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Book Doctors: Summer Reading

A 16-year-old American bride of the Austrian emperor brings her lively passion to the oppressively formal royal court, and a true life deadly texting-while-driving story explores the influence of technology on the human mind.

On Monday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return with these stories and others on their lists of recent favorites. In the wake of commencement addresses that have gone viral, we look at a collection of these inspiring messages. In a nod to the classics, we revisit an illustrated version of a literary style guide. 

Here are our Book Doctors' picks:

Kaite Stover:

  • A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel
  • The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Of All the Gin Joints by Mark Bailey

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

  • Book of Hours by Kevin Young
  • Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders
  • The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk, Jr., illustrated by Maira Kalman, with an introduction by Roger Angell
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Grace Suh:

  • We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Mark Luce:

  • The Society of the Crossed Keys by Stefan Zweig
  • The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
  • Hip-Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Listener suggestions:

  • All the Names by Dinwa Mengesty
  • The Heir Apparent by Jane Ridley
  • Maya Angelou by Gage Speer
  • On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery by Sue Hallgarth
  • The Cypress House by Michael Koryta
  • So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

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