Featured Books

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

December 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, and sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing  Aimless Love, by Billy Collins

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

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

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

    The Discovery of Middle Earth, Nonfiction by Robb Graham, 2013. 11 Br. Begins December 5. The cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Ireland; today, little remains of this great civilization. Read by Esmé Evans.

    Saving Sam, Nonfiction by Jay Cohn, M.D., 2014. 14 Br. Begins December 23. Dr. Cohn reveals the secrets of heart disease. He also tells the story of the development of the first drug approved for African Americans - politics and accusations of racism inhibited the widespread use of this life-saving therapy. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

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

    The Dog Who Could Fly, Nonfiction by Damien Lewis, 2014. 10 Br. Began 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. Read by Scott Long.

    Like Dreamers, Nonfiction by Yossi Klein Halevi, 2013. 27 Br. Begins December 8. In June 1967, Israel achieved a decisive victory against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in the Six-Day-War. The most symbolic triumph was the reunification of Israeli West Jerusalem and Jordanian East Jerusalem. Read by Rachael Freed.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    A Triple Knot, Fiction by Emma Campion, 2014. 18 Br. Began 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 and discovers that a royal life comes with potentially tragic costs. Read by Connie Jamison.

    The Forgotten Seamstress, Fiction by Liz Trenow, 2014. 11 Br. Begins December 18. Maria knows she is lucky to have a sewing position in the royal household. Like any good servant, she keeps downstairs. Until the Prince summons her. Their chance meeting rips her life away from her. Searching for a way to understand what happened, Maria turns to what she knows best. Read by Joan Sanaker.

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

    Retail Schmetail, Nonfiction by Sanford Stein, 2014. 12 Br. Began 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.

    The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, Nonfiction by David Stuart MacLean, 2014. 8 Br. Begins December 10. On October 17, 2002, David MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there – and no identity. It took a great deal of struggle to piece together the fragments of his former life. L – Read by John Mandeville.

    Not Fade Away, Nonfiction by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper, 2014. 9 Br. Begins December 22. Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, an athlete, almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. But she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. Read by Jan Anderson.

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

    The Steady Running of the Hour, Fiction by Justin Go, 2014. 20 Br. Began November 17. English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham died on Mount Everest, leaving a fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. His solicitors could not find her. Eighty years later, the solicitors find American Tristan Campbell, who could be her descendant, but he needs to find evidence. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

    Love and Lament, Fiction by John Milliken Thompson, 2013. 15 Br. Begins December 15. Mary Bet was born in the 1850s, the youngest of nine children, but was the one to hold the family together. She dealt with the deaths of her mother and siblings, a deaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God. Read by Alletta Jervey.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    America’s Great Game, Nonfiction by Hugh Wilford, 2013. 15 Br. Began 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.

    The Secret Club that Runs the World, Nonfiction by Kate Kelly, 2014. 9 Br. Begins December 9. Commodity traders spend their days gambling with oil, gold, and corn contracts, the raw materials that make our economies hum. They’re highly educated world travelers with a penchant for risk, very wealthy, barely regulated, and can be a force for tremendous good – or ill. Read by Art Nyhus.

    The Snowden Files, Nonfiction by Luke Harding, 2014. 11 Br. Begins December 22. It began with one anonymous email: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community.” Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. Read by Myrna Smith.

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

    The Hidden Child, Fiction by Camilla Läckberg, 2014. 19 Br. Began 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.

    Prayer, Fiction by Philip Kerr, 2014. 16 Br. Begins December 10. When Gil Martins realizes he played a key role in wrongly condemning a man to death row, it shakes his faith and he offers up a prayer – a prayer to cope with his growing doubts. But his next cases have religious overtones. L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

    All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Fiction by Darragh McKeon, 2014. 13 Br. Began 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.

    Long Man, Fiction by Amy Greene, 2014. 13 Br. Begins December 11. The government plans to dam the Long Man River, flooding the town of Yuneetah, to bring electricity and jobs to the region. Annie does not want to leave, but her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan. As the deadline to leave looms, they realize their daughter has disappeared. L - Read by Nancy Bader.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    But Enough About You, Nonfiction by Christopher Buckley, 2014. 16 Br. Begins December 2. Christopher Buckley is a humorous storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous traveler, and irreverent historian. But Enough About You is his first book of essays since his 1997 bestseller, Wry Martinis. L - Read by John Demma.

    On Immunity, Nonfiction by Eula Biss, 2014. 5 Br. Begins December 29. Eula Biss explores the metaphors surrounding immunity and addresses our fear of government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. We cannot immunize people against the world. Read by Diane Ladenson.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Cataract City, Fiction by Craig Davidson, 2014. 12 Br. Began 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.

    On Sal Mal Lane, Fiction by Ru Freeman, 2013. 16 Br. Begins December 10. On the day the Harath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street. But the tremors of civil war are mounting and the conflict threatens to engulf them all. V, L - Read by Anne Obst.

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

    The Ghosted Bridge, Fiction by Kristy Abbott, 2013. 10 Br. Begins December 2. Fed up with her life and desperate to know what the next chapter holds, Katherine turns to Madison, who works as a psychic. But when they meet, a mysterious ghost overtakes Madison’s life to save Katherine from a tragedy no one could predict. Read by Joy Fogarty.

    Raising Steam, Fiction by Terry Pratchett, 2014. 16 Br. Begins December 16. Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire, and water. But no one is in charge of the new invention so Lord Vetinari appoints Moist von Lopwig. Read by Bob Malos.

January 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

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

    Saving Sam, Nonfiction by Jay Cohn, M.D., 2014. 14 Br. Began December 23. Dr. Cohn reveals the secrets of heart disease. He also tells the story of the development of the first drug approved for African Americans - politics and accusations of racism inhibited the widespread use of this life-saving therapy. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

    For the Benefit of those Who See, Nonfiction by Rosemary Mahoney, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 14. Rosemary Mahoney traveled to Tibet to report on Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind there, and on its founder Sabriye Tenberken. She also spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s international training center for blind adults. Read by Sally Browne.

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

    Like Dreamers, Nonfiction by Yossi Klein Halevi, 2013. 27 Br. Began December 8. In June 1967, Israel achieved a decisive victory against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in the Six-Day-War. The most symbolic triumph was the reunification of Israeli West Jerusalem and Jordanian East Jerusalem. Read by Rachael Freed.

    The Empire of Necessity, Nonfiction by Greg Grandin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 15. The early years of American expansion were marked by human exploitation and environmental destruction. A prime example of this was when Captain Delano, a seal hunter, met up with a shipload of Africans who had mutinied against their slavers. Read by Jeanne Burns.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Mercy Snow, Fiction by Tiffany Baker, 2014. 11 Br. Begins January 5. In the town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a steady rhythm of life. That rhythm is upset by a tragic bus accident that sets two families on a course of destruction. Read by Pat Lelich.

    In Certain Circles, Fiction by Elizabeth Harrower, 2014. 7 Br. Begins January 20. Zoe and Russell, and Stephen and Anna, are two sets of siblings. They may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other’s shadow. Read by Michele Potts.

    Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Begins 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.

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

    Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, Nonfiction by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper, 2014. 9 Br. Began December 22. Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, an athlete, almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. But she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. Read by Jan Anderson.

    On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Nonfiction by William Souder, 2012. 19 Br. Begins January 5. Rachel Carson was an unassuming biologist whose fourth book transformed our relationship with the natural world. Her book Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects. The book’s publication eventually led to the establishment of the EPA. Read by Edy Elliott.

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

    Love and Lament, Fiction by John Milliken Thompson, 2013. 15 Br. Began December 15. Mary Bet was born in the 1850s, the youngest of nine children, but was the one to hold the family together. She dealt with the deaths of her mother and siblings, a deaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God. Read by Alletta Jervey.

    The Ghost of the Mary Celeste,
    Fiction by Valerie Martin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 6. The ghost ship means many different things to different people. To the writer Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To the psychic Violet Petra, it is a nightmare. And to the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. Read by Mary Hall.

    The End of Always, Fiction by Randi Davenport, 2014. 12 Br. Begins 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.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Snowden Files, Nonfiction by Luke Harding, 2014. 11 Br. Began December 22. It began with one anonymous email: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community.” Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. Read by Myrna Smith.

    Command and Control, Nonfiction by Eric Schlosser, 2013. 23 Br. Begins 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.

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

    Midnight in Europe, Fiction by Alan Furst, 2014. 10 Br. Begins January 5. Cristián Ferrar, A Spaniard living in Paris, is asked to help a clandestine agency trying to supply weapons to the Spanish Republic’s army. The effort puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism. V,L – Read by Dan Sadoff.

    Ghost Month, Fiction by Ed Lin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 19. August is the month for honoring the dead in Taiwan. But Jing-nan is shocked to find that the dead include his ex-girlfriend from high school, Julia Huang. She was supposed to be in New York, so what was she doing selling betel nuts to truck drivers on the highway. The facts don’t add up. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.

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

    The Way Inn, Fiction by Will Wiles, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 1. Neil Double is a “conference surrogate,” hired by clients to attend industry conferences so that they don’t need to. But his latest job, at a conference of conference organizers, will radically transform him and everything he believes. L - Read by Don Gerlach.

    All the Light We Cannot See, Fiction by Anthony Doerr, 2014. 16 Br. Begins 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.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, Nonfiction by Pat Conroy, 2013. 13 Br. Begins January 5. Pat Conroy’s father was often brutal, cruel, and violent. But as he aged, he softened a bit. The Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. L - Read by Don Lee.

    Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Nonfiction by Bill McKibben, 2014. 9 Br. Begins January 22. In the summer of 2011, Bill McKibben was jailed after leading the protest of the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. He recognized that action was needed if solutions to global warming were to be found. Read by John Hagman.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Light in the Ruins, Fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2013. 11 Br. Begins January 5. In 1945, the Rosatis, a noble Italian family, are imprisoned in the walls of their villa as a German lieutenant courts teenaged Cristina. It will have lasting consequences. V,L - Read by Judy Woodward.

    The Abomination, Fiction by Jonathan Holt, 2013. 14 Br. Begins January 20. A murdered woman is pulled out of the Grand Canal at Venice and, since she was dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest, she is known as the Abomination. Working her first murder case, Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is on the case. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann. 

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

    Raising Steam, Fiction by Terry Pratchett, 2014. 16 Br. Began December 16. Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire, and water. But no one is in charge of the new invention so Lord Vetinari appoints Moist von Lopwig. Read by Bob Malos.

    While Beauty Slept, Fiction by Elizabeth Blackwell, 2014. 17 Br. Begins January 9. When Elise hears her great-granddaughter recite the tale of the princess asleep in a tower, it opens Elise’s memory. She was the companion to that princess and the only one left who knows what happened so many years ago. Read by Connie Jamison.