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July and August 2008

In Brief

The following information is reprinted from an issue of NLS Flash, a newsletter created to bring current information on NLS progress in digital technology to patrons, library staff, and other interested individuals.

NLS Flash
April 2008
volume 4 issue 1

Patrons test digital talking books and system

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) recently conducted its final test of the digital talking-book system with patrons. User comments, which are now assisting NLS to identify areas for modification before manufacturing begins, were both positive and helpful.

Fifty blind patrons of the Connecticut State Library tested a mix of standard and advanced digital talking-book players and the system over a three-week period.

"My experience testing the digital player was rewarding," said Connecticut field test participant Bruce Woodward. "The machine was easy to use and lightweight." Participants also appreciated the players’ compact size, speed, pitch restoration, the ability to index, and the bookmark feature, which allows readers to pick up reading right where they left off.

Advanced players were tested by fifty patrons from the NLS download pilot group. Testers appreciated the enhanced sound quality, tone, volume responsiveness, and the players’ variable speed capability. "From opening the box to downloading and reading that first book—all was intuitive, effortless, and fun," said download participant Deborah Kendrick, an Ohio-based journalist.

All patrons used the machines in everyday settings as they normally would. NLS has now collected comments and suggestions from all participants and is evaluating results.

Consumers and network librarians hear digital implementation plans

Consumers, network librarians, and state librarians who serve on the Digital Transition Advisory Committee were given demonstrations of the new digital players, flash cartridges, and duplication equipment when they met at NLS Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28.

Senior engineer Michael Katzmann demonstrated production models of both the basic and advanced players and talking-book flash cartridges so that each member could experience the players’ features and instructions. As members inserted cartridges, the players announced machine status. When they pressed keys, such as "rewind" and "fast-forward," the room echoed with instructions. Proposals for manufacturing the player and flash cartridges are currently being evaluated and an award is expected within thirty days, Katzmann said.

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

AFB guide to assistive technology products for sale

AFB Press, the publishing arm of the American Foundation for the Blind, has released the 2008 AccessWorld Guide to Assistive Technology Products. The 2008 edition includes detailed profiles of more than 280 products for people who are blind or visually impaired, including 30 new items. The publication offers evaluations of cell phones, PDAs, global positioning systems, screen readers, braille printers, CCTVs, and other items. Features include a comprehensive guide to buying accessible cell phones, a list of evaluations from AFB’s technology magazine AccessWorld, and a resource section with manufacturer names and contact information. The AccessWorld Guide is for sale in paperback and as an ASCII text file on CD-ROM for $34.95. Free online access to the Guide is provided with a print or CD-ROM purchase. Online-only access to the Guide is available for $19.00. To order call 800-232-3044 or visit www.afb.org/store.

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Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise    RC 62650
by Michael Grunwald
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
History of the Everglades ecosystem from its natural beginnings to later environmental destruction and eventual restoration projects. Describes the marsh’s containment by developers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and efforts to protect it by Marjory Stoneman Douglas and others. Compares the 1928 hurricane to 2005’s Katrina. 2006.

The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Literary Criticism    RC 62711
by Oscar Wilde
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
A selection of works by Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). Includes the plays Salomé, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Brief literary criticism from various sources and introduction by Professor Sylvan Barnet. 2004.

The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America    RC 62785
by Larry McMurtry
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Portrays Buffalo Bill Cody (1846–1917) as America’s first superstar. Proposes sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860–1926), who performed in Cody’s Wild West show, as the second. Discusses the signature exploits of Cody’s legendary life and the showmanship that promoted an enduring image of the West. 2005.

My Eyes Have a Cold Nose    RC 62786
by Hector Chevigny
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Los Angeles radio script writer recounts what he calls his "initiation into the blind world" after he lost his sight from retinal detachment. Describes failed surgical procedures, his physical and emotional adjustment, and a return to work and society with the help of his guide dog, Wizard. 1946.

Single Woman of a Certain Age: Twenty-nine Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife—Romantic Escapades, Heavy Petting, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes, and Serene Independence    RC 62787
edited by Jane Ganahl
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
Essays by unmarried women over forty about the challenges and rewards of aging single. Discusses loneliness, friendship, online dating, sex, motherhood, and four-legged companionship. Other topics include body image, stereotypes of African American women, finances, careers, and menopause. 2005.

Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III    RC 63043
by Flora Fraser
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Study of the daughters of the mentally unstable British monarch George III (1738–1820), who fathered fifteen children with his wife Charlotte. Analyzes the sisters’ letters to "reveal the transformation of these attractive, conventional princesses into resilient, independent-minded women." Examines their struggles with family loyalty and acts of desperation. 2004.

Barrow’s Boys    RC 63049
by Fergus Fleming
read by Alexander Strain
3 cassettes
Discusses the history of nineteenth-century British exploration of the world’s uncharted regions and the key organizer, John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty for over forty years. Barrow sent expeditions—costly in both expenditures and lives—to Africa, northern Australia, and Antarctica and in search of the Northwest Passage. 1998.

The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques    RC 63053
by Nancie M. Wiseman
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
Explains the benefits and drawbacks of more than fifty techniques for finishing knitted garments. Provides advice and worksheets for planning the right cast on, increase, decrease, selvage, and bind off to achieve a professional look. Also covers seams, borders, and buttonholes. 2002.

The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms    RC 63093
by Marcus Chown
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Chronicles discoveries behind the search for the origins of atoms, the building blocks of matter. Provides scientific background and explores the interplay of two theories, concluding that atoms not only were formed by the big bang but also were forged in stars and ejected into space. 2001.

Memory, History, Forgetting    RC 63149
by Paul Ricoeur
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Philosophical examination of the reciprocal relationship between remembering and forgetting and the consequences for individuals as they perceive historical experience and compose historical narratives. Discusses ethical ramifications of modern events while taking into account relevant texts from such philosophers as Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, and Kant. Kluge Prize. 2004.

The Dead of Winter: How Battlefield Investigators, WWII Veterans, and Forensic Scientists Solved the Mystery of the Bulge’s Lost Soldiers    RC 63155
by Bill Warnock
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Recounts efforts of a volunteer team to locate, identify, and recover the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Battle of the Bulge, Germany’s last-ditch offensive against Allied forces in Belgium in December 1944. Describes excavations in the 1980s and 1990s and includes personal accounts of servicemen. Violence. 2005.

Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam    RC 63171
by Mark Bowden
read by Christopher Hurt
5 cassettes
Chronicles the November 1979–January 1981 takeover of the American embassy in Tehran, Iran, by student militants, who held sixty-six people hostage. Highlights U.S. president Jimmy Carter’s struggle to negotiate a release and discusses the failed rescue attempt. Describes Ayatollah Khomeini, the captives, and their captors. Violence and strong language. 2006.

The Annals    RC 63172
by Tacitus
read by Robert Blumenfeld
5 cassettes
Roman politician’s classic history of Rome from A.D. 14 when Tiberius became emperor to A.D. 68 when Nero committed suicide. Describes corruption, scandals, wars, poisonings, and murders that were part of imperial life. Translated, with introduction and notes, by University of Virginia professor A.J. Woodman. 2004.

Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark    RC 63180
by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Chronicles the design, funding, and construction of Chicago’s Millennium Park, a twenty-four-acre public space serving as a park, performance venue, outdoor art museum, and cultural center that opened on July 16, 2004. Describes political controversy surrounding the project and the innovative architecture, sculpture, and landscaping of the finished site. 2006.

Fulgencio Batista: From Revolutionary to Strongman, Volume 1    RC 63181
by Frank Argote-Freyre
read by Gabriella Cavallero
4 cassettes
Historian of Cuban descent uses primary sources to profile the Cuban ruler who preceded Fidel Castro. Covers Batista’s roles as revolutionary and dictator during the republican period from the 1930s to his 1940 presidential election. Highlights Cuba’s rocky relationship with the United States and Batista’s political maneuvering and social reforms. 2006.

Step across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992–2002    RC 63193
by Salman Rushdie
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
A decade of commentary from the India native and controversial writer. Rushdie addresses issues ranging from international politics and religious intolerance to his association with the rock band U2 and his fascination with The Wizard of Oz. He also includes essays on the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. 2002.

The Lives of Agnes Smedley    RC 63201
by Ruth Price
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Biography of political activist Agnes Smedley (1892–1950), an emancipated American woman accused of being a Soviet spy. Discusses Smedley’s passionate idealism and her participation in crucial world issues: India’s independence, birth control, women’s rights, and China’s communist revolution. Covers both her personal and public lives. 2005.

Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis    RC 63202
by Eli Zaretsky
read by Dan Bloom
4 cassettes
Professor describes the evolution of psychoanalysis from Freud through the twentieth century. Considers major practitioners including Wilhelm Reich, Karen Horney, and Melanie Klein and their schools of thought. Asserts that "psychoanalysis permanently transformed the ways in which ordinary men and women throughout the world understand themselves and one another." 2004.

Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life    RC 63250
by Adam Feinstein
read by Lewis Grenville
4 cassettes
British journalist pens a biography of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), author of Selected Poems (RC 53952). Chronicles Neruda’s early life in his native Chile, communist beliefs, and career as a diplomat and politician, as well as his marriages and literary works. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692    RC 63268
by Mary Beth Norton
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
Historian examines the link between the Essex County, Massachusetts, witchcraft trials of 1691–1693 and the two-decade-long First and Second Indian Wars that decimated northern New England. Interprets the events through the eyes of the colony’s pre-Enlightenment Puritan residents and focuses on the accusers, confessors, and judges. 2002.

Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy    RC 63273
by Sarah Bradford
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Uses archives to analyze the career of the notorious Italian noblewoman (1480–1519) who was accused of both incest and murder during her lifetime. Portrays the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI as a devout but ruthless woman of the Renaissance who used her position to govern ably. Violence. 2004.

Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans    RC 63277
by Louis Armstrong
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Autobiography of jazz legend Louis Armstrong (1900–1971) chronicles his early years in New Orleans. Describes Armstrong’s home life and his foray into the music scene, playing in bars with the biggest names in New Orleans until his 1922 departure for Chicago. Includes 1986 introduction by Dan Morgenstern. 1954.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11    RC 63287
by Lawrence Wright
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Traces Islamic fundamentalism from 1948 to the 2001 attack on America. Highlights Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Asserts a historical lack of concern from intelligence agencies except for FBI agent John O’Neill and Saudi prince Turki al-Faisal. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Collected Poems, 1943–2004    RC 63295
by Richard Wilbur
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
A comprehensive collection of the award-winning poet’s works, spanning sixty years. Contains seventeen previously published books of poetry, translations and prose works, children’s verse, and fifteen new poems never before published. 2004.

Jonathan Edwards: A Life    RC 63299
by George M. Marsden
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Biography of New England theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), famed for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Using previously unpublished writings, Marsden examines the Calvinistic thinker’s role in colonial religious and social movements and the tension between his exclusivist Christianity and American pluralistic life. 2003.

Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems    RC 63312
by June Jordan
read by Robin Miles
1 cassette
Poetry collection from Jordan’s three previous books spanning 1958 to 1984, with new poems through 1989. Expresses her impassioned response to injustice and oppression in world politics as well as in her personal sphere. Some violence and some strong language. 1989.

The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems    RC 63320
by Charles Simic
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Award-winning American poet offers selections spanning two decades of work from previously published collections, as well as nineteen new pieces. "Crazy about Her Shrimp" describes the pleasures of lovers cooking together in the kitchen. Some strong language. 2003.

Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China    RC 63333
by Emily Prager
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
In 1999 an American single mother takes her adopted five-year-old daughter on a two-month journey to the girl’s birthplace, Wuhu in southern China. Describes their travels, impressions of people, and search for LuLu’s roots. Discusses developing a child’s sense of identity in a bicultural adoption. 2001.

Ava Gardner: "Love Is Nothing"    RC 63335
by Lee Server
read by Celeste Lawson
5 cassettes
The author of Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don’t Care" (RC 52144) pens a biography of North Carolinian Ava Gardner (1922–1990). Highlights the actress’s individuality despite the stifling studio system; her marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra; and her lengthy film career. Includes filmography. Strong language. 2006.

Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus    RC 63336
by Charles Mingus
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Jazz musician and composer Charles Mingus (1922–1979) recounts his life, from his rough beginnings in Watts, California, where he learned about jazz, women, and crime, to his music career in New York. Describes his feelings, his appetites, and his music. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1971.

My Lives    RC 63338
by Edmund White
read by Bruce Nelson
3 cassettes
Autobiography of gay writer/biographer and Princeton professor Edmund White (born 1940), author of Farewell Symphony (RC 56518) and Genet (RC 38239). Details his childhood, years spent in therapy, expatriate life, and search for love. Discusses his friendships—male and female—and his professional life. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today; or, Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door    RC 63339
by Lynne Truss
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The British author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves (RC 58442) laments the prevalence of boorish behavior, thoughtlessness, and selfishness in modern life. 2005.

Man o’ War: A Legend like Lightning    RC 63399
by Dorothy Ours
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Biography of legendary racehorse Man o’ War (1917–1947). The author profiles the thoroughbred’s owners, jockeys, and trainer and recounts the animal’s illustrious career in 1919 and 1920. Highlights record-breaking contests, the match race with rival Sir Barton—America’s first Triple Crown winner—and the controversy surrounding Man o’ War’s lone defeat. 2006.

How to Live Well without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage out of Life    RC 63420
by Chris Balish
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Award-winning journalist offers a guide to a car-free lifestyle. Explains the financial, health, and ecological benefits of not owning an automobile and provides practical strategies for commuting, running errands, traveling, dating, and socializing using mass transit, bicycles, and ride-sharing. Includes testimonials from car-free consumers across America. 2006.

Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms    RC 63424
by John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Award-winning journalists examine ecological and human elements in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. The authors provide firsthand accounts of survivors and rescuers while exposing what they believe were failures of government officials and agencies to adequately prepare for, and respond to, the catastrophe. Explores the possibility of future events. 2006.

At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy    RC 63435
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Pastor’s wife and author of Facing East (RC 62918) describes the religious journey that led her to convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church—a faith dating back to 1054 A.D. Relates the liturgy to her life experiences and provides a user’s guide to a first visit to an Orthodox church. 1999.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization    RC 63439
by Franklin Foer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Journalist’s analysis of soccer and global interdependence asserts that study of the game leads to an understanding of international politics. Topics include hooliganism, ethnic sectarianism, anti-Semitism, fan recruitment by Serbian militants, and cultural movements in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Strong language. 2004.

Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission    RC 63528
by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Chairman Kean and vice-chairman Hamilton of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, which published The 9/11 Commission Report (RC 58238), describe their investigation of the government’s failure to prevent the September 11, 2001, tragedy. They detail obstacles they encountered and make recommendations for reform. 2006.

Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazzwomen    RC 63576
by Linda Dahl
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Survey of women involved in the development of jazz in the United States. Chronologically discusses vocalists, family shows, instrumentalists, and all-female bands. Profiles ten performing musicians, including Willene Barton, Helen Humes, Helen Keane, and Mary Osborne, and provides in-depth interviews done between 1979 and 1981. 1984.

Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Help Others    RC 63582
by Kathy Diamond Davis
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Provides guidelines for selecting, socializing, and training dogs to do therapy work as part of a group of dogs and by themselves for people with special needs. Offers practical instructions for owners on handling a dog as part of a human-dog team. 2002.

Mozart’s Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music    RC 63587
by Jane Glover
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Conductor details composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and music in the context of the women surrounding him, beginning with his childhood entourage of his mother, sister, and cousin. Discusses divas who performed in Mozart’s operas, including the Weber sisters, who were his wife’s family. Analyzes his operatic works. 2005.

Sailing with Noah: Stories from the World of Zoos    RC 63589
by Jeffrey P. Bonner
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Anthropologist and president of the Saint Louis Zoo provides a personal behind-the-scenes examination of modern zoological parks. Bonner discusses conservation and education programs and politics and cooperation among zoos. Stresses the need for zoos to take the lead in saving wild animals and their habitats. 2006.

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer    RC 63591
by Maureen Ogle
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Traces the history of beer brewing and consumption from the mid-1800s, when an influx of German immigrants energized the industry. Profiles beer entrepreneurs Frederick Pabst, Budweiser’s Carl Conrad, and the Busch and Yuengling families. Examines the impact of Prohibition, World Wars I and II, and the rise of microbreweries. 2006.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings    RC 63592
by Mark Bittner
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Author recounts how his bohemian lifestyle led him to discover a flock of feral tropical parrots living in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. Describes spending more than six years caring for the parrots and catching the attention of documentary filmmaker Judy Irving. 2004.

Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations    RC 63599
by J. Edward Chamberlin
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Professor explores the impact of horses on human history and consciousness since ancient times. Traces their role in the cultures of Egypt, the Middle East, China, Europe, and the Americas and their effect on farming, transportation, gaming, and warfare. Examines the human fascination with horses and the equine spirit. 2006.

Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper    RC 63601
by Laurel Leff
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Journalist criticizes the New York Times coverage of the plight of European Jews from 1933 to 1945. Analyzes press standards, office policies, and external pressures that relegated Holocaust news to secondary status and examines ways media underreporting affected American public opinion and belated awareness of Nazi crimes. 2005.

Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787–2005    RC 63626
by James Campbell
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes
Prize-winning historian recounts the travels of notable African Americans in their ancestral homeland. Examines the motives, aspirations, and discoveries of sojourners such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., and others on quests that illuminate their ever-evolving, often complex relationships to Africa and the United States. 2006.

Left for Dead: A Second Life after Vietnam    RC 63653
by Jon Hovde and Maureen Anderson
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Memoir of a Vietnam veteran who lost an arm and a leg in combat. Hovde discusses his physical and emotional recovery and his return home to Minnesota, where he adjusted to life, married his high-school sweetheart, Darlene, and forged a successful business career. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

The Confession    RC 63660
by James E. McGreevey
read by John Haag
3 cassettes
Former New Jersey governor’s memoir about politics and his secret life as a gay man. McGreevey describes his working-class Irish Catholic upbringing, his rise in New Jersey’s political arena, the decades-long denial of his true self, and his forced public confession in August 2004. 2006.

First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War    RC 63661
by Joan E. Cashin
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Biography of Varina Howell Davis (1826–1906), the unorthodox wife of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Highlights the societal restraints placed on nineteenth-century women and the events that influenced the southern belle who questioned the validity of her husband’s cause. Examines her marriage and family life and later career in journalism. 2006.

Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775    RC 63664
by Thomas A. Desjardin
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
2 cassettes
Primary sources chronicle American colonel Benedict Arnold’s disastrous 1775 expedition through Maine to attack the British at Quebec City. Recounts troops’ endurance of hunger, cold, sickness, hostile natives, and storms to reach Canada. Concludes that, although unsuccessful, the battle forced the English to divert troops to the north. 2006.

High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, and Human Health    RC 63668
by Elizabeth Grossman
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Journalist examines environmental and health threats from toxic substances used in the production of high-tech electronic devices. Traces manufacturing from mines to disposal sites and outlines the effects of exposure to mishandled waste. Calls for increased legislation and includes information on proper recycling of computers and other electronics. 2006.

Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams    RC 63671
by Catherine A. Corman and Edward M. Hallowell
read by John Haag
1 cassette
Profiles seventeen adults with attention deficit disorder—ADD—who use its special qualities to achieve success. Includes biographies of political advisor James Carville, professional athletes, a police officer, a Rhodes scholar, a physician, entrepreneurs, and others. Written by authors who have children with ADD. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game    RC 63689
by Michael Lewis
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Sportswriter analyzes the National Football League’s obsession with left tackles, exposes the machinations behind college athletic recruitment, and profiles African American football prodigy Michael Oher. Describes the homeless Memphis teen’s adoption by a wealthy Evangelical white family and his development into a star high-school left tackle. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Elizabeth    RC 63718
by J. Randy Taraborrelli
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
Bestselling author of a book on movie star Grace Kelly, Once Upon a Time (RC 56443), presents an account of the life of actress Elizabeth Taylor, born in 1932. Discusses her childhood, eight marriages, numerous films, illnesses and addictions, philanthropic work, and awards and honors. 2006.

Little League, Big Dreams: The Hope, the Hype, and the Glory of the Greatest World Series Ever Played    RC 63720
by Charles Euchner
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Traces the history of Little League baseball from its conception in 1939. Highlights the 2005 World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Argues that the sport is too focused on adults, taking the fun out of the game for kids. Offers suggestions for change. 2006.

I-Can’t-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft-Diet Recipes for People with Chewing, Swallowing, and Dry-Mouth Disorders    RC 63725
by J. Randy Wilson
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Nutritionally balanced and simple-to-prepare recipes for individuals whose choice of foods is limited by their inability to chew. Includes ideas for beverages, soups, entrées, vegetables, and desserts that are easy to eat. 2003.

Uncommon Carriers    RC 63727
by John McPhee
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
New Yorker staff writer recounts travels with people who transport freight: riding coast-to-coast with an eighteen-wheel truck driver, cruising the Illinois River with a towboat pilot, and crossing the Midwest with a coal train conductor. Discusses a French sea captain school, lobster shipments, UPS delivery, and his companions’ viewpoints. 2006.

House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live    RC 63728
by Winifred Gallagher
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Explores—room by room—the influence of home design on our moods, thinking, and actions. Examines historical American homes, including Jefferson’s Monticello, for cultural behavior and technological progress. Discusses the modern shift to the great-room concept, the role television and computers play on the domestic scene, and the McMansion effect. 2006.

Olivier    RC 63730
by Terry Coleman
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
Authorized biography uses personal archives of actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907–1989) to chronicle Olivier’s personal life and professional career. Highlights his rivalries within the National Theater of Great Britain, his film roles, and his marriages to the actresses Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright. Strong language. 2005.

Big Coal: The Dirty Secret behind America’s Energy Future    RC 63733
by Jeff Goodell
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Journalist explores the economic, political, health, and environmental ramifications of America’s increasing dependence on domestic coal supplies. Traces the mining process and discusses industry politics fueled by the alliance of coal mining companies, utilities, and lobbying groups. Examines coal’s role in climate change and industry response to global warming. 2006.

My Several Worlds: A Personal Record    RC 63734
by Pearl S. Buck
read by Mitzi Friedlander
4 cassettes (Reissue)
American author Pearl Buck (1892–1973), who won the 1938 Nobel Prize for literature, recalls her youth spent in China and relates how her experiences there influenced her later life. Discusses misunderstandings between the two cultures and the effects of political changes, from the Boxer Rebellion to the nuclear age. 1954.

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism    RC 63739
by Ross King
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
The author of Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (RC 55756) traces the rivalry of two French artists of opposing schools during a time of social and political upheaval. Describes events occurring between 1863 and 1874 as world-renowned Ernest Meissonier and upstart Idouard Manet vied for exhibition space and fame. 2006.

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage    RC 63740
by Heather Rogers
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Journalist’s exposé on household waste. Traces the history of sanitation efforts from the 1800s and details modern rubbish removal processes including collection, storage, incineration, and exportation. Discusses health and environmental hazards, the politics and limitations of recycling, and ways consumer habits and corporate imperatives exacerbate the garbage problem. 2005.

The Secret    RC 63764
by Rhonda Byrne
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Author draws on literature, religion, and philosophy to demonstrate the power of positive thinking and the laws of attraction. Profiles twenty-four people—doctors, authors, ministers, teachers, and entrepreneurs—who offer advice on applying the "secret" to all aspects of life to overcome challenges and find success and happiness. Bestseller. 2006.

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson    RC 63773
by Peter Ames Carlin
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Using first-person interviews and unreleased recording-session transcriptions, former People magazine writer analyzes the life of Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson. Describes the Wilson brothers’ emotional abuse at the hands of their father, Brian’s descent into depression, and his comeback with the 2004 album Smile. Some strong language. 2006.

The Best Ever Book of Good Clean Jokes    RC 63784
by Bob Phillips
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
An A-to-Z compendium from "absurd" to "zoo," of thousands of wholesome jokes and one-liners for all ages. 1998.

Fire on Ice: Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater    RC 63785
by Sasha Cohen
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Olympic Silver Medal-winning figure skater from California (born 1984) chronicles her career from the age of seven through the 2006 winter games in Torino, Italy. Highlights the hard work, injuries, and adversities she overcame to achieve success in her field. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

White on Black    RC 63802
by Ruben Gallego
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Vignettes about a boyhood spent in Soviet orphanages, hospitals, and nursing homes written by a Russian native with cerebral palsy. Describes the emotional and physical deprivations and deadly perils suffered in a childhood that Gallego considers "cruel and terrible," but one over which he ultimately triumphed. Some strong language. 2004.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage    RC 63806
by Laura Schlessinger
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
In a follow-up to The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands (RC 57705) radio talk-show host and psychologist discusses the components of a happy marriage. Explains benefits of a traditional union that includes commitment and sacrifice. Uses examples from her radio program to illustrate her ideas. Bestseller. 2007.

Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes, America’s Biggest Epidemic    RC 63807
by James S. Hirsch
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Former New York Times reporter with type 1 diabetes describes the social, economic, and scientific effects of the disease. Traces the history of medical treatment, the limitations of insulin therapy, and stem-cell research. Discusses how the medical and insurance establishments can impede the search for a cure. 2006.

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood    RC 63822
by Sy Montgomery
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Naturalist and author of Search for the Golden Moon Bear (RC 59135) writes of Christopher Hogwood, her seven-hundred-fifty-pound pet pig. Reminisces about Chris’s life from sickly runt to celebrity hog, and his antics and good nature that provided the author and her husband fourteen years of entertainment and affection. 2006.

See Jane Write: A Girl’s Guide to Writing Chick Lit    RC 63836
by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
An author and an editor team up to explain how to write a novel—from idea to publication. Defines "chick lit." Discusses elements of style, selecting a point of view, creating likeable characters, and the basics of plotting, pacing, and conflict. Includes practical advice from published writers. 2006.

Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity    RC 63840
by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Interpretation of the Gospel of Judas from Codex Tchacos (RC 62687), discovered in Egypt in the 1970s and published by the National Geographic Society in 2006. Authors examine the text’s explanation of the actions of Jesus’s followers and Judas’s betrayal. 2007.

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd    RC 63842
by Sue Monk Kidd
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Inspirational stories and essays by the author of The Secret Life of Bees (RC 55533) that first appeared in Guideposts and other magazines. Includes pieces on her childhood, marriage, and children and about everyday events. Shares examples of compassion, letting go, and being reborn to love. 2006.

Fragile Innocence: A Father’s Memoir of His Daughter’s Courageous Journey    RC 63843
by James Reston Jr.
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Historian recounts his two-decade quest to understand his daughter Hillary’s chronic developmental and medical problems stemming from a severe childhood fever. Describes the family’s efforts to treat Hillary’s condition and addresses the ethical issues surrounding stem cell research, animal organ transplantation, and human cloning. 2006.

The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History    RC 63844
by Jonathan Franzen
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Author of National Book Award winner The Corrections (RC 53073) reminisces about his conventional Mid-western childhood and New York adulthood. Discusses his participation in a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, bird-watching, and learning German. Provides revelations about his fiction’s real-life basis. Some strong language. 2006.

Discovering Careers for Your Future: Publishing    RC 63845
by Facts on File read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Highlights various careers in the publishing industry, such as editor, press worker, columnist, literary agent, writer, and webmaster. Includes job descriptions, educational requirements, earnings, outlook, and more. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Pursuit of Happyness    RC 63857
by Chris Gardner
read by Christopher Hurt
2 cassettes
African American philanthropist recalls his life, from a harsh Milwaukee upbringing to a successful career as a stockbroker. Discusses his homelessness as a single father in San Francisco and stresses the discipline, self-motivation, and community help that saved him. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Seeing Lessons: Fourteen Life Secrets I’ve Learned along the Way    RC 63861
by Tom Sullivan
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Motivational speaker and author of If You Could See What I Hear (RC 35991) offers advice on living with purpose, passion, and fulfillment. Sullivan, blind since birth, interweaves personal experiences with reflections on lessons learned, including turning disadvantages into advantages, facing fears, and creating a life plan. 2003.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant; a Memoir    RC 63862
by Daniel Tammet
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Autobiography of Daniel Tammet, a twenty-six-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger’s syndrome and synesthesia, who can perform rapid memorization and mathematical calculations and learn an unfamiliar language in days. Describes his impoverished childhood with eight siblings, mainstream education, and adult life as a gay Christian. Bestseller. 2006.

Grayson    RC 63873
by Lynne Cox
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Author recalls an encounter from her teenage years when a baby gray whale followed her during a long-distance training swim along the California coast. Describes communicating with the calf she called Grayson and battling fatigue, fifty-five-degree water, and dehydration to protect him until he was reunited with his mother. Bestseller. 2006.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East    RC 63875
by Sandy Tolan
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
Traces the dialog between Palestinian Bashir and Dalia, the daughter of Bulgarian Jewish refugees who have occupied Bashir’s parents’ home in Ramla, Israel, since 1948. Details their families’ histories and the younger generation’s 1967 encounter. Ponders the future of the region, symbolized by the lemon tree Bashir’s father planted. Violence. 2006.

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation    RC 63877
by Deborah Dash Moore
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Using oral histories of fifteen World War II veterans, including her father, history professor Moore explores the war’s effect on Jewish soldiers. Highlights their struggles with anti-Semitism, racism, and combat and describes the impact of the Holocaust. Analyzes postwar changes to civilian life. Violence and some strong language. 2004.

Conversation: A History of a Declining Art    RC 63879
by Stephen Miller
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Chronicles the culture of discourse in Western civilization from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explores perspectives of writers and philosophers including Plato, Jonathan Swift, and Virginia Woolf. Credits religion and commerce with initially fostering discourse and blames technology for the decline of conversation in America. Some strong language. 2006.

What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People    RC 63883
edited by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Biracial journalist uses interviews with dozens of mixed-race teens and young adults to reveal issues about race that confront Americans. Through poetry, essays, and life stories, the subjects discuss identity struggles, dating, family life, and prejudice that comes from every racial group. For senior high readers. 1999.

Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America    RC 63887
by Miguel A. De La Torre
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
Professor of religion introduces the history, legends, rituals, and oracles of the Afro-Cuban religion in which he was raised. Explains the popularity and influence of Santería, which originated in the 1500s when Spanish slave traders brought the West African Yoruba people to the Catholic colony of Cuba. 2004.

One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance    RC 63896
by Jill Quadagno
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Sociologist traces the history of health-care reform from the early 1900s to the Clinton era. Discusses opposition efforts led by physicians, insurance companies, and other stakeholders to keep the system private. Contends universal coverage will be achieved only when viewed as "a social right, not a consumer product." 2005.

The Seventy Great Journeys in History    RC 63898
edited by Robin Hanbury-Tenison
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Chronological survey of epic adventures, from Homo sapiens’ migration out of ancient Africa through twentieth-century space travel, that have changed world history. Profiles the motivations and character of travelers such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, Charles Darwin, and Amelia Earhart. 2006.

The Best American Essays 2006    RC 63906
edited by Lauren Slater
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Twenty wide-ranging essays described by the editor as "powerful, plainspoken meditations on birthing, dying, and all the business in between." Joseph Epstein discusses celebrity culture. Adam Gopnik reflects on a pet fish’s demise. Also includes works by Sam Pickering, Oliver Sacks, Scott Turow, and Marjorie Williams. Some strong language. 2006.

The Best American Sports Writing 2006    RC 63907
edited by Michael Lewis
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Twenty-seven articles from U.S. and Canadian periodicals. Includes J.R. Moehringer’s "The Unnatural Natural," a profile of gifted softball player and hobo John Meeden (a.k.a. Homeless John); Charlie Schroeder’s "A (Fishing) Hole in One"; and works by Pamela Colloff, Pat Jordan, Jeff Pearlman, Linda Robertson, and others. Some strong language. 2006.

Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog    RC 63908
by Larry Lachman and Frank Mickadeit
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Animal behaviorist Lachman applies techniques of family-systems therapy—focusing on the entire family unit—to canine obedience training for humane control of nuisance barking, destructiveness, separation anxiety, aggression, and other habits. Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for choosing a compatible breed, adopting from shelters, and coping with a pet’s death. 1999.

The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera    RC 63913
by Joseph Volpe
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Former general manager of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera describes his rise from carpenter to head of the largest opera organization in the world. Discusses the company’s history, behind-the-scenes operations, the business of culture, backstage dramas, and star performers. Highlights Volpe’s firing of diva Kathleen Battle and other controversies. 2006.

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind    RC 63920
by Beppe Severgnini
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
The author of Ciao, America! (RC 54442) describes his travels through Italy examining the local customs. Severgnini, a newspaper columnist, writes conversationally about airports, restaurants, trains, television, office politics, and the peculiarities of his fellow countrymen. 2006.

Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away    RC 63921
by June Cross
read by Megan Burnett
2 cassettes
Television producer narrates her life as the illegitimate daughter of an African American vaudevillian and a white mother. Describes being left at age four in the care of a black couple. Discusses her struggles with racial identity during the era of the civil rights movement. Some strong language. 2006.

Understanding Herpes    RC 63929
by Lawrence R. Stanberry
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Physician offers an overview and history of the common herpes simplex virus family that includes chicken pox, shingles, mononucleosis, roseola, Epstein-Barr, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Concentrates on prevention, identification, treatment, and psychological impact of genital herpes. 2006.

If the Creek Don’t Rise: My Life out West with the Last Black Widow of the Civil War    RC 63935
by Rita Williams
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Memoir of growing up in 1950s Colorado with an aunt who left the South after marrying an elderly Civil War veteran. Recalls Aunt Daisy’s primitive living conditions and her reminiscences about ancestors who were slaves, sharecroppers, and ranchers. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Falun Gong: The End of Days    RC 63942
by Maria Hsia Chang
read by Lou Harpenau
1 cassette
American professor discusses the origins, history, and politics of the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong. Chang describes the sect’s belief in reincarnation, UFOs, and the end of the world and explains the Chinese government’s campaign against the movement, which it calls a doomsday cult. 2004.

Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend    RC 63943
by Joe Drape
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Sportswriter relates the professional and personal life of African American jockey Jimmy Winkfield (1882–1974), who won two consecutive Kentucky Derbys in 1901 and 1902 before Jim Crow laws forced him to relocate to Russia. Highlights his continuing success in France before the Nazis routed him home. Strong language. 2006.

Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America    RC 63946
by Elliott Lewis
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Biracial freelance broadcaster, formerly with CNN, explores the concept of race in America. Interviews other multiracial individuals to study the evolving perceptions of race. Examines the effects of generational differences and life experiences on racial identity. Strong language. 2006.

The Really, Truly, Honest-to-Goodness One-Pot Cookbook    RC 64010
by Jesse Ziff Cool
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Restaurant owner offers ways to cook an entire meal in one pot, without sacrificing the quality or integrity of the ingredients. Covers various cooking methods, including steaming, stewing, and braising, and offers tips on selecting utensils and ingredients. Recipes are arranged by types of meat. Includes vegetarian dishes. 2006.

Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men—One Message    RC 64018
by Donald J. Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Real estate magnate Trump and financial guru Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad (RC 50090) fame present their philosophy of obtaining wealth. The successful entrepreneurs encourage financial education and explain why some people get rich and others don’t. Authors highlight their own way of looking at investment opportunities. Bestseller. 2006.

Insight: Case Files from the Psychic World    RC 64019
by Sylvia Browne
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Browne, a psychic, commemorates fifty years of readings by discussing the world history of psychics and her own family legacy. Presents numerous cases from her clients, who attest to her accuracy and assistance in sorting out their lives, whether about love, the deceased, or crimes. Bestseller. 2006.

In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing    RC 64021
by Lee Woodruff and Bob Woodruff
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Account of ABC World News Tonight coanchor Bob Woodruff being seriously wounded by a roadside bomb while he was reporting from Iraq in January 2006. Woodruff and his wife, Lee, describe his traumatic brain injury, his rehabilitation, and the incident’s effect on their four children. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Solving Crimes with Physics    RC 64138
by William Hunter
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Discusses procedures used to examine crime-scene evidence and investigate ways to connect an individual to a crime. Explains the technological advances that enable scientists to use physical evidence and the principles of gravity, motion, and energy to analyze a violent incident. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate    RC 64174
by Gary Chapman
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Marriage counselor offers advice on affirming love to one’s partner. Chapman defines five different love languages—quality time, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch—that are based on psychological disposition. Suggests ways individuals can decipher their spouse’s emotional preferences, providing examples from his own practice. Bestseller. 2004.

Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower    RC 64218
by Zbigniew Brzezinski
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
National security adviser to U.S. president Jimmy Carter appraises American foreign policy during the administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Criticizes the squandering of U.S. prestige, lack of vision and strategy, and provocation of envy, resentment, and antagonism in a politically awakening world. Bestseller. 2007.

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush    RC 64984
by Robert Draper
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Author uses interviews with George W. Bush, his confidantes, and key players in his administration to chronicle Bush’s presidency from the 1999 campaign days through mid-2007. Scrutinizes Bush’s handling of the September 11, 2001, attacks; his 2004 reelection bid; hurricane Katrina; Social Security issues; and the Iraq War. 2007.

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Death of a Doxy: A Nero Wolfe Mystery    RC 62575
by Rex Stout
read by Conrad Feininger
1 cassette (Reissue)
Orrie Cather, occasional legman for Manhattan detective Nero Wolfe, is suspected of killing Isabel Kerr, a showgirl Orrie had been seeing. Nero reluctantly takes the case and with his assistant Archie Goodwin tracks the killer and uncovers a blackmail plot. Includes 1995 introduction by Sandra West Prowell. 1966.

Suttree    RC 62713
by Cormac McCarthy
read by Michael Kramer
4 cassettes
Early 1950s. After serving jail time, young Suttree defies his family’s conventional lifestyle and moves into a ramshackle houseboat on the Tennessee River. Drifting through the seamy side of Knoxville, he encounters whores, thieves, and derelicts but remains emotionally detached. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1979.

Jaws    RC 62714
by Peter Benchley
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A great white shark terrorizes the resort town of Amity, Long Island. Police chief Martin Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper hunt the killer fish while Brody’s wife lures Hooper for herself. Basis for the 1970s film. Includes 2005 introduction. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1974.

Raina’s Story: Angels in Pink, Book 2    RC 62765
by Lurlene McDaniel
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Raina, Kathleen, and Holly continue to volunteer at the hospital during the school year. Raina discovers that she’s a perfect bone marrow match for a leukemia patient in Virginia. She also finds out that the sick woman is a sister she didn’t know she had. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Love of a Lawman: Callister, Idaho, Book 3    RC 62775
by Anna Jeffrey
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
After eighteen years, Isabelle returns to her hometown with ten-year-old daughter Ava, vowing to raise horses and avoid cowboys. When she finds it necessary to call the sheriff, they realize they share more than just a love of horses. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

Dairy Queen    RC 62782
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Red Bend, Wisconsin. Fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk describes her decision to try out for her high school football team. Over the summer she works the family dairy farm, trains Brian Nelson—the rival team’s quarterback—and discovers boys and the importance of talking. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2006.

Gate of the Sun: Bab al-Shams    RC 62856
by Elias Khoury
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
Lebanon, 1948. In the Shatila refugee camp, Dr. Khalil recites stories to a Palestinian freedom fighter to revive him from a coma. The tales reflect ordinary lives torn apart by war, the odyssey of those in exile, and the ordeals of Palestinians remaining in the villages of Galilee. Violence. 1998.

Here Be Dragons    RC 62909
by Sharon Kay Penman
read by George Holmes
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Thirteenth century. John, king of England, marries his beloved daughter Joanna to his enemy Llewelyn, prince of Wales, securing an uneasy truce. As the intrigue between Llewelyn and John surges, Joanna must choose between passionate love for her husband and daughterly affection. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1985.

D.C. Noir    RC 62948
edited by George Pelecanos
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes
Sixteen short mysteries set in distinct neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. In the editor’s piece "The Confidential Informant" a son tries to impress his father by selling information to the police. "The Dupe" by Jim Fusilli highlights the duplicity of politicians. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The War God’s Own: Bahzell Trilogy, Book 2    RC 63011
by David Weber
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Bahzell Bahnakson, a horse stealer of the rage-prone Hradani people, is the unlikely new champion of the war god Tomanak. Bahzell must prove himself to the human knights of the Order of Tomanak to unite the Empire against the Dark Gods. Sequel to Oath of Swords (RC 62879). Violence. 1998.

The Penelopiad    RC 63014
by Margaret Atwood
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
1 cassette
Penelope is in Hades recalling the events of her life in this contemporary retelling of the ancient Greek tale of the faithful wife of Odysseus and her twelve hanged maids. 2005.

No Man’s Dog: A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Mystery    RC 63063
by Jon A. Jackson
read by Ray Foushee
3 cassettes
Detroit cop Fang Mulheisen retires after a terrorist attack on a courthouse injures his mother. Mulheisen’s hunt for the attackers leads him to join forces with criminal Joe Service, former Mafia princess Helen Sedlacek, and FBI operative Vern Tucker. Together they encounter a right-wing militia. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Exile’s Return: Conclave of Shadows, Book 3    RC 63086
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Kaspar, former Duke of Olasko, struggles in exile among traders and mercenaries. When he inadvertently discovers an otherworldly artifact that could unleash the dire peril threatening Midkemia, he undertakes a strange odyssey to the other side of the world—and home. Sequel to King of Foxes (RC 59570). Some violence. 2005.

The Once and Future King    RC 63195
by T.H. White
read by Erik Sandvold
5 cassettes
Four novels retelling the Arthurian legend from Arthur’s birth through the end of his reign: The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind. 1958.

Pirate Trade: A Doc Adams Mystery    RC 63211
by Rick Boyer
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Doc Adams buys his wife, Mary, a lightship purse with a scrimshaw medallion. Believing the ivory is ill-gotten, Mary contacts authorities who recruit her as an undercover agent. While Mary is preoccupied with her assignment, Doc becomes a suspect in an ivory dealer’s murder. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Any Human Heart    RC 63240
by William Boyd
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Fictional diary of Uruguayan-born writer begins in 1923 with his move to England as a teenager and ends shortly before his death at eighty-five. Spanning the twentieth century, Logan Mountstuart’s life includes stints as a correspondent, novelist, British intelligence agent, and New York art dealer. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The King of Kings County    RC 63243
by Whitney Terrell
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
Kansas City, 1960s. Young Jack Acheson endures his developer father’s underhanded attempts to build a suburban empire. Jack falls for a rival’s granddaughter, but a fatal accident intervenes. Years later Jack learns the truth about his father’s dealings. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Defection of A.J. Lewinter: A Novel of Duplicity    RC 63246
by Robert Littell
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A.J. Lewinter, an eccentric American scientist specializing in missiles, defects to the Soviet Union while on a trip to Japan. His KGB handler, Yefgeny Pogodin, and his U.S. counterpart, Leo Diamond, tiptoe through political minefields while trying to decipher each other’s reactions. Strong language. 1973.

Fanny: A Fiction    RC 63280
by Edmund White
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
Early nineteenth century. Mrs. Frances Trollope, frequent traveling companion of radical feminist Fanny Wright, relates how the two complicated women, embracing different social values, experience the dramas of France, England, Scotland, and America in the company of men including Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette. 2003.

Love and Honor    RC 63282
by Randall Wallace
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Russia, 1774. Virginia patriot Kieran Selkirk, at the request of Benjamin Franklin, infiltrates the Russian court to head off support for Britain’s response to the American rebellion. Braving rugged terrain, secret assassins, starving wolves, marauding Cossacks, and romantic drama, Selkirk pursues an audience with Catherine the Great. 2004.

The Dead School    RC 63283
by Patrick McCabe
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Irish tradition clashes with modernity in this story of two schoolteachers. Traditional headmaster and Irish nationalist Raphael Bell oversees the younger Malachy Dudgeon, who is more into drugs and popular culture. Their power struggle ends in madness and mutual destruction. Some strong language. 1995.

The Wooden Sea    RC 63284
by Jonathan Carroll
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
For small-town police chief Frannie McCabe, the death of his recently adopted three-legged dog is a dubious omen. Frannie’s surreal adventures include a visit from his teenage self, time travel, and extraterrestrials, who inform him that he has just one week to understand his role in the cosmic puzzle. Strong language. 2001.

The Charioteer    RC 63318
by Mary Renault
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Laurie Odell, a wounded survivor of Britain’s defeat at Dunkirk during World War II, attempts to reconcile his homosexuality with his standards of moral conduct. Laurie eventually finds he must choose between an idealistic young hospital attendant and a sophisticated navy officer alert to the complications of their situation. Some strong language. 1959.

Morningside Heights    RC 63334
by Cheryl Mendelson
read by Nicola Daval
3 cassettes
New York’s Morningside Heights, home of modest intellectuals, is a middle-class neighborhood threatened by gentrification. Longtime residents Charles and Anne Braithwaite and their children may be forced to leave. They contemplate moving to an affordable but lifeless suburb—until some shady business deals come to light. Includes a reader’s guide. 2005.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-four Stories    RC 63388
by Haruki Murakami
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Short stories translated from Japanese. In the title piece, a twenty-five-year-old man’s trip to a hospital with his hearing-impaired teenage cousin reminds him of the time he visited a girl who invented a story about a blind willow tree and a sleeping woman. Bestseller. 2006.

Infamous    RC 63412
by Virginia Henley
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Lady Marjory de Warenne, companion of Princess Joanna Plantagenet, falls in love with Guy de Beauchamp, the infamous earl of Warwick. Though Marjory’s guardians arrange her wedding to another, her passion for Guy persists through time, marriages, betrayal, and war. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, Book 1    RC 63427
by Robert Harris
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Rome, 79 B.C. The elderly Tiro, once secretary and slave to the statesman Cicero, records his late master’s early years as an upstart lawyer with humble beginnings. Traces Cicero’s start in Roman politics with his case against Sicily’s corrupt governor, Gaius Verres, and Cicero’s election to consul years later. 2006.

Ruled Britannia    RC 63437
by Harry Turtledove
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
England, 1590s. In this alternate history Queen Isabella of Spain rules England. An associate of deposed Queen Elizabeth recruits William Shakespeare to write a play that will incite a rebellion—a task that could bring Will fame as either a hero or a traitor. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Definitely Dead: A Southern Vampire Novel    RC 63483
by Charlaine Harris
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana, heads to New Orleans where the vampire queen of Louisiana has ordered her to clean out the apartment of Sookie’s deceased cousin Hadley. Sookie soon finds herself neck-deep in trouble. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Twisted Bars: A Western Trio    RC 63484
by Max Brand
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
Three short westerns—"The Duster," "Twisted Bars," and "Duster’s Return"—first published in 1929. The trio relates the story of outlaw John Penny Thurlow (a.k.a. "The Duster"), who settles in the small town of Christmas to honor the dying wish of his former partner—but the local minister refuses to cooperate. 2005.

Romantically Challenged    RC 63486
by Beth Orsoff
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Thirty-two-year-old L.A. entertainment lawyer Julie Burns, nagged by her Jewish mother and cajoled by her friends, dedicates herself to finding a mate. She meets a variety of men through client parties, blind dates, dating services, and the Internet, but she can’t seem to find Mr. Right. Strong language. 2006.

Journey into Darkness: The Unauthorized History of Kane    RC 63487
by Michael Chiappetta
read by Walter Dixon
2 cassettes
After surviving a suspicious fire that kills his family, Glen Callaway endures several abusive foster homes until joining Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment. As "Kane," Glen seeks revenge in the ring and learns the shocking identity of the adversary known as Undertaker. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas    RC 63489
by Barbara Samuel
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
India drives her mother, Eldora, from Colorado to Las Vegas to relive her youth after India’s father dies. They also search for India’s schizophrenic twin sister. Eldora burdens India with her sordid past, while India’s pregnancy forces her to make decisions. Some descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2005.

Good Peoples    RC 63490
by Marcus Major
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Bachelor Myles Moore has had difficulty finding a girlfriend who meets his high standards. His luck seems to change when he bumps into Marisa Marrero, who has just moved to Philadelphia. But Myles’s free-flowing emotions soon send Marisa running. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Wait for Me    RC 63543
by An Na
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Pressured by her nagging mother to get into Harvard, Mina, a young Korean American, steals money from the family dry-cleaning business to escape after high school. Mina falls in love with their Mexican employee, Ysrael, but stays home to protect her deaf little sister. For senior high readers. 2006.

Peony    RC 63547
by Pearl S. Buck
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Nineteenth-century China. Peony, a bondmaid—more than a servant, less than a daughter—in a wealthy Jewish household, is in love with David, the master’s son. Because tradition forbids her love, Peony sublimates her passion and helps David choose a bride. Rather than marry someone else, Peony accepts a devotional role. 1948.

Baby Brother’s Blues    RC 63550
by Pearl Cleage
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Blue Hamilton, from Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do (RC 63215), makes sure his Atlanta neighborhood is kept safe. Army deserter Wesley "Baby Brother" Jamerson arrives from Iraq and begins operating with a corrupt cop, forcing Hamilton’s hand. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Waterloo: A Sharpe Novel    RC 63567
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
1815. Napoleon’s French army advances toward Brussels where allied British forces and local aristocrats prepare for a grand ball. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe attempts to mobilize Wellington’s troops as both sides prepare to meet at Waterloo in a pivotal battle to decide Europe’s fate. Violence and some strong language. 1987.

Robert Ludlum’s The Lazarus Vendetta: A Covert-One Novel    RC 63607
by Patrick Larkin
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
An attack on a New Mexico laboratory during an antitechnology demonstration kills thousands of followers of the Lazarus Movement, a radical political and environmental group. The FBI and CIA blame the activists, but Covert-One agent Jon Smith investigates to uncover the truth. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Scandal in Fair Haven: A Henrie O Mystery    RC 63637
by Carolyn G. Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Widowed sleuth Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins, Henrie O, is vacationing in Fair Haven, Tennessee, when police accuse her friend’s nephew, Craig Matthews, of killing his socialite wife. In Craig’s defense, Henrie O uncovers links to local scandal, a student’s recent suicide, and another murder. Some strong language. 1994.

The Last Witchfinder    RC 63639
by James Morrow
read by Jill Fox
4 cassettes
England, 1688. After Jennet Stearne’s witch-hunting father condemns her beloved aunt to burn at the stake, Jennet resolves to abolish the 1604 Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Exiled to the colonies, Jennet lives with Algonquins, woos Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, and arranges her own trial to scientifically disprove witchcraft. Violence. 2006.

Variable Star    RC 63640
by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Earth, 2286. Struggling would-be composer Joel Johnston discovers that his fiancée, Jinny Hamilton, is really Jinny Conrad, heiress to the Conrad industrial empire. Instead of joining one of the universe’s richest dynasties, Joel hops a starship for far-off adventures filled with romantic intrigue and unexpected calamities. Some strong language. 2006.

The Mission Song    RC 63644
by John Le Carré
read by David Oyelowo
2 cassettes
Irish Congolese Bruno "Salvo" Salvador works in London translating Swahili and tribal languages of the Congo for various clients including British Intelligence. At a secret peace conference between Central African warlords he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and tries to thwart a coup. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Dance of the Gods: Circle Trilogy, Book 2    RC 63650
by Nora Roberts
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
Goddess Morrigan and her assorted allies—Hoyt, Cian, Glenna, Moira, Larkin, and Blair—train in Ireland to battle the vampire Lilith. While Larkin and Blair fall in love, Lilith develops a surprise plan. Sequel to Morrigan’s Cross (RC 63473). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Rise and Shine    RC 63651
by Anna Quindlen
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
New York City. Television talk-show host Meghan Fitzmaurice endures the disintegration of her family and career after accidentally airing offensive comments about a guest through a live microphone. Meghan retreats into isolation, leaving her social-worker sister, Bridget, to help her rebuild her life. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Valley of Silence: Circle Trilogy, Book 3    RC 63652
by Nora Roberts
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
Moira prepares to assume the throne of Geall and rally her people against the vampire Lilith. As the final battle approaches Moira grows closer to one of her allies in the circle of six—Cian. Sequel to Dance of the Gods (RC 63650). Explicit descriptions of sex and violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Vision    RC 63655
by Heather Graham
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
2 cassettes
South Florida. Seeking an underwater shipwreck rumored to contain pirate treasure, Genevieve Wallace sees a ghostly vision of a murdered woman. When another body surfaces, Gen tries to convince fellow diver Thor Thompson there’s a killer on the loose. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Lover’s Knot: Shenandoah Album, Book 3    RC 63657
by Emilie Richards
read by Lindsay Ellison
3 cassettes
After a near-fatal carjacking, reporter Kendra Taylor retreats to her husband Isaac’s ancestral cabin in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to heal and contemplate her troubled marriage. There she finds an heirloom quilt that reveals the family’s history and helps the couple mend. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Spirit Gate: Crossroads, Book 1    RC 63658
by Kate Elliott
read by Ray Childs
6 cassettes
Abandoned by the god-like Guardians, the inhabitants of the Hundred succumb to chaos. Qin commander Anji, his new wife Mai, and his troops cross paths with Joss, an eagle-riding reeve who confronts the gathering shadows to save his land. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Under the Mistletoe    RC 63665
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Regency England, early 1800s. Five holiday stories whose lonely characters unexpectedly find love and joy. In "A Family Christmas" the return of commoner Edwin Chambers to his young wife transforms her noble family’s austere gathering into a joyous celebration and mends the rift in the couple’s arranged marriage. 2003.

Baltimore Noir    RC 63674
edited by Laura Lippman
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Sixteen short mysteries set in Baltimore, Maryland. In "Easy as A-B-C" by the editor a contractor takes revenge on his female client. Rob Hiaasen’s "Over My Dead Body" takes place in gentrified Fell’s Point. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

6 Rainier Drive: Cedar Cove, Book 6    RC 63684
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Cedar Cove, Washington. After the fire in 50 Harbor Street (RC 61163), Seth and Justine Gunderson disagree on how to rebuild their restaurant. As the townspeople search for the arsonist, several navy families face relocation, and some romances fizzle as others ignite. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Next    RC 63691
by Michael Crichton
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Cancer survivor Frank Burnet and his daughter and grandson are targets of an unscrupulous drug company that wants to profit from their unique disease-fighting genes. Meanwhile other genetic-engineering experiments involving a boy/chimpanzee hybrid and a talking parrot have gone awry. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

The Emperor’s Children    RC 63693
by Claire Messud
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
March to November 2001. College friends Marina, Danielle, and Julius, residents of New York City since the 1990s, are still striving for success. When misfit cousin Bootie comes to work for Marina’s self-important father, their social circle is destabilized. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Inés of My Soul    RC 63696
by Isabel Allende
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
1580. Doña Inés Suárez chronicles for her daughter the life that made her one of Chile’s heroines. She recounts her early years and marriage in Spain, arrival in Peru, and long affair with conquistador Pedro Valdivia, with whom she conquered Chile and founded Santiago. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

The Harmony Silk Factory    RC 63719
by Tash Aw
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Chinese businessman Johnny Lim’s rise to power in WWII Malaya unfolds from the perspectives of son Jasper, who labels Johnny a traitor; of Johnny’s unfulfilled wife Snow; and of his English friend Peter, who secretly loved Snow. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Whitbread Award. 2005.

The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction    RC 63724
by John Varley
read by Jack Fox
5 cassettes
Eighteen science fiction stories including two Hugo and Nebula Award winners: "The Persistence of Vision" and "Press Enter." In Varley’s first published work, "Picnic on Nearside," moon-dwellers Fox and his buddy travel far from home and encounter an Earth-born hermit. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Locus Award. 2004.

The Royal Handmaid: The House of Winslow, Book 32    RC 63735
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Following college graduation, Rena Matthews and Dalton Welborne form a missionary group and travel to the South Seas. Travis Winslow, recently back from Guatemala, joins them. When a storm leaves them stranded on a deserted island, they endure multiple hardships as their faith sustains them. 2004.

Last Chance Saloon    RC 63736
by Marian Keyes
read by Megan Burnett
3 cassettes
London. Irish thirty-somethings Tara and Katherine are devastated to learn their gay friend, Fintan, has cancer. His deathbed wishes are for Tara to dump her overly critical boyfriend and for Katherine to find a man. Both women start to make long overdue changes. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Truth and Consequences    RC 63738
by Alison Lurie
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
University administrator Jane Mackenzie’s sixteen-year marriage to her husband, Alan, has disintegrated in the wake of Alan’s debilitating back condition. Delia Delaney, a visiting writer at Jane’s school, inspires and seduces Alan, sending Jane into the arms of Delia’s own husband, Henry. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Missing    RC 63745
by Chris Mooney
read by Bernadette Dunne
2 cassettes
When Darby McCormick witnessed a murder on her friend’s sixteenth birthday, she was protected by her policeman father. Decades later Darby, a crime-scene investigator, tracks a serial killer and finds forensic evidence that leads back to that long-ago murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Sheer Abandon    RC 63756
by Penny Vincenzi
read by Susan Duerden
5 cassettes
English schoolgirls Clio, Martha, and Jocasta meet en route to Thailand in 1985. Upon her return a year later, one of them abandons her newborn at Heathrow. The three women reunite in 2000, along with a teenager seeking her birth mother. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Boleyn Inheritance    RC 63762
by Philippa Gregory
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Following her treachery in The Other Boleyn Girl (RC 58873), Jane Boleyn—Lady Rochford—becomes a lady-in-waiting to two of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne of Cleves and, later, teenager Katherine Howard. The three ladies become involved in court politics and treachery that lead to death. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Treasure of Khan: A Dirk Pitt Novel    RC 63763
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Dirk Pitt, from Black Wind (RC 59292), investigates the disappearance of a survey team he rescued from a freak tsunami in Siberia. Pitt’s findings lead to a murderous Mongolian who hopes to sabotage the global oil market and restore Genghis Khan’s empire. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Summer at Willow Lake: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 1    RC 63766
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Olivia "Lolly" Bellamy returns after ten years to restore her grandparents’ camp in the Catskills for their golden anniversary. She accidentally reunites with her first heartbreak—contractor Connor Davis—who doesn’t remember her. Lolly uncovers family secrets while falling in love. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Bloodlines, Book 2    RC 63767
by Karen Traviss
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Widespread rebellion threatens to ignite civil war in the fledgling Galactic Alliance and divide the Skywalker and Solo families. Jedi knight Jacen Solo, having successfully disabled Centerpoint Station, proposes further military action—with or without official consent. Meanwhile, Corellian leader Thrackan Sal-Solo orders the assassination of his cousin Han. 2006.

Dark Moon Defender: The Twelve Houses, Book 3    RC 63768
by Sharon Shinn
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
King’s rider Justin goes undercover as a stableman to infiltrate a convent where religious leader Coralinda Gisseltess leads a murderous campaign against mystics. Justin falls in love with Ellynor, a young novice who conceals magical healing powers—and risks everything to save her. Sequel to The Thirteenth House (RC 62795). 2006.

The Zero    RC 63772
by Jess Walter
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
In a surreal post-9/11 New York, policeman Brian Remy guides celebrities on visits to Ground Zero, reinvented as a tourist attraction. Following a failed suicide attempt that causes Remy intermittent amnesia, a covert organization recruits him to help locate a suspected female terrorist. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Murder at the Opera: A Capital Crimes Novel    RC 63774
by Margaret Truman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C. A promising young Canadian singer is found murdered backstage at the Kennedy Center. Law professor Mac Smith—an extra in the Washington National Opera’s upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca—and his wife, Annabel, investigate. Aided by PI Ray Pawkins the pair uncovers a far-reaching international conspiracy. 2006.

The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime    RC 63777
by Jasper Fforde
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
The homicidal Gingerbreadman escapes custody, but Detective Chief Inspector Jack Spratt of the Reading Police Department’s Nursery Crime Division can’t investigate. Temporarily suspended, Jack and his partner Mary Mary instead seek missing reporter Henrietta "Goldilocks" Hatchett. The search leads to three—maybe four—bears. Some strong language. 2006.

Broken Trail    RC 63779
by Alan Geoffrion
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
While driving a herd of horses to Wyoming, aging cowboy Print Ritter and his nephew Tom become the unlikely guardians of five Chinese girls destined for prostitution. Print and Tom vow to see the girls to safety despite dealing with other trail dangers. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Widow    RC 63780
by Carla Neggers
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Seven years ago Abigail Browning’s FBI agent husband was murdered on their honeymoon in Maine. Following an anonymous tip, Abigail—now a Boston homicide detective—returns to find the killer. Islander Owen Garrison helps Abigail, but others hinder the investigation. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Queen of Swords: Wilderness Series, Book 5    RC 63781
by Sara Donati
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
1814. Following Fire along the Sky (RC 61408), Jennet Scott is rescued from captivity in the French Antilles by husband Luke and Luke’s Mohawk half-sister Hannah, a physician. They travel to New Orleans to search for Jennet’s infant son, but war and prejudice rage. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Trouble in High Heels    RC 63787
by Christina Dodd
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
After Chicago lawyer Brandi’s fiancé dumps her to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Brandi meets Italian count Roberto Bartolini and has a one-night stand. Unfortunately, sexy Roberto turns out to be her new client and a suspected jewel thief. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Dreams and Visions: Fourteen Flights of Fantasy    RC 63789
edited by M. Jerry Weiss and Helen S. Weiss
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Anthology of short fantasy stories about family, love, and revenge by authors including Joan Bauer, Rich Wallace, and Tamora Pierce. In "Dry Spell" a son avenges the death of his mother, a witch. In "Depressing Acres" Mona suspects that an elderly babysitter steals children. For senior high readers. 2006.

All Mortal Flesh: A Reverend Clare Fergusson Mystery    RC 63790
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Millers Kill, New York. Following a scandalous relationship between married police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson, someone murders Russ’s wife, Linda. When suspicion falls on Russ, Clare sets out to clear his name despite town rumors and unsettled emotions. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Sold    RC 63793
by Patricia McCormick
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Free verse poems tell the story of thirteen-year-old Nepalese schoolgirl Lakshmi, who is sold into prostitution by her gambling stepfather. In India Lakshmi discovers hope when an American comes to the brothel to rescue the girls. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high readers. 2006.

Heavens to Betsy    RC 63801
by Beth Pattillo
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Beautiful and single, the Reverend Betsy Blessing of Nashville tends to her flock while contemplating leaving the ministry. Betsy discovers she feels more than friendship for her former divinity school classmate David, but she refuses to marry a fellow minister—even if he is perfect for her. Rita Award. 2005.

The Best Christian Short Stories    RC 63803
edited by Bret Lott
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Eleven stories by Christian writers, published between 1989 and 2006, about characters experiencing divine grace. Includes Homer Hickam’s "Dosie, of Killakeet Island," the editor’s "An Evening on the Cusp of the Apocalypse," and Larry Woiwode’s "Firstborn" in which a young couple confronts the trials of childbirth. 2006.

Transcendent: Destiny’s Children Trilogy, Book 3    RC 63804
by Stephen Baxter
read by David Cutler
4 cassettes
2047. Toxic gases released by melting permafrost threaten to destroy Earth. Engineer Michael Poole, plagued by visions of his long-dead wife, attempts to reconcile with his estranged son. Alia, a transcendent from the future, may hold the key to Michael’s—and the planet’s—redemption. Sequel to Exultant (RC 60076). Strong language. 2005.

Murphy’s Law    RC 63805
by Lori Foster
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
May Price’s best friend Ashley Miles, from Jude’s Law (RC 62377), needs advice after falling in love with Quinton Murphy. The killer Elton Pascal stalks the two women as May prepares for her wedding to Jude. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and some violence. 2006.

Letters from Father Christmas    RC 63808
by J.R.R. Tolkien
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
A collection of Christmas letters penned by J.R.R. Tolkien and signed as Father Christmas that were sent to Tolkien’s children between 1920 and 1943. Each recapped activities of the preceding year at the North Pole, including reindeer running amok and the North Polar Bear breaking the moon into four pieces. 2004.

If You Come Softly    RC 63810
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-olds Jeremiah, an African American whose celebrity parents are divorcing, and Ellie, white and twice abandoned by her mother, meet at their posh Manhattan private high school and fall in love. Despite obstacles the two continue their relationship and become soul mates until a tragedy occurs. For senior high readers. 1998.

The Last Days    RC 63811
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Following Peeps (RC 62387), New York City is invaded by giant worms and disease. Five teens—one a vampire—form a band whose music has a calming effect on society, killing the worms and healing the vampires. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Husband List: Effington Family, Book 2    RC 63813
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1818. Twenty-nine-year-old widow Lady Gillian Marley must wed before her next birthday to claim her inheritance. Richard Shelton—an earl secretly leading a double life as a painter—tops the list of candidates but abhors marriages of convenience. Instead, he vows to win her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Joshua in a Troubled World    RC 63815
by Joseph F. Girzone
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Washington, D.C. Joshua travels throughout the city, gathering together a unified band of Arab Americans and Jewish Americans who then travel to the Middle East to try to resolve the conflict there. But two government officials are suspicious of Joshua’s actions. 2005.

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country    RC 63816
by Ken Kalfus
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
September 11, 2001. Divorcing husband and wife each momentarily think the other has been killed in a terrorist attack. Their battles seem to mirror world conflicts when Joyce seduces Marshall’s best friend and Marshall sabotages his sister-in-law’s wedding. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports    RC 63841
by Alden R. Carter
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Interconnected short stories centering around a Wisconsin high school’s football team and their friends. In "Elvis" a football player collects money so a foster girl can go to homecoming. In "Kicker Wanted" a punter’s female rugby-playing English cousin becomes the new field-goal kicker. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Wife    RC 63848
by Meg Wolitzer
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Joan Castleman is en route to Finland to witness her husband Joe receiving the Helsinki Prize when she decides to leave him. After revisiting her forty years of sacrifice to the philandering, egotistical writer, Joan threatens to expose a secret. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

One Man and His Bomb: A Harriet Martens Mystery    RC 63849
by H.R.F. Keating
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens mourns the death of one of her twin sons and the wounding of the other in a terrorist bombing. After the attack, Harriet investigates the theft of a herbicide that can be used to biologically destroy farm crops. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Incantation    RC 63850
by Alice Hoffman
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Spain, 1500. Sixteen-year-old Estrella, raised as a Catholic, learns of her family’s secret Jewish identity. When Estrella is betrayed by her best friend, who is jealous over a boy, the authorities arrest members of Estrella’s family. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Copper Sun    RC 63855
by Sharon M. Draper
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Amari is taken from her African village when she is fifteen and sold to a southern plantation owner in America. Amari and Polly, a white indentured servant, risk everything to escape. Descriptions of sex and violence. For senior high and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2006.

The Collectors    RC 63858
by David Baldacci
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
When someone murders the head of the rare book room of the Library of Congress, eccentric colleague Caleb Shaw rounds up his buddies from The Camel Club (RC 60678) to investigate. Soon con artist Annabelle Conroy crosses their path. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Cross: An Alex Cross Mystery    RC 63859
by James Patterson
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C. Psychologist Alex Cross resigns from the FBI and returns to private practice. The respite is short-lived, however, when a former colleague recruits Cross to track a serial rapist. The case could finally lead Cross to his wife’s murderer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

The Afghan    RC 63860
by Frederick Forsyth
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Retired British army colonel Mike Martin, from The Fist of God (RC 38887), impersonates a former colleague, Taliban fighter Izmat Khan, who is locked up in Guantánamo, Cuba. Multilingual Martin tries to unravel an Al Qaeda plot in Afghanistan before it deploys in America. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

House of Meetings    RC 63863
by Martin Amis
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
An unnamed former prisoner returns to a Siberian gulag decades later as a wealthy, elderly tourist. In a memoir to his American stepdaughter, he recalls the love triangle between himself, his brother Lev, and his brother’s Jewish wife Zoya. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

What Came before He Shot Her    RC 63865
by Elizabeth George
read by Mitzi Friedlander
5 cassettes
Londoner Glory Campbell abandons her three grandchildren and returns to Jamaica. Eleven-year-old Joel, recruited by a drug dealer, ends up a year later, armed, at the doorstep of inspector Thomas Lynley. Sequel to With No One as Witness (RC 60132). Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Spy: An Alex Hawke Thriller    RC 63869
by Ted Bell
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
While Mexican troops continually cross the U.S. border to help drug dealers and illegal aliens, British agent Alex Hawke, his buddy Stokely Jones, and Scotland Yard inspector Ambrose Congreve thwart a plan by Islamic terrorists and Latin American criminals to invade the United States. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Warlock    RC 63872
by Oakley Hall
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
1880s. Clay Blaisedell is hired to police the silver-mining town of Warlock. His formidable reputation and quick trigger finger bring him and his deputy trouble. Meanwhile politician Tom Morgan engages in his own killing spree, and more violence erupts when miners go on strike. Violence and some strong language. 1958.

A Princess of Roumania    RC 63874
by Paul Park
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Teenager Miranda lives with her adoptive parents in Massachusetts, but she has inklings of her early years and relatives in Roumania, an alternate magical world. She returns there, accompanied by friends Peter and Andromeda, to search for her true mother, prisoner of a sinister alchemist. For senior high readers. 2005.

Sinister Shorts    RC 63878
by Perri O’Shaughnessy
read by Megan Burnett
2 cassettes
Nineteen tales of mystery, crime, and suspense by the author of the Nina Reilly series. In "The Furnace Man" a desperate housewife resorts to bizarre measures to save her marriage. Also includes "Dead Money," "The Second Head," and others. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Limitations    RC 63880
by Scott Turow
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Appellate court judge George Mason, from Personal Injuries (RC 48865), deliberates the case of four men charged with raping an African American teenager. As George considers the statute of limitations, he confronts memories of his own sexual indiscretion. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Motor Mouth    RC 63888
by Janet Evanovich
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby, last seen in Metro Girl (RC 59459), and her lover, NASCAR driver Sam Hooker, look for evidence of cheating at the race track. When they steal a car-hauler truck, they discover the body of a murdered race-car owner inside. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Plum Lovin’: A Stephanie Plum Novel    RC 63889
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is searching for matchmaker Annie Hart, who is wanted for armed robbery. Mysterious Diesel appears and agrees to hand over Annie if Stephanie will find matches for Annie’s most difficult clients. Meanwhile Annie’s jilted husband is also after her. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Exile    RC 63891
by Richard North Patterson
read by Gregory Gorton
5 cassettes
Jewish lawyer David Wolfe defends his former lover, a Palestinian who is the accused mastermind of the Israeli prime minister’s assassination in San Francisco. Inconsistencies in the evidence lead Wolfe to believe Hana Arif is being framed. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Castle in the Forest    RC 63892
by Norman Mailer
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
A devil narrates the origin of Adolf Hitler’s family. Alois, a petty civil servant, marries his own illegitimate daughter, Klara, and with their son Adolf and other children, struggles to support the family by raising bees. Descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Sisterchicks in Gondolas!    RC 63895
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Jenna and her sister-in-law Sue are in Venice to cook for a mission leader’s retreat group. The past two years have been difficult for both women, and this trip is a welcomed break. As their faith is renewed, their trust in each other makes them true Sisterchicks. 2006.

The Crystal Rose    RC 63899
by Rebecca Brandewyne
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Rose Windermere’s family returns to England from India in 1835 after close friends are murdered. Fifteen years later Rose receives a cryptic message and discovers she’s being stalked by businessman Raj Khanna. They fall in love while investigating the past and uncover a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria. 2006.

The Last Spymaster    RC 63904
by Gayle Lynds
read by Victoria Gordon
3 cassettes
After years in federal prison for treason, legendary CIA agent Jay Tice escapes. Twenty-nine-year-old agent Elaine Cunningham, a "hunter" who specializes in finding people, has two days to capture the former spy. The chase leads to murder, treachery, and the unraveling of a deadly conspiracy. Violence and strong language. 2006.

The Keep    RC 63912
by Jennifer Egan
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
A convict relates the account of New Yorker Danny King, who helps his rich cousin Howie renovate an isolated eastern European castle. Danny, haunted by memories of a childhood prank that nearly killed Howard, confronts crimes, both past and present. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Custer’s Last Stand    RC 63917
by Will Henry
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
1868. General Custer leads the Seventh Cavalry on a murderous raid against Black Kettle’s unsuspecting tribe even though a peace treaty is in effect. Years later, at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse take revenge. Based on historical documents. Violence. 1966.

Alentejo Blue    RC 63919
by Monica Ali
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Mamarrosa, Portugal. Natives and British expatriates in a rural village lament their frustrating lives. Stanton tries unsuccessfully to write a book, the dissolute Potts family is broke, and Vasco, who runs the local café, mourns his late American wife. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Dying in the Dark: A Tamara Hayle Mystery    RC 63925
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Newark, New Jersey. PI Tamara Hayle is haunted by the spirit of her murdered high school best friend, Celia Jones. After Celia’s son Cecil asks Tamara to solve the mystery of his mother’s death, Tamara explores the secrets of Celia’s troubled life. Then Cecil is brutally killed. Strong language. 2004.

Dead Man’s Island: A Henrie O Mystery    RC 63926
by Carolyn G. Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Media magnate Chase Prescott invites old flame retired reporter Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins—Henrie O—to his private South Carolina island to ferret out his would-be murderer from among the family and associates assembled there. Henrie O questions fellow guests as a ferocious hurricane draws near. Some strong language. 1993.

Gone with the Nerd    RC 63936
by Vicki Lewis Thompson
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Movie star Zoe Tarleton is auditioning for the part of a nerd. She invites lawyer Flynn Granger to spend a weekend at a remote cabin to teach her nerdy characteristics. While they rehearse steamy sex scenes, someone tries to kill them. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Mephisto Club    RC 63937
by Tess Gerritsen
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli, from Vanish (RC 60781), investigate the satanic murder of a young woman. Their research leads to an exclusive club whose members study the nature of evil and stalk the same serial killer. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Death on the River Walk: A Henrie O Mystery    RC 63938
by Carolyn G. Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Retired journalist Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins travels to San Antonio to find Iris Chavez, the granddaughter of an old friend, who has disappeared from her job at the Garza family art gallery. When a murder occurs, Henrie investigates the Garza clan’s background. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Startled by His Furry Shorts: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson    RC 63941
by Louise Rennison
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
British teenager Georgia continues her quest for a boyfriend. In her journal she records her feelings for sexy Italian Masimo, her old mate Dave, and her ex-crush Robbie. Meanwhile, she prepares for a school play and a Viking wedding and copes with her quirky family. For senior high readers. 2006.

Nicotine Kiss: An Amos Walker Novel    RC 63945
by Loren D. Estleman
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Detroit. Cigarette smuggler Jeff Starzek saves PI Amos Walker during a job gone bad and then disappears. A search leads Amos to Jeff’s preacher brother, Paul. But Paul turns up dead along with evidence of Jeff’s connection to a band of terrorist counterfeiters. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel    RC 64020
by Robert Crais
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
When L.A. hotel heiress Larkin Barkley rear ends a wanted fugitive, federal agents hire PI Elvis Cole’s partner, Joe Pike, to guard her. Killers try to keep Larkin from cooperating with the Justice Department and Pike tries to keep her safe physically—and emotionally. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Ten Days in the Hills    RC 64024
by Jane Smiley
read by Peter Ganim
5 cassettes
For ten days in the L.A. hills, as the United States invades Iraq, middle-aged movie director Max and his lover Elena idly visit with friends and family. They watch movies and debate topics such as their diets, lovers, and politics. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Young Renny (Jalna—1906): Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 4    RC 64026
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Renny Whiteoak, the head of the Jalna household, is depicted as a boy whose impatience with an Irish cousin creates some amusing incidents for the household. 1935.

Death of a Snob: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery    RC 64027
by M.C. Beaton
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Scottish Highland constable Hamish Macbeth spends the holidays at Jane Wetherby’s remote island health farm to help determine if someone is trying to kill her. Hamish remains skeptical of Jane’s claims until snobbish fellow guest Heather Todd dies suspiciously. Hamish and Harriet Shaw, an attractive writer, investigate. 1991.

Spinsters in Jeopardy: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery    RC 64028
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes (Reissue)
En route to a family vacation, Inspector Roderick Alleyn finds himself in an alpine chateau that serves as the headquarters for a sinister cult of dope peddlers who practice bizarre religious rites. Roderick exposes a conspiracy to kidnap his son, corrupt a young girl, and murder a wealthy spinster. 1954.

Tooth and Nail: A John Rebus Mystery    RC 64029
by Ian Rankin
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Edinburgh inspector John Rebus helps London police track a serial killer dubbed the Wolfman because of the bite marks on victims’ bodies. Rebus works with metropolitan CID counterpart George Flight and psychologist Lisa Frazer, who may have connections to the killer. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1992.

Farewell Summer    RC 64141
by Ray Bradbury
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
An army of neighborhood boys—led by thirteen-year-old Douglas Spaulding, from Dandelion Wine (RC 12385)—wages war against elderly men in their town in an attempt to stop time and thwart aging. Their mischievous pranks target crotchety octogenarian Calvin C. Quartermain, who retaliates until curiosity and accession ultimately decide the victor. National Book Award. 2006.

The Canceled Czech: An Evan Tanner Mystery    RC 64143
by Lawrence Block
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Post-World War II. American spy Evan Tanner infiltrates a Prague prison to free Nazi war criminal Janos Kotacek. As he attempts to unlock the secrets of the Fourth Reich, Evan finds allies among Israeli activists and a beautiful German nymphomaniac. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1966.

Bungalow Two    RC 64443
by Danielle Steel
read by Michael Boatman
2 cassettes
California housewife and freelancer Tanya Harris receives her big break—the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay. Leaving her family, Tanya heads to the Beverly Hills Hotel and mingles with stars until another surprise opportunity comes along. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2007.

His Majesty’s Dragon: The Temeraire Adventures, Book 1    RC 64445
by Naomi Novik
read by Simon Vance
2 cassettes
English naval captain Will Laurence discovers a dragon egg aboard a captured French frigate. Once the creature, Temeraire, hatches, Will harnesses it and bonds immediately and irrevocably with it. The pair trains in the art of airborne combat before joining the Aerial Corps to battle Napoleon’s forces. 2006.

The Dark River: Fourth Realm Trilogy, Book 2    RC 64447
by John Twelve Hawks
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Following The Traveler (RC 60740), Gabriel Corrigan and his Harlequin protector Maya flee New York City for Europe to find Gabriel’s long-lost father—whom Gabriel’s brother Michael orders the Brethren to eradicate. The hunt leads to a remote region of Africa where a treasure lies. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Still Life with Elephant    RC 64448
by Judy Reene Singer
read by Karen White
2 cassettes
After hearing-impaired Neelie Sterling discovers her veterinarian husband Matt has gotten a colleague pregnant, Neelie throws him out. But when Matt goes to Zimbabwe on a mission to treat wounded elephants, Neelie goes along to try to salvage their marriage. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Peony in Love    RC 64451
by Lisa See
read by Janet Song
3 cassettes
Seventeenth-century China. Already promised in marriage, sheltered and educated fifteen-year-old Peony becomes enamored of the opera The Peony Pavilion. After her untimely death Peony returns as a ghost to pursue her interest in the opera and haunt her betrothed’s new family. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Forgive Me    RC 64452
by Amanda Eyre Ward
read by Ann Marie Lee
2 cassettes
Journalist Nadine Morgan, recuperating at her father’s Cape Cod bed-and-breakfast, joins a local mother traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, to prevent her son’s killers from obtaining amnesty for the long-ago murder. Nadine encounters her own past and also befriends the mother of one of the prisoners. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

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Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

Clouds    RC 62762
by Marion Dane Bauer
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Describes three types of clouds: stratus, cumulus, and cirrus. Features a list of unusual facts about clouds. For grades K-3. 2004.

Hercules    RC 62780
retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
At age thirteen, Hercules chooses hardship and danger rather than an easy life, not realizing the full implications. Tricked into betraying himself, Hercules suffers years of slavery and performs a series of astounding feats of strength. For grades 5-8. 2003.

I Have a Sister: My Sister Is Deaf    RC 62871
by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette (Reissue)
An older sister affectionately explains how she and her younger, deaf sister communicate in a variety of everyday situations at home, outdoors, and on the playground. For grades K-3. 1977.

Amazing Snakes!    RC 63015
by Sarah L. Thomson
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Presents facts about snakes, including their appearance, diet, and habits. Explains why these reptiles are important in the natural world. For grades K-3. 2006.

Crazy about Canada! Amazing Things Kids Want to Know    RC 63147
by Vivien Bowers
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Canadian kids ask questions about the geography, wildlife, people, and places in their country. Experts provide answers on polar bears, beavers, totem poles, icebergs, ice hockey, igloos, original inhabitants, diamonds, Niagara Falls, and more. For grades 4-7. 2006.

El Salvador    RC 63154
by Erin Foley and Rafiz Hapipi
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
An overview of Central America’s smallest country. Describes the geography and environment of El Salvador and the culture, lifestyle, religion, and cuisine of its people. Also examines the country’s turbulent history involving Spanish conquest and civil war, as well as twenty-first-century political and economic practices. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Venezuela    RC 63326
by Richard A. Crooker
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Explores the geography, history, and Spanish heritage of one of the northernmost countries in South America. Covers the culture, government, and economic outlook of this oil-rich nation as it deals with threatening political problems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini    RC 63340
by Sid Fleischman
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
A biography of the American magician and escape artist Harry Houdini (1874–1926). Discusses the increasingly dangerous stunts he attempted, without revealing their underlying secrets. Traces Houdini’s career path and describes his interest in spiritualism, his courage, and his determination to succeed. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth    RC 63421
by Rochelle Strauss
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Uses a tree metaphor to explain how all living things are related. Emphasizes animal species as representing the vast majority of leaves on the tree of life. Includes suggestions for respecting biodiversity and learning more about it. For grades 3-6. ASPCA Children’s Book Award. 2004.

With a Little Luck: Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries    RC 63430
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Presents eleven scientific breakthroughs, including the discoveries of gravity, penicillin, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Describes how curiosity, hard work, intelligence, and luck led an eight-year-old girl to prehistoric cave paintings, helped four doctors develop pain-free surgery, and assisted others in making monumental advances. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Bushnell’s Submarine: The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution    RC 63444
by Arthur S. Lefkowitz
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Discusses David Bushnell’s invention of the world’s first submarine, the American Turtle, and demonstrates how he equipped it for undersea warfare. Describes Sergeant Lee’s one-man operation of the Turtle and his attempt to blow up the British warship HMS Eagle in New York harbor in 1776. For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Story of Salt    RC 63588
by Mark Kurlansky
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Explains that the common everyday salt we keep in saltshakers has been the object of wars and revolutions. Discusses the difficulty of obtaining salt in ancient times, its value as a preservative and trade commodity, and its role in revolutions, including India’s struggle for independence. For grades 3-6. 2006.

The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World    RC 63732
by Andrew C. Revkin
read by John Polk
1 cassette
A reporter discusses his trip to the North Pole to accompany scientists studying the global warming trend in the Arctic. Revkin explains the history of polar exploration, ice shelf drift, and research methods of the team. Includes excerpts from his articles in the New York Times. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land: Women’s Lives in Colonial America    RC 63809
by Brandon Marie Miller
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Portrays the daily lives of black, white, and Native American women in colonial America. Describes the different household duties—tanning hides, building shelters, farming, sewing clothing, and raising children. Covers legal rights, indentured servitude, slavery, and the interactions between various ethnic and social groups. For grades 5-8. 2003.

The Adventures of Marco Polo    RC 63820
by Russell Freedman
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Discusses the life of Marco Polo (1245–1324), who published accounts of his travels from Venice, Italy, through the Middle East and Asia, to the court of Kublai Khan in China. The author explains the debate over whether Polo was a great explorer or a great storyteller. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People    RC 63821
by Albert Marrin
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Facts about rats and their interactions with humans, from early civilization to modern cities. Discusses rats’ reputations in different cultures—where people eat them, and where they are pets —why they are liked and disliked, and what makes them champions of survival. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein    RC 63834
by Marfé Ferguson Delano
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Discusses the life and theories of important twentieth-century scientist Albert Einstein (1879–1955). Describes his revolutionary work in physics, offers simple explanations of his theories, places them in historical context, and explains the impact of his discoveries on modern science. Highlights his beliefs using his own words. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano    RC 63835
by Kenneth Mallory
read by Alexander Strain
1 cassette
Discusses the first discoveries of prolific life-forms surrounding hydrothermal vents and the scientists who made the dives one and one-half miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Describes large tubeworms, giant clams, and other organisms and the miniature submarine Alvin that enabled deep-sea exploration. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Little Lost Bat    RC 64151
by Sandra Markle
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Describes the early experiences of a baby bat that was born in a Texas cave. Discusses the ways his mother cares for him, the loss of his mother, and his adoption by another bat who keeps him safe. For grades K-3. 2006.

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Cassettes Fiction

Tik-Tok of Oz    RC 62365
by L. Frank Baum
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Ann Soforth, the Queen of Oogaboo, a small valley in the Land of Oz, decides to conquer the world by creating an army of the eighteen men she rules. Sequel to The Patchwork Girl of Oz (RC 32282). For grades 4-7. 1914.

The Old Meadow    RC 62706
by George Selden
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Dubber Dog wants Chester Cricket, from The Cricket in Times Square (RC 58857), to prevent their friend Mr. Budd’s eviction from his rundown cabin in the Old Meadow. At first the animals’ efforts seem to make matters worse, but Ashley Mockingbird comes up with a plan. For grades 3-6. 1987.

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue    RC 62709
by Julius Lester
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
1 cassette
Savannah, Georgia; 1859. When Pierce Butler sells his slaves to cover gambling debts, he includes Emma, the daughter of his cook, beloved by his own daughters. Both families express thoughts and feelings while flashbacks and flash-forwards reveal the consequences of this act. For grades 5-8. Coretta Scott King Award. 2005.

Mud City    RC 62759
by Deborah Ellis
read by June Carter
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, from Parvana’s Journey (RC 55612), leaves the Afghan women’s refugee camp in Pakistan to head for France. Although she is disguised as a boy and accompanied by her dog Jasper, Shauzia finds surviving on the streets harder than expected. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish    RC 62760
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Although Mr. Putter thinks that he is too old for birthdays, he invites Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke to tea anyway. Mrs. Teaberry keeps calling up with excuses for being late, but then she arrives with a surprise. For grades K-3. 2005.

Island of the Blue Dolphins    RC 62761
by Scott O’Dell
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette (Reissue)
When her Native American tribe leaves a California coastal island, Karana remains behind with her younger brother. After his death, she survives for eighteen years finding comfort, beauty, and at times joy in her solitude. For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. 1960.

Season of Promise: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book Three    RC 62763
by Patricia Hermes
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
1610. Ten-year-old Elizabeth writes about her daily life in the first colony in Virginia. Her twin brother, Caleb, arrives from England, and her father wants to remarry. Elizabeth finds the courage to talk with the new governor about his harsh rules, which make people afraid. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Red Kayak    RC 62764
by Priscilla Cummings
read by Neil Berman
2 cassettes
Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After a neighbor’s kayak accident, thirteen-year-old Brady goes from being hero-of-the-moment to dealing with the worst dilemma of his life. He must choose between being loyal to his best friends, J.T. and Digger, and doing what he knows is right—telling the truth. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Night of the New Magicians: Magic Tree House, Book 35    RC 63329
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Merlin sends Jack and Annie to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France. Their mission is to find four new magicians in the crowds at the Eiffel Tower and protect them from an evil sorcerer. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Sports Shorts: An Anthology of Short Stories    RC 63337
by Joseph Bruchac and others read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Eight semiautobiographical stories about the authors’ athletic experiences, both successful and not, while growing up. They recall "Bombardment"—a kind of lunchtime dodgeball played by Joseph Bruchac—and baseball, basketball, and football, along with gym class, karate, ballet, and wrestling. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2005.

Endymion Spring    RC 63485
by Matthew Skelton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Twelve-year-old Blake Winters reluctantly accompanies his academic mother and pesky younger sister "Duck" to Oxford University. Whiling away time in the library, Blake finds an ancient, enchanted book that draws him into a dangerous quest for the book’s origins in 1450s Germany. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Boys of San Joaquin    RC 63488
by D. James Smith
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
1 cassette
California, 1951. Twelve-year-old Paolo, his little brother Georgie, and their deaf cousin Billy join the search for money missing from the church collection. The boys are surprised by what they learn about their small town before they finally discover the culprit. For grades 5-8. Edgar Award. 2005.

Fly by Night    RC 63491
by Frances Hardinge
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
In a medieval kingdom where books are considered dangerous, twelve-year-old orphan Mosca loves to read. Charmed by con man Eponymous’s vocabulary, Mosca and her pet goose Saracen rescue Eponymous from the town stocks. The trio encounters adventures, intrigue, and peril. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Vanishing Act    RC 63662
by John Feinstein
read by Pat Bottino
2 cassettes
Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas are covering the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York City. When Russian star Nadia Symanova is kidnapped before her match, Susan Carol and Stevie track down clues and corruption. Sequel to Last Shot (RC 60035). For grades 6-9. 2006.

Guide Dog Connections    RC 63663
by Norine Labitzke
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Ashley’s mother has a guide dog named Moses, who will retire soon. Chloe’s mother is in prison and is raising Goldie to be a guide dog. The two fifth-grade girls become friends while learning about working dogs, blindness, and looking beyond superficial differences for friendship. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Dog Sense    RC 63666
by Sneed B. Collard III
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Guy Martinez’s mother gets him a border collie named Streak after they move from California to Montana. The dog, a natural frisbee-catcher, becomes more than a consolation prize as he provides companionship, eases Guy’s adjustment to new surroundings, and helps him deal with a bully. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Oliver Pig and the Best Fort Ever    RC 63670
by Jean Van Leeuwen
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Building a fort in Oliver Pig’s backyard is a big project, even with the help of his friends Albert and James. When the fort is ready, the boys celebrate by camping out, although Albert’s bug collection causes some problems. Four easy chapters. For grades K-3. 2006.

A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska    RC 63700
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Poland, 1896. Thirteen-year-old Anetka begins a journal while living with her grandmother and younger brother. A letter from her father in Pennsylvania uproots her and ends her childhood—he has promised her in marriage to a twenty-six-year-old miner in exchange for his family’s passage to America. For grades 6-9. 2000.

There’s a Dragon Downstairs    RC 63775
by Hilary McKay
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Every night Sophie hears a dragon rattling through the cat flap. Although afraid, Sophie walks noisily downstairs in various disguises to scare away the creature. Then one night Sophie dares to creep quietly as herself and has a happy surprise. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.

The Island Stallion    RC 63788
by Walter Farley
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
When Steve Duncan receives a news clipping about wild horses from his father’s archaeologist friend Phil Pitcher, he joins Pitch on desolate Azul Island in the Caribbean. Discovering a hidden valley, Phil finds artifacts in tunnels built by Spanish conquistadors, while Steve discovers a flame-colored stallion. For grades 4-7. 1948.

High Risk: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective    RC 63791
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Nancy Drew searches for a stolen zoning law document that would prevent retired librarian Evaline Waters’ house from being bulldozed for a factory. Meanwhile, Nancy’s new flying lessons put her in contact with a shady pilot. For grades 3-6. 2004.

Victory    RC 63800
by Susan Cooper
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
A high-seas, time-shifting adventure that follows two people: Molly, an eleven-year-old English girl who moves to Connecticut in 2006, and Sam, an eleven-year-old boy who served on HMS Victory in 1803. Both Molly and Sam are influenced by Admiral Horatio Nelson, a great sailor. For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable    RC 63812
by John Boyne
read by Alexander Strain
1 cassette
World War II. Nine-year-old Bruno is dismayed to leave his three best friends when his family moves from their Berlin home to a remote country house. He struggles to understand why he can’t be friends with the boy behind the wire fence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

The Cricket Winter    RC 63814
by Felice Holman
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
One cold, snowy winter nine-year-old Simms Silvanus exchanges Morse code messages with a cricket who lives in his house. Together they trap a rat that has been plaguing both the boy’s father and the cricket’s friends, a family of mice. For grades 3-6. 1967.

The Secret Language of Girls    RC 63817
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Neighbors Kate and Marylin have been best friends since nursery school but drift apart in sixth grade. Marylin becomes a cheerleader, takes an interest in boys, and wants to be popular, while Kate has quieter interests. But the girls eventually realize they miss confiding in each other. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Counting on Grace    RC 63838
by Elizabeth Winthrop
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Vermont, 1910. When Grace and her friend Arthur have to leave school to work in the town cotton mill for long hours and little pay, they write to the National Child Labor Committee. In response, reformer Lewis Hine arrives to photograph the child laborers as evidence. For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West    RC 63851
by Gary Paulsen
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Weaves together fact and story to discuss the life and times of the African American Western hero Bass Reeves (1824–1910). Describes his boyhood as a slave, escape to Indian territory, success as a rancher, and role as a federal marshal in taming the Oklahoma territory. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Higher Power of Lucky    RC 63864
by Susan Patron
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Hard Pan, California: population forty-three. Convinced that her guardian, Brigitte, wants to return to France, ten-year-old Lucky Trimble runs away during a sandstorm with her dog, HMS Beagle. Lucky encounters her five-year-old neighbor Miles, and the three of them have an adventure. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal. 2006.

Who Won the War?    RC 63867
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by John Polk
1 cassette
At summer’s end, the Malloy girls will be moving back to Ohio. But there is still time to have more skirmishes with the Hatford boys in West Virginia and to resolve a mysterious explosion in an abandoned coal mine. Sequel to Boys Rock! (RC 63069). For grades 3-6. 2006.

Cinderella (as if You Didn’t Already Know the Story)    RC 63870
by Barbara Ensor
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
In this updated version of the Cinderella story, Cinderella writes letters to her dead mother, apologizing for not being more assertive with her new stepmother and stepsisters. But then she goes to the prince’s ball and leaves behind one shoe. For grades 3-6. 2006.

House of the Red Fish    RC 63881
by Graham Salisbury
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Under the Blood-Red Sun (RC 44654) Tomi and his family are still battling anti-Japanese feeling in 1943 Hawaii. Tomi and his friends try to salvage his father’s sunken fishing boat, but Keet Wilson, a white teen, wants to stop him. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Behind the Mask    RC 63886
by Yangsook Choi
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Kimin, a young Korean American boy, looks through two boxes of his grandfather’s belongings in hopes of finding a costume to wear on Halloween. He recognizes the dancer’s mask that frightened him long ago and discovers a message left for him by his grandpa. For grades K-3. 2006.

Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing    RC 63910
selected by Avi
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Twenty-four short stories by such well-known children’s authors as Lloyd Alexander, Natalie Babbitt, and Richard Peck. Includes Washington Irving’s classic "Rip Van Winkle," Frank Stockton’s "The Lady or the Tiger," and a contemporary tale about ghosts who use cell phones. Afterword by Newbery Medal-winner Katherine Paterson. For grades 6-9. 2006.

A Summer of Kings    RC 63914
by Han Nolan
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
New York suburb. White fourteen-year-old Esther Young takes a personal interest in civil rights issues in 1963. That’s the summer eighteen-year-old African American King-Roy Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig    RC 63915
by Alix Berenzy
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
One Monday morning while Ms. B is teaching, Sammy, the class’s pet, makes a ruckus in his cage. Ms. B and the students gather around their guinea pig to figure out what is the matter. For grades K-3. 2005.

Under a Stand Still Moon    RC 63924
by Ann Howard Creel
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
When Echo Song, a young Anasazi girl, saves the life of a high-born child, she is forced to marry an elderly high priest. Relinquishing her family and younger beloved, Echo Song promises to be a good wife in exchange for sacred knowledge. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Across the Steel River    RC 63927
by Ted Stenhouse
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Canada, 1952. Friendship between two twelve-year-olds—Arthur, a Blackfoot Indian, and Will, a white boy—is tested when they discover World War II hero Yellowfly injured in a gully. Will defies local prejudice to prove that whites carried out the assault and that he is worthy of Arthur’s friendship. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Deaf Musicians    RC 64140
by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Jazz pianist Lee is asked to leave his band when he loses his hearing. At sign language class, Lee meets Max who plays the sax. Riding the subway together, they form a new band with a big audience. For grades K-3 and older readers. Schneider Family Book Award. 2006.

West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi    RC 64148
by Jim Murphy
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
In 1883, fourteen-year-old Teresa and her Italian American family travel by train and wagon from New York to a utopian community in Idaho. Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences during the trip, including their encounters with Indians and other travelers and her younger sister’s death. For grades 4-7. 1998.

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Grayson    RC 61064
por Lynne Cox
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
La autora narra una historia de su juventud cuando entrenaba como una nadadora de larga distancia. A medida que nadaba en los mares por la costa de California, encuentra a un bebé ballena gris que había perdido a su madre. La joven intenta ayudarle a la ballena, poniéndole el nombre "Grayson," y enfrentándose con el cansancio, el agua fría de cincuenta y cinco grados, y la deshidratación, hasta que la ballena se reuniera con su madre. (Author recalls an encounter from her teenage years when a baby gray whale followed her during a long-distance training swim along the California coast. Describes communicating with the calf she called Grayson and battling fatigue, fifty-five-degree water, and dehydration to protect him until he was reunited with his mother.) 2007.

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