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Nancy Pearl

Commentator, Morning Edition

Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

The New York Times calls her "the talk of librarian circles." Readers can't get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next.

Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl's knowledge of and love for books is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," which spread across the country. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel.

In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women's National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of two. She lives in Seattle with her husband Joe.

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Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

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Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader

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Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads

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7 Books With Personality: Nancy Pearl's 2011 Picks

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Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads

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Happy Holidays, Voyeurs: Nancy Pearl Picks Memoirs

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Book Your Trip: Nancy Pearl Picks Tales For Travel

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 'Under The Radar' Reads

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Character And Voice: Picks For National Poetry Month

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Librarian Nancy Pearl's 2009 Under-The-Radar Books

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Mysteries You Might Have Missed Along the Way

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks Summer's Best Books

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Dips Below The Reading Radar

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Carry-On Books To Take You Up, Up And Away

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