novel en 3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed <p>L.L. Bean, The North Face, Nordstrom and Land’s End all sell apparel, but they have another thing in common: they guarantee their merchandise for <em>life</em>. But is that really a shrewd business move? Today on Word of Mouth, the pros and cons of the lifetime guarantee. &nbsp;Plus, Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> interviews a few people who have tested that policy, and talks to one company’s PR rep about the fine print of their policy.</p><p>Also today, child-soldier-turned novelist <strong>Ishmael Beah</strong> talks about rebuilding lives, communities, and trust after a brutal war.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:34:43 +0000 Word of Mouth 45650 at 3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed The Burgess Boys <p>Shirley Falls, Maine is one of those New England towns with a strong memory of the way things used to be…before the mills closed, before the mall went up across the river…before so many residents moved away. It’s the fictional town left behind by a pair of brothers in <a href=""><em>The Burgess Boys</em></a>, a new novel by <strong>Elizabeth Strout</strong>, who won the Pulitzer prize for fiction for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Olive Kitteridge</em></a>. The story centers on Jim and Bob Burgess, brothers whose lives are imprinted by a childhood tragedy in very different ways. Both pull up their stakes and secret miseries and move to New York City….and both are pulled back to their hometown by another family crisis. Elizabeth talks to Virginia about the book and it's connection to Maine.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:07:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25121 at The Burgess Boys Fight For Your Long Day: An Unflinching Novel About Adjuncts <p><strong>Alex Kudera </strong>published <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fight for Your Long Day</em></a>, in 2010, but it’s still gaining traction because of its unflinching look at the swelling academic underclass that is adjunct faculty, recently getting notice from the chronicle of higher education. We spoke with him about the book and the perception of adjuncts in higher education today.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:21:01 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24941 at Fight For Your Long Day: An Unflinching Novel About Adjuncts Word Of Mouth 03.23.2013 <p>All of the pleasure, none of the guilt. Our Saturday show gets you caught up, in a convenient snack pack size. This week….A video game attempts to replicate the experience of autism; spying in space with the help of spectroscopy; a look back to when <em>Peyton Place</em> was in its heyday, almost 60 years ago; the delicious and sweet tradition of capturing maple syrup; making music by “playing” a tower; and a musician gives a private concert in Studio D, then talks about teenage inspiration and her love of pie.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:41:18 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24210 at Word Of Mouth 03.23.2013 "Peyton Place" Sixty Years Later <p>Nearly sixty years after “Peyton Place” was published, tourists still stop in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, to ask locals about its author, <a href="" target="_blank">Grace Metalious</a>. The novel shocked America with tales of small town secrets, sex, and hypocrisy, and outraged the citizens of Gilmanton, where the unconventional Matalious lived with her family. It became one of the best-selling books ever, <a href="" target="_blank">a hit movie</a>, and TV's first <a href="" target="_blank">prime-time soap</a>. Writer <strong>George Kelly</strong>, came across some persistent Matalious myths while writing about the novel for New Hampshire Magazine. His article, “50 Shades of Grace: The Impact of ‘Peyton Place’ on New Hampshire Sixty Years Later”, can be found in the current issue of the magazine, as well as <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:53:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23098 at "Peyton Place" Sixty Years Later Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home <p>Between 1978 and 1988, the murders of seven women in New Hampshire and Vermont were attributed to the <a href="" target="_blank">“Connecticut River Valley Killer”</a>. Investigations of several suspects, and one deathbed confession went cold, and the killer was never found. Novelist <strong>Joseph Olshan’s</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> “Cloudland,”</a> is a fictionalized crime thriller based on the case. We spoke to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Joe Olshan</strong></a> last spring when the book was released, now, it’s out in paperback. He lived in the upper valley when the sixth and final victim was found, and he explained what, as an outsider, he saw happen to local residents.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:43:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 5002 at Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home Good Kids By Benjamin Nugent <P>In 1994, fifteen year-old classmates Josh and Khadijah catch his father and her mother having an affair. That discovery and the ensuing fallout leads to the pair forming an unlikely bond and making a vow that they’ll never, ever, cheat on anyone. This poignant and at times absurd coming-of-age story is just the starting point of “Good Kids,” a novel that’s getting a lot of buzz for its <A href="" target=_blank>author</A>, <STRONG>Benjamin Nugent,</STRONG> and has <A href="" target=_blank>critics comparing </A>his first foray into fiction with the likes of Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:53:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21371 at Good Kids By Benjamin Nugent Love and Fatigue in America <p>Roger King talks about his new novel that follows a protagonist stricken by chronic fatigue.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:00:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7314 at Love and Fatigue in America