November 2011 Radio Talking Book

  Weekend Program Books Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Mindfulness Code, by Donald Altman and […]

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Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Mindfulness Code, by Donald Altman and The Voice, by Dr. Brian Alman; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman and Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Bringing the Shovel Down, by Ross Gay, and Red Clay Weather, by Reginald Shepherd; The U.S. and Us (Sunday 4 p.m.) is airing The Nearly Departed, by Michael Norman and In Cod We Trust, by Eric Dregni.


Books Available Through Faribault

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Tuesday – Saturday, 4 a.m.

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Nonfiction by Carl McColman, 2010. Many associate mysticism with eastern spiritual practices such as Zen Buddhism or yoga. But Christianity has its own mystical tradition with a long and rich history that reaches back to the New Testament. Read by June Prange. 9 broadcasts. Began November 3.         

Care of the Soul in Medicine, Nonfiction by Thomas Moore, 2010. The future of medicine is not only in new technical developments and research discoveries. It is also in appreciating the state of the soul and spirit in illness and redefining the way in which the patient is cared for. Read by Sherri Afryl. 9 broadcasts. Begins November 16.        

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain,Nonfiction by Kevin Nelson, M.D., 2010. What are near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences? Do they reflect moments of spiritual ecstasy and revelation? Are there physiological explanations for those tunnels of light? Dr. Kevin Nelson offers a biological examination. Read by Ilze Mueller. 10 broadcasts. Begins November 29.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.

The War Lovers, Nonfiction by Evan Thomas, 2010. On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. Some reacted with alarm, but others with enthusiasm. When the western frontier was declared “closed,” some Americans were eager for the frenzy of war. Read by John Potts. 13 broadcasts. Begins November 2.

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, Nonfiction by Jack Weatherford, 2010. Genghis Khan’s daughters ruled the greatest empire the world has known. They fostered trade, education, and religion, and created an economic system stretching from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Read by Lannois Neely. 12 Br. Begins November 21.


Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2011. Two cows have been killed and Precious Ramotswe has been asked to investigate. There are plenty of suspects. Read by Nancy Felknor. 8 broadcasts. Began November 2. 

Being Polite to Hitler, Fiction by Robb Forman Dew, 2011. After being a teacher and raising her family for most of her life, Agnes Scofield realizes she is weary of the routine. But at age fifty-four, how can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her? Read by Lynda Kayser. 10 Br. Begins November 14. 

Noah’s Compass, Fiction by Anne Tyler, 2010. Liam Pennywell has retired early from his teaching job. But he cannot remember anything about moving into his new condominium outside of Baltimore. Read by Ann Hoedeman. 7 Br. Begins November 28


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

As Always, Julia, Nonfiction edited by Joan Reardon, 2011. Julia Child received her first letter from Avis DeVoto in 1952. Julia had written Avis’s husband Bernard after seeing his column on American knives. Thus began a decades-long relationship in letters. L –  Read by Kristi Sullivan. 19 broadcasts. Begins November 8.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday, 4 p.m.

Perfect Reader, Fiction by Maggie Pouncey, 2010. Flora Dempsey is the only child of Lewis Dempsey, beloved college president and famous literary critic. When Lewis dies, she is appointed his literary executor and she discovers many love poems written to a woman Flora doesn’t know. L – Read by Elan Perry. 10 broadcasts. Begins October 31.

Rescue, Fiction by Anita Shreve, 2010. Paramedic Peter Webster pulls Sheila Arsenault out of a totaled car and falls instantly in love. Their romance and marriage are intense, but over quickly. Years later, after Peter has raised their daughter alone, Sheila returns. L – Read by Sue McDonald. 8 broadcasts. Begins November 14.

Everything, Fiction by Kevin Canty, 2010. RL is caught between the experiences of two women: Betsy who is undergoing chemotherapy, and June who has decided to move on past her widowhood. RL realizes he’s never had the kind of love that knocks you down. L – Read by Don Lee. 7 broadcasts. Begins November 24.


PM Report
Monday – Friday, 8 p.m.

The American Way of War, Nonfiction by Tom Engelhardt, 2010. Obama inherited the ills of the Bush era. Washington’s building of empire has deep historical roots but the push for world dominance increased after 9/11. Read by John Demma. 10 Br. Began November 7.

Death by Liberalism, Nonfiction by J.R. Dunn, 2011. Liberalism seeks to use the power of government to improve our safety, health, and general welfare. But the results can be disastrous, even deadly. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister. 12 Br. Begins Nov. 21.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday, 9 p.m.

The Wilding, Fiction by Benjamin Percy, 2010. Justin has a complicated relationship with his father. When his father, Paul, suggests a hunting trip, Justin accepts hoping to put things right, and he brings his son along. But as the weekend progresses, Justin is pushed to his limit by his father and the terrain. L – Read by Scott Ford. 12 broadcasts. Began October 31.

A Lonely Death, Fiction by Charles Todd, 2011. Three men who have been murdered were soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Read by Nancy Felknor. 13 Br. Begins November 16.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday, 10 p.m.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Fiction by David Mitchell, 2010. Jacob de Zoet is a young clerk working in Japan through the Dutch East Indies Company so he can earn a fortune to marry back home. His plans are eclipsed when he meets Orito Aibagawa, the daughter of a samurai doctor. Read by John Mandeville. 24 broadcasts. Begins November 1.


Monday – Friday, 11 p.m.

Flawless, Nonfiction by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell, 2011. On February 15, 2003, thieves subverted every defense at the Antwerp Diamond Center, one of the most secure buildings in the world, and took nearly a half billion dollars in diamonds and other valuables. Read by Isla Hejny. 11 Br. Begans Nov. 1. 

The Only Game in Town, Nonfiction edited by David Remnick, 2010. From Lance Armstrong to bullfighter Sidney Franklin, The New Yorker has covered the greatest plays and players, past and present. At The New Yorker, it’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you write about the game. L – Read by Jim Gregorich. 21 broadcasts. Begins November 16.


Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday, Midnight

The Death of the Adversary, Fiction by Hans Keilson, re-issued 2010. The young man is fascinated by his adversary whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler’s gathering menace, but in the hero’s desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists. Read by Bill Studer. 9 Br. Begins November 9.

Ghost Light, Fiction by Joseph O’Connor, 2011. In 1907, the talented but aging playwright John Synge has an interest in a young teenaged actress named Molly. She comes from the inner city and a background very different from his. Years later, Molly remembers her youth. L,S – Read by Michele Potts. 9 broadcasts. Begins November 22.


After Midnight
Tuesday– Saturday, 1 a.m.

The Bradbury Report, Fiction by Steven Polansky, 2010. The year is 2071 and the U.S. is the only nation where human cloning is legal. In a government-run cloning program, every citizen has a copy living in a sequestered area. When an original is sick or injured, what he needs is taken from the clone. Until now, no clone has escaped. Read by Peter Danbury. 14 Br. Began November 3.

Sins of the Mother, Fiction by Victoria Christopher Murray, 2010. Jasmine Larson Bush has left her stripper days and drama behind and is married to the pastor of a large New York church. Then her daughter is kidnapped and she turns to the daughter’s biological father for solace. S – Read by Edy Elliott. 12 broadcasts. Begins November 23.



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

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