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Cassettes Nonfiction

The Language of Baklava    RC 61678
by Diana Abu-Jaber
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
3 cassettes
Author of Crescent (RC 57071) recalls her early life in upstate New York with an American mother and Jordanian father, whose bouts of homesickness for Jordan often had the family returning there for periods of time. Along with her reminiscences, Abu-Jaber includes recipes for many of the dishes she describes. 2005.

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star    RC 61906
by Tab Hunter
read by Ray Hagen
3 cassettes
Seventy-four-year-old Tab Hunter unapologetically discusses his rise to stardom in the 1950s when he could not publicly admit to being gay. Covers his friendships with actors Natalie Wood, Tony Perkins, Tuesday Weld, and others. Details what being a "hot property" during the big studio era entailed. Some strong language. 2005.

Reverse Mortgages for Dummies    RC 61950
by Sarah Glendon Lyons and John E. Lucas
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
A guide for seniors on using a home's equity to supplement retirement income. Explains the loan process, pros and cons of reverse mortgages, legal issues, common mistakes, and finding a counselor and an originator. Includes information for adult children of elderly borrowers. 2005.

Turn Your Passion into Profit: A Step-by-Step Guide for Turning Any Hobby, Talent, or New Product Idea into a Money-Making Venture!    RC 61951
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Civil engineer-turned-entrepreneur shares his philosophy and formula for finding a more fulfilling professional and personal life by pursuing one's true calling. Offers advice on ways to access untapped potential through self-analysis to identify a passion, create and market a service or product, start a business, and manage profit. 2006.

The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury    RC 62137
by Sam Weller
read by Conrad Feininger
3 cassettes
Biography of fantasy and science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (born 1920), author of Fahrenheit 451 (RC 34963) and The Martian Chronicles (RC 26787). Using interviews with Bradbury and private archives, Weller describes the author's childhood in Illinois, his early success, and his feud with Michael Moore. 2005.

America's Constitution: A Biography    RC 62200
by Akhil Reed Amar
read by John Lescault
6 cassettes
Yale Law School professor places the U.S. Constitution and its amendments in the context of law, history, and political science over time. Describes the original document as a merger among the thirteen colonies and reviews it word by word to explain the ideas and resources that helped shape it. 2005.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals    RC 62249
by Martin L. Kutscher
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
A pediatric neurologist's guide to the treatment of neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric problems in children—some of which may coexist. Includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, obsessive—compulsive behavior, sensory integration dysfunction, tics, depression, bipolar depression, oppositional defiance, and central auditory processing disorders. 2005.

Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams    RC 62251
by Paul Hemphill
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Biography of country and western singer Hiram "Hank" Williams (1923–1953). The author, a southern native and longtime fan, traces Williams's life from birth in Depression-era rural Alabama to death at age twenty-nine. Describes his alcoholism, health and family problems, and rise to fame playing in honkytonks. Some strong language. 2005.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.     RC 62330
edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard
read by Martin Luther King Jr.
2 cassettes
Collection of eleven speeches made by King. Includes "The Birth of a New Nation," which helped galvanize the civil rights movement; the famous "I Have a Dream" ; and his final oration "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Each speech is introduced by a well-known leader, activist, or theologian. 2001.

Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami    RC 62331
by Erich Krauss
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Relief worker documents the experiences of four Thai families before and after the December 2004 tsunami that devastated coastlines along the Indian Ocean and killed as many as 250,000 people. Records the families' harrowing accounts of survival, search for the missing, and struggle to rebuild their homes and lives. 2006.

The Lost Painting    RC 62370
by Jonathan Harr
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Professor and award-winning author recounts the search for Caravaggio's long-lost painting The Taking of Christ. Follows graduate student Francesca Cappelletti as she tracked the painting across Europe to Ireland, where clues led to the home of a Jesuit priest. 2005.

Barbra: The Way She Is    RC 62490
by Christopher Andersen
read by Barbara Rappaport
4 cassettes
The author of Bill and Hillary: The Marriage (RC 48856) portrays Barbra Joan Streisand as the "Brooklyn goil-made-good." Andersen discusses Streisand's roles as singer, movie actress, director, producer, philanthropist, political activist, and iconic artist who has won nearly every major entertainment award. Some strong language. 2006.

Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality    RC 62543
by Leigh Eric Schmidt
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Princeton professor traces the development of spirituality in the United States from Puritan times to the twenty-first century. Portrays the transcendentalists, spiritualists, mystics, Quakers, Unitarians, New Age thinkers, and followers of Eastern religions. Describes the beliefs of Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others. 2005.

Under the Bridge    RC 62679
by Rebecca Godfrey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Recounts the 1997 murder of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk, who was beaten and drowned by fellow teenagers in Victoria, British Columbia. Draws on interviews, official documents, and court proceedings to reconstruct the crime and ensuing trial in which seven girls and one boy faced charges. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness    RC 62697
by Tim Murphy and Loriann Hoff Oberlin
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Examines the problem of hidden anger: its core issues, childhood origins, and adult implications. Uses case studies to illustrate the problem and offers ways to modify one's behavior to handle situations at work, school, and home. 2005.

The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time    RC 62767
by Simon Winchester
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Geographer and author of Krakatoa (RC 55879) navigates nearly four thousand miles on and along the Yangtze River in China, from the East China Sea to Tibet. Describes the momentous events that transpired along the river's course and its sites including Shanghai, the Three Gorges, and the underdeveloped interior. 1996.

The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy    RC 62823
edited by Michael Hoskin
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Essays that survey the development of astronomy as a science, particularly in the Near East and Europe. Covers practices and philosophies from before recorded history through the twentieth century. Examines the work of Newton, Kepler, Copernicus, Islamic scholars, medieval mathematicians, and astrophysicists. 1999.

Lebanon: A House Divided    RC 62908
by Sandra Mackey
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Author of The Reckoning (RC 54695), about Iraq, chronicles the history of Lebanon through the civil war of 1975–1989. Describes conflicts among the diverse population of Maronites, Druze, Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, and Muslims. Highlights Western influences and occupation by Syria. Includes a 2006 introduction. 1989.

Sweet and Low: A Family Story    RC 62911
by Rich Cohen
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes
The author of Tough Jews (RC 46505), presents his family history, which is highlighted by the invention of saccharin by his grandfather Benjamin Eisenstadt, a short-order cook from Brooklyn. Disinherited, Cohen exposes his clan's eccentric personalities, its scandals, and the legal battle for the company worth millions. 2006.

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq    RC 62912
by Stephen Kinzer
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Journalist and author of All the Shah's Men (RC 57208) asserts that America has historically deposed foreign governments for ideological, political, or economic reasons through covert actions or invasion. Chronicles fourteen regime changes starting with Hawaii's monarchy in 1893. Discusses strategies, tactics, key players, and long-term, unintended consequences. 2006.

Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy    RC 62918
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Columnist's affectionate account of her conversion to Christian Orthodoxy with her husband Gary, an ordained priest. Describes how, troubled by the direction of the Episcopal faith, they helped start a small mission church in Maryland. Chronicles a year of devotional practices, holiday traditions, worship services, and social activities. 1997.

My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging    RC 62932
by Rachel Naomi Remen
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Inspirational accounts by a chronically ill cancer physician and author of Kitchen Table Wisdom (RC 44852), whose grandfather was a rabbi and Kabbalah scholar. Remen describes learning about blessings from dying people and presents examples of giving and receiving these acknowledgments of the divine spark in everything. 2000.

Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule-and Your Life    RC 62935
by Julie Morgenstern
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
A professional organizer and time management coach shares her three-step program for creating an efficient schedule: analyze, strategize, and attack. Uses real-life examples and time-mapping techniques to help readers prioritize activities and streamline routine tasks. Includes resources. 2004.

Clearing the Haze: A Teen's Guide to Smoking-Related Health Issues    RC 62936
by Joan Esherick
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Information on the serious health consequences of using tobacco, including effects on the body and brain as well as the social, emotional, and monetary costs. Analyzes the choice to smoke and describes ways to quit. For senior high readers. 2005.

A World on Fire: A Heretic, an Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen     RC 62938
by Joe Jackson
read by Dennis Rooney
3 cassettes
Describes the near-simultaneous eighteenth-century discovery of oxygen by two scientific rivals, Englishman Joseph Priestley and Frenchman Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. Focuses on their research and its implications for the new science of chemistry. Outlines the political and social events that forced Priestley to flee England and sent Lavoisier to the guillotine. 2005.

Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey    RC 62940
by Timothy Johnson
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Autobiographical examination of faith by journalist, physician, and clergyman. Relates his spiritual journey from childhood to his seminary and medical training and later adulthood. Addresses religious questions about the existence of God, the origins of the universe, the significance of Jesus, and the role of faith in everyday life. 2004.

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows     RC 63040
by Will Bagley
read by Ted Stoddard
5 cassettes
Salt Lake City journalist discusses the massacre of more than one hundred wagon train emigrants from Arkansas on September 11, 1857, in southern Utah. Details the attack by local Mormon settlers and Southern Paiute warriors and explores the possible involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young. 2002.

Freedom Just around the Corner: A New American History, 1585–1828    RC 63042
by Walter A. McDougall
read by Margaret Strom
6 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian delves into the exceptional American character, emphasizing its shaping by geography, technology, demography, federative power, and mythology. Attributes four hundred years of dynamic U.S. growth to immigrant labor; to the effects of religious liberty on law, society, and politics; and to the people's propensity for hustling. 2004.

Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader: The Mitford Years    RC 63064
by Jan Karon
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Collection of personal recollections, recipes, and kitchen wisdom selected from the books in the Mitford Years series. Recipes include Father Tim's company stew, Puny's apple pie, Percy's grits, Edith's beef tenderloin, Cynthia's roasted chicken, Louella's yeast rolls, and Esther's famous orange marmalade cake. 2004.

In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey among Nomads    RC 63088
by Stanley Stewart
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Anecdotal chronicle of the author's journey from Istanbul, Turkey, across central Asia to Dadal, Mongolia, birthplace of the legendary thirteenth-century Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan. Stewart emphasizes his time spent with the nomads and supplements his adventures with regional history. 2002.

Big Sky Rivers: The Yellowstone and Upper Missouri    RC 63135
by Robert Kelley Schneiders
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Bioregional history of the Missouri and Yellowstone river valleys. Examines the watershed's flora and fauna as a living system linked ecologically and geographically before dams and reservoirs were built. Explores the environmental impact of bison and, later, humans. Uses journals of traders, settlers, and explorers including Lewis and Clark. 2003.

Men in the Off Hours    RC 63145
by Anne Carson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
A collection of short poems and prose essays. Carson draws on her classical training in Greek and Latin, mingling literary figures of the past-Sappho, Catullus, and Thucydides—with such modern personalities as Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and writer Virginia Woolf. Creates unusual juxtapositions of culture, time, and personality. 2000.

The Writer and the World: Essays    RC 63161
by V.S. Naipaul
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Inspired by his global travels and interest in world history, Trinidad-born Nobel Prize-winning author reflects on politics, society, and modernization. Naipaul's topics include Argentina's Eva Perón, India's relationship with western culture, Mobutu's reign in Zaire, and Republicans in Dallas. Some essays date back to the 1960s. 2002.

A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870–1920    RC 63192
by Michael McGerr
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Chronicles the sweeping social and political changes that transformed family life, labor relations, gender roles, and views on morality and race. Traces the origins of progressive thought, details the movement's campaigns to end class conflict and control big business, and relates the reforms to twenty-first century politics. 2003.

Pushing Time Away: My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna    RC 63227
by Peter Singer
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Biography of the author's classicist grandfather David Oppenheim, who died in 1943, a victim of the Holocaust. From Oppenheim's many letters and published writings, Singer reconstructs the life of a husband, soldier, and scholar in culturally mixed Vienna before the Nazi annexation of Austria. 2003.

Guitar: An American Life    RC 63242
by Tim Brookes
read by Jeremy Gage
3 cassettes
Commentator on National Public Radio's Sunday Weekend Edition describes searching for his dream guitar after the instrument he'd had for twenty-two years was destroyed. Brookes relates the experience of working with luthier Rick Davis, who crafted his new instrument. Interwoven is a history of the guitar and of guitar-making. 2005.

Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy    RC 63265
by Paul Hendrickson
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
Using interviews, archival materials, and a thought-provoking 1962 Life magazine picture of seven white lawmen preparing for integration of the University of Mississippi, a prize-winning journalist examines the life of each photographed man and of his offspring to determine whose racial attitudes have changed and whose remain untouched. 2003.

A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates    RC 63293
by Blake Bailey
read by Dan Bloom
5 cassettes
Biography of tormented twentieth-century American novelist and short-story writer Richard Yates (1926–1992), tracing his development as a literary realist while detailing his unhappy childhood in Greenwich Village and his lifelong struggles with alcoholism, tuberculosis, and manic depression. Strong language. 2003.

Seven Ages of Paris    RC 63319
by Alistair Horne
read by Robert Blumenfeld
4 cassettes
British journalist and historian reconstructs the evolution of the French capital through detailed biographies of its leaders. Horne observes seven epochs, beginning in A.D. 1180 with the rule of King Philippe Auguste, who made Paris a political and cultural center, and concluding with the era of Charles de Gaulle in the 1960s. 2002.

Podcasting: The Do-It-Yourself Guide    RC 63331
by Todd Cochrane
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Explains the fundamentals of recording a broadcast and embedding it in an RSS feed so listeners can download it to their PCs, iPods, MP3 players, or cell phones. Discusses computer requirements, copyright issues, and creating an audio show. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius    RC 63350
by C. Michael Mellor
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Biography of Louis Braille (1809–1852), a blind Frenchman who by age sixteen had designed a code of raised dots enabling blind people to read and write easily. Discusses his schooling, his love of music, and the advantages of his tactile reading system. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2006.

America: The Last Best Hope; Volume 1, From the Age of Discovery to a World at War, 1492–1914    RC 63365
by William J. Bennett
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Author of The Book of Virtues (RC 37818) chronicles the history of the United States, highlighting the positive events that led to increased liberty and equality. Discusses major issues, wars, political and social movements, and influential leaders. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman    RC 63378
by Nora Ephron
read by Barbara Rappaport
1 cassette
In a series of humorous vignettes, author Nora Ephron obsesses about being a woman in her sixties. Discusses her expensive regimen to camouflage signs of aging, her purse and its contents, parenting, ex-husbands, and former presidents. In "Serial Monogamy: A Memoir" Ephron admits her infatuation with famous chefs. Bestseller. 2006.

Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography    RC 63385
by Lou Holtz
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Author of The Fighting Spirit (RC 30576) reminisces about his life as a college football coach. Recalls his difficult childhood and his career at the universities of Minnesota and South Carolina, Notre Dame, and other schools. Explains his coaching philosophy, stressing the importance of moral development of athletes. Bestseller. 2006.

Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions    RC 63391
by Joseph L. Matthews
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
Guide to available benefits and eligibility and enrollment information for government retirement, pension, and medical programs. Discusses Social Security coverage, disability, dependents, and survivors benefits; Supplemental Security Income; Medicare enrollment, claims, and appeals; Medicaid and state supplements; Medigap insurance; and civil service and veterans' benefits. 2006.

State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America    RC 63392
by Patrick J. Buchanan
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
The author of The Death of the West (RC 53562) contends that the Mexican government is sending millions of illegal immigrants to the American Southwest to reclaim the land Mexico lost in the nineteenth century. Proposes immigration reform and tighter border security to protect America's identity. Bestseller. 2006.

U2 by U2: Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.    RC 63393
by U2
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Rock critic Neil McCormick interviews the four members of the Irish band and their manager Paul McGuinness and chronicles their rise to fame. Portrays the life of the schoolmates from Dublin, the formation of the band U2 in 1975, their tours, and the causes they support. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

American Medical Association Guide to Living with Diabetes: Preventing and Treating Type 2 Diabetes-Essential Information You and Your Family Need to Know    RC 63411
by American Medical Association and Boyd E. Metzger
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Lifestyle guidelines for people with type 2 diabetes including diet, exercise, and personal care. Covers diagnosis, treatment, medication, alternative therapies, children, pregnancy, and complications. 2006.

The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance-and Still Get the Coverage You Need    RC 63415
by Kimberly Lankford
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Practical advice on selecting appropriate insurance—health, homeowner's, auto, life, disability, or long-term care. Insurance columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine outlines factors to consider at different ages and with changing responsibilities. Warns of risks to your entire financial plan with incorrect insurance. 2006.

Reading like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them    RC 63416
by Francine Prose
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Novelist, professor, and author of A Changed Man (RC 61361) offers lessons on close reading to heighten literary appreciation and improve creative writing skills. Discusses sentence and paragraph structure, characterization, plot, and dialog using examples from such authors as Austen, Fitzgerald, Roth, and Woolf. Includes a list of recommended books. 2006.

Health Care on Less than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Getting Affordable Coverage    RC 63417
by Fred Brock
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Former editor for the New York Times investigates the availability of affordable health-care insurance. Assesses employer-based plans, coverage outside of work, supplemental dental and eye policies, health savings accounts, prescription drug plans, Medicare, long-term care insurance, and other options. Offers advice on protecting finances against medical costs. 2006.

Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America    RC 63434
by Mike Gallagher
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Conservative talk-show host presents his views on a range of political topics, from animal rights groups to the 2004 presidential election. Includes anecdotes from his life and from his career, which began with his first radio show at age seventeen. Foreword by Sean Hannity. 2005.

A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power, and Poison in a Small New England Town    RC 63440
by Christine Ellen Young
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Journalist chronicles the 2003 arsenic poisoning of sixteen worshipers—one fatally—at a New Sweden, Maine, Lutheran church and the subsequent apparent suicide of the likely perpetrator, Daniel Bondeson. Recounts the investigation and reactions of the towns-people, many of whom suspected Bondeson's sister Norma was also involved. Some strong language. 2005.

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her    RC 63451
by Melanie Rehak
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Chronicles the history of the Nancy Drew mystery series from its 1930 creation by book mogul Edward Stratemeyer and original series writer Mildred Benson. Discusses the Stratemeyer Syndicate under daughter Harriet's leadership and explains how the books highlight the social era in which they were written. Edgar Award. 2005.

Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends; A Wondrous Message of Love in a Final Conversation with God    RC 63452
by Neale Donald Walsch
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Author of the Conversations with God books (RC 44643, RC 44644, RC 47255) explores death, dying, and the afterlife. Walsch states that his dialog with God, addressing life's purpose and passing, reveals that death is a joyful, peaceful experience—not an end, but an act of creation. 2006.

China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World    RC 63453
by Ted C. Fishman
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Business writer examines China's transformation into a manufacturing superpower following Mao's Cultural Revolution. Uses case studies, anecdotes, statistics, and interviews to explain this change and its impact on the world. Discusses labor outsourcing to China and ramifications for economies of the United States and other countries. 2005.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Guide to the Law, Exam, and Interview    RC 63454
by Ilona M. Bray
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Third edition of a guidebook to U.S. citizenship covers eligibility, procedures, and the exam. Discusses preparation and submission of an application, the interview process, denials and appeals, and ways to address disabilities. Includes sample questions with answers. 2006.

The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read    RC 63455
by Stuart Kelly
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Brief essays about missing literary classics. Discusses destroyed, lost, or incomplete works such as Sophocles's essay "On the Chorus," Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Won, Jane Austen's Sanditon, and Sylvia Plath's Double Take, which comprise what Kelly calls history's "hypothetical library." 2005.

The Best American Science Writing, 2006    RC 63456
edited by Atul Gawande
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Annual collection featuring twenty-one wide-ranging articles deemed "interesting to scientists and nonscientists alike." Richard Preston describes his journey to the giant redwood tree canopy while Michael Chorost recounts his efforts to reengineer his cochlear implant. Other topics include human longevity, bird flu, global warming, and Pluto's demotion to asteroid. 2006.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone    RC 63461
by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Washington Post reporter profiles the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority headquartered in Saddam Hussein's former palace in Baghdad. Criticizes the American officials in charge, beginning with L. Paul Bremer in 2003, and attributes the costly mistakes after the military victory to their lack of experience. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance     RC 63462
by Ian Buruma
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Reporter describes returning to his Dutch homeland after the November 2004 murder of film director Theo van Gogh by a second-generation Muslim to examine the crime's social implications. Buruma presents interviews with alienated Muslims and van Gogh's friends to explore divisions in Dutch culture. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Social Work    RC 63463
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Guide to careers in social services. Discusses job duties, salary ranges, work environment, required education, related coursework, and necessary certifications for such professions as adult day care coordinator, drug abuse counselor, grief therapist, hospice worker, occupational therapist, mobility specialist, psychologist, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War     RC 63470
by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
read by Ray Childs
4 cassettes
Behind-the-scenes views of the Bush White House, CIA, Congress, Pentagon, and State Department during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the government's subsequent defense of the war. Claims the administration deliberately used faulty and fraudulent intelligence to take the United States into combat. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Deadly Mistress: A True Story of Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder    RC 63475
by Michael Fleeman
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Recounts the 1999 murder of Dr. Kenneth Stahl and his wife Carolyn in Orange County, California. Describes how investigators became suspicious after interviewing medical assistant Adriana Vasco—the doctor's former lover—who led them to ex-con Dennis Godley and Kenneth's plan to kill his wife. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Jamestown: The Buried Truth    RC 63478
by William M. Kelso
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Lead archaeologist at the Jamestown, Virginia, dig describes what his team has unearthed at the oldest permanent English settlement in the New World, first settled in 1607. Examines grave sites and refuse that includes skeletons, glass, and armor. Reveals how scientific techniques help explain daily life in the past. 2006.

Restless Legs Syndrome: Relief and Hope for Sleepless Victims of a Hidden Epidemic    RC 63494
by Robert H. Yoakum
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Guide to coping with restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurologic movement disorder characterized by uncontrollable leg sensations and urges to move—particularly when at rest—that can bring about discomfort and sleep deprivation. Discusses possible causes, diagnosis, treatment options, rest management, and RLS support groups. 2006.

The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes    RC 63514
by William Ury
read by William Ury
2 cassettes
The author of Getting to Peace (RC 51528) offers advice on how to say no instead of a reluctant yes. Suggests techniques to use to achieve a win-win solution without alienating people at work or at home. 2007.

The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty     RC 63519
by Lawrence Otis Graham
read by Bob Moore
4 cassettes
Biography of Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841–1898), a former slave who became the first African American elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate. Highlights Bruce's rise to fame, discusses his marriage, and describes his descendents and their downfall. Details social and political turmoil during their lifetimes. Strong language. 2006.

The Battles That Changed History    RC 63520
by Fletcher Pratt
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Military historian chronicles sixteen of the most important battles in Western civilization, beginning with Alexander the Great's defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Arbela and ending with the defeat of Japanese forces at the Battle of Midway in 1942. 1956.

Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink    RC 63527
by David Margolick
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
A study of the 1936 and 1938 boxing matches in Yankee Stadium between African American heavyweight Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling. Describes how the contests mirrored pre-World War II attitudes in Depression-era United States and Nazi Germany, including racial prejudice. Traces the athletes' careers and later years. 2005.

Let Me Finish    RC 63529
by Roger Angell
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiographical essays from baseball writer Angell (born 1920), who spent more than four decades at the New Yorker, where his mother was a founding editor. Reminisces about growing up in New York, his parents, and stepfather E.B. White. Recalls baseball in the 1930s, colleagues, and World War II service. 2006.

Reporting: Writings from the New Yorker    RC 63531
by David Remnick
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize winner and editor presents essays from twelve years (1994–2006) of the New Yorker. His subjects include politician Al Gore after losing the 2000 election, the countries of Israel and Russia battling internal change, New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, and boxer Mike Tyson's scandals. 2006.

Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season    RC 63535
by Alice Medrich
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
Triple winner of the Cookbook of the Year award presents more than fifty recipes for chocolate desserts for each holiday of the year and special occasions. Designed to follow the calendar, the recipes include chocolate pecan pie, breakfast Valentines, Passover brownies, chocolate Easter baskets, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 2001.

Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861    RC 63536
by David Detzer
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Author of Allegiance (RC 54746) uses primary sources to describe the planning and execution of the first major battle of the Civil War, near Manassas, Virginia. Details the leadership failures on both sides that led to the events of July 21, 1861, highlighting the plight of ordinary soldiers. 2004.

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood    RC 63538
by Jill Watts
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Uses primary documents to chronicle the life of African American actress Hattie McDaniel (1895–1952), who won an Oscar for her role in Gone with the Wind. Describes McDaniel's family, her early career, and the stereotyping and other controversial issues she faced. Some strong language. 2005.

The Rock from Mars: A Detective Story on Two Planets    RC 63539
by Kathy Sawyer
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Journalist recounts the 1984 discovery of a Martian meteorite in Antarctica and its delayed identification at NASA's Houston Space Center in 1993, when scientists also found possible evidence of fossilized organisms. Examines the ensuing scientific debate and its impact on the space program and efforts to understand life on Earth. 2006.

War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special-Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream, and How to Fight Back    RC 63544
by Lou Dobbs
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
TV news commentator decries the public policies, business practices, and politics that prevailed from 2001 to 2006, claiming they negatively affected the U.S. middle class. Discusses the outsourcing of jobs overseas, the decline in educational standards, the rise in health care costs, and illegal immigration, among other issues. 2006.

Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin through His Daughter's Eyes    RC 63548
by Deana Martin
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
The daughter of entertainer Dean Martin's first family describes growing up with Dean (1917–1995) and his second wife, Jeanne. Highlights Dean's private life and his emotional unavailability to his seven children. The author recounts her childhood and anecdotes from Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. Foreword by Jerry Lewis. 2004.

The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Friends, and Healthy Living    RC 63549
by American Cancer Society
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Third edition of a cookbook that follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for reducing cancer risk. Covers healthy substitutions, smart grocery shopping, and ways to reduce fat and increase vegetables, fruits, and fiber in diet. Includes recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Some of the recipes were contributed by celebrities. 2005.

Oracle Bones: A Journey between China's Past and Present    RC 63556
by Peter Hessler
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Foreign correspondent and author of River Town (RC 53238) portrays the interaction of China with the West through the personal accounts of ordinary Chinese people, including a factory worker, a teacher, archaeologists, an emigrant to the United States, some of Hessler's former students, and the late scholar Chen Mengjia. 2006.

State of Denial    RC 63560
by Bob Woodward
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
This sequel to Plan of Attack (RC 58239) examines the Bush administration's prosecution of the Iraq war. Extensive interviews and research document the dissension inside the White House from December 2000, when Donald Rumsfeld was appointed secretary of defense, through July 2006. Bestseller. 2006.

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense    RC 63581
by N.T. Wright
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
British bishop provides a step-by-step description of Christianity's basic teachings. Examines the role of faith in daily life and the fundamental desires for justice, spirituality, relationships, and beauty. Discusses belief in God, the Church's purpose, and what it means to follow Jesus as part of a divine plan. 2006.

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth    RC 63586
by Tim Flannery
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Conservationist and author of Eternal Frontier (RC 53992) explores the history and possible impact of global warming. Notes phenomena such as melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and increasing instances of extreme weather and predicts their future effects on global climate. Urges a transition to carbon-free fuels to reduce air pollution. 2005.

All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists     RC 63596
by Terry Gross
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
National Public Radio commentator Terry Gross compiles interviews covering two decades of her Peabody Award-winning program Fresh Air. Includes conversations with Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, James Baldwin, and Jodie Foster, among others. Gross also offers insight into the show's production and her method of drawing out celebrities. 2004.

Bags Up! Great Balloon Adventures    RC 63600
by Kurt R. Stehling
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Satellite and dirigible expert describes his lifetime of often humorous, sometimes dangerous adventures in ballooning. Chronicles the history of the sport from the 1700s, including aerial showman Jean-Pierre Blanchard's landmark 1784 crossing of the English Channel. Discusses other notable aeronauts, stunts, calamities, and the balloon's use in warfare. 1975.

You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk about Life after the Loss of a Parent    RC 63605
by Lynne B. Hughes
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Founder of a cost-free bereavement camp shares her experience of being orphaned at a young age, and teens from her facility discuss their feelings about the death of a loved one. Explains the stages of grief and ways to cope. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness     RC 63609
by Paul G. Stoltz and Erik Weihenmayer
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Stoltz, director of the Global Resilience Project, and Weihenmayer, the blind author of Touch the Top of the World (RC 51505), team together to offer their seven principles for taking on adversity and converting life's difficulties into fuel for achievement, resilience, and happiness. 2006.

Animal Care    RC 63612
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Guide to careers dealing with both wild and domesticated animals. Discusses job duties, salary ranges, work environment, and required education level for such occupations as animal trainer and shelter employee, naturalist, park ranger, pet groomer, veterinarian, veterinary technician, zoo-keeper, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty    RC 63613
by William Hogeland
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Describes the crisis that evolved after Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton imposed the first American excise tax in 1791—on hard liquor. Chronicles the skirmishes during which frontiersmen west of the Appalachians rebelled, harassed the tax agents, threatened secession, and, in 1794, forced President Washington to send in troops. 2006.

The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of José Robles     RC 63614
by Stephen Koch
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Chronicles the deterioration of the friendship between writers Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) and John Dos Passos (1896–1970) while they witnessed the 1930s Spanish Civil War. Examines personal and ideological differences that contributed to their parting, including the political execution of Dos Passos's friend José Robles Pazos, a suspected fascist spy. 2005.

This Life    RC 63615
by Sidney Poitier
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Autobiography of Academy Award-winning black actor Sidney Poitier (born 1927). The Miami-born son of Bahamian farmers, Poitier chronicles his childhood on the islands and move to New York City as a teenager. Describes his marriages and hard-fought journey overcoming racism and stereotypes to find success on stage and screen. 1980.

Missing: The Oregon City Girls; a Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder     RC 63618
by Linda O'Neal, Philip F. Tennyson, and Rick Watson
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Chronicles the January 2002 disappearance of twelve-year-old Ashley Pond and—just two months later—her friend Miranda Gaddis from an Oregon school bus stop. Private detective Linda O'Neal, Ashley's step-grandmother, recounts stalled FBI and police investigations and her own identification of the culprit, Ward Weaver. Strong language. 2006.

Elia Kazan: A Biography    RC 63620
by Richard Schickel
read by Barry Bernson
4 cassettes
Biography of stage and film director Elia Kazan (1909–2003), a Greek immigrant who won an honorary Academy Award in 1999, concentrates on his artistic achievements. Chronicles Kazan's activities, including his co-founding of the Actors Studio, controversial testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, and Oscar-winning films. Strong language. 2005.

The Prince of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq     RC 63621
by Rory Stewart
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
British diplomat and author of The Places In Between (RC 62788) describes his 2003 postwar work as deputy governor in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Details the hazards of keeping the peace among the Shia warlords while trying to rebuild the infrastructure. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains     RC 63622
by Mark Bowen
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
Physicist recounts his research expeditions with climatologist Lonnie Thompson, who seeks to understand global warming by analyzing ice-core samples from equatorial mountain glaciers. Bowen describes the grueling work done on South America's Sajama and Africa's Kilimanjaro mountains, the snows of which Thompson claims will disappear in fifteen years. 2005.

Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet    RC 63623
by Charlotte Gordon
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Biography of Anne Dudley Bradstreet (died 1672). Describes the 1630 arrival in Massachusetts of Puritan Simon Bradstreet's eighteen-year-old wife and her transformation into a frontier woman, mother, and determined writer. Conveys the physical and mental challenges she confronted in establishing a new colony and becoming a published poet. 2005.

Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton    RC 63629
by Martin Brookes
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Portrait of English scientist and eugenics founder Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911). Explores Galton's life, work, character, and lifelong battle with mental illness. Discusses how Galton sought to advance human progress by applying his cousin Charles Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection to human development and genetics. 2004.

In the Line of Fire: A Memoir    RC 63631
by Pervez Musharraf
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Autobiography of Pakistan's president, outlining the country's history and its role in the war on terror. Musharraf describes his military career and rise to the presidency in 1999. Covers his country's wars with Al Qaeda and India, attempts on his life, and his hopes for the future. Violence. 2006.

The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception    RC 63635
by Debora L. Spar
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Professor explores the billion-dollar fertility industry made possible by advancements in medical technology. Examines economic and moral implications of reproductive services such as adoption, surrogate motherhood, sperm and egg donation, genetic engineering, cloning, and stem cell research. Supports increased government regulation to protect babies, prospective parents, and businesses. 2006.

Real Food: What to Eat and Why    RC 63638
by Nina Planck
read by Megan Burnett
2 cassettes
Founder of urban farmers' markets examines the health benefits of traditional, oft-avoided foods such as eggs, milk, cream, butter, cheese, lard, pork, beef, and skin-on chicken. Contends that obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are actually caused by processed industrial foods such as hydrogenated vegetable oils, not by meat and produce. 2006.

Your Little Legal Companion    RC 63641
by Nolo
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
The legal editors of Nolo—a do-it-yourself publishing firm celebrating its thirty-fifth year-describe fifty lifetime milestones and ten tips to deal with each. Includes going to college, buying a car, starting a business, surviving bankruptcy, getting married, forming a band, and becoming a landlord, among others. 2006.

The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères and Company    RC 63680
by William D. Cohan
read by Robertson Dean
6 cassettes
Wall Street insider describes the world of Lazard Frères, a powerful international investment bank founded in 1848 and run by French billionaire Michel David-Weill. Cohan portrays the feuds of Lazard employees Felix Rohatyn and Steve Rattner, the hiring of Bruce Wasserstein, and the impact of Wasserstein's tenure. 2007.

Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006    RC 63683
by Gore Vidal
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Octogenarian author Vidal revisits and continues the memoir begun in Palimpsest (RC 42458), reminiscing about his deceased friends, family, and lover. He also critiques his own critics and discusses politics, cinema, celebrities, and current events. Bestseller. 2006.

A Hand to Guide Me    RC 63692
compiled by Denzel Washington
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Actor Denzel Washington, national spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, writes of his own mentor in the Mount Vernon, New York, Boys Club. Other celebrity contributors such as Yogi Berra, Whoopi Goldberg, and Colin Powell also tell of guidance in childhood by caring adults. Bestseller. 2006.

D-Days in the Pacific    RC 63698
by Donald L. Miller
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Historian revises Henry Steele Commager's The Story of the Second World War (RC 42784) written in 1945. This companion volume to the History Channel series concentrates on the battles in the Pacific. Highlights the stresses and brutalities endured by soldiers on both sides. Violence. 2005.

Living Mountains: How and Why Volcanoes Erupt    RC 63726
by Jacques Kornprobst and Christine Laverne
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Explains the history of volcanoes and the science of eruptions. Covers mechanical, physical, and chemical variables and facts scientists have learned about the depths of the earth. Discusses various kinds of lava and the causes of both volcanic explosions and gentler lava flows. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Shades of Darkness: A Black Soldier's Journey through Vietnam, Blindness, and Back    RC 63743
by George E. Brummell
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Memoir of Staff Sergeant George Brummell, who was blinded in Vietnam. Recalls growing up in segregated Federalsburg, Maryland, before joining the army at age seventeen. Highlights his rehabilitation, quest for a college degree, and career with the Blinded Veterans Association. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See    RC 63747
by Robert Kurson
read by Doug Ordunio
2 cassettes
The author of Shadow Divers (RC 58650) profiles Michael May (born 1953), who was blinded at age three and later became a champion skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur. Relates May's internal conflict over whether or not to undergo an operation to restore his sight. 2007.

FDR    RC 63751
by Jean Edward Smith
read by Marc Cashman
6 cassettes
Author of John Marshall (RC 44531) draws on archives to pen a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States. Chronicles his political career as governor of New York and four terms as commander in chief. Explores his complex personal life involving his family and mistresses. 2007.

The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation RC    63755
by Sally Jenkins
read by Don Leslie
3 cassettes
Coauthor of Lance Armstrong's It's Not about the Bike (RC 50265) recounts the 1911 and 1912 championship season of Carlisle Indian Industrial School's college football team. Details the school's founding by Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt and describes the careers of player Jim Thorpe and coach Pop Warner. 2007.

Ninety Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life    RC 63761
by Don Piper
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Texas Baptist minister recounts his 1989 near-fatal car accident when he was declared dead at the scene. Describes experiencing heaven and reuniting with deceased loved ones, then regaining consciousness after being prayed over by a fellow preacher. Discusses his painful rehabilitation and initial desire to return to paradise. Bestseller. 2004.

Adventures in Darkness: The Summer of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy    RC 63856
by Tom Sullivan
read by Jeremy Gage
1 cassette (Reissue)
Memoir of actor, singer, and entertainer Tom Sullivan, who has been blind since birth. Sullivan describes the summer before his twelfth birthday when he experienced life through sports and adventure. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2006.

A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton    RC 64250
by Carl Bernstein
read by Peter Johnson
5 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist probes the background, character, and political career of this U.S. senator representing New York and Democratic presidential candidate. Based on extensive interviews and research, Bernstein's account covers Hillary Clinton's midwestern girlhood, religious upbringing, education, marriage, decision to stay married, and term as senator. 2007.

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Women in Love    RC 61435
by D.H. Lawrence
read by MaryBeth Wise
5 cassettes (Reissue)
A complex meditation on love depicting the contrasting affairs of sisters Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen—Ursula with misanthropic Rupert, Gudrun with domineering Gerald. Both couples strive for fulfillment and meaning, but while Ursula and Rupert eventually marry, Gudrun and Gerald's romance leads to tragedy. 2002 introduction by Joyce Carol Oates. 1917.

Earthly Possessions    RC 62138
by Anne Tyler
read by Celeste Lawson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Maryland housewife Charlotte Emory goes to her local bank while planning to leave her boring husband. Would-be bank robber Jake Simms Jr. takes her hostage and hustles her away. During their flight, Charlotte recounts her life story and the events that landed her in her present predicament. 1977.

The Legacy of Beulah Land    RC 62199
by Lonnie Coleman
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Georgia, 1879–1895. The Kendricks continue farming following the destruction in Look Away, Beulah Land (RC 62198). Fanny gradually takes Sarah's place as matriarch, and feuding neighbors learn to coexist. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 1980.

Julie and Romeo Get Lucky    RC 62246
by Jeanne Ray
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Julie and Romeo (RC 52577) the two sixty-three-year-old lovers maintain separate households because their grown kids won't leave home. The final straw comes after Romeo's back gives out, Julie's daughter expects triplets, and an eight-year-old granddaughter plays the lottery weekly. 2005.

The Tent    RC 62248
by Margaret Atwood
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Short stories by the prizewinning Canadian author of The Handmaid's Tale (RC 24695). The title piece is a prose poem about a compulsive writer who tries to protect her loved ones by scribbling observations on a paper tent as wild monsters howl outside. 2006.

Mother of Sorrows    RC 62265
by Richard McCann
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Ten interconnected coming-of-age stories set in post-World War II suburban Washington, D.C. The homosexual narrator muses on self, sexual identity, and family. He relives his relationships with his mother and troubled gay brother Davis, and his father's unexpected death. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Summer We Got Saved    RC 62287
by Pat Cunningham Devoto
read by Kate Kiley
3 cassettes
1960s. Teenaged sisters Tina and Tab Rutland, from My Last Days as Roy Rogers (RC 49036), are taken by their liberal aunt to Tennessee's Highlander Folk School, an interracial camp promoting social advocacy. The girls befriend Dominique, an African American minister's daughter, and Tab participates in a sit-in. 2005.

The Ninefold Key    RC 62299
by Rebecca Brandewyne
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
London, 1848. French refugees Ariana and her family meet Malcolm Blackfriars, a cartographer's apprentice seeking to break his familial curse and avenge his father's murder. Ariana joins Malcolm in his quest involving a lost emerald stolen from an Egyptian tomb. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Everyman    RC 62522
by Philip Roth
read by Richard Davidson
1 cassette
An aging advertising man confronts the loneliness of growing old, regrets his philandering and other faults, and ponders his failing sexual and physical self. He reviews his life chronologically and feels sorry for hurting those he loved, including his estranged sons and three ex-wives. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Flashman on the March: From The Flashman Papers, 1867–8    RC 62625
by George MacDonald Fraser
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Adventurer Sir Harry Flashman returns from Mexico after the execution of Emperor Maximilian and joins the British Indian army in the invasion of Abyssinia. Their goal is to rescue the English consul and others held captive by the mad king Theodore. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Elements of Style    RC 62708
by Wendy Wasserstein
read by Celeste Lawson
2 cassettes
New York after September 11, 2001. Pediatrician Frankie Weissman treats the children of frantic, wealthy women. Socialite Samantha Acton balances her affair with filmmaker Barry Santorini with charity events, while Californian upstart Judy Tremont strives for recognition. Tragedy strikes in the form of accident and illness. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Beast Master's Quest    RC 62916
by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Laris, a young refugee with the beast master ability to communicate telepathically with animals, inherits a spaceship from distant relatives and searches for the home planet of her catlike companion, Prauo. Along with her beast master friends—Storm, his wife Tani, and his half-brother Logan—Laris encounters unanticipated dangers. 2006.

How Few Remain    RC 62919
by Harry Turtledove
read by Nick Sullivan
5 cassettes
An alternate U.S. history preceding the Great War series (RC 53761, RC 53762, RC 54700). In 1881, two decades after the South seceded from the Union, the Confederate States of America annexes key Mexican territories, forcing the United States of America to declare another war. Some violence. 1997.

Innocent Graves: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery    RC 62926
by Peter Robinson
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the murder in a cemetery of sixteen-year-old Deborah Harrison. Authorities arrest Owen Pierce, a college English lecturer in the vicinity at the time of Deborah's death, but Alan doubts Owen is the killer. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1996.

Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction    RC 62927
by Sue Townsend
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Continues the diary of Adrian Mole following The Cappuccino Years (RC 53397). In 2002, thirty-four-year-old Adrian moves from his parents' home into an apartment he can't afford and accidentally gets engaged. Meanwhile, his seventeen-year-old soldier son—and England—prepare for war with Iraq. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Sunshine    RC 62942
by Robin McKinley
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
A gang of vampires led by evil Beauregard abduct baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon. Using her magic powers, Sunshine escapes along with vampire and fellow captive Constantine-Beauregard's archenemy. Human special forces recruit Sunshine to hunt bloodsuckers while she secretly aids Constantine in a plot to overthrow Beauregard. Some violence. 2003.

The Hour before the Dawn    RC 62946
by W. Somerset Maugham
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
The trials of the aristocratic Henderson family during early World War II. Eldest son Roger works for British intelligence while his neglected wife falls for another man. But it is the relationship of Roger's brother Jim, a conscientious objector in love with an Austrian refugee, that leads to tragedy. 1941.

Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West    RC 63028
by Cormac McCarthy
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
1850s. A teenager known only as the Kid runs away from his alcoholic father in Tennessee. The Kid journeys west to the Texas-Mexico borderlands, where he encounters a ruthless paramilitary gang sent by the government to scalp Indians. Includes a 2005 introduction by Harold Bloom. Violence and strong language. 1985.

Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades    RC 63047
by Robert Silverberg
read by Steven Carpenter
5 cassettes
Twenty-three science fiction tales spanning award-winning author's career from the 1950s to the 2000s. Stories including "Nightwings," "Good News from the Vatican," "Sailing to Byzantium," "The Millennium Express," and others follow a brief introduction illuminating Silverberg's thought and publication processes. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Winter House: A Kathleen Mallory Mystery    RC 63072
by Carol O'Connell
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Detective Kathy Mallory investigates a stabbing in the same New York mansion where Nedda Winter's family was massacred many years before. Nedda, now an elderly woman, had rejoined her surviving siblings right before the murder. Soon Mallory uncovers dark secrets from the past. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Got the Look: A Jack Swyteck Mystery    RC 63080
by James Grippando
read by Ray Foushee
3 cassettes
FBI agent Andie Henning, from Under Cover of Darkness (RC 51926), joins Florida attorney Jack Swyteck in the search for his kidnapped lover, Mia Salazar. Mia's husband refuses to pay a ransom, so the abductor turns to Jack for money. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2006.

The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales    RC 63185
edited by Alison Lurie
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Anthology of stories about magic and transformation—often incorporating traditional folktale elements—written between 1839 and 1989. Includes pieces by authors such as Oscar Wilde, L.F. Baum, E. Nesbit, Joan Aiken, I.B. Singer, Ursula Le Guin, and Jane Yolen. Some strong language. 1993.

The Ruins    RC 63204
by Scott Smith
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
Two American couples abandon their lazy August holiday on a Yucatán beach to search inland for a German tourist's brother at a mysterious archaeological site. Their very survival comes into question as they encounter an increasingly horrific menace. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

A Moment on the Edge: One Hundred Years of Crime Stories by Women    RC 63222
edited by Elizabeth George
read by Gabra Zackman
4 cassettes
Bestselling author of the Thomas Lynley series selects wide-ranging mystery, suspense, and psychological fiction written between 1917 and 2001. Includes works by Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Minette Walters, and other female writers. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

The Clearing    RC 63223
by Tim Gautreaux
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Louisiana, 1923. Shattered from his WWI experience, Byron Aldridge turns up as constable in the mill town Nimbus. Younger brother Randolph, sent to reclaim Byron, attempts to understand Byron's pain, control the influence of the Sicilian mob, manage three temperamental women, and survive the harsh swamp environment. Some violence. 2003.

I'll Take You There    RC 63228
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
At Syracuse University in upstate New York in the early 1960s, a white nineteen-year-old scholarship student who calls herself Anellia is first enraptured by a sorority and then obsessed with fellow ethics student Vernor Matheius, who is black. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Lilith    RC 63241
by J.R. Salamanca
read by Peter Ganim
3 cassettes
After serving in the army, twenty-two-year-old Vincent goes to work at the insane asylum in his small Southern hometown. He is so captivated by Lilith, an intelligent schizophrenic patient, that he puts his love for her above his better judgment. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1961.

Magic Hour    RC 63255
by Kristin Hannah
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Police chief Ellen Barton summons her estranged sister, L.A. child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates, to their Pacific Northwest hometown to help a feral six-year-old child found wandering the streets. Julia becomes both therapist and foster parent while trying to uncover the child's past and secure her future. 2006.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-third Annual Collection    RC 63279
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Christopher Hurt
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Reviews science fiction works published during 2005 in books, periodicals, the Internet, movies, and television and presents thirty of the year's best tales. Includes Harry Turtledove's "Audubon in Atlantis" and Alastair Reynolds's "Beyond the Aquila Rift," among others. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics    RC 63286
by Marisha Pessl
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
Blue Van Meer, erudite daughter of an itinerant professor, settles into Stockton, North Carolina, for her senior year at an elite high school. But she is unprepared for the deaths of a student and a favorite teacher. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The French Lieutenant's Woman    RC 63311
by John Fowles
read by Steven Crossley
3 cassettes (Reissue)
England, 1860s and 1870s. Affianced amateur scientist Charles Smithson becomes obsessed with Sarah Woodruff, a scandalous woman believed to have been deserted by her French lover. In order to pursue Sarah, Charles breaks his engagement to Ernestina Freeman, the spoiled daughter of a merchant prince—but Sarah eludes him. 1969.

Once Is Not Enough    RC 63322
by Jacqueline Susann
read by Catherine Byers
4 cassettes (Reissue)
January is the pride of her theatrical producer father, Mike Wayne. At twenty she enters his world, only to find it one of strange and unpleasant standards. She moves among the jet set, searching for herself and for fulfillment in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1973.

Two Days after the Wedding: Ladies of Covington    RC 63364
by Joan Medlicott
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
The women of Covington have doubts about their relationships. Grace's friend Bob moves next door, while Max presses Hannah to set a wedding date. Meanwhile, Amelia takes her photographs to New York for an exhibit. The ladies finally learn to trust their emotions and enjoy life. 2006.

Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy RC    63367
edited by Sharyn November
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Sixteen stories, one-third science fiction, by writers Tamora Pierce, Charles de Lint, Alan Dean Foster, Tanith Lee, and others. In Francesca Lia Block's "Blood Roses" two sisters' obsession with a singer lures them into danger. Sequel to Firebirds (RC 58418). For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Eagle's Throne    RC 63369
by Carlos Fuentes
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
In 2020, after Mexico protests the U.S. invasion of Colombia, the Americans cut off all electronic communications within Mexico. Forced to write letters, various ambitious Mexicans vie for power under ineffectual president Lorenzo Terán, including María del Rosario Galván, her protégé Nicolás Valdivia, and other Machiavellian types. Strong language. 2002.

Night of the Jaguar    RC 63373
by Michael Gruber
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Miami detective Tito Morales, from Valley of Bones (RC 60450), asks his former partner Jimmy Paz to investigate the ritualistic murders of Cuban businessmen. The Forest Planet Alliance is targeting the men for planning to deforest the Colombian jungle, but Paz suspects the supernatural. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

The Saboteurs: Men at War, Volume 5    RC 63374
by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
1943. As Allied forces prepare to invade Italy, military intelligence operatives for the Office of Strategic Services plot a clandestine resistance movement in Sicily. Agents also investigate rumors of Axis saboteurs in America. Sequel to The Fighting Agents (RC 50846). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

To Distraction: A Bastion Club Novel, Book 5    RC 63386
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
Lord Jocelyn Hubert Deverell, a former spy who needs an heir, courts his aunt's goddaughter Phoebe Malleson. Phoebe, on a secret crusade to rescue abused servants, doesn't want to marry—but when danger threatens, she must turn to Deverell. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Lisey's Story    RC 63387
by Stephen King
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Maine. Lisey, the widow of prizewinning author Scott Landon, hears her husband's voice while organizing his papers, caring for her catatonic sister, and avoiding a stalker. Lisey enters Scott's imaginary world of Boo'ya Moon and fights his demons as well as her own. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter    RC 63403
by Kim Edwards
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Kentucky, 1964. Doctor David Henry delivers his own children: a boy, Paul, and Phoebe, a girl with Down syndrome. Telling his wife that the newborn girl has died, he gives Phoebe to nurse Caroline Gill. Over time, David's family erodes, while Caroline's family flourishes. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

The Wedding Bargain: Effington Family, Book 1    RC 63410
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1818. Pandora Effington has avoided marriage for six seasons, yet Maximillian Wells, the earl of Trent, intends to wed her. Pandora agrees, but only if Max completes the twelve labors of Hercules. Despite this seemingly impossible task, Max determines to win her hand. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Hundred-Dollar Baby: A Spenser Novel    RC 63414
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
1 cassette
April Kyle, from Taming a Sea-Horse (RC 23905), turns to Boston private investigator Spenser for help when someone tries to muscle in on her high-class bordello. Spenser soon finds out that there is more going on than April led him to believe. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Thirteenth Tale    RC 63418
by Diane Setterfield
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Cambridge antiquarian bookseller Margaret Lea is hired by legendary author Vida Winter to pen her life story before she dies. At Vida's decrepit estate out on the Yorkshire moors, Margaret listens to a family history of ghosts, incest, abandoned babies, and other secrets, but wonders, is it true? Bestseller. 2006.

Under Orders: A Sid Halley Mystery    RC 63419
by Dick Francis
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
One-armed jockey-turned-private-investigator Sid Halley investigates Internet gambling and possible race fixing for various clients. After jockey Huw Walker is murdered during a race on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Sid suspects the homicide is connected to his investigation—especially after Sid's girlfriend is threatened. Bestseller. 2006.

The Expected One: The Magdalene Line, Book 1    RC 63422
by Kathleen McGowan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Secret society leader Lord Bérenger Sinclair summons journalist Maureen Paschal to his French estate and reveals that Maureen is the prophesied Expected One—a direct descendent of Mary Magdalene and Jesus, who alone can find Mary's lost gospel. But rival organizations will do anything to stop her. Some strong language. 2006.

In Plain Sight: A Joe Pickett Novel    RC 63423
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Wyoming ranch owner Opal Scarlett vanishes, leaving her grown sons to fight over her estate. Once involved, game warden Joe Pickett becomes a victim of threatening pranks that he believes are not related to Opal's disappearance but to a vengeful killer from his past. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Orbit    RC 63426
by John J. Nance
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Pharmaceutical salesman Kip Dawson wins a trip aboard a spaceship orbiting Earth. When a micrometeor hits the craft, killing the pilot and disabling communications, Kip records his thoughts on a laptop, unaware it broadcasts to Earth. While billions read his commentary, someone sabotages the rescue mission. Some strong language. 2006.

Ranch Dressing: Janet Dailey Americana    RC 63428
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Two western romances originally published in 1981. In The Traveling Kind Idaho rancher Charley Collins falls for hired hand Shad Russell but considers marrying someone else. In Dakota Dreaming widowed mother Edie Gibbs buys a dilapidated South Dakota ranch and encounters a handsome neighbor wanting more than her land. 2006.

Fort Pillow    RC 63431
by Harry Turtledove
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Historical novel of the controversial Civil War battle at Fort Pillow. On April 12, 1864, Confederate troops storm the western Tennessee Union garrison that is manned by African American and white forces. The Confederates kill many Federal soldiers as they try to escape or surrender. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Amazing Grace    RC 63432
by Megan Shull
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Grace "Ace" Kincaid, cover-girl spokesmodel and tennis sensation, quits at the peak of her game. With the help of her mother, Grace escapes the limelight to try being an ordinary teenager in Medicine Hat, Alaska. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Sharpe's Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811    RC 63433
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Captain Richard Sharpe is tasked with training the ill-equipped, dubiously loyal household guard turned over to the British by the exiled Spanish king. After his crew is attacked by French general Guy Loup's troops, Sharpe fights to restore his honor and settle a personal score. Violence and some strong language. 1995.

Good Girls Do    RC 63436
by Cathie Linz
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Bad-boy biker Luke Maguire roars into his sleepy Pennsylvania hometown to run his family's pub. Luke is determined to shake things up for librarian Julia Wright, who's also coping with her wacky family and the news that her biological father is alive. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Stark and the Star Kings    RC 63441
by Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
Six science fiction tales by husband-and-wife authors Hamilton (1904–1977) and Brackett (1915–1978). In The Star Kings (1949) a twentieth-century combat pilot exchanges bodies with a galactic prince from the future. Also includes the title piece—a collaboration featuring mercenary Eric John Stark—and a 2005 introduction by John Jakes. 2005.

Lakeside Cottage    RC 63442
by Susan Wiggs
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Unemployed journalist Kate Livingston and her nine-year-old son are spending the summer at her family's Washington state cottage. Nearby, military medic J.D. Harris seeks refuge from the press after saving the president's life. The two meet and fall in love despite obstacles. Some strong language. Rita Award. 2005.

The Ghost Brigades    RC 63445
by John Scalzi
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
To uncover why scientist Charles Boutin conspired with aliens in a plot against humanity, officials implant soldier Jared Dirac with Boutin's consciousness. Dirac joins the Ghost Brigade—a unit of fighters modified with genes from the dead—as Boutin's memories slowly surface. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys    RC 63448
by Georgina Gentry, Teresa Bodwell, and Lorraine Heath read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Three western romances. In Georgina Gentry's "The Great Cowboy Race" heiress Henrietta Jennings enters a thousand-mile horse race from Nebraska to Illinois and falls for her toughest competitor, wrangler Comanche Jones. Also includes Teresa Bodwell's "Moonlight Whispers" and Lorraine Heath's "The Reluctant Hero." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Nightlife    RC 63449
by Thomas Perry
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Hairs at the scene of computer specialist Dennis Poole's murder match those of Dennis's missing girlfriend, Tanya. Sergeant Catherine Hobbes and Joe Pitt, a PI hired by Dennis's mob cousin, discover Tanya is not another victim, but a killer. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2006.

Any Approaching Enemy: A Novel of the Napoleonic Wars    RC 63450
by Jay Worrall
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
1798. A squall separates British Captain Charles Edgemont's frigate Louisa from Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson's fleet. When Edgemont discovers Napoleon's plans to invade Egypt, he tracks Nelson and joins the Battle of the Nile. Sequel to Sails on the Horizon (RC 60669). Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

On the Edge: A NASCAR Novel    RC 63457
by Pamela Britton
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Precocious ten-year-old Lindsey Drake convinces widow Rebecca "Becca" Newman to hire her father, Adam, to drive the race cars Becca inherited from her late husband—a NASCAR legend. After Adam passes the tryouts, Becca's feelings for the Drake family begin to grow. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Mourners: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery    RC 63458
by Bill Pronzini
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
The Nameless Detective is hired by James Troxell's wife to discover why her husband has taken to attending the funerals of murdered women he doesn't know. "Nameless" is also having marital problems; and his partners, Tamara and Jake, have their own issues with mourning. Violence and strong language. 2006.

A Taste of Reality    RC 63460
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
African American Anise Miller applies for a promotion at her Chicago-area firm but loses to a less-qualified candidate. After Anise discovers her husband is cheating on her with a white woman, Anise herself becomes attracted to an Italian colleague. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Engaging the Enemy: Vatta's War, Book 3    RC 63466
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Following an attack that killed her parents and nearly destroyed her family business, interstellar shipping scion and spaceship captain Ky Vatta sets out to find surviving relatives, rebuild her trading empire, and exact revenge. In the process Ky uncovers a ruthless conspiracy. Sequel to Marque and Reprisal (RC 59600). 2006.

Dancing in the Dark    RC 63467
by Caryl Phillips
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Fictional portrait of acclaimed Bahamas-born vaudeville entertainer Bert Williams (1874–1922). Alongside partner George Walker, Bert portrays a blackfaced, buffoonish stereotype of African Americans. The characterization leads to both success and spiritual devastation for Bert and his wife Lottie. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Five Quarters of the Orange    RC 63468
by Joanne Harris
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Elderly and widowed, Framboise Dartigen returns unrecognized to her childhood home in Les Laveuses, France. Memories of World War II occupation, collaboration, and resistance intermingle with family events as Framboise uses her mother's recipe album to create a menu for a cafe. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Paint It Black    RC 63469
by Janet Fitch
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
After twenty-two-year-old artist and Harvard dropout Michael Faraday commits suicide, his fiancée Josie Tyrell and his mother connect in their grief. But Josie, a teen runaway, discovers that Michael's mother Meredith Loewy, a famed concert pianist, was the cause of his emotional problems. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Morrigan's Cross: Circle Trilogy, Book 1    RC 63473
by Nora Roberts
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
Ireland, 1128. Morrigan, the goddess of battle, helps sorcerer Hoyt battle Lilith, a vampire who has destroyed Hoyt's twin brother Cian. Hoyt travels to modern-day New York to enlist the help of witch Glenna Ward. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

In the Groove: A NASCAR Novel    RC 63476
by Pamela Britton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
North Carolina. Fired from a teaching job, Sarah Tingle drives a motor coach for washed-up racecar driver Lance Cooper. When Lance wins at Daytona, he believes Sarah has changed his luck and pursues her romantically. Sarah tries unsuccessfully to keep their relationship professional. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Talent for War: An Alex Benedict Novel, Book 1    RC 63482
by Jack McDevitt
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Antiques dealer Alex Benedict investigates the exploits of galactic war hero Christopher Sim, who died two centuries ago. When Alex uncovers information that could expose Sim as a fraud and damage the Confederacy, he launches an interstellar expedition with female pilot Chase Kolpath to uncover the truth. Some strong language. 1989.

So You Call Yourself a Man    RC 63522
by Carl Weber
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
New York. Three African American friends endure relationship troubles. Happily married James's former lover reappears with his baby. Born-again Christian Brent loves his voluptuous new bride but fantasizes about his church's sexy organist. Newly separated Sonny reunites with his high school sweetheart. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

The Lavender Field    RC 63523
by Jeanette Baker
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Kentucky thoroughbred heiress and international lawyer Whitney Benedict travels to California on behalf of the Austrian government to bid on divorcé Gabe Mendoza's Lipizzaner horses. Though Gabe is reluctant to sell, Whitney soon falls in love with him and his zany family. 2006.

Margaritas and Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    RC 63524
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Jessica Fletcher's horrendous trip to Mexico to visit the Buckleys is just the beginning of her problem-laden vacation. After she arrives Vaughan Buckley sets out with a friend on a mail run. When the two are kidnapped and one of them is murdered, Jessica has to solve the crime. 2005.

Megiddo's Shadow    RC 63525
by Arthur Slade
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
After the death of his beloved older brother in World War I, sixteen-year-old Edward leaves the Canadian family farm to enlist. Edward is assigned to the cavalry, with his own horse, before being sent to Palestine, where he learns the horror of war. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Absent Friends    RC 63533
by S.J. Rozan
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
New York City. Fire captain James McCaffery died a hero on September 11, 2001. When journalist Harry Randall uncovers a link between McCaffery and organized crime, he winds up dead. Randall's lover, Laura Stone, digs into the fireman's past to learn the truth. Strong language. 2004.

The Proud: Sons of Texas, Book 4    RC 63534
by Tom Early
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Texas, 1838. Newly elected congressman Andrew Lewis's political duties may put him at odds with his frontier brothers. The rest of the Lewis family, meanwhile, copes with life along the Colorado River and with the unexpected arrival of a long-lost relative from Tennessee. Violence and some strong language. 1991.

Daniel Isn't Talking    RC 63540
by Marti Leimbach
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Londoners Stephen and Melanie Marsh discover their three-year-old son Daniel has autism. Despite Stephen's reluctance to address the diagnosis, Melanie is determined to teach Daniel to play and speak. Meanwhile Stephen reconnects with a former flame, and Melanie finds herself attracted to autism therapist Andy O'Connor. Some strong language. 2006.

The Key to Rebecca    RC 63542
by Ken Follett
read by Alexander Strain
3 cassettes (Reissue)
German spy Alex Wolff steals the British army's secret plans and sends them to Rommel using a code whose key lies in the pages of Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca. British major William Vandam sets out to destroy Wolff. Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1980.

The Playa's Handbook    RC 63546
by Brenda Jackson
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Relationship expert Lance Montgomery promotes The Playa's Handbook, a man's guide to avoiding commitment. Three friends, divorcés Sam and Phillip and widower Marcus, reenter the dating scene to test Lance's advice, while Lance seduces a colleague who has vowed to be celibate. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart: Shenandoah Sisters, Book 3    RC 63551
by Michael Phillips
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Shenandoah County, North Carolina; 1860s. Teenage Civil War orphan Katie Clairborne, the daughter of a white plantation owner, and former slave Mayme Jukes work Katie's plantation. The unlikely friends contend with banks, floodwaters, thieves, and the return of Katie's long-lost uncle. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Mandala    RC 63552
by Pearl S. Buck
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes (Reissue)
India, 1962. News of their son's death in a battle with Chinese forces devastates Jagat, the Maharana of Amarpur, and his wife Moti. Jagat travels to confirm the facts and encounters American heiress Brooke Westley. An attraction between East and West leads to romance. 1970.

Lasso the Moon    RC 63553
by Beth Ciotta
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Arizona territory, 1877. Singer Paris Garrett escapes from her overprotective brothers to fulfill her dream of performing on stage. She meets ex-sheriff Joshua Grant, who must marry immediately to inherit his late uncle's opera house—and sparks fly. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Ghost Hunter    RC 63554
by Jayne Castle
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Elly St. Clair breaks her engagement to parapsychic Cooper Boone when his secret activities as ghost-hunting guild boss threaten her career. Elly moves away but turns to Cooper for help after a friend disappears in ancient alien catacombs. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Together Is All We Need: Shenandoah Sisters, Book 4    RC 63555
by Michael Phillips
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Shenandoah County, North Carolina; 1867. For two years former slave Mayme has helped her friend Katie operate Katie's parents' plantation, Rosewood, hiding the fact that they are orphans. But now Katie's greedy uncle intends to claim Rosewood and send away Katie's friends—including Mayme. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Queen of Babble    RC 63557
by Meg Cabot
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
New Yorker Lizzie Nichols's big mouth lands her in trouble and leaves her stranded in London with no place to stay. Lizzie joins her friend Shari, a caterer at a French chateau, where Lizzie again reveals secrets and falls for a Frenchman. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Nature Girl    RC 63561
by Carl Hiaasen
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Honey Santana takes rude telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his girlfriend Eugenie into the Everglades to teach Boyd some manners. Honey's ex-husband, son, and former employer follow. They all arrive at Dismal Key, where half-Seminole Sammy Tigertail is hiding. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Shape Shifter: A Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Mystery    RC 63562
by Tony Hillerman
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
A valuable antique native rug, thought to have been destroyed in a fire that took the life of a notorious killer, is discovered in the mansion of Flagstaff millionaire Jason Delos. Retired Navajo tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn investigates and finds himself facing an evil skinwalker. Some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Glad Tidings    RC 63563
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Two tales of Christmas. In "Here Comes Trouble" Maryanne and Nolan Adams spend Christmas Eve telling their children how they met as reporters on rival Seattle newspapers. In "There's Something about Christmas" columnist Emma Collins falls for the pilot hired to fly her to cover a fruitcake contest. Bestseller. 1991.

Evil Star: The Gatekeepers, Book 2    RC 63566
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Following Raven's Gate (RC 61504), fourteen-year-old Matt is summoned by members of the secret organization Nexus to deal with a second gate on the other side of the world in Peru. Matt's new ally is a street kid named Pedro. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Swapping Lives    RC 63574
by Jane Green
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Thirty-five-year-old Vicky Townsley seemingly has it all: fabulous flat, fashion magazine career, and a swinging single's life in London. Feeling dissatisfied she swaps lives with American Amber Winslow, a married socialite with children. During their month-long exchange, both women reevaluate their idea of happiness. Some strong language. 2005.

Found: Firstborn, Book 3    RC 63577
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Bloomington, Indiana. Widower John Baxter wants to meet his long-lost biological son, movie star Dayne Matthews, before an upcoming family reunion. Meanwhile Dayne contemplates love and God as he faces a friend's pregnancy and his own feelings for Christian drama instructor Katy Hart. Sequel to Forgiven (RC 62411). 2006.

Calder Born, Calder Bred: The Calder Saga, Volume 4    RC 63578
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Sixteen-year-old Ty Calder returns to his family's Montana cattle company and learns the ropes from manager's daughter Jessy Niles. To Jessy's dismay, Ty succumbs to the lifestyle of Texas heiress Tara Dyson. Sequel to This Calder Sky (RC 59990). Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1983.

Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811    RC 63580
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Incriminating love letters from British ambassador Henry Wellesley to his prostitute lover fall into the hands of blackmailers intending to destroy the English-Spanish alliance. Captain Richard Sharpe undertakes a mission to recover the letters while allied forces attempt to break France's siege of Cádiz. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

It Wakes in Me    RC 63584
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Black Falcon Nation high chieftess Sora, of It Sleeps in Me (RC 61541), faces accusations of multiple murders that threaten to ignite war among rival clans. To save Sora and her people, Sora's ex-husband Flint takes her to healer Long Lance. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Too Darn Hot: A Faye Quick Mystery    RC 63590
by Sandra Scoppettone
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City, 1940s. Claire Turner hires PI Faye Quick to locate her missing boyfriend, Private Charlie Ladd. After Faye discovers a dead man in Charlie's hotel room, she digs into Charlie's past and discovers unsavory items. Meanwhile, Faye's boyfriend, Detective John Lake, resents her working overtime. 2006.

A Heart Divided    RC 63594
by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Budding playwright Kate, a high school junior, resents moving from New Jersey to Tennessee. She fights to eliminate her new school's Confederate flag and rebel mascot and falls in love with local boy Jack. When tragedy strikes, Kate writes a play describing the events. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Copper Scroll    RC 63595
by Joel C. Rosenberg
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
One of the Dead Sea scrolls may be a map to treasure buried near Jerusalem—and scientists who know about the scroll are mysteriously dying. White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, from The Ezekiel Option (RC 61947), return to prevent hostile forces from attacking Israel. Violence. 2006.

The Keys of Hell    RC 63602
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1 cassette
Manhattan, 1995. A mobster confronts Paul Chavasse with a thirty-year-old case from Paul's days with a secret British intelligence unit. The episode—which involved a sacred Madonna statue hidden from communist Albanian authorities by Franciscan fathers—has unexpected links to the present. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Eve's Christmas    RC 63606
by Janet Dailey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Wisconsin music teacher Eve Rowland is opening her parents' lakeside cottage when she meets Luck McClure, a handsome widower raising his eight-year-old son. A romance develops, but, as Christmas approaches, Luck must overcome his grief and Eve her insecurities if their love is to endure. Some descriptions of sex. 1981.

The Third Secret    RC 63616
by Steve Berry
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Pope Clement XV dispatches Monsignor Colin Michener to find the priest who translated three secrets revealed by the Virgin Mary in 1917. Then the pope commits suicide. Michener encounters murder, power-hungry cardinals, forbidden passion, and a shocking Church revelation. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Ethical Assassin    RC 63617
by David Liss
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Florida, 1985. Seventeen-year-old Lem Altick, a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, is a witness when Melford Kean, a vegan animal activist, kills two people. To stay alive, Lem falls in with Melford and gets an education in political corruption and Marxism. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Holmes on the Range    RC 63619
by Steve Hockensmith
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Montana, 1890s. Sherlock Holmes stories read around the campfire and the frightful remains of Perkins's body convince Old Red to be a detective as well as a cowboy. Soon he and his brother, Big Red, are applying Holmes's methods and stirring up danger. Some strong language. 2006.

Blood Music    RC 63627
by Greg Bear
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Biochip researcher Vergil Ulam is fired for his unauthorized development of lymphocytes, restructured cells capable of thought and communication. Instead of destroying his work, Vergil injects the cells into his body and inadvertently unleashes a deadly, intelligent plague. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1985.

Breaking the Cycle    RC 63628
by Zane
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Eight short stories dealing with domestic violence within African American homes. In the title story, a mother and daughter plan their escape from an abusive husband. "God Does Answer Prayers" deals with a hospitalized boy shot by his father. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Johnny Mad Dog    RC 63630
by Emmanuel Dongala
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
During a coup in West Africa, the story of Johnny, a thuggish teenage soldier who calls himself Mad Dog, alternates with that of Laokolé, a teenage girl trying to escape with her mother and younger brother. Then their paths cross. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

In the Company of Eagles    RC 63632
by Ernest K. Gann
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes (Reissue)
France, 1917. Having witnessed his friend's brutal death in combat, young French pilot Paul Chamay seeks to destroy the responsible German lieutenant, ace flyer Sebastian Kupper, who himself is growing weary of war and killing. The brave men finally meet in a chance duel in the sky. 1966.

Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083    RC 63634
by Andrea White
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
By 2083 a deteriorating American civilization is dominated by "reality" television programs. Five fourteen-year-olds reenact Scott's 1910 failed expedition to the South Pole as contestants on the Historical Survivor series. They overcome obstacles with the covert help of a Department of Entertainment employee. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Book of Fate    RC 63643
by Brad Meltzer
read by Scott Brick
4 cassettes
An assassination attempt leaves twenty-three-year-old presidential aide Wes Holloway disfigured and kills deputy chief of staff Ron Boyle. But when he spots Boyle in Malaysia eight years later, Holloway discovers a labyrinthine conspiracy involving the Freemasons and Thomas Jefferson. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights    RC 63645
by Faye Kellerman
read by Roger Rees and others
2 cassettes
Seventeen short stories include mysteries and family tales. In the previously unpublished title piece Rina Decker discovers the body of her elderly gardening buddy. In "The Stalker" Dana's boyfriend changes after they marry. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Skeleton Coast: The Oregon Files    RC 63682
by Clive Cussler
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Captain Juan Cabrillo of the spy ship Oregon rescues a boat under fire off Africa's coast. One passenger, Sloane Macintyre, seeks a shipwreck containing a fortune in stolen diamonds. Juan agrees to help—but someone doesn't want them to find the treasure. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Shadow Dance    RC 63686
by Julie Garwood
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Jordan Buchanan is thrilled that her brother Dylan is marrying her best friend Kate. But history professor Horace MacKenna's warnings of bad blood between the two families intrigues her. Jordan consults with MacKenna—who is later murdered. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng    RC 63687
by Dave Eggers
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Fictional account of real-life immigrant Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese refugee whose Dinka village was overrun by Muslim militants. Valentino survives a marathon march to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. Resettled in America, he faces further tragedies while adjusting to a strange culture. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Thanksgiving    RC 63690
by Janet Evanovich
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Williamsburg, Virginia. A chance encounter with a wayward pet rabbit introduces potter Megan Murphy to the animal's owner, pediatrician Patrick Hunter. Megan and Patrick become unlikely guardians of an abandoned infant, and as Thanksgiving approaches, the pair contemplates making their makeshift family legitimate. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1988.

The Amalgamation Polka    RC 63694
by Stephen Wright
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Mid-1800s. Liberty Fish, sixteen-year-old son of New York abolitionists and grandson of South Carolina slaveholders, joins the Union army. When Liberty's mother dies, he deserts to find his grandparents' plantation. Grandfather Asa practices bizarre racial experiments and kidnaps Liberty. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton: Shenandoah Sisters, Book 2    RC 63695
by Michael Phillips
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Shenandoah County, North Carolina; 1860s. Runaway slave Mayme Jukes helps her white friend and fellow orphan Katie Clairborne run Katie's plantation, Rosewood. Rosewood becomes a haven to others—including Emma, a slave, and motherless Aleta. Both newcomers hide secrets that could endanger them all. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion    RC 63722
by Loren D. Estleman
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Con artist Johnny Vermillion and the Prairie Rose Repertory Company travel the Wild West putting on plays and robbing banks. The troupe unwittingly runs afoul of Black Jack Brixton's Ace-in-the-Hole gang, a murderous band intent on eliminating competition. Meanwhile, dogged detective Allan Pinkerton pursues both groups. 2006.

The Good Guy    RC 63744
by Dean Koontz
read by Richard Ferrone
2 cassettes
Timothy Carrier is having a beer at a local bar when someone mistakes him for a hired killer and hands him a photograph and an envelope full of cash. Minutes later, the actual hit man approaches him, placing Timothy in a moral dilemma. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

A Good and Happy Child    RC 63746
by Justin Evans
read by Mark Deakins
2 cassettes
George Davies is a new father with a big problem: he's scared to be in the same room as his infant son. George's psychiatrist delves into his lonely childhood, his late father's friends demand an exorcism, and George himself questions his sanity. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Divisadero    RC 63748
by Michael Ondaatje
read by Hope Davis
2 cassettes
1970s. Along with a hired hand named Coop, sisters Anna and Claire help their father on his Northern California ranch, until a terrible event sends Anna running. 2007.

The Ministry of Special Cases    RC 63749
by Nathan Englander
read by Arthur Morey
3 cassettes
Kaddish Poznan, a poor Jew in Argentina, takes action when his nineteen-year-old son Pato disappears during the military junta's "dirty war" in the 1970s. From the author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (RC 50583). 2007.

Dream When You're Feeling Blue    RC 63750
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Elizabeth Berg
2 cassettes
1940s. Kitty and Louise see their boyfriends off to fight in World War II, while their younger sister Tish has fun dancing and flirting at USO events. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Amber Room    RC 63752
by Steve Berry
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Judge Rachel Cutler's father, Karol Borya, dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving her clues to a decades-old secret. Rachel and her ex-husband Paul head to Germany to investigate her father's connection to the Amber Room—a treasure appropriated from Russia by the Nazis. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

After Dark    RC 63753
by Haruki Murakami
read by Janet Song
1 cassette
Tokyo. At a late-night Denny's, trombonist Tetsuya reintroduces himself to student Mari, the sister of fashion model Eri. Later, the manager of a "love hotel" approaches Mari to translate for a Chinese prostitute who has been brutalized by a businessman. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble    RC 63754
by Laurie Notaro
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Maye, new to town, hopes to impress her neighbors by entering the annual Sewer Pipe Queen pageant. But instead she uncovers some nasty secrets. 2007.

The Lost Diary of Don Juan: An Account of the True Arts of Passion and the Perilous Adventure of Love    RC 63757
by Douglas Carlton Abrams
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Abandoned Juan Tenorio, raised by nuns in Spain, loves and worships all women and has an affair with one of the sisters. He keeps a diary of his activities including spying for the Marquis de la Mota, fleeing from the Inquisition, and falling in love. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Cat Who Had Sixty Whiskers    RC 63760
by Lilian Jackson Braun
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Journalist Jim Qwilleran covers the changing times in Moose County. A senior center is planned and a mansion is being converted into a charitable museum. When a young woman mysteriously dies from a bee sting, Siamese cat Koko uses his extra whiskers to sniff out a murderer. Bestseller. 2007.

Dust: A Richard Jury Mystery    RC 63765
by Martha Grimes
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury investigates the murder of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples, who had been caring for Henry James's former house in Rye. Jury discovers that the victim's grandfather was a World War II code breaker and enlists Melrose Plant's assistance. Meanwhile, Jury juggles two affairs. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Crossroads    RC 63769
edited by Mercedes Lackey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Anthology of sixteen tales set in Mercedes Lackey's magical realm of Valdemar, where gifted heralds and their horselike companions patrol and protect the ancient kingdom. Includes Larry Dixon's "Transmutation," Tanya Huff's "All the Ages of Man," Judith Tarr's "Darkwall's Lady," and Lackey's own "Landscape of the Imagination." 2005.

Much Ado about Grubstake    RC 63770
by Jean Ferris
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Grubstake, Colorado; 1888. Teenage orphan Miss Arley Pickett is suspicious when two greenhorns attempt to buy the town's worthless mines. Arley, who runs a boardinghouse and reads romance novels, thwarts the strangers' schemes, falls in love, and strikes it rich. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family, Especially William    RC 63771
by Booth Tarkington
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes (Reissue)
William Baxter's seventeenth summer is spent in the throes of first love. William is smitten with Miss Lola Pratt, a visitor who speaks with a babyish lisp—mostly to her dog Flopit. He's also tormented by his ten-year-old sister Jane, who delights in embarrassing him in public. 1916.

Dawn's Early Light    RC 63837
by Nancy Krulik
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Indiana high school teen Sarah Matthews prepares to spend one last day with her longtime boyfriend Tim Frehm before he starts basic training. When she learns that her brother is missing in action, Sarah decides not to tell Tim before he leaves. For senior high readers. 2006.

Act of Treason: CIA Agent Mitch Rapp    RC 63866
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
A terrorist attack on the motorcade of Democratic Party presidential candidate Josh Alexander kills his wife and eighteen others—and gives Alexander a landslide victory the following month. CIA agent Mitch Rapp investigates the incident and uncovers a traitor who threatens the nation. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

High Profile: A Jesse Stone Mystery    RC 63868
by Robert B. Parker
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
After national radio talk-show host Walton Weeks and his pregnant lover are murdered in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone must contend with a media circus. When a stalker rapes Stone's ex-wife, he asks PI Sunny Randall for help. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Echo Park: Detective Harry Bosch    RC 64168
by Michael Connelly
read by Len Cariou
2 cassettes
A serial killer makes a deal and confesses to the 1993 murder of Marie Gesto—a case that has haunted detective Harry Bosch for thirteen years. Bosch and FBI agent Rachel Walling discover a missed clue from the original crime scene and a possible conspiracy. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

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Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey    RC 62072
by Louise Borden
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Biography of the Jewish writers who fled from Nazi-occupied France with the original manuscript for Curious George. Features the creation of the illustrated story and its four-month journey with the couple by bicycle, train, and ship to New York City, where the book was published. For grades 3–6. 2005.

The Young Hans Christian Andersen    RC 62074
by Karen Hesse
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Portrays the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, the nineteenth-century Danish author of Andersen's Fairy Tales (RC 49568). Depicts Hans as a boy who was himself an "ugly duckling" but who believed that he would someday be famous. For grades 3–6. 2005.

Mummies: The Newest, Coolest, and Creepiest from around the World    RC 62574
by Shelley Tanaka
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
Discusses the ways cultures in various climates and time periods have preserved the dead. Describes the process of mummification in the Andes mountains and dry deserts of South America, the Egyptian desert, glaciers of Canada and Italy, European peat bogs, Siberian ice, and Chinese sand dunes. For grades 3–6. 2005.

Play with Us: One Hundred Games from around the World    RC 62766
by Oriol Ripoll
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Covers a broad variety of indoor and outdoor activities, from board games to chases. Includes the number of players and materials required, rules, and step-by-step instructions for each game. Also provides the game's country of origin and cultural variations. For grades 3–6. 2002.

Nicaragua    RC 62939
by Debra A. Miller
read by Jonathan Davis
1 cassette
Discusses the geography, history, and culture of this Central American country. Chronicles Nicaragua's history including Spanish colonization and 1838 independence as a republic. Examines the legacy of foreign domination and challenges posed by poverty, natural disasters, economic instability, and political corruption. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 2005.

Stars and Galaxies    RC 62945
by Ron Miller
read by Gabra Zackman
1 cassette
Discusses properties of stars, constellations, and galaxies including the Sun and the Milky Way. Explains the life cycle of a star, the space between the stars, the classification of stars, and theories about the universe. Includes simple experiments and quick facts. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Puerto Rico    RC 63271
by Patricia Levy and Nazry Bahrawi
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
An overview of Puerto Rico, a U.S. Commonwealth in the Caribbean Sea. Describes the geography and environment of the land, as well as the culture, heritage, lifestyle, religion, arts, and food of its people. Chronicles Puerto Rico's history and discusses twentieth-century government and economic practices. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Animal Talk: How Animals Communicate through Sight, Sound, and Smell    RC 63447
by Etta Kaner
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Presents interesting facts about bird, fish, insect, and mammal communication. Explains various forms of interaction between animals, including sounds, odors, body language, and signals. Contains activities. For grades 3–6. ASPCA Award. 2002.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood    RC 63526
by Howard Pyle
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Recounts the legend of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws—including Little John, Friar Tuck, and Allan a Dale—who plunder the rich to help the poor. Describes mistakenly poaching the king's deer and Sherwood Forest escapades against their enemy the Sheriff of Nottingham. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 1883.

Kids' Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out    RC 63530
by Cindy Krezel
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Author provides an overview of plants and garden requirements. Presents a variety of projects and craft ideas organized by season, including a worm bin, a Venus flytrap terrarium, clay-pot people, and Halloween hats. Some adult assistance recommended. For grades 3–6. 2005.

Germany    RC 63625
by Barbara Fuller and Gabriele Vossmeyer
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Presents the history, geography, government, economy, people, and culture of the central European country of Germany. Discusses twentieth-century wars and reunification as well as post-World War II government and industry. For grades 5–8. 2003.

Big Snacks, Little Meals: After School, Dinnertime, Anytime    RC 63633
by Rose Dunnington
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Presents over forty easy-to-fix dishes, ranging from sweet to salty and from fruit and vegetables to seafood or meat. Many are finger foods. Introduces kitchen basics, cooking terms, and safety tips. Recipes list equipment needed, ingredients, and step-by-step directions. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Cause: Reconstruction America, 1863–1877    RC 63717
by Tonya Bolden
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Overview of history, politics, and society after the Civil War. Uses letters, government records, and newspaper accounts to examine Constitutional amendments, reintegration of Southern states into the Union, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and dilemmas facing newly freed slaves and other disenfranchised minorities. For grades 6–9. 2005.

Wild Dogs: Past and Present    RC 63731
by Kelly Milner Halls
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Discusses wild dogs, the ancestors of modern pets, remaining on every continent except Antarctica into the twenty-first century. Presents facts about physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and endangered status. North American habitat covers the gray wolf, red wolf, coyote, and red fox and their subspecies. For grades 3–6. 2005.

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea     RC 63741
by Sy Montgomery
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Follows a scientific team's trek up a mountain to find, capture, study, and release rare and hard-to-find tree kangaroos. Discusses the team members, trip preparations, daily events on the expedition, and the team's discoveries. Includes conservation information and advice on helping animals. For grades 4–7. 2006.

To Conquer Is to Live: The Life of Captain John Smith of Jamestown    RC 63832
by Kieran Doherty
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
A biography of John Smith (1580–1631)—adventurer, cartographer, and founder of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Discusses Smith's days as a young soldier in Turkey, the difficulties he faced in the North American colony, his dealings with the Powhatan Indians, and his final days in England. For grades 6–9. 2001.

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Cassettes Fiction

The Great Shark Mystery: A Boxcar Children Mystery    RC 59688
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny travel to Ocean Adventure Park in Florida to swim with dolphins and see a newly arrived great white shark. Sharks don't live long in captivity, and while the children worry about the shark, someone robs a jewelry store. For grades 3–6. 2003.

The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book 2    RC 61725
by Patricia Hermes
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
The diary continues through the sad 1609–1610 winter, when Elizabeth's mother and many neighbors die from sickness and hunger. Happier times begin when a supply ship arrives with food, medicine, and new colonists. For grades 2–4. 2001.

Season of the Sandstorms: Magic Tree House, Book 34    RC 61933
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Guided by a magic rhyme, Jack and Annie travel back to the Golden Age of Baghdad. Their mission is to help the caliph (ruler) spread wisdom to the world. But first they must find out about riding a ship of the desert to reach the city. For grades 2–4. 2005.

Replay    RC 61978
by Sharon Creech
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old Leo, called fog boy by his large Italian family, dreams of starring in the school play or becoming a hero. When he finds a journal written by his father at age thirteen, Leo wonders why people change as they grow up. For grades 5–8. 2005.

The Happy Valley Mystery: Trixie Belden    RC 61991
by Kathryn Kenny
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
While vacationing at her uncle Andrew's sheep farm in Iowa, Trixie and the Bob-Whites track down the thieves who are behind the mysterious disappearance of several sheep. For grades 4–7. 1962.

Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book 1    RC 61995
by Patricia Hermes
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal in 1609, recording her experiences in the New World. She meets Indians, helps her father build their first home, goes hungry, and has a new baby sister. For grades 2–4. 2000.

Thin Wood Walls    RC 62250
by David Patneaude
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Joe Hanada and his Japanese American family face growing prejudice. His father is taken away by the FBI, and eventually the family is torn from their Seattle home and sent to a relocation camp in California. For grades 5–8. 2004.

Abel's Island    RC 62253
by William Steig
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette (Reissue)
Overtaken by a torrential storm while picnicking, town mouse Abel leaves the safety of a cave to retrieve his bride's scarf. Swept away by wind and water, Abel becomes stranded on an uninhabited island, where he survives for a year. For grades 3–6. Newbery Honor. 1976.

Ice Drift    RC 62254
by Theodore Taylor
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Greenland Strait, October 1868. Inuit brothers fourteen-year-old Alika and ten-year-old Sulu are seal hunting on an ice shelf when it unexpectedly detaches from the shore, just as a storm arrives. Survival depends on their resourcefulness, their dog Jamka's instincts, and their brotherly love. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Heat    RC 62264
by Mike Lupica
read by Don Hagen
2 cassettes
Star pitcher Michael Arroyo is banned from Little League baseball because rival coaches don't believe he's only twelve years old. An orphan whose birth certificate is back in Cuba, Michael is on the run from social services because he fears separation from his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos. For grades 5–8. 2006.

An Innocent Soldier    RC 62518
by Josef Holub
read by Richard Magesis
1 cassette
In 1811, sixteen-year-old farmhand Adam Feuchter is unwittingly enlisted in the army to substitute for the farmer's son. As he crosses Europe with Napoleon's forces, Adam makes an unlikely friend and the two struggle to survive the perils of the march to Moscow. For grades 6–9. Batchelder Award. 2002.

The Mysterious Circus: The Hall Family Chronicles    RC 62519
by Jane Langton
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
The Halls foil a new enemy's plan to build a Henry Thoreau theme park across from their home. They are helped by a mysterious stranger, Andy, and the magical gift he brings them from India. Sequel to The Time Bike (RC 51255). For grades 4–7. 2005.

Best in Show for Rotten Ralph    RC 62521
by Jack Gantos
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Ralph the cat wants to beat his cousin Percy in the cat show. He allows his owner Sarah to help spruce up his image and get him into shape. But can he win? Easy chapter book. For grades 2–4. 2005.

Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book 1    RC 63198
by Angie Sage
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
The night his seventh son is born-dead, according to the midwife—Silas Heap brings home a newborn baby girl, Jenna. She turns out to be a princess in need of protection as villains and wizards abound in this magyk—filled adventure. And is the son, Septimus, really dead? For grades 4–7. 2005.

Little Town in the Ozarks: The Rose Years, Book 5    RC 63429
by Roger Lea MacBride
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
After the disasters they experienced in On the Other Side of the Hill (RC 63178), eleven-year-old Rose Wilder and her family move from Rocky Ridge Farm into a house near the railroad tracks in Mansfield, Missouri. They have a hard time adjusting to town life. For grades 4–7. 1996.

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker    RC 63438
by Megan McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Seven-year-old Stink Moody, first featured in Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (RC 60667), discovers that writing letters to candy and toy companies results in getting boxes of free samples. In all the excitement, he overlooks an invitation to celebrate his best friend's birthday. For grades 2–4. 2006.

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1    RC 63443
by Rick Riordan
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Upstate New York, 2005. Sixth-grader Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon and a mortal mother, attends a summer camp for demigods. After Percy angers Zeus, his friends Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, join him to resolve the problem. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Room One: A Mystery or Two    RC 63446
by Andrew Clements
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Boy Scout and paperboy Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in the Plattsford, Nebraska, one-room school, sees a girl's face in the window of an abandoned farmhouse. His investigation leads to a family of homeless strangers and a conflict that tests his sense of duty. For grades 4–7. 2006.

Singing Hands    RC 63464
by Delia Ray
read by Megan Burnett
1 cassette
Alabama, 1948. Twelve-year-old Gussie, a minister's daughter, learns the definition of integrity while helping with a celebration at the school for the deaf—her punishment for impulsive misdeeds against her deaf parents and their boarders. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book 2    RC 63477
by Angie Sage
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
When Princess Jenna is pursued by a dark wizard, it is the apprentice Septimus Heap who must save her while enduring such terrors as a night in the forest with hungry wolverines and carnivorous trees. Sequel to Magyk (RC 63198). For grades 4–7. 2006.

Horse of Seven Moons    RC 63479
by Karen Taschek
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
New Mexico, 1880s. One night an Apache youth, Bin-daa-dee-nin, finds an intelligent black and white horse. The pinto disappears during an army attack only to be found by a delighted pioneer girl, Sarah. But Bin-daa-dee-nin wants his horse back. For grades 5–8. 2005.

I, Freddy: The Golden Hamster Saga, Book 1    RC 63492
by Dietlof Reiche
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Eager to escape the pet store, brainy hamster Freddy works up a routine so he can attract the next buyer. Freddy feels lucky that his first owner is Sophie, a girl in a million, but Sophie's mother poses a problem. For grades 3–6. 1998.

Blood on the River: James Town 1607    RC 63493
by Elisa Carbone
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Eleven-year-old Sam Collier, an orphaned street urchin, sails from London to the New World serving as Captain John Smith's page. Arriving in James Town in spring 1607, Sam meets Algonquians, learns to distinguish between friend and foe, and adapts to the perilous life in Virginia. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Library Lion    RC 63583
by Michelle Knudsen
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
When a lion visits the library, Miss Merriweather's main concern is whether he is obeying the rules. All is well until an emergency arises, causing the lion to break the rule about silence. For grades K–3. 2006.

Wintersmith: A Tiffany Aching Adventure    RC 63604
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
When thirteen-year-old witch trainee Tiffany interrupts the Dance of the Seasons, she attracts the unwanted attentions of the Spirit of Winter. Tiffany requires assistance from the Wee Free Men to survive until spring. Sequel to A Hat Full of Sky (RC 58636). For grades 6–9 and older readers. 2006.

Olive's Ocean    RC 63636
by Kevin Henkes
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
After Olive's death, twelve-year-old Martha reads an excerpt from Olive's journal and mourns her barely known classmate. Later, at her grandmother's beach house, Martha experiences loss, love, betrayal, and a renewed connection to her family. For grades 5–8. Newbery Honor Book. 2003.

Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker    RC 63685
by Deborah Hopkinson
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
New York City, 1909. To support her Italian immigrant family, Angela leaves school at age fourteen to work in a garment factory. She endures long hours at low wages and witnesses girls jumping from windows in the Triangle company fire. Some violence. For grades 6–9. 2004.

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker    RC 63737
by Carolyn Meyer
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Texas, 1861. After living with the Comanche people for twenty-five years, thirty-four-year-old Naduah, formerly Cynthia Ann Parker, and her infant daughter Topsannah are captured by white soldiers and forcibly returned to her white relatives. She does not adjust well to her new circumstances. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 1992.

Judy Moody: Around the World in 81/2 Days    RC 63833
by Megan McDonald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Judy Moody's new friendship with Amy Namey causes problems with her old friends and threatens the school project that the third-grade class is working on together. For grades 2–4. 2006.

Cold in Summer    RC 63839
by Tracy Barrett
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
A lonely newcomer to Tennessee, seventh-grader Ariadne develops a bond with May, an odd girl who turns out to be a ghost from the nineteenth century. The two girls come to each other's aid as they try to find where they belong. For grades 4–7. 2003.

Frogs and French Kisses    RC 63846
by Sarah Mlynowski
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Rachel, from Bras and Broomsticks (RC 59913), is envious of her divorced mother and little sister Miri, who are witches. A high school freshman, Rachel asks her sister for magical help to win the affections of a boy she likes in time for the prom. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Part of Me: Stories of a Louisiana Family    RC 63847
by Kimberly Willis Holt
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Stories about Rose's poor but proud family, who moved in 1939 from Texas to a Louisiana bayou to live with her grumpy grandfather. Rose's love of reading sustains her as she drives a bookmobile in her teens and becomes an author in her old age. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows    RC 64495
by J.K. Rowling
read by Erik Sandvold
5 cassettes
This sequel to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (RC 60262) is the seventh and concluding volume in the series that follows young wizard Harry Potter and his friends and enemies through his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For grades 4–7. 2007.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Limpieza de Sangre: Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste, 2 (Purity of Blood: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, 2)    RC 61055
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Peter Pereyra
2 cassettes
Madrid, 1623. Un padre desesperado contrata al espadachin Diego Alatriste para rescatar a su hija. La joven está encerrada tras las paredes de un convento donde un lascivo sacerdote amenaza publicar el secreto de la sangre judía de la joven. Pero el plan de rescate fracasa, y la Inquisición captura a Iñigo, el mismo pupilo de Alatriste. Ahora el intrépido capitán tiene que enfrentarse con la inminente muerte del joven muchacho. Violencia. (Madrid, 1623. A desperate father hires swordsman Diego Alatriste to rescue his daughter from a convent run by a lascivious priest threatening to expose the girl's Jewish heritage. When the mission fails and the Inquisition captures Iñigo, Alatriste's ward, Alatriste must save him from execution. Some violence.) 2003.

Bolívar (Bolivar)    RC 61059
por Francisco Luis Cardona Castro
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Biografía del soldado y político de Venezuela que logró la independencia de Sudamérica luchando contra el yugo español. Traza la vida de Bolívar—su nacimiento en 1783, su juventud, su familia, sus amores, su carrera como militar heróico, sus campañas contra los españoles, y su culminación como el gran "Libertador." (Biography of the Venezuelan soldier and politician who led South America to freedom from Spanish domination. Covers Bolivar's birth in 1783, his family and early life, his many loves, and the brilliant military campaigns against the Spanish that earned him the name "Liberator.") 2005.

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