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NET – All About Books

Former Lincoln City Libraries director Pat Leach is the current host of All About Books, a weekly book-review, interview and discussion program on Nebraska Public Media Radio (91.1 FM in the Lincoln area, and on various other stations across Nebraska) to discuss contemporary and classic literature.

Although it dates back over 40 years, in a variety of formats and venues, since 1991 All About Books has run on Nebraska Public Media-Radio. For many years, Charles Stephen and Otis Young co-hosted, until Young’s passing in 2009, after which Stephen was the lone host. Stephen retired from the show in 2015, and since August 2015, Pat Leach has served as host, with regular appearances by guest reviewers and interviews with regional authors. New episodes usually air every Thursday at approximately 12:04 p.m. local time, following the NPR news.

The following is a listing of books discussed on episodes of All About Books during 2024. Episodes of All About Books are also available to be downloaded as audio Podcasts, via iTunes and various other web sources. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider suggesting it as a purchase via our Suggest-a-Title online form, or ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Click here to visit the official Nebraska Public Media: All About Books web site!

February 22, 2024

Title Discussed: Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation
by Erika Krouse (Biography Krouse)


February 15, 2024

Titles Discussed: (Why people re-read the Bible in ways similar, and yet different from other books): The Holy Bible.

Additional Participants: The Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, Senior Minister of First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln.


February 8, 2024

Title Discussed: A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold (574.08 Leo)


February 1, 2024

Title Discussed: The End of Drum Time
by Hanna Pylväinen (Pylväinen)


January 25, 2024

Title Discussed: Dinners with Ruth: a Memoir on the Power of Friendships
by Nina Totenberg (Biography Totenberg)


January 18, 2024

Title Discussed: The Mysteries
by Bill Watterson (writer) and John Kascht (illustrator) (GN Watterson)

Additional Participants: UNL Professor Richard Graham, a graphic novel expert.


January 11, 2024

Titles Discussed: (Why are certain classics of English literature read by generations of students, as identified by Stephen Buhler): The works of William Shakespeare, musings about revisiting works of literature or art after great personal self growth and the different opinions you have about things you used to love, by Rebecca Solnit, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw. This is Part Two of a Two Part episode, which began the previous week.

Additional Participants: UNL’s Aaron Douglas Professor of English Stephen Buhler, also a regular participant with the Flatwater Shakespeare Co.


January 4, 2024

Titles Discussed: (Why are certain classics of English literature read by generations of students, as identified by Stephen Buhler): Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, the Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers, Always Outnumbered Always Outgunned (or any others) by Walter Mosley. This is Part One of a Two Part episode, and will be continued next week.

Additional Participants: UNL’s Aaron Douglas Professor of English Stephen Buhler, also a regular participant with the Flatwater Shakespeare Co.


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This page last updated January 2024 sdc