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    • James Brown interview, 1994 April

    • Thieves - Fiction; Fathers and sons - Fiction
    • James Brown discusses his book, Lucky Town, which follows the lives of an irresponsible father and his loyal son in the American West during the 1960s, living outside the law. The story is told through the eyes of the boy as he watches his father...
    • Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz interview

    • Jewish women in the Holocaust; World War, 1939-1945 - Jewish resistance
    • Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz discusses her book, “Double Jeopardy.” She begins by explaining that her book follows a group of women who were sent to a concentration camp and stayed together. She talks about the amount of humiliation and...
    • Mark Lee interview, 2003 July

    • Uganda - Fiction; East Timor - Fiction; London (England) - Fiction; Women physicians - Fiction; British - Foreign countries - Fiction; War correspondents - Fiction
    • Mark Lee discusses his book, “The Canal House.” Lee begins by discussing the plot of novel, which follows the character Daniel McFarland. McFarland lives the dangerous and unpredictable life of a war correspondent in Uganda. McFarland later falls...
    • George Minot interview, 2004 May

    • Conflict of generations - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; Brothers and sisters - Fiction; Fathers - Death - Fiction; Trials (Murder) - Fiction; Painters - Fiction; New England - Fiction
    • George Minot discusses his novel, “The Blue Bowl” He shares the plot of the book, which follows a young painter, Simon Curtis, who becomes the prime suspect in his father’s murder trial. In the novel, Minot portrays children scarred by their...
    • 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...
    • Alfredo Véa interview

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Veterans; Lawyers; Public housing; Vietnam
    • Alfredo Véa discusses his novel, “Gods Go Begging.” He begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows the character Jesse Pasadoble. Jesse is a Vietnam veteran who now works in San Francisco as a defense attorney. Jesse is haunted by his...
    • Lisa Scottline interview, 2004 June 21

    • Rosato & Associates (Imaginary organization) - Fiction; Women lawyers - Fiction; Philadelphia (Pa.) - Fiction
    • Lisa Scottoline discusses her book, “Killer Smile.” She begins by explaining the plot which follows the protagonist, Mary, a lawyer that works in an all female firm. She is assigned a case in which she researches an Italian man who was wrongly...
    • James Swain interview, 2004

    • Valentine, Tony (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Private investigators - New Jersey - Atlantic City - Fiction; Swindlers and swindling - Fiction; Gambling and crime - Nevada - Las Vegas - Fiction; Card dealers - Nevada - Las Vegas - Fiction;...
    • James Swain discusses his novel, “Loaded Dice.” He begins by explaining that this is the 5th book in the series that follows his character Tony Valentine, who catches people cheating at casinos. Swain says that after September 11, 2001, the FBI...
    • Michael Chabon interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Cartoonists - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Czech Americans - Fiction; Heroes in mass media - Fiction; Comic books, strips, etc. - Authorship - Fiction
    • Michael Chabon discusses his novel, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” He shares the plot of the book, which follows the lives of the title characters, Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay. Kavalier, an artist, and Clay, a writer, join together to...
    • Geoff Nicholson interview, 2004 June 21

    • Motion picture actors and actresses - Fiction; Children of physicians - Fiction; British - California - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Physicians - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Geoff Nicholson discusses his book, “The Hollywood Dodo.” He begins by explaining the book’s plot, which follows the exploits of Henry Cadwallader, an English doctor, whose daughter Dorothy is an aspiring actress. Nicholson discusses the metaphor...
    • Julia O' Faolain interview, 1986

    • Ireland - Fiction; Americans - Ireland - Fiction
    • Julia O' Faolain discusses her book, “No Country for Young Men.” She begins by explaining that the theme of the novel is, “the dead hand of the past, which in Ireland never lets you go.” The book follows the story of an old nun who is forced to...
    • Mary Sheldon interview

    • Theatrical agents - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
    • Mary Sheldon discusses her book, “Pandora Brown.” She begins by describing the plot, which follows the character Pandora who is teased by the other kids at school except for Gary who becomes her love interest. As the novel unfolds Gary and...
    • Janet Fitch interview

    • Women murderers - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Foster children - Fiction; Young women - Fiction
    • Janet Fitch discusses her book, “White Oleander.” She explains that the book follows the protagonist, Astrid, who is the only child of a single mother. Ingrid, Astrid’s mother is an eccentric poet who murders a man for rejecting her. The novel...
    • Michael Connelly interview, 1996

    • Serial murders - Fiction; Police murders - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction
    • Michael Connelly discusses his novel, “Poet.” He begins by explaining that this is the fifth book he has written, but the first that follows his character detective Jack McEvoy. Martinson asks Connelly to read the first paragraph of the novel. ...
    • Joseph Finder interview

    • Business intelligence - Fiction; Success in business - Fiction; Corporate culture - Fiction; Commercial crimes - Fiction; Deception - Fiction
    • Joseph Finder discusses his book, “Paranoia.” He begins by discussing the research he did into competition amongst American technology companies and how there is more espionage going on between these companies today then there was during the Cold...
    • Anchee Min interview

    • Cixi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908 - Fiction; Empresses - Fiction; China - History - Guangxu, 1875-1908 - Fiction
    • Anchee Min discusses her book, “Empress Orchid.” She begins by explaining that the book is historical fiction and follows the life of Tsu Hsi, also known as, Orchid. Orchid was born a poor girl in rural China, later she became a royal concubine and...
    • Lisa Zeidner interview

    • Hotels; Swimming; Traveling sales personnel
    • Lisa Zeidner discusses her book, “Layover.” She begins by explaining that the plot follows the character, Claire Newbold who is grieving over the death of her son. Life becomes even more difficult for Claire when her husband admits to having an...
    • David Plotz interview, 2005

    • Graham, Robert Klark; Sperm banks - United States; Artificial insemination, Human - United States; Nobel Prizes; Intellect - Genetic Aspects
    • David Plotz discusses his book, “The Genius Factory.” He begins by giving background information on how Robert Klark Graham started the Repository for Germinal Choice in 1980, which was a sperm bank where Nobel Prize winners were solicited to...
    • Amos Oz interview

    • Israel; Conflict of generations - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; Young men - Fiction
    • Amos Oz discusses his book, “The Same Sea.” He explains that the novel contains several characters whose lives are intertwined. The plot is set in Israel and follows the character Albert, an accountant whose wife Nadia has died. Albert’s son Ricco...
    • Cynthia Ozick interview

    • Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Orphans - Fiction; Nannies - Fiction; Rich people - Fiction; Benefactors - Fiction; Jewish families - Fiction; Refugees, Jewish - Fiction; Children of authors - Fiction; Inheritance and succession - Fiction
    • Cynthia Ozick discusses her book, “Heir to the Glimmering World.” She explains that the story is set in the Bronx during the 1930s, where it follows a family of German refuges, the Mitwisser family, who are provided for by their benefactor James...

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