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Helen Thorpe's "Soldier Girls"

Marcie Sillman talks books with stalwart librarian Nancy Pearl, who recommends "Soldier Girls," by Helen Thorpe. It's a look at three military women, why they served and what that service meant to them.

Marcie Sillman talks with everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, who has been inspired by current Middle East politics to read up on the culture and history of the region. She recommends "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests," by Ted Rall, and "My Promised Land," by Ari Shavit.

Siri Hustvedt's novel "The Blazing World."

Marcie Sillman sits down with book luster Nancy Pearl and learns about the latest novel from author Siri Hustvedt, "The Blazing World, " about one woman's efforts to make it in the art world by using male pseudonyms. 

Ben Macintyre's book "A Spy Among Friends."

Marcie Sillman gets this week's book recommendation from literary maven Nancy Pearl, who suggests picking up non-fiction spy thriller, "A Spy Among Friends," by Ben Macintyre. It's the account of Kim Philby, who double-crossed British intelligence for the Soviet Union in the height of the Cold War.

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Ross Reynolds interviews Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendation, "Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie.

Alan Bradley's "The Dead in their Vaulted Arches."

Ross Reynolds talks with book-lusting former librarian, Nancy Pearl, about Alan Bradley's mystery, "The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches," and its adorable, but brilliant, tween heroine, Flavia de Luce. 

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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.

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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.

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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."

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