Featured Books

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

March 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen, and Rewire by Richard O’Connor, PhD.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole, and The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Underground, by Jim Moore, and The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie

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

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Glass Cage, Nonfiction by Nicholas Carr, 2014. 9 Br. Began February 27. Technology should be used to expand life’s possibilities rather than narrow them. Author Nicholas Carr makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons. This is the hidden cost of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Creativity, Inc., Nonfiction by Ed Catmull, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 10. As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. Building on the elements that have made Pixar such a success, Ed Catmull shares with us his ideas of unlocking creativity. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

    The Art of Daring, Nonfiction by Carl Phillips, 2014. 4 Br. Begins March 28. Author Phillips argues for restlessness as key to imagination, but also notes the risks imagination must take. After looking at works by major poets, he asks, “How is the restlessness that can lead to art all that different from sexual restlessness?” L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

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

    Dear Abigail, Nonfiction by Diane Jacobs, 2014. 18 Br. Began February 11. Much has been written of the marriage of President John Adams and his wife Abigail. But few people know of the strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

    The Roosevelts, Nonfiction by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, 2014. 12 Br. Begins March 9. Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities. They were three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family; no other American family ever touched so many lives.
    Read by Rachael Freed.

    A Death in San Pietro, Nonfiction by Tim Brady, 2013. 8 Br. Begins March 25. In war ravaged Italy, near a small village north of Naples, the paths of three men crossed: platoon leader Captain Henry Waskow, award-winning journalist Ernie Pyle, and young filmmaker John Huston. They were about to make one of the great stories of World War II. L - Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    A Star for Mrs. Blake, Fiction by April Smith, 2014. 12 Br. Begins March 2. 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. Read by Pat Lelich.

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

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

    Bootstrapper, Nonfiction by Mardi Jo Link, 2013. 9 Br. Begins March 3. In the summer of 2005, Mardi Jo’s dream has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and ragged cuticles. She and her husband have just called it quits. More broke than ever, she makes an impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse and raise her sons on well water, wood chopping and dirt. Read by Ann Reed.

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

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

    The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Fiction by Jonas Jonasson, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 3. Born in a tiny shack in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is orphaned at ten and knows the world expects her to die young – and nothing else. But she has other plans. L – Read by Sue McDonald.

    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Fiction by Gabrielle Zevin, 2014. 7 Br. Begins March 23. A.J. Fikry is isolating himself. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him – he sees them as a sign of a rapidly changing world. Then a mysterious package arrives and A.J. has the opportunity to make his life over. Read by Nancy Felknor.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Divide, Nonfiction by Matt Taibbi, 2014. 15 Br. Begins March 2. The greatest challenge of contemporary American life is surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, ignores the crimes of the wealthy, and implicates all. It has become this way in the last two decades. Read by June Prange.

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Nonfiction by Tim Harford, 2014. 10 Br. Begins March 23. Economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge fund managers to middle-class investors, everyone must pay attention to the global economy – how it affects us and how it works. Read by Jack Rossmann.

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

    The Directive, Fiction by Matthew Quirk, 2014. 12 Br. Began February 17. Mike is an ex-con with a big heart. When his brother is in a conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars, Mike wants to help. But he ends up trapped. L - Read by Neil Bright.

    By Its Cover, Fiction by Donna Leon, 2014. 8 Br. Begins March 5. Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a Venetian library. There have been thefts of rare travel books. Initially it seems the work of a visiting American professor. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

    The Last Kind Word, Fiction by David Housewright, 2013. 12 Br. Begins March 17. Rushmore McKenzie is doing a favor for the ATF, trying to find a cache of illegal guns. They give him a fake I.D. so he can infiltrate the gunrunners, which seems like a bad idea at the time. L - Read by Chuck Torrey.

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

    Madame Picasso, Fiction by Anne Girard, 2014. 16 Br. Begins March 2. Eva Gouel was working at the Moulin Rouge when she caught the eye of Pablo Picasso. What started as an affair became the first great love of Picasso’s life. S - Read by Carolyn Light Bell.

    Us Conductors, Fiction by Sean Michaels, 2014. 13 Br. Begins March 18. Lev Termen went from life as a scientist in St. Petersburg to life as a spy in Manhattan where he fell in love with Clara. In Russia, he is imprisoned but his love remains constant. L - Read by Peter Danbury.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Keillor Reader, Nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2014. 16 Br. Began February 11. The founder and host of A Prairie Home companion, Garrison Keillor gives us a retrospective of his life as satirist, columnist, singer, storyteller, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. L - Read by Don Lee.

    Berlin Now, Nonfiction by Peter Schneider, 2014. 13 Br. Begins March 5. Berlin is a vibrant city with a thriving artistic community. Peter Schneider takes us on an insider’s tour of this rapidly metamorphosing metropolis. L,S - Read by John Potts.

    Taking Liberties, Nonfiction by Robert Boston, 2014. 6 Br. Begins March 24. Religious freedom is an individual right, not a license allowing religious organizations to discriminate against and control others. Author Boston makes recommendations resolving clashes between religious-liberty claims and individual rights. Read by John Demma.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Fiction by Christopher Scotton, 2015. 14 Br. Began February 19. Kevin and his friend, Buzzy, become involved in a mountaintop removal dispute in Medgar, Kentucky. It tests them to their limits in a struggle for survival in the mountains. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    Tigerman, Fiction by Nick Harkaway, 2014. 15 Br. Begins March 11. Sergeant Lester Ferris is about to retire and moved to the island of Mancreu, a former British colony in legal limbo, facing destruction by an international community concerned for safety. When he befriends a street kid, Lester finds a purpose in protecting him. L - Read by Tom Price. 

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

    Thorn Jack, Fiction by Katherine Harbour, 2014. 14 Br. Began February 19. After her sister's suicide, Finn and her father move to a town full of possibilities - and dark enigmas. The town, and especially the Fata family, wield a charm and power, a blend of good and evil, magic and mystery. Read by Lynda Kayser.

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

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.