NLS: Talking Book Topics

March-April 2011

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Books for Adults

Books for Children

Foreign Language

Audio Magazines

About Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics is published bimonthly in cassette, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists digital audiobooks and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and covers news of developments and activities in network library services.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online at loc.gov/nls or contact your local cooperating library.

Talking Book Topics is available online in HTML and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/tbt and in downloadable audio files on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at nlsbard.loc.gov.

About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Talking Book Topics are available free of charge to eligible readers for download. To use the BARD service contact your cooperating library or visit nlsbard.loc.gov for more information.

Music scores and instructional materials

Individuals registered for NLS music services may receive braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians through the NLS Music Section.

For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, send an e-mail to nlsm@loc.gov, or visit www.loc.gov/nls/music/index.html.

Where to write

Order talking books through your local cooperating library. To change a Talking Book Topics subscription complete the form on the inside back cover and mail it to your local cooperating library. To find your library check the last pages of this magazine or go online to www.loc.gov/nls/find.html.

Patrons who are American citizens living abroad may request delivery to foreign addresses by contacting the overseas librarian by phone at (202) 707-5100 or e-mail at nls@loc.gov.

Readers who are hard of hearing may contact cooperating libraries by TTY or by a state relay service. To contact NLS by TTY, dial (202) 707-0744.

Send correspondence about editorial matters to: Publications and Media Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington DC, 20542-0002.

Library of Congress, Washington 2011
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In Brief

NLS celebrates its 80th anniversary

Patrons, librarians, advocates for blind people, and others joined the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) on March 3, 2011, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Pratt-Smoot Act. The legislation, signed by President Herbert Hoover on that date in 1931, led to the creation of what would become NLS. It established a national program, administered by the Library of Congress, to distribute embossed books—a predecessor to braille—through a network of regional libraries. Two years later, the Act was amended to include talking books.

The national celebration featured a news conference at the Library’s main building in Washington, D.C. Many libraries in the NLS network also will hold events this year to raise awareness about the talking-book program.

Today the NLS network includes more than one hundred libraries that distribute digital talking books and braille books to a readership of more than 850,000. Patrons can choose from more than 320,000 titles in the NLS International Union Catalog.

NLS ships final audiocassette title

Two years after it began producing talking books on digital cartridges, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has shipped its last book on cassette tape.

The NLS collection currently includes 2.5 million copies of more than 4,000 titles on digital cartridge. All new NLS audiobook titles are now produced on digital cartridges (DBs). These titles also may be downloaded from the Internet through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service, which currently offers more than 20,000 digital talking-book titles and 1,800 issues of digital audio magazines. By the end of this year Talking Book Topics will announce only DB titles. If you do not already have a digital talking-book player, please request one from your network library.

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

Finding films with descriptive audio

Two websites help people who are blind find theaters equipped with the Descriptive Video Service Theatrical (DVS) system, which provides narrated details of key visual elements in a movie via headsets. The website www.mopix.org external link symbol lists theaters equipped with the technology and current films that have descriptive narration, while www.captionfish.com external link symbol allows users to search for accessible theaters by ZIP code and also lists showtimes.

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Books for Adults

Adult Nonfiction

Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945    RC 62489
50 hours 30 minutes
by Tony Judt
read by Don Hagen
The author of The Burden of Responsibility (RC 48188) outlines Europe’s major cultural and intellectual events from post-WWII reconstruction to the aftermath of the fall of communism. Highlights the reduction in power and influence of the continent from its world-level status. Describes a precarious relationship with the United States. 2005.

Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness    RC 64727
12 hours 9 minutes
by Pete Earley
read by Dan Bloom
Journalist describes the contradictions he confronted in mental-health and legal systems when his son Mike was denied treatment after being arrested during a psychotic episode. Details the author’s yearlong investigation of the Miami-Dade County jail, where mentally ill prisoners are routinely confined. Some strong language. 2006.

The Dog Who Came to Stay: A Memoir    RC 64728
7 hours 53 minutes
by Hal Borland
read by Walter Dixon
Nature writer’s affectionate account of his dog Pat, a skinny stray who came to the Borlands’ Connecticut farm one stormy Christmas night and stayed despite their doubts about the canine. Recalls Pat’s exploits in hunting and fishing, brushes with skunks and poachers, and skirmishes with bobcats and porcupines. 1961.

The Truth about Abuse    RC 64729
8 hours 40 minutes
by John Haley and Wendy Stein
read by Dan Bloom
Provides an overview of abuse and defines it as a pattern of behavior used to control another person. Presents A–Z entries describing abuse’s various forms. Includes personal anecdotes from teens covering topics such as bullying, child molestation, date rape, hazing, and domestic violence. For senior high readers. 2005.

Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors    RC 66007
8 hours 33 minutes
by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint
read by Christopher Hurt
Comedian Cosby and psychiatrist Poussaint describe community “call-outs” they held across America to investigate issues challenging African Americans. The authors share these experiences and their own, while suggesting ways to keep families together, provide positive male role models, educate children properly, protect neighborhoods, maintain one’s health, and become financially responsible. 2007.

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril    RC 66016
12 hours 24 minutes
by staff of the Washington Post read by Peter Johnson
Washington Post staff writers examine the experiences of African American men living in the Washington area. The introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones describes growing up without a father in the nation’s capital. Articles address spirituality, parenthood, employment, self-perception, and missed opportu-nities. 2007.

Grisha: The Story of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky    RC 66049
20 hours 10 minutes
by M. Bartley
read by Barbara Rappaport
A fictionalized biography of cellist Gregor “Grisha” Piatigorsky (1903–1976) who, born in tsarist Russia, was the son of a failed musician. Details Piatigorsky’s life as a world-renowned performer who fled Jewish pogroms, the Bolsheviks, and the Nazis before obtaining American citizenship in 1942. Some strong language. 2004.

Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold    RC 66075
9 hours 19 minutes
by Michael Benanav
read by Lewis Grenville
Author recounts traveling in a camel caravan from Mali’s fabled Timbuktu to a remote salt-mining outpost. Describes the grueling forty-day, one-thousand-mile journey during which he survived searing heat and sandstorms, learned to ride and care for camels, and pondered threats to this ancient culture presented by global-ization. 2006.

Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing’s Glory Years    RC 66167
8 hours 13 minutes
by Brock Yates
read by Andy Pyle
Car and Driver editor employs a fictional narrator to chronicle the worst year in professional car racing—1955—when seven drivers and more than eighty spectators were killed at a Le Mans race due to insufficient safety measures. Describes the fearless drivers and horrendous accidents that led to regulations. 2004.

Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France    RC 66253
12 hours 37 minutes
by Floyd Landis
read by Bill Wallace
Memoir of professional cyclist who, after winning the 2006 Tour de France, was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. Chronicles his Mennonite childhood, career highs and lows, and quest to clear his name after the controversy. Denies wrongdoing, citing unreliable labwork and procedural flaws by cycling’s governing body. Some strong language. 2007.

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America    RC 66259
11 hours 35 minutes
by Bill Bryson
read by Guy Williams
Writer describes his cross-country journey to revisit what he deems the “magic places” of his youth, beginning with his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, and including the Rocky Mountains. Reminisces about his childhood and his father as he recounts adventures across thirty-eight states and 13,978 miles. Some strong language. 1989.

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War    RC 66280
8 hours 48 minutes

by Joe Bageant
read by Jim Zeiger
After thirty years away, a journalist returns to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, to reveal the plight of the working-class poor. In eight essays Bageant examines economic issues such as bad schools, inadequate health care, and unemployment. Explores the importance of hunting and religion in rural life. Strong language. 2007.

Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence    RC 66284
5 hours 51 minutes
by Rebecca Walker
read by Colleen Delany
Feminist and biracial author of Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self (RC 52624) chronicles her conflicted journey to motherhood. Recounts her pregnancy, childbirth, and tempestuous relationship with her own mother, novelist Alice Walker. Reflects on the influence and roles of mothers. Some strong language. 2007.

Umbrella Mike: The True Story of the Chicago Gangster behind the Indy 500    RC 66301
5 hours 5 minutes
by Brock Yates
read by Robert Sams
Chronicle of Chicago union leader and gangster Michael J. “Umbrella Mike” Boyle and his passion for winning what sports fans considered to be the greatest, richest, and most dangerous automobile race in the world: the Memorial Day race near Indianapolis, Indiana. 2006.

Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works    RC 66332
8 hours 18 minutes
by Newt Gingrich
read by Lou Harpenau
Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives suggests that Americans are united on most of the important issues facing the nation but that politicians ignore their constituents. Posits that both political parties are failing, offers examples of government reform, and provides possible twenty-first-century solutions. Bestseller. 2008.

How Do You Work This Life Thing? Advice for the Newly Independent on Roommates, Jobs, Sex, and Everything That Counts    RC 66471
8 hours 7 minutes
by Lizzie Post
read by Kristin Allison
The Emily Post Institute provides a handbook for new college graduates and others on the considerations, attitudes, and actions needed to successfully navigate society. Suggests etiquette for dealing with roommates, landlords, dating, entertaining, and cell phones, as well as weddings, dining, and tipping. 2007.

Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine     DB 66685
14 hours 28 minutes
by Thomas Paine
read by Robert Sams
Essays by American philosopher and patriot Thomas Paine (1737–1809). Includes Common Sense, which makes America’s moral case for independence; Rights of Man, which condemns hereditary monarchy; and selections from The Age of Reason, Agrarian Justice, and The Crisis, published to boost morale among Washington’s troops during the American Revolution. 2003.

One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life     DB 67182
8 hours 30 minutes
by Kerry Shook and Chris Shook
read by Bill Wallace
Pastor and life coach Kerry Shook and his wife Chris, founders of Fellowship of the Woodlands church in Texas, offer advice on living a full life. They advocate asking and granting forgiveness, arranging priorities, and leaving a lasting legacy for one’s family. Foreword by Rick Warren. 2008.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement     DB 67259
12 hours 3 minutes
by Sally G. McMillen
read by Kristin Allison
History of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention that galvanized the women’s rights movement in America. Highlights the work of suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone. Describes the social and legal injustices women faced and the Civil War’s effect on the movement. 2008.

Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class     DB 67264
13 hours 54 minutes
by Jan Whitaker
read by Kristin Allison
Social and cultural history of large, independently owned, downtown department stores from their 1870s beginnings to their post-WWII decline following the proliferation of chain and discount retailers. Examines their impact on fashion, gender roles, urban development, and consumerism. Discusses the redefinition of middle-class living standards to include material expression. 2006.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective     DB 67266
10 hours 52 minutes
by Kate Summerscale
read by Kristin Allison
Examines the 1860 murder of three-year-old Saville Kent on an English estate. Chronicles the investigation by Scotland Yard detective inspector Jonathan Whicher, who suspected a Kent family member but, due to controversial methods and lack of evidence, found himself widely scorned. Describes this case as an inspiration for the detective-novel genre. Edgar nominee. 2008.

The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour     DB 67272
24 hours 28 minutes
by Andrei Cherny
read by Jake Williams
Recounts the post-WWII Berlin airlift of 1948–1949. Describes the Soviet Union’s attempt to expel American, British, and French troops by block-ading sectors of the city—actions that consigned more than two million citizens to starvation. Relates the American response—airlifting food and supplies and parachuting candy to children. Some violence. 2008.

The Prince of Frogtown     DB 67383
9 hours 39 minutes
by Rick Bragg
read by Guy Williams
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Bragg continues his autobiography, begun in All Over but the Shoutin’ (RC 46142) and Ava’s Man (RC 53019). Reveals that becoming a stepfather to a ten-year-old boy at the age of forty-six released memories and questions about his own detested, alcoholic father. Some strong language. 2008.

Lessons in Becoming Myself     DB 67389
17 hours 43 minutes
by Ellen Burstyn
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Autobiography of the Academy Award-winning actress known for her roles in The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and The Last Picture Show. She recounts studying under Lee Strasberg, enduring a marriage to an increasingly psychotic fellow actor, meeting success in her career, and exploring spiritualism. Some strong language. 2006.

Why People Get Sick: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection    DB 67395
10 hours 12 minutes
by Darian Leader and David Corfield
read by Kristin Allison
A psychoanalyst and a cybernetics researcher examine how illness can be affected by a person’s state of mind. They use numerous case studies to illustrate ways emotions contribute to cancer, heart disease, and lowered resistance to infection. Urges doctors to go beyond physical symptoms and consider psychological connections. 2008.

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England      DB 67397
15 hours 43 minutes
by Lynne Olson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Details the two-year struggle, from 1938–1940, of some thirty British Tory dissidents to end Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Highlights the actions of Ronald Cartland, Harold Macmillan, Bob Boothby, Harold Nicolson, and their colleagues, who defied their party and prime minister to save their country. 2007.

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love    DB 67429
9 hours 6 minutes
by Sue Johnson
read by Sandra Burr
Clinical psychologist explains her “emotionally focused therapy,” which views a love relationship as an attachment bond. Uses case studies and exercises to teach couples ways to save and enrich a relationship. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Ten Green Bottles: The True Story of One Family’s Journey from War-Torn Austria to the Ghettos of Shanghai     DB 67434
11 hours 56 minutes
by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan
read by Suzanne Toren
Memoir of a family’s 1939 escape from the Nazis and ten-year struggle to survive in China. Daughter Nini describes marrying her Polish friend Poldi, enduring the Japanese occupation and communist takeover, and emigrating to Canada with her own daughter, the author. Compares life to fragile green bottles. Some violence. 2002.

Laughter, the Best Medicine II: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection of Our Funniest Jokes, Quotes, Stories, and Cartoons     DB/RC 67445
10 hours 35 minutes
published by Reader’s Digest
read by Jack Fox
Humorous tidbits previously published in Reader’s Digest magazine. Contributors include members of the general public as well as notables such as Dave Barry, Mary Roach, and quarter-back-turned-broadcaster Terry Bradshaw, who comment on computers, customer service, marriage and family, aging, pets, the English language, and many other topics. 2006.

Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World     DB 67452
19 hours 57 minutes
by Wendy Johnson
read by Jill Ferris
Johnson, a founder of the organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County, California, discusses her meditative gardening life, describes seven principles that influence her garden work, and provides detailed instruction for following her example. 2008.

Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend     DB 67453
8 hours 8 minutes
by Scott Reynolds Nelson
read by Joe Wilson
History professor explores the truths behind the legend of railway man John Henry. Recounts his imprisonment and forced labor for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Confirms Henry’s 1871 contest with a steam drill, explores his mysterious death, and traces the evolution of the folk song that immortalizes his exploits. 2006.

The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard     DB 67456
7 hours 4 minutes
by Peter Benjaminson
read by Mare Trevathan
Biography of Flo Ballard, based on taped interviews with Ballard herself. Describes her singing as a teenager with Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, the trio’s evolution into the Supremes, and Ballard’s later expulsion. Discusses her attempts to get royalties and her death in 1976 at age thirty-two. 2008.

Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution     DB 67460
16 hours 11 minutes
by Ruth Scurr
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Biography of lawyer Maximilien Robespierre (1758–1794), a leader of the French Revolution who became a victim of the Reign of Terror, which he instigated. Posits that Robespierre’s advocacy of the death penalty was psychologically motivated and uses primary sources to document his life. Violence. 2006.

Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with a Commando in One of the World’s Most Elite Counterterrorism Units     DB 67463
7 hours 56 minutes
by Aaron Cohen and Douglas Century
read by Erik Sandvold
Beverly Hills author Cohen recounts dropping out of college in 1996 to join the Sayeret Duvdevan, an Israeli special-forces counterterrorist unit founded in 1987 in response to the First Intifada. Discusses his missions, including going undercover in enemy territory to prevent attacks on Israel. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Backcast: Fatherhood, Fly-Fishing, and a River Journey through the Heart of Alaska      DB 67479
10 hours 35 minutes
by Lou Ureneck
read by Guy Williams
A divorced father describes taking his eighteen-year-old son Adam fly-fishing on Alaska’s Kanektok River and having a wilderness experience together, including run-ins with bears. Ureneck reminisces about his own youth and career as a reporter while he relates trying to reconnect with Adam. Some strong language. 2007.

Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs     DB 67498
8 hours 40 minutes
by Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre
read by Kristin Allison
Benford, a physicist and Nebula Award-winning novelist, and Malartre, a noted biologist and environmentalist, examine technological developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and human modification. They speculate on future roles of robots at home, in the workplace, and in battle, and discuss social and cultural implications of bionics. 2007.

Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire    DB 67504
19 hours 2 minutes
by Alex Von Tunzelmann
read by Lewis Grenville
Author chronicles India’s independence from Great Britain in 1947, after World War II, and its subsequent partition. Focuses on the political involvement of viceroy Lord Mountbatten and his wife Edwina; pacifist Mohandas Gandhi; and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Describes the sectarian violence between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. 2007.

The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century     DB 67547
12 hours 54 minutes
by Edward Dolnick
read by Bill Wallace
Examines the dealings of small-time Dutch artist Han van Meegeren (1889–1947), who passed off his works as masterpieces by the seventeenth-century painter Johannes Vermeer, even selling one to Nazi leader Hermann Goering. Analyzes the forger’s technique, talent for manipulating people, and trial for treason in Amsterdam. Some strong language. 2008.

Uniquely Felt: Dozens of Techniques from Fulling and Shaping to Nuno and Cobweb; Includes Forty-six Creative Projects     DB 67685
11 hours 58 minutes
by Christine White
read by Kerry Dukin
Comprehensive guide to feltmaking—a craft that wets down loose wool fibers and presses them together to create a nonwoven cloth. Describes the materials, equipment, and techniques used to make clothing, blankets, bags, hats, pillows, and more. Discusses the history of feltmaking and profiles various artists. Includes resources. 2007.

Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11     DB/RC 67722
18 hours 2 minutes
by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman
read by Ray Childs
Details the emergency response to save the Pentagon after terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into it on September 11, 2001. Highlights the rescue efforts by local fire departments and personnel from the Department of Defense, FEMA, and the FBI. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents     DB/RC 67737
15 hours 22 minutes
by Jim Malusa
read by Ray Childs
Tucson botanist and writer describes realizing, through writing assignments, his dream to travel by bicycle to the lowest elevation points on six continents. Expands on blog entries that he wrote en route to Lake Eyre, the Dead Sea, the Caspian Sea, Salina Grande, Lac Assal, and Death Valley. 2008.

Bennett Cerf’s Bumper Crop of Anecdotes and Stories—Mostly Humorous, about the Famous and Near Famous, Volume 1     DB 67913
25 hours 5 minutes
by Bennett Cerf
read by Joe Wilson
Two of the humorist’s bestselling anthologies: The Life of the Party and Try and Stop Me. Presents anecdotes, quips, limericks, and jokes from Cerf’s syndicated columns. 1956.

The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846–1848     DB/RC 67920
14 hours 26 minutes
by Martin Dugard
read by Jake Williams
Author posits that young West Point graduates’ experiences fighting on the battlefields of Mexico molded them into the great generals and statesmen they became during the U.S. Civil War. Discusses the roles of Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jackson, and Davis in specific Mexican battles. 2008.

What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life     DB/RC 67921
9 hours 48 minutes
by Avery Gilbert
read by Jake Williams
Olfaction expert conducts a tour of the world of aromas. Probes odor perception in popular culture, exploring topics like the classification and counting of smells, the training of a perfumer or wine-taster, the 1960s attempt to market scented movies, and the possibility that odors affect health. 2008.

Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man     DB/RC 67948
13 hours 12 minutes
by Dalton Fury
read by Jake Williams
The military officer who led the American and British special operations force tasked with finding Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, instigator of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, details the December 2001 battle of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. Violence. 2008.

O’s Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine; Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration     DB 68200
24 hours 50 minutes
published by Oprah Magazine editors
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Many of this collection’s more than one hundred articles and interviews from Oprah Winfrey’s magazine focus on personal fulfillment. Topics include dieting and exercise, aging, faith, relationships, and dreaming big. Other entries cover such issues as global conflicts and the environment. Some strong language. 2008.

Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life     DB/RC 68252
14 hours 20 minutes
by John Adams
read by Jake Williams
American composer John Adams (born 1947) combines memoir with insight on contemporary music, placing his own artistic development in the context of his musical epoch. Discusses his family life, sources of inspiration, working methods, and collaboration with Peter Sellars. Includes commentary on composers, musicians, novelists, and political figures. 2008.

True Crime: An American Anthology     DB 68386
31 hours 50 minutes
edited by Harold Schechter
read by John Polk
Selection of American crime reporting that spans three centuries, from Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford’s description of a seventeenth-century hanging to Dominick Dunne’s 2001 account of the Menendez brothers’ patricide. Traces cultural shifts in true-crime writing, from its religious origins to its commercialization and sensationalization. Violence and strong language. 2008.

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir     DB 68445
7 hours 47 minutes
by Cylin Busby and John Busby
read by Mary Kane
Ex-police officer John Busby and his daughter Cylin recount their experiences in 1979, after John was shot in the face by the brother of a murder suspect. They describe the Busby family’s round-the-clock protection in their small Massachusetts town and subsequent move to a secret location in Tennessee. Violence. 2008.

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients     DB 68509
5 hours 24 minutes
by Ina Garten
read by Kerry Dukin
Bestselling cookbook author and television personality offers accessible recipes that pair ingredients to unlock the flavor of food and provide a great-smelling house when guests arrive. Covers cocktail hour drinks and appetizers, soups, lunch and dinner entrées, vegetables, desserts, and breakfast fare. Also provides tips for easy entertaining. Bestseller. 2008.

September Songs: The Good News about Marriage in the Later Years     DB/RC 68537
8 hours 42 minutes
by Maggie Scarf
read by Carol Dines
The author investigates the emotional, psychological, and physical benefits of commitment to a spouse by presenting a series of interviews with couples over age fifty who are in long-term marriages. They discuss retirement, finances, sexual activity, health, religion, children, disappointments, and joys. Includes statistical tables. Descriptions of sex. 2008.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Spine Disorders     DB/RC 68538
4 hours 23 minutes
by Rahul Jandial and Henry E. Aryan
read by Butch Hoover
Neurosurgeons answer common questions about spine disorders and injuries such as degenerative diseases, herniated discs, tumors, scoliosis, and pediatric spine disorders. They also discuss prognosis and long-term management of spinal-cord injuries and provide information on diagnostic studies, non-surgical and surgical treatment options, and rehabilitation, including therapy and lifestyle changes. 2009.

General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier; a Biography     DB/RC 68550
18 hours 15 minutes
by Jeffry D. Wert
read by Roy Avers
The author uses archives and primary sources to portray the Confederate general James Longstreet (1821–1904), whom he describes as the “finest corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia.” Highlights Longstreet’s family background, military service prior to the Civil War, vilification after Gettysburg, and post-war Republican party affiliations. 1993.

T’ai Chi for Seniors: How to Gain Flexibility, Strength, and Inner Peace     DB/RC 68552
6 hours 28 minutes
by Philip Bonifonte
read by Butch Hoover
Presents an overview of the Chinese practice of t’ai chi—either standing or sitting—which the author touts as a healthy and safe exercise option for mature adults. Examines the Taoist philosophy and history behind t’ai chi, in addition to providing an introduction to qigong exercises and meditation. Includes step-by-step instructions. 2004.

Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: The Story of USO Hostesses during World War II     DB/RC 68558
10 hours 26 minutes
by Meghan K. Winchell
read by Kerry Dukin
Nebraska professor uses archival research and oral interviews to document the role of civilian women volunteers with the United Service Organizations (USO), which provided recreation for American soldiers at home during wartime. Explains that the primarily white, middle-class, and native-born hostesses were chosen to represent the mid-twentieth-century’s feminine ideal. 2008.

Rostropovich: The Musical Life of the Great Cellist, Teacher, and Legend     DB/RC 68560
19 hours 41 minutes
by Elizabeth Wilson
read by Mitzi Friedlander
A former student of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007) examines her teacher’s meteoric rise as a prizewinning cellist in the Moscow Conservatory until his forced departure from the Soviet Union in 1974. Discusses his musical associations with composers Benjamin Britten and Dmitry Shostakovich, cellist Jacqueline du Pré, and others. 2008.

Shays’s Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle     DB/RC 68561
7 hours 27 minutes
by Leonard L. Richards
read by Fred Major
Author of The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War (RC 66763) analyzes the armed insurrection that brought George Washington out of retirement. Describes the 1786 tax revolt that farmer/veteran Daniel Shays led against the state of Massachusetts and which hastened adoption of the Constitution. 2002.

Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine     DB/RC 68575
8 hours 59 minutes
by Gary Paul Nabhan
read by Lou Harpenau
Ethnobiologist recounts his travels in the footsteps of Russian botanist Nikolay Vavilov (1887–1943), who collected food-crop seeds from five continents to preserve agricultural biodiversity. Nabhan documents varietal changes that have occurred since Vavilov’s time to assess the effects of climate change, globalization, and genetic engineering on food resources. 2009.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder     DB/RC 68579
13 hours 45 minutes
by Richard Louv
read by Gary Tipton
Audubon Medal recipient and author of books about childhood, including Childhood’s Future (RC 33100), examines children’s dwindling exposure to nature. Explores ways to reintegrate nature into family life, schools, and communities to help combat problems such as obesity and attention disorders. 2008.

How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)     DB/RC 68583
7 hours 27 minutes
by Henry Alford
read by Jack Fox
Humorist Alford discusses a variety of experiences people over the age of seventy shared during their interviews with him. Includes wit and wisdom from Phyllis Diller, Ram Dass, Edward Albee, a feminist psychotherapist, and the dumpster-diving retired scientist father of NPR commentator Sandra Tsing Loh. Some strong language. 2009.

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels     DB/RC 68590
13 hours 31 minutes
by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton
read by Jon Huffman
Undercover ATF special agent Jay Dobyns, a.k.a. Bird, recounts his perilous infiltration of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Describes dealing drugs and guns, meeting legendary leader Ralph “Sonny” Barger, promising to kill a rival gang member, and struggling to retain his true identity. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio     DB/RC 68600
8 hours 36 minutes
by Gary Presley
read by Gary Tipton
Memoir of essayist paralyzed by polio in 1959. Describes his stay in an iron lung and return—in a wheelchair—to his family’s Missouri farm, where he recuperated physically but struggled emotionally. Chronicles the feelings he experienced while building an independent life and coming to terms with disability. Some strong language. 2008.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon     DB 68618
10 hours 56 minutes
by David Grann
read by Ted Stoddard
An investigative reporter examines the strange disappearance in 1925 of fifty-seven-year-old explorer Percy Fawcett and his team, who were searching for the ruins of a lost civilization in the Amazon Basin. Grann’s research takes him on his own adventures in the jungle. Bestseller. 2009.

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle     DB 68619
16 hours 14 minutes
by Marc Gonsalves and others read by Michael Scherer
Account of three American contractors working on counter-narcotics intelligence for Northrop Grumman in Colombia who were kidnapped by communist terrorists on February 13, 2003. Details their struggle to survive captivity in the jungle until the Colombian military rescued them on July 2, 2008. Violence and strong language. Best-seller. 2009.

Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres    DB 68642
12 hours 2 minutes
by Ruth Brandon
read by Mary Kane
Portrait of governesses in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century England. Describes the social conditions that forced unmarried middle-class women to work for wealthy families. Depicts the lives of Claire Clairmont, Lord Byron’s lover; Anna Leonowens, who served the King of Siam; Mary Wollstonecraft; and others. Discusses the ensuing women’s reform movement. 2008.

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama    DB 68646
9 hours 9 minutes
by Gwen Ifill
read by Mary Kane
Editor and television pundit profiles the post-civil-rights generation of African American male politicians. Analyzes a trend in black candidates’ abilities to successfully attract white support in local and state elections and Barack Obama’s campaign for president. Discusses race-gender clashes, legacy politics, and up-and-coming elected officials. 2009.

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781–1997     DB 68654
37 hours 20 minutes
by Piers Brendon
read by David Cutler
Historian explores the demise of the British colonial system, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. Highlights the importance the English placed on the imperialism of Rome. Describes the occupied peoples of five continents, key leaders, and military confrontations. Violence. 2007.

Economic Facts and Fallacies     DB 68661
10 hours 11 minutes
by Thomas Sowell
read by Patrick Downer
Economist argues against widely held conceptions of such issues as the decline of the American middle class, contrasting incomes between men and women, economic variances among ethnic groups, affordable housing, and inequity in developing nations. Posits that differences are often mislabeled as disparities and that evidence refutes many common beliefs. 2008.

Bob Schieffer’s America     DB 68666
7 hours 2 minutes
by Bob Schieffer
read by Bob Moore
Face the Nation anchor presents more essays chronicling his decades as a political journalist in this followup to This Just In (RC 55649). Covers diverse topics such as the war on terror, Hurricane Katrina, the federal government, presidential campaigns, celebrity personalities, and human-interest stories. 2008.

Love as a Way of Life: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life     DB 68675
8 hours 27 minutes
by Gary Chapman
read by Bob Moore
Minister, marriage counselor, and author of The Five Love Languages (RC 64174) suggests that seven traits—kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty—form the foundation for loving, compassionate relationships. Offers case studies, questionnaires, and exercises to help readers overcome challenges and develop these characteristics. 2008.

With Wings like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain      DB 68678
10 hours 14 minutes
by Michael Korda
read by Ted Stoddard
Emphasizes the political battles that divided England’s air force before World War II. Describes Fighter Command leader Hugh Dowding’s efforts to train pilots, build Spitfires and Hurricanes, and establish defense systems using newly developed radar to combat Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. Details aerial fighting over Britain in the summer of 1940. 2009.

Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership,  and Brotherhood     DB/RC 68683
12 hours 52 minutes
by Donovan Campbell
read by Alec Volz
Former marine lieutenant recounts his 2004 tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq, where he commanded an infantry platoon with the call sign Joker One. Describes dangerous patrols and battles with insurgents, portraying the close relationships between soldiers and the physical and emotional toll of war. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance     DB/RC 68685
6 hours 52 minutes
by Tony Dungy
read by Roy Avers
Retired NFL coach and author of Quiet Strength: A Memoir (RC 65352) illustrates his philosophy of life using biblical quotations and personal experiences. Dungy suggests ways to love your friends and family and to reach your full potential. Offers advice on education, work, and integrity. Bestseller. 2009.

A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet     DB/RC 68721
8 hours 54 minutes
by Andrew Chaikin
read by Lou Harpenau
Science journalist and author of A Man on the Moon (RC 39809) profiles individuals—astronomer Carl Sagan, rocket physicist Wernher von Braun, and others—whose vision, passion, and scientific achievements have brought a deeper understanding of Mars. Chronicles space programs and Martian fascination since the mid-twentieth century. Foreword by James Cameron. 2008.

Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm     DB/RC 68865
10 hours 28 minutes
by Beth A. Grosshans
read by Kristin Allison
Believing many children’s behavioral problems stem from an imbalance of family power, child psychologist Grosshans describes four parenting styles that can distort family dynamics. She outlines a five-step program designed to shift leadership back to parents and strengthen and expand on strategies like time-out. 2008.

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude     DB/RC 69018
5 hours 32 minutes
by P.M. Forni
read by Bill Wallace
Professor and former NPR contributor discusses the roots of rudeness and the negative effect it has on society and individuals. Describes eight rules for prevention—such as respecting others—and suggests appropriate, civil responses to inconsiderate behavior involving noisy neighbors, misbehaving children, loud cell-phone users, and hostile drivers. 2008.

Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life     DB/RC 69061
14 hours 5 minutes
by Judith Orloff
read by Kristin Allison
Psychiatrist’s guide to emotional well-being blends both traditional and alternative methods. Discusses four components of emotions—biology, subtle energy, psychology, and spirituality—that shape mood and health. Offers techniques for cultivating happiness by overcoming depression, anger, fear, and other negative influences. Includes patient case studies and resources. 2009.

Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men     DB/RC 69064
12 hours 56 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
Spur Award-winning writer profiles early-nineteenth-century explorers, trappers, and traders including Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith, and John Colter. Portrays men such as Hugh Glass, who crawled two hundred fifty miles to safety after being mauled by a bear and left for dead. Some violence and some strong language. 1973.

Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller     DB 69091
12 hours 41 minutes
by Kim E. Nielsen
read by Margaret Strom
The author of The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (RC 57987) uses Anne Sullivan Macy’s notes and letters to describe her impoverished upbringing, education at the Perkins Institution, and personal relationships, especially with her pupil Helen Keller. 2009.

The Future of Liberalism     DB 69115
13 hours 54 minutes
by Alan Wolfe
read by Robert Sams
Political science professor, who argues for the relevancy and necessity of liberalism in a complex world, contends that society has misconstrued the liberal philosophy. Outlines liberalism’s enduring strengths and traces its origins in writings of John Locke, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Dewey. 2009.

Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874–1945    DB 69121
34 hours 59 minutes
by Carlo D’Este
read by Mark Ashby
Military historian and author of Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life (RC 55444) researches Winston Churchill’s development from a child who wanted to be a soldier to the man who led Great Britain during World War II. Discusses Churchill’s combat experiences in India, South Africa, and the Sudan. 2008.

The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power     DB 69122
11 hours 44 minutes
by Jonathan Mahler
read by Robert Sams
Author examines a landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. military tribunals established to try terrorist detainees are unconstitutional. Details efforts of two lawyers—Georgetown professor Neal Katyal and JAG lieutenant commander Charles Swift—to defend their client Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former driver. Some strong language. 2008.

The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town     DB 69187
6 hours 39 minutes
by Mark Kurlansky
read by Steven Carpenter
The author of Cod (RC 45502) profiles the fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Describes its history and inhabitants. Discusses the challenges faced by seaport towns trying to preserve their heritage despite declining fish populations, international competition, and changes in commercial fishing. Includes traditional New England recipes. Some strong language. 2008.

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood     DB/RC 69391
3 hours 43 minutes
by Michael Lewis
read by Dan John Miller
Author of Blind Side (RC 63689) and Moneyball (RC 56245), among others, pens a memoir of his personal experience of fatherhood. Details the first year of each of his three children’s lives and his emotional responses to various situations. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Wisdom of His Compassion: Meditations on the Words and Actions of Jesus     DB/RC 69396
4 hours 24 minutes
by Joseph F. Girzone
read by Jonathan Peterson
The author of Joshua (RC 30863) reflects on the character and mind of Jesus through a series of meditations based on episodes in the Gospels. Each focuses on an aspect of Jesus’s life and its significance to modern Christians. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir     DB/RC 69401
7 hours 58 minutes
by Bich Minh Nguyen
read by Alice Kennedy
Vietnamese professor describes growing up as a immigrant in 1980s Michigan, where she felt like an outsider among the Dutch-descended blondes. Relates her experience of cultural differences and conflicting desires, like wanting both her native cuisine and American junk food. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage     DB/RC 69408
11 hours 5 minutes
by Christopher Andersen
read by Dion Graham
The author of Bill and Hillary: The Marriage (RC 48856) chronicles the courtship and marriage of American president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Analyzes both the struggles and achievements of the biracial politician and his Chicago-born and -bred spouse. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom     DB 69413
8 hours 32 minutes
by Sean B. Carroll
read by Arthur Morey
Genetics professor discusses the science of evolutionary developmental biology, which explores the processes that give rise to both the shared traits and the diversity of animal and human anatomies. Explains the theory that a small number of basic genes determine all animal forms. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

When Everything Changes, Change Everything: In a Time of Turmoil, a Pathway to Peace     DB 69481
7 hours 29 minutes
by Neale Donald Walsch
read by Bob Moore
Author of the Conversations with God series offers an inspirational guide for coping with major life transitions. Draws on underlying concepts of divinity and the human soul to explore mental and spiritual aspects of change. Presents nine ways to alter perceptions of and reactions to times of upheaval. 2009.

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Adult Fiction

Lucy Gets Her Life Back    RC 64569
10 hours 4 minutes
by Stef Ann Holm
read by Lindsay Ellison
Red Duck, Idaho. Forty-five-year-old divorced mother and personal chef Lucy Carpenter and her two sons move to a ski community. When a rival cook sabotages Lucy at every turn, she seeks out former professional baseball player Drew Tolman for help. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The World Made Straight    RC 64714
9 hours 16 minutes
by Ron Rash
read by Ray Childs
North Carolina. Seventeen-year-old Travis Shelton runs afoul of marijuana grower Carlton Toomey, quits school, and moves in with schoolteacher-turned-drug-dealer Leonard Shuler. Travis takes an interest in Leonard’s books about a Civil War massacre, the legacy of which resurfaces in a confrontation with Toomey. Violence and strong language. Alex Award. 2006.

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story    RC 64724
9 hours 16 minutes
by Christopher Moore
read by Walter Dixon
San Francisco. After vampire Elijah Ben Sapir attacks twenty-six-year-old Jody, she wakes up as a vampire, too. Aspiring teenage writer Tommy Flood is working the night shift at Safeway when Jody asks for help. As Ben Sapir murders more victims, the police suspect Tommy. Strong language and some violence. 1995.

Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories    RC 64732
7 hours 26 minutes
by Will Weaver
read by Lindsay Ellison
Twelve short stories about midwestern farm and family life. Includes selections from A Gravestone Made of Wheat (RC 32095), as well as previously unpublished works “The Last Farmer,” “Haircut,” and “Blaze of Glory,” the tale of an elderly married couple’s road trip adventure. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

In for the Kill    RC 65235
13 hours 12 minutes
by John Lutz
read by Jim Zeiger
Retired NYPD homicide detective Frank Quinn joins officer Pearl Kasner, his former lover, in a hunt for a serial killer nicknamed the Butcher. Quinn’s daughter unexpectedly shows up in the city and becomes a potential target. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Shadow Music    RC 65238
9 hours 36 minutes
by Julie Garwood
read by Gabriella Cavallero
English princess Gabrielle is sent to Scotland to marry laird Alan Monroe in order to prevent an invasion. But after Gabrielle takes a life to prevent a murder, a conflict begins between Highland clans. Warrior Colm Mac-Hugh also falls in love with Gabrielle. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Hot Shot    RC 65239
15 hours 1 minute
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
read by Kristin Allison
California, 1976. Susannah Faulconer leaves her groom at the altar and runs away with long-haired visionary Sam Gamble, who has developed a microcomputer prototype. Realizing that neither Sam nor his partner has business sense, Susannah helps market their technology. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 1991.

The First Cut    RC 65381
11 hours 30 minutes
by Dianne Emley
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Pasadena police detective and single mom Nan Vining has just recovered from a brutal attack when she’s assigned the rape-murder case of LAPD vice cop Frankie Lynde. Nan begins to hear the dead, which helps in the search for Frankie’s killer. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Chronicles of the Lensmen: Volume 2; Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensman, Children of the Lens    RC 65646
40 hours 22 minutes
by E.E. “Doc” Smith
read by Richard Davidson
The last three books of the Lensmen series. The action takes place at the front lines of a titanic struggle for control of the universe. Sequel to Chronicles of the Lensmen:Volume 1 (RC 64818). 1953.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Inferno, Book 6    RC 65918
12 hours 0 minutes
by Troy Denning
read by Erik Sandvold
Convinced he alone can bring peace to the war-ravaged galaxy, Jacen Solo—now Darth Caedus—has seized control of the Galactic Alliance. Jacen’s uncle Luke Skywalker, still grieving his wife Mara’s death at the hands of an unknown assassin, must choose between fighting alongside a tyrant or joining the rebel cause. 2007.

Where Angels Go    RC 65939
5 hours 17 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Gillian Green
Angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, from A Season of Angels (RC 38867), receive prayer requests at Christmas-time: Harry hopes to coax his wife into assisted living before he dies; nine-year-old Carter begs God for a dog; and Joyce longs for her divorced daughter to find love. 2007.

Antony and Cleopatra: Masters of Rome, Book 7    RC 66004
29 hours 16 minutes
by Colleen McCullough
read by George Holmes
Rome, 41–27 B.C. Following Caesar’s assassination, the empire is divided between Mark Antony and his rival Octavian. Each vies for the throne while the ambitious Egyptian queen Cleopatra seduces Antony to conceive an heir. Sequel to The October Horse (RC 56136). Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Man Gone Down    RC 66053
16 hours 19 minutes
by Michael Thomas
read by Chuck Young
New York City. An unnamed black protagonist has a short time to earn enough money to pay his kids’ school fees, buy an apartment, and patch things up with his estranged white wife. Memories of an abusive childhood mingle with his current plight. Strong language. Impac Dublin Prize. 2007.

Rekindled: Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 1    RC 66062
12 hours 26 minutes
by Tamera Alexander
read by L.J. Ganser
Colorado Territory, 1868. Bostonians Larson and Kathryn Jennings move west, but a decade later someone sabotages their homestead and Larson disappears. Kathryn, pregnant, trusts in God and takes a housekeeping job on a ranch. Larson, burned beyond recognition, returns but fears facing Kathryn. Then danger strikes. Rita Award nominee. 2006.

Something like Love    RC 66077
10 hours 23 minutes
by Beverly Jenkins
read by Gail Nelson
Chicago, 1888. Fleeing an arranged marriage, African American seamstress Olivia Sterling boards a train for a Kansas town. She encounters Seminole outlaw Neil July, who robs the locomotive en route. A year later Neil reappears and seduces Olivia, who is now the town’s mayor. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Wounded    RC 66090
6 hours 58 minutes
by Percival Everett
read by Bill Quinn
Widowed African American rancher John Hunt contends with a budding romance, a visit from his friend’s gay son David, and the arrest of an employee for the murder of a young gay man. John suspects neo-Nazi involvement—then David disappears. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Her Royal Spyness    RC 66100
8 hours 53 minutes
by Rhys Bowen
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
London, 1932. Lady Georgiana fails at various occupations but eventually turns detective after finding the body of an unsavory French gambler who attempted to seize her family’s Scottish estate. When her half brother is accused of the murder, Georgie sets out to clear his name, drawing the killer’s attention. 2007.

The Ghost War    RC 66268
13 hours 14 minutes
by Alex Berenson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
CIA agent John Wells, from The Faithful Spy (RC 61737), returns to Afghanistan to determine who has been rearming the Taliban. Wells discovers a plot to propel China into world prominence and evidence that an agency mole is partly responsible. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Into a Dark Realm: The Darkwar Saga, Book 2    RC 66307
11 hours 3 minutes
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Mark Ashby
Following the failed Nighthawk plot to destroy the Empire of Great Kesh and the escape of evil sorcerer Leso Varen, Midkemia faces destruction from the vicious Dasati. The magician Pug enters another realm of reality to save his world. Sequel to Flight of the Nighthawks (RC 65829). Some violence. 2007.

The Brief History of the Dead    RC 66313
8 hours 56 minutes
by Kevin Brockmeier
read by Joe Peck
Recently deceased people reside in “the city” as long as they remain in memories of the living. When a plague strikes humanity, wildlife specialist Laura Byrd—the sole survivor—journeys from Antarctica back to civilization, unaware that her thoughts are keeping people alive in the afterlife. Some strong language. 2006.

The First Patient    RC 66323
12 hours 5 minutes
by Michael Palmer
read by Michael Kramer
Dr. Gabe Singleton’s college roommate Drew Stoddard is now president of the United States. When his personal physician disappears, Drew asks Gabe to step in. Gabe learns Drew is having frightening attacks, but while he investigates their cause attempts are made on his life. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Hokus Pokus: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 8    RC 66375
7 hours 56 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
The Sisterhood, relocated to Barcelona in Free Fall (RC 66002), assists U.S. Chief Justice Pearl Barnes, who is being blackmailed by her ex-son-in-law Tyler Hughes. Hughes threatens to expose Barnes’s secret organization that rescues abused women and children. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Sunrise: Sunrise, Book 1    RC 66455
11 hours 1 minute
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
Bloomington, Indiana. Actor Dayne Matthews tries not to attract media attention while planning his marriage to Katy Hart. John Baxter, Dayne’s widowed father, falls for his friend Elaine. Coach Jim Flanigan’s star football player Cody Coleman nearly dies from alcohol poisoning. Their faith carries them through. 2007.

Dead Ex    RC 66461
12 hours 0 minutes
by Harley Jane Kozak
read by Mare Trevathan
California greeting-card designer Wollie Shelley, last seen in Dating Is Murder (RC 60655), has another murder to solve. The victim was her former lover, a soap-opera producer who was dying of cancer. The prime suspect is Wollie’s best friend, who has also been the producer’s lover. Some strong language. 2007.

Hold Tight    RC 66538
11 hours 44 minutes
by Harlan Coben
read by Jim Zeiger
When sixteen-year-old Adam Baye becomes overly withdrawn after a friend’s suicide, his parents install spyware on his computer and make an alarming discovery. Meanwhile a killer is edging into the Bayes’ orbit, and a neighbor’s illness threatens to reveal long-held secrets. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly    RC 66542
8 hours 54 minutes
by Robert Dalby
read by Jill Ferris
Seventyish Choppy Dunbar runs for mayor of Second Creek, Mississippi, against corrupt incumbent Floyce Hammontree. Newlyweds Powell and Laurie Hampton and the town’s wealthy widows are helping Choppy’s campaign when his long-lost love appears. Sequel to Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly (RC 62157). 2007.

The Opposite of Love    RC 66548
8 hours 59 minutes
by Julie Buxbaum
read by Mare Trevathan
Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby hates defending big corporations, avoids her father, and breaks up with her boyfriend, who was on the verge of proposing. Her ailing, beloved grandfather Jack and his retirement-home friend Ruth help Emily find fulfillment. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Capitol Conspiracy: A Ben Kincaid Mystery    RC 66549
12 hours 23 minutes
by William Bernhardt
read by Jim Zeiger
After the First Lady is killed in a terrorist attack in Oklahoma City, junior senator Ben Kincaid and his new wife (and chief of staff) Christina become suspicious of a new constitutional amendment restricting civil liberties. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Getting Rid of Matthew    RC 66550
9 hours 4 minutes
by Jane Fallon
read by Kristin Allison
After her older boss Matthew moves in with her, thirty-nine-year-old secretary Helen tries to send him back to his wife Sophie and preteen daughters. Helen assumes a new persona and befriends Sophie while she falls in love with Matthew’s estranged eldest son. Strong language. 2007.

Panic    RC 66554
11 hours 39 minutes
by Jeff Abbott
read by Jim Zeiger
Young documentary filmmaker Evan Casher returns home to Austin at his mother’s request. He finds her murdered—and the killers still in the house. Another armed stranger rescues Evan and provides startling information about his parents that discredits everything Evan thought he knew about his life. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Third Circle: An Arcane Society Novel    RC 66564
8 hours 28 minutes
by Amanda Quick
read by Kristin Allison
The Arcane Society hires hypnotist Thaddeus Ware to retrieve an heirloom aurora stone and protect it from the Third Circle. Ware encounters psychic crystal worker Leona Hewitt while both are striving to steal the artifact. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Dearly Devoted Dexter    RC 66617
8 hours 46 minutes
by Jeff Lindsay
read by Alec Volz
Dexter, a Miami police blood-spatter analyst, is also a conscientious serial killer of bad guys. In this sequel to Darkly Dreaming Dexter (RC 66175), Dexter helps Deborah—who is his foster sister and coworker—and her new FBI boyfriend search for a grudge-holding, highly skilled torturer. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Blonde Faith: An Easy Rawlins Mystery    RC 66652
7 hours 15 minutes
by Walter Mosley
read by Michael Boatman
Los Angeles, 1967. Private detective Easy Rawlins has to find his friends Raymond “Mouse” Alexander and Christmas Black before their respective enemies—police and drug-dealing soldiers—do. Meanwhile, Easy loses Bonnie, the love of his life, to another man. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Almost Moon    RC 66820
8 hours 56 minutes
by Alice Sebold
read by Joan Allen
While attempting to bathe her elderly mentally ill mother, Helen suddenly smothers her with a towel. As Helen spends the following hours awaiting her fate, she ponders her troubled youth and her own stint at motherhood. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Boomsday    RC 66821
10 hours 26 minutes
by Christopher Buckley
read by Janeane Garofalo
In the near future, twentysomething blogger Cassandra Devine starts a movement that encourages aging baby boomers to kill themselves to keep Social Security from bankrupting the country. While elders protest, Senator Randy Jepperson introduces a bill that offers tax breaks and legalizes suicide for seniors. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

A Lady of Hidden Intent: Ladies of Liberty, Book 2    RC 66842
8 hours 57 minutes
by Tracie Peterson
read by Jill Fox
1850s. When her shipping mogul father is accused of illegal slave trading, Catherine Newbury flees to America and starts a new life as a fashion designer. She unexpectedly encounters Carter Danby, a handsome architect she met in England, who learns the truth about her family and vows to help. 2008.

The Lost Duke of Wyndham     DB/RC 66945
10 hours 44 minutes
by Julia Quinn
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
England, 1819. Soldier-turned-highwayman Jack Audley is suspected of being the grandson of the dowager duchess of Wyndham. The duchess’s companion, Grace Eversleigh, falls in love with Jack but knows that if he is the legitimate duke, they will never be able to marry. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Tailspin: An FBI Thriller     DB 67030
14 hours 24 minutes
by Catherine Coulter
read by Alice Rosengard
Rachael awakens just as she is thrown off a pier and left for dead. Fleeing to her Kentucky hometown, she witnesses the crash landing of a small plane. She helps the pilot but must hide her identity when she learns he is FBI agent Jack Crowne. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Wearing My Halo Tilted     DB 67058
8 hours 14 minutes
by Stephanie Perry Moore
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Discontented author of Christian novels Shari McCray goes on a book tour to temporarily get away from her husband Dillon, a Baptist preacher. Her ensuing one-night stand with a well-known singer gets splashed across the tabloids. Shari prays for redemption when she finds out she’s pregnant. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Duke Most Wanted: The Heiress Brides, Book 3     DB 67187
7 hours 58 minutes
by Celeste Bradley
read by Kristin Allison
Sophie lives a quiet life after her cousins Phoebe and Deirdre are wed—until her friend Graham Cavendish inherits a dukedom and seeks a wealthy wife to restore the estate. Sophie sees a chance to inherit her grandfather’s fortune and begins a campaign to marry Graham. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Dreaming Void: The Void Trilogy, Book 1     DB 67257
21 hours 11 minutes
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by Kristin Allison
The Void, an impenetrable micro-universe that is steadily expanding, threatens to consume the entire galaxy. Telepath Inigo’s revelatory dreams of humans living in worlds within the Void spark a mass pilgrimage that some believe could trigger the apocalypse. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Tropical Depression     DB 67262
8 hours 23 minutes
by Laurence Shames
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Suicidal lingerie magnate Murray Zemelman flees New Jersey to Key West, where he persuades Native American Tommy Tarpon to open a casino. When a crooked politician and a local mobster plot to commandeer the operation, Murray (now on Prozac), Tommy, and their friends—including Murray’s first wife—fight back. Strong language. 1996.

Prose and Poetry: Maggie—A Girl of the Streets; The Red Badge of Courage; Stories, Sketches, and Journalism; Poetry     DB 67263
52 hours 18 minutes
by Stephen Crane
read by Jim Zeiger
More than one hundred works of the nineteenth-century author and reporter Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Includes five novellas; dispatches from Asbury Park, New Jersey, and New York state; reports from Greece during the Greco-Turkish wars and from Cuba during the Spanish-American War; and poetry. 1984.

Keeper of Dreams     DB 67268
28 hours 0 minutes
by Orson Scott Card
read by Erik Sandvold
Twenty-two short science fiction and fantasy tales by this Hugo and Nebula Award winner. In “Dust” a young boy travels to another world to rescue his mother. Also includes “Atlantis,” “Geriatric Ward,” “Homeless in Hell,” “Space Boy,” “Waterbaby,” two stories featuring Alvin Maker, and author commentary. Some violence. 2008.

How to Talk to a Widower     DB 67386
10 hours 3 minutes
by Jonathan Tropper
read by Erik Sandvold
Fun-loving magazine writer Doug Parker’s brief, happy marriage to Hailey, eleven years his senior, ended when Hailey died in a plane crash. A year later twenty-nine-year-old Doug, still grief-stricken, awkwardly begins to date again and to reach out to Hailey’s teenaged son. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Lolita     DB 67388
14 hours 40 minutes
by Vladimir Nabokov
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Incarcerated and awaiting trial, widowed middle-aged professor Humbert Humbert tells of his erotic obsession with preadolescent girls—particularly twelve-year-old Dolly Haze, whom he calls Lolita. Humbert details his fascination with Lolita and describes their bizarre road trip. Includes 1992 introduction by Martin Amis. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1955.

Olive Kitteridge     DB 67392
10 hours 6 minutes
by Elizabeth Strout
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Thirteen stories set in a small community on the Maine coast are linked by the presence of Olive Kitteridge, retired teacher and pharmacist’s wife. In “Tulips” Olive struggles in the aftermath of her husband’s stroke and with their son’s response to his father’s nursing-home confinement. Some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 2008.

What I’m Going to Do, I Think     DB 67394
10 hours 55 minutes
by L. Woiwode
read by Erik Sandvold
Chris and his wife of one month Ellen, who is two months pregnant, arrive at her grandparents’ summer lodge in Michigan. Ellen revels in the wilderness, while Chris feels increasingly confused about his new role. Then Chris buys a rifle. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1969.

The Used World     DB 67400
12 hours 13 minutes
by Haven Kimmel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Hazel, an eccentric astrology-believer, runs the Used World Emporium in Jonah, Indiana. Her employees are lonely, middle-aged Claudia and young Rebekah, who escapes her father’s religious zealotry only to discover she’s pregnant—and alone. The three women bond after Claudia adopts an abandoned baby and takes Rebekah in. Some strong language. 2007.

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present     DB 67402
7 hours 24 minutes
by Cory Doctorow
read by Kristin Allison
Six previously published science fiction stories. In the post-apocalyptic “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” heroic systems administrators defend cyberspace from worms and bio-weapons. In “Anda’s Game” gamers are recruited to generate virtual wealth. Includes the Locus Award-winning “I, Robot,” which is based on Isaac Asimov’s classic tale. Strong language. 2005.

Just Too Good to Be True     DB 67403
9 hours 19 minutes
by E. Lynn Harris
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Georgia. College football star Brady Bledsoe, a committed Christian, has taken a vow of celibacy and plans to follow NCAA rules in his career. But sports agent Nico Benson hires Raquel Murphy to seduce Brady and blackmail him into signing with Nico. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Whiskey Rebels     DB 67427
18 hours 38 minutes
by David Liss
read by Christopher Lane
1790s. Disgraced ex-spy Ethan Saunders agrees to help his former fiancée Cynthia Pearson locate her husband Jacob, a successful Philadelphia entrepreneur. Ethan uncovers a conspiracy on the western Pennsylvania frontier centered on bringing down treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Lucky: The Avery Sisters, Book 1     DB 67454
4 hours 51 minutes
by Rachel Vail
read by Kristin Allison
Phoebe and her clique of privileged girlfriends are planning an extravagant eighth-grade graduation party. Then her mother faces a financial scandal and her father decides to cancel the party. Phoebe suddenly doesn’t feel so lucky. How can she tell her friends? For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Gallatin Canyon: Stories     DB 67458
8 hours 56 minutes
by Thomas McGuane
read by Joe Wilson
Ten short stories. In “The Refugee” a guilt-ridden, alcoholic sailor prowls the turbulent waters off South Florida seeking redemption. In “The Zombie” a bank manager hires a prostitute for his sheltered, idle son—with disastrous results. Also includes “Vicious Circle,” “Cowboy,” “Ice,” and the title story. Some strong language. 2006.

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories     DB 67461
8 hours 52 minutes
by Steven Millhauser
read by Guy Williams
A Pulitzer Prize winner’s tales of obsession, dark humor, and alternate history. In “The Room in the Attic” a young boy becomes infatuated with a classmate’s ill sister. “Cat ’n’ Mouse” reimagines a deadly ritual between cartoon rivals. In the title story teenage hysteria has fatal consequences. 2008.

Shifter     DB 67473
10 hours 26 minutes
by Angela Knight and others read by Kristin Allison
Four tales of paranormal romance. In Lora Leigh’s A Jaguar’s Kiss Saban Broussard, a “breed” genetically engineered with animal DNA, has only one weakness—the desire to mate. Also includes Angela Knight’s Mad Dog Love, Alyssa Day’s Shifter’s Lady, and Virginia Kantra’s Sea Crossing. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2008.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything     DB 67478
15 hours 3 minutes
by Janelle Brown
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When Janice’s CEO husband runs off with her tennis partner the day he becomes a multimillionaire, Janice accidentally starts a crystal-meth habit. Meanwhile her elder daughter’s feminist magazine folds, and the younger daughter learns that she’s known as the school slut. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Victory of Eagles: The Temeraire Adventures, Book 5     DB 67482
13 hours 7 minutes
by Naomi Novik
read by Erik Sandvold
The dragon Temeraire is exiled to Wales, and Captain Laurence is imprisoned for treason after events in Empire of Ivory (RC 64979). When Napoleon invades England, Laurence escapes and Temeraire gathers an army of feral dragons to defend the nation. Reunited, the two lead the war effort. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

My Revolutions     DB 67491
10 hours 53 minutes
by Hari Kunzru
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Fifty-year-old former British radical Michael Frame, a.k.a. Chris Carver, is jolted from his suburban life when a man from his past appears and threatens him. Frame’s participation in 1960s bombings and other subversive activities will be exposed unless he reveals that a politician was once a comrade. Strong language. 2007.

Growth of the Soil     DB 67499
13 hours 49 minutes
by Knut Hamsun
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Deep in Norway’s unspoiled back-country, Isak perseveres in building a homestead, nurturing his crops, and raising a family. But the demands of civilization eventually intrude upon—and destroy—his simple way of life. A 2007 translation by Sverre Lyngstad. 1917.

The House of Djinn     DB 67620
6 hours 41 minutes
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
read by John Horton
Dismayed fifteen-year-old Californian Jameel learns that he has been designated head of the family in Lahore, Pakistan—and that a marriage with his cousin Mumtaz has been arranged. A “djinni,” or spirit, helps him decide between cultures. Sequel to Haveli (RC 42984). For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Once upon a Time in the North     DB 67621
2 hours 55 minutes
by Philip Pullman
read by Nick Sullivan
Texan Lee Scoresby, accompanied by his daemon Hester, lands his hot-air balloon on the arctic island of Novy Odense, where he becomes embroiled in local politics and first meets Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear. Companion to the His Dark Materials series. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Elizabeth Costello     DB 67640
8 hours 40 minutes
by J.M. Coetzee
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
At sixty-six, distinguished Australian author Elizabeth Costello travels the world making acceptance speeches for literary prizes and reflecting on her life and beliefs. She considers her roles as mother, sister, lover, and writer and discusses such concepts as animal rights, evil, Eros, and humanism. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Bad Monkeys     DB 68037
7 hours 12 minutes
by Matt Ruff
read by Faith Potts
Jane Charlotte awakens in a psychiatric detention center after murdering a man—a “bad monkey”—for the secret crime-fighting organization she belongs to. Dr. Vale listens to Jane’s life story while determining whether she is mentally ill. Some violence and some strong language. Alex Award. 2007.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks     DB/RC 68055
6 hours 37 minutes
by E. Lockhart
read by Mary Kane
Frances Rose (Frankie), a sophomore at a prestigious prep school, starts dating senior Matthew. When Matthew refuses to discuss his all-male secret society, the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, Frankie infiltrates the group via the Internet and orchestrates some spectacular on-campus pranks. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

No One You Know     DB/RC 68074
10 hours 24 minutes
by Michelle Richmond
read by Barbara Caruso
Twenty years ago, Ellie Enderlin’s professor, Andrew Thorpe, exploited the murder of Ellie’s math-prodigy sister Lila by writing a true-crime book that claimed the killer was Lila’s married lover Peter McConnell. A chance encounter with Peter now prompts Ellie to delve into the crime, Lila’s secrets, and Andrew’s motives. 2008.

Marked: House of Night, Book 1     DB/RC 68149
8 hours 59 minutes
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
read by Mary Kane
Zoey is struggling in high school when she is marked by a Tracker to become a vampire. Zoey’s Grandma Redbird enrolls her in another school, the House of Night, where Zoey learns new rules and uncovers a sinister plot. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

People of the Whale     DB/RC 68273
9 hours 19 minutes
by Linda Hogan
read by Steven Carpenter
Pacific Northwest. Native American Thomas and his longtime sweetheart Ruth have just married when Thomas enlists and is wrenched from his community. Changed profoundly by the Vietnam War, Thomas stays away, only returning years later to participate in an ill-fated whale hunt. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Beat the Reaper     DB/RC 68281
7 hours 6 minutes
by Josh Bazell
read by Mark Delgado
Medical intern Peter Brown is shocked to see that his new patient is wise guy Eddy Squillante. Eddy is also surprised: he knows Peter as mob hit man Pietro Brnwa. The ramifications of Pietro’s blown cover alternate with flashbacks. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Game Over: A Bill Slider Mystery     DB 68297
7 hours 35 minutes
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Peter Stray
Detective Inspector Bill Slider investigates the puzzling murder of former BBC correspondent Ed Stonax. Also troubling are the threatening phone calls from Slider’s nemesis Trevor Bates, who managed to escape custody. Stonax’s journalist daughter helps with both cases. Meanwhile, Slider must marry his fiancée before she gives birth. 2008.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2008: The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy, Selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America     DB 68312
11 hours 12 minutes
edited by Ben Bova
read by Mary Kane
Anthology of distinctive works in science fiction and fantasy. Includes Elizabeth Hand’s short story “Echo,” James Patrick Kelly’s novella Burn, Peter S. Beagle’s novelette Two Hearts, Mike Allen’s short poem “The Strip Search,” and many others. References previous award winners. Some violence. 2008.

A Darkness Forged in Fire: The Iron Elves, Book 1     DB/RC 68530
15 hours 21 minutes
by Chris Evans
read by Roy Avers
Banished Konowa, former commander of the empire’s iron elves, receives a visit from Visyna, daughter of an elkynan governor, offering him redemption. When the prophesied falling Red Star incites rebellion, Konowa’s unlikely band of soldiers races against Shadow Monarch, the legendary elf-witch, to reach the star first. Violence. 2008.

Halo: The Cole Protocol     DB/RC 68532
10 hours 52 minutes
by Tobias S. Buckell
read by John Polk
In a war against the alien Covenant empire, the United Nations Space Command enacts the Cole Protocol, which calls for the destruction of any navigational data that could expose Earth’s location. Enforcing the order, Lieutenant Jacob Keyes undertakes a top-secret mission that places him behind enemy lines. Some violence. 2008.

Brimstone Kiss: Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator     DB/RC 68540
10 hours 54 minutes
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by Erin Jones
2013. In a Las Vegas crawling with werewolf mobsters and celebrity zombies, ex-reporter Delilah Street and her ex-FBI boyfriend Ric Montoya confront an albino vampire, a powerful ancient Egyptian evil, and the decades-old death of a hotelier’s daughter. Some violence, some strong lan-guage, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Fatal as a Fallen Woman: A Diana Spaulding Mystery     DB/RC 68541
9 hours 26 minutes
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
read by Jill Fox
New York, 1888. After reporter Diana Spaulding resigns from her job to get married, editor Horatio Foxe informs Diana that her father has been murdered and her mother is the prime suspect. Diana, who was estranged from her parents for six years, rushes to Denver to uncover the truth. 2005.

Shattered: A High Risk Novel     DB/RC 68545
11 hours 2 minutes
by JoAnn Ross
read by Madelyn Buzzard
When army pilot Shane Garrett crashes, he’s surprised to be treated by his former lover, army doctor Kirby Campbell. After Shane’s leg is amputated, he and Kirby don’t meet again until they’re on the same op—saving her kidnapped partner. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Baltic Gambit: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure     DB/RC 68546
12 hours 42 minutes
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Jack Fox
1801. Captain Alan Lewrie, newly acquitted of slave stealing, takes command of the frigate Thermopylae and heads for the Baltic. Lewrie hosts a Russian peace delegation and joins the Battle of Copenhagen. Sequel to Troubled Waters (RC 67088). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Two to the Fifth: Xanth     DB/RC 68547
12 hours 29 minutes
by Piers Anthony
read by John Polk
Cyrus Cyborg yearns to uncover his true desire. But when he seeks guidance from the Good Magician, he finds himself in the middle of a quest. Ragna Roc, an evil, power-hungry bird, schemes to rule Xanth. Cyrus and his friends may be Xanth’s only hope. 2008.

Horizon: The Sharing Knife, Volume 4     DB/RC 68548
14 hours 59 minutes
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Jill Fox
In this sequel to Passage (RC 66875), Dag, a Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, seeks to perfect his healing powers by apprenticing with groundsetter Arkady Waterbirch at a Lakewalker camp. When Dag breaks the rules and helps sick farmers, he and his pregnant wife Fawn are exiled and embark upon a new life. 2009.

Devilish: Malloren Family, Book 5     DB/RC 68549
13 hours 26 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Diana Westmount, the countess of Arradale, remains unmarried so she can control her own fate and fortune. But when King George III commands Bey Malloren, the marquess of Rothgar, to escort Diana to London, mutual attraction tests her resolve to stay single. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2000.

Accidentally Yours     DB/RC 68554
8 hours 58 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Hairdresser Kerri Sullivan will do anything to save her nine-year-old son Cody, who has Gilliar’s disease, including making a pact with billionaire Nathan King. While Nathan provides millions in research funding, Kerri fulfills Nathan’s public-relations demands. Both unexpectedly find love. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

All That Matters     DB/RC 68555
10 hours 54 minutes
by Stef Ann Holm
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Boise, Idaho. Plans for a new mega-store chain grocery threaten the lease on Chloe Lawson’s gourmet bakery. Widowed attorney John Moretti, who is struggling to raise two surly teenagers, agrees to help Chloe come to terms with the corporation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Downtown Owl     DB/RC 68556
9 hours 36 minutes
by Chuck Klosterman
read by Andy Pyle
The experiences of three people in the fictional small town of Owl, North Dakota, from August 1983 until a killer blizzard the following February. Milwaukee transplant Julia is a new teacher, Mitch is an atypical football player, and elderly Horace is a lifelong Owl resident. Strong language. 2008.

Casting Spells     DB/RC 68562
7 hours 16 minutes
by Barbara Bretton
read by Erin Jones
Part-sorceress and knitting-shop owner Chloe Hobbs must fall in love to preserve a spell protecting the supernatural residents of Sugar Maple, Vermont. Various matchmaking efforts—involving trolls and selkies—fail until Chloe meets homicide detective Luke MacKenzie. Unfortunately he’s human. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf     DB/RC 68574
10 hours 36 minutes
by Victor Pelevin
read by Erin Jones
Russia. Werefox A Hu-Li works as a prostitute until she falls in love with Alexander, a high-ranking intelligence official who happens to be a werewolf. Their affair leads A Hu-Li to a greater understanding of her world and herself. Translated from Russian. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Voyage of the Space Beagle     DB/RC 68576
7 hours 47 minutes
by A.E. Van Vogt
read by Fred Major
Scientists on a voyage of exploration aboard the Space Beagle encounter several exotic but deadly alien life-forms on desolate planets and in space. One of the scientists, Elliott Grosvenor, knows how to handle the dangers but can’t get fellow colleagues and crew members to heed his advice. 1950.

The Women     DB/RC 68578
18 hours 23 minutes
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Jack Fox
Tadashi Sato, a fictional disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, narrates the tale of the architect’s romantic entanglements with four women—three wives and a mistress who was murdered in Taliesen, Wright’s beloved Wisconsin home. Sato reveals their intrigues, scandals, desperation, and joys. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Lazarus Project     DB/RC 68580
9 hours 12 minutes
by Aleksandar Hemon
read by Fred Major
Brik, a writer who fled Sarajevo for America in the 1990s, researches the 1908 murder of Jewish immigrant Lazarus Averbuch by Chicago’s police chief. Brik returns to eastern Europe to revisit Lazarus’s former life—and his own. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award finalist. 2008.

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances     DB/RC 68582
7 hours 36 minutes
by John Green and others read by Jill Fox
In three interconnected short stories set in a small southern town, six teens discover unexpected romance after a train is stranded by a blizzard. In “The Jubilee Express” Jubilee takes refuge in a Waffle House and meets local boy Stuart. For senior high readers. 2008.

Like Mother, Like Daughter (But in a Good Way)     DB/RC 68585
6 hours 58 minutes
by Jennifer Greene and others read by Mitzi Friedlander
Three short stories centering on the relationship between mothers and daughters. In “Born in My Heart” a woman struggles after her adopted daughter finds her birth mother. In “The Long-Distance Mother” a middle-aged divorcée returns home to patch things up with her mom—who now has dementia. Rita Award. 2007.

Names My Sisters Call Me     DB/RC 68588
9 hours 40 minutes
by Megan Crane
read by Carol Dines
Philadelphia cellist Courtney Cassel becomes engaged and invites her long-estranged sister Raine to the wedding. After Raine’s hateful tirade during their older sister Norah’s nuptials six years ago, Raine and her best friend Matt—Courtney’s first love—left for California. Now Raine and Matt’s return causes family upheaval. Some strong language. 2008.

The Returning     DB/RC 68589
7 hours 56 minutes
by Ann Tatlock
read by Jack Fox
Andrea Sheldon awaits her husband John’s return from a five-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide. Their son with Down syndrome welcomes John, who is now religious, but their two daughters reject him. Over the summer, the family members adjust to new roles amid personal turmoil. 2009.

A McKettrick Christmas     DB/RC 68594
5 hours 21 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Christmastime, 1896. Nineteen-year-old Lizzie McKettrick and her beau Whitley Carson are traveling from San Francisco to Lizzie’s family ranch in Arizona when an avalanche strands their train. Lizzie falls in love with Dr. Morgan Shane while helping the injured. 2008.

Talk of the Town     DB/RC 68598
9 hours 34 minutes
by Karen Hawkins
read by Erin Jones
After divorcing her cheating husband, “good girl” Roxie Treymayne dyes her hair blond and gets a tattoo. When her mother falls ill back in Glory, North Carolina, Roxie returns and runs into her high school flame Nick Sheppard—now the town sheriff. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

Agincourt     DB 68608
15 hours 38 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Joe Peck
Europe, 1413–1415. Nineteen-year-old outlaw and archer Nicholas Hook flees England and becomes a mercenary in France. After saving a young novitiate during the siege of Soissons, Nicholas joins English king Henry V’s army and battles the French on the plateau of Agincourt. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

A Dance to the Music of Time: Third Movement; The Valley of Bones, The Soldier’s Art, The Military Philosophers    DB 68623
21 hours 40 minutes
by Anthony Powell
read by Alexander Strain
Follows the exploits of four Englishmen during World War II and its immediate aftermath. Comprises the seventh, eighth, and ninth volumes, which were published separately between 1964 and 1968, of a twelve-novel epic. 1971.

Chosen: House of Night, Book 3     DB 68634
7 hours 57 minutes
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
read by Mary Kane
Fledgling vampire Zoey Redbird’s best friend Stevie Rae is “undead” and becoming a monster—and Zoey knows that her own mentor is behind the deed. When two professors are murdered, Zoey suspects humans are guilty. She also finds herself in a love triangle. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Ambassadors     DB 68644
17 hours 20 minutes
by Henry James
read by Steven Carpenter
Acting as ambassador for the wealthy Mrs. Newsome, conscientious Massachusetts-based newspaper editor Lambert Strether journeys to Paris to retrieve Newsome’s errant son Chad. When Chad’s suave demeanor and the city’s charm distract Strether from his mission, Mrs. Newsome sends another envoy. Edited with a 2008 introduction by Adrian Poole. 1903.

The Road Home     DB 68650
15 hours 51 minutes
by Rose Tremain
read by Joe Peck
After his wife’s death, forty-two-year-old unemployed Lev emigrates from his Eastern European homeland to seek a better life in London—leaving his mother and daughter behind. Lev, working in a low-level restaurant job, endures xenophobia and homesickness while pondering his fate and forming friendships. Strong language. Orange Prize. 2007.

Untamed: House of Night, Book 4     DB 68667
9 hours 54 minutes
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
read by Mary Kane
After events in Chosen (DB 68634), teen vampire Zoey Redbird is ostracized at her new boarding school and abandoned by her former love interests. But Zoey knows that high priestess Neferet’s war on humans is wrong and tries to stop her. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Captive Heart     DB 68669
15 hours 1 minute
by Bertrice Small
read by Colleen Delany
1460s. With the Plantagenet court in ruins, Queen Margaret’s goddaughter Alix is forced to marry a Northumbrian baron’s cruel son. When her husband dies unexpectedly, Alix flees England for Scotland—finding refuge with a handsome, brooding laird who might provide the love she’s always imagined. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Pale Fire     DB 68672
8 hours 54 minutes
by Vladimir Nabokov
read by Steven Carpenter
University poet-in-residence John Shade writes a 999-line poem just before his death. Demented scholar Charles Kinbote then provides commentary on the poem. Kinbote’s literary analysis reveals fantastic escapades of the deposed king of Zembla living in a New York college town and the king’s would-be assassin. Introduction by Richard Rorty. 1962.

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet     DB 68680
15 hours 15 minutes
by Colleen McCullough
read by Laura Giannarelli
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (RC 50549). Liberated from caregiving duties after her mother’s death, unmarried Bennet sister Mary decides to investigate England’s ills. While Mary finds unexpected danger and romance, Elizabeth, Darcy, and others face their own difficulties. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Temptation Ridge: A Virgin River Novel     DB/RC 68681
12 hours 27 minutes
by Robyn Carr
read by Jill Fox
After years of caring for her now-deceased mother, twenty-five-year-old Shelby McIntyre moves in with her uncle in Virgin River. Shelby meets former Blackhawk pilot Luke Riordan, and the two fall in love. But Luke doesn’t envision a future together. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

American Rust     DB 68684
12 hours 16 minutes
by Philipp Meyer
read by Barry Bernson
High school graduates Isaac English, the class scholar, and Billy Poe, the football hero, are still stuck in their economically depressed former steel-mill town in Pennsylvania. When they accidentally kill someone, their decisions change their lives and their families forever. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Terminal Freeze     DB/RC 68686
9 hours 3 minutes
by Lincoln Child
read by Jack Fox
Exploring the frigid landscape of the Federal Wilderness Zone, paleo-ecologist Evan Marshall and his team come upon a strange animal encased in ice. Against the advice of Marshall’s team, their sponsor plans to televise the creature’s thawing. But then the beast disappears and people die. Violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Danger in a Red Dress     DB/RC 68687
9 hours 29 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Carrick Manly tricks home-care worker Hannah Grey into nursing his disagreeable mother, hoping Hannah will learn where his missing father’s ill-gotten fortune is. Carrick’s half brother Gabriel Prescott agrees to help Carrick, but is drawn to Hannah. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The MacKade Brothers: Rafe and Jared     DB/RC 68688
13 hours 1 minute
by Nora Roberts
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Two novellas about love in Antietam, Maryland. In The Return of Rafe Mac-Kade, builder Rafe restores a mansion and falls for an antiques dealer. In The Pride of Jared MacKade, divorced attorney Jared meets a single mother. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Grime and Punishment: A Jane Jeffry Mystery     DB/RC 68692
5 hours 52 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
Jane Jeffry’s friend Shelley Nowack hires the Happy Helper Cleaning Service, which instead of sending the regular maid sends substitute Ramona Thurgood. When Ramona is found strangled with a vacuum-cleaner cord in Shelley’s house, Jane thinks the killer could be someone in the neighborhood. 1989.

The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!     DB/RC 68703
6 hours 7 minutes
by Harry Harrison
read by John Polk
Secret agent “Slippery Jim” diGriz, formerly the con man known as Stainless Steel Rat, is recruited by the Special Corps to investigate the disappear-ance of a group of diplomats on a distant planet. Jim goes back in time and discovers that alien creatures are plotting to destroy mankind. Some violence. 1979.

The Silent Man     DB 68782
13 hours 21 minutes
by Alex Berenson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
CIA agents John Wells and his fiancée Jenny Exley, from The Ghost War (RC 66268), are attacked on their way to headquarters. While searching for the culprits, Wells also learns of jihadists who are trying to bring atomic bombs into the United States. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Hounded to Death: A Jane Arnold Mystery     DB/RC 68807
8 hours 10 minutes
by Rita Mae Brown
read by Jill Ferris
Jane Arnold, the Jefferson Hunt Club’s master of foxhounds, investigates three seemingly unrelated incidents: the murder of a much-disliked foxhunter, the apparent suicide of a recently divorced veterinarian, and the disappearance of a pet-food manufacturer from the Virginia Hound Show. Jane’s animal friends lend assistance. Some strong language. 2008.

Welcome to Serenity: The Sweet Magnolias, Book 4    DB 68858
10 hours 26 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Spa services manager Jeanette Brioche has a secret reason to turn down her boss Dana Sue’s suggestion that she serve on Serenity’s Christmas festival committee. Tom McDonald, the new town manager, is also reluctant to get involved in the holiday planning. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Sharpe’s Honor: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813     DB/RC 68867
12 hours 29 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
To destroy the fragile alliance between England and Spain, French officer Pierre Ducos murders a Spanish general and frames British major Richard Sharpe for the crime. Sentenced to death, Sharpe escapes into the countryside, where he is hunted by allies and enemies alike. Violence and some strong language. 1985.

In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story     DB/RC 68873
7 hours 49 minutes
by Jerry Apps
read by Guy Williams
Korean War veteran Andy Meyer helps run his parents’ small farm in Ames County, Wisconsin. Andy also supervises a corporate pickle factory and feels conflicted when the company insists that local cucumber growers change their farming methods. Then a disease damages this year’s crop. 2007.

The Grand Finale     DB/RC 68888
5 hours 41 minutes
by Janet Evanovich
read by Carol Dines
During a delivery, Pizzeria owner Berry Knudsen climbs a tree to rescue a kitten. She spies the hunky homeowner undressing and falls, knocking out her breath. The awkwardness of this start with inventor Jake Sawyer is later compounded by Berry’s three elderly roommates. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1988.

The Help     DB/RC 68889
17 hours 45 minutes
by Kathryn Stockett
read by Jill Fox
Jackson, Mississippi; 1962–1964. College grad and fledgling writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan searches for a book-worthy project. At the urging of an editor, Skeeter interviews African American maids Aibileen and Minny about their relationships with their employers. Violating segregration laws, the three women question their lives. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

A Killing Frost: A River Dance Novel     DB/RC 69016
8 hours 15 minutes
by Hannah Alexander
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After fifteen years Dr. Jama Keith returns to her hometown of River Dance, Missouri, to practice medicine. Jama avoids her former fiancé Tyrell Mercer, until his eleven-year-old niece Doriann is kidnapped. During the search Jama tries to conceal a painful incident from her past. 2008.

The Return of the Rancher     DB/RC 69044
8 hours 17 minutes
by Max Brand
read by Bill Weideman
The Ashe family loyally trusts their ranch foreman Douglas Walters. Walters, however, is stealing and keeping a gang of cattle rustlers just across the Mexican border. When Molly Ashe meets Jim Seton on his return from prison, Jim agrees to help her family. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1933.

Death in Lacquer Red: A Hilda Johansson Mystery     DB/RC 69051
6 hours 38 minutes
by Jeanne M. Dams
read by Gabriella Cavallero
South Bend, Indiana; 1900. Swedish immigrant Hilda Johansson, a housemaid for the wealthy Studebaker family, discovers the brutally beaten corpse of a female missionary wearing a distinctive red jacket from China. Despite wary coworkers, narrow-minded police, and social prejudices, Hilda tracks the killer. 1999.

The Ghost’s Child     DB/RC 69055
3 hours 50 minutes
by Sonya Hartnett
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Maddy, an elderly lady, finds a strange boy sitting in her lounge room waiting for her. After offering him tea, Maddy tells the boy about the lost love of her youth and the grand seafaring voyage she took to find her lover. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Judgment Calls: A Samantha Kincaid Novel     DB/RC 69057
9 hours 36 minutes
by Alafair Burke
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Portland deputy D.A. Samantha Kincaid takes the case of thirteen-year-old Kendra Martin, a heroin-addicted prostitute who was brutally raped and left for dead. Despite pressure to dismiss the incident as an assault, Samantha aggressively pursues charges of attempted murder. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Treasure     DB/RC 69062
6 hours 29 minutes
by Helen Brenna
read by Kristin Allison
Jake Rawlings has sought the sunken Spanish galleon Concha his whole life, and marine archaeologist Annie Miller thinks she can locate it. They voyage to the Bahamas—Jake hoping for riches, Annie hoping to end an ancient curse. But they find love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2007.

What Doesn’t Kill You     DB/RC 69065
8 hours 33 minutes
by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
read by Mare Trevathan
After her business partner dies, Tee Hodges is unexpectedly fired from the company she cofounded. Struggling to pay for her daughter’s wedding and other bills, Tee discovers who her real friends are. But Tee’s pride keeps her from asking for help. 2009.

Word Gets Around: A Novel of Daily, Texas     DB/RC 69082
9 hours 58 minutes
by Lisa Wingate
read by Kristin Allison
Lauren Eldridge reluctantly returns to her hometown in Texas to help her father train a racehorse that is starring in a Hollywood film. With the family’s ranch on the line, Lauren does her best despite complications from struggling screenwriter Nate Heath, who might be more trouble than the horse. 2009.

Dead Silence: A Doc Ford Novel     DB 69094
12 hours 24 minutes
by Randy Wayne White
read by Gregory Gorton
New York City. Marine biologist and former intelligence agent Doc Ford thwarts the attempted abduction of a U.S. senator, but teenager Will Chaser is snatched instead. Trying to save Will, Doc uncovers the kidnappers’ motive—they demand Fidel Castro’s personal papers. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon     DB 69097
9 hours 29 minutes
by Nancy Atherton
read by Kimberly Schraf
The Renaissance festival comes to Lori Shepherd’s small English town, bringing wenches, knights, general merriment—and a series of troubling “accidents” that seem to target the fair’s founder Calvin Malvern, otherwise known as King Wilfred the Good. Fearing an assassination plot, Lori turns to Aunt Dimity, her supernatural advisor. 2009.

The Language of Bees: A Mary Russell Novel     DB 69099
15 hours 18 minutes
by Laurie R. King
read by Corrie James
Sussex, 1924. Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes receive a visit from Sherlock’s estranged son Damian, an artist and former drug addict, who needs help finding his wife and daughter. Meanwhile Mary delves into Damian’s sordid past and investigates the disappearance of a bee colony from Sherlock’s apiary. 2009.

Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11     DB 69100
14 hours 44 minutes
by Jim Butcher
read by Gregory Gorton
Chicago. Wizard Harry Dresden prefers avoiding the White Council’s ire. But when Harry’s nemesis Morgan—a fellow warden of the council—collapses in a bloody heap at Harry’s door, Harry reluctantly agrees to help him before either one of them loses his head. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

False Colours     DB 69102
11 hours 38 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Corrie James
Diplomat Christopher “Kit” Fancot returns home to London and learns that his twin brother Evelyn is missing. Evelyn, who plans to marry Cressy Stavely, must meet Cressy’s grandmother as planned or the betrothal could be canceled. Kit impersonates Evelyn to secure his family’s fortune—and ends up falling in love. 1963.

Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2     DB 69110
14 hours 34 minutes
by Taylor Anderson
read by Michael Scherer
Destroyer USS Walker defends peaceful, alternate-world Lemurians against the barbaric Griks. The USS Mahan exits a squall from its own world, chased by the damaged Japanese battle cruiser Amagi, whose vengeful crew joins forces with the Griks. Sequel to Into the Storm (RC 69109). Violence and some strong language. 2008.

Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1     DB 69112
12 hours 0 minutes
by C.E. Murphy
read by Annie Wauters
Trouble begins after the mysterious Alban interrupts lawyer Margrit Knight’s midnight jog through Central Park. When a body is discovered nearby the next day, Margrit suspects Alban. But Alban insists he’s innocent and asks Margrit to protect him and his secret—he is a gargoyle. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Friday’s Child     DB 69114
14 hours 6 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Corrie James
“Sherry,” the viscount Sheringham, needs a wife to secure his fortune. Following a rejected proposal, he vows to marry the next woman he meets. She happens to be Miss Hero Wantage—a penniless orphan. Sherry soon discovers there is no end to the scrapes his unlikely bride can get into. 1944.

Too Good to Be True     DB 69116
11 hours 49 minutes
by Kristan Higgins
read by Colleen Delany
After prep-school teacher Grace Emerson’s fiancé dumps her to date her younger sister, Grace makes up an imaginary boyfriend to stave off her family’s nosiness. Grace meets her new neighbor—handsome ex-con Callahan O’Shea—and, despite having misgivings about his past, falls in love. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The War in the Air     DB 69118
13 hours 11 minutes
by H.G. Wells
read by Robert Sams
In an alternate twentieth century, Londoner Bert Smallways inadvertently becomes involved in a German plot to cross the Atlantic in airships and destroy New York. The attack spawns a horrific war that devastates civilization. Bert, stranded in a ruined America, tries to find a way home. Includes 2005 introduction. 1908.

Perfect Family     DB 69126
9 hours 55 minutes
by Pam Lewis
read by Faith Potts
Single mom Pony Carteret dies while swimming at the family’s Vermont lake house as her toddler son cries in a playpen in the yard. Pony’s grief-stricken older brother William, trying to figure out the circumstances surrounding her death, stumbles upon shocking family secrets. Strong language. 2008.

Shatter     DB 69127
17 hours 31 minutes
by Michael Robotham
read by Patrick Downer
When a naked woman talking on a cell phone jumps from a bridge to her death, psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, from Suspect (RC 59810), believes she was coerced over the phone. Joe, who tried to talk her down, investigates. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Wings of Wrath: The Magister Trilogy, Book 2     DB 69129
17 hours 36 minutes
by C.S. Friedman
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Kamala wields the sorcery of the magisters but flees from their judgment after killing a morati. To return to the brotherhood’s good graces, she must gather information on ways to defeat the strengthening demon soul eaters. Sequel to Feast of Souls (RC 64351). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Without Warning     DB 69131
19 hours 30 minutes
by John Birmingham
read by Annie Wauters
2003. A catastrophic event destroys much of the United States and other parts of North America. The remaining television networks around the globe broadcast images of the empty, burning cities. Meanwhile survivors struggle to reestablish their country as Iraq declares war. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

This Side of Heaven     DB 69133
9 hours 28 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Faith Potts
Nate and Annie Warren are disappointed in their son Josh, an unemployed tow-truck driver who is waiting for money from a lawsuit. But after Josh’s untimely death, Annie discovers his true nature and faith in God and vows to find the daughter Josh never knew. 2009.

The Black Moth     DB 69136
11 hours 14 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Corrie James
Heyer’s first book follows the earl of Wyncham’s heir Jack Carstares, who became a highwayman after being wrongly accused of cheating at cards. Now, years later, Jack comes out of hiding to rescue Diana Beauleigh from the unwanted attention of the villainous duke of Andover. Includes 2003 foreword. 1929.

North of Beautiful     DB 69137
10 hours 57 minutes
by Justina Chen Headley
read by Mary Kane
High school senior Terra hides under her makeup, embarrassed about the large birthmark covering the side of her face. Terra anxiously awaits the moment she can escape her verbally abusive father, but her life changes when she meets cute Goth boy Jacob. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel     DB 69161
6 hours 40 minutes
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s assistant Lula witnesses the murder of celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle, who was attending a barbecue cook-off in Trenton. Lula and Grandma Mazur enter the contest to lure the killers and to collect the reward. Stephanie also helps Ranger plug a security leak. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Road Dogs     DB 69183
7 hours 28 minutes
by Elmore Leonard
read by Gregory Gorton
Bank robber Jack Foley, from Out of Sight (RC 43239), heads to Venice, California, to await the release of fellow inmate Cundo Rey, who got Jack out of prison. Also waiting is Cundo’s girl, who wants Cundo’s fortune, and an FBI agent. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth    DB 69192
8 hours 15 minutes
by Carrie Ryan
read by Mary Kane
Mary seeks knowledge of the world beyond the village’s protective fences and the surrounding forest harboring the “Unconsecrated”—an aggressive, formerly dead, flesh-eating people. When outsider Gabrielle enters the village, Mary wonders about the Sisterhood’s secrets and plans for escape. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Devil’s Paintbox      DB 69194
11 hours 12 minutes
by Victoria McKernan
read by Patrick Downer
In 1865 a wagon-train driver takes on two starving orphans, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, as indentured servants for the two-thousand-mile journey from Kansas to Seattle. Among the perils is smallpox—the devil’s paint. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Deception: A New Jason Bourne Novel     DB 69301
14 hours 43 minutes
by Eric Van Lustbader
read by Ted Stoddard
Ambushed and nearly killed in Bali, Jason Bourne fakes his death and hunts the would-be assassin. Meanwhile, Soraya Moore, the CIA’s Middle East director, investigates the bombing of an American airliner over Egypt. Moore believes Bourne is dead—but then their missions overlap. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Temptation’s Warrior    DB 69316
8 hours 23 minutes
by Gabriella Anderson
read by Colleen Delany
Britain, 1347. Baron Coxesbury hires mercenary knight Payne to kidnap Lady Agnes on the eve of her wedding so that Coxesbury can marry her himself. Payne inadvertently seizes spirited Lady Elfreda, who planned to join a convent but now reconsiders her decision. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Bookmarked for Death: A Booktown Mystery     DB 69319
9 hours 9 minutes
by Lorna Barrett
read by Margaret Strom
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles hosts a signing for mystery author Zoë Carter. When Zoë is found dead in the restroom, the sheriff closes Tricia’s shop. To get it reopened in time for a book fair, Tricia investigates—starting with Zoë’s obnoxious twenty-something niece and rumors of blackmail. Includes recipes. 2009.

Fearless     DB/RC 69364
8 hours 11 minutes
by Diana Palmer
read by Phil Gigante
San Antonio prosecutor Gloryanne Barnes lies low at her stepbrother’s organic farm after a drug warlord shoots at her. Meanwhile undercover DEA agent Rodrigo Ramirez secretly watches her and investigates the cartel. Gloryanne falls for rugged “farmhand” Rodrigo amid all the danger. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Heartless: A Long, Tall Texan Novel     DB/RC 69390
8 hours 33 minutes
by Diana Palmer
read by Phil Gigante
Gracie March and her stepbrother Jason Pendleton have always loved each other but resisted acting on their feelings. Jason becomes engaged to a woman who wants to break his ties to Gracie, while Gracie hides a family secret. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Bed of Roses: The Bride Quartet, Book 2     DB/RC 69410
9 hours 4 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Angela Dawe
Florist Emma Grant, from Vision in White (RC 69355), enjoys success with her friends at their wedding-planning business but is unable to find the right man for herself. Then Emma opens her eyes to her longtime acquaintance, architect Jack Cooke. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Fear the Worst     DB/RC 69415
12 hours 35 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Buck Schirner
Divorced car salesman Tim Blake searches for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney, who didn’t return home from her summer job at a hotel. Tim is unpleasantly surprised to learn that, among other things, Sydney’s supposed employers have never heard of her. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery     DB/RC 69588
14 hours 51 minutes
by Sue Grafton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
California, 1988. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Sutton tells PI Kinsey Millhone about his recovered childhood memories of an unsolved 1967 kidnapping involving a four-year-old girl. Though skeptical, Kinsey agrees to take on the cold case. But Michael’s questionable reliability as a witness complicates Kinsey’s investigation. Bestseller. 2009.

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Books for Children

Children's Nonfiction

The Dangerous Book for Boys    RC 64723
12 hours 52 minutes
by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
read by Ray Childs
Descriptions of games and outdoor activities alternate with historical facts and stories of courage. Includes instructions for tying five basic knots, building a go-cart, playing chess, and making crystals. Discusses famous battles and profiles explorers. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2007.

The Civil War    RC 66063
2 hours 13 minutes
by Anne Devereaux Jordan
read by Robin Miles
Discusses slavery and economic, political, and moral issues that divided the United States in the 1860s. Provides an overview of the Civil War; the roles of African Americans as soldiers, scouts, and spies; and the abolishment of slavery. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Hurricanes     DB 67184
0 hours 23 minutes
by Seymour Simon
read by Kristin Allison
Presents scientific information on tropical storms, including the formation and behavior of hurricanes and the names of storms that have caused major disasters. Explains the Saffir-Simpson scale, used to measure a hurricane’s strength. Discusses weather predictions, warnings, and precautions. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Robot Explorers     DB 67188
2 hours 51 minutes
by Ron Miller
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the use of mechanical robots to explore our solar system. Covers missions to the moon and Mars, the Pioneer and Voyager programs, the Galileo and Cassini-Huygens probes that supplied information and images of the planets, the Stardust probe that collected comet material, and future possibilities. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail    RC 67446
10 hours 47 minutes
by Danica McKellar
read by Kerry Dukin
Television star and mathematics whiz presents middle school girls and their parents a guide for mastering the basic concepts of decimals, mixed and prime numbers, fractions, percentages, and pre-algebra. Uses real-world examples, such as shopping, and provides step-by-step instructions. Includes multiplication tables. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Life on Earth—and Beyond: An Astrobiologist’s Quest      DB 67471
1 hour 21 minutes
by Pamela S. Turner
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses Dr. Chris McKay’s scientific fieldwork searching for microbes or life-forms that survive in extreme environments on Earth similar to conditions on Mars or other planets. Covers explorations in the Dry Valleys and Lake Hoare, Antarctica; the Atacama Desert, Chile; the Sahara Desert; and Siberia. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Migrant Youth: Falling between the Cracks     DB 67475
2 hours 8 minutes
by Joyce Libal
read by Jill Ferris
Discusses the plight of migrant farm workers, their daily dangers, and hourly wages. Presents facts about the educational, health, and social challenges facing children whose parents move around the country for agricultural work. Discusses available programs—and their limits—to help these youth and their families. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Hurricanes     DB 67476
1 hour 8 minutes
by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
read by Kristin Allison
Account of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina features survivor quotes and a scientific explanation of the cause of hurricanes. Discusses some of history’s worst storms, from the thirteenth-century typhoon that saved Japan from the invading Mongol navy to twentieth-century disasters in Florida, Mississippi, and Bangladesh. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2007.

The Trouble Begins at Eight: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West     DB/RC 68038
3 hours 29 minutes
by Sid Fleischman
read by Robert Sams
Biography of American humorist Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), who, after 1865, was better known by his pen name Mark Twain. Recounts Twain’s childhood in Missouri and his later adventures in the West to explain the connections between Twain’s life and his writing. For grades 6-9. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of the Middle East: Where Are Persia, Babylon, and the Ottoman Empire?     DB/RC 68571
2 hours 52 minutes
by John Davenport
read by Fred Major
Explores ancient empires and kingdoms of the volatile Middle East. Describes cultures and societies that have disappeared from modern maps and discusses the leaders of the area’s conquest. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past     DB/RC 68586
1 hour 45 minutes
by James M. Deem
read by Lou Harpenau
Discusses ice mummies discovered as glaciers melt in the European Alps, South America’s Andes, and Asia’s Himalayas. Explains that scientific study of these frozen remains of hunters, children, and mountain climbers reveals information about food, tools, clothing, and conditions in the past. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry     DB/RC 68599
1 hour 31 minutes
edited by Bill Martin
read by Gary Tipton
Anthology of more than a hundred poems including traditional Mother Goose rhymes and poems from Emily Dickinson, Mary Ann Hoberman, Langston Hughes, Jack Prelutsky, Christina G. Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Judith Viorst, and many others. Subject categories include animals, nature, school, feelings, family, food, and nonsense. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Real Ninja: Over Twenty True Stories of Japan’s Secret Assassins     DB/RC 68709
0 hours 45 minutes
by Stephen Turnbull
read by Brian Conn
Traces the rise of ninja (invisible men) forces that peaked in the sixteenth century, the time of Japan’s great civil wars. Discusses ninja training; weapons, including poisons; disguises; tactics; and the feats of famous ninja. For grades 4-7. 2008.

How to Scratch a Wombat: Where to Find It, What to Feed It, Why It Sleeps All Day     DB/RC 69072
1 hour 40 minutes
by Jackie French
read by Kristin Allison
Australian author recounts meeting her first wombat, Smudge, thirty years ago and tells everything she’s learned about wombats since then from her furry neighbors Bad Bart the Biter, Mothball, and Sneezy. She describes their burrows, love of carrots, ways of rearing their young, and reasons for avoiding the sun. For grades 3-6. 2009.

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Children's Fiction

Monday with a Mad Genius: Magic Tree House, Book 38    RC 65616
1 hour 44 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
Jack and Annie travel back in time five hundred years to Florence, Italy. They spend a day helping Leonardo da Vinci, hoping to learn another of the four secrets of happiness from the artist. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Ferret Island: A Rollicking Adventure for Brave Young Readers    RC 65941
5 hours 34 minutes
by Richard W. Jennings
read by Neil Berman
Washed up on an island in the Mississippi River, fourteen-year-old runaway Will Finn survives quite happily on whatever washes ashore until he discovers other inhabitants—a race of giant ferrets and a reclusive author who plans to use the animals in a plot against McDonald’s. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Attack of the Turtle    RC 65945
3 hours 48 minutes
by Drew Carlson
read by Neil Berman
New York, 1776. Fourteen-year-old Nate Wade reluctantly agrees to help his thirty-three-year-old cousin David Bushnell build a secret war weapon—the first submarine. Nate overcomes his intense fear of water as they construct the American Turtle, a vessel designed to attach bombs to British ships. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Night of the Howling Dogs    RC 65946
4 hours 9 minutes
by Graham Salisbury
read by Gary Roan
Hawaii, 1975. A Boy Scout campout on a remote beach goes terrifyingly wrong when an earthquake hits in the night. The boys and their leaders are separated during the resulting tsunami. But eighth-grader Dylan finds an unexpected ally as he and fifteen-year-old Louie rescue the group. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Where the Great Hawk Flies    RC 66095
6 hours 55 minutes
by Liza Ketchum
read by John Haag
Vermont, 1782. On Daniel Tucker’s thirteenth birthday, his new neighbor, eleven-year-old Hiram Coombs, jeers and calls Daniel “Injun.” Through alternating narratives about daily activities, each boy recounts his initial distrust of the other, the tension between their two families, and the gradual falling away of prejudice. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Snatched: The Bloodwater Mysteries, Book 1    RC 66129
4 hours 2 minutes
by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue
read by Victoria Gordon
Eleventh-grader Roni uses her overactive imagination and curiosity to write a crime column for her high school newspaper. When classmate Alicia Camden is beaten and kidnapped, Roni teams up with Brian, a freshman science prodigy, to investigate. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Skullduggery: The Bloodwater Mysteries, Book 2    RC 66288
3 hours 51 minutes
by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue
read by Victoria Gordon
Sleuths Roni and Brian, from Snatched (RC 66129), find local archaeologist Andrew Dart knocked unconscious atop a pile of bones. Their investigation pits them against the wealthy Bloodwater family, who want to build condominiums on a Native American burial site. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Mystery of the Ivory Charm: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories     RC 66460
3 hours 12 minutes

by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
Nancy investigates a suspicious circus-elephant trainer from India who wears an ivory charm for protection and who warns her of danger. Things become more complicated when the trainer’s assistant—who is also his foster son—seeks refuge at the Drew home. For grades 4-7. 1936.

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express     RC 66547
0 hours 57 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
Stink and his friends think up ways to find homes for the 101 guinea pigs that Mrs. Birdwistle, owner of the Fur and Fangs pet store, rescued from lab testing. But Stink is reluctant to give away his favorite, Astro. For grades 2-4. 2008.

The Haunted Bridge: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories    RC 66556
3 hours 13 minutes
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
Nancy’s father is on the trail of an international ring of jewel thieves. While relaxing at the Deer Mountain Hotel, Nancy, Bess, and George become involved in Mr. Drew’s case and link it to a ghost that is haunting a bridge near the resort. For grades 4-7. 1937.

Younguncle Comes to Town     RC 66567
2 hours 33 minutes
by Vandana Singh
read by Erik Sandvold
One rainy afternoon in northern India, three children—nine-year-old Sarita, seven-year-old Ravi, and their baby sister—await the arrival of their father’s youngest brother, Younguncle, who is coming to live with them. Wherever Younguncle goes, no one is bored. For grades 3-6. 2004.

Jango: The Noble Warriors, Book 2     DB 67387
9 hours 18 minutes
by William Nicholson
read by Kristin Allison
Teen heroes Morning Star, Seeker, and Wildman, who were introduced in Seeker (RC 64485), begin their training together as Nomana warriors but soon pursue separate quests. Their fates intersect again when the island needs protection from an evil enemy. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Noman: The Noble Warriors, Book 3      DB 67404
8 hours 3 minutes
by William Nicholson
read by Kristin Allison
Seeker, Morning Star, and Wildman react differently to losing the island and the disbanding of the Nomana. Morning Star and Wildman are impressed by a young boy who preaches nonviolence, but Seeker is still obsessed with killing the Old Ones. Sequel to Jango (DB 67387). For grades 6-9. 2007.

Exodus     DB 67465
9 hours 26 minutes
by Julie Bertagna
read by Mare Trevathan
The year 2100. As the island Wing faces inundation and annihilation, fifteen-year-old Mara persuades her people to seek refuge in New Mungo, a New World city with a high-tech civilization. Blocked out by walls, Mara must find another way into the city. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Akimbo and the Lions: Akimbo, Book 2     DB 67612
1 hour 8 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Judith Ann Gantly
Akimbo helps his father, a game warden, set a trap for a lion that is attacking cattle. When they catch a lion cub instead, Akimbo wants to keep it. For grades 2-4. 1992.

Twice upon a Marigold     DB 67624
6 hours 17 minutes
by Jean Ferris
read by Judith Ann Gantly
After a quiet year of amnesia in a small town, wicked Queen Olympia regains her memory and a desire to wrench power from King Swithbert. Christian and Marigold counter with a scheme of their own. Sequel to Once upon a Marigold (RC 56708). For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy     DB 67642
6 hours 0 minutes
by Diane Stanley
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Franny knows that she was accepted to Allbright Academy—a prestigious boarding school founded by Nobel Prize-winning scientists—mainly because of her brilliant sister Zoë. When Franny finds herself acting suspiciously robot-perfect, she and her friends discover a sinister scheme involving personality-modification drugs put in brownies. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things      DB 67749
2 hours 39 minutes
by Lenore Look
read by Erik Sandvold
Alvin Ho loves superheroes, but he is afraid of almost everything and has never spoken a word in school. What he really wants is to have friends this year in the second grade. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Waiting for Normal     DB/RC 68286
5 hours 37 minutes
by Leslie Connor
read by Colleen Delany
Upstate New York. Addie’s plucky spirit makes the best of awkward situations such as moving into a tiny trailer with her difficult mother, separating from her stepdad and two half sisters, and coping with her learning difficulties in her new school’s band. For grades 5-8. Schneider Family Book Award. 2008.

The Day of the Djinn Warriors: Children of the Lamp, Book 4     DB 68340
10 hours 57 minutes
by P.B. Kerr
read by Corrie James
Racing against time, the Djinn twins John and Philippa attempt to prevent museum robberies, stop evil-spirited Chinese terracotta warriors, and save their mother from becoming the Blue Djinn of Babylon and their father from an aging curse. Sequel to The Cobra King of Kathmandu (RC 68060). For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Smile     DB/RC 68577
8 hours 0 minutes
by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Jill Fox
Renaissance Italy. Teenaged Monna Elisabetta, nicknamed Monna Lisa, meets Giuliano de’ Medici through her father’s friend Leonardo da Vinci. While Giuliano becomes Elisabetta’s sweetheart, political turmoil interrupts their romance. Years later Leonardo paints Monna Lisa’s portrait, immortalizing her famous smile. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Schooled     DB/RC 68597
4 hours 18 minutes
by Gordon Korman
read by Gary Tipton
Raised and homeschooled on his grandmother’s commune, thirteen-year-old Capricorn “Cap” Anderson abruptly transitions to a crowded and noisy middle school while his grandmother recuperates from an accident. Clueless and naive, Cap becomes a target for eighth-grade bully Zach Powers, who sets Cap up for ridicule. For grades 6-9. 2007.

How I Saved My Father’s Life (and Ruined Everything Else)     DB/RC 68603
4 hours 29 minutes
by Ann Hood
read by Jill Fox
Madeline believes that her prayers saved her father from an avalanche and that she’s on the road to sainthood—or to being a ballerina. When her parents divorce, Madeline blames her mother until a trip to Italy helps put things into perspective. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Jim and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure     DB/RC 69022
4 hours 37 minutes
by Dan Gutman
read by Erik Sandvold
Joe Stoshack’s longtime enemy Bobby Fuller asks Joe to use a vintage baseball card to time travel with him. The boys want to meet Jim Thorpe, one of the twentieth century’s greatest athletes and Bobby’s great-grandfather, but they arrive in 1913—after Thorpe’s Olympic medals were taken away. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Problem with the Puddles     DB/RC 69063
2 hours 47 minutes
by Kate Feiffer
read by Kristin Allison
After driving for two hours in an over-packed car, Baby Puddle realizes that the family forgot to bring their two dogs. The Puddle parents disagree on whether to return or go on. Meanwhile, the dogs set out to find their owners. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There    DB 69120
4 hours 9 minutes
by Daniel Pinkwater
read by Michael Scherer
Southern California, 1950s. Yggdrasil Birnbaum (Iggy), a friend of Neddie and Seamus from The Neddiad (RC 65052), lives in an apartment hotel inhabited by ghosts—Rudolph Valentino and many others. When the ghosts begin disappearing, Iggy and her two friends travel to another plane of existence to investigate. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book 1    DB 69125
9 hours 40 minutes
by Charlie Fletcher
read by Mark Delgado
Twelve-year-old George punches and breaks off the head of a small stone dragon located outside London’s Natural History Museum. The carved-stone pterodactyl—which no one else can see—chases George around the city, thrusting him into a statue war between the spits and the taints. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Con las Cuerdas Rotas: Una Historia de Perseverancia, un Legado de Esperanza (Broken Strings: A Story of Perseverance, a Legacy of Hope)     RC 62998
5 horas 35 minutos
por Soraya Lamilla
leído por Maria Pino
Autobiografía de la joven y vibrante cantante y compositora que contrae el cáncer del seno a los treinta y un años de edad. Soraya cuenta del amor que tiene a su familia y a la música, y narra sus experiencias luchando contra el cáncer. A la vez quiere educar e inspirar a otras mujeres que sufren de esta enfermedad. (Autobiography of the vibrant young Latin singer and musician who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age thirty-one. She tells of her love for music and her family, chronicles her battle against cancer, and relates her efforts to educate and inspire other women at risk.) 2006.

La Fortaleza Digital (Digital Fortress)    RC 65970
13 horas 27 minutos
por Dan Brown
leído por Maria Pino
TRANSLTR, la ultrasecreta computadora de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional, intercepta y descifra el correo electrónico de terroristas. Pero un renegado desarrolla un código de transmisión que engaña a la supercomputadora, y los agentes de la Agencia de Seguridad se precipitan a descifrar el peligroso código, antes de que pueda turbar el balance de poder global. (TRANSLTR, the top-secret computer of the National Security Agency (NSA), intercepts and decodes terrorist e-mail traffic. When a renegade develops an ingenious algorithm that defeats the critical intelligence system, NSA agents race to undo the dangerous code before it can upset the geopolitical balance of power.) 1998.

Yo Soy el Diego, de la Gente (I Am Diego, Man of the People)      DB 67960
16 horas 34 minutos
por Diego Armando Maradona
leído por Juan Ramirez
El famoso futbolista argentino narra sus memorias agridulces, pintando los cuadros vívidos y controversiales de su vida y carerra. Desde su origen en un barrio pobre argentino hasta su espectácular trayectoria al cima de la fama universal, Maradona cuenta los episodios de su vida hasta ahora. Lenguaje injurioso. (Bittersweet memoir of the famous Argentinean soccer star paints a vivid and controversial portrait of his life on and off the field. Maradona recounts his steep climb from humble beginnings in a shantytown to the summit of success and universal recognition. Strong language.) 2000.

La Hija del Caníbal (The Cannibal’s Daughter)     DB/RC 67961
13 horas 9 minutos
por Rosa Montero
leído por Maria Pino
Lucía y Ramón, juntos diez años, deciden pasar el Fin de Año en Viena. Pero en el aeropuerto Ramón desaparece misteriosamente. La policía no sabe resolver el caso, y Lucía investiga por su propria cuenta, acompañada por dos personas singulares: Felix, su vecino de ochenta años, y Adrián, un joven músico de veintiún años. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (Lucía and Ramón, together for ten years, decide to visit Vienna for New Year’s. At the airport, Ramón disappears mysteriously. The police are incompetent, so Lucía investigates with help from Felix, her eighty-year-old neighbor, and Adrian, a twenty-one-year-old musician. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.) 2005.

Amanecer (Breaking Dawn)     DB 67973
24 horas 26 minutos
por Stephenie Meyer
leído por Maria Pino
A la edad de dieciocho años, Bella se gradua del colegio y se casa con el vampiro Edward. Ahora tiene que decidir si quiere hacerse inmortal. Pero Bella está embarazada y el embarazo amenaza la vida de Bella así como la paz entre su amigo, Jacob el hombre lobo, y los vampiros Vulturi. Sigue a Eclipse (RC 67972). Para alumnos de secundaria. (Eighteen-year-old Bella marries vampire Edward after she graduates from high school and must decide whether to become immortal. But her pregnancy threatens both her life and the peace between her werewolf friend Jacob and the vampire Volturi coven. Sequel to Eclipse (RC 67972). For senior high readers.) 2008.

La Cabaña (The Shack)     DB 67982
11 horas 34 minutos
por William P. Young
leído por Juan Ramirez
Años atras, la hija de Mackenzie “Mack” Phillip, Missy, desaparece durante unas vacaciones familiares en Oregon. Ahora Mack recibe una sospechosa carta—aparentemente de Dios—invitandolo de nuevo a la remota cabaña donde Missy pudo haber sido asesinada. Allí Mack se enfrenta a su dolor, comulga con Dios, y hace descubimientos que le cambian la vida. (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.) 2008.

Mi Bebé y Yo: Una Guía Esencial para el Embarazo y el Cuidado de Tu Recíen Nacido (Baby and Me: The Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Care of Your Newborn)     DB 67989
9 horas 14 minutos
por Deborah D. Stewart
leído por Maria Pino
Una guía básica del embarazo, del parto, y del cuidado del recién nacido. Incluye información sobre nutrición, desarrollo fetal, las opciones de parto, la seguridad del bebé, y los recursos para nuevos padres. (A basic guidebook to pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Includes information about fetal development, nutrition, birthing options, infant care, safety, and resources for new parents.) 2007.

Abrazar el éxito: La Autobiografía de Quien Transformó la Adversidad en un Camino de Superación Constante (Embracing Success: The Autobiography of a Woman Who Transformed Adversity into a Life of Accomplishment)     DB 67990
4 horas 46 minutos
por Adriana Macías
leído por Maria Pino
Una mujer, nacido sin brazos, reflexiona sobre sus experiencias desde la infancia adelante, describiendo sus luchas, éxitos, y filosofía básica de la vida. Un relato de vivir con discapacidad y tambien con generar habilidades, da énfasis al apoyo familiar y el optimismo en la superación de los retrocesos de la vida. (A woman born without arms reflects on her struggles, successes, and basic philosophy of life. A memoir of both handicap and ability, the book focuses on familial support and optimism in overcoming life’s setbacks.) 2007.

Historia del Cerco de Lisboa (History of the Siege of Lisbon)     DB 67991
15 horas 38 minutos
por José Saramago
leído por Juan Ramirez
Autor ganador del Premio Nobel describe la vida solitaria de un corrector de pruebas, Raimundo Silva. Silva tiene la audacia de reescribir la historia oficial en una de sus tareas cuando decide que en 1147 el rey de Portugal reconquistó Lisboa, pero sin la ayuda de los cruzados. La primera edición fue publicada en portugués en 1989. (Proofreader Raimundo Silva, who lives a solitary existence, has the audacity to rewrite history on one of his assignments. Silva decides that in 1147 the king of Portugal reconquered Lisbon without the help of Crusaders. By the Nobel Prize-winning writer. First published in Portuguese in 1989.) 2000.

Inglés para Conversar (Conversational English)     DB 67992
11 horas 54 minutos
por Aguilar
leído por Maria Pino
Una guía práctica que ayuda a hispano-hablantes a aprender el idioma inglés. Usando situaciones de la vida cotidiana en los Estados Unidos, este libro presenta más de 1,500 diálogos y conversaciones que ilustran las palabras y frases de uso frecuente para ayudar en la rápida asimilación del inglés básico. (A guide for Spanish-speakers to learn basic conversational English. Draws upon situations from daily life in the United States to illustrate frequently used English words and phrases. Includes more than fifteen hundred common expressions and dialogs.) 2007.

Rumbo al Hermoso Norte (Into the Beautiful North)     DB 67993
10 horas 15 minutos
por Luis Alberto Urrea
leído por Maria Pino
Una chica de diecinueve años, Nayeli, realizando que su aldea mexicana está invadido de narcotraficantes, embarca a reclutar siete guerreros para salvarla. Con tres amigos a remolque, su aventura la lleva a los Estados Unidos, donde las vidas de inmigrantes ilegales entra en foco. Lenguage injurioso. (Nineteen-year-old Nayeli and her three companions cross the border into the United States to recruit seven Mexican warriors to save their village, Tres Camarones, from drug lords. During their quest, the four friends experience unexpected poverty and romance. Strong language.) 2009.

El Pergamino de la Seducción (The Parchment of Seduction)    DB 67994
13 horas 19 minutos
por Gioconda Belli
leído por Maria Pino
Lucia, una estudiante universitaria, y Manuel, un profesor, intentan resolver el enigma histórico de la Reina Juana de Castilla en el Madrid de hoy en día. El amor entre los dos se desarrolla en su búsqueda de la verdad de esta figura clave de la corte española, que la tradición mantiene se volvió loca en 1506. Descripciones de índole sexual. (In modern-day Madrid, Lucia, a university student, and Manuel, a professor, attempt to unravel the enigma of Queen Juana of Castille, who allegedly went mad in 1506. Their own relationship unfolds as they search for the truth about the Spanish monarch. Some descriptions of sex.) 2005.

Chiquita     DB 67995
20 horas 30 minutos
por Antonio Orlando Rodríguez
leído por Maria Pino
Cantante y bailarina Espiridiona Cenda viene a los Estados Unidos desde Cuba a finales del siglo XIX en busca de la fama. Sólo veintiséis pulgadas de estatura, la independiente y apasionada “Chiquita” se convierte en una estrella del los teatros de vodevil. Lenguaje injurioso y descripiones de índole sexual. (Fictional biography of Espiridiona Cenda, who comes to the United States from Cuba at the end of the nineteenth century in search of fame. Though only twenty-six inches tall, the independent and feisty “Chiquita” becomes a star vaudeville singer. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.) 2008.

Nocturna: La Trilogía de la Nocturna, Libro 1 (The Strain: The Strain Trilogy, Book 1)     DB 67997
19 horas 4 minutos
por Guillermo Del Toro y Chuck Hogan
leído por Juan Ramirez
Eph Goodweather, un doctor de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, investiga una escena fantasmal en la pista del aeropuerto JFK: un avión Boeing 777 ha aterrizado con todos los sistemas fuera de línea y sin indicacíon de vida a bordo. A través de la noche, un virus de vampiro potente y siniestro se propaga rápidamente. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (The CDC’s Dr. Eph Goodweather investigates a ghostly scene on the JFK tarmac: a recently landed Boeing 777 with all systems dead, shades down, and no signs of life. An awakened vampire virus more horrific than imaginable rapidly spreads through the night. Violence and strong language.) 2009.

Una Etapa Difícil: Mi Lucha contra el Cáncer (A Difficult Stage: My Fight against Cancer)     DB 67998
5 horas 21 minutos
por Mayte Prida
leído por Maria Pino
Una periodista hispana describe el período más difícil de su vida: su batalla contra el cáncer. Desde el diagnóstico inicial hasta el tratamiento y la remisión de la enfermedad, Prida hace frente a la adversidad con la perseverancia y esperanza, y con la ayuda de familia y amigos. (Spanish-language journalist describes the most difficult period in her life: her battle with cancer. Traces the stages of the disease, from her initial diagnosis through treatment and remission. Discusses the importance of her family and friends and her own perseverance and hope.) 2002.

La Sombra del Viento (The Shadow of the Wind)     DB 67999
22 horas 27 minutos
por Carlos Ruiz Zafón
leído por Juan Ramirez
Barcelona, 1945. El joven Daniel Sempere escoge La Sombra del Viento de Julián Carax cuando su padre lo lleva al Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados. Al investigar la vida del autor y su muerte, Daniel encuentra un elenco de personajes escondiendo secretos mortal. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Barcelona, 1945. Young Daniel Sempere selects Julián Carax’s The Shadow of the Wind from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and meets a cast of characters hiding deadly secrets. Some descriptions of sex.) 2003.

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