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    • Aharon Appelfeld interview

    • Holocaust survivors - Fiction; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Fiction; Revenge - Fiction
    • Aharon Appelfeld discusses his book, “The Iron Tracks.” He describes the character, Irwin, and his enchantment with trains and tracks following World War II. Appelfeld says Irwin spends his time trying to find Jewish objects and is fearful of...
    • Alice Randall interview

    • Russian teachers - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; Football players - Fiction; Interracial dating - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; African American families - Fiction; African American women college teachers - Fiction; Pushkin,...
    • Alice Randall discusses her book, “Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.” She begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows Winsor Armstrong who is a Harvard-educated professor of Russian literature whose son, Pushkin-who she named after the...
    • Aljean Harmetz interview

    • Motion picture industry - United States; Motion picture producers and directors - United States; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States; Screenwriters - United States
    • Aljean Harmetz discusses her book, “Rolling Breaks and Other Movie Business.” She begins by explaining the glamorous on-screen side of Hollywood as well as the darker side that happens behind the scenes. She gives examples of how movie stars can...
    • 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...
    • Amy Tan interview, 1991 July

    • Chinese American families - Fiction; Chinese Americans - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; California - Fiction; China - Fiction
    • Amy Tan discusses her book, “The Kitchen God’s Wife.” Tan talks about the mother, daughter, and aunt characters in the book. She goes on to describe the mother’s abusive husband and the hardships women face when trying to leave abusive...
    • Amy Wallace interview, 2003

    • Castaneda, Carlos, 1931-1998; Anthropologists - United States - Biography; Cults - United States
    • Amy Wallace discusses her book, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda.” Wallace talks about her relationship with her father, Irving Wallace, and his relationship with Carlos Castaneda. She talks about Castaneda’s writings and...
    • Andre Dubus interview

    • Florida - Fiction; Saudi Arabians - United States - Fiction; Sex-oriented businesses - Fiction; Life change events - Fiction; Older women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Stripteasers - Fiction
    • Andre Dubus discusses his book, “The Garden of Last Days.” He begins by discussing the central character of the book, April. April is a single mother who works in a strip club to support her and her daughter. The plot thickens when April crosses...
    • Andrew O’Hagan interview

    • Catholic Church - Clergy - Fiction; Problem youth - Fiction; Scandals - Fiction; Memory - Fiction; Scotland - Fiction
    • Andrew O’Hagan discusses his novel, “Be Near Me.” He begins by describing the plot of the book about how a Catholic priest finds ways to connect to children. He talks about the importance of Scottish legends, folktales, and customs. O’Hagan...
    • Ann Louise Bardach interview, 2002 November 05

    • González, Elián, 1993-; Castro, Fidel, 1926-; Castro, Fidel, 1926- - Family; Castro, Fidel, 1926- - Friends and associates; Exiles - Political activity - Florida - Miami; Cuban Americans - Florida - Miami - Politics and government; Political...
    • Ann Louise Bardach discusses her book, “Cuba Confidential.” She begins by explaining that the book is both a history of Cuba and the story of Elian Gonzalez and why she felt the need to tell both stories. Bardach details Elain Gonzalez’ story in...
    • Anna Johnson interview, 2002

    • Handbags - History; Fashion - History; Handbags - Anecdotes
    • Anna Johnson discusses her book, “Handbags.” She begins by explaining how handbags can be a sociological study of women throughout history. Johnson explains her personal background with collecting handbags, starting with buying vintage bags from...
    • Anne Bernays interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Intellectual life - 20th century; New York (N.Y.) - Social life and customs - 20th century; Biographers - United States - Biography; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Novelists, American - Homes and haunts - New York...
    • Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan discuss their book, “Back Then.” They begin by explaining that they collaborated on the book, which is a double memoir recounting their parallel lives in 1950s New York City. They share how they both grew up in Jewish...
    • Anne Ford interview, 2003

    • Ford, Allegra Charlotte, 1972-; Learning disabled children - United States - Biography; Learning disabled children - Family relationships - United States; Parent and child
    • Anne Ford discusses her book, “Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities.” She begins by explaining that the book is about her family’s struggle with having a learning...
    • Arlene Alda interview, 1982 December

    • Family life – Fiction; Mothers – Employment – Fiction;
    • Arlene begins the interview talking about the family that provided the background context—story and photos—for her book. Arlene also discusses her thoughts on children, what they have to teach us, and what makes working with children such a...
    • Azadeh Moaveni interview

    • Moaveni, Azadeh, 1976-; Iranian American women - Biography; Iranian Americans -Biography; Iran - Social conditions - 1979-1997; Iran - Social conditions - 1997-
    • Azdaeh Moaveni discusses her book, “Lipstick Jihad.” She begins by sharing her experiences and memories of growing up as an Iranian in Palo Alto, California during the shadow of the Iranian hostage crisis. She then discusses her experiences...
    • Barack Obama interview, 1995 August

    • African Americans - Biography; Racially mixed people - United States - Biography; Racism - United States; United States - Race relations
    • Barack Obama discusses his book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Obama shares his family’s background and its influence in his life. He tells of his mother’s emphasis of instilling a strong African and African American...
    • Bebe Moore Campbell interview, 2003

    • Mother and child - Fiction; Mental illness - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction
    • Bebe Moore Campbell discusses her children’s book, “Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry.” She begins by explaining that this is a book for children who may have a parent that suffers from bipolar disorder, an addiction problem, or any other mental...
    • Bil Wright interview

    • African Americans - Fiction; Connecticut - Fiction
    • Bil Wright discusses his book, "Sunday You Learn How to Box." Wright describes Jeanette, the main character Louis' mother. He describes her as a woman who has a very specific dream of what she wants her life to be. Wright then goes on to...
    • Bob Colacello interview, 2004 October 18

    • Reagan, Ronald; Reagan, Nancy, 1923-; Presidents - United States - Biography; Actors - United States - Biography; Governors - California - Biography; Presidents’ spouses - United States - Biography
    • Bob Colacello discusses his book, “Ronnie and Nancy.” He begins by explaining that Nancy Reagan’s real name was actually Ann Francis and she was originally named after her aunt, but from a young age she was called Nancy. Colacello then discusses...
    • 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...
    • Caroline Hwang interview, 2003

    • Korean American families - Fiction; Korean American women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Single women - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Caroline Hwang discusses her novel, “Love in Bloom.” She begins by introducing her character: a Korean American fashion intern whose over-bearing mother decides to move in until she can find a husband. Hwang talks about writing for the magazine...

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