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‘The Eulogist’ by Terry Gamble

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses’ own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation. Book Cover...


2019: A Look Ahead in Books

2018 was a great year for books and interviews on Book Talk. But here we are in 2019, and as always, I like to kick the year off by looking ahead at what we can expect from the world of literature and publishing in the first months of a New Year. The books mentioned in today’s episode are: 1.‘You Know What You Want This’ - Kristen Roupenian 2.‘Adèle’ by Leila Slimani 3.‘Maid’ by Stephanie Land 4.‘Try Common Sense’ by Philip K. Howard 5.‘An Anonymous Girl’ by Greer Hendricks & Sarah...


‘Learning to See’ by Elise Hooper

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of ‘The Other Alcott,’ we see the world through her eyes Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:13 - Episode Intro (music: “Mirror” by Zoe Boekbinder) 04:38 - Interview with Elise Hooper, Part 1 15:15 - Possibilities -...


2018 Year In Review

2018 was a great year for books and interviews here on Book Talk with Kory. Today, we look back at some of the best moments, topics, discussions, albums, authors and interviews from the past year. The “Top 10 of 2018” list is: 1.‘Hiding Out’ by Tina Alexis Allen 2.‘Friday Black’ by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 3.‘The Widower’s Notebook’ by Jonathan Santlofer 4.‘Improv Nation’ by Sam Wasson 5.‘Broken Bananah’ by Ross Asdourian 6.‘Homeplace’ by John Lingan 7.‘The Accidental President’ by A.J....

2018 Holiday Show

Today on Book Talk, we celebrate Christmas by exercising many traditions that, if you stand back and look, are really quite weird. Why do we give gifts? Why do they come from a magical man in a red suit and white beard? Why do we kiss under mistletoe and place a wreath on our door? Why hang stockings by the fire? All of these weird customs can be traced back to religions and cultures and today on Book Talk we identify three works of history that can explain the history of Christmas Book...


‘Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death’ by Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson has a singular goal - to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In ‘Feminasty’ she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:17 - Episode Intro (music: “Things I Wanted” by Jasmin Kaset &...


‘Temptation Rag’ by Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard

Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the talented young Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. As Mike abandons serious music to ruthlessly defend his hard-won title, Ragtime King of the World, May struggles to find...


‘Reimagining Our Tomorrows: Making Sure Your Future Doesn’t Suck’ by Joe Tankersley

In ‘Reimagining Our Tomorrows,’ futurist and storyteller Joe Tankersley illustrates how the massive disruptions we are experiencing today in technology, society, culture, and economics, can help us create a world of personal empowerment and community prosperity. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:17 - Episode Intro (music: “Toxic Planet” by Cobra Man) 03:25 - Interview with Joe Tankersley, Part 1 11:17 - Devil Dog - Cobra...


‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter’ by Hazel Gaynor

Northumberland, England. Grace Darling enjoys her quiet island life at Longstone Lighthouse, at one with nature and the wild sea breezes. But her solitude is interrupted when she and her father rescue survivors of a shipwreck in a furious storm and Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, a heroine of her time. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson arrives in America in disgrace, sent from her home in Ireland to stay with Harriet Flaherty, a...


‘Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey’ by Alice Robb

Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Intro...


‘Marilla of Green Gables’ by Sarah McCoy

A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking,...


‘What We Owe’ by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde

Tehran, 1978: Nahid and Masood, both eighteen, are young lovers and young revolutionaries, determined to overthrow the Shah's regime and help to bring about democracy. Their clandestine activities are dangerous, but with youth, passion and right on their side, they feel invincible. Then one night, Nahid allows her younger sister to come along to a huge demonstration. Violence breaks out. Nahid lets go of her sister's hand. Everything changes. Thirty years later, Nahid lies in a hospital...


‘No Cameras Allowed’ by Julian David Stone

Starting by simply stashing a camera in his socks, then taping equipment all over his body, to finally customizing a jacket to hide equipment from security guards, he shot dozens of the 1980s greatest acts: Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, and many, many more. Culled from this incredible, never-before-seen archive, this book contains over 250 of his best photos, along with some of the craziest...


‘An Uncivil War’ by Greg Sargen

American democracy is facing a crisis as fraught as we’ve seen in decades. Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the specter of authoritarian rule. Extreme polarization and the scorched-earth war between the parties drags on with no end in sight. At the heart of this dangerous moment is a paradox: It took a figure as uniquely menacing as Trump to rivet the nation’s attention on the fragility of our democracy. Yet the causes of our dysfunction are long-running—they predate Trump, helped...


‘Friday Black’ by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities of life in this country. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:03 - Episode Intro (music: “Live Like Me” by The Nude Party) 04:35 - Interview with Nana Kwame...


"Fly Girls" by Keith O’Brien

Fly Girls is the story of women fighting for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them, and then beating the men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was, for the female pilots, a stunning upset and one that proved what the women had known all along: They were just as good as the male pilots, maybe even better. They belonged. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 00:58 - Episode Intro (music:...


‘Godsend’ by John Wray

Like many other eighteen-year-olds, Aden Sawyer is intently focused on a goal: escape from her hometown. Her plan will take her far from her mother’s claustrophobic house, where the family photos have all been turned to face the wall; far from the influence of her domineering father—a professor of Islamic studies— and his new wife. Aden’s dream, however, is worlds removed from conventional fantasies of teen rebellion: she is determined to travel to Peshawar, Pakistan, to study Islam at a...


‘The Widower’s Notebook: A Memoir’ by Jonathan Santlofer

Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower’s Notebook, is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of enduring love Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:09 - Episode Intro (music: Lately by Field Division) 03:51 - Interview with Jonathan Santlofer, Part 1 17:50 - Big Sur, Golden Hour - Field Division 19:49 - Interview with...


‘Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago’ by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz

A Mystery Writers of America “Grand Master”—author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner—teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America’s most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Max...


‘Homeplace’ by John Lingan

Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCoy, a local country music icon and the DJ who first gave airtime to a brassy-voiced singer known as Patsy Cline, setting her on a course for fame that outlasted her tragically short life. What Lingan found was a community in the throes of an identity crisis. Winchester's strict hierarchy, hammered out in the colonial era, put landowners at the top of the heap and shunted "white...