Radio Talking Book – April 2014

New equipment available for library users NLS now has a USB cable to connect NLS cartridges directly to computers, making […]

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New equipment available for library users

NLS now has a USB cable to connect NLS cartridges directly to computers, making it easier to transfer audio books to cartridges for playback on NLS digital players. When connected to the PC, the cartridge will appear on computers as a removable storage device (Microsoft Windows PC users will find this under “My Computer”).  To order yours, please call our equipment desk at 651-642-0885 or 1-800-652-9000.

Also available for use with NLS digital players are: Stereo headphones – smaller and lighter weight than the old ones; USB flash (or thumb) drive elbows – these fit into the side USB ports on digital players and allow flash or thumb drives to lay alongside the player instead of sticking out.  Safer for you and the thumb drive! Pillow speakers; and Breath Switch adaptors for NLS digital players.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Ten Years Later, by Hoda Kotb; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Elites: Privileged Positions, by Emily Flint and Quinn Xi; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Ask Me, by William Stafford; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Augie’s Secrets, by Neal Karlen, and We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down, by Rachael Hanel..

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 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online, and you can access it by going to the main website,, and then clicking on the linkSearch the Library Catalog. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books via an inter-library loan by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.

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



Chautauqua Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Down in the Chapel, Nonfiction by Joshua Dubler, 2013. 17 Br. Began April 1. When prisoners turn to God, they are often scorned as con artists faking their piety; but what is prison religious life really like? Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

David and Goliath, Nonfiction by Malcolm Gladwell, 2013. 9 Br. Begins April 24. When David felled Goliath 3,000 years ago, his victory was improbable and miraculous. Or was it? Gladwell offers new interpretations to how we think of obstacles and disadvantages. Read by John Hagman.



Past is Prologue Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an, Nonfiction by Denise Spellberg, 2013. 14 Br. Begins April 9. Before composing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson bought a Qur’an to understand Islam. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Read by Leila Poullada

Sugar in the Blood, Nonfiction by Andrea Stuart, 2013. 17 Br. Begins April 29. Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor was a sugar plantation (and slave) owner in 1630’s Barbados. The production of sugar lifted him out of poverty and shaped the lives of his descendants. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel..



Bookworm Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Keeper of Secrets, Fiction by Julie Thomas, 2013. 11 Br. Began April 9. The Horowitz family owned a famous violin before the Nazis took everything. Now the grandson of the violin’s owner is playing violin but prefers baseball. L -Read by Mitzi Lewellen.

Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman, Fiction by Minka Pradelski, 2013. 7 Br. Begins April 24. When Tsippy gets word from Tel Aviv that an aunt has left her an inheritance, she goes to collect it in person. But an odd old woman bangs on her room door and invites herself in. Her name is Bella Kugelman. Read by Lynda Kayser.



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

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Nonfiction by Jeanne Theoharis, 2013. 17 Br. Begins April 2. The standard portrayal of Rosa Parks as quiet and demure is far from true. She had a history of being rebellious, and was an activist for six decades. Read by June Prange.

Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nonfiction by Nick Offerman, 2013. 13 Br. Begins April 21. When Nick Offerman was in fourth grade, he learned the word nonconformist, and decided he wanted to grow up to become one. Read by Don Gerlach.



Choice Reading, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Vienna Nocturne, Fiction by Vivien Shotwell, 2013. 9 Br. Begins April 2. Opera singer Anna Storace wants to be famous, leading her to make difficult choices. She travels to Italy and Vienna, builds her career, and meets Mozart. Read by Esmé Evans.

The Painted Girls, Fiction by Cathy Buchanan, 2013. 12 Br. Begins April 15. After their father dies, the older van Goethem sister finds work in an Émile Zola play; Marie is sent to the Paris Opéra to learn ballet but is soon modeling for Edgar Degas. L – Read by Pat Lelich.




PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Second Suns, Nonfiction by David Oliver Relin, 2013. 20 Br. Begins April 14. Doctors Tabin and Ruit have dedicated their lives to eradicating preventable blindness through the Himalayan Cataract Project. Read by Connie Jamison.



Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Tooth for a Tooth, Fiction by T. Frank Muir, 2013. 13 Br. Began April 9. DCI Andy Gilchrist is on the case of a very old murder, when it looks possible that Gilchrist’s dead brother might have been the murderer. Keeping his fears to himself, Gilchrist gets suspended. L – Read by Neil Bright.

Seven for a Secret, Fiction by Lyndsay Faye, 2013. 15 Br. Begins April 28. In the new NYPD, Officer Timothy Wilde is approached by a woman reporting that her family was stolen. They were sold to the South as run-away slaves. It plunges Timothy into a slave world where police are complicit. L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.




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

The Resurrectionist, Fiction by Matthew Guinn, 2013. 8 Br. Began April 2. Dr. Jacob Thacker finds himself facing a moral dilemma when a campus renovation unearths the bones of dissected African American slaves, a potential PR disaster for the school. Resurrectionists procured corpses for doctor’s anatomy training. L – Read by John Marsicano.

Children of the Jacaranda Tree, Fiction by Sahar Delijani, 2013. 11 Br. Begins April 14. All children growing up in revolutionary Iran bears the scars of families torn apart. It is the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and the country’s tenuous future. V – Read by Connie Jamison.

The Labyrinth of Osiris, Fiction by Paul Sussman, 2012. 24 Br. Begins April 29. Jerusalem Detective Arieh Ben-Roi is investigating the murder of Israeli journalist Rivka Kleinberg. What she was writing about was an ancient Egyptian labyrinth of incredible riches, spoken of by Herodotus. L – Read by Isla Hejny.



Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Me the People, Nonfiction by Kevin Bleyer, 2013. 15 Br. Began April 7. Noticing great confusion as to what the U.S. Constitution actually says, humorist Kevin Bleyer decided to rewrite it. He considers this book the most important document of our time. L – Read by Art Nyhus.     

The Heart of All That Is, Nonfiction edited by Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, Pam Mittlefehldt, 2013. 5 Br. Begins April 28. Home is one of the great themes of literature, of human beings, of the animal kingdom altogether. The authors make it clear that home, however it is defined and wherever it is located, is ‘the heart of all that is.’ Read by June Prange.



Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Twelve, Fiction by Justin Cronin, 2013. 29 Br. Began March 11. In the present day, living in a man-made apocalypse, three people learn that in connection lies hope. One hundred years in the future, people fight for humankind’s salvation, unaware that the rules have changed. L – Read by Bob Malos.

Norwegian by Night, Fiction by Derek B. Miller, 2013. 10 Br. Begins April 21. Retired Marine Sheldon Horowitz reluctantly moves to Norway to live with his granddaughter. He feels out of place. Then he sees a dispute between a neighbor and stranger that turns violent. He takes the neighbor’s son to protect him and they flee the scene. V,L – Read by Don Lee.  



After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Tell, Fiction by Hester Kaplan, 2013. 11 Br. Began March 27Mira and Owen’s marriage is tested when Wilton Deere, an aging former TV star, moves into the grand house next door. With plenty of money and time to kill, Wilton is charming but ruthless as he inserts himself into the couple’s life. L – Read by Carol Lewis.

A Half Forgotten Song, Fiction by Katherine Webb, 2013. 15 Br. Begins April 11. In 1937, in a village near Dorset, young Mitzy Hatcher has endured a difficult childhood. But the arrival of artist Charles Aubrey, along with his mistress and their two daughters, changes everything. She becomes Charles’s muse. Read by Ann Hoedeman.


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



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