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'The Years That Matter Most’ by Paul Tough

‘The Years That Matter Most’ tells the stories of students trying to find their way, with hope, joy, and frustration, through the application process and into college. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for. And it introduces us to the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and balance the...


Summer and Fall 2019

It’s an interview dead-zone right now. Plenty of books coming out this week and through September. Interviews that can’t be released until they do. So this week on Book Talk I look at some of the most talked about books you may have missed from this Summer, the shortlist of the Booker Prize 2019, and the most anticipated reads for Fall ’19. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Episode Intro 05:00 - Braindrops - Tropical Fuck Storm 11:33 - Books You May Have Missed So Far in 2019 18:50 - Who’s My...


Back to School: The Top 21 Books for High Schoolers

We count down the 21 books high school students should be reading. If you want to check the list and spoil the fun, just scroll down! If you want to be surprised - just listen! ... .... ..... ...... ..... .... ... keep scrolling... ... .... ..... ...... ..... .... ... just a little further... ... .... ..... ...... ..... .... ... Here's the list: 1. “The Catcher in the Rye” - J.D. Salinger 2. “Frankenstein” - Mary Shelley 3. “The Great Gatsby” - F. Scott Fitzgerald 4. “To Kill A Mockingbird”...


‘Black Site’ by Philip Mudd

When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Almost overnight, the intelligence organization evolved into a warfighting intelligence service, constructing what was known internally as “the Program”: a web of top-secret detention facilities intended to help prevent future attacks on American soil and around the world. With Black Site, former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center...


‘Blue Hours’ by Daphne Kalotay

When we first meet Mim, she is a recent college graduate who has disavowed her lower-middle-class roots to befriend Kyra, a dancer and daughter of privilege, until calamity causes their estrangement. Twenty years later, Kyra has gone missing from her NGO's headquarters in Jalalabad, and Mim - now a recluse in rural New England - embarks on a mid-life journey to find her. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Mercury -...


Remembering Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for ‘Beloved,’ and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Morrison passed away on Monday, August 5th at the age of 88. Articles mentioned in the podcast: 'The Atlantic' obituary by Sophie Gilbert...


2019 So Far in Books

Taking a hiatus from our regular deep-dive interview format, this week on Book Talk I discuss three major books to be considered in 2019. Two of them Bestsellers: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens and ‘Summer of ’69’ by Elin Hilderbrand. Our third book on the docket is by no-means a bestseller, however it needs to be considered given its Author’s new political status as one of the most powerful persons’ in the world. I take a quick look at Boris Johnson’s 2004 release, ‘Seventy-Two...


‘Sudden Courage’ by Ronald Rosbottom

Rosbottom brings to vivid life another gripping but under-explored aspect of World War II as he tells the enthralling story of the French young people who risked their lives to take action in the resistance against the Nazi occupiers of their nation, and the French who collaborated with them. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Pin - Hippo Campus 01:12 - Episode Intro 03:01 - Pin (Cont’d) - Hippo Campus 05:00 -...


‘Lady In The Lake’ by Laura Lippman

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Strange Love - SadGirl 01:11 - Episode Intro 03:24 -...


‘Cournelius Sky’ by Timothy Brandoff

‘Cornelius Sky’ is a doorman in a posh Fifth Avenue apartment building that houses New York City’s elite, including a former First Lady whose husband was assassinated while in office. It is 1974 and New York City is heading toward a financial crisis. At work, Connie prides himself on his ability to buff a marble floor better than anyone, a talent that so far has kept him from being fired for his drinking. He pushes the boundaries of his duties, partying and playing board games with the...


‘The Fourteenth of September’ by Rita Dragonette

When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, Judy realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One—off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee. ‘The Fourteenth of September’ portrays a pivotal time at the peak of the Vietnam War through the rare perspective of a young woman, tracing her path of self-discovery and a “Coming of...


‘A Vagabond Life’ – Book by Ian Cutler / Interview with Jim Christy

In his seventy-plus years, Christy asserted his freedom of spirit as a vagabond adventurer, latter-day hobo, journalist, private eye, actor, musician, and artist in over fifty countries around the globe, and still found time to write over thirty books of memoir and poetry. Christy’s life and stories are an essential link in the history of rebel talents: those rare souls who shift our perspective by choosing to live their lives outside of accepted cultural mores. Ian Cutler interviews...


‘Girl in the Rearview Mirror’ by Kelsey Rae Dimberg

The young nanny for a prominent political family gets drawn into a web of deadly lies—including her own—in this stunning debut thriller with the menacing twists of Megan Abbott and the exquisite suspense of Laura Lippman. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Once Is Enough - Peter Perrett 01:10 - Episode Intro 02:32 - Once Is Enough (Cont’d) - Peter Perrett 03:38 - Interview with Kelsey Rae Dimberg, Part 1 16:08 - I...


‘The Rosie Result’ by Graeme Simsion

Don and Rosie's ten-year-old son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn't fitting in with the other kids. Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. For Don, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new. It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with difficult truths about his own identity. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided...


‘It’s Hot in the Hamptons’ by Holly Peterson

Raised in East Hampton, Caroline never thought she’d be one of the “city people” who spent summers and weekends at the beach. But, once her husband’s business takes off, a job stint transplants the couple permanently into Manhattan life—where the phrase When you marry for money, you work for it every day, reflects her neighbors’ lives. And where entitled husbands, like hers, embark on affair after affair with little consequence… Time for the wives to get even. Book Cover and Author...


‘Dear Scarlet: The Story of my Postpartum Depression’ by Teresa Wong

In this intimate and moving graphic memoir, Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet. Equal parts heartbreaking and funny, Dear Scarlet perfectly captures the quiet desperation of those suffering from PPD and the profound feelings of inadequacy and loss. As Teresa grapples with her fears and anxieties and grasps at potential remedies, coping mechanisms, and her mother’s Chinese elixirs, we come...


‘The Summer Country’ by Lauren Willig

Barbados, 1854. Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan—merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded one at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheiritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s...


‘The Ash Family’ by Molly Dektar

At nineteen, Berie encounters a seductive and mysterious man at a bus station near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she finds herself compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, she joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains, bound together by high ideals and through relationships she can’t untangle. Berie—now renamed Harmony—renounces her old life and...


‘The Players Ball’ by David Kushner

A Wild West look at the early days of the internet—the incredible battle between the founder of and the con man who swindled him out of the online domain name in an all-out war for control over the fuel that still powers the online world to this day: love and lust. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Sister, OK - Andy Kim 01:16 - Episode Intro 02:31 - Sister, OK (Cont’d) - Andy Kim 04:54 - Interview...


‘The Risk of Us’ by Rachel Howard

What is the cost of motherhood? When The Risk of Us opens, we meet a forty-something woman who deeply wants to become a mother. The path that opens up to her and her husband takes them through the foster care system, with the goal of adoption. And when seven-year-old Maresa—with inch-deep dimples and a voice that can beam to the moon--comes into their lives, their hearts fill with love. But her rages and troubles threaten to crack open their marriage. Book Cover and Author headshot images...