Book Reviews

This year has been a difficult one for many of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our way of life. However, some things remain the same. Getting lost in another world, thanks to a book is one of them.

As the year 2020 comes to a close, Nancy Wiegman and Chico Enterprise-Record Columnist Dan Barnett review this year’s selection of great books. 





Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness.

She is the author of three books including Animals Taught Me That: Memoirs of My Life from Cradle to Present on the Life Lessons Learned Through the Animals Who've Graced It.

Ann Vileisis

Environmental historian Ann Vileisis is an award-winning author with three books that explore our human relationship with nature, food, and the environment through history.


The author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back and Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands, which won awards from the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History.

Dr. Kathleen Gabriel is a native Chicoan and graduate of Chico State. She is currently an Associates Professor at the university and has authored various books and articles on underrepresented students.

Gabriel carries a passion for history, her new book, Chico History: 1905-1971 Featuring the Bartlett Drug Company is her second publication on Chico history. The book primarily focuses on the 20th century, a small pharmacy business, and the growth and development of downtown Chico.


Author Echo Heron is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. Born in Troy, New York, her work tackles many genres, including fiction, mysteries, and historical fiction.

The author chats with Nancy's Bookshelf  about her latest book, NOON AT TIFFANY'S an historical, biographical novel.

Flying Free is an exhilarating memoir about fear and the trials and tribulations that come with it. The story explores how Author Cecilia Aragon used math to overcome her fears to become a celebrated aerobatic champion. Today, she visits Nancy’s Bookshelf to share details on how she became the first Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team.

About Cecilia Aragon:

Cecilia Aragon is the Seattle author of Flying Free (Blackstone Publishing, 2020), a memoir of her journey from fearful child to airshow pilot. She overcame her fears to become an aerobatic champion and then used what she learned from flying to achieve her goals in life.


In celebration of Halloween, this week’s guest is the author and photographer Douglas Keister. He is the author of 45 books, six of them are about cemeteries including Stories in Stone: Paris. Keister explains the symbols and iconography found in cemeteries. 

About Douglas Keister

Photographer-writer Douglas Keister has authored and co-authored forty-five critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide.

Currently running for state assembly, J.R Henson is a fourth generation Paradise resident and survivor of the Camp Fire. Storytelling has been apart of his family roots from both sides of the family and one of his ancestors, James Russell Lowell was a well known poet.

Henson started publishing his writings last year. Unseasonable is his second collection of essays. 


Stephen W. King is an author and retired university dean with a life-long interest in coin history and collecting. He joined Nancy’s Bookshelf this week to speak about his latest, ‘All That Glisters Is Not Gold.”

He is the author of several non-fiction books and a writer of various articles. Born in San Francisco, he now lives with his wife of fifty-two years in Chico, California.

Sandy Honig | Edward Humes

Ira Glass stops by to chat about a collection of short stories titled, The New Kings of Nonfiction. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes came to talk some trash about GARBOLOGY: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash.