CapRadio Reads

CapRadio Reads is a book club and online reading community, hosted by Capital Public Radio. Moderator Vicki Lorini and host Donna Apidone encourage you to participate in person or on the website.

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May 2017 book selection

Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid


Posts About Exit West 

April 26, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Imagine a better world.  Some days, it feels difficult, but with Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, our May selection, it is infinitely possible, at least for the characters in his book.  Magical doors, or are they metaphorical doors?  What country are Saeed and Naomi in, and where are they going? What about their families, or the families of others on this journey? Questions and more questions stem from reading this magnificent novel.  Hamid's last book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was well received and even nominated for The Man Booker prize, but this one scales new literary heights.  Come join the conversation on Tuesday, May 9 at 2pm or 6pm in our Community room. It will be intense. 

April 19, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

NPR said of our May selection, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid "He captures the feeling of being displaced beautifully, this is the best writing of Hamid's career". Not faint praise and this review follows the same theme as all others.  Hamid's skillful writing will draw you into this story of love and the journey it takes. You will feel an empathy with these people which may change your outlook on our world today.  It may also open you to new forms of fiction.  The book has a slightly magical feel, which is not usually to MY liking, but this time it not only works, it works beautifully and gives the reader a renewed power.

Please come and give us your thoughts.  Our meetings will take place on Tuesday, May 9 in our Community Room.  Be there.

In Conversation with Donna Apidone

February 2017 selection: Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy - Lucky Boy

January 2017 selection: False Friend

Andrew Grant - False Friend

November 2016 selection: My Culinary Journey

Georgeanne Brennan - My Culinary Journey


NPR Books


Inside 'The Black Hand' Crime Wave A Century Ago

April 29, 2017

Stephan Talty's The Black Hand tells the story of the Black Hand crime wave that gripped New York City in the early 1900s and the one policeman who took it on. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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