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    • Benjamin Stein interview, 1985

    • Adult child abuse victims - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Benjamin Stein discusses his novel, “Her Only Sin.” He begins by introducing his main character, a woman who suffered abuse as a child and can’t tell the difference between real life and movies. This woman grows up to run the largest movie studio...
    • Abraham Verghese interview, 1995 May

    • AIDS (Disease) - Social aspects - Tennessee - Johnson City; Physicians - Tennessee - Johnson City - Biography
    • Abraham Verghese discusses his book, "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS." The non-fiction story is about his experiences as a doctor in Johnson City, Tennessee and dealing with his patients who...
    • Andrei Codrescu interview, 1995

    • Báthory, Erzsébet, 1560-1614 - Fiction; Women murderers - Fiction; Countesses - Fiction; Hungary - History - Turkish occupation, 1526-1699 - Fiction
    • Andrei Codrescu discusses his book, “The Blood Countess,” which is about the life of his ancestor, Elizabeth Bathory, known as the Blood Countess. Andrei weaves two stories together, one that takes place in the 1590s, and another that is more...
    • Alecia Beldegreen interview

    • Beds - History; Beds - Folklore; Sleeping customs; Interior decoration
    • Alecia Beldegreen discusses her book, “The Bed.” She begins by discussing the history of the bed and how it began in Egypt. She explains that the bed has always reflected human believes and rituals. Beldegreen then describes the beds during Grecian...
    • Eric Klinenberg interview, 2006

    • Broadcasting policy - United States; Mass media policy - United States
    • Eric Klinenberg discusses his book, “Fighting for Air.” He begins by talking about how a few large corporations own the majority of small local radio channels. He tells a story of how a toxic chemical spill in Texas endangered the lives of the...
    • Steven Stralser interview, 2005

    • Business education; Industrial management - Study and teaching (Graduate); Master of business administration degree
    • Steven Stralser discusses his book, “MBA in a Day.” He begins by explaining how his book is an overview of the key points that are taught in the best business schools in the country. He describes the critical qualities that a good business should...
    • 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...
    • Maywan Shen Krach interview, 1997

    • China - Civilization - Juvenile literature; China - Civilization
    • Maywan Shen Krach discusses her children’s book, “D is for Doufu.” She begins by explaining that the word ‘dofou’ is the English equivalent of ‘tofu’ and that she wanted to relate to what Americans know about Chinese culture. She talks about...
    • Daniel J. Boorstin interview, 1992 October

    • Civilization - History; Arts - History; Creation
    • Daniel J. Boorstin discusses his book, “The Creators.” He begins by explaining that the idea of a single religious ‘creator’ is a Judeo-Christian phenomenon and it is not seen in other cultures that worship multiple gods. He talks about how his...
    • Robert Greene interview, 2006

    • Conduct of life
    • Robert Greene discusses his book, “The 33 Strategies of War.” He begins by explaining that a good war strategy is to not fight at all, such as ignoring attacks like Queen Elizabeth I did during the defeat over the Spanish Armada. He talks about...
    • Olive Gallagher interview, 2006 April

    • Conduct of life; Responsibility; Quality of work life
    • Olive Gallagher discusses her book, “A Simple Path to the Good Life.” She begins by explaining that she writes for an advice column, and responds to a lot of ethical questions and problems people have. She doesn’t tell anyone what to do, but...
    • 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...
    • Sonya Sones interview, 2006

    • Dating (Social customs) - Fiction; Love - Fiction; Novels in verse
    • Sonya Sones discusses her book, "What My Mother Doesn't Know." The story is about a Jewish teenage girl, Sophie, who is 14.5 years old. Sophie has two friends named Rachel and Grace and have been friends with them since the third grade. Sophie...
    • Anthony Slide interview, 2004 December 20

    • Dixon, Thomas, 1864-1946; Dixon, Thomas, 1864-1946 - Film and video adaptations; Dixon, Thomas, 1864-1946 - Political and social views; Motion pictures - United States - History - 20th century; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Film...
    • Anthony Slide discusses his book, “American Racist.” He begins by explaining that his book chronicles the life and films of Thomas Dixon. He discusses how being born during the reconstruction period in the South shaped Dixon’s attitude and beliefs...
    • David Wallechinsky interview

    • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
    • David Wallechinsky discusses his book, “The Knowledge Book.” He begins by discussing his own family and how neither of his parents went to college and instead were both autodidacts. He shares his memories growing up the child of parents who were...
    • Julian Fellowes interview

    • England - Fiction; Actors - Fiction; Country homes - Fiction; Social classes - Fiction; Married people - Fiction; Television programs - Fiction; Aristocracy (Social class) – Fiction; Gosford Park (Motion picture)
    • Julian Fellowes discusses his book, “Snobs.” He begins by explaining the plot, which follows Edith Lavery, the only child of an upper-middle class family with social aspirations, living in England during the 1990s. Luckily she is able to obtain...
    • Callan Pinckney interview,1990 June

    • Exercise; Stretching exercises; Physical fitness; Health
    • Callan Pinckney discusses her book, “Callanetics.” She begins by explaining how her book is designed to give women a younger looking body. She shows before and after pictures of people who have done her workout. She talks about her extensive...
    • Mark Haskell Smith interview

    • Family - owned business enterprises - Fiction; Caterers and catering - Fiction; Murder for hire - Fiction; Cooking - Fiction; Cooks - Fiction; Honolulu (Hawaii) - Fiction
    • Mark Haskell Smith discusses his book, “Delicious.” He begins by explaining that in Hawaii companies often form monopolies and that his book is actually based on a true story in which a company from the Midwest tried to move in on a Hawaiian...
    • Harold I. Gullan interview, 2005

    • Fathers of presidents - United States - Biography
    • Harold I. Gullan discusses his book, “First Fathers.” He begins by explaining how United States Presidents differ from their fathers, and talks about the different lessons they have learned from them. He discusses some fathers and sons who have...
    • Samuel Freedman interview, 2005 July 30

    • Freedman, Eleanor, 1924-1974; Hatkin family; Jews - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Cancer - Patients - New Jersey - Highland Park - Biography; Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography; Highland Park (N.J.) -...
    • Samuel Freedman discusses his book, “Who She Was.” He begins by discussing his reasons for writing the book. He shares that his mother died when he was a teenager and he later decided to research her life because he did not know that she had been a...

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