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The Book Doctors

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.

Thursday on Up to Date Steve Kraske welcomes the Book Doctors for a review of some of their recent favorite reads.

We'll check out author Sarah Levine's attempt to redesign her life according to the core values in Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous novel - her own Treasure Island!!!, Christopher Moore's mystery/history/love story Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art and the history of trash in Edward Hume's Garbology, and many more.

Our book doctors: Kansas City Library's Kaite Stover, freelance museum educator and writer Adrianne Russell, and Kansas City Star editor and writer Steve Paul.

You'll find a full list of our Book Doctors picks and those of Steve Kraske and our listeners below:

Steve Paul

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

Home by Toni Morrison

Adrianne Russell

50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

Con Art: Why You Should Sell Your Damien Hirsts While You Can by Julian Spalding

Kaite Stover

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow and Maurice Sendak

Treasure Island!!! By Sara Levine

Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry

Steve Kraske

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell


Glenda in Overland Park—50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Allison in Prairie Village—An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Leslie in Leawood—Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

Megan in Overland Park—A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Marlene in Overland Park—Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand


Adrianne Russell has a literary addiction that causes her to read and write about many things. A graduate of the Artist, INC professional development program, she maintains the blogs Cabinet of Curiosities and The Writers Republic. She is also a freelance museum educator and unabashed art nerd. Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at The Kansas City Star since 1975, including a long stint as book review editor. Currently he's senior writer and arts/books editor, writing about culture, music, architecture, books and restaurants. He's the author (and photographer) of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment and editor of "Kansas City Noir," a collection of contemporary short fiction to be published in October 2012. A native of Boston, he's an alum of UMKC and KCUR-FM and has talked about books on KCUR talk shows for the last 16 years or more. Kaite Mediatore 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. She is the recipient of the Public Library Association’s 2012 Allie Beth Martin Award.  

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.