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Summertime Reading Recommendations from Well-Known Book Advocate Nancy Pearl

Aired on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Our guest on ST via telephone is Nancy Pearl, our longtime book reviewer, a bestselling author, critic, editor, and retired librarian (and former citizen of Tulsa) who can also be heard regularly on NPR's Morning Edition. Now that the warm and sunny days of summer have finally arrived, Nancy joins us with a stack of favorites that ought to be perfect for that long trip in the car, endless airplane ride, idle day at the beach, lazy afternoon in the hammock, or all of the above. Nancy's list covers a range of literary styles and audiences, and the books she chats about on our program today are listed below (in order of discussion, first to last).

Christian Appy. "American Reckoning"

Harry Brandt. "The Whites"

M.J. Carter. "The Strangler Vine"

Katherine Heiny. "Single, Carefree, Mellow"

Emma Hooper. "Etta and Otto and Russell and James"

Bernice Myers. "Not This Bear!"

Ruth Carlson. "Mr. Pudgins"

William McIlvanney. "Strange Loyalties"

Priya Parmar. "Vanessa and Her Sister"

Sam Quinones. "Dream Land"

Joakim Zander. "The Swimmer"


Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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