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  • All fields: 1950s
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    • Norma Barzman interview, 2003

    • Barzman, Norma; Screenwriters - United States - Biography; Journalists - United States - Biography; Motion picture industry - United States; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Biography
    • Norma Barzman discusses her autobiography, “The Red and the Blacklist.” She begins by explaining that her book is about communists, like herself, who were hunted down in Hollywood in the 1950s. She talks about her early life in Russia and moving...
    • Iris Chang interview, 1996

    • Qian, Xuesen, 1911-2009; Rocketry - China - Biography; Aeronautical engineers - China - Biography; Aeronautical engineers - United States - Biography; Astronautics - China - History; Anti-communist movements - United States - History
    • Iris Chang discusses her book, “Thread of the Silkworm.” She says that scientist Xuesen Qian came to the United States from China to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Boxer Rebellion Scholar. He then attended the...
    • Steven Isoardi interview

    • Jazz - California - Los Angeles - History and criticism; Jazz musicians - California - Los Angeles - Interviews; Central Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    • Steven Isoardi discusses the book, “Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles.” Isoardi says the book covers the period ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s. He describes Central Avenue as the “Los Angeles Harlem” and talks about jazz musicians...
    • Steve Allen interview, 1996

    • Social problems - United States; United States - Politics and government - 1989-
    • Steve Allen discusses his book, “But Seriously...: Steve Allen Speaks His Mind.” The book covers letters and magazine articles from the 1950s to 1995. Allen talks about men who pride themselves over alcohol and Madonna as a role model. He talks...
    • Clyde Edgerton interview, 2000

    • City and town life - Fiction; North Carolina - Fiction
    • Clyde Edgerton discusses his novel, “Where Trouble Sleeps.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a tragedy in a small rural town in North Carolina. He talks about his own life growing up in the south, and how he included many of his...
    • Barbara Raskin interview, 1987

    • Female friendship - Fiction; Middle-aged women - Fiction
    • Barbara begins the discussion talking about the real world research grounding her book about three girlfriends confronting the death of a mutual friend together and the changing notion of femininity reveal in that confrontation. Barbara also...
    • Susan Shapiro Barash interview, 2004 May

    • Wives - Conduct of life; Wives - Case studies; Marriage - Case studies
    • Susan Shapiro Barash discusses her book, “The New Wife.” She begins by explaining that she wanted to explore how women viewed their roles as wives during each decade. She talks about the housewife of the 1950s who stayed home, was uneducated, and...
    • Anne Bernays interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Intellectual life - 20th century; New York (N.Y.) - Social life and customs - 20th century; Biographers - United States - Biography; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Novelists, American - Homes and haunts - New York...
    • Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan discuss their book, “Back Then.” They begin by explaining that they collaborated on the book, which is a double memoir recounting their parallel lives in 1950s New York City. They share how they both grew up in Jewish...
    • John Loring interview

    • Tiffany and Company; Fashion - United States - History - 20th century; Costume jewelry - United States - History - 20th century; Fashion photography - United States - History - 20th century; Fashion - United States - History - 20th century -...
    • John Loring discusses his book, “Tiffany In Fashion.” The book is a pictorial work that documents how Tiffany and Company incorporated its jewelry into fashion magazines and advertisements. He talks about how Louis Tiffany, the son of the...
    • Maurice Zeitlin interview, 2003

    • Labor unions and communism - United States - History; Labor unions - Political activity - United States; United States - Politics and government
    • Maurice Zeitlin discusses his book, “Left Out.” He begins by talking about his career as a sociology professor at University of California at Los Angeles. He discusses the CIO, Congress of Industrial Organizations, which was a group of unions in...
    • Sol Wachtler interview

    • Augusta (Ga.) - Fiction; Antisemitism - Fiction; Trials (Murder) - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction
    • Sol Wachtler discusses his book, “Blood Brothers.” He begins by sharing the book’s plot. He explains that during the late 1950s, fifteen-year-old Luke Lupton befriends T.C. Simmons. Since Luke is one of the town’s very few Jewish residents he feels...
    • Anne Taylor Fleming interview, 2003 January

    • Adultery – Fiction; Married people – Fiction; Cancer – Patients – Fiction;
    • Anne begins the interview talking about how and why she structured her novella as a story in two parts. In the first third of the interview, Anne talks about the first story in the novella. In particular, Anne discusses why wanted to portray a...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 1990 September

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Halloween - Fiction; Cemeteries - Fiction; Screenwriters - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “A Graveyard for Lunatics." He explains that the book is his second mystery novel in which he features a fictionalized version of himself as the unnamed narrator. The book is set in 1950s Hollywood where the...
    • Joel Rapp interview, 2004 May

    • Rapp, Joel; Television writers - United States - Biography; Screenwriters - United States - Biography; Gardeners - United States - Biography; Radio broadcasters - United States - Biography
    • Joel Rapp discusses his autobiography, “Radio, TV, Mother Earth, & Me.” He begins by explaining that his father was a television program writer, and both of his parents were vaudeville actors. He talks about attending the University of Southern...
    • Elizabeth Kendall interview

    • Mothers and daughters
    • Elizabeth Kendall discusses her book, “American Daughter.” She begins by explaining that she was driving her car as a teenager, and got in an accident that killed her mother. She talks about growing up in an affluent part of St. Louis, Missouri. ...
    • John Ridley interview, 2002 June 12

    • African American comedians - Fiction; Civil rights movements - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; Comedians - Fiction; Racism - Fiction; Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • John Ridley discusses his book, “ A Conversation With the Mann.” He begins by explaining the plot of the book: a young black man’s struggle to become a comedian on The Ed Sullivan Show and achieve fame. He describes some of the other characters...
    • David Weddle interview

    • Rich people - California - Beverly Hills; Celebrities - California - Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - History; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Social conditions; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Biography
    • David Weddle discusses his book, “Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust, and Land in Beverly Hills.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the history of Beverly Hills and how real estate developers have built a myth surrounding...
    • Miriam Bat-Ami interview, 1999

    • Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter - Juvenile fiction; Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter - Fiction; Jewish refugees - New York (State) - Oswego - Juvenile fiction; Jews - New York (State) - Oswego - Juvenile fiction; Holocaust survivors -...
    • Miriam Bat-Ami discusses her book, “Two Suns in the Sky,” which explores refugees from Yugoslavia attempting to establish their new identities as Americans. The characters had to explore how to become Americans. Further, they wanted to explore...
    • Sara Paretsky interview, 2003

    • Warshawski, V. I. (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Women private investigators - Illinois - Chicago - Fiction; Journalists - Crimes against - Fiction; Missing children - Fiction; Chicago (Ill.) - Fiction
    • Sara Paretsky discusses her novel, “Blacklist.” She begins by explaining that this is the eleventh book in her series that follows private investigator V.I. Warshawski. She talks about Chicago in the 1950s and the powerful mob scene. She...
    • Bebe Moore Campbell interview, 2001

    • African American women - Fiction; African American businesspeople - Fiction; African American business enterprises - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Cosmetics industry - Fiction; Betrayal - Fiction
    • Bebe Moore Campbell discusses her novel, “What You Owe Me.” She explains that her book begins in 1948 when an African American woman befriends a European Jew. The two women go into a cosmetic business together until one betrays the other. She...

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