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Sandra Cisneros: "Caramelo" (Knopf)

October 7, 2002

Poet and novelist Sandra Cisneros presents her new Mexican-American family saga, whose title refers to a beautiful striped shawl handed through the generations of a family.

Linda Chavez: "An Unlikely Conservative" (Basic)

October 3, 2002

In a her new book, subtitled "Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America," Linda Chavez describes her early life, her political transformation from liberal to conservative, and her failed nomination to head President Bush's...

Anne Lamott: "Blue Shoe" (Riverhead Books)

October 2, 2002

Memoirist and novelist Anne Lamott captures the dilemma of a divorced woman from the so-called "sandwich generation" in her latest book, Blue Shoe (Riverhead Books). It's the story of a contemporary American family, wounded by...

Tony Horwitz: "Blue Latitudes" (Henry Holt)

October 1, 2002

In the 18th century, Captain James Cook sailed from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Easter Island to Siberia... 150,000 miles in all. Inspired by Cook's voyages of discovery, journalist Tony Horwitz joined the crew of a sailing ship...

Rohinton Mistry: "Family Matters" (Knopf)

September 30, 2002

Bombay native, Toronto resident, former banker and acclaimed novelist Rohinton Mistry presents his new book, in which he explores the repercussions of thwarted romance, the realities of aging, and above all the entanglements, heartache and...

Anna Quindlen: "Blessings"

September 27, 2002

Newsweek columnist and novelist Anna Quindlen presents her new book, Blessings (Random House) -- the story of a baby abandoned at the estate of a woman named Lydia Blessing, and what happens when Lydia and the caretaker of her estate...

Lee Smith: "The Last Girls" (Algonquin)

September 20, 2002

Award-winning Southern writer Lee Smith imagines a steamboat cruise as the setting for the reunion of women who, 35 years earlier, took a Huckleberry Finn-inspired trip down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft.

Jamie Lee Curtis: "I'm Gonna Like Me"

September 19, 2002

Acclaimed actress Jamie Lee Curtis talks with Diane about her new children's book, subtitled Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem.

Mattie and Jeni Stepanek: "Celebrate Through Heartsongs" (Hyperion)

September 17, 2002

Twelve-year old Mattie Stepanek is confined to a wheelchair by a rare form of muscular dystrophy, but he's become a best-selling poet. He and his mother, Jeni Stepanek, talk about the challenges their family has faced, and about how Mattie...

Hugh Price: "Achievement Matters" (Dafina Books)

September 12, 2002

Hugh Price, president of the National Urban League, talks about the challenges facing African-American schoolchildren. In his new book, he offers parents and educators advice on helping children close the "achievement gap."

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