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- June 27, 2014

Book Talk

SECRET FRIENDSHIP ... Palo Alto author Betty Schneider's book, "Forbidden Friends, Living Under Apartheid," was recently published by the Menlo Publishing Group. The book deals with the time she and her husband Jack, who was a Fulbright lecturer, lived abroad, mainly from 1970 to 1994, including 16 years in Africa. During their 14 years in South Africa, she earned a Ph.D. in African Decorated Mud Homesteads and African Art and went on to curate the Ethnological Museum in Johannesburg for six years. Once back in the states, she wrote a book on the Ndebele people, which the New York Public Library named the "Best Book for the Teenage" in 1998. She's currently writing a new book, "Academic Gypsies," which covers the five countries where they worked and lived. So far, no blog. The book is available at

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