Chapter A Day

Started in 1931, “Chapter a Day” is WPR’s longest-running program. Jim Fleming, Norman Gilliland, Michele Good, Melvin Hinton, Baron Kelly and Susan Sweeney read a chapter from a book for a half hour each weekday. Genres are predominately contemporary and range from works of fiction, history and biography.


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Book Cover for "Remarkably Bright Creatures" by Shelby Van Pelt


Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Monday, June 10 through Friday, July 5, 2024
Read by Michele Good.

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.

(Ecco, A Div. of HarperCollins; ISBN-10: 63204150)

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  • Remarkably Bright Creatures 10 Of 20

    Tova begins the process of moving to Charter Village — filling out forms, having photos taken, etc. When she arrives at the aquarium to tell Marcellus, she meets her replacement, […]

    Remarkably Bright Creatures 10 Of 20
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures 9 Of 20

    Ethan offers Cameron a place to park his camper. Ethan also recommends Cameron for a job at the aquarium. Following a successful interview with Terry, the head of the aquarium, […]

    Remarkably Bright Creatures 9 Of 20
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures 8 Of 20

    Tova learns that she must be off her broken ankle for six weeks. The situation makes this very practical woman consider what her future holds. Cameron arrives in Sowell Bay […]

    Remarkably Bright Creatures 8 Of 20
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures 7 Of 20

    Tova falls from a stepstool while “conversing” with the giant Pacific octopus, Marcellus. Cameron arrives in Seattle in search of his father, Simon Brinks, only to discover that his duffle […]

    Remarkably Bright Creatures 7 Of 20
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures 6 Of 20

    Tova learns the name of the giant Pacific octopus with whom she shares a special relationship. Cameron approaches a local bar owner to ask about renting an unused room in […]

    Remarkably Bright Creatures 6 Of 20

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Book Cover for "The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus And A World Out Of Balance" by Dan Egan

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