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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…
A book proposing a new and startling solution to the infamous ‘Black Dahlia’ murder, one of the most notorious in American…
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…
In Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu recounts the important and heartening…
A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best selling author of the…
The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly…
Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Oddisee meet traditional verse in this urgent collection of poems by Pushcart Prize winner and NAACP…
How to avoid, outwit, and disarm assholes, from the author of the classic bestseller The No Asshole Rule.
“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…
In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes…
An award-winning journalist reports from the front lines of the sexual assault controversy.
A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall…
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…
Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her…
Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie,…
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…
As the song says, get your kicks on Route 66! Dubbed “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, this iconic highway has inspired…
In Fucking Innocent, John Andrew Fredrick examines Anderson's three earliest films and discusses each individually and as the…
A wide-ranging portrait of that transformative and remarkable decade from 1965-1975; from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era to…
If you ever wondered how Robert Kennedy became the person he was at the end of his life, this book tells the story.
A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go…
When Katie Doyle sets out for the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to…
What is Improvisational Theater? Can it be taught and learned? What are some of the “Bibles” of Improv? Today on Book Talk I…
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood — an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that…
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…
Great With Child tells the story of ambitious, driven Abigail Thomas. Up for partnership at a prestigious law firm, she is thrown…
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…
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…
Inspired by a true story, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950 —…
The most magnificent city of the ancient world, a metropolis governed directly by the gods, hotbed of innovation and…
Tales from Augusta’s Fairways takes an inside look at the greats, the amateurs, and the underdogs who have made the Masters the…
A riveting medical mystery about a young woman’s quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a…
An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel — both Palestinian and Israeli — that reveals the creeping realization that a…
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single,…
Megan Marshall, who studied with Bishop in her storied 1970s poetry workshop at Harvard, offers the reader an original and…
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…
Brad Stone provides a juicy narrative rich with revelations and un-mined details about the hotly controversial startups that are…
In American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, Professor Lisa Wade looks past the shock-value news reports, moralizing…
This poignant memoir by Noah Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, transports readers from his grandparents’ kitchen…
Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to…
In light of the Inauguration of our forty-fifth President on Friday, Kory takes a look at books that focus on Inauguration as a…
One of the nation’s leading psychologists asks why today’s corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutions -- and finds…
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…