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    • John Charmley interview

    • Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965; Prime ministers - Great Britain - Biography; Great Britain - Politics and government - 20th century
    • John Charmley discusses his biography of Winston Churchill entitled, “Churchill, the End of Glory.” He begins by explaining Churchill’s early life and how his lack of education made him a unique politician. He describes how Churchill was a war...
    • T.C. Boyle interview, 1987 September

    • Dutch Americans - Fiction
    • T.C. Boyle discusses his book, “World’s End.” The book is set during the 1960s, 1940s, and 1600s. It follows the arrival of the Dutch and political unrest during various time periods. Boyle goes on to talk about the biological father, adoptive...
    • David Frum interview, 2004

    • War on Terrorism, 2001-; Terrorism - Prevention - Government policy - United States; World politics - 1995-2005; United States - Politics and government - 2001-; United States - Foreign relations - 21st century;
    • David Frum discusses his book, “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror,” co-authored with Richard Perle. Frum talks about weapons of mass destruction and asks whether Saddam Hussein had the ability to create the weapons. He says Al-Qaeda...
    • Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner interview

    • Levant, Oscar, 1906-1972; Musicians - United States - Biography
    • Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner discuss their book, “A Talent for Genius.” They begin by explaining that their book is a biography of musician Oscar Levant. They talk about Levant’s relationship with composer George Gershwin. Schoenberger...
    • Tim Green interview, 1996 April

    • Football players – Fiction; Illegal arms transfers – Fiction; Texas – Fiction;
    • Tim begins the interview talking about the well-established authors he studied with in college. For the majority of the interview, Tim and Connie discuss the major characters in his novel and their real-world counter-parts. Near the end of the...
    • Steven Frank interview, 2004 January

    • English language – Rhetoric; English language – Composition and exercises;
    • Steven begins the interview talking about how the book is both an autobiographical look at Stephen’s work as a teacher as well as a manual to writing well. For the majority of the interview, Stephen discusses a number of the analogies, stories,...
    • Juliet Cassuto Rothman interview, 1995 January

    • Rothman, Daniel Maurice, 1971-1992 – Health; Quadriplegics – United States – Biography; Medical ethics; Do–not–resuscitate orders; Life support systems (Critical care); Euthanasia;
    • Juliet begins the interview talking about her son before the accident that paralyzed him. Juliet also discusses her career as a social worker and ethics philosopher and how her work prepared and did not prepare her for dealing with her son’s...
    • David Kaplan interview, 1996 July

    • Oumu Shinrikyō (Religious organization);
    • David begins the interview talking about how he became interested in writing about Oumu Shinrikyo and his personal experience of the the cult’s nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. For the majority of the interview, David discusses what he...
    • Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters interview, 1996 July

    • Peters, Jon; Guber, Peter; Guber-Peters Company; Columbia Pictures; Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography;
    • Nancy, Kim, and Connie begin the interview discussing the fact that this is a "business" book that reads more like a Hollywood character movie. For the majority of the interview, Connie, Nancy, and Kim discuss a number of topics related to Peter,...
    • Paul Cowan and Rachel Cowan interview, 1983 June

    • Interfaith marriage - United States; Marriage - Religious aspects - Judaism; Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity
    • Paul Cowan and Rachel Cowan discuss their book, “Mixed Blessings.” They begin by explaining that they are an interfaith couple and decided to write their own wedding ceremony so they could incorporate both aspects of Judaism and Christianity. ...
    • Lisa See interview, 2007 August

    • Lovesickness - Fiction; Young women - China - Fiction; Future life - Fiction; Operas, Chinese - Fiction; China - Social life and customs - 17th century - Fiction
    • Lisa See discusses her book, “Peony in Love.” Martinson begins by talking about the cataclysmic change that occurred in 16th century China when the Manchus took over the country. See then goes on to discuss the opera, “Peony Pavilion,” and how it...
    • Susan Vreeland interview, 2005 February

    • Painters - Fiction; Impressionist artists - Fiction; Post-impressionism (Art) - Fiction; Biographical fiction, American; France - Fiction
    • Susan Vreeland discusses her book, “Life Studies.” Vreeland shares stories from the book, which cast the profiled painters as peripheral characters. She tells the story of how Pierre-Auguste Renoir meets the little girl from his work, “A Girl...
    • Jared Diamond interview, 1993 January

    • Human evolution; Social evolution; Nature - Effect of human beings on
    • Jared Diamond discusses his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The book encompasses the history of evolution from the Neanderthals, "tree of human life," and "last first contact." He writes that humans are...
    • 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...
    • Denny Miller interview

    • Actors - United States - Biography
    • Denny Miller discusses his book, "Didn't You Used to Be What's His Name?" He shares that he played football while he was in the military and that a theatrical agent handed him his card while he was a furniture mover. Miller says he was given...
    • Barbara Taylor Bradford interview, 1999

    • Women art dealers - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Art and the war - Fiction; Female friendship - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Paris (France) - Fiction
    • Barbara Taylor Bradford discusses her book, “A Sudden Change of Heart.” She begins by talking about the two main characters in the book, Laura and Claire. Bradford describes Laura as “true blue,” an always devoted friend to Claire. She describes...
    • Cheryl Henson interview, 1994

    • Henson, Jim; Puppeteers - United States - Biography
    • Cheryl Henson discusses the book, “Jim Henson: The Works: The Art, the Magic, the Imagination," authored by Christopher Finch. Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, starts by saying that her father began working on commercials and that the Rowlf...
    • John Irving interview, 1989 April

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - United States - Fiction; Belief and doubt - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Predestination - Fiction; Birthfathers - Fiction; New Hampshire - Fiction
    • John Irving discusses his book, “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” Meany is described as a religious figure that is undersized and damaged, who accidentally kills his best friend’s mother. Owen goes on to find success in the written word and Johnny,...
    • Edward Humes interview, 2003 September 16

    • Public schools - United States - Case studies; Gretchen Whitney High School (Cerritos, Calif.)
    • Edward Humes discusses his book, “School of Dreams.” He begins by explaining that the book is an exploration of successful American schools. To write the book Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, spent a year at Gretchen Whitney High...

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