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    • Russell Banks interview, 1991 September

    • School bus accidents - Fiction; Community life - Fiction; New York (State) - Fiction
    • Connie and Russell’s discussion begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Russell describes how he created a small town morality play, which Connie describes, “in a funny way,” as a little bit Thornton Wilder and Robert...
    • Marc Allen interview

    • Success in business; Entrepreneurship; Management
    • Marc Allen discusses his book, Visionary, in which he explores how to start and maintain your own business. In the first section, Marc covers deciding "who you are and what you are doing," and focuses on partnerships, the need for a clearly defined...
    • Barack Obama interview, 1995 August

    • African Americans - Biography; Racially mixed people - United States - Biography; Racism - United States; United States - Race relations
    • Barack Obama discusses his book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Obama shares his family’s background and its influence in his life. He tells of his mother’s emphasis of instilling a strong African and African American...
    • Gail Sheehy interview

    • Victims of terrorism - New Jersey - Middletown; Terrorism victims' families - New Jersey - Middletown; Middletown (N.J.) - Social conditions; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
    • Gail Sheehy discusses her book, “Middletown America.” She begins by describing how the town of Middletown, New Jersey coped after many members of their community were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. She...
    • Trudi Alexy interview, 2003 July 29

    • Simon - Religion; Simon - Correspondence; Alexy, Trudi - Correspondence; Alexy, Trudi - Religion; Marranos - Latin America - Religious life; Marranos - Latin America - Social life and customs; Priests - Latin America; Jews - identity; Jews -...
    • Trudi Alexy discusses her book, “The Marrano Legacy.” She begins by discussing how the book chronicles the personal correspondence between two strangers from different countries who shared the experience of discovering in their adolescence that...
    • Lawrence H. Schiffman interview, 1985 April

    • Dead Sea scrolls; Qumran community
    • Lawrence H. Schiffman discusses his book, “Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls.“ He begins by explaining that two boys who found the first scrolls in 1947, and since then eleven caves have been found in Qumran. He talks about how the caves were used...
    • Iris Chang interview, 1996

    • Qian, Xuesen, 1911-2009; Rocketry - China - Biography; Aeronautical engineers - China - Biography; Aeronautical engineers - United States - Biography; Astronautics - China - History; Anti-communist movements - United States - History
    • Iris Chang discusses her book, “Thread of the Silkworm.” She says that scientist Xuesen Qian came to the United States from China to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Boxer Rebellion Scholar. He then attended the...
    • Lionel Rolfe and Paul Greenstein interview, 1992

    • Harriman, Job, 1861-1925; Llano Colony (Secular community) - History; Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917; City planning - California - Los Angeles - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - 20th century; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Politics and government
    • Lionel Rolfe and Paul Greenstein discuss their book, “Bread & Hyacinths.” Rolfe begins by explaining that the book is about the founding of Los Angeles and the rise of the labor movement in the 1880s. He talks about how General Harrison Otis...
    • Léon Bing interview, 1993 September

    • Murder - California - Pasadena - Case studies; Teenagers - California - Social conditions - Case studies
    • Léon Bing discusses his book, “Smoked.” She begins by explaining that her book is about three teenage girls who were murdered in an affluent community in Pasadena, CA. She describes the girls’ relationships with drugs, money, and sex at a young...
    • Allison Burnett interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Poets - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Gay men - Fiction
    • Allison Burnett discusses his book, “House Beautiful.” He begins by detailing the plot of the novel which tells the story of a summer in New York city in which B.K. Troop, a bipolar, alcoholic, homosexual turns his Manhattan brownstone into a...
    • Mat Johnson interview, 2003 July

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Real estate business - Fiction; Real estate agents - Fiction; Gentrification - Fiction; Ex-convicts - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Mat Johnson discusses his novel, “Hunting in Harlem.” He begins by explaining that his book is a story about the recreation of Harlem and bringing in a new community. He introduces his 3 main characters who are released from prison and enlisted...
    • Sheneska Jackson interview, 1996

    • African American singers - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Sheneska Jackson discusses her novel, “Caught Up In the Rapture.” The novel is about 2 young women who live in a bad part of South Central Los Angeles and follow their dreams of being in the music business. She talks about how the record company...
    • 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...
    • Rosabeth Moss Kanter interview, 1995 October

    • Small business - United States - Management; Competition, International; Community development - United States
    • Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses her book, “World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy.” Martinson recites the “3 C’s:” competence, concepts, and connections, which Kanter believes are important in order for the United States to join the...
    • Edward Conlon interview, 2004 May

    • Conlon, Edward, 1965-; New York (N.Y.). Police Dept. - Biography; Police - New York (State) - New York - Biography
    • Edward Conlon discusses his autobiography, “Blue Blood.” He begins by explaining that he is a detective for the New York Police Force, and that he is a third generation policeman. He discusses several jobs he has had in law enforcement and how he...
    • Bruno Bettelheim interview, 1987

    • Child rearing; Parenting; Child psychology
    • Bruno Bettelheim discusses his book, “A Good Enough Parent.” He begins by explaining that the most important gift a parent can give his or her child is a sense of security and a positive sense of self. He talks about how parents can duplicate...
    • Henry Louis Gates interview, 2004 February

    • Social classes - United States; African Americans - Interviews; African Americans - Social conditions - 1975-
    • Henry Louis Gates discusses his book, “America Behind the Color Line.” Professor Gates explains how he traveled across the United States interviewing African Americans in an attempt to discover why and how black America split into what he...
    • Barbara Goldsmith interview, 2005

    • Curie, Marie, 1867-1934; Chemists - Poland - Biography; Women chemists - Poland - Biography
    • Barbara Goldsmith discusses her book, “Obsessive Genius.” She begins by explaining that her book is part of Norton’s Great Discoveries Series, and she wrote about the life of Marie Curie and her discovery of radioactivity. Goldsmith talks about...
    • Nina Revoyr interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - 20th century - Fiction; Murder - Fiction; Silent films - Fiction; Motion picture industry - History - Fiction; Motion picture actors and actresses - Fiction; Japanese Americans - Fiction
    • Nina Revoyr discusses her book, “The Age of Dreaming.” She begins by sharing the plot of her novel, which follows the character Jun Nakayama. Jun was a silent film star during the early days of Hollywood. Yet by 1964 he is living in total...
    • Andrew Winer interview, 2002

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Color blindness in children - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction; Dysfunctional families - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Children, White - Fiction; Boys - Fiction
    • Andrew Winer discusses his novel, “The Color Midnight Made.” He begins by explaining that his novel is about a young boy who is a victim of child abuse and befriends a blind boy. Martinson asks Winer to read a passage from the book about how the...

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