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NET – All About Books – 2020

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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. 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 usually 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 2020. 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 30, 2020

Title Discussed: The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich [Erdrich]

December 16, 2020

Title Discussed: Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Natasha Trethewey [Biography Trethewey]

Additional Participants: Hope Wabuke, UNL Assistant Professor of English


December 9, 2020

The annual “Gift Guide for Readers.” Great suggestions in many categories like: biographies, nature, fiction, Nebraska authors, even cookbooks


December 2, 2020

Additional Participant: Vicki Wood, Youth Services coordinator for the Lincoln City Libraries, with a list of books for gift-giving recommendations for young readers. [ See Vicki’s complete list for 2020. ]

November 18, 2020

Title Discussed: The King of Confidence
by Miles Harvey [364.163 Har]

November 11, 2020

Title Discussed: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
by C.A. Fletcher [Fletcher]

Title Discussed: The Swallows
by Lisa Lutz [Lutz]

Two of this year’s winners of The Alex Award.


November 4, 2020

Title Discussed: Inge’s War
by Svenja O’Donnell [Biography Irmen]

October 28, 2020

Title Discussed: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
by Derf Beckderf [YA 741.5 Der]

October 21, 2020

Title Discussed: The Salt Path
by Raynor Winn [Biography Winn]

October 14, 2020

Title Discussed: Undefeated
by Kwame Alexander [jP Alexander]

Title Discussed: The New Kid
by Jerry Craft [jPB (Series) Kraft]

Additional Participants: Vicki Wood, Youth Services Librarian — discusses the Caldecott and Newbery Winners for the latest year.


October 7 2020

Title Discussed: All Because You Matter
by Tami Charles [jP Charles]

September 30, 2020

Title Discussed: Elderhood
by Louise Aronson [362.6 Aro]

September 23, 2020

Title Discussed: Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster
by Adam Higginbotham [363.179 Hig]

September 16, 2020

Title Discussed: Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli [Luiselli]

September 9, 2020

Title Discussed: Sabrina and Corina: Stories
by Kali Fajardo-Anstine [Fajardo-Anstine]

September 2, 2020

Title Discussed: Stranger Diaries
by Elly Griffiths [Griffiths]

August 26, 2020

Title Discussed: Everything Inside
by Edwidge Danticat [Danticat]

August 19, 2020

Titles Discussed: Travel Literature, including Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck, Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon, No Hurry to Get Home by Emily Hahn, The Art of Travel by Alain DeBotton, The Best American Travel Writing annual series (2002 to present), Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers edited by Jane Robinson (not in libraries), Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Wild by Cheryl Straye.
by various

Additional Participants: Becki Roberts, avid reader and non-profit fundraiser


August 12, 2020

Title Discussed: Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin [973.09 Goo]

Additional Participants: Chris Sommerich, Executive Director of Humanities Nebraska


August 5, 2020

Title Discussed: The Yellow House
by Sarah Broom [Biography Broom]

July 29, 2020

Title Discussed: The Topeka School
by Ben Lerner [Lerner]

July 22, 2020

Title Discussed: The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
by Brenda Wineapple [Choi]

July 15, 2020

Title Discussed: Trust Exercise
by Susan Choi [Choi]

July 8, 2020

Title Discussed: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong [Vuong]

July 1, 2020

Title Discussed: Thick: And Other Essays
by Tressie McMillan Cottom [Biography Cottom]

June 24, 2020

Title Discussed: Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead [Whitehead]

June 17, 2020

More book suggestions for pandemic home reading, including The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings by James Baldwin, Wrecked by Joe Ide, and Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Additional Participants: Stephen Buhler, UNL’s Aaron Douglass Professor of English

[Note: See the Pandemics & Plagues in Fiction, Non-Fiction and DVDs booklist here on BookGuide as well!]

June 10, 2020

Titles Discussed: The three finalists for One Book – One Lincoln in 2020: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by Mark Carryrou, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.


June 3, 2020

Title Discussed: The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehisi Coates [Coates]

May 27, 2020

Title Discussed: Lanny
by Max Porter [Porter]

May 20, 2020

Title Discussed: Normal People
by Salley Rooney [Rooney]

May 13, 2020

Title Discussed: Mama’s Last Hug
by Frans de Waal [599.885 Waa]

May 6, 2020

A variety of book suggestions for the pandemic home reader.

Additional Participants: Brent Spencer, from Creighton University

[Note: See the Pandemics & Plagues in Fiction, Non-Fiction and DVDs booklist here on BookGuide as well!]

April 29, 2020

Title Discussed: Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernadine Evaristo [Biography Renkl]

April 22, 2020

Title Discussed: Late Migrations
by Margaret Renkl [Biography Renkl]

April 15, 2020

Title Discussed: Dominicana
by Angie Cruz [Cruz]

April 8, 2020

Title Discussed: Cherokee America
by Margaret Verbel [Verbel]

April 1, 2020

Title Discussed: Madness in the Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady [ not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection ] by Denis Kitchen and Violet Kitchen

Additional Participants: Richard Graham, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries


March 25, 2020

Title Discussed: Leaving the Witness
by Amber Scorah [Biography Scorah]

March 18, 2020

Title Discussed: Furious Hours
by Casey Cep [364.152 Cep]

March 11, 2020

Title Discussed: Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. [973.04 Gat]

March 4, 2020

Title Discussed: In Our Other Lives [ not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection ] by Theodore Wheeler [Wheeler]

Additional Participants: Theodore Wheeler, Omaha author


February 26, 2020

Title Discussed: American Spy
by Lauren Wilkinson [Wilkinson]

February 19, 2020

Title Discussed: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Right to Vote
by Elaine Weiss [324.623 Wei]

Additional Participants: Lynn Roper, guest reviewer


January 29, 2020

Interview/Discussion with Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason, about what a State Poet does. Nebraska Author

Additional Participants: Matt Mason, current Nebraska State Poet


January 27, 2019

Title Discussed: Women Talking
by Miriam Toews [Toes]

January 15, 2019

Title Discussed: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
by David Blight [Biography Douglass]

Title Discussed: Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
by Stephen Fried [Biography Rush]

January 8, 2019

Title Discussed: Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren [Jahren]

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