Nancy Pearl

Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about a Scottish mystery novel that's finally available in the U.S. called "Strange Loyalties," by William McIlvanney.

Marcie Sillman talks with book maven Nancy Pearl about a more subtle offering from the science fiction genre: "The City & the City," by China Mieville. It's the story of two worlds that take place simultaneously, in the exact same geographic spot.

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Long before a policeman shot to death an unarmed young black man in Ferguson, Missouri, reporter Jill Leovy was exploring murder in Los Angeles.

She posted every murder on a blog and examined how many involved young black men.

Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about the book that resulted from Leovy's investigation for the Los Angeles Times: "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America."

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl for this week's memoir recommendations: 

  • "Raising Demons" and "Life Among the Savages," by Shirley Jackson
  • "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," by Jean Kerr
  • "Quiet! Yelled Mrs. Rabbit," by Hilda Cole Espy
  • "The Egg and I," by Betty MacDonald.
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Marcie Sillman chats with book maven Nancy Pearl about a book she recommends for teen readers anticipating summer vacation: "Kissing in America" by Margo Rabb.

Michelle Cooper's "A Brief History of Montmaray."

Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about "a perfect meld" of history and fiction just in time for summer: "A Brief History of Montmaray," by Michelle Cooper. Pearl likens the book to Dodie Smith's "I Capture the Castle."

Marcie Sillman talks to Nancy Pearl about a new planned trilogy that promises the same thrills and devotion as "Harry Potter." Pearl gives the first book in Edward Carey's series, "Heap House," two thumbs up. 

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Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading recommendation from book maven Nancy Pearl, who has chosen "Not This Bear," by Bernice Myers for young readers and "Mr. Pudgins," by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen for ages six to nine. Pearl says both books are laugh-out-loud funny, a perfect trait for a summer book.

At the 1936 Olympic Games, the University of Washington eight-oar boat crossed the finish line ahead of Italy. They were featured in The Boys in the Boat by Seattle-area author Daniel James Brown.
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We’re always looking for good book recommendations, which is why you often hear librarian Nancy Pearl on KUOW. That's why, ahead of summer reading season, we found out the most-checked-out and downloaded titles in 2014 from the Seattle Public Library.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about the young adult novel, "Greensleeves," by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It's the first in a series of young adult books that she loves that will be republished as the "Book Crush Rediscovery" series. 

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Marcie Sillman speaks with librarian Nancy Pearl about a book she recommends that combines armchair travel, historical fiction and a good mystery: "The Strangler Vine," by M.J. Carter.

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. 

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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.

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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