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The Book Doctors

Looking for something to liven up your bookshelf? Friday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors tell us about some worthwhile reads.

We’ll hear about the tale of a gifted Rwandan boy who born into a world where it’s impossible to stay apolitical.  In an environment increasingly restrictive for his people, the Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream of becoming Rwanda’s first Olympic medal contender in track.  And the story of a young Nigerian immigrant and graduate student studying psychiatry in New York City who has recently broken up with his girlfriend and spends most of his time dreamily walking around Manhattan.

We’ll also discuss the lives of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago...and, Downton Abbey fans, we have something to help hold you over: the story of a 19-year-old woman forced to leave a glamorous life in Vienna for that of maid at an English estate.

Our Book Doctors this time around: Kansas City Star books editor Steve Paul, Kansas City Library reader services manager Kaite Stover, author and critic Jeffrey Anne Goudie, and writer and blogger Grace Suh.

Our Book Doctors suggestions:

Jeffrey Ann Goudie Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (coming in June 2012) The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity (coming in June 2012) Drifting House by Krys Lee


Grace Suh A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka Stay Awake by Dan Chaon


Steve Paul Open City by Teju Cole Canada by Richard Ford (coming in May 2012) Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner


Kaite Stover The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (coming in July 2012) The Submission by Amy Waldman The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott


Callers and Steve Kraske The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson by Robert A. Caro Thomas Hart Benton: A Life by Justin Wolff Tana in Kansas City—Lily and the Major; Caroline and the Raider; Emma and the Outlaw all by Linda Lael Miller

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.