Deborah Rudacille is an independent journalist and science writer. Her first book, The Scalpel and the Butterfly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000), was named one of the year's best nonfiction books by the Los Angeles Times. The Riddle of Gender (Pantheon, 2004) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her new book, Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town will be published in January 2010. She also contributes to local and national publications, including SEED, The Defenders Online, Baltimore Brew, and Urbanite.