Book Doctors

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As 2015 gets off to a chilly start, it's the perfect time to cozy up with some of 2014's hottest reads. Up to Date's Book Doctors share some of their favorite titles from last year. 

From Jeffrey Ann Goudie, freelance writer and book reviewer:

From their favorite recent reads to books they love on banned or challenged books lists, the Book Doctors are full of recommendations. They chatted with Steve Kraske on Friday's Up to Date. Here's a list of their picks:

Kaite Stover

A 16-year-old American bride of the Austrian emperor brings her lively passion to the oppressively formal royal court, and a true life deadly texting-while-driving story explores the influence of technology on the human mind.

Follow the adventures of a boy as he swaps toys for grown-up pursuits and childhood tales of Lenin for the American Dream. And if you like a little adventure, join a pizza hotline operator as he tries to figure out how to deal with a time traveler.

On Monday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return to share these tales and more as they tell us about the books that have been keeping them warm this winter.


With winter weather stinging the metro area, now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and read a good book.

Tuesday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors return with their picks for the best books of 2013. We dive into tales about extreme weather - and we don’t mean what is outside your house right now.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

  • Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

Kaite Stover:

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With a chill creeping into the air, it’s that time of year. You want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return to add some goosebumps to match the chill as you get ready for Halloween with their favorite mysteries and maybe a touch of horror. 

The books recommended on the show:

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A dance hall explosion in 1929: is it murder, or an accident? One woman's journey to find the answers and a family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

On Tuesday's Up To Date, Daniel Woodrell, known for his best seller, Winter's Bone, joins us to discuss his latest book, A Maid's Version

Then, Book Doctors Mark Luce, Steve Paul, and Grace Suh give us their reviews of the latest on book store shelves.

A supernatural secret intrigues a 7-year-old, and two girls embark on an ill-fated adventure that ends mysteriously in New York City’s East River. Inside the twisted world of bullying culture, a journalist looks at the power of social media, and we re-visit one woman’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Spring has sprung in Kansas City, and if you need a good book for these rainy April days, the Book Doctors have some suggestions for you.

Former book review editor for The Kansas City Star, poet, and regular "Book Doctor" on KCUR, John Mark Eberhart, died Tuesday, March 19, after a fight with cancer. He was 52.

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

The Book Doctors

Dec 11, 2012

Family conflict, gay marriage and social scandals aren’t just the stuff of newspaper headlines. They also make good subjects for books.

The Book Doctors

Oct 22, 2012

Cold weather is just around the corner (although you might not believe that today!), and you'll want a good book to keep you company as the temperature drops.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors will review some of the best reads they've seen this fall.

For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are finally returning to school this week, look no further than the Book Doctors for a few new reading recommendations.

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.

The Book Doctors

Apr 5, 2012

Looking for something to liven up your bookshelf? Friday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors tell us about some worthwhile reads.

The Book Doctors' Top Picks For 2011

Dec 14, 2011

Tablets and readers might soon supplant the printed word, but there's nothing quite like snuggling up with a great book on a cold winter day. In the interest of keeping you cooped up in just that condition, the Book Doctors share their favorite page-flippers from the past year on Wednesday's Up to Date. Whether you're looking for literature for yourself or your loved ones, our panel of readers is sure to find something that fits just right.