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    • Steven Frank interview, 2004 January

    • English language – Rhetoric; English language – Composition and exercises;
    • Steven begins the interview talking about how the book is both an autobiographical look at Stephen’s work as a teacher as well as a manual to writing well. For the majority of the interview, Stephen discusses a number of the analogies, stories,...
    • Daniel Yergin interview, 1991 January 15

    • Petroleum industry and trade - Political aspects - History - 20th century; Petroleum industry and trade - Military aspects - History - 20th century; World War, 1914-1918 - Causes; World War, 1939-1945 - Causes; World politics - 20th century
    • Daniel Yergin discusses his book, “The Prize.” He begins by explaining that his book follows the price of oil commodities beginning in the 1850s. He talks about how the United States was the primary producer of oil during World War II. He...
    • Zadie Smith interview

    • Assimilation (Sociology) - Fiction; Interracial marriage - Fiction; Genetic engineering - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Ethnic relations - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Immigrants - Fiction; London (England)...
    • Zadie Smith discusses her book, “White Teeth.” Martinson begins by describing the scene at the beginning of the novel and asks Smith about the title of the book. Smith responds by saying that teeth reoccur in the book and that teeth are symbolic...
    • Daniel Price interview

    • Celebrities - Fiction; Rap musicians - Fiction; Public relations consultants - Fiction
    • Daniel Price discusses his book, “Slick.” He begins by sharing the plot of the novel that follows the protagonist, Scott, who is a media operative. In the beginning of the book Scott is hired by a hotel chain to promote the opening of a new hotel...
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin interview

    • Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) - History; Baseball fans - United States - Biography; Historians - United States - Biography
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her book, “Wait Till Next Year.” Goodwin shares that she learned how to tell a story from beginning to end when her father asked her to keep score of baseball games when he was unable to watch them. She tells of 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 and...
    • Thea Dee Slusky interview, 1981

    • Health; Physical fitness; Skis and skiing; Exercise
    • Thea Dee Slusky discusses her book, “The Skier’s Year Round Exercise Guide.” She begins by talking about her background in skiing and her career as a physical therapist. She recommends certain exercises and stretches for beginning skiers, and...
    • David Benioff interview, 2008

    • Survival - Fiction; Saint Petersburg (Russia) - History - Siege, 1941-1944 - Fiction
    • David Benioff discusses his novel, “City of Thieves.” He begins by explaining how his book is set in 1942 in Communist Russia, and how Jewish intellectuals were targeted and persecuted at the time. Benioff describes that although his work is...
    • Steve Hanks interview, 1994

    • Hanks, Steve, 1949-; Painters - United States; Watercolor painting
    • Steve Hanks discusses his book, “Poised Between Heartbeats,” which discusses how he evolved into an artist. Beginning with his roots in Coronado, California, it is only when Steve moved to New Mexico that he truly blossomed as an artist. Steve...
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer interview, 2003 July

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer discusses her novel, “Maneater.” She begins by talking about the inspiration for her book and how she takes notes while having lunch with her friends in Hollywood. Martinson asks Grazer to read a passage from the beginning of...
    • Michael Shnayerson interview

    • General Motors Corporation - History; EV1 automobile
    • Michael Shnayerson discusses his book, “The Car That Could.” He begins by explaining the beginning of the electric vehicle manufactured by General Motors. He talks about how GM influenced other car companies to make vehicles that did not rely on...
    • Tara Lynda Guber interview, 2006

    • Hatha yoga - Pictorial works; Interpersonal relations
    • Tara Lynda Guber discusses her book, “Contact.” She begins by explaining that she developed a new form of yoga that allows people to physically interact with each other while meditating. She talks about how this type of yoga can be done with...
    • Betsy Blair interview, 2003 January 28

    • Blair, Betsy, 1923-2009; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • Betsy Blair discusses her book, “The Memory of All That.” She begins by describing the beginning of her career in New Jersey dancing in a chorus line. It was during this time in her life that she met, then choreographer, Gene Kelly whom she would...
    • Bharati Mukherjee interview, 2000

    • Women - India - Calcutta - Fiction; Sisters - Fiction; Calcutta (India) - Fiction
    • Bharati Mukherjee discusses her book, “Desirable Daughters.” She begins by describing the plot of the book, which focuses on the lives of three Indian sisters, two of whom live in the United States and one in Bombay, India. Mukherjee explains how...
    • Gina Nahai interview, 1991

    • Jews - Iran - Fiction
    • Gina Barkhordar Nahai discusses her book, “Cry of the Peacock.” Nahai talks about Iranian immigrants and the history of family lines beginning in 1796. She says the characters were based on people who remembered the Iranian ghettos. Nahai also...
    • Charles Johnson interview, 1990 August

    • Slave trade - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction
    • Charles Johnson discusses his book, “Middle Passage.” He says the “middle passage” is the journey from the African west coast to the United States. Johnson describes the protagonist, Rutherford Calhoun, a former slave, his brother, Jackson, and...
    • Dinah Lenney interview, 2007 May 04

    • Gross, Nelson, 1932-1997; Lenney, Dinah; Murder - New Jersey - Case studies; Millionaires - Crimes against - New Jersey - Case studies; Children of murder victims - United States - Biography; Fathers and daughters - United States - Biography;...
    • Dinah Lenney discusses her book, “Bigger than Life.” She begins by explaining that the book is a memoir of her life and experiences beginning with the traumatic event of her father’s kidnapping in 1997. She shares how her father, Nelson Gross, was...
    • John Sacret Young interview

    • Motion picture authorship; Screenwriters; Motion picture industry - California - Los Angeles
    • John Sacret Young discusses a book he contributed to, “Doing It For Money.” He begins by talking about how the book was created by the Writer’s Guild Foundation. The Writer’s Guild asked over 100 Hollywood writers to talk about their beginning...
    • Jan Burke interview, 1996

    • Kelly, Irene (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; California - Fiction
    • Jan Burke discusses her novel, “Remember Me, Irene.” She begins by explaining that this is the fourth book in the series that follows her character Irene Kelly, a detective and writer. Martinson asks Burke to read a passage from the beginning of...

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