Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster, and Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Keepers by Ted Sanders
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Standoff by David Rivard, and My Feelings by Nick Flynn
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Pothole Confidential by R.T. Rybak
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Nonfiction by Lisa Randall, 2015. 16 Br. Began February 14. Theoretical physicist Professor Lisa Randall proposes that it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs. Our planet is clearly connected to the makeup of the Universe, but our place in the Universe is also quite fragile. Read by Lannois Neely.
Homo Deus, Nonfiction by Yuval Noah Harari, 2016. 20 Br. Begins March 8. Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? Read by Don Gerlach.
Harry & Arthur, Nonfiction by Lawrence J. Haas, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 6. With Roosevelt’s death in 1945, Vice President Truman and Sen. Arthur Vandenberg inherited a world in turmoil. Working in bipartisan fashion, they crafted a new foreign policy for the U.S. to step boldly onto the world stage. Read by John Mandeville.
Cake: A Slice of History, Nonfiction by Alysa Levene, 2016. 10 Br. Begins March 23. One of the earliest mentions of cake was in the year 878 A.D. when Alfred, King of the Anglo-Saxons, was asked by a woman to watch his cake while she hid him from the marauding Danes. (It burned.) Since then, cakes have often been a primary food for celebration. Read by Michele Potts.
The Flight of Sarah Battle, Fiction by Alix Nathan, 2016. 9 Br. Begins March 2. Sarah longs to escape London and her marriage when she meets Thomas who offers her an escape to the New World. But she still owns the coffee house in London. Read by Sue McDonald.
Good Morning, Midnight, Fiction by Lily Brooks-Dalton, 2016. 8 Br. Begins March 15. On the return from a long voyage, an astronaut finds Mission Control communications have gone dark. At the same time, a scientist defies an evacuation order and hunkers down at his remote Arctic research outpost. Read by Toni McNaron.
Citizens of Campbell, Fiction by Ann Reed, 2016. 5 Br. Begins March 27. Earl and Nearly have been friends since they were boys in the small town of Campbell, Iowa. Now Nearly is in the Veterans Home. As his health fails, he has only one regret. Read by Ann Reed.
My Own Words, Nonfiction by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2016. 14 Br. Began February 22. As a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a powerful, enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture. Read by Patricia Muir.
Moscow Nights, Nonfiction by Nigel Cliff, 2016. 15 Br. Begins March 14. In 1958, Van Cliburn entered and won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviet judges had chosen their winner before the competition began but the public insisted that Cliburn won, thus beginning the end of the Cold War. Read by Don Lee.
The Ballroom, Fiction by Anna Hope, 2016. 12 Br. Begins March 2. Friday nights are when the men and women at Sharston Asylum may mingle to dance in the ballroom. That’s where John and Ella first meet and, despite their grim circumstances, they strike up a tenuous courtship. Read by Laura Rohlik.
The Tea Planter's Wife, Fiction by Dinah Jeffries, 2016. 16 Br. Begins March 20. When Gwen marries the owner of a vast tea empire, she has great hope for their life together in Ceylon. But life in Ceylon is not what she expected. Most troubling are the unanswered questions around Laurence’s first marriage. Read by Lynda Kayser.
Oracle of Oil, Nonfiction by Mason Inman, 2016. 12 Br. Begins March 2. In 1956, geologist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert gave a speech that has shaped world energy debates ever since. Even amid our 21st century fracking boom, his logic holds true while remaining a source of debate and controversy. Read by John Demma.
Lost Champions, Nonfiction by Gretchen Atwood, 2016. 11 Br. Begins March 20. In the aftermath of World War II, black Americans fought discrimination and faced violence in all quarters. In 1946, four men dared to break pro football’s color line, with the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. Read by Robb Empson.
The Considerate Killer, Fiction by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, 2016. 9 Br. Began February 28. Nina’s trip is a prelude to an attempt on her life and a dangerous friendship between three men. Time and circumstance have forced them to make choices that have cost human lives. V,L,S – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.
Manitou Canyon, Fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 13. Cork O’Connor is searching for a missing man in the Boundary Waters but he doesn’t return when expected. Searchers find Cork’s campsite and they find lots of blood, but no Cork. L - Read by Neil Bright.
Another One Goes Tonight, Fiction by Peter Lovesey, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 30. A police car accident kills an officer but a civilian on a motorized tricycle was saved. A private inquiry leads to deaths that may have been caused by the civilian. L - Read by Bonita Sindelir.
Septimania, Fiction by Jonathan Levi, 2016. 14 Br. Begins March 1. Malory loses his virginity to a math genius named Louiza. She disappears and he follows her to Rome, getting sidetracked when he discovers he is the heir to the Kingdom of Septimania. L - Read by John Holden.
Breaking Light, Fiction by Karin Altenberg, 2016. 12 Br. Begins March 21. Gabriel returns to the village where he grew up and attempts to come to terms with what he lost as a boy so long ago. The mysteries hidden in the community begin to slowly unravel. V,L,S - Read by Ilze Mueller.
The Bestseller Code, Nonfiction by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers, 2016. 9 Br. Begins March 1. Most people think it is entirely haphazard which books become bestsellers. Or that nothing but hype explains their success. But there is actually an algorithm that can predict bestselling books, whether or not the authors are new to the publishing world. L - Read by Scott Brush.
Trouble Boys, Nonfiction by Bob Mehr, 2016. 21 Br. Begins March 14. The Replacements was one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll bands of the twentieth century. It was also one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time. L - Read by Peter Danbury.
The Dressmaker's War, Fiction by Mary Chamberlain, 2016. 11 Br. Began February 22. London, 1939, and Ada, a young working-class woman with a skill for dressmaking, meets Stanislaus, a Hungarian aristocrat. A new, better life seems to beckon. He brings her to Paris. But when war breaks out, Stanislaus vanishes. Ada is alone and trapped. L - Read by Mary Hall.
The Hourglass Factory, Fiction by Lucy Ribchester, 2016. 14 Br. Begins March 9. London, 1912, and Inspector Frederick Primrose is hunting a murderer. Across town, reporter Francesca “Frankie” George is trying to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond. Then Ebony disappears. Read by Tom Speich.
The Dig, Fiction by John Preston, 2016. 8 Br. Begins March 29. In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. Read by Jack Rossmann.
The Secret Language of Stones, Fiction by M.J. Rose, 2016. 12 Br. Began February 22. Opaline spends her days making watches for soldiers at the front and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. She has a rare gift that allows her to translate the energy from stones, enabling her to receive messages from beyond. S - Read by Judith Johannessen.
Breath of Earth, Fiction by Beth Cato, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 10. Ingrid Carmichael does not know she is the only woman to possess the geomancy magic. She may be the fulcrum on which the balance of world power rests. Read by Janelle Mattson.
Playboy Pilot, Fiction by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, 2016. 9 Br. Begins March 29. Kendall meets the man of her dreams in an airport lounge. It turns out that he’s an airline pilot and a very sexy one, too. A plane trip to Rio turns into a major romance. S - Read by Pat Muir.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Power Your Happy, by Lisa Sugar
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Keepers, by Ted Sanders
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing My Feelings, by Nick Flynn, and Application for Release From the Dream, by Tony Hoagland
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Pothole Confidential, by R.T. Rybak, and Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, by Rick Shefchik
Fluke, Nonfiction by Joseph Mazur, 2016. 9 Br. Begins April 5. If there is any likelihood that something could happen, it is bound to happen to someone at some time. When we look at coincidences and chance mathematically, the odds are better than any would have thought. Read by Chris Colestock.
Idiot Brain, Nonfiction by Dean Burnett, 2016. 12 Br. Begins April 18. The brain may be the pinnacle of evolutionary progress, but it is also messy, fallible, and out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things in front of us, and lie awake replaying our fears. Read by Lannois Neely.
City of Sedition, Nonfiction by John Strausbaugh, 2016. 18 Br. Begins April 6. During the Civil War, no city was more of a help to Lincoln and the war effort than New York, or more of a hindrance. It was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but also, of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition. Read by John Potts.
Holding Up the Universe, Fiction by Jennifer Niven, 2016. 10 Br. Begins April 3. Libby was once America’s Fattest Teen, but no one looks past her weight to get to know who she really is. Her fellow student is Jack who plays it cool to cover up his own disability. Then he ends up in group counseling with Libby. L - Read by Pat Muir.
Today Will Be Different, Fiction by Maria Semple, 2016. 7 Br. Begins April 17. Eleanor Flood’s life is a mess, but she vows today will be different. Today she will be her best self. Unfortunately, those around her get in the way and she comes completely undone. Read by Sue McDonald.
Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Fiction by Sara Baume, 2016. 9 Br. Begins April 26. It is springtime, and two outcasts - a man invisible to his village and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life – find each other. They forge an unlikely connection and over the course of a year, Ray opens up to One Eye and tells the story of his life. L - Read by Jeffrey Weihe.
treyf, Nonfiction by Elissa Altman, 2016. 9 Br. Begins April 4. Elissa Altman grew up in Queens, New York, in a home in which tradition, religion, family expectations, and the forbidden were the fixed points in her childhood. But her youth was also laced with contradiction and hope, betrayal and the yearning for acceptance. L - Read by Audray Rees.
The Song Poet, Nonfiction by Kao Kalia Yang, 2016. 10 Br. Begins April 17. The Hmong tradition is that the stories of the culture are kept alive by a song poet. Author Kao Kalia Yang’s father, Bee Yang, was one of these. Bee’s song started when he was orphaned and went from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other. His song started in Laos, moved through the jungle and a Thai refugee camp, and ended in a St. Paul housing project. Read by Rachael Freed.
The Tea Planter’s Wife, Fiction by Dinah Jeffries, 2016. 16 Br. Began March 20. When Gwen marries the owner of a vast tea empire, she has great hope for their life together in Ceylon. But life in Ceylon is not what she expected. Most troubling are the unanswered questions around Laurence’s first marriage. Read by Lynda Kayser.
Crossing the Horizon, Fiction by Laurie Notaro, 2016. 16 Br. Begins April 11. It’s 1927, before Amelia Earhart makes her historic flight, and three women vie for being the first woman aviatrix to cross the Atlantic. One is the daughter of an earl, Elsie Mackay, also the first Englishwoman to get her pilot’s license; one is Mabel Boll, a society darling, of dubious origins who is ardent to make the historic flight; and one is a beauty pageant contestant, Ruth Elder, who uses her winnings for flying lessons and becomes the preeminent American girl of the sky. L - Read by Susan Niefeld.
The Beltway Bible, Nonfiction by Eliot Nelson, 2016. 19 Br. Begins April 4. Political reporter Eliot Nelson knows how D.C. works. He looks at politics and government from an insider’s perch, breaking the bureaucracy into easily digested entries on fundamental subjects such as how legislation is formed, the scope of the president’s power, and an overview of primary federal agencies. Read by Stevie Ray.
Another One Goes Tonight, Fiction by Peter Lovesey, 2016. 13 Br. Began March 30. When a police car spins off the road, killing one of the officers, a civilian on a motorized tricycle was left lying on the road. He is saved. But a private inquiry leads to a trail of deaths that may have been caused by the civilian. L – Read by Bonita Sindelir.
Whispers Beyond the Veil, Fiction by Jessica Estevao, 2016. 11 Br. Begins April 18. Ruby is a tarot reader who grew up with a snake-oil salesman for a father. After one of her father’s remedies goes wrong, Ruby evades authorities at her aunt’s seaside hotel that caters to Spiritualists. But then a psychic investigator checks in to the hotel. Read by Nan Felknor.
Unspeakable Things, Fiction by Kathleen Spivack, 2016. 12 Br. Begins April 6. Life is a test of courage and silence, especially for refugees from Hitler’s Europe. For Anna and her cousin, Herbert, New York gives opportunity, but not safety from the memories of the life they had before. S - Read by Carol McPherson.
Orphans of the Carnival, Fiction by Carol Birch, 2016. 15 Br. Begins April 24. Julia stood apart from other carnival acts, not because of her wonderful accomplishments but because of her unusual face. A century later, Rose feels the weight of history and finds herself drawn to an object that binds her to Julia. Read by Connie Jamison.
Trouble Boys, Nonfiction by Bob Mehr, 2016. 21 Br. Began March 14. The Replacements was one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll bands of the twentieth century. It was also one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time. L - Read by Peter Danbury.
The Porcelain Thief, Nonfiction by Huan Hsu, 2015. 15 Br. Begins April 12. Huan Hsu was born in the U.S., but his great-great-grandfather emigrated from China when the Japanese arrived in his home town. Huan moved to China and searched for his family's hidden treasure. He also reconnected with his ancestry and came to terms with his identity. L - Read by Don Lee.
The Dig, Fiction by John Preston, 2016. 8 Br. Began March 29. In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. Read by Jack Rossmann.
The Long, Hot Summer, Fiction by Kathleen MacMahon, 2016. 11 Br. Begins April 10. The MacEntees are no ordinary family. Determined to be different from other people, they have carved out a place for themselves by the sheer force of their personalities. But when a series of misfortunes befalls, even they will struggle to make sense of who they are. L - Read by Anne Obst.
Amateurs, Fiction by Dylan Hicks, 2016. 10 Br. Begins April 25. Archer is a sex-toy heir. His best friend, John, is as earnest as Archer is feckless. John’s girlfriend, Sara, writes Archer’s semi-celebrated novels for him. Sara’s roommate, Lucas, wishes he’d never lost his girlfriend to the man. L,S - Read by Dan Olson.
Playboy Pilot, Fiction by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, 2016. 9 Br. Began March 29. Kendall meets the man of her dreams in an airport lounge. It turns out that he’s an airline pilot and a very sexy one, too. A plane trip to Rio turns into a major romance. But is he the one to build a life with or is he just good in bed. Kendall really wants a romance that will turn into something permanent – maybe even with children! S - Read by Pat Muir.
Lost Gods, Fiction by Brom, 2016. 18 Br. Begins April 11. Fresh out of jail and eager to start anew, Chet and his wife, Trish, leave town. But what seems safe isn’t. Murdered by an arcane horror, the lives and souls of his wife and child are at stake. Chet must go into purgatory to restore the order of life and death. V,L - Read by Dan Sadoff.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Keepers by Ted Sanders
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Blackacre by Monica Youn and Whereas by Layli Long Solider
The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Everybody's Heard about the Bird by Rick Shefchik
Luxury, Nonfiction by Peter McNeil and Giorgio Riello, 2016. 12 Br. Begins May 4. From early Romans to the present, the story of luxury is an ever-changing story of extravagance and indulgence. Today’s obsession is with brands and services, but luxury has assumed many forms in various cultures. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.
The Hidden Half of Nature, Nonfiction by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé, 2016. 15 Br. Begins May 19. Montgomery and Biklé first discovered the power of microbes when they transformed their barren yard into a garden by feeding it organic matter. They further discovered microbes’ importance when Anne was diagnosed with cancer. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
Heaven's Ditch, Nonfiction by Jack Kelly, 2016. 14 Br. Begins May 2. The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a fit of inspiration; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and mostly through wilderness. It became the scene of the most striking outburst of imagination in American history. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.
Suspected of Independence, Nonfiction by David McKean, 2016. 10 Br. Begins May 22. Thomas McKean lived a radical, boisterous, politically intriguing life as one of the most influential and enduring of the Founding Fathers. America’s creation was full of dangers and strife, backstabbing and bar-brawling, courage and stubbornness. Read by Robb Empson.
Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Fiction by Sara Baume, 2016. 9 Br. Began April 26. Two outcasts - a man invisible to his village and the one-eyed dog he takes into his life – find each other. Over a year, Ray opens up to One Eye and tells the story of his life. L - Read by Jeffrey Weihe.
News of the World, Fiction by Paulette Jiles, 2016. 6 Br. Begins May 9. After the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a living reading the newspaper to audiences. At Wichita Falls, he is offered money to deliver a young orphan to her relatives near San Antonio and he agrees to do it. Read by Carolyn Light Bell.
The Grand Tour, Fiction by Adam O’Fallon Price, 2016. 12 Br. Begins May 17. Richard Lazar has had a mediocre career as a novelist, but when he writes a memoir, it’s a great success. Setting off on a book tour, he meets his biggest (and only) fan who offers to drive him for the rest of the tour. L - Read by Jim Tarbox.
The Art of Waiting, Nonfiction by Belle Boggs, 2016. 11 Br. Begins May 1. Boggs ponders the nature of reproduction in modern America, which is a means of pondering the nature of family, the nature of intimacy and love. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
My Life with Wagner, Nonfiction by Christian Thielemann, 2016. 10 Br. Begins May 16. Over a career conducting some of the world’s finest orchestras, Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.
The Golden Age, Fiction by Joan London, 2016. 6 Br. Begins May 1. Frank’s family has escaped World War II, arriving in Australia, only to have Frank diagnosed with polio. At the hospital, he meets Elsa, the most beautiful girl he’s ever met, and they fall in love, fueling each other’s recovery. Read by Carol Lewis.
The Gustav Sonata, Fiction by Rose Tremain, 2016. 9 Br. Begins May 9. In spite of his mother’s anti-Semitism, Gustav Perle has an intense friendship with a Jewish boy, Anton Zweibel. Their relationship is lost, transformed, and regained as the two follow different careers: one a hotel owner, the other a concert pianist. L,S - Read by Myrna Smith.
Cruel Beautiful World, Fiction by Caroline Leavitt, 2016. 12 Br. Begins May 22. Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. Lucy’s dreams of a rural paradise will turn into a nightmare. Read by Judy Woodward.
Thank You for Being Late, Nonfiction by Thomas L. Friedman, 2016. 23 Br. Begins May 1. Friedman says that to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the three largest forces are accelerating all at once. Those are technology, globalization, and climate change. Read by Rachael Freed.
What Remains of Me, Fiction by Alison Gaylin, 2016. 13 Br. Begins May 3. Kelly Michelle Lund went to prison for the murder of Oscar-nominated director John McFadden. There was much that she never shared with anyone. Five years after her release from prison, Kelly’s father-in-law, a movie legend, is killed in the same manner. Some believe she’s innocent of both crimes. L - Read by Jeffrey Weihe.
So Say the Fallen, Fiction by Stuart Neville, 2016. 10 Br. Begins May 22. Henry Garrick took his own life. Or so it seems. But something doesn’t feel right to detective Serena Flanagan, despite the fact that there is no evidence of foul play. The people around the deceased are all keeping secrets. L - Read by Isla Hejny.
Orphans of the Carnival, Fiction by Carol Birch, 2016. 15 Br. Began April 24. Julia stood apart from other carnival acts, not because of her wonderful accomplishments but because of her unusual face. A century later, Rose feels the weight of history and finds herself drawn to an object that binds her to Julia. Read by Connie Jamison.
All That Man Is, Fiction by David Szalay, 2016. 13 Br. Begins May 15. Nine men, each of them striving to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. The men paint a sorry picture of modern manhood in an increasingly globalized Europe. L - Read by Don Lee.
The Adventures of Form and Content, Nonfiction by Albert Goldbarth, 2017. 8 Br. Begins May 3. Albert Goldbarth’s essays look at dualities – from our sky-scanning drive toward wonder and success versus our propensity for failure, to each individual’s singularity amid the multiselves we all carry inside. L,S – Read by John Mandeville.
Lingo, Nonfiction by Gaston Dorren, 2015. 8 Br. Begins May 15. Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, but the continent’s ever-changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity often forgotten. A country’s history has impact on its language, languages influence their neighbors, and less-spoken languages are under threat of extinction. Read by Esmé Evans.
Originals, Nonfiction by Adam Grant, 2016. 10 Br. Begins May 25. How can we stand up for new ideas, policies, and practices without risking our reputations, relationships, and careers? Author Adam Grant debunks the idea that nonconformists are born leaders who boldly embrace risk. Read by Susan Niefeld.
Amateurs, Fiction by Dylan Hicks, 2016. 10 Br. Began April 25. Archer is a sex-toy heir. His best friend, John, is as earnest as Archer is feckless. John’s girlfriend, Sara, writes Archer’s semi-celebrated novels for him. Sara’s roommate, Lucas, wishes he’d never lost his girlfriend to the man. L,S - Read by Dan Olson.
Medicine Walk, Fiction by Richard Wagamese, 2016. 9 Br. Begins May 9. When Franklin Starlight is summoned by his ailing father, Eldon, Franklin’s sense of duty clashes with the deep resentment he feels. Still, he agrees to his father’s final wish to be buried in the warrior way in rugged backcountry. V,L,S – Read by John Mandeville.
Genius, Fiction by Thomas Rayfield, 2016. 8 Br. Begins May 22. Kara has escaped from her family and Witch’s Falls, only to return to small town life and home with a diagnosis of cancer. She is subject now to her mother’s suffocating care, her brother’s love life, the local doctor’s meddling, and the pull of her obsession, Christy. Read by Brenda Powell.
Daughters of the Bride, Fiction by Susan Mallery, 2016. 13 Br. Begins May 4. Three adult sisters, with their own relationships to romance, are planning the wedding of their mother. It reveals a hidden relationship, a surprise proposal, and an ex who wants a second chance. L,S - Read by Beth Marie Hansen.
The Gradual, Fiction by Christopher Priest, 2016. 13 Br. Begins May 23. Alesandro is a composer living in a fascist state constantly at war. Occasionally he catches glimpses of islands in the far distance and they feed into the music he composes. Read by Joe Sadowski.