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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 first Tuesday 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.

Putnam

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review Kiley Reid's debut novel Such a Fun Age. The book is a clever, thoughtful examination of race and racism in America, and, it's our selection for the next meeting of The Weekly Reader Book Club.  

Little Brown (l); Farrar Strauss Giroux (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new, important memoirs that don't shy away from ugly truths: Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill and Chris Rush's The Light Years.

Viking (l); Simon and Schuster (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new memoirs about the extraordinary lives. Chanel Miller recounts the story of life after she was raped on campus at Stanford University in Know My Name, and Saeed Jones describes his life growing up black and gay in conservative Christian family in Texas in How We Fight for Our Lives.

Houghton Mifflin (l); Riverhead (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new novels that might just make you appreciate your own family relationships a little bit more: Jami Attenberg's All This Could be Yours and Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone.

Black Cat (l); Doubleday (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader our book critic Marion Winik reviews the winners of this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, Bernadine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other, and Margaret Atwood's The Testaments.

Serpent's Tail

Since news of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal broke in 2017, the phrase "Me Too" has become standard shorthand for inappropriate sexual behavior. On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review Mary Gaitskills' This Is Pleasure, a new novel with a decidedly "fresh" take on the issue.

Scribner (l); Ecco (r)

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, we preview Myla Goldberg's Feast Your Eyes, our pick for the December meeting of our Book Club, and we also review Kevin Wilson's latest novel, Nothing to See Here.

Riverhead (l); Penguin (r) / Random House

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two new collections of short stories that run the gamut from funny to sad, and everything in between. We review Etgar Keret's Fly Already and Zadie Smith's Grand Union. 

Random House

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we celebrate the return of one of literature's most memorable recent characters, Olive Kitteridge. Book critic Marion Winik reviews Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (l); Counterpoint (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new memoirs about growing up in extraordinary circumstances. Marion Winik shares her thoughts on Adrienne Brodeur's Wild Game and Anthony Siegel's Criminals.

Simon and Schuster

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review the next selection for The Weekly Reader Book Club, Susan Orlean's The Library Book. It's part investigative journalism, part memoir, and part love letter to libraries, books, and the power of the written word.

For more information about the next meeting of The Weekly Reader Book Club on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm at Bird in Hand, click here. 

Scribner

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review Stephen King's latest thriller, The Institute. Plus, our book critic Marion Winik recalls two other books by the master of the macabre, the novel 11/22/63, and the indispensable classic On Writing.

Scribner

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, it's all about True Crime! We review Rachel Monroe's Savage Appetites, a new work of narrative non-fiction about women who love true crime stories, plus, we revisit two books inspired by Charlie Manson and The Manson Family, The Girls, by Emma Cline, and Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt.

Harper(l) Algonquin(r)

Who doesn't want to live in a mansion? On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review Ann Patchett's latest novel The Dutch House, and we remember Bill Roorbach's Life Among Giants, which came out in 2012.

Simon & Schuster (l) Europa Editions (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two new novels that explore the often complicated terrain of motherhood. Our book critic Marion Winik on The Need by Helen Phillips and Strike the Heart by Amelie Nothomb.

Simon and Schuster

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a preview of our 'Weekly Reader Book Club' pick for October, Tope Folarin's A Particular Kind of Black Man. The book is a complex and nuanced story of alienation and identity in America. It's the debut novel by Folarin, a Nigerian American writer based in Washington, D.C.

Farrar Strauss Giroux (l); Penguin (r)

on this edition of The Weekly Reader, we check in with our "British Cousins." Our book critic Marion Winik reviews Craig Brown's Ninety-nine glimpses of Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, and Nick Hornby's State of the Union, a book in ten chapters about a marriage in trouble.

Liveright (l); Random House (r)

Here at The Weekly Reader, we are big fans of literature, no matter how you choose to consume it. On this edition of the show, our book critic Marion Winik previews two new novels that sound as good as they read: Nicole Dennis-Benn's Patsy, and Curtis Sutterfeld's You Think It, I'll Say It.

Knopf (l); Algonquin (r)

What happens when people suddenly disappear, without a trace? On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we look at two new books that address that question. Marion Winik reviews Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips and The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean.

Lisa Morgan

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we are excited to re-introduce you to Rebecca Makkai's beautiful book, The Great Believers. It is our pick for the next meeting of WYPR's Weekly Reader Book Club on September 12th at 7pm at Bird in Hand. We also look back at book critic Marion Winik's First Comes Love, her memoir of love and loss during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

Knopf (l); St. Martins (r)

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews Campusland, a satirical debut novel by Scott Johnston, and a new one from an old favorite, Chances Are by Richard Russo.

Penguin Random House

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review Colson Whitehead's latest novel, The Nickel Boys. Inspired by real events, the story also features "a beautiful, unforgettable young hero who walks right off the page and into your heart."

Simon and Schuster (l), Little Brown (r)

It’s fun to imagine the real lives of “coming-of-age" book authors – how much do they draw from their own experiences? Today on The Weekly Reader, book critic Marion Winik shares two new novels about family, faith, and growing up. We review Jennifer Weiner's Mrs. Everything and Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69.

Penguin Random House

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new novels about men with complicated lives. Book critic Marion Winik shares her thoughts on Taffy Brodesser-Akner's Fleishman is in Trouble and James Lasdun's The Afternoon of a Faun.

Flatiron, Macmillan (l) Celadon (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we travel to "exotic" locales, and commune with the locals, with two new novels. Marion Winik reviews Garth Ginder's Honestly, We Meant Well, and Chip Cheek's Cape May.

Grove Atlantic Press (l), BOA Editions, Ltd. (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two new books that explore the some of the hidden trauma of everyday life in the Middle East in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Marion Winik reviews Correspondents by Tim Murphy and The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye. 

Little, Brown and Company (l) and Knopf (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we kick off the summer reading season with two new, fun books: Sloane Tanen's There's A Word for That and Marcy Dermansky's Very Nice. Bring on the sun!

Macmillan Publishers

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews Angie Kim's fiction debut, Miracle Creek. The new novel is our selection for the July meeting of the Weekly Reader Book Club.

Penguin Random House

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, book critic Marion Winik reviews two novels by the young Irish novelist Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends and Normal People.

Macmillan Publishers

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews a pair of novels that explore aspects of the American past that you may have missed: Lisa Gornick's The Peacock Feast and Roxana Robinson's Dawson's Fall. 

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