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 Stories of our Mothers: David Isay, founder of StoryCorps joins us to talk about his new book, "Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps."
The Grapes of Wrath: 70 years after John Steinback won the Pulitzer Prize for his depression-era novel, cultural commentators Yu Jin Ko and Alicia Anstead join us to talk about its legacy, and how the novel is relevant today.
Mothers Day: Jonathan Alsop of the Boston Wine School and Sheryl Julian, food editor of the Boston Globe, give us some tips for how to wine and dine our mothers.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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