Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, August 17 through Friday September 4, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming
The Whitshank clan has a long history in Baltimore. It’s the way Tyler reveals the story of Red and Abby and their family that makes it all come to life.
(Knopf; ISBN-10: 1101874279)
Theme: “Vardarito” from the album “Homage a Piazzolla” Gidon Kremer, violin (Nonesuch)
Monday, July 27, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 14, 2015. Read by Norman Gilliland
Many say the short story is the most difficult art form, but you wouldn’t guess that from reading Charles Baxter’s work. His elegant prose and concise storylines are perfect.
(Vintage Contemporaries; ISBN-10: 030773952X)
Theme: Debussy: Reverie, Aldo Ciccolini, EMI/Angel 66753
Monday, July 6, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 24, 2015. Read by Karl Schmidt
An extraordinary story about friendship in the harsh world of Leningrad during the German siege of WWII.
(Plume; ISBN-10: 0452295297)
Theme: Selections from the String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op 122 by Dmitri Shostakovich performed by the Emerson Qt.
Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, June 22 through Friday, July 3, 2015. Read by Michele Good.
Random House; ISBN-10: 0812981901
The author moves with her family to spend a joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Theme: Les Jours Triste by Neil Hannon/Yann Tiersen with the Ensemble Orchestral Synaxis/Drums: Christian Quermalet from the soundtrack to Amélie.
Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 19, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming.
The brutal murders at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green prairie cottage helped shape the rest of the famous architect's life.
(Wisconsin; ISBN-10: 0299222101)
Theme: Beethoven: String Quartet Nr 11 - allegretto ma non troppo; Quartetto Italiano (Philips 420 104-2)
Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, May 25 through Friday, June 5, 2015. Read by Karl Schmidt.
An octogenarian therapist offers lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of study of the mind.
(Basic Books; ISBN-10: 0465029647)
Theme: Erik Satie “3 Gymnopedies” Pascal Roge, piano; from the album “After the Rain: The Soft Sounds of Erik Satie” (London 444 958-2)
Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 22, 2015. Read by Susan Sweeney.
A comedy of locals and summer people in coastal Maine.
(Nemo; ISBN-10: 0971509360)
Theme: Laminated Cat from the album "Loose Fur" by Loose Fur.
Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, April 20 through Friday, May 1, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming.
Goldman returned to the cello in his fifties, and this account of his own experience as well as those of others of like mind is a moving tale of growing and learning.
(Algonquin; ISBN-10: 156512992X)
Theme: Piazzola: Oblivion & Elgar: In Haven, from the album "Julian Lloyd Weber: Unexpected Songs" (EMI)
Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 17, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming.
Allan Karlson is desperate to avoid his 100th birthday party at the nursing home and decides to get as far away as his pocket money will allow. At the train station he decides to steal someone’s suitcase, and then there’s no turning back.
(Hachette; ISBN-10: 1401324649)
Theme: “Spann’s Boogie” and “Happy Cat Rag” from Ross MacLachlan’s album “Not Just Ragtime”
Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, 2015. Read by Norman Gilliland.
(Dover Thrift Editions; ISBN-13: 858-1000011187)
Theme: Boccherini: String Quintet in E, Op 13/5: Minuet Isaac Stern, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson (Sony SK 53983)
Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 20, 2015. Read by Karl Schmidt.
Short stories by the acclaimed writer and poet whose language reveals the complexities of people and the places that hold them.
(Ecco; ISBN-10: 0062349341)
Theme: Keith Jarrett: “Fifth (Recognition)” from the album “Invocations: The Moth and the Flame” (ECM)
Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, February 23 through Friday, March 6, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming.
The Humor and Drama of Everyday Life in the Midwest in a series of short essays.
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press; ISBN-10: 0870206729)
Theme: “From the Coast” from the album “Simple Pleasures” b Alison Brown (Vanguard)
Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, February 2 through Friday, February 20, 2015. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Trevor’s parents are separated and he’s moved to Riddell House with his father. The house has its own ideas of what ought to be, and it’s up to Trevor to realize his and his family’s future.
(Simon & Schuster; ISBN-10: 1439187037)
Theme: Hovhaness: Symphony No. 6 “Celestial Gate” Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Richard Aldon Clark, Koch International 3-7722-2
Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, January 26 Through Friday, January 30, 2015. Read by Michele Good.
A fictional biography of one of Hollywood’s biggest and showiest personalities.
(Prospecta; ISBN-10: 1632260069)
Monday, January 19, 2015, 11:00pm
Monday, January 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Day) at 11:00pm only. Read by Jim Fleming.
The humor and drama of everyday life in the Midwest in a series of short essays.
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press; ISBN-10: 0870206729)
Theme: "From the Coast" from Alison Brown's "Simple Pleasures."
Monday, January 5, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16, and Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23, 2015, Read by Susan Sweeney and Jim Fleming.
A fictional memoir set in the Ozarks. John Sinclair is a professor who comes to live in his grandfather’s cabin and to teach a writing class. There he finds Anna McKerrin, her daughter and her granddaughter, and their stories.
(CreateSpace; ISBN-10: 1493581643) (www.readingbyear.com)
Theme: "The Shakin' O' the Pocky" from Natalie MacMaster's album "My Roots Are Showing"
Thursday, December 25, 2014, 12:30pm
Thursday, December 25, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming.
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out and a New Year In .
Theme: "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" & "Greensleeves" from "A Midnight Clear: A Celtic Christmas" with Robin Bullock (Dorian DOR 93250)
Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:30pm
Monday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Read by Karl Schmidt.
Playing "Christmas at Thompson Hall" is a Christmas tradition.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:30pm
Monday, December 1 through Friday, December 19, 2014. Read by Jim Fleming.
A novel about sibling rivalry and the inside of the restaurant business.
(Doubleday; ISBN-10: 0385537433 / ISBN-13: 978-0-385-53743-8)
Theme: This Can’t Be Love, George Shearing (Verve 314 535 316-2)
Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:30pm
Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 28, 2014. Read by Susan Sweeney.
A memoir about growing up in America at a crucial time, in the age of Apollo 11, women’s rights, and the Vietnam War.
(UW Press; ISBN-10: 1565121465)
Theme: “My Favorite Things” & “Anyone Can Whistle” – George Shearing