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    • Gail Sheehy interview

    • Victims of terrorism - New Jersey - Middletown; Terrorism victims' families - New Jersey - Middletown; Middletown (N.J.) - Social conditions; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
    • Gail Sheehy discusses her book, “Middletown America.” She begins by describing how the town of Middletown, New Jersey coped after many members of their community were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. She...
    • Charles Johnson interview, 1990 August

    • Slave trade - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction
    • Charles Johnson discusses his book, “Middle Passage.” He says the “middle passage” is the journey from the African west coast to the United States. Johnson describes the protagonist, Rutherford Calhoun, a former slave, his brother, Jackson, and...
    • Harold Schulweis interview, 2001 October 05

    • Judaism - Customs and practices - Meditations; Life cycle, Human - Religious aspects -Judaism - Meditations; Life change events - Religious aspects - Judaism - Meditations; Jewish meditations; Life cycle, Human - Religious aspects - Judaism - Poetry
    • Harold Schulweis discusses his book, “Finding Each Other in Judaism.” He begins by explaining that the first instance of philosophical wisdom that is found in the bible is when God says that it is not good for the human being to be alone and makes...
    • Oscar Hijuelos interview, 2000

    • Cuban Americans - Fiction; Cuban American women - Fiction; Women cleaning personnel - Fiction; Cuban American families - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Oscar Hijuelos discusses his book, “Empress of the Splendid Season.” He says that when he writes, he starts out with an emotion. For this book, he wanted to look at the emotionality of classes. He describes the character, Lydia, a young woman...
    • Lisa Fugard interview, 2006

    • South Africa - Fiction
    • Lisa Fugard discusses her novel, “Skinner’s Drift.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a young girl who grows up in South Africa in the 1980s and then comes back later in life. Fugard talks about her own personal experience growing...
    • Vendela Vida interview, 2003

    • Young women - Fiction; Victims of crimes - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Nurses - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Philippines - Fiction
    • Vendela Vida discusses her novel, “And Now You Can Go.” Martinson asks Vida to read a passage from the book about a man who holds a woman at gunpoint in a park. She discusses how she had initially written a much different book, but edited out...
    • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni interview

    • East Indian American women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Divorced mothers - Fiction; Dreams - Fiction; California - Fiction; India - Fiction
    • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni discusses her novel, “Queen of Dreams.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a woman who finds out that her dead mother was a dream interpreter. She discusses the girl's close relationship with her mother,...
    • Esmeralda Santiago interview

    • Santiago, Esmeralda - Childhood and youth; Puerto Ricans - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Puerto Rico - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography
    • Esmeralda Santiago discusses her book, “When I Was Puerto Rican.” She begins by explaining her immigration to America as a child from Puerto Rico. She talks about the extremely poor living conditions in her village. She discusses her family...
    • Noah BenShea interview

    • Jews - Quotations; Judaism - Quotations, maxims, etc.; Spiritual life - Judaism - Quotations, maxims, etc.; Proverbs, Jewish
    • Noah BenShea discusses his book, “The Word.” The book is a compilation of quotes and inspirational passages from Jews throughout time. He talks about his decision to divide the book into sections such as love, religion, health, and family. He...
    • Greg Sarris interview

    • McKay, Mabel, 1907-; Pomo women weavers - Biography; Pomo baskets; Pomo mythology
    • Greg Sarris discusses his biography, “Mabel McKay.” He begins by explaining that this book is part of the Portraits of American Genius series published by the University of California Press. He talks about his Indian heritage, and his adoption by...
    • Kim Wozencraft interview, 1993 October

    • Abused women - Fiction
    • Kim Wozencraft discusses her novel, “Notes From the Country Club.” She begins by explaining that her book is about psychiatric evaluations before a murder trial. She talks about how doctors diagnose criminals as mentally incompetent so they are...
    • Francesca Delbanco interview, 2004

    • Women theatrical producers and directors - Fiction; Theatrical companies - Fiction; Advice columnists - Fiction; Middle-aged men - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; Theater - Fiction; East Village (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Francesca Delbanco discusses her novel, “Ask Me Anything.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a young girl who moves to New York City and writes a teen advice column. Her character gives bad romance advice because her relationships...
    • Jennifer Saginor interview

    • Saginor, Jennifer; Playboy Enterprises - Biography; Children of divorced parents - Psychology; Girls - Conduct of life
    • Jennifer Saginor discusses her autobiography, “Playground.” She begins by talking about her father’s occupation as Hugh Hefner’s physician and her early childhood memories of swimming and playing at the Playboy Mansion. She also gives background...
    • Leo Braudy interview, 2004 January

    • Men - Psychology; Masculinity - History; War - History; War - Psychological aspects; Chivalry; Terrorism
    • Leo Braudy discusses his book, “From Chivalry to Terrorism.” The book takes a look at masculinity throughout history, beginning with Greek and Roman mythology and spanning to the present. He talks about how Julius Caesar revolutionized Rome with...
    • Kate Phillips interview, 1996

    • Older people - Fiction; Older women - Fiction
    • Kate Phillips discusses her novel, “White Rabbit.” She begins by explaining that the book is told from the point of view of an 88-year-old woman Ruth. The book takes place in the span of 24 hours, but shows many flashbacks from Ruth’s younger...
    • Jess Walter interview, 2006 September 14

    • Terrorism - United States - Fiction; Conspiracy - Fiction
    • Jess Walter discusses her novel, “The Zero.” She begins by talking about her main character who is paid to clean up at Ground Zero after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. She discusses how America stopped remembering the violent parts of...
    • Clyde Edgerton interview, 2000

    • City and town life - Fiction; North Carolina - Fiction
    • Clyde Edgerton discusses his novel, “Where Trouble Sleeps.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a tragedy in a small rural town in North Carolina. He talks about his own life growing up in the south, and how he included many of his...
    • Kate Braverman interview

    • Braverman, Kate; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Biography
    • Kate Braverman discusses her book, “Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles.” Martinson asks Braverman to read an excerpt from her book about traveling and friendship. Braverman then talks about what life was like moving to New York from Los...
    • Lucinda Franks interview

    • Franks, Thomas Edward; Franks, Lucinda; World War, 1939-1945 - Military intelligence - United States; Spies - United States - Biography; Fathers and daughters - United States
    • Lucinda Franks discusses her book, “My Father’s Secret War.” She begins by talking about how she was the youngest winner of a Pulitzer Prize. She discusses how she went through her father’s things one day and started finding Nazi artifacts in his...

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