occupied with things other than the coming election… at least until you turn on the TV… or radio… or open a newspaper… or turn on your computer.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago
Antoine's Alphabet by Jed Perl
The Irregulars by Jennet Conant
-- Cristy Meiners