Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
Michael Perry returns home to New Auburn, WI and connects with his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Esquire magazine calls it "...intimate and disarming and lovely."
Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, November 14 through Friday, December 2, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
The author of “Montana 1948” and “Let Him Go” is back with another stunning character study. Fans of Kent Haruf and Ivan Doig will enjoy this one.
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:30pm
Thursday, November 10 through Friday, November 11, 2016. Read by Norman Gilliland.
"During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher."
Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Read by Michele Good.
Coraline’s new house has a secret door that leads to another apartment and another family. They seem nice, but there’s something not so nice about it at the same time.
Monday, October 3, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 28, 2016. Read by Michele Good.
Rachel takes the same train every day. She sees the same things every day. Until one day she sees something shocking. What should she do?
Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 30, 2016. Read by Norman Gilliland.
It seems so simple in hindsight: Washington is a hero and Arnold is a traitor. But there were years of war and during many of them they were best friends.
(Viking; ISBN-10: 0525426787)
Theme: Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G “Military:” Allegretto; Philharmonia Orchestra—Leonard Slatkin RCA 09026-68425-2
Monday, August 22, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 9, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
The bookseller who owns “The Literary Apothecary” has a unique talent. He can sense his customers’ troubles and prescribe just the right book to cure them. But can he cure himself?
(Broadway Books; ISBN-13 978-0-553-41879-8) | ISBN-10 0553418777)
Theme: Gade: the Jealousy Tango
Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 19, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
In 1776 thirteen American colonies declared their independence from the British. It wasn’t until several years later that they agreed to give up that independence to join together to create a federal government. This second American revolution was primarily due to the efforts of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison – “the quartet” of the title.
(Knopf; ISBN-13 978-0-385-35340-3 | ISBN-10 0385353405)
Theme: Beethoven String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 4. Allegro - Emerson String Quartet (DG 477 8649)
Monday, July 4, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 29, 2016. Read by Susan Sweeney
A novel by one of Canada’s foremost authors, “Road Ends” tells a straightforward story of family, of self-sacrifice and of difficult but appealing characters in a northern Ontario town.
(The Dial Press; ISBN-10: 0812995732)
Theme: Arvo Pärt: “Spiegel im Spiegel” from the album “Arvo Pärt – a Tribute”
Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 1, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
It’s the late 1950s and the small Vermont liberal arts college of Illyria is faced with an uncertain future. There is a college president whose granite good looks may be all there is to him, and conniving faculty whose care about the future may be more personal than collegial. In other words, it’s fun.
(Createspace/Amazon; ISBN-10: 151961554X / ISBN-13: 9781519615541)
Theme: Dave Brubeck Quartet: “Three to Get Ready” from “Time Out” (Columbia CK40585)
Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, May 23 through Friday, June 17, 2016. Read by Norman Gilliland.
A novel about the difficult choices everywhere in pre-war Berlin.
(Thomas Dunne Books; ISBN-10: 1250079403)
Theme: Prokofiev: Cinderella: Clock Scene + Midnight, St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin, RCA RCD-5321
Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:30pm
Friday, May 20, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming. (WNMU-FM Only)
A brief selection from the memories from one of Wisconsin's premier newspaper columnists.
(Cabin Bookshelf; ISBN-10: 096533810X
Theme: selections from "Beyond Six Strings: A Collection of New Music for Harp Guitar" (HGM-CD-001)
Monday, April 18, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, April 18 through Thursday, May 19, 2016. Read by Karl Schmidt.
A story from the "driftless" area of Wisconsin, about a town apparently left out of time. It's an unforgettable slice of life in rural America
(Milkweed; ISDN-10: 1571310592 / ISBN-13: 978-57131-059-0)
Theme: Haydn: The Seven Last Words - introduction; Emerson Quartet (DG B0002053-02)
Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, March 21 through Friday, April 15, 2016. 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" & Lionel Hampton "When the Lights Are Low" from the album "Jazz Age: Hot Sounds of the 20's & 30's" (Past Perfect PPCD 78131)
Monday, February 29, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, February 29 through Friday, March 18, 2016
. Read by Norman Gilliland
The greatest female mathematician in history dies and it’s up to her son to figure out how to honor her – and who she really was.
Penguin; ISBN-10: 0143126318)
Theme: Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado DG 429-396-2)
Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, February 8 through Friday, February 26, 2016
. Read by Michele Good
The world is ending as the Earth slows, but life still matters for ten-year-old Julia. This is a coming of age story about hope and plans in a time of despair.
(Random House; ISBN-10: 0812982940)
Theme: Anton Garcia Abril; “Third Sigh”; Hillary Hahn, violin; Cory Smythe, piano
Monday, January 25, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, January 25 through Friday, February 5, 2016. Read by Karl Schmidt
The former Poet Laureate of the United States writes movingly about a long life and facing what he calls the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of very old age.
(Houghton Mifflin; ISBN-10: 0544287045)
Theme: Music from Symphony in Three Movements by Stravinsky, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle conducting
Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:30pm
Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 22, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming
(PREEMPTED Monday, January 18 at 12:30pm for Martin Luther King Day Special. Chapter will air at 11pm and be available online.)
The author of “Shadow Divers” goes back to see to follow the adventures of John Chatterton and John Mattera as they search for the wreck captained by the notorious pirate John Bannister.
(Random House; ISBN-13: 978-1400063369; ISBN-10: 1400063361)
Theme: Nyatiti by Andrew Bird from the album Useless Creatures.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12:30pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out and a New Year In .
(Serenity Publishers; ISBN: 1604505958)
Theme: "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" & "Greensleeves" from "A Midnight Clear: A Celtic Christmas" with Robin Bullock (Dorian DOR 93250)
Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming
A traveler is snowbound at Christmas time in Victorian England
(Leopold Classic Library; ISBN-10: B0187EVETQ)
Theme: "Tomorrow will be my dancing day" by Robin Bullock from Christmas Eve is Here (Dancing Wolf Records)
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:05pm
Thursday December 17 through Friday December 18, 2015. Read by Norman Gilliland.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join in the search for a missing gem and a found goose.
(CreateSpace; ISBN-10: 1502762900
Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:30pm
Wednesday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Read by Karl Schmidt.
Playing "Christmas at Thompson Hall" is a Christmas tradition.
(Penguin Christmas Classics; ISBN: 0143122479)
Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, November 9 through Friday, December 4, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming and Susan Sweeney.
A tale of World War II as a blind French Girl and an orphan German boy each try to find a way to survive the war.
(Scribner; ISBN-13: 978-1476746586 | ISBN-10: 1476746583)
Theme: Allegro from Piano Concerto No 20 in d, K 466; Alfred Brendel, piano, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, cond (Philips)
Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, October 19 through Friday, November 6, 2015. Read by Cynthia Woodland
This is a story, as the title says, of justice and redemption, but it’s more. It’s about the criminal justice system in this country, and about the death penalty…and about people. Mostly it’s about people.
(Spiegel & Grau; ISBN-10: 0812994523 | ISBN-13: 978-0812994520)
Theme: Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me”
Monday, September 21, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 16, 2015. Read by Norman Gilliland
Two adventures by wagon train, one in the nineteenth century, the other in the twenty-first.
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck - Simon and Schuster; ISBN-10: 1451659164)
The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life by Francis Parkman - Amereon Limited; ISBN-10: 0848817680)
Theme: Jubilee from Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches: 1 on Naxos. The National Radio Symphomy Orchestra of Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar, conducting
Monday, September 7, 2015, 12:30pm
Monday, September 7 through Friday, September 18, 2015. Read by Jim Fleming
From Chicago to the Wisconsin woods, a fast-paced murder mystery.
(UW Press: Terrace Books; ISBN-10: 029930440X)
Theme: AA Bondy: Believers: Surfer King, Hiway/Fever
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.