Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937;
Capitalists and financiers - United States - Biography;
Industrialists - United States - Biography;
Philanthropists - United States - Biography
Ron Chernow discusses his biography of the life of John D. Rockefeller, “Titan.” He begins by describing the early life of Rockefeller and how his father was a conman and a bigamist. He talks about how Rockefeller worked on oil transports...
Michael Levine discusses his book, “7 Life Lessons from Noah’s Ark.” He begins by describing that he chose the Biblical character Noah because he was well known and had a great amount of wisdom. Levine discusses the importance of...
Boys - Fiction; Men - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
Alan Rifkin discusses his book, “Signal Hill.” He begins by describing how living on the outskirts of Los Angeles inspired his stories. He talks about children of divorced families and the psychological trauma that they can grow up with. He...
Catholic Church - Clergy - Fiction; Problem youth - Fiction; Scandals - Fiction; Memory - Fiction; Scotland - Fiction
Andrew O’Hagan discusses his novel, “Be Near Me.” He begins by describing the plot of the book about how a Catholic priest finds ways to connect to children. He talks about the importance of Scottish legends, folktales, and customs. ...
Lost architecture - California - Los Angeles; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Buildings, structures, etc; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History
Sam Hall Kaplan discusses his book, “LA, Lost & Found.” He begins by describing the architectural history of Los Angles throughout the years. He talks about the influence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright on domestic architecture. Kaplan...
Tse, Helen - Family;
Sweet Mandarin (Restaurant);
Restaurateurs - England - Manchester - Biography;
Immigrants - Great Britain;
Chinese - Great Britain
Helen Tse discusses her family’s biography, “Sweet Mandarin.” She begins by talking about how she grew up in England, but her family moved back to Hong Kong. She talks about how her great-grandfather made a fortune in the soy sauce...
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...
Iris Chang discusses her book, “The Chinese in America.” She begins by explaining that she has written other Chinese history books on the leaders of China and the silk trade. She talks about how the Chinese came to California during the gold...
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Economic aspects - Germany;
World War, 1939-1945 - Economic aspects - Germany;
World War, 1939-1945 - Confiscations and contributions - Germany;
Diamonds - Germany - History - 20th century;
Jewish property - Germany
Yaron Svoray discusses his book, “Blood From a Stone.” He begins by explaining that he was approached by a soldier on the French and German border who had buried 40 uncut diamonds. He talks about how these diamonds were taken from Jewish...
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Public opinion;
Jews - Persecutions - Germany - Public opinion;
Antisemitism - Sweden;
World War, 1939-1945 Jews;
World War, 1939-1945 - Jews - Rescue;
Sweden - History - Gustav V, 1907-1950
Steven Koblik discusses his book, “The Stones Cry Out.” He begins by talking about how gold was transferred between the Swedes and the Nazis during World War II. He describes the history of Sweden and social democrats in the 1930s. He...
Leah Komaiko discusses her book, “Am I Old Yet?” She begins by talking about how she primarily writes children’s books and young adult novels, but wanted to write this book about her personal experiences with friendship. She describes how...
Mary, of Egypt, Saint - Fiction;
Duval, Jeanne - Fiction;
Women - Caribbean Area - Fiction;
Spirit possession - Fiction;
Time travel - Fiction;
Prostitutes - Fiction;
Goddesses - Fiction;
Caribbean Area - Fiction;
France - Fiction;
Egypt - Fiction
Nalo Hopkinson discusses her novel, “The Salt Roads.” She talks about how she covers several periods of history in her book including 18th century Haiti, 19th century France, and 4th century Egypt. She describes slave revolts in Haiti....
Women detectives - New York (State) - Long Island - Fiction;
Organized crime - Fiction;
Missing persons - Fiction;
Widows - Fiction;
Nassau County (N.Y.) - Fiction;
Long Island (N.Y.) - Fiction
Susan Isaacs discusses her novel, “Long Time No See.” She begins by explaining that this book is a sequel to “Compromising Positions” which follows her main character detective Judith Singer. She talks about how she wanted Judith to grow...
Austin, Mike, 1910-;
Golfers - Biography - United States;
Teacher-student relationships - United States;
Philip Reed discusses his book, “In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing: Chasing the Legend of Mike Austin, the Man Who Launched the World’s Longest Drive and Taught Me to Hit Like a Pro.” He begins by explaining that he worked with Mike...
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790;
United States - Foreign relations - France;
France - Foreign relations - United States;
United States - Foreign relations - 1775-1783
Stacy Schiff discusses her book, “A Great Improvisation.” She begins by explaining the reasons Benjamin Franklin went to France to get support for the new American colonies. She talks about Franklin’s troubled relationship with his son, and...
Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593 - Fiction; Women private investigators - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; Renaissance - England - London - Fiction; Great Britain - History - Elizabeth, 1558-1603 - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
Leslie Silbert discusses her novel, “The Intelligencer.” She begins by explaining the life of Christopher Marlowe, a theater actor and spy who lived in the late 16th century. She says that her book is about old manuscripts that must be...
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966; Artists - France - Biography
Laurie Wilson discusses her book, “Alberto Giacometti.” She begins by explaining the early life of the Surrealist sculptor Alberto Giacometti. She talks about how the artist grew up in Switzerland, and decided to become an artist because his...
Lindfors, Viveca, 1920-1995; Actors - Sweden - Biography
Viveca Lindfors discusses her autobiography, “Vivika… Vivica…” She begins by explaining why she decided to change the spelling of her name at an early age. She talks about her career as a stage actress and singer from Sweden. She...
Presidents - United States - Election - 1992;
United States - Politics and government - 1989-1993
Mark Miller discusses his book, “Quest for the Presidency, 1992.” He begins by describing the 1992 Presidential Election between the candidates George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot. He talks about his experience as a reporter for...
Cole, Elvis (Fictitious character) - Fiction;
Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction;
Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
Robert Crais discusses his book, “Indigo Slam.” He begins by explaining that this is the 7th book in his series that follows his character Investigator Elvis Cole. He talks about the research he has done, and that he follow police officers...