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Book Doctors: Summer Reads, Serious And Fun

A supernatural secret intrigues a 7-year-old, and two girls embark on an ill-fated adventure that ends mysteriously in New York City’s East River. Inside the twisted world of bullying culture, a journalist looks at the power of social media, and we re-visit one woman’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Book Doctors Kaite Stove, Mark Luce, Steve Paul and Jeffrey Ann Goudie join us to share their poolside paperbacks and a few other summer reads to pique your interest.

Our Book Doctors' lists:

Kaite Stover:

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Steve Paul:

  • The Looking Glass Brother by Peter von Ziegesar
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

Mark Luce:

  • Plays of Martin McDonagh
  • Queenpin by Meg Abbott
  • Mark Rothko: A Biography by James E. B. Breslin

Listener recommendations:

  • Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
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. Mark Luce is the chair of the English department and senior dean at The Barstow School. 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.

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.