Featured Books

Abbreviations: V  - violence, L – offensive language, S - sexual situations.

May 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Rewire, by Richard O’Connor, PhD.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann, and The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Station Zed, by Tom Sleigh and Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Minneapolis Madams, by Penny A. Petersen

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Most Dangerous Book, Nonfiction by Kevin Birmingham, 2014. 19 Br. Began April 15. James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But for more than a decade, the book literary critics call the most important novel in English was illegal to own, sell, advertise, or purchase in the United States. L - Read by Nancy Bader.

    Faster, Higher, Stronger, Nonfiction by Mark McLusky, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 12. The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach; but today, it’s impossible to separate athletes’ achievements from the scientists who support them. Nonfiction read by Jim Gregorich.

    The Dylanologists, Nonfiction by David Kinney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 26. Bob Dylan has been writing songs for a half century and remains a cultural touchstone and the subject of endless fascination. Dylan is intensely private and has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fanatical fans. But he does have a cult following. L- Nonfiction read by Natasha DeVoe.

  • Past is Prologue: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.

    Nature’s God, Nonfiction by Matthew Stewart, 2014. 22 Br. Began April 23. Derided as infidels and atheists at the time, the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. They wanted to liberate us not just from one king, but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental. Read by Stevie Ray.

    The Court-Martial of Paul Revere, Nonfiction by Michael Greenburg, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 25. Paul Revere was a key figure in the debacle of the Penobscot Expedition. Though he was not formally condemned for his actions, rumors swirled and he spent the next several years actively pursuing a court-martial to restore his reputation. Nonfiction read by Jan Anderson.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Butternut Summer, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 11 Br. Began April 21. When Caroline’s ex, Jack, comes to town, her life is turned upside down. He seems changed and determined to make amends. But can she trust that? Or is he the same charming but irresponsible man of eighteen years before? Read by Carol Lewis.

    Lillian on Life, Fiction by Alison Jean Lester, 2015. 5 Br. Begins May 6. Lillian takes stock of her life. Throughout, she grappled with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and losses in love, and developing her own brand of wisdom. Fiction read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Mapmaker’s Children, Fiction by Sarah McCoy, 2015. 12 Br. Begins May 13. Sarah Brown uses her artistic talent by making maps for the Underground Railroad. One hundred fifty years later, Eden discovers the head of a doll from the Underground Railroad with its history of secret messages, danger, and deliverance. Fiction read by Nancy Felknor. 

  • The Writer’s Voice: Monday - Friday 2 p.m.

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Nonfiction by John Feinstein, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 27. Baseball’s minor leagues are both a launching pad for careers, and a crash-pad for stars who have fallen. It is a gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world that is the proving ground of America’s national pastime. Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

    Dangerous Odds, Nonfiction by Marisa Lankester, 2014. 13 Br. Begins May 13. Marisa Lankester stumbled into the backdoor of the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., and as a thrill seeker, she stayed, becoming a trusted insider. But what began as fun, morphed into a nightmare. V, L, S - Nonfiction read by Anne Obst.

  • Choice Reading: Monday - Friday 4 p.m.

    A God in Every Stone, Fiction by Kamila Shamsie, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 20. In the summer of 1914, Vivian Rose Spencer joins a dig in Turkey and falls in love with archaeologist Tahsin Bey. The outbreak of war brings her adventure to an end and turns her friends into her nation’s enemies, and begins a new adventure for her lasting many years. Read by Kathy Stults.

    Her, Fiction by Harriet Lane, 2015. 9 Br. Begins May 6. A self-assured and successful artist, Nina appears to lead a charmed life. Emma, on the other hand, has given up a career in television to become the struggling mother of a toddler with another baby on the way. Why would Nina need to be in Emma’s life? L - Fiction read by Mitzi Lewellen.

    Land of Dreams, Fiction by Kate Kerrigan, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 19. Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has achieved the American Dream, but her comfortable life is shattered when her son, Leo, runs away to Hollywood. Determined to keep the family intact, Ellie follows. Fiction read by Holly Sylvester.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Silent Revolution, Nonfiction by Barry Rubin, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 27. Over the past fifty years, an ideological revolution created a brand of radical leftism that now dominates the liberal movement in the U.S. It culminated in 2008, when Americans elected the most radical left-wing government in the nation’s history. Read by John Gunter.

    First SEALs, Nonfiction by Patrick K. O’Donnell, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 13. In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men united to form a unit that would be the Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America’s first swimmer-commandos, a breed of warrior-spies, decades ahead of their time. Nonfiction read by Mike Piscitelli.

    Shadow Government, Nonfiction by Tom Engelhardt, 2015. 8 Br. Begins May 26. Engelhardt says we no longer live in a national security state, but a global security one, fighting secret wars that have turned our president into an assassin-in- chief. Nonfiction read by John Holden.

  • Night Journey: Monday - Friday 9 p.m.

    Stone Cold, Fiction by C.J. Box, 2014. 13 Br. Began April 15. Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. L -
    Read by Neil Bright.

    Wolf, Fiction by Mo Hayder, 2014. 11 Br. Begins May 4. When a vagrant, the Walking Man, finds a dog with a scrap of paper with the words “Help Us,” he is sure it is a plea for help. He calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery is reluctant to get involved until the Walking Man promises information about the childhood disappearance of Caffery’s brother. V,L,S - Fiction read by Diane Ladenson.

    A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes, Fiction by Jeanne Cooney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 19. Reporter Emerald Malloy is working on a feature on rural cooking. Margie, the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, surprises her with unusual recipes. With her focus divided by a romantic interest in the deputy, she’s not interested in looking into the murder of a local farmhand. Fiction read by Janelle Mattson.

  • Off the Shelf: Monday - Friday 10 p.m.

    Bitter Greens, Fiction by Kate Forsyth, 2014. 21 Br. Began April 6. Once upon a time, there was a seventeenth century noblewoman forced to spend her life in a convent. While there, she wrote a tale of an innocent girl sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens and locked away in a tower by a beautiful witch. L,S – Read by Judith Johannessen.

    I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Fiction by Courtney Maum, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 5. British artist Richard Haddon is mourning the loss of his American mistress. His French wife has been very supportive of his work but she finds out about his affair just as he resolves to reinvest in his family. L - Fiction read by Greg Olson.

    Charleston, Fiction by Margaret Bradham Thornton, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. When Eliza left Charleston for college, she never expected it would take ten years to return. Now a decade later, she is an art historian in London and runs into Henry, her childhood love. Fiction read by Alletta Jervey.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Tolerance Trap, Nonfiction by Suzanna Danuta Walters, 2014. 15 Br. Began April 23. From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. But in most of our country, tolerance has not resulted in the full integration of gay people into American life. L -Read by Scott Brush.

    Ongoingness, Nonfiction by Sarah Manguso, 2015. 2 Br. Begins May 14. Sarah Manguso kept a meticulous diary for twenty-five years. The terror behind that was that she might forget something important. Then when she became pregnant, her relationship with her diary changed. Nonfiction read by Julie Bolton.

    A Deadly Wandering, Nonfiction by Matt Richtel, 2014. 14 Br. Begins May 18. Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving. The accident and the aftermath exemplify the challenge of technological distractions, which have led to a new science of attention. Nonfiction read by Chris Colestock.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Glorious, Fiction by Jeff Guinn, 2014. 15 Br. Began April 13. When tragedy destroys Cash’s options for financial security, he leaves St. Louis, ending up in a mining town named Glorious. There he discovers a new way of life at the edge of the frontier. But he can’t outrun his past forever. L,S - Read by Jack Rossmann.

    Point Doom, Fiction by Dan Fante, 2013. 10 Br. Begins May 4. Former New York City P.I., JD Fiorella is trying to get his life back together in Malibu when a friend he’d met in his AA meetings is murdered. JD’s old habits kick in and he embarks on a mission of revenge. V,L,S -Fiction read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    Elizabeth Is Missing, Fiction by Emma Healey, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. No one takes Maud’s anxiety about Elizabeth seriously because of Maud’s dementia. But she is convinced that Elizabeth needs her help and Maud will discover the truth no matter what it takes. L - Fiction read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.

  • After Midnight: Tuesday - Saturday 1 a.m.

    The Secrets of Life and Death, Fiction by Rebecca Alexander, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 21. Jackdaw Hammond would be dead if it weren’t for the symbols on her skin. Now someone is hunting her, determined to get that ancient magic. But the answer is in a diary that is hundreds of years old. Read by Michele Potts.

    Dark Metropolis, Fiction by Jaclyn Dolamore, 2014. 8 Br. Begins May 7. Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder works to support her mother who is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad. Whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. But people in the city are disappearing. When Thea’s best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea needs to find her. Fiction read by Cintra Godfrey.

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, Fiction by Holly Black, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 19. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, before. L,S - Fiction read by Kristi Sullivan.

June 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Down Size, by Ted Spiker

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch and Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Minneapolis Madams, by Penny A. Petersen and Stolen from the Garden, by William Swanson

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Dylanologists, Nonfiction by David Kinney, 2014. 9 Br. Began May 26. Though he wishes it did not exist, Bob Dylan is followed by a fanatical fan base. L- Read by Natasha DeVoe. 

    The Republic of Imagination, Nonfiction by Azar Nafisi, 2014. 13 Br. Begins June 9. At a time of narrowing expectations of what students should be taught, Nafisi urges us to rediscover the America of our literature. Read by Rachael Freed.

    How We Got to Now, Nonfiction by Steven Johnson, 2014. 9 Br. Begins June 26. Innovations over the centuries included six key technologies of modern life. Coming from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs, they had unintended historical consequences. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

  • Past is Prologue: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.

    The Court-Martial of Paul Revere, Nonfiction by Michael Greenburg, 2014. 10 Br. Began May 25. The debacle of the Penobscot Expedition ruined Paul Revere’s reputation, which wasn’t restored until Longfellow wrote his poem eighty years later. Read by Jan Anderson. 

    The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Nonfiction by Jill Lepore, 2014. 11 Br. Begins June 8. The origin of one of the most iconic superheroes contains a family story and crucial history of twentieth-century feminism. Wonder Woman’s creator was William Moulton Marston, who was influenced by early suffragists and feminists. Read by Judy Woodward.

    Chaucer’s Tale, Nonfiction by Paul Strohm, 2014. 9 Br. Begins June 23. Chaucer had lived a comfortable life in London, writing for a small audience of friends and supporting himself with a bureaucratic job. But eventually he went into exile in Kent, where he began to write for the public and for posterity. Read by Esmé Evans.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Goddess of Small Victories, Fiction by Yannick Grannec, 2014. 15 Br. Begins June 1. Mathematician Kurt Godel’s widow, Adele, is holding onto his records and refuses to let his colleagues have them. Anna Roth is assigned to befriend her to retrieve the documents, but finds her own life changes in the process. Read by Julie Bolton.

    I Refuse, Fiction by Per Petterson, 2015. 8 Br. Begins June 22. Thirty-five years ago, Tommy and Jim were everything to each other. But a single incident set them on divergent paths. Now they meet again and wonder if there is anything left to unite them. Read by Don Gerlach. 

  • The Writer’s Voice: Monday - Friday 2 p.m.

    The Calling, Nonfiction by Barry Blanchard, 2014. 16 Br. Begins June 1. With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. L, S - Read by Bob Malos.

    Breaking the Code, Nonfiction by Pat Matter and Chris Omodt, 2014. 9 Br. Begins June 23. A highly respected Hell’s Angels president and an honest, hard-working cop were on different paths until their worlds collided. L - Read by Dan Sadoff.

  • Choice Reading: Monday - Friday 4 p.m.

    Land of Dreams, Fiction by Kate Kerrigan, 2014. 10 Br. Began May 19. When Ellie’s son, Leo, runs away to Hollywood, Ellie follows with the rest of the family. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    The Lobster Kings, Fiction by Alexi Zentner, 2014. 11 Br. Begins June 2. The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Now, Woody Kings is the leader of the lobster fishing community and his daughter stands to inherit the crown. S - Read by Pat Lelich.

    The Paris Winter, Fiction by Imogen Robertson, 2014. 13 Br. Begins June 17. Maud thinks her solution is at hand when she becomes a live-in companion for a young woman. But she discovers the woman is an opium addict and her brother has an ominous air of intrigue. She is soon caught up in their world of deception and revenge. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Shadow Government, Nonfiction by Tom Engelhardt, 2015. 8 Br. Began May 26. We no longer live in a national security state but a global security one. Read by John Holden.

    Landslide, Nonfiction by Jonathan Darman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins June 8. The mid 1960s were a time of both opportunity and anxiety; Americans were unsure about the future. In three turbulent years two very different visions of the future were put forth by two men. Read by Art Nyhus.

    Just Mercy, Nonfiction by Bryan Stevenson, 2014. 12 Br. Begins June 29. Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to die for a murder he insisted he didn’t commit. Read by Chris Colestock.

  • Night Journey: Monday - Friday 9 p.m.

    Dry Bones in the Valley, Fiction by Tom Bouman, 2014. 11 Br. Begins June 1. Henry’s life as the lone policeman in Wild Thyme was spent hunting and fishing. But gas drilling has brought new wealth and a host of drug problems. When a stranger turns up dead, his search for the killer will open old wounds. Read by Neil Bright.

    Pardon the Ravens, Fiction by Alan Hruska, 2015. 11 Br. Begins June 16. Young lawyer Alec Brno gets the opportunity to try a huge fraud case. But he risks it all when he falls for a young woman whose estranged husband is the criminal mastermind behind Alec's case. V, L - Read by Don Lee.

  • Off the Shelf: Monday - Friday 10 p.m.

    A History of the Future, Fiction by James Howard Kunstler, 2014. 13 Br. Begins June 1. In a future America, people are doing what they can to get by, pursuing a simpler existence. In Union Grove, New York, people are preparing for Christmas when Daniel Earle arrives back home after two years exploring what is left of the US. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    The Silkworm, Fiction by Robert Galbraith, 2014. 18 Br. Begins June 18. When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife thinks he might have just gone off on his own for a bit. But he’s written a manuscript with poison-pen portraits of everyone he knows and there are a lot of people who want to silence him. L - Read by Eileen Barratt.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    A Deadly Wandering, Nonfiction by Matt Richtel, 2014. 14 Br. Began May 18. A fatal car accident caused by a texting driver exemplifies the challenge of technological distractions. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulée, Nonfiction by Thomas J. Craughwell, 2013. 7 Br. Begins June 8. In 1784, Thomas Jefferson asked one of his slaves, nineteen-year-old James Hemings, to travel with him to Paris to learn the art of French cooking. In exchange for his cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom. Read by Sally Browne.

    Subway to California, Nonfiction by Joseph di Prisco, 2014. 14 Br. Begins June 17. In 1960, the Di Prisco family fled Brooklyn and the FBI, ending up in California. Joe’s father was a small-time member of a crew of bookmakers. Joe, however, wasn’t called to a life of crime, and sought a different life. L - Read by Peter Danbury.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Betrayed, Fiction by Lisa Scottoline, 2014. 11 Br. Begins June 1. Lawyer Judy Carrier suspects foul play when Iris, her aunt’s housekeeper and best friend, is found dead of a heart attack. The circumstances leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home. Read by Sue McDonald. 

    Close My Eyes, Fiction by Sophie McKenzie, 2013. 14 Br. Begins June 16. Geniver has never recovered from the stillborn birth of a daughter eight years ago. Her husband, Art, is eager to have another child and to move on. Then a woman claims that Gen’s baby had been born alive and was taken away by the doctor and given to someone else, and that her husband was in on the scheme. Read by Joy Fogarty.

  • After Midnight: Tuesday - Saturday 1 a.m.

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, Fiction by Holly Black, 2015. 11 Br. Began May 19. Hazel always thought she knew how to stop the faeries. L,S - Read by Kristi Sullivan.

    Wildalone, Fiction by Krassi Zourkova, 2015. 14 Br. Begins June 3. Away from her European homeland for her freshman year at college, Thea falls into a romantic entanglement with Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake. She finds herself drawn into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous. L - Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.

    Princess of Thorns, Fiction by Stacey Jay, 2014. 11 Br. Begins June 23. As they race to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy foretelling the end of life, Aurora and Niklaas learn there are worse things than old curses. Aurora can only love platonically, and Niklaas is looking for her but not in the male guise Aurora wears. Read by Janelle Mattson.