Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, by Amit Sood, MD
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Alistair Grim's Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro and House of Secrets - Battle of the Beasts, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing 99 Poems, by Dana Gioia, and The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin
The Gene, Nonfiction by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2016. 31 Br. Began November 1. Doctor Vincent DeVita, a leading oncologist, says that the war on cancer is winnable, that we’re well on our way to curing cancer, but that there are things we need to change in order to get there. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
First Bite, Nonfiction by Bee Wilson, 2015. 14 Br. Begins December 14. We are not born knowing what to eat. As omnivores, it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. Food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love. Read by Marylyn Burridge.
Battlling the Gods,Nonfiction by Tim Whitmarsh, 2015. 15 Br. Began November 11. Although adherents and opponents of atheism present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. Before the revolutions of late antiquity, when scriptural religions of Christianity and Islam were enforced by imperial might, there were few constraints on belief. Read by Esmé Evans.
Apostle, or Bones That Shine Like Fire, Nonfiction by Tom Bissell, 2016. 21 Br. Begins December 6. Author Tom Bissell asks “Who were the apostles, and what was their relationship to Jesus?” The story of the apostles is the story of Christianity and its growth from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today. Read by Stevie Ray.
The Madwoman Upstairs, Fiction by Catherine Lowell, 2016. 12 Br. Begins December 1. Samantha Whipple, last descendant of the Brontë family, is the presumed heir to a rumored trove of material passed down through the Brontë family. Samantha, though, has never seen this alleged estate and believes it may be as fictional as their novels. Read by Holly Sylvester.
Before the Wind, Fiction by Jim Lynch, 2016. 11 Br. Begins December 19. Josh Johannssen’s family has been obsessed with sailboats for generations but that hasn’t kept them together. And Josh, now thirty-one, is pained and confused by whatever went wrong with his volatile family. Read by Robb Empson.
Unbroken Brain, Nonfiction by Maia Szalavitz, 2016. 16 Br. Began November 14. Author Szalavitz believes addictions are caused by a sort of learning disorder. This explains why they are so varied, why addiction can seem more like a choice than an illness, why it typically strikes young people, and why some people outgrow it. L - Read by Pat Muir..
Love That Boy, Nonfiction by Ron Fournier, 2016. 6 Br. Begins December 6. As a political columnist, Ron Fournier had expectations of what his son would experience during their road trips. He did not have expectations, though, that he himself would learn something – about his son and about himself. Read by Dan Olson.
John Birch: A Life, Nonfiction by Terry Lautz, 2016. 13 Br. Begins December 30. Better known in death than in life, John Birch was shot and killed by Communists in China in 1945 where he had gone, originally, as a missionary. After his death, his name was adopted by a right-wing organization. RE – Read by John Mandeville.
Rebellion, Fiction by Livi Michael, 2015. 12 Br. Begins December 1. With rebellions tearing the country apart, how far will Margaret of Anjou and Margaret Beaufort go to further the interests of their sons? Both women see the legitimacy of their sons’ prospects, and they will stop at nothing. Read by Eileen Barratt.
The Restaurant Critic's Wife, Fiction by Elizabeth LaBan, 2016. 11 Br. Begins December 19. Lila has a master’s degree, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how she ended up here. With her husband obsessed with anonymity, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has disappeared. S – Read by Sue McDonald.
The Health Gap, Nonfiction by Michael Marmot, 2015. 14 Br. Began November 29. Dramatic differences in health are not a simple matter of rich and poor; poverty alone doesn’t drive ill health, but inequality does. Empowerment is the key to reducing health inequality and improving the health of everyone. Read by Jan Anderson.
Incarceration Nations, Nonfiction by Baz Dreisinger, 2016. 12 Br. Begins December 19. One of America’s most far-reaching global exports is the modern prison complex; its impact is seen from South Africa to Brazil. Author Baz Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and woman and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of the world to which most are denied access. Read by Ilze Mueller.
Pegasus Down, Fiction by Philip Donlay, 2016. 11 Br. Began November 22. A CIA-operated jet on a clandestine mission disappears in Eastern Europe. On board are an American scientist being extracted from Slovakia and his liberator, Dr. Lauren McKenna, code name Pegasus. Lauren is Donovan Nash’s wife and he will use his millions and his connections to save her. V,L - Read by Neil Bright.
The Case of the Yellow Diamond, Fiction by Carl Brookins, 2015. 8 Br. Begins December 7. A dead man on the floor of his office in Minneapolis won't lead P.I. Sean Sean to journey to Yap Island to protect his new client. He knows the value of research and asking questions in the right places. Eventually, he finds the flaws in nefarious plans and brings down a criminal enterprise. Read by Mike Piscitelli.
The Ex, Fiction by Alafair Burke, 2016. 10 Br. Begins December 19. Jack Harris’s world falls apart when he is invited to begin dating again after the death of his wife three years before. Twenty years earlier, he was engaged to Olivia Randall, now one of New York’s best lawyers, who is convinced Jack is being framed for murder. L – Read by Nan Felknor.
The Dark Lady's Mask, Fiction by Mary Sharratt, 2016. 18 Br. Began November 9. Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful but in a loveless marriage. To gain escape, she frequently cross-dresses to gain freedoms only men enjoy. Then she meets a little-known poet named Shakespeare and everything changes. Read by Don Gerlach.
The Mirror Thief, Fiction by Martin Seay, 2016. 25 Br. Begins December 5. In sixteenth century Venice, the invention of the mirror was state-of-the-art technology and the ruling Council of Ten handed down an edict to prevent the secrets from leaving the island. One man decided to try to outwit the Ten. Read by Tom Speich.
The Making of the American Essay, Nonfiction edited by John D’Agata, 2016. 36 Br. Began November 14. John D’Agata is a defender and anthologist of essays. His passion for the form has led him to discover a treasure trove of what the genre is capable of – essays from before our country was a nation, up to the present day. L - Read by Carol McPherson.
Luckiest Girl Alive, Fiction by Jessica Knoll, 2015. 13 Br. Began November 17. Ani FaNelli is close to living the life she’s worked hard to achieve. But a secret in her past threatens to destroy everything. L - Read by Nan Felknor.
Katherine Carlyle, Fiction by Rupert Thomson, 2015. 10 Br. Begins December 6. As an IVF baby, born eight years after she was frozen as an embryo, Katherine felt different than others. Her mother was dead by the time Katherine was nineteen, and her father was increasingly distant. So, instead of going to college, Katherine disappeared. S - Read by Natasha DeVoe.
The Association of Small Bombs, Fiction by Karan Mahajan, 2016. 12 Br. Begins December 20. In 1996, a small bomb goes off in a television repair shop in Delhi claiming the life of two brothers, but also affecting their friend, Mansoor, who survived. Mansoor becomes involved with activists and others who are very focused on the independence of their homeland. L,S - Read by Mike Piscitelli.