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The Weekly Reader

----What should I read next?---- Book critic and longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik answers this question in four opinionated, book-loving minutes. With reviews of new releases and older titles you may have missed, it’s like having a new best friend with very good taste to guide you in your literary adventures. The Weekly Reader is produced by WYPR and hosted by Lisa Morgan.

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Life During Wartime: Paul Yoon's "Run Me to Earth" and Ariel Lawhon's "Code Name Helene."

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new books about two very different wars. Marion Winik on Paul Yoon's Run Me to Earth and Ariel Lawhon's Code Name Helene.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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22 May 2020

Rank #1

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They Saw it Coming: New Dystopian Fiction from Lawrence Wright and Sarah Pinsker

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new, dystopian novels that imagine a world in the throws of a pandemic: Marion Winik on Lawrence Wright's The End of October and Sarah Pinsker's A Song for a New Day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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12 May 2020

Rank #2

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New Fiction from Anne Tyler and Julia Alverez

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new great novels by two great writers: Anne Tyler's Redhead by the Side of the Road and Julia Alverez's Afterlife.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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6 May 2020

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Douglas Stuart's "Shuggie Bain" - The Weekly Reader Book club Pick for April

On this edition of The Weekly Reader we preview Douglas Stuart's debut novel Shuggie Bain, a profoundly affecting story about growing up amidst the poverty, violence, and alcoholism in a crumbling Glasgow housing scheme in the 1980s.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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10 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Girls at School: New fiction from Clare Beams and Kate Weinberg.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels that explore the delicate dance of girls in group settings and the dangers of getting what you think you want: Clare Beams The Illness Lesson and Kate Weinberg's debut novel The Truants.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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25 Feb 2020

Rank #5