Nancy's Bookshelf

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

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Author and Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep details the story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States.

Also, take a trip with author Mike Graf and discover the beauty of America’s unforgettable landscapes with this three-dimensional tour of its national parks. 

Each of the 59 U.S. national parks is profiled in this illustrated visual guide, and five of the nation’s most prominent parks—Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and Badlands—are featured as large pop-up models that you will assemble using the included press-out pieces.



Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic. His work, "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation," explores how prejudice, racism, and sexism fuels some elements of modern media, was published in October 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 


A journalist for over two decades, Deggans spent time at the Tampa Bay Times in various roles and has also contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Village Voice.


Retired political science professor Michele Shover researched 19th century Butte County for her latest book. In a classic episode, she joins Nancy for a conversation with the author of California Standoff: Miners, Indians and Farmers at War 1850-1865.

About Michele J. Shover:  First female political science faculty member and department chair (1977–83); expert in political and legal theory and American government.

California State Library

Take a trip down memory lane to Northern California. In Conversations with the Past: Vibrant Voices from Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta & Tehama Counties, experience first-hand accounts of life in the great northern areas of California as told through the memories of residents that call these counties home. 

 Josie Reifschneider-Smith and Ron Womack join Host Nancy Wiegman in a conversation about Northern California’s past.


The commonly accepted solution to weight loss is to eat less and exercise more. Not so says weight loss coach and author Michelle Hastie. Her approach may sound too good to be true. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss. Don't miss a classic rerun of Nancy's Bookshelf. 

Michelle Hastie is the author of “The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less” and a contributor to the women's studies bestseller, “Women Will Save the World.” A weight loss coach, Michelle helps chronic dieters surrender to their body wisdom in order to lose weight permanently.


Michael Tonetti has been practicing massage and Yoga for more than 50 years. He studied Structural Integration Massage at Heartwood College in 1982, and received Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner certificates. He joins Nancy’s Bookshelf for a conversation about his work, The Tonetti Method: Structural Body Mechanics for Pain Relief, Energy, Strength, and Joint Longevity.

Best Of Nancy's Bookshelf: Chuck Sheley

Jun 3, 2020
Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico coach Chuck Sheley is editor of Smokejumper Magazine and has now published a book, Smokejumpers and the CIA, which contains stories not found in history books. Starting in 1951 smokejumpers were recruited by the CIA “because they could go anywhere, anytime, and do a tough, confusing job and then keep our mouths shut.” This little-known working arrangement peaked in 1975. Also, a commentary on the November 2018 Camp Fire by Richard Parker. 

Chico Enterprise-Record

Local author Carl Ochsner drops by Nancy’s Bookshelf to discuss his latest, A New Age Diary: Personal Glimpses of Life in Post-Modern America. In his memoir, Ochsner recounts his experience in California’s counterculture.


Rick Barram is a teacher and Civil War re-enactor who lives in Red Bluff. He researched diaries, letters, and official reports to write a history of the ordinary soldier in the Civil War. Much of the book started as a series of articles for his reenacting group’s newsletter, accumulated over many years. Those articles strung together made up much of the framework for the book. There was a lot of research and reading involved, the internet as a source for information and a way to connect with people who have the information especially those back in New York. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview on the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.  


Daniel M. Veidlinger is a Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University of Chico. His training is in the texts, languages and practices of South and Southeast Asian religions, in particular Buddhism and Hinduism. Host Nancy Wiegman chats about his work, From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology, and the Evolution of Buddhist Ideas.