Radio Talking Book – October 2019

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Find out what we're reading this month on the Radio Talking Bok

Books available through library services 

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is online at, click on the link Search the Library Catalog. Persons living outside of Minnesota may obtain copies of books via an inter-library loan by contacting their home state’s Network Library for the National Library Service. 

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The RTB sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Many more programs and books are available. 

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Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

Range, nonfiction by David Epstein, 2019. Generalists bring increased skill, creativity, and innovation to their work in all fields. Read by Robb Empson. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 14. 

The Consciousness Instinct, nonfiction by Michael S. Gazzaniga, 2019. Neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzinaga explains a fascinating discovery about the origins of human perceptions. Read by Lannois Neely. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Oct. 30. 

Monday – Friday noon 

Horse, fiction by Talley English, 2018. When Teagan’s father abandons the family, she must deal with starting at a new school, all the while training a strong-willed horse called Ian. Read by Myrna Smith. 10 broadcasts; 

Nights in White Castle, nonfiction by Steve Rushin, 2019. Sportswriter Steve Rushin chronicles growing up in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. Read by Glenn Miller. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, Oct. 29. 

The Writer’s Voice* 
Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

If You Lived Here, You’d be Home by Now, nonfiction by Christopher Ingram, 2019. Journalist Christopher Ingram published a dismissive article about Red Lake County, Minnesota. After readers’ reactions encouraged him to visit, soon he had fallen for the place. Read by Brenda Powell. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 28. 

Choice Reading* 
Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

America Was Hard to Find, Fiction by Kathleen Alcott, 2019. In 1957 an astronaut and a radical meet up in the Mojave Desert. Thirty years later, their son sets out to find his estranged father. Read by Don Gerlach. 16 broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 14. – L, S 

Afternoon Report* 
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

Why Honor Matters, nonfiction by Tamler Sommers, 2018. “Honor cultures” include courage, integrity, responsibility, and a code of behavior. Read by John Mandeville. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 21 – L, R 

Night Journey* 
Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

The Voice Inside, fiction by Brian Freeman, 2018. After a serial killer is sent away for life, detective Frost Easton discovers that his best friend planted false evidence on the accused. Read by John Marsicano. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 14. – V, L 

Justice Comes Home, fiction by Michael Giorgio, 2014. While a small Wisconsin town celebrates the end of World War II, the son of the town’s wealthiest family is murdered. Read by Diane Ladenson. Nine broadcasts; begins Wed, Oct. 30. – V, L 

Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

Monsieur Mediocre, nonfiction by John von Sothen, 2019. When journalist John von Sothen moved to Paris with his actress wife, he planned on staying only a few years. But 15 years later, France is his home. Read by Eileen Barratt. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 21. 

Good Night Owl* 
Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

Girls Like Us, fiction by Cristina Alger, 2019. FBI agent Nell Flynn goes home to Long Island for her father’s funeral. But she finds herself in a murder investigation that points to her father. Read by Laura Young. Eight broadcasts; begins Wed, Oct. 16. – L, V 

Oddjobs, fiction by Heide Goody and Iain Grant, 2016. Sinister beings from beyond have come to pull the plug on humanity – but a young woman called Morag Murray still needs to finish the paperwork. Read by John Holden. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Oct. 28. 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Taking the Lead by Derek Hough, read by Beverly Burchett. (L) 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig, read by Peter Danbury (V, S, L); followed by Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson, read by Jim Tarbox (L). 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents This Light Falls in Many Forms by Kathie Giorgio, read by Cintra Godfrey (L); followed by Mourning Songs by Grace Schulman, read by Scott McKinney. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Diesel Heart by Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., read by John Mandeville. (V, S, L, R) 

All times listed are Central Standard Time. 

Abbreviations: V – violent content, RE – racial epithets, L – strong language, G – gory descriptions, S – sexual situations 

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