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Bettye Kearse

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Bettye Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Before retiring and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bettye practiced pediatrics in an inner-city Boston neighborhood for 31 years.In 1990, she became the family's griotte when her mother brought the box of family memorabilia to her. Bettye asked, "Why now? " The answer was: "I wanted to give you plenty of time to write the book." In recounting the struggles,...

Matthew Algeo

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When he's not writing his own biography in the third person, Matthew Algeo writes about unusual and interesting events in American history.

His most recent book is "Abe & Fido: Lincoln's Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion."

Algeo is also a journalist. He has reported from four continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States.

In addition to reporting and writing, Algeo has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman,...