This time of year, bibliophiles of all stripes - from the editors at the New York Times to the staff at your local library - are putting out their picks for the best books of 2014. And while every year has its standout authors and dominant themes, one trend this year is just how long some of these lists are. (digital post by Faith Meixell)
Michael Herrmann - Owner of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord
Dan Chartrand - Owner of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter
We're speaking with David Isay, StoryCorps founder and frequent contributor to NPR. His StoryCorps project's mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories about their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews. They are all preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and many have aired on NPR's Morning Edition. David Isay has written a new book, "Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps".
It's our annual Holiday Books Show! Several major biographies are out, including Joseph Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson. Also fiction fans are raving over new releases from Louise Erdrich and Gillian Flynn. We’ll find out what the big reads might be under you Christmas Tree!
Writers Russell Banks, Ann Patchett and Jeffrey Eugenides all have new novels out. Horror writer Stephen King has a new thriller based on the Kennedy assassination, while notables Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews tell the true story of Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy. We’ll look at the books that may be under your Christmas tree this holiday season.