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Broken Bananah by Ross Asdouria

2/22/2018
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Getting in cabs, going to work, taking a shower... These routine activities were a lot harder to do when I had a catheter in my Little Richard. Why? Well, I tore two muscles in my beloved rooster and severed my urethra having casual sex. This is the funny/not-so-funny story of the accident, the recovery, and all the blood, pain, love, and philosophy in between. A score of people helped me pee, including my mother, as I shuffled around New York City tethered to a urination tube for a month....

Duration:00:53:02

Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen

2/15/2018
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In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the...

Duration:00:47:30

The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

2/8/2018
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Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for...

Duration:00:51:23

Folly Cove by Kermit “Kim” Schweidel

2/1/2018
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Against a 1970s backdrop of Vietnam, political corruption, and radical activism, comes the true story of a loose confederacy of thrill-seeking opportunists and disaffected veterans who pulled off the largest, most audacious pot smuggle yet attempted—over twenty-eight tons of primo Colombian headed for the densely populated coast of Massachusetts in a rusty shrimp boat at the height of hurricane season. From the borderland of El Paso to the High Sierra of Mexico to the coast of South...

Duration:00:57:44

Brooklyn In Love: A Delicious Memoir of Food, Family, and Finding Yourself by Amy Thomas

1/25/2018
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On an island where finding love can be just as hard as finding a dinner reservation on a Friday night, Amy Thomas never imagined a family would fit into her lifestyle. So when Amy finds herself turning forty, moving to Brooklyn, and making way for a baby with a new man in her life, she realizes that starting over maybe her biggest opportunity yet. But how do you balance staying out all night dancing with staying up all night soothing a baby? Can a lifelong city girl trade in spontaneity...

Duration:00:49:58

Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion and Pride by David DeSteno

1/18/2018
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A string of bestsellers have alerted us to the importance of grit—an ability to persevere and control one’s impulses that is so closely associated with greatness. But no book yet has charted the most accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings—gratitude, compassion and pride—are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to self-control and grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions...

Duration:00:45:40

Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art by Sam Wasson

1/11/2018
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At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots—the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly...

Duration:00:44:13

The Accidental Presidents: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A.J. Baime

1/4/2018
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Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth term Vice President for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s...

Duration:00:50:01

Book Talk with Kory 2017 - A Year in Review

12/28/2017
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2017 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. _______________ _______________ _______________ _______________ Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:48 - Skyline - Broken Social Scene 03:37 - Episode Intro: Kory French 06:44 - No. 5 Hugh Howey, ‘Machine Learning’ (from...

Duration:01:00:03

The Holiday Episode 2017 - A Look at the History of Christmas and Santa Claus through publications

12/21/2017
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Today 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 Cover and...

Duration:00:50:09

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell

12/14/2017
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Piu Eatwell’s new book on the Black Dahlia murder gathers together the evidence to produce a compelling new solution to the case: a highly persuasive and virtually conclusive account as to who the killer was, why he targeted the Dahlia, and why the case has never been officially ‘solved.’ In so doing, she presents a dark and atmospheric picture of Hollywood in the most brutal, noir period of its history. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 -...

Duration:00:51:22

Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

12/7/2017
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Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavor colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth? Book Cover and Author headshot images...

Duration:01:01:11

The Last Cigarette on Earth: A Book of Poems by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

11/30/2017
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Winner of the Pen/Faulkner and Lambda Awards for Fiction, this is Sáenz' first book of poems in years. Eileen Myles, Poet and Novelist, says of this collection: "Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s poems are ballads. They’re stories but they also have a whiff of the life sailing by from the car just passing with the radio on. It’s music in stores selling stuff and suddenly it's inside your heart too painful to ignore. His tunes are wild and brave." Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the...

Duration:00:52:15

The Apparitionists’ by Peter Manseau

11/23/2017
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In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of séances in the White House. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation...

Duration:00:51:50

‘A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf’

11/16/2017
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N: Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author...

Duration:03:33:09

Jessica Yu — Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

11/9/2017
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The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala—part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan—does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Jessica Yu delivers an acutely observed story of this hard-nosed and warmhearted woman, the children she helps,...

Duration:00:46:57

Hugh Howey - Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories

11/2/2017
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Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel ‘Wool,’and then with other enthralling works such as ‘Sand’ and ‘Beacon 23.’ Now comes ‘Machine Learning,’ an impressive collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional...

Duration:01:01:39

Tova Mirvis - ‘The Book of Separation: A Memoir’

10/26/2017
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Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Tova Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. After all, to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age forty she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence. Even though it would mean the loss of her...

Duration:00:52:07

Dr. Sean Wise - Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job (2nd Edition)

10/19/2017
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Startup Opportunities is the go-to guide for anyone with a great business idea. Whether it's your first business or your fifth, realistic assessment from the outset can save you a lot of time and money; why pour your heart and soul into a venture that is doomed to fail? Instead, position yourself to win from the very beginning. In this book, accomplished venture capitalists share their insight on startups and entrepreneurs: who will fail, who will succeed and why, and what you should do to...

Duration:00:51:01

Marcus Wicker - Silencer: Poems

10/12/2017
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A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati: to many, these sound like safe places, but for a young black man these insular spaces don’t keep out the news — and the actual threat — of gun violence and police brutality, or the biases that keeps body, property, and hope in the crosshairs. Continuing conversations begun by Citizen and Between the World and Me, Silencer sings out the dangers of unspoken taboos present on quiet Midwestern cul-de-sacs and in stifling...

Duration:00:52:03

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