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Samuel Shem is a novelist, playwright, activist, Professor in Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine, and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. His novels include The House of God, Fine, Mount Misery, In the Heart of the Universe, and The Spirit of the Place (winner of two national “Best Literary Novel” Awards). He is coauthor with his wife, Janet Surrey, of the award-winning Off-Broadway play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous,The Buddha’s Wife and We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Men and Women.
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