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52 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Superstar librarian Nancy Pearl adds her own book to the shelf
Does anyone not know Nancy Pearl? For years she’s told NPR and KUOW listeners what to read with a kind of care and insight that’s made her a household name. There’s also a decent chance her action figure is on your desk or bookshelf right now.
11 minutes | Sep 5, 2017
Nancy Pearl tells us about a new novel — her own
KUOW's Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle librarian and author Nancy Pearl about her first novel, "George and Lizzie."
6 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
Nancy Pearl says you're never too old for picture books
Despite the allure of technology, librarian Nancy Pearl says picture books still draw in readers of all ages. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about two books in particular: "Roberto the Insect Architect," by Nina Laden and "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," by Lindsay Mattick with illustrations by Sophie Blackall.
6 minutes | Feb 16, 2017
Nancy Pearl finds crime fiction simply thrilling
In Great Britain, the term "crime fiction" refers to everything from a cozy mystery to a police procedural. Here in the U.S., we divide our crime fiction into separate genres, according to librarian Nancy Pearl. A mystery starts with the world out of kilter, and ends with everything put to rights again. A police procedural focuses on the nuts and bolts of solving crimes. And a thriller? Well, as Nancy Pearl told KUOW's Marcie Sillman, a thriller is a page turner, as addictive as potato chips. "You can't stop with just one," says Pearl. Pearl recommends two thrillers: "The Drifter" by Nick Petrie and "August Snow" by Stephen Mack Jones.
4 minutes | Dec 13, 2016
Nancy Pearl knows what your child wants for Christmas: A crocodile!
If you've been in a quandary over what to give your favorite child this holiday season, fret no more! Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about "The Christmas Crocodile," a picture book by Bonny Becker, illustrated by David Small.
4 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
Nancy Pearl raves about latest Winston Churchill biography
Longtime KUOW listeners know that Nancy Pearl calls herself an armchair historian. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Candice Millard's new book "Hero of the Empire," a chronicle of Winston Churchill and South African's Boer War.
4 minutes | Nov 29, 2016
Nancy Pearl is rooting for a Nobel Prize for Ian McEwan
Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Ian McEwan's newest book, "Nutshell." You may be familiar with McEwan's novel "Atonement," which was transformed into an award-winning film.
4 minutes | Nov 22, 2016
Nancy Pearl says it may look like sci-fi, but you can't tell a book by its cover
Award winning short story writer Nina Allan has just published her first novel. Although bookstores and libraries may file it in the science fiction/fantasy section, librarian Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that Allan's book "The Race" is best described as experimental fiction.
4 minutes | Nov 15, 2016
Nancy Pearl says everybody needs an editor, and that makes for a good read
Terry McDonnell spent his career as an editor at an assortment of national magazines, and he's got the dirt of the writers he worked with. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman you'll find some great stories in McDonnell's essay collection, "The Accidental Life."
4 minutes | Nov 1, 2016
Nancy Pearl recommends a thrilling read for a dark night
Most of the time, Nancy Pearl loves a good literary thriller. But sometimes, she just likes to chill out with a page turner. Today she tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a new writer she's just discovered named Becky Masterman, author of a series featuring a retired FBI agent. The book is called "Rage Against the Dying."
4 minutes | Oct 18, 2016
Nancy Pearl says October is the best time to pick up a book
October is prime time to stay inside with a book. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a novel that should keep readers happy: "After the Parade," by Lori Ostlund.
4 minutes | Oct 11, 2016
Nancy Pearl: Sometimes it takes a little effort to get through a good book
Some books are page turners; other require a little more concentration. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that Carol Black's novel "Orphans of the Carnival" is not an easy read, but the effort pays off in the end.
4 minutes | Oct 4, 2016
Nancy Pearl has at least one thing in common with 'Avid Reader'
Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about "Avid Reader" — a title after the book hugger's own heart. It's a memoir by Robert Gottlieb , who worked as editor-in-chief at the publishing houses Simon and Schuster and Alfred A. Knopf before landing at the New Yorker magazine.
4 minutes | Aug 30, 2016
Need a good read? Try this book about friendship
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about “She Poured Out Her Heart,” by Jean Thompson.
4 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
Need a late summer read? Nancy Pearl can help
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about "The Last Samurai" by Helen DeWitt.
51 minutes | Jun 3, 2016
Old-time radio theatre alive and well in Seattle via Sandbox Radio
It’s Sandbox Radio time again on Speakers Forum, with special guest Nancy Pearl. Here’s our presentation of their latest work "The Words and the Bees."
5 minutes | May 31, 2016
Nancy Pearl recommends a book about great writers and their ends
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about Katie Roiphe's "The Violet Hour."
4 minutes | May 25, 2016
The book is dark, but Nancy Pearl thinks you can handle it
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about the novel "Imagine Me Gone" by Adam Haslett.
3 minutes | May 10, 2016
Nancy Pearl loved this historical novel. Will you?
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about "The Color of Lightning" by Paulette Jiles.
4 minutes | May 3, 2016
Dylan fan? Nancy Pearl thinks you'll like this novel, too
Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about the novel "Vexation Lullaby" by Justin Tussing.
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