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    • Andrew Dornenburg interview, 2004 April

    • International cooking
    • Andrew Dornenburg discusses his cookbook, “The New American Chef.” He begins by explaining that American cuisine today includes many worldwide influences from different cultures. He specifically looks at the cuisines of Japan, Italy, Spain,...
    • James Haspiel interview, 1991 December

    • Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • James Haspiel discusses his biography, “Marilyn.” He begins by explaining that he was a personal friend of Marilyn Monroe for 10 years and captured rare home videos and candid photographs of her. The two met when he was 16 and he became part...
    • Daryl Cumber Dance interview

    • Mecklenburg Six (Group); Mecklenburg Correctional Center (Va.); Prisoners - Virginia - Biography; Fugitives from justice - Virginia - Biography; Escapes - Virginia - Case studies; African Americans - Folklore
    • Daryl Cumber Dance discusses her book, “Long Gone.” She begins by explaining that her book is about the 6 escaped death row inmates from Mecklenburg Prison in 1984, and other tales of black escape folklore. She talks about teaching at the...
    • Lenore Hershey interview

    • Hershey, Lenore; Ladies’ home journal; Journalists - United States - Biography
    • Lenore Hershey discusses her autobiography, “Between the Covers.” She begins by explaining that her book focuses around her time as the Editor for the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. She talks about how she worked her way up to becoming...
    • Noel Riley Fitch interview, 1997

    • Child, Julia; Cooks - United States - Biography; Food
    • Noel Riley Fitch discusses her biography of Julia Child, “Appetite For Life.” She begins by explaining the early life of Child who grew up in Pasadena, California. She talks about how Child’s job with the government allowed her to travel...
    • Stephen J. Cannell interview

    • Scully, Shane (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Police - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Police corruption - Fiction; Judicial error - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Stephen J. Cannell discusses his novel, “Three Shirt Deal.” He begins by explaining that this is another book in the series that follows his character Shane Scully. He talks about how Shane’s wife Alexa gets shot in the head and her...
    • Alecia Beldegreen interview

    • Beds - History; Beds - Folklore; Sleeping customs; Interior decoration
    • Alecia Beldegreen discusses her book, “The Bed.” She begins by discussing the history of the bed and how it began in Egypt. She explains that the bed has always reflected human believes and rituals. Beldegreen then describes the beds during...
    • Edward Rutherford interview

    • Dublin (Ireland) - Fiction; Ireland - History - To 1172 - Fiction; Princes - Fiction; Mythology, Celtic - Fiction
    • Edward Rutherford discusses his book, “The Princes of Ireland.” He begins by explaining that the book tells its story over the course of a thousand years of Irish history that begins before the coming of Saint Patrick and ends around the time...
    • Eliza Minot interview

    • Families - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction
    • Eliza Minot discusses her book, “The Tiny One.” She explains that the novel follows the story of eight-year-old Via Mahoney Revere. When Via’s mother dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, Via struggles with her grief. She is confused by...
    • Scott Carpenter interview, 1992 March

    • Aeronautics, Military - Fiction; Action
    • Carpenter’s book is about a former renegade American fighter pilot given command of the US Navy’s top secret submarine, Steel Albatross, to counter a dissident Soviet faction’s attempt to knock out every computer and electronic link in the...
    • Anthony Bourdain interview

    • Cooking; Food
    • Anthony Bourdain discusses his book, “A Cook’s Tour.” He begins by sharing that the book was an opportunity for him to fulfill his greatest desires and fantasies by eating his way around the world. He also briefly discusses his previous book...
    • Norman Spinrad interview

    • Fantasy fiction, American; Science fiction, American
    • Norman Spinrad discusses his science fiction novel, “Child of Fortune.” He begins by talking about his main character: a young woman who must travel from planet to planet working as a prostitute. Spinrad describes that he decided to write a...
    • Jonathan M. Tisch interview, 2004

    • Partnership; Management; Cooperativeness; Strategic alliances (Business)
    • Jonathan M. Tisch discusses his book, “The Power of We.” He begins by explaining that he is the CEO of a chain of hotels including The Regency Hotel in New York City, The Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, and 20 other hotels around the country. He...
    • Scotty Barnhart interview

    • Trumpet players - United States; Jazz musicians - United States; Jazz - History and criticism
    • Scotty Barnhart discusses his book, "The World of Jazz Trumpet." He begins by explaining that his book combines the history of jazz trumpeting and the influences of African music on jazz. He discusses how the earliest jazz songs were comprised of...
    • Francine Ward interview, 2003 March 24

    • Self-esteem - Problems, exercises, etc.; Self-esteem
    • Francine Ward discusses her book, “Esteemable Acts.” She begins by sharing her background. She discusses how she used to be a drug addict, an alcoholic and a call girl, but then she turned her life around, graduated from Georgetown University...
    • Gary Gach interview, 2003 August

    • Buddhism
    • Gary Gach discusses his book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism.” He begins by explaining that there are over 5 million Buddhists in the world, and many people convert because it is compatible with the beliefs of different religions. ...
    • Stuart Woods interview, 2002

    • Barrington, Stone (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Private investigators - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Stuart Woods discusses his book, “The Short Forever.” He begins by explaining how this is the eighth novel following his character Stone Barrington, a young ex-police detective who has returned to law school and is traveling in London. Woods...
    • Russell Banks interview, 1991 September

    • School bus accidents - Fiction; Community life - Fiction; New York (State) - Fiction
    • Connie and Russell’s discussion begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Russell describes how he created a small town morality play, which Connie describes, “in a funny way,” as a little bit Thornton Wilder and...
    • Franz Wisner interview, 2005

    • Wisner, Franz - Travel; Wisner, Kurt Oscar - Travel; Brothers - United States - Biography; Travelers - United States - Biography; Betrothal - United States; Man-woman relationships - United States
    • Franz Wisner discusses his book, “Honeymoon with my Brother.” He begins by explaining that his fiancée called off their wedding 5 days before the ceremony, so Franz took his brother Kurt on the honeymoon he had tickets to. The two brothers...
    • Gore Vidal interview, 1990 September

    • Time travel - Fiction; Jesus Christ; Historical films - History and criticism; Motion pictures - Philosophy; Motion pictures - Miscellanea
    • Gore Vidal discusses his book, “Live from Golgotha.” Vidal begins by saying that Golgotha was the hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus Christ was crucified. He goes on to explain the storyline that revolves around NBC (National Broadcasting...

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