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    • Marianne Wiggins interview

    • World War, 1914-1918 - Veterans - Fiction; Radiation - Fiction; Tennessee - Fiction
    • Marianne Wiggins discusses her book, “Evidence of Things Unseen.” She begins by examining the book’s characters Fos and Flash who met while serving in France during World War I. While on a trip to the Outer Banks in Tennessee to study a...
    • John Ridley interview, 2002 June 12

    • African American comedians - Fiction; Civil rights movements - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; Comedians - Fiction; Racism - Fiction; Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • John Ridley discusses his book, “ A Conversation With the Mann.” He begins by explaining the plot of the book: a young black man’s struggle to become a comedian on The Ed Sullivan Show and achieve fame. He describes some of the other...
    • Edward Humes interview, 2003 September 16

    • Public schools - United States - Case studies; Gretchen Whitney High School (Cerritos, Calif.)
    • Edward Humes discusses his book, “School of Dreams.” He begins by explaining that the book is an exploration of successful American schools. To write the book Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, spent a year at Gretchen Whitney...
    • Bridget Hughes interview 2004 August 02

    • Literature - Collections
    • Bridget Hughes discusses her book, “The Paris Review.” She begins by sharing that prior to George Plimpton’s death and her promotion to editor she had been a managing editor for "The Paris Review" and worked directly with Plimpton putting the...
    • David Wallechinsky interview, 1995 December

    • Almanacs, American; Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.; Twentieth century - Miscellanea
    • David Wallechinsky discusses his book, “The People’s Almanac Presents the Twentieth Century: The Definitive Compendium of Astonishing Events, Amazing People, and Strange-But-True Facts.” He begins by describing how this book was intended to...
    • Lisa See interview, 2007 August

    • Lovesickness - Fiction; Young women - China - Fiction; Future life - Fiction; Operas, Chinese - Fiction; China - Social life and customs - 17th century - Fiction
    • Lisa See discusses her book, “Peony in Love.” Martinson begins by talking about the cataclysmic change that occurred in 16th century China when the Manchus took over the country. See then goes on to discuss the opera, “Peony Pavilion,”...
    • Geoffrey Wolff interview, 2003

    • O'Hara, John, 1905-1970; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Geoffrey Wolff discusses his biography, “The Art of Burning Bridges.” He begins by explaining the early life of author John O’Hara: his father left his family with little money and O’Hara desperately wanted to go to Yale. He began his...
    • Paul D. White interview

    • School improvement programs - California; Problem youth - Education - California; Youth with social disabilities - Education - California; West Valley Leadership Academy (Canoga Park, Calif.)
    • Paul White discusses his book, “White’s Rules.” He begins by explaining that he is a teacher “of reject kids.” White runs the West Valley Leadership Academy, which is a public charter school in Canoga Park, California. The kids that are...
    • James Sheehan interview, 2005

    • Attorney and client - Fiction; Judicial error - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Florida - Fiction
    • James Sheehan discusses his novel, “The Mayor of Lexington Avenue.” He begins by talking about the plot of the story and giving background information on the characters. He discusses his own background of studying law and growing up in New...
    • Charlotte Chandler interview

    • Motion picture producers and directors - Great Britain - Biography; Chandler, Charlotte; Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980
    • Charlotte Chandler discusses her book, “It’s Only a Movie.” She begins by explaining that the book is a biography of the British director Alfred Hitchcock whom she had met and interviewed prior to his death in 1980. Chandler shares the story...
    • William Wallis interview, 2004 June

    • Opera - Analysis, appreciation; Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Boheme; Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875. Carmen; Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Traviata; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. Rake's progress
    • William Wallis discusses his book, “A Dream of Love Fulfilled: An Introduction to Romantic Opera as Literature: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of la Bohème, Carmen, la Traviata and the Rake’s Progress.” He begins by introducing the 5...
    • Greg Critser interview

    • Population Groups - psychology - United States - Popular Works; Health Policy - United States - Popular Works; Health Behavior - United States - Popular Works; Drug Industry - economics - United States - Popular Works; Drug Industry - economics -...
    • Greg Critser discusses his book, “Generation Rx.” He begins by distinguishing between chronic diseases and their prevention and treatments versus acute infectious diseases. He explains that for infectious diseases, such as Polio there is an...
    • Harold Evans interview, 2004 November 22

    • Inventors - United States - History; Inventions - United States - History
    • Harold Evans discusses his book, “They Made America.” He begins by explaining that he is making the book into a PBS special. The book explores two centuries of innovators that span the inventors of the steam engine to the search engine. He...
    • Joan Nathan interview

    • Cooking, American
    • Joan Nathan discusses her book, “The New American Cooking.” She begins by explaining that American cuisine today is a combination of many different styles from other countries. She talks about how American food today is influenced by the...
    • John Sayles interview, 2005 April 12

    • Short stories
    • John Sayles discusses his book, “The Anarchists’ Convention.” He explains that the book is a collection of short stories that depict ordinary people living in extraordinary times. Some of the characters include a lone child traveling west, a...
    • Jed Dannenbaum and Doe Mayer interview, 2003 March 24

    • Motion pictures - Production and direction; Television - Production and direction
    • Jed Dannenbaum and Doe Mayer discuss their book, “Creative Filmmaking.” They begin by explaining the “Five Is” of creativity: Introspection, Inquiry, Intuition, Interaction, and Impact. Some of the people they discuss in the book include...
    • Nicole Krauss interview

    • Poland - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Books and reading - Fiction; Lost literature - Fiction; Immigrants - Fiction; Authors - Fiction
    • Nicole Krauss discusses her book, “The History of Love.” She begins by explaining the concept of the book, which is that all the characters in the book are inter-connected and forever changed by having read the same book, “The History of...
    • Dominick Dunne interview

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Pictorial works; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Social life and customs; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Intellectual life - 20th century; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Motion picture producers...
    • Dominick Dunne discusses his book, “The Way We Lived Then.” He explains how the work began as a picture book and later evolved into a book chronicling Dunne’s famous Hollywood parties and social soirees. The collection of photographs,...
    • Chris Cerf interview, 1995

    • American wit and humor; Euphemism - Humor; Language and culture - Humor; Dating (Social customs) - Humor
    • Chris Cerf discusses his book, “The Official Sexually Correct Dictionary and Dating Guide," co-authored by Henry Beard. Cerf talks about male professor eye contact, the political construct of masculinity, and feminism. Other topics discussed...

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