Nancy Pearl

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

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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.

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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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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about the reading pick of the week: "If I Fall, If I Die." It is the first novel of British Columbia writer Michael Christie about on-the-job training for one parent-child relationship. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about the beloved librarian's weekly reading recommendation: a science-fiction novel by Felix Gilman, "The Revolutions."

Gail Godwin's new book, 'Publishing,' is an inside look at the industry.
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Gail Godwin is best known as an award-winning novelist, but Nancy Pearl told KUOW's Marcie Sillman that with her new book, Godwin explores her relationship with the publishing industry. The book is called "Publishing."

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Marcie Sillman speaks with beloved librarian Nancy Pearl about the book pick of the week by Canadian writer Emma Hooper, a first-time novelist. Called "Etta and Otto and Russell and James," it is about a middle-aged woman who decides to walk from her home on Canada's Great Plains all the way to the Atlantic coast.

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