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    • Thomas Hine interview, 2002

    • Consumers - History; Consumption (Economics) - History; Shopping - History; Retail trade - History
    • Thomas Hine discusses his book, “I Want That!” He begins the interview by explaining consumer history and questioning the power that possessions have over people. He talks about the first department stores which began in the 1850s, and how...
    • Kendall Hailey interview, 1988 March

    • Hailey, Kendall, 1966-; Self-culture; High school graduates - United States - Biography
    • Kendall Hailey discusses her autobiography, “The Day I Became an Autodidact.” She begins by explaining that an autodidact is someone who is self-taught. She talks about graduating high school and her decision not to go to college. She discusses...
    • David McCullough interview, 1981

    • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 - Childhood and youth; Presidents - United States - Biography
    • David McCullough discusses his book, “Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt.” McCullough explains the significance of the book title and talks about...
    • Anchee Min interview

    • Cixi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908 - Fiction; Empresses - Fiction; China - History - Guangxu, 1875-1908 - Fiction
    • Anchee Min discusses her book, “Empress Orchid.” She begins by explaining that the book is historical fiction and follows the life of Tsu Hsi, also known as, Orchid. Orchid was born a poor girl in rural China, later she became a royal concubine and...
    • Georja Skinner interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Social life and customs; Christmas decorations - California - Los Angeles; Christmas - California - Los Angeles; Skinner, George, d. 1978
    • Georja Skinner discusses her book, “The Christmas House.” She begins by explaining that the book tells the story of her father’s life. Her father, George Skinner, moved from Canada to Santa Monica with his father. When they left Canada he was told...
    • Jill Watts interview, 2005 October 11

    • Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; McDaniel, Hattie, 1895-1952
    • Jill Watts discusses her book, “Hattie McDaniel.” She begins by explaining that the book tells the story of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Born the youngest daughter of freed slaves, Hattie McDaniel sang and...
    • Karleen Koen interview, 1986

    • Paris (France) - Fiction; London (England) - Fiction; Great Britain - History - 18th century - Fiction; Nobility - Fiction; Arranged marriage - Fiction
    • Karleen Koen discusses her book, “Through a Glass Darkly.” She begins by explaining her background in English literature and how it led her to write historical fiction set in the eighteenth century. She goes on to discuss her career before she...
    • Ralph Helfer interview, 2005 August

    • Lion – California – Los Angeles – Biography; Animals in motion pictures; Animal trainers – California – Los Angeles – Biography;
    • Ralph begins the interview talking about his first job in Hollywood at the Hollywood Aquarium, “more pet shop than aquarium.” In addition, he discusses his early work as a stunt man and his transition to working as an “animal behaviorist” in...
    • Dan Barden interview

    • Wayne, John, 1907-1979 - Fiction
    • Dan Barden discusses his novel, “John Wayne.” He begins by explaining that his father was a contractor who was hired to renovate John Wayne’s home, and the two men became drinking buddies. He says that he decided to write this novel because he...
    • Leonard Mlodinow interview, 2003 August

    • Mlodinow, Leonard, 1954-; Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988; Physicists - United States - Biography;
    • Connie and Leonard’s discussion weaves between Leonard’s intellectual odyssey, his work and friendships at Cal-Tech, and how he became a professional writer. In particular, he talks about his experience working with and talking to Richard Feynman...
    • Roy Neuberger interview

    • Art patrons - United States - Biography; Art - Collectors and collecting - United States - Biography; Neuberger, Roy R.
    • Roy Neuberger discusses his book, “The Passionate Collector.” He begins by discussing his early life in Paris when he first started out as a young artist and how he later became a major art collector. He then reminisces about some of the first art...
    • Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing interview

    • Motion pictures - United States - Marketing; Motion picture industry - Economic aspects - United States
    • Jonathan Bing and Dade Hayes discuss their book, “Open Wide.” They begin by explaining the genesis of the book, which came about through Dade Hayes' work for “Variety” as a reporter who covered new films’ opening weekend box office grosses. It it...
    • Marc Eliot interview, 2004 October 12

    • Grant, Cary, 1904-1986; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • Marc Eliot discusses his book, “Cary Grant.” He begins by discussing Grant's early childhood in Victorian England during which he was called Archie Leach. He then shares that when Grant first came to New York and was trying to get parts on stage as...
    • Allen Rucker interview, 2002 November 05

    • Sopranos (Television program); Cooking, Italian
    • Allen Rucker discusses his book, “The Sopranos Family Cookbook.” He begins by explaining that the book is a real cookbook that is written from the point of view of Artie Bucco, the fictional character in the television series “The Sopranos.” Rucker...
    • James Coco interview, 1985

    • Low-calorie diet; Low-calorie diet - Recipes; Food - Caloric content - Tables
    • James Coco discusses his book, The James Coco Diet, which details how he overcame his weight issues and developed a healthy lifestyle. Martinson remarks that this book is really two books in one: one tells of Coco’s life and his struggle with...
    • Christa Fuller interview, 2002 December 27

    • Fuller, Samuel, 1912-1997; Motion picture producers and directors - United States -Biography; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Screenwriters - United States - Biography
    • Christa Fuller discusses the book, “A Third Face.” She begins by explaining why she decided to complete and publish her husband, Samuel Fuller’s autobiography after he passed away. She gives details of her own career as an actress and...
    • Neile McQueen Toffel interview, 1985

    • McQueen, Steve, 1930-1980; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • Neile McQueen Toffel discusses her book, “My Husband, My Friend.” She begins by explaining that she was a dancer on Broadway when she met actor Steve McQueen, and the two became married. She talks about how she had to treat her husband...
    • Russell Means interview, 1995 October

    • Means, Russell, 1939-; American Indian Movement; Oglala Indians - Biography; Indians of North America - Government relations - 1934-
    • Russell Means discusses his book, "Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means." The book is not only about his life, but the experience of the American Indian. His parents moved to San Francisco so he wouldn't have to...
    • 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...
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin interview, 1986

    • United States - Biography; Kennedy family; Fitzgerald family
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her book, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.” Goodwin begins by explaining that the book is an analysis of two immigrant families, their rise to power, how they became political dynasties, and the marriage that joined...

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