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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 27, 2016

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Anderson East plays at The State Room on Monday, February 29.

In Be Frank with Me (William Morrow & Company), one boy’s honesty is shocking to the woman who’s been sent to help his mother—a famous novelist—finish her second book.  Betsy Burton says, “A great read that tells home truths about family, about love, about pluck and talent, Be Frank with Me might, in the end, have too many tidied up strands and tied up pieces, but taken together they make for a thoroughly enjoyable package, frank, funny, and fetching.”

Then, think about celebrating the Leap Year with a concert.  Ringo Deathstarr will bring their heavy fuzz guitar and pounding rhythms to Urban Lounge on Monday, February 29th.

Southern crooner Anderson East stops at The State Room on Monday, February 29th.

Eleanor Friedberger is known for being one half of the indie-rock duo The Fiery Furnaces.  You can catch her solo act at The State Room on Tuesday, March 1st.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Stare at the Sun” by Ringo Deathstarr

2: “Satisfy Me” by Anderson East.

3: “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” by Eleanor Friedberger  

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