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August 21, 2019
Most people know about the World War 2 era sacrifices like scrap drives and rationing. Less well known was a program where American families volunteered their dogs to be trained for the military. The nation's center of dog training during the war was at Fort Robinson Nebraska. Trevor Jones of... more››
August 14, 2019
A work of fiction and non-fiction about prisons on this week's "All About Books." A life goes off the rails when a mother receives two consecutive life sentences in "The Mars Room" by Rachel Kushner. Then, award-winning journalist Shane Bauer went undercover as a guard at a for-profit prison in... more››
August 7, 2019
Important subjects are dealt with in a small space. Loyalty, family, love and fear- these are explored in a spare, new novel, "Waiting for Eden" by Elliot Ackerman. It follows a soldier horribly burned and damaged in Iraq who can no longer communicate. The soldier's story is told by his dead friend.
July 31, 2019
Talented writers start out as hungry readers. On this week’s “All About Books” renowned novelist and UNL professor of English, Chigozie Obioma shares how his love of reading started with his father telling him stories while he was recovering from malaria.
July 24, 2019
On a spring morning in 1986, fire alarms went off at the Los Angeles Public Library. 7 hours later, 400,000 books were consumed, with almost twice as many damaged. “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean investigates the fire and the larger story of libraries in our country
July 17, 2019
The assumption is that a Midwestern state like Kansas is where LGBT people flee from. The book, "No Place Like Home” by C.J. Janovy is about the people who stayed in their hometowns and fought to change hearts and minds. Hear an interview with the author on this week’s “All About Books”.
July 10, 2019
Abandoned by his parents, Horace searches for where he belongs. On this week’s “All About Books", the novel, “Don’t Skip Out on Me” by Willie Vlautin follows a young man, half-Mexican and half-Irish torn between the remote Nevada ranch of his aging foster parents, and the boxing ring.
July 3, 2019
Novelist, Poet, Playwright and Editor of Prairie Schooner. Chancellor Professor of English at UNL, Kwame Dawes is the guest on this week’s “All About Books.” His new novel, “Bivouac” is set in the political turmoil of 1980’s Jamaica. He talks about his personal connection to this story and how it... more››
June 26, 2019
Advances in technology have changed scientists understanding of how life forms evolve. The simple tree and branch analogy of evolution has become tangled. This week’s “All About Books” program reviews a well-written book on this complicated topic. “The Tangled Tree: a Radical New History of Life”... more››
June 19, 2019
In the 1950’s, a federal relocation project introduced Native Americans into Oakland California. A new novel, “There, There” by Tommy Orange, follows these urban, modern people. This week’s All About Books welcomes guest reviewer Shirley Sneve Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, for a look at... more››