When 'Catch Me If You Can' was published back in 1980, I never dreamed that it would become a bestseller, much less a major motion picture... →
I have to have three or four books going simultaneously. If I'm not impressed in the first 20 pages, I don't bother reading the rest... →
I think a book that is over 400 pages should be split in two. I don't know that there's anything that interesting that can go on for 700... →
My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
I want to write a best-selling book.
It's not at all uncommon for a writer to get a ton of publicity for one book and then not get as much for the next one. I don't worry about... →
I do most of my reading on the train ride to and from work. But I always have a book in my handbag so that I can read at any time, anywhere.
If I like a book, I tend to read the author's entire collection. But I choose mainly through personal recommendations, general word of mouth and... →
I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century.
In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story.