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

All About Books

From NET-Nebraska's NPR Station

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

Most Recent Episodes

Introduction to Nebraska author, Mari Sandoz

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.

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

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.

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.

"Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam

A family renting a home in remote Long Island are startled by the return of the owners fleeing a black out in New York City. The novel "Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam keeps readers off balance while dealing with family, race and home.

"Code Girls" by Liza Mundy.

They were recruited, trained and they worked completely in secret. More than 10 thousand young women worked for the US Army and Navy breaking enemy codes during World War 2. On this week's "All About Books' guest reviewer Lynn Roper shares a book that reveals the untold history of young women who quietly helped win the war, "Code Girls" by Liza Mundy.

"Wilmington's Lie" by David Zucchino

By the 1890s, Wilmington North Carolina was that states largest city and a shining example of a mixed-race community. But white supremacist Democrats plotted to take back the state legislature "by the ballot or bullet or both." This week on Nebraska Public Media's "All About Books" a review of the Pulizer Prize winning book "Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy" by David Zucchino

"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride.

An irritable, old church deacon shoots a drug dealer in broad daylight. This begins the action of the novel, "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride. The story reveals the reasons behind the shooting and the consequences to the 1960's New York neighborhood.

"Breasts and Eggs" by Mieko Kawakami.

Three Japanese women living in a tiny Tokyo apartments struggle to find peace in their lives as they deal with issues of partners, children and appearance. Hear a review of the novel "Breasts and Eggs" by best-selling Japanese author Mieko Kawakami.

"Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi.

The city-wide reading project, "One Book- One Lincoln" has announced the 3 finalists. On this week's "All About Books" David Smith from the selection committee will introduce one of the 3, "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi.