Author Julia Alvarez balances two very different worlds -- in her life and in her new novel, "Saving the World." Alvarez grew up in a large family in the Dominican Republic, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 10. She spends most of the year in Vermont now, although she still owns a farm in the Dominican Republic.
When Brent Runyon was just 14, he soaked his bathrobe in gasoline, stepped into the tub and set himself on fire. The story of his suicide attempt, his painful recovery and self-discovery is told in his memoir "The Burn Journals," the latest selection in the Talking Volumes regional book club.
Author Marilynne Robinson's first novel came out more than 20 years ago, and her fans have been waiting since then for her second one. Their wait was over last year, when Robinson's
"Gilead" was published. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, and is the latest selection in the Talking Volumes community book club. Critics say "Gilead" was worth the wait.
It's been 20 years since author Kaye Gibbons burst onto the literary scene with her novel about a resilient, determined little girl named Ellen Foster. We hear about the next chapter in Ellen Foster's life in Gibbons' new novel, "The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster," which is the latest Talking Volumes selection.
Jonathan Safran Foer is just 28, and is already a literary star. His first novel, "Everything is Illuminated," hit the bestseller lists and was made into a movie. Now Foer is out with his second book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," the latest Talking Volumes selection. His new book is earning intense praise, as well as fierce criticism.
Author, essayist and screenwriter Joan Didion opens the new season of the Talking Volumes community book club with her newest book, "The Year of Magical Thinking." It's a memoir about the death of Didion's husband, author John Gregory Dunne, at the same time that their daughter was seriously ill.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder's new collection, "Danger on Peaks," is the current selection of the Talking Volumes book club. Snyder talked with MPR's Kerri Miller about his work and his love of nature.
Twin Cities author Jonathan Odell explores race relations in what he calls "the intimate spaces" of everyday life in his first novel, "The View from Delphi." Odell's book is the March selection of the Talking Volumes book club.
Author Tobias Wolff made a name for himself with his successful memoir, "This Boy's Life," which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. You may recognize his name because his brother, Geoffrey Wolff, is also a writer. Now, Wolff is out with his first novel, "Old School," which is the January selection of the Talking Volumes book club.