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The Book Doctors: City Lights

The Book Doctors meet with us to share their reading lists and to give literary news. During the second half of the show, we talk about books that feature "the city" - as a setting, character or important symbol in literature.By The Walt Bodine Show, March 19, 2009

Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors are:
Mark Luce, The Barstow School
Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Kansas City Public Library
Steve Paul, Kansas City Star


Recommendations from Kaite Mediatore Stover

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Recommendations from Mark Luce

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Ask the Dust by John Fante
Hollywood by Nathaniel West
Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis
In a Lovely Place by Dorothy Sayers

Recommendations from Steve Paul (by email)

The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, Evan Connell
Such Sweet Thunder, Vincent O. Carter

Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; The Trial by Franz Kafka

New York:
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Rage in Harlem & Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
Underworld Cosmopolis & Great Jones Street by Dan Delillo
Motherless Brooklyn & Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon Bright Lights, Big City by Jay Mclnerney

Kansas City:
Huntsman & King of Kings Country by Whitney Terrell

Native Son by Richard Wright; Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Caller Recommendations

Because I Was Flesh The Autobiography of Edward Dahlberg
The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem
A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
Black Betty by Walter Mosley
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
The Washington Story: A Novel in Five Spheres by Adam Langer
A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow
Time and Again by Jack Finney
From Time to Time by Jack Finney
Blue Monday by Harper Barnes
Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin.
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Lou Jane Temple's mystery series

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