‘Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South’ by Mab Segrest

‘Memoir of a Race Traitor’ became a classic text of white antiracist practice. Juxtaposing childhood memories with contemporary events, Segrest described her journey into the heart of her culture, finally veering from its trajectory of violence toward hope and renewal. Now, amid our current national crisis driven by an increasingly apocalyptic white supremacist movement, Segrest returns with an updated edition of her classic book. With a new introduction and afterword that explore what has...


‘Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s’ by Dr. Joyce Frisby Baynes

This collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group of eight student protestors have only recently begun to receive credit for the school’s greater inclusiveness, as well as the influence their actions had on universities around the country. Book art and author headshot provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples 01:17 - Episode...


‘The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists, and Afro-Futurists’ by Monique L. Jones

We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were just as groundbreaking. The achievements of the Black Americans included in this book range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to...


'Delivered By Midwives’ by Jenny M. Luke

“Catchin’ babies” was merely one aspect of the broad role of African American midwives in the twentieth-century South. Yet, little has been written about the type of care they provided or how midwifery and maternity care evolved under the increasing presence of local and federal health care structures. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Episode Intro 03:42 - Don’t Forget About Me - Alice Boman 06:46 - Interview with...



This past Monday the country celebrated one of the most iconic and important figures in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. Day asks us, as citizens of the 21st Century, to never forget the sacrifices many before us have made to shine a spotlight on the injustices of man and demand that all humans are, and will forever be, created and treated equally under the Constitution of the United States of America. In celebration of the indelible Martin Luther King Jr., we discuss and recommend...


The Last 10 Years

It’s been ten years now since I first interviewed Tony O’Neill on Book Talk with Kory French on, what was then known only as, BreakThru Radio. Back then, you had to visit the website and listen to the mp3 player embedded on my show’s page. Also back then, I had no clue what I was doing. To be honest...I still don’t. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Wonder Show Of The World (2010) Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made a Place (2020) Book art provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening...


‘The Schrödinger Girl’ by Laurel Brett

During a sudden downpour in 1967, Garrett Adams is browsing in a crowded bookshop on Columbus Circle when a crowd of people push in to escape the rain. As he starts reading a book about Schrödinger—he of the famous cat-in-a-box thought experiment—Garrett impulsively decides to ask any customer to lunch who also comes and picks up the book, hoping for an impromptu discussion about philosophy. Book art and author headshot provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 -...


‘The Blaze’ by Chad Dundas

Having lost much of his memory from a traumatic brain injury sustained in Iraq, army veteran Matthew Rose is called back to Montana after his father’s death to settle his affairs, and hopefully to settle the past as well. It’s not only a blank to him, but a mystery. Then on his first night back, Matthew sees a house go up in flames, and it turns out a local college student has died inside. And this event sparks a memory of a different fire, an unsolved crime from long ago, a part of...


Book Talk 2019 - The Top 5 to 1

We’re going to end the year, and the decade, by listening to clips from my top five favorite interviews from 2019. No hints here (oh, and the music is pretty damn good too). Lady In The Lake by Laura Lippman The Ash Family by Molly Dektar Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur Black Site by Philip Mudd How To Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:11 - “Pull Out The Matches” - Mike Montrey Band...


Book Talk 2019 - The Top 10 to 6

You’ll just have to tune in to hear the number 10 thru number 6 interviews from 2019, along with some of the best music featured on the show that was released this past year. Betrayal In Berlin by Steve Vogel Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb American Pop by Snowden Wright The Players Ball by David Kushner Quicksand Tales by Keggie Carew Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Another Age - Robert Earl Thomas...


‘A Transcontinental Affair’ by Jodi Daynard

May 1870. Crowds throng the Boston station, mesmerized by the mechanical wonder huffing on the rails: the Pullman Hotel Express, the first train to travel from coast to coast. Boarding the train are congressmen, railroad presidents, and even George Pullman himself. For two young women, strangers until this fateful day, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change their lives. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Show...


‘The View From Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York’ by Skip Rozin

Welcome to the most western block of 77th Street in New York City, to a second-floor front apartment that, if you lean just right, offers that prized real estate attraction, a glimpse of the Hudson River. This book invites you to turn in the opposite direction for a more profound perspective of urban life—the dramatic changes in the Upper West Side from a 1960s neighborhood of friendly shops and affordable restaurants to the latest hot destination in the new millennium, competing with...


‘Dancing to the Darkest Light’ by Soheila Adelipour

A memoir of survival and how one sister, daughter and mother find reason to go on after the most crushing loses imaginable, and still see the beauty in life. It is a heartwarming family saga and an unforgettable account of faith and not just love, but unconditional love. A true, powerful, emotional & inspirational story that could change your outlook towards life. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Confetti to the...


‘Epic Continent’ by Nicholas Jubber

Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Playing With Fire - Map 01:09 - Episode Intro 02:04 - Playing With Fire (Cont’d) - Map 05:05 - Interview with Nicholas Jubber, Part 1 23:51 - I Still Miss...


‘Holding On To Nothing’ by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child. Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has any idea how to accomplish that, and the odds are against them in a place with little to offer other than tobacco fields, a bluegrass bar, and a Walmart full of beer and firearms for the...


‘The Poppy Wife’ by Caroline Scott

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history—those years after the war that were filled with the unknown—‘The Poppy Wife’ tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins in battle-scarred France; and the even greater number of men and women hoping to find them again. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Young Lovers - City and Colour 01:09 - Episode Intro 02:18 -...


‘Homewreckers' by Aaron Glantz

Full title: ‘Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Managers, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream’ In ‘Homewreckers,’ Aaron vividly reveals how a group of Wall Street bankers and private equity titans including Trump cabinet members Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, as well as the president’s confidants and funders Steve Schwarzman, Tom Barrack — exploited a system in which billions of dollars in...


‘All This Could Be Yours’ by Jami Attenberg

A timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. With her signature “sparkling prose” and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Getting By - Long Beard 01:23 -...


‘Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me’ by Adrienne Brodeur

On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would...


‘Dad’s Maybe Book’ by Tim O’Brien

In 2003, already an older father, National Book Award–winning novelist Tim O’Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him—a few scraps of paper signed “Love, Dad.” Maybe a word of advice.Maybe a sentence or two about some long-ago Christmas Eve. Maybe some scattered glimpses of their rapidly aging father, a man they might never really know. For the next fifteen years, the author talked to his sons on paper, as if they were adults, imagining what they...