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    • Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana interview

    • Ozark Mountains - Fiction; Cherokee Indians - Fiction; Frontier and pioneer life - Fiction; Christie, Ned, 1852-1892 - Fiction; Proctor, Ezekial, 1831-1907 - Fiction
    • Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana discuss their novel, “Zeke and Ned.” Ossana and McMurtry begin the interview by explaining how the novel is a dramatization of the Cherokee struggle for independence following the conclusion of the Civil War. The...
    • Khaled Hosseini interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Families - Fiction
    • Khaled Hosseini discusses his book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” He shares his thoughts on the difficulty of following the success of his first book, “The Kite Runner.” He goes on to detail the plot of the book, which, like his first book, is set...
    • Yaacov Lozowick interview

    • Israel - History, Military; Israel - Public opinion; Jews - Palestine - History - 20th century; Antisemitism; Zionism; War - Moral and ethical aspects; Public opinion - Arab countries; Jews - Public opinion; Arab - Israeli conflict
    • Yaacov Lozowick discusses his book, “Right to Exist.” He begins by explaining how he spent most of his life advocating peace and a rational compromise between Israel and Palestine, until the Palestinians rejected a peace offer made by Israeli...
    • Georja Skinner interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Social life and customs; Christmas decorations - California - Los Angeles; Christmas - California - Los Angeles; Skinner, George, d. 1978
    • Georja Skinner discusses her book, “The Christmas House.” She begins by explaining that the book tells the story of her father’s life. Her father, George Skinner, moved from Canada to Santa Monica with his father. When they left Canada he was told...
    • Dan Fesperman interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Translators - Fiction; Pakistanis - Afghanistan - Fiction; Americans - Afghanistan - Fiction
    • Dan Fesperman discusses his book, “The Warlord’s Son.” He begins by sharing that what fascinated him the most about the tribal wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, of which he writes, is the timelessness of it. He explains the role and life of a...
    • Jimmy Breslin interview,  1991 September

    • Runyon, Damon, 1880-1946; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Broadway (New York, N.Y.) - Biography
    • Jimmy Breslin discusses his novel, “Damon Runyon.” He begins by explaining that the book is a non-fiction account of the life of writer Damon Runyon. Breslin talks about following Runyon’s paper trails all over the country and interviewing many...
    • Edward Ball interview, 1998

    • Ball family; Plantation life - South Carolina - Charleston Region - History; Slaves - South Carolina - Charleston Region - History; Slaveholders - South Carolina - Charleston Region - History; African Americans - South Carolina - Charleston Region...
    • Edward Ball discusses is book, “Slaves in the Family.” The book covers the history of the Ball family and its plantation and slave ownership. Ball talks about a slave uprising and says that following emancipation, the Ball family became sharecrop...
    • Stuart Woods interview, 2002

    • Barrington, Stone (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Private investigators - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Stuart Woods discusses his book, “The Short Forever.” He begins by explaining how this is the eighth novel following his character Stone Barrington, a young ex-police detective who has returned to law school and is traveling in London. Woods...
    • Bob Morris interview

    • Dating (Social customs) - Anecdotes; Gay men - United States - Biography; Fathers and sons - United States - Biography; Morris, Joe; Morris, Bob, 1958-
    • Bob Morris discusses his book, “Assisted Loving.” He begins by explaining that the book is a chronicle of the year following his mother’s death in which his father started dating. Morris discusses the difference between the ways elderly men and...
    • Robert Tanenbaum interview, 2005

    • Karp, Butch (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Ciampi, Marlene (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Brighton Beach (N.J.) - Fiction; Public prosecutors - Fiction; Trials (Rape) - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Robert Tanenbaum discusses his novel, “Fury.” He begins by explaining how he wanted to write a book based on how people’s lives can change in one moment. He describes plot details and gives an overview of a rape case, trial, and legal issues in...
    • Martin Amis interview

    • London (England) - Fiction
    • Martin Amis discusses his book, “Yellow Dog." He explains that the novel charts the lives of five very different men. The central protagonist is Xan Meo, who in the beginning is depicted as a modern Renaissance Man, but later suffers a personality...
    • Frank Snepp interview, 1999 August

    • Snepp, Frank - Trials, litigation, etc.; Snepp, Frank. Decent interval; United States; Central Intelligence Agency - Officials and employees; Prior restraint - United States; Freedom of the press - United States; National security - United States;
    • Frank begins the interview discussing his work as an analyst for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the Vietnam War. In particular, Frank discusses his first book, Decent Interval (1977), which chronicles how the CIA failed its...
    • Hari Kunzru interview

    • Computer programmers - Fiction; Computer viruses - Fiction; Layoff systems - Fiction; Sabotage - Fiction
    • Hari Kunzru discusses his novel, “Transmission.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a man from India who moves to the United States to work for an anti-virus computer company. He talks about the amount of out-sourced jobs in the...
    • Peter Duffy interview

    • Bielski, Asael; Bielski, Tuvia; Bielski, Zus, d. 1995; Jews - Persecutions - Belarus; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Belarus; World war, 1939-1945 - Jewish resistance -Belarus; World war, 1939-1945 - Jews - Rescue - Belarus
    • Peter Duffy discusses his book, “The Bielski Brothers.” He begins by explaining who the Bielski brothers were. They lived in a small town in Poland during World War II and their father was a miller. The three prominent brothers in the family went...
    • Roger Cohen interview

    • Berga (Concentration camp); World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, German; World War, 1939-1945 - Concentration camps - Germany - Berga; World War, 1939-1945 - Conscript labor - Germany - Berga; Death marches - Germany; Prisoners of war...
    • Roger Cohen discusses his book, “Soldiers and Slaves.” He begins by discussing his time spent working in Berlin for the “New York Times” and how difficult it was for him as a Jewish man. He explains that the idea for the book came when he began to...
    • Ehud Yonay interview, July 1993

    • Israel. Hel ha-avir - History;
    • Ehud and Connie begin the interview talking about the formation of the Israeli Air Force during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. In particular, Ehud discusses the ‘bubble-gum and bailing-wire’ nature of the Israeli Air Force in its early years, the...
    • James Traub interview, May 2006

    • Annan, Kofi A. (Kofi Atta); United Nations; World politics - 21st century;
    • James and Connie begin the interview discussing the year that James spent following Annan that, as James describes it, was a “bad year” for the UN and good year for him. In addition, James talks about not wanting to write a biography of Annan but a...
    • A. J. Langguth interview

    • United States - History - War of 1812; United States - History - War of 1812 - Influence;
    • Connie and A.J. begin the interview discussing the issues affecting America following the War for Independence and their impact on the “Second War for Independence,” the War of 1812. For example, A.J. briefly discusses the debate over the...
    • Michael Blake interview, 2006 December

    • United States. Army. Cavalry - History - 19th century; Indians of North America - Wars - 1862-1865; Indians of North America - Wars - 1866-1895; Indians of North America - Government relations; United States - History - 19th century; United States...
    • Michael and Connie begin the interview talking about the opening of the American West following the establishment of the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. For the majority of the interview, Michael discusses a number of the stories from his book that...
    • Sara Paretsky interview, 2003

    • Warshawski, V. I. (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Women private investigators - Illinois - Chicago - Fiction; Journalists - Crimes against - Fiction; Missing children - Fiction; Chicago (Ill.) - Fiction
    • Sara Paretsky discusses her novel, “Blacklist.” She begins by explaining that this is the eleventh book in her series that follows private investigator V.I. Warshawski. She talks about Chicago in the 1950s and the powerful mob scene. She...

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