Featured Books

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

February 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Underground, by Jim Moore

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing  The Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief, Nonfiction by Jill Smolowe, 2014. 10 Br. Begins February 3. From March, 2009, to September 2010, Jill Smolowe lost her mother-in-law, her husband, her sister, and her mother. Everyone, including her, expected her to fall apart. Though the grieving was real, she didn’t. On the topic of grief and loss, everyone does it differently, and sometimes the unexpected holds a grieving person together. Read by Laura Rohlik.

    Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Nonfiction by Arianna Huffington, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 17. To outward appearances, Arianna Huffington was successful. Cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, she was celebrated as one of the world's most influential women. But when she was going through medical tests after a fall, she wondered if that was what success feels like. Our relentless pursuit of money and power has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illness. Read by June Prange.

    The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, Nonfiction by Nicholas Carr, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 27. Technology should be used to expand life’s possibilities rather than narrow them. Author Nicholas Carr makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons. This is the hidden cost of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Read by Chris Colestock.

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

    Lincoln’s Bishop, Nonfiction by Gustav Niebuhr, 2014. 7 Br. Begins February 2. In 1862, when the Sioux slaughtered hundreds of pioneer families, citizens demanded mass executions. But Episcopalian Bishop Henry Whipple had warned of the corruption in those managing Indian affairs. He appealed directly to President Lincoln. Read by Esmé Evans.

    Dear Abigail, Nonfiction by Diane Jacobs, 2014. 18 Br. Begins February 11. Much has been written of the marriage of President John Adams and his wife Abigail. But few people know of the strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Began January 29. Helen marries Emmet Justice, a newly widowed television journalist and their marriage causes a rift between Emmet and his oldest friends who resent her presence. Hoping to mend fences, they join the group for a summer at his late wife’s home, Moonrise. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

    Lucky Us, Fiction by Amy Bloom, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 18. Disappointed by their families, Iris and Eva journey through 1940’s America in search of fame and fortune. With friends in high and low places, they stumble and shine through big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Read by Joy Fogarty.

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

    The Footloose American, Nonfiction by Brian Kevin, 2014. 15 Br. Begins February 2. In 1963, Hunter S. Thompson completed a yearlong journey across South America, filing dispatches for a paper called the National Observer. He reflected on topics that continue to make headlines: leftist populism, resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. L - Read by Scott Brush.

    Blackboard, Nonfiction by Lewis Buzbee, 2014. 6 Br. Begins February 23. Lewis Buzbee, teacher, writer, and lifelong learner, reflects on his education and the schools of his formative years. He contrasts his own schools with those of his daughter’s experiences. The classroom itself becomes a mirror for the expectations we place on young students. Read by John Beal.

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

    The End of Always, Fiction by Randi Davenport, 2014. 12 Br. Began January 22. In 1907 Wisconsin, seventeen-year-old Marie Reehs is determined to not marry a violent man, as her mother and grandmother did. Working in a job arranged by her father, Marie toils under the eye of an older man who has claimed her for his own. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor, Fiction by Patrick Taylor, 2013. 16 Br. Begins February 9. Respected village doctor Fingal O’Reilly has taken on both married life and a female assistant. Life is very different from the challenges Fingal faced thirty years earlier when he was fresh out of medical school. Read by Trish Barry.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Command and Control, Nonfiction by Eric Schlosser, 2013. 23 Br. Began January 8. The world’s nuclear arsenals are not as safe as they should be. The combination of human fallibility and technological complexity poses a grave risk to mankind. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    Sons of Wichita, Nonfiction by Daniel Schulman, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 10. The four Koch brothers were left a large amount of money by their father, which started their legal battles – first against each other. Since then, two of the brothers have spent decades trying to remake the American political landscape. Read by Leila Poullada.

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

    The Arnifour Affair, Fiction by Gregory Harris, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 4. When a carriage bearing the Arnifour family crest arrives at the Kensington home of Colin Pendragon, it is an ominous beginning to a perplexing new case. Lady Arnifour’s husband has been beaten to death and her niece left in a coma. L - Read by Bill Studer.

    The Directive, Fiction by Matthew Quirk, 2014. 12 Br. Begins February 17. Mike Ford is a cunning, courageous ex-con with a big heart. When his brother is in a conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars, Mike wants to help. But he ends up trapped and forced to call on the skills of his past to escape. L - Read by Neil Bright.

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

    All the Light We Cannot See, Fiction by Anthony Doerr, 2014. 16 Br. Began January 19. Marie-Laure and her father flee from the Nazis to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. In Germany, the orphan Werner becomes aware of the human cost of his activities with the Nazi Youth, so he travels, ending up at Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Fiction by Alice Hoffman, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 10. Coralie Sardie plays a mermaid in her father’s Coney Island freak show. When she sees photographer Eddie Cohen taking pictures by the Hudson, and later, of the New York streets after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, she falls in love. L,S - Read by Nancy Felknor.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Book of Men, Nonfiction curated by Colum McCann, 2013. 5 Br. Begins February 4. To help launch the literary nonprofit Narrative 4, Esquire asked eighty of the world’s greatest writers to write on “How to Be a Man.” Not just exploring what it is to be a man, they ultimately write about what it is to be a human. Read by Jim Gregorich.

    The Keillor Reader,
    Nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2014. 16 Br. Begins February 11. The founder and host of A Prairie Home companion, Garrison Keillor gives us a retrospective of his life as satirist, columnist, singer, storyteller, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Nearing the age of seventy-two, he has no plans for retirement. L - Read by Don Lee.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Abomination, Fiction by Jonathan Holt, 2013. 14 Br. Began January 20. A murdered woman, dressed as a priest, is pulled out of the Grand Canal. She is known as the Abomination. Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is on the case. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann.

    Sworn Virgin,
    Fiction by Elvira Dones, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 9. When Hana’s uncle asks her to marry a local boy to run the household, she is resolved to remain independent. She must vow - with Albanian tradition – to live the rest of her life in chastity as a man. L,S - Read by Kristi Sullivan.

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Fiction by Christopher Scotton, 2015. 14 Br. Begins February 19. Kevin and his friend, Buzzy, become involved in a mountaintop removal dispute in Medgar, Kentucky. It tests them to their limits in a struggle for survival in the mountains. L - Read by Tom Speich.

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

    MaddAddam, Fiction by Margaret Atwood, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 3. Most of humanity has been destroyed. Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the Painballers, and they have regrouped at the MaddAddamite Cobb house, accompanied by the Crakers. L - Read by Jenny O’Brien.

    Thorn Jack, Fiction by Katherine Harbour, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 19. Finn and her father move to a town full of possibilities - and dark enigmas. Read by Lynda Kayser.

March 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen, and Rewire by Richard O’Connor, PhD.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole, and The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Underground, by Jim Moore, and The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing On Stage with Kevin Kling, by Kevin Kling

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Glass Cage, Nonfiction by Nicholas Carr, 2014. 9 Br. Began February 27. Technology should be used to expand life’s possibilities rather than narrow them. Author Nicholas Carr makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons. This is the hidden cost of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Creativity, Inc., Nonfiction by Ed Catmull, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 10. As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. Building on the elements that have made Pixar such a success, Ed Catmull shares with us his ideas of unlocking creativity. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

    The Art of Daring, Nonfiction by Carl Phillips, 2014. 4 Br. Begins March 28. Author Phillips argues for restlessness as key to imagination, but also notes the risks imagination must take. After looking at works by major poets, he asks, “How is the restlessness that can lead to art all that different from sexual restlessness?” L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

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

    Dear Abigail, Nonfiction by Diane Jacobs, 2014. 18 Br. Began February 11. Much has been written of the marriage of President John Adams and his wife Abigail. But few people know of the strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

    The Roosevelts, Nonfiction by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, 2014. 12 Br. Begins March 9. Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities. They were three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family; no other American family ever touched so many lives.
    Read by Rachael Freed.

    A Death in San Pietro, Nonfiction by Tim Brady, 2013. 8 Br. Begins March 25. In war ravaged Italy, near a small village north of Naples, the paths of three men crossed: platoon leader Captain Henry Waskow, award-winning journalist Ernie Pyle, and young filmmaker John Huston. They were about to make one of the great stories of World War II. L - Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    A Star for Mrs. Blake, Fiction by April Smith, 2014. 12 Br. Begins March 2. Five American women travel to France to visit the graves of their soldier sons buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near Verdun. It is a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. Read by Pat Lelich.

    Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Fiction by Jan Karon, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 18. When Father Tim arrives back in Mitford, he feels something is missing. Maybe he’s lost his passion. But others in Mitford are struggling with their passions as well. Does Mitford still take care of their own? Read by Carol Lewis.

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

    Bootstrapper, Nonfiction by Mardi Jo Link, 2013. 9 Br. Begins March 3. In the summer of 2005, Mardi Jo’s dream has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and ragged cuticles. She and her husband have just called it quits. More broke than ever, she makes an impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse and raise her sons on well water, wood chopping and dirt. Read by Ann Reed.

    Tibetan Peach Pie, Nonfiction by Tom Robbins, 2014. 16 Br. Begins March 16. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Tom Robbins weaves together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures. He has led a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. L - Read by John Mandeville.

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

    The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Fiction by Jonas Jonasson, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 3. Born in a tiny shack in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is orphaned at ten and knows the world expects her to die young – and nothing else. But she has other plans. L – Read by Sue McDonald.

    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Fiction by Gabrielle Zevin, 2014. 7 Br. Begins March 23. A.J. Fikry is isolating himself. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him – he sees them as a sign of a rapidly changing world. Then a mysterious package arrives and A.J. has the opportunity to make his life over. Read by Nancy Felknor.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Divide, Nonfiction by Matt Taibbi, 2014. 15 Br. Begins March 2. The greatest challenge of contemporary American life is surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, ignores the crimes of the wealthy, and implicates all. It has become this way in the last two decades. Read by June Prange.

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Nonfiction by Tim Harford, 2014. 10 Br. Begins March 23. Economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge fund managers to middle-class investors, everyone must pay attention to the global economy – how it affects us and how it works. Read by Jack Rossmann.

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

    The Directive, Fiction by Matthew Quirk, 2014. 12 Br. Began February 17. Mike is an ex-con with a big heart. When his brother is in a conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars, Mike wants to help. But he ends up trapped. L - Read by Neil Bright.

    By Its Cover, Fiction by Donna Leon, 2014. 8 Br. Begins March 5. Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a Venetian library. There have been thefts of rare travel books. Initially it seems the work of a visiting American professor. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

    The Last Kind Word, Fiction by David Housewright, 2013. 12 Br. Begins March 17. Rushmore McKenzie is doing a favor for the ATF, trying to find a cache of illegal guns. They give him a fake I.D. so he can infiltrate the gunrunners, which seems like a bad idea at the time. L - Read by Chuck Torrey.

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

    Madame Picasso, Fiction by Anne Girard, 2014. 16 Br. Begins March 2. Eva Gouel was working at the Moulin Rouge when she caught the eye of Pablo Picasso. What started as an affair became the first great love of Picasso’s life. S - Read by Carolyn Light Bell.

    Us Conductors, Fiction by Sean Michaels, 2014. 13 Br. Begins March 18. Lev Termen went from life as a scientist in St. Petersburg to life as a spy in Manhattan where he fell in love with Clara. In Russia, he is imprisoned but his love remains constant. L - Read by Peter Danbury.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Keillor Reader, Nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2014. 16 Br. Began February 11. The founder and host of A Prairie Home companion, Garrison Keillor gives us a retrospective of his life as satirist, columnist, singer, storyteller, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. L - Read by Don Lee.

    Berlin Now, Nonfiction by Peter Schneider, 2014. 13 Br. Begins March 5. Berlin is a vibrant city with a thriving artistic community. Peter Schneider takes us on an insider’s tour of this rapidly metamorphosing metropolis. L,S - Read by John Potts.

    Taking Liberties, Nonfiction by Robert Boston, 2014. 6 Br. Begins March 24. Religious freedom is an individual right, not a license allowing religious organizations to discriminate against and control others. Author Boston makes recommendations resolving clashes between religious-liberty claims and individual rights. Read by John Demma.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Fiction by Christopher Scotton, 2015. 14 Br. Began February 19. Kevin and his friend, Buzzy, become involved in a mountaintop removal dispute in Medgar, Kentucky. It tests them to their limits in a struggle for survival in the mountains. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    Tigerman, Fiction by Nick Harkaway, 2014. 15 Br. Begins March 11. Sergeant Lester Ferris is about to retire and moved to the island of Mancreu, a former British colony in legal limbo, facing destruction by an international community concerned for safety. When he befriends a street kid, Lester finds a purpose in protecting him. L - Read by Tom Price. 

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

    Thorn Jack, Fiction by Katherine Harbour, 2014. 14 Br. Began February 19. After her sister's suicide, Finn and her father move to a town full of possibilities - and dark enigmas. The town, and especially the Fata family, wield a charm and power, a blend of good and evil, magic and mystery. Read by Lynda Kayser.

    Beltane, Fiction by Christine Malec, 2014. 29 Br. Begins March 11. In 1558, Margarete and her servant leave France for Scotland to fulfill a bargain made by others. Caught in the schemes of others, Margarete is forced to look for the sources of her own power. S - Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.