Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Wake Up Happy, by Michael Stahan, and The Quarter-Life Break-Through, by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Run, by Glen Haggerty
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing May Day, by Gretchen Marquette, and Window Left Open, by Jennifer Grotz
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Portage, by Sue Leaf, and In Winter's Kitchen, by Beth Dooley
When We Are No More, Nonfiction by Abby Smith Rumsey, 2016. 8 Br. Begins September 6. We stand at the edge of a vast digital landscape as memory is stored in bits and bytes. But if current information is stored in digital codes, what will future historians turn to when the codes are no longer readable? Read by Lannois Neely.
The Smartest Places on Earth, Nonfiction by Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakekr, 2016. 9 Br. Begins September 16. Rustbelt cities are becoming the hotspots of global innovation. Sharing brainpower and making things smarter is turning globalization on its head. Read by Pat Muir.
The Death of Cancer, Nonfiction by Vincent T. DeVita, M.D., and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 29. Doctor DeVita says the war on cancer is winnable, but there are things we need to change to get there. Read by Carol McPherson.
The Witches, Nonfiction by Stacy Schiff, 2015. 21 Br. Began August 24. The Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. It lasted less than a year, but not before twenty people had been killed. Read by Rachael Freed.
The War on Alcohol, Nonfiction by Lisa McGirr, 2016. 14 Br. Begins September 22. Prohibition has been portrayed as a noble experiment that failed. But it was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of our federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.
Maybe in Another Life, Fiction by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 2015. 10 Br. Began August 25. Hannah moves to her hometown. To celebrate, her best friend, Gabby, takes her to a bar where she sees her old boyfriend. Read by Joan Sanaker.
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, Fiction by Pam Jenoff, 2015. 13 Br. Begins September 8. Adelia escapes Fascist Italy and spends the rest of the summer next door to a boisterous Irish-Catholic family. L,S - Read by Janelle Mattson.
Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Fiction by Faith Sullivan, 2015. 11 Br. Begins September 27. Nell is a penniless, widowed mother of a baby - who finds strength in friendships and a rich inner life from the novels she reads. Read by Judy Woodward.
The Washingtons, Nonfiction by Flora Fraser, 2015. 17 Br. Began August 18. The Washingtons’ long union began in calm, survived the hardships of war and the presidency, and ended in retirement at Mount Vernon. Read by John Holden.
Boy Erased, Nonfiction by Garrard Conley, 2016. 11 Br. Begins September 12. The son of a pastor, Garrard was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. Outed to his parents, he was forced into conversion therapy. L,S - Read by Michael Piscitelli.
Model Woman, Nonfiction by Robert Lacey, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 27. Eileen Ford and her husband created the 20th century’s largest and most successful modeling agency, turning modeling into a glamourous career. Read by Nancy Bader.
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Fiction by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2015. 16 Br. Began August 17. When Julia Dent met and married Ulysses S. Grant, she kept the slave woman who had been her companion and confidante. Julia taught Jule to read, and as Julia’s eyesight failed, Jule became her mistress’s eyes. Read by Michele Potts.
The Forbidden Orchid, Fiction by Sharon Biggs Waller, 2016. 12 Br. Begins September 8. When Elodie Buchanan agrees to accompany her father to China, in search for a rare orchid, she never expects that she will adapt so well to life on the ocean. And how can she go back to being the staid Elodie that people know after she has seen China? Read by Lynda Kayser.
The Truth and Other Lies, Fiction by Sascha Arango, 2015. 10 Br. Begins September 26. Best-selling author Henry Hayden seems like someone to admire or have as a friend. A loving husband, a generous and considerate neighbor. Only he and his wife know that she is the actual author of the books that made him famous. When his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant, it seems his façade is about to crumble. L - Read by Scott Brush.
The Way of the Gun, Nonfiction by Iain Overton, 2016. 13 Br. Began August 31. More than 4.5 million Americans became victims of gun crime between 2004 and 2013. With the highest global rate of gun ownership, imports, and exports, America is the focus of a growing gun debate. V,L - Read by Chris Colestock.
Winter Is Coming, Nonfiction by Garry Kasparov, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 19. The ascension of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. Read by John Mandeville.
A Death in the Family, Fiction by Michael Stanley, 2015. 10 Br. Began August 29. Faced with the violent death of his father, Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? Kubu’s frustration grows as his boss bans him from being involved in the investigation. V,L - Read by Joe Sadowski.
Splinter the Silence, Fiction by Val McDermid, 2015. 12 Br. Begins September 12. Several women have died who were the victims of cyberbullying, but is it violence if it is virtual? The outspoken women targeted by increasingly cruel Internet bullies would say so. For some, the threats prove too much and they have begun to silence themselves by suicide. Or did they? L - Read by Isla Hejny.
Speakers of the Dead, Fiction by J. Aaron Sanders, 2016. 7 Br. Begins September 29. In 1843, Walt Whitman’s friend Lena Stowe is hanged for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt vows to exonerate her. When Walt’s estranged boyfriend, Henry, returns to New York, the two of them uncover a link between body snatching and Abraham’s murder. Read by Laura Young.
Under the Influence, Fiction by Joyce Maynard, 2016. 10 Br. Began August 29. Recovering from addiction and the struggle of not having custody of her son, Helen falls under the influence of Ava and Swift Havilland, wealthy philanthropists. Then she meets Elliott, who is kind, quiet, and not impressed with Helen’s friends. Read by Holly Sylvester.
Along the Infinite Sea, Fiction by Beatriz Williams, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 12. Each of the Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. Pregnant by a well-known, married politician, she finds a way to take care of herself by fixing up a rare vintage Mercedes. Read by Pat Lelich.
Writing My Wrongs, Nonfiction by Shaka Senghor, 2016. 8 Br. Begins September 5. During Shaka Senghor’s incarceration, he discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and the kindness of others, all of which he used to confront his demons, to forgive the people who had hurt him, and to begin atoning for his wrongs. L - Read by Don Lee.
Fortunate Son, Nonfiction by John Fogarty, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 15. Stories of hardship in music are common, but few have risen from the ashes of personal struggle like John Fogerty. Early success was followed by disputes and betrayals and leaving the music industry. Read by John Marsicano.
Tightrope, Fiction by Simon Mawer, 2015. 14 Br. Began August 30. When special agent Marian Sutro is released from the Nazi concentration camp and returned to England, she struggles to find grounding for her life. Everything has changed. Then she finds a way to make amends for the past and find a new identity. Read by Tom Speich.
Blackass, Fiction by A. Igoni Barrett, 2016. 10 Br. Begins September 19. Furo Wariboko wakes on the morning of a job interview to discover he’s turned into a white man with red hair, green eyes, and pale skin. In this condition, he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. L,S - Read by Dan Sadoff.
Station Eleven, Fiction by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014. 13 Br. Began August 25. It all began when the actor Arthur Leander had a heart attack while playing Lear. When a latter group of actors tours the region, risking all for art and humanity, the actress Kirsten has tattooed on her arm “Because survival is insufficient.” L - Read by Nikki LaLiberte.
Aurora, Fiction by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 13. The first voyage of humans leaving Earth to find a new home began generations ago. Now, they are approaching that new home. But the new planet will be unlike the ship and unlike Earth in many ways. Read by Greg Olson.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Quarter-Life Break-Through, by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Run, by Glenn Haggerty and Alistair Grim's Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Window Left Open, by Jennifer Grotz and 99 Poems by Dana Gioia
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing In Winter's Kitchen, by Beth Dooley
The Death of Cancer, Nonfiction by Vincent T. DeVita, M.D., and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, 2015. 15 Br. Began September 29. Doctor Vincent DeVita, a leading oncologist, says that the war on cancer is winnable, that we’re well on our way to curing cancer, but that there are things we need to change in order to get there. Read by Carol McPherson.
The Point Is, Nonfiction by Lee Eisenberg, 2016. 8 Br. Begins October 20. Each of us strives for fulfillment and satisfaction, but how do we find enduring meaning and purpose in life? Lee Eisenberg explains how, from a young age, each of us is compelled to take memories of events and relationships and shape them into a one-of-a-kind personal narrative. Read by June Prange.
The War on Alcohol, Nonfiction by Lisa McGirr, 2016. 14 Br. Began September 22. Prohibition has been portrayed as a noble experiment that failed. But it was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of our federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.
The Last Goodnight, Nonfiction by Howard Blum, 2016. 15 Br. Begins October 12. Betty Pack was the greatest unsung heroine of World War II. Her charm, beauty, and intelligence were crucial to her success as a spy, a vocation she fell into almost by accident, but she turned out to be the consummate professional. Read by Susan Niefeld.
Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Fiction by Faith Sullivan, 2015. 11 Br. Began September 27. Shortly after the Stillmans move to a small town, Nell’s boorish husband dies leaving Nell a penniless mother of a baby boy. But she finds strength in friendships and a rich inner life from the novels she loves to read. Read by Judy Woodward.
A Fireproof Home for the Bride, Fiction by Amy Scheibe, 2016. 16 Br. Begins October 12. Raised in a Lutheran farm family, Emmaline was promised at twelve to the son of wealthy neighbors. But a chance meeting of Bobby Doyle turns her world upside down. He’s Catholic and so a future with him is forbidden. Read by Janelle Mattson.
Model Woman, Nonfiction by Robert Lacey, 2015. 14 Br. Began September 27. Eileen Ford and her husband created the 20th century’s largest and most successful modeling agency. Her relentless ambition turned the business of modeling into one of the most glamorous and desired professions. Read by Nancy Bader.
H Is for Hawk, Nonfiction by Helen Macdonald, 2015. 11 Br. Begins October 17. To help her deal with her father’s death, Helen Macdonald, an experienced falconer, decided to purchase and train a goshawk. One of the most vicious predators, Helen saw that the goshawk’s temperament mirrored her own. Read by Esmé Evans.
The Truth and Other Lies, Fiction by Sascha Arango, 2015. 10 Br. Began September 26. Best-selling author Henry Hayden seems like someone to admire or have as a friend. But the truth is that his entire life is constructed of lies, including who actually wrote his books. L – Read by Scott Brush.
While the Gods Were Sleeping, Fiction by Erwin Mortier, 2015. 11 Br. Begins October 10. Helena looks back on her life and tries to capture the past. She remembers how, at her uncle’s country house in the summer of 1914, her family’s stately life collapsed into ruins. But amidst the mud and rubble came a young English photographer who transformed her life. S - Read by Carol Lewis.
Some of the Parts, Fiction by Hannah Barnaby, 2016. 9 Br. Begins October 25. Tallie has been grieving her brother’s death for months by pretending she is okay. Then she finds that he was an organ donor and wonders if tracking down the organ recipients would somehow bring him back. L - Read by Mitzi Lewellen.
Winter Is Coming, Nonfiction by Garry Kasparov, 2015. 14 Br. Began September 19. The ascension of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. Read by John Mandeville.
The Syrian Jihad, Nonfiction by Charles R. Lister, 2016. 24 Br. Begins October 10. The anti-Assad revolution in Syria allowed Sunni jihadists to establish a foothold in the heart of the Middle East. That Syria’s civil war is so brutal and protracted has only compounded the situation. Read by Michael Piscitelli.
Speakers of the Dead, Fiction by J. Aaron Sanders, 2016. 7 Br. Began September 29. In 1843, Walt Whitman’s friend Lena Stowe is hanged for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt vows to exonerate her. When Walt’s estranged boyfriend, Henry, returns to New York, the two of them uncover a link between body snatching and Abraham’s murder. Read by Laura Young.
Parchment and Old Lace, Fiction by Laura Childs, with Terrie Farley Moran, 2015. 11 Br. Begins October 10. The perfect romantic dinner was interrupted by Isabelle Black boasting about her upcoming wedding. Then later, as Carmela was walking with her beau, they heard a scream. Isabelle had been strangled and left lying across a tomb in the cemetery. Read by Brenda Powell.
The Whispering City, Fiction by Sara Moliner, 2015. 14 Br. Begins October 25. In Franco’s Spain, wealthy socialite Mariona Sobrerroca has been murdered and Journalist Ana Martí Noguer is assigned to cover the case. What begins as a sensational murder case exposes revelations that implicate the regime’s most influential figures. Read by Myrna Smith.
LaRose, Fiction by Louise Erdrich, 2016. 15 Br. Begins October 3. When Landreaux realizes he has killed his best friend’s son, following tradition, he and his wife give their own son, LaRose, to the grieving parents. L - Read by Rachael Freed.
Chasing the North Star, Fiction by Robert Morgan, 2016. 12 Br. Begins October 24. In 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, Jonah leaves the plantation on which he was a slave. Running through the night, he was followed by Angel, also a slave, who saw his path as her own way to freedom. Read by Connie Jamison.
Fortunate Son, Nonfiction by John Fogarty, 2015. 15 Br. Began September 15. Stories of hardship in music are common, but few have risen from the ashes of personal struggle like Fogerty. Success was followed by disputes and leaving the music industry. Read by John Marsicano.
Suspicious Minds, Nonfiction by Rob Brotherton, 2015. 10 Br. Begins October 6. The psychology of conspiracy theories tells us how our minds are wired and why we believe anything at all. Beliefs are a predictable product of how our brains work. Read by John Demma.
Master of Ceremonies, Nonfiction by Joel Grey, 2016. 9 Br. Begins October 20. Born Joel David Katz to a Jewish-American family in Cleveland, Joel Grey began in theater at the age of nine. Seven decades later, he is still performing, but he has come to know himself much better. Read by Stuart Holland.
The Good Liar, Fiction by Nicholas Searle, 2016. 11 Br. Begins October 3. Roy is a con artist and when he meets wealthy widow Betty online, he knows she’s an easy mark. In no time at all, he’s spinning his web of duplicity and betrayal around her, even moving into her lovely cottage. L - Read by Jim Tarbox.
Georgia, Fiction by Dawn Tripp, 2016. 11 Br. Begins October 18. Georgia O’Keeffe was an unknown art teacher when she travelled to New York in 1916 to meet Alfred Stieglitz, famed photographer and art dealer. Their connection was instantaneous and she was drawn into his sophisticated world. S - Read by Laura Rohlik.
Welcome to Night Vale, Fiction by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, 2015. 11 Br. Begins October 4. Night Vale seems like an ordinary desert community, though mysterious lights pass over it while citizens pretend to sleep. In this town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and conspiracies are common, the lives of two women with two mysteries converge. L - Read by Mary Hall.
The Wisdom of Perversity, Fiction by Rafael Yglesias, 2015. 14 Br. Begins October 19. Brian and Jeff were best friends growing up together in New York City in the 1960s. Then something happened driving a wedge between them and ending their friendship, something neither ever spoke of. Forty years later, they need to face the consequences. V,L,S – Read by Tom Speich.