Novel Conversations

Novel Conversations

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“Of Mice and Men” (S2 ep8)
Jun 6 • 37 min
“Of Mice and Men,” tells the story of two migrant farm hands during the Great Depression, one of whom struggles to overcome mental and physical difficulties. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott & Ildi Rich, for a summary and discussion of the…
“The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton (S2 Ep7)
May 30 • 37 min
In “The House of Mirth,” an aging, single woman realizes the corrupt nature of the upper classes of society. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Jennifer Weinbrecht & Patricia Fernberg, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “The House of Mirth.”
“Darkness at Noon” by Arthur Koestler (S2 Ep6)
May 23 • 37 min
In “Darkness at Noon,” a once-communist leader awaits sentencing from his own beloved “party” in prison. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan Andrews, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “Darkness at Noon.”
“White Fang” by Jack London (S2 Ep5)
May 16 • 37 min
In “White Fang,” a young pup called White Fang explores his wolf and dog natures, choosing between the call of man and the call of the wild. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan Andrews, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “White…
“Elmer Gantry” by Sinclair Lewis (S2 Ep 4)
May 9 • 37 min
Elmer Gantry is a satire that follows Elmer Gantry, a poor Kansas man who is encouraged to become a preacher and pursue success. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan Andrews, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “Elmer Gantry.”…
“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole (S2 Ep3)
May 2 • 37 min
A Confederacy of Dunces follows the life and misadventures of Ignatius Jacques Riley, whom Walker Percy described as a “slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one.” Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts…
“A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway (S2 Ep2)
Apr 25 • 37 min
“A Farewell to Arms” follows the life and war experiences of Frederic Henry, an American Lieutenant serving in the Italian campaign during World War I, as well as his passionate love affair with nurse Catherine Barkley. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts…
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen (S2 Ep1)
Apr 18 • 37 min
In “Pride and Prejudice,” we follow the lives of the Bennet family in 19th century England, and with 5 unwed daughters, Mrs. Bennet has only one thing on her mind: marriage. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Jennifer Weinbrecht and Patricia Fernberg,…
“How Green Was My Valley” by Richard Llewellyn (S1 Ep10)
Nov 3, 2016 • 37 min
In “How Green Was My Valley,” Huw Morgan reflects on his life growing up in a coal mining town in a valley in Wales. His memories range everywhere from coal union disputes to the romances of various siblings. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Joan…
“Sense & Sensibility” by Jane Austen (S1 Ep9)
Oct 28, 2016 • 36 min
“Sense and Sensibility” is the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their different experiences of life and loss. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Jennifer Weinbrecht and Patricia Fernberg, for a summary and discussion of the…
“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck (S1 Ep8)
Oct 14, 2016 • 37 min
In “Cannery Row,” a group of kind-hearted miscreants struggle in their attempts to throw a surprise party for their role model. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott and Ildi Rich, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “Cannery Row” Then stay…
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley (S1 Ep7)
Oct 4, 2016 • 37 min
A summary and exploration of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel about the role of human nature in a technological society. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan Andrews, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “Brave New World.”…
“Anthem” by Ayn Rand (S1 Ep6)
Sep 19, 2016 • 36 min
In “Anthem,” a streetsweeper uses extreme measures after learning the true nature of his collectivist, dystopian society. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan Andrews, for a summary and discussion of the novella, “Anthem.” Then stay…
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott (S1 Ep 5)
Sep 6, 2016 • 37 min
“Little Women” chronicles the transition of four sisters from children into women. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Jennifer Weinbrecht and Patricia Fernberg, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “Little Women.” Then stay tuned for Endnotes…
“The Pearl” by John Steinbeck (S1 Ep4)
Aug 22, 2016 • 37 min
In this novella, a man finds a pearl in his attempt to provide for his sick son, but greed and corruption play a hand in the outcome of his success. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott and Ildi Rich, for a summary and discussion of the novella,…
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (S1 Ep3)
Aug 4, 2016 • 37 min
In “The Great Gatsby,” a veteran uses elaborate measures in his attempt to recapture the past and the love he once knew. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott and Ildi Rich, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “The Great Gatsby.” Then stay…
“The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway (S1 Ep2)
Aug 4, 2016 • 37 min
In “The Old Man and the Sea,” An older Cuban fisherman, Santiago, has an epic struggle with a giant marlin fish in the Gulf Stream. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott and Ildi Rich, for a summary and discussion of the novel, “The Old Man and the…
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry (S1 Ep1)
Aug 4, 2016 • 36 min
In “The Giver,” a young boy named Jonas discovers that the seemingly perfect society in which he lives contains big and dark secrets when he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Patrick and Joan…