The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Monday, September 10, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, September 10 through Friday, September 28, 2018. Read by Carol Cowan in 1989. It's 1949 and four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet over lunch. They share their trails and losses, and their hopes for their American-born daughters. ( Penguin Books; ISBN-10: 0143124846 )...
Head Of The Lakes by Anthony Bukoski
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 12:30pm
Thursday, September 6 through Friday, September 7, 2018. Read by Norman Gilliland. This Wisconsin author brings back stories about Superior's Polish Americans and blue-collar community from its peak after World War II to its later decline. (Nodin Press: ISBN-10: 1947237063 ) THEME: “A Legend of the...
Celine by Peter Heller
Monday, August 6, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Read by Susan Sweeney. Celine and her partner track down missing persons with unusual success, but someone desperately wants to keep this case closed. Vintage (Penguin Random House): ISBN-10: 110197348X ) THEME: Artist: Julian Lage; Song:...
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Monday, July 16, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, July 16 through Friday, August 3, 2018. Read by Jim Fleming. With his valet Passepartout, Phileas Fogg attempts to travel around the globe in just eighty days in order to win a £20,000 wager. The novel describes his passage through exotic lands and dangerous locations using whatever...
American Ulysses by Ronald C. White
Monday, July 9, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13. Read by Norman Gilliland. Seven years of research went into this detailed biography of this commander-in-chief and defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. (Random House; ISBN-10: 1400069025 ) THEME: “The Voices That Are Gone” by Stephen Foster and...
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
Monday, June 18, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, June 18 through Friday, July 6. Read by Michele Good. Constance Kopp, one of the nation’s first deputy sheriffs, prowls the streets of New York tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers. (Mariner Books; ISBN-10: 0544409949 | ISBN-13: 978-...
Walking Home Ground by Robert Root
Monday, May 28, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, May 28 through Friday, June 15. Read by Jim Fleming. Robert Root moves to a small town in southeast Wisconsin and walks the same terrain traveled by three Wisconsin conservation luminaries. Wisconsin Historical Society: 0870207865 | ISBN-13: 978-0870207860)
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller
Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 25, 2018. Read by Norman Gilliland. Tom Miller creates a story of historical fantasy set during World War I that mixes romance, gunplay, and social awareness into a steampunk adventure. This is the debut novel from this Wisconsin native. (Simon & Schuster; ISBN...
A Country Year by Sue Hubbell
Monday, April 23, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, April 23 through Friday, May 4, 2018. Read by Carol Cowan in June, 1988. A memoir about starting life over as a beekeeper in the Ozarks and the joys of a life attuned to nature. (Mariner Books; ISBN-10: 0544310292
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, March 26 through Friday, April 20, 2018. Read by Jim Fleming. Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to protecting the world's endangered species, but then he was asked to accept a herd of wild elephants on his game reserve in Zululand. (Thomas Dunne Books: ISBN-10: 1627793097 | ISBN-13: 978-...
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall
Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 23, 2018. Read by Michele Good. Ten year old Willow Havens worries about the health and lifestyle of her mother Polly, a cantankerous, larger than life southern woman who doesn't quite fit into their small Texas town. (Viking: ISBN-10: 0399562095 ) | ISBN-13...
Wrestling With His Angel by Sidney Blumenthal
Monday, February 19, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, February 19 through Friday, March 2, 2018. Read by Jim Fleming. Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, "The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln" , reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment,...
Trajectory by Richard Russo
Monday, January 22, 2018, 12:30pm
Monday, January 22 through Friday, February 16. Read by Norman Gilliland. A new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo–winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls –is also a master of this genre. Russo’s characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity...
Essays of E.B. White
Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:00pm
Monday, January 15 at 11:00 pm only (Due to MLK Day Tribute). Read by Jim Fleming. "The Eye of Edna" is an essay from the collection "The Essays of E.B. White." The author, one of the founders of The New Yorker magazine, lived in Maine at the time and writes of spending a day listening to the radio...
Empty Chairs by Anne Davidson Keller
Friday, December 29, 2017, 12:30pm
Friday, December 29 through Friday January 19 (pre-empted on 1/15/18 for MLK Day Tribute). Read by Jim Fleming. Joe McDowell wants things that a poor farm boy can never have. On the cusp of adolescence and major decisions, he must make an irrevocable choice between his personal desires and his...
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:30pm
Tuesday, December 26 through Thursday, December 28, 2017. Read by Ken Ohst. From the 1979 Chapter a Day archives, Ken Ohst reads Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which was published in December of 1843. It tells the story of bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from visits by...
Two Kinds of Christmases edited by H. Jack Lang
Monday, December 25, 2017, 12:30pm
Monday, December 25. Read by Karl Schmidt, Ken Ohst, Cliff Roberts and Jim Fleming. This book is a collection of letters and speeches reflecting the spirit of Christmas and New Years by such individuals as John Steinbeck, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Thomas Mann, as well...
Braving It by James Campbell
Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:30pm
Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Read by Norman Gilliland. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? (Broadway Books; ISBN-10: 0307461246 )
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:30pm
Monday, October 30 through Friday, December 1, 2017. Read by Jim Fleming. In 1922 an unrepentant aristocrat is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel. If he steps outside he will be shot. Inside, however, life goes on. (Viking Press; ISBN-10: 0670026190 ) Theme: Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C...
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:30pm
Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 27, 2017. Read by Michele Good A lively novel about a forgotten woman, Constance Kopp. She was one of very first female deputy sheriffs. (Houghton Mifflin; ISBN-10: 0544409914 ) / ISBN-13: 978-0544409613) Theme: Charleston Rag from Memories Of You, Eubie...