Featured Books

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

April 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Ten Years Later, by Hoda Kotb 

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Elites: Privileged Positions, by Emily Flint and Quinn Xi

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Ask Me, by William Stafford

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Augie’s Secrets, by Neal Karlen, and We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down, by Rachael Hanel

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Down in the Chapel, Nonfiction by Joshua Dubler, 2013. 17 Br. Begins April 1. When prisoners turn to God, they are often scorned as con artists faking their piety; but what is prison religious life really like? Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    David and Goliath, Nonfiction by Malcolm Gladwell, 2013. 9 Br. Begins April 24. When David felled Goliath 3,000 years ago, his victory was improbable and miraculous. Or was it? Gladwell offers new interpretations to how we think of obstacles and disadvantages. Read by John Hagman.

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

    Cooked, Nonfiction by Michael Pollan, 2013. 16 Br. Began March 18. The four classical elements, fire, water, air, and earth, transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Michael Pollan writes of these but also how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships. Read by Myrna Smith. 

    Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an, Nonfiction by Denise Spellberg, 2013. 14 Br. Begins April 9. Before composing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson bought a Qur’an to understand Islam. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Read by Leila Poullada.

    Sugar in the Blood, Nonfiction by Andrea Stuart, 2013. 17 Br. Begins April 29. Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor was a sugar plantation (and slave) owner in 1630’s Barbados. The production of sugar lifted him out of poverty and shaped the lives of his descendants. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Muckers, Fiction by Sandra Neil Wallace, 2013. 9 Br. Began March 31. A lot is on Red’s shoulders: the football season, his family’s legacy, the entire identity of their mining town, which is clinging to the side of the mountain. But all the copper veins are used up. L - Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

    The Keeper of Secrets, Fiction by Julie Thomas, 2013. 11 Br. Begins April 9. The Horowitz family owned a famous violin before the Nazis took everything. Now the grandson of the violin’s owner is playing violin but prefers baseball. L - Read by Mitzi Lewellen.

    Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman, Fiction by Minka Pradelski, 2013. 7 Br. Begins April 24. When Tsippy gets word from Tel Aviv that an aunt has left her an inheritance, she goes to collect it in person. But an odd old woman bangs on her room door and invites herself in. Her name is Bella Kugelman. Read by Lynda Kayser.

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

    The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Nonfiction by Jeanne Theoharis, 2013. 17 Br. Begins April 2. The standard portrayal of Rosa Parks as quiet and demure is far from true. She had a history of being rebellious, and was an activist for six decades. Read by June Prange. 

    Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nonfiction by Nick Offerman, 2013. 13 Br. Begins April 21. When Nick Offerman was in fourth grade, he learned the word nonconformist, and decided he wanted to grow up to become one. Read by Don Gerlach. 

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

    Vienna Nocturne, Fiction by Vivien Shotwell, 2013. 9 Br. Begins April 2. Opera singer Anna Storace wants to be famous, leading her to make difficult choices. She travels to Italy and Vienna, builds her career, and meets Mozart. Read by Esmé Evans. 

    The Painted Girls, Fiction by Cathy Buchanan, 2013. 12 Br. Begins April 15. After their father dies, the older van Goethem sister finds work in an Émile Zola play; Marie is sent to the Paris Opéra to learn ballet but is soon modeling for Edgar Degas. L - Read by Pat Lelich. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Exit the Colonel, Nonfiction by Ethan Chorin, 2013. 15 Br. Began March 24. The rise of al Qaeda and the war in Iraq turned Libya into an ally. But Gaddafi’s feints toward reform fostered a movement too powerful to put down. Read by John Demma.

    Second Suns, Nonfiction by David Oliver Relin, 2013. 20 Br. Begins April 14. Doctors Tabin and Ruit have dedicated their lives to eradicating preventable blindness through the Himalayan Cataract Project. Read by Connie Jamison.  

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

    Accused, Fiction by Lisa Scottoline, 2013. 11 Br. Began March 25. When Allegra seeks representation to free a man she believes was innocent of her sister’s murder, Mary DiNunzio is compelled to help. L – Read by Janelle Mattson.

    Tooth for a Tooth, Fiction by T. Frank Muir, 2013. 13 Br. Begins April 9. DCI Andy Gilchrist is on the case of a very old murder, when it looks possible that Gilchrist’s dead brother might have been the murderer. Keeping his fears to himself, Gilchrist gets suspended. L - Read by Neil Bright.  

    Seven for a Secret, Fiction by Lyndsay Faye, 2013. 15 Br. Begins April 28. In the new NYPD, Officer Timothy Wilde is approached by a woman reporting that her family was stolen. They were sold to the South as run-away slaves. It plunges Timothy into a slave world where police are complicit. L - Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 

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

    The Resurrectionist, Fiction by Matthew Guinn, 2013. 8 Br. Begins April 2. Dr. Jacob Thacker finds himself facing a moral dilemma when a campus renovation unearths the bones of dissected African American slaves, a potential PR disaster for the school. Resurrectionists procured corpses for doctor’s anatomy training. L - Read by John Marsicano.

    Children of the Jacaranda Tree, Fiction by Sahar Delijani, 2013. 11 Br. Begins April 14. All children growing up in revolutionary Iran bears the scars of families torn apart. It is the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and the country’s tenuous future. V - Read by Connie Jamison.

    The Labyrinth of Osiris, Fiction by Paul Sussman, 2012. 24 Br. Begins April 29. Jerusalem Detective Arieh Ben-Roi is investigating the murder of Israeli journalist Rivka Kleinberg. What she was writing about was an ancient Egyptian labyrinth of incredible riches, spoken of by Herodotus. L - Read by Isla Hejny.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Worldly Philosopher, Nonfiction by Jeremy Adelman, 2013. 29 Br. Began February 25. Born in Berlin in 1915, Hirschman became one of the twentieth century’s most original and provocative thinkers. He was a man shaped by modern horrors and hope, a worldly intellectual who fought for and wrote in defense of the values of tolerance and change. Read by Leila Poullada.

    Me the People, Nonfiction by Kevin Bleyer, 2013. 15 Br. Begins April 7. Noticing great confusion as to what the U.S. Constitution actually says, humorist Kevin Bleyer decided to rewrite it. He considers this book the most important document of our time. L – Read by Art Nyhus. 

    The Heart of All That Is, Nonfiction edited by Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, Pam Mittlefehldt, 2013. 5 Br. Begins April 28. Home is one of the great themes of literature, of human beings, of the animal kingdom altogether. The authors make it clear that home, however it is defined and wherever it is located, is ‘the heart of all that is.’ Read by June Prange. 

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Twelve, Fiction by Justin Cronin, 2013. 29 Br. Began March 11. In the present day, living in a man-made apocalypse, three people learn that in connection lies hope. One hundred years in the future, people fight for humankind’s salvation, unaware that the rules have changed. L - Read by Bob Malos.

    Norwegian by Night, Fiction by Derek B. Miller, 2013. 10 Br. Begins April 21. Retired Marine Sheldon Horowitz reluctantly moves to Norway to live with his granddaughter. He feels out of place. Then he sees a dispute between a neighbor and stranger that turns violent. He takes the neighbor’s son to protect him and they flee the scene. V,L - Read by Don Lee. 

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

    The Tell, Fiction by Hester Kaplan, 2013. 11 Br. Began March 27. Mira and Owen’s marriage is tested when Wilton Deere, an aging former TV star, moves into the grand house next door. With plenty of money and time to kill, Wilton is charming but ruthless as he inserts himself into the couple’s life. L - Read by Carol Lewis. 

    A Half Forgotten Song, Fiction by Katherine Webb, 2013. 15 Br. Begins April 11. In 1937, in a village near Dorset, young Mitzy Hatcher has endured a difficult childhood. But the arrival of artist Charles Aubrey, along with his mistress and their two daughters, changes everything. She becomes Charles’s muse. Read by Ann Hoedeman. 

May 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Ten Years Later, by Hoda Kotb, and Secrets and Lies, by Jane Isay

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Elites: Privileged Positions, by Emily Flint and Quinn Xi, and When You Wish upon a Rat, by Maureen McCarthy

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Ask Me, by William Stafford, and Paragon Park, by Mark Doty

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Augie’s Secrets, by Neal Karlen, and We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down, by Rachael Hanel

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    David and Goliath, Nonfiction by Malcolm Gladwell, 2013. 9 Br. Began April 24. When David, a shepherd boy, felled Goliath, a mighty warrior, three thousand years ago, his victory was improbable and miraculous. Or was it? Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering new interpretations. Read by John Hagman.

    The Story of the Human Body, Nonfiction by Daniel E. Lieberman, 2013. 20 Br. Begins May 7. Though evolution has taken place over millions of years, it continues to this day. There is increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world, occasioning a paradox of greater longevity but increased chronic disease. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

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

    Sugar in the Blood, Nonfiction by Andrea Stuart, 2013. 17 Br. Began April 29. Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor settled into life as a sugar plantation (and slave) owner in 1630’s Barbados. The production of sugar lifted him out of poverty and shaped the lives of his descendants. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.

    The Eve of Destruction, Nonfiction by James T. Patterson, 2012. 12 Br. Begins May 22. At the beginning of 1965, America was optimistic. President Johnson succeeded in securing an avalanche of Great Society legislation including Medicare, immigration reform, and a Voting Rights Act. But over the course of the year, that sense of harmony dissipated. Read by Judy Woodward.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Carissima, Fiction by Rosanna Chiofalo, 2013. 15 Br. Begins May 5. Pia arrives in Queens with a journalism internship at a celebrity magazine. At the same time, Italian movie icon Francesca Donata is staying nearby. Pia convinces the legend to grant her a series of interviews - even traveling to her house in Rome. L – Read by Janelle Mattson.

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Fiction by Rachel Joyce, 2013. 11 Br. Begins May 26. Harold Fry has not heard from Queenie Hennessy in twenty years. When she writes to say she is in hospice and wants to say goodbye, he sets off on walking the 600 miles to see her, convinced that as long as he is walking, she will stay alive.  L - Read by Stuart Holland.

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

    Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nonfiction by Nick Offerman, 2013. 13 Br. Began April 21. When Nick Offerman was in fourth grade, he learned the word nonconformist, and decided he wanted to grow up to become one. Here, he offers his take on being a man, from paddling canoes to cooking on the grill. Read by Don Gerlach.        

    Into the Paradox, Nonfiction by Toni A.H. McNaron, 2013. 7 Br. Begins May 8. As practicing Catholic and feminist scholar, Toni McNaron embraces the unresolvable and accepts the paradox arising from her preference for conservative spiritual practices while remaining committed to radical politics. Read by Esmé Evans.

    Poor Man’s Feast, Nonfiction by Elissa Altman, 2013. 11 Br. Begins May 19. Elissa was taught that, regarding food, fancy is always best. And she lived her way like that until she met Susan, who had a devotion to simple living. It would change Elissa’s relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. Read by Andrea Bell.

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

    Astor Place, Fiction by Stephanie Lehmann, 2013. 12 Br. Begins May 1. Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of a vintage clothing shop, visits an elderly woman to purchase clothing. She discovers a journal sewn into a fur muff that was written in 1907 by Olive Westcott. The journal changes Amanda’s life.  Read by Holly Sylvester.

    The Mouse-Proof Kitchen , Fiction by Saira Shah, 2013. 11 Br. Begins May 19. Anna is a planner. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she prepares for a perfect new life in Provençe, France, with her perfect new baby-to-be. All of that changes when the baby is born less than perfect. L - Read by Sue McDonald.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Second Suns, Nonfiction by David Oliver Relin, 2013. 20 Br. Began April 14. Doctors Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit have dedicated their lives to eradicating preventable blindness through the Himalayan Cataract Project. They have been able to cure tens of thousands of people, from Nepal to African villages. Read by Connie Jamison.  

    The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, Nonfiction by Hooman Majd, 2013. 11 Br. Begins May 12. When Brooklyn resident Hooman Majd decided to take his blond Midwestern wife and infant son to spend a year in Iran, the land of Majd’s birth, he had no idea what would be involved. L - Read by Dan Sadoff.

    Smart Cities, Nonfiction by Anthony Townsend, 2013. 14 Br. Begins May 27. Today, more people live in cities than in the countryside; mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, and machines outnumber people. But in this era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? Read by Chris Colestock.

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

    Seven for a Secret, Fiction by Lyndsay Faye, 2013. 15 Br. Began April 28. Six months after the NYPD was formed, Officer Timothy Wilde thinks himself well-versed in the city’s dark practices until he learns of the blackbirders, people who snatch free Northerners of color, and sell them South as plantation property. In 1846, slave catching is the law. Then Lucy Adams comes to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen. Her reply is “My family.” L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 

    Before I Burn, Fiction by Gaute Heivoll, 2013. 11 Br. Begins May 19. In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible.  L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

    The Labyrinth of Osiris, Fiction by Paul Sussman, 2012. 24 Br. Began April 29. Detective Arieh Ben-Roi, of the Jerusalem Police, is investigating the murder of Israeli journalist Rivka Kleinberg. Known for her exposés, Kleinberg had many enemies. But what she was writing about was an ancient Egyptian labyrinth of incredible riches, spoken of by Herodotus. But what connection could the labyrinth have to Kleinberg’s murder? L - Read by Isla Hejny.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Overdressed, Nonfiction by Elizabeth L. Cline, 2013. 10 Br. Begins May 5. Cheap fashion has changed the way most Americans dress. Stores now offer the latest trends at unprecedentedly low prices, made possible because the retailers are producing clothes at enormous volumes to push up profits. They have turned clothing into a disposable good. But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And what are these cheap clothes doing to us, our society, our environment and our economic well-being? Read by Jeanne Burns.
         
    Lasting City, Nonfiction by James Court, 2013. 12 Br. Begins May 19. Enjoined by his dying mother to “tell everything,” James McCourt was liberated by this deathbed wish to do just that. The result? McCourt’s memoir is ostensibly an account of his first seven years, but it expands into a philosophical exploration of memory. He tells his own story, his mother’s, his family’s, and that of a lost New York. It is a heartfelt aria to a lost time and to an eternal city.  L – Read by Tom Speich.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    Paris Was the Place, Fiction by Susan Conley, 2013. 15 Br. Begins May 5. When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will change her life. As Willie becomes more involved with the girls, the lines between teaching and mothering become blurred. Read by Judith Johannessen.
            
    Nostalgia, Fiction by Dennis McFarland, 2013. 15 Br. Begins May 26. In the winter of 1864, Summerfield Hayes enlists in the Union army, leaving his sister at home in Brooklyn. In the midst of a battle, he is deserted by his comrades and struggles to regain his voice, his identity, and place in the world. V,L - Read by John Mandeville.

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

    The Screaming Staircase, Fiction by Jonathan Stroud, 2013. 10 Br. Begins May 2. Ghosts and spirits are appearing throughout London and only young people have the psychic abilities required to get rid of them. Lucy, Anthony, and George, are going to take part in the investigation of one of the most haunted houses in England. Read by Jenny O’Brien.
         
    My Notorious Life, Fiction by Kate Manning, 2013. 15 Br. Begins May 16. Based on a true story, Axie Muldoon, daughter of immigrants, becomes a successful and controversial midwife known as Madame X. She discovers that the right way is not always the way of the law. Read by Diane Ladenson.