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The Weekly Reader

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"What should I read next?"

The Weekly Reader answers this question by featuring the crème de la crème of recent releases in four action-packed, opinionated, book-loving minutes. It’s like having a new best friend with very good taste to guide you in your literary adventures. 

The Weekly Reader theme song is produced by Vince Winik. 

Must Reads

Sep 19, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new "must read" novels with Baltimore accents.

Looking for a good book for a long flight? On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new, short books that we're calling "Airplane books." They pack a punch...and you can pack them easily in your carry-on bag!

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, book critic Marion Winik highlights three new memoirs from Claire Tomalin, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, and Clementine Wamariya.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a new collection of essays from public radio fan favorite David Sedaris, plus a funny new novel about life in London during the blitz from AJ Pearce.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we preview "The Secrets Between Us," Thrity Umrigar's highly anticipated sequel to her best-seller "The Space Between Us."

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new memoirs - one by the late Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and the other a debut by Glynnis MacNicol.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new novels from British rock critic Caitlin Moran.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, Marion Winik has two new titles to recommend for your next book club selections.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, we preview three Young Adult titles that are fun for slightly older fans as well as the teenagers in your house.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two new novels by first-time writers that explore the intricacies of relationships within Muslims families in the modern world.

Trouble Ahead

Jul 11, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two books about scary nightmares that may or may not be in our future. Dystopia, ho!

Asia Food

Jul 4, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two new novels that both have a distinctly Asian flavor.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we bring you two additions to our growing list of summer reading recommendations.

New Memoirs

Jun 12, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, Marion Winik shares two new memoirs about women leading unconventional lives and relishing the things that make them different.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a look back at some of Roth's best work, plus a great biography about him and a book inspired by his novel, The Ghost Writer.

The Aftermath

May 30, 2018

Today on The Weekly Reader we review two books that tackle a difficult subject - the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury - in very different ways. 

Summer is right around the corner, and on this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik shares a pair of books that are not only great reads, but summer itself plays a starring role in both stories.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two books that feature characters that break the mold of the typical leading lady, reminding us that interesting people come in a variety of styles.

On this edition of the Weekly Reader, book critic and long-time Texas cheerleader Marion Winik reviews a new book that captures the mystery and majesty of the Lone Star state.   

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a pair of books that look at the ways in which money, or a lack thereof, changes our lives and relationships in a wide variety of ways. 


On this episode of The Weekly Reader, two novels with fresh takes on classic tales.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, two new coming of age stories that also happen to be great reads.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, we review a pair of new novels that redefine the concept of a "quiet" retirement.

If the word “essay” doesn’t trigger panic attacks and terrible memories of high school or college exams, have we got a pair of books for you! On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature new work from Tim Kreider and Carina Chocano.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two books that take us behind the scenes at a pair of workplaces that might make you want to keep your day job.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two very different novels that start the same way: with a funeral.

Bad Mommies

Mar 15, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels about women who seem to lack the maternal instinct.

Today, our book critic Marion Winik shares two poetry collections that she says everyone needs to have around the house for moments that call for the perfect poem.

What makes a great dog book? Marion Winik shares a trio of classic dog tales and a new one to add to the canine canon. 

 Anyone who lists Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and Jimi Hendrix as their major influences is alright in my book. Today on The Weekly Reader, we talk about the late, great Denis Johnson.

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