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NET – All About Books – 2017


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 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 2017. 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 20, 2017

Title Discussed: The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
by Patricia Bell-Scott

December 19, 2017

Title Discussed: Persuasion
by Jane Austen

Additional Participants: Professor Juliette Mills, Jane Austen scholar

December 12, 2017

Title Discussed: Today Will be Different
by Maria Semple

December 5, 2017

Titles Discussed: Great Books to Give as Gifts 2017
by various authors

Additional Participants: Vicki Wood, Youth Services coordinator for the Lincoln City Libraries, who talks about books that would be great to give as gifts this holiday season

November 28, 2017

Title Discussed: The Unseen World
by Liz Moore

November 14, 2017

Title Discussed: Christodora
by Tim Murphy

November 7, 2017

Title Discussed: Glory Days
by Melissa Fraterrigo

Additional Participants: Melissa Fraterrigo, author

November 1, 2017

 width=Title Discussed: Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America
by Patrick Phillips

picture of moon with bats & ravenOctober 24, 2017

No Specific Title Discussed
Pat and UNL Professor Emeritus of English Robert Stock, a devotee of gothic and horror literature, discuss how Late October is the perfect time to reach for a spooky story.

Additional Participants: Kenneth Price – UNL Professor of English [See Robert Stock’s bookist, A Reading List of Horror Novels.]

October 18, 2017

Title Discussed: Missile Paradise
by Ron Tanner

October 10, 2017

Title Discussed: University of Nebraska Lincoln
by Kay Logan-Peters

Additional Participants: UNL Professor of Libraries, Kay Logan-Peters, author

October 3, 2017

Title Discussed: Valiant Ambition
by Nathaniel Philbrick

September 27, 2017

Title Discussed: Broken Ladder
by Keith Payne [available only in downloadable eBook and audiobook formats]

Additional Participants: UNL Economics Professor Wes Peterson, guest reviewer

September 20, 2017

Title Discussed: Ill Will
by Dan Chaon [Chaon]

Additional Participants: Chris Sommerich, guest reviewer

September 13, 2017

Title Discussed: Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
by Louisa Thomas [Biography Adams]

September 5, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: Kings of Broken Things
by Theodore Wheeler

Additional Participants: Omaha author Theodore Wheeler — interview with the author

August 29, 2017

Title Discussed: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond [339.46 Des]

August 22, 2017

Title Discussed: LaRose
by Louise Erdrich [Erdrich]

Additional Participants: Shirley Sneve, guest reviewer

August 15, 2017

Title Discussed: The Nix
by Nathan Hill [Hill]

August 8, 2017

Title Discussed: The Genius of Birds
by Jennifer Ackerman [598 Ack]

Additional Participants: Suzanne Wise, guest reviewer

August 1, 2017

Title Discussed: Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue [Mbue]

July 25, 2017

Title Discussed: In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
by Andrew Blauner [Music 781.66 Blauner]

Title Discussed: Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop
by Jonathan Lethem [not owned by Lincoln City Libraries]

Additional Participants: Stephen Buhler, guest reviewer

July 18, 2017

Title Discussed: Good Friday on the Rez: A Pine Ridge Odyssey
by David Bunnell [Biography Bunnell]

Additional Participants: Shirley Sneve, guest reviewer

July 12, 2017

Title Discussed: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
by Ruth Franklin [Biography Jackson]

July 5, 2017

Title Discussed: The Sport of Kings
by C.E. Morgan [Morgan]

June 27, 2017

Title Discussed: My Favorite Thing is Monsters and other new graphic novels
by Emil Ferris [741.5 Fer]

Additional Participants: Richard Graham, UNL Assistant Professor. See Richard Graham’s A Reading List of Graphic Novels.

June 20, 2017

Title Discussed: Grief is the Thing With Feathers
by Max Porter [Porter]

June 13, 2017

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles [Towles]

Additional Participants: David Smith, Chair of the One Book – One Lincoln selection committee – interview

June 7, 2017

Additional Participants: Pat Leach was joined by writer Mary Pipher and Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen for a program remembering the long-time host of All About Books, Charles Stephen, who passed away on May 29, 2017

May 30, 2017

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: Moonglow
by Michael Chabon [Chabon]

Additional Participants: David Smith, Chair of the One Book – One Lincoln selection committee – interview

May 24, 2017

One Book - One LincolnTitle Discussed: Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi [Gyasi]

May 17, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown
by Catherine Burns [920.02 Bur]

Additional Participants: Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth – interview

May 10, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
by Dan Barry

Additional Participants: New York Times bestselling author Dan Barry — interview with the author

May 3, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

April 25, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: I Love You With All My Butt
by Marty Bruckner (currently available only as a Hoopla eBook)

Additional Participants: Omaha author and artist Marty Bruckner — interview with the author

April 18, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
by Iain Reid

April 11, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: The Next Pandemic
by Dr. Ali Khan

Additional Participants: Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center — interview with the author

April 4, 2017

Title Discussed: Nebraska Poetry
by Eowyn Ivey

Additional Participants: Daniel Simon — editor of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology

March 28, 2017

No Specific Title Discussed
Pat and UNL Professor of English Kenneth Price discuss how the University of Nebraska’s Walt Whitman archives helped in a real-life detective story- the discovery of an unknown work by Whitman.

Additional Participants: Kenneth Price – UNL Professor of English

March 21, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: To the Bright Edge of the World
by Eowyn Ivey

March 14, 2017

Title Discussed: Black Elk Speaks
by John G. Neihardt

Additional Participants: Amy Kucera – Executive Director of the John G. Neihardt Center

Nebraska 150 Books

March 7, 2017

Title Discussed: Katharina and Martin Luther
by Michelle DeRusha

Additional Participants: Michelle DeRusha – interview with the author

February 28, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: In the Darkroom
by Susan Faludi

February 21, 2017

imageNebraska 150 BooksTitle Discussed: The Middle of Everywhere: The World’s Refugees Come to Our Town
by Mary Pipher

Additional Participants: Mary Pipher – interview with the author

February 14, 2017

Title Discussed: You Will Know Mes
by Megan Abbott

Additional Participants: Cindy Lange-Kubick – guest reviewer

February 7, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
by Madeleine Thien

January 31, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Additional Participants: Scott Stansfield, Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University

January 24. 2017

imageTitle Discussed: If the Oceans Were Ink
by Carla Power

January 18, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: Under the Harrow
by Flynn Berry

January 10, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: Light of the World
by Elizabeth Alexander

January 4, 2017

imageTitle Discussed: My Name is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout


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