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NET – All About Books – 2012

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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. Since August 2015, Pat Leach has served as host, with regular appearances by guest reviewers and interviews with regional authors. New episodes 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 2012, during the Charles Stephen era. 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!

December 27, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
by William Souder [currently available through the libraries only in eBook format]

Additional Participants: Bruce Stephen


imageTitle Discussed: Dying on the Vine
by Aaron Elkins


December 20, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny

Guest Reviewer: Deb Stephen


imageTitle Discussed: The Second World War
by Anthony Beevor


December 13, 2012

Host Charles Stephen lists and briefly discusses several of his favorite books that were review in 2012 on the show.


December 6, 2012

Title Discussed: Do Not Ask What Good We Do

by Robert Draper

Additional Participants: Don Hanway


imageTitle Discussed: Global Weirdness

by Climate Central Inc. [551.6 Cli]

November 29, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensible Man

by Walter Stahr


November 15, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Jewels of Paradise

by Donna Leon


imageTitle Discussed: Fear Itself

by Andrew Rosenheim


November 8, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: A Sunless Sea

by Anne Perry


Title Discussed: The Shadow of a Great Rock

by Harold Bloom


November 1, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Sahara: A Cultural History

by Eamonn Gearon


imageTitle Discussed: Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens


October 25, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Dog Stars

by Peter Heller

Additional Participants: Don Hanway


Title Discussed: Losing It: In Which an Aging Professor Laments his Shrinking Brain

by William Ian Miller


October 18, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: XO

by Jeffery Deaver


imageTitle Discussed: Munster’s Case

by Hakan Nesser


October 11, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Canada

by Richard Ford

Additional Participants: David Williams


imageTitle Discussed: Monty and Rommel

by Peter Caddick-Adams


October 4, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign

by Stanley Weintraub


September 27, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Backstage: Stories From My Life in Public Television

by Ron Hull

Additional Participants: Interview with Ron Hull, senior advisor to NET about his new book


September 20, 2012

Title Discussed: The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

by David R. Montgomery


September 13, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: This Republic of Suffering

by Drew Gilpin Faust


Title Discussed: Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place

by Robert Root Jr.


September 6, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Mission to Paris

by Alan Furst


August 30, 2012

noimageTitle Discussed: Christianity After Religion

by Dana Butler Bass

Additional Participants: Stephen Griffith


imageTitle Discussed: Leave it to Psmith

by P.G. Wodehouse


August 23, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel


August 16, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

by Masha Gessen

Additional Participants: Jane Hood


Title Discussed: Walking Papers

poems by Thomas Lynch


August 9, 2012

Title Discussed: The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit

by Sheila Skemp


August 2, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Passage of Power

by Robert Caro

Additional Participants: David Williams [Part two of two-part discussion]

July 26, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Passage of Power

by Robert Caro

Additional Participants: David Williams [Part one of two-part discussion]

July 19, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin

Additional Participants: Don Hanway


imageTitle Discussed: Robert B. Parker’s “Lullaby”

by Ace Atkins


July 12, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Guns of August

by Barbara Tuchman


July 5, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King -The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

by Walter Borneman [940.545 Bor]

Title Discussed: Saul Bellow – Letter

by Saul Bellow


June 28, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

by Christopher Buckley


Title Discussed: Orphan Hours

poems by Stanley Plumly


June 21, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson

by Anna Sebba [Biography Windsor]

imageTitle Discussed: Beastly Things

by Donna Leon


June 14, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Smilla’s Sense of Snow

by Peter Hoeg

20th anniversary of this book’s original release!


imageTitle Discussed: Explorers of the Nile

by Tim Jeal [962 Jea]

June 7, 2012

No book reviewed today — Instead, an interview with a Nebraska author by NET staff member Jerry Johnston.


May 31, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Arab Uprising

by Marc Lynch [library has E-book only]

May 24, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: 11/22/63

by Stephen King


imageTitle Discussed: House Held Up By Trees

by Ted Kooser


May 17, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt [940.21 Gre]

May 10, 2012

Title Discussed: Much Ado About Loving

by Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly


imageTitle Discussed: Coral Glynn

by Peter Cameron


May 3, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Cat’s Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Additional Participants: Pat Leach


Title Discussed: 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

by Guy Harrison


April 26, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Dorchester Terrace

by Anne Perry


April 19, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times

by Eyal Press [279 Pre]

April 12, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Force of Nature

by C.J. Box

Additional Participants: Susan Stephen


imageTitle Discussed: Stay Close

by Harlan Coben


April 5, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga

Additional Participants: Jane Hood


imageTitle Discussed: Dublin Dead

by Gerard O’Donovan


March 29, 2012

Title Discussed: Justice and the Enemy: Nuremburg, 9/11 and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

by William Shawcross


March 22, 2012

Title Discussed: The Little Book of Languages

by David Crystal


imageTitle Discussed: Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language

by Robert McCrum


March 15, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Crimean War: A History

by Orlando Figes [947.07 Fig]

March 8, 2012

Title Discussed: A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families

by Michael Holroyd

Additional Participants: Tice Miller


imageTitle Discussed: The Night Swimmer

by Matt Bondurant


March 1, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Lives of Margaret Fuller

by John Matteson [Biography Fuller]

February 23, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

by Eliza Griswold [297.283 Gri]

Additional Participants: Stephen Griffith


February 16, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Days of the Soviet Union

by Conor O’Clery


February 9, 2012

Title Discussed: Emma Goldman: Revolution As a Way of Life

by Vivian Gornick


imageTitle Discussed: Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin

by Calvin Trillin [817 Tri]

February 2, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

by Robert Massie [Biography Catherine]

imageTitle Discussed: The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

by Alexander McCall-Smith


January 26, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Steve Jobs

by Walter Isaacson [Biography Jobs]

Additional Participants: David Williams


January 19, 2012

imageTitle Discussed: Charles Dickens: A Life

by Claire Tomalin [Biography Dickens]

January 12, 2012

Title Discussed: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

by Nicholas Wapshott

Additional Participants: Jerry Petr


Title Discussed: Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

by Ha-Joon Chang

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