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NET – All About Books – 2018


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 2018. 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 19, 2018

Title Discussed: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Carolyn Fraser [Biography Wilder]

December 19, 2018

Title Discussed: Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan [Egan]

December 12, 2018

Title Discussed: [various]

Additional Participant: Vicki Wood, Youth Services coordinator for the Lincoln City Libraries, with a list of books for gift-giving recommendations.

December 5, 2018

Title Discussed: The Terrorist Factory: ISIS, the Yazidi Genocide and Exporting Terror
by Patrick Desbois [currently available from the libraries only as an E-book via the Hoopla digital service]

Additional Participant: Father Patrick Desbois, author

November 28, 2018

Title Discussed: Louisiana’s Way Home
by Kate DiCamillo [j DiCamillo]

Additional Participant: Kate DiCamillo, author

November 14, 2018

Title Discussed: Lilliam Boxfish Takes a Walk
by Kathleen Rooney [Rooney]

November 7, 2018

Title Discussed: Sea of Grass
by Walter Echo Hawk

October 31, 2018

Title Discussed: The Blood of Emmett Till
by Timothy B. Tyson [364.134 Tys]

October 24, 2018

Title Discussed: Dreamers
by Yuyi Morales [available through the library only in downloadable audio format via Hoopla]

Additional Participant: Dylan Teut (director of the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival)

October 17, 2018

Title Discussed: Fifty Shades of Grey

Of the 100 books chosen for the PBS series “The Great American Read”, everyone is surprised to see some of the included titles. This week’s “All About Books” looks at one such book: Fifty Shades of Grey — why it became a huge hit and how it changed the publishing industry

October 10, 2018

Title Discussed: Dune
by Frank Herbert [Herbert]

Additional Participant: Mike Page (UNL lecturer)

Title Discussed: The Foundation Trilogy
by Isaac Asimov [Asimov]

Additional Participant: Mike Page (UNL lecturer)

October 3, 2018

Title Discussed: The Simple Wild
by K.A. Tucker [Tucker]

Additional Participants: Kiersten Hill

September 26, 2018

Title Discussed: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
by John Meacham [non-fiction — 973 Mea]

September 19, 2018

Title Discussed: Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison [fiction — Ellison]

Additional Participants: Scott Stanfield, NWU Professor of English — discusses heroes in novels, including Ellison’s Invisible Man

September 12, 2018

Title Discussed: Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack [fiction — McCormack]

September 5, 2018

Title Discussed: Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital
by David Oshinsky [non-fiction — 362.11 Osh]

August 29, 2018

Title Discussed: Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders [fiction — Saunders]

August 22, 2018

Title Discussed: A Gathering of Secrets
by Linda Castillo [fiction — Castillo]

August 15, 2018

Title Discussed: Here in Berlin
by Cristina Garcia [fiction — Garcia]

August 9, 2018

Title Discussed: Sabrina
by Nick Dmaso [fiction — El Akkad]

Title Discussed: Rosalie Lightning
by Tom Hart [fiction — El Akkad]

Additional Participants: Richard Graham, UNL

August 1, 2018

Title Discussed: American War
by Omar El Akkad [fiction — El Akkad]

July 25, 2018

Title Discussed: Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid [fiction – Hamid]

July 18, 2018

Title Discussed: The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
by Lindsey Fitzharris [non-fiction — Biography Lister]

July 11, 2018

Title Discussed: Stay With Me
by Ayobami Adebayo [fiction — Adebayo]

July 3, 2018

Title Discussed: Hunger
by Roxane Gay [non-fiction — available only in electronic formats at this time]

June 27, 2018

Title Discussed: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies
by Jason Fagone [Biography Friedman]

June 20, 2018

Title Discussed: Beartown
by Fredrik Backman [Backman]

June 13, 2018

Title Discussed: Less
by Andrew Sean Greer [Greer]

June 6, 2018

Title Discussed: The Last Ballad
by Wiley Cash [Cash]

May 30, 2018

Title Discussed: Short Hair Detention
by Channy Laux [Biography Laux]

Additional Participants: Channy Laux, author

May 23, 2018

Title Discussed: The Great American Read

Additional Participants: Bill Gardner, PBS Vice President of Programming

May 16, 2018

Title Discussed: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
by Lynne Murphy
[currently available via the libraries only as an audiobook through Hoopla]

Additional Participants: Lynne Murphy, author

May 10, 2018

Title Discussed: The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
by Thi Bui [Biography Bui]

May 2, 2018

Title Discussed: A is for Astronaut
by Clayton Anderson (writer) and Scott Brundage (artist)
[currently available via the libraries only as an eBook through Hoopla]

Additional Participants: Clayton Anderson, Nebraska’s astronaut (and author!)

April 25, 2018

Title Discussed: Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
by Mark Bowden [959.704 Bow]

April 18, 2018

Title Discussed: Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry [2018 One Book One Nebraska selection!] edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell [811.08 Kos]

Additional Participants: Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell

April 11, 2018

Title Discussed: Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry [Barry]

April 4, 2018

Title Discussed: American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760-1780
by International Quilt Study Center & Museum [746.46 Int]

Additional Participants: UNL Professor Patricia Crews

March 28, 2018

Title Discussed: Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee [Lee]

March 21, 2018

Title Discussed: Six Four
by Hideo Yokoyama [Yokoyama]

March 15, 2018

Title Discussed: In the Valley of the Sun
by Andy Davidson [Hoopla eBooks]

Additional Participants: Becky Spratford, readers advisory expert, speaking on how she trains librarians to be able to recommend books

March 8, 2018

Title Discussed: The Ninth Hour
by Alice McDermott [McDermott]

February 27, 2018

The Color Purple: The Musical, April 11-15 / Savor the Color of Life / City of Lincoln, Nebraska - Libraries / Lied Center for the Performing Arts: 2017-2018 SeasonTitle Discussed: The Color Purple
by Alice Walker [Walker]

Additional Participants: Marla Styles, avid reader

Ties in to the libraries’ current reading promotion: Savor the Color of Life

February 19, 2018

Title Discussed: Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward [Ward]

February 13, 2018

Title Discussed: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
by Michael Lewis [612.823 Lew]

February 6, 2018

Title Discussed: Robicheaux: A Novel
by James Lee Burke [Burke]

January 30, 2018

Title Discussed: The Carnival of Contagion
by Bob Hall [not in library collection]

Additional Participants: Bob Hall, local cartoonist, writer, editor and director

January 23, 2018

Title Discussed: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
by Sherman Alexie [Biography Alexie]

January 17, 2018

Title Discussed: Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps
by Ted Kooser [917.823 Koo]

Additional Participants: Ted Kooser, Nebraska poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States

January 9, 2018

Title Discussed: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann [976.6 Gra]

January 2, 2018

Topic Discussed: How to Start a Book Club

Additional Participants: Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission


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