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    • Leonard Stern interview, 1994 June

    • Television - Production and direction - Humor
    • Leonard Stern discusses his book, “A Martian Wouldn’t Say That.” He begins by explaining that his book is a compilation of strange memos that his friends have gotten while working in the entertainment industry. He talks about his career working...
    • Mary Higgins Clark interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Widows - Fiction; Mediums - Fiction; Psychics - Fiction; Explosions - Fiction; Women in politics - Fiction; Construction industry - Corrupt practices - Fiction
    • Mary Higgins Clark discusses her book, “Before I Say Good-Bye.” She begins by explaining the plot of her novel that follows the main character Nell, who was raised by her grandfather when her parents are killed in a plane crash. Clark goes on to...
    • Rupert Holmes interview

    • Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.) - Fiction; Women composers - Fiction; Jazz musicians - Fiction; San Francisco (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Rupert Holmes discusses his book, "Swing: A Mystery." The story takes place in San Francisco circa 1940. All of the locations mentioned in the book were (and are) real locations. The main character is a band leader named Ray. He is involved...
    • Peter Hannaford interview

    • Reagan, Ronald; Reagan, Nancy, 1923-; Presidents - United States - Biography; Presidents' spouses - United States - Biography
    • Peter Hannaford discusses his book, “The Reagans, A Political Portrait.” He says that he set out to write a chronicle and journey of Ronald Reagan to the White House. Hannaford claims that Reagan did not want to close any options once he left...
    • Jim and Henny Backus interview, 1987

    • Actors - United States - Biography
    • Jim and Henny Backus discuss their book, “Forgive Us Our Digressions.” Jim and Henny say they do their best writing in bed together. Jim talks about his father and Henny says that Jim’s uncle was a big backer of Broadway plays. Henny and Jim...
    • Barbara Taylor Bradford interview, 1999

    • Women art dealers - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Art and the war - Fiction; Female friendship - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Paris (France) - Fiction
    • Barbara Taylor Bradford discusses her book, “A Sudden Change of Heart.” She begins by talking about the two main characters in the book, Laura and Claire. Bradford describes Laura as “true blue,” an always devoted friend to Claire. She describes...
    • Johnnie Cochran interview, 2002

    • Lawyers - United States - Biography; African American lawyers - Biography
    • Johnnie Cochran discusses his book, “A Lawyer’s Life,” coauthored with David Fisher. Martinson begins by sharing that she first met Cochran through the Coro Foundation. She goes on to say that Cochran worked in the district attorney’s office for...
    • Mortimer J. Adler interview, 1989, short segment

    • Education - United States - History; Education - Philosophy
    • Mortimer J. Adler discusses his book, “Reforming Education: The Opening of the American Mind.” Adler states that most books considered “great” were first written by European men. He goes on to say that a great book touches great ideas and that...
    • Joseph Wambaugh interview, 1992 January

    • Fugitives from justice - Fiction; Palm Springs (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Joseph Wambaugh discusses his book, “Fugitive Nights.” Wambaugh describes the characters and the storyline set in Palm Springs, California. He goes on to say that when writing a script, it is character driven, and that the characters are their...
    • Tim O'Brien interview, 2002

    • Baby boom generation - Fiction; College graduates - Fiction; Class reunions - Fiction; Minnesota - Fiction
    • Tim O’Brien discusses his book, “July, July.” The book is about the class of 1969 returning for its 30th class reunion, but because the class secretary forgot to make a reservation in June, it becomes the 31st reunion. O’Brien shares character...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 2005

    • American essays
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars.” Bradbury talks about his time in Europe, and his travels to England, Paris, and Rome. He goes into his relationship with Federico Fellini and his...
    • Gary Hamel interview, 1994

    • Competition; Business planning; Competition, International
    • Gary Hamel discusses his book, “Competing for the Future,” co-authored with C.K. Prahalad. Martinson begins by saying that company restructuring means job loss. Hamel goes on to say that companies are getting thin, but are not healthy, and that...
    • Azar Nafisi interview, 2003

    • English teachers - Iran - Biography; English literature - Study and teaching - Iran; American literature - Study and teaching - Iran; Women - Books and reading - Iran; Books and reading - Iran; Group reading - Iran
    • Azar Nafisi discusses her book, “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.” Nafisi shares what happened in her life when she returned to Iran in 1979 to teach at the University of Tehran. She says she was expelled from the university because...
    • Paulina Bergman interview, 1987 September

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Personal narratives
    • Paulina Bergman discusses her book, “And Not as a Broken Shard.” Bergman talks about the German invasion of Poland and her flee from home upon learning about the “final solution.” She shares her thoughts on the survival instinct and describes her...
    • Kit Williams interview, 1984 June

    • Literary recreations; Picture puzzles; Treasure troves; Allegories; Literary recreations
    • Kit Williams discusses his book, “The Bee on the Comb.” It consists of a series of artwork that was originally oil painted on linen. Williams explains that the story is from the bees’ point of view and describes the similarities between bees and...
    • Art Buchwald interview, 1983

    • United States - Politics and government - 1981-1989 - Humor; United States - Civilization - 1970- - Humor
    • Art Buchwald discusses his book, “While Reagan Slept.” Buchwald talks about Nancy Reagan and James Watt, the United States Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan. He goes on to say that he sleeps better when Reagan sleeps and that we’re...
    • Joyce Maynard interview

    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; California - Fiction
    • Joyce Maynard discusses her book, “The Usual Rules.” She begins by explaining that she wanted to explore how the events of September 11th took normal lives and threw them into turmoil. She then discusses the characters and the plot, which begins...
    • Neal Peirce and Jerry Hagstrom interview

    • United States - Social conditions - 1980-; United States - Economic conditions - 1971-1981; United States - Economic conditions - 1981-2001; United States - Politics and government - 1981-1989
    • Neal Peirce and Jerry Hagstrom discuss their book, “The Book of America.” They begin by explaining that they wanted to give information about the cities, facts, and cultures of each of the 50 states. They say that each state has reacted...
    • Ben and Norma Barzman interview

    • Blacklisting of entertainers - United States; Screenwriters
    • Ben and Norma Barzman discuss their book, “Rich Dreams.” The Barzmans talk about Ben's previous writings and explain the reasons for writing their book. They say they left Hollywood in 1949 to go to England to help individuals that had been...
    • Carolyn See interview, 1987

    • Nuclear warfare - Fiction; Friendship - Fiction; Women - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Carolyn See discusses her book, “Golden Days.” She describes a San Francisco guru, Lion Boyce, and his teachings. See explains the organization of the book and the reason why she wrote it. She shares that she was tired of forty men in Russia and...

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