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All About Books | NET Radio: Episodes

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.
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "The Capitalism Papers" by Jerry Manders. A critique of the economic system in light of the shrinking resources of a finite planet.
Guest reader Sydney Kohl is a middle school student and one of the Nebraska winners in the annual "Letters About Literature" contest. She'll share her work that made it to the national short-list of outstanding young writers.
"The Spanish Armada" by Robert Hutchinson. Why King Philip II of Spain sought to invade Queen Elizabeth's England, and why he failed.
"Enough About You" by Christopher Buckley. A witty collection of wide ranging essays running from hilarious to poignant.
"Enough About You" by Christopher Buckley. A witty collection of wide- ranging essays running from hilarious to poignant.
Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at "Cockroaches" by Jo Nesbo. The second of the Harry Hold crime series in which Inspector Hole is sent to Thailand. Also reviewed, "The Long Shadow". Historian David Reynolds traces the legacies of World War I
A history of British spies who tried to thwart Soviet power during the early years of the Russian Revolution called, "Russian Roulette". And from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, an espionage novel- "The Director".
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