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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: May 7, 2016

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Lucius will be at The Complex on Friday, May 13th.

Far & Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-five Years(Scribner), by Andrew Solomon, collects the author’s essays from countries in dramatic states of change—Afghanistan, Russia, Myanmar, and beyond.  In her review, Betsy Burton says, “As empathetic as [Solomon] is knowledgeable, his proclivity for the overview ever tempered by the personal, he gives us a startling and insightful view of change-in-the-making over the years, while ever reminding us of our common humanity.”

Then, Austen Diamond’s been listening to Lucius a lot lately.  He says, “The Brooklyin-based five-piece struck gold on a record that was spacious and had the nostalgic feeling of 60s-era Phil Spector girls groups.”  That 2013 album was Wildewoman.  Their new record is called Good Grief.  Lucius is playing at The Complex on Friday, May 13th.

Music from Lucius heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Wildewoman”

2: “Madness”

3: “Something About You”

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