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    • Ariel Dorfman interview, 1987

    • Birth - Folklore; Babies - Fiction
    • Ariel Dorfman discusses his novel, “The Last Song of Manuel Sendero.” He begins by explaining that the book is about a baby who refuses to be born until his parents change the world and make it a better place. This baby gathers all the other...
    • Kimberla Lawson Roby interview, 2000

    • Married women - Fiction; Spouses of clergy - Fiction; African American women - Fiction; African American clergy - Fiction
    • Kimberla Lawson Ruby discusses her book, “Casting the First Stone,” which is a book that is very universal and applicable in order that readers can relate to it. Her book describes the life of a minister’s family that loses their focus on the...
    • Art Ulene interview, 1995 January

    • Vitamins in human nutrition; Vitamins
    • Dr. Art Ulene discusses his book, “The Vitamin Strategy.” He begins by explaining how doctors never understood the importance of vitamins until recently. He describes how he feels the recommended daily amounts of vitamins are insufficient, and...
    • 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 Conn’s mother...
    • Robert W. Cort interview, 2003 July

    • Motion picture industry - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
    • Robert W. Cort discusses his novel, “Action!” He begins by explaining that the book covers the years between 1948 and 1998 in Hollywood. He talks about how he did research for his book at the Library of the Motion Picture Academy. He describes...
    • Jennifer Colt interview

    • Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Fiction; Twins - Fiction; Sisters - Fiction; Women private investigators - California - Beverly Hills - Fiction
    • Jennifer Colt discusses her book, “The Butcher of Beverly Hills.” She begins by discussing the title of the book and how she hoped to convey the comical nature of the novel. She then details the plot of the book, which follows the story of two...
    • Susan Shapiro Barash interview, 2004 May

    • Wives - Conduct of life; Wives - Case studies; Marriage - Case studies
    • Susan Shapiro Barash discusses her book, “The New Wife.” She begins by explaining that she wanted to explore how women viewed their roles as wives during each decade. She talks about the housewife of the 1950s who stayed home, was uneducated, and...
    • Julia O' Faolain interview, 1986

    • Ireland - Fiction; Americans - Ireland - Fiction
    • Julia O' Faolain discusses her book, “No Country for Young Men.” She begins by explaining that the theme of the novel is, “the dead hand of the past, which in Ireland never lets you go.” The book follows the story of an old nun who is forced to...
    • Noel Neill interview

    • Entertainers - United States - Biography
    • Noel Neill discusses the book, “Truth, Justice & the American Way: The Life and Times of Noel Neill, the Original Lois Lane” written by Larry Thomas Ward. She shares that she worked with Bing Crosby, Henry Aldridge, and Johnny Mack Brown. Neill...
    • Bebe Moore Campbell interview, 2001

    • African American women - Fiction; African American businesspeople - Fiction; African American business enterprises - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Cosmetics industry - Fiction; Betrayal - Fiction
    • Bebe Moore Campbell discusses her novel, “What You Owe Me.” She explains that her book begins in 1948 when an African American woman befriends a European Jew. The two women go into a cosmetic business together until one betrays the other. She...
    • Gloria Steinem interview, 1984 October

    • Feminists - United States - Biography; Feminism - United States
    • Gloria Steinem discusses her book, “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.” Steinem talks about exposing the conditions of Playboy bunnies and her Smith College classmates. She says women were never allowed to know that they could be...
    • 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...
    • Bill Boyarsky interview, 2008

    • Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987; Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987 - Influence; California. Legislature. Assembly - Speakers - Biography; Politicians - California - Biography; Legislators - California - Biography; Center parties - United States - Case...
    • Bill Boyarsky discusses his biography, “Big Daddy.” He begins by talking about the early life of politician Jesse Unruh. He talks about Jesse’s college education through the G.I. Bill and his time serving in the Navy. He discusses how Unruh was...
    • Esther Williams interview, 1999

    • Williams, Esther, 1923-; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Swimming - Anecdotes
    • Esther Williams discusses her autobiography, “Million Dollar Mermaid.” She begins by talking about how she wanted to be the star of the family after the death of her older brother. She began competitive swimming in Los Angeles, and planned on...
    • Caroline Hwang interview, 2003

    • Korean American families - Fiction; Korean American women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Single women - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Caroline Hwang discusses her novel, “Love in Bloom.” She begins by introducing her character: a Korean American fashion intern whose over-bearing mother decides to move in until she can find a husband. Hwang talks about writing for the magazine...
    • Peter Maas interview

    • Indianapolis (Cruiser); World War, 1939-1945 - Naval operations, American; Shipwrecks - Pacific Ocean
    • Peter Maas discusses Richard F. Newcomb’s book, “Abandon Ship!” He begins by explaining how the book is about the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis naval cruiser in Japanese waters on July 29, 1945. Maas compares the book to a Greek tragedy...
    • Mary Yukari Waters interview, 2004 May

    • Japan - Social life and customs - Fiction; China - Social life and customs - Fiction
    • Mary Yukari Waters discusses her book, “The Laws of Evening.” She begins by explaining that her book is a compilation of short stories about Japan before the attacks on Pearl Harbor. She talks about how she immigrated to the United States from...
    • Harold Kushner interview

    • Bible O.T. Psalms XXIII - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
    • Harold Kushner discusses his book, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” He begins by explaining that throughout his years as a rabbi he had often turned to the Twenty-Third Psalm, but had never given much thought to why it was so effective until after the...
    • Cupcake Brown interview

    • San Francisco (Calif.) - Biography; San Diego (Calif.) - Biography; Inner cities - California - San Diego; African Americans - California - San Diego - Social conditions; African American families - California - San Diego; African Americans -...
    • Cupcake Brown discusses her book, “A Piece of Cake.” She begins by explaining that the book is a memoir of her life. Her story starts when she was eleven years old and her mother dies unexpectedly. She is then subjected to a series of abusive...

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