With the publication of Book Lust, Pearl became “America’s Librarian.” She went on to win Library Journal’s 2011 Librarian of the Year Award and served as the model for the librarian action figure. Now she makes her fiction debut with a novel about a marriage. George and Lizzie grew up with radically different ideas of family. George’s loving parents followed traditional gender-defined roles while Lizzie’s parents competed with each other and both put their careers first. As the years go by, George is content, but Lizzie feels something is missing, and when a long-repressed secret surfaces, so does her dissatisfaction, and the couple at last confronts what they have to do to make their marriage work for both of them.
Nancy Pearl is a singular force in the world of American letters. As a librarian and author of the best-selling Book Lust, she's guided countless readers to their next favorite books. As creator of the program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” she rallied our big, diverse city around titles like Persepolis and Little Bee and the work of Isabel Allende. And for excelling at all such things, Pearl attained action-hero status, via the best-selling Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness.
She is host of the monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and a most brilliant exemplar of BFI's core value of improving the world by communing around reading and writing and storytelling, and making access to this community easy and open to all.