Book Doctors: Writers and Writing

We take a look at books about writing, the lives of writers, the writing craft, literary biographies and even books featuring great writer characters -- from Jo in Little Women to the character of Joe Gould in Joe Gould's Secret.

Kansas City , Mo. –


-Jeffrey Ann Goudie, a freelance writer and book reviewer based in Topeka
-Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library
-Mark Luce, Barstow School

Books Discussed on this Program

Steve Paul:
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors by Hal Niedzviecki.

Mark Luce:
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Jasper's Kitchen Cookbook: Italian Recipes and Memories from Kansas City's Legendary Restaurant by Jasper Mirabile

Kaite Stover:
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Books about Writing, Writers, and the Writer's Life

Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mysteries
Mao II by Don Dellilo
A Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
City of Glass by Paul Auster
How Fiction Works by James Wood
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster

Caller's Book Suggestions

The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
The Novel by James Michener
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Drood by Dan Simmons
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Book Doctor by Esther Cohen
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith