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Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton, co-owner of The King's English Bookshop, and Austen Diamond, producer of 13% Salt. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during NPR's Weekend Edition.

Books & Beats: December 12, 2015

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David Wax Museum will be at The State Room on Tuesday, December 15th.

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When is a newspaper reporting the news, and when is it inventing the news?  That’s the question posed by Umberto Eco’s new thriller Numero Zero (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  In her review, Betsy Burton says, “Eco’s short but excellent book is more cautionary tale than suspense novel and satire is at its center.”

Then, Austen Diamond says the latest release from husband and wife duo David Wax Museum is the band’s most adventurous album yet.  They’ll play at The State Room on Tuesday, December 15th.

That same day—indie-disco-punk !!! (pronounced “Chck Chck Chck”) perform over at Urban Lounge.

Back at The State Room, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers plays on Saturday, December 19th

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

Intro: “Way Down in the Hole,” written by Tom Waits, performed by Steve Earle

1: “Every Time Katie” by David Wax Museum      

2: “One Girl/One Boy” by !!!

3: “Come Back Little Star” by Patterson Hood  

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