Radio Talking Books – October 2015

  Books with Minnesota Connections This month, the two books with Minnesota connections are both about Native Americans. Northern Slave, […]

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Books with Minnesota Connections

This month, the two books with Minnesota connections are both about Native Americans. Northern Slave, Black Dakota, the book airing on The U.S. and Us, is about a black slave, Joseph Godfrey, who escaped his owners to live among the Dakota. Godfrey was among the Dakota warriors in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

The other book is one of our fiction books on Bookworm, airing at 11 a.m., beginning October 12, The Road to Sweetgrass, written by Linda LeGarde Grover, a member of the Bois Forte Band of Minnesota Chippewa. Ms. Grover teaches at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dodger, by Terry Pratchett; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Load Poems Like Guns, translated by Farzana Marie, and You Must Remember This, by Michael Bazzett; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman. 


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

Midnight in Siberia, Nonfiction by David Greene, 2014. 11 Br. Begins October 11. On the Trans-Siberian Railway, David Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about their lives in a country that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression and corruption.  Read by Mike Piscitelli.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Return of George Washington, Nonfiction by Edward J. Larson, 2014. 14 Br. Began October 1. After leading the Continental Army to victory in 1783, George Washington retired. When a Constitutional Congress was called, its chances of success seemed slim. Only one American could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Read by Sally Browne.     

Supreme Commander, Nonfiction by Seymour Morris, Jr., 2014. 13 Br. Begins October 21. As the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, MacArthur was charged with transforming a defeated militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy. A career military man, MacArthur had no experience in politics, diplomacy, or economics, yet he did it brilliantly. Read by Art Nyhus.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Road Back to Sweetgrass, Fiction by Linda LeGarde Grover, 2014. 7 Br. Begins October 12. Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie are American Indian women, coming of age in the 1970s. They navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the Mozhay Point reservation. When Theresa meets Michael Washington, he introduces her to his father Zho Wash, and the three women begin looking at their people’s history. L – Read by Michele Potts.

Senseless Acts of Beauty, Fiction by Lisa Virge Higgins, 2015. 10 Br. Begins October 21. Fourteen-year-old Sadie Winter’s only clue to the identity of her birth mother is a towel with a camp logo. Determined to find her, she sets off for that camp. Her mother, Tess Hendrick, has kept tabs on her and realizes she probably has gone to that camp to find her. She wants to protect her daughter from knowing that she was conceived through rape. Meanwhile, DNA tests have identified the rapist and shared his name and address with Tess. Read by Rachael Freed


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

In Manchuria, Nonfiction by Michael Meyer, 2015. 13 Br. Began October 1. For three years, Michael Meyer rented a home in the Chinese rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife’s family, and their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing. Read by Chris Colestock.

Unstill Life, Nonfiction by Gabrielle Selz, 2014. 9 Br. Begins October 20. Gabrielle’s father was known to the art world as Mr. Modern Art, leaving her to grow up in a home full of the most celebrated artists of the day. Like the art he loved, he was vibrant and freewheeling but his enthusiasm for women and art took its toll. L,S – Read by June Prange.          


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

Rebel Queen, Fiction by Michelle Moran, 2015. 12 Br. Begins October 22. When Britain sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. But when English soldiers arrive in the kingdom of Jhansi, they’re met with a surprising challenge: Queen Lakshmi and her armies. Read by Judith Johannessen.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Speak Now, Nonfiction by Kenji Yoshino, 2015. 12 Br. Begins October 19. The 2012 Hollingsworth v. Perry trial in California was a landmark civil rights trial. It legalized same-sex marriage in our most populous state, but in the process, it did so much more. Read by Mike Piscitelli.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

A Good Killing, Fiction by Allison Leotta, 2015. 10 Br. Begins October 19. Anna Curtis returns to her Michigan home town where the high school coach was killed in a car crash but her sister, Jody, is accused of murdering him. But maybe her sister isn’t so innocent after all; police think she was having an affair with the coach and killed him out of jealousy. V,L,S – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.


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

Bittersweet, Fiction by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, 2014. 14 Br. Began October 13. Mabel has been accepted into the sphere of a powerful family. But when she finds out what they had to do to keep their power, she is faced with a difficult question: should she expose their ugliness, or keep their dark secrets and make their world her own? V,L,S – Read by Kristi Sullivan.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Future Crimes, Nonfiction by Marc Goodman, 2015. 21 Br. Began October 12. Technological advances have benefitted our world in immeasurable ways, but our technology can also be turned against us. And with the advances in technology, there will be even greater risks. Read by John Demma.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Bull Mountain, Fiction by Brian Panowich, 2015. 9 Br. Begins October 26. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff to keep the peace. But when a federal agent with the ATF shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down Bull Mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother. L -Read by Tom Price.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Vorrh, Fiction by B. Catling, 2015. 19 Br. Began October 6. At the edge of the African colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vast, perhaps endless, forest. It is a place of demons and angels, warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes memory. Now a renegade English soldier attempts to be the first human to traverse its expanse. But others try to stop him. Read by Peter Danbury.


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


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