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‘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...


‘Pigs’ by Johanna Stoberock

The pigs are beautiful, but fierce, with sharp teeth and insatiable appetites, and they eat anything. When a boy washes ashore in a barrel, the children must decide what to do with him—is he more of the world’s detritus, meant to be fed to the pigs, or is he one of them? The novel explores questions about community, environmental responsibility, and the possibility of innocence. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - “Let It Change U” - Chk Chk Chk (!!!) 01:10 - Episode Intro 02:21 - “Let It Change...


‘Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation’ by Steve Vogel

The astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Gravity - Versus 01:19 - Episode Intro 02:33 - Gravity (Cont’d) - Versus 04:39 - Interview with Steve Vogel, Part 1 14:23 - Nothing But U - Versus 16:23 - Interview with Steve Vogel, Part 2 32:04 - Baby green - Versus 33:39 -...


‘The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy’ by Robert Kuttner

The 2020 presidential election will determine the very survival of American democracy. The Stakes explains how the failure of the economy to serve ordinary Americans opened the door to a demagogic president, and how democracy can still be taken back from Donald Trump. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Episode Intro 03:16 - Cut It - Boy Scouts 06:15 - Interview with Robert Kuttner 22:53 - In Ya Too - Boy Scouts 25:35...


'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...


‘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 - Interview...


‘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...