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Well Read

Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and In Shadow (#321)

Helprin's novel is a powerful love story and battle against the mafia, played out on the grand stage of post-WWII New York City. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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Series Description: WELL READ opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.

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  • Tim Egan, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (#101)

    The riveting story of Edward Curtis, whose now-famous Native American photographs earned him scorn and poverty during his own lifetime. [26 minutes]

  • Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14 (#102)

    Chronicling the life and remarkable prison camp escape of North Korean Shin Dong-hyuk, Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. [26 minutes]

  • Louise Erdrich, The Round House (#103)

    In this coming-of-age novel set on North Dakota's Ojibwe reservation, the lives of 13-year-old Joe Coutts and his mother are turned upside down by a mysterious crime. [26 minutes]

  • Paul De Barros, Shall We Play That One Together? (#104)

    de Barros chronicles the fascinating life and beautiful music of Jazz great Marian McPartland. [26 minutes]

  • Mark Bowden, "The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden" (#105)

    Bowden traces the United States' war on terror from 9/11 to the Navy Seals' daring elimination of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden. [26 minutes]

  • Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died A Lot (#106)

    Bookworld enforcement officer Thursday Next deals with an assassination attempt, her children's crises, and other challenges in Fforde's latest fantasy novel. [26 minutes]

  • David Blatner, Spectrums (#107)

    How can we grasp the world of the atom or the size of our galaxy? Blatner explores the bizarre, beautiful wonders of our universe in language we all can understand. [26 minutes]

  • G. Willow Wilson, Alif The Unseen (#108)

    Hackers, geeks, the Arab Spring, a parallel universe, genies: they're all part of G. Willow Wilson's debut novel. [26 minutes]

  • Domingo Martinez, "The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir" (#109)

    First-time author Martinez' compelling memoir of growing up in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. A National Book Award finalist. [26 minutes]

  • Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War (#110)

    Marlantes says our soldiers are well trained to kill, but less well trained to live with it afterward. He writes from personal experience as a decorated Vietnam vet. [26 minutes]

  • Chris Cleave, Gold (#111)

    Two ultra-competitive Olympic speed cyclists are forced to decide whether winning means more than friendship in popular British author Cleave's latest novel. [26 minutes]

  • Lesley Hazleton, "The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad" (#112)

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  • Jared Diamond, The World Until Yesterday (#113)

    What can modern society learn from "primitive" cultures? The author draws on his decades living with and observing remote cultures of the Pacific Islands. [26 minutes]

  • Ian Rankin, Standing In Another Man's Grave (#201)

    Ian Rankin's latest crime thriller finds former detective John Rebus investigating the disappearance of three women from the same road over a 10-year period. [26 minutes]

  • Sam Kean, The Violinist's Thumb (#202)

    Sam Kean explores the fascinating world of DNA, proposing that human genetics is responsible for qualities ranging from musical talent to skin tone to Einstein's genius. [26 minutes]

  • Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell (#203)

    The latest in Richelle Mead's "Bloodline" series follows Sydney the alchemist, a human teen keeping the existence of vampires secret from the world. [26 minutes]

  • Frederick Hoxie, This Indian Country (#204)

    Prominent historian Frederick Hoxie traces the history and heroes of Indian political activism. [26 minutes]

  • Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (#205)

    Ayana Mathis' novel follows the lives of Hattie Shepherd and her 12 children. [26 minutes]

  • Khaled Hosseini and the Mountains Echoed (#301)

    The #1 New York Times-bestselling author's new novel is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. [26 minutes]

  • Temple Grandin, The Autistic Brain (#302)

    Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, renowned author and advocate Grandin discusses the science of autism and gives dos and don'ts for parents raising autistic kids. [26 minutes]

  • Susan Orlean, Rin Tin Tin (#303)

    Rin Tin Tin leapt onto the scene in the 1920s as a star of stage, screen and TV. But this legend was a dog, and Orlean provides a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. [26 minutes]

  • Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill (#304)

    The first major battle of the Revolutionary War was a bloody win for the British but a harbinger of ultimate victory for the American colonies. [26 minutes]

  • Elizabeth Strout, The Burgess Boys (#305)

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  • Greg Bear, Hull Zero Three (#306)

    Sci-fi luminary Greg Bear's latest books touches on themes of interstellar travel and starship design. [26 minutes]

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    Greg Martin's father tried to kill himself. The reason? To hide a secret he'd hidden from his family for decades. [26 minutes]

  • Guy Gavriel Kay, River of Stars (#308)

    From one of the biggest names in fantasy fiction, an epic of prideful emperors, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling to find a new place for women in the world. [26 minutes]

  • Christa Parravani, Her (#309)

    A heart-wrenching memoir of the author's struggle after losing her identical twin sister Cara to suicide. [26 minutes]

  • Niel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat (#310)

    A ragtag group of young Americans rowed to gold at the 1936 Olympics, right in the face of Adolph Hitler. [26 minutes]

  • Lee Child, Never Go Back (#311)

    In Child's latest thriller, Jack Reacher lands in Virginia to find his old HQ in an uproar, Susan Turner in jail, and lawyers on his tail. [26 minutes]

  • Jeff Guinn, Manson (#312)

    Through first-ever interviews with Manson's sister and others, Guinn offers new insights into the horrific L.A. murders committed by Charles Manson and his "family." [26 minutes]

  • Ivan Doig, Sweet Thunder (#313)

    Con man turned crusading journalist Morrie Morgan takes on the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in Doig's latest Montana-based novel. [26 minutes]

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    The Emmy-winning producer of PBS's MASTERPIECE reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock and other hit programs. [26 minutes]

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    Real bones and real chills in King's latest thriller featuring Inspector Harris Stuyvesant. [26 minutes]

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    A spy thriller with innumerable twists and turns, where nobody is quite who they seem to be. [26 minutes]

  • Paul Harding, Enon (#318)

    Pulitzer-winning author Harding takes us back to the town of Enon, where a grieving father struggles to come to grips with his teenage daughters' death. [26 minutes]

  • Elizabeth George, Just One Evil Act (#319)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sgt. Barbara Havers pursue a case of child abduction and murder from England to Italy and back. [26 minutes]

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  • Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens (#323)

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    A novel that follows brilliant botanist Alma Whittaker on a voyage of science and desire that spans most of the 19th century. [26 minutes]

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    The first poetry collection written by the celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion. [26 minutes]

  • Amy Tan, The Valley of Amazemen (#326)

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