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AUGUST, 2014

9 AM (Mon-Fri)


by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Read by Jim Beattie. (8 episodes, 08/28/14 – 09/08/14)

Book jacket illustration.Millions of readers have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history.

Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus’s life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable - and changed the world forever.

by Charles Mann

Read by Matt Robbins. (4 episodes, 09/09/14 – 09/12/14)

Book jacket illustration.Unraveling mysteries from the past involves a myriad of experts from every field of study that may take generations to sort out. As with any work of fiction or expository text, much is brought to the experience from prior knowledge, current events, and personal connections. In this case, the author's own genealogy plays a prominent role since his ancestry includes John Billington, an Englishman who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. His previous dramatic presentation for adults, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, was a hefty 541 pages whereas this is just over one hundred pages to highlight his findings for children. Regardless of commonly understood historical renderings as found in most school books, students and adults can appreciate the depth of knowledge and scope of authentic resources given in Mann's research. There is no doubt about his sincerity or extensive support for his findings. However, as with any difficult subject matter (in this case due to the time period and in debunking some of the established record), readers are invited to join in the discussion with curiosity, intensity, and a genuine desire to put more of the pieces together. There are three parts to the book that endeavor to answer probing questions. First, how old was the "New World?" Next, why did Europe succeed? Lastly, were the Americas really a wilderness? Each section has several chapters that contain artifacts, photographs, artistic renderings, maps, and accompanying text boxes with additional features. A dramatic detail statement appears in extra large fonts within chapters that bring rather surprising aspects to the forefront. There is also a simple Glossaryand comprehensive Index, as well as Further Reading, Websites, and Photo and Illustration Credits. Whether or not audiences are persuaded by these retellings about many different groupings of people, all ages might well be captivated by the author's profound efforts to dig much deeper into the beginnings of the Americas.


by Valerie Lawson

Read by Rosemary Scalessa. (12 episodes, 09/15/14 – 09/30/14)

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The remarkable life of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.

An arresting life…Lawson is superb at excavating the details. –Library Journal

The spellbinding stories of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical nanny, have been loved by generations. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a children’s book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the title role in Walt Disney’s hugely successful and equally classic film. But the Mary Poppins in the stories was not the cheery film character. She was tart and sharp, plain and vain. She was a remarkable character.

The story of Mary Poppins’ creator, as this definitive biography reveals, is equally remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was actually conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who came to London in 1924 from Queensland as a journalist. She became involved with Theosophy, traveled in the literary circles of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and became a disciple of the famed spiritual guru, Gurdjieff. She famously clashed with Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film. Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for “thinking you know more about Mary Poppins than I do,” was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’s big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped Travers’s life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny who emerged from her pen was the creation of someone who remained inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography provides the first full look whose personal journey is as intriguing as her beloved characters.


10 AM (Mon-Fri)

by Seth Davis

Read by Matt Robbins. (26 episodes, 08/01/14 – 09/05/14)

Book jacket illustration.A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America’s top college basketball writers

No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and ’70s capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his “Pyramid of Success.”

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has written the definitive biography of Wooden, an unflinching portrait that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden himself. Davis shows how hard Wooden strove for success, from his All-American playing days at Purdue through his early years as a high school and college coach to the glory days at UCLA, only to discover that reaching new heights brought new burdens and frustrations. Davis also reveals how at the pinnacle of his career Wooden found himself on questionable ground with alumni, referees, assistants, and even some of his players. His was a life not only of lessons taught, but also of lessons learned.

Woven into the story as well are the players who powered Wooden’s championship teams – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Walt Hazzard, and others – many of whom speak frankly about their coach. The portrait that emerges from Davis’s remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.


by Joe Scarborough

Read by Rosemary Scalessa. (6 episodes, 09/06/14 – 09/15/14)

Book jacket illustration.Joe Scarborough—former Republican congressman and the always insightful host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—takes a nuanced and surprising look at the unexpected rise and self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. Dominant in national politics for forty years under the influence of the conservative but pragmatic leadership of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, the GOP, Scarborough argues, is in a self-inflicted eclipse. The only way forward? Recover the principled realism of the giants who led the party to greatness.
In the aftermath of Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the Republican Party appeared to be on the verge of permanent irrelevance. LBJ’s Great Society was institutionalizing sweeping liberal reforms, and the United States had a thriving, prosperous economy. Yet in an instant everything changed, and the next four decades would witness an unprecedented era of Republican ascendancy. What happened?
In The Right Path, Joe Scarborough looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated American public life. From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the enemy of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely practical genius, Scarborough shows how principled pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core conservative values, led to victory after victory.
Now, however, political incalcitrance is threatening to turn a once-mighty party into a permanent minority.  
Opening with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965—the high-water moment for liberalism—and ending with the national disillusionment that set in after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, The Right Path effortlessly blends American political history with astute analysis and pithy, no-holds-barred commentary. Both a bracing call to arms and a commonsense history, The Right Path provides an illuminating look at conservatism and its discontents—and why the GOP must regain its former tone and tradition if it hopes to survive.


by Chris Hadfield

Read by Maurice Glatzer. (11 episodes, 09/16/14 – 09/30/14)

Book jacket illustration.Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe."-New York Post

Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft.

In his bestselling An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.

10 PM (Mon-Fri)


by Barbara Leaming

Read by Renee Ford Clark. (19 episodes, 08/12/14 – 09/02/14)

Book jacket illustration.Drawing from recently declassified top-secret material, as well as revelatory eyewitness accounts, Secret Service records, and Jacqueline Kennedy's personal letters, bestselling biographer Barbara Leaming answers the question: what was it like to be Mrs. John F. Kennedy during the dramatic thousand days of the Kennedy presidency? Brilliantly researched, Leaming's poignant and powerful chronicle illuminates the tumultuous day-to-day life of a woman who entered the White House at age thirty-one, seven years into a complex and troubled marriage, and left at thirty-four after her husband's assassination. Revealing the full story of the interplay of sex and politics in Washington, Mrs. Kennedy will indelibly challenge our vision of this fascinating woman, and bring a new perspective to her crucial role in the Kennedy presidency.



by Jason Mott

Read by Darlene French White. (10 episodes, 09/03/14 – 09/13/14)

Book jacket illustration."The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

The sensational New York Times bestselling novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life…

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.


by Dan Jenkins

Read by Jim Beattie. (10 episodes, 09/15/14 – 09/25/14)

Book jacket illustration.From Dan Jenkins—one of America’s most respected and acclaimed sportswriters and author of the bestselling novels Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect—comes a colorful, sentimental, hilarious, and cantankerous memoir about his lifelong journey through the world of sports.

“Sometimes, I envy my own childhood,” says Dan Jenkins. Many can say that about Dan’s whole life. In His Ownself, we follow him from his youth in Texas, where being a sports fan meant understanding a lot about religion, heroes, and drinking; to his first job at the Fort Worth Press working alongside all-time journalistic greats like Blackie Sherrod and Bud Shrake; to the glory days of Sports Illustrated. One of a handful of writers to establish SI as the most important sports magazine ever, Dan refocused the magazine’s college football coverage and covered the game’s greatest players and coaches. Beyond football, Dan is in the conversation about the best golf writers of all time. Having covered every Masters, U.S. Open, PGA, and British Open for the past fifty years, he takes us behind the scenes to capture the drama—as well as the humor—of these tournaments as he brings us up close and personal with the likes of Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.
     From his friendship and the rounds played with Ben Hogan, to the stories swapped with New York’s elite, to the corporate expense accounts abused, Dan lets loose on his experiences in journalism, sports, and showbiz. An honest, one-of-a-kind look at politics, hypocrites, political correctness, the past, the present, Hollywood, money, and athletes, this is a sports fan’s dream book. It’s a touching, laugh-out-loud tribute to the romanticism of sportswriting and the glory days of sports, told straight from the mouth of the man who saw it all his ownself.


by Adriana Trigiani

Read by Rosemary Scalessa. (5 episodes, 09/26/14 – 10/01/14)

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A treasure trove of common sense from two very uncommon women

As devoted readers of Adriana Trigiani's New York Times bestselling novels know, this "seemingly effortless storyteller" (Boston Globe) frequently draws inspiration from her own family history, in particular, the lives of her two remarkable grandmothers, who have found their way into all of Trigiani's treasured novels. In Don't Sing at the Table, this much-beloved writer has gathered their estimable life lessons, revealing how her grandmothers' simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor, and wisdom of her beloved mentors that will delight readers of all ages.




11 PM (Mon-Sat)

by Kim Edwards

Read by Fay Kaufman. (16 episodes, 08/14/14 – 09/01/14)

Book jacket illustration.A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love

Kim Edwards’s stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century—in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that winter night long ago.

A family drama, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.


by Chervis Isom

Read by Tom Jowers. (13 episodes, 09/02/14 – 09/16/14)

by Jim Hougan

Read by Joe Grayman. (17 episodes, 09/17/14 – 10/06/14)

Book jacket illustration.Five men were arrested in the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Wearing business suits and surgical gloves, they were in possession of bugging devices and photographic equip ment. The book reveals that accounts of the break in have been deliberately falsified by a CIA cover story. One of the most important political events in American history, the Watergate affair, came to a dramatic end in 1974 with the resignation in disgrace of President Richard M. Nixon. Ten years later, investigative journalist Jim Hougan, relying upon thousands of pages formerly secret FBI and CIA documents, police vice squad reports and interviews with White House officials, Cabinet members, landladies, secretaries, security guards - at least a hundred in all - has come to startling conclusions about what really happened at the Watergate and asks questions never before posed




12 AM (Tues-Sun)

by Henning Mankel

Read by Sandra Mathis. (17 episodes, 08/17/14 – 09/05/14)

Book jacket illustration.The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective, Kurt Wallander.

On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander—officially. But von Enke is his daughter’s future father-in-law. And so, with his inimitable disregard for normal procedure, Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he won’t keep, telling lies when it suits him—and getting results. But the results hint at elaborate Cold War espionage activities that seem inextricably confounding, even to Wallander, who, in any case, is troubled in more personal ways as well. Negligent of his health, he’s become convinced that, having turned sixty, he is on the threshold of senility. Desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, he is continually haunted by his past. And looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself.


by Rick Riordan

Read by Amy Maxwell. (17 episodes, 09/06/14 – 09/25/14)

Book jacket illustration.After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they?ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

by David N. Martin

Read by Russ Marshall. (10 episodes, 09/26/14 – 10/07/14)

Book jacket illustration.When Eva Cunningham's wealthy art collector husband drops dead on the first tee at Huntcliff Golf Club, the search for his elusive killer ricochets down avenues of time from Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains to Atlanta's Chattahoochee River. Henri Rousseau's companion painting to his masterpiece, The Sleeping Gypsy, dangles a tantalizing clue. Mystery fans will love this book as they match wits with the author in a race to find whodunit.




2AM (Tues-Sun)

by David Cady

Read by Tom Jowers. (10 episodes, 08/29/14 – 09/09/14)

Book jacket illustration.In David Cady's new thriller-SEVERED-he combines two time-periods to tell a riveting story that rushes toward its conclusion with unbelievable tension. By blending in the music of the 50's and early 60's, David Cady-author of THE HANDLER and FATAL OPTION-takes the reader on a nostalgic and suspenseful trip back to the summer just before the assassination of JFK, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the explosion of the civil rights movement .

The narrative starts in Daytona Beach, Florida-1996-with two detectives arriving at a murder scene of a young woman-fully nude-along the edge of the Halifax River at Tomoka State Park. The younger detective starts questioning the older sergeant about the last murder that took place in Tomoka 33 years before.
It is 1963-Scott "Bozz" Bostwick along with three of his friends arrive at Daytona Beach after traveling 500 miles from their home in North Georgia. They plan to party, hit on some chicks, and drink lots of beer. By midweek-desperate because he hasn't hooked up with any girls-Bozz strikes up a conversation with the most gorgeous and sexiest girl at the Pier Dance. While dancing with this free-spirited beauty, Bozz learns that her name is Ginger, she is a local girl, and that she is with another local native, Becky-a gorgeous blond. Easily, the girls coax Bozz and his buddy TJ into taking them to the ghostly Tomoka State Park in search of a mysterious light. Bozz, TJ, and the girls leave friends Red and Lard at the boardwalk where soon two burly men-Travis and Jesse-abduct the two teen boys and force them into going with them to Tomoka in search of the girls, Ginger and Becky, whom the psychopathic men seem to know well.

It is 1996 -the two detectives, while investigating the recent murder at Tomoka-talk about the murder many years before. The sergeant reveals that the night of the murder 33 years before one of the guys had his privates cut off, that two people were killed, and that he was there.

It is 1963-Bozz's group runs out of gas in the middle of an isolated Tomoka many miles from anyone-so they think. Bozz and Ginger walk deeper into Tomoka searching for gas while TJ and Becky wait at the car. As the two, now drunk, pursuers drive Red and Lard deeper into Tomoka they divulge that they have just gotten out of prison and that Ginger and Becky are more than just friends to the vengeful men. A night of horror develops for the boys and Bozz finds himself stranded in a swamp fleeing for his life with a girl who has too many secrets.

by Ernest Hemingway

Read by Bill Norton. (10 episodes, 09/10/14 – 09/20/14)

Book jacket illustration.The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto—of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized—is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.




by Harper Lee

Read by Rosemary Scalessa. (10 episodes, 09/21/14 – 10/02/14)

Book jacket illustration.Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.

Author Biography:

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, where she attended local schools and the University of Alabama. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, three honarary degrees, and many other literary awards





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