Nancy Pearl

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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.

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Marcie Sillman gets book hugger Nancy Pearl's recommendations for a good book to take you to an exotic location from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

Andrew Solomon's book "Far from the Tree."

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.

Nancy Pearl Picks For Books That Peddle Adventure

May 20, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about some books about biking that have put her in a traveling frame of mind.

Nancy Pearl Finds Library Passion In Pictures

May 13, 2014
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Steve Scher talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about a book that shares her passion for libraries. Also, she re-introduces us to an author she considers one of the best to ever put pen to paper.  

Book Hugger Nancy Pearl Revists Old Favorites

May 2, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about the books she has been re-reading lately, including Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivett," and David Lodge's "The Campus Trilogy."

Why Do You Love The Books You Love?

Apr 25, 2014
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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?

Exploring World War I Books With Nancy Pearl

Apr 18, 2014
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.”

World War I began 100 years ago this June. A century later, the Great War is still generating interest among scholars, writers and readers.

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl meet up at the University Bookstore, in front of a display of new and old books about the war to end all wars.

Nancy Pearl: A Memoir And A Story Of Hollywood

Apr 11, 2014
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.

Nancy Pearl: Swing And A Hit

Apr 4, 2014
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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.

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.

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