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That Stack Of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher - The House of Podcasts
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher
Nancy Pearl helps you choose your next book.
Dec 4, 2017
Nancy Pearl on Nancy Pearl
That Stack of Books listeners, I am back with an interview with none other than Nancy Pearl. Nancy has written her first novel, "George and Lizzie." It's a love story, with one partner, Lizzie, trying to figure out just how committed she is to George, who seems to be going along with a heart full of love and a head full of patience. We met in Seattle at the Bryant Corner Cafe, our ongoing book club haunt, to talk about her foray into fiction.
May 31, 2016
Don't Be Afraid of Science Fiction or Why Nancy Hates Lumping Books Into Categories
Here are some books that should appeal to the fan and the skeptic of science fiction.
May 25, 2016
Teens Eating Pizza and Reading Books
Teens at Lake Forest Park's King County Library talk about what they are reading and why.
May 5, 2016
Stewart O'Nan, "City of Secrets," and the Work of Writing
Award Winning writer Stewart O'Nan on his newest novel and on the craft of writing
Apr 30, 2016
Sad Books For A Summer Read
Books that take the reader into the darkest places of the human experience.
Apr 20, 2016
Books That Make You Happy
We have had wonderful weather the past few April days. It made us happy and had us reaching for books that made us happy.
Apr 17, 2016
Toure: What is it Like to Be Black In America Now?
Toure writes about what it is like to be a black person in America now. It is tough.
Apr 7, 2016
How Would You Imagine an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission?
Nancy wanted to talk about two books that delve into America's civil rights history. But there are so many more books and ideas to consider, we couldn't stop at two.
Mar 27, 2016
Who was Rasputin? (Audio- author interview extra)
Rasputin has become a mini-industry. Scholar Douglas Smith gained access to archives that shed new understanding of his place in Russian history.
Mar 23, 2016
Where Were You When Mount St. Helens Blew?
The recovery of nature is every bit as fascinating as the eruption itself.
Mar 15, 2016
The American political system needs a few good books. Not for throwing, for reading.
Mar 5, 2016
New Books From Northwest Writers.
We are lucky that so many great writers live in the Pacific Northwest.
Feb 28, 2016
Throughout this show we debate the difference between thriller and mystery and crime novels and end up suggesting, like always, that maybe we should stop categorizing every thing. But, really, how can we stop. It is what we humans do. Well actually there are two categories of humans, ones who make categories and ones who don’t
Feb 21, 2016
Cocoon Of Cancer Author Abbe Rolnick Talks with Steve Scher
How do you respond when a love one is diagnosed with cancer? Steve Scher talks with author Abbe Rolnick about her collection of essays and poems she write while her husband and her dealt with his cancer
Feb 13, 2016
This Is The Love Story List You Need For Real Romance.
What is the difference between a love story and a romance? Which do you prefer? We sat down at the Bryant Corner Café to talk about love. Valentines Day had everyone thinking about it, but we got into a pretty substantive discussion about the difference between love stories and romances. Finally, different kinds of love, between different people emerge as our main theme. Nancy started out, however, by calling our attention to a recently published novel she found remarkable by an author she follows. “A God In Every Stone,” by Kamila Shamsie, is the story of a young English woman who goes on an archeological dig in what would become Pakistan just before WW1 just breaks out. Nancy says, “What we get in this wonderful, wonderful novel is a perspective on WW1 from the Indian soldiers who went to fight for the British and died in great numbers.” It is also a story of the beginnings of the fight for independence on the sub-continent. She says it opens up a period of histo…
Feb 9, 2016
Eli Sanders, "While The City Slept"
Eli Sanders delved into the failures of US Criminal Justice and Mental Health that led to a horrific crime in Seattle. Steve Scher interviews"While the City Slept" author about the people grappling with the aftermath.
Feb 1, 2016
At "Martha's Place," Martha Hawkins Finds Her Soul
Martha Hawkins is a successful restaurateur. She struggled to achieve her success.
Jan 28, 2016
Books have a special power to make a reader sad. We often come back to them for their honesty and power.
Jan 23, 2016
2016 New Novels
A survey of just a few of the new fiction coming out in 2016. Much more to come in upcoming episodes. This year many major American writers are coming out with new work.
Jan 16, 2016
TSOB Extra- Author Interview with Nick Licata
Nick Licata set out to be a citizen activist long before he took his politics into the Seattle City Council. He continues the work now that he is retired, writing, raising alarms and encouraging the next generation of activists. Licata believes you can fight city hall, and you can join it. Elected politicians respond to citizens who organize, rally and compromise. Licata fought and lost a lot of battles during his 5 terms on the council but his voice shaped many debates and policies. He wants more people to step up and enter the battle and to that end he has written “Becoming A Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World.” We sat down to talk at the Greenlake coffee shop, Revolutions Espresso. Nick Licata’s book, published by Sasquatch Press, is available online and at bookstores. He is taking the stage at Town Hall January 19th to talk about his book and through stories, inspire to get involved. Permalink
Jan 6, 2016
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall Recorded at The Bryant Corner Café in Seattle. With so much turmoil in the world, sometimes a reader just wants to reset before plunging back into the intellectual fray. Nancy Pearl is calling the books you might turn to as palate cleansers. Pretty quickly, though, the readers around the big table at the Bryant Corner Café started putting their own spin on the notion. First off, though, mark your calendar. Don Delillo has a new book coming out May of this year. Nancy Pearl says “Zero K” is a cause for celebration. Palate Cleansers From Nancy The author Elinor Lipman. Nancy loves her books. She calls the frothy. She rereads “The Inn at Lake Divine” and “The Way Men Act” from time to time. She finds the writing appealing in all her books. Leslie turns to her favorite mystery writers including, “Second Watch,” by J.A. Jance. Other Palate Cleansers Mentioned This Episode Janwillem van de Wetering and his characters Grijpst…
Dec 20, 2015
2015 Books To Give At The Holidays.
That Stack is at Town Hall with a panel of readers sharing their choices for 2015
Dec 10, 2015
Children's Librarians Share Their Favorites
A Panel of Children's Librarians from local schools share some of their favorite books of this year and talk about guiding kids through difficult books.
Dec 4, 2015
What Attracts You To A Book?
Many of us like to read books suggested by family members, others join book clubs just to read books they might not otherwise never be attracted too. Some of us just like to read around, a reference in a book suggests the next read. A curious mind takes you on a wonderful journey.
Nov 25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving- What We Are Reading
We met at the Bryant Corner Café for cookies, coffee and a survey of what’s on everyone’s stack of books. Nancy also had some news about the finalists for National Book Award Short List for Young Adult Novels Laura Rubey “Bone Gap” Neal Shusterman, ”Challenger Deep” Noelle Stevenson, “Nimona” She also had news about the finalistsfor the Carnegie Award given by the America Library Association (Fiction) Viet Thanh Nguyen, “The Sympathizer” Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” Jim Shephard, “The Book of Aron” (Non Fiction) Sally Mann, “Hold Still” A Memoir in Photographs” Helen Macdonald “H is for Hawk” Andrea Wulf. The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World Others Readings from our stacks. John Irving, “Avenue of Mysteries” and maybe reread “The World According to Garp.’ Peter Guralnick, “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n Roll Sophie Blackall and Emily Jenkins, “A Fine Dessert” Jon Meachum,…
Nov 14, 2015
Political Books For a Political Season
Political Books for a Political Season We recorded this episode on November 3rd. All the off year electioneering had us thinking about the books that delved into political issues, both fiction and non-fiction. But let's face it, so many books are tinged with politics. The Books we discussed this episode. Alan Drury, “Advise and Consent.” Robert Penn Warren, “All The King’s Men.” Dale Russakoff, “The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools?” – "Education isn’t separate from quality of life." - Nancy Geoffrey Canada, “Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun.” Ari Berman, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.” (Noble story about the passage and the legacy of the voting rights act. It is one that can fill a reader with despair. “I don’t want this history to be forgotten” - Nancy) Kay Mills, “This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer.” John Lewis, “Walking With the Wind.” Duong Van Mai Elliot.“Th…
Nov 7, 2015
Best Books of 2015 (So Far)
We are back at the Bryant Corner Cafe with a tough task from Nancy Pearl. What has been the best book of 2015. Some of us chose books published this year- which is what Nancy was aiming for, in fiction and non-fiction. Others just mentioned their best read so far. In addition, we offer an excerpt from Steve's interview with Patrick Kennedy about his book "A Common Struggle." We will post the entire interview in a That Stack of Books extra soon. Here is the list of The Best Book(s) We Have Read (So Far This Year) Nancy was aiming towards best books of the year so far in fiction. Non-Fiction Christian Appy, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. (Nancy’s Pick) Other books we liked this year. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ( Katy’s Pick) Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Big Horn (Tom Bird’s Pick) William Maxwell, FB Eye’s: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American L…
Oct 24, 2015
We Spill Puns and Grammar all over Town Hall
That Stack of Books at Town Hall, October 18th, 2015. Puns, grammar jokes, a festive audience great guests and prizes galore. Our guests, Martha Brockenbrough, founder of National Grammar Day and author of "Things That Make Us (Sic)", and Frida Clements, artist and illustrator, author of "Have a Little Pun." Hope you enjoy our show at Town Hall. Love to see you at The Bryant Corner Cafe November 3rd for the show. We will be talking about political books, both, fiction and non-fiction. See you are 3 pm. Don't forget, Watch Nancy Pearl on "Book Lust" on the Seattle Channel, Listen to Katy Sewall on her podcast "The Bittersweet Life." Listen to Steve Scher on his podcast "The Overlook Podcast." Follow us on twitter @thatstack. Drop us a line at Facebook at That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher
Oct 13, 2015
October Books and Amy Stewart
Nancy Pearl has some book news for October, we hear about a whole bunch of great books and author Amy Stewart talks about her first novel, "Girl Waits With Gun." It is a novel of strong women living in the early 20th Century who do not suffer the depredations of bullies silently.
Sep 23, 2015
Live From Town Hall July 23rd ( Well Taped Now, of course-but we were Live then)
That Stack of Books, the Town Hall Summer Edition. Nancy Pearl, Katy Sewall and Steve Scher were at Town Hall July 23rd, helping celebrate 15 years of great programs at the young, robust and august cultural center. We hope you like this show. If you do, please join us at Town Hall Sunday October 18th at 6:30- after the Seahawks game. Tickets are just $5. Invite your friends. Win fabulous prizes. We told a few book jokes to start the show. Nancy shared book suggestions with audience members. We played a trivia game which was way too hard. Our guest was author Jason Schmidt whose memoir A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me, chronicles growing up poor in Seattle in the 1980’s. His mom had left; his single Dad was a gay petty thief, a drug dealer and an addict. A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me is tough and honest story that takes place in a town some of us may not recognize. Here are a few of the books we talked about on this podcast. “Cold, Cold Ground,”…
Sep 2, 2015
Armchair Travel Books
A great armchair travel book can take you to places you just might not ever want to go to in person, too cold, too hot, too many snakes. Armchair Travel Books from this episode Bill Bryson, “A Walk In The Woods”, “In A Sunburned Country” (Jan) James Morris, “Coronation Climb” and others by Morris Jon Krakauer, “Into Thin Air” Redmond O’Hanlon, “Into the Heart of Borneo” and his other travel books. Robert Van Gulik, “The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee” and others in the series (China) Collin Cotterill, “The Coroner’s Lunch” and others in the series (Laos) Janet Wallach, “Desert Queen.” Scott Anderson, “Lawrence in Arabia” Vivian Russell, “Monet’s Garden.” Christina Thompson, “Come on Shore and We Will Eat You All” Richard Flannigan, “Wanting” Matthew Kneale, “English Passengers”
Aug 18, 2015
We discuss biographies this episode. Their power resides in their place in history. New facts emerge, new understandings reshape our understandings of the person. Biographies remind us the ways the present influences the past. Biographies we mentioned in this episode “Steve Jobs, Insanely Great” by Jesse Hartland “Jonas Salk, A Life,” by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs “Daughters of the Samuri: A Journey From East and West and Back” Janice P. Nimura “Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage,” Vincent Carretta “A Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames,” by Kai Bird “The Bully Pulpit,” Doris Kearns Goodwin “Bolivar: Aerican Liberator” by Marie Arana “The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government,” by David Talbot “Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty,” by Jerry Oppenheimer “Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful a…
Jul 18, 2015
Author Interview- Jesse Goolsby
“I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them,” is the first novel from writer and Air Force officer Jesse Goolsby. Wars impact lingers. It shapes a nation’s life. It also shapes the lives of the combatants, their friends and family. Goolsby wrestles with the ways the war in Afghanistan has shaped his characters and how their characters are reshaped by the experience. Jesse Goolsby has published a number of short pieces of fiction and non-fiction. He holds an English degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. He is working on his PhD from Florida State University. Here is an interview I conducted with Goolsby when he was in town in July for a reading at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, which is where we talked. -Steve Scher
Jun 29, 2015
Found In Translation
People who translate between languages make books accessible to those of us who might otherwise never be able to enjoy the literature of the whole world. Many of us, probably way too many of us, don’t speak, let alone read, a language other than the one we were born into. Nancy Pearl talks about a translator who has done award-winning translation. Carol Brown Janeway translates almost exclusively from German to English and Nancy Pearl says you could do well just reading her translations. We discuss other books we can enjoy in translation and ponder the translators relationship to the author. A few of the books discussed: Lost, Hans Ulrich Treichel (Author) Carol Brown Janeway (Translator) Rue , Kim Thuy (Author), Sheila Fischman (Translator) The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad(Author) and Ingrid Christophersen (Translator) Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Author), Lucia Graves (Translator) The President, Miguel Angel Asturias (Author) and Frances Partridge…
Jun 14, 2015
Words vs. Pictures.
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and the folks at the Bryant Corner Cafe talk about graphic novels and our imaginative powers. Now here is a contentious episode. Really, you wonder, contentious? Yes, because we discuss the value of the graphic novel and the comic strip and the comic book. The contention comes in when we start to debate whether or not words release our imaginations in a way that the pictures, drawn or filmed do not. Does the book, words on the page, give the readers' imagination the freest flight, the deepest expression? Does the artists rendering constrain our imaginations? Do their pictures force out our own mental pictures? I guess it’s just the same argument that people make about movies. Do the movies ruin the book? It’s a bit of a rambling conversation among the folks around the table, but stimulating. What do you think? Are books simply inherently better than graphic novels, comics, movies? Are the pictures in your head stimulated from radio d…
Jun 5, 2015
More Favorites From Off the Shelf At Home
Nancy Pearl talks to Steve Scher and the folks around the table about their favorite books. We had such a good time asking this question a few weeks back, we thought we'd ask folks again to bring in a favorite book they'd saved on the bookshelf at home. We thought asking for a favorite would be a much easier choice then asking a reader to pick the favorite book, but it turns out still to be a tough choice. Nancy’s favorite book of all time is the novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound, by Merle Miller. It’s a long book about young man recounting his life through a series of reel-to-reel tape recordings. It is a great for book clubs and was the first of her Book Lust Rediscovery Imprints available on Amazon. Amazing that she can even answer that question, considering the thousands of books she reads. She loves the voice of the narrator, a young man who grew up with very difficult parents and had to come to terms with childhood in order to live a good life. She says, though, t…
May 28, 2015
Mysteries for the Summer Reader, 2015
For some readers, the love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew. Here are some suggestions for mystery readers from Nancy Pearl and the folks around the table at the Bryant Corner Cafe. Nancy Pearl says her enjoyment of mysteries is limited by some wince-worthy writing. But she avoids those writers. The books Nancy recommended and some suggestions from the rest of us around the table at The Bryant Corner Café, 32nd and 65th in the Bryant neighborhood in Seattle. We will be there next Tuesday, June 2nd at 3:15. Drop on by. William McIlvanney, The Laidlaw Trilogy McIlvanney was the founder of what’s now being called Scottish Noir, and inspired writers Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin Israeli novelist Batya Gur and her Michael Ohayon series Tana French, Dublin Murder Squad series The authors of the sub genre, mediaeval mysteries (suggested by Judy) Ellis Peters Margaret Fraser C.J. Sansome Henning Mankell, Inspector Wallander series (suggested by Bill, though som…
May 18, 2015
The Books on The Shelf
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and folks at the Bryant Corner Cafe share some of the books they just couldn't part with. The Lions of Al Rassan , Guy Gavriel Kay The Wright Brothers, David McCullough A Canticle For Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller The Tough Guide to Fantasyland:The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel, Diana Wynne Jones A Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell The Wild Braid , Stanley Kunitz Darwin and the Beagle, Alan Morehead The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon The City & The City, China Mieville Cannery Row, John Steinbeck 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
May 7, 2015
The Next Big Book. We Are Talking Harry Potter Big! That Big!
Nancy Pearl brings a book she says is going to be the book all the Harry Potter fans will flock to. "The Iremonger Trilogy, written and illustrated by Edward Carey. "Heap House" is the first of the trilogy. Nancy says that ever since the Harry Potter books, she has been looking for the next book that will appeal to Potter fans with a story that is new and fresh. Here it is. Carey is telling a tale not of good versus evil, but of humans doing what they do to our little world. Also, "Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War," by Ari Kelman gives a reader a different way to look at a history that is still in dispute in this country. She says it also gives her a renewed respect for the power of the graphic book.
Apr 29, 2015
The past, present and future walk into a bar. Bartender says, "you need a drink. You're tense." Here is a discussion offering some funny books to read. Here also are some satires. Here are some books that are laugh out loud funny and some that might need some historical context to truly get the jokes. Also here, a discussion we just started, really. What is the difference between comedy and satire? Here is a web-based definition I found helpful. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-comedy-and-satire.htm#didyouknowout “Comedy and satire are different in that comedy is a much broader genre. All satire is comedy, but not all comedy is satire. Comedy includes everything from intelligent, witty repartees and dark humor to slapstick and baseline jokes. Satire, on the other hand, is a literary genre primarily focused on highbrow social criticism. “ Though even here, the lines sure seem to blur. What is the difference between highbrow and lowbrow these days?…
Apr 24, 2015
Recent Books and Remembering Ivan Doig
We sat down at the Bryant Corner Café after a few weeks away, so we took a survey of what folks have just completed. We also remember the great and generous writer, Ivan Doig. Books from this episode: The Belly of Paris, Emile Zola Days of Rage, Bryan Burrough The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman The Circle, Dave Eggers So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson Winter Brothers, Ivan Doig All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Apr 15, 2015
The Memoir These Days
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and the big table of readers at the Bryant Corner Cafe talk about the status of the memoir these days. We all lead lives that generate stories. Do these stories only have credibility when they are shared with others? Do we need to try to get them published to feel good about our efforts? Some critics are wondering whether this self-congratulatory age is producing too many memoirs. When author Ryan Boudinot published a critical article about fledgling writers, he struck a note so sour that he undermined support for efforts to get Seattle designated as a UNESCO City of Literature. Among his quotes of note from the article:“For the most part, MFA students who choose to write memoirs are narcissists using the genre as therapy. They want someone to feel sorry for them, and they believe that the supposed candor of their reflective essay excuses its technical faults. Just because you were abused as a child does not make your inability t…
Apr 8, 2015
Do Awards Help You Choose The Books You Read?
Nancy Pearls tells Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and our table full of readers at the Bryant Corner Cafe her thoughts on book awards. We get some behind the scenes glimpses of the awards process, and find out, among other things, that the publishers self nominate for some awards. How do you use awards to help you find the next book to read? Nancy recommends reading the whole list of nominees and not just the winners, because there you will find books for many tastes.
Apr 1, 2015
Two Views of Empire Builders:"The Strangler Vine" and "American Reckoning"
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher and Katy Sewall nibble at the Bryant Corner Cafe while talking about two books that offer different approaches to the same overarching theme- how empire builders move across the landscape into history. The first is an historical account of the American Vietnam War. Christian Appy, “American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity” connects our current foreign policy actions to the attitudes that were revealed during our long war against Vietnam. "The Strangler Vine" is a classically styled mystery set in the British Raj. Though lighter and more of a swashbuckler, the actions of the British colonialists are on full display. We also touched on a couple of American crime writers, Ross Macdonald and Ross Thomas. Both worth a look and worth a whole show. That is coming soon. We won't be at the Bryant Corner Cafe for a few weeks. We will be back with the live taping April 21st, 3:15. Love to see you there with books to share while we e…
Mar 25, 2015
Steve Scher's pilgrimage to the American South triggers a conversation with Nancy Pearl and all the folks around the table about southern writers. But pretty soon we are trying to define the essence of a region and describe the cover of "Mandingo." If you are looking a place to start thinking about southern writers, here are a few websites to check out. Flavorwire's list "of the best ever!" Ten Contemporary Southern Writers. The Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Mar 18, 2015
Why Belong To Book Clubs?
Nancy Pearl talks about the benefits of book clubs with Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and the rest of folks around the table at The Bryant Corner Cafe. Nancy says there are some rules to follow that can make the book selections and the book chats much more meaningful. We will be back recording at the Cafe Tuesday, March 24th at 3:15. Please join us. You can check in on Nancy's book picks and all the places where she is sharing her love of reading at Nancy Pearl.com Katy Sewall hosts a very smart and funny podcast about living abroad, the bittersweetlife. Steve Scher produces a few other podcasts and provides commentary at NWCN.
Mar 13, 2015
Women's History Month
Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and our great readers are at the table at the The Bryant Corner Cafe again. We are talking about the books to read for March, Women's History Month. We also get into a discussion of just whether or not these months set aside to particular groups are a positive or not. If you want to donate some books the Seattle Literacy Council is looking for you. They hold a fundraiser soon and need your support. Join us at the cafe next tuesday afternoon at 3:15. Hope to see you.
Mar 5, 2015
What Books Shaped You Growing Up?
Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl take up Katy Sewall's question, what books shaped you in high school? Our friends around the table have their own favorites. What are the books that shaped you?
Feb 25, 2015
Who Recommends Books To You
Who recommends books to you? We survey the different ways we try to sort through all our choices. Do you get your ideas for your next book from newspapers, librarians, friends? Maybe you follow your book club lists, or listen to the radio. How do you decide what to read next? If you have other unique ways for finding the books you want to read, please write us at email@example.com. Happy reading.
Feb 19, 2015
The Pleasures and Perils of Re-reading Books
We gather again at The Bryant Corner Cafe to talk about books. Two new fiction works garnered glowing reviews from Nancy Pearl, the novel "Vanessa and Her Sister" by Priya Parmar and "Single Carefree, Mellow," short stories by Katherine Heiny. Then we take up the perils and pleasure's of re-reading books. Find us on Facebook. We twitter @thatstack. Write us with your comments and suggestions for future topics at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy reading.
Feb 10, 2015
The Books On Your Shelf
What books sit on your shelf, waiting for you to finally pull them off and read them? For Nancy Pearl, it's Anthony Trollope. For Steve Scher, it's a number of natural history books. What's on your shelf? Let's follow up with Nancy's suggestion and listen to her interview with the writer Stewart O'Nan. You can find many interviews Nancy has conducted at the Seattle Channel, Book Lust.
Feb 4, 2015
Harper Lee's Second Book, John Vaillant's First Novel
Nancy Pearl , Steve Scher and friends talk about Harper Lee's 2nd novel, "Go Set A Watchman." Also, author John Vaillant, known for his award winning non-fiction, talks with Steve Scher about his first published novel, "The Jaguar's Children. "
Jan 29, 2015
Nancy Pearl tells Steve Scher she has become intrigued by a few new memoirs. Sometimes she finds the writing in memoirs swinging a little too close to wince-worthiness. But of course, the genre is also capable of producing truly memorable stories. Nancy enjoyed a new work by Roger Cohen of the New York Times, "The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts Of Memory In A Jewish Family." It never descends into pathos. Also, Kate Moses, “Cakewalk: A Memoir.” She says it’s a lovely book where each chapter ends with a recipe. Just a few of the other books we discuss. Daniel Mendelsohn “The Lost: A Search For 6 among Six Million Blaine Harden’s “Escape from Camp 14” Will Schwalbe “The End of Your Life Bookclub.” Haven Kimmel “ A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moreland Indiana” Wes Moore, "The Other Wes Moore” Ann Hood, “The Obituary Writer” Roger Lipsey, “Hammarskjöld: A Life” John Marzluff, “Subirdia “ Charles Emmerson, "1913:…
Jan 22, 2015
Dipping our New Year's Toes into First Novels.
It's a new year, time for throwing caution to the wind, time to carouse with wild abandon. Well, at least it's a good time to check out some new novels by first time novelists. Among the books we discussed, S.M. Hulse's "Black River" and Emma Hooper's, "Etta and Otto and Russell and James." Say, send us a picture. Perhaps a picture of that little free library near your home. Or, how about this. We are going to do a show soon on those books on your bookshelf that you've never read, but saved because you are going to get to them soon, real , real soon. Send us a picture of you holding that book. Or, of course, we would love a picture of that stack of books that sits by your bed or your reading chair. Love to see it. Post it on Facebook, That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher or Twitter @thatstack, or send it along to email@example.com and we will post it for you. Happy reading.
Jan 15, 2015
We are off again this week, so some choice cuts from a previous show. We are back again recording at The Bryant Corner Cafe, NE 65th and 32nd Ave Ne in Northeast Seattle at 10 am Tuesday the 20th. Drop on by. Books Mentioned Peter Mountford, “The Dismal Science: A Novel” John Lanchester, “Capital”(F), “How To Speak Money” (NF) Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermer, “Sorcery and Cecilia, Or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot” Georgiette Heyer, “Sylvester,” “The Grand Sophy.” Max Egremont , “Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew.” Karen Karbo, “The Diamond Lane” Ian McEwan, “Amstersdam” Dick Wolfe, “The Intercept” David Quammen, “The Soul of Victor Tronko” Charles McCarry, “The Tears of Autumn,” “The Last Supper” Laura Schroff , ”The Invisible Thread” Nancy Horan, “Loving Frank” T.C. Boyle, “The Women” Lydia Netzer, “Shine Shine Shine” ( Nancy’s November Book Club offering) Rudolpho Ana…
Jan 8, 2015
Happy New Year!
The new year brings back our very first episode. Nancy is off for a few weeks, attending to her own writing. Here is our very first episode, with something added. A word from our sponsor. Sarah Swanson at The Bryant Corner Cafe is the person who has made us a space here at the cafe. So, we find out a little bit about why that is, and also, we taste their homemade hollandaise sauce Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for a book suggestion? Have a thought about a topic we should cover? Give us some feedback to the show. Drop us a line. We love to hear from you. Here are the books we discussed on this episode. That Stack of Books Episode 1 Some of the books, authors and genre’s discussed by Nancy, Steve, Katy and our visitor’s Welcome To Subirdia, John M. Marzluff Richard Norton Smith, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller Garth Stein, The Sudden Light Peter Temple, Truth, The Broken Shore; The Jack Irish Series Donna Leon, Guido Brunetti Series…
Dec 31, 2014
How Do You Choose A Book?
How do you choose a book? Nancy offers up a few ideas and readers around the table answer in their own ways.
Dec 25, 2014
Finding Next Year's Great Reads
What kind of book are you really hoping you'll encounter in 2015? Nancy Pearl kicks a few ideas around the table at The Bryant Corner Cafe a couple of days before Christmas. Happy Holidays, readers!
Dec 17, 2014
Episode 10 That Stack of Books
Time for the lists. No, not the best of lists, though we chat about those. Too judgmental, we've concluded. Rather Nancy Pearl, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall and all the folks around the big table offer their favorite books published in 2014. What are yours? And next week, 12/23, when we again meet at the Bryant Corner Cafe at 10 am, what kind of book are you hoping to read in 2015? Maybe Nancy has already found it for you. Join us.
Dec 5, 2014
Episode 9 That Stack Of Books
Gift suggestions from Nancy Pearl and a big crowd of readers for this edition of That Stack of Books. Beside the great gift ideas, the folks at The Bryant Corner Cafe set down some homemade gingerbread men for us to taste. Drop by next time we tape the podcast, December 16th at 10 am. We would love to have your company.
Nov 19, 2014
Episode 8 That Stack of Books
Historical fiction, military history and African literature make up that stack of books this time, plus some info graphics and fantasy.
Nov 11, 2014
Episode 7 That Stack of Books
Veterans Day edition of That Stack of Books. The Bryant Corner Cafe was crowded. Kids were home from school happy for pancakes. We talked about Robert Heinlein among many authors. We talked about fiction and non-fiction books that are concerned with war and with veterans. Many books to give you good reading.
Nov 7, 2014
That Stack of Books Episode 6
Nancy Pearl's postman doesn't think fiction is worth reading. What! This prompts a discussion about the value of reading fiction, from romance, to historical to Shakespeare. Drop by next Tuesday at 10 am at The Bryant Corner Cafe. Tables getting bigger, but there is room for you. We'd like to hear what's in your stack of books. Say, take a picture of the books on the shelf of a Little FreeLibrary near you. Send it to our twitter, @thatstack. It will be fun to see what's folks are sharing.
Oct 28, 2014
That Stack of Books Episode 5
Nancy's small stack and a table full of folks with great books to share. Hope you drop by next time. We are at The Bryant Corner Cafe at 65th and 32nd in NE Seattle 10 am on Tuesday. I don't have the whole list yet, but here are a few of the books we discussed today. "The Broken Shore," Peter Temple "F: A Novel," Daniel Kehlmann "Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual," Kate Samworth "My Favorite Things," Maira Kalman
Oct 23, 2014
That Stack of Books Episode 4
How do you choose a book? Do you follow the recommendations of friends, do you judge it by the cover, do you follow what Nancy Pearl suggests? We bat that idea around. We also hear what folks are reading. Oh, by the way, if you are getting married, Nancy says she can now officiate. A literary wedding could be fun.
Oct 15, 2014
That Stack of Books Episode 3
Back again at the Bryant Corner Cafe, we sit down with a few readers. Nancy has a short stack this time, but they are select cuts. That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher, Episode 3 Books Mentioned Peter Mountford, “The Dismal Science: A Novel” John Lanchester, “Capital”(F), “How To Speak Money” (NF) Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermer, “Sorcery and Cecilia, Or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot” Georgiette Heyer, “Sylvester,” “The Grand Sophy.” Max Egremont , “Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew.” Karen Karbo, “The Diamond Lane” Ian McEwan, “Amstersdam” Dick Wolfe, “The Intercept” David Quammen, “The Soul of Victor Tronko” Charles McCarry, “The Tears of Autumn,” “The Last Supper” Laura Schroff , ”The Invisible Thread” Nancy Horan, “Loving Frank” T.C. Boyle, “The Women” Lydia Netzer, “Shine Shine Shine” ( Nancy’s November Book Club offering) Rudolpho Anaya, “Bless Me,…
Oct 14, 2014
That Stack of Books Episode 2
Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher settle in to Bryant Corner Cafe for another look through that stack of books. Also they are joined by readers and writers. You can join too. Tuesdays at the cafe at 10 am.
Oct 5, 2014
That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher Episode 1: Introduction
Welcome to our new show, "That Stack of Books." Nancy Pearl, extraordinary public librarian and Steve Scher take a look at the books you have by the side of your favorite reading spot- be it chair, bed or, well, somewhere else, Nancy, with her encyclopedic memory, offers up some suggestions for the next book you might like. Steve is often reading the inside covers. We recorded our first episode at The Bryant Corner Cafe at 65th and 32nd in the Bryant Neighborhood in Seattle. Hope you drop by next Tuesday, October 7th at 10 for our next taping.