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Show #1 December 7 & 8
A reunion with "old friends" appropriate at holiday time! Elaine checks in with favorite literary characters embarking on new adventures, and revisits men and women of classic, yet addictive series.

Patricia Cornwell, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Critical Mass" by Sara Paretsky
"Dust" by Patricia Cornwell
"Accused" by Lisa Scottoline
"Calculated in Death" by J.D. Robb
"First Among Sequels" by Jasper Fforde
"The 13 Gun Salute" by Patrick O'Brian
"Serpent on the Crown" by Elizabeth Peters

Show #2 December 14 & 15
Long, luxurious books to see you through the long winter nights. Top fiction and nonfiction titles, including the incredibly popular "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, whom is Elaine is thrilled to speak with this week.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton
"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke
"A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination" by Philip Shenon
"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace
"Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr." by Ron Chernow
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman

Show #3 December 21 & 22
A sleigh-full of entertaining holiday titles, guaranteed to bring good cheer! In keeping with Book Report tradition, we're offering up a special performance of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" performed by David Beach, an incredibly popular audio book performer and voice talent.

John Dufresne, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"A Christmas Hope: A Novel" by Anne Perry
"No Regrets, Coyote," by John Dufresne
"Starry Night: A Christmas Novel" by Debbie Macomber
"Jacob T. Marley" by R. William Bennett
"The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery" by Rhys Bowen
"Midnight Clear: A Novel" by Mary Kay Andrews
"The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens

Show #4 December 28 & 29
Elaine scours those popular year-end "Best Of" lists to bring you selections you may have missed, but are definitely worth your time.

Karen Russell, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Son" by Philipp Meyer
"Who Owns the Future?" by Jaron Lanier
"Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories" by Karen Russell
"The Sound of Things Falling" by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
"The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel" by Helene Wecker
"Wave" by Sonali Deraniyagala
"The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks" by Amy Stewart

Show #1 November 2 & 3
A collection of heart-warming, educational and inspirational tales about man's...and woman's... best friend. The show "goes to the dogs" with a lively mix of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Dogs of Christmas" by W. Bruce Cameron
"Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs" by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
"Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog" by Emma Pearse
"Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love" by Larry Levin
"Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior" by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
"The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs" by Nick Trout
"Bad Dog: A Love Story" by Martin Kihn

Show #2 November 9 & 10
A literary salute to Veteran's Day with a mix of military history, fiction and notable new titles focusing on our country's history.

Sandra Brown, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
"Thank You For Your Service" by David Finkel
"The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible" by Simon Winchester
"Deadline" by Sandra Brown
"Retreat, Hell!: Book Ten in The Corps Series" by W.E.B. Griffin
"Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Scott Anderson
"One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson

Show #3 November 16 & 17
Cops, lawyers, detectives and district attorneys - Elaine cases the bestseller lists, and comes up with great titles...NOT the usual suspects. If you've got the time, you should be reading crime.

Allison Leotta, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham
"Speak of the Devil: A Novel" by Allison Leotta
"The Watcher: A Romantic Thriller" by Jo Robertson
"Police" by Jo Nesbo
"Hide and Seek: Inspector Rebus, Book 2" by Ian Rankin
"Just One Evil Act" by Elizabeth George
"Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4" by Tana French

Show #4 November 23 & 24
Get a head start on finding perfect gifts for everyone on your list....WITHOUT stepping into the Mall. Elaine offers up books for diverse tastes and ages.

Dan Brown, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks
"Who Asked You?" by Terry McMillan
"Killing Jesus: A History" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
"Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander" by Phil Robertson
"The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride
"Mrs. Poe" by Lynn Cullen
"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Show #5 November 30 & December 1
A selection of humorous books to see you through the inevitable stress and strain of the holidays.

Tim Conway, Comedian and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?" by Billy Crystal
"What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life" by Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
"I Remember Me" by Carl Reiner
"Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage." by Rob Delaney
"Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence" by Ross Mathews
"How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs" by Kevin Pollak , Alan Goldsher
"Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks

Show #1 October 5 & 6
A preview of books cited on all key literary lists as the biggest titles of Fall 2013. Elaine previews hot-off-the-press works by Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, Malcolm Gladwell, and more. Lots to enjoy, plus a great interview with Elizabeth Gilbert.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King
"The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance" by David Epstein
"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell
"Nine Inches" by Tom Perrotta

Show #2 October 12 & 13
A literary journey through the American South. This week's titles range from family dramas to histories to comedies populated with characters only be found in the southlands. Elaine speaks with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Jesmyn Ward, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Mrs. Darcy and Blue Eyed Stranger" by Lee Smith
"Where the Line Bleeds" by Jesmyn Ward
"Red River" by Lalita Tademy
"Lucky You" by Carl Hiaasen
"Miss Julia to the Rescue: A Miss Julia Novel, Book 13" by Ann B. Ross
"The Missing" by Tim Gautreaux
"The Songcatcher: Ballad #6" by Sharyn McCrumb
"You and Me" by Padgett Powell

Show #3 October 19 & 20
A tribute to Tom Clancy, an author who gave us a new kind of thriller - stories laced dense with technical details of weaponry and warfare. With this week's focus on spy/PI thrillers, Elaine speaks with Nelson DeMille, another master of the genre.

Nelson DeMille, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Threat Vector" by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
"The Quest: A Novel" by Nelson DeMille
"Buckingham Palace Blues: Inspector Carlyle, Novel 3" by James Craig
"Betrayal of Trust: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 20" by J.A. Jance
"The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1" by Catherine Coulter with J.T. Ellison
"How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9" by Louise Penny
"The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17" by Diane Mott Davidson

Show #4 October 26 & 27
The Halloween Edition of the Show, complete with paranormal occurrences, vampires and zombies. Elaine digs through the horror vault and uncovers a mix of classics and new titles that promise to scare up lots of interest.

Michael Hibbard, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Salem's Lot" by Stephen King
"Horns: A Novel" by Joe Hill
"How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills" by Seth Grahame-Smith
"The Body Departed" by J.R. Rain
"A History of Horror" by Wheeler Winston Dixon
"The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" by Max Brooks
"Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories" by Edgar Allan Poe

Show #1 September 7 & 8
A brilliant new group of psychological dramas that are dark, intense and richly satisfying.

Meg Wolitzer, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Freud's Mistress" by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"Ancient Light" by John Banville
"Visitation Street" by Ivy Pochada
"And Sons: A Novel" by David Gilbert
"Macbeth: A Novel" by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson
"The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell
"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty

Show #2 September 14 & 15
With our frivolous beach reads behind us, it's time for a look at fall's top non-fiction titles.

Chef John Moeller, Chef and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan
"The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow
"Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal" by Conor Grennan
"The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown
"Chef Tell: The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef" by Ronald Joseph Kule
"Bertie: A Life of Edward VII" by Jane Ridley
"A House in the Sky: A Memoir" by Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
"When I Left Home: My Story" by Buddy Guy, David Ritz

Show #3 September 21 & 22
Updates on "serial killers", romance and adventure titles, too. Just like our favorite TV series, many of us await the next installment of popular literary series. Here are a diverse selection of new titles.

Debbie Macomber, Author
Lee Child, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery" by Sue Grafton
"Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel" by Debbie Macomber
"Big Sky Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller
"Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37" by J.D. Robb
"Fever Dream" by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston
"The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure, Book 5" by Clive Cussler with Thomas Perry
"The Highway" by C.J. Box
"Never Go Back" by Lee Child

Show #4 September 28 & 29
A look at books with teens at their core, great reading for anyone who has a teen in their lives, or who remembers those incredibly challenging years. And, Elaine offers up a tribute to Banned Books Week.

Kelly Braffet, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Looking for Alaska" by John Green
"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
"Save Yourself: A Novel" by Kelly Braffet
"Double Feature: A Novel" by Owen King
"The Wicked Girls" by Alex Marwood
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
"Days of Blood and Starlight" by Laini Taylor
"Dodger" by Terry Pratchett

Show #1 August 3 & 4
A look at debut novels that earned rave reviews. Tune in for titles that are a bit different, quirky and truly enjoyable.

Anton DiSclafani, Author
Deb Pines, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Lighthouse" by Alison Moore
"The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls" by Anton DiSclafani
"The Outcast" by Sadie Jones
"The Wasp Factory" by Iain Banks
"The City of Bohane" by Kevin Barry
"Shine, Shine, Shine" by Lydia Netzer
"Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt
"Alif the Unseen" by G. Willow Wilson

Show #2 August 10 & 11
With the NSA Spy Scandal top of mind, surveillance of bestseller lists uncovers that Spy and P.I. novels are this summer's hot read. Elaine speaks with Daniel Silva about his bestseller, "The English Girl."

Daniel Silva, Author
Alafair Burke, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith
"The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13" by Daniel Silva
"Full Black" by Brad Thor
"Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20" by James Lee Burke
"If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense" by Alafair Burke
"Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12" by Walter Mosley
"Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8" by Karin Slaughter
"Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen

Show #3 August 17 & 18
With summer winding down, it will soon be back to a full workload at the office. Elaine presents timely, innovative titles that get down to business.

Ben Mezrich, Author
Ilana Edelstein, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg
"Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success" by Adam Grant
"Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas" by John Butman
"Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How It all Came Crashing Down" by Ben Mezrich
"The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess" by Turney Duff
"The Lean Start-up: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" by Eric Ries
"The Founder's Dilemma" by Noam Wasserman
"Delivering Happiness: Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose" by Tony Hsieh

Show #4 August 24 & 25
An escape into the world of adult fairy tales....tales of love, loss, revenge and redemption.

Daniel Wallace, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Book of Lost Things" by John Connolly
"The Kings and Queens of Roam" by Daniel Wallace
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman
"Earth Unaware" by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
"The Night is Alive" by Heather Graham
"The Darwin Elevator" by Jason Hough
"The Magicians: A Novel" by Lev Grossman
"Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5" by Darynda Jones
"Among Others" by Jo Walton
"A Lion Among Men" by Gregory Maguire

Show #5 August 31 & September 1
Our last edition of Beach Reads for Summer 2013....we're going light and lively!

Claire Cook, Author
Kat Bacon, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel" by David Rakoff
"Time Flies" by Claire Cook
"Sisterland: A Novel" by Curtis Sittenfeld
"Instructions for a Heatwave" by Maggie O'Farrell
"Beautiful Day: A Novel" by Elin Hilderbrand
"Ladies’ Night" by Mary Kay Andrews
"The Last Original Wife" by Dorothea Benton Frank
"Tomb of the Golden Bird: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18" by Elizabeth Peters

Show #1 July 6 & 7
A show to get you dreaming of far-flung locales, to feed the need for travel and fuel your wanderlust.

Terri Peterson Smith, Author of "Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways"

Audio Books Previewed:
"Paris: The Novel" by Edward Rutherfurd
"Istanbul: Memories and the City" by Orhan Pamuk
"Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks" by Andrea Lankford
"Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality" by Jacob Tomsky
"Africa Trek 1" by Alexandre Poussin, Sonia Poussin
"Peking to Paris: Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World" by Dina Bennett
"Shadow of the Silk Road" by Colin Thubron
"To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle" by Lawrence Hacking, Wil De Clercq

Show #2 July 13 & 14
After a conversation with guest, Dr. Ruth, Elaine looks at the classical roots of erotica, and previews passionate new novels.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Delta of Venus" by Anais Nin
"Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller
"Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence
"Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1" by Sylvia Day
"Happily Ever After" by Nora Roberts
"The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss
"On Dublin Street" by Samantha Young
"How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance" by Marilyn Yalom

Show #3 July 20 & 21
Elaine researches the best-sellers and suggests which books to pack for your summer travels.

Jeffery Deaver, Author
Steve Berry, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini
"The Kill Room" by Jeffery Deaver
"Francona: The Red Sox Years" by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy
"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid
"Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy" by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter
"The King's Deception" by Steve Berry
"A Delicate Truth" by John le Carre
"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson

Show #4 July 27 & 28
A show with "star power" as we look at new biographies of Hollywood luminaries.

Andrew McCarthy, Author and Actor
Michael Bush, Author and Designer

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Soundtrack of My Life" by Clive Davis
"Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music" by Burt Bacharach
"Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story" by Carol Burnett
"Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll" by Marc Dolan
"Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson" by Randall Sullivan
"Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic" by Jennifer Armstrong
"Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos" by Ed Hardy and Joel Selvin
"Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House" by Steve Stoliar
"Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies" by Stephen Schochet

Show #1 June 1 & 2
With a month of June weddings ahead, Elaine offers up a literary salute to love and nuptials.

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Rayya Elias (Harley Loco), Authors

Audio Books Previewed:
"Wedding Night" by Sophie Kinsella
"Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes
"On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan
"Footprints in the Sand" by Mary Jane Clark
"The Wedding Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini
"Bride of New France" by Suzanne Desrochers
"The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" by Alexander McCall Smith

Show #2 June 8 & 9
With Dr. Maya Angelo as one of our very special guests, Elaine presents a show on the lives of poets, their poetry and poets who bring their lyric sensibility to novels.

Dr. Maya Angelou, Poet and Novelist
Megan Amram, Writer, Twitter Star and Poet

Audio Books Previewed:
"Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family Feuds" by Lyndall Gordon
"Mom & Me & Mom" by Dr. Maya Angelou
"Fall of Frost" by Brian Hall
"Resistance" by Owen Sheers
"Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac" by Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee
"The Poets' Corner: The One and Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family" Compiled by John Lithgow

Show #3 June 15 & 16
A literary and loving salute to a lively chat with a Hollywood icon whose new book shares her story of becoming "Instant Mom."

Nia Vardalos, Author of "Instant Mom"
Writer/Star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

Audio Books Previewed:
"Sh*t My Dad Says" by Justin Halpern
"How to Cook Like A Man: A Memoir of Cookbook Obsession" by Daniel Duane
"Instant Mom" by Nia Vardalos
"Arctic Chill" by Arnaldur Indridason
"Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son" by Buzz Bissinger
"Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters" by Lt. Col. Mark Weber
"Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son" by Michael Chabon

Show #4 June 22 & 23
Captivating classics and new titles that dwell on the "darker side." Elaine speaks with legendary author Joyce Carol Oates about her new book, "The Accursed."

Joyce Carol Oates, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"NOS4A2: A Novel" by Joe Hill
"Duma Key: A Novel" by Stephen King
"The Accursed" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6" by Dean Koontz
"You Only Die Twice" by Christopher Smith
"The Third Gate: A Novel" by Lincoln Child
"The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova
"The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins

Show #5 June 29 & 30
An Independence Day show spotlighting our country's history. Today's titles begin with revolutionary times through today's covert warfare.

Nathaniel Philbrick, Author
Nancy Rubin Stuart, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Coolidge" by Amity Shlaes
"Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution" by Nathaniel Philbrick
"Benjamin Franklin" by Walter Isaacson
"Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northrup
"Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence" by Joseph Ellis
"The Way of the Knife" by Mark Mazzetti
"Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen Guelzo

Show #1 May 4 & 5
Murderers, damsels in distress and mysteries wrapped inside an interview with a legendary Thriller author.

Mary Higgins Clark, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Good Thief's Guide To Paris" by Chris Ewan
"Daddy's Gone A Hunting" by Mary Higgins Clark
"Political Suicide" by Michael Palmer
"Into The Darkest Corner" by Elizabeth Haynes
"The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder" by Charles Graeber
"Into the Woods" by Tana French
"Gun Machine" by Warren Ellis
"The Given Day" by Dennis Lehane

Show #2 May 11 & 12
A literary and loving salute to the woman who started you on your reading life....Mom. The show offers an entertaining mix of fiction and non-fiction, plus chats with two fascinating guests.

Dr. Siobhan Dolan, Author
Anne Lamott, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult
"The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore
"Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel" by Jeanette Walls
"How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough
"Some Assembly Required" by Anne and Sam Lamott
"If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" by Julia Sweeney

Show #3 May 18 & 19
With Memorial Day - and beach and bathing suits - just ahead, Elaine offers up titles to get you thinking about summer shape-ups and practical, not preachy nutrition.

Bruce Wilk, Author, Physical Therapist, Triathlete and Sports Injury Expert

Audio Books Previewed:
"Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal" by Mary Roach
"Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" by Michael Pollan
"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver
"American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" by Michelle Obama
"It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels" by Robert Penn
"The Hairy Hikers: A Coast-to-Coast Trek Along the French Pyrenees" by David Le Vay
"AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" by David Miller
"A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey" by Chrissie Wellington
"The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain His Athletic Career and His Life by Running the New York City Marathon" by Matthew Long with Charles Butler

Show #4 May 25 & 26
Summer is here, and Elaine has the "first wave" of suggested titles for your beach reads.

David Baldacci, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Inferno: A Novel" by Dan Brown
"The Hit" by David Baldacci
"Rogue Island" by Bruce DeSilva
"The Dinner: A Novel" by Herman Koch
"The Aviator's Wife: A Novel" by Melanie Benjamin
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley
"The Language of Flowers: A Novel" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
"Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" by David Sedaris

Show #1 April 6 & 7
A respite from Tax Day with a spotlight on humor books to distract and entertain you.

Dave Barry, Author
Tim Dorsey, Editor

Audio Books Previewed:
"Is It Just Me?" by Miranda Hart
"Insane City" by Dave Barry
"Something Fresh" by P.G. Wodehouse
"The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories" by Patrick F. McManus
"No Way to Treat a First Lady" by Christopher Buckely
"Such a Pretty Fat" by Jen Lancaster
"The Broom of the System" by David Foster Wallace
"Pineapple Grenade" by Tim Dorsey

Show #2 April 13 & 14
A return to the scene of the crime with top new mystery books on murder and mayhem.

Harlan Coben, Author
Michael Connelly, Editor

Audio Books Previewed:
"Suspect" by Robert Crais
"Six Years" by Harlan Coben
"Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner
"The Sound of Broken Glass: A James and Kincaid Novel, Book 15" by Deborah Crombie
"The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18" by Michael Connelly
"The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes" by Laurie R. King

Show #3 April 20 & 21
An exploration of a new genre for the Book Report - tales of the American West.

C J Box, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Book of Murdock" by Loren Estelman
"Breaking Point" by C.J. Box
"Comstock Lode" by Louis L'Amour
" The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard" by Elmore Leonard
"Buffalo Girls" by Larry McMurtry
"The Great Taos Bank Robbery: And Other True Stories of the Southwest" by Tony Hillerman
"Hard Country: A Novel" by Michael McGarrity
"Doc: A Novel" by Mary Doria Russell

Show #4 April 27 & 28
A "Safari" into classic and contemporary African literature.

Taiye Selasi, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela
"Ghana Must Go" by Taiye Selasi
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
"The Thing Around Your Neck" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"The Elephant Whisperer" by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
"Tiny Sunbirds Far Away" by Christie Watson
"Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm" by Monte Reel
"Scribbling the Cat" by Alexandra Fuller

Show #1 March 2 & 3
A salute to the men and women who have shaped our country: the presidents and the icons who've made their mark on DC and our world.

Brad Meltzer, Author
William Martin, Editor

Audio Books Previewed:
"My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor
"The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw
"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham
"The Fifth Assassin" by Brad Meltzer
"Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald
"John Quincy Adams" by Harlow Giles Unger
"The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey" by Candice Millard

Show #2 March 9 & 10
Books on new business thinking present ideas to re-energize and refocus many facets of life.

Daniel Pink, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field" by Mike Michalowicz
"To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others" by Daniel H. Pink
"All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results" by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
"Screw Business As Usual" by Richard Branson
"Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us" by Seth Godin
"Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't" by Jim Collins
"The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell
"One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of" by Richard Brandt

Show #3 March 16 & 17
A salute to St. Patrick's Day with grand look at the works of contemporary Irish authors.

Emma Donoghue, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin
"The Story of Lucy Gault" by William Trevor
"Astray" by Emma Donoghue
"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann
"On Canaan's Side" by Sebastian Barry
"Whisperers" by John Connolly
"The Graves are Walking" by John Kelly
"A Faithful Place" by Tana French

Show #4 March 23 & 24
Rare finds - books that may not be on your radar, but are definitely worthy of your time.

Ken Gloss, Rare Books Expert and Proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop

Audio Books Previewed:
"Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chiaverini
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith
"Eva Braun: Life with Hitler" by Heike Gortemaker
"The White Rhino Hotel: Anton Rider Trilogy, Book One" by Bartle Bull
"The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8" by Stephen Hunter
"Tenth of December: Stories" by George Saunders
"Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds" by Ping Fu and MeiMei Fox
"On the Map" by Simon Garfield

Show #5 March 30 & 31
A focus of titles on spirituality and religion, timed to coincide with your Easter and Passover celebrations.

Maggie Anton, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography: Lives of the Great Religious Books" by John J. Collins
"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright
"What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity" by Thomas Quinn
"Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey Into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander
"Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots" by Deborah Feldman
"Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World" by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
"The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography " by Barnaby Rogerson
"Rashi" by Elie Wiesel

Show #1 February 2 & 3
A trip "across the pond" to spotlight some favorite British writers, and discover some wonderful new English authors.

Rachel Joyce, Author
Claire Currie, Editor

Audio Books Previewed:
"Safe House" by Chris Ewan
"The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell
"A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby
"The Woman Who Died A Lot" by Jasper Fforde
"NW" by Zadie Smith
"Saturday" by Ian McEwan
"I've Got Your Number" by Sophie Kinsella

Show #2 February 9 & 10
A tribute to Valentine's Day with titles about relationships. We preview romantic books with wonderful twists and turns....just like love.

Tracy Chevalier, Author
Jami Attenberg, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter
"The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton
"The Painted Girls: A Novel" by Cathy Marie Buchanan
"The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"The Middlesteins: A Novel" by Jami Attenberg
"The Husband List" by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Show #3 February 16 & 17
A full serving of sumptuous choices for foodies: books on cooking, famous chefs, fun food thrillers, and some eye-opening revelations on the food industry.

Tony Abou-Ganim, Author and Mixologist

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance" by Thomas McNamee
"Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss
"Never Going Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle for Good" by Al Roker
"Latte Trouble" by Cleo Coyle
"Gordon Ramsay: On Top of the World" by Neil Simpson
"The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry" by Kathleen Flinn
"Garlic and Sapphires" by Ruth Reichl

Show #4 February 23 & 24
A literary salute to actors and the movies, just in time for this year's Academy Awards.

Orson Scott Card, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel" by Matthew Quick
"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
"Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped" by Cissy Houston
"Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel" by Peter L. Winkler
"The Man Who Saw A Ghost: The Life and Work of Henry Fonda" by Devin McKinney
"I am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist" by Kirk Douglas
"Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Show #1 January 5 & 6
A literary shape up for the new year - books on self-improvement for physical and emotional well-being.

Dr. Andrew Weil, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Mastery" by Robert Greene
"The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't" by Nate Silver
"Spontaneous Happiness" by Dr. Andrew Weil
"The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World - Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You" by Dr. Daphne Miller
"Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity" by Andrew Solomon
"Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" by Dr. John Ratey
"The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly" by Seth Godin

Show #2 January 12 & 13
A preview of new music biographies, with a look at the men and women behind the myths and the music.

Janis Ian, Rock Legend and Author
Sylvie Simmons, Music Journalist and Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road" by Willie Nelson
"Society's Child" by Janis Ian
"Rod" by Rod Stewart
"Waging Heavy Peace" by Neil Young
"Bruce" by Peter A. Carlin
"I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Show #3 January 19 & 20
Great clues to which mystery/thriller titles you should pick up next. Plus, Elaine interviews two authors at the top of their game.

Lee Child, Author
Jo Nesbo, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn
"One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9" by Lee Child
"Two Graves" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
"The Naming of the Dead: An Inspector Rebus Novel" by Ian Rankin
"Phantom" by Jo Nesbo
"Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel' by C.J. Box
"Dark Places: A Novel" by Gillian Flynn

Show #4 January 26 & 27
An exploration of the incredibly vibrant contributions of writers from Spain, Central and South America, and the Spanish Caribbean.

Sandra Cisneros, Author
Roberto Ampuero, Author

Audio Books Previewed:
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz
"Have You Seen Marie?" by Sandra Cisneros
"The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
"Happy Families: Stories" by Carlos Fuentes
"The Neruda Case: A Novel" by Roberto Ampuero
"The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel" by Luis Alberto Urrea
"The Nautical Chart" by Arturo Perez-Reverte