After Words

After Words: Jay Parini, "Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America," interviewed by Sam Tanenhaus, Editor, New York Times Book Review

About the Program

Author Jay Parini details the 13 books he believes most shaped America.  They include Of Plymouth Plantation, The Federalist PapersThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Parini discusses his choices and their influence on American culture with the Editor of The New York Times Book Review.

About the Authors

Jay Parini

Jay Parini

Jay Parini is the author of many books, including biographies of William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Robert Frost.  He is an English and creative writing professor at Middlebury College.


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Past Airings

  • Sunday, January 11th at 12pm (ET)
  • Monday, January 5th at 3am (ET)
  • Sunday, January 4th at 9pm (ET)
  • Sunday, January 4th at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, January 3rd at 10pm (ET)
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