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

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


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




All About Books: The Annual Holiday Gift Guide to Books with Vicki Woods

It’s an "All About Books" December tradition this week- the holiday gift guide to books. Vicki Woods from Lincoln City Libraries is the guest with suggestions for books suitable for all age groups and interests. She introduces a handful of books great for young readers and their families.

Duration: 00:12:26

All About Books: "The Unseen World" by Liz Moore.

A novel of identity set in Boston during the early days of artificial intelligence. Raised by a single father- an eccentric computer scientist, Ada Sibelius is taken in by a lab assistant when her father loses his mind to disease. Throughout her life, Ada searches for clues to her father’s mysteriou...

Duration: 00:09:09

All About Books: "Christodora" by Tim Murphy

A diverse set of characters become intertwined in an iconic building in New York's East Village; a neighborhood that's evolved through the AIDS crisis, drugs and gentrification. "Christodora" by Tim Murphy.

Duration: 00:08:23

All About Books: "Glory Days" by Melissa Fraterrigo

A new novel describes a small Nebraska town populated by down-on-their-luck ranchers and new money. “Glory Days” is a stark portrait of the painful transition of rural communities moving into the new century. Host Pat Leach talks with the author.

Duration: 00:10:33

All About Books: “Blood at the Root" by Patrick Phillips

“Blood at the Root: a Racial Cleansing in America” By Patrick Phillips. A history of Forsyth County Georgia where in 1912, 3 black men were accused of the rape and murder of a white girl. What followed were lynchings, executions and violence that forced over a thousand black citizens to leave, and w...

Duration: 00:09:09

All About Books: Horror Literature with Prof. Emeritus at UNL, Robert Stock

Late October is the perfect time to reach for a spooky story. To help you find a book to chill, All About Books has invited Professor Emeritus of English at UNL, Robert Stock as a guide to Gothic, weird and scary stories.

Duration: 00:16:01

All About Books: "Missile Paradise", by Ron Tanner

Host Pat Leach introduces a character-driven story set in what seems like a dream location. "Missile Paradise", by Ron Tanner is a heartbreaking and satirical novel about the clash of cultures between the Americans living in the Marshall Islands trying to realize their dreams, and the native people.

Duration: 00:08:45

All About Books: "University of Nebraska- Lincoln" by Kay Logan-Peters

You may have seen a few old photos of UNL campus, student activities, celebrations and protests. But a new illustrated history of the university by Professor of Libraries Kay Logan-Peters, includes many pictures of UNL that have rarely been seen before. Pat Leach is joined by the author on this week...

Duration: 00:11:15

All About Books: "Valiant Ambition:" by Nathaniel Philbrick.

The story of George Washington and Benedict Arnold was a more complex one than we learned in primary school. A new book offers a detailed portrait of two men in a time of crisis. "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution" by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Duration: 00:09:58

All About Books: “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne

Questions of inequality, poverty and the impact on the health of society are examined in a new book “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne. Hear a review by UNL Economics Professor Wes Peterson on the next “All About Books”

Duration: 00:11:16

All About Books: “Ill Will” by Dan Chaon.

Guest reviewer Chris Sommerich looks at “Ill Will” by Dan Chaon. An intimate literary suspense thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception.

Duration: 00:10:41

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: “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

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