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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 Wednesday 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 2013. 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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August 14, 2019

Title Discussed: The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner [Kushner]

Title Discussed: American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment
by Shane Bauer [Biography Flores]

August 7, 2019

Title Discussed: Waiting for Eden
by Elliot Ackerman [027.4 Orl]

July 31, 2019

Title Discussed: [no specific title reviewed]

Additional Participants: Chigozie Obioma shares how his love of reading started with his father telling him stories while he was recovering from malaria.


July 24, 2019

Title Discussed: The Library Book
by Susan Orlean [027.4 Orl]

July 17, 2019

Title Discussed: No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism From LGBT Kansas
by C.J. Janovy [306.766 Jan]

Additional Participants: Interview with the author C.J. Janovy.


July 10, 2019

Title Discussed: Don’t Skip Out on Me
by Willie Vlautin


July 3, 2019

Title Discussed: Bivouac
by Kwame Dawes [currently available from the libraries only in digital formats] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Kwame Dawes, Novelist, Poet, Playwright and Editor of Prairie Schooner. Chancellor Professor of English at UNL.


June 26, 2019

Title Discussed: The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
by David Quammen [591.3 Qua]

One Book - One LincolnJune 19, 2019

Title Discussed: There There
by Tommy Orange [Orange]

Additional Participants: guest reviewer Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Vision Maker Media.


One Book - One LincolnJune 12, 2019

Title Discussed: The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai [Makkai]

Title Discussed: The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
by Lauren Markham [Biography Flores]

Additional Participants: David Smith, chair of the One Book – One Lincoln selection committee.


June 5, 2019

Title Discussed: Reviving Ophelia: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Mary Pipher and Sara Pipher Gilliam [305.235 Pip 2019] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Mary Pipher and Sara Pipher Gilliam, authors.


May 29, 2019

Title Discussed: An Orchestra of Minorities
by Chigozie Obioma [Obioma] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Chigozie Obioma, author and UNL professor.


May 22, 2019

Title Discussed: Heavy: An American Memoir
by Kiese Laymon [Biography Laymon]

May 15, 2019

Title Discussed: Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream
by Carson Vaughn [590.73 Vau] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Carson Vaughn, author.


May 8, 2019

Title Discussed: Beneath a Ruthless Sun
by Gilbert King [364.15 Kin]

Title Discussed: An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones [Jones]

May 1, 2019

Title Discussed: Of Fathers and Fire
by Steven Wingate [Wingate] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: author Steven Wingate – interview.


April 24, 2019

Title Discussed: Warlight
by Michael Ondaatje [Ondaatje]

April 17, 2019

Title Discussed: The Spirit of Nebraska: A History of Husker Game Day Traditions: The Tunnel Walk, Mascots, Cheer and More
by Debra Kleve White [796.332 NebYw] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Debra Kleve White, author of this book.


April 10, 2019

Title Discussed: The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century
by Kirk W. Johnson [364.16 Joh]

April 3, 2019

Title Discussed: The Wizard and the Prophet
by Charles C. Mann [363.7 Man]

March 27, 2019

Title Discussed: The House of Broken Angels
by Louis Alberto Urrea [Urrea]

March 20, 2019

Title Discussed: Dear Old Nebraska U
by Kim Hachiya [378.782 Neb] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Kim Hachiya, author of this book about the University of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial.


March 13, 2019

Title Discussed: Betty Ford
by Lisa McCubbin [Biography McCubbin]

March 6, 2019

Title Discussed: Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age
by Mary Pipher [305.26 Pip] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Mary Pipher, Nebraska author.


February 27, 2019

Title Discussed: The Perfect Nanny
by Leila Slimani [Slimani]

February 20, 2019

Title Discussed: Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover [Biography Westover]

February 13, 2019

Title Discussed: This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm
by Ted Genoways [630.978 Gen] Nebraska Author


February 6, 2019

Title Discussed: Virgil Wander
by Leif Enger [Enger]

January 30, 2019

Title Discussed: The Line Between
by Tosca Lee [Lee] Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Tosca Lee, Nicole Baart and Kimberly Stuart — the “Traveling Pens”. Included a separate episode in which these writers talked about the writing process as Midwestern authors who are also mothers.


January 23, 2019

Title Discussed: French Exit: A Tragedy of Manners
by Patrick Dewitt [Dewitt]

January 16, 2019

Title Discussed: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
by Michelle McNamara [364.15 McN]

Additional Participants: Becki Roberts, long-time fan of the novel


January 9, 2019

Title Discussed: To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee [Lee]

Additional Participants: Becki Roberts, long-time fan of the novel


January 2, 2019

Title Discussed: The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn [Quinn]

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