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    • Rita Dove interview, 1992 October

    • African American families - Fiction
    • Rita Dove discusses her book, “Through the Ivory Gate.” She describes the protagonist, Virginia King, and her exploration of her creativity. Dove goes on to discuss the plot and reads an excerpt about a doll. She also talks about the University...
    • 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...
    • Janet Fitch interview

    • Women murderers - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Foster children - Fiction; Young women - Fiction
    • Janet Fitch discusses her book, “White Oleander.” She explains that the book follows the protagonist, Astrid, who is the only child of a single mother. Ingrid, Astrid’s mother is an eccentric poet who murders a man for rejecting her. The novel...
    • Martin Amis interview, 2000

    • Amis, Kingsley - Family; Partington family; Novelists, English - 20th century - Biography
    • Martin Amis discusses his book, “Experience.” The book is about life and what one goes through every minute of the day. Amis talks about his father, Kingsley Amis, his nomadic childhood, and family. He also talks about becoming a writer and...
    • Pete Hamill interview, 1994

    • Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Irish Americans - Social life and customs; Journalists - United States - Biography; Alcoholics - United States - Biography; Drinking customs - United States
    • Pete Hamill discusses his book “A Drinking Life.” He talks about immigrants learning about baseball, the working class, and life after war. He says that men face their morality when they go into a war. Hamill shares that before becoming a...
    • 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 lovers, a...
    • Reed Farrel Coleman interview, 2005 February 7

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Retirees - Fiction; Legislators - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Ex-police officers - Fiction; Private investigators - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; Prager, Moe (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Reed Farrel Coleman discusses his book, “The James Deans.” He begins by explaining that this is the third novel in his Moe Prager Detective series and is set in the early 1980s. His protagonist Moe Prager is New York private investigator. In the...
    • Bruce Wagner interview, 2005 February 14

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction; Triangles (Interpersonal relations) - Fiction
    • Bruce Wagner discusses his book, “Chrysanthemum Palace.” He begins by discussing how this is the first book he has written in the first person, which he chose to do because he wanted to capture the feeling of the every man and a “Great Gatsby” type...
    • Peter Craig interview, 2005 March 07

    • Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; California - Fiction
    • Peter Craig discusses his book, “Blood Father.” He begins by explaining that when he created the characters in the book he thought of them each having a fearful response to something. He discusses how the mother in the novel appears tough, but...
    • 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...
    • Heather King interview

    • King, Heather, 1952-; Alcoholics - Biography
    • Heather King discusses her book, “Parched.” She begins by explaining that the book is the story of her life and how she struggled with alcoholism from an early age. She starts with her childhood and how she craved solitude and how she always felt...
    • Joseph Olshan interview

    • Older African American women - Fiction; Nannies - Fiction; Gay men - Fiction; Vermont - Fiction
    • Joseph Olshan discusses his book, “In Clara’s Hands.” He begins by discussing the plot, which centers on how things fall apart for a family when the oldest brother dies suddenly in a skiing accident. He explores the effect that this death has on...
    • Juris Jurjevics interview, 2005 September 12

    • Epidemiologists - Fiction; Scientists - Fiction; Epidemics - Fiction; Arctic regions - Fiction
    • Juris Jurjevics discusses his book, “The Trudeau Vector.” He begins by explaining that traditionally the Arctic is a very neutral and utopian place. However, in his book the mystery begins when several Arctic scientists are found dead and missing...
    • Lee Siegel interview, 2003 March 24

    • Jewish men - Fiction; Birthfathers - Fiction; Mountaineers - Fiction; Entertainers - Fiction; Rogues and vagabonds - Fiction
    • Lee Siegel discusses his book, “Love and Other Games of Chance.” He begins by describing the character of Lee Siegel, and how it is not actually him in the book, but more his nemesis who has similar characteristics to himself. He then discusses the...
    • John Menkes interview, 2003 October 13

    • Jewish women - Fiction; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Fiction; Holocaust survivors -Fiction; Vienna (Austria) - Fiction
    • John Menkes discusses his book, “After the Tempest.” He begins by explaining the book’s plot, which begins in post World War II Venice. One of his central characters is a young man who was drafted into the army and worked in a concentration camp...
    • 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...
    • Harold Kushner interview

    • Bible O.T. Psalms XXIII - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
    • Harold Kushner discusses his book, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” He begins by explaining that throughout his years as a rabbi he had often turned to the Twenty-Third Psalm, but had never given much thought to why it was so effective until after the...
    • Kate Moses interview

    • Plath, Sylvia - Fiction; Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998 - Fiction; Americans - England - Fiction; Mother and child - Fiction; Authors’ spouses - Fiction; Separated people - Fiction; Women poets - Fiction; Storms - Fiction; Poets - Fiction; London (England)...
    • Kate Moses discusses her book, “Wintering.” She begins by explaining that the book is a novel about Sylvia Plath and her life. Moses explores the difficulty of being both an artist and a mother and how Plath struggled to balance these two roles in...

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