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What Kansas City Book Lovers Are Reading During The Pandemic

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Kansas City author Adib Khorram keeps a healthy mix of leisure and education in his reading lists.

A lot of folks have more time on their hands these days, and that gives them more time to read than they may have had in years.

Find out what books our guests are recommending for leisure, education and social consciousness this summer.

Adib Khorram’s picks:
"The Summer of Everything," by Julian Winters
"Vampires Never Get Old," edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker
"The Murderbot Diaries" series, by Martha Wells
"Felix Ever After," by Kacen Callender
"Night Shine," by Tessa Gratton

Kaite Stover’s picks:
"Boyfriend Material," by Alexis Hall
"18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics," by Bruce Goldfarb
"The Vanishing Half," by Brit Bennett
"Blacktop Wasteland," by S. A. Crosby

A complete list — including listener recommendations — courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

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