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NET – All About Books – 2015

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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 2015. 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 18, 2015

Host Pat Leach tells how a special book, passed down several generations, comes alive each Christmas when family gather together to read to each other.


December 15, 2015

Title Discussed: Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
by Jonathan Eig


December 9, 2015

Title Discussed: Her Appearing
by Don Hanway

Additional Participants: Don Hanway


December 1, 2015

Title Discussed: “Good Books for Giving”; a selection of books for children and adults just in time for the holidays
by AUTHOR

Additional Participants: Vicki Wood, Youth Services Coordinator for Lincoln City Libraries


November 18, 2015

Title Discussed: The Turnip
by Jan Brett

Additional Participants: Dylan Teut Executive Director of the “Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival” held at Concordia University in Seward


November 11, 2015

Title Discussed: The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Additional Participants: former host Charles Stephen


November 3, 2015

Title Discussed: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan


October 27, 2015

Title Discussed: The Collectors Society
by Heather Lyons

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer, Kiersten Hill


October 22, 2015

Title Discussed: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses
by Kevin Birmingham


October 14, 2015

Title Discussed: In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains
by Jim Hewitt

Additional Participants: Jim Hewitt, lawyer, history professor and now author


October 7, 2015

Title Discussed: All My Puny Sorrows
by Miriam Toews


September 29, 2015

Title Discussed: The Fisherman
by Chigozie Obioma

Additional Participants: Chigozie Obioma, Assistant Professor of English at UN-L


September 22, 2015

Letters About Literature” is a nation-wide contest open to school-aged writers who compose a letter to any author whose work is important to them. Pat Leach welcomes Ashely Xiques, one of the 2015 Nebraska winners, who will share the winning work and her personal story behind it.


September 15, 2015

Title Discussed: Yours, Willa Cather
Documentary produced for NET — now available online

Additional Participants: Erin Willis, curator of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors


August 12, 2015

The new regular host of All About Books, Pat Leach, talks with Pete Allman, author of several books dealing with life lessons with a focus on uniting the human and spiritual natures of people.


August 5, 2015

Title Discussed: Orfeo: A Novel
by Richard Powers

Additional Participants: Guest host Pat Leach


July 28, 2015

Title Discussed: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald


July 22, 2015

Additional Participants: Guest host Pat Leach talks with Brian Ardinger, who educates and advises start-up companies in Lincoln Nebraska. They discussed two books helpful for both new entrepreneurs and experienced business owners


July 15, 2015

Title Discussed: Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
by Rick Bragg

Additional Participants: Guest host Pat Leach


June 24, 2015

Title Discussed: Target Tokyo: James Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
by James Scott


Title Discussed: Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
by Graydon Carter


June 17, 2015

Title Discussed: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer


Title Discussed: Explore the Cosmos Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson: A Space Science Journey
by Cap Saucier

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer David Williams


June 10, 2015

Title Discussed: Princes at War
by Deborah Cadbury [Libraries own only as a downloadable audiobook via our Hoopla digital service]

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Pat Stephen


June 4, 2015

Title Discussed: Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris


May 27, 2015

Title Discussed: Building Resistance to Stress and Aging: The Toughness Model
by Richard Diensbier

Additional Participants: Richard Diensbier, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Psychology Department at UNL


May 20, 2015

Title Discussed: The Good Luck of Right Now
by Matthew Quick


Titles Discussed: Some of the Pulitzer Prize winners this year.

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Don Hanway


May 11, 2015

Title Discussed: George W. Bush
by James Mann


May 6, 2015

Title Discussed: All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr


April 29, 2015

Title Discussed: This Changes Everything: Capitalism and the Climate
by Naomi Klein

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Susan Stephen


April 21, 2015

Title Discussed: The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore


April 15, 2015

Title Discussed: Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David
by Lawrence Wright


April 9, 2015

Title Discussed: Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
by Anita Anand

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Pat Stephen


April 2, 2015

Title Discussed: Paradise Lost
by John Milton

Additional Participants: Guest reader Stephen Buhler


March 26, 2015

Title Discussed: This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon”
by Nancy Plain


Title Discussed: A Fine Summer’s Day
by Charles Todd


March 18, 2015

Title Discussed: The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters


Title Discussed: The Laws of Murder
by Charles Finch

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer David Williams


March 11, 2015

A look at the “Lost Writers of the Plains” project, the website, and free iBook download.


March 5, 2015

Title Discussed: Devil in a Blue Dress
by Walter Mosley

Additional Participants: Guest reader Kwakiutl Dreher


Febraury 25, 2015

Title Discussed: Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
by Eric Foner


Title Discussed: Etta and Otto and Russell and James
by Emma Hooper


February 11, 2015

Title Discussed: Lisette’s List
by Susan Vreeland


Title Discussed: John Marshall
by Harlow Giles Unger [Libraries own only as a downloadable audiobook via our Hoopla digital service]

Additional Participants


February 4, 2015

UNL Professor of English and Editor of the Prairie Schooner, Kwame Dawes recounts how studying the works of a poet far removed from his own world, inspired him to his career and helped reconcile questions he had about art and faith.


January 28, 2015

Title Discussed: Why Homer Matters
by Adam Nicholson [Libraries own only as a downloadable audiobook via our Hoopla digital service]

January 21, 2015

Title Discussed: Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Dandicat


Title Discussed: Johnny Cash: The Life
by Robert Hilburn


January 14, 2015

Title Discussed: Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson


Title Discussed: Year Zero: A History of 1945
by Ian Buruma


January 8, 2015

Title Discussed: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
by Linda Tirado

Title Discussed: Close Call
by Stella Rimington

Additional Participants: Guest reviewer Don Hanway


January 8, 2015

Title Discussed: Lincoln’s Boys:John Hay, John Nicolay and the War for Lincoln’s Image
by Joshua Zeitz


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