A weekly book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated on Thursdays.
“Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu
An Asian actor stuck generic roles longs to move his career forward. With this character, novelist Charles Yu skewers cultural stereotypes with humor and insight in his novel, “Interior Chinatown”
“Pickard County Atlas” by Chris Harding Thorton
A boy from the Nebraska Sandhills was murdered decades ago but his body was never found. In the suspense novel, “Pickard County Atlas.” UNL Lecturer Chris Harding Thorton has written a book combining menace and dark humor. On this week’s "All About Books” the author shares her Nebraska background and influences that helped shape the novel
“Hidden Prairie" by Chris Helzer
If forests, mountains and oceans are extroverted environments that demand our attention- the prairie has a more quiet voice. Photographer, author and the Nature Conservancy’s Director of Science in Nebraska, Chris Helzer, has written, “Hidden Prairie: Photographing Life in One Square Meter.” It explores the diversity and activity of plants and animals on just a small patch of the prairie.
“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker.
To their neighbors in Colorado Springs, the Galvins seemed to be a large, happy, baby boom family. Over the years 6 of the 12 children would be diagnosed with schizophrenia. How this could have happened this happened is the subject of the new book “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker.
"The Least Interesting Place." by Matt Steinhousen
It may be the first of its kind: a coffee-table book of Nebraska photographs designed, written, published and even printed entirely in Nebraska. Amateur photographer and self-published author, Matt Steinhousen joins host Pat Leach to talk about his book, "The Least Interesting Place."
“Run Me to Earth” by Paul Yoon
Beginning in 1960’s Laos, “Run Me to Earth” by Paul Yoon is a novel spanning decades. It tells the story of 3 orphans who risk their lives collecting medical supplies across a nightmare landscape of unexploded bombs.
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
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!
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.