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May and June 2007

In Brief

The following information 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.

Flash, December 2006, volume 3, issue 1

NLS forms advisory committee for digital transition

With the design and development of digital talking books, machines, and containers nearly complete, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is planning the next stage of the digital project—implementation. Beginning in 2008, NLS will phase in the production and distribution of digital talking books and players while phasing out recorded cassettes and C-1 analog talking-book machines. NLS has organized the Digital Transition Advisory Committee to advise the process during its pivotal first three years. The committee, made up of consumer representatives and regional and state librarians, will meet for the first time on January 30, 2007, in Washington, D.C., to discuss key issues.

"We have reached an important point in the digital project. Our focus is shifting from design and development to production and distribution," said Frank Kurt Cylke, NLS director. "We are eager to get digital audiobooks into the hands of our patrons."

The advisory committee will serve three primary purposes. First, it will be a channel for informing user groups, the network of cooperating regional libraries, and state librarians about NLS’s plans for distributing digital talking books and players. Key stakeholders will thus know what to expect when implementation begins. Second, committee participants will review distribution plans to ensure that no significant considerations are overlooked. Finally, members will offer new and emerging ideas for improving the transition process.

This Digital Transition Advisory Committee succeeds the Digital Long-Term Planning Group, which was tasked with advising NLS on the design and development process for digital talking books and players. The planning group completed its assignment. The advisory committee will help to move the transition process forward.

The fourteen-member committee includes consumer representatives from the American Council of the Blind, the Blinded Veterans Association, and the National Federation of the Blind. Regional librarians representing the Midlands, Northern, Southern, and Western Conferences and a representative from the Consortium of User Libraries will also serve on the committee. Additionally, the group includes six state librarians from different parts of the country.

Taking the lead

The Carolyn Sung, chief of the NLS Network Division, will chair the advisory committee. The Network Division offers direct service and support to NLS's network of cooperating libraries. Because it maintains regular contact with the libraries, it is the most logical choice for channeling communication about the digital transition.

"The role of the Network Division is ultimately to help librarians to do their work and to provide them with the resources they need," said Sung. "Our goal is to ensure that librarians nationwide continue to be informed about the transition so that they can adequately prepare to provide digital offerings to patrons in 2008."

The Network Division has been engaged in the digital project from the beginning. Steve Prine, assistant chief of the Network Division, serves on NLS's Digital Audio Development (DAD) executive committee, which has focused on the development of the player and cartridge, and he, along with Sung, will be presenting relevant issues to the implementation committee at the inaugural meeting.

Implementation issues

The advisory committee will be presented with a full progress report on the development of the digital player, cartridge, and container. The state of the digital book download project and other automation concerns will also be addressed. The main focus of the meeting, however, will be to discuss distribution plans.

After the transition period in 2012, NLS will revisit the distribution system issues. The organization will consider whether to continue mass-duplication of all digital titles or adopt a hybrid system, in which the most popular titles will be mass produced and less popular titles will be duplicated on demand. The cost of digital duplication is expected to decrease steadily over the next years, and implementation of a hybrid system may not be cost-efficient by 2012.

Among the transition issues to be discussed at the advisory committee meeting are book and player distribution, shelving, duplication, circulation system modifications, machine distributing and monitoring issues, and copy allotment.

According to Prine, successful implementation across the network is based on librarians fully understanding the new dynamics and processes associated with the digital program. "The digital transition will be a complex process, but we're confident that with adequate preparation the implementation will be seamless," noted Prine.

Members of the Digital Transition Advisory Committee

Consumer groups
Network libraries
State libraries

Flash, January 2007, volume 3, issue 2

NLS submits request to fund digital transition

As the digital transition project progresses toward its 2008 initiation date, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is pursuing its plan for a successful launch. A formal funding request has been submitted to Congress by the Library of Congress to support a four-year transition plan. NLS has requested $76.4 million to support the production and distribution of digital talking books (DTBs), digital players, flash-memory cartridges, and containers. If approved, funds will be disbursed in four equal increments.

"This funding request is based on the thorough research and analysis of projected costs by NLS experts, our consultants, and contractors working on the digital program. Careful assessment of the upcoming stages of the program led to the conclusion that $76.4 million will be required to support the transition through completion, ensuring little disruption in service to patrons," said Frank Kurt Cylke, NLS director. "We are hopeful that our request will be met so that we may successfully achieve the project's goals."

The digital project, in progress for more than a decade, will update talking-book technology by replacing cassette books and players with flash-based digital talking books and players. Three main factors spurred the transition to digital-improved patron service, patron expectations, and cassette obsolescence. Digital talking books will greatly enhance the reading experience, offering users crisper, clearer audio; significant navigation capabilities; and greater convenience. The new players are lighter and smaller and, in 95 percent of cases, one cartridge will hold a complete book. Finally, NLS is moving toward digital because analog technology has become outdated, and cassettes and player parts are increasingly expensive and difficult to locate. Unlike the cassette player, the digital player contains no moving parts, making it more reliable and less susceptible to mechanical failure.

Benefits of digital technology

Digital technology offers multiple benefits! The player's smaller and lighter frame makes the machine more portable and provides patrons more options in where they choose to read. The machine is also user-friendly, because of the shape, tactility, and color markings of the player's buttons; the ease with which cartridges may be inserted and ejected; and optimal audio help features. This last function enables patrons to access audio instructions on machine use at the touch of a button, allowing them to read independently. Equipped with an extended-life battery, the digital player also runs longer-approximately sixteen hours-and is more cost efficient for NLS to maintain and repair. The flash platform can be easily adapted for use by basic, advanced, and download users.

Readers are likely to enjoy the digital talking book's superior audio quality. The system's improved navigation capabilities will offer patrons greater control over the reading process. The digital talking-book cartridge can sustain a surprising degree of abuse and still continue to function efficiently. Furthermore, once a title is no longer in high demand, cartridges may be reloaded and recirculated with no degradation in sound quality or performance.

To ensure that the digital player meets the needs of its users and to guarantee compliance with intellectual property law, NLS has chosen to provide a player built to its own specifications.

The digital player and flash cartridge are based on open standards developed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) so that NLS can obtain products from a number of sources instead of a single provider, ensuring that the devices are always available. While the system complies with open standards, it adheres to a legislated special format to protect its intellectual property.

The digital machine also has the advantage of being significantly more durable than the cassette player, resulting in a longer lifespan. Built to endure rough handling and transit through the mail system, even three-foot drops, the player also features easy-to-clean surfaces so it is easy for patrons to maintain and may be reissued over its long lifespan.

The player's controls facilitate use by both blind and physically handicapped readers. The buttons are easy to discover and appropriately sized. In most cases the shape denotes their function and they are labeled in both print and braille.

Digital production and distribution

Taking the digital player from concept to manufacturing was a team effort. NLS has engaged the expertise of industry leaders in product design and development and in the fields of blindness and physical disability research to ensure the best player for our users. The process has involved extensive user testing of the player's hardware and software.

As the digital talking-book's design and development stage draws to a close, NLS is planning for the production and distribution phase. Over the course of four years, NLS will phase out cassette books and players as it phases in digital talking books and digital players.

In 2008, NLS will initiate production of flash-memory machines as well as duplication and distribution of digital talking-book cartridges. From 2009 to 2010, NLS will increase production of digital books while continuing to provide some cassette titles. NLS will stop producing cassette books entirely in 2011. NLS plans to produce enough digital titles and players between 2008 and 2011 to sustain the digital program without service disruptions.

Production of digital talking books and players

The first table details the number of titles and copies of both digital and cassette books that NLS plans to produce from 2008 to 2011. The second table charts production of DTB players during that same time.

Digital and Cassette Books Contracted:

  2008 2009 2010 2011
Total Book Reproduction Titles Copies Titles Copies Titles Copies Titles Copies
Cassette Books 2,000 694 2,000 443 2,000 1999 0 0
DTBs 650 350 1,300 550 1,500 750 1,731 942

Digital Players Contracted:

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
DTB Player Production 60,000 124,295 144,590 133,830 129,280

 

Digital Talking-Book Player
Weighing only 2 pounds, the new digital talking-book machines are smaller and lighter than current cassette players. The tactile buttons, color-coded and shaped to facilitate user ease, are just one feature that will enhance reading pleasure. The basic model shown here varies only slightly from the advanced version, which includes additional buttons for the advanced navigation functions. The flash cartridge featured on the right will, in 95 percent of cases, hold an entire book, reducing the number of moving parts to keep track of.

Picture of the digital talking-book player.

 

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
jemo@loc.gov
Fax: (202) 707-1690

To view the Strategic Business Plan on the Web visit: www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan2006.html

Newsstand

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

Free Mystic Seaport passes

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has renewed its membership with Mystic Seaport's association of public libraries and is once again offering NLS patrons use of a free one-day seaport pass. The seaport is a world-renowned, not-for-profit historical and educational institution occupying thirty-seven acres on the Mystic River, near New London, Connecticut. Highlights of the site include restored tall ships, tours by shipwrights and craftsmen, and a variety of exhibit galleries. The pass entitles two adults and three children or grandchildren under eighteen to free admission to Mystic Seaport on the day of the week specified on the pass. The opportunity is available year-round. The pass will be sent by express delivery and will include a prepaid return envelope.

If interested, e-mail jphi@loc.gov or fax (202) 707-0712, attention Mystic Pass Coordinator, Publications and Media Section. Include your name, street address, telephone number, and the date and day of the week you wish to visit Mystic Seaport. For visitor information, including accessibility details, membership opportunities, directions, lodging, and more, go to www.mysticseaport.org.

EMAX software lets users read and respond to e-mail over the phone

EMAX, a new service available from Electronic Virtual Assistant or EVA, reads e-mail messages to users over the telephone. Users may respond to e-mail messages verbally, and these responses will be recorded and sent as digital sound files. To avoid listening to spam or unwanted e-mails, subscribers may set up a "wanted" e-mail list for EMAX to read. The EMAX service is available to subscribers at the price of $19.95 per month with a thirty-day free trial. More information is available on the Internet at http://www.evanow.com/emax/ or by phone at 1-877-447-3382.

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Jewish War     RC 59890
by Josephus
read by Don Feldheim
5 cassettes
Account of the failed first-century Jewish rebellion against Rome, written by rebel leader Josephus (c. 37–100 A.D.), later a captive who changed loyalties. Details Judaean life under Roman rule, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple, and the resistance at Masada. Portrays Herod, Emperor Vespasian, and others. Violence. 1970.

Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators     RC 60390
by Roger L. Depue
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Autobiography of the former head of FBI behavioral sciences unit, which profiles serial killers. Describing his career, Dupue covers law enforcement, infamous cases, and post-retirement consulting work. Relates entering a Catholic seminary upon his wife's death and eventually counseling prisoners. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Best American Sports Writing 2004     RC 60391
edited by Richard Ben Cramer
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Twenty-six sports and general-interest magazine articles. In "Swimming to Antarctica," Lynne Cox describes her swimming career. "The Race of Truth" chronicles a Scottish cyclist's manic depression and competitive edge, and "Growing up Mantle" describes Mickey Mantle's sons' upbringing in the shadow of their famous father. Strong language. 2004.

Bring Me a Unicorn: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1922–1928    RC 60406
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Collected writings by the daughter of a prominent New Jersey family and wife of pilot Charles Lindbergh. Records her education at Smith College, family trips, struggles to become an author, and courtship with Charles, whom she met in Mexico City in 1927 following his landmark transatlantic flight. Includes introduction. 1971.

The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II     RC 60601
by Douglas Porch
read by Gregory Gorton
6 cassettes
The author of The French Secret Services (RC 43366) outlines the battles in Africa, Greece, Syria, Tunisia, and Italy during World War II. Asserts the importance of this theater of military operations that kept Italy out of the war and Spain and Turkey neutral while diverting German assets south. 2004.

I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul     RC 60883
by James Brown
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Autobiography of the outspoken "Godfather of Soul." Brown describes his childhood in the segregated South, personal life, legal troubles, and career in the music business. Assesses his impact on American culture during the 1960s civil rights movement. Introduction by Marc Eliot. Some strong language. 2005.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln     RC 61162
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
read by Robert Sams
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Pulitzer Prize-winner illustrates the political acumen of Abraham Lincoln. Highlights the careers of Lincoln's three prime competitors in the Republican party—William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates, men more qualified and educated, whom he beat for the 1860 nomination for chief executive. Discusses their subsequent appointments to the cabinet. Bestseller. 2005.

One Hundred Great Poems of the Twentieth Century     RC 61179
edited by Mark Strand
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate of the United States Mark Strand presents poems that he has "continued to feel strongly about over the years." Most were written by poets born before 1927 and represent Europe and North and South America. 2005.

A Tale of Love and Darkness     RC 61238
by Amos Oz
read by Ken Kliban
5 cassettes
Israeli author's literary memoir of growing up in war-torn Jerusalem in the 1940s and 1950s. Describes his multilingual, book-loving, Jewish family of European background while examining events including the Holocaust. Contemplates his mother's suicide when he was twelve as a pivotal event ending his childhood. 2003.

SPIN: Twenty Years of Alternative Music; Original Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Techno, and Beyond     RC 61272
edited by Will Hermes
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Articles from SPIN magazine that highlight artists and musical movements since 1985. Includes essays and interviews on Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Courtney Love, Phish, Eminem, Tupac, and OutKast as well as grunge, goth, rap-rock, Britpop, Napster, and other trends. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time     RC 61279
by John Kelly
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
The author uses fourteenth-century records to document the epidemic that swept through Eurasia—killing a third of the population in Europe as well as livestock. Describes daily life, steps taken to avoid contagion, the rise of anti-Semitism, and the social and economic effects of the catastrophic loss of life. 2005.

John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights     RC 61280
by David S. Reynolds
read by Ted Stoddard
5 cassettes
Author of Walt Whitman's America (RC 41371) presents a cultural biography of abolitionist John Brown (1800–1859). Argues that Brown's most violent activities, like the Harper's Ferry raid, were inspired by nineteenth-century America's social and political conditions. Traces Brown's family origins and his posthumous influence. Some violence. 2005.

Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries, and Naked Natives—A Deck's-Eye View of Cape Horn     RC 61283
by Dallas Murphy
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Journalist and author of Apparent Wind (RC 35271) recounts his voyage in 2000 to Cape Horn, South America's southernmost point and the gateway of the Drake Passage. Murphy describes his adventures along with those of mariners and explorers from past history. 2004.

Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service     RC 61291
edited by Tom Wiener
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Veterans recall experiences of battle from World War I to the war in Iraq. Soldiers' letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories provide personal accounts of D-Day, the Tet offensive, heroic actions, and sinking ships. Includes an interview with Senator John McCain about his captivity in Vietnam. 2005.

Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States     RC 61296
edited by Lori Marie Carlson
read by Peter Gil
1 cassette
Poems in English, Spanish, or a blend of both speak to themes of identity, neighborhoods, love, family, memories, and victory. Contains an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, a glossary of selected Spanish terms, and biographical notes on the poets. In English and Spanish. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday, Giant of the Scientific Revolution     RC 61302
by James Hamilton
read by David Cutler
4 cassettes
Art historian chronicles the life and accomplishments of British chemist and physicist Michael Faraday (1791–1867), known for his discoveries relating to electricity. Portrays Faraday in a cultural rather than scientific context, highlighting his interests including religion, drawing and painting, and a desire to teach others about natural scientific laws. 2002.

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire     RC 61303
by Amy Butler Greenfield
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Cultural history of red dye going back centuries. Traces the color's significance in various societies, the difficulty in finding a natural source in Europe, and Spain's economic triumph in locating and monopolizing the cochineal supply from Mexico for several hundred years. Describes other nations' attempts to penetrate cochineal's mysteries. 2005.

The Joslin Guide to Diabetes: A Program for Managing Your Treatment     RC 61317
by Richard S. Beaser and Amy P. Campbell
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Revised and updated edition of physician's and nutritionist's comprehensive guide to diabetes self-care. Discusses understanding the disease; monitoring blood glucose and administering insulin; treating diabetes with nutrition, exercise, and medications; adjusting treatment programs for possible complications; meal planning; and living well. Includes appendix of food choice lists. 2005.

Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make—or Break—Your Child's Future     RC 61344
by Rosalind Wiseman
read by Lee Adams
3 cassettes
Author of Queen Bees and Wannabes (RC 55407) advises parents to model good behavior in difficult situations to set an example for their children. Explains the unspoken rules of being a perfect parent and describes ways to achieve a balance between overprotection and passivity. 2006.

Mao: The Unknown Story     RC 61346
by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
read by Robertson Dean
6 cassettes
Chang, author of Wild Swans (RC 34458), and university researcher Halliday detail the exploits of Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung (1893–1976), who they claim is responsible for more than seventy million deaths. Drawing on archives, published works, and interviews with Mao's former associates, the biographers portray a ruthless dictator. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life     RC 61347
by Gail Sheehy
read by Kate Reading
3 cassettes
The author of Passages (RC 43929) and Understanding Men's Passages (RC 46534) examines the way women of the baby boom generation are awakening to a "second adulthood" and are reevaluating the roles of sex, love, romance, and marriage in their lives. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Dr. Gavin's Health Guide for African Americans     RC 61423
by James R. Gavin III
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
President of the Morehouse College School of Medicine offers guidelines for controlling health problems common among African Americans such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disorders. Advocates making incremental lifestyle changes to eat healthier, exercise more, and reduce stress. An American Diabetes Association publication. 2004.

The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School     RC 61439
by Stacy DeBroff
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
Parental guide to enhancing a child's educational experience by taking a proactive role at home and school. The author, a parenting expert, addresses common behavioral, academic, and social issues and offers advice on bolstering student-teacher relationships, coping with learning disabilities, helping a child who is struggling academically, and more. 2005.

Hip: The History    RC 61445
by John Leland
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
Former SPIN columnist traces the origins of "hipness" to the era of American slavery. Discusses "hip" movements in music, literature, and fashion in the twentieth century. Examines the roles of cultural and racial identity in the perception of what is cool. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Nanofuture: What's Next for Nanotechnology     RC 61457
by J. Storrs Hall
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Scientist examines trends and possible future developments in nanotechnology, the emerging science of designing and manufacturing machines at the molecular and atomic levels. Explains quantum engineering principles and uses for engines, computers, space exploration, artificial intelligence, medicine, and transportation. Explores potential dangers and possible effects on humanity and society.

Dove     RC 61462
by Robin Lee Graham
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Author's true account of adventure when, at age sixteen, he set sail from California for a solo, around-the-world voyage aboard his twenty-four-foot sloop, Dove. Chronicles the five-year, 36,000-mile trip during which he met and fell in love with American Patti Ratterree—his future wife. For senior high and older readers. 1972.

When I Was a Soldier     RC 61463
by Valérie Zenatti
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
French-born Israeli immigrant Valérie Zenatti recounts her compulsory military service from ages eighteen to twenty. Describes her conflicting emotions about national identity, being a soldier, homesickness, breaking up with her boyfriend, and training to shoot to kill. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

Flag: An American Biography     RC 61466
by Marc Leepson
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
A look at what's behind the special feeling Americans have for their flag. Traces its history from the Revolutionary War to its twenty-first-century role in the war against terrorism. Leepson describes the events and personalities that created the flag and made it a symbol of pride for the nation. 2005.

The Apache Indians: In Search of the Missing Tribe     RC 61467
by Helge Ingstad
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Account by Norwegian explorer Ingstad (1899–2001) of his 1930s search for a band of Apache Indians believed to have fled U.S. reservations for Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains. Describes his sojourn among White Mountain Apaches in Arizona and his quest to find their "lost" brethren. Translated by Janine K. Stenehjem. 1945.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir     RC 61540
by Jeannette Walls
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Reporter for MSNBC.com looks back on her unsettled life. Describes growing up in a dysfunctional family, which was always on the move. She recalls her father's dream of building a "glass castle," and relates how she and her siblings escaped to make lives of their own. Strong language. 2005.

The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500–2000     RC 61545
by Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Professors reinterpret the history of North America, emphasizing the centrality of wars and expansionism to U.S. development. Traces patterns of imperialism over five centuries by focusing on eight individuals from Samuel de Champlain to Colin Powell. Some violence. 2005.

White House Pets     RC 61550
by Margaret Truman
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette (Reissue)
President Truman's daughter provides anecdotes about the domestic and wild animals kept by first families. Discusses dogs, cats, horses, and sheep as well as pigmy hippos and lion cubs received as gifts from foreign officials. Covers Washington's horses and hounds, Teddy Roosevelt's zoo, FDR's dog Fala, and Kennedy's menagerie. 1969.

The Heart of a Soldier: A True Story of Love, War, and Sacrifice     RC 61551
by Kate Blaise
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Account of Missouri high school sweethearts Kate and Mike Blaise. Describes their decision to join the army together and their deployment to Iraq in March 2003. Discusses their family life, training, seven-year marriage, and Mike's tragic death while piloting a helicopter. Some violence. 2005.

Sex and the City    RC 61552
by Candace Bushnell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Collection of pieces from Bushnell's "Sex and the City" column originally published in the New York Observer. Essays discuss the relationships of Bushnell and women friends, who have what she describes as "a never-ending series of freakish and horrifying experiences with men." Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2001.

Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer    RC 61573
by Scott Eyman
read by Robert Sams
5 cassettes
Author of Mary Pickford (RC 31374) provides a biography of film producer and MGM studios founder. Details Mayer's life (1885–1957) from his birth into a devout Russian Jewish family to his powerful, four-decade career as a star-maker. Describes MGM's organization, values, and roster of stars. 2005.

Breast Cancer Basics and Beyond: Treatments, Resources, Self-Help, Good News, Updates    RC 61574
by Delthia Ricks
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
A medical reporter at Newsday describes breast cancer therapies including radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone treatment. Discusses diagnosis, risks, recurrence, research, and clinical trials. Includes first-person accounts from patients, caregivers, and others and provides pointers and resources for gathering more information. 2005.

Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat     RC 61581
by Edward McPherson
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Biography of multitalented actor Buster Keaton (1895–1966). Traces Keaton's career from his start in vaudeville to his success in silent film, work in talking pictures, and rise as a television pioneer. Covers the period in the 1930s when Keaton's dismissal from MGM intensified his struggles with alcohol and depression. 2004.

The Beatles: The Biography    RC 61584
by Bob Spitz
read by Steven Carpenter
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Music journalist pens a history of the British rock 'n' roll band that launched a cultural revolution. Uses primary sources to trace each band member's family history, recording sessions, concerts, and business deals. Also discusses fast-lane lives of drugs, sex, and excess. Strong language. 2005.

Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory    RC 61588
by Michael Christopher Carroll
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Charts from 1954 the history of New York's Plum Island, home of the federal Animal Disease Center and what the author claims are Earth's "deadliest germs." Details the center's experimental breakthroughs and blunders, links to Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and post-September 11, 2001, research into biological warfare. 2004.

Assassination Vacation    RC 61591
by Sarah Vowell
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Journalist visits sites associated with the first three assassinated American presidents: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. Relates pieces of historical trivia, including the fact that Robert Todd Lincoln was present at all three shootings. 2005.

Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America     RC 61597
by James Webb
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
The former Secretary of the Navy examines the Scottish-Irish heritage in the United States. Posits that the Celtic fighting spirit and attitudes of egalitarianism, individualism, and personal honor form the bedrock of America's working-class culture. Traces the immigration of his forebears from the eighteenth century. 2004.

My Life in France    RC 61606
by Julia Child
read by Kimberley Farr
2 cassettes
The chef who changed America's culinary habits writes about the years after World War II that she spent in France. Julia Child recalls the difficulty of being an American in a French cooking school and the hard-won publication of her book on French cooking for Americans. 2006.

It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good    RC 61613
by Rick Santorum
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
U.S. senator from Pennsylvania describes his own conservative political views in terms of the founders' vision for the country. Discusses social capital, prosperity, morals, pop culture, and education. Offers proposals for initiatives to enable every family to succeed economically and morally. 2005.

An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World     RC 61617
by Pankaj Mishra
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Indian author of the novel The Romantics (RC 52514) presents his autobiographical journey on the subcontinent exploring Buddhist philosophy. Describes his search to understand Buddha's relevance in the modern world by discussing the personal and social issues that Buddha addressed and their impact on twentieth-century politicians. 2004.

Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution     RC 61620
by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Washington Post reporters in Moscow trace the rise of Vladimir Putin and the changes in Russia since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Posits that the former KGB officer plans to return the country to its authoritarian past. Relates citizens' accounts of problems experienced under Putin's leadership. 2005.

Extreme Sports: In Search of the Ultimate Thrill     RC 61624
by Joe Tomlinson
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Discusses a wide range of extreme sports and leading figures in those fields. Covers air, land, and water sports including bungee jumping, hang gliding, skydiving, mountain biking, snowboarding, scuba diving, and surfing. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Bad Childhood—Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood    RC 61636
by Laura Schlessinger
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Radio talk-show host addresses the concerns of adults still suffering with childhood pain and offers advice on becoming more secure. Uses examples from her callers to admonish readers to not remain "victims" but to take charge and change their behavior and attitudes. Bestseller. 2006.

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq    RC 61640
by George Packer
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Writer for the New Yorker surveys the causes and course of the war in Iraq. Analyzes the liberal and neoconservative political arguments that led to the conflict and their consequences. Interviews civilians, soldiers, and returning émigrés to portray the rebuilding of Iraq. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood     RC 61648
by David Thomson
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Film critic profiles Hollywood from its creation in the 1900s to the early twenty-first century. Depicts studio heads like Louis B. Mayer and David O. Selznick, their stars, and their films. Also describes the growth of the Los Angeles area and the work of developers like William Mulholland. 2004.

The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right    RC 61650
by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
The authors of The Age of Sacred Terror (RC 55953) contend that U.S. military interventions are jeopardizing the war against radical Islamists. Describes terrorists' use of the Internet to spread their ideology, the role of Christian evangelism in foreign policy, and the influence of Muslims in America. 2005. RC 61650

The Other Side of Me    RC 61653
by Sidney Sheldon
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
An award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and novelist reminisces about his rags-to-riches life, from an impoverished childhood in Depression-era Chicago to success in Hollywood and on Broadway. Describes the celebrities he has worked with, his personal tragedies, and his lifelong struggle with manic depression. 2005.

The Science and Fiction of Autism    RC 61673
by Laura Schreibman
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
California psychologist and researcher offers a comprehensive guide to autism in the context of historical and contemporary controversies surrounding the disorder. Evaluates conflicting information regarding causes, characteristics, diagnosis, and treatments while maintaining that autism is biological in origin and not a result of parental behavior. 2005.

Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika     RC 61690
by Giles Foden
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Africa, 1915. Relates the World War I mission of the oldest lieutenant commander in the British Royal Navy, who with twenty-eight men and two gunboats—Mimi and Toutou—was dispatched 2,500 miles overland to Lake Tanganyika in east Africa. Their mission: to sink the German steamers that patrolled this vast lake. 2004.

Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos     RC 61712
by Dore Gold
read by Lewis Grenville
2 cassettes
Author of Hatred's Kingdom(RC 55888) and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations asserts that the organization has failed to stop aggression and protect human rights. Outlines the U.N.'s policies in Rwanda and Bosnia, inability to stop terrorism, and lack of moral clarity. 2004.

The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans     RC 61720
by John Bailey
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Australian historian describes the nineteenth-century trial between German immigrants and a slave owner. Using court transcriptions and newspaper articles Bailey details the Schuber family's argument that slave Sally Miller was really Salomé Müller, their relative, and that her childhood employer had enslaved and sold the indentured servant. Strong language. 2003.

Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature    RC 61773
by Lewis M. Dabney
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Biography of twentieth-century literary and cultural critic and well-known diarist Edmund Wilson (1895–1972), who worked at the New Republic and the New Yorker. Uses Wilson's correspondence and interviews with his friends and colleagues to chronicle his professional and personal life that included four marriages—the third to writer Mary McCarthy. 2005.

Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse     RC 61782
by Carolyn Lehman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Personal accounts of nine survivors of rape, molestation, or incest at young ages. They discuss their experiences and the people who helped them reclaim their lives. Lists resources including assistance hotlines, books, movies, organizations, and web sites. Explicit descriptions of sex and violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth     RC 61787
by Andrew Smith
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Journalist tracks down the nine surviving Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. Interviews each spaceman—from the first to land on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong, to the last, Gene Cernan—to learn what they felt about their missions and how they reconciled with Earthbound life. Some strong language. 2005.

The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance     RC 61788
by Henry Petroski
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
A professor and civil engineer's history of the pencil. Presents it as a product of immense complexity and sophistication and as a "paradigm for the engineering process generally." Petroski examines the creation, craftsmanship, engineering, manufacture, and business of producing pencils on both sides of the Atlantic. 1989.

Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima     RC 61800
by Diana Preston
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
British historian and author of Lusitania (RC 55923) chronicles five decades of scientific discovery culminating in the 1945 atomic bomb detonation over Japan. Describes the work of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Ernest Rutherford, Manhattan Project leader J. Robert Oppenheimer, and others who unlocked the secrets of nuclear physics. 2005.

Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge     RC 61803
by Thomas Fleming
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Historian, using primary documents, describes how General George Washington kept the ragged Continental Army intact in Pennsylvania during the winter of 1777–1778. Argues that after the British captured Philadelphia, Washington's rivals conspired to have him removed, but he "outmaneuvered his political enemies, and rescued the Revolution from extremism." 2005.

The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail     RC 61811
by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters chronicle the life of Mary Clarke, twice-divorced mother of seven who, at age fifty, abandoned an affluent lifestyle, donned a habit, and moved to Tijuana's notorious La Mesa prison. Describes twenty-seven years of her humanitarian work and efforts to improve the Mexican justice system. 2005.

The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends     RC 61852
by Helen Fitzgerald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Grief counselor and author of The Mourning Handbook (RC 49619) offers practical suggestions for teens coping with loss. Discusses scenarios including illness, death, funerals, and mourning. Describes ways to resume life and deal with the future. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

The Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid and Emergencies     RC 61875
by Thomas K. Day
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
Veterinarian explains how to recognize and treat dogs' and cats' common medical emergencies including heatstroke, broken bones, lacerations, poisoning, allergic reactions, and skin, ear, and eye conditions. Provides instructions for performing CPR and preparing a first aid kit. Guide is organized by symptom and severity level, not clinical diagnosis. 2006.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul's The Real Deal: School-Cliques, Classes, Clubs, and More    RC 61880
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Anecdotes by teens about the highs and lows of high school life and about peer pressure, bullying, stress, gossip, moving, and cliques. Provides encouragement and advice on making positive changes and good choices. For senior high readers. 2005.

Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind Who Changed the Bible and Why     RC 61941
by Bart D. Ehrman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Biblical historian posits that scribes' alterations to New Testament manuscripts reflect both human error and the influence of theology, culture, and politics. Explores the development of written scripture from the Greco-Roman era, the effect of inconsistencies on doctrine and later versions, and attempts to reconstruct original text. Bestseller. 2005.

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer    RC 61948
by Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Twenty-one-year-old author discusses her Oregon childhood, her experience with low vision, and her determination to become a professional sled dog racer. Describes being introduced to the sport by her father, becoming the youngest athlete to win a five-hundred-mile race, and the obstacles she overcame to qualify for the Iditarod. 2006.

Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race    RC 61956
by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
The authors posit that the only candidate who can successfully defeat New York senator Hillary Clinton for the U.S. presidency in 2008 is Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. They compare the two women's past accomplishments, experience, character, and reputations, and speculate on the type of leader each could become. 2005.

The Brave Women of the Gulf Wars: Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom    RC 61960
by Karen Zeinert and Mary Miller
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Traces the roots of the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and the subsequent U.S. military operations in Iraq. Discusses the roles of women in modern warfare—as soldiers, correspondents, medics, and prisoners of war—as well as their peace efforts on the home front. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble     RC 61961
by Nancy J. Altman
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
A pension rights advocate and former Harvard professor outlines the history of the Social Security Administration since its establishment in 1935 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Details George W. Bush's plan to implement private retirement accounts and offers suggestions to strengthen the program as it exists during the Bush presidency. 2005.

I'd Rather Be Working: A Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Self-Support for People with Chronic Illness    RC 61969
by Gayle Backstrom
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Author with fibromyalgia offers a guide to finding a job that can accommodate a chronic illness or disability. Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act, government programs, education and training, assistive technology, and self-employment opportunities. Provides real-life examples and resources and includes exercises to assess abilities and limitations. 2002.

A Guide to Korean Cultural Heritage    RC 61979
by Korean Overseas Information Service
read by Robert Blumenfeld
1 cassette
An overview of Korean cultural heritage includes descriptions of traditional customs, sports, religion, music, gardening, dress, food, and arts and crafts. 2003.

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005    RC 62010
edited by Philip Zaleski
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Thirty-four essays, short stories, and poems previously published in magazines. "Passed On" by Thomas Lynch explores a young man's reason for becoming a funeral director. In "Kaddish," Richard Chess prays for peace, safety, humility, and life for all. Kenneth Woodward discusses Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. 2005.

Do You Speak American?    RC 62014
by Robert MacNeil and William Cran
read by Dennis Rooney
2 cassettes
Authors of The Story of English (RC 25965) recount their travels across the United States to study regional dialects and assess the state of contemporary American English. They report their findings on speech homogenization, declining grammatical standards, African American and Spanish vernaculars, and the influence of technology and media. 2005.

The Best American Science Writing, 2005    RC 62017
edited by Alan Lightman
read by Dennis Rooney
3 cassettes
Physicist and author of Einstein's Dreams (RC 36166) presents twenty-six articles that he believes demonstrate ideal science writing with "clear, captivating, intelligent, provocative, imaginative . . . and funny" prose. Jim Holt examines end-of-the-world scenarios while Philip Alcabes critiques the bioterrorism scare. Other topics include genetic engineering and stem-cell research. 2005.

Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church    RC 62032
edited by Louise I. Gerdes read by Peter Johnson
1 cassette
Sixteen essays by journalists, professors, psychiatrists, a victim, and a priest explore sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. Discusses issues of celibacy, homosexuality, Church hierarchy, and policy towards victims. Includes a message from Pope John Paul II and offers possible solutions to the problem. For senior high readers. 2003.

Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea    RC 62150
by Frank Delaney
read by Frank Delaney
2 cassettes
Uses archives and interviews to document the December 1951 disaster befalling the freighter SS Flying Enterprise while it crossed the Atlantic. Describes thirty-seven-year-old captain Kurt Carlsen's effort to transfer all the passengers and crew to lifeboats and his refusal to abandon ship after it was damaged in a storm. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Overcoming Life's Disappointments    RC 62155
by Harold S. Kushner
read by Arthur Morey
2 cassettes
Rabbi Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, cites the biblical tale of Moses as inspiration for persevering in the face of adversity. Also examines other role models—real and fictional—for their resilience, faith, and boldly daring to dream. 2006.

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling    RC 62202
by Wayne W. Dyer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Educational counselor and author of The Power of Intention (RC 58050) explains ways to lead an inspired life by recognizing and cultivating one's inner spirit. Uses personal examples to show how anyone can tap inherent inspirational powers, bring creativity and energy to daily activities, and find purpose. Bestseller. 2006.

The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think about the Rest of Your Life     RC 62226
by Lee Eisenberg
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former Esquire magazine editor examines financial plans and strategies for ensuring security and comfort in retirement. Eisenberg avoids specific mathematical formulas. Instead, he recommends evaluating "the life you want, the life you don't, and the costs of each." Strong language. 2006.

Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit, and Academic Success    RC 62234
by Elizabeth Harper and Timothy Harper
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Journalist father and his college-age daughter offer teenagers, their parents, and their teachers advice on the different types of writing for publication. The two also guide would-be writers through the steps that are needed to get their work into print. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives    RC 62238
by Tanya Biank
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Journalist follows the experiences of four army wives with husbands of various ranks at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 2000 to 2002. Describes successes and hardships—one woman loses a son, another a husband, and a third is murdered—as they struggle to balance family and military demands. Strong language. 2006.

Cassettes Fiction

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 15     RC 59648
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Lindsay Ellison
5 cassettes
Selection of 2003's twenty-five exceptional tales of horror and the supernatural by Ramsey Campbell, Steve Nagy, Jay Lake, Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Emerson Bull, Charles Coleman Finlay, and others. Some violence. 2004.

When Christmas Comes    RC 59692
by Debbie Macomber
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Emily Springer wants to be near her daughter in Boston for Christmas, while Charles Brewster seeks a quiet place to work on his book. The two strangers swap homes over the Internet, and surprises follow at their respective houses as unsuspecting holiday visitors arrive. 2004.

The Tattooed Girl    RC 60408
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Writer Joshua Seigl hires as his assistant Alma Busch, a shy, sensuous young woman covered with crude, disfiguring marks. Although Seigl, unaware of her anti-Semitism and painful history, is stirred by her demeanor, his naive altruism leads to tragedy. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

The Cassandra Compact: A Covert-One Novel    RC 60510
by Robert Ludlum and Philip Shelby
read by Don Hagen
3 cassettes
Covert-One operative Jon Smith travels to Venice to meet high-ranking Russian medical intelligence official Yuri Danko. When Yuri is assassinated, Jon uncovers a plot to smuggle smallpox into America. Jon, former British agent Peter Howell, and CIA agent Randi Russell track the bio-weapon. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Mildred Pierced: A Toby Peters Mystery    RC 60618
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
1944. Hollywood private investigator Toby Peters comes to the defense of his friend, dentist Sheldon Minck, who was jailed for murdering his wife. When Toby questions the sole witness, movie star Joan Crawford, she hires him to stifle publicity. A survival group, meanwhile, wants Minck free but for different reasons. Some strong language. 2003.

Life Studies: Stories    RC 60890
by Susan Vreeland
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Seventeen short stories about creating art and about art's influence on people, by the author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue (RC 49678). In "A Flower for Ginette," Monet's gardener wants to keep a scrap of painted canvas so that his wife will always have a flower in her room. 2005.

The Tarnished Eye    RC 60893
by Judith Guest
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
Rural sheriff Hugh DeWitt investigates the slaughter of a family—Edward Norbois, his wife, and four children—at their summer cabin on Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, in the Norbois's hometown of Ann Arbor, the police must deal with the serial murders of coeds. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Shalimar the Clown    RC 61121
by Salman Rushdie
read by Ken Kliban
4 cassettes
After the illegitimate daughter of former ambassador Max Ophuls witnesses his murder at the hands of his Muslim chauffeur, she uncovers a complex family history. The threads involve her mother's escape from a narrow life as a Kashmiri dancer and the reaction of the mother's scorned husband, Shalimar. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Lone Calder Star: Calder Saga, Volume 9    RC 61125
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Chase Calder of Montana sends his grandson Quint Echohawk to the family's ranch in Texas to prevent a takeover by millionaire Max Rutledge. Quint, a former ATF agent, encounters trouble but gets help from Empty Garner and his beautiful granddaughter Dallas. Some violence. 2005.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes: Outlander Series, Book 6     RC 61201
by Diana Gabaldon
read by Suzanne Toren
11 cassettes in 2 containers
Jamie Fraser and his time-traveling wife, Claire, are caught in the conflict between Great Britain and its American colonies. Jamie knows from Claire that Britain loses, but he tries to keep North Carolina loyal. Sequel to The Fiery Cross (RC 53366). Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Reflex    RC 61207
by Steven Gould
read by Lindsay Ellison
3 cassettes
A mysterious organization kidnaps National Security Agency operative Davy Rice to use his teleportation powers. Davy's wife, Millie, searches frantically for him with her own newfound teleporting skills. Sequel to Jumper (RC 37465). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Mystic Quest: The Bronze Canticles, Book 2    RC 61259
by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Three bands of heroes, linked through dreams, undertake daring quests for the salvation of their worlds. War-weary mystic Caelith Arvad leads his companions in search of a legendary lost empire. Elsewhere, goblin Thux and a small fellowship of Fae embark on similar journeys. Sequel to Mystic Warrior (RC 59628). 2005.

Red Light Wives    RC 61278
by Mary Monroe
read by Victoria Gordon
3 cassettes
San Francisco. Six diverse women down on their luck feel they have no choice but to work for pimp Clyde Brooks. The women bond together despite their problems and help Clyde raise his handicapped daughter Keisha—until tragedy strikes. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2005    RC 61295
edited by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Twenty short stories of mystery, crime, and suspense. Includes Dennis Lehane's "Until Gwen" as well as work by Scott Turow, Edward P. Jones, George V. Higgins, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Laura Lippman, and others. Selected and introduced by Joyce Carol Oates. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation    RC 61304
by Robert Littell
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
So that his Israeli daughter can obtain a Jewish divorce, an ex-KGB agent hires private detective Martin Odum, formerly a CIA operative, to find the agent's son-in-law. Martin takes on the task but uncovers shady arms dealings and terrorists in the search. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Rebel Angels    RC 61311
by Libba Bray
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
London, Christmastime 1895. Sixteen-year-old Gemma and friends Felicity and Ann from the Spence Academy return to the realms to destroy Gemma's foe Circe. Gemma must bind the magic that was released when she shattered the runes. Sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty (RC 58201). For senior high readers. 2005.

The Razor's Edge    RC 61313
by W. Somerset Maugham
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Twenty-year-old WWI aviator Larry Darrell leaves Chicago and heads to Paris seeking truth and meaning. In Larry's prolonged absence, his fiancée, Isabel, marries wealthy broker Gray Maturin. Ruined by the depression years later, Isabel and her family re-locate to Paris, where she and Larry reassess life and love. 1943.

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana    RC 61314
by Umberto Eco
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Milan, Italy. Antiquarian book dealer Yambo awakens from a coma unable to recognize his wife, Paola, or to recall his personal history but able to remember everything he's ever read. He returns to his family home hoping artifacts from his past will restore his memory. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Criminal Intent: A Ben Kincaid Mystery    RC 61325
by William Bernhardt
read by Stephen Hoye
3 cassettes
Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid defends liberal Episcopalian priest Daniel Beale, accused of murdering three conservative vestrywomen. Kincaid has previously defended the Reverend Mr. Beale's renegade views but now faces surprising obstacles, including the minister's own shocking testimony. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Abide with Me    RC 61330
by Elizabeth Strout
read by Bernadette Dunne
2 cassettes
Maine, 1950s. Clergyman Tyler Caskey despairs after his wife's death and cannot respond to his daughter's needs. He has little support from community parishioners, who gossip about Tyler's possible affair with his housekeeper. By the author of Amy and Isabelle (RC 48913). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Intuition    RC 61340
by Allegra Goodman
read by Kathe Mazur
3 cassettes
When the Philpott Institute of cancer research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, needs grant money, Cliff Bannaker's experiments producing remission in mice provide the perfect justification. But his scrupulous coworker—and girlfriend— Robin Decker goes public with her suspicions of fraud. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Dark Watch: The Oregon Files    RC 61355
by Clive Cussler
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Juan Cabrillo and his crew aboard the spy ship Oregon are hired by Japanese shipping magnates to protect commercial freighters after several are stolen by pirates on the seas off Southeast Asia. Cabrillo discovers an international plot behind the thefts. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Act of War: A Major Jason Richter Adventure    RC 61366
by Dale Brown
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
When the Environmental Movement Combat Alliance begins targeting multinational energy companies with nuclear weapons, Army engineer major Jason Richter and his high-tech military unit are dispatched to destroy them. As he tracks the terrorists, Richter uncovers a mole in the U.S. government. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.

Field of Honor    RC 61387
by D.L. Birchfield
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Oklahoma, 1976. After deserting his marine unit in Vietnam, Lance Corporal Patrick McDaniel, a half-Choctaw with a psychiatric condition, discovers a secret underground Choctaw civilization. Struggling for his own survival, Patrick becomes ensnared in politics and romance. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Spur Award. 2004.

People of the Raven: The First North Americans, Volume 12     RC 61406
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
Pacific Northwest, 9,300 years ago. Evening Star, a red-haired slave born to the North Wind People, escapes and seeks refuge with Chief Rain Bear's Raven People even though the two tribes are mortal enemies. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. Spur Award. 2004.

Thud! A Novel of Discworld     RC 61415
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork Watch contends with a crew of dwarfs, trolls, werewolves, golems, and humans and now must take on a vampire. With the anniversary of an ancient battle between dwarfs and trolls looming, a murder occurs and a painting that holds a secret is stolen. 2005.

Seven Ways from Sundown     RC 61416
by Clair Huffaker
read by Richard Davidson
1 cassette (Reissue)
Young greenhorn Seven Smith has been a ranger for only nine days when he's sent out to capture fugitive outlaw Jim Flood. With Jim in custody, the two men develop a strange friendship, but Sundown still has to turn him in. Some violence and some strong language. 1960.

Burned: A Regan Reilly Mystery     RC 61425
by Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Los Angeles private investigator Regan Reilly, about to be married, joins her girlfriend Kit Callan in Hawaii for a last fling. When the body of the resort's social director, Dorinda Dawes, washes ashore, the hotel manager persuades Regan to investigate. Suspects include assorted guests and a local millionaire. 2005.

Glory in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery     RC 61428
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City, 2058. Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murders of a prosecutor and an actress. The only initial evidence linking them is their relationship to Eve's enigmatic boyfriend, Roarke. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1995.

Crown of Slaves: Saganami Island, Book 1     RC 61441
by David Weber and Eric Flint
read by Derald Breneman
5 cassettes
When the Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon grows restive, Queen Elizabeth of Manticore dispatches her niece on a diplomatic mission led by Captain Anton Zilwicki. The envoy is undermined by deception, skullduggery, and radical freed-slave organization leader Jeremy X. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Sot-Weed Factor     RC 61442
by John Barth
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Sprawling pastiche of an eighteenth-century historical romance. Ebenezer Cooke, a chaste London poet, travels to Maryland in the late 1600s to manage his father's tobacco plantation and write an epic poem about the colony. His misadventures involve pirates, Indians, and a fetching prostitute. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1960.

Choose Me     RC 61444
by Xenia Ruiz
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
Divorced Afro-Puerto Rican mother Eva is celibate because of a renewed interest in religion. African American Adam, suffering from cancer, is cautious about dating. When the two meet they gradually work out a relationship with the help of God. 2005.

The Cinder Path     RC 61449
by Catherine Cookson
read by Pat Bottino
2 cassettes (Reissue)
England. After his father's death, sixteen-year-old Charlie MacFell manages his family's farm. He experiences little hardships and disappointments until a doomed marriage, conscription into the army during World War I, and a violent cathartic act force Charlie to learn the meaning of life, death, and love. Some violence. 1978.

By the Sword: Kerowyn's Tale     RC 61451
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Story of Kerowyn, the granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, that connects the author's various books on Valde-mar. Young Kerowyn chases after bandits who attacked the family keep and killed her father, wounded her brother, and kidnapped his fiancée. 1991.

Leavin' Trunk Blues: A Nick Travers Mystery     RC 61452
by Ace Atkins
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Musician Nick Travers leaves New Orleans for Chicago to help blues singer Ruby Walker prove she didn't kill her lover, record producer Billy Lyons. Although Ruby has been imprisoned for forty years, Travers hopes to find the true culprit. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Thirteen Steps Down     RC 61454
by Ruth Rendell
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Fitness equipment repairman Mix Cellini lodges in the crumbling London mansion of elderly Gwendolen Chawcer. Mix obsesses about serial killers and supermodel Nerissa Nash, while Gwendolen lives in the past. Gradually Mix becomes more and more unhinged until he commits murder and the police close in. Some violence. 2004.

Murder by Tradition: A Kate Delafield Mystery     RC 61455
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Lesbian LAPD detective Kate Delafield investigates the stabbing death of gay restaurateur Teddie Crawford. The culprit, Kyle Jensen, claims it was self-defense. Kate struggles to remain objective after discovering that Kyle's attorney knows about her sexual identity. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1991.

The Beverly Malibu: A Kate Delafield Mystery     RC 61456
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Lesbian Los Angeles police detective Kate Delafield investigates the murder of elderly film director Owen Sinclair. Kate uncovers Owen's role in the 1950s anticommunist movement, but her attraction to witness Aimee Grant could compromise the case. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1989.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother     RC 61458
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Childhood friends Jesse and Rise are growing apart. While fifteen-year-old Jesse develops his interest in art, Rise turns to the Harlem streets under pressure to be cool. When their long-established neighborhood social group becomes a gang, more violence enters their community. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter     RC 61460
by Susan Wittig Albert
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Lake District, England; 1905. Author Beatrix Potter, still mourning her fiancé's death, buys a farm in the country. Villagers in nearby Sawrey are suspicious of the sudden passing of local resident Abigail Tolliver. Beatrix and her pets offer to help solve the mystery. 2004.

"Wicked" Women Whodunit     RC 61461
by Mary Janice Davidson,
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Four short mysteries involving unlucky women and their lovers. In "Single White Dead Guy," Lanie's stay at a vacation cabin leads to murder and love. In "Fast Boys," Tess is forced to help NASCAR racer Ark Underwood save his reputation. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2005.

Done Deal: A John Deal Novel     RC 61464
by Les Standiford
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Someone nearly runs building contractor John Deal off the road, stymies his business, and forces his pregnant wife's car off a bridge. John links everything to a Cuban racketeer's plot to bring major league baseball to south Florida. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1993.

Ghost Walk     RC 61468
by Heather Graham
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
New Orleans. Haunted-tour guide Nikki DuMonde's employee Andrea dies from an apparent drug overdose. But after seeing Andrea's ghost, Nikki thinks that Andrea was murdered. Only paranormal investigator Brent Blackhawk believes Nikki and together they track the killer. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Sunflower     RC 61469
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Christine Hollister is jilted by her fiancé a week before their wedding. Her best friend, Jessica, signs Christine and herself up for a humanitarian mission to Peru's El Girasol (the Sunflower) orphanage. There Christine meets Paul Cook, an American doctor who must also learn to love again. 2005.

Hell's Riders     RC 61470
by Ralph Cotton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Ranger Sam Burrack and prisoner Ted Riley arrive at Clifton Wells, where scalp hunters have just attacked. They find Sheriff Boyd Tackett's betrothed, Greta, dead and her twelve-year-old daughter, Hilda, missing. Tackett, Burrack, and Riley ride out to find the killers and save Hilda. Violence and some strong language. 2004.

Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian    RC 61472
by Clair Huffaker
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Arizona, 1960s. Hard-drinking Paiutes, led by Flapping Eagle (Flap), get involved in ever wilder schemes to draw national attention to the plight of their poverty-stricken reservation. They steal a train, fight bigoted cops, and take over Phoenix. Basis for movie Flap. Strong language. 1967.

The Lincoln Lawyer     RC 61492
by Michael Connelly
read by Adam Grupper
2 cassettes
L.A. criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller defends lowlife clients out of his Lincoln Town Car. He eagerly takes the case of Louis Roulet, a wealthy Beverly Hills man arrested for beating a prostitute, but soon becomes suspicious of his client's behavior. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Ramage's Challenge: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 15     RC 61498
by Dudley Pope
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Still grieving over the disappearance of his wife, Sarah, Captain Ramage sails the Calypso into enemy waters off Tuscany to rescue British officers and allies captured by the French. Ramage's first love, Gianna, the Marchesa di Volterra, is among the hostages. Sequel to Ramage's Trial (RC 61379). Some violence. 1986.

Return Engagement: Settling Accounts, Book 1     RC 61503
by Harry Turtledove
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
North America, 1941. The Confederate States of America led by Jake Featherston puts down a black rebellion and resumes the war by attacking the North in Philadelphia. U.S. socialist president Al Smith retaliates, Quebec takes over Canada, and Europe is in turmoil. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Fame: Firstborn, Book 1     RC 61505
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Movie star Dayne Matthews insists on an unknown female lead for his next film. He chooses Christian theater director Katy Hart from Bloomington, Indiana. But after testing the waters in Hollywood, Katy decides that God wants her to return home. 2005.

The Keeper's Son: A Josh Thurlow Novel, Book 1     RC 61507
by Homer Hickam
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
North Carolina's Outer Banks, early 1940s. Josh Thurlow continues his family's operation of Killakeet Lighthouse and commands a Coast Guard patrol boat. While hunting German U-boats that target American vessels, Josh confronts someone who could be his long-lost brother. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Tale of Holly How: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter     RC 61509
by Susan Wittig Albert
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
English Lake District, 1906. Author Beatrix Potter and her pets are busy restoring Hill Top Farm, near the village of Sawrey, when they discover the body of a local shepherd. While investigating they also befriend an orphaned girl who is ignored by her grandmother, Lady Longford. 2005.

River of Darkness: A John Madden Mystery     RC 61517
by Rennie Airth
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Surrey, 1920s. Detective Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard investigates the well-planned murders of a couple and their household help in the quiet countryside. While battling police bureaucracy, Madden, a veteran of the Great War, is assisted by the local bobbies and an attractive woman doctor. 1999.

Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807     RC 61519
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
England. Army lieutenant Richard Sharpe's career has stalled despite his heroics in Sharpe's Trafalgar (RC 54862). Loveless and destitute, Sharpe faces life as quartermaster until a friend recruits him for a secret mission to deliver a bribe to Copenhagen in neutral Denmark. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy     RC 61521
by James L. Nelson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
Civil War, 1861. U.S. Navy lieutenant Samuel Bowater joins the fledgling Confederate Navy and takes command of the armed tug Cape Fear. Meanwhile Mississippi plantation owner Robley Paine, believing his sons were killed battle, acquires the ironclad Yazoo River and joins the Southern cause. Violence and strong language. 2003.

The Masque of the Black Tulip     RC 61532
by Lauren Willig
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
French spy known as the Black Tulip secretly arrives in Napoleonic England in search of a British agent, the Pink Carnation. He, or she, watches Lady Henrietta Selwick and Miles Dorrington for clues. Sequel to The Secret History of the Pink Carnation(RC 60668). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Beyond Black     RC 61533
by Hilary Mantel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
For five years divorcée Colette has lent her business skills to professional psychic Alison, a clairvoyant beleaguered by spirits of the deceased. The women attempt to reinvent themselves in the English countryside, where they face material and metaphysical obstacles including nosy neighbors and ghostly adversaries. Strong language. 2005.

If You Could See Me Now     RC 61534
by Cecelia Ahern
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Thirty-four-year-old Elizabeth spends all her time managing her sister Saoirse's problems and raising Saoirse's quiet six-year-old son Luke in their small Irish town. When Luke develops an imaginary friend named Ivan that Elizabeth believes in, too, Luke becomes more lively and Elizabeth's life improves in unexpected ways. 2006.

Bruised Hibiscus     RC 61543
by Elizabeth Nunez
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Trinidad, 1954. After a woman is murdered, two former friends reunite as they pray for the victim. Rosa, a white woman, is married to an abusive black teacher while Zuela has ten children with a drug-addicted Chinese man. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

A Fountain Filled with Blood: A Reverend Clare Fergusson Mystery     RC 61544
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson investigates a series of gay bashings after police chief Russ Van Alstyne decides not to publicize the attacks. Clare and Russ try to overcome their mutual attraction as the assaults continue in their rural Adirondack town. Some strong language. 2003.

Whispers of the Dead: Fifteen Sister Fidelma Mysteries, Book 2
RC 61547
by Peter Tremayne
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifteen short stories featuring a seventh-century nun and trained lawyer, Sister Fidelma of Ireland. In the title tale, an unknown peasant woman is discovered dead and Fidelma is challenged to identify her and the cause of death. In "The Banshee," she investigates a death wail. 2004.

Sharpe's Revenge: Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814
RC 61548

by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Napoleon's defeat ends the war, but peace eludes Major Richard Sharpe, who—having been framed by his old enemy, French commander Pierre Ducos—stands accused of stealing Napoleon's personal treasure. Sharpe escapes custody and attempts to find Ducos, recover the goods, and clear his name. Violence and some strong language. 1989.

Out of the Deep I Cry: A Reverend Clare Fergusson Mystery
RC 61555

by Julia Spencer-Fleming
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Trouble begins after parishioner Mrs. Marshall offers to repair St. Alban's church roof for Reverend Clare Fergusson. Using the trust funds will apparently leave the local free clinic without any budget. When the clinic's doctor disappears, Clare and police chief Russ Van Alstyne investigate. 2004.

Second Sunday     RC 61556
by Michele Andrea Bowen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
St. Louis, 1975. Pastor Clydell Forbes dies just months before Gethsemane Baptist Church celebrates its centennial, leaving the congregation scrambling for a replacement. Since the search committee hasn't located a suitable minister, party girl Sheba Cochran leads Gethsemane's women on a search of their own. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Empire: Sparrowhawk, Book 4     RC 61568
by Edward Cline
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Virginia colony, 1764. Political unrest results from the restrictive laws passed by the British crown. Hugh Kenrick, a burgess in the legislature, works to repeal the Stamp Act. Meanwhile Kenrick's neighboring plantation owner and friend, Jack Frake, marries Etáin McRae. Sequel to Caxton (RC 60077). 2004.

Goddess of the Ice Realm: The Lord of the Isles, Book 5     RC 61570
by David Drake
read by Michael Scherer
4 cassettes
As Prince Garric plans his coronation, the wizard Tenoctris predicts danger. Garric's sister, Sharina, and his friend, Cashel, are transported to other realms by evil magic while Cashel's sister Ilna and her beloved, Chalcus, investigate threats in the north. Sequel to Mistress of the Catacombs (RC 55642). Some violence. 2003.

A Daughter's a Daughter and Other Novels: A Mary Westmacott Omnibus     RC 61576
by Agatha Christie
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Three novels of family and conflict by crime writer Agatha Christie, penned under the name Mary Westmacott. In the title piece, first published in 1952, a daughter's opposition to her mother's plans to remarry threatens to destroy their relationship. Also includes Unfinished Portrait (1934) and The Burden (1956). 1934.

Green Money     RC 61578
by D.E. Stevenson
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Humorous tale of young Englishman George Ferrier, unexpectedly appointed the trustee of Mr. Green's large estate. George's responsibilities include the guardianship of Mr. Green's naive daughter, Elma, who is pursued by cads and fortune hunters. Much to George's chagrin, Elma is also determined to become a "modern" woman. 1939.

Blinding Light     RC 61580
by Paul Theroux
read by Gregory Gorton
4 cassettes
Fifty-year-old Slade Steadman, a one-time bestselling author, becomes addicted to an Ecuadorian drug that temporarily blinds him but provides illuminary vision to write another book. When the blindness prevails, Steadman loses his cocky attitude. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Thomasina     RC 61582
by Paul Gallico
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Scottish Highlands. When her beloved cat, Thomasina, is injured, Mary brings the feline to her veterinarian father, Andrew. Instead of helping Thomasina, Andrew puts her to sleep. After brokenhearted Mary falls ill, Andrew learns the power of love and discovers Thomasina has more lives than one. 1957.

The Truth-Teller's Tale: The Safe-Keepers, Book 2     RC 61585
by Sharon Shinn read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old twins Eleda, who can tell only the truth, and Adele, who cannot reveal others' secrets, are sorely tested by a newly arrived pair of dancing instructors who are not what they seem. Romance and mistaken identity challenge the twins' special gifts. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Bachelor Boys     RC 61587
by Kate Saunders
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
London. Thirty-one-year-old literary magazine editor Cassie agrees to fulfill the final wish of her terminally ill childhood neighbor—to find wives for her grown sons. Cassie plays matchmaker for unemployed actor Fritz and pianist Ben while falling for Fritz. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Last Resort: A Hideaway Novel, Book 3     RC 61590
by Hannah Alexander
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Carissa Cooper, age twelve, who has been researching her family's past, suddenly vanishes. Her psychic cousin Noelle Cooper, with help from longtime friend Nathan Trask, eventually finds Carissa, just in the nick of time. As they search for answers, Noelle and Nathan grow closer. Includes discussion questions. 2005.

Nightmare Academy: The Veritas Project, Book 2     RC 61594
by Frank Peretti
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old twins Elijah and Elisha Springfield go undercover for the Veritas Project to investigate a mysterious school that is sheltering runaway teens for a sinister purpose. Their faith in God helps them through a dangerous situation. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Chill of Fear: Fear Trilogy, Book 2     RC 61598
by Kay Hooper
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
FBI psychic Quentin Hayes, from Hunting Fear (RC 59473), vacations at a Tennessee resort where his childhood friend, Missy, was killed years ago. Quentin meets Diana Brisco, a reluctant medium who sees ghosts. Quentin helps Diana hone her abilities to solve Missy's murder. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Coyote Rising: A Novel of Interstellar Revolution     RC 61612
by Allen M. Steele
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Coyote moon, 2306. The original colonists who arrived aboard the starship Alabama have abandoned the settlement, which is now threatened by overpopulation, social ills, and repressive government. Those who remain are poised for revolution. Sequel to Coyote (RC 60862). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Cut and Run     RC 61615
by Ridley Pearson
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Years ago U.S. marshal Roland Larson fell in love with protected witness Hope Stevens, slated to testify against the Romero crime family. Now Hope and the man who encrypted the witness protection list are missing, endangering thousands, including Hope. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Sullivan's Justice     RC 61616
by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
California probation officer Carolyn Sullivan, from Sullivan's Law (RC 58379), is shocked when her brother Neil is accused of killing his girlfriend. When the murder of another woman occurs nearby, the police fear a serial killer. As Carolyn investigates, she suspects Neil's former lover. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

The Sunborn     RC 61619
by Gregory Benford
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Space pilot Shanna Axelrod, the headstrong daughter of billionaire financier John Axelrod, undertakes a daring mission to Pluto. When Shanna and her crew discover intelligent life, famed astronaut couple Julia and Viktor—Shanna's rivals—are deployed to offer supplies and assistance. Sequel to The Martian Race (RC 51423). 2005.

Company Man     RC 61622
by Joseph Finder
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
After CEO Nick Conover has to lay off half his workers, he is threatened and his house is ransacked. When he kills a disgruntled employee in self-defense, the head of his security department covers it up. But the police dig in for an investigation. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Olympos     RC 61626
by Dan Simmons
read by Fred Major
6 cassettes
The population of terraformed Mars has vanished except for warring Greeks and Trojans, who have temporarily allied to attack Olympos. Resurrected twentieth-century professor Thomas Hockenberry accompanies an expedition to Earth, where humans battle hostile creatures. Sequel to Ilium (RC 56883). Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Veronica     RC 61634
by Mary Gaitskill
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Alison retreats to New York when her European modeling career ends. She befriends Veronica Ross, an older bohemian, who contracts and dies from a new disease called AIDS. Decades later the ruined beauty Alison, ill with hepatitis, reminisces about their relationship. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Arthur and George     RC 61635
by Julian Barnes
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, champions George Edalji, a half-Indian solicitor falsely accused of writing obscene letters and mutilating cattle. This fictionalized account of a 1903 case involves racism, prejudice, miscarriage of justice, a mid-life love affair, spiritualism, and the social mores of Victorian England. Bestseller. 2005.

A Texan's Luck     RC 61638
by Jodi Thomas
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Texas, 1880s. Captain Walker Larson's father selects fifteen-year-old Lacy in a "wife lottery," to marry his son by proxy. Three years later Lacy and Walker meet but have difficulty accepting each other. Sequel to When a Texan Gambles (RC 57371). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Uglies     RC 61639
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Tally, at age sixteen, is required to undergo a surgical procedure that would turn her into a beauty. But Tally's new friend, Shay, refuses the operation and runs away. The authorities insist that unless Tally finds Shay, she can't become beautiful. For senior high readers. 2005.

Seven Legends West     RC 61641
by Clay Fisher
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Seven tales of the western frontier. In "Pretty Face," trapper Hurd Clinton encounters a beautiful Sioux maiden and suspects a trap. In "The Chug-water Run," Cheyenne renegades ransom an officer's daughter for gunpowder. Also includes "The White Man's Road" and others. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1951.

The Europa Conspiracy: Babylon Rising, Book 3     RC 61645
by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
After The Secret on Ararat (RC 61301), biblical archaeologist Michael Murphy travels to Babylon, where he hopes to decipher the ancient message of the Handwriting on the Wall from the book of Daniel. There Michael faces the evil Talon. 2005.

Sisterchicks Down Under!     RC 61649
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
When her husband travels to Australia on business, California native Kathleen Salerno goes along. She finds herself in a flip-flopped world with nothing to do until she wanders into the Chocolate Fish and meets fellow Californian Jill Radovich. They quickly form a Sisterchick bond strengthened by their religious beliefs. 2005.

Hitch     RC 61652
by Jeanette Ingold
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Montana, 1935. Seventeen-year-old Moss Trawnley joins the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression to earn money to help his family back in Louisiana. In the corps, Moss learns to lead the other men while restoring the land. For senior high readers. 2005.

Grind     RC 61654
by Eric Walters
read by Mark Delgado
1 cassette
Phil and Wally are so obsessed with skateboarding that they start a web site featuring their stunts. The more dangerous the action, the more hits on the web site, and the more money they earn. But Wally's risk-taking ends disastrously. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2004.

Case of Lies: A Nina Reilly Mystery     RC 61656
by Perri O'Shaughnessy
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
A widower hires Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly two years after his pregnant wife was killed outside a motel. The crime's only witnesses, MIT graduate students scheming to cheat the casinos, refuse to testify. Then, someone tries to kill them—and Nina. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Bait     RC 61657
by Karen Robards
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
After surviving a murder attempt, advertising executive Maddie Fitzgerald believes she was the victim of random violence, but FBI agent Sam McCabe thinks she's a serial killer's target. Sam knows there's only one way to stop him—use Maddie as bait. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Sunstroke     RC 61662
by Jesse Kellerman
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Divorced, workaholic West Hollywood secretary Gloria Mendez receives a disturbing voicemail from her boss, Carl Perreira, who is vacationing in Mexico—then discovers he died in a car crash. Gloria goes to retrieve Carl's body but soon questions whether he is really dead. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Christmas Guest     RC 61671
by Anne Perry
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Cantankerous Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series solves a mystery of her own after a visiting relative is murdered during the holidays. The family's indifference to the death raises Grandmama's suspicions. Along the way she uncovers secrets and discovers the meaning of Christmas. 2005.

Maigret and the Killer: An Inspector Maigret Mystery     RC 61685
by Georges Simenon
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Inspector Maigret is dining with his doctor when he is called to tend to a wounded man in the street. The victim turns out to be wealthy student Antoine Batille, who dies before revealing his killer. The murderer contacts Maigret during the course of the investigation. 1969.

In a Dark House: A Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Mystery     RC 61687
by Deborah Crombie
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
London. Firefighters responding to an abandoned warehouse fire find a woman's charred body. Detective superintendent Duncan Kincaid investigates while his lover and former partner, Gemma James, looks into the seemingly unrelated disappearances of a hospital attendant and a young girl. They soon discover their cases are linked. Strong language. 2004.

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories     RC 61697
by Agatha Christie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Twenty short mysteries featuring indomitable amateur sleuth Miss Jane Marple. Includes "The Tuesday Night Club," "Ingots of Gold," "The Bloodstained Pavement," "Motive v. Opportunity," "A Christmas Tragedy," "Death by Drowning," "The Case of the Perfect Maid," "Tape-Measure Murder," "Greenshaw's Folly," and others. 1985.

The Master     RC 61699
by Colm Tóibín
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Fictional portrayal of the complex personality of Anglo American writer Henry James. In 1895, James's play fails in London and he gradually returns to fiction. His encounters with the privileged classes in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Florence provide material for his psychologically penetrating novels. 2004.

The Last Hurrah     RC 61700
by Edwin O'Connor
read by John Horton
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Prizewinning depiction of an Irish American political boss's seedy grandeur in early 1900's Boston. Frank Skeffington, former governor and long-undisputed boss of the city, announces his run for reelection as mayor. Skeffington builds his campaign but faces career-ending defeat when his enemies unite against him. Some strong language. 1956.

The Rawhide Knot and Other Stories     RC 61702
by Conrad Richter
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents eight tales of pioneers who are ambushed by love and the challenge of frontier life. In the title story, a group of men bent on devilment attempt to "hatch up a marriage" between an old maid and a young lawyer from back East. 1935.

Boss Lady     RC 61704
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
California. Vanessa Smith from Philadelphia joins her screenwriter cousin Tracy Ellison, from For the Love of Money (RC 58277). Vanessa attends college and learns the business of producing a movie as Tracy's assistant. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

So Wild a Dream: Rendezvous, Book 1     RC 61705
by Win Blevins
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
1820s. Eighteen-year-old Sam Morgan leaves western Pennsylvania seeking adventure and fortune in frontier America. Through his encounters with bandits, soldiers, fur traders, Indians, and such historic figures as William Clark, Sam learns the ways of mountain men. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Spur Award. 2003.

Breach of Trust: A Joseph Antonelli Novel     RC 61708
by D.W. Buffa
read by Jeremy Gage
3 cassettes
Attorney Joseph Antonelli attends his Harvard class reunion at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel, the scene of a 1965 party during which classmate Annie Malreaux fell to her death. Fearing scandal, U.S. vice president Thomas Browning—then Annie's boyfriend—asks Joseph to defend their fellow alumnus Jimmy Haviland, now charged with Annie's murder. 2004.

The Million-Dollar Marriage: Whirlwind Weddings     RC 61710
by Eva Rutland
read by Gabra Zackman
1 cassette
Melody Sands is bored—until she notices the new gardener. Intrigued, she takes him a thermos of coffee. Tony Costello is charmed and mystified by this woman he believes is a secretary. After a whirlwind courtship turns into marriage, Tony discovers that Melody is very rich. 1998.

Homeward Bound     RC 61716
by Harry Turtledove
read by Nick Sullivan
5 cassettes
Concluding volume of Colonization and Worldwar alternate history series. In 2031 Earth is colonized by a race of lizard-like aliens. When Americans launch a starship to the lizards' home-world, the lizards plot a preventive war that could destroy Earth. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Out of Range: A Joe Pickett Novel     RC 61719
by C.J. Box
read by Peter Ganim
3 cassettes
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is temporarily reassigned to ritzy Jackson Hole after colleague Will Jensen's apparent suicide. Though assailed by special-interest groups, Pickett steers clear of politics until further investigation casts suspicion on Jensen's death and doubt on Pickett's own safety. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Ramage at Trafalgar: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 16     RC 61765
by Dudley Pope

read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
After reuniting with his beloved wife, Sarah, Captain Lord Ramage joins Admiral Nelson's blockade of the French and Spanish navies in the port of Cádiz. Nelson aims to confront the enemy head-on in the largest naval battle in history. Sequel to Ramage's Challenge (RC 61498). Some violence. 1986.

The Wedding Night of an English Rogue: Boscastle Trilogy, Book 3     RC 61766
by Jillian Hunter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
England, 1814. With a former French spy on the loose, intelligence officer Lord Heath Boscastle guards his commander's fiancée, Julia Hepworth, whom he hasn't seen in six years. As their mutual desire reignites, Heath learns Julia was betrayed and determines to win her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Maggie without a Clue: A Maggie Kelly Mystery     RC 61779
by Kasey Michaels
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Manhattan mystery writer Maggie Kelly's editor, Bernice, awakens beside the corpse of her estranged and long-missing husband. Maggie tracks the man's killer with characters from her Regency-era novels who have come to life-attractive viscount Alexandre Blake (aka Alex Blakely) and Sterling Balder. Sterling is later kidnapped. Some strong language. 2004.

Palms to the Ground     RC 61784
by Amy Stolls
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
The only child of an overprotective mother and a well-meaning father, neurotic eighth-grader Calman Pulowitz travels from Boston to Walla Walla, Washington, to spend a week with his pen pal. He learns a lot about himself while doing things he's never done before. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction     RC 61785
edited by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
Two dozen short stories about cultural and generational issues by Arab Americans including Christians, Muslims, immigrants, and assimilated Americans. In "The New World," a Palestinian woman moves to Philadelphia and uncovers her new husband's secret. In "Arabic Lessons," two teens study with their cousin, a Lebanese nun. Strong language. 2004.

The Master Tanner Heads West    RC 61791
by W.C. Bamberger
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Tanner Jarry Kenninac leaves Rhode Island with his artist wife, Dolley, and two children, in search of the untamed West. They settle in Hugo, where in a matter of weeks Dolley tires of Jarry's romanticism, Jarry befriends some bizarre characters, and the town sheriff turns up dead. Violence. 2005.

A Good Yarn    RC 61808
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Yarn shop owner Lydia Hoffman has several people interested in her class on knitting socks: adults Elise and Bethanne and teenager Courtney. Each has her own personal problems, but in the knitting group they find companionship and comfort. Sequel to The Shop on Blossom Street (RC 58642). 2005.

The Texan's Reward: The Wife Lottery, Book 4    RC 61827
by Jodi Thomas
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Nell, the "wild child" from the Wife Lottery series, needs a husband to help run her ranch. Jacob Dalton, who keeps rescuing Nell, hopes to prevent her from making a big mistake, but instead falls in love. Sequel to A Texan's Luck (RC 61638). Some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Mission Road: A PI Tres Navarre Mystery    RC 61837
by Rick Riordan
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
San Antonio cop Ana DeLeon is gunned down as she prepares to charge her husband, Ralph Arguello, with an eighteen-year-old murder on Mission Road. When Ralph arrives at PI Tres Navarre's home covered in blood but proclaiming self defense, Tres helps him flee authorities. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

A Toast before Dying: A Mali Anderson Mystery    RC 61838
by Grace F. Edwards
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
African American former policewoman Mali Anderson investigates the murder of Harlem bartender Thea Morris. Thea's boyfriend, Kendrick Owen, is accused of killing her, but his sister insists he's innocent. Mali uncovers secrets about Thea's family while researching the case. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1998.

Cat's Eyewitness: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery    RC 61841
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
"Harry" Haristeen has quit her job as postmistress of Crozet, Virginia. While visiting a monastery, she, her friend, and pets discover a statue of the Virgin Mary shedding tears of blood—a harbinger of crises. Her friend's uncle, a monk, is then found dead. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

If I Should Die: A Mali Anderson Mystery    RC 61853
by Grace F. Edwards
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Harlem. En route to her nephew's Uptown Children's Chorus rehearsal, African American ex-NYPD cop Mali Anderson thwarts a kidnapping but discovers the body of chorus tour director Erskin Harding. Mali tracks the killer as anonymous warnings escalate into violence. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1997.

Bloodlines: An Irene Kelly Mystery    RC 61855
by Jan Burke
read by Catherine Byers
4 cassettes
In 1958 five wealthy Ducane family members, including an infant, go missing while a journalist witnesses an automobile's mysterious burial. In 1978 the car is uncovered with human remains inside. Twenty years later reporter Irene Kelly solves the intriguing case. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Blood from a Stone: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery    RC 61858
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti investigates the assassination of an African street vendor, an illegal alien. After finding uncut diamonds in the victim's room, Brunetti is pulled off the case and other government agencies take over. But Brunetti continues to doggedly pursue his own leads. 2005.

The Goodbye Body: A Claire Malloy Mystery    RC 61861
by Joan Hess
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
When fumigation forces Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy and her daughter from their home, they accept an invitation from Dolly Goforth to stay at her estate while she travels. They soon experience odd occurrences, including a corpse that keeps appearing, then disappearing—and that's only the first body. Some strong language. 2005.

Death of a Bore: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery    RC 61866
by M.C. Beaton
read by John Horton
1 cassette
Scottish Highlands. An arrogant soap opera writer teaching a seminar on getting published turns up dead after humiliating his students. Constable Hamish Macbeth investigates the would-be authors and his own neighbors, each with a motive, means, and opportunity. The case reunites Hamish with his former girlfriend, reporter Elspeth Grant. 2005.

Listen for the Whisperer    RC 61871
by Phyllis A. Whitney
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Following her father's death, Leigh Hollins sets out to find her mother, actress Laura Worth, who gave her up at birth. Leigh finds her in Norway, but it is not a happy reunion. Someone is trying to kill Laura, and now Leigh is also in danger. 1971.

Looking for Alaska    RC 61873
by John Green
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Entering boarding school in Alabama, sixteen-year-old Miles "Pudge" Halter encounters new experiences: challenging classes, extreme pranks, and Alaska Young, a moody, sexy girl whose death in a car crash might be a suicide. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. Printz Award. 2005.

Perfect Nightmare    RC 61877
by John Saul
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
As Long Island residents Kara and Steve Marshall plan a move to Manhattan, their seventeen-year-old daughter, Lindsay, vanishes. Police think that she ran away. But after other girls disappear, Kara suspects foul play and vows to find the criminal. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2005.

Me, Dead Dad, and Alcatraz    RC 61882
by Chris Lynch
read by J.P. Linton
1 cassette
Elvin Bishop, from Extreme Elvin (RC 49379), discovers that his late father's brother isn't dead but has been in prison and is now released. Uncle Alex, a diabetic, wants to save overweight Elvin from the same fate and begins a physical fitness campaign. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Strong, Silent Type    RC 61883
by C. Kelly Robinson
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
African American ex-NFL star Deacon Davis—the son of a civil rights leader—loses his job with a political party because of his stutter. Davis seeks help from a speech clinic, where he falls for therapist Maria Oliver. Together they solve family issues. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

My Spy    RC 61884
by Christina Skye
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
Injured while rescuing a busload of schoolchildren, Navy SEAL commander Sam McKade recuperates at therapist Annie O'Toole's California resort. Sam suffers amnesia and doesn't remember his former mission—or his affair with Annie. As Sam heals an enemy stalks them both. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Westerners    RC 61887
by Zane Grey
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
A collection of nine short westerns by acclaimed author Zane Grey. In "The Ranger," Texas lawman Vaughn Medill searches for a rich Mexican acquaintance's missing daughter and finds himself in her kidnappers' clutches. Other stories include "Lightning," "Of Whales and Men," and the title piece. 2000.

The Tequila Worm    RC 61891
by Viola Canales
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
Sofia grows up in a loving Mexican American family of storytellers in a barrio in McAllen, Texas. In ninth grade she accepts a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in Austin. There Sofia's upbringing and traditions help her adjust to her new environment. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme    RC 61894
by Andreï Makine
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
A Russian orphan is befriended by a French nurse, who recalls a passionate affair with pilot Jacques Dorme during World War II. Decades later, her tales inspire the orphan—now a novelist exiled in France—to uncover the pilot's story in Siberia. Companion to Dreams of My Russian Summers (RC 45019). 2003.

Just My Luck    RC 61905
by Tajuana "TJ" Butler
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
On the day of her college graduation, thirty-eight-year-old African American Lanita Powers gets a makeover at a Los Angeles salon, where she shares her story of struggle, sacrifice, and success. Lanita's memories of youth and adulthood include becoming a stripper, finding love, and returning to school. Some strong language. 2005.

Forty Signs of Rain    RC 61935
by Kim Stanley Robinson
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C. As the world faces the frightening ecological realities of global warming and climate change, National Science Foundation statistician Anna Quibler and her husband, Charlie, a Senate environmental staffer, must convince political leaders to act. Meanwhile, torrential downpours threaten to flood the city. Some strong language. 2004.

The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery    RC 61939
by Martha Grimes
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
On leave since The Winds of Change (RC 58862), detective Richard Jury is intrigued by a tale physicist Harry Johnson tells at a pub: the family of Johnson's friend disappeared and only the dog returned. Jury is investigating when a body is found. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Edge of Evil: An Ali Reynolds Mystery    RC 61940
by J.A. Jance
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
When her L.A. network replaces television journalist Alison Reynolds with someone younger, she returns to her childhood home in Sedona, Arizona. There she begins an online therapy blog. After a friend's death is classified as suicide, Alison investigates. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Winning Hand    RC 61953
by C.K. Crigger
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Washington state, 1893. Caroline Pruett loses her thoroughbred stallion King to cowhand Micah Sutton in a poker game. Caroline accidentally shoots Micah while stealing King back. Only slightly wounded, Micah sets out after Caroline to retrieve the horse, but Micah isn't the only one after King. Some violence. 2004.

Breakwater    RC 61963
by Carla Neggers
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Quinn Harlowe finds the corpse of a former Department of Justice colleague outside her Chesapeake Bay cottage and investigates. Nearby at Breakwater Security, Huck McCabe seeks to infiltrate a group of mercenaries and joins forces with Quinn. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The Fallen    RC 61998
by T. Jefferson Parker
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
Twenty-nine-year-old San Diego homicide detective Robbie Brownlaw suffers from synesthesia, a restless wife, and a new case. Former internal affairs cop Garrett Asplundh, now a city ethics investigator, is murdered after uncovering corruption in city hall that endangers the municipal bond rating. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Two-Minute Rule    RC 62000
by Robert Crais
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
After serving ten years in prison, forty-six-year-old bank robber Max Holman is released on parole only to discover his estranged son—an LAPD policeman—has been murdered. Max contacts ex-FBI agent Katherine Pollard—the very agent who arrested him-to help him find his son's killers. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Lovers and Players    RC 62001
by Jackie Collins
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Nasty billionaire Red Diamond sends for his sons: Chris, an indebted gambler; Max, an engaged real estate tycoon still battling his Russian ex-wife; and model Jett, who's in love with Max's fiancée. The three discover secrets, murder, and half-siblings. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

After Midnight    RC 62002
by Teresa Medeiros
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
London, 1820. Caroline, the eldest of the three orphaned Cabot sisters, hastens to the city when her sister Vivienne falls in love with Adrian Kane, Viscount Trevelyan, who is rumored to be a vampire. But sparks fly when the two meet. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels     RC 62005
by H.P. Lovecraft
read by George Holmes
4 cassettes
Collection of three novels and five short stories spanning the years 1919 to 1933. The title piece chronicles a university expedition to Antarctica, where strange fossils and extremely old ruins are found. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is Lovecraft's masterpiece of demonic horror. Introduction includes author biographical information. 1943.

Waiting for an Angel    RC 62008
by Helon Habila
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Lagos, Nigeria; 1990s. Follows Lomba and his transformation from apolitical student to political prisoner. While working as a journalist Lomba attends an anti-junta rally and is arrested. His roommate and his first love also must cope with the brutality and poverty around them. Violence. 2002.

Creepers    RC 62011
by David Morrell
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Reporter Frank Balenger, professor Robert Conklin, schoolteacher Vincent Vanelli, and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill—urban explorers—enter an abandoned hotel in New Jersey. But the "creepers" soon discover that they are not alone in the building and must rely on Balenger's army training. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Poirot's Early Cases: A Hercule Poirot Mystery    RC 62012
by Agatha Christie
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Eighteen short mysteries in which Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his faithful friend Hastings unmask murderers, swindlers, drug dealers, and thieves. In "The King of Clubs," a missing playing card helps solve a crime. Also includes "Double Sin," "The Lost Mine," "The Veiled Lady," and other tales. 1923.

Chasing Destiny: A Western Story    RC 62015
by Stephen Overholser
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
When a prominent Colorado cattleman is robbed and murdered, gunmen kill the suspect and identify the mangled body as that of ne'er-do-well Bobby Eckstrum. Bobby's young daughter, Destiny, believes her father is alive and sets out to find him. Destiny's friend Michael joins her on the trail. Some violence. 2005.

A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder; A Roma Sub Rosa Mystery    RC 62021
by Steven Saylor
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
Nine short stories on the early career of Roman investigator Gordianus the Finder. In "The Consul's Wife," one of Rome's rulers believes his wife might be planning to murder him at the chariot races and hires Gordianus to investigate. In "Poppy and the Poisoned Cake," Gordianus unveils a killer. 2005.

The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories     RC 62023
by Agatha Christie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Nine short mysteries previously unpublished in the United States from magazines for which the author wrote prior to her success. In the title story, an old friend prevents a family murder; in "The Edge," a romantic rival drives a cheating wife to her suicide. 1923.

Crooked House    RC 62024
by Agatha Christie
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Elderly Greek restaurateur Aristide Leonides dies in his suburban London mansion, presumably poisoned by his much younger wife Brenda, who is rumored to be romantically involved with his granddaughter's tutor. Charles Hayward is hired to investigate the millionaire's death, but now he begins to suspect the entire Leonides family. 1948.

Thirteen Clues for Miss Marple    RC 62025
by Agatha Christie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Thirteen short mystery stories featuring the indomitable elderly English sleuth Miss Marple. Includes "Tape-Measure Murder," "Strange Jest," "Sanctuary," "Greenshaw's Folly," "The Case of the Perfect Maid," "The Blue Geranium," "The Companion," "The Four Suspects," "The Bloodstained Pavement," "The Herb of Death," and others. 1966.

The Magic Keys    RC 62026
by Albert Murray
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Enrolled in graduate studies at New York University and newly married, musician Scooter frequents libraries, galleries, restaurants, and jazz clubs. He reminisces with old friends Joe States, Taft Edison, and Roland Beasley and contemplates moving back to Alabama. Sequel to The Seven League Boots (RC 46273). Some strong language. 2005.

Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season from NPR's Annual Holiday Special    RC 62028
selected by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Twelve stories celebrating Hanukkah by contemporary authors Myra Goldberg, Daniel Pinkwater, Harlan Ellison, Dani Shapiro, Elie Wiesel, Mark Helprin, and others. In Anne Roiphe's "The Demon Foiled," a new Jewish mayor attempts to light the family Hanukkah candles while he is being filmed for local TV. 2005.

Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 1    RC 62093
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
After a driver with diplomatic immunity kills pregnant Barbara Rutledge, her mother Myra, her best friend Nikki, and five other women form the Sisterhood to help women get the justice and revenge they deserve. Some strong language. 2003.

Carolina Isle    RC 62099
by Jude Deveraux
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Sara, a working-class New Yorker, and Ariel, a privileged North Carolina belle, are look-alike cousins and pen pals who change identities and companions. Ariel covets Sara's boss while Sara adores Ariel's friend David. When the girls investigate an island resort, danger abounds and old secrets surface. Some strong language. 2006.

Cycle of the Werewolf    RC 62102
by Stephen King
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Someone—or something—is attacking residents of rural Tarker's Mills, Maine, during the full moon. Only Marty Coslaw, a ten-year-old who uses a wheelchair, knows the identity of the monster, but no one will believe him. Basis for the 1985 movie Stephen King's Silver Bullet. Strong language and some violence. 1983.

Slow Man    RC 62111
by J.M. Coetzee
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
A bicycle accident changes Paul Rayment's solitary, self-sufficient life. Although his right leg is amputated, he refuses a prosthesis. Sixtyish, single, and childless, he must learn to navigate anew, physically and mentally, and he wonders whether he needs to be cared for—or loved. By 2003 Nobel Prize winner. 2005.

Coming Out    RC 62139
by Danielle Steel
read by David Garrison
1 cassette
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein's careful world is turned upside down when her twin daughters, Virginia and Veronica, are invited to a debutante ball. Virginia and her father are enthusiastic, Veronica and her stepfather refuse to attend, and Olympia's son Charlie has a crisis. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Blow the House Down    RC 62141
by Robert Baer
read by Paul Michael
2 cassettes
In June 2001, CIA agent Max Waller loses his job in Langley, Virginia. After the September 11 tragedies, he personally investigates Osama bin Laden to uncover the truth behind the attacks. Meanwhile, someone targets Max. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Blue Screen: A Sunny Randall Mystery    RC 62142
by Robert B. Parker
read by Kate Burton
2 cassettes
It is Sunny Randall's job to protect starlet Erin Flint, the lover of sleazy movie producer Buddy Bollen. After Erin's sister Misty is murdered in Buddy's mansion, Sunny works with Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts, to expose a killer. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

The Afghan Campaign    RC 62143
by Steven Pressfield
read by John Lee
2 cassettes
In 330 BCE, Alexander the Great continues his conquest of the known world by invading the Afghan kingdoms. Infantryman Matthias describes the hardships he and his comrades endure while they battle proud, religious war lords who use terrorist tactics to defend their homeland. Descriptions of sex, violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Dead Days of Summer: A Death on Demand Mystery    RC 62144
by Carolyn Hart
read by Kate Reading
2 cassettes
South Carolina bookstore owner Annie Darling is worried because her PI husband, Max, failed to return home after beginning a new case. Then the body of a pretty woman is discovered near Max's abandoned car—and the media leaps to conclusions. Annie pursues the truth. Some strong language. 2006.

End in Tears: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery     RC 62145
by Ruth Rendell
read by John Lee
2 cassettes
The local media accuse Chief Inspector Wexford and his partner Mike Burden of being too old-fashioned, but the two policemen succeed in tying together the murder of a teenage girl and another killing. Now, Wexford worries about his daughter, a pregnant single mother. Descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2005.

The Hot Flash Club Chills Out    RC 62147
by Nancy Thayer
read by Carrington MacDuffie
3 cassettes
Members of the Hot Flash Club house-sit on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, one summer and have adventures. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Sandcastles    RC 62148
by Luanne Rice
read by Ann Marie Lee
3 cassettes
After her husband John leaves her and their three daughters, Honor Dillon moves the family and takes a teaching position at a convent school run by her sister-in-law Sister Bernadette. Eleven years later John returns and family turmoil ensues. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Learning to Kill: Stories    RC 62151
by Ed McBain
read by Stephen Hoye
3 cassettes
For this anthology the author selected twenty-five of his earlier stories published in pulp magazines under the bylines Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, and Hunt Collins. Written in the 1950s, the tales are filled with damsels in distress, PIs, and cops. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Men I Didn't Marry    RC 62152
by Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Empty-nester Bill abandons his wife Hallie for a fitness trainer. Hallie decides to look up all her old boyfriends: Eric, a millionaire businessman; Barry, a yogi; Kevin, a cinematographer; and, finally, the man who was her life's great lost love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Closing Costs    RC 62154
by Seth Margolis
read by Susan Denaker
3 cassettes
Three tales interweave, revealing intrigue and scandal behind real estate sales in the upscale Manhattan market that is managed by realtor Lucinda Wells. One client flees the country and abandons his wife after being charged with embezzlement. Another becomes the victim of a corporate ouster. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Happiness Sold Separately    RC 62156
by Lolly Winston
read by Cassandra Campbell
2 cassettes
Elinor and Ted Mackey are the perfect couple in a perfect marriage until they learn that they can't have children. Elinor reacts by retreating into herself while Ted begins an affair with Gina, a single mom with a jealous, violent ex-boyfriend. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly    RC 62157
by Robert Dalby
read by Clarinda Ross
2 cassettes
Widow Laurie Lepanto is determined to keep her favorite supermarket in business after the new Mega-Mart opens in Second Creek, Mississippi. She enlists the help of widower and former ballroom dance instructor Powell Hampton and the town's most influential widows to carry out her scheme. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Ladies' Man    RC 62159
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Kathe Mazur
1 cassette
Single mother Ellen Layne falls for handsome NYPD detective Sam Schaefer and begins an affair. When a stalker targets Ellen, she turns to Sam for protection. Sam takes a bullet meant for Ellen while trying to discover who wants to kill her—and why. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Deceit    RC 62160
by James Siegel
read by Phil Sheridan
2 cassettes
Tom Valle, a star reporter at a prominent newspaper, is disgraced after dozens of his stories are proved to be fabricated. Exiled to a small-town paper in California, Tom stumbles upon a conspiracy involving a nuclear reactor—but who will believe him? Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Star Wars: Outbound Flight     RC 62201
by Timothy Zahn
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth heads an ambitious intergalactic expedition to the Unknown Regions. Fearing C'baoth's hidden agenda and the involvement of the Sith, the Jedi Council orders Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker, to join the ill-fated mission. Companion to Survivor's Quest (RC 57972). Bestseller. 2006.

Mystic Empire: The Bronze Canticles, Book 3     RC 62204
by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
As the violent binding of three parallel universes foretold by the ancient Bronze Canticles approaches, the inhabitants of each realm—humans, faeries, and goblins alike—face a devastating conflict unless they can coexist. But peace can only be won with a yet undiscovered magic. Sequel to Mystic Quest (RC 61259). 2006.

The Moon Witch: Sisters of the Sun, Book 2    RC 62208
by Linda Winstead Jones
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Part-wolf Ryn rescues Juliet Fyne, a witch cursed to never know love, from imperial soldiers. Ryn claims Juliet as his wife and takes her home, where desire leads him to defy an ancient prophecy. Sequel to The Sun Witch (RC 61128). Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2005.

Proof of Intent: A Charley Sloan Courtroom Thriller    RC 62218
by William J. Coughlin and Walter Sorrells
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Attorney Charley Sloan is called to the home of his client, author Miles Dane, where he discovers the body of Miles's wife, Diana. Despite evidence to the contrary, Charley is convinced that Miles is innocent and proceeds to trial. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Cherry Cheesecake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery    RC 62220
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Baker Hannah Swensen caters to a movie crew in her Minnesota hometown, preparing director Dean Lawrence's favorite cherry cheesecake. She rekindles a relationship with a producer—to the chagrin of two local suitors—and investigates murder when Dean shoots himself with what should have been a prop gun. Includes recipes. 2006.

Beach Road    RC 62327
by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
read by Billy Baldwin
2 cassettes
Attorney Tom Dunleavy defends African American high school basketball player Dante Halleyville against murder charges in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton. Tom recruits help from his ex-lover, lawyer Kate Costello, while dogged Detective Raiborne uncovers startling revelations. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The 5th Horseman: A Women's Murder Club Mystery     RC 62328
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
read by Carolyn McCormick
2 cassettes
Homicide detective Lindsay Boxer and her colleagues in the Women's Murder Club investigate suspicious deaths at the San Francisco Municipal Hospital, where patients in recovery are suddenly dying at an alarming rate. Clues include buttons on the corpses' eyes. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Grape Expectations: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 62436
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Two Californians planning to build a resort winery in Hernia, Pennsylvania, face stiff opposition from Mennonite residents. When one of the new owners is found entombed in concrete at the resort's construction site, Hernia's new police chief asks innkeeper and recently elected mayor Magdalena Yoder to help investigate. 2006.

Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl    RC 61465
by Ma Yan
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
The diary of a thirteen-year-old girl from a remote Chinese village relates daily events at school and at home. She protests leaving school to help work for her younger brothers' education, and records the sacrifices made by her illiterate parents to pay for the children's schooling. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Quicksand RC    61476
by Kris Hirschmann
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Explains the scientific facts about quicksand, as opposed to the media myths. Describes how it forms, why it's dangerous, and what to do to avoid disasters. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm    RC 61577
selected by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Twenty-seven stories translated from the Brothers Grimm collection of German folktales. Features "Hansel and Gretel," "The Fisherman and His Wife," "Rapunzel," and lesser-known tales like the title piece, in which a wicked stepmother is punished for her crime. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 1973.

Beowulf    RC 61595
retold by Rosemary Sutcliff
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette (Reissue)
In Denmark long ago, the mighty warrior Beowulf conquers first the monster Grendel and then Sea-Hag—Grendel's mother—in an undersea struggle. Returning to his homeland, Beowulf becomes king and dies protecting his people from the wrath of the Fire-Drake. Narrative version of the Old English epic poem. For grades 5-8. 1961.

A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children    RC 61660
edited by Caroline Kennedy
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Treasury of Caroline Kennedy's best-loved childhood verses about animals, seasons, adventures, and bedtime. Features familiar classics by Shakespeare, Basho, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Ogden Nash as well as contemporary works by Nikki Giovanni, Jack Prelutsky, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, among many. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy    RC 61661
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Discusses the work of scientist Meg Lowman, who studies leaf-eating insects and enjoys climbing trees. Describes a trip to Belize with her two sons and her brother, during which they explored the tropical canopy, collecting and preserving specimens to analyze back at a Florida research center. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait through Heartsongs    RC 61886
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Final collection of works by the young poet who succumbed to an incurable disease at age thirteen. His mother selected some two hundred poems to create a window into Mattie's life, mind, and spirit. Sequel to Hope through Heartsongs (RC 54063). For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2005.

Fires! Ten Stories That Chronicle Some of the Most Destructive Fires in Human History    RC 61965
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Presents personal accounts and factual circumstances of ten historic fires. Recounts tales of cowardice and heroism during the blazes of several cities, a factory, theater, blimp, ship, and oil field, from the burning of London in 1666 to a 2003 subway fire in South Korea. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Empire of Ancient Rome    RC 62018
by Michael Burgan
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Chronicles the Roman government's growth as a republic, the Caesars' dictatorship, and the decline of the empire and its impact on Roman society. Discusses Rome's engineering feats, daily life, cultural and scientific accomplishments, and legacy of political and legal systems. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes    RC 62038
by Pamela S. Turner
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Combines accounts of veterinarians who treat mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda with information about the great apes' behavior and habits. Discusses the ongoing efforts to foil poachers as well as Dian Fossey's work to preserve the species and its environment. For grades 3-6. 2005.

Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives    RC 62206
by Jeanette Farrell
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Discusses the things microbes do for humans daily and people's changing perceptions about these organisms. Examines the simple meal of a cheese sandwich and a chocolate bar to understand how bacteria and fungi help produce, digest, and recycle the food. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease    RC 62243
by Jeanette Farrell
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Discusses the scientific and social history of microbial diseases. Examines the biology and treatment of seven viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections: smallpox, leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, and AIDS. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Cassettes Fiction

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia    RC 57584
by Barbara O'Connor
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette
Sixth-grader "Bird" Weaver, an outcast at school, befriends Harlem Tate, the new kid in town, and together they enter the spelling bee. Harlem is considered dumb and difficult to like, but once he gets the eyeglasses he needs he begins to bloom. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Don't Let the Peas Touch! and Other Stories    RC 60052
by Deborah Blumenthal
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Three stories about two sisters, Annie and Sophie. In the title piece, Sophie is fussy about the peas touching the omelet on her plate. After she upsets the whole family, her big sister Annie comes up with an original solution. For grades K-3. 2004.

Enna Burning    RC 60327
by Shannon Hale
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Enna, from The Goose Girl (RC 58713), hopes that her new knowledge of wielding fire will help her friend Princess Isi—who can wind speak—confront the enemies of Bayern. But Enna's need to burn is uncontrollable and puts her and others in grave danger. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2004.

The Boy from the Basement    RC 60881
by Susan Shaw
read by Bruce Nelson
1 cassette
Charlie is locked in the basement for a long time as punishment while his parents continue to live upstairs. When he escapes, Charlie is completely disoriented by the outside world. The boy doesn't know anything about television, school, or the holidays—he just wants to be loved. For grades 6-9. 2004.

The Leprechaun's Gold    RC 60884
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
read by Mary Beth Wise 1 cassette Tom, a young, mean-spirited harp player, and Old Pat, his generous teacher, travel together to enter the king's harping contest. A chance encounter with a leprechaun rewards Old Pat's kindness and teaches Tom a lesson. For grades K-3. 2004.

Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North    RC 60886
by Michael Bania
read by John Lescault
1 cassette
One beautiful Arctic morning, Kumak packs his family and his Uncle Aglu's lucky hooking stick on a sled and goes ice fishing. When Kumak hooks what seems to be an enormous fish, the entire village comes to help him. For grades K-3. 2004.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes    RC 60887
by Dubose Heyward
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
When one of the five fleet-footed Easter Bunnies slows down, a country mother of twenty-one cottontail babies proves that she is wise, kind, and swift. Grandfather Bunny chooses her to be a new Easter Bunny! For grades K-3. 1939.

The Egg Tree    RC 60891
by Katherine Milhous
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette (Reissue)
A houseful of Pennsylvania Dutch cousins enjoy an exciting Easter egg hunt. Katy's discovery of pretty eggs decorated by her grandmother long ago leads to a new family tradition. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1950.

I Am the Wallpaper    RC 60903
by Mark Peter Hughes
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Floey feels like wallpaper compared to her twenty-one-year-old sister Lillian, even at her own thirteenth birthday party. Floey decides to become fabulous, not realizing that her visiting cousins are spying on her and posting her diary on the Internet. For grades 6-9. 2005.

More Perfect than the Moon    RC 60919
by Patricia MacLachlan
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Caleb, from Caleb's Story (RC 53941), has turned over the writing of the family journal to eight-year-old Cassie. Cassie is a watcher and a listener, and she can make herself invisible. But she becomes worried when she spends too much time watching her mother, Sarah. For grades 3-6. 2004.

From Charlie's Point of View    RC 61308
by Richard Scrimger
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Charlie was born blind but that does not deter him from proving his father's innocence in the Stocking Bandit bank robber case. Charlie enlists the help of two friends and a guardian angel to find the real criminal, following leads to a family crypt. For grades 6-9. 2005.

One Final Firecracker: The Hamlet Chronicles    RC 61453
by Gregory Maguire
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
A giant spider and several other odd creatures from earlier books in the Hamlet Chronicles return as the small Vermont town celebrates a grammar school graduation, Miss Earth's wedding, and the Fourth of July. For grades 3-6. 2005.

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throw    RC 61459
by Janette Rallison
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Cami and Josie take turns telling about their freshman year in high school, their competition for basketball awards and boys, and their efforts to remain best friends. For grades 6-9. 2004.

The Dragon Throne    RC 61538
by Michael Cadnum
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
At the behest of Queen Eleanor, newly knighted Edmund and Hubert accompany Ester, a young noblewoman of the royal household, on a perilous pilgrimage. While traveling from England to Rome, Edmund and Ester begin a romance. Sequel to The Leopard Sword (RC 55816). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Inkspell    RC 61571
by Cornelia Funke
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
One year after Meggie's adventures in Inkheart (RC 57116), Dustfinger—the fire-eater brought to life by words—desperately needs to return to the original tale. Meggie, her parents, and Dustfinger's apprentice Farid follow him and soon are caught inside Inkworld, too. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

A Woman of Her Tribe    RC 61646
by Margaret A. Robinson
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Annette has lived all her life in her late Nootka Indian father's rural village on Vancouver Island. Her white mother decides to move to Victoria, British Columbia, for Annette's education. There Annette struggles to assimilate. For grades 6-9. 1990.

East    RC 61655
by Edith Pattou
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Scandinavia. An enormous white bear that is the victim of cruel enchantment visits young Rose and promises to heal her ailing sister if she accompanies him on a journey. They travel to a distant castle where Rose meets a mysterious stranger and learns the bear's true identity. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Listening for Lions    RC 61659
by Gloria Whelan
read by Corrie James
1 cassette
Orphaned after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1919, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased girl's identity. Rachel travels to England to gain her supposed grandfather's affection, but her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure    RC 61664
by Georgia Byng
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
After eleven-year-old Molly Moon and her parents are reunited, a mysterious turbaned gardener hypnotizes her. Eventually transported to nineteenth-century India, Molly meets not only a maharajah with a speech disability but also former versions of herself. Sequel to Molly Moon Stops the World (RC 61292). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Tiger: The Five Ancestors, Book 1    RC 61777
by Jeff Stone
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
China, 1650. Five orphans, each mastering a kung fu style matching an animal, survive a siege of Cangzhen Temple led by a former companion. To avenge their warrior monk brethren and retrieve the stolen temple scrolls, each boy must find the secret to his past. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Stravaganza: City of Flowers    RC 61796
by Mary Hoffman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old Sky finds a small blue glass bottle, a talisman of the Stravaganti, that transports him from modern-day London to Renaissance Italy, where political intrigue and mortal danger soon envelop him. Sequel to Stravaganza: City of Stars (RC 57962). For grades 6-9. 2005.

Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars, Episode III    RC 61807
by Patricia C. Wrede
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Anakin Skywalker turns to the dark side, emerging as a Sith lord, Darth Vader. He soon faces his teacher, Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, in a fight that threatens to destroy the Jedi. Based on the screenplay for the movie. Sequel to Attack of the Clones: Star Wars Episode II (RC 54480). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Me Too    RC 61819
by Vera Cleaver and Bill Cleaver
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette (Reissue)
Twelve-year-old Lydia Birdsong and her twin sister Lorna, who has mental retardation, are abandoned by their father. Left to look after Lorna all summer while their mother works, headstrong Lydia is determined to make Lorna into a carbon copy of herself. For grades 5-8. 1973.

Dream-of-Jade: The Emperor's Cat    RC 61847
by Lloyd Alexander
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Five adventures of the Chinese cat Dream-of-Jade, whose good advice to Celestial Emperor Kwan-Yu makes him a favorite. In "How Dream-of-Jade Looked at the Emperor," the feline saves the ruler's life and is honored with the rank of Imperial Cat. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Hats Off for the Fourth of July!    RC 61848
by Harriet Ziefert
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Celebrates a town's Fourth of July parade as it passes the spectators. In rhyme. For preschool-grade 2. 2000.

The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride, Book 1    RC 61892
by James Patterson
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Max and her adopted family—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Ange—are part-human, part-bird lab experiments pursued by mutant predators. When Angel is kidnapped, Max leads the flock on a cross-country mission to rescue Angel, find their parents, exact revenge, and save the world. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Tending to Grace    RC 61921
by Kimberly Newton Fusco
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Cornelia is shy and withdrawn because of her stutter. She feels even lonelier when her mother drops her off to live with an eccentric great-aunt in a rundown farmhouse. But slowly and warily Cornelia and her aunt learn to share their strengths with each other. For grades 6-9. Schneider Family Book Award. 2004.

Storm-Blast    RC 61975
by Curtis Parkinson
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
When Regan, his sister Carol, and their cousin Matt go snorkeling in the Caribbean, they are unprepared for the big storm that hits. Lost at sea in a dinghy that has no motor, food supplies, or communications equipment, the three teens face thirst, sharks, and fear. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Alex Ryan, Stop That!    RC 61976
by Claudia Mills
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Class clown Alex Ryan plans a prank for the school's four-day outdoor educational experience. He wants to impress Marcia, his secret crush, but his stunt goes disastrously awry. Sequel to Lizzie at Last (RC 52435). For grades 4-7. 2003.

Magic Steps: The Circle Opens, Book 1    RC 62207
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Sandry, a mage who weaves magic as well as cloth, begins training twelve-year-old Pasco, an untutored dancing mage. When a series of murders occur in a wealthy merchant family, Sandry and Pasco combine their skills to combat the evil assassins. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Two Steps Forward    RC 62219
by Rachel Cohn
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Annabel, from The Steps (RC 56162), is now fourteen and spending her summer vacation in Los Angeles with her blended family, including those from Australia. She contends with step- and half-siblings, grapples with her mother's failing second marriage, and falls in love. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Todo Es Eventual: Catorce Relatos Oscuros (Everything's Eventual: Fourteen Dark Tales)     RC 60998
por Stephen King
leído por Peter Pereyra
4 cassettes
Catorce cuentos de horror y aprensión, incluyendo "Montado en la Bala," en que un autoestopista intenta visitar a su madre enferma, pero que se halla viajando con un muerto que conduce un automóvil Mustang. En el cuento "En la Habitación de la Muerte," torturan a un reportero para sacarle información. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Fourteen short tales of horror and dread, including "Montado en la Bala" in which a hitchhiker traveling to visit his ailing mother is picked up by a living corpse in a Mustang. In "En la Habitación de la Muerte," a reporter is tortured for information. Violence and strong language.) 2003.

El Enigma del Cuatro (The Rule of Four)    RC 61003
por Ian Caldwell y Dustin Thomason
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
4 cassettes
Tom Sullivan y Paul Harris, dos estudiantes de la Universidad de Princeton, descifran los secretos de la Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, un misterioso libro escrito por un noble renacentista. Aplicando el Engima del Cuatro que se revela en el libro, los dos encuentran una cripta desconocida y pronto se enfrentan con revelaciones, eventos bizaros, y hasta la muerte. Contiene descripciones de índole sexual, de violencia, y de lenguaje injurioso. (Princeton seniors Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris unravel the secrets of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a baffling Renaissance text. Using the Rule of Four, they decode a hidden crypt's location and quickly face revelations, bizarre events, and even death. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.) 2004.

La Conspiración (Deception Point)    RC 61009
por Dan Brown
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
El senator Sedgewick Sexton, candidato para la Presidencia, ordena una investigación financiera de la NASA. Justamente, NASA hace un fabuloso descubrimento científico en los hielos del ártico que cambiará el curso de la historia. Pero la hija del senator, Rachel Sexton, una analista de la Casa Blanca, sospecha que se trata de un gran fraude para fines políticos, y empieza su propria investigación por la cual termina corriendo mucho peligro. Algunas descripciones de violencia y de lenguaje injurioso. (Just as NASA is targeted by presidential candidate Senator Sedgewick Sexton's budget investigations, the agency makes an astonishing discovery in the arctic ice. In verifying the news, White House intelligence liaison Rachel Sexton, the senator's daughter, uncovers evidence of scientific trickery. Some violence and some strong language.) 2001.

Conversación en la Catedral (Conversation in the Cathedral)    RC 61010
por Mario Vargas Llosa
leído por Juan Ramírez
5 cassettes
Novela de corrupción política que pinta la decadencia y las rupturas de la vida urbana bajo una dictatura militar. Por las puertas de "la Catedral," un bar y prostíbulo de Lima, llega la gente que, fragmento por fragmento, cuenta la historia del envilecimiento colectivo de un pueblo entero. Contiene descripciones explícitas de índole sexual y lenguaje injurioso. (A novel of political corruption that captures the decay and breakdown of city life under the rule of a military dictatorship. Through the doors of "the Cathedral," a bar and brothel in Lima, come escapees and ordinary citizens fleeing the violence. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language.) 1969.

Harry Potter y el Misterio del Príncipe (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)     RC 61014
por J.K. Rowling
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
Sigue a Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix (RC 58958). Harry y sus amigos regresan para asistir el sexto curso del Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. El poder del malvado Voldemort aumenta día tras día, y Harry conoce a un príncipe. Para grados 4 a 7 y lectores mayores. [Sequel to Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix (RC 58958). Harry and his friends return for their sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Evil Voldemort's power increases daily, and Harry encounters a prince. For grades 4-7 and older readers.] 2005.

El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Master)    RC 61016
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
2 cassettes
Madrid, 1866. Don Jaime Astarloa, hombre de honor y tradición, gana la vida eseñando la esgrima a sus estudiantes ricos. Pero su vida cambia radicalmente cuando una joven mujer hermosa entra al estudio pediéndole lecciones advanzadas de esgrima. Pronto, Don Jaime se ve atrapado en una red de intriga política—y asesino. (Madrid, 1866. Don Jaime Astarloa is an honorable man of tradition who makes his living teaching fencing to wealthy students. But his life changes forever when a beautiful young lady enters his studio requesting advanced lessons. Don Jaime unwittingly becomes embroiled in political intrigue—and murder.) 1988.

El Paraíso en la Otra Esquina (The Way to Paradise)    RC 61017
por Mario Vargas Llosa
leído por Juan Ramírez
4 cassettes
Biografía fictícia del pintor francés Paul Gauguin y su abuela feminista Flora Tristan. Las dos vidas se desarrollan en capítulos alternantes y eras distintas, pero tienen en común el tema de dos personas que se consumen pasionadamente en busca de sus paraísos personales. (Fictional biography of French painter Paul Gauguin and his feminist grandmother Flora Tristán. Their lives are played out in alternate chapters and different eras, united by the common theme of their passionate search for a personal paradise.) 2003.

Angeles y Demonios (Angels and Demons)    RC 61018
por Dan Brown
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
El profesor Robert Langdon, experto en la iconología religiosa, se presenta ante el Vaticano para investigar el asesinato de un científico importante. Los asesinos son los Illuminati, una secta anticatólica que remonta a la edad medieval. Con la ayuda de la hija hermosa de la víctima y un capitán de la Guardia Suiza, Langdon busca las claves ocultas para detener a los asesinos y anular sus planes para la destrucción total de la Iglesia. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de violencia. (Professor of religious iconology Robert Langdon is called to the Vatican to investigate the murder of a physicist by the Illuminati, a secret medieval society. Joining Langdon is the victim's beautiful daughter, Vittoria, and scientists from CERN, a Swiss research facility. Some violence and some strong language.) 2004.

La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat)    RC 61019
por Mario Vargas Llosa
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
Urania Cabral regresa a la República Dominicana para visitar a su padre moribundo. Durante su viaje, recuerda los tiempos de su juventud bajo la dictadura brutal de Rafael Trujillo. Apodado "el Chivo" por ser mujeriego perverso, Trujillo era para Urania la causa del enajenamiento de cuarenta años entre ella y su padre. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de violencia. (Urania Cabral, returning to the Dominican Republic where her father is terminally ill, recalls her youth during the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Called "the Goat" for his depravity with women, Trujillo was the reason for her forty-year estrangement from her father. Strong language and some violence.) 2000.

La Balsa de Piedra (The Stone Raft)    RC 61020
por José Saramago
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Una serie de eventos ominosos y catastróficos provoca la separación de la Península Ibérica del continente europeo, transformándola en una gran isla flotante. La isla abre camino hacia América del Sur, y los habitantes se unen para enfrentarse con un encuentro incierto entre la gente del nuevo mundo. Una metáfora sobre la comunidad humana. (A series of ominous and catastrophic events causes the Iberian Peninsula to separate from the European continent and drift toward South America. The frantic residents band together to face an unknown future as they travel toward an encounter with the peoples of the new world.) 2001.

La Silla del Águila (The Eagle's Throne)    RC 61021
por Carlos Fuentes
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Cuando un satélite de Estados Unidos corta accidentalmente las comunicaciones de México, el presidente y los ministros mexicanos consolidan sus poderes políticos para abocarse con una nueva realidad. Entre todo, María del Rosario Galván, operadora política y sexual suprema, planea sus próximas jugadas y le dice a su joven amante que él sería el próximo presidente de México. (When a U.S. satellite accidentally knocks out communications in Mexico, the Mexican president and top politicians consolidate power for a new reality. Meanwhile, operative and courtesan María del Rosario Galván jockeys for her own future by telling her younger lover that he will be the next president.) 2002.

Todos los Nombres (All the Names)    RC 61022
por José Saramago
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
3 cassettes
Don José es un funcionario subordinado que trabaja en las oficinas mezquinas de la Conservaduría General del Registro Civil. Como extensión de su trabajo aburrido, José se aficiona a coleccionar noticias y estatísticas vitales sobre las personas famosas que aparecen en los ficheros. Y cuando encuentra la ficha de una mujer anónima, empieza a obsesionarse por ella, hasta que, por fin, sale a la ciudad en busca de la mujer desconocida. (Subservient clerk don José works in the decaying offices of the Portuguese Central Registry of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Even José's hobby-collecting celebrities' vital statistics—is merely an extension of record keeping, until he becomes so obsessed with an unknown woman's file that he ventures into the city to find her.) 1997.

Las Aventuras de Pinocho (The Adventures of Pinocchio)    RC 61024
por Carlo Collodi
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Geppetto modela y fabrica una marioneta de madera y le pone el nombre de Pinocho. Pinocho anda y habla como un muchacho verdadero, pero es travieso y se mete en muchos líos. Clásica historia italiana para niños, publicado originalmente en 1883. Esta edición crítica incluye introducción, biografía del autor, y cronología histórica. Para grados 4 a 7 y lectores mayores. (Geppetto carves a wooden puppet and names him Pinocchio. The rascally marionette walks and talks like a real boy and gets into plenty of trouble. Classic Italian tale originally published in 1883. Critical edition includes introduction, author biography, and historical timeline. For grades 4-7 and older readers.) 2004.

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