Featured Books

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

January 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Dog Songs, by Mary Oliver, and Underground, by Jim Moore

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing The Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Saving Sam, Nonfiction by Jay Cohn, M.D., 2014. 14 Br. Began 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.

    For the Benefit of those Who See, Nonfiction by Rosemary Mahoney, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 14. Rosemary Mahoney traveled to Tibet to report on Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind there, and on its founder Sabriye Tenberken. She also spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s international training center for blind adults. Read by Sally Browne.

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

    Like Dreamers, Nonfiction by Yossi Klein Halevi, 2013. 27 Br. Began 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.

    The Empire of Necessity, Nonfiction by Greg Grandin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 15. The early years of American expansion were marked by human exploitation and environmental destruction. A prime example of this was when Captain Delano, a seal hunter, met up with a shipload of Africans who had mutinied against their slavers. Read by Jeanne Burns.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Mercy Snow, Fiction by Tiffany Baker, 2014. 11 Br. Begins January 5. In the town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a steady rhythm of life. That rhythm is upset by a tragic bus accident that sets two families on a course of destruction. Read by Pat Lelich.

    In Certain Circles, Fiction by Elizabeth Harrower, 2014. 7 Br. Begins January 20. Zoe and Russell, and Stephen and Anna, are two sets of siblings. They may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other’s shadow. Read by Michele Potts.

    Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Begins January 29. Helen marries Emmet Justice, a newly widowed television journalist and their marriage causes a rift between Emmet and his oldest friends who resent her presence. Hoping to mend fences, they join the group for a summer at his late wife’s home, Moonrise. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

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

    Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, Nonfiction by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper, 2014. 9 Br. Began 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.

    On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Nonfiction by William Souder, 2012. 19 Br. Begins January 5. Rachel Carson was an unassuming biologist whose fourth book transformed our relationship with the natural world. Her book Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects. The book’s publication eventually led to the establishment of the EPA. Read by Edy Elliott.

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

    Love and Lament, Fiction by John Milliken Thompson, 2013. 15 Br. Began 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.

    The Ghost of the Mary Celeste,
    Fiction by Valerie Martin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 6. The ghost ship means many different things to different people. To the writer Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To the psychic Violet Petra, it is a nightmare. And to the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. Read by Mary Hall.

    The End of Always, Fiction by Randi Davenport, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 22. In 1907 Wisconsin, seventeen-year-old Marie Reehs is determined to not marry a violent man, as her mother and grandmother did. Working in a job arranged by her father, Marie toils under the eye of an older man who has claimed her for his own. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Snowden Files, Nonfiction by Luke Harding, 2014. 11 Br. Began 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.

    Command and Control, Nonfiction by Eric Schlosser, 2013. 23 Br. Begins January 8. The world’s nuclear arsenals are not as safe as they should be. The combination of human fallibility and technological complexity poses a grave risk to mankind. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

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

    Midnight in Europe, Fiction by Alan Furst, 2014. 10 Br. Begins January 5. Cristián Ferrar, A Spaniard living in Paris, is asked to help a clandestine agency trying to supply weapons to the Spanish Republic’s army. The effort puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism. V,L – Read by Dan Sadoff.

    Ghost Month, Fiction by Ed Lin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 19. August is the month for honoring the dead in Taiwan. But Jing-nan is shocked to find that the dead include his ex-girlfriend from high school, Julia Huang. She was supposed to be in New York, so what was she doing selling betel nuts to truck drivers on the highway. The facts don’t add up. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.

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

    The Way Inn, Fiction by Will Wiles, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 1. Neil Double is a “conference surrogate,” hired by clients to attend industry conferences so that they don’t need to. But his latest job, at a conference of conference organizers, will radically transform him and everything he believes. L - Read by Don Gerlach.

    All the Light We Cannot See, Fiction by Anthony Doerr, 2014. 16 Br. Begins January 19. Marie-Laure and her father flee from the Nazis to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. In Germany, the orphan Werner becomes aware of the human cost of his activities with the Nazi Youth, so he travels, ending up at Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure. Read by Holly Sylvester.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, Nonfiction by Pat Conroy, 2013. 13 Br. Begins January 5. Pat Conroy’s father was often brutal, cruel, and violent. But as he aged, he softened a bit. The Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. L - Read by Don Lee.

    Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Nonfiction by Bill McKibben, 2014. 9 Br. Begins January 22. In the summer of 2011, Bill McKibben was jailed after leading the protest of the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. He recognized that action was needed if solutions to global warming were to be found. Read by John Hagman.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Light in the Ruins, Fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2013. 11 Br. Begins January 5. In 1945, the Rosatis, a noble Italian family, are imprisoned in the walls of their villa as a German lieutenant courts teenaged Cristina. It will have lasting consequences. V,L - Read by Judy Woodward.

    The Abomination, Fiction by Jonathan Holt, 2013. 14 Br. Begins January 20. A murdered woman is pulled out of the Grand Canal at Venice and, since she was dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest, she is known as the Abomination. Working her first murder case, Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is on the case. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann. 

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

    Raising Steam, Fiction by Terry Pratchett, 2014. 16 Br. Began 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.

    While Beauty Slept, Fiction by Elizabeth Blackwell, 2014. 17 Br. Begins January 9. When Elise hears her great-granddaughter recite the tale of the princess asleep in a tower, it opens Elise’s memory. She was the companion to that princess and the only one left who knows what happened so many years ago. Read by Connie Jamison.

February 2015

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Underground, by Jim Moore

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing  The Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief, Nonfiction by Jill Smolowe, 2014. 10 Br. Begins February 3. From March, 2009, to September 2010, Jill Smolowe lost her mother-in-law, her husband, her sister, and her mother. Everyone, including her, expected her to fall apart. Though the grieving was real, she didn’t. On the topic of grief and loss, everyone does it differently, and sometimes the unexpected holds a grieving person together. Read by Laura Rohlik.

    Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Nonfiction by Arianna Huffington, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 17. To outward appearances, Arianna Huffington was successful. Cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, she was celebrated as one of the world's most influential women. But when she was going through medical tests after a fall, she wondered if that was what success feels like. Our relentless pursuit of money and power has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illness. Read by June Prange.

    The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, Nonfiction by Nicholas Carr, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 27. Technology should be used to expand life’s possibilities rather than narrow them. Author Nicholas Carr makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons. This is the hidden cost of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Read by Chris Colestock.

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

    Lincoln’s Bishop, Nonfiction by Gustav Niebuhr, 2014. 7 Br. Begins February 2. In 1862, when the Sioux slaughtered hundreds of pioneer families, citizens demanded mass executions. But Episcopalian Bishop Henry Whipple had warned of the corruption in those managing Indian affairs. He appealed directly to President Lincoln. Read by Esmé Evans.

    Dear Abigail, Nonfiction by Diane Jacobs, 2014. 18 Br. Begins February 11. Much has been written of the marriage of President John Adams and his wife Abigail. But few people know of the strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Began January 29. Helen marries Emmet Justice, a newly widowed television journalist and their marriage causes a rift between Emmet and his oldest friends who resent her presence. Hoping to mend fences, they join the group for a summer at his late wife’s home, Moonrise. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

    Lucky Us, Fiction by Amy Bloom, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 18. Disappointed by their families, Iris and Eva journey through 1940’s America in search of fame and fortune. With friends in high and low places, they stumble and shine through big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Read by Joy Fogarty.

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

    The Footloose American, Nonfiction by Brian Kevin, 2014. 15 Br. Begins February 2. In 1963, Hunter S. Thompson completed a yearlong journey across South America, filing dispatches for a paper called the National Observer. He reflected on topics that continue to make headlines: leftist populism, resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. L - Read by Scott Brush.

    Blackboard, Nonfiction by Lewis Buzbee, 2014. 6 Br. Begins February 23. Lewis Buzbee, teacher, writer, and lifelong learner, reflects on his education and the schools of his formative years. He contrasts his own schools with those of his daughter’s experiences. The classroom itself becomes a mirror for the expectations we place on young students. Read by John Beal.

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

    The End of Always, Fiction by Randi Davenport, 2014. 12 Br. Began January 22. In 1907 Wisconsin, seventeen-year-old Marie Reehs is determined to not marry a violent man, as her mother and grandmother did. Working in a job arranged by her father, Marie toils under the eye of an older man who has claimed her for his own. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

    Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor, Fiction by Patrick Taylor, 2013. 16 Br. Begins February 9. Respected village doctor Fingal O’Reilly has taken on both married life and a female assistant. Life is very different from the challenges Fingal faced thirty years earlier when he was fresh out of medical school. Read by Trish Barry.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Command and Control, Nonfiction by Eric Schlosser, 2013. 23 Br. Began January 8. The world’s nuclear arsenals are not as safe as they should be. The combination of human fallibility and technological complexity poses a grave risk to mankind. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

    Sons of Wichita, Nonfiction by Daniel Schulman, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 10. The four Koch brothers were left a large amount of money by their father, which started their legal battles – first against each other. Since then, two of the brothers have spent decades trying to remake the American political landscape. Read by Leila Poullada.

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

    The Arnifour Affair, Fiction by Gregory Harris, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 4. When a carriage bearing the Arnifour family crest arrives at the Kensington home of Colin Pendragon, it is an ominous beginning to a perplexing new case. Lady Arnifour’s husband has been beaten to death and her niece left in a coma. L - Read by Bill Studer.

    The Directive, Fiction by Matthew Quirk, 2014. 12 Br. Begins February 17. Mike Ford is a cunning, courageous ex-con with a big heart. When his brother is in a conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars, Mike wants to help. But he ends up trapped and forced to call on the skills of his past to escape. L - Read by Neil Bright.

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

    All the Light We Cannot See, Fiction by Anthony Doerr, 2014. 16 Br. Began January 19. Marie-Laure and her father flee from the Nazis to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. In Germany, the orphan Werner becomes aware of the human cost of his activities with the Nazi Youth, so he travels, ending up at Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure. Read by Holly Sylvester.

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Fiction by Alice Hoffman, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 10. Coralie Sardie plays a mermaid in her father’s Coney Island freak show. When she sees photographer Eddie Cohen taking pictures by the Hudson, and later, of the New York streets after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, she falls in love. L,S - Read by Nancy Felknor.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Book of Men, Nonfiction curated by Colum McCann, 2013. 5 Br. Begins February 4. To help launch the literary nonprofit Narrative 4, Esquire asked eighty of the world’s greatest writers to write on “How to Be a Man.” Not just exploring what it is to be a man, they ultimately write about what it is to be a human. Read by Jim Gregorich.

    The Keillor Reader,
    Nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2014. 16 Br. Begins February 11. The founder and host of A Prairie Home companion, Garrison Keillor gives us a retrospective of his life as satirist, columnist, singer, storyteller, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Nearing the age of seventy-two, he has no plans for retirement. L - Read by Don Lee.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Abomination, Fiction by Jonathan Holt, 2013. 14 Br. Began January 20. A murdered woman, dressed as a priest, is pulled out of the Grand Canal. She is known as the Abomination. Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is on the case. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann.

    Sworn Virgin,
    Fiction by Elvira Dones, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 9. When Hana’s uncle asks her to marry a local boy to run the household, she is resolved to remain independent. She must vow - with Albanian tradition – to live the rest of her life in chastity as a man. L,S - Read by Kristi Sullivan.

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Fiction by Christopher Scotton, 2015. 14 Br. Begins February 19. Kevin and his friend, Buzzy, become involved in a mountaintop removal dispute in Medgar, Kentucky. It tests them to their limits in a struggle for survival in the mountains. L - Read by Tom Speich.

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

    MaddAddam, Fiction by Margaret Atwood, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 3. Most of humanity has been destroyed. Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the Painballers, and they have regrouped at the MaddAddamite Cobb house, accompanied by the Crakers. L - Read by Jenny O’Brien.

    Thorn Jack, Fiction by Katherine Harbour, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 19. Finn and her father move to a town full of possibilities - and dark enigmas. Read by Lynda Kayser.