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DC Authors: Mary Kay Zuravleff, Michelle Brafman and Paul Goldberg

photo credit: Zuravleff book (l); Brafman book: Prospect Park Books (c); Goldberg book: Farar, Straus and Giroux
photo credit: Zuravleff book (l); Brafman book: Prospect Park Books (c); Goldberg book: Farar, Straus and Giroux

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review three books from authors from the District of Columbia: American Ending, by Mary Kay Zuravleff, Swimming With Ghosts, by Michelle Brafman and The Dissident, by Paul Goldberg.

The Weekly Reader Book Club returns next Thursday, August 10th, at Bird in Hand with author Rebecca Makkai and her new book, “I Have Some Questions for You.” We’re very excited and hope you can join us!

All titles available at The Ivy Bookshopand other fine local retailers.

Lisa Morgan covered the local arts community as co-creator and host of WYPR’s award-winning program The Signal from 2004 to 2015. She has created and produced many programs for WYPR, including news stories, features, commentaries, and audio documentaries. She taught audio production at Goucher College and has done voice-over work for a variety of clients. The Weekly Reader is her latest project.
Longtime All Things Considered commentator (1991-2006) Marion Winik is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast. She reviews books for Newsday, People, Kirkus Review and other venues and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books. Her Bohemian Rhapsody column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com has received the "Best Column" and "Best Humorist" awards from Baltimore Magazine, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun and many other publications. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. She has appeared on Today, Politically Incorrect and Oprah. Other honors include an NEA Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction, and the yearly "Best Local Writer" Award from the Austin Chronicle from 1993 - 1997. More info at marionwinik.com.