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Kate Murphy Wants You To Listen Up

BY MEGAN LABRISE • January 7, 2020

Who listens to you? Kate Murphy wants to know.

Murphy, a freelance journalist who often writes for the New York Times, says we're in the midst of a worldwide listening crisis. In her fascinating new nonfiction book, You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters (Celadon Books), she examines what’s preventing us from being good listeners and whether there’s anything we can do to reverse the trend.

Kirkus calls You’re Not Listening, “A lively debut that asserts the power of closing our mouths and opening our ears” and “a valuable corrective for a talkative culture.”

She and host Megan Labrise discuss the effects of poor listening on our bodies and on society, how we can never really know another person’s mind (so frustrating), and much more.

Then, children’s editor Vicky Smith, YA editor Laura Simeon, nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau, and fiction editor Laurie Mucknick name a few of their most hotly anticipated books of 2020.

 

Vicky’s picks:

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (Random House)

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Rick Riordan Presents/Disney)

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (Little, Brown)

Laura’s picks:

Flowers in the Gutter by K.R. Gaddy (Dutton)

Banned Book Club by Hyun Sook Kim, ill. by Ryan Estrada (Iron Circus Comics)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi (Little, Brown)

Eric’s picks:

The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century by David Goldblatt (Norton)

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison by Jason Hardy (Simon & Schuster)

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit (Viking)

Laurie’s picks:

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

The Resisters by Gish Jen (Knopf)

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt)

The Cactus League by Emily Nemens (FSG)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

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