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Bad Luck Or Bad Genes? Dealing With BRCA And 'A Cancer In The Family'

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, which led her to have a double mastectomy and to have her ovaries removed.
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Tracy Chevalier: "At The Edge Of the Orchard"

A new novel from Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of "Girl With A Pearl Earring:" A nineteenth-century pioneer family fights for survival in Ohio's Black Swamp. It’s a story about warring parents, a son who breaks free, and the legendary Johnny Appleseed.


'Witness To Change' Recounts Civil Rights Struggles Of New Orleans

Sybil Morial's memoir details her formative experiences living under Jim Crow laws.

'The Throwback Special' Tackles Middle-Age Manhood

Rachel Martin speaks with Chris Bachelder. His novel tells the story of a group of friends who gather each year to re-enact the gruesome injury sustain by quarterback Joe Theisman.

Author Interview: Annie Dillard, Author of 'The Abundance'

NPR's Melissa Block asks Annie Dillard about the celebrated author's "masculine mind," her decision to write less, and her baseball skills. Dillard's new collection of essays is called The Abundance.

'I Ate A Lot Of Apples': Tracy Chevalier On Writing Her 'Orchard' Novel

The author's latest book, At the Edge of the Orchard, follows a pioneer family growing apple trees in Ohio. Chevalier says she got the idea after hearing the real story of Johnny Appleseed.

Longtime Brooklyn Bartender Who Inspired 'Sunny's Nights' Has Died

Sunny Balzano was the genial and eccentric proprietor of a beloved bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He died Thursday at 81, just weeks after the publication of a new book about his life and times.

Gastronomy Of Genius: History's Great Minds And The Foods that Fueled Them

From Pythagoras to Balzac, Darwin to Marie Curie, many a genius was inspired by certain edibles, repulsed by others — or had some very peculiar dining habits.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Publishing Heavyweights Petition White House, Congress To End Cuba Book Embargo

The petition, which comes just before President Obama's historic visit to the island nation, says the embargo is "harmful to book culture" and "counter to American ideals of free expression."