All About Books On Demand

September 13, 2007
Charles Stephen reviews the new biography of nineteenth century feminist "Margaret Fuller" by Charles Capper and a book about hoaxes called "Scientists and Scoundrels" by Robert Silverberg. Also, Otis Young analyzes Lawrence Scanlan's "The Horse God Built," the story behind legendary race horse... more››
September 6, 2007
Otis Young examines "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini --a story centered around two Afghani women trapped by brutal patriarchal customs. Charles Stephen discusses "The Naming of the Dead" by Ian Rankin, the latest novel in the Inspector John Rebus mystery series.
August 30, 2007
Charles Stephen analyzes "Troublesome Young Men" by Lynne Olson, an account of the British rebels who brought Churchill to power in 1940. Otis Young explores Atul Gawande's "Better," a surgeon's look at the social and scientific issues behind quality medical treatment.
August 23, 2007
Charles Stephen reviews "The Great Escape" by Kati Marton, the story of how nine Jews escaped from 1930s Budapest and changed the world; Otis Young then discusses Sean Doolittle's "The Cleanup," a mystery set in Omaha.
August 23, 2007
Charles Stephen discusses the workplace safety situation of New York in 1911, gives a brief overview of the tragedy and then welcomes guest reviewer Barbara Rixstine, who talks us through "Triangle," by Katharine Weber, an historical novel about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which... more››
August 23, 2007
Otis Young discusses "Basilica," the century-long tale of the building of the costly, grand, and controversial St. Peter's Basilica, by R A Scotti. Charles Stephen reviews Howard Frank Mosher's "On Kingdom Mountain," the story of a stubborn woman, a wild mountain, and a timely plane crash.
August 16, 2007
This week on All About Books, Charles Stephen explores two new collections of essays: "The Richness of Life," a compilation of 44 papers and speeches by late scientist Stephen Jay Gould; and Anne Fadiman's "At Large and At Small," a book of informal, short pieces utilizing the late 19th-century... more››
August 9, 2007
Otis Young interviews author and lawyer James W Hewitt about his book on the history of the Nebraska Supreme Court, "Slipping Backward."
August 2, 2007
Otis Young reviews "Be Near Me" by Andrew O'Hagan, a novel chronicling the experiences of a "posh" English priest attempting to integrate into a small Scottish parish. Young also reviews Priscilla Royal's "Justice for the Damned," a murder mystery set in 13th century England.
July 26, 2007
This week on All About Books, Otis Young distills two volumes: Barbara Holland's "The Joy of Drinking," a witty look at the history of human culture's relation with alcohol; and "Dirty Martini" by J. A. Konrath, the latest installment in the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mystery series.