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    • Barack Obama interview, 1995 August

    • African Americans - Biography; Racially mixed people - United States - Biography; Racism - United States; United States - Race relations
    • Barack Obama discusses his book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Obama shares his family’s background and its influence in his life. He tells of his mother’s emphasis of instilling a strong African and African American...
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom interview, 2006 April

    • Armenians - Lebanon - Beirut - Fiction; Beirut (Lebanon) - Fiction
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her novel, “The Daydreaming Boy.” She begins by talking about why she decided to write the book from a man’s point of view during the Armenian genocide. She discusses life in Beirut in the early 1960s when it...
    • Michael Levine interview, 2004

    • Self-actualization (Psychology); Self-help techniques; Noah's ark - Psychological aspects
    • Michael Levine discusses his book, “7 Life Lessons from Noah’s Ark.” He begins by describing that he chose the Biblical character Noah because he was well known and had a great amount of wisdom. Levine discusses the importance of strengthening...
    • Alan Brennert interview

    • Women - Hawaii - Fiction; Leprosy - Patients - Fiction; Kalaupapa (Hawaii) - Fiction; Molokai (Hawaii) - Fiction
    • Alan Brennert discusses his novel, “Moloka’i.” He begins by explaining that the island of Moloka’i near Hawaii was designated as a colony for people who had leprosy. He follows the story of a young girl who has leprosy and her struggles and...
    • Edwin Wintle interview, 2005 July 18

    • Teenagers and adults; Parenting; Teenage girls - New York (State) - New York; Gay men - New York (State) - New York; Wintle, Edwin
    • Edwin Wintle discusses his book, “Breakfast with Tiffany.” He begins by explaining that the book is a personal memoir of the first year his niece Tiffany spent living with him. Wintle explains that prior to Tiffany he had been a successful bachelor...
    • Russell Means interview, 1995 October

    • Means, Russell, 1939-; American Indian Movement; Oglala Indians - Biography; Indians of North America - Government relations - 1934-
    • Russell Means discusses his book, "Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means." The book is not only about his life, but the experience of the American Indian. His parents moved to San Francisco so he wouldn't have to...
    • Eliza Minot interview

    • Families - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction
    • Eliza Minot discusses her book, “The Tiny One.” She explains that the novel follows the story of eight-year-old Via Mahoney Revere. When Via’s mother dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, Via struggles with her grief. She is confused by her...
    • Mel Stuart interview, 2002

    • Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory (Motion picture); Film adaptations - History and criticism; Motion pictures; Motion pictures - Casting - United States
    • Mel Stuart discusses his book, “Pure Imagination.” The book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which Stuart himself directed. He explains that his young daughter asked him to make a film...
    • Bruce Dobkin interview, 1986 October

    • Neurology - Popular works; Neurology - Case studies; Brain - popular works
    • Dr. Bruce Dobkin discusses his book, “Brain Matters.” He begins by explaining that he is a neurologist, and the book chronicles the journeys of his patients. He describes the warning signals of a stroke, and that they should not be ignored. He...
    • Mary Karr interview

    • Karr, Mary - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; Teenage girls - Texas - Biography; Teenagers - Drug use - Texas; Texas - Social life and customs
    • Mary Karr discusses her memoir, “Cherry.” She explains how the book is the story of a girl’s sexual coming of age and is a sequel to her first memoir, “The Liar’s Club.” Karr shares the difficulties of growing up during the 1960s in Southeast Texas...
    • 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...
    • Sonia Levitin interview

    • Denmark - History - German occupation, 1940-1945 - Fiction; Denmark - History - German occupation, 1940-1945 - Juvenile fiction; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Denmark - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Underground movements - Denmark - Fiction;...
    • Sonia Levitin discusses her book, “Room in the Heart.” She begins by explaining that the book deals with the historic events of the Nazi invasion of Denmark during World War II. To tell the story, Levitin alternates between the narratives of two...
    • Bharati Mukherjee interview, 2000

    • Women - India - Calcutta - Fiction; Sisters - Fiction; Calcutta (India) - Fiction
    • Bharati Mukherjee discusses her book, “Desirable Daughters.” She begins by describing the plot of the book, which focuses on the lives of three Indian sisters, two of whom live in the United States and one in Bombay, India. Mukherjee explains how...
    • Kathleen Sharp interview, 2004 January

    • Wasserman, Lew; Wasserman, Edie; Music Corporation of America; Chief executive officers - United States - Biography
    • Kathleen Sharp discusses her biography, “Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood.” She begins by giving background information on the lives of Lew Wasserman, the head of the Music Corporation of America (MCA), and his wife Edie. Sharp talks about her first hand...
    • Dan Chaon interview, 2004

    • Identity (Psychology) - Fiction; City and town life - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Middle West - Fiction
    • Dan Chaon discusses his novel, “You Remind Me of Me.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the struggles and problems of family life. Martinson asks Chaon to read the first paragraph of the book about a young boy who has a near death...
    • Jan King interview, 2002

    • Menopause - Humor; Middle-aged women - Health and hygiene - Humor
    • Jan King discusses her book, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.” She begins by talking about her own personal struggles with menopause and breast cancer. She gives tips for ways to cope with medical-related stress such as meditation, relaxation, and...
    • Andrew Winer interview, 2002

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Color blindness in children - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction; Dysfunctional families - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Children, White - Fiction; Boys - Fiction
    • Andrew Winer discusses his novel, “The Color Midnight Made.” He begins by explaining that his novel is about a young boy who is a victim of child abuse and befriends a blind boy. Martinson asks Winer to read a passage from the book about how the...
    • Joseph Heller interview

    • Israel - Kings and rulers - Fiction; Bible. O.T. - History of Biblical events - Fiction; David, King of Israel - Fiction
    • Joseph Heller discusses his book, “God Knows.” Heller begins by explaining that the novel is the story of King David told by David from his deathbed. Heller uses humor to relate the events of David’s life as the warrior king of Israel, husband of...
    • Cristina Ferrare interview, 1999

    • Menopause - Popular works; Menopause - Complications - Diet therapy - Recipes; Middle-aged women - Health and hygiene - Popular works
    • Cristina Ferrare discusses her book, “Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache.” She begins by explaining that her book is about the struggles women face with menopause, PMS, and growing older. She talks about her strained relationship she had with her...
    • Niall Williams interview

    • Ireland - Fiction; Fathers and sons - Fiction
    • Niall Williams discusses his book, “The Fall of Light.” He begins by explaining that the novel is set during the years of Ireland’s Potato Famine, which is what he considers the single greatest tragedy in Irish history. He explains that he set out...

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