Radio Talking Book – January 2016

Charlie Boone One of our longtime volunteers and a friend to all of Minnesota, Charlie Boone died November 22. We […]

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Charlie Boone

One of our longtime volunteers and a friend to all of Minnesota, Charlie Boone died November 22. We have many volunteers with beautiful voices. He went the extra mile asking what more he could do for us. Over the years, he chaired our Development Committee, he volunteered to speak to civic clubs and organizations on our behalf, he even had me come to WCCO to be interviewed to tell people about our services. And throughout everything that he did for us, Charlie was humble and considered himself just another volunteer. We will miss his presence at our studios and in the world. – Stuart Holland, manager.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Scary Close, by Donald Miller;For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing How to Catch a Bogle, by Catherine Jinks, and Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Selfish, by Albert Goldbarth; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Degrees of Freedom, by William D. Green. 


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 link Search 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.   

Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Patient Will See You Now, Nonfiction by Eric Topol, 2015. 14 Br. Begins January 6. For most people, a trip to the doctor is a guarantee of misery, with a short visit and long waits for lab results, most of which you’ll never see. Eric Topol says it doesn’t have to be that way. Read by Laura Rohlik.

Ivory Vikings, Nonfiction by Nancy Marie Brown, 2015. 12 Br. Begins January 26. In the early 1800s on a golden Hebridean beach, the sea exposed an ancient treasure: a set of 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Who carved them? Where? And Why?  Read by Myrna Smith.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Lost Destiny, Nonfiction by Alan Axelrod, 2015. 13 Br. Begins January 28. Joseph Kennedy Jr. was groomed for greatness. But flying against Germany in World War II, in a modified B-24 bomber loaded with explosives, he died in the biggest made-made explosion before Hiroshima. L – Read by John Potts.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Truth According to Us, Fiction by Annie Barrows, 2015. 16 Br. Began January 4. The daughter of a senator, Layla gets a writing job through the New Deal. She is assigned to write the history of the town of Macedonia. Her arrival changes the town and herself. Read by Esmé Evans.

Brief Loves that Live Forever, Fiction by Andreï Makine, 2015. 6 Br. Begins January 26. In Soviet Russia, the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Now entering middle age, an orphan recalls the fleeting moments that have never left him – all related to love.
Read by Scott Brush.


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

On the Move, Nonfiction by Oliver Sacks, 2015. 13 Br. Begins January 11. Oliver Sacks shows us that the same energy that drove his physical passions also drove his cerebral passions. His engagement with his patients came to define his life.  Read by Alvin Apple.

A Fine Romance, Nonfiction by Candice Bergen, 2015. 13 Br. Begins January 28. In her deeply personal memoir, Hollywood star Candice Bergen takes you inside her life’s big events. Read by Holly Sylvester.


Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Girl Who Slept with God, Fiction by Val Brelinski, 2015. 13 Br. Began January 6. The Quanbeck Family’s devout daughter Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with, she believes, the child of God. L – Read by Carol Lewis.

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley, Fiction by Jeremy Massey, 2015. 8 Br. Begins January 25. Paddy works for a funeral home. One night, he accidentally kills the brother of a mobster, and then he’s expected to help oversee the funeral. Read by Don Gerlach.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Michelle Obama, Nonfiction by Peter Slevin, 2015. 17 Br. Begins January 12.Raised on Chicago’s south side, Michelle Obama was educated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School and worked as a corporate lawyer before her current role a First Lady. Read by Michelle Juntunen.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Under a Dark Summer Sky, Fiction by Vanessa Lafaye, 2015. 12 Br. Began January 4. When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death after the Fourth of July barbecue, suspicion falls immediately on Henry, a desperate and destitute WWI veteran. As tensions rise, a massive hurricane is on its way. L – Read by Pat Lelich.

The Unquiet Dead, Fiction by Ausma Zahanat Khan, 2015. 11 Br. Begins January 20. Christopher Drayton’s accidental fall from a cliff doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, especially from Detective Rachel Getty’s team which handles minority-sensitive cases. But then it comes to light that he may have been a war criminal. Read by Isla Hejny.


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

The Pinch: a History, Fiction by Steve Stern, 2015. 18 Br. Began January 6. The Pinch was once a thriving Jewish community in Memphis, but Lenny Sklarew is the only remaining tenant. Lenny works at a used bookstore and then finds that he is a character in a book about the rise and fall of the Pinch. L, S – Read by Rachael Freed.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Shame and Wonder, Nonfiction by David Searcy, 2016. 9 Br. Began January 5. David Searcy’s debut collection of essays is expansive in scope but deeply personal in perspective. The pieces in Shame and Wonder are born of a vast, abiding curiosity, one that has led Searcy into some strange and beautiful territory. Read by John Mandeville.

Your Band Sucks, Nonfiction by Jon Fine, 2015. 13 Br. Begins January 18. The Indie rock glory days were before the Internet when bands attracted fans through word of mouth, college radio, tiny record stores, and zines. Author Jon Fine played in those bands for nearly thirty years. L – Read by Bob Malos.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Lady from Zagreb, Fiction by Philip Kerr, 2015. 13 Br. Began January 6. In Croatia, Bernie Gunther witnesses the ruling government’s horrifying sadism and, in Switzerland, he runs up against murderous operatives and highly suspect dealings. L – Read by Greg Olson.

We Are Pirates, Fiction by Daniel Handler, 2015. 11 Br. Begins January 25. Phil, a husband, father, and struggling radio producer, heads for the open road to attend a conference and seal an important deal. Meanwhile, Gwen, his rebel daughter, teams up with some restless souls and heads for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure. V,L,S – Read by Bob Malos.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Library at Mount Char, Fiction by Scott Hawkins, 2015. 17 Br. Began January 1. Father is missing and the library that holds Father’s secrets stands unguarded, but the battle for the prize will be fierce. V – Read by Carol McPherson.

Ask Me, Fiction by Kimberly Pauley, 2014. 7 Br. Begins January 26. Aria is an Oracle, blessed with the gift of prophecy. But that is also a curse, so she has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight. But then her only friend, Jade Price, disappears and the words that come out become a matter of life and death. L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.


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

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