George Point, the producer and presenter of Book Talk!, is a freelance author and playwright whose work has appeared in local and national publications, including The New York Times. When he’s not busy writing, George serves as a volunteer at the D&R Greenway Land Trust. Book Talk! is featured on Let’s Talk with Laurie K., Mondays 3:00-5:00pm
Book Talk! Audio Clips
|The Moment of Truth
A novel by by Damian McNicholl. Kathleen Boyd has been dreaming about becoming a matador since she was just a child. Now a young woman, she defies her mother and relocates to Mexico to pursue her dream. While struggling to achieve success in a world dominated by men and take control of her fate from those who would exploit her, she finds time to fall in love as she finally faces her own moment of truth – will she seize the success that she has worked toward for so long?
|The Cooking Gene
Who “owns” Southern cuisine? That controversial question is explored in The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty, a chronicle of the author’s search for his ancestral roots through the culinary history of enslaved people in America. Catch George Point’s take on this provocative narrative on the next edition of Book Talk! on Let’s Talk with Laurie K, New Year’s Day between 3:00PM and 5:00PM and streaming from the Book Talk! show page at WDVRFM.org
|The Bone Sparrow
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, an inspirational tale of two children whose lives unexpectedly intersect; a boy eager to learn the fate of his missing father and a girl eager to know the stories of the past entrusted to her by her mother.
|In Being Mortal – Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author, surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School Atul Gawande argues that our cultural obsession with longevity has taken precedence over honest discussions about quality of life issues when patients are facing the inevitable progression of decline, debility and death. In Being Mortal, he presents a clear, courageous treatment of a taboo but inevitable subject, formed around two key questions: How can medical professionals be trained to ask patients the hard questions about their expectations vs potential outcomes? And how can the tools offered by palliative care specialists be integrated with every medical professional?
On the next edition of Book Talk!, George Point offers the recommendations of three experts from bookshops in our listening area on “must read” books for the coming Freezin’ Season! Airs Monday, November 20th between 3:00PM and 5:00PM on Let’s Talk with Laurie K, or stream it from the Book Talk! show page on WDVRFM.org
Bubble by Stewart Foster is the touching story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustration, and looks—with superhero-style bravery, curiosity, and hope—to a future without limits.
|Scars of Independence – America’s Violent Birth
Holger Hoock’s scholarly, dispassionate, well-documented narrative serves as a powerful antidote to saccharine and romanticized treatments of the American Revolution.
|We Stood Upon Stars – Finding God in Lost Places
Roger W. Thompson serves as your travel guide – and occasionally your spiritual guide as well – through a series of vignettes that trace his travels over the years, first with close friends and later with his family. Thompson manages to convey, often with sensitivity, humor and at times touches of whimsy, the importance of the two overriding forces in his life – the beauty of nature and an unshakable belief in a higher power.
|Men Without Women
Haruki Murakami tells seven fictional tales of men, who, for one reason or the other, find themselves alone. His subtle, ironic, and playful wit that emerges in one form or another in all of these masterfully haunting, powerful stories.
|Renato and the Lion
As the dark shadows of World War II began to descend on Florence, Italy, Renato learns that the city’s precious artworks in are in danger. What will become of his favorite, a statue of a lion in the piazza? The fate of Renato’s lion – and of Renato and his family – will delight readers both young and not so young, and offers an object lesson in the power of art to bring joy and inspiration to our everyday lives.