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NET – All About Books – 2014


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 2014. 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 17, 2014

splittinganorderTitle Discussed: Splitting an Order
by Ted Kooser

Additional Participants: Ted Kooser, poet

December 10, 2014

Charles Stephen looks back at 2014 and selects his favorite books in various categories like biography, fiction, history and science. A handy list for book-lovers at gift-giving season

December 3, 2014

Additional Participants: Guest reader Mary Pipher of Lincoln picks up books she last read as a teenager. Her return to a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the small town of Maycomb Alabama and an attic hiding place in Amsterdam reminded her of the power of seeing the world through young eyes

November 19, 2014

thedinnerTitle Discussed: The Dinner
by Herman Koch

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Pat Leach

November 12, 2014

Title Discussed: The Immortal Evening: a Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb
by Stanley Plumly

October 28, 2014

briefencountersTitle Discussed: Brief Encounters
by Dick Cavett

October 22, 2014

Title Discussed: South Pass: Gateway to a Continent
by Will Bagley

maisiedobbsTitle Discussed: Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Jane Hood

October 15, 2014

mystruggleTitle Discussed: My Struggle
by Karl Ove Knausegaard

Title Discussed: The Calamities of Kalamity Kate
by Leta Powell Drake

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer David Williams

October 8, 2014

Title Discussed: Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal
by Melissa Goldthwaite and Jennifer Cognard-Black


wheelingyearTitle Discussed: The Wheeling Year
by Ted Kooser

October 2, 2014

Additional Participants: Guest reader Mandy Gray shares her experience of feeling like an outsider. How reading about another person’s experiences in a foreign country can be very different from yours

September 24, 2014

Title Discussed: Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
by Thant Myint-U

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Jane Hood

September 17, 2014

michelangeloTitle Discussed: Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces
by Miles Unger

September 10, 2014

Title Discussed: The Capitalism Papers
by Jerry Mander

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Don Hanway

September 3, 2014

Additional Participants: Guest reader Sydney Kohl is a middle school student and one of the Nebraska winners in the annual “Letters About Literature” contest. She’ll share her work that made it to the national short-list of outstanding young writers

August 28, 2014

Title Discussed: The Spanish Armada
by Robert Hutchinson

August 20, 2014

butenoughaboutyouTitle Discussed: But Enough About You: Essays
by Christopher Buckley

August 13, 2014

cockroachesTitle Discussed: Cockroaches
by Jo Nesbo

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Jane Hood

July 30, 2014

Title Discussed: Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution
by Giles Milton

Title Discussed: The Director
by David Ignatius

July 23, 2014

littlegirlwhofoughtTitle Discussed: The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression
by John Kasson

Title Discussed: The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
by Michael Sims and David Rapkin

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Pat Stephen

July 17, 2014

Title Discussed: American Soul: A Cultural Narrative
by Ronald Schenk

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Don Hanway

July 10, 2014

denalishowlTitle Discussed: Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak
by Andy Hall

July 3, 2014

greatgatsbyTitle Discussed: The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Additional Participants: Sharon Bishop, who chose this title for her High School English students

June 26, 2014

Title Discussed: Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War
by Amanda Vaill

June 19, 2014

twelfthvictimTitle Discussed: The Twelfth Victim: the Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage
by Linda M. Battisti and John Stevens Berry

Additional Participants: John Stevens Berry, attorney and author

June 12, 2014

ddayTitle Discussed: D-Day: Illustrated Edition
by Stephen Ambrose [libraries own only the original 1994 edition, not this illustrated edition]

June 5, 2014

Additional Participants: Clay Naff on books changing your view of the world.

May 29, 2014

americanromanticTitle Discussed: American Romantic
by Ward Just

May 22, 2014

catastrophe1914Title Discussed: Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
by Max Hastings

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Curt Donaldson

May 15, 2014

Title Discussed: Lillian Hellman: An Imperious Life
by Dorothy Gallagher

May 8, 2014

howaboutneverTitle Discussed: How About Never? Is Never Good For You? My Life in Cartoons
by Bob Mankoff

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Jane Hood

May 1, 2014

Additional Participants: Kwakiutl Dreher on rethinking the music of your past.

April 24, 2014

shoelessjoeTitle Discussed: Shoeless Joe
by W.P. Kinsella

Additional Participants: Journalist George Ayoub of Grand Island

April 24, 2014

goldfinchTitle Discussed: The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer David Williams

April 16, 2014

Title Discussed: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
by Todd Purdom

April 9, 2014

noimageTitle Discussed: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert [576.84 Kol or YA PB (Non-Fiction) Kol]

April 3, 2014

Additional Participants: Aja Martin — Giving a book to a child is for many families an act so common most wouldn’t think twice about it. But Aja Martin explains how the gift of books to a child can in fact have a profound impact on their lives.

March 26, 2014

farawaynearbyTitle Discussed: The Faraway Nearby
by Rebecca Solnit [Biography Solnit]

Additional Participants: Pat Leach

March 20, 2014

black-eyedblondeTitle Discussed: The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
by Benjamin Black

Title Discussed: And Short the Season
by Maxine Kumin

March 13, 2014

bullypulpitTitle Discussed: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kerns Goodwin [973.911 Goo]

March 6, 2014

Title Discussed: Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001
edited by Carolyn Forche and Duncan Wu

Title Discussed: Sorry!: The English and Their Manners
by Henry Hitchings

February 26, 2014

meaningofnamesTitle Discussed: The Meaning of Names
by Karen Gettert Shoemaker

Additional Participants: Charles Stephen, Karen Gettert Shoemaker

February 20, 2014

underthewideandstarryskyTitle Discussed: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan

February 13, 2014

swangondolaTitle Discussed: The Swan Gondola
by Timothy Shaffert

Additional Participants: Charles Stephen, Timothy Shaffert

February 6, 2014

Title Discussed: Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
by Leo Damrosch

January 30, 2014

Title Discussed: Love in a Headscarf
by Shelina Jammohamed

boydetectiveTitle Discussed: The Boy Detective
by Roger Rosenblatt [Biography Rosenblatt]

Additional Participants: Stephen Griffith

January 23, 2014

americanmirrorTitle Discussed: American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
by Deborah Solomon [Biography Rockwell]

January 16, 2014

noimageTitle Discussed: The Last Days of the Rainbelt
by David Wishart [978.032 Wis]

standupguyTitle Discussed: Standup Guy
by Stuart Woods

Additional Participants: Bruce Stephenson

January 9, 2014

Title Discussed: Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade
by Rachel Cohen

January 2, 2014

badmonkeyTitle Discussed: Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen

goodlordbirdTitle Discussed: The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Additional Participants: Jane Hood



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