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Abraham Verghese

Apr 7, 2011 — As a culmination of our March NPR Book Club reading of Cutting for Stone, we spoke to author Abraham Verghese, a doctor and writer, about his bestselling novel.
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Mar 8, 2011 — Throughout the month of March, NPR Books will be running an online discussion about Abraham Verghese's novel Cutting For Stone. Find out how you can take part in the club, both on the Web and in your community.
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Dec 15, 2009 — What makes a good book-club selection? Most of Lynn Neary's picks are quick reads. All are fiction. And, because some of the best conversations occur when people don't agree, a few are calculated to spark debate. So have a glass of wine, maybe a bite to eat, and let the discussions begin.
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Nov 17, 2009 — The history of literature is filled with authors who also performed surgery or scribbled prescriptions. Lynn Neary speaks with two doctors who are also fiction writers — Abraham Verghese and Terrence Holt — about the link between medicine and writing literature.
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Mar 10, 2009 — Excerpt: 'Cutting for Stone'
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Mar 10, 2009 — Physician Abraham Verghese's debut novel, Cutting for Stone, is a big, sprawling story of an Ethiopian surgeon, his family and his craft. The author is best known for his memoir My Own Country.
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Jun 18, 2006 — As summer officially arrives this week, it's time to think about books to buy, borrow or check out of the library. Dr. Abraham Verghese, director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, offers a brief reading list.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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