Radio Talking Book – May 2011

Books Available Through Faribault Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and […]

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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 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 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. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of books by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.

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Tuesday – Saturday, 4 a.m.

Globish, Nonfiction by Robert McCrum, 2010. The forces of globalism and technological change have made Globish the dialect of the third millennium. L – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 14 broadcasts. Began May 6.         

Stuff, Nonfiction by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee, 2010. None of us are completely free of the impulses that drive hoarders to extremes. But what drives those of us who can’t throw things away? L – Read by Terri Horsmann. 10 broadcasts. Begins May 26.


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

Betsy Ross and the Making of America, Nonfiction by Marla R. Miller, 2010. Legend has it that representatives of the Continental Congress walked into Betsy Ross’s shop to commission the first flag. Over her eighty-four years, her work flew over garrisons from New Orleans to the Great Lakes. Read by Jan Anderson.  18 broadcasts. Begins May 9.


Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeFiction by Aimee Bender, 2010. As she is turning nine, Rose Edelstein discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste emotions. Suddenly, food becomes a peril and threat to Rose. L – Read by Carol Lewis. 7 broadcasts. Began May 5.

My Hollywood, Fiction by Mona Simpson, 2010. Claire and her husband are having difficulty in the marriage and with raising a child. They hire a nanny, Lola, a Filipino mother trying to pay for her own children’s education. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 15 Br. Begins May 16.


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

The Bucolic Plague, Nonfiction by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, 2010.  An hour and a tour after they first see the two-hundred-year-old Beekman mansion, Josh and his partner, Brent, decide to buy it and become weekend farmers. L – Read by John Schmidt.  9 broadcasts. Begins May 5.

Slow Love, Nonfiction by Dominique Browning, 2010. For over a decade, Browning was editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s House & Garden. One Monday morning, the magazine folded and she needed to reinvent her life.  Read by Sherri Afryl. 8 broadcasts. Begins May 18.

Keeping the Feast, Nonfiction by Paula Butterini, 2010. Shortly after their wedding, Butturini’s husband was nearly killed. After his body healed, there were psychological scars, so they returned to where they had fallen in love. Read by Sue McDonald. 8 broadcasts. Begins May 30.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday, 4 p.m.

House Rules, Fiction by Jodi Picoult, 2010. Jacob and his family just want to fit in but Jacob’s Asperger’s syndrome makes that impossible. His obsession is forensic analysis and he’s brilliant at it. It seems fun until the police think he may have committed murder. Read by Bernadette Flynn.  25 broadcasts. Began April 13.

Private Life, Fiction by Jane Smiley, 2010. Margaret thought herself lucky to marry Captain Early, naval officer, astronomer, and genius. She soon sees his devotion to science is his main love. L – Read by Michele Potts. 14 broadcasts. Begins May 18.


PM Report
Monday – Friday, 8 p.m.

Crisis Economics, Nonfiction by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm, 2010. Roubini predicted the recent financial crisis in advance of anyone else. He believes economic disasters are both probable and predictable. Read by John Demma. 15 broadcasts. Begins May 9.

Broke, USA, Nonfiction by Gary Rivlin, 2010. For many, the Great Crash of 2008 meant troubling times. Not so for those in the flourishing poverty industry, for whom the economic woes spell opportunity to expand and grow. L – Read by June Prange. 13 broadcasts. Begins May 30.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday, 9 p.m.

False Convictions, Fiction by Tim Green, 2010. Casey is working with a charity group dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted prisoners. But in her first case, she meets immediate and aggressive resistance including death threats. L,S – Read by Hilda O’Hanley. 9 broadcasts. Begins May 10.          

This Body of Death, Fiction by Elizabeth George, 2010.  Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and left in a London cemetery. While he works in London, former colleagues follow the murder trail to the New Forest, where secrets lurk among the trees.  L – Read by Nancy Felknor. 28 broadcasts. Begins May 23.


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

The Surrendered, Fiction by Chang-Rae Lee, 2010. June Han was saved from war-ravaged Korea by Hector Brennan. Now a business owner in New York, the time has come for June to journey with Hector and confront the secrets of her past. Read by Maria Rubinstein. 15 broadcasts. Begins May 9.   

A Fierce Radiance, Fiction by Lauren Belfer, 2010. Claire is following development of a new drug, penicillin, that will save many lives when she finds herself falling in love with one of the researchers. L,S – Read by Esmé Evans. 18 broadcasts. Begins May 30.


Monday – Friday, 11 p.m.

The Art Detective, Nonfiction by Philip Mould, 2010.  One of the stars of the original Antiques Roadshow, Mould has been so successful uncovering treasures that he been has dubbed “the art detective.” Read by Hugh Jones. 10 broadcasts. Begins May 3.

The Black Nile, Nonfiction by Dan Morrison, 2010. With news of peace in Sudan, foreign correspondent Dan Morrison bought a small boat and set out on the Nile, from Uganda to Cairo.  Read by Jack Rossman. 13 broadcasts. Begins May 17. 


Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday, Midnight

In the Name of Honor, Fiction by Richard North Patterson, 2010. Two military families, the McCarrans and Gallaghers, have been close for decades. When Brian McCarran kills the husband of Kate Gallagher, the case ends up in a high-profile court-martial. V,L,S – Read by Neil Bright. 19 broadcasts. Began May 3.

Stiltsville, Fiction by Susanna Daniel, 2010.  On her first trip to Miami, Frances finds houses built on pilings in the bay. On the dock of a stilt house, she meets Dennis and a new future reveals itself. L – Read by Alletta Jervey. 13 Br. Begins May 30. 


After Midnight
Tuesday– Saturday, 1 a.m.

Spooky Little Girl, Fiction by Laurie Notaro, 2010. Lucy has a fatal encounter with public transportation and finds herself in school – spooking school. She realizes you only get one chance to be spectacular in death. L – Read by Mary Hall. 9 Br. Begins May 11.

Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles, Fiction by Kira Henehan, 2010. In a world where anything is possible and nothing is certain, Finley is on a mission to interrogate a puppeteer named Professor Uppal. L – Read by Michele Potts. 7 broadcasts. Begins May 24.


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

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