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Journalist and book reviewer Suzanne Tobias reviews the latest book and such for KMUW on air and right here. Discover new reviews on alternate Mondays.

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Journalist and book reviewer Suzanne Tobias reviews the latest book and such for KMUW on air and right here. Discover new reviews on alternate Mondays.

    Jenny Offill's 'Weather' Offers Comic Twist To Modern Cli-fi

    Jenny Offill's 'Weather' Offers Comic Twist To Modern Cli-fi

    Lizzie the librarian has a long list of worries -- her drug addict brother; cranky professors lining up at the help desk; her bum knee; the end of the world. She is the narrator behind Jenny Offill’s newest novel, “Weather,” a slender but powerful book that reads like a collection of random thoughts but so accurately reflects the fragmented, Twitter-inspired mindset of our modern times.

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    Book Review: Comedian Jenny Slate's 'Little Weirds' Offers Random Thoughts And Mental Meanderings

    Book Review: Comedian Jenny Slate's 'Little Weirds' Offers Random Thoughts And Mental Meanderings

    I should begin by saying, I’m a sucker for weird. Weird food. Weird art. Weird newspaper stories about 37-pound cats that people line up to adopt from the local Humane Society. So when I heard about “Little Weirds,” a book by actress and comedian Jenny Slate, I thought, “Wait a second . . . ‘Weird’ as a noun? I’m here for it.”

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    Book Review: 'Heart Of Junk' Is A Quirky Treat Wichita Readers Will Treasure

    Book Review: 'Heart Of Junk' Is A Quirky Treat Wichita Readers Will Treasure

    “Heart of Junk,” a new novel by Luke Geddes, opens with uptight Margaret watching two vendors unpack their wares at the Heart of America Antique Mall – a large but struggling operation in Wichita, Kansas.

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    Book Review: 'To Night Owl From Dogfish' Is A Fresh And Funny Tween Novel That Adults Will Love

    Book Review: 'To Night Owl From Dogfish' Is A Fresh And Funny Tween Novel That Adults Will Love

    Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your reading life is to revisit the kinds of books that made you fall in love with reading in the first place – the early chapter books or middle-grade novels that illustrate the power of great storytelling. That’s the reason I picked up “To Night Owl From Dogfish,” a collaboration by authors Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolizter that had me feeling like a tween again.

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    Book Review: Kevin Wilson's 'Nothing to See Here' Is Ablaze With Humor And Heart

    Book Review: Kevin Wilson's 'Nothing to See Here' Is Ablaze With Humor And Heart

    If you’re a parent, you know the feeling: You’re with your child in a grocery store, or restaurant, or theater, or airplane, and they pitch a fit so sudden and volcanic, you worry they might spontaneously combust, right there on the spot. You imagine them aflame, fueled only by rage, destroying everything in their path – the epic meltdown.

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    Book Review: 'In The Dream House' Uses Shards Of Prose To Recount A Toxic Relationship

    Book Review: 'In The Dream House' Uses Shards Of Prose To Recount A Toxic Relationship

    An epigraph at the start of Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir quotes author Zora Neale Hurston: “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

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