Featured Books

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

November 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

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

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, by Andy Sturdevant, and Leaving Rollingstone, by Kevin Fenton

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Paleofantasy, Nonfiction by Marlene Zuk, 2014. 12 Br. Began October 28. Our nostalgic visions of an ideal evolutionary past in which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we were “meant to” fail to recognize that we were never perfectly suited to our environment. Evolution is about change, and every organism is full of trade-offs. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

    Gulp, Nonfiction by Mary Roach, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 13. Science writer Mary Roach explores the alimentary canal asking questions like Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? L – Read by Esmé Evans.

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

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

    Amsterdam, Nonfiction by Russell Shorto, 2013. 15 Br. Begins November 3. How much individual freedom can we live with? What are the limits of acceptance? How can people from different parts of the world coexist in increasingly globalized cities? Russell Shorto writes of how the Dutch invented today’s concepts of liberty and tolerance. Read by Tony Lopez.

    The Dog Who Could Fly, Nonfiction by Damien Lewis, 2014. 10 Br. Begins 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. In the following months, the two saved each other’s lives countless times flying over Germany. Read by Scott Long.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Forever Girl, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2014. 11 Br. Began October 27. Amanda and David have raised their children in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island. It can be ideal for raising children but can be claustrophobic for adults. There are myriad ways in which love shapes our lives. Read by Judith Johannessen.

    The Anatomy Lesson, Fiction by Nina Siegal, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 11. In 1632, Rembrandt was a young artist when he took as his subject The Anatomy Lesson, commissioned by the Amsterdam Surgeons’ Guild. It would become one of his masterpieces, catapulting him to international fame. Read by Judy Woodward.

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

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

    Mother of God, Nonfiction by Paul Rosolie, 2014. 11 Br. Began October 28. The Madre de Dios region of Peru is the most biodiverse place on the planet. In 2006, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the western Amazon that would transform his life. Read by Andrea Bell.

    The Invisible Girls, Nonfiction by Sarah Thebarge, 2013. 8 Br. Begins November 12. After surviving the treatments for breast cancer, Sarah moved to Portland, Oregon to start over. A chance encounter with an African mother and her daughters transformed her life again. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

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

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

    The Sixteenth of June, Fiction by Maya Lang, 2014. 9 Br. Begins November 4. On June 16, two brothers and a fiancée are brought together – first for a funeral, then for a party. As tensions rise, they confront their pasts and hopes for the future. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Steady Running of the Hour, Fiction by Justin Go, 2014. 20 Br. Begins November 17. Ashley Walsingham died on Mount Everest, leaving a fortune to his former lover who could not be found. Eighty years later, the solicitors find American Tristan Campbell, who could be her descendant. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Crash of 2016, Nonfiction by Thom Hartmann, 2013. 11 Br. Begins November 3. Hartmann says that the U.S. is in the midst of a major economic implosion. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us. Read by Ann Reed.

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

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

    In Doubt, Fiction by Drusilla Campbell, 2014. 8 Br. Begins November 3. Because she needs the money, Defense Attorney Sophie Giraudo reluctantly takes on the case of a teenager named Donny who is accused of trying to kill the governor. But she has many personal reasons, too. And she suspects Donny is not a killer. L – Read by Diane Ladenson.

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

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

    The Arsonist, Fiction by Sue Miller, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 5. After working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home to her New Hampshire village where her family has always summered. But on her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then more. And always houses of summer people. L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

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

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    All the Time in the World, Nonfiction by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, 2013. 8 Br. Begins November 3. A mix of anecdotes from an array of cultures and eras, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins brings us forgotten treasures of the past to inspire a passion for good living in the present. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    Careless People, Nonfiction by Sarah Churchwell, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 13. In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald had just finished his fourth book. Living in New York, he lived among the glamorous and reckless. The city was bursting with an expanding economy and growing ambitions. It was also a year known for a horrific murder. L – Read by Ann Hoedeman.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Day of Atonement, Fiction by David Liss, 2014. 13 Br. Begins November 5. In 1755, Sebastian Foxx arrives in Lisbon. Born Sebastião Raposa, his parents were abducted by the Inquisition. Now trained in the arts of coercion, Sebastian has return to repay old debts and to find the man who killed his father. V - Read by Don Lee.

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

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

    Evening Stars, Fiction by Susan Mallery, 2014. 10 Br. Began October 30. Nina made a career out of being a caretaker. She sacrificed medical school so her sister could break free. Now her sister has returned to the island, Nina is juggling two men, Nina’s mom is living recklessly, and Nina realizes control is slipping through her fingers. Read by Janelle Mattson.

    House of Secrets, Fiction by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, 2013. 13 Br. Begins November 13. Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker saw their lives change when the family moved into a house once the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff. By the time they realize there were sinister plans, they are banished to a primeval forest off the grid. Read by Don Gerlach.

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
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  • 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.