Roger Lichtenberg Simon discusses his novel, “The Straight Man.” He begins by explaining that his book is a murder mystery about comedy and psychoanalysis, which follows his detective Moses Wine. He talks about the connection between...
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...
Women college students - United States - Attitudes;
Women - United States - Identity;
Women - Education (Higher) - United States;
Women college students - United States - History - 20th century;
Education, Higher - United States - History - 20th...
Lynn Peril discusses her book, “College Girls.” She talks about how she wanted to show the history of women at college and how they’ve changed over the years. She talks about how women explore new situations while being away from home for...
Administrative agencies - United States - Management;
Organizational change - United States;
United States - Armed Forces - Management;
United States - Politics and government
Bob Stone talks about his autobiography, “Confessions of a Civil Servant.” He begins by talking about how he moved from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles and did research forecasting and predicting the needs of the army. He explains that he...
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...
Franks, Thomas Edward;
World War, 1939-1945 - Military intelligence - United States;
Spies - United States - Biography;
Fathers and daughters - United States
Lucinda Franks discusses her book, “My Father’s Secret War.” She begins by talking about how she was the youngest winner of a Pulitzer Prize. She discusses how she went through her father’s things one day and started finding Nazi...
Joseph Olshan discusses his novel, “The Conversion.” He begins by explaining his book is about a young male writer who moves to Italy and has a relationship with an older man. When one of the men dies, the other begins to investigate the...
Brady, Joanna (Fictitious character) - Fiction;
Fourth of July celebrations - Fiction;
Policewomen - Fiction;
Sheriffs - Fiction;
Cochise County (Ariz.) - Fiction;
Arizona - Fiction
J.A. Jance discusses her novel, “Exit Wounds.” She begins by explaining that this book continues the series that follows characters Sherriff Joanna Brady and her husband Butch. She talks about how Joanna investigates the death of a woman who...
Justice, Charlotte (Fictitious character) - Fiction;
Police - California - Los Angeles - Fiction;
African American police - Fiction;
African American women - Fiction;
Policewomen - Fiction;
Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
Paula L. Woods discusses her novel, “Dirty Laundry.” She begins by explaining this is another book in the series that follows her character Charlotte Justice. She talks about how the city of Los Angeles changes after every political...
Conduct of life;
Quality of work life
Olive Gallagher discusses her book, “A Simple Path to the Good Life.” She begins by explaining that she writes for an advice column, and responds to a lot of ethical questions and problems people have. She doesn’t tell anyone what to do,...
Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her novel, “The Daydreaming Boy.” She begins by talking about why she decided to write the book from a man’s point of view during the Armenian genocide. She discusses life in Beirut in the early 1960s...
Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001;
Philosophers - United States - Biography
Mortimer J. Adler discusses his autobiography, “A Second Look in the Rearview Mirror.” He begins by talking about how he dropped out of Columbia University because he didn’t want to take physical education classes, but eventually got his...
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...
Social skills in children;
Learning disabled children;
Social acceptance in children;
Interpersonal relations in children
Richard Lavoie discusses his book, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend.” He begins by talking about how important school is for learning disabled children because they need to learn proper social interaction. He describes qualities all...
World War, 1914-1918 - Participation, African American - Fiction;
African American families - Fiction;
African American soldiers - Fiction;
African American men - Fiction;
Louisiana - Fiction;
Oklahoma - Fiction
Guy Johnson discusses his novel, “Standing at the Scratch Line.” He begins by talking about how he wanted to write about the life experience of African Americans in the early 1900s. He describes how his main character joins an all-black...
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...
Tim Guest talks about his book, “My Life in Orange.” He begins by explaining that he spent his childhood with his parents living in a commune. He talks about how his mother was devoutly religious but decided she wanted a more mystical...
African Americans - Reparations;
Government liability - United States
Roy L. Brooks discusses his book, “Atonement and Forgiveness.” He begins by explaining that 21 million Africans were taken from their homes and put into slavery. He discusses his career as a professor at the San Diego Law School, and how he...
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...
Motion picture industry - Fiction;
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
Robert W. Cort discusses his novel, “Action!” He begins by explaining that the book covers the years between 1948 and 1998 in Hollywood. He talks about how he did research for his book at the Library of the Motion Picture Academy. He...