Books

Jonathan Schell: "The Unconquerable World" (Henry Holt)

May 27, 2003

Professor and acclaimed author Jonathan Schell joins Diane to talk about his new book, 12 years in the writing, in which he argues that the 20th century ushered in an era of peaceful methods of enacting change that will eventually make war...

Nuala O'Faolain: "Almost There" (Riverhead)

May 26, 2003

Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain's anonymous existence ended when her memoir "Are You Somebody?" became an international best-seller. In a new memoir, she explores how that book, a series of relationships, and other events changed...

Sherwin Nuland: "Lost in America: A Journey With My Father" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

May 26, 2003

Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of the National Book Award-winning "How We Die", talks with Diane about his new memoir, in which he recounts his difficult relationship with his immigrant father.

Robert MacNeil: "Looking For My Country" (Doubleday)

May 20, 2003

As a journalist, Canadian-born Robert MacNeil covered many of the events that have shaped America's recent history, and co-anchored "The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS until 1995. But it was not until two years after his...

Evan Thomas: "John Paul Jones" (Simon & Schuster)

May 16, 2003

Although John Paul Jones never actually said "I have not yet begun to fight," his victorious exploits earned him the title of America's first naval hero. Newsweek's Evan Thomas tells the story of the man known today as the father...

Andre Leon Talley: "A.L.T." (Villard)

May 14, 2003

"Vogue" magazine editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley tells the story of how he became the influential fashion figure he is today. An African-American man from the South, born in 1949, he credits the two most influential women in his...

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...

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