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.
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.
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.
"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".
Charles Stephen interviews Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker, about her new novel set in Stewart Nebraska in 1918, "The Meaning of Names".
"Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan. A novel about Robert Louis Stevenson and the American woman he married and who played a significant role in his life and fiction.
Charles Stephen interviews UNL Professor and author, Timothy Shaffert about his new novel set at Omaha's 1898 World's Fair, "The Swan Gondola".
A lengthy biography of the author of "Gulliver's Travels" called, "Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World"
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at a new memoir by Bill McKibbon that tells his journey from college professor to leading climate activist in, "Oil and Honey: the Education of an Unlikely Activist."
Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Joseph Ellis examines the early months of the American Revolution when success was doubtful in his new book, "Revolutionary Summer: the Birth of American Independence." Also reviewed, a witty crime-caper, "The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin" by Chris Ewan.
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at "The Circle" by Dave Eggers. A dystopian tale of a near-future where social media's pervasiveness makes "privacy" of any type a thing of the past. Also reviewed, a new crime novel from Archie Mayer set in Vermont called, "Three Can Keep a Secret."
Two informative books about future risks facing humans- “The Attacking Ocean: the Past and Future of Rising Sea Levels” and, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic”.
An interview with Don Walton, co-author of a new UNL Press book about George Norris's return to Nebraska after his 1942 Senate defeat.
“The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” by Jonathan Alter. A highly readable and provocative history of the 2012 presidential election.
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