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Far from the Tree

In his new book Far From the Tree, the writer Andrew Solomon tells the stories of children whose profound differences -- dwarfism, schizophrenia, Down syndrome, genius, and others -- have made them the subjects of intense prejudice. He also writes about the families who often have to profoundly rearrange their lives around the life of a child who alter their view of the world. At its heart, Solomon's book contends with the readiness to conflate "illness" with "identity." He joins us on Monday.

Visit the web site for the book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, to learn more and see extraordinary videos of some of the books' subjects.


Andrew Solomon is the author of the novel A Stone Boat and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.