KUOW's Nancy Pearl Book Reviews Nancy Pearl is a librarian with a love of books so strong it has been officially classified as lust. No matter the mood, moment or reason, she can recommend the perfect literary companion. Author of two books, Book Lust and More Book Lust, Nancy joins us to share the most recent books to tickle her fancy.
KUOW's Nancy Pearl Book Reviews

KUOW's Nancy Pearl Book Reviews

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Nancy Pearl is a librarian with a love of books so strong it has been officially classified as lust. No matter the mood, moment or reason, she can recommend the perfect literary companion. Author of two books, Book Lust and More Book Lust, Nancy joins us to share the most recent books to tickle her fancy.More from KUOW's Nancy Pearl Book Reviews »

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Rock star librarian Nancy Pearl adds her own book to the shelf

Does anyone not know Nancy Pearl? For years she's told NPR and KUOW listeners what to read with a kind of care and insight that's made her a household name. There's also a decent chance her action figure is on your desk or bookshelf right now.

Nancy Pearl tells us about a new novel — her own

KUOW's Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle librarian and author Nancy Pearl about her first novel, "George and Lizzie."

Nancy Pearl says you're never too old for picture books

Despite the allure of technology, librarian Nancy Pearl says picture books still draw in readers of all ages. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about two books in particular: "Roberto the Insect Architect," by Nina Laden and "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," by Lindsay Mattick with illustrations by Sophie Blackall.

Nancy Pearl finds crime fiction simply thrilling

In Great Britain, the term "crime fiction" refers to everything from a cozy mystery to a police procedural. Here in the U.S., we divide our crime fiction into separate genres, according to librarian Nancy Pearl. A mystery starts with the world out of kilter, and ends with everything put to rights again. A police procedural focuses on the nuts and bolts of solving crimes. And a thriller? Well, as Nancy Pearl told KUOW's Marcie Sillman, a thriller is a page turner, as addictive as potato chips. "You can't stop with just one," says Pearl. Pearl recommends two thrillers: "The Drifter" by Nick Petrie and "August Snow" by Stephen Mack Jones.

Nancy Pearl knows what your child wants for Christmas: A crocodile!

If you've been in a quandary over what to give your favorite child this holiday season, fret no more! Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about "The Christmas Crocodile," a picture book by Bonny Becker, illustrated by David Small.

Nancy Pearl raves about latest Winston Churchill biography

Longtime KUOW listeners know that Nancy Pearl calls herself an armchair historian. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Candice Millard's new book "Hero of the Empire," a chronicle of Winston Churchill and South African's Boer War.

Nancy Pearl is rooting for a Nobel Prize for Ian McEwan

Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Ian McEwan's newest book, "Nutshell." You may be familiar with McEwan's novel "Atonement," which was transformed into an award-winning film.

Nancy Pearl says it may look like sci-fi, but you can't tell a book by its cover

Award winning short story writer Nina Allan has just published her first novel. Although bookstores and libraries may file it in the science fiction/fantasy section, librarian Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that Allan's book "The Race" is best described as experimental fiction.

Nancy Pearl says it may look like sci-fi, but you can't tell a book by its cover

Nancy Pearl says everybody needs an editor, and that makes for a good read

Terry McDonnell spent his career as an editor at an assortment of national magazines, and he's got the dirt of the writers he worked with. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman you'll find some great stories in McDonnell's essay collection, "The Accidental Life."

Nancy Pearl says everybody needs an editor, and that makes for a good read

Nancy Pearl recommends a thrilling read for a dark night

Most of the time, Nancy Pearl loves a good literary thriller. But sometimes, she just likes to chill out with a page turner. Today she tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a new writer she's just discovered named Becky Masterman, author of a series featuring a retired FBI agent. The book is called "Rage Against the Dying."

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