Wisconsin Public Radio - Chapter A Day.
CHAPTER A DAY ARCHIVES - BOOKS READ IN 2001
01/01 - 01/19 Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard read by Karl Schmidt
(Dell Pub Co; ISBN: 0385333927)
theme: James Canter: "Chasin' the Gypsy" (Atlantic 83304-2)
01/22 - 01/26 Lives of Moral Leadership by Robert Coles read by Norman Gilliland
(Random House; ISBN: 0375501088)
Nielsen: Symphony Nr. 4 "Inextinguishable:" Second movement - Jarvi/Gothenburg Symphony
(DG 437 507)
Lives of Moral Leadership
01/29 - 02/16 Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik read by Jim Fleming
(Random House; ISBN: 0679444920)
Louis Armstrong: La Vie en Rose; Ella Fitzgerald: I Love Paris - from the soundtrack to "French Kiss" (Mercury 314 528 136-2)
Paris to the Moon
02/19 - 03/02 excerpts from three books by Alec Guiness read by Karl Schmidt:
Blessings in Disguise (Warner Books; ISBN: 0446384267),
My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor (Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140277455),
A Positively Final Appearance : A Journal 1996-98 (Viking Pr; ISBN: 0670888001)
John Lewis: "September Song" from the album "Evolution" (Atlantic 83211-2)
A Positively Final Appearance
03/06 - 03/23 Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray read by Catherine Brand
(Harmony Books; ISBN: 0609606727 )
Bolero, La Gran Via, Stefania from the album "Serenata" with Beppe Gambetta and Carlo Aonzo (Acoustic Music Records Best.Nr.319.1136.2)
Julie and Romeo
03/26 - 04/06 Lying Awake by Mark Salzman read by Jim Fleming
(Knopf; ISBN: 0375406328)
Hildegard Von Bingen: "Canticle, Hymn, Benedicamus domino" from the album "11,000 Virgins" with Anonymous 4 (HMU 907200)
04/09 - 04/20 A Woman in Amber: Healing the Trauma of War and Exile by Agate Nesaule read by Judith Strasser
(Soho Press, Inc.; ISBN: 1569470464) (paperback version: Penguin USA; ISBN: 0140261907)
Emil Darzins: Valse Melancolique; Janis Medins: Aria, from the album "Encore!" with the Detroit Symphony Orchesra, Neem Jarvi conducting (CHANDOS CHAN 9227)
A Woman in Amber
04/22 - 05/11 Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis read by Jim Fleming
(Knopf; ISBN: 0375405445)
Carl Maria von Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op 65; Garrick Ohlsson, piano (Arabesque Z 6584-2)
05/14 - 05/24 Tales from Rhapsody Home: Or, What They Don't Tell You About Senior Living
by John Gould read by Karl Schmidt (Workman Publishing Company; ISBN: 1565122801)
Fred Hirsch Group: "Nostalgia" from the album "Forward Motion" (Chesky JD 55)
Tales from Rhapsody Home
05/25 - 06/08
Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings by Paul Theroux read by Karl Schmidt (Houghton Mifflin; ISBN: 0618034064)
Fresh Air Fiend
One of the more bewildering aspects of growing older," Paul Theroux writes in one of the articles in this collection "is that people constantly remind you of things that never happened." Theroux is approaching 60. The acclaimed travel writer has been all over the world, and this assortment offers his views of life in his travels. The book jumps from post-Mao China and Theroux's years spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa in the '60s to turtle watching in Hawaii to kayaking on Cape Cod.
theme: Ronnie Earl: Healing Time - Idle Moments (Telarc CD 83490)
06/11 - 06/15
Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau read by Karl Schmidt (Penguin ISBN: 0140170022)
Subtly interweaving natural observation, personal experience, and historical lore, this tale reveals Thoreau's brilliance not only as a writer, but as a naturalist, scholar, historian, poet, and philosopher. "Cape Cod" portrays a landscape changing irreversibly even as he wrote. It is a brilliant and unsentimental account of survival on a barren peninsula in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay.
theme: Fred Hirsch Group: "Nostalgia" from the album "Forward Motion" (Chesky JD 55)
06/18 - 07/06 Mayhem in B-flat by Elliot Paul read by Jim Fleming (Dover; ISBN: 0-486-25621-9)
Mayhem in B-flat
Elliot Paul's Homer Evans mysteries are classics of the form. In Mayhem in B-flat Paul tells the story of Evans and his stylish, pistol-packing companion Miriam Leonard as they tackle on a series of strange events. Against a richly evoked background of Paris in the 1930's, Evans and Leonard mix detection and comedy to find a murderer, rescue a notorious violin, and encourage romance.
Theme: Fritz Kreisler: Liebesfreud & Liebeslied; Gil Shaham, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (DG 449 923-2)
07/09 - 07/20 excerpts from three books by Janet Flanner read by Karl Schmidt and Norman Gilliland:
Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939 (Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156709902 ),
Paris Journal 1944-1955 (Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156709481),
Paris Journal 1956-1964 (Harvest Books; ISBN: 015670949X)
Paris Was Yesterday
Janet Flanner, writing as "Genet," was the resident Paris Correspondent for The New Yorker for many years. Her assignment was to write columns about "what the French thought was going on in France," but the result even now is to bring to life the Paris we thought belonged to Ernest Hemingway.
Theme: Milhaud: La Cheminee du roi Rene: "La Malousinglade" and
"Madrigal--Nocturne" (CHANDOS CHAN 6536).
07/23 - 08/17 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton read by Jim Fleming (Ballantine Books; ISBN: 0345370775)
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
Theme: Honneger - Pacific 231
08/20 - 09/07 A Painted House by John Grisham read by Jim Fleming (Doubleday; ISBN: 038550120X )
A Painted House
This story is not what you would expect from the usual Grisham novel -- no lawyers in sight. There is a murder, though, which seven-year old Luke Chandler has the misfortune to witness. The tale is set in rural Arkansas in 1952, on the Chandler family farm. The family has hired itinerant Mexicans and "hill people" to harvest 80 acres of cotton. This is country straight out of John Grisham's childhood, and his pleasure in it is obvious.
Theme: John Hartford: I am a Man of Constant Sorrow from the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Mercury)
09/10 - 10/02 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
read by Catherine Brand
(Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0743211227)
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
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.
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.
10/03/01 - 10/19/01 Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl read by Karl Schmidt
(Random House; ISBN: 0375501959)
Comfort Me with Apples
Ruth Reichl's first memoir, Tender at the Bone told stories of growing up and loving food. This story picks up where the earlier one left off, following Reichl's career as chef and food writer.
Theme: selections from the John Lewis album "Evolution."
10/22 - 11/16 Empire Falls by Richard Russo read by Jim Fleming (Knopf; ISBN: 0679432477)
Small towns "force you to deal with your neighbour in a way people in cities and larger towns don't have to" says Richard Russo. He demonstrates this in his epic new novel about a small town in Maine. Empire Falls has fallen on hard time, it's main street so empty "you could strafe it with automatic weapons and not harm a soul." But the people who surround Miles Roby at Francine's Empire Grill make it all worthwhile.
Theme: Joshua Redman: The Best is Yet to Come, from the soundtrack to "Space Cowboys" (Maiposo/Warner Bros 9 47848-2)
11/19 - 12/24 Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
read by Jim Fleming
(E P Dutton; ISBN: 0525945938)
Cathy Scarlet and her partner Tom Feather had always wanted to start their own catering business, so when the opportunity comes they leap to take advantage of it. There's no question they can cook the perfect meal, but can they make a business go? And can they keep their families together as they do so? As always, Maeve Binchy keeps the plot stirring, and the people appealing.
Theme: Dave Brubeck: Someday My Prince Will Come from the album The Dave Brubeck Jazz Collection (Columbia)
Christmas Day December 25 Christmas Remembered by Ben Logan read by Karl Schmidt (NorthWord Press; ISBN: 1559716363
Ben Logan found himself in Italy on Christmas during World War II. He manages to bring to that Christmas some of the spirit of Christmas he learned back home in Wisconsin.
Theme: George Butterworth: The Banks of Greenwillow; The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, conducting (London 452 707 C)
12/26 - 01/04/02 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham read by Jim Fleming (Doubleday; ISBN: 0385505833)
Luther and Nora Krank, having sent their daughter off to work for the Peace Corps, sense an opportunity. "We won't do Christmas," says Luther, and books a cruise instead. Their neighbors find this decision unseemly, to say the least, and the humor of the story is in how the Kranks respond to pressure. The Kranks may want to skip Christmas, but you won't.
Theme: Kirkmount: New Snow/Mittens for Christmas and Bring a Torch/Down in Yon Forest/There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig/I Saw Three Ships/Christmas Morning from the album Mittens for Christmas (Dorian)