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    • Marcia Israel-Curley interview, 2003 July

    • Women - Psychology; Success in business; Women in business; Entrepreneurship
    • Marcia Israel-Curley discusses her book, “Defying the Odds.” She begins by explaining how the book is an autobiography of her career in fashion and retail. She details how growing up in poverty provided her with the drive to succeed in life. Her...
    • Connie Bruck interview, 2003 August

    • Wasserman, Lew; Music Corporation of America - History; Chief executive officers - United States - Biography
    • Connie Bruck discusses her book “When Hollywood Had a King.” She explains that the book tells the story of Lew Wasserman and the Music Corporation of America, more commonly known as the MCA. Bruck describes how Wasserman, a visionary businessman...
    • 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...
    • David Kusek interview, 2005 March 30

    • Sound recording industry; Music trade
    • David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard discuss their book, “The Future of Music.” They begin by explaining that they foresee a future where music is omnipresent like water and the choice of access to music might be between turning on the faucet for tap...
    • Dani Shapiro interview, 2003 May 15

    • Andover (Mass.) - Fiction; Infants - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Brothers and sisters - Fiction
    • Dani Shapiro discusses her book, “Family History.” She begins by sharing the basic plot of the book that follows the narrator, Rachel Jenson who is a housewife and art restorer married to Ned, a former painter. The couple live in a small town in...
    • Boris Akunin interview, 2003 May 15

    • Fandorin, Erast (Fictitious character); Detectives
    • Boris Akunin discusses his book, “Winter Queen.” He begins by sharing that this novel is the first from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels that will eventually consist of 16 books. Akunin explains that the book’s protagonist,...
    • Dan Fesperman interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Translators - Fiction; Pakistanis - Afghanistan - Fiction; Americans - Afghanistan - Fiction
    • Dan Fesperman discusses his book, “The Warlord’s Son.” He begins by sharing that what fascinated him the most about the tribal wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, of which he writes, is the timelessness of it. He explains the role and life of a...
    • Francine Ward interview, 2003 March 24

    • Self-esteem - Problems, exercises, etc.; Self-esteem
    • Francine Ward discusses her book, “Esteemable Acts.” She begins by sharing her background. She discusses how she used to be a drug addict, an alcoholic and a call girl, but then she turned her life around, graduated from Georgetown University Law...
    • Michael Konik Coleman interview, 2005 February 7

    • Europe - Description and travel; Dogs - Europe - Anecdotes; Americans - Europe - Anecdotes; Travel with dogs - Europe - Anecdotes; Dog owners - Europe - Anecdotes; Konik, Michael - Travel - Europe
    • Michael Konik discusses his book, “Ella in Europe.” He begins by sharing how after growing up in family with dogs, as an adult he decided to make the move from New York to Los Angeles in order to be able to have his own dog. Shortly after his move...
    • Troy Johnson interview

    • Gender identity - United States; Families - United States; Lesbian mothers - United States - Biography; Children of gay parents - United States - Biography
    • Troy Johnson discusses his book, “Family Outing.” He begins by sharing that the book is a personal memoir of his metamorphosis from a homophobic child to a mature adult who could accept his mother’s sexual orientation. Johnson explains how at age...
    • Nina Revoyr interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - 20th century - Fiction; Murder - Fiction; Silent films - Fiction; Motion picture industry - History - Fiction; Motion picture actors and actresses - Fiction; Japanese Americans - Fiction
    • Nina Revoyr discusses her book, “The Age of Dreaming.” She begins by sharing the plot of her novel, which follows the character Jun Nakayama. Jun was a silent film star during the early days of Hollywood. Yet by 1964 he is living in total...
    • Larry Mantle interview, 2005 June 09

    • Interviews - United States; Talk shows - California; Radio broadcasting - California
    • Larry Mantle discusses his book, “This is AirTalk.” He begins by sharing that he is a fourth generation Angelino and what it was like being raised by young parents. Mantle discusses his life and career as a radio talk show host for KPCC, for which...
    • Sol Wachtler interview

    • Augusta (Ga.) - Fiction; Antisemitism - Fiction; Trials (Murder) - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction
    • Sol Wachtler discusses his book, “Blood Brothers.” He begins by sharing the book’s plot. He explains that during the late 1950s, fifteen-year-old Luke Lupton befriends T.C. Simmons. Since Luke is one of the town’s very few Jewish residents he feels...
    • Charles Higham interview, 2005 February 14

    • Taylor, William Desmond, 1877-1922; Murder - Investigation - California - Los Angeles - Case studies; Motion picture producers and directors - California - Los Angeles -Biography
    • Charles Higham discusses his book, “Murder in Hollywood.” He begins by sharing that the director King Vidor was a friend of his and before he died Vidor asked him to use his papers to write the history of the murder of William Desmond Taylor. He...
    • Jeffrey Vance interview, 2003 December 19

    • Chaplin, Charlie, 1889 -1977; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Comedians - United States - Biography
    • Jeffrey Vance discusses his book, “Chaplin.” He begins by sharing some of Charlie Chaplin’s background, such as, his birth in England and his childhood working on stage. He explains that Chaplin’s first film was called “Making a Living,” but he did...
    • Robert Dallek interview, 2003 July

    • Presidents - United States - Biography; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
    • Robert Dallek discusses his biography, “An Unfinished Life." Dallek begins by sharing thoughts on John F. Kennedy the man and the president. He discusses the continuities of Kennedy’s life and career. One such continuity that Dallek mentions is...
    • Chieh Chieng interview, 2005 March 07

    • Chinese American families - Fiction; Americans - China - Hong Kong - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Orange County (Calif.) - Fiction; Hong Kong (China) - Fiction
    • Chieh Chieng discusses his book, “A Long Stay in a Distant Land.” He begins by sharing that the book explores the life of the protagonist Louis Lum who is a recent college graduate and working at a hot rod magazine. Louis’ family seems to be cursed...
    • Anthony Bourdain interview

    • Cooking; Food
    • Anthony Bourdain discusses his book, “A Cook’s Tour.” He begins by sharing that the book was an opportunity for him to fulfill his greatest desires and fantasies by eating his way around the world. He also briefly discusses his previous book “A...

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