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November-December 1998
Volume 64, Number 6

In Brief

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Foreign Language Books

Audio Magazines

About Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics is published bimonthly in large-print, cassette, flexible audio disc, and computer diskette formats and distributed free to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress free reading program. It lists recorded books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and covers news of developments and activities in library services.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including classics, biographies, gothics, mysteries, and how-to and self-help guides. To learn more about the wide range of books in the national collection, readers may order catalogs and subject bibliographies from cooperating libraries. Librarians can check other resources for titles and answer requests for special materials.

To order books, contact your local cooperating library. Correspondence regarding editorial matters should be sent to: Publications and Media Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542

In Brief

Catalogs Published in Audio Format

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has released three catalogs in recorded audio format. Bestsellers 1984-1994, Cassette Books 1997, and Entertainers describe special-format books available to eligible patrons.

Bestsellers 1984-1994 is recorded on four-track cassette and features listings of fiction bestsellers that are in audio format. The bestselling novels are by authors such as Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Stephen King, and John Grisham, among many others.

Cassette Books 1997, which is recorded on flexible disc, lists adult cassette books produced by NLS during 1997. Books are listed alphabetically within subject categories under nonfiction and fiction headings.

Entertainers is recorded on cassette and is a bibliography of selected books about actors, singers, dancers, comedians, and television personalities.

The catalogs are being sent directly to patrons who ordered them on their annual publication order forms. They can also be ordered from your cooperating library.

Newsstand

The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Life-saving techniques for blind people

Safe without Sight outlines a program of crime-prevention and physical safe-defense strategies for people who are blind. The guide suggests practical techniques for avoiding attacks, ensuring personal safety, fighting back, and constructing a personal safety plan. The manual is available on cassette tape, on computer diskette, in braille, and in print for $14. Add $3 for postage for print. Write National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115 or call 800-548-7323.

Books for Adults--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books are labeled with the code     RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, or violence. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."

Born Again at the Laundromat and Other Visions of the New West     RC 39985
by Dave Carty
read by Larry Shapiro
1 cassette
Montana resident Carty looks at changing lifestyles in the West, where supermarkets, wine, and Muzak have replaced bars, beer, and country music. His collection of fourteen essays, one of which includes poems by some of his friends, covers such topics as the number of skunks being killed on Montana roads, the opening of antelope season, ice fishing, and grassroots spirituality at the laundromat. Some strong language. 1992.

Visionaries     RC 40966
by Bill Mosher
read by Dick Jenkins
2 cassettes
A companion to the public television series, the book presents the context for the acts of love documented in the film. The author explores the magic that occurs when one human helps another, and shows inspirational heroes worthy of media recognition. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia     RC 40972
by Dennis Covington
read by Jeff Halberstadt
2 cassettes
The author returns to his southern roots and unexpectedly finds a kinship with members of a church who believe handling poisonous snakes is a testament to their faith. The group comes to represent a side of the South that he feels has been ridiculed and denied a history. He presents these poor, rural whites with respect and an understanding of their strong spiritual beliefs. 1995.

My Singing Teachers     RC 40974
by Mel Tormé
read by Arnie Warren
1 cassette
Jazz vocalist Mel Tormé reflects on the singers, instrumentalists, and others who influenced his musical style and career. He offers a medley of anecdotes and observations on some big names, like Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong, as well as many less well-known artists. 1994.

Collected Poems of Barbara Howes, 1945-1990     RC 40981
by Barbara Howes
read by Gillian Wilson
1 cassette
The prize-winning American poet organizes this collection of previously published poems chronologically. Observations of nature and everyday life characterize the selections. Howes also includes translations of poems by Cino de Pistoia, Christine de Pisan, and Torquato Tasso, among others. National Book Award finalist. 1995.

Remembering with Granny     RC 40985
by Alma D. Worthington
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
The author, affectionately known as Granny to family and friends, offers vignettes of growing up in Tennessee during the Great Depression. She describes the excitement of receiving her one-and-only doll, the fun of dating in pairs, and the care with which she reared her children. 1995.

Welcome to High School     RC 40986
by Diane Eble and others
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
High school can be a bit scary. Suddenly you are like a little fish in a big sea. You may have more freedom, but you also have more responsibility. This is the Big Time. The editors of Campus Life, a Christian magazine, examine the social, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of high school so you can be prepared for the worst, and the best, of times. For senior high readers. 1991.

The Magic Daughter: A Memoir of Living with Multiple Personality Disorder     RC 42195
by Jane Phillips
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
A professor with multiple personalities, or what is called dissociative identity disorder, writes under a pseudonym. She says she began this book as a suicide note but was surprised to find the writing process therapeutic, albeit traumatic. She tells of the childhood horrors that led to the disorder and of her therapist's work in diagnosing and helping her. Some violence. 1995.

White Bucks and Black-Eyed Peas: Coming of Age Black in White America     RC 42196
by Marcus Mabry
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
A twenty-five-year-old Paris correspondent for Newsweek writes a memoir of being a black urban professional and the uneasy price of that success. His grandmother and mother were the driving forces that sent him from poverty to prep school and beyond, in contrast to his "deadbeat dad," a wealthy judge who didn't acknowledge Mabry for years. Strong language. 1995.

Too Soon to Tell     RC 42207
by Calvin Trillin
read by Ray Hagen
2 cassettes
Collection of columns published between 1990 and1995 by the syndicated writer. With his characteristic, good-natured cynicism, Trillin discusses subjects ranging from politics to restaurants to the younger generation. He brings a new perspective to telephone area codes, the fear of being a rube, and the Chinese claim to the invention of golf. 1995.

Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television     RC 42313
by Michael Ritchie
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Documents the formative years between 1927 and 1947, prior to national broadcasts and prerecording. The book is based on interviews with television pioneers, many of them well known, who tell of haphazard live shows produced in sweltering and cramped studios. Despite the conditions, the visionaries persevered because they saw the potential of the mass medium. 1994.

Streets: A Memoir of the Lower East Side     RC 42336
by Bella Spewack
read by Barbara Rappaport
2 cassettes
Early life of the author who, with her husband, Sam Spewack, wrote more than thirty-five films and plays and collaborated with Cole Porter on Kiss Me, Kate. Penned when she was twenty-three and published after her death in 1990, the memoir describes struggles Spewack and her mother faced as poor immigrants and the physical surroundings and people of the tenements. For high school and older readers. 1995.

Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook     RC 42492
by Jean Zimmerman
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Recounts the 1991 convention of the Tailhook Association, a former drinking club for naval aviators that grew into a professional organization. Zimmerman tells how Lieutenant Paula Coughlin and others were manhandled by partying men. She describes Coughlin's fight to punish her attackers and examines the status of women in the navy before the combat ban was lifted in 1993. Strong language and violence. 1995.

Eastern Sun, Winter Moon: An Autobiographical Odyssey     RC 42706
by Gary Paulsen
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
The author of many young adult books, including Nightjohn (RC 38431), recounts his life to the age of nine, 1939-1948. He tells how he and his mother waited for his soldier father in Chicago, then joined him in the Philippines. Presents a child's view of his mother's pluck and easy virtue and of the realities of war. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism     RC 42710
by George McGovern
read by Ray Hagen
2 cassettes
A former senator and onetime presidential candidate's anguished story of his daughter's unhappy life and alcohol-related death. McGovern tries to understand and explain her steady descent into depression and alcoholism, concluding that genetic vulnerability was a key factor. 1996.

Diary of a Cat: True Confessions and Lifelong Observations of a Well-Adjusted House Cat     RC 42711
by Leigh W. Rutledge
read by Ray Hagen
1 cassette
A cat's whimsical journal of his adventures around the neighborhood where he lives with kindly Mrs. Vigil. The cat offers some keen insights into the family turmoils he observes in his rounds. After a tumultuous disturbance of the household, harmony is restored, and Mrs. Vigil's cat family is reunited. 1995.

Crews: Gang Members Talk to Maria Hinojosa     RC 42950
by Maria Hinojosa
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Interviews with New York City gang, or crew, members by National Public Radio correspondent. Crew members shed light on their lives and their ever-present rage and frustration. Violence and strong language. For high school readers. 1995.

Voices from the Streets: Young Former Gang Members Tell Their Stories     RC 43679
by S. Beth Atkin
read by Graci Ragsdale
1 cassette
A view of the world of youth gangs as seen through the eyes of former gang members. Profiles a diverse group of youths, who discuss their reasons for joining a gang, their experiences as members, their reasons for quitting, and their post-gang lives. Strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes     RC 43736
by Phillip Herring
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Biography of twentieth-century American journalist and writer. Barnes flourished in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the Greenwich Village and Paris Left Bank literary circles. She gained fame primarily for her novel, Nightwood, which was inspired by her eight-year relationship with artist Thelma Wood. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Seven Film School Graduates Go to Hollywood     RC 44099
by Billy Frolick
read by Phil Regensdorf
3 cassettes
Traces the early careers of seven diverse and ambitious film school graduates who aspire to become Hollywood directors. Follows their personal quests over three years, chronicling the successes and setbacks that they encounter in the risky and competitive business of filmmaking. Strong language. 1996.

The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958; Volume 1     RC 44107
by Cary Reich
read by Ralph Lowenstein
8 cassettes
Portrait of an energetic and ambitious American patrician, whose life was "a study in the unapologetic use of a great fortune to secure influence." From his youth, Rockefeller showed an appetite for power, and he rose to become governor of New York, vice president, and a major influence in American politics. 1996.

God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita; Royal Science of God-Realization, the Immortal Dialogue between Soul and Spirit, a New Translation and Commentary     RC 44109
by Paramahansa Yogananda
read by Yolande Bavan
11 cassettes
Yogananda, a renowned spiritual leader who died in 1952, offers a translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord"), the classic religious and philosophical text of Hindi culture in India. Yogananda explores concepts found within the work such as karma, yoga, prana, and chakras. 1995.

Grant Takes Command     RC 44255
by Bruce Catton
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
This sequel to Grant Moves South (RC 14649) relates the exploits of commander in chief of the Union Army General Ulysses Grant during the final eighteen months of the Civil War. Recounts the battles of Chattanooga, Chancellorsville, and Atlanta and other key engagements late in the war. 1969.

Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot     RC 44329
by Antonia Fraser
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
An account of the Gunpowder Plot, in which a band of English Catholics planned to blow up Parliament and seize political power in 1605. The attempt failed, the conspirators were executed, and persecution of Catholics increased. Analyzes the event and compares it with cases of modern religious terrorism. Violence. 1996.

Women's Sports: A History     RC 44331
by Allen Guttmann
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Traces the history of Western women's competitive sports from ancient times to the present. Examines the impact of the 1970s feminist revolution, which transformed and popularized women's athletics. Examines controversial issues that threaten the future of sports for women. 1991.

The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and the Idea That Is Helping the Poor to Change Their Lives     RC 44332
by David Bornstein
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
Recounts the success of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which has provided loans to more than two million self-employed villagers. Unlike most banks, Grameen lends small amounts for short periods, mostly to women who lack collateral. Provides a financial model for combatting poverty in developing nations. 1996.

Genesis: A Living Conversation     RC 44333
by Bill Moyers
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
A diverse group of panelists from the worlds of religion, academia, law, and art discuss the people and events of the first book of the Bible. They explore the biblical characters and analyze the timeless moral themes of their stories. Companion volume to the PBS television series. 1996.

The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians     RC 44334
by W. Bruce Lincoln
read by Ken Kliban
4 cassettes
Chronicles the history of Siberia over almost a thousand years. Recounts the early invasions of the marauding Tartars and Mongols, Russian exploration of the wilderness, the conquest and settlement of the land, and the exploitation of Siberia's natural resources. Violence. 1994.

The Temple Bombing     RC 44335
by Melissa Fay Greene
read by Frank Coffee
3 cassettes
On October 12, 1958, a bomb set by white supremacists rocked an Atlanta synagogue, whose outspoken rabbi, Jacob Rothschild, had taken a public stand for racial integration. The author describes the event, the racial climate in which it occurred, and its aftermath. Some strong language. 1996.

Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski: Creating a Life in the Shadow of History     RC 44352
by Robin Hirsch
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
The personal story and family history of a son of Jewish refugees from the Nazi regime. Recounts his parents' meeting and marriage in Germany, their flight to England in 1938, his childhood in a troubled home, and his youth exploring America during the turbulent 1960s. Strong language. 1995.

Romeo and Juliet     RC 44353
by William Shakespeare
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes (Reissue)
A sixteenth-century romantic tragedy of two teenagers from rival families who fall in love. A sentence of exile and an impending arranged marriage force the two to flee. A friar suggests a ruse to accomplish their union, but miscommunication causes it to backfire. 1993.

In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis     RC 44354
by Karen Armstrong
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Recounts the stories of the book of Genesis, which depict humankind's early relationships with the divine. Examines the recurring theme of spiritual struggle that pervades the first book of the Bible. Discerns a gradual process of withdrawal by God from human affairs. 1996.

The Pocket Aristotle: Selections from Psychology, Physics, Politics, Nicomachean Ethics, Metaphysics, and Poetics     RC 44359
edited by Justin D. Kaplan
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Selections from the writings and lectures of the Greek philosopher and scientist, pupil of Plato, and teacher of Alexander the Great. The thoughts that Aristotle expounded more than three centuries B.C. continue to be considered a wellspring from which great minds draw wisdom. 1958.

How to Be Rich     RC 44386
by J. Paul Getty
read by Rick Rohan
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A billionaire reveals the successful formulas that led him into real estate, the stock market, and fine art. Getty emphasizes the need for adequate preparation for the business world and discusses how to discharge the responsibilities created by wealth. 1965.

The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy     RC 44387
by William C. Davis
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Describes and analyzes the author's view of factors that doomed the Confederate cause in the Civil War. Examines leadership flaws, a failed western strategy, and eventual economic collapse as key elements. Discusses heroic myths that Davis says continue to shape the popular image of the Confederacy. 1996.

Eva Perón     RC 44460
by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
read by Ilona Dulaski
3 cassettes
Born poor and illegitimate, Eva Perón reinvented herself as an actress and eventually as the wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón. By her death in 1952, she was both revered as a saint and vilified as a fascist. Ortiz uses testimony from people who knew her and declassified government documents to explore the woman behind the image. 1996.

Vietnam 1968-1969: A Battalion Surgeon's Journal     RC 44467
by Byron E. Holley
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
An army surgeon's chronicle of his year with an infantry division in Vietnam. Recounts perilous combat patrols, treating casualties under harsh battlefield conditions, the many fatalities, and the lasting physical and mental wounds of war. Strong language and violence. 1993.

The Dhammapada: Sayings of Buddha     RC 44491
translated by Thomas Cleary
read by Ed Blake
1 cassette
Statements of ethical and spiritual principle as guides in finding inner tranquillity. Written in the fifth century B.C., these teachings focus on "mastery and purification of the self, strength and sobriety of character, and the ultimate attainment of freedom and independence." 1994.

Plutarch: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Vol. 1     RC 44495
edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
read by Gordon Gould
7 cassettes
Biographical accounts of noble Greeks and Romans from mythological times through the early second century A.D. This 1864 revision of Dryden's classic seventeeth-century translation compares the character, moral conduct, and fate of such noted figures as Theseus and Romulus, providing rich descriptions of social life in the ancient Mediterranean world. 1992.

Voices in Ireland: A Traveller's Literary Companion     RC 44496
by P.J. Kavanagh
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
A literary tour of Ireland with a focus on its history and legends. Reveals the unique language and culture that evolved on the uninvaded island, so alien to Romanized Europe. Along the way from the north down to Dublin, the author depicts the sound and character of a singular people. 1994.

Fodor's 96 New Zealand     RC 44498
by Fodor Staff
read by Christopher Hurt
2 cassettes
Tips on dining, shopping, sightseeing, accommodations, and recreational activities in New Zealand. Specific chapters highlight Auckland and the North, Rotorua to Wellington, South Island, and also "adventure vacations" that include sailing, rafting, canoeing, hiking, diving, bicycling, and horseback riding. 1995.

Convicted in the Womb: One Man's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker     RC 44499
by Carl Upchurch
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
The personal account of a man who was an elementary-school dropout, gang member, and convicted criminal, but who redeemed his life and became a civil rights leader and a symbol of hope for inner-city youth. In 1993, Upchurch organized the first national gang summit. Strong language. 1996.

Fodor's 97 the Bahamas     RC 44503
by Fodor Staff
read by John Stratton
3 cassettes
Tips on dining, shopping, sightseeing, accommodations, and recreational activities in the Bahamas. Specific chapters highlight New Providence Island, Grand Bahama Island, the Out Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. 1996.

God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East     RC 44542
by Judith Miller
read by Mitzi Friedlander
6 cassettes
An American journalist profiles the rise of Islamic militancy and government responses in ten countries of North Africa and the Middle East. Based primarily on eyewitness accounts and interviews with government officials, dissident leaders, and factional rivals. Violence and some strong language. 1996.

Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method     RC 44558
by Beverly Savage and Diana Simkin
read by Patricia McDermott
3 cassettes
This handbook on using the Lamaze method of natural childbirth is arranged according to each stage of pregnancy. The authors discuss exercise and relaxation during pregnancy, the different stages of labor, various breathing techniques, the birthing process, and the postpartum period. 1987.

The Safe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics, and Food     RC 44560
by David Steinman and Samuel S. Epstein
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Evaluates a broad range of food and consumer products in terms of the acute and chronic health hazards that they present. Offers shopping guides for various product categories, recommending the safest choices. Provides tips on the prudent use of risky products and suggests safer alternatives. 1995.

Microsoft Secrets: How the World's Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People     RC 44575
by Michael A. Cusumano and Richard W. Selby
read by John Richardson
4 cassettes
The authors--who spent two years on-site at Microsoft with access to confidential documents and data--devote separate chapters to each of the seven key strategies used by the progressive computer corporation to organize the company, select personnel, develop products, and manage talent. 1995.

Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography     RC 44577
by Peter Conn
read by Janis Gray
5 cassettes
Describes the life of the humanitarian, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and her work in China during the early twentieth century. Provides the historical backdrop against which she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth (RC 37294). Covers her later advocacy of the rights of women, children, and racial minorities. 1996.

A Cynthia Ozick Reader     RC 44597
by Cynthia Ozick
read by Mary Woods
3 cassettes
Seven poems, eight essays, and seven short works of fiction by the twentieth-century American writer. Topics in Ozick's work include literary figures such as Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and Edith Wharton; feminism; Judaism; classical Greek civilization; and the conflict between Hebraism and Hellenism in such works as "Greeks" and "Envy; or, Yiddish in America." 1996.

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936-1945     RC 44604
by John Toland
read by Erik Sandvold
9 cassettes
Chronicles well-known military actions of World War II, such as Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, and Hiroshima, from the Japanese perspective. Also details individual motivations and perceptions underlying Japan's military decisions before and during the war. Violence and some strong language. 1970.

The Size of the World     RC 44633
by Jeff Greenwald
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
Travel writer Greenwald sets out on the eve of his fortieth birthday "to travel from Oakland, California, to Oakland, California, without leaving the ground." He wends his way around the globe by train, ship, truck, and bus, using a portable computer to record his experiences and dispatch a column for the Internet. 1995.

Climbing Mount Improbable     RC 44661
by Richard Dawkins
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Explores the design of organisms and life systems through the process of Darwinian natural selection. Illustrates the operation of evolution in the development of such complex wonders as wings, spiderwebs, and the human eye. 1996.

George Ball: Behind the Scenes in U.S. Foreign Policy     RC 44665
by James A. Bill
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
Portrait of a noted diplomat who helped shape American foreign policy through the years of the cold war. Recounts his service as undersecretary of state during the 1960s, when he stood firm in opposing escalation of the Vietnam War. Describes him as a "pragmatic idealist" and model statesman. 1997.

Values Matter Most: How Republicans or Democrats or a Third Party Can Win and Renew the American Way of Life     RC 44669
by Ben J. Wattenberg
read by Andy Chappell
3 cassettes
Neoconservative author and commentator urges politicians to seek social justice and electoral success by gravitating toward the center of the political debate. Wattenberg gives higher priority to social issues than economic factors in determining voters' preferences, and blames a "something-for-nothing" ethic for many social problems. 1995.

Intimate Worlds: Life inside the Family     RC 44670
by Maggie Scarf
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
Analyzes the family structure using the Beaver Family Systems model, which classifies groups in levels from severely disturbed to optimally adjusted. Scarf interviewed four families to illustrate her theories. She also discusses bonding and relationship boundaries. 1995.

Health Online     RC 44672
by Tom Ferguson
read by Patricia McDermott
3 cassettes
In this guide to finding health resources electronically, a physician outlines the basics of e-mail, on-line services, the World Wide Web, and the Internet for beginners. Also explains how to research specific health problems and to locate support groups and self-help communities. 1996.

The Essential Neoconservative Reader     RC 44673
edited by Mark Gerson
read by Mitzi Friedlander
4 cassettes
An anthology of seminal essays that provide perspective on neoconservative thought. Contrasts the principles and views of the movement with those of liberalism in areas including market capitalism, government activism, social deviancy, religion, and race relations. 1996.

The Bankers: The Next Generation     RC 44701
by Martin Mayer
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Update of The Bankers (RD 8277) explores the sweeping changes in the banking industry since the mid-1970s. Offers a history of money and banking, then discusses the impact of computers, electronic money, credit cards, and the collapse of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s. Ponders the industry's future. 1997.

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson     RC 44729
by Joseph J. Ellis
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
A portrait of the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, third president, and enduring American icon. Traces his life through five major periods, including his service as diplomat and president. Describes Jefferson as a diverse character whose ideals and behavior were sometimes at odds. 1996.

Tocqueville in America     RC 44730
by George Wilson Pierson
read by Ted Stoddard
7 cassettes
Using diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts, the author reconstructs the nine-month journey throughout America made by Alexis de Tocqueville and his companion Gustave de Beaumont on behalf of the French government in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville's observations formed the basis of his classic political treatise, Democracy in America (RC 14244 and     RC 14245), written in 1835. 1938.

Without a Doubt     RC 44804
by Marcia Clark
read by Pam Ward
4 cassettes
A candid account of the O.J. Simpson murder trial by the lead prosecuting attorney. Details the prosecution's case, describing the evidence, witnesses, defense team, and jury. Argues that the acquitted defendant actually committed the crimes. Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1997.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: One Hundred One Stories of Life, Love, and Learning     RC 44853
by Jack Canfield and others
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Following in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Soul (RC 39870), the authors collected stories, poems, and anecdotes relating to the teenage years. Topics include relationships, friendship, love, family, as well as "tough stuff" that teens can browse through and return to again and again. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller 1997.

The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief     RC 44865
by Ben Macintyre
read by Jeff Baker
2 cassettes
Portrait of a famous "gentleman" thief of the Victorian age. After being misreported as dead in the Civil War, Adam Worth began a forty-year career that would lead him to the top of an international criminal empire. Worth became the literary model for Professor Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Bestseller 1997.

A Message from God in the Atomic Age: A Memoir     RC 44874
by Irene Vilar
read by Ilona Dulaski
2 cassettes
A woman's meditation on her family's proclivity for suicide. In 1954 her grandmother sought death as one of the Puerto Rican nationalists who fired upon the United States Congress. In 1977 her mother jumped from a speeding car. The author chronicles her own intimate life and 1988 suicide attempt. 1996.

Affairs of State: The Rise and Rejection of the Presidential Couple since World War II     RC 44877
by Gil Troy
read by Nanette Savard
4 cassettes
A retrospective of the political maturation of first ladies in America from passive observers to active participants in the formulation of domestic policy. The author also discusses why the public is apprehensive about the expanded role of presidential wives. 1997.

Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace     RC 44878
by John Seabrook
read by Rick Rohan
2 cassettes
A journalist recounts his two-year spree on the Internet. Starting as a novice, he goes through such rites of passage as getting flamed, experiencing cybersex, and joining a virtual community. As he progresses, his original hopes and enthusiasm for the technology gradually wane. Strong language. 1997.

The Trouble with Testosterone and Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament     RC 44887
by Robert M. Sapolsky
read by Lewis Grenville
2 cassettes
A series of provocative essays that explore the biological basis of human behavior. Tracks recent developments in psychiatry and neuroscience and examines research in animal behavior and the social and political implications of behavioral biology. 1997.

Fodor's Exploring Japan     RC 44903
by David Scott
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
This guidebook to enjoying Japan provides an overview of the country's history from ancient to modern. Gives detailed information on present-day Tokyo, Central Honshu, Kyoto, Western Honshu and Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa, Northern Honshu, and Hokkaido. Also includes sections devoted to travel facts, hotels, and restaurants. 1996.

Fodor's Exploring Israel     RC 44904
by Andrew Sanger
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
This guidebook to enjoying Israel provides an overview of the country's history from ancient to modern. Gives detailed information on present-day Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Coast, Galilee and the North, Judaea and Samaria (the West Bank), and the South. Also includes sections devoted to travel facts, hotels, and restaurants. 1996.

Fodor's Exploring Australia     RC 44906
by Michael Ivory
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
This travel guide to enjoying Australia provides an overview of the country's history from ancient to modern. Gives detailed information on present-day Sydney, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania. Also includes sections devoted to travel facts, hotels, and restaurants. 1996.

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa     RC 44918
by Keith B. Richburg
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
2 cassettes
An African American journalist's perceptions of pervasive disorder, disease, privation, violence, and official corruption in Africa. Interpretations based on his experience as bureau chief for the Washington Post in Nairobi from 1991 to 1994 and his struggle to define his relationship with the continent. Violence. 1997.

John Webster--Three Plays: The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi, The Devil's Law-Case     RC 44924
by John Webster
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
In his introduction to the first of these early-seventeenth-century dramas, The White Devil, Webster predicted his tragedy would endure through the ages. In the late twentieth century, it is still performed, together with The Duchess of Malfi. The Devil's Law-Case, a tragicomedy, may be based on Webster's flirtation with law before he took up literature. 1972.

Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It     RC 44932
by Mark S. Rosentraub
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
A study of the intimate relationship between professional sports franchises and public officials. The author opines that local governments should no longer finance the building of new sports venues, because the dividends to the citizens are marginal at best. 1997.

A Life of Matthew Arnold     RC 44933
by Nicholas Murray
read by David Palmer
3 cassettes
Chronicles the life of the famed Victorian writer, educator, and critic of his times. Portrays Arnold as a progressive humanist who urged political and religious institutions to conform to the evolving needs of society and as "a prophet who has managed to project himself into our present troubles." 1996.

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War     RC 44934
by James M. McPherson
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Examines the motivations of Civil War soldiers to serve and fight, drawn from thousands of letters and diaries of Confederate and Union men. Avers that strong political and ideological beliefs undergirded a sense of duty and honor that sustained many through the perils of combat. Violence. 1997.

Partners in Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled     RC 44952
by Ed and Toni Eames
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Accounts of disabled people and their canine assistants that depict the trust, support, and bonding that typify these relationships. Recounts cases of heroic actions by dogs to save their human partners from harm, as well as examples of everyday assistance that dogs provide. 1997.

The Last Ranch: A Colorado Community and the Coming Desert     RC 44954
by Sam Bingham
read by Brian Conn
3 cassettes
Chronicles a year in the life of a southern Colorado ranch family as they struggle against the ruinous destruction of their land. Discusses the adverse effects of farming and grazing since the 1840s, the dismal condition of the landscape, and the desperate efforts of the community to stave off the encroaching desert. 1996.

The Chain Gang: One Newspaper versus the Gannett Empire     RC 44956
by Richard McCord
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
An exposé of the unscrupulous tactics used by the Gannett news empire to drive local newspapers out of business. The author recounts the investigative research that uncovered Gannett's "demolition" campaigns against competitors and how he fought back to save his own Santa Fe paper. 1996.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation     RC 44957
by Thich Nhat Hanh
read by Randy Wieck
1 cassette
Although this guide to engaged Buddhism was written by a Vietnamese monk for his students, it recommends exercises that can be performed anywhere. The practice of mindfulness can transform an everyday activity such as washing dishes, taking a bath, lying in bed, or breathing into a meditation. 1987.

In the Country of Country: People and Places in American Music     RC 44961
by Nicholas Dawidoff
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
These portraits of notable figures in American country music include Earl Scruggs, whose innovative approach to the banjo took the instrument beyond being a vaudeville prop, and Patsy Cline, country's first torch singer. Also discusses Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Harlan Howard, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, and the Louvin Brothers. Some strong language. 1997.

The Man Who Listens to Horses     RC 45002
by Monty Roberts
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
A portrait of Monty Roberts, the horse trainer who discovered a humane technique for taming wild horses. Appalled by traditional methods of "breaking" horses that he witnessed in his youth, Roberts developed a gentle procedure for "joining-up" with a horse through a process of man-animal communication. Bestseller 1997.

Wait till Next Year: A Memoir     RC 45007
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
read by Pam Ward
2 cassettes
A personal history of growing up in suburban New York in the 1950s. A love of baseball permeated the author's childhood and helped her forge a special bond with her father, who taught her at age six to keep a scorebook for the Brooklyn Dodgers and to relate an inning-by-inning account of the game to him at the end of the day. Bestseller 1997.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures     RC 45010
by Anne Fadiman
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Born in California of Laotian (Hmong) parents, Lia suffers from epileptic seizures that began at age three months. As traditional Hmong medicine is not available, Lia's parents take her to American doctors. Neither parental love nor the doctors' sense of duty can transcend the cultural barriers and misconceptions that complicate Lia's medical care. Bestseller 1997.

Book     RC 45020
by Whoopi Goldberg
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Autobiographical essays from one of Hollywood's leading black comedians. Whoopi portrays growing up in New York in the sixties and presents her thoughts on how life today differs as a result of changes in society. She also writes about death, race, and her views on love. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1997.

Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time     RC 45027
by Howard Schultz and Dori Jones Yang
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
The chairman and CEO of Starbucks reveals the story behind his nationally famous chain of coffee bars. Describes how he attracts investors and executive talent, provides liberal staff benefits, and develops the business. Emphasizes how values and principles are important to success. Bestseller 1997.

Altars in the Street: A Neighborhood Fights to Survive     RC 45036
by Melody Ermachild Chavis
read by Dani Carr
2 cassettes
Memoir of a social activist who spurred her urban, interracial community to join hands in opposing crime, gang violence, and drug addiction. Traces her personal growth from 1960s radical to private investigator and devout Buddhist to nonviolent neighborhood leader. Strong language and violence. 1997.

Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness     RC 45049
by Laurie Lisle
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Examines the precept that motherhood is the normal progression for the mature female, from personal, societal, and historical perspectives. The author argues that women will be truly emancipated when childlessness, by choice or by nature, is accepted without social prejudice. 1996.

Downsize This!     RC 45054
by Michael Moore
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
A cultural iconoclast directs his ire and wit at corporations, conservative politicians, lobbyists, and other alleged exploiters of working Americans. Laments the passing of the "American Dream" in an era of cutbacks, public cynicism, and social instability. Bestseller 1996.

Character above All: Ten Presidents from FDR to George Bush     RC 45058
edited by Robert A. Wilson
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
A series of reflections by historians and journalists that consider the relationship of character to presidential achievement. While depicting the diverse personalities of the ten chief executives, the essays portray them as remarkable men whose single connecting trait was a desire to lead. 1995.

Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America     RC 45061
by J. Anthony Lukas
read by Jake Williams
8 cassettes
Lukas writes of the class warfare, labor strife, and political shenanigans of the early twentieth century. He examines a 1905 case in which ex-governor of Idaho Frank Steunenberg was murdered supposedly by union chiefs who hated him for his stand during the 1899 mining strikes. Clarence Darrow was one of the defense lawyers. Bestseller 1997.

In Their Own Right: The History of American Clergywomen     RC 45066
by Carl J. and Dorothy Schneider
read by Jill Ferris
4 cassettes
Traces the history of "women in the Judaic-Christian tradition who have preached and pastored in the United States." Examines the roles of clergywomen from conservative colonial times up to the 1990s, when women represent a high percentage of divinity students. Predicts future prospects for clergywomen. 1997.

Color-Blind: Seeing beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World     RC 45068
by Ellis Cose
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Explores the prospect of achieving a race-neutral society in America. Examines the impact of color on self-esteem, educational opportunity, economic success, and social standing. Presents a twelve-point plan for creating a truly color-blind society. 1997.

In Light of India     RC 45069
by Octavio Paz
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Essays by Nobel Prize-winner Paz evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of India he experienced during his years as a Mexican diplomat in Delhi. Views philosophy, religion, nationhood, eroticism, and gastronomy in light of India's cultural complexity. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity     RC 45070
by Francis Fukuyama
read by John Rayburn
3 cassettes
Explores the degree to which shared values and cooperation in a society stand to influence its economic structure and success. Examines and compares high-trust and low-trust nations in economic terms. Asserts that the economies of high-trust nations are more efficient and competitive. 1995.

The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems, 1974-1994     RC 45086
by Jorie Graham
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
An anthology of sixty-one poems from five previously published books by the 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. 1995.

The Jesus I Never Knew     RC 45087
by Philip Yancey
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
An in-depth examination of Jesus that goes beyond the traditional and popular image. Discusses the questions of his background and identity; considers his mission, message, and journey while on earth; and interprets the meaning of his life and its legacy for humankind. 1995.

When Dreams Came True: The GI Bill and the Making of Modern America     RC 45109
by Michael J. Bennett
read by Randy Atcher
3 cassettes
A perspective on the background and impact of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, "the thread that runs through the personal and family memories of how lives changed after World War II." Explains how the bill's educational and home mortgage benefits paved the way to the middle class for millions and altered the American way of life. 1996.

If It's Going to Be, It's Up to Me: The Eight Proven Principles of Possibility Thinking     RC 45111
by Robert H. Schuller
read by Andy Chappell
2 cassettes
A noted minister and television personality outlines precepts for achieving personal and spiritual success. Offers illustrative anecdotes to reinforce key ideas. Exhorts readers to actively pursue their dreams. 1997.

American Lung Association Family Guide to Asthma and Allergies     RC 45112
by American Lung Association Asthma Advisory Group
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Explains the causes, prevention, symptoms, treatment, and control of asthma and allergies. Explores links between the two conditions and advises on trigger-proofing the environment to minimize exposure to harmful irritants and allergens. 1997.

Father, Soldier, Son: Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam     RC 45115
by Nathaniel Tripp
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
A writer's account of his combat experiences as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. Depicts the deteriorating morale of American forces following the Tet Offensive in 1968. He interweaves stories of home and family with his war recollections. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report     RC 45118
by Timothy Ferris
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Drawing from findings in cosmology and particle physics, the popular science writer presents a survey of knowledge about the universe. In nontechnical language Ferris explains topics such as relativity, the big bang theory, curved space, black holes, the idea of multiple universes, the quest for a grand unified theory, and the puzzling concepts of quantum mechanics. 1997.

The Last Gift of Time: Life beyond Sixty     RC 45130
by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
The famed author of the Amanda Cross mysteries reflects on the pleasures and rewards that made the her sixties her "happiest decade." She considers the simple joys of solitude, freedom, and release from having to wear high heels and skirts. Discusses her decision to embrace and savor life as "borrowed time." 1997.

The Celestine Vision: Living the New Spiritual Awareness     RC 45153
by James Redfield
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Companion to The Celestine Prophecy (RC 40460). Explores the roots, nature, and meaning of the spiritual renaissance that the author sees unfolding in the world. Suggests that scientific, social, and religious factors and forces are converging, pushing humankind toward a "planetary awakening." Bestseller 1997.

Don't Worry, Make Money: Spiritual and Practical Ways to Create Abundance and More Fun in Your Life     RC 45154
by Richard Carlson
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
The author offers one hundred short essays to help people enjoy life more and worry less. Ideas include considering that a journey begins with just one step, transcending problems instead of dealing with them, using the power of reflection, taking lunch breaks, and remembering the Golden Rule. Bestseller 1997.

The Dark Side of Camelot     RC 45157
by Seymour M. Hersh
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
This biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy discusses how his upbringing and morals influenced his professional life. Citing the president's indiscretions with various women, his liaisons with organized crime, and his use of violence as a political weapon, Hersh contends that the security of the country and the integrity of the presidency were threatened. Bestseller 1997.

Any Given Day: The Life and Times of Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux     RC 45164
by Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux
read by Terry Hayes Sales
2 cassettes
Jessie Lee Foveaux, who wrote this memoir when she was eighty years old, records memories of an idyllic childhood spent in the early-twentieth-century rural United States. Foveaux tells how she survived illnesses, the depression, two world wars, and marriage to an alcoholic while raising eight children. Bestseller 1979.

Leading with My Chin     RC 45183
by Jay Leno
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Humorous memoir of one of America's favorite comedians. Jay Leno recounts his zany youth, his early years of struggle on the comedy circuit, and his ultimate selection to succeed Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show. Strong language. 1996.

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations on and off the Court     RC 45188
by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
Championship UCLA basketball coach John Wooden outlines his "philosophy of achievement, success, and excellence" for sports and for life. Offers guiding principles on topics such as families, values, competition, and success. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1997.

The Portable College Advisor: A Guide for High School Students     RC 45207
by Wendy H. Robbins
read by Dani Carr
1 cassette
A handbook on college admissions that offers information, strategies, and suggestions for managing the process. Covers standardized tests, college selection, applications, financial aid, campus visits and interviews, and more. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Deals with the Devil: And Other Reasons to Riot     RC 45231
by Pearl Cleage
read by Connie Winston
2 cassettes
A collection of essays dealing with being black and female in America from Cleage's Atlanta Tribune column and magazine articles. Her topics include the abuse of women, violence in society, racism, politics, motherhood, Colin Powell, Spike Lee, Clarence Thomas, and Arsenio Hall. Some strong language and some violence. 1993.

Complete Poems     RC 45236
by Edgar Allan Poe
read by Ed Blake
1 cassette
Poems by the famed nineteenth-century author whose tortured and unhappy life was reflected in his writings. Poe's works evoke a primal and lurid world of dreams. Includes "The Raven," which describes a man's nocturnal visitation by an eerie creature. 1992.

"Worse Than Slavery": Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice     RC 45237
by David M. Oshinsky
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
History of the notorious Mississippi penitentiary, infamous for its brutality and deplorable conditions. Examines the state's profitable use of inmates as labor on the twenty-thousand-acre prison plantation and the earlier practice of leasing out convicts to work on cotton farms in the area. Strong language and violence. 1996.

In the Name of Love and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 4     RC 45256
by Ann Rule
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
After falling in love and marrying wealthy California businessman Jerry Harris, Susan is devastated when he doesn't return home one night in 1987. The title story, about her lengthy search for him, and four other true crime cases make up this sequel to A Fever in the Heart (RC 43422). Some violence. Bestseller 1998.

Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers     RC 45286
by Jack Canfield and others
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Heartwarming stories on the theme of motherhood. Selections touch on such facets as a mother's love, courage, and intuition; her guiding hand; her special moments; and the bittersweet time when she must release her child to the world. Bestseller 1997.

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius (Even if You're Not Too Smart): Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits     RC 45300
by Joel Greenblatt
read by John Rayburn
2 cassettes
A securities professional advises individual investors to research companies and develop personal stock portfolios. He suggests looking for opportunities in mergers, spin-offs, bankruptcies, asset sales, and other areas that are not generally considered by the average investor. 1997.

Daughter of the Queen of Sheba     RC 45333
by Jacki Lyden
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
In this memoir Jacki Lyden recalls her mother's first nervous breakdown, when she imagined that she was the queen of Sheba and had bequeathed Mesopotamia to her daughter. While her mother journeyed through manic-depressive states, Jacki became a foreign correspondent and traveled to actual faraway places. Some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Trump: The Art of the Comeback     RC 45334
by Donald J. Trump
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Business tycoon Donald Trump explains how he came back from financial ruin in 1990 by making deals and taking risks. Gives his top ten comeback tips. Trump also discusses his disastrous marriages and prenuptial agreements. Some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith     RC 45421
by Jimmy Carter
read by Randy Atcher
2 cassettes
A collection of Bible lessons used by the former president for teaching adult classes in Baptist churches he attended. The meditations emphasize the key themes of the importance of Christian love and God's redemptive grace. Includes anecdotes from the author's life. Bestseller 1997.

Dear Mister Rogers: Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood? Letters to Mister Rogers     RC 45482
by Fred Rogers
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Rogers, of the popular children's program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, presents letters he has received from children and adults through the years. Rogers discusses world issues, feelings and fears, family relationships, and death. 1996.

Life without George     RC 46000
by Irene Kampen
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
1 cassette
The misadventures of two suburban divorcées who live in Connecticut with their respective children in the 1950s. They struggle with dating, household chores, parenting, daily crises, and frequent inquiries about their marital status. Basis for The Lucy Show that starred Lucille Ball. 1961.

Books for Adults--Fiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books are labeled with the code     RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, or violence. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."

Northern Borders     RC 39940
by Howard Frank Mosher
read by Ray Dizefalo
2 cassettes
Now an adult, Austen Kittredge III recalls his years on a farm in northern Vermont. When Austen is six, his widowed father sends him to live with his grandparents. Austen learns much from this strangely embattled couple, a grandmother with a passion for Egyptology and a grandfather who is a surveyor and cartographer. Near the end of the grandfather's life, he tells Austen a secret he has shared with only his wife of fifty years. Some strong language. 1994.

No Reck'ning Made     RC 40929
by Joanne Greenberg
read by Ardyth Heller
2 cassettes
When her mother dies, Clara knows that she must find a way to stay in school to overcome poverty and the stigma of being from the gulch. She earns a teaching certificate and is hired by Gold Flume, a mining town much like her home. Clara works hard to create a haven where children can learn and gain self-respect. After decades of success, she faces a fight for her job when wealthy and demanding outsiders move to the area. Some descriptions of sex. 1993.

The Texas Bank Robbing Company     RC 40964
by Giles Tippette
read by Gregory Ricks
2 cassettes
Outlaw Wilson Young thinks robbing the steamboat will be a snap. Instead, he winds up in a Laredo jail. But he manages to escape, rejoin his gang, and establish The Texas Bank Robbing Company. A fast-paced adventure tale. Strong language. 1982.

But I Love You Anyway     RC 40967
by Sara Lewis
read by Anne Mullen
2 cassettes
Fortyish, once widowed, and once divorced, Mimi is a partner with her sister, Eve, in a copy business. She is dealing with a lot: her dislike for Eve's new husband, who is being investigated for stealing from his last job; competition that threatens the business; a needy ex-husband; two kids; and a much younger suitor. Some strong language. 1996.

The Meadow     RC 40980
by James Galvin
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
In a series of elegant vignettes, Galvin evokes the hundred-year history of a high-country meadow in the American West. He savors the weather, the wildlife, and the individuals who struggle to survive the harsh conditions. Of the meadow, Galvin states, "No one owns it, no one ever will." 1992.

The Secret of Sarah Revere     RC 40983
by Ann Rinaldi
read by Graci Ragsdale
1 cassette
Many things happen at once in the life of Sarah, Paul Revere's thirteen-year-old daughter. Her father keeps secrets about his revolutionary activities, but Sarah learns of them through gossip. She is also troubled by Dr. Warren's attention to her stepmother and finds herself feeling jealous. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Water from the Well     RC 40991
by Myra McLarey
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette
It is 1919 in Arkansas when the white team of Sugars Spring meets the black team from nearby Bethel in a cow-pasture baseball game, the outcome of which upsets prevailing expectations. This and other dramatic events unfold in these stories of families, overlapping lives, and racial relations from the 1920s to the 1970s. Descriptions of sex. 1995.

Chance     RC 40993
by Steve Shilstone
read by Larry Shapiro
1 cassette
An "oral biography" of fictitious Hall of Fame shortstop Chance Caine. The unnamed narrator admits that he lies to improve a story, then proceeds to chatter away about Caine's career, his poems and diaries, life in general, and baseball in particular. Some strong language. 1996.

Blood of the Fold: The Sword of Truth, Book 3     RC 41104
by Terry Goodkind
read by Nick Sullivan
4 cassettes
A group of fanatical zealots called Blood of the Fold joins forces with the evil emperor Jagang. War wizard Richard Cypher and his lover, mother confessor Kahlan Amnell, must combine their magical powers to fend off the impending Armageddon. Sequel to Stone of Tears (RC 41792). Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Mister Christian     RC 41112
by William Kinsolving
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
In this take on the HMS Bounty, mutineer Fletcher Christian is captured by pirates, then escapes and rescues a woman with whom he finds love on a deserted island. Christian makes his way back to England where he changes his identity, returns to sea, and eventually reencounters the vengeful Bligh. Violence and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Seven Gothic Tales     RC 42194
by Isak Dinesen
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
These stories' opulent settings heighten the eeriness of the supernatural forces and almost madness that run throughout. "The Deluge at Norderney," about a flood in a resort town that forces a cardinal, a spinster, and two others to take refuge in a hayloft, is one of the author's best-known stories and illustrates her powers of observation and description. The life of the Danish baroness was the basis for the movie Out of Africa. 1934.

Old New York: Four Novellas     RC 42245
by Edith Wharton
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Originally published in 1924, these four stories offer a glimpse of New York life in the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s and cover topics dealing with infidelity, illegitimacy, the class system, and the treatment of women. "False Dawn," set in the 1840s, shows a father's contempt for a son who does not follow his instructions to the letter. "New Year's Day," set in the 1870s, reveals the motivation behind a woman's infidelity. 1924.

Ironman     RC 42246
by Chris Crutcher
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
After Bo Brewster's anger at the coach gets him thrown off the high school football team, he begins training in earnest for a triathalon. Another run-in with the coach gets Bo placed in an anger management class. Surprised at enjoying the group, Bo begins learning truths about his troubled relationship with his father, and by triathalon time the group members have become his training team. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

House Work     RC 42314
by Kristina McGrath
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Anna and Guy Hallissey and their three children live in Pittsburgh. As is typical in the 1950s, Anna stays home, keeps house, and takes care of their children while Guy works at Radiant Oven Company. But Guy has problems--he stops off to have drinks on the way home, and he is becoming mentally unstable. Anna believes that either life is pleasant or it is her job to make it so. She immerses herself in housework as she struggles to maintain a happy home. 1994.

The Lady in the Lake     RC 42315
by Raymond Chandler
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A swaggering businessman hires hard-boiled Philip Marlowe to find his wife, who has been missing for a month. She sent her husband a note to say she was running off to remarry, but her "intended" denies seeing her. When a woman's body is pulled from the lake where the wife had been staying and the caretaker's wife also turns out to be missing, Marlowe begins expertly piecing the puzzle together. Some strong language and some violence. 1943.

Nightlines     RC 42477
by Neil Jordan
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
As Donal Gore awaits execution in a Madrid prison, he is sustained by memories of night fishing with his father back in Ireland. Unexpectedly freed, Donal returns home, betrays his pledge to the IRA, and enters into a love affair with his stepmother--despite the presence of his paralyzed father. "Betrayal seeds itself, like a weed through a garden," reflects Donal in this story of love and politics. 1994.

The Matisse Stories     RC 42478
by A.S. Byatt
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Three novellas by the Booker Prize-winning author. The stories of seemingly ordinary women in everyday circumstances, which were inspired by three Matisse paintings, explore the nature of art and human relationships. The pain within the lives of these women is tempered by the kindnesses of those around them. The settings include a hair salon, the home of two artists, and a Chinese restaurant. 1993.

While the Messiah Tarries: Stories     RC 42482
by Melvin Jules Bukiet
read by Ray Hagen
2 cassettes
Nine stories, at times magical or comic and at other times mundane or tragic, describing the lives of Jews in America. In "Gematria," a woman's visit to New York's diamond district leaves the jeweler thinking about gematria, the transliteration of names and numbers, and about his own death. In "The Golden Calf and the Red Heifer," Kleinberg the butcher tries to hide the facts that he is a vegetarian and that his knife is not kosher. 1995.

Justice     RC 42536
by Larry Watson
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
Prequel to Montana 1948 (RC 37940). A series of episodes dating from 1899 about the Hayden family. Tells how patriarch Julian Hayden settled in Montana; recounts sons Wesley and Frank's youthful adventure outside sheriff Julian's jurisdiction; and portrays Wesley's wife's misgivings about her husband. Strong language. 1995.

The Long Goodbye     RC 42704
by Raymond Chandler
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes
Something about Terry Lennox gets to hard-boiled Philip Marlowe: maybe the scars along his face, maybe the lost quality. When Lennox shows up with a gun, implies his wife lies murdered, and asks to be driven to Mexico, Marlowe doesn't want too many answers. But the intrigue and layers of deceit are only beginning, and Marlowe must untangle the tightly woven threads. Some violence and some strong language. 1953.

The Continental Op     RC 42705
by Dashiell Hammett
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Seven stories that appeared in the magazine Black Mask during the twenties. They introduce Continental Op, the fat man from the Continental Detective Agency (modeled after the Pinkerton Agency where Hammett once worked) and reflect a world of cruelty and stealth. Some violence. 1923.

Lives of Girls and Women     RC 42708
by Alice Munro
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In this coming-of-age story, bright, impressionable Del Jordan presents a young girl's view of happenings in the small 1940s Canadian town where she grows up. She describes the heartaches and dreams of the townspeople and her own struggle to understand life. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1971.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum     RC 42712
by Kate Atkinson
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
3 cassettes
"I exist!" Beginning with her conception above a Yorkshire pet shop in 1951, Ruby Lennox intermingles accounts of her adventures and misadventures with the history of four generations of her female ancestors. 1995 Whitbread Prize. 1995.

Raptor Red     RC 42714
by Robert T. Bakker
read by Celeste Lawson
2 cassettes
Widowed, somewhat slim Utahraptor in search of large, tick-free velociraptor mate-for-life; must be family oriented, have good genes, enjoy hunting and gorging, and not be thin-skinned. The author of this "romance" novel, a world-renowned paleontologist, works information about these smart and deadly dinosaurs into an amusing tale of a year in the life of a female, Raptor Red. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Babel Tower     RC 42872
by A.S. Byatt
read by Laura Giannarelli
5 cassettes
In mid-1960s England, an unhappily married Frederica lives in a country manor isolated from her Cambridge friends. After she flees with her son to make a new life, she becomes the focus of a court case over custody of her son and involved in an obscenity case for her part in publishing a lurid novel. Strong language. 1996.

A Better Place     RC 43282
by Barbara Hall
read by Mimi Bederman
2 cassettes
As a girl, Valerie Caldwell was the belle of every ball in Maddock, Virginia. Now, after fourteen years as an aspiring movie star in Los Angeles, she returns home, hoping to recapture the joys of her youth. But things there have changed, and Valerie's return disrupts and alters the lives of her family and friends. Strong language. 1994.

Towing Jehovah     RC 43408
by James Morrow
read by Ray Hagen
3 cassettes
God has died and fallen into the sea. With that news, sea captain Anthony Van Horne is recruited by a grieving Archangel Raphael to tow God's colossal corpse to a remote Arctic cave for burial. As Van Horne pursues the mission with his motley crew, he confronts a series of setbacks that satirize aspects of modern society. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1994.

Gone Fishin'     RC 43412
by Walter Mosley
read by Phil Regensdorf
1 cassette
Prequel to Devil in a Blue Dress (RC 32935). In 1939, Easy Rawlins and Mouse are two young men on a reckless road trip to wring money out of Mouse's loathsome stepfather. Their path to manhood is crossed by violence, lust, and tragedy. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

The Bones of Time     RC 43483
by Kathleen Ann Goonan
read by Dani Carr
3 cassettes
In twenty-first century Hawaii, young Cen is in love with a woman from the past, which drives him to solve the mysteries of time travel. Meanwhile Linda, a geneticist, rescues a clone derived from the bones of a long-dead Hawaiian king. The bones prove to be the key to time travel and help Cen and Linda join forces to liberate the exploited Hawaiian people. Strong language. 1996.

Summerspell     RC 43526
by Jean Thesman
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Jocelyn Tyler lives with her half-sister, Hope, and Hope's husband, Gerald. But Jocelyn runs away to escape Gerald's sexual harassment and holes up in her cherished family cabin, Summerspell. Much to her chagrin, Jocelyn is joined by Baily, a boy from school, and a stranger named Spider. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

The President's Mother     RC 43528
by Gloria Whelan
read by June Carter
2 cassettes
In the year 2002, president Robert Lange launches a costly defense buildup in the face of foreign threats. Strapped for funds, Lange proposes draconian health-care cutbacks, which his mother bitterly opposes. When she threatens to divulge a secret that could wreck her son's career, the president moves to silence her. 1996.

The Great Longing     RC 43531
by Marcel Möring
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
Sam van Dijk lost all memory of his childhood up to age twelve, when his parents died in a car wreck. Now, as a young adult, Sam is reunited with his brother and sister, who help him recover his past. With that, Sam is able to pursue his "great longing" for identity and love. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1995.

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer     RC 43648
by Steven Millhauser
read by Dick Jenkins
2 cassettes
From a boy working in his father's New York City cigar shop in the late 1800s, Martin Dressler rises to the pinnacle of entrepreneurial success during the early 1900s. His vision leads him to build the Grand Cosmo, the ultimate hotel, retail center, and theme park. Only later does he realize that "he had dreamed the wrong dream." 1996.

The Sword: The General, Book 5     RC 43665
by S.M. Stirling and David Drake
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Steel (RC 43664), the last of the barbarian forces--the Brigade--has submitted to the authority of the Federation, but the fighting continues. Meanwhile Governor Barholm Clerett considers the powerful General Raj Whitehall a traitor and wants him dead. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Talons of Eagles     RC 44013
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Dreams of Eagles (RC 44012), Jamie MacCallister joins the Confederate cause in the Civil War as leader of MacCallister's Marauders. When the tide of the war turns in favor of the North and some Union troops resort to rape and pillage, the Marauders become a swift agent of revenge. Strong language and violence. 1995.

Rumble Fish     RC 44103
by S.E. Hinton
read by John Lescault
1 cassette (Reissue)
Rusty-James, the toughest guy in the junior high crowd, idolizes his older brother, a mean street fighter. But when Rusty-James tries to emulate his brother, trouble erupts. For junior and senior high readers. 1975.

Dune     RC 44126
by Frank Herbert
read by J.P. Linton
4 cassettes (Reissue)
In this science fiction novel with sociological and religious overtones, an exile with psychic powers becomes the prophet of the savage people on the planet Dune. Prequel to Dune Messiah (RC 19126). 1965.

Diary of a Loving Heart: Love Is a Gentle Stranger, Volume 3     RC 44257
by June Masters Bacher
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Chris Beth struggles to deal with the death of her sister, Vangie; the diary she left behind; and a host of other problems that test her faith. Sequel to Love's Silent Song (RC 44256). 1984.

The Adventurers     RC 44275
by Harold Robbins
read by Chuck Young
5 cassettes
Chronicle of the life of Diogenes Alejandro Xenos, known to most as Dax, a strong man both feared and loved by men and women, a man whose favor is sought by many. His is a tale of revolutions, high finance, and high fashion on an international playground. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1966.

Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since     RC 44321
by Sir Walter Scott
read by George Holmes
5 cassettes
This historical novel, the first in English and the first fiction work by this author, tells of Edward Waverley, a romantic captain in the royal army, who resigns his commission and proposes marriage to an ardent supporter of the Stuart cause. Rejected, he enters the service of Prince Charles Edward and becomes a rebel. 1814.

Table for Five     RC 44326
by Sean Hardie
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
When appealing Julia Cornwall offers British freelance television producer Charlie Kavanagh big bucks to produce a rush show on the Israeli foreign minister, Charlie is amazed. After Julia introduces Charlie to the portly American funding the project, Charlie boards his plane, blissfully unaware that not only is the fat man just an actor, but he's now a dead actor. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1991.

Invasion of Privacy: A John Francis Cuddy Mystery     RC 44336
by Jeremiah Healy
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Boston P.I. John Cuddy is hired by Russian immigrant banker Olga Evorova to investigate her boyfriend, Andrew Dees. Although she loves Dees, she is concerned because he won't discuss his past and may just be after her money. Cuddy's interrogation of Dees's neighbors has unexpected results. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Five Red Herrings     RC 44340
by Dorothy L. Sayers
read by Tom Martin
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Though Kirkcudbright, a proud Scottish village, was not ordinarily tolerant of outsiders, Lord Peter Wimsey always felt welcome. Then one day the village offered him something in his own line of work--a corpse. 1931.

The Voice at the Back Door     RC 44342
by Elizabeth Spencer
read by John Stratton
2 cassettes
Lacey, Mississippi, in the 1950s. The new sheriff, Duncan Harper, who is chosen because he was a popular college football player, tries to uphold the law fairly, despite the deep-rooted racial tensions that divide the citizens. But changes coming to the South bring conflict and new problems. Some strong language and some violence. 1956.

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1     RC 44343
by Philip Pullman
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
A tale set in Victorian England on an alternate Earth. Young Lyra Belacqua and her daemon enjoy an idyllic life among the scholars at Jordan College. Then her friend Roger and other children are abducted by the Gobblers. Venturing north in pursuit, Lyra encounters an alien and sinister world. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Death at the President's Lodging     RC 44344
by Michael Innes
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
When Josiah Umpleby of England's St. Anthony's College is murdered, the faculty members attempt to throw suspicion on one another, leaving Inspector John Appleby with too much evidence. 1936.

Smallbone Deceased     RC 44345
by Michael Gilbert
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
The elder Horniman--of the firm of Horniman, Birley, and Craine--has died and his son Bob has just taken his place. Bob is now co-trustee with a Mr. Smallbone on one of the firm's large accounts. But when Horniman is unsuccessful in contacting Smallbone to discuss the account, he opens the deed box himself and finds Mr. Smallbone's body. 1950.

Strong as Death     RC 44347
by Sharan Newman
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
In this medieval mystery, a couple journeys to a shrine to pray for fertility. En route they join a motley group of other pilgrims, some of whom suffer fatal mishaps. The wife and husband follow clues leading to an old wrong and a vengeful killer. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Two-Headed Eagle     RC 44348
by John Biggins
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
In this sequel to The Emperor's Coloured Coat (RC 43006), Austro-Hungarian naval officer Otto Prohaska is ordered to the flying service on the embattled Italian front in 1916. Though Prohaska and his fragile plane are tested to the limit in aerial combat, he finds the main obstacle to victory to be his own incompetent superiors. Violence. 1993.

The Heart of Danger     RC 44349
by Gerald Seymour
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
The body of a young British woman is found in a mass grave in war-torn Bosnia. On the case is former British agent Bill Penn, whose search focuses on a powerful Serbian warlord. Penn makes a daring attempt to capture the culprit and bring him to justice for war crimes. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Monkey House     RC 44350
by John Fullerton
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
In strife-torn Sarajevo, police find the body of a murdered woman who had been a police informer. When the evidence leads to a local crime boss, police superintendent Rosso seeks the aid of an American journalist to finger the thug. Their joint effort triggers an international incident. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Courage under Fire     RC 44351
by Patrick Sheane Duncan
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
His army career stalled by a friendly fire incident during the Gulf War, Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling is handed the job of finding out whether a female chopper pilot deserves the Medal of Honor. Serling sorts through conflicting evidence to uncover a truth that could destroy the woman's reputation but save his own career. Strong language and violence. 1996.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas     RC 44355
by Agatha Christie
read by Tom Martin
2 cassettes (Reissue)
As the holiday guest of Colonel Johnson, chief constable of his county, the little Belgian detective Poirot spends his Christmas investigating the brutal and baffling murder of rich, eccentric old Simeon Lee. 1938.

The Man in the Brown Suit     RC 44356
by Agatha Christie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Pretty Anne Beddingfeld witnesses the death of a man when he falls on the tracks at a London tube station. She also observes a man in a brown suit who examines the body and drops a piece of paper as he hurries away. 1924.

Ragtime     RC 44378
by E.L. Doctorow
read by Jeff Baker
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A story set in 1906 New York that incorporates luminaries of the period, including Theodore Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, and Emma Goldman. A ragtime musician from Harlem falls victim to racist vandalism and seeks redress through violence. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1974.

Look Away     RC 44411
by Harold Coyle
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Following the accidental death of a young woman for whom they both had an affection, James and Kevin Bannon are sent off to school. Because of the growing conflict between the North and South, their father sends one to Virginia while the other stays in New Jersey. And as civil war breaks out, they find themselves facing one another in battle. Prequel to Until the End (RC 44412). Some strong language. 1995.

The Ship of Ishtar     RC 44420
by A. Merritt
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
While convalescing from injuries sustained in World War I, John Kenton receives a mysterious block of stone from an archaeologist whose work he is supporting. Upon cracking open the stone, he suddenly finds himself on the deck of a Babylonian ship accompanied by the priestess of Ishtar and the priests of Nergal. Some strong language and some violence. 1924.

The Unlikely Angel     RC 44437
by Betina Krahn
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
London, 1882. Aunt Olivia often asked Madeline Duncan what she would do with a million pounds. Now Madeline has become extremely wealthy. But her aunt's solicitors are appalled at Madeline's plans to do good with the money and have an overseer appointed to watch her--the very attractive Cole Mandeville. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Mistress of Mellyn     RC 44443
by Victoria Holt
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes (Reissue)
For an impoverished gentlewoman like Martha Leigh, twenty-four, there are few options other than becoming a governess. Martha has come to Mount Mellyn in Cornwall to care for Connan TreMellyn's daughter Alvean. Martha soon discovers her pupil's mother was murdered, and that she is in danger of the same fate. 1960.

Journey into Christmas and Other Stories     RC 44446
by Bess Streeter Aldrich
read by Camille McCurty Ali
1 cassette (Reissue)
A dozen short stories that embody the traditional warmth and sentimentality of the Christmas season. In addition to the title story, includes "The Drum Goes Dead," "The Man Who Caught the Weather," and recollections of an Iowa childhood in "I Remember." 1949.

Nightwood     RC 44449
by Djuna Barnes
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The story of a femme fatale, Robin Vote, whose elusive and enigmatic spirit ruins the lives of her husband, "Baron" Volkbein, their child, and Nora and Jenny, the two women who are obsessed with her. With an introduction by T.S. Eliot. Some strong language. 1937.

The Crazy Hunter     RC 44453
by Kay Boyle
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Mrs. Lombe has long resented her husband, considering him a failure, particularly after he pays too much for their daughter's horse. When the horse becomes blind, Mrs. Lombe wants him destroyed, but father and daughter unite to oppose her. 1940.

Total Eclipse     RC 44454
by Liz Rigbey
read by Michele Schaeffer
4 cassettes
Lomax, an astronomer, falls for his seductive new assistant, Julia, but soon learns she is about to stand trial for the brutal murders of her husband and stepdaughter. As Lomax's affair with her deepens, he uncovers a tangled web of relationships in his lover's past, particularly between Julia and each of her late husband's children. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Other End of Time     RC 44464
by Frederik Pohl
read by Rick Rohan
2 cassettes
A diverse group of humans investigating an abandoned orbital laboratory are kidnapped by aliens. The humans find themselves in a nightmarish environment of advanced technology, clones of themselves, and warring alien factions. But the biggest threat to their survival may well be their own interpersonal clashes. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Like Mother, Like Daughter     RC 44466
by Marcia Rose
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Portrays four generations of twentieth-century women striving to maintain independence but finding motherhood a struggle. Leah, the matriarch, is a journalist championing women's rights, Jo becomes a World War II photographer, Sarah is a singer and songwriter, and Annie is a comedienne. Strong language. 1994.

Daggerspell     RC 44481
by Katharine Kerr
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Tale derived from Celtic mythology. With the birth of a girl named Jill, the sorceror Nevyn has the chance to right a wrong he committed more than four hundred years ago when he caused the death of two young lovers. Prequel to Darkspell (RC 44482). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1993.

Darkspell     RC 44482
by Katharine Kerr
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Daggerspell (RC 44481), Lord Rhodry and Jill move closer to danger as they attempt to recover the Great Stone. And the sorcerer Nevyn can only watch and hope for the best, since he has vowed not to interfere in their lives. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1994.

Collected Stories     RC 44489
by Isaac Babel
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Fifty-four stories by the noted Russian writer. Includes several of his semifictional "autobiographical" stories, as well as selections from Red Cavalry, tales of his service in the Red Army in 1920 during Russia's civil war, and Odessa Stories, a collection of vignettes about Russian Jewish life. 1994.

The Luck of the Bodkins     RC 44490
by P.G. Wodehouse
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes (Reissue)
This tale by the English humorist introduces a group of droll characters en route to Hollywood on the R.M.S. Atlantic. Combines fun with three on, off, on-again romances, a model steward, and a diamond necklace. 1935.

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh     RC 44497
by J.S. Le Fanu
read by Barbara Caruso
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Maud Ruthyn, the heroine of this classic Victorian novel, recalls her fear of death, her moody father, the grotesque Madame de la Rougierre, and the suspicions surrounding her Uncle Silas. New introduction by Frederick Shroyer. 1966.

A Caribbean Mystery     RC 44500
by Agatha Christie
read by Carmella Ross
1 cassette (Reissue)
Miss Marple, vacationing on a Caribbean island, is listening to a major who is suddenly interrupted as he is about to show her a photograph of a murderer he has known. The next day the major dies suspiciously, and several murders occur before Miss Marple remembers the detail that helps unravel the mystery. 1964.

The Inimitable Jeeves     RC 44504
by P.G. Wodehouse
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes (Reissue)
When a longtime chum of Bertie Wooster falls in love with a girl at a dance, he asks Bertie to enlist the aid of the incomparable Jeeves to smooth matters over. 1951.

Lying Together     RC 44505
by D.M. Thomas
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Conclusion of the Russian Nights quintet of novels in which the central theme is improvisation. In this volume, the author himself assumes the character of a writer who meets old friends at a conference. Their reminiscences form sequential patterns that play out like jazz, creating tension and resolution with eternal motifs like truth and lies or life and death. Sequel to Summit (RC 44517). Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1990.

Eight Stories     RC 44506
by Dylan Thomas
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Eight short stories by the noted Welsh writer and poet: "The End of the River," "The School for Witches," "The Peaches," "Just like Little Dogs," "Old Garbo," "One Warm Saturday," "Plenty of Furniture," and "The Followers." 1954.

Sphinx     RC 44511
by D.M. Thomas
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Set in various cold-war capitals during the twentieth century, this novel encompasses verse, drama, and prose. Themes are both fantastic and realistic, portraying espionage, love and betrayal, and truth and lies, symbolizing the state of the Soviet regime. Third in the Russian Nights quintet, following Ararat (RC 19387) and Swallow (RC 38668). Strong language. 1986.

Complete Short Stories     RC 44510
by Robert Graves
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
Stories by the celebrated British writer on themes both fictional and autobiographical. In "Interview with a Dead Man," the subject belies his lifeless condition with animated banter about his estate and ambitions for the netherworld. 1995.

Very Good, Jeeves!     RC 44515
by P.G. Wodehouse
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Eleven stories about the resourceful Jeeves, manservant to the irresponsible Bertie Wooster. In these tales Jeeves extricates Bertie from overwhelming dilemmas. 1930.

Maigret and the Millionaires     RC 44516
by Georges Simenon
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette (Reissue)
A rich British colonel is found dead in his bath, while his mistress vanishes mysteriously from her hospital bed. Inspector Maigret is off to the champagne playgrounds of the wealthy on a case he would much rather avoid. 1974.

The Dream Merchants     RC 44552
by Harold Robbins
read by James DeLotel
4 cassettes
This tale of the American movie industry chronicles the rise of Johnny Edge, a pioneer Hollywood moviemaker, and the men and women who sold their souls and their bodies for a piece of the action. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1949.

1876     RC 44566
by Gore Vidal
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Sequel to Burr (RC 44097) that evokes the New York and Washington of 1876 and deals with the contested presidential election between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes. Burr's unacknowledged son returns from Paris to write about the U.S. political scene, seek financial security for himself, and find a good marriage for his titled widowed daughter. 1976.

The Cursed     RC 44567
by Dave Duncan
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
The few who survive "star sickness" possess magical powers that are both helpful and destructive, but the law requires these "cursed" individuals to be banished from the empire. Innkeeper Gwin Solith, whose husband and children fell to the dreaded disease, faces a dramatic change when she illegally shelters a young stranger. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear     RC 44572
by Ed McBain
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
No longer a cuddly plaything, Gladly, a teddy bear, is first the subject of a copyright trial and then a possible motive for murder. After recovering from a gunshot wound in There Was a Little Girl, (RC 40487), Matthew Hope defends Lainie, a beautiful, but questionable, toy designer. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Stars in Their Courses: The Appomattox Saga, Book 8     RC 44573
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
In the summer of 1863, Frank Rocklin, who would rather act than fight, joins a theater group in Washington, D.C., as a spy. Before long, his abilities are recognized by Allan Pinkerton, who sends Rocklin on a secret mission as part of an acting troupe touring the South. But perhaps the greatest danger he faces may come from an actress. Sequel to Wall of Fire (RC 41585). 1995.

King and Emperor: The Hammer and the Cross, Book 3     RC 44574
by Harry Harrison and John Holm
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Sequel to One King's Way (RC 41357), set during an alternate Dark Ages. The warrior Shef has become king of the North and faces confrontation with the Holy Roman Empire. When his invading fleet is threatened by the dreaded Greek fire, he seeks to regain the advantage through technological innovation. Violence. 1996.

Saint Camber: The Legends of Camber of Culdi, Volume 2     RC 44587
by Katherine Kurtz
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Although Camber has seen to the overthrow of Imre and the return of a Haldane king, Cinhil, to the throne of Gwynedd, he still cannot rest. Imre's sister Ariella is plotting to overthrow Cinhil. But Cinhil resents having been taken from his monastic studies and is not inclined to listen to Camber. Sequel to Camber of Culdi (RC 44586). Some violence. 1978.

Camber the Heretic: The Legends of Camber of Culdi, Volume 3     RC 44588
by Katherine Kurtz
read by Erik Sandvold
4 cassettes
Twelve years ago, in order to help King Cinhil maintain peace between humans and the Deryni, Camber "died" and then took on the form of Bishop Allister Cullen. Now, however, King Cinhil is dying and his weak son will be no match for those whose hatred of the Deryni will bring an end to the current peace. Sequel to Saint Camber (RC 44587). Some violence. 1981.

Vengeance of Orion     RC 44642
by Ben Bova
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Orion must do the bidding of his creator Ormazd, who wants to change time and history. Ormazd sends Orion back to the ancient world of Greece to participate as a warrior in the Trojan War and to rescue Helen of Troy. Sequel to Orion (RC 44641). Violence. 1988.

The Death of Friends     RC 44671
by Michael Nava
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Attorney Henry Rios is shocked when a scared young man who claims to be the lover of Henry's law school friend, L.A. Superior Court judge Chris Chandler, describes finding Chris dead. Unlike Henry, Chris vowed never to "come out of the closet." Why hadn't he told Henry that he had left his wife and son for a man? And did one of them kill him? Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Ramparts of Heaven: The Wakefield Dynasty, Volume 5     RC 44700
by Gilbert Morris
read by Lynn Schrichte
2 cassettes
The mines are closing in Wales, so Gareth, sixteen, and his sister Dorcas, eighteen, are grateful to accept their relatives' invitation to live in England. Cousin Andrew, studying for the priesthood, comes to accompany them. Soon the three young people are caught up in the spiritual revival that is sweeping the land. Sequel to The Fields of Glory (RC 44280). 1997.

The Killing Star     RC 44727
by Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski
read by Stephen Angus
2 cassettes
In 2076 an unknown alien race attacks the solar system, obliterating life on Earth and in the human colonies on the other planets. The handful of humans left alive in space stations between the planets find themselves hiding and trying to come to grips with the imminent extinction of their species. Some strong language. 1995.

London     RC 44752
by Edward Rutherfurd
read by Graeme Malcolm
7 cassettes
A tale spanning two millennia of London history, as revealed in the lives and fortunes of generations of six imaginary families. Traces the city's evolution from a small trading port to a flourishing metropolis. Touches on the natural, social, and political aspects of England's capital. Violence. Bestseller 1997.

Second Skin     RC 44827
by Eric Lustbader
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
In this sequel to Floating City (RC 39345), Mafia boss Mick Leonforte schemes to take over the Japanese underworld from an old friend of Nicholas Linnear. Linnear's own livelihood and personal safety are also threatened as he moves to thwart the mob. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1995.

Planet of Twilight     RC 44829
by Barbara Hambly
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the heroes of the New Republic continue their struggle against forces of the Empire when the ruthless warlord Seti Draconis decides to take over the mysterious planet Renat Chorios. But Renat Chorios harbors a deadly secret that neither the Empire nor the New Republic is prepared to face. A Star Wars novel. Bestseller 1997.

Death of a Hawker     RC 44832
by Janwillem van de Wetering
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Normally placid Newmarket Square is shaken by the discovery of a street vendor's body, his head bludgeoned. Amsterdam detectives Grijpstra and de Gier narrow the field to two suspects: the sister of the deceased and a house boarder. Then a reluctant witness helps to finger the culprit. Violence. 1977.

Night Passage     RC 44848
by Robert B. Parker
read by Michael Stanton
2 cassettes
Jesse Stone is a thirty-five-year-old washout from the L.A.P.D. homicide unit. Recently divorced, alcoholic Stone accepts a job in a small town in Massachusetts. He soon finds himself in the middle of white supremacists, the mob from Boston, and local misconduct. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Outrageous Fortune     RC 44872
by Patricia Wentworth
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Is he Jimmy Riddell or Jim Randal? Following an accident on a coastal steamer headed to Scotland, he was rescued and taken to the hospital. In a semiconscious state, he keeps muttering the name Jimmy Riddell, and that is the name the hospital advertises when looking for relatives. Two women come to claim him, and soon a picturesque village becomes a crime scene. 1933.

Winds of Graystone Manor: The St. Clare Trilogy, Volume 1     RC 44873
by B.J. Hoff
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Haunted by the death of his wife and their unborn child, Civil War photographer Roman St. Clare has come to Staten Island in 1867 to search for the killer. He is staying at Graystone Manor, owned by the charming Amanda Fairchild. Amanda is suspicious of Roman because of several incidents on the island, but she eventually joins him in his struggle between good and evil. 1995.

White Star     RC 44875
by James Thayer
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Owen Gray, once an expert marine sniper in Vietnam, is now an assistant U.S. attorney in New York and the adoptive father of three Asian children. When a mysterious sniper begins picking off people around him, the reluctant former marksman takes up the challenge for a showdown. Violence and some strong language. 1995.

Simon's Night     RC 44880
by Jon Hassler
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Retired English professor Simon Shea, seventy-six, recently checked himself into a home for the aged but then realizes he is not yet ready to forsake the world. As he reminisces about his life and past loves, he forms new friendships and is reunited with his estranged wife. 1979.

Slow Dancing on Dinosaur Bones     RC 44882
by Lana Witt
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Greed and suspicion invade the town of Pick, Kentucky (population 900), when the Conroy Coal Company begins pressing homeowners to sign over coal-mining rights beneath the quiet streets and houses. Town residents, including a few downright eccentrics, oppose the company's efforts, creating a tale of gothic-style suspense cast in small-town America. 1996.

Mind Light     RC 44885
by Margaret Davis
read by Stephen Angus
3 cassettes
The Michaelsons are in danger of losing their starship unless they can find another pilot. Greg Lukas is available, but his personality is prickly and there is some disgrace in his past. The Michaelsons give him the job, but become apprehensive when Lukas begins recalling suppressed memories. Some violence. 1992.

Cheap Ticket to Heaven     RC 44891
by Charlie Smith
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
After Clare springs husband Jack from prison, the couple sets off on a violent and destructive spree through the South and Midwest. Driven by memories of dysfunctional childhoods and dreams of revenge, the pair is drawn into a bloody family feud. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Cloud's Rider     RC 44893
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
Danny Fisher and his nighthorse, Cloud, rescue three children from a village destroyed by telepathic predators. Danny and Cloud battle the rigors of the High Wild winter to bring the youths to safety. But more perilous dangers await them, including human greed and a powerful rogue nighthorse. Sequel to Rider at the Gate (RC 42261). Strong language. 1996.

With Child     RC 44894
by Laurie R. King
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli is reeling from being left by her girlfriend, when Jules, the twelve-year-old daughter of her work partner's fiancée, asks for help. After assisting her, Kate inadvertently puts Jules in the path of a serial killer, and Jules disappears. Strong language and some violence. 1996.

Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer     RC 44902
by Dorothy Gilman
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Kadi Hopkirk, whose missionary parents were killed in Ubangiba, Africa, has received an urgent request from her childhood friend Sammat for help in maintaining peace in his country. Ubangiba is plagued by murders that resemble lion maulings--but there are no lions in Ubangiba. Mrs. Pollifax refuses to let Kadi go alone, so they are off to Africa to help Sammat. Some violence. 1996.

Secret Place of Thunder: Cheney Duvall M.D., Volume 5     RC 44907
by Lynn and Gilbert Morris
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Cheney Duvall and her nurse, Shiloh Irons, have finally reached New Orleans. But even as they are poling up the bayou to Cheney's aunts' plantation, both realize strange things are going on along the shore. They soon discover a priestess has put a curse on the plantation and its indigo crop. Sequel to Toward the Sunrising (RC 44908). 1996.

­Yo!     RC 44910
by Julia Alvarez
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Yolanda's friends and the Garcia family from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (RC 34544) want revenge! Yolanda has written about their lives and secrets in her popular novel. Now it is their turn to speak their minds about her. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1997.

An Imperfect Spy     RC 44915
by Amanda Cross
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
When Kate Fansler and her husband become visiting professors at Schuyler Law School, they have more than academic matters to consider. Dismayed by the rampant sexism on campus, Kate looks into the suspicious death of a feminist professor and the conviction of a battered faculty wife for murder. 1995.

Braveheart     RC 44916
by Randall Wallace
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
As a boy in 1276, William Wallace lost his father and brother at the hands of the English, who fought the Scots for control of Scotland. Now a young man, Wallace wages a battle to avenge the death of his family and crush the tyranny of England. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Paradise     RC 44917
by Abdulrazak Gurnah
read by Ed Blake
2 cassettes
When he is sent to live with his "uncle" Aziz, twelve-year-old Yusuf is unaware that his father has sold him into slavery to pay off a debt. He works in Aziz's shop and then travels across East Africa with a trade caravan. Yusuf comes of age in an atmosphere of cultural tensions among African Muslims, Indian traders, and European colonists. Some strong language. 1994.

A Time for Silence     RC 44928
by Philippa Carr
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Britishers Lucinda and Annabelinda, who have been friends since childhood, are delighted when they both have the chance to attend an exclusive finishing school in Belgium. But an indiscretion on the part of Annabelinda and the beginning of World War I send both girls fleeing back to England and an uncertain future. 1991.

The Case of the Fugitive Nurse     RC 44936
by Erle Stanley Gardner
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Perry Mason takes on the case of Steffanie Malden, the beautiful widow of a prominent doctor recently killed in a plane crash. It appears that the victim's money has disappeared along with his former nurse and girlfriend. As Mason probes, new problems arise, including an IRS investigation and a murder charge brought against his client. 1954.

Knights     RC 44937
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Ann Hodapp
2 cassettes
At the age of five, Megan Saunders walked through an opening in a wall and found herself in the thirteenth century, where she is called Gloriana and betrothed to Dane St. Gregory. Now several years later, Gloriana's husband returns from years at war, and she hopes to finally become his true wife. But he has brought home another woman. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

A Woman's Place     RC 44942
by Barbara Delinsky
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
Wife, mother, and entrepreneur Clare Raphael is the model of a successful woman. Then her life is shattered when she is served with divorce and eviction papers. As Clare struggles for her rights in a biased court system, she receives needed support and succor from her business partner. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1997.

Devil in the Sky     RC 44943
by Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt
read by James DeLotel
2 cassettes
The life-forms of Janus VI, called the Hortas, have the ability to burn through solid rock and metal as easily as humans walk through air. Commander Sisko of Deep Space Nine gets involved when a mother Horta is abducted by Cardassians while being transported to Bajor to help with the mining industry. A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel. 1995.

Christmas Belles     RC 44945
by Susan Carroll
read by Ann Hodapp
1 cassette
On Christmas Eve 1805, Sir Waverly died en route to Portugal while on a diplomatic mission. Now two years later, Captain William Trent, guardian of Waverly's four daughters, has come to Windhaven Manor in Norfolk to take over the estate he inherited and to marry the eldest sister. But as his wedding day approaches, Trent realizes he is marrying the wrong woman. 1992.

Here There Be Dragons     RC 44946
by John Peel
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise discover a world of knights, serfs, and dragons reminiscent of Earth's Middle Ages. The technology driving this new world is by no means primitive, however, and before long the Enterprise is under attack from an unknown but highly sophisticated weapons system. A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. 1993.

Far from Home     RC 44947
by Georgia Bockoven
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Adam Kirkpatric is fishing near his California town when he sees a woman jump off a cliff into the sea. Rescuing her, Adam finds himself drawn to this mysterious Miranda Dolan. Although he finally wins her trust, Miranda refuses to discuss her nightmarish past. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Chariots in the Smoke: The Appomattox Saga, Book 9     RC 44948
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
As the Civil War heads toward Vicksburg, David Rocklin arrives in search of salt and barrels to take back to Richmond. When he meets Leah Cleburne, a true Confederate, David is forced to make a tough decision: maintain his stand against slavery or become a Confederate soldier for the woman he loves. Sequel to Stars in Their Courses (RC 44573). 1997.

I, Tom Horn     RC 44951
by Will Henry
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
In this fictional autobiography of the legendary cavalry scout, rodeo rider, and Pinkerton detective, the author deals with the question, "Did Tom Horn kill fourteen-year-old Willie Nickell in 1901, or was he, in fact, framed?" Strong language. 1975.

Songs in Ordinary Time     RC 44955
by Mary McGarry Morris
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
5 cassettes
In the summer of 1960, a young Vermont boy, Benjy, sees Earlie Jones and con man Omar Duvall fighting in the woods near his home. Earlie is later found dead. When Duvall insinuates himself into the lives of Benjy's family, Benjy's mother--divorced from her alcoholic husband--is particularly vulnerable. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 1995.

Out to Canaan: The Mitford Years, Volume 4     RC 44958
by Jan Karon
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Changes are coming to the small town of Mitford. Father Tim Kavanagh, the Episcopal priest, and his wife Cynthia are thinking about retirement, the two candidates for mayor seem to be splitting the town in half, the bakery may be closing, and a real estate company out of Florida wants to turn Fernbank into a spa. Sequel to These High, Green Hills (RC 44196). Bestseller 1997.

Crystal Line     RC 44960
by Anne McCaffrey
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Now almost two centuries old, Killashandra Ree enjoys the longevity conferred by her trade as a crystal cutter on the planet Ballybran. But the crystal symbiont also causes a progressive loss of memory. When her longtime lover investigates a new crystal that can restore her memories, she faces a difficult choice. Sequel to Killashandra (RC 24201). Some descriptions of sex. 1992.

Comanche Moon     RC 45001
by Larry McMurtry
read by Bob Askey
5 cassettes
In this sequel to Dead Man's Walk (RC 43928) and prequel to Lonesome Dove (RC 22959), Texas Rangers McCrae and Call face Comanche raids and attacks by bandits, aid white settlers in the region, and try to survive frontier hardships. Some strong language and violence. Bestseller 1997.

Midnight Lady     RC 45017
by Rosemary Rogers
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
In 1816, Kyla Van Vleet returns to London to claim her share of the estate of her late father, the duke of Wolverton. When the heir to the title, American Brett Banning, denies her right, virginal Kyla threatens to ruin his reputation by becoming a whore as her mother had been forced to do. Explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. Bestseller 1997.

Dreams of My Russian Summers     RC 45019
by Andre< Makine
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
A Soviet youth imbibes his French grandmother's tales of Paris and the Soviet Revolution during his summer visits to her home on the steppes. His fascination with her and her stories transcends his Russian life and leads him eventually to France. Some violence. Winner of top French literary awards: the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Médicis. Bestseller 1995.

Underworld     RC 45021
by Don DeLillo
read by John Stratton
5 cassettes
This narrative starts at the end of the cold war in the early 1990s and works back to 1951 when baseball and the atomic bomb dominated headlines in American newspapers. The private lives of Nick Shay, a waste disposal manager, and Klara Sax, an ecology-minded artist, intermingle with public events and historic characters. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: An Amanda Pepper Mystery     RC 45044
by Gillian Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Philadelphia teacher Amanda Pepper, previously in Caught Dead in Philadelphia (RC 37547), is invited to vacation in Atlantic City with her friend Sasha Berg. Sasha later finds a dead man in her bed and is arrested for murder. With the help of Amanda's police boyfriend and some colorful locals, Amanda hunts for the real killer. 1994.

A Crack in Forever     RC 45052
by Jeannie Brewer
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
When illustrator Alexandra Taylor meets sexy medical student Eric Moro, she drops her steady boyfriend and begins a whirlwind relationship with Eric. After she happily accepts his marriage proposal, they learn Eric is HIV-positive. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service     RC 45072
by Erskine Childers
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Bestseller, first published in 1903, combines adventure at sea with intrigue. The Baltic vacation of two friends aboard the yacht Dulcibella is disrupted by the discovery of a German plan to invade their British homeland. Carefully details the men's achievements in seamanship and espionage. 1903.

Chances Are     RC 45074
by Robin Lee Hatcher
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
In 1886, actress Faith Butler must quit her job with a traveling troupe and stay in the small town of Dead Horse, Wyoming, until her ill daughter recovers. Reclusive rancher Drake Rutledge reluctantly hires Faith as a housekeeper even though he has avoided women since an accident that cost him an eye. Some strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Criminals     RC 45075
by Margot Livesey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
En route to visit his sister Mollie in Scotland, London banker Ewan Munro finds an abandoned baby, whom he carries along. Munro is unaware that the child has been stolen from her mother and that the infant's father, intent on extortion, is trailing him. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Set-Up     RC 45077
by Paul Erdman
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Charles Black, retired chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, is abruptly arrested by Swiss police for securities fraud. Frustrated in her attempts to obtain diplomatic assistance, Black's wife joins forces with a shadowy stranger and uncovers an international conspiracy in which Black is a hapless victim. 1997.

Masquerade     RC 45080
by B.J. Hoff
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Danni St. John has returned to her hometown of Red Oak, Alabama, to work as the editor of the newspaper being published by the Colony, a cult that has established a compound just outside of town. She soon finds herself involved in a series of terrifying events, which she investigates with the aid of Sheriff Logan McGarey, with whom she is falling in love. 1996.

The Book of Lamentations     RC 45081
by Rosario Castellanos
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
A tale of social and racial conflict set in the Mexican state of Chiapas in 1930. Describes events that precipitate a Mayan Indian rebellion against the dominant Ladino class. Culminates in a harrowing, redemptive crucifixion of a child. Originally published in 1962. Violence and descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Puttermesser Papers     RC 45082
by Cynthia Ozick
read by Mary Woods
2 cassettes
Ruth Puttermesser is ousted from her job, but a golem she creates from the soil in her flowerpots helps her become mayor of New York City. The creature turns troublesome and eventually has to be destroyed. Ruth's love life, modeled on that of George Eliot, does not work out until after her death. But even then Ruth discovers that Paradise is not what she expected. Some violence. 1997.

Murder in the House     RC 45084
by Margaret Truman
read by Mary Woods
2 cassettes
Paul Latham, a longtime member of the House of Representatives, is nominated to be secretary of state. No one expects any problems with his confirmation hearing until one of his staffers files sexual harassment charges against him. When the congressman is found dead of an apparent suicide, many questions arise. Some strong language. 1997.

The Activist's Daughter     RC 45088
by Ellyn Bache
read by Mary Woods
2 cassettes
1963. For Beryl Rosinsky, going to college has always been about more than getting an education; she wants to escape her mother's political activism. Then Beryl's firsthand encounters with bigotry and hypocrisy at the University of North Carolina cause her to examine her own values and principles. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Heart of War     RC 45089
by Lucian K. Truscott
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
When a female lieutenant is murdered at Fort Benning, army staff attorney Kara Guidry follows a trail of clues that leads to the base commander. Then a second young woman is killed, and Guidry plunges into a morass of political intrigue and scandal. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1997.

Tyrant's Test: The Black Fleet Crisis, Book 3     RC 45092
by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Under the leadership of Princess Leia, the New Republic faces its final battle with the deadly Duskhan league, led by the evil Nil Spaar of the Yevetha. As battle plans are drawn up, Han Solo is captured by the enemy, while Chewbacca, Lando, and Luke Skywalker remain away on other quests. A Star Wars novel, sequel to Shield of Lies (RC 44590). Bestseller 1996.

Stranger at the Wedding     RC 45093
by Barbara Hambly
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
In a land like eighteenth-century England, Kyra, a student wizard, has been estranged from her father for six years because of her interest in magic. Through visions, Kyra discovers that her sister Alix's life will end on her wedding night. Returning home, Kyra tries to stop the spells that threaten Alix. Some violence. 1994.

The Quality of Mercy     RC 45094
by Faye Kellerman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
Elizabethan London. Young playwright Will Shakespeare is distraught over the murder of his mentor. Rebecca Lopez, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth I's physician, is a Jew whose family rescues other Jews from Portugal's Inquisition. When Will and Rebecca meet, they vow to help each other in their quests for justice. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1989.

The Woman Who Walked into Doors     RC 45095
by Roddy Doyle
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Paula Spencer has survived a hard life, beset by alcoholism and spousal abuse. From a child in a happy Irish family, she developed into an alluring teenager, a young wife and mother, and, after eighteen years, a widow. At thirty-nine, she is struggling to reclaim her life. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Timeswept Bride     RC 45096
by Eugenia Riley
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Just weeks before her wedding, Priscilla Pemberton is dumped by J. Ackerly Frost V. Now she will never have a place on Galveston's social register. As she walks on the beach drowning her sorrows in Dom Perignon, Priscilla finds an old bottle with a note inside: "Accursed tide, bring me a bride." Suddenly she is overcome by a huge wave and finds herself in 1880s Galveston. Some descriptions of sex. 1995.

In the Deep Midwinter     RC 45097
by Robert Clark
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
When his brother is killed in a hunting accident, lawyer Richard MacEwan arrives to identify the body and handle affairs. Among his brother's personal effects, he finds a letter suggesting his own wife's infidelity. Further revelations force the family to confront and reconcile other past wrongs. Descriptions of sex. 1997.

Against All Odds: The Lucy Scott Mitchum Story     RC 45099
by Barbara Riefe
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
In 1849, Lucy Mitchum is not thrilled with the idea of moving from Maryland to California by wagon. Her husband, Noah, is so excited by the prospect of finding gold that she agrees to join him when the wagon train leaves. But Noah doesn't possess the skills needed on the trail, and Lucy dreads the day they must part from the others to make their own way to Sacramento. Descriptions of sex. 1997.

Shadows on the Hudson     RC 45102
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
read by Ken Kliban
5 cassettes
First written in Yiddish and serialized in the Forward in 1957-58, a portrayal of the lives of a group of Jewish refugees in New York after World War II. Boris Makaver and his friends gather to discuss day-to-day events--marriages, affairs, births, and deaths. Makaver, more religious since the Holocaust, despairs over the choice of husbands for his only daughter, Anna. Bestseller 1998.

The Silver Star: The House of Winslow, Book 20     RC 45106
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Determined to put Eddie Rich behind her, Priscilla Winslow leaves Broadway and heads to California for a movie career. Her cousin Andrew and his family have also come to California, where he is to be the new pastor of Faith Temple. Both find themselves confronting difficult choices. Sequel to The Iron Lady (RC 43775). 1997.

Fatal Terrain     RC 45110
by Dale Brown
read by Gary Tipton
4 cassettes
When tensions erupt between Taiwan and mainland China, America's options are limited by its recent military cutbacks. On the scene is USAF pilot McLanahan in a modified B-52 equipped with the latest cruise missiles. When war breaks out, McLanahan's lethal payload turns the tide of the conflict. Strong language. Bestseller 1997.

The Estate of the Beckoning Lady     RC 45113
by Margery Allingham
read by David Palmer
2 cassettes
Author William Faraday dies in his room at the Beckoning Lady in Suffolk. At approximately the same time, another man has his head bashed in and now lies in a deep ditch. His body is not discovered for eight days. Albert Campion, on holiday in the area, thinks the two deaths are related. And Old Harry, a local resident, predicts a third death. 1955.

Creek Thunder     RC 45114
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Following the massacre of white settlers at Fort Mims by Creek Indians, General Andrew Jackson's forces attack the Creek nation in brutal retaliation. Renno, the White Indian, braves the perilous conflict in a heroic attempt to rescue his nephew. Violence and descriptions of sex. 1995.

Virgin Heat     RC 45117
by Laurence Shames
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Mafioso Paul Amaro has just finished a nine-year prison term. The man who fingered him has a new identity as Ziggy Maxx and is bartending in Key West. Paul's daughter Angelina fell in love with Ziggy before the betrayal and still yearns for him. Recognizing his altered appearance in a home video, Angelina heads for Florida, trailing relatives behind her. Strong language. 1997.

The Goddess Affair     RC 45124
by Lillian O'Donnell
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
Private investigator Gwenn Ramadge is hired to find out who is robbing guests on a cruise ship. While on board she meets Minerva Aldrich, who (along with her sisters) inherited her late mother's prestigious dress company, Goddess Designs. When terminally ill Minerva is found dead in the pool, Ramadge's investigation expands to murder. 1996.

The Siege     RC 45125
by Peter David
read by James DeLotel
2 cassettes
A murderer is loose aboard Deep Space Nine, and Commander Sisko and Security Chief Odo are unable to identify him or deduce his motive. It becomes apparent that they are dealing with a psychopathic shapeshifter who, like Security Chief Odo, can assume the shape of any object, inanimate or living, to escape detection. A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel. 1993.

The Matarese Countdown     RC 45152
by Robert Ludlum
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
Sequel to The Matarese Circle (RC 13413). A pattern of worldwide killings and business takeovers suggests a conspiracy of the highest order. Retired CIA agent Brandon Scofield is recalled to duty, bringing his unique knowledge to bear against an insidious international cartel. Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1997.

Cat and Mouse     RC 45155
by James Patterson
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C., detective Alex Cross is again faced with his nemesis, psychotic killer Gary Soneji from Along Came a Spider (RC 35894). At the same time, mass murderer Mr. Smith is in Europe performing live autopsies on his victims. FBI profiler Thomas Pierce is taken off the European case to assist in apprehending Soneji after Cross is attacked at home. Violence. Bestseller 1997.

Survival of the Fittest     RC 45156
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
LAPD detective Milo Sturgis asks psychologist Alex Delaware to help solve the murder of a deaf Israeli teenager. After two other people with physical disabilities are killed, Delaware goes undercover to work on the case. Israeli policeman Daniel Sharavi, at the request of the teen's father, joins the team. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Up Island     RC 45160
by Anne Rivers Siddons
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Molly Redwine of Atlanta, Georgia, has never really gotten to know herself. Her mother dominated Molly's childhood, and since then her life has been devoted to her family. Now, more than twenty years later and alone, Molly begins to find herself when she has the chance to spend the summer on Martha's Vineyard. Some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Dancing at the Harvest Moon     RC 45163
by K.C. McKinnon
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
A recently divorced English professor, Maggie, impulsively decides to revisit the summer resort where she met her first love. There, her passion is rekindled by the son of her former lover. She debates whether to let her heart or her mind determine her future. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Carolina Moon     RC 45184
by Jill McCorkle
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
Life in the small, sleepy town of Fulton, North Carolina, is not as serene as it appears. Quee Purdy is busy operating a stop-smoking clinic while giving out advice and solving the murder of one of the locals. 1996.

In the Dead of Summer: An Amanda Pepper Mystery     RC 45217
by Gillian Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Philadelphia high school English teacher Amanda Pepper is grumpy about teaching summer school until she meets her one enthusiastic pupil, a Vietnamese girl, April Truong. Then a series of hate crimes and April's apparent abduction force Amanda into her sleuth mode. Some violence. 1995.

The Last Hotel for Women     RC 45221
by Vicki Covington
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
The summer of 1961 in Birmingham upsets life in the Fraley family. Freedom riders and journalists bring out the worst in Bull Connor, the city's bigoted Commissioner of Public Safety. Dinah Fraley, owner of the hotel (formerly a bordello), and her family suffer the repercussions of Connor's emotional crisis. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 1996.

Tom Clancy's Power Plays: Politika     RC 45253
by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
In 1999 Russian president Boris Yeltsin dies, plunging the federation into chaos. American assistance is forthcoming until the U.S. experiences a terrorist attack that seems to be of Russian origin. Meanwhile, Roger Gordian, head of a U.S. corporation with interests in Kaliningrad, gets involved. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Homecoming     RC 45255
by Belva Plain
read by Terry Hayes Sales
1 cassette
Annette Byrne, eighty-five, has had enough of the estrangement between her two sons and among other family members. She summons them all to her home on a wintry December day. Tensions are high, and harsh words begin to flow. Then a near tragedy puts a different light on the day for each of those present. Bestseller 1997.

Unfinished Symphony     RC 45275
by V.C. Andrews
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Heart Song (RC 44794), Melody Logan longs to discover the identity of her real father. Following a clue, she travels to Los Angeles and learns that her mother also is still alive. When Melody returns to her grandmother's house on Cape Cod, more family secrets are unearthed. Bestseller 1997.

Flood Tide     RC 45276
by Clive Cussler
read by Bob Askey
4 cassettes
In the year 2000 Dirk Pitt of the National Underwater and Marine Agency is working with immigration officials to stop the smuggling of Chinese workers into the United States. Gangster Qin Shang has even built a port in Louisiana to unload the illegals. Pitt is also investigating a rumor of a shipwrecked Chinese vessel bearing a load of treasure. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 1997.

The Eternal Savage     RC 45280
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
A hundred thousand years ago, Nu, the son of Nu, was trapped in a cave during an earthquake. Now, American Victoria Custer is in Africa for some big game hunting when another earthquake hits. The terrified Victoria faints and awakens to find herself facing the man she has dreamed of all her life--Nu, the son of Nu. Some violence. 1914.

Three Doors to Death     RC 45281
by Rex Stout
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Three mysteries written between 1947 and 1949. In "Man Alive," Nero Wolfe's investigation of the murder of a man already declared dead takes him into the world of high fashion. "Omit Flowers" involves the food industry and a family's covering up for a murderer. In "Door to Death," a horticulturist finds his fiancée dead in his hothouse. Some strong language. 1995.

Splendor     RC 45284
by Brenda Joyce
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
The daughter of a London bookseller, Carolyn Browne is an enlightened eighteen-year-old who has been writing articles for the Morning Chronicle under the name of Charles Copperville. When she lampoons Prince Nicholas Sverayov of Russia, he seeks out Copperville, quickly uncovering Carolyn's identity and beginning a new game of deception. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Blind Faith     RC 45291
by Judith Pella
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Irene Lorenzo's faith has been tested as a result of her divorce from Greg Mitchell. Now Joel Costain, a blind lawyer, has approached Irene seeking information about Greg, who claimed to be Joel's brother and has now died under mysterious circumstances. As the two search for answers, Irene begins to regain her faith. 1996.

Buchanan Says No     RC 45306
by Jonas Ward
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
Wrangler Tom Buchanan finishes the trail ride driving stolen cattle from Mexico. When the paymaster doesn't show up at the meeting place in California, Buchanan heads into town looking for him. Young gunslinger Mike Sandoe tags along. Unfortunately, their prey eludes them and the two find nothing but trouble. 1957.

Beyond the Wild Shores: Land of the Far Horizon, Book 4     RC 45313
by Patricia Hickman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Having rejected her suitor, Bailey Templeton of Virginia flees to Sydney Cove, Australia, to work as a teacher in 1807. Her arrival is an unpleasant surprise to Captain Grant Hogan, who expects a male teacher. But Bailey refuses to leave and tries to make a difference in the lives of the emancipist families and Captain Hogan. Sequel to The Emerald Flame (RC 43828). 1997.

Three at Wolfe's Door     RC 45314
by Rex Stout
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Three tales of mystery featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. In "Poison a la Carte," Wolfe lends out his cook, and some of the dinner guests die. In "Method Three for Murder," a woman arrives at Wolfe's office driving a cab with a corpse inside. And in "The Rodeo Murder," a rodeo rider's rope turns up on the chest of a dead man. 1960.

The Clayborne Brides: One Pink Rose, One White Rose, One Red Rose     RC 45329
by Julie Garwood
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
This companion to For the Roses (RC 43563) portrays events leading up to the marriages of three Clayborne brothers. Travis falls for a woman he is escorting to meet her mail-order bridegroom, Douglas falls in love with a woman for whom he acts as a midwife, and Adam falls for the woman Mama Rose picked out for him. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Remember When     RC 45335
by Judith McNaught
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Wealthy Diana Foster knew Cole Harrison when she was a teenager and he worked as a stable boy. Cole now owns a multimillion-dollar company. They meet again at Houston's White Orchid Ball and auction just after Diana is jilted by her fiancé. Cole takes a dramatic step to help Diana save face. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1996.

Kill and Tell     RC 45340
by Linda Howard
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
Shortly after her mother's death, nurse Karen Whitlaw receives a notebook from her father, a Vietnam vet who abandoned her years before. She then learns from New Orleans detective Marc Chastain that her father has been killed. As Karen and Marc become involved, someone threatens Karen's life. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1998.

Tidings of Great Joy     RC 45342
by Sandra Brown
read by Ann Hodapp
1 cassette
A romantic Christmas Eve encounter results in pregnancy for architect Ria Lavender. Her lover is the town's mayor-elect, Taylor MacKensie. For the child's legitimacy and for political reasons, the two marry and move in together. But will circumstances and past lovers allow them to continue their sham? Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1987.

All I Need Is You     RC 45468
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Mary Woods
2 cassettes
Casey Straton, seventeen, believes she can run her grandfather's Texas ranch, but her father does not. So Casey, dressed as a boy, runs away to prove herself. New Yorker Damian Rutledge III has come west to find his father's killer. When Damian and Casey meet, he hires her to help with the search, not suspecting she is a woman. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

The Street Lawyer     RC 45550
by John Grisham
read by Christopher Hurt
2 cassettes
At thirty-two, Michael is on the fast track to become a partner in his prestigious Washington law firm, but that changes the day he is held hostage by a homeless man. Disillusioned by the realization that his firm had illegally evicted the man, Michael quits his job to work for the homeless. Some strong language and some violence. Bestseller 1998.

Breath, Eyes, Memory     RC 46001
by Edwidge Danticat
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Until age twelve, Sophie is raised by her aunt in Haiti. Her mother then sends for her to come to New York and explains that Sophie is the product of rape. When a grown Sophie is befriended by an older musician, her mother tests her virginity. Sophie rebels by violently deflowering herself, an act that later causes her to seek sexual phobia therapy. She marries the musician and tries to come to terms with her past as her mother does the same. Some violence. 1994.

The Long Road Home     RC 46008
by Danielle Steel
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Gabriella Harrison, the only child of wealthy New Yorkers, is abused by her deranged mother for more than ten years. Abandoned by her now-divorced parents at a convent, Gabriella is content until she falls in love with a priest. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1998.

You Belong to Me     RC 46009
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Once a prosecutor and then a psychologist, radio talk-show host Susan Chandler explores how lonely women are lured into relationships that turn deadly. On the air, witnesses offer evidence concerning one such victim. Unfortunately, Susan does not suspect that the killer has tuned in. Some violence. Bestseller 1998.

Books for Children--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books, labeled with the code     RC, play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

If You Should Hear a Honey Guide     RC 40984
by April Pulley Sayre
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
If you should hear the honey guide call "weet-err, weet-err," you are a lucky person indeed. Then you must answer the bird and follow it through the bushlands of Kenya, for the honey guide will lead you to a bees' nest full of honey. For grades K-3. 1995.

Desert Trip     RC 40989
by Barbara A. Steiner
read by M.E. DePalma
1 cassette
A young girl goes backpacking with her mother in the desert. As they walk, her mother points out plants and tells her about them. Then they sleep under the starry sky. For grades K-3. 1996.

Frozen Man     RC 44427
by David Getz
read by Stephen Angus
1 cassette
Recounts the 1991 discovery of a mummified body in the Italian Alps by German tourists. Follows the scientific examination of the human remains and artifacts to derive clues about the life and death of the frozen man, and about how people lived more than five thousand years ago. For grades 4-7. 1994.

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream     RC 44926
retold by Bruce Coville
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
A retelling of the classic comedy in which several couples, spending the night in a forest, find themselves bewitched by the fairy king's young servant--Puck. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1996.

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio     RC 44944
by Peg Kehret
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
A woman's memoir of her childhood battle with polio in 1949. Details the sudden onset of the disease, followed by seven months of paralysis, treatments, and gradual recovery. Describes the fear and pain that she experienced, and the support of family and friends that sustained her through the ordeal. For grades 4-6. 1996.

The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (but Need to Know)     RC 45056
by Karen and Jennifer Gravelle
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Explains the physical and emotional changes girls experience as puberty begins. Topics include what to wear, a visit to a gynecologist, and what is normal. A chapter headed "What if...?" advises girls on how to handle problem situations. Parental comments conclude the book. For grades 4-7. 1996.

I've Got an Idea! The Story of Frederick McKinley Jones     RC 45067
by Gloria M. Swanson and Margaret V. Ott
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Recounts the life of Fred Jones, who at age five could take mechanical things apart and reassemble them, and who by age fifteen had become an auto repair foreman. He became an expert in the fields of electronics, the physics of sound, and electrical engineering, and he patented more than sixty inventions. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Shaker Hearts     RC 45144
by Ann Turner
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Describes how the Shakers, founded by Ann Lee and her followers who came to America from England in 1774, centered their sect around the theme of "Hands to work, hearts to God." The author portrays their daily life, showing how they dedicated themselves to God while building practical, self-sufficient communities. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1997.

On My Own: The Journey Continues     RC 45189
by Sally Hobart Alexander
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
After going blind at twenty-four, as told in Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness (RC 40247), Alexander describes also losing part of her hearing. Determined to be independent and self-sufficient, she recounts her fears and difficulties adjusting to a new apartment, finding a job, and meeting the right man. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

It Came from Ohio! My Life as a Writer     RC 45190
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Stine, the author of the Fear Street and Goosebump books, tells the story of his life to Joe Arthur, a friend since college days. Stine says when he was seven years old he found a typewriter in his attic and was soon typing with one finger at lightning speed. He also explains where he gets some of his frightening story ideas. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1997.

Books for Children--Fiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including animals, geography, nature, mystery, sports, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books, labeled with the code     RC, play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

The Truth about Mary Rose     RC 40999
by Marilyn Sachs
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette (Reissue)
Mary Rose has always believed that the aunt for whom she was named died a heroine after rescuing people from a fire. But Mary Rose has a bad habit of eavesdropping, and one day she learns the real truth about her aunt. For grades 4-7. 1973.

Jericho     RC 42206
by Janet Hickman
read by Barbara Rappaport
1 cassette
Angela is not happy that her family is spending its vacation helping her grandparents and her great-grandmother. There are no girls her age in the tiny town, and her depressed GrandMin doesn't remember who Angela is. Angela's visit is described alongside the story of her great-grandmother's youth in the same town. GrandMin as a young person is quite different from the helpless, forgetful woman Angela knows today. For grades 5-8. 1994.

Poppy     RC 42709
by Avi
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The deer mice know they must ask Mr. Ocax the owl for permission before they wander far from their home. Poppy's father says it is because Mr. Ocax wants to protect them against porcupines, but Poppy soon learns otherwise. While she and her boyfriend, Ragweed, are out for a forbidden night stroll, Mr. Ocax eats Ragweed. If Poppy cannot convince her father and the other mice of the danger, she must somehow protect them. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Arthur, High King of Britain     RC 43414
by Michael Morpurgo
read by Marilyn Gleason
2 cassettes
The epic legend of King Arthur is presented within the tale of a twentieth-century boy who is rescued from drowning and brought to a sea cave by Arthur Pendragon. Arthur tells the boy stories of his own rise to the throne, of the Knights of the Round Table, and of triumph and tragedy in the kingdom of Camelot. For grades 5-8. 1995.

Red Ranger Came Calling: A Guaranteed True Christmas Story     RC 43470
by Berkeley Breathed
read by Ray Hagen
1 cassette
In 1939 a nine-year-old boy calls himself Red Ranger of Mars after a movie hero, Buck Tweed. Red wants a Buck Tweed bicycle for Christmas but knows his aunt can't afford one. When he discovers an ancient man who claims to be Santa Claus, Red (although a nonbeliever) asks him for the bike. For grades 4-7. 1994.

The Snowy Day     RC 43471
by Ezra Jack Keats
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette (Reissue)
Young Peter is thrilled to wake up to snow piled high. He spends the day crunching, sliding, building a snowman, making snow angels, and having a great time. Caldecott award winner. For grades K-3. 1962.

Fall-Out     RC 43530
by Gudrun Pausewang
read by June Carter
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Janna and her brother, Uli, are alone when an accident rocks the nuclear power plant near their home in Germany. As they flee, Uli is killed by a car. Janna learns that the disaster has claimed the rest of her family, loses patience with the public apathy, and joins antinuclear activists. For grades 6-9. 1987.

Meet Felicity: An American Girl     RC 43761
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Felicity and her family live in 1774 Williamsburg, where her father runs a general store. Felicity helps at home, but she would rather be working with her father. And when she discovers that old Mr. Nye is mistreating his new horse, Felicity knows what she must do. Prequel to Felicity Learns a Lesson (RC 43762). For grades 2-4. 1991.

Felicity Learns a Lesson: A School Story     RC 43762
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Felicity, almost ten, is to begin lessons in being a polite colonial Williamsburg gentlewoman. She will take classes with two girls who have just arrived from England. But when the colonists decide to boycott English tea, Felicity has some choices to make. Sequel to Meet Felicity (RC 43761). For grades 2-4. 1991.

Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story     RC 43763
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Just before Christmas in colonial Williamsburg, Felicity Merriman is surprised to receive an invitation for a dance lesson at the governor's palace. The other girls will have new gowns, and Felicity's mother decides to make her one. But then Mrs. Merriman becomes ill. Sequel to Felicity Learns a Lesson (RC 43762). For grades 2-4. 1991.

Happy Birthday Felicity! A Springtime Story     RC 43764
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
When Felicity's grandfather arrives in colonial Williamsburg for a visit, he brings her a birthday surprise--her grandmother's guitar. Felicity promises not to take it out of the house, but is overcome by her longing to have Miss Manderly tune the guitar and teach her to play it. Sequel to Felicity's Surprise (RC 43763). For grades 2-4. 1992.

Felicity Saves the Day: A Summer Story     RC 43765
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Felicity's colonial family is spending the summer at Grandfather's plantation on the York River. When Grandfather gets some new horses, Felicity recognizes Penny, a colt she helped escape from its mean owner. Then her father's apprentice, Ben, is hurt, and Penny helps save the day. Sequel to Happy Birthday, Felicity! (RC 43764). For grades 2-4. 1992.

Changes for Felicity: A Winter Story     RC 43766
by Valerie Tripp
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Felicity's favorite horse, Penny, is going to have a foal. But there is trouble in colonial Williamsburg. The father of Felicity's friend Elizabeth is in jail for being a Loyalist, and Jiggy Nye is there for debt. Grandfather helps them both, but the cold costs him his life. Sequel to Felicity Saves the Day (RC 43765). For grades 2-4. 1992.

Meet Samantha: An American Girl     RC 43841
by Susan S. Adler
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Samantha, a nine-year-old orphan, is more interested in playing with her friend, Nellie, who works next door, than in learning the values her wealthy grandmother thinks are proper in 1904. When Grandmary's seamstress leaves suddenly, the girls take a midnight trip to find out why. Prequel to Samanatha Learns a Lesson (RC 43842). For grades 2-4. 1986.

Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story     RC 43842
by Susan S. Adler
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Samantha, a girl of the early 1900s, is delighted to learn that Grandmary has found a job for Samantha's friend Nellie and her family at a nearby house. Best of all, Nellie and her sisters will be going to school. But after her first day, Nellie vows never to go back. Then Samantha has an idea to help. Sequel to Meet Samantha (RC 43841). For grades 2-4. 1986.

Samantha's Surprise: A Christmas Story     RC 43843
by Maxine Rose Schur
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Samantha is sure Christmas 1904 will be the best ever. She has been invited to a party and has a new dress to wear. Then Grandmary tells her that Uncle Gard is bringing his girlfriend Cornelia with him for the holidays, and Samantha is afraid her plans will be ruined. Sequel to Samantha Learns a Lesson (RC 43842). For grades 2-4. 1986.

Happy Birthday, Samantha: A Springtime Story     RC 43844
by Valerie Tripp
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Aunt Cornelia's twin sisters, Agnes and Agatha, have come to visit Samantha for her birthday. They have wonderful ideas for celebrating, but some of them turn out not quite as hoped. So to make the day even more special, they invite Samantha to spend some time in New York City with them. Sequel to Samantha's Surprise (RC 43843). For grades 2-4. 1987.

Samantha Saves the Day: A Summer Story     RC 43845
by Valerie Tripp
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Samantha's family is spending the summer of 1905 at Grandmary's mountain home. While Grandmary is entertaining her long-time English friend, Admiral Beemis, Samantha and her cousins find lots to do. One day, after discovering Samantha's mother's old sketchbook, they decide to take a trip to Teardrop Island--alone. Sequel to Happy Birthday, Samantha! (RC 43844). For grades 2-4. 1988.

Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story     RC 43846
by Valerie Tripp
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Now that Grandmary has married an admiral, Samantha lives in New York City with her aunt and uncle. Her friend Nellie promised to visit when she wrote Samantha that she and her sisters were moving to the city. But when weeks go by with no sign of Nellie, Samantha sets out to find her. Sequel to Samantha Saves the Day (RC 43845). For grades 2-4. 1988.

Willie Jerome     RC 44362
by Alice Faye Duncan
read by Connie Winston
1 cassette
Willie Jerome plays his trumpet up on the tenement rooftop all day long. His sister Judy loves to listen to his "sizzlin' red hot bebop" and can't understand why the rest of her family and neighbors think he's just making loud noise. For grades K-3. 1995.

Klara's New World     RC 44388
by Jeanette Winter
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Klara and her parents live in Sweden, but her father is having a hard time with the rocky farm. When friends write them of the rich land in America, Klara's family decides to move there. For grades 2-4. 1992.

Murphy and Kate     RC 44389
by Ellen Howard
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Kate has grown up with her dog Murphy, and they have always been the best of friends. Both are fourteen when Murphy dies and Kate must carry on without him. For grades 2-4. 1995.

The Long, Long Letter     RC 44390
by Elizabeth Spurr
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
When a little boy's mother gets a card from his Aunt Hetta begging for mail, his mother sits down to pen "a long, long letter, one she will not forget!" And it is a long message--for his mother writes through fall, winter, spring, and summer. For preschool-grade 2. 1996.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey     RC 44405
by Susan Wojciechowski
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Wood-carver Jonathan Toomey is called Mr. Gloomy by the village children. Since the death of his wife and baby, Toomey has been sad and grumpy. When widow McDowell moves to the village with her young son, she requests a special Christmas favor from Toomey. For grades 2-4. 1995.

Space Brat Three: The Wrath of Squat     RC 44415
by Bruce Coville
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Now that Blork has become a hero for saving the city, he has been invited to the Galactic Celebration--the biggest party in history. But his old enemy, Squat, decides it is time to seek revenge for having been humiliated by Blork. Sequel to Space Brat Two: Blork's Evil Twin (RC 44414). For grades 2-4. 1994.

Space Brat Four: Planet of the Dips     RC 44416
by Bruce Coville
read by John Polk
1 cassette
As they head for the Galactic Celebration in their spaceship, Blork and his friends are accidentally hurtled far out into space. They land on the planet of the Dips, where the inhabitants think Blork's pet, Lunk, is their long-lost lord. Sequel to Space Brat Three: The Wrath of Squat (RC 44415). For grades 2-4. 1995.

Feliciana Feydra LeRoux: A Cajun Tall Tale     RC 44507
by Tynia Thomassie
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
Of all his grandchildren, Feliciana is Grandpa Baby's favorite. Maybe it is because they are both the tail end of a LeRoux crew. But when Grandpa Baby goes alligator hunting and leaves Feliciana behind, she sneaks out and joins them. Includes author's note describing Cajun people and their customs. For grades 2-4. 1995.

The Cheater     RC 44512
by R.L. Stine
read by Nona Pipes
1 cassette
Judge Phillips is not happy with his daughter Carter's scores on her math achievement test, so she is going to retake it. But she knows she's not capable of getting a high enough score for Princeton. When a classmate offers to take the test for Carter, she is relieved. Then the blackmail begins. For grades 6-9. 1993.

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman     RC 44518
by Alan Schroeder
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
In this fictional account of Tubman's childhood, young Harriet dreams of escape while working as a slave on a Maryland plantation in the 1820s. Her father helps her prepare for her journey by teaching her how to fish, hunt, swim, and read the signs of a tree and the stars in the night sky. For grades K-3. 1996.

City Green     RC 44519
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
When a building is torn down on Marcy's city block, the empty lot makes her sad. One day she and her neighbors learn that they can rent the lot and grow a garden. All of the neighbors agree to participate except grumpy Old Man Hammer, who used to live in the building. For grades K-3. 1994.

A Baby Just like Me     RC 44520
by Susan Winter
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
Martha tells her friend Sam about the new sister her mother is bringing home from the hospital. They make plans to include her in their games, but when the baby comes home, she isn't at all what they expected. When will she become like Martha? For grades K-3. 1994.

Little Bear's Visit     RC 44914
by Else Holmelund Minarik
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette (Reissue)
While visiting his grandparents, Little Bear hears stories about his mother when she was a girl. Companion to Little Bear (RC 44738). For grades K-3. 1961.

Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur     RC 44920
by Lillian Hoban
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Joe and his pet dinosaur, Betsy, live in a cave. When the weather is nice they go out and play with their friends. When it snows, no one comes out, so Joe and Betsy go visiting. But they cause a lot of trouble for their buddies. For grades K-3. 1995.

The Fire Cat     RC 44921
by Esther Averill
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette (Reissue)
Pickles is a stray yellow cat with black spots in his fur and very big paws. Pickles also has big plans. But he lives alone in a big old yard, and the only thing he has to do is chase little cats. Then he chases a cat up a tree, and the firemen have to come get Pickles down. Soon Pickles has something to do. For grades K-3. 1960.

The Case of the Cat's Meow     RC 44922
by Crosby Bonsall
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Snitch is certain someone is going to steal his cat Mildred even though his brother, Wizard, and their fellow sleuths, Tubby and Skinny, scoff at the idea. Sure enough, Mildred is soon missing and the four boys must put their investigative skills to work. For grades K-3. 1965.

Hester Bidgood: Investigatrix of Evill Deedes     RC 45022
by E.W. Hildick
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
The residents of Willow Bend, just south of Salem, are leaving the meetinghouse when they discover Goody Willson's kitten half dead and branded with a cross. Most villagers immediately accuse Goody of being a witch. But young Hester Bidgood and Rob MacGregor know Goody as a kind old lady and set out to find her enemy. For grades 3-6. 1994.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig     RC 45040
by Eugene Trivizas
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Once upon a time there were three little wolves who lived with their mother. One day she tells them it is time to go out into the world and build their own house. But they must beware of the big bad pig and build a very strong house. The wolves have a hard time building the right house. For grades K-3. 1993.

Always My Dad     RC 45046
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
A young girl lives with her mother and brothers and doesn't see her father very often. She and her brothers are spending the summer with their grandparents when their father comes for a short visit. Before he leaves, he explains to his daughter that wherever he is he's always her dad. For grades K-3. 1995.

Old Home Day     RC 45071
by Donald Hall
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
A fictional account of the evolution of an area now called Blackwater, New Hampshire. Hall weaves a story beginning tens of thousands of years ago, when glaciers melted and formed rivers and ponds, up to 1999, when the town celebrates the bicentennial of its founding by Enoch Boswell, a farmer who was looking for a place to build a cabin, keep a cow, and raise a family. For grades 3-6. 1996.

When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing: The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren, and Their Friends     RC 45076
retold by Virginia Hamilton
read by Jamie Horton
1 cassette
These stories about bats, buzzards, sparrows, wrens, and jays are based on African American folktales from the South during the plantation era and were collected by journalist Martha Young after the Civil War. For grades 2-4. 1996.

The Ocean of Story: Fairy Tales from India     RC 45078
retold by Caroline Ness
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Eighteen tales from India's oral folklore tradition. Some of the stories have themes similar to those of the Brothers Grimm, Aesop, and the Arabian Nights. Included are "The Magic Lamp," "Three Fussy Men," and "The Boy and His Stepmother." For grades 4-7. 1995.

Jip: His Story     RC 45131
by Katherine Paterson
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
When he was a little boy in 1847, Jip tumbled off a wagon in Vermont. Now he lives on a farm for poor people where he enjoys the animals. His gentle ways win him the friendship of a caged lunatic, "Put"; his teacher; and her Quaker sweetheart. When Jip learns his mother was an escaped slave, he must make some difficult decisions. Companion to Lyddie (RC 33521). For grades 5-8. 1996.

Say Cheese and Die!     RC 45185
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Greg and his friends, bored and looking for something to do, wander into an empty mansion. There they find an old camera and start taking pictures. There is just one problem: the photos show things before they happen. For grades 4-7. 1992.

Say Cheese and Die--Again!     RC 45186
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Greg Banks has to give an oral report of a true story for his English class. But when he talks about the old camera he found last summer, his teacher, Mr. Saur, doesn't believe him and gives Greg an F. The only way Greg can get a better grade is to bring the evil camera to school and take a picture. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Vampire Breath     RC 45187
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
One night after a baby-sitting job, Freddy and Cara laugh about how much they scared a little boy with their werewolf story. Then it becomes their turn to be frightened when they discover a hidden door in Freddy's basement opening on a long dark tunnel and, at the end of the tunnel, a room with a coffin inside. For grades 4-7. 1996.

The Dragonslayers     RC 45191
by Bruce Coville
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
A dragon is stalking King Mildred's land, and the king has promised half his kingdom and his daughter's hand in marriage to the person who can slay the dragon. Only the old squire, Elizar, and a young page, Brian, are willing to try. But unbeknown to them, the king's daughter, Wilhelmina, has also set out to kill the dragon. For grades 4-7. 1994.

Calling All Creeps     RC 45199
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Because he must earn twenty points for after-school activities, Ricky Beamer has signed up to work on the school newspaper. But editor Tasha just doesn't seem to like Ricky, who is considered somewhat of a nerd, and gives him silly assignments. Then Tasha kicks him off the paper. Ricky is so furious, he seeks revenge. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Beware, the Snowman     RC 45200
by R.L. Stine
read by Ilona Dulaski
1 cassette
Jaclyn and the aunt she lives with have left their Chicago home and moved to a tiny village close to the Arctic Circle. There is almost no one around, and, to make things worse, there are strange looking snowmen with deep scars on their faces in front of every house. And Jaclyn's aunt won't tell her why. For grades 4-7. 1997.

How I Learned to Fly     RC 45201
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Jack Johnson and his friend Wilson seem to spend a lot of time involved in a contest. No matter what Jack does, Wilson seems to do the same thing better. So when Jack finds a book about humans flying, he figures this is one thing Wilson won't be able to do better--or will he? For grades 4-7. 1997.

My Best Friend Is Invisible     RC 45209
by R.L. Stine
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Sammy Jacobs is a science fiction freak. His parents are research scientists, and just don't understand why Sammy doesn't have an interest in real science. His parents begin to wonder even more about Sammy when he starts claiming to see ghosts. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Marvin Redpost: Why Pick on Me?     RC 45214
by Louis Sachar
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
When a classmate accuses Marvin of picking his nose, everyone begins to tease him, and his friends desert him. Lonely and frustrated, Marvin must come up with a plan to set the record straight. For grades 2-4. 1993.

Chicken Chicken     RC 45224
by R.L. Stine
read by Ilona Dulaski
1 cassette
Crystal and Cole hate chickens, especially the ones they have to take care of on their parents' farm. They are also afraid of Vanessa, a rather weird woman living on the edge of town; people seem to think she can cast spells. And perhaps she can, because after Crystal and Cole cause Vanessa to drop a bag of groceries, strange things begin happening to them. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Misoso: Once upon a Time Tales from Africa     RC 45230
retold by Verna Aardema
read by Lisette Lecat
1 cassette
Retelling of twelve African folktales and fables. Anansi the spider returns to his starving village empty-handed even after encountering entire villages of food in "Anansi and the Phantom Food." In "The Boogey Man's Wife," a disobedient wife finally obeys her husband's command--much to his unhappiness. For grades K-3. 1994.

The Story of Little Babaji     RC 45232
by Helen Bannerman
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Revised version of the story of a little boy in India who loses his fine clothes to vain and bullying tigers. But Babaji has the last laugh when he eats the melted tigers as "ghi" on his pancakes. For preschool-grade 2. 1996.

Spotting the Leopard     RC 45279
by Anna Myers
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Jessie's younger brother, H.J., would like to help her become a veterinarian. When he tries to save a leopard that escaped from the zoo, his courage and determination pay off in an opportunity for Jessie to pursue her dream. Sequel to Red Dirt Jessie (RC 36739). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1996.

The Carousel     RC 45289
by Liz Rosenberg
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
Two sisters walking home in a drizzly twilight hear noises coming from the broken carousel in the park. Lifting the tarp, the girls see the horses are very much alive and ready to give them the ride of their lives. For grades K-3. 1995.

A Lion Named Shirley Williamson     RC 45296
by Bernard Waber
read by Pam Ward
1 cassette
The zoo director misunderstands a telephone call and thinks his new lion is named Shirley Williamson. This brings the lion much attention, but the other lions are peeved so the director decides to change Shirley's name to Bongo. Losing her popularity encourages the lion to escape. For preschool-grade 2. 1996.

Tarot Says Beware     RC 45316
by Betsy Byars
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Tarot is a parrot who belongs to Madame Rosa, a palm reader. When Herculeah Jones sees Tarot outside the house with the front door open, she knows something is wrong. She finds Madame Rosa's body under a table and is determined to find her friend's murderer. For grades 3-6. 1995.

Amber Brown Sees Red     RC 45328
by Paula Danziger
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Everything is changing in Amber's life in the fourth grade. Her mother is marrying Max, her father is moving back from Paris and wants Amber to live with him part-time, and her own body is growing out of control. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Orp and the Chop Suey Burgers     RC 45368
by Suzy Kline
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
Seventh-grader Orville Rudemeyer Pygenski dreams of traveling but never goes anywhere. Then one day he reads about a cooking contest offering a trip to Disney World, and he knows there is some Fu Chow soy sauce in the cupboard, so he decides to enter. His creation, chop suey burgers, wins him a trip to the regional finals. For grades 4-7. 1990.

The Best Way to Play     RC 45511
by Bill Cosby
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
When the TV show Space Explorers announces its video game, Little Bill and his friends pester their parents to buy it. Andrew shares the video with his friends. To the children's surprise, however, they prefer their own version of the game, which they play in a vacant lot. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Meanest Thing to Say     RC 45512
by Bill Cosby
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Michael, a new boy in the second grade, wants to play a game to see who can say the meanest thing. Little Bill's dad gives him an idea of how to turn the game around, and Little Bill makes friends with Michael. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Treasure Hunt     RC 45513
by Bill Cosby
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
At home on a rainy day, everyone in Little Bill's family finds something special to do, except him. His great-grandmother comes to Little Bill's room and together they discover his special talent. For grades K-3. 1997.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

El Comisario     RC 43964
por Sven Hassel
read by Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
El cabo Joseph Porta y sus compañeros de una unidad de tanques alemanes han sobrevivido a la sangrienta y violenta guerra en el frente ruso. Cuando un prisionero de guerra resulta ser un comisario soviético, se enteran de un tesoro escondido. No hace falta mucho para convencerlos de que abandonen la lucha en favor de Hitler y se marchen en un expedición en busca del oro. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Corporal Joseph Porta and his comrades in a German tank unit have survived the bloody and brutal war on the Russian front. When a prisoner of war turns out to be a Soviet commissar, they learn about a hidden treasure. It doesn't take much to convince them to give up fighting for Hitler to go on a gold-hunting expedition. Violence and strong language.) 1985.

Robin Hood     RC 43965
read by Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Presenta una versión moderna de la leyenda del famoso proscrito inglés, que robaba a los ricos para dar a los pobres. Las historias incluyen la huída de Robin Hood a los bosques de Sherwood, su desafío del alguacil de Nottingham y su firme lealtad al rey. Incluye una introducción analítica de Arturo Souto Alabarce. Para lectores adolescentes, jóvenes y adultos. (A modern version of the legend of the famous English outlaw who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Includes Robin Hood's flight to Sherwood Forest, his defiance of the sheriff of Nottingham, and his unwavering loyalty to his king. Includes an analytical introduction by Arturo Souto Alabarce. For junior and senior high and older readers.) 1988.

La Mujer Habitada     RC 43967
por Gioconda Belli
read by Maria Pino
3 cassettes
La aristócrata Lavinia Alarcón regresa a su hogar en Latinoamérica, para comenzar a trabajar después de sus estudios universitarios en Italia. Joven apolítica en un principio, gradualmente se siente atraída hacia un movimiento guerrillero, bajo la influencia de una mujer rebelde del siglo XV, cuyo espíritu reside en la casa de Lavinia. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Aristocrat Lavinia Alarcón returns to her Latin American home to begin work after her university studies in Italy. At first an apolitical yuppie, she is gradually drawn into a guerrilla movement under the influence of a fifteenth-century female rebel, whose spirit resides at Lavinia's home. Descriptions of sex.) 1988.

Historias Fantásticas     RC 43968
por Stephen King
read by Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Trece historias tomadas del libro "Tripulación de Esqueletos" de este autor. Incluye "Hay Tigres," acerca de un chico que descubre que, además de sus problemas cotidianos del colegio, tiene que enfrentarse a un tigre en el cuarto de baño de la escuela, y "La Playa," acerca de dos astronautas que van a parar a un mundo cubierto por extrañas dunas de arena. Lenguaje injurioso. (Thirteen stories taken from the author's Skeleton Crew. Includes "Here There Be Tygers," about a boy who finds that in addition to his other school-day problems, he must contend with a tiger in the school restroom, and "Beachworld," about two astronauts stranded on a world covered with strange sand dunes. Strong language.) 1987.

El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera     RC 43969
por Gabriel García Márquez
read by Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
La historia ocurre en un país latinoamericano anónimo. Después de la muerte de un eminente médico, que deja una viuda afligida pero aún vital, un hombre, con quien ella estuvo enredada antes de su matrimonio, surge y declara su continuado amor por ella. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Set in an unnamed Latin American country. After an eminent physician dies, leaving behind a bereft but still vital widow, a man with whom she was involved before her marriage emerges and declares his continued love for her. Some descriptions of sex.) 1985.

Bajo el Almendro...Junto al Volcán     RC 43970
por Julio Escoto
read by Juan Ramirez
1 cassette
El alcalde de un pueblo rural en Honduras oye que su país está en guerra e intenta movilizar a los hombres del lugar para formar una milicia patriótica. Los resultados son cómicos y patéticos. El alcalde se lamenta de la ineptitud ignorante des us paisanos campesinos, pero comienza a comprender quién es el enemigo real de su pueblo. Lenguaje injurioso. (The mayor of a rural village in Honduras hears that his country is at war and attempts to mobilize the local men into a patriotic militia. The results are comic and pathetic. The mayor agonizes over the ignorant ineptness of his fellow peasants but begins to understand who the real enemy of his people is.) 1988.

El Puente sobre el Rio Bermejo     RC 43971
por Alfredo León Gómez
read by Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Novela histórica del autor hondureño, describe la inestabilidad política y social de Honduras a finales del siglo XIX, un país amenazado por una invasión y a merced de compañías y aventureros extranjeros. Jacinto Castañer inicia una odisea personal para vengar la muerte de su hermano y se convierte en testigo del fin de una lucha legendaria. (Historical novel by the Honduran author depicts the political and social instability of late-nineteenth-century Honduras, a country threatened with invasion and at the mercy of foreign companies and adventurers. Jacinto Castañer begins a personal odyssey to avenge the death of his brother and witnesses the final conclusion of a legendary struggle.) 1987.

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