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An NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Otis Young and Charles Stephen




All About Books: “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams” by Louisa Thomas

Historian and journalist Louisa Thomas has written a biography of Louisa Adams, a remarkable woman whose complicated marriage to John Quincy Adams took her around the world at pivotal time in history. “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams”

Duration: 00:09:21

All About Books: Guest Theodore Wheeler talks about his new novel

Omaha writer Theodore Wheeler joins Pat Leach to talk about his recently published novel, “King of Broken Things”, it takes place during the 1919 Omaha race riots

Duration: 00:10:23

All About Books: “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Grant recipient, Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to find and keep housing.

Duration: 00:08:56

All About Books: “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich.

Guest reviewer Shirley Sneve looks at “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich. It’s a contemporary story of two Native American families who experience a tragic accident. They seek justice through a profound act of atonement that comes from their ancient native culture.

Duration: 00:10:13

All About Books: “The Nix” by Nathan Hill

“The Nix” by Nathan Hill. A stalled writer receives a commission to write a tell-all biography of his own mother who abandoned him as a child and has come into the national spotlight for attacking a politician. As he begins research, he relearns his mother’s and his own life.

Duration: 00:06:48

All About Books: “The Genius of Birds” by Jennifer Ackerman

“The Genius of Birds” by Jennifer Ackerman. Guest reviewer Suzanne Wise offers a book that explores the astonishing and manifold intelligence of birds- spanning memory, technical and even social intelligence.

Duration: 00:09:24

All About Books: "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue.

"Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue. A novel about an African couple who immigrate to New York City to begin their struggle towards the American dream just as Wall Street collapses and the great recession begins.

Duration: 00:07:37

All About Books: Two new books on pop music.

UNL English Professor and musician, Stephen Buhler, reviews two books on popular music: “In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs” by Andrew Blauner and "Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop." by Jonathan Lethem

Duration: 00:15:34

All About Books: "Good Friday on the Rez" by David Hugh Bunnell.

Guest reviewer Shirley Sneve looks at "Good Friday on the Rez" by David Hugh Bunnell. A story about the author's one-day round trip from his hometown of Alliance Nebraska, to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to visit his friend and blood brother.

Duration: 00:08:44

All About Books: “Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life” by Ruth Franklin

“Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life” by Ruth Franklin. Known primarily as the author of "The Lottery," Jackson was a master of literary suspense and psychological horror. Her writing explored the cultural anxieties of postwar America.

Duration: 00:08:22

All About Books: “The Sport of Kings” by C. E. Morgan

“The Sport of Kings” by C. E. Morgan. A novel of an old and powerful Kentucky family whose wealth, their violence and ambitions are shadowed by the legacy of slavery.

Duration: 00:08:30

All About Books: Guest Richard Graham introduces new graphic novels

Learn about the latest graphic novels published this year when UNL Assistant Professor Richard Graham joins Pat Leach to talk about the diversity of titles and where to find them.

Duration: 00:11:35

All About Books: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers” by Max Porter

“Grief is the Thing with Feathers” by Max Porter. A short novel about a scholar and his two young children who are left to pick up the pieces of their lives when his wife dies suddenly. They are visited by Crow- a strange thing that stays with them until their despair begins to heal.

Duration: 00:08:33

All About Books: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

“A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. After the Russian Revolution, a wealthy Russian Count is under house arrest in a luxury hotel. Stripped of his wealth and power, the Count lives a full life in restricted circumstances.

Duration: 00:07:41

All About Books: A tribute to Charles Stephen

Pat Leach will be joined by writer Mary Pipher and Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen for a program remembering the long-time host of All About Books, Charles Stephen.

Duration: 00:09:17

All About Books: “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon.

David Smith, Chair of the “One Book, One Lincoln” selection committee, will talk about one of this year’s finalists, “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon. A novel that collects a torrent of stories from a taciturn World War II-era grandfather who in his final days reveals details of a remarkable life.

Duration: 00:10:49

All About Books: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi follows the fate of two sisters from Ghana and their progeny; one sold into slavery and the other who marries a British slave trader. Through 300 years of African and American history, the novel is a series of portraits of their families.

Duration: 00:07:54

All About Books: An interview with Catherine Burns

Pat Leach talks with Catherine Burns, artistic director of the Moth about a new book collecting some of the best stories from their live shows, "All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown."

Duration: 00:13:15

All About Books: "The Boys in the Bunkhouse" by Dan Barry

A decades-long tragedy in a small Iowa town that sounds like the plot of a Dickens novel, but was all too real. An interview with New York Times writer Dan Barry about his book, "The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland".

Duration: 00:14:48

All About Books: “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

“Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a group of female, African-American mathematicians who helped launch American rockets and astronauts into space.

Duration: 00:09:08

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