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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.

Did you know WYPR’s radio program The Weekly Reader is a book club too?!  At WYPR, we love books. That’s why we created The Weekly Reader book club in partnership with our friends at the Ivy Bookshop.

The book club will meet on the second Thursday of each month with hosts Emma Snyder and Lisa Morgan, with resident critic Marion Winik, and a handful of guest authors throughout the year!  Click here for more information, or check out the "Events and Community Calendar" tab at the top of the page.

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.

*"An American Marriage" was selected for WYPR's Holiday Reading List 2018. 

 

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.

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.

*"Educated" was selected for WYPR's Holiday Reading List 2018. 

 

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.

*"The House of Broken Angels" was selected for WYPR's Holiday Reading List 2018. 

 

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. 

"The Friend" was selected for WYPR's Holiday Reading List 2018.  

 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.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review three new books that explore the idea of immortality. Who doesn't want to live forever?

Alaska, Ho!

Feb 7, 2018

On today's episode, we review two new novels that put the "wild" in the Alaska wilderness.

With today's episode we start our second year of the Weekly Reader... which means there are now 52 shows archived on our website. Today, we add to those recommendations with a couple of fascinating new memoirs. 

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