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A weekly book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated on Thursdays.

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A weekly book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated on Thursdays.

    Introduction to the Mystery Genre Pt. 1

    Introduction to the Mystery Genre Pt. 1

    An introduction to the Mystery genre with Scott Clark Lincoln City Libraries' resident mystery novel expert. In part 1, we look at origins and the many sub-genres of the mystery story.

    • 15 min
    "Somehow: Thoughts on Love" by Anne Lamott

    "Somehow: Thoughts on Love" by Anne Lamott

    For best-selling author Anne Lamott, “Love is our only hope”. That’s the subject of her 20th book, “Somehow: Thoughts on Love”. Drawing on her life and experience, it’s a tour through the many types of love: unexpected, bruised and sustaining. Hear a review this week on

    • 9 min
    “In Memoriam” by Alice Winn

    “In Memoriam” by Alice Winn

    It’s 1914, and World War I is destroying a generation of youth across Europe. For two young men safely at an idyllic boarding school in the English countryside, the war is heroic and far away. “In Memoriam” by Alice Winn is an epic story about the devastation of war and a forbidden romance that blooms in its midst.

    • 8 min
    “Dancing with the Octopus" by Debora Harding

    “Dancing with the Octopus" by Debora Harding

    In the winter of 1978, 14-year old Debora Harding was abducted from an Omaha church parking lot at knife point. “Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime” is her account of the assault and ransom. It’s this year's "One Book - One Nebraska” selection.

    • 9 min
    “Creative Genius: The Art of the Nebraska Capitol”

    “Creative Genius: The Art of the Nebraska Capitol”

    It’s a book born of the first complete cataloging of the Capitol’s Art. “Creative Genius: The Art of the Nebraska Capitol” reveals the themes driving the art and the people who created it. One of the book’s authors, Kevin Moser, joins host Pat Leach on this week’s program.

    • 16 min
    “Not the End of the World" by Hannah Ritchie

    “Not the End of the World" by Hannah Ritchie

    When there doesn’t seem to be a lot of promising news about our environment, data scientist Hannah Ritchie’s new book makes the case we’re positioned to achieve true sustainability. Hear a review of the book, “Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet” by Hannah Ritchie

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

emily_rj ,

Re: “Elderhood,” and ageism v ableism

Love this podcast, as a Nebraska living away from Nebraska who loves books. Some thoughts on the review and discussion on “Elderhood.” Ageism and ableism are two separate forms of bigotry, often confused and assumed for the same. I think the author, and the reviewer, should be clearer to note this. As we have seen in recent decades more and more older and elderly people be forced into working past retirement, rather than being provided with resources to elect continuing to work, the lines about worth and inclusion and resources are clearly drawn between those who can work and those who can’t. The US has about 28 percent disabled residents (pre-Covid, it’s certainly more now) but the majority of disabled people aren’t considered older or elderly. I hope these delineations are more thoroughly reviewed with future book review selections. May I suggest Alice Wong’s “Disability Visibility” that was published this year? Thank you

Hungrygirlreader ,

Ms.

This podcast is so smart and entertaining and downright delightful. I never miss it and get fabulous ideas for new reads. A must have for all readers and listeners of literature!

markgi ,

Books with your coffee buddies

Great show. The hosts sound like two guys having coffee who happen to talk about books. That is not to say they are not erudite--they are.
It's just that no matter what book they are talking about they approach the subject with wit,humility,and (dare I say it) a dose of Nebraska plainspeak.

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