Ross Reynolds talks with book lusting former librarian Nancy Pearl about why she says "Factory Man," Beth Macy's non-fiction book about a family furniture company, reads like a page-turning fiction tale.
Marcie Sillman sits down with librarian of the airwaves, Nancy Pearl, to discuss a Northwest writer she says merits a second read. Pearl recommends Chelsea Cain's new mystery novel "One Kick," as well as the author's first book, "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth," a re-imagination of the old Nancy Drew young adult books.
Marcie Sillman speaks with librarian of the airwaves Nancy Pearl about her suggestions for great mysteries. Pearl just returned from a 10-day English walking tour. She traced the Thames River from its source all the way to Windsor Castle. The long walk reminded Pearl of some of the British mystery fiction she enjoys.
If you like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us once again to share "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season — several of which will make you reconsider the way you think about maps.
Steve Scher interviews everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, about Andrew Solomon's “Far From The Tree: Parents Children and The Search For Identity.” She calls it an important book about parents who have to learn to accept their different, difficult and sometimes very troubled children.
For a journey of a different kind, she also recommends the graphic novel “Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey,” by Nick Bertozzi.
Think of your favorite book. What is it about that book that makes you love it? Is it the eloquence of the sentences? The adrenaline of the story? Characters that seem so real they could be friends? A setting that sweeps you away?
Credit Clockwise: Margaret MacMillan’s “The War That Ended Peace,” Max Brooks’ “The Harlem Hellfighters,” James Carl Nelson’s “Five Lieutenants,” and Siegfried Sassoon’s “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.”
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.