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    • Michael Shermer interview

    • Science - Miscellanea; Science - Philosophy
    • Michael Shermer discusses his book, “Science Friction.” He begins by explaining that the book is a collection of essays that explore the barriers and biases that both plaque and fuel science. In these essays he faces such questions as: how does...
    • Marianne Wiggins interview

    • World War, 1914-1918 - Veterans - Fiction; Radiation - Fiction; Tennessee - Fiction
    • Marianne Wiggins discusses her book, “Evidence of Things Unseen.” She begins by examining the book’s characters Fos and Flash who met while serving in France during World War I. While on a trip to the Outer Banks in Tennessee to study a meteor...
    • Thomas Saywer interview

    • Writing
    • Thomas Sawyer discusses his book, “Fiction Writing Demystified.” He begins by stressing the idea that writers should think of themselves as entertainers. He explains that in order to entertain and keep your audience enthralled a writer must have...
    • James Brown interview, 1994 April

    • Thieves - Fiction; Fathers and sons - Fiction
    • James Brown discusses his book, Lucky Town, which follows the lives of an irresponsible father and his loyal son in the American West during the 1960s, living outside the law. The story is told through the eyes of the boy as he watches his father...
    • Thane Rosenbaum interview

    • Justice, Administration of - United States; Justice, Administration of, in literature; Justice, Administration of, in motion pictures; Courts - United States; Law - United States; Law and ethics
    • Thane Rosenbaum discusses his book, “The Myth of Moral Justice.” He begins by explaining that the legal system does not take into consideration what is moral because it is solely concerned with what is legal. He discusses how lawyers, judges, and...
    • Mary Gordon interview, 2005 February

    • Students, Foreign - Northern Ireland - Fiction; Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Americans - Northern Ireland - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Protest movements - Fiction; Northern Ireland - Fiction; Hunger strikes - Fiction
    • Mary Gordon discusses her book, “Pearl.” Martinson sets up the conversation by talking about a scene from the book in which a mother is notified that her daughter is on a hunger and water strike. Gordon then goes on to ask how does a mother...
    • 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...
    • Mary Higgins Clark interview, 1994 September

    • Detective and mystery stories, American
    • Mary Higgins Clark discusses her novel, “A Cry in the Night. “ She begins by explaining that her book is about a single mother who starts dating a wealthy and dangerous man. She talks about how she does research and gets ideas by going to legal...
    • Jess Walter interview, 2006 September 14

    • Terrorism - United States - Fiction; Conspiracy - Fiction
    • Jess Walter discusses her novel, “The Zero.” She begins by talking about her main character who is paid to clean up at Ground Zero after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. She discusses how America stopped remembering the violent parts of...
    • Martin Katahn interview

    • Low-calorie diet; Low-calorie diet - Recipes
    • Martin begins the discussion talking about his work researching diets and how it lead him to finding a diet that balanced but would result in weight loss 2 or 3 times as fast as eating a normal health diet, but one that does not slow the metabolic...
    • Joyce Jillson interview, 1983 January

    • Women – Humor; Femininity – Humor;
    • Connie and Joyce’s discussion of ‘Real Women’, a witty, tongue-in-cheek look at sexism, covers a variety of topics ranging from why real women don’t pump gas to the direct impetus behind writing the book. In particular, Joyce highlights that being...
    • Judi Hollis interview, 1986

    • Eating disorders; Codependency; Obesity - Psychological aspects
    • Dr. Judi Hollis discusses her book, ‘Fat Is a Family Affair.” She begins by explaining that her book looks at the emotional problems associated with weight loss, and does not focus on a specific diet. She talks about the connection between...
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene interview

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Europe - Fiction; Americans - Europe - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Europe - Fiction
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene discuss their novel, “The Twilight of Courage.” They describe how the book took one year to write with 8 months of research and 4 months of writing. The novel is a historical fiction account of events during World War II. ...
    • James Haspiel interview,  1991 December

    • Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962 - Portraits; Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962
    • James Haspiel discusses his book, “Young Marilyn.” He begins by explaining how he met Marilyn Monroe when he was 16 and became one of her closest friends for 10 years. He talks about becoming an archivist for a collection of Monroe’s papers and...
    • 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...
    • Peter Craig interview, 2005 March 07

    • Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; California - Fiction
    • Peter Craig discusses his book, “Blood Father.” He begins by explaining that when he created the characters in the book he thought of them each having a fearful response to something. He discusses how the mother in the novel appears tough, but...
    • John Eliot interview, 2004 November 05

    • Success - Psychological aspects; Overachievement
    • John Eliot discusses his book, “Overachievement.” He begins by discussing how he served as a consultant to Rice University’s Baseball team who won the National Championship in 2003. He explains that as the team’s consultant he helped the players...
    • Aaron Hass interview, 1996

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Influence; Holocaust survivors - United States - Interviews; Holocaust survivors - United States - Mental Health
    • Aaron Hass discusses his book, “The Aftermath,” which describes the lives of those that survived the Holocaust. He describes how the survivors were not allowed to truly mourn, because after the Holocaust, survivors had to focus on building a new...
    • Mark Haskell Smith interview

    • Family - owned business enterprises - Fiction; Caterers and catering - Fiction; Murder for hire - Fiction; Cooking - Fiction; Cooks - Fiction; Honolulu (Hawaii) - Fiction
    • Mark Haskell Smith discusses his book, “Delicious.” He begins by explaining that in Hawaii companies often form monopolies and that his book is actually based on a true story in which a company from the Midwest tried to move in on a Hawaiian...
    • Sue Mansfield interview, 1983

    • War - Psychological aspects
    • Sue Mansfield discusses her book, “The Gestalts of War,” which looks at patterns of wars in different social civilizations. In the 1800s, war was about greed; in the present, it is more about religious conflict. She ultimately sees war as...

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