Jim's reading list

Bannon: Always the Rebel by Keith Koffler

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

Evolved by Archer Miller

Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness by Dr. Eben Alexander

Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience by Meg Jay

Hope Never Dies: How 20 Late-Stage and Terminal Cancer Patients Beat the Odds by Rick Shapiro

Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in Modern History to Your Advantage by Harry Dent

Playing With Fire by Lawrence O'Donnell

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence by Harlow Giles Unger

My Brother's Keeper: A Thirty-Year Quest To Bring Two Killers To Justice by Chris Russo Blackwood

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe

My Brother's Keeper by Chris Russo Blackwood

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin by Brannon Costello

This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know, from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom by Laura Holmes Haddad

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Dr. Matthew Walker

Don't Put Your Crap in Your Kid's Diaper: The Clean Up Cost Can Last a Lifetime by Thomas Gagliano

Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo by Grant Faulkner

Reconcilable Differences: Connecting in a Disconnected World by Dr. Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur

The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age by Sridhar Pappu

Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World by Ana Homayoun

Bicycling the Oregon Trail by Don Weinell

A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment by Barbara Radnofsky

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

The Boxing Kings: When American Heavyweights Ruled the Ring by Paul Beston

Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960's Vietnam by Les Arbuckle

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500 Year History by Kurt Andersen  

The Good Mood Kitchen: Simple Recipes and Nutrition Tips for Emotional Balance by Dr. Leslie Korn

Always Wanted to Know About Watergate but Were Afraid to Ask  by Lori Perkins and Brian J. O’Connor

Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program by Urban Meyer and Wayne R Coffey

How to Find Love by Veronica Henry

Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Everyday by Neil Pasricha

All The King's Horses: The Equestrian Life of Elvis Presley by Kimberly Gatto

Home Alive: 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police by Geoffrey Mount Varner

ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change by Sharon Weil

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

Hollywood's Team: Grit, Glamour and the 1950s Los Angeles Rams by Jim Hock

Ca$h Out by Micheal Rubin 

The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics, and Lies about PMS Keep Women Down by Robyn Stein DeLuca

Born On Third Base by Chuck Collins

What She Ate by Laura Shapiro

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times od a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix by Lynda Schuster 

Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine by Edward Hess

The Stars In Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous and Why We Care Too Much About Them by Julie Klam

Campus Confidential: How College Works or Doesn't, For Professors, Parents and Students by Jacques Berlinerblau

The Fallen by Ace Atkins 

What We Lose a Novel by Zinzi Clemmons 

A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. by Alvin Felzenberg

Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment by David Palma, MD, PhD

The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable 

Don't Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage by Dr. Diane Medved 

Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty by John Kukla 

Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger

Unsub by Meg Gardiner 

Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed by Daniel McGinn

Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans by Admiral James Stavridis 

Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They're True and Amazing by Jonathan Goldsmith

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen by Louise Nayer

Kill it to Save it: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy by Corey Dolgon

The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by Cathy Scott

Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss by Frances Stroh

Price of Duty by Dale Brown 

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence by Dacher Keltner

The CEO Pay Machine by Steven Clifford

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Red Teaming by Bryce Hoffman

Almost Human by Lee Berger and John Hawks

Ginny Moon by Ben Ludwig

Jack and Norman by Jerome Loving

Diaper Dude: The Ultimate Dad's Guide to Surviving the First Two Years by Chris Pegula

Insight: Why We're Not As Self-Aware As We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Help Us Succeed At Work and In Life by Tasha Eurich

Mistakes Were Made (Some in French) by Fiona Lewis

We The People by Juan Williams

The One Percent Solution by Gordon Lafer

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Gunn

The American Spirit by David McCullough

Awkward by Ty Tashiro, PhD

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

A Single Spy by William Christie

The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan

The Battle of The Longs by Bill Nash

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It by Chris Winter, MD

Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo

The Reducetarian Solution by Brian Kateman

The First Love Story by Bruce Feiler

Pandora's Lab by Paul A. Offit

Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan

Eggshells by  Caitriona Lally

It Takes One to Tango by Winifred M. Reilly

How May I Help You by Deepak Singh

The Outsider by McIntyre & McIntyre

Guns in the Hands of Artists by Jonathan Ferrara

The Outsider: Invest in America by Marvin McIntyre

Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam by Amy Shively Hawk

Blooming by Kimberly Willis Holt

Bad Choices by Ali Almossawi

Ike and McCarthy by David A. Nichols

Democrazy by Trey Radel

More Alive and Less Lonely by Jonathan Lethem

Without Mercy by Colonel David Hunt

The Knowledge Illusion by Dr. Steven Sloman and Dr. Philip Fernbach

The Book of Isaias by Daniel Connolly

Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD & Mark Olshaker

Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar

Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic by Jason Turbow

The Cheese Trap by Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Spark by Angie Morgan

How Trump Won by Larry Schweikart

Ava's Place by Emily Beck Cogburn

Who Killed Bob Crane? by John Hook

My Life, My Loves by King Errisson

 Federal Tax Code May Contribute To Married Women Wage Gap by Christine Cheng

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael H. Cottman

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by Meredith Wadman

The Murder of Willie Lincoln by Burt Solomon

Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer by Dan Moldea

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson

War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love, and Resilience by Kenneth E. Miller

Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: Strange Stories and Shocking Trivia From Inside the White House by Cormac O'Brien

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Carnival in Louisiana by Brian Costello

The Making of the President by Roger Stone

The Path by Professor Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh

The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook

Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing by James Weatherall

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales

True South by Jon Else

Attending by Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.

Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild 

Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America by David Horowitz

The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson

Why Won't You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner

Body Wise by Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams

Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960s by Stanley Nelson

The Benefits of Smoking: WHY It's So Hard to Quit Smoking & WHAT You Can Do About It by Carol Rickard

Long Shot by Tyler Bridges & Jeremy Alford

General Fox Conner: Pershing’s Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor (The Generals) by Steve Rabalais

Fields of Battle by Brian Curtis

Nonstop Metropolis by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

The Man Who Knew by Sebastian Mallaby

Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film by Alexandra Zapruder

Acadiana Table by George Graham

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems by Johnny Cash; Paul Muldoon & John Cash

Target JFK: The Spy Who Killed Kennedy by Robert K. Wilcox

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The Price of Valor by David Smith

Habit Changers by M.J. Ryan

The Natives Are Restless by Constance Hale

Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman

Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge by Martin Hawkins

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Let Them eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD

Mary's Mosaic by Peter Janney

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin

The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights by Shaun Assael

Ike's Gamble by Michael Doran

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love by Leslie Michelson

Cracking The Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving by Ian Scheffler 

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle 

Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins

Let Me Out by Peter Himmelman

Into The Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard

Marijuana Manifesto by Jesse Ventura

Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton by Joe Conason 

Murder in The Bayou by Ethan Brown

Wreck My Life by Mo Isom

Michael Phelps: The Greatest Olympian by Kostya Kennedy

ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz

Rembrandt's Shadow by Janet Lee Berg

Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama by Kenneth Woodward

The Gatekeeper by Kathryn Smith

The Boys of Dunbar by Alejandro Danois

The Conservative Case for Trump by Phyllis Schlafly

We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

Familiar Evil by Rannah Gray

Look at You Now by Liz Pryor

How The Flood Can Help Us Heal by Raymond Jetson

Win the Race or Die Trying
Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah
by Jack McGuire

Not the ’60s: Apocalypse Then and Now by Todd Gitlin

The College Formerly Known as Yale by Roger Kimball

Louisiana’s changing presidential election role by Ron Faucheux

The Microbiome Solution by Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Leader of free world to be determined on Nov. 5 at Death Valley by Jim Engster

Pete Fountain, 86, Dies; Clarinetist Popularized Spirited New Orleans Jazz by Peter Keepnews

Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary by Dick Morris

Why Do Terrorists Commit Terrorism? by Peter Bergen

Please Enjoy Your Happiness by Paul Brinkley-Rogers

Trump: A Graphic Biography by Ted Rall

Donald Trump’s Message Resonates With White Supremacists by Johnathan Mahler

The Jaguar Man by Lara Naughton

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It by Larry Olmsted

The End of The Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Bush by Jean Edward Smith

The City Where I Live and Where Alton Sterling Died by Christopher J. Tyson

Trump and Me by Mark Singer

Longhorn: A Novel by Phil Oakley

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye

Alton Sterling Shooting in Baton Rouge Prompts Justice Dept. Investigation by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, MIKE McPHATE and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

TWA 800: the Crash, the Cover-Up and the Conspiracy by Jack Cashill

Autism Adulthood by Susan Senator

Find A Way by Diana Nyad

Detroit Hustle by Amy Haimerl

Sociology of Sports by Dr. Harry Edwards


Pratt: In America's thriving gun culture, why not sport a rocket-propelled grenade? by Edward Pratt

Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger

Will it stay Lee High? School Board to settle debate Thursday on name of Robert E. Lee High by Charles Lussier

Revitalizing Cities by Pres Kabacoff

Coffee May Protect Against Cancer, W.H.O. Concludes by Anahad O'Conner

The Highest Glass Ceiling by Ellen Fitzpatrick

Muhammad Ali, My Father and Me by Rosie Schaap

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century by Robert Lipsyte

LITTLE HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS: A Bad Girl's Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me by Charlotte Stewart

Witness to The Revolution by Clara Bingham

The Amazing Crawfish Boat by John Laudun

Fueling Freedom by Stephen Moore, Kathleen Hartnett White

The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

What's it Like in Space by Ariel Waldman

A Bathroom of One's Own by Peter Schuck

Women want equal pay, not lawsuits by Julie Schwam Harris

Dr. Meg Meeker: Trump’s Relationship with His Daughter Ivanka Proves He’s Not a Chauvinist by Meg Meeker

$3 Tip on a $4 Cup of Coffee? Gratuities Grow, Automatically by Hillary Stout

The Statesman and the Storyteller by Mark Zwonitzer

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Improvisational Oncologist by Siddhartha Mukherjee

5 Sex Languages by Douglas Weiss, Ph.D.

The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski

Grit by Angela Duckworth


Jim Engster's Bio:

Jim Engster is a lifelong Louisiana Broadcaster. From his days at LSU through the present, Jim has been a reporter, observer and commentator on the events that have shaped Louisiana.

Jim’s experience includes time as the News Director at the Louisiana Radio Network and host of the statewide talk show “Louisiana Live” for six years. Jim has hosted an award winning show on WRKF, the public station in Baton Rouge, for the past eleven years.

“I’m excited about returning to the statewide footprint”, Engster says. “Louisiana is topic rich. Many stations are looking for more local content. This is really a win-win for the stations and listeners”, he added.

A graduate of LSU’s Manship School of Journalism, Jim was inducted into the Manship Hall of Fame in 2012. He is the President of the Louisiana Radio Network, the Baton Rouge Press Club and the National Association of State Radio Networks.

In addition, Jim appears regularly as a political analyst for WAFB-Channel 9 in Baton Rouge. He was named Communicator of the Year in 2008 by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana.