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Nebraska Authors and their Works for Bookshelf

Thank you for your interest in recording a book for the RTBN program Bookshelf.  Please peruse the list of Nebraska authors and their works below to find something that peaks your interest.  There are fiction and nonfiction options.  If you'd like to learn more about the authors or the books, please feel free to explore further before making a decision.  

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  • While we are regularly updating this list by removing books being read and adding new ones, please make sure you reach out before you begin reading to avoid duplication. 
  • Should you be familiar with a Nebraska authored book and it is not on this list, contact us and we can determine if you can read it or if it's already being read.

lf you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Ryan or any of the RTBS staff!


  • Jonis Agee

    Sweet Eyes 
    Strange Angels 
    South of Resurrection 
    The Weight of Dreams 
    The River Wife 

  • Bess Streeter Aldrich

    Mother Mason
    The Rim of the Prairie
    The Cutters
    Miss Bishop
    Spring Came On Forever
    The Man Who Caught the Weather
    Song of Years
    The Drum Goes Dead
    The Lieutenant's Lady
    Journey into Christmas
    The Collected Short Works, 1907–1919
    The Collected Short Works, 1920–1954

  • Sean Doolittle

    Rain Dogs
    The Cleanup
    Lake Country
    Kill Monster

  • Lydia Kang

    A Beautiful Poison
    The Impossible Girl
    The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding
    Control (YA)
    Catalyst (YA)
    The November Girl (YA)
    Toxic (YA)

    Yuna and the Wall in Color Outside the Lines: Stories about Love (short stories)
    The Right-Hand Man in Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (short stories)

  • Alex Kava

    One False Move

    Maggie O'Dell Series:
    A Perfect Evil
    Split Second
    The Soul Catcher
    At the Stroke of Madness
    A Necessary Evil
    Black Friday

    Ryder Creed Series:
    Breaking Creed
    Silent Creed
    Reckless Creed
    Desperate Creed
    Hidden Creed

  • Tosca Lee

    A Single Light
    The Line Between
    The Progeny
    The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen
    Iscariot: A Novel of Judas
    Havah: The Story of Eve
    Demon: A Memoir

  • Chigozie Obioma

    The Fishermen
    An Orchestra of Minorities

  • Ladette Randolph

    Private Way
    Leaving the Pink House
    Haven's Wake
    Sandhill Ballad
    This Is Not the Tropics

  • John Rector

    The Ridge
    Out of the Black
    Already Gone
    The Cold Kiss
    The Grove

  • Rainbow Rowell

    Eleanor & Park
    Wayward Son
    Pumpkin Heads
    Any Way the Wind Blows
    Kindred Spirits
    Almost Midnight

  • Ivy Ruckman

    Who Needs Rainbows?
    Melba the Brain
    The Hunger Scream
    In a Class By Herself
    What's an Average Kid Like Me Doing Way up Here ?
    This Is Your Captain Speaking
    No Way Out
    Who Invited the Undertaker ?
    Melba the Mummy
    In Care of Cassie Tucker

  • Mari Sandoz

    Slogum House
    Capital City
    The Tom Walker
    Winter Thunder
    The Horsecatcher
    The Story Catcher

  • Timothy Schaffert

    The Perfume Thief
    The Swan Gondola
    The Coffins of Little Hope
    Devils in the Sugar Shop
    The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters

  • Theodore Wheeler

    In Our Other Lives
    King of Broken Things
    Bad Faith: collection of short fiction


  • Leia Baez

    A Star for Stella: A Mother's Journey to Overcome

  • Garry Clark

    Unlikely Viking: From the DC Projects to Rural Nebraska

  • Ted Genoways

    The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of our Food

  • Alex Haley

    The Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley

  • Lydia Kang

    Patient Zero

  • Ali S. Khan

    The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers

  • Laurence Leamer

    King of Night: the Life of Johnny Carson

  • Michael Newtown

    Waste Land: The Savage Odessey of Charles Starkweather and Carol Ann Fugate

  • Ruth Marimo

    OUTsider: Crossing Borders, Breaking Rules, Gaining Pride

  • Tom Osborne

    On Solid Ground
    Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Life and Work

  • Carol Miles Petersen

    Bess Streeter Aldrich: The Dreams are All Real

  • Mary Pipher

    Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
    The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families to Enrich Our Lives
    Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders
    Letters to a Young Therapist
    The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to our Town
    Writing to Change the World
    Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
    The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in our Capsized Culture
    Women Rowing North

  • Dr. Donna Mays Polk

    Black Men and Women of Nebraska

  • Mari Sandoz

    Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas
    The Buffalo Hunters
    The Cattlemen: from the Rio Grande..
    Some of the Gamblin' Man: The Youth of an Artist
    Love Song to the Plains
    The Battle of the Little Bighorn
    Cheyenne Autumn

  • Joe Starita

    The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge
    A Day in the Life: The Fans of Memorial Stadium
    I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice
    A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche….

  • Helen Winter Stauffer

    Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains

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