Featured Books

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

July 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, and The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver, and The Last Two Seconds, by Mary Jo Bang

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

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    How We Got to Now, Nonfiction by Steven Johnson, 2014. 9 Br. Began June 26. Innovations over the centuries included six key technologies of modern life: refrigeration, clocks, lenses, water purification, recorded sound, and artificial light. Created by amateurs, and entrepreneurs, they had unintended consequences. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

    The Big Ratchet, Nonfiction by Ruth DeFries, 2014. 9 Br. Begins July 9. Human history is a story of continual innovations, enabling us to surpass existing limits, even as they create new problems in their wake. Understanding the cycle will show how we reached this point in our history and how we might survive it. Read by Lannois Neely.

    More Awesome than Money, Nonfiction by Jim Dwyer, 2014. 14 Br. Begins July 22. Four computer nerd undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control the information they shared, instead of surrendering their privacy to big businesses like Facebook. Their project was called Diaspora. Read by Chris Colestock.

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

    Hell before Breakfast, Nonfiction by Robert H. Patton, 2014. 15 Br. Begins July 6. During the decades when America was emerging as a great power and the monarchies of Europe battled for dominance, war correspondents led the most romantic and thrilling of lives. They were correspondents who saw the world and broke the story. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

    The Story of the Jews, Nonfiction by Simon Schama, 2014. 22 Br. Begins July 27. The Jewish world has been immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from Egyptians to Greeks, from Arabs to Christians. Their story, therefore, is everyone’s story. Read by Audray Rees.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    What the Lady Wants, Fiction by Renée Rosen, 2014. 13 Br. Begins July 2. Socialite Delia Spencer’s world changed the night of Chicago’s Great Fire when she met Marshall Field. He reopened his dry goods store, transforming it into a palace of a department store. Read by Pat Lelich.

    Secret of a Thousand Beauties, Fiction by Mingmei Yip, 2015. 8 Br. Begins July 21. Spring Swallow was promised in marriage before she was born. When the groom died before the wedding, she was ordered to become a ghost bride, meaning she would be little more than a servant to her in-laws. Refusing to accept her fate, Spring Swallow flees. Read by Nancy Felknor.

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

    Was Blind, but Now I See, Nonfiction by Jim Hindman, 2015. 5 Br. Begins July 6. Jim Hindman, entrepreneur and founder of Jiffy Lube International faced the biggest challenge of his life at age 57 when he was diagnosed with macular degeneration. Throughout his career, nothing prepared him for the impact it would have on his life. Read by Art Nyhus.

    Misdiagnosed, Nonfiction by Nika C. Beamon, 2014. 8 Br. Begins July 13. Nika Beamon suffered from an auto-immune disease that her medical professionals found baffling. For two decades, she navigated through the medical labyrinth searching for answers to her condition. S - Read by Yelva Lynfield.

    The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, Nonfiction by Jay Milbrandt, 2014. 10 Br. Begins July 23. The quest for the source of the Nile will forever be associated with David Livingstone, and his adventures in the name of scientific ambition make for a compelling story. But the most overlooked part of David Livingstone’s life is his contribution to the abolition of the slave trade. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

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

    Under the Wide and Starry Sky, Fiction by Nancy Horan, 2014. 20 Br. Begins July 6. Leaving her philandering husband, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne takes her children to Belgium to start a new life. But tragedy strikes and Fanny and her children go to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she meets Robert Louis Stevenson. Read by Laura Rohlik.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Just Mercy, Nonfiction by Bryan Stevenson, 2014. 12 Br. Began 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.

    Latino America, Nonfiction by Matt Barreto and Gary Segura, 2014. 11 Br. Begins July 15. The U.S. is undergoing a substantial and irreversible shift in identity. So are the Latinos whose populations are responsible for this change. Barreto and Segura show how Latinos have transformed the country politically and socially. Read by Tony Lopez.

    Bad Paper, Nonfiction by Jake Halpern, 2014. 7 Br. Begins July 30. Through the story of a couple debt collectors, Jake Halpern tells of high-pressure call centers and the selling of social security numbers and account information. The world of consumer debt collection is unregulated and operators make unwarranted threats and collect debts that are not theirs. L - Read by Nualle Schallenberger.

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

    Windigo Island, Fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2014. 13 Br. Begins July 1. Private Investigator Cork O’Connor investigates the disappearance of a teenage girl, Mariah, and the death of her friend who the Natives consider killed by Windigo or a vengeful spirit, Michi Peshu. Cork believes the culprits are sex traffickers and he vows to find Mariah. L – Read by Mike Piscitelli.

    The Empire of Night, Fiction by Robert Olen Butler, 2014. 15 Br. Begins July 20. Christopher Marlowe Cobb, known as Kit, is a spy working undercover at a castle on the Kentish coast, owned by a suspected mole, Sir Albert Stockman. Kit’s mother is also a spy, Isabel Cobb, and a famous stage actress, one of whose fans is this same Sir Albert Stockman. L - Read by John Mandeville.

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

    The Silkworm, Fiction by Robert Galbraith, 2014. 18 Br. Began 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.

    O, Africa!, Fiction by Andrew Lewis Conn, 2014. 14 Br. Begins July 14. In the summer of 1928, twins Micah and Izzy Grand are at the pinnacle of their moviemaking careers, when Micah’s vices catch up to him. As danger looms, they go to Africa to compile stock footage of flora and fauna, and to film a movie. Instead, they discover themselves. Read by John Holden.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Subway to California, Nonfiction by Joseph di Prisco, 2014. 14 Br. Began 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 path. L – Read by Peter Danbury.

    Gloria Swanson, Nonfiction by Stephen Michael Shearer, 2013. 21 Br. Begins July 7. Gloria Swanson was Hollywood’s first successful glamour queen, but her role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. She was a star in the 1920s, but through her business acumen, was able to extend her career more than sixty years. Read by Audray Rees.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Nora Webster, Fiction by Colm Tóibín, 2014. 12 Br. Begins July 6. Nora Webster was widowed in her forties with four children and not enough money. She lost the love of her life, Maurice, who rescued her from the world in which she was born and which she may be drawn back to. L,S – Read by Judy Woodward.

    Citizens Creek, Fiction by Lalita Tademy, 2014. 15 Br. Begins July 22. Born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief, Cow Tom possessed an extraordinary ability to master languages. As the U.S. expanded westward, he became a key translator between his Creek master and military generals. L - Read by Joan Sanaker.

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

    Princess of Thorns, Fiction by Stacey Jay, 2014. 11 Br. Began 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.

    The Book of Strange New Things, Fiction by Michel Faber, 2014. 21 Br. Begins July 8. Peter, a devoted man of faith, is called to the mission of a lifetime, galaxies away from his wife, Bea. But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate. L - Read by Tom Speich.

June 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Down Size, by Ted Spiker, and Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Last Two Seconds, by Mary Jo Bang, and How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, by Nick Lantz

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing  Stolen from the Garden, by William Swanson, and Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    More Awesome than Money, Nonfiction by Jim Dwyer, 2014. 14 Br. Began July 22. Four computer nerd undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control the information they shared, instead of surrendering their privacy to big businesses like Facebook. Their project was called Diaspora. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Lives in Ruins, Nonfiction by Marilyn Johnson, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 11. Marilyn Johnson writes about archaeologists. Who chooses to work in ruins? What’s the allure of sifting through layers of dirt under a hot sun? Why do archaeologists care so passionately about what’s dead and buried – why should we? Read by Lannois Neely.

    The Ignorant Maestro, Nonfiction by Itay Talgam, 2015. 6 Br. Begins August 25. Great contemporary leadership mixes control and letting go. It promotes new knowledge by choosing to be ignorant, creates unity through embracing gaps, and enhances effectiveness by adopting keynote listening. Read by Dan Sadoff.

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

    The Story of the Jews, Nonfiction by Simon Schama, 2014. 22 Br. Began July 27. The Jewish world has been immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from Egyptians to Greeks, from Arabs to Christians. Their story, therefore, is everyone’s story. Read by Audray Rees.

    Empire’s Crossroads, Nonfiction by Carrie Gibson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 26. Ever since Columbus stepped ashore, the Caribbean has been a stage for fantasies and competition between world powers. The story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters, but also fortune seekers, tourists, scientists, and pirates. Read by Chris Colestock.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Some Luck, Fiction by Jane Smiley, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 5. On their Iowa farm, Rosanna and Walter pass on their values to their wildly different children: from Frank, handsome, willful first-born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart. Read by Mary Hall.

    Best to Laugh, Fiction by Lorna Landvik, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 26. As a child, Candy Pekkala seemed to get unhappy experiences in Minnesota. So when a cousin called with a Hollywood apartment available, Candy jumped at it. Moving to California was accompanied by temp jobs and trying stand-up comedy. Read by Diane Ladenson.

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

    The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, Nonfiction by Jay Milbrandt, 2014. 10 Br. Began July 23. David Livingstone’s search for the Nile’s source and his adventures in the name of scientific ambition make for a compelling story. But the most overlooked part of David Livingstone’s life is his contribution to the abolition of the slave trade. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. 

    A Spy among Friends, Nonfiction by Ben Macintyre, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 6. Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history. He rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, while secretly working for the enemy. And his two best friends trusted him implicitly, not knowing that their every word was sent to Moscow. L - Read by Esmé Evans.

    An Uncomplicated Life, Nonfiction by Paul Daugherty, 2015. 11 Br. Begins August 24. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome, but her parents refused to allow her to grow up needy. Through her love for others, her charisma, and boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. Read by Jim Gregorich.

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

    The Accidental Empress, Fiction by Allison Pataki, 2015. 21 Br. Begins August 3. At fifteen, Sisi had no idea what struggles and dangers she was taking on by marrying Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She upset political and familial loyalties to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and the world. Read by Laura Rohlik. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Bad Paper, Nonfiction by Jake Halpern, 2014. 7 Br. Began July 30. Halpern tells of high-pressure call centers and the selling of social security numbers and account information. Consumer debt collection is unregulated; operators make unwarranted threats and collect debts that are not theirs. L - Read by Nualle Schallenberger. 

    Putin’s Kleptocracy, Nonfiction by Karen Dawisha, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 10. Vladimir Putin went from jobless to president in three-and-a-half years. In that rise, he brought along his own cabal and the oligarchs they have created. They have looted billions and established a corrupt country ruled by a thieving regime. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

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

    The Empire of Night, Fiction by Robert Olen Butler, 2014. 15 Br. Began July 20. Christopher Marlowe Cobb, known as Kit, is a spy working undercover at a castle on the Kentish coast, owned by a suspected mole, Sir Albert Stockman. Kit’s mother is also a spy, Isabel Cobb, and a famous stage actress, one of whose fans is this same Sir Albert Stockman. L - Read by John Mandeville.

    The Furies, Fiction by Natalie Haynes, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 10. At a “last chance” school for teens, a teacher hides from her own tragic history by teaching the Greek classics to her troubled students. Lessons filled with themes of revenge, retribution, and fate start to have devastating consequences when the students take the tragedies to heart and begin interweaving this darkness into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury. L - Read by Myrna Smith.


    Indefensible, Fiction by Lee Goodman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 24. When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall sees two men digging something she thinks is a grave, she reports it. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis investigates and turns up a body. But one body quickly leads to another. L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

    The Nightingale, Fiction by Kristin Hannah, 2015. 18 Br. Begins August 3. Vianne Mauriac’s home is seized by the Nazis and she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Meanwhile, Isabelle, Vianne’s younger sister, joins the Resistance and risks her life time and again to save others. V,L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

    Funny Girl, Fiction by Nick Hornby, 2015. 12 Br. Begins August 27. Though she's crowned Miss Blackpool in 1964, Barbara Parker would rather make people laugh than be a beauty queen. In London, a chance meeting with an agent leads to a new name, Sophie Straw, and an audition for a new BBC comedy that becomes very popular. L - Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Gloria Swanson, Nonfiction by Stephen Michael Shearer, 2013. 21 Br. Began July 7. Gloria Swanson was Hollywood’s first successful glamour queen, but her role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. She was a star in the 1920s, but through her business acumen, was able to extend her career more than sixty years. Read by Audray Rees.

    This Changes Everything, Nonfiction by Naomi Klein, 2013. 24 Br. Begins August 5. The inconvenient truth is that global warming is not about carbon; it’s about capitalism. We have been told that the market will save us when, in fact, the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. Read by Stevie Ray.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Citizens Creek, Fiction by Lalita Tademy, 2014. 15 Br. Began July 22. Born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief, Cow Tom possessed an ability to master languages. As the U.S. expanded westward, he became a key translator between the Creeks and military generals. L - Read by Joan Sanaker.

    A History of Loneliness, Fiction by John Boyne, 2015. 13 Br. Begins August 12. Father Odran Yates served as a chaplain at a boy’s school for almost thirty years and he was always content. But when scandal begins to engulf the church, Odran is taken from the school to serve in a parish whose priest has been removed. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    Tesla, Fiction by Vladimir Pi┼ítalo, 2015. 17 Br. Begins August 31. Nikola Tesla was one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors. His rise and fall reveal the many dimensions of a visionary whose influence is still felt today. L - Read by Bob Malos.

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

    City of Stairs, Fiction by Robert Jackson Bennett, 2014. 20 Br. Begins August 6. The spy, Shara Thivani, has come to the city of Bulikov to catch a murderer. The city was once a brutal place ruled by the gods, and Shara suspects that the gods may not be as dead as they seem. Read by Mike Piscitelli.