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"Lisette's List" by Susan Vreeland. A charming story of two Parisians caught in a small village in France with a rich history of art, during the second World War. Also reviewed, "John Marshall" by Harlow Giles Unger. A short biography of the Supreme Court Justice.
UNL Professor of English and Editor of the Prairie Schooner, Kwame Dawes
recounts how studying the works of a poet far removed from his own world, inspired him to his career and helped reconcile questions he had about art and faith.
"Why Homer Matters" by Adam Nicholson , a very readable exploration of our earliest stories- the Iliad and the Odyssey.
"Claire of the Sea Light" by Edwidge Dandicat, a beautifully told story of a young girl in contemporary Haiti presented in a series of stories by people in her life. Also reviewed, "Johnny Cash: The Life" by Robert Hilburn.
"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson, an intriguing novel about a British girl who is reincarnated several times, allowing her to prevent tragedy both personal and national in scope during the World War II era. Also reviewed,"Year Zero: A History of 1945 " a look at how the world established a "new no...
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America" A book that challenges assumptions about the working poor in America. Also reviewed, "Close Call" by Stella Remington. An espionage thriller written by the former head of M I 5, Britain's security service.
"Lincoln's Boys:John Hay, John Nicolay and the War for Lincoln's Image" by Joshua Zeitz. How the President's secretaries shaped his future image.
Charles Stephen interviews Nebraska poet Ted Kooser about poets who've influenced him, publishing today and his new book, "Splitting An Order"
Charles Stephen looks back at 2014 and selects his favorite books in various categories like biography, fiction, history and science. A handy list for book-lovers at gift-giving season.
Guest reader Mary Pipher of Lincoln picks up books she last read as a teenager. Her return to a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the small town of Maycomb Alabama and an attic hiding place in Amsterdam reminded her of the power of seeing the world through young eyes.
Guest reviewer Pat Leach looks at "The Dinner" by Herman Koch a novel of two brothers and their families having to make the hardest decision of their lives over dinner in a restaurant.
"The Immortal Evening: a Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb". The author uses an intimate dinner with an impressive guest list as a starting point to follow the lives of Britain's early 19th century literary giants.
A new collection of witty, personal essays by Nebraska native, Dick Cavett called "Brief Encounters"
Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at a new biography of the politically active family behind Koch Industries called, "Sons of Wichita". Also reviewed, a short novel set in Montana after the first world war- "Sweet Thunder" by Ivan Doig.
"South Pass" a history of the ancient route through the Rocky Mountains rediscovered by fur traders in 1812. Also reviewed, "Maise Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. The first of a long series of mystery novels featuring a young sleuth.
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at "My Struggle" an autobiographical novel written by Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausegaard . Also reviewed,
"The Calamities of Kalamity Kate" a history of Nebraska chidren's television programs by Leta Powell Drake.
"Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal" a collection of literature written on a theme of food. Also reviewed, "The Wheeling Year" by Ted Kooser. Contemplative prose reflecting on nature and time.
Guest reader Mandy Gray shares her experience of feeling like an outsider. How reading about another person's experiences in a foreign country can be very different from yours.
Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at the changing face of the far East in "Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia".
"Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces" by Miles Unger. A fine new biography of the artist concentrating on six of his greatest creations.
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