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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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