Radio Talking Book – November 2013

Veterans Day Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. We have two books during the month of November that recount the […]

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. We have two books during the month of November that recount the experiences of a couple of our veterans. Muddy Jungle Rivers: A river assault boat cox’n’s memory journey of his war in Vietnam, by Wendell Afield is a memoir of his experiences in the jungles of Vietnam. The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows, by Brian Castner, recounts his return from tours of duty in the Middle East. Neither of the books is easy to listen to, as war and the results of war are always unpleasant. But it is important for us to pay attention to our veterans and accord them the honor that they deserve. We hope you think of our veterans this Veterans Day.

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzab; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing 3 Sections, by Vijay Sashadri; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing The Orchid Murder, by Christine Hunt.

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.   

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Chautauqua Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

To Save Everything, Click Here, Nonfiction by Evgeny Morozov, 2013. 17 Br. Began November 8. In the near future, technology will allow us to make interventions into more areas of public life. But how will these be affected when we delegate responsibility for them to technology? Read by John Demma.



Past is Prologue Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Born on a Mountaintop, Nonfiction by Bob Thompson, 2013. 13 Br. Began November 6. You could argue that there are three distinct Crocketts: before fame, the celebrity politician, and the mythic Davy we know today. Read by John Marsicano.

Round About the Earth, Nonfiction by Joyce E. Chaplin, 2012. 21 Br. Begins November 25. In 1519, Magellan left Spain with five ships and 270 men, but only one ship and thirty-five men returned. Since then, travel has become safer and faster. But the desire to take on the planet and test one’s courage still exists.  Read by Leila Poullada.


Bookworm Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Carriage House, Fiction by Louisa Hall, 2013. 9 Br. Begins November 12. After a stroke, William Adair realizes his family has changed; they are less extraordinary than he remembered. His faith in life had been based on his daughters’ talents and the importance of a carriage house built by his grandfather. Now, both are collapsing. L – Read by Mary Hall.

Being Esther, Fiction by Miriam Karmel, 2013. 7 Br. Begins November 25. Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustig has led a seemingly conventional life in suburban Chicago. Now at age eighty-five, she moves back and forth through time, attempting to come to terms with the meaning of her outwardly modest life. L – Read by Audray Rees.



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

Muddy Jungle Rivers, Nonfiction by Wendell Affield, 2013. 11 Br. Began November 5. When Wendell Affield arrived in Vietnam, the Tet Offensive was in full swing. Affield and his River Division operated non-stop, first in the Mekong Delta, then below the DMZ. Vampire mosquitoes, racism, boredom, and a volatile boat captain strained crew morale. Then one Sunday, they were savaged in the opening moments of an ambush. L – Read by Art Nyhus.

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, Nonfiction by Howard Norman, 2013. 8 Br. Begins November 20. Howard Norman’s life has been framed by five incidents of “arresting strangeness.” He spent his boyhood in the Midwest, but has also spent years in the arctic as a translator of Inuit tales and a student of birds. L – Read by John Holden

Choice Reading Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The House Girl, Fiction by Tara Conklin, 2013. 15 Br. Began November 4. Lina, a lawyer working on a class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for descendants of slaves, discovers a controversy in the art world. It is suspected that the paintings of antebellum artist Lu Anne Bell were the work of her house slave, Josephine. L – Read by Alletta Jervey.

Silver, Fiction by Andrew Motion, 2012. 15 Br. Begins November 25. Forty years after the events of Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins runs an inn with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver lives in obscurity with his daughter Natty. One night, Natty approaches young Jim and proposes returning to Treasure Island to find the rest of the treasure their fathers had left behind. Read by Stevie Ray.



PM Report Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

My Beloved World, Nonfiction by Sonia Sotomayor, 2013. 13 Br. Begins November 11. The first Hispanic and third woman on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor was an instant icon. From childhood, she learned to depend on herself to go where she needed to go. Read by Jan Anderson.

Out of Order, Nonfiction by Sandra Day O’Connor, 2013. 5 Br. Begins November 28. The Supreme Court has seen centuries of change and upheaval transforming it into the institution we see today. Justice O’Connor was the first woman to sit on the Court. Read by Esmé Evans.



Night Journey Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, Fiction by Robert Galbraith, 2013. 17 Br. Begins November 11. Cormoran Strike is scraping by as a private investigator when John Bristow hires him. His sister, a legendary supermodel, fell to her death; John believes it was murder. L – Read by Tom Price.



Off the Shelf Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

A Dual Inheritance, Fiction by Joanna Hershon, 2013. 20 Br. Begins November 11. Two teens meet at Harvard: a Jewish kid on scholarship and a Boston Brahmin. Their lives remain strangely and compellingly connected.  L – Read by Connie Jamison.



Potpourri Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Stranger to History, Nonfiction by Astish Taseer, 2012. 12 Br. Begins November 14. Raised in Delhi by his Sikh mother, Taseer remained distant from his father, a Pakistani Muslim. Taseer journeyed to Pakistan to explore what it means to be Muslim today. Read by Don Lee.     


Good Night Owl Monday – Friday midnight

The Leviathan Effect, Fiction by James Lilliefors, 2013. 13 Br. Begins November 11. Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a communication from a hacker claiming that the disasters around the world are manufactured. Unless the U.S. does what he instructs, more are coming. L – Read by Jim Gregorich.

Jewelweed, Fiction by David Rhodes, 2013. 21 Br. Begins November 28. Words, Wisconsin, has a number of people struggling to find a sense of belonging in the present. All look to the future with hope and trepidation. L – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg



After Midnight Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Glass Butterfly, Fiction by Louise Marley, 2012. 14 Br. Began November 6. A new name, and a complete break with the past are the only ways therapist Victoria Lake can think of to protect her son and herself from a case that has turned deadly. L – Read by Cintra Godfrey.

Parlor Games, Fiction by Maryka Biaggio, 2013. 13 Br. Begins November 26. May Dugas began her professional career in a bordello. But she quickly learned to use her skills to move into society. When a detective agency took interest in her, it became a game of cat and mouse. Read by Lynda Kayser.


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


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