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Kansas City Librarians’ Book Recommendations For A 'Fresh Start' In 2021

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Author Austin Kleon offers ten simple, everyday scraps of guidance for tapping your imagination, staying focused, and keeping true to yourself.

A good read can also reveal a path for starting over.

From fictional characters dealing with real life issues to a personal memoir or a self-help guide, what you find in the pages of a book could be the motivation for a different you in the New Year.

Kaite Stover's picks:
“Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times” by Austin Kleon
“Kill Reply All: A Modern Guide to Online Etiquette from Social Media to Work to Love” by Victoria Turk
“The New Bohemians: Come Home to Good Vibes” by Justina Blakeny
“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab
“Baba Dunja’s Last Love” by Alina Bronsky
“Honeymoon With My Brother” by Franz Wisner
“The Comfort Food Diaries” by Emily Nunn

Carly McCracken's picks:
“Get a Life Chloe Brown” by Talia Hibbert
“Good Boy” by Jennifer Finney Boylan
“We Should Hang Out Sometime” by Josh Sundquist
“Brave Chef Brianna” by Sam Sykes
“Grown-Up Pose” by Sonya Lallia
“The Garden of Small Beginnings” by Abbi Waxman

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

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Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.