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Kory French
A look back at some of the best of books and interviews of 2017.
It’s holiday season and this week on Book Talk, Host Kory French takes a historical and cultural look at the history and structure of Christmas and Santa Clause through historical publications.
NASA prepared us for every eventuality on Mars, but they never prepared us for what could go wrong on Earth.
A major Latino writer’s intimate but healing journey through addiction, human desire and broken love.
A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead.
In Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu recounts the important and heartening mission of Gladys Kalibbala—a Ugandan “orphan sleuth” who has dedicated her life to reconnecting lost children with their families.
A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best selling author of the Silo trilogy
The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world
Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Oddisee meet traditional verse in this urgent collection of poems by Pushcart Prize winner and NAACP Image Award finalist Marcus Wicker.
“I know a lot of people think they know what it’s like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn’t tell the whole story.” Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor.
In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.
A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.
Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away in acclaimed writer Benjamin Percy’s terrifying new horror novel.
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women — a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947— are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart and kidney transplant.
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
As the song says, get your kicks on Route 66! Dubbed “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, this iconic highway has inspired generations of Americans to take to the open road and go traveling.
In Fucking Innocent, John Andrew Fredrick examines Anderson's three earliest films and discusses each individually and as the burgeoning of the art of one of the most talented of American directors.
A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge.
When Katie Doyle sets out for the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hard-working people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations.
What is Improvisational Theater? Can it be taught and learned? What are some of the “Bibles” of Improv? Today on Book Talk I speak with two professional performers and instructors in New York on Improv Theater.
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood — an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture.
Alyan’s debut novel Salt Houses explores a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home.
The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World explores the vital role of the Liberal Arts in humanizing our technology.
Great With Child tells the story of ambitious, driven Abigail Thomas. Up for partnership at a prestigious law firm, she is thrown by an accidental pregnancy that threatens to upend her life. Witty, warm, and wise, this novel confronts the true meanings of love, morality, and duty.
Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.
A beguiling tale of blood ties, bad choices, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital world.
The bonds of love and trust are put to the test when a woman’s husband goes missing on the eve of his incarceration, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about him.
Inspired by a true story, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950 — only to vanish the night she wins.
The most magnificent city of the ancient world, a metropolis governed directly by the gods, hotbed of innovation and experimentation in the realms of engineering, politics, genetics. Home to more than one dark secret.
Tales from Augusta’s Fairways takes an inside look at the greats, the amateurs, and the underdogs who have made the Masters the most revered, prestigious golf tournament in the world.
A riveting medical mystery about a young woman’s quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a window onto the exploding field of genomic medicine.
An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel — both Palestinian and Israeli — that reveals the creeping realization that a two-state solution may no longer be possible.
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.
Megan Marshall, who studied with Bishop in her storied 1970s poetry workshop at Harvard, offers the reader an original and compelling glimpse of the ways poetry and biography, subject and biographer, are entwined.
The Making of the President 2016 is the first book by an insider to reveal how and why Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, despite the “experts” who said it could not happen.
Brad Stone provides a juicy narrative rich with revelations and un-mined details about the hotly controversial startups that are now challenging governments, decimating industries, and remaking the contract between strangers.
In American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, Professor Lisa Wade looks past the shock-value news reports, moralizing op-eds, and party-saturated Hollywood movies to uncover what hookup culture means to college students, how it works, and what it reveals about privilege, power, and the future of sexuality in America.
This poignant memoir by Noah Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, transports readers from his grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland.
Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange.
In light of the Inauguration of our forty-fifth President on Friday, Kory takes a look at books that focus on Inauguration as a theme, some Inaugural Addresses, and why Donald J. Trump is should be compared to Dwight D. Eisenhower.
One of the nation’s leading psychologists asks why today’s corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutions -- and finds some surprising conclusions.
A look ahead at the books to keep an eye out for in 2017
John Oliver famously recorded a montage on his last episode that told the world, “Fuck You 2016!”  Well, while there are many reasons for a lot of people to agree with him, this week on Book Talk we take a look at some of the reasons as to why he may be wrong. To start off the New Year right, we are listing to excerpts from the Top 6 episodes. If you haven’t heard these interviews in full, please use the Search Tool at the bottom right-hand corner of this webpage and go back and listen! Until then, join these great clips from 2016. Sara Baume: Spill Simmer Falter Whither   Laura Barnett: The Version of Us   Lesley Blume: Everyone Behaves Badly Rory Flynn: Dark Horse Peter Ho Davies: The Fortunes Jade Chang: The Wangs vs. The World

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