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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Charles Pignone interview, 2004

    • Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998; Singers - United States - Biography; Actors - United States - Biography
    • Charles Pignone discusses his book, “The Sinatra Treasures.” He begins by explaining how he met Frank Sinatra and became the president of his fan club. He talks about how his book is not a biography but rather a collection of memorabilia from...
    • 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...
    • Burt Boyar interview, 2001

    • Davis, Sammy, 1925-1990; Entertainers - United States - Biography
    • Burt Boyar discusses the life of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. and talks about Davis’s autobiography, “Sammy.” Boyar describes how he and his late wife Jane decided to contribute new material to “Sammy” after the death of their long-time...
    • David Baldacci interview, 1996

    • United States presidents; Political fiction
    • David Baldacci discusses his novel, “Absolute Power,” which takes place in Washington DC, where a character Luther is set out to rob a mansion, but accidentally witnesses the President of the United States having an affair with the lady of the...
    • 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...
    • Aram Saroyan interview, 1982

    • Saroyan, William, 1908-1981 - Death and burial; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Aram Saroyan discusses his book, “Last Rites.” He begins by explaining that he is the son of famous Depression Era writer William Saroyan. He talks about the strained relationship between his father and the family. He describes that he...
    • Jeanne White interview, 1992

    • White, Ryan - Health - Juvenile literature; White, Ryan; AIDS (Disease) - Patients - Indiana - Biography - Juvenile literature; AIDS (Disease) - Patients
    • Jeanne White discusses her son’s autobiography, “Ryan White: My Own Story.” She begins by explaining that her son was Ryan White, a young boy who was diagnosed with AIDS and became an activist during his life. She talks about how her son...
    • Boris Akunin interview, 2003 May 15

    • Fandorin, Erast (Fictitious character); Detectives
    • Boris Akunin discusses his book, “Winter Queen.” He begins by sharing that this novel is the first from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels that will eventually consist of 16 books. Akunin explains that the book’s...
    • Andre Dubus III interview

    • Iranian Americans - Fiction; Home ownership - Fiction; Immigrants - Fiction; San Mateo County (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Andre Dubus III discusses his book, “House of Sand and Fog.” Martinson begins by saying that the story could be an American tragedy of the 1990s. Dubus and Martinson go on to discuss the storyline of the book and how Dubus learned the Persian...

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