Ray Materson: "Sins and Needles" (Algonquin)

October 11, 2002

While serving a 25-year prison sentence for carjacking, Ray Materson began to create small, intricate embroidered scenes. In a new memoir, he tells how these artworks changed his life in many ways.

Salman Rushdie: "Step Across This Line" (Random House)

October 9, 2002

Novelist Salman Rushdie's new book is a collection of his nonfiction essays and criticism from the past decade. He joins guest host Susan Page to talk about the controversies surrounding his work, especially his experience of the...

Jeanne Safer: "The Normal One" (Free Press)

October 8, 2002

Psychotherapist Jeanne Safer talks about the little-studied issues surrounding the experience of growing up with a physically disabled or mentally ill sibling.

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.

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