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July-August 2005

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NLS Business Plan summary on cassette

Executive Summary: Current Strategic Business Plan for the Implementation of Digital Systems, March 2004, is now available on cassette and can be obtained through your cooperating library or the NLS Reference Section. When ordering, please refer to stock number MS269C. It is also available on line at www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan/executivesummary.html.

Listen to magazines with NFB-NEWSLINE

AARP the Magazine, the Economist and the New Yorker are now available in audio format from NFB-NEWSLINE. AARP the Magazine appears bi-monthly and offers information on current events, travel, arts, and medicine to senior citizens. The Economist is a weekly magazine focused on trade, finance, science, and technology. People across the country read the New Yorker for its editorials, cultural news, and acclaimed fiction pieces.

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service provided by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS). NFB-NEWSLINE converts printed content to synthetic speech, which readers may access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by using a touch-tone telephone. Patrons of NLS can register by calling their cooperating network library and asking to subscribe to NFB-NEWSLINE.


The following material is reprinted from two issues of NLS Flash, a newsletter created to bring current information on NLS progress in digital technology to patrons, library staff, and other interested individuals. Online issues are at www.loc.gov/nls/newsletters/flash

Flash, April 2005, volume 1, issue 5

An accessible design for NLS Patrons

Accessibility is a hot-button issue in the world of consumer products. Engineers consider the wide range of abilities and limitations of consumers and incorporate accessible design into their work--as will the team that creates the new digital talking-book (DTB) system for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.

Involved from concept to handoff for production, the team members are HumanWare, formerly VisuAide, a leader in DTB technology; the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest organization of blind persons in the world, with more than fifty thousand members; and the Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a specialist in accessible technology for the disabled. They will assist Battelle, a leading technology innovation firm, with the design and development of the digital talking-book machine (DTBM).

Getting creative

"The creative input of our patrons is essential to designing a digital talking-book system that best accommodates them," says Frank Kurt Cylke, director of NLS. "One of the ways we'll identify the needs and wants of our patrons will be through repeatedly testing the player design concepts with focus groups of blind and physically handicapped users." Other project highlights include creating multiple models of the DTBM, observing how users interact with them, and developing the player's software and hardware. Gilles Pepin of HumanWare, will manage and coordinate subcontractor activities. His team will also support Battelle with design and engineering activities by sharing the results of earlier tests, developing training materials, and testing the final DTBM for overall performance.

The two-phase project will take thirty months to complete. "The first phase consists of concept development, design, and testing," says Pepin. "The collected information will directly influence the design of the DTB player prototypes at appropriate stages of development." During the second phase, the player will be transferred for manufacturing, and early DTBMs will be examined to make sure they operate according to design.

Testing...one, two, eight

A series of eight usability test cycles will ensure that the final player is acceptable to NLS patrons. The tests will employ a combination of focus groups, fieldwork, and site visits. Individuals will test different versions of the DTBM in typical settings, be assigned operational tasks, and make evaluations based on their interactions with the machine. Testers will also make suggestions on the kinds of things they want the machine to do.

Most tests cycles will take two weeks from start to finish. The results will guide the development process, as each test is designed to extract specific information. Initial tests will explore user needs; whereas later ones will examine how users interact with different player designs and test sound, navigation, and manipulation of the DTBM. A few tests will be used to confirm that the player meets with the regulatory standards for DTBs.

Recognized for expertise in consumer product testing, NFB and the Trace Center will administer usability tests to select groups. The Trace Center will test individuals selected from residential living centers for the elderly and senior day centers.

"People who are older and those with multiple disabilities are a large part of the talking-book user population," says Gregg C. Vanderheiden, director of the Trace Center. "Our work can help ensure that current users will continue to be able to use talking books as they age, and new patrons will also be able to enjoy DTBs."

NFB will manage tests among blind and low-vision users, primarily NLS patrons who match certain profiles for visual ability, age, demographics, and level of exposure to technology. They will also test the DTBM with library staff and repair technicians. "When a user population is involved, they will come up with many things that engineers don't even think of," said Dr. Marc Maurer, president of NFB. "Because if one believes that the target population for the machine will have a fuller life because of the machine; then the machine has to do what it's designed to do."

Facing a new frontier: Talking-book machine transformation

For many years, NLS and the volunteer machine-repair groups TelecomPioneers and GE Elfuns have partnered to keep talking-book machines in top shape. With a whole new technology in development for talking books and machines, what does the future look like for this relationship?

As the next generation of playback machines evolves, they will still have their work cut out for them. Cassette machines will be in use beyond 2008 when the new DTBMs are introduced.

The national organizations of volunteers have repaired more than 1.8 million NLS machines and dedicated countless hours in repair workshops around the country. Their efforts save NLS more than $5 million each year.

Last year alone, they repaired more than 127,000 machines. And with the promise of nearly one million new digital machines, the expertise of the repair volunteers will be needed.

But this isn't the first time these organizations have faced a challenge and won. In the past, the repair volunteers invented special tools and solutions to repair the specialized players.

Flash,May 2005, volume 1, issue 6

Paving a distribution highway for talking books

Just as cars need highways, books need distribution systems to facilitate the journey from libraries to patrons. That is why a distribution system study is a necessary step for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, on the road toward digital transformation. A study has been contracted to ensure that the digital book distribution process evolves in tandem with the creation of the books, giving patrons high-quality service.

"The digital transformation is an opportunity to enhance talking-book technology and the reading experience," says Frank Kurt Cylke, director of NLS. "The distribution study will help us maximize the potential of the digital talking book (DTB) to better serve patrons."

For this project, NLS has contracted with experts in new technology solutions. ManTech Advanced Systems International will lead the effort, supported by two subcontractors: Jerome Ducrest, an independent contractor, and Daniel Kind of Wesley-Kind Associates. Having worked with NLS in the past, the two are uniquely familiar with library operations.

Maximizing potential

Driven by thorough research, the two-phase study will take roughly sixteen months to complete. The first phase will involve evaluating three possible DTB distribution models followed by the selection of the best overall choice. Once NLS approves the recommended model, phase two will gear up. The design of the new system and a multiyear transition plan will be the focus of the second phase, expected to run through the summer of 2006.

"Our goal is to implement a system that maintains high-quality service and is mutually beneficial to NLS, libraries, and patrons," says Michael Moodie, NLS deputy director. "An ideal solution would provide patrons with personal service, localized librarian knowledge, and timely book delivery. It would also ensure sufficient inventory to meet patron requests and would save libraries and NLS money."

The three models under consideration include the current system, which duplicates mass quantities of book titles and stores them locally for easy access by librarians as they fill loan requests; on-demand duplication, where a central facility would copy DTBs as patrons request them; and a hybrid model which combines mass circulation and on-demand duplication. To make the right choice, NLS will use evaluation criteria developed with input from the contractors and the Digital Long-Term Planning Group, an NLS committee that includes state, regional, and subregional librarians as well as patrons.

"This decision will impact the entire distribution network--duplication, circulation systems, data management, and possibly even facilities," says Moodie. "It is important that we consider the economic, operational, and human impact of each model."

Seamless transition

Librarians and patrons will aid the process as part of the Digital Long-Term Planning Group. At the end of the initial phase, contractors will meet with the group, which includes members of the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind, to review the recommended scenario and to collect comments on system design.

"Depending on the distribution model selected, contractors may also visit certain libraries to gather information to assist the design process," says Jean M. Moss, NLS digital projects coordinator. "Libraries that employ special shelving schemes will be of special interest."

Development of the new design will underscore cooperation and integration. The design must consider all aspects of DTB distribution, including duplication, packaging, shipping/receiving, shelving, and automated circulation systems.

If significant changes from the current system are recommended, the contractor will develop a comprehensive transition plan. Some key topics might be establishing telecommunications systems, phasing out cassette book circulation, and phasing in DTB systems. Another area to be examined is the method for educating library patrons and staff about the new distribution model.

"A detailed transition plan is being developed to provide a roadmap to the future," says Moss. "The plan will be implemented over a period of years to give libraries time to adapt to any necessary changes."

Spotlight on DTB distribution system

Mass duplication Book titles are copied in large batches (approximately 1,000 copies) at NLS audiobook production facilities before being sent to network libraries for storage and circulation. An allotment system permits the libraries to determine the number of copies received for a new title. Each library receives at least one copy of each new title but may request more to meet reader demand.

Duplication-on-demand When needed, DTBs would be produced at a central duplication center operated by NLS contractors. Librarians would receive patron requests and submit them to the centers. Rather than storing physical copies of DTBs on shelves, titles would be stored on digital servers and then loaded onto flash-memory cartridges and mailed to patrons.

Hybrid This system combines mass duplication and duplication-on-demand to meet reader demand. High-circulation titles--which account for about 20 percent of the collection but perhaps 80 percent of total circulation--would be mass produced and distributed to libraries for loan to patrons. Low-circulation titles--comprising the balance of the collection yet only a small percentage of circulation--would be duplicated on demand at distribution centers. The hybrid system is predicated on Pareto's Law, which indicates that for a given population of entities associated with a given activity, a distinct minority of the population accounts for a distinct majority of the activity.

Digital talking-book (DTB) milestones

Completed

Start 1/12/04-Finish 10/1/08

The following ongoing projects, set to conclude in 2008, are shown with start dates in parentheses.

For information on the NLS digital project contact, Jean M. Moss, Digital Projects Coordinator.

E-mail: jemo@loc.gov; fax: (202) 707-1690. For the Strategic Business Plan online:

www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan2003.html

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Class of '42: Marines in WW II      RC 56369
by Tucker Giblin
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Author reminisces about his 1942 enlistment in the marines at age seventeen and his subsequent service during World War II. Describes his basic training and participation in jungle warfare throughout the Pacific until the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Crimea: the Great Crimean War, 1854-1856      RC 56657
by Trevor Royle
read by Ray Childs
5 cassettes
Details the confrontation over who should maintain the keys to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the resulting conflict between Russia and allied Britain, France, and Turkey. The war created numerous battlefield innovations including constant press coverage, trench warfare, underwater mines, and the frontline nursing of Florence Nightingale. 2000.

Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization      RC 56673
by Ian Wilson
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Author of Jesus (RC 23692) links Noah's flood to indications of a cataclysmic deluge of the Black Sea region circa 5600 B.C. Citing the research of leading scientists and Titanic explorer Robert Ballard, Wilson examines underwater archaeological evidence and speculates how flood survivors may have altered the course of history. 2001.

America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800      RC 56682
by Bernard A. Weisberger
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Describes the United States's first presidential election crisis, in 1800, between the Federalists under John Adams and Republicans under Thomas Jefferson. The election was eventually sent to the House of Representatives, who balloted thirty-six times before Jefferson won. And President Adam's peaceful departure set a precedent. 2000.

Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan      RC 57385
by Giles Milton
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
The author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg (RC 50638) chronicles the adventures of English mariner William Adams, who was marooned in Japan in 1600. Adams is taken under the tutelage of the shogun, learns the language and customs, and opens trade between the two civilizations. 2002.

According to the Rolling Stones      RC 57396
by Mick Jagger and others
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Reminiscences by members of "the greatest rock n' roll band in the world," tracing their British roots and rise to international fame beginning in the 1960s. Also includes essays by business participants in the Stones' career and fellow performers, including American singer Sheryl Crow. Some strong language. 2003.

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options      RC 57422
by Edward E. Wallach and Esther Eisenberg
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Gynecologists explain the female reproductive organs, problems that can occur, and options for treatment. Describes three types of hysterectomies (involving surgical removal of the uterus), benefits and risks of each operation, postoperative issues, and medical alternatives. 2003.

Wheelchairs on the Go: Accessible Fun in Florida      RC 57542
by Michelle Stigleman and Deborah Van Brunt
read by Erik Synnestvedt
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Definitive travel guide to the Sunshine State for people using walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Highlights tourist attractions, beaches, accommodations, and sports activities that are most accessible to visitors who are mobility impaired. 2002.

An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King      RC 57706
by William F. Pepper
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Unofficial explanation offered for the assassination of author's friend and colleague, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Detailing suspicious events leading up to King's 1968 murder, Pepper argues that convicted James Earl Ray was framed and that King instead was felled by a complex conspiracy involving the Memphis police, FBI, and organized crime. 2003.

Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters; the First Fifty Years, 1912-1962      RC 57744
edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
A collection of historic letters to and from the editors of Chicago's Poetry magazine, the pioneer groundbreaking forum for controversial new poets such as Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Candid notes reveal writer/publisher relationships and reflect major twentieth-century events the poets observed. 2002.

The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military      RC 57750
by Michael Savage
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Outspoken radio talk-show host and bestselling author of The Savage Nation (RC 55527) asserts that the United States has been "infinitely corrupted by liberalism." In his controversial style, Savage specifies how the "vast left-wing conspiracy" has undermined schools, courts, religion, law enforcement, the media, and the military. Bestseller 2003.

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media...      RC 57751
by John Stossel
read by Norm Thibeault
2 cassettes
Emmy Award-winning consumer advocate recounts his "professional and intellectual journey" from being a shy, stuttering college student to becoming a crusading television news journalist. Stossel describes his most memorable exposés and decries the media backlash he experienced when he turned his attention to government and public-interest groups. Bestseller 2004.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic      RC 57752
by Chalmers Johnson
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Continuing his antimilitarist thesis begun in Blowback (RC 54512), Asian affairs specialist Johnson denounces America's armed forces expansion and the secrecy surrounding its global network of bases. Portrays the United States as "a military juggernaut intent on world domination" and imperialistic ventures that conflict with democratic values. Bestseller 2004.

Touching the Void      RC 57755
by Joe Simpson
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Mountain climber recounts his harrowing 1985 survival story of plunging off an Andean ice ledge, forcing his partner, Simon Yates, to cut the rope binding them. Describes Simpson's grueling descent with a broken leg and Yates's emotional turmoil believing his friend to be dead. Some strong language. Bestseller 1988.

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film      RC 57756
by Peter Biskind
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes
Chronicles the rise of independent film companies, which began in the 1970s with Robert Redford's creation of Sundance and the Weinstein brothers' founding of Miramax. Author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (RC 46342) analyzes the films, directors, actors, and producers outside Hollywood's mainstream that spearheaded the burgeoning genre. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Where I Was From      RC 57757
by Joan Didion
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Family memoir and social criticism by Sacramento-born author of Political Fictions (RC 53396). Reexamining her past writings and works by other Californians, Didion contends that the restless individualism of her pioneer ancestors' generations has spawned many of the state's emerging social and political dilemmas. Bestseller 2003.

American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush      RC 57760
by Kevin Phillips
read by Constance Crawford
4 cassettes
Former White House strategist and author of Wealth and Democracy (RC 54439) criticizes the Bush family's "four-generation pursuit of national prominence and power." Reveals associations and special interests, questions financial practices, and accuses George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush of redefining the presidency to further their own agendas. Bestseller 2004.

How I Became a Human Being: A Disabled Man's Quest for Independence      RC 57767
by Mark O'Brien
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Poet and journalist relates his struggle to live independently despite paralysis. O'Brien (1949-1999), the subject of a 1997 Academy Award-winning documentary, describes how the "disability revolution" gave him the freedom to pursue goals of graduating from college and finding love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition, 1881-1884      RC 57771
by A.L. Todd
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Based on Greely family papers, an account of the American expedition, led by then-lieutenant Adolphus Greely, that set off in 1881 to explore islands off the Greenland coast. Describes official bungling and mischance that led to the stranding of the party of twenty-five men, including two Eskimo hunters. 1961.

Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan      RC 57773
by John Dizikes
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Biography of Indiana-born jockey Tod Sloan (1874-1933) that also illuminates the history of horse racing and betting. Explains how Sloan revolutionized the sport with his innovative riding style, the "forward crouch," which placed him low on the horse's neck. Reconstructs his victorious career in both the United States and England. 2000.

Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy      RC 57818
by Joseph P. Lash
read by Mitzi Friedlander
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Dual biography reveals the depth and intensity in the mutually dependent relationship between deaf-blind Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Chronicles both women's childhoods and adult years until Keller's death in 1968. 1980.

Finding Wheels: A Curriculum for Nondrivers with Visual Impairments for Gaining Control of Transportation Needs      RC 57825
by Anne L. Corn and L. Penny Rosenblum
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Presents multifaceted program addressing emotional and physical travel-related issues for young adults with visual impairments who may or may not have additional mild disabilities. Explores options such as paratransit, charity services, and bioptic driving and provides budgeting and route planning strategies to maximize independence. Includes case studies and activities. 2000.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Asthma: A Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment Plan for You and Your Family      RC 57843
by Christopher H. Fanta and others
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Physicians' commonsense guide to managing asthma on a daily basis and during attacks. Discusses symptoms and medical characteristics, diagnosis, degrees of severity, factors that can trigger attacks, medications, and alternative and complementary therapies. Includes sections pertaining specifically to children, women, and the elderly. 2003.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better      RC 57889
by Ted Allen and others
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Five stylish gay men from the popular television show advise guys--and girls--on food and wine, personal grooming, home decorating, fashion, and culture. Applying their motto "you--only better," the experts suggest various tasks and projects, modest purchases, and new attitudes to transform lives through humor, taste, and class. Bestseller 2004.

Matthau: A Life      RC 57901
by Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Biography of actor Walter Matthau (1920-2000), who grew up poor and fatherless in New York during the Great Depression. The authors portray his "tongue-in-cheek" character and emphasize his successful career, including his starring roles in the films The Odd Couple (1968) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). 2002.

The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquility      RC 57902
by E. Barrie Kavasch
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Guide to designing a Native American-inspired garden to promote healing through herbal plants and spiritual space. Reviews the history of the medicine wheel, suggests plans for indoor and outdoor gardens, and describes fifty therapeutic herbs including their traditional and modern uses. 2002.

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities      RC 57905
by Marcia J. Scherer
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Comprehensive guide for people with visual and auditory disabilities. Offers strategies for evaluating the needs of students and matching them to appropriate assistive technology. Provides case studies, checklists, and information on various computer and telecommunication devices. Companion to Living in the State of Stuck (RC 52064). 2004.

Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground      RC 57906
by David Beckham
read by Steve Douglas-Craig
3 cassettes
Autobiography by a legendary British soccer player and cultural icon. Beckham describes his London childhood, his marriage to "Posh" Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1999, and his leaving Manchester United to sign with a Spanish team, Real Madrid. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Alfred Maudslay and the Maya: A Biography      RC 57907
by Ian Graham
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Chronicles the life and work of this English gentleman and explorer (1850-1931). Drawing on Maudslay's field notes, published works, and family materials, Graham reconstructs his background, schooling, and personal life while highlighting the historical significance of his expeditions to study pre-Columbian ruins of Central America. 2002.

How to Travel: A Guidebook for Persons with a Disability      RC 57909
by Fred Rosen
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
A travel consultant for people with special needs outlines options for transportation, accommodations, dining out, and cruises. Offers practical advice to enhance a trip. 1997.

Choosing Assistive Devices: A Guide for Users and Professionals      RC 57914
by Helen Pain and others
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Presents a systematic approach to selecting adaptive equipment and to incorporating such devices into the daily lives of individuals with disabilities. To assure a good match, recommends considering the physical and mental capabilities, lifestyles, and preferences of both users and caretakers. Discusses options for seating, toileting, bathing, and locomotion. 2003.

Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports      RC 57916
by Brad Stone
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Details the sport of radio-controlled robot fighting from its conception in 1994 to the widespread televised competitions on cable stations in America and England ten years later. Describes the legal feuding and other shenanigans involved in the creation of heavily armed "bots." 2003.

My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson; His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous      RC 57920
by Susan Cheever
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), cofounder of the worldwide organization to combat alcohol addiction. Relates Wilson's Vermont background, seventeen-year alcoholic journey from euphoria to desperation, struggles to quit drinking, and meeting with Bob Smith leading to the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Explains the twelve AA recovery steps and traditions. 2004.

Slave      RC 57923
by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
2 cassettes
The account of Mende Nazer, captured in 1994 at age twelve by Arab raiders in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. She describes servitude in Khartoum and London, escaping at age twenty, and receiving international attention in her bid for asylum, obtained in the United Kingdom. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Rig Veda: An Anthology      RC 57924
selected by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
A selection of 108 ancient Indo-European hymns from more than one thousand collected in the Sanskrit Rig Veda (circa 1200-900 B.C.). Poetic verses depict Hindu mythology and philosophy, the symbolism and mechanism of Vedic ritual, and traditional daily life. Translated and annotated with an introduction by Wendy O'Flaherty. 1981.

Broken Vows      RC 57931
by Eric Francis
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Chronicle of a 1994 murder in Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Rabbi Fred Neulander, suspected of hiring a hit man to kill his wife in order to continue an adulterous affair with a local radio personality, was indicted for the murder four years later. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices      RC 57933
by Xinran
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
China, 1990s. Radio broadcaster's reflections on the true stories of suffering and oppression revealed by her female listeners. Profoundly moved by their emotional accounts, Xinran voices the centuries of pain, subjugation, and pressures of tradition that the women in China still endure. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000      RC 57934
by Stephen Kotkin
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Kotkin's historical and geopolitical analysis of the Soviet Union's collapse--triggered by a failed Communist ideology--and the first decade of post-Soviet Russia. He describes the dynamics of Soviet political and economic institutions and considers the chaos that could have accompanied its dissolution. 2001.

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir      RC 57999
by Joe Eszterhas
read by Barry Bernson
6 cassettes
Hungarian-born screenwriter and author of American Rhapsody (RC 51008) pens an exposé of the movie industry's seamy side. Also recalls his personal battle with throat cancer and his father's war crimes. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2004.

Coal: A Human History      RC 58009
by Barbara Freese
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Minnesota assistant attorney general explores the impact of coal production and emissions on human history and the environment, beginning in Britain where coal-generated power spurred the industrial revolution in the late eighteenth century. Freese then examines coal's influence--both beneficial and detrimental--on the social, political, and economic development of the United States and China. 2003.

Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother's Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities      RC 58016
by Anne Ford
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Memoir by the daughter of Henry Ford II describing her experiences bringing up a child who was diagnosed as severely learning disabled in 1976. Includes a resource guide and suggestions for parents of children with similar problems. 2003.

Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe      RC 58020
by Robin Kerrod
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Astronomer explores the nature and evolution of the universe based on the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990. Describes the structure of galaxies, the life cycles of stars, and the planets in Earth's solar system. Includes background information on the Hubble project. 2003.

Rug Hooking for the First Time      RC 58033
by Donna Lovelady
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Guide explaining the basics of rug hooking using strips of cloth, simple patterns, and "primitive style," or folk art, designs. Provides a brief history of the craft, tips on choosing supplies, detailed techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating twenty-four sample projects. 2003.

The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy      RC 58034
by T. Felder Dorn
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Reconstructs a series of murders in the early 1940s involving the Logue and Timmerman families of rural South Carolina. Details motivations behind the crimes and subsequent trials that culminated in executions of three persons, including the first woman sent to the electric chair in the state. 2001.

Making the Right Move: Housing Options for Seniors      RC 58045
by Gillian Eades Telford
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Gerontologist's guide to choosing a nursing home or other care facility, emphasizing the importance of making an informed decision. Real-life examples supplement information on U.S. and Canadian health care systems, evaluating assistance levels, finding the right home for you or a loved one, admittance issues, legal matters, and more. 2004.

City of Secrets: The Truth behind the Murders at the Vatican      RC 58046
by John Follain
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
The author of Jackal (RC 48352) recounts his investigation of the 1998 murder of the Vatican's Swiss Guard commander and his wife by lance corporal Cédric Tornay, who then committed suicide. Sensing a Vatican cover-up, Follain interviews officials who reveal homosexuality and the involvement of the ultraconservative Opus Dei organization. 2003.

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1943; Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal      RC 58057
by Alan Schom
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Narrative of the first year and a half of the war in the Pacific between the United States and Japan. The author details the combat and the personalities of leaders including General Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the Japanese command under Emperor Hirohito. 2004.

Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir      RC 58081
by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Biography of Scottish-born conservationist and nature writer John Muir (1838-1914). Depicts Muir's early childhood, 1849 move to America, University of Wisconsin studies, wilderness travels recorded in his writings, and efforts to preserve forestland and create national parks. Emphasizes the naturalist's down-to-earth realism, human relationships, and family life. Pulitzer Prize. 1945.

Understanding New Religious Movements      RC 58092
by John A. Saliba
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Professor and Jesuit priest examines the emergence of sects, cults, and novel religions in contemporary Western culture. Beginning with an overview of movements like the Church of Scientology, Hare Krishna, the Unification Church, and others, Saliba analyzes their existence from psychological, sociological, legal, and theological perspectives. 2003.

The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush      RC 58096
by Ann Gerhart
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Reporter for the Washington Post, who has covered Laura Bush since her husband's 2001 inauguration, discusses the First Lady's life and influences from childhood in West Texas and a career as teacher and librarian to her White House experiences. Examines her character and her pursuit of serenity. 2004.

Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet      RC 58109
by James Mann
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Former Los Angeles Times correspondent's in-depth study of six principals of President Bush's foreign policy team: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Wolfowitz, Armitage, and Rice. Explicates America's evolving world relationships as forged by the expertise, interconnecting roles, and philosophies of the self-styled "Vulcans," named after the Roman god of fire. Bestseller 2004.

Cassette Books, 2003      RC 58110
by National Library Service for...
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
A catalog of talking books produced on cassette during 2003 for adult and young adult readers. The nonfiction and fiction sections list books by subject categories. Separate listings identify teen selections, Spanish-language books, and bestsellers. 2004..Bestseller2004.

In Their Hearts: Inspirational Alzheimer's Stories      RC 58113
by Mary Margaret Britton Yearwood
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Born with a high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, the author recalls her service as a chaplain in an Alzheimer's special care unit in Atlanta from 1997 to 1999. She relates her enlightening experiences with patients who, despite cognitive losses, remained a "gold mine of spirituality." 2002.

Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS       RC 58126
by Patrick K. O'Donnell
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Military historian and author of Into the Rising Sun (RC 55697) reveals the covert WWII operations of the Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency. Portrays Allied agents and their unorthodox missions, which included demolishing infrastructure, organizing resistance movements, and obtaining intelligence often behind enemy lines. 2004.

Teen Life in the Middle East      RC 58136
edited by Ali Akbar Mahdi
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
A social history describing the daily lives of young adults in twelve Middle Eastern nations and territories. Includes a country profile as well as an overview of the region's typical family including their education, recreation, and religious and cultural practices. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror      RC 58139
by Richard Miniter
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Investigative reporter examines the Clinton administration's failure to apprehend Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden amid escalating violence and alarming military intelligence. Alleges Clinton's responses to bin Laden's terrorism activity were ineffective from the 1992 attack on American troops in Yemen to the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. 2003.

Dry      RC 58160
by Augusten Burroughs
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Author continues his memoir begun in Running with Scissors (RC 54817), describing how his alcoholism interfered with work and landed him in a rehab center for gays. He then recalls his return to the Manhattan streets, where he battled cravings and personal demons. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

The South Beach Diet Cookbook      RC 58161
by Arthur Agatston
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Florida cardiologist's companion to his bestselling weight loss book, The South Beach Diet (RC 56409). Provides over two hundred recipes, each designated as phase one, two, or three of the diet. Includes healthy ideas for breakfast, soups, salads, side dishes, fish, poultry, meats, vegetarian meals, and more. Bestseller 2004.

Ten Minutes from Normal      RC 58162
by Karen Hughes
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Memoir of former counselor to president George W. Bush who left the White House to return home to Texas with her family. Hughes describes her relationship with Bush as both boss and friend, the campaign trail, the aftermath of September 11, 2001, and the considerations prompting her relocation. Bestseller 2004.

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb out of Darkness      RC 58164
by Karen Armstrong
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
Author/journalist recounts her spiritual journey and medical nightmare upon returning to secular life at twenty-four after seven years as a young Roman Catholic nun. Describes her lapses of faith, academic disappointments, and misdiagnosed epilepsy as steps to gradual enlightenment. Sequel to Through the Narrow Gate (RC 18649). Bestseller 2004.

Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story      RC 58165
by John Feinstein
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Sports commentator and bestselling author of Open (RC 56287), paints an intimate portrait of the late Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed in 2003 with an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Chronicles four decades of Edwards's career as lifelong friend and caddy for champion golfer Tom Watson. Bestseller 2004.

Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers      RC 58166
by Linda Perlstein
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Washington Post education reporter chronicles one year in the lives of five junior high school students in suburban Maryland. Reveals how they struggle through the awkward but formative "tween" years, forging new relationships with parents and peers while coping with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. 2003.

Beyond Our Selves      RC 58173
by Catherine Marshall
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The widow of Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall relates her conviction that nothing is hopeless if only man yields his will to God. Citing some autobiographical material and many case histories, Marshall emphasizes the power of spiritual healing. 1961.

The Day We Bombed Switzerland: Flying with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in World War II      RC 58174
by Jackson Granholm
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Using trial records and personal recollections, Granholm relates his World War II service as an aerial navigation officer. Describes an attack on Zurich by another bombing group's operational error. Details his defense-attorney role for the two charged pilots and the classified court martial proceedings. Some strong language. 2000.

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary      RC 58178
by Simon Winchester
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
This companion to The Professor and the Madman (RC 46906) recounts the monumental, seventy-year effort to compile the definitive, twelve-volume Oxford dictionary, completed in 1928. Winchester describes the goal to provide comprehensive meanings of all words, the project's complexity, crucial volunteer participation, and key figures directing the task. 2003.

Two Minutes over Baghdad      RC 58250
by Amos Perlmutter and others
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Three academics discuss the 1981 Israeli Air Force's preemptive attack destroying Iraq's nuclear reactor at Osirak, including background circumstances and likely consequences. Suggests that Operation Babylon significantly affected the nature of ensuing events in the Middle East. Includes the 2003 foreword to the second edition by Barry Rubin.

Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman      RC 58262
by Nancy B. Reich
read by Suzanne Toren
4 cassettes
Biography of German pianist, composer, and teacher Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896). Traces her early years as a child prodigy, six-decade career, marriage to fellow musician Robert, family of seven children, and friendships with Johannes Brahms and other notable contemporaries. 1985.

One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark      RC 58263
by Colin G. Calloway
read by Gordon Gould
4 cassettes
Traces the history of America's native peoples from the Appalachians to the Pacific until 1800. Describes constant environmental changes with development of a corn-growing agriculture, introduction of horses, acquisition of guns, and decimation from disease, among other factors. Also discusses continuing conflicts due to inter-tribal feuding and European penetration. 2003.

Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America      RC 58270
edited by Jack Beatty
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Through a selection of interwoven documents, essays, and commentaries, an Atlantic Monthly senior editor charts the development of American corporations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Beatty explores the complex and essential relationship between corporate power and representative government in the United States. 2001.

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America      RC 58272
by Russell Shorto
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Portrait of the "first New Yorkers"--the earliest European inhabitants of Manhattan predating the thirteen "original" English colonies. From archival documents including letters, deeds, journals, and court proceedings, the author reconstructs the multiethnic Dutch settlement and clash of two seventeenth-century powers that ended in 1664 when England took over Manhattan. 2004.

Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age      RC 58278
by Greg Klerkx
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Former senior manager of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute laments diminished expectations of space exploration. In reexamining NASA's history, Klerkx criticizes the agency's political and bureaucratic infighting, self-interest, and misguided focus on the space shuttle and International Space Station. Contends that commercialization would revive popular interest. 2004.

Double Deal: The Inside Story of Murder, Unbridled Corruption, and the Cop Who Was a Mobster      RC 58285
by Michael Corbitt
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
An account of the author's rise within the Chicago Mafia's ranks from the late 1950s through the 1980s, his career as a policeman while on the mob's payroll, and his eventual imprisonment. Provides insider view of the Mafia's connections to politicians, federal agencies, and foreign governments. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Gulag: A History      RC 58287
by Anne Applebaum
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Washington Post columnist documents the evolution of the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system--from its origins during the Bolshevik Revolution, expansion under Stalin, and its dissolution after the dictator's death. The chronicle also examines the lives of prisoners and the unique society they formed. 2003.

Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookbook: Recipes from America's Favorite Cooking Contest      RC 58290
by Pillsbury Editors
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Presents about four hundred recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off contests begun in 1949. Groupings include soups, sandwiches, and snacks; main dishes, including Quick and Easy Main Meals; side dishes and salads; breads; cookies; cakes; and pies. Details how home cooks perpetuate their ethnic heritages. 2004.

Fiske New SAT Insider's Guide      RC 58291
by Edward B. Fiske and Bruce G. Hammond
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Preparation and test-taking strategies for high school students taking the revised version of the SAT college entrance exam. Provides practice problems for each section of the standardized test--critical reading, math, and writing. Discusses coaching courses, the new PSAT, and tactics used by top-scoring students. For senior high readers. 2004.

Sahara: A Natural History      RC 58292
by Marq De Villiers and Sheila Hirtle
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
Description of the world's largest desert landscape and its inhabitants. Discusses the geography, natural cycles, and resilient life-forms of the sandy wilderness stretching across the broadest part of Africa. Covers the history of the Sahara's indigenous people--Berbers, Moors, and Tuareg--and the ancient kingdoms of past civilizations. 2002.

Herodotus: The Histories; New Translation, Selections, Backgrounds, Commentaries      RC 58293
by Herodotus
read by Ken Kliban
5 cassettes
Excerpts from the writings of the fifth-century B.C. Greek historian and traveler known as the "father of history," translated by Walter Blanco. Describes the wars and worlds, even folktales and gossip, of ancient Greece, Persia, Egypt, and Italy. 1992.

In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish, from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English     RC 58296
by Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
This companion to a PBS television series reviews the history, archaeology, and legends of Ireland from circa 8000 B.C. to the twelfth century A.D. The authors explore ancient sites throughout the countryside and reexamine history to distinguish between popular myth and reality. 2002.

Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life      RC 58324
by John McCain
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Meditations on courage and its costs by Senator John McCain. Includes accounts of Vietnam veteran sergeant Roy Benavidez, civil rights leader John Lewis, Hungarian resistance fighter Hannah Senesh, and others, demonstrating exemplary fortitude, discipline, and self-sacrifice both in daily living and under extraordinary duress. Bestseller 2004.

The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship after Fifty      RC 58333
by Sue Ellen Cooper
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Founder and "queen mother" of the Red Hat Society chronicles the national organization's development from a small costumed tea party in 1998. Members' anecdotes explain the group's philosophy and examine mutual professional and domestic experiences, the aging process, and the value and support of friendship. Bestseller 2004.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation      RC 58361
by Cokie Roberts
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Political commentator and news analyst examines the role of Abigail Adams, Deborah Read Franklin, Martha Washington, and other prominent colonial women in founding the United States. Discusses their work outside the domestic sphere to manage businesses, run plantations, and defend their homes in the absence of men. Bestseller 2004.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul      RC 58363
by Tony Hendra
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Biographical tribute by British satirist and former National Lampoon editor to his mentor, Father Joseph Warrilow. Relates how the monk with pastoral wisdom and humility guided Hendra for forty years through struggles with substance abuse, a failed marriage, and parenthood. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries behind The Da Vinci Code      RC 58366
edited by Dan Burstein
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes
Excerpts from books, web sites, articles, commentaries, and interviews relating to the major religious themes in The Da Vinci Code (RC 55735). Contributing experts offer views on Jesus's relationship with Mary Magdalene, the credibility of alternative scriptures, secret societies like the Knights Templar, and more. Bestseller 2004.

Warrior of the Light: A Manual      RC 58430
by Paulo Coelho
read by John Polk
1 cassette
A collection of philosophical sketches prefaced by the brief parable of a grown man returning to the beach of his childhood. There he is inspired to write about the "Warrior"--one who is "capable of understanding the miracle of life." Inspirational companion to The Alchemist (RC 37602). 2003.

The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War      RC 58437
by Howard Blum
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Author of Brigade (RC 56192) interviews some 200 parties on both sides of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war--soldiers, generals, intelligence operatives, and double agents--to uncover new details of the surprise attack on Israel. Account of combat, battlefronts, and individuals, such as one newlywed Israeli couple caught up in the conflict. 2003.

On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men      RC 58447
by J.L. King
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
HIV-prevention educator exposes a hidden problem in African American culture: men who deny their bisexuality to their female partners--and to themselves. Warns unsuspecting women about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and encourages honesty and acceptance. Acknowledges his own double lifestyle. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Battle Ready      RC 58449
by Tom Clancy
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Chronicles the forty-year career of retired marine general Tony Zinni, former CENTCOM commander-in-chief and special Middle East envoy. Zinni contributes descriptive narratives of missions in Vietnam, Somalia, and Iraq, tracing the U.S. Marine Corps's evolution and reflecting on warfare's changing nature in the twenty-first century. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Rewriting History      RC 58450
by Dick Morris
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Political analyst and advisor under president Bill Clinton offers a rebuttal to former first lady Hillary Clinton's Living History (RC 55882). Claiming the memoir is distorted and incomplete, Morris critically appraises the New York senator's potential for higher office. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

More than Money: True Stories of People Who Learned Life's Ultimate Lesson      RC 58452
by Neil Cavuto
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A business journalist with Fox News Channel, diagnosed with cancer and multiple sclerosis, portrays others in the business world who have struggled with serious obstacles--disease, bankruptcy, dyslexia, paralysis--and have achieved or regained success and wealth. Includes Joe Torre, Wally Amos, Richard Branson, and Jim Langevin. Bestseller 2004.

Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon      RC 58458
by Aram Goudsouzian
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
4 cassettes
History professor chronicles the life and Hollywood career of Poitier, born in 1927. Explores how Poitier, a leading African American actor during the civil rights movement, struggled with racial politics, stereotyping, the paradox of his race, and intense insecurity. Describes his rags-to-riches success, romances, film credits, awards, and directing debut. 2004.

Pointing from the Grave: A True Story of Murder and DNA      RC 58459
by Samantha Weinberg
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Recounts efforts to convict Paul Frediani for killing DNA scientist Helena Greenwood in 1985. The crime narrative unfolds alongside a history of DNA testing--the technology that allowed Laura Heilig and a team of San Diego archival detectives to arrest Frediani nearly fifteen years later. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Iraq War      RC 58465
by John Keegan
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Author of Intelligence in War (RC 57376) briefly details the creation and evolution of the modern Iraqi state from the eighth to the twenty-first century, including Saddam Hussein's rise to power. Depicts American and British military activities during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. 2004.

First Impressions: What You Don't Know about How Others See You      RC 58467
by Ann Demarais and Valerie White
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Founders of a New York interpersonal consulting firm discuss ways to make a favorable impression during an initial social or business encounter. Authors identify seven fundamentals of successful first impressions including accessibility, self-disclosure, and conversational dynamics, and offer self-assessment exercises to help avoid common misunderstandings and enhance personal charm. 2004.

Before It Happens to You: A Breakthrough Program for Reversing or Preventing Heart Disease     RC 58468
by Jonathan Sackner Bernstein
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Physician discusses how to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in half even without a change in diet or lifestyle. Evaluates the latest available drugs that can prevent problems before they occur, and explains the interpretation of various diagnostic tests. 2004.

The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB      RC 58479
by Milt Bearden and James Risen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
5 cassettes
A CIA insider and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicle the major espionage engagements of the CIA and KGB from 1985 to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on interviews with both Russian and U.S. agents, Bearden and Risen reveal clandestine operations from the perspective of the spies who carried them out. Strong language. 2003.

St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography      RC 58484
by Philip Freeman
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Life of St. Patrick based on his two surviving letters: one a defense of his work in Ireland the other condemning a slave-raiding king and his pirates. Recounts Patrick's kidnapping by Irish pirates, years of slavery, escape, and eventual return to minister to the Irish people. Debunks many myths. 2004.

Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickeen, Selected Essays      RC 58485
by John Muir
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
A selection of four books and eighteen essays by Scottish-born naturalist John Muir (1838-1914), a key figure in the creation of the American national parks system. The writings, published primarily between 1871 and 1913, chronicle his lifetime of exploration, observation, and conservation advocacy. 1997.

Good Stress, Bad Stress: An Indispensable Guide to Identifying and Managing Your Stress      RC 58486
by Barry Lenson
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Author distinguishes between two types of personal anxiety: potentially damaging "bad" stress and beneficial "good" stress, which helps individuals improve performance and accomplishment. Explains effects of stress on physical and mental well-being and provides strategies for harnessing good stress. 2002.

Curing MS: How Science Is Solving the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis      RC 58487
by Howard L. Weiner
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Harvard neurologist uses examples from his own practice to illustrate his three decades of research on the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis. Describes the technological and medical advances he has witnessed, possible future developments, funding problems, and public perception of the disease. 2004.

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen      RC 58509
by Jacques Pépin
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Memoir of chef who grew up amidst the deprivations and bombings of France in World War II. Pépin recounts the early years in his family's restaurant and his later move to America, where he befriended Craig Claiborne and Julia Child. Describes his culinary adventures and includes favorite recipes. 2003.

Y: The Descent of Men      RC 58556
by Steve Jones
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
British geneticist and author of The Language of Genes (RC 41360) takes Darwin one step further in this informative exploration of the biology and evolution of males. Jones deconstructs some mysteries of masculinity from hormones to hair loss, debunks sexual stereotypes, and suggests reversal of the ancient view of women as diminished males. 2003.

The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis      RC 58558
by Sherwin B. Nuland
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Yale professor recounts the life of Hungarian obstetrician Ignác Semmelweis (1818-1865), credited with introducing sanitary hospital practices that nearly eliminated childbed fever and other infections years before Louis Pasteur's discovery of bacteria. Nuland describes a man nevertheless rejected by his contemporaries and chased by personal demons, whose life ended in anger and anonymity. 2003.

Meditations      RC 58577
by Marcus Aurelius
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ethical and spiritual reflections of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180), written during the last decade of his life. Offers advice and insights on daily conduct, leadership, and personal integrity. Modern English translation and introduction by Gregory Hays. 2002.

Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries      RC 58630
by Orlando Patterson
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
In three essays, National Book Award-winner Orlando Patterson examines the adverse effects of slavery and discriminatory laws on both African Americans and the broader U.S. society. Topics include strained relationships between black men and women, lynching, and images of black men in the twentieth century. Strong language. 1998.

Sybil      RC 58635
by Flora Rheta Schreiber
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes (Reissue)
The history-making case of Sybil Isabel Dorsett, a woman with multiple personality disorder and sixteen different identities. Bestselling account chronicles eleven years of psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and treatment sessions with Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, who assisted Sybil in identifying the causes of her illness. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1973.

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge      RC 58715
by David G. McCullough
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Saga of a monumental engineering feat: construction of a suspension bridge spanning New York's East River. Among the themes discussed are structural concept, technology involved, late-nineteenth-century politics, builders' heroism, and the bridge's impact on ordinary citizens. 1972.

Travels in Alaska      RC 58721
by John Muir
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Last book written by Scottish-born naturalist John Muir (1838-1914), who recounts three trips to Alaska between 1879 and 1890. Describes his encounters with indigenous peoples, his mountain traverses, and his hazardous exploration of Glacier Bay, now a national monument. New 1993 introduction by anthropologist Richard Nelson. 1915.

Cassettes Fiction

Older but Wilder: More Notes from the Pasture      RC 56395
by Effie Leland Wilder
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
In this sequel to Over What Hill? (RC 45171), Miss Hattie has her knee replacement "retreaded" and returns to FairAcres. She describes humorous events at the retirement home, including becoming pen pals with local school children, stealing the founder's portrait, and raising money for a swimming pool. 1998.

The Association      RC 56461
by Bentley Little
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Barry, a horror writer, and his wife, Maureen, leave California for a gated community in Utah where they discover bizarre neighbors and a homeowners' association that sanctions killing pets and murdering members who break the rules. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Marjorie Morningstar      RC 56674
by Herman Wouk
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Beautiful New York teenager Marjorie Morgenstern, a student at Hunter College in the late 1930s, decides to become an actress, repudiating the values of her traditional Jewish family. Joining a summer stock troupe, she embarks on a disastrous affair with its charismatic director. Some strong language. 1955.

The Collapsium      RC 56678
by Wil McCarthy
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Set in futuristic time, in which programmable matter and newly discovered "collapsium" ensure limitless power and immortality, scientist Marlon Sykes threatens to destroy the solar system for his own nefarious purposes. His intellectual equal, scientist Bruno de Towaji, must race to stop the cataclysm. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Dirty Dozen      RC 56679
by E.M. Nathanson
read by Ray Childs
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Europe, 1944. Twelve U.S. military renegades serving life sentences or facing execution are given a last-chance mission behind Nazi lines. Led by Captain John Reisman, the convicts endure a rigorous training and are then dropped in France ahead of the Normandy invasion. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1965.

The Mysterious Island      RC 56680
by Jules Verne
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Adventures of air balloonists stranded on a strange Pacific island during the American Civil War. Recounts their determination to survive and their resourcefulness. New unabridged translation by Sidney Kravitz. 1874.

Too Many Men      RC 56865
by Lily Brett
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Forty-three and thrice-divorced, successful New York City businesswoman Ruth Rothwax convinces her father, Edek, to accompany her to his childhood home in Poland. As Edek relives painful memories of Nazi occupation and Auschwitz, Ruth searches for meaning as a child of Holocaust survivors. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

The Gates of Dawn: The Chronicles of Blood and Stone, Volume 2      RC 56885
by Robert Newcomb
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
With their nation in chaos, Prince Tristan, his twin sister, and wizards Wigg and Faegan take refuge in a subterranean labyrinth. When the wizards' power begins to fail, Tristan ventures forth to find a solution. Sequel to The Fifth Sorceress (RC 55732). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle, Volume 1      RC 57054
by Neal Stephenson
read by Robert Sams
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Tale of science, alchemy, and absurd adventure in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and America. Features great minds and historical figures--mathematician Dr. Daniel Waterhouse, who experiences the scientific revolution, and vagabond king "Half-Cocked" Jack Shaftoe, who rescues a young woman from a harem. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment      RC 57055
by Mary Stewart
read by David Cutler
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Trilogy about the life of Britain's King Arthur. In The Crystal Cave, the story begins with the wizard Merlin and his powers. The Hollow Hills continues with the birth of Arthur, who is exiled by his father. The Last Enchantment deals with Arthur's first year as king. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1970.

Reservations Recommended      RC 57068
by Eric Kraft
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Newly divorced Matthew Barber is a Boston toy company executive who moonlights as restaurant critic B.W. Beath. While he surveys dining rooms and their customers with his mistress and sardonically observes modern social life, his own reels out of control. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1990.

Don't Look Now      RC 57120
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Lawyer Clare Westbrook is shocked when her boss is killed. She soon discovers she was the intended target. Afraid for herself and determined to protect her young niece, whose father is being released from prison, Clare gets help from homicide detective and former boyfriend Tony Sonterra. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

The Flying Squadron: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 11      RC 57228
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Under False Colours (RC 57227), Captain Drinkwater, after a brief home stay in England, boards the Patrician in 1811 to escort Henry Vansittart--the King's messenger--to America. While there, Drinkwater uncovers information that later helps prevent a Royal Navy takeover by the United States. Violence and strong language. 1992.

Beneath the Aurora: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 12      RC 57229
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1813. Captain Drinkwater has succeeded Lord Dungarth as head of the Royal Navy's Secret Department. The discovery of a secret treaty with America sends him to Norway on a dangerous mission. Sequel to The Flying Squadron (RC 57228). Violence and strong language. 1995.

Paladin of Souls      RC 57356
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Vanessa Maroney
4 cassettes
Free of the madness that imprisoned her in The Curse of Chalion (RC 53074), widowed dowager Royina Ista of Chalion undertakes a pilgrimage of atonement. Accompanied by loyal followers, Ista contends with gods, demons, and soldier-bandits until she is rescued by the hero of her visions. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Twists and Turns      RC 57383
by Janet McDonald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
With the help of some successful friends, Teesha and Keeba Washington from Chill Wind (RC 56891) try to promote their talents by opening a hair-braiding salon in their Brooklyn housing project. Plagued by problems, the sisters find it hard to make a profit. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Spirit of Covington      RC 57454
by Joan Medlicott
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes
When fire destroys the farmhouse of Amelia, Grace, and Hannah, the three devastated ladies and Hannah's daughter, Laura, seek temporary refuge elsewhere. The stress of rebuilding, losing their keepsakes, and living apart affects their relationships. Sequel to From the Heart of Covington (RC 54508). 2003.

Fatal Remains      RC 57561
by Eleanor Taylor Bland
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
African American detective Marti MacAlister from Windy City Dying (RC 57253) and her partner, Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik, investigate suspicious deaths near an archaeological dig. Recent crimes soon expose long-kept secrets of the past that involve Native American history and the Underground Railroad. Some strong language. 2003.

Provence--to Die For      RC 57580
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Vacationing in France, Jessica Fletcher takes cooking lessons from chef Emil Bertrand that are cut short when he is killed. Bertrand's lover is arrested. But after the murder weapon surfaces at the country farmhouse where Jessica is staying, the mystery writer turns her attention to houseguest Mallory Cartright, an American teenager. 2002.

Murder on the QE2      RC 57581
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher receives free passage aboard the luxury ocean liner in return for giving lectures and writing a play to entertain fellow passengers. When a famous actress is murdered, Jessica is recruited as the ship's spokeswoman and considers the eclectic group of suspects. 1997.

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters      RC 57635
by Elisabeth Robinson
read by Linda Edmond
2 cassettes
Hollywood producer Olivia Hunt is struggling with a difficult film and abandonment by her lover. Then her sister Maddie in Ohio is diagnosed with leukemia. In letters to friends, relatives, and colleagues, Olivia relates shuttling between California and her hometown to comfort her family while keeping her movie afloat. Strong language. 2004.

After the Rains      RC 57682
by Deborah Raney
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
High school student Natalie Camfield, just a child in Beneath a Southern Sky (RC 57150), is involved in a tragic alcohol-related car accident that kills her best friend. Later Natalie leaves college and her boyfriend to assist her missionary father in Colombia where she confronts her guilt and finds new love. 2002.

Slightly Scandalous      RC 57714
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Visiting Bath, England, Lady Freyja Bedwyn is surprised when a stranger bursts into her room and begs her to hide him. Joshua Moore, the Marquess of Hallmere, then makes a daring request--for Freyja to pose as his betrothed and help thwart his family's matchmaking schemes. Sequel to Slightly Wicked (RC 57749). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Slightly Tempted      RC 57746
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Belgium, 1800s. During the Battle of Waterloo, exiled earl Gervase Ashford is protector of Lady Morgan Bedwyn. Unbeknownst to her, Gervase bears a long-standing grudge against her brother, Wulfric, and is tempted to seduce her to exact revenge. Sequel to Slightly Scandalous (RC 57714). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Slightly Wicked      RC 57749
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
A chance carriage accident incites a passionate tryst between strangers Judith Law and Lord Rannulf Bedwyn. Afterwards, they part--she to her wealthy aunt's estate and a life of servitude, he off to marry well. Both are shocked when Rannulf unknowingly arrives to court Judith's cousin. Sequel to Slightly Married (RC 56471). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Listener      RC 57768
by Taylor Caldwell
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Depicts the search for personal salvation and inner peace through communication with God. Fifteen disparate persons--among them a lovely young woman, a self-made tycoon, and a talented African American man--seek out the tireless "listener" behind a curtain to figure out why they were born, how they must live, and where their destinies lie. 1960.

The Big Country      RC 57772
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Baltimore sea captain James McKay travels to Texas to reunite with his bride-to-be and purchase a ranch offered by Miss Julie Maragon. Julie's neighbors, however, have other plans for the property. They aren't afraid to start trouble with a greenhorn, so McKay is forced to prove himself. 1957.

Buckskin Man      RC 57777
by Tom W. Blackburn
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
When his Santa Fe, New Mexico, trading company suspiciously burns to the ground, Jim King vows to collect compensation from his rival, the head of Duval and Company. The desire for revenge takes Jim to St. Louis and back. Meanwhile he must decide how to deal with an impending massacre. 1956.

Death of a Citizen      RC 57783
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Fifteen years after undercover service in World War II, Matt Helm is leading a peaceful suburban life as a husband and father in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A former fellow agent named Tina suddenly reappears, demanding his help and threatening his family. Some violence and some strong language. 1960.

The Frumious Bandersnatch: A Novel of the 87th Precinct      RC 57809
by Ed McBain
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Two masked men snatch twenty-year-old hip-hop diva Tamar from a party on a yacht in New York City's harbor. Detectives Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes, of the 87th precinct, assist the FBI in the search for the kidnappers. Violence and strong language. 2004.

The Second Chair      RC 57813
by John Lescroart
read by Fred major
3 cassettes
Attorney Dismas Hardy of The First Law (RC 55773) assists his associate, Amy Wu, in defending seventeen-year-old Andrew Bartlett, accused of murdering his girlfriend and his English teacher. Wu believes he's guilty,but Hardy uncovers evidence suggesting Bartlett's innocence and implicating a serial killer. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2004      RC 57828
edited by Bill Henderson
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Short stories, poems, memoirs, and essays from forty-three notable noncommercial presses. Among sixty-two selections are "Election Eve" by Evan Connell, "Three Girls" by Joyce Carol Oates, and works by Jonathan Lethem, Richard Powers, and others. Introduction by the editor. 2004.

A Vineyard Killing: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery      RC 57831
by Philip R. Craig
read by Ray Foushee
1 cassette
Millionaire real-estate developer Donald Fox and his brother Paul arrive on the island to buy up land from residents holding dubious titles, including former cop J.W. Jackson. No one is surprised when Paul is shot, but he may not have been the intended target. Both men have made enemies. 2003.

The Pilgrim Song: The House of Winslow, Book 29      RC 57839
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
New York, 1929. Lewis Winslow's future looks bright, despite his concern with the way his four children are turning out. Then the stock market crashes, and they must rely on their faith in God and a new family friend to see them through. Sequel to The Fiery Ring (RC 56760). 2003.

The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told      RC 57897
edited by Lamar Underwood
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Twenty-eight diverse stories reinforcing the connection between the fisherman and his environment, from inland rivers to the blue water of the Gulf Stream. Includes Ernest Hemingway's "Now I Lay Me," an excerpt from The Yearling, and work by notable angling writers. Brief introductions preface each story. 2000.

Last Lessons of Summer      RC 57898
by Margaret Maron
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Amy Steadman, heiress to a children's book empire, visits the North Carolina farmhouse of her late grandmother, Frances Barbour, to put the valuable estate, and her own life, in order. While sorting through her inheritance, Amy seeks answers to her mother's long-ago suicide and Frances's recent murder. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Blind Man of Seville      RC 57899
by Robert Wilson
read by Dan Toohey
4 cassettes
Seville, Spain. Chief inspector Javier Falcón investigates a wealthy businessman's brutal murder and other killings that follow. When he connects the victims to his father in some shady dealings, Falcón, with the help of a blind psychologist, delves into his painful past. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Lake in the Clouds      RC 57904
by Sara Donati
read by Gabriella Cavallero
4 cassettes
Upstate New York, 1802. Nathaniel Bonner's half-Mohawk daughter, Hannah, hides a pregnant escaped slave from a bounty hunter who was Hannah's childhood friend. Hannah, a healer, and her stepmother, Elizabeth, give refuge to other runaways heading to Canada. Sequel to Dawn on a Distant Shore (RC 57936). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Crown Jewel      RC 57921
by Fern Michaels
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Hollywood actor Ricky Lam's relationship with his brother, Philip, grew distant after Ricky entered rehab. Fifteen years later, Philip dies tragically. With no hope of reconciliation, Ricky focuses on his illegitimate sons, his family's business, his sister-in-law, and Philip's secret past. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

311 Pelican Court      RC 57922
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
This sequel to 204 Rosewood Lane (RC 55516) focuses on Rosie and Zach, recently divorced by Judge Olivia Lockhart with an unusual stipulation. Cedar Grove's other main gossip topic is the identity of the man who died at the local bed-and-breakfast. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Lottery and Other Stories      RC 57928
by Shirley Jackson
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
A collection of twenty-five unusual short stories. In the title piece, a village puts a terrifying twist on the luck of the draw. In "The Witch," a stranger on the train tells a chilling tale of murder to a small boy. Some violence. 1948.

Blood Sinister: An Inspector Bill Slider Mystery      RC 57929
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
When left-wing journalist Phoebe Agnew is found murdered in her London flat, Detective Inspector Bill Slider dismisses his feelings about her work targeting police corruption and investigates. His primary suspect is a government advisor rumored to be her lover. Meanwhile, his girlfriend considers moving to Amsterdam. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1999.

Dove's Way      RC 57932
by Linda Francis Lee
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
1891. Her father's death forces Finnea Winslet to leave their African home and return to Boston--to a family and society she barely remembers. Struggling to adjust, she is unexpectedly reunited with Matthew Hawthorne, the man with a scarred face and troubled soul who saved her life. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga, Book 1      RC 58000
by Edward Rutherfurd
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Fictional portrayal of Irish history over eleven centuries from the sacrifice of Celtic warrior Conall to Druid gods in A.D. 430 through Henry VIII's desecration of Catholic churches in 1537. Also focuses on the passions and struggles shaping the character of Dublin. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2004.

Wild Pitch      RC 58008
by Mike Lupica
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
"Showtime" Charlie Stoddard was twenty-five when an injury ended his pitching career with the New York Mets in 1988. At forty, he's divorced and spends his days drinking and his nights with nameless women. That is, until physical therapy revitalizes his arm--and his big-league dreams. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Kills      RC 58014
by Linda Fairstein
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper's latest case involves the rape of investment banker Paige Vallis, whose attacker is also accused of abusing his ten-year-old son. When Paige is killed, Alex finds connections to an elderly Harlem murder victim. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

The Hills at Home      RC 58022
by Nancy Clark
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
Massachusetts, 1989. Aging spinster Lily Hill's serene life is shattered when various family members arrive for the summer--and forget to leave. Also appearing is Andy, a graduate student who wants to use the clan as the subject of his thesis on intergenerational dynamics. 2003

Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America      RC 58024
edited by Jane Kurtz
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Short stories and poems by African and American writers about cross-cultural connections and "third culture kids," those who inhabit two worlds without a firm foothold in either. Describes safaris, life among the bushmen, African folktales, and transitions to adulthood. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

The Last Promise      RC 58030
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Italy, 1999. Eliana, an American, is trapped in a loveless marriage. Her frequently absent Italian husband will not let her return to America with their son, Alessio. When the boy has an asthma attack, Eliana calls on new neighbor Ross Story for help. As they fall in love, they must each reevaluate their lives. 2002.

Cloud of Sparrows      RC 58031
by Takashi Matsuoka
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Japan, 1861. Lord Genji, leader of a doomed clan, experiences a vision in which a foreigner saves his life. So influenced, he befriends Christian missionaries Emily Gibson and Matthew Stark (also a gunslinger). Genji's actions alarm his tradition-bound enemies, who plot his demise and cement the destinies of his unlikely companions. Violence. 2002.

Vernon God Little      RC 58032
by D.B.C. Pierre
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
After a Texas high school massacre, fifteen-year-old sole survivor Vernon Little becomes a suspect. Stalked by the media, Vernon flees to Mexico only to be apprehended and brought to trial for murder. A picaresque satire on American mores. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Booker Prize. 2003.

A Ship Made of Paper      RC 58035
by Scott Spencer
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
A racially-motivated attack sends white Manhattan lawyer Daniel Emerson back to his hometown. Living with his girlfriend and her daughter, he becomes infatuated with a married African American graduate student. Attraction brings trouble during a snowstorm as they contemplate race, desire, and love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Second Glance      RC 58036
by Jodi Picoult
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Vermont. Developers acquiring property from an elderly scientist spark protests from Native Americans claiming the site is a burial ground. After a rash of unexplained phenomena, ghost hunter Ross Wakeman--suicidal since his fiancée's death--investigates. The paranormal activity shows disturbing links to eugenics projects in the 1920s and 1930s. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Hope's Highway      RC 58037
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Missouri, 1933. On a California-bound truck caravan, Margie Kinnard meets rancher Brady Hoyt. Margie and Brady grow close despite her father's antagonism. But the travelers must contend with robbers and other dangers. Sequel to Mother Road (RC 57613). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Guardian of the Horizon      RC 58038
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Egypt, 1907. Archaeologist family headed by Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson accepts a hazardous mission to Lost Oasis to save their friend Prince Tarek, who is suffering from a strange sickness. They encounter constant deceptions and dangers on the desert trek, ultimately finding themselves victims of a ruse to dethrone the prince. 2004.

The Narrows      RC 58047
by Michael Connelly
read by Len Cariou
2 cassettes
Retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch investigates the death of his pal Terry McCaleb from A Darkness More than Night (RC 51468). Disgraced FBI agent Rachel Walling tracks down serial killer Bob Backus, her former boss. The two cases merge as more bodies are discovered. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Dance Hall of the Dead      RC 58053
by Tony Hillerman
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn faces a possible murder in the disappearance of a Zuñi youth and his Navajo best friend shortly before an important annual Zuñi religious ceremony. Some violence. 1973.

Lost in a Good Book      RC 58054
by Jasper Fforde
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
In an alternate 1985 England, literary detective Thursday Next from The Eyre Affair (RC 54764) faces her husband's eradication by the corrupt Goliath Corporation. To rescue him, Thursday must retrieve an enemy from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Miss Havisham from Great Expectations assists. Some strong language. 2002.

The Parting Glass      RC 58062
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Peggy Donaghue and her two-year-old autistic son leave Cleveland to visit a cousin in Ireland who needs help unraveling a family mystery. When Peggy's sisters Megan and Casey arrive, the secret is revealed. Sequel to Whiskey Island (RC 58098). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Dark Hollow      RC 58071
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Former New York cop Charlie Parker from Every Dead Thing (RC 58055) has avenged his murdered family and retreats to Maine as a detective-for-hire. A case of unpaid child support turns to murder, and the obvious suspect, the victim's ex-husband, disappears. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Fire by Night: Refiner's Fire      RC 58075
by Lynn Austin
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
1861. Disguised as a man, nineteen-year-old Phoebe Bigelow enlists with the Union army. Meanwhile, Philadelphia socialite Julia Hoffman joins the Christian Commission, volunteering as a nurse to help wounded soldiers. The heroic young women meet on the front lines. Sequel to Candle in the Darkness (RC 58048). Some violence. 2003.

A Pawn for a Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court      RC 58087
by Fiona Buckley
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Widowed again, Ursula looks forward to a quiet retirement from the queen's court--but not yet. When her treasonous cousin, Edward, heads for Scotland with a list of families loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots--Elizabeth's rival for the throne of England--Ursula sets out to stop him. Some violence. 2002.

Tough Saddle      RC 58090
by Matt Stuart
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Big Five ranch foreman Link Asbell knows that a top hand's fiery death and a neighbor rancher's shooting are no coincidence: both men had obstructed rival Double Diamond's cattle run. Link fights fire with lead to save the spread and his future with its lovely owner, Sue Vincent. 1959.

Bergdorf Blondes      RC 58108
by Plum Sykes
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Manhattan. In a world of fake tans, artificial blondes, and $325 jeans, a London-born brunette who calls herself "Moi," department-store heiress Julie Bergdorf, and their fellow Park Avenue princesses hunt for perfect husbands. Moi's broken engagement tests her faith in love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2004.

Therapy      RC 58111
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Psychologist Alex Delaware helps LAPD pal Milo Sturgis investigate a double homicide on lover's lane. The male victim had been in treatment with celebrity therapist Mary Lou Koppel, but Mary herself is murdered before Alex can learn her secrets. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2004.

Second Helpings      RC 58114
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Sloppy Firsts (RC 58148), angst-ridden Jessica enters her senior year at Pineville High. She is confused about her relationship with Marcus, misses her best friend who moved to Tennessee, and decides to attend Columbia University in New York. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Flavor of the Week      RC 58116
by Tucker Shaw
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Shy teenager Cyril weighs 240 pounds due to his talent as a chef. He's in love with Rose, but she falls for his buddy Nick. Cyril reluctantly agrees to cook dishes that Nick can claim as his own creations to help him win Rose's heart. Includes recipes. For senior high readers. 2003.

Highlander Unbound      RC 58118
by Julia London
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
1816. Captain Liam Lockhart, on leave from his Highland regiment, searches in London for a treasure that will save his family estate. When Liam meets socialite Ellen Farnsworth, he has no idea that she too is on a mission--one that will intertwine their fates. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Bachelor List      RC 58123
by Jane Feather
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
London's spirited Duncan sisters--Constance, Prudence, and Chastity--start a matchmaking service and pen an anonymous suffragist broadsheet. Meanwhile politician Max Ensor courts Constance, but unaware that Constance is behind the scandalous publication, he sets out to expose the writers. Followed by The Bride Hunt (RC 58142). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Sea of Grey: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure      RC 58124
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Captain Alan Lewrie sets sail aboard HMS Proteus for the West Indies, where general Toussaint L'Ouverture leads a slave rebellion in France's Saint Domingue colony. Lewrie patrols for privateers, French warships, and anything suspicious. Sequel to King's Captain (RC 53006). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

Football's Best Short Stories      RC 58128
edited by Paul D. Staudohar
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Twenty-one stories and one classic poem published between 1909 and 1997, by renowned authors. Includes John Updike's "In Football Season," which evokes the wonderment of youth at Friday night high school games; an excerpt from Howard Nemerov's The Homecoming Game; and pieces by Ellery Queen, Damon Runyon, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and others. 1998.

Good Faith      RC 58129
by Jane Smiley
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
In 1982, small town real estate broker Joey Stratford has two encounters that complicate his life. He meets wheeler-dealer Marcus Burns, who lures him into a speculative venture, and he begins an affair with a married woman, Felicity, the daughter of his partner Gordon Baldwin. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Dead Irish      RC 58133
by John Lescroart
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
San Francisco. Ex-cop Dismas Hardy, currently a bartender, unofficially investigates his friend Eddie Cochran's apparent suicide. Dismas, also coping with unresolved feelings for his ex-wife, identifies possible murder motives and examines the role of Eddie's compassionate, conflicted priest. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1989.

The Vig      RC 58138
by John Lescroart
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Rusty Ingraham warns his friend San Francisco lawyer-turned-bartender Dismas Hardy that convict Louis Baker is out on parole. When Rusty goes missing, Dismas tries to convince police that Louis, among a jumble of suspects, killed him. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

When Tomorrow Comes      RC 58150
by Janette Oke
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
As World War II escalates, dilemmas face adopted siblings Christine and Henry Delaney. Henry, a Mountie, prepares to marry, and Christine relies on faith to navigate the uncertainties of work and love and to decide about a return to northern Canada. Sequel to Beyond the Gathering Storm (RC 57470). 2001.

Everywhere That Mary Went      RC 58152
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Newly widowed attorney Mary DiNunzio is in line to become partner at one of Philadelphia's upscale corporate law firms. But a series of frightening telephone calls, notes, and stalking by someone unknown put her career on hold as she fights for her life. Some strong language. 1993.

Just One Look      RC 58163
by Harlan Coben
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Well-ordered happy lives are upended when Grace Lawson finds among current family snapshots a compromising picture of her husband taken twenty years ago. First he disappears, shaken after Grace confronts him, and then a serial killer infiltrates the quiet neighborhood. Some violence. Bestseller 2004.

Persuader      RC 58168
by Lee Child
read by Christopher Walker
3 cassettes
Federal agents recruit ex-military cop Jack Reacher to recover their colleague, who disappeared investigating "rug importer" Zachary Beck. Deep inside Beck's fortress-like Maine estate, Jack discovers the illegal trader's real menace--a former intelligence officer: the sadistic killer he thought he eliminated a decade ago. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Short Works      RC 58171
by Mark Twain
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Sixteen short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, by celebrated author Mark Twain. In the title piece, a mysterious stranger plots an elaborate scheme to expose hypocrisy in a small town. Also includes "My Boyhood Dreams" and "My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It." With a 2002 introduction. 1898.

Laird of the Mist      RC 58172
by Elizabeth English
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Deirdre Maxwell's dreams fade in a joyless marriage--until she meets her husband's new swordsman. Alistair Kirallen, former royal guardsman on the Scottish borderlands, is now a blade-for-hire driven to avenge his foster brother's death. Sequel to The Border Bride (RC 56030). Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

Black Lotus      RC 58175
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Tokyo, 1693. Shogun's private detective Sano Ichiro investigates a triple murder camouflaged as arson at the Black Lotus Temple. Sano's wife, Reiko, interviews fifteen-year-old orphan Haru, a witness. Convinced of Haru's innocence, Reiko sets out to expose a suspicious Buddhist sect. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Cradle Will Fall      RC 58176
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes (Reissue)
While hospitalized, New Jersey prosecutor Katie DeMaio spies from her window a man loading a woman's body into a car. Later, she helps medical examiner Richard Carroll investigate a questionable suicide. Richard suspects Edgar Highley--Katie's new doctor--and fears the worst when Katie disappears. Some violence and some strong language. 1980.

Santa Fe Rules      RC 58179
by Stuart Woods
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Stranded at an airport, film producer Wolf Willett reads a newspaper reporting the triple homicide of his actress wife, Julia, his partner, Jack--and himself. Obviously still alive, Wolf staves off arrest and hires attorney Ed Eagle to investigate Julia's sleazy past. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1992.

All's Fair in Love, War, and High School      RC 58194
by Janette Rallison
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
High school cheerleader Samantha Taylor bombs her SAT tests. To compensate she decides to run for student council president. Even though her nemesis, Logan Hansen, bets that she can't be nice enough to people to get elected, she and Logan fall in love. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Appointment in Samarra      RC 58197
by John O'Hara
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Fast-moving first novel by journalist/critic John O'Hara (1905-1970) set in 1930s small-town Pennsylvania. As Gibbsville celebrates Christmas with parties, music, and liquor, aristocratic drunkard Julian English breaks with polite society in one rash moment, beginning his rapid descent to self-destruction. 1991 introduction by John Updike. Some strong language. 1934.

Mortal Engines      RC 58198
by Philip Reeve
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
In the distant future, when big cities rove about on wheels and chase smaller towns, apprentice Tom Natsworthy is shoved out of London by Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine. Aided by disfigured Hester Shaw, Tom seeks answers to the planet's plight in the perilous Out-Country. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

A Great and Terrible Beauty      RC 58201
by Libba Bray
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
After her mother's 1895 murder in India, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle returns home to England to attend boarding school. There Gemma learns she has supernatural powers that lead her and three friends to a magical realm where she reconnects with her mother. But evil forces also abound. For senior high readers. 2003.

Waiting for Sarah      RC 58207
by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Mike loses his legs and his family in a car accident. When he's back in school Sarah, a younger student, befriends him. As Mike slowly recovers from tragedy he learns that Sarah is a murdered girl's ghost. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Killing Kind      RC 58245
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Maine private detective Charlie Parker investigates the apparent suicide of Grace Peltier, a graduate student researching the disappearance of a local fundamentalist sect. When the group's mass grave is discovered, Parker suspects the Fellowship, a shadowy religious organization. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Matarese Circle      RC 58249
by Robert Ludlum
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes (Reissue)
An organization called "The Matarese" is financing terrorist groups around the world. Secret agents Vasili Taleniekov, a Russian, and American Brandon Scofield forget long-standing personal and ideological enmity to track down the leader. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1982.

Pandora's Star      RC 58258
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by L.J. Ganser
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Retired NASA pilot Wilson Kime is recruited by the Intersolar Commonwealth to investigate a distant star's sudden disappearance. When Kime discovers the star and a potentially dangerous alien race hidden behind an energy barrier, the Commonwealth prepares its defenses. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Flyy Girl      RC 58264
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison, a beautiful middle-class African American girl from Philadelphia, grows up spoiled and boy-crazy amidst the violence and drugs of the 1980s. Tracy eventually realizes that there is more to life than material goods. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

Call Each River Jordan      RC 58265
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
Union major Abel Jones arrives at the Civil War's front lines to investigate the killing of forty runaway slaves--the third such racially motivated massacre presumably by southern renegades. General Grant then sends him on a dangerous mission to parley with the Confederates and find the murderers. Violence. 2001.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Balance Point      RC 58271
by Kathy Tyers
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
The planet Duro, though nearly uninhabitable, is the only option for refugees fleeing the relentless invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong. Leia supervises the relocation plan, while Jedi--including Han's young son, Jacen--arrive to help keep the fragile peace. Sequel to Agents of Chaos II, Jedi Eclipse (RC 52417). 2000.

Photo Finish      RC 58275
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Montague Reece invites Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn and artist wife Troy to his New Zealand estate and commissions Troy to paint his mistress, opera star Sommita. As Roderick tries to protect the singer from a nuisance photographer, rumors of drug involvement surface and Sommita is found murdered. 1980.

For the Love of Money      RC 58277
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison from Flyy Girl (RC 58264) moves to Los Angeles where she quickly becomes a screenwriter and movie star. When she returns home to Philadelphia, Tracy reconnects with old friends and relatives and looks for love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus, Volume 3      RC 58279
by Michael Bond
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Three stories featuring a French food critic, once a police inspector. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm," the first female colleague is hired. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse on Location," along with his bloodhound, Pommes Frites, he finds crime on a movie set. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train," he travels to Rome. 1992.

Storm Warning      RC 58280
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes (Reissue)
1944. During World War II, some loyal German expatriates trapped in Brazil plot to return to their homeland on the three-masted sailing ship Deutschland. With five nuns also aboard as passengers, captain Eric Berger and his crew attempt an impossible voyage across an ocean dominated by British and American navies. 1976.

Purple Hibiscus      RC 58294
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
Nigeria. Kambili, fifteen, and her brother Jaja live in fear of their wealthy but violent father. They discover a freer world while visiting their aunt and cousins and try to change their lot when they return home. But tensions escalate, and tragedy strikes. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Jane Austen Book Club      RC 58362
by Karen Joy Fowler
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Sylvia, lesbian daughter Allegra, friend Jocelyn, French teacher Prudie, senior citizen Bernadette, and bachelor Grigg meet to discuss Jane Austen's works. Over the next few months, each participant's life is influenced differently by personal interpretations of the novels. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower, Volume 6      RC 58365
by Stephen King
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
The journey to the Dark Tower continues. Possessed by demon-mother Mia, gunslinger Susannah Dean prepares to give birth in New York City. Meanwhile, Roland and Eddie tumble into an ambush in 1977 Maine. Sequel to Wolves of the Calla (RC 57355). Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way      RC 58367
by Linda Bruckheimer
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
For their mother Lila Mae's seventy-fifth birthday, Rebecca Wooten St. Clair and her sister drive home to Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, now threatened by powerful developers. Rebecca arrives just in time to help save their ancestral home from the wrecking ball. Sequel to Dreaming Southern (RC 47967). Bestseller 2004.

Fury of the Mountain Man      RC 58371
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Mountain man Smoke Jensen is summoned to Mexico by old friends Carbone and Martine. The gunslingers-turned-ranchers have angered outlaw Gustavo Carvajal and await Smoke's arrival before taking on an army of bandits in a range war. Some strong language. 1993.

The Ordeal of Jason Ord      RC 58376
by Lewis B. Patten
read by John Polk
1 cassette (Reissue)
Wyoming. Kind Jim Hunnicutt hires sixteen-year-old runaway Jason Ord and wills his ranch to the boy. When Jim is killed soon after, Jason flees--pursued by the murderer, by a cattle rustler, and by a sheriff intent on hanging Jason for the crime. Some violence and some strong language. 1973.

Death in Precinct Puerto Rico: A Luis Gonzalo Novel, Book 2      RC 58381
by Steven Torres
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Elena Maldonado is murdered after returning home from the hospital with her newborn baby. Sheriff Luis Gonzalo suspects Elena's drunk and abusive husband whom she planned to divorce. Further violence and a complicated investigation lead to more questions--including who will care for the child. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Usual Rules      RC 58382
by Joyce Maynard
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Wendy loses her mother on September 11, 2001. Remembering their last, contentious conversation, Wendy torments herself with guilt and grief. Her estranged father's unexpected arrival prompts Wendy to leave her stepdad and half-brother in her quest for healing. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

To Burn      RC 58403
by Claudia Dain
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Barbarian Wulfred enslaves Melania, a defiant Roman woman, when he and fellow Saxon warriors conquer a villa in Britannia. In a battle of wills, Wulfred takes her as his wife while Melania plots to kill him despite a growing attraction. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Memorial Day      RC 58405
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
CIA agent Mitch Rapp leads a commando raid into Pakistan and uncovers an Al Qaeda plot to unleash a nuclear device in the United States on Memorial Day. Even with the bomb successfully disarmed, Rapp fears his team has not thwarted the terrorists' plans. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2      RC 58427
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Ten stories spanning the years 980 to 2000. In "Lady Shobu" reluctant heroine Kishi must seal a rift to the spirit realm in the Japanese imperial compound. Other demon slayers, including Buffy, combat evil in France, England, and the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald      RC 58431
by Ross Macdonald
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Three previously unpublished detective stories by author Ross Macdonald, born Kenneth Millar (1915-1983). Death by Water features investigator Joe Rogers, and Strangers in Town and The Angry Man both star southern California private eye Lew Archer. Comprehensive introduction by editor Tom Nolan provides biographical information on the author. 2001.

A Good Year      RC 58451
by Peter Mayle
read by Steven Crossley
2 cassettes
Londoner Max Skinner's financial career is failing when he learns that he has inherited his uncle's rundown vineyard in Provence, France. Californian Christie Roberts soon arrives to claim her stake in the estate. Meanwhile, a scandal erupts involving a secret stash of wine. Bestseller 2004.

The Fall of Neskaya: The Clingfire Trilogy, Book 1      RC 58454
by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Young Coryn Leynier's secret mental gift (laran) is discovered by King Damian's brother, who takes the youth away to perfect this unusually strong psychic power. But while Coryn trains, the brothers plot to exploit his abilities in order to rule all Darkover. Precedes Zandru's Forge (RC 58475). Some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors      RC 58455
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Lucy feels left out when her friends Izzie and Nesta have boyfriends to spend the summer with. After she meets Daniel at a weekend retreat, the two become inseparable. But eventually Lucy is smothered by the relationship and needs a break. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Amber's Mirage and Other Stories      RC 58457
by Zane Grey
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Five short stories of survival in Arizona's deserts. Includes "The Saga of the Ice Cream Kid," about the West before barbed wire and railroads, and "Amber's Mirage," a romantic tale of a young man's quest for gold and the woman he loves. 1928.

Cat in a Neon Nightmare: A Midnight Louie Mystery      RC 58460
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
Feline detective Midnight Louie enters the Las Vegas crime scene when a high-class call girl is found dead. The main suspect is her last client, radio personality Matt Devine, a friend of Louie's human roommate. Louie and a new partner--his unacknowledged daughter, Miss Midnight Louise--help crack the case. Some strong language. 2003.

When Strangers Marry      RC 58461
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New Orleans, 1805. On the run from her abusive stepfather and an arranged marriage, spirited mademoiselle Lysette Kersaint finds herself in the home of wealthy widower Maximilien Vallerand. Discovering that Lysette's betrothed is his own sworn enemy, Max uses her to exact revenge. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1992.

Ten Little Indians: Stories      RC 58463
by Sherman Alexie
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Nine stories about modern day Native Americans. In "Do You Know Where I Am?" college sweethearts rescue and return a stranded cat to its owners--an act that unexpectedly defines their future relationship. "Search Engine" depicts a student looking for a fellow native who disappeared thirty years earlier after winning a Pulitzer prize for poetry. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Roma Eterna      RC 58464
by Robert Silverberg
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
Ten connected stories--some previously published--construct a fictional history of Rome from its absorption of neighboring barbarians and conquest of the New World to a second Hebrew exodus via a starship. Various historical stages, which span nearly fifteen hundred years, depict civil war, dictatorship, love affairs, and political intrigue. 1989.

Bad Men: A Thriller      RC 58469
by John Connolly
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Dutch Island, Maine. Suspicious incidents foretell the recurrence of a violent local history. Sensing evil, policeman "Melancholy" Joe Dupree watches over newcomer Marianne Elliot, who is hiding from her abusive husband, Moloch. Soon Moloch's vicious gang approaches the island intent on revenge. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Book of Salt      RC 58470
by Monique Truong
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
A fictional account by Bình, a live-in Vietnamese cook for American literary figures Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, describing his experiences during five years in their Paris household between 1929 and 1934. Interwoven are Bình's reminiscences about his upbringing and troubled past in Vietnam. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

The White Road      RC 58472
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Maine private detective Charlie Parker assists attorney Elliot Norton in South Carolina. They defend a nineteen-year-old African American man accused of killing his wealthy white girlfriend. Parker is soon embroiled in the area's racial tensions. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Zandru's Forge: The Clingfire Trilogy, Book 2      RC 58475
by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
In the uneasy peace following The Fall of Neskaya (RC 58454), three young men develop their laran powers--Varzil Ridenow, future king Carolin Hastur, and Eduin Deslucido, who has vowed to avenge his family by destroying the Hastur clan. While Varzil and Carolin grow closer, Eduin plots against the unsuspecting Carolin. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Mates, Dates, and Sleepover Secrets      RC 58476
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
T.J. (Theresa Joanne) is lonely when her best friends move away and boys ignore her. When she becomes acquainted with Lucy, T.J. is happy but worries whether Lucy's friends Nesta and Izzie will accept her into their group. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Double Helix      RC 58477
by Nancy Werlin
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Eighteen-year-old Eli Samuels, a superb athlete and student whose mother is dying, works for Dr. Quincy Wyatt, a Nobel Prize-winning genetic engineer. When Eli notices that Kayla, a coworker, eerily resembles his once beautiful mother, he uncovers a shocking family secret. For senior high readers. 2004.

Life Sentence      RC 58478
by David Ellis
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When Jon Soliday, childhood friend and current attorney for state senator Grant Tully, is accused of murder, the investigation leads to a decades-old secret the two men have kept hidden since they were teens. Additional killings and blackmail threaten to unravel their lives. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

People of the Owl: The First North Americans, Volume 11      RC 58480
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
The adventures of teenaged Mud Puppy, who led the Owl Clan. A tale of clan intrigue, treachery, marriage alliances, and everyday events about 3,500 years ago in North America's first true city, situated in what became northeastern Louisiana. Companion to People of the Masks (RC 49546). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House      RC 58482
by M.C. Beaton
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Shortly after Agatha returns from London, handsome new neighbor Paul, having heard of her sleuthing prowess, offers their services to a crotchety cottager who claims to suffer supernatural disturbances. Agatha and Paul investigate when elderly Mrs. Witherspoon is later found dead at home. 2003.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc      RC 58488
by Mark Twain
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Fictional biography of French heroine Saint Joan of Arc (1412-1431) told from the viewpoint of her page, secretary, and lifelong friend, Sieur Louis de Conte. Describes her early childhood, the "voices" that prompted her to aid the dauphin, the fight for Orleans, and her eventual capture, trial, and martyrdom. 1895.

Bay of Souls      RC 58490
by Robert Stone
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Bored Midwestern college professor Michael Ahearn succumbs to the erotic temptations of a new professor. Leaving behind his wife and son, Michael travels to a Caribbean island at Lara Purcell's invitation and finds himself embroiled in life-threatening decisions regarding love, voodoo, and smuggling. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Lookin' for Luv      RC 58491
by Carl Weber
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
Four African American coworkers at a tough New York City school turn to a telephone dating service. Kevin needs a woman his mother will like. Antoine seeks someone to share his poetry. Tyrone falls for the wife of principal Maurice, who struggles with marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2000.

If Beale Street Could Talk      RC 58492
by James Baldwin
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Bittersweet love story between nineteen-year-old African American Tish Rivers and her lover, Fonny, who met on the streets as children. Tish is pregnant with their child and remains hopeful, while Fonny, an artisan wrongly accused of rape, awaits trial in jail. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1974.

Comstock Lode      RC 58493
by Louis L'Amour
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes (Reissue)
1849. Soon after young Val Trevallion accompanies his family from England to America for a shot at the California gold rush, thieves kill his parents. Orphan Val grows up, becomes a successful miner, and awaits the opportunity for revenge. Some violence and some strong language. 1981.

The Hatwearer's Lesson      RC 58495
by Yolanda Joe
read by Melissa Maxwell
2 cassettes
Grandma Ollie calls it a bad omen when her pen runs dry as she enters granddaughter Terri's engagement into her Bible. Then Terri, a successful African American attorney, learns her fiancé Derek is cheating. Ollie helps Terri choose between Derek and new love-interest Lynnwood. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter      RC 58532
by Carson McCullers
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Deep South, 1930s. John Singer, who is deaf and mute, feels content until his best friend, also mute, is committed to a mental institution. Singer, who can read lips, becomes the confidante of several town residents, all of whom want answers to their problems. Some strong language. 1940.

Monday Mourning      RC 58549
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, in Montreal to testify at a murder trial, also helps her lover, homicide detective Andrew Ryan, investigate the remains of three women discovered in a pizza parlor basement. A potential witness is also murdered. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination      RC 58550
by Helen Fielding
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Author of Bridget Jones's Diary (RC 46267) introduces English freelance journalist Olivia Joules. While covering a style story in Miami, Olivia is attracted to playboy Pierre Ferramo, an Osama bin Laden look-alike. After a local cruise ship explodes, Olivia crisscrosses the globe to unearth Pierre's secrets. Strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Kill the Messenger      RC 58551
by Tami Hoag
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
L.A. bike messenger Jace Damon picks up a delivery from shady lawyer Lenny Lowell. But the address leads to an empty lot, and someone tries to kill him. Returning to Lowell's office, Jace finds cops investigating Lowell's murder. He goes underground with the package. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Ashes to Ashes: An Inner Sanctum Mystery      RC 58557
by Emma Lathen
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The New York Archdiocese plans to sell a parochial school to realtors who will replace the building with high-rise apartments. Wall Street banker John Putnam Thatcher, Sloan Guaranty Trust's acting president, finds himself in a legal battle as parishioners fight back. A riot, a bomb scare, and murder ensue. 1971.

Way Station      RC 58565
by Clifford D. Simak
read by John Polk
2 cassettes (Reissue)
As keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station, 124-year-old civil war veteran Enoch Wallace has been attending to visitors and facilitating interstellar communication for over a century. When his charts indicate Earth's impending destruction, his alien friends offer a solution that seems worse than the disaster itself. Hugo Award. 1963.

The Jupiter Myth: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery      RC 58581
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Britannia, A.D. 75. Suave Roman auditor Marcus Didius Falco and his family are still in the island province when the native king dispatches Falco to investigate a royal courtier's murder. The search leads to a female gladiator and criminals from Rome. Sequel to A Body in the Bathhouse (RC 56614). Some violence. 2002.

Second Chance      RC 58629
by Danielle Steel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
At the Paris couture shows, forty-two-year-old Fiona Monaghan, editor-in-chief of a chic New York fashion magazine, falls for conservative advertising executive John Anderson, a widowed father. Their whirlwind romance leads to marriage, divorce, then a passionate rekindling--and a decision to try again. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

L'Affaire      RC 58631
by Diane Johnson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Wealthy American Amy Hawkins stays at an exclusive French ski resort as part of her self-improvement plan. Getting involved with the Venn family, two of whom lie comatose in a hospital, lands her in a legal battle. Companion to Le Mariage (RC 50349). Some strong language. 2003.

Some Enchanted Evening      RC 58632
by Christina Dodd
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
During a revolution, princesses Clarice, Amy, and Sorcha flee to England for safety. Clarice and Amy end up in Scotland, where Clarice supports them by selling face cream. The earl of Hepburn takes advantage of Clarice while seeking revenge against an enemy. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Blowout: An FBI Thriller      RC 58633
by Catherine Coulter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Married FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock curtail their vacation after Supreme Court judge Stewart Califano is strangled in the law library while debating the death penalty for juvenile psychopaths. Later, two of his clerks are also killed. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2004.

The Legacy      RC 58634
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Beleaguered elf Drizzt Do'Urden finally finds peace with friends at Mithril Hall. Restored dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer rules over his ancestral realm, and Catti-brie prepares to wed Wulfgar. Their tranquility will be short-lived however, because Lloth, the dreaded Spider Queen, plots to destroy them. Followed by Starless Night (RC 51393). 1992.

Last Lullaby: An Eve Diamond Novel      RC 58638
by Denise Hamilton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
L.A. reporter Eve Diamond accompanies a U.S. Customs supervisor meeting a plane from China. Shots ring out leaving three people dead and a two-year-old toddler missing. Eve and a score of unsavory characters search for the child amongst the immigrant population. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Fabulous Small Jews      RC 58639
by Joseph Epstein
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Set in Jewish Chicago, eighteen short stories portray characters from different walks of life as they confront change, from impending parenthood to old age. Imbued with Yiddish intonations and armed with wit, Don Juan Zimmerman, Felix Emeritus, the third Mrs. Kessler, and others face the future with aplomb. 2003.

The Body in the Basement: A Faith Fairchild Mystery      RC 58641
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Faith Fairchild's next-door Maine neighbor, Pix, checks on the Fairchilds' island summer cottage and discovers, wrapped in a valuable quilt, the dead body of Mitchell Pierce, a handyman who dabbled in antiques. Sharing her friend Faith's inquisitive nature, Pix resolves to solve the murder. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 1994.

The Shop on Blossom Street      RC 58642
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Three diverse women--tough girl Alix, hopeful mother Carol, and unhappy wife Jacqueline--attend a beginners' knitting class hosted by cancer survivor Lydia in her Seattle yarn store. The four become friends and make unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

A Risk Worth Taking      RC 58643
by Robin Pilcher
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
After London financier Dan Porter loses work and money in the dot-com crash, a reduced family lifestyle frustrates his wife and their three teenagers. Dan goes to Scotland on a halfhearted job search and finds something more valuable there. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Bath Tangle      RC 58647
by Georgette Heyer
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes (Reissue)
At the reading of her late father's will, Lady Serena Carlow is outraged to learn her inheritance will be held by a trustee: her former fiancé, the marquis of Rotherham, whom she jilted. She cannot receive her fortune until she weds--with Rotherham's consent. 2004 foreword by Candace Camp. 1955.

Lost City: A Novel from the NUMA Files      RC 58714
by Clive Cussler
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Kurt Austin leads the National Underwater and Marine Agency Special Assignments Team in investigating a series of strange occurrences, beginning with bizarre seaweed growth. Now scientists harvesting a life-prolonging enzyme are dying in an Atlantic Ocean area known as the Lost City. Some violence. Bestseller 2004.

The Body in the Attic: A Faith Fairchild Mystery      RC 58716
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her minister husband will teach at Harvard Divinity School. Settling into their temporary home, Faith finds two things disturbing: her ex-boyfriend Richard Morgan's sudden reappearance and a 1946 diary in the attic. Includes recipes. 2004.

Eighteen      RC 58719
by Jan Burke
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Eighteen short mystery and suspense stories by Edgar Award winner and author of Nine (RC 55576). In "Mea Culpa," a disabled boy believes his stepfather will kill his mom. Includes "Miscalculation," about the wartime service of the oceanliner Queen Mary, "Unharmed," "The Muse," and others. Some violence. 1993.

The Christmas Thief: A Regan Reilly Mystery      RC 58834
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
During a vacation weekend in Stowe, Vermont, lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and her friend, private investigator Regan Reilly, become involved in the case of a stolen Christmas tree. The tree, designated for Rockefeller Center, connects a scam artist, a swindled waitress, and a sparkling treasure. 2004.

The Broker      RC 58930
by John Grisham
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
The CIA pressures lame-duck president Arthur Morgan into releasing jailed lobbyist Joel Backman, who obtained stolen satellite software six years before. The Agency spirits Backman to Italy to use him for bait, leaks his whereabouts--and waits to see who kills him. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2005.

Books for Children

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Cassettes Nonfiction

To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers      RC 55613
by Wendie Old
read by Larry Shapiro
1 cassette
Traces the work of brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright from Dayton, Ohio, to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as they developed the first engine-propelled flying machine. For grades 3-6. 2002.

The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat      RC 57534
by Jack Batten
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Biography of an Onondaga Indian from Canada who was the most famous long-distance runner of the early 1900s. Describes his joy in running, his rise to glory, and his fall to poverty. Also discusses how racial prejudice undermined his life. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier      RC 57715
by Marianne J. Dyson
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Former NASA mission controller describes the Moon's history, resources, unique features, and potential for colonization. Also outlines the likely challenges involved in traveling to the Moon and building lunar outposts. Includes four science experiments. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Welcome to Canada      RC 57789
by Alison Auch
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Introduction to Canada, describing its family life, work, food, climate, and social customs. Includes entertaining facts and an Inuit legend. Easy reader. For grades K-3. 2003.

Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration      RC 58093
by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Biography of Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), daughter of former slaves, Oberlin College graduate, and decades-long fighter for racial equality. Describes her appointment to the Washington, D.C., Board of Education, cofounding of the NAACP, and successful campaign in her late eighties to desegregate Washington's restaurants. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2003.

My eXtra Special Brother: How to Love, Understand, and Celebrate Your Sibling with Special Needs     RC 58380
by Carly Heyman
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old author describes growing up having an older brother born with fragile X syndrome, which causes inherited mental impairment. Carly relates stories from her childhood to identify challenges that siblings of a special-needs child have and to suggest ways to cope. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Let's Find Out about Toothpaste      RC 58406
by Kathy Barabas
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Describes the process of making toothpaste from combining the raw ingredients to shipping the packaged tubes to the store. For preschool-grade 2. 1997.

You and an Illness in Your Family      RC 58407
by Tabitha Wainwright
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Offers practical advice for young people with a seriously ill family member. Uses real-life scenarios to discuss options for coping with tough situations--including death--and for communicating with others. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children      RC 58412
by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Sixteen humorous stories capturing the spirit of Chinese culture and wisdom. In the title piece, a child learns of an ancient king who tried to save his city from flood by outsmarting the water demons. Other tales depict chopstick origins and more. For grades 5-8 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1925.

Hear Your Heart      RC 58426
by Paul Showers
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Provides a simple explanation of the structure and operation of the human heart. Suggests three easy activities. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Pop! A Book about Bubbles      RC 58434
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Explains how soap bubbles are made, why they are always round, and why they pop. Recipe and activities included. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Dentist / El Dentista      RC 58439
by Jacqueline Laks Gorman
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette
Explains the job of dentists, including how they help people and what to expect during a visit to one. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish. (Describe el trabajo del dentista y cómo el dentista ayuda a la gente. Explica qué se puede esperar cuando se visita al dentista. Para niños preescolares hasta el grado 2. Edición bilingüe en inglés y español.) 2002.

It's Fall!      RC 58471
by Linda Glaser
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
A child experiences autumn and learns what happens to plants and animals. Suggests nature activities suitable for the season. For preschool-grade 2. 2001.

It's Spring!      RC 58474
by Linda Glaser
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
A little boy observes the arrival of spring and its effects on plants and animals. Includes suggestions for nature study projects. For preschool-grade 2. 2002.

Remember: The Journey to School Integration      RC 58483
by Toni Morrison
read by Gail Nelson
1 cassette
An account of the thoughts and feelings of children involved in school desegregation. Provides background to the 1954 groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the movement to eliminate racist laws. For grades 3-6. 2004.

It's Winter!      RC 58489
by Linda Glaser
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
A little girl watches the coming of winter and its effects on the weather, animals, and plants. Includes suggestions for wintertime activities. For preschool-grade 2. 2002.

Moon, Have You Met My Mother? The Collected Poems of Karla Kuskin      RC 58496
by Karla Kuskin
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Collection combining decades of poems focusing on animals, seasons, magical creatures, and self. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2003.

The Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster: From First Liftoff to Tragic Final Flight      RC 58504
by Michael D. Cole
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Details the history of the reusable spaceship Columbia from before its first launch in 1981 to its last in 2003 when tragedy struck. Discusses the experiments conducted in space and the craft's heat-tile problems that led to the crash and death of seven astronauts. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Condoleezza Rice: National Security Advisor and Musician      RC 58505
by Bernard Ryan
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Biography of African American concert pianist and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, who was born in segregated Alabama in 1954. Describes her upbringing, education, and careers before her appointment by president George W. Bush. Includes strategies for becoming a musician, college administrator, and government official. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Getting Ready for Space      RC 58552
by Carmen Bredeson
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Describes the training astronauts go through to prepare for living conditions on a space shuttle. Easy reader. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Liftoff!      RC 58573
by Carmen Bredeson
read by John Polk
1 cassette
A simple overview of some of the preparations for a space shuttle launch. Easy reader. For grades 2-4. 2003.

The Way a Door Closes      RC 58637
by Hope Anita Smith
read by Gail Nelson
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old C.J. describes in thirty-four poems his family's struggles. The first twelve celebrate their close-knit life while the rest lament abandonment by their father and express hope and healing upon his return. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Kid Who Named Pluto and the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science      RC 58645
by Marc McCutcheon
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Profiles of nine students whose scientific inventions made an impact on the world. Includes Louis Braille, who developed a way for blind people to read and write; Philo Farnsworth, who made the first television design; and prolific science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Cassettes Fiction

Hour of the Olympics: Magic Tree House, Book 16      RC 54426
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
When Jack and Annie travel back in time to ancient Greece to find a lost story, they arrive during the Olympics. They discover that girls did not have many rights in those days. For grades 2-4. 1998.

A Tiger Called Thomas      RC 56914
by Charlotte Zolotow
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette (Reissue)
Thomas, a shy boy in a new neighborhood, finds that the tiger costume he wears for Halloween gives him unexpected help in making friends. For preschool-grade 2. 1963.

Iqbal      RC 57759
by Francesco D'Adamo
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
A fictionalized account of a Pakistani boy who escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and helped liberate other children from a life of servitude. Relates how Iqbal Masih, at thirteen, is murdered by the "carpet mafia" after winning an international humanitarian award and scholarship to study abroad. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Warhorse      RC 57770
by Don Bolognese
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Renaissance Italy. Fifteen-year-old Lorenzo, the son of the duke's armor maker, is forbidden by his father to become a warrior. When their city-state is attacked, Lorenzo and his prized warhorse join in the fray and experience the horror of war. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Brainboy and the Deathmaster      RC 57775
by Tor Seidler
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Twelve-year-old video game whiz Darryl Kirby feels guilty that he's the only family member to survive a fire. Adopted from an orphanage by computer software guru Keith Masterly, Darryl finds himself a captive in Masterly's secret laboratory with other child geniuses working on a compound to stop aging. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Secret Within      RC 57780
by Theresa Martin Golding
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Carly lives at the New Jersey shore where she dodges her abusive father by sneaking out at night to roam the boardwalk. When a stranger seeks to question her about mysterious packages she delivers for her father, Carly's neighbors suspect him of criminal activities and rally around to help her. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Johnny/Bingo      RC 57781
by Browning Norton
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette (Reissue)
Two young boys, Johnny Minor and Binlow "Bingo" Harris, are held hostage by four bank robbers who threaten to harm their families if the children expose them. But Johnny and Bingo escape into the woods and try to find their way home. For grades 4-7. 1971.

Straw into Gold      RC 57926
by Gary D. Schmidt
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
When the king gives Tousle and blind Innes a riddle to solve in seven days or be killed, the boys journey to an abbey for the banished queen's help. They discover the mystery of their births, Rumpelstiltskin's identity, and the reason for a baby prince's abduction. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Lionboy: The First Book in a Trilogy      RC 58007
by Zizou Corder
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
When an asthma epidemic rages in the near future, Charlie, who can speak the language of cats, sets out from London to seek his kidnapped scientist parents. He ends up on a Paris-bound circus ship and learns to train lions. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Grim Tuesday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2      RC 58042
by Garth Nix
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Following his adventures in Mister Monday (RC 57998), Arthur Penhaligon faces another crisis. The safety of his family and the world is threatened unless Arthur repays his old loans. But to do so he must return to the magical world. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2004.

Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes: A Sammy Keyes Mystery      RC 58117
by Wendelin Van Draanen
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
A girl, frightened and running from a gang member, leaves her baby with thirteen-year-old Sammy Keyes at the mall. Sammy sets out to find the young mother after turning the child over to Officer Borsch. Meanwhile Sammy's teammates plot to remove her from the softball team. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Phantom of 86th Street      RC 58130
by Paul Zindel
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
P.C. Hawke and his friend Mackenzie Riggs suspect that a serial murderer is targeting passengers on New York City's 86th Street bus route. Their investigation leads them to several potential suspects at a local hospital. For grades 4-7. 2002.

White Midnight      RC 58170
by Dia Calhoun
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Timid fifteen-year-old Rose is a bondgirl at Greengarden Orchard. The master promises her family its freedom if Rose will marry his frightening grandson, kept locked in the attic. With war raging, Rose agrees and uncovers a family secret. Companion to Firegold (RC 49981). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

John Bellairs's Lewis Barnavelt in The Beast under the Wizard's Bridge      RC 58247
by Brad Strickland
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Lewis Barnavelt, living with his wizard uncle, tries to avert disaster when the destruction of an old bridge threatens to release a diabolical force--the legacy of a long-dead evil magician. Lewis's friend Rose Rita and magical Mrs. Zimmermann help him struggle to defeat the spell. For grades 5-8. 2000.

In Darkness, Death      RC 58269
by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Eighteenth-century Japan. Young Seikei helps his foster father, Judge Ooka, investigate a samurai's murder. One clue, an origami butterfly, leads Seikei and a former ninja on a long journey to find the assassin. Sequel to The Demon in the Teahouse (RC 53402). Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Death on the Amazon      RC 58387
by Paul Zindel
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
P.C. Hawke and his buddy Mackenzie Riggs accompany P.C.'s archaeologist dad to Peru to escort a mummy down the Amazon River. An obnoxious Texas millionaire is murdered on the boat. But with no police nearby, it's up to P.C. and Mac to question the superstitious passengers. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven      RC 58398
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Soon after adopting a lucky three-colored cat, a poor Japanese artist is hired to paint a masterpiece. The devoted pet watches patiently as the man draws the animals Buddha has blessed. At last he draws a cat and earns a special miracle. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 1930.

Ginger Pye      RC 58399
by Eleanor Estes
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Ten-year-old Jerry Pye and his younger sister Rachel get a new puppy and name him Ginger. When Ginger disappears, the adventurous children set out to find him. They suspect the little dog has been spirited away by a mysterious stranger wearing a yellow hat. For grades 3-6. Newbery Medal. 1951.

Memorial Day Surprise      RC 58420
by Theresa Martin Golding
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Marco's mother promises him a surprise at the Memorial Day parade. He thinks all the participants are the special treat until he spots his abuelo, or grandfather, in a wheelchair and uniform leading the rest of the veterans. For preschool-grade 2. 2004.

Al Capone Does My Shirts      RC 58456
by Gennifer Choldenko
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
1935. Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan moves to Alcatraz Island when his father takes a job at the maximum-security prison there. Moose struggles to make friends and cares for his older autistic sister while their mother applies for the girl's acceptance to a special school. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Nate the Great and the Big Sniff      RC 58462
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat
read by Tere Mele
1 cassette
Boy detective Nate the Great follows clues to find his lost dog, Sludge, in a department store. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2001.

Bounty Hunters: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 34      RC 58466
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Vicki and her fellow believers must make a desperate decision: flee their safe house or stay and face the threat? Meanwhile, Judd and Lionel take great risks to return to their friends in the United States. Sequel to Attack on Petra (RC 58453). For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Rise of False Messiahs: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 35      RC 58473
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
The Global Community goes on the attack. Young Tribulation Force member Vicki prays for fellow believers Judd and Lionel, who have been captured by mercenaries. In Petra meanwhile, Sam and Mr. Stein concoct a daring rescue plan. Sequel to Bounty Hunters (RC 58466). For grades 5-8. 2004.

Ominous Choices: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 36      RC 58481
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Young Tribulation Force members struggle amid the chaos. While returning to their fellow believers in Wisconsin, Lionel is hurt and Judd rushes for help. In New Babylon meanwhile, Chang hears reports of coming disaster. Sequel to The Rise of False Messiahs (RC 58473). For grades 5-8. 2004.

Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry      RC 58518
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
As Halloween approaches, Bernie Magruder, of the Bessledorf Hotel family, is determined to identify some dangerous new bats in Middleburg. They are roosting in the church belfry, whose annoying bells ring hourly, night and day, as requested in wealthy Mrs. Scuttlefoot's will. For grades 4-7. Edgar Award. 2003.

A Fine St. Patrick's Day      RC 58559
by Susan Wojciechowski
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
The towns of Tralee and Tralah prepare to compete in the annual St. Patrick's Day decorating contest. Boastful Tralah always comes out on top until a leprechaun fixes it so that Tralee finally wins the shamrock trophy. For grades K-3. 2004.

Including Alice      RC 58564
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Alice McKinley has difficulty adjusting to the changes in her life after her father finally decides to remarry and her older brother Lester moves into his own apartment. Gradually she begins to appreciate her new family. For grades 6-9. 2004.

A Hat Full of Sky      RC 58636
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Witch trainee Tiffany Aching from The Wee Free Men (RC 56709) learns more about magic and responsibility. She battles a disembodied monster with help from the six-inch-high blue men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2004.

April Fool!      RC 58720
by Karen Gray Ruelle
read by Tere Mele
1 cassette
Harry, his little sister Emily, and their parents all play tricks on each other for April Fools' Day. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2002.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

Armagedón: La Batalla Cósmica de Todos los Tiempos (Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages)     RC 56968
por Tim LaHaye y Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
En el último año de la Gran Tribulación, se forjan nuevas alianzas cuando mueren varios miembros del Comando Tribulación. Y el mundo se convierte en un peligroso barril de pólvora cuando millones de personas se juntan en el Medio Oriente con el anticristo para librar la guerra y esperar la Manifestación Gloriosa. Sigue a El Remanente (RC 54954). Violencia. [In the Great Tribulation's last year new alliances form when many members of the force die. Then the world becomes a powder keg as millions gather for war with the Antichrist in the Middle East, where they await the Glorious Appearing. Sequel to El Remanente (RC 54954). Violence.]. 2003.

Las Llanuras del Tránsito (The Plains of Passage)      RC 56971
por Jean M. Auel
leído por María Pino
7 cassettes en 2 envases
Ayla emprende un viaje peligroso con su amante Jondalar en busca de la gente de Jondalar por las anchas praderas de la Europa de la Edad del Hielo. Cuarto libro de "Los Hijos de la Tierra." Sigue a Los Cazadores de Mamuts (RC 56960). Contiene descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. [Ayla undertakes a dangerous journey with her lover Jondalar back to his people across the plains of Ice-Age Europe. Fourth volume of the Earth's Children saga. Sequel to Los Cazadores de Mamuts (RC 56960). Explicit descriptions of sex.] 1991.

Sueños: Lo que Significan para Usted (Dreams and What They Mean to You)      RC 56978
por Migene González-Wippler
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
Una psicóloga de sueños explica por qué soñamos, repasando la historia y teoría de los sueños, y enseñando cómo interpretarlos , recordarlos, controlarlos, y cómo evitar las pesadillas. La segunda parte del libro comprende un diccionario de los símbolos, eventos y objetos que se ven en los suenos. (A psychologist explains why we dream. Discusses the history and theory of dreaming; interpreting, recording, and controlling dreams; and avoiding nightmares. Includes a dictionary of the symbols, events, and objects associated with dreams.) 1996.

El General en Su Laberinto (The General in His Labyrinth)      RC 56982
por Gabriel García Márquez
leído por Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Novela de los últimos siete meses de la vida de Simón Bolívar, el "Gran Liberator" de América del Sur. Sabiendo que la muerte está cerca, el General emprende un nostálgico viaje por el río Magdalena hacia el mar, donde revive las pasiones, los triunfos y las traiciones de una vida épica. Contiene lenguaje algunos injurioso. (Fictional account of the last seven months of Simón Bolívar's life. Knowing his end is near, South America's "Great Liberator" makes a final journey down the Magdalena River to the sea, reflecting back on a lifetime's passions, triumphs, and failures. Some strong language.) 1989.

Que Bailen Sus Espíritus (Let Their Spirits Dance)      RC 56983
por Stella Pope Duarte
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
Treinta años después de la pérdida de su hermano mayor en Vietnam, Teresa y su familia todavía lidian con las héridas de dolor y tristeza. Ahora, la madre de Teresa quiere visitar el monumento del Muro de Vietnam en Washington, D.C., y Teresa y sus hermanos superan sus problemas personales para acompañarla. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (Thirty years after losing her older brother in Vietnam, Teresa and her family are still grieving. Because their elderly mother wants to travel cross country to visit the Vietnam Memorial, Teresa and her siblings put aside their personal problems and decide to accompany her. Strong language.) 2003.

Conmigo Día tras Día: Momentos para la Reflexión (With Me Day after Day)      RC 56985
por Juan Pablo II
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
4 cassettes
Compendio de los escritos y sermones del Papa Juan Pablo II que ofrecen instrucción, inspiración y oraciones para cada dia del año y que se tratan de temas como "compartir con otros," "estar en paz," "la gran prueba divina," "la familia cristiana en el mundo moderno" y "la oración en familia." (Collection of the writings and sermons of Pope John Paul II arranged to provide instruction, inspiration, and prayer for each day of the year. Themes include sharing with others, being at peace, divine revelations, the Christian family in the modern world, and praying as a family.) 1984.

El Reino del Dragón de Oro (The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon)      RC 58103
por Isabel Allende
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
En una nueva expedición por parte del International Geographic, Alexander y Nadia viajan al Reino del Dragón de Oro que se sitúa en los remotos picos helados del Himalaya. Pronto se ven aliados con nuevos amigos luchando para salvar el reino de intrusos voraces. Sigue a La Ciudad de las Bestias (RC 54960). Para alumnos secundarios y lectores mayores. [On their latest International Geographic expedition to the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon in the remote Himalayas, Alexander and Nadia team up with new friends to save the realm from intruders. Sequel to La Ciudad de las Bestias (RC 54960). For senior high and older readers.] 2003.

El Pan de la Guerra (Breadwinner)      RC 58951
por Deborah Ellis
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Los talibanes, el grupo extremista religioso, reinan en Kabul, Afganistán, e imponen estrictas prohibiciones contra la libertad y conducta de las mujeres y niñas. Arrestan al padre de Parvana, y ahora Parvana, una niña de once años, tiene que disfrazarse de muchacho para que ayude a sobrevivir a la familia. Para grados 5 a 8 y lectores mayores. (The Taliban rulers in Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior. Eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest. For grades 5-8 and older readers.) 2000.

El Dentista / Dentist      RC 58439
por Jacqueline Laks Gorman
leído por Bruce Huntey
1 cassette
Describe el trabajo del dentista y cómo el dentista ayuda a la gente. Explica qué se puede esperar cuando se visita al dentista. Para niños preescolares hasta el grado 2. Edición bilingüe en inglés y español.(Explains the job of dentists, including how they help people and what to expect during a visit to one. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish. For preschool-grade 2.) 2002.

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