Classic Titles Narrated By Top Actors ~ Show July 18 and 19


“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee: performed by Reese Witherspoon
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee: performed by Sissy Spacek
“The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullers: performed by Susan Sarandon
“Being There” by Jerzy Kosinski: performed by Dustin Hoffman
“The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad: performed by Kenneth Branagh
“The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles: performed by Jennifer Connelly
“The End of the Affair” by Graham Greene: performed by Colin Firth

Marja Mills, Author

Elaine spotlights new performances of classic titles narrated by Hollywood’s top actors. Marja Mills shares her experiences as Harper Lee’s neighbor – timed to coincide with the Lee’s release of “Go Set a Watchman.”


Reese Witherspoon To Perform New Harper Lee Title


Actress Reese Witherspoon will narrate the audio version of the year’s hottest book, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. The unabridged audio version will be released simultaneously with the book on July 14. Witherspoon is set to hit the recording studio this month.

Lee’s new novel, written in the 1950s but recently rediscovered, is a sequel to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

“As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch,” Witherspoon said. “I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee’s gorgeous prose can deliver.”

Witherspoon, 39, who was born in New Orleans, is a book lover who has brought some of her favorite recent titles to the big screen. She starred in and was a producer on Wild and a producer of Gone Girl. Along with Nicole Kidman, Witherspoon has optioned Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, in development for TV.

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Harper Lee’s New Title Spiking Sales Of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Following HarperCollins’s February 3 announcement that it will be publishing Harper Lee’s second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, in July, sales for Lee’s landmark first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, nearly tripled.

‘Go Set a Watchman’ follows Scout Finch, the plucky young heroine of Mockingbird, 20 years later, as an adult. Following news of its publication this summer, pre-orders pushed the title to the top of Amazon’s chart, taking Mockingbird along with it.

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Bestselling Books Of 2014

We’ve all seen the critics’ lists for their top picks of 2014, but which books actually sold the most? Here is the Nielsen BookScan list of 2014’s Adult Top Bestselling Titles:
1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham
3. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
4. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
6. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham
7. “Revival” by Stephen King
8. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James
9. “Inferno” by Dan Brown
10. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
1. “Killing Patton” by O’Reilly/Dugard
2. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young
3. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
4. “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath
5. “Make it Ahead” by Ina Garten
6. “A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush
7. “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo
8. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
9. “Guinness World Records 2015”
10. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

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Cultural Icons ~ Show Oct 11 and 12


“The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee” by Marja Mills
“The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra” by Helen Rappaport
“The Creation of Anne Boleyn” by Susan Bordo
“I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made” by Richard Snow
“Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and the Battle to Control the Skies” by Lawrence Goldstone
“Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World” by Michael Rank
“A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal” by Ben MacIntyre

Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service

A spotlight on new titles that offer balanced factual accounts of people who have become cultural icons. Elaine speaks with Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, about an icon who celebrates his 70th anniversary as a beloved figure in popular culture.

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