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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,...
    • 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 Grecian...
    • 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 US. The...
    • 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 novel...
    • 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...
    • 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 Robert...
    • Shawn Shiflett interview, 2004 July

    • Mexico - Fiction
    • Shawn discusses his book about a couple attempting to fix their relationship by spending a quiet spring in Mexico; inevitably, however, the couple gets drawn into conflict involving American college students on spring break and racial and class...
    • Elaine Feinstein interview, 1985 April 11

    • Jews - Great Britain - Fiction
    • Elaine Feinstein discusses her novel, “The Border.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a Jewish couple who live in Vienna during World War II and must survive the Nazi invasion. She talks about how many Jews would lie to authorities...
    • E. Duke Vincent interview, 2005

    • Hell's Kitchen (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Italian Americans - Fiction; Jewish teenagers - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Mafia - Fiction; Gangs - Fiction
    • E. Duke Vincent discusses his novel, “Mafia Summer.” He begins with his personal story of growing up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. He talks about how he was connected to prominent members of the Italian mafia, and how he did...
    • Jacqueline Winspear interview

    • London (England) - Fiction; Arts, English - England - London - Fiction; World War, 1914-1918 - Veterans - Fiction; Women private investigators - England - London - Fiction; Dobbs, Maisie (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Jacqueline Winspear discusses her novel, “Messenger of Truth.” She begins by explaining that this is the third book in the Maisie Dobbs series. Winspear shares the plot of the novel, which is set in London, 1931 and revolves around the sudden death...
    • Julie Orringer interview, 2003

    • Short stories; Children - Fiction; Mother and child - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction
    • Julie Orringer discusses her book, “How to Breathe Underwater.” She begins by explaining how she gradually wrote this collection of short stories over the span of several years. She provides background information on her Jewish upbringing and how...
    • Susanne Pari interview

    • Women - Iran - Fiction; Iranian Americans - Fiction
    • Susanne Pari discusses her novel, “The Fortune Catcher.” She begins by explaining the book is based off her life experiences growing up in Iran during the revolution. Pari lived there until 1978 because her father traveled around Iran for his...
    • 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 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 Law...
    • 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...
    • Studs Terkel interview, 1995 November

    • Older people - United States - Interviews; Older people - United States - Attitudes; Social participation - United States - Case studies; Self-actualization (Psychology) in old age - United States - Case studies
    • Studs Terkel discusses his book, “Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived it.” Martinson begins by stating that Terkel went around the country talking to people over the age of 70 about aging. Terkel then talks about David...
    • Richard Price interview, 1992

    • Police - New Jersey - Fiction; African American teenagers - Fiction; Drug dealers - Fiction; Drug traffic - Fiction; Brothers - Fiction; New Jersey - Fiction
    • Richard Price discusses his novel, “Clockers.” He begins by explaining that his book looks at how children grow up in impoverished neighborhoods. He talks about crime in ghettos and the different techniques police use to catch drug dealers. He...
    • Robert Tanenbaum interview

    • Karp, Butch (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Ciampi, Marlene (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Terrorists - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Robert Tanenbaum discusses his novel, “Escape.” He begins by explaining that this book is part of his series that follows the main characters Butch Karp, the New York City District Attorney, and his wife Marlene Ciampi. He talks about how the...
    • Katherine Neville interview, 1992 November

    • Banks and banking - Fiction; Computer crimes - Fiction
    • Katherine Neville discusses her book, “A Calculated Risk.” Neville talks about the main character and the plot revolving around the financial industry and the Rothschild banking family. Neville goes on to discuss her role as a bank vice...

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