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  • All fields: families
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    • James Q. Wilson interview, 2002

    • Marriage - United States; Family - United States; United States - Social conditions - 1980-
    • James Q. Wilson discusses his book, “The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families." Wilson talks about cohabitation and the likelihood of divorce for individuals who cohabit before marriage. He also discusses the children of...
    • Harold I. Gullan interview, 2005

    • Fathers of presidents - United States - Biography
    • Harold I. Gullan discusses his book, “First Fathers.” He begins by explaining how United States Presidents differ from their fathers, and talks about the different lessons they have learned from them. He discusses some fathers and sons who have...
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin interview, 1986

    • United States - Biography; Kennedy family; Fitzgerald family
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her book, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.” Goodwin begins by explaining that the book is an analysis of two immigrant families, their rise to power, how they became political dynasties, and the marriage that joined...
    • 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,...
    • Gail Sheehy interview

    • Victims of terrorism - New Jersey - Middletown; Terrorism victims' families - New Jersey - Middletown; Middletown (N.J.) - Social conditions; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
    • Gail Sheehy discusses her book, “Middletown America.” She begins by describing how the town of Middletown, New Jersey coped after many members of their community were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. She...
    • Andrew Winer interview, 2002

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Color blindness in children - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction; Dysfunctional families - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Children, White - Fiction; Boys - Fiction
    • Andrew Winer discusses his novel, “The Color Midnight Made.” He begins by explaining that his novel is about a young boy who is a victim of child abuse and befriends a blind boy. Martinson asks Winer to read a passage from the book about how the...
    • Connie Briscoe interview, 2002

    • African American families - Fiction; Mistresses - Fiction; Adultery - Fiction
    • Connie Briscoe discusses her book, “P.G. County.” “P.G.” stands for Prince George County and the book follows the lives of four black families living in a privileged gated community called Silver Lake. Briscoe goes on to describe the characters...
    • Michael Datcher interview, 2001

    • Datcher, Michael, 1967-; Datcher, Michael, 1967- - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; African American families - California - Los Angeles; Fatherless families - California - Los Angeles; Journalists - United States -...
    • Michael Datcher discusses his book, “Raising Fences.” He begins by talking about his early life and his choice to live with his adopted family over the real family who gave him up. Martinson asks him to read a passage about his adoption and how...
    • Veronica Chambers interview

    • Motherless families - Fiction; Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Runaway wives - Fiction; Maternal deprivation - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction; African American families - Fiction; African American girls - Fiction
    • Veronica Chambers discusses her book, “When Did You Stop Loving Me?” She begins by explaining the plot of her novel which follows Angela who is abandoned by her mother and is left in the care of her father, a struggling magician with a strong...
    • David Spiegel interview, 1994

    • Critically ill; Terminally ill
    • Dr. David Spiegel discusses his book, “Living Beyond Limits.” He begins be explaining that his book helps people and their families deal with the news that they have cancer or another serious illness. He describes how he is a professor of...
    • Oscar Hijuelos interview, 2000

    • Cuban Americans - Fiction; Cuban American women - Fiction; Women cleaning personnel - Fiction; Cuban American families - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Oscar Hijuelos discusses his book, “Empress of the Splendid Season.” He says that when he writes, he starts out with an emotion. For this book, he wanted to look at the emotionality of classes. He describes the character, Lydia, a young woman...
    • Thomas Parham interview, 2000

    • African Americans - Psychology
    • Thomas Parham discusses his book, “The Psychology of Blacks: An African-Centered Perspective,” co-authored with Joseph White and Adisa Ajamu. Parham says that the first edition of the book was written by White in about 1984 as an introduction to...
    • 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...
    • Jonathan Foer interview

    • Ukraine - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Novelists - Fiction; Grandfathers - Fiction; Jewish families - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Ukraine - Fiction; Americans - Ukraine - Fiction
    • Jonathan Foer discusses his book, “Everything is Illuminated.” He explains that the book is about a young, American, Jew named Jonathan who travels to the Ukraine in search of a woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis during World War II....
    • Myla Goldberg interview, 2000

    • Jewish families - Fiction; Jewish girls - Fiction; Spelling ability - Fiction
    • Myla Goldberg discusses her book, “Bee Season.” Goldberg describes the protagonist, Eliza, and her spelling bee competition win. She also describes Eliza’s family and her father’s observant Judaism. Goldberg says character development is organic...
    • Hector Feliciano interview, 2001 July

    • Art thefts - France - History - 20th century; World War, - 1939-1945 - Art and the war; Pillage - France; Germany - Cultural policy
    • Hector Feliciano discusses his book, “The Lost Museum.” He begins by explaining how Nazis looted art collections during World War II, and that 20% of this stolen art has never been recovered. He talks about Adolf Hitler’s desire to have the Jan...
    • Nina Vida interview, 1985 April 11

    • Families - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Greed - Fiction
    • Nina Vida discusses her novel, “Scam.” She begins by explaining that her book is about people who are involved in an equity funding scam. She talks the importance of mother-daughter relationships to her novel. She describes rare book thieves and...
    • Sidney Sheldon interview, 1980 June 06

    • Women lawyers - Fiction; Public prosecutors - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Sidney Sheldon discusses his book, “Rage of Angels.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a young woman who is a criminal lawyer for the mafia. He talks about the thorough research that he did for the book and how he got to interview...
    • Jewell Parker Rhodes interview

    • Pittsburgh (Pa.) - Social life and customs - Fiction; African American poor families - Fiction
    • Jewell Parker Rhodes discusses her book, “Porch Stories.” She begins by explaining that the book is a tribute to her grandmother who helped raise Rhodes and significantly influenced and inspired her. She shares how she was left with her father and...
    • Larry Domnitch interview, 2005

    • Jews - Persecutions - Russia - History - 19th century; Jewish soldiers - Russia - History - 19th century; Jewish children - Government policy - Russia - History - 19th century; Russia - Armed Forces - Recruiting, enlistment, etc. - History - 19th...
    • Larry Domnitch discusses his book, “The Cantonists.” He begins by explaining the name of the book and how the cantonists were a group of Jewish boy soldiers who were forced to fight for the Russian army under Tsar Nicholas I. He then goes into...

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