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    • Judith Fein, Ph.D. interview, 1993 October

    • Rape - Prevention; Self-defense for women; Self-esteem; Women - Psychology;
    • Judith begins the interview talking about fear and assault. For the majority of the interview, Judith discusses the physical and mental skills that women need to have to avoid an attack or fend one off. In particular, Judith stresses the importance...
    • Kathy Kohner Zuckerman interview, 2002

    • Teenage girls - Fiction; Beaches - Fiction; Surfing - Fiction; Malibu (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Kathy Kohner Zuckerman discusses the 30th anniversary reissue of her father Frederick Kohner’s book, “Gidget.” Kathy begins by explaining how her father created the character of Gidget after her when she was a teenager surfing in Malibu,...
    • Steve Fraser interview, 2005

    • Securities industry - United States - History; Investments - United States - History
    • Steve Fraser discusses his book, “Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life.” Fraser talks about the physical beginnings of what would eventually become Wall Street. He shares the relationship between Alexander Hamilton...
    • Al Gore interview, 1992 February 18

    • Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Human ecology
    • Al Gore discusses his book “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit.” He describes how human actions and decisions can endanger or protect the Earth’s ecosystem and stresses how the Earth’s inhabitants face a global environmental...
    • George F. Will interview, 1986 December

    • Conservatism - United States; United States - Politics and government - 1981-1989
    • George F. Will discusses his book, “The Morning After.” He begins by explaining why he believes the printed word is the most important way of communicating knowledge and carrying ideas. The book is a collection of articles he has written on...
    • Martin Amis interview, 2000

    • Amis, Kingsley - Family; Partington family; Novelists, English - 20th century - Biography
    • Martin Amis discusses his book, “Experience.” The book is about life and what one goes through every minute of the day. Amis talks about his father, Kingsley Amis, his nomadic childhood, and family. He also talks about becoming a writer and...
    • Patrick Hasburgh interview, 2004

    • Private investigators - Colorado - Aspen - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Ski resorts - Fiction; Aspen (Colo.) - Fiction
    • Patrick Hasburgh discusses his novel, “Aspen Pulp.” He begins by talking about his main character: a washed-up ski instructor in Aspen who made a fortune in Hollywood and spent it on drugs and alcohol. Hasburgh discusses his life-long love for...
    • Bruce Wagner interview, 2005 February 14

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction; Triangles (Interpersonal relations) - Fiction
    • Bruce Wagner discusses his book, “Chrysanthemum Palace.” He begins by discussing how this is the first book he has written in the first person, which he chose to do because he wanted to capture the feeling of the every man and a “Great Gatsby” type...
    • John Truby interview, 2007

    • Storytelling
    • John Truby discusses his book, “The Anatomy of Story.” He begins by explaining that the book is about the 22 essential elements of a good story. He talks about how important it is for an author to be able to give a short premise of his story and...
    • Samuel Freedman interview, 2005 July 30

    • Freedman, Eleanor, 1924-1974; Hatkin family; Jews - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Cancer - Patients - New Jersey - Highland Park - Biography; Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography; Highland Park (N.J.) -...
    • Samuel Freedman discusses his book, “Who She Was.” He begins by discussing his reasons for writing the book. He shares that his mother died when he was a teenager and he later decided to research her life because he did not know that she had been a...
    • Jon Seydl interview, 2005 October 11

    • Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista, 1696-1770 - Exhibitions; Courtauld Institute of Art - Exhibitions; Artists’ preparatory studies - Italy - Exhibitions; Art - England - London -Exhibitions
    • Jon Seydl discusses his book, “Giambattista Tiepolo.” He begins by explaining that Giambattista Tiepolo was the greatest Italian artist of the eighteenth century. Seydl goes into detail about Tiepolo’s life and art. Tiepolo started painting as a...
    • Erica Jong interview, 1987

    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Fiction; Dramatists - Fiction; Actresses - Fiction; Time travel - Fiction; Venice (Italy) - Fiction
    • Erica Jong discusses her novel, “Serenissima.” She begins by explaining the book is about an actress who goes to Venice for a movie, but time travels back to the 16th century and falls in love with William Shakespeare. She talks about how she...
    • Catherine Coulter interview, 2003

    • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation - Fiction; Sherlock, Lacey (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Savich, Dillon (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Government investigators - Fiction
    • Catherine Coulter discusses her novel, “Blindside.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a young boy who is kidnapped and how he escapes. She talks about how this is the eighth novel in the series that involves the Federal Bureau of...
    • Margot Livesey interview

    • Amnesia
    • Margot Livesey discusses her book, “The Missing World.” She begins by explaining that the book is somewhat autobiographical in that she always longs for second chances in the way that some of the characters in the book do. She then explores the...
    • 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...
    • Sidney Harman interview, 2004 March

    • Harman, Sidney, 1918-; Harman International - History; Audio equipment industry - United States; Businesspeople - United States - Biography
    • Sidney Harman discusses his book, “Mind Your Own Business.” He begins by explaining that the book discusses his life and his success in business. He shares his method of conducting business in which he rejects the practice of top-down authoritative...
    • Scott Carpenter interview, 1992 March

    • Aeronautics, Military - Fiction; Action
    • Carpenter’s book is about a former renegade American fighter pilot given command of the US Navy’s top secret submarine, Steel Albatross, to counter a dissident Soviet faction’s attempt to knock out every computer and electronic link in the US. The...
    • Dan Chaon interview, 2004

    • Identity (Psychology) - Fiction; City and town life - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Middle West - Fiction
    • Dan Chaon discusses his novel, “You Remind Me of Me.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the struggles and problems of family life. Martinson asks Chaon to read the first paragraph of the book about a young boy who has a near death...
    • Bart Kosko interview

    • Signal processing; Noise - Social aspects; Noise
    • Bart Kosko discusses his book, “Noise.” He begins by explaining that the book examines the phenomenon of noise and its scientific history. Kosko discusses how noise occurs at every level of the physical universe, ranging from the big bang to car...
    • Catherine Lanigan interview

    • Love stories, American
    • Catherine Lanigan discusses her novel, “The Christmas Star.” She begins by explaining the phenomenon of the Christmas Star, which happens every 30 years when the moon is aligned with Venus and Mars. She describes how her book is about a man who...

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