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Books to Give, Share, Read, and Recommend: A Host of Holiday Suggestions from Nancy Pearl

Aired on Tuesday, November 24th.

On this edition of ST, with the holiday season just around the corner, we check in with our longtime book reviewer, Nancy Pearl, for some page-turning, gift-giving tips. A well-known librarian -- now retired -- who began appearing on our show back when she lived in Tulsa in the early 1990s, Nancy is also a bestselling author, literary critic, and book editor. She is also a former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library, and she can sometimes be heard talking about books on NPR's Morning Edition. (She was also named the 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal.) Nancy has the following books to recommend, all of which she describes in detail:

Ari Berman. "Give Us the Ballot"
Dale Russakow. "The Prize: Who's In Charge of America's Schools"
Mick Herron. "Nobody Walks"
Edward Carey. "Heap House" (and sequels)
Viet Thanh Nguyen. "The Sympathizer"
Carol Ryrie Brink. "The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit"
Ruth Downie. "Tabula Rasa"
Lissa Evans. "Crooked Heart"
Rinker Buck. "The Oregon Trail"

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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