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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,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Ken Annakin interview, 2001

    • Annakin, Ken; Motion picture producers and directors - Great Britain - Biography
    • Ken Annakin discusses his book, “So You Wanna Be a Director.” He begins by explaining how he traveled all around Europe as a child, and got his first movie role as a member of a boy’s choir. He started his film career by doing propaganda films...
    • 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 around...
    • 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 personality...
    • 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 “A...
    • 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. He...
    • 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...
    • Linda Seger interview, 1990 October

    • Motion picture authorship; Drama - Technique; Characters and characteristics in literature; Motion picture plays - Technique; Fiction - Technique
    • Linda Seger discusses her books, “Making a Good Script Great” and “Creating Unforgettable Characters.” She begins by explaining that her books focus on how to write and sell successful film scripts in Hollywood. She says that rewriting is one of...
    • Vyvyane Loh interview

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Singapore - Fiction; Singapore - History - Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 - Fiction
    • Vyvyane Loh discusses her book, “Breaking the Tongue.” She begins by explaining the plot of the book that revolves around the torture of the protagonist, Claude, by Japanese interrogators during which Claude shares the story of his life. She then...
    • Spencer Johnson interview, 1981

    • Management
    • Spencer Johnson discusses the book that he co-wrote with Kenneth Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager.” He begins by explaining that it is a story about a young man who is looking to hire a manager whom people feel good around and who will increase...

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