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September - October 2000

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For Younger Readers

For Younger Readers, 1998-1999, large-print edition, has been sent to readers who ordered it on the most recent patron survey. It is also available through your local library. Titles listed include recorded works of nonfiction and fiction that were written especially for children and young adult readers.

TBT (November-December)-- last issue in FD format

Yet another reminder: NLS's magazines and periodicals on flexible disc (FD), including Talking Book Topics (TBT), will be shifted to audio-cassette format in January 2001. Flexible-disc recordings of TBT will not be produced after the November-December 2000 issue. TBT will continue to be available in large-print, audio cassette, and computer diskette formats, and online at <www.loc.gov/nls/tbt>. The braille edition of Braille Book Review will retain the one-line annotations.

Patrons who now receive TBT on flexible disc will automatically receive cassette recordings of the publication unless they request another format through their network library.

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Remembering Art Metzler

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) notes with regret the death of narrator Art Metzler. Known primarily for his work as a radio and television documentary producer and sportscaster, Metzler recorded more than 370 titles at APH since 1964. His recordings of military and political history and books about sports are especially popular with NLS patrons.

Newsstand

The following announcements 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.

Vision Community Services resource list

Vision Community Services (VCS), a division of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, has published the seventeenth edition of its VCS Resource List. The list identifies more than 100 publications, available in large print, in braille, and on cassette, with information on eye diseases and conditions, consumer organizations, electronic reading and computer aids, financial resources, recreation, and many other topics. The list is available without charge from Vision Community Services, 23A Elm Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or by calling (617) 923-2790.

Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) announces the publication of Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Exploring Today's Assistive Technology. The book helps define individual needs, examine legislation, and locate technological devices and other resources appropriate for specific abilities and goals. The book's foreword is by physicist Stephen Hawking.

ATA is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides assistance, training, and support through more than forty independent, community-based resource centers across the country. Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities is available from ATA, 2175 East Francisco Boulevard, Suite L, San Rafael, CA 94901, or by phoning 1-800-455-7970. The cost is $20.95 (paperback), $27.95 (spiral bound), or $27.95 (ASCII diskette). Shipping and handling costs are $3.00 for one book; $1.00 for each additional copy. For further information phone 1-415-455-4575 or e-mail <ATAinfo@ATAccess.org>.

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Books for Adults

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, fill out the order form and send it to 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."

Cassettes Nonfiction

Finish Strong: Living the Values That Take You the Distance      RC 43654

by Richard G. Capen

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Capen identifies personal values that lead to success and that benefit family and community. Each chapter focuses on a specific value--such as character, humility, and optimism--and includes comments from political, business, and spiritual leaders like Barbara Jordan and John Gardner. 1996.

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer; the Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952 RC 46167

by Thomas Merton

read by Gordon Gould

5 cassettes

In these diaries the author tells of entering the novitiate and adjusting to the ascetic Trappist regimen. His comments reveal his early impressions of the monastery, the conflict he felt between writing and contemplation, and his embrace of prayer and solitude as a way of life. 1996.

Venus Revealed: A New Look below the Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet      RC 46319

by David Harry Grinspoon

read by Len Mailloux

3 cassettes

Reviews the evolving concepts about the planet Venus from early mythological associations to modern scientific discoveries. The author, who worked on the 1990 Magellan space probe, describes the task of mapping the surface of Venus and explains the hostile environment of a planet that is much less like the Earth than once believed. 1997.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor      RC 46479

by David S. Landes

read by Bill Wallace

6 cassettes

Explores causes of the disparities in wealth and health that exist among societies, "the greatest single problem and danger facing the world." Argues that a nation's prosperity derives from industrial technology, nurtured by supportive cultural values and institutions. Avers that world peace depends on the well-being of all people. 1998.

A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life; the Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960      RC 46803

by Thomas Merton

read by Gordon Gould

4 cassettes

In these diaries the author reflects on the monastic life, his spiritual and intellectual interests, and his personal struggles to balance solitude with social action outside the monastery. Offers observations on nature, religion, and philosophy. 1996.

Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women      RC 47117

by Boston Women's Health Book Collective

read by Madelyn Buzzard

12 cassettes in 2 containers

This updated version of The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (RC 38308) discusses aspects of women's health, including holistic medicine, emotional well-being, relationships, sexual behavior, and childbearing. Also includes information concerning disabilities and aging. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming      RC 47135

by S. George Philander

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

A scientific probe of global warming, which involves the Earth's ability to adjust to an atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases that result from industrial and agricultural activities. Explains the complex processes involved and argues the case for prompt action. 1998.

Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records      RC 47147

by Peter D. Goldsmith

read by Lewis Grenville

4 cassettes

The story of Asch's founding of Folkways Records and an account of his life from his birth in Poland in 1905 to his death in America in 1986. Describes how his recording studio helped preserve musical and oral traditions from the United States and other countries. 1998.

Tonto's Revenge: Reflections on American Indian Culture and Policy      RC 47337

by Rennard Strickland

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

In these essays, a Native American lawyer and historian discusses the law in relation to Native rights. He urges Natives to adhere to their culture and spirituality. Discusses Indian art, media image, and the ideals of justice. 1997.

Older and Wiser: How to Maintain Peak Mental Ability for as Long as You Live      RC 47348

by Richard M. Restak

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Neurologist and neuropsychiatrist Restak maintains age does not bring inevitable cognitive decline. He explains how normal age-related brain changes differ from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and outlines steps to enhance the mature brain's function. 1997.

A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks      RC 47442

by Dorothy G. Singer and Tracey A. Revenson

read by Kimberly Schraf

2 cassettes

An introduction in nontechnical language to Piaget's theory of cognitive development. Explores the development of intelligence, language, and both numerical and ethical concepts. Uses comic strips and quotes passages from children's literature to clarify major points. Concludes with a discussion on applying Piaget's theory in learning situations. 1996.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII      RC 47483

by Alison Weir

read by Vanessa Maroney

5 cassettes

Account of the six very different women who married Henry VIII and the marks they made on England's history. Weir discusses their distinctive traits and how they handled their primary responsibilities, which were to produce heirs and to set high moral standards for the kingdom. Companion to The Children of Henry VIII (RC 47484). 1991.

The Children of Henry VIII      RC 47484

by Alison Weir

read by Corrie James

4 cassettes

Account of the lives of Henry VIII's three children--Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I--and his great niece--Lady Jane Grey--all of whom ascended to the throne. Weir emphasizes their personal lives and the relationships between them from 1547 to 1558. Companion to The Six Wives of Henry VIII (RC 47483). 1996.

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS      RC 47558

by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

During World War II the author, a war reporter, was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)--later the CIA--to work in the propaganda division. She describes other female operatives, some of whom were spies with hair-raising duties behind enemy lines. Concludes with the role women play in intelligence, including uncovering the Soviet mole Aldrich Ames. 1998.

The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism      RC 47635

by Regina M. Schwartz

read by Connie Crawford

2 cassettes

Examines the biblical story of Cain and Abel in an attempt to trace the roots of twentieth-century national violence to the concept of group identity formation. Argues that a collective self-image may spawn conflict in a time of perceived scarcity, and links these ideas to theological portrayals of God as a withholder rather than a provider. 1997.

One Nation, after All: What Middle-Class Americans Really Think about God, Country, Family, Racism, Welfare, Immigration, Homosexuality, Work, the Right, the Left, and Each Other      RC 47639

by Alan Wolfe

read by Dan Bloom

3 cassettes

A sociologist surveys American middle-class views on a range of controversial public concerns. Refutes the belief that Americans are politically polarized and asserts that the majority of people are closely aligned on most issues. 1998.

The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World      RC 47641

by Richard A. Horsley and Neil Asher Silberman

read by Connie Crawford

3 cassettes

Two historians trace connections between religion and politics in ancient times, relying in part on first-century archaeological evidence. They argue that early Christianity challenged a government that preached personal achievement and self-reliance but denied most of its subjects opportunities for advancement. 1997.

Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill      RC 47661

by Lawrence H. Diller

read by Bob Moore

3 cassettes

A behavioral pediatrician addresses the dilemma of attention deficit disorder. He contrasts the notion of a biologically and neurologically based illness easily "cured" with medication against the idea of an environmental condition stemming from child-rearing methods. Suggests parents use a form of behavior therapy before resorting to medicine. 1998.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley      RC 47746

by Peter Guralnick

read by Barry Bernson

5 cassettes

This sequel to Last Train to Memphis (RC 40087) depicts Elvis Presley's life from 1958 until his death in 1977. Suggests that his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, treated him like a product to be marketed. Describes the musician as living in an isolated world, consumed by love affairs and drugs. Some strong language. Bestseller 1999.

Tracking the Serpent: Journeys to Four Continents      RC 47769

by Janine Pommy Vega

read by Suzanne Toren

2 cassettes

A poet briefly relates childhood and youthful trips as preludes to her lifelong enjoyment of exploring new territory geographically and psychically. At greater length she describes travels in England and Ireland, the Amazon jungle basin and the Andes mountains of Peru, and the Himalayas of Nepal. 1997.

Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders      RC 47836

by Mary Pipher

read by Catherine Byers

2 cassettes

A psychologist uses examples from her practice to study aging in American society. Contends that families need to become involved in their elders' lives in order to preserve a sense of community. Deplores the segregation of generations. Suggests ways to grow old gracefully and to cope with dying parents. Bestseller 1999.

Slackjaw      RC 47872

by Jim Knipfel

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

At age twelve, Knipfel's uncle told him he "better start learning braille," but it was years before he knew he had retinitis pigmentosa. Then a brain lesion began causing erratic behavior. With humor and honesty, Knipfel recalls his reluctance to accept his condition and how he has coped. Strong language. 1999.

Where's Your Head? Psychology for Teenagers      RC 47878

by Dale and Hannah Carlson

read by Liz Solar

2 cassettes

The authors discuss what psychology is and how young people can use it to understand their own adolescence. Discusses the major theories of psychology and their founders, mental illness, different forms of therapy, and how to cope with growing up. Revised edition of book originally published in 1977. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers      RC 47885

by Henry David Thoreau

read by Jeremy Gage

3 cassettes

Henry David Thoreau's account of a week he and his brother John spent on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers of New England in 1839. Written at Walden Pond (after John's death), it includes digressions on topics such as Native American history, friendship, literature, and sacred writings. 1849.

The Secret Life of the Seine      RC 47891

by Mort Rosenblum

read by Anne Hancock

2 cassettes

An American journalist who lives on a fifty-four-foot houseboat on the Seine describes his journey along the French river. He recounts his trials and tribulations, learning to navigate as he traveled, and some of the things he loves about the region: its history, the scenery, and his fellow travelers. 1994.

The Cosmological Milkshake: A Semi-Serious Look at the Size of Things      RC 47893

by Robert Ehrlich

read by Ken Kliban

2 cassettes

A physicist's humorous short essays concerning the size, weight, and distance of objects. Answers such questions as "How Tall Can Trees Grow?" "How Far Is the Sun?" and "What Does Air Weigh?" 1994.

The Dreamer's Companion: A Young Person's Guide to Understanding Dreams and Using Them Creatively RC 47894

by Stephen Phillip Policoff

read by Lindsay Ellison

1 cassette

Introduction to the science and mythology of dreaming, including theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and others. Explains causes and interpretations of childhood nightmares and the role of neurochemicals. Offers suggestions such as keeping diaries and joining discussion groups to make creative use of dreams. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Not Guilty: The Good News about Working Mothers      RC 47896

by Betty Holcomb

read by Catherine Byers

3 cassettes

Arguing that the stereotypical roles of women are not in their best interest economically or psychologically, the senior editor of Working Mother magazine examines this controversial issue. Topics include "pregnancy discrimination" and the effect a two-career household may have on children's development. 1998.

Webonomics: Nine Essential Principles for Growing Your Business on the World Wide Web      RC 47897

by Evan I. Schwartz

read by Ralph Lowenstein

2 cassettes

Guide for beginners to marketing effectively from a web site. Explains why web-based businesses may need new economic rules, new currency, and new consumer behavior. Analyzes commercial use of the web. Discusses the future of capitalism and the role of government as web enterprise expands. 1997.

The Science of Jurassic Park and The Lost World      RC 47940

by Rob DeSalle and David Lindley

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

An examination of scientific theories that were explored in the popular Jurassic Park (RC 32018) and The Lost World (RC 41160). Investigates the feasibility of producing a dinosaur using samples of DNA. Reconstructs social behavior of the prehistoric creatures. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Dreamland: Travels inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area Fifty-One      RC 47952

by Phil Patton

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Patton provides background on planes such as the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117 Stealth fighter--all developed in Area 51, formerly a top-secret air base in Nevada that is also called Dreamland. He suggests that test flights staged there may account for supposed UFO sightings. 1998.

Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy      RC 48002

by Cynthia Kuhn and others

read by Bruce Huntey

3 cassettes

Describes the physiological effects of drugs on the body, including dangerous interactions and addiction potential. Discusses caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol as well as illegal and prescription drugs. Provides information on the brain and medical and legal issues involving drugs. Glossary of drug slang is appended. 1998.

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies      RC 48003

by Vasant D. Lad

read by Jill Fox

3 cassettes

A presentation of ayurveda--the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature in order to maintain a healthy body. Lad explains three fundamental forms of energy, or doshas, within the body and how to identify each type. Offers more than one hundred home remedies. 1998.

Impressionism: Reflections and Perceptions      RC 48011

by Meyer Schapiro

read by Randy Wieck

3 cassettes

Essays that discuss the concept of impressionism, analyzing the artists of the movement, including Claude Monet. Explores connections with science, history, and literature. Also describes the genre in relation to its subjects: the environment, railroad, city, and people. 1997.

The Life of Elizabeth I      RC 48025

by Alison Weir

read by Vanessa Maroney

5 cassettes

Beginning with Elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1558, Weir describes the queen's private and public life in the context of the political and social events of her time. Weir also explores Elizabeth's reasons for not marrying. Companion to The Children of Henry VIII (RC 47484). 1998.

Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia      RC 48044

by Chuck Sudetic

read by Steven Carpenter

3 cassettes

An American journalist recounts the horrific wartime experiences of the Muslim Celik family in rural Bosnia. Traces the family history through generations of civil strife and recounts their tragic ordeal during the 1995 slaughter of several thousand Muslims near Srebrenica. 1998.

Badge of Courage: The Life of Stephen Crane      RC 48045

by Linda H. Davis

read by Ted Stoddard

4 cassettes

Biography of the American writer who died at age twenty-eight in 1900. Describes his childhood and family life in New York state. Traces his development as a writer and examines his relationships with women. Evokes his zest for new experiences and travel. 1998.

The African American Book of Values: Classic Moral Stories      RC 48048

edited by Steven Barboza

read by Bob Moore

6 cassettes

Collection of narratives, letters, songs, poems, speeches, and folktales focusing on African American experiences, intended to help parents and teachers impart social values to children, and as a resource to guide and comfort adults. Divided into two parts, "The Book of Self-Mastery" and "The Book of Empathy." 1998.

Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story      RC 48051

by Gladys Knight

read by Samarra Mbenga

2 cassettes

Knight recalls the ups and downs of her life. She describes her struggle to become well known, first along with the Pips and later as a solo performer, and discusses her family, her various addictions, her failed marriages, and her feelings of isolation within the world of show business. 1997.

Speed Cleaning      RC 48058

by Jeff Campbell

read by various narrators

1 cassette

A step-by-step guide to cleaning an entire house in forty-two minutes. Recommends tools, techniques, and environmentally approved products for working quickly, safely, and thoroughly. Advises how to get the most from a housecleaner or cleaning service. Includes a summary in Spanish. 1991.

Latinos in Béisbol: The Hispanic Experience in the Americas      RC 48060

by James D. Cockcroft

read by Peter Gil

1 cassette

Explores the history of Hispanic baseball players in both the United States and Latin America. Reflects on the experience of being discriminated against in North America, while highlighting the achievements of individual athletes. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Long Life      RC 48079

by Nigel Nicolson

read by John Horton

2 cassettes

The British writer recalls people and events from his eighty-year life, choosing a thematic rather than strictly chronological approach. He tells anecdotes about his parents (Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West), his mother's friend Virginia Woolf, and other famous people. He recounts his disappointments and triumphs: ventures in marriage, politics, business, and publishing. 1998.

Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln      RC 48119

by Douglas L. Wilson

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Explores events and themes in Lincoln's early life that were important to his success: self-education, career choices, relations with women, and political encounters. Relies primarily on "reminiscent testimony"--recollections and anecdotes reported long after events that were not recorded in writing--even with its implicit risks. 1998.

Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis      RC 48141

by Niles Eldredge

read by Suzanne Toren

2 cassettes

Paleontologist warns that the rapid extinction of thousands of species of plants and animals could lead to the earth's destruction. Explains biodiversity, evolution, and ecology, and suggests solutions to the problems that humans have created. Includes a list of animals that have died out since 1600. 1998.

The Hacienda: A Memoir      RC 48152

by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán

read by Anne Flosnik

2 cassettes

Autobiographical account of a British woman married as a teenager to a Venezuelan exile twice her age and their return to his sugarcane plantation. She recalls the hardships of his neglect and the satisfactions of learning to manage the estate, care for the workers, and raise a daughter before escaping with her to England. 1997.

Tainting Evidence: Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab      RC 48157

by John F. Kelly and Phillip K. Wearne

read by Bob Moore

3 cassettes

Examines the FBI's crime laboratory and challenges the reliability of its forensic work. Cites ineptness in solving several notable criminal cases, including those associated with O.J. Simpson, the Unabomber, the Ruby Ridge crisis, the World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing. 1998.

Conversations with Joseph Brodsky: A Poet's Journey through the Twentieth Century      RC 48162

by Solomon Volkov

read by Michael Scherer

3 cassettes

Transcripts of taped conversations between the Russian poet and a musician begun in 1978 in New York City. Brodsky recalls his trial and expulsion from the Soviet Union; discusses the poet's role in the modern world; and talks about Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, and Anna Akhmatova. 1998.

Dear Rogue: A Biography of the American Baritone Lawrence Tibbett      RC 48165

by Hertzel Weinstat and Bert Wechsler

read by Lewis Grenville

2 cassettes

Examines the life of Lawrence Tibbett, a mainstay of New York's Metropolitan Opera for twenty-seven years. Recounts his work in motion pictures during the 1930s and 1940s. Relays how Tibbett later replaced Frank Sinatra on the radio show Your Hit Parade and eventually became a reclusive alcoholic, dying in 1960. 1996.

Don't Say Yes When You Want to Say No      RC 48174

by Herbert Fensterheim and Jean Baer

read by Terence Aselford

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Distinguishes between assertiveness and aggression, and shows how ineffective behavior patterns can be changed. Offers techniques for standing up for individual rights, expressing feelings, and coping with fears. Includes suggestions on dealing with intimacy and sexual problems, diet and lifestyle, and workplace issues. 1975.

hip hop america      RC 48179

by Nelson George

read by Bob Moore

2 cassettes

Survey of African American rap music. Chronicles the twenty-year rise of hip-hop from the streets of New York City and describes its importance in the multinational industry of the 1990s. Highlights the major players and some of the effects of rap on society. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Unbridled Power: Inside the Secret Culture of the IRS      RC 48182

by Shelley L. Davis

read by Margaret Strom

3 cassettes

A former historian with the IRS contends that she uncovered evidence of corruption, including the illegal destruction of documents, within the agency during her tenure. She also maintains that the IRS acted unfairly in retaliating against her for investigating these allegations. Some strong language. 1997.

The World of William Saroyan      RC 48184

by Nona Balakian

read by Terence Aselford

3 cassettes

Traces William Saroyan's Armenian youth, his years in California, and the development in his writings from an emphasis on ethnicity to an identification with the "American character." Describes his innovations in poetry, storytelling, and theater; reconstructs the literary climate of the 1930s-and-later decades in which he wrote. 1998.

The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century      RC 48188

by Tony Judt

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

Examines the writings and public roles of three French intellectuals--Léon Blum, Albert Camus, and Raymond Aron--to explore the importance of moral integrity and personal responsibility in the political debates of the twentieth century. Concludes that, unlike many others, they have won public respect by addressing anti-Semitism, decolonization, and communism. 1998.

Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir      RC 48191

by Rosemary L. Bray

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes

Autobiography of a successful writer who grew up in the Chicago slums and later attended Yale University. Bray laments that welfare has been reformed and will no longer create opportunities for people to achieve. Uses her family as an example of how welfare helps impoverished women stay home and care for their children. 1998.

What to Expect in Your Fifties: A Woman's Guide to Health, Vitality, and Longevity      RC 48209

compiled by Judy Mandell

read by Patricia McDermott

3 cassettes

Describes physical and emotional changes women go through in their sixth decade. In addition to typical topics like menopause, osteoporosis, and heart disease, deals briefly with stress, chronic pain, alternative medicine, and plastic surgery. Gives preventive health strategies and advice on each topic. 1998.

The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays--Isaiah Berlin      RC 48212

edited by Henry Hardy and Roger Hausheer

read by Butch Hoover

6 cassettes

To introduce Berlin's work to a new generation of readers, the editors present seventeen compositions by the twentieth-century philosopher, writer, and historian. In "The Originality of Machiavelli," Berlin analyzes the central view and the basic political attitude of The Prince (RC 39689). 1997.

Social and Cultural Perspectives on Blindness: Barriers to Community Integration      RC 48220

by C. Edwin Vaughan

read by Andy Chappell

2 cassettes

Visually impaired sociologist (who prefers the word "blind") describes blindness in the United States, Africa, China, and Spain. Proposes an international exchange of information to enrich education and rehabilitation opportunities for this group. 1998.

Wall Street: A History      RC 48222

by Charles R. Geisst

read by Lou Harpenau

4 cassettes

Traces Wall Street's development from the 1790s, when transactions were conducted on sidewalks, to the market's role in relation to the growth of the U.S. economy in the 1990s. Explains the influence of the U.S. financial community on economies around the world and how both domestic and global events in turn affect Wall Street. 1997.

The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World      RC 48231

by Thomas M. Disch

read by John Richardson

2 cassettes

The author explores the influence that science fiction writing has had on American culture. He describes how the genre affects politics, religion, and daily life; traces the evolution of this style of writing beginning with Edgar Allan Poe; and discusses well-known writers and their works. 1998.

Among Warriors: A Woman Martial Artist in Tibet      RC 48232

by Pamela Logan

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Travel account of a karate-trained scientist in search of Tibet's fabled Khampas warriors, who live by the martial-arts principle of fighting to the death against the Chinese. Describes her encounters and her journey by bicycle, train, and truck, and on foot, into areas seldom visited by Westerners. 1996.

N.C. Wyeth: A Biography      RC 48234

by David Michaelis

read by Kerry Cundiff

4 cassettes

Life of the artist whose fame largely rests on his drawings for the Scribners Illustrated Classics series. Wyeth studied under illustrator Howard Pyle. Describes his children and grandchildren, many of whom continued the family legacy and became artists in their own right. 1998.

Cigars, Whiskey, and Winning: Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant      RC 48238

by Al Kaltman

read by Randy Atcher

2 cassettes

Presents 250 management techniques derived from the military skills of Ulysses S. Grant, the general who led the North to victory in the Civil War and the eighteenth president of the United States. Explains that his qualities on the battlefield are equally relevant to success in business and other pursuits. 1998.

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence      RC 48240

by Patricia Pearson

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Disputes the contention that males are violent and females are nurturers. Examines research and case histories to argue that women are aggressors but often use indirect or verbal methods rather than outright physical acts like men. Discusses women serial killers and the consequences of cultural misconceptions. Some strong language. 1997.

Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Structure      RC 48241

by John Bryan Starr

read by Richard Hauenstein

2 cassettes

Provides history, geography, and figures of China as an introduction for study and research. Identifies problems confronting the nation and discusses its culture, political system, army, and individual rights and freedoms, as well as uncertainties about its development and international relations. 1997.

William Styron: A Life      RC 48245

by James L.W. West

read by Mitzi Friedlander

4 cassettes

An authorized biography of the American writer based on interviews and documents provided by the subject. A chronological survey of his education, service in the marines, marriage, and the development of his career. Discusses his literary friendships, his feud with Norman Mailer, his major novels, and his bouts with depression. 1998.

How We Grieve: Relearning the World      RC 48247

by Thomas Attig

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

A philosopher discusses the concept of grieving using examples to illustrate how people mourn and how life is reshaped after the death of a loved one. 1996.

Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work      RC 48248

by Arthur H. Brownstein

read by Butch Hoover

2 cassettes

The author, a medical doctor, describes the physiology of the back and of pain. Gives detailed yoga exercises to help strengthen the body and reduce discomfort. Offers nutritional advice as well as stress management techniques. Counsels readers on returning to work and enjoying life. 1999.

Unstoppable: Forty-five Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You RC 48249

by Cynthia Kersey

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Examples of people who have overcome supposedly insurmountable odds to succeed in their goals. Discusses seven characteristics common to each. Includes Anita Roddick, who created The Body Shop chain of natural cosmetics stores without advertising, and Tom Monaghan, who founded Domino's Pizza despite numerous bankruptcies. 1998.

Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Trader      RC 48257

by Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Traces the career of Martin Schwartz from trading in options on the American Stock Exchange to successes dealing in futures and stocks. Discusses how he gained knowledge from losses on the market. Details the strategies and techniques he used to earn millions of dollars on Wall Street. Strong language. 1998.

The Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II      RC 48259

by Bruce Gamble

read by Randy Atcher

4 cassettes

Gamble recounts actual events behind the legends of World War II fighters in marine squadron 214. Describes exaggerations among the images portrayed in a popular television series and even in "Pappy" Boyington's autobiography. Presents a roster of pilots and a chronology of VMF-214 operations. 1998.

Natural Hand Care: Herbal Treatments and Simple Techniques for Healthy Hands and Nails      RC 48262

by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg

read by Patricia McDermott

2 cassettes

Describes how the hand works and suggests remedies for problems of the nails, skin, and joints of fingers, thumbs, wrists, and elbows. Provides appendixes on herbal ingredients, equipment and tools, and relevant terms and techniques. 1998.

Isaiah Berlin: A Life      RC 48288

by Michael Ignatieff

read by Robert Blumenfeld

3 cassettes

Traces Isaiah Berlin's youth in Russia, fellowship at All Souls College, and rise to fame as biographer of Karl Marx. Follows his life as a historian of ideas, philosopher of liberal social thought, defender of freedom in the Soviet Union, and president of the British Academy. Discusses his association with world leaders. 1998.

South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage      RC 48292

by Ernest Shackleton

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Shackleton's 1914-1917 account of how his plans to lead the first trans-Antarctic expedition became a survival saga after his ship, Endurance, was blocked and finally crushed by pack-ice. Describes the courage of men facing extremely harsh conditions. Covers Shackleton's valiant 800-mile trip in an open boat to bring back rescuers. 1919.

Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women      RC 48293

by Elizabeth Wurtzel

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

4 cassettes

A history of manipulative female behavior, from the biblical Delilah to Amy Fisher, Courtney Love, and Nicole Brown. Explores the actions of women whose power derives from their sexuality and describes the results they produce. Contends that Americans deplore strong, independent women and even enjoy seeing them suffer. Strong language. 1998.

American Beach: A Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory      RC 48308

by Russ Rymer

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Journalist describes the social and economic history of two African American towns in northeast Florida and the killing of an unarmed motorist by police. American Beach was founded as a resort; Eatonville is the oldest black town in America. Both are threatened by wealthy developers. Some strong language and some violence. 1998.

From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo      RC 48314

by Mary Stanton

read by Pam Ward

2 cassettes

Traces the youth of southerner Viola Liuzzo, her college and young adult years in Detroit, her involvement in civil rights protests, and her participation in a 1960s voting-rights march in Selma, Alabama. Details the search for the truth about her life and the circumstances surrounding her death. 1998.

The Late-Start Investor: The Better-Late-Than-Never Guide to Realizing Your Retirement Dreams RC 48320

by John F. Wasik

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Advises baby boomers who have never saved for their retirement how to accumulate enough money for a satisfactory old age. Discusses social security and pensions; lifestyle planning; fast ways of saving money; and mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. Includes resources and web sites. 1998.

Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography      RC 48324

by Katherine Ramsland

read by Bob Askey

4 cassettes

Describes how Koontz, born in 1945, endured a troubled childhood, married, taught briefly while writing books in various genres, and then began producing his string of bestselling suspense novels that include Fear Nothing (RC 45719) and The Eyes of Darkness (RC 42555). Includes chronologies of his work and life. 1997.

Sight Unseen      RC 48328

by Georgina Kleege

read by Terry Hayes Sales

2 cassettes

Kleege was diagnosed with macular degeneration at the age of eleven and learned coping mechanisms. In eight essays she describes her experiences as well as the cultural aspects of blindness in language, film, and literature. As an author and professor, Kleege outlines the reading process and her delight in learning braille later in life. 1999.

Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America      RC 48329

by Tom Diaz

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

Contends that those who manufacture and sell guns in the United States represent the country's last unregulated consumer product industry--one that has never been investigated by Congress. Delves into the secrecy surrounding most arms producers and their marketing strategies. Offers suggestions on reform. 1999.

The Masada Myth: Collective Memory and Mythmaking in Israel      RC 48330

by Nachman Ben-Yehuda

read by Lou Harpenau

4 cassettes

An Israeli sociologist examines historical records about the mass suicide at Masada in A.D. 73 and compares the facts with the once-popular version of heroic defiance. Explains how mythmaking helped develop the new nation's image and how it declined in importance as a stronger, more self-reliant Israel emerged. 1995.

Estrogen: How and Why It Can Save Your Life      RC 48336

by Adam Romoff

read by Patricia McDermott

2 cassettes

Obstetrician-gynecologist advocates hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women to improve their quality of life and to live longer. Explains the author's conviction that the positive effects outweigh any possible negatives. Warns against the use of "designer" estrogen. 1999.

No Fear: Ernie Irvan, the NASCAR Driver's Story of Tragedy and Triumph      RC 48337

by Ernie Irvan and Peter Golenbock

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

Autobiography of a NASCAR stock-car driver who survived a horrific crash in 1994. Irvan grew up in a racing family and had won fifteen Winston Cup races by the time of his first major wreck at age thirty-five. Describes his career and his painful rehabilitation as well as his return to the track. 1999.

Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose, and Other Reflections on Baseball      RC 48342

by George F. Will

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

Essays from 1974 to 1998 on the sport of baseball. Covers many aspects of the game, including profiles of personalities such as Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, and George Steinbrenner. Includes thoughts on the future of the game. 1998.

The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union      RC 48347

by Michael G. Kort

read by Butch Hoover

2 cassettes

A history and description of the fifteen nations that arose out of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the states of the Baltic, Transcaucasus, and Central Asian regions. Includes a chronology of the post-soviet era and a brief encyclopedia describing major leaders and geographic features. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Nickel Dreams: My Life      RC 48356

by Tanya Tucker

read by Madelyn Buzzard

3 cassettes

Tanya Tucker reminisces about her childhood when she and her sister La Costa began singing in contests with the encouragement of their parents. She describes her professional triumphs and personal setbacks, including drug and alcohol abuse, and her numerous affairs with other entertainers. Some strong language. 1997.

Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essays      RC 48363

by Hayden Carruth

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

A twentieth-century American poet reflects on various aspects of his life and writing. Episodic essays written between 1970 and 1996 chronicle memorable events and feelings such as his love of jazz, his suicide attempt at age sixty-seven in 1988, and its aftermath when Carruth felt newly connected with the world. 1998.

The Beautiful Days of My Youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow      RC 48364

by Ana Novac

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

In 1944, a Jewish-Hungarian teenager, Ana Novac, was plucked off a train and incarcerated. In two concentration camps she secretly kept this journal, describing daily life and how she managed to survive with the help of her "camp sisters." Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited      RC 48365

edited by Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

Twenty-one writers offer their personal views on the New Testament and Christianity. Their essays explore the meaning of faith and spirituality for the younger generation in the last part of the twentieth century. Authors include Madison Smartt Bell, Benjamin Cheever, bell hooks, Ann Patchett, and Stephen Westfall. 1997.

Cash: The Autobiography      RC 48368

by Johnny Cash

read by Randy Atcher

2 cassettes

The country-western star relates his life in rural Arkansas as a boy picking cotton, his early career, and his continual concert touring. Chronicles his ups and downs with amphetamine addiction and his various rehabilitation attempts; describes his homes in Tennessee, Florida, and Jamaica. Includes a discography. 1997.

Philippe, Duc d'Orleans: Regent of France      RC 48413

by Christine Pevitt

read by Robert Blumenfeld

3 cassettes

Chronicles the years after the death of Louis XIV, the Sun King, in 1715, when Philippe d'Orleans became the regent for the new king, a five-year-old. Until his death eight years later, Philippe--although known as a rake and philanderer--managed to keep France out of war, expanded emigration to the New World (New Orleans was named in his honor), and tried to restore the economy. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree      RC 48435

by Thomas L. Friedman

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

Asserts that in the 1990s, the process of globalization shapes domestic and international relations for most countries and that worldwide interdependence has replaced the Cold War in maintaining order among nations. Explores the impact on individuals, communities, and the environment, and emphasizes the need for the United States to stabilize the system. Bestseller 1999.

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving      RC 48444

by Iyanla Vanzant

read by Margaret Strom

3 cassettes

An empowerment specialist and ordained minister, Vanzant offers help in turning painful situations into learning experiences. She discusses the various pains she has endured and the fact that crying about them can allow healing to begin. She encourages celebrating life each and every day. Bestseller 1998.

After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All over Again      RC 48537

by Suzanne Somers

read by Sharon Murray

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Keeping Secrets (RC 26968), the sitcom actress discusses past problems with career and family. Best known for her role in Three's Company, Somers faced resentment from costars and network management. Meanwhile, she struggled to blend her and her new husband's families. 1998.

Patton's Ghost Corps: Cracking the Siegfried Line      RC 48562

by Nathan N. Prefer

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

Account of troops in the 94th Infantry Division of the XX Corps who were left to defend the entire front line while the Battle of the Bulge raged north of their position. Describes how the new recruits faced seasoned veterans of the Third Reich, as well as freezing snow, ice, and fog. 1998.

But What If I Don't Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success through Alternative Education      RC 48568

by Harlow G. Unger

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

Describes the lucrative career opportunities and demands for various trades and skills that do not require a four-year degree. Discusses advantages and disadvantages, requirements, and future prospects for ten types of alternative education. Includes résumé and interview advice as well as resource lists. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Just like Jesus      RC 48578

by Max Lucado

read by Bill Wallace

1 cassette

The author uses analogies and scripture to lead people into behaving like Jesus in their daily lives and their relationships. Behavior changes are possible, he contends, and one can eliminate guilt, bad habits, fear, and anxiety by following Jesus' example. Includes a study guide. 1998.

What to Eat If You Have Cancer: A Guide to Adding Nutritional Therapy to Your Treatment Plan RC 48581

by Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

Nutritional advice and therapy to aid in denying cancer the food elements it needs to grow. Discusses various cancer treatments and how to strengthen the body against disease. Includes different diet plans and resources. 1996.

Her-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer      RC 48588

by Robert Bazell

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Account of the development and marketing of a gene-based therapy for one of the most lethal forms of breast cancer. Discusses the medical research of oncologist Dennis Slamon and the role of Genentech Inc. in producing the drug. Includes case histories of women treated in the experimental trials. 1998.

Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight      RC 48615

by Lylas G. and Marja Mogk

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

Describes the condition of age-related macular degeneration. Covers treatments and research, preventative measures, and useful tips for family and friends. Discusses coping with low vision, dealing with depression, Charles Bonnet Syndrome, visual rehabilitation programs, and sources for help. 1999.

The Macular Degeneration Handbook: Natural Ways to Prevent and Reverse It      RC 48616

by Chet Cunningham

read by Rick Rohan

1 cassette

Explains how the eye works, basic care, and traditional treatments for macular degeneration and other eye conditions. Includes alternative approaches such as diet, vitamins and minerals, and proper nutrition. Discusses drugs that can adversely affect the eyes and the benefits of trying acupressure, reflexology, and exercises to improve vision. 1999.

Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium      RC 48620

by Richard Cimino and Don Lattin

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

The authors contend that the United States is one of the world's most religious countries, with ninety-five percent of the population believing in God. Americans, however, view religion as another commodity and shop for a church that fulfills them spiritually regardless of its doctrine. Offers predictions on the future of religion. 1998.

Glory for Sale: Fans, Dollars, and the New NFL      RC 48645

by Jon Morgan

read by Gregory Gorton

3 cassettes

Discusses the economics of football franchises of the 1990s where even the most loyal owners leave their home bases for the luxury of a new stadium and the revenue it produces. Illustrates the big business of sports with the move from Cleveland to Baltimore by Art Modell in 1995. 1997.

The Forbidden Diary: A B-24 Navigator Remembers      RC 48698

by John L. Stewart

read by Rick Rohan

1 cassette

World War II navigator who guided B-24 Liberator bombers over Europe at age nineteen reveals entries from the journal he kept in defiance of military orders in 1944. Reminisces about members of his crew and life in wartime England. Illustrates flight routes; appendix explains calculations. 1998.

Family Man      RC 48710

by Calvin Trillin

read by Robert Blumenfeld

1 cassette

The longtime writer and humorist from the New Yorker reminisces about family life with his wife and two daughters. Trillin remembers the little things that mean a lot, like school plays, and recalls events that made his children the center of his life. Companion to Messages from My Father (RC 42375). 1998.

As Parents Age: A Psychological and Practical Guide      RC 48733

by Joseph A. Ilardo

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Psychotherapist summarizes physical and emotional changes that occur over time and discusses reactions of adult children to their aging parents. Explains how to determine care requirements, adjustments that might allow a person to remain at home in later life, and steps to take if institutionalization is necessary. 1998.

Straight Talk about Death and Dying      RC 48747

by Robert DiGiulio and Rachel Kranz

read by Bill Wallace

1 cassette

Discusses attitudes toward death in the United States. Uses three case studies about teenagers coping with death to provide self-help tips. Explains Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's five-stage theory of coming to terms with dying. Includes advice on obtaining further information. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Choteau Creek: A Sioux Reminiscence      RC 48748

by Joseph Iron Eye Dudley

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

A Methodist minister remembers his childhood on a Native American reservation in South Dakota where his maternal grandparents raised him in the 1940s and 1950s. In spite of their poverty, they taught him the social, cultural, and spiritual values that have enriched his life. 1992.

The Real McKay: My Wide World of Sports      RC 48759

by Jim McKay

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

McKay, involved in sports television for fifty years, briefly recounts his childhood and describes how his career developed. He devotes most of his story to the hundreds of different events he has covered around the world, especially his most memorable--the day Palestinian terrorists took Israeli wrestlers hostage at the 1972 Olympics. 1998.

Report from Engine Co. 82      RC 48762

by Dennis Smith

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Recounts the experiences of Fireman First-Grade Dennis Smith and his colleagues in the New York City Fire Department. In the South Bronx, the crew not only fights fires but handles drug overdose cases, settles marital spats, breaks up brawls, and waters down the streets on hot summer nights. Bestseller 1972.

Body for Life: Twelve Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength      RC 48773

by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Physical fitness trainer offers a program for transforming your body in just twelve weeks, without turning your life upside down. Phillips suggests his plan can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart trouble even after years of physical neglect. Includes exercises and diet information plus testimonials from participants in the program. Bestseller 1999.

Faith of My Fathers      RC 48807

by John McCain

read by Robert Sams

3 cassettes

Senator John McCain of Arizona chronicles his family's history of military service to the country. McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, to the Naval Academy. Describes his career including more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where his father's words helped sustain him. 1999.

Ethics for the New Millennium      RC 48810

by Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho

read by Gregory Gorton

2 cassettes

Appeals to all human beings to practice a "positive ethical conduct" toward others based on universal principles. Expounds the need for love and compassion as guiding forces in behavior that will lead to happier, fulfilled lives. Bestseller 1999.

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History      RC 48811

by Erik Larson

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Galveston, Texas; September 8, 1900. A massive hurricane approaches the city. Isaac Cline, head of the Weather Bureau's Galveston station, fails to receive advance warning because of bureaucratic blundering and scientific snobbery. No evacuation is ordered and more than 8,000 citizens are subsequently lost, including Cline's wife. Bestseller 1999.

Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story      RC 48831

by Wendy Leigh

read by Gregory Gorton

2 cassettes

Originally published in 1993 and updated following his death in 1999, this account of John F. Kennedy Jr. looks at his public and private lives. Discusses his relationship with his parents, his desire to be an actor, his law career, the publication of George, his marriage, and, finally, his untimely death. Bestseller 1999.

Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder      RC 48832

by James B. Stewart

read by Gregory Gorton

3 cassettes

Questions why Dr. Michael Swango was allowed to continue practicing medicine despite clear evidence that he was a serial psychopathic killer and a convicted felon--for poisoning his fellow workers. Criticizes the medical establishment's "code of silence." Some strong language. Bestseller 1999.

Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess      RC 48833

by Sally Bedell Smith

read by Anne Flosnik

4 cassettes

Relying on interviews with many of Diana's friends, as well as documented material in books and magazines about the Princess of Wales, Smith presents a portrait of a woman suffering from "borderline personality disorder." Topics include Diana's bulimia, bouts of depression, relationships with the royal family, and her love affairs. Bestseller 1999.

Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories about College      RC 48882

by Jack Canfield and others

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Collection of anecdotes offering support and encouragement, and a little laughter, for students throughout their college years. Includes sections on getting accepted, adjusting to a new environment, getting good grades, making friends, and finally graduation. Bestseller 1999.

A Rage to Kill: And Other True Cases; Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 6      RC 48894

by Ann Rule

read by Jill Ferris

3 cassettes

Collection spanning several phases of Rule's career since the 1960s. In "A Bus to Nowhere" she describes the killing of a veteran bus driver in her home town of Seattle and the subsequent crash off the city's tallest bridge. Sequel to The End of the Dream (RC 47909). Some violence. Bestseller 1999. 1999.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People      RC 48900

by Harold S. Kushner

read by Bill Wallace

1 cassette (Reissue)

Impelled by personal tragedy in his own life, the author, a rabbi, helps others cope with grief, guilt, rage, bitterness, and bewilderment at God's "unfairness." In his search for answers to why tragedies seemingly strike those undeserving of them, he offers comfort and reassurance to the troubled. 1981.

Remember to Feed the Kittens: A Kernel Book      RC 48986

edited by Marc Maurer

read by Robert Sams

1 cassette

In this sixteenth book in the Kernel series, National Federation of the Blind members continue to provide descriptions of living with blindness. NFB president Marc Maurer, who has taken over the series since the 1998 death of Kenneth Jernigan, tells of dealing with stereotypes during his first Christmas without his mentor. 1999.

Cassettes Fiction

Rose's Garden      RC 46787

by Carrie Brown

read by Don Emmick

2 cassettes

Conrad Morrisey has allowed himself to wallow in misery since his wife of more than fifty years, Rose, died four months ago. Worst of all, he has neglected Rose's lovely garden. The only thing he worries about now is his homing pigeons. When a storm drives him outside to check on them, he sees an angel, and the results turn his life around. 1998.

I Capture the Castle      RC 47004

by Dodie Smith

read by Jennifer Mendenhall

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Aspiring author Cassandra Mortmain, seventeen, tells how she, her sister Rose--nearly twenty-one--their eccentric author-father, and their stepmother, Topaz, survive life in a crumbling fifteenth-century English castle. When Simon and Neil Cotton inherit the estate, both Cassandra and Rose plot marriages, amid hilarious confusion. 1948.

The Ultimate Intimacy      RC 47553

by Ivan Klima

read by Ken Kliban

3 cassettes

Czech Republic. Reverend Daniel Vedra tries to live in accordance with his faith but falters when he becomes involved in an adulterous affair. In his diary he records his thoughts about life under communism, the deaths of family members, and the loss of his beliefs. Meanwhile his girlfriend, Bara, finds solace in her newfound faith. 1996.

Guilt      RC 47633

by John Lescroart

read by Norm Thibeault

3 cassettes

No one believes Mark Dooher, a respected and wealthy lawyer, has brutally murdered his wife. His best friend, criminal lawyer Wes Farrell; his most prominent client, the bishop of San Francisco; and his beautiful law clerk, Christina Carrera, all stand by him. But homicide detective Abe Glitsky suspects Dooher, especially when an old girlfriend reappears. Some strong language and some violence. 1997.

Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor      RC 47634

edited by Roy Blount

read by Lindsay Ellison

6 cassettes

A collection of some 160 humorous tales, memoirs, poems, essays, and song lyrics from the American South. The diverse authors include Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Little Richard, and Dave Barry. Blount's comments precede each selection. Some strong language. 1994.

The Half-Life of Happiness      RC 47642

by John Casey

read by Anne Hancock

5 cassettes

Mike and Joss Reardon, of Charlottesville, Virginia, have a fairly happy marriage. Mike is a successful lawyer, and Joss, a filmmaker and dedicated mother. They have two daughters and a close-knit group of friends with whom they socialize. But when one friend introduces his fiancée to the Reardons, their marriage begins to unravel. Strong language. 1998.

The Way to Bright Star      RC 47647

by Dee Brown

read by Don Feldheim

3 cassettes

At the turn of the century, Ben Butterfield looks back on his years as a young boy during the Civil War. Along with wagon master John Hawkes, Ben and animal handler Hadjee drive two camels captured by a Yankee captain from Texas to Bright Star, Indiana. They encounter many hardships, and Ben loses his heart to a young adventurer. 1998.

While I Was Gone      RC 47671

by Sue Miller

read by Barbara Caruso

2 cassettes

Veterinarian Jo Becker is happy with her second husband and devoted to their three daughters. But after years of marriage, she feels a sense of dissatisfaction creeping into her life. When a sick dog belonging to an old housemate, Eli Mayhew, is brought to her office, painful memories surface. Strong language. Bestseller 1999.

Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance      RC 47688

by Harry Turtledove

read by Roy Avers

5 cassettes

In this sequel to Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (RC 47687), humans are using nuclear weapons to fight off the alien invasion led by Atvar and the Race. With his colonization fleet on the way, Atvar cannot risk the devastation of Earth. Even more worrisome, his underlings are beginning to question his authority. Some strong language. 1996.

A Breach of Promise      RC 47705

by Anne Perry

read by James DeLotel

3 cassettes

London, 1860. Sir Oliver Rathbone defends a young man who is being sued for breaking an engagement contract. Rathbone enlists the help of nurse Hester Latterly and investigator Monk to explore the young man's and woman's pasts. When his client is found dead, Rathbone increases his scrutiny, convinced it was murder. Some violence. 1998.

Writ in Blood: A Novel of Saint-Germain      RC 47748

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

read by David Palmer

5 cassettes

In the days before World War I, Czar Nicholas asks his friend vampire Ragoczy (Count Saint-Germain) to visit King Edward of England and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. The czar hopes this advocate for peace can convince his relatives to limit their production of arms. Unfortunately the count incites the wrath of an arms merchant. 1997.

Dom Casmurro      RC 47812

by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

read by Peter Gil

2 cassettes

A middle-aged Brazilian lawyer of difficult disposition reflects on his youth when he suspects the two people he cares for most--his wife and his best friend--of betraying him. First published in 1899. 1997.

Cat in a Flamingo Fedora: A Midnight Louie Mystery      RC 47846

by Carole Nelson Douglas

read by J.P. Linton

3 cassettes

Temple Barr, public relations officer, has her hands full. She must convince hotel owners to buy into an artist's plans to cover Las Vegas with nine hundred thousand pink flamingos, while she oversees her cat Louie's role in a commercial. Then she investigates when her friend Matt suspects that a mysterious caller to the crisis center may have been actor Darren Cooke, who has just turned up dead. 1997.

Flint's Truth      RC 47865

by Richard S. Wheeler

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

In June 1870 frontier journalist Sam Flint chooses Oro Blanco, New Mexico, for his next newspaper, the Nugget. He finds the town divided by Anglo-Mexican tensions, and he uncovers a land-grant swindle. But his insistence on printing the truth makes trouble for other people who also have principles. Sequel to Flint's Gift (RC 47864). 1998.

Glamorama      RC 47871

by Bret Easton Ellis

read by Norm Thibeault

4 cassettes

Satire on the emptiness of contemporary culture. Victor Ward, a model who is part of New York's "in" crowd, plans to open a trendy nightclub. But Victor's partners pull out when his image appears in inappropriate photos. Almost immediately, he is involved in more unsavory business. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1998.

For the Love of Venice      RC 47874

by Donna Jo Napoli

read by Suzanne Toren

1 cassette

Seventeen-year-old Percy and his family spend the summer in Venice, Italy, where his father is designing a seawall to prevent flooding. There Percy meets beautiful Graziella, who, with her radical political friends, tries to keep tourists from overrunning the city. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

The Bedquilt and Other Stories      RC 47875

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

read by Suzanne Toren

2 cassettes

Eleven stories and two essays representative of Fisher's writing between 1906 and 1955. Subjects range from New Englanders to the Basques of France to African Americans struggling for equal rights. 1996.

Body Parts: Stories      RC 47881

by Jere Hoar

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

Eleven short stories set in the twentieth-century South. In the title piece, Billy, a teenager, has a summer job at a print shop, where he lusts after Susie. Billy loses part of his arm in the shop's machinery, while his father returns from World War II uninjured. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Evening      RC 47887

by Susan Minot

read by Barbara Caruso

2 cassettes

As Ann Lord lies in bed dying of cancer, her mind drifts back to vivid memories of a whirlwind romance forty years earlier. Her intense feelings for Harris Arden, a young doctor, are bound to the tragedy that occurred after her friend's wedding that same weekend. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening      RC 47925

by Mário de Carvalho

read by Gordon Gould

2 cassettes

On the Iberian peninsula, at the edge of the Roman Empire, magistrate Lucius Valerius witnesses the social upheaval caused by the spread of Christianity. Raised on the principles of Marcus Aurelius, Lucius attempts to remain a just man during the tumult of the changing times. Pegasus Prize for Literature. 1994.

Enchanted Ground      RC 47987

by Temple Bailey

read by Janis Gray

2 cassettes

Dr. Peter Ferry comes to Florida during the land boom and makes a fortune. But now at twenty-eight, Peter is financially strapped after the real estate crash. Yet Peter and his friends, nurse Jinks Bowie and pastor Denis Colt, believe they will be happier staying in Florida and caring for the poor. 1933.

Little Girl Lost      RC 47999

by Temple Bailey

read by Janis Gray

2 cassettes

Araminta Williams is the "Cinderella" of her family. Her three stepsisters are rich, but beautiful Araminta is the daughter of an impoverished painter. To give her less attractive sisters a chance at marriage, Araminta decides to elope with Barney Tyson. But on the eve of her wedding, she encounters her first love. 1932.

The Museum Guard      RC 48055

by Howard Norman

read by Ted Stoddard

2 cassettes

Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1938. Young DeFoe Russet works with his uncle guarding the local museum. DeFoe's girlfriend, Imogen Linny, the caretaker of the local Jewish cemetery, becomes obsessed with one of the museum's Dutch paintings, "Jewess on a Street in Amsterdam." Imogen decides to travel to Holland even as Hitler threatens to invade. 1998.

Catch-22      RC 48063

by Joseph Heller

read by Gary Telles

4 cassettes (Reissue)

Bombardier Yossarian desperately tries to stay alive during World War II. Military rules make it impossible for anyone to achieve the combat quota necessary to quit flying. Yossarian and his buddies concoct ways to avoid the ridiculous orders of their officers. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1955.

The Ghost Road      RC 48084

by Pat Barker

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes

Final book in World War I trilogy, following Regeneration (RC 48082) and The Eye in the Door (RC 48083). Neurologist William Rivers struggles with the dilemma of healing men who must then return to action. Patient Billy Prior wants to go back to the French front, though the war is nearing an end. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995 Booker Prize winner. 1995.

The Music School: Short Stories      RC 48124

by John Updike

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes (Reissue)

An anthology of twenty short stories, nine of them dealing with divorce, in a style that explores stream of consciousness and point of view. In the title work, the author ponders life and divorce while waiting for his beloved daughter at her piano lesson. 1966.

The Red Wyvern: The Dragon Mage, Book 1      RC 48144

by Katharine Kerr

read by Kristin Allison

3 cassettes

The Civil War in Deverry finds the young Lillorigga learning to control her gift for seeing omens and to trust her instincts. She must choose between her foster-mother Bevva or her cruel mother Merodda; her own Boar clan or Prince Maryn's claim to the throne; good or evil. And abide by the consequences. 1997.

Whiteout      RC 48156

by Sage Walker

read by Nanette Savard

3 cassettes

Overpopulation has led to world hunger, and Antarctica is a primary source for food. Edges, a media manipulator company, is hired by a Japanese firm to help pass a favorable fishing treaty. Then Edges' virtual reality communication system crashes, and one of the partners disappears from a vessel in the Antarctic. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Armadillo      RC 48166

by William Boyd

read by David Cutler

2 cassettes

Lorimer Black, a London insurance adjuster, regularly deals with shady clients, but he usually manages to pay off their suspicious claims at a discount. When he investigates a fire at a hotel that is still under construction, he realizes he has met his match. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Bloody Secrets: A Lupe Solano Mystery      RC 48177

by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

read by MaryBeth Wise

2 cassettes

Cuban refugee Luis Delgado hires private investigator Lupe Solano for assistance in obtaining his late father's fortune, which had been smuggled out of Cuba by his father's friends. The now-prominent Miami couple refuse to honor their commitment and instead try to kill Luis. As Lupe investigates, she is drawn to Luis. Some violence. 1998.

Barometer Rising      RC 48189

by Hugh MacLennan

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

Halifax, Nova Scotia; December 1917. Although presumed killed in action, Neil Macrae secretly returns to Halifax to confront his past. His lover, Penelope Wain, is now a ship designer in her father's firm. No one anticipates the catastrophic explosion that devastates the city. Some violence. 1941.

The Church of Dead Girls      RC 48193

by Stephen Dobyns

read by Steven Carpenter

3 cassettes

In the small town of Aurelius, New York, young teenage girls are being murdered and mutilated. As the terrified residents become increasingly more afraid, everyone becomes a suspect. A vigilante group threatens the college Marxist group, and the former become targets themselves. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Byrne      RC 48194

by Anthony Burgess

read by Gary Telles

1 cassette

Novel in verse written just before Burgess died in 1993. Irish artist Michael Byrne struggles for fame in the 1930s, moving from country to country and siring children as he goes. He composes an opera while the Nazi menace rises. Several of his offspring complete the tale. Some strong language. 1995.

Everybody Dies      RC 48201

by Lawrence Block

read by Ray Foushee

2 cassettes

Matt Scudder is asked by his old friend, Irish mobster Mick Ballou, to investigate the killings of members of his gang. Soon Scudder and Ballou are targets for murder. Scudder receives little help from his former colleagues, the cops, who hate Ballou. Strong language and violence. 1998.

Point of Hopes      RC 48211

by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett

read by John Polk

4 cassettes

The Midsummer Fair is approaching in Astreiant, and a large number of children start disappearing. In addition, the position of the stars in heaven seems to be heralding a change in the reigning monarch. Pointsman Nicholas Rathe believes there is a connection. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Girlfriend in a Coma      RC 48230

by Douglas Coupland

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

A group of friends all drift through the 1980s while one, Karen, lies in a coma for seventeen years. Karen's boyfriend, Richard, halfheartedly raises their daughter while wasting his life, until the day Karen wakes up. By then the world is disappearing from a sleeping disease. Strong language. 1998.

The Agent      RC 48233

by George V. Higgins

read by Richard Hauenstein

2 cassettes

Sleazy sports agent Alexander Drouhin is found murdered in his mansion outside of Boston. Police Lieutenant Frank Clay interviews Drouhin's employees, servants, and the athletes he represented. Clay discovers that everyone had a motive to kill Drouhin. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories      RC 48239

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Six short stories describe the manipulations of the wealthy in the post-World War I era. In the title story, the richest man in the world blows up his home and family rather than share his bounty. In "The Ice Palace,"248244 a southern belle flees the north for the warmth of her homeplace. 1998.

Celestial Matters      RC 48243

by Richard Garfinkle

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

In an alternate universe where Athens still rules after nine hundred years and Earth is the center of the cosmos, Commander Aias is leading the first expedition to capture a piece of the Sun. Before his spaceship, Chandra's Tear, can succeed in its mission, questions of subversion and scientific principle must be resolved. 1996.

Love Me Tomorrow      RC 48244

by Rosanne Bittner

read by Jill Fox

3 cassettes

1850. When her wealthy husband, Edward, decides to leave Pittsburgh for the West, young Maggie McCahan has no choice but to accompany him. Maggie and their guide, Rafe Morrisey, are immediately attracted to each other. The hardships they endure only increase their love. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Big Bad City: A Novel of the 87th Precinct      RC 48250

by Ed McBain

read by Ray Foushee

2 cassettes

A nun with breast implants is murdered in a city park. Detective Carella investigates the crime while still fuming at the unexpected release of the man who killed his father. Meanwhile a burglar is canvassing the city leaving chocolate chip cookies at each crime scene. Violence and strong language. 1999.

Season of Wishes      RC 48251

by Christina Skye

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Jamee Night had already been kidnapped once as a teenager when bodyguard Ian McCall, the tenth laird of Glenlyle, is hired to protect her in Scotland. It is Ian's last job before his family's curse overtakes him, and he hadn't planned to fall in love with his charge. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Shards of a Broken Crown: Serpentwar Saga, Volume 4      RC 48252

by Raymond E. Feist

read by Roy Avers

3 cassettes

Prince Patrick is determined to reestablish Krondor even with limited resources. The sons of the duke of Krondor, Jimmy and Dash, are assigned to Erik von Darkmoor's advance army. While Jimmy obeys his duty even against his heart's desire, Dash follows his own inclinations. Sequel to Rage of a Demon King (RC 46070). 1998.

Tidewater Blood      RC 48255

by William Hoffman

read by John Polk

2 cassettes

Hermit Charley LeBlanc, a Vietnam vet and ex-Leavenworth inmate, is accused of bombing his family's mansion, killing his brother's family. Charley escapes, determined to prove his innocence by tracing his father's roots back to the West Virginia coal country to search for potential enemies with motives. Some strong language and some violence. 1998.

White Fire      RC 48256

by Cassie Edwards

read by Sharon Murray

2 cassettes

Minnesota Territories, 1820s. Reshelle "Flame" Russell fell in love with a teenager, Samuel "White Fire" Dowling, who is part Indian, when she was a mere girl. Years later she joins her father, the Colonel, at his frontier outpost, determined to find the man of her dreams. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Was It Something I Said?      RC 48258

by Valerie Block

read by Madelyn Buzzard

3 cassettes

Food products manager Barry is desperate for a girlfriend; attorney Justine has bad luck dating. Barry sees Justine at the airport and changes flights to sit next to her. When the plane crashes at takeoff, they bond but feel threatened to discover Justine once dated Barry's playboy roommate. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1998.

Someplace to Be Flying      RC 48261

by Charles de Lint

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

Gypsy-cab driver Hank intervenes in the mugging of photojournalist Lily and is shot. Two mysterious crow sisters kill the mugger and heal Lily and Hank, arousing their interest to learn more about the "animal people." Their quest strengthens the bond forming between them. 1998.

Santa Fe: Skye's West      RC 48289

by Richard S. Wheeler

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

Mister Skye and his Native American wives are hired to lead Professor Peachtree and his traveling medicine show along the Santa Fe Trail. When the troupe's one woman is abducted and tortured by Comanches, Skye rescues her--only to bring on the wrath of the tribe. Some violence. 1994.

Bitch Factor      RC 48299

by Chris Rogers

read by Mary Woods

2 cassettes

Former Houston assistant district attorney Dixie Flannigan, now a bounty hunter, helps an attorney friend ensure that a client, on trial for a young girl's hit-and-run death, appears in court. Dixie catches up with the accused in North Dakota, where a blizzard forces her to get to know him. Strong language and violence. 1998.

The Princess Goes West      RC 48300

by Nan Ryan

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes

1880. Princess Marlena's country, Hartz-Coburg, is bankrupt and she has come to America seeking help. Traveling out west, she falls ill and her aide hires a look-alike, Roberta Ann, Queen of the Silver Dollar Saloon, to take Marlena's place. Then the real Marlena is mistaken for Roberta Ann. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Last Trail: A Story of Early Days in the Ohio Valley      RC 48306

by Zane Grey

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

While traveling to Fort Henry, the Sheppard family gratefully accepts the escort of border men Jonathan Zane and Lew Wetzel. The mutual attraction between the daughter Helen and Zane is tested by many dangers, including an outlaw, Brandt, whom Zane arrests for murder. First published in 1909. Some violence. 1996.

The Bridge over Flatwillow Creek      RC 48307

by Lance Wubbels

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

Minnesota, 1900s. Annie and Stuart's lives change the day that Stuart rescues her from drowning in Flatwillow Creek. Even though Annie's father insists that she marry the banker's son and Stuart is torn between a career in the ministry versus one in medicine, God's love shows them the way. 1998.

The Color of Night      RC 48310

by David Lindsey

read by David Hartley-Margolin

3 cassettes

Former spy and recent widower Harry Strand has a second career as an art dealer in Houston. When client Mara Song contacts him about a portfolio of drawings, Harry's life changes. Then a videotape in Mara's VCR reveals that his past is not yet behind him. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Hill Country      RC 48311

by Janice Woods Windle

read by Jill Ferris

4 cassettes

As a young girl in the late 1800s, Laura Hoge Woods helps her family scratch out a living on Texas soil. In later years, she involves herself in politics and becomes a close friend of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Fictionalized account based on the journals of the author's grandmother. 1998.

Essence of My Desire      RC 48315

by Jill Jones

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes

Perfumer Simone Lefèvre seeks revenge against Nick Rutledge, who stole her father's business secrets and caused his death. Nick also hopes to invent a perfume to restore his family's firm. Instead they both rediscover an ancient potion that creates an escape to a mystical plane where they become lovers. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Very Thought of You      RC 48317

by Lynn Kurland

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

Alexander Smith is visiting his sister and her husband in Scotland when he decides that time-traveling back to sunny Barbados would be fun. Smith lands instead in medieval England, falls in love with Margaret of Falconberg, and conspires to save her from a nasty suitor. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Birds of Prey      RC 48319

by Wilbur Smith

read by David Hartley-Margolin

5 cassettes

Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal are sailing around the tip of South Africa aboard the pirate ship Lady Edwina. They are sanctioned by King Charles II to capture ships of the Dutch East India Company and begin by taking The Resolution. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Dark Lord of Derkholm      RC 48321

by Diana Wynne Jones

read by Erik Sandvold

3 cassettes

For forty years Mr. Chesney, supported by a demon, has imposed his tour groups ("pilgrim parties") on the worn-out kings, dragons, elves, and farmers of the community. This year an unusual wizard, Derk, becomes the Dark Lord and involves his whole family--even the griffins--in stopping Mr. Chesney. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

Sacrament      RC 48323

by Clive Barker

read by Jim Zeiger

4 cassettes

Wildlife photographer Will Rabjohns is attacked by a six-hundred-pound female bear and slips into a coma. While he's unconscious, long-buried memories from his childhood return, including the evil perpetrated by Jacob Steep and Rosa McGee. Will recovers to explore unresolved issues. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Purgatory River: Rivers West      RC 48325

by Frank Roderus

read by Roy Avers

2 cassettes

In the Spanish-owned southwest territory near Santa Fe, settlers came to the Purgatory River to start life over. Hernan Eduardo and his sister Elena pose as man and wife to hide her shameful pregnancy; Aaron leaves behind a trail of unwed lovers; and Talks To Ghosts, who has visions of his people's dismal future, learns the settlers' strange ways. Some violence and some strong language. 1997.

Whistle      RC 48327

by Janice Daugharty

read by John Polk

2 cassettes

Roper Rackard, already on probation, hides the body of his white boss's wife when he finds her dead. Guilt and fear haunt him even before his family finds out and harasses him. His mother, Louise, has long and intimate ties to his boss's family, as does Roper. Strong language. 1998.

Roxanna Slade      RC 48339

by Reynolds Price

read by Terry Hayes Sales

3 cassettes

A southerner tells her life story from her twentieth birthday in 1920. On that momentous and fateful occasion, her younger brother Fern introduces her to Larkin Slade, Fern's best friend and the man he wants her to marry. But Lark dies that same day. 1998.

Lambs of God      RC 48340

by Marele Day

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes

Three nuns live in cloistered isolation on a forgotten island, with only their flock of sheep for company. When Father Ignatius arrives to develop the land into a resort, Sister Iphigenia and the group act. They immobilize the priest and start using his cell phone. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1998.

Critical Conditions      RC 48341

by Stephen White

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

Clinical psychologist Alan Gregory, from Remote Control (RC 47398), is called in to care for a fifteen-year-old. Merritt Strait tried to commit suicide because her sister was denied experimental treatment by her HMO. Merritt and her friends are soon implicated in murder when the HMO's director is found dead. Some strong language. 1998.

Rude Astronauts: Real and Imagined Stories      RC 48343

by Allen Steele

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

Short fiction and nonfiction pieces, many formerly published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. In "Trembling Earth," a presidential candidate is killed by cloned dinosaurs in the Okefenokee Swamp. "On the Road: Pakachoag Hill" describes the first rocket launch by Dr. Robert Goddard. Some strong language. 1993.

Brain Storm      RC 48344

by Richard Dooling

read by Gary Tipton

3 cassettes

Joe Watson, a lawyer who specializes in cyber-research, is forced by a local federal judge to take his first pro bono case--the murder of a deaf African American. While he is preparing for trial, Watson is fired, his family leaves him, and he almost has an affair. Strong language and violence. 1998.

The Last Resort      RC 48348

by Alison Lurie

read by Ann Hodapp

2 cassettes

Well-known author Wilkie Walker's marriage to Jenny is advantageous for both. Jenny's life has a purpose--helping with his research--and he can spend all his time writing. But at seventy, Wilkie believes he is dying, and Jenny notices his changed behavior. Both hope wintering on Key West will help. Some strong language. 1998.

The Midnight Hour      RC 48350

by Karen Robards

read by Ann Hodapp

2 cassettes

Judge Grace Hart awakes in the middle of the night to find her fifteen-year-old daughter, Jessica, missing again. This time when the police bring her home, it is the beginning of a nightmare that will also bring Grace long-sought-for peace of mind. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Dark on the Other Side      RC 48354

by Barbara Michaels

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Linda Randolph hears the house talking to her. When writer Michael Collins arrives to write a biography of Linda's husband, Gordon, Michael also senses something evil in the house. With the help of the local "witch" and a psychiatrist, Michael discovers the truth about Gordon and his nocturnal rites. Some violence. 1970.

The Best of the Best: Eighteen New Stories by America's Leading Authors      RC 48360

edited by Elaine Koster and Joseph Pittman

read by John Polk

3 cassettes

Eighteen stories from prominent American writers including Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed McBain, Lawrence Block, and E.L. Doctorow. In "Color Blind," a thirty-two-year-old white virgin is obsessed with a twenty-eight-year-old black student. In "Untitled," Holocaust victims and the Nazis are portrayed in a prose poem. 1998.

Love among the Walnuts      RC 48361

by Jean Ferris

read by Gary Tipton

1 cassette

Sandy, raised in isolation by his wealthy parents, must fight off his greedy uncles, who manage to incapacitate the elderly couple--and Sandy's pet chicken. Nurse Sunnie Stone helps Sandy move them into a high-class rest home, Walnut Manor. Then Sandy and Sunnie together confront the uncles. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Harlot's Moon      RC 48362

by Ed Gorman

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Former FBI psychological profiler Robert Payne is asked by a childhood friend, Father Gray, to investigate the murder and mutilation of a fellow priest in a seedy motel. Payne discovers additional grisly murders among the parishioners and narrows his search. Strong language and violence. 1997.

Armageddon Summer      RC 48366

by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville

read by Carol Dines

2 cassettes

Marina and Jed both have parents who belong to a religious cult. When the congregation is led to a mountaintop to wait for the violent end of the world, the two teenagers go along. Once there, they have to question their own beliefs. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

Tarzan: The Lost Adventure      RC 48372

by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Joe R. Lansdale

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

Professor of anthropology Eugene Hanson and his daughter Jean are on a photographic expedition looking for the lost city of Ur when deserters from the foreign legion rob them of their supplies. With Tarzan's assistance, their mission can continue. Burroughs's outline for this adventure was completed by Lansdale. 1995.

Happy Returns      RC 48374

by Angela Thirkell

read by Anne Flosnik

2 cassettes (Reissue)

During the 1950s, the residents of Barsetshire pick up their lives following the war. Churchill returns to power, and the older generation lovingly watches as the younger generation begins the rituals of courtship. Sequel to The Duke's Daughter (RC 47245). 1952.

Never Love a Cowboy      RC 48381

by Jill Gregory

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

When Emma Malloy returns to her father's Montana ranch in 1882 after six years at boarding school, she's shocked to learn that the long-standing feud between her father and the neighboring Garrettsons has led to murder. She's also annoyed that Tucker Garrettson has become extremely handsome. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Snake-Stone      RC 48384

by Berlie Doherty

read by David Cutler

1 cassette

Fifteen-year-old James is a championship diver who may have a chance to make an Olympic team. But he suddenly sets another goal. James, adopted, wants to find his birth mother. His only clues are a scrap of paper and a snake-shaped stone. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Toss      RC 48397

by Boomer Esiason and Lowell Cauffiel

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

Rookie quarterback Derek Brody joins a New York City football team that is rife with scandals involving sex, drugs, and murder--all covered up by the team's vice president, Carl Montan. When a retired player is killed after visiting Brody, the police begin to investigate the rookie--who has already served time for manslaughter. Strong language and violence. 1998.

Park City: New and Selected Stories      RC 48404

by Ann Beattie

read by Connie Crawford

4 cassettes

Three dozen stories written during the last quarter of the twentieth century. The title piece tells about an odd family grouping at a resort in Utah, where a bored teenage girl named Lyric makes perceptive comments about her companions. 1998.

1916      RC 48416

by Morgan Llywelyn

read by Terry Donnelly

3 cassettes

On the eve of the ill-fated Easter Rebellion, fifteen-year-old Ned Halloran enlists in the Irish Volunteers. A prize student of famed patriot Patrick Pearce, Ned joins his mentor and fellow countrymen in a valiant stand against a superior British force in the bloody Rising of 1916. Violence. 1998.

A New Song: The Mitford Years, Volume 5      RC 48430

by Jan Karon

read by Gary Tipton

3 cassettes

The bishop assigns Father Tim, now retired, to fill in as interim priest on North Carolina's coastal island Whitecap. He is reluctant to leave his old friends in Mitford, but does keep in touch. However, he quickly finds his place at St. John's in the Grove. Sequel to Out to Canaan (RC 44958). Bestseller 1999.

Certain Prey      RC 48436

by John Sandford

read by David Palmer

2 cassettes

Clara Rinker, raped at sixteen, killed her rapist without regret and became a hit woman for the Mafia. Currently she is "working" for Carmel Loan, a Minneapolis defense attorney. When the job hits a snag, Clara and Carmel must save themselves from Minneapolis policeman Lucas Davenport. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

Fortune's Hand      RC 48440

by Belva Plain

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

Robb MacDaniel plans to marry his longtime sweetheart after law school. But plans change once he graduates. He gets a job with a good law firm, marries his boss's daughter, and makes a name for himself. Life seems perfect. Then a tragedy befalls Robb, and things change completely. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Coronation Summer      RC 48467

by Angela Thirkell

read by Anne Flosnik

1 cassette

Fanny Harcourt, her brother Ned, and their father, along with friends Emily Dacre and Henry Darnley, travel to London for the 1838 coronation of Queen Victoria. As they tour historic buildings and gardens and attend the coronation parade, they are not immune to infatuations and romantic misunderstandings. 1937.

Drums of Change: The Story of Running Fawn      RC 48480

by Janette Oke

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

In 1874 Martin Forbes, a young missionary, arrives in Alberta, Canada, to establish a school and bring Christianity to the Blackfoot Indians. Two star pupils, Running Fawn and Silver Fox, are then sent to school in Calgary, where Silver Fox is able to accept Christianity, but Running Fawn returns home to her family and beliefs. 1996.

The Book of Lost Tales: The History of Middle-Earth, Part 2      RC 48494

by J.R.R. Tolkien

read by John Horton

3 cassettes

Versions of six legends and myths invented by Tolkien as background for his early writing and reworked for later publications. His son has edited the manuscripts and added commentary. Sequel to The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1 (RC 20827). 1984.

A Treasury of North American Folktales      RC 48522

compiled by Catherine Peck

read by John Polk

3 cassettes

More than one hundred tales both ancient and modern originating from northern Canada, many regions of the United States, and Mexico. Includes adult and children's stories about traditional heroes like Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Brer Rabbit as well as stories about ghosts, witches, and lovers. Bestseller 1998.

A Certain Smile      RC 48523

by Judith Michael

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

When forty-year-old Miranda Graham ventures to China on business, she meets businessman Yuan Li at the Beijing airport. Li helps her adjust to the strange customs and food, and eventually their friendship turns into a passionate love. But will their relationship end when Miranda returns home? Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

Hannibal      RC 48524

by Thomas Harris

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

Clarice Starling's career in the FBI has soured, but when Hannibal Lecter's case is revived, she rejoins Jack Crawford to track him down. Also searching is one of Hannibal's victims--wealthy, disfigured Mason Verger. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Sequel to The Silence of the Lambs (RC 27020). Bestseller 1999.

Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime      RC 48527

by Diane Leslie

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Beverly Hills, 1957. Fleur de Leigh's father, Maurice, produces television programs, and her mother, Charmian, writes and stars in a radio mystery. So at age ten, Fleur finds herself being cared for by a succession of nannies, including the rotund Glendora and Miss Hoate, who just escaped a mental hospital. Bestseller 1999.

Mother of Pearl      RC 48529

by Melinda Haynes

read by Ann Hodapp

3 cassettes

Petal, Mississippi; 1956. Valuable, a fourteen-year-old white who has basically raised herself, is pregnant. Even, twenty-seven, a black orphan, loves Joody Two Sun, a prophetess. As these and other outcast residents search for identity, commitment, and love, they begin to form a family that crosses over racial lines. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

The Sabbathday River      RC 48531

by Jean Hanff Korelitz

read by Nanette Savard

4 cassettes

New Hampshire, 1985. Outsider Naomi Roth discovers the body of a newborn in the river. Young single mother Heather Pratt confesses. Then Naomi discovers another dead infant. When public opinion condemns Heather, Naomi convinces newcomer Judith Friedman, an attorney and fellow Jew, to take the case. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

Other People's Children      RC 48532

by Joanna Trollope

read by Sharon Murray

2 cassettes

When Josie Carver, mother of eight-year-old Rufus, marries Matthew Mitchell, she knows he has three contentious children; she just doesn't expect to have to live with them when their unstable mother can't manage. Meanwhile Rufus's father, Tom, falls in love with Elizabeth, but his adult daughter won't share him with another. Bestseller 1998.

Days of Air and Darkness: A Novel of the Westlands      RC 48536

by Katharine Kerr

read by Fred Major

3 cassettes

It is up to Jill to prevent the goddess Alshandra from harming the human mother of a soon-to-be-born child in the city of Cengarn. Rhodry hopes to help by using the legendary dragon Arzosah. Sequel to Days of Blood and Fire (RC 39217). Some violence. 1994.

A Heart for the Taking      RC 48550

by Shirlee Busbee

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

Virginia, 1774. Chance Walker blames his wealthy cousin Jonathan for the death of Chance's wife. Intent on revenge, he seduces Jonathan's latest conquest, Lady Fancy Merrivale, who recently arrived from England. Chance finds himself falling in love with Fancy just as she realizes she has walked into a family feud. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Virtual Vandals: Tom Clancy's Net Force      RC 48551

by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik

read by Jim Zeiger

1 cassette

2025. Matt Hunter and his friends are Net Force explorers, helping protect citizens against online crime. The group goes into action when teenage gangsters open fire at a virtual baseball game and the senior Net Force leaders can't find them. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Speedy      RC 48556

by Max Brand

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

A gambling vagabond named Speedy arrives in the town of Durfee to find some easy money and instead finds friends and a girl named Mary. But can a rolling stone ever stay in one place? Some violence. 1931.

The Magnificent Ambersons      RC 48558

by Booth Tarkington

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes (Reissue)

In the nineteenth century Major Amberson made a fortune, and his family became the most prominent in their midwestern town. When industrialization transforms the town into a city, the major's only grandson, arrogant George Amberson Minafer, cannot adjust to the change; his only ambition is to be a yachtsman. Pulitzer Prize. 1918.

The Garden Club Mystery      RC 48560

by Graham Gordon Landrum and Robert Graham Landrum

read by Jill Ferris

1 cassette

Harriet Bushrow investigates the murder of the garden club president, Marguerite Claymore. Marguerite's teenage assistant is accused of the crime, but Harriet suspects the death is connected to a rash of home burglaries in both Borderville, Tennessee, and Bordersville, Virginia. Sequel to The Historical Society Murder Mystery (RC 47929). 1998.

Montana      RC 48565

by Debbie Macomber

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

When her grandfather becomes ill, divorced Molly Cogan moves her two boys from San Francisco to his Montana ranch. She's shocked to learn that the ranch is in trouble and her grandfather wants her to marry his new foreman. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1997.

A Walk through the Fire: A Sharon McCone Mystery      RC 48570

by Marcia Muller

read by Pam Ward

2 cassettes

P.I. Sharon McCone is summoned to Hawaii by her friend, filmmaker Glenna Stanleigh, whose documentary crew has been plagued by a series of suspicious accidents. McCone quickly learns who doesn't want the film to be made: members of the long-missing film writer's dysfunctional family. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

The Law of Similars      RC 48572

by Chris Bohjalian

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

Vermont state's attorney Leland Fowler consults homeopath Carissa Lake about a cold and falls in love. Soon after, another of Carissa's patients discontinues his regular medicine and dies. Leland abandons all ethics, clandestinely assisting Carissa with her legal defense. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Only His      RC 48573

by Elizabeth Lowell

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Following the Civil War, the only thing southerner Willow Moran has left are her five Arabian horses. With the aid of Caleb Black, she heads into the Rocky Mountains to find her brother. Along the way, she also discovers love. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

Raise the Titanic!      RC 48575

by Clive Cussler

read by Bob Askey

3 cassettes (Reissue)

To ensure America's security, it becomes essential to obtain the rare element byzanium, which lies in the hold of the sunken Titanic. Dirk Pitt, jack-of-all-trades, attempts to raise the ship, but a hurricane and Russian spies complicate his mission. Strong language. 1976.

Human Voices      RC 48577

by Penelope Fitzgerald

read by Mary Woods

1 cassette

BBC employees struggle to keep Broadcasting House in operation during the bombing of London in World War II. Young intern Annie Asra, two department directors, and those around them face daily questions of survival but also grapple with workplace dramas and personal crises. Based on Fitzgerald's own wartime experiences. 1980.

Night Gardening      RC 48580

by E.L. Swann

read by Jill Ferris

1 cassette

Sixty-one-year-old Maggie Welles is recovering from a stroke in her Harvard Square house when she meets Tristan Mallory, a landscape architect working next door. The two are drawn together by their love of gardening. Maggie's son soon intrudes in his quest for money. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Five Fortunes      RC 48585

by Beth Gutcheon

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

A diverse group of women meet at an Arizona spa for a needed boost of spiritual and physical energy. Over the next year, they change their lives. Laura, a widowed judge, runs for office; Amy and her overweight daughter, Jill, resolve old issues; and Carter quits smoking and finds love. Some strong language. 1998.

The Cockfighter      RC 48587

by Frank Manley

read by Jim Zeiger

1 cassette

When Jake Cantrell gives his twelve-year-old son a champion cock and takes him to the next derby, Sonny is eager to enter his father's world. But Sonny's first experience as a cockfighter changes his feelings about the sport and about his father. Strong language. 1998.

The Deadliest Game: Tom Clancy's Net Force      RC 48589

by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

2025. The most popular war game on the Internet is becoming reality, and people are getting hurt. Net Force explorers Megan O'Malley and Leif Anderson know how to play the game, so they are assigned to track down the culprits who are changing the rules. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Lair of the Lizard: A Tony Lowell Mystery      RC 48590

by E.C. Ayres

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

Tony Lowell is happily retired in Florida when his daughter, Ariel, asks him to find a missing friend. Ariel met Hispanic divorcée Alicia Sandoval at a Santa Fe New Age seminar. Lowell flies to New Mexico and, with no help from the natives, rescues Alicia from her ex-husband. Strong language and violence. 1998.

The Cereal Murders: A Culinary Mystery      RC 48591

by Diane Mott Davidson

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

After an evening spent working at the exclusive Colorado prep school her son attends, caterer Goldy Bear discovers the body of the class valedictorian. When other deaths follow and Goldy and her son are viciously harassed, she and her boyfriend, detective Tom Schulz, investigate. Some strong language and some violence. 1993.

The Guardian      RC 48592

by Joan Wolf

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

When the earl of Weston dies in Regency England, his will surprisingly names his brother Stephen guardian to his young son. The earl's widow, Annabelle, who was raised as the brothers' stepsister, had loved Stephen until he fled to Jamaica in disgrace five years earlier. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

A Café on the Nile      RC 48612

by Bartle Bull

read by Graeme Malcolm

4 cassettes

Cairo, 1935. Cataract Café owner Olivio has intimations of the coming war as he seeks a partnership with Adam Penfold. Old friends and new enemies intermingle: Gwenn Rider, her estranged husband Anton, her Italian lover Grimaldi, and American twins seeking adventure. Sequel to The White Rhino Hotel (RC 37109). Violence and descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Country Life      RC 48660

by Rachel Cusk

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Twenty-nine-year-old Stella Benson--ditching family, job, and London flat--escapes to the country as an au pair to a disabled teenager. The eccentric Madden family intrigues Stella. She gradually begins to like her antagonistic charge, Martin, who tries his best to uncover Stella's secrets. Strong language. 1997.

Serpent: A Novel from the NUMA Files      RC 48719

by Clive Cussler

read by Bob Askey

3 cassettes

National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) investigators Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala use their aquatic skills and keen minds to try to retrieve a mysterious object from an armored car on the sunken Andrea Doria. They face numerous adventures fraught with complications and impeded by political schemes. Bestseller 1999.

Genuine Lies      RC 48723

by Nora Roberts

read by Pam Ward

4 cassettes

Julia Summers and son Brandon move to California, where she will write actress Eve Benedict's biography. As Eve reveals secrets from her past, Julia begins receiving threats; she also falls in love with Eve's stepson, Paul. Suddenly Julia is on trial for Eve's murder. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1991.

Harmful Intent      RC 48727

by Baine Kerr

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

Although he has vowed to stop trying malpractice lawsuits, attorney Peter Moss is drawn to the case of Terry Winter--a woman dying of breast cancer who is suing her family physician for failing to diagnose it in time. Moss has faced this doctor in court before--and lost. Strong language. 1999.

Bloodstream      RC 48731

by Tess Gerritsen

read by Mary Woods

2 cassettes

Widowed Dr. Claire Elliot has opened a practice in Tranquility, Maine, in hopes of steering her son away from trouble in Baltimore. But Tranquility proves to be worse. As more and more of the town's teenagers become extremely violent, Claire races to find a medical reason. Strong language and violence. 1998.

The Riddle of the Lost Lover      RC 48738

by Patricia Veryan

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes

Captain Jack Vespa, learning that Sir Kendrick is not his real father, sets out to discover his true father's identity. His search is difficult because his mother, to escape the scandal, has gone to South America. Consuela and her grandmother help him. Sequel to The Riddle of Alabaster Royal (RC 46452). 1998.

The Alternate      RC 48740

by John Martel

read by Jim Zeiger

4 cassettes

When the wife of California's former congressman Elliot Ashford is murdered, Elliot can't produce an alibi; he was with a mobster who was violating parole. Attorneys on both sides plot their career moves and puzzle out the complex case, but then an unbalanced alternate juror decides to help the prosecutors win. Strong language and violence. 1999.

Fair as the Moon      RC 48744

by Temple Bailey

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

Lucia Herrick, twenty, and her father, Dwight, are well-to-do residents of Washington, D.C. Lucia is being pursued by a man who dumped her earlier. Her father is planning to marry again, but Lucia does not approve of his choice. As these couples work out their differences, their lives become intertwined with other Washington residents. 1935.

The Sweetest Thing      RC 48745

by Barbara Freethy

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Even as an adult, Faith Christopher still feels like an orphan. She owns her own bakery/café, and it is there that she meets Julian Carrigan, grandfather of Alex Carrigan. Soon Faith's life becomes irrevocably connected to the Carrigans as Julian tries to remove a family curse. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Welcome to Paradise      RC 48749

by Laurence Shames

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

When a tiny mobster, Big Al, goes to Florida on vacation, an angry colleague hires two men to play a series of cruel pranks on him. The men target the wrong guy and harass another Big Al, who had won a trip in a sales competition. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1999.

Redemption      RC 48750

by Howard Fast

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

Isaac Goldman, seventy-eight, is driving across the George Washington Bridge just as a young woman attempts to jump. He stops, changing the course of his life and that of forty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Hopper. They fall in love and are planning to marry when she is suddenly accused of murdering her ex-husband. Some strong language. 1999.

The Day the Cowboys Quit      RC 48755

by Elmer Kelton

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Texas, 1883. Wagon boss Hitch (Hugh Hitchcock) wants to keep the peace when the cowboys go on strike for personal rights against the large, syndicate-backed ranchers. But as Hitch's losses mount, he sides with the cowboys. Some strong language. 1971.

Sealed with a Kiss      RC 48760

by Pamela Morsi

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Eight years ago Gidry Chavis jilted Prudence Belmont, leaving her to face the talk generated by his leaving the small Texas town named for his ancestors. Now Gidry is back, and he realizes his mistake. But Prudence is in no mood to listen to his pleas. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Black Notice      RC 48767

by Patricia Cornwell

read by Madelyn Buzzard

3 cassettes

Richmond medical examiner Kay Scarpetta investigates a decomposed body found on a freighter. Evidence leads her to Interpol in Paris, where she learns of a serial killer who calls himself a werewolf. Back in Virginia, Kay and policeman Peter Marino find more victims. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

The Edge      RC 48769

by Catherine Coulter

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

Recovering from a car bomb explosion, FBI agent Ford MacDougal experiences a drowning sensation. The next morning he learns his sister Jilly is in a coma from driving her car over an Oregon oceanside cliff. As Jilly awakens and disappears, Ford begins tracking down clues. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing      RC 48771

by Melissa Bank

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

1 cassette

New Yorker Jane Rosenal is assessing her journey through the uneven terrain of interpersonal relationships, which began at age fourteen as she learned about the subject from observing her brother and his girlfriend. Now, as an adult, she struggles to maintain lasting ties, both at home and at work. Some strong language. Bestseller 1999.

The Men of Brewster Place      RC 48779

by Gloria Naylor

read by Peter Jay Fernandez

1 cassette

In this companion to The Women of Brewster Place (RC 25314), African American men who live in the tenement describe their lives and daily frustrations trying to make a living while coping with their women and children. Strong language. 1998.

River, Cross My Heart      RC 48816

by Breena Clarke

read by Samarra Mbenga

2 cassettes

Clara, six, and Johnnie Mae, twelve, are among the many black children of Washington, D.C., in 1925 who swim in the Potomac River because they are not allowed to use the nearby pool. When Clara drowns in the river, Johnnie Mae has difficulty overcoming her sense of responsibility for Clara's death. 1999.

Big Trouble      RC 48817

by Dave Barry

read by Jeff Baker

2 cassettes

South Florida. When two hit men from Jersey attempt to eliminate embezzler Arthur Herk, they are interrupted time and again--by his stepdaughter Jenny's high school friends playing pranks; a homeless man living in his yard; and home invaders with a miniature Russian nuclear bomb. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 1999.

Night Whispers      RC 48834

by Judith McNaught

read by Barbara Pinolini

2 cassettes

Policewoman Sloan Reynolds never knew her father and has no desire to see him when he begs her to join him in Palm Beach. A few days later Sloan is persuaded to accept the invitation by FBI agent Paul Richardson, who says her father is suspected of several crimes. Some strong language. Bestseller 1998.

Tom Clancy's Op-Center: State of Siege      RC 48879

by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

Op-center head Paul Hood, facing retirement, takes his family on a vacation to New York, where his daughter is scheduled to perform in a violin ensemble before the United Nations. When terrorists infiltrate the U.N., Hood and his family are in the building. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 1999.

The Enchanter      RC 48886

by Vladimir Nabokov

read by Richard Davidson

1 cassette

A middle-aged man describes his attraction to prepubescent girls and his decision this time to pursue his newest interest, a twelve-year-old, russet-haired maiden roller-skating in a park. With an afterword by the author's son and translator Dmitri Nabokov. Precursor to Lolita (RC 16746). Some descriptions of sex. 1986.

Judy      RC 48923

by Temple Bailey

read by Jill Ferris

1 cassette

Judy and Anne are both motherless. Anne lives with her grandmother in the country and is quite happy. Judy, who believes her father is still alive, is having difficulty adjusting to country life with her grandfather. Anne and others help her fit in, and together they have some exciting adventures. 1907.

All the Queen's Men      RC 48949

by Linda Howard

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Five years ago CIA agent Niema Burdock left field work after her husband's death in an operation. Now, legendary spy John Medina, who is secretly smitten with Niema, asks her to rejoin him in a case. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

The Brethren      RC 49252

by John Grisham

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

In a federal penitentiary in Florida, three former judges known as the Brethren hold court. Besides handling inmate disputes and appeals, they have devised a scheme to blackmail men on the outside. But when one of their targets turns out to be a CIA-financed candidate for president, they find themselves in hot water. Bestseller 2000. 2000.

Gap Creek      RC 49253

by Robert Morgan

read by Nanette Savard

2 cassettes

Julie Harmon, seventeen, can butcher a hog, split a log, and plant a crop; and she watched her brother and father die. When she marries Hank Richards, eighteen, and moves to Gap Creek, South Carolina, she finds some happiness but still faces hard work and sorrow. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999. 1999.

Books for Children

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 are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, fill out the order form and send it to your cooperating library.

Cassettes Nonfiction

Graveyards of the Dinosaurs: What It's Like to Discover Prehistoric Creatures      RC 47910

by Shelley Tanaka

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Describes paleontologists' discovery of dinosaur fossils at major sites in Mongolia, Canada, and Argentina. Presents information on the Oviraptor, Centrosaurus, and Herrerasaurus, among others. Discusses scientific evidence linking birds and carnivorous dinosaurs. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Crocodiles, Camels, and Dugout Canoes: Eight Adventurous Episodes      RC 47935

by Bo Zaunders

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Presents eight amateur explorers, who between 1820 and 1963 traveled various parts of the world. Includes Mary Kingsley, who collected insects and fish for the British Museum; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who flew dangerous missions; and Dervla Murphy, who bicycled across Europe to India. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Masada      RC 48195

by Neil Waldman

read by David Elias

1 cassette

Waldman discusses the symbolic importance of Masada as a reminder of past heroism. Recalls the building of Herod's temple, the Jews' occupation of it, and the mass suicide to prevent capture by the Romans. Describes archaeological digs of the twentieth century that have uncovered most of the fortress. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

Boyz II Men      RC 48656

by James Earl Hardy

read by Bob Moore

1 cassette

Describes the development of the singers who in a four-year period became a bestselling vocal group. The boys met at a magnet high school for musicians in Philadelphia and credit their success to hard work and a belief in God. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1997.

Talking with Adventurers: Conversations with Christina M. Allen, Robert Ballard, Michael L. Blakey, Ann Bowles, David Doubilet, Jane Goodall, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Michael Novacek, Johan Reinhard, Rick C. West, and Juris Zarins      RC 48724

compiled by Pat and Linda Cummings

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Biographical sketches of twelve men and women who enjoy exploring the world around them in such scientific careers as a rain forest ecologist, an anthropologist, or an underwater photographer. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I      RC 48753

by Jane Resh Thomas

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Discusses Elizabeth from her birth in 1533 to her death in 1603 within the social and political context of the time in which she ruled. The author looks at the personal aspects of the queen's life, including why she never married. For grades 6-9. 1998.

The Moon and I      RC 48921

by Betsy Byars

read by Jill Ferris

1 cassette

While describing her acquaintance with a black snake named Moon, Byars explains how she writes books. She recalls wanting a pet snake when she was seven and other incidents from her childhood, as she continues telling how she creates stories and the characters in them. For grades 4-7. 1991.

Cassettes Fiction

A Year with Butch and Spike      RC 46782

by Gail Gauthier

read by Anne Mullen

1 cassette

Honor student Jasper Gordon is dismayed to learn that he has to sit between the incorrigible Couture cousins, Butch and Spike, in his sixth-grade class. Mrs. McNulty is the strictest teacher in the school; she even humiliates pupils in front of their friends. After months of unfair treatment, Jasper is on the cousins' side in the classroom battle of wills. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood      RC 48061

by Veronica Chambers

read by Ilona Dulaski

1 cassette

Teenagers Marisol and Magda speak only English, but they are accustomed to hearing Spanish in their homes, a practice that helps Marisol when she spends a year with her grandmother in Panama. At first unhappy, Marisol learns to enjoy life in Central America. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Trouble's Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive      RC 48226

by Katherine Kirkpatrick

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes

Dutch colonies, 1643. Anne Hutchinson and her youngest children move to a farm in the wilderness. When the Lenape Indians attack, only nine-year-old Susanna is left alive and taken captive. For three-and-a-half years, Susanna gradually becomes one of the tribe until her family buys her back. Some violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1998.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key      RC 48254

by Jack Gantos

read by Gary Tipton

1 cassette

When Joey's medication for attention deficit disorder wears off during the school day, he forgets that his house key is not on a string and swallows it. Joey continues to cause problems for his classmates and himself while his mother and his teachers try to help him. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Being Danny's Dog      RC 48263

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

read by Brian Conn

1 cassette

T.R., his older brother Danny, and their mother move to a townhouse in the Chicago suburbs. Since his mom's divorce, Danny tries to be the "man of the house," and T.R. follows Danny around so much that he feels like Danny's dog. But during the summer, both boys make new friends. For grades 3-6. 1995.

The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale      RC 48284

by Laurence Yep

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

In China long ago, a poor farmer is captured by a dragon who wants to marry one of the man's seven daughters. Finally the youngest girl agrees because she hopes to save her father's life. After she leaves with the creature, she discovers that it has another identity. For grades K-3. 1997.

December      RC 48294

by Eve Bunting

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Simon and his mother live in a cardboard box. They don't have much, but they offer to share what they have with an old woman who has even less. She spends Christmas Eve with them, but the next morning she is gone. By the next Christmas, their luck has changed. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Mustang Flats      RC 48313

by G. Clifton Wisler

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

When Frank Draper returns to Texas after the Civil War, he unfairly blames the ranch's misfortunes on his fourteen-year-old son, Alby, whom he had left in charge. Alby joins a cattle drive hoping to earn some money for his family and to regain his father's respect. For grades 5-8. 1997.

Hope's Crossing      RC 48335

by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

read by Carol Dines

1 cassette

Connecticut, 1779. Hope Wakeman, almost thirteen, is kidnapped from her home by English Loyalists. Forced into servitude, Hope is rescued by her captor's elderly mother, who flees with her to New York City. While arranging the rest of the journey home, the two are stricken with deadly smallpox. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Not Just a Summer Crush      RC 48345

by C.S. Adler

read by Carol Dines

1 cassette

Twelve-year-old Hana is the baby of the family and feels neglected. When she discovers that Mr. Crane, her teacher, is vacationing at the beach, Hana develops a crush on him as they become friends. Hana's family is wary of their relationship but learns to appreciate her feelings. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Raptor      RC 48346

by Paul Zindel

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette

Zack and Uta retrieve a large egg from a dig site in Utah that promptly hatches into a baby dinosaur--a raptor--at Zack's house. When the mother raptor breaks in searching for her baby, the nightmarish complications begin. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator      RC 48540

by Roald Dahl

read by John Polk

1 cassette (Reissue)

Mr. Willy Wonka's magic glass elevator accidentally orbits Charlie Bucket and his family into space, where they fight ferocious battles with the dreadful Vermicious Knids. They barely rescue Grandma Georgina from Minusland, where people disappear. Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (RC 33498). For grades 4-7. 1972.

I Can't Believe I Have to Do This      RC 48554

by Jan Alford

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

On Dean Matthews's twelfth birthday, his mother gives him the worst present ever--a journal. Dean's brief entries during the next year alternate with fuller descriptions of growing pains: fights with his sister, guilt over his dog's accident, and behavior that leads to his arrest. For grades 5-8. 1997.

The Other Shepards      RC 48567

by Adele Griffin

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Sisters Holland and Geneva have a special bond--they live in the shadow of their two brothers and sister who died before the youngest Shepards were born. What the girls want most is to be part of a normal family. When they meet Annie, they hope she will help. For grades 5-8. 1998.

Bridge to Terabithia      RC 48732

by Katherine Paterson

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette (Reissue)

Jess finds his biggest rival and best friend in Leslie, a girl who moves to his rural Virginia community from the city. Together they create Terabithia, a secret kingdom in the woods where they reign supreme--until tragedy strikes. Newbery Medal. For grades 5-8. 1977.

The Pinballs      RC 48741

by Betsy Byars

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette (Reissue)

Mr. and Mrs. Mason have three new foster children--thirteen-year-old Harvey, eight-year-old Thomas J., and teenaged Carlie--all with troubled backgrounds. The newcomers help each other to adjust and to learn about love and determination. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1977.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban      RC 48772

by J.K. Rowling

read by Erik Sandvold

3 cassettes

Harry is relieved to be back at Hogwarts for his third year with his friends Ron and Hermione even though he isn't completely safe. The escaped convict Sirius Black, a staunch supporter of Voldemort, is after Harry. Sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (RC 48437). For grades 4-7. Bestseller 1999.

Trouble on the Tracks      RC 48835

by Donna Jo Napoli

read by Jeff Baker

1 cassette

Thirteen-year-old Zach is with his obnoxious ten-year-old sister, Eve, on an overnight train ride through the Australian desert. On board Eve runs afoul of bird smugglers who throw both children off the train. Alone in the outback, Zach and Eve have to find help. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Raising Sweetness      RC 48875

by Diane Stanley

read by Bob Askey

1 cassette

Sweetness, of Saving Sweetness (RC 47918), is one of eight orphans living with the kindhearted sheriff in Possum Trot. Meals are unusual, the house is a mess, and nobody goes to school, but everyone is happy. When a letter comes, Sweetness devises a way to read it. And then a visitor arrives. For grades K-3. 1999.

Spirit Horse      RC 48876

by Ned Ackerman

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Although newly arrived in the Kainaa band of the Blackfoot people, Running Crane, a Siksika youth, is chosen by Wolf Eagle to accompany the horse raiders. Later separated from the group, Running Crane courageously tames a legendary stallion and rescues wounded Wolf Eagle. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder      RC 48887

by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

When Lewis Barnavelt and his Uncle Jonathan, a wizard, visit the family manor in England, Lewis and the housekeeper's son Bertram find a secret place inside a neglected maze. Dislodging a brick in a vault, they unknowingly let loose a sinister force that endangers them. For grades 5-8. 1993.

Sasquatch      RC 48922

by Roland Smith

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Dylan's father had a personal encounter with Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) on a hunting trip and now seeks to protect him from the ruthless hunter Dr. Flagg. When Dylan's father leaves for the about-to-erupt Mount Saint Helens where Sasquatch lives, Dylan is determined to go also. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

El Arroyo de la Llorona y Otros Cuentos      RC 48077

por Sandra Cisneros

leído por Juan Ramirez

2 cassettes

La autora es mexicano-americana. Presenta veintidós cuentos acerca de mujeres mexicano-americanas--mujeres que existen en un lugar donde a menudo los hombres son infieles y las familias perseveran gracias a fuertes tradiciones religiosas y sociales. Cisneros cuenta las experiencias de mujeres que nacen al sur de la frontera y vienen a vivir en Estados Unidos. Ellas son las mujeres que forman la clase más pegada por los conflictos entre dos culturas distintas. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (A collection of twenty-two short stories by a Mexican American writer. She describes growing up female in a culture where men are unfaithful and families are held together by church and a sense of community. The stories reflect the experiences of these women, born south of the border but living in the United States and caught between two cultures. Some strong language.) 1996.

Lidya: El Clamor de la Patria y el Cantar de Coquíes      RC 48676

por Nelson Santos

leído por Maria Pino

1 cassette

En 1898 Puerto Rico sufre la invasión de los Estados Unidos, y la isla pasa del control de España al poder de Estados Unidos. Mientras la represión política y social intensifica, el joven Jaimito es testigo del gran evento histórico que acaba causando gran trauma para su familia y, sobre todo, para su madre. (As Puerto Rico suffers the invasion of the United States in 1898 and passes from the control of Spain to America, political and social repression intensifies. Young Jaimito witnesses the trauma his mother and other family members endure as a result.) 1998.

Pica Gallo: Estampas Humorísticas      RC 48682

por Emilio Santana

leído por Juan Ramirez

2 cassettes

Los cubanos que salieron de Cuba para vivir en Estados Unidos tenían que acostumbrarse a muchas cosas. El autor cubano-americano presenta anécdotas humoristicas de cómo los cubanos hacen frente al nieve, quejan de los hijos americanizados, y, en muchos otros aspectos, soportan la vida en el nuevo país. (People who left their native Cuba to live in the United States have encountered many things that require getting used to. The Cuban American author presents humorous anecdotes about how Cubans cope with snow, bemoan Americanized offspring, and otherwise endure life in their new homeland.) 1989.

La Verdadera Historia de los Tres Cerditos      RC 48678

por Jon Scieszka

leído por Juan Ramirez

1 cassette

Silvestre B. Lobo, alias El Lobo Feroz, presenta su propria versión rebuscada de lo que realmente pasó cuando se enredó con los tres cerditos. Para preescolares hasta grado 2. (Silvester B. Wolf, also known as the Big Bad Wolf, gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. For preschool-grade 2.) 1991.

Talking Book Magazines

Discs

These free direct-circulation magazines are produced for NLS. To be put on the mailing list, contact your cooperating library.

American Heritage (8 issues)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (13 issues)

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (bimonthly)

Diabetes Forecast (monthly)

The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)

The Nation (47 issues)

National Geographic (monthly)

National Review (biweekly)

Quarterly Music Magazine (quarterly)

Talking Book Topics (bimonthly)

U.S. News and World Report (weekly)

Cassette

For a free subscription to these magazines, contact your cooperating library.

Asimov's Science Fiction (12 issues)

The Atlantic Monthly (monthly)

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (10 issues)

Bon Appétit (monthly)

Buenhogar (monthly)

Choice Magazine Listening (on loan from cooperating libraries, bimonthly)

Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress (bimonthly)

Consumer Reports (monthly)

Cricket (for children, on one cassette with National Geographic World, monthly)

Discover (monthly)

Ebony (monthly)

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (11 issues)

Good Housekeeping (monthly plus special issues)

Health and Nutrition Newsletters (includes Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing, Healthline, The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter--Health after Fifty, and Nutrition Action Healthletter, monthly)

Journal Français (monthly)

Magazine of the Month (monthly)

Money (monthly plus special issues)

National Geographic World (for children and teens, on one cassette with Cricket, monthly)

New Choices: Living Even Better after Fifty (10 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

Outdoor Life (monthly)

People Weekly (weekly plus special issues)

QST (monthly)

Selecciones del Reader's Digest (monthly)

Sélections du Reader's Digest (monthly)

Seventeen (monthly)

Smart Computing (monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (monthly)

Sports Illustrated (weekly plus special issues)

Sports Illustrated for Kids (monthly)

Stereo Review's Sound and Vision (10 issues)

Talking Book Topics (bimonthly, also contains selections from NLS News irregularly)

Travel Holiday (10 issues)

True West (monthly)

The Writer (12 issues)

Young Adult Magazine of the Month (monthly)

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Posted on 2013-12-27