Featured Books

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

August 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Down Size, by Ted Spiker, and Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Last Two Seconds, by Mary Jo Bang, and How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, by Nick Lantz

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing  Stolen from the Garden, by William Swanson, and Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    More Awesome than Money, Nonfiction by Jim Dwyer, 2014. 14 Br. Began July 22. Four computer nerd undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control the information they shared, instead of surrendering their privacy to big businesses like Facebook. Their project was called Diaspora. Read by Chris Colestock.

    Lives in Ruins, Nonfiction by Marilyn Johnson, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 11. Marilyn Johnson writes about archaeologists. Who chooses to work in ruins? What’s the allure of sifting through layers of dirt under a hot sun? Why do archaeologists care so passionately about what’s dead and buried – why should we? Read by Lannois Neely.

    The Ignorant Maestro, Nonfiction by Itay Talgam, 2015. 6 Br. Begins August 25. Great contemporary leadership mixes control and letting go. It promotes new knowledge by choosing to be ignorant, creates unity through embracing gaps, and enhances effectiveness by adopting keynote listening. Read by Dan Sadoff.

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

    The Story of the Jews, Nonfiction by Simon Schama, 2014. 22 Br. Began July 27. The Jewish world has been immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from Egyptians to Greeks, from Arabs to Christians. Their story, therefore, is everyone’s story. Read by Audray Rees.

    Empire’s Crossroads, Nonfiction by Carrie Gibson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 26. Ever since Columbus stepped ashore, the Caribbean has been a stage for fantasies and competition between world powers. The story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters, but also fortune seekers, tourists, scientists, and pirates. Read by Chris Colestock.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Some Luck, Fiction by Jane Smiley, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 5. On their Iowa farm, Rosanna and Walter pass on their values to their wildly different children: from Frank, handsome, willful first-born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart. Read by Mary Hall.

    Best to Laugh, Fiction by Lorna Landvik, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 26. As a child, Candy Pekkala seemed to get unhappy experiences in Minnesota. So when a cousin called with a Hollywood apartment available, Candy jumped at it. Moving to California was accompanied by temp jobs and trying stand-up comedy. Read by Diane Ladenson.

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

    The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, Nonfiction by Jay Milbrandt, 2014. 10 Br. Began July 23. David Livingstone’s search for the Nile’s source and his adventures in the name of scientific ambition make for a compelling story. But the most overlooked part of David Livingstone’s life is his contribution to the abolition of the slave trade. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. 

    A Spy among Friends, Nonfiction by Ben Macintyre, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 6. Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history. He rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, while secretly working for the enemy. And his two best friends trusted him implicitly, not knowing that their every word was sent to Moscow. L - Read by Esmé Evans.

    An Uncomplicated Life, Nonfiction by Paul Daugherty, 2015. 11 Br. Begins August 24. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome, but her parents refused to allow her to grow up needy. Through her love for others, her charisma, and boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. Read by Jim Gregorich.

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

    The Accidental Empress, Fiction by Allison Pataki, 2015. 21 Br. Begins August 3. At fifteen, Sisi had no idea what struggles and dangers she was taking on by marrying Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She upset political and familial loyalties to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and the world. Read by Laura Rohlik. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Bad Paper, Nonfiction by Jake Halpern, 2014. 7 Br. Began July 30. Halpern tells of high-pressure call centers and the selling of social security numbers and account information. Consumer debt collection is unregulated; operators make unwarranted threats and collect debts that are not theirs. L - Read by Nualle Schallenberger. 

    Putin’s Kleptocracy, Nonfiction by Karen Dawisha, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 10. Vladimir Putin went from jobless to president in three-and-a-half years. In that rise, he brought along his own cabal and the oligarchs they have created. They have looted billions and established a corrupt country ruled by a thieving regime. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

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

    The Empire of Night, Fiction by Robert Olen Butler, 2014. 15 Br. Began July 20. Christopher Marlowe Cobb, known as Kit, is a spy working undercover at a castle on the Kentish coast, owned by a suspected mole, Sir Albert Stockman. Kit’s mother is also a spy, Isabel Cobb, and a famous stage actress, one of whose fans is this same Sir Albert Stockman. L - Read by John Mandeville.

    The Furies, Fiction by Natalie Haynes, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 10. At a “last chance” school for teens, a teacher hides from her own tragic history by teaching the Greek classics to her troubled students. Lessons filled with themes of revenge, retribution, and fate start to have devastating consequences when the students take the tragedies to heart and begin interweaving this darkness into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury. L - Read by Myrna Smith.

    Indefensible, Fiction by Lee Goodman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 24. When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall sees two men digging something she thinks is a grave, she reports it. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis investigates and turns up a body. But one body quickly leads to another. L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

    The Nightingale, Fiction by Kristin Hannah, 2015. 18 Br. Begins August 3. Vianne Mauriac’s home is seized by the Nazis and she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Meanwhile, Isabelle, Vianne’s younger sister, joins the Resistance and risks her life time and again to save others. V,L,S - Read by Julie Bolton.

    Funny Girl, Fiction by Nick Hornby, 2015. 12 Br. Begins August 27. Though she's crowned Miss Blackpool in 1964, Barbara Parker would rather make people laugh than be a beauty queen. In London, a chance meeting with an agent leads to a new name, Sophie Straw, and an audition for a new BBC comedy that becomes very popular. L - Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Gloria Swanson, Nonfiction by Stephen Michael Shearer, 2013. 21 Br. Began July 7. Gloria Swanson was Hollywood’s first successful glamour queen, but her role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. She was a star in the 1920s, but through her business acumen, was able to extend her career more than sixty years. Read by Audray Rees.

    This Changes Everything, Nonfiction by Naomi Klein, 2013. 24 Br. Begins August 5. The inconvenient truth is that global warming is not about carbon; it’s about capitalism. We have been told that the market will save us when, in fact, the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. Read by Stevie Ray.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Citizens Creek, Fiction by Lalita Tademy, 2014. 15 Br. Began July 22. Born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief, Cow Tom possessed an ability to master languages. As the U.S. expanded westward, he became a key translator between the Creeks and military generals. L - Read by Joan Sanaker.

    A History of Loneliness, Fiction by John Boyne, 2015. 13 Br. Begins August 12. Father Odran Yates served as a chaplain at a boy’s school for almost thirty years and he was always content. But when scandal begins to engulf the church, Odran is taken from the school to serve in a parish whose priest has been removed. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    Tesla, Fiction by Vladimir Pištalo, 2015. 17 Br. Begins August 31. Nikola Tesla was one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors. His rise and fall reveal the many dimensions of a visionary whose influence is still felt today. L - Read by Bob Malos.

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

    City of Stairs, Fiction by Robert Jackson Bennett, 2014. 20 Br. Begins August 6. The spy, Shara Thivani, has come to the city of Bulikov to catch a murderer. The city was once a brutal place ruled by the gods, and Shara suspects that the gods may not be as dead as they seem. Read by Mike Piscitelli.

September 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Blood Lyrics, by Katie Ford, and Load Poems Like Guns, translated by Farzana Marie

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Body Keeps the Score, Nonfiction by Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D., 2014. 21 Br. Begins September 2. Trauma is a fact of life, whether it is from warfare, molestation, living with alcoholics, or physical violence. But those experiences leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

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

    Empire’s Crossroads, Nonfiction by Carrie Gibson, 2014. 18 Br. Began August 26. Ever since Columbus, the Caribbean has been a stage for competition between world powers. The story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters, but also fortune seekers, tourists, scientists, and pirates. Read by Chris Colestock.

    50 Children, Nonfiction by Steven Pressman, 2014. 8 Br. Begins September 21. In early 1939, bucking America’s rigid immigration laws and risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus and his wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Read by June Prange.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Best to Laugh, Fiction by Lorna Landvik, 2014. 10 Br. Began August 26. As a child, Candy had unhappy experiences in Minnesota. So when a cousin called with a Hollywood apartment available, Candy jumped at it. Moving to California was accompanied by temp jobs and trying stand-up comedy. Read by Diane Ladenson.

    A Spool of Blue Thread, Fiction by Anne Tyler, 2015. 13 Br. Begins September 9. The Whitshank family is one that radiates togetherness. But like all families, the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. In addition to tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, there are jealousies, disappointments, and secrets. Read by Judy Woodward.

    Gwendolen, Fiction by Diana Souhami, 2015. 10 Br. Begins September 28. Gwendolen, an exceptionally beautiful, young, upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a German resort when she learns from her mother that her family's fortune has been lost. When a wealthy aristocrat proposes marriage, she accepts, despite an alarming secret in his past. Read by Joan Sanaker.

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

    An Uncomplicated Life, Nonfiction by Paul Daugherty, 2015. 11 Br. Began August 24. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome, but her parents refused to allow her to grow up needy. Through her love for others, her charisma, and boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. Read by Jim Gregorich.

    American Warlord, Nonfiction by Johnny Dwyer, 2015. 17 Br. Begins September 8. Chucky Taylor grew up as an average American kid with friends, a girlfriend, and a few brushes with the law. But at age fifteen, he flew to Liberia to meet his father Charles Taylor, the warlord and future president of Liberia. There he became commander of the infamous Anti-Terrorist Unit, a.k.a. “Demon Forces” and all traces of morality vanished. Read by Nancy Bader.

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

    The Second Sister, Fiction by Marie Bostwick, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 1. Lucy Toomey’s life as a politico is just paying off when her sister dies. As part of her sister’s will, Lucy needs to live in her sister’s cottage in Wisconsin, and as she does that, she comes to appreciate her sister as she had not before. Read by Connie Jamison.

    Galápagos Regained, Fiction by James Morrow, 2015. 23 Br. Begins September 21. Chloe Bathurst uses her connection to Charles Darwin to enter a contest disproving God’s existence. Before she knows it, her ambitions send her off on a wild adventure bound for the Galápagos archipelago. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Our Lost Constitution, Nonfiction by Mike Lee, 2015. 8 Br. Begins September 2. Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic stories behind key parts of the Constitution. He shows how every abuse of federal power today is rooted in the neglect of America’s founding document. Read by Art Nyhus.

    Too Big to Jail, Nonfiction by Brandon L. Garrett, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 14. Federal prosecutors benefit from statutes that allow entire firms to be held liable for a crime by a single employee. But when prosecutors target the Goliaths of the corporate world, they find themselves at a huge disadvantage. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

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

    Indefensible, Fiction by Lee Goodman, 2014. 15 Br. Began August 24. When Cassandra sees men digging something she thinks is a grave, she reports it. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis investigates and turns up a body. But one body quickly leads to another. L - Read by Neil Bright.

    The Rest Is Silence, Fiction by James R. Benn, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 14. When a corpse washes up on England’s southern coast, Billy Boyle is assigned to investigate. And then a military tragedy occurs with not one corpse, but hundreds. V,L - Read by Tom Price.

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

    Funny Girl, Fiction by Nick Hornby, 2015. 12 Br. Began August 27. Though a beauty queen, Barbara would rather make people laugh. A meeting with an agent leads to a new name, Sophie Straw, and an audition for a comedy that becomes very popular. L - Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

    Flying Shoes, Fiction by Sarah Waters, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 14. Mary Byrd Thornton is called back to Virginia because of a reporter’s call, thirty years after the crime. But she’s not surprised a reporter couldn’t resist the story; it was so lurid. L - Read by John Marsicano.

    The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, Fiction by Naomi Klein, 2014. 9 Br. Begins September 30. Heinrich Schlögel sets out on a two-week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island. When he returns from his hike, he discovers that, though he has not aged, thirty years have passed. Read by Julie Bolton.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    This Changes Everything, Nonfiction by Naomi Klein, 2013. 24 Br. Began August 5. The inconvenient truth is that global warming is not about carbon; it’s about capitalism. We have been told that the market will save us when, in fact, the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. Read by Stevie Ray.

    Gumption, Nonfiction by Nick Offerman, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 8. As a reasonably flawed human being, Offerman relies upon the inspiration of great Americans to keep him on the straight and narrow. He says that gumption is the trait that all of us must foster if we ever hope to attain greatness. Read by Don Gerlach.

    Skull in the Ashes, Nonfiction by Peter Kaufman, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 28. In February, 1897, a general store in Walford, Iowa, burned down. The next morning, a charred corpse was discovered. Shop owner Frank Novak was seeking to cash in on life insurance policies, but instead, sparked a change in detective work that changed his and the lives of two others. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Tesla, Fiction by Vladimir Pištalo, 2015. 17 Br. Began August 31. Nikola Tesla was one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors. His formative years were spent in Europe, but the whirlwind of his life, during the electrical age, was in New York. His rise and fall reveal the many dimensions of a visionary whose influence is still felt today. L - Read by Bob Malos.

    The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, Fiction by Joel Dicker, 2014. 23 Br. Begins September 23. In 1975, fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan disappeared. Thirty three years later, young novelist Marcus Goldman is visiting his mentor, Harry Quebert, just in time to see him implicated in the cold-case murder of Nora. As national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation. L - Read by Jack Rossmann.

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

    A Sudden Light, Fiction by Garth Stein, 2014. 14 Br. Begins September 3. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation and Trevor’s father has brought him to the legendary family mansion with one goal: to join forces with his sister and dispatch their grandfather to a nursing home so they can sell the house and property for development. But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he finds a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. L - Read by Don Lee.

    The Wonders, Fiction by Paddy O’Reilly, 2015. 8 Br. Begins September 23. Leon, Kathryn, and Christos are the Wonders, three extraordinary people whose medical treatments have tested the limits of the human body. When they are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying circus act becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger. L - Read by Greg Olson.