Chris Beha Shares the Books He LovesListen now (57 min) | “Christopher Beha is one of the most talented young writers at work today.” —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins This episode’s…
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East of Eden: Chapters 1-5Listen now (74 min) | It’s always an exciting time when we jump into a new book here at Close Reads, and even more so when it’s a book that so many of…
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When even shadows can be full of beauty and substance
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Final ChaptersListen now (78 min) | Here we are at the end of another novel. Join David, Heidi, and Karen as they compare Alec’s love for Tess with Angel’s…
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Our next subscriber-exclusive book here at Close Reads HQ is going to be Steinbeck’s East of Eden, one of the great novels in American lit by one of…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 35-44Listen now (70 min) | (AKA: Phase the Fifth)
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David McCloskey Shares His Favorite Spy NovelsListen now (44 min) | David McCloskey knows spy fiction. Having been a CIA analyst in a former life, he knows what makes a spy novel realistic and as a…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 31-34Listen now (53 min) | Welp. It’s time for some confession. Here, right in the middle of Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece, we get a marriage followed by…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 25-30Listen now (58 min) | As we draw near to the middle of Thomas Hardy’s great tragic novel, join Karen and Heidi (who are holding down the fort while…
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On the tragic essence of "Anna Karenina" and the adultery which defines it
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Plus: "In Praise of Good Bookstores," a new C.S. Lewis edition, and more
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 16-24 (aka Phase the Third)Listen now (60 min) | “Phase the Third” of Tess of the D’Urbervilles is called “The Rally” so on this week’s conversation David, Heidi, and Karen…
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