The Submission: The Slate Audio Book Club.

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Sept. 26 2011 12:25 PM

The Submission: The Slate Audio Book Club

Our critics on Amy Waldman's timely 9/11 book.

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In this month's Audio Book Club, Yale art historian and architect Kishwar Rizvi joins Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin to talk about Amy Waldman's masterfully constructed novel about the legacy of 9/11. The book opens with this surprise: The jury that is selecting a design for a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero opens the envelope with the winning architect's name—and discovers that he is Mohammed Khan, a Muslim. How deep does Waldman go with her ripped-from-the-headlines premise? Is Khan's garden design for the memorial inherently Islamic? What obligation does an artist commissioned for such a project have to explain the source of his inspiration?

Moving on to October, we're looking forward to talking about This Beautiful Life, Helen Schulman's new novel about teens, sex, and the Internet. Pick up a copy and start reading!

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A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
Room, by Emma Donoghue
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon
Remainder, by Tom McCarthy
Great House, by Nicole Krauss
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Super Sad Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Imperial Bedrooms, byBret Easton Ellis
Reality Hunger, by David Shields
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Lit, by Mary Karr
The Original of Laura, by Vladimir Nabokov
"A Small Good Thing" and "The Bath," by Raymond Carver
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
A Vindication of Love, by Cristina Nehring
Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Talese
"The Swimmer," by John Cheever, and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," by Flannery O'Connor
Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Night of the Gun,by David Carr
American Wife,by Curtis Sittenfeld
Brideshead Revisited,by Evelyn Waugh
Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill
Anna Karenina,by Leo Tolstoy
Beautiful Children,by Charles Bock
All the King's Men,by Robert Penn Warren
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tree of Smoke,by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope,by Barack Obama
The Road,by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day,by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children,by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved,by Toni Morrison
Everyman,by Philip Roth
Saturday,by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking,by Joan Didion

Questions? Comments? Write to us at podcasts@slate.com . (Emailers may be quoted by name unless they request otherwise.)

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

Kishwar Rizvi is a historian of Islamic art and architecture at Yale. Her new book is The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

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