Home > Talking Book Topics > July–August 2009

NLS: Talking Book Topics

July and August 2009

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

The River’s Tale: A Year on the Mekong        RC 63182
by Edward A. Gargan
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Chronicle of an American journalist’s yearlong journey along the Mekong River. Obsessed with Asia, Gargan pursued the challenge of backpacking alone down the river’s 3,050-mile course from Tibet to the South China Sea, through six countries. Offers insights and observations on the people and places he encounters and on the rigors of his adventure. 2002.

The Iraq Study Group Report        RC 63688
compiled by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Report of the 2006 group that was formed, with bipartisan congressional support, to assess the situation in Iraq. Describes the findings of the ten members and the opinions of American and Iraqi government officials the group consulted. Proposes alternative approaches for military, security, economic, political, and diplomatic progress. Bestseller. 2006.

Eavesdropping: A Life by Ear        RC 63716
by Stephen Kuusisto
read by Neil Berman
2 cassettes
The author of Planet of the Blind RC 45500, who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso’s singing. 2006.

A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life        RC 63830
by Jon Katz
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
The author of The Dogs of Bedlam Farm RC 62296 recalls his relationship with his troubled border collie Orson. Describes efforts to correct Orson’s behavioral problems on Katz’s upstate New York farm and the evolution of their bond, which, Katz writes, tested “the limits of training, knowledge, patience, of love itself.” 2006.

Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance        RC 64172
by Wendy Hart Beckman
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
1 cassette
Biographical sketches of ten African American contributors to the art, literature, music, and social commentary of the Harlem Renaissance: James Weldon Johnson, Alain LeRoy Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, and Josephine Baker. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Incurable Blues: The Troubles and Triumph of Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin        RC 64251
by Will Romano
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
An authorized biography of Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin (born 1931), focusing on his musicianship and career. Discusses his work with Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett and Muddy Waters, among others.  Examines his perseverance through alcoholism, cancer, and professional difficulties to influence another generation of master guitarists. Some strong language. 2005.

Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption        RC 64590
by William Cope Moyers
read by Ray Hagen
3 cassettes
Broadcaster Bill Moyers’s son William, once employed at CNN, details his struggle with alcohol and drugs that culminated in a crack addiction in 1994. Describes his father’s attempts to help him, his relapses, his successful rehabilitation, and his current work at the Hazelden Foundation. Some strong language. 2006.

The Final Move beyond Iraq        RC 64931
by Mike Evans
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Award-winning journalist warns of the threat of “Islamofascism,” a radical form of Islam that seeks world domination. Posits that Islamic revolutionary ideas have spread from Iran to Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territory. Urges action to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Includes interviews with world military and political leaders. Bestseller. 2007.

Poster Child: A Memoir        RC 64965
by Emily Rapp
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
Former March of Dimes “poster child” recounts both physical and emotional struggles following a foot amputation at age four. Describes the effect of subsequent operations and prosthetics on her self-image and relationships and relates how she eventually accepted her body, considering it “individual, imperfect, and unique.” Strong language. 2007.

Kafka: The Decisive Years        RC 65213
by Reiner Stach
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
Biography of Franz Kafka (1883–1924) covers his most significant years, 1910–1915. Concentrates on Kafka’s crucial experiences—his two engagements to Felice Bauer, interest in Zionism, and long friendship with his editor Max Brod—as well as writing such works as Metamorphosis and Other Stories RC 38410, Amerika RC 46668, and Trial RC 49000. 2002.

Three Plays: Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Matchmaker        RC 65265
by Thornton Wilder
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Dramas by American novelist and playwright Wilder (1897–1975). Includes Pulitzer Prize-winners The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) and Our Town (1938), which examine life’s beauty and sadness through everyday happenings in a small New Hampshire town, and The Matchmaker (1954), the comedy that inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! 1957.

The Short Bus: A Journey beyond Normal        RC 65310
by Jonathan Mooney
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
The author relates graduating from Brown University and buying a bus similar to the one he rode in childhood to attend a special-education learning-disabilities program. Describes his four-month trip across America and meeting other adults and children who challenge society’s definition of normal. Strong language. 2007.

Huey: Spirit of the Panther        RC 65331
by David Hilliard
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Author recalls the life of his colleague Huey P. Newton (1942–1989), who cofounded the Black Panther Party in 1966 with Bobby Seale. Describes Newton’s relationship with Eldridge Cleaver and involvement in social justice. Discusses Newton’s flight from criminal charges to Cuba and eventual murder. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters        RC 65388
by Anne Kreamer
read by Barbara Rappaport
2 cassettes
A photograph of herself at forty-nine prompted the author to rethink her decades-long habit of dying her hair. Having decided to conduct an informal research project while transitioning to her natural hair color, Kreamer examines the way gray hair is viewed in the worlds of dating and work. 2007.

A Skating Life        RC 65389
by Dorothy Hamill
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
1976 Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, at fifty, describes both her figure-skating career and her personal life in this memoir. Details her great success on the ice as well as her struggles with two adulterous husbands, money problems, and a family history of depression. 2007.

Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far)        RC 65405
by Dave Barry
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
A compilation of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist’s “Year in Review” columns for the years 2000–2006, supplemented with a “bonus” overview of the past millennium. He addresses terrorism, global warming, nuclear proliferation, reality television, and people walking around wearing cell-phone earpieces even when they’re not talking on their phones. 2007.

The Analects of Confucius        RC 65456
by Confucius
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Brief statements, short dialogues, and anecdotes compiled by the Chinese scholar’s disciples around 400 B.C.E. These maxims convey the intellectual and spiritual ideals of Confucius, his political beliefs, and humanist ethics—still influential in much of the world. New translation by Chinese scholar Pierre Ryckmans under the pseudonym Simon Leys. 1997.

Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc        RC 65472
by Polly Schoyer Brooks
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
France, 1428 to 1429. Focuses on the year during which Joan heard her voices, took up arms, and led the French against the English invaders of Orléans. Explains the court intrigue, jealousy, and superstition that caused her to be burned at the stake. For junior and senior high readers. 1990.

Horse Latitudes        RC 65517
by Paul Muldoon
read by John Lescault
1 cassette
This 2006 collection of works by the Irish-born, postmodern, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet experiments with a variety of forms—haiku, sonnet, and prose poems. “Ninety Instant Messages to Tom Moore” consists of a series of text messages written to the nineteenth-century Irish poet. Some strong language. 2006.

This Year You Write Your Novel        RC 65626
by Walter Mosley
read by Conrad Feininger
1 cassette
Prolific author offers advice on writing and completing a short novel in a one-year time frame. Discusses character development, metaphor and simile, plot and story, editing, rewriting, research, and other professional and practical tips. Emphasizes the need to write every day. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved        RC 65734
by Judith Freeman
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Novelist Freeman describes her journey to discover the private life of crime-fiction writer Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy. Details Freeman’s research methods and visits to the Chandlers’ many apartments. Portrays Raymond’s marriage to Cissy—a twice-divorced former nude model who was eighteen years his senior. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic        RC 65752
by Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Physician Green and science writer Jones research the autoimmune disorder celiac disease, which is triggered by the inability to tolerate the protein gluten found in wheat and other grains. Authors describe characteristic digestive-system damage, highlight ways to avoid the protein, and discuss the symptoms and management of the condition. 2006.

hoices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know        RC 65810
edited by Kenneth D. Miller
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Yale oncologist presents an overview of breast cancer and treatment options—including lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, adjuvant therapy, and reconstructive surgery—in chapters written by experts in each area. Examines the process of dealing with the disease, provides personal accounts of patients, and profiles medical specialists. Emphasizes building an individual treatment plan. 2008.

Batista Unleashed        RC 65818
by Dave Batista
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Autobiography of world heavyweight wrestling champion Dave Batista, a.k.a. the Animal, who at almost thirty entered the sport. Recalls becoming a winner within two years, despite his asthma—but at the cost of his marriage. Highlights his youth in Washington, D.C., his costly injury, and his subsequent comeback. Strong language. 2007.

The Body, Mind, Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise        RC 65832
by Bob Livingstone
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Clinical therapist’s holistic approach to finding balance among mental, physical, and emotional health. Livingstone advocates a technique of self-questioning combined with an exercise regimen to promote calmness, self-esteem, mental strength, and physical well-being. Includes case studies in which patients connected to their higher selves. 2007.

Kids Are Americans Too        RC 65835
by Bill O’Reilly and Charles Flowers
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Television talk-show host and author of The O’Reilly Factor for Kids RC 59422 explains constitutional rights and responsibilities. Tackles such questions as Do schools have the right to search students’ belongings without probable cause? and Can music be downloaded for free? For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Bible: A Biography        RC 65836
by Karen Armstrong
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Religious historian examines the transformation of the Bible’s two testaments from oral history to written scripture. Explains changes in biblical interpretation by Christian and Jewish religious leaders and discusses the challenges to the Bible’s accuracy in the scientific age. 2007.

The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House        RC 65839
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
The authors interviewed Billy Graham before examining the relationship between the evangelist and the eleven American presidents—from Harry Truman to George W. Bush—he befriended over six decades. Emphasizes Graham’s lack of an agenda. Examines the rise of faith-based political activism in both parties. 2007.

The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow        RC 65881
by Richard F. Bales
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
A detailed examination of the historical evidence of one of the worst fires in American history. Using land-tract records and transcripts from the 1871 investigation, Bales posits that the more prominent theories on the fire’s origins—and the story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow—were implausible. Illinois State Historical Society Award. 2002.

Never Enough        RC 65896
by Joe McGinniss
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Details events leading to the 2003 murder in Hong Kong of wealthy investment banker Rob Kissel by his wife Nancy. The author’s portrayal of the Kissel family includes Rob’s embezzling older brother Andrew, whose unsolved murder occurred three years later in Connecticut. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy—from the Man Who Spent Ninety Minutes in Heaven        RC 65919
by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Testimonials from pastor Don Piper, who survived a near-fatal automobile accident described in Ninety Minutes in Heaven RC 63761, and others who overcame physical and emotional difficulties by relying on God’s love. Offers the hope that one can endure life’s tragedies and grow from the experience. 2007.

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction        RC 66001
by L. Sandy Maisel
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Distills the American electoral process and critiques its imperfections. Surveys the history of political parties, the electoral college system, presidential campaigns, and state party organizations. Author laments low voter turnout, the lack of competition among political parties, and the state of campaign financing. 2007.

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir        RC 66017
by Marina Nemat
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Author recalls her life as a Christian in Iran. Discusses her childhood, her two-year internment in Ayatollah Khomeini’s prison from age sixteen, and her rescue by her interrogator, Ali. Covers her marriage to Ali, his death, and Nemat’s emigration to Canada. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire        RC 66050
by Lawrence James
read by David Cutler
6 cassettes
A history of British conquest and colonization from the seventeenth century to the twentieth. Covers the Napoleonic, Crimean, Afghan, Indian, Irish, Middle Eastern, and African conflicts and wars in North America with the American colonists and France. Discusses the global impact of a white, international mercantile enterprise. 1994.

Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time        RC 66058
by Valerie Bertinelli
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Bertinelli recounts her teen years acting in the 1975–1984 television series One Day at a Time and her twenty-year marriage to rocker Eddie Van Halen. Discusses being an actress, a divorced single mom, and a Jenny Craig spokesperson following a long struggle with her weight. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Other Colors: Essays and a Story        RC 66069
by Orhan Pamuk
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
A collection of autobiographical writings by the Turkish Nobel Prize-winning author of Snow RC 58863 and My Name Is Red RC 62910.  Discusses Istanbul, his private life, favorite books and authors, natural disasters, and European politics, among other topics. Contains his Nobel lecture “My Father’s Suitcase.” 2007.

For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions        RC 66070
by James R. Gaines
read by Peter Johnson
4 cassettes
Chronicles the intricate friendship between two generals, the American George Washington and the French Marquis de Lafayette. Discusses the complex rebellions in the United States and France that forged an enduring alliance between the countries. Analyzes the generals’ collaborations and conflicts and covers Lafayette’s tumultuous life in Europe. 2007.

Brother, I’m Dying        RC 66074
by Edwidge Danticat
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
Author recalls her childhood in Haiti where she was raised by her uncle Joseph, a minister. Describes their volatile Port-au-Prince neighborhood and her uncle’s treatment at the hands of a pro-Aristide mob and U.S. Customs officials. Some violence and some strong language. National Book Award finalist. 2007.

Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo        RC 66089
by Lawrence Anthony
read by Christopher Hurt
2 cassettes
South African conservationist chronicles efforts to restore the Baghdad Zoo, where most of the inhabitants succumbed to combat, looters, or starvation following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Describes the collaboration between zoo staff and American soldiers to save animals. Discusses the zoo’s 2003 reopening. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet        RC 66091
by Jerome Bettis and Gene Wojciechowski
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Autobiography of a former professional football player who retired after his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, won the 2006 Super Bowl. Credits natural talent, adult guidance during his rough childhood in Detroit, and hard work for his successful career. Provides insight into critical games and sports injuries. Discusses fellow athletes. 2007.

LeMay        RC 66096
by Barrett Tillman
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Biography of American air force general Curtis LeMay, who in World War II directed campaigns over Germany and Japan. Discusses LeMay’s leadership of the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War and his decision to become George Wallace’s presidential running mate in 1968. Foreword by General Wesley K. Clark. 2007.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction        RC 66107
by David Sheff
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Expanding on an award-winning New York Times Magazine article, journalist Sheff chronicles his son Nic’s descent into methamphetamine addiction and its devastating effects on their family. Relates Nic’s cycles of rehabilitation and relapse and his own struggles and realizations. Offers information on the nature of drugs. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Hope’s Boy        RC 66108
by Andrew Bridge
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
Harvard Law School graduate describes his dysfunctional upbringing. Details the abuse he experienced from the time he was placed as a seven-year-old into California’s foster care system until the day he left to go to college on scholarship. Advocates for children’s rights. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Fidel Castro’s Cuba        RC 66110
by Rita J. Markel
read by Faith Potts
1 cassette
Describes Fidel Castro’s overthrow of the Batista government in 1959 and his establishment of a revolutionary government. Traces the island’s history from 1492 to 2007. Discusses the 1961 Cuban Missile Crisis, the subsequent U.S. trade embargo, and Cuban life under socialist rule. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

The Art of Power        RC 66111
by Thích Nhát Hanh
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Zen Buddhist monk, born in 1926 in Vietnam and exiled because of his wartime activism for peace, explains his belief that power comes from within. Posits that the daily struggle for control prevents people from achieving true happiness. Uses anecdotes to illustrate ways to obtain freedom and happiness. Bestseller. 2007.

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace        RC 66123
by Ali A. Allawi
read by Mark Ashby
5 cassettes
A former senior minister of the Iraqi coalition government, previously exiled for thirty years, discusses the political and social situation in his country since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Describes what he deems are the missed opportunities and unintended consequences of American policies and the problems of Iraqi unification. 2007.

Into and out of Dislocation        RC 66135
by C.S. Giscombe
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Poet’s travel memoir describes his trips to western Canada when he was a young man and later with his wife and daughter to research possible kinship to John R. Giscome, a black Jamaican explorer. Author meditates on borders, family, race, and finding his writer’s voice. 2000.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share        RC 66148
edited by Martha Stewart Living staff
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Presents 175 cookie recipes with textures such as soft and chewy, crumbly and sandy, and chunky and nutty. Covers easy-to-make traditional drop cookies as well as fruit bars, meringues, icebox spirals, biscotti, and more. Includes ideas for packaging and information about tools and techniques. Bestseller. 2008.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism        RC 66151
by Timothy Keller
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Presbyterian minister uses literature, philosophy, and pop culture to offer his reasons for believing in God unconditionally. Discusses the notion of one true religion, scientific refutation of Christianity, social injustice, and suffering. Presents justification for faith and discusses the knowledge of God and the problem of sin. 2008.

Mortgage Confidential: What You Need to Know That Your Lender Won’t Tell You        RC 66155
by David Reed
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Loan officer and author of Mortgages 101 RC 59734 demystifies the loan process for potential homebuyers. Covers filling out mortgage applications, understanding credit reports, choosing between fixed and adjustable rates, saving money on closing costs, and refinancing. Includes tips on avoiding scams and dealing with brokers. 2007.

What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been        RC 66158
edited by Robert Cowley
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Twenty-five essays examine alternate outcomes in western history. Contributors ponder the implications of Jesus being pardoned by Pontius Pilate, William failing to conquer England in 1066, China discovering the New World, Lincoln consenting to slavery, and an assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Companion to What If? RC 49463. 2001.

The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness        RC 66165
by Steven Levy
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Newsweek correspondent interviews Steve Jobs and others at Apple Computer to reveal the development of transistor technology that led to the creation of the iPod. Highlights Jobs’s enlistment of all major record labels to distribute their music via the iTunes Music Store. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

The Woman Within: An Autobiography        RC 66166
by Ellen Glasgow
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Memoirs of writer Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), winner of the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Portraying her interior world, she examines her feelings of isolation and encroaching deafness from age twenty. Begun in 1934 and published posthumously in 1954. Includes 1994 introduction by women’s studies professor Pamela R. Matthews. 1945.

Out of My Mind        RC 66172
by Andy Rooney
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Candid essays by the 60 Minutes television show commentator discuss daily living, politics, sports, money, work, war, food, and the English language. 2006.

Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn        RC 66173
by Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
After introducing key plants for providing fall blooms, berries, seedheads, and foliage, the authors offer advice on combining these to create gardens that look good not only in the autumn but in one or more other seasons as well. Includes a fall garden-care primer and lists gardening techniques. 2007.

After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific        RC 66174
by Robert M. Utley
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Historian describes early 1800s exploration of the territory west of the Mississippi River by fur traders. Discusses the role of conscious expansionists such as Jedediah Smith, Joseph Meek, and Kit Carson and other contributors like James Bridger, Pegleg Smith, and Black Harris. Originally titled A Life Wild and Perilous. 1997.

The Elements of Organic Gardening: Highgrove, Clarence House, Birkhall        RC 66180
by Charles, Prince of Wales
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
The Prince of Wales discusses the organic gardens he helped design and maintain during twenty-six years at Highgrove, and the two gardens he managed in London and Scotland after his grandmother’s death. Describes using organic principles and stewardship to create a sustainable garden. 2007.

Way off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America        RC 66185
by Bill Geist
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Emmy Award-winning television news correspondent profiles unique places and people he calls “resourceful, eccentric . . . and at times just plain batty—yet oddly inspiring.” Describes his encounters with the Grand Canyon mail carrier who makes deliveries by mule train and with the mayor and sole resident of Monowi, Nebraska. 2007.

Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases; Ann Rule’s Crime Files, Volume 12       RC 66245
by Ann Rule
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Marriages gone wrong are featured in this true-crime collection. In “The Deputy’s Wife” a retired cop plots to have his family killed so he can inherit his wife’s money. “The Minister’s Wife” recounts the murder of the Reverend Winkler by his quiet wife. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America        RC 66262
edited by Sue Grafton
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Tony Hillerman, Lawrence Block, Sara Paretsky, and others provide advice on such topics as composing convincing dialog, mastering pacing and suspense, developing series characters, depicting violence, and revising and marketing manuscripts. They also cover writing mystery-genre specialties including young adult, medical, legal, historical, and true-crime stories. Some violence. 2002.

The Great Chicago Fire        RC 66267
by Robert Cromie
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Former Chicago Tribune editor presents a narrative history of the catastrophic fire that destroyed four square miles of Chicago in October 1871. Describes the course of the fire, the firemen who fought the blazes, and the people who were caught in the conflagration. 1958.

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing        RC 66273
by Marilyn E. Gootman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Advice for teens on handling grief, anger, guilt, and depression after a friend dies. Includes quotes from youths who have experienced the loss of someone their age. Offers suggestions for seeking help from family, counselors, and/or therapists. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Internal Combustion: The True Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City        RC 66304
by Joyce Maynard
read by Faith Potts
4 cassettes
Explores the 2004 murder of a retired automobile engineer by his schoolteacher wife of thirty-two years. Describes the couple’s grown sons’ opposing views—one depicted a battered woman defending herself, the other a bitter person punishing her husband for planning to leave. Some strong language. 2006.

The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice        RC 66325
by Alex Kershaw
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Journalist interviews survivors and townspeople of Bedford, Virginia, who lost twenty-two soldiers, originally from the local National Guard, who were the first troops at Omaha Beach on D-Day—June 6, 1944. Highlights life on the home front and the town’s construction of the national D-Day Memorial in 2001. Violence. 2003.

Multiple Sclerosis: New Hope and Practical Advice for People with MS and Their Families        RC 66327
by Louis J. Rosner and Shelley Ross
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Rosner, a neurologist, and Ross, an award-winning journalist, offer a guide to living with multiple sclerosis—a disease that strikes the central nervous system. Discusses possible causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Advises patients, their families, and friends on coping with emotional and interpersonal challenges. Update of 1987 edition. 2008.

Why Women Should Rule the World        RC 66331
by Dee Dee Myers
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Political commentator and former White House press secretary discusses the persistence of a cultural “glass ceiling.” Posits that if there were more women leaders in society, there would be more cooperation, progress, and conversation. Offers examples of a double standard from her own career in politics. Bestseller. 2008.

In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer        RC 66335
by Robert S. Bennett
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Memoir of criminal defense attorney Bob Bennett. Highlights his career under the guidance of legendary lobbyist Tommy Corcoran and cases Bennett tried, including ABSCAM and the Keating Five. Describes representing President Bill Clinton during the Paula Jones scandal and reporter Judith Miller, who was jailed for contempt of court. 2008.

American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau; Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work        RC 66338
by Susan Cheever
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Novelist explores the relationships among five writers of the transcendentalist movement who clustered around the home of wealthy Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Massachusetts, from 1840 to 1868. Highlights their intertwined families and the love affairs that contributed to the creation of their literary masterpieces. 2006.

Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates, and Fences        RC 66341
by Jim Long
read by Lou Harpenau
1 cassette
Describes how to make garden structures with a few simple tools by using the age-old craft of bending freshly cut saplings. Lists appropriate woods, their durability, and tips on finding them. Includes step-by-step instructions, suggestions for selecting complementary plants, and tea-party recipes to enjoy with completed projects. 1998.

You Can Eat That! Awesome Food for Kids with Diabetes        RC 66342
by Robyn Webb
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Nutritionist Webb discusses diabetes management for children and provides kid-friendly recipes for smoothies, packed lunches, snacks, sweets, soups, and main entrees designed to meet a diabetic’s requirements. Includes food suggestions for parties and holidays. 2007.

Heal Your Aching Back: What a Harvard Doctor Wants You to Know about Finding Relief and Keeping Your Back Strong        RC 66352
by Jeffrey N. Katz and Gloria Parkinson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Describes the anatomy of the back, numerous causes of back pain, factors that put some people at greater risk, and tests and specialists that may be involved when getting a diagnosis. Discusses ways to control pain and manage a back condition, including complementary therapies, exercises, surgery, and medication. 2007.

Jews and Power        RC 66381
by Ruth R. Wisse
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Harvard professor examines the politics of Jews in relation to the politics of anti-Semites as they existed throughout history. Argues the importance of a sovereign Israel to Jewish survival and notes Israel’s staunch defense of democracy. 2007.

Three Great Poems: Thanatopsis, Flood of Years, and Among the Trees        RC 66403
by William Cullen Bryant
read by Christopher Hurt
1 cassette
American poet William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) meditates on death in Thanatopsis, which he first drafted in 1811 at age seventeen and published in 1817. It and others of his early poems reflect the influence of British poets he admired. 1877.

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming        RC 66459
by Chris Mooney
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Science journalist deconstructs the debate about the relationship between climate change and hurricane ferocity. Explains the fundamentals of hurricane science and discusses environmental politics, the media’s influence on perceptions of climate change, and federal disaster policy. 2007.

God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer        RC 66463
by Bart D. Ehrman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former minister and author of Misquoting Jesus RC 61941 examines the Old and New Testaments for answers to the problem of suffering in the world. Ehrman finds the Bible offers different viewpoints—suffering as punishment, as a redemptive process, and as a test of faith—and analyzes the answers. Some violence. 2008.

The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell        RC 66464
by Rachel Herz
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
A leading expert in the psychology of smell explains the reasons that sense is so important in our lives and the consequences of losing it. Topics include desire, sensuality, memories, food cravings, body odor, the truth about aromatherapy, and the ways smell may be used in the future. 2007.

Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer        RC 66495
by Elmer Kelton
read by Patrick Downer
2 cassettes
Award-winning author of more than fifty westerns describes growing up in west Texas and choosing not to follow in the footsteps of his ranch-foreman father. Kelton recalls his time as a World War II soldier, meeting his wife in Austria, and his writing career. Some strong language. 2007.

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World        RC 66506
by Joan Druett
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Award-winning maritime historian recreates the disparate experiences of the crews of two vessels that shipwrecked in the Auckland Islands in 1864. Describes how Captain Thomas Musgrave and the men of Grafton banded together to survive, while the crew of Invercauld succumbed to conflict and starvation. 2007.

The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet’s Largest Mammals        RC 66530
by Peter Heller
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
NPR contributor and award-winning adventure writer recounts his two months aboard Farley Mowat, the flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a radical environmental group. Chronicles the efforts of the group’s founder, Paul Watson, and the all-volunteer crew as they patrol Antarctic waters to stop a Japanese whaling fleet. 2007.

The Trillion-Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash        RC 66534
by Charles R. Morris
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Morris, a lawyer and former banker, analyzes the rise and fall of the early 2000s credit bubble. Predicts devaluations and defaults on assets including mortgages, high-yield bonds, leveraged loans, and credit cards. Examines the enabling role of monetary authorities and suggests ways to restore market faith and credibility. Bestseller. 2008.

Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope        RC 66537
by Don Van Ryn, Susie Van Ryn, and others
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Two families describe relying on their faith following a 2006 traffic accident that left one of their college-student daughters in a coma and the other dead. They relate the shock of learning five weeks later that the surviving girl, thought to be Laura, was in fact Whitney. Bestseller. 2008.

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years        RC 66539
by Julie Andrews
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
British actress describes growing up a child star with her vaudevillian mother and stepfather. By book’s end she has given a royal command performance, acted in Broadway’s Camelot and My Fair Lady, is married with a child, and is heading to Hollywood in 1963 to film Mary Poppins. Bestseller. 2008.

Life of an American Soldier in Iraq        RC 66570
by Michael V. Uschan
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Discusses world events prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Highlights the differences in combat among the naval, air, and ground forces. Discusses camp life, insurgent attacks, the aftermath of combat, and postwar duties. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport        RC 66744
by Carl Hiaasen
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Humorist Hiaasen, author of Nature Girl RC 63561, relates his middle-aged return to golf in 2005, after a thirty-two-year hiatus. Through diary entries, Hiaasen laments that the game has not gotten easier—and still doesn’t fit his temperament. Also offers anecdotes of life in Florida. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Microtrends: The Small Forces behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes        RC 66822
by Mark J. Penn
read by Brett Barry
3 cassettes
Pollster Penn defines microtrends as the formation of small but powerful under-the-radar groups of people who share common interests. He identifies seventy-five disparate categories, including interracial families, individuals with hearing impairments, extreme commuters, young knitters, vegan children, shy millionaires, old new dads, older kindergarteners, and recent convicts. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln        RC 66976
by Kate Clifford Larson
read by Laural Merlington
2 cassettes
Author of Bound for the Promised Land RC 64511 investigates the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Focuses on the involvement of boarding-house owner Mary Surratt. Reexamines primary documents to assert that Mary and her son John, both Confederate sympathizers, participated in John Wilkes Booth’s plot. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

If Looks Could Kill        RC 66984
by M. William Phelps
read by Jay Charles
3 cassettes
Traces the police investigation into a motorcyclist’s execution of Jeff Zack in an Akron, Ohio, parking lot in 2001. Describes Zack’s lifestyle of adultery, lies, and financial dealings that led police to a suspect with a deadly motive. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Lethal Guardian        RC 66985
by M. William Phelps
read by Jay Charles
3 cassettes
Describes Connecticut real estate lawyer Beth Carpenter’s attempt to obtain guardianship of her two-year-old niece after Beth’s estranged sister married former exotic dancer Buzz Clinton. Discusses Beth’s plan to win custody—allegedly hiring hit men in 1994 to kill Clinton. Commercial audiobook. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires        RC 66994
by Scott Fox
read by Scott Fox
2 cassettes
Business consultant describes simple methods for making money on the Internet, including some that require no start-up capital or technical training. Identifies e-business opportunities and ways to test ideas. Also offers legal, financial, and marketing advice. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality        RC 67073
by Jerome R. Corsi
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Corsi, coauthor of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out against John Kerry RC 58936, began tracing Illinois senator Barack Obama’s political and personal background in 2004. Posits that an Obama administration and far left agenda will leave the United States “militarily weakened and economically diminished.” Bestseller. 2008.

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down        RC 67508
by Kaylene Johnson
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Chronicles the political career of Sarah Palin, from her 1992 election to the Wasilla, Alaska, city council to her 2006–2008 term as Alaska’s first female governor. Describes Palin’s populist reform ideas that propelled her into the leadership position in her state. Discusses her upbringing, marriage, and family. Bestseller. 2008.

The Purpose of Christmas        RC 67520
by Rick Warren
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Rick Warren, pastor of California’s Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life RC 55648, uses biblical scripture to examine the origins of Christmas. Describes the holiday as a time of celebration, salvation, and reconciliation for all people. Bestseller. 2008.

Back to Top

Cassettes Fiction

Capitol Murder: Ben Kincaid Mystery        RC 61327
by William Bernhardt
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Oklahoma attorney Ben Kincaid flies to Washington, D.C., to defend his former law school buddy Todd Glancy, now a senator, from charges of murdering an intern. Unfortunately a video documents Glancy’s affair with the girl. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Shadow Man        RC 62153
by Cody McFadyen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
FBI agent Smoky Barrett made a career of tracking serial killers until one killed her husband and daughter. As she contemplates suicide, Smoky receives a murderer’s videotape of his latest crime. The case sends her back to the hunt. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2006.

When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys        RC 63532
by Lori Foster, HelenKay Dimon, and Erin McCarthy
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Three stories about unexpected love. In “Playing Doctor” a physician woos an innocent nursing student. In “The Lady of the Lake” a baseball player rescues a woman from drowning. In “Hardhats and Silk Stockings” an architect falls for a female contractor. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Shooting Monarchs        RC 63703
by John Halliday
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Macy, a sociopathic killer abused as a child, forces sixteen-year-old Leah Hoffman into his car trunk but waits to murder her. Leah is saved by Danny Driscoll, a classmate with an untreated spinal condition who secretly loves her. The rescue ends in tragedy for Danny. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

Twin Cities Noir        RC 64080
edited by Julie Schaper and Steven Horwitz
read by Mimi Bederman
2 cassettes
Fifteen authors from the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, area present original stories of past, present, and future detection and mystery. In Judith Guest’s “Eminent Domain” someone hijacks a web domain name, and cultures collide in K.J. Erickson’s “Noir Neige” and Mary Sharratt’s “Taking the Bullets Out.” Strong language. 2006.

Street Love        RC 64085
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
College-bound Harlem teen Damien falls in love with sixteen-year-old Junice. But when Junice’s mother is sent to prison, Junice struggles to keep her younger sister with her. Meanwhile Damien fights with a rival who belittles their love. For senior high readers. 2006.

Farm Team: A Billy Baggs Novel        RC 64497
by Will Weaver
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
With his father in jail and his mother working full time, fourteen-year-old Billy runs the family’s Minnesota farm. Having little time for baseball, Billy starts a team that meets after chores. The assorted players—including Billy’s dog—are soon able to challenge the town team. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year        RC 64645
by Virginia Ironside
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
Unlike many of her peers, fifty-nine-year-old Londoner Marie Sharp has no desire to travel, get plastic surgery, or continue her education. Marie looks forward to doing “old things.” She keeps busy with a possible love interest, becoming a grandmother, and the onset of cataracts, arthritis, and bunions. Strong language. 2006.

City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan        RC 64726
by Beverly Swerling
read by John Haag
6 cassettes
In 1661, English surgeon Lucas Turner and his sister Sally, an apothecary, arrive at the Dutch settlement on the island of Manhattan. Violence and betrayal soon make the siblings enemies, beginning a feud that resonates for generations. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2001.

The Android’s Dream        RC 64735
by John Scalzi
read by Pat Bottino
3 cassettes
When a human diplomat kills an alien counterpart, the aliens demand a sheep specimen known as Android’s Dream for their coronation ceremony. Eluding adversaries, techie Harris Creek locates the “sheep,” which turns out to be Robin Baker—a pet-store owner with dubious DNA. Strong language. 2006.

Burnt Offerings: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter        RC 64781
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
3 cassettes
Vampire executioner Anita Blake helps authorities track an arsonist who is believed to be supernatural. As St. Louis burns, Anita and lover Jean-Claude prepare for the arrival of a powerful vampire council that blames the couple for killing a member. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Line Between        RC 64925
by Peter S. Beagle
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Collection of short works of “the unreal, the uncanny, the magical” by a Locus Award-winning author. Includes a prequel to The Innkeeper’s Song (RC 39098), a sequel to The Last Unicorn (RC 40903), four fables, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, the autobiographical “A Dance for Emilia,” and others. 2006.

The Knitting Circle        RC 64963
by Ann Hood
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Providence, Rhode Island. Journalist Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle after the death of her five-year-old daughter. As other members—Lulu, Ellen, Scarlet, Harriet, Beth, and Alice—share their stories of love, loss, and hope, Mary confronts her grief and begins to heal. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Letters from a Slave Boy: The Story of Joseph Jacobs        RC 64966
by Mary E. Lyons
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Joseph, son of Harriet Jacobs from Letters from a Slave Girl (RC 38689), writes about his experiences as a slave in pre-Civil War North Carolina, a sailor on a New England whaling expedition, and a gold miner in California. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Bone Garden        RC 64980
by Tess Gerritsen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
The skeleton of a woman murdered in the nineteenth century leads Boston medical examiner Maura Isles to investigate the possibility of a past serial killer. Harvard medical student Norris Marshall had been the prime suspect and had enlisted classmate Oliver Wendell Holmes to exonerate him. Some violence. 2007.

The Country of the Blind and Other Stories        RC 65130
by H.G. Wells
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Thirty-three other-worldly short stories by British author H.G. Wells (1866–1946). In the title piece, a mountain climber falls from a steep ledge into the country of the blind, which has been isolated from the outside world for many generations. He mistakenly assumes that he will become king. 1911.

Three Early Novels: Liza of Lambeth, Mrs. Craddock, The Magician        RC 65333
by W. Somerset Maugham
read by Michael Russotto
5 cassettes
Three novels by the British author W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965), written before his success. Each dramatizes a protagonist isolated from or ostracized by a traditional community. The third work involves an encounter with occultist Aleister Crowley in Paris in the early 1900s. Includes 2005 introduction by Philip Holden. 1908.

Michael Tolliver Lives        RC 65336
by Armistead Maupin
read by Ray Hagen
2 cassettes
San Francisco. Decades after Sure of You (RC 39606), Michael Tolliver, now in his mid-fifties, has lived successfully with HIV because of new drug cocktails. He enjoys his life with a younger lover, but his landlady Anna Madrigal and his mother in Florida are in failing health. Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Sheltered Life        RC 65337
by Ellen Glasgow
read by Kate Kiley
3 cassettes
Virginia, 1900s. For years Eva Bird-song, a celebrated southern beauty, attempts to hide the extramarital affairs of her charming husband George. But when George’s affections turn to young Jenny Blair—the impetuous granddaughter of Eva’s trusted friend General Archbald—tragedy follows. Includes 1994 afterword by Carol S. Manning. 1932.

Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels        RC 65339
by Katherine Anne Porter
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In Old Mortality girls Maria and Miranda learn about the young woman pictured in an old framed photograph at their grandmother’s house. Noon Wine is about Olaf Helton, who hires on at a Texas dairy farm. The title piece recounts a grown-up Miranda’s tragic love affair with a soldier. 1939.

Call Me by Your Name        RC 65344
by André Aciman
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
Each summer Elio’s parents host a scholar in their home on the Italian Riviera. Oliver, a young academic from America arrives, igniting in seventeen-year-old Elio a passionate longing and desire. Years later Elio recollects his search for intimacy during that transformative season. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Under the Tonto Rim        RC 65345
by Zane Grey
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
City girl Lucy Watson leaves home to work for a welfare department bettering the lives of poor frontier families between Cedar Ridge and the Rim Rock. Her kindness and tact soon win over the community and, eventually, even aloof bee-hunter Edd Denmeade. 1925.

Flight        RC 65404
by Sherman Alexie
read by Julian Thompson
1 cassette
A fifteen-year-old gangly, acne-faced Indian orphan enters a Seattle bank and shoots everyone in sight. When a guard wounds him, he travels back in time to major moments in American Indian history before returning to the present as a pilot. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Dud Avocado        RC 65407
by Elaine Dundy
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
Twenty-one-year-old American Sally Jay Gorce, a college graduate seeking adventure, moves to Paris in the 1950s. She joins an old acquaintance’s acting troupe at the English-speaking theater; socializes with the rich, international set; poses for a painter and a photographer—and lands in trouble. Some strong language. 1958.

Secrets of a Proper Lady: The Last Man Standing, Book 3        RC 65422
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1854. Lady Cordelia Bannister’s father arranges her marriage to American entrepreneur Daniel Sinclair. Cordelia pretends to be her own ladies’ companion to meet her fiancé, while Daniel passes himself off as his secretary. The two fall in love without knowing the truth. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Mindscan        RC 65445
by Robert J. Sawyer
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
2045. Facing a terminal illness, Jake Sullivan uses the Mindscan process to transfer a digital copy of his consciousness into an artificial body. Both versions of Jake face complications as biological Jake struggles in a lunar retirement community and synthetic Jake finds love with a fellow android. Strong language. 2005.

The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori; Tales of the Otori, Book 4        RC 65458
by Lian Hearn
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Lord Otori Takeo and his wife Kaede have brought peace to the Three Countries. But old rivalries, foreigners bearing new weapons and religion, and an unfulfilled prophecy threaten both their rule and their lives. Sequel to Brilliance of the Moon (RC 58999). Some descriptions of sex and some   violence. 2006.

Long Road to LaRosa: West Texas Sunrise, Book 2        RC 65492
by Paul Bagdon
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Texas, post-Civil War. Marshal Ben Flood pursues a band of desperadoes who robbed a bank and kidnapped feisty ranchwoman Lee Morgan, of whom he is more fond than he cares to admit. Sequel to Stallions at Burnt Rock (RC 58318). 2003.

Scary Beautiful        RC 65620
by Niki Burnham
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Gorgeous Chloe is ostracized in her junior year after her boyfriend Sean moves from Colorado to Connecticut, leaving her unattached. When some of the girls distrust her, Chloe realizes that she wants to be much more than just somebody’s girlfriend. For senior high readers. 2006.

M Is for Magic        RC 65628
by Neil Gaiman
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Ten short stories and a prose poem by a Hugo and Nebula award winner. “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” concerns two fifteen-year-old boys who crash a party where the pretty girls are not who they appear to be. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Hunters of Dune        RC 65676
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
read by J.P. Linton
4 cassettes
First volume in the conclusion of the Dune series, set three years after events in Chapterhouse, Dune (RC 21526). Refugees and reanimated warriors aboard the no-ship Ithaca flee the ruthless Honored Matres and an unknown enemy. Based on the outline and notes of Frank Herbert. Some violence. 2006.

Halo: Contact Harvest        RC 65688
by Joseph Staten
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
The year 2524. Harvest, a peaceful farming colony on a remote planet, is threatened by an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. Avery Johnson, a young marine staff sergeant fresh from Earth’s civil war, leads an inexperienced militia to save Harvest’s citizens—and all of humanity. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Coal Black Horse        RC 65697
by Robert Olmstead
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
1863. Fourteen-year-old Robey Childs is sent by his clairvoyant mother to find his father, who is fighting in the Civil War. Robey, riding a stallion, encounters refugees, runaway slaves, deserters, and battle scavengers. At Gettysburg Robey finds his dying father and rescues an abused girl. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Sleeping with Strangers        RC 65743
by Eric Jerome Dickey
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
After killing a rapper in Tampa, African American hit man Gideon takes a plane to London for his next contract. Other passengers follow Gideon with revenge on their minds, while Gideon hooks up with his true love, con artist Arizona. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

The Friday Night Knitting Club        RC 65750
by Kate Jacobs
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Single mother Georgia Walker runs a Manhattan yarn shop where knitters gather regularly to work on projects and share stories. Aging widow Anita, pre-law student Peri, and secretive Lucie join the club as unexpected events—including the return of Georgia’s ex—unravel their lives. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Sacrifice, Book 5        RC 65800
by Karen Traviss
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
As her Jedi nephew Jacen Solo grows closer to the dark side, Mara Skywalker sets out to destroy his mentor Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith—and, if need be, Jacen himself. Meanwhile Jacen faces one final test before becoming a true Sith lord: kill someone he loves dearly. 2007.

One Night for Love        RC 65815
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
England, 1813. Neville Wyatt, the earl of Kilbourne, is about to marry his stepcousin, Lauren Edgeworth, from A Summer to Remember (RC 54986), when his first wife, Lily Doyle, appears. He had married the illiterate Lily in war-torn Portugal and thought she had been killed. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Warpath of the Mountain Man        RC 65819
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Colorado. Legendary mountain man Smoke Jensen’s friend Tom Burke loses his family in a brutal massacre apparently committed by Indians. Smoke’s quest for vengeance uncovers a sinister plot by fugitive outlaw Jack Tatum to pit ranchers against Indians in hopes of making a fortune selling guns. Some strong language. 2002.

The High King’s Tomb: Green Rider, Book 3        RC 65822
by Kristen Britain
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Karigan G’ladheon and her fellow Green Riders of the royal messenger corps defend their kingdom from descendents of Arcosian Long War soldiers, who plot to conquer Sacoridia. Sequel to First Rider’s Call (RC 56909). For senior high and older readers. 2007.

White Sister: A Shane Scully Mystery        RC 65825
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
LAPD detective Shane Scully searches for the culprit who executed an undercover cop and kidnapped Scully’s policewoman wife Alexa. His unorthodox investigation leads to rap music moguls and ex-cons Lou Maluga and his Caucasian wife Stacy, and intensifies the search for Alexa. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Gateways: A Repairman Jack Novel        RC 65827
by F. Paul Wilson
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Jack travels to South Florida to see his father Tom, who is in a coma following a car accident. Aided by a neighbor in Tom’s retirement community, Jack confronts otherworldly forces, long-buried secrets, and a deadly storm while helping his dad. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Sweet Far Thing        RC 65828
by Libba Bray
read by Corrie James
5 cassettes
England, 1896. As Gemma reluctantly prepares for her entry into proper Victorian society, she must decide the future of the magical realms where she and her friends visit. But Gemma also hopes to change her own fate. Sequel to Rebel Angels (RC 61311). For senior high readers. 2007.

Flight of the Nighthawks: The Darkwar Saga, Book 1        RC 65829
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Troubled by premonitions of Midkemia’s destruction, Pug convenes the Conclave of Shadows. The members call upon two farm boys, Tad and Zane, who uncover a plot against the Empire of Great Kesh by assassins known as Nighthawks. Meanwhile, Pug hunts his nemesis, the evil sorcerer Leso Varen. Some violence. 2006.

Deliver Me from Evil        RC 65830
by Mary Monroe
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Christine Thurman and her lover Wade concoct a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme to get her out of her unsatisfying marriage to wealthy video store entrepreneur Jesse Ray. But once the plan is put in motion, things quickly disintegrate. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

Everlasting        RC 65834
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
England, 1135. Lady Abrielle marries the lecherous Desmond de Marlé to save her family from poverty and disgrace after King Henry denies her stepfather a title and lands. But Abrielle is in love with Scottish Raven Seabern and hopes for a miracle. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

China Sea: A Tale of the Modern Navy        RC 65837
by David Poyer
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Naval commander Dan Lenson relieves the skipper of the frigate Gaddis to deliver the decommissioned ship to Pakistan. Instead he finds himself fighting pirates in the South China Sea with an undermanned, undergunned, and near-mutinous crew as a typhoon approaches. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

The Girl Hunters and Survival . . . Zero!: Two Mike Hammer Novels        RC 65838
by Mickey Spillane
read by Joe Peck
3 cassettes
Two novels featuring PI Mike Hammer. In The Girl Hunters Mike learns that his presumed-dead lover Velda is alive but is being hunted by an assassin. In Survival . . . Zero! he seeks a friend’s killer and uncovers a plot against America. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1962.

Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th; the Pacific War, Book 1        RC 65841
by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Alternate history of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor from perspectives of both Japanese and American soldiers, airmen, and political leaders. In this retelling, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, not the comparatively timid Admiral Nagumo, leads the onslaught, changing the course of World War II. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Desperate Duchesses        RC 65842
by Eloisa James
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Georgian England, 1783. Lady Roberta, seeking a suitable husband, leaves her father’s country estate for her distant cousin Jemma’s townhouse in London. Roberta pursues the duke of Villiers, a chess champion who plays with the free-spirited Jemma, while Jemma’s brother is bewitched by Roberta. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Fruit of the Lemon        RC 65843
by Andrea Levy
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Faith, whose black Jamaican parents emigrated to England before she was born, recoils from the racism she encounters in her first job after college. She begins a journey of self-discovery after her parents send her to the islands to learn of her heritage. Some strong language. 1999.

She Ain’t the One        RC 65849
by Carl Weber and Mary B. Morrison
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Mentally unstable Ashlee Anderson from Dallas meets Jay Crawford at a Washington, D.C., nightclub and begins an affair. Jay is smitten with Ashlee, but her behavior begins to unravel when she discovers Jay has a child with his ex-girlfriend. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Mystery        RC 65851
by F. Paul Wilson
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Maria Roselli hires Jack to locate her missing thirty-three-year-old son Johnny, a millionaire businessman who quit his job and joined the Dormentalist Church. To find him, Jack infiltrates the secretive cult, whose members include some of the world’s elite celebrities, athletes, and politicians. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The Second Mouse: A Joe Gunther Mystery        RC 65853
by Archer Mayor
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Vermont Bureau of Investigation’s  Joe Gunther suspects that widowed Michelle Fisher’s death is tied to her antagonistic landlord. As Joe digs deeper, he stumbles upon a trio of small-time crooks and hopes they will lead him to the proof. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Raining Cats and Dogs: A Melanie Travis Mystery        RC 65858
by Laurien Berenson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Canine enthusiast and part-time sleuth Melanie Travis enrolls her poodle Faith in the South Avenue Obedience Club. Fellow member Paul spearheads an outing to the nursing home of his wealthy great-aunt Mary. When Mary is found suffocated, Melanie seeks a killer among suspicious staff, club members, and Mary’s family. 2005.

145th Street: Short Stories        RC 65859
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Ten short stories depicting life on a block in Harlem. In “Big Joe’s Funeral” Joe cashes in his life insurance to have a funeral while he’s still alive to enjoy the party. In “The Streak” a basketball player agonizes over missing the final shot of the game. For senior high readers. 2000.

Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair        RC 65864
by Stephanie Laurens
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
London, 1835. Outspoken Penelope Ashford runs an orphanage. When four of her charges are kidnapped, Penelope asks PI Barnaby Adair for assistance. Adair enlists the help of Inspector Basil Stokes of Scotland Yard in the investigation and begins a passionate romance with Penelope. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Ain’t Myth-Behaving        RC 65895
by Katie MacAlister
read by various narrators
2 cassettes
Two romances of modern-day gods and mortals. In “Stag Party” Irishman Dane Hearne—a.k.a. Cernunnos, god of fertility—seeks a new bride when his wife runs off with a salsa dancer. In “Norse Truly” Viking Alrik Sigurdsson hopes beautiful Brynna Lund can break his centuries-old curse. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Manny: A Nanny of the Male Persuasion        RC 65898
by Holly Peterson
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
With increasing professional demands and the frequent absence of her workaholic husband Phillip, Manhattan producer Jamie Whitfield hires twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur Peter Bailey to help with her three children. At first Jamie is skeptical, but Peter soon proves to be highly effective—and irresistible. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Empire of Ice Cream        RC 65899
by Jeffrey Ford
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Fourteen short fantasy tales. In “The Annals of Eelin-Ok” a faerie relates his brief but adventurous life in a sand castle between changing tides. In “Boatman’s Holiday” the ferryman of Hell takes a much-needed vacation. Also includes “Coffins on the River” and the Nebula Award-winning title story. 2006.

Glasshouse        RC 65900
by Charles Stross
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Robin awakens in a clinic with little memory and an assassin on his trail. To elude pursuers, he joins an experimental society but finds that even with a new identity he’s not out of danger. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Hugo Award finalist. 2006.

Worldbinder: The Runelords, Book 6        RC 65903
by David Farland
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Fallion Orden, son of the late Earth King Gaborn, attempts to restore his world but instead fuses it with another. As inhabitants of both realms struggle to understand changes to themselves and their land, various evildoers exploit the chaos. Sequel to Sons of the Oak (RC 65872). Some violence. 2007.

A King’s Trade: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure        RC 65904
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Captain Alan Lewrie of HMS Proteus avoids charges of slave-stealing by escorting an East India Company convoy to Cape Town and points east. The fleet encounters a seagoing circus in need of protection. Sequel to The Captain’s Vengeance (RC 60432). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Forever: Firstborn, Book 5        RC 65917
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Christian drama instructor Katy Hart is in Indiana planning her wedding to Hollywood star Dayne Matthews when a terrible car accident leaves Dayne in a coma. Katy flies to California to be near him while she and Dayne’s biological family pray for a miracle. Sequel to Family (RC 64653). 2007.

Moonraker: A James Bond 007 Novel        RC 65927
by Ian Fleming
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Secret agent James Bond investigates the activities of Sir Hugo Drax—card player, notorious cheat, and head of England’s new missile defense system, Moonraker. Aided by Gala, a beautiful fellow agent disguised as Drax’s private secretary, Bond uncovers trouble just before the project’s scheduled test launch. 1955.

Fit to Be Tied        RC 65931
by Karen Kendall
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Jen Canby’s wedding day is ruined by her parents’ marital discord, her drunken groom Tom, and the arrival of an ex-wife. On their honeymoon, Jen decides to get a divorce. But as the legalities proceed, she isn’t so sure. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Killing Ground: Sean Dillon Series        RC 65933
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
When intelligence operative Sean Dillon stops English-born Casper Rashid at Heathrow airport after a suspicious trip, Rashid implores Dillon to help him. Rashid’s thirteen-year-old daughter has been kidnapped by her grandfather’s henchmen to marry her powerful terrorist cousin in Iraq. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

Joshua’s Family        RC 66014
by Joseph F. Girzone
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
This prequel to Joshua (RC 30863) depicts Jesus Christ’s childhood in a contemporary, small-town setting. Joshua, the son of poor, hardworking parents Miriam and Joseph, begins to realize his extraordinary gifts and eventually leaves home to teach others the power of love and tolerance. 2007.

The Dead Don’t Lie: An Abe Lieberman Mystery        RC 66019
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Chicago. Jewish detective Abe Lieberman tracks a killer targeting prominent members of the Turkish community. Abe uncovers links to the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s. Meanwhile, Abe’s partner Bill Hanrahan encounters an old nemesis as he celebrates the birth of a new baby. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

What They Want        RC 66022
by Omar Tyree
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
African American model Terrance Mitchell pursues his self-indulgent ways in a world of beautiful women and exotic locales. Everything changes when a woman from his past forces him to reassess his lifestyle and inspires him to give her what she truly wants. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Waking with Enemies        RC 66023
by Eric Jerome Dickey
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
African American hit man Gideon, from Sleeping with Strangers (RC 65743), is targeted by an assassin. While trying to outsmart the killer, Gideon needs to figure out who from his past wants him dead—a man he spared or a scorned ex-lover? Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

In the Woods        RC 66071
by Tana French
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
Irish detective Rob Ryan and his partner Cassie Maddox investigate the murder of a twelve-year-old girl from Knocknaree at an archaeological site near Dublin. The crime’s similarities to the disappearances of Ryan’s best friends twenty years ago in the same woods cause him intense personal anguish. Strong language. 2007.

Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3        RC 66072
by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
2069. The Firstborn, a hostile alien race determined to annihilate humanity, send an asteroid-sized object called a Q-bomb to obliterate Earth. Former British soldier Bisesa Dutt, freshly awakened from hibernation, journeys to Mir—an alternate, temporally disturbed Earth—to find a solution. Sequel to Sunstorm (RC 60492). 2007.

The Night Ferry        RC 66086
by Michael Robotham
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
London. Sikh detective constable Alisha Barba, recovering from a broken back sustained in Lost (RC 62125), responds when a childhood friend needs assistance. Alisha recruits retired inspector Vincent Ruiz’s help investigating an Amsterdam gang that steals babies to sell to adopting couples. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Lady Killer: Rosato and Associates        RC 66109
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio receives a visit from former high school bully Trish Gambone. Trish wants help escaping her abusive, mob-connected boyfriend Bobby Mancuso—not knowing Mary used to date him. After refusing Mary’s suggestions, Trish disappears, and Mary fears she’s dead. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Tom Clancy’s Endwar        RC 66115
by David Michaels
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Russia plots to take control of the world’s largest oil reserves, located in northern Canada. Despite mutual mistrust, Europe and America race to stop them. U.S. special forces capture Russian colonel Pavel Doletskaya, who may hold the key to uncovering Russia’s plans. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Dog Eat Dog: A Melanie Travis Mystery        RC 66119
by Laurien Berenson
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Connecticut. Melanie Travis—single mother, special education teacher, and amateur sleuth—attends a meeting of the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club and finds the body of one of the members. Melanie investigates while coping with the unexpected arrival of her ex-husband Bob, who wants joint custody of their son. 1996.

The Purrfect Murder: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery        RC 66121
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
When Dr. Wylde is murdered, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and the other residents of Crozet, Virginia, suspect a radical antiabortionist is behind it. Soon after, a wealthy newcomer is killed and Harry’s architect friend Tazio is arrested. Trying to clear Tazio, Harry looks into both deaths —with her pets’ help. 2008.

A Beautiful Place to Die: The First Martha’s Vineyard Mystery        RC 66122
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
From the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, ex-cop Jeff “J.W.” Jackson and his friends—including nurse Zee Madieras—witness a boat explosion that kills a likable island drifter. J.W., who had hoped to spend his retirement fishing and gardening, reluctantly rejoins the investigative trade. Some strong language. 1989.

Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery        RC 66128
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
Sweden, 1990. Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the brutal murders of elderly farming couple Johannes and Maria Lövgren. The dying woman describes the killers as “foreign,” which exacerbates xenophobia in the community. As he uncovers Johannes’s secrets, Wallander copes with his own estranged wife and daughter. Some violence. 1991.

The Chameleon’s Shadow        RC 66132
by Minette Walters
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
British lieutenant Charles Acland returns from Iraq badly injured and extremely angry—especially toward his ex-fiancée and other women. When evidence links Charles to a series of vicious attacks in London, he finds an unlikely ally in a weight-lifting, pub-owning lesbian doctor. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Stormy Weather        RC 66134
by Paulette Jiles
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Depression-era Texas. After her husband’s death, Elizabeth Stoddard and her daughters Mayme, Jeanine, and Bea struggle to rebuild their lives on a farm devastated by drought and dust storms. They place their hopes in a wildcat oil well, a racehorse named Smoky Joe, and one another. Some strong language. 2007.

Just beyond the Clouds        RC 66142
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Colorado. Cody Gunner, from A Thousand Tomorrows (RC 60320), wants his brother Carl Joseph, who has Down syndrome, to stop going to the independent living center. But Carl, still mourning his late wife, struggles with his growing feelings for Elle, the center director, and he prays for guidance. 2007.

Returning to Earth        RC 66143
by Jim Harrison
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Upper Peninsula, Michigan. Donald, a forty-five-year-old Finnish Chippewa man dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, dictates his family history to his wife Cynthia to preserve for their children Clare and Herald. After Donald’s death all the family members mourn him in their own way. Some strong language. 2007.

A Prisoner of Birth        RC 66147
by Jeffrey Archer
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
London mechanic Danny Cartwright and his fiancée are celebrating their engagement with her brother when four men attack them. The strangers kill the brother and frame Danny for murder. Sentenced to twenty-two years in prison, Danny gets an unexpected chance for vengeance. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Cauldron: Engines of God, Book 6        RC 66157
by Jack McDevitt
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Twenty-third century. Scientist Jon Silvestri convinces the Prometheus Foundation to fund production of an interstellar travel system. Ex-pilot Priscilla Hutchins, from Odyssey (RC 64192), joins the crew of the test ship Happy Times on a perilous journey to find the source of devastating omega clouds in the galactic core. 2007.

The Aftermath: Asteroid Wars, Book 4        RC 66159
by Ben Bova
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Spaceship captain Victor Zacharias becomes separated from his family during an attack on the asteroid habitat Chrysalis. Three years later, Victor’s fate intertwines with those of repentant cyborg Dorn, who commanded the assault, industrialist Martin Humphries, and a mysterious artifact. Sequel to Silent War (RC 60145). Some strong language. 2007.

2012: The War for Souls        RC 66163
by Whitley Strieber
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Giant lenses emerge from ancient sites around the world, foretelling a doomsday of December 21, 2012. Chaos reigns as novelist Wylie Dale uncovers evidence that his storyline—about soul-stealing demons from an alternate realm who threaten to enslave humanity—is coming true. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Simon Says        RC 66164
by Lori Foster
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
After he learns his girlfriend has been unfaithful, ex-fighter Simon trains to return to the ring. Meanwhile, Simon’s estranged father hires PI Dakota Dream to bring Simon to him. A longtime fan of the boxer, Dakota falls for Simon in spite of herself. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

Rescue: The Last Gunfighter, Book 7        RC 66169
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
After routing Val Dooley’s outlaws in California, gunslinger Frank Morgan heads to the Texas-New Mexico border, where Val is kidnapping women and selling them into prostitution. Frank plots to set the hostages free and avenge Val’s crimes, but Val is ready. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Savages: A “Nameless Detective” Mystery        RC 66170
by Bill Pronzini
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Four years ago, Celeste Ogden hired “Nameless” to investigate her sister Nancy’s fiancé Brandon. Now Nancy has been found dead, and Celeste wants “Nameless” to prove Brandon is responsible. Meanwhile, on a routine assignment, Jake Runyon discovers a body hanging in a barn. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter        RC 66175
by Jeff Lindsay
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Dexter’s policeman foster dad discovered Dexter’s need to kill and counseled him to put his urges to good use. Now Dexter is a Miami police blood-spatter analyst who occasionally murders monstrous felons. Dexter hunts a serial killer whose technique is similar to his own. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Woman in Red        RC 66176
by Eileen Goudge
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
After years in prison for the attempted murder of Owen White, her son’s killer, Alice Kessler returns to Grays Island and her surviving child Jeremy. When Jeremy is accused of rape, Alice and widower Colin McGinty defend Jeremy and confront Owen. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Just like Heaven        RC 66177
by Barbara Bretton
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
New Jersey. Stressed-out forty-one-year-old Kate French, an antiques shop owner and single mother, has a heart attack in a parking lot. A handsome stranger saves her, then disappears. After a hospital stay Kate finally meets her hero—Episcopal priest Mark Kerry. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Once around the Track        RC 66179
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Heiress Christine Berenson spearheads a NASCAR all-female pit crew sponsored by a female sexual supplement. Their chosen driver, however, is charming Georgia gentleman Badger Jenkins. Amid a media frenzy the women, including crewmember Taran Stiles, work hard to keep the car—and Badger—in perfect working order. Some strong language. 2007.

Battlecruiser        RC 66181
by Douglas Reeman
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
1943. Thirty-nine-year-old captain Guy Sherbrooke, still scarred by the sinking of his former ship, takes command of the legendary battle cruiser HMS Reliant. Guy and his crew join the Allied war effort as Britain prepares to invade occupied Europe. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1997.

Disordered Minds        RC 66182
by Minette Walters
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
1970s. Howard Stamp, a bullied young man with mental disabilities, commits suicide after being convicted of murdering his grandmother. Decades later, an anthropologist helps try to exonerate Stamp by investigating the disappearance of a neighborhood girl that occurred the same week. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

November Blues        RC 66188
by Sharon M. Draper
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Two months after her boyfriend Josh dies, sixteen-year-old November finds out that she is pregnant. She faces difficult options with support from her mother, girlfriends, and Josh’s cousin Jericho. Sequel to The Battle of Jericho (RC 58023). For senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2007.

The Phony Marine        RC 66189
by Jim Lehrer
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Middle-aged Hugo Marder, a divorced salesman at an upscale men’s clothing store in Washington, D.C., buys a Silver Star medal on eBay. After receiving special attention while wearing the lapel button in public, Hugo remakes himself into a former Marine—until his lies catch up with him. Strong language. 2006.

The Pact: A Love Story        RC 66191
by Jodi Picoult
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
The Hartes and the Golds, friends since before their children’s births, are devastated when seventeen-year-old Emily Gold dies from a gunshot wound and her boyfriend Chris Harte claims they had a suicide pact. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1998.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Revelation, Book 8        RC 66236
by Karen Traviss
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Sith lord and Galactic Alliance leader Jacen Solo’s plan to save the galaxy threatens to destroy it. Jacen’s sister Jaina and uncle Luke Skywalker contemplate once-unthinkable strategies to dethrone Jacen, while Jedi apprentice Ben Skywalker—haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed Ben’s mother Mara—risks death to uncover the truth. Bestseller. 2008.

Life Class        RC 66238
by Pat Barker
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Paul Tarrant falls in love with fellow London art student Elinor Brooke, who is pursued by painter Kit Neville. When World War I breaks out, Paul joins the Belgian Red Cross—and returns a changed man. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

When the Morning Comes: Sisters of the Quilt, Book 2        RC 66244
by Cindy Woodsmall
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Following a tragedy that ended her engagement to Paul Waddell, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp flees her Amish community to start a new life in Ohio with her shunned aunt. Paul sets out to find Hannah, who tries to navigate the Englischer world. Sequel to When the Heart Cries (RC 65580). 2007.

Courting Trouble        RC 66255
by Deeanne Gist
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Texas, 1894. Thirty-year-old eccentric Essie Spreckelmeyer is tired of being the town spinster. She sets her sights on marrying the widower Hamilton Crook but misses her chance. Drifter Adam Currington and preacher Ewing Wortham both express interest in romance, while Essie prays to God for guidance. 2007.

Hunter’s Run        RC 66263
by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, and Gardner Dozois
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Prospector Ramón Espejo kills a man during a drunken brawl on the colonized planet São Paulo. Ramón flees into the wilderness, where he is captured by aliens. To survive, Ramón must outwit his enemies, confront his true nature, and uncover the truth about the murder. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Empire        RC 66281
by Orson Scott Card
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Unknown assailants attack the White House, killing the president and vice president and plunging the American Empire into a second civil war. As Right battles Left, a small group of special ops officers sets out to reunite the country and find the saboteurs. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead: A Hollows Novel        RC 66287
by Kim Harrison
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
Cincinnati. Bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan, from Dead Witch Walking (RC 66118), investigates the disappearance of a warlock linked to crime boss Trent Kalamack—whom Rachel happens to be blackmailing. The case could be connected to a series of murders. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Three-Shirt Deal: A Shane Scully Mystery        RC 66289
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Detective Shane Scully disobeys orders and investigates a closed case, suspecting that small-time crook Tru Hickman was framed for the murder of his own mother. Meanwhile Shane’s wife Alexa struggles with aftereffects from wounds she received in White Sister (RC 65825). Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

What They Found: Love on 145th Street        RC 66294
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Fifteen stories set in Harlem centering around different aspects of love. In the first tale a dying man asks that his memorial service be held at the grand opening of his family’s beauty salon. Companion to 145th Street (RC 65859). Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Renegade        RC 66296
by Diana Palmer
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Texas police chief Cash Grier, from Lawless (RC 65094), renews his long- distance romance with New York actress Tippy Moore. Tippy’s drug-addicted mother blackmails her while Cash contends with crooked politicians at home. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

The Threat: A Tale of the Modern Navy        RC 66305
by David Poyer
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Naval commander Dan Lenson reports to the White House for his new assignment with the National Security Council. As a counterdrug specialist and military aide, Lenson combats a Latin American cartel, international terrorists, and a plot to kill the president. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Last Breath: A Sherry Moore Novel        RC 66306
by George D. Shuman
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Women are being tortured with breath play that ends in strangulation. As in Eighteen Seconds (RC 62397), blind psychic Sherry Moore is asked to help identify the serial killer by reading the final seconds of memory stored in his victims. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Blue-Eyed Devil        RC 66308
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
After escaping her abusive marriage, emotionally and physically wounded Texas heiress Haven Travis feels a surprisingly strong attraction to Hardy Cates, from Sugar Daddy (RC 64237). Despite his bad reputation with her family, Hardy is a kind, patient suitor. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

Pants on Fire        RC 66311
by Meg Cabot
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
The summer before her senior year, Katie juggles two boyfriends and a beauty pageant—by lying to try to keep everyone happy. When Tommy, Katie’s best friend in middle school and a local pariah, returns to town, Katie reassesses her life. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Thunder on the Dos Gatos: West Texas Sunrise, Book 4        RC 66315
by Paul Bagdon
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
West Texas, 1880s. The collapsed bridge on the Dos Gatos River blocks the cattle trail, which delays moving herds to market and causes tension among the wranglers. Marshal Ben Flood’s strategy backfires, threatening the Burnt Rock community with all-out range war. Sequel to The Stranger from Medina (RC 65826). 2003.

My Nerdy Valentine: A Nerd Romance        RC 66317
by Vicki Lewis Thompson
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
While working as an intern for a sex therapist, Amanda Rykowsky begins receiving valentines from an anonymous admirer. When the messages grow more threatening, mild-mannered stockbroker William Sloan poses as Amanda’s boyfriend to thwart the culprit. The fake relationship soon leads to real attraction. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Lord John and the Hand of Devils        RC 66321
by Diana Gabaldon
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Three novellas of eighteenth-century war, espionage, and intrigue featuring Lord John Grey. In Lord John and the Haunted Soldier Grey investigates a deadly cannon explosion and possible treachery. In Lord John and the Succubus Grey confronts a spirit woman plaguing English soldiers in Prussia. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

The Bishop at the Lake: A Blackie Ryan Mystery        RC 66322
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Cardinal Sean Cronin sends Chicago archbishop Blackie Ryan to check up on Malachi Howard-Nolan—Blackie’s ecclesiastic rival—at the Nolan family’s lavish Lake Michigan estate. When Malachi is almost killed by a human-orchestrated hornet attack, Blackie searches for the would-be killer among Malachi’s dysfunctional relatives. 2007.

Certain Girls        RC 66326
by Jennifer Weiner
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Philadelphia. In alternating chapters, forty-two-year-old Cannie Shapiro, from Good in Bed (RC 54308), and her thirteen-year-old hearing-impaired daughter Joy describe family struggles they experience while preparing for Joy’s bat mitzvah. Also, Cannie’s husband wants to have a baby via a surrogate. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

The Devil’s Web: Amberley Family, Book 3        RC 66333
by Mary Balogh
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
After years in Canada, James Purnell returns to London to find his true love Lady Madeline still unattached. Madeline also desires James but fears he despises her. James decides to go back to Montreal, but before he leaves, their true feelings emerge. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Darkfever: The Chronicles of Mac O’Connor, Book 1        RC 66336
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Her sister Alina’s murder brings American MacKayla Lane to Ireland. Mac discovers a dangerous world of vampires and fae and realizes that she’s a sidhe-seer, someone who can see faeries. With the help of bookseller Jericho Barrons, Mac seeks revenge. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Gunpowder Plot: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery        RC 66337
by Carola Dunn
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
England, 1924. Pregnant journalist Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher covers the Tyndall family’s annual Guy Fawkes celebration. Festivities are marred by two deaths—of Australian guest Ellie Gooch and patriarch Harold Tyndall, who apparently killed Ellie before turning the gun on himself. Daisy’s husband Alec, a Scotland Yard chief inspector, examines clues. 2006.

Insider Dating        RC 66339
by Jennifer O’Connell
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Boston. When recently divorced financial analyst Abby Dunn faces the world of dating, she realizes the need for an online database warning women about various men’s flaws. Abby creates the wildly successful information clearinghouse, but it backfires when she tries to use it for herself. Strong language. 2007.

Never Deceive a Duke        RC 66343
by Liz Carlyle
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
When the duke of Warneham dies, his title falls to Gareth Lloyd, part-owner of Neville Shipping. Lloyd reluctantly assumes control of the estate only to discover the duke’s widow Antonia is still in residence. Sequel to Never Lie to a Lady (RC 65780). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Highlander in Love: The Lockharts, Book 3        RC 66344
by Julia London
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Grif Lockhart, from Highlander in Disguise (RC 65778), is forced to offer his sister Mared’s hand in marriage to Payton Douglas as payment for a loan. Mared, however, refuses and becomes Payton’s housekeeper instead—but falls in love. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Burning: The Last Gunfighter, Book 8        RC 66345
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Gunslinger Frank Morgan, a.k.a. the Drifter, encounters the burned homestead and charred remains of the Norton family—murdered by angry cattle ranchers opposed to farmers encroaching on their ranges. Frank offers his services to help end the range war and stop the bloodshed. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Highland Laddie Gone: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel        RC 66346
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson volunteers at the Glencoe Mountain Games, western Virginia’s Scottish festival. When Dr. Colin Campbell—the much-disliked president of the local Clan Campbell—is murdered with a traditional Highland dagger, Elizabeth seeks a motive and a killer among the eccentric revelers. 1986.

All-in        RC 66347
by Pete Hautman
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Las Vegas. A year after becoming addicted to gambling in Stone Cold (RC 49638), seventeen-year-old Denn Doyle falls in love with treacherous card dealer Cattie Hart. Denn, nearly broke, plays for the entry fee to a million-dollar tournament run by Cattie’s poker-kingpin associate. For senior high readers. 2007.

In the Shadow of the Wind        RC 66350
by Luke Wallin
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Alabama, 1835–1836. While their communities fight each other for land, young white settler Caleb McElroy rescues Creek Indian Six Deer from near death. Caleb and Six Deer become friends, and Caleb falls in love with Six Deer’s sister Pine Basket. Some violence. For senior high readers. 1984.

One Whole and Perfect Day        RC 66351
by Judith Clarke
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Katoomba, Australia. Seventeen-year- old Lily’s family—her grandparents, single mum, and college brother—have eccentric habits that embarrass her. Lily wants to fall in love but will settle for creating the perfect eightieth-birthday party for her grandfather. She gets her party wish—with some surprises. For senior high readers. Printz Honor Book. 2006.

Plaguemaker        RC 66362
by Tim Downs
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
FBI counterterrorism agent Nathan Donovan uncovers a plot to release the bubonic plague in America. Chinese octogenarian Li and Nathan’s ex-wife Dr. Macy Monroe help Nathan seek the aging Japanese scientist who is responsible—and race to stop the ship before the bioweapons reach U.S. waters. Some violence. Christy Award. 2006.

Heller with a Gun        RC 66366
by Louis L’Amour
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Gunslinger King Mabry encounters a traveling theatrical troupe heading to Alder Gulch, Montana. Mabry decides to escort them on the journey because he distrusts their unsavory guide Andy Barker, whom Mabry believes to be after their wagonload of secret cargo—and because he’s fallen in love with actress Janice Ryan. 1955.

Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery        RC 66376
by Nevada Barr
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns to the frigid Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior to join the fifty-year-old winter wolf study along with two scientists from Homeland Security who need to ascertain its feasibility. Anna’s uneasiness is justified when a bio- technician is killed. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Everybody Say Amen        RC 66378
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Houston. When her husband Lester joins the ministry, Rachel reluctantly accepts her role as Zion Hill’s first lady. Rachel copes with churchmembers who oppose her unconventional ways and struggles with her conflicted feelings for her son’s father, Bobby— her first love. Sequel to Let the Church Say Amen (RC 62530). 2007.

Sin No More: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel        RC 66382
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
National speaker and bestselling author the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife Charlotte struggle emotionally when Curtis’s former mistress Tabitha has his baby. Problems continue as the father of Charlotte’s thirteen-year-old son Matthew seeks custody of Matthew, and the church’s interim pastor blackmails Curtis. Charlotte decides to take action. 2008.

Something Borrowed        RC 66386
by Emily Giffin
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
New York attorney and perennial “good girl” Rachel celebrates her thirtieth birthday by sleeping with her childhood friend Darcy’s fiancé Dex. Rachel discovers that Dex, a classmate from their law school days, really loves her but is afraid to end his engagement. Some strong language. 2004.

The Parting: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Book 1        RC 66456
by Beverly Lewis
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Nellie Mae Fisher, still struggling with guilt and grief over her younger sister’s death, dreams of marrying handsome Caleb Yoder. But some people in their Pennsylvania Amish community don’t want them together—including Caleb’s father. Rebellion against Old Order ways threatens to tear them, and their church, apart. 2007.

Sealed with a Kiss        RC 66457
by Carly Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Cross My Heart (RC 66240), Molly Gifford leaves Hawken’s Cove and breaks Daniel Hunter’s heart. She discovers the identity of her birth father, but when he is arrested for murder, Molly turns to Hunter for help. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

First Shot        RC 66465
by Walter Sorrells
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
David Crandall suspects that his mother was murdered by his abusive father several years earlier. David lives at a Maine boarding school, the Arsenal, where his father is the headmaster. A champion target shooter, David teams up with new girl Misty to uncover the truth. For senior high readers. 2007.

One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday Morning        RC 66466
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
In One Tuesday Morning Jamie Bryan’s husband Jake, a fireman, recuperates from the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack, while businessman Eric Michaels’s family searches for Eric. In Beyond Tuesday Morning Eric’s brother Clay meets and falls in love with Jamie, not knowing that she is Jake’s wife. 2003.

Teen, Inc.        RC 66473
by Stefan Petrucha
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Jaiden Beale, who is being raised by the corporation responsible for his parents’ deaths, is allowed to attend public school for the first time. After learning that the company is polluting the local water supply, Jaiden and his friends investigate. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Blue Heaven        RC 66474
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When twelve-year-old Annie and her ten-year-old brother witness a man’s murder near their north Idaho town, they are spotted and become the next targets. The shooters are retired L.A. cops who deviously volunteer to head up the search party and find the hiding kids. Violence and strong language. Edgar Award. 2007.

Silence        RC 66475
by Thomas Perry
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Six years ago, PI Jack Till helped restaurateur Wendy Harper go into hiding after she escaped a murder attempt. Now Harper’s business partner stands accused of killing her. Till must find Harper—and keep her safe from assassins—to prove the man’s innocence. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Senator’s Wife        RC 66483
by Sue Miller
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Newly pregnant Meri and her professor husband move next door to Delia and her husband, a philandering retired senator. Their parallel lives eventually collide as the older couple contends with a complex relationship and Meri struggles with childhood memories of neglect. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners; Swords of Riverside        RC 66486
by Ellen Kushner
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Lord Horn hires master swordsman Richard St. Vier to kill Lord Michael Godwin, who has resisted Horn’s romantic advances. When the mission goes awry, Horn kidnaps St. Vier’s lover Alec, forcing St. Vier to take drastic action. Includes three bonus stories. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1987.

Blue Bloods: Blue Bloods, Book 1        RC 66487
by Melissa De la Cruz
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen, an outsider at her prestigious Manhattan school, discovers that she and some other teens are Blue Bloods—vampires who are continually being reincarnated. Danger arrives when a rival group of vampires begins murdering the Blue Bloods. For senior high readers. 2006.

Remember Me        RC 66491
by Sandra L. Tatara
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Dani Monroe buys a horse to help herself cope with the growing detachment of her paralyzed husband Brian and with her mother’s death. Dani befriends cowboy Ray Crowley, who is twenty-two years her senior. As Dani’s feelings for Ray deepen, Brian urges Dani to follow her heart. 2007.

The Flowers        RC 66493
by Dagoberto Gilb
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
In his stepfather’s apartment complex, the Flowers, teenaged Chicano Sonny Bravo meets Cindy, the bored wife of a drug dealer, and Nica, a teen who is raising her infant brother. Sonny finds love as racial violence ravages the neighborhood. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2008.

On the Wrong Track: A Holmes on the Range Mystery        RC 66494
by Steve Hockensmith
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
1890s. Cowboy and aspiring detective Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Big Red sign on to protect the Pacific Express railroad from robbers. En route to California, the duo encounters strange cargo in the train’s baggage car and a killer among the passengers. Some strong language. 2007.

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery        RC 66502
by Patrick F. McManus
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Blight County, Idaho. On his father Pap’s seventy-fifth birthday, sheriff  Bo Tully is called to ex-con Batim Scragg’s ranch, where a well-dressed corpse has been found on a fence. As a present, Bo brings Pap—the former sheriff—along. They discover two more bodies at the scene of an apparent shootout. 2006.

The Dark Tide        RC 66504
by Andrew Gross
read by Joe Peck
3 cassettes
New York hedge-fund manager Charlie Friedman is presumed dead in a train explosion. Meanwhile, Connecticut detective Ty Hauck investigates a hit-and-run accident whose victim had Charlie’s name in his pocket. Ty works with Charlie’s widow to uncover some startling connections. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Here, There Be Dragons: The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Book 1        RC 66522
by James A. Owen
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
After a professor is murdered, three young Oxford men—John, Jack, and Charles—learn that he was the caretaker of the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of mythological and literary lands. They journey to these imaginary places to find the Winter King before he conquers Earth. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Someday: Sunrise, Book 3        RC 66535
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
When actors Dayne and Katy Matthews work on films in different countries, tabloid rumors threaten their marriage. Meanwhile, after the loss of his newborn granddaughter, Dayne’s father John Baxter decides to propose to Elaine but is conflicted about selling his house. Faith in God assists the families. Bestseller. 2008.

The Venetian Betrayal: Cotton Malone Series        RC 66540
by Steve Berry
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Cotton Malone, last seen in The Alexandria Link (RC 63516), joins operative Cassiopeia Vitt to prevent dictator Irina Zovastina from starting biochemical warfare in the Middle East. Their mission uncovers the cause of Alexander the Great’s death. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Trapped        RC 66543
by Chris Jordan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Long Island. Sixteen-year-old cancer survivor Kelly disappears from her bedroom. Kelly’s single mom Jane discovers that Kelly had been seeing Seth, an adult, after meeting him on the Internet. Jane enlists the help of ex-FBI agent Randall Shane to find her daughter. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Serpent’s Tale        RC 66545
by Ariana Franklin
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Twelfth-century England. After Henry II’s mistress Rosamund Clifford is poisoned, Dr. Adelia Aguilar and her former lover, Bishop Rowley Picot, search for the culprit. The chief suspect is Henry’s estranged wife, the powerful queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Some strong language. 2008.

Lock and Key        RC 66546
by Sarah Dessen
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old Ruby, abandoned by her alcoholic mother, moves in with her sister Cora, whom Ruby hasn’t seen in ten years. Ruby struggles with learning to trust others and accepting help. Nate, the boy next door, assists Ruby but hides a secret of his own. For senior high readers. 2008.

Lottery        RC 66551
by Patricia Wood
read by Guy Williams
2 cassettes
After his grandmother dies, thirty-one-year-old Perry, who has an IQ of seventy-six, is alone—until he wins millions in the Washington State Lottery. But grandmother taught Perry survival skills that he uses to sort out whom to trust. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Critical Condition        RC 66612
by Peter Clement
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Mutant (RC 54519), geneticist Kathleen Sullivan’s intra-cranial bleed leaves her with “locked-in syndrome”—the inability to move or talk. Her lover, Dr. Richard Steele, doesn’t realize that his colleagues are illegally testing a treatment on her—and she can’t tell him. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2002.

Destiny of Eagles: Eagle Series, Book 9        RC 66613
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Widower Falcon MacCallister is tried for murder after rescuing Teddy Roosevelt from a band of outlaws. Roosevelt takes Falcon’s case, but when someone kidnaps the presiding judge’s daughter, only Falcon can save her. Sequel to Blood of Eagles (RC 51839). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The Choice        RC 66651
by Nicholas Sparks
read by Holter Graham
2 cassettes
North Carolina. After just one whirlwind weekend, Gabby Holland falls hard for her new neighbor Travis Parker and must choose between him and her longtime boyfriend. Years later, a tougher choice could end the relationship between Gabby and Travis forever. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2007.

Double Cross: An Alex Cross Mystery        RC 66654
by James Patterson
read by various narrators
2 cassettes
In a carefully orchestrated murder, a man pushes crime novelist Tess Olsen off her Washington, D.C., balcony in front of an audience. As Dr. Alex Cross and his girlfriend, detective Bree Stone, investigate, another public killing occurs. Commercial audiobook. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

The Search for the Red Dragon: The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Book 2        RC 66674
by James A. Owen
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
The three caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica reunite to save the Archipelago of Dreams from a plot, devised centuries ago, that begins unfolding with mysterious kidnappings. Once there, the caretakers—John, Jack, and Charles—must locate the last of the dragonships. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Remember Me?        RC 66748
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Mare Trevathan
2 cassettes
London. After twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up with amnesia, she can’t remember the past three years of her life. Lexi learns that she’s now a gorgeous but cut-throat businesswoman with a priggish millionaire husband and a secret lover. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

To Scotland, with Love: MacLean Family, Book 2        RC 66752
by Karen Hawkins
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
When Gregor MacLean believes his best friend Venetia Oglivie has been abducted from her London home, he sets off to rescue her. A carriage accident and a snowstorm set the stage for Gregor and Venetia to discover they both desire much more than friendship. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Forbidden: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Book 2        RC 66753
by Beverly Lewis
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Caleb Yoder’s father forbids him to court Nellie Mae Fisher because her family has left the Old Order Amish church for the New Order. Nellie tries to figure out a way she can have both salvation in Jesus and a relationship with Caleb. Sequel to The Parting (RC 66456). 2008.

You’ve Been Warned        RC 66818
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
read by Ilyana Kadushin
2 cassettes
Kristin is a nanny and an aspiring photographer. She loves her charges, hates their stepmother, and is having an affair with their father. Kristin begins to have a recurring nightmare about dead people—that may be a premonition. Commercial audiobook. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

The Quickie        RC 66819
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
read by Mary Stuart Masterson
2 cassettes
NYPD detective Lauren Stillwell has a one-night stand with colleague Scott Thayer after seeing her husband Paul enter a hotel with another woman. Immediately after her brief interlude Lauren witnesses a crime that jeopardizes her marriage and her career. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Cure for Modern Life        RC 66977
by Lisa Tucker
read by Scott Brick
2 cassettes
Homeless ten-year-old Danny hoodwinks Philadelphia pharmaceutical executive Matthew Connelly into taking Danny and his younger sister in for the night. While Matthew’s former lover, medical researcher Amelia, intends to expose lethal side effects of Matthew’s new drug, she also appreciates the kids’ plight. Commercial audiobook. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Amateur Spy        RC 66978
by Dan Fesperman
read by Phil Gigante
3 cassettes
Freeman Lockhart, a dispirited international-aid worker, retires to a Greek island. But Lockhart is kidnapped and blackmailed into spying on a former colleague, Palestinian Omar al-Baroody, in Jordan. Meanwhile, an Arab American woman has her own agenda. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession        RC 66979
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Scott Brick
2 cassettes
While on vacation in Hawaii, middle-aged, married California businessman Chick Best falls madly in love with newlywed Paige Ellis. Chick befriends Paige and her wealthy North Carolinian husband Chandler but, once home, Chick commits murder to possess Paige. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War        RC 66981
by Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan
read by Christopher Lane
2 cassettes
Union captain Nathan Parker and his men are captured in July 1864 and sent to Georgia’s infamous Andersonville prison. Escaping two months later, Parker, unable to convince his superiors to help free other captives, hires former Confederate Marcel LaFarge and his cutthroats. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

The Moonpool        RC 66987
by P.T. Deutermann
read by Mel Foster
3 cassettes
North Carolina private investigator Cam Richter takes a job at a nuclear power plant after one of his operatives dies from radiation poisoning. German shepherds Frick and Frack help Cam uncover a terrorist plot involving the plant’s radioactive storage pond. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

The Water’s Edge        RC 66989
by Daniel Judson
read by Christopher Lane
3 cassettes
The murders of two drug couriers in Southampton, New York, have consequences for ex-gangster Jake Bechet and retired PI Tommy Miller. The two men are forced by their former associates to investigate the crime. Meanwhile more bodies litter the streets. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Not Another Bad Date        RC 66997
by Rachel Gibson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Writer Adele Harris returns to her Texas hometown to help her pregnant sister. Adele, who has had bad luck with boyfriends, runs into her first love, football coach Zach Zemaitis, whose late wife had tormented Adele throughout their school years. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Desperately Seeking a Duke: The Heiress Brides, Book 1        RC 67006
by Celeste Bradley
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1815. Cousins Phoebe, Deirdre, and Sophie vie for their grandfather’s inheritance, which will go to the first one to wed a duke. Phoebe falls in love with Raphael Marbrook, but it is Rafe’s brother, Lord Calder, the future duke of Brookhaven, who proposes. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Swine Not? A Novel Pig Tale        RC 67010
by Jimmy Buffett
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Rumpy, a soccer-playing potbellied pig, and her twelve-year-old owner Barley move with their family from Tennessee to New York City after Barley’s mother takes a job as a pastry chef in a four-star hotel. While hiding from hotel staff, Rumpy searches for her long-lost brother. 2008.

Bowled Over: A Maggie Kelly Mystery        RC 67011
by Kasey Michaels
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Manhattan romance writer Maggie Kelly and her Regency hero Alex Blake head to New Jersey to spend Christmas with Maggie’s dysfunctional family. When her father is accused of murdering a bowling buddy who had affairs with Maggie’s mother and sister, Maggie and Alex investigate. Some strong language. 2007.

Tangled Up in You        RC 67014
by Rachel Gibson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
True-crime writer Maddie Dupree arrives in Truly, Idaho, to write a book about a decades-old crime—a wife killed her bar-owner husband, his waitress girlfriend, and herself. The murdered husband’s son falls for Maddie, unaware she is the waitress’s daughter. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation        RC 67028
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Mare Trevathan
2 cassettes
Tales about women breaking free from conventions. In “Truth or Dare” the protagonist struggles to accept that her ex-husband has moved on. In the title story the main character flees a Weight Watchers meeting to indulge her forbidden-food cravings. Some strong language. 2008.

Back to Top

Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

Milton Meltzer: Writing Matters        RC 63714
by Milton Meltzer
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
The much-honored author of more than one hundred nonfiction books for young people and adults describes how he became a published writer. This memoir covers his lifelong love of reading, dedication to the craft of writing, and career path. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2004.

The Day the Dinosaurs Died        RC 64074
by Charlotte Lewis Brown
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
A scientist explains the possible reasons dinosaurs became extinct after a giant asteroid hit the Earth millions of years ago. Also discusses why mammals lived through the destruction. For grades K-3. 2006.

Wildfire        RC 64741
by Taylor Morrison
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Examines the behavior and patterns of wildfires, their role in the forest ecosystem, and their impact on wildlife habitat. Discusses the tactics and tools of firefighters, including giant helicopters, satellite communications, controlled burns, and manual labor. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Amazing Gorillas!        RC 64920
by Sarah L. Thomson
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Presents facts about gorillas—big but gentle plant-eating primates. Describes what they eat and where they sleep. Discusses mothers and babies, ways scientists study them, and what people can do to help gorillas survive. For grades K-3. 2005.

The Library Book: The Story of Libraries from Camels to Computers        RC 65329
by Maureen Sawa
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
Traces the global history of libraries. Describes the evolution of knowledge collection and sharing from clay tablets and scrolls to paper pages and digital files. Mentions a Persian official who traveled with his books loaded on five hundred camels, creating the first bookmobile. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Siege: Under Attack in Renaissance Europe        RC 65468
by Stephen Shapiro
read by Corrie James
1 cassette
Explains both sides of a 1585 military siege by Spanish soldiers against a Dutch town. Examines the warfare strategy and weapons of the attackers and the logistics of keeping the army supplied. Describes the town’s defenses and the dangers of disease and starvation. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Carnivorous Plants        RC 65476
by Elaine Pascoe
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Explains the science of meat-eating plants like the Venus flytrap, sundews, and pitcher plants. Gives directions for building a terrarium and for growing carnivorous plants. Provides activities and experiments that illustrate what works best for these insect eaters. For grades 3-6. 2005.

Venom        RC 65679
by Marilyn Singer
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Discusses animals—such as snakes, spiders, jellyfish, bees, wasps, scorpions—that inject poison into a victim to protect themselves or to capture prey to eat. Explains these creatures’ role in maintaining a balance in nature. Provides safety advice and emergency care tips in case of stings or bites. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Mysteries of the Mummy Kids        RC 65701
by Kelly Milner Halls
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Discusses child mummies found in South America, Egypt, Europe, Asia, and North America—from the oldest in Chile to the most recent in Washington, D.C. Describes each mummy’s location, appearance, and probable cause of death, as well as clothing, toys, and ornaments found nearby. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Knotting: Make Your Own Basketball Nets, Guitar Straps, Sports Bags, and More!        RC 65758
by Judy Ann Sadler
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Explains basic knots—the overhand, double overhand, two-strand overhand, overhand loop, figure-of-eight, ring hitch, and reef—to use in making ten projects. Lists the required materials and provides step-by-step instructions for producing a whistle lanyard, monkey’s-fist fob, ladder, rope swing, braided dog leash, and basketball net. For grades 4-7. 2006.

American Heroes        RC 65759
by Marfé Ferguson Delano
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Fifty profiles of heroes drawn from four hundred years of American history: Pocahontas, Frederick Douglass, Queen Lili’uokalani, Helen Keller, Jonas Salk, and Roberto Clemente, among others. A list of facts accompanies each entry. Time lines and essays introduce historical eras. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Smash It! Crash It! Launch It! Fifty Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Science Experiments        RC 65846
by Rain Newcomb and Bobby Mercer
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Messy and fun activities to do at home—in the name of science. Includes instructions for launching water balloons, sparking grapes, and parachuting eggs while learning about momentum, inertia, force, and energy. Lists required materials, step-by-step instructions, and explains the physics involved. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Should I Play the Clarinet?        RC 65924
by Richard Spilsbury
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Provides an overview of information about the clarinet. Covers its history, the way the instrument produces sound, and famous clarinet players. Discusses what is needed to play the clarinet. Includes recommended recordings for hearing classical, jazz, and klezmer music. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Teens in Japan        RC 66136
by Sandy Donovan
read by Patrick Downer
1 cassette
Examines the centuries-old customs still influencing Japanese daily life in 2007. Discusses the pressure on teens to excel at school, as well as teenagers’ familiarity with cutting-edge technology and their interests in music, baseball, and electronic devices. For grades 6-9. 2007.

The Food Poisoning Update        RC 66184
by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Explains the connection between contaminated food or drink and outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella, listeria, and other forms of food poisoning. Provides a historical overview and describes symptoms and treatments. Discusses food safety practices at mealtimes. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Many Rides of Paul Revere        RC 66186
by James Cross Giblin
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Biography of the Massachusetts patriot Paul Revere (1735–1818). Discusses his French immigrant background and marriages, apprenticeship and career as a silversmith, and triumphs and defeats while serving in the militia during the colonies’ war for independence from the British. Includes Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”   For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Flu and Pneumonia Update        RC 66187
by Alvin Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn, and Virginia Silverstein
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Explains the symptoms of flu and pneumonia—their similarities and differences. Historical overview covers the 1918 flu epidemic, SARS, and vaccine research. Discusses diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these illnesses, with personal accounts from patients. For grades 5-8. 2006.

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin        RC 66421
by Larry Dane Brimner
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
portrays the beliefs and courage of Bayard Rustin (1912–1987), a non-violent activist in the civil rights movement. Discusses his Quaker upbringing, education, political involvement, and work with other African American leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. For grades 6-9. 2007.

From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Roaring History of Motorcycles        RC 66458
by Lisa Smedman
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Follows the growing popularity of the motorcycle as it evolved from a motorized bicycle in the 1880s to the powerful Harley-Davidson of the twenty-first century. Discusses the vehicle’s use for transportation, war, and pleasure. Profiles the people who ride and their culture. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Back to Top

Cassettes Fiction

Peter and the Shadow Thieves        RC 63697
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Molly and the other starcatchers are in danger when the sinister being Lord Ombra visits Mollusk Island and seems to control people through their shadows. Peter and Tinker Bell travel to England to help save the stardust. Sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers (RC 62169). For grades 4-7. 2006.

Behind the Attic Wall        RC 63707
by Sylvia Cassedy
read by Mimi Bederman
2 cassettes
After being thrown out of three boarding schools, twelve-year-old orphan Maggie moves into a bleak house in the country with her two great-aunts. There at Adelphi Hills, Maggie hears ghostly voices and finds magic that awakens her capacity to love and be loved. For grades 4-7. 1983.

Blizzard of the Blue Moon: Magic Tree House, Book 36        RC 63710
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Merlin the magician sends Jack and Annie to New York during the Great Depression in 1938 when a blizzard is burying the city. Their mission is to find an ancient fantasy creature—the last unicorn. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Kit Saves the Day—A Summer Story: An American Girl, Book 5        RC 64348
by Valerie Tripp
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Will, a hobo, picks beans in Kit’s garden in exchange for a meal. His adventures hopping freight trains inspire Kit to try it. But winding up in jail was not in her plans. Sequel to Happy Birthday, Kit! (RC 64462). For grades 3-6. 2001.

Hurt Go Happy        RC 64465
by Ginny Rorby
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since age seven, has an overprotective mother who refuses to let her daughter learn sign language. When Joey meets neighbor Dr. Mansell and his sign-user chimpanzee Sukari, her world blooms with possibilities. But a crisis involving Sukari brings Joey some heavy responsibilities. For grades 6-9. Schneider Award. 2006.

Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure        RC 64588
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
After recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, teenage spy Alex Rider embarks on a new mission to stop a group of ecoterrorists from sabotaging the launch of the first outer space hotel, Ark Angel. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Stories for Young People: Oscar Wilde        RC 64719
by Oscar Wilde
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Five classic tales by the nineteenth- century Irish author, retold by his grandson Merlin Holland: “The Happy Prince,” “The Selfish Giant,” “The Nightingale and the Rose,” “The Devoted Friend,” and “The Remarkable Rocket.” Includes a brief biography of Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). For grades 4-7. 2005.

I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott        RC 64839
by Shelia P. Moses
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Dred Scott begins life as a southern slave, moves with his owners to St. Louis, and is sold, he says, “just like a piece of furniture.” Suing for freedom under the Missouri Compromise in 1846, Dred faces an eleven-year court battle—and a controversial Supreme Court decision. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow        RC 64921
by James Howe
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old Peter Monroe has won an overnight visit from M.T. Graves, author of the FleshCrawlers series, and his pet crow. Household dogs Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious and predicts a gruesome fate for the Monroe family pets. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission: Flint Future Detectives, Book 2        RC 64923
by Christopher Paul Curtis
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter and his friends Russell and Richelle follow Russell’s dog, Rodney Rodent, into a mural to chase a demonic-looking gnome only to find the mysterious Mr. Chickee on the other side. Sequel to Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (RC 60758). For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Empty Mirror        RC 64926
by James Lincoln Collier
read by Dave Corey
1 cassette
New England, 1931. Thirteen-year-old Nick, whose parents died in a 1918 epidemic, has always been troublesome. Now his reflection has escaped from the mirror and townspeople accuse Nick of committing increasingly dangerous crimes. To prove his innocence, Nick pursues a stranger who looks exactly like him. For grades 5-8. 2004.

The White Elephant        RC 64927
by Sid Fleischman
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
Long ago in Siam, young Run-Run works the fields with his elderly elephant Walking Mountain. Accidentally provoking a prince’s anger, Run-Run receives as punishment a sacred white elephant that is not allowed to work. Now Run-Run has two elephants to care for and feed. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Changes for Kit—A Winter Story: An American Girl, Book 6        RC 64930
by Valerie Tripp
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
Cincinnati, 1934; the Great Depression. Kit’s grouchy uncle Hendrick dictates a letter to the newspaper complaining about hoboes. This inspires Kit to write her own letter encouraging donations of clothing and food for hobo children. Sequel to Kit Saves the Day (RC 64348). For grades 3-6. 2001.

Troll Bridge: A Rock ’n’ Roll Fairy Tale        RC 64967
by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
read by MaryBeth Wise
1 cassette
Minnesota. Sixteen-year-old Moira, a harpist, arrives late at Trollholm Bridge for her photo shoot with the Dairy Princesses but in time to see a giant wave roll over them. Spying a huge figure in the water clutching the princesses, Moira leaps in to rescue them. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Swordbird        RC 64969
by Nancy Yi Fan
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
There is turmoil in Stone-Run Forest. Turnatt, a one-eyed hawk, enslaves woodbirds to build his fortress. Meanwhile the cardinals and blue jays are at war, each claiming the other stole their eggs. According to legend, the powerful Swordbird can restore peace, if only he will appear. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Thunder from the Sea        RC 65159
by Joan Hiatt Harlow
read by Don Hagen
1 cassette
Newfoundland, 1929. Thirteen-year-old orphan Tom Campbell’s adventures begin when he rescues a dog during a storm at sea and his adoptive parents—fisherman Enoch Murray and his wife Fiona—let the dog, Thunder, stay. Tom worries his life will change when Fiona becomes pregnant and Thunder’s owner appears. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Clementine        RC 65325
by Sara Pennypacker
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
Third-grader Clementine’s disastrous week includes cutting her fourth-grade friend Margaret’s long hair, chopping off her own hair, and frequenting the principal’s office. Her little brother is the easy child, while Clementine, the difficult child, fears that her parents want to get rid of her. For grades 2-4. 2006.

The Talented Clementine        RC 65326
by Sara Pennypacker
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
Convinced that she has no talents and a bit panicked because she can’t think of an act for the third- and fourth-grade talent show, Clementine tries not to participate. But during the rehearsal, the school principal recognizes Clementine’s special flair. Sequel to Clementine (RC 65325). For grades 2-4. 2007.

Edenville Owls        RC 65328
by Robert B. Parker
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Edenville, Massachusetts; 1945. As Bobby starts the eighth grade, he faces several challenges: forming a basketball team without a coach, coping with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discovering the identity of the suspicious-looking man who is threatening Bobby’s teacher, Miss Delaney. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2007.

The Mysterious Benedict Society        RC 65341
by Trenton Lee Stewart
read by Don Hagen
3 cassettes
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children—Kate, Sticky, Reynie, and Constance Contraire—are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Time to Smell the Roses: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure        RC 65627
by Michael Hoeye
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
While immersed in wedding plans, Hermux, the watchmaker mouse detective, is hired to find the heir of the DeRosenquill rose dynasty. During the search, Hermux discovers a homeless teenager, fields of dying flowers, and killer bees. Sequel to No Time like Show Time (RC 60261). For grades 6-9. 2007.

The Land of the Silver Apples        RC 65685
by Nancy Farmer
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Continues the adventures of the apprentice bard Jack, from The Sea of Trolls RC 59623. Jack sets out to rescue his sister Lucy, kidnapped by the Lady of the Lake, and travels to the Land of the Silver Apples—home to elves and other magical creatures. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Marvelous Mercer        RC 65786
by Shea Megale
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
At bedtime, Shea confides an idea to her assistance dog Mercer—he could be the best skating dog ever and win an Olympic medal. That night Mercer sneaks out and joins two dog friends, and they all have a grand adventure at the ice skating rink. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon        RC 65856
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Peter and the Shadow Thieves (RC 63697), Peter and Molly, fearful that the sinister Lord Ombra was not destroyed, travel to the kingdom of Rundoon. While Peter fights to save the world, a tribal war is underway in Never Land. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Eulalia! Redwall Abbey        RC 65901
by Brian Jacques
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
On his way to invade Redwall Abbey, vicious and tyrannical Captain Vizka Longtooth captures Gorath, the brave young badger whose predicted destiny is to become the next Badger Lord. The heroes of Redwall Abbey once again take up arms when Longtooth and his crew attack. For grades 5-8. 2007.

A Perfect Place: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary, Book 2        RC 65940
by Patricia Hermes
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Joshua begins his second journal when his family arrives in Willamette Valley, Oregon, in October 1848. But the settlers’ troubles continue as heavy rains interrupt clearing the land and building new houses. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Sly the Sleuth and the Food Mysteries        RC 66161
by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Sly’s friends need her detective skills to solve three cases involving food: What is wrong with Mrs. Olsen’s cookies? Why is Sly’s friend Princess behaving strangely at the girls’ cooking club? Why are Jack’s oranges disappearing? For grades 2-4. 2007.

The Road to Paris        RC 66168
by Nikki Grimes
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Paris, a biracial eight-year-old, goes to a loving foster home while her ten-year-old brother Malcolm is sent to an institution for “incorrigible” boys. Paris must make a difficult decision when her birth mother wants to reunite the family. Some strong language. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2006.

The Empress’s Tomb: Kiki Strike, Book 2        RC 66242
by Kirsten Miller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Ananka, Kiki, and the other Irregulars encounter a Chinese mummy, a ghost, trained squirrels, and old enemies as they try to stop an art forgery ring and safeguard the secret streets hidden beneath New York City. Sequel to Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City (RC 64652). For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Quest of the Missing Map: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories        RC 66254
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
While investigating eerie occurrences at a small cottage decorated with ship models, Nancy discovers a connection between the strange events and a treasure island. She has half a map but needs to locate a missing twin boy who has the other half. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1942.

Fire in the Hills        RC 66256
by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
Italy, World War II. Following events in Stones in Water RC 46143, Roberto arrives in German-occupied Naples determined to reach his home in Venice. His struggle for survival includes helping a young woman called the Red Fox smuggle guns to the resistance movement. Violence. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Password to Larkspur Lane: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories        RC 66261
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
A message attached to a wounded homing pigeon leads Nancy to search for an imprisoned elderly woman. Meanwhile the grandparents of Nancy’s pal Helen are frightened by the nighttime appearance of a wheel of blue fire near their isolated lakeside home. Nancy connects the two mysteries. For grades 4-7. 1933.

The Clue in the Jewel Box: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories        RC 66282
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Nancy’s kindness leads her to search for the missing grandson of Madame Alexandra, a former queen who is living under an assumed name in River Heights. Nancy’s only clue is a faded photograph of the prince at age four. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1943.

Angel Isle        RC 66293
by Peter Dickinson
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Saranja, her young cousin Maja, and Ribek search for the Ropemaker, who can restore the ancient magic that will protect their valley. Along the way, they must outwit twenty-four of the empire’s most powerful and evil magicians. Sequel to The Ropemaker (RC 54240). For grades 6-9. 2006.

Code Orange        RC 66309
by Caroline B. Cooney
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Wealthy teenager Mitchell John Blake (Mitty) has delayed starting to write a paper on smallpox for his advanced biology class. His attitude and research become more intense after he finds an envelope containing smallpox scabs, fears contamination, and inadvertently alerts bioterrorists. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Julie’s Journey: An American Girl, 1974; Book 5        RC 66364
by Megan McDonald
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Julie and her sister Tracy join their cousins on a three-week covered wagon trip to celebrate the Bicentennial in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on the Fourth of July. The journey is filled with adventures, challenges, and self-discovery as Julie makes a special contribution to America’s birthday. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Un Lun Dun        RC 66392
by China Miéville
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
3 cassettes
Two girls slip into the shadowy city of Un Lun Dun, an alternate reality London where strange creatures and sentient objects dwell. When Zanna, the designated chosen one, is struck down, the UnLondoners depend on her sidekick Deeba to fulfill a prophecy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret        RC 66423
by Brian Selznick
read by Jeff Woodman
1 cassette
Paris, 1931. Orphaned Hugo survives inside a train station’s walls, keeping the clocks running and stealing food and toys. His secrets—including a notebook of drawings and a mechanical man—are jeopardized when he becomes ensnared with a toy seller and his goddaughter Isabelle. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. Caldecott Medal. 2007.

Piper Reed, Navy Brat        RC 66424
by Kimberly Willis Holt
read by Kate Kiley
1 cassette
When her father announces yet another transfer, Piper and her sisters are sad to leave their California home. Moving across the country to a naval base in Florida and settling in to a new school in October become easier after their parents’ special announcement. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Letters from Wolfie        RC 66472
by Patti Sherlock
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
1969. Mark Cantrell’s older brother Danny, a soldier in Vietnam, encourages Mark to sign up his pet Wolfie as an army scout dog. Reading letters from Wolfie’s handler and learning about the military canine corps make Mark regret his decision. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Paint the Wind        RC 66479
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
When Maya’s stern grandmother dies, the eleven-year-old orphan goes to live with her mother’s family in Wyoming. She bonds with Artemisia, a wild mustang beloved by her mother, and when an earthquake occurs, the girl and the horse help each other survive. For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Message in the Hollow Oak: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories        RC 66481
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette (Reissue)
Challenged by professional detectives to find a priceless message hidden centuries ago in a hollow oak tree by a missionary, Nancy and her friends travel to Illinois. After being stalked by a shadowy enemy, Nancy pursues this dangerous adversary. For grades 4-7. 1935.

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole        RC 66482
by Wong Herbert Yee
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Mouse and Mole arrive early for Minkus the Magnificent’s magic show, but Mole is disappointed that Minkus only tricks the audience. Mouse presents a special show for her friend Mole to see the nighttime magic all around them. Four-chapter beginning reader. For grades K-3. 2007.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street        RC 66552
by Jeanne Birdsall
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Four years after their mother’s death, the Penderwick sisters—Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty—are appalled when their aunt Claire arranges a date for their father. Desperate to avoid having a stepmother, the girls hatch their own plan. Sequel to The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale . . .   (RC 61553). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Changes for Julie: An American Girl, 1974; Book 6        RC 66614
by Megan McDonald
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Fifth-grader Julie lands in detention for writing a note to help her friend Joy, who is deaf. Vowing to change the detention system, Julie runs for student-body president. With Joy as her running mate, Julie faces unexpected opposition. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole        RC 66751
by Wong Herbert Yee
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Mouse lives inside an oak tree. Her neighbor Mole lives in a hole under Mouse’s house. They discover that working together makes chores—like sweeping the floors and planting a garden—quicker and more fun. Four-chapter beginning reader. For grades K-3. 2005.

The Rising Star of Rusty Nail        RC 67015
by Lesley M.M. Blume
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
1953. Ten-year-old Franny dreams of taking piano lessons from the Russian concert pianist who has newly arrived in Rusty Nail, Minnesota. Madame Malenkov does not want pupils, and local gossips suspect her of being a communist spy, but Franny is determined to study with her. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Back to Top

Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Padres de Hoy: Instrucciones para Criar a Sus Hijos en los Tiempos Modernos (Today’s Parents: Advice on Raising Your Children in Modern Times)        RC 62981
por Iris Yankelevich
leído por María Pino
1 casete
La autora es psicoterapeuta que ofrece consejos para criar a sus hijos en el mundo de hoy. Incluye capítulos que enseñan como conseguir que los niños respeten límites, como enfrentarse con la ira de niños, como evitar que mientan, como saber los efectos de amigos y televisión a los niños, como prepararlos para una sexualidad sana, y como darles libertad sin descuidarlos. (A psychotherapist offers advice on how to raise children in the twenty-first century. Covers ways to encourage kids to obey rules, control anger, refrain from lying, handle the negative influences of the media and peer groups, prepare for sexual education, and earn a measure of independence.) 2006.

Como Comprar un Automóvil (How to Buy a Car)        RC 62983
por James M. Kramon
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 casete
Enseña como comprar, vender, manejar, y mantener un automóvil—incluso opciones para asegurar el vehículo y los pasajeros—en los Estados Unidos. También incluye un glosario de términos y frases sobre automóviles, y apéndices que contienen direcciones de los departmentos estatales que controlan el registro de vehículos a motor, información sobre el seguro automotor mínimo requerido por los estados, una lista de compañías de seguro de último recurso y leyes estatales relacionadas con los sistemas de sujeción para asientos. (Provides basic information on buying, selling, maintaining, insuring, and driving an automobile in the United States. Covers car terminology. Includes appendixes on last-resort insurance companies and state motor-vehicle  bureau addresses, minimum-insurance requirements, and seat-belt laws.) 2006.

La Historia de los Hijos de Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)        RC 62999
por J.R.R. Tolkien
leído por Maria Píno
2 casetes
Una historia de los Antiguos Días de la Tierra Media que cuenta las aventuras de Húrin—el afligido señor de Dor- lómin—y de sus hijos Túrin y Niënor, durante los tiempos que preceden las historias de El Señor de los Anillos. Versión compilada, actualizada, y editada por el hijo del autor, Christopher Tolkien. (A tale of the Elder Days of Middle-earth that describes the fates of Húrin—cursed lord of Dor-lómin—and his children Túrin and Niënor, in the time preceding the age of El Señor de los Anillos. Version compiled, restored, and edited by the author’s son, Christopher Tolkien.) 2007.

Hija de la Memoria (Memory Keeper’s Daughter)        RC 65951
por Kim Edwards
leído por Juan Ramírez
4 casetes
Kentucky, 1964. En su propria consulta médica, el doctor David Henry se encarga del parto de sus proprios hijos mellizos: un varón, Paul, y una niña, Phoebe. Al saber que Phoebe padece del síndrome de Down, el doctor dice a su mujer que la niña ha muerto en el parto. Entonces entrega a Phoebe a la enfermera Caroline Gill para que la criara. Al pasar el tiempo, el secreto hace daño a la familia de David, mientras que la familia de Caroline está contenta. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Kentucky, 1964. Doctor David Henry delivers his own twins: a boy, Paul, and Phoebe, a girl with Down syndrome. Telling his wife that the newborn girl has died, he gives Phoebe to nurse Caroline Gill. Over time, David’s family erodes, while Caroline’s flourishes. Some descriptions of sex.) 2007.

El Rapto: En un Momento Desaparecieron—Cuenta Regresiva a los Ultimos Días de la Tierra; Cuenta Regresiva del Rapto, Libro 3 (Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye—Countdown to the Earth’s Last Days; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 3)        RC 65957
por Tim LaHaye y Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 casetes
Debido a la nueva fe de su esposa, el capitán Raimundo Steele prefiere pasar tiempo con una azafata de aerolínea. El político Nicolás Carpatia sigue su ascenso al poder. Mientras tanto, millones de personas desaparecen por toda la tierra y son bienvenidas ante la presencia de Dios. Sigue a El Régimen RC 62962. (With his wife consumed by newfound faith, pilot and CIA consultant Rayford Steele grows close to a stewardess. Politician Nicolae Carpathia continues his climb to power. Meanwhile, people from all over the globe disappear, called into the presence of God. Sequel to El Régimen (RC 62962). 2006.

Por un Día Más (For One More Day)        RC 65961
por Mitch Albom
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 casetes
Después de la muerte de su madre, Charles “Chick” Benetto se hace alcohólico. Pierde su empleo y familia. Aislado y deprimido, Chick decide quitarse la vida, pero fracasa en eso también. Entonces tiene la oportunidad de visitar con el espíritu de su difunta madre y con su cariñosa ayuda, Chick intenta recomponer los trozos rotos de su vida. (When his mother Pauline dies, Charles “Chick” Benetto falls into alcoholism. Chick describes the loss of his job and family and his isolation and depression. After his suicide attempt, Pauline’s ghost takes Chick on a tour of her life as a single mother and heals his broken heart.) 2006.

Se Lo Cuento a Mi Amigo (A Friend to Confide In)        RC 65963
por Corín Tellado
leído por María Pino
1 casete
Tati Junquera es una mujer inteligente con una carrera brillante como profesora de historia. Pero su esposo quisiera tener una mujer servil y doméstica, y la atormenta con sus obcecados celos. Aguanta esta circunstancia, pero cuando aprende que su esposo es infiel, Tati encuentra a un confidente en la persona de Nicolás, un amigo de juventud que ha pasado todo su vida amándola en silencio. (Tati Junquera is an intelligent history professor whose jealous husband wants her to be a servile, domestic housewife. Tati tolerates this situation, but when she learns he is cheating on her, she finds a confidant in Nicholas, a friend from her youth who still loves her.) 2003.

El Tercer Grado (3rd Degree)        RC 65968
por James Patterson
leído por María Pino
2 casetes
El Club de Mujeres contra el Crimen reune de nuevo para hacer frente a terroristas domésticos que realizan sus ataques brutales en San Francisco. Lindsay Boxer, detective; Jill Bernhardt, abogada; Claire Washburn, forense; y Cindy Thomas, reportera, ayudan a Joe Molinari del Departmento de Seguridad Interior. Y de paso Joe acaba enamorándose de Lindsay. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (The Women’s Murder Club reconvenes to stop domestic terrorist attacks in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer, lawyer Jill Bernhardt, physician Claire Washburn, and reporter Cindy Thomas assist Homeland Security’s Joe Molinari, who falls for Lindsay. Violence and strong language.) 2005.

Trescientos Sesenta y Cinco Santos: Su Guía Diaria de Meditación (Three Hundred Sixty-five Saints: Your Daily Meditation Guide)        RC 65973
por Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
leído por María Pino
3 casetes
Un compendio de la sabiduría de los santos que fija al santo con su día del año. Comenzando con la Virgen María el primero de enero y terminando con San Silvestre el 31 de diciembre, el compendio ofrece un año de meditaciones y sugerencias prácticas para emular a los santos hoy en día. (Collection of the wisdom of the saints, with each saint on the appropriate day of the year. Beginning with the Virgin Mary on January 1 and ending with Saint Sylvester on December 31, presents meditations and practical suggestions for emulating the saints in daily life.) 1996.

La Suma de los Días (The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir)        RC 65977
por Isabel Allende
leído por María Pino
3 casetes
La famosa autora comparte sus pensamientos más íntimos sobre  amor, matrimonio, maternidad, espiritualismo, infidelidad, adicción y memoria mientras narra la historia reciente de su vida y familia a los trece años de la muerte de su hija, Paula RC 43956. (The author shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality, infidelity, addiction, and memory. She also describes the history of her exuberant family and her own life experiences during the thirteen years since the death of her daughter Paula RC 43956.) 2007.

Back to Top

Library of Congress Home      NLS Home     Comments about NLS to nls@loc.gov     About this site      Legal     Comments about this site to the NLS Reference Section

Posted on 2013-06-28