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The Book Doctors: Best Reads Of 2013

Dec 10, 2013

A second story plays out in the margins of film and TV writer J.J. Abrams' new book, "S."

With winter weather stinging the metro area, now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and read a good book.

Tuesday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors return with their picks for the best books of 2013. We dive into tales about extreme weather - and we don’t mean what is outside your house right now.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

  • Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

Kaite Stover:

  • S. by J.J. Abrams
  • Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink 

Steve Paul:

  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
  • The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
  • Tenth of December by George Sanders
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Richard Diebenkorn: Abstractions on Paper, edited by Bart Schneider
  • Lullaby (with Exit Sign) by Hadara Bar-Nadav


  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan 
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin 
  • The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond 
  • Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials by James J. Heiman
  • Vicious by V. E. Schwab 
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman 
  • Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II by Wil S. Hylton
  • The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom
  • Son by Lois Lowry
  • The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" by Alan Light 
  • Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
  • Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower


  • Jeffrey Ann Goudie is a freelance writer and book reviewer whose reviews have appeared in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times Book Review and the Women’s Review of Books. A former newspaper columnist, she also publishes commentary in the Huffington Post and writes profiles for Topeka Magazine.
  • Kaite Stover is the Director of Reader Services for Kansas City Public Library. She is the co-editor of The Readers Advisors' Handbook and leads the KCPL/Kansas City Star FYI Book Club.
  • Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at The Kansas City Star since 1975, including a long stint as book review editor. Currently serves on the Star's editorial board.