Former Lincoln City Libraries director Pat Leach is the current host of All About Books, a weekly book-review and discussion program on NET 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 NET-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 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 2023. 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.
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Title Discussed: A Lost Lady
by Willa Cather (Cather)
Additional Participants: Rachel Olsen, Director of Education and Outreach at the Willa Cather Center. She’ll talk about their upcoming 68th Annual Spring Conference which will spotlight the 150th Anniversary of Nebraska writer Willa Cather’s birth.
Title Discussed: The Maid
by Nita Prose (Prose)
Title Discussed: The Blue Window
by Suzanne Berne (Berne)
Title Discussed: Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and On the Health of Our Nation
by Linda Villarosa (362.1 Vil)
Title Discussed: Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine
by Jim Downs (Hoopla Audio only)
Additional Participants: History professor Jim Downs, author of today’s book.
Title Discussed: The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World
by Jonathan Freeland (Biography Vrba)
Title Discussed: The Furrows: An Elegy
by Namwali Serpell (Serpell)
Title Discussed: The Swimmers
by Julie Otsuka (Otsuka)
Title Discussed: Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My father, and Me
by Ada Calhoun (Biography Calhoun)
Title Discussed: My Nebraska: Rich Memories of Growing Up in Rural Nebraska Decades Ago
by Bob Wirz (not currently in the libraries’ collection)
Additional Participants: Bob Wirz, author of today’s book.
Title Discussed: Pickard County Atlas
by Chris Harding Thornton (Thornton)
Title Discussed: The Memory of Souls
by Cliff Taylor (Biography Taylor)
Additional Participants: Cliff Taylor, author of today’s book.
Titles Discussed: Two graphic novels — Ducks: 2 Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (741.5 Bea), and Acting Class by Nick Drnaso (741.5 Drn).
Additional Participants: Traci Glass, Assistant Director of the Lincoln City Libraries.
Title Discussed: Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir
by Margo Jefferson (Biography Jefferson)
Title Discussed: Private Way
by Ladette Randolph (Randolph)
Additional Participants: Ladette Randolph, author of today’s book.
Title Discussed: Demon Copperhead
by Barbara Kingsolver (Kingsolver)
Title Discussed: Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design
by Benjamin Vogt (712 Vog)
Additional Participants: Benjamin Vogt, a master gardener and author of today’s book.
Title Discussed: Sea of Tranquility
by Emily St. John Mandel (Mandel)
Title Discussed: Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape
by Dana Fritz (not currently in the libraries’ collection)
Additional Participants: UNL Professor of photography Dana Fritz, author of today’s book.
Titles Discussed: The Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris by George W. Norris; The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in the Nation Came to Be by Michael Lux; Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold by Ross Benes; What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank; and The Death of the Senate: My Front Row Seat to the Demise of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body by Ben Nelson.
Additional Participants: Don Macke, co-founder of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, joins host Pat Leach to suggest titles that offer a sociopolitical description of our state.
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