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    • Laura Van Wormer interview, 1996 January

    • Trials (Murder) – Fiction; New York (N.Y.) – Fiction;
    • Laura begins the interview talking about her personal experience with the jury selection process and serving as a juror for a murder trial that backgrounds her novel. For the majority of the interview, Laura and Connie discuss the characters and...
    • Ronya Kozmetsky interview

    • Executives - Family relationships - United States; Married people - Employment - United States; Life skills - United States
    • Based on her personal experience, Ronya begins the interview discussing the issues “corporate” families face. Among the topics Ronya discusses are changes in gendered notions about work and the impact those changes have had on women as mothers,...
    • 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...
    • Mallory Tarcher interview, 1994 July

    • Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Las Vegas (Nev.) - Fiction
    • Mallory Tarcher discusses her book, Starring Mom, which is about a teenage girl, Dena, spending a summer with her real mother, Shena, in Las Vegas. Among the many themes discussed are loss of innocence, the transformation of familial relationships,...
    • Aline Romanones interview, 1995 May

    • Carlos, - the Jackal - Fiction; Terrorists - Fiction; Assassins - Fiction
    • Aline, Countess of Romanones, discusses her book, The Well-Mannered Assassin, about a jet-setting woman enlisted as a spy by the CIA to prevent nuclear weapon plans from being acquired by terrorists. The majority of the discussion centers on the...
    • Rachel Robinson interview, 2004

    • Biography; Child abuse; Child sexual abuse
    • Rachel Robinson discusses her book, “Without My Mother’s Love.” She begins by describing her family and the molestation that began at the age of five. Robinson says her mother was her worst enemy and that she did not allow her to attend a magnet...
    • 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...
    • Mary Cunningham interview, 1984 June

    • Agee, Mary Cunningham, 1951-; Agee, William M., 1938-; Bendix Corporation; Allied Corporation; Martin Marietta Corporation; Executives - United States - Biography; Consolidation and merger of corporations - United States‬
    • In the first half of the interview, Mary Cunningham discusses her personal experience as an executive working for Bendix; an organization Cunningham describes as beset by internal power play politics. The second half of the interview centers on...
    • Andrea Seigel interview, 2004 June

    • High school students - Fiction; Grandparent and child - Fiction; Foster parents - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Orphans - Fiction; Orange County (Calif.) - Fiction‬
    • Andrea begins the interview talking about her motivations in writing a book about a teenage girl with psychological problems that could not be subsumed under the usual troubles that teenage girls experience. Connie and Andrea spend the majority of...
    • Arlene Alda interview, 1982 December

    • Family life – Fiction; Mothers – Employment – Fiction;
    • Arlene begins the interview talking about the family that provided the background context—story and photos—for her book. Arlene also discusses her thoughts on children, what they have to teach us, and what makes working with children such a...
    • Nicholas Evans interview, 2005 October 11

    • Western stories; Love stories
    • Nicholas Evans discusses his book, “The Divide.” He begins by discussing the multiple meanings that his title has and how it not only relates to physical space in the book but most importantly it comments on the divide between men and women in the...
    • Michael Berenbaum interview, 1995 February

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Public opinion; Public opinion - United States; Jews - United States - Attitudes; Judaism - 20th century
    • Michael Berenbaum discusses his book, “After Tragedy and Triumph.” He begins by explaining that he is the Project Director of the Holocaust Museum as well as a professor of theology at Georgetown University. He talks about the construction of the...
    • Howard Simons interview, 1988 November

    • Jews - United States - Interviews; United States - Ethnic relations
    • Howard Simons discusses his book, “Jewish Times.” He begins by explaining his position as a curator at Harvard, and how his book is a collection of many interviews of his Jewish friends and their immigration stories. He discusses two important...
    • Lia Schallert interview, 2005 August

    • Young women – Fiction; World War, 1939–1945 – Virginia – Fiction; Hospitals – Employees – Fiction; Rape victims – Fiction; Women clerks – Fiction; Virginia – Fiction;
    • Lia begins the interview discussing the semi-autobiographical nature of her book that is nonetheless, she insists, still a work of fiction in which her “imagination” takes over. For the majority of the interview, Lia discusses a number of the...
    • 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...
    • Bill O’Reilly interview, 1998 April

    • Police - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; Television broadcasting of news - Fiction; Television journalists - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Revenge - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Bill begins the interview discussing the actual nature of war reporting as background for novel about a bitter young war reporter who is extracting revenge against those who stole his work and derailed his career. Bill discusses that he wanted to...
    • Tom McNeal interview, 1997

    • City and town life – Fiction; Nebraska – Fiction;
    • Tom begins the interview talking about Americana and how one’s setting forms an integral part of the rules that shape life. For the majority of the interview, Tom discusses the characters and that he wanted to ensure that the characters and not the...
    • James McEachin interview

    • Civil rights movement; United States. Army; Segregation; Television acting; Korean War, 1950-1953; Veterans
    • James McEachin discusses his book, “Pebbles in the Roadway.” He begins by explaining that his book is a collection of essays and stories, which he wrote in an effort to “purge the mind.” He shares his memories of serving in the army and his...
    • Mark Victor Hansen interview, 1997

    • Parables; Spiritual life - Anecdotes; Christian life; Christian life - Anecdotes
    • Mark Victor Hansen discusses his national bestseller, “Chicken Soup For the Christian Soul.” He begins the interview by talking about specific stories from the book and tells one about the creation of the Peanuts cartoon by Charles Schulz. He...
    • Manil Suri interview

    • Love, Maternal - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; India - Fiction
    • Manil Suri discusses his novel, “The Age of Shiva.” He begins by explaining that he wrote this book from the point-of-view of a 17 year old girl who seduces her older sister’s boyfriend. The girl goes from living in a very liberal household to a...

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