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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.

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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.

Nancy Pearl: Mystery And Science Fiction

Mar 14, 2014
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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.

Nancy Pearl Introduces New Books On The Shelf

Mar 7, 2014
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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl explore some of the recently published books at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

Old Favorites On The Library Shelf

Feb 28, 2014
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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.

Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson

Feb 21, 2014
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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.

Joys And Dangers Of Re-Reading Old Favorites

Feb 14, 2014
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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.

Nancy Pearl Goes Undercover

Feb 7, 2014
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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.

Relationship Between Writers And Alcohol

Jan 31, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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."

Nancy Pearl’s Six Great Books Of 2013

Dec 27, 2013
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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.

Nancy Pearl’s Suggestions For Literary Gifts

Dec 20, 2013
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Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about tricks in picking out a book as a gift for a loved one. Her first suggestion — imagine the person reading the book.

You can also hear a special hour-long listener call-in and see a full list of Pearl's and listeners' reading suggestions from Monday.

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Nancy Pearl joined host Steve Scher with a shelf full of suggestions for readers young and old with holiday gift-giving in mind. Listeners added their picks too in this live-call in special.

Nancy Pearl's Best Books Of 2013

Fiction

“The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” Bob Shacochis

“Americanah,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Non-Fiction

“Five Days At Memorial,” Sherry Fink

“Lawrence In Arabia,” Scott Anderson

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