Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine—growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner.
Gerda Saunders joins us with her very personal book – Memory’s Last Breath - based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal about her life distorted by dementia. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders takes the reader and our viewers on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
Hari Kunzru is one of the most talented fiction writers at work today. He comes to Well Read with hisnew book White Tears about two ambitious young musicians drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a repressive past.
Crime writer Anne Cleeves has inspired two ongoing BBC shows with her popular mysteries. The Cold Earth is the seventh book in Cleeves's Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez mysteries which inspired the crime drama Shetland. The Crow Trap is first installment in Cleeves's Inspector Vera Stanhope series, which inspired Vera.
Laurie Frankel discusses This Is How It Always Is - a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
From the internationally bestselling author Moshin Hamid shares his astonishingly timely love story in his new novel Exit West. A book that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees -- and the impossible choices that follow -- as they’re driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands.