Featured Books

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

September 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo, and Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, by Evan Roskos, and Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing This Day, by Wendell Berry

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, by Andy Sturdevant

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Parthenon Enigma, Nonfiction by Joan Breton Connelly, 2014. 18 Br. Began August 14. The Parthenon has been venerated for two millennia as the ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

    The Gap, Nonfiction by Thomas Suddendorf, 2013. 15 Br. Begins September 9. The gap between the minds of humans and our closest relatives is huge and the gap is growing wider. But what exactly is the difference between our minds and theirs? Read by Stevie Ray.

    Wish You Happy Forever, Nonfiction by Jenny Bowen, 2014. 9 Br. Begins September 30. When Jenny Bowen saw how much her adopted daughter had blossomed since leaving her Chinese orphanage, Jenny was inspired to form Half the Sky. Through her work with Half the Sky, she has helped more than one hundred thousand children. Read by June Prange.

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

    The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, Nonfiction by Ian Mortimer, 2013. 21 Br. Began August 11. In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England was awash with discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But it was also a time of profound uncertainty, religious conflict, and famine, where life expectancy barely reached the thirties. Read by Charles Torrey.

    The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, Nonfiction by Jack El-Hai, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 9. When Captain Douglas M. Kelley was supervising the mental well-being of the Nazi high command after the war, he began to appreciate and understand them. Read by Kathy Stults.

    Ready for a Brand New Beat, Nonfiction by Mark Kurlansky, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 23. When Marvin Gaye wrote “Dancing in the Street” in 1964, it was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording about the joyousness of dance. But the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. Read by Lannois Neely.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Deepest Secret, Fiction by Carla Buckley, 2014. 12 Br. Began August 21. Eve Lattimore’s life revolves around keeping her son Tyler safe. His rare medical condition makes him fatally sensitive to light, so he never leaves the house except at night. And then one night… L - Read by Mary Hall.

    Up at Butternut Lake, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 8. After her husband dies, Allie returns with her young son to her family’s cabin by Butternut Lake. They are embraced by the townsfolk, but she has doubts about whether she’s done the right thing for her son. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Invention of Wings, Fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 24. When Sarah, from a rich Charleston family, turns eleven, she is given her own slave, Hetty, to be her handmaid. Hetty, also known as “Handful,” yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of her life. Read by Sue McDonald.

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

    The Idealist, Nonfiction by Nina Munk, 2013. 8 Br. Began August 27. In the view of economist Jeffrey Sachs, poverty is a problem that can be solved and he has attempted to put his theories into practice in Africa. Read by John Hagman.

    The Burglary, Nonfiction by Betty Medsger, 2014. 27 Br. Begins September 8. The 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, confirmed what some had long suspected: J. Edgar Hoover was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. L - Read by Tom Speich.

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

    The Book of Jonah, Fiction by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014. 15 Br. Began August 19. Jonah is a successful young lawyer with everything going for him when he has a bizarre vision at a party. It is only the first one, and before long his life is unrecognizable. L - Read by John Holden.

    Wake, Fiction by Anna Hope, 2013. 12 Br. Begins September 9. Two years after the Armistice and the end of the Great War, many in London are still haunted by it. Some are missing, but others are extremely changed from their experiences. The lives of three of the women are braided together by the war. L,S - Read by Judith Johannessen.

    Vacationland, Fiction by Sara Stonich, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 25. In northern Minnesota at Naledi Lodge, many people cross paths, many memories exist of former days. Meg, who was there as a girl, is now an artist painting images reflected across the mirrors of memory and water. L - Read by Nancy Felknor.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Environmental Debt, Nonfiction by Amy Larkin, 2013. 7 Br. Begins September 4. For decades, politicians and business leaders told the American public that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Yesterday’s carefree attitude has become a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. Read by John Demma.

    Big Tent, Nonfiction edited by Mallory Factor, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 15. As a survey of the Conservative movement over three centuries, the writers in Big Tent focus on conservative figures and ideas. Read by Art Nyhus.

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

    Critical Mass, Fiction by Sara Paretsky, 2013. 17 Br. Began August 18. V.I.’s friend, Lotty, escaped Nazi Austria on the Kindertransport with her childhood playmate Kitty. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who calls V.I. for help. L - Read by Bonita Sindelir.

    The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, Fiction by P.D. Viner, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 10. When Dani was murdered, no killer was found. The murder destroyed her parents’ marriage, and her old boyfriend, Tom, became a detective. Now Tom has found a lead on the case. L,S – Read by Bill Studer.

    Destroyer Angel, Fiction by Nevada Barr, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 29. On vacation, Anna Pigeon is in Upper Michigan with friends. As she nears camp after a solo canoe ride on their second day, she hears voices – and they aren’t her friends’ voices. L - Read by Isla Hejny.

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

    Maya’s Notebook, Fiction by Isabel Allende, 2013. 15 Br. Begins September 1. When her grandfather, Popo, dies, Maya, who had been raised by her grandparents, turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime. Her one chance for survival is her grandmother who helps her escape to Chile. L - Read by Andrea Bell.

    Claire of the Sea Light, Fiction by Edwidge Danticat, 2013. 7 Br. Begins September 22. Claire is born into love and tragedy in Haiti. On the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when her father has decided to give her away to give her a better life, she disappears. Read by Esmé Evans.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    One Summer, Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2014. 18 Br. Began August 18. The summer of 1927 began with Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. But the summer also saw Babe Ruth’s home run record, Al Jolson’s first talking picture, and Al Capone’s reign of terror. Read by Diane Ladenson.

    The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Nonfiction by Justin Hocking, 2014. 8 Br. Begins September 11. When Justin moves to New York, he discovers a thriving surf culture at Rockaway Beach. Soon, he’ll embark on his own night sea journey. L - Read by Ari Hoptman.

    The Family, Nonfiction by David Laskin, 2014. 14 Br. Begins September 23. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised their children at the edge of the Russian empire, expecting them to carry family traditions into future generations. L - Read by Chris Colestock.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Fiction by Therese Anne Fowler, 2013. 14 Br. Began August 26. When southern belle Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, she was seventeen and he was a young army lieutenant. She fell for him and when he sold his first novel, she boarded a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. L - Read by Alletta Jervey.

    Carthage, Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2014. 21 Br. Begins September 15. Zeno Mayfield’s daughter has disappeared into the wilds of the Adirondacks. When the community of Carthage joins in its search for her, they discover an unlikely suspect, a decorated veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. L - Read by Rachael Freed.

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

    Betwixt and Between, Fiction by Jessica Stilling, 2013. 17 Br. Begins September 3. After eating a poisoned cookie, ten-year-old Preston awakens in Neverland, a place to go before heading on to “the after.” He is taken under the wing of a boy named Peter, who flies and watches over the other boys. Read by Nancy Bader.

    The Pagan Lord, Fiction by Bernard Cornwell, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 26. At the beginning of the tenth century, Edward is king of Wessex and it survives for the time. But Cnut Longsword and his Vikings are ready to invade. Eventually each Saxon kingdom will be drawn into bloody battle with the Danes. V,L - Read by John Mandeville.

August 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing This Day, by Wendell Berry and Aimless Love, by Billy Collins

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, by Andy Sturdevant

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Wish You Happy Forever, Nonfiction by Jenny Bowen, 2014. 9 Br. Began September 30. When Jenny Bowen saw how much her adopted daughter had blossomed since leaving her Chinese orphanage, Jenny was inspired to form Half the Sky. Through her work with Half the Sky, she has helped more than one hundred thousand children. Read by June Prange.

    Sensation, Nonfiction by Thalma Lobel, 2014. 10 Br. Begins October 14. Physical experiences unconsciously affect your everyday decisions and choices with profound implications for your everyday life. The more you know about how your physical environment influences you, the better you are able to get to where you want to go. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

    Paleofantasy, Nonfiction by Marlene Zuk, 2014. 12 Br. Begins October 28. Our nostalgic visions of an ideal evolutionary past in which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we were “meant to” fail to recognize that we were never perfectly suited to our environment. Evolution is about change, and every organism is full of trade-offs. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

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

    Ready for a Brand New Beat, Nonfiction by Mark Kurlansky, 2013. 10 Br. Began September 23. When Marvin Gaye wrote “Dancing in the Street” in 1964, it was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording about the joyousness of dance. But the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. Read by Lannois Neely.

    Jane Austen’s England, Nonfiction by Roy Adkins and Leslie Adkins, 2013. 19 Br. Begins October 7. The social hierarchies and anxieties about property and income are some of the primary areas of focus in Jane Austen’s novels. But there was much more happening there in nineteenth century England. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Invention of Wings, Fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, 2013. 13 Br. Began September 24. Sarah Grimké is the daughter of a rich Charleston family. When she turns eleven, she is given her own slave, Hetty, who is to be her handmaid. Hetty, also known as “Handful,” yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of her life. Read by Sue McDonald.

    The Crane Wife, Fiction by Patrick Ness, 2014. 10 Br. Begins October 13. George Duncan, owner of a small print shop, is awakened one night by a white crane that had been shot through the wing. He removes the arrow and it flies away. The next morning, a woman comes to his shop asking for help with her artwork: cuttings from what look like slices of feathers. Read by Connie Jamison.

    The Forever Girl, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2014. 11 Br. Begins October 27. Amanda and David have raised their children in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island. It can be ideal for raising children but can be claustrophobic for adults. There are myriad ways in which love shapes our lives. Read by Judith Johannessen.

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

    The Burglary, Nonfiction by Betty Medsger, 2014. 27 Br. Began September 8. The 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, confirmed what some had long suspected: J. Edgar Hoover was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    The Second Chance Dog, Nonfiction by Jon Katz, 2013. 9 Br. Begins October 15. When Jon met Maria, the only obstacle was her dog, Frieda, a ferocious Rottweiler-shepherd mix. He realized that to win over Maria, he’d need to gain the dog’s affection, too. Read by Don Gerlach.

    Mother of God, Nonfiction by Paul Rosolie, 2014. 11 Br. Begins October 28. In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, the cloud forests fall into the lowland rain forest creating the most biodiverse place on the planet. In 2006, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the western Amazon that would transform his life. Read by Andrea Bell.

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

    Vacationland, Fiction by Sara Stonich, 2013. 13 Br. Began September 25. In northern Minnesota at Naledi Lodge, many memories exist of former days. Meg, who was there as a girl, is now an artist painting images reflected across memory and water. L - Read by Nancy Felknor.

    Queen’s Gambit, Fiction by Elizabeth Freemantle, 2013. 15 Br. Begins October 14. Widowed for the second time, Katherine Parr falls in love with Thomas Seymour. But Henry VIII wishes to marry her. Aware of the fates of his previous wives, she becomes his sixth queen. Read by Eileen Barratt.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    This Town, Nonfiction by Mark Leibovich, 2013. 13 Br. Begins October 2. Washington might be loathed, yet these are fun and busy days at the nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. Read by John Demma.

    Bosnia’s Million Bones, Nonfiction by Christian Jennings, 2013. 9 Br. Begins October 21. Identifying the remains of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre was dubbed “the world’s greatest forensic puzzle.” In 2000, one DNA laboratory run by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo set about cracking the code to this puzzle. Since then, this technology has also help Libya, Iraq, Chile, and others to identify their missing persons. V,L - Read by John Potts.

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

    Destroyer Angel, Fiction by Nevada Barr, 2014. 12 Br. Began September 29. On vacation, Anna Pigeon is in Upper Michigan with friends. As she nears camp after a solo canoe ride on their second day, she hears voices – and they aren’t her friends’ voices. L - Read by Isla Hejny.

    You Disappear, Fiction by Christian Jungersen, 2014. 13 Br. Begins October 15. Mia’s husband, Frederik, is the headmaster of a private school who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor that is changing his personality. When millions of crowns are missing at the school, he is the obvious culprit. With his new personality, he doesn’t seem to care. L,S - Read by Myrna Smith.

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

    The Secret of Magic, Fiction by Deborah Johnson, 2014. 13 Br. Begins October 1. Regina Robichard is a young lawyer working for Thurgood Marshall. She is going down South to solve the murder of Joe Howard Wilson, an African American World War II hero. L - Read by John Marsicano.

    Alena, Fiction by Rachel Pastan, 2014. 12 Br. Begins October 20. A young curator is offered a job by the founder of a cutting-edge art museum. The deceased chief curator had been his childhood friend and muse. The young curator quickly finds herself out of her depth. L - Read by Nikki LaLiberte.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Family, Nonfiction by David Laskin, 2014. 14 Br. Began September 23. A Torah scribe and his wife raised their children at the edge of the Russian empire, expecting them to carry family traditions into future generations. L - Read by Chris Colestock.

    Priscilla, Nonfiction by Nicholas Shakespeare, 2014. 15 Br. Begins October 13. The aunt Nicholas remembered was very different from the morally ambiguous woman who emerged from a trove of documents he discovered. L,S - Read by Natasha DeVoe.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Carthage, Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2014. 21 Br. Began September 15. Zeno’s daughter has disappeared. When the community searches for her, they discover an unlikely suspect, a decorated veteran. L - Read by Rachael Freed. 

    The Days of Anna Madrigal, Fiction by Armistead Maupin, 2014. 9 Br. Begins October 14. Anna Madrigal has constructed a family of supporters dating from years ago when she was a landlady at 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco. Now she wants to attend to unfinished business from her youth. L,S - Read by Mike Piscitelli.

    2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Fiction by Marie-Helene Bertino, 2014. 7 Br. Begins October 27. It is the eve of Christmas Eve. After facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, nine-year-old Madeleine is determined to make her onstage debut as a jazz singer. L,S -
    Read by Sue McDonald.

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

    The Pagan Lord, Fiction by Bernard Cornwell, 2014. 13 Br. Began September 26. At the beginning of the tenth century, Edward is king of Wessex. But Cnut Longsword and his Vikings are ready to invade. Eventually each Saxon kingdom will be drawn into bloody battle with the Danes. V,L - Read by John Mandeville.

    Some Quiet Place, Fiction by Kelsey Sutton, 2013. 11 Br. Begins October 15. Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions – she sees them in human form. But all the emotions have given up on her except Fear, who torments her or plays her compassionate savior. Read by Cintra Godfrey.

    Evening Stars, Fiction by Susan Mallery, 2014. 10 Br. Begins October 30. Nina made a career out of being a caretaker. Now Nina realizes the control she once had is slipping through her fingers. Read by Janelle Mattson.