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November and December 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
September 2008
volume 4 issue 3

Northstar Systems Inc. to produce digital audio cartridges for talking-book program

On August 22, 2008, the Library of Congress awarded Northstar Systems Inc. of Rancho Cucamonga, California, a contract to manufacture USB flash-memory cartridges for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Washington, D.C. The cartridges will be used to record audiobooks that will be distributed to NLS patrons across the country and overseas.

The initial contract funding of more than $6.2 million will enable Northstar to manufacture audio flash cartridges on which NLS will record both new and existing titles over the next year. The base contract covers three years with a unilateral government option for four additional years. The books recorded on these cartridges will be distributed to the network of 128 libraries that serve approximately one-half million blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout the United States and its territories.
The cartridges purchased under this contract will permit all NLS recorded books to be issued on either 512 MB or 1 GB cartridges. This will enable each recorded book to be contained on a single cartridge, greatly improving the current patron’s experience of receiving multiple four-track cassettes. In addition, Northstar is obligated to furnish participating libraries and interested patrons with blank cartridges at prices fixed in the contract. Specific procedures for purchase by these parties are being determined.

Northstar has a manufacturing network that includes plants in Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Singapore, providing a total of one million square feet of production space. The corporation is an active member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, SD Association, USB-IF Committee, Compact Flash Organization, and MemoryStick Organization.

In June 2008 contracts were signed with Shinano Kenshi Corporation Ltd./Plextor-LLC of Culver City, California, to begin production of digital talking-book players and with LC Industries in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to produce mailing containers for the cartridges. This Northstar Systems contract is the final agreement necessary for the conversion of the national talking-book program from analog to digital.

Player production

Shinano Kenshi is reviewing the pre-production prototypes of the digital talking-book players—designed and produced by Battelle in late 2007—to verify compliance with all NLS design specifications and requirements. Simultaneously, Shinano Kenshi is engaging subcontractors and suppliers to produce plastic and electronic components of the digital talking-book players. Both are critical phases in preparing for mass production of the new digital talking-book players.

Training

SI International, an information technology solutions provider engaged to develop training strategies for NLS and the network staff, issued recommendations this month for best methods to prepare network library staff for the implementation of the digital talking-book program. After determining the efficacy of these recommendations, NLS will issue a new contract to develop the training program.

Newsstand

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

Free reading service for faxed documents

ReadThisToMe is a free reading service for blind and low-vision people in the United States and Canada. To use the service, a client faxes a document to be read to the organization’s toll-free fax number: 1-877-333-8848. The first page of the fax should include the client’s first name and a callback telephone number. A volunteer reader from ReadThisToMe will then call the client back and read the document. More information is available online at www.readthistome.org or by calling 1-877-333-8847.

Instructional cassettes for people with low vision

Enrichment Audio Resource Services (EARS), through the EARS for Eyes program, offers free audiocassette lessons that teach adaptive daily living skills to visually impaired individuals and their caregivers. The lessons, modeled after blindness rehabilitation techniques, cover topics such as basic kitchen skills, indoor mobility, managing medications, and adaptive devices.
To enroll in the program, call the organization’s toll-free number at 1-800-843-6816. Additional information is also available at www.earsforeyes.org.

National Braille Press celebrates Louis Braille’s bicentennial

The National Braille Press (NBP) has launched several projects to honor the two-hundredth anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth on January 4, 2009. NBP has established a new web site at LouisBrailleBicentennial.com that lists recognition and advocacy events that are being held globally. The organization offers posters that profile Braille’s life and depict the braille alphabet available upon request for the cost of shipping and handling. It is also sponsoring a traveling exhibit with biographical images and text that will be on display at sites across the United States from October 2008 through December 2009. More information on these and other bicentennial activities sponsored by NBP is available at LouisBrailleBicentennial.com or by calling 1-800-548-7323.

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Books for Adults

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection. Cassette books are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

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

Cassettes Nonfiction

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry    RC 57865
compiled by Milton Meltzer
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
An anthology of popular poems, hymns, and speeches celebrating the United States from colonial times to the twentieth century. Includes favorites by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, and others. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Wu-Tang Manual    RC 61481
by the RZA
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
2 cassettes
Members of the Brooklyn rap group the Wu-Tang Clan explain their philosophy of life, much of which comes from watching kung fu movies. Introduces the nine members of the band and discusses martial arts, capitalism, and comics. Includes song lyrics. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story    RC 62041
by Chuck Klosterman
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
Writer for Spin magazine recounts his journey across America to investigate locations where rock stars died. Beginning at spots in New York City, he proceeds to the swamp where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed and the place where Kurt Cobain committed suicide, among many other sites. Strong language. 2005.

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team    RC 62247
by Wayne Coffey
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
Sportswriter explains how coach Herb Brooks of the University of Minnesota devised a plan using his amateur players to defeat the professional Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Includes play-by-play descriptions and biographical sketches of the participants in the surprising upset during the Cold War. 2005.

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey    RC 62252
by Sam Keith
read by Peter Lavezzoli
2 cassettes
A day-to-day account of 1960s life in Alaska’s Twin Lakes region based on the journals of Dick Proenneke, a retired mechanic and carpenter who set out to build a wilderness homestead. Chronicles the construction of Proenneke’s cabin, his daily activities, and his adventures in nature. Includes 1998 Afterword. 1973.

The Opera Lover’s Companion    RC 63235
by Charles Osborne
read by Dennis Rooney
6 cassettes
Music and drama critic presents a guide to nearly two hundred of the most frequently performed operas, including those by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, and other composers. Gives historical background on each composer’s career, outlines the plot, and discusses the music, staging, principal roles, and performers. 2004.

The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971–2000    RC 63244
by Martin Amis
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
Selection of literary criticism and personal opinion pieces by the British author. Offers appreciations of Philip Larkin, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, and Elmore Leonard and covers such topics as chess, poker, soccer, and "Masculinity and Related Questions." Some descriptions of sex. National Book Critics Circle Award. 2001.

Broadway: The American Musical    RC 63278
by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor
read by Ray Hagen
4 cassettes
This companion to the PBS series provides a comprehensive history of the Broadway musical through six distinct eras from 1893 to 2004. Detailed narrative includes excerpts from scripts, song lyrics, biographies of theater people, and interviews with stars. 2004.

Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination    RC 63292
by Peter Ackroyd
read by John Horton
4 cassettes
Interpretive cultural history by award-winning author of London: The Biography (RC 54610). Traces the roots of England’s literature, philosophy, science, art, and music back to the Anglo-Saxon period from which the Old English poem Beowulf emerged. Examines such influences as Arthurian legend; Catholicism; and writers Chaucer, Dickens, and Shakespeare. 2002.

Finders Keepers: Selected Prose, 1971–2001    RC 63309
by Seamus Heaney
read by Terry Donnelly
4 cassettes
Essays, articles, and lectures from three decades by Irish poet and Nobel laureate. Heaney reflects on his career, asking, "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage, and the contemporary world?" 2002.

Wodehouse: A Life    RC 63323
by Robert McCrum
read by Graeme Malcolm
4 cassettes
Biography of the British author (1881–1975) best known for his Wooster and Jeeves comedies. Incorporates Wodehouse’s writings to chronicle his family and school days, wartime internment in Germany and infamous broadcasts there, and later years of semiexile in America. 2004.

The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative    RC 63348
by Thomas King
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
A wide-ranging exploration of stories told by and about Indians and of ways the tales shape social perceptions, expectations, and interactions. King ponders identity while interweaving accounts from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, a traveler abroad, and a Native American. 2003.

The Best American Poetry, 2006    RC 63402
edited by Billy Collins
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
Former U.S. Poet Laureate and author of Sailing Alone around the Room (RC 53069) presents seventy-five poems chosen for their depth, voice, and "sense of journey." Includes Robert Hass’s "The Problem of Describing Color," Charles Simic’s "House of Cards," and Liz Rosenberg’s "The Other Woman’s Point of View." 2006.

Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball’s Lunatic Fringe    RC 63742
by Sam Walker
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal describes the 2004 baseball season in which he participated in Tout Wars, the nation’s most renowned baseball fantasy league. Walker thought his press credentials and insider information would give him the edge to effectively manage his team and win. Strong language. 2006.

What Paul Meant    RC 63893
by Garry Wills
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Following his book What Jesus Meant (RC 62385), Pulitzer Prize-winner Wills turns to the apostle Paul as the most reliable witness to the historical Jesus and his mission. Views the New Testament Book of Acts as historically flawed and reassesses the seven epistles attributed to Paul. 2006.

Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941–1945    RC 64038
by Evan Thomas
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
World War II naval battles in the South Pacific from the perspectives of Americans Admiral William Halsey, fleet commander, and destroyer commander Ernest Evans; and Japanese admirals Takeo Kurita, a battleship commander, and Matome Ugaki, the kamikaze leader. Ends with the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. Violence. 2006.

Simón Bolívar: A Life    RC 64040
by John Lynch
read by Jonathan Davis
4 cassettes
Biography of the liberator of colonial South America in the nineteenth century. Venezuelan Bolívar (1783–1830) led the fight for freedom in his own country and then in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Panama. Describes Bolívar’s visits to Europe and the United States and their influence on his political attitude. 2006.

Sweetbitter Love    RC 64043
by Sappho
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
Presents the extant poetry of Sappho, who was born in the seventh century B.C.E. on the island of Lesbos. Poems of love, heartache, and passion, translated from the original Greek by Willis Barnstone. Includes commentary by writers from the ancient world and an introduction and notes by Barnstone. 2006.

Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940    RC 64051
by Margaret Gaskin
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
Recounts the night during World War II when Adolf Hitler attempted to burn central London to the ground. Uses documents, diaries, and interviews to reconstruct the bombing. Highlights the British people’s determination to continue on with ordinary life despite the air raid on their ancient city center. Violence. 2005.

Paula Deen: It Ain’t All about the Cookin’    RC 64092
by Paula Deen
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Cook, known as the "queen of Southern cuisine," pens a memoir with recipes. Relates her rags-to-riches life as a single mother who started a brown-bag lunch business with her sons and became a restaurateur, television show host, and cookbook author. Describes her happy second marriage and recovery from agoraphobia. Bestseller. 2007.

A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care; a Guide for Family Caregivers    RC 64093
by Virginia Bell and David Troxel
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Specialists describe their philosophy—the "best friends approach"—on living with and providing good care for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Includes anecdotes that demonstrate the effectiveness of this method. Discusses the nature of the disease, communication techniques, community resources, physician involvement, activities, and psychological issues. 2002.

Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology    RC 64128
edited by Maggie Estep and Jason Starr
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Twenty short works of fiction and nonfiction about the sport of horse racing. Lee Child offers a story about a hit man hired to kill a horse. Jane Smiley reflects on raising thoroughbreds. Other contributors include Laura Lippman, Steven Crist, Jerry Stahl, and Meghan O’Rourke. Some violence. 2006.

Darker than Night    RC 64132
by Tom Henderson
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
Account of the double homicide of friends David Tyll and Brian Ognjan, who left suburban Detroit in November 1985 to hunt deer and disappeared. Describes the ongoing police investigation and the arrest and trial of two brothers for the murders seventeen years later. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Why Pandas Do Handstands: And Other Curious Truths about Animals    RC 64133
by Augustus Brown
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Hundreds of tidbits about wildlife behavior, social practices, communication, parenting, and reproduction—all presented to inform and entertain. Describes dogs laughing by panting, owls employing snakes as babysitters, monkeys making their own insect repellent, caterpillars tap dancing, herons fly-fishing, penguins staging kidnappings, and more. 2006.

Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon    RC 64134
by James Sullivan
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Traces the evolution of denim jeans from everyday nineteenth-century workmen’s wear to a high-priced, bestselling, twenty-first-century symbol of American culture. Discusses the mass production of jeans by Levi Strauss, their social promotion through Hollywood movies, and their eventual worldwide popularity. Some strong language. 2006.

The Aeneid    RC 64204
by Virgil
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
Epic poem composed in Latin by Virgil during the last ten years of his life, 29 to 19 B.C.E. Beginning with the legend of Aeneas, a Trojan hero who founded a settlement in Italy, celebrates the Roman Empire’s expansion and the achievements of Emperor Augustus. Verse translation by Robert Fagles. 2006.

White: The Biography of Walter White, Mr. NAACP    RC 64228
by Kenneth Robert Janken
read by Bob Moore
4 cassettes
Biography of longtime NAACP secretary Walter White (1893–1955). Details White’s fight for equality, including campaigns against lynching, segregation in the armed services, and racism in Hollywood. Highlights his relationships with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, and other notables in the pre-civil rights era. 2003.

Stravinsky: A Creative Spring; Russia and France, 1882–1934    RC 64238
by Stephen Walsh
read by Mark Ashby
6 cassettes
The first of a two-volume biography of twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) covers his early years in Russia and his time in Switzerland and France. Discusses his personal life; the creation and riotous 1913 reception of The Rite of Spring; and his collaboration with Diaghilev, Massine, and Balanchine. 1999.

The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj    RC 64244
by David Gilmour
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Historian examines the role of some one thousand members of the nineteenth-century Indian Civil Service, who controlled more than three hundred million people in an area encompassing India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma. Covers recruitment, training, daily life, and methods of rule of these career officers of the British Empire. 2005.

The Essential Talmud    RC 64273
by Adin Steinsaltz
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Rabbi presents an overview of the beliefs, attitudes, and customs associated with the Talmud, the sacred Jewish text that he calls "a book of holy intellectualism." Presents the Talmud’s history, methodology, and structure and content, including Jewish law regarding diet, crime, marriage, divorce, prayers, and festivals. 2006.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher    RC 64278
by Debby Applegate
read by Ralph Lowenstein
5 cassettes
Biography of minister Henry Beecher (1813–1887), younger brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In his Brooklyn church and abroad, Henry deviated from the Calvinist theology of his evangelist father and preached about a loving God. Highlights his religious, social, and abolitionist views and his sensational trial for adultery. Pulitzer Prize. 2006.

Happiness: A History    RC 64279
by Darrin M. McMahon
read by Peter Johnson
4 cassettes
Historian traces the development of the concept of happiness in Western thought from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Draws on classic works to chronicle the idea’s evolution from one of elusive prosperity and divine favor to one of earthly entitlement. Discusses Judeo-Christian influences and modern discontent. 2006.

Waiting ’til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America    RC 64301
by Peniel E. Joseph
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Historian examines the radical political movement that flourished from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. Discusses the social context that gave rise to Black Power, the movement’s demise, and its aftermath. Profiles its leaders, including Stokely Carmichael, Huey P. Newton, and Malcolm X. 2006.

After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger    RC 64308
by Julie K. Silver
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Physician-director of an oncology rehabilitation program and breast cancer survivor draws on scientific data and her own personal experience to create guidelines for having a successful posttreatment experience. Discusses exercise, diet, fatigue, pain management, mental health, spirituality, relationships, and alternative medicine. Includes questions that patients should ask their physicians. 2006.

The One Hundred Fifty Best American Recipes: Indispensable Dishes from Legendary Chefs and Undiscovered Cooks    RC 64309
edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Wide-ranging dishes created by chefs both noted (Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters) and obscure, selected from various sources such as cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, and super-market fliers. The recipes, chosen by the editors for taste, simplicity, and uniqueness, include starters, salads, soups, main courses, breads, breakfasts, and desserts. Features helpful tips. 2006.

Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to America’s Heroes    RC 64313
by James Edward Peters
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Guide to America’s shrine to its fallen heroes. Includes a brief history of the cemetery, short biographies of some people buried there, a list of its major monuments and memorials, and visitor tips. Appendixes cover headstone markings; American military rank, decorations, and medals; and tombstone and burial regulations. 2000.

Cooking Up a Storm    RC 64314
by Sam Stern
read by Alexander Strain
1 cassette
British teenager who loves to cook presents his favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, family meals, desserts, and parties. Offers advice for exam-time eating and his top twenty tips for kitchen work. Recipes range from simple two-ingredient dishes to more complicated procedures. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Stem Cells    RC 64319
by Toney Allman
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Explains the science behind stem cell research and its potential for offering cures for chronic illnesses and disabilities such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, spinal-cord injuries, cancer, and Parkinson’s. Analyzes the ethical controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells. For senior high readers. 2006.

Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State    RC 64326
by Götz Aly
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Historian asserts that ordinary Germans supported Third Reich policies for their own gain. Documents the plunder of occupied lands and the expropriation of Jewish property. Maintains that everyday people became "complicit in larcenous genocide" to benefit from the Nazi regime’s redistribution of wealth and offer of increased social mobility. 2005.

Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska    RC 64327
by Michael D’Orso
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Describes the Fort Yukon, Alaska, high school basketball team’s 2005 championship season and its importance to this isolated village above the Arctic Circle. Discusses the erosion of Native American hunting and fishing traditions by video games, snowmobiles, and alcoholism. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2006.

Commander of the Exodus    RC 64334
by Yoram Kaniuk
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Israeli author’s biography of ship commander Yossi Harel, who defied the British blockade of Palestine by attempting to land four boatloads of Holocaust survivors, including the July 1947 run of the Exodus. Includes interviews with passengers. Describes Harel’s troubled boyhood and youthful enlistment in the Haganah and the British army. 1999.

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome    RC 64335
by Tony Attwood
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Psychologist describes Asperger’s syndrome, its possible causes, and diagnosis. Discusses physical and emotional issues including cognitive function, sensory sensitivity, and motor and language development. Explains the logic and perspective of the person with Asperger’s. Offers suggestions for successful long-term relationships, college living, and suitable careers. Lists available resources. 2007.

Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War    RC 64341
by Penny Coleman
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Vietnam War widow studies the link between war-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide. Includes the history of PTSD and interviews with veterans’ families. Warns that a nonresponsive military system will cause the suicide rate of soldiers in Iraq to exceed that of Vietnam veterans. Some strong language. 2006.

One Hundred One Things Everyone Should Know about Science    RC 64342
by Dia L. Michels and Nathan Levy
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Poses quiz questions about biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and general science that are applicable in everyday life. Sequentially numbered answers repeat the question and provide an explanation. Topics include the human body, animals, weather, history of science, and definitions of scientific terms. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia: From Jamestown to Jefferson    RC 64343
by Peter Martin
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Selective history of plantation and town gardening in eighteenth-century Virginia, focusing on Williamsburg, Monticello, and Mount Vernon. Describes gardens of the colonial period and discusses ways in which their designs reflected the people and culture of the era. 1991.

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran    RC 64344
by Azadeh Moaveni
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
The author, an Iranian American journalist, recounts her move to Iran in 2000 to work and rediscover her heritage. Moaveni describes her two years in Tehran, where she found a sophisticated younger generation that partied clandestinely, railed against the restrictive Islamic political system, and yearned for a secular government. 2005.

Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People and Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe    RC 64345
by Rocky Kolb
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Cosmologist surveys the history of astronomy since the sixteenth century. Examines the work of Tycho, Kepler, Newton, Galileo, and others, emphasizing the processes behind their discoveries, which Kolb believes demonstrate the "triumph of the human spirit and imagination" rather than the development of a scientific field. 1996.

Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes On the Cosmos    RC 64366
by Seth Lloyd
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
MIT mechanical engineering professor interprets the universe as a quantum computer that processes information stored on atoms to construct the cosmos according to the laws of physics. Lloyd uses quantum mechanics to explain theories such as thermodynamics, chaos, and the emergence of complex life. 2006.

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    RC 64389
by Geoffrey C. Ward
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Historian Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament (RC 32300), examines the lives of Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) and their campaign for American women’s voting rights. Puts suffrage in the context of social movements including abolition, temperance, and social justice. Companion to the PBS documentary. 1999.

The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, and the Shot Heard Round the World    RC 64393
by Joshua Prager
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Journalist recounts what he calls the greatest home run in baseball history—when New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a homer against Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the 1951 National League pennant. Highlights the Giants’ use of a telescope to observe the Dodgers’ signals. Some strong language. 2006.

Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution    RC 64394
by Simon Schama
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
Chronicles the mass emancipation of slaves in the American colonies—by Britain—beginning in 1775, when Virginia governor Lord Dunmore promised freedom for slaves who bore arms against the rebels. Describes the flight of tens of thousands to British-controlled territory and their resettlement in Nova Scotia and later in Sierra Leone. 2006.

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World    RC 64396
by David Brion Davis
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Yale University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author traces the history of slavery and societies’ responses to it. Chronicles the politics, commerce, and culture that sustained slavery throughout the world. Focuses on the abolitionist movement, slave rebellions, and emancipation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the New World. Violence. 2006.

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points toward God    RC 64415
by Lee Strobel
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Former Chicago Tribune editor and author of Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (RC 58003) probes the fields of cosmology, physics, biochemistry, and genetics for support of intelligent design. Strobel accepts Darwin’s evolutionary explanations for small-scale biological variations but attributes to divine creation the extraordinary complexity of the universe. 2004.

The Voyage of the Vizcaína: The Mystery of Christopher Columbus’s Last Ship    RC 64419
by Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
German journalists recount efforts of explorers and scholars to positively identify a shipwreck off Panama’s Caribbean coast as that of the Vizcaína, one of Columbus’s ships that sank in 1504 during his fourth and final New World expedition. Chronicles Columbus’s voyage and inconclusive recovery efforts. Originally published in German. 2004.

The House: The History of the House of Representatives    RC 64428
by Robert V. Remini
read by Gary Tipton
5 cassettes
Chronicles the history of the U.S. House of Representatives since it first convened in 1789. Highlights prominent figures through the ages and explains how the House operates. Describes power struggles with presidents and the Senate, important debates, historic legislation, and the House’s response to nineteenth- and twentieth-century events. 2006.

Darwin on Trial    RC 64436
by Phillip E. Johnson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Berkeley law professor scrutinizes the evidence for the basis of Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution and finds it unconvincing. Critiques Stephen Jay Gould and other Darwin proponents. Defends the concept of creationism as a comparable theory of the origin of the universe. 1993.

Unstoppable Global Warming: Every Fifteen Hundred Years    RC 64439
by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Authors contend that global warming is part of a natural, sun-driven climate cycle and is not caused by greenhouse gases. They present physical evidence, including seabed sediment and ancient tree rings, that indicates cyclical warming and cooling trends and insist humans should instead fear the next big ice age. 2007.

The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed    RC 64481
by Bart D. Ehrman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Biblical historian and author of Misquoting Jesus (RC 61941) chronicles the 1970s discovery and subsequent restoration and translation of the gospel of Judas, Jesus’s disciple who allegedly betrayed him to authorities. Compares this text’s details about Judas and his role in Jesus’s death to portrayals in the New Testament. 2006.

Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home    RC 64500
by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Editors from the New York Times and Hyperion Books offer a primer on composing and delivering perfect e-mail messages. Offers guidance on writing effective subject lines and bodies and avoiding legal issues. Includes a short history of the craft and examples of written communication—both bad and good. 2007.

The God Delusion    RC 64503
by Richard Dawkins
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Atheist professor at Oxford University asserts that religion has caused harm to society by increasing intolerance. Discusses the roots of religion and morality. Uses scientific theory to cast doubts on the existence of a supreme being and the theory of intelligent design. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.    RC 64510
by Michael Eric Dyson
read by Christopher Hurt
4 cassettes
Reexamination of the life, legend, and legacy of peace activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968). Asserts King possessed human flaws—plagiarism and promiscuity—yet emphasizes King’s political and social views, including opposition to the Vietnam War, criticism of economic inequality, and encouragement of black pride. Addresses the commercialization of King’s legacy. 2000.

From the Hood to the Hill: A Story of Overcoming    RC 64514
by Barry C. Black
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Autobiography of African American U.S. Senate chaplain and retired navy rear admiral. Black describes growing up in a Baltimore housing project and finding his way to spirituality and success. Shares lessons he learned about faith, love, and family and the importance of hard work, leadership, social responsibility, and prayer. 2006.

Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope    RC 64528
by Shirin Ebadi
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner describes her career as a lawyer, activist, and dissident. Explains her decision to remain in Iran to defend human rights and victims of violence after the 1979 Islamic Revolution—an overthrow she originally supported but which later caused her demotion from judge to secretary. 2006.

Get in the Game: Eight Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference    RC 64591
by Cal Ripken Jr. read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Cal Ripken Jr., a baseball player retired from the Baltimore Orioles, provides a guide to success, using examples from his life and the experiences of late New York Yankee Lou Gehrig. Declares that the right values and a love for what you do will lead to a fulfilling life. Bestseller. 2007.

Rickles’ Book    RC 64593
by Don Rickles
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Comedian Rickles pens an autobiography composed of vignettes that chronicle his upbringing in Queens, career beginnings on the Miami Beach comedy circuit, and rise to fame in television and movies. Reflects on his friendships with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Bob Newhart, and other celebrities. Bestseller. 2007.

Want Fries with That? Obesity and the Supersizing of America    RC 64596
by Scott Ingram
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
An examination of the social and medical consequences of overeating in America. Highlights statistics and case studies. Describes school campaigns to change youths’ eating habits and ways to lose weight using the USDA food pyramid. For senior high readers. 2005.

Help! I Can’t Pay My Bills: Surviving a Financial Crisis    RC 64597
by Sally Herigstad
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
CPA offers financial advice on managing money and getting out of debt. Includes tips on cutting expenses, prioritizing debts, reaching financial goals, and staying on a budget. Suggests ways to handle rent, utilities, and medical bills. Covers dealing with the IRS, creditors, and collection agencies. Lists resources. 2007.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People    RC 64601
by John Ortberg
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Teaching pastor and author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat (RC 61094) recommends practicing Christian disciplines such as prayer, servanthood, confession, and scripture reading. Suggests ways to incorporate activities into daily life to foster spiritual growth and change. 1997.

Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns    RC 64603
by Steven E. Woodworth
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Professor offers a narrative history of two pivotal 1863 Civil War battles in Tennessee that followed Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Analyzes the tactics and strategies of the four Union and two Confederate armies that converged at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Discusses how these campaigns affected the war’s outcome. 1998.

On the Wealth of Nations    RC 64606
by P.J. O’Rourke
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Satirist examines Adam Smith’s 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (RC 23688) from the standpoint of the modern economy. Explains the salience of Smith’s economic and political theory in the context of the eighteenth century and its relevance in twenty-first-century world trade. 2007.

How Doctors Think    RC 64620
by Jerome Groopman
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Harvard Medical School professor combines clinical anecdotes with science to conclude that physicians’ errors are caused by flaws in their thought process, not by technical mistakes. Describes how emotions—positive and negative—can affect a doctor’s decisions. Includes questions patients should ask to help their physician find a correct diagnosis. Bestseller. 2007.

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic    RC 64626
by Chalmers Johnson
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
The author of Blowback (RC 54512) and Sorrows of Empire (RC 57752) continues his assessment of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and contends that America is undermining its own democracy. Suggests that continuing military intervention abroad will lead to economic bankruptcy and unrest at home. 2006.

Horse of a Different Color: Reminiscences of a Kansas Drover    RC 64627
by Ralph Moody
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Author continues his autobiography describing being diagnosed with diabetes and finding success as a livestock dealer in Kansas. Recounts his adventures in the early 1920s and the end of his "roving days" at twenty-three, when he settled down with his sweetheart. Sequel to The Dry Divide (RC 54467). 1968.

Nehru: The Invention of India    RC 64628
by Shashi Tharoor
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
A reappraisal of the life and career of Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964), who joined Mahatma Gandhi in 1916 to lead India’s nonviolent struggle for independence. Discusses Nehru’s development as a political leader, participation in India’s liberation from Britain in 1947, and election as India’s first prime minister. Examines Nehru’s legacy. 2003.

The King of Swings: Johnny Goodman, the Last Amateur to Beat the Pros at Their Own Game    RC 64639
by Michael Blaine
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Biography of Johnny Goodman (1909–1970), the last amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open. Traces Goodman’s career from his start as a caddie in Nebraska to his 1929 triumph over the legendary Bobby Jones. Discusses the elitist attitude surrounding golf during the Great Depression era and Goodman’s breakthrough. 2006.

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789–1989    RC 64647
by Michael Beschloss
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
To illustrate examples of wisdom and courage, presidential historian details decisions made by nine American leaders during times of crisis. Includes Washington’s fight for Jay’s Treaty with Great Britain, Lincoln’s emancipation of the slaves, and Reagan’s peaceful defeat of the Soviet empire. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything    RC 64651
by Christopher Hitchens
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Journalist and atheist argues a philosophical case against religious faith. Scrutinizes sacred Talmudic, Koranic, and Biblical texts and highlights the historical role of religion in war and despotic regimes. Hitchens calls for a renewed Enlightenment centered on scientific inquiry, secular ethics, literature, and an end to sexual repression. Bestseller. 2007.

George Mason: Forgotten Founder    RC 64668
by Jeff Broadwater
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Biography of landowner, lawmaker, and influential member of the Virginia gentry, George Mason (1725–1792). Emphasizes Mason’s authorship of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights and the state’s constitution. Explains his opposition to ratifying the U.S. Constitution because of the absence of a Bill of Rights. 2006.

Three Hundred Sixty-five Days    RC 64669
by Ronald J. Glasser
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Brief sketches addressing the horrors of the Vietnam War by an American physician assigned to an army hospital in Japan in 1968. Recalls his experiences treating wounded and dying patients and the accounts of other soldiers hoping to survive their 365-day tour of duty. Violence and strong language. 1971.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease    RC 64676
by Joanne Koenig Coste
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Family therapist offers a humanistic approach to coping with Alzheimer’s and related forms of progressive dementia. Offers practical solutions for bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, spending leisure time, and handling behavior issues, emphasizing the importance of creating a positive atmosphere for the well-being of both patients and caregivers. 2003.

Disabled and Challenged: Reach for Your Dreams!    RC 64685
by Terry Scott Cohen and Barry M. Cohen
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Young man with myotonic muscular dystrophy explains his daily and long-term difficulties. He relates his personal experiences and offers advice to others who are living with disability issues. Discusses learning to function independently, finding and keeping a job, creating personal relationships, and achieving goals. For senior high readers. 2005.

Raymond’s Room: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities    RC 64694
by Dale DiLeo
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Advocate for people with severe disabilities attacks what he calls the "disability industrial complex" for keeping persons needing assistance segregated from mainstream life. Critiques institutional programs and facilities. Proposes ways those with serious challenges can find and hold jobs and live independently in their own homes. 2007.

The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts    RC 64762
by Milan Kundera
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
Czech author of Testaments Betrayed (RC 43721) continues his meditations on the art of the novel. Kundera considers the historic value, revelatory nature, and cross-border influences of the genre and cites work by Broch, Cervantes, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Tolstoy, and others. Translated from French by Linda Asher. 2005.

Tom Thomson in Purgatory    RC 64848
by Troy Jollimore
read by Roy Avers
1 cassette
This award-winning debut poetry collection is introduced by Billy Collins, who says it "falls gracefully into the American tradition of the extended persona poem." Diverse poetic formats portray Tom Thomson, while others in From the Boy Scout Manual can stand alone. National Book Critics Circle Award. 2006.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s    RC 64970
by John Elder Robison
read by Mark Deakins
2 cassettes
Author, who at forty was diagnosed as having Asperger’s, describes his dysfunctional upbringing and discovery of audiovisual equipment that led to working with a rock band and a toy company. Foreword by his brother Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors (RC 54817). Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court    RC 64971
by Jeffrey Toobin
read by Don Leslie
3 cassettes
Author of A Vast Conspiracy (RC 49966) profiles the men and women on the U.S. Supreme Court since the beginning of the Reagan administration. Posits that the judges are guided by political intuition rather than constitutional theory. Highlights the issues and internal wrangling. Commercial audiotape. 2007.

Things I Overheard while Talking to Myself    RC 64972
by Alan Alda
read by Alan Alda
2 cassettes
In this follow-up to his memoir Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (RC 60651), in which he recounts how he nearly died in Chile, actor Alan Alda muses about what is really important and examines the turning points in his life. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up: A True Story    RC 64976
by Rich Blake
read by Kimberly Farr
2 cassettes
Account of forty-three-year-old Buffalo firefighter Donny Herbert, who was injured at work in December 1995. Blake, a cousin of Herbert’s wife, describes Donny’s awakening after being in a coma for nearly ten years and speaking with his family for a day before suffering a relapse. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Doing What Matters: How to Get Results That Make a Difference—the Revolutionary Old-Fashioned Approach    RC 64977
by James M. Kilts,
read by Marc Cashman
2 cassettes
Kilts, who led major companies Gillette, Nabisco, and Kraft to greater success by concentrating on business fundamentals, highlights his system of creating a clear action plan for identifying what’s important to businesses. Emphasizes intellectual integrity, leadership, and teamwork. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Escape    RC 64978
by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer
read by Ann Marie Lee
3 cassettes
Author describes her life in a fundamentalist religious community, fifteen-year marriage to a decades-older polygamist, enforced subservience, and 2003 escape from both with her eight children. Discusses her cooperation with the Utah attorney general that led to the arrest of the group’s leader, Warren Jeffs. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram    RC 64982
by Dang Thuy Tram
read by various narrators
2 cassettes
Female Viet Cong physician chronicles the violence she witnesses during the Vietnam War from 1968 until her death in 1970 at the age of twenty-seven. Smuggled out of the country by American soldier Fred Whitehurst, Dang’s diary was published by her mother in Hanoi in 2005. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

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The Red Hat Club    RC 60263
by Haywood Smith
read by Celeste Lawson
2 cassettes
Georgia, Diane, SuSu, Linda, and Teeny have been friends since high school. Once a month they don purple clothes and red hats and meet at Atlanta’s Swan Coach House to discuss the latest gossip. When Diane discovers her husband is cheating on her, they plan revenge. Some strong language. 2003.

Boy Proof    RC 60400
by Cecil Castellucci
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
Hollywood. Nerdy high school senior Victoria Jurgen, called Egg after her favorite science fiction movie character, is a loner. But when Max Carter, a gifted new student, invades her space, she is not as boy-proof as she thought. Strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Spin Control    RC 61632
by Niki Burnham
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Valerie and Georg’s friends are beginning to suspect they are a couple. In an effort at spin control, Val returns to America to visit her mom. She dates former boyfriend David Anderson in hopes of forgetting Georg—but will she? Sequel to Royally Jacked (RC 58843). For senior high readers. 2005.

Kathleen’s Story: Angels in Pink, Book 1    RC 61723
by Lurlene McDaniel
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Kathleen McKensie tries to balance her summer volunteer work at the hospital with the responsibilities of caring for her mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Kathleen’s friends Holly and Raina also volunteer, and Kathleen falls in love. For senior high readers. 2005.

Sex Wars    RC 62707
by Marge Piercy
read by Susan McInerney
4 cassettes
Post-Civil War New York. Freydeh, a young Jewish widow from Russia, runs a condom business and seeks her newly arrived sister. While Freydeh is arrested for breaking obscenity laws, activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Victoria Woodhull promote women’s rights. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2005.

Non-Stop    RC 62758
by Brian Aldiss
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Updated edition of the author’s 1958 first science fiction novel. As his seminomadic Greene tribe slowly advances through the ponic tangle, Roy Complain joins renegade priest Henry Marapper on an expedition beyond the protective barrier. They uncover a long-hidden secret that disrupts their world and reveals their true origins. 2000.

La Donna Detroit: A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Mystery    RC 63059
by Jon A. Jackson
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Detroit mobster Humphrey DiEbola wants to retire and reconciles with former enemy Helen Sedlacek, from Dead Folks (RC 46559). Sedlacek comes out of hiding without her lover, hired killer Joe Service. When DiEbola supposedly dies in a poker game, Sergeant Mulheisen investigates. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2000.

The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits    RC 63321
edited by Mike Ashley
read by Terry Donnelly
4 cassettes
Twenty-two historical mysteries—all but one previously unpublished—spanning sixteen centuries from ancient Rome to the reign of England’s James I. Relates tales of the last Roman crime in Britain, the Crusades, the Peasants’ Revolt, and an Elizabethan serial killer. Authors include Steven Saylor, Marilyn Todd, and Philip Gooden. 2001.

Learning from Hannah: Secrets for a Life Worth Living    RC 63347
by William H. Thomas
read by Peter Lavezzoli
1 cassette
Married couple Bill and Jude are vacationing on the Caribbean Sea when their boat capsizes. They seek refuge on the unknown island of Kallimos, where Hannah, an older woman, takes care of them and others. The couple learn lessons about land, community, and the roles of elders in society. 1999.

My Latest Grievance    RC 63375
by Elinor Lipman
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
Massachusetts, 1970s. Teenager Frederica Hatch lives on campus at a small women’s college where her parents, David and Aviva, are dormitory houseparents. But newly arrived dorm mother Laura Lee French—David’s first wife—disturbs the peace by befriending Frederica and seducing the school’s married president. Some strong language. 2006.

The Road    RC 63649
by Cormac McCarthy
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
A father and his young son journey south after the destruction of the civilized world. Their survival kit consists of a few blankets, a pistol, a cart of scavenged food, and their love for each other. Their values are tested by occasional encounters with other desperate survivors. Bestseller. 2006.

The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel    RC 63701
by W.E.B. Griffin
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
The trail of international terrorism leads Homeland Security agent Charley Castillo, of The Hostage (RC 62349), to Uruguay, where a suspect in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal is murdered, leaving behind an encoded address book. The U.S. president orders Castillo to find the terrorist masterminds. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War    RC 63825
by Howard Bahr
read by Don Hagan
2 cassettes
Franklin, Tennessee; November 1864. Bushrod Carter, a Confederate rifleman, is one of the last of the Mississippi regiment under General John Bell Hood to survive the lengthy war. After a day of carnage, Carter is nursed by Anna Hereford at a field hospital. Some violence and some strong language. 1997.

Black Girl/White Girl    RC 63828
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
African American scholarship student Minette Swift died in a suspicious fire at predominantly white Schuyler College in 1975. Now, fifteen years later, former roommate Genna Hewett-Meade, daughter of a prominent lawyer, reconstructs the campus social climate, revisits the racial harassment Minette suffered, and examines her own conscience. Strong language. 2006.

Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy; Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, Rabbit at Rest    RC 63882
by John Updike
read by Fred Major
12 cassettes in 2 containers
Four novels published between 1960 and 1990, two of which won the Pulitzer Prize. Stories chronicle the midlife misadventures of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom as he faces family strife and unsolved issues of sex and death. Includes 1995 introduction by the author. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Against the Day    RC 63890
by Thomas Pynchon
read by Annie Wauters
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Spanning several continents and the decades from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair through World War I, historical characters—real, imagined, and absurd—pursue life amid corporate greed, political corruption, social upheaval, and overall global uncertainty. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Jury: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 4    RC 64025
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Lawyer Nikki Quinn and the vigilante Sisterhood target Jack Emery, a former district attorney and Nikki’s ex-fiancé, for working to disband the Sisterhood. Nikki’s love for Jack compromises their mission. Meanwhile, the women plot revenge on the national security advisor, Karl Woodley, for abusing his wife. Some strong language. 2006.

Winter’s Child: A Deborah Knott Mystery, Book 12    RC 64030
by Margaret Maron
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Judge Deborah Knott’s new husband—Colleton County, North Carolina, detective Dwight Bryant—learns that his ex-wife has gone missing in Virginia. Dwight’s eight-year-old son also disappears after seeing his father. Meanwhile, the police department investigates the murder of a local troublemaker. Some strong language. 2006.

See Delphi and Die: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel    RC 64031
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Olympia, Greece; A.D. 76. Roman investigator Marcus Didius Falco travels with his wife, Helena Justina, and assorted other relatives to the site of the Olympic games. Falco is studying the deaths of two young Roman women who’ve died under suspicious circumstances while sightseeing with a shady first-century travel agency. 2005.

A Wreath for Rivera: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery    RC 64058
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes (Reissue)
George Settinger, Lord Pastern, joins Breezy Bellairs’s band much to the chagrin of his wife Cécile, who also disapproves of the relationship between the band’s piano-accordionist Carlos Rivera and her daughter Félicité. When Carlos is murdered during a performance attended by Inspector Roderick Alleyn, Roderick investigates. 1949.

Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel    RC 64067
by James Rollins
read by L.J. Ganser
4 cassettes
After someone bombs the British Museum, scientist Safia al-Maaz, archaeologist Omaha Dunn, and benefactor Lady Kara Kensington join Painter Crowe and Sigma Force to find the culprit. In Arabia they search for the legendary city of Ubar and the source of the attack. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Sold Down the River: A Benjamin January Mystery    RC 64068
by Barbara Hambly
read by Frank Coffee
3 cassettes
Louisiana, 1835. Benjamin January, a freedman and Paris-educated surgeon and musician, helps his former owner identify who is sabotaging his plantation. Ben goes undercover as a field hand to determine if the crimes are the work of vengeful neighbors or a voodoo curse. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

A Conventional Corpse: A Claire Malloy Mystery    RC 64070
by Joan Hess
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy steps in to run a local mystery convention when the organizer takes ill. Claire juggles feelings for her detective ex-boyfriend with the needs of five guest writers, the disappearance of a crime-solving cat, and the unexpected arrival of an obnoxious editor—who later turns up dead. 2000.

Drop Dead Gorgeous    RC 64095
by Linda Howard
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
While planning her upcoming wedding, fitness center owner Blair Mallory, from To Die For
(RC 59633)
, becomes the target of a killer. Blair’s fiancé, police detective Wyatt Bloodsworth, initially has doubts about the threats but eventually realizes the danger. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Firetrap: A Novel of Suspense    RC 64112
by Earl Emerson
read by Peter Berkrot
2 cassettes
Fire strikes a Seattle club, killing fourteen African American patrons. When controversy over the city’s ineffective response prompts allegations of racism, black firefighter Trey Brown investigates. But to resolve this mystery, he must confront a painful incident from his past. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Texas Rain: Whispering Mountain Trilogy, Book 1    RC 64125
by Jodi Thomas
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Texas, 1854. Half-Apache Texas Ranger Travis McMurray returns home to the family ranch. At a dance he meets Irish runaway bride Rainey Adams, who kisses him then steals his horse. Travis is determined to find and marry this mysterious woman. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Lords of the North: The Saxon Stories, Book 3    RC 64166
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
A.D. 878. Disenchanted with King Alfred of Wessex, Saxon warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg heads home to Northumbria to avenge the murder of his adoptive father, the earl Ragnar. Uhtred befriends Guthred, a slave claiming to be a king, who betrays him. Sequel to The Pale Horseman (RC 61917). Violence. 2007.

Dark Angels    RC 64180
by Karleen Koen
read by Jill Fox
4 cassettes
England, 1670. Alice Verney, a maid of honor to Queen Catherine, suspects that her majesty will be poisoned. She allies herself with Lieutenant Richard Saylor, plots for power, and plans marriage. Prequel to Through a Glass Darkly (RC 23921). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 17    RC 64212
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Jack Fox
5 cassettes
Twenty-two macabre tales of horror and the supernatural. In David Morrell’s "Time Was," businessman Sam Wentworth loses his way—and his identity—while driving home from work. Also includes selections by Clive Barker, Brian Hodge, Liz Williams, and Ramsey Campbell. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The Yacoubian Building    RC 64225
by Alaa Al Aswany
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Cairo, Egypt. Zaki el Dessouki encounters the inhabitants of the building where he shares an apartment with his sister. An aristocratic womanizer, a voluptuous abandoned wife, a cleric, a homosexual soldier, and others reveal political corruption, sexual repression, and religious extremism in the modern Arab world. Descriptions of sex. 2002.

Lost Lands of Witch World: Comprising Three against the Witch World, Warlock of the Witch World, and Sorceress of the Witch World    RC 64229
by Andre Norton
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
This sequel to The Gates to Witch World (RC 64695) continues the Witch World fantasy series with a second trio of novels and an introduction by Mercedes Lackey. In Three against the Witch World Simon Tregarth, his sorceress wife Lady Jaelithe, and their triplets flee from their embattled homeland. 2004.

Dry Ice: An Alan Gregory Novel    RC 64240
by Stephen White
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Boulder, Colorado. Psychologist Alan Gregory’s deranged former patient Michael McClelland escapes from the state hospital, determined to exact revenge. As Alan tries to protect his family, he finds himself suspected of several crimes. The drama exposes a painful secret from Alan’s past. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Beggars Ride    RC 64253
by Nancy Kress
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
2120s. The Sleepless—genetically engineered people who neither rest nor age—retake the Sanctuary orbital. They evict their SuperSleepless descendents, creating chaos in a world where people are dependent on Supers’ disease-preventing elixirs. Sequel to Beggars and Choosers (RC 40155). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1996.

Sweet Revenge: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 5    RC 64258
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
The Sisterhood seeks revenge for Isabelle Flanders, whose former colleague, Rosemary Hershey, framed her for a drunk-driving accident, stole her architectural firm’s clients, and married her fiancé. Rosemary’s successful business and her reputation hit a snag when the Sisterhood publicly humiliates her. Some strong language. 2006.

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears    RC 64260
by Dinaw Mengestu
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C. Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos operates a shabby store in a gentrifying neighborhood, hangs out with other African exiles, and muses about American life. Missing a family, he befriends a white woman and her biracial daughter when they move next door. Strong language. 2007.

The Inheritance of Loss    RC 64261
by Kiran Desai
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Himalayas, 1986. Retired judge Jemubhai Patel lives with his cook and sixteen-year-old granddaughter Sai. An Indian-Nepalese insurgency makes Jemubhai confront his past and interrupts Sai’s romance with her Nepali tutor. Meanwhile, the cook worries about his son in America. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Booker Prize. 2006.

The Hamilton Case    RC 64262
by Michelle de Kretser
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Early twentieth-century Ceylon. Oxford-educated lawyer and Ceylonese native Sam Obeysekere investigates the murder of plantation owner Hamilton. Suspicion first falls on local workers but soon turns to Hamilton’s colleague, a fellow Englishman. The case exposes the truth and folly of Obeysekere’s ambitions. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Death of an Addict: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery    RC 64264
by M.C. Beaton
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
Scottish Highlands. Recovering heroin user Tommy Jarret dies from an apparent drug overdose. Constable Hamish Macbeth goes undercover as a drug lord to investigate possible links to a religious cult and the illicit drug trade. Hamish is joined by beautiful Glasgow detective Olivia Chater, who poses as his wife. 1999.

Pomegranate Soup    RC 64270
by Marsha Mehran
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes
1986. Three young Aminpour sisters escape the Iranian Revolution and immigrate to Ireland. There they open a Middle Eastern café in a small seaside village. Despite the cultural difference, Layla, Marjan, and Bahar charm all the locals except pub owner Thomas McGuire. Includes recipes. 2005.

Ice Hunt    RC 64271
by James Rollins
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
A U.S. research submarine encounters an abandoned World War II-era Russian base beneath the polar ice cap, once the site of human experimentation. As scientists, soldiers, and operatives vie for control, a maniacal Russian commander plots to destroy the world and menacing creatures threaten. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Vintage Murder: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery    RC 64274
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
On holiday in New Zealand, Inspector Roderick Alleyn encounters a traveling theater troupe from his native England. At a cast party, a stunt involving a champagne bottle leads to the death of troupe director Alfred Meyer. Suspects include Meyer’s actress wife and her leading man—and lover—Hailey Hambledon. 1937.

Changing Faces    RC 64276
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Chicago. Three African American women help each other overcome personal challenges. Plus-sized Whitney confronts self-image issues. Lawyer Taylor deals with a noncommittal lover and a medical crisis. Charisse breaks down over marital troubles and a damaging secret—testing the trio’s bond. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 7    RC 64282
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Brothers Eden and Piers Whiteoak bring new wives and conflict to their Canadian family home, Jalna. Piers marries the daughter of his half-sister’s ex-fiancé, while poet Eden weds New York publishing assistant Alayne Archer. Head-of-household Renny tries to keep the peace but struggles with his own attraction to Alayne. 1927.

Who Has Seen the Wind    RC 64283
by W.O. Mitchell
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
Classic Canadian tale follows young Brian O’Connal as he searches for meaning and significance in 1920s and 1930s rural Saskatchewan. Brian’s experience involves other inhabitants of his small prairie town, including members of his extended Scotch-Irish family, his imaginary friend R.W. God, principal Digby, and "the Bens." 1947.

Always True to You in My Fashion    RC 64288
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
African American art dealer Randall Hollis romances three women—artist Medora, who throws him out; collector Ana, who sees him as a second chance at love; and student Taylor, who uses him to further her career. All three women meet at an exhibit. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Acting Out    RC 64289
by Benilde Little
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
When African American Ina Robinson’s wealthy husband leaves her and their three kids for another woman, Ina tries to reconnect with her past self. She looks up her college boyfriend, returns to taking photographs, and begins to make her own decisions. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Daughter of the Loom: Bells of Lowell, Book 1    RC 64294
by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Lowell, Massachusetts; 1820s. Twenty-year-old Lilly Armbruster is forced to work at a textile mill whose owners she holds responsible for her father’s death and the loss of her family’s farm. Lilly plots to sabotage the operation but finds her resolve tested by company insider Matthew Cheever—her former fiancé. 2003.

The Art of Detection: A Kate Martinelli Mystery    RC 64296
by Laurie R. King
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli, now raising a child with her lover Leonora, investigates the murder of Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Philip Gilbert. Gilbert had unknowingly purchased a manuscript purported to be an undiscovered Holmes story whose plot mirrored Gilbert’s death. Kate’s findings parallel Holmes’s adventure. Some strong language. 2006.

Dark Light: A Doc Ford Novel    RC 64297
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Florida marine biologist Doc Ford discovers a Nazi war medal in a wrecked vessel dredged up by a recent hurricane. A mysterious acquaintance offers to finance salvage operations of the ship. Doc identifies the vessel as Dark Light and investigates what happened the night it sank in 1944. 2006.

Saint Patrick’s Battalion    RC 64299
by James Alexander Thom
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Private John Riley and scores of fellow Catholic immigrants desert the army and defect to the Mexican side during the 1846 war. Camp boy Padraic Quinn keeps a diary recalling the prejudice and abuse they had suffered at the hands of Protestant officers—and the resulting mutiny. Violence and strong language. 2006.

44 Scotland Street    RC 64303
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Follows the episodic adventures of an eclectic group of residents of an Edinburgh apartment building. There’s overbearing Irene and her precocious young son Bertie, sixty-year-old widow Domenica, twenty-year-old newcomer Pat, and handsome, self-absorbed surveyor Bruce—Pat’s flatmate. At her new gallery job Pat identifies an expensive portrait that subsequently disappears. 2005.

Last Evenings on Earth    RC 64304
by Roberto Bolaño
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Fourteen stories about Chilean exiles in Latin America and Europe by a prizewinning Chilean-born author. In the title piece, a father and son test their bond during an Acapulco vacation. In "Gómez Palacio" a twenty-three-year-old poetry teacher has a profound encounter with his program’s director. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Successor: A Christian Gillette Novel    RC 64305
by Stephen Frey
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
U.S. president Jesse Wood meets with Christian Gillette, chairman of a powerful Manhattan investment firm, after the death of Fidel Castro. Since Castro has no official successor, Christian helps anticommunists orchestrate a capitalist coup. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Adventure Stories, Volume 4    RC 64324
by Louis L’Amour
read by Colleen Delany
6 cassettes
Forty-five adventure stories set in dangerous locales around the world, including nine Ponga Jim tales featuring a freighter captain who sails the Far East during World War II. Contains L’Amour’s first published story, "Death, Westbound" about a train-hopping Depression-era hobo. Afterword by the author’s son Beau. Some violence. 2006.

The Janissary Tree    RC 64325
by Jason Goodwin
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Istanbul, 1836. Court eunuch Yashim Togalu has orders from Sultan Mahmut II to find out who is killing military cadets. He scours the city, suspicious that the outcast Janissary corps soldiers are planning an insurrection. Violence and strong language. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 2006.

Bleeding Hearts    RC 64328
by Ian Rankin
read by Alexander Strain
3 cassettes
After carrying out a hit on London freelance journalist Eleanor Ricks, professional assassin Michael Weston suspects someone has tipped off the authorities. Weston searches for his anonymous employer as dogged American PI Leo Hoffer closes in on him. Strong language and some violence. 1994.

Forgetfulness    RC 64331
by Ward Just
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Expatriate Thomas Railles lives in the French Pyrenees with his adored native wife Florette. When Florette is murdered by Algerians, Railles’s friends in the CIA find the assassins. But during the prisoners’ interrogation, Railles questions his own desire for revenge. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Christine Falls    RC 64333
by Benjamin Black
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Dublin, Ireland; 1950s. Widowed, alcoholic pathologist Quirke discovers his stepbrother, obstetrician Malachy, altering the files of a woman who died during childbirth. Quirke’s unwelcome investigation takes him to Boston and implicates the Catholic Church and his own family. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Natural-Born Charmer    RC 64336
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
After being dumped by her boyfriend, portrait artist Blue Bailey hitches a ride with Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard from Colorado to his Tennessee farm. Along the way, the incompatible pair fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Sky People    RC 64337
by S.M. Stirling
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Alternate 1988. The space race continues as Eastern and Western interests compete for colonies on primordial, Earth-like Venus. On a mission to rescue the crew of a crashed Soviet airship, American Marc Vitrac’s team becomes stranded amid warring native tribes and makes startling discoveries. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Cloud Atlas    RC 64339
by David Mitchell
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Six interrelated novellas of different genres and centuries come together. In "The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing" an 1850s American on a New Zealand island awaits a ship home. In "Half-Lives" 1970s California journalist Luisa Rey uncovers a corporate conspiracy. Strong language. Booker Prize finalist. 2004.

Hot Stuff    RC 64350
by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Boston. Cate Madigan works hard attending college, bartending at night, and dealing with her extended Irish family. When she returns home to find her roommate is missing and a large dog has arrived, she asks ex-cop Kellen McBride for help. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Feast of Souls: The Magister Trilogy, Book 1    RC 64351
by C.S. Friedman
read by Ray Childs
4 cassettes
When Prince Andovan falls ill, the magisters believe one of their own is draining his soulfire. While they seek a cure for him, Andovan sets out to find the enigmatic woman from his dreams who has learned the sorcery of men. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

The Stories of Mary Gordon    RC 64409
by Mary Gordon
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
Forty-two tales, some previously unpublished, by the award-winning writer. In "City Life" a New York wife and mother haunted by childhood dysfunction withdraws after a confrontation with a neighbor. Includes "Death in Naples," "Now I Am Married," and other pieces that challenge assumptions about family, self, life, and mortality. 2006.

The Red Gloves Collection: Gideon’s Gift, Maggie’s Miracle, Sarah’s Song, Hannah’s Hope    RC 64411
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Four novels of family and faith at Christmas. In Gideon’s Gift a young leukemia patient gives a life-changing gift. In Maggie’s Miracle a widow finds love. In Sarah’s Song a retirement home patient remembers her late husband. In Hannah’s Hope a teenager seeks her biological father stationed in Iraq. 2002.

Red River    RC 64412
by Lalita Tademy
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Tademy’s fictionalized account of her father’s ancestors begins with the 1873 Colfax, Louisiana, riot during which newly freed blacks, fighting for rights under Reconstruction, were confronted by angry whites. Follows survivors through the aftermath and into the twentieth century as their descendants continue the struggle for equality. Some violence. 2007.

Topaz    RC 64416
by Leon Uris
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes (Reissue)
1960s. A Russian defector reveals the existence of "Topaz"—a Soviet spy network operating inside the French government—and the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. French Secret Service agent and diplomat André Devereaux finds his loyalties tested when he analyzes conflicting intelligence reports of threats to both France and America. 1967.

Pushing Ice    RC 64418
by Alastair Reynolds
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
2057. Space captain Bella Lind and the comet-mining crew of Rockhopper tail Janus, Saturn’s moon, really an alien mechanism, which has broken orbit. The investigative mission becomes one of survival when Rockhopper gets trapped in Janus’s slipstream, preventing any return to Earth. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Tongue in Chic    RC 64422
by Christina Dodd
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
South Carolina. When Devlin Fitzwilliam catches Meadow Szarvas breaking into his Victorian mansion, she claims she has amnesia. Turning the tables, Devlin tells Meadow she is his wife. Meadow plays along only to obtain a priceless painting—until she uncovers Devlin’s true motives. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Telling Tales    RC 64423
edited by Nadine Gordimer
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Twenty-one short stories from around the world written to benefit the fight against AIDS. In "The Ultimate Safari," by editor Gordimer, refugees hide from war in a game park. Also includes contributions by Woody Allen, Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, Amos Oz, and Salman Rushdie among others. 2004.

Pictures    RC 64424
by Robert Daley
read by Ray Foushee
3 cassettes
When incriminating photographs surface of a European duchess’s husband kissing another woman, the royal family hires ex-cop Vince Conte to find the woman and the photographer. Vince’s cross-continent search leads him to Gigi—with whom he falls in love. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The Tourmaline    RC 64427
by Paul Park
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Miranda Popescu, from A Princess of Roumania (RC 63874), travels secretly through Roumania pursuing her destiny as the prophesied white tyger. Miranda’s friends Peter and Andromeda attempt to join her but are constantly thwarted by the evil Baroness Ceausescu and the German elector of Ratisbon. For senior high readers. 2006.

When Darkness Falls: A Jack Swyteck Mystery    RC 64429
by James Grippando
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck represents Falcon, a Cuban-born homeless man charged with obstruction. When Falcon later becomes a murder suspect, he holds several people hostage—including Jack’s friend Theo—in a motel room. Jack works with recently blinded crisis negotiator Vincent Paulo to save them. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Beyond the Threshold    RC 64430
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Two interconnected romances. In There and Now 1990s divorcée Elisabeth McCartney is transported to 1892, falls in love with Dr. Jonathan Fortner, and tries to prevent his tragic death. In Here and Then Elisabeth’s concerned cousin Rue sets out after her but finds love instead. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1992.

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel    RC 64431
by Amy Hempel
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Four compilations published between 1985 and 2005: Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. In the compact story "San Francisco" two daughters argue about their dead mother’s watch. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

Rookery Blues    RC 64432
by Jon Hassler
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
During the turbulent sixties, five dissimilar professors find a common interest in music. Forming a jazz band, the Icejam Quintet, they try to enliven the small, isolated campus of Rookery State. But outside forces—the Vietnam War, union strife, and love affairs—threaten the harmony of college life. 1995.

Death in the Orchid Garden: A Gardening Mystery    RC 64433
by Ann Ripley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Louise Eldridge goes on location at a Hawaii botanical conference to film segments for her televised gardening show. Louise endures rival plant professionals Bruce Bouting, Matthew Flynn, and Charles Reuter—one of whom Louise discovers dead at the base of an oceanside cliff. Suspects include Louise’s fellow hotel guests. 2006.

Nefertiti    RC 64454
by Michelle Moran
read by Cassandra Campbell
3 cassettes
Egypt, 1351 B.C.E. When seventeen-year-old prince Akhenaton inherits the throne of Egypt, his mother marries him to her fifteen-year-old niece, Nefertiti. Nefertiti’s younger sister Mutnodjmet witnesses the ruin of her country as the royal couple spend recklessly and alienate the priests. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

What Matters Most    RC 64455
by Luanne Rice
read by Ann Marie Lee
3 cassettes
Sister Bernadette and Tom Kelly, from Sandcastles (RC 62148), return to Ireland to find the son they gave up. Meanwhile in Dublin, Seamus Sullivan seeks Kathleen Murphy, his childhood friend from St. Augustine’s Children’s Home. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The River Wife    RC 64456
by Jonis Agee
read by Cassandra Campbell
4 cassettes
Missouri. In 1930 teenager Hedie arrives with new husband Clement Ducharme at his remote family estate. Hedie discovers nineteenth-century diaries of Ducharme ancestors that recount the exploits of a fur-trapper-turned-river-pirate and an Irish adventuress, among others. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Overlook: Detective Harry Bosch    RC 64464
by Michael Connelly
read by Len Cariou
2 cassettes
Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner Ignacio "Iggy" Ferras are investigating the murder of physicist Stanley Kent on a Mulholland Drive overlook. Bosch’s former lover, FBI agent Rachel Walling, soon tries to take over the case in the name of national security. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Vampireville: Vampire Kisses, Book 3    RC 64473
by Ellen Schreiber
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Teen vampire twins Jagger and Luna try to trick Dullsville soccer star Trevor into bonding with Luna for eternity. Goth girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend Alexander attempt to save Trevor. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Ravenscar Dynasty    RC 64475
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
read by Erik Sandvold
4 cassettes
England, 1904. Following the suspicious deaths of his father and other relatives, Edward Deravenel leaves Oxford to take his place in the family business along with his cousin Neville Watkins. The two wrestle for control against their delusional cousin Henry and Henry’s ambitious wife. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Paula Spencer    RC 64476
by Roddy Doyle
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Ireland. Now forty-seven, long-widowed Paula Spencer, from The Woman Who Walked into Doors (RC 45095), counts the days of her sobriety, the key to putting her life back together. Facing a low-paying job, dysfunctional children, and her sister’s cancer, Paula takes things one day at a time. Strong language. 2006.

The Winter Lodge: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 2    RC 64477
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Avalon, New York. When columnist and baker Jenny Majesky’s house burns down, she crashes with her ex-lover, police chief Rourke McKnight. Jenny eventually retreats to a remote lodge where both Rourke and a mysterious intruder pay her a visit. Includes recipes. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

White Lies: An Arcane Society Novel    RC 64478
by Jayne Ann Krentz
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Clare Lancaster, a psychic, meets her biological father and begins working for his family’s company. Suspected of killing her brother-in-law, Clare searches for the truth while she falls for Jake Salter, a mind reader from the Arcane Society. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Man in the Middle: A Sean Drummond Mystery    RC 64479
by Brian Haig
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
JAG attorney Sean Drummond, from Private Sector (RC 58585), and female military police officer Bian Tran investigate the suicide of Clifford Daniels, a high-level defense department official. They discover that Daniels, an advocate of the Iraq war, might have been employed by Iranian intelligence. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Come Sundown    RC 64480
by Mike Blakely
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
Ninety-nine-year-old Honoré Greenwood relates more frontier adventures following Moon Medicine (RC 56340). He recalls the Civil War, during which he joined Kit Carson’s First New Mexico Volunteers against the Texans, and his divided loyalties when the campaign targeted his adoptive Comanche people. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

The Saddlemaker’s Wife    RC 64482
by Earlene Fowler
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Thirty-five-year-old widow Ruby McGavin travels to her late husband Cole’s ancestral California ranch to scatter his ashes and sell her inherited land. There she discovers previously unknown relatives and is enveloped by their squabbles. Along with brother-in-law Lucas, Ruby uncovers family secrets and a past crime involving Cole. 2006.

Restoring Grace    RC 64484
by Katie Fforde
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Divorcée Grace takes in artist and single mother-to-be Ellie as a boarder at the old English mansion she inherited from her aunt. The women become friends and begin renovations with some distractions from wine-shop owner Flynn Cormack and from the discovery of potentially valuable paintings. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Power Broker: A Christian Gillette Novel    RC 64490
by Stephen Frey
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Christian Gillette, chairman of a powerful Manhattan investment firm, faces opposition when opening a Las Vegas casino. Meanwhile, two men attempt to win Christian’s favor—Democratic Party presidential hopeful Senator Jesse Wood and Texas tycoon Samuel Hewitt, leader of a conservative organization called the Order. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

The Hounds and the Fury: A Jane Arnold Mystery    RC 64491
by Rita Mae Brown
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Septuagenarian "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of Virginia’s Jefferson Hunt Club, matches wits with Crawford Howard when he starts a rival event with dangerous hounds. Jane and her animals swing into action when someone cooks the books at a manufacturing plant. They also investigate an insurance scam and a murder. 2006.

Sharpe’s Skirmish: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of the Tormes, August 1812    RC 64492
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Captain Richard Sharpe is assigned to guard a commissary officer who restores captured muskets at the small Spanish fort of San Miguel. The French, however, plan a surprise raid. Short story originally included with Sharpe’s Fortress (RC 54861). Some violence and some strong language. 1998.

Laced: A Regan Reilly Mystery    RC 64493
by Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
PI Regan Reilly and her new husband Jack honeymoon at Ireland’s Hennessy Castle, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of May Reilly, a lacemaker whom the Hennessy family neglected to pay for a tablecloth. The newlyweds investigate after the tablecloth is stolen by jewel thieves. 2007.

The Savage Detectives    RC 64504
by Roberto Bolaño
read by Lewis Grenville
5 cassettes
1976. Mexican student Juan García Madero and poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima search for literary icon Cesárea Tinajero, who disappeared in the Sonora Desert in the 1920s. The trio is joined by a prostitute fleeing from her pimp. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 1998.

Falling Man    RC 64505
by Don DeLillo
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
On September 11, 2001, businessman Keith emerges from the World Trade Center rubble and makes his way to the apartment of his estranged wife Lianne. She tries to understand their apparent reconciliation, while Keith reaches out to fellow survivor Florence. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Pleasure for Pleasure: The Essex Sisters, Book 4    RC 64512
by Eloisa James
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
3 cassettes
Josie, the youngest Scottish Essex heiress, is mocked by her peers for her ample figure. When one of her mockers nearly rapes her, Josie fears she’ll have to marry the lecherous young man. But then an unexpected knight in shining armor comes to her rescue. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Kidnapped: An Irene Kelly Mystery    RC 64515
by Jan Burke
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Reporter Irene Kelly’s article on missing children leads her and her detective husband Frank Harriman to the bizarre Fletcher family. Millionaire Graydon Fletcher had adopted twenty-one children, but grandson Mason is incarcerated for patricide. Her research leads Irene to suspect that Mason is innocent. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Four Guys and Trouble    RC 64518
by Marcus Major
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Four Philadelphia fraternity brothers—Colin, Mike, Dexter, and Ibn—look after Erika "Bunches" Truitt, their deceased buddy Trevor’s sister. As Bunches grows up and attends medical school, they advise and protect her while they deal with their own relationships. Then Bunches falls for Mike. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2001.

Gaits of Heaven: A Dog Lover’s Mystery    RC 64524
by Susan Conant
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Cambridge obedience trainer Holly Winter helps dysfunctional therapists Ted and Eumie Green housebreak their mixed-breed pooch, Dolfo. When Eumie dies from an apparent overdose of various medications, Eumie’s daughter Caprice suspects murder. Holly probes the Greens’ strange lifestyle to find a motive and a killer. Some strong language. 2006.

The Prudence of the Flesh: A Father Dowling Mystery    RC 64529
by Ralph McInerny
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Father Roger Dowling helps former classmate Gregory Barrett, an ex-priest, now a professor and radio personality, who is accused of sexually abusing a teenage parishioner decades ago and fathering her child. After a nosy author is murdered, Barrett becomes the chief suspect in that crime too. Father Dowling investigates. 2006.

A Good Hanging: Short Stories; A John Rebus Mystery    RC 64530
by Ian Rankin
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Twelve mysteries featuring Edinburgh detective John Rebus. In the title story a Shakespearean reference helps solve a murder. In "Tit for Tat" an accused Peeping Tom appears to get his comeuppance. In "Sunday" Rebus broods over a fatal stabbing. Some violence and some strong language. 1992.

Death of a Maid: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery    RC 64536
by M.C. Beaton
read by John Horton
1 cassette
Scottish Highlands constable Hamish Macbeth contends with a visit from his ex-girlfriend Elspeth, a possible promotion to crime-ridden Strathbane, and the maid services of Mavis Gillespie, which he won in a church raffle. When Mavis is murdered, Hamish contacts her battered husband and finds evidence of a blackmail plot. 2007.

Songs without Words    RC 64546
by Ann Packer
read by Cassandra Campbell
3 cassettes
Sarabeth is sixteen when her mother commits suicide and her family is plunged into grief. Liz has always been Sarabeth’s best friend, but a crisis tests their relationship. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Straight from the Heart    RC 64547
by Tami Hoag
read by Staci Snell
1 cassette
Baseball player Jace Cooper broke physical therapist Rebecca Bradshaw’s heart when he left her. Seven years later a badly injured Jace returns for rehabilitation and wants Rebecca back. But Rebecca has changed—and has kept a secret. Commercial audiobook. 1989.

Black Powder War: The Temeraire Adventures, Book 3    RC 64548
by Naomi Novik
read by Simon Vance
2 cassettes
Departing China, Captain Laurence and his dragon companion Temeraire receive urgent orders to proceed to Istanbul, obtain three dragon eggs, and escort them to England. The mission eventually leads to a confrontation with Napoleon and a vengeful dragon. Sequel to Throne of Jade (RC 64553). Commercial audiobook. 2006.

The Guardians    RC 64550
by Ana Castillo
read by Ana Castillo
2 cassettes
School aide Regina is raising her teenage nephew Gabo on the American side of the Mexican border. When Gabo’s father vanishes one day crossing over to visit, Regina enlists the help of her coworker Miguel and his grandfather Milton to find her missing brother. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Flawless    RC 64551
by Joshua Spanogle
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Medical detective Dr. Nate McCormick left his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start a new life in San Francisco. But when a researcher friend is murdered, Nate investigates and uncovers a conspiracy to make billions selling a harmful cosmetic drug. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Day Trader    RC 64552
by Stephen Frey
read by Grover Gardner
2 cassettes
Failing as a salesman and husband, Augustus McKnight dreams of taking the plunge into full-time day trading. After a personal tragedy affords him the freedom to do so, he discovers a world where the people he trusts most keep dangerous secrets. Commercial audiobook. 2002.

The Second Bill Slider Omnibus    RC 64587
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Anne Flosnik
5 cassettes
Three mysteries featuring British detective inspector Bill Slider. In Killing Time a male stripteaser is murdered, in Blood Lines a music critic’s death is made to look like a suicide, and in Dead End a famous orchestra conductor is shot during a rehearsal. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

The Tourists    RC 64592
by Jeff Hobbs
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
New York City. Former Yale classmates Ethan, a bisexual furniture designer; David, a stock trader now married to Samona; and an unnamed struggling journalist reunite seven years after graduation. Ethan and Samona begin an affair—then Ethan’s brother appears, precipitating a crisis. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Three Strikes and You’re Dead: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    RC 64599
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Maine mystery writer Jessica Fletcher visits friends Meg and Jack Duffy and their foster son Ty in Arizona, where Ty plays baseball for the AA-league Rattlers. After a victory celebration Junior Bennett—Ty’s team rival and the owner’s son—turns up dead. Amnesiac Ty is arrested, leaving Jessica to investigate. 2006.

Mistral’s Kiss: A Meredith Gentry Novel    RC 64600
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Meredith Gentry, mortal princess of the faerie court, devotes herself to the royal duty of conceiving an heir. Meredith takes a new lover—Mistral, Queen Andais’s guard captain. Mistral reawakens Meredith’s fae magic while others continue to plot her demise. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Back Spin: A Myron Bolitar Mystery    RC 64607
by Harlan Coben
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Sports agent Myron Bolitar assists in resolving a kidnapping. The son of champion golfer Jack Coldren and his equally talented wife Linda has been snatched at the peak of the U.S. Open. Bolitar uncovers skeletons in the parents’ closet as he investigates. Some violence and some strong language. 1997.

What a Lady Wants: The Last Man Standing, Book 2    RC 64612
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1854. Lady Felicity Melville is seeking adventure and a husband when she encounters rakish heir Nigel Cavendish bounding over her garden wall. The two are forced to wed in haste after they are caught in scandalous circumstances—but Felicity wants Nigel to love her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Well of Stars    RC 64614
by Robert Reed
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
When the Great Ship, a vast, ancient spacecraft, encounters a dark nebula cloud, submaster Pamir sets out on a streakship to investigate. He discovers a godlike entity with the potential to destroy the universe. Sequel to Marrow (RC 64293). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Aunt Dimity Goes West    RC 64615
by Nancy Atherton
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Lori Shepherd leaves her husband in England and takes their five-year-old twins on vacation to Bluebird, Colorado, a Rocky Mountain mining town. At their luxurious cabin Lori discovers the former caretaker has mysteriously vanished. Lori investigates rumors of a curse and a century-old mystery, with Aunt Dimity’s supernatural help. 2007.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist    RC 64621
by Mohsin Hamid
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Lahore, Pakistan. Changez reminisces to an American about his time in the United States. Although a Princeton graduate with an impressive job and a wealthy girlfriend, Changez sympathized with the Islamic extremists behind the 9/11 terrorists attacks and returned home. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Set Sail for Murder: A Henrie O Mystery    RC 64622
by Carolyn Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Retired journalist Henrie O’Dwyer Collins receives an unexpected call from her former boyfriend Jimmy Lennox, who believes someone is trying to kill his filmmaker wife Sophia. Henrie O joins Jimmy’s family on a Baltic cruise to protect Sophia from a would-be killer and from heirs eager for their inheritance. 2007.

The Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery    RC 64623
by Alane Ferguson
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Silverton, Colorado. Seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney helps her coroner father investigate after Cameryn’s classmate Kyle discovers a teacher burned to death in his bed. While searching for clues, Cameryn also has to deal with her estranged mother’s visit and her attraction to Kyle. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2006.

Irish Linen: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel    RC 64624
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
When local Chicago boy Desmond Doolin goes missing in Iraq, singer/psychic Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband Dermot Coyne investigate. While the government stalls the family, the couple discovers that Desmond’s situation is interwoven with a fictional memoir the two are reading. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico: A Luis Gonzalo Novel, Book 4    RC 64629
by Steven Torres
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Children in rural Angustias, Puerto Rico, are disappearing. Sheriff Luis Gonzalo investigates and encounters a violent group of patriots before he eventually discovers the true perpetrators and their motives. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Choirboys    RC 64630
by Joseph Wambaugh
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Ten off-duty Los Angeles police officers routinely meet at a local park after hours for drinking and sex sessions they euphemistically call "choir practice." Trouble arises when a choirboy is fatally shot during one such gathering. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 1975.

Fresh Men Two: New Voices in Gay Fiction    RC 64632
edited by Donald Weise
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Twenty short stories about gay experience—coming of age, adult heartbreak, relationships, and family. In "Last Summer" Johnny moves on after his lover’s death. "An Ideal Couple" follows the evolving friendship between Tom and an older man. Sequel to Fresh Men (RC 60469). Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2005.

The Wedding Bargain    RC 64633
by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Thirty-year-old secretary Eliza Hanford’s boss, New York coal magnate Daniel Morgan, proposes to her a marriage of convenience. Liza agrees, and the arrangement is a success until Dan is wrongly accused of murder. As the criminal trial progresses, Dan and Eliza realize how much they truly love each other. 1966.

The Day before Winter: Bennett’s Island Saga    RC 64634
by Elisabeth Ogilvie
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Owen Bennett loses his sternman before the start of the dangerous winter lobster season and seeks a replacement despite his wife’s insistence he retire. Newcomers bring conflict to the tight-knit, Maine island community, including two relatives who return hoping to forget past mistakes on the mainland. Some strong language. 1997.

The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War    RC 64642
by Howard Bahr
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
1885. Almost twenty years after Cass Wakefield’s return to his Mississippi hometown, he accompanies childhood neighbor Alison Sansing and two army buddies to Franklin, Tennessee, to recover the bodies of Alison’s kinfolk. The veterans relive their wartime traumas and face another tragedy. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

The Accidental Florist: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    RC 64643
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Amateur sleuth Jane Jeffry and her longtime love, detective Mel VanDyne, finally decide to get married. Mel convinces Jane to take a self-defense course. When the instructor is murdered, Jane balances an investigation with nuptial planning, which is hindered by the intrusion of both her former and future mothers-in-law. 2007.

Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Mystery    RC 64649
by Stuart Woods
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Attorney Stone Barrington reluctantly represents con man Herbie Fisher in a lawsuit against mob boss Carmine Dattila. As the case progresses, Herbie disappears and Stone romances Celia Cox, a masseuse who believes her psychotic ex-boyfriend will kill her. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Family: Firstborn, Book 4    RC 64653
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Indiana. Christian drama instructor Katy Hart agonizes over her relationship with Hollywood star Dayne Matthews, while Dayne calls upon his newfound faith in God to help them find a way to be together. At the same time, Dayne’s biological sister wants to meet him. Sequel to Found
(RC 63577)
. 2006.

The Deception of the Emerald Ring: Pink Carnation, Book 3    RC 64654
by Lauren Willig
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Twentieth-century Harvard researcher Eloise Kelly and Englishman Colin Selwick investigate nineteenth-century spies. In 1803, English agent Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe is called from his elopement to quash an Irish rebellion supported by Napoleon’s agents. Geoffrey’s bride Letty follows him and becomes embroiled in the espionage. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Prince Kidnaps a Bride: The Lost Princesses, Book 3    RC 64660
by Christina Dodd
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
1810. After ten years of exile in a Scottish convent, Crown Princess Sorcha undertakes the perilous journey home. She is accompanied by the fisherman Arnou, who is really Prince Rainger on a mission to regain his kingdom and marry Sorcha. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Apex Hides the Hurt    RC 64667
by Colson Whitehead
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1 cassette
To help rename their town, the council of Winthrop hires the nomenclature consultant who coined the slogan for Apex multicultural adhesive bandages. The consultant soon discovers that each council member—African American mayor Regina Goode, local aristocrat Albert Winthrop, and software maven Lucky Aberdeen—has a hidden agenda. Some strong language. 2006.

Old Man’s War    RC 64670
by John Scalzi
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Seventy-five-year-old widower John Perry relinquishes his earthly existence and enlists in the Colonial Defense Forces. John and fellow aging recruits are restored to youthful bodies to battle enemy aliens in the interstellar race to colonize the universe. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Hugo Award finalist. 2005.

The Book of Lost Things    RC 64674
by John Connolly
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
England, 1930s. Young David, sad and angry over his mother’s death and father’s remarriage, is transported to another realm through a gap in a garden wall. To return home, David undertakes a quest to find a king and the Book of Lost Things, and grows up along the way. Some violence. 2006.

Eat the Document    RC 64681
by Dana Spiotta
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In 1972, war protestor Mary Whittaker and her lover Bobby Desoto become fugitives and separate after a deadly bombing. In Seattle in 2000, widow Mary’s teenage son Jason, an anticorporate activist, uncovers his mother’s secret and finds Bobby. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. National Book Award finalist. 2006.

Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel    RC 64752
by Lee Child
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
After the murder of a former army colleague, ex-military cop Jack Reacher contacts his old special investigation unit only to learn that there are more deaths among them. With the help of retired sergeant Frances Neagley and other survivors, Reacher searches for the cause. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Blaze    RC 64754
by Richard Bachman
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
Maine. Clayton "Blaze" Blaisdell, a petty criminal left mentally disabled by parental abuse, partners with George Rackley to commit crimes. After George dies, Blaze continues with their plot to kidnap a wealthy family’s baby and finds himself in danger. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Lean Mean Thirteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel    RC 64755
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
PI Stephanie Plum becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of her ex-husband, lawyer Dickie Orr. Plum and cohorts Ranger and Joe Morelli uncover Dickie’s illicit ties to drug dealers—who now believe that Stephanie is hiding money from them. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

The Laughing Corpse: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter    RC 64757
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Someone or something is killing—and eating—St. Louis residents. Zombie animator Anita Blake investigates possible connections to a powerful voodoo priest while she fights off the persistent advances of master vampire Jean-Claude, who wants Anita to be his human servant. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1994.

The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery    RC 64779
by Sue Henry
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Senior citizen Maxie McNabb’s cross-country RV adventure brings her and her miniature dachshund Stretch to Taos, New Mexico, where she befriends divorcée Shirley Morgan. Having lost her savings to a con man, Shirley has apparently attempted suicide. But when Shirley is murdered and Stretch dognapped, Maxie investigates. 2006.

A Thousand Splendid Suns    RC 64803
by Khaled Hosseini
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Afghanistan, 1970s–2000s. At age fifteen Mariam is married off to mucholder, abusive shoemaker Rasheed. Rasheed takes a second wife, Laila, a student who lost her family and true love. The women bond as violence escalates at home and in wartorn Kabul. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Thou Shalt Not Kill: Biblical Mystery Stories    RC 64826
edited by Anne Perry
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Fifteen short mysteries, spanning past and present, rooted in the Bible. Simon Brett examines an Old Testament murder in "Cain Was Innocent." Also includes Bill Crider’s modern crucifix-ion tale "The Man on the Cross" and works by Carole Nelson Douglas, Peter Robinson, the editor, and others. Some strong language. 2005.

The Waters of Kronos    RC 64827
by Conrad Richter
read by Richard Davidson
1 cassette
Semiautobiographical novel in which John Donner journeys to the town of his youth, Unionville, a Pennsylvania Dutch mining town now submerged in the waters of the dammed Kronos River. John’s compulsion to reconnect with his past evokes reflections on the power of memory and familial bonds. National Book Award. 1960.

The View from Mount Joy    RC 64974
by Lorna Landvik
read by Robertson Dean
2 cassettes
In 1971 teenager Joe Anderson moves to Minnesota with his widowed mother. There Joe dates art student Darva Pratt but is led astray by cheerleader Kristi Casey. Years later, Kristi becomes an evangelist and marries a politician, while Joe settles down with a family. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Fire in the Blood    RC 64975
by Irène Némirovsky
read by Mark Bramhall
1 cassette
Rural France before World War II. Solitary, middle-aged Silvio returns to village life after the arrival of a cousin and the revelation of long-hidden secrets. Posthumous novel by the author of Suite Française (RC 62505), who perished in Auschwitz in 1942. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Empire of Ivory: The Temeraire Adventures, Book 4    RC 64979
by Naomi Novik
read by Simon Vance
2 cassettes
Following Black Powder War (RC 64548), Captain William Laurence and his dragon Temeraire return to England from Istanbul to discover that an epidemic is killing off the dragon air force. The pair heads to Africa for a cure while hiding from Napoleon and his Chinese dragon Lien. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

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Books for Children

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

Cassette books are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Cassettes Nonfiction

Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea    RC 60894
by Peter Benchley
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Author of Jaws relates his sea diving adventures and close encounters with creatures of the deep. Discusses what he’s learned about shark behavior, mistakes he’s made, and advice about avoiding shark attacks and swimming safely in the ocean. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Easter: Parades, Chocolates, and Celebration    RC 60944
by Elaine Landau
read by Dave Corey
1 cassette
Explains the origins of the Easter celebration and its importance for Christians. Discusses the Easter bunny, Easter symbols, and modern customs. Includes a craft project. For grades 2-4. 2004.

Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales    RC 60950
selected by Neil Philip
read by Mary Beth Wise
1 cassette
Fourteen folktales retold in English with notes on their origins. In "The Flea" a young man must outwit a great magician in order to marry his daughter. In the title piece a group of young men join a fiesta where all the women have chicken feet. For grades 4-7. 2003.

The Mail Must Go Through: The Story of the Pony Express    RC 62073
by Margaret Rau
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Examines the brief history of the Pony Express (April 1860–October 1861) and the riders who made it successful. Discusses the impact of the Civil War and the development of the telegraph. Includes a time line and lists of riders, sources, and web sites. For grades 6-9. 2005.

I’m Still Scared    RC 63796
by Tomie De Paola
read by Bruce Nelson
1 cassette
Tomie was in the second grade during World War II. He recalls going on with normal activities despite air-raid drills at school and blackout curtains at home. His parents explained the confusion and comforted him. Continues from Things Will Never Be the Same (RC 58815). For grades 2-4. 2006.

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur    RC 63853
by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
read by Barbara Rappaport
1 cassette
A young girl describes the activities and meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days as she celebrates them with her family. Explains why Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, takes place in the seventh month and why Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a fasting day. For grades K-3. 1997.

The Great Circle: A History of the First Nations    RC 64075
by Neil Philip
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Examines Native American history before, during, and after the arrival of Europeans in North America. Explains the culture clash between the Indians’ value systems and the white settlers’ economic priorities. Covers the re-emergence in the twentieth century of Native American culture and pride. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Cats to the Rescue: True Tales of Heroic Felines    RC 64129
by Marilyn Singer
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Relates incidents of cats performing amazing feats, from pointing out a gas leak to locating a needed asthma inhaler. Features accounts of cats as war heroes, hunters, world travelers, survivors, and fictional characters. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Kids Cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only Three Ingredients    RC 64315
by Rozanne Gold
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Dozens of recipes for beginning cooks covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. Offers variations on hard-boiled eggs, smoothies, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Includes how-to tips, kitchen safety information, and tricks of the trade from professional chefs. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD    RC 64316
by John F. Taylor
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Defines attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Offers advice on diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate diet. Discusses handling emotions, getting organized, succeeding at school, and getting along with parents, family, and friends. Includes short quizzes at the end of each chapter. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers    RC 64318
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Biographical profiles of men and women who ventured into the unknown, arranged by continent of exploration. Includes Leif Eriksson, the Viking discoverer of North America; Marco Polo, the Italian traveler who crossed Asia; and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Ladies First: Forty Daring American Women Who Were Second to None    RC 64355
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Profiles American women of diverse backgrounds who achieved significant firsts in various fields. Features artists, athletes, performers, politicians, and businesswomen from colonial times through the twentieth century. Includes Phillis Wheatley, Maria Tallchief, Sacagawea, Lynn Hill, and others. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2006.

Bake It Up! Desserts, Breads, Entire Meals, and More    RC 64598
by Rose Dunnington
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Features recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts. Includes muffins, pies, and specialty breads for sandwiches, pizza, and stromboli. Covers baking basics and science, equipment needed for each dish, and techniques and tips. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Like a Pro: 101 Simple Ways to Do Really Important Stuff    RC 64605
by Helaine Becker
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Practical advice to use at school, at home, and outdoors. Includes tips for blowing a giant bubble, performing a magic trick, roasting a marshmallow, changing a bike tire, dealing with bullies, throwing a party, keeping a secret, setting a table, and producing an ultra-loud whistle. For grades 3-6. 2006.

What You Never Knew about Beds, Bedrooms, and Pajamas    RC 64613
by Patricia Lauber
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Traces the history of sleeping habits from Stone Age nights around an open fire and Egyptian, Greek, and Roman "day beds" to group sleeping arrangements of the Middle Ages and the concept of private bedrooms. Discusses mattresses, blankets, and nightclothes through the ages. For grades 2-4. 2006.

The Blue Jean Book: The Story behind the Seams    RC 64661
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Traces the history of denim pants with riveted pockets from workers’ garment to fashion statement. Discusses the partnership between Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss for the first patent. Highlights the introduction of women’s jeans during World War II, advertisements through the decades, and sweatshop conditions. For grades 6-9. 2005.

The Great Tug of War and Other Stories    RC 64856
retold by Beverley Naidoo
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Eight trickster rabbit tales from South Africa. In the title piece, Mmutla the hare claims to be stronger than Tlou the elephant and Kubu the hippo. He proposes a tug-of-war contest with each of them to prove it. For grades 3-6. 2006.

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Cassettes Fiction

Operation Baby-Sitter: Matt Christopher Soccer ’Cats, Book 2    RC 57854
by Matt Christopher
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Ten-year-old Bundy is captain of his soccer team, and the last thing he wants is a baby-sitter bringing him to summer games. He hopes that giving her the cold shoulder will cause her to quit, but Mary is a good soccer player and has her own strategy. For grades 2-4. 1999.

Hoop Girlz    RC 58225
by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Eleven-year-old River, who loves basketball, is not chosen to play in the town’s tournament. She decides to create her own new team. With fourteen-year-old brother Zack as coach, River and her friends—including Jennifer in her wheelchair—play their hearts out. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Mystery of Alligator Swamp: A Boxcar Children Mystery    RC 59440
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are in Louisiana learning about fishing and Cajun cooking. When a boat is found with a bite in it, locals believe a ghost alligator attacked it. The Alden children set out to discover if the swamp is really haunted. For grades 3-6. 2002.

The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot; My Name Is America    RC 59687
by Barry Denenberg
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old orphan William runs away from brutal farm life and finds work in Boston. There he writes of his experiences in the turbulent pre-Revolutionary War city, where he joins the cause of the patriots who oppose British rule. For grades 4-7. 1998.

The Journal of Rufus Rowe: A Witness to the Battle of Fredericksburg; My Name Is America    RC 60057
by Sid Hite
read by Peter Lavezzoli
1 cassette
Virginia, 1862. Sixteen-year-old Rufus Rowe runs away from home and settles in Fredericksburg. He documents in his journal the Civil War battle that unfolds around him. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Heck Superhero    RC 60899
by Martine Leavitt
read by Bruce Nelson
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Heck tries to survive in the streets when his mentally ill mother is evicted from their apartment and disappears. He bounces between the superhero character he imagines himself to be and harsh reality before realizing that it’s OK to ask for help. For grades 6-9. 2004.

The Mysterious Code: A Trixie Belden Mystery    RC 61628
by Kathryn Kenny
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Trixie Belden and her friends in the Bob-White club decide to have an antique show to raise money for charity. But thieves ransack the clubhouse and try to rob them of their donated treasures. For grades 4-7. 1961.

The Son of Summer Stars: The Firebringer Trilogy, Book 3    RC 62517
by Meredith Ann Pierce
read by Dave Corey
2 cassettes
Jan, the prince of unicorns, uses his knowledge of fire to assist the unicorns’ return to their ancestral homeland. But his father’s revelation of a long-kept secret imperils Jan’s personal happiness and his standing in the tribe. Sequel to Dark Moon (RC 62075). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1996.

Poppy’s Return    RC 62710
by Avi
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Poppy sets out for her ancestral home, Gray House, to save the mice from destruction by a bulldozer. Her troublesome teenaged son, Junior; his best friend, a skunk called Mephitis; and Uncle Ereth, a porcupine, accompany her on the journey. Sequel to Ereth’s Birthday (RC 50763). For grades 3-6. 2005.

Robert and the Practical Jokes    RC 63344
by Barbara Seuling
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
As a boys-versus-girls war of practical jokes escalates in his third-grade classroom, Robert finds it difficult to ask a girl’s help in learning to dance before a family wedding reception. Chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Meet Kit: An American Girl, Book 1    RC 63345
by Valerie Tripp
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Cincinnati, 1934. When her father loses his car dealership during the Great Depression, Kit and her family are forced to make many changes. Nine-year-old Kit proves to be as resourceful as her mother. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Sliding into Home    RC 63758
by Dori Hillestad Butler
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
When thirteen-year-old Joelle, a star baseball player, moves from Minneapolis to small town Greendale, Iowa, she is dismayed to learn that baseball is only for the boys. When school bureaucrats won’t change the policy, Joelle starts an all-girl baseball league with neighboring towns. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Skeleton Key: An Alex Rider Adventure    RC 63823
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider foils a Chinese plot to upset the Wimbledon tennis championships. He is loaned to the CIA and sent to a Cuban island. There he must find out what a former psychopathic Russian general is planning to do with a nuclear bomb. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Grandfather’s Dance    RC 63852
by Patricia MacLachlan
read by Barbara Rappaport
1 cassette
As her family gathers for the prairie wedding of her sister Anna, fourth-grader Cassie wonders about all the fuss. She observes the similarities between her little brother Jack and her grandfather, who dances at Anna’s wedding. Sequel to More Perfect than the Moon (RC 60919). For grades 3-6. 2006.

The Unresolved    RC 64054
by T.K. Welsh
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
New York City, June 1904. Fifteen-year-old Mallory Meer’s first kiss comes on the day she dies, trapped in a fire on the steamship General Slocum. Her spirit returns to search for the person responsible for the blaze that killed more than a thousand people. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Black Stallion’s Blood Bay Colt    RC 64136
by Walter Farley
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Aging trainer Jimmy Creech entrusts the birth of Bonfire, the Black Stallion’s offspring, to young Tom Messenger. When Jimmy’s health fails, Tom needs to learn about harness racing quickly and becomes trainer and sulky driver for Bonfire’s first race. For grades 4-7. 1950.

Butt Wars! The Final Conflict    RC 64268
by Andy Griffiths
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Zack teams up with Robobutt to travel 65 million years back in time to the reign of prehistoric buttosaurs and other stinky creatures in this concluding sequel to Zombie Butts from Uranus! (RC 64066). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Freddy in Peril: The Golden Hamster Saga, Book 2    RC 64352
by Dietlof Reiche
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
After Freddy the hamster posts his memoir I, Freddy (RC 63492) on the Internet, Professor Fleischkopf kidnaps him—the only hamster who can read and write—to dissect his brain. Sir William, a civilized tomcat, and singing guinea pigs Enrico and Caruso band together to save Freddy. For grades 3-6. 1999.

The Case of the Nana-Napper: A Wright and Wong Mystery, Book 2    RC 64353
by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
When her dependable grandmother is missing from her souvenir shop, Agatha Wong believes that Nana Wong has been kidnapped. She enlists her crime-solving partner Orville Wright, who has Asperger’s syndrome, to help solve the case. Sequel to The Case of the Prank That Stank (RC 64127). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse    RC 64354
by Helen Wells
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette (Reissue)
Working in the children’s ward during her senior year of nursing school, Cherry Ames meets Lex Upham, a young doctor with a questionable rep-utation. When someone steals a new drug that could help the war effort, everyone suspects Lex. Cherry sets out to prove he’s innocent. For grades 5-8. 1944.

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1    RC 64370
by John Flanagan
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
The battleschool rejects Will because of his small size, but ranger Halt recognizes the fifteen-year-old’s special skills and chooses Will as his apprentice. What Will doesn’t know is that the rangers are the secret protectors of the kingdom, which evil Lord Morgarath is planning to attack. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Freddy to the Rescue: The Golden Hamster Saga, Book 3    RC 64383
by Dietlof Reiche
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Freddy, a golden hamster who can read and write, rallies his animal and human friends to save a colony of endangered field hamsters from being wiped out when an automobile plant is to be built on their land. Sequel to Freddy in Peril (RC 64352). For grades 3-6. 2000.

A Small White Scar    RC 64474
by K.A. Nuzum
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Colorado, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Will Bennon has his heart set on entering his first rodeo. He’s fed up with his father’s rules and with acting as caregiver for his twin brother Denny, who has Down syndrome. But when Will sets out on his horse, Denny follows him. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Jack’s Knife    RC 64486
by Beverley Wood and Chris Wood
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A stray bull terrier leads fourteen-year-old Jackson Kyle from modern-day Canada to 1930s Juneau, Alaska. During the trip back in time, Jackson solves a mystery and finds an opportunity to right an injustice done by his friend Al McMann, ninety-one, a former frontier lawman. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go: Book 2    RC 64635
by Annie Barrows
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
When second-graders Ivy and Bean discover a ghost in the school bathroom, their classmates become so frightened they won’t go in there. Now it’s up to Ivy and Bean to expel the ghost. Sequel to Ivy and Bean (RC 64440). For grades 2-4. 2006.

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City    RC 64652
by Kirsten Miller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
At twelve, Ananka Fishbein discovers an underground room when a sinkhole opens in the park near her New York City apartment. Ananka meets Kiki Strike, a mysterious girl who also wants to explore the subterranean world—and suddenly Ananka’s existence is no longer boring. For grades 5-8. 2006.

New Dawn on Rocky Ridge: The Rose Years, Book 6    RC 64655
by Roger Lea MacBride
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Rose Wilder welcomes the new century of the 1900s while living in Mansfield, Missouri. Her parents take in a boarder to earn money to save their farm. And Rose becomes interested in boys. Sequel to Little Town in the Ozarks (RC 63429). For grades 5-8. 1997.

Cherry Ames, Veterans’ Nurse    RC 64656
by Helen Wells
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette (Reissue)
Army nurse Cherry Ames returns home to Illinois and begins a new assignment at a veterans rehabilitation hospital. While healing the bodies and spirits of wounded soldiers, Cherry meets Toby, a four-year-old boy with a life-threatening disease. Cherry wants to help but doesn’t trust Toby’s doctor. For grades 5-8. 1946.

Without a Trace: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective    RC 64658
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George investigate the theft of a priceless Fabergé egg from a new neighbor. Meanwhile, someone is smashing all of the zucchinis in the neighborhood gardens. For grades 3-6. 2004.

The Million-Dollar Putt    RC 64673
by Dan Gutman
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Ed "Bogie" Bogard, blind since age four, enjoys the guitar and sports. Because Bogie can’t play golf alone, he teams up with Birdie, his shy neighbor. Then someone enters Bogie in a million-dollar putting contest. For grades 5-8. 2006.

False Notes: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective    RC 64683
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Nancy Drew suspects that Leslie, the daughter of a mayoral candidate, has been kidnapped but is confused when Leslie isn’t reported missing. Nancy enlists the help of her friends George and Bess to search for the girl on their own. For grades 3-6. 2004.

The Misadventures of Maude March; or, Trouble Rides a Fast Horse    RC 64687
by Audrey Couloumbis
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
When a stray bullet kills their guardian aunt, eleven-year-old Sallie and her older sister Maude head west to find their Uncle Arlen. Through a series of coincidences and mishaps—which unfold like the plots in Sallie’s beloved dime novels—the girls become outlaws. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic    RC 64692
by Emily Jenkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends—Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic—who happen to be toys belonging to a little girl. In "The Serious Problem of Plastic-ness" Plastic discovers what toy she is with the help of TukTuk the towel. For grades K-3. 2006.

Patience, Princess Catherine    RC 64758
by Carolyn Meyer
read by Corrie James
1 cassette
England, early 1500s. Catherine, a fifteen-year-old Spanish princess, arrives at court to marry Arthur, prince of Wales and heir to the throne. When he dies shortly after their wedding, the question of a betrothal to Arthur’s younger brother Henry arises—and Catherine wants to be queen. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Rafi and Rosi: Carnival!    RC 64761
by Lulu Delacre
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Three short stories about two Puerto Rican tree frogs, brother and sister Rafi and Rosi (RC 64993), as they celebrate Carnival. In "Terrible Mask" Rafi frightens Rosi with his mask, but she scares him, too. Includes craft instructions. For grades K-3. 2006.

Lulu’s Hat    RC 64770
by Susan Meddaugh
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Lulu, the adopted child of a true magic family, gets to spend the summer as Uncle Jerry’s assistant in his traveling magic show. An old top hat Lulu finds in the costume trunk allows her to perform magic tricks that are often unpredictable. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Dark Water Rising    RC 64843
by Marian Hale
read by John Polk
1 cassette
In 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth’s father moves the family to the booming port city of Galveston, Texas, for better opportunities. After a destructive hurricane, Seth joins the reconstruction efforts, deepening his resolve to be a carpenter like his father rather than to attend college. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Magician’s Boy    RC 64849
by Susan Cooper
read by John Polk
1 cassette
During a performance of Saint George and the Dragon, a magician’s assistant can’t find the puppet of Saint George. The angry magician sends the boy to the Land of Story to find the missing marionette. A talking, walking signpost starts the boy on his quest. For grades 2-4. 2005.

One-Handed Catch    RC 64853
by M.J. Auch
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
1940s. Sixth-grader Norman Schmidt’s desire to be a baseball player or an artist suffers a setback when he loses his left hand in a meat grinder. But a mother who makes him do everything for himself and his own determination put Norm on the baseball team. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Jack Plank Tells Tales    RC 64861
by Natalie Babbitt
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Jack Plank, an out-of-work pirate, comes ashore and stays at a friendly boarding house. He rejects one career after another, each night telling a story related to his reasons. When he runs out of money, his new friends come up with the perfect job for him. For grades 3-6. 2007.

All Hallows’ Eve: Thirteen Stories    RC 64862
by Vivian Vande Velde
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry. In "Cemetery Field Trip" a ninth-grade girl is tricked into a crypt by a homeless man and rescued by ghosts. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2006.

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Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

Clemente: La Pasión y el Carisma del último Héroe del Béisbol (Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero)    RC 61063
por David Maraniss
leído por Juan Ramírez
4 cassettes
Biografía del famoso jugador de béisbol, Roberto Clemente (1934–1972). Clemente fue uno de los primeros latinos que jugaba en las grandes ligas, y durante muchas temporadas jugó como jardinero de los Piratas de Pittsburgh. La biografía describe su vida en Puerto Rico, su espectácular carrera, y los prejuicios que superaba.También habla de sus obras de caridad y, últimamente, de su muerte en caída de avión mientras llevaba alimientos a los víctimas de un devastador terremoto. Lenguaje injurioso. (Biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right-fielder Roberto Clemente (1934–1972), one of the major league’s first Latino players. Details Clemente’s upbringing in Puerto Rico, his arrival in the majors, and the prejudice he endured. Discusses his charitable works and his death on a disaster relief flight. Strong language.) 2006.

Inmigración y Ciudadanía en Estados Unidos: Su Guía Completa (U.S. Immigration and Citizenship: Your Complete Guide)    RC 61065
por Allan Wernick
leído por los varios narradores
5 cassettes
Un abogado de inmigración presenta la información más reciente que se necesita para visitar, mudarse o quedarse legalmente en los Estados Unidos. Enseña cómo obtener una visa o tarjeta verde, qué puede ayudar o perjudicar el proceso, cuándo se necesita un abogado, cuáles son los trámites para las entrevistas, de dónde saca los formularios y mayor información, y mucho más. (Immigration lawyer provides updated information for legal immigration to the United States. Includes instructions for obtaining visas, green cards, and citizenship. Explains what helps and hinders the process, when a lawyer is needed, how interviews are conducted, and where to get more information.) 2005.

Pitágoras (Pythagoras)    RC 61071
por Patricia Caniff
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Biografía del filósofo griego mejor conocido por su teorema geométrico. Nacido en 570 a.C., Pitágoras exhibe una curiosidad insaciable y emprende un viaje por todo el mundo de la antigüedad en busca de los tesoros del conocimiento. Treinta y cinco años más tarde regresa a su país para poner en prática sus teorías matemáticas y sus doctrinas filosóficas que dan estructura al mundo natural y a la vida diaria. (Biography of the Greek philosopher best known for his geometric theorem. Born in 570 B.C.E., Pythagoras traveled throughout the ancient world for thirty-five years in search of knowledge. Returning home, he developed his mathematical theories and philosophies, giving structure to the natural world and daily living.) 2003.

Cuentos Más que Completos (Complete and More Complete Stories)    RC 61073
por Juan Bosch
leído por María Pino
5 cassettes
Una colección de más de cincuenta cuentos del famoso escritor y político dominicano. Reunen sus anteriores colecciónes de "Cuentos escritos antes del exilio," "Cuentos escritos en el exilio," y "Más cuentos escritos en el exilio." También incluyen unos cuentos hasta ahora no recopilados, así como los "Apuntes sobre el arte de escribir cuentos" de Bosch. El escritor Sergio Ramírez presenta un prólogo biográfico sobre Bosch que introduce la colección. (Collection of more than fifty short stories by Dominican author and politician. Contains pieces written before and during his exile as well as previously unpublished works. Also includes Bosch’s notes on the art of story writing and a biographical pro-logue by Dominican writer Sergio Ramírez.) 2001.

El Sol de Breda (The Sun over Breda)    RC 61074
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
Flandes, 1625. El joven Iñigo Balboa alista como mochilero del capitán Alastriste a medida que los españoles asedian el pueblo rebelde de Breda. Iñigo es testigo de primero mano del combate y devastación de la larga batalla que más tarde se inmortalizará en el famoso cuadro de Diego Velázquez. Violencia. (Flanders, 1625. Young Iñigo Balboa signs on as the aide of Captain Alatriste as the Spaniards lay siege to the rebel town of Breda. Iñigo witnesses firsthand the furious combat and the devastation of a battle that will be immortalized in the famous painting by Velázquez. Violence.) 1998.

Big Papi: La Historia de Mis Anhelos y Mis Grandes Batazos (Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits)    RC 62952
por David Ortiz
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Presenta la autobiografía del jugador de béisbol, David "Big Papi" Ortiz, quien ayudaba las Medias Rojas de Boston a ganar el campeonato del World Series en 2004, y así a poner fin a "La Maldición del Bambino." Ortiz rememora su niñez en la República Dominicana y habla de sus experiencias con los Marineros de Seattle, los Mellizos de Minnesota y, por fin, las Medias Rojas de Boston. (Autobiography of baseball player David "Big Papi" Ortiz, who helped the Boston Red Sox break the "curse of the bambino" by winning the 2004 World Series. Ortiz recalls his childhood in the Dominican Republic and discusses his career with the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins, and the Red Sox.) 2007.

Qué Sé Yo de la Biblia: Todo lo que Necesitas Saber acerca del Libro Sagrado (Don’t Know Much about the Bible: Everything You Need to Know about the Good Book but Never Learned)    RC 62953
por Kenneth C. Davis
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
Examina la cultura y el ambiente en que se dió origen de la Biblia y describe la perspectiva histórica de las varias historias de la Bibla. Repasa el debate sobre los autores de los Viejo y Nuevo Testamentos y las épocas en que se escribían. También explica las influencias de otras tradiciones religiosas sobre la compliación y estructura de la Biblia. (Examines the culture and environment in which the Bible was written and explores the Good Book by placing some of its accounts in historical perspective. Details views on when and by whom the Old and New Testaments were written and how other traditions influenced their contents and structure.) 2005.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis    RC 62954
por Alicia Perris Villamor
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Biografía de la aristocrática primera dama Jackie Kennedy quien ganó fama universal como esposa de John Kennedy y más tarde como esposa de Aristóteles Onassis. Aunque Jackie se ve encuadrada por los hombres de su vida, exhibe las calidades innatas que por las adversidades de su vida, le lleva a hacerse icono por derecho propio. (Biography of former first lady Jackie Kennedy, who as wife of John Kennedy and later Aristotle Onassis, achieved international recognition. Initially defined by the men in her life, through personal adversity she exhibited a range of innate strengths that made her an icon in her own right.) 2005.

Malinche    RC 62955
por Laura Esquivel
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Historia de la llegada de Hernan Cortés a México donde encuentra a una joven, Malinalli, que le sirve como intérprete. Malinalli trata de mediar entre su gente y los españoles, pero Cortés la seduce y termina saqueando y destruyendo la civilización azteca. Algunas descripciones de violencia y de índole sexual. (Tale of Hernan Cortés arriving in Mexico and acquiring a young Mexican maiden, Malinalli, as his interpreter. She attempts to mediate between her people and the Spaniards, but he ravishes her and plunders and destroys the native civilization. Some descriptions of sex and some violence.) 2006.

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Posted on 2014-12-02