Margaret Atwood: "Oryx and Crake" (Doubleday)

May 13, 2003

Acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood explains how she developed the setting of her latest book, which envisions a world devastated by genetic engineering gone wrong and other environmental assaults.

Sue Miller: "The Story of My Father" (Knopf)

May 6, 2003

Acclaimed novelist Sue Miller talks with Diane about the most difficult and personal book she's ever written - a memoir of how she cared for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. They are joined by geriatrician...

Simon Winchester: "Krakatoa" (Harper Collins)

April 30, 2003

Writer, historian, and geologist Simon Winchester reconstructs the events of August 27, 1883, the day an explosive volcanic eruption off the coast of Java destroyed the island of Krakatoa. Winchester examines how this cataclysmic event...

Anne Ford: "Laughing Allegra" (Newmarket Press)

April 29, 2003

Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, discusses the book she's written about her daughter Allegra, now 30, and how they triumphed over her severe learning disability together. The book includes advice and resources for parents of...

Steven Brill: "After" (Simon & Schuster)

April 28, 2003

Legal journalist Steven Brill talks about the profound changes that have taken place in politics, the law, and many other areas of society as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Billy Bean: "Going the Other Way" (Marlowe & Co.)

April 24, 2003

Billy Bean shares his account of playing major league baseball from 1987 to 1995, and his struggles as a closeted gay man in the anti-gay world of professional sports.

Virginia Holman: "Rescuing Patty Hearst" (Simon & Schuster)

April 23, 2003

A year after the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the Watergate scandal, a woman suffering from schizophrenia kidnapped her two young daughters and moved them to a remote part of Virginia. One of those daughters, Virginia Holman, describes what...

Daniel Goleman: "Destructive Emotions" (Bantam)

April 22, 2003

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, who developed the concept of "emotional intelligence," talks about taking part in a meeting that brought together religious leaders - including the Dalai Lama - and scientists to discuss the...

Carlos Eire: "Waiting for Snow in Havana" (Free Press

April 21, 2003

Born into a wealthy, eccentric Havana family, Carlos Eire was 12 years old when he became one of 14,000 children airlifted to Miami in "Operation Pedro Pan." Now a professor of history at Yale University, Eire has written a book to...

Trisha Meili: "I Am the Central Park Jogger" (Scribner)

April 15, 2003

For 14 years, she's been known only as the "Central Park Jogger" - the woman who nearly died after a brutal rape and assault in New York City. But now, Trisha Meili is ready to tell, in her own words, the story of the attack and...

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