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Chapter A Day® on Wisconsin Public Radio – Updated 2/14/2019

Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Also online at and and WNMU FM 90 in Marquette, MI

Monday, February 4 through Friday, February 22

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson;  (Spiegel & Grau; ISBN-10: 0812994523 | ISBN-13: 978-0812994520)

Read by Cynthia Woodland

THEME: Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me”

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.

 Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 15

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows;  (Dial Press: ISBN-10: 9780385341004)

Read by Jim Fleming and Susan Sweeney

THEME:  Eric Coates: Summer Days Suite; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – John Wilson, conductor (Avie AV 2070)

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . .  Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

 Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 29

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst;  (Greystone Books:  ISBN-10 1771642483)

Read by Norman Gilliland

THEME:  Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb: Allegro; San Francisco SO – Herbert Blomstedt; London 433 072-2

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities.

 Monday April 1 through Friday April 19

The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio:  How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan;  (Simon & Schuster; ISBN-10: 0743211227)

Read by Catherine Brand

Theme: A selection of themes from television shows of the 50’s and 60’s: Donna Reed, Ozzie & Harriet, Danny Thomas, Father Knows Best, Ed Sullivan, The Honeymooners.

Terry Ryan’s mother Evelyn was amazing. She raised 10 children, and supported her alcoholic husband, by entering — and winning one out of four — popular contests in the 1950’s. She wrote jingles, and poems, and a hundred variations on why one company or another was the best ever. Terry’s memoir is witty, warm-hearted, and touching. It’s also a clear-eyed view of the hardships her mother faced and overcame.

Monday April 22 through Friday May 10

The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts;  (Ballantine; ISBN-10: 0345521080 / ISBN 13: 978 0345521088)

Read by Jim Fleming

THEME: Stephen Foster: Camptown Races, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair; Trevor Stephenson, 1850 parlor grand piano, form the album “The Americans” (Light & Shadow LS-902)

It’s November 1958 and the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City is about to begin. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses – a drab white former plow horse named Snowman and his rider, Harry de Leyer. 

Monday May 13 through Friday May 31

All Fishermen are Liars: True Tales for the Dry Dock Bar by Linda Greenlaw;  (Hyperion; ISBN-10: 1401300707)

Read by Karl Schmidt

THEME: John Adams: Naive & Sentimental Music (Nonesuch)

Fishermen do love to tell stories, and Linda Greenlaw loves collecting them. In this memoir she pulls together a variety of stories into an afternoon at the Dry Dock Bar.

Monday June 3 through Tuesday June 25

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman;  (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking:  0735220689)

Read by Michele Good

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions.  But everything changes when Eleanor and a co-worker, Raymond, together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk.  The three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

 Broadcast dates subject to change. Please contact Executive Producer with questions.



Meet Libby

From the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks & audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using the device in your hand. Libby is a fresh and easy way to borrow and read from your library. Learn more and get the app for your phone or tablet here: Meet Libby!


RBdigital Magazines – Available through the Library

Check out the most recent issue of Food Network magazine for the best backyard eats, 15 new cookout sides, and more—available on RBdigital through your library.

Download it and many others on RBdigital through the library.


Websites for Readers

Read reviews, previews, recommendations, connect with fellow readers, and create an online bookshelf.

If you love to read, you’ll love these sites! Book Reviews
A free service that provides book reviews and allows readers to search for novels by plot, character, settting and writing style.

Book Browse
Book recommendations and information, online magazines and author spotlights.

The Book Case
A product of BookPage, where readers discover their next great book.

A portal into the book industry with links to and articles on industry news, access to literary journals and reviews, and an expansive directory of book sites around the world. Users can also search updated bestseller lists, find listings of literary events, and read author interviews.

Chapter One
Read the first chapters of selected new books, most of which have been reviewed by the Washington Post.

Dear Reader
Blog by Suzanne Beecher, author of Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy Life.

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies fore more than 25,000 authors.

Get book recommendations from people you know, keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read, answer book trivia and collect your favorite quotes.

LibraryThing Blog
Just one more reason to love

Literary Criticism
The Internet Public Library’s Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical Web sites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title or nationality and literary period.

Stop, You’re Killing Me
A website to die for…if you love mysteries.

Reviews, blog posts, special features, reading lists, contests, author interviews, publishing trends and pop culture.
Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects. (see below for periodic updates)
A completely new way of choosing what to read.

Wisconsin’s Water Library: A collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s Water Library is an academic library at UW Madison that is open to the public. Any adult resident in Wisconsin can check out books from Wisconsin’s Water Library for free. Visit the website to find out how!

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Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

Sanderson beta readers Paige Vest and Ross Newberry discuss the struggles of The Stormlight Archive’s heroes in terms of mental health issues like depression and PTSD—and talk about how these characters have inspired more than one “broken” person to keep up their own fight.

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What “The Ship of Theseus” Problem Reveals About Science Fiction

Corey White explores how an ancient thought experiment about identity complicates and deepens aspects of our favorite science fiction stories and technologies, from the world of Mad Max to the Star Wars movies, Altered Carbon, and more.

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Why Editors Matter: David Hartwell’s Extraordinary Timescape Books

For James David Nicoll, David Hartwell was an editor worth following from project to project and publisher to publisher, and the books published under Hartwell’s Timescape imprint in the early 1980s are a testament to his remarkable talent for finding and fostering the best of science fiction and fantasy.

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Space Dads for America: Armageddon

Think Michael Bay’s Armageddon is a glorified montage of a movie too shallow to support real, in-depth analysis? Well, buckle up as Sarah Gailey drills down (ahem) into this dubious celebration of patriarchal posturing and the American military-industrial complex.

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Five Books About Magical Apocalypses

In our modern age, sometimes it seems like the only thing that might be able to bring this reality to a standstill would have to be something completely out of the ordinary—magic. Author Peng Shepherd picks her five favorite novels wherein the end of the world is brought about not by science or war or plague, but by the fantastic…

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How Solo Makes Sense of Han’s Entire Character Arc

The core of Solo is actually quite simple: It’s about a kid who once made the terrible mistake of leaving behind a person that he cared about. Emily Asher-Perrin analyzes how the movie goes a long way toward explaining Han’s future actions in A New Hope and beyond.

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The Silmarillion Primer Presents the Epic Tale of Lúthien and Beren (and Huan, the Best Dog in the World!)

This week we reach the end of an epic two-part discussion of the tale of the mortal Beren and Lúthien the Elfmaid: one of the most romantic, harrowing, and action-packed stories in all of Tolkien! (Also starring Finrod Felagund, Sauron, and everyone’s favorite wolfhound, Huan. We love Huan.)

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Ten Years Later, There’s Still Nothing Like Tarsem Singh’s The Fall

“But a story needs two things: a teller, and a listener. You know this.” Molly Templeton looks back at The Fall, director Tarsem Singh’s brilliant, breathtaking movie about storytelling, and how shared stories can define, change, and maybe even save us.

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Meat and Salt and Sparks by Rich Larson

A futuristic murder mystery about detective partners—a human and an enhanced chimpanzee—who are investigating why a woman murdered an apparently random stranger on the subway.

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