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Writer Alice Walker.

Writer Alice Walker. Her new book, "Possessing The Secret of Joy," is about Tashi, an African woman who lives most of her life in North America, and yet submits to the tribal custom of female circumcision. Walker's other books include "The Color Purple," which was made into a film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and "The Temple of My Familiar." The character Tashi has made peripheral appearances in those books. ("Possessing The Secret of Joy" is published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.)

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Other segments from the episode on June 30, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 30, 1992: Interview Kathryn Kolbert and David Wagner; Interview with Alice Walker; Commentary on television's Nick at Nite programming.

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