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    • Janet Leigh interview

    • Motion pictures
    • Janet Leigh discusses the book, “The American Film Institute Desk Reference.” She quotes Clint Eastwood who wrote the introduction of the book, which covers film history, notable people and places, film terms and expressions, film preservation,...
    • James Rudin interview, 1989 January

    • Jaffe, Hirshel - Health; Rabbis - New York (State) - Newburgh - Biography; Leukemia - Patients - Biography
    • James Rudin begins the interview discussing how the power of faith and friendship helped his friend, rabbi Hirshel Jaffe, overcome cancer and a crisis of faith. James delves into a number of different topics during the interview, ranging from a...
    • Edward Humes interview, 2003 September 16

    • Public schools - United States - Case studies; Gretchen Whitney High School (Cerritos, Calif.)
    • Edward Humes discusses his book, “School of Dreams.” He begins by explaining that the book is an exploration of successful American schools. To write the book Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, spent a year at Gretchen Whitney...
    • Mark Barondess interview

    • Marriage; Divorce; Antenuptial contracts; Lawyers; Simons, Gene; Tweed, Shannon; Black, Lewis, 1948-
    • Mark Barondess discusses his book, “What Were You Thinking??” He begins by explaining that he wrote the book with the intention of being candid about the realities of marriage and divorce. He shares his opinions on topics such as prenuptial...
    • Leonard Wolf interview, 1982 December

    • Shabbethai Tzevi, 1626-1676 - Fiction; Jews - History - 70-1789 - Fiction; Pseudo-Messiahs - Fiction; Jews - Turkey - Fiction
    • Leonard Wolf discusses his novel, “The False Messiah.” He begins by explaining that his book takes place in the year 1630 and follows a real man named Shabbethai Tzevi who believed he was the second coming of the Messiah. He describes the...
    • Marlene Masini Rathgeb interview, 1981

    • Horoscopes; Success
    • Marlene Masini Rathgeb discusses her book, “Success Signs.” She begins by explaining that she started practicing astrology as a hobby and wrote this book to help others. She talks about how she was given her own radio show, and would predict...
    • Joseph Heller and Speed Vogel interview, 1986 March

    • Heller, Joseph - Health; Guillain-Barré syndrome - Patients - United States - Biography; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Polyradiculoneuropathy - Personal Narratives; Heller, Joseph...
    • In a funny and at times, irreverent manner, Joseph and Speed talk about Joseph’s battle with Guillain–Barré syndrome, a debilitating disease that would leave him temporarily paralyzed, and the important roll that his friends played in taking...
    • David Wallechinsky interview, 1995 December

    • Almanacs, American; Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.; Twentieth century - Miscellanea
    • David Wallechinsky discusses his book, “The People’s Almanac Presents the Twentieth Century: The Definitive Compendium of Astonishing Events, Amazing People, and Strange-But-True Facts.” He begins by describing how this book was intended to...
    • 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,”...
    • Joyce Jillson interview, 1983 January

    • Women – Humor; Femininity – Humor;
    • Connie and Joyce’s discussion of ‘Real Women’, a witty, tongue-in-cheek look at sexism, covers a variety of topics ranging from why real women don’t pump gas to the direct impetus behind writing the book. In particular, Joyce highlights...
    • Richard Reeves interview

    • United States - Foreign relations - 1981-1989; United States - Politics and government - 981-1989 - Decision making; United States - Politics and government - 1981-1989; Presidents - United States - Biography; Reagan, Ronald
    • Richard Reeves discusses his book, “President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination.” Reeves begins the interview by explaining that the book is a literary portrait of President Ronald Reagan. To research Reagan and his presidency, Reeves utilized...
    • Lisa Scottline interview, 2004 June 21

    • Rosato & Associates (Imaginary organization) - Fiction; Women lawyers - Fiction; Philadelphia (Pa.) - Fiction
    • Lisa Scottoline discusses her book, “Killer Smile.” She begins by explaining the plot which follows the protagonist, Mary, a lawyer that works in an all female firm. She is assigned a case in which she researches an Italian man who was wrongly...
    • 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...
    • Robin Cook interview, 2003 August

    • Cambridge (Mass.) - Fiction; Physicians - Fiction
    • Dr. Robin Cook discusses his book, “Seizure.” He begins by detailing the plot of the novel, which deals with the topic of stem cell research. The main character of the book, Lowell, is a professor at Harvard who decides to develop his own...
    • Richard Simmons interview, 1981 July 9

    • Reducing diets; Reducing exercises
    • Richard Simmons discusses his book, “Never-Say-Diet Book.” He begins by explaining that he lost 123 lbs in 3 months. He describes his talk show, and how coworkers and friends suggest topics to cover. He says he enjoys writing in his bathtub,...
    • A. Scott Berg interview

    • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974; Air pilots - United States - Biography
    • A. Scott Berg discusses his book, “Lindbergh.” He explains that the book is a biography of the life and career of the legendary aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Berg shares stories concerning the detailed research that he conducted in order to write...
    • Maureen Dowd interview, 2005 December 31

    • United States - Social conditions - 21st century; Popular culture - United States; Men - United States; Women - United States; Feminism - United States; Man-woman relationships - United States; Sex role - United States
    • Maureen Dowd discusses her book, “Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide.” The book is a compilation of nine essays. In each essay, Dowd examines the current state of feminism from a different angle. She explains that the book covers a plethora...
    • Chris Cerf interview, 1995

    • American wit and humor; Euphemism - Humor; Language and culture - Humor; Dating (Social customs) - Humor
    • Chris Cerf discusses his book, “The Official Sexually Correct Dictionary and Dating Guide," co-authored by Henry Beard. Cerf talks about male professor eye contact, the political construct of masculinity, and feminism. Other topics discussed...
    • Barbara Hambly interview

    • New Orleans (La.) - Fiction; Free African Americans - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; January, Benjamin (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Barbara Hambly discusses her book, “Graveyard Dust.” She begins by explaining the local history of New Orleans, which serves as the backdrop for her novel. Hambly details the racial and cultural history of the antebellum period and the world in...
    • Gore Vidal interview, 1988 December

    • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Reagan, Ronald; Israel
    • Gore Vidal discusses his book, “At Home.” He begins by explaining how the book is a compilation of twenty-four of his essays. The essays cover a six-year span and deal with controversial topics such as his plea that the United States make...

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