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The Book Doctors

Family conflict, gay marriage and social scandals aren’t just the stuff of newspaper headlines. They also make good subjects for books.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll ask the Book Doctors, as they stop by to give us their recommendations for the best wintertime reads.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

The Commitment by Dan Savage
Dear Life by Alice Munro
How Fiction Works by James Wood

Kaite Stover:

The Books They Gave Me by Jen Adams
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Dancers Among Us by Jordan Matter
What Do You Want to Do Before You Die by The Buried Life
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Steve Paul:

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
The Book of Gin by Richard Barnett
Whirlybird Anthology of KC Writers

Grace Suh:

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price
1616: The World in Motion by Thomas Christensen
Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody
Amsterdam by Geert Mak
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the "East" by Stewart Gordon
Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire by Judith Thurman

Our Book Doctors' gift list:
What Do You Want to Do Before You Die by The Buried Life
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price
Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah and Kyle Hilton

Jeffrey Ann Goudie has been a freelance writer and book reviewer for 30 years. She has written columns for the  Topeka Metro News and Topeka Capital-Journal. 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. She is the recipient of the Public Library Association’s 2012 Allie Beth Martin Award. 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. Grace Suh is a writer and editor who specializes in features, essays and reviews, as well as ghostwritten memoirs, branding copy and promotional materials for private and corporate clients. Her writing has been published in The San Francisco Weekly, The Pitch, Kiwi, Ink Magazine, M Magazine, KC Spaces, The FlickCast and KoreAm Journal, and anthologized in numerous collections including Kansas City Noir, Echoes Upon Echoes, Imprint and Making More Waves. It has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Overbrook Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Kansas City Press Club and the Howard M. Teichman Foundation. Her clients include Moleskine, OverChicago, FusionLab, Ampersand Design Studio and Hamptons Film Festival.

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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.