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    • Toni Bernay interview

    • Cancer - Popular works
    • Toni Bernay discusses her book, “When It’s Cancer.” She begins by explaining how important it is for the cancer patient and their loved ones to focus on being proactive. She emphasizes that there are so many options presented to the cancer...
    • Blythe Holbrooke interview, 1983

    • Gossip
    • Blythe Holbrooke discusses her book, “Gossip” which she describes as informal communication. Blythe states that people gossip, but do not truly understand the politics of talk. Ultimately, bad rumors can destroy lives. The book describes how...
    • 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...
    • Julius Fast interview

    • Sex (Psychology); Sexual excitement; Sexual attraction
    • Julius Fast discusses his book, “Sexual Chemistry.” He begins by explaining that his book is in the first draft but is getting published soon. He looks at how and why people fall in love with one another. He talks about how to attract...
    • Jared Diamond interview, 1993 January

    • Human evolution; Social evolution; Nature - Effect of human beings on
    • Jared Diamond discusses his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The book encompasses the history of evolution from the Neanderthals, "tree of human life," and "last first contact." He writes that humans are...
    • Hollis Norton interview

    • Real estate investment; Success in business
    • Hollis Norton discusses his book, “How to Make It When You’re Cash Poor.” He begins by stressing the importance of having a good lawyer when a person is investing in real estate. He gives tips on how to find a good lawyer, a good...
    • Maria T. Lennon interview, 2005

    • Inheritance and succession - Fiction; War correspondents - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Single mothers - Fiction; Pregnant women - Fiction; Surgeons - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Sierra Leone - Fiction
    • Maria T. Lennon discusses her novel, “Making It Up As I Go Along.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a woman who moves from southern California to Africa. She talks about the importance of friendship between new mothers and how...
    • Peter Maas interview

    • Indianapolis (Cruiser); World War, 1939-1945 - Naval operations, American; Shipwrecks - Pacific Ocean
    • Peter Maas discusses Richard F. Newcomb’s book, “Abandon Ship!” He begins by explaining how the book is about the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis naval cruiser in Japanese waters on July 29, 1945. Maas compares the book to a Greek...
    • George Englund interview, 2004 November

    • Brando, Marlon; Englund, George, 1926–; Motion picture actors and actresses – United States – Biography
    • George begins the interview talking about the complex nature of Marlon Brando. For the majority of the interview, Sidney narrates a series of stories about his sometimes-difficult relationship with Brando. In particular, he discusses how Brando’s...
    • Erica Jong interview

    • Jong, Erica; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Erica Jong discusses her autobiography, “Seducing the Demon.” She begins by talking about how she wrote her famous book, “Fear of Flying.” She talks about how she wrote that book during graduate school, and discusses people’s responses...
    • Nicholas Kublicki interview, 2002 December 09

    • Diamond mines and mining - Fiction; Conspiracies - Fiction; Arkansas - Fiction
    • Nicholas Kublicki discusses his book, “The Diamond Conspiracy.” He begins by stating that diamonds themselves are neither good nor bad and that it is the diamond business and diamond cartels that lead to questions of good and bad. He then...
    • Bill Bryan interview

    • Reality television programs
    • Bill Bryan discusses his book, “Keep It Real.” He begins by commenting on the similarities between the book’s plot and some major modern television shows. He then details the plot of the novel which follows the protagonist Ted who over hears...
    • Rob Kendt interview, 2005 March 07

    • Motion pictures - Casting - United States; Television programs - Casting - United States
    • Rob Kendt discusses his book, “How They Cast It.” He begins by explaining what “break down services” are and how casting directors are trying to unionize. He explains that casting directors are the unsung heroes of film and television. He...
    • Ian McEwan interview

    • Great Britain - Fiction; London (England) - Fiction; Editors - Fiction; Composers - Fiction; Foreign ministers - Fiction; Political corruption - Fiction
    • Ian McEwan discusses his novel, “Amsterdam.” He details the plot, which begins with the death of photographer/restaurant critic, Molly Lane. Molly’s death leads her many friends and lovers to ponder their own mortality. Two of her former...
    • Yolanda Barnes interview, 2005

    • African American women - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Yolanda Barnes discusses her novel, “When It Burned to the Ground.” She begins by explaining her book is about a street preacher who lives in a bad neighborhood. She discusses the overall themes in the book of downfall and decay. She talks...
    • 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...
    • John Sacret Young interview

    • Motion picture authorship; Screenwriters; Motion picture industry - California - Los Angeles
    • John Sacret Young discusses a book he contributed to, “Doing It For Money.” He begins by talking about how the book was created by the Writer’s Guild Foundation. The Writer’s Guild asked over 100 Hollywood writers to talk about their...
    • Studs Terkel interview, 1995 November

    • Older people - United States - Interviews; Older people - United States - Attitudes; Social participation - United States - Case studies; Self-actualization (Psychology) in old age - United States - Case studies
    • Studs Terkel discusses his book, “Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived it.” Martinson begins by stating that Terkel went around the country talking to people over the age of 70 about aging. Terkel then talks about...
    • Steven Kotler interview

    • Spiritual life; Lyme disease - Patients - United States - Biography; Surfers - United States - Biography; Kotler, Steven, 1967 - Travel
    • Steven Kotler discusses his book, “West of Jesus.” He begins by sharing the story of his struggle with Lyme disease and its effect on him spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Kotler explains how it was this struggle that led him to take up...

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