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All About Books | NET Radio: Episodes

Choosing a book to read for your own enjoyment is one thing, but the responsibility of choosing a book for young readers to learn and hopefully enjoy, is quite another. Sharon Bishop chose the Great Gatsby for her High School English students.
"Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War" by Amanda Vaill. The stories of 6 people, among them, Ernest Hemingway and photographer Robert Capa, as they live and work amid the chaos and brutality of war.
An interview with John Stevens Berry, co-author of a just published book which takes a new look at the 1958 Starkweather murder case, "The Twelfth Victim: the Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage."
"D-Day Illustrated Edition." An over sized, fully-illustrated edition of Historian Stephen Ambrose's 1994 book on the World War II invasion.
"D-Day Illustrated Edition." An oversized, fully-illustrated edition of Historian Stephen Ambrose's 1994 book on the World War II invasion.
Books introduce us to new characters, perspectives and even worlds. And rarely, an extraordinary book can change the way we see our own world. Clay Naff found a book that helped him see people in a new light.
"American Romantic" by Ward Just. A superb novel about a young American foreign service officer stationed in Indochina and the two women who loved him.
Guest reviewer Curt Donaldson looks at "Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War" by Max Hastings. A British historian tries to answer questions about the First World War's beginnings, military stalemate and legacy.
"Lillian Hellman: an Imperious Life" by Dorothy Gallagher. A short biography of the talented and audacious dramatist.
Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at a book by the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine, "How About Never" by Bob Mankoff. Also reviewed, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: the Making of Douglas MacArthur" by Mark Perry
While books can introduce us to entirely new worlds, sometimes they reveal a story about people and times we thought we knew very well, but did not after all. Kwakiutl Dreher tells of how the memory of the music from our youth can be impacted by a single book.
Journalist George Ayoub of Grand Island relates how baseball and his father might explain in part why a particular book means a lot to him.
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Gold Finch" by Donna Tartt. A sprawling Dickensian coming-of-age story, art history caper and social commentary all in one finely crafted work
"An Idea Whose Time Has Come" by Todd Purdum. A history of the passage 50 years ago, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert a look at several major natural extinctions in the history of earth and the impact of humans on current extinctions.
Giving a book to a child is for many families an act so common most wouldn't think twice about it. But Aja Martin explains how the gift of books to a child can in fact have a profound impact on their lives.
Guest reviewer Pat Leach looks at writer Rebecca Solnit's memoir of her mother's decline and her own health scare, wrapped in reflections about the power of story in "The Faraway Nearby".
A new crime novel written in the style of 1950's novelist Raymond Chandler featuring his central character, Philip Marlowe. "The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black. Also reviewed,
"And Short the Season" poetry by Maxine Kumin
A new biography takes a long and captivating look at the politics of reform in the first decade of the 20th century and the role played by independent journalists. "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kerns Goodwin.
500 years of poetry on the topic of protest entitled, "The Poetry of Witness" and then a light hearted look at the development of manners in society, 'Sorry: The English and their Manners".
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