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Book Doctors: Banned Books


From their favorite recent reads to books they love on banned or challenged books lists, the Book Doctors are full of recommendations. They chatted with Steve Kraske on Friday's Up to Date. Here's a list of their picks:

Kaite Stover

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden** 
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide by Ntozake Shange**
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle**

Steve Paul

  • The Good Spy by Kai Bird
  • 13 Days in September by Lawrence Wright
  • Colorless Tsukuru Takami and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck**
  • Smoke and Guns by Kirsten Baldock**

Jeffrey Ann Goudie

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Thrown by Kerry Howley
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell**
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger**

Mark Luce

  • Gilgamesh, translated by Stephen Mitchell
  • Contract with God by Will Eisner
  • The Postman by Antonio Skarmeta
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak**
  • Chocolate War by Robert Cormier**
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey**

Note: Books with ** have been on challenged or banned book lists.


When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.