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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: February 6, 2016

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Mandolin Orange performs at Kilby Court on Saturday, February 13.


In When Breath Becomes Air (Random House), a memoir by Paul Kalanithi, the young author—a brilliant surgeon—is diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.  Betsy Burton says the book “is a world-changing look at life and death.”

Then, Austen Diamond officiates a musical marriage between genres: mariachi and heavy metal.  The band Metalachi brings their hard rock covers to Urban Lounge on Saturday, February 13th.

Indie band Dr. Dog will be at The Depot on Thursday, February 11th.

And folk duo Mandolin Orange play at Kilby Court on Saturday, February 13th.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Crazy Train;” written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, and Bob Daisley; performed by Metalachi

2: “Shadow People” by Dr. Dog

3: “House of Stone” by Mandolin Orange  

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