books

Author Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
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Marcie Sillman talks with author Sherman Alexie about his novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," and its place on the American Libraries Association list of most frequently banned and challenged books.

Marcie Sillman talks with librarian Nancy Pearl who has a reading recommendation for those who have exhausted all of John LeCarre's thriller novels: "All the Old Knives," by Olen Steinhauer. 

File Photo: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank at a USDA event in 2012.
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Marcie Sillman talks to former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank about his new memoir, "Frank." 

Patton Oswalt
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Patton Oswalt is an American writer, actor and comedian. You may have read one of his books, seen him on film or television, heard him as the voice of Remy in the movie "Ratatouille" or become one of his millions of followers on Twitter. The L.A. Times called him “the dean of nerd comics.”

On this episode of Speakers Forum, Oswalt reads from his new book "Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film." He calls it “the dorkiest addiction memoir ever.” 

Seattle Arts and Lectures presented this event featuring Oswalt at Town Hall Seattle on Jan. 31. He was joined on stage by George Meyer, a producer and writer for The Simpsons. Thanks to Jennie Cecil Moore for this recording. 

Ivan Doig, the award-winning writer, most often wrote about his home state of Montana. He was 75 when he died on Thursday.
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Award winning writer Ivan Doig died Thursday at his Seattle home. He was 75.

Doig was one of the most respected writers of the American West and often wrote about his native state of Montana.

He wrote 16 books, including the so-called McCaskill trilogy, three novels about a fictional Montana family covering the first 100 years of state history.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with book maven Nancy Pearl about Holly LeCraw's new book, "The Half Brother," which is based on a far-fetched premise that she is not sure really works. Pearl is challenging readers to pick up the book and send her their own conclusions by mailing record@kuow.org.

A member of the Teanaway wolf pack in western Washington state. The wolf was in recovery from tranquilizing drug when this photo was taken.
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Washington state’s wolf population grew by 30 percent last year – a big success for the state's wolf recovery plan.

But rancher Len McIrvin of Diamond M Ranch doesn't see why state conservationists are patting themselves on the back. And he finds it baffling that people are so fond of wolves. To him, they’re bloodthirsty predators.

Author Bruce Schneier.
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We live in a brave new digital world, and there’s much to appreciate about that. It’s efficient. It’s fun. It’s convenient. But what are we giving up when corporations and governments follow our whereabouts, buying habits, interests and orientations? What privacies do we trade away for the convenience of having a phone, a computer and a credit card?

Bruce Schneier is a cryptographer, privacy specialist and the author of “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.”

He spoke about his book and his views on what he calls “the golden age of surveillance” at Town Hall Seattle on March 9. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for our recording. 

Statue of Ho Chi Minh in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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This spring marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Many Americans remember the Vietnam War, but Nancy Pearl says sometimes those memories are clouded by personal experience. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a new book that helps tie Vietnam to the U.S. involvement in the Middle East: "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity."

Nancy also suggests Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" and David Halberstam's "The Best and The Brightest" for more insight into the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about her pick of the week: a first novel by author Rebcecca Scherm titled, "Unbecoming."

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Marcie Sillman speaks with librarian Nancy Pearl about a new collection of short stories that caught her eye: "Single, Carefree, Mellow," by Katherine Heiny.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bruce Schneier, author of the new book, "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles To Capture Your Data and Control Your World."

book love read Nancy Pearl
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Marcie Sillman speaks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about the librarian's reading pick of the week: Seth Greenland's novel, "I Regret Everything: A Love Story." Pearl says when it comes to relationship tales, this book is the real deal. 

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Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading recommendations from beloved librarian, Nancy Pearl, who suggests Priyar Parmar's, "Vanessa and Her Sister." The historical novel provides insight into the novelist Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell.

book read Nancy Pearl
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Marcie Sillman gets this week's reading recommendation from everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl. She suggests the latest police procedural from Richard Price (under the pen name Harry Brandt), "The Whites."

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