Featured Books

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

October 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.

November 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 A Hero for Wondla, by Tony DiTerlizzi

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing 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, and Leaving Rollingstone, by Kevin Fenton

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Paleofantasy, Nonfiction by Marlene Zuk, 2014. 12 Br. Began 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.

    Gulp, Nonfiction by Mary Roach, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 13. Science writer Mary Roach explores the alimentary canal asking questions like Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? L – Read by Esmé Evans.

    Think Like a Freak, Nonfiction by Steve D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, 2014. 7 Br. Begins November 26. Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for a new way to solve problems. No topic is off limits as you learn to think more productively, more creatively, more rationally. Read by Stevie Ray.

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

    Amsterdam, Nonfiction by Russell Shorto, 2013. 15 Br. Begins November 3. How much individual freedom can we live with? What are the limits of acceptance? How can people from different parts of the world coexist in increasingly globalized cities? Russell Shorto writes of how the Dutch invented today’s concepts of liberty and tolerance. Read by Tony Lopez.

    The Dog Who Could Fly, Nonfiction by Damien Lewis, 2014. 10 Br. Begins November 24. In the winter of 1939, two survivors met and became lifelong friends: an abandoned puppy and a Czech airman who had been shot down over enemy lines. In the following months, the two saved each other’s lives countless times flying over Germany. Read by Scott Long.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Forever Girl, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2014. 11 Br. Began 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 Anatomy Lesson, Fiction by Nina Siegal, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 11. In 1632, Rembrandt was a young artist when he took as his subject The Anatomy Lesson, commissioned by the Amsterdam Surgeons’ Guild. It would become one of his masterpieces, catapulting him to international fame. Read by Judy Woodward.

    A Triple Knot, Fiction by Emma Campion, 2014. 18 Br. Begins November 24. Joan of Kent, niece of King Edward III and daughter of a traitor, gets secretly married to escape royal constraints, and hides it as she is married off to another man. When her first husband dies, she begins an affair with the heir to the throne, Prince Edward, and discovers that a royal life comes with potentially tragic costs. Read by Connie Jamison.

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

    Mother of God, Nonfiction by Paul Rosolie, 2014. 11 Br. Began October 28. The Madre de Dios region of Peru is 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.

    The Invisible Girls, Nonfiction by Sarah Thebarge, 2013. 8 Br. Begins November 12. After surviving the treatments for breast cancer, Sarah moved to Portland, Oregon to start over. A chance encounter with an African mother and her daughters transformed her life again. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

    Retail Schmetail, Nonfiction by Sanford Stein, 2014. 12 Br. Begins November 24. Sandy Stein’s family got into retail 100 years ago with a store that resembled a garage sale. They had no formal education. But they had ingenuity, drive, and humor. Read by Alvin Apple.

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

    The Sixteenth of June, Fiction by Maya Lang, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 4. On June 16, two brothers and a fiancée are brought together – first for a funeral, then for a party. As tensions rise, they confront their pasts and hopes for the future. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Steady Running of the Hour, Fiction by Justin Go, 2014. 20 Br. Begins November 17. Ashley Walsingham died on Mount Everest, leaving a fortune to his former lover who could not be found. Eighty years later, the solicitors find American Tristan Campbell, who could be her descendant. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Crash of 2016, Nonfiction by Thom Hartmann, 2013. 11 Br. Begins November 3. Hartmann says that the U.S. is in the midst of a major economic implosion. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us. Read by Ann Reed.

    America’s Great Game, Nonfiction by Hugh Wilford, 2013. 15 Br. Begins November 18. Though it seems the CIA makes relations between the U.S. and the Middle East troublesome, it wasn’t always that way. The earliest generation of CIA operatives was actually the region’s staunchest western ally. Read by Leila Poullada.

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

    In Doubt, Fiction by Drusilla Campbell, 2014. 8 Br. Begins November 3. Because she needs the money, Defense Attorney Sophie Giraudo reluctantly takes on the case of a teenager named Donny who is accused of trying to kill the governor. But she has many personal reasons, too. And she suspects Donny is not a killer. L – Read by Diane Ladenson.

    The Hidden Child,
    Fiction by Camilla Läckberg, 2014. 19 Br. Begins November 13. When Erica Falck discovers a Nazi medal in her mother’s possessions, she resolves to find out why. When she questions one of her mother’s friends from that era, he gives evasive answers and two days later, meets a violent death. L – Read by Kristi Sullivan.

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

    The Arsonist, Fiction by Sue Miller, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 5. After working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home to her New Hampshire village where her family has always summered. But on her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then more. And always houses of summer people. L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

    All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Fiction by Darragh McKeon, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 24. Life in Russia seems to be business as usual, but next door in the Ukraine, a teenage boy wakes to a sky of deep crimson. In the fields, the cattle’s ears are dripping blood. Ten miles away, at the Chernobyl Power Plant, something unimaginable has happened. Read by Tom Speich.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    All the Time in the World, Nonfiction by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, 2013. 8 Br. Begins November 3. A mix of anecdotes from an array of cultures and eras, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins brings us forgotten treasures of the past to inspire a passion for good living in the present. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    Careless People, Nonfiction by Sarah Churchwell, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 13. In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald had just finished his fourth book. Living in New York, he lived among the glamorous and reckless. The city was bursting with an expanding economy and growing ambitions. It was also a year known for a horrific murder. L – Read by Ann Hoedeman.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Day of Atonement, Fiction by David Liss, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 5. In 1755, Sebastian Foxx arrives in Lisbon. Born Sebastião Raposa, his parents were abducted by the Inquisition. Now trained in the arts of coercion, Sebastian has return to repay old debts and to find the man who killed his father. V - Read by Don Lee.

    Cataract City, Fiction by Craig Davidson, 2014. 12 Br. Begins November 24. Owen Stuckey and Duncan Diggs long to escape Niagara Falls, but are caught in their competing love for one woman. When Duncan descends into a world of greyhound races, bare-knuckle brawls, and smuggling, both men must survive the wilderness beyond the city. L - Read by Greg Olson. 

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

    Evening Stars, Fiction by Susan Mallery, 2014. 10 Br. Began October 30. Nina made a career out of being a caretaker. She sacrificed medical school so her sister could break free. Now her sister has returned to the island, Nina is juggling two men, Nina’s mom is living recklessly, and Nina realizes control is slipping through her fingers. Read by Janelle Mattson.

    House of Secrets, Fiction by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, 2013. 13 Br. Begins November 13. Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker saw their lives change when the family moved into a house once the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff. By the time they realize there were sinister plans, they are banished to a primeval forest off the grid. Read by Don Gerlach.