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Nancy Pearl finds crime fiction simply thrilling

In Great Britain, the term "crime fiction" refers to everything from a cozy mystery to a police procedural. Here in the U.S., we divide our crime fiction into separate genres, according to librarian Nancy Pearl. A mystery starts with the world out of kilter, and ends with everything put to rights again. A police procedural focuses on the nuts and bolts of solving crimes. And a thriller? Well, as Nancy Pearl told KUOW's Marcie Sillman, a thriller is a page turner, as addictive as potato chips.

6mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #1

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Need a good read? Try this book about friendship

Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about “She Poured Out Her Heart,” by Jean Thompson.

4mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #2

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Nancy Pearl says it may look like sci-fi, but you can't tell a book by its cover

Award winning short story writer Nina Allan has just published her first novel. Although bookstores and libraries may file it in the science fiction/fantasy section, librarian Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that Allan's book "The Race" is best described as experimental fiction.

3mins

22 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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Nancy Pearl says October is the best time to pick up a book

October is prime time to stay inside with a book. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a novel that should keep readers happy: "After the Parade," by Lori Ostlund.

3mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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Nancy Pearl recommends a thrilling read for a dark night

Most of the time, Nancy Pearl loves a good literary thriller. But sometimes, she just likes to chill out with a page turner. Today she tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a new writer she's just discovered named Becky Masterman, author of a series featuring a retired FBI agent. The book is called "Rage Against the Dying."

4mins

1 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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Nancy Pearl: Sometimes it takes a little effort to get through a good book

Some books are page turners; other require a little more concentration. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman that Carol Black's novel "Orphans of the Carnival" is not an easy read, but the effort pays off in the end.

3mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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Nancy Pearl is rooting for a Nobel Prize for Ian McEwan

Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Ian McEwan's newest book, "Nutshell." You may be familiar with McEwan's novel "Atonement," which was transformed into an award-winning film.

3mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #7

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Nancy Pearl says everybody needs an editor, and that makes for a good read

Terry McDonnell spent his career as an editor at an assortment of national magazines, and he's got the dirt of the writers he worked with. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman you'll find some great stories in McDonnell's essay collection, "The Accidental Life."

3mins

15 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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Nancy Pearl has at least one thing in common with 'Avid Reader'

Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about "Avid Reader" — a title after the book hugger's own heart. It's a memoir by Robert Gottlieb , who worked as editor-in-chief at the publishing houses Simon and Schuster and Alfred A. Knopf before landing at the New Yorker magazine.

4mins

4 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Need a late summer read? Nancy Pearl can help

Marcie Sillman talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about "The Last Samurai" by Helen DeWitt.

3mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #10