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The Reference Section has announced the availability of two revised publications. The reference circular Physical Disabilities: Information and Advocacy Organizations 2003 updates and supersedes the June 1994 circular Physical Disabilities: National Organizations and Resources, No. 94-01. It is available in regular print and online at <www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/physical.html>.

A 2003 revision of the factsheet Sources for Purchase of Cassette Players and Player-Recorders Compatible with Recorded Materials Produced by the National Library Service (NLS) is now available in regular print and online at <www.loc.gov/nls/reference/factsheets/sources.html>.

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

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Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor     RC 53552
by Gordon W. Prange
read by Ted Stoddard
8 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Detailed account of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor based on exhaustive interviews and eyewitness accounts. Chronicles the painstaking preparations of the Japanese task force, the factors contributing to American unpreparedness, the events of the air raid itself, and the aftermath and legacy of the attack. Bestseller 1981.

Everything and a Kite     RC 54615
by Ray Romano
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Stand-up comedian and star of television show Everybody Loves Raymond describes his family life in humorous anecdotes, encompassing a childhood in Queens, New York; marriage; parenthood with twins; and aging. Strong language. 1998.

Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas     RC 54634
by Bill McKibben
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
The author of The Age of Missing Information (RC 40250) and other books about simplifying one's life traces the evolution of Christmas celebrations in America. Advocates returning to traditional pleasures while minimizing the commercial aspects of the holiday. Gives examples from his church's program. 1998.

Junk English     RC 54642
by Ken Smith
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
An alphabetically arranged inventory of contemporary English-language grammatical humbug and empty rhetoric. With a light touch attacks clichés, euphemisms, and jargon, giving examples culled from everyday newspaper, magazine, radio, and TV usage--such as "smartize" and "impactful." Also explores technology and warfare vocabularies. Insists that words be used according to their proper meanings. 2001.

Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail     RC 54921
by Rubén Martínez
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
News editor profiles the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico in desperate pursuit of the American dream. Portrays the migrant culture's experiences with coyotes, border guards, and exploitive American employers through the eyes of the Chávez family. Some strong language. 2001.

Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael     RC 55085
by Richard M. Sudhalter
read by Robert O'Keefe
4 cassettes
Music historian traces the life of singer, actor, pianist, and composer Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), known for such classic American songs as "Georgia on My Mind," "Star Dust," and "Skylark." Uses interviews with family and friends as well as the musician's personal papers to document his successful career. 2002.

Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing     RC 55086
by Barbara Ann Brennan
read by Suzanne Toren
5 cassettes
Former NASA research scientist presents "a new view of health, healing, and illness," defining the differences between a healer and a physician. Author describes a cooperative approach to the healing process involving healer, patient, and other health-care providers. 1993.

Valley of the Golden Mummies     RC 55319
by Zahi Hawass
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Egyptian archaeologist relates the 1999 discovery at the Bahariya Oasis of 105 complete mummies, some gilded, dating from the Greco-Roman period. Provides a firsthand report of the excavation and a history of mummification. Discusses the historical context of the find and its likely contribution to knowledge of the era. 2000.

Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology     RC 55374
edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Like the first anthology, Americans' Favorite Poems (RC 50000), this one includes poems selected by Favorite Poem Project participants with their comments. In addition, the editors chose some personal favorites and arranged the work into thematic sections. 2002.

Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays      RC 55381
by Robert J. Myers
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Hallmark Cards presents a detailed history and description of forty-five holidays and holy days celebrated in the United States, plus brief summaries of fifteen more. Includes widely observed celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as regional observations, religious feast days, and ethnic festivals. 1972.

Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life     RC 55444
by Carlo D'Este
read by Ted Stoddard
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Studies the life of supreme Allied commander and U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) from his childhood in Kansas until the close of World War II in 1945. Uses private family papers to examine Ike's pacifist upbringing, his marriage, and his career as a staff officer while ascending the ranks. 2002.

Time Traveler: In Search of Dinosaurs and Ancient Mammals from Montana to Mongolia     RC 55494
by Michael Novacek
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Paleontologist and author of Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs (RC 44068) describes his adventures in the field, traveling to far-flung corners of the world and unearthing important fossils. Discusses techniques used in dating and establishing provenance and in reconstructing the geography of ages long past. 2002.

Catch Me if You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit!     RC 55517
by Frank W. Abagnale
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Lighthearted autobiography of a high-school dropout from the Bronx who became a master counterfeiter and a millionaire by the age of twenty-one. Describes his successful impersonations throughout the 1960s of an airline pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and a college professor, before being apprehended. Some strong language. 1980.

Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September Eleventh     RC 55549
by James B. Stewart
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author relates the life of Rick Rescorla, security director of Morgan Stanley at New York's World Trade Center, who helped rescue thousands during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack before losing his life. His wife, Susan; army comrade Dan Hill; and his coworkers pay tribute to his courage. Strong language. 2002.

The Universe at Midnight: Observations Illuminating the Cosmos      RC 55553
by Ken Croswell
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
This comprehensive and understandable portrait of cosmology, the study of the origin and development of the universe, begins with ancient astronomical observations and ends with "the recent discovery that the universe's expansion may be speeding up." Draws on interviews with scientists to tell "the twisted, tangled, riveting story as it happened." 2001.

Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet     RC 55585
by Elaine Feinstein
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Biography of the former British poet laureate Ted Hughes (1930-1998). Recounts his upbringing, his marriage to American poet Sylvia Plath, and his romantic interests in other women. Discusses, in addition to his own career in poetry, his efforts on behalf of Plath's literary estate. 2001.

One Love, One Heart: A History of Reggae     RC 55594
by James Haskins
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Discusses the Jamaican form of music called reggae, its African roots, and its relation to the Rastafarian religion. Gives a brief history of the Caribbean island and the musicians, including Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, who popularized the sound. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States RC 55615
by James F. Simon
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Legal scholar's account of the conflict between states' rights advocate Thomas Jefferson and Federalist chief justice John Marshall over the intent of constitutional provisions regulating government's power. Details the formative influence of landmark cases, including Marbury v. Madison, which established the Supreme Court's authority to overrule Congress, and the Aaron Burr treason trial. 2002.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 13     RC 55616
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Twenty-three short stories from the year 2001 written by Paul McAuley, Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Hand, Chico Kidd, and others. Includes an overview of horror fiction writing and publishing and "Necrology 2001," a listing of writers, artists, and performers who died in 2001 and had contributed to the horror genre. 2002.

El Niño: Unlocking the Secrets of the Master Weather-Maker     RC 55624
by J. Madeleine Nash
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Accounts of scientists studying the complex El Niño phenomenon crisscross with the personal experiences of people affected by its worldwide consequences. Discusses researchers' scientific data-gathering to establish El Niño's origins, ramifications, and forecasts. Also vividly describes far-reaching climatic disasters in California and Indonesia. 2002.

Batavia's Graveyard     RC 55626
by Mike Dash
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Relates the historical events following the shipwreck of the Dutch merchant vessel Batavia on a coral reef near Australia in 1629. Describes how a mad heretic wreaked havoc and slaughter on the survivors, on a waterless island known now as Batavia's Graveyard. Some violence. 2002.

Mars and Venus in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting Results at Work     RC 55627
by John Gray
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Offers practical advice on reducing conflict and frustration by showing the differences in the ways men and women communicate, solve problems, react to stress, earn respect, promote themselves, experience emotional support, score points, and view sex. 2002.

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth     RC 55631
by M. Scott Peck
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the 1978 classic psychological treatise concerning spirituality, self-actualization, maturation, and interpersonal relationships. Emphasizes mental and spiritual growth, love, and self-discipline. 1978.

Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution     RC 55633
by Randal Keynes
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Inspired by inherited personal belongings, a descendent of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) portrays the naturalist's intimate family circle and explains how Darwin's observations of everyday human relations influenced his scientific theories of evolution. Covers Darwin's religious beliefs and his feelings about the death of his oldest daughter at age ten. 2001.

More than a Game     RC 55635
by Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Phil Jackson, successful pro basketball coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and his friend of thirty years, sportswriter Charley Rosen, describe their love of the sport. Includes anecdotes, their biographical sketches, and their keys to success. Some strong language. 2001.

Colditz: The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes     RC 55636
by Henry Chancellor
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
A study of Colditz, the medieval German fortress that became a WWII high-security prison. Considered escape-proof with its thick walls and long drop to the valley, its story--presented from diaries, memoirs, and interviews--is told from the points of view of escapees, non-escapers, guards, and orderlies. Based on the British television series Escape from Colditz. 2001.

Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It     RC 55661
by Gregory A. Freeman
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
On July 29, 1967, off the coast of Vietnam, an errant rocket on board the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal hit a plane on deck occupied by future senator John McCain, setting off an explosion. Describes the crew's heroic efforts to save the ship (although 134 sailors died) and the reasons for the disaster. Some strong language. 2002.

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, United States Army, Vietnam     RC 55665
by David H. Hackworth and Eilhys England
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Retired army colonel Hackworth, author of Hazardous Duty (RC 43566) and About Face (RC 30190), recalls how he transformed a demoralized infantry troop in Vietnam in 1969 into the "Hardcore Battalion." Violence and strong language. 2002.

American Lighthouses: A Definitive Guide     RC 55679
by Ray Jones
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
A brief survey of U.S. lighthouses, their engineers, and their keepers is followed by travel information and capsule histories of more than five hundred sites--from Maine, down the eastern seaboard, along the Gulf of Mexico, up the Pacific coast from California to Alaska, and through the Great Lakes. 2002.

Baseball: A Literary Anthology     RC 55681
edited by Nicholas Dawidoff
read by Robert Sams
6 cassettes
Selections from American writers about the national pastime, beginning with Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat." Includes fiction long and short, poetry and doggerel, song lyrics, essays and studies, biographical pieces and memoirs, articles and analysis, and the opening scene from the play Damn Yankees. 2002.

Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession     RC 55703
by Matthew Hart
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Traces the history of diamonds and people's fascination with them from their geological origins through mining operations to their splendor as cut and polished gems. Includes background on De Beers, the longest running cartel; the work and culture of diamond cutters; and the 1990s discoveries of new diamond fields. 2001.

The Jesus Party     RC 55706
by Hugh J. Schonfield
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Jewish biblical scholar recreates the thirty-year period after the death of Jesus that led to the revolt against Rome in A.D. 66. Posits that the revolutionary followers of Jesus were Jews who retained their religion and banded together to drive the invaders out of Israel. 1974.

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before     RC 55707
by Tony Horwitz
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, accompanied by his carousing Australian friend Roger Williamson, visits Pacific sites that Cook opened to western exploration two centuries ago. Interweaves accounts of Cook's exploits taken from his journals with Horwitz's own observations of modern-day Tahiti, Bora-Bora, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Alaska, and Hawaii. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Hunter     RC 55711
by J.A. Hunter
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Autobiography by Scottish big game hunter John Alexander Hunter (1887-1963), who lived in British East Africa and made a living as a guide. Describes his career and adventures in the bush. 1952.

History of Art for Young People     RC 55715
by H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson
read by Michael Clarke-Laurence
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Provides basic coverage of art in Europe and North America--from prehistoric to modern times--covering painting, sculpture, and architecture. Discusses concepts, events, movements, symbols, techniques, and major figures. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk     RC 55720
by Gyatso Palden
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Memoir of a Buddhist monk, born in 1933 in Tibet. The 1950 Chinese invasion ended his monastic life. Describes his arrest and imprisonment--thirty years of starvation, torture, and "reeducation." Fleeing to India upon release, he revealed the Tibetan plight to the Dalai Lama--and to the world. 1997.

Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles     RC 55726
by Anthony Swofford
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
A memoir by a former sniper describing the reactions of U.S. Marines to the difficulties of life and war during the Desert Storm operation in 1991. The author relates how he enlisted after high school and was sent at age twenty to Saudi Arabia to face combat. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions     RC 55727
by Chris Matthews
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
TV host and former presidential speechwriter celebrates the essence of America. Each chapter describes an aspect of the nation's ideology, from a fascination with underdogs and lone heroes to embracing a pioneer past and lasting optimism. Matthews discusses icons from popular culture, politics, literature, and movies that embody these concepts. Bestseller 2002.

Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta     RC 55728
by Gore Vidal
read by Roy Avers
1 cassette
Novelist and essayist Vidal draws on his store of American history and political lore to expound on America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Denounces the Bush-Cheney administration, claiming that it has been led by corporate interests and imperialist ideology into military operations with dangerous long-term consequences. Bestseller 2002.

To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian     RC 55747
by Stephen E. Ambrose
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Historian intersperses his personal story with reflections on American history. His topics include the transcontinental railroad, World War II, Native Americans, Vietnam, civil rights, and women's rights. Also describes well-known persons such as Washington, Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Nixon, and Eisenhower. Bestseller 2002.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America     RC 55748
by Erik Larson
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
The author of Isaac's Storm (RC 48811) traces the crimes of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who preyed on young women during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in the amazing landscape that architect Daniel H. Burnham created in a mere two years. Bestseller 2003.

Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century RC 55749
by Hunter S. Thompson
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Memoirs of an unconventional gonzo journalist. A born rebel, Thompson reflects on his life and career, recounts his risk-taking escapades, and discusses his political and social opinions. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Eight Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Start Your Day That Burns Fat and Sheds the Pounds RC 55750
by Jorge Cruise
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Online fitness trainer suggests morning exercises to jump-start the body and burn calories throughout the day. Includes routines and diet suggestions. Foreword by Anthony Robbins. Bestseller 2001.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling     RC 55756
by Ross King
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
The author of Brunelleschi's Dome (RC 53639) recounts the struggle between Michelangelo and Pope Julius II over the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Discusses Renaissance politics, the rivalry between Michelangelo and Raphael, and the day-to-day work of creating frescoes. Dispels the myth that Michelangelo painted the ceiling alone. Bestseller 2003.

The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)     RC 55760
by Jill Conner Browne
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Browne, admitting she is neither Betty Crocker nor Suze Orman, scatters recipes and financial advice among her life observations. Recipes include the "gooiest cake in the world," and one economic tip offers a reminder that "daddy won't live forever." Sequel to God Save the Sweet Potato Queens (RC 53170). Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Hunt for Bin Laden: Task Force Dagger     RC 55763
by Robin Moore
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Account of the U.S. special operations in Afghanistan during 2001-2002, in which the Green Berets worked with the Northern Alliance to capture Kabul, defeat the Taliban, and disrupt Al Qaeda terrorists. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film     RC 55779
by Michael Ondaatje
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Author of The English Patient (RC 35558) presents a series of interviews he conducted with film editor Walter Murch after the filming of his book. Murch offers insights into his profession gained from his experiences with movies such as American Graffiti, The Godfather (RC 25677), and Apocalypse Now. Bestseller 2002.

Everything You Need to Know about Romance and the Internet: How to Stay Safe     RC 55783
by Sheldon Brooks
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Explores many of the positive and negative aspects of looking for love online, stressing the need for caution. Discusses chat rooms and the dangers of becoming involved with a stranger. Offers tips on protecting one's identity and avoiding awkward situations. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Health Insurance Resource Manual: A Guide for People with Chronic Disease and Disability     RC 55819
by Dorothy E. Northrop and Stephen E. Cooper
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Explains managed care health insurance plans, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and the federal laws covering them. Also lists resources for high-risk individuals state by state. 2003.

Beginnings: A Memoir     RC 55820
by Horton Foote
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Continuing his memoir begun in Farewell (RC 49782), American playwright nostalgically recalls his early career. Records family tragedies and personal difficulties. Explains how his move to New York in 1935 provided access to the theater and arts scene and opportunities for new friendships, his own cultural growth, and meeting his wife. 2001.

Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo     RC 55830
by Pagan Kennedy
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Life of William Henry Sheppard, Virginia-born African American missionary to the Congo, who helped expose Belgian atrocities during his two adventure-filled decades in Africa. Setting out at the age of twenty-five in 1890, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, Sheppard pursued exploration, big-game hunting, anthropological research, and art collecting. 2002.

Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence     RC 55835
by Michael Capuzzo
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Chronicles the series of shark attacks on the New Jersey shore in 1916. Portrays the people involved and the social climate of the era while examining scientific explanations for the sharks' behavior. Based on historical and late-twentieth-century sources. 2001.

Youth     RC 55842
by J.M. Coetzee
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
In this second volume of memoirs following Boyhood (RC 46652), Coetzee leaves South Africa for London expecting fame and fortune--or at least romance. He describes the discrepancy between the experiences he envisions transforming into literary art and the humdrum, mind-numbing reality he accepts. 2002.

Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny's Child     RC 55896
by Beyoncé Knowles and others
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
Three members of the award-winning all-girl singing group Destiny's Child describe its rise to fame. They attribute the group's success to a common faith, which the women say sustains them despite many obstacles in the competitive world of music. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism RC 55905
by Peter Schweizer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Chronicles Ronald Reagan's fight against communism from his days as an actor and as governor of California. Analyzes his influence on the subsequent change of U.S. foreign policy from containment to confrontation during his presidency. 2002.

Eiger Dreams: Ventures among Men and Mountains     RC 55906
by Jon Krakauer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Twelve accounts of mountaineering feats by the author of Into Thin Air (RC 44525). In the title piece, Krakauer and a younger companion are waiting out bad weather conditions before assaulting the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Some strong language. 1990.

Careers for Scholars and Other Deep Thinkers     RC 55913
by Blythe Camenson
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Highlights careers for those who love research and teaching, including job opportunities in universities, libraries, museums, and laboratories. Also details the duties of a librarian, psychologist, botanical specialist, and animal behaviorist. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2001.

American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East since 1945     RC 55918
by Douglas Little
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
History professor explores attitudes, interests, and issues underlying United States-Middle East relations since World War II. Focuses on America's stereotypes of the region and the unintended consequences of cultural misunderstandings. Also examines U.S. foreign policy, oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and increased nationalism in Middle Eastern countries. 2002.

A House Unlocked     RC 55921
by Penelope Lively
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
Booker Prize-winning author takes her family's ancestral home, Golsoncott, in Somerset, England, as a vantage point from which to examine seventy years of social change and the traumas of the twentieth century. Objects in the house--photograph albums, the silver cupboard's contents, her grandmother's stitchery sampler--conjure up people and events from the past. 2001.

Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy     RC 55923
by Diana Preston
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
British historian and author of The Boxer Rebellion (RC 51569) recounts the sinking of the English passenger liner Lusitania by a German submarine on May 7, 1915, off the coast of Ireland. Describes the catastrophe that caused the death of almost 1,200 men, women, and children and the subsequent political consequences. 2002.

Moving Heaven and Earth: Copernicus and the Solar System     RC 55929
by John Henry
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Explains Nicolaus Copernicus's (1473-1543) revolutionary sixteenth-century theory that suggested that Earth revolves around the Sun. Chronicles the scientist's life and presents the reaction of the churches and the Aristotelians and other astronomers to Copernicus's theory. Discusses the impact his theory has had on both science and society. 2001.

On a Wave     RC 55930
by Thad Ziolkowski
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
A poet/writer recalls his 1960s adolescence in Florida, when surfing was more of a religion than a sport. Ziolkowski describes smoking marijuana, discovering girls, and dealing with family problems while all that really mattered to him was riding the waves. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Minority Quarterback and Other Lives in Sports     RC 55944
by Ira Berkow
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Thirty-seven stories by a New York Times sports reporter about athletes overcoming hardships. In the title piece, Berkow examines the struggle of a white, teenage quarterback on a scholarship to a historically black college. Includes features on one-armed pitcher Jim Abbott and on a dying Arthur Ashe. Some strong language. 2002.

The Age of Sacred Terror     RC 55953
by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
The authors, both former members of the National Security Council, explore the origins of Islamist terrorism and the origins of al-Qaeda; explain how the U.S. government under President Bill Clinton failed to predict or prevent the September 11, 2001, attacks; and offer suggestions for effective counterterrorism strategies. 2002.

Exotic Pets Handbook: A Family Guide to Buying, Caring for, and Breeding Unusual Pets     RC 55965
by David Manning
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Practical advice on choosing unusual family pets--amphibians, lizards, tortoises, snakes, and varied invertebrates. Presents pros and cons on owning these specialty creatures, which are widely available commercially from captive bred stock and are suitable for the novice. 1998.

What Color Is a Conservative? My Life and My Politics     RC 55970
by J.C. Watts
read by John Hammock
3 cassettes
Autobiography by Oklahoma politician, for years the only African American Republican in Congress. Describes his childhood and football career, his conservative political and personal beliefs, his decision not to seek another term in 2002, and his strategy to make America a better place. Some strong language. 2002.

Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now     RC 55971
by Jan Wong
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Memoir of a Canadian journalist of Chinese heritage recalling her experiences in Beijing during the cultural revolution. Describes her impressions as a foreign student embracing Maoism in 1972 China and the differences she encountered returning in 1988 for a stint as a correspondent. Some strong language. 1996.

My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of How One Young Blind Woman Brought Hope to the Blind Children of Tibet     RC 55975
by Sabriye Tenberken
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
The author recounts her journey to Tibet, where she opened a school to teach blind children the Tibetan braille system she devised while a University of Bonn student. Tenberken describes losing her sight at age twelve, her education, establishing her school, and founding the organization Braille without Borders. 2000.

Color Me Beautiful's Looking Your Best: Color, Makeup, and Style     RC 55976
by Mary Spillane and Christine Sherlock
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Professional color consultants describe how to choose makeup and clothes to compliment one's complexion and figure and to improve on one's natural assets. Offers suggestions for choosing a wardrobe and dressing well--according to seasonal palettes. 1995.

Hope and Destiny: The Patient's and Parent's Guide to Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait RC 55977
by Allan F. Platt and Alan Sacerdote
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Describes sickle cell disease, a blood condition that primarily affects African Americans. Includes information on genetic testing, characteristics of the condition, pain management, and hospital visits. Discusses treatment options, developmental issues in children, and research. Presents patients' stories. 2002.

Christmas: Traditions, Celebrations, and Food across Europe     RC 55984
by Stella Ross Collins
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Discusses the observance of Christmas in more than forty European countries. Also covers Advent, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Epiphany, and New Year's traditions. Provides information on decorating for the season and offers recipes from the various cultures. 1999.

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners     RC 55986
by Monks of New Skete
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Step-by-step guide details practical training techniques, emphasizing the importance of honest and effective communication. Renowned breeders and trainers, the monks of New Skete, New York, offer a spiritually based approach to dog training. "Good relationships demand activity and patience. This is when training transcends the mundane to become spiritual and inspiring." 2002.

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer RC 55987
by Harvey Karp
read by Terence Aselford
2 cassettes
Pediatrician's advice to parents on calming newborns who are experiencing a "fourth trimester" while adapting to a new world. Recommends five steps, designed to imitate the uterus, that will calm an infant. 2002.

Live Aware, Not in Fear: The 411 after 9-11; a Book for Teens     RC 55989
by Donna K. Wells and Bruce C. Morris
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Gives teens the information they need about safety in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Offers six risk scenarios concerning perceived threats such as bioterrorism and disruptions of travel and communication. Dispels myths and provides information on how to respond to actual emergencies. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Solutions: For Your Dog--and You     RC 55990
by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Authors describe the proper care and attention owners should give to their dogs, including information on nutrition, training, and first aid. They also offer advice on boarding a pet or traveling with it, and tips on buying toys. 2001.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: America's Doctor Tells You Why the Health Experts Are Wrong     RC 55993
by Dean Edell
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Physician and radio talk-show host conveys ways to "come to rational, intelligent decisions" about one's health, "based on the best that science has to offer." Includes methods of avoiding media hype and discerning the truth behind fads in nutrition, exercise, drugs, sex, and alternative medicine. 1999.

She Got Game     RC 55996
by Cynthia Cooper
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Women's National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player shares her journey overcoming adversity in Los Angeles's inner city to shine among the basketball elite. Cooper chronicles her career from 1981 at the University of Southern California through stints overseas and on the U.S. Olympic team to leading the Houston Comets in back-to-back championships. 1999.

Mayo Clinic on Vision and Eye Health     RC 55997
edited by Helmut Buettner
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Offers practical information about the human eye and discusses signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. 2002.

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores RC 56000
by Michelle Malkin
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
First-generation American and Fox News Channel commentator denounces America's lax immigration policies, blaming the system for the September 11, 2001, attacks. Malkin argues that government corruption, corporate special interests, and inconsistent enforcement allow criminals to exploit immigration laws. She demands better tracking procedures and the use of immigrant profiling. Some violence. 2002.

Life after Terrorism: What You Need to Know to Survive in Today's World     RC 56017
by Bruce D. Clayton
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
An emergency response planner examines strategies to protect one's family from a terrorist attack. Gives background information on anti-American groups and their methods, hazardous materials, and biological and chemical weapons. Offers advice on reducing risk and planning for survival and escape. 2002.

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad     RC 56018
by Fareed Zakaria
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Foreign policy analyst advocates a reexamination of the relationship between democracy and liberty, arguing that democracy should not be thrust unthinkingly upon populations without experience in this form of government. Discusses the American system, its evolution, and its influence on other countries and their political problems and aspirations. Bestseller 2003.

The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating: Great Food for Good Health     RC 56019
by Bob Greene
read by David Toney
2 cassettes
In this companion to Get with the Program! Getting Real about Your Health, Weight, and Emotional Well-Being (RC 54029), the author emphasizes healthy eating habits, specific foods' nutritional values, and tips for grocery shopping. Offers about eighty easy-to-prepare recipes that apply his advice. Bestseller 2003.

Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know; What You Can Do to Fight Back     RC 56021
by Arthur Levitt
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman discusses how to invest wisely in stocks and mutual funds. Levitt reveals the misleading tactics of Wall Street and corporate America, illustrating how conflicts of interest impact broker recommendations. He also explains how to read financial statements and prepare for retirement. 2002.

A Field Guide to Type 1 Diabetes: The Essential Resource from the Diabetes Experts     RC 56024
by American Diabetes Association
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Presents basic information essential to controlling type 1 diabetes. Explains the biology of the disease, insulin and glucose monitoring, equipment, food, complications, doctors, and resources. 2002.

The Forgetting: Alzheimer's; Portrait of an Epidemic     RC 56026
by David Shenk
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Journalist examines the scientific, psychological, and political history of Alzheimer's disease--a condition that is becoming ever more widespread as people live longer. Discusses early, middle, and end stages of the disease using examples of well-known people who have developed this "reverse childhood." Concludes with an optimistic view of treatment prospects. 2001.

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life     RC 56029
by Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colón
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Professional organizer and her teenage daughter offer a method for getting one's life in order using time management and other strategies. Presents anecdotes and checklists to suggest ways to organize home, school, and outside activities. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Gold in the Water: The True Story of Ordinary Men and Their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory RC 56039
by P.H. Mullen
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Chronicles the arduous years of training of the 2000 U.S. Olympic swim team that led to victory in Australia. Follows coach Dick Jochums and his athletes, including two asthmatics who overcame their medical problems to succeed. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal     RC 56050
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Guide to a paradigm shift from time management to energy channeling for maximum performance, health, and happiness. Discusses the importance of "full engagement" and includes the Complete Corporate Athlete® Training System for achieving this goal. 2003.

Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan     RC 56051
by Norma Khouri
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Khouri's memoir of her friendship with Dalia, a young Muslim woman whose only crime was to fall in love with a Christian army officer. In Jordan's rigid, patriarchal society, secret meetings between Dalia and her lover, although chaste, brought such dishonor to the family that her father killed her--"to clean house." 2003.

The Anxiety Book: Developing Strength in the Face of Fear     RC 56053
by Jonathan Davidson and Henry Dreher
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Physician describes various anxiety disorders and available remedies--including drugs, herbs, serenity exercises, and therapy. Explains how it is possible to become an emotionally stronger person after treatment for such problems as phobias, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. 2003.

What's So Amazing about Grace?     RC 56055
by Philip Yancey
read by John Hammock
2 cassettes
Religion author illustrates the impact of forgiveness and mercy through a series of personal anecdotes, historical events, and biblical stories. In "Babette's Feast," a destitute woman is taken in by two sisters and years later invites an entire community to a feast in thanksgiving. 1997.

Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity RC 56057
by Guy McKhann and Marilyn Albert
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Guide to coping with nervous system changes as a normal part of aging. Using research and case histories, neurologists offer physical and dietary techniques for maintaining brain function and reducing the risk of developing disorders. They also discuss the symptoms and treatment of diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. 2002.

Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball     RC 56059
by David Wells
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Professional baseball pitcher describes his life in the bullpen from the minor leagues to the majors. The son of a Hells Angels bike-riding mom, Wells chronicles his career, including his pitching a perfect game for the 1998 New York Yankees. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life: Keep What You Have and Create What You Deserve RC 56063
by Suze Orman
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Author of The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom (RC 46126) presents five "laws of money" to master that will lead to more control of personal finances. Orman offers practical advice for assessing current financial situations and planning for the future, supplemented with real-life examples and a step-by-step guidebook. 2003.

The Story of My Father: A Memoir     RC 56071
by Sue Miller
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Author of While I Was Gone (RC 47671), among other works, becomes her father's caregiver as he slowly succumbs to Alzheimer's disease. The widowed James Nichols, a retired minister, begins to show symptoms of forgetfulness in the late 1980s. Miller describes their changing relationship and other effects of his condition. 2003.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales     RC 56123
edited by Maria Tatar
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Twenty-six folktales with universal currency in the Western world. Introductory commentary and annotations to salient passages in each story enrich understanding by providing cultural, historical, and psychological context. 2002.

Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism     RC 56174
by William J. Bennett
read by Roy Avers
1 cassette
Supporting the war on terrorism, conservative commentator Bennett outlines moral justifications for America's military response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Presenting America as a country worth fighting for, he berates groups that question military retaliation, claiming they undermine national confidence. Also discusses Islam and U.S. policies toward Israel. 2002.

Careers for Homebodies and Other Independent Souls     RC 56180
by Jan Goldberg
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Describes career possibilities for those who want to work independently from home. Includes options such as operating small businesses or franchises, consulting, and writing, along with other possibilities made available through advances in technology. Emphasizes the pros and cons and necessary skills. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2001.

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified: An Essential Guide for Everyone Pumping Insulin     RC 56183
by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
The author, who uses insulin to control diabetes, discusses the pros and cons of using an insulin pump and provides specific advice for diabetics of all ages. Describes the mechanics of an insulin pump and discusses lifestyle issues that influence the use of such a device. 2003.

Should I Medicate My Child? Sane Solutions for Troubled Kids with--and without--Psychiatric Drugs RC 56185
by Lawrence H. Diller
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Author of Running on Ritalin (RC 47661), a pediatrician, discusses the uses of psychiatric drugs for children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems. Suggests nondrug approaches to try at home and at school before turning to medicine. 2002.

Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue: One Hundred Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue and Grilling RC 56188
by Al Roker
read by Barry Bernson
1 cassette
Television weatherman on the Today show shares his recipes for outdoor charcoal-grilling meat as well as preparing easy sauces, appetizers, salads, drinks, and desserts in the kitchen. 2002.

Forgotten Eagle: Wiley Post, America's Heroic Aviation Pioneer     RC 56190
by Bryan B. Sterling and Frances N. Sterling
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Biography of pioneering aviator Wiley Post (1898-1935). Describes his childhood in Texas, time in prison, and loss of an eye in an oil-rig accident, as well as his accomplishments in the air. Recounts his ill-fated journey to Alaska with humorist Will Rogers that ended in their deaths. 2001.

The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and World War II     RC 56192
by Howard Blum
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Account of the exploits of the Jewish Brigade, a volunteer British Army unit of Palestinian Jews. Details their responses to concentration camp horrors, their efforts to eliminate Nazis guilty of war crimes, and the assistance they provided in transporting Jewish orphans to Palestine. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition     RC 56195
by Susan Solomon
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Scientist uses her meteorological expertise and personal knowledge of Antarctica to reevalute Scott's preparations for the 1912 polar journey that ended in his death. Interlaces the expedition's accounts with contemporary scientific information, reestablishing Scott's reputation as a competent, courageous hero who was foiled by unpredictable and exceptionally cold weather. 2001.

Healing Heartburn     RC 56196
by Lawrence J. Cheskin and Brian E. Lacy
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Medical professors from Johns Hopkins University explain the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of acid reflux disease, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn. They discuss medications, complications, and special concerns of persons who are elderly or bedridden. 2002.

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently--and Why     RC 56198
by Richard E. Nisbett
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Social psychologist explores differences between Western and East Asian systems of thought. Nisbett's experiments lead him to claim that "human cognition is not everywhere the same," with westerners disposed toward individualistic and easterners toward relational perceptual biases. These fundamental differences, based in Aristotelian and Confucian worldviews, may contribute to international misunderstandings. 2003.

The Difference That Disability Makes     RC 56208
by Rod Michalko
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
Blind Canadian professor defines the way society perceives people with handicaps and usually associates impairment with suffering. Explores why disabled persons are either feared or considered useless, illustrating with anecdotes from his own experience. Some strong language. 2002.

Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring the Experts May Be Best for Your Child     RC 56212
by Frank Furedi
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
Sociologist encourages parents to disregard alarmist, often contradictory advice from child development experts and instead to believe in their own "innate capacity" to raise children. Citing numerous studies, Furedi analyzes how politics, corporations, and the media fuel parental anxieties and assesses the consequences of overly vigilant supervision. 2002.

Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black     RC 56287
by John Feinstein
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Author of The Majors (RC 48273) describes how Bethpage Black--a public golf course owned by the state of New York--is selected and prepared to host the 2002 U.S. Open (ultimately won by Tiger Woods). Bestseller 2003.

The Teammates     RC 56289
by David Halberstam
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
The saga of four Boston Red Sox players from the 1940s--Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Ted Williams, and Bobby Doerr--who remain friends for over sixty years. In 2001 DiMaggio and Pesky begin a long car trip to visit the dying Williams and reminisce about the past. Bestseller 2003.

Sew Simple Squares: More than Twenty-Five Fearless Sewing Projects for Your Home     RC 56301
by Kathy Peterson
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Television craft show hostess presents easy projects to make using ready-made fabric squares or those cut with a rotary cutter. Provides step-by-step instructions for creating pillows, window treatments, bed covers, and more. Each project is graded for difficulty, and includes a list of necessary supplies. 2003.

Summit     RC 56407
edited by Marc Maurer
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Seven blind persons recall how they have reached the summit as they scaled "personal mountains." "To Climb Every Mountain" describes Erik Weihenmayer's successful ascent of Mt. Everest. Other chapters recount a blind student's camp counselor job and a teenager's conquest of the fear of losing her physical freedom on becoming blind. 2002.

Not Much of a Muchness     RC 56408
edited by Marc Maurer
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Nine accounts by blind people about work and everyday routines. Includes editor Marc Maurer's recollections of campus life at the University of Notre Dame, a young man's reflections on choosing a career in music, and a home owner's musings on his neighbors' surprise that he works around the house. 2002.

The American Creed: A Spiritual and Patriotic Primer     RC 56417
by Forrest Church
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
A reverend explores the historical link between American freedom and faith. Focusing on the Declaration of Independence, Church illuminates the "American Creed" as exhibited in history. He emphasizes the need to return to fundamental principles as he considers the future. 2002.

The Dog Listener: A Noted Expert Tells You How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation     RC 56418
by Jan Fennell
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
British "dog whisperer" explains her technique of obedience training, which relies on emulating canine behaviors and using positive reinforcement. Offers solutions to common problems. 2000.

Cassettes Fiction

Echoes of Honor: Honor Harrington, Volume 8     RC 53965
by David Weber
read by Madelyn Buzzard
5 cassettes
In this sequel to In Enemy Hands (RC 53964), Honor Harrington is unaware that an interstellar newscast reported her execution. No one knows that she and a few of her people are determined to escape from prison on Hell. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Heritage: Gene Roddenberry's Earth--Final Conflict, Volume 5     RC 54414
by Doranna Durgin
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Sequel to Augur's Teacher (RC 53382). Liam Kincaid, double agent for Earth's resistance to the alien Taelons, is extraordinarily affected by an alien-inflicted virus because of his unique genetic makeup. He must save himself to end the suffering of others. Associated with the Earth: Final Conflict television series. 2001.

The Ship Errant     RC 54498
by Jody Lynn Nye
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
In this sequel to The Ship Who Won (RC 54497), Carialle and Keff, who originally discovered and befriended the intelligent "globe-frogs," are now responsible for returning them to Ozran. In the process, they learn the globe-frogs may just have been the ones who caused Carialle so much pain. 1996.

The Ship Avenged     RC 54499
by S.M. Stirling
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
This sequel to The Ship Errant (RC 54498) occurs ten years after Simeon and his space station SSS-900-C defeated space pirates from Kolnar. Now the Kolnar leader plans revenge with a kidnapping and a scheme to infect humans with a brain-killing virus. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Step-Ball-Change     RC 54619
by Jeanne Ray
read by Cyn Delafield
2 cassettes
Raleigh, North Carolina. Sixtyish Caroline McSwain's daughter is engaged to the richest man in town--and her family's expected to foot the bill for the nine-hundred-guest wedding. Then Caroline's abandoned sister moves in, bringing her ankle-nipping terrier. Meanwhile the crew renovating Caroline's house seems to live there. Some strong language. 2002.

Big Cherry Holler     RC 54798
by Adriana Trigiani
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Big Stone Gap, 1980s. Ave Maria and Jack have been married eight years and have a daughter, Etta. Now with the coal mines closing, life is changing for everyone in this Virginia community, including Ave Maria, who begins to doubt the wisdom of marrying Jack. Sequel to Big Stone Gap (RC 52742). 2001.

A Promise for Tomorrow: Ribbons of Steel, Book 3     RC 54870
by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson
read by Janis Gray
4 cassettes
Allegheny Mountains, Maryland; 1843-53. Carolina and James move to a rural town while James supervises the building of the railroad. They respond to their stepdaughter Victoria's interest in a young Irish laborer by confronting their prejudices and trusting God. Sequel to A Hope Beyond (RC 54869). For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Step into Chaos: Quest for Tomorrow, Book 3     RC 54873
by William Shatner
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
After learning in In Alien Hands (RC 54872) that his true mother, Kate, encoded a secret in his DNA about linking a billion human minds into a vast supercomputer called "mind arrays," Jim's only hope for survival is to step into chaos. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Beyond the Stars: Quest for Tomorrow, Book 4     RC 54874
by William Shatner
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
In Step into Chaos (RC 54873), Jim Endicott merged with the Omega Point, entering an alternate universe. In this sequel, another version of the accidental shooting of his father occurs, leading to a different scenario for this other Jim. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

The Jerusalem Scrolls: Zion Legacy, Book 4     RC 54878
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Days of brutal fighting have taken a toll on the Israeli forces. On the advice of a dying rabbi, leader Moshe Sachar escapes into a secret tunnel housing some sacred scrolls. Opening them, Moshe becomes immersed in a biblical tale of love, faith, and redemption in the first century A.D. Sequel to Jerusalem's Heart (RC 54877). 2001.

Dragons of a Lost Star: The War of Souls, Volume 2     RC 54881
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Dragons of a Fallen Sun (RC 54880), many have fallen prey to Mina and her army of knights as, guided by an unknown god, she sweeps across the land. However, one lone dragon vows to find the answer to the mystery of the One God before darkness engulfs them all. 2001.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes     RC 54993
by Arthur Conan Doyle
read by Robert Blumenfeld
10 cassettes in 2 containers
Four complete novels--A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear--and fifty-six short stories featuring Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. John Watson. 2002.

Argall: The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith; Seven Dreams; a Book of North American Landscapes, Volume 3     RC 55007
by William T. Vollmann
read by Gordon Gould
6 cassettes
Continuing history of the settling of the North American continent focuses on the English settlers of Jamestown and on the Powhatan Indians. Written in the Elizabethan style, the saga reveals Captain Samuel Argall's brutality toward the tribes. Sequel to Second Dream; Fathers and Crows (RC 37080). Violence and strong language. 2001.

Appointed to Die     RC 55012
by Kate Charles
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
The religious community is in an uproar when canon Arthur Brydges-ffrench of Malbury Cathedral is passed over for promotion in favor of Stuart Latimer, from London. The new dean plans many changes in the staff and routine. When Brydges-ffrench is murdered, another canon's daughter, Lucy Kingsley, helps investigate. 1993.

The Christmas Train     RC 55045
by David Baldacci
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Journalist Tom Langdon takes a cross-country train from the East Coast to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his girlfriend. On the trip he meets a host of zany characters, including one who happens to be his former lover. Sparks fly until Tom's girlfriend shows up in Chicago. Bestseller 2002.

Unless     RC 55163
by Carol Shields
read by Cyn Delafield
2 cassettes
Reta Winters leads a charmed life until the summer of 2000, when she faces a family crisis. Her eldest daughter, Norah, drops out of college, wears a sign reading "goodness," and panhandles on a street corner. Reta's agony surfaces in her work as she tries to understand her daughter's silence. 2002.

Legacy: Gene Roddenberry's Earth--Final Conflict, Volume 6     RC 55172
by Glenn R. Sixbury
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
When Dr. Waneta Long, an archaeologist at a sacred Cherokee tribal site in North Carolina, unearths a small red crystal, she unknowingly unleashes forces that link her to Daniel, a young Irish boy giving a private dance performance for Taelon Companion Da'an and his protector, Liam Kincaid. Sequel to Heritage (RC 54414). 2002.

The Case of the Horrified Heirs     RC 55202
by Erle Stanley Gardner
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Perry Mason deals with wealthy Lauretta Trent's heirs, who are suspected not only of trying to poison her on at least two occasions but also of attempting to forge copies of her will. 1964.

The Viking Funeral     RC 55203
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
LAPD detective Scully, from The Tin Collectors (RC 53246), returns to battle his best friend and colleague, Jody Dean. Scully thought Dean had committed suicide. When he discovers that Dean is alive, he suspects a connection between the phony suicide and a crooked cop network. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2002.

Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer, Book 1     RC 55270
by Robin Hobb
read by Erik Sandvold
4 cassettes
In the Six Duchies, ruled by the Farseers, the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry, Fitz, grows up fatherless and motherless, an outcast at court. Yet Fitz possesses an inherited magic skill, understands animals, and is secretly tutored in the assassin's techniques. Followed by Royal Assassin (RC 55271). Some strong language. 1995.

Royal Assassin: The Farseer, Book 2     RC 55271
by Robin Hobb
read by Erik Sandvold
6 cassettes
At fifteen, Fitz has managed to defeat Prince Regal's plot in the mountains, but at the price of his health. He returns to court, where King Shrewd lies dying and intrigues abound as the Six Duchies come under assault from the Red-Ship Raiders. Sequel to Assassin's Apprentice (RC 55270). Some strong language. 1996.

Immoral Certainty     RC 55304
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
New York D.A. Butch Karp's team investigates a serial killer who targets children and a Mafia murder in Little Italy. Somehow the two cases are related. Karp and his lover, assistant D.A. Marlene Ciampi, track the culprits. Violence and strong language. 1991.

By Force of Arms: Revolution at Sea, Book 1     RC 55311
by James L. Nelson
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
American colonies, 1775. Smuggler Isaac Biddlecomb sinks his ship rather than be captured by Captain James Wallace of the British frigate HMS Rose. Biddlecomb is forced to flee Bristol, Rhode Island, for the time being but returns to fight in the war for independence. Violence and strong language. 1996.

The Maddest Idea: Revolution at Sea, Book 2     RC 55312
by James L. Nelson
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
In the sequel to By Force of Arms (RC 55311) it is 1775, and General George Washington sends Captain Isaac Biddlecomb of Bristol, Rhode Island, to Bermuda to seize desperately needed British gunpowder. But a traitor sets a trap for the captain to sail into. Violence and strong language. 1997.

Explorer     RC 55347
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Kimberly Schraf
4 cassettes
Diplomat Bren Cameron is aboard the starship Phoenix on a mission to investigate the ruins of Reunion Station. The truth of that disaster is revealed as the crew confronts internal strife and encounters a dangerous new species. Sequel to Defender (RC 54314). Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct     RC 55348
by Ed McBain
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Councilman Lester Henderson is killed, and detective Fat Ollie Weeks, from Money, Money, Money (RC 52928), is at the murder scene when someone steals his manuscript from his police vehicle. Ollie leaves the investigation to detective Steve Carella while he searches for his novel. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Prairie Moon     RC 55352
by Maggie Osborne
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Texas. Della Ward has been widowed for ten years when lawman James Cameron arrives to explain to her how her husband died in the Civil War. Once they meet, James--who has carried Della's picture for a decade--knows the truth may destroy them both. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Small Town     RC 55353
by Lawrence Block
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
The Carpenter, a serial killer, terrorizes Manhattan, causing its citizens to alter their lifestyles in many ways. Author John Creighton, accused of one murder, sees his book sales skyrocket, and former police commissioner Francis Buckram joins the investigation. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Manservant and Maidservant     RC 55375
by Ivy Compton-Burnett
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
A Victorian household provides the setting for a tyrannical father who frightens his children, for masters and servants who compete for power, and for secrets being kept "upstairs and downstairs" that are waiting to be discovered. 1947.

Ashenden; or, The British Agent     RC 55379
by W. Somerset Maugham
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A collection of short stories about Ashenden, a writer, who becomes a spy for the Intelligence Department and moves to Geneva to recruit other agents and gather information. Based on Maugham's own experiences during World War I. 1927.

Three Complete Novels: Rich Man, Poor Man; Beggarman, Thief; Evening in Byzantium     RC 55393
by Irwin Shaw
read by Jim Zeiger
10 cassettes in 2 containers
Rich Man, Poor Man and Beggarman, Thief follow the loves and fortunes of the Jordache family as it rises from poverty to riches. In Evening in Byzantium, movie producer Jesse Craig reminisces about his shattered personal life. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1981.

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 55402
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
When the body of a guest is found in the barn of Mennonite Magdalena Yoder's inn, everyone assumes that the death was caused by a kick from the cow. As discovery of new evidence casts suspicion on Freni, the Amish cook, Magdalena's investigation attracts the attention of the murderer. 1998.

16 Lighthouse Road     RC 55515
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Judge Olivia Lockhart recalls her friends in Cedar Cove, Washington. They include Cecilia and Ian, to whom she denies a divorce; her opinionated mother, Charlotte; her daughter, Justine, engaged to an older man; and the new newspaper editor. Followed by 204 Rosewood Lane (RC 55516). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Trapped     RC 55519
by James Alan Gardner
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Simka, Earth. In 2457, Doctor Philemon Abu Dhubhai is content teaching at Feliss Academy. But when a student dies mysteriously and her boyfriend goes missing, Phil leads his band of misfit friends on a quest for truth that could uncover conspiracy at the highest levels. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Into the Night     RC 55522
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
When White House public relations assistant Joan DaCosta arrives at California's Coronado Naval Base to prepare for the president's visit, she never expects to fall for her much-younger SEAL liaison. As the SEALs train for their VIP demonstration, terrorists plan their own. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2002.

Three Junes     RC 55525
by Julia Glass
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
The Scottish McLeods--father and three sons--grapple with family ties and love relationships in the summers of 1989, 1995, and 1999. Widowed Paul, traveling in Greece, reappraises the past in his bereavement. A son, Fenno, in Manhattan, finds an outlet for repressed feelings, and Fenno's brothers learn accommodation. Some strong language. National Book Award. 2002.

War of Honor: Honor Harrington, Volume 10     RC 55532
by David Weber
read by Madelyn Buzzard
7 cassettes in 2 containers
An uneasy peace between the Star Kingdom and the Havenites brings the personal agendas of leaders to the fore. As negotiations begin, Lady Harrington resists her growing feelings for the earl of White Haven. Sequel to Ashes of Victory (RC 53966). Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Seven Dials: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mystery     RC 55537
by Anne Perry
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes
Victorian London. Special Branch detective Thomas Pitt is assigned the task of exonerating cabinet minister Saville Ryerson and his Egyptian mistress in the case of a murdered minor diplomat. Pitt travels to Alexandria for more information, while his wife, Charlotte, investigates the disappearance of the woman's manservant. 2003.

Owlflight: Owl Trilogy, Volume 1     RC 55545
by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Following his parents' disappearance in the Pelagiris forest, orphaned Darian Firkin is apprenticed to Wizard Justyn. But Darian prefers to seek solace in the forest rather than learn magic. It is to this forest, and a path of discovery, that Darian flees when an army burns his village. Followed by Owlsight (RC 55546). 1997.

Owlsight: Owl Trilogy, Volume 2     RC 55546
by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Four years have passed since Darian sought sanctuary in the Pelagiris forest with the Tayledras Hawkbrothers. Back in Errold's Grove, Keisha Alder, with little training, has taken up the role of Healer. When Darian returns, warning of a new threat, he and Keisha must face the barbarians. Sequel to Owlflight (RC 55545). 1998.

Owlknight: Owl Trilogy, Volume 3     RC 55547
by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Six years have passed since his parents disappeared. Darian, a full-fledged Master Mage, now heads a community composed of Hawkbrothers, Valdemarans, and peaceful barbarians. Clues lead him to believe his parents may still be alive, but the trail is fraught with obstacles. Sequel to Owlsight (RC 55546). 1999.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2002     RC 55552
edited by James Ellroy
read by Suzanne Toren
4 cassettes
Twenty short mystery stories by authors such as Michael Connelly, Thomas H. Cook, Joe Gores, Stuart M. Kaminsky, and others. In "Harlem Nocturne" by Robert B. Parker, a white bodyguard is assigned to protect Jackie Robinson during his first major league season. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Sunset Pass     RC 55555
by Zane Grey
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Cowboy Trueman Rock no sooner returns to Wagontongue after six years in Texas than he becomes infatuated with the lovely Miss Thiry Preston. The wealthy Prestons own a large cattle ranch dominated by Thiry's older brother, Ash. Naturally a feud develops between True and Ash. 1931.

Wildfire     RC 55564
by Zane Grey
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
At eighteen, Lucy Bostil loves riding horses on her father's Colorado ranch more than anything else. She bonds with an untamed red stallion called Wildfire and with Lin Slone, the man who was injured man trying to break the animal. Lucy develops a scheme to race Wildfire against her father's favorite horse, Sage King. 1916.

Citizen Washington     RC 55566
by William Martin
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
Alexandria Gazette editor Hesperus Draper hires his nephew Christopher to investigate why Martha Washington burned private letters from her husband just after his death. At Mount Vernon on the pretext of writing a biography, Christopher interviews Washington's contemporaries, including his personal slave and political colleagues. Some strong language. 1999.

The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989     RC 55580
by Samuel Beckett
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Collection of stories spanning the career of the 1969 Nobel laureate from Ireland. Arranged chronologically, they chart Beckett's philosophical evolution. The introduction by S.E. Gontarski places Beckett's short fiction within the context of the Irish storytelling tradition. 1995.

In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness     RC 55584
edited by Donna Seaman
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Fourteen tales exploring inner human conflict between natural instincts and the veneer of civilization by such writers as Rick Bass, Linda Hogan, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Lorrie Moore, and Rick DeMarinis. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Forever     RC 55595
by Judy Blume
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette (Reissue)
When eighteen-year-old Katherine begins dating Michael, she's sure they will stay together, and they become intimate. But as time goes by, she discovers that there are other people she wants to meet. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 1975.

Line of Vision     RC 55596
by David Ellis
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Investment banker Marty Kalish is accused of murdering his lover Rachel's husband. Marty devises a defense, changes his story to suit the evidence, and bends the truth. Complications arise--some from the elegant widow. Strong language and some violence. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 2001.

Target Practice     RC 55601
by Rex Stout
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Collection of sixteen of Stout's stories from All-Story Magazine, the pulp journal that published his early short fiction. Includes "Secrets," his first crime story, and "Justice Ends at Home," in which a character foreshadows the author's famed Nero Wolfe. 1998.

Foundation's Triumph: The Second Foundation Trilogy, Volume 3     RC 55622
by David Brin
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Aging Hari Seldon, father of psychohistory, is finished; his role in building a better galactic empire is over. But before his noble end, he embarks on one final adventure to save humanity from a rebel uprising and robot civil war. Sequel to Foundation and Chaos (RC 53875). 1999.

Trumpet on the Land: The Sibley Scout, the Skirmish at Warbonnet Creek, the Battle of Slim Buttes, and Crook's "Horse-Meat March"--the Aftermath of the Custer Massacre; the Plainsmen, Book 10     RC 55628
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
In 1876, after Custer's defeat on the Little Big Horn, the army is hunting down Sioux warriors. Scout Seamus Donegan accompanies the column headed across Montana, finally confronting Chief American Horse at Slim Buttes. Sequel to Reap the Whirlwind (RC 55478). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1995.

Spook: A "Nameless Detective" Novel     RC 55634
by Bill Pronzini
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
The "Nameless Detective," last seen in Bleeders (RC 54139), is semiretired. His partners Tamara Corbin and Jake Runyon, newly hired, investigate the execution-style murder of a crazy, homeless man named Spook, whose checkered past has evidently caught up with him. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Cold Company: An Alaska Mystery     RC 55637
by Sue Henry
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Alaskan dog-sled racer Jessie Arnold discovers a skeleton while rebuilding her cabin. It appears to be the work of a notorious serial murderer, apprehended decades before. But now another woman has been murdered, and Jessie wonders if a copycat killer is on the loose. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Until Darkness Disappears: A Saga of Texas, Book 3     RC 55640
by Will Cook
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Follows the exploits of Major Jim Gary on the frontier, including his promotion to colonel and his investigation of the Mexican revolutionary bandit Pedro Vargas--El Jefe--who leads raids on American settlements. Sequel to Until Shadows Fall (RC 55639). Some strong language. 2001.

Mistress of the Catacombs: The Lord of the Isles, Book 4     RC 55642
by David Drake
read by Nanette Savard
4 cassettes
For the first time in a thousand years, the Kingdom of Isles is united. But as rebel forces amass, Prince Garric is ripped from his own body and time. Now his sister must fight to prevent the destruction of humankind. Sequel to Servant of the Dragon (RC 55641). Some violence. 2001.

Cry on Desert Winds     RC 55683
by Bea Carlton
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
The Windthorn family travels to Arizona to stay with friends. Once there nine-year-old Terry and his younger stepsister, Mitzie, discover smugglers who deal in illegal aliens and drugs and make satanic sacrifices. It takes all their faith in God to survive. Sequel to Touch of the Black Widow (RC 40222). 1991.

The Women of Primrose Creek: Bridget, Christy, Skye, Megan     RC 55699
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Colleen Delany
4 cassettes
Nevada, late 1860s. The McQuarry cousins come together to share their inheritance, a parcel of land known as Primrose Creek. The women struggle with taming the land--and the love of four very strong men. Followed by The Last Chance Café (RC 54320). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Be My Baby Tonight     RC 55700
by Kasey Michaels
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
After Jack Trehan, from Love to Love You Baby (RC 54910), is sidelined from baseball by injury, his superstitious baseball-playing twin, Tim, marries childhood friend Suzanna Trent to prevent his own successful career from derailing. Tim discovers that marriage is hard work. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Forever     RC 55702
by Pete Hamill
read by David Hartley-Margolin
5 cassettes
In 1740 Irish immigrant Cormac O'Connor arrives in Manhattan to avenge the murder of his parents. He is magically given the gift of eternal life--provided he doesn't leave the island--and watches the city, and America, grow. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

The Prince of Darkness     RC 55709
by Jean Plaidy
read by John Horton
2 cassettes (Reissue)
When Richard the Lionheart dies in 1199, his brother John becomes king. Cruel King John has to fight at Runnymede and then sign the Magna Carta. His abduction of a twelve-year-old French noblewoman ignites wars between England and France. Sequel to The Heart of the Lion (RC 43542). 1978.

The Dante Club     RC 55723
by Matthew Pearl
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Boston, 1865. Famous poets and scholars, including Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, are preparing the first American translation of Dante when a serial killer strikes with gruesomeness reminiscent of the Inferno. They help African American policeman Nicholas Rey investigate the murders. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Confessor     RC 55724
by Daniel Silva
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Israeli spy Gabriel Allon investigates the murder of his colleague Benjamin Stern. Stern was working on documents linking the Catholic Church to the Holocaust. Allon discovers an assassin hired by a conservative church group to keep its archives secret and the new pope silent. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Final Justice: Badge of Honor, Book 8     RC 55725
by W.E.B. Griffin
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Matt Payne, now a police homicide sergeant, investigates three complicated cases: a fatal shooting at a fast food restaurant, a rape that turns to murder, and a corpse left behind when a man flees the country. Sequel to The Investigators (RC 46077). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

The Fifth Sorceress: The Chronicles of Blood and Stone, Volume 1     RC 55732
by Robert Newcomb
read by Anne Flosnik
6 cassettes
In Eutracia, an ongoing battle is waged between wizards and sorceresses, light and dark forces. Wigg, the wizard behind the exile of four wicked sorceresses, is adviser to Tristan, the king-to-be--but neither knows that a fifth sorceress remains at large. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1     RC 55733
by Greg Keyes
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Year 2,223 of Everon. In the forests of the kingdom of Crotheny, Briar King, an ancient evil, stirs. Murder and betrayal threaten the royal family as Anne, youngest daughter of King William II, begins a journey to fulfill her destiny. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2003.

The Da Vinci Code     RC 55735
by Dan Brown
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Professor Robert Langdon, from Angels and Demons (RC 51799), investigates the crime scene of the Louvre's murdered curator. Joining him is French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. Through the clues left behind, they discover two Catholic societies pitted against each other in search of the Holy Grail. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Perfect Lover     RC 55737
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
1835. Portia Ashford and Simon Cynster are childhood friends who both want to find mates, but neither considers the other suitable. When a murder occurs at a house party, Simon fears Portia could become the next victim. Sequel to On a Wicked Dawn (RC 55147). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday     RC 55738
by Nancy Atherton
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Lori Shepherd accompanies her neighbors Emma and Derek Harris to the English country estate of Derek's estranged father. Derek is heir to the earl's holdings, but others in the family want to disinherit him--even if it means murder. Ghostly Aunt Dimity helps Lori restore harmony. 2003.

Kissed by Shadows     RC 55740
by Jane Feather
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
London, 1554. Lady Philippa (Pippa) Nielson and her husband are residing at Queen Mary's court. Pippa unknowingly is in the center of a plot by Mary's husband King Philip of Spain. Meanwhile she falls in love with Philip's agent, Lionel Ashton. Sequel to To Kiss a Spy (RC 54311). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Sea Dragon Heir: Magravandias Chronicles, Book 1     RC 55744
by Storm Constantine
read by MaryBeth Wise
3 cassettes
The Palindrake family, with allegiance to the sea, once ruled the Kingdom of Caradore, but they were conquered by the Magravands with allegiance to the fire god. Five lifetimes later, twin Palindrake heirs might finally free Caradore. Prequel to The Crown of Silence (RC 55745). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

An Accidental Woman     RC 55759
by Barbara Delinsky
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Griffin Hughes returns to Lake Henry after the events of Lake News (RC 48617) to visit Lily's sister Poppy, a paraplegic. A remark unwittingly made to his FBI-agent brother leads to the arrest of Poppy's friend Heather, who came to Lake Henry fourteen years earlier. 2002.

The Vine of Desire     RC 55772
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Best friends Anju and Sudha, raised together in Calcutta, experience heartache and culture shock upon moving to San Francisco. Anju pursues writing as she deals with her husband's attraction to Sudha. Sudha struggles outside the traditional life of servitude. Sequel to Sister of My Heart (RC 52038). 2002.

The First Law     RC 55773
by John Lescroart
read by Ray Foushee
3 cassettes
San Francisco police lieutenant Abe Glitsky is handed a desk job after being wounded in The Oath (RC 53767). When his father's friend is killed and his buddy, attorney Dismas Hardy, is defending the suspect, Glitsky becomes involved--against direct orders. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Bronx Masquerade     RC 55776
by Nikki Grimes
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Tough students at a Bronx high school reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and fears during the English class's monthly Open-Mike Fridays. Through their expressions of rap, free verse, and rhymes, the students learn they are more alike than they are different. For junior and senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.

Stray Kat Waltz     RC 55782
by Karen Kijewski
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Sacramento private investigator Kat Colorado, still mourning the death of her lover, reluctantly takes the case of whiny Sara Bernard, who swears her policeman husband is trying to kill her. But Jed is a stand-up guy who believes his wife is hysterical. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1998.

The Veteran: Five Heart-Stopping Stories     RC 55784
by Frederick Forsyth
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
In the title piece, a noted barrister helps to free two thugs who stomped to death an old man. But the lawyer has an ulterior motive. In "Whispering Wind," a single scout survives Custer's Last Stand. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Buffalo Soldier     RC 55786
by Chris Bohjalian
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
After their twin girls die in a flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon apply for a foster child. Alfred, a withdrawn ten-year-old moves in, the only African American in the rural Vermont town. A book about a post-Civil War black cavalry unit inspires Alfred, while the Sheldons continue to struggle with their grief. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Bella Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1818-1820     RC 55817
by Winston Graham
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
The family feud continues between the Poldarks and the neighboring Warleggans while a murderer is loose in the countryside. Bella Poldark, an aspiring singer, becomes surprisingly successful in both her career and in love. Restless Valentine Warleggan, however, is not so lucky. Sequel to The Twisted Sword (RC 33329). 2002.

Wet Grave     RC 55822
by Barbara Hambly
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
New Orleans, 1835. Benjamin January, a freedman, investigates the murder of a pirate's former mistress and how it may be linked to hidden treasure. As a hurricane nears, Benjamin and his lover, Rose, face danger from a greedy plantation family that also seeks the fortune. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

This Cold Country     RC 55834
by Annabel Davis-Goff
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
England and Ireland, early in World War II. When English vicar's daughter Daisy, a "land girl" helping the war effort, meets and marries an Anglo-Irish soldier, he is soon called up. Alone, Daisy moves to his estate in County Waterford and experiences a cold family, strange politics, a murder, and a lover. 2002.

Death of a Celebrity     RC 55836
by M.C. Beaton
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
A beautiful investigative television reporter blazes into the charming Scottish village of Lochdubh, bent on exposing the secrets of the residents. When she turns up dead, straitlaced constable Hamish Macbeth, with help from a local astrology columnist, must sort through a village full of suspects. 2002.

Ashes of Remembrance: The Galway Chronicles, Volume 3     RC 55838
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Of Men and of Angels (RC 48936), Joseph Burke is arrested for treason right after he marries Kate Donovan Garrity. Once again, Kate and the villagers of Ballynockanor must fight to save their way of life, especially against Colonel Mahon's plot to destroy the Burke family. 1999.

The Camel of Destruction: A Mamur Zapt Mystery     RC 55839
by Michael Pearce
read by George Holmes
1 cassette
Cairo, 1910. Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt--head of the British secret police in Egypt--investigates the death of a Ministry of Agriculture employee. He ties the incident to the international manipulation of cotton prices. Political intrigue follows. Sequel to The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt (RC 43019). 1993.

The Crepes of Wrath: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 55848
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder assists the police chief of Hernia, Pennsylvania, in finding the person who poisoned one of their neighbors. While falling in love with Jewish doctor Gabriel Rosen, Magdalena uncovers an Amish drug ring. 2001.

Kiss of the Highlander     RC 55858
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Bored with a single life in New Mexico, Gwen Cassidy vacations in Scotland. Tumbling down a ravine, she lands on top of Drustan MacKeltar, a sixteenth-century lord who takes her back in time, where an enemy plots against them. Sequel to The Highlander's Touch (RC 53836). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Derailed     RC 55863
by James Siegel
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
An intruder beats advertising executive Charles Schine and rapes his lover during an adulterous encounter in a hotel. Charles's life becomes even more troubled when he is continuously blackmailed by the felon, his wife becomes suspicious, and his daughter suffers from diabetic complications. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Guardian     RC 55864
by Nicholas Sparks
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
When Julie Barenson's husband died, he vowed to watch over her and left her a puppy she named Singer. Ready to love again four years later, Julie has a choice between a newcomer or a longtime friend. The jealousy of one turns deadly, and Singer becomes the guardian her husband promised. Some violence. 2003.

Birthright     RC 55869
by Nora Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Ancient bones are uncovered at a construction site in Maryland and archaeologist Callie Dunbrook and her ex-husband are asked to investigate. When a local woman claims that Callie is her long-lost daughter--kidnapped twenty-nine years earlier--Callie must search for the truth. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

Dirty Work     RC 55870
by Stuart Woods
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
NY attorney Stone Barrington defends a photographer he hired for a divorce case who is accused of killing his subject. When the autopsy shows the victim was poisoned, the search is on for his mistress--who may be a professional assassin. Joining Barrington is British agent Felicity Carpenter. Violence and strong language. 2003.

The Night Before     RC 55872
by Lisa Jackson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
A serial killer targets Savannah's Montgomery family--disguising the murders as tragic accidents for decades. When Caitlyn wakes up covered with blood, she doesn't remember the night before. Her new psychologist, Dr. Adam Hunt, is the only one who can help her. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot     RC 55877
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Becky Bloomwood, of Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (RC 54436), accepts the marriage proposal that her rich boyfriend has cunningly tucked into her best friend's bridal bouquet--which Becky conveniently catches. Transatlantic high jinks follow when the couple's mothers and a despotic wedding planner work at cross purposes arranging the nuptials. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages     RC 55878
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
In the last year of the Great Tribulation new alliances are formed when many of the force members die. Then the world becomes a powder keg as millions gather for war with the Antichrist in the Middle East, where they await the Glorious Appearing. Sequel to The Remnant (RC 54460). Violence. Bestseller 2003.

Cape Refuge: Cape Refuge, Book 1     RC 55880
by Terri Blackstock
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Christians Thelma and Wayne Owens operate a Georgia island bed-and-breakfast for ex-convicts. When the couple are murdered, their daughters, Morgan and Blair, attempt to clear Morgan's husband of the crime. They uncover dark secrets from their parents' past while trying to find the real killer. Prequel to Southern Storm (RC 55881). 2002.

Whipping Star     RC 55885
by Frank Herbert
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
When Alichino Furuneo discovers a Caleban washed ashore on Cordiality, he contacts fellow agent Jorj X. McKie, Saboteur Extraordinary. The Calebans, responsible for interstellar transportation, are dying at an alarming rate, and the agents must rescue the last known Caleban, affectionately called Fanny Mae. Companion to The Dosadi Experiment (RC 55915). 1969.

Adam and Eve and Pinch Me     RC 55890
by Ruth Rendell
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
3 cassettes
London. Jock Lewis proves himself irresistible to women, especially those with sizable bank accounts. Minty, one of his conquests, is visited by Jock's ghost even before he really gets what's coming to him. The lives of Jock's victims and their acquaintances intersect with murderous results. Violence. 2001.

The Curse of the Kings     RC 55894
by Victoria Holt
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Raised an orphan, Judith Osmond learns that she is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy squire. Hopelessly in love with Tybalt Travers, an archaeologist, she accepts his sudden proposal of marriage and accompanies him on an expedition to Egypt, where two scientists have mysteriously died in the Pharaoh's tomb. 1973.

Lust for Life     RC 55899
by Irving Stone
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Biographical novel about the passionate and beleaguered Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), based on the three volumes of van Gogh's letters to his brother, Theo. 1934.

Born in Sin     RC 55901
by Evelyn Coleman
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Keisha wants to go to a summer program for aspiring doctors. Instead, her guidance counselor places her in a program for at-risk kids. There Keisha discovers her innate swimming ability, learns to deal with prejudice, and makes new friends. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2001.

Red Blizzard and The Oldest Maiden Lady in New Mexico     RC 55904
by Clay Fisher
read by Chuck Benson
1 cassette (Reissue)
Two tales by a Spur Award-winning author. In Red Blizzard, a snowstorm and an Indian war party threaten settlers inside Fort Will Farney. The "oldest maiden lady" is twenty-three-year-old Abbie Gresham, who sets her sights and schemes on a newly arrived young preacher. 1962.

The Analyst     RC 55914
by John Katzenbach
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
A madman who refuses to identify himself torments a psychoanalyst. Dr. Frederick Starks, the analyst, is ordered to solve the puzzle of his tormentor's identity through a series of clues. Starks risks deadly consequences to himself and his family if he fails or rejects this command. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

A Place Where the Sea Remembers     RC 55916
by Sandra Benítez
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
In the 1980s, in a small Mexican village by the sea, Candelario, an illiterate restaurant salad maker, offers to raise his sister-in-law Marta's illegitimate baby. But he reneges when his own wife Chayo becomes pregnant. Marta places a curse on their child through a native healer, with tragic consequences. 1993.

Last of the Amazons     RC 55922
by Steven Pressfield
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
1250 B.C. Theseus, king of Athens, journeys to the land of woman warriors known as Amazons. When their queen, Antiope, falls in love with him and departs with the Greeks, the rest of the tribe seeks revenge and attacks Athens. Some violence. 2002.

The Rosary     RC 55926
by Florence L. Barclay
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Artist Garth Dalmain falls in love with Jane Champion, the Duchess of Meldrums's plain niece, but she rejects him because she is older. Three years later, Jane learns that Garth has been blinded, and she attempts to nurse him back to health without disclosing her identity. 1910.

The House of the Scorpion     RC 55927
by Nancy Farmer
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt has special privileges as the young clone of El Patrón--the 140-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire. When Matt gets a glimpse of his fate, he rebels. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. National Book Award. 2002.

Cousin Kate     RC 55928
by Georgette Heyer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Kate Malvern, a poor relation, is brought into the aristocratic Broome household to marry a handsome, but mad, cousin. With the help of Philip, a dashing cavalier, and her former nurse, Kate manages to escape the cruel destiny planned by her relatives. 1968.

The Mexican Saddle     RC 55936
by Bennett Foster
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
When Jim Barre loans money to Dale Clark, a fellow hand at the K Cross ranch, he receives a beat-up old Mexican saddle as security. The next day, Clark is found murdered, and the saddle turns out to be valuable for what's hidden inside it. 1941.

Lullaby     RC 55945
by Chuck Palahniuk
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Journalist Carl Streator discovers a lethal lullaby is responsible for SIDS. On a mission to destroy every evil copy, he himself becomes infected. Bizarre events unfold as the verbal virus transforms him into an involuntary serial killer. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

Exile: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2     RC 55949
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Homeland (RC 55948), Drizzt Do'Urden, accompanied by his magical cat, Guenhwyvar, wanders through the tunnels of Underdark searching for a home. He must stay alert to the fact that his mother, Matron Malice, is determined to find--and kill--him. Violence. 1999.

The Whore's Child and Other Stories     RC 55956
by Richard Russo
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Seven stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls (RC 52601). In the title piece, an elderly nun invades a professor's creative writing class but turns in a memoir, not fiction. The students' critique points out a crucial fact that reveals the nun's misunderstanding of her past. 2002.

Could I Have This Dance?     RC 55961
by Harry Kraus
read by Colleen Delany
4 cassettes
Surgical intern Claire McCall discovers that her alcoholic father is suffering from Huntington's disease and genetic tests uncover family secrets. Her Christian faith is also tested by a stalker, a law suit, her twin brother's problems, and pressure from her fiancé. 2002.

When the Women Come Out to Dance     RC 55963
by Elmore Leonard
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
Nine short stories dealing with people and their choices. In the title piece, a bored Palm Beach wife with an ulterior motive hires a Colombian maid whose husband was murdered. In "Sparks," an insurance investigator questions a Los Angeles widow whose house was destroyed in a fire. Strong language. 2002.

Street Boys     RC 55968
by Lorenzo Carcaterra
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
Fictionalized account of four days in 1943 when a band of orphaned Italian children armed with makeshift weapons prevented the Nazis from destroying Naples. U.S. commando Corporal Steve Connors, sent to Italy on a reconnaissance mission, arrives and falls in love with twenty-year-old Nunzia Maldini. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Haunting of L.     RC 55979
by Howard Norman
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Canada, 1927. Peter Duvett works for Vienna Linn, who sets up fatal accidents and photographs them for a deranged art patron. Linn's beautiful wife, Kala, believes in spirit pictures and Peter falls for her the moment he meets her. 2002.

Bombingham     RC 55983
by Anthony Grooms
read by David Toney
2 cassettes
A young African American soldier in Vietnam is composing a letter to the parents of a friend killed in combat. In the process, he recalls the events of his Alabama childhood during the Civil Rights movement--when the Ku Klux Klan set off bombs in Birmingham. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

October Suite     RC 55991
by Maxine Clair
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
African American teacher October Brown begins working in Kansas in 1950--memories of her mother's murder having faded. But she becomes pregnant with a married lover and, returning to Ohio, gives her son to her sister, Vergie. Over the years the sisters disagree over that decision. 2001.

Parasite Pig     RC 55995
by William Sleator
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
The dangerous game begun in Interstellar Pig (RC 22792) continues as sixteen-year-old Barney indiscriminately recruits new players. When they turn out to be aliens, they take Barney--infected with an alien parasite--and his new friend Katie to the planet J'koot. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

The Warmest December     RC 56016
by Bernice L. McFadden
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Thirtyish African American Kenzie Lowe, to keep vigil at the deathbed of her abusive father, must revisit Brooklyn, scene of her miserable childhood. Now a recovering alcoholic on welfare, she learns of her father's terrible past and its part in his whiskey-fueled violence. Violence and strong language. 2001.

Jane Austen in Boca     RC 56025
by Paula Marantz Cohen
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Carol Newman of New Jersey meddles in the romantic affairs of her widowed mother-in-law, May, who lives in a Jewish retirement community in Boca Raton, Florida. May's friends Flo and Lila also flirt with romance within the hierarchical social life of condominium dwellers. 2002.

The Way of the Coyote     RC 56027
by Elmer Kelton
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
In the fall of 1865, after the Civil War, risks run high on the Texas plains. Former Texas Ranger Rusty Shannon faces many dangers as he makes his way home with ten-year-old Andy Pickard, raised by the Comanches and called Badger Boy (RC 52321). Some strong language. Spur Award. 2001.

The Rolling Stones     RC 56028
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Luna City, the Moon. Fifteen-year-old twins Castor and Pollux Stone buy an old spaceship to start a trading business. Their whole family decides to join them including their Martian flat cat, and problems arise when the cat has a litter. For senior high and older readers. 1952.

The Border Bride     RC 56030
by Elizabeth English
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
The Borderlands, 1375. English Lord Darnley promises his daughter Maude to Scottish Jemmy Kirallen. When he sends his illegitimate daughter Alyson instead, the two fall in love. Alyson's identity is soon discovered, jeopardizing her life. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Rita Award. 2001.

I Am the Cheese     RC 56032
by Robert Cormier
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette (Reissue)
Chilling tale of fourteen-year-old Adam Farmer's desperate search for his father and for a mysterious past that he must not remember if he is to remain alive. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1977.

Death from the Snows     RC 56036
by Brigitte Aubert
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Blind, mute, paraplegic Elise Andrioli from Death from the Woods (RC 51535) has regained movement in her left arm after solving a case of child murders in Paris. On vacation at her uncle's mountain chalet, she becomes the target of another serial killer. Violence and strong language. 2000.

The Seal Wife     RC 56037
by Kathryn Harrison
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Alaska, 1915. Bigelow, a young scientist charged with setting up a weather observatory in Anchorage, becomes obsessed with a mysterious silent woman he meets there. A relationship develops, but the woman suddenly disappears. Bigelow is deeply disturbed by her departure, and his grief is intensified by the isolating terrain. Descriptions of sex. 2002.

Wild Orchids     RC 56040
by Jude Deveraux
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Ford Newcombe, suffering from writer's block and searching for inspiration, meets Jackie Maxwell, who tells him about a town possessed by the devil. Ford buys an old house in the town--Cole Creek, North Carolina--and hires Jackie as his assistant. Soon both come face to face with evil. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Fire in the Rock     RC 56041
by Joe Martin
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Carolina, 1956. Two sixteen-year-old white teens, Bo and Mae Maude, and African American Pollo are enjoying the summer when Bubba arrives from Louisiana and upsets their harmony. Ten years later, when Bo is a graduate student and Pollo is a minister jailed for civil disobedience, the men are reunited. Some strong language. 2001.

True Confessions     RC 56056
by Rachel Gibson
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
L.A. tabloid reporter Hope Spencer recovers from her tumultuous divorce incognito in rural Gospel, Idaho. She falls in love with local sheriff Dylan Taber, a single father, who also conceals secrets from his past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Rita Award. 2001.

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson     RC 56064
by Louise Rennison
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Since her adventures in Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas (RC 54535), Georgia continues recording her affairs in her journal. She's attracted to Dave while dating Robbie, her cat impregnates a neighbor's, and her class takes a trip to Frogland (France). For senior high readers. 2002.

The Crystal Shard: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1     RC 56127
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Inhabitants of the Ten-Towns villages in the Icewind Dale are threatened by a tribe of barbarians. Hope for survival rests on Wulfgar, a barbarian under the tutelage of dwarf Bruenor. But another menace appears--an inept mage and his crystal shard. Prequel to Streams of Silver (RC 56151). Violence. 1988.

Acorna's Rebels     RC 56129
by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Acorna, continuing her search for Aari, joins Condor captain Becker on a mission. But a forced landing on Makahomia, home of the Temple cats, delays Acorna as she races to save the cats from an evil scheme. Sequel to Acorna's Search (RC 54144). For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet     RC 56144
by Harry Kemelman
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In a small New England town, Rabbi David Small copes with two matters--the mysterious death of an old man with many enemies and the predicament of a young druggist facing a murder rap. Using his own Talmudic style of deductive reasoning, the rabbi comes up with a solution. Some strong language. 1976.

Captain Blood     RC 56172
by Rafael Sabatini
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Great Britain, 1685. When physician Peter Blood is accused of treason against King James II for treating a wounded rebel, he is sentenced to slavery in Barbados. Once on the island he escapes to become a buccaneer--and eventually governor of Jamaica. 2003 introduction by Gary Hoppenstand. 1922.

Precinct Puerto Rico: A Luis Gonzalo Novel, Book 1     RC 56173
by Steven Torres
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Puerto Rico, 1987. Sheriff Luis Gonzalo, of the small mountain town of Angustias, is visiting his in-laws' coastal community. There he witnesses the bodies of illegal Dominicans, one of whom appears to have been murdered, washing up on the beach. His subsequent inquiries lead to violence. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Breach of Trust     RC 56175
by Bonnie MacDougal
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Philadelphia attorney Dan Casella and assistant Jenny Lodge represent a rival lawyer charged with embezzlement. But when their own relationship becomes more than professional, Dan asks Jenny to quit. Pregnant and alone, Jenny joins another firm as the plot thickens. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

The Buscadero     RC 56177
by Noel M. Loomis
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
When ex-gunslinger Tom Bell arrives in New Mexico in 1887 to take over Doblado's town newspaper, he finds himself wrongly accused of the ambush and murder of the paper's former editor. Bell stays not only to clear his name but also to fight corruption and injustice. 1953.

Borrowed Bride     RC 56179
by Patricia Coughlin
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Providence, Rhode Island. Gabrielle Flanders is about to get married for the second time when she is kidnapped by Connor DeWolfe, a longtime friend of her first husband. Connor believes Gaby's life is in danger from her soon-to-be groom. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

Fingersmith     RC 56184
by Sarah Waters
read by Jill Fox
4 cassettes
Victorian London. Orphaned Sue Trinder was raised by a caring family of petty thieves. To repay them, she helps an elegant con man swindle a wealthy heiress. But the plan is compromised when Sue begins to have feelings for the victim. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Still Wild: Short Fiction of the American West, 1950 to the Present     RC 56187
edited by Larry McMurtry
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
The author of Lonesome Dove (RC 22959) compiled these twenty tales about the American West by writers of the late twentieth century, including Wallace Stegner, Jack Kerouac, Louise Erdrich, Annie Proulx, and William H. Gass. The pieces demonstrate how western stories have evolved and matured since the 1950s. Some strong language. 2000.

Deep Secret     RC 56189
by Diana Wynne Jones
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
While attending a judicial enquiry, Rupert Venables--a junior magid in the Multiverse--learns that his mentor, Stan, is dying. It is Rupert's duty to find and sponsor Stan's replacement, even though a civil war threatens one of the deceased emperor's territories. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

East of the Sun     RC 56194
by Barbara Bickmore
read by Mitzi Friedlander
5 cassettes
After meeting Dr. Baxter Hathaway in 1926, American Liliane Wentworth follows him to his hospital in the Congo. Over the next fifty years Liliane, daughter Carolyn, and granddaughter Courtney lead lives filled with bittersweet love and a fierce desire to help the natives. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1988.

The Rana Look     RC 56219
by Sandra Brown
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Rana Ramsey, a world famous model, leaves it all behind and moves to Galveston, Texas, when her mother/manager pushes her too far. Rana rooms at Ruby Bailey's boarding house and begins a new career. Her life takes on a new dimension when Ruby's nephew arrives. Some descriptions of sex. 1986.

The Popsicle Journal     RC 56300
by Don Trembath
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Harper Winslow, last seen in A Beautiful Place on Young Street (RC 49028), is now in eleventh grade and works for the local newspaper. When his father runs for mayor and his older sister has a DUI car wreck, he learns to become an objective reporter. For senior high readers. 2001.

Executive Power     RC 56302
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Following Separation of Power (RC 53501) CIA agent Mitch Rapp leaves his desk job to direct the search for a terrorist whose goal is to ignite war in the Middle East. Meanwhile someone in the U.S. government is leaking sensitive information to the enemy. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Dating Game     RC 56414
by Danielle Steel
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Paris Armstrong's husband divorces her after twenty-four years of marriage. Frustrated with the single life in Connecticut, Paris soon moves to California, where her adult children live. At first the dating scene there is dreary, until she develops new friends. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Tess and the Highlander     RC 56426
by May McGoldrick
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Scotland, 1543. Seventeen-year-old Tess is living alone on the Isle of May after her two caretakers die. When Colin Macpherson washes ashore, he discovers Tess's long-lost birthright and is determined to return her to her clan. For senior high readers. 2002.

Books for Children

These books were recently sent to cooperating libraries. Cassette books, labeled with the code RC, play at 15/16 ips. To order books, fill out the order form and send it to your cooperating library.

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Everglades and the Gulf Coast     RC 54638
by Daniel Blaustein
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Explains how the wetlands ecosystem in Florida works. Describes the plants and animals in this environment and how humans affect it. Includes two science experiments. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps     RC 54784
by Andrea Warren
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
Records the experiences of Holocaust survivor Jack Mandelbaum, whose Jewish family lived comfortably in Poland until the Germans invaded it during World War II. Recounts how fifteen-year-old Jack maintained a positive attitude that enabled him to survive three years in concentration camps. For grades 5-8. Sibert Honor Book. 2001.

The Rocky Mountains     RC 55157
by Larry Bograd
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Examines the different biological communities that exist within the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. Describes some of the various plants and animals. Includes two science experiments. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Eastern Forest     RC 55158
by Eileen Fielding
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Examines the forests of eastern North America "from Canada to Florida and from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean." Explains their ecosystems, including the carbon cycle and floodplains, and their responses to temperature and weather. Includes two science activities. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Nineteen Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East     RC 55344
by Naomi Shihab Nye
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Sixty poems reflect Nye's affection for the Middle East and her feelings as an Arab American who fervently wishes for peace. The collection was prompted as solace for the September 11, 2001, tragedies. For grades 6-9. 2002.

The Look-It-Up Book of the Fifty States     RC 55392
by Bill Gutman
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Presents historical, geographical, and miscellaneous information about each of the fifty states in the union. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Extraordinary African-Americans     RC 55582
by Susan Altman
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Biographical profiles of more than one hundred African Americans from colonial times through the twentieth century. Includes portraits of eighteenth-century poet Lucy Terry Prince, slave rebellion leader Nat Turner, scientist George Washington Carver, blues singer Bessie Smith, writer James Baldwin, and golfer Tiger Woods, among many others. For grades 6-9. 2001.

France     RC 55710
by Don Nardo
read by Robert Blumenfeld
1 cassette
Describes the geography, plants and animals, history, economy, arts, and culture of the people of the European country of France. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Extrasolar Planets     RC 55778
by Ron Miller
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Chronicles the discoveries of all the planets within and outside our solar system. Includes information on related topics such as brown dwarfs, the astronomical unit, and the classification of stars. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Stevie Wonder     RC 55785
by Tenley Williams
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Biography of the composer, pianist, and singer whose musical talent was evident from childhood. Discusses Stevie Wonder's recording success despite being "blind, black, and broke" when he started. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds     RC 55909
by April Pulley Sayre
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Explores how and why animals communicate. Discusses the scientists who study animal sounds and the technology used for conducting research underwater, in African forests, and in the night skies. Explains how this information helps conservation efforts for endangered species. For grades 5-8. 2002.

When Objects Talk: Solving a Crime with Science     RC 55910
by Mark P. Friedlander and Terry M. Phillips
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Using a fictionalized murder case, the authors describe the role of forensic sciences during a police investigation. Explains the criminal justice system and the use of DNA, fingerprinting, ballistics, autopsies, and other scientific clues from the crime scene that can lead to a culprit. For grades 6-9. 2001.

SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles     RC 55931
by Christopher Sloan
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Describes the discovery of 110-million-year-old SuperCroc fossils in the sub-Saharan desert of Niger. Discusses the behavior, habitats, and conservation of modern crocodiles as well as their ancestors. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Dentist and You     RC 55932
by Diane Swanson
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Explains what to expect at the dentist's office--from the uniforms to the special tools dentists and dental hygienists use to take care of teeth. Discusses fillings, sealants, impressions, cleaning, and how to cooperate with the dentist for healthy teeth. For grades K-3. 2002.

The Doctor and You     RC 55933
by Diane Swanson
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Explains what happens during a visit to a doctor's office. Describes some of the tools and equipment--from tongue depressors, thermometers, and lancets to otoscopes, measuring and weight scales, and x-ray machines. Discusses why they are used and what patients may feel when practitioners use them. For grades K-3. 2001.

Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam     RC 55934
by Diane Stanley
read by Yolande Bavan
1 cassette
A biography of the twelfth-century Muslim ruler who fought against the Crusaders, including Richard the Lion-Hearted, in the Holy Land and Jerusalem. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Wáchale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in America     RC 55955
edited by Ilan Stavans
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
A mosaic of writings about the Hispanic experience in the United States. Selected memoirs, poems, and stories "from different national groups, different backgrounds, and...different generations" are presented in English, Spanish, and Spanglish--a hybrid way of communicating. For grades 6-9. 2001.

The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans     RC 55982
by Sy Montgomery
read by Jacinda Bronaugh
1 cassette
The author investigates the tigers that hunt and eat humans in the mangrove forest between India and Bangladesh. She reports what scientists know about the tigers' unusual behavior, listens to the villagers' stories and legends, and then draws her own conclusions. For grades 4-7. 2001.

The Kids' Guidebook: Great Advice to Help Kids Cope     RC 56066
by Tova Navarra
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Practical tips for boys and girls, emphasizing safety and self-reliance, on how to handle problems when an adult may not be available. Covers situations such as household accidents, encounters with strangers, family arguments, difficulties at school, and worrisome feelings. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2002.

Everything You Need to Know about Looking and Feeling Your Best: A Guide for Guys     RC 56088
by Michael A. Sommers
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Explains the importance of good grooming and hygiene and how they relate to the challenges of being an adolescent male. Offers practical advice on clothing, nutrition, physical fitness, and a positive lifestyle. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Turkey     RC 56156
by Neriman Kemal and Selina Kuo
read by Yolande Bavan
1 cassette
Describes the Republic of Turkey, a modern state founded in 1923. Explores its geography, flora and fauna, history, culture, religion, and relationship with the United States. Includes information about the island of Cyprus. For grades 5-8. 2001.

United Arab Emirates     RC 56161
by Byron Augustin
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Describes the country in eastern Arabia that is now called the United Arab Emirates--a crossroads for several cultures over the centuries. Presents the geography, religion, plants and animals, history, and culture of the people. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The NAACP     RC 56163
by Darren Rhym
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
An overview of the oldest African American civil rights group in the United States--the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Describes its development, goals, and accomplishments since its establishment in 1909. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Vaccinations: From Smallpox to Cancer     RC 56201
by Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth H. Forsyth
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Overview of vaccinations tracing their development to fight devastating epidemics--especially smallpox and polio. Discusses the status of vaccinating the public, controversies concerning this issue, future vaccines, and the need for regular monitoring of disease incidence throughout the world. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Seasons     RC 56277
by David Stewart
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Describes what happens to animals, plants, and the weather in the four seasons of the year--spring, summer, fall, and winter. For grades 2-4. 2002.

They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us     RC 56278
by Keith DuQuette
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Explains how an animal's name can often reveal where the animal lives, what sound it makes, or how dangerous it is. Provides details about each of the thirty-five creatures whose names are discussed. Also includes brief facts about other unusual animals. For grades K-3. 2002.

Merry Christmas, Everywhere!     RC 56279
by Arlene Erlbach
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Brief descriptions of Christmas traditions from twenty countries around the world. Presents regional forms of the Merry Christmas greeting, interesting facts about different holiday celebrations, and local crafts and recipes for family fun. For grades 3-6. 2002.

The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls     RC 56280
by Catherine Thimmesh
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Examines ways by which observant females have contributed to scientific knowledge. Stories describe women studying chimpanzees in the jungle, watching the heavens at night, and collecting fossils. Explains how a fourteen-year-old's science project--pasteurizing water in puddles to make it safe to drink--benefits Third World countries. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Human Genome Project: What Does Decoding DNA Mean for Us?     RC 56305
by Kevin Alexander Boon
read by Lou Harpenau
1 cassette
Explains genes, chromosomes, DNA, and the international project to map the entire genetic code for a human being. Discusses social, legal, and ethical issues concerning the impact of identifying and using this genetic information. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Spiders and Their Web Sites     RC 56406
by Margery Facklam
read by Gary Telles
1 cassette
Introduces twelve spiders with distinctive features and discusses the daddy longlegs, which is neither a spider nor an insect. Presents interesting facts about their appearance and behavior. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Beginning Wrestling     RC 56416
by Thomas Ryan and Julie Sampson
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Introduction to competitive wrestling as practiced in elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Discusses fitness goals and basic rules--scoring, illegal holds, warnings, and penalties are all included. Also covers specific techniques, such as starting positions, hand fighting, takedowns, and finishing holds. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2001.

Cassettes Fiction

Lions at Lunchtime: Magic Tree House, Book 11     RC 53558
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
On the way back from buying lunch, Annie and Jack come to the magic tree house, which takes them to Africa. There, meeting wonderful wild animals and a very hungry warrior, they even solve a riddle. For grades 2-4. 1998.

Dingoes at Dinnertime: Magic Tree House, Book 20     RC 54430
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
When the magic tree house lands Jack and Annie in Australia, they meet dingoes (wild dogs), a koala, and a kangaroo and her joey (baby kangaroo), and experience the dangers of a wildfire. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart     RC 54618
by Vera B. Williams
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Two sisters help each other deal with everyday problems while their mother is working and their father is in jail. For grades 2-4. 2001.

A Carnival of Animals     RC 54625
by Sid Fleischman
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
Six tall tales about the fantastic adventures of some of the animals who live around Barefoot Mountain. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography     RC 54783
by Lemony Snicket
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
The elusive author of the multivolume Series of Unfortunate Events that beset the hapless Baudelaire children, starting with The Bad Beginning (RC 50907), provides a glimpse into his mysterious and sometimes confusing life, using fanciful letters, diary entries, news clippings, and other miscellaneous documents. For grades 4-7. 2002.

When Mack Came Back     RC 54797
by Brad Strickland
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
Ten-year-old Maury of Georgia takes care of his brother Ben's dog and deals with his father's anger over Ben's joining the army during World War II. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday: Magic Tree House, Book 22     RC 54851
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Strike Two     RC 55025
by Amy Goldman Koss
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
Gwen's hope of spending the summer playing softball and hanging out with her cousin Jess is ruined when her father and her uncle take opposite positions in a strike at a local newspaper where they both work. For grades 5-8. 2001.

At the Crossing-Places: Arthur Trilogy, Book 2     RC 55036
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Seeing Stone (RC 55035), young Arthur moves to the castle at Holt to begin a new life as Lord Stephen's squire. While preparations are underway to join the crusade to Jerusalem, Arthur pursues the mystery of his birth parents. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Skeleton Man     RC 55161
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Celeste Lawson
1 cassette
A strange "great-uncle" takes charge of Molly after her parents disappear. She doesn't trust him and must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety--and maybe even for her life. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Double Dutch     RC 55171
by Sharon M. Draper
read by Carolyn Hecker
1 cassette
Three eighth grade friends practice for a Double Dutch jump rope championship while coping with personal problems. Delia hides the fact that she can't read, Randy's father is missing, and Yo Yo is the victim of bullies. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead     RC 55295
by Avi
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette
In 1377 England, the manor steward falsely accuses a thirteen-year-old orphan of murder. Before he runs away, the boy learns his name from the village priest. On the road with Bear, a juggler, Crispin learns who his father is--and the reason the steward wants him dead. For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. 2002.

Kay Thompson's Eloise Takes a Bawth     RC 55535
by Kay Thompson
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Eloise takes an especially long bath in her room at the Plaza Hotel, resulting in leaks all the way down to the ballroom where preparations for the Venetian Masked Ball are underway. Reconstructed from unpublished drafts by Kay Thompson (d. 1998) from the 1960s. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.

The Carnivorous Carnival: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 9     RC 55536
by Lemony Snicket
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
The Baudelaire orphans stow away in the trunk of Count Olaf's car after he frames them for murder and sets fire to The Hostile Hospital (RC 52913). They resort to disguises as they hide at the Caligari Carnival where Count Olaf consults a fortune-teller. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Over the Edge     RC 55713
by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Wildlife veterinarian Olivia Landon and her husband, Steven, take their eleven-year-old daughter, Ashley, thirteen-year-old son, Jack, and their teenage foster child, Morgan, to the Grand Canyon, where Dr. Landon is researching the recent deaths of endangered condors. But someone is trying to kill her--and it might be Morgan. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Trouble at Fort La Pointe     RC 55774
by Kathleen Ernst
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
In 1732 twelve-year-old Suzette, an Ojibwe French girl living along Lake Superior, hopes her father will win the trapping contest so that he can quit being a voyageur--pelt collector for the French fur-trading companies--and stay home. When he is accused of stealing, Suzette investigates to find the real thief. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Under Copp's Hill     RC 55775
by Katherine Ayres
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
In 1908 eleven-year-old Innie joins the library club at the settlement house that serves immigrant families of Boston's North End. When items and money disappear, Innie's past as a troublemaker puts her under suspicion. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Shadows in the Glasshouse     RC 55777
by Megan McDonald
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Jamestown, Virginia; 1621. After a hazardous ocean crossing, Merry, a poor twelve-year-old English orphan, is indentured to a glassblower. She uncovers sabotage at the glass-making site and has to prove her own innocence. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Enemy in the Fort     RC 55781
by Sarah Masters Buckey
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
In 1754 twelve-year-old Rebecca lives at a fort in New Hampshire after her parents are taken prisoner by the Abenaki natives. A boy who had also been a hostage is returned after two years, but Rebecca suspects him of being a thief. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Mystery at Chilkoot Pass     RC 55790
by Barbara Steiner
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
At the start of the Klondike gold rush in 1897, twelve-year-old Hetty travels to the Canadian mines with her family and their friends. But someone along the trail is stealing things from her family, and Hetty becomes determined to find the thief. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Escape from Fear     RC 55824
by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
The Landons are in the Virgin Islands for a seminar on coral reefs when eleven-year-old Ashley and thirteen-year-old Jack befriend Forrest Winthrop, a diplomat's adopted son. The teen has run away to find his birth mother, who he believes is in danger. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Trouble Don't Last     RC 55900
by Shelley Pearsall
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
In 1859, an aging slave forces eleven-year-old Samuel to run away at night from their harsh Kentucky master. They are hungry and frightened of being captured as they journey on the Underground Railroad toward the hope of freedom in Canada. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Stravaganza: City of Masks     RC 55902
by Mary Hoffman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Under treatment for cancer in London, Lucien receives a notebook that somehow transports him to a sixteenth-century Venice-like city where he is healthy. He is ensnared by the intrigues of new friends in this strange world but finds his ability to travel back and forth may be in peril. For grades 6-9. 2002.

A Stone in My Hand     RC 55919
by Cathryn Clinton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
During the first intifada in 1988, Malaak Atieh and her Palestinian family face the dangers of living under Israeli military occupation in Gaza. Malaak is distraught when her father leaves for work one morning and doesn't return. And she worries about her older brother's involvement with radicals. For grades 6-9. 2002.

The Master Puppeteer     RC 55935
by Katherine Paterson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette (Reissue)
In eighteenth-century Japan, Jiro, a thirteen-year-old boy, runs away from home to apprentice himself to Yoshida, a puppet master. There he becomes determined to discover the connection between Yoshida and a Robin Hood-type bandit called Saburo, the king of thieves. For grades 6-9. 1975.

The Kite Rider     RC 55941
by Geraldine McCaughrean
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
In thirteenth-century China, kites transform twelve-year-old Haoyou's existence. After watching helplessly as a kite is instrumental in his father's death, Haoyou turns to kites to support his mother. He becomes an adventurous circus kite rider, and even meets the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. For grades 6-9. 2001.

Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits     RC 55978
by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Six stories about fabulous creatures associated with water. In "Mermaid Song," by Peter Dickinson, orphan Pitiable Nasmith is beaten by her miserable grandfather, Probity Hooke, until the day she rescues an injured sea-child and thereby saves herself. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Goddess of Yesterday     RC 56015
by Caroline B. Cooney
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Taken from her home as a hostage at age six, Anaxandra uses her wits and other identities to survive calamities as she grows up. Thus she is present when Paris takes off with Helen for Troy and plays a small role herself in the Trojan War. For grades 6-9. 2002.

A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: Forty-Six Best-Loved Stories     RC 56060
selected by Ellen Lewis Buell
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Collection of stories about animals and pets, firemen and policemen, and happy families from forty-six Little Golden Books published between 1942 and 1957. Polly and her brother Jimmy call on their mother when they have accidents or break things in Fix It, Please! For grades K-3. 1998.

Simply Alice     RC 56067
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Following Alice Alone (RC 53488), ninth grader Alice adjusts to a breakup with her boyfriend by getting involved with the school paper and theater group. Alice grows distant from her old friends, undergoes a hazing ritual, and attracts a secret e-mail admirer. For grades 6-9. 2002.

What Would Joey Do?     RC 56069
by Jack Gantos
read by Jack Wallen
1 cassette
Hyperactive Joey tries to hold things together as his father shows up on a motorcycle to taunt his mother, he is home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, and his feisty grandmother copes with emphysema. Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control (RC 51237). For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Mystery of Mr. Nice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye     RC 56076
by Bruce Hale
read by Jack Wallen
1 cassette
When the principal of his school begins acting nice to him, Chet Gecko realizes that this man is an imposter, and so sets out to find the real Principal Zero. For grades 3-6. 2000.

The Red Rose Box     RC 56079
by Brenda Woods
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
In 1953, Leah's Aunt Olivia sends her a red rose traveling case for her tenth birthday and train tickets from New Orleans to Los Angeles, where there are no Jim Crow laws. A hurricane changes Leah's life and ideas about home and family. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2002.

The Seer and the Sword     RC 56128
by Victoria Hanley
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
After conquering the peace-loving kingdom Bellandra, Torina's father, King Kareed, returns with two gifts for her: a crystal sphere to see the future and the captured Prince Landen to be her slave. Kareed also brings the enchanted Sword of Bellandra, which he hides in a vault. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Firewing     RC 56147
by Kenneth Oppel
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Sunwing (RC 51163), Shade returns to Tree Haven after an earthquake devastates the forest. Shade searches for his young bat son, Griffin, at a newly opened crevice to the legendary "Underworld." Shade would rather die than not try to rescue his son. For grades 3-6. 2003.

The Steps     RC 56162
by Rachel Cohn
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old Annabel of Manhattan is sent to visit her dad in Australia over Christmas. She instantly dislikes her step- and half-siblings but gradually begins to adjust to a new culture and a new family. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown     RC 56164
by Paula Danziger
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Amber is a little nervous about starting second grade, especially with a new teacher. But Ms. Light turns out to be fun, and with her best friend Justin beside her, Amber is ready for the year ahead. For grades K-3. 2002.

Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School     RC 56165
by Rosemary Wells
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Six short stories featuring teachers and students, inside and outside the classroom, learning about taking turns, working together, and never giving up. In "Fritz Tries Again," Fritz has some problems building a superconducting super collider for a science fair but wins a special prize. For grades K-3. 2002.

Rowan of Rin     RC 56291
by Emily Rodda
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
When a mountain stream dries up, the people of Rin and their beasts suffer. Despite fears of a dragon, six strong villagers volunteer to climb the dangerous mountain and fix the problem. But Rowan, a shy boy, is the only one who can read the magic map. Precedes Rowan and the Travelers (RC 56292). For grades 3-6. 1993.

Rowan and the Travelers     RC 56292
by Emily Rodda
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
The young and unlikely hero of Rowan of Rin (RC 56291) relies on his wits to overcome a mysterious evil threatening Rin with a fatal sleeping sickness. Helped by a tribe called the Travelers, Rowan must decipher a rhyming riddle in order to save the land and its people. For grades 3-6. 1994.

Locomotion     RC 56304
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by John Polk
1 cassette
In a collection of different types of poems eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life. After his parents' deaths, he is separated from his sister and lives in a foster home, where writing eases his pain. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

El Remanente: Al Borde del Armagedón (The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon)      RC 54954
por Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Raimundo Steele y la mayoría del Comando Tribulación se juntan en Petra. Nicolás Carpatia, el anticristo, suelta dos bombas sobre la ciudad. Milagrosamente hay sobrevivientes, pero ahora no cabe duda--el mundo se precipita hacia el armagedón y la confrontación final. Sigue a Sacrilegio (RC 52980). [Rayford Steele and most of the members of the Tribulation Force are massed together in Petra, where Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist, drops two bombs. Miraculously there are many survivors. Now all pretense is gone as the planet hurtles toward Armageddon. Sequel to Sacrilegio (RC 52980).] 2002.

Las Uvas de la Ira (The Grapes of Wrath)     RC 54967
por John Steinbeck
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
Clásica novela de la Gran Depresión norteamericana de 1939 que se trata de la familia Joad, cuya granja sufre de los grandes vendavales de polvo. Echados de su hogar, los Joad viajan rumbo a la Tierra Prometida--California--en busca de trabajo. Sin embargo, en todas partes encuentran oposición a sus esfuerzos para sobrevivir. Lenguaje injurioso. (Classic novel of the Joads of Oklahoma who are driven from their dust-bowl farm during the Great Depression. They journey to California, the promised land, to find work. Instead, they struggle to survive as they face organized opposition. Strong language.) 1939.

Las Mamis: Escritores Latinos Recuerdan a Sus Madres (Las Mamis: Famous Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers)     RC 54973
recopilado por Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Catorce escritores latinos presentan ensayos sobre sus madres. Las mujeres retratadas representan la diversidad de la vida y cultura latinas, y cada una ejercía memorables influencias sobre sus hijos. Incluye ensayos escritos por Marjorie Agosín, Giocanda Belli, Junot Díaz, Jaime Manrique, Esmeraldo Santiago y Piri Thomas. (Fourteen Latino writers present essays on their mothers. The women all had a lasting influence on their children, and together they represent a diverse cross section of Latino life and culture. Includes essays by Marjorie Agosín, Gioconda Belli, Junot Díaz, Jaime Manrique, Esmeralda Santiago, and Piri Thomas.) 2001.

Fronterizas: Una Novela en Seis Cuentos (Itaglio: A Novel in Six Stories)     RC 54974
por Roberta Fernández
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Cuando el álbum fotográfico de la familia se destruye, Nenita, una joven mujer hispana, se embarca en un viaje metafórico en el que intenta descubrir la historia de las seis mujeres antepasadas de la familia--madres, abuelas, tías y primas mayores--que por sus vidas excepcionales ayudaban fomentar la propria identidad cultural de Nenita. (When the family photo album is destroyed, Nenita, a young Hispanic woman, undertakes a metaphoric journey to learn about the six women in her family--mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and cousins--who have led exceptional lives and contributed so much to Nenita's own identity.) 2001.

Atravesando Fronteras: La Autobiografía de un Periodista en Busca de su Lugar en el Mundo (No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home)     RC 54976
por Jorge Ramos
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
El autor es ganador de premios Emmy por excelencia en periodismo, y durante muchos años ha sido el presentador del noticiero Univisión, el mayor programa de noticias en idioma español en Estados Unidos. Ramos pinta su vida y carrera periodista desde el punto de vista de un inmigrante hispano que vive entre dos mundos, esperando encontrar algún día un lugar que puede llamar su "casa."(Autobiography of Emmy award-winning anchorman for Noticiero Univisión, America's largest and highest-rated newscast in Spanish. Ramos depicts his life and journalistic career from the viewpoint of a Hispanic immigrant living between two worlds and in constant search of a place to truly call home.) 2002.

Wáchale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in America     RC 55955
recopilado por Ilan Stavans
leído por Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Un conjunto de lecturas acerca de la experiencia hispana en Estados Unidos. Presentan memorias, poesía y cuentos "de diferentes grupos nacionales y de diferentes generaciones" en inglés y español, así como en "Spanglish" una mezlca de los dos idiomas. Para grados 6 a 9.(A mosaic of writings about the Hispanic experience in the United States. Selected memoirs, poems, and stories "from different national groups, different backgrounds, and...different generations" are presented in English, Spanish, and Spanglish--a hybrid way of communicating. For grades 6-9.) 2001.

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