May, 2017

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

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.

HIDDEN FIGURES

by Margot Lee Shetterly - read by Renee Ford Clark (11 episodes - 5/4/17-5/18/17)

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

MY MARATHON

by Frank Shorter - read by J. D. Hickey (9 episodes - 5/19/17-5/31/17)

My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life is a revealing memoir by Frank Shorter, the father of American distance running. After winning the 1969 NCAA title in the 10,000-meters title during his senior year at Yale, Shorter went on to win a staggering 24 national titles on track, road, and cross country courses, but it was in the marathon that Shorter achieved his greatest fame and recognition.


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

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.

AMERICAN GREEN

Ted Steinberg - read by Jay Palmer (8 episodes - 5/8/17-5/17/17)

The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. American Green, Ted Steinberg's witty expose of this bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers.

A PERFECT LIFE

by Danielle Steel - read by Anne Teddlie (10 episodes - 5/18/17-5/31/17)

a heartwarming and inspirational novel about a mother and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of . . .A Perfect Life.


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

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.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: A BRIEF LIFE

by Peter Ackroyd - read by Richard Low (10 episodes - 5/5/17-5/16/17)

Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century?

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE

by Michael Connelly - read by Martha Kennedy (13 episodes - 5/27/17-5/31/17)

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?


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

HOME

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

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?

ORPHAN X

by Harlan Coben - read by Tom Jowers (11 episodes, 5/2/17-5/13/2017)

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets, i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear. Now someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan's weakness, his to find him and eliminate him.

THE WHISTLER

by John Grisham - read by Bill Davis (15 episodes, 5/15/17-5/31/2017)

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It's rare, but it happens.


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

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.

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD

by Trevor Noah - read by Michael Guthrie (9 episodes - 5/3/17-5/12/17)

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

HEAT AND LIGHT

by Jennifer Haigh - read by Connie Jameson of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (17 episodes, 5/13/17-6/1/2017)

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn't count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother's skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling -until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.


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

LEAVING ORBIT: NOTES FROM THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN SPACE FLIGHT

by Margaret Lazarus Dean - read by Lenoah Sneely of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (13 episodes, 5/2/17-5/16/2017)

In the 1960s, humans took their first steps away from Earth, and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA's last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida's Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way, Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won't be going to space anymore?

THE REST IS SILENCE

by JAMES R. BENN - read by Tom Price of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (13 episodes, 5/17/17-5/31/2017)

When an unidentified corpse washes ashore at Slapton Sands on England's southern coast, US Army Captain Billy Boyle and his partner, Lieutenant Piotr "Kaz" Kazimierz, are assigned to investigate. The Devonshire beach is the home to Operation Tiger, the top-secret rehearsal for the approaching D-Day invasion of Normandy, and the area is restricted; no one seems to know where the corpse could have come from.


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

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.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

by Arthur Conan Doyle - read by Rosemary Scalessa (6 episodes - 5/13/17-5/28/17)

Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?