Great Reads

January 10, 2010

Attention all readers of fiction! This is something you really want to hear. To the Best of Our Knowledge devotes itself to some of the great reads of the last year. Colum McCann talks about his National Book Award-winning novel, and we'll hear from fellow finalist Jayne Anne Phillips. We'll also explore Barcelona, the African immigrant experience and hear about Henry the 8th's "fixer".

  1. Philippe Petit Excerpt and Colum McCann on "Let the Great World Spin"

    Colum McCann's novel "Let the Great World Spin" takes place on the day of tight-rope artist Philipe Petit's trip across the World Trade Centers.

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  2. Jayne Anne Phillips on "Lark & Termite"

    Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of several novels and two collections of widely anthologized short stories...

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  3. Hilary Mantel on "Wolf Hall"

    Henry the Eighth needed a "fixer" to make his break from the Church of Rome and his many marriages legal in England. That man was Thomas Cromwell.

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  4. Carlos Ruiz Zafon on "The Angel's Game"

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon tells Jim Fleming that his recent books are part of a sort of Chinese box set of four inter-related novels involving the same characters and his native city of Barcelona.

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  5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "The Thing Around Your Neck"

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie splits her time between the U.S. and her native Nigeria...

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