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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 19, 2015

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Pokey LaFarge's album "Something in the Water" was one of Austen Diamond's favorite records this year.

Home is Burning (Flatiron Books) is Dan Marshall’s memoir of coming of age in Utah in the 1980s.  In her review, Betsy Burton says the book “will resonate in ways that might make you flinch or cry but will also make you laugh,” especially if you grew up non-Mormon in Salt Lake City.

Then, Austen Diamond couldn’t fit nearly all of his favorite albums from 2015 in the time allotted.  So he narrowed it down to these three:

1: After by Lady Lamb

2: I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty

3: Something in the Water by Pokey LaFarge

Some of the other albums Austen says deserve special notice, but didn’t have time to talk about, include Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett; Utah by Jamestown Revival; Gone by Dawn by Shannon and the Clams; and Currents by Tame Impala.  

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