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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: January 2, 2016

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BoomBox plays at The State Room on Wednesday, January 6th.


With a wink to one of the late rapper Biggie Smalls’s several monikers, The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Dey Street Books), a biography co-written by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, chronicles the life of the second woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court from her childhood to the present.  In her review, Betsy Burton says, “The notorious and determined RBG has become my version of a superhero, saving the fate of man—and woman—kind.

The State Room has been voted Utah’s best concert venue by readers of different local magazines more than once.  Austen’s got two State Room shows on his list this week.

Psychedelic rockers BoomBox play on Wednesday, January 6th.

Then, local five-piece Badfeather brings their straight-up brand of rock and soul to The State Room stage on Saturday, January 9th

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

Intro: “Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy)” by The Notorious B.I.G.

1: “Dream” by BoomBox

2: “Mouthful” by Badfeather

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