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
Books to Curl up with on a Cold Winter’s Night, as chosen by the folks at independent book shops in our listening area.
a romantic, poignant, sadly funny Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Andrew Sean Greer that reminds us that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
|The King of the Birds & The Lion and the Bird
The King of the Birds, written and illustrated by Helen Ward, is an adaptation of a traditional folk tale about choosing the ruler of the avian kingdom.
The Lion and the Bird, written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc, is a timeless tale of caring, friendship, loss and re-connection.
|The Green Amendment
Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum’s environmental call to action.
In 2016, Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the Team USA Olympic fencing team, became the first Muslim-American woman of color wearing a hijab to medal in Olympic competition for Team USA. PROUD – Living My American Dream (Young Reader’s Edition), the story of her struggle and ultimate triumph
|Give Me Your Hand
Kit Owens: gifted high school student of modest background and modest ambition. Diane Fleming: cool, confident, worldly, self-possessed, mysterious and boundlessly ambitious. On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. But soon a shared secret forms a deep connection between the two that’s both a sisterly bond and a fierce rivalry – a pact forged in blood. Listen to George Point’s audio on Give Me Your Hand, a suspenseful, unsettling work of fiction by author Megan Abbott
|Killers of the Flower Moon
Once upon a time, the members of the Osage Nation were the wealthiest people on earth. Then, the murders began. A chilling true story by author David Grann.
By Tara Westover. Raised on a mountain in Idaho, Tara Westover and most of her siblings had no birth certificates, no social security numbers, no vaccinations, and were never treated by a medical professional throughout their adolescent years. Yet at age seventeen, despite never having set foot in a classroom, she was accepted at Brigham Young University and earned a Bachelor’s degree, followed by a Master’s degree from Cambridge and a Doctorate from Harvard.
Liberty by author / illustrator Lynn Curlee presents the story-behind-the-story of the creation of one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of freedom and a symbol of America that welcomed immigrants arriving from abroad and has served as a welcoming sight to all who enter New York Harbor since its dedication on October 28, 1886.
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything, Maira Kalman relates the fascinating story-behind-the-story of this patriot, polymath, and enigmatic author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, and takes a deep dive into the myriad interests and accomplishments of this remarkable human being.
|Country Dark by Chris Offutt
It is 1954, and young Tucker is coming back from the Korean War with his medals, his army pay and a troubled mind. On the way home in rural Kentucky he prevents an assault on young Rhonda by her uncle.
Rhonda and Tucker impulsively decide to marry and raise a family, and Tucker earns a living running moonshine for Beanpole, the local bootlegger. When the state threatens to remove the children from their home Tucker does the only thing a father living in precarious circumstances and fiercely devoted to his family can do, placing him squarely on the wrong side of the law.
Tucker’s crime ultimately sets events a cascade of events in motion that brings the noir-infused odyssey of Country Dark to a rousing, bloody roller coaster ride of a conclusion.
On the surface, the principal characters in Manhattan Beach, the fifth novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan could have been lifted from any number of film noir productions from the 1930’s and 40’s. What they all have in common is that their lives will be changed irrevocably – some tragically – by the end of Egan’s novel, as she skillfully weaves the convoluted threads of their lives, leaping forward and backward in time to create a powerful, relevant and highly satisfying tale.
Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing, the practice of spending time in the forest for better mental and physical health, has been part of Japanese culture for decades. In Forest Bathing – How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, forest bathing expert Dr. Qing Li shares the benefits of forest bathing and tells you how to benefit from the practice of forest bathing wherever you live.
|A Different Pond & King of the Sky
Two books for children to share with you, each dealing with issues of connection and belonging in an unfamiliar culture. The first, A Different Pond by Bao Phi, is moving tale of the refugee experience in America as viewed through the relationship between a father and his son. The second, King of the Sky by Nicola Davies tells of the social and cultural isolation a young from Italy boy faces in a working class neighborhood in British a coal mining town.
Peter Godfrey-Smith’s in-depth look at the inner workings of the octopus, an amazing creature that he calls “…an island of mental complexity in a sea of invertebrate animals.” Find out why this tentacled cephalopod may be the closest thing to an intelligent alien life form living on earth.
A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a remarkable tale of the true story of Billy Gawronski, a strapping, cocky, Polish-American lad living with his parents in New York who dreams a big dream – to secure a spot on the first American expedition to Antarctica with Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1928.
Until she reached age four, Cece described herself as “a regular little kid” living a little kid’s life with her parents, big brother Ashley and big sister Sarah. Regular, that is, until a diagnosis of spinal meningitis severely reduced her hearing.
|On the Camino by Jason
When famed Norwegian cartoonist Jason turned age 50, his journey on the road to self-discovery and spiritual growth led him to embark on a month-long trek along the 500 mile Camino Frances, a French route beginning in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and going to San Diego de Compostella and beyond to Finisterre, literally “the end of the earth” – a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Spain.
|Map of Days
Young Richard can’t stop thinking about the big clock, ticking away while he tries to sleep. Why did his grandfather furtively emerge from its doors? What secrets lie inside? And how will Richard’s discovery nearly bring life on earth to an end and change the course of his life forever?
|Book Of Dust
Malcolm Polstead is an 11-year-old who literally has one foot in the secular and one foot in the spiritual worlds, helping his father in his pub, The Trout, and helping the nuns in the old priory across the river. One day, Malcolm witnesses the first of a series of unusual events, events that will ultimately transform his world, and his life, forever. Thus begins the unfolding of Malcolm’s odyssey, portrayed in La Belle Sauvage, a novel by author Phillip Pullman and book one of his The Book of Dust trilogy.
|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.