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March and April 2009

In Brief

2009 Collection Development Advisory Group seeks suggestions

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group are appreciative of the input from fellow patrons and librarians concerning the NLS program. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key components in the success of the program and are thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations.

Please continue to submit your suggestions to committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library. The group will meet again at NLS on May 20–22, 2009, to review and discuss these and other matters.

Consumer Organization Representatives:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Cindy Van Winkle
6686 Capricorn Lane, N.E.
Bremerton, WA 98311
cindy.vw@msn.com

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Peter Davis
615 South Adams Street
Arlington, VA 22204
lottie.pete@verizon.net

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Sean Whalen
smwhalenpsp@gmail.com

Readers-at-Large:

Midlands Region—includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Dr. Fran Benham
8772 Bridgeport Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63144
napestlouis@sbcglobal.net

Northern Region—includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Randy Pierce
109 E. Glenwood Street
Nashua, NH 03060
alaric02@sprynet.com

Southern Region—includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.

Lula M. Brooks
723 Egret Bluff Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32211
jerryr@coj.net (Write "For Lula Brooks" in subject line.)

Western Region—includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Donna Ryan
1237 W. Granite Street
Butte, MT 59701
cliffhouse1237@q.com

Librarians:

Midlands

René Perrance
Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
388 SE 6th Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021-6340
(507) 333-4828; fax (507) 333-4832
rene.perrance@state.mn.us

Northern

Carol A. Taylor
Connecticut State Library
Library for the Blind and Handicapped
198 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 721-2020; fax (860) 721-2056
lbph@cslib.org

Southern

Jerry Reynolds
Manager
Talking Books/Special Needs
Jacksonville Public Library
303 N. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-0344; fax (904) 630-0604
jerryr@coj.net

Western

Keri E. Putnam
Nevada Talking Book Services
Nevada State Library and Archives
100 North Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4285
(775) 684-3354; fax (775) 684-3355
kputnam@nevadaculture.org

Children’s/Young Adult

Rachel Gould
Braille and Talking Book Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472-2790
(617) 972-7240; fax (617) 972-7363
rachel.gould@perkins.org

Magazine of the Month selections for 2009

Two NLS programs offer readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different magazine on audiocassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive some of the following:

Magazine of the Month

Alternates: Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel: Vacations for Real People; Birds and Blooms: Beauty in Your Own Backyard; The Family Handyman; Fit Yoga; Men’s Health; MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Popular Communications; Rolling Stone; Shape; Tricycle: The Buddhist Review; Vogue Knitting; and Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Alternates: Cicada; Dance Spirit; Fantasy and Science Fiction; Ferrets; Geek; Girls’ Life; Grit: American Life and Traditions; Gumbo: A Magazine of the Arts; Latina Style: A National Magazine for the Contemporary Hispanic Woman; Mother Earth News: The Original Guide to Living Wisely; Motor Trend; and Snowboarder

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.

Tax credit for disabled people

Many taxpayers may be missing a credit that could increase their federal income tax refunds by as much as $4,824. The IRS estimates that up to one in four taxpayers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) fail to claim the credit.

You may qualify if your income was less than $41,646 last year and you, or your spouse, worked or received disability retirement benefits under an employer plan and were under the minimum retirement age.

For more information contact the IRS at 1-800-906-9887 or visit the web site www.irs.gov.

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Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes     RC 62428
edited by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Modern members of the tribes that Lewis and Clark encountered during their 1804–1806 western travels provide nine wide-ranging essays on the impact of the expedition on Native Americans. Contributors, including Kiowa Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday and Sioux professor Vine Deloria Jr., blend familial, tribal, and American history. 2006.

The Gluten-Free Bible: The Thoroughly Indispensable Guide to Negotiating Life without Wheat     RC 62808
by Jax Peters Lowell
read by Kerry Dukin
4 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to living with celiac disease, the inability to digest grains containing gluten. Identifies edible and off-limits foods, providing dozens of recipes. Includes advice on emotional, social, family, and medical issues and tips on grocery shopping, traveling, and eating out. Lists celiac-friendly companies, restaurants, hotels, and products. 2005.

Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland     RC 63052
by Malachy McCourt
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Author of A Monk Swimming (RC 46334) presents multiple profiles of Irish personalities from ancient history to the twenty-first century. Includes political and military leaders during the Viking invasion, British occupation, Great Famine, and "the Troubles"—the late-twentieth-century period of violent conflict. Also includes poets and writers. 2004.

The Hardcore Diaries     RC 64091
by Mick Foley
read by Walter Dixon
2 cassettes
Author of Foley Is Good (RC 53068) provides an insider’s account of the six weeks of meetings, phone calls, backstage antics, and TV tapings that occurred before a wrestling match organized for Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment and televised on a pay-per-view basis. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Caesar: Life of a Colossus     RC 64400
by Adrian Goldsworthy
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
Biography of Caius Julius Caesar (ca. 100–44 B.C.E.) uses original documents to detail Caesar’s military role and political strategies, his dictatorship, and the fall of the Roman Republic. Portrays Caesar’s womanizing and family affairs before his assassination on the Ides of March, which led to civil war. 2006.

These Are My Rivers: New and Selected Poems, 1955–1993     RC 64517
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
read by Jonathan Davis
1 cassette
The bard of San Francisco expresses the moods of four decades in poetry. Includes selections from A Coney Island of the Mind, Who Are We Now?, and Landscapes of the Living and Dying, among other previously published volumes. "The Canticle of Jack Kerouac" is one of the later poems. 1993.

The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism     RC 64531
by Aaron Sachs
read by Lewis Grenville
5 cassettes
Examines the philosophy and scientific achievements of the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859). Features profiles of four nineteenth-century Americans influenced by Humboldt: J.N. Reynolds, South Seas explorer; Clarence King, frontier mountain climber; George Wallace Melville, Arctic explorer; and John Muir, environmentalist. 2006.

Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf     RC 64545
by Maureen B. Adams
read by Polly Stone
2 cassettes
A psychologist researches five women writers who relied on their dogs for emotional support during crises. Discusses the relationships authors Elizabeth Barrett, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf had with their favorite pets. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable     RC 64557
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
read by Ray Childs
4 cassettes
Discusses the phenomenon of the "black swan," a highly improbable event with enormous impact that in hindsight seems predictable, such as the 9/11 attacks and the development of Google. Taleb argues that our misplaced confidence in standardized narratives and unexamined generalizations obscures the importance of random events and uncertainties. Bestseller. 2007.

Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man     RC 64636
by Dale Peterson
read by Kerry Dukin
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Biography of Jane Goodall (born 1934), who revolutionized the study of primates. Colleague uses letters, conversations, and first-person accounts to describe Goodall’s life, including her childhood, work with chimpanzees, personal relationships, and advocacy for primates in the wild and in captivity. Discusses Louis Leakey’s influence on Goodall’s career. 2006.

The Discovery of India     RC 64641
by Jawaharlal Nehru
read by Richard Hauenstein
6 cassettes
History of Indian culture from its ancient beginnings through the British colonial period. Discusses philosophy, science, art, and personalities including the Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. Analyses religious texts. Written by Nehru (1889–1964), India’s first prime minister, while he was imprisoned at Ahmadnagar Fort for six months in 1944. 1944.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman     RC 64777
by Yvon Chouinard
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiography of environmentalist and founder of the California company Patagonia, Inc. Describes both his background as an avid outdoorsman and his foray into business. Chouinard details his nontraditional philosophies of design, production, finances, employment practices, and the environment and contends that business can enrich lives and still be profitable. 2005.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life     RC 64800
by Barbara Kingsolver
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Novelist Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible (RC 46882), describes moving back to an ancestral farm in the Appalachians with her biologist husband and two daughters to live off the land. Details caring for the garden, canning vegetables, and buying local meats. Decries the toxicity of industrial agriculture. Bestseller. 2007.

The Reagan Diaries     RC 64804
by Ronald Reagan
read by Peter Johnson
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Historian Douglas Brinkley, author of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc (RC 61223), edits journals kept by fortieth president Ronald Reagan during his two terms in office, from 1981–1989. Daily chronicles include Reagan’s thoughts on his family, political issues, religion, and "his empathy for citizens with physical disabilities." Bestseller. 2007.

The Old Way: A Story of the First People     RC 64812
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
This follow-up to the author’s 1959 work The Harmless People (RC 27489) describes the fate of the Bushmen living in Africa’s Kalahari Desert, whose hunter-gatherer way of life—which she believes had been preserved for thirty-five thousand years—was ended by modernization and governmental interference in the 1970s and 1980s. 2006.

Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World     RC 64821
by Margaret MacMillan
read by John Haag
3 cassettes
The author of Paris 1919 (RC 55337) chronicles American president Richard Nixon’s historic trip to the Communist People’s Republic of China in February 1972. Discusses the diplomacy and pomp of the visit and the roles of national security advisor Henry Kissinger and premier Chou En-lai. 2007.

The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million     RC 64825
by Daniel Mendelsohn
read by Robert Blumenfeld
4 cassettes
Author of The Elusive Embrace (RC 50368) documents his quest to uncover details about six relatives killed during the Holocaust. Recounts his international journeys to interview witnesses to the victims’ hiding, discovery, and murder. Describes the impact of their deaths on his family. National Book Critics Award. 2006.

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West     RC 64828
by Niall Ferguson
read by Peter Johnson
6 cassettes
Harvard professor posits that the twentieth century’s brutal wars were attributable to "ethnic conflict, economic volatility, and empires in decline." Cites examples of conflicts and genocides and reiterates his hypothesis, from Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (RC 61407), that the West is in decline. 2006.

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Americans over Fifty     RC 64857
by the American Bar Association
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Legal tips designed to help with informed decision-making. Includes advice on divorce and remarriage, grandparents’ rights, social security, pensions, estate planning, disability, Medicare and Medicaid, housing, and consumer protection, among other topics. Highlights questions to ask a lawyer and explains legal terms. 2006.

The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean     RC 64875
by John Julius Norwich
read by Lou Harpenau
5 cassettes
Author of A Short History of Byzantium (RC 47025) chronicles a millennium of power politics along the littoral lands of the Mediterranean Sea. Details the succession of empires from antiquity to World War I that have risen and fallen. Highlights the Mediterranean’s major battles and rulers. 2006.

Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal     RC 64880
by Ann Rule
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Crime journalist interviews investigators, prosecutors, and victims’ families to chronicle the investigation of Jenn Corbin’s 2004 murder and the conviction of her husband, dentist Bart Corbin, in Georgia. Discusses the circumstances surrounding Jenn’s death that led authorities to reopen the 1990 suicide case of Bart’s ex-girlfriend. Some violence. 2007.

When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine     RC 64890
by Barron H. Lerner
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Physician profiles thirteen prominent individuals diagnosed with an illness, including baseball player Lou Gehrig, who had ALS, and actress Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s. Explores their influence on the medical system and on public discourse regarding treatment as well as ethical and end-of-life issues. Some strong language. 2006.

The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors     RC 64896
by Lance M. Dodes
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Psychiatrist addresses addiction’s underlying emotional factors: feelings of helplessness, anger at being helpless, and the need to reassert power. Uses case studies to demonstrate psychological aspects of Internet, shopping, exercise, gambling, cleaning, and sex addictions. Discusses misconceptions and includes sections about teens and couples. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

True Grace: The Life and Death of an American Princess     RC 64903
by Wendy Leigh
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Biography of Hollywood star Grace Kelly (1929–1982), who married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Through numerous interviews with friends and associates, the author reveals Kelly’s series of love affairs, problems with her children, her husband’s infidelities, and the demise of her acting career. 2007.

The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945     RC 64973
by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
read by various narrators
2 cassettes
Companion volume to the PBS television documentary chronicles the Second World War using personal anecdotes. Focuses on four towns— Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Mobile, Alabama—and the citizens who experienced the conflict on the home front and on the battlefield. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2007.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation     RC 65007
by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
read by Barry Bernson
4 cassettes
The authors detail the role of journalists, both black and white, who documented the struggle for civil rights in the American South—often risking their lives. Chronicles coverage of the Emmett Till lynching case, the Selma march, the Montgomery bus boycott, and sit-ins. Some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 2006.

The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O’Neil’s America     RC 65019
by Joe Posnanski
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Kansas City sportswriter accompanies ninety-three-year-old former Negro League veteran Buck O’Neil to baseball games for a year. O’Neil reminisces about his teammates and his career as a player, a scout, and the first African American coach in the Majors. Some strong language. 2007.

The Seventeen Traditions     RC 65025
by Ralph Nader
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Civic activist shares life lessons gleaned from family and community during his boyhood in rural Connecticut. Revisits the people and events that shaped his youth as he reflects on the importance of history, health, sibling equality, education, listening, independent thinking, simple enjoyments, work, discipline, reciprocity, charity, patriotism, and solitude. 2007.

Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Bipolar Disorder     RC 65027
by Patrick E. Jamieson
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Editor of mental-health publications explains the causes, symptoms, treatment, and management of bipolar disorder. He describes his own experiences after being diagnosed at age fifteen. Discusses such issues as psychiatric hospitalization, mood-stabilizing medications, and talking about this mental illness with family and friends. For senior high readers. 2006.

Bobbi Brown Living Beauty     RC 65029
by Bobbi Brown
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Cosmetics mogul, now entering her fifties, explains the art of makeup for women over forty. Offers tips on skin care, nutrition, and fitness and advocates using makeup instead of plastic surgery to correct problems. Also gives advice on clothing and hair. Includes case studies. 2007.

Popular Mechanics Garage Makeovers: Adding Space without Adding On     RC 65031
by Rick Peters
read by Lou Harpenau
1 cassette
Author of Woodworker’s Hand Tools (RC 55981) offers a guide to exterior and interior garage upgrades for better space utilization. Includes instructions for enclosing a carport or creating a craft room, workshop, or living space. Provides information on flooring, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, storage, and plumbing and electrical systems. 2006.

Touchpoints, Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development     RC 65050
by T. Berry Brazelton
read by Timothy Hayes Lynch
4 cassettes
Pediatrician defines touchpoints as predictable times preceding growth spurts when a child briefly regresses. Covers development from the prenatal period through age three, emotional and behavioral patterns through age six, and the role of caregivers in a child’s life. Updated edition includes information on ADHD and obesity prevention. 2006.

The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History     RC 65055
by Joseph M. Marshall III
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Sioux author examines the life of Lakota warrior Crazy Horse (ca. 1842–1877) using oral accounts and established historical facts. Discusses Lakota culture, societal expectations placed on male tribe members, courtship and marriage customs, and power struggles among Lakota leaders. Depicts the changing Great Plains of the late nineteenth century. 2004.

Toussaint Louverture: A Biography     RC 65063
by Madison Smartt Bell
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Portrays the Haitian freedom fighter Toussaint Louverture (1743–1803). Explains the dearth of information on Toussaint’s early years as a slave and relates his more-documented rise as a free man in the French island’s racially stratified society. Discusses the conditions that galvanized Toussaint to lead the successful 1791 slave revolution. 2007.

Do You! Twelve Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success     RC 65065
by Russell Simmons
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Hip-hop entrepreneur shares his twelve faith-based success strategies. Uses examples from his own urban childhood and twenty-five-year career in the entertainment industry to demonstrate the importance of having a vision, connecting with the right people, giving back to society, and keeping an open mind. Foreword by Donald Trump. 2007.

. . . And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress     RC 65068
by Charles B. Rangel
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Memoir of African American Democratic U.S. congressman from New York. Recalls his impoverished youth in Harlem, his U.S. Army service in Korea, and his four-decade political career. Discusses his philosophy for overcoming obstacles and his positions on social and legislative issues, including the war in Iraq. Some strong language. 2007.

Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War against Nazi Germany     RC 65077
by Donald L. Miller
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
Historian and author of D-Days in the Pacific (RC 63698) profiles the men and missions of the U.S. Eighth Air Force during World War II. Draws on oral histories, military documents, and archival materials to describe combat operations, prisoner experiences, and the impact of strategic bombing campaigns. Violence. 2006.

Reposition Yourself: Living Life without Limits     RC 65083
by T.D. Jakes
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Bishop Jakes offers advice on how to succeed and prosper by reassessing one’s life and positioning oneself for the future. Jakes uses scripture and personal experience to illustrate the connection between faith, good works, and responsibility. Foreword by Dr. Phil McGraw. Bestseller. 2007.

Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown     RC 65086
by Helen C. Rountree
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
History of the Jamestown colony from the perspective of the coastal Algonquian-speaking Native American tribe whose lands the English settlers occupied. Uses archives and archaeological research to portray brothers Powhatan and Opechancanough and Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas and to describe the ways they were affected by the clash of cultures. 2005.

Seeing beyond Blindness     RC 65093
by Shelley Kinash
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Inquiry into the blind person’s online-learning experience. Author presents interpretive research culled from interviews with seven blind online learners and twenty-five others—blind and sighted—including parents, teachers, and inventors of accessibility resources. Discusses usability and user issues such as technological proficiency and working knowledge of adaptive technology. 2006.

House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization across the American Southwest     RC 65104
by Craig Childs
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
National Public Radio contributor, author of Soul of Nowhere (RC 63294), recounts his travels among the ruins of the pre-Columbian pueblo people known as the Anasazi. Childs discusses their once-flourishing culture and mysterious demise while he describes visiting their lands, including New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and Colorado’s Mesa Verde. 2006.

The Prince of Darkness: Fifty Years Reporting in Washington     RC 65113
by Robert D. Novak
read by Richard Hauenstein
6 cassettes
Syndicated columnist and television pundit Robert Novak, self-dubbed "the prince of darkness," recalls five decades of political reporting in Washington, D.C. Highlights his conversion to Catholicism, gradual shift to conservatism, relationships with U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to George W. Bush, and 2003 outing of CIA employee Valerie Plame. Bestseller. 2007.

Planning for Uncertainty: Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for You and Your Family     RC 65117
by David John Doukas and William Reichel
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Physicians offer advice on making and communicating medical and legal decisions concerning end-of-life care. Uses a question-and-answer format to explain proxies, advance directives, living wills, and the Patient Self-Determination Act. Emphasizes the connection between values and treatment preferences. Includes resources and web sites for obtaining legal forms. 2007.

Speed Show: How NASCAR Won the Heart of America     RC 65123
by Dave Caldwell
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Discusses the history of stock-car racing and its emergence as a popular sport. Highlights famous drivers and the work of their crews and covers important races. Describes the danger involved in the sport and technological advances being made to improve safety. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees     RC 65128
by Matthew McGough
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Lawyer recalls his two seasons as a batboy for the New York Yankees in 1992 and 1993. Describes his experiences and responsibilities, including cleaning sinks and fetching equipment, enduring players’ demands, meeting girls, interacting with his heroes, and nearly failing high school because of his job. Some strong language. 2005.

Bridging the Divide: My Life     RC 65129
by Edward W. Brooke
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Autobiography of the African American Republican U.S. senator from Massachusetts first elected to his post in 1967. Recalls growing up in segregated Washington, D.C., and serving as an officer in World War II. Looks back on the civil rights movement, the Watergate scandal, and other historic events. 2007.

The Bravest Man: Richard O’Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang     RC 65132
by William Tuohy
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles the career of decorated World War II naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient Richard O’Kane. Recounts O’Kane’s combat operations aboard the submarines Wahoo (as executive officer) and Tang (as skipper) and his daring escape after Tang was sunk by its own defective torpedo. 2001.

Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur     RC 65145
by Carl Safina
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Author of Song for the Blue Ocean (RC 47775) explores the biology and ecology of the ancient leatherback sea turtle, an endangered species. Investigates the leatherback’s complex life cycle, its vast ocean migrations, and its dwindling population. Discusses conservation efforts. 2006.

Ralph Ellison: A Biography     RC 65148
by Arnold Rampersad
read by John Polk
6 cassettes
Professor analyzes the life of African American writer Ralph Ellison, whose only novel, Invisible Man (RC 56346), won the 1953 National Book Award. Uses Ellison’s correspondence to detail the personal and artistic struggles he endured, as well as his social and cultural milieu. 2007.

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving     RC 65154
by Godfrey Hodgson
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
British professor examines the origins of the Massachusetts colony. Analyzes the effects of the Reformation on world history and the motives that drove the Pilgrims, radical Protestants, to immigrate from England to Holland and then the New World. Describes the creation and the symbolism of the Thanksgiving holiday. 2006.

Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments     RC 65155
by Elizabeth Bishop
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Previously unpublished material written by award-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979). Includes poems dating from her youth, her years traveling, and her maturity, and several of her essays and remarks. The title poem reflects Bishop’s immersion in Poe’s work. Notes by editor Alice Quinn provide commentary and context. 2006.

Flower Confidential     RC 65156
by Amy Stewart
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Horticulturist travels the world examining the floral industry—from breeding and growing to harvesting and selling. Describes the work of hybridizers, geneticists, and farmers to produce flowers engineered for fragrance, color, size, and durability to supply the global marketplace. Includes tips on caring for and feeding cut flowers. 2007.

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter     RC 65157
by Colin Tudge
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Scientist presents general facts about trees and details the different kinds he encountered during his travels around the world. Covers conifers, flowering trees, palms, bamboos, oaks, mangoes, and teaks, among others. Discusses humans’ interactions with trees and conservation efforts. 2006.

Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America’s Quest for Racial Purity     RC 65177
by Harry Bruinius
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Chronicles the state-supported eugenics movement in the early twentieth century that led to the forced sterilization of more than sixty-five thousand Americans deemed morally or mentally inferior and "unfit" to reproduce. Profiles victims, supporters, and scientists and discusses the influence of these policies on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. 2006.

Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life as We Know It     RC 65211
by Gabrielle Walker
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Science writer chronicles the work of Harvard geologist Paul Hoffman in uncovering evidence of Earth’s prehistoric catastrophic climate changes to support his "snowball" theory. According to Hoffman, complex life emerged from periods of complete ice encasement and dramatic thaws, the last of which ended roughly 600 million years ago. 2003.

Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation’s Capital     RC 65214
by Christopher Buckley
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Satirical novelist leads four lighthearted walking tours through the District of Columbia’s most familiar sites—from Union Station, across the Mall, and over the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery. Buckley visits the Smithsonian, presidential monuments, war memorials, Ford’s Theatre, and other places of interest, offering informative tidbits and personal digressions. 2003.

Chopin’s Funeral     RC 65216
by Benita Eisler
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Chronicles the rise and fall of exiled Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849). Eisler describes Chopin’s introduction to the elite aristocratic circles of Paris at age twenty-one, his doomed love for notorious French novelist George Sand, and his physical decline—and destitute death—from consumption. 2003.

The Bone Museum: Travels in the Lost Worlds of Dinosaurs and Birds     RC 65220
by Wayne Grady
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Award-winning science writer accompanies paleontologist Phil Currie in search of fossil evidence linking modern-day birds to dinosaurs. On his adventure from his native Canada to Patagonia and back, Grady explores the theory that dinosaurs escaped extinction by evolving into birds. 2000.

The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution     RC 65222
by David O. Stewart
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Attorney studies the debates held on political and economic issues during the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Highlights the roles of George Washington, George Mason, James Madison, and John Rutledge, among others. Contrasts the New Jersey and Virginia plans and the problems concerning slavery and new territories. 2007.

George Gershwin: His Life and Work     RC 65242
by Howard Pollack
read by Roy Avers
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Biography of the twentieth-century American composer George Gershwin (1898–1937), whose brief career produced Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess, among others. Discusses his musical background, private life, and collaboration with his brother Ira. Assesses his Broadway-to-Hollywood popularity that also extended worldwide. 2006.

Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife     RC 65246
by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
A journalist in her forties, dismayed by her unreliable memory, chronicles her journey in pursuit of an agile brain. She interviews experts in the fields of physiology, psychology, and sociology to explore such factors as sleep, stress, diet, exercise, medication, and genetics. 2007.

Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea     RC 65262
by Kathleen Broome Williams
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
History professor focuses on the naval career of computer scientist Grace Hopper (1906–1992), known as "the grand lady of software," from her work during World War II until her retirement in 1986. Describes Hopper’s civilian work in creating languages and programming for the first generation of computers. 2004.

Parenting Children with Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids with Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs     RC 65267
by Foster W. Cline and Lisa C. Greene
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
A psychiatrist and a mother of kids with cystic fibrosis offer advice on applying the "love and logic" method to raising children with chronic health problems. Authors discuss childhood behavior and discipline issues. They discourage overprotecting children and suggest helping them to take responsibility for their own health care. 2007.

Poems (1945–1971)     RC 65273
by Miltos Sachtouris
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Poetry by Miltos Sachtouris (1919–2005) expressing his reactions to three decades of political and social upheaval in Greece. Begins with his collection The Forgotten Woman, written during the World War II Axis occupation, and ends with selections from The Vessel, published in 1971 under a military dictatorship. 1971.

Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President     RC 65283
by Stephen F. Hayes
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Journalist interviews the forty-sixth U.S. vice president, his friends, and his colleagues to chronicle Cheney’s political career, which began in 1968 as a congressional intern. Discusses Cheney’s choice of politics over academe, his work in several administrations, and the intelligence measures he enforced following the September 11 terrorist attacks. 2007.

The Pentagon: A History; the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon—and to Restore It Sixty Years Later     RC 65287
by Steve Vogel
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Military reporter delineates the Pentagon’s development from concept to establishment as a world-recognized symbol. Covers the enormity and speed of construction during World War II and the rebuilding after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Portrays key figures and the social and political climate throughout its history. Some strong language. 2007.

What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women’s Lives for the Better     RC 65291
by Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Advice for women on overcoming fear and insecurities to achieve meaningful, happy lives. Authors identify six common detrimental situations, or "traps," into which women fall. Discusses perfectionism, materialism, and dependent relationships and offers ways to avoid them. Includes firsthand accounts of women who describe their paths to fulfillment. 2007.

War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler     RC 65292
by Oliver L. North
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Former marine presents personal accounts from American and Allied men and women who participated in the European theater during World War II. Includes testimony from the Battle of Britain, the Eastern Front, Italy, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and other armed combats. Based on FOX News documentaries. Violence. 2005.

When the Mirror Lies: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Other Eating Disorders     RC 65300
by Tamra B. Orr
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Discusses eating disorders and body-image problems in young men and women. Covers causes, physical and psychological side effects, and treatments for anorexia nervosa and athletica, bulimia, and compulsive overeating. Includes case studies. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror; Acts of Terror, Abductions, and Contract Killings Organized by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation     RC 65301
by Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Litvinenko, a former government security agent, and historian Felshtinsky allege that the Russian government sponsored campaigns in the 1990s to fabricate terrorist attacks, launch the Chechen wars, and bolster president Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. Documents the repercussions of the authors’ claims, including Litvinenko’s fatal 2006 poisoning. 2007.

Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog     RC 65346
by Ted Kerasote
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Award-winning outdoor writer relates his adventures with a mixed-breed Labrador dog, Merle, which he found wandering in the Utah desert and adopted. Describes how Kerasote allowed Merle to come and go freely to promote self-reliance and intelligence. Discusses canine psychology and the lessons they exchanged about partnership. Bestseller. 2007.

Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir     RC 65349
by Susan Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
The author, a divorced social worker and recovering alcoholic, recounts her adoption of a sick, emaciated mare named Lay Me Down from among forty rescued horses at a local SPCA. Describes how, through Lay Me Down’s love, she was able to heal her own wounds. Bestseller. 2006.

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power     RC 65350
by Richard Carwardine
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Assesses Abraham Lincoln’s political career in peacetime and as the only U.S. president to contend with civil war. Examines his beliefs and ambitions, effectiveness in state politics and Congress, and emergence as a national leader. Discusses Lincoln’s development on issues from restoring the Union to emancipation. Lincoln Prize. 2006.

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide     RC 65351
by Duane "Dog" Chapman
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Memoir of a bounty hunter. Describes his life as a gang member, chronicles his substance-abuse issues and prison experience, and discusses his recommitment to his faith and his transformation. Highlights his bounty-hunting assignments, including the capture in Mexico of convicted rapist Andrew Luster. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Quiet Strength: A Memoir     RC 65352
by Tony Dungy
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Autobiography of the first African American coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl win, taking the Indianapolis Colts to victory in 2007. Dungy describes the priorities and attitudes that contributed to his winning experiences and emphasizes putting God and family first. Bestseller. 2007.

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story     RC 65354
by Diane Ackerman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Naturalist details the efforts of Warsaw zookeeper Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonina to hide Jewish citizens during the Holocaust. Discusses the 1939 bombing of the city, the couple’s alignment with the Polish underground, and their commitment that saved more than three hundred lives. Violence. Bestseller. 2007.

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War     RC 65355
by David Halberstam
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Historian’s account of the Korean War highlights the strife between U.S. president Harry Truman and American commander Douglas MacArthur. Details miscalculations that led to lost battles, relates American soldiers’ struggles in Siberian-cold winters, and describes the ferocity and relentlessness of Chinese troops. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story     RC 65358
by Brian "Head" Welch
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Memoir of Brian "Head" Welch, former lead guitarist for the controversial "nu" metal band Korn, who gave up his career in 2004 when he found God. Welch chronicles his rock-star lifestyle, his addiction to speed, and the later transformation of his life through Christianity. Some strong language. 2007.

Isaac B. Singer: A Life     RC 65359
by Florence Noiville
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Biography of the Jewish writer and 1978 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–1991). Explains why little is known about Singer before he was twenty-two years old and discusses the paradoxes in his life, his interest in women, and his preference for writing in Yiddish. 2003.

Jolly Jokes for Older Folks     RC 65362
by Bob Phillips
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Alphabetized compendium of hundreds of wholesome jokes and one-liners for the young at heart from the author of The Best Ever Book of Good Clean Jokes (RC 63784). Includes quips on doctors, memory loss, the IRS, computers, and other situations. 2007.

Peeling the Onion     RC 65363
by Günter Grass
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Memoir of the German writer, winner of Nobel Prize for literature, and author of The Tin Drum (RC 11512). Recalls his youthful ideals, his loves, work as a laborer, and artistic career. Discusses his service in a WWII combat unit and describes his experience in an American POW camp. 2006.

Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree     RC 65364
by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Researchers explain to amateur genealogists the science of genetics, which is useful in pinpointing ancestors, verifying family trees, and finding relationships with people having the same surname. Discusses genetic typing, including male and female heirloom markers and tests for geographic origins to determine African, European, and Native American connections. 2004.

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me     RC 65367
by Pattie Boyd
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Former model Boyd depicts both the happiness and the heartache she endured as wife and muse of two different musicians—George Harrison and then Eric Clapton. She describes sharing the private and public lives of these men and other notable people from the rock-and-roll decades. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao     RC 65369
by Wayne W. Dyer
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Inspirational author suggests modern applications for the eighty-one verses of the Tao Te Ching, a Chinese book of wisdom written in the sixth century B.C.E. by the prophet Lao-tzu. Posits that adhering to this eastern philosophy can lead to a life of integrity, joy, peace, and balance. Bestseller. 2007.

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World     RC 65374
by Alan Greenspan
read by Christopher Hurt
4 cassettes
Autobiography of the head of the Federal Reserve Board from 1987 to 2006. Focuses on his career as an economist during six presidential administrations. Discusses key economic factors, including stock-market crashes, globalization, and public policy. Speculates on future trends in the U.S. and world economies, based on historical continuity. Bestseller. 2007.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya     RC 65382
by Jamaica Kincaid
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Caribbean-born novelist recounts her journey to eastern Nepal to gather seeds for use in her personal garden in Vermont. Chronicles her month-long trek through remote, mountainous terrain where, while searching for specimens, she and three botanist friends endured daily deprivations, altitude sickness, leeches, and encounters with violent Maoist guerrillas. 2005.

A Three-Dog Life     RC 65383
by Abigail Thomas
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Author describes rebuilding her life after her husband was institutionalized for a traumatic brain injury he sustained when a car hit him in 2000. Thomas reflects on the evolution of their relationship and how she copes with help from family, friends, knitting, and her three dogs—Rosie, Harry, and Carolina. 2006.

Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta"     RC 65391
by Mother Teresa
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Compilation of Mother Teresa’s letters written to her spiritual advisors during decades of missionary service. Reveals previously unknown aspects of her interior life, including periods of despair, as well as insight into her love for God and neighbor. Edited and commentary by Father Brian Kolodiejchuk. Bestseller. 2007.

If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer     RC 65392
by O.J. Simpson
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
O.J. Simpson, acquitted in criminal court but found liable in a civil trial for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, wrote this account of how, hypothetically, he would have killed Nicole. Commentary by the Goldman family. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star     RC 65394
by Nikki Sixx
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Memoir of Mötley Crüe bassist details his battle with heroin and alcohol. Sixx shares his diary of 1987, the year his addiction led to an out-of-control downward spiral. Briefly recaps later years. Interspersed with comments by band members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and others. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir     RC 65396
by Clarence Thomas
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Autobiography of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas (born 1948), who reminisces about being raised by his maternal grandfather, a strict Catholic, in segregated Georgia. Describes his education, graduation from Yale Law School, and professional career up to his controversial 1991 ascent to the high court. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Power to the People     RC 65398
by Laura Ingraham
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Political talk-show host and author of Shut Up and Sing (RC 57013) denounces politicians, Hollywood, public schools, the media, and judges for degrading traditional values. Discusses the war in Iraq, immigration, terrorism, and pornography and calls on Americans to reconnect to their heritage. Bestseller. 2007.

Water Exercises for Osteoarthritis: The Effective Way to Reduce Pain and Stiffness, while Increasing Endurance and Strength     RC 65400
by Ann A. Rosenstein
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Fitness instructor explains osteoarthritis and the use of water exercises to treat it. Includes instructions for movements that will improve range of motion, strength, and endurance. Also provides safety tips, diet recommendations, and alternative remedies. 2007.

Fair Game     RC 65411
by Valerie Plame Wilson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Valerie Plame Wilson’s account of her career focuses on events surrounding her exposure as a CIA agent after her husband contradicted President Bush on whether Iraq sought uranium from Africa. Reporter Laura Rozen’s afterword provides information that is lost in the CIA’s extensive redaction. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq     RC 65424
by Kirsten Holmstedt
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Accounts of women serving in Iraq, a campaign with the largest number of female combat soldiers in U.S. history. Profiles twelve women—including turret gunner Chrissy DeCaprio, medic Rachelle Spors, and Vernice Armour, the first African American female combat pilot—who describe their wartime experiences. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism     RC 65495
by Jenny McCarthy
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
The actress who shared her pregnancy in Belly Laughs (RC 58301) and first year of parenthood in Baby Laughs (RC 60589) describes dealing with her two-year-old son’s seizure and subsequent diagnosis of autism. McCarthy details the healing therapy she gives to her son. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Wilma Rudolph: A Biography     RC 65511
by Maureen M. Smith
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Biography of African American athlete Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994), who won Olympic track medals in 1956 and 1960 after triumphing over childhood polio. Highlights Rudolph’s family life in the segregated South and her post-Olympic struggles against racism and sexism. For senior high readers. 2006.

Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine     RC 65520
by Mayo Clinic
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Using clinical experience, research, and testing, the Mayo Clinic addresses the effectiveness and appropriateness of the use of natural remedies in place of or in conjunction with traditional medicine. Covers topics such as vitamins, prayer, acupuncture, massage therapy, Chinese medicine, yoga, and herbal supplements. Discusses twenty common conditions. 2007.

You, Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty     RC 65521
by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Physician authors of You: The Owner’s Manual (RC 60685) offer advice on staying fit, strong, and healthy into one’s eighties. They discuss increasing life expectancy by dealing with genes, bad habits, environmental toxins, and stress levels. The doctors also advocate exercise, balanced nutrition, and mental and social activities. Bestseller. 2007.

Slash     RC 65522
by Slash
read by Alec Volz
4 cassettes
Memoir of former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist, born Saul Hudson in 1965 in England and raised in Los Angeles. Details his career and relationships with fellow band members, including Axl Rose. Describes his lifestyle that necessitated his having a heart defibrillator implanted at age thirty-five. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals     RC 65528
by Missy Chase Lapine
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Guide to utilizing creative recipes for healthy meals that kids enjoy eating. The author experiments with food her children rejected to make nutrient-rich dishes that they eat without complaint. Includes grocery lists, nutritional information, and required kitchen tools along with recipes. Bestseller. 2007.

Children of Perdition: Melungeons and the Struggle of Mixed America     RC 65531
by Tim Hashaw
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Award-winning investigative journalist examines the history of southern Appalachia’s mixed-race, or Melungeon, communities since the colonial era. Chronicles American attitudes toward race and the Melungeons’ response to legal and social discrimination. Discusses concepts of ethnic purity and connections between Nazi Germany and the eugenics movement in the United States. 2006.

I’m Just a DJ but—It Makes Sense to Me     RC 65533
by Tom Joyner
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
African American host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show radio program recalls growing up in segregated Tuskegee, Alabama. Describes his career, which began in college, and his eventual success. Extolls the virtues of personal responsibility, hard work, and contributing to the community. 2005.

QuickFacts: Lung Cancer, What You Need to Know—Now; Non-small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer     RC 65571
by American Cancer Society
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Comprehensive guide to two forms of lung cancer—small cell and non-small cell. Covers risk factors and causes, prevention and detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, and post-treatment care. Includes resources. 2007.

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better than Yours     RC 65594
by Phillip Longman
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Economics journalist posits that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals offer services far superior to those in private-sector hospitals. Examines the VA system and advocates giving all Americans its high-quality, cost-effective "health for life" model of care. 2007.

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations     RC 65633
by Judy Winter
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Award-winning journalist and mother of a son with cerebral palsy offers a motivational, how-to approach to raising a child with special needs—including multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, autism, and hearing and sight impairments. Focuses on the importance of interactions between families, professionals, and communities. Includes success stories and resources. 2006.

Native Guard     RC 65666
by Natasha Trethewey
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Poet explores both the racial legacy of the Civil War and her own biracial identity. The title poem tells the harrowing story of a soldier in Louisiana’s Native Guard, a Union Army regiment made up of newly freed slaves. "South" expresses Trethewey’s ambivalence toward her home, Mississippi. Pulitzer Prize. 2006.

Fidel Castro: My Life; a Spoken Autobiography     RC 65686
by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet
read by Roy Avers
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Journalist’s one hundred hours of interviews with Fidel Castro between 2003 and 2005 cover the Cuban leader’s personal and political life—from his schooling to his role in the victory over Batista. They discuss the Bay of Pigs, African independence movements, views on human rights, homosexuality, and Cuba’s future. 2006.

Jim Cramer’s Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer)     RC 65689
by James J. Cramer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Market pundit and author of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money (RC 64090) offers a monetary guide for readers of all ages. Discusses lifetime investing, family finances, bull markets, stocks, and mutual funds. Highlights twenty long-term money-making stocks. Bestseller. 2007.

Secret Societies: And How They Affect Our Lives Today     RC 65709
by Sylvia Browne
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Psychic examines clandestine organizations past and present, including Skull and Bones, the Bilderberg Group, Freemasons, Knights Templar, Priory of Sion, and Opus Dei. Using her spirit guide and her own clairvoyance, Browne offers explanations of the inner workings, agendas, and influence—as well as the possible dangers—of such societies. 2007.

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Cassettes Fiction

The Painted Drum     RC 62861
by Louise Erdrich
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Estate appraiser Faye Travers steals a valuable Ojibwe drum that speaks to her. The story of the drum’s origins and the people associated with it unfolds as Faye tracks its proper owners. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Spider’s House     RC 63252
by Paul Bowles
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
American writer John Stenham, longtime resident of Fez, Morocco, is discomfited by the 1954 political tensions and uprising in his beloved medieval city. In contrast, Amar, a North African Muslim boy befriended by Stenham, becomes committed to the revolution. 1955.

The Prince’s Bride: Effington Family, Book 4     RC 63558
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
London, 1819. With her sights set on marrying Prince Alexei, Jocelyn Shelton accidentally overhears a plot against the prince. Viscount Beaumont "Rand" Randall rescues Jocelyn from the conspirators and spirits her away to the countryside, but to preserve Jocelyn’s honor, Rand must marry her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Dancing Arabs     RC 63792
by Sayed Kashua
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Arab Israeli protagonist attends a Jewish boarding school and tries to assimilate into Jewish culture as he sees no hope in the future for his own people. After high school, he marries an Arab girl and holds mediocre jobs in Jerusalem, remaining conflicted about his identity. Some strong language. 2002.

The Secret Pearl     RC 64109
by Mary Balogh
read by Lindsay Ellison
3 cassettes
Fleeing a lascivious guardian and murder charges, Isabella Fleur Bradshaw turns to prostitution. Her sole customer, married duke Adam Kent, hires her anonymously as a governess. When Fleur discovers her employer’s identity, only one concern remains—whether she will become his mistress or his wife. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

Amber and Iron: The Dark Disciple, Volume 2     RC 64189
by Margaret Weis
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Monk Rhys Mason of Ansalon sets out to find Mina and destroy the walking-dead followers of the evil Lord of Death, Chemosh. Mina herself escapes from prison to find the fabled Hall of Sacrilege as the gods vie for power. Sequel to Amber and Ashes (RC 63922). Some violence. 2006.

The High Calling: The House of Winslow, Book 37     RC 64215
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Following God’s higher calling, Katherine Winslow travels to London to work as a mission nurse. She reunites with British pilot Parker Braden, a onetime love who is now married with children. Kat tries to sort out her feelings for Parker as World War II escalates in Europe. 2006.

The Hesitant Hero: The House of Winslow, Book 38     RC 64216
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Artist Tyler Winslow flunks out of school in New York and moves to France to study painting. Tyler reunites with former acquaintance Jolie Vernay, now a physician at an orphanage. As the Nazi threat grows, Jolie and Tyler plot to help three Jewish children flee the country. 2006.

The Widow’s Choice: The House of Winslow, Book 39     RC 64217
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Widow Alona Jennings weds wealthy Oscar Moran to provide for her three young sons. But her marriage lacks romance, and Alona finds herself drawn to Oscar’s half-brother Jason, a fighter pilot. As World War II escalates, Alona struggles to be true to her vows and her faith. 2006.

The Vampire Who Loved Me     RC 64263
by Teresa Medeiros
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
A series of gruesome London murders leads vampire hunter Adrian Kane to suspect his newly arrived vampire brother, Julian. Portia Cabot, unable to forget her long-ago tryst with Julian, wants to prove Adrian wrong and restore Julian’s humanity. Sequel to After Midnight (RC 62002). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Three Musketeers     RC 64277
by Alexandre Dumas
read by Frank Coffee
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Seventeenth-century France. D’Artagnan arrives in Paris, determined to join the king’s bodyguards. He duels with each of the three musketeers—Athos, Porthos, and Aramis—and becomes their close friend. Their swashbuckling escapades occur amid court intrigues dominated by Cardinal Richelieu. A 2006 translation by Richard Pevear. 1844.

Upstairs, Downstairs II: In My Lady’s Chamber     RC 64377
by John Hawkesworth
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
London, 1908. Continues the tale of the Bellamy family and their servants from Upstairs, Downstairs (RC 64119). Lady Marjorie Bellamy is troubled by sins from her past, Elizabeth Bellamy has entered into a doomed marriage, and parlor maid Sarah claims she is pregnant with James Bellamy’s child. 1972.

At Some Disputed Barricade: A World War I Novel     RC 64441
by Anne Perry
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
The Western Front, 1917. British intelligence officer Matthew Reavley tracks a traitor called Peacemaker. Meanwhile, his brother Joseph, a chaplain, and sister Judith, an ambulance driver, experience ambivalence when twelve British soldiers face execution for killing an incompetent officer. Sequel to Angels in the Gloom (RC 61869). Some violence. 2007.

Sailing to Sarantium: The Sarantine Mosaic, Book 1     RC 64513
by Guy Gavriel Kay
read by Peter Ganim
4 cassettes
To aid construction of a new sanctuary, the emperor of Sarantium summons artisans from throughout his realm, among them mosaicist Crispin. Crispin embarks on the journey, bearing a message from his land’s young queen that could endanger his life. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1998.

Have a Little Faith     RC 64520
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, J.D. Mason, Jacquelin Thomas, and Sandra Kitt
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Four inspirational stories. In "Signs of Light" Brittany’s young son is diagnosed with leukemia, but she finds help from an unexpected source. A woman puts her trust in God in "Faith Will Overcome." In "Maybelline" Olivia has cancer but finds friendship. In "Survival Instincts" Lynn forgives her attacker. 2006.

Death and the Dancing Footman: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery     RC 64525
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
3 cassettes
Jonathan Royal invites rival guests to his estate for a winter weekend to watch the inevitable drama unfold. Included are brothers William and Nicholas Compline, as well as William’s current—and Nicholas’s ex—fiancée, and Nicholas’s mistress. When one of them turns up dead, partygoers call Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick Alleyn. 1941.

Final Account: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery     RC 64527
by Peter Robinson
read by Julian Elfer
2 cassettes
Seemingly ordinary accountant Keith Rothwell is murdered. After seeing a news report, Pamela Jeffreys comes forward to identify the deceased as her former lover, Robert Calvert. Jeffreys’s claims lead Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks to investigate Rothwell’s secret life and shady business dealings. Strong language and some violence. 1994.

Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures     RC 64672
by Walter Moers
read by Erik Sandvold
5 cassettes
One-eyed giants kidnap Rumo, a horned, doglike wolperting. He escapes to the city of his own kind and trains as a warrior until everyone vanishes—including his sweetheart Rala. Rumo undertakes a daring rescue mission to the Netherworld, unaware he is destined to become the hero of Zamonia. Some violence. 2003.

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey     RC 64697
by Chuck Palahniuk
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
After Buster "Rant" Casey dies in a fiery—possibly suicidal—car crash, his friends, enemies, and others recite unreliable accounts of Rant’s short life and exploits that included starting a rabies plague, joining an urban demolition derby, and engaging in time travel. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Privileged Information: An Alan Gregory Novel     RC 64773
by Stephen White
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Boulder, Colorado. When three of psychologist Alan Gregory’s female patients die under suspicious circumstances, doctor-patient confidentiality prevents him from disclosing facts that will clear his name. With his practice and life at stake, Alan investigates on his own. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1991.

Empire from the Ashes     RC 64780
by David Weber
read by Robert Sams
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Science fiction trilogy. In Mutineers’ Moon interstellar pilot Colin MacIntyre takes command of a camouflaged alien spaceship to suppress a mutiny on Earth. The saga continues in The Armageddon Inheritance and Heirs of Empire. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2003.

Shadowplay: Shadowmarch, Volume 2     RC 64786
by Tad Williams
read by Anne Flosnik
6 cassettes
The army of the Twilight People has overtaken Southmarch, leaving the king missing, his heir dead, and royal twins Barrick and Briony struggling for survival. Barrick, guardsman Vansen, and fairy-warrior Gyir roam the shadowlands, while Briony flees assassins. Sequel to Shadowmarch (RC 59812). Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Teahouse Fire     RC 64792
by Ellis Avery
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Japan, 1866. Aurelia, a nine-year-old American orphan who has run away from her abusive missionary uncle, is taken in by Shin Yukako, a tea master’s daughter. Living as a beloved servant, Aurelia becomes infatuated with Yukako while they cope with a westernizing culture. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter     RC 64793
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Supernatural crime fighter Anita Blake reluctantly attends her friend Catherine’s bachelorette party at master vampire Jean-Claude’s strip club, Guilty Pleasures. A performer takes Catherine under his power and forces Anita to investigate several gruesome vampire murders to save Catherine’s life. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1993.

These Tangled Threads: Bells of Lowell, Book 3     RC 64796
by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Lowell, Massachusetts; 1833. Daughtie Winfield draws on her Shaker notions of equality for strength to fight for mill workers’ rights. But Daughtie’s friendship with Irish stonemason Liam Donohue is met with disdain by people she thought shared her beliefs. Meanwhile, a fugitive businessman conspires against the textile industry. 2003.

A Country of Our Own: A Novel of the Confederate Raiders     RC 64797
by David Poyer
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
1861–1862. Lieutenant Ker Claiborne, a native Virginian, leaves the U.S. Navy to join the Confederacy despite his opposition to slavery. Claiborne earns a position on a rebel raider that prowls the Atlantic and Caribbean to undermine Union forces. Sequel to Fire on the Waters (RC 64756). Some violence. 2003.

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency     RC 64801
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
PI Precious Ramotswe of Botswana’s only ladies’ detective agency handles cases and staffing issues. Mma Ramotswe’s mechanic husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, wants to try detective work, while her engaged assistant resigns. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe investigates suspicious hospital deaths and the theft of office supplies from a local business. Bestseller. 2007.

The Drifter: The Last Gunfighter, Book 1     RC 64806
by William W. Johnstone
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
New Mexico, 1888. Barnwell’s Crossing residents hire drifter Frank Morgan to stand up to the murderous gangs that are after newly struck silver. Frank also protects the mining company’s owner, Vivian Browning—the mother of his son and the only woman he’s ever loved. Some violence. 2000.

Aftermath: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery     RC 64807
by Peter Robinson
read by Julian Elfer
3 cassettes
Yorkshire. A domestic-disturbance call leads police to discover the bodies of several girls and to apprehend serial killer Terry Payne. Acting detective superintendent Alan Banks uncovers disturbing evidence that Payne’s abused wife Lucy was also involved in her husband’s sadistic crimes. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2001.

The Nursing Home Murder: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery     RC 64808
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick Alleyn finds himself with too many suspects after the death of the British Home Secretary during surgery. The murderer could have been a spurned mistress, a hate-filled wife, a jealous doctor, a crazy sister, or one of a number of terrorists. 1935.

The Phoenix Exultant; or, Dispossessed in Utopia: The Golden Age, Book 2     RC 64810
by John C. Wright
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Ostracized from the utopian society of Golden Oecumene, Phaethon Prime of Rhadamanth sets out to reclaim his starship, the Phoenix Exultant. Aided by fellow exiles, Phaethon eludes enemies from another star who may be hunting him, as the Grand Transcendence approaches. Sequel to The Golden Age (RC 64033). 2003.

Something Dangerous: Lytton Family Saga, Book 2     RC 64815
by Penny Vincenzi
read by John Horton
6 cassettes
1928–1946. Giles Lytton and his siblings Venetia, Adele, and Kit are unprepared to inherit their family’s London publishing empire. The children come of age, finding both family and business threatened by war and romantic and professional entanglements. Sequel to No Angel (RC 57360). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror: A Rumpole Mystery     RC 64816
by John Mortimer
read by John Horton
1 cassette
British barrister Horace Rumpole takes on the government when he accepts the case of a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding Al Qaeda. He also alienates his colleagues, his wife Hilda, and other clients while he battles his own doubts. Meanwhile Hilda writes her memoirs. 2006.

Gallows View: An Inspector Banks Mystery     RC 64831
by Peter Robinson
read by Julian Elfer
2 cassettes
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and psychologist Jenny Fuller investigate reports of a Peeping Tom in Eastvale. After assaults on elderly victims and the murder of a spinster, Banks fears the crimes are all connected. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1987.

The Body in the Ivy: A Faith Fairchild Mystery     RC 64836
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild is hired to cater a weeklong college reunion hosted by reclusive author Barbara Bailey Bishop for eight former classmates. On a remote New England island Faith learns that, decades ago, Barbara’s popular twin sister was murdered at Pelham College. Now Barbara seeks the truth. 2006.

Singing the Sadness: A Joe Sixsmith Mystery     RC 64837
by Reginald Hill
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
En route to a Welsh choir competition, black English lathe-operator-turned-PI Joe Sixsmith rescues a naked woman from a burning cottage. Joe is subsequently hired by the property owners: Mr. Haggard, who wants the woman identified, and Mrs. Haggard, who suspects the woman is her husband’s mistress. Some strong language. 1999.

Tamar     RC 64879
by Mal Peet
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
1944. Two Dutchmen code-named Tamar and Dart lead the resistance against the Nazis. Enduring starvation, Tamar lives with his lover Marijke while Dart resides at a hospital. Decades later a fifteen-year-old British girl named Tamar investigates her family’s past. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

The Nature of Jade     RC 64901
by Deb Caletti
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Coping with an anxiety disorder and warring parents, Seattle high school senior Jade volunteers at the zoo, where she meets and falls in love with twenty-year-old single father Sebastian. But Sebastian hides a secret that might disrupt Jade’s already unsettled life. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Heartstopper     RC 64902
by Joy Fielding
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Teacher Sandy Crosbie discovers that her husband has moved the family to rural Torrance, Florida, to consummate an Internet love affair. Deputy sheriff John Weber exposes local secrets and suspects while investigating two murders of young women and the disappearance of Sandy’s teenage daughter. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Land of Mango Sunsets     RC 64906
by Dorothea Benton Frank
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
New York socialite Miriam Swanson, estranged from her grown sons, has become a miserable social pariah since her divorce. But, after visiting her aging hippie mother in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, Miriam changes her attitude. With the help of her tenants she begins to enjoy life. 2007.

The Skull Mantra: A Shan Tao Yun Novel     RC 64987
by Eliot Pattison
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Tibet. A penal labor crew discovers a decapitated corpse in American clothing. Authorities force one of the prisoners, Shan Tao Yun, a disgraced former Beijing inspector, to investigate. When suspicion falls on a fellow inmate and Buddhist monk, Shan attempts to prove the man’s innocence. Strong language. Edgar Award. 1999.

Beguilement: The Sharing Knife, Volume 1     RC 64999
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Seeking a new life, Fawn, a young farm girl, falls into the clutches of evil creatures called malices. As Dag, a Lakewalker sorcerer-soldier, comes to her rescue, Fawn slays her attacker with Dag’s magic knife, binding their fates. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

A Country Affair: A Barleybridge Novel, Book 1     RC 65000
by Rebecca Shaw
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Barleybridge, England. Nineteen-year-old Kate Howard becomes a receptionist for a veterinary practice after she fails her vet school exam. Kate gets involved with the animals and staff, develops a crush on Australian animal doctor Scott Spencer, and encounters trouble when she turns down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. 2001.

Does My Head Look Big in This?     RC 65003
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Australia. Sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab—a Muslim head scarf—full-time to demonstrate her faith. She receives different reactions from her parents, friends, and classmates. Amal stands by her decision as she experiences crushes, friendships, and harassment. For senior high readers. 2005.

I’m Your Girl     RC 65005
by J.J. Murray
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Widowed white novelist Jack Browning wanders into a Roanoke, Virginia, library and meets black librarian Diane Anderson. Jack decides Diane will be the inspiration for his next book. Diane’s misgivings give way to love, but she fears her family’s disapproval. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The Bookwoman’s Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Mystery     RC 65012
by John Dunning
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Homicide-detective-turned-bookseller Cliff Janeway travels to the Idaho estate of late horseman Harold Geiger to appraise his library, once the passion of Harold’s collector wife Candice, who died mysteriously long ago. When Cliff discovers valuable volumes missing, he investigates the family’s shadowy past—one that may involve murder. Some strong language. 2006.

Dark Harvest: A Maplecreek Amish Novel     RC 65020
by Karen Harper
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Unknown assailants target the Amish residents of Maplecreek, Ohio. Community leader and widowed father Luke Brand breaks custom and seeks help from local police. Officer Kat Lindley, a newcomer with a painful past, poses as Luke’s fiancée to help him find the culprit. Some violence. 2004.

Dark Angel: A Maplecreek Amish Novel     RC 65021
by Karen Harper
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Mark Morelli, a doctor studying Amish genetic diseases, hires Leah Kurtz to be his liaison in the Amish community of Maplecreek, Ohio. Leah, convinced that someone switched her adopted daughter with another baby, turns to Mark for help. Together they uncover links to many unsolved disappearances. Some violence. 2005.

A Splash of Red: A Jemima Shore Mystery     RC 65024
by Antonia Fraser
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Borrowing the London flat of novelist Chloe Fontaine, British television mystery program creator Jemima Shore is looking for peace. Instead she finds Chloe’s body. Artist Kevin John Athlone—Chloe’s former lover—is the prime murder suspect, but Jemima questions his guilt as more romantic entanglements surface. 1981.

The Dean’s List     RC 65030
by Jon Hassler
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Rookery Blues (RC 64432), Leland Edwards, decades later, is the dean at Rookery State College, divorced, and living with his demanding mother. In between fund raising and staving off sexual harassment charges, he falls in love. 1997.

Things Will Never Be the Same: A Howard Waldrop Reader; Selected Short Fiction, 1980–2005     RC 65032
by Howard Waldrop
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Sixteen short stories, each with an afterword by the author. In the Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning "The Ugly Chickens," a young biology student traverses rural Mississippi to uncover the true fate of the dodo. Includes "King of Where-I-Go," "Flying Saucer Rock and Roll," and others. 2007.

When the Light Goes     RC 65033
by Larry McMurtry
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Texas. With his children grown and the oil company thriving without him, sixty-four-year-old widower Duane Moore feels displaced. When he rediscovers the wonders of sex, Duane pursues a relationship with much-younger geological analyst Annie Cameron. Sequel to Duane’s Depressed (RC 48547). Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

Legacy: The Sharing Knife, Volume 2     RC 65034
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Dag, a Lakewalker sorcerer-soldier, and Fawn, his farm-girl bride, face disapproval in Dag’s community. But before the fate of their unlikely union can be decided, Dag must leave to battle evil malices threatening both their peoples. Sequel to Beguilement (RC 64999). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

Life as We Knew It     RC 65047
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
read by Aimee Jolson
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Miranda keeps a journal describing her family’s struggle to survive after an asteroid hits the Moon and causes disastrous climate change on Earth. She records her feelings about losing contact with friends and the outside world, locating food, and keeping hope alive. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

For a Few Demons More: A Hollows Novel     RC 65049
by Kim Harrison
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
A serial killer is targeting were-creatures in Cincinnati. Bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan possesses an ancient demon artifact that could be the key to stopping the murders. But revealing its existence may incite interspecies war among preternatural residents. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Nothing but Drama: Good Girlz, Book 1     RC 65053
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Houston, Texas. After hiding her boyfriend from the police, sixteen-year-old Camille is ordered by juvenile court to join a community service group called Good Girlz. She reluctantly joins the group’s founder Rachel, pregnant Angel, tough-acting Jasmine, and rich Alexis. The teens eventually form strong bonds. For senior high readers. 2006.

Silverhair: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 1     RC 65056
by Stephen Baxter
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
The woolly mammoths have survived many springs, but their numbers are dwindling. Only one family remains, and Silverhair, soon to become a mother, looks to the future. But first, the mammoths must face the two-legged menace Silverhair calls the Lost. 1999.

Longtusk: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 2     RC 65057
by Stephen Baxter
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Twelve-year-old woolly mammoth calf Longtusk senses his destiny: to become a hero. Setting out on his own, he is captured by the Fireheads. Yet even in captivity Longtusk gathers the knowledge that will help him escape and return to his own clan. Sequel to Silverhair (RC 65056). 1999.

The Deer Stalker     RC 65059
by Zane Grey
read by Joe Peck
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Deer herds in the Grand Canyon National Forest have swelled beyond capacity, and now cattlemen are slaughtering them to reclaim the land for cattle grazing. Ranger Thad Eburne, outraged by the massacre, steps in to defend the deer. 1925.

A Wicked Gentleman: Cavendish Square Trilogy, Book 1     RC 65061
by Jane Feather
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Two sisters-in-law from the countryside, Lady Cornelia "Nell" Dagenham and Lady Aurelia Farnham, accompany their friend Lady Livia Lacey to London after Livia inherits a house on Cavendish Square. Viscount Bonham, spying against France, needs the house for espionage—and soon falls in love with Nell. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Cat o’ Nine Tales: And Other Stories     RC 65062
by Jeffrey Archer
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Twelve short tales, nine of which were inspired by the author’s two-year stint in English prisons. In "Don’t Drink the Water" a businessman tries to poison his wife on a trip to St. Petersburg—with unintended consequences. In "The Commissioner" a con artist in India targets the police chief. 2007.

Country Brides     RC 65064
by Debbie Macomber
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Two interconnected romances set in rural Oregon. In A Little Bit Country Rorie Campbell’s car breaks down and rancher Clay Franklin helps her. The two fall in love despite Clay’s engagement to Kate Logan. In Country Bride Kate proposes to foreman Luke Rivers at Clay and Rorie’s wedding. Bestseller. 1990.

Blessings in Disguise: Good Girlz, Book 2     RC 65069
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Rachel Adams’s church youth group changed the lives of Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel. But now Alexis’s rich parents are heading for a divorce, and Jasmine has moved into her newly found father’s house. The situation worsens when the girls get caught shoplifting. For senior high readers. 2007.

McKettrick’s Pride: The McKettricks, Book 2     RC 65074
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Rance McKettrick, still mourning his late wife, often travels on business and leaves his two daughters with his mother-in-law Cora. When Echo Wells opens a bookstore next to Cora’s salon, Rance’s daughters befriend Echo and Rance falls in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Forest Lover     RC 65075
by Susan Vreeland
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Fictional depiction of the life of Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr (1871–1945). Carr defies Victorian-era custom and her family’s wishes by venturing to remote Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to paint tribal villages. There she forms strong friendships with a native basketmaker and others. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Restless     RC 65076
by William Boyd
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
England, 1976. Fearing for her life, Sally Gilmartin reveals her true identity as Eva Delectorskaya, a WWII British spy, to her adult daughter Ruth. As Ruth pieces together the past, her mother asks for help with one final mission. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Preacher’s Fortune: The First Mountain Man, Book 12     RC 65078
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
The legendary frontiersman called Preacher leads a Mexican brother and sister into the mountains of New Mexico to find a cache of gold, silver, and gems hidden by their ancestor. But rumors of riches have attracted other, more-sinister treasure hunters. Sequel to Preacher’s Journey (RC 63068). Violence. 2006.

Country Wives: A Barleybridge Novel, Book 2     RC 65080
by Rebecca Shaw
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Barleybridge, England. New veterinary clinic doctor Dan Brown’s blunt manner alienates the staff and costs them their biggest client. Meanwhile receptionist Kate Howard, studying for her vet school entrance exams, meets her biological mother and learns Dan’s secret. 2001.

McKettrick’s Heart: The McKettricks, Book 3     RC 65081
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Molly Shields, an L.A. literary agent, is summoned to Indian Rock, Arizona, when her baby’s adoptive mother contracts terminal cancer. Businessman Keegan McKettrick suspects Molly’s motives but then falls in love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Country Lovers: A Barleybridge Novel, Book 3     RC 65082
by Rebecca Shaw
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Barleybridge, England. Veterinary hospital receptionist Kate awaits the results of her university entrance exam while she contends with clients both animal and human. Meanwhile, Dr. Brown’s wife has a baby, manager Joy and her husband battle old demons, and Dr. Hughes falls in love with a farmer’s daughter. 2003.

The Maytrees     RC 65085
by Annie Dillard
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Provincetown, Cape Cod. Poet Toby Maytree returns after World War II and marries Lou Bigelow. Together they have a son, Petie. Their bohemian and seashore lifestyles fit well together—until Toby runs off with Deary Hightoe. Decades later, when Deary becomes ill, Toby and Deary return to Lou’s house. Bestseller. 2007.

The Rebels     RC 65088
by Sándor Márai
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1918. Facing impending war service, four boys in their final year of school form a close-knit, rebellious gang. They act out their fears in increasingly serious subversive games and petty thefts. When an actor and an unscrupulous pawnbroker notice the boys’ pranks, things spin out of control. 1930.

The Gentle Axe     RC 65090
by R.N. Morris
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
St. Petersburg, Russia; 1866. Detective Porfiry Petrovich, from Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (RC 50147), investigates the deaths of a yardkeeper and a dwarf in Petrovsky Park. Doubting his superiors’ murder-suicide theory, Porfiry grows to suspect the involvement of an impoverished student and a prostitute. Some violence. 2007.

Presence: Stories     RC 65092
by Arthur Miller
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
The last six stories published by Arthur Miller (1915–2005). In the title piece, an aging man headed to the beach for an early morning walk encounters a young couple having sex. Their tryst triggers memories from the old man’s past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Lawless     RC 65094
by Diana Palmer
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Texas Ranger Judd Dunn, secretly married to young Christabel Gaines, rents their ranch out to Hollywood moviemakers. Christabel is heartbroken when an actress pursues Judd, while Judd is jealous of assistant police chief Cash Grier’s friendship with his wife. Meanwhile unsolved murders cause unrest. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Taste of Innocence: The Cynster Family, Book 15     RC 65101
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Somerset, England; 1833. Charlie Morwellan, the earl of Meredith, marries local girl Sarah Conningham to continue his lineage. Sarah, however, demands true love and works hard to capture Charlie’s heart. Meanwhile, an anonymous speculator wants Sarah’s farm, on which she runs an orphanage. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Hell Hath No Curry: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 65109
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Days before his nuptials, Cornelius Weaver, the most eligible bachelor in Hernia, is murdered. Mayor and innkeeper Magdalena Yoder investigates. Since Cornelius had promised to wed several women, Magdalena has her work cut out for her. She also must cope with her Jewish fiancé and his mother. 2007.

The Dude Ranger     RC 65115
by Zane Grey
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ernest Selby inherits his uncle’s Red Rock Ranch in Arizona, where the cattle herd has recently dwindled by thousands. Suspecting foul play, Ernest poses as a greenhorn cowboy to find the rustler and inadvertently falls for Anne Hepford, the daughter of Red Rock’s crooked foreman. 1930.

Spirit of the Mountain Man     RC 65122
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Murderous land speculator Ralph Tinsdale executes a bloody escape from Yuma Territorial Prison to seek revenge against the man who put him there—gunfighter Smoke Jensen. Ralph and his gang kidnap Smoke’s spunky wife Sally, as bait for luring Smoke into a trap. Violence and some strong language. 1996.

The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel     RC 65140
by James Lee Burke
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Detective Dave Robicheaux of New Iberia is assigned to investigate a crime in New Orleans after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Dave searches for his friend, heroin-addicted Father LeBlanc, and tracks a killer hunting for petty thieves who robbed a Ninth Ward mobster. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Seven Days at the Hot Corner     RC 65143
by Terry Trueman
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
While playing in his senior-year baseball tournament, Scott Latimer is dismayed, then panicked when his best friend Travis Adams confesses that he is gay. Scott must wait seven days to learn whether he became HIV positive after handling Travis’s nosebleed. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Soldiers’ Pay     RC 65146
by William Faulkner
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Donald Mahon, a gravely wounded World War I aviator, meets war widow Margaret Powers and doughboy Joe Gilligan on a train. The two strangers accompany Donald to Georgia, where his homecoming disturbs the lives of his family, friends, and fiancée—who thought him dead. Faulkner’s first novel. 1926.

Dragons from the Sea: The Strongbow Saga, Book 2     RC 65151
by Judson Roberts
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Denmark and Western Frankia, A.D. 845. Halfdan, armed with a fine longbow and an ax taken from a man he killed, vows to slay his brother Harald’s murderer. Sequel to Viking Warrior (RC 64892). Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Texas Showdown: Two Texas Novels     RC 65152
by Elmer Kelton
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Two tales of vengeance by seven-time Spur Award winner. In Pecos Crossing (1963) a pay dispute between two young cowboys and their boss inadvertently leads to the death of former Ranger Milam Haggard’s wife, and Milam vows revenge. In Shotgun (1969) rancher Blair Bishop’s rivals join forces against him. 1963.

The Sam Gunn Omnibus: Featuring Every Story Ever Written about Sam Gunn, and Then Some     RC 65158
by Ben Bova
read by Jack Fox
5 cassettes
Six-time Hugo Award winner presents dozens of tales featuring astronaut-turned-space-entrepreneur Sam Gunn. In "Sam’s War" Sam tangles with a lovely Ecuadorian assassin. In "The Prudent Jurist" Sam stands trial for genocide. Includes "Disappearing Act" and other stories of adventure and romance. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Conjugal Love     RC 65166
by Alberto Moravia
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Tuscany, 1937. Silvio and Leda Baldeschi are staying in an isolated house where Silvio devotes his mornings to writing and nights to loving his wife. When fatigue overwhelms him, Leda agrees to abstain from sex until he finishes his book. 1951.

A Handful of Coppers: Collected Early Stories, Volume 1; Heroic Fantasy     RC 65171
by Charles De Lint
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
The six Aynber tales that open the volume are full of swordplay and sorcery. Four pieces feature Colum Mac Donal, an outlawed Irishman, who joins King Arthur’s Knights. "The Skin and Knife Game," coauthored by Lee Barwood, is a fantasy and horror mix. 2003.

Triple Pursuit: A Graham Greene Omnibus; This Gun for Hire, The Third Man, Our Man in Havana     RC 65176
by Graham Greene
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Three mystery novels by the twentieth-century British author. In This Gun for Hire (1936) a professional killer falls in love with his target. In Our Man in Havana (1958) a bumbling vacuum cleaner salesman-turned-spy encounters unexpected intrigue. Also includes The Third Man (1950), a story set in post-WWII Vienna. 1958.

Grass Kingdom     RC 65178
by Jory Sherman
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Prohibition-era Texas. Tracking stolen livestock, cattleman Matthew Baron finds a ranchman murdered and a prize bull mutilated—the handiwork of Jack Bone, a ruthless ex-con after his own empire. Matt pursues Jack, making enemies and allies of townspeople and rival ranchers. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

Saving Elijah     RC 65212
by Fran Dorf
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
As psychologist Dinah Galligan sits by the bedside of Elijah, her comatose five-year-old son, she hears the strains of a lullaby she often sings to him. Soon she makes a bargain with the devil, who appears in the guise of a former lover, to save Elijah’s life. Some strong language. 2000.

Loot and Other Stories     RC 65215
by Nadine Gordimer
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Ten stories from the Nobel Prize-winning South African author. In the title piece an earthquake draws back the sea to reveal submerged treasures as unsuspecting looters rush to the spoils. In "Homage" an assassin visits the grave of the man he was paid to kill. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Fragrant Harbor     RC 65217
by John Lanchester
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Tom Stewart leaves England for Hong Kong in 1935. On board the ship he meets Sister Maria, a Chinese nun, who teaches him Cantonese. Tom becomes established in the hotel business and remains in contact with her over the years, until tragedy strikes. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Dreamsnake     RC 65218
by Vonda N. McIntyre
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes (Reissue)
On her first mission, healer Snake loses her "dreamsnake," the telepathic serpent essential to her work. On a dangerous quest for a replacement she encounters desert dwellers, mountain inhabitants, and Arevin, a youth who has fallen in love with her. Descriptions of sex and some violence. 1978.

The Blue Moon Circus     RC 65219
by Michael Raleigh
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Oklahoma, 1926. Seven years after he closed down his big top, circus man Lewis Tully winds up in jail. Offered freedom in return for one last show, Lewis assembles an odd assortment of acts for a final tour of the West—and finds himself the guardian of an orphan named Charlie. 2003.

Stalin’s Ghost: An Arkady Renko Mystery     RC 65253
by Martin Cruz Smith
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Moscow detective Arkady Renko investigates mysterious nightly sightings of Stalin at metro stops. He also uncovers crimes committed by two colleagues, former members of the Black Berets who operated in Chechnya, one of whom is running for office and knows Renko’s lover Eva. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Key Lime Pie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery     RC 65255
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, helps judge the baking contest at the county fair. When a fellow judge, home economics teacher Willa Sunquist, drops dead, Hannah seeks justice. Meanwhile both a dentist and a detective are courting Hannah, and her cat refuses to eat. Includes recipes. 2007.

Summer Reading     RC 65263
by Hilma Wolitzer
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Lissy, insecure second wife of a Wall Street tycoon, hosts a book club at her Hamptons home. Angela, a retired professor haunted by past love, leads the group while Lissy’s resentful housekeeper Michelle eavesdrops. The women find inspiration in literature. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Dockside: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 3     RC 65271
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Nina Romano dreams of owning the charming Inn at Willow Lake, but Greg Bellamy, a divorced father of two, beats her to it. He offers Nina the job of general manager. Furious, Nina at first refuses but eventually relents—and falls in love. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Nightrise: The Gatekeepers, Book 3     RC 65275
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Telepathic twins Scott and Jamie struggle to escape the clutches of the Nightrise Corporation and learn the roles that they and three other Gatekeepers must play to keep the world safe from the Old Ones’ return. Sequel to Evil Star (RC 63566). For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Diamonds Are Forever: A James Bond 007 Novel     RC 65276
by Ian Fleming
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
British secret agent James Bond infiltrates the illegal diamond trade. The trail leads to America, where Bond uses beautiful Tiffany Case to get close to a notorious smuggling ring. But once Bond himself becomes the target, he turns to Tiffany for help. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1956.

Full Cry: A Jane Arnold Mystery     RC 65277
by Rita Mae Brown
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Virginia. Two drunkards are found murdered at the local train station. One of them was a former schoolmate of "Sister" Jane Arnold, seventy-two- year-old master of foxhounds for the Jefferson Hunt Club. With help from resident animals, Sister investigates the deaths and subsequent rumors of theft, arson, and drug trafficking. 2004.

Heartshot: A Posadas County Mystery     RC 65279
by Steven F. Havill
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Posadas County, New Mexico. A car full of teenagers flees a police cruiser and crashes, killing all five occupants and revealing a stash of cocaine. Aging undersheriff Bill Gastner investigates the possibility of drug smuggling in a case that culminates in a perilous midair confrontation. Strong language and some violence. 1991.

White Shadow     RC 65290
by Ace Atkins
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Fictionalized account of the 1955 murder of retired mob kingpin Charlie Wall—aka the White Shadow—in Tampa, Florida. Follows the investigations of a newspaperman and police detectives as they uncover Wall’s secrets in crime-ridden haunts of Sicilian and Cuban gangsters. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Heat Wave     RC 65298
by Jill Marie Landis
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
California. Camp director Ty Chandler hires PI Kat Vargas to locate the nineteen-year-old daughter he just learned about. But Sunny resists her father’s attempts at a relationship. Kat tries to help and ends up falling in love with Ty. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

For Your Eyes Only: A James Bond 007 Novel     RC 65302
by Ian Fleming
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Five short episodes featuring British secret agent James Bond, master criminals, and beautiful women who are not what they seem. Bond’s exploits involve the destruction of a Russian spy unit, the murder of a Cuban thug, and the demise of a fiendish American. Violence and some strong language. 1960.

The Penny     RC 65303
by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
St. Louis, 1950s. Abused teenager Jenny Blake stoops to pick up a coin from the street and inadvertently foils a robbery at Miss Shaw’s jewelry store. When Miss Shaw offers Jenny a job, the two forge a life-changing friendship that teaches them both the power of forgiveness and faith. 2007.

Someone to Watch Over Me     RC 65304
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Bow Street runner Grant Morgan rescues from the Thames a near-drowned, amnesiac woman he believes to be Vivien Rose Duvall, a notorious courtesan who recently humiliated him in society circles. Grant exacts revenge by convincing her they are lovers as he seeks her assailant. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Water Lily Cross: An English Garden Mystery     RC 65305
by Anthony Eglin
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Retired London professor Lawrence Kingston investigates the disappearance of fellow botanist and longtime friend Stewart Halliday, who discovered a potentially beneficial and highly profitable crossbred water lily capable of desalinating salt water. Clues lead Lawrence to believe Stewart has been kidnapped by unscrupulous businessmen. Some strong language. 2007.

Up Close and Personal     RC 65306
by Fern Michaels
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
South Carolina. Thirty years ago, heiress Sarabess Windsor conceived a daughter, Trinity, as a bone-marrow donor for her first child, now deceased. Raised by a local family, Trinity ran away at fifteen. Childhood friend and attorney Jake Forrest must find Trinity before her inheritance reverts to Sarabess. Some strong language. 2007.

Spook Country     RC 65347
by William Gibson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Cuban-born Tito, female rocker-turned-journalist Hollis Henry, junkie Milgrim, and elusive troubleshooter Bobby Chombo are caught in a military conspiracy involving mystery man Brown after Hollis is sent by her start-up magazine to find Bobby. Bobby, in turn, seeks a missing shipping container. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Play Dirty     RC 65353
by Sandra Brown
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Former quarterback Griff Burkett, just released from jail after serving time for throwing a game for the mob, is hired by Texas paraplegic millionaire Foster Speakman to impregnate his wife Laura. Griff takes the money while being stalked by crooked Dallas cop Stanley Rodarte. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel     RC 65365
by James Rollins
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
Gray Pierce, last seen in Black Order (RC 62904), and his Sigma Force covert organization battle a deadly plague that’s about to destroy mankind. Pierce joins forces with a female assassin to find a cure by following in the footsteps of explorer Marco Polo. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Away     RC 65368
by Amy Bloom
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
1924. After her family is killed in a pogrom, Russian Jew Lillian Leyb flees to New York and finds work in a Yiddish theater. Learning that her daughter may have survived, however, Lillian begins another journey—west across America for Siberia. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

If She Only Knew     RC 65371
by Lisa Jackson
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
3 cassettes
Marla Cahill survives a car crash but suffers from amnesia. While recuperating in her San Francisco mansion with her husband, two children, and mother-in-law, Marla enlists the help of her brother-in-law Nick to remember her past—and falls in love. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2000.

Loving Frank     RC 65372
by Nancy Horan
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney fall in love, abandon their spouses and children in Chicago, and run away to Europe in 1909. Their five years together are marked by Mamah’s feminist ambitions, her conflicting emotions, and the tragic, unforeseen end of their relationship. Bestseller. 2007.

74 Seaside Avenue: Cedar Cove, Book 7     RC 65373
by Debbie Macomber
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Cedar Cove, Washington. After the events in 6 Rainier Drive (RC 63684), chess champion Bobby Polgar drops out of tournament play when a Russian opponent threatens him. Meanwhile Bobby’s wife Teri distrusts her sister, widowed sheriff Troy Davis falls in love, and Troy’s daughter becomes ill. Bestseller. 2007.

The Séance     RC 65393
by Heather Graham
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
A series of murders in Orlando was originally pinned on a cop who was shot and killed. When the murders begin again, the cop’s ghost asks reluctant Christina Hardy to help prove his innocence posthumously and catch the real killer. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Garden Spells     RC 65395
by Sarah Addison Allen
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
North Carolina caterer Claire Waverly uses the family’s magical garden to enhance her cooking. Her sister Sydney never wanted the horticultural legacy and left home just like their mother did years ago. Now Sydney has returned with her young daughter after escaping an abusive husband. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel     RC 65397
by Garrison Keillor
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
When the elderly Evelyn dies, she leaves behind instructions to have her ashes put in a bowling ball—given to her by a mysterious boyfriend—and then dropped into the lake. These arrangements conflict with another Lake Wobegon woman’s unusual wedding plans. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Exit Ghost     RC 65399
by Philip Roth
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
After spending eleven years in his Berkshire retreat, aging writer Nathan Zuckerman returns to post-9/11 New York City. His solitude is shattered by a young couple looking to swap homes and a biographer determined to expose scandalous secrets of E.I. Lonoff, Zuckerman’s literary mentor. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Bones to Ashes: A Dr. Temperance Brennan Mystery     RC 65401
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin jones
2 cassettes
A young girl’s skeleton found in New Brunswick reminds forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan of her own Acadian childhood friend who disappeared in her teens. Meanwhile Tempe’s former lover, detective Andrew Ryan, is investigating a serial killer who may be connected to Tempe’s case. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao     RC 65402
by Junot Díaz
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
New Jersey. Overweight Dominican American Oscar works as a substitute teacher and dreams about being a famous writer. Oscar grew up with his rebellious sister Lola and beautiful mother, but the ancient curse of fukú haunts their lives—until he decides to do something about it. Violence and strong language. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 2007.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Tempest, Book 3     RC 65408
by Troy Denning
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Han and Leia Solo attempt to thwart a plot among Corellian insurgents to assassinate the Hapan Queen Mother, an ally of the Galactic Alliance. Meanwhile Jedi Luke Skywalker becomes increasingly concerned about his nephew Jacen’s training under the Sith woman Lumiya and Jacen’s influence over Luke’s son Ben. 2006.

Creation in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery     RC 65410
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York, 2060. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas hunts a serial killer nicknamed the Groom, who eluded her team nine years ago. Now that the Groom is back, he’s picking his victims from various businesses owned by Dallas’s husband Roarke. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Caspian Rain     RC 65412
by Gina B. Nahai
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Tehran, during the Shah’s regime. Bahar, an impoverished but optimistic teenaged Jewish girl, marries wealthy Omid despite the misgivings of both families. Bahar is rejected by Omid’s society friends, is humiliated when Omid takes a lover, and is disgraced when her daughter Yaas gradually becomes deaf. Bestseller. 2007.

Dead Heat     RC 65413
by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Newmarket, England. Guests suffer food poisoning after a horseracing gala catered by chef Max Moreton. At the races the next day a bomb detonates in the grandstand where Max is serving lunch—killing and injuring dozens. Determined to find out who is ruining his business, Max begins investigating. Bestseller. 2007.

Always Say Goodbye: A Lew Fonesca Mystery     RC 65415
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Sarasota process server Lew Fonesca returns to Chicago four years after his late wife Catherine’s hit-and-run accident to find the culprit. Lew and his brother-in-law Franco are followed from the airport by hit men who believe Catherine, a prosecutor, gave Lew evidence against them. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Murder on K Street: A Capital Crimes Novel     RC 65417
by Margaret Truman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
U.S. senator Lyle Simmons discovers his wife Jeannette murdered in their Washington, D.C., mansion. Retired assistant U.S. attorney Phil Rotondi, who once dated Jeannette and who has been Lyle’s friend since college, helps him. As police investigate the politician’s dealings, additional deaths occur. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Dark of the Moon     RC 65421
by John Sandford
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
The night that Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Virgil Flowers arrives in a small town to investigate the murder of an elderly couple, an old man is burned to death. Flowers must find the link before more bodies pile up. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Amazing Grace     RC 65423
by Danielle Steel
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
An earthquake in California changes the lives of three women. Socialite Sarah Sloane’s husband’s illegal hedge-fund scheme is exposed during a power outage. Singer Melanie Free volunteers at a quake-refugee camp despite the wishes of her mother and boyfriend. Sister Maggie, a nun, falls in love. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Chase     RC 65426
by Clive Cussler
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
In 1906, the U.S. government hires no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell to apprehend a murderous bank robber nicknamed the Butcher Bandit. Bell pursues his quarry throughout the Wild West, arriving in San Francisco during a disastrous earthquake and fire. Bell soon discovers that he, too, is being hunted. Some violence. 2007.

Wife for Hire     RC 65429
by Janet Evanovich
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Former bad boy Hank Mallone needs to appear settled to secure a bank loan for his recently inherited apple orchard in Skogen, Vermont. After teacher-turned-writer Maggie Toone responds to Hank’s ad for a pretend wife, the two try not to fall in love. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1990.

Run     RC 65494
by Ann Patchett
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Boston. African American Tennessee Moser is injured saving one of widowed former mayor Bernard Doyle’s black adopted sons from a car accident. The Doyle boys—Teddy, twenty, and Tip, twenty-one—discover that Tennessee is their birth mother when they take home her eleven-year-old daughter Kenya. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Return to Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 13     RC 65498
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Follows the Whiteoaks of Jalna after World War II. The brothers return home from the war and settle down to raise families of their own. 1946.

Lethal Justice: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 6     RC 65499
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Alexis Thorn, a securities broker wrongly imprisoned for fraud, enlists the aid of the Sisterhood—a vigilante group that exacts justice when the legal system fails. The Sisterhood members plot revenge on the real culprits, Alexis’s former employers, but find themselves in danger of being exposed. Some strong language. 2006.

Cat in a Crimson Haze: A Midnight Louie Mystery     RC 65503
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Las Vegas publicist Temple Barr is crafting a family-oriented image for the Crystal Phoenix Hotel when a body falls through the ceiling onto a gaming table. Temple’s friend, ex-priest Matt Devine, helps her investigate, along with her cat Midnight Louie. Meanwhile, Temple arranges entertainment for a Gridiron show. 1995.

Borrow Trouble     RC 65505
by Mary Monroe and Victor McGlothin
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Two short novels featuring African Americans. In Monroe’s Nightmare in Paradise wife Renee Webb lets loose on a Caribbean vacation and ends up jailed for prostitution. In McGlothin’s Bad Luck Shadow Baltimore Floyd plots to rob a high-stakes Kansas City card game. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari     RC 65508
by Dorothy Gilman
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes (Reissue)
CIA agent Carstairs sends part-time New Jersey spy, the grandmotherly Emily Pollifax, on an African safari. Her assignment is to photograph a suspected international assassin believed to be targeting the Zambian president. All goes according to plan until Mrs. Pollifax is kidnapped by Rhodesian terrorists. 1976.

Hand in Glove: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery     RC 65509
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
Percival Pyke Period and retired solicitor Harold Cartell host a treasure hunt at their shared country estate, after which one of them is found murdered. Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn questions guests and family members and finds that a missing pair of gloves may lead to the killer. 1962.

Ghost Valley: The Last Gunfighter, Book 3     RC 65512
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Gunslinger Frank Morgan rides into Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in pursuit of Victor Vanbergen and Ned Pine, the outlaws who killed his wife and kidnapped his son. Heeding a tip from ailing Doc Holliday, Frank tracks them to their hideout in an abandoned, possibly haunted, mining town. Some violence. 2001.

Daddy’s Girl     RC 65513
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Law professor Natalie "Nat" Greco is accompanying colleague Angus Holt in a Pennsylvania prison classroom when a riot breaks out. Nat comforts a dying guard, but the guard’s last words cause Nat to be framed for murder. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Endangered Species: An Anna Pigeon Mystery     RC 65515
by Nevada Barr
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon joins a fire crew on Cumberland Island, Georgia. When a small plane conducting drug interdictions crashes, Anna suspects sabotage. Meanwhile in New York, Anna’s lover, FBI agent Frederick Stanton, is attracted to Anna’s sister Molly, who is receiving death threats. Strong language and some violence. 1997.

Revenge of Innocents: A Carolyn Sullivan Novel     RC 65519
by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Ventura, California. Probation officer Carolyn Sullivan’s friend Veronica is murdered in a cheap motel. Carolyn investigates allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Veronica’s husband Drew, while reaching out to Veronica’s troubled teenage daughter. But the case could jeopardize Carolyn’s impending marriage. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Ceremony: A Spenser Novel     RC 65523
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
1 cassette
The wealthy Kyle family hires PI Spenser to find their missing daughter April, a high school senior believed to have run off and become a prostitute. Spenser and his partner Susan infiltrate a seedy underworld of criminals and pimps to bring April home. Some violence and some strong language. 1982.

Love Is a Many Trousered Thing: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson     RC 65524
by Louise Rennison
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
British teen Georgia Nicolson, from Startled by His Furry Shorts (RC 63941) and others, journals her choices between possible boyfriends after Robbie unexpectedly returns to town. Includes a new "snogging scale" and a glossary of Georgia’s pet phrases. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Protect and Defend: CIA Agent Mitch Rapp     RC 65530
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
After Israel sabotages an Iranian nuclear-bomb-making facility, Iranian president Amatullah recruits Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mukhtar to retaliate. Meanwhile CIA spy Mitch Rapp convinces U.S. president Alexander to send the agency’s director, Irene Kennedy, to Mosul for negotiations—but then she’s kidnapped. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Harvest of Murder: A Gardening Mystery     RC 65553
by Ann Ripley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Ethnobotanist Peter Whiting asks PBS gardening-show host Louise Eldridge to work in his lab to propagate a jungle plant with anti-aging properties. Soon after, Peter is murdered. Detective Mike Geraghty, who suspects a serial killer, needs help eliminating possible culprits including Peter’s boss, widow, actor son, and a rival scientist. 2001.

The Orc King: Forgotten Realms; Transitions, Book 1     RC 65569
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Conflict rages between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of King Obould VI, lord of Many-Arrows. Dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden and his allies attempt to bring lasting peace to the Spine of the World, while widowed barbarian Wulfgar undertakes a life-changing journey. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Dead of Night     RC 65570
by J.D. Robb, Mary
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Four romantic novellas. In J.D. Robb’s Eternity in Death Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates murder and the promise of eternal life. In Amy and the Earl’s Amazing Adventure an American tourist and a London bartender are transported back to the Regency era. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

A Christmas to Remember: A Cape Light Novel, Book 7     RC 65572
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Residents of a close-knit New England town rediscover the magic of Christmas past and present. Hospitalized after a fall, grandmother Lillian Warwick recalls the year 1955, when she first met her husband Oliver. Meanwhile, nursing student Lucy Bates reexamines her life choices, and Lillian’s granddaughter plans a winter wedding. 2006.

The Far Reaches: A Josh Thurlow Novel, Book 3     RC 65575
by Homer Hickam
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Pacific theater, World War II. Coast Guard captain Josh Thurlow is injured in the battle for Tarawa. Sister Mary Kathleen rescues Josh and recruits him for a near-impossible mission to wrest her home islands, the Far Reaches, from Japanese occupiers. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

In at the Death: Settling Accounts, Book 4     RC 65576
by Harry Turtledove
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
Alternate WWII. The United States of America brutally occupies the Confederate States of America, enacting revenge on the perpetrators of a genocidal campaign against African Americans. Meanwhile Germany unleashes the atomic bomb in a Europe of divided allegiances. Sequel to The Grapple (RC 62800). Violence and strong language. 2007.

The Unreasoning Mask     RC 65577
by Philip José Farmer
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
A mysterious entity threatens the known universe. To prevent destruction, Captain Ramstan of the research spaceship al-Buraq steals the glyfa, an all-knowing artifact of divine or satanic origin. Ramstan, offered immortality, is seduced by the glyfa’s powers and becomes a pawn of strange forces. 1981.

A Sister’s Secret: Sisters of Holmes County, Book 1     RC 65578
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Grace Hostettler returns to Holmes County, Ohio, and joins the Amish church after sampling the outside world. Grace plans to marry Cleon Schrock, but Gary Walker, a former Englisher boyfriend, arrives in town and threatens to reveal Grace’s secrets. Grace also suspects that Gary is sabotaging her family’s businesses. 2007.

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes     RC 65579
by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
The three magical Fortune sisters—Dee, Lizzie, and Mare—are on the run from their evil aunt Xan. Xan casts a spell to send each girl her true love, but it will cost them their powers. The girls try to beat Xan at her own game. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

When the Heart Cries: Sisters of the Quilt, Book 1     RC 65580
by Cindy Woodsmall
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Hannah Lapp agrees to marry Paul Waddell, a Mennonite college student, even though her Pennsylvania Amish family will disapprove. Following their engagement, Paul leaves for school, and Hannah is raped by a stranger. Hannah attempts to cope while keeping the attack secret from Paul and her community. 2006.

Heartsick     RC 65582
by Chelsea Cain
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Two years ago, Portland, Oregon, detective Archie Sheridan was kidnapped and tortured by a female serial killer who then inexplicably surrendered. Now, while he searches for a predator who is killing teenaged girls, Sheridan uncharacteristically allows a reporter to cover the story. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel     RC 65583
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Lawyer Clay McCann confesses to slaughtering four campers in a remote section of Yellowstone National Park but walks free on a jurisdiction technicality. Facing public outrage, the Wyoming governor reinstates recently fired game warden Joe Pickett to investigate the motives behind the murders. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

What the Dead Know     RC 65585
by Laura Lippman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
A disoriented woman involved in a hit-and-run accident claims to be Heather Bethany, one of two Baltimore sisters who disappeared thirty years ago. The woman implicates a former police officer, then becomes uncooperative. Police detective Kevin Infante attempts to uncover her true identity. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

The Unquiet: A Charlie Parker Novel     RC 65591
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Maine. Someone is stalking Rebecca Clay, the daughter of once-respected child psychiatrist Daniel Clay, who disappeared while under investigation for misconduct. PI Charlie Parker identifies the culprit as the distraught father of one of Daniel’s patients but learns there may be others seeking revenge. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Force of Nature: A Troubleshooter Novel     RC 65593
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Florida PI Ric Alvarado allows his bored office assistant Annie Dugan to help find a missing young woman. The search leads to crime lord Gordon Burns, who gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy believes is working with terrorists. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Making Money: A Novel of Discworld     RC 65596
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Lord Vetinari recruits postmaster general Moist von Lipwig, reformed thief and confidence trickster, to revamp the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork and modernize the city’s antiquated financial system. Moist, accustomed to robbing banks not running them, soon finds himself making money—and enemies. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

The Book of True Desires     RC 65597
by Betina Krahn
read by Luna Catarevas
2 cassettes
1898. Adventuress Cordelia O’Keefe seeks out Samuel Blackburn, her wealthy grandfather, for funds to finance her expeditions. But first Cordelia must find a Mayan treasure for him. Attractive butler Hartford Goodnight, sent along as an observer, becomes a temptation. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Rita Award. 2006.

Tumbling Blocks: A Benni Harper Mystery     RC 65598
by Earlene Fowler
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Benni Harper’s boss at the San Celina, California, folk art museum insists Benni investigate the death of benefactor Pinky Edmondson. Pinky belonged to an exclusive, all-female club that must lose a member before another can join. Visits from Benni’s mother-in-law and a corgi pup intensify the hectic holiday season. 2007.

Bad Ground     RC 65601
by W. Dale Cramer
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Fulfilling his mother’s dying wish, orphaned seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine seeks out his Uncle Aiden, a Georgia miner left emotionally and physically scarred by the same accident that killed his brother—Jeremy’s father. With help from each other and from God, they find new reasons for hope. Christy Award. 2004.

The Appeal     RC 65629
by John Grisham
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
After a Mississippi jury returns a guilty verdict against a chemical company that dumped carcinogens into the water supply, company owner Carl Trudeau appeals to the state supreme court. During judicial elections Trudeau tries to plant his own justice on the bench. Bestseller. 2008.

The Gathering     RC 65634
by Anne Enright
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
The nine surviving Hegarty siblings gather in Dublin for their wayward brother Liam’s funeral. Thirty-nine-year-old sister Veronica, guardian of a long-held family secret, makes arrangements for Liam’s body as she recalls years of betrayal preceding his suicide. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Booker Prize. Bestseller. 2007.

The Burnt House: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery     RC 65635
by Faye Kellerman
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker investigates the crash of a commuter plane into an apartment building. Although the authorities suspect terrorism, the parents of flight attendant Roseanne Dresden insist that their daughter was murdered by her husband—and was never aboard the flight. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Sun over Breda: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Book 3     RC 65637
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Flanders, 1625. Young Iñigo Balboa signs on as aide to Captain Alatriste as the Spaniards lay siege to the Protestant town of Breda. Iñigo witnesses firsthand the furious combat and devastation of the battle that will be immortalized in the famous painting by Velázquez. Some violence. 2007.

Overture to Death: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery     RC 65639
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
As wealthy spinster Idris Campanula plays the musical prelude to the Pen Cuckoo parish hall’s amateur charity performance, she is shot to death by a gun rigged inside the piano. Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn investigates, but suspects Miss Campanula may not have been the intended victim. 1939.

Track of the Cat: An Anna Pigeon Mystery     RC 65648
by Nevada Barr
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
National park ranger Anna Pigeon is patrolling the West Texas backcountry when she discovers the body of a colleague apparently killed by a mountain lion. Disbelieving, Anna tracks a human killer as conflict erupts among park employees, hunters, ranchers, and conservationists. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1993.

Suffer the Little Children: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery     RC 65649
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti is summoned to the hospital bed of a pediatrician assaulted by military police who claims that his infant son was adopted illegally. With colleague Inspector Vianello, Brunetti uncovers evidence of other shady adoptions and links to a moneymaking scam between doctors and pharmacists. 2007.

Chosen People: An Alex Powell Novel     RC 65654
by Karen Grigsby Bates
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
Los Angeles. Controversial black author James Simpson Lee Hastings Jr. is murdered during an event to promote his book Chosen People. James’s fiancée, Sheila Howe, asks African American reporter Alex Powell to investigate. As more deaths occur, Alex uncovers sordid connections between prominent citizens both black and white. Strong language. 2006.

Harlem Summer     RC 65655
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
1 cassette
Harlem, 1925. Sixteen-year-old saxophone-playing Mark Purvis is hired by an African American magazine one summer. But when he does a shady delivery job for his idol, musical genius Fats Waller, something goes wrong and gangster Dutch Schultz comes after Mark for money. For senior high readers. 2007.

Short Change: A Tucker Sinclair Mystery     RC 65658
by Patricia Smiley
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Los Angeles management consultant Tucker Sinclair helps private detective Charley Tate investigate the disappearance of his client Eve Lawson, who claimed she was being stalked. It seems that Eve was working on a family memoir that included land deals in post-World War II California that might reveal damaging secrets. 2007.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Exile, Book 4     RC 65693
by Aaron Allston
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
As the Galactic Alliance battles Corellian rebels, hopes for peace rest on the Solo and Skywalker families, who—despite strained relationships and divided loyalties—must unite to discover who is manipulating the war. Luke suspects the source of evil may be Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith—and Jacen Solo’s mentor. 2007.

Winter Birds     RC 65698
by Jamie Langston Turner
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Bitter widow Sophie Hess moves to Mississippi to live with her nephew Patrick and his wife Rachel. Sophie spends her days reading obituaries, studying birds, and watching Rachel help others. As Sophie experiences the faith, love, and kindness of family, her heart begins to soften. 2006.

The Reluctant Assassin     RC 65703
by Preston Darby
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
A man renovating a long-abandoned ranch discovers mummified human remains and a diary presumably belonging to Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. The journal suggests that Booth escaped execution and lived out his days in Texas. It also reveals the intent of Booth’s 1865 plot against the president. 2005.

Cold River     RC 65706
by William Judson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette (Reissue)
Adirondacks, 1921. Lizzie Allison and her stepbrother Tim are lost and alone in the wilderness for nearly three months after their father dies in a canoe accident. They also confront a record-breaking snowstorm and a dangerous stranger. 1974.

Where Are You Now?     RC 65809
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
When she was sixteen, Carolyn MacKenzie’s brother Mack disappeared, but each Mother’s Day he makes a brief call home. Ten years later Carolyn, now an attorney, interrupts the call to tell Mack that she will find him. Despite a warning from Mack, Carolyn persists—and finds herself in danger. Bestseller. 2008.

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Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

Reconstruction     RC 65010
by Adriane Ruggiero
read by Joe Peck
1 cassette
Portrays the United States Reconstruction era, 1865 to 1877, through a variety of primary-source documents such as diary entries, newspaper articles, political speeches, laws, popular songs, and personal letters. Provides a cross section of American opinions on slavery from both crusaders and conservatives. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Super Sandwiches: Wrap ’em, Stack ’em, Stuff ’em     RC 65035
by Rose Dunnington
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Forty-five recipes for mixing and matching sandwich flavors and ingredients. Gives breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas—from hamburgers and tuna melt-in-your-mouth to raisin bread triple-decker and pizzazz pizza pita. Covers kitchen procedures, safety tips, and advice on preparation and substitutions. Includes vegetarian fare. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion     RC 65051
by Loree Griffin Burns
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Relates how hundreds of sneakers washing up on Pacific Coast beaches inspired oceanographer Curt Ebbesmeyer to conduct new experiments on ocean currents. Explains the relevant scientific terms—latitude, longitude, tides, waves, and gyres—and the environmental destruction caused by ocean debris such as tangled fishing nets. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Peanut Butter, Milk, and Other Deadly Threats: What You Should Know about Food Allergies     RC 65089
by Sherri Mabry Gordon
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Describes what it is like to have a food allergy—most commonly to milk, eggs, or peanut butter—and how teens and their families cope with the problem. Also examines the causes of food allergies and explains what scientists are doing to combat them. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship     RC 65106
by Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Kenya. Describes the unlikely friendship between Owen, a baby hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise. Explains their use of gentle nips and nudges and rumbling vocal calls to communicate. Sequel to Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (RC 62663). For grades K-3. 2007.

Collected Poems for Children     RC 65133
by Ted Hughes
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Some two hundred fifty poems about animals and nature from previously published volumes by British poet laureate Ted Hughes (1930–1998). Verses range from straightforward to complex. Includes selections from The Mermaid’s Purse, The Cat and the Cuckoo, and Season Songs. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Rebels against Slavery: American Slave Revolts     RC 65141
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Discusses leaders of slave revolts from colonial times to the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Covers the Maroons, Toussaint Louverture, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Cinque and the Amistad, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry. For grades 5-8. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 1996.

M.L.K.: Journey of a King     RC 65507
by Tonya Bolden
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Biography of the Nobel Peace Prize-winner, civil rights activist, and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968). Focuses on King’s vision of a community where all people live in harmony and his commitment to nonviolence as he confronted racial hatred and persecution in a segregated era. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Rocks and Fossils     RC 65543
by Margaret Hynes
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Explains basic facts about rocks above and below the Earth’s surface and their usefulness as fuel, building material, and precious jewels. Discusses fossil remains from sea creatures, plants, insects, and dinosaurs and examines the clues they provide to the prehistoric past. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Asthma Update     RC 65556
by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Discusses the history of asthma and explains its symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention. Includes personal accounts from sufferers, some of whom are champion athletes. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Should I Play the Piano?     RC 65581
by Nicola Barber
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Explains how a piano works, what types of music can be played on it, and who some of the famous players are. Offers suggestions for finding a teacher. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Should I Play the Violin?     RC 65603
by Richard Spilsbury
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Presents the history of the violin, a stringed instrument held under the chin and played with a bow. Covers the types of music—from classical to jazz—played on it and presents famous violinists. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks around the World, from Marburg Fever to Avian Flu     RC 65653
by Denise Grady
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Medical reporter’s first-person coverage of an epidemic in Angola. Discusses the origins and spread of seven deadly diseases: Marburg virus, avian flu, HIV, SARS, West Nile virus, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and monkeypox. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Should I Play the Flute?     RC 65695
by Nicola Barber
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Features a history of the flute, a member of the woodwind family played in marching bands and orchestras. Explains how the flute produces sound, how to choose an instrument, and how to find a teacher. For grades 3-6. 2007.

What if You Met a Knight?     RC 65708
by Jan Adkins
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
The tasks, responsibilities, battle equipment, and castle life of knights of the Middle Ages. Explains the difference between the romantic fairy-tale portrayals of the knight’s life and the reality of his managing a large farm and its many expenses. For grades 3-6. 2006.

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Cassettes Fiction

Just for You to Know     RC 64577
by Cheryl Harness
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Missouri, 1963. When Carmen’s family moves to Independence, her biggest worry is starting eighth grade in a new school. But when her mother dies in childbirth, Carmen, the oldest sibling, must now take care of a bunch of little brothers and a helpless baby sister. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Freddy’s Final Quest: The Golden Hamster Saga, Book 5     RC 64581
by Dietlof Reiche
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Freddy the golden hamster, his animal buddies, and a computerized robot hamster travel back in time to Assyria, where some of them are captured by Crusaders and Freddy gets a taste of undomesticated living. Sequel to The Haunting of Freddy (RC 64560). For grades 3-6. 2003.

Mary, Bloody Mary     RC 64798
by Carolyn Meyer
read by Corrie James
1 cassette
England, early 1500s. Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, tells of starting her childhood as a happy princess but then being banished. Later she returns to court as a serving maid to her half-sister Elizabeth. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Blaze of Silver: De Granville Trilogy, Book 3     RC 64813
by K.M. Grant
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Hosanna, the blood-red horse, continues to be a link between Kamil, Will, and Ellie in this sequel to Green Jasper (RC 62583). But through a complex combination of revenge, betrayal, and divided loyalties, Kamil is persuaded to lead Will and Ellie into a trap. For grades 6-9. 2007.

The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization     RC 65052
by Daniel Pinkwater
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Late 1940s. While traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles on a deluxe train, Neddie visits an Indian museum in Albuquerque, where a shaman entrusts him with a carved stone turtle. Defending that turtle assumes the utmost importance to Neddie and leads him into many misadventures. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies     RC 65125
by Jill Wolfson
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Whitney, aka "Termite," feels nervous as she heads to her twelfth foster home in Northern California. Soon she channels her energy into learning about spiders and the forest, fights to save the Big Momma tree, and discovers the difference between loggers and environmentalists in the process. For grades 4-7. 2006.

True Talents     RC 65137
by David Lubar
read by Timothy Hayes Lynch
2 cassettes
The friends from Edgeview Alternative School wanted to keep their Hidden Talents (RC 56815) secret, but someone learns that Trash can move objects with his mind and kidnaps him. Torchie, Cheater, Lucky, Flinch, and Martin must use their talents to rescue Trash. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Feathers     RC 65138
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Winter 1971. Puzzling over a poem that says "Hope is the thing with feathers," sixth-grader Frannie sees certain dilemmas in a new light: her classmate nicknamed Jesus Boy who claims he’s not white, her pregnant mother’s fears, a bully’s anger, and her brother Sean’s deafness. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 2007.

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam     RC 65144
by Cynthia Kadohata
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Vietnam War. Seventeen-year-old Rick Hanski joins a dog-handler program when he enlists. He trains with Cracker, a purebred German shepherd who learns to sniff out bombs, camouflaged traps, and the enemy. Cracker’s skills help save many lives—including Rick’s. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2007.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green     RC 65149
by Karen Cushman
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Los Angeles, California, 1949. When outspoken Sophie Bowman joins Francine Green’s eighth-grade class at a Catholic school, the two soon become best friends. Quiet, obedient Francine likes politically motivated, free-speech advocate Sophie’s influence on her, even if the nuns do not. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Virus on Orbis 1: The Softwire, Book 1     RC 65150
by P.J. Haarsma
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Johnny Turnball (JT) and his younger sister Ketheria are among the orphans on a spaceship docking on Orbis 1. When the central computer on Orbis malfunctions, JT’s special ability to communicate mentally with computers—he is the first human softwire—immediately places him in jeopardy. For grades 5-8. 2006.

An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley     RC 65153
by Ann Rinaldi
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Mary Todd Lincoln, raised in a wealthy Virginia family, and Lizzy Keckley, a dressmaker born a slave, grow up separately but become best friends when Mary’s childhood dream of living in the White House comes true. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery     RC 65299
by Deborah Howe and James Howe
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette (Reissue)
Harold, the family dog, recalls the time the Monroes brought home a cute baby bunny they found at a Dracula movie and named Bunnicula. But Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that the rabbit is really a vampire. For grades 3-6. 1979.

Alanna: The First Adventure; Song of the Lioness, Book 1     RC 65414
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Alanna exchanges places with her twin brother Thom and disguises herself as a boy so that she can train to become a knight. While a page at the castle of King Roald, she uses her healing powers to save Prince Jonathan, creating a bond between them. For grades 6-9. 1983.

The Secret in the Old Attic: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories     RC 65416
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew searches for hidden unpublished music manuscripts to save the genteel March family from destitution. A trail of obscure clues from a packet of letters leads to the March mansion’s cluttered attic—but who is trying to frighten Nancy away? For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1944.

Grave Matters: Jennie McGrady Mystery, Book 15     RC 65506
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Jennie McGrady travels to Ireland with her grandmother, retired detective Helen Bradley, to stay at a castle owned by Helen’s childhood friend. As Helen settles her mother’s estate and Jennie traces her ancestry, several accidents threaten both their lives. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports: Maximum Ride, Book 3     RC 65516
by James Patterson
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
The time has come for Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel to face their ultimate enemy—"the director," who plans to reengineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race. The six fight to save the world, despite obstacles. Sequel to School’s Out—Forever (RC 62734). For grades 6-9. 2007.

Mostly Monty     RC 65525
by Johanna Hurwitz
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
First-grader Monty Morris wishes he could run and play with other kids or have a dog, but he can’t because he has asthma, which sometimes makes it hard for him to breathe. Monty feels happier when he figures out what he can do. For grades K-3. 2007.

Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm!     RC 65526
by Jessica Scott Kerrin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Learning dance steps with his babysitter gains Martin Bridge new respect in "Moon Eyes." In "Props" Martin and his friend Stuart are locked in a toy store, and Martin faces his worst fear. Includes instructions for two activities: making paper airplanes and forming hand shadows. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Lady Friday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 5     RC 65534
by Garth Nix
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Young Arthur Penhaligon becomes Rightful Heir after defeating Sir Thursday and ponders an offer from wicked Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap or an opportunity he must seize before Superior Saturday or the Piper gets to it. Sequel to Sir Thursday (RC 63055). For grades 5-8. 2007.

Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record: Book 3     RC 65564
by Annie Barrows
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Everyone in second grade wants to break a world record, and friends Ivy and Bean are no exception. The girls decide to become the youngest people ever to discover a dinosaur skeleton. Sequel to Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (RC 64635). For grades 2-4. 2007.

In the Hand of the Goddess: Song of the Lioness, Book 2     RC 65573
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Still pretending to be a boy, Alanna (RC 65414) learns many new skills in her role as personal squire to Prince Jonathan. She meets the Great Mother Goddess, who names her fears—the Ordeal of Knighthood, falling in love, and Jonathan’s evil uncle Duke Roger, an ambitious sorcerer. For grades 6-9. 1984.

The House Where Nobody Lived: A Lewis Barnavelt Mystery     RC 65588
by Brad Strickland
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Lewis befriends David, whose family has moved into a strange, long-abandoned old house that was built by a sea captain. Lewis and his friend Rose Rita investigate supernatural goings-on in the house and discover that they may be dealing with powerful ancient Hawaiian spirits. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Whispering Statue: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories     RC 65592
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette (Reissue)
While vacationing at Sea Cliff with her chums Bess and George, Nancy becomes involved in two mysteries concerning a valuable collection of rare books and a whispering marble statue that looks like her twin. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1937.

The Aurora County All-Stars     RC 65604
by Deborah Wiles
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old House Jackson’s summer begins with the death of the elderly man House has been reading to while his broken elbow heals. Now House is well enough to play baseball again, and he hopes the county anniversary pageant won’t preempt the July 4th game. For grades 4-7. 2007.

A Friendship for Today     RC 65652
by Patricia C. McKissack
read by Gail Nelson
1 cassette
Kirkland, Missouri; 1954. Following desegregation, Rosemary enters a white elementary school, where she and her classmates learn the meaning of racial tolerance. She handles other challenges, like her parents’ separation and making new friends. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Night of the Black Bear: A Mystery in Great Smoky Mountains National Park     RC 65656
by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
1 cassette
Accompanying their mother, who is investigating the latest bear attack, Jack and Ashley enlist the help of new friends Yonah Firekiller and Merle Chapman for their own search. The four get caught up in an argument over ancestral land rights, and Merle’s lie makes them targets. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Runner     RC 65657
by Robert Newton
read by Steven Crossley
1 cassette
Melbourne, Australia; 1919. Fifteen-year-old Charlie Feehan skips school to win a job as runner for criminal mobster Squizzy Taylor. Charlie likes the money but, as the illegal errands in the slums become more dangerous, he wonders what kind of person he is becoming. For grades 6-9. 2007.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Una Guía de Referencia Esencial para Sus Preguntas Legales Cotidianas (An Essential Reference Guide to Your Everyday Legal Questions)     RC 62957
por Brien A. Roche
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Explica cómo se hacen las leyes en los Estados Unidos, la diferencia entre leyes federales y estaduales, la diferencia entre derecho civil y derecho penal, cómo funciona el sistema judicial, cómo se hacen contractos legales, y cómo su vida cotidiana se ve afectada por cada área del derecho. (Explains how laws are made in the United States, the difference between federal and state laws, the difference between civil and criminal law, how the judicial system works, how contracts are made, and how the legal system affects all areas of daily life.) 2006.

La Familia Es Primero: La Estrategia Ganadora para Crear un Familia Fenomenal (Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family)     RC 62963
por Phil McGraw
leído por Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
El conductor del popular programa de televisión Dr. Phil es autor de libros de bestseller sobre autoestima y mejoramiento personal. Aquí ofrece "siete herramientas para un paternidad con sentido" que enseñan cómo educar a niños a tener éxito y a fomentar valores personales, y al mismo tiempo a evitar las influencias destructivas que surgen fuera de la familia. (The host of television’s Dr. Phil and bestselling author of self-help books offers a guide to "leading your family and parenting with purpose." Explains seven tools parents need to instill values, help define and attain success for each child, and counteract outside distractions such as peer pressure.) 2007.

Los Cuatro Acuerdos: Una Guía Práctica para la Libertad Personal (The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)     RC 62966
por Miguel Ruiz
leído por Juan Ramirez
1 cassette
Los cuatro acuerdos son pasos que se basan en la antigua sabiduría de los Toltecas, una sociedad pre-Colombina que acataba las prácticas y creencias espirituales de sus antepasados. Ruiz afirma que estos acuerdos nos ofrecen un poderoso código de conducta que pueden transformar la vida en una nueva experiencia de libertad personal. (Author shares four agreements, or steps, based on the wisdom of the Toltecs, a pre-Columbian society that embraced the spiritual knowledge and practices of its ancestors. Ruiz asserts that these beliefs can guide one in developing a code of conduct that leads to personal freedom.) 1997.

Consiga un Trabajo Hoy (Get a Job Today)     RC 62970
por Luis Cortés Jr.
leído por varias voces
1 cassette
El director de Esperanza USA, la mayor corporación hispana de orientación religiosa para el desarrollo comunitario, ofrece los pasos necesarios para encontrar empleo en los Estados Unidos. Abarca la búsqueda y la solicitud de empleo, el conocimiento de sus destrezas, la preparación de su hoja de vida, la preparación para la entrevista, y la consolidación de los beneficios del empleo. (The director of Esperanza USA, the nation’s largest faith-based Hispanic community-development corporation, provides step-by-step procedures for locating and applying for jobs, evaluating your skills, writing your resumé, preparing for interviews, and taking advantage of employment benefits.) 2007.

Misterios (Mysterious)     RC 62971
por Nora Roberts
leído por Maria Pino
3 cassettes
Dos novelas románticas: En Mágicos Momentos una mujer se enamora con un ilusionista de mágia que huye de su pasado. En El Triunfo de Amor una mujer se enamora con un hombre que le amenazó con un cuchillo. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Two romances: In Mágicos Momentos (This Magic Moment) a woman falls for a magician who appears to be fleeing from his past. In El Triunfo del Amor (The Right Path) a woman is attracted to a man who threatens her with a knife. Some descriptions of sex.) 1985.

Pubis Angelical     RC 62972
por Manuel Puig
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Novela experimental del autor argentino que mezcla diferentes lugares, acciones, suenos, y fantasías como una representación alegórica de la vida moderna. Ambientada en un Europa central de los años 1930, un México de los 1970, y un lejano futuro, la acción refleja un clima de novela rosa, de ciencia-ficción, o de parapsicología. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Experimental novel by Argentinean author interweaves different places, actions, dreams, and fantasies as an allegory of modern life. Set in 1930s central Europe, 1970s Mexico City, and a post-atomic future, the novel shifts genres from romance to science fiction to parapsychology. Descriptions of sex.) 1992.

Galileo     RC 62974
por Sara Cuadrado
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Traza la vida, los logros, y las experiencias del científico y librepensador renacentista, desde su nacimiento en 1564 hasta su muerte en 1642. Abarca la invención del telescopio, los descubrimientos científicos, y la pasión de Galileo a favor de la libertad intelectual, cosa que al fin induce su detención por la Inquisición. (Traces the life, achievements, and experiences of the Renaissance scientist and freethinker Galileo (1564–1642). Describes his invention of the telescope, his scientific discoveries, and his exercise of intellectual freedom, which eventually led to his arrest by the Inquisition.) 2003.

Mañana en la Batalla Piensa en Mí (Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me)     RC 62975
por Javier Marías
leído por Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
Víctor es invitado a cenar por una mujer que apenas conoce y cuyo marido está en viaje. Al acostar al niño de la mujer, ella y Víctor entran en el dormitorio de ella, pero antes de poder convertirse en amantes, la mujer se siente mal, agoniza y muere. Víctor queda atónito, sin idea de qué hacer. (Víctor has dinner with a woman he barely knows while her husband is away. After putting her child to bed, they go to her bedroom. But before they can consummate the affair, she suddenly gets sick and dies. Victor is left stunned, not knowing what to do.) 1994.

Cómo Recibir Manutención de Niños: Su Guía Práctica para Cobrar y Hacer Cumplir la Orden Judicial (Child Support: Your Practical Guide to Collecting and Enforcing a Court Order)     RC 62978
por Mary L. Boland
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Explica qué es una orden judicial de manutención de niños y describe los pasos que se pueden seguir para hacer cumplir la orden de manutención. Enseña cómo establecer la paternidad, cómo calcular los pagos de manutención, cómo mantener o cambiar la manutención, y cómo colaborar con agencias de cumplimento. (Explains what a child-support order is and discusses measures that can be taken to collect child support. Includes information on how to establish paternity, calculate payments, maintain or change child-support orders, and deal with enforcement agencies.) 2007.

Una Cruel Bendición (Mixed Blessings)     RC 62980
por Danielle Steel
leído por Maria Pino
3 cassettes
Tres parejas de Calilfornia se casan el mismo día, y ahora plantean la cuestión de la maternidad. Barbara y Charles difieren sobre el asunto. Diana y Andrew desean tener hijos, pero Diana todavía no está embarazada. Pilar y Brad creen que ya es tarde, puesto que Brad ya es abuelo. Lenguaje injurioso. (Three California couples married on the same day struggle to decide about having children. Barbara and Charles disagree on the subject. Diana and Andrew want children, but Diana can’t get pregnant. Pilar and Brad wonder if it’s too late, since Brad already has grandchildren. Some strong language.) 1992.

El Oro del Rey (The King’s Gold)     RC 62982
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Sevilla, 1626. A su regreso de Flandes, donde han participado en el asedio de Breda—en El Sol de Breda (RC 61074)—el capitán Alatriste y su joven mochilero, Iñigo Balboa, reciben el encargo de encabezar otra peligrosa misión relacionada con el contrabando del oro que los galeones españoles traen de las Indias. (Seville, 1626. Returning from Flanders after participating in the siege of Breda—in El Sol de Breda (RC 61074)—Captain Alatriste and his aide Iñigo Balboa take on another dangerous mission, this time to protect the gold arriving in Spanish galleons from the New World.) 2000.

Isaac Newton: El Misántropo Genial (Isaac Newton: The Genial Misanthrope)     RC 62984
por Alicia Noemí Perris
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Presenta la biografía del gran científico inglés, mejor conocido por su teoría de la gravitación universal. Enfatizando que la obra de Newton forma la base de la ciencia moderna, el autor describe la vida personal y los tiempos de Newton y apunta los descubrimientos y contribuciones de Newton en los campos de la matemática, la física, la óptica, y la astronomía. (Biography of the famous English scientist best known for his theory of gravity. Pointing out that Newton’s work is the basis of modern science, the author describes Newton’s personal life and times and chronicles Newton’s many contributions in the fields of mathematics, physics, optics, and astronomy.) 2004.

Ayude a Sus Hijos a Tener Exito en la Escuela: Guía para Padres Latinos (Help Your Children Be Successful in School: Guide for Latino Parents)     RC 62985
por Mariela Dabbah
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Explica cómo funciona el sistema educativo en los Estados Unidos, cómo elegir las mejores escuelas para sus hijos, cuáles son los derechos y responsabilidades de padres, y cómo involucrarse efectivamente en el proceso de aprendizaje de sus hijos. (Explains the U.S. educational system and the process of selecting the best schools for your children. Discusses your responsibilities and rights as parents of school-age children and describes ways to get involved effectively with your children’s education.) 2006.

El Ventanal: Una Serie de Catastróficas Desdichas, Libro 3 (The Wide Window: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3)     RC 62986
por Lemony Snicket
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Ahora, los huérfanos Baudelaire van a vivir con la tía Josephine, y ella se preocupa por todo, sobre todo por las horribles sanguijuelas del Lago Lacrimógeno. Los tristes niños tienen que soportar un huracán, sopa fría durante un día lluvioso, y a un malvado villano cojo. Sigue a La Habitación de los Reptiles (RC 61068). Para grados 4 a 7. (The Baudelaire orphans go to live with Aunt Josephine, who worries about everything—especially Lake Lachrymose and its loathsome leeches. The unhappy youngsters encounter cold soup on a rainy day, a hurricane, and a villain with a peg leg. Sequel to La Habitación de los Reptiles (RC 61068). For grades 4-7.) 2002.

Controlar el Colesterol: Las Dietas Más Efectivas y los Consejos Más Prácticos (Control Your Cholesterol: Most Effective Diets and Best Practical Advice)     RC 62992
por Manuel Rodríguez
leído por Juan Ramirez
1 cassette
Presenta información práctica que explica lo que es el colesterol, sus funciones en el organismo, su relación a las enfermedades cardiovasculares, la diferencia entre el colesterol "bueno" y "malo," cómo bajar el nivel de colesterol cuando es demasiado elevado, y cómo llevar una dieta sana para controlar el colesterol. (Provides practical information on the nature of cholesterol, its function in the human body, its relation to cardiovascular disease, the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol, and ways to reduce high levels of cholesterol with diet and nutritional supplements.) 2006.

Cita con la Muerte (Appointment with Death)     RC 62993
por Agatha Christie
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Mientras viajaba con sus hijastros por las ruinas del Medio Oriente, la rica pero dictatorial matrona de la familia Boynton aparece muerta. El detective Hercule Poirot, que está de viaje en el mismo lugar, investiga y sospecha que uno de los hijastros de la vieja mujer puede haberla asesinado para librarse de los pesados mandos de su abuela y adelantar el recibo de su herencia. (While on an excursion to the Holy Land, the wealthy but dictatorial matron of the Boynton clan turns up dead. Detective Hercule Poirot, traveling with the group, investigates and soon suspects one of the rich woman’s grandchildren.) 1938.

La Loca de la Casa (Mixed-Up)     RC 62995
por Rosa Montero
leído por Maria Pino
2 cassettes
La autora presenta un juego narrativo que mezcla su pasión de literatura con notas biográficas sobre escritores y con sus proprias memorias autobiográficas que pueden o no pueden ser verídicas. Así aprendemos que Goethe adulaba a los poderosos hasta extremos ridículos, que Tolstoi era un energúmeno, y que ella misma, de niña, fue una enana. (The author mixes a narrative of literary appreciation, biographical sketches of writers, and her own autobiographical ramblings that she admits may not be entirely factual. Thus we learn that Goethe fawned excessively on powerful men, Tolstoy was an energumen, and she herself was a child dwarf.) 2003.

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Posted on 2013-06-28