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January 28, 2015
"Why Homer Matters" by Adam Nicholson , a very readable exploration of our earliest stories- the Iliad and the Odyssey.
January 21, 2015
"Claire of the Sea Light" by Edwidge Dandicat, a beautifully told story of a young girl in contemporary Haiti presented in a series of stories by people in her life. Also reviewed, "Johnny Cash: The Life" by Robert Hilburn.
January 14, 2015
"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson, an intriguing novel about a British girl who is reincarnated several times, allowing her to prevent tragedy both personal and national in scope during the World War II era. Also reviewed,"Year Zero: A History of 1945 " a look at how the world established a "new... more››
January 8, 2015
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America" A book that challenges assumptions about the working poor in America. Also reviewed, "Close Call" by Stella Remington. An espionage thriller written by the former head of M I 5, Britain's security service.
January 5, 2015
"Lincoln's Boys:John Hay, John Nicolay and the War for Lincoln's Image" by Joshua Zeitz. How the President's secretaries shaped his future image.
December 17, 2014
Charles Stephen interviews Nebraska poet Ted Kooser about poets who've influenced him, publishing today and his new book, "Splitting An Order"
December 10, 2014
Charles Stephen looks back at 2014 and selects his favorite books in various categories like biography, fiction, history and science. A handy list for book-lovers at gift-giving season.
December 3, 2014
Guest reader Mary Pipher of Lincoln picks up books she last read as a teenager. Her return to a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the small town of Maycomb Alabama and an attic hiding place in Amsterdam reminded her of the power of seeing the world through young eyes.
November 19, 2014
Guest reviewer Pat Leach looks at "The Dinner" by Herman Koch a novel of two brothers and their families having to make the hardest decision of their lives over dinner in a restaurant.
November 12, 2014
"The Immortal Evening: a Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb". The author uses an intimate dinner with an impressive guest list as a starting point to follow the lives of Britain's early 19th century literary giants.