Julie Powell must certainly have considered cooking her way through volume two of Mastering the Art of French Cooking as the follow-up sequel to her wildly successful Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.
One of the major technological improvements of this age provides me with the ability to listen to a book on a near-weightless device while lying under a stack of weights.
The eloquent testimonials last week of several outstanding writers and close family members were what you might expect at a public memorial service for the crime novelist Robert B. Parker who died in January.
In 1975, the Lutz family moved into their dream home on Long Island -- and barely lasted a year. Jay Anson chronicles their paranormal experiences in a 1977 pulp horror classic. Josh Kilmer-Purcell says Amityville's hyperbole and hackneyed plotlines keep his mind off of his own anxieties.
They were married when they first met, but he kept her from leaving a party when he asked, "Must you go?" That simple question launched a 33-year relationship and serves as the title of biographer Lady Antonia Fraser's new memoir about her years with playwright Harold Pinter.
Whimsical and richly illustrated, Maira Kalman's graphic diary is an optimistic yearlong exploration of American history and government. And the Pursuit of Happiness is an unorthodox tribute to the United States -- from musings on The Department of Homeland Security, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Ben Franklin.
The New England Mobile Book Fair -- which is neither mobile nor a fair -- is up for sale, and its loyal customers are worried an ownership change could threaten a quirkiness that has taken 50 years to develop.
The Emily Rooney Show
World-famous author Salman Rushdie discussed parenthood, Harry Potter and his new novel, Luka and the Fire of Life with WGBH's Emily Rooney.
Leon Fleisher talks with Diane Rehm, Alex Ross sounds off on modern music, and how much would you pay for a violin?
LISTEN TO SALMAN RUSHDIE ON THE EMILY ROONEY SHOW
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In his new memoir, A Reason To Belive, Gov. Patrick recounts his unlikely rise from a difficult youth on Chicago's South Side, to Pepsi executive, to Massachusetts governor. But in an interview with WGBH's Emily Rooney, Patrick says his story is not -- and should not be -- all that rare.
THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW
Need something good to read this summer, whether on the beach or just lazing around the house? Arts and culture contributors Yu Jin Ko and Alicia Anstead stopped by "The Callie Crossley Show" to discuss the sanctuary that is summer reading and to offer their own picks for this year.
The Emily Rooney Show asked some of area’s best writers — like "House of Sand and Fog" author Andre Dubus III — and notable personalities — like Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton — to share book recommendations.
For the French, seduction isn't simply a question of sex. It's a mindset that transcends sexual conquest, relating to how one approaches one's life as a whole experience. Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, offers a few tips for joie de vivre in her new book, La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.
WHERE WE LIVE
Despite health challenges, Terry Palardy is living her retirement dream in the North Shore town where she and her husband have made toys and gifts since the '70s.
No, not sleepless freshmen. A new Harvard Extension course has attracted hundreds of people thirsting for knowledge about the vampire in literature and film.
In a new book, JFK Jr.'s former personal assistant shares her memories of the Kennedy heir and his life in New York.
On International Women's Day, pioneering ad executive Charlotte Beers talks about her climb to success and how other women can get there too.
INSIDE THE WGBH VAULT
CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW
Ed Sanders co-founded the legendary avant-rock band The Fugs, and went on to be an important member of the Youth International Party — the Yippies. He's also a classical scholar who's written a new memoir of life on New York's Lower East Side in the 1960s.
Forget "recession," forget "downturn." We're in a depression, Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman says — and he thinks he knows how to fix it.
EMILY ROONEY SHOW
Author Buzz Bissinger talks about his new memoir, Father's Day, that chronicles a road trip he took with his special-needs son.
Feast like Tyrion and Daenerys: two local ladies have concocted a cookbook of recipes mentioned in the popular George R. R. Martin series. To start, you can make their lemoncakes ...
What to do when you eat for a living — but you need to lose weight? Cookbook author Peter Kaminsky found a foodie path to weight loss, which he documents in his new book.