Nancy Pearl

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Nancy Pearl was born in Detroit. She tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that first-time novelist Angela Flournoy gets the city just right in her book, "The Turner House." It traces the history of a family through the civil rights era and beyond in a struggling city.  

Special, important, brilliant: That’s the rave review from Nancy Pearl for this week’s reading pick, and she doesn’t use those words lightly. The book is “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen,  an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicities at USC who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee in 1975.

His novel follows an unnamed main character from South Vietnam who acts a spy for the North around the end of the war.

Pearl told Marcie Sillman on KUOW’s The Record that it should be on everyone’s must-read list, but it’s not an easy read.

“It is laugh-aloud funny in many places and terrifying and harrowing to read in other places,” she said. “But it took a lot for me to read it. It took a lot of compartmentalizing on my part.”

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Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about this week's reading pick: a new graphic biography of the famous Apple co-founder called "Steve Jobs: Insanely Great," by Jessie Hartland. Pearl says it rivals even Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs," which is considered the definitive biography of the tech leader.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about this week's reading recommendation: Rinker Buck's first hand account of recreating in the 21st century the famous treks of the 19th century in, "The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey." Pearl says it's perfect fodder for your next summer road trip.

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about this week’s reading recommendation: artist Sally Mann’s memoir “Hold Still.” Mann is a photographer with an MFA in creative writing. Pearl says that her memoir will delight even people who aren’t aware of her work. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about a pick that's aimed at teens, but great for readers of all ages: "The Game of Love and Death," by Martha Brockenbrough.

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Marcie Sillman discusses this week's reading recommendation with librarian Nancy Pearl. For very young readers, Pearl has chosen "Walter the Lazy Mouse," by Marjorie Flack.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about "Foolscap," by Michael Malone, which she thinks would be a good pick for fans of academic satires like Jane Smiley's "Moo" or Richard Russo's "Straight Man."

Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about a Scottish mystery novel that's finally available in the U.S. called "Strange Loyalties," by William McIlvanney.

Marcie Sillman talks with book maven Nancy Pearl about a more subtle offering from the science fiction genre: "The City & the City," by China Mieville. It's the story of two worlds that take place simultaneously, in the exact same geographic spot.

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Long before a policeman shot to death an unarmed young black man in Ferguson, Missouri, reporter Jill Leovy was exploring murder in Los Angeles.

She posted every murder on a blog and examined how many involved young black men.

Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about the book that resulted from Leovy's investigation for the Los Angeles Times: "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America."

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl for this week's memoir recommendations: 

  • "Raising Demons" and "Life Among the Savages," by Shirley Jackson
  • "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," by Jean Kerr
  • "Quiet! Yelled Mrs. Rabbit," by Hilda Cole Espy
  • "The Egg and I," by Betty MacDonald.
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Marcie Sillman chats with book maven Nancy Pearl about a book she recommends for teen readers anticipating summer vacation: "Kissing in America" by Margo Rabb.

Michelle Cooper's "A Brief History of Montmaray."

Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about "a perfect meld" of history and fiction just in time for summer: "A Brief History of Montmaray," by Michelle Cooper. Pearl likens the book to Dodie Smith's "I Capture the Castle."

Marcie Sillman talks to Nancy Pearl about a new planned trilogy that promises the same thrills and devotion as "Harry Potter." Pearl gives the first book in Edward Carey's series, "Heap House," two thumbs up. 

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