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What should I read next?The Weekly Reader answers this question by featuring the crème de la crème of recent releases in four action-packed, opinionated, book-loving minutes. It's like having a new best friend with very good taste to guide you in your literary adventures.

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The World of Work: "Help Wanted" by Adelle Waldman and "Burn Book: A Tech Love Story" by K...

On this edition of The Weekly Reader we review two new books that take us behind the scenes of two very different and oddly intriguing work environments: Help Wanted, by Adelle Waldman, and Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, by Kara Swisher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The World of Work: "Help Wanted" by Adelle Waldman and "Burn Book: A Tech Love Story" by K...

Funny Women: "Worry" by Alexandra Tanner and "Sylvia's Second Act" by Hillary Yablon

There are many good reasons to read a book: to study history, learn a new skill, practice our empathy, have a good cry, or, perhaps, a good laugh. On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new books about funny women doing some pretty crazy things: Worry, by Alexandra Tanner, and Sylvia's Second Act, by Hillary Yablon. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Funny Women: "Worry" by Alexandra Tanner and "Sylvia's Second Act" by Hillary Yablon

Black American Fiction: "James" by Percival Everett and "Neighbors and Other Stories" by D...

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review a novel and a collection of short fiction from two important black American writers finally getting their due: James, by Percival Everett, and Neighbors and Other Stories, by Diane Oliver. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Black American Fiction: "James" by Percival Everett and "Neighbors and Other Stories" by D...

On Immigration: "The Prince of Los Cocuyos" by Richard Blanco, "Everyone Who Is Gone Is He...

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik recommends three books that just might help you make some sense of the crisis at our southern border and the increase in global migration: The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco, , Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here, by Jonathan Blitzer and A Map of Future Ruins, by Lauren Markham. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

On Immigration: "The Prince of Los Cocuyos" by Richard Blanco, "Everyone Who Is Gone Is He...

Fabulous Fables: "The Bullet Swallower" by Elizabeth Gonzalez James and "The Fox Wife" by ...

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new fabulous books that blend folklore and family history into tantalizing tales: The Bullet Swallower, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James and The Fox Wife, by Yangsee Choo. All titles available at your favorite local bookstore and online at bookshop.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Fabulous Fables: "The Bullet Swallower" by Elizabeth Gonzalez James and "The Fox Wife" by ...

Mental Illness: "The Best Minds" by Jonathan Rosen and :"While You Were Out" by Meg Kissinger

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new memoirs about mental illness that are even more moving when you listen to them as audio books: "While You Were Out" by Meg Kissinger, and "The Best Minds" by Jonathan Rosen. All titles available at your favorite local bookstore and online at bookshop.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mental Illness: "The Best Minds" by Jonathan Rosen and :"While You Were Out" by Meg Kissinger

The Art World: "Get the Picture" by Bianca Bosker and "The Art Thief" by Michael Finkel

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new books about the people and forces that determine the ups and downs international art market: Get the Picture, by Bianca Bosker, and The Art Thief, by Michael Finkel. All titles available at your favorite local bookstore or online at bookshop.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Art World: "Get the Picture" by Bianca Bosker and "The Art Thief" by Michael Finkel

People With Causes: "Martyr" by Kaveh Akbar and "Birnam Wood" by Eleanor Catton

What motivates someone to get involved in a movement or devote themselves to a cause? On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels about art, activism, and the paths that sometimes lead to radicalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

People With Causes: "Martyr" by Kaveh Akbar and "Birnam Wood" by Eleanor Catton

My Moody Valentine: Roxana Robinson's "Leaving" and Emily Austin's "Interesting Facts About Space"

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two new novels about the game of love and some of its greatest joys, surprises, and challenges: "Leaving" by Roxana Robinson and "Interesting Facts About Space" by Emily Austin. All titles available at your favorite local bookstore or online at bookshop.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

My Moody Valentine: Roxana Robinson's "Leaving" and Emily Austin's "Interesting Facts About Space"

Life During COVID: "Joan is Okay" by Weike Wang, and "Fourteen Days" edited by Margaret At...

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review tow new books, one novel, and a collection of stories, about life during Covid 19: Joan is Okay, by Weike Wang, and Fourteen Days, edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Life During COVID: "Joan is Okay" by Weike Wang, and "Fourteen Days" edited by Margaret At...