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    • Noel Riley Fitch interview, 1997

    • Child, Julia; Cooks - United States - Biography; Food
    • Noel Riley Fitch discusses her biography of Julia Child, “Appetite For Life.” She begins by explaining the early life of Child who grew up in Pasadena, California. She talks about how Child’s job with the government allowed her to travel...
    • Jeanne Guillemin interview, 2005

    • Biological warfare - History; Bioterrorism
    • Jeanne Guillemin discusses her book, "Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism." She speaks about the anthrax epidemic that took place in the Soviet Union in 1979. In 1992, Guillemin was part...
    • Laura Kalpakian interview, 1995 August

    • France - History - 1848-1870 - Fiction
    • Laura Kalpakian discusses her novel, “Cosette.” She begins by explaining that her book is a sequel to Victor Hugo’s famous novel, “Les Misérables.” She talks about how her book can stand independently from the original, and the reader...
    • Miles Beller interview

    • World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.); World's fairs
    • Miles Beller discusses his novel, “Dream of Venus.” He begins by explaining how it’s a story of the 1939 World’s Fair which took place in New York. He describes how he wanted to write the book as a non-traditional narrative with many...
    • James Haspiel interview, 1991 December

    • Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • James Haspiel discusses his biography, “Marilyn.” He begins by explaining that he was a personal friend of Marilyn Monroe for 10 years and captured rare home videos and candid photographs of her. The two met when he was 16 and he became part...
    • Julie Buxbaum interview, 2008

    • Women lawyers - Fiction
    • Julie Buxbaum discusses her book, “The Opposite of Love.” She begins by explaining the plot of her book: a successful female lawyer named Emily who breaks up with her boyfriend and quits her job because she is looking for something more. ...
    • Aimee Liu interview, 2003

    • Aircraft accident victims' families - Fiction; Intelligence officers - Fiction; Americans - India - Fiction; Americans - China - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Ex-prostitutes - Fiction; India - Fiction; China -...
    • Aimee Liu discusses her novel, “Flash House.” She begins by explaining how a ‘flash house’ is another name used for a house of prostitution. The story centers in New Delhi, where a young woman is helping girls get out of the prostitution...
    • Ian J. Morrison interview, 1996

    • Organizational change - Management
    • Ian J. Morrison discusses his book, “The Second Curve.” He begins by explaining that the book took 4 months to write and predicts what can be done for companies in the future. He compares Walmart and Kmart and says that Walmart did a better...
    • Lisa See interview, 2007 August

    • Lovesickness - Fiction; Young women - China - Fiction; Future life - Fiction; Operas, Chinese - Fiction; China - Social life and customs - 17th century - Fiction
    • Lisa See discusses her book, “Peony in Love.” Martinson begins by talking about the cataclysmic change that occurred in 16th century China when the Manchus took over the country. See then goes on to discuss the opera, “Peony Pavilion,”...
    • Didi Conn interview, 1998

    • Grease (Motion picture); Film adaptations - History and criticism
    • Didi Conn discusses her book, “Frenchy’s Grease Scrapbook.” She begins by explaining that she is the actress that played the character Frenchy in the motion picture adaptation of “Grease.” The book is a compilation of photographs...
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene interview

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Europe - Fiction; Americans - Europe - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Europe - Fiction
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene discuss their novel, “The Twilight of Courage.” They describe how the book took one year to write with 8 months of research and 4 months of writing. The novel is a historical fiction account of events during World War...
    • Margo Kaufman interview, 1993 April

    • American wit and humor; Dating (Social customs) - Anecdotes; Dating (Social customs) - Computer network resources
    • Margo Kaufman discusses her book, “1-800-Am-I-Nuts?” She begins by talking about how men and women act differently when they are sick, and tells a story of her husband’s outrageous behavior. She talks about going to the market and bargain...
    • Joseph McBride and Edwin Meese interview, 1992 May 23

    • Capra, Frank, 1897-1991; Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography; Reagan, Ronald - Friends and associates; Meese, Edwin; Presidents - United States - Staff; United States - Politics and government - 1981-1989
    • Joseph McBride discusses his book, “Frank Capra” and Edwin Meese talks about his book, “With Reagan.” Martinson interviews both from the American Booksellers Association. McBride begins by describing the tumultuous life of Frank Capra, his...
    • Margaret Burk interview

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History; Ambassador Hotel
    • Margaret Burk discusses her book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?” She begins by explaining the appeal the Ambassador hotel held for the people of Hollywood in the early twentieth century. She explains how in the 1940s she started working at the...
    • Scott Ritter interview, 2005

    • United Nations. Special Commission on Iraq; Weapons of mass destruction - Iraq; Iraq War, 2003- - Causes; Iraq - Foreign relations - United States; United States - Foreign relations - Iraq
    • Scott Ritter discusses his book, “Iraq Confidential.” He begins by explaining how he was an intelligence captain in the Marines, is a weapon’s specialist, and worked on a special commission in Iraq for the United Nations. He describes how...
    • Yaron Svoray interview, 2003 July

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Economic aspects - Germany; World War, 1939-1945 - Economic aspects - Germany; World War, 1939-1945 - Confiscations and contributions - Germany; Diamonds - Germany - History - 20th century; Jewish property - Germany
    • Yaron Svoray discusses his book, “Blood From a Stone.” He begins by explaining that he was approached by a soldier on the French and German border who had buried 40 uncut diamonds. He talks about how these diamonds were taken from Jewish...
    • Glen David Gold interview

    • Carter, Charles J. - Fiction; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 - Fiction; Presidents - Fiction; Magicians - Fiction
    • Glen David Gold discusses his novel, “Carter Beats the Devil.” He begins by discussing how he wanted to write a book about the fictional life of a real magician, and the daily events that would have occurred in a magician’s life. He talks...
    • Lawrence Grobel interview

    • Historical fiction - Authorship; Novelists, American - 20th century - Interviews; Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997 - Interviews
    • Lawrence Grobel discusses his book, “Talking with Michener.” Grobel begins by explaining that the book is a product of several interviews that took place between 1980 and 1997 between Michener and Grobel. Within these interviews Michener...
    • Anna Johnson interview, 2002

    • Handbags - History; Fashion - History; Handbags - Anecdotes
    • Anna Johnson discusses her book, “Handbags.” She begins by explaining how handbags can be a sociological study of women throughout history. Johnson explains her personal background with collecting handbags, starting with buying vintage bags...
    • Judith Viorist interview, 2000

    • Humorous poetry, American; Aging - Poetry; Women - Poetry
    • Judith Viorist discusses her poetry book, “Suddenly Sixty.” She begins by talking about what happens to your mind and spirit when you start to feel older. Martinson asks Viorist to read several poems from her book about grandchildren,...

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