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Monday, Nov. 29
Best-of-2010 Books

Best-of-2010 Book Picks: Thanksgiving is behind us and the sprint to 2011 is on. And with the final weeks of the year come those ubiquitous year-end “best-of” lists. We’ll be rolling out a few of our own over the next few weeks – everything from music to movies. But this being Boston—we thought we’d kick off our “best of 2010” series with a look at books. And with me in studio to share her picks for the best of the year—in time to add these gems to your holiday shopping list for the bookworm in your life—is Harvard Book Store’s Carole Horne.

Carole's Best of 2010 List:
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Nicole Krauss: Great House
Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
It's a Book, written and illustrated by Lane Smith (6 and up)
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie (10 and up)

Carole's Honorable Mention List:
Gish Jen: World and Town
Allegra Goodman: The Cookbook Collector
Jonathan Franzen: Freedom
Cynthis Ozick: Foreign Bodies
David Sedaris: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
Ian Frazier: Travels in Siberia
Stacey Schiff: Cleopatra: A Biography
Antonia Fraser: Must You Go
Cokie Roberts (editor): This is NPR (A 40th Anniversary Anthology)
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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