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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: October 8, 2016

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Mandolin Orange plays at The State Room on Wednesday, October 12.

In Nutshell (Nan A. Talese), Ian McEwan’s latest novel, a very special fetus overhears a murder plot.  Yes, it’s a story straight out of the womb.  And, as Betsy Burton says, “Who but Ian McEwan could make us believe in this preternaturally sentient, highly literate, and astutely philosophical […] baby enough to hang on his every word?”

Then, Austen Diamond’s got some folk concerts picked out this week.  The duo Mandolin Orange plays at The State Room on Wednesday, October 12.

The Devil Makes Three brings their rowdy rockabilly to The Depot on Friday, October 14.

Also at The Depot, folk veteran Ani Difranco plays on Saturday, October 15.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Wildfire” by Mandolin Orange

2: “Do Wrong Right” by The Devil Makes Three

3: “32 Flavors” by Ani Difranco   

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