Featured Books

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

April 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Rewire, by Richard O’Connor, PhD.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie, and Station Zed, by Tom Sleigh

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

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Lost Way, Nonfiction by Stephen J. Patterson, 2014. 8 Br. Begins April 3. The church has long advocated the Pauline view of Jesus as deity and martyr, emphasizing his death and resurrection. But an earlier tradition portrayed Jesus as a teacher of wisdom. Read by June Prange.

    The Most Dangerous Book, Nonfiction by Kevin Birmingham, 2014. 19 Br. Begins April 15. James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But for more than a decade, the book literary critics call the most important novel in English was illegal to own, sell, advertise, or purchase in the United States. L - Read by Nancy Bader.

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

    Empire of Sin, Nonfiction by Gary Krist, 2014. 13 Br. Begins April 6. In early twentieth-century New Orleans, a long battle was fought between the elite and the underworld. It was a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world. The battle centered on one man, Tom Anderson, the czar of the city’s Storyville vice district. Read by Lannois Neely.

    Nature’s God, Nonfiction by Matthew Stewart, 2014. 22 Br. Begins April 23. Derided as infidels and atheists at the time, the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. They wanted to liberate us not just from one king, but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental. Read by Stevie Ray.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Fiction by Jan Karon, 2014. 14 Br. Began 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.

    Evergreen, Fiction by Rebecca Rasmussen, 2014. 10 Br. Begins April 7. 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. L - Read by Mary Hall.

    Butternut Summer, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 11 Br. Begins April 21. When Caroline’s ex, Jack, comes to town, her life is turned upside down. He seems changed and determined to make amends. But can she trust that? Or is he the same charming but irresponsible man of eighteen years before? Read by Carol Lewis.

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

    Tibetan Peach Pie, Nonfiction by Tom Robbins, 2014. 16 Br. Began 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.

    Brando’s Smile, Nonfiction by Susan L. Mizruchi, 2014. 14 Br. Begins April 7. When people think of Marlon Brando, they think of the movie star, the hunk, the scandals. They miss the man who collected four thousand books, the man who rewrote scripts, the man who used his body and objects around him to create believable characters, the man who loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Read by Art Nyhus.

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Nonfiction by John Feinstein, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 27. Baseball’s minor leagues are both a launching pad for careers, and a crash-pad for stars who have fallen. It is a gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world that is the proving ground of America’s national pastime. Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

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

    Lisette’s List, Fiction by Susan Vreeland, 2014. 13 Br. Begins April 1. Lisette’s journey begins with a move to Provence in 1937 to care for her husband’s grandfather Pascal. Her dream was to become a Parisian gallery owner, but Pascal begins to tutor her in art and life. Inspired by Pascal, Lisette begins a list of vows to herself. Read by Esmé Evans.

    A God in Every Stone, Fiction by Kamila Shamsie, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 20. In the summer of 1914, Vivian Rose Spencer joins a dig in Turkey and falls in love with archaeologist Tahsin Bey. The outbreak of war brings her adventure to an end and turns her friends into her nation’s enemies, and begins a new adventure for her lasting many years. Read by Kathy Stults.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Secretary, Nonfiction by Kim Ghattas, 2014. 15 Br. Begins April 5. In 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival as his secretary of state, setting out to repair America’s image, and her own. Ghattas draws on extensive interviews to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Read by John Demma.

    Silent Revolution, Nonfiction by Barry Rubin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 27. Over the past fifty years, an ideological revolution created a brand of radical leftism that now dominates the liberal movement in the U.S. It culminated in 2008, when Americans elected the most radical left-wing government in the nation’s history. Read by John Gunter.

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

    The Old Deep and Dark, Fiction by Ellen Hart, 2014. 9 Br. Begins April 2. Cordelia and her sister buy an historic theater with the intent of restoring it. In the process, Cordelia discovers a recently dead body buried in a basement wall, which leads her to call her best friend, P.I. Jane Lawless. Read by Lynda Kayser.

    Stone Cold, Fiction by C.J. Box, 2014. 13 Br. Begins April 15. Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. L - Read by Neil Bright.

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

    Bitter Greens, Fiction by Kate Forsyth, 2014. 21 Br. Begins April 6. Once upon a time, there was a seventeenth century noblewoman forced to spend her life in a convent. While there, she wrote a tale of an innocent girl sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens and locked away in a tower by a beautiful witch. L,S – Read by Judith Johannessen.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Being Mortal, Nonfiction by Atul Gawande, 2014. 9 Br. Begins April 1. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Read by Diane Ladenson.

    Twenty Poems That Could Save America,
    Nonfiction by Tony Hoagland, 2014. 7 Br. Begins April 14. One of the country’s most provocative poets, Tony Hoagland’s essays always unravel fresh dimensions of the craft of poetry. In Twenty Poems That Could Save America, he presses for a serious conversation about the role of poetry in contemporary culture. Read by June Prange.

    The Tolerance Trap, Nonfiction by Suzanna Danuta Walters, 2014. 15 Br. Begins April 23. From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. But in most of our country, tolerance has not resulted in the full integration of gay people into American life. L -Read by Scott Brush.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Colour of Memory, Fiction by Geoff Dyer, 2014. 8 Br. Begins April 1. Six friends plot a nomadic course through their mid-twenties as they scratch out an existence in near-destitute conditions in Brixton, south London, in the 1980s. They while away their days as if they were employed only by the lives they chose. L - Read by John Holden.

    Glorious, Fiction by Jeff Guinn, 2014. 15 Br. Begins April 13. When tragedy destroys Cash’s options for financial security, he leaves St. Louis, ending up in a mining town named Glorious. There he discovers a new way of life at the edge of the frontier. But he can’t outrun his past forever. L,S - Read by Jack Rossmann.

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

    Beltane, Fiction by Christine Malec, 2014. 29 Br. Began 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.

    The Secrets of Life and Death, Fiction by Rebecca Alexander, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 21. Jackdaw Hammond would be dead if it weren’t for the symbols on her skin. Now someone is hunting her, determined to get that ancient magic. But the answer is in a diary that is hundreds of years old. Read by Michele Potts.

May 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Rewire, by Richard O’Connor, PhD.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann, and The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Station Zed, by Tom Sleigh and Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Minneapolis Madams, by Penny A. Petersen

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Most Dangerous Book, Nonfiction by Kevin Birmingham, 2014. 19 Br. Began April 15. James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But for more than a decade, the book literary critics call the most important novel in English was illegal to own, sell, advertise, or purchase in the United States. L - Read by Nancy Bader.

    Faster, Higher, Stronger, Nonfiction by Mark McLusky, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 12. The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach; but today, it’s impossible to separate athletes’ achievements from the scientists who support them. Nonfiction read by Jim Gregorich.

    The Dylanologists, Nonfiction by David Kinney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 26. Bob Dylan has been writing songs for a half century and remains a cultural touchstone and the subject of endless fascination. Dylan is intensely private and has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fanatical fans. But he does have a cult following. L- Nonfiction read by Natasha DeVoe.

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

    Nature’s God, Nonfiction by Matthew Stewart, 2014. 22 Br. Began April 23. Derided as infidels and atheists at the time, the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. They wanted to liberate us not just from one king, but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental. Read by Stevie Ray.

    The Court-Martial of Paul Revere, Nonfiction by Michael Greenburg, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 25. Paul Revere was a key figure in the debacle of the Penobscot Expedition. Though he was not formally condemned for his actions, rumors swirled and he spent the next several years actively pursuing a court-martial to restore his reputation. Nonfiction read by Jan Anderson.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Butternut Summer, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 11 Br. Began April 21. When Caroline’s ex, Jack, comes to town, her life is turned upside down. He seems changed and determined to make amends. But can she trust that? Or is he the same charming but irresponsible man of eighteen years before? Read by Carol Lewis.

    Lillian on Life, Fiction by Alison Jean Lester, 2015. 5 Br. Begins May 6. Lillian takes stock of her life. Throughout, she grappled with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and losses in love, and developing her own brand of wisdom. Fiction read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Mapmaker’s Children, Fiction by Sarah McCoy, 2015. 12 Br. Begins May 13. Sarah Brown uses her artistic talent by making maps for the Underground Railroad. One hundred fifty years later, Eden discovers the head of a doll from the Underground Railroad with its history of secret messages, danger, and deliverance. Fiction read by Nancy Felknor. 

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

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Nonfiction by John Feinstein, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 27. Baseball’s minor leagues are both a launching pad for careers, and a crash-pad for stars who have fallen. It is a gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world that is the proving ground of America’s national pastime. Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

    Dangerous Odds, Nonfiction by Marisa Lankester, 2014. 13 Br. Begins May 13. Marisa Lankester stumbled into the backdoor of the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., and as a thrill seeker, she stayed, becoming a trusted insider. But what began as fun, morphed into a nightmare. V, L, S - Nonfiction read by Anne Obst.

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

    A God in Every Stone, Fiction by Kamila Shamsie, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 20. In the summer of 1914, Vivian Rose Spencer joins a dig in Turkey and falls in love with archaeologist Tahsin Bey. The outbreak of war brings her adventure to an end and turns her friends into her nation’s enemies, and begins a new adventure for her lasting many years. Read by Kathy Stults.

    Her, Fiction by Harriet Lane, 2015. 9 Br. Begins May 6. A self-assured and successful artist, Nina appears to lead a charmed life. Emma, on the other hand, has given up a career in television to become the struggling mother of a toddler with another baby on the way. Why would Nina need to be in Emma’s life? L - Fiction read by Mitzi Lewellen.

    Land of Dreams, Fiction by Kate Kerrigan, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 19. Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has achieved the American Dream, but her comfortable life is shattered when her son, Leo, runs away to Hollywood. Determined to keep the family intact, Ellie follows. Fiction read by Holly Sylvester.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Silent Revolution, Nonfiction by Barry Rubin, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 27. Over the past fifty years, an ideological revolution created a brand of radical leftism that now dominates the liberal movement in the U.S. It culminated in 2008, when Americans elected the most radical left-wing government in the nation’s history. Read by John Gunter.

    First SEALs, Nonfiction by Patrick K. O’Donnell, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 13. In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men united to form a unit that would be the Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America’s first swimmer-commandos, a breed of warrior-spies, decades ahead of their time. Nonfiction read by Mike Piscitelli.

    Shadow Government, Nonfiction by Tom Engelhardt, 2015. 8 Br. Begins May 26. Engelhardt says we no longer live in a national security state, but a global security one, fighting secret wars that have turned our president into an assassin-in- chief. Nonfiction read by John Holden.

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

    Stone Cold, Fiction by C.J. Box, 2014. 13 Br. Began April 15. Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. L -
    Read by Neil Bright.

    Wolf, Fiction by Mo Hayder, 2014. 11 Br. Begins May 4. When a vagrant, the Walking Man, finds a dog with a scrap of paper with the words “Help Us,” he is sure it is a plea for help. He calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery is reluctant to get involved until the Walking Man promises information about the childhood disappearance of Caffery’s brother. V,L,S - Fiction read by Diane Ladenson.

    A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes, Fiction by Jeanne Cooney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 19. Reporter Emerald Malloy is working on a feature on rural cooking. Margie, the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, surprises her with unusual recipes. With her focus divided by a romantic interest in the deputy, she’s not interested in looking into the murder of a local farmhand. Fiction read by Janelle Mattson.

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

    Bitter Greens, Fiction by Kate Forsyth, 2014. 21 Br. Began April 6. Once upon a time, there was a seventeenth century noblewoman forced to spend her life in a convent. While there, she wrote a tale of an innocent girl sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens and locked away in a tower by a beautiful witch. L,S – Read by Judith Johannessen.

    I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Fiction by Courtney Maum, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 5. British artist Richard Haddon is mourning the loss of his American mistress. His French wife has been very supportive of his work but she finds out about his affair just as he resolves to reinvest in his family. L - Fiction read by Greg Olson.

    Charleston, Fiction by Margaret Bradham Thornton, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. When Eliza left Charleston for college, she never expected it would take ten years to return. Now a decade later, she is an art historian in London and runs into Henry, her childhood love. Fiction read by Alletta Jervey.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Tolerance Trap, Nonfiction by Suzanna Danuta Walters, 2014. 15 Br. Began April 23. From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. But in most of our country, tolerance has not resulted in the full integration of gay people into American life. L -Read by Scott Brush.

    Ongoingness, Nonfiction by Sarah Manguso, 2015. 2 Br. Begins May 14. Sarah Manguso kept a meticulous diary for twenty-five years. The terror behind that was that she might forget something important. Then when she became pregnant, her relationship with her diary changed. Nonfiction read by Julie Bolton.

    A Deadly Wandering, Nonfiction by Matt Richtel, 2014. 14 Br. Begins May 18. Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving. The accident and the aftermath exemplify the challenge of technological distractions, which have led to a new science of attention. Nonfiction read by Chris Colestock.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Glorious, Fiction by Jeff Guinn, 2014. 15 Br. Began April 13. When tragedy destroys Cash’s options for financial security, he leaves St. Louis, ending up in a mining town named Glorious. There he discovers a new way of life at the edge of the frontier. But he can’t outrun his past forever. L,S - Read by Jack Rossmann.

    Point Doom, Fiction by Dan Fante, 2013. 10 Br. Begins May 4. Former New York City P.I., JD Fiorella is trying to get his life back together in Malibu when a friend he’d met in his AA meetings is murdered. JD’s old habits kick in and he embarks on a mission of revenge. V,L,S -Fiction read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    Elizabeth Is Missing, Fiction by Emma Healey, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. No one takes Maud’s anxiety about Elizabeth seriously because of Maud’s dementia. But she is convinced that Elizabeth needs her help and Maud will discover the truth no matter what it takes. L - Fiction read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.

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

    The Secrets of Life and Death, Fiction by Rebecca Alexander, 2014. 12 Br. Began April 21. Jackdaw Hammond would be dead if it weren’t for the symbols on her skin. Now someone is hunting her, determined to get that ancient magic. But the answer is in a diary that is hundreds of years old. Read by Michele Potts.

    Dark Metropolis, Fiction by Jaclyn Dolamore, 2014. 8 Br. Begins May 7. Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder works to support her mother who is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad. Whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. But people in the city are disappearing. When Thea’s best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea needs to find her. Fiction read by Cintra Godfrey.

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, Fiction by Holly Black, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 19. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, before. L,S - Fiction read by Kristi Sullivan.