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19 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
“75 Years on 4 Strings” by UNL Professor Hans Sturm
He was a self-taught musician from Syria who astonished the music world with his innovative technique on the double bass. With his new style, Francois Rabbath could play with ease what should have been impossible. UNL Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies Hans Sturm is the guest on this week’s All About Books where he’ll talk about his biography of Rabbath “75 Years on 4 Strings”
9 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
“Pastoral Song” by James Rebanks
James Rebanks and his family have been farmers in England’s Lake District for generations. In his book “Pastoral Song” he tells how the global transformation of agriculture has impacted the environment and even the human relationship to the land. Learn about how this farmer is trying to restore the life that vanished from his small farm on
14 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
“At the Corner of Fantasy and Main” by Matt Mason
Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason joins “All About Books” host Pat Leach this week to introduce his new collection “At the Corner of Fantasy and Main” Disneyland is the touchstone for these poems where midlife and memories come together.
15 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
The One Book-One Lincoln finalists.
The 3 finalists for this year’s community reading event “One Book- One Lincoln” were announced this week. David Smith, the facilitator for the selection committee, joins Pat Leach to introduce each title and share why it’s a book definitely worth reading with others this summer.
8 minutes | May 25, 2022
“Matrix” by Lauren Groff
Based on the life of a real woman cast out of the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie de France winds up in England in charge of an impoverished abbey. Lauren Groff’s latest novel, “Matrix” reveals the power of female creativity in a corrupted 12th century.
17 minutes | May 18, 2022
“Shadow Migration: Mapping a Life.” by Suzanne Ohlmann
Suzanne Ohlmann was raised in Seward Nebraska, then traveled far away only to keep returning during her careers in singing and then nursing. As an adopted newborn, she had a shadow she needed to deal with. Hear an interview with Suzanne Ohlmann about this lifelong journey detailed in her book, “Shadow Migration: Mapping a Life.”
7 minutes | May 11, 2022
"The Wrong End of the Telescope" by Rabih Alameddine
Winner of this year’s Pen/Faulkner award for Fiction, author Rabih Alameddine’s latest novel sees a Lebanese doctor arriving at a Syrian refugee camp to help. It's a portrait of ordinary people trapped in horrific circumstances. Hear a review of “The Wrong End of the Telescope”
16 minutes | May 4, 2022
“The Doctors Blackwell" by Janice Nimura
In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. A few years later her younger sister Emily also earned her M.D. Together, the sisters started the first hospital staffed entirely by women. A new biography details these and other accomplishments, “The Doctors Blackwell.” Author Janice Nimura joins host Pat Leach.
12 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
“Now Is the Time for Trees" by Dan Lambe
Trees are not only beautiful, they help keep our homes cool in the summer and improve air quality. They’re key to fighting the negative effects of climate change. Dan Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation joins Pat Leach this week to talk about the book, “Now Is the Time for Trees: Make an Impact by Planting the Earth’s Most Valuable Resource”
14 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
“Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!" by James Solheim
From the unbelievable to the barely digestible, Nebraska author and illustrator James Solheim’s upcoming book is a treat for young readers hungry for something fun. “Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!: Two Million Years of the World's Most Amazing Food Facts, from the Stone Age to the Future” Hear an interview with the author.
14 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
An interview with author B.J. Hollars and his son Henry.
B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son, Henry, struck out on a 2,500-mile road trip retracing the Oregon Trail. They ate at truck stops, camped out in a tent and leaned about the country, our history and each other. B.J. and his son Henry stopped by the studio to tell All About Books host Pat Leach about their adventures and their book, Go West, Young Man”
8 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
A look at the epidemic of loneliness“Seek You” by Kristen Radtke
Something you can readily find in the largest urban cities as well as the smallest rural towns- is loneliness. Writer and illustrator Kristen Radtke looks at the silent epidemic and the friction between people’s inner lives and public selves. It's in her new book, “Seek You”.
17 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
"Lincoln" from the Postcard History Series. E. Zimmer & J. McKee
Long before cameras were found in every cell phone, if you wanted show your friends what you were up to, you mailed a penny postcard. The post card may be disappearing but two local historians have put together a book featuring Nebraska’s capital city from their large collection old postcards. Ed Zimmer and Jim McKee talk about their new book, “Lincoln” from the Postcard History Series
8 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
“A World on the Wing" by Scott Weidensaul.
Thanks to recent advances in research, our understanding of the navigation and physical feats performed by migratory birds has exploded. These amazing far-traveling birds from around the world are showcased in the book, “A World on the Wing: the Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds” by Scott Weidensaul.
10 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
“Painting Time” by Maylis de Kerengal
Paula is a young artist enrolled at a famous school in Brussels where students learn the painstaking techniques to paint realistically the grain of wood or the look of old marble. This week a review of the novel, “Painting Time” by Maylis de Kerengal. A story of technical painting and a young woman who brings her skills and craft to unique jobs around the world.
8 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
“Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout
A successful writer agrees to help her ex-husband on a road trip to deal with a family secret. “Oh William!:a Novel” by Elizabeth Strout confronts the mystery of people even in our close relationships.
16 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
"Relcamation" by Lisa Tschauner
Nebraska author Lisa Tschauner (shawn ur) joins Pat Leach to talk about her novel “Reclamation.” It’s the story of two Nebraska college students who take a gap year to travel overseas only to be caught up in crime abuse and human trafficking.
8 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
“The Future We Choose" by Figueres and Rivett-Carnac
“The Future We Choose: the Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis.” The book offers two scenarios for the planet’s destination in 30 years. One, should we fail to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate targets, and the other the transformation of the world to have net-zero emissions. Contained is an argument to meet the climate crisis head-on and what needs to happen.
7 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
"Velvet Was the Night" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A secretary in 1970’s Mexico City leads a dull life compared to the beautiful art student who lives next door. The novel “Velvet Was the Night” moves into classic noir territory when the neighbor goes missing under mysterious circumstances. Hear a review of the new work by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
8 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
"On Juneteenth" by Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in Texas. In her book “On Juneteenth” she brings together American history, her family chronicle and a historian’s view of the path for the nation that started in Galveston Texas on June 19th, 1865.
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