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Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is no stranger to war zones. The journalist-turned-author once covered Bosnia and the Middle East for The Wall Street Journal. And Brooks’ understanding of human suffering is evident in her first novel. In it, she spins a real-life horror story into a tale of fragile hope. “Year of Wonders” fictionalizes the true account of villagers in seventeenth-century Eyam, England. They voluntarily quarantined their plague-infested town to prevent the disease from spreading. Brooks’ storyteller is a young maid who aids the village rector in his mission to contain the plague. Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders."

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Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Year Of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Copyright © 2001 by Geraldine Brooks.

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'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.
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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Hillary Clinton's Fight For Gefilte Fish

Among the thousands Hillary Clinton's emails released this week, there was a particularly fishy one.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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