Featured Books

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

July 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo

    For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Travels with Louis, by Mick Carlon

    Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Paragon Park, by Mark Doty, and Aimless Love, by Billy Collins

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Vikings Across the Atlantic, by Daron W. Olson

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    Empty Hands, Open Arms, Nonfiction by Deni Bechard, 2013. 13 Br. Began June 20. We are all familiar with the challenges of the environment. But one NGO has provided a positive model for postcolonial conservation: the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. Read by Leila Poullada.

    Between Man and Beast, Nonfiction by Monte Reel, 2013. 11 Br. Begins July 9. In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle with the goal of finding a mythical beast, the gorilla. He didn’t know he’d be walking into a debate on evolution. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

    The Cure in the Code, Nonfiction by Peter W. Huber, 2013. 16 Br. Begins July 24. The biochemical and digital revolutions have given us great potential to save and prolong human life. But Washington stands in the way. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

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

    The New York Times: Disunion, Nonfiction edited by Ted Widmer, 2013. 25 Br. Began June 9. Historian Ted Widmer has selected items written by scholars, journalists, historians, and Civil War buffs – originally appearing in a New York Times blog on the topic. Read by Nancy Bader.

    The Aviators, Nonfiction by Winston Groom, 2014. 20 Br. Begins July 14. In the early twentieth century, three men became legends in aviation: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh. They were more than pilots; they were daredevils, visionaries, and heroes. Read by John Potts.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    The Pieces We Keep, Fiction by Kristina McMorris, 2013. 15 Br. Begins July 2. When Audra moves with her son, Jack, to Philadelphia, Jack starts to exhibit an anxiety that consumes him. Audra seeks the help of a wounded Army veteran to help her with the problem. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

    The House on the Cliff, Fiction by Charlotte Williams, 2014. 9 Br. Begins July 23. Therapist Jessica Mayhew makes a house call when her client is suicidal and becomes ensnared in his family’s mystery. Read by Janelle Mattson.

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

    To Stir a Movement, Nonfiction by Jeremy Affeldt, 2013. 5 Br. Began June 30. Jeremy’s life was turned around by his religion. He now plays baseball not just for himself but for the world of the orphan, the widow, the exploited. Read by Denny Laufenburger. 

    Chaser, Nonfiction by John W. Pilley, with Hilary Hinzmann, 2013. 10 Br. Begins July 7. Chaser is a Border collie with an understanding of over a thousand words. Her owner has moved on to demonstrate her ability to understand sentences and grammar, and learning by imitation. Read by Tom Speich. 

    The Dark Path, Nonfiction by David Schickler, 2013. 9 Br. Begins July 21. Since childhood, Schickler has been torn between his desire to become a Catholic priest and his love of women. He first started conversing with God along “the dark path” through the woods behind his childhood home. Read by Tom Price. 

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

    The Orphan Train, Fiction by Christina Baker Kline, 2013. 10 Br. Begins July 1. Vivian Daly was one of the girls on the orphan trains that ran between 1854 and 1929 connecting eastern cities to the farms in the Midwest. Later in life, she returns to live on the East Coast, and is being helped by a teen-aged girl whose life shares similarities with Vivian’s. Read by Nancy Felknor. 

    Swimming in the Moon, Fiction by Pamela Schoenewaldt, 2013. 13 Br. Begins July 15. Raised to be a servant in Naples, Lucia is still young when she and her mother immigrate to America. With a beautiful voice, her mother, Teresa, transforms herself to the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. But that success isn’t long lasting. Read by Isla Hejny. 

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    Reagan at Reykjavik, Nonfiction by Ken Adelman, 2014. 13 Br. Begins July 3. In October, 1986, Reagan and Gorbachev met for a meeting in Reykjavik. It was intended to be a short meeting to outline future talks but it quickly turned to major international issues. It turned out to be a weekend that would change the world. Read by Art Nyhus. 

    The Rise of the Warrior Cop, Nonfiction by Radley Balko, 2014. 14 Br. Begins July 22. In early America, we understood that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But over the last several decades, this has changed. Read by John Demma. 

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

    The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Fiction by Alan Bradley, 2014. 9 Br. Begins July 1. At the railway station, eleven-year-old Flavia is approached by a stranger who whispers in her ear. Moments later, he is pushed under a train and dies. What did his words mean? Read by Myrna Smith. 

    The Cairo Affair, Fiction by Olen Steinhauer, 2014. 16 Br. Begins July 14. Minutes after Sophie tells her diplomat husband that she has had an affair, he is assassinated. She calls Stan Bertolli, Cairo-based CIA agent, to ask why. She is the only woman he ever truly loved. L - Read by Neil Bright. 

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

    Courting Greta, Fiction by Ramsey Hootman, 2013. 13 Br. Began June 18. Samuel, who teaches programming to high schoolers, is asking out Greta, the tough gym coach. He doesn’t believe in love and only asks her out to prove that he’s got the guts to do it. But she accepts, which terrifies him. L - Read by Kristi Sullivan. 

    The Flamethrowers, Fiction by Rachel Kushner, 2013. 15 Br. Begins July 7. In 1975, Reno is fascinated with motorcycles and goes to New York to turn that fascination into art. She begins an affair with the artist Sandro Valera, and they visit his family in Italy. L,S - Read by Natasha DeVoe. 

    Stoker’s Manuscript, Fiction by Royce Prouty, 2013. 11 Br. Begins July 28. Hired to authenticate the original draft and notes for Dracula, Joseph Barkeley finds himself a prisoner of the son of Vlad Dracul in Bran Castle. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    Someone Could Get Hurt, Nonfiction by Drew Magary, 2013. 7 Br. Begins July 3. Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads and he offers a heartfelt defense of American child rearing with an intimate look into the love and compassion that accompany the missteps and flawed logic. L – Read by Stevie Ray.

    My Age of Anxiety, Nonfiction by Scott Stossell, 2014. 16 Br. Begins July 14. Thirty years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category; today it’s the most common form of mental illness. Drawing on his lifelong battle with it, Stossel gives us an understanding of it from both the medical and experiential perspectives. Read by Denny Laufenburger. 

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    The Tulip Eaters, Fiction by Antoinette van Heugten, 2013. 10 Br. Began June 30. Nora de Jong returns from work to find her mother murdered, her infant daughter missing, and an unknown dead man on the living room floor. Piecing together clues from a family diary, she realizes the events may stem from her family’s history during World War II. L - Read by Judy Woodward. 

    The Swan Gondola, Fiction by Timothy Schaffert, 2014. 15 Br. Begins July 14. Ventriloquist and con man Ferret Skerrit wonders what the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair will bring. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop for their love affair. L - Read by John Holden.

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

    Rocket City, Fiction by Cathryn Alpert, 2012. 15 Br. Began June 24. Marilee journeys to New Mexico to surprise her fiancé who has taken a job on the Alamogordo Air Force Base to gain an understanding of peace. Sympathy for Enoch, a hitchhiking dwarf, disrupts her plans. In a separate voyage, Figman moves to New Mexico after surviving a lethal car crash that results in an unfair lawsuit against him. Now with migraines and the conviction that he is dying, he embarks on new adventures. These two love stories converge on a highway in near collision. L,S – Read by Laura Rohlik. 

    Deadlocked, Fiction by Charlaine Harris, 2012. 11 Br. Begins July 15. Sookie knows some things that she’d rather not know. But she can’t pretend she hasn’t seen Eric feeding off another woman. Now this woman is dead and the vampire King of Louisiana is in town – and it seems the dead girl’s death has something to do with Sookie. V,L,S - Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 

    The Twistrose Key, Fiction by Tone Almhjell, 2013. 10 Br. Begins July 30. Something is wrong in the house that Lin’s family has rented; she’s sure of it. When a secret key marked “Twistrose” arrives for Lin, she finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver, which is the home of every dead animal that ever loved a child. Read by Don Gerlach. 

August 2014

  • Weekend Program Books

    Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo

    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 Aimless Love, by Billy Collins

    The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Vikings Across the Atlantic, by Daron W. Olson

  • Chautauqua: Tuesday - Saturday 4 a.m.

    The Cure in the Code, Nonfiction by Peter W. Huber, 2013. 15 Br. Began July 24. The biochemical and digital revolutions have given us great potential to save and prolong human life. But Washington stands in the way, clinging to outdated drug-approval protocols developed decades ago during medicine’s long battle with infectious epidemics of the past. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

    The Parthenon Enigma, Nonfiction by Joan Breton Connelly, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 14. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has been venerated for two millennia as the ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

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

    The Aviators, Nonfiction by Winston Groom, 2014. 20 Br. Began July 14. In the early twentieth century, three men became legends in aviation: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh. They were more than pilots; they were daredevils, visionaries, and heroes. Read by John Potts. 

    The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, Nonfiction by Ian Mortimer, 2013. 21 Br. Begins August 11. In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England was awash with discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But it was also a time of profound uncertainty, religious conflict, and famine, where life expectancy barely reached the thirties. Read by Charles Torrey.

  • Bookworm: Monday - Friday 11 a.m.

    Stillwater, Fiction by Nicole Lea Helget, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 5. At the time of the Civil War, Stillwater is a town of pioneers, nuns, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience. In that town, Clement and Angel, separated at birth, get to know different types of the residents. L - Read by Nancy Felknor.

    The Deepest Secret, Fiction by Carla Buckley, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 21. Eve Lattimore’s family seems very normal, but life revolves around keeping her son Tyler safe. He has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, so he never leaves the house except at night. And then one night… L -
    Read by Mary Hall.

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

    The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, Nonfiction by Jeremy Dauber, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 4. Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding giants of modern Yiddish literature. But just as compelling as the characters he created was Sholem Aleichem’s own life story. Read by Dan Sadoff.

    The Idealist, Nonfiction by Nina Munk, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 27. Matthew 26:11 says “The poor you will always have with you,” but economist Jeffrey Sachs disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved and he has attempted to put his theories into practice in Africa. Read by John Hagman.

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

    Mrs. Poe, Fiction by Lynn Cullen, 2013. 11 Br. Begins August 4. Frances Osgood is struggling to support her children as a poet so she jumps at the opportunity to meet Mr. Poe, if only to help her career. His The Raven is the literary rage. But she finds he admires her work, and that is followed by a flirtation, seduction, and a love affair. But when Poe’s wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes dark and deceiving. Read by Karen Wertz.

    The Book of Jonah Fiction by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 19. Jonah is a successful young lawyer with everything going for him  - healthy and handsome, with two beautiful women ready to spend their lives with him. He’s celebrating a deal that will make him a partner at his firm when he has a bizarre vision at a party. It is only the first one, and before long his life is unrecognizable. L - Read by John Holden.

  • PM Report: Monday - Friday 8 p.m.

    The Rise of the Warrior Cop, Nonfiction by Radley Balko, 2014. 14 Br. Began July 22. In early America, we understood that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. So our country has worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But in recent years, America’s cops have come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police have been conditioned to see citizens as the enemy. Read by John Demma.
     
    My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Nonfiction by Keith Ellison, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 11. Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and, in fact, the first nonwhite that Minnesota elected to Congress. But he ran because he wanted to make a difference, to contribute to the future of his children, his community, and his country. In his own family, he sees an illustration of what makes America great, going in three generations from slavery to professionals, including people of different ancestries and religions. Read by Tom Price.

    However Long the Night, Nonfiction by Aimee Molloy, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 25. Molly Melching founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to empowering African communities by using democracy and human-rights based education. She forever changed her life and the lives of those touched by Tostan. Read by June Prange.

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

    The Lincoln Deception, Fiction by David O. Stewart, 2013. 9 Br. Begins August 5. Dr. Jamie Fraser is at the deathbed of a former Congressman, John Bingham, in 1900. Bingham prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, a conspirator divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Read by Stevie Ray.

    Critical Mass, Fiction by Sara Paretsky, 2013. 17 Br. Begins August 18. V.I. Warshawksi’s friend, Lotty Herschel, escaped Nazi Austria on the Kindertransport with her childhood playmate Kitty. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who calls V.I. for help. L - Read by Bonita Sindelir.

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

    Stoker’s Manuscript, Fiction by Royce Prouty, 2013. 11 Br. Began July 28. Hired to authenticate the original draft and notes for Dracula, Joseph Barkeley finds himself a prisoner of the son of Vlad Dracul in Bran Castle. To earn his freedom, he must reveal the burial sites of Dracul family members. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.
     
    The Mountain of Light, Fiction by Indu Sundaresan, 2013. 14 Br. Begins August 12. The diamond, Mountain of Light, was left to Prince Dalip Singh, a six-year-old child. During that time, the colonization of India was taking root and the diamond was secreted out of India. As a sixteen-year-old, Prince Dalip realized all that Britain gave him could not make up for the loss of his lands and the diamond. Read by Kristi Sullivan.

  • Potpourri: Monday - Friday 11 p.m.

    The Empathy Exams, Nonfiction by Leslie Jamison, 2014. 9 Br. Begins August 5. Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others. L - Read by Jan Anderson.
         
    One Summer, Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 18. The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. But the summer also saw Babe Ruth climbing to the home run record, Al Jolson recording the first talking picture, and Al Capone releasing a reign of terror to control the illegal booze business. Read by Diane Ladenson.

  • Good Night Owl: Monday - Friday midnight

    In Times of Fading Light, Fiction by Eugen Ruge, 2013. 16 Br. Begins August 4. In snapshots, we see Wilhelm and Charlotte and their family in East Germany from 1952 to 1989. It is a country that has vanished into memory and history. L – Read by Sam Johnson.
                    
    Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Fiction by Therese Anne Fowler, 2013. 14 Br. Begins August 26. When southern belle Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, she was seventeen and he was a young army lieutenant. She fell for him and when he sold his first novel, she boarded a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. L - Read by Alletta Jervey.

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

    The Twistrose Key, Fiction by Tone Almhjell, 2013. 10 Br. Began July 30. Something is wrong in the house that Lin’s family has rented; she’s sure of it. When a secret key marked “Twistrose” arrives for Lin, she finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver, which is the home of every dead animal that ever loved a child. Read by Don Gerlach.
              
    Burn, Fiction by Julianna Baggott, 2013. 15 Br. Begins August 13. As Pures battle Wretches, Partridge has taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures. His intent was to bring down the Dome from the inside; but now, things don’t seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father was right, that the world needs the Dome and Partridge to rule it. L - Read by Mitzi Lewellen.