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All About Books is a weekly NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated Thursdays.


  • “The Lincoln Highway: a Novel” by Amor Towles

    01/12/2021 Duración: 08min

    In the summer of, 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he served fifteen months. With only a younger brother left, he plans for them to go to California and start over. Fate and friends from the work farm have other plans for Emmett. “The Lincoln Highway: a Novel” by Amor Towles

  • “China Room” by Sunjeev Sahota

    17/11/2021 Duración: 08min

    The novel tells the story of family connections across time and place- from 1929 rural India to modern Britain. How a place, or objects in a room, can hold stories of the past waiting to be discovered by a new generation. Hear a review of “China Room” by Sunjeev Sahota

  • “Cokie: A Life Well Lived.” by Steve Roberts

    10/11/2021 Duración: 15min

    Cokie Roberts was a fixture on NPR and television for 40 years. She was author of 5 bestselling books and inspiration for generations of young female journalists. On “All About Books.” Host Pat Leach talks with Steve Roberts, Cokie's husband of 53 years about his book remembering her friendships and daily acts of generosity. “Cokie: A Life Well Lived.”

  • “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larsen.

    03/11/2021 Duración: 13min

    Winston Churchill leading the British through the German blitz is well-known history, but a new book uses Churchill’s diaries to offer a fresh perspective of those dark days. Guest reviewer Carl Eskridge looks at, “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larsen.

  • “The Secret to Super Human Strength” by Alison Bechdel

    27/10/2021 Duración: 13min

    Artist and writer Alison Bechdel has had a life-long obsession with every exercise craze of the last 50 years. In her new book, “The Secret to Super Human Strength” she examines physical self-improvement, ageing and transcendence.

  • “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke

    20/10/2021 Duración: 07min

    The setting of this novel is as strange as any you’ll find- a labyrinth of countless statues where sea tides fill rooms and then retreat. This is the otherworldly home of a solitary man. A look at the New York Times best-selling fantasy novel “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke

  • "Nebraska History Moments" by David Bristow

    13/10/2021 Duración: 15min

    If you can spare just a few minutes, you can learn something interesting about Nebraska history. That’s the idea behind a new release from the University of Nebraska Press. “Nebraska History Moments” a photo-filled book meant to be browsed. Author David Bristow is the guest on this week’s program.

  • "The Perfume Thief" by Timothy Schaffert

    05/10/2021 Duración: 14min

    It’s a story of crime in an unlikely place- the high fashion world of Nazi occupied Paris. UNL English Professor Timothy Schaffert is the guest on this week’s "All About Books" as he talks with host Pat Leach about his new novel, ‘The Perfume Thief”

  • The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennet

    28/09/2021 Duración: 06min

    In the novel “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett, twin sisters fleeing their small town life, head to New Orleans where one sister discovers she can pass as white. Here begins a fracture that will separate them in this story of sisterhood and black personal identity.

  • “The Only Wonderful Things" by Melissa Homestead

    22/09/2021 Duración: 15min

    Most Nebraskans are familiar with Willa Cather’s novels, but a new book by UNL Professor of English Melissa Homestead reveals new information on how Cather wrote her stories. Her book is, “The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis”

  • The “Friend Zone” series by Abby Jimenez.

    15/09/2021 Duración: 11min

    With Labor Day past, there’s little time left for summer reading. This week’s program features guest reviewer Kiersten Hill who looks at 3 modern Romance novels which are both funny and innovative. The “Friend Zone” series by Abby Jimenez.

  • “Carville's Cure: by Pam Fessler”

    13/09/2021 Duración: 08min

    In rural Louisiana was a place locals called simply, Carville. It was the only Leprosy colony in the United States. There, for generations, afflicted people were isolated, often against their will. A review of, “Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice” by Pam Fessler”

  • “Tomatoes for Neela” by Padma Lakshmi

    01/09/2021 Duración: 12min

    Preparing food is the time-honored way to help young people learn about their family and culture. Guest reviewer Dylan Teut Executive Director of the Plum Creek Literacy Festival, shares a children’s title, “Tomatoes for Neela” by Padma Lakshmi from TV's “Top Chef”

  • “Temporary” by Hillary Leichter

    25/08/2021 Duración: 06min

    A playful satire on life and work in the gig economy. The novel, “Temporary” by Hillary Leichter is a surreal trip through the anxieties of late-stage capitalism.

  • "The Seed Keeper” by Diane Wilson

    18/08/2021 Duración: 11min

    Guest reviewer Shirley Sneve introduces "The Seed Keeper” by Diane Wilson, a novel told through the voices of 4 generations of native women of the Northern Great Plains. It tells of the preservation of family and culture through hardships, aided by the safekeeping of traditional seeds.

  • "A Knock at Midnight” by Brittany Barnett

    11/08/2021 Duración: 08min

    In her day job she moved billion-dollar deals. At night, she worked pro bono in near hopeless legal battles. As a successful young black-professional, Brittany Barnett used her talents and time to help those caught in the racial injustice of the courts. Her life story is told in "A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom.”

  • Introduction to Nebraska author, Mari Sandoz

    04/08/2021 Duración: 12min

    Students growing up in Nebraska, may have read Mari Sandoz, but not everyone knows her books. This week on All About Books, special guest Lynn Roper from the Mari Sandoz Historical Society will introduce the life and works of the Nebraska author.

  • "Oak Flat" by Lauren Redniss.

    28/07/2021 Duración: 07min

    A high elevation mesa in Arizona is a battleground between Apache people, the United States government and 2 of the world’s largest mining firms.The story is told in “Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West” by Lauren Redniss.

  • "Hamnet: the Story of a Plague" by Maggie O'Farrell

    21/07/2021 Duración: 12min

    On this week's program part 2 of UNL English Professor Stephen Buhler's summer reading list which features, "Hamnet: the Story of a Plague" by Maggie O'Farrell. A novel imagining William Shakespeare’s marriage, family and the death of one of his sons.

  • UNL English Professor Stephen Buhler's summer reading list.

    14/07/2021 Duración: 14min

    What does an English professor read during summer vacation? As you’d expect, a variety of very good books. UNL’s Stephen Buhler is the guest on this week’s program sharing his summer reading list which includes travel, poetry, song, and of course something on Shakespeare.

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