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    • James Coco interview, 1985

    • Low-calorie diet; Low-calorie diet - Recipes; Food - Caloric content - Tables
    • James Coco discusses his book, The James Coco Diet, which details how he overcame his weight issues and developed a healthy lifestyle. Martinson remarks that this book is really two books in one: one tells of Coco’s life and his struggle with...
    • Ajay Sahgal interview, 1994

    • Actors - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
    • Ajay Sahgal discusses his novel, “Pool.” He begins by explaining how he gave the book minimal details like a screenplay, and wrote it in 3 acts. The book is about an actor who quits a movie before completion and decides to build a pool by hand. ...
    • Barbara Hambly interview

    • New Orleans (La.) - Fiction; Free African Americans - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; January, Benjamin (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Barbara Hambly discusses her book, “Graveyard Dust.” She begins by explaining the local history of New Orleans, which serves as the backdrop for her novel. Hambly details the racial and cultural history of the antebellum period and the world in...
    • Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen interview, 1990 October

    • Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937; Bern, Paul, 1889-1932; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography
    • Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen discuss their book, “Deadly Illusions.” Marx begins by explaining that the book began when he started asking questions about the apparent suicide of his friend Paul Bern. At the time of his death Bern was married...
    • Norman Mailer interview, 1984

    • Authors - Fiction; Provincetown (Mass.) - Fiction
    • Norman Mailer discusses his book, “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.” Mailer details the plot, which is set in Provincetown, Massachusetts and follows the protagonist Tim Madden. Madden is an alcoholic writer who is attracted to wealthy blondes. When he...
    • Alan Anderson interview, 2004 December 13

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Music and the war; Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. This is the Army
    • Alan Anderson discusses his book, “The Songwriter Goes to War.” He begins by explaining that after he was inducted into the army he was assigned the duties of a production stage manager and first sergeant of the detachment “This is the Army.”...
    • 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...
    • Ian McEwan interview

    • Great Britain - Fiction; London (England) - Fiction; Editors - Fiction; Composers - Fiction; Foreign ministers - Fiction; Political corruption - Fiction
    • Ian McEwan discusses his novel, “Amsterdam.” He details the plot, which begins with the death of photographer/restaurant critic, Molly Lane. Molly’s death leads her many friends and lovers to ponder their own mortality. Two of her former lovers, a...
    • Troy Johnson interview

    • Gender identity - United States; Families - United States; Lesbian mothers - United States - Biography; Children of gay parents - United States - Biography
    • Troy Johnson discusses his book, “Family Outing.” He begins by sharing that the book is a personal memoir of his metamorphosis from a homophobic child to a mature adult who could accept his mother’s sexual orientation. Johnson explains how at age...
    • Jeff Britting interview, 2005 February 06

    • Philosophers - United States - Biography; Novelists, America - 20th century - Biography; Rand, Ayn
    • Jeff Britting discusses his book, “Ayn Rand.” He begins by explaining that the book is a biography of Ayn Rand, the vocal proponent of individualism and capitalism. Britting then shares some of the details of Rand’s life. He explains that at age...
    • Robert Eversz interview, 2005 February 14

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Ex-convicts - Fiction; Paparazzi - Fiction; Women photographers - Fiction; Zero, Nina (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Robert Eversz discusses his book, “Digging James Dean.” He begins by explaining that this is the fourth book in his Nina Zero series. He details how his heroine, ex-convict Mary Alice Baker, who now goes by the name Nina Zero, is working as a...
    • Nicholas Kublicki interview, 2002 December 09

    • Diamond mines and mining - Fiction; Conspiracies - Fiction; Arkansas - Fiction
    • Nicholas Kublicki discusses his book, “The Diamond Conspiracy.” He begins by stating that diamonds themselves are neither good nor bad and that it is the diamond business and diamond cartels that lead to questions of good and bad. He then discusses...
    • Stephen Hunter interview

    • Castro, Fidel, 1926- - Fiction; Americans - Cuba - Fiction; Organized crime - Fiction; Casinos - Fiction; Cuba - History - 1933-1959 - Fiction; Havana (Cuba) - Fiction
    • Stephen Hunter discusses his novel, “Havana.” He begins by explaining that this is another book in the series that follows his main character Earl Swagger. He talks about how he wanted to explore the relationship between two men who admire each...
    • Bill Bryan interview

    • Reality television programs
    • Bill Bryan discusses his book, “Keep It Real.” He begins by commenting on the similarities between the book’s plot and some major modern television shows. He then details the plot of the novel which follows the protagonist Ted who over hears...
    • Michael Walsh interview 2003 February 21

    • Madden, Owney, 1891-1980 - Fiction; Irish American criminals - Fiction; Prohibition - Fiction; Criminals - Fiction; Hot Springs (Ark.) - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Michael Walsh discusses his book, “And All the Saints.” He begins by explaining why he chose to write in the first person as Owney Madden, an Irish gangster who lived during the early 1900s. He discusses how the book is based on real events that he...
    • Eugene Cernan interview

    • Space race - History; Space flight to the moon - History; Project Apollo (U.S.) - History; Cernan, Eugene
    • Eugene Cernan discusses his book, “The Last Man on the Moon.” He begins by explaining that the book is an account of his career as an American astronaut. The book deals with the history of the space race and the rush to be the first in space. He...
    • Yehuda Amichai interview, 1991 November

    • Amichai, Yehuda - Translations into English
    • Yehuda Amichai discusses his book, “Even a fist was once an open palm with fingers : recent poems." Yehuda details the death of his mentor, the commanding officer of the unit Yehuda served with in World War Two and the first Israeli-Arab war, lead...
    • Rosemary Altea interview, 1995 June

    • Altea, Rosemary; Grey Eagle (Spirit); Women mediums - Biography; Future life - Miscellanea
    • Rosemary Altea discusses her book, The Eagle and the Rose, which explores explores her ability and experiences talking with spirits and the dead. Rosemary details her experience learning to deal with her ability, confronting those who do not...
    • Gordan Parks interview, 1981

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    • Connie begins her interview of Gordon Parks with surprise that he had written about an Irish-American family in the 1920s. Gordon details his experiences, especially as a Life photographer, that helped him write the novel, Shannon, which he is not...

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