Radio Talking Book – September 2014

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DEED Website has changed

State Services for the Blind is part of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The staff at DEED is constantly trying to improve the website for people trying to use it to find information. As part of that constant upgrade, the areas dealing with blindness and limited vision have been changing. You can see all the wonderful changes by going to the site at The headlines of the sections are: Living with Vision Loss; Employment and Career Services; Services for Employers; Services for Teens; Notices and Reports; Contact SSB; Braille, Radio, Talking Book, News;  Services for Seniors; State Council for the Blind; Information for Our Venders; Donate or Volunteer. There’s something there for everyone.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo, and Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, by Evan Roskos, andGoblin Secrets, by William Alexander; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing This Day, by Wendell Berry; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, by Andy Sturdevant.


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 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 Gap, Nonfiction by Thomas Suddendorf, 2013. 15 Br. Began September 9. The gap between the minds of humans and our closest relatives is huge and the gap is growing wider. But what exactly is the difference between our minds and theirs? Read by Stevie Ray.

Wish You Happy ForeverNonfiction by Jenny Bowen, 2014. 9 Br. Begins September 30. When Jenny Bowen saw how much her adopted daughter had blossomed since leaving her Chinese orphanage, Jenny was inspired to form Half the Sky.  Through her work with Half the Sky, she has helped more than one hundred thousand children. Read by June Prange.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, Nonfiction by Jack El-Hai, 2013. 10 Br. Began September 9. When Captain Douglas M. Kelley was supervising the mental well-being of the Nazi high command after the war, he began to appreciate and understand them. Read by Kathy Stults.

Ready for a Brand New Beat, Nonfiction by Mark Kurlansky, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 23. When Marvin Gaye wrote “Dancing in the Street” in 1964, it was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording about the joyousness of dance. But the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. Read by Lannois Neely.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Up at Butternut Lake, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 12 Br. Began September 8. After her husband dies, Allie returns with her young son to her family’s cabin by Butternut Lake. They are embraced by the townsfolk, but she has doubts about whether she’s done the right thing for her son. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

The Invention of Wings, Fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 24. When Sarah, from a rich Charleston family, turns eleven, she is given her own slave, Hetty, to be her handmaid. Hetty, also known as “Handful,” yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of her life. Read by Sue McDonald.


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

The Burglary, Nonfiction by Betty Medsger, 2014. 27 Br. Begins September 8. The 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, confirmed what some had long suspected: J. Edgar Hoover was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. L – Read by Tom Speich.


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

Wake, Fiction by Anna Hope, 2013. 12 Br. Began September 9. Two years after the Armistice and the end of the Great War, many in London are still haunted by it. Some are missing, but others are extremely changed from their experiences. The lives of three of the women are braided together by the war. L,S -Read by Judith Johannessen.

Vacationland, Fiction by Sara Stonich, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 25. In northern Minnesota at Naledi Lodge, many people cross paths, many memories exist of former days. Meg, who was there as a girl, is now an artist painting images reflected across the mirrors of memory and water. L – Read by Nancy Felknor.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Environmental Debt, Nonfiction by Amy Larkin, 2013. 7 Br. Began September 4. For decades, politicians and business leaders told the American public that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Yesterday’s carefree attitude has become a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. Read by John Demma.

Big Tent, Nonfiction edited by Mallory Factor, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 15. As a survey of the Conservative movement over three centuries, the writers in Big Tent focus on conservative figures and ideas. Read by Art Nyhus.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, Fiction by P.D. Viner, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 10. When Dani was murdered, no killer was found. The murder destroyed her parents’ marriage, and her old boyfriend, Tom, became a detective. Now Tom has found a lead on the case. L,S – Read by Bill Studer.

Destroyer AngelFiction by Nevada Barr, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 29. On vacation, Anna Pigeon is in Upper Michigan with friends. As she nears camp after a solo canoe ride on their second day, she hears voices – and they aren’t her friends’ voices.  L – Read by Isla Hejny.


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

Maya’s Notebook, Fiction by Isabel Allende, 2013. 15 Br. Began September 1. When her grandfather, Popo, dies, Maya, who had been raised by her grandparents, turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime. Her one chance for survival is her grandmother who helps her escape to Chile. L – Read by Andrea Bell.

Claire of the Sea Light, Fiction by Edwidge Danticat, 2013. 7 Br. Begins September 22. Claire is born into love and tragedy in Haiti. On the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when her father has decided to give her away to give her a better life, she disappears. Read by Esmé Evans.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Nonfiction by Justin Hocking, 2014. 8 Br. Begins September 11. When Justin moves to New York, he discovers a thriving surf culture at Rockaway Beach. Soon, he’ll embark on his own night sea journey. L – Read by Ari Hoptman.

The Family, Nonfiction by David Laskin, 2014. 14 Br. Begins September 23. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised their children at the edge of the Russian empire, expecting them to carry family traditions into future generations. L – Read by Chris Colestock.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Carthage, Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2014. 21 Br. Begins September 15. Zeno Mayfield’s daughter has disappeared into the wilds of the Adirondacks. When the community of Carthage joins in its search for her, they discover an unlikely suspect, a decorated veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family.  L – Read by Rachael Freed.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Betwixt and Between, Fiction by Jessica Stilling, 2013. 17 Br. Begins September 3After eating a poisoned cookie, ten-year-old Preston awakens in Neverland, a place to go before heading on to “the after.” He is taken under the wing of a boy named Peter, who flies and watches over the other boys. Read by Nancy Bader.

The Pagan Lord, Fiction by Bernard Cornwell, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 26At the beginning of the tenth century, Edward is king of Wessex and it survives for the time. But Cnut Longsword and his Vikings are ready to invade. Eventually each Saxon kingdom will be drawn into bloody battle with the Danes. V,L – Read by John Mandeville.


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

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