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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.