My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia
by Donna Solecka Urbikas
Air Date/Time August 1, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 312p., hardcover
In 1940, Janina Slarzynska and her five-year-old daughter Mira were taken by Soviet secret police (NKVD) from their farm in eastern Poland and sent to Siberia.
In the 1950s, younger daughter Donna yearns for a “normal” American life. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.
Finalist, Best Traditional Non-Fiction...Learn More
by Marcus Sakey
Air Date/Time August, 3:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 302., paperback
Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.
Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody.
But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire...Learn More
The Witch’s Cauldron
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Air Date/Time July 25, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 288p., paperback
Explore the spellbinding history, tradition, and modern uses of the Witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual and divination to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this easy-to-use book provides essential information for Witches of all ages and skill levels.
The Witch’s Cauldron shows you the ins and outs of one of the most iconic tools in Witchcraft. Learn about the cauldron’s role in...Learn More
Fuel For Fire
by Julia Ann Walker
Air Date/Time July 6, 6pm (Central)
1st ed., 384p., paperback
A brooding covert operative and a spunky CIA agent discover a burning passion in the tenth installment of Julie Ann Walker’s red-hot BKI series.
Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes:
The first two left blood on his hands.
The third left him wondering…what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell...Learn More
The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband
by Julie Quinn
Air Date/Time June 25, 4:00pm (Central)
1st ed., 374p., paperback
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin.
Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health.
But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his...Learn More
Murder in Saint Germain
By Cara Black
Air Date/Time June 24, 1:00pm (Central)
1st ed., 336 p., cloth with dj.
Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord her team took down. She’s...Learn More
Wrestling With His Angel: 1849-1856
By Sidney Blumenthal
Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 592p, cloth with dj
Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party. (Volume I, A Self-Made Man, is available below.)
In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat....Learn More
A Self-Made Man
by Sidney Blumenthal
Air Date/Time: Original Air Date May 25, 2016
556p. Hardcover with dj, Signed on bookplate
The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius—from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as “a slave,” to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln.
From his youth as a “newsboy,” a voracious newspaper...Learn More
by Marc Elsberg
Air Date/Time June 8, 1pm (Central)
1st ed., 320p., cloth with dj
When the lights go out one night, no one panics. Not yet. The lights always come back on soon, don’t they? Surely it’s a glitch, a storm, a malfunction.
But something seems strange about this night. Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse. There is no power, anywhere.
A former hacker and activist, Piero, investigates a possible cause of the disaster. The authorities don’t believe...Learn More
Windy City Blues
By Renee Rosen
Air Date/Time May 22, 4pm (Central)
1st ed., paperback, 451 p.
In 1960s Chicago, a young woman stands in the middle of a musical and social revolution. A new historical novel from the bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants.
Leeba Groski doesn’t exactly fit in, but her love of music is not lost on her childhood friend and neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company in Chicago. What...Learn More
War Spies and Bobby Sox
By Libby Fischer Hellman
Air Date/Time May 22, 4pm (Central)
1st ed., paperback, 293 p.
As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America.
A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp … Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago … And espionage surrounds the...Learn More
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
By David Garrow
Air Date/Time May 19, 11am (Central)
1st ed., 1472p., cloth with dj
As epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series, the definitive account of Barack Obama’s life before he became the 44th president of the United States—the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.
Barack Obama’s keynote speech...Learn More
The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore
Air Date/Time May 11, 2:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 496p., cloth with dj
The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s undark danger…
The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst...Learn More
Behind The Curtain
By Beth Kery
Air Date/Time May 9, 6pm (Central)
1st ed., paperback, 400 p.
Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more–from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.
There’s something about this woman. On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the...Learn More
Heroines of Mercy Street:
Real Nurses of the Civil War
by Pamela Toler, PhD
Air Date/Time May 2, 3pm (Central)
1st ed., 304p., hardcover
Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia mansion turned wartime hospital and setting for the PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses...Learn More
The Nerdy and the Dirty
by B. T. Gottfred
Air Date/Time April 21, 6pm (Central)
1st ed., 304p., hardcover
For Young Adults
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.
Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential...Learn More
by Sara Paretsky
Air Date/Time April 15, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 448p., hardcover
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. Warshawski.
To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her...Learn More
Presidential Libraries As Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush
By Jodi Kanter
Air Date/Time April 15, 12noon (Central)
1st ed., paperback 198p, illus.
How do the funding, setting architecture, and exhibition of a presidential library shape our understanding of the president’s character? And how do diverse performances of the presidency create radically different opportunities for the practice of American citizenship?
In Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, Jodi Kanter...Learn More
Girl in Disguise
by Greer Macallister
Air Date/Time April 13, 3pm (Central)
1st ed., 320p., hardcover
Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.
With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin―unless that...Learn More
Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography and the Making of American Morality
By Judith Giesberg
Air Date/Time March 25, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 152 p., 26 halftones, notes, bibl., index, cloth with dj
Civil War soldiers enjoyed unprecedented access to obscene materials of all sorts, including mass-produced erotic fiction, cartes de visite, playing cards, and stereographs.
A perfect storm of antebellum legal, technological, and commercial developments, coupled with the concentration of men fed into armies, created a demand for, and a...Learn More