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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...
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Interview with Robert Tanenbaum

    • Yukl, Charles. Murderers - United States - Biography; Murder - New York (State) - New York - Case studies; Murder; Murderers; New York (State) - New York; United States;
    • Connie and Robert begin the interview talking about Charles Yukl, a piano teacher, and the brutal murders he committed. For the majority of the interview, Robert and Connie discuss a number of topics ranging from Yukl’s childhood to criminal...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Anne Rice interview, 1985

    • Vampires - Fiction
    • Anne Rice discusses her novel, “The Vampire Lestat.” Rice begins by discussing the plot of the novel, which chronicles the life of the vampire Lestat; a character that was first introduced in Rice’s book “Interview with the Vampire.” She goes on to...
    • Caleb Carr interview, 1995

    • Serial murders - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Caleb Carr discusses his novel, “The Alienist.” He begins by defining the word ‘alienist’ as a pre-20th century name for a psychiatrist. The novel is set in 1896 New York City, where young men are being forced into mafia-controlled prostitution. ...
    • Mary Karr interview

    • Karr, Mary - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; Teenage girls - Texas - Biography; Teenagers - Drug use - Texas; Texas - Social life and customs
    • Mary Karr discusses her memoir, “Cherry.” She explains how the book is the story of a girl’s sexual coming of age and is a sequel to her first memoir, “The Liar’s Club.” Karr shares the difficulties of growing up during the 1960s in Southeast Texas...
    • Lee Stringer interview, 2004 June 25

    • Problem children - United States - Biography; Hawthorne - Cedar Knolls School; Stringer, Lee
    • Lee Stringer discusses his novel, “Sleepaway School,” in which he recounts both his years at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a school for children at risk, and the years and events that landed him there. He explains how growing up poor and black in a...
    • Esmeralda Santiago interview

    • Santiago, Esmeralda - Childhood and youth; Puerto Ricans - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Puerto Rico - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography
    • Esmeralda Santiago discusses her book, “When I Was Puerto Rican.” She begins by explaining her immigration to America as a child from Puerto Rico. She talks about the extremely poor living conditions in her village. She discusses her family...
    • Mel Torme interview, 1988 October

    • Tormé, Mel, 1925-1999; Singers - United States - Biography
    • Mel Torme discusses his autobiography, “It Wasn’t All Velvet.” He elaborates on his multi-faceted career as a composer, lyricist, conductor, musician, actor, and more. He explains what a work day for him usually consists of and what projects he is...

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