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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.

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Cassettes Nonfiction

Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills     RC 50823

edited by Mary Soames

read by Patricia Kilgarriff

7 cassettes in 2 containers

Presents a collection of correspondence between Clementine and Winston Churchill from 1908 until 1964, the year before his death. Reveals their differences--especially in the friends they kept, their daily routines, and their vacation preferences. Explores the love, loyalty, and commitment to family and politics that held them together. 1998.

This Is My God: The Jewish Way of Life     RC 51044

by Herman Wouk

read by Ken Kliban

2 cassettes

Writing for Jews and non-Jews curious about the Hebrew faith, Wouk broadly sketches Judaism, touching on its history, beliefs, laws, liturgy, and observances. The author expands his original 1959 work with epilogues on the Six-Day War and on "Israel at Forty." Companion to The Will to Live On (RC 51045). 1987.

The Will to Live On: This Is Our Heritage     RC 51045

by Herman Wouk

read by Ken Kliban

2 cassettes

After writing several epilogues to update This Is My God (RC 51044), Wouk now offers this companion volume in which he presents things as he has come to see them during his "lifetime of living and studying Judaism." He discusses the Holocaust, sacred Jewish literature, and contemporary Jewish life. 2000.

The House of Rothschild: The World's Banker, 1849-1999     RC 51093

by Niall Ferguson

read by Anne Flosnik

8 cassettes in 2 containers

Details the Rothschilds' economic and political accomplishments, including the establishment of the world's largest bank before World War I. Recounts the diversification of the family's business empire into insurance, mining, transportation, and real estate. Sequel to The House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets, 1798-1848 (RC 51082). 1999.

Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs, and Rituals     RC 51380

by George Robinson

read by Ken Kliban

5 cassettes

A syndicated columnist and committed Reform Jew offers his viewpoints on the various Jewish movements--Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist--and provides information on issues such as prayer and ritual, festivals, life cycle events, and Jewish mysticism. He also includes the 613 commandments found in the Torah and discusses several philosophers. 2000.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook     RC 51388

by Judy Krizmanic

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

In this companion to A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian (RC 41479) the author offers recipes and tips for becoming self-sufficient in the kitchen. Includes useful substitutions, menus, and suggestions for the college-bound. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1999.

Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-Dime     RC 51435

by Karen Plunkett-Powell

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

History of the "great five-cent store" from 1879 to 1997. Traces the rags-to-riches story of founder Frank Winfield Woolworth. Recalls his first successful enterprise, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; his role in the construction of the world's tallest building in 1913; the depression years; and the lunch-counter sit-ins of the early 1960s. 1999.

Magellan     RC 51673

by Tim Joyner

read by Peter Gil

3 cassettes

Detailed account of the adventure, danger, and wonder of Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe in search of a route to the spice islands. The three-year journey began in September 1519, but because of poor judgment on his part, Magellan was killed in the Philippines in 1521. Some violence. 1992.

Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor     RC 51709

edited by Michael J. Rosen

read by L.J. Ganser

3 cassettes

More than 100 humorous pieces by contemporary authors and comedians, including Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., and Fran Lebowitz. Presents commentaries on President Clinton, O.J. Simpson, Madonna, and Saddam Hussein, as well as kids, travel, soccer coaches, and El Niño. Some strong language. 2000.

The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship     RC 51711

by Juliet E.K. Walker

read by Jake Williams

6 cassettes

Examines African American business development from the 1600s to the 1990s. Discusses black participation in commercial real estate, finance and investment, manufacturing, and other sectors. Recommends resisting policies based on racial prejudice and exploring opportunities for expansion into national and global markets. Black Caucus of ALA Award. 1998.

Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington     RC 51723

by Stuart Nicholson

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

Based on reminiscences from Ellington's family, friends, band members, and business associates, the author traces the musician's childhood in Washington, D.C., his performances in the 1920s, and his rise to fame as one of America's finest pianists and band leaders. Also portrays Ellington as a manager and renowned jazz composer. 1999.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life     RC 51724

by Alison Weir

read by Lisette Lecat

4 cassettes

Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204), a feudal heiress who was wed first to King Louis VII of France and later to Henry II--the Plantagenet ruler of England. Describes her marriages and children, her adventures during a Crusade, the rebellion she led with two of her sons, her imprisonment, and her lifelong political involvement. 1999.

A Future Perfect: The Essentials of Globalization     RC 51810

by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

read by Butch Hoover

3 cassettes

Two journalists from the Economist explain how the combination of global economic trends and social forces affects people's lives. The authors argue that increasing international integration has strengthened overall efficiency and broadened consumers' choices. They predict that cheaper raw materials and faster distribution systems will lead to greater innovation and lower prices. 2000.

Windows 98 for Dummies     RC 51821

by Andy Rathbone

read by John Richardson

3 cassettes

Explains the basics of a home computer and the often preinstalled Windows 98 software program. Includes instructions for using e-mail and audio and video features, and for surfing the World Wide Web using Internet Explorer 5. Also describes common problems. 1998.

Noah Webster and the American Dictionary     RC 51823

by David Micklethwait

read by Lou Harpenau

5 cassettes

Drawing mainly on original documents, Micklethwait presents an account of Noah Webster, who is credited with creating the first American dictionary. He describes some of Webster's other roles, such as schoolteacher, itinerant lecturer, and champion of copyright protection in America. Also discusses how Webster was, ironically, a great plagiarist. 2000.

Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Health Services for Seniors: What Your Family Needs to Know about Finding and Financing Medicare, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Home Care, Adult Day Care; with Ratings of Medicare HMOs and Supplemental Policies     RC 51837

edited by Trudy Lieberman

read by Kerry Cundiff

5 cassettes

More than five hundred pages of practical advice on finding the best possible health care for seniors in the United States. Lists facilities and services by state. Encourages preparation of a living will. 2000.

Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities     RC 51844

by Michael G. Paciello

read by Lou Harpenau

3 cassettes

Advocates making the World Wide Web fully accessible for people with disabilities and provides instructions for designing and building web sites with the use of assistive technology. Describes tools and utilities currently available, outlines legal issues, and discusses problem solving resources. 2000.

Atatürk     RC 51849

by Andrew Mango

read by Dennis Rooney

5 cassettes

The life and times of the founder of modern Turkey. Army officer Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) joined the Young Turk movement in 1908. He fought during World War I, and ultimately established an independent nation out of the defeated Ottoman Empire. Describes Atatürk's regime and his continuing influence on Turkey. 1999.

The Phoenicians     RC 51851

edited by Sabatino Moscati

read by Frank Coffee

4 cassettes

Essays explore the history, religion, art, and archaeological discoveries of the ancient Mediterranean civilization of the Phoenicians. Describes their expansion throughout the known world and their relationships with other cultures. 1988.

Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature     RC 51852

edited by Robert Irwin

read by Robert Blumenfeld

4 cassettes

Selections of Arabic poetry and prose composed between the fifth and the sixteenth centuries, from Afghanistan to Spain. Contains excerpts from major classics, including the Qur'an and The Arabian Nights, as well as less familiar pieces. Literary commentary and historical context are supplied by the editor. 1999.

Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography     RC 51858

by Albert Schweitzer

read by David Elias

2 cassettes

Autobiography of the German missionary doctor, organist, philosopher, theologian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner--first written in 1931 and revised by the author through 1960. Describes his childhood and education, religious views, organ building, and activities in Africa. Authorized translation with foreword by President Jimmy Carter. 1990.

No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II; Essays by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, John Keegan, William Manchester, and Others     RC 51886

edited by Robert Cowley

read by Robert Sams

7 cassettes in 2 containers

Historians and participants provide accounts of incidents from the war fought between 1939 and 1945. Includes the memoirs of Kanji Suzuki, a Japanese kamikaze pilot who survived a suicidal attack on an American ship. Articles were previously published in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. 2001.

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado     RC 51920

by Marc Aronson

read by Jake Williams

1 cassette

Biography of the adventurous English explorer and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. Describes the numerous expeditions to the New World in search of a golden kingdom and how court politics determined his fortunes. For junior and senior high readers. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. 2000.

Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany     RC 51958

by Hans J. Massaquoi

read by Jake Williams

4 cassettes

Former editor of Ebony magazine chronicles his life as the son of an African diplomat and a German nurse under Nazi rule. Recalls his early acceptance and admiration of Adolph Hitler in the face of racial animosities; describes moving to Liberia and later settling in the United States. 1999.

The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst     RC 51959

by David Nasaw

read by Bill Wallace

5 cassettes

An account of publishing heir Hearst's childhood as the wealthy son of a California gold miner, his own family with five sons, life with his mistress Marion Davies, his acquisition of fabulous homes and artifacts, as well as his political views and use of power. 2000.

Kiwi Tracks: A New Zealand Journey     RC 51961

by Andrew Stevenson

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

An intrepid backpacker recounts his four-month summer trek around the two islands of New Zealand. He describes the countryside, his adventures on the road, and his encounters with fellow travelers and local people. Some strong language. 1999.

Stroheim     RC 51962

by Arthur Lennig

read by Robert O'Keefe

4 cassettes

Lennig, whose interest in the work of Erich von Stroheim began during his grade school days, strips away many of the myths that surround this actor/director of the silent film era. Lennig's main focus is on Stroheim's work as the director of movies such as Foolish Wives, Greed, and The Merry Widow. 2000.

Bobbi Brown Beauty: The Ultimate Beauty Resource     RC 52003

by Bobbi Brown and Annemarie Iverson

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Makeup artist describes her beauty style as modern and pared down, aiming for a smooth, natural, healthy-looking face that doesn't mask ethnicity or skin tone. She discusses tools, ten-step applications (concealer, foundation, powder, brows, shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick, and lip liner), trade secrets, three- and five-minute faces, and interview looks. 1997.

The Coalwood Way     RC 52009

by Homer H. Hickam

read by John Polk

3 cassettes

This sequel to Rocket Boys (RC 47833) continues the author's reminiscences with memories of his senior year in high school in Coalwood, a West Virginia mining town, in 1959. Hickam describes misfortunes in the community, their repercussions within his family, and his teenage problems with girls. 2000.

Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times     RC 52012

by Lewis Sorley

read by Butch Hoover

3 cassettes

Biography of "General Abe" (1914-1974), whose illustrious career culminated with his tenure as army chief of staff. Traces his progress through almost four decades of service, from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to his role in rebuilding the effectiveness and morale of the troops during the Cold War. 1992.

The 3-Season Diet: Solving the Mysteries of Food Cravings, Weight Loss, and Exercise     RC 52019

by John Douillard

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

The author presents the results of a decade he spent applying Ayurvedic concepts to the American way of life, including exercise, eating habits, and stress prevention techniques. The diet follows nature's harvest: low fat in the spring, high carbohydrates in the summer, and high protein and fat in the winter. 2000.

Ancestors: A Family History     RC 52024

by William Maxwell

read by Brian Conn

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Former fiction editor at the New Yorker traces his family history with affection and humor. His ancestors came to the New World from Scotland and Ireland early in the eighteenth century, finally settling in Lincoln, Illinois, where they founded an independent sect called the Christian Church. 1971.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life     RC 52028

by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

read by Janis Gray

4 cassettes

Third edition (RC 19261) of guide for families whose members suffer from dementia. Covers a wide array of related social, medical, psychological, financial, and legal problems and suggests possible solutions. Includes information on hospice and assisted facility care and advances in medical research. 1999.

How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science     RC 52032

by Michael Shermer

read by Roy Avers

3 cassettes

A professional atheist and publisher of Skeptic magazine examines the question of how and why people have made their decision to believe or not believe in God. In part one he discusses the universality and persistence of belief, and in part two he examines religion and science as separate realms. 2000.

The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus     RC 52034

by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

Using data from an international research project and numerous case studies, two writers for the Economist examine the major theoretical approaches in management philosophy that were introduced during the last quarter of the twentieth century. They discuss the field's commercial applications and reveal contradictions among the various ideas. 1996.

The Cake Mix Doctor     RC 52035

by Anne Byrn

read by Patricia McDermott

3 cassettes

Byrn takes the best of what a prepared cake mix offers and adds various ingredients--such as eggs, butter, chocolate, and nuts--to create more than 150 different desserts. She includes "cake doctor" hints throughout, with tips on such things as toasting nuts and packing cakes for shipping. 1999.

The Girls' Life Guide to Growing Up     RC 52039

edited by Karen Bokram and Alexis Sinex

read by Sharon Murray

3 cassettes

Advice for girls on everyday challenges, such as friendship and family, boyfriends and crushes, popularity and conflicts, self-esteem and body issues (menstruation, bras, braces), and "tough stuff" such as moving and grief. Based on questions frequently handled by Girls' Life magazine. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition     RC 52040

by Leonard F. Guttridge

read by Barry Bernson

3 cassettes

Historian reconstructs the tragic tale of the 1881-1884 American expedition to the Arctic. The team succeeded in reaching the farthest point north to date and in obtaining valuable scientific data, but these achievements were overshadowed by subsequent reports of mutiny, shipwreck, bureaucratic ineptitude, poor leadership, and cannibalism. 2000.

The First Week with My New PC: A Very Basic Guide for Mature Adults and Everyone Else Who Wants to "Get Connected"     RC 52060

by Pamela R. Lessing

read by Renee Dutton-O'Hara

1 cassette

Step-by-step instructions to help novice computer users perform basic tasks such as writing and saving letters, sending e-mail, playing electronic games, using CDs (compact discs), and going on the Internet. Also lists helpful resources and directions for connecting new equipment. 2000.

The Blood Runs like a River through My Dreams: A Memoir     RC 52065

by Nasdijj

read by Mark Ashby

1 cassette

Reminiscences of the son of an alcoholic Navajo mother and a hardhearted white cowboy father--both migrant workers--who longed to be a good father to his own adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy. Nasdijj recalls the six best years of his life: the years Tommy lived before his death from fetal alcohol syndrome. Some strong language. 2000.

Karl Marx: A Life     RC 52066

by Francis Wheen

read by Gregory Gorton

3 cassettes

Biography of Karl Marx (1818-1883), author of The Communist Manifesto (RC 19621), whose theories have inspired world revolutionary movements. Traces his middle-class upbringing in Prussia and his political exile in bourgeois Victorian London with his beloved wife and children, and explores his relationship with his patron, Friedrich Engels. 1999.

Lenin: A Biography     RC 52071

by Robert Service

read by Michael Scherer

4 cassettes

Oxford historian investigates the life of Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov, who, as V.I. Lenin, became one of the principal architects of twentieth-century Communism. Using archival material opened after the Soviet Union's collapse, the author chronicles Lenin's comfortable childhood, revolutionary beginnings, and exile and the eventual triumph of his Bolshevik party. 2000.

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam     RC 52072

by Frances FitzGerald

read by Steven Carpenter

4 cassettes (Reissue)

Examines the history and culture of the southeast Asian society and events that led to its struggle for independence. Criticizes American involvement in the country's internal affairs. The author made firsthand observations as a journalist during the Vietnam War in 1966 and came to appreciate the character and traditions of the people. Pulitzer Prize. 1972.

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Women's Experience of Power in Hollywood     RC 52075

by Rachel Abramowitz

read by Faith Potts

5 cassettes

A history of the women who obtained positions of power in the movie-making industry. Reviews their childhoods and their ambitions and documents discrimination and other obstacles they overcame. Includes the late executive Dawn Steel, Paramount head Sherry Lansing, writer-director Nora Ephron, and actress-producer-director Jodie Foster. Strong language. 2000.

The Knitting Goddess: Finding the Heart and Soul of Knitting through Instruction, Projects, and Stories     RC 52082

by Deborah Bergman

read by Corrie James

2 cassettes

Folktales and legends about knitting lead into basic information for beginners and progressively harder projects for the more advanced. New stitches are explained as required. Projects include a stole, ribbed scarf, pullover, pillow cover, bag, turtleneck, afghan, and a hood called an Athena smoke ring. 2000.

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail     RC 52093

by Malika Oufkir and Michèle Fitoussi

read by Yolande Bavan

3 cassettes

Moroccan woman describes her family's twenty-year imprisonment after her father led an unsuccessful coup against the king. Malika recalls her luxurious childhood in the palace; her harsh exile to an abandoned fort with her mother and five siblings; and their escape, recapture, and final release from prison. 1999.

Henry VIII: The King and His Court     RC 52095

by Alison Weir

read by Anne Flosnik

5 cassettes

Author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (RC 47483) and The Children of Henry VIII (RC 47484) examines the life of this refined and educated monarch (1491-1547) in the context of his times. Discusses court life during the Tudor era and the king's accomplishments as well as his wrongdoings. 2001.

An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation     RC 52102

by Tom Brokaw

read by Michael Russotto

3 cassettes

Reflections of men and women who served in World War II, as well as their families, selected by Tom Brokaw from letters he received after publishing The Greatest Generation Speaks (RC 49312). Includes a brief overview of events from the Great Depression through the end of the war. Bestseller 2001.

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation     RC 52116

by Edwin Black

read by Bill Wallace

4 cassettes

Black asserts that Nazi Germany used IBM punch-card technology to improve the efficiency of its persecutions during World War II and that IBM actively enabled the Holocaust and profited financially from collaboration with the Third Reich. Black also recounts how IBM aided the Allies, especially in code-breaking techniques. Bestseller 2001.

Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless but Seen, Deaf but Heard     RC 52120

by Lois J. Einhorn

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

An account of Helen Keller's public speaking, concentrating on the characteristics, effectiveness, and broad range of topics of her speeches. Observes that, although sightless and deaf, she learned to communicate effectively, inspiring others with her "vision of a better tomorrow." Provides a chronology of her discourse. 1998.

Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye     RC 52126

by Steve Turner

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

British author traces the family and professional life of soul singer Marvin Gaye. Gaye married into Motown Records' famous Gordy family, but drugs and financial problems plagued him. And his lifelong rocky relationship with his cross-dressing father deteriorated and led to his death. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1998.

The Buddha from Brooklyn     RC 52127

by Martha Sherrill

read by Suzanne Toren

3 cassettes

A Washington Post journalist's profile of American housewife Catharine Burroughs, who took the name Jetsunma after being recognized by a Buddhist leader as the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama. Describes the charismatic Jetsunma's influence on her followers and their efforts to create the largest Tibetan Buddhist center in America. Some strong language. 2000.

Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces     RC 52128

by Tom Clancy

read by Ralph Lowenstein

4 cassettes

Portrait of the United States Special Forces, aka the Green Berets. Discusses their recruitment and training, equipment, and missions. Includes an interview with General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and ends with a mini-novel depicting a terrorist revolution in Indonesia. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2001.

NYPD: A City and Its Police     RC 52137

by James Lardner and Thomas Reppetto

read by Ralph Lowenstein

3 cassettes

New York City's police department from the 1820s to the late twentieth century. Describes the force as the oldest in America and the model on which others have been patterned. Examines the NYPD's relationship with inner-city residents and looks at headline stories from the 1990s involving accusations of torture and wrongful death. 2000.

Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods     RC 52141

by Christopher Shaw

read by John Horton

2 cassettes

During a raft, boat, and kayak expedition, Shaw explores the Usumacinta River at the Guatemalan and Mexican border, homeland of the ancient Mayas. He combines anthropological and historical knowledge of the area with vivid details of his contact with rebel soldiers, other travelers, drug smugglers, and dangerous river rapids. 2000.

Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care"     RC 52144

by Lee Server

read by Robert O'Keefe

5 cassettes

Biography of screen legend Robert Mitchum (1917-1997), who left his bohemian home at age fourteen to lead an unconventional life, which included stints as a boxer, laborer, vagabond, and jailbird. Chronicles his family saga, his long marriage to his teenage sweetheart, and his career in Hollywood. Strong language. 2001.

Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain     RC 52157

by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Personal accounts from the attempted invasion of Britain by Nazi Germany in 1940. Uses interviews, archival material, letters, and diaries to relate the struggle by both civilians and the military to defend the country. Includes the retreat at Dunkirk, the bombing of London, and the sinking of convoy ships. 1999.

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses     RC 52171

by Bruce Feiler

read by Michael Scherer

3 cassettes

Feiler's recounting of his ten-thousand-mile trek with Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren through the Middle East is part adventure story, part spiritual exploration, and part archaeological detective work. Throughout his travels, Feiler recalls biblical stories related to each site, thus weaving together religious myths, historical theory, and physical evidence. Bestseller 2001.

Retelling Dostoyevsky: Literary Responses and Other Observations     RC 52176

by Gary Adelman

read by Mark Ashby

2 cassettes

Examines Dostoyevsky in relation to nine modern writers who responded to him with literary work of their own: Joseph Conrad, J.M. Coetzee, Bernard Malamud, Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov, David Storey, Frank Herbert, Leonid Leonov, and Richard Wright. Provides biographical insight into Dostoyevsky's creative personality and, in a provocative dialog, explores his anti-Semitism. 2001.

A Life of James Boswell     RC 52179

by Peter Martin

read by Corrie James

5 cassettes

Reassesses the reputation of the eighteenth-century biographer of Samuel Johnson. Based on journals discovered in the 1920s and 1930s, this biography examines Boswell's achievements as well as his weaknesses of character and explores the vibrant and complex world in which he lived. 1999.

Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Baseball Player     RC 52183

compiled by Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas

read by Erik Synnestvedt

2 cassettes

Traces the rise of Miguel Tejada from abject poverty in the Dominican Republic to a major league baseball contract with the Oakland Athletics. Describes how the American recruitment system exploits the aspirations of illiterate teenagers from the barrios, who must contend with a language barrier, discrimination, and intense competition. Some strong language. 1999.

Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages     RC 52195

by Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine

read by Lewis Grenville

2 cassettes

This study of endangered languages examines the link between language survival and environmental issues. Discusses the various factors responsible for the disappearance of languages and why the rate is accelerating. Advocates the preservation of linguistic diversity as a benchmark of cultural diversity. 2000.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream     RC 52208

by Andres Duany and others

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

Three planners offer ways to "once again build and inhabit places worth caring about." They use examples of old and new communities (including two revitalized by their firm) to explain the differences between suburban sprawl and traditional neighborhoods. Discusses how many aspects that make older communities more livable are often against code. 2000.

The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime     RC 52209

by Miles Harvey

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Reconstructs the 1990s crime career of Gilbert Bland Jr., a master thief of rare, valuable maps from renowned libraries. Embellishes Bland's biography with the history of cartography; portrays a subculture of scholars, collectors, and dealers who are obsessed with antique maps. 2000.

Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times     RC 52215

by Robert W. McChesney

read by John Richardson

3 cassettes

Asserts that the media have become a "significant antidemocratic force in the United States" and offers solutions. Describes the current vertical concentration of power by a few large conglomerates and its political alignment. 1999.

The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America     RC 52221

by Jeffrey Rosen

read by John Richardson

2 cassettes

Explores the social, legal, and technological developments that have eroded privacy protections in American society. Explains how the government, employers, and corporations can monitor and search citizens' personal information, including e-mails, store records, phone calls, and computer files. Offers practical suggestions for corrective action. 2000.

Java Man: How Two Geologists' Dramatic Discoveries Changed Our Understanding of the Evolutionary Path to Modern Humans     RC 52224

by Carl C. Swisher and others

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Geochronologists Curtis and Swisher explain the dating of skull fossils from Indonesia and argue that they indicate the coexistence of several species of humans. The authors conclude that this evidence contradicts the "straight-line" theory of evolution, which suggests that primate development led inevitably to Homo sapiens. 2000.

The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan: The Powerful Foods, Supplements, and Drugs That Could Save Your Life     RC 52225

by Robert Arnot

read by Randy Davidson

2 cassettes

Television medical correspondent suggests methods to reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer and slow the spread of existing cancer. He recommends a diet high in soy and tomatoes and low in animal fat, starches, and sugar. Includes discussion of supplements, lifestyle, and several preventive drugs that are being researched. 2000.

Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel Really, Really Good--without Alcohol or Other Drugs     RC 52226

by Alex J. Packer

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Author of How Rude (RC 46516) presents 150 ways to relieve tension and find peace and pleasure, without pills. Includes stress breakers, meditation, physical and artistic activities, nutritional advice, and tips on personal relationships. Includes a chapter on visual perception. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Examining the Psychological Components     RC 52230

by Elizabeth Russell Connelly

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette

Overview of sexual, physical, and emotional child abuse and neglect and their consequences. Discusses possible treatment, the types of perpetrators and victims, and prevention. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Does This Make Me Look Fat? The Definitive Rules for Dressing Thin for Every Height, Size, and Shape     RC 52231

by Leah Feldon

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

Provides fashion information on putting together a wardrobe using twelve easy rules of camouflage. Discusses fabrics, body types, accessories, and fads. Includes a chapter for men. 2000.

On Money and Markets: A Wall Street Memoir     RC 52234

by Henry Kaufman

read by Roy Avers

3 cassettes

An economist traces his family's emigration from Nazi Germany to the United States and his years in school and rise to fame on Wall Street. Examines the relationship between American economic policies and twentieth-century global bond and financial markets. Recommends increased regulation of the world's business and economic system. 2000.

Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove Off with Chrysler     RC 52235

by Bill Vlasic and Bradley A. Stertz

read by John Polk

3 cassettes

Investigates the 1998 business deal in which the Chrysler Corporation was bought out by the German auto-maker Daimler-Benz, and the results of the merger. Discusses an initial takeover attempt by Kirk Kerkorian, Chrysler's largest stockholder, and Lee Iacocca. 2000.

The Ultimate Fit or Fat: Get in Shape and Stay in Shape with America's Best-Loved and Most Effective Fitness Teacher     RC 52238

by Covert Bailey

read by Richard Hauenstein

1 cassette

In this companion to bestselling Smart Exercise (RC 39218) and others, Bailey stresses that exercise is the only way to change metabolism to convert fewer calories to fat. Describes methods of measuring fitness and body fat; outlines a program to improve both. 1999.

The Collected Poems     RC 52239

by Stanley Kunitz

read by Fred Major

1 cassette

A representative selection of poems previously published in seven collections between 1930 and 1995 by the U.S. poet laureate. Includes pieces from his 1958 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Selected Poems. 2000.

Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants     RC 52241

by Janeen R. Adil

read by Butch Hoover

2 cassettes

An avid gardener provides tips and techniques for adapting garden format and methods for people with limited mobility. Explains advantages of containers, raised beds, and vertical gardens. Chapters discuss appropriate tools; choosing vegetables, herbs, flowers, vines, and ornamentals; and starting children in gardening. 1994.

Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho     RC 52248

by Jon Katz

read by Brian Conn

2 cassettes

Chronicles the transformation of two blue-collar teens who escaped from their depressing hometown for jobs and further education in Chicago. Jesse and Eric were ostracized, alienated nerds at school but discovered that their formidable computer skills were in high demand. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

The Close: A Young Woman's First Year at Seminary     RC 52250

by Chloe Breyer

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Breyer recalls accepting her vocation to become an Episcopal priest and her first year of training at a seminary in New York. Having grown up in an interfaith household, with a passion for justice, she faces daily challenges as she adopts a lifestyle of ministry, prayer, and ritual. 2000.

A Whale Hunt     RC 52251

by Robert Sullivan

read by Chris Parente

3 cassettes

In 1997 Sullivan began chronicling the efforts of the Makah Indians to reestablish their whaling tradition. He records observations made at Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula of both Makah planning and environmentalist opposition. He also describes preparations and details of the whale-hunting expedition. Some strong language. 2000.

Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody     RC 52257

by David L. Lander

read by Fred Major

1 cassette

Best known for his role as Squiggy in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley, the actor describes his career and the difficulties of trying to hide a mid-1980s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. After going public in 1999, Lander became a spokesperson for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Some strong language. 2000.

Along the Inca Road: A Woman's Journey into an Ancient Empire     RC 52259

by Karin Muller

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

The author records her action-packed, six-month, 3,125-mile trip through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile after receiving a National Geographic grant. She provides historical background to ancient sites and festivals in the Andes mountains and discusses modern issues such as land mines and drug traffic. 2000.

John Adams     RC 52275

by David McCullough

read by Gary Telles

6 cassettes

Award-winning author chronicles the life and times of America's second president, New Englander John Adams (1735-1826). Examines his pivotal role as revolutionary, diplomat, and politician as well as his friendship--and rivalry--with Thomas Jefferson. Primary sources detail his relationship with his wife, Abigail, four children, and notable contemporaries. Bestseller 2001.

Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission     RC 52290

by Hampton Sides

read by Ted Stoddard

3 cassettes

In 1945, 121 U.S. Army Rangers raided the Cabanatuan prisoner of war camp in the Philippines to rescue long-suffering soldiers. Depicts the atrocities of war, the conditions endured by the prisoners, and the bravery of the liberators. Violence. Bestseller 2001.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America     RC 52291

by Barbara Ehrenreich

read by Colleen Delany

2 cassettes

Inspired by welfare reforms, the author explores surviving on less than $8 per hour as an "unskilled" worker. Traveling across the country, she takes on six jobs and lives anywhere she can afford. Concludes that low-paying jobs without supportive public services are a disgrace to the United States. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression     RC 52301

by Marie Osmond

read by Barbara Pinolini

2 cassettes

Marie Osmond began experiencing bouts of postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of her seventh child at the age of thirty-nine. She describes her childhood, career, and motherhood and the medical condition that made her flee her family. Includes list of symptoms and available treatments. Bestseller 2001.

Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease, and Other Deadly Ailments     RC 52312

by Paul W. Ewald

read by John Hammock

2 cassettes

Biologist posits that bacterial infections, not genes or the environment, are the primary cause of illness, including chronic conditions like ulcers, diabetes, cancer, and schizophrenia. Explains how the immune system works; advocates simple solutions to many medical problems. 2000.

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspirations and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes     RC 52360

by Yogi Berra

read by Michael Scherer

1 cassette

Champion baseball catcher, coach, and manager suggests making informed decisions by obtaining advice and going with what feels right. Uses baseball anecdotes as metaphors for life. Bestseller 2001.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters: Letters of Life, Love, and Learning     RC 52367

compiled by Jack Canfield and others

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

A collection of letters written by teenagers reflecting on and reacting to reading the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (RC 44853, RC 47252, RC 50351) series. For senior high readers. Bestseller 2001.

Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning     RC 52369

by Kirk Douglas

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

At age eighty, actor Kirk Douglas continues his life story begun in The Ragman's Son (RC 28008). He reminisces about his professional and personal life, including survival in a helicopter accident in 1991, a stroke, and rediscovery of his Jewish roots. Some strong language. 1997.

Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race     RC 52376

by Rob Mundle

read by John Horton

2 cassettes

Harrowing account of the 1998 Australian yacht race that encountered hurricane-force winds. Details the havoc wreaked on the fleet of 115 entries, only forty-four of which finished in Hobart, while five sank. Describes the heroic search-and-rescue effort that resulted in winching fifty-five sailors to safety. 1999.

Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope     RC 52379

by Jonathan Kozol

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

Portraits from their own viewpoint of some of the poorest children in the South Bronx, all African American or Hispanic, growing up in dangerous neighborhoods. These elementary school-aged youngsters, many suffering from asthma, describe their feelings, routines, and living conditions. 2000.

Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling     RC 52381

by Eleanor Clift and Tom Brazaitis

read by Judith Ann Gantly

3 cassettes

Washington pundits assess the chances of the United States electing a female president. They assert that pop culture in the media age makes the goal attainable and highlight the careers of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Todd Whitman, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, among others. The authors propose strategies for women considering political office. 2000.

Mad Dogs: The New Rabies Plague     RC 52387

by Don Finley

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

Chronicles the 1988 rabies epidemic that began with coyotes in Texas. Describes the efforts by scientists to deal with this public health menace and the political climate that led to an experimental vaccine. Includes the stories of the victims. 1998.

Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter     RC 52388

by Jennifer Allen

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

1 cassette

The only daughter of the late football coach George Allen chronicles her unusual family life. As her three older brothers and father obsessed over winning while her colorful and profane French Tunisian mother railed from the sidelines, Jennifer watched and wished she were a boy. Strong language. 2000.

The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding     RC 52404

by Michael Brooke

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

History of skateboarding and the people who first made it happen. Chronicles the growth of skateboarding as a sport and the popularity of holding competitions and building skateparks. Explains the technology of constructing skateboards using urethane wheels and fiberglass boards. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1999.

Endangered: Your Child in a Hostile World     RC 52412

by Johann Christoph Arnold

read by Bill Wallace

1 cassette

A pastor presents anecdotes and stories encouraging parents to put children first and avoid contemporary social ills that create unhappy families. He stresses the spiritual aspects of parenting and offers suggestions for bringing up offspring who are loved. 2000.

Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran     RC 52437

by Elaine Sciolino

read by Yolande Bavan

4 cassettes

An American journalist examines the opposing claims of theocracy and democracy in modern Iran. Based on her visits and reporting since 1979, Sciolino's account provides insights into a society that seeks to circumvent the more restrictive customs imposed by Islamic orthodoxy as it battles to balance religion and personal freedom. 2000.

Tutankhamen: The Life and Death of the Boy-King     RC 52444

by Christine El Mahdy

read by Jamie Horton

3 cassettes

Egyptologist examines archaeological and historical evidence to reconstruct the life of the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh. El Mahdy separates fact from legend as she describes Egyptian civilization based on evidence from Luxor in the fourteenth century B.C. Also provides details of British archaeologist Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. 1999.

One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate     RC 52445

by Tom Segev

read by Suzanne Toren

5 cassettes

An account of Palestine from 1917 to 1948, when Great Britain governed the region following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Contends that England came to favor Jewish claims after the territory was promised to both Arabs and Zionists. Relates personal experiences of individuals from both sides. Violence. 2000.

The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam     RC 52447

by Kenneth L. Woodward

read by Robert O'Keefe

4 cassettes

Author of Making Saints (RC 33456) and veteran Newsweek religion writer presents his view that miracles are best understood in the context of a story. Explains the relevance of marvelous deeds in the major world faiths; presents accounts of saints, sages, and revered masters in each of the great traditions. 2000.

Selected Poems     RC 52448

by Ezra Pound

read by Gordon Gould

1 cassette

A selection of Pound's poems and translations, spanning his whole career. Includes parts of his best-known works: the Hugh Selwyn Mauberley sequence, the Homage to Sextus Propertius, and large portions of the Cantos. 1957.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World     RC 52450

by Michael Pollan

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

Discusses the reciprocal relationship between the human and natural world from the plant's point of view. Combines social history and anecdote to provide insight into the connections between domesticated plant varieties and human desires, apples and sweetness, tulips and beauty, marijuana and intoxication, and potatoes and control. Bestseller 2001.

Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away     RC 52463

by Suzanne Somers

read by Sharon Murray

3 cassettes

Somers explains how to lose weight by eating delectable foods in the right combinations. She provides more than one hundred new recipes for meats, sauces, and desserts using rich substances like cheese and butter. Companion to Eat Great, Lose Weight (RC 48948) and Get Skinny on Fabulous Food (RC 48777). Bestseller 2001.

The Elements of Style     RC 52467

by William Strunk and E.B. White

read by Lou Harpenau

1 cassette

A compendium of specific tips to encourage writers to be clear, brief, and bold. This fourth edition of E.B. White's revision of Strunk's classic style manual is modestly updated to accommodate gender references and to provide fresh examples. Contains a foreword by Roger Angell. Bestseller 2000.

Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII     RC 52468

by William W. Putney

read by Randy Atcher

2 cassettes

The 1943 commander, also a veterinarian, of the Marines' Third War Dog Platoon describes the training and duties of the animals he led during World War II. Explains the recruitment and retention of his charges and their handlers and their subsequent action in the Pacific. 2001.

The Oldest Rookie: Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy     RC 52470

by Jim Morris and Joel Engel

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

The story of Jim Morris, who achieved his dream of playing baseball at thirty-five. Tells how an injury cost him a shot at professional baseball as a teen. Discusses his family and how becoming a coach in Texas led to a bet that changed his life. 2001.

God's Smuggler     RC 52473

by Brother Andrew

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

A portrait of a Dutch missionary who risked his life surreptitiously smuggling Bibles to Christians in communist countries, including Yugoslavia, Russia, and China, in the 1960s. Describes his extraordinary escapes from officialdom and the hardships of worshipers banned from practicing their faith behind the iron curtain. 1967.

Washington     RC 52474

by Meg Greenfield

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor and Newsweek columnist's posthumously published exploration of the real world of politicians in the nation's capital--comparing their subculture to that of high schoolers. Analyzes the changes that took place during Greenfield's forty years as a firsthand observer. Foreword by Katharine Graham. Afterword by Michael Beschloss. Bestseller 2001.

When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line between Law and Popular Culture     RC 52535

by Richard K. Sherwin

read by Rick Rohan

3 cassettes

A law professor examines what happens when popular culture influences the legal system. Uses court cases and modern films to illustrate how manipulative storytelling techniques can influence the interpretation of facts by jurors as well as viewing audiences. Analyzes the sensational trials of John Brown in 1859 and Randy Weaver in 1993. 2000.

The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish     RC 52543

by T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes

Based on their broad experience, a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist present the fundamental requirements for providing children a healthy start. They identify seven basic needs and explore such topics as day care, public school, and environmental hazards. 2000.

Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers     RC 52550

by Charlene Gilbert and Quinn Eli

read by John Hammock

2 cassettes

Discusses the historical significance of land and farming for African Americans. Chronologically traces ownership of land and operation of farms in the South from Reconstruction through the 1990s, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted farmers restitution for discriminatory banking practices. Examines black farmers' determination, courage, labor, and economic hardships. 2000.

Minding the Law     RC 52551

by Anthony G. Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner

read by Robert Sams

4 cassettes

A law professor and a psychologist show how language and culture determine legal outcomes. Theoretical discussions of categorization, narrative, rhetoric, and the shifting ground of culture alternate with close studies of Supreme Court decisions. The authors discern a retreat from earlier civil rights legislation in the court under Chief Justice Rehnquist. 2000.

Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II     RC 52553

by Geoffrey Perret

read by Ted Stoddard

4 cassettes

Presents a history of World War II aerial campaigns, including key air battles in the Pacific and European theaters. Discusses leaders such as Lieutenant General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, who along with subordinates, turned the U.S. Army Air Corps into an effective fighting force. 1993.

Money from Thin Air: The Story of Craig McCaw, the Visionary Who Invented the Cell Phone Industry, and His Next Billion-Dollar Idea     RC 52554

by O. Casey Corr

read by Renee Dutton-O'Hara

3 cassettes

Chronicles the development of a nationwide cellular network after Craig McCaw revamped a family business into one of the largest telecommunications companies in America. Details the popularization of mobile phones following AT&T's 1993 purchase of McCaw Cellular Communications. Also describes McCaw's plans to employ a global satellite system. 2000.

The Richest Man in Babylon     RC 52557

by George S. Clason

read by Erik Synnestvedt

1 cassette

A guide to money management, financial problem solving, and the acquisition of wealth. Acclaimed as a classic of its type, the book uses parables set in the ancient world to present the principles and techniques it endorses. 1926.

Baby ER: The Heroic Doctors and Nurses Who Perform Medicine's Tiniest Miracles     RC 52559

by Edward Humes

read by Kimberly Schraf

3 cassettes

The day-to-day work of a neonatal intensive care unit, observed firsthand by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. After his personal experience, Humes follows the progress of several babies and talks with their families and hospital staff, who share with him incredible moments--both good and bad--in the struggle to save lives. 2000.

Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty! Don't Treat Thirst with Medications!     RC 52565

by F. Batmanghelidj

read by David Elias

2 cassettes

Physician proposes that chronic dehydration is the cause of many conditions and degenerative diseases, including asthma, allergies, migraine headaches, hypertension, rising cholesterol, depression, and diabetes in the elderly. Explains how much water the human body needs in a day and discourages substituting water with tea, coffee, and mineral drinks. 1992.

Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier     RC 52566

by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith

read by Margaret Strom

2 cassettes

Discusses the role of women in the westward expansion of the United States: on the journey, homesteading, performing household chores, in family dynamics, and as community builders. Based on the letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories from women of varied origins, ethnicity, and circumstances. 1996.

Typing and Keyboarding for Everyone with Typing Tutor 6     RC 52572

by Nathan Levine

read by Richard Hauenstein

2 cassettes

A home study course with complete instructions in the fundamentals of touch keyboarding. Contains information on business letter format and advice on using a computer. 1998.

On Burning Ground: A Son's Memoir     RC 52581

by Michael Skakun

read by Mark Ashby

2 cassettes

A son relates his father's survival of the Holocaust by posing as a Christian and then a Muslim Tatar. Rabbinical student Joseph Skakun quickly learns the rudiments of Islam and joins the German foreign labor program in Berlin. When a colleague becomes suspicious near war's end, he enlists in the Nazi SS. 1999.

For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life     RC 52582

by Jennifer Berman and Laura Berman

read by Barbara Pinolini

2 cassettes

A urologist and her psychotherapist sister, both specialists in female sexual dysfunction, explain physiological and psychological problems associated with the disorder. They discuss conditions that may initiate maladies, such as pelvic surgery, spinal column injury, and being post-menopausal, and suggest solutions. The doctors also offer advice for obtaining treatment. 2001.

How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries     RC 52605

by Deepak Chopra

read by Rick Foucheux

3 cassettes

Using philosophy and science, the bestselling author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (RC 37057) explores the different ways people appreciate God. Chopra contends that the human brain is "hardwired to God" and that the nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to the seven hierarchical levels of divine experience. 2000.

e=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation     RC 52606

by David Bodanis

read by Mark Ashby

2 cassettes

Historical facts about Einstein's theory of relativity--how he wove together elements of his thinking and how he constructed the mathematical equation that embodies his discovery. Profiles other scientists who influenced Einstein and some who put his ideas to use during and after World War II. 2000.

One Nation under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots     RC 52607

by James Haskins

read by Mark Ashby

1 cassette

Examines the origins and evolution of rap music, its African roots, and its continuing popularity throughout the world. Examines the "gangsta" image in hip-hop culture and the controversy surrounding some of its major artists, including female and white musicians. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry     RC 52620

by David Kessler

read by Erik Synnestvedt

3 cassettes

Drawing on legal and scientific research, Kessler, former commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, discusses the agency's investigation of the practices of the tobacco industry. Details manufacturers' complicity in nicotine manipulation that increased the addictiveness of cigarettes. Discusses the industry's political clout and its relationship with the government. 2001.

The New Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are     RC 52622

by Kevin Leman

read by Christopher Walker

2 cassettes

Psychologist explains his theory that a child's placement among siblings affects personality. Discusses first- and last-borns and middle children, common strengths and weaknesses of each group, and how to parent them. Suggests solutions to problems that may arise and tips for eventual success in life's endeavors. 1998.

The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story; Finding Felons and Guiding Men     RC 52625

by Joshua Armstrong

read by John Hammock

3 cassettes

Personal narrative of an African American professional skip tracer (bail enforcement agent) who tracks suspects who have fled before trial. The book details Armstrong's experiences and profiles his bounty-hunter company, which operates on spiritual principles and has an 85 percent success rate. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Tolkien: A Biography     RC 52637

by Humphrey Carpenter

read by Michael Moodie

2 cassettes (Reissue)

J.R.R. Tolkien's life, from his childhood in South Africa through the lonely period that followed the deaths of both parents and ended with his marriage. Recounts his years as a distinguished Oxford professor and recalls the acclaim he enjoyed as the author of the Hobbit series (RC 48978 and others). 1977.

The Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life     RC 52645

by Billy Graham

read by Edwin Horton

2 cassettes (Reissue)

A world-renowned evangelist explores and answers some basic questions about a much discussed but often misunderstood aspect of the Godhead. Graham emphasizes the action of the Holy Spirit in the modern world. 1978.

Positively Fourth Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña     RC 52658

by David Hajdu

read by Robert O'Keefe

3 cassettes

Based on hundreds of interviews, Hajdu's work scrutinizes the interpersonal relationships of Joan and Mimi Baez, Bob Dylan, and Richard Fariña and shows how the four emerged from the Greenwich Village coffeehouse folk music scene to become influential pop singers of the 1960s. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers     RC 52660

by Jack Canfield and others

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

A collection of true stories by or about fathers. In "Riding Tandem," blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer discusses his bond with his father. He recalls the insights he gained on a twelve-hundred-mile bicycle trek they made together in 1998 in Vietnam. Bestseller 2001.

Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest     RC 52687

by Walter Noble Burns

read by Bob Askey

3 cassettes

Legend-maker Burns recounts the history of Tombstone, Arizona, in frontier days featuring lawman/gunfighter Wyatt Earp. Combines fact with fictional elements to re-create such events as the shoot-out at the OK Corral and the roles played by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. 1999 foreword. Some strong language. 1927.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States     RC 52778

read by Randy Atcher

1 cassette

Contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, and the Constitution of the United States, written in 1787, as well as the twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution. Includes an introduction by Pauline Maier that provides historical information on both documents. Bestseller 1998.

The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President     RC 52784

by Vincent Bugliosi

read by Richard Hauenstein

1 cassette

Former Los Angeles prosecutor asserts that U.S. Supreme Court justices Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, O'Connor, and Kennedy "did not act impartially in the case of Bush v. Gore" when they stopped the recount of contested Florida votes during the 2000 presidential election. Developed from an article that originally appeared in the Nation. Bestseller 2001.

Post-Polio Syndrome: A Guide for Polio Survivors and Their Families     RC 52879

by Julie K. Silver

read by David Elias

2 cassettes

A physician with family members who have had polio explains the history, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. Silver discusses medical difficulties that can occur decades later, as well as emotional, psychological, and sexual concerns in coping with a recurring disability. Also describes assistive devices and evaluates practical remedies and alternative therapies. 2001.

Cassettes Fiction

Honour This Day: Richard Bolitho Novels, Volume 17     RC 49932

by Alexander Kent

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

1804. Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho once again is sailing on the Hyperion--this time to the Caribbean, where he is to execute a raid against the Spanish Main. But something else also awaits Bolitho. Sequel to Colours Aloft! (RC 49931). 1987.

The Only Victor: Richard Bolitho Novels, Volume 18     RC 49933

by Alexander Kent

read by Jim Zeiger

3 cassettes

1806. Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho travels to southern Africa, where he assists British ground forces in retaking Cape Town. Then, following a brief reunion with his mistress, he carries out a secret mission to Denmark, which almost ends in disaster. Sequel to Honour This Day (RC 49932). 1990.

The Spellsong War: The Spellsong Cycle, Book 2     RC 51114

by L.E. Modesitt

read by Kristin Allison

4 cassettes

Now regent of the Defalk kingdom, Anna must secure the cooperation of the (male) lords and defend her people against threats of invasion by neighboring rulers. In the process, she learns more about leadership and authority. Sequel to The Soprano Sorceress (RC 51113). For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Half Moon Street     RC 51233

by Anne Perry

read by Terry Hayes Sales

3 cassettes

With Charlotte in Paris, Superintendent Thomas Pitt devotes his time to the case of a murdered photographer found dressed as a woman. With the help of his mother-in-law, Caroline--who is married to an actor--Pitt investigates the Victorian stage and the underground world of pornography. Some violence. 2000.

The Mill on the Floss     RC 51267

by George Eliot

read by Flo Gibson

4 cassettes (Reissue)

Classic Victorian novel about Maggie Tulliver, a young woman from a working-class family in a small English town, who is dominated by her coarse older brother. In her pursuit of beauty and love, Maggie finds herself rejected by her brother and condemned by the respectable townspeople. 1860.

Wonderful Town: New York City Stories from the New Yorker     RC 51374

edited by David Remnick

read by Jim Zeiger

5 cassettes

An anthology of forty-four timeless short stories set in the diversity of New York City, selected from seventy-five years of the New Yorker. Includes such writers as John Cheever, Woody Allen, John O'Hara, James Thurber, Vladimir Nabokov, Susan Sontag, and Dorothy Parker. Some strong language. 2000.

Gemini: The House of Niccolò, Volume 8     RC 51387

by Dorothy Dunnett

read by Gordon Gould

6 cassettes

In this sequel to Caprice and Rondo (RC 48897) Nicholas de Fleury, former merchant and banker, returns to Scotland after four years. There, joined by his wife, Gelis, and son, he becomes involved in court intrigue and the truth behind his heritage. Some violence. 2000.

Bookends     RC 51461

by Liz Curtis Higgs

read by Janis Gray

3 cassettes

Unmarried historian Dr. Emilie Getz has returned to her Pennsylvania hometown to write a commemorative history of her Moravian church. Unfortunately, her careful research leads to the eighteenth hole of a golf course being built by Jonas Fielding, a laid-back developer who believes God wants him to bring joy into Emilie's life. 2000.

A Boy Called H: A Childhood in Wartime Japan     RC 51718

by Kappa Senoh

read by Bill Wallace

4 cassettes

Autobiographical novel of boyhood years in wartime Japan, depicting a closed society, secret police, press censorship, and enforced conformity. Explores contradictions between the boy's skepticism and his loyalty to the nation's leaders and the state party. Portrays consequences of his family's Christian faith and friendships with expatriates. 1999.

Mississippi Blues     RC 51753

by Kathleen Ann Goonan

read by Erin Jones

4 cassettes

In this sequel to Queen City Jazz (RC 42173), Verity frees the plague-striken citizens of Cincinnati. Launching a new nanotech raft, she and her charges travel down the Mississippi River to the city of Norleans, rumored to have a cure. Some strong language. 1997.

Crescent City Rhapsody     RC 51754

by Kathleen Ann Goonan

read by Erin Jones

4 cassettes

In this prequel to Queen City Jazz (RC 42173) and Mississippi Blues (RC 51753), Goonan traces the history of the nanotech revolution back to 2012. There a moment of silence created by an electromagnetic pulse in the atmosphere and a murder in New Orleans set the stage for a nano-transformed world. Some strong language. 2000.

Cold Flat Junction     RC 51763

by Martha Grimes

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

In this sequel to Hotel Paradise (RC 44447), twelve-year-old Emma Graham is still searching for clues to old murders in her family when Ben Queen is released from prison. When Ben's daughter is killed, he becomes the prime suspect and Emma may be in danger. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Too Far Afield     RC 51834

by Günter Grass

read by Fred Major

5 cassettes

As two German men in their seventies discuss the reunification of the country after the fall of the Berlin Wall, their conversation roams back and forth in time from 1989 to the Third Reich to the events of 1871 and the earlier attempts at unification. 2000.

Merely Married     RC 51922

by Patricia Coughlin

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

England, 1819. Adrian Devereau, the Duke of Raven, is tired of being endlessly pursued to marry. He concocts a scheme to wed a dying girl and thus become a grieving widower. Adrian finds the perfect victim in Leah Stretton--but then she recovers. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Married Man     RC 51933

by Edmund White

read by Frank Coffee

3 cassettes

In this portrayal of a gay love affair in the time of AIDS, a young Parisian architect leaves his wife and commits to a relationship with an older HIV-positive American. Part romance, part travelog, and a chronicle of the toll of AIDS. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

The Sterkarm Handshake     RC 51934

by Susan Price

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

Anthropologist Andrea Mitchell's unethical twenty-first-century employer sends her back through a time tunnel to the sixteenth-century English-Scottish border to facilitate a scheme to extract gold and oil from the land. But overweight Andrea falls in love and has to choose between cultures. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

The Home Front: Collected Stories     RC 51936

by Margaret Craven

read by Jill Ferris

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Twenty-five selections by the author of I Heard the Owl Call My Name (RC 37368). First published in the Saturday Evening Post between 1942 and 1962, they include portrayals of young women working diligently on the home front during World War II and missionaries posted to British Columbia. 1962.

Daemonomania     RC 51952

by John Crowley

read by Richard Davidson

5 cassettes

In this sequel to Love and Sleep (RC 40318), the Faraway Hills provide the context for understanding the mysteries that blend past and present, magic and mundane. Intertwined are the stories of historian Pierce Moffett, his lover Rose Ryder, and single mother Rosie Rasmussen, whose daughter seems possessed. 2000.

Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War     RC 51957

by Steven Pressfield

read by L.J. Ganser

3 cassettes

Fifty years after the Battle of Thermopylae, described in The Gates of Fire (RC 49266), a warrior recounts the tale of the general Alcibiades, kin of Pericles and pupil of Socrates, who led Athens against Sparta and the Peloponnesian league but was later assassinated by his bodyguard Polemides. 2000.

After the Parade     RC 51964

by Dorothy Garlock

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Before shipping out for World War II, Johnny Henry had a misunderstanding with his wife, Kathleen, that jeopardized their marriage. Although Johnny returns home a hero, Kathleen's hurt is too deep for reconciliation. When a stalker kidnaps Kathleen, Johnny becomes her only hope. Sequel to With Heart (RC 49110). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Special Ops: Brotherhood of War, Book 9     RC 51990

by W.E.B. Griffin

read by Bruce Huntey

5 cassettes

The U.S. military and the CIA plot to foil Che Guevara's attempt to spread Communism in the mid-1960s Congo. The Green Berets push him out of Africa but he turns up in Bolivia, where he dies under mysterious circumstances. Sequel to The Aviators (RC 29212). Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

Midnight Robber     RC 52011

by Nalo Hopkinson

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Sixteen-year-old Tan-Tan is forced to leave her planet, Toussaint, and the other Caribbean descendants to live in a prison world with her abusive father, a criminal. But Tan-Tan murders him and escapes to make her way among the indigenous species. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

Disobedience     RC 52026

by Jane Hamilton

read by John Polk

2 cassettes

The Shaw family has just left Vermont for Chicago. High school senior Henry describes how he accidentally opens his mother's e-mail and discovers that she is having an affair. The knowledge intrigues him as he explores the mysteries of love, sex, and marriage. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne     RC 52031

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes (Reissue)

A selection of fifteen tales from three published collections of short stories by the nineteenth-century New Englander. Includes an introduction by Alfred Kazin. 1966.

Love's Bounty     RC 52033

by Rosanne Bittner

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Wyoming, 1884. Young Callie Hobbs hires bounty hunter Christian Mercy to help her track down the five cowboys who raped and murdered her mother. Along the trail Callie falls in love with the handsome, educated gunslinger. But Christian has his own tragic past. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

A Place to Come To     RC 52041

by Robert Penn Warren

read by Jack Fox

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Jed Tewksbury, aided by a dedicated teacher and a football scholarship, rises from the backwoods of Alabama to become a literature professor. He fights in World War II, marries twice, and carries on a torrid love affair before making peace with himself and his past. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1977.

Dark Sleeper     RC 52042

by Jeffrey E. Barlough

read by Gary Tipton

4 cassettes

In the fog-enshrouded city of Salthead, when an undead sailor dances along the wharves and the ghost of a long-dead boy haunts a tavern, a metaphysics professor and his colleague encounter something more baleful--a mystical evil intent on destroying the city and everyone in it. 1999.

The Visitation     RC 52043

by Frank Peretti

read by Fred Major

3 cassettes

Without warning, Antioch, Washington, has suddenly become an avenue for miracles and religious sightings. In search of answers, the national media rush to the forgotten town. At center, a former pastor battles against his replacement--a self-proclaimed messiah capable of healing the sick and the lame. 1999.

Tears of the Sun: Journeys of the Stranger, Book 4     RC 52051

by Al Lacy

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Blizzard (RC 52050), Bible-toting John Stranger has traveled to Apache Junction, Arizona, where he becomes caught up in a battle between the Tonto Apaches and the Arizona Zunis. He also has to save the newly married son of the governor and avert a weapons exchange. Some violence. 1995.

Circle of Fire: Journeys of the Stranger, Book 5     RC 52052

by Al Lacy

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

Several small Montana ranches are being threatened by their larger neighbors. When tragedy strikes, the sheriff sends for John Stranger, armed with his Colt .45 and his Bible. However, an impersonator puts Stranger suddenly on the wrong side of the law. Sequel to Tears of the Sun (RC 52051). Some violence. 1996.

Quiet Thunder: Journeys of the Stranger, Book 6     RC 52053

by Al Lacy

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Circle of Fire (RC 52052), John Stranger, guided by his religious faith, becomes involved with blood brothers Quiet Thunder, a Sioux warrior, and Thann Tyler, son of an army captain, whose friendship is tested at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Some violence. 1996.

A Citizen of the Country     RC 52067

by Sarah Smith

read by Mary Kane

3 cassettes

France, 1911. Physician and psychologist Alexander von Reisden, now a father married to a blind woman, travels to Montfort castle to help a disturbed theater producer, Count André, who fears his wife is a murderous sorceress. Meanwhile, Alexander struggles with his own family secrets. Sequel to The Knowledge of Water (RC 43212). 2000.

Motion to Suppress     RC 52073

by Perri O'Shaughnessy

read by Mary Kane

3 cassettes

Attorney Nina Reilly and her son relocate to Lake Tahoe to recover from her divorce. Nina's first new case involves Misty, a promiscuous cocktail waitress accused of murdering her abusive husband. While Nina investigates, she and Misty are almost killed. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson     RC 52089

by Louise Rennison

read by Ein Jones

1 cassette

A fourteen-year-old English schoolgirl records important events in her journal, describing life at school and at home with her toddler sister and troublemaking cat. Georgia and her boy-crazy girlfriends spend their spare time on beauty treatments and devising strategies for catching the right guy's attention. For senior high readers. 1999.

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson     RC 52090

by Louise Rennison

read by Erin Jones

1 cassette

Following Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (RC 52089), fourteen-year-old Georgia continues writing her journal. She worries about moving to New Zealand, keeping her sister and cat out of trouble, and being in love with an older boy. For senior high readers. 2001.

The Last Time They Met     RC 52100

by Anita Shreve

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

Now in her early fifties, minor poet Linda Fallon is caught off-guard when she encounters her first love, the famous poet Thomas Janes, at a literary festival. Through their conversations, their passionate and tumultuous past unfolds. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Fall of a Cosmonaut     RC 52114

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

Russian Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov of the Moscow police and his colleagues handle three cases--a Mir cosmonaut lands and disappears; a director's epic film about Tolstoy is stolen and held for ransom; and a research parapsychologist is murdered. 2000.

The Truth: A Novel of Discworld     RC 52115

by Terry Pratchett

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

When the dwarfs create a printing press in the city of Ankh-Morpork--in defiance of the ruler's decree against such machines--William de Worde, a rebellious scribe, establishes a daily newspaper. Then the chief Patrician is accused of a serious crime, and William will stop at nothing to get the truth. Some strong language. 2000.

The Silver Dolphin     RC 52121

by Velda Johnston

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Sag Harbor, Long Island; 1840s. Beautiful Fiona, the daughter of an indentured servant, is suspected of killing her elderly wealthy husband, Torrance Ravencroft. But even though Fiona is in love with another man, she is innocent of murder. 1979.

The Golden Collar     RC 52123

by Elizabeth Cadell

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Henry Eliot, a British architect, is sent to Portugal to purchase land for his fiancée's father, Sir Bertram Stonor. But negotiating a deal becomes increasingly distasteful, especially after he meets the landowner's lovely niece, Teresa. 1968.

The Big Silence: An Abe Lieberman Mystery     RC 52134

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

read by Richard Davidson

2 cassettes

Detective Abe Lieberman's partner, Bill Hanrahan, slips up while guarding a turncoat mobster's family, leaving the ex-wife dead and the son abducted. Lieberman also contends with street crime, a deranged street person, a grieving brother, a divorcing daughter, and a stray dog. Violence and strong language. 2000.

The Black Lyon     RC 52135

by Jude Deveraux

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Ranulf de Warbrooke is called the Black Lion because of his looks and demeanor. Yet Lady Lyonene, whose fiery spirit matches his, sees beneath the rough surface a man capable of being gentle. When vicious lies separate them, only Ranulf can save their marriage. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1980.

For Love Alone     RC 52136

by Shirlee Busbee

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

When Lady Sophy Marlowe's husband died she vowed never to wed again--except for love. Viscount Ives Harrington wants to marry only to have an heir. But when a conspiracy growing out of the Napoleonic Wars throws them together, the two find unexpected passions ignited. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Abyssinian Chronicles     RC 52138

by Moses Isegawa

read by Ken Kliban

4 cassettes

Living in postcolonial Uganda, Mugezi tells of his childhood in a rural community with his father and grandfather, and his years in the capital city, where he is first exposed to despotism and hardship. Recalls a repressive period in the seminary and the tyrannical reign of Idi Amin and its aftermath. 2000.

Feet of Clay: A Novel of Discworld     RC 52143

by Terry Pratchett

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

Ankh-Morpork is being stalked by a murderer. Even Commander Samuel Vimes of the City Guard has been attacked. Aided by dwarf Corporal Cheery Littlebottom, Vimes hopes to find the assassin. But in the end he uncovers information he would have been better off without. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Driven with the Wind: Cheney Duvall, M.D., Volume 8     RC 52149

by Lynn Morris and Gilbert Morris

read by Suzanne Toren

2 cassettes

Although Dr. Cheney Duvall finally gets her wish when Shiloh Irons-Winslow proposes, she cannot accept, because Shiloh is not a Christian. And that is just one of the obstacles the two must overcome before they can be together. Sequel to Island of the Innocent (RC 50077). 2000.

Cold Is the Grave     RC 52150

by Peter Robinson

read by Graeme Malcolm

3 cassettes

Chief Constable Riddle asks Chief Inspector Alan Banks to quietly find his runaway teenage daughter, who has appeared on an Internet pornography site. Banks returns with Emily Riddle, but she experiences more trouble at home in Yorkshire, England. Sequel to In a Dry Season (RC 49545). Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora     RC 52151

edited by Sheree R. Thomas

read by Peter Jay Fernandez

4 cassettes

This anthology of African American science fiction, fantasy, and essays spans more than one hundred years and entails a wide range of styles and subjects. Includes works by modern authors including Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, as well as writings by early literary pioneers such as Charles Chestnutt and George Schuyler. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Bride     RC 52154

by Julie Garwood

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Britain, 1102. Scottish lord Alec Kincaid is ordered by the king to wed an English woman. He impulsively settles on a baron's youngest daughter, Jamie, while his friend, Daniel, takes her sister, Mary. But Jamie resents the marriage because she is promised to another. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1989.

Jewelled Path     RC 52155

by Rosalind Laker

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Even as a child Irene Lindsay knew she wanted to design jewelry, but her father, a London jeweler, only wanted her safely married. Yet despite his opposition and a broken love affair, Irene would carve out a career for herself in turn-of-the-century Europe. Some descriptions of sex. 1983.

Siddhartha     RC 52190

by Hermann Hesse

read by Steven Carpenter

1 cassette

Nobel Prize-winning author's tale of a young Brahmin who abandons his comfortable home to wander through the Indian countryside seeking enlightenment. Based on the early life of Buddha. Originally published in German in 1922. 2000.

Winter Nights     RC 52196

by Francis Ray and others

read by Colleen Delany

2 cassettes

Three holiday romances featuring African Americans. In "Until Christmas" Samantha becomes a housekeeper for Principal Rawlings and his twins. "Kwanzaa Angel" finds Erin being reintroduced to an old high school crush. In "'Round Midnight" radio talk-show host Summer falls in love with her director. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Three Mustangeers     RC 52202

by Will James

read by Ray Foushee

2 cassettes

Andy Thomas grows up on a badlands ranch where his father hides outlaws from the authorities. When Stub O'leary and Hugh Stanley ride off one day, Andy joins them to start an honest, respectable life in a new territory. 1933.

Fordlandia     RC 52207

by Eduardo Sguiglia

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

In the late 1920s Henry Ford established an Amazon jungle plantation, Fordlandia, intending to grow enough rubber to meet auto industry needs. Horacio, from Buenos Aires, accepts the job of recruiting local workers--but he will encounter many obstacles on this doomed project. Some strong language. 2000.

Windchill Summer     RC 52210

by Norris Church Mailer

read by Jill Fox

4 cassettes

Sweet Valley, Arkansas; 1969. College student Cherry spends a summer working in the pickle plant with her best friend, Baby, a Filipino. Vietnam veterans are returning, and drugs and hippies are becoming common. Cherry's life changes, however, when former classmate Carlene is murdered. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Flashpoint: A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery     RC 52212

by Linda Barnes

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Boston private detective Carlotta Carlyle investigates the murder of elderly client Valentine Phipps, who had alluded to a mysterious hidden treasure. She also has to contend with her teenage "sister" Paolina's misadventures and an arsonist who torches Carlotta's house. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

Showers in Season     RC 52213

by Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock

read by Janis Gray

3 cassettes

In this sequel to Seasons under Heaven (RC 51217), the women of Cedar Circle once again band together to save their children. Single mom Cathy is dealing with a troubled son, while Tory and her husband must accept the prospect of having a child with Down syndrome. 2000.

Actor     RC 52222

by Parnell Hall

read by Roy Avers

2 cassettes

New York private investigator Stanley Hastings accepts the lead in a summer theater production on behalf of an old college chum. The once-aspiring thespian meets an assortment of fellow players, including a soap opera star. Then the stage manager is murdered. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1993.

Sugarplum Dead     RC 52223

by Carolyn Hart

read by Ann Hodapp

2 cassettes

As Annie and Max Darling plan Christmas in South Carolina, murder intervenes. An aging film star announces she is leaving her fortune to a psychic foundation, and then her sister is killed. Annie's long-lost father is accused, and another murder occurs. Some strong language. 2000.

Paradise County     RC 52227

by Karen Robards

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

Alexandra Haywood inherits a Kentucky horse farm from her bankrupt father, following his suicide. Along with trouble from a trainer who refuses to be fired, her rebellious teenage half-sister, and ghosts in the mansion, she finds herself targeted by a serial killer. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

Come Twilight: A Novel of Saint-Germain     RC 52228

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

read by Fred Major

4 cassettes

Spain, 621. Vampire Sanct' Germain discovers Csimenae, a young woman abandoned by her people fleeing the plague. To keep her alive after she gives birth to a son, he gives her some of his blood. Over the next five hundred years, Sanct' Germain discovers he has created a dangerous adversary. 2000.

After the War     RC 52232

by Alice Adams

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes

In this sequel to A Southern Exposure (RC 41886), life changes in the small southern town of Pinehill during the Second World War. Transplanted Yankee Cynthia Baird is unfaithful while her husband Harry is in London. Their daughter Abigail returns north to attend college. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Krondor: Tear of the Gods; the Riftwar Legacy, Book 3     RC 52233

by Raymond E. Feist

read by Gary Tipton

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Krondor: The Assassins (RC 50913), the sorcerer Sidi sets pirates on the high seas to pursue the miraculous gem that enables communication with the gods. If the mage gains possession of the jewel, ultimate evil will reign in the kingdom--unleashing terror and death. Bestseller 2000.

Suspension     RC 52236

by Richard E. Crabbe

read by Jack Fox

4 cassettes

New York City, 1883. While investigating a murder, police sergeant Tom Braddock learns that former Confederate soldiers led by Thaddeus Sangree plan to blow up the new Brooklyn Bridge. Braddock also deals with the murder victim's son and a corrupt superior. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry     RC 52240

by Harry Kemelman

read by Barry Bernson

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Unassuming Rabbi Small is sharply criticized for permitting a suicide to be buried in his congregation's cemetery, so he attempts to prove that the death was murder. By his Talmudic reasoning the rabbi not only does this, but identifies the killer as well. 1966.

At Long Last     RC 52242

by Shirlee Busbee

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

Mississippi, 1797. When Arabella Montgomery's younger half-brother gambles away the family plantation, she seeks out the new owner--her former lover, Tony Daggett. In order to provide for the family, Arabella agrees to become his mistress. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

Purple Cane Road     RC 52243

by James Lee Burke

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

During a routine investigation, homicide cop Dave Robicheaux, now working for a Louisiana sheriff's department, discovers that his mother, who had abandoned him to his alcoholic father, was murdered by crooked cops decades ago. With his friend Clete Purcel and an out-of-town gunman for allies, Robicheaux hunts the killers. Violence and strong language. 2000.

The Best American Short Stories, 2000: Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines     RC 52245

edited by E.L. Doctorow

read by Fred Major

3 cassettes

Twenty-one tales that cover a wide range of emotions and situations, exploring issues related to cultural diversity in the United States. Many of the protagonists are African American, Latino, Chinese, Indian, Israeli, or Trinidadian. Includes works by Amy Bloom, Raymond Carver, Junot Díaz, Nathan Englander, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others. Some strong language. 2000.

Gypsy Lady     RC 52246

by Shirlee Busbee

read by Mitzi Friedlander

4 cassettes

1803. When spy Jason Savage, on a mission for Thomas Jefferson, seduces a beautiful Gypsy girl in Britain, he doesn't realize that she is also working for others on a secret scheme. But after he discovers Catherine's true identity, he insists on an immediate marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1977.

New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2000     RC 52253

edited by Shannon Ravenel

read by John Polk

3 cassettes

Twenty selections from southern fiction. Mary Helen Stefaniak pays homage to an icon in "A Note to Biographers regarding Famous Author Flannery O'Connor." "Good-Hearted Woman," by Melanie Sumner, recounts a sexy high school girl's summer spent slumming at her daddy's factory. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

The Grounding of Group Six     RC 52258

by Julian F. Thompson

read by Brian Conn

2 cassettes

Five well-off, disruptive sixteen-year-olds are exiled by their parents to the alternative Coldbrook Country School where they participate in a wilderness hike. They don't realize that their parents have sent them there to be killed by Nat, their hippy-looking teacher. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1983.

Almost Home     RC 52262

by Barbara Freethy

read by Erin Jones

2 cassettes

Years after her mother's death, Katherine Whitfield finds a clue to the identity of the father she never knew. Katherine leaves California for Kentucky, where her search for her father is complicated by her growing feelings for irritating but attractive horse trainer Zach Tyler. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

At Last     RC 52263

by Barbara Bretton

read by Erin Jones

2 cassettes

Gracie Taylor and Noah Chase, friends since they were children, once planned to marry. But because her grandmother was his family's maid, Noah's father tore them apart. Eight years later, both are back in Idle Point, Maine, but new obstacles threaten to keep them apart. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Dance upon the Air     RC 52276

by Nora Roberts

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Nell Channing fakes her death to escape the clutches of her abusive wealthy husband. Mysteriously drawn to Three Sisters Island--to which she is unknowingly connected through her ancestors--she works for Mia Devlin, a witch, who introduces Nell to her own latent powers. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

The Indiscretion     RC 52278

by Judith Ivory

read by Vanessa Maroney

3 cassettes

Devonshire, England, 1899. Lydia Bedford-Browne, daughter of a viscount, is lost on a moor for three days with Texan Sam Cody. The two begin a lusty love affair. But after their rescue, the very proper lady tries to distance herself from the handsome millionaire. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Heart of a Warrior     RC 52279

by Johanna Lindsey

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Keeper of the Heart (RC 37332), Dalden, the warrior son of Tedra and Challen, travels to Earth to prevent his enemy, Jorran, from taking over the planet. There he meets gorgeous, six-foot-tall Brittany Callaghan and decides to make her his mate. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Leap of Faith     RC 52282

by Danielle Steel

read by Margaret Strom

1 cassette

Marie-Ange's privileged French childhood ends at age eleven, when her parents and brother are killed. Having no other relatives, the girl is sent to an elderly aunt in Iowa, who treats her as a servant. Marie-Ange's only friend is Billy Parker, who stands by her when she faces a devastating betrayal. Bestseller 2001.

Dawn in Eclipse Bay: Eclipse Bay Trilogy, Volume 2     RC 52286

by Jayne Ann Krentz

read by Ann Hodapp

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Eclipse Bay (RC 51009), the feud between the Harte and Madison families continues to simmer. So when Lillian Harte accepts Gabe Madison as a client of her matchmaking service, she is not prepared for the relationship to turn personal. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

Hollywood Wives: The New Generation     RC 52288

by Jackie Collins

read by Colleen Delany

3 cassettes

In this follow-up to Hollywood Wives (RC 19248), the women in the California movie industry still covet fame, fortune, and power. Forty-year-old superstar Lissa Roman maintains a successful career, but is on her fourth divorce when her nineteen-year-old daughter, Nicci, is kidnapped. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2001.

The Triumph of Katie Byrne     RC 52292

by Barbara Taylor Bradford

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

Katie, Carly, and Denise, all seventeen, have aspirations of becoming actresses on Broadway--and they actually have potential. But one night a devastating event shatters their dreams. It is up to Katie to triumph over adversity. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War     RC 52311

by James Brady

read by Michael Scherer

2 cassettes

In 1950 reserve captain Tom Verity, a single father and professor of Chinese, is recommissioned and sent to gather intelligence with the First Marine Division in North Korea. But the troops are ambushed by the Red Chinese armies and forced to retreat from the Chosin Reservoir. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Obstruction of Justice     RC 52313

by Perri O'Shaughnessy

read by Mary Kane

2 cassettes

Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly witnesses Ray de Beers's death by lightning. But after Ray's father orders the body exhumed, he is killed. Nina is hired to defend Ray's son against murder charges. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1997.

Blue Heaven     RC 52319

by Elaine Kagan

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

The stories of three generations of women intertwine as they reveal the failures, successes, and humor of being in love. Mollie, eighty and developing Alzheimer's, and her daughter Gilliana, forty-seven, made unwise matrimonial decisions. Now Clare, seventeen, worries about making the same mistakes. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Back to Battle     RC 52320

by Max Hennessy

read by David Cutler

2 cassettes (Reissue)

The Royal Navy's indomitable Commander Kelly Maguire, skipper of a destroyer, pitches into the thick of battle in World War II. Again he demonstrates extraordinary courage and resourcefulness at Dunkirk, Crete, and Normandy. Sequel to The Dangerous Years (RC 51321). Some violence and some strong language. 1980.

Looking Back     RC 52348

by Belva Plain

read by Kimberly Schraf

3 cassettes

Cecile, raised in a privileged family; Amanda, from humble southern roots; and Norma, gifted and yet always troubled, met in college and became inseparable friends. But an act of betrayal by one of them jeopardizes their friendship and the lives of their loved ones. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

The Cold Six Thousand     RC 52349

by James Ellroy

read by Christopher Walker

5 cassettes

Las Vegas policeman Wayne Tedrow Jr., son of a crooked, mob-connected union leader, goes to Dallas on November 22, 1963, to kill a black gambler. Things go awry, and for the next five years Tedrow is caught up in a web of conspiracies. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Twenty-Four Hours     RC 52361

by Greg Iles

read by Steven Carpenter

2 cassettes

Will and Karen Jennings's child is taken by serial kidnapper John Hickey. While his cousin watches five-year-old Abby, and his wife guards Will in his convention hotel room, Hickey plans a night with Karen. Until now the children have not been harmed, but this time Hickey's vengeful. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Regency Gold     RC 52368

by Marion Chesney

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Jean Lindsay has been raised by her drunken uncle, Reverend Hamish. Much of her life has been spent in daydreams that often include the Marquess of Fleetwater, providing a bright spot in the endless ridicule of wealthy neighbors. Then a discovery makes Jean's dreams become reality. 1980.

The Summerhouse     RC 52370

by Jude Deveraux

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Leslie, Ellie, and Madison first met on their twenty-first birthday at the DMV in New York City. Now, on their fortieth birthday, these women meet again to take stock of their lives and the choices they've made. But they don't expect the opportunity they are about to be offered. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

The Marquis Takes a Bride     RC 52374

by Marion Chesney

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

In this Regency romance, Lord Charles marries his granddaughter Jennie off to Lord Charrington. But the naive country girl loves her manipulative and deceitful cousin Guy. Once Jennie enters society life in London, her husband waits patiently for her to mature. 1980.

The Deposition of Father McGreevy     RC 52375

by Brian O'Doherty

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes

After hearing a story in a pub in the 1950s about a defrocked priest, dead women, and an Irish village abandoned in 1940, William Maginn travels to Kerry. By luck more than skill, he obtains the written statement--presented here--of Father McGreevy concerning those events. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Booker Prize finalist. 1999.

The Sixth Wife     RC 52377

by Jean Plaidy

read by Jill Ferris

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Katharine Parr is twice a wealthy widow in 1543 when she catches the interest of the despotic ruler Henry VIII. She becomes his sixth wife, enduring four years of marriage before the king dies and leaves her free to remarry. But her enemies continue to plot against her. 1953.

Truth and Bright Water     RC 52378

by Thomas King

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

Summer in a Montana reservation town moves in unexpected directions after Tecumseh and his cousin Lum witness a woman dancing on a clifftop and then leaping into the river below. Tecumseh helps a trompe l'oeil artist make a derelict church "disappear" but cannot deal so easily with Lum's unhappiness. Some strong language. 1999.

In the Name of Salomé     RC 52380

by Julia Alvarez

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

Historical saga based on the true story of Camila Henríquez, daughter of the Dominican poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850-1897). Both mother and daughter were rebels: Salomé in her patriotic poems and Camila in her sexual preference and her relinquishment of a safe retirement to teach in Castro's Cuba. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

False Scent     RC 52385

by Ngaio Marsh

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes (Reissue)

When the beloved "queen of the British theater" is murdered in a cloud of perfume, the case literally reeks with likely suspects. It is up to Superintendent Roderick Alleyn to sniff out the motives and bring the killer to justice. 1960.

Boone's Lick     RC 52386

by Larry McMurtry

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

For sixteen years, outspoken Mary Margaret has tolerated the wanderings of her husband, Dick, and enjoyed the company of his brother, Seth, who stays by her side. Now she's making an arduous wagon journey west with the whole family to tell Dick face to face that they are "quits." Some strong language. 2000.

Courting Susannah     RC 52389

by Linda Lael Miller

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Seattle, 1906. Learning her best friend has died in childbirth, Susannah McKittrick arrives from Nantucket to care for the infant. Susannah finds the widower to be an embittered man who hasn't even given his daughter a name. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2000: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy Chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America     RC 52390

edited by Gregory Benford

read by J.P. Linton

3 cassettes

Short stories as well as essays revolving around the art of science fiction writing, publishing, and movie-making. Includes William Tenn's Author Emeritus Award acceptance speech, "My Life and Hard Times in SF." Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Forgotten Fire     RC 52396

by Adam Bagdasarian

read by Jonathan Davis

2 cassettes

Vahan Kenderian is the twelve-year-old son of a rich and respected Armenian family when the 1915-1918 Turkish massacre of the Armenians begins. Suddenly Vahan becomes an orphan struggling for survival and witnessing the atrocities of war. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe     RC 52397

by George Eliot

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Classic novel of an embittered, reclusive weaver in rural Victorian England who is robbed of his horded gold but later adopts a foundling he learns to cherish. Years later Silas and Eppie discover the truth of the girl's parentage--and the location of the lost treasure. With 1996 introduction and notes by David Carroll. 1861.

Travels with My Aunt     RC 52405

by Graham Greene

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Retired banker Henry Pulling, a sheltered bachelor, encounters spry Aunt Augusta at his mother's funeral. When she persuades Henry to leave his gardening and accompany her on some journeys, Henry's adventures begin. 1969.

Bodyguard     RC 52406

by Suzanne Brockmann

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

FBI agent Harry O'Dell reluctantly protects beautiful Mafia widow Alessandra Lamont from her late husband's associates. But Harry falls in love. So when police protection fails, he disguises Alessandra and takes her into his own family circle. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Rita Award. 1999.

Island of Dreams     RC 52414

by Katherine Stone

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Denver architect Pierce Rourke believes in dreams for others. Yet when he meets librarian Ana Finch, who has moved to Denver from Boston, Pierce begins to believe in dreams for himself. But Pierce and Ana must first overcome demons from their past. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The End of the Affair     RC 52415

by Graham Greene

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes (Reissue)

London, 1939. Author Maurice Bendrix has a long-running love affair with Sarah Miles, the wife of a civil servant, which ends abruptly. Years later Bendrix explores the emotions that still torment him and ponders Sarah's commitment to a God he cannot fathom. 1951.

Scar Tissue: A Brady Coyne Novel     RC 52416

by William G. Tapply

read by Richard Davidson

2 cassettes

Boston attorney Brady Coyne investigates the apparent death of a friend's teenage son. But there is no body, and the local police seem agitated. Then the friend himself disappears after giving Coyne a sealed envelope holding disturbing photographs. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Agents of Chaos II, Jedi Eclipse     RC 52417

by James Luceno

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

As the Yuuzhan Vong continue their attack on the New Republic, which is now stretched to the breaking point, Han's estranged wife, Leia, oversees the evacuation of people from the aliens' path. Luke struggles to keep the Jedi Knights together. And Han is caught up in a race against time. Some violence. 2000.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2000     RC 52419

edited by Donald E. Westlake

read by Jim Zeiger

4 cassettes

Anthology of twenty contemporary mystery short stories. In "Motel 66" by Barbara D'Amato, a couple makes the mistake of returning to their honeymoon site. "The Guilty Party" by Shel Silverstein tells of a judge who gives a rapist an unusual choice. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Kill Artist     RC 52432

by Daniel Silva

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is retired when he is called in on one last case. His Palestinian nemesis, Tariq, is on a mission to derail the Middle East peace talks. Gabriel enlists his former lover, French supermodel Jacqueline Delacroix, to assist him. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Wind Done Gone     RC 52453

by Alice Randall

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Characters from Gone with the Wind (RC 33082) are re-created in a novel that examines plantation life and nineteenth-century southern society through the eyes of a biracial woman. Cynara resents her privileged, legitimate, white half-sister, but during Reconstruction she comes into her own as an independent woman. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

The Border Hostage     RC 52456

by Virginia Henley

read by Corrie James

3 cassettes

Raven Carleton, a medieval English beauty, is engaged to marry Englishman Christopher Dacre. But while out riding early one morning, she encounters a Scottish "borderer," Heath Kennedy, who mistakes her for a gypsy. Raven soon becomes a pawn in the long-standing border wars. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Duchess     RC 52457

by Bertrice Small

read by Anne Flosnik

3 cassettes

England, 1795. Quinton Hunter, the impoverished Duke of Sedgwick, marries young Allegra Morgan, the daughter and only heir of the country's richest man. Although the practical pair agree not to fall in love, circumstances change after they experience many adventures together. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Moon Women     RC 52459

by Pamela Duncan

read by Madelyn Buzzard

3 cassettes

Account of three generations of North Carolina women. Matriarch Marvelle, living with daughter Ruth Ann, is losing touch with reality and harbors a secret that will affect everyone. Ruth Ann's daughter, Ashley, nineteen, unmarried, and pregnant, lives with them. Nearby is Ruth Ann's lonely, obese sister Cassandra. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Moving Target     RC 52462

by Elizabeth Lowell

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes

Following her grandmother's violent death, Serena Charters inherits a piece of cloth, an illuminated Celtic manuscript, a numbered Swiss bank account, and a frightening warning. Now, as Serena tries to unravel her grandmother's mysterious past, she must keep on the move just to survive. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

Turnabout     RC 52466

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

read by Jill Fox

1 cassette

In the year 2000, nursing home centenarians Melly and Anny Beth take part in an unethical medical experiment to reverse aging. But the process can't be halted, and by 2085 they are teenagers who need to be adopted before they become children. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Pearl Harbor     RC 52469

by Randall Wallace

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Daredevil pilots and lifelong best friends, Danny Walker and Rafe McCawley find their bond tested when they confront their love for the same woman, Evelyn, a navy nurse. Their personal dilemma unfolds amid the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. Ties in with the movie, Pearl Harbor. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

The Frenchman     RC 52480

by Velda Johnston

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette (Reissue)

Hoping to forget an unhappy love affair, Joan Creighton, twenty-seven, agrees to go abroad with elderly cousin Muffy, the widow of a former U.S. president, and Muffy's ever-present bodyguard. They will be escorted by a French courier. However, a plan to kidnap the ex-First Lady creates danger and romance for Joan. 1976.

Eater     RC 52485

by Gregory Benford

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Long before there was time, a black hole became a wandering entity, feeding on asteroids and planets and tending to destroy everything in its path. When it reaches the edge of our solar system, three scientists must prevent it from annihilating Earth and its inhabitants. 2000.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull     RC 52511

by Richard Bach

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette (Reissue)

Refusing to conform to the life of the flock, Jonathan, a seagull, intensely desires to fly higher than any gull has ever flown. After his death, he returns to inspire the gulls who once scorned him. 1970.

Seven Up     RC 52533

by Janet Evanovich

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes

Elderly mobster Eddie DeChooch slips through Trenton bail bondsman Stephanie Plum's fingers numerous times. As she searches the neighborhood for him, she also becomes engaged to cop Joe Morelli, despite her attraction to fellow bounty hunter Ranger. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

You Don't Know Me     RC 52544

by David Klass

read by Christopher Walker

2 cassettes

Geeky fourteen-year-old John convinces himself that no one notices him. At "anti-school" the lonely boy barely tolerates his unconcerned teachers. Yet the abuse he routinely receives from his mother's live-in boyfriend is real, and John has need of attention. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister     RC 52549

by Gregory Maguire

read by Faith Potts

2 cassettes

In this variation on the Cinderella theme, the reclusive beauty Clara is assisted by her "ugly" stepsister. Clara attends the ball, where she captivates the prince. Seventeenth-century Holland, replete with master artist and tulip merchant, is the setting for the wicked stepmother's machinations. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court     RC 52560

by Mark Twain

read by Rick Foucheux

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Classic satire about a nineteenth-century New England factory worker who is knocked unconscious and transported back to the year 528. Hank Morgan awakens in King Arthur's court in Britain, where he attempts to improve living conditions by introducing modern inventions and democratic ideas. For senior high and older readers. 1889.

Being Dead     RC 52563

by Jim Crace

read by Gregory Gorton

2 cassettes

A married couple, both doctors of zoology, are found spread-eagled, murdered, and robbed on a beach--Joseph's hand clasping Celice's ankle, a loving gesture even in death. Descriptions of their bodies' return to the elements are interspersed with the couple's love story beginning on that same sand thirty years before. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Ox-Bow Incident     RC 52564

by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

read by Gary Telles

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Nevada, 1885. Wrangler Art Croft reluctantly joins a group of citizens in a small town who hastily form a posse to catch murdering cattle rustlers. Three men are accused of the crime and--although there are some doubts about their guilt--lynched. Introduction by Wallace Stegner. Some violence and some strong language. 1940.

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves     RC 52588

by P.G. Wodehouse

read by David Cutler

1 cassette (Reissue)

Complications arise when Bertie Wooster proposes to a girl for a friend who is too shy to do so. But the girl, who loves Bertie, thinks he is speaking for himself. 1962.

Down the Yukon     RC 52589

by Will Hobbs

read by Gregory Gorton

1 cassette

Alaska, 1899. In this sequel to Jason's Gold (RC 50201), Jason and his girlfriend, Jamie, leave Dawson City in a race down the Yukon River to Nome, where new gold deposits have been discovered. Along the way they face sabotage, bears, and bad weather. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Prophet Annie: Being the Recently Discovered Memoir of Annie Pinkerton Boone Newcastle Dearborn, Prophet and Seer     RC 52609

by Ellen Recknor

read by Colleen Delany

3 cassettes

Annie is twenty-two in 1881 when this humorous Western begins. She explains how she came to wed seventy-six-year-old Jonas Newcastle, who died in their marriage bed. Now Jonas's ghost inhabits Annie and his prophecies cause her some wild adventures. Some strong language. Spur Award. 1999.

First Love, and Other Tales     RC 52638

by Ivan Turgenev

read by Jo Marks

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Eight short stories drawn from real life by the poetic nineteenth-century Russian author. Includes "The Singers," "Bezhin Meadow," "Mumu," "Assya," "First Love," "Knock, Knock, Knock," "Living Relics," and "Clara Milich." 1968.

The Prairie: A Tale     RC 52639

by James Fenimore Cooper

read by Robert Donley

4 cassettes (Reissue)

Early 1800s. Civilization drives old hunter Natty Bumppo (Leatherstocking) west of the Mississippi to the prairies, where he becomes a trapper and helps a band of emigrants in their conflicts with Indians, miscreants, and the harsh environment. Sequel to The Pioneers (RC 10816). 1827.

No Time for Love     RC 52640

by Emilie Loring

read by Becky Parker

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Julie is drawn into a world of international intrigue when she investigates a jewel theft that has clouded her family's good name. She meets and falls in love with Mark, who is rich, powerful, and mysterious and has no time for romance. 1970.

The Titans: The Kent Family Chronicles, Vol. 5     RC 52641

by John Jakes

read by Edward Bryce

3 cassettes (Reissue)

The Kent dynasty and the nation experience the Civil War. In New York the family empire faces destruction, while in Washington the Kents are drawn into espionage. On the southern battlefields, they rally with pride and honor. Sequel to The Furies (RC 52649). 1976.

The Warriors: The Kent Family Chronicles, Vol. 6     RC 52642

by John Jakes

read by Gordon Gould

4 cassettes (Reissue)

As the Civil War draws to an end, the divided Kent family's stirring triumphs and defeats thrust them into the forefront of a new era. Romantic entanglements, lust, and murder are woven into their destiny. Sequel to The Titans (RC 52641). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1977.

The Lawless: The Kent Family Chronicles, Vol. 7     RC 52643

by John Jakes

read by Bob Askey

5 cassettes (Reissue)

Continues the chronicle of the divided family during the post-Civil War period when both corruption and prosperity transform the nation. The Kents struggle to rebuild a shattered financial empire. Sequel to The Warriors (RC 52642). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1978.

The Americans: The Kent Family Chronicles, Vol. 8     RC 52644

by John Jakes

read by Bob Askey

5 cassettes (Reissue)

The year 1883 takes a new generation of Kents from San Francisco's Barbary Coast to Newport and New York City. While an elegant family member dances in the grand ballrooms of society hostesses, Eleanor, Carter, and Will face the challenge of immigrant Americans. Sequel to The Lawless (RC 52643). Some strong language. 1980.

How to Be Good     RC 52659

by Nick Hornby

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Just as London doctor Kate Carr decides to divorce her husband after two kids and decades of misery, nasty David finds spirituality under the guidance of a guru. Soon David is helping--and personally housing--the homeless and driving everyone crazy. How can Kate discard such saintliness? Strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Thief of Time: A Novel of Discworld     RC 52661

by Terry Pratchett

read by David Hartley-Margolin

3 cassettes

Because the Auditors are cosmic beings who want order and predictable events, humans irritate them. An Auditor in disguise commissions a horologist to build the ultimate clock. A small group soon realizes the danger of the timepiece--time will stop once the clock starts ticking. 2001.

Little America     RC 52662

by Henry Bromell

read by David Hartley-Margolin

3 cassettes

Historian Terry Hooper investigates his father's involvement in the assassination of a young Middle Eastern king in 1958. Terry spent his childhood in exotic locations and is determined to learn the truth about his father, a retired CIA spy. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Priestess of Avalon     RC 52664

by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson

read by Suzanne Toren

3 cassettes

Avalon priestess Eilan, called Helena in the Roman tongue, disobeys her vows in order to follow her heart. She leaves Avalon at the side of Roman officer Constantius, thereby unwittingly changing the religious destiny of Britain: their son, Constantine, is destined to be the first Christian emperor. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Star Wars: Cloak of Deception     RC 52666

by James Luceno

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

The Trade Federation is being victimized by terrorists who demand an end to the Federation's strong-arm tactics on shipping routes. So when Supreme Chancellor Valorum is targeted by assassins, he calls for an emergency summit. Followed by Episode I, the Phantom Menace (RC 50064). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller 2001.

Between Lovers     RC 52673

by Eric Jerome Dickey

read by David Hartley-Margolin

2 cassettes

After seven years, an African American writer is still in love with his former fiancée, who left him for a beautiful and successful woman attorney. In Oakland, he and Nicole resume their affair, but Nicole is unable to choose between her two lovers. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Line of Control     RC 52675

by Jeff Rovin

read by Jim Zeiger

3 cassettes

Colonel Brett August leads Striker, the military arm of Op-Center, to Kashmir. He wants to prevent an Islamic cleric from inciting rebellion in this volatile region, but they are too late. War breaks out between India and Pakistan, and a nuclear confrontation is a real possibility. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Her Own Prince Charming     RC 52684

by Eva Rutland

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

1 cassette

Paula Grant wants to be a veterinarian. She struggled for years to earn enough money to live on and attend school. But her world is turned upside down when polo prince Brad Vandercamp sweeps her off her feet while she is serving champagne at a dinner party. 1999.

Princess in the Spotlight: The Princess Diaries, Vol. 2     RC 52779

by Meg Cabot

read by Erin Jones

1 cassette

Sequel to The Princess Diaries (RC 51524). In New York, fourteen-year-old Mia is horrified that her mom is pregnant and marrying her algebra teacher. Meanwhile, Grandmère from Genovia trains Mia to be a princess and conduct press interviews. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller 2001.

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

Brazil     RC 52118

by Leslie Jermyn

read by Gabriella Cavallero

1 cassette

Provides an overview of the largest country in South America. Explains that Brazil has moved from its colonial past to its status as a thriving, exuberant republic in the twenty-first century. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Cuba     RC 52129

by Mark Cramer

read by Gabriella Cavallero

1 cassette

Provides an overview of Cuba; introduces the geography, history, economy, government, culture, and people of the fifteenth-largest island in the world. Presents a positive view of the society as thriving intellectually, artistically, and spiritually. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Explorers, Missionaries, and Trappers: Trailblazers of the West     RC 52220

by Kieran Doherty

read by Randy Atcher

1 cassette

Presents the founding of the American West through the lives of explorers and settlers such as Eusebio Kino in Arizona, Junípero Serra in Spanish California, and Brigham Young in Utah. For grades 5-8. 2000.

The Trojan War and the Adventures of Odysseus     RC 52249

by Padraic Colum

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette

A retelling of the events of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus, based on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. This adaptation by the Irish author and poet Colum was originally titled The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1918.

India     RC 52371

by Sunandini Arora Lal

read by Yolande Bavan

1 cassette

An introduction to the geography, history, economy, culture, and people of India. Observes that the country is the second most populous in the world. For grades 5-8. 1999.

The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller     RC 52383

by Joan Dash

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

1 cassette

A biography of the woman who overcame her disabilities to be an inspirational public figure. Discusses the cause of Helen Keller's blindness and deafness, her determination to lead a useful life, and the importance of her teacher--Annie Sullivan--throughout Helen's life. For grades 5-8. 2001.

South Korea: Major World Nations     RC 52410

by Patricia Shepheard

read by Lisette Lecat

1 cassette

Describes the geography, climate, economy, and people of the southern half of an ancient Asian kingdom. Through sound planning and wise use of its resources, South Korea, or the Republic of Korea, has become a major industrial society. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil-Rights Days     RC 52411

by Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson

read by Gail Nelson

1 cassette

The personal recollections of two girls who were eight and nine when they participated in the civil rights struggle in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. They describe their hopes and fears at marches and demonstrations during the voting-rights drive and on "Bloody Sunday." For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1980.

Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence     RC 52430

by Russell Freedman

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Describes the events, including the colonial uprising and the meeting of the Second Continental Congress, that led up to the American Declaration of Independence. Notes the roles women, slaves, and free blacks played in the Revolution. For grades 5-8. 2000.

A Cat in the Family: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide     RC 52464

by Uschi Birr

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Offers advice on domesticating cats and discusses their growth cycle from kitten to cat. Describes the structure and characteristics of the cat's body. Includes information on creating an appropriate feline environment, maintaining the animal's health, caring for pregnant cats, and raising kittens. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

Housebreaking and Training Puppies: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide     RC 52465

by J.R. Gardner

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Discusses the process of bonding with a new puppy and suggests appropriate equipment--collars, leashes, bowls, and toys. Also provides instructions on discipline and training, including the use of commands such as "sit," "stay," "down," and "heel." For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

Dogs: Selecting the Best Dog for You; a Complete and Up-to-Date Guide     RC 52477

by Chris Nelson

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Offers points to be considered when purchasing a purebred dog, finding reliable sellers, and choosing a healthy puppy. Presents brief descriptions, including temperament and size, of about 150 breeds of dog. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

Puppies     RC 52478

by Zuza Vrbova

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Explains the pleasures and longtime responsibilities of owning and caring for a pet dog. Briefly discusses different breeds and gives advice on how to choose a puppy and provide its bed, food, and toys. Includes tips on training, grooming, and recognizing signs of illness. For grades 2-4. 1997.

Hamsters Today: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide     RC 52489

by Dennis Kelsey-Wood

read by Jill Fox

1 cassette

Presents scientific facts about hamsters and practical advice on accommodations, feeding, and health care. Includes selection tips and describes golden hamster varieties and other species. Discusses breeding and exhibition considerations. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

Rabbits Today: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide     RC 52491

by Horst Schmidt

read by Erin Jones

1 cassette

Explains why rabbits are popular pets. They are cuddly, quiet, and easy to tame and have no odor if well maintained. Discusses the owner's responsibilities and the suitability of various breeds, as well as appropriate housing, nutritious diet, and breeding. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.

Construction: Building the Impossible     RC 52503

by Nathan Aaseng

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette

Profiles seven structures of engineering genius and their builders: Imhotep's Step Pyramid, Marc Brunel's Thames Tunnel, John and Washington Roebling's Brooklyn Bridge, Alexandre Gustave's Eiffel Tower, George W. Goethals's Panama Canal, Frank Crowe's Hoover Dam, and William Lamb's Empire State Building. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings     RC 52538

by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger

read by Michael Russotto

1 cassette

Introduces some of the rulers of ancient Egypt and their thousands-of-years-old burial places. Explains how archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. Discusses the history of the site and other pharaohs discovered there. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Dance of the Continents     RC 52541

by Roy A. Gallant

read by Erik Synnestvedt

1 cassette

Examines the ongoing development of the Earth's surface, focusing on earthquakes and volcanoes. Provides a brief history of geological theory from the ancient Greek supposition that air pressure caused earthquakes to the twentieth-century postulation of plate tectonics--the idea that sections of the planet's crust move. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Aesop's Fables     RC 52555

read by Michael Russotto

1 cassette

A collection of nearly sixty fables from the Greek thinker Aesop. Includes such well-known tales as "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf," and "The Grasshopper and the Ants." For grades 2-4. 2000.

It's Raining Pigs and Noodles     RC 52558

by Jack Prelutsky

read by Margaret Strom

1 cassette

A collection of more than one hundred humorous poems with titles such as "Deep in Our Refrigerator," "Butterflies, You Puzzle Me," "We Are Plooters," and every child's lament, "Why Do I Have to Clean My Room?" For grades 2-4. 2000.

Michelangelo     RC 52569

by Diane Stanley

read by Erik Synnestvedt

1 cassette

A biography of the Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet known for his work on the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's basilica in Rome. Describes how his seventeen-foot-high marble statue of David established young Michelangelo's reputation as "the greatest sculptor in all of Italy." For grades 4-7. 2000.

Winning Chess: Tactics and Strategies     RC 52571

by Ted Nottingham and others

read by Butch Hoover

1 cassette

Presents tactics and techniques for playing this ancient board game. Discusses openings, middlegame and endgame strategies, forks, pins, skewers, and examples from the games of world champions. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1999.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women     RC 52628

by Catherine Thimmesh

read by Nanette Savard

1 cassette

Profiles ten women and two girls who--through necessity, ingenuity, and hard work--responded successfully to challenges by inventing such items as Toll House cookies, glow-in-the-dark paper, the Snugli baby carrier, and windshield wipers. Includes instructions on how to apply for a patent. For grades 4-7. 2000.

John Glenn's Return to Space     RC 52682

by Greg Vogt

read by L.J. Ganser

1 cassette

A brief summary of the American space program. Covers astronaut training, equipment, and responsibilities. Focuses on John Glenn's second flight into space in 1998 at age seventy-seven, comparing it with his first flight in 1962. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Pick and Shovel Poet: The Journeys of Pascal D'Angelo     RC 52683

by Jim Murphy

read by Frank Coffee

1 cassette

Biography of an Italian peasant who immigrated to America at age sixteen in 1910. He endured poverty and the difficult life of an unskilled laborer, but was determined to become a published poet. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference     RC 52697

by Yona Zeldis McDonough

read by Catherine Byers

1 cassette

Honors eleven American female role models from different historical periods and areas of accomplishment. Describes the leadership, humanitarianism, dignity, and creativity of Pocahontas, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Mary Cassatt, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Eleanor Roosevelt. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936     RC 52698

by Susan D. Bachrach

read by Frank Coffee

1 cassette

Examines the 1936 games in the historical context of Nazi beliefs and propaganda. Describes the systematic exclusion of non-Aryan--Jewish, part Jewish, and Gypsy--athletes from German sports and Hitler's treatment of African American Olympic champions. Discusses world reaction to these events. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2000.

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal     RC 52714

by Sophie Webb

read by Catherine Byers

1 cassette

A biologist records her two-month trip to McMurdo, Antarctica, with other researchers to study an Adélie penguin colony during the breeding season. She describes her travel preparations and the campsite, as well as the penguins' behavior while hatching the chicks. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Cassettes Fiction

Wolf Shadows     RC 49323

by Mary Casanova

read by June Carter

1 cassette

A week after Seth rescues a moose calf in Moose Tracks (RC 49322), he and his friend Matt are preparing for their first deer season. Matt, angry that his favorite calf has been attacked, illegally shoots a wolf. For grades 4-7. 1997.

A Year down Yonder     RC 51259

by Richard Peck

read by Marilyn Gleason

1 cassette

During the 1937 recession, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice from Chicago is sent to live with feisty Grandma Dowdel in rural Illinois. There she learns about small-town ways and grows to love her grandmother. Sequel to A Long Way from Chicago (RC 50305). For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. Bestseller 2000.

Farewell to the Island     RC 52077

by Gloria Whelan

read by Margaret Strom

1 cassette

In 1816, while traveling to visit her sister in London, sixteen-year-old Mary falls in love with a midshipman. She is torn between beginning a new life in England and returning to her Michigan family farm on Mackinac Island. Sequel to Once on This Island (RC 46581). For grades 4-7. 1998.

My Teacher Is an Alien: Collector's Edition     RC 52152

by Bruce Coville

read by Erik Sandvold

3 cassettes

Contains the complete text of four books, including My Teacher Is an Alien, in which Susan catches her substitute teacher peeling off his face and realizes he's not human. Also My Teacher Fried My Brains, My Teacher Glows in the Dark, and My Teacher Flunked the Planet. For grades 3-6. 1992.

Song of the Wanderer: The Unicorn Chronicles, Book 2     RC 52153

by Bruce Coville

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Into the Land of the Unicorns (RC 40262), Cara, newly arrived in Luster, makes a perilous journey across the land to fetch her grandmother, the Wanderer, whose presence is required by Arabella Skydancer, queen of the unicorns. For grades 4-7. 1999.

My Sister Annie     RC 52247

by Bill Dodds

read by Brian Conn

1 cassette

Charlie, eleven, faces some challenges--pitching for the baseball team, asking a girl to the school dance, and wanting to be accepted by the guys in a local gang. All these things are complicated by his feelings about his older sister with Down syndrome. For grades 4-7. 1993.

Stowaway     RC 52260

by Karen Hesse

read by Brian Conn

2 cassettes

Eleven-year-old stowaway Nicholas Young keeps a journal, beginning in 1768, of the three years he spends aboard Captain James Cook's ship, Endeavour. He records the seamen's adventures, the captain's exploration of the South Seas, and naturalist Joseph Banks's scientific discoveries. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Artemis Fowl     RC 52289

by Eoin Colfer

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

Twelve-year-old mastermind Artemis plans to restore his family fortune by obtaining some of the fairies' gold. The first step involves blackmailing an alcoholic fairy to photograph her "Book," containing her race's secrets but written in an ancient tongue. Some violence. For grades 5-8. Bestseller 2001.

Return to the Island     RC 52316

by Gloria Whelan

read by Margaret Strom

1 cassette

In this sequel to Farewell to the Island (RC 52077), Mary is back on Mackinac Island in 1818 facing a major decision: whether to marry her dear friend White Hawk and remain on the island or to marry James, an English nobleman, and move to London. For grades 4-7. 2000.

The Planet of Junior Brown     RC 52366

by Virginia Hamilton

read by Terence Aselford

1 cassette

Eighth graders Junior Brown, a 262-pound musical prodigy with an overprotective mother, and Buddy Clark, who has no family, skip school and spend their days with a former teacher who has built a ten-planet solar system in the basement. The extra planet is named for Junior. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1971.

There Will Be Wolves     RC 52372

by Karleen Bradford

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

The grimness of the People's Crusade of 1096 is recounted by Ursula, a young German healer accused of being a witch. She undertakes the journey across Europe accompanied by her ailing father and Bruno, a robust stone carver who is in love with her. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 1992.

The Million Dollar Shot     RC 52393

by Dan Gutman

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Eddie enters a contest sponsored by Finkle Foods and has the chance to win a million dollars if he can sink a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals. But Mr. Finkle can't afford to let Eddie win. For grades 4-7. 1997.

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley     RC 52395

by Ann Rinaldi

read by Robin Miles

2 cassettes

A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave. But after publishing her first poem in her teens, Phillis Wheatley gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1996.

Deadly Waters     RC 52401

by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson

read by Nick Sullivan

1 cassette

When the Landon family and their latest foster child visit the Everglades National Park in Florida, the youngsters go off for a day of fishing and photography. But they encounter a thief, a manatee, and a shark as they uncover the mystery of dying manatees. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Samir and Yonatan     RC 52403

by Daniella Carmi

read by Jonathan Davis

1 cassette

Samir, a Palestinian boy, worries about entering a Jewish hospital in Israel for a knee operation, because Jewish soldiers are the enemy who killed his older brother. On the children's ward, Yonatan becomes Samir's friend and offers him new ways of thinking. For grades 5-8. Mildred L. Batchelder Award. 2000.

The Book of the Lion     RC 52423

by Michael Cadnum

read by Erik Sandvold

2 cassettes

Medieval England. Seventeen-year-old apprentice Edmund is forced to join the Crusades as a squire to Sir Nigel, a knight. Edmund endures storms at sea, travel through foreign lands, and exposure to fighting and bloodshed for his king, Richard Lionheart. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Bringing Up Beauty     RC 52424

by Sylvia McNicoll

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth's family agrees to train a seeing-eye puppy for Canine Vision Canada. When an ugly Labrador retriever called Beauty arrives, Elizabeth is determined not to fall in love with it. But Beauty becomes her only source of solace as Elizabeth faces problems with family and friends. For grades 4-7. 1994.

The Grave     RC 52425

by James Heneghan

read by Erik Sandvold

2 cassettes

When Tom, an unwanted thirteen-year-old foster-child, time travels from 1974 England back to the potato famine in 1847 Ireland, he forms strong bonds with the Monaghan family. Returning to 1974, Tom wears a talisman that changes his life. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Lizzie at Last     RC 52435

by Claudia Mills

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Lizzie, who has always been considered a nerd by the other kids, begins the seventh grade determined to change her image so that she can blend in better with the popular crowd. Companion to Losers, Inc. (RC 47912) and You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman (RC 49596). For grades 4-7. 2000.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     RC 52451

by J.K. Rowling

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

Special edition of an approved textbook used by Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An A-to-Z listing of magical beasts, it briefly describes such creatures as the centaur, hippogriff, troll, and unicorn and ten breeds of dragon. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

Quidditch through the Ages     RC 52452

by J.K. Rowling

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

A history of the game avidly enjoyed and played at Hogwarts School. Begins with the evolution of the flying broomstick--which Harry Potter excels at maneuvering. Discusses the rules of Quidditch, famous teams of other centuries, and worldwide developments of the game. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2001.

The Losers Fight Back: A Wild Willie Mystery     RC 52476

by Barbara M. Joosse

read by John Polk

1 cassette

Lucy and Willie are upset when big bully Chuckie calls the Bruisers--their soccer team--the losers. With advice from his detective partner King Kyle, Wild Willie and Lucy figure out how to make their team winners. For grades 2-4. 1994.

Alien Brain Fryout: A Wild Willie Mystery     RC 52490

by Barbara M. Joosse

read by John Polk

1 cassette

When the neighborhood bully starts following Willie, Lucy, and Kyle around and acting goofy, they suspect that he has been abducted by aliens, until Scarface the parrot presents another possibility. For grades 2-4. 2000.

The Adventures of Ulysses     RC 52492

retold by Bernard Evslin

read by Richard Hauenstein

1 cassette

Retelling of the Greek epic describing Ulysses' ten-year voyage home after the fall of Troy. Ulysses and his crew encounter the deadly Sirens, who bewitch men with their magical songs; the giant man-eating Cyclops; and other strange creatures and unexpected obstacles. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1969.

Sidney Won't Swim     RC 52539

by Hilde Schuurmans

read by Michael Russotto

1 cassette

Sidney is upset that his class is going to a pool for a swimming lesson. Although he claims that he isn't afraid, he avoids the water until the instructor and his friends show him swimming can be fun. For grades K-3. 2001.

How I Survived My Summer Vacation: And Lived to Write the Story     RC 52617

by Robin Friedman

read by Mark Ashby

1 cassette

The summer before starting high school Jackie is determined to finally write his novel, but he keeps getting distracted by his embarrassing New Age parents, his buddies, the swim team--and his first girlfriend. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Black Jack     RC 52618

by Leon Garfield

read by Vanessa Maroney

2 cassettes (Reissue)

A highwayman who was hanged but isn't really dead, an innocent young apprentice draper, an itinerant patent-medicine man with his caravan, and a young girl who appears to be mad are the bizarre characters in this adventure set in eighteenth-century England. For grades 6-9. 1968.

Jack Black and the Ship of Thieves     RC 52629

by Carol Hughes

read by David Elias

1 cassette

After Jack Black overhears a sabotage plot on his father's airship, he falls out into space. He lands on a pirate schooner, which is on a mission to destroy an automated war vessel. But Jack still hopes to rescue his father. For grades 5-8. 1997.

The Last Lobo     RC 52654

by Roland Smith

read by Christopher Walker

1 cassette

Jake Lansa visits his Hopi grandfather, Tawupu, in Arizona and becomes involved in controversy surrounding New Mexico's reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf. Though the lobo is accused of killing livestock, Jake tries to protect the endangered species. Sequel to Thunder Cave (RC 43377). For grades 5-8. 1999.

A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin     RC 52655

by Karen Hesse

read by Michele Schaeffer

1 cassette

Fenwick Island, Delaware; 1860-1861. Teenager Amelia keeps a diary recording her duties as an assistant teacher and as an assistant at the lighthouse where her father works. She details her conflicting feelings about slavery, and those of her family and state as the Civil War begins. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf     RC 52669

by Wendelin Van Draanen

read by Catherine Byers

1 cassette

When seventh-grader Sammy Keyes is persuaded to escort Marique, a Pomeranian, on a float in the Christmas parade, the problems quickly escalate. Marique is dognapped during the procession, and while Sammy is searching for the dog, she finds a runaway elf with problems of her own. For grades 5-8. 1999.

The Kid Coach     RC 52681

by Fred Bowen

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

When their baseball coach quits at the beginning of the season, the team decides that Scott could coach and play at the same time. After some disagreements, the teammates pull together and have a winning season. For grades 3-6. 1996.

Alien for Rent     RC 52713

by Betsy Duffey

read by Erik Sandvold

1 cassette

When a ghostly sign advertising "Alien for Rent" appears on their school bulletin board, third-graders J.P. and Lexie decide to check it out. They realize they've found the alien when it transforms Bruce, the fifth-grade bully, into a baby. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Beast     RC 52717

by Donna Jo Napoli

read by Gordon Gould

2 cassettes

Elaborates the tale of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's point of view. After he is transformed into a lion for violating a ritual, a Persian prince retreats to France to save his life. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

Carmen la Coja (Peel My Love like an Onion)     RC 50991

por Ana Castillo

leído por María Pino

2 cassettes

Carmen es una renombrada bailarina flamenca en Chicago a pesar de tener una pierna maltrecha a causa de un ataque de polio durante su niñez. Narra la historia de sus amores con Agustín, un amante más viejo quien es casado, y con Manolo, un bailarín más joven. La historia se trata de cómo Carmen pierde sus amores, y cómo por fin logra alcanzar la felicidad. Contiene algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Carmen becomes a professional flamenco dancer in Chicago, despite having a leg crippled by childhood polio. She experiences a midlife crisis and enters a romantic triangle involving Augustín, an older married lover, and Manolo, a younger dancer. They desert her, but she wins them back. Some descriptions of sex.) 2000.

Manual Joslin para la Diabetes: Un Programa para el Manejo de su Tratamiento (The Joslin Guide to Diabetes: A Program for Managing Your Treatment)     RC 50992

por Richard S. Beaser

leído por María Pino

3 cassettes

Este manual para el tratamiento personal de la diabetes contiene seis capítulos: entendiendo la diabetes, tratamiento de la diabetes con dieta y ejercicio, tratamiento con medicamentos, vigilancia y ajustes del programa de tratamiento, retos especials de la diabetes, y viviendo de día en día con la diabetes. Incluye un apéndice de alimentos y sus equivalentes. (This guidebook to diabetes self-care is divided into six sections: understanding diabetes, treating diabetes with nutrition and exercise, treating diabetes with medication, monitoring and adjusting your treatment program, special challenges of diabetes, and living with diabetes. Includes an appendix of food choice lists.) 1995.

El Papa Juan Pablo II: Tributo (Pope John Paul II: A Tribute)     RC 50994

por Robert Sullivan

leído por Juan Ramírez

1 cassette

Repaso de la vida y los tiempos del Papa Juan Pablo II desde su nacimiento en Polonia en 1920, hasta su elección al Papado en 1978 y a través del fuerte ejercicio de su oficio como cabeza de la Iglesia Católica a fines del sigo XX. Incluye prólogo del reverendo Billy Graham. (Review of the life and times of Pope John Paul II. Moves from his birth in Poland in 1920 to his election as pope in 1978 and through his tenure as head of the Catholic Church at the end of the twentieth century. Includes a prolog by Billy Graham.) 1999.

Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica: Con Modificaciones Basadas en la Editio Typica (Catechism of the Catholic Church: With Modifications Based on the Editio Typica)     RC 50995

por U.S. Catholic Conference, Inc.

leído por Juan Ramírez

7 cassettes in 2 containers

La guía espiritual de los católicos. El Catecismo es el compendio completo de lo que los católicos creen en común, basado en 400 años de tradiciones y enseñanzas de la Iglesia y tomando su inspiración de la Biblia, las misa, los sacramentos, y las vidas de los santos. (A spiritual guide for Catholics. The Catechism is the complete compendium of beliefs that are held in common by all Catholics. It is based on 400 years of teachings and traditions of the Church, and is inspired by the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, and the lives of the saints.) 1997.

Asesinos (Assassins)     RC 50996

por Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

leído por Juan Ramírez

3 cassettes

A los treinta y ocho meses de la Tribulación, el Comando Tribulación sigue resistiendo a Nicolás Carpatia, el Anticristo. Ahora esperan el sexto juico en que una horda de 200 millones de jinetes demoníacos mata la tercera parte de la población mundial. Mientras tanto, Raimundo planea asesinar al Anticristo. Sigue a Apolión (RC 50993). (Thirty-eight months have passed since the Rapture, and the Tribulation Force continues its resistance against the Antichrist. As the rebels await the sixth judgment, in which they expect two hundred million horsemen to slay a third of the world's population, Rayford plots to assassinate the Antichrist. Sequel to Apolión (RC 50993).) 1999.

Los OVNIs y la Agenda Extraterrestre (UFOs and the Alien Agenda)     RC 50997

por Bob Larson

leído por Juan Ramírez

2 cassettes

Un experto en sectas y ocultismo habla de la historia de los OVNIs y de seres extraterrestres, relacionándolos con las temas de la cultura popular y con las creencias religiosas. Larson avisa que el frenesí que hay con las cuestiones extraterrestres se sostiene más en sectas como Puerta del Cielo que incorporan temas de extraterrestres en sus agendas religiosas. (An expert in cults and the occult describes the history of UFOs and extraterrestrial beings in relation to popular culture and religious belief. Larson warns that the UFO craze draws much of its strength from cult groups, such as Heaven's Gate, which incorporate extraterrestrial themes into their religious agendas.) 1997.

La Diosa de las Américas: Escritos sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe (The Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe)     RC 50998

recopilado por Ana Castillo

leído por María Pino

2 cassettes

Presenta veinte y siete ensayos, escritos históricos, ficciones, dramas, y poemas sobre la santa patrona de México, la Virgin de Guadalupe. Colabadores incluyen Franciso X. Alarcón, Luis Alfaro, Rosario Castellanos, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska y Luis Rodríguez. (A collection of twenty-seven essays, historical writings, fictional pieces, dramas, and poems about the Patron Saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Contributors to the collection include Francisco X. Alarcón, Luis Alfaro, Rosario Castellanos, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska, and Luis Rodríguez.) 2000.

Talking Book Magazines

Cassette

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

American Heritage (8 issues)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (11 issues)

Asimov's Science Fiction (11 issues)

The Atlantic Monthly (11 issues; combined issue July-August)

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (German; 12 issues)

Bon App,tit (monthly)

Buenhogar (Spanish; monthly)

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

Consumer Reports (monthly)

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

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

Diabetes Forecast (monthly)

Discover (monthly)

Ebony (monthly)

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (11 issues)

Foreign Affairs (6 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, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and Nutrition Action Healthletter, monthly)

Journal Français (French; monthly)

Magazine of the Month (monthly)

Money (monthly plus special issues)

The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)

The Nation (47 issues)

National Geographic (monthly)

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

National Review (25 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

Outdoor Life (10 issues; combined issues June-July, December- January)

People Weekly (weekly plus special issues)

QST (monthly)

Quarterly Music Magazine (quarterly)

Selecciones del Reader's Digest (Spanish; monthly)

Selections du Reader's Digest (French; monthly)

Smart Computing (monthly)

Sound & Vision (10 issues)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (monthly)

Sports Illustrated (weekly plus special issues)

Sports Illustrated for Kids (monthly)

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

Teen People (10 issues)

Travel Holiday (10 issues)

True West (monthly)

U.S. News and World Report (weekly)

The Writer (12 issues)

Young Adult Magazine of the Month (monthly)

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