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Just the Best Literature

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.


Host Dennis Leap discusses important highlights from Charles Dickens’s life and the unique manner in which he wrote Great Expectations.

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deryle Hope, John Wood and George Haddad discuss the characters of Mr. Bennet, Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, George Wickham and others.

Host Dennis Leap and guests Deryle Hope, John Wood and George Haddad discuss the importance of British literature and Austen’s view of education, personal development, social protocol, human nature, feelings and emotion vs. clear thinking.

Host Dennis Leap with quests Deborah Leap, Sarah Evans, and Elizabeth Clarke discuss the characters: Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Jane and Mr. Bingley, the Bennets and others.

Host Dennis Leap with guests Deborah Leap, Sarah Evans and Elizabeth Clarke discuss themes of family, dating and courting, and moral character as seen through the eyes of author Jane Austen.

Host Dennis Leap uses Senator Ben Sasse’s book The Vanishing American Adult to explain why reading classic literature is vitally important for teen development into adulthood and introduces Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Host Dennis Leap with Deborah Leap and Deryle Hope discuss Book III: The Factory. Includes conversation on Driving tickets, the Chinese entrepreneurial spirit, Chinese teenagers, and the Ancient Weir Art Village.

Host Dennis Leap with Deborah Leap and Deryle Hope discuss Book II: The Village. Includes conversation on Sancha village life, marriage and family, and the migration to cities.

Host Dennis Leap with Deborah Leap and Deryle Hope discuss Book I: The Wall. Includes conversation on the Chinese driving test, the Great Wall, and rapid changes taking place in China.

Host Dennis Leap and Peter Hessler discuss Peter’s incredible experiences while living in China.