On this installment of ST, we are discussing great reads for the gift-givng season --- for yourself and/or the avid reader(s) on your holiday shopping list. We check in with Nancy Pearl, a former librarian and bookseller here in Tulsa who's now based in Seattle, and who's well-known for her book-promoting appearances on NPR's Morning Edition as well as her popular series of "Book Lust" volumes (which recommend all sorts of books for a range of different readers). Nancy is also our longtime book reviewer here on StudioTulsa, and she's responsible for the Book Lust Rediscoveries series of titles, in which the bookselling mega-store that is Amazon reprints/republishes out-of-print or neglected titles that originally appeared between 1960 and 2000. (You can learn more about this series here, just FYI, and can visit Nancy's own website at this link.) Here's the list of books, in the order in which they were discussed, that Nancy recommended to host Rich Fisher on today's program.
Stephen Carter: "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln"
Dan Fesperman: "The Double Game"
Ben Fountain: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
David Goldfield: "America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation"
Timothy Hallinan: "The Fear Artist"
Timothy Hallinan: "Crashed"
Clair Huffaker: "The Cowboy and the Cossack"
Tim Kreider: "We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons"
Rose Macauley: "The Towers of Trebizond"
Will Schwalbe: "The End-of-Your-Life Bookclub"
Elizabeth Wein: "Code Name Verity"
Elizabeth Savage: "The Last Night at the Ritz"