Society

Martha Tod Dudman: "Augusta, Gone" (Simon & Schuster)

March 9, 2001

When Martha Tod Dudman's daughter Augusta was 11 years old, she became angry and withdrawn, and in the years that followed she began lying, stealing, and experimenting with drugs. Augusta, Gone is the title of Dudman's account of living...

Marilyn Yalom: "A History of the Wife" (HarperCollins)

March 8, 2001

In her new book, cultural historian Marilyn Yalom tracks the institution of marriage and how it has affected women's lives. She joins Diane to talk about what marriages used to mean practically and emotionally, and how marriage has both...

Stepfamily Relations

March 6, 2001

A new study suggests that children in a blended family are more accepting of a stepfather than of a stepmother. A panel talks about the dynamics of blended families and the special stresses placed upon them.

Amy Tan: "The Bonesetter's Daughter" (Putnam)

February 28, 2001

Diane talks with novelist Amy Tan, who's best known for her explorations of mother-daughter relationships, especially within Chinese-American culture. Her latest novel is dedicated to her own mother, who passed away two years ago.

Warren Christopher: "Chances of a Lifetime" (Scribner)

February 27, 2001

Warren Christopher served as Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's first term in office. In a new memoir, he relates not only his experiences as the nation's chief diplomat, but also shares the highlights of his career in public service...

Nuala O'Faolain: "My Dream of You" (Riverhead)

February 20, 2001

Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain joins Diane to discuss her first novel, whose plot was partly inspired by a real-life love affair between the wife of a British landlord and an Irish stable groom during the Great Famine.

Assisted Living

February 20, 2001

A panel talks about the rise of assisted living facilities in the U.S., the rules and regulations that govern them, and how they serve the needs of America's aging population.

Peter Edelman: "Searching for America's Heart" (Houghton Mifflin)

February 19, 2001

Law professor Peter Edelman entered public service working as an aide to the late Robert F. Kennedy. In a new book, he reflects on how our country has -- and has not -- lived up to Kennedy's youthful ideals.

Carolyn Hax: "Tell Me About It" (Hyperion)

February 13, 2001

Columnist and on-line host Carolyn Hax of the Washington Post has carved out a niche for herself as advice-giver to teens and twenty-somethings. In her new book, she addresses the questions about love, career, friendship and family that...

Richards and Baumgardner: "Manifesta" (Farrar Strauss & Giroux)

February 8, 2001

In the 60's and 70's, the "women's movement" created Ms. Magazine, NOW, and other organizations that seemed to define feminism. But every new generation of women must re-define feminism for themselves. Activists and writers Amy...

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