Mark Perzel

Host of The Book Club @ 91.7

Mark Perzel hosts The Book Club @ 91.7 Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. 

In addition, he can be heard weekday evenings hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC.  He is also known throughout the public radio industry for inventive, award-winning holiday programs like Tunes from the Crypt, Tunes from the Crypt Goes to the Movies, Feast for the Ears, and Love Greetings.

Mark has worked in the radio industry for more than thirty years. He began in the business when he was a teenager in Charlotte, North Carolina, volunteering for a public radio station.   He attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in violin performance.

He has performed speaking parts with performing organizations throughout the tri-state including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Opera Theatre, and the Linton Chamber Music Series, and done voiceover work for numerous commercials and industrial videos.

Ways to Connect

  The skills of butchery meet the world of fresh produce in Cara Mangini's The Vegetable Butcher, an essential, inspiring guide that demystifies the world of vegetables.

  What if Romeo never met Juliet?
What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?

In Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, you choose where the story goes every time you read!

  Mark Beauregard's The Whale: A Love Story is a rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville’s emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

  In Brand Seduction, Daryl Weber reveals the latest psychological and neuroscientific discoveries about how our minds process brand information and make decisions, and the important roles our emotions and unconscious play in our selections.

  Marta McDowell's All the Presidents' Gardens tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden.

Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman highlights the researchers who work in America's National Parks, and who are able to perform long-term studies of a wide number of subjects from salamanders the size of thumbnails to gigantic geothermal geysers. 

Here are the books you heard about on the July 23 edition of Off The Shelf:

  1. Kate Hattemer’s The Land of 10,000 Madonnas
  2. Robert D. Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
  3. Robert P. Watson’s The Nazi Titanic

  An enthralling literary debut, Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson tells the story of a young girl’s coming of age in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet—a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence.

  A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Andrew Solomon’s Far and Away is a collection of writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual.

  She was the first American movie star ever to appear naked in a film, but her promising film career collapsed, her doctor fell in love with her and killed his own wife, and on her fortieth birthday, her mother committed her to an insane asylum. She remained there until her death in 1996 at the age of 104 and is now buried in an unmarked grave.

From James Bone, the former New York Bureau Chief of The Times of London, The Curse of Beauty reveals the riveting truth of the forgotten life of Audrey Munson, America's First Supermodel. 

Linda Kass: Tasa's Song

Jul 15, 2016

  From a peaceful village in eastern Poland to a partitioned post-war Vienna, Tasa’s Song by Linda Kass celebrates the bonds of love, the power of memory, the solace of music, and the enduring strength of the human spirit.

  On the Origins of Sports by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine is an illustrated book built around the original rules of 21 of the world’s most popular sports, from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts.

  Here are the books you heard about on the July 9 edition of Off The Shelf:

  1. Joyce Goldstein’s The New Mediterranean Jewish Table
  2. Brian Murphy’s 81 Days Below Zero
  3. Elaine Showalter’s The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe

  The Joy of Less by Francine Jay is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.

  What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.