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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 21, 2016

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Leon Bridges plays at The Depot on Thursday, May 26.

In LaRose (Harper), Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, two families and five generations float in and out of each other’s lives.  Betsy Burton says, “Knitting together ken, community, boarding schools and nursing homes, lacing humor, mythology, and love into a wondrous whole, [Erdrich] has woven another unique, dazzling masterpiece into the tapestry of her brilliantly imagined world.”

Then, Austen Diamond has a few concerts picked out at one of Salt Lake City’s premier music venues: The Depot.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird performs on Monday, May 23rd.

Leon Bridges is carrying the torch of the great soul musicians from the 50s and 60s.  He’ll play on Thursday, May 26th.

And punk-blues duo The Kills will be at The Depot on Saturday, May 28th.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

Intro: “Valley” by Coyote Oldman

1: “Capsized” by Andrew Bird

2: “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

3: “Doing it to Death” by The Kills  

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