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

"Deer Season" by Erin Flanagan

It's opening day of deer season for a small farming community in Nebraska and a teenage girl goes missing. That's the setting for this year's winner of the Edgar Award for best new mystery novel, "Deer Season" by Erin Flanagan published by the University of Nebraska Press.

"This is Nebraska – Books that Tell Our Story"

What book would you suggest to someone who's never visited Nebraska to help them understand our state and its people? This week's "All About Books" explores that question with special guest Ron Hull, Senior Advisor to Nebraska Public Media. It's the first in a series called "This is Nebraska – Books that Tell Our Story"

A look back at Willa Cather's 1922 novel "One of Ours"

100 years ago, Willa Cather wrote the novel "One of Ours" which won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. This week "All About Books" welcomes Cather scholar Becky Faber to discuss the significance of the novel in its era and how modern readers might relate to it today.

"Poet Warrior: A Memoir" by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate. Her new memoir "Poet Warrior" reveals how she came to write poetry of compassion and healing while finding truth and demanding justice.

"The People of Lincoln" by Randy Bretz

What's the difference between a city and a community? What makes a place home? These topics are explored through the stories of people living in the Capitol City. It's all in a new book written by longtime Lincoln resident Randy Bretz. He's the guest on this week's "All About Books" where he introduces his book, "The People of Lincoln: The Framework of Community."

"The Five Wounds" by Kirstin Valdez-Quade

Several generations of a family in rural New Mexico have both deeply layered relationships as well as their struggles. In the novel "The Five Wounds" by Kirstin Valdez-Quade shows the fragility and resilience of family.

"A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence" by Mary Pipher

Best-selling Nebraska author Mary Pipher didn't plan on writing another book, until the Covid lock down forced an inspiration upon her. All About Books host Pat Leach sat down with Pipher to learn about her latest work which deals with loss and change over time while always seeking the light. Learn about "A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence" with Lincoln author Mary Pipher.

"75 Years on 4 Strings" by UNL Professor Hans Sturm

He was a self-taught musician from Syria who astonished the music world with his innovative technique on the double bass. With his new style, Francois Rabbath could play with ease what should have been impossible. UNL Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies Hans Sturm is the guest on this week's All About Books where he'll talk about his biography of Rabbath "75 Years on 4 Strings"

"Pastoral Song" by James Rebanks

James Rebanks and his family have been farmers in England's Lake District for generations. In his book "Pastoral Song" he tells how the global transformation of agriculture has impacted the environment and even the human relationship to the land. Learn about how this farmer is trying to restore the life that vanished from his small farm on

"At the Corner of Fantasy and Main" by Matt Mason

Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason joins "All About Books" host Pat Leach this week to introduce his new collection "At the Corner of Fantasy and Main" Disneyland is the touchstone for these poems where midlife and memories come together.