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    • 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...
    • Calvin Trillin interview, 1995 June

    • American essays
    • Calvin Trillin discusses his book, “Too Soon to Tell,” a collection of essays from his syndicated newspaper column and pieces from “The New Yorker.” Trillin talks about technology and how the computer has transformed lives. He goes on to recite a...
    • Sue Ann Jaffarian interview, 2002 March

    • Grey, Odelia (Fictitious character) – Fiction; Overweight women – Fiction; Legal assistants – Fiction; Women detectives – California – Fiction; World Wide Web – Fiction; California – Fiction;
    • Sue begins the interviewing talking about adult website performers. For the majority of the interview, Sue discusses the themes—beauty, friendship, love, and voyeurism—that undergird the lives of her characters and the murder mystery they must...
    • Jane Heller interview, 2005

    • Divorced women - Fiction; Investment advisors - Fiction; Football players - Fiction; Dating services - Fiction; Unemployed - Fiction; Alimony - Fiction
    • Jane Heller discusses her novel, “An Ex to Grind.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a woman who is going through a divorce with her unemployed husband, and she has to pay him alimony. Her idea to get out of the payments is to hire...
    • Maureen Reagan interview, 1988 May

    • Reagan, Maureen, 1941-2001 - Family; Reagan, Ronald - Family; Regan family; Children of presidents - United States - Biography; Presidents - United States - Biography
    • Maureen Reagan discusses her autobiography, “First Father, First Daughter.” She begins by explaining how she is the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman. She talks about how she wasn’t allowed on her father’s campaign...
    • Rona Jaffe interview, 1981 July 08

    • Role playing - Fiction; College students - Fiction; Friendship - Fiction; Mystery
    • Rona Jaffe discusses her novel, “Mazes and Monsters.” She begins by explaining that her book is about four college friends who bond over playing a medieval war game. She talks about the individual characteristics of the friends, and how the game...
    • Mary Higgins Clark interview, 1999

    • Investigative reporting - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Judicial error - Fiction; Murder - Fiction; Connecticut - Fiction
    • Mary Higgins Clark discusses her book, “We’ll Meet Again.” She describes the scene where the character, Molly, is found covered in blood with no memory, after her husband, Dr. Lasch, is found dead in the library by their housekeeper. Clark says...
    • 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...
    • Sheldon Saul Hendler interview, 1985

    • Nutrition; Health; Dietary supplements; Longevity - Nutritional aspects
    • Dr. Sheldon Saul Hendler discusses his book, “The Complete Guide to Anti-Aging Nutrients.” He begins by explaining that his book looks at different supplements to determine which ones help the body stay young. He talks about places in the world...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Frank Rose interview

    • William Morris Agency - History; Theatrical agencies - United States - History; Performing arts - United States - History - 20th century
    • Frank Rose discusses his book, “The Agency.” He begins by explaining how the William Morris Agency was one of the largest and most prominent acting agencies in Hollywood. He describes how a young man William Morris started the acting agency...
    • Sherre Z. Hirsch interview, 2008

    • Self-actualization (Psychology); Self-actualization (Psychology) - Religious aspects - Judaism; Fate and fatalism - Religious aspects - Judaism; Providence and government of God - Judaism; Planning; Self-management (Psychology)
    • Rabbi Sherre Z. Hirsch discusses her book, “We Plan, God Laughs.” She begins by explaining her background as a female rabbi, and how she decided that the rabbinical path was right for her. She says that too many individuals live in the past, and...
    • 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...
    • John E. O'Toole interview, 1981

    • Advertising; Advertising - United States
    • John E. O’Toole discusses his book, “The Trouble with Advertising.” He begins by explaining that advertising is changing because more people are watching cable instead of network television. He talks about the thought process that networks have...
    • Edna O’Brien interview

    • Ireland - Fiction; Psychopaths - Fiction; Murder victims - Fiction; Serial murderers - Fiction
    • Edna O’Brien discusses her book, “In the Forest.” She begins by explaining that the novel is based on the real events of the triple homicide that shocked Ireland in 1994. She explains how a man abducted a young woman, her son, and a priest and...
    • Sara Paretsky interview, 2003

    • Warshawski, V. I. (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Women private investigators - Illinois - Chicago - Fiction; Journalists - Crimes against - Fiction; Missing children - Fiction; Chicago (Ill.) - Fiction
    • Sara Paretsky discusses her novel, “Blacklist.” She begins by explaining that this is the eleventh book in her series that follows private investigator V.I. Warshawski. She talks about Chicago in the 1950s and the powerful mob scene. She...
    • Benjamin Weissman interview, 2004 May

    • Dating (Social customs) - Fiction; Skis and skiing; Ski resorts - Fiction; Short stories
    • Benjamin Weissman discusses his book of short stories, “Headless.” He begins by explaining that he divided the book into 4 parts and did the illustrations for each section too. He describes one of his stories “Marnie,” and talks about how it is...
    • Richard D. Lavoie interview, 2005

    • Social skills in children; Learning disabled children; Social acceptance in children; Interpersonal relations in children
    • Richard Lavoie discusses his book, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend.” He begins by talking about how important school is for learning disabled children because they need to learn proper social interaction. He describes qualities all children...
    • Budd Schulberg interview, 1990 February

    • Motion picture industry - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; United States - Social life and customs - 20th century - Fiction
    • Budd Schulberg discusses his book, “What Makes Sammy Run?” He describes the character, Sammy Glick, and his life starting as a copy boy and then becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Schulberg then talks about feminists’ views of the character,...

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