THE COFFEE BREAK - 9:00 AM (Mon-Fri) - sponsored by Royal Cup Coffee
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
by Celeste Ng - read by Matt Robbins (13 episodes - 3/1/18-3/19/18)
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE
by Diane Ackerman - read by Rosemary Scalessa (9 episodes - 3/20/18-3/30/18)
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw-and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants-otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.
THE MORNING BOOK @ 10:00 AM (Mon-Fri)
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE
by Lisa See - read by Ruth Elsbree (18 episodes - 3/1/18-3/26/18)
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate - the first automobile any of them have seen - and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people.
by Jacqueline Woodson - read by Mona Reeves (3 episodes - 3/27/18-3/29/18)
Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything - until it wasn't. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant - a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared.
MAKE YOUR BED
by Admiral William McRaven - read by Susan Sweeney (3 episodes - 3/139/18-4/3/18)
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.
PUBLISHERS BEST BOOK - 10:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
by Katherine Arden - read by Dannaudra Jackson (13 episodes - 2/15/18-3/1/18)
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
by Thomas Mullen - read by Matt Robbins (15 episodes, 3/2/18-3/19/18)
Officer Denny Rakestraw, "Negro Officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950 and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families - including Smith's sister and brother-in-law - are moving into Rake's formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out, while others advocate a more violent solution. Rake's brother-in-law, Dale, a proud Klansman, launches a scheme to rally his fellow Kluxers to save their neighborhood. When those efforts spiral out of control and leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.
by Lisa Scottoline - read by Russ Marshall (11 episodes - 3/20/18-3/31/18)
Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues - ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend. SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.
FOR LATE LISTENERS - 11:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
HOUSE OF SPIES
by Daniel Silva - read by Jim Beattie (15 episodes, 2/14/18-3/2/18)
Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge - determined to hunt down the world's most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin. Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London's glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel's enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West.
THE ASTONISHING THING
by Sandi Ward - read by Rosemary Scalessa (8 episodes - 3/3/18-3/12/18)
In her inventive, sometimes bittersweet, ultimately uplifting debut, Sandi Ward draws readers into one extraordinary cat's quest to make sense of her world, illuminating the limits and mysterious depths of love . . . Pet owners know that a cat's loyalty is not easily earned. Boo, a resourceful young feline with a keen eye and inquiring mind has nonetheless grown intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. Several days ago, Carrie--or Mother, as Boo calls her--suddenly went away, leaving her family, including Boo, in disarray. Carrie's husband, Tommy, is distant and distracted even as he does his best to care for Boo's human siblings, especially baby Finn.
THE LEGENDS CLUB
by John Feinstein - read by Matthew Schnell (17 episodes - 3/13/18-3/31/18)
The riveting inside story of college basketball's fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends - University of North Carolina's Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State's Jim Valvano - by the king of college basketball writers, #1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein.
FOR NIGHT OWLS - 12:00 AM (Tues-Sun)
by Janet Evanovich - read by Marty Kwatinetz (8 episodes, 3/1/18-3/9/18)
In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body - frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan - read by Richard Low (8 episodes, 3/10/18-3/18/18)
The life Dr. Dylan Reinhart saves may be his own. Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally - he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene - along with a threatening message from the killer - it looks like someone has been taking notes.
I KNOW A SECRET
by Tess Garretson - read by Matt Robbins (11 episodes, 3/20/18-3/31/18)
In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo - featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles - are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer. The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim's eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?
OVERNIGHT BOOK - 2:00 AM (Tues-Sun)
ECHOES IN DEATH
by J.D. Robb - read by Bill Norton (13 episodes, 3/1/18-3/15/18)
As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman - dazed, naked, and bloody - suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action. Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it's too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him "the devil."
by John Grisham - read by Martha Kennedy (14 episodes, 3/16/18-3/31/18)
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town's legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to "help real people with real problems."
CLASSIC BOOKS - 4:00 PM (Sat-Sun) - Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.
by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson - read by Bob Brier (9 episodes - 3/1/18-3/31/18)
The adventures of David Balfour, a young orphan, as he journeys through the dangerous Scottish Highlands in an attempt to regain his rightful inheritance.