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January and February 2010

In Brief

The following information on the digital transition has been reprinted from the previous issue for the benefit of patrons.

What’s new in Talking Book Topics

Digital talking books are now available on cartridges. NLS has altered the format of Talking Book Topics (TBT) to accommodate the announcement of digital books on cartridges. The changes are as follows:

1.      Books for Adults, Books for Children, and Foreign Language Books

Since a title that is available as both a digital book (DB) and a recorded cassette (RC) has the same book number, the prefix DB/RC is used with the book number. The length of reading time follows the book number; the line informing readers of the number of cassettes has been eliminated.

Example:

DB/RC 12345 1 hour 18 minutes

If the book is available only in one medium, then the relevant prefix appears. This change occurs in all versions of TBT (large print, recorded cassette, and online).

2.     Order Forms

Book numbers are listed with check boxes next to each available medium on the order forms.

Example:
Number Media Type
54757

□DB

□RC

NLS has eliminated the OCR numbers that were listed under the heading “For Office Use Only.” This change occurs in the large-print and recorded cassette versions of TBT.

3.     Index

For both the title and author listings in the index, the prefix DB/RC appears before the book number for each title available in both media. This change occurs only in the large-print version.

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What’s new in Braille Book Review

Minor changes were made in the format of Braille Book Review (BBR) to accommodate the announcement of digital talking books on cartridges. The changes are as follows:

1. Order forms

a. Braille

The braille order form has four columns to allow patrons to select the medium of their choice. Since a title that is available as both a digital book (DB) and a recorded cassette (RC) has the same book number, the braille order form for audiobooks lists the prefixes DB and RC in separate columns. The book number is in the third column and the title in the fourth. Books are only available in the media listed on the order form.

Example:
__DB __RC 12345 Book Title A
__RC 12346 Book Title B

In the example above the book number 12346 is only available as a recorded cassette.

b. Large Print

NLS has eliminated the OCR numbers that were listed under the heading ‘For Office Use Only.’

With the exception of the changes outlined above, Braille Book Review retains its existing format.

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2010 Collection Development Advisory Group seeks suggestions

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group appreciate input from fellow patrons and librarians concerning the NLS program. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key components in the success of the program and are thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations. Please continue to submit your suggestions to committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library. The group will meet again at NLS on May 26–28, 2010, to review and discuss these and other matters.

Consumer Organization Representatives:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Judy Jackson
Jjackson143@suddenlink.net

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

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
David Hyde
1315 Mineral Point Avenue
Janesville, WI 53548-2801
w.dave@sbcglobal.net

Readers-at-Large:

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

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

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

Betty Woodward
18 Boulter Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-4323
brucewoodie@msn.com

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

Larry Johnson
10863 Lake Path Drive
San Antonio, TX 78217
larjo1@prodigy.net

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

Philip Cooney
2430 Oppio Street
Sparks, NV 89431-1928
philip@unr.nevada.edu

Librarians:

Midlands

Andrew Shockley
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
300 NE 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-2182
Fax: (405) 521-4582
ashockley@okdrs.gov

Northern

Teresa R. Faust
Special Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
578 Paine Turnpike North
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 828-3273
teresa.faust@mail.dol.state.vt.us

Southern

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

Western

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

Children’s/Young Adult

Kathryn Pierce
Washington Talking Book and Braille Library
2021 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-2783
800-542-0866 (receptionist)
(206) 615-1253 (office)
Fax: (206) 615-0437
kathryn.pierce@osos.wa.gov

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Magazine of the Month selections for 2010

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

Magazine of the Month

Air and Space
Clean Eating Magazine
Fresh Home: Easy Ideas for Hands-On People
Garden Gate
Handwoven
Home Business
OnFitness
Organic Spa Magazine
Popular Communications
Smithsonian Magazine
Urban Farm: Sustainable City Living
Where to Retire

Alternates:

Birds and Blooms: Beauty in Your Own Backyard, Cruise Travel, CQ: Radio Amateurs Journal, Fit Yoga, Hobby Farm Home, Living Crafts, Mental Floss, Natural Home, Naval History, Small Business Opportunities, Weight Watcher’s Magazine, Yes! A Journal for Positive Futures

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Beckett Massive Online Gamer
Cemetery Dance
Critters USA
Game Informer
J-14
Road and Track
Seventeen
SLAM
Teen Ink
Transworld Snowboarding
Wired
XXL

Alternates:

Cicada, Cosmo Girl, Fantasy and Science Fiction, GamePro, Mac|Life, Motor Trend, NBA: HOOP, PC Gamer, Reptiles, Snowboarder, The Source, Twist

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2010 Calendars

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.org
www.aph.org/products/index.html
Accepts orders by fax, mail, or telephone.

Lutheran Blind Mission
Library for the Blind
Attn: Dave Andrus
7550 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119-4409
888-215-2455
blind.mission@blindmission.org
www.blindmission.org
Accepts requests by e-mail, mail, or telephone.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5548 fax
http://mi-braille.org
Accepts requests by e-mail, fax, or telephone.

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115-4302
(617) 266-6160, ext. 20
800-548-7323
www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/2010POOH.html
Accepts orders online or by telephone.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
IndependenceMarket@nfb.org
www.nfb.org
Accepts requests by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Attn: Reference Section
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-9275
800-424-8567
nlsref@loc.gov
Accepts requests by e-mail or telephone.

Olmsted Center for Sight
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-0398
(716) 882-1025, ext. 4508 or 4560 or (716) 888-4500
(716) 882-5577 fax
cmyers@olmstedcenter.org or dgipson@olmstedcenter.org
www.olmstedcenter.org/Home/Programs/ResourceCenter
Accepts prepaid orders by mail.

Sight Connection
9709 Third Avenue NE, #100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
800-458-4888
(206) 525-0422 fax
csbstore@csbps.com
www.sightconnection.com
Accepts prepaid orders by fax, mail, or telephone.

Society for the Blind
Aids to Independence Store
2750 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 452-8271, ext. 302
(916) 452-2622 fax
store@societyfortheblind.org
www.shopsftb.org/servlet/StoreFront
Accepts orders by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.

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Books for Adults

Nonfiction

For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House     65210
21 hours 43 minutes
by Sally Bedell Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The author of Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House (RC 58448) examines the intertwined personal and professional lives of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife. Uses private papers, public records, and interviews with government officials to explain the couple’s relationship. Some strong language. 2007.

Considering Doris Day       RC 65377
17 hours 17 minutes
by Tom Santopietro
read by Ray Hagen
Assessment of the career of big-band singer and post-World War II actress Doris Day (born 1924). Highlights her professional achievements that comprised thirty-nine films and more than six hundred songs. Relates Day’s personal life including her stage mother, unsuccessful marriages, adherence to the Christian Science religion, and animal rights activism. 2007.

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession       RC 65609
12 hours 24 minutes
by Daniel J. Levitin
read by John Lescault
Neuroscientist and musician investigates the role of music in human evolution and daily life. Examines the science of music from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. Discusses how the brain processes music, details studies on musical meaning and pleasure, and offers insights into personal perceptions and preferences. 2006.

Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America    RC 65624
9 hours 27 minutes
by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
read by Laura Giannarelli
Author of The Americas: A Hemispheric History (RC 56832) portrays Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512). Describes Vespucci’s various careers as jewel trader, navigator, cosmographer, and author. Discusses his business endeavors in the New World and his rivalry with Columbus. Documents Vespucci’s lack of accomplishments and his knack for self-promotion. 2007.

Fidel Castro: My Life; a Spoken Autobiography         DB/RC 65686
35 hours 55 minutes
by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet
read by Roy Avers
Journalist’s one hundred hours of interviews with Fidel Castro between 2003 and 2005 cover the Cuban leader’s personal and political life—from his schooling to his role in the victory over Batista. They discuss the Bay of Pigs, African independence movements, views on human rights, homosexuality, and Cuba’s future. 2006.

Creating Beds and Borders: Creative Ideas from America’s Best Gardeners     DB/RC 65770
5 hours 37 minutes
by Fine Gardening Magazine staff
read by Butch Hoover
The authors explain that borders are planting areas viewed from one side, whereas beds are freestanding islands. They recommend design strategies, plants, and techniques to create both types of gardens. They discuss planting in wet, shady spots, creating raised beds, developing all-season borders, and designing a warm-climate display. 2001.

The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs: Fifty Home-Cooked Recipes for the Health and Happiness of Your Canine Companion         DB/RC 65785
2 hours 19 minutes
by Donna Twichell Roberts
read by Jill Fox
Wholesome human recipes adapted for dogs. Includes suggestions for stews, casseroles, treats, gravies and sauces, ethnic specialties, party and holiday food, and dishes for dogs with special needs such as kidney and heart disease or allergies. Provides basic nutrition information, feeding guidelines, and time-saving tips on food storage. 2004.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World     DB/RC 65862
11 hours 55 minutes
by Eric Weiner
read by Jack Fox
National Public Radio foreign correspondent and self-proclaimed curmudgeon Weiner describes the places he visited during a yearlong hunt for the happiest people. Investigates conditions in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India, and   the United States. Bestseller. 2008.

Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough-and-Tumble Adventures of a Scotch-Drinking, Skirt-Chasing, Dictator-Busting, and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War against Terror    RC 66083
15 hours 30 minutes
by Craig Murray
read by Steven Crossley
Author recalls his brief (2002–2005) stint as the British ambassador in Uzbekistan, describing a brutal totalitarian state run by corrupt dictator Islam Karimov—an ally of the West. Murray relates the times when his conscience caused him to speak out against torture, imprisonments, and murder. 2006.

An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia     RC 66084
30 hours 39 minutes
by Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart
read by Ralph Lowenstein
Former congressman Hendon and Stewart, an attorney whose father is MIA in North Vietnam, chronicle the fates of missing POWs in Vietnam and Laos. Draws on declassified materials and satellite imagery to argue that hundreds of prisoners remain and that postwar administrations have ignored or covered up evidence. Some strong language. 2007.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share     DB/RC 66148
12 hours 2 minutes
edited by Martha Stewart Living staff
read by Madelyn Buzzard
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 Age of American Unreason     DB/RC 66150
16 hours 11 minutes
by Susan Jacoby
read by Kerry Dukin
Social critic traces the history and consequences of American anti-intellectualism from the 1960s. Condemns mass media, fundamentalist religion, the educational system, and pseudoscience for the antirationalism she observes throughout society. Laments the public’s lack of reading, debasement of public speech, and unwillingness to hear other viewpoints. Bestseller. 2008.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism     DB/RC 66151
9 hours 49 minutes
by Timothy Keller
read by Butch Hoover
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.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions     DB/RC 66153
9 hours 8 minutes
by Dan Ariely
read by John Polk
MIT professor draws on scientific experiments, observations, and principles of behavioral economics to demonstrate ways everyday decisions involving activities such as eating and shop- ping are affected by emotions, social norms, expectations, and other intangible forces. Suggests changing behavior patterns to make better, more reasonable choices. Bestseller. 2008.

Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer’s Greatest and Most Controversial StarRC 66260
12 hours 23 minutes
by Diego Armando Maradona
read by Jeremy Gage
Argentinean soccer star recounts his rise from the slums of Buenos Aires to the Boca Juniors soccer club and the rank of international superstar. Details the most important games of his career at home and in Europe. Describes his drug controversies and 2004 heart attack. Strong language. 2004.

The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker Jr. and the Reign of American Taste    RC 66269
14 hours 9 minutes
by Elin McCoy
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Journalist and wine critic follows the rise of Robert M. Parker Jr., developer of the one-hundred-point wine-rating system, from sipper of soft drinks to fine-wine connoisseur. Chronicles developments in wine production of the 1970s and discusses methods used to judge and to market wines. 2005.

A Life of Picasso: Volume 3, 1917–1932; the Triumphant Years    RC 66274
25 hours 40 minutes
by John Richardson
read by Frank Coffee
Covers Picasso’s diverse artistic enterprises before age fifty, from his adventures with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and marriage to ballerina Olga Khokhlova to his welded sculptures and surrealism. Describes Picasso’s interactions with other artists and affair with young Marie-Thérèse. Sequel to A Life of Picasso: Volume 2, 1907–1917 (RC 44599). 2007.

Plants: Life from the Earth     RC 66310
6 hours 10 minutes
by Julie Kerr Casper
read by Michael Scherer
Presents key issues in preserving plants. Discusses the evolution and life cycles of plants, their role in biodiversity, and their importance to humans. Describes threats from disease, pollution, and poor land management. Suggests ways readers can become “backyard conservationists.” For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science     DB/RC 66329
13 hours 38 minutes
by Norman Doidge
read by Gary Tipton
Research psychiatrist explains the medical case studies that illustrate neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change its own structure and function. Relates the examples of a gifted woman who compensated for her multiple learning disabilities and of congenitally blind people who learned to perceive objects. Bestseller. 2007.

Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation     RC 66379
19 hours 14 minutes
by James L. Holloway
read by Christopher Hurt
Retired navy admiral James L. Holloway III, a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traces the history and operations of U.S. naval aviation. Describes the Cold War’s events, decisions, and outcomes, highlighting the importance of the navy’s principal ship—the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Foreword by George H.W. Bush. 2007.

Dr. Dre: The Biography    RC 66387
11 hours 36 minutes
by Ronin Ro
read by Bill Quinn
Music journalist traces the rise of Andre Young, a.k.a. Dr. Dre, of Compton, California, who in 1989 created one of the first “gangsta” rap albums. Details the development of the genre. Discusses the East Coast-West Coast feud and the gangland-style murders of rival rappers. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life     RC 66388
8 hours 11 minutes
by Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker
read by Peter Johnson
Learning Annex founder Zanker describes increasing his company’s annual profits from five million dollars to one hundred million, using the techniques he learned from New York mogul Trump. Trump provides anecdotes about his business deals and television show The Apprentice and offers advice on being confident and “thinking big.” 2007.

Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew     RC 66396
10 hours 12 minutes
by Samuel Fromartz
read by Ken Kliban
Business journalist traces the rise of the organic food industry in twentieth-century America. Examines consumer issues surrounding organics—food grown without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides—including health benefits and regulatory and ecological concerns. Explores market trends, distribution, branding, sales, and disparities between family-owned farms and multibillion-dollar corporations. 2006.

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker     RC 66415
24 hours 2 minutes
by Stacy A. Cordery
read by Barbara Caruso
Uses personal papers to detail Alice Longworth’s influential life (1884–1980). Includes descriptions of her formative years as Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, her White House wedding and marriage to Republican representative Nicholas Longworth, and her affair and child with Senator Bill Borah. Also discusses her role as “the other Washington monument.” 2007.

The Last Lecture     DB/RC 66601
5 hours 6 minutes
by Randy Pausch
read by John Polk
Carnegie Mellon computer professor Pausch provides personal lessons and stories for his young children to learn from as they go through life. Continues the message of the widely circulated taped lecture on achieving childhood dreams that he delivered after he learned he was dying of pancreatic cancer. Bestseller. 2008.

Rachel in the World: A Memoir       RC 66609
9 hours 42 minutes
by Jane Bernstein
read by Carol Dines
Mother recounts raising her daughter Rachel, born with optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH), a disease that causes blindness, mental retardation, and seizure disorder. Discusses Rachel’s challenges between ages five and twenty-one in pursuing independence and decries the inadequacy of government support. Sequel to Loving Rachel (RC 28065). Some strong language. 2007.

You’ve Got to Read This Book! Fifty-five People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life        RC 66618
10 hours 0 minutes
by Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks
read by Jack Fox
Successful entertainers, athletes, business and medical professionals, writers, educators, and others reflect on the one book that profoundly shaped their lives. Musician Kenny Loggins describes finding inspiration in Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha (RC 52190). Additional contributors include Max Edelman, Lou Holtz, Dave Barry, and Debbie Macomber. 2006.

New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant         DB/RC 66626
9 hours 30 minutes
by Moosewood Collective read by Gary Tipton
Seventeen members of the Moosewood Collective, a worker-owned and -operated restaurant in Ithaca, New York, offer vegetarian recipes inspired by ethnic and international cuisine that use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Includes suggestions for chilled and hot soups, salads and dressings, sandwiches, sauces, fish, pasta, sides, breads, and desserts. 1987.

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception     DB/RC 66655
14 hours 26 minutes
by Scott McClellan
read by Butch Hoover
White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006 discusses the inner workings of the George W. Bush White House. Offers his views on key players Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Condoleezza Rice. Also covers major events such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. Bestseller. 2008.

A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World     RC 66661
7 hours 37 minutes
by Carl Anderson
read by Bob Moore
The head of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, discusses the goals of the late Pope John Paul II and his successor Benedict XVI. Anderson uses their ideas to encourage citizens to embrace a world of love and to live in peace and happiness. Bestseller. 2008.

Growing Up Green: Baby and Childcare     RC 66672
11 hours 7 minutes
by Deirdre Imus
read by Colleen Delany
Author of The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys (RC 61309) suggests ways to reduce children’s exposure to environmental toxins throughout each stage of their development. Discusses sources and effects of various chemicals. Provides advice about vaccinations, sun protection, consumer products, nutrition, fitness, and the dangers of plastics. Includes recipes and resources. 2008.

Audition: A Memoir     RC 66696
25 hours 19 minutes
by Barbara Walters
read by Annie Wauters
Television journalist Walters discusses her personal life. Covers her adopted daughter, her marriages and affairs, and her sister’s mental disability. Walters also details her professional career and memorable people she has interviewed, including politicians, celebrities, and Robert and Michelle Smithdas—married teachers who are both deaf-blind. Bestseller. 2008.

Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man     RC 66699
8 hours 29 minutes
by Jonathan D. Spence
read by Steven Carpenter
Biographical portrait of Chinese historian Zhang Dai (1597–c. 1680). Describes the arc of his life circumstances, from the luxury he experienced in an elite family to poverty following the Ming dynasty’s disintegration in 1644. Features cultural and political commentary based on Zhang’s memoir and other writings. 2007.

The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly about the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs    RC 66756
6 hours 51 minutes
by Denise Brodey
read by Kristin Allison
Parents discuss their personal experiences in coping with the emotional, medical, and social challenges of raising a special-needs child or children. Covers such topics as deciding whether and when to medicate, finding a school, and dealing with inappropriate behavior in public and at home. 2007.

Willie Nelson: An Epic Life    RC 66762
23 hours 38 minutes
by Joe Nick Patoski
read by Jake Williams
Biography of Willie Nelson (born 1933), a country-and-western singer/songwriter from Texas, who began writing and performing songs as a child. Chronicles Nelson’s career and first success in 1961 when Patsy Cline sang his song “Crazy.” Discusses his colleagues, marriages, and social causes. Some strong language. 2008.

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America    RC 66789
7 hours 17 minutes
by Michael Eric Dyson
read by Bill Quinn
Georgetown University professor and author of I May Not Get There with You (RC 64510) continues his analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence on America. Shares his assessment of racial progress while discussing the leadership roles and flaws of African Americans Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Barack Obama. 2008.

The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur     RC 66803
5 hours 16 minutes
by Daoud Hari
read by Bill Quinn
Memoir of Darfur native who escaped massacre and the burning of his village by Janjaweed militia and became a translator for journalists and United Nations investigators. Reports on refugee-camp survivors and shares their tales of genocide. Highlights the government’s arming of Arab Sudanese against non-Arabs to achieve power. Violence. 2008.

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman    RC 66804
11 hours 13 minutes
by Nancy Marie Brown
read by Catherine Byers
Author traces the life of Gudrid, an eleventh-century Viking woman whose journeys to Greenland, North America, and Europe were recorded in two medieval Icelandic sagas. Draws on archaeological evidence, scientific data, and literary accounts to reconstruct Gudrid’s travels, personal life, and the society in which she lived. 2007.

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression     RC 66807
17 hours 17 minutes
by Amity Shlaes
read by Ralph Lowenstein
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt’s brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.

Winning the Disability Challenge: A Practical Guide to Successful Living     DB/RC 66824
6 hours 54 minutes
by John F. Tholen
read by Gary Tipton
Psychologist presents strategies and solutions to help disabled individuals adjust psychologically and emotionally after becoming occupationally impaired. Uses success stories from his clients to illustrate that accomplishments and enjoyment of life can continue. Offers positive affirmations, relationship suggestions, and practical information on government benefits. 2008.

What Now?     DB/RC 66826
0 hours 49 minutes
by Ann Patchett
read by Erin Jones
Author of Bel Canto (RC 54190) reflects on life choices in a 2006 commencement address she delivered at Sarah Lawrence College. Draws on her own experiences and offers inspiration to anyone at a crossroads, be it a milestone or an everyday decision. Bestseller. 2008.

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea         DB/RC 66827
7 hours 33 minutes
by Chelsea Handler
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Personal essays by stand-up comedian and star of the television show Chelsea Lately. Covers her short-lived attempt to get in shape, obsession with midgets, incarceration for using a fake ID, and experiences in London with an overzealous friend. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism     DB/RC 66828
10 hours 41 minutes
by Kevin Phillips
read by John Polk
Author of American Theocracy (RC 61924) contends that the U.S. economy faces a looming crisis despite global dominance. Cites dependence on high-risk financial products such as asset-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, and hedge funds. Examines the mortgage crisis and political and commercial implications of the dollar’s decline. 2008.

The Post-American World     RC 66884
9 hours 41 minutes
by Fareed Zakaria
read by Patrick Downer
Author of the The Future of Freedom (RC 56018) posits that, as a result of globalization, countries such as India and China have better economies than the United States does. Decries U.S. geopolitical decline and suggests ways America can become a partner with the rest of the world. Bestseller. 2008.

Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man: A Biography          RC 66904
4 hours 1 minute
by Christopher Hitchens
read by Robert Sams
Hitchens analyzes Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, which was first published in 1791 as a rebuttal to Edmund Burke’s 1790 Reflections on the Revolution in France. Posits that Paine’s criticism of monarchy and introduction of the concept of human rights are the philosophical cornerstone of American democracy. 2006.

Washington: The Making of the American Capital     DB/RC 66905
10 hours 59 minutes
by Fergus M. Bordewich
read by Steven Carpenter
Chronicles the early history of the nation’s capital, highlighting the political struggles, sectional rivalry, backroom dealing, and big money that led to the 1790 establishment of Washington, D.C. Discusses the people involved in the city’s construction, including engineer Peter Charles L’Enfant, African American surveyor Benjamin Banneker, and slaves. 2008.

Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism         DB/RC 66929
35 hours 57 minutes
by John Updike
read by Ted Stoddard
Reviews, speeches, book introductions, columns, and autobiographical pieces by American novelist, literary critic, and longtime contributor to the New Yorker John Updike. Provides insights and commentary on contemporary American and English authors, religion, the sexual revolution, and other topics. 2007.

The Revolution: A Manifesto    RC 67036
5 hours 35 minutes
by Ron Paul
read by Frank Coffee
Libertarian congressman from Texas calls for a return to what he considers the American principles endorsed by the founding fathers: “liberty, self-government, the Constitution, and a noninterventionist foreign policy.” Discusses these ideas and also personal freedom and money issues. Offers suggestions for change. Bestseller. 2008.

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa    RC 67060
8 hours 47 minutes
by Josh Swiller
read by Kevin Collins
Swiller, who lost his hearing during childhood, describes joining the Peace Corps at age twenty-three “to find a place,” he says, “past deafness.” Recounts his two-year stint and his attempts to improve conditions in a remote Zambian village plagued by poverty, disease, and violence. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Nez Perce Country     DB/RC 67069
6 hours 17 minutes
by Alvin M. Josephy
read by Christopher Hurt
The founding chair of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian surveys the history of the Nez Perce tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Discusses the interactions between natives and settlers after the Lewis and Clark expeditions, including massacres, land grabs, and treaty negotiations. Introduction by Jeremy Fivecrows. 2007.

All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora     DB/RC 67074
20 hours 47 minutes
by David Rensin
read by Alec Volz
Acquaintences and family members discuss Miki “Da Cat” Dora, who died of cancer at age sixty-seven in 2002. They describe Dora as a scam artist who achieved surfing fame in the fifties and sixties in Malibu, roamed the world seeking perfect waves, and tried to avoid arrest. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel         DB/RC 67077
13 hours 12 minutes
by Michio Kaku
read by Butch Hoover
Physicist and author of Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the Twenty-first Century (RC 46238) explores impossibilities that may be realized in the future. Includes speculation on scientific advances such as teleportation, psychokinesis, intelligent robots, time travel, invisibility, and precognition. Bestseller. 2008.

What’s Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination     DB/RC 67079
6 hours 13 minutes
by Ricky L. Jones
read by Andy Pyle
Pan-African studies professor chronicles black political leadership in America and questions whether 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama is committed to the “freedom agenda” of past African American activists who sought justice and equality. Criticizes hip-hop culture, wealthy ministers, and the co-optation and compromises of some civil rights figures. 2008.

Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing     DB/RC 67100
7 hours 28 minutes
by Alexander R. Lucas
read by Butch Hoover
Former head of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic offers advice for parents on helping a child overcome this chronic disorder. Discusses causes, warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment options. Emphasizes the importance of the patient’s role in defining the recovery process. Includes case studies and resources. 2008.

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives     DB/RC 67164
9 hours 36 minutes
by Leonard Mlodinow
read by Bill Wallace
Discusses the role of chance occurrences in the world around us and their effect on human affairs—in politics, business, medicine, economics, sports, and leisure activities. Examines research on the judgments and decisions people have made when faced with imperfect or incomplete information. Studies the consequences of misinterpreted data. 2008.

Living like Ed     DB/RC 67200
6 hours 38 minutes
by Ed Begley
read by Steven Carpenter
Actor and longtime environmentalist Begley describes various methods and products that anyone can use daily to help the environment. Topics include making a home green and choosing ecofriendly energy sources and transportation methods. He provides tips on recycling, gardening, cooking, and clothing. 2008.

Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball     DB/RC 67203
21 hours 23 minutes
by Lawrence D. Hogan
read by Patrick Downer
Chronicles African American baseball from the nineteenth century until Jackie Robinson broke into the major leagues in 1945. Uses first-person accounts to profile the teams and players. Covers the business aspects of the league. Commissioned by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Foreword by Jules Tygiel. 2006.

Kim Jong II’s North Korea     DB/RC 67212
3 hours 59 minutes
by Alison Behnke
read by Margaret Strom
Chronicles the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1948. Describes life under communist leader Kim II Sung and his son Kim Jong II. Traces the development of a police state that caused famines, created work camps, and fostered political isolation. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember     DB/RC 67213
17 hours 21 minutes
by John Feinstein
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Sportswriter chronicles the 2007 baseball seasons of two veteran pitchers—Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees and Tom Glavine of the New York Mets—as they try to reach the playoffs. Details the ways these players coped with their physical limitations and used their game knowledge to achieve personal milestones. 2008.

The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute to His Toisanese Mother    RC 67215
11 hours 6 minutes
by William Poy Lee
read by Michael Scherer
Memoir of Chinese American lawyer Lee and his mother Poy Jen, who traveled from southeast China to San Francisco in 1948 for an arranged marriage. Highlights Poy Jen’s eight wedding promises to her “clan sisters” and Lee’s struggle to fulfill the eighth one—to live with compassion toward all. 2007.

The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life     DB/RC 67298
11 hours 59 minutes
by Arthur Agatston
read by Gary Tipton
Cardiologist stresses healthy eating principles along with a “metabolism-revving exercise program” for sustained weight loss and optimal health. Suggests interval walking and a total body workout to attain an ideal weight and strengthen core muscles. Includes sample meal plans and recipes. Bestseller. 2008.

A Land of Ghosts: The Braided Lives of People and the Forest of Far Western Amazonia     DB/RC 67349
8 hours 33 minutes
by David G. Campbell
read by Mark Ashby
Botanist and author of The Crystal Desert: Summer in Antarctica (RC 36818) describes his sojourns into western Brazil’s Amazon River Valley to survey the region’s biodiversity. Reflects on rainforest inhabitants—scientists, colonists, mixed-heritage Caboclos, and, in particular, Native Americans, who are experiencing the loss of culture and homeland. 2005.

One Hundred Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know     DB/RC 67354
3 hours 38 minutes
by American Heritage Dictionaries
read by Mark Ashby
Detailed explanations of vocabulary from the fields of astronomy, biology, ecology, physics, and other areas of science and technology. Discusses terms such as absolute zero, big bang, fission, nanotube, prion, quantum mechanics, universal time, xerophyte, and more. Includes a pronunciation guide, etymologies, and supplementary notes on fundamental concepts. 2006.

If by Sea: The Forging of the American Navy, from the American Revolution to the War of 1812     DB/RC 67361
20 hours 5 minutes
by George C. Daughan
read by Annie Wauters
Traces the origins of the U.S. Navy. Highlights naval conflicts between British and American forces during the Revolutionary War. Discusses debates among the founding fathers—which lasted through the first four administrations—concerning the need for a blue-water fleet and explains why the 1812 declaration of war deemed one necessary. 2008.

Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss—and the Myths and Realities of Dieting     DB/RC 67377
9 hours 30 minutes
by Gina Kolata
read by Margaret Strom
Science writer Kolata examines the history of dieting in America and the state of knowledge regarding weight loss. Describes the 2004–2006 national study that compared the Atkins diet to a low-fat plan. Presents participant accounts. Concludes that dieting to maintain a weight below an individual’s preset range is futile. 2007.

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down     DB/RC 67508
3 hours 17 minutes
by Kaylene Johnson
read by Catherine Byers
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.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World     DB/RC 67516
8 hours 31 minutes
by Vicki Myron
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Spencer, Iowa, public library director Vicki Myron describes finding a kitten in the book drop in 1988. Named Dewey Readmore Books by library staff, the feline became an increasingly famous mascot over the next nineteen years. Myron also discusses her divorce, single parenthood, breast cancer scare, and love of librarianship. Bestseller. 2008.

The Purpose of Christmas     DB/RC 67520
1 hour 55 minutes
by Rick Warren
read by Bill Wallace
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.

The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place     DB/RC 67566
8 hours 13 minutes
by Judith Adler Hellman
read by Mark Ashby
Professor presents interviews with undocumented Mexican immigrants living in Los Angeles and New York. In their own words, individuals describe leaving their homeland, crossing the border, and adjusting to life in the United States, including finding work and housing, raising children, and avoiding detection. 2008.

American Nerd: The Story of My People     DB/RC 67572
5 hours 51 minutes
by Benjamin Nugent
read by Mark Delgado
Journalist and blogger offers a sociological study of the social misfit defined as a “nerd.” Traces the concept throughout modern history and popular culture. Analyzes the nerd in relation to online gaming, science fiction clubs, Asperger’s syndrome, and ethnic stereotypes. Some strong language. 2008.

A Step from Death: A Memoir     DB/RC 67595
8 hours 28 minutes
by Larry Woiwode
read by Ted Stoddard
Addressing his beloved son Joseph, sixty-three-year-old award-winning novelist Woiwode relates his near-fatal encounter with heavy baling ranch equipment and the memories the experience unleashed—from his days as a young writer in bustling New York City to his years as a husband, father, and author living in rural North Dakota. 2008.

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret     DB/RC 67596
6 hours 54 minutes
by Seth Shulman
read by Ted Stoddard
Science journalist alleges that inventor Alexander Graham Bell plagiarized the work of researcher Elisha Gray to file a patent for the telephone. Cites evidence that Bell bribed a U.S. Patent Office official to view Gray’s February 1876 application. Documents other unscrupulous dealings by Bell. 2008.

The Original Knickerbocker: The Life of Washington Irving     DB/RC 67601
18 hours 18 minutes
by Andrew Burstein
read by Annie Wauters
The author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson (RC 57910) pens a biography of writer Washington Irving (1783–1859), placing him in the context of his social and political milieu. Details Irving’s family history and his rise to prominence with the publication of Knickerbocker’s History of New York (RC 30658). 2007.

The Years of Persecution, 1933–1939: Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume 1     DB/RC 67615
18 hours 13 minutes
by Saul Friedländer
read by Robert Blumenfeld
First volume of historian’s account of the Holocaust. Examines the evolution of anti-Semitic policies, the attitudes of the German and European societies in which such policies flourished, and the victims’ plight. Explains Hitler’s ideology and role in the Nazi regime’s anti-Jewish measures, which eventually shifted from persecution to extermination. 1997.

Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice         DB/RC 67617
15 hours 7 minutes
by Eric Lichtblau
read by Ralph Lowenstein
New York Times reporter Lichtblau expands on his Pulitzer Prize-winning stories about the NSA wiretapping program in this investigative overview of President George W. Bush’s war on terror. Asserts that the power given to the NSA, the FBI, and the CIA has eroded the rights of individuals. 2008.

Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science    DB/RC 67623
8 hours 38 minutes
by Richard Preston
read by Kevin Collins
Author of The Hot Zone (RC 40695) presents a collection of his science writing. Describes Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, a condition that causes self-cannibalism; the quest of Ukrainian American brothers to compute pi; and Preston’s own panic when his biohazard suit broke in a Level 4 biocontainment laboratory. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The House on Garibaldi Street: The First Full Account of the Capture of Adolf Eichmann, Told by the Former Head of Israel’s Secret Service     DB/RC 67633
11 hours 52 minutes
by Isser Harel
read by Lewis Grenville
Head of Israel’s Mossad from 1952 to 1963 recounts the clandestine operation to capture Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, who was identified near Buenos Aires by a blind informant. Details the manhunt and Eichmann’s apprehension and transport to Israel in 1960—without the knowledge of the Argentinean government—to face trial. Some violence. 1975.

One Soldier’s War     DB/RC 67635
13 hours 18 minutes
by Arkady Babchenko
read by Frank Coffee
Memoir of journalist who, drafted into the Russian Army in 1995, fought in both the first and second Chechen wars. Recalls the drudgery, terror, and brutality of frontline conflicts. Translated from Russian by Nick Allen. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity     DB/RC 67658
8 hours 38 minutes
by Bill O’Reilly
read by Roy Avers
Emmy Award-winning television commentator’s autobiography, its title inspired by his third-grade teacher, a nun, who summed him up with the phrase. O’Reilly reminisces about his postwar working-class upbringing in Long Island, a Catholic school education, his two years as a teacher, and his journalism career’s beginnings in 1970s Boston. Bestseller. 2008.

Beating Lyme: Understanding and Treating This Complex and Often Misdiagnosed Disease     DB/RC 67686
13 hours 12 minutes
by Constance A. Bean
read by Kerry Dukin
A health educator collaborates with a physician to chronicle the history of Lyme disease—which is transmitted by ticks—and to discuss its prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Bean, who has had the disease, examines controversies over chronic, persisting Lyme disease and describes Lyme’s development into a global health issue. 2008.

The Essential Writings of Machiavelli         DB/RC 67703
19 hours 31 minutes
by Niccolò Machiavelli
read by Roy Avers
Selected writings of Florentine politician Niccolò Machiavelli (1468–1527), in which he expounds his philosophy of government and power. Includes The Prince, The Mandrake—a satire—excerpts from The Art of War and The Discourses, and essays about Pisa, French people, Germany, and the ruling Medici. Edited and translated by Peter Constantine. 2007.

The God Machine: From Boomerangs to Black Hawks; the Story of the Helicopter     DB/RC 67727
15 hours 39 minutes
by James R. Chiles
read by Jake Williams
The author, whose research included helicopter lessons, provides a detailed history of the rotary-driven flying machine—before and after its first true flight in the early 1920s. He muses that although the helicopter never replaced cars as some predicted, it did transform military combat, rescue missions, and television news. 2007.

One Hundred One Accessible Vacations: Travel Ideas for Wheelers and Slow Walkers     DB/RC 67755
12 hours 45 minutes
by Candy B. Harrington
read by Faith Potts
Author of Barrier-Free Travel (RC 61293) provides a guide to U.S. destinations for people with mobility problems. Details cities, national parks, historical attractions, and recreational opportunities under categories such as big city, the great outdoors, road trips, cruises, small towns, and family fun. Covers lodging. 2008.

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior, and Character in Five Days     DB/RC 67777
8 hours 40 minutes
by Kevin Leman
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Psychologist and author of The New Birth Order Book (RC 52622) offers parents ways to reverse negative behavior in their offspring. Suggests practical strategies for regaining control, such as maintaining a cheerful facade and not repeating instructions. Advises against trying to be the child’s friend. 2008.

American Son: My Story     DB/RC 67784
7 hours 9 minutes
by Oscar De La Hoya
read by Mark Delgado
Boxing’s “golden boy” De La Hoya relates his professional experiences and his successes in the ring, where he won six world championships and an Olympic gold medal. He also recounts the triumphs and failings in his personal life. 2008.

A Path out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East     DB/RC 67791
18 hours 39 minutes
by Kenneth M. Pollack
read by Mark Ashby
Middle East expert, author of The Persian Puzzle (RC 60252) and The Threatening Storm (RC 54856), advocates for a continuing U.S. involvement in the region for security and economic reasons. Analyzes the area’s social and political problems and recommends gradual reforms. 2008.

Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship         DB/RC 67822
10 hours 41 minutes
by Martin Gilbert
read by Barry Bernson
Author of Churchill: A Life (RC 36039) examines the British leader’s commitment to Jewish concerns from the early days of his political career. Traces his sympathy for Jewish war refugees, efforts to secure them a homeland in Palestine between the world wars, and support for the creation of Israel. 2007.

Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine     DB/RC 67824
13 hours 18 minutes
by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
read by Butch Hoover
A science journalist and a professor of complementary medicine examine the history of acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine, and other alternative treatments. They    describe the principles of evidence-based medicine, including clinical trials, the placebo effect, and ethical considerations. 2008.

Reading Lips: And Other Ways to Overcome a Disability     DB/RC 67826
8 hours 31 minutes
edited by Diane Scharper and Philip Scharper
read by Kerry Dukin
Diane Scharper, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and ophthalmologist Philip Scharper Jr. present twenty-nine winners from the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education’s memoir competition. Contributors from all over the world describe, in prose and poetry, overcoming life-altering disabilities ranging from blindness to cancer. 2008.

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington     DB/RC 67827
14 hours 39 minutes
by Jennet Conant
read by Kerry Dukin
Describes a British spy ring that operated in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Recounts the mission of Roald Dahl, an RAF pilot, and others sent in 1942 to gather information and promote propaganda with the intent of accelerating U.S. entry into the war in Europe. Some strong language. 2008.

The Gift of Jazzy     DB/RC 67835
6 hours 10 minutes
by Cindy Adams
read by Carol Dines
New York Post columnist Cindy Adams recalls the loneliness she felt after the death of her husband, comedian Joey Adams, in 1999—until a friend sent her a Yorkshire terrier. Adams recounts her first year with Jazzy and describes the ways the puppy helped her love and laugh again. 2003.

Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance     DB/RC 67847
10 hours 54 minutes
by Tian Dayton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Clinical psychologist provides insight into ways individuals who have grown up with the trauma of addiction, abuse, or family dysfunction can gain emotional stability. Uses neurological research and a holistic approach to describe methods that can undo the damage and reverse the negative effects of relationship turmoil. 2007.

The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life’s Scarcest Commodity     DB/RC 67851
9 hours 54 minutes
by Stefan Klein
read by Butch Hoover
Prizewinning German science journalist asserts that people’s sense of time can be transformed by training their perception and focus. Explores the origins of our sense of inner time and the way humans react to the rhythm of their surroundings. Discusses the cosmic dimension of time. 2006.

Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families     DB/RC 67861
5 hours 1 minute
by Michael A. Samuel
read by Carol Dines
Retinal surgeon discusses the causes and diagnoses associated with the wet and dry forms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Includes guidelines for treatment; suggests nutritional therapy, including sample meals; and presents tips for improving the quality of life while coping with AMD. 2008.

The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life         DB/RC 67944
11 hours 25 minutes
by Amy Tan
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Autobiographical musings by the author of The Joy Luck Club (RC 29021). One entry describes Tan’s escape from dangerous mud slides near Lake Tahoe. Another details frightening symptoms she endured for years without satisfactory medical explanation—and the eventual diagnosis of persistent neurological Lyme disease. Some strong language. 2003.

Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach For America     DB/RC 67950
16 hours 50 minutes
by Donna Foote
read by Jill Ferris
Follows the daily struggles of four Teach For America instructors at Los Angeles’s Locke High School in Watts. Describes the 1990 establishment of this national teaching corps by Princeton grad Wendy Kopp, whose goal was to recruit and train the “best and brightest” to teach in the lowest- performing schools. 2008.

The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama     DB/RC 68083
7 hours 46 minutes
by Pico Iyer
read by John Horton
The author draws on three decades of conversations with the Dalai Lama to examine the Buddhist leader’s spiritual and political roles. Offers insights into his efforts to teach his religion daily by example, to promote globalism and technology, and to focus world attention on Tibet’s relations with China. 2008.

The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash following the Greatest Boom in History     DB/RC 68118
12 hours 20 minutes
by Harry S. Dent
read by Erik Sandvold
Economist and author of The Roaring 2000s (RC 47081) and The Great Boom Ahead (RC 44174) analyzes demographic and technological cycles to predict economic trends into the mid-2030s. Offers short- and long-term portfolio-allocation strategies and suggests investments for individuals, governments, and businesses. Bestseller. 2008.

Renegade: The Making of a President     DB/RC 69086
15 hours 44 minutes
by Richard Wolffe
read by L.J. Ganser
Newsweek reporter Wolffe analyzes the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Drawing on dozens of interviews with the candidate and president, Wolffe discusses Obama’s career in Illinois politics, decision to run for higher office, and grass-roots tactics. Details regional power structures and Obama’s rivalry with Hillary Clinton’s camp. Bestseller. 2009.

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Love     DB/RC 57353
7 hours 9 minutes
by Toni Morrison
read by Michele Schaeffer
Even after the death of seaside resort owner Bill Cosey, his women—widow Heed, granddaughter Christine, and mistress Celestial—continue their feuds. These members of the town’s African American former elite reminisce about the man they loved and hated. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

The Crimes of Jordan Wise     RC 64073
8 hours 12 minutes
by Bill Pronzini
read by Richard Magesis
1977. Gold-digger Annalise Bonner tempts mild-mannered San Francisco accountant Jordan Wise into embezzling funds from his company and fleeing to the Virgin Islands. Annalise’s constant demands drive Jordan to commit two additional crimes. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel     RC 64117
9 hours 7 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Lindsay Ellison
Louisiana. Telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse helps the werepeople, who are being attacked by a stalker, even though Sookie’s shape-shifting brother Jason is a suspect. Sookie asks sexy vampire Eric for help before becoming the killer’s next target. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Chicago Way     RC 64549
7 hours 53 minutes
by Michael Harvey
read by Jim Zeiger
Chicago cop-turned-private-investigator Michael Kelly is hired by his former partner John Gibbons to look into a closed rape case. When Gibbons is murdered, Kelly enlists the help of television reporter Diane Lindsay and some old friends to solve both crimes. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Then We Came to the End     RC 65387
13 hours 6 minutes
by Joshua Ferris
read by Don Hagen
Desperation, paranoia, and mischief abound as the staff of a beleaguered Chicago ad agency await the next round of layoffs. Workaholic Joe Pope and depressed but heavily medicated Carl Garbedian pass the time with mass e-mails, pranks, and a mysterious pro bono campaign. Strong language. 2007.

The Bourne Identity    RC 65406
18 hours 19 minutes
by Robert Ludlum
read by Conrad Feininger
Rescued wounded and amnesic from the Mediterranean, the protagonist struggles to discover his identity—and that of his would-be assassins. His only clue: microfilm, surgically implanted in his skin, bearing the number of a Zurich bank account under the name “Bourne.” Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1980.

The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball    RC 65622
8 hours 17 minutes
by Frank Deford
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Howie Traveler, a failed minor-league player, is in his second year of managing the Cleveland Indians. Howie’s contract is up for renewal, but his star player, Jay Alcazar, isn’t performing well. When Jay is accused of rape, Howie holds both their careers in his hands. Strong language. 2007.

The Appeal     DB/RC 65629
13 hours 10 minutes
by John Grisham
read by Jim Zeiger
After a Mississippi jury returns a guilty verdict against a chemical company that dumped carcinogens into the water supply, the company’s owner, Carl Trudeau, appeals to the state’s supreme court. During judicial elections Trudeau tries to plant his own justice on the bench. Bestseller. 2008.

Third Degree    RC 65731
11 hours 18 minutes
by Greg Iles
read by Conrad Feininger
While preparing for an IRS audit of his medical practice, Warren Shields finds a letter from his wife’s lover and goes into a rage. Panicked, his wife Laurel denies the affair—and does not tell Warren about her pregnancy. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

High Noon     DB/RC 65763
18 hours 8 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Savannah, Georgia. Restaurant owner Duncan Swift romantically pursues hostage negotiator Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara after she assists his suicidal bartender. Phoebe’s family problems and a vicious attack by an unknown stalker threaten the new romance. Violence, strong language,  and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

The Tenderness of Wolves     DB/RC 65768
13 hours 51 minutes
by Stef Penney
read by Erin Jones
Canadian wilderness, 1860s. The day her adopted seventeen-year-old son Francis disappears, Mrs. Ross discovers her neighbor’s murdered corpse. The community suspects Francis of the crime. Mrs. Ross leaves her husband and sets out with half-Indian William Parker to find the teen. Some violence. Costa Book of the Year. 2006.

Some Nerve     DB/RC 65772
11 hours 11 minutes
by Jane Heller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Thirty-year-old Hollywood entertainment journalist Ann Roth gets fired after botching an interview with actor Malcolm Goddard. Ann regroups in her Missouri hometown, where coincidentally Malcolm is being treated incognito for a heart condition. Ann becomes a hospital volunteer to get the scoop—and falls in love. Some strong language. 2006.

An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler: The First Three Novels in the Popular Series     DB/RC 65774
35 hours 5 minutes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Women forge friendships while sharing their needlecraft. In The Quilter’s Apprentice Waterford, Pennsylvania, newcomer Sarah McClure takes quilting lessons from her crotchety employer Sylvia Compson. In Round Robin the quilters open an instructional camp. In The Cross-Country Quilters five new members join the group. 2001.

Where Are You Now?    DB/RC 65809
8 hours 44 minutes
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Catherine Byers
When she was sixteen, Carolyn MacKenzie’s brother Mack disappeared, but each Mother’s Day Mack makes a brief call home. Ten years later Carolyn, now an attorney, interrupts the call to tell Mack that she will find him. Despite a warning from Mack, Carolyn persists—and finds herself in danger. Bestseller. 2008.

Now and Then: A Spenser Novel     DB/RC 65876
5 hours 49 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
FBI agent Dennis Doherty hires Boston PI Spenser to ascertain the fidelity of Doherty’s wife Jordan Richmond. Spenser discovers the identity of Jordan’s lover only to find husband and wife murdered days later. Spenser enlists the help of his cohorts to investigate. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Something Wicked: A Death on Demand Mystery    RC 65923
8 hours 21 minutes
by Carolyn G. Hart
read by Jill Fox
Atlanta. Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance, her fiancé Max, and the rest of the summer stock players know their production of Arsenic and Old Lace needs to be a hit so they can get their new theater. Instead it is plagued by sabotage and murder. Some strong language. 1988.

Defining Dulcie    RC 65943
3 hours 2 minutes
by Paul Acampora
read by Mimi Bederman
After her father, a school janitor, dies, sixteen-year-old Dulcie and her mother relocate to California. Homesick, Dulcie steals the family’s 1968 Chevy pickup and drives back to Connecticut to live with her grandfather Frank. For senior high readers. 2006.

1632: Ring of Fire    RC 66064
22 hours 31 minutes
by Eric Flint
read by Nick Sullivan
A cosmic disaster transports the entire community of Grantville, West Virginia, back in time to Europe during the Thirty Years’ War. The residents, led by union organizer and ex-soldier Mike Stearns, set about introducing American law and order to the war-torn land. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Flames of Rome     RC 66078
19 hours 21 minutes
by Paul L. Maier
read by George Holmes
Ancient Rome. The spread of Christianity ignites political and religious unrest under Emperors Claudius and, after Claudius’s murder, Nero. As Christians are increasingly persecuted, Senator Flavius Sabinus becomes embroiled in conflict, eventually playing a crucial role in the development of the gospels. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1981.

Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico    RC 66079
11 hours 9 minutes
by Malín Alegría
read by Robin Miles
Southern California high school senior Sofi Mendoza and her friends sneak into Tijuana for the weekend. When Sofi is not allowed back into the United States, she stays with relatives in rural Baja without an indoor bathroom, a telephone, the Internet, or American television. For senior high readers. 2007.

Sixty Days and Counting    RC 66097
18 hours 40 minutes
by Kim Stanley Robinson
read by Richard Davidson
President-elect Phil Chase undertakes an ambitious plan to prevent ecological disaster. Promising to implement change within his first sixty days, Chase assembles a team of top scientists and politicians, including troubled sociobiologist Frank Vanderwal. Sequel to Fifty Degrees Below (RC 62127). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

1633: Ring of Fire    RC 66101
28 hours 10 minutes
by David Weber and Eric Flint
read by Nick Sullivan
Residents of Grantville, West Virginia—transported back in time to 1630s Europe—have formed a new “United States” under Mike Stearns. Threatened by French cardinal Richelieu, Mike’s wife Rebecca becomes trapped in Amsterdam and his sister Rita is imprisoned in the Tower of London. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery    RC 66120
8 hours 39 minutes
by Michael Dibdin
read by Ted Stoddard
Italian policeman Aurelio Zen is dispatched to the wine-making town of Alba to investigate the homicide of vintner Aldo Vincenzo even though Aldo’s son Manlio has been arrested for the crime. While Zen is there, another vintner and a man illegally collecting truffles are murdered. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

Blood Dreams: Blood Trilogy, Book 1    RC 66130
8 hours 13 minutes
by Kay Hooper
read by Laura Giannarelli
Psychic group members, including twin sisters Dani and Paris, gather in Venture, Georgia, to help the FBI Special Crimes Unit, run by Noah Bishop from Out of the Shadows (RC 51474). They are after the serial killer revealed in Dani’s premonitions. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Betrayal: A Dismas Hardy Mystery     DB/RC 66145
15 hours 7 minutes
by John Lescroart
read by Ray Foushee
Defense attorney Dismas Hardy takes on the caseload of missing lawyer Charlie Bowen. One case involves former second lieutenant Evan Scholler, who is accused of murdering Ron Nolan, a contractor Scholler met in Iraq. Hardy investigates Nolan’s nefarious activities in the Middle East. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

A Prisoner of Birth     DB/RC 66147
15 hours 39 minutes
by Jeffrey Archer
read by Fred Major
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.

The Uncommon Reader     DB/RC 66149
2 hours 32 minutes
by Alan Bennett
read by Jill Fox
England. When the royal dogs stray into a mobile library parked near the palace, the Queen feels obligated to borrow a book. She soon develops an obsession with reading that changes her worldviews, distracts her from official duties, and prompts her to write her own masterpiece—with surprising consequences. Bestseller. 2007.

Out of Control    RC 66264
14 hours 50 minutes
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Mare Trevathan
Savannah von Hopf convinces navy SEAL Ken “WildCard” Karmody to help her deliver ransom money to terrorists in Indonesia who have kidnapped Savannah’s beloved gay uncle. When the mission goes awry, Ken and Savannah find themselves trapped in the jungle. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever    RC 66285
22 hours 12 minutes
by James Tiptree
read by Mary Kane
Eighteen science fiction short stories originally published between 1969 and 1981. Includes the Hugo Award winner “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” about astronauts who slip into a future where gender roles are successfully questioned. The Nebula winner “The Screwfly Solution” contains a chilling answer to the population problem. Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2004.

The Mislaid Magician; or, Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and the Security of the Realm    RC 66316
8 hours 45 minutes
by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
read by Corrie James
England, 1828. Cecelia and her husband explore the disappearance of a magician, while cousin Kate and her wizard spouse babysit the children. Sequel to The Grand Tour (RC 59247). For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Endless Things: A Part of  gypt    RC 66377
15 hours 37 minutes
by John Crowley
read by Lewis Grenville
Pierce Moffett goes to Europe to search for the mythical realm of  gypt. Guided by the writings of late novelist Fellowes Kraft, Pierce finds traces of the mysteries of  gypt interwoven into the histories of philosopher-martyr Giordano Bruno and  others. Sequel to Daemonomania (RC 51952). 2007.

Secret Asset    RC 66383
11 hours 27 minutes
by Stella Rimington
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
London. While MI5 is investigating an Islamic bookstore, counterterrorist agent Liz Carlyle, from At Risk (RC 61418), uncovers evidence that an IRA sleeper mole has been activated in their division. Liz and her team recheck their colleagues’ credentials to identify the spy. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

1634: The Baltic War; Ring of Fire    RC 66385
31 hours 4 minutes
by Eric Flint and David Weber
read by Nick Sullivan
Residents of Grantville, West Virginia—transported back in time to 1630s Europe—are caught up in a conflagration. The United States of Europe, led by Swedish king Gustav Adolf and American Mike Stearns, battle an alliance of France, Spain, England, and Denmark. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery    RC 66497
15 hours 35 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Sweden, 1992. Inspector Kurt Wallander’s investigation of the murder of a real estate agent entangles him in a plot by South African secret police and ex-KGB agents to assassinate Nelson Mandela. Wallander’s intrusion into this scheme puts his daughter’s life in danger. Originally written in Swedish in 1993. Violence. 1998.

A Deadly Vineyard Holiday: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery    RC 66499
8 hours 5 minutes
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
The president of the United States vacations with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, where his spirited teenage daughter Cricket befriends ex-cop-turned-fisherman J.W. Jackson and J.W.’s wife Zee. When a reporter’s body is found near J.W.’s home, J.W. and Zee seek a killer among the first family’s entourage. 1997.

Widdershins     RC 66500
20 hours 5 minutes
by Charles De Lint
read by Mary Kane
Artist Jilly Coppercorn, still struggling with injuries received in The Onion Girl (RC 56422), becomes trapped in a sinister otherworld that is based on her own worst memories. Jilly’s fiddler friend Geordie Riddell attempts a rescue while conflict erupts between mystical natives and fairy folk. Some violence. 2006.

The Religion: The Tannhauser Trilogy, Book 1         DB/RC 66503
27 hours 49 minutes
by Tim Willocks
read by David Cutler
1565. Adventurer Mattias Tannhauser escorts French noblewoman Carla La Penautier from Sicily to the isle of Malta to save Carla’s illegitimate son, now twelve, from the invading Turks. In Malta, Mattias assists the besieged Knights of John the Baptist and uncovers a traitor. Violence. 2006.

Lying with Strangers    RC 66507
10 hours 6 minutes
by James Grippando
read by Victoria Gordon
Escalating incidents cause pediatric resident Peyton Shields to think she is being stalked. Her attorney husband Kevin, feeling guilty about a one-night stand, suspects Peyton is having an affair. And her stalker believes he is chatting with an amorous Peyton online. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

The Devil’s Feather     DB/RC 66518
10 hours 58 minutes
by Minette Walters
read by Anne Flosnik
2004. Reuters correspondent Connie Burns tracks to Iraq a British mercenary she believes murdered five women in Sierra Leone two years ago. In Baghdad, Connie is kidnapped and tortured for three days. Once released she retreats to the British countryside and puzzles over a different mystery. Some violence. 2005.

A Fatal Vineyard Season: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery    RC 66519
6 hours 52 minutes
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
Actress Julia Crandel, niece of a prominent multiracial Martha’s Vineyard family, and fellow celebrity Ivy Holiday vacation on the island. Their arrival draws unwanted attention from two local thugs. With a hurricane threatening and his wife and children safely away, ex-cop J.W. Jackson intervenes. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 1999.

1634: The Ram Rebellion    RC 66572
21 hours 22 minutes
by Eric Flint
read by Nick Sullivan
Anthology of interrelated stories about an uprising of Franconian farmers in 1630s Europe. Rebel leaders, fighting for religious and other freedoms, hope to find allies in their new administrators—residents of Grantville, West Virginia, who have been transported through time, bringing with them twentieth-century American ideals. Some strong language. 2006.

Patriot Acts: An Atticus Kodiak Novel    RC 66589
10 hours 47 minutes
by Greg Rucka
read by J.P. Linton
Bodyguard Atticus Kodiak is targeted in an assassination attempt that leads to his partner’s death. Atticus and Alena Cizkova, the hit woman he tangled with in Critical Space (RC 66468), band together to discover the identity of the powerful man who wants them dead. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Bulls Island     DB/RC 66604
11 hours 19 minutes
by Dorothea Benton Frank
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Two decades ago, Elizabeth “Betts” McGee canceled her engagement to Charleston golden boy J.D. Langley because of a family feud and moved to Manhattan. Now Betts returns home to South Carolina on business. She wants to reconnect with her family while guarding old secrets. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

A Lady’s Secret: The Malloren Family         DB/RC 66605
12 hours 10 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1764. British aristocrat Robin Fitzvitry rescues beautiful Italian nun Petra d’Averio from a dangerous situation in France and escorts her to England to find her birth father. As Petra is pursued by assailants determined to capture her, she and Robin fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Belong to Me    RC 66610
13 hours 25 minutes
by Marisa De los Santos
read by Jill Fox
New to the Philadelphia suburbs, Cornelia, from Love Walked In (RC 64413), is put off by snobby neighbor Piper. Instead she befriends single mother Lake, who has just moved to town with her precocious son. Meanwhile Piper learns to deal with her best friend’s cancer. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Bright Arrows    RC 66616
9 hours 3 minutes
by Grace Livingston Hill
read by Mitzi Friedlander
After Eden Thurston’s wealthy father dies, she is besieged by distant relatives and acquaintances who wish to benefit from her inheritance. Besides her loyal servants, the only person who comforts Eden is estate lawyer Lance Lorrimer, a fellow Christian who shares Eden’s strong religious faith. 1946.

An Elm Creek Quilts Album: Three Novels in the Popular Series    RC 66629
34 hours 34 minutes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Tales of Pennsylvania needlecrafters. In The Runaway Quilt Sylvia discovers her ancestors’ involvement with the Underground Railroad. In The Quilter’s Legacy Sylvia seeks family heirlooms. In The Master Quilter the women of Elm Creek secretly make bride-to-be Sylvia a gift. Sequel to An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler (RC 65774). 2004.

Long May She Reign    RC 66641
27 hours 27 minutes
by Ellen Emerson White
read by Kerry Dukin
After escaping from kidnappers in Long Live the Queen (RC 33610), Meg Powers, whose mother is the U.S. president, endures posttraumatic stress and painful physical therapy. Meg must then leave the security of the White House for her first year of college. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Wrath of a Mad God: The Darkwar Saga, Book 3    RC 66673
14 hours 50 minutes
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Mark Ashby
Sorcerer Pug and his companions venture into the realm of the Dasati seeking to destroy the Dark God and save Midkemia and Kelewan. Meanwhile, Pug’s wife Miranda plots to escape from her Dasati captors and evil Leso Varen. Sequel to Into a Dark Realm (RC 66307). Some violence. 2008.

The Echelon Vendetta    RC 66676
14 hours 20 minutes
by David Stone
read by Gregory Gorton
CIA agent Micah Dalton investigates the demise of his associate Porter Naumann, who was found dead in an Italian hotel, an apparent suicide. When Naumann’s family is killed, Micah uncovers a high-level, illegal conspiracy within the agency. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Avalanche: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery    RC 66679
6 hours 36 minutes
by Patrick F. McManus
read by Robert Sams
Blight County, Idaho. When lodge owner Blanche Wilson reports her husband Mike as missing, sheriff Bo Tully and his dad head to the lodge and are nearly killed by an avalanche. Then Mike turns up dead and Mike’s partner is murdered, leaving Blanche millions in insurance money. 2007.

Masquerade: Blue Bloods, Book 2    RC 66680
7 hours 28 minutes
by Melissa De la Cruz
read by Colleen Delany
After learning of her vampire nature in Blue Bloods (RC 66487), Schuyler searches Italy for her grandfather, who holds the key to defeating the Blue Bloods’ rivals—the Silver Bloods. Returning to Manhattan, Schuyler and friends defend themselves against the Silver Bloods and learn more powers. For senior high readers. 2007.

The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery    RC 66682
11 hours 51 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Ystad, Sweden; 1993. Detective chief inspector Kurt Wallander is on a year’s medical leave when Sten Torstensson asks him to investigate the death of his father. When Sten is murdered five days later, Wallander returns to work. Originally written in Swedish in 1994. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Heartbreak Hotel    DB/RC 66690
9 hours 45 minutes
by Anne Rivers Siddons
read by Faith Potts
Portrait of a latter-day Scarlett O’Hara during her college years in the 1950s South. Socialite Maggie Deloach, yearning for something more than fraternity parties, Presley records, and marriage to a nice young man, commits an act of defiance and courage that changes her forever. Some strong language. 1976.

The Commoner    RC 66692
9 hours 15 minutes
by John Burnham Schwartz
read by Corrie James
Haruko Tsuneyasu grows up in postwar rural Japan and studies at Sacred Heart University, where she meets the crown prince. When they marry in 1959, she enters an oppressive, treacherous world and suffers a nervous breakdown after the birth of her son. 2008.

Dreamhunter: Dreamhunter Duet, Book 1    RC 66693
10 hours 29 minutes
by Elizabeth Knox
read by Mary Kane
1906. Fifteen-year-old Laura Hame and her cousin Rose come from a family of dreamhunters—people who enter the place of dreams and relay them to others. After Laura’s father disappears, Laura searches the magical world for him, experiences nightmares, and encounters a monster. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Man from Beyond    RC 66704
7 hours 48 minutes
by Gabriel Brownstein
read by Steven Carpenter
Young New York reporter Molly Goodman covers the rivalry between magician and skeptic Harry Houdini and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who attempts to prove through “scientific” means that an afterlife exists. As Molly investigates the realm of spirits and frauds, she discovers her true self. Some strong language. 2005.

The Painter of Battles    RC 66707
7 hours 56 minutes
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
read by Mark Ashby
War photographer Andrés Faulques retires to a Spanish tower to paint a battle mural and forget the violent death of his lover. But one of his subjects, former Croatian soldier Ivo Markovic, threatens to make Faulques pay for a damaging photo Faulques shot. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Dominion: Detective Ollie Chandler Mystery, Book 2    RC 66708
32 hours 35 minutes
by Randy Alcorn
read by Patrick Downer
Portland, Oregon. After his sister is murdered and his niece wounded, African American reporter Clarence Abernathy investigates inner-city gangs and racial conflict. Detective Ollie Chandler, from Deadline (RC 66492), assists Clarence, and their experiences cause both men to reassess their own attitudes and religious beliefs. 1996.

Earth Made of Glass    RC 66791
15 hours 25 minutes
by John Barnes
read by Jeremy Gage
Margaret and Giraut, married diplomatic agents with the Council of Humanity, use a springer to instantaneously travel to Briand, a planet inhabited by two enemy cultures. They work for peace while sorting out their own marital issues. Sequel to A Million Open Doors (RC 65694). Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Daughter of the Sun    RC 66800
16 hours 57 minutes
by Barbara Wood
read by Catherine Byers
American Southwest, 1150. Toltec leader Jakál kidnaps seventeen-year-old potter Hoshi’tiwa, taking her from her family and her betrothed to the Toltec’s drought-stricken lands. There she is forced to make a jar that will bring rain—or face execution. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

1634: The Bavarian Crisis; Ring of Fire    RC 66809
28 hours 40 minutes
by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce
read by Nick Sullivan
The fledgling United States of Europe—an alliance between Swedish king Gustav Adolf and twentieth-century Americans transported to 1630s Europe—tries to restore iron production in the Upper Palatinate mines. But a battle with the duke of Bavaria and a marriage of state hinder their efforts. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

1635: The Cannon Law    RC 66817
18 hours 0 minutes
by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
read by Nick Sullivan
Italy, 1635. Cardinal Gaspar Borja plots to undermine Pope Urban VIII’s rule. As Spain’s armies surround Naples and unrest grows, diplomat Sharon Nichols—a temporally displaced resident of twentieth-century Grantville, West Virginia—sends in her fiancé Ruy Sanchez to gather information on the situation. Some strong language. 2006.

Bright Shiny Morning     DB/RC 66829
14 hours 27 minutes
by James Frey
read by Fred Major
Los Angeles vignettes and history. Teen runaways arrive in California, Old Man Joe and other drunks and junkies live in Venice Beach shacks, and movie star Amberton Parker hides his true sexual identity. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

American Detective: An Amos Walker Novel     DB/RC 66841
7 hours 20 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by John Polk
PI Amos Walker is hired by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Darius Fuller to prevent his daughter Deirdre from marrying fortune hunter Hilary Bairn. When Deirdre is murdered, Walker searches for Bairn, but his investigation interferes with a crime syndicate run by Eurasian Charlotte Sing. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Presumed Guilty     DB/RC 66851
9 hours 6 minutes
by James Scott Bell
read by Jack Fox
Southern California. Fifty-year-old megachurch pastor Ron Hamilton is accused of murdering porn star Melinda Perry. Ron’s wife Dallas, hurt by his adultery, nevertheless believes in his innocence and gathers evidence to exonerate him. While praying to God for strength, Dallas uncovers political chicanery, unbridled ambition, and betrayal. Some violence. 2006.

Savage Country: The Last Gunfighter, Book 13    RC 66874
9 hours 50 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Harvard-educated businessman Conrad Browning hires his estranged father, gunslinger Frank Morgan, to find the saboteur of the railroad spur construction in New Mexico Territory. Frank, knowing Conrad still blames him for his mother’s death, also hopes to reconcile their strained relationship. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

Blood Noir: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter         DB/RC 66889
10 hours 58 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
Anita helps werewolf stripper Jason, her friend and sometime-lover, deal with his family issues. Meanwhile Marmee Noir, the ancient mother of all vampires, makes her move for power by severing the sensory link between Anita and master vampire Jean-Claude. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Days of Infamy: The Pacific War, Book 2         DB/RC 66892
12 hours 9 minutes
by Newt Gingrich and others read by Ted Stoddard
Following events in Pearl Harbor  (RC 65841), the alternate history of World War II continues with Admiral Yamamoto pressing the attack on American carriers after a third strike on Hawaii. President Roosevelt limits troops in Europe, as they are needed for Admiral Halsey’s Pacific buildup. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Dreamquake: Dreamhunter Duet, Book 2    RC 66894
12 hours 24 minutes
by Elizabeth Knox
read by Mary Kane
1906. Teen Laura Hame, from Dreamhunter (RC 66693), unleashes a nightmare on the elite attendees of a dream function. With the help of her cousin Rose and suitor Sandy, Laura exposes a government plot to control the place of dreams. For junior and senior high readers. Printz Honor Book. 2007.

The Seduction of an Unknown Lady     DB/RC 66921
9 hours 16 minutes
by Samantha James
read by Corrie James
London, 1852. Fionna Hawkes pens novels pseudonymously to support her widowed mother. While canvassing the city, Fionna meets Lord Aidan McBride, brother of Annabel, from The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell (RC 65482). Aidan falls in love with Fionna, but someone else is stalking her. Descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Third Angel     DB/RC 66935
9 hours 37 minutes
by Alice Hoffman
read by Kimberly Schraf
London. Interwoven tales of three women at crossroads. In 1999 Maddy has an affair with her sister’s terminally ill fiancé Paul. In 1966 Paul’s mother Frieda falls for a troubled rock star. In 1952 Maddy’s mother Lucy experiences heartbreak in a fatal love triangle. 2008.

The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery    RC 66939
15 hours 36 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Ystad, Sweden; 1994. Detective Kurt Wallander and his colleagues investigate three grisly murders—searching for a common clue to tie them together. The investigation leads back to the previous year’s slaughter of four nuns and a Swedish tourist in North Africa. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Hounded to Death: A Melanie Travis Mystery    RC 67023
8 hours 44 minutes
by Laurien Berenson
read by Margaret Strom
Canine enthusiast Melanie Travis attends a symposium for dog-show judges in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with her aunt Peg and sister-in-law Bertie. Four months pregnant, Melanie had hoped for some relaxation but ends up sleuthing when she discovers the body of a controversial judge floating in a hot tub. 2007.

The Pale Criminal: A Bernhard Gunther Novel    RC 67071
9 hours 56 minutes
by Philip Kerr
read by Lewis Grenville
Berlin, Germany; 1938. After his partner is murdered, cop-turned-PI Bernhard Gunther is forced back into police work by the Gestapo to help catch a serial killer. Gunther also investigates the blackmail of a rich widow whose son is gay. Strong language and some violence. 1990.

That Summer Place: Old Things, Private Paradise, Island Time     DB/RC 67082
9 hours 23 minutes
by Debbie Macomber and others read by Madelyn Buzzard
Three romantic novellas set in a Victorian house on Spruce Island in the Pacific Northwest. In Old Things former lovers reunite after thirty years. In Private Paradise single parents share the lodge. In Island Time a marine biologist falls for a millionaire. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1998.

Sail     DB/RC 67084
7 hours 7 minutes
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
read by Erin Jones
Widow Katherine Dunne and her former brother-in-law take her troubled kids, teens Carrie and Mark and ten-year-old Ernie, on a yacht vacation to reconnect as a family. A natural disaster pulls them together—but then an even greater catastrophe occurs. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel    RC 67119
9 hours 43 minutes
by Jefferson Bass
read by Jack Fox
Widowed forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton, of the University of Tennessee’s postmortem-decay research laboratory known as the “body farm,” investigates circumstances surrounding the murder of a pregnant woman whose mummified body was found in a Cooke County cave. An uncooperative sheriff rekindles old feuds. Some strong language. 2006.

Rebel Fay: The Noble Dead, Book 5    RC 67122
15 hours 28 minutes
by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Half-elf Leesil, half-vampire Magiere, and companions Wynn and Chap enter the Elven Territories in winter to rescue Leesil’s mother, trailed by vampires Welstiel and Chane. But the elves, led by Most Aged Father, hate vampires and humans alike and resist being disturbed. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2007.

Child of a Dead God: The Noble Dead, Book 6    RC 67127
16 hours 32 minutes
by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Dhampir Magiere and half-blood elf Leesil seek a mysterious orb, an artifact of unknown purpose that they understand must not fall into the hands of Magiere’s half-brother Welstiel. They head for an ice castle along with sage Wynn, dog Chap, and two elves. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

Laura Warholic; or, The Sexual Intellectual         DB/RC 67133
42 hours 25 minutes
by Alexander Theroux
read by Fred Major
Eugene Eyestones, a sex columnist for a literary magazine, is obsessed with Laura Warholic, the magazine owner’s ex-wife, who becomes fodder for his column. Eyestones’s politically incorrect and sometimes scabrous observations on Laura and sex mingle with misogyny and social/religious criticism. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2007.

One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery    RC 67197
15 hours 5 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Sweden, 1996. While inspector Kurt Wallander searches for three young adults missing since Midsummer’s Eve, a policeman colleague is murdered. When the revelers are found dead, Wallander connects the crimes. More murders occur—meaning there’s a serial killer. Originally written in Swedish in 1997. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Lady Elizabeth     DB/RC 67225
19 hours 51 minutes
by Alison Weir
read by Colleen Delany
Fictional account of the childhood of Elizabeth I (1533–1603), daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. After her mother’s beheading, two-year-old Elizabeth is exiled from court. She becomes a pawn in a power struggle and later battles her Catholic half sister, Mary I. Some violence. 2008.

The Accident Man     DB/RC 67227
12 hours 28 minutes
by Tom Cain
read by Alexander Strain
Assassin Samuel Carver’s specialty is making his victims’ deaths look like accidents. On August 31, 1997, Carver is paid to eliminate a terrorist in a Paris tunnel. After he realizes he has killed Princess Diana, Carver investigates the reason he was set up. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Blackpool Highflyer: A Jim Stringer Mystery     DB/RC 67229
10 hours 53 minutes
by Andrew Martin
read by David Cutler
England, early twentieth century. A Highflyer locomotive carrying excursionists to the seaside resort of Blackpool is derailed by a grindstone on the tracks. When another train meets a similar fate that same day, railway man Jim Stringer, from The Necropolis Railway (RC 67201), and his wife seek a saboteur. 2004.

Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery    RC 67231
14 hours 53 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Ystad, Sweden; 1997. Police inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the murder of a cabdriver and the shooting of a young man at an ATM. Tying the crimes together, Wallander uncovers an international scheme to disrupt the world’s economy. Originally written in Swedish in 1998. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Shack     DB/RC 67237
9 hours 59 minutes
by William P. Young
read by Guy Williams
Years ago, Mackenzie “Mack” Phillips’s daughter Missy disappeared during a family vacation in Oregon. Now Mack receives a cryptic letter—apparently from God—inviting him back to the remote shack where Missy may have been murdered. There Mack confronts his grief, communes with God, and makes life-changing discoveries. Bestseller. 2007.

Lavinia     RC 67310
10 hours 8 minutes
by Ursula K. Le Guin
read by Jill Fox
Ancient Italy. King Latinus’s daughter Lavinia, from Virgil’s The Aeneid (RC 64204), is pressured to marry Turnus despite prophecies that she will wed a foreigner and cause a war. When Trojan ships arrive bearing hero Aeneas, Lavinia discovers true love—and her destiny. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2008.

The Cajuns    RC 67313
9 hours 27 minutes
by Gus Weill
read by Jack Fox
Louisiana, 1956. Sheriff Bob Boudreaux does not investigate an altar boy’s death until reporter Ruth Ann Daigle begins asking questions. Boudreaux, whose brother-in-law is the local priest, falls in love with Ruth Ann, whose inquiries rattle everyone in town. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Born Queen: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 4     DB/RC 67344
15 hours 2 minutes
by Greg Keyes
read by Mary Kane
In the aftermath of the Briar King’s death, Anne Dare, empress of Crotheny, faces enemies from both the Church and the realm of Hansa. Meanwhile, Aspar White strives against hope to save his people. Sequel to The Blood Knight (RC 62881). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Rolling Thunder     DB/RC 67347
13 hours 6 minutes
by John Varley
read by Mary Kane
Martian naval officer Patricia “Podkayne” Strickland accepts a position as an entertainer on Jupiter’s moon Europa as part of the Music, Arts, and Drama Division. Between performances, Podkayne discovers that there is trouble brewing. Sequel to Red Lightning (RC 62386). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

Black Widow: A Doc Ford Novel     DB/RC 67350
11 hours 21 minutes
by Randy Wayne White
read by Gregory Gorton
Doc Ford flies to the Caribbean to exchange a payment for a compromising video of his engaged goddaughter Shay and her friends. But when complying with monetary demands doesn’t stop the threats, Ford must confront the blackmail enterprise of a voodoo queen called the Widow. Violence and strong language. 2008.

To Marry an Heiress     DB/RC 67353
8 hours 21 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Alexander Strain
England, 1878. Devon Sheridan, the impoverished earl of Huntingdon, who has been hiding his lack of funds, marries Texas heiress Georgina Pierce. But Georgina’s inheritance comes with conditions—and a surprise for both of the newlyweds. Georgina is also shocked when they reach Devon’s estate. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Many a River     DB/RC 67356
10 hours 2 minutes
by Elmer Kelton
read by Robert Sams
1855. Comanches attack the Barfields, killing both parents and taking Todd captive. Todd is sold to a trader, and his brother Jeffrey, who was hiding, is brought to a homesteading family that has lost a son. The boys survive separately until the Civil War brings a change of fate. 2008.

A Free Life    RC 67373
20 hours 55 minutes
by Ha Jin
read by Ted Stoddard
Nan Wu, a political science graduate student in Boston, no longer feels his native China is home after the Tiananmen massacre. Nan drops out of school in hopes of becoming a poet, and with his wife Pingping and their son, slowly builds a life in America. Strong language. 2007.

The Perfect Wife     DB/RC 67378
11 hours 43 minutes
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
England, 1818. Sabrina Winfield needs money for her daughter’s marriage to the son of Nicholas Harrington, the earl of Wyldewood. When Sabrina, a former smuggler, finds her late husband’s treasure map, she sails off to Egypt. An intrigued Nicholas impetuously agrees to join her. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Fast Track: Revenge of the Sisterhood         DB/RC 67433
7 hours 55 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
After Hokus Pocus (RC 66375), the Sisterhood returns from exile in Spain and relocates to North Carolina. A secret task force for the World Bank hires the Sisterhood to oust the bank president, a political appointee who is stealing billions from the organization. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

My Theodosia    RC 67485
12 hours 53 minutes
by Anya Seton
read by Erin Jones
A novel of Theodosia Burr, beloved daughter of Thomas Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr, from her seventeenth birthday to her mysterious death twelve years later. During her brief adult life, Theo marries wealthy Joseph Alston, bears a son, and supports her father during his arrest and trial for treason. 1941.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society     DB/RC 67526
8 hours 2 minutes
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
read by Corrie James
London, 1946. Writer Juliet Ashton corresponds with Dawsey Adams and other members of a literary society created as a front during the Nazi occupation of the British channel island of Guernsey. Through letters, Juliet learns about their wartime experiences. Intrigued, Juliet sails to Guernsey, where she finds new inspiration. Bestseller. 2008.

A Sister’s Hope: Sisters of Holmes County, Book 3     DB/RC 67545
7 hours 43 minutes
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Kristin Allison
Someone is vandalizing the Hostettler family’s Amish farm and attacking Martha Hostettler’s sheltie dogs. Martha’s father suspects her suitor, Luke Friesen, is responsible. Martha and Luke investigate as the violence increases. 2008.

Shadow of the Moon    RC 67558
18 hours 19 minutes
by M.M. Kaye
read by David Cutler
English captain Alex Randall escorts young Winter de Ballesteros to India in preparation for her marriage to her distant, much-older cousin Conway Barton, the commissioner of Lunjore. But as the country plunges into the Indian Mutiny of 1857, it is Alex who helps Winter endure danger and hardship. 1956.

Top of the Heap     DB/RC 67571
6 hours 15 minutes
by Erle Stanley Gardner
read by Gregory Gorton
Gangster’s girlfriend Maurine Auburn mysteriously vanishes from a nightclub. John Carver Billings, the last man seen with Maurine, hires PI Donald Lam to substantiate his alibi. Donald soon uncovers a mining scam, an illegal casino, a double homicide—and an opportunity to make a small fortune. Some strong language. 1952.

Cutting Loose     DB/RC 67575
9 hours 47 minutes
by Susan Andersen
read by Colleen Delany
Curator Jane Kaplinski and her two friends inherit the mansion and collections of a wealthy woman who befriended them as children. Jane has a bad first impression of the contractor they hire to work on the mansion, but soon sparks fly. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Endless Night     DB/RC 67578
6 hours 36 minutes
by Agatha Christie
read by David Cutler
England. Chauffeur Michael Rogers’s dream of owning a beautiful home seems out of reach until he marries American oil heiress Ellie Goodman. Despite warnings from locals and other sinister omens, they acquire a property rumored to be cursed by gypsies. Michael soon succumbs to the resident evil. Some strong language. 1967.

The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery         DB/RC 67580
10 hours 29 minutes
by Steve Hockensmith
read by Robert Sams
San Francisco, 1890s. Following a brief but disastrous stint as railway police, unemployed detective Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Big Red venture into the seedy underworld of Chinatown’s opium dens and brothels. The siblings seek a beautiful—and elusive—woman in connection with a murder. Strong language. 2008.

Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3     DB/RC 67581
12 hours 26 minutes
by Jim Butcher
read by Gregory Gorton
Hostile ghosts seem to be targeting professional wizard Harry Dresden and his friends, wreaking havoc throughout Chicago. Before he becomes a ghost himself, Harry tries to figure out which of his many enemies wants him dead. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

Tanner’s Virgin: An Evan Tanner Mystery     DB/RC 67582
5 hours 23 minutes
by Lawrence Block
read by Gregory Gorton
Phaedra Harrow stayed with Evan Tanner for a month, refusing to relinquish her virginity. Now Phaedra has disappeared into Afghanistan, and her distraught mother asks Evan to attempt a dangerous rescue. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1968.

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings     DB/RC 67588
11 hours 17 minutes
by S.M. Stirling
read by Michael Scherer
Alternate twenty-first century. Earth archaeologist Jeremy Wainman travels to Mars to study the lost city of Rema-Dza. Jeremy’s guide is Teyud za-Zhalt, a mercenary who conceals her true connections to the ancient Crimson Dynasty. Sequel to The Sky People (RC 64337). Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Hot Stuff     DB/RC 67590
8 hours 33 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Colleen Delany
Manhattan. The Jordan sisters—Annabelle, Sophie, and Micki—work at the Hot Zone sports agency. After a public break-up, Annabelle swears off men. Everything changes when she does PR for ex-football player Brandon Vaughn, who is helping kids with learning disabilities. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Dingo     DB/RC 67602
4 hours 58 minutes
by Charles De Lint
read by Mark Ashby
High school student Miguel and his longtime enemy Johnny fall in love with Lainey and Em, twin sisters from Australia. The twins shape-shift into dingoes to avoid a cursed ancestor who reaches out to Miguel and Johnny through dreams. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Genghis: Lords of the Bow; a Novel of Genghis Khan         DB/RC 67611
15 hours 19 minutes
by Conn Iggulden
read by Ken Kliban
Asia, twelfth century. Having consolidated power over the tribes of his homeland, Mongol warrior Genghis leads his army across the Gobi Desert to attack Xi Xia and the walled empire of the Chin. Sequel to Genghis: Birth of an Empire (RC 67044). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Judas Horse: An Ana Grey Mystery     DB/RC 67619
14 hours 0 minutes
by April Smith
read by Alice Rosengard
FBI agent Ana Grey, last seen in Good Morning, Killer (RC 56612), goes undercover to infiltrate the anarchist group responsible for the death of her mentor Steve Crawford. Ana discovers a former FBI official belongs to the ecoterrorist gang. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Woman’s Place     DB/RC 67644
16 hours 11 minutes
by Lynn Austin
read by Suzanne Toren
After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, four diverse women take shipyard jobs in Michigan to help the war effort. They all struggle with personal problems: Virginia tires of pampering her ungrateful husband; middle-aged Helen loses her faith; Rosa lives with her new in-laws; and Jean yearns for college. 2006.

Can I Get a Witness?     DB/RC 67654
8 hours 39 minutes
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Gail Nelson
Houston. Workaholic divorce-court judge Vanessa Colton-Kirk confronts the possible end of her own marriage when she discovers that her husband Thomas is having an affair. Meanwhile, Vanessa’s sister Dionne also faces man troubles. Dionne’s lover, who is supposed to be getting a divorce, has another girlfriend. 2008.

A Pinch of Snuff: A Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery         DB/RC 67656
9 hours 18 minutes
by Reginald Hill
read by Steven Crossley
Inspector Peter Pascoe gets a lead from his dentist that an actress in an adult film may have been injured or killed. Pascoe investigates the Calliope Kinema Club, a controversial pornography house in posh Wilkinson Square. Everything seems legal until proprietor Gilbert Haggard turns up dead. Some strong language. 1978.

The Indian Clerk     DB/RC 67675
17 hours 36 minutes
by David Leavitt
read by Gary Tipton
Trinity College, Cambridge; 1913. English mathematician G.H. Hardy discovers a math genius in self-taught Madras, India, bank clerk Srinivasa Ramanujan. Wanting to mentor the young man, Hardy asks don Eric Neville and his wife Alice to bring Ramanujan to England. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Gypsy Morph: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3         DB/RC 67681
13 hours 17 minutes
by Terry Brooks
read by Jack Fox
As Knights of the Word, Logan Tom and Angel Perez struggle to protect elves and the gypsy morph—humanity’s last hope of salvation—from demons and once-men. Meanwhile, a band of refugees seeks safety in the ruins of America’s Pacific Northwest. Sequel to The Elves of Cintra       (RC 65540). Some violence. 2008.

Paying the Piper: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel         DB/RC 67693
4 hours 58 minutes
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson and her beau Cameron travel to Cameron’s native Scotland, where Elizabeth helps an archaeological team study megalithic monuments. When the group becomes stranded at the remote Highland site and a bagpipe-playing American mysteriously dies, Elizabeth fears there is a killer in their midst. 1988.

Stories     DB/RC 67694
20 hours 22 minutes
by Anton Chekhov
read by Fred Major
Thirty tales by Russian playwright and author Anton Chekhov (1860–1904). Includes brief early pieces such as “The Huntsman” and later works marked by symbolism, irony, and social commentary. In “Ward No. 6” a doctor at a mental hospital becomes a patient. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 2000.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 19         DB/RC 67696
31 hours 35 minutes
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Alec Volz
Twenty-six tales of horror, fantasy, and the supernatural. Includes Steven Erikson’s “This Rich Evil Sound,” Neil Gaiman’s “The Witch’s Headstone,” and Glen Hirshberg’s “Miss Ill-Kept Runt,” among others. Provides a genre overview for 2007, authors’ biographies, and useful addresses. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

General Practice: A Sector General Omnibus, Volume 3         DB/RC 67700
16 hours 34 minutes
by James White
read by Jack Fox
Omnibus containing the seventh and eighth volumes in the Sector General series. In Code Blue—Emergency warrior-surgeon Cha Thrat uses her many agile limbs to assist in healing. In The Genocidal Healer surgeon-captain Lioren blames himself for an ill-conceived cure for a plague that nearly annihilates an entire sentient species. 2003.

Just Breathe     DB/RC 67740
12 hours 29 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After her twelfth artificial insemination attempt, cartoonist Sarah Moon catches her husband with another woman. She leaves Chicago and returns to her northern California hometown. Sarah finds an unlikely friend in former classmate Will Bonner, a single dad raising his stepdaughter. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Vixen 03: A Dirk Pitt Novel     DB/RC 67746
11 hours 41 minutes
by Clive Cussler
read by Jim Zeiger
Dirk Pitt discovers the sunken wreckage of Vixen 03, a military aircraft that crashed while carrying a deadly biological agent during a top-secret mission in 1954. When some of the cargo goes missing, Dirk fears a terrorist attack. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1978.

Harbingers: A Repairman Jack Novel     DB/RC 67761
11 hours 14 minutes
by F. Paul Wilson
read by Mary Kane
Paranormal fix-it guy Repairman Jack looks for a friend’s missing niece. When a mysterious group rescues her first, Jack discovers that the kidnapping was part of the eternal war between two vast cosmic forces. Jack is now designated the Heir, but at a terrible price. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Stalking Susan     DB/RC 67775
10 hours 6 minutes
by Julie Kramer
read by Margaret Strom
Minneapolis investigative reporter Riley Spartz receives a cold-case tip from a retiring cop friend. Two women named Susan were murdered in similar ways, exactly a year apart. As Riley discovers more Susan victims, “sweeps month” looms—and so does the murder date. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

In the Country of Men     DB/RC 67794
7 hours 10 minutes
by Hisham Matar
read by Mark Ashby
Twenty-four-year-old Suleiman Faraj el-Dewani, exiled in Egypt, remembers the summer of 1979 when he was nine years old and living with his parents  in Tripoli, Libya. He recalls childhood games disturbed by sinister phone calls, his father’s business trips, his mother’s “medicinal” confidences, and the political unrest. Booker Award finalist. 2006.

Bloodline: A Repairman Jack Novel     DB/RC 67797
12 hours 32 minutes
by F. Paul Wilson
read by Mary Kane
Recovering from the events in Harbingers (RC 67761), fix-it guy Repairman Jack finally agrees to take a case. Christy Pickering wants dirt on her teenaged daughter’s new love interest. After Jack discovers that Christy’s previous investigator is dead, he agrees the boyfriend definitely has a dark side. Strong language. 2007.

The Rocky Mountain Company: The Rocky Mountain Company, Book 1     DB/RC 67805
13 hours 33 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by John Polk
1841. Businessman Guy Straus and  his partners, frontiersman Brokenleg Fitzhugh and fur trader Jamie Dance, form the Rocky Mountain Trading Company and head west with their wives to open a trading post. But they face many obstacles, including deceptive Indians, murderous rivals, and a lone gunman bent on revenge. 1991.

Heart of the World: A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery         DB/RC 67807
12 hours 32 minutes
by Linda Barnes
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Boston cop-turned-PI Carlotta Carlyle drops everything when she learns Paolina, the fifteen-year-old girl Carlotta has befriended as a big sister, is missing. Paolina’s mother dismisses the absence as running away, but Carlotta follows the few clues to Colombia, where Paolina’s birth father lives. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Maisie Dobbs     DB/RC 67808
9 hours 32 minutes
by Jacqueline Winspear
read by Jill Fox
Thirteen-year-old Maisie is lucky to be a maid in the home of a wealthy London suffragette who sees to her education. Maisie becomes a private investigator in 1929 after serving as a nurse during the Great War. Her first case involves a shelter for wounded veterans. 2003.

Matter: A Culture Novel     DB/RC 67810
20 hours 49 minutes
by Iain M. Banks
read by Gary Tipton
Ferbin, heir to the embattled world of Sursamen, survives an assassination attempt that claims his father, King Hausk. Ferbin locates his sister Djan in the Culture, a technologically advanced interstellar civilization, and the siblings seek revenge against their father’s killer. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Home     DB/RC 67811
12 hours 13 minutes
by Marilynne Robinson
read by Jill Fox
Events concurrent with those in Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead (RC 59561). Like his friend and fellow minister John Ames, Robert Boughton is dying. Boughton’s daughter and his long-estranged son return home to care for him—and to take refuge from their own troubled lives. 2008.

Trading Dreams at Midnight     DB/RC 67818
9 hours 26 minutes
by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
read by Erin Jones
Philadelphia. Nan raises her granddaughters Neena and Tish after Nan’s mentally ill daughter Freeda abandons the girls. Neena spends her adult life searching for her mother and preying on married men for money. When Tish suffers through a fragile pregnancy, the family regroups. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

Mars Life     DB/RC 67819
12 hours 12 minutes
by Ben Bova
read by Fred Major
Anthropologist Carter Carleton discovers village remains on Mars—proof that intelligent life once existed there. On Earth the New Morality religious movement campaigns to cut funding for Mars exploration. Scientist Jamie Waterman, who is Navajo, tries to save the program while Carter uncovers the vanished Martians’ fate. Some strong language. 2008.

Blood Memory: A Catherine McLeod Mystery         DB/RC 67820
10 hours 34 minutes
by Margaret Coel
read by Jill Fox
Denver reporter Catherine McLeod, the target of an unknown assailant, retreats to her wealthy ex-husband Lawrence Stern’s ranch. While Catherine covers a Native tribe lawsuit to reclaim ancestral lands and learns of her own part-Arapaho heritage, her life is again threatened. Some violence. 2008.

The Best Western Stories of Loren D. Estleman         DB/RC 67823
4 hours 35 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Roy Avers
Tales of the American frontier by prizewinning western and mystery writer. In “A Web of Books” a stranger introducing himself as an insurance investigator consults a New Mexico bookstore owner, who was formerly a policeman, about a rare-book thief, who is later found murdered. 1989.

See You down the Road     DB/RC 67849
4 hours 53 minutes
by Kim Ablon Whitney
read by Erin Jones
Sixteen-year-old Irish American Bridget Daugherty questions her family’s nomadic and criminal lifestyle. Her parents pressure her to quit school, marry, and help them in their shady business enterprises, while Bridget yearns for a different life. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

Of Blood and Sorrow: A Tamara Hayle Mystery         DB/RC 67853
6 hours 21 minutes
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
New Jersey PI Tamara Hayle rejects a request to help shady Lilah Love reclaim her baby from Lilah’s sister. Hours later the baby’s paternal grandfather asks Tamara to get the baby for him. But Lilah’s murder changes the case. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Associate     DB/RC 67858
11 hours 15 minutes
by John Grisham
read by L.J. Ganser
A college misdeed comes back to haunt Yale law-school graduate Kyle McAvoy when he is blackmailed into working at a Wall Street firm that is handling a multibillion dollar lawsuit involving a Pentagon contract. Forced into stealing documents, Kyle soon realizes he is in over his head. Bestseller. 2009.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon     DB/RC 67862
8 hours 42 minutes
by David Michaels
read by Roy Avers
Captain Scott Mitchell and his elite team of covert special forces known as the Ghosts infiltrate China’s coast to stop the Spring Tigers, a renegade military group plotting to seize Taiwan. When Mitchell discovers that an old nemesis is aiding the enemy, the mission becomes personal. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Salvation in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery     DB/RC 67912
11 hours 18 minutes
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When Father Miguel Flores dies after drinking wine laced with cyanide during a funeral mass, NYPD lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates. As Eve learns the true identity of the priest, a prominent evangelist is also lethally poisoned. Strong language, explicit de- scriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Sunset: Sunrise, Book 4     DB/RC 67914
11 hours 58 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
Bloomington, Indiana. John Baxter begins the difficult task of selling the family home before his remarriage. Dayne and Katy Matthews return from Hollywood to start a family and operate a local theater. Other family members rely on their faith as they contend with problems. 2008.

Bones: An Alex Delaware Novel     DB/RC 67945
11 hours 44 minutes
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Psychologist Alex Delaware and LA cop Lieutenant Milo investigate the murder of music teacher Selena Bass, whose corpse, with a hand missing, is discovered with other bodies in a marsh. Clues lead to Selena’s wealthy student Kelvin Vander and his parents’ estate manager. Violence and strong language. 2008.

The Moviegoer     DB/RC 68008
8 hours 25 minutes
by Walker Percy
read by Jim Zeiger
New Orleans. Apathetic young businessman and avid movie fan Binx Bolling undertakes a quest for authenticity that outrages his family, endangers his aunt’s fragile stepdaughter Kate, and leads him into the chaos of Mardi Gras—during which he opens up to love. Some strong language.   National Book Award. 1960.

Star Wars: Coruscant Nights II, Street of Shadows         DB/RC 68071
8 hours 26 minutes
by Michael Reaves
read by Christopher Hurt
Dejah Duare enlists Jedi-for-hire Jax Pavan to help her escape Coruscant with her partner, light sculptor Ves Volette, whose work resembles the energy signatures of lightsabers. When Volette is murdered, Jax and his allies track a killer. Sequel to Coruscant Nights I, Jedi Twilight (RC 67643). 2008.

Collateral Damage: Revenge of the Sisterhood         DB/RC 68076
8 hours 8 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
FBI agent Erin Powell, a childhood friend of Myra’s daughter, is ordered to bring down the Sisterhood. Meanwhile, Charles offers the ladies—Myra, Annie, Alexis, Yoko, Kathryn, Nikki, and Isabelle—an assignment that could lead to a presidential pardon. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Sealed Letter     DB/RC 68079
14 hours 31 minutes
by Emma Donoghue
read by Lisette Lecat
London, 1864. Thirty-six-year-old Helen Codrington reclaims her friendship with women’s rights advocate Emily (Fido) Faithfull, revealing an extramarital affair and involving Fido in the courtroom drama of her divorce from Admiral Harry Codrington. Husband and wife each pressure Fido to support their side or risk consequences to her reputation. 2008.

Testimony     DB/RC 68084
9 hours 2 minutes
by Anita Shreve
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Three drunken senior basketball players at a private Vermont high school are videotaped engaging in sexual acts with a willing fourteen-year-old girl. The incident affects the students’ lives and the lives of their families and friends—culminating in tragedy. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Kissing Christmas Goodbye: An Agatha Raisin Mystery         DB/RC 68104
6 hours 44 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
English Cotswolds. Wealthy matriarch Phyllis Tamworthy, suspecting that a family member is trying to kill her, hires detective Agatha Raisin. Soon after, Phyllis is fatally poisoned. Agatha investigates while planning a holiday dinner to woo her ex, James, and training a new employee, a teenager, who makes her feel old. 2007.

Arctic Drift: A Dirk Pitt Novel     DB/RC 68120
14 hours 15 minutes
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
read by Jim Zeiger
Boaters mysteriously die in British Columbia, an explosion targets a scientist with a global-warming remedy, and U.S.-Canadian tensions rise. National Underwater and Marine Agency’s Dirk Pitt and his offspring link the incidents to a long-ago arctic expedition and a present-day plot to exacerbate America’s energy crisis. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Jerk, California     DB/RC 68141
9 hours 59 minutes
by Jonathan Friesen
read by Erik Sandvold
Isolated at school and tormented by his stepdad, Minnesota high school senior Sam Carrier feels defined by his Tourette syndrome. But long-distance running, his deceased father’s friend George, a girl named Naomi, and a road trip to Jerk, California, change his perspective. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Schneider Family Book Award. 2008.

Western Union     DB/RC 68230
9 hours 26 minutes
by Zane Grey
read by Jim Zeiger
1861. Wayne Cameron leaves Boston to seek his fortune out West. The tenderfoot joins a crew of Western Union workers constructing a telegraph line along the Oregon Trail. Wayne and his friends cross hundreds of miles of mountains and treeless plains full of buffalo, hostile Indians, and other perils. 1939.

Flesh and Blood: A Frank Elder Mystery         DB/RC 68232
12 hours 5 minutes
by John Harvey
read by Jim Zeiger
When retired inspector Frank Elder learns that troubled Shane Donald has been released from prison, Elder is compelled to revisit the fourteen-year-old case of a missing girl he thought Donald and an accomplice may have killed. Then another girl disappears. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Fifth Floor     DB/RC 68233
7 hours 39 minutes
by Michael Harvey
read by Jim Zeiger
A former girlfriend hires PI Michael Kelly, from The Chicago Way (RC 64549), to help her escape an abusive marriage. The husband, a “fixer” for the mayor’s office, leads Kelly to the scene of a murder that appears to be connected with the historic Chicago fire. Some strong language. 2008.

Cruel Intent: An Ali Reynolds Mystery     DB/RC 68240
8 hours 35 minutes
by J.A. Jance
read by Kristin Allison
Ali Reynolds is in the midst of renovating her Sedona house for a television show when Bryan Forester, her contractor, is accused of murdering his wife. Ali’s rush to prove Bryan’s innocence puts her in the path of a serial killer. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Good Luck     DB/RC 68260
9 hours 57 minutes
by Whitney Gaskell
read by Kristin Allison
On the same day that teacher Lucy Parker loses her job and car and finds her boyfriend cheating, she wins the Florida Lottery. Lucy heads for Palm Beach to plan the future and falls in love with a tennis pro. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Your Heart Belongs to Me     DB/RC 68412
8 hours 37 minutes
by Dean Koontz
read by Malcolm Hillgartner
Thirty-four-year-old California Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry endures a successful organ transplant only to be stalked a year later by a mysterious woman wanting her heart back. Ryan’s fear leads to suspicion of his lover Samantha and his servants. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Final Justice: Revenge of the Sisterhood         DB/RC 68417
8 hours 4 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
The seven women of the Sisterhood, seeking a pardon, maneuver Bert Navarro into the position of FBI director. Meanwhile, Myra and Annie help Beatrice, a childhood friend, extricate Beatrice’s gambler daughter from a dangerous situation in Las Vegas. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

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Books for Children

Nonfiction

Should I Play the Drums?    RC 66270
0 hours 42 minutes
by Tom Crask
read by Bill Wallace
Traces the history of drums—some of the oldest and simplest of instruments—and describes their modern-day complexity. Explains the versatility of drums and the variety of music played on these percussion instruments. Introduces famous drummers and suggests resources for learning more about drums. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve    RC 66528
1 hour 48 minutes
retold by Caitlín Matthews
read by Laura Giannarelli
Eight folktales of Scottish, Russian, Inuit, Austrian, Czech, and Jewish origin that are traditionally told in winter. In “The Winter Cabin” barnyard animals, who escape slaughter by running away to the forest, frighten a wolf from their home. Brief introductions provide background information. For grades 3-6. 2007.

The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America     DB/RC 66916
11 hours 12 minutes
by Albert Marrin
read by Patrick Downer
Examines the life, political career, and legacy of the twenty-sixth U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Discusses his illnesses and determination to lead an adventurous life. Explains his expansion of presidential powers, conservation of natural resources, and promotion of the nation as a world power. For grades 6-9. 2007.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Boys     DB/RC 67569
6 hours 54 minutes
by Lynda Madaras
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Explains what boys go through when puberty begins, which can occur as early as age eight or as late as age fifteen. Discusses gaining height, weight, and strength; growing body hair; and experiencing changes in sexual organs, including having more erections. For grades 4-7. 2008.

When Is a Planet Not a Planet? The Story of Pluto         DB/RC 67597
0 hours 56 minutes
by Elaine Scott
read by Mary Kane
Concise history of astronomy explains the traditional notion that nine planets orbit the Sun. Describes the discoveries of planet-like objects and the 2006 process in which astronomers changed Pluto’s classification from a planet to a dwarf planet, leaving eight true planets in our solar system. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem         DB/RC 67603
2 hours 1 minute
by Jack Prelutsky
read by Mark Ashby
The first Children’s Poet Laureate, whose many works include A Pizza the Size of the Sun (RC 43413) and It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles (RC 52558), offers insights into his own thought processes for creating poems. Provides tips for writing verse and ten beginnings for poems. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Earthquakes     DB/RC 67720
1 hour 3 minutes
by Judy Fradin and Dennis Fradin
read by Kristin Allison
Features eyewitness accounts of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake and the huge tsunami it generated. Explains the science and vocabulary of seismology and the scale used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes. Discusses prediction capability and some major historical earthquakes around the world. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Dirt on Dirt     DB/RC 67817
1 hour 28 minutes
by Paulette Bourgeois
read by Kerry Dukin
Presents facts about earth and related topics—mud, stains, sand, quicksand, archaeology, gardening, earthworms, and plate tectonics. Features activities: making mud cakes you can eat; making humus for gardens; growing a hideaway; mixing oil and water with soap; and casting footprints with plaster of Paris. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Grow It, Cook It     DB/RC 67838
2 hours 12 minutes
edited by Jill Bloomfield
read by Carol Dines
Explains gardening basics. Recommends proper container sizes for growing tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, pumpkins, beans, potatoes, carrots, onions, spinach, lettuce, mint, strawberries, blueberries, lemons, and sunflowers. Step-by-step recipes feature these fresh ingredients in stir-fry dishes, frittatas, muffins, pies, soups, and more. Parent participation necessary. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2008.

The Puzzle of the Platypus: And Other Explorations of Science in Action     DB/RC 67844
1 hour 0 minutes
by Jack Myers
read by Leslie Stewart
Discusses eleven challenges for scientists investigating the animal world such as finding polar bears’ secret dens; studying dolphins’ sonar; determining whether the platypus is bird, reptile, or mammal; protecting Mongolian wild horses; and discovering particular characteristics of elephants, crows, rattlesnakes, parrots, and cliff swallows. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher     DB/RC 67852
1 hour 43 minutes
by Marfé Ferguson Delano
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Covers the life of Annie Sullivan (1866–1936), which changed dramatically in 1887 when she met blind and deaf pupil seven-year-old Helen Keller. Examines their breakthrough in communication, rise to fame, financial difficulties, and constant mutual respect and devotion. For grades 4-7. 2008.

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Fiction

The Way    RC 65613
3 hours 19 minutes
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Dave Corey
New student Cody LeBeau quickly becomes the target of bullies. Learning martial arts skills and the ways of his Abenaki Indian ancestors from his uncle John help Cody gain confidence. Using his own quick wits, Cody thwarts a school shooting. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Reaching for Sun    RC 66052
1 hour 28 minutes
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
read by Celeste Lawson
Josie, born with cerebral palsy, lives with her mother and grandmother, who both love gardening. When a lonely boy, Jordan, moves in nearby, he and Josie relate through their interest in nature, and Josie makes her first friend. For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Book Award. 2007.

Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday    RC 66314
0 hours 41 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Victoria Gordon
While Judy Moody is writing her long wish list of Christmas presents, her brother Stink talks to the new mailman, Jack Frost, about the only thing he wants for Christmas: snow. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Darkwing     RC 66525
10 hours 28 minutes
by Kenneth Oppel
read by Mark Delgado
Earth, early Paleocene epoch, 65 million years ago. With the dinosaurs dying out, new species with changing abilities appear. Among them is Carnassial, with a taste for eating meat, and Dusk, an early bat, whose special gifts guide his colony to safety. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Dark Day in the Deep Sea: Magic Tree House, Book 39    RC 66533
1 hour 33 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Kate Kiley
Jack and his sister Annie travel back in time to the 1870s and meet sailors and scientists aboard the HMS Challenger—the first ship dedicated to scientific exploration. While learning about mysterious ocean creatures, Jack and Annie discover another of the four secrets of happiness. For grades 2-4. 2008.

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Book 1    RC 66634
4 hours 16 minutes
by Nancy Springer
read by Jill Fox
England, 1888. When her sixty-four-year-old mother disappears on Enola’s fourteenth birthday, Enola sends telegrams to her much-older brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. After deciphering why her mother left, Enola escapes to London to search for her and becomes involved in a second mystery. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Good Luck, Ivy: An American Girl, 1976; Book 7    RC 66643
1 hour 38 minutes
by Lisa Yee
read by Kerry Dukin
San Francisco, 1976. Ten-year-old Ivy Ling—best friends with Julie Albright from Meet Julie (RC 65860)—faces a big decision. The Ling family reunion is scheduled on the same day as the all-city gymnastics tournament. Ivy’s team is counting on her and so are her parents. 2007.

The Big Field    RC 66686
5 hours 35 minutes
by Mike Lupica
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Eighth-grader Keith “Hutch” Hutchinson relinquishes his favorite position, shortstop, to talented newcomer Darryl Williams. During the summer, Hutch simmers with resentment, but he becomes a better team player at second base. Hutch also reconnects with his father, who once wanted to be a baseball professional. For grades 5-8. 2008.

After Tupac and D Foster    RC 66700
3 hours 19 minutes
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Colleen Delany
Eleven-year-olds Neeka and her best friend meet newcomer “D Foster” and the three girls become a team. When their hero, rapper Tupac, is shot, they decide to have a “big purpose” as Tupac did and stay friends forever—but D’s mom returns. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 2008.

Fire and Ice: Warriors, Book 2     DB/RC 66710
8 hours 45 minutes
by Erin Hunter
read by Patrick Downer
Now a full-fledged warrior cat, Fireheart confronts problems in the forest. WindClan is missing and hostilities among the three remaining clans place all cats in danger. Fireheart faces questions of loyalty and the possibility of betrayal from within his own group, ThunderClan. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2003.

One Hundred Cupboards, Book 1     DB/RC 66869
7 hours 20 minutes
by N.D. Wilson
read by John Polk
While visiting his cousins in Kansas, Henry York discovers small knobs protruding from the plaster of his attic room and uncovers many different cupboard doors—portals to other worlds. Henry and his younger cousin Henrietta explore some worlds and realize that other doors should not be opened. For grades 4-7. 2007.

El Cid    RC 66873
3 hours 37 minutes
retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
read by Bruce Huntey
Recounts the feats and adventures of the legendary medieval Spanish hero El Cid—from his banishment from court to his battles with the Moors in southern Spain to his capture of the stronghold of Valencia and his last journey. For grades 5-8. 1989.

Forest of Secrets: Warriors, Book 3     DB/RC 66895
8 hours 45 minutes
by Erin Hunter
read by Patrick Downer
As allegiances shift among the warrior clans in the forest, every cat has something to hide. Fireheart, determined to learn the truth about former ThunderClan deputy Redtail’s mysterious death, uncovers secrets that put himself in danger. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Christopher Counting     DB/RC 66919
0 hours 7 minutes
by Valeri Gorbachev
read by Steven Carpenter
After Christopher Rabbit learns to count to ten in school, he loves the idea of counting so much that he counts everything everywhere. Finally at bedtime he sees something impossible to count, and his mother tucks him into bed with one kiss. For preschool-grade 2. 2008.

Rising Storm: Warriors, Book 4     DB/RC 66941
8 hours 34 minutes
by Erin Hunter
read by Patrick Downer
As summer blazes through the forest, Fireheart faces increasing dangers. Fireheart’s apprentice Cloudpaw runs away, banished enemy Tigerclaw might seek revenge, and clan leader Bluestar is demoralized. Meanwhile a deadly fire threatens ThunderClan. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2004.

The Empty Kingdom: The Mark of Solomon, Book 2    RC 67128
6 hours 33 minutes
by Elizabeth E. Wein
read by John Polk
In The Lion Hunter (RC 67090) Telemakos took refuge with Abreha, ruler of Himyar. Now he is Abreha’s prisoner, separated from his beloved sister and unable to send messages of his predicament to his family in faraway Aksum. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Clue at the Bottom of the Lake: Cabin Creek Mysteries, Book 2    RC 67130
1 hour 47 minutes
by Kristiana Gregory
read by Jack Fox
Alerted by their dog in the middle of the night, Jeff and his brother David watch a fishing boat dump a large bundle overboard near Lost Island. Suspecting foul play, the boys and their cousin Claire investigate. Sequel to The Secret of Robber’s Cave (RC 67099). For grades 3-6. 2008.

A Dangerous Path: Warriors, Book 5         DB/RC 67198
8 hours 36 minutes
by Erin Hunter
read by Patrick Downer
Fireheart’s old enemy Tigerclaw is back and more dangerous than ever as the new leader of ShadowClan. But other enemies, including a new force invading the forest, threaten all cats. Meanwhile Fireheart’s leader, Bluestar, has lost faith in the wildcats’ warrior ancestors. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2004.

The Darkest Hour: Warriors, Book 6     DB/RC 67230
8 hours 39 minutes
by Erin Hunter
read by Patrick Downer
Fireheart, now called Firestar, leads ThunderClan in the battle against the deadliest threat to ever appear in the forest. His enemy Tigerstar’s quest for power imperils every wildcat. The young warrior Firestar needs all his skills to save his friends and himself. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Fire from the Rock     DB/RC 67232
6 hours 56 minutes
by Sharon M. Draper
read by Colleen Delany
Little Rock, Arkansas; 1957. Fifteen-year-old Sylvia Patterson’s normal teenage life is disrupted when she is selected to be part of the first group of African American students to integrate an all-white high school. Everyone has an opinion about what she should do. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Smiles to Go     DB/RC 67565
5 hours 15 minutes
by Jerry Spinelli
read by Joe Peck
Ninth-grader Will Tuppence lists his priorities: astronomy, best friends BT and Mi-Su, chess, and his skateboard Black Viper. His pesky little sister Tabby doesn’t become a priority until she makes a bid for his attention that lands her in the hospital. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Hurricane     DB/RC 67576
2 hours 50 minutes
by Terry Trueman
read by Mark Ashby
When Hurricane Mitch hits La Rupa, Honduras, in 1998, thirteen-year-old José overcomes his personal fears to help his mother and neighbors. After a mudslide sweeps his village away, José, the oldest male at home, aids survivors and looks for food. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Doppelganger: The Bloodwater Mysteries, Book 3         DB/RC 67584
3 hours 27 minutes
by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue
read by Mark Delgado
Teen sleuth Roni Delicata finds a photo on a missing-children’s web site that resembles her friend Brian Bain. That same day Brian’s picture appears in a local newspaper, bringing unwelcome attention from some shady characters. Does Brian have a double? Sequel to Skullduggery (RC 66288). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Facts of Life: Stories     DB/RC 67604
3 hours 48 minutes
by Gary Soto
read by Mary Kane
Ten short stories that explore decisive moments. In “Where Did I Go Wrong?” seventh-grader Mickey Cortez agrees to help a stranger move a television for good pay. But in the process Mickey realizes the man is a thief, and Mickey doesn’t want to be one too. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts! The First Experiment     DB/RC 67605
1 hour 42 minutes
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
read by Erik Synnestvedt
At the beginning of fourth grade, Mac’s best friend Marcus moves away, and Mac is stuck with the new boy—Mac R., whom nobody likes—as his partner for the science fair. But then Mac discovers that Mac R.’s real name is Ben and he’s a natural-born artist. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Brisingr; or, The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular: Inheritance, Book 3     DB/RC 67690
30 hours 36 minutes
by Christopher Paolini
read by John Polk
The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against evil king Galbatorix. Sequel to Eldest (RC 62496). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Zenith     DB/RC 67733
8 hours 46 minutes
by Julie Bertagna
read by Mare Trevathan
Finding that New Mungo is not a haven, Mara leaves Fox behind and sets off with a ship full of refugees. Aided by the gypsea boy Tuck, Mara seeks safety from flooding at the top of the world. Sequel to Exodus (RC 67465). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Slimed!     DB/RC 67764
2 hours 3 minutes
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Fourth-grade scientist Mac experiments with mold and agrees to help Aretha grow penicillin. But Mac also promises Ben to run his campaign for class president. And then Mac deals with his new babysitter—the teenage-girl space alien who loves pink. Sequel to Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts! The First Experiment (RC 67605). For grades 3-6. 2007.

Go Big or Go Home     DB/RC 67783
3 hours 55 minutes
by Will Hobbs
read by Michael Scherer
Black Hills, South Dakota. Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love all things extreme but are unprepared for what happens when a meteorite the size of a potato crashes into Brady’s bedroom. Then Brady’s enemies, the Carver brothers, challenge the cousins for ownership of the rock. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Shooting the Moon     DB/RC 67787
2 hours 45 minutes
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
read by Mary Kane
Twelve-year-old Jamie Dexter, an army colonel’s daughter, is thrilled when her eighteen-year-old brother TJ enlists to go to Vietnam. Instead of letters, TJ sends Jamie film that he wants her to develop for him. Through the pictures, Jamie gains a new perspective on war. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Sky Inside     DB/RC 67840
6 hours 18 minutes
by Clare B. Dunkle
read by Jack Fox
Thirteen-year-old Martin represents the transitional generation between his parents, who remember the natural world, and his younger, genetically engineered sister Cassie, who only knows life in their artificial-dome neighborhood. When Cassie and her age group are taken away, it is Martin who leaves to investigate. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The White Giraffe     DB/RC 67843
4 hours 24 minutes
by Lauren St. John
read by Jill Fox
Suddenly orphaned, eleven-year-old Martine leaves England to stay with an unfamiliar grandmother living on a wildlife sanctuary and game reserve in South Africa. One stormy night Martine sights a legendary white giraffe, which poachers want to capture, and she becomes determined to protect the animal. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Found: The Missing, Book 1     DB/RC 67848
5 hours 58 minutes
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
read by Jack Fox
Seventh-grader Jonah knows that he was adopted. But when he and his friend Chip receive mysterious letters, they learn that they and thirty-four other babies were found on an airplane with no adults on board—a possible time-travel experiment. Now opposing forces want to capture them. For grades 5-8. 2008.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

El Enigma de París (The Paris Enigma)    RC 65971
9 horas 8 minutos
por Pablo De Santis
leído por Peter Pereyra
París, 1889. Los Doce Detectives, los investigadores más famosos del mundo, se reúnen con motivo de la Exposición Universal. Este selecto grupo tiene la misión de revelar al público sus casos más célebres y su concepción del crimen. Cuando uno de los Doce muere misteriosamente, despeñado desde una torre Eiffel en construcción, los otros sospechan la actuación de un asesino en serie. Premio Planeta-Casamérica. (Paris, 1889. The Twelve Detectives, the world’s most famous sleuths, meet at the World’s Fair to exhibit their celebrated cases and to talk about their methods. When one of the dozen falls off the uncompleted Eiffel Tower, the others suspect a serial killer. Planeta-Casamérica Prize.) 2007.

La Casa Infernal (Hell House)    RC 65982
10 horas 51 minutos
por Richard Matheson
leído por María Pino
Diciembre, 1970. Un anciano adinerado ofrece pagar cien mil dólares a un físico, una médium, y un psíquico para investigar la vida después de la muerte en la Casa Belasco, una sombría casa encantada en la costa de Maine. Las anteriores expediciones acabaron en asesinato, suicidio o demencia. Descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. (December, 1970. A wealthy elderly man offers a hundred thousand dollars to a physicist, a medium, and a psychic to investigate life after death in the haunted Belasco House on the Maine coast. Past attempts have led meddlers to madness, suicide, and murder. Explicit descriptions of sex.) 2005.

Travesuras de la Niña Mala (The Bad Girl)    RC 65983
15 horas 51 minutos
por Mario Vargas Llosa
leído por Juan Ramírez
Ricardo Somocurcio busca una vida de éxitos modestos; su deseo más ambicioso es vivir en París. Pero se enamora con Lily, una mujer inquieta e inconformista—“la niña mala”—  que abondona a Ricardo en busca de aventuras y amoríos por todo el mundo. Sin embargo, Ricardo no deja de amarla, y de vez en cuando Lily vuelve a buscarle pidiendo ayuda. Descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. (Ricardo aspires to modest success; his fondest dream is to live in Paris. He falls for vibrant, nonconformist Lily who, true to her bad-girl image, abandons him for worldwide adventures and love affairs—yet returns to him whenever she needs his help. Some explicit descriptions of sex.) 2006.

Como Aprendí Inglés: Cincuenta y Cinco Latinos Realizados Relatan Sus Lecciones de Idioma y Vida (How I Learned English: Fifty-five Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life)    RC 65984
8 horas 47 minutos
editado por Tom Miller
leído por Maria Pino
Presentan ensayos de aclamados artistas, escritores, políticos, y atletas que hablan de sus experiencias aprendiendo inglés y que enfatizan la importancia de aprender inglés—sobre todo para los cuarenta milliones de latinos en todos los Estados Unidos para quienes el inglés es la clave del éxito. (Artists, writers, politicians, athletes, and other accomplished Latinos describe their experiences while taking English classes and share their feelings on the importance of learning English to be successful—especially for the forty million Spanish-speaking people living in the United States.) 2007.

El Buen Nombre (The Namesake)     DB/RC 65987
14 horas 38 minutos
por Jhumpa Lahiri
leído por Juan Ramírez
Treinta años de la vida de Gógol Ganguli, nacido en Boston de padres bengalíes que emigraron de Calcuta en los 1960. Le agobia siendo bengalí de origen, ciudadano americano de primera generación y joven con nombre ruso. Por eso, cambia su nombre legalmente a Nikhil. Pero en camino a su madurez, el nombre “Gógol” sigue pegándole. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual y de lenguaje injurioso. (The coming-of-age of Gogol Ganguli, born to Calcutta immigrants after their 1960s arrival in Boston. As a first-generation American stumbling to maturity, Gogol changes his name to Nikhil but remains burdened by having been named for the Russian writer. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.) 2004.

La Bruja de Portobello (The Witch of Portobello)     DB/RC 65988
8 horas 3 minutos
por Paulo Coelho
leído por María Pino
Una fábula espiritual. Se relata la vida de Athena, una difunta mujer visionaria, conocida como la Bruja de Portobello. Mediante la gente que la conocía—su madre adoptiva, un periodista, una sacerdotisa, un historiador y una actriz—se cuenta de la vida peripatética de Athena y de los poderes que captaba. (In this spiritual fable, friends and relatives recount their memories of Athena, a dead visionary known as the witch of Portobello Road. Their recollections cover her peripatetic life and the powers she learned to harness, especially under the guidance of Edda.) 2006.

Freakonomics: Un Economista Políticamente Incorrecto Explora el Lado Oculto de lo Que Nos Afecta (Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything)     DB/RC 65989
10 horas 19 minutos
por Steven D. Levitt y Stephen J. Dubner
leído por Juan Ramírez
¿Qué tienen en común un maestro de escuela y un luchador de sumo? ¿Por qué viven los traficantes de drogas con sus madres? ¿Qué resulta más peligroso, una pistola o una piscina? Los autores explican cómo la economía rige nuestras acciones, aun cuando se tratan con circumstancias raras y enigmáticas. Lenguaje injurioso. (What do a school teacher and a sumo wrestler have in common? Why do drug dealers live with their mothers? Which is the more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? The authors explain the effects of economics on even offbeat aspects of our lives. Strong language.) 2006.

El Tercer Jesús: El Cristo que No Podemos Ignorar (The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore)     DB/RC 67956
10 horas 12 minutos
por Deepak Chopra
leído por Juan Ramírez
El autor de bestsellers y líder espiritual presenta sus perspectivos sobre Jesús  y habla de lo que Jesús representa a todos—sean cristianos o no. El primer Jesús era hombre real; el segundo era el hijo del Dios de los cristianos; el tercer Jesús es el Cristo cósmico, el guía espiritual cuyas enseñanzas se dirigen a toda la humandiad y vislumbran el camino para alcanzar la compasión, la tolerancia, y la iluminación. (Bestselling author and spiritual leader offers his perspective on what Jesus can teach people of any faith. Portrays Jesus as a spiritual guide to finding enlightenment and a universal teacher of compassion, tolerance, and understanding. Discusses Jesus’s vision and gives advice to the uninitiated.) 2008.

Mag Se Ha Enamorado (Mag’s Fallen in Love)         DB/RC 67957
2 horas 42 minutos
por Corín Tellado
leído por María Pino
A la edad de dieciocho años, Mag es una joven rica pero huérfana que vive con su tía en Filadelfia. Su tía le propone ir a pasar el verano en la finca de su tío, un rico terrateniente en España. Al final Mag accede, aunque no tiene ganas, porque cree que sería un viaje aburrido. Pero al llegar, conoce a Luis, un joven que pertenece al servicio de la casa de su tío. (Rich but orphaned, eighteen-year-old Mag lives with her aunt in Philadelphia. At her aunt’s insistence, she goes to visit her uncle in Spain. Fearing her freedom-loving life will be restricted on her uncle’s estate, Mag plans to be bored. But then she meets Luis.) 1963.

El Clima Está en Nuestras Manos: Historia del Calentamiento Global (We Are the Weather Makers: The Story of Global Warming)         DB/RC 67958
9 horas 23 minutos
por Tim Flannery
leído por Juan Ramírez
El autor cree que somos responsables del cambio mundial del clima a causa del uso creciente de comestibles fósiles y del uso detrimental del  medio ambiente. Flannery apunta los fenómenos como el derretimiento glacial, la subida de los mares, y los cambios extremos del tiempo, y pronostica las consecuencias globales para el futuro. (Conservationist presents evidence that humans are responsible for climate change through increasing fossil-fuel use and other environmentally unsound activities. Flannery points to phenomena such as melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and frequent extremes of weather, and predicts their future effects on global climate.) 2006.

Brida     DB/RC 67959
6 horas 14 minutos
por Paulo Coelho
leído por María Pino
Brida O’Fern, una joven irlandesa, sabe que tiene poderes del oculto. Busca a dos maestros—un mago y una bruja—que la guiarán por su camino místico y espiritual. Al mismo tiempo, Brida tiene que guiarse la vida personal entre los dos hombres que la aman. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Brida O’Fern, a young Irishwoman, discovers she has occult powers and seeks out two masters—a magician and a witch—to guide her on a mystical and spiritual journey to enlightenment. Meanwhile, Brida faces a choice between two men in her personal life. Some descriptions of sex.) 1990.

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