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    "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" with autobiographer Jeanette Winterson (Feb. 2012 Encore)

    English writer Jeanette Winterson's adoptive mother said to her, "Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?" That's the title of her memoir, and - both in the book, and in conversation - Winterson is remarkably funny and brutally honest.

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