Nancy Pearl

Good Reads
2:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl Fights Rainy Day Blues With A Satire

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Marcie Sillman talks with revered librarian Nancy Pearl who recommends "The Diamond Lane," by Karen Karbo. It is a Hollywood satire that should cheer up the gray, rainy weather. 

Good Reads
2:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Thrilling Seasonal Selection

What better place to curl up with a spooky fall read than the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library?
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Marcie Sillman gets a thrilling recommendation from book maven Nancy Pearl, just in time for Halloween. This week, Pearl suggests picking up "The Distance," by Helen Giltrow.

Good Reads
3:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl Settles In With A Cozy Mystery

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 Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about a "cozy" mystery to settle in with now that the rain has returned to Puget Sound. Her recommendation for the week is "Murder at the Brightwell," by Ashley Weaver.

Good Reads
2:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Picks For A Little Academic Silliness

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Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading list from beloved librarian Nancy Pearl, who in honor of back-to-school season recommends two academic satires: "Famous Writers I Have Known," by James Magnuson, and "Dear Committee Members," by Julie Schumacher.

Good Reads
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Nancy Pearl On The Stories Of Women Warriors

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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.

Good Reads
2:55 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nancy Pearl Reads Up On Middle East Culture

Ted Rall's book, "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests," and Ari Shavit's book, "My Promised Land."

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.

Good Reads
2:26 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Pick For Making It In Art (Hint: Be A Man)

Credit 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. 

Good Reads
2:21 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Recommendation: Keep Your Friends Close

Credit 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.

Good Reads
4:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries

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

Good Reads
3:03 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Nancy Pearl Dishes On Delightful Tween Detective

Credit 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. 

Good Reads
3:24 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

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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.

Good Reads
3:29 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nancy Pearl Gives Northwest Writer The Thumbs Up On Second Book

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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.

Good Reads
3:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nancy Pearl's English Walking Tour Inspires Mystery (Reading)

Nancy Pearl's walking tour of England inspired her to pick up a few of her favorite mysteries.
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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.

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Good Reads
7:15 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:28 am

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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Good Reads
8:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl Recommends Armchair Travel Books

Your surroundings disappear as you take off to new destinations through a great book.
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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.

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