January, 2018

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

JANESVILLE: AN AMERICAN STORY

by Amy Goldstein - read by Anne Tedlie (13 episodes - 12/15/17-1/2/18)

A Washington Post reporter's intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin - Paul Ryan's hometown - and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills - but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

OPTION B

by Sheryl Sandberg - read by Mona Reeves (6 episodes - 1/3/18-1/10/18)

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void, '" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart--and her journal--to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl's loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

THE LOWELLS OF MASSACHUSETTS

by Nina Sankovitch - read by Rosemary Scalessa (15 episodes - 1/11/18-1/31/18)

The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s. For the first time, Nina Sankovitch tells the story of this fascinating and powerful dynasty in The Lowells of Massachusetts.


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

THE MAGNOLIA STORY

by Chip and Joanna Gaines - read by Darlene French-White (7 episodes - 1/1/18-1/9/18)

Are you ready to see your fixer upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like - Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

AN AMERICAN SICKNESS

by Elisabeth Rosenthal - read by Michael Guthrie (12 episodes - 1/10/18-1/25/18)

At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems. In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare.

THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

by Ariel Levy - read by Christine Brazill (6 episodes - 1/26/18-2/2/18)

When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true. Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed.


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

THE INEVITABLE: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

by Kevin Kelly - read by Doug Hooker (14 episodes - 1/1/18-1/16/18)

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives. Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion.

GOLDEN PREY

by John Sandford - read by Bill Davis (14 episodes - 1/17/18-2/1/18)

The man was smart and he didn't mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport's first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.


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

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE

by Thomas L. Friedman - read by Russ Marshall (24 episodes, 1/01/18-01/27/18)

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers. In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration--and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell-phone service and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results.

THE GAME OF LIFE FOR WOMEN

by Florence Scovel Shinn. - read by Mona Reeves (3 episodes - 1/29/18-1/31/18)

Now the world's most celebrated book and guide on how to "WIN" the game of life through positive attitudes and affirmations is refined for women, giving them the opportunity to cultivate success and bond closely with Florence Scovel Shinn's everlasting wisdom like never before.


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

CAMINO ISLAND

by John Grisham - read by Renee Ford Clark (9 episodes, 12/23/17-1/2/18)

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University's Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars. Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

AT THE WATER'S EDGE

by Sara Gruen - read by Martha Kennedy (12 episodes, 01/03/18-01/16/18)

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son's inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie's horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces (and pocketbook).

DARKTOWN

by Thomas Mullen - read by Matt Robbins (14 episodes, 1/17/18-2/1/18)

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can't arrest white suspects; they can't drive a squad car; they can't even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds.


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

DOWN DON'T BOTHER ME

by Jason Miller - read by Don Gurlock of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (8 episodes, 01/02/18-01/10/18)

A hugely entertaining debut - the first novel in a wickedly funny gothic mystery series set in the withering landscape of the southern Illinois coal country known as "little Egypt" - that blends the wry humor of Kevin Wilson, the dark violence of Urban Waite, and the electric atmosphere of Greg Iles. In the depths of the Knight Hawk, one of the last working collieries in downstate Illinois, the body of a reporter is found, his mini-recorder tied around his neck and a notepad stuffed in his mouth.

SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEBODY GOOD

by Jan Caron - read by Carol Lewis of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (14 episodes, 1/11/18-1/26/18)

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion.

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

by David McCullough - read by J.D. Hickey (4 episodes, 01/27/18-01/31/18)

A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States - winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others - that reminds us of fundamental American principles.


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

LOST HORIZON

by English author James Hilton - read by Rosemary Scalessa (6 episodes - 01/06/18-01/21/18)

While attempting to escape a civil war, four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains. After their plane crashes, they are found by a mysterious Chinese man. He leads them to a monastery hidden in "the valley of the blue moon" -- a land of mystery and matchless beauty where life is lived in tranquil wonder, beyond the grasp of a doomed world.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

by American author James M. Cain - read by Tom Jowers (4 episodes - 01/27/18-02/04/18)

Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1935, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

Special Programming for January

HISTORY DECODED

by Brad Meltzer and Keith Ferrell - read by Anne Teddlie (7 episodes - January 1 from 11 AM until 6 PM)

It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents - the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.

BLACK LIKE ME

by John Howard Griffith - read by Renee Ford Clark (7 episodes - January 15 from 11 AM until 6 PM)

In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity-that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every American.