Nancy Pearl

Good Reads
3:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Nancy Pearl: A Memoir And A Story Of Hollywood

Credit Katie Hafner's book, "Mother Daughter Me." Mark Harris' book, "Five Came Back."

Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about two books, "Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir," by Katie Hafner and "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," by Mark Harris.

Hafner writes about the difficulties and rewards that arise out of the changing patterns of modern life. It explores the relationships of women caring for their aging mothers and their growing daughters at the same time, often under the same roof.

Harris looks at five famous film directors who left Hollywood to document World War II.

Baseball Books
2:54 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Swing And A Hit

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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about just a few of the many baseball books available, just in time for Tuesday's Opening Night at Safeco Field.

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Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl: 'Understories' And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Credit Tim Horvath's book, "Understories," and Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Steve Scher sits down with librarian Nancy Pearl to talk about two books.

Pearl says Tim Horvath's collection of short stories, "Understories," showcases a good example of elastic realism. The stories are rooted in reality but stretched into unexpected and odd places.

Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits," is a character-driven novel with exciting writing around the theme of living with and escaping from your past.

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

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Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

Good Reads
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Mystery And Science Fiction

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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl get reacquainted with old authors and also discover new names on the mystery and science fiction shelves at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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Good Reads
3:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Introduces New Books On The Shelf

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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl explore some of the recently published books at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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Nancy Pearl
2:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Old Favorites On The Library Shelf

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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl look through the bin of Newberry Award winners at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch. They also wander over to the children’s literature shelves where Pearl encounters some old friends.

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Nancy Pearl
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson

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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations for children. She says she admires everything by Maira Kalman, including her new book, “Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

If you're a fan of poems by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, Pearl heartily recommends "Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles" by Douglas Florian.

Nancy Pearl
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Joys And Dangers Of Re-Reading Old Favorites

Revisiting books years after the first read can be an interesting experience.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about the joys and dangers of re-reading favorite books. Pearl said revisiting a book years after the first read will sometimes force herself to ask, "What did I see in this?” But other times, she is glad to be reunited with an old friend.

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Good Reads
11:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Goes Undercover

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations.

"Berlin Game" is a Cold War spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the first of a worthwhile trilogy rounded out by "Mexico Set" and "London Match."

A new book, "Dominion" by C.J. Sansom, portrays an alternate history where Great Britain didn't fight Germany and now is run by the Nazi Party.

She also suggests Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series, which is set in the time of Henry VIII.

Nancy Pearl
11:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Relationship Between Writers And Alcohol

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
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Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about two books that explores the relationship between writers and alcohol.

"The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" by Olivia Laing explores the role that alcohol played in the lives of six great American male writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

She also recommends an older book, "Drinking, A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp, which helps a reader understand addiction.

Good Reads
4:02 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks: Mystery And Novella

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
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Marcie Sillman hears some great book recommendations from librarian Nancy Pearl. This week's list includes "In The Last Analysis" by Amanda Cross and "The Summer House: A Trilogy" by Alice Thomas Ellis.

Good Reads
7:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nancy Pearl Can’t Wait For These Women Writers’ Books

Public radio librarian Nancy Pearl.
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Nancy Pearl is looking forward to reading at least three books coming out in 2014. Of course, this is only the start of her 2014 reading list. 

In fiction, the popular Jo Walton has another science fiction novel, “My Real Children.” In non-fiction, “Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War,” by Amanda Vaill and “Flappers: Six Women Of A Dangerous Generation,” by Judith Mackrell. 

Good Reads
3:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Recommendations: Allegory And Mystery

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Steve Scher sits down once again with Nancy Pearl to discuss three books from 2013 that she recommends before they get lost amidst the new books of the new year; including a modern allegory “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War”  by Stephen Kinzer, and Laurie R. King’s mysteries “A Grave Talent” and “To Play The Fool."

Good Reads
2:47 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Nancy Pearl’s Six Great Books Of 2013

Nancy Pearl checks out KUOW's free bookshelf.
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Steve Scher gets Nancy Pearl's top picks of the year including “Americanah” and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” for fiction; “Five Days At Memorial” and “Lawrence in Arabia” for nonfiction; and “The Reader’s Book of Days” and “Constellation of Genius: 1922 Modernism Year One" for titles that you may have overlooked.

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