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    • June Jordan interview

    • African American families; African American poets - Biography; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; Poets, American - 20th century - Family relationships; Jordan, June, 1936-2002 - Family; Jordan, June, 1936-2002 - Childhood and youth
    • June Jordan discusses her book, “Soldier.” She begins by explaining that the book is a collection of poems about her childhood. She discusses the difficulties she faced as the child of immigrants and growing up with the burden of their...
    • Karen Finell interview

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Germany - Berlin; World War, 1939-1945 - Children - Germany - Berlin - Biography; World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, German; Berlin (Germany) - History - Blockade, 1948-1949 - Personal narratives
    • Karen Finell discusses her book, “Good-bye to the Mermaids: A Childhood Lost in Hitler’s Berlin.” She talks about the women in her family and their ties to the United States. Finell says the Nazis killed anyone with a chronic illness, Gypsies,...
    • Jennifer Saginor interview

    • Saginor, Jennifer; Playboy Enterprises - Biography; Children of divorced parents - Psychology; Girls - Conduct of life
    • Jennifer Saginor discusses her autobiography, “Playground.” She begins by talking about her father’s occupation as Hugh Hefner’s physician and her early childhood memories of swimming and playing at the Playboy Mansion. She also gives background...
    • Steven Ivory interview, 2004 February

    • Ivory, Steven - Relations with women; Journalists - United States - Biography
    • Steven Ivory discusses his autobiography, “Fool In Love.” He begins by telling how his book came into production after readers of his online column asked him to compile his essays. He talks about how his book is grouped into three parts: dealing...
    • Robert Clary interview

    • Actors - United States - Biography; Clary, Robert
    • Robert Clary discusses his book, “From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes.” He begins by explaining how the book is an autobiography of his life, which begins with his childhood in France during World War II. Clary discusses his career in...
    • Richard Rayner interview, 1995 November

    • Rayner, Richard, 1955–; Novelists, American – 20th century – Biography; College students – England – Cambridge – Biography; Criminals – England – Cambridge – Biography; Cambridge (England) – Social life and customs;
    • Connie begins the interview describing Rayner’s work, The Blue Suit, as seemingly fictional, or what one would think was fictional, but is in fact non-fiction. From this starting point, Richard and Connie discuss Richard’s life of crime, which...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 1985 December

    • Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Screenwriters - Fiction; Serial murders - Fiction; Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, "Death Is A Lonely Business." He begins by explaining the plot of the book and how he drew on his experiences living in Venice during the early years of his career. He stresses the importance of a proper setting...
    • George Perry interview, 2005 June 09

    • Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Dean, James, 1931-1955
    • George Perry discusses his book, “James Dean.” He begins by explaining that the book is a biography of the actor, James Dean. In the work, Perry explores the early history of Dean using various interviews, including several with Dean’s cousin and...
    • Ernestine Bradley interview, 2005 March 31

    • Bradley, Ernestine, 1935-; Bradley, Bill, 1943- - Family; Legislators’ spouses - United States - Biography; United States - Biography; Germany - History - 1933-1945; Germany - History - 1945-1955
    • Ernestine Bradley discusses her book, “The Way Home.” She begins by explaining that the book is the story of her life growing up in post World War II Germany and how she later went on to become a professor of comparative literature and the wife of...
    • Susan Gilman interview, 2005 January 31

    • Gilman, Susan Jane - Childhood and youth; Girls - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Young women - New York (State) - New York - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography; Geneva (Switzerland) - Biography
    • Susan Gilman discusses her book, “Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress.” She begins by sharing that she wrote the book in the hopes of making other people feel less alone. She explains that the book explores her unconventional Upper West Side...
    • Jonathan Schwartz interview, 2004 April

    • Schwartz, Jonathan, 1938- - Childhood and youth; Schwartz, Jonathan, 1938- - Family; Schwartz, Jonathan, 1938- - Homes and haunts - California - Los Angeles; Composers - Family relationships - United States; Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984; Radio...
    • Jonathan Schwartz discusses his autobiography, “All In Good Time.” He begins by describing his early childhood and how his father, Arthur Schwartz, was a well-connected member of the music scene in Hollywood. He discusses losing his mother at a...
    • Maya Angelou interview, 1990

    • Poetry; African Americans - Poetry
    • Maya Angelou discusses her book, “I Shall Not Be Moved,” a collection of poems. She talks about the age of 55 and its introduction to one’s mortality and contemporary women. Angelou recites two poems and goes on to discuss relationships and the...
    • 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...
    • Michael Datcher interview, 2001

    • Datcher, Michael, 1967-; Datcher, Michael, 1967- - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; African American families - California - Los Angeles; Fatherless families - California - Los Angeles; Journalists - United States -...
    • Michael Datcher discusses his book, “Raising Fences.” He begins by talking about his early life and his choice to live with his adopted family over the real family who gave him up. Martinson asks him to read a passage about his adoption and how...
    • Joyce Harrington interview

    • Murder mystery - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Psychopaths - Fiction
    • Joyce Harrington discusses her novels, “Family Reunion,” and “No One Knows My Name.” She begins by explaining how she got started writing murder mystery novels. She talks about submitting her short stories to magazines, and winning the Edgar...
    • Heather King interview

    • King, Heather, 1952-; Alcoholics - Biography
    • Heather King discusses her book, “Parched.” She begins by explaining that the book is the story of her life and how she struggled with alcoholism from an early age. She starts with her childhood and how she craved solitude and how she always felt...
    • Robert Birchard interview

    • DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959; Motion pictures - United States - History
    • Robert Birchard discusses his book, “Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood.” He begins by sharing that he has been interested in film history since he was a child. He then discusses his research process and his hope that DeMille’s personality comes out...
    • Nichelle D. Tramble interview

    • African American men - Fiction; Basketball players - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Rape - Fiction; Oakland (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Nichelle D. Tramble discusses her novel, “The Last King.” She begins by explaining that her book is a sequel to “The Dying Ground.” She talks about her main character Maceo who returns home to help a childhood friend. She describes the...
    • Carol Channing interview, 2002

    • Channing, Carol; Actors - United States - Biography; Singers - United States - Biography
    • Carol Channing discusses her autobiography, “Just Lucky I Guess.” She begins by explaining her early life and childhood, and how she grew up singing and acting. She talks about her early acting career and how she tried out for a part in the film...
    • Alan Dershowitz interview, 1991 May

    • Jews - United States - Biography; Lawyers - United States - Biography; Jews - United States - Politics and government; Jews - Politics and government - 1948-; Jews - Identity; Antisemitism - United States; United States - Ethnic relations
    • Alan Dershowitz discusses his book, “Chutzpah.” Dershowitz talks about Yale Law School and the difficulty finding employment at Wall Street law firms because of antisemitism. He also talks about Supreme Court justices, Elie Wiesel, Ronald Reagan,...

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