11:37 am
Thu March 19, 2009

The Book Doctors: City Lights

The Book Doctors meet with us to share their reading lists and to give literary news. During the second half of the show, we talk about books that feature "the city" - as a setting, character or important symbol in literature.

Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors are:

Mark Luce, The Barstow School

Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Kansas City Public Library

Steve Paul, Kansas City Star


Recommendations from Kaite Mediatore Stover

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Recommendations from Mark Luce

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Ask the Dust by John Fante

Hollywood by Nathaniel West

Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis

In a Lovely Place by Dorothy Sayers

Recommendations from Steve Paul (by email)

The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster

Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell

Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, Evan Connell

Such Sweet Thunder, Vincent O. Carter


Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; The Trial by Franz Kafka

New York:

New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Rage in Harlem & Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes

Underworld Cosmopolis & Great Jones Street by Dan Delillo

Motherless Brooklyn & Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay Mclnerney

Kansas City:

Huntsman & King of Kings Country by Whitney Terrell


Native Son by Richard Wright; Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Caller Recommendations

Because I Was Flesh The Autobiography of Edward Dahlberg

The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem

A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley

Black Betty by Walter Mosley

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

The Washington Story: A Novel in Five Spheres by Adam Langer

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow

Time and Again by Jack Finney

From Time to Time by Jack Finney

Blue Monday by Harper Barnes

Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin.

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Lou Jane Temple's mystery series