Featured Books

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

April 2016

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Super Better, by Jane McGonigal, and The Fear Cure, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Playing with Fire: School for S.P.I.E.S., by Bruce Hale

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing black cat bone, by John Burnside, and The Darkening Trapeze, by Larry Levis

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Tony Oliva, by Thom Henninger

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Wide-Open World, Nonfiction by John Marshall, 2015. 16 Br. Began March 22. John Marshall needed a change. His marriage was falling apart, his son was about to leave home and his daughter was lost in cyberspace. He decided his family would volunteer their time and energy to others in far-flung locales. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

    Sapiens, Nonfiction by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015. 19 Br. Begins April 13. One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth but only one survived: Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Read by Lannois Neely.

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

    The Oregon Trail, Nonfiction by Rinker Buck, 2015. 18 Br. Began March 17. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. Yet this huge land migration is almost forgotten. To understand it better, Buck and Nick Rinker traveled from Missouri to Oregon with three mules and a covered wagon. Read by John Potts.

    Eye on the Struggle, Nonfiction by James McGrath Morris, 2015. 15 Br. Begins April 12. The journalist Ethel Payne was an instrument of change for African Americans. Her reporting on the civil rights battles of the 1950s and ‘60s enlightened and activated black readers across the nation. Read by Andrea Bell.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Abbey, Fiction by James Martin, SJ, 2015. 5 Br. Begins April 4. Anne, a divorced single mom barely able to cope with life, struggles to make sense of her son’s death. Mark is a former architect, now working as a handyman, who wonders how his life got off track. Father Paul, the abbot of the Abbey of Saints Philip and James, questions how to best live a life that secludes him from the world. At a Pennsylvania abbey, this unlikely trio discovers answers. Read by Jim Gregorich.

    A Place We Knew Well, Fiction by Susan Carol McCarthy, 2015. 10 Br. Begins April 11. Wes Avery had been an Air Force tail-gunner but he is now living the American Dream as loving father and husband, plus owner of a successful Texaco station on Florida’s busiest highway. But as the panic over the Cuban Missile Crisis rises, a long-buried secret threatens to push the Averys over the edge. Read by Lynda Kayser.

    River of Painted Birds, Fiction by Tessa Bridal, 2015. 10 Br. Begins April 25. Married at fifteen, Isabel Keating accidentally kills her abusive husband and is forced to flee 18th century Ireland disguised as a man. She boards the Bonaventure, a ship bound for America, only to discover she is not on her way north to Boston, as intended, but south to Uruguay in the Spanish colonies. She joins forces with the ship’s owner and an unconventional priest, making choices that will affect not only their own lives, but the future of Uruguay. Read by Ann Hoedeman.

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

    Billy Martin, Nonfiction by Bill Pennington, 2015. 22 Br. Began March 7. Billy Martin was both hero and antihero for the sport he loved. He is considered a baseball genius but he is remembered more for his bad behavior. He was combative, fiery, intimidating, bombastic, and yet endearing and beloved by everyday fans. L,RE - Read by Jim Gregorich.

    Romantic Outlaws, Nonfiction by Charlotte Gordon, 2015. 21 Br. Begins April 6. Less than two weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died. The daughter she never knew became Mary Shelley. Both women led an audacious path fighting against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history. Read by Esmé Evans.

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

    Sweet Forgiveness, Fiction by Lori Nelson Spielman, 2015. 12 Br. Began March 28. The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation – a pouch of stones that come with a chain letter and two requests: to forgive and then seek forgiveness. But talk show host, Hannah Farr has privately kept her pouch for two years. L - Read by Judith Johannessen.

    The King, Fiction by Kader Abdolah, 2014. 14 Br. Begins April 13. The young Shah Naser succeeds to the throne of Persia at a turning point and he feels trapped. He inherits a palace of harems, treasures, secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas. Outside, all manner of change threatens: industrialization, colonization, and democratic ideals. Read by Dan Sadoff.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Missoula, Nonfiction by Jon Krakauer, 2015. 12 Br. Began March 23. Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other; unlike any other felony, the victim comes under more suspicion than the perpetrator. This reality explains a lot of why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. L - Read by John Demma.

    Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, Nonfiction by Susan Southard, 2015. 15 Br. Begins April 11. When the bombs fell in Nagasaki, much of the world saw it as the end of a long and costly war. But for tens of thousands of survivors, their new lives as hibakusha (atomic bomb-affected people) had just begun. V - Read by Pat Muir.

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

    Descent, Fiction by Tim Johnston, 2015. 12 Br. Began March 28. The Courtlands hope a family vacation in the Rockies will repair their marriage. When 18-year-old Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become terrifying. V,L – Read by Ann Hoedeman.

    Pretty Baby, Fiction by Mary Kubica, 2015. 13 Br. Begins April 13. Heidi has always been a charitable woman. When she brings home Willow and her infant, it horrifies her daughter and husband. But in spite of family objections, Heidi invites Willow and her baby to take refuge in their home. But clues about Willow’s past begin to surface. Willow may be more than she seems. V,L - Read by Nancy Felknor.

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

    The Automobile Club of Egypt, Fiction by Alaa Al Aswany, 2015. 20 Br. Began March 14. Abd el-Aziz Gaafar took on menial work at the Automobile Club, a place of refuge and luxury for Europeans but where Egyptians may only appear as servants. Read by Michael Piscitelli.

    A Woman Loved, Fiction by Andreï Makine, 2015. 11 Br. Begins April 11. Oleg Erdmann spends decades writing and researching the life of Catherine the Great. Meanwhile, Russia, as he knows it, changes and then ceases to exist. V,L,S - Read by John Mandeville.

    Esther, Fiction by Rebecca Kanner, 2015. 14 Br. Begins April 26. When the king’s most trusted adviser promises to pour vast wealth into the treasury if the king allows him to wipe out the Jews, it is up to the queen to stop him. She must violate the king’s law, risk her life, and save her people. Read by Rachael Freed.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Brain’s Way of Healing, Nonfiction by Norman Doidge, M.D., 2015. 18 Br. Begins April 4. For centuries, it was believed that the brain was unable to recover abilities lost to damage or disease. We now know the brain is highly dynamic and able to heal. Read by Stevie Ray.

    Phenomenal, Nonfiction by Leigh Ann Henion, 2015. 9 Br. Begins April 28. Convinced that the greatest key to happiness lies in periodically venturing into the wider world beyond home, Henion set out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder. Read by June Prange.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    A Strangeness in My Mind, Fiction by Orhan Pamuk, 2015. 23 Br. Begins April 4. Since his boyhood in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karatas has fantasized about what his life would become. At twelve, he comes to Istanbul and is enthralled by the city. He follows his father’s trade, selling boza and hoping to become rich. Read by Don Lee. 

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

    The Secret Sister, Fiction by Brenda Novak, 2015. 12 Br. Began March 23. Maisey returns to her old island home; her brother has asked her to come. Then she finds a box of photographs that evoke memories of a little girl that must have been her sister. But her mother claims there was no sister. L,S - Read by Lynda Kayser.

    The Turnip Princess, Fiction by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, 2015. 7 Br. Begins April 8. In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed northern Bavaria recording fairy tales. Most of his work was lost until a few years ago when thirty boxes of manuscripts were found in a German municipal archive. Read by Myrna Smith.

    Karen Memory, Fiction by Elizabeth Bear, 2015. 13 Br. Begins April 19. Karen Memery may be orphaned, but she is making the best of her life by working in a high class bordello, the Hotel Mon Cherie. She never thought she’d be helping out a lawman chasing a killer. L,S,RE – Read by Constance Crane.

May 2016

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Fear Cure, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Playing with Fire: School for S.P.I.E.S., by Bruce Hale, and Ghoulish Song, by Willliam Alexandar 

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Darkening Trapeze, by Larry Levis, and Four-Legged Girl, by Diane Seuss

    The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Tony Oliva, by Thom Henninger

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Sapiens, Nonfiction by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015. 19 Br. Began April 13. One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth but only one survived: Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Read by Lannois Neely.

    Superforecasting, Nonfiction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 10. Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Changing the Subject, Nonfiction by Sven Birkerts, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 25. The digital world affects the way that we read literature and experience art. There is an unprecedented shift underway toward distraction, loss of personal agency, and an increasing acceptance of "hive" behaviors. Read by Jeffrey Weihe.

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

    The Forgotten Spy, Nonfiction by Nick Barratt, 2016. 11 Br. Begins May 3. Ernest Holloway Oldham was drafted into the Communication Department of the British Foreign Office, and over the next decade, Ernest was drawn into the underworld of pre-Cold War espionage toward a double-life that became the darkest of secrets. Read by Eileen Barratt.

    The Wright Brothers, Nonfiction by David McCullough, 2015. 10 Br. Begins May 18. On a winter day in 1903, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright entered history. The age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    River of Painted Birds, Fiction by Tessa Bridal, 2015. 10 Br. Began April 25. Married at fifteen, Isabel Keating accidentally kills her abusive husband and is forced to flee 18th century Ireland disguised as a man. She boards the Bonaventure, a ship bound for America, only to discover she is not on her way north to Boston, as intended, but south to the Spanish colonies. Read by Ann Hoedeman. 

    Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Fiction by J. Ryan Stradal, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 9. Midwestern chef Lars Thorvald has three loves in his life: his kitchen; his wife, Cynthia; and his newborn daughter, Eva. When Cynthia leaves, he’s left to raise Eva on his own, and devotes his life to sharing his passions with his only child. Read by Don Gerlach. 

    The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, Fiction by Andrea Gillies, 2015. 12 Br. Begins May 24. For her whole life, Nina has been in a love triangle with two brothers: Paolo, whom she married, and Luca, with whom she was always in love and who was her best friend throughout her marriage. Now she is alone, estranged from Luca and separated from Paulo. Read by Ann Hoedeman.

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

    Still Wearing My Heels, Nonfiction by Michelle Frazzetto, 2014. 7 Br. Begins May 5. Michelle’s new career was taking off and her first love was flourishing with a young executive – despite a female office rival. Then, just as everything seemed perfect, it came to an abrupt halt. Read by Lynda Kayser. 

    As Always, Nonfiction by Madeleine Gagnon, 2015. 15 Br. Begins May 16. In her memoir, Madeleine Gagnon examines who she has become in the last seven decades: little girl, sister, lover, mother, intellectual, feminist, and writer. She has become an important voice in the international women’s movement. The complex social changes around her are reflected in her life. Read by Pat Muir.

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

    Fishing with RayAnne, Fiction by Ava Finch, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 3. Having fled the male world of pro fishing to settle in Minneapolis, RayAnne unexpectedly lands as host of the first all-women fishing and talk show. As RayAnne sheds her uncertainty, she’s faced with gut-wrenching choices; will she live by the rules or by her heart? L,S – Read by Sue McDonald. 

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Fiction by Melanie Benjamin, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 18. Under Babe Paley’s flawless appearance – with money, friends, and fame, she longs for love and connection. Truman Capote gives that to her, but she never imagines the destruction he will leave. L - Read by Mary Hall.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Dancing with the Devil in the City of God, Nonfiction by Juliana Barbassa, 2015. 13 Br. Begins May 2. Rio de Janeiro is a city of extremes, with delightful fun-loving culture to a history of corruption. But Rio is ready to remake itself into a global, modern capital ready for its turn on the world stage. Read by Carol McPherson. 

    The Other Paris, Nonfiction by Luc Sante, 2015. 14 Br. Begins May 19. Paris, the City of Light, has always included the darker side as well: the city of the poor, outcast, criminal, eccentric, and nonconforming. That city has nearly vanished, but its traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city. Read by Michael Piscitelli.

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

    Dry Bones, Fiction by Craig Johnson, 2015. 8 Br. Begins May 2. The largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is found in Wyoming. It looks to be a boon for the local museum until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher who owned the property where it was discovered, turns up dead. L - Read by Charles Hufnagel. 

    Real Tigers, Fiction by Mike Herron, 2016. 14 Br. Begins May 12. London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these “slow horses” is kidnapped, the agents must breach defenses of Regent’s Park to steal valuable intel in exchange for their comrade’s safety. L - Read by Constance Crane.

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

    Esther, Fiction by Rebecca Kanner, 2015. 14 Br. Began April 26. The king’s trusted adviser promises to pour wealth into the treasury if the king allows him to wipe out the Jews. It is up to the queen to stop him but she must violate the king’s law to do it. Read by Rachael Freed. 

    The Lake House, Fiction by Kate Morton, 2015. 21 Br. Begins May 16. Before the night is over, this country house will be a backdrop to a tragedy and the birth of a secret. 70 years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow is seeking answers to the secret. L - Read by Don Gerlach.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Phenomenal, Nonfiction by Leigh Ann Henion, 2015. 9 Br. Began April 28. Convinced that the greatest key to happiness lies in periodically venturing into the wider world beyond home, Henion set out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder. Read by June Prange. 

    The Art of Perspective, Nonfiction by Christopher Castellani, 2016. 4 Br. Begins May 11. There are ways writers solve the point-of-view problem. Castellani offers answers to one of writers’ most important questions. Read by Bob Malos. 

    Natural Born Heroes, Nonfiction by Christopher McDougall, 2015. 17 Br. Begins May 17. Ancient Crete was the birthplace of classical Greek heroism, skills still practiced today. They enabled Resistance fighters in World War II to abduct a German general from the heart of Nazi occupation. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Welcome to Braggsville, Fiction by T. Geronimo Johnson, 2015. 13 Br. Begins May 5. D’aron, a freshman at UC Berkeley, becomes friends with three more that don’t fit in the hyperliberal pond. He lets it slip that his town has a Civil War reenactment called “Patriot Days” and the four descend on Braggsville. L,RE - Read by Philip Habeeb. 

    Among the Ten Thousand Things, Fiction by Julia Pierpont, 2015. 9 Br. Begins May 24. An anonymous package arrives with the power to destroy Jack and Deb’s marriage. As their marriage spins apart, their children are on the brink of adulthood feeling freedom for the first time. L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

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

    Bell Weather, Fiction by Dennis Mahoney, 2015. 14 Br. Begins May 6. When Tom rescues a mysterious woman from the flooded river, he sense their fates will intertwine. At first she claims no memory and rumor animates the town of Root. As the town inspects its new inhabitant, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. V,L,S - Read by Anne Obst. 

    Seeker, Fiction by Arwen Elys Dayton, 2015. 13 Br. Begins May 26. The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life – a Seeker. As a Seeker, Quin will fight to protect the weak and the wronged, standing for light in a shadowy world. Read by Janelle Mattson.