Abbreviations: V - violence, L – offensive language, S - sexual situations.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Slow Fix, by Carl Honore
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Magicalamity, by Kate Saunders
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Year of What Now, by Brian Russell, and Scratching the Ghost, by Dexter L. Booth
The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Black White Blue, by William Swanson
Love in the Time of Algorithms, Nonfiction by Dan Slater, 2013. 10 Br. Began December 27. The rising marriage age and declining marriage rate mean we’re spending a greater portion of our lives searching for love. America’s singles are turning to dating Web sites. L - Read by Holly Sylvester.
In Sickness as in Health, Nonfiction by Barbara Kivowitz and Roanne Weisman, 2012. 7 Br. Begins January 10. Most people expect partners to care for them when a devastating diagnosis is made. For most, a health crisis means partners need to recalibrate their roles in the new reality of their relationship. Read by Esmé Evans.
Gold Rush in the Jungle, Nonfiction by Dan Drollette, Jr., 2013. 10 Br. Begins January 21. Where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia, is a region known as “the lost world.” Large mammals never before seen by Western science have shown up frequently in these mountains. Read by Chris Colestock.
The Watchers, Nonfiction by Stephen Alford, 2012. 18 Br. Began December 24. In 1519, Elizabeth I’s reign required unrelenting surveillance by Her Majesty’s secret service. Sir Francis Walsingham, who headed it, deployed spies, double agents, and torture. Read by Nancy Bader.
Here Is Where, Nonfiction by Andrew Carroll, 2013. 17 Br. Begins January 20. Andrew Carroll has traveled America exploring locations where remarkable individuals lived and extraordinary moments occurred. The places we pass by often harbor amazing secrets. Read by John Potts.
Benedict Hall, Fiction by Cate Campbell, 2013. 12 Br. Begins January 2. World War I has changed the Benedict household. Margot struggles to succeed as a physician despite gender bias and personal turmoil. War has altered her brother Preston, too, not for the better. When Frank Parrish, a fellow army officer enters the Benedict fold, Preston's ruthlessness is triggered to new heights. Read by Ann Hoedeman.
The Honey Thief, Fiction by Najaf Mazri and Robert Hillman, 2013. 8 Br. Begins January 20. In a world of bloodshed and brotherhood, miracles and catastrophes, magic and wonder help people endure astonishing extremes. This is the case with the Hazara, the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. Read by Leila Poullada.
The Gravity of Birds, Fiction by Tracy Guzeman, 2013. 12 Br. Begins January 30. Many years after Thomas Bayber first met Alice and Natalie Kessler, he unveils a never-before-seen work which depicts the young Thomas, Alice and Natalie. He asks a couple of people to sell the painting. But he asks that first they locate Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared. L - Read by Mary Hall.
Raising Cubby, Nonfiction by John Elder Robison, 2013. 12 Br. Began December 26. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age forty, Robison was not a model dad, approaching fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When Cubby started to behave as John had as a child, he wondered if Cubby had Asperger’s too. Read by Mike Piscitelli.
The Lady and Her Monsters, Nonfiction by Roseanne Montillo, 2013. 10 Br. Begins January 13. Mary Shelley and her contemporaries were products of their time: curious people intrigued by the occultists and daring scientists who risked their reputations and their souls to advance our understanding of human anatomy and medicine. Read by Lannois Neely.
The Shape of the Eye, Nonfiction by George Estreich, 2013. 13 Br. Begins January 27. When Laura was born, the family was puzzled about the shape of her eyes, which might indicate Down syndrome or a Japanese grandmother. As she aged, she took her place in the Estreich family as a unique child. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
The Bartender’s Tale, Fiction by Ivan Doig, 2012. 16 Br. Began December 30. Tom Harry and his son, Rusty, run the bar in Gros Ventre, Montana, and are satisfied with that life. Then when Rusty turns twelve, Proxy, a dancer Tom knew long ago, turns up with her daughter, Francine, who might also be Tom’s daughter. Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior. For him, the world has suddenly become bigger, and the past has become more complex. L - Read by Dan Sadoff.
The Afterlife of Emerson Tang, Fiction by Paula Champa, 2013. 12 Br. Begins January 21. Emerson Tang’s prize possession is a car, a 1954 Beacon. When his health begins to fail, his caretaker is approached by a French man determined to buy the car at any cost. Then they discover that it has been compromised. Then another finds them, the heir to the ruined Beacon Motor Company. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.
And Hell Followed with Her, Nonfiction by David Neiwert, 2013. 14 Br. Began December 26. After murders in an Arizona border town, the leader of an offshoot of the Minuteman movement was arrested. The murders were part of a scheme to finance a violent anti-government border militia. The ethnic hatred found in the movement drives much of the immigration debate today. L - Read by Charlie Boone.
Nuclear Roulette, Nonfiction by Gar Smith, 2012. 14 Br. Begins January 15. The nuclear industry would have the public believe it is a safe source of energy; that is not so. There is an average of one major disaster every decade, while “near misses” occur monthly. Read by Art Nyhus.
The Blood of Heaven, Fiction by Kent Wascome, 2013. 16 Br. Begins January 6. Fleeing the life of his itinerant preacher father, Angel Woolsack settles in the rough frontier of West Florida. Then life moves him to the Mississippi and New Orleans as he tries to find his place in the world. V,L – Read by Tom Speich.
Crime of Privilege, Fiction by Walter Walker, 2013. 17 Br. Begins January 28. When George is cornered by the father of a young woman slain years before, and asked why certain leads were never explored, he agrees to look into it. This murder and a rape in Palm Beach have nothing in common but the presence of an American family of privilege. L - Read by Neil Bright.
A Working Theory of Love, Fiction by Scott Hutchins, 2012. 13 Br. Began December 23. Thanks to his dead father’s journals, Neill has a job with an artificial intelligence company. But the computer is now acting sentient and asking about Neill’s childhood. This leaves Neill questioning things he thought he knew about his past. L - Read by Don Gerlach.
Sweet Salt Air, Fiction by Barbara Delinsky, 2013. 15 Br. Begins January 13. Once best friends, many years and secrets have kept Charlotte and Nicole apart. When Nicole, a food blogger, is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites Charlotte back to her Maine island house for a summer, to help. What both women don't know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. L - Read by Nikki LaLiberte.
Land of 10,000 Loves, Nonfiction by Stewart Van Cleve, 2013. 14 Br. Began December 18. Former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, Stewart Van Cleve gives an unprecedented history of queer life in Minnesota. L - Read by Scott Brush.
The Boys in the Boat, Nonfiction by Daniel James Brown, 2013. 17 Br. Begins January 9. In the midst of the Great Depression, the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew became a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans in their quest for an Olympic gold medal. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.
And the Mountains Echoed, Fiction by Khaled Hosseini, 2013. 14 Br. Began December 31. A father does what he thinks is best and gives his young daughter to a rich man. What follows is a series of stories within a story, illustrating how people’s actions are shrouded in ambiguity. Read by Don Lee.
Dirty Love, Fiction by Andre Dubus III, 2013. 13 Br. Begins January 20. Slivered by happiness and discontent, shadowed by aging and death but also hope and forgiveness, Dubus expresses tenderness toward humans, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others. L,S – Read by Dan Sadoff.
The Wolves of Midwinter, Fiction by Anne Rice, 2013. 16 Br. Begins January 2. Reuben Golding is now infused with the wolf gift and prepares to celebrate Christmas in the mansion at Nideck Point. But his tutors, the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals are celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep in the Nideck forest. L,S - Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.
The Fairest of Them All, Fiction by Carolyn Turgeon, 2013. 9 Br. Begins January 24. Rapunzel’s adoptive mother, the witch Mathena, gives her a wedding present when she is to marry the king who had climbed her tower years before. But the present, a mirror, speaks to her and she falls under its spell. S - Read by Kristi Sullivan.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Slow Fix, by Carl Honore
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Shadow on the Mountain, by Margi Preus
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Scratching the Ghost, by Dexter L. Booth; and The Earth Avails, by Mark Wunderlich
The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Black White Blue, by William Swanson
Deadly Outbreaks, Nonfiction by Alexandra M. Levitt, Ph.D., 2013. 10 Br. Begins February 4. Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
Your Legacy Matters, Nonfiction by Rachael Freed, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 18. Blessings can be made manifest in words and action. We need to focus on what really matters in our lives, as well as in those we serve and those we love. Your Legacy Matters gives us the tools to do that. Read by Rachael Freed.
Here Is Where, Nonfiction by Andrew Carroll, 2013. 17 Br. Began January 20. Acclaimed historian Andrew Carroll has traveled across America exploring locations where remarkable individuals lived and extraordinary moments occurred. The places we pass by often harbor amazing secrets. Read by John Potts.
The Girls of Atomic City, Nonfiction by Denise Kiernan, 2013. 14 Br. Begins February 12. At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, had 75,000 residents and used more electricity than New York City but to most of the world, it did not exist. Thousands of civilians were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Read by Marylyn Burridge.
The Gravity of Birds, Fiction by Tracy Guzeman, 2013. 12 Br. Began January 30. Many years after Thomas Bayber first met Alice and Natalie Kessler, he unveils a never-before-seen work which depicts the young Thomas, Alice and Natalie. He asks a couple of people to sell the painting. But he asks that first they locate Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared. L - Read by Mary Hall.
Duplex, Fiction by Kathryn Davis, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 17. In an ordinary suburb, a sorcerer’s car speeds down the street, and past and future fold into each other. The eternal present that is a young girl’s childhood will close forever and beyond is adulthood, full of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.
The Ambassador’s Daughter, Fiction by Pam Jenoff, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 26. It is Paris, 1919, and the world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly. Read by Maria Rubinstein.
The Shape of the Eye, Nonfiction by George Estreich, 2013. 13 Br. Began January 27. When Laura was born, the family was puzzled about the shape of her eyes, which might indicate Down syndrome or a Japanese grandmother. As she aged, she took her place in the Estreich family as a unique child. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
The Force of Things, Nonfiction by Alexander Stille, 2013. 17 Br. Begins February 13. The marriage of Alexander Stille’s parents was a microstory of the moment of cross-pollination that reshaped much of American culture and society. Their differences were a key to their bond yet a source of constant strife. Read by John Potts.
The Afterlife of Emerson Tang, Fiction by Paula Champa, 2013. 12 Br. Began January 21. Emerson Tang’s prize possession is a car, a 1954 Beacon. When his health begins to fail, his caretaker is approached by a French man determined to buy the car at any cost. Then they discover that it has been compromised. Then another finds them, the heir to the ruined Beacon Motor Company. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.
The Burgess Boys, Fiction by Elizabeth Strout, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 6. Jim and Bob escaped to New York as soon as they could. Jim has belittled his brother their whole lives; Bob, who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. When their sister Susan calls them back to their home town, the long-buried tensions begin to surface. Read by Bonita Sindelir.
Snapper , Fiction by Brian Kimberling, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 24. Nathan Lochmueller studies birds earning just enough money to live on as life goes on around him. Nathan is love with Lola, a free-spirited woman who can break a man’s heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them both is a swirl of characters in their own Indiana backwater, as Nathan creeps through the forest to observe the birds he loves. Read by Bill Studer.
Rumsfeld’s Rules, Nonfiction by Donald Rumsfeld, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 4. Donald Rumsfeld had a career as one of the nation’s most recognized and controversial executives. For more than half a century, Rumsfeld has compiled hundreds of pithy, compelling, often humorous observations about life and leadership. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.
Fighting for Common Ground, Nonfiction by Olympia Snowe, 2013. 11 Br. Begins February 17. About our Congress, Senator Snowe asks: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest deliberative body devolve into partisanship and inaction? And what can we do about it? Read by Jan Anderson.
Crime of Privilege, Fiction by Walter Walker, 2013. 17 Br. Began January 28. When George is cornered by the father of a young woman slain years before, and asked why certain leads were never explored, he agrees to look into it. This murder and a rape in Palm Beach have nothing in common but the presence of an American family of privilege. L - Read by Neil Bright.
If You Find Me, Fiction by Emily Murdoch, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 20. Fifteen-year-old Carey and her sister live in a camper in a national forest with her younger sister. Their mentally ill mother comes and goes. One day, their mother disappears forever, the girls are found by their father, who is a stranger to them, and they re-enter “normal” life. L - Read by Diane Ladenson.
The Bookman’s Tale, Fiction by Charlie Lovett, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 3. After the death of his wife, Amanda, antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly moves from the U.S. to a Welsh town. On opening an eighteenth-century book, a portrait of her falls out of its pages. Read by Mike Piscitelli.
The Son, Fiction by Philipp Meyer, 2013. 23 Br. Begins February 19. When Eli is captured by the Comanches, he adapts and lives as they do. But when the tribe is decimated, he finds himself alone without an identity. V,L,S - Read by Jack Rossmann.
Sky Tinged Red, Nonfiction by Isaia Eiger, 2013. 16 Br. Begins February 3. Eiger spent two-and-a-half years as a prisoner at Birkenau. His record of those he met documents the extremes of human behavior, both courage to be human, and brutality. V - Read by Chris Colestock.
Worldly Philosopher, Nonfiction by Jeremy Adelman, 2013. 29 Br. Begins February 25. Born in 1915, Hirschman was one of the twentieth century’s most original and provocative thinkers. Read by Leila Poullada
Dirty Love, Fiction by Andre Dubus III, 2013. 13 Br. Began January 20. In his short stories, Dubus expresses tenderness toward humans, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others. L,S – Read by Dan Sadoff.
Bad Monkey, Fiction by Carl Hiaasen, 2013. 14 Br. Begins February 6. Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer and he’s trying to prove that the owner was murdered. If he is successful, he might be returned to his job at the sheriff’s office and be able to leave his grisly Health Inspector gig. L - Read by Don Gerlach.
The Suitors, Fiction by Cécile David-Weill, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 26. After two sisters, Laure and Marie, learn of their parents’ plan to sell the family’s summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, they devise a scheme for attracting a wealthy suitor who can afford to purchase the estate. L - Read by Sue McDonald.
Carnival, Fiction by Rawi Hage, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 6. Fly is a taxi driver, the son of a trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man. He sees all of the city’s carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. L,S – Read by John Holden.
The Comfort of Lies, Fiction by Randy Susan Meyers, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 24. Five years ago, though he was married to Juliette, Nathan had an affair with Tia. She became pregnant, he disappeared, and the baby was adopted. By Caroline. Now Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband with pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband. L – Read by Cintra Godfrey.