Michelle Stacey: "The Fasting Girl" (Putnam)

July 9, 2002

Author Michelle Stacey shares the Victorian medical mystery of a Brooklyn woman named Mollie Fancher, who claimed to have lived for 18 years having consumed nothing more than one banana and a little milk.

Richard Zacks

July 8, 2002

As the story goes, Captain Kidd was a notorious pirate. But according to Richard Zacks' research, Captain Kidd was actually working to capture pirates. His new book The Pirate Hunter (Theia) explains how the story got so twisted over the...

David McCullough: "John Adams" (Simon & Schuster) (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2002

In history books, John Adams, second president of the United States, is often overshadowed by his fellow founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Noted historian David McCullough focuses on President Adams' life and...

Peter Gibbon: "A Call to Heroism" (Grove/Atlantic)

June 24, 2002

Depending on whom you ask, America's "heroes" include just about anyone, from Martin Luther King, Superman and Thomas Jefferson, to Michael Jordan, Madonna, and New York City firefighters. Peter Gibbon discusses his book on...

Readers' Review: Carol Shields' "The Stone Diaries"

June 21, 2002

The June Readers' Review panel talks about Carol Shields' Pulitzer Prize-winning fictional autobiography of a woman born in 1905 looking back over the nine decades of her life.

Lynn Schooler: "The Blue Bear" (Ecco)

June 6, 2002

Over the course of a decade, wildlife guide Lynn Schooler accompanied photographer Michio Hoshino on numerous trips in search of Alaska's elusive "blue bear." His new memoir of their friendship and their quest deals with themes of...

Marlo Thomas: "The Right Words at the Right Time" (Atria)

June 3, 2002

Actress Marlo Thomas shares the stories she collected from Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, Venus Williams, Rudy Giuliani, Toni Morrison, Jack Nicholson, Katie Couric, and many others about what it meant to get the right piece of advice at...

Bob Kerrey: "When I Was a Young Man" (Harcourt)

May 31, 2002

Former governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey joins Diane to talk about his new memoir, which tells of his childhood, coming of age and service in Vietnam.

David Shribman: "I Remember My Teacher" (Andrews McMeel)

May 29, 2002

Over the course of a year, David Shribman of The Boston Globe asked everyone he met to tell him about the teachers that changed their lives. He's collected the responses in a new book.

Robert Caro: "The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate" (Knopf)

May 28, 2002

Historian Robert Caro joins Diane to discuss the newest volume of his LBJ biography, which chronicles Johnson's rise to national power and visibility as he served in the U.S. Senate.

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