January 2012 – Radio Talking Book

Weekend Program Books Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Passages in Caregiving, by Gail Sheehy; For the […]

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Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Passages in Caregiving, by Gail Sheehy; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos and Across the Great Barrier, by Patricia C. Wrede; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Sky Is Great, the Sky Is Blue, by Sharon Chmielarz, and Rain, Lilies, Luck, by Francine Tolk; The U.S. and Us (Sunday 4 p.m.) is airing Lucien Galtier, by Marianne Luban. (The Luban book is about the priest who served Minnesota Territory and gave the City of St. Paul its name.)

Books Available Through Faribault

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault, MN. Their phone is 1-800-722-0550 and hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online, and you can access it by going to the main website, http://education.state.mn.us, and then clicking on the link. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service. Access Press is one of the publications featured at 9 p.m. Sundays on the program It Makes a Difference.

Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs from the last week, on the Internet at www.mnssb.org/rtb. Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Information, Nonfiction by James Gleick, 2011. For millennia, information was painstakingly set down, whether in cuneiform or some other form of writing. Today, information has come to define the modern era though every utterance can vanish instantly. Read by Leila Poullada. 18 broadcasts. Begins January 19.

Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Greater Journey, Nonfiction by David McCullough, 2011. From 1830 to 1900, American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others went to Paris for education and fulfillment. They altered American history. Read by Charlie Boone. 18 Br. Begins January 23.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Long-Shining Waters, Fiction by Danielle Sosin, 2011. Three women live on the shore of Lake Superior in three different centuries. From the 17th to 21st centuries, the lake inspires and anchors. S – Read by Michele Potts. 8 broadcasts. Begins January 30.

Miles to Go, Fiction by Richard Paul Evans, 2011. Alan, a once-successful executive, is injured, alone, and confined to his hospital bed. Sixteen days earlier, after losing wife, home, and business, he left everything for a cross-country walk. But a roadside stabbing has interrupted his plan. Read by John Marsicano. 7 broadcasts. Begins February 9.

The Writer’s Voice
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Learning to Die in Miami, Nonfiction by Carlos Eire, 2010. When Carlos came to Miami at age 11, he realized his Cuban self had to die so that his new American self could emerge. He confronted the age-old immigrant’s plight, being surrounded by American bounty but unable to partake of it immediately. Read by Denny Laufenburger. 13 broadcasts. Begins January 30.

Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Luka and the Fire of Life, Fiction by Salman Rushdie, 2010. Luka’s father, the storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into a sleep. To keep him from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the Fire of Life. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 8 broadcasts. Begins Jan. 25.

Pirate King, Fiction by Laurie R. King, 2011. Randolph Fflytte’s film studio has rumors of criminal activity. So when he sends a crew to Portugal to begin filming a movie, Scotland Yard sends Mary Russell as a chaperone for the actresses. Read by Connie Jamison. 12 broadcasts. Begins February 6.

PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Shock of Gray, Nonfiction by Ted C. Fishman, 2011. By the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. People over fifty will outnumber those under seventeen. Everyone is touched by this issue. Read by John Hagman. 16 Br. Begins January 16.

The Company We Keep, Nonfiction by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer, 2011. Robert Baer met Dayna Williamson when they were both on a mission for the CIA in Sarajevo. Both of their marriages had crumbled and they knew it was now time for them to leave “the Company.” Read by John Mandeville and Kristi Sullivan. 10 broadcasts. Begins February 7.

Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Crossing Places, Fiction by Elly Griffiths, 2010. Archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives alone in a remote area of England that was sacred to Iron Age inhabitants. When a child’s bones are found nearby, she is called for help. The Detective Chief Inspector thinks it may be those of a missing girl. Read by Esmé Evans. 8 broadcasts. Begins January 25.

Rock Bottom, Fiction by Erin Brockovich and C.J. Lyons, 2011. Ten years before, Angela Joy left West Virginia. Now called AJ, she is an envi-ronmental activist and has been hired by a lawyer fighting mountaintop removal mining. Read by Alletta Jervey. 11 Br. Begins Feb. 6.

Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Passage, Fiction by Justin Cronin, 2010. A security breach unleashed the product of a chilling military experiment. A night of chaos and carnage gave way to sunrise on a nation and world forever altered. L – Read by Don Lee. 37 broadcasts. Begins January 12.

Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

The Fiddler in the Subway, Nonfiction by Gene Weingarten, 2010. Weingarten is the only two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. His story of Joshua Bell playing violin in D.C.’s subway brought him nationwide attention. L – Read by Audray Rees. 14 Br. Begins January 25.

Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday midnight

Father of the Rain, Fiction by Lily King, 2010. When Daley moves back to help her father, she risks losing all that she has found on her own. L – Read by Mitzi Lewellen. 12 broadcasts. Begins Jan. 17.

The Murderer’s Daughters, Fiction by Randy Susan Meyers, 2010. Lulu and Merry’s mother is killed by their father, and the two girls are placed in a group home. For the next thirty years, they try to make sense of what happened while dreading the day their father is paroled. L – Read by Judith Johannessen. 12 broadcasts. Begins February 2.

After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Mr. Toppit, Fiction by Charles Elton, 2010. Unsuccessful children’s book author Arthur Hayman’s last moments are spent with a tourist, Laurie Clow, who brings posthumous fame to his series and family. L,S – Read by Bert Gardner. 12 broadcasts. Begins Jan. 18.

Second Nature, Fiction by Jacquelyn Mitchard, 2011. When Sicily is given the choice to have her burned face restored, she initially rejects it. But when the marriage is called off, she agrees to the procedure. L – Read by Michele Potts. 8 Br. Begins February 3.

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

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