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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: November 19, 2016

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Gogol Bordello performs at In the Venue on Tuesday, November 22.

Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image (University of Chicago Press) by Mary Campbell chronicles the Mormon Church’s turn-of-the-century efforts to enter the American religious mainstream.  Johnson photographed famous Mormon leaders, and he also sold mail-order erotica.  In her review, Betsy Burton says “Campbell takes us on an unforgettable journey through a faith and social history we thought we understood in a witty, visually intriguing analysis of the transformative power of image.

Then, Austen Diamond’s concert picks this week include Gogol Bordello.  They’ll bring their Eastern-European, punky sound to In the Venue on Tuesday, November 22nd.

The Marcus King Band plays soulful rock music.  They’ll be at The State Room on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Music heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “John the Conqueror (Truth is Always the Same)” by Gogol Bordello

2: “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” by The Marcus King Band

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