Featured Books

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

February 2016

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Super Better, by Jane McGonigal

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Selfish, by Albert Goldbarth

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Degrees of Freedom, by William D. Green

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Ivory Vikings, Nonfiction by Nancy Marie Brown, 2015. 12 Br. Began January 26. In the early 1800s on a golden Hebridean beach, the sea exposed an ancient treasure: a set of 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Who carved them? Where? And Why? Read by Myrna Smith.

    The Toltec Art of Life and Death, Nonfiction by Don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys, 2015. 15 Br. Begins February 11. In 2002, Don Miguel Ruiz suffered a near-fatal heart attack leaving him in a nine-week coma. As his body lay unconscious, Ruiz dreamed about the people, ideas and events that shaped him. Read by Rachael Freed.

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

    Lost Destiny: Joe Kennedy Jr. and the Doomed WWII Mission to Save London, Nonfiction by Alan Axelrod, 2015. 13 Br. Began January 28. Joseph Kennedy Jr. was groomed for greatness. But flying against Germany in World War II, in a modified B-24 bomber loaded with explosives, he died in the biggest man-made explosion before Hiroshima. L - Read by John Potts.

    War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War, Nonfiction by William Philpott, 2014. 22 Br. Begins February 16. The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize resources of industrial powers against one another. It resulted in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition among the world’s great economies. L - Read by Stevie Ray.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    We Never Asked for Wings, Fiction by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 2015. 10 Br. Begins February 3. For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children, Alex, fifteen, and Luna, six. Now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico and Letty must become a mother for the first time. Read by Carol Lewis.

    In the Unlikely Event, Fiction by Judy Blume, 2015. 15 Br. Begins February 17. In 1987, Miri returns to her hometown to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

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

    A Fine Romance, Nonfiction by Candice Bergen, 2015. 13 Br. Began January 28. In her deeply personal memoir, Hollywood star Candice Bergen takes you inside her life’s big events. She writes of her marriage to Louis Malle; her love for her daughter; her TV comedy Murphy Brown; her trauma over Malle’s death; her joy at finding new love; and her pride watching her daughter blossom. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    Camp Chemo, Nonfiction by Camille Scheel, 2015. 14 Br. Begins February 16. Camille Scheel began writing when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. After multiple surgeries, chemo, and radiation, she came to accept that the cancer isn’t going away. Read by Carol McPherson.

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

    Angels at the Gate, Fiction by T.K. Thorne, 2015. 12 Br. Begins February 4. Raised as a boy in her father’s caravan, Adira rejects the changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence. With the arrival of two mysterious Northmen, rumored to be holy men, Adira’s world unravels. Read by Carolyn Light Bell.

    Succession, Fiction by Livi Michael, 2015. 12 Br. Begins February 22. Margaret of Anjou and Margaret Beaufort both have sons that they will fight for. Margaret of Anjou, married to Henry VI, is the mother of Edward, Prince of Wales. Margaret Beaufort, married to Henry’s cousin Edmund, is the mother of the future Henry VII. This is the Wars of the Roses. Read by Eileen Barratt.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Stoned, Nonfiction by David Casarett, M.D., 2015. 9 Br. Begins February 4. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in medical marijuana use, abetted by a new industry of farmers, distributors, manufacturers, and clinics. Does pot really offer the medical benefits its proponents promise? Read by John Demma.

    When Globalization Fails, Nonfiction by James Macdonald, 2015. 11 Br. Begins February 17. Global commerce in goods is a mixed blessing; it makes nations wealthier, but also more vulnerable. And while economic interdependence pushes toward cooperation, the sense of economic insecurity pulls in the opposite direction. Read by Art Nyhus.

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

    Mycroft Holmes, Fiction by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, 2015. 10 Br. Begins February 4. Mycroft’s well-ordered existence is upended when his closest friend, Cyrus Douglas, reveals a life-and-death situation in Douglas’s native Trinidad. The two men set out on a journey to the Caribbean that will change them forever. Read by John Holden.

    Tenacity, Fiction by J.S. Law, 2015. 14 Br. Begins February 18. Cramped, claustrophobic, and under strict command, the confines of HMS Tenacity are unwelcoming in the best of circumstances. For Dan, the only female aboard, interrogating a tight-knit and hostile crew, it’s her own special place in hell. V,L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

    A Good Family, Fiction by Erik Rassnacht, 2015. 18 Br. Begins February 1. Henry Brunson is starting to lose himself. Successful sales executive, husband of three decades, father to two adult sons, he’s moving away from what he knows and loves. And the family is being driven apart. L - Read by Tom Speich.

    The Fragile World, Fiction by Paula Treick DeBoard, 2014. 12 Br. Begins February 25. The death of a child changes families. The Kaufmans were always a happy family. Then their son, Daniel, is killed in a freak road accident and the family finds itself falling apart. Read by Lynda Kayser.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Fractured Land, Nonfiction by Lisa Westberg Peters, 2015. 7 Br. Begins February 4. What does an environmentalist do when she realizes she will inherit mineral rights and royalties on fracked oil wells in North Dakota? How does she decide between financial security and living as a committed conservationist who wants to leave her grandchildren a healthy world? Read by John Potts.

    One Million Steps, Nonfiction by Bing West, 2014. 10 Br. Begins February 15. The fifty Marines of the 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties the Secretary of Defense offered to pull them out. Instead, they pushed forward in search of a ghostlike enemy. V,L - Read by Scott Brush.

    Lanterne Rouge, Nonfiction by Max Leonard, 2015. 10 Br. Begins February 29. We know the winners of the Tour de France, but what about those who come in last? Max Leonard reveals the forgotten, often inspirational, and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    We Are Pirates, Fiction by Daniel Handler, 2015. 11 Br. Began January 25. Phil, a husband, father, and struggling radio producer, heads for the open road to attend a conference and seal an important deal. Meanwhile, Gwen, his rebel daughter, teams up with some restless souls and heads for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure. V,L,S – Read by Bob Malos.

    Rumble, Fiction by Ellen Hopkins, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 9. Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything. So he’s decided to live large and go out with a bang. But when a horrific event plunges him into a dark place, he hears a rumble that wakes him up. L - Read by Stuart Holland.

    Paris Red, Fiction by Maureen Gibbon, 2015. 7 Br. Begins February 22. In Paris, in 1862, Victorine Meurent met Édouard Manet and became his model. As his model, she explored a world of new possibilities and stirred the artist to push the boundaries of painting which scandalized even the most cosmopolitan city. L,S – Read by Isla Hejny.

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

    The Pierced Heart, Fiction by Lynn Shepherd, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 4. When an Austrian nobleman offers a large donation to the University of Oxford, Charles Maddox is called on to investigate the generous donor. What he finds is a baron who is the subject of whispers and legends. L - Read by Jenny O’Brien.

    The Choosing, Fiction by Rachelle Dekker, 2015. 12 Br. Begins February 16. Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’s spent a lifetime preparing for – her Choosing Ceremony – to end in disaster. Read by Patricia Muir.

March 2016

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Super Better, by Jane McGonigal

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody, and Playing with Fire: School for S.P.I.E.S., by Bruce Hale 

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Empty Chairs, by Xia Liu, and black cat bone, by John Burnside

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Degrees of Freedom, by William D. Green, and Tony Oliva, by Thom Henninger

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Work Rules!, Nonfiction by Lazlo Bock, 2015. 13 Br. Begins March 3. Lazlo Bock, head of People Operations at Google, says, “We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” Read by Art Nyhus.

    Wide-Open World, Nonfiction by John Marshall, 2015. 16 Br. Begins March 22. John Marshall needed a change. His marriage was falling apart, his son was about to leave home and his daughter was lost in cyberspace. He decided his family would volunteer their time and energy to others in far-flung locales. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

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

    War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War, Nonfiction by William Philpott, 2014. 22 Br. Began February 16. The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize resources of industrial powers against one another. It resulted in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition among the world’s great economies. L - Read by Stevie Ray.

    The Oregon Trail, Nonfiction by Rinker Buck, 2015. 18 Br. Begins March 17. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. Yet this huge land migration is almost forgotten. To understand it better, Buck and Nick Rinker traveled from Missouri to Oregon with three mules and a covered wagon. Read by John Potts.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    In the Unlikely Event, Fiction by Judy Blume, 2015. 15 Br. Began February 17. In 1987, Miri returns to her hometown to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    The Royal We, Fiction by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, 2015. 17 Br. Begins March 14. American Bex goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall. But it turns out that she has accidentally found herself in love with the heir to the British throne. The problem is he comes with unimaginable baggage. L - Read by Mary Hall.

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

    Camp Chemo: Postcards Home from Metastatic Breast Cancer, Nonfiction by Camille Scheel, 2015. 14 Br. Began February 16. Camille Scheel began writing when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. After multiple surgeries, chemo, and radiation, she came to accept that the cancer isn’t going away. Read by Carol McPherson.

    Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius, Nonfiction by Bill Pennington, 2015. 22 Br. Begins March 7. Billy Martin is considered a baseball genius, but he is remembered more for his bad behavior. He was combative, fiery, intimidating, bombastic - and yet endearing and beloved by everyday fans. Read by Jim Gregorich.

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

    Succession, Fiction by Livi Michael, 2015. 12 Br. Began February 22. Margaret of Anjou and Margaret Beaufort both have sons that they will fight for. Margaret of Anjou, married to Henry VI, is the mother of Edward, Prince of Wales. Margaret Beaufort, married to Henry’s cousin Edmund, is the mother of the future Henry VII. This is the Wars of the Roses. Read by Eileen Barratt.

    Dinner with Buddha, Fiction by Roland Merullo, 2015. 13 Br. Begins March 9. Years after the skeptic Otto Ringling and world-renowned spiritual master Volya Rinpoche became friends, they travel to the center of America seeking the answer to “What does the future hold?” Read by Jack Rossmann.

    Sweet Forgiveness,
    Fiction by Lori Nelson Spielman, 2015. 12 Br. Begins March 28. The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation – a pouch of stones that come with a chain letter and two requests: to forgive and then seek forgiveness. But talk show host, Hannah Farr has privately kept her pouch for two years. L - Read by Judith Johannessen. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    God and government, Nonfiction by Rev. Barry W. Lynn, 2015. 14 Br. Begins March 3. Rev. Barry Lynn has been on the front lines of the fight for the marginalized and disadvantaged. He says that from cradle to grave, the Religious Right is concerned about every choice you make. His work is defending freedom against theocratic illness. Read by Dan Sadoff.

    Missoula, Nonfiction by Jon Krakauer, 2015. 12 Br. Begins March 23. Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other; unlike any other felony, the victim comes under more suspicion than the perpetrator. This reality explains a lot of why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. L - Read by John Demma.

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

    Tenacity, Fiction by J.S. Law, 2015. 14 Br. Began February 18. Cramped, claustrophobic, and under strict command, the confines of HMS Tenacity are unwelcoming in the best of circumstances. For Dan, the only female aboard, interrogating a tight-knit and hostile crew, it’s her own special place in hell. V,L – Read by Neil Bright.

    Rock, Paper, Scissors, Fiction by Naja Marie Aidt, 2015. 13 Br. Begins March 9. Thomas and Jenny’s criminal father dies. While trying to fix a toaster he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal. V,L,S - Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.

    Descent, Fiction by Tim Johnston, 2015. 12 Br. Begins March 28. The Courtlands hope a family vacation in the Rockies will repair their marriage, and it lures 18-year-old Caitlin as the ultimate test of her runner’s heart. When Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the Rocky Mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic. V,L – Read by Ann Hoedeman.

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

    The Fragile World, Fiction by Paula Treick DeBoard, 2014. 12 Br. Began February 25. The Kaufmans were always a happy family. Then their son, Daniel, is killed in a freak road accident and the family finds itself falling apart. Read by Lynda Kayser.

    The Automobile Club of Egypt, Fiction by Alaa Al Aswany, 2015. 20 Br. Begins March 14. Abd el-Aziz Gaafar took on menial work at the Automobile Club, a place of refuge and luxury for European members but where Egyptians may only appear as servants. Read by Michael Piscitelli.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Lanterne Rouge, Nonfiction by Max Leonard, 2015. 10 Br. Began February 29. We know the winners of the Tour de France, but what about those who come in last - those forgotten, often inspirational, and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider. L - Read by Michael Piscitelli.

    The Invention of Voicemail,
    Nonfiction by David P. Andersen, 2013. 7 Br. Begins March 14. Retired computer design engineer, David P. Andersen, writes about his memories and the things that fascinate him. Read by Jack Rossmann.

    The Dad Report, Nonfiction by Kevin Cook, 2015. 8 Br. Begins March 23. Almost two hundred father-son pairs have played in baseball’s big leagues. But more than carrying the legacy, this is often a way to bond, father to son. L - Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Wonders of the Invisible World, Fiction by Christopher Barzak, 2015. 8 Br. Begins March 2. Aiden Lockwood’s world is haunted by stories of the past, stories someone has tried to prevent him remembering. Visions from this invisible world come to him unbidden – whether waking or sleeping. And someone is waiting to collect on a family debt. Read by Greg Olson.

    Crooked, Fiction by Austin Grossman, 2015. 15 Br. Begins March 14. What if our nation’s worst president was really a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? Here, Nixon finally reveals the secret history of modern American politics. L - Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

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

    Armada, Fiction by Ernest Cline, 2015. 14 Br. Begins March 3. Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he spends his life consuming. And then he sees the flying saucer and his life changes. V,L - Read by Dan Sadoff.

    The Secret Sister, Fiction by Brenda Novak, 2015. 12 Br. Begins March 23. Maisey returns to her old island home; her brother has asked her to come. Then she finds a box of photographs that evoke memories of a little girl that must have been her sister. But her mother claims there was no sister. L,S - Read by Lynda Kayser.