Society

Tom Kuntz and Phil Kuntz: "The Sinatra Files" (Three Rivers)

August 11, 2000

Brothers and journalists Tom and Phil Kuntz discuss their book, a collection of items from the FBI's thick dossier on Frank Sinatra. They'll sort out the facts from the legends about the entertainer's colorful life and career - and explain...

The Study of American Slave Genealogy

August 9, 2000

New Orleans native Gwendolyn Midlo Hall describes the work she's done on the history and identity of slaves in Louisiana. After 15 years of painstaking archival research, her database of information on more than 8,000 slaves is now the...

E. Ethelbert Miller: "Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer" (St. Martins)

August 8, 2000

E. Ethelbert Miller discusses his new memoir. In telling his family's story, and remembering the deaths of his father and brother, he uses not only his own voice but also his sister's. He joins Diane to talk about how all these family ties...

Michael Paterniti: "Driving Mr. Albert" (Dial)

August 1, 2000

Michael Paterniti tells the story of an unlikely cross-country road trip he embarked on a few years ago. The vehicle was a rented Skylark, his passenger was an 84-year-old pathologist, their cargo was the preserved brain of Albert...

Thomas Lynch: "Bodies in Motion and at Rest" (W.W. Norton)

July 31, 2000

Thomas Lynch is both a poet and an undertaker, and he demonstrates his expertise in these two very different fields in his new collection of essays. He'll share his observations on grief, marriage, divorce, parenthood, and many more life...

Naomi Baron: "Alphabet to E-Mail" (Routledge)

July 28, 2000

Purists may grumble that e-mail is killing the art of writing, but as linguistics professor Naomi Baron points out, every technological advance throughout history has changed written communication. In her new book, she shows how...

Lauren Slater: "Lying" (Random House)

July 24, 2000

Psychologist Lauren Slater has written three memoirs. The first focused on her history of schizophrenia, the second on her experiences with depression. In the third, she writes about her episodes of epilepsy -- and her habit of telling...

ADA Anniversary

July 24, 2000

Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act 10 years ago this Wednesday. A panel talks about what has changed for the disabled in workplaces, schools, courts, and in American society in the past decade, and how activists are...

Adam Fifield: "A Blessing over Ashes" (William Morrow)

July 20, 2000

In 1984, the Fifield family of Vermont took in a teenage Cambodian refugee. In his new memoir, Adam Fifield tells the story of how his family changed with the arrival of his adopted brother, and of how they continue to learn from each...

Jeff Goodell: "Sunnyvale" (Villard)

July 19, 2000

For most people, Silicon Valley is a place where computers are made along with giant fortunes. But for journalist Jeff Goodell, Silicon Valley is home. In his new memoir, he tells the story of growing up in Northern California, and of how...

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