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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: September 10, 2016

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Jason Isbell plays at Red Butte Garden on Thursday, September 15.

Where Rivers Change Direction (Riverhead) chronicles author Mark Spragg’s experiences growing up on a dude ranch.  In her review, Betsy Burton says it’s “a clear-eyed look at what’s wild and what’s nurturing—in nature, in animals, and in humanity.”

Then, Jason Isbell’s produced a few solo records now.  He used to be in the band Drive-By Truckers.  His lyrics are potent and thoughtful.  Isbell plays at Red Butte Garden on Thursday, September 15th.

Music from Jason Isbell heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Cover Me Up”

2: “Elephant”

3: “If it Takes a Lifetime”

4: “Something More than Free”  

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