Maya Angelou: "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" (Random House)

April 10, 2002

Maya Angelou has chronicled her life as a poet, playwright, performer, and more in a series of memoirs. She joins Diane to present her latest, which focuses on the 1960s, when she became active in the civil rights movement and began...

Margaret Atwood: "Negotiating with the Dead" (Cambridge)

April 9, 2002

Highly acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood joins Diane to talk about how, for whom, and why she writes, as explored in a new collection of her writings.

Nancy Milford: "Savage Beauty" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2001

Nancy Milford discusses her new biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, a heroine of the Jazz Age and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Auster & Lyden: "The National Story Project" and "I Thought My Father Was God" (Henry Holt) (Rebroadcast)

December 25, 2001

In 1999, NPR's Weekend All Things Considered invited listeners to submit short, true stories for a new feature called the National Story Project. Acclaimed novelist Paul Auster selected, edited, and read on-air some of his favorites...

Rabbi Harold Kushner (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2001

We all want to be successful in life, but is being successful the same as being good? Rabbi Harold Kushner draws on sources ranging from Biblical texts to contemporary events in his exploration of Living a Life that Matters (Knopf).

Readers' Review: J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

December 21, 2001

The December Readers' Review panel discusses Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in J.K. Rowling's series of internationally best-selling novels featuring wizard-in-training Harry Potter.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "The Age of Homespun" (Knopf)

December 12, 2001

Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's new book focuses on a part of early American culture often left out of the history books: crafts and tools of the domestic sphere, including baskets, clothing, needlework and more.

Reader's Review: Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"

November 16, 2001

The November Readers' Review panel discusses Thornton Wilder's story of the randomness of life and death in the face of a fateful tragedy.

Marc Leepson: "Saving Monticello" (Free Press)

November 15, 2001

In his new book, author Marc Leepson tells the story of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, and how it nearly fell into ruin before a family rescued it to turn it into the national treasure it is today.

Oliver Sacks: "Uncle Tungsten" (Knopf)

October 26, 2001

Neurologist Oliver Sacks, author of the bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, talks with Diane about his memoir, in which he tells of growing up in Britain during World War II, and the uncle who introduced him...

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