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    • Peter Biskind interview, 1998 April

    • Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography; Motion pictures - United States - History
    • Peter and Connie begin the interview talking about how Peter “captured the opening of the gates” that would become the “New Hollywood” in the 1970s and early 1980s, as the pioneers gave way to a new guard more in tune with the era, “Easy...
    • Elinor Lenz interview

    • Feminism - United States; United States - Social conditions - 1980 -
    • Elinor Lenz discusses her book, The Feminization of America, which explores the impact of women's values and feminism on American's lives, both in the public and private spheres. Lenz begins the interview revealing how birth control leads to a...
    • Harry Crosby interview, 1982

    • Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - History; Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - Social life and customs; Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - Biography
    • Harry Crosby discusses his book “Last of the Californios,” which he wrote and took photographs for. He begins by explaining the word Californio, which was a term used by settlers to describe indigenous people from Baja, California. The...
    • Cheryl Rogers-Barnett interview

    • Cookery, American - Western style; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Miscellanea
    • Cheryl Rogers-Barnett discusses her book, “The All-American Cowboy Grill.” Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Dale and Roy Rogers, explains that coming from such a large family they did a lot of cooking, which led her to compile this cookbook,...
    • Alan Anderson interview, 2004 December 13

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Music and the war; Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. This is the Army
    • Alan Anderson discusses his book, “The Songwriter Goes to War.” He begins by explaining that after he was inducted into the army he was assigned the duties of a production stage manager and first sergeant of the detachment “This is the...
    • Yehuda Berg interview, 2002

    • Cabala; Spiritual life - Judaism; Mysticism - Judaism
    • Yehuda Berg discusses his book, “The Power of Kabbalah.” He begins by explaining what is Kabbalah, which originally began as an ancient wisdom. It later developed into different systems, which consists of more personal work, as well as a...
    • Gordan Parks interview, 1981

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    • Connie begins her interview of Gordon Parks with surprise that he had written about an Irish-American family in the 1920s. Gordon details his experiences, especially as a Life photographer, that helped him write the novel, Shannon, which he is not...
    • David Baldacci interview, 1996

    • United States presidents; Political fiction
    • David Baldacci discusses his novel, “Absolute Power,” which takes place in Washington DC, where a character Luther is set out to rob a mansion, but accidentally witnesses the President of the United States having an affair with the lady of the...
    • Andrei Codrescu interview, 1995

    • Báthory, Erzsébet, 1560-1614 - Fiction; Women murderers - Fiction; Countesses - Fiction; Hungary - History - Turkish occupation, 1526-1699 - Fiction
    • Andrei Codrescu discusses his book, “The Blood Countess,” which is about the life of his ancestor, Elizabeth Bathory, known as the Blood Countess. Andrei weaves two stories together, one that takes place in the 1590s, and another that is more...
    • Ron Cutler interview

    • Jerusalem - Fiction; Christian sects - Fiction; Christian antiquities - Fiction; Scrolls - Fiction; Americans - Jerusalem - Fiction; Archaeology teachers - Fiction
    • Ron Cutler discusses his book, “The Secret Scroll.” He begins by explaining that the book is about an American archeologist who discovers a scroll written by Jesus Christ. He goes on to explain the research he did before he began writing the...
    • Dan Fesperman interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Translators - Fiction; Pakistanis - Afghanistan - Fiction; Americans - Afghanistan - Fiction
    • Dan Fesperman discusses his book, “The Warlord’s Son.” He begins by sharing that what fascinated him the most about the tribal wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, of which he writes, is the timelessness of it. He explains the role and life of a...
    • Penny Mickelbury interview, 2000

    • Gibson, Carole Ann (Fictitious character) - Fiction; African American women lawyers - Fiction
    • Penny Mickelbury discusses her book, “The Step Between,” which is about a corporate attorney Caroline, whose husband was killed. Motivated to find the killer, Caroline begins her own private investigation firm. Penny has developed this story...
    • Miriam Bat-Ami interview, 1999

    • Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter - Juvenile fiction; Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter - Fiction; Jewish refugees - New York (State) - Oswego - Juvenile fiction; Jews - New York (State) - Oswego - Juvenile fiction; Holocaust survivors -...
    • Miriam Bat-Ami discusses her book, “Two Suns in the Sky,” which explores refugees from Yugoslavia attempting to establish their new identities as Americans. The characters had to explore how to become Americans. Further, they wanted to...
    • R.J. Smith interview

    • African Americans - California - Los Angeles - Intellectual life - 20th century; African American arts - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African American neighborhoods - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century;...
    • R.J. Smith discusses his book, “The Great Black Way.” He begins by discussing some of the historical figures that his book explores, such as, Chester Himes who fathered the black detective novel. He explains how in the 1940s when President...
    • Desmond Morris interview, 1985

    • Human anatomy; Human body
    • Desmond Morris discusses his book, “Body Watching,” which extensively scrutinizes the body from head-to-toe. He explains the purpose of each of the body parts, and ultimately how they serve for reproduction or social adaptability purposes. ...
    • Felicia Luna Lemus interview

    • Family secrets - Fiction; Gender identity - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction
    • Felicia Luna Lemus discusses her book, “Like Son.” She begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows the story of Frankie, a gay woman who has undergone a sex change to become a man. Frankie’s story starts when her blind,...
    • 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...
    • Dr. Stephen Kritsick interview

    • Kritsick, Stephen; Veterinarians - New York (State) - New York - Biography
    • Dr. Stephen Kritsick discusses his book, “Creature Comforts,” which talks about issues of pets. He speaks about the differences between purebred versus mixed-breed pets. He states that mixed-breed pets tend to be more tame and healthier in...
    • Dan Gookin interview

    • World Wide Web
    • Dan Gookin discusses his book, “Web Wambooli.” He begins by explaining that he made up the word ‘wambooli’ to convey technical jargon which common people don’t understand. He talks about the differences between modems, connections, and...
    • Sidney Harman interview

    • Harman, Sidney, 1918-; Harman International - History; Audio equipment industry - United States; Businesspeople - United States - Biography
    • Sidney Harman discusses his book, “Mind Your Own Business.” He begins by explaining that the book discusses his life and his success in business. He shares his method of conducting business in which he rejects the practice of top-down...

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