July, 2017

THE COFFEE BREAK - 9:00 AM (Mon-Fri) - sponsored by Royal Cup Coffee

THE REDEMPTION OF GALEN PIKE

by Carys Davies - read by Michael Guthrie (4 episodes - 7/3/17-7/6/17)

In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father's enemy.

Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others.

THE PERFECT HORSE

by Elizabeth Letts - read by Rosemary Scalessa (11 episodes - 7/7/17-7/21/17)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable true story of the valiant rescue of priceless pedigree horses in the last days of World War II.

THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS

by Michael Finkel - read by Bob Brier (7 episodes - 7/24/17-8/1/17)

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality -- not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.


THE MORNING BOOK @ 10:00 AM (Mon-Fri)

THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH

by Donna Leon - read by Ruth Elsbree (11 episodes - 7/3/17-7/17/17)

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, only surviving thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn't remember a thing.

Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness - the girl's grandmother - asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti's not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, it would surely have passed the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfill the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, who happens to be his mother-in-law's best friend, he agrees.

KILLING THE RISING SUN

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dougard - read by Tom Jowers (10 episodes - 7/18/17-7/31/17)

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. This epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.


PUBLISHERS BEST BOOK - 10:00 PM (Mon-Sat)

THE LAST MILE

by David Baldacci - read by Marty Kwatinetz (13 episodes - 7/1/17-7/15/17)

Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution - for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier - when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars - guilty or not - a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

HEAVEN'S DITCH

by Jack Kelly - 14 episodes read by Bonnie Smith Yaekel of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (14 episodes - 7/17/17-8/1/17)

The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement crackled down its length, the canal became the scene of the most striking outburst of imagination in American history. Zealots invented new religions and new modes of living. The Erie Canal made New York the financial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. Men and women saw God face to face, gained and lost fortunes, and reveled in a period of intense spiritual creativity.


FOR LATE LISTENERS - 11:00 PM (Mon-Sat)

RED SPARROW

by Jason Matthews - read by Tom Jowers (19 episodes - 7/1/17-7/22/17)

In today's Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow," a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin's intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel's impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller.

THE CREEK WAR AND THE WAR OF 1812

by Mike Bunn and Clay Williams - courtesy of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (2 episodes - 7/24/17-7/25/17)

This comprehensive book is the first to chronicle both wars and document the sites on which they were fought. It sheds light on how the wars led to the forced removal of Native Americans from the region, secured the Gulf South against European powers, facilitated increased migration into the area, furthered the development of slavebased agriculture and launched the career of Andrew Jackson.

THE ABBEY

by James Martin, SJ - read by Jim Gregorich of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (5 episodes, 7/26/17-7/31/17)

A divorced single mom, Anne can sometimes barely cope with life and struggles to make sense of the death of her young son. A former architect who had a promising career, Mark works as a handyman and wonders how his life got off track. The abbot of the Abbey of Saints Philip and James, Father Paul sometimes questions how to best live a life that secludes him so thoroughly from the world. At a Pennsylvania abbey, this unlikely trio will discover the answers they seek - a miracle of hope and understanding that bears witness to the surprising power of God to bring healing and wholeness to our lives.


FOR NIGHT OWLS - 12:00 AM (Tues-Sun)

MISS PERIGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

by Ransom Riggs - read by Rosemary Scalessa (9 episodes - 7/1/17-7/11/17)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.

CHANCE DEVELOPMENTS

by Alexander McCall Smith - read by Richard Low (5 episodes - 7/12/17- 7/16/17)

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings - an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Some will find joy and fulfilment - others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.

THE SCARECROW

by Michael Connelly - read by Bill Norton (12 episodes - 7/18/17-7/30/17)

Twelve years ago, crime Reporter Jack McEvoy came face to face with a brutal serial killer nicknamed The Poet. Emotionally scarred by the encounter, Jack also found fame and fortune as the newspaperman who live to tell the tale.

But now Jack is yesterday's news, and he's about to be forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts. Angry and defiant, he's determined to out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive story of his career.


OVERNIGHT BOOK - 2:00 AM (Tues-Sun)

BELL WEATHER

by Dennis Mahoney - read by Ann Opst of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (14 episodes, 6/17/17-7/2/17)

When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from the flooded Antler River, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root - an isolated settlement in the strange wilderness of colonial Floria. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its spirited new inhabitant, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods.

As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly's past spills into the present: a desperate voyage; a genius brother; a tragedy she hasn't fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together. Dennis Mahoney's Bell Weather is an otherworldly and kinetic story that blends history and fantasy, mystery and adventure to mesmerizing effect.

THE GAMES

by David Goldblatt - read by Jim Gregorich of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (20 episodes, 7/4/17-7/23/17)

For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Games are a joy and a treasure, but how did they develop into a global colossus? How have they been buffeted by - and, in turn, affected by - world events? Why do we care about them so much?

From the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history through national triumphs and tragedies, individual victories and failures. Here is the story of grand Olympic traditions such as winners' medals, the torch relay, and the eternal flame. Here is the story of popular Olympic events such as gymnastics, the marathon, and alpine skiing (as well as discontinued ones like tug-of-war). And here in all their glory are Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, Abebe Bikila to Bob Beamon, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt.

THE KISSKADEE OF DEATH

by Jan Dunlap - read by Laura Young of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (6 episodes, 7/25/17-7/30/17)

Illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and the advent of space tourism creates a deadly backdrop for a murder investigation when birder Bob White finds a famous Winter Texan dead in one of the Rio Grande Valley's World Birding Centers during his January escape from Minnesota's deep-freeze. Kirkus reviews says: "The avian details in Bob's adventures (Swift Justice, 2014, etc.) make them a treat for birdwatchers or, in this case, anyone interested in South Texas. This one provides enough credible suspects for a mystery that keeps you guessing."


CLASSIC BOOKS - 4:00 PM (Sat-Sun) - Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

by English author Lewis Carroll, read by Tiffany Harlowb (6 episodes - 6/24/17-7/9/17)

Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground - to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature. The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat - each more eccentric than the last - could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children's literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up. Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children's world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal - real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

by English author Oscar Wilde - read by Renee Ford Clark (9 episodes - 7/15/17-8/12/17)

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author's most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel's corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, "a terrible moral in Dorian Gray." Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray's relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be - in other ages, perhaps."

INDEPENDENCE DAY 11:00 AM UNTIL 6:00 PM

THE FOUNDING FATHERS RECONSIDERED

by R.B. Bernstein - read by Rosemary Scalessa (7 episodes - 7/4/17)

A vividly written and compact overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as the "Founding Fathers" - who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic "philosopher-kings" as American or world history has ever seen.