Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness by Amit Sood MD, and The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing House of Secrets - Battle of the Beasts by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins, and There Now by Eamon Grennan
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing A Good Time for Truth ed. by Sun Yung Shin and Pothole Confidential by R.T. Rybak
The Geography of Genius, Nonfiction by Eric Weiner, 2016. 15 Br. Begins January 3. Author Eric Weiner investigates why genius seems to flourish at specific places and times. It seems it is not just about genetics but more about creating a culture that encourages ingenuity. Read by Myrna Smith.
A Crude Look at the Whole, Nonfiction by John H. Miller, 2016. 8 Br. Begins January 24. Most social scientists study the individual parts of a picture; that is reductionism, the idea that to understand the world, we need study its pieces. But once we begin drawing links between complex systems, we can start solving what appear to be intractable problems. Read by Lannois Neely.
Bind Us Apart, Nonfiction by Nicholas Guyatt, 2016. 14 Br. Begins January 4. Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Native Americans in their proposition that "all men are created equal?" The usual answer is racism, but the reality is more complex and unsettling. Read by Alvin Apple.
Blood, Bullets, Bones, Nonfiction by Bridget Heos, 2016. 7 Br. Begins January 24. Ever since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public’s imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been practiced for thousands of years. Read by John Potts.
Dear Emma, Fiction by Katie Heaney, 2016. 9 Br. Begins January 3. Harriet writes an advice column for her college newspaper but has difficulty taking her own advice. It becomes especially trying when she ends up giving advice to the woman who has become her romantic rival. Read by Carol Lewis.
The Heart, Fiction by Maylis De Kerangal, 2016. 8 Br. Begins January 16. Driving back from an early-morning surfing trip with two friends, Simon Limbres is involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted country road. While no one could claim to really know Simon Limbres’s heart, it gave life to a woman close to death. L,S - Read by Sue McDonald.
Hearth Song, Fiction by Lois Greiman, 2016. 10 Br. Begins January 26. Bravura has a daughter to raise, a house to restore, a business to run, and a husband who shows up when he needs money. Then Tonk Redhawk comes into her life, and he is charming and helpful. Read by Nan Felknor.
Your Story Is Your Medicine, Nonfiction by Shelli Stanger Nelson, 2016. 11 Br. Begins January 2. Shelli Stanger Nelson was trained as a nurse. When a series of medical conditions began to change her life, she was aware of what this meant, though the emotional acceptance hadn’t yet happened. Over time, Nelson has learned to integrate devastation into her life in a way that honors the insanity of the experiences and the tenacity of her spirit. Read by Rachael Freed.
Lord Willing?, Nonfiction by Jessica Kelley, 2016. 9 Br. Begins January 17. When her young son was diagnosed with brain cancer, Jessica couldn’t stomach Christian clichés. God's will? Divine design? The Lord's perfect plan? She meditated on "If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do we suffer?" Read by Pat Muir.
Cursed Legacy, Nonfiction by Frederic Spotts, 2016. 17 Br. Begins January 30. Novelist, playwright, essayist, and journalist, Klaus Mann, son of novelist Thomas Mann, was one of the most provocative German writers of the last century. Even before Hitler came to power, Klaus fought the Nazis through his writing. L - Read by Dan Sadoff.
Champion of the World, Fiction by Chad Dundas, 2016. 17 Br. Begins January 3. Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean and his cardsharp wife, Moira, are marooned in Oregon, so he agrees to become a trainer for a heavyweight in search of a comeback. But nothing is what it seems. L - Read by Robb Empson.
All the Time in the World, Fiction by Caroline Angell, 2016. 13 Br. Begins January 26. Charlotte has taken a babysitting job to tide herself over until she makes her next move as a musician. It turns out that she is good with children. When a tragedy hits the family she cares for, Charlotte is the key to holding the children’s world together. She is faced with an impossible choice between her life-long dreams and the torn-apart family she’s come to love. L - Read by Connie Jamison.
No House to Call My Home, Nonfiction by Ryan Berg, 2015. 9 Br. Begins January 4. Over 4000 youth are homeless in New York City and 43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ. Author Ryan Berg writes of being a caseworker in a group home for these disowned teenagers, witnessing their struggles, fears, and ambitions as they resist the pull of the street. V,L,S - Read by Scott Brush.
Blood and Earth, Nonfiction by Kevin Bales, 2016. 11 Br. Begins January 17. Where modern slavery exists, so does massive, unchecked environmental destruction. Even as it destroys individuals, families, and communities, new forms of slavery in the world’s lawless zones pose a grave threat to the environment. Read by John Gunter.
I Shot the Buddha, Fiction by Colin Cotterill, 2016. 11 Br. Begins January 2. In 1979’s Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun can never turn down an adventure – or turn away a misfit. Siri and his wife have a small house with an assortment of homeless people and oddballs, including Noo, a Buddhist monk who leaves one day and never returns. Read by Jim Tarbox.
The Devils of Cardona, Fiction by Matthew Carr, 2016. 17 Br. Begins January 17. It’s March, 1584, and the priest in this small town is murdered. Most of the town’s inhabitants are Muslims who converted to Catholicism. An adviser to King Philip II is eager to avert a backlash so he appoints Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. V,L,S - Read by Mike Piscitelli.
The Mirror Thief, Fiction by Martin Seay, 2016. 25 Br. Began 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 Hilltop, Fiction by Assaf Gavron, 2015. 20 Br. Begins January 9. On a West Bank hilltop, Gabi is joined by his American brother whose plan is to sell Palestinian olive oil to Tel Aviv yuppies. It becomes an international scandal. Read by Audray Rees.
City Squares, Nonfiction by Catie Marron, 2016. 7 Br. Begins January 3. Over half the world’s citizens live in cities. At the heart of these municipalities is the city square, the defining urban public space since ancient Greece. Read by Judith Johannessen.
Street Poison, Nonfiction by Justin Gifford, 2015. 10 Br. Begins January 12. From a career as a pimp and criminal, Robert Beck refashioned himself as Iceberg Slim, the first and greatest of street lit masters. A lot of L - Read by Joe Sadowski.
The Art of History, Nonfiction by Christopher Bram, 2016. 5 Br. Begins January 26. The lure of the past is as seductive as ever. But incorporating historical events and figures into a shapely narrative is no simple task. Read by Stuart Holland.
Guapa, Fiction by Saleem Haddad, 2016. 13 Br. Begins January 5. Rasa is a gay man living in an Arab country, trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. He sneaks his lover, Taymour, into his room until the night his grandmother catches the two of them in bed together. S - Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.
Church of Marvels, Fiction by Leslie Parry, 2015. 11 Br. Begins January 24. Several people connect in New York City in 1895: Sylvan Threadgill who finds a newborn in a privy; Odile Church, looking for her sister; Alphie trapped in Blackwell’s Lunatic Asylum; and another woman on the ward who does not speak. V,L - Read by Judy Woodward.
Stork Mountain, Fiction by Miroslav Penkov, 2016. 10 Br. Begins January 4. It began as a search for the grandfather who suddenly and unexpectedly cut off all contact with the family. What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with an unobtainable Muslim girl. Read by Greg Olson.
Almost Everything Very Fast, Fiction by Christopher Kloeble, 2016. 12 Br. Begins January 18. Albert’s father, Fred, is a child trapped in the body of an old man. Now Fred has been given five months left to live and Albert senses that Fred is the only one who can help him learn more about his background. L - Read by Don Gerlach.
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.