Nancy's Bookshelf

Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects.

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Meredith First used her own teenage experiences of growing up in Gridley, California to write her first novel. She includes fun references to pop culture of the time in this story of friendship.

In Part 2 of a conversation with Oroville native, Marianne Aleck, the author tells of her Greek father's experiences as a soldier in World War II, how he met her mother in France, and the bar they ran in Oroville called The Liberty Club, which is also the name of her book. In A Branch Without Tree, Chico author Zigrid Vidners recounts what it was like to be a teenage refugee from Latvia during World War II.

Photo by Nolan Ford

Oroville native Marianne Aleck researched the history of her French mother and Greek father to write The Liberty Club. In Part 1 of a two-part interview she tells the story of her mother Monique who was a teenager in France during World War II.

Chico neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky recently won national recognition for his work in brain injury prevention. Dr. Lobosky is also author of It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for a Cure.

Nancy's Bookshelf: Mary Volmer

Jun 17, 2016

Grass Valley author Mary Volmer's first novel, Crown of Dust, is set in California's gold rush country. Her second novel, Reliance, Illinois, offers a window into American life at a time of tumultuous change.

Redding author Sharon Owen writes under the pen name Sharon St. George. Her fictional hospital librarian, Aimee Machado, solves mysteries involving Timbergate Medical Center. Book 3 in the mystery series is entitled Breach of Ethics. Nancy's second guest, retired English professor and world traveler Marianne Werner tells us why H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a favorite book.

Author and former Colusa High school teacher Alan Willendrup used eye-witness accounts of the 1914-1915 eruptions to write his book, The Lassen Peak Eruptions and Their Lingering Legacy. Also, Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett reads a favorite selection from Alan's book. 

Dana Chwan has been an advocate for families of veterans ever since her husband died in Vietnam in 1965. In her novel, The Reluctant Sorority: the Life, Loves, and Loss of Three Vietnam Widows, Dana combines her own story with that of three fictional widows. 

Local librarian and historian Nancy Leek wrote "John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and Short of It" for children (and adults) about Chico founders John, who was tall, and Annie Bidwell, who was short. The book is illustrated by Steve Ferchaud who joins Nancy in the studio. Ms. Leek's daughter Jean Ping is also a librarian and offers recommendations for reading Russian and African literature.

Chico author Dave Morgan collected family recipes for his book, Morgan Favorites: Tested by Five Generations. He includes a variety of recipes from pancakes to sauces to ant repellants. 

Scottish-born novelist Catriona McPherson is author of the award-winning Dandy Gilver detective series. Her newest book is Quiet Neighbors. She was invited to the annual meeting of the Chico Friends of the Library.

Photo by Randy Tunnell

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, The Language of Flowers, tells the story of a young woman who lived in at least 32 foster homes by the time she turned 18. She has a gift for flowers which helps her overcome her troubled past.  We see similar themes in Vanessa's second novel, We Never Asked for Wings.  A woman who became a mother as a teenager and never really grew up handed responsibility for her children over to her mother. The book raises questions about child protective services, poverty, and immigration.

 Children's book author Jan Condon teaches children (and adults) about the importance of enzymes in the role of probiotics in digestive health in her book, Stella's Adventures in the Incredible Bio-Terrain.