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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Randy Gibbs interview, 1998 June

    • Insight;
    • Randy begins the interview talking about his childhood struggle with a vision problem and its impact on his life and his work as a motivational speaker. For the majority of the interview, Randy discusses some of the behaviors and patterns that...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Joyce Appleby interview, 2004 May

    • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826; Presidents - United States - Biography; United States - Politics and government - 1801-1809
    • Joyce Appleby discusses her biography, “Thomas Jefferson.” She begins by describing Jefferson’s complicated radical opinions and how former slaves and masters could not live together. She talks about how Jefferson started the Democratic Party...
    • Lawrence Graham interview, 1980

    • Job hunting; College students - Employment; Students - Employment; Summer employment
    • Lawrence Graham discusses his book, “Jobs In the Real World.” He begins by explaining that he is a job counselor at Princeton and wrote the book out of his own experience and from what other people have told him. He talks about the problems with...
    • Henry Denker interview, 1986

    • Judges; Fiction
    • Henry Denker discusses his book, “Judge Spencer Dissents,” which is about Judge Spencer, who is a senior judge of the Federal Judicial District in his 70s, and is known to dissent from his counterparts. He believed his judge counterparts were too...
    • 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...
    • Kimberla Lawson Roby interview, 2004 February

    • Married women - Fiction; Spouses of clergy - Fiction; African American women - Fiction; African American clergy - Fiction; Black, Curtis (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses her book, “Too Much of a Good Thing.” She begins by introducing her main character Curtis Black, a philandering Baptist pastor who joins a new congregation after being kicked out of his old one. She talks about...
    • 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,...
    • Cao Kỳ Nguyễn interview, 2002

    • Nguyễn, Cao Kỳ; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Prime ministers - Vietnam (Republic) - Biography; Vietnam (Republic) - Politics and government
    • Cao Kỳ Nguyễn discusses his autobiography, “Buddha’s Child.” He begins by explaining how he was elected as the prime minister of Vietnam during the United States invasion in the 1960s. Nguyễn talks about how television was important to Vietnam and...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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