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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: Sept. 17, 2016

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blink-182 plays at USANA Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 22.

Mischling (Lee Boudreaux Books) by Affinity Konar is the story of twin sisters Pearl and Stasha trying to survive Auschwitz and the Nazi physician Josef Mengele.  In her review, Betsy Burton says Konar’s “narrative genius, her power to turn the unimaginable into vivid, harrowing reality, the leavening quality of her humor and compassion do more than transport us—they make us see.”

Then, temporary Books & Beats contributor Tim Slover admits an embarrassing truth: he likes blink-182.  The band helped invent the pop-punk genre—which, under no circumstances, should be confused with real punk music.  blink-182 plays at USANA Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 22nd.

Music from blink-182 heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “What’s My Age Again”

2: “The Rock Show”

3: “I Miss You”

4: “All the Small Things.”  

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