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Student Aid Audio Guide Available

The U.S. Department of Education makes available an updated recording on compact disk that provides information for blind and visually impaired students about federal student aid for education beyond high school. The guide covers federal grants, loans, and work-study, as well as non-federal sources of aid.

Students can request one or more copies of the Audio Guide at no cost by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll free at 1-800-433-3243. Students can also listen to the Audio Guide on the web at <www.studentaid.ed.gov/audioguide>.

The 2004 Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards

For more than seventeen years, the Scourby Awards have honored excellence in the narration of talking books and celebrated the importance of reading in so many lives. The 2004 Scourby Awards will take place on Thursday, October 14, and will be a web-based event. Readers will be able to vote and to view the ceremony via the web at <www.afb.org/>.

From August 16 to September 15, individuals may vote for their favorite nominee in each of the award categories: fiction, nonfiction, and this year's special recognition category, multilingual nonfiction-defined as a nonfiction work primarily in English, but with a significant number of foreign-language words, names, or phrases.

For more information visit <www.afb.org/> or contact Carrie Fernandez at (212) 502-7674 or <cfernandez@afb.net>.

Newsstand

The following announcements may be of interest to readers. 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.

New magazines launched.

Arc and Bark and Blindcites are new quarterly publications available by subscription in large-print and standard audiocassette formats. Arc and Bark is for guide-dog users, and Blindcites publishes high-quality fiction and poetry by blind writers. Each magazine is $25 per year, and both publications seek contributions. To submit or subscribe, contact: Dennis Holter, 1000 Kiely Blvd. #25, Santa Clara, CA 95051; or e-mail <dennisholter@yahoo.com>.

Books for Adults

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

Cassette books, 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.

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

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Soul beneath the Skin: The Unseen Hearts and Habits of Gay Men     RC 54465
by David Nimmons
read by Ray Hagen
3 cassettes
Former president of New York's Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center challenges popular stereotypes in an interpretation of gay male experience and cultural patterns. Using personal observations and scientific, anthropological, and philosophical studies, Nimmons finds gays more community-service oriented and less violent and sexually jealous than heterosexuals. Strong language. 2002.

Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players     RC 54488
by Stefan Fatsis
read by John Lescault
4 cassettes
As he progresses from living-room Scrabble player to expert, the author examines the subculture of people devoted to championship tournament play. Discusses the game's history, its international variants, and its controversial elements. Some strong language. 2001.

The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life     RC 54781
by Paul Davies
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
Physicist examines latest theories about where life may have originated. Discusses possibilities of biogenesis in the ocean depths, deep below Earth's surface, or even on Mars. Explores the topics of defining life and whether it exists elsewhere in the universe. 1999.

Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers     RC 54782
by Keith Michael Brown
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Personal accounts by thirty-six African American men from diverse backgrounds, age groups, and lifestyles depict the unique bond between them and their mothers--the relationship that these men acknowledge has had the greatest impact on their lives. Reflects on the women's courage, strength, and resilience. 1998.

Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By; Courage, Determination, Teamwork, Persistence, Integrity, Citizenship, Justice, Commitment, Excellence     RC 54787
by Sharon Robinson
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Baseball Hall of Famer's daughter illustrates nine values--including courage, determination, teamwork, integrity, citizenship, and justice--her father exemplified, using events from his own and others' lives. Includes commentary by and about Christopher Reeve, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House     RC 54800
by Helen Thomas
read by Barbara Rappaport
2 cassettes
Longtime White House correspondent relates anecdotes about the nine presidents she's covered, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, as well as the jokes and verbal sparring she enjoyed with them. 2002.

The F Word: How to Survive Your Family     RC 55047
by Louie Anderson
read by Louie Anderson
1 cassette
Stand-up comedian, host of Family Feud, and author of Dear Dad (RC 32893) offers forty-nine tips for getting along in family situations. Interwoven are anecdotes from Anderson's own experience with ten siblings and an alcoholic father. Some strong language. 2002.

Tumbling After: Pedaling like Crazy after Life Goes Downhill     RC 55166
by Susan Parker
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Memoir by a woman whose fiftyish physicist husband, Ralph Hager, became a C-4 quadriplegic in 1994, the result of a bicycling accident. Parker describes how, after years of active outdoor life in California, she learned to manage Ralph's physical and emotional needs--and to tend to her own. Some strong language. 2002.

Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds     RC 55349
by Harold Bloom
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Hoping to "activate the genius of appreciation" in his readers, a prolific critic and professor explores literary excellence through the ages by examining the works of one hundred writers. Arranged in groups of five, Bloom's genius authors are presented in historical and cultural context. 2002.

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence     RC 55407
by Rosalind Wiseman
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Advice to parents on raising teenage daughters and helping them handle the pitfalls that they may face. Cautions that "girls can be each other's worst enemies" and gives scenarios where adults can help. 2002.

1421: The Year China Discovered America     RC 55526
by Gavin Menzies
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Former British submariner and amateur historian theorizes that the Chinese under the third Ming emperor Zhu Di explored Antarctica, Australia, and the Americas decades before the Europeans. Speculates that the emperor's eunuch admirals circumnavigated the globe between 1421 and 1423. 2002.

"I": The Creation of a Serial Killer     RC 55579
by Jack Olsen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
True-crime writer presents the product of his interviews with Keith Jesperson, the Happy Face Killer. Exploring how Jesperson became a serial murderer, Olsen discusses Jesperson's dysfunctional family and his career as a long-distance truck driver, which gave him access to his victims. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2002.

Lake Effect     RC 55717
by Rich Cohen
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
A reflective, autobiographical account of coming-of-age in suburban Chicago in the 1980s, by the author of Tough Jews (RC 46505). Cohen focuses on his close relationships with his father and his best friend, both of whom he deeply admired. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!     RC 55780
by Suzanne Somers
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
Actress advocates cutting carbohydrate intake in order to lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Describes her lifestyle program and includes over one hundred simple, quick recipes for the whole family. Companion to Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away (RC 52463) and others. Bestseller 2002.

Everyday Math for Dummies     RC 55787
by Charles Seiter
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Explains basic math skills needed for everyday living. Covers personal money and the management of checkbooks, credit cards, mortgages, taxes, and investments; reviews business math, including sales, percentages, and insurance; and provides a refresher in high-school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Also looks at sports and gambling, statistics, tipping, and recreational mathematics. 1995.

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook     RC 55788
by Marion Cunningham
read by Kerry Cundiff
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Thirteenth revised edition celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of America's great classic cookbook. Includes chapters on outdoor grilling and preparing vegetarian dishes. Also contains some 325 ethnic and about 50 microwave recipes, in addition to the standard favorites. 1996.

Space Shuttle: The First Twenty Years     RC 55789
edited by Tony Reichhardt
read by Tom Burch
2 cassettes
Seventy-seven astronauts who lived and worked on reusable orbiters from 1981 to 2001 reminisce about lift-off, weightless conditions, and reentry. 2002.

More Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor     RC 55823
edited by Michael J. Rosen
read by L.J. Ganser
4 cassettes
Anthology of previously published American comic writing. Andy Borowitz summarizes Iowa's campaign for the 2000 presidential election, Tim Harrod proposes "Audiobooks for the Deaf," and Steve Martin discusses his own autobiography. Concludes with zany questions for reading groups. Sequel to Mirth of a Nation (RC 51709). 2002.

Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument between Two Great Philosophers     RC 55828
by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Examines a vehement exchange between influential Viennese philosophers Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein at a meeting of the Cambridge Moral Science Club in 1946. Investigates the accuracy of Popper's later account of Wittgenstein's brandishing a fireplace poker during their encounter--and illuminates the history of twentieth-century philosophy in the process. 2001.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx     RC 55875
by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
The author, who studied law, sociology, and journalism, provides an account of teenagers in the Bronx during the 1980s. By becoming personally involved, LeBlanc attained a firsthand understanding of how the teens' need for excitement, money, sex, and family led to drugs, sexual abuse, unwanted babies, and prison terms. Strong language. 2003.

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded--August 27, 1883     RC 55879
by Simon Winchester
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Author of The Professor and the Madman (RC 46906) chronicles "the most devastating volcanic event in modern recorded human history," a cataclysmic eruption in the Indian Ocean near Java that killed 36,000 people. Explains some of the disaster's political, religious, economic, psychological, and scientific consequences. Bestseller 2003.

The Law and Your Legal Rights: A Bilingual Guide to Everyday Legal Issues / La Ley y Sus Derechos Legales: Un Manual Bilingüe para Asuntos Legales Cotidianos     RC 55884
by Jess J. Araujo
read by Robert Sams
5 cassettes
Provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system. Explains court procedures and laws governing contracts, consumers, benefit programs, professional ethics, bankruptcy, wills and trusts, the workplace, landlords and tenants, the family, motor vehicles, crime, immigration, accidents, and personal injury. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. 1998.

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution     RC 55887
by Paul Hawken and others
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Framework for transforming industrial development according to economically rational and ecologically sound principles. The authors maintain that "natural capitalism" can provide "more meaningful family-wage jobs, a better worldwide standard of living to those in need, and a dramatic reduction of humankind's impact upon the environment." Examines auto industry's successful application of "resource productivity." 1999.

Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East; the Egyptian Experience     RC 55889
by Caryle Murphy
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the historical roots of Middle East unrest, exemplified in the development of modern Egypt. Explores issues of tradition and change in politics and culture. Discusses social, political, and economic factors in the resurgence of Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the dilemmas of regional governments. 2002.

Cape May Court House     RC 55912
by Lawrence Schiller
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Journalist's account of a deadly accident that may have concealed a crime. In February 1997, Tracy Thomas died in a Ford Explorer in New Jersey, while husband Eric and her baby survived. Eric sued, claiming the vehicle's airbag killed Tracy. But Ford's attorneys uncovered evidence suggesting Eric may have murdered his wife. 2002.

Bones: Discovering the First Americans     RC 55920
by Elaine Dewar
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
A Canadian investigative journalist reassesses the origins of human habitation in the Americas. While anthropologists claim that Asians crossing the Bering Strait were the first arrivals, Dewar finds evidence in ancient remains that the Native American contention that they have always been here may be nearer the truth. 2001.

Tobacco: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World     RC 55924
by Iain Gately
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Cultural history of how smoking an exotic plant influenced civilization. Discusses tobacco's uses and forms of consumption from Amerindian prehistory through twentieth-century mass production. Covers information on smoking's addictive qualities and its paraphernalia and on the global economic impact of the industry. 2001.

Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America     RC 55925
by David Wise
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Details the life and career of FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Hanssen, who spied for the Russians for more than twenty years. Uses interviews with Hanssen's colleagues, family, and psychiatrist to ascertain the motives behind his betrayal. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe     RC 55940
by Stephen W. Hawking
read by Peter Johnson
1 cassette
Brilliant physicist outlines the history of the universe, from the big bang to black holes. Reviews past ideas about the universe and how it began. Discusses black holes, applying Einstein's general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Advances a "no boundary" conception of time and space that could lead to a unified theory. 2002.

Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life     RC 55994
by Kathleen Dalton
read by Mary Kane
6 cassettes
Chronicles Teddy Roosevelt's personal life and political legacy. Emphasizes his struggle to overcome childhood illnesses, his adventurous spirit, and his dedication to family, depicting him as a rugged but complex man of contradictions. Discusses how his conservative political views evolved to embrace progressive social reforms. 2002.

The Church Supper Cookbook: A Special Collection of Over 375 Potluck Recipes from Families and Churches across the Country     RC 56031
edited by David Joachim
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Collection of favorite family recipes from the best cooks in churches and neighborhoods across America, handed down from generation to generation. Provides family-size recipes for meats and seafood, soups, salads, vegetables, breads, cakes, pies, and cookies. Includes a section on cooking for big crowds. 2001.

Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story     RC 56035
by Antonia Felix
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Biography of the forty-third U.S. president's national security advisor based on interviews with friends, family, and colleagues. Traces her rise to power from her 1954 birth in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, to her executive post in the George W. Bush White House. 2002.

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life     RC 56048
by Queen Noor
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Born in 1951 as Lisa Halaby, daughter of an Arab American family, Queen Noor of Jordan relates King Hussein's courtship; their 1978 marriage; her role as wife, queen, and mother; her work in improving the life of Jordanian women; and Hussein's role in the Middle East, including his frustrations with international diplomacy. Bestseller 2003.

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945     RC 56049
by Wladyslaw Szpilman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Jewish classical pianist recounts his experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. Szpilman details the loss of his family, atrocities he witnessed and suffered, the Jewish resistance, and his own survival through a combination of chance and personal resourcefulness. Violence. 1946.

Cassette Books, 2002     RC 56065
by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
A catalog of talking books produced on cassette during 2002 for adult and young adult readers. The nonfiction and fiction sections list titles by subject categories. Separate listings identify young adult books, books in Spanish, and bestsellers. 2002.

You've Earned It, Don't Lose It: Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make When You Retire     RC 56072
by Suze Orman
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Using real-life stories to illustrate pitfalls, Orman offers recommendations for protecting retirement income and financial assets. Discusses advantages of trusts versus wills, joint tenancy with right of survivorship, estate taxes and probate costs, durable power of attorney, long-term health care insurance, joint and survivor benefits, and minimizing expenses/maximizing income. 1999.

Herbs and Spices     RC 56073
by Jill Norman
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Expert on international food offers a guide to herbs and spices organized by aroma and taste. Describes how they are used in native cuisines and offers tips on buying, preparing, and storing them. Contains a section on recipes. 2002.

Greek Myths     RC 56074
retold by Robert Graves
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
Covers the creation myths; the legends of the great Olympians; the Theseus, Oedipus, and Heracles cycles; the Argonaut voyage; the tale of Troy; and more. Contains references to the classical sources and includes interpretations of myths in light of archaeological and anthropological research. 1955.

A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America     RC 56080
by Jon Kukla
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Describes decades of political intrigue and diplomatic negotiations leading to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase by President Thomas Jefferson. Explores the machinations of French and Spanish rulers, the actions of American entrepreneurs, and the effects of a Haitian rebellion that caused Napoleon to sell a vast North American territory. Some strong language. 2003.

The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk     RC 56091
by Susan McDougal
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Autobiography of the woman who refused to testify against Bill and Hillary Clinton during the 1996 Whitewater real estate investigation. McDougal recalls her childhood, marriage, and relationship with the Clintons. She explains why she remained silent during the probe--a decision that earned her twenty-one months behind bars. Some strong language. 2003.

Handcrafted Soap     RC 56092
by Delores Boone
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Describes the hot-process method of using an indirect heat source such as a slow cooker, an oven, or a double boiler to make luxurious soap at home. Includes instructions for twenty-eight recipes that can be personalized by adding oils, fragrances, and colors. 2002.

The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses     RC 56093
by James Geary
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Time magazine editor explores the science of implanting computer chips in the human body to repair and enhance the senses. Geary discusses how the "convergence of man and machine" affects the five senses and the mind--the sixth. He also addresses social and philosophical implications of bionic science. 2002.

The Sound of a Miracle: A Child's Triumph over Autism     RC 56100
by Annabel Stehli
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
A mother's inspirational tale of a search for treatment for her autistic daughter, Georgie. After years of frustration with professionals who urged her to institutionalize the child, Stehli sought therapeutic intervention with a French audiologist, whose treatment virtually cured Georgie's condition. 1991.

Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security     RC 56124
by Robert "Buzz" Patterson
read by Tom Burch
1 cassette
Military aide to the former president holds that "responsibility, commitment, and honor" and the "obligations of command and leadership" were missing in the Clinton White House. Patterson claims that certain events and decisions involving defense, intelligence, and foreign policy left the nation vulnerable to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bestseller 2003.

I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility     RC 56125
by Trisha Meili
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
The victim of a 1989 brutal assault and rape in New York City recounts overcoming medical odds to become an inspiration to others suffering massive brain injury. Fourteen years after the attack, Meili discusses the aftermath of her trauma, her rehabilitation, and the reasons for finally going public with her story. Bestseller 2003.

Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller     RC 56138
by Gregg Herken
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Historian examines the relationship between scientific research and American political goals as evidenced by three physicists during the development and deployment of the first atomic bomb in World War II. Discusses their ambitions, views, ideals, and decisions concerning their loyalty to country, friends, and family. 2002.

Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve, and the Case against Disability Rights     RC 56139
by Mary Johnson
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Journalist explores the backlash against the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and society's focus on medical treatment rather than equal opportunities. Discusses Clint Eastwood's decision to fight a lawsuit for access violations, Christopher Reeve's goal to walk again, and the proposed ADA Notification Act. 2003.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Creating Web Pages     RC 56142
by Todd Stauffer
read by Catherine Byers
5 cassettes
For a person with basic computer literacy, this manual explains HTML and XHTML standards for building Web pages and managing and augmenting sites. Discusses what is needed to get started, interactions with users, publishing tools, and the basics of JavaScript. 2002.

The Yale Guide to Women's Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause     RC 56145
by Mary Jane Minkin and Carol V. Wright
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
Discusses gynecological issues and reproductive system events, including menstruation, menopause, contraceptives, pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and other conditions. Also reviews some lifestyle issues that affect general health. 2003.

The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount     RC 56149
by Gershom Gorenberg
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Israeli journalist examines how faith and apocalyptic beliefs fuel strife over Jerusalem. Discusses conflicting Christian, Islamic, and Jewish prophecies regarding the Temple Mount and explores the volatile link between nationalism and religion, particularly lore relating to a holy war and its global impact. 2000.

The Cat Who . . . Cookbook     RC 56166
by Julie Murphy and Sally Abney Stempinski
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Mother-and-daughter team presents a companion cookbook to the Cat Who . . . mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun featuring Qwilleran and his Siamese felines, Koko and Yum Yum. Also includes recipes for the cats. 2000.

No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home     RC 56170
by Jorge Ramos
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
Autobiography of Emmy award-winning anchorman for Noticiero Univisión, America's largest and highest-rated nightly 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.

American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care     RC 56181
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Step-by-step family guide for dealing with injuries, illnesses, and medical emergencies, including instructions for administering CPR and first aid and treating sports injuries. Also offers advice on how to safeguard one's home and plan ahead. 2000.

The Faith: A History of Christianity     RC 56182
by Brian Moynahan
read by Mitzi Friedlander
8 cassettes in 2 containers
British historian's survey of the "extraordinary journey that Christianity has made since the cross." Moynahan's account of defining events and people in Christianity includes the Disciples, the Crusades, the Reformation, Calvin and the Puritans, monks, papal attitudes, Darwin, Mormons, missionaries, slavery, witch-hunts, and televangelists. 2002.

Risk: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World around You     RC 56186
by David Ropeik and George Gray
read by Richard Hauenstein
4 cassettes
Assesses the level of danger posed by nearly fifty hazards, including pollution, cancer, and biological weapons. The authors--a risk expert and a toxicologist--rely on science and statistical analysis to answer the question "What are the chances?" Provides tips on reducing risk and finding more information. 2002.

The Polio Paradox: Uncovering the Hidden History of Polio to Understand and Treat "Post-Polio Syndrome" and Chronic Fatigue     RC 56193
by Richard L. Bruno
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Drawing on patient narratives and the latest medical research, clinical psychophysiologist describes reasons and treatments--including psychological--for fatigue and other problems experienced since the 1980s by survivors of polio before vaccines were available. Also addresses chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Gulf War syndrome, spina bifida, and other disorders with fatigue symptoms. 2002.

Black Tents of Arabia (My Life among the Bedouins)     RC 56202
by Carl R. Raswan
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
The author recounts his experiences as a young German living among the Bedouins of Arabia, "migrating, hunting, raiding, starving, and feasting with them." Raswan's recollections begin before WWI and span twenty-two years. He describes endearing friendships and a rich but unforgiving desert culture. Some violence. 1935.

Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death     RC 56203
by Richard Marius
read by Lou Harpenau
5 cassettes
Biography of the German reformation theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546). Discusses the role of the Catholic Church and Luther's intellectual development in the historical and social context of Europe during his lifetime. Explores writings by and about Luther to depict his theological impact on western civilization. 1999.

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level     RC 56204
by Sally Shaywitz
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Yale neuroscientist and physician specializing in learning disorders explains the biological basis for difficulties in reading. Synthesizes the latest research and explains how dyslexic children can be taught to become good readers. Includes a grade-by-grade program and activities for parents to implement, and suggests ways to raise a child's self-esteem. 2003.

Personal Bankruptcy for Dummies     RC 56205
by James P. Caher and John M. Caher
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Analyzes the pros and cons of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how to successfully maneuver through the proceedings. Explains how to keep your possessions, deal with the IRS and bill collectors, handle divorce and student loans, and reestablish your credit. 2003.

John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography     RC 56207
by Samuel Eliot Morison
read by Richard Hauenstein
4 cassettes
Renowned naval historian reconstructs the life of the Scottish-born officer known as "the father of the U.S. Navy." Portraying Jones's complex patriotism, Morison describes his training as a merchant skipper in the West Indies, his commission in the Continental Navy, and his service in the Russian navy. Pulitzer Prize. 1959.

Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook     RC 56209
by Martha Stewart
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Recipes for more than three hundred finger foods and appetizers including tea sandwiches, soups, canapés, drinks, and classic favorites. Includes ideas on menu and party planning, techniques, and ingredients and where to find them. 1999.

A History of Basketball for Girls and Women: From Bloomers to Big Leagues     RC 56210
by Joanne Lannin
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
History of women's basketball from its beginnings at Smith College in 1892--mere weeks after its invention--to the professional arena. Describes the changes in the game and its major players and coaches. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

The Pushcart Prize XXVII: Best of the Small Presses, 2003     RC 56211
edited by Bill Henderson
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Works by sixty-seven authors from fifty-two presses. A selection of the year's best poems, short stories, essays, and memoirs, many by writers new to the series. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (but Were Afraid They'd Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens     RC 56213
by Justin Richardson and Mark A. Schuster
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
A child psychiatrist and a pediatrician offer a guide to parents that could help them introduce and discuss sexual issues at the right age. 2003.

One Hundred and One Best Home Businesses     RC 56215
by Dan Ramsey
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Brief suggestions on businesses that can be operated out of one's own home. Discusses basic job descriptions, skills and equipment needed, target audiences, and money matters. Includes examples and case studies. 2001.

The Veteran's Survival Guide: How to File and Collect on VA Claims     RC 56216
by John D. Roche
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Veterans' advocate describes step-by-step procedures for filing successful claims with the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) for various federal benefits. Describes how to submit precise facts and details and provides perspectives on the VA's adjudication and appeal processes. 2002.

A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair     RC 56217
by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Winner of Germany's Democracy Prize for Hitler's Willing Executioners (RC 42039), Goldhagen argues that evasive tactics were used by Catholic Church leaders during the Holocaust. He asserts that institutionalized anti-Semitic Catholic doctrine provided justification for the Church's silence, and he demands moral restitution for the harm inflicted on Jews. 2002.

Anatomy of Greed: The Unshredded Truth from an Enron Insider     RC 56218
by Brian Cruver
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Former senior manager at Enron presents a personal view of the scandalous 2001 collapse of America's seventh largest company. Using evidence from surviving Enron documents and e-mails, news sources, and more than one hundred employees, Cruver reveals a surreal corporate culture that traded ethics for personal gain. Some strong language. 2002.

Protecting America's Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation     RC 56221
by Philip J. Hilts
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
An account tracing the evolution of the federal Food and Drug Administration, created in 1906 under President Theodore Roosevelt, into the "most important regulatory agency in the world." Describes the agency's duties and accomplishments, the influence of partisan politics, and various scandals and mishaps. Some strong language. 2003.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship     RC 56229
by Jack Canfield and others
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Companion to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (RC 44853) and others. Offers anecdotes, poems, and short essays by teenagers about falling in love, breaking up, friendship, family, and growing up. For junior and senior high and older readers. Bestseller 2002.

Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides     RC 56230
by Christian G. Appy
read by Ralph Lowenstein
6 cassettes
Compilation of oral histories from every faction involved in the Vietnam conflict provides insight into America's longest and most divisive foreign war. Among those interviewed were American veterans, Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, former policy makers, journalists, antiwar activists, and medical personnel. Historian Appy introduces each entry and provides context. 2003.

A Short History of Nearly Everything     RC 56241
by Bill Bryson
read by Richard Hauenstein
4 cassettes
Curious about the composition of the physical world and wanting to make it understandable, Bryson explores science from the basic to the complex--from a proton and a protein to a quark and a quasar, and from nothingness to human beings. In the process, he discusses how scientists figured out known facts. Bestseller 2003.

Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos     RC 56244
by Robert D. Kaplan
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Journalist focuses on present and future geopolitics, emphasizing lessons from selected classic philosophers--Sun-Tzu, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Kant--and contemporary scholars. Examines issues in ancient and modern international relations--such as war, strategy, power, and morality--that need to be addressed in the twenty-first century. Bestseller 2002.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game     RC 56245
by Michael Lewis
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Author of The New New Thing (RC 49256) describes how Billy Beane, general manager of baseball's Oakland Athletics, helped the team come in first in the American League West in 2002. Examines Beane's use of computers, statistics, and scouting to achieve success despite a minor league budget. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History     RC 56253
by George Crile
read by Robert O'Keefe
5 cassettes
Sixty Minutes producer relates the CIA's secret war in Afghanistan in the 1980s to prevent a Soviet takeover. Describes the efforts of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson and agency operative Gust Avrakotos to arm Islamic fundamentalist guerrillas who ultimately defeat the Russians--and later form the Taliban. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Nineteenth-Century European Art     RC 56257
by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu
read by Frank Coffee
5 cassettes
Art historian Chu traces the evolution of artistic works in the context of social and cultural trends from the mid-eighteenth century to roughly 1900. She also explores the impact of new technology on art forms, focusing mainly on painting and sculpture, and incorporates biographical sketches of individual artists. 2003.

Holocaust: A History     RC 56258
by Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt
read by Lou Harpeneau
4 cassettes
Award-winning authors document the Jewish experience under German domination prior to and during World War II. They present the Holocaust in a broad historical context, locating precursors in upheavals of anti-Semitism and other cultural, religious, and political persecutions that have marked European history since the Middle Ages. Violence. 2002.

The Autoimmune Connection: Essential Information for Women on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Getting On with Your Life     RC 56259
by Rita Baron-Faust and Jill P. Buyon
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
The authors discuss over twenty autoimmune diseases in women and explain how they interact with hormones. Includes information on testing and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid irregularities, skin disorders, type 1 diabetes, bowel diseases, multiple sclerosis, blood and liver problems, and other conditions. 2003.

Who's Your Caddy? Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf     RC 56286
by Rick Reilly
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Humorous portrayal of Sports Illustrated writer's inept attempts at caddying for golfers of various abilities and temperaments. He includes stories about Jack Nicklaus, Bob Newhart, Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, Casey Martin (who sued the PGA to use a cart), and blind player Bob Andrews. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

A Million Little Pieces     RC 56290
by James Frey
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Memoir by a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, whose parents checked him into a Minnesota rehabilitation clinic as a last-step measure when he was twenty-three. Discusses his experiences there, including treatment methods he accepted and rejected to regain sobriety. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Cassette Books, 2001     RC 56303
by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
A catalog of talking books produced on cassette for adult and young adult readers during 2001. The nonfiction and fiction sections list books by subject categories. Separate listings identify books for young adult readers and for Spanish readers. 2001.

Domestic Violence     RC 56306
edited by Tamara L. Roleff
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Discusses the problem of violence in the home: its prevalence, causes, prevention, legal remedies, and its effect on children in the family. For senior high readers. 2000.

The Secrets of Inchon: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War     RC 56313
by Eugene Franklin Clark
read by Tom Burch
2 cassettes
Memoir of a successful U.S. espionage mission during the Korean War. In 1950, ahead of the invasion by General Douglas MacArthur's forces, Navy lieutenant Gene Clark and two South Korean officers scouted the harbor at Inchon. Under a two-week barrage of bullets, the three obtained vital information. Introduction by Thomas Fleming. Violence. 2002.

The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez     RC 56314
by Jimmy Breslin
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
This sociological biography describes the plight of an illegal immigrant worker from Mexico who was killed at age twenty-one on a construction site in New York. His story exemplifies the exploitation of illegal aliens and reveals the politics behind it. 2002.

The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World     RC 56315
by Mark Hertsgaard
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Hertsgaard explores complex, often paradoxical, perceptions of the United States that he gathered while visiting fifteen countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia prior to and just after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. 2002.

School Violence     RC 56316
edited by Bryan J. Grapes
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Series of essays that contemplate the problem of school violence in both urban and suburban settings. Discusses theories about causes of violence in schools and how to prevent it. Also includes personal narratives from victims of violence. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2000.

Alcoholism     RC 56317
edited by James D. Torr
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Essays explore the problem of alcoholism, addressing such topics as the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous, marketing by the liquor industry, effects on children and families, binge drinking in college, the disease theory of addiction, and government regulation. For senior high readers. 2000.

Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence     RC 56322
by Gerard Jones
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
A screenwriter and cultural critic examines the place of violent images in the games and entertainment of twenty-first-century children. Contends that make-believe violence, rather than fostering antisocial behavior, can provide children with the coping skills necessary to better understand themselves and to control their feelings. Some violence. 2002.

Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration     RC 56328
by Hasia R. Diner
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
History of three immigrant ethnic groups--Italian, Jewish, and Irish--and their distinctive responses to the abundance of food in America. Uses memoirs, journalism, and cookbooks to explore the ways each group made food a key part of their identity in the New World. 2001.

The Third World: Opposing Viewpoints     RC 56343
edited by Laura K. Egendorf
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Essays offer different opinions on issues facing Third World countries, such as overpopulation, AIDS, democracy, and foreign aid. Considers conditions in Africa, South America, and in the Middle East. For senior high readers. 2000.

Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal     RC 56348
by Bernie Graham
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
British psychologist describes "the potential health benefits that can be derived from the company of a wide range of animals." Includes stories of successful animal-assisted therapy involving dolphins, guide dogs, horses, and cats. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss     RC 56409
by Arthur Agatston
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Description of a three-phase program developed by a Florida cardiologist to help his overweight patients. The plan involves eating the right carbohydrates and the right fats in order to correct the way the body reacts to foods that previously caused weight problems. Includes menu suggestions and recipes. Bestseller 2003.

The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping     RC 56420
by Nasdijj
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Native American author recounts his emotions in caring for Awee, an eleven-year-old Navajo boy with AIDS whom Nasdijj reluctantly adopts after his own son's death in The Blood Runs like a River through My Dreams: a Memoir (RC 52065). He leaves the reservation--with its inadequate health service--to seek better medical treatment for Awee. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Game I'll Never Forget: One Hundred Hockey Stars' Stories     RC 56421
selected by Chris McDonell
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Collection of stories originally published in Hockey Digest, written by athletes from the 1940s to 2002 who describe the best hockey game they ever played. Includes reminiscences by Ken Dryden, Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and Bobby Orr, as well as lesser known players. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books     RC 56429
edited by Mark Carnes
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Fifty prominent authors of the late twentieth century, including Rita Dove, Stephen Sondheim, Camille Paglia, Walter Shapiro, and Gloria Steinem, select and introduce forgotten heroes from the 18,000 historical figures found in the American National Biography. Many cite personal favorites who inspired their careers or conduct. 2002.

Aboman's Guide to Survival and Self-Reliance: Practical Skills for Interesting Times     RC 56439
by J.A. Bigley
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Advice on how to deal with challenges presented by unexpected equipment breakdowns, weather disasters, and other such events. The manual contains information on preparing for emergencies, troubleshooting household problems, and maintaining health through alternative medicine and herbal remedies. Also highlights wilderness survival skills. 2002.

The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice     RC 56444
by Sandra Day O'Connor
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
The first female Supreme Court justice--and author of the bestselling memoir Lazy B (RC 53655)--reflects on the evolution of the American legal system, her experiences on the bench, and some landmark cases. Discusses former justices, the changing role of women, and the rule of law in the twenty-first century. 2003.

All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters     RC 56447
by Karen Stabiner
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
3 cassettes
During the 1998-99 school year an investigative reporter examines two contrasting all-girl schools--an elite private facility in Los Angeles and a public school for the economically disadvantaged in New York City. Reports on academic, social, and sports events throughout the year and interviews teachers, students, and their families. 2002.

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security     RC 56450
by Kevin D. Mitnick and William L. Simon
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Notorious hacker turned legitimate computer security analyst Mitnick offers advice on resisting the efforts of malicious information thieves. Presents probable scenarios from the viewpoints of both the attacker and the victim, discussing why the con was successful and how it could have been thwarted. 2002.

Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876     RC 56458
by Roy Morris
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Examines the presidential election that pitted Ohio Republican governor Rutherford Hayes against New York Democratic governor Samuel Tilden in America's centenary year. An electoral commission declared Hayes the winner after disputed southern returns and four months of backroom political intrigue by both parties. 2003.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books     RC 56459
by Azar Nafisi
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Former professor of English literature in Iran relates her experiences after resigning her university post in 1995 but continuing to teach seven female students who met secretly at her home each week to discuss literary classics. Nafisi describes how the women, reacting to the Islamic republic's intolerance, resisted oppression and embraced free thought. 2003.

Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001: Report of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Together with Additional Views     RC 56474
by U.S. Congress
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
Official U.S. government report on efforts of American intelligence agencies charged with protecting national security. 2002.

Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul     RC 56495
edited by Jack Canfield and others
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Collection of first-person narratives celebrating the unique bonds between sisters--and sometimes between sisters and brothers. Chapter headings include "A Sister's Love and Support," "Sibling Revelry," "Overcoming Obstacles," and "Sisters by Heart." Bestseller 2002.

Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism     RC 56497
by Ann Coulter
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Conservative commentator and author of Slander (RC 54437) continues her analysis of liberal politics, arguing that Democrats work against American interests. Coulter claims that "whenever the nation is under attack, from within or without, liberals side with the enemy." Discusses McCarthyism, the Cold War, and Vietnam. Bestseller 2003.

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life     RC 56501
by Walter Isaacson
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Chronicles the life of founding father Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) from his shopkeeper beginnings to his dealings with Europe's aristocracy during the American revolution. Examines Franklin's ability to continually reinvent himself as scientist, diplomat, writer, and political thinker and considers how his vision of a national middle class identity is significant in twenty-first-century America. Bestseller 2003.

Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod     RC 56502
by Maria Flook
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Reconstruction of events surrounding the still-unsolved murder in January 2002 of forty-six-year-old fashion writer and single mother Christa Worthington in the remote Cape Cod community of Truro, Massachusetts. Examines the high-profile victim's lifestyle, possible suspects--including her toddler's philanderer father, his jilted wife, an ex-prostitute, and even Worthington's own father--and the ensuing investigation. 2003.

The Yosemite Murders     RC 56511
by Dennis McDougal
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Reconstructs the 1999 murders near the California national park of Carole Sund; her fifteen-year-old daughter, Juli; their friend, sixteen-year-old Argentine exchange student Silvina Pelosso; and naturalist Joie Armstrong. Traces the investigation by the authorities and explores the motives of the killer, handyman Cary Stayner. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Jordan     RC 56521
by Hal Marcovitz
read by Yolande Bavan
1 cassette
A history of the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan and a discussion of its role in contemporary politics. Describes the rule of King Hussein from 1951 until his death in 1999. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Kurds     RC 56522
by Heather Lehr Wagner
read by Yolande Bavan
1 cassette
A discussion about the Kurdish people, including their history and contemporary status in the Middle East. Describes their political, economic, and social standing as a distinct ethnic group in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Cries in the Desert     RC 56561
by John Glatt
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Chronicles the crimes and trial of David Parker Ray of Sierra County, New Mexico, who for decades abducted women for sadomasochistic torture before murdering them. In 1999 Ray, then fifty-nine, was finally arrested along with his accomplices, his fiancée and his daughter. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life     RC 56568
by Dalai Lama
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
The Dalai Lama draws upon a seventeenth-century poem, credited to the First Panchen Lama, to explore the eight stages of death. For each stage he discusses how to enrich life on earth, prepare for death, and die without fear. Translated and edited by Buddhist scholar Jeffrey Hopkins. 2002.

Body Marks: Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification     RC 56570
by Kathlyn Gay and Christine Whittington
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Traces the history of "skin art"--tattoos and body piercings--from prehistoric times through the present. Discusses the health issues and social ramifications of such practices. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Cassettes Fiction

Ashes of Victory: Honor Harrington, Volume 9     RC 53966
by David Weber
read by Madelyn Buzzard
5 cassettes
Honor Harrington has escaped from prison and returned injured but alive from her alleged execution reported in Echoes of Honor (RC 53965). Her presence boosts the Manticoran Alliance's morale in their continuing war as Harrington again tests her mettle. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall, 1794-1795     RC 54185
by Winston Graham
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes (Reissue)
The Warleggans and the Poldarks continue their feud although two younger members fall in love with each other. And the threat of war with France intrudes. Sequel to Warleggan (RC 54184). 1973.

The Four Swans: A Novel of Cornwall, 1795-1797     RC 54186
by Winston Graham
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes (Reissue)
On the day that he stands for Parliament in 1797, Ross Poldark reflects on the four women in his life. They are in part responsible for the remorse he feels at a time when he should be elated. Sequel to The Black Moon (RC 54185). 1976.

The Angry Tide: A Novel of Cornwall, 1798-1799     RC 54187
by Winston Graham
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Ross Poldark is a successful lord of the manor, a new member of Parliament, and the owner of two mines. George Warleggan, lifelong rival of the Poldark clan, sets into motion political and financial intrigues that could destroy all Ross has struggled for. Sequel to The Four Swans (RC 54186). 1977.

A Rogue's Proposal     RC 54299
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
1820, Suffolk. When Demon Cynster--determined not to follow the married footsteps of his fellow Cynsters--encounters the lovely and independent Felicity Parteger, he is drawn into her investigation of horse race fixing. Completely beguiled, Demon finds himself scheming to marry her. Sequel to Scandal's Bride (RC 54298). Descriptions of sex. 1999.

Summer of Storms     RC 54777
by Judith Kelman
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Thirty-three-year-old photographer Anna Jameson returns to work in New York City three decades after her sister Julie was murdered there during a hurricane. As she investigates the past and uncovers family secrets, she becomes a target of the killer, who is still very much alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Sharpe's Devil: Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821     RC 54863
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Richard Sharpe comes out of retirement in 1820 to search for an old friend missing in revolutionary Chile. Sharpe and his favorite sergeant, Patrick Harper, pursue their perilous mission in a land seething with revolt and political intrigue. Some violence and some strong language. 1992.

Stones of Jerusalem: Zion Legacy, Book 5     RC 54879
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
New City Jerusalem, 1948. The Old City has fallen, but Israeli leader Moshe Sachar remains hidden in the tunnels below. Opening more of the sacred scrolls he discovered in The Jerusalem Scrolls (RC 54878), Moshe learns more about Miryam and Marcus, who were caught up in the corrupt politics of the Roman Empire. 2002.

Dragons of a Vanished Moon: The War of Souls, Volume 3     RC 54882
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Dragons of a Lost Star (RC 54881), the flames of war devour Ansalon, while Mina and her army of dead souls march on toward conquest. A small band of heroes, from which two unlikely protagonists emerge, leads a fight against Mina. 2002.

Prodigal Father: A Father Dowling Mystery     RC 55008
by Ralph M. McInerny
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Father Dowling is on a retreat at the Order of St. Athanasius--an institution wealthy in Chicago real estate but poor in personnel, having only seven remaining priests. When an ex-priest is murdered on the grounds, suspects include the staff, a benefactor's grandson, and the dead man's former business partner. 2002.

Tempest Rising     RC 55044
by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
2 cassettes
Three middle-class preteen African American sisters are thrust into the foster-home system in 1960s Philadelphia after their father dies and their mother is hospitalized. Mae, a gambler, leaves them to the care of her grown daughter, Ramona, but the dysfunctional setting causes the girls to run away. Strong language. 1998.

Hotel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love     RC 55204
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Introduces the series on nobleman le Comte de Saint-Germain, a vampire, as he catches the eye of lovely Madelaine de Montalia. In the dazzling society of mid-eighteenth-century Paris, the couple struggle with their desires while battling a coven of devil worshipers who seek to destroy Madelaine's soul. 1978.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman     RC 55215
by P.D. James
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
2 cassettes
Cordelia Gray, twenty-two, inherits a London detective agency from her former partner along with the reopened case of a young man whose death has been officially classified as a suicide. 1977.

Depraved Indifference     RC 55303
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
While Butch Karp, a New York district attorney, prosecutes Croatian terrorists for killing a policeman, the CIA, the FBI, and the Catholic Church campaign to free them. Karp's assistant and lover, Marlene Ciampi, assists the investigation, which leads back to World War II atrocities. Violence and strong language. 1989.

Queen's Ransom: A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court Featuring Ursula Blanchard     RC 55403
by Fiona Buckley
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Lady-in-waiting Ursula Blanchard travels to France to fetch an orphaned relative, her journey a clever ruse to cover delivering a secret letter from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Catherine. Ursula's enemies await her--as does her second husband, Frenchman Matthew de la Roche. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Hand That Rocks the Ladle: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 55404
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder's Amish cook, Freni, is about to become the grandmother of triplets. When her daughter-in-law delivers twins, Freni insists that a baby is missing. Magdalena investigates and uncovers some fishy business at the hospital. 2000.

Mozart's Wife     RC 55456
by Juliet V. Waldron
read by Celeste Lawson
3 cassettes
Fictionalized life of Konstanze Marie Weber, Wolfgang Mozart's wife. Recounts Konstanze's progress from child to wife to widow, bearing Mozart six children, managing his unsteady and often debt-laden household, mythologizing him posthumously, and later creating a new life on her own. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

To Catch a Spy: A Toby Peters Mystery     RC 55502
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
California, 1944. Toby Peters, P.I. to the stars, is hired by Archibald Leach to exchange cash for an envelope. Leach, a.k.a. Cary Grant, is a British spy seeking Nazi sympathizers among Hollywood's elite. Peters investigates further when his contact is murdered. Some strong language. 2002.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Traitor     RC 55504
by Matthew Stover
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Coruscant has been captured and the galaxy fears nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Yet Jacen Solo is still alive. Or is he? Jacen is being held in the Embrace of Pain by Vergere, a creature of mystery and power, and her plans are unknown. Some violence. 2002.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Destiny's Way     RC 55505
by Walter Jon Williams
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Coruscant's fall left the New Republic divided by internal strife. Yet they refuse to surrender to the Yuuzhan Vong, especially when there is a chance to defeat them. But a weapon designed by the Jedi's enemies could destroy the New Republic. Sequel to Traitor (RC 55504). Some violence. 2002.

204 Rosewood Lane     RC 55516
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Grace Sherman continues to wonder about her husband's disappearance, but accepts that life goes on. She discusses the latest Cedar Grove marriages, divorces, and expectant parents. Sequel to 16 Lighthouse Road (RC 55515). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Secret Life of Bees     RC 55533
by Sue Monk Kidd
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
South Carolina, 1964. Fourteen-year-old Lily rescues her African American housekeeper--and substitute mother--Rosaleen, from the hospital. Rosaleen had been beaten for trying to register to vote. They flee to a safe place where Lily's battered late mother had also fled--a beekeeping operation run by three black sisters. Some strong language. 2002.

Honorable Company: A Novel of India before the Raj     RC 55644
by Allan Mallinson
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
1815. Captain Matthew Hervey is sent to India to assess the "serviceableness of the nizam's forces." This mission of substance is supposed to mend fences with the rajah, but involves espionage, plunder, and conspiracy. Sequel to A Close Run Thing (RC 55643). 2000.

A Haunting Refrain: Helen Bradley Mysteries     RC 55712
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Judith Ann Gantly
2 cassettes
Helen Bradley leaves her home in Oregon for the San Juan Islands to assist her wealthy elderly uncle, Paddy O'Donnell, who claims someone is trying to kill him. When Paddy dies, Helen has her hands full sorting out suspects, including his children and housekeeper. Some violence. 1998.

Evolution     RC 55734
by Stephen Baxter
read by Suzanne Toren
5 cassettes
A story of evolution woven into the tale of two friends journeying to Darwin, Australia, in 2031 to attend a conference on how we got to be humans. A series of vignettes beginning sixty-five million years ago reveals our lineage from proto-primates to humans to robots to extinction. Violence. 2002.

Reap the Wind: Wind Dancer Trilogy, Book 3     RC 55743
by Iris Johansen
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
France, 1990s. Caitlin Vasaro allows a mysterious stranger to fund her perfume line in return for control of the campaign. When the Wind Dancer statue arrives for the promotion, a murderous plot forces Caitlin to reevaluate her loyalties. Sequel to Storm Winds (RC 55742). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

The Crown of Silence: Magravandias Chronicles, Book 2     RC 55745
by Storm Constantine
read by MaryBeth Wise
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Sea Dragon Heir (RC 55744), fifteen-year-old Shan survives the raid on his village by the Magravands. He is rescued by the wizard Taropat, a.k.a. Khaster Leckery, and is trained to help recover the Crown of Silence. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Back Story     RC 55751
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Boston P.I. Spenser agrees to help actress Daryl Silver investigate the murder of her mother twenty-eight years ago during a bank robbery. Spenser and colleague Hawk face danger when they uncover ties between a radical hippie group, the mob, and the FBI. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Circle of Stars: Druid Circle, Volume 2     RC 55818
by Anna Lee Waldo
read by George Holmes
5 cassettes
Continues Madoc's adventures with twelfth-century Druids begun in Circle of Stones (RC 49532). When Christians force the Druids out of Wales, Madoc and his companions sail to the New World. There his tale intertwines with that of Cougar, a Native American maiden. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet     RC 55843
by Michael Pearce
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
In 1908 Cairo, British rule is threatened by emergent Egyptian nationalism. Police captain Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt--head of the CID--investigates an assassination attempt on Nuri Pasha. Because of the upcoming celebration of the Return of the Holy Carpet from Mecca, Owen fears an onslaught of political terrorism. 1988.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Agents of Chaos I, Hero's Trial     RC 55844
by James Luceno
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Han Solo, grief-stricken over Chewbacca's death, again becomes a loner, risking the loss of family and friends. Learning an old acquaintance has sided with the enemy, placing the Jedi in danger, Han must face his inner demons and honor Chewbacca's sacrifice. Followed by Agents of Chaos II, Jedi Eclipse (RC 52417). 2000.

All Rivers to the Sea: The Galway Chronicles, Volume 4     RC 55845
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Ashes of Remembrance (RC 55838), peace and prosperity have finally blessed Ballynockanor. In spite of plots against him, Joseph Burke returns home to Kate. Then the potato famine hits Ireland and the lives of all the villagers hang in the balance. 2000.

The Mamur Zapt and the Night of the Dog     RC 55847
by Michael Pearce
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, or head of the secret police in Cairo, Egypt, tries to prevent a religious feud between Coptics and Moslems. He is also caught between two women--one British, the other Egyptian. Sequel to Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet (RC 55843). 1989.

A Golden Sunbeam: Miriam's Journal, Volume 5     RC 55851
by Carrie Bender
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Amish Miriam, last seen in A Treasured Friendship (RC 55840), continues her journal detailing Martha's arrival from Germany, Dora's departure on a mission assignment, and a wrongful accusation of child abuse. 1996.

The Braxtons of Miracle Springs     RC 55852
by Michael Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Miracle Springs, California; 1867. Corrie Belle Hollister marries Christopher Braxton, a former pastor, and they settle down near her family. But Corrie's father and brother must deal with enemies from their outlaw days seeking revenge. Corrie trusts in God that they will survive. 1996.

Queen of Ambition: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court     RC 55853
by Fiona Buckley
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Cambridge, England; 1564. Queen Elizabeth I plans to spend time at King's College in Cambridge while touring her kingdom one summer. Spy Ursula Blanchard is dispatched undercover as a baker--to discover any plots to harm the monarch during her stay. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Dark Highlander     RC 55859
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
In the sequel to Kiss of the Highlander (RC 55858), Daegus MacKeltar, back from the sixteenth century having saved his twin brother, now must exorcise the thirteen demons that possess his own soul. Antiquities student Chloe Zanders comes to his aid--and becomes caught up in an ancient prophecy. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

An Honorable Man     RC 55860
by Rosemary Rogers
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Jackson Logan once broke Cameron Campbell's heart. Now he has returned to her Mississippi home to inform her family of the impending Civil War. Cameron uses Jackson--whom she comes to love again--as an ally in her stand against slavery. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Tropic of Night     RC 55874
by Michael Gruber
read by Jill Fox
4 cassettes
Miami Afro-Cuban detective Jimmy Paz is investigating a series of gruesome murders when he encounters anthropologist Jane Doe. While in Africa, Jane and her husband had discovered a secret village where they learned witchcraft. Now Jane is hiding from her husband, who is using his magic powers for evil. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Cosmopolis     RC 55876
by Don DeLillo
read by Jack Wallen
1 cassette
One April morning in 2000, young, outrageously wealthy Eric Packer enters his stretch limo to cross Manhattan for a haircut. The errand--which is to last all day--becomes an existential journey, revealing Packer's complex business life, personal concerns, and eroded values. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable     RC 55895
by Terry Pratchett
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Cohen the Barbarian is not happy about growing old. Hoping for a reprieve from death, he sets out with aging heroes on a final quest to return fire to the gods, a journey that could mean the end of the world. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

The Collected Stories of Jack Schaefer     RC 55897
by Jack Schaefer
read by Bob Askey
4 cassettes
Thirty-two short stories set in the American West, written between 1948 and 1963 by the author of Shane (RC 52058). Many portray the men and women who shaped the western frontier in the late nineteenth century. 1966.

The Monkey Handlers     RC 55908
by G. Gordon Liddy
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Lawyer Michael Stone, an ex-Navy SEAL, represents Sara Rosen, an animal activist arrested for trespassing at a pharmaceutical plant. Her incriminating photographs of the animal research lab threaten to expose the German owners, who will do anything to stop her. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

The Dosadi Experiment     RC 55915
by Frank Herbert
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In his latest assignment, Saboteur Extraordinary Jorj X. McKie is sent to planet Dosadi to investigate an experiment that has gotten out of hand. Humans and Gowachin have been confined there in overcrowded conditions, and an interstellar war is imminent. Companion to Whipping Star (RC 55885). 1977.

The Satyricon by Petronius; The Apocolocyntosis by Seneca     RC 55937
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Two classic works translated from the Latin and introduced by J.P. Sullivan. The Satyricon describes the racy adventures of an educated, pleasure-seeking rogue in Nero's Rome. The Apocolocyntosis is a satire in prose and verse in which the author attempts to win Nero's favor by ridiculing his predecessor, Claudius. 1986.

Stranger in a Strange Land     RC 55938
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Richard Davidson
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Born and raised on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith returns to Earth unfamiliar with its cultural and social customs. Tutored in earthly matters by Jubal Harshaw, Smith evolves into a messianic figure preaching free love. Original unabridged version. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Hugo Award. 1961.

One More for the Road: A New Story Collection     RC 55939
by Ray Bradbury
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Twenty-five short stories--eighteen newly published--by the author of The Martian Chronicles (RC 26787). In "Heart Transplant," a man and a woman spending the night together in a hotel room each make a wish for the other to fall back in love with the respective spouse. 2002.

Sojourn: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 3     RC 55950
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Michael Russoto
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Exile (RC 55949), Drizzt Do'Urden begins his sojourn on the surface of Toril, a world completely different from Underdark. But learning to live in a new environment and interact with its inhabitants does not come easily. Violence. 1991.

Black Powder, White Smoke     RC 55967
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
1880s. Louisiana freed slave Honey Boutrille kills to save a prostitute's life; California career criminal "Twice" Emerson kills for pleasure. Pursued by law men and those driven to exploit their murderous reputations, both fugitives attempt to hide in the West. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

Born Confused     RC 55988
by Tanuja Desai Hidier
read by Kimberly Schraf
4 cassettes
Dimple Lala, born in America to parents from India, suffers from an identity crisis and growing pains during her seventeenth summer. She must contend with her best friend, Gwyn, who is trying to usurp both her heritage and a young man who has come into their orbit. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

The Riddle of St. Leonard's     RC 55998
by Candace Robb
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
York, England; 1369. The citizenry, besieged by the plague, require the attentions of Owen Archer and his wife, Lucie, the apothecary. Archer, royal master spy, must investigate suspicious deaths, missing treasures, and a strange riddle at St. Leonard's Hospital. 1997.

No Second Chance     RC 56020
by Harlan Coben
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot, his wife has been murdered, and his infant daughter has been abducted. Eighteen months after a failed ransom attempt, Marc is contacted again, but this time he bypasses the authorities and enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend Rachel Mills--a former FBI agent. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Postcards from No Man's Land     RC 56042
by Aidan Chambers
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Jacob's first trip to Holland from England is both a personal adventure and a family responsibility to visit his grandfather's grave from World War II. His contemporary travels are juxtaposed with the experiences of Geertrui--the young woman who loved his grandfather in 1944. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. Printz Award. 1999.

The Sinister Pig     RC 56045
by Tony Hillerman
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
The FBI takes over Tribal Police sergeant Jim Chee's case, which began with the discovery of an unidentified murder victim at a Navajo reservation oil field. Both customs patrol officer Bernadette Manuelito and retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn become involved before the solution is found. Bestseller 2003.

Shutter Island     RC 56046
by Dennis Lehane
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
The strange events of four days in late summer 1954, when two U.S. marshals arrive on tiny Shutter Island to investigate a female patient's disappearance from a locked room in the asylum for the criminally insane. And that is only one aspect of the case. Some strong language. 2003.

Likely to Die     RC 56075
by Linda Fairstein
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Someone sexually assaulted and then murdered Dr. Gemma Dogen in her hospital office. In search of the killer, Alexandra Cooper, head of the Manhattan district attorney's sex crimes unit, interrogates the doctor's colleagues and patients. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1997.

Cold Pursuit     RC 56077
by T. Jefferson Parker
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
San Diego detective Tommy McMichael investigates the murder of elderly Portuguese millionaire Pete Braga--even though McMichael's Irish family has had a longtime feud with the Bragas. As McMichael uncovers the old man's secrets, he falls in love with the main suspect. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Coffee Trader     RC 56082
by David Liss
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Amsterdam, 1659. Miguel Lienzo, a Jew who fled his native Portugal to seek religious freedom, loses his fortune in the stock market. When a gentile Dutch widow approaches him with a scheme to manipulate the price of coffee, Miguel joins the conspiracy to restore his lost riches. Some strong language. 2003.

Between Brothers     RC 56083
by C. Kelly Robinson
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Four African American men, college housemates and mentors at Washington, D.C.'s Ellis Community Center, fight to save the facility, which is struggling to stay open. In addition to their personal problems, they must confront a notorious drug dealer who will do anything to shut the center down. Strong language. 1999.

Sister, Sister     RC 56084
by Donna Hill and others
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Three short stories dealing with estranged African American sisters. In "Thicker Than Water," Angela returns home when Gayla becomes ill. In "Loving Lola," Sandra raises her irresponsible sibling's son. In "Best Left Unsaid," model LuAnne keeps a secret from Rhonda until a pregnancy brings them closer. Some strong language. 2001.

Bone Key     RC 56085
by Les Standiford
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Miami contractor John Deal is in Key West on business when he finds the body of a young waiter in his hotel room. While investigating, Deal discovers that valuable wine, recovered from a ship abandoned in 1931, is in great demand and could help solve the crime. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Light Music     RC 56086
by Kathleen Ann Goonan
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
2115. Crescent City loses vital navigational information during an attack, and former engineer Jason Peabody--now Radio Cowboy--must restore the data. Accompanied by brilliant scientist Dania Cooper, he journeys to postnanotech America while pilgrims gather and the city prepares for launch. Sequel to Mississippi Blues (RC 51753). Some violence. 2002.

Money for Nothing     RC 56096
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
After cashing mysterious $1,000 monthly checks for seven years, New York ad executive Josh Redmont discovers that he's a sleeper spy for the former Soviet Union. When ordered to assassinate an eastern European politician, Josh tries to find an escape from his predicament and to save his family. Some violence. 2003.

Rogue Warrior--Violence of Action     RC 56101
by Richard Marcinko
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Rogue Warrior--Detachment Bravo (RC 53460), the Rogue Warrior and a tenacious counterterrorist crew set out to locate and neutralize a suitcase nuke that is armed to annihilate Portland, Oregon. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Princess in Waiting     RC 56102
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Mia, last seen in Princess in Love (RC 54037), travels to Genovia to perform her royal duties over winter break. Returning to New York, she continues lessons with her grandmère, suffers a second semester of algebra, and tries to keep her boyfriend. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Love with the Proper Husband     RC 56120
by Victoria Alexander
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Impoverished twenty-year-old governess Gwendolyn Townsend returns to England in 1820 to discover that her late father has left her some money and an arranged marriage. She also finds her three orphaned nieces. For their sakes, Gwen reluctantly marries--but hesitates to tell her husband about them. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Usurper's Crown: Isavalta, Volume 2     RC 56122
by Sarah Zettel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
Sorcerer Avanasy, banished mentor of princess Medeoan of Isavalta, falls in love with Ingrid Loftfield while exiled in Wisconsin. Ingrid agrees to go along when Medeoan beckons him back to his homeworld to save the crown from her treacherous husband. Sequel to A Sorcerer's Treason (RC 54461). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

The Visitant: The Anasazi Mysteries, Book 1     RC 56130
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Among the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco, New Mexico, archaeologist Dusty Stewart discovers disturbing remains of brutally beaten women. Mysteries from past and present converge as a war chief in the ancient civilization struggles to solve serial murders of his people. Prequel to The Summoning God (RC 56152). Some violence. 1999.

Cat in a Diamond Dazzle: A Midnight Louie Mystery     RC 56133
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Las Vegas publicist Temple Barr, torn between two lovers, attends a romance writers convention with a friend. When one of the male cover models is murdered, Temple and her cat, Midnight Louie, investigate with the help of police lieutenant C.R. Molina. 1996.

Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel     RC 56134
by Ian Fleming
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
In this first novel about British Secret Service agent 007, James Bond faces a challenging assignment--to beat Communist agent Le Chiffre at baccarat. Complicating the situation is an opponent who will stop at nothing to win and a beautiful but suspiciously vague young woman. 1953.

The Snares of Death     RC 56135
by Kate Charles
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Solicitor David Middleton-Brown and his lover, amateur sleuth Lucy Kingsley, arrive at the village of South Barsham to help young vicar Stephen Thorncroft, who's accused of murdering infamous evangelical Reverend Robert Dexter. Among the victim's many enemies, however, are his own family, animal rights activists, and his parishioners. 1992.

Death in Dublin     RC 56143
by Bartholomew Gill
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
A dangerous gang of criminals called the New Druids steal the ancient Book of Kells from the library at Trinity College, Dublin, and kill a guard. Chief superintendent Peter McGarr suspects an inside job and continues to investigate even after he is pulled off the case. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Blood Junction     RC 56146
by Caroline Carver
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Journalist India Kane travels to the outback in New South Wales to visit her childhood friend, Lauren Kennedy. She arrives only to be accused of murdering Lauren and a cop. So India investigates, uncovering a corrupt cosmetic corporation and discovering her ancestral family in the process. Violence and strong language. 2001.

Streams of Silver: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 2     RC 56151
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Crystal Shard (RC 56127), dwarf Bruenor, barbarian Wulfgar, halfling Regis, and elf Drizzt face monsters and magic on their journey to Mithril Hall. As they each deal with their own individual problems, Bruenor's dreams and the group's survival depend on young Catti-brie. Violence. 1989.

The Summoning God: The Anasazi Mysteries, Book 2     RC 56152
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Bob Askey
4 cassettes
Northwestern New Mexico. In about the twelfth century, Browser, War Chief of the Katsinas people, discovers a village with everyone slaughtered. Eight centuries later, those remains puzzle archaeologist Dusty Stewart. Browser uncovers the truth in his day, and Dusty's team pieces together the fate of the ancient people. Sequel to The Visitant (RC 56130). Violence. 2000.

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time     RC 56154
by Douglas Adams
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Editor Peter Guzzardi pieces together what may have been the third Dirk Gently novel by the late author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (RC 18339). Includes Adams's letters, writings, and ruminations on numerous diverse subjects, including the Beatles, Monty Python, and a young, two-headed Zaphod. 2002.

The Halfling's Gem: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 3     RC 56158
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Streams of Silver (RC 56151), halfling Regis has been captured by the assassin Entreri--who, in possessing Drizzt's panther figurine, is connected to Guenhwyvar. Yet Drizzt and his companions will let nothing stand in their way as they race to save Regis. Violence. 1990.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Enemy Lines I, Rebel Dream     RC 56160
by Aaron Allston
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Following the Yuuzhan Vong's invasion of Coruscant, Leia and Han Solo try to promote rebellion against the New Republic's appeasement policy. Luke Skywalker faces danger as he attempts to sneak into the Yuuzhan Vong's stronghold on Coruscant. Prequel to Rebel Stand (RC 56131). Some violence. 2002.

Colored Sugar Water     RC 56167
by Venise Berry
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
Best friends Lucy Merriweather and Adel Kelly are thirty-something African American women struggling with midlife issues. In their search for emotional fulfillment and true happiness, they are forced to reexamine their priorities in light of their men, their careers, and their spirituality. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Outlaw and the Lady     RC 56176
by Lorraine Heath
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Fortune, Texas; 1891. Outlaw Lee Raven and his gang kidnap a bank robbery witness and realize later that beautiful Angela Bainbridge is blind. At Raven's Mexican home the two fall in love before the Texas Rangers arrive. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

The Pepperdogs     RC 56178
by Bing West
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Kosovo-Serbia border. When a Serb convoy kidnaps a fellow marine, Captain Mark Lang and his elite band of New York City reserves--the Pepperdogs--defy orders and set out on a rescue mission. Posting their progress on the Internet, the renegade warriors soon make headlines and incite international debate. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Beyond the Promise     RC 56199
by Barbara Bickmore
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
When Boston lawyer Cat Browning vacations in Cougar Valley, Oregon, she doesn't expect to fall in love. Her marriage to Scott McCullough exposes his complex family. When tragedy strikes and long-kept family secrets are revealed, Cat has some difficult choices to make. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Learning to Fly     RC 56214
by April Henry
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Nineteen years old and pregnant, Free Meeker finds a duffel bag full of money after a multicar pileup on an Oregon freeway. Assuming the identity of her dead female hitchhiker, Free settles in Portland, where the hitchhiker's abusive husband and a drug dealer come looking for her. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Sugar Skull     RC 56226
by Denise Hamilton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
L.A. reporter Eve Diamond researches the background of murdered socialite Venus Dellaviglia Langdon, whose husband is running for mayor. Somehow the crime involves both Langdon's son and her lover. Eve also becomes emotionally involved with someone close to the case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Engaging the Enemy     RC 56227
by Nora Roberts
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Two romance novels. In A Will and a Way, Michael and Pandora have to live under the same roof for six months in order to inherit millions. In Boundary Lines, Jillian and Aaron fall in love and mend a family feud. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1985.

You Shall Know Our Velocity     RC 56228
by Dave Eggers
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
After losing his best friend in a car accident and then falling into money, Will Chmielewski attempts a weeklong flight around the world with his buddy Hand to give away $32,000. During their unusual journey from Chicago to Senegal, Will comes to terms with mortality. Strong language. Bestseller 2002.

A Cold Heart     RC 56231
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Los Angeles detective Milo Sturgis consults psychologist Alex Delaware when a serial killer targets up-and-coming artists, including a ballet dancer, a blues singer, and a saxophone player. Delaware worries about his ex-lover--a guitarist--as he seeks a link between the victims. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

Naked Prey     RC 56232
by John Sandford
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport takes a specially created state position to handle politically sensitive cases. Confronted with the apparent lynching of a black man and a white woman in a small rural community, Davenport discovers that the real motive behind the murders is not what it seems. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Devil Wears Prada     RC 56233
by Lauren Weisberger
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Unfashionable Ivy League graduate Andrea Sachs lands a prized job as assistant to legendary fashion editor Miranda Priestly. After almost a year of working fourteen-hour days performing personal services for her intolerable prima donna boss, Andrea has to choose between servitude and her true self. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Oryx and Crake     RC 56234
by Margaret Atwood
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
In the near future, a lone human amidst genetically engineered creatures torments himself with memories of the devastation of the natural world. Calling himself "Snowman," he recalls the role of his best friend Crake and mourns the loss of their mutually beloved Oryx. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Kalahari Typing School for Men     RC 56235
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitrzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Mma Ramotswe, owner of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (RC 55503) in Botswana, copes with new problems. She takes in two troubled orphans and becomes engaged; mentors her assistant, who wants to start a typing school and find a husband; and faces competition from a new detective shop. Bestseller 2002.

The Elvenbane: The Halfblood Chronicles, Book 1     RC 56238
by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
In a land where elven lords rule over human slaves, an exiled concubine gives birth to a halfblood daughter, Shana. The child possesses elven powers and is raised by dragons, who help her develop her sorcery. Prequel to Elvenblood (RC 56239). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1991.

Morgawr: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3     RC 56242
by Terry Brooks
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Ilse Witch awakens amongst the Castledown ruins to realize she had been under wicked Morgawr's power. Once she betrays him, Morgawr plots her destruction. Only with help from her brother and the crew of the Jerle Shannara can she put an end to his evil. Sequel to Antrax (RC 53482). Some violence. Bestseller 2002.

The Other Woman     RC 56284
by Eric Jerome Dickey
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
An unnamed African American news producer is contacted by David Lawrence, a stranger who tells her that her husband is having an affair with his wife. The producer and David meet and have a brief fling, which their cheating spouses soon discover. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

The Face     RC 56285
by Dean Koontz
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Retired cop Ethan Truman is chief of security for mega-movie star Channing ("The Face") Manheim's California estate. Manheim's ten-year-old asthmatic son Fric becomes the target of psychotic killer Corky Laputa. Ethan and Fric struggle to survive with the help of clairvoyance and a guardian angel. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Cerulean Sins     RC 56288
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
The love life of federal marshal Anita Blake, who raises the dead and hunts vampires, gets complicated. Her involvement with master vamp Jean-Claude puts Anita and her friends in danger when Belle Morte, fountainhead of the bloodline, arrives. Meanwhile, gruesome preternatural murders plague St. Louis. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Through the Darkness: The Darkness Novels, Volume 3     RC 56296
by Harry Turtledove
read by Richard Hauenstein
5 cassettes
Saga modeled after WWII continues. The Algarvian nation harvests the life energy of innocent Kaunians to fuel its army. Vanai lives in hiding, fearing for her life. Personal struggles unfold and alliances take shape as war rages on. Sequel to Darkness Descending (RC 51006). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Irish Mist: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel     RC 56297
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Irish singer Nuala Anne and her husband, Dermot Michael Coyne, travel to Ireland from Chicago for a charity concert. While there, she has visions of the 1927 murder of an Irish nationalist and stays to investigate the perplexing mystery. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1999.

A Puzzle in a Pear Tree     RC 56298
by Parnell Hall
read by Mitrzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Puzzle Lady Cora Felton and her niece, Sherry Carter, volunteer for the local Christmas pageant. A cryptic message in the form of an acrostic appears on the holiday tree and foretells the murder of an actress. Cora investigates the case after Sherry becomes the main suspect. 2002.

The Case of the Haunted Husband: A Perry Mason Mystery     RC 56299
by Erle Stanley Gardner
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Attorney Perry Mason and private detective Paul Drake help young Stephane Claire--a hitchhiker accused of car theft and negligent homicide. While investigating the crimes, they encounter a scorned wife and her victims. 1941.

Rulers of the Darkness: The Darkness Novels, Volume 4     RC 56308
by Harry Turtledove
read by Richard Hauenstein
5 cassettes
Battle for Derlavai continues as the ruthless Algarvian empire sweeps the continent. Unkerlant is under attack as the nations of Lagoas and Kuusamo forget past rivalries to create new magic that will turn the tide of war. Sequel to Through the Darkness (RC 56296). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Ashes of Heaven: The Lame Deer Fight--May 7, 1877--and the End of the Great Sioux War; the Plainsmen, Book 13     RC 56323
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Seamus Donegan baptizes his son before leaving to scout again for General Miles. Continues the story begun in Wolf Mountain Moon (RC 56318) of the military campaigns against the remnants of the Sioux nation. Some strong language. 1998.

Irish Eyes: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel     RC 56324
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Psychic Irish singer Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband, author Dermot Michael Coyne, vacation with their baby daughter on Lake Michigan. After Nuala envisions a terrible shipwreck from a century earlier, the couple research the history of the event and seek lost treasure. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Resolution     RC 56335
by Denise Mina
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Exile (RC 56400) Maureen O'Donnell of Glasgow, Scotland, waits to testify against the sociopathic psychologist who murdered her lover. Meanwhile, Maureen keeps her abusive parents away from her sister's newborn and helps a fellow flea marketer file a dangerous lawsuit. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

White Mountain     RC 56353
by Dinah McCall
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
A former Russian scientist, long believed dead, is found murdered in New York. FBI agent Jack Dolan's investigation takes him to White Mountain, Montana, where he meets Isabella Abbot. She and her "uncles" run a fertility clinic--a front for darker purposes. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Covenant: Abram's Daughters, Book 1     RC 56398
by Beverly Lewis
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Pennsylvania Dutch country, 1946. Amish teenager Leah Ebersol wishes only to be courted by young Jonas Mast, but her father has someone else in mind. While Leah struggles to follow her heart, her older sister Sadie defies their faith, lured by the promise of love in a modern world. Followed by The Betrayal (RC 56399). 2002.

Garnethill     RC 56401
by Denise Mina
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Glasgow, Scotland. Maureen O'Donnell, an incest victim recovering from a nervous breakdown, is a suspect in the brutal murder of her lover, a psychiatrist. Matching wits with detective Joe McEwan, Maureen begins her own investigation--uncovering crimes against unstable female hospital patients. Followed by Exile (RC 56400). Violence and strong language. 1998.

Magician: Apprentice; Riftwar Saga, Volume 1     RC 56402
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Orphan Pug becomes an apprentice to master magician Kulgan in the Kingdom of the Isles, earning a place in court and the heart of the princess. When he encounters dark beings from another world, Pug realizes he has much to learn about wizardry. Prequel to Magician: Master (RC 56403). 1992.

The Runner     RC 56405
by Christopher Reich
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
American lawyer Devlin Judge is assigned to the International Military Tribunal to try leaders of the Third Reich for war crimes. Judge also wants to find former Olympic runner SS major Erich Seyss, the man responsible for Judge's brother's death. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Just Revenge     RC 56410
by Alan M. Dershowitz
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Massachusetts, 1999. Elderly professor Max Menuchen survived a Holocaust massacre that killed his entire family in 1942. When prosecution attempts fail to hold the executioner accountable for war crimes, Menuchen exacts his own revenge, then faces a high-profile trial, defended by his old friend Abe Ringel. Violence. 1999.

Lost Girls     RC 56411
by Andrew Pyper
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Drug-addicted attorney Bartholomew Crane is in northern Ontario to defend a creepy teacher accused of killing two female students. Except there aren't any bodies, a ghost haunts the murder scene, and a phantom phone constantly rings in Barth's hotel. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Reckless Endangerment     RC 56413
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Deputy D.A. Butch Karp investigates a case of Palestinians murdering Jews in New York City. When a suspect's sister shows up at the shelter for battered women where Marlene Ciampi--Karp's wife--volunteers, Marlene considers turning her over. Violence and strong language. 1998.

Miranda and the Warrior     RC 56415
by Elaine Barbieri
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Western territories, 1871. Miranda Thurston slips away from the fort where her father is stationed to visit a friend's ranch. She is captured by Shadow Walker, a Cheyenne. Against all odds the two fall in love, and Miranda has to choose her future. For senior high readers. 2002.

Perma Red     RC 56419
by Debra Magpie Earling
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Growing up on the Flathead Indian reservation in 1940s Montana, Louise White Elk has always known that Baptiste Yellow Knife intended to marry her. But he is not the only man who wants to possess her, and violent passions are provoked. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Rules of the Game     RC 56428
by Ted Allbeury
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
British intelligence officer Robert Thornton is sent to find a missing agent who disappeared while on assignment to kidnap a psychic East German girl. Thornton encounters obstruction from his own agency, CIA and KGB counterplots, and a man playing by his own rules. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1988.

The Rover     RC 56430
by Mel Odom
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Humble pint-sized librarian Edgewick Lamplighter is abducted by pirates and taken to a far-off land of wicked goblins and evil wizards. Wick's only hope is to outsmart these creatures using knowledge gained through a lifetime of reading. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

U.S.S. Seawolf     RC 56431
by Patrick Robinson
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
South China Sea, 2005. On a mission to assess the nuclear strike capabilities of China's new ICBM submarine, the U.S.S. Seawolf is commandeered by the People's Liberation Navy. U.S. national security advisor Vice Admiral Morgan sends an elite team of Navy SEALs to rescue the crew. Violence and strong language. 2000.

Victoria and the Rogue     RC 56434
by Meg Cabot
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
On a voyage from India, sixteen-year-old heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot becomes secretly engaged to worldly Lord Malfrey despite the meddling interference of the ship's young captain, Jacob Carstairs. In England, Victoria discovers her fiancé's real motives for the betrothal and the reasons for Jacob's actions. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Josephine and the Soldier     RC 56436
by Beverly Jenkins
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Michigan, 1864. Seventeen-year-old African American Jojo Best has achieved her dream of becoming a hairdresser. Although she has a beau, Brooks, she is attracted to army veteran Adam Morgan, who has come home to recuperate from the War between the States. For senior high readers. 2003.

To the Nines     RC 56437
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is assigned by her cousin Vinnie to track down guest worker Samuel Singh, who was expected to return to India. When Singh's acquaintances begin to be murdered, Plum's search leads her and skip-tracer Ranger to Las Vegas. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Bull Catcher     RC 56438
by Alden R. Carter
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Bull Larsen's primary love has always been baseball. Living with his grandparents in Wisconsin, he has single-mindedly aimed for a career in the major leagues. As his high school days near an end, Bull has to face many decisions involving his future. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 1997.

The Chronoliths     RC 56446
by Robert Charles Wilson
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
2021. Scott, an American expatriate in Thailand, examines the arrival site of the first of a spate of chronoliths--mysterious monuments inscribed with Kuin's predicted victory date, 2041. Scott's scientist friend believes she can destroy the chronoliths' power and curtail the growing cult of Kuin. Some strong language. 2001.

The Blood Doctor     RC 56448
by Barbara Vine
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
In the nineteenth century, Lord Henry Nanther, a physician specializing in hemophilia, is fascinated with blood. Now, attempting to write the doctor's biography, great-grandson Lord Martin Nanther investigates whether the deaths of Henry's relatives and friends were coincidental or something more sinister. 2002.

Josey Wales: Two Westerns, Gone to Texas and The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales     RC 56451
by Forrest Carter
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
The first tale of Josey Wales, a Confederate rebel who doesn't surrender after the Civil War, recounts his exploits and losses as he heads for Indian territory. In the second, he appears on "wanted" posters that offer a reward for his dead body. Some violence and some strong language. 1976.

Material Witness     RC 56452
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Marlene Ciampi is on maternity leave when her husband, New York assistant district attorney Butch Karp, goes undercover to unmask the murderer of a star basketball player. Marlene joins the investigation after one of the witnesses to the crime asks for her help. Violence and strong language. 1993.

The Big Gamble: A Kevin Kerney Novel     RC 56469
by Michael McGarrity
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Two bodies are discovered after a fire in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee contacts his estranged biological father, Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney, when one victim is discovered to be a young woman who disappeared eleven years earlier. The two collaborate on the case. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Johnny Angel     RC 56483
by Danielle Steel
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Returning home from his senior prom, Johnny Peterson--valedictorian, star athlete, faithful boyfriend, and son--is killed in a car accident. His mother, Alice, is devastated until one day he appears to her as an angel to help the family through their grief. When Alice learns to let go, Johnny reveals an even greater purpose. Bestseller 2003.

Bare Bones     RC 56484
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
As North Carolina forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan investigates an infant killing, a small plane crash, and six headless bear carcasses discovered by her dog, she realizes the three cases are intertwined. With the help of detective Andrew Ryan, her Canadian lover, Brennan uncovers a local criminal cabal. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Racing Moon     RC 56493
by Cassie Edwards
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Louisiana, 1857. Watercolor artist Maureen O'Rourke is happy working for widower Taylor Clairmont until he makes advances toward her. Fleeing his home, she is captured by a Chitimacha Indian and becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. However, Maureen finds herself falling in love with Chief Racing Moon. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Trading Places     RC 56494
by Fern Michaels
read by Coleen Delany
2 cassettes
Wounded Atlanta detective Aggie Jade knows she was meant to die in the botched drug bust that killed her partner and injured her K-9 dog. Following months of recovery, Aggie convinces her twin sister Lizzie to impersonate her while Aggie works to uncover police corruption. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Seizure     RC 56496
by Robin Cook
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Senator Ashley Butler will withhold permission for stem-cell research proposed by doctors Daniel Lowell and Stephanie D'Agostino unless they secretly perform experimental surgery to cure his Parkinson's. The politician also complicates the deal by wanting to use cells obtained from the Shroud of Turin. Bestseller 2003.

Cyanide Wells     RC 56498
by Marcia Muller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
The disappearance of Matthew Lindstrom's wife fourteen years ago, just before their divorce, branded him a murderer and destroyed his career. When he discovers Gwen is alive, Matt heads for California to look for answers and possibly revenge--but instead finds her lesbian lover and an even bigger mystery. Some strong language. 2003.

Dead Ringer     RC 56500
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
To keep her Philadelphia law firm out of bankruptcy, attorney Bennie Rosato takes on a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit. Meanwhile, her vengeful twin sister returns, bent on impersonating Bennie and ruining her reputation. The situation gets desperate when Bennie's new client is murdered. Sequel to Mistaken Identity (RC 48401). Some strong language. 2003.

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales     RC 56508
edited by Michael Chabon
read by Michael Russotto
4 cassettes
Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (RC 50950), presents twenty previously unpublished short detective and science fiction tales by such authors as Elmore Leonard, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock, and Harlan Ellison. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2002.

Wolf on the Fold     RC 56523
by Judith Clarke
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
A series of poignant stories that follow members of an Australian family through several generations. In the title piece, fourteen-year-old Kenny Sinclair sets out to find a job during the Great Depression to support his family after his father dies. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Spellbound     RC 56560
by Janet McDonald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Raven, a teenage African American mother and high school dropout living in a Brooklyn housing project, decides with the help of her friend Aisha to study for a spelling bee that could lead to a college scholarship program. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2001.

The Xenocide Mission     RC 56562
by Ben Jeapes
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In 2153 a secret observation base in far space, staffed by humans and furry quadrupeds called Rusties, is attacked by XC aliens from another spaceship. When Lieutenant Joel Gilmore is captured, his girlfriend and his father, a retired commodore, rush to rescue him--with dire results. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

The Town     RC 56563
by Bentley Little
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
After winning the lottery, Gregory Tomasov and his family return to his hometown of McGuane, Arizona. But nobody told them not to move into the abandoned farmhouse or about the evil that slept there. Now the evil has awakened. Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2000.

Monster     RC 56569
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon sits in jail accused of being a lookout in a deadly robbery. An aspiring filmmaker, Steve reviews his time in jail like a movie script. He wonders if he has become the monster that the prosecutor has made him out to be. For senior high readers. 1999.

Light House     RC 56596
by William Monahan
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Art student Tim Picasso absconds with the profits from a drug smuggling scam and hides in a Massachusetts inn inhabited by several eccentrics. But with a deadly storm approaching, Tim discovers that the dealer, Jesus Castro, is also at the hotel. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Born Twice     RC 56610
by Giuseppe Pontiggia
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
A doctor's mistake leaves Paolo mentally disabled from birth. He survives infancy to face an intolerant world. His father fights for Paolo's acceptance but struggles with his own internal battles in understanding and handling Paolo's condition. Winner of Italy's Strega Prize for literature. 2002.

A Body in the Bathhouse     RC 56614
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Rome, A.D. 75. Proto-detective Marcus Didius Falco is sent by the Emperor to southern Britain, where he is to correct the construction problems of a new palace. Falco's family and in-laws accompany him as they travel to a hostile outpost laden with fraud and murder. Some violence. 2001.

The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success     RC 56620
by Andy Andrews
read by J.P. Linton
1 cassette
Life looks bleak to forty-six-year-old David Ponder, who has lost his job and sense of purpose. Seven time-travel experiences impart motivational lessons that encourage David to change his attitude and gain a second chance at a worthwhile life. Bestseller 2002.

Sweetblood     RC 56722
by Pete Hautman
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
As sixteen-year-old Lucy's diabetes spirals out of control, she becomes obsessed with a vampire chat room on the Web. Theorizing that vampires are somehow related to untreated diabetics, Lucy struggles with her illness, her family, and school problems before she accepts her condition. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Catch the Lightning: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 2     RC 56739
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Twentieth-century teenager is transported to the future with a Skolian pilot whose ship has taken him back in time. Love blossoms between the telepathic couple, but the enemy Trader Empire plans to use them to conquer the galaxy. Sequel to Primary Inversion (RC 56734). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1996.

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

Planet Zoo: One Hundred Animals We Can't Afford to Lose      RC 54791
by Simon Barnes
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
Discusses various endangered creatures--from the kakapo, a New Zealand bird, to the great hammerhead shark. Explains some of their special characteristics, why they are becoming extinct, and conservation issues. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

The Science of Life: Projects and Principles for Beginning Biologists      RC 54793
by Frank G. Bottone
read by MaryBeth Wise
1 cassette
After discussing safety issues and the scientific method, a molecular biologist explains the fundamentals of biology through different activities. Explores bacteria, fungi, and protozoans as well as plants and animals. Includes twenty-five projects using common household and classroom materials. For grades 4-7. 2001.

What a Year      RC 55408
by Tomie De Paola
read by Bruce Nelson
1 cassette
In this continuation of Tomie's childhood memoir On My Way (RC 53114), he celebrates his sixth birthday with a party at school. Tomie also tells of other holidays and family adventures that occur before the end of 1940. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Islam      RC 56148
by Charles Clark
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
A concise introduction to one of the world's major religions. Discusses the history, beliefs, acceptance, practices, and politics of Islam and looks at the challenges it faces. Explains some of the misunderstandings between Christians and Muslims. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2002.

Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines      RC 56155
by Marc Gellman and Thomas Hartman
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
A rabbi and a priest discuss media coverage of terrorism, child abuse, natural disasters, violence in sports, and hate crimes--and why these bad things happen. They offer advice on how to deal with fears and how to change the world for the better. For grades 5-8. 2002.

DNA      RC 56191
by Alvin Silverstein and others
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Explains the structure and function of DNA. Discusses heredity, the Genome Project, and controversies about relevant scientific research such as cloning and genetic tinkering. For grades 6-9. 2002.

My First Bible      RC 56206
by Pat Alexander
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette
Sixty-four Bible stories retold in simple language appropriate for young children. Half the tales are from the Old Testament, beginning with the creation of the world in Genesis. The second half are from the New Testament about Jesus's life on earth. For grades K-3. 1997.

Everything You Need to Know about Looking and Feeling Your Best: A Guide for Girls      RC 56270
by Annie Leah Sommers
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Practical advice for girls on the importance of good grooming, hygiene, nutrition, fitness, and attitude. Cites personal experiences of teens as they relate to the particular topic under discussion. For grades 6-9. 2000.

On the Court with Kobe Bryant      RC 56271
by Glenn Stout
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Biography of basketball player Kobe Bryant, whose father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, was also a professional player in America and in Europe. Describes how, bypassing college, Kobe became the youngest player to start an All-Star game in 1998. For grades 4-7. 2001.

The American Revolution for Kids: A History with Twenty-one Activities      RC 56312
by Janis Herbert
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
Discusses major events of the American Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the writing of the Constitution. Activities include preparing Liberty Tea Punch and three colonial children's games. For grades 4-7. 2002.

What If? A Kid's Guide to Surviving Just About Anything      RC 56332
by Lynne Gibbs
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Basic safety tips to help children handle hazardous situations. Self-protection information covers materials, methods, and skills for coping in the wilderness or in strong weather conditions, reacting to encounters with dangerous animals, applying simple first aid, and being "street-smart." For grades 3-6. 2002.

Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living through Loss      RC 56334
by Marc Gellman and Thomas Hartman
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
A rabbi and a priest offer advice on dealing with different kinds of loss. These range from losing stuff (toys or gifts) to more emotional losses (friends, health, a part of the body) to the biggest losses from death. Authors provide practical suggestions for help in difficult times. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Bridges: From My Side to Yours      RC 56337
by Jan Adkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
A look at bridges throughout history, from simple arrangements of stepping stones to famous landmarks such as London Bridge and marvels of engineering such as New York's Brooklyn Bridge. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Cinqué of the Amistad and the Slave Trade in World History      RC 56345
by Richard Worth
read by Gail Nelson
1 cassette
Portrays the African leader of a slave ship rebellion in 1839. Traces the events that led to an 1841 Supreme Court case on the Atlantic slave trade and former president John Quincy Adams's role in defending Cinqué and his companions. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth      RC 56423
by Sally M. Walker
read by Gary Telles
1 cassette
Describes scientists' excitement when a specimen of fish thought to be extinct was discovered in a trawler's catch off the South African coast in 1938. Discusses subsequent searches for the elusive deep-water coelacanth and what has been learned about it through scientific research. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Michael Foreman's Christmas Treasury      RC 56425
compiled by Michael Foreman
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Yuletide and northern hemisphere winters are celebrated in Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," in carols like "Good King Wenceslas," stories like Foreman's "The Decorated Forest," and extracts from other works, among them the Bible and The Wind in the Willows (RC 24592). For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1999.

The Signers: The Fifty-six Stories behind the Declaration of Independence      RC 56435
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Biographical sketches of each of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, with historical information about the thirteen colonies they represented. Includes the full text of the document. For grades 5-8. 2002.

When Marian Sang      RC 56453
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
A short biography of the internationally acclaimed singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). The story, weaving in musical lyrics, recounts her journey from the church choir through appearances in the great music houses. An afterword discusses how Anderson's talent and noble spirit helped encourage social change. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.

Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids: Fifty Awesome Things to Make with Recycled Stuff      RC 56455
by Heather Smith
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Provides step-by-step instructions for using recycled materials--jars and jar lids, CDs, plastic bags, film canisters, tire tubes, metal cans, newspapers and magazines, pizza boxes--to create gifts, toys, or jewelry. Offers tips for an earth-friendly lifestyle generally. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Bugs before Time: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives      RC 56567
by Cathy Camper
read by Gary Telles
1 cassette
Interesting facts about ancient insects (before the time of dinosaurs), some of which--cockroaches, centipedes, and dragonflies--still inhabit our world. Discusses their physical traits, way of life, and natural environment. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Our Country's Presidents      RC 56572
by Ann Bausum
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Profiles of U.S. presidents from the first, George Washington, to the forty-third, George W. Bush, covering biographical facts and highlights of their administrations. Ten additional interwoven essays discuss related topics, from a brief history of the White House to First Ladies' roles. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2001.

The Martial Arts Book      RC 56746
by Laura Scandiffio
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Traces the history and spiritual side of various Asian martial arts from ancient times through their introduction to the West. Describes the philosophies behind tai chi, karate, tae kwon do, kendo, judo, and aikido. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Cassettes Fiction

Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? The Time Warp Trio     RC 55638
by Jon Scieszka
read by Ray Hagen
1 cassette
Thanks to their magical book, Fred, Sam, and Joe inadvertently travel through time to New York City of 1877. Once there, they meet their great granddaughters, who--having also come from the future--help them find a way back to their own time. For grades 3-6. 2002.

One-Hundred-and-One African American Read-Aloud Stories     RC 55705
edited by Susan Kantor
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Anthology of traditional fairy tales, myths, fables, and folktales--filled with wise chiefs, lovely maidens, talking animals, inspiring heroes, some frightening monsters, and feats of magic. Includes selections from biographical, historical, and contemporary works as well as poetry and songs. For grades 3-6. 1998.

The Leopard Sword     RC 55816
by Michael Cadnum
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Knights' squires Hubert and Edmund leave the Crusades behind and set sail for England with their injured masters. Their ship is attacked by Saracen seamen, and thus begins their long and dangerous journey home. Sequel to The Book of the Lion (RC 52423). Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

The Adventures of Pinocchio: Story of a Puppet     RC 55907
by Carlo Collodi
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Geppetto carves a wooden puppet and names him Pinocchio. The rascally marionette walks and talks like a real boy, but his nose grows longer each time he lies. Classic Italian children's tale originally published in 1883. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2002.

Feather Boy     RC 55942
by Nicky Singer
read by Judith Ann Gantly
2 cassettes
Timid and unpopular, Robert Nobel considers himself the class pariah. Through a school-sponsored project, Robert meets elderly Edith Sorrel, visits the abandoned house where her son died, and learns about the legend of the Firebird--and about courage, love, and luck. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Clones: The Virtual War Chronologs, Book 2     RC 56023
by Gloria Skurzynski
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
In the year 2081, having won the battle for the Western Hemisphere Federation in The Virtual War (RC 47643), fifteen-year-old Corgan begins raising a baby clone of the young mutant genius who helped him before dying. But the clone has a twin. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Day My Butt Went Psycho!     RC 56043
by Andy Griffiths
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Two months after his twelfth birthday, Zack Freeman wakes up one night and sees his rear end jumping out the bedroom window. Zack follows his butt to a stadium filled with other butts who are planning a revolution--they want to replace heads at the top of the neck. For grades 4-7. 2001.

The Angel's Command: A Tale from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman     RC 56068
by Brian Jacques
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Mute orphan Ben and his faithful dog, Ned, first encountered in the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (RC 51900), are gifted with eternal youth and the ability to communicate with each other. In this new adventure they encounter pirates in the Caribbean and gypsies in the Pyrenees. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Quit It     RC 56087
by Marcia Byalick
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in the summer before seventh grade, Carrie copes with the reactions of classmates, friends, and family to her uncontrollable and unpredictable tics such as head jerking. With the support of her teacher, Carrie courageously participates in school activities. For grades 4-7. 2002.

It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown     RC 56094
by Paula Danziger
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
When Amber and her best friend, Justin, go to the county fair with their parents, Amber hopes for a perfect day. But when her parents argue, Amber gets lost in the crowd while looking for Justin. For grades K-3. 2002.

Kaya's Escape! A Survival Story     RC 56107
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Fall 1764. After Kaya and her blind sister, Speaking Rain, are kidnapped from their Nez Perce village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home. Sequel to Meet Kaya (RC 55342). For grades 2-4. 2002.

Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage     RC 56108
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
In this sequel to Kaya Shows the Way (RC 56109), Kaya faces danger from a sudden mountain fire while searching for Steps High, the horse stolen from her. Includes historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Kaya Shows the Way: A Sister Story     RC 56109
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
When Kaya and her family go to fish for red salmon again, her hope is to be reunited with her blind younger sister, Speaking Rain, who was kidnapped some time before. Sequel to Kaya and Lone Dog (RC 56110). For grades 2-4. 2002.

Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story     RC 56110
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
In this sequel to Kaya's Hero (RC 56111), Kaya still grieves over her friend's death and misses her stolen horse and kidnapped sister. She tries to earn the trust of a lone and starving dog who is about to have puppies. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving     RC 56111
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
1764. Kaya greatly admires a courageous and kind young woman, Swan Circling, who is newly married and living in her Nez Perce village. Kaya wants to be worthy of her respect. Sequel to Kaya's Escape! (RC 56107). For grades 2-4. 2002.

Pursued: Jennie McGrady Mystery, Book 3     RC 56132
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Norma Lana
1 cassette
Jennie McGrady agrees to help school beauty queen Allison Beaumont find the secret admirer who has been harassing her. After a series of misadventures, Allison and Jennie are kidnapped by the deranged stalker. Sequel to Silent Witness (RC 40295). For grades 6-9. 1994.

Before We Were Free     RC 56137
by Julia Alvarez
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Dominican Republic. In the early 1960s, twelve-year-old Anita's family is harassed and under surveillance by the secret police. She learns that close relatives are involved in the underground movement to end the crushing dictatorship of General Trujillo, endangering the entire family. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories     RC 56141
compiled by R.L. Stine
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
A selection of scary stories by such authors as Ray Bradbury, William Sleator, Leon Garfield, Roald Dahl, Gahan Wilson, and compiler Stine himself. Includes several haunting poems as well. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Deceived: Jennie McGrady Mystery, Book 4     RC 56159
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Norma Lana
1 cassette
Jennie McGrady is searching for her father, a federal agent, who has been missing for five years. While on a Caribbean cruise with her grandmother and cousin, Jennie is courted by a student from Colombia with an ulterior motive. Sequel to Pursued (RC 56132). For grades 6-9. 1994.

Saffy's Angel     RC 56168
by Hilary McKay
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
When she is three, her mother dies and Saffron "Saffy" Casson is adopted by her offbeat English kinfolk. She stows away to Italy at thirteen with a friend's family, hoping to recall her early childhood and try to claim her inheritance, a stone garden angel. For grades 4-7. Whitbread Award. 2001.

Pictures of Hollis Woods     RC 56220
by Patricia Reilly Giff
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
A troublesome foster child, Hollis loves to draw pictures on paper and in her mind. Her favorite is one in which she fits in--with a father, mother, brother, and herself. Now Hollis lives with an artist, but still longs for the summer family that wanted to keep her. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code     RC 56252
by Eoin Colfer
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Learning that his father plans to go straight after returning from imprisonment by the Russian Mafiya described in Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (RC 54323), Artemis plots one last scheme. But his deal with a powerful businessman over advanced technology stolen from the fairies goes painfully awry. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Dillon Dillon     RC 56265
by Kate Banks
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
On his tenth birthday, during a summer spent at a lakeside New Hampshire cabin, Dillon Dillon asks his parents why they gave him his strange double name. Their answer upsets him, but encounters with a family of loons lead him to a new appreciation of his own family relationships. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte     RC 56267
by Margaret Willey
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
When Beatrice's mother runs out of food, Beatrice walks through the woods to a rich but not-too-smart giant's cabin. The giant loves to gamble on his strength, so the small young girl relies on her wits to win his gold. For grades K-3. 2001.

Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal     RC 56293
by Emily Rodda
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
Rowan's mother, Jiller, fulfills her duty to choose the new Keeper of the Crystal and is poisoned in the process. Rowan insists that the candidates for Keeper help him find an antidote to save his mother before completing the selection. Sequel to Rowan and the Travelers (RC 56292). For grades 3-6. 1996.

Who the Man     RC 56424
by Chris Lynch
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Earl is already struggling with his parents' failing marriage, his love for an older girl, and his oversized body when he is suspended from school for fighting. Over the course of a week he resolves some issues and accepts responsibility. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

The Impossible Journey     RC 56433
by Gloria Whelan
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Russia, 1934. After Katya, from Angel on the Square (RC 54409), is arrested and exiled to Siberia for opposing Stalin, her thirteen-year-old daughter Marya and younger son Georgi trek across the steppes to find her. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2003.

A Time of Angels     RC 56445
by Karen Hesse
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Hannah, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, leaves Boston and two younger sisters to avoid an influenza epidemic in 1918. But Hannah is also ill when the train reaches Vermont. Visions of angels and the care of an elderly man with a German name help Hannah to survive. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Things That Sometimes Happen: Very Short Stories for Little Listeners     RC 56449
by Avi
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
A collection of nine brief stories about animals that talk, a melting ice cream cone begging to be eaten, a boy running between raindrops, an elephant drinking a glass of water, a hippopotamus buying a car, and other amazing things that just maybe might happen. For grades K-3. 2002.

The Bachelors: The Black Belt Series, Book 3     RC 56548
by Don Trembath
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Twelve-year-olds Charlie, Sidney, and Jeffrey from One Missing Finger (RC 55630) are taking care of Jeffrey's grandpa for five days. Jeffrey just hopes to keep the guys in line and the house in order until his mother and grandmother return. But grandpa makes the boys skip school, getting them in trouble. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Iris and Walter: The School Play     RC 56558
by Elissa Haden Guest
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Best friends Iris and Walter enjoy making costumes and practicing for their first school play. But on the morning of the performance, Iris wakes up sick. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 2003.

Without a Trace: Jennie McGrady Mystery, Book 5     RC 56605
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Jennie McGrady panics when her five-year-old brother Nick disappears. As the family rallies around, sleuth Jennie focuses on neighbor Doug Reed, a former criminal, and Anne Stuart, the mother of Nick's favorite playmate. Sequel to Deceived (RC 56159). For grades 6-9. 1995.

A Wizard Alone     RC 56616
by Diane Duane
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
While Nita mourns her mother's death, teenage wizard Kit and his dog, Ponch, set out to find a young autistic boy who vanished in the middle of his Ordeal, pursued by the Lone Power. Sequel to Wizard's Dilemma (RC 53605). For grades 5-8. 2002.

Niagara Falls, or Does It? Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever, Book 1     RC 56624
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Hank Zipzer has plenty of good qualities but has difficulties with school skills like punctuality, writing assignments, and spelling. His creative alternative to an English class essay lands him in detention where he meets a music teacher who knows about "learning challenges." For grades 3-6. 2003.

The Canning Season     RC 56625
by Polly Horvath
read by Connie Crawford
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Ratchet's summer visit in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts, Tilly and Penpen, is filled with their strange stories from the past and unusual, colorful characters stopping by. Ratchet feels so at home that she stays for many annual cannings of blueberry jam. For grades 6-9. National Book Award. 2003.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

El Valle de los Caballos (The Valley of Horses)     RC 54971
por Jean M. Auel
leído por María Pino
5 cassettes
En la Edad de Hielo, la heroína Ayla deja su amada familia adoptiva y sus amigos del Clan, y viaja en busca de su propria gente. Por fin, llega al Valle de los Caballos, donde reside un tiempo. Entonces salva a un joven hombre al borde de la muerte y acaba luchando contra los fuertes deseos de amor que siente por él. Sigue a El Clan del Oso Cavernario (RC 54959). Descripciones de índole sexual. (Ice Age heroine Ayla sets out on an odyssey of discovery, leaving her adoptive family and friends. She reaches the Valley of Horses and rescues an attractive young man from certain death. Sequel to El Clan del Oso Cavernario (RC 54959). Explicit descriptions of sex.) 1991.

Qué Se Puede Esperar Cuando Se Está Esperando (What to Expect When You're Expecting)     RC 54972
por Arlene Eisenberg and others
leído por María Pino
6 cassettes
Las autoras contestan todas las preguntas e inquietudes de las futuras madres, desde la etapa de planificación hasta el posparto. Presentan información acera de las sintomas físicas y emocionales. Aconsejan sobre la dieta sana y la importancia de evitar sustancias que pueden dañar el feto, y describen los examenes y procedimientos médicos para mujeres embarazadas--incluso aquellas que padecen de condiciones crónicas. (The authors detail the physical and emotional symptoms and the medical tests and procedures pregnant women, including those with chronic conditions, are likely to experience before, during, and after pregnancy. Stresses the importance of avoiding harmful substances and provides a diet emphasizing the nutrients necessary for fetal health.) 1998.

Por el Amor de Pedro Infante (Loving Pedro Infante)     RC 54975
por Denise Chávez
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Tere Avila vive en un pueblo fronteriza cerca de El Paso. Le gusta ir al teatro El Colón para ver los filmes viejos de Pedro Infante, el irresistible galán de cine mexicano. El problema es que Tere tiene un amante casado, Lucio. Y Lucio no está a la altura de su ídolo de la pantalla. Contiene lenguaje injurioso y algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (One of Tere's favorite pastimes is watching black-and-white reruns of Mexican filmstar Pedro Infante at the El Colón movie theater, in a small town near El Paso. But her married lover, Lucio, doesn't compare favorably with her idol, Pedro. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.) 2002.

Las Historias Prohibidas de Marta Veneranda (The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda)     RC 54977
por Sonia Rivera-Valdés
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Uno por uno la gente del vecindario comienzan a revelar a Marta Veneranda sus secretos mejor guardados. Las confesiones susurradas tejen un tapete de tabúes rotos y esperanzas retorcidas. Una mujer revela cómo se liberó de un esposo abusivo por una intrepretación muy personal del programa de "los doce pasos." Descripciones de índole sexual. (One by one the friends and neighbors of Marta Veneranda confide in her their deepest secrets, divulging their broken taboos and twisted desires. A woman confesses how she liberated herself from an abusive husband through an unusual interpretation of a self-help program. Descriptions of sex.) 2000.

Mi País Inventado: Un Paseo Nostálgico por Chile (My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey through Chile)     RC 54978
por Isabel Allende
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
La famosa autora recuerda su país natal, Chile, que abandonó en 1973 después de la muerte de su tío en un golpe militar. Allende habla de la historia chilena, de las memorias nostálgicas de su familia y de su vida como exiliado en su nueva patria--los Estados Unidos. (The famous author remembers her childhood home, Chile, which she left after the death of her uncle in a 1973 military coup. Allende talks about the history of Chile, the nostaglic memories of her family, and her life as an exile in her new home, the United States.) 2003.

El Cucuy de la Mañana: En la Cumbre de la Pobreza (Firefly of the Morning: At the Height of Poverty)     RC 54981
por Renán Almendárez Coello
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Delineando una vida similar a aquella de los pobres Latinos que emigraron a los Estado Unidos en busca de una vida mejor, el famoso locutor de radio presenta una autobiografía, escrito con franqueza, con humor, y, a veces con elementos picarescos, que traza su vida desde su nacimiento en Honduras hasta la culminación de su carrera en Los Angeles. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (The popular Hispanic radio announcer, in this candid, humorous, and picaresque autobiography, describes his life in Honduras from birth to his rise to fame in Los Angeles. He acknowledges his shared experience with poor Hispanics who immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Strong language.) 2002.

Asedio de la Mente (Mind Siege)     RC 54982
por Tim LaHaye and David Noebel
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Los autores hacen sonar trompetas de alarma para que los cristianos despierten y defiendan sus derechos a creer y actuar como cristianos. LaHaye, conocido por sus novelas de la série Dejados Atrás, afirma que los humanistas seculares atacan el cristianidad con el fin de arrojar las creencias cristianas de los foros públicos. (The authors sound the alarm for Christians to defend their right to act in accordance with their faith. LaHaye, best known for his fictional Left Behind series, asserts that secular humanists are attacking Christian tenets in an attempt to remove them from the public forum.) 2000.

Cajas de Cartón: Relatos de la Vida Peregrina de un Niño Campesino (The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child)     RC 54979
por Francisco Jiménez
leído por Peter Gil
1 cassette
Doce cuentos de Panchito y su familia que viven en California como trabajadores indocumentados. En "Bajo la Alambrada," Panchito cuenta cómo la familia deja México y pasa debajo de la alambrada para entrar en California. En "Cajas de Carton" habla de la necesidad de ganar dinero trabajando en los campos, donde no es siempre posible asistir a la escuela. Para grados 5 a 8. (Twelve interconnected short stories about the hardships of Panchito and his illegal migrant-worker family. "Bajo la Alambrada" tells how the family leaves Mexico and crawls under barbed wire into California. "Cajas de Cartón" explains that picking crops and earning money come first--before going to school. For grades 5-8.) 1997.

Senderos Fronterizos (Breaking Through)     RC 54980
por Francisco Jiménez
leído por Peter Gil
1 cassette
Francisco, un muchacho de catorce años, habla de las tribulaciones de su familia como trabajadores indocumentados en el sur de California. Ahora la familia se ve expulsado de los Estados Unidos y tienen que regresar a México. Pero, regresan legalmente a los Estados Unidos, donde Francisco intenta sacar una buena educación a pesar de los problemas y perjuicios que encuentra. Sigue a Cajas de Cartón (RC 54979). Para grados 5 a 8. (Fourteen-year-old Francisco describes his family's migrant-worker problems in southern California, their deportation to Mexico, and their legal reentry into the United States. He discusses his desire for education in the face of hardships and prejudice. Sequel to Cajas de Cartón (RC 54979). For grades 5-8.) 2001.

The La Ley y Sus Derechos Legales: Un Manual Bilingüe para Asuntos Legales Cotidianos / Law and Your Legal Rights: A Bilingual Guide to Everyday Legal Issues     RC 55884
por Jess J. Araujo
leído por Robert Sams
5 cassettes
Presenta una introducción al sistema legal de los Estados Unidos. Explica el sistema judicial y los leyes que gobiernan los contractos, el consumidor, los programas de beneficios, la ética profesional, la bancarrota, los testamentos y fideicomisos, el lugar de trabajo, las relaciones entre arrendador y arrendatario, la familia, los vehículos motorizados, el crimen, la inmigración y los daños personales. Edición bilingüe en inglés y español. (Provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system. Explains court procedures and laws governing contracts, consumers, benefit programs, professional ethics, bankruptcy, wills and trusts, the workplace, landlords and tenants, the family, motor vehicles, crime, immigration, accidents, and personal injury. Bilingual book in English and Spanish.) 1998.

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