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NET – All About Books

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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 2021. 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 NET: All About Books web site!

October 12, 2021

Title Discussed: Nebraska History Moments
by David Bristow (978.2 Bri) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: David Bristow, author of today’s book


October 5, 2021

Title Discussed: The Perfume Thief
by Timothy Schaffert (Schaffert) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: UNL English Professor Timothy Schaffert, author of today’s book


September 29, 2021

Title Discussed: The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett (Bennett)


September 23, 2021

Title Discussed: The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis
by Melissa Homestead (Biography Cather) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: Melissa Homestead, UNL Professor of English, and author of today’s book


September 16, 2021

Title Discussed: The “Friend Zone” series
by Abby Jiminez (available from the libraries only in electronic formats)

Additional Participants: Kiersten Hill, director of Nonprofit Solutions at Firespring, and contributor to BFF Bookblog


September 9, 2021

Title Discussed: Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice
by Pam Fessler (362.196 Fes)


September 2, 2021

Title Discussed: Tomatoes for Neela
by Padma Lakshmi (author) and Juana Martinez-Neal (illustrator) (not currently in the libraries’ collection)

Additional Participants: Dylan Teut, Executive Director of the Plum Creek Literacy Festival


August 26, 2021

Title Discussed: Temporary
by Hillary Leichter (Leichter)


August 19, 2021

Title Discussed: The Seed Keeper
by Diane Wilson (Wilson)

Additional Participants: Shirley Sneve, guest reviewer


August 12, 2021

Title Discussed: A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
by Brittany K. Barnett (364.177 Bar)


August 5, 2021

Topic Discussed: The Life and Works of Nebraska Author Mari Sandoz

Additional Participants: Lynn Roper from the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society


July 29, 2021

Title Discussed: Oak Flat
by Lauren Redniss (970.5 Red)


July 15 and 22, 2021

Title Discussed: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
by Anthony Bourdain, with Wesley Allsbrook and Laurie Woolever (910 Bou)


Title Discussed: Olio
by Tyehimba Jess (811 Jes)


Title Discussed: Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague
by Maggie O’Farrell (O’Farrell)


Additional Participants: Stephen Buhler, Aaron Douglas Professor and professor of English at UNL; also the dramaturg of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company

July 8, 2021

Title Discussed: Leave the World Behind
by Rumaan Alam (Alam)


June 24, 2021

Title Discussed: Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
by David Zucchino (305.8 AfrYz)


June 17, 2021

Title Discussed: Deacon King Kong
by James McBride (McBride)


June 10, 2021

Title Discussed: Breasts and Eggs
by Mieko Kawakami (Kawakami)


June 3, 2021

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi (Gyasi)

Additional Participants: David Smith, chairman of the 2021 One Book – One Lincoln selection committee


May 27, 2021

Title Discussed: Children of the Land: A Memoir
by Marcello Hernandez Castillo (Biography Castillo)


May 20, 2021

Title Discussed: Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold
by Ross Benes (978.2 Ben) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: author and Brainard, Nebraska native Ross Benes


May 13, 2021

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: Interior Chinatown
by Charles Yu (Yu)


May 6, 2021

Title Discussed: Pickard County Atlas
by Chris Harding Thornton (Thornton)


April 29, 2021

Title Discussed: Hidden Prairie
by Chris Helzer (577.44 Hel)


April 22, 2021

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
by Robert Kolker (618.898 Kol)


April 15, 2021

Title Discussed: The Least Interesting Place
by Matt Steinhausen (978.2 Ste) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: amateur photographer and self-published author Matt Steinhausen


April 8, 2021

Title Discussed: Run Me to Earth
by Paul Yoon (Yoon)


April 1, 2021

Title Discussed: More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser
edited by Marco Abel, Jessica Poli, and Timothy Schaffert (Heritage 811 Koo) Nebraska author

Additional Participants: author/editor Timothy Schaffert


March 17, 2021

Title Discussed: Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty and Achieve Peace
by Carl Safina (591.7 Saf)


March 10, 2021

Title Discussed: The Lives of Edie Pritchard
by Larry Watson (Watson)


March 3, 2021

Title Discussed: The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
by Jennifer Ackerman (598 Ack)


February 24, 2021

Title Discussed: The Leave-Takers
by Steven Wingate (Wingate)

Additional Participants: author Steven Wingate


February 17, 2021

Title Discussed: Afterlife
by Julia Alvarez (Alvarez)


February 10, 2021

Title Discussed: Redhead by the Side of the Road
by Anne Tyler (Tyler)


February 3, 2021

Title Discussed: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
by Sara Collins (Collins)


January 27, 2021

Title Discussed: Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning
by Kathy Park Hong (Biography Hong)


January 20, 2021

Title Discussed: Here We Are
by Graham Swift (Swift)


January 13, 2021

Title Discussed: Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis
by Jeffrey H. Jackson (940.534 Jac)


January 6, 2021

Title Discussed: The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets and Stolen Identity
by Axton Betz-Hamilton (364.163 Bet)


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