Monday, March 22, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, March 22 through Friday, April 16, 2021. 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 Blake
Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, March 1, 2021 through Friday, March 19, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.
Wisconsin is in the midst of an identity crisis, torn by new political divisions and the old gulf between city and countryside. Cobbling rivers together, from the burly Mississippi to the slender wilds of Tyler Forks, Hildebrand navigates the beautiful but complicated territory of home. In once prosperous small towns, he discovers unsung heroes—lockmasters, river rats, hotelkeepers, mechanics, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and perennial mayors—struggling to keep their communities afloat.
(UW Press; ISBN-10: 029932480X)
Theme: “Lush Life” from Reflection on Duke : Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays The Music...
Monday, February 15, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.
The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?"
(Knopf; ISBN-10 : 0385353421)
Theme: Benjamin Carr: Federal Overture; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Patrick Gallois conductor, Naxos
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:30pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 through Friday, February 12, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. And yet, if these individuals are mentioned at all in histories of the state, it is with a sentence or two about their small numbers. Relative to the total number of Badgers who served in the Civil War, African American soldiers were few, but they constituted a significant number in at least five regiments of the United States Colored...
Monday, February 1, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, February 1, 2021 through Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Chauncey C. Olin recounts the activities of abolitionists in southeastern Wisconsin and the flight of slave Caroline Quarles via the Underground Railroad in 1842. Norman Gilliland reads.
(Apple Manor Press; ASIN : B00LS68FZC)
Theme: "Summerland", William Grant Still, Berliner Symphoniker, Koch International
Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:30pm
Friday, January 22, 2021 through Friday, January 29, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Verbal and written historical accounts of the visits that Abraham and Mary Lincoln made to the Badger State. Lincoln entered the state’s borders for the first time in 1832 during his military service in the Black Hawk War, returning in 1859 to make speeches in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Janesville. Mary traveled toured northern Wisconsin and Racine in 1867, returning five years later to take advantage of the healing waters of Waukesha.
Theme: Antonin Dvorak, Serenade For Wind Instruments In D Minor, Op. 44: IV. Finale:...
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:30pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Thursday, January 21, 2021. Read by Michele Good.
Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, “Tomboyland” navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. Faliveno asks curious, honest, and often darkly funny questions about belonging and the body, isolation and community, and what we mean when we use words like woman, family, and home.
(TOPPLE Books & Little A; ISBN-10: 1542014190 / ISBN-13: 978-1542014199)
Theme: Twister Soundtrack. Main Theme.
Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00pm
Monday, January 18, 2021. Read by Melvin Hinton .
At the time of the award was given, Dr. King was the youngest person ever to get that particular honor, and said that he would dedicate all of the $54,000 that accompanied it toward the cause of equal rights. When he appeared in Oslo to collect the award, he got the chance to speak eloquently about why that prize was still desperately needed — and why he felt a Peace Prize was appropriate for a movement that had a lot of fighting left to do.
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Monday, December 28, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, December 28, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021. Read by Susan Sweeney.
In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. Most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her the legend of the tiger's wife.
(Random House; ISBN-10: 0385343833 / ISBN-13: 978-0385343831)
Theme: Schubert's Piano Quintet in C, the 2nd movement ("Adagio")
Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 12:30pm
Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, December 25, 2020. 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 the ghosts from his past, present and future.
(CreateSpace Independent Publishing; ISBN-10: 1503212831)
THEME: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Charlie Byrd, The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album, Concord Records
Monday, November 30, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney.
A travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery.
(Penguin ISBN-10: 0670034711)
Theme: Ray Lynch: Over Easy (from "Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening" (Windham Hill)
Monday, November 2, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 27, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland.
In the summer of 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town in New York. Months later he reappeared on the Midwestern frontier and converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. In the wake of the murder of the sect's leader, Joseph Smith, Strang unveiled a letter purportedly from the prophet naming him successor, and persuaded hundreds of fellow converts to follow him to an island in Lake Michigan, where he declared himself a divine king.
(Little, Brown and...
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 14 through Friday, October 30, 2020. Read by Michele Good.
Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis. This deliciously unsettling novel is about a strange, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
(Penguin Classics: ISBN-10: 0143039970)
THEME: Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals, R VII Aquarium – Ravel: Mother Goose, M. 60:11. Danse du route et scene, Barry Wordsworth & London Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:30pm
Thursday, September 24 through Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.
Raymond Kaquatosh was born in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, he spent his boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family. When his father died, he was sent to Indian boarding school in Keshena. He was "Little Hawk."
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press: ISBN-10: 0870206508)
THEME: “Begin The Beguine” by Artie Shaw
Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, September 7 through Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Read by Karl Schmidt.
The bestselling book that became the blockbuster film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane. In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury, boasting waves over one hundred feet high. Among its victims was the Gloucester, Massachusetts-based swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which vanished with all six crew members aboard. “The Perfect Storm” is a real-life thriller that will leave readers with the taste of salt air on their tongues and a sense of terror of...
Monday, August 24, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, August 24 through Friday, September 4, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels.
(W. W. Norton & Company; ISBN-10: 0393248852)
THEME: Moeran: Air, from Serenade in G
Monday, August 3, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 21, 2020. 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 transportation is at hand, overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.
(Penguin: ISBN-10: 014044906X)
THEME: Artist: Victor Young & Big Orchestra; Song: Around The World (Overture); Album: Around The World in Eighty Days (OST 1956)
Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney.
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the Los Angeles Public Library fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
(Simon & Schuster: ISBN-10: 1476740186)
Theme: Royal Crown Revue “Topsy” from the album Mugzy’s Moves, Warner Brothers Records; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Diga Diga Doo”, Rattle Them Bones, Savoy Records
Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 3, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
(Harper; ISBN-10: 0061537969 / ISBN-13: 978-0061537967)
Theme: "Dog Asleep" from Schickele: Thurber's Dogs, suite for orchestra; Pro Musica Chamber Orch -- Timothy Russell (D'Note DNF 1010)
Monday, May 25, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, May 25 through Friday, June 12, 2020. 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 27, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 22, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.
With knobby knees and crooked legs, Seabiscuit was no one's idea of a race horse, but looks aren't everything. His quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart." Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon.
(Random House; ISBN-10: 0375502912)
Theme: Bob Crosby "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" and Lionel Hampton & Jam Session "Rosetta" from the album "The Savory Collection, Vol. 1" (The National Jazz Museum in Harlem)
Monday, April 13, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 24, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.
Selections from Thoreau's classic about living in the woods near Concord, MA. Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance.
(Project Gutenberg and other publishers. CreateSpace ISBN-10: 1505297729)
Theme: Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches, "To a Wild Rose, Will o' the wisp, At an Old Trysting Place"; James Barbagallo, piano (Marco Polo 8.223631)
Monday, March 23, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 10, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming
Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring can’t thaw the community’s collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what’s missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season.
(University of Minnesota Press; ISBN-10: 1517905621)
THEME: Alison Brown, “From The Coast” from the...
Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland
The incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.
(Dey Street Books; ISBN-10: 0062430483)
THEME: Khachaturian: Prisoner No. 217: Murder; Armenian Philharmonic – Loris Tjeknavorian; ASV CD DCA 966
Monday, February 17, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 28, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.
Joshua Glover was bought in St. Louis to be a "servant for life," broken out of jail after his escape by Wisconsin abolitionists, and helped to escape to Canada and freedom.
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press; ISBN-10: 0870203827)
Theme: Mark O'Connor: Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" - mvt 1 "The Road is Smooth" - Pro Arte Chamber Orch of Boston, Joel Smirnoff, cond. (OMAC-12)
Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 14, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming
(Knopf; ISBN-10: 0385353421)
Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminal historical figures through the prism of particular topics, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, in turn, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts.
THEME: Benjamin Carr: Federal Overture; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Patrick Gallois conductor, Naxos
Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:30pm
Friday, January 31, 2020. 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 while announcers track the progress of the hurricane they say is heading his way.
(Harper & Row; ISBN-10: 0060145765)
Theme: “Sh boom” by The Crewcuts, “Mr. Sandman” by Chordetts
Monday, January 27, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, January 27 through Thursday, January 30, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland.
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 Skerries” by Hugo Alfven; Swedish Radio SO – Stig Westerberg; Swedish Society SCD 1001
Friday, January 3, 2020, 12:30pm
Friday, January 3 through Friday, January 24, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney.
In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, “The Soul of an Octopus” reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
(Atria Books: ISBN-13: 9781451697728 | ISBN-10: 1451697716)
THEME: Phish, “You Enjoy Myself”,...
Thursday, December 26, 2019, 12:30pm
Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Thursday, January 2, 2020. Read by Michael Hanson.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
(Scribner; Reissue edition [May 5, 1995]: ISBN-10: 0684801221) )
THEME: Benjamin Britten; “4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A Dawn”; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis Conductors; Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Variations on a...