All About Books A weekly book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated on Thursdays.
All About Books

All About Books

From Nebraska Public Media

A weekly book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated on Thursdays.

Most Recent Episodes

"The Titanic Survivors Book Club" by Timothy Schaffert

For an apprentice librarian working on the luxury liner Titanic, being late for work turned out to be fortunate indeed. In the novel "The Titanic Survivors Book Club" the lucky librarian opens a bookstore in Paris and is invited into a most unusual book club of fellow Titanic survivors. Learn more from the author, UNL Professor of English and Creative Writing, Timothy Schaffert

"King: a Life" by Jonathan Eig.

A new landmark biography of Martin Luther King Jr. reveals him as a deep thinker, a brilliant strategist, and a committed radical who led one of history's greatest movements. This week a review of "King: a Life" by Jonathan Eig.

"The Last Devil to Die" by Richard Osman

The mostly retired members of the "Thursday Murder Club" have a new mystery to solve. This adventure leads them into the antiques trade only to encounter drug dealers and art forgers. "The Last Devil to Die" is the latest in the very popular mystery series from Richard Osman.

Guest reader Amy Mather of Omaha Public Libraries

Some readers give another chance to that novel which challenged them in school, for others it's the comfort of the books they loved as a teenager. This week's program wraps up our series on re-reading with Amy Mather Partnerships Manager for Omaha Public Libraries.

"Foster" by Claire Keegan

In the novel "Foster" by Claire Keegan, a small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before. Then a secret is revealed. Hear a review on this week's "All About Books"

An interview with Sarah McCammon, her book is "The Exvangelicals

Part memoir, part investigative journalism, "The Exvangelicals" is NPR reporter Sarah McCammon's story of growing up in the evangelical church only to question these beliefs later in life. Host Pat Leach interviewed McCammon about her experience.

Dr. Dolores Simpson-Kirkland shares the books she re-reads.

Dr. Dolores Simpson-Kirkland, a retired counselor for Lincoln Public Schools, is the guest on this week's "All About Books", she talked to host Pat Leach about what titles she rereads for comfort, inspiration, and meditation.

"Enchantment" by Katherine May & "Awe" by Dacher Keltner

Two books dealing with similar themes are reviewed this week Host Pat Leach looks at two releases recognizing the importance of wonder and awe in our lives. "Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age" by Katherine May and "Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life" by Dacher Keltner

"The War Begins in Paris". by Ted Wheeler

Two women come to Paris in 1938 as foreign correspondents- a shy pacifist Mennonite, the other a brash, American journalist who is soon to become a fascist propagandist. This is the scene for Omaha author Ted Wheeler's new novel "The War Begins in Paris". Hear an interview with Wheeler

"A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold.

Like most people, host Pat Leach has a guilty list of important and influential books she's never gotten around to reading. One of these she recently picked up- the landmark conservation book, "A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold. First published in 1949, this collection of essays vividly describes the land around the author's home in Wisconsin.