April, 2017

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

IKE'S GAMBLE

by Michael Doran - read by Michael Guthrie (9 episodes - 3/22/17-4/3/17)

This major retelling of the Suez Crisis of 1956 - one of the most important events in the history of US policy in the Middle East - shows how President Eisenhower came to realize that Israel, not Egypt, is America's strongest regional ally.

In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt moved to take possession of the Suez Canal, thereby bringing the Middle East to the brink of war. The British and the French, who operated the canal, joined with Israel in a plan to retake it by force. Despite the special relationship between England and America, Dwight Eisenhower intervened to stop the invasion.

THE DAD REPORT

by Kevin Cook - read by Phil Rosenbaum from the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network. (8 episodes - 4/4/17-4/13/17)

Baseball honors legacies - from cheering the home team to breaking in an old glove handed down from father to son. In The Dad Report, award-winning sportswriter Kevin Cook weaves a tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons - from the sport's superstars to Cook and his own ball-playing father - share the game.

THE SHACK

by William P. Young - read by Kathy Cook (9 episodes - 4/14/17-4/26/17)

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

CITIZENS OF CAMPBELL

by Ann Reed - read by read by Ann Reed. From the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network. (5 episodes - 4/27/17-5/3/17)

Earl Johansen and Nearly Kelly have been friends since they were boys in Campbell, Iowa. Now old men, Nearly lives in the Veterans Home, where Earl is his frequent visitor and steadfast companion. As his health deteriorates and they reminiscence about days gone by, Nearly has only one regret - something Earl and a couple of new friends might help him resolve.


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

HISTORY DECODED

by Brad Meltzer and Keith Farrell - read by Anne Teddlie (7 episodes - 3/27/17-4/4/17)

Adapted from "Decoded," Meltzer's hit show on the HISTORY network, "History Decoded" explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny?" What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what's still-and perhaps forever-unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.

HOMEGOING

by Yaa Gyasi - read by Darlene French White (13 episodes - 4/5/17-4/21/17)

This New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

THE GUSTAV SONATA

by Rose Tremain - read by Bob Brier (10 episodes - 4/24/17-5/5/17)

What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment? Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in 'neutral' Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows.

As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav's life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined.


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

STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS

by Julie Klassen - read by Alan Lippitt (9 episodes - 3/23/17-4/1/17)

Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. Marketplace's Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighborhood, forging deep relationships with ordinary people who see in the city's sleek skyline a brighter future, and a chance to rewrite their destinies. There's Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons. Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself with religion and get-rich-quick schemes while keeping her skeptical husband at bay. Up a flight of stairs, musician and cafe owner CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like

THE FAIR FIGHT

by Anna Freeman - read by Katrina Shoemaker (18 episodes - 4/3/17-4/22/17)

Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr. Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a puglist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn.

The Fair Fight will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.

RUSHING WATERS

by Danielle Steel - read by Fay Kaufman (10 episodes - 4/24/17-5/4/17)

Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on New York City. And in a matter of hours, six people, along with their families, friends, and millions of other New Yorkers living around them, will be caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes.


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

SHOE DOG

by Phil Knight - read by Christine Brazill (15 episodes - 4/1/17-4/18/17)

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

HOME

by Harlan Coben - read by Russ Marshall (11 episodes, 4/19/17-5/1/2017)

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?


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

CLOSED CASKET

by Sophie Hannah - read by Rosemary Scalessa (9 episodes - 4/1/17-4/11/17)

Hercule Poirot returns in another brilliant murder mystery that can be solved only by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.

Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live....

AVENUE OF SPIES

by Alex Kershaw - read by Sara Frooman (9 episodes, 4/12/17-4/21/2017)

The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.

SECRET SERVICE DOGS

by Maria Goodavage - read by Rosemary Scalessa (9 episodes, 4/22/17-5/2/2017)

In an age fraught with terrorism, United States Secret Service canine teams risk their lives to safeguard the president, vice president, their families, visiting heads of state, and a host of others. Unprecedented access to these heroic dog teams has allowed a fascinating first-time-ever look at a very special breed of heroes.


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

HISSING COUSINS

by Mark Peyser and Timothy Dwyer - read by Jan Anderson. From the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (15 episodes - 4/1/17-4/18/17)

A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century.

FISHING WITH RAYANNE

by Ava Finch - read by Sue McDonald. From the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (11 episodes - 4/19/17-4/30/17)

Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of pro fishing to finally settle in her Minneapolis fixer-upper, thirty-something RayAnne unexpectedly lands at the helm of the first all-women fishing and talk show. Between her dad's falling off the wagon, unwanted advice from Mom - a life coach to the menopausal rich - and her clingy dog, she needs the advice of her beloved grandmother more than ever. Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of pro fishing to finally settle in her Minneapolis fixer-upper, thirty-something RayAnne unexpectedly lands at the helm of the first all-women fishing and talk show. Between her dad's falling off the wagon, unwanted advice from Mom - a life coach to the menopausal rich - and her clingy dog, she needs the advice of her beloved grandmother more than ever.


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

CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS

by Marion Nelson - read by Marion Nelson (2 episodes - 2/25/17-3/18/17)

George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.

DEATH BE NOT PROUD

by John Gunther - read by Doug Hooker (9 episodes - 4/8/17-5/13/17)

Death Be Not Proud chronicles Johnny Gunther's gallant struggle against the malignant brain tumor that killed him at the age of seventeen. The book opens with his father's fond, vivid portrait of his son - a young man of extraordinary intellectual promise, who excelled at physics, math, and chess, but was also an active, good-hearted, and fun-loving kid. But the heart of the book is a description of the agonized months during which Gunther and his former wife Frances try everything in their power to halt the spread of Johnny's cancer and to make him as happy and comfortable as possible. In the last months of his life, Johnny strove hard to complete his high school studies. The scene of his graduation ceremony from Deerfield Academy is one of the most powerful - and heartbreaking - in the entire book. Johnny maintained his courage, wit and quiet friendliness up to the end of his life. He died on June 30, 1947, less than a month after graduating from Deerfield.