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January-February 2003

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Collection Development Advisory Group seeks advice

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group wish to thank fellow patrons and librarians for their input concerning the NLS program. Please be assured that ideas and suggestions were thoroughly discussed in the committee's deliberations.

Please continue to assist us by contacting committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library with your suggestions. Input from readers is the key ingredient in the success of our program.

The group will meet again at NLS on May 21-23, 2003.

Representatives from consumer organizations:

American Council of the Blind
Ms. Patricia Shreck
7304 N.E. 14th Court
Vancouver, WA 98665
pat.ralph1@juno.com
Blinded Veterans Association
Mr. George Brummell
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-8881, ext. 3318
gbrummell@bva.org
National Federation of the Blind
Ms. Ever Lee Hairston
113 Greensward Lane
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-4710
elhairston@mindspring.com

Readers-at-large representatives

Midlands Region

includes the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Mr. Christopher Mulkin
623 South New Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Northern Region

includes the following: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Ms. Diana Brash
919 Walnut Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
dbrash@asb.org
Southern Region

includes the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.

Ms. Deana Wallace
7 N. Pennington Ave.
Rome, GA 30161
wallaced@mail.floyd.public.lib.ga.us
Western Region

includes the following: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Mr. Blas Yslas Jr.
5400 Sheridan Blvd # 277
Arvada, CO 80002
maryandblas@juno.com

Librarians

Midlands
Ms. Lissa Shanahan
Indiana State Library
Special Services Division
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-3684
lshanahan@statelib.lib.in.us
Northern
Ms. Renee Snowten
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free Library of Philadelphia
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 683-3218
snowtenr@library.phila.gov
Southern
Mr. Oakley Pearson
Talking Book Center
Staunton Public Library
1 Churchville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401
pearsonjo@ci.staunton.va.us
Western
Ms. Sue Walker
Public Services Librarian
Idaho State Library
325 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
swalker@isl.state.id.us
Children's/Young Adult
Ms. Nancy Doering
Youth Services Librarian
Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
P.O. Box 387
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387
(573) 751-8720; fax: (573) 526-2985
doerin@sosmail.state.mo.us

NLS works with BVA to support blinded veterans

The federal legislation that enables the Library of Congress to provide free library service to blind and physically handicapped individuals (Public Law 89-522, July 30, 1966) specifies that preference shall at all times be given to blind and physically handicapped persons who have been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) represents a significant segment of the NLS user community, and BVA representatives often serve on NLS advisory committees.

BVA is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization exclusively dedicated to serving our nation's blinded veterans. BVA supports rehabilitation initiatives and has its own national, full-time field service representative program. Field service offices throughout the country provide advice, information, and aid to blinded veterans and their families. BVA field reps, all of whom are blinded veterans themselves, counsel blind veterans in their respective regions. The reps link veterans with service, rehabilitation, training, and other benefits. In addition, BVA helps veterans who receive counseling to find jobs within the community.

The BVA traces its roots back to 1945, when a group of veterans who lost their sight during World War II met at an army hospital in Connecticut and founded the association. BVA has been instrumental in spearheading and helping to sustain programs and services meant to give aid to blinded veterans ever since. BVA supports Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Services, which helps veterans learn how to live without sight, from the basics-such as crossing the street safely-to the more complex issues of coming to terms with their condition and leading fulfilling and productive lives.

There is no charge for any BVA service and all legally blind veterans are eligible for assistance regardless of whether they lost their vision during service or afterward. BVA works closely with the Congress of the United States and the VA to accomplish its vital mission.

Some of the above was adapted from the Blinded Veterans Association web site <www.bva.org>. For more information, visit the web site or call toll free 1-800-669-7079.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2003

Two NLS programs offer readers samplings of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different magazine on audio cassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Although the selections are subject to change, subscribers will receive some of the following magazines during 2003.

Magazine of the Month

American Craft
(artists, techniques, history, and trends of American crafts as well as exhibits and galleries)
America's Civil War
(battles, personalities, book reviews, and current land preservation issues for Civil War enthusiasts)
Animal Wellness
(animals of all sorts and their health issues for general readers)
Black Enterprise
(African American entrepreneurs, economic history, businesses, government initiatives, and opportunities)
Cooking Light: The Magazine of Food and Fitness
(recipes and tips for healthy eating)
Good Old Days
(childhood memories and the American past)
Hispanic
(prominent Hispanic business people, politicians, and celebrities and social issues pertaining to Hispanics)
Home Business
(success stories, home office suggestions, and monetary advice for home-based entrepreneurs)
Personal Journaling
(self-discovery through writing)
Psychology Today
(psychology for general readers)
The Strand Magazine
(book reviews, author interviews, and short stories for mystery enthusiasts)
Vietnam
(veterans' stories about their experiences fighting in Southeast Asia, book reviews, and articles dealing with the war)

Alternates

Archaeology

The Blue and the Gray

Budget Living

Country

Dog World

Emerge

Family History

Latin Trade

Military Heritage

Readymade

Speakeasy

Taste of Home

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

American Girl
articles of interest to girls with diverse backgrounds; winner of a 2002 Parents' Choice Gold Award)
Blast
(popular musicians, fashions, and movie reviews)
Cinefantastique: The Magazine with a Sense of Wonder
(horror, sci-fi, and fantasy film genres)
J-14: Just for Teens
(music, movie, and television reviews, celebrity news, fashion tips)
Latina
(fashion, lifestyle, and social issues of interest to Hispanic women; bilingual)
Martial Arts
(different forms of martial arts)
Mountain Bike
(news and developments in mountain biking)
Powder: The Skier's Magazine
(skiing information and articles about the sport)
Realms of Fantasy
(book and movie reviews and short fantasy stories)
Relix: Music for the Mind
(latest musical events, feature article on a band, album reviews)
Teen Celebrity
(news about the latest popular actors and musicians, articles on topics of interest)
Vibe
(rap, hip-hop, and other music interests, fashion, and urban youth lifestyle)

Alternates

Black Belt

Canoe Journal

Elle Girl

GL: Girl's Life

Latin Style

M: Music, Movies & More

Pop Star

SciFi

Skateboarding

Star Trek Communicator

Teen Beat

Zuri

Books for Adults

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

Cassette books are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, fill out the order form and send it to your cooperating library.

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

Cassettes Nonfiction

The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth RC 47785

by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker

read by Gabriella Cavallero

3 cassettes

Describes the geological development of beaches and their use throughout history by different cultures. Compares recreational and therapeutic activities associated with shorelines from ancient Roman times to the twentieth century. Predicts a dim future for coastal playgrounds as a result of pollution, overdevelopment, and storms. 1998.

The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon RC 48282

by Henry Fielding

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

In 1754, the critically ill English author of Tom Jones (RC 15743) describes his prolonged shipboard trip with all its discomforts along the English coast en route to Portugal. He also discusses the civic illness rampant in society. Tom Keymer of Oxford University provides an introductory analysis of the journal and explanatory notes. 1996.

The Hidden Jesus: A New Life RC 48301

by Donald Spoto

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

The author, a former Catholic monk and a theologian, examines Jesus in the context of the Holy Bible, other ancient texts, and discoveries in biblical scholarship. In a series of meditations, Spoto offers his views on the significance of Jesus' life from his conception to his resurrection. 1998.

Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan RC 48814

by Edmund Morris

read by Michael Scherer

6 cassettes

Biographer Morris interjects himself as a fictional contemporary of Ronald Reagan in this authorized account of the fortieth president of the United States. He covers Reagan's life from his birth in Tampico, Illinois, through his college days, his movie career, his governorship of California, his presidency, and his final public appearance. Bestseller 1999.

Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age RC 49054

by Leslie Haynsworth and David Toomey

read by Susan McInerney

3 cassettes

An account of pioneer female pilots in aviation history. Recalls the feats of the Ferrying Division that delivered new planes from manufacturers to air bases. Portrays courageous but unpublicized fliers such as Jackie Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, and Jerrie Cobb. 1998.

The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey; the Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968 RC 49275

by Thomas Merton

read by Gordon Gould

3 cassettes

Chronicles the last two years of Merton's life, during the political and social upheaval of the Vietnam War era. He travels widely, visiting American seminaries and venturing to India, Ceylon, and Thailand--where a tragic accident ends his life in 1968. 1998.

On the Rez RC 49313

by Ian Frazier

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

Combines personal observation with history, travelog, and social commentary to portray the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota. Describes the residents, their heroes, daily routines, and other activities. Contains an account of SuAnne Big Crow, an athlete who died at seventeen. Bestseller 2000.

Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey RC 49396

by Jane Goodall

read by Corrie James

2 cassettes

A spiritual autobiography by the chimpanzee researcher, covering the sixty-five years since her birth in 1934. Describes meeting her mentor, Louis Leakey, in Africa in 1957 and her adventures studying chimpanzees in Gombe. Discusses her love of family, friends, nature, pets, and God. Explains her commitment to conservation and education. 1999.

The Long Program: Skating towards Life's Victories RC 49753

by Peggy Fleming

read by Graci Ragsdale

2 cassettes

Autobiography by the award-winning ice-skater, describing her childhood and athletic career. Fleming was thrust into the spotlight when she won an Olympic Gold Medal at age nineteen in 1968. She became a well-known broadcaster and later a breast cancer activist after successfully battling the disease. 1999.

The Face RC 49816

by Daniel McNeill

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

An in-depth study of the human visage, considering its physiology, social significance, and critical role in history and art. Discusses various aspects of the face and its uses, including personal identity, the kiss, the expression of emotions, and notions of beauty. 1998.

Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption RC 49994

by Lisa Belkin

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

Chronicles the 1980 case of U.S. v. Yonkers, which ordered that minority public-housing units be built throughout the city. In 1988 the country's youngest mayor, Nicholas Wasicsko, took office and soon became embroiled in a conflict that led to the town's desegregation. Wasicsko later lost reelection and committed suicide. 1999.

Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson     RC 50015

edited by Linda Lear

read by Mimi Bederman

2 cassettes

Compilation of letters, speeches, articles, and field journals dealing with biology, ecology, and the conservation of wildlife and wilderness, by the author of Silent Spring (RC 20184). Highlights Carson's concerns with ongoing evolution, island ecosystems, animal welfare, and the impacts of pesticide use. 1998.

Childhood     RC 50018

by Nathalie Sarraute

read by Cyn Delafield

2 cassettes

Autobiographical moments--remembered fragments--of her early years by a twentieth-century French writer. An interior dialog with herself about the wisdom and accuracy of evoking these memories, originally perceived as feelings or emotions, and conveying them in adult vocabulary as a truthful account. 1983.

The Complete Cancer Survival Guide     RC 50023

by Peter Teeley and Philip Bashe

read by Ralph Lowenstein

8 cassettes in 2 containers

Information and advice on diagnosis, staging, and treatment options for the twenty-five most common cancers. Also discusses cancer centers, second opinions, side effects, complications, emotional health, and more. The authors sought input from leading cancer specialists in developing this encyclopedic guidebook. 2000.

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation     RC 50172

by Edward Chancellor

read by Michael Consoli

3 cassettes

Traces the history of stock-market speculation from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth. Asserts that speculative activities are driven by fear, greed, compulsion, and aspiration, as well as the desire to make money. Notes the contribution of venture trading to the success of the American economy in the 1990s. 1999.

I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1942-1945     RC 50175

by Victor Klemperer

read by Mark Ashby

5 cassettes

A continuation of the secret diaries that Klemperer kept in Germany during the Nazi era. Describes his time spent in segregation and in forced labor, the fire bombing of Dresden, and his journey through the German countryside. Sequel to I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 (RC 48053). 1999.

Silent Stars     RC 50342

by Jeanine Basinger

read by Ray Hagen

4 cassettes

A celebration of "forgotten, misunderstood, or underappreciated" stars of the silent movies, whom the author reexamines. In addition to some relatively unsung artists, Basinger includes such greats as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Lon Chaney, and Rin-Tin-Tin for their lesser-known performances. 1999.

The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity     RC 50368

by Daniel Mendelsohn

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

A meditative memoir of growing up gay in a Jewish family. Explores themes of sexual attraction and identity. The author traces his personal odyssey to self-acceptance, enjoying the gay lifestyle in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, but also discovering the significance of fatherhood. Some strong language. 1999.

Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class     RC 50402

by Lawrence Otis Graham

read by Bob Moore

4 cassettes

Describes the development and traditions of an elite class of African Americans, which traces its roots to the 1870s. Illustrates the long history of this upper class of wealthy professionals, who sponsor debutante cotillions and maintain prestigious private social clubs, summer resorts, and boarding schools in the major American cities. 1999.

The Gross: The Hits, the Flops--the Summer That Ate Hollywood     RC 50408

by Peter Bart

read by Jim Johnston

2 cassettes

The editor of Hollywood trade magazine Variety examines the movie season of the summer of 1998. Provides accounts of making and promoting the season's releases, which included Saving Private Ryan, There's Something about Mary, Bulworth, The Truman Show, Armageddon, Mulan, and The Horse Whisperer. Some strong language. 1999.

Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford     RC 50411

by Scott Eyman

read by Faith Potts

5 cassettes

Biography of renowned film director John Ford (1894-1973), who for over fifty years made such movies as The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, The Last Hurrah, and Cheyenne Autumn. Evaluates his work and relationships within Hollywood as well as his personal life. Analyzes his social vision as portrayed in his films. 1999.

King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict RC 50412

by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias

read by Ted Stoddard

3 cassettes

An account of the vicious conflict (1675-1676) between the English settlers in New England and the native Wampanoags led by King Philip. As the conflict decimated the tribes and established English dominance, a unique social interdependence was destroyed forever. Includes contemporary narratives as well as descriptions of present-day landmarks. 1999.

The Unruly Life of Woody Allen: A Biography     RC 50436

by Marion Meade

read by Gary Telles

4 cassettes

Career and personal life of the noted filmmaker and actor whose work includes What's New, Pussycat?, Bananas, Annie Hall, and Manhattan. He achieved notoriety in 1992 when he left lover Mia Farrow for her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, and was accused of molesting another of Farrow's daughters. Some strong language. 2000.

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present      RC 50517

by Jacques Barzun

read by Lou Harpenau

8 cassettes in 2 containers

A description of major achievements in Western art, thought, manners, morals, and religion from the Protestant Reformation to the late twentieth century. Profiles major figures in cultural and social revolutions, including Luther, Cromwell, Mozart, and Rousseau. Explores evidence of what the author views as a decline in Europe and America. 2000.

Burt Lancaster: An American Life     RC 50531

by Kate Buford

read by Barbara Pinolini

4 cassettes

Commentator for National Public Radio chronicles Burt Lancaster's public and private life, beginning with his childhood in East Harlem. Describes his decision to forgo a college scholarship during the depression to take a job as a circus performer. Continues with his lucky break into films. Some strong language. 2000.

Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War     RC 50567

by Larry J. Daniel

read by Ray Childs

3 cassettes

Description of the battle in Tennessee in April 1862, when the combined deaths of 23,000 men and the capture of large portions of Confederate territory demoralized the South during the Civil War. Also uses contemporary sources to analyze the political infighting that beset both capitals. Some violence. 1997.

Controversies of the Sports World     RC 50568

by Douglas T. Putnam

read by Don Feldheim

3 cassettes

Presents sixteen controversies of the sports world including recruitment, religion, contracts, discrimination, drug use, violence, and exploitation. Provides opposing views and a brief history of each issue. Assesses the effects of these problems and offers possible solutions. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Red Smith on Baseball: The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years      RC 50569

by Red Smith

read by Ray Childs

3 cassettes

Five decades--from the 1940s to the 1980s--of baseball columns by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who was called "The Shakespeare of the Press Box." Includes pieces on Mickey Mantle's first game, numerous World Series contests including Don Larsen's no-hitter in 1956, the ascent of Jackie Robinson, and the death of Babe Ruth. 2000.

Complete Works     RC 50570

by Arthur Rimbaud

read by Lindsay Ellison

2 cassettes

A chronological presentation of all the extant writings--poetry, prose, and letters--of the precocious French poet Rimbaud (1854-1891), as interpreted and translated by Paul Schmidt. Includes "The Drunken Boat," "Vowels," "A Season in Hell," and "After the Flood." Contains all the poems usually gathered under the title "Illuminations." Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1975.

The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West RC 50605

by Michael Wallis

read by Bill Wallace

5 cassettes

Chronicles the rise and decline of the 110,000-acre Oklahoma ranch founded by the Miller family in the late 1800s. Assesses its influence on the formation of America's image of the West. Describes cattle drives, the 101's legendary touring Wild West show, and cowboy movies filmed on the ranch. 1999.

The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane     RC 50619

by Paul Mariani

read by Bill Wallace

4 cassettes

Biography of a famous American poet of the late 1920s. Describes Crane's fascination with New York City, where he arrived from Ohio in 1916 at age seventeen. Covers his controversial lifestyle--involving homosexuality and alcoholism--and discusses the poetry published before his suicide at age thirty-two. Some strong language. 1999.

Ted Poston: Pioneer American Journalist     RC 50631

by Kathleen A. Hauke

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

Depicts Ted Poston as the first African American to break the color barrier in journalism by joining the staff of the New York Post in 1935. Recalls how his reporting exposed racism to the paper's white readership. Notes that he also served as an advisor and tutor to many young black journalists. 1998.

Nathaniel's Nutmeg; or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History     RC 50638

by Giles Milton

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes

An account of how the importance of nutmeg in sixteenth-century Europe led to Nathaniel Courthope's 1616 sea adventure to retain the Spice Island of Run for the British against the Dutch. Chronicles England's eventual exchange of Run and its lucrative nutmeg trade in return for Holland's island of Manhattan in 1667. 1999.

Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed     RC 50640

by Dean King

read by George Holmes

4 cassettes

King tells the real story of the man who was born Richard Patrick Russ and who, following World War II, reinvented himself as Patrick O'Brian, author of the phenomenally popular Aubrey-Maturin sea stories. King shows how O'Brian's writings reflect his divided life, his failures, and his need to escape his past. 2000.

Spinoza: A Life     RC 50701

by Steven Nadler

read by Robert Blumenfeld

4 cassettes

portrait of the iconoclastic seventeenth-century philosopher and religious thinker. Describes his early life as an expatriate Sephardic Jew in Amsterdam, his exile from that community as a young man, and his relentless pursuit of metaphysical and moral truth for the remainder of his years. 1999.

A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi     RC 50704

by Nawal Sa'dawi

read by Yolande Bavan

3 cassettes

The memoir of an Egyptian-born feminist, essayist, and novelist. Relates her Islamic village upbringing, her fight for education, her resistance to arranged marriage, and her growing awareness of the problems of being an intelligent female in a patriarchal society. Covers her early years, from 1931 through her medical studies in Cairo. 1999.

Yemen: The Unknown Arabia     RC 50707

by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

read by Robert Blumenfeld

2 cassettes

An Englishman's recollections of being enticed by the desire to learn Arabic in an exotic land and leaving Oxford in 1982 for the southern Arabian peninsula--where he remained. Combines travel impressions with the culture, history, and heritage of the inhabitants. Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. 2000.

Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life     RC 50709

by Leon Aron

read by Ken Kliban

7 cassettes in 2 containers

Biography of Russia's former president, chronicling his family background, career in the provinces, Communist affiliations, and ascent to regional power. When Mikhail Gorbachev brought him to Moscow in 1985, Boris Yeltsin became embroiled in the perestroika movement, the decline of the Soviet Union, coups, and the waning of the Cold War. 2000.

Lives of the Great Twentieth Century Artists     RC 50710

by Edward Lucie-Smith

read by Jill Fox

4 cassettes

Biographical sketches of 100 deceased artists, presented roughly in chronological order, grouped by movement or nationality. Begins with Edvard Munch and major European trends--cubism, dada, and the Bauhaus. Proceeds to North Americans such as Diego Rivera and Edward Hopper, abstract expressionists, pop artists, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. 1999.

Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s     RC 50756

by Ethan Mordden

read by Ray Hagen

3 cassettes

Describes the transformation of the American theater from vaudeville and operetta to the more intricate Broadway musicals influenced by the rapid social changes of the era and epitomized by elaborate sets and staging as well as by the development of jazz. The era ends with the success of Show Boat. 1997.

The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty     RC 50757

edited by Yona Zeldis McDonough

read by Celeste Lawson

1 cassette

Essays compiled for Barbie's fortieth birthday include entries by Anna Quindlen, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, and Erica Jong. Created in 1959, the highly popular, oddly proportioned doll with voluminous tresses has provoked controversy ever since. Contributors humorously discuss Barbie's impact on them and her role in their children's lives. 1999.

The Nudist on the Late Shift     RC 50775

by Po Bronson

read by Erik Sandvold

2 cassettes

Anecdotes from the computer world in Silicon Valley, including the programmer who worked naked on the night shift, the billionaire who slept under his desk until his paperwork took over the space, and other eccentrics. Includes stories about salespeople, entrepreneurs, headhunters, and the "Cubicle Guy." 1999.

The Twinkling of an Eye; or, My Life as an Englishman     RC 50782

by Brian Aldiss

read by Graeme Malcolm

4 cassettes

Autobiography by the acclaimed British science fiction writer, detailing his childhood in rural England, his war service in Burma, and his development as a writer. Discusses the role of the World Science Fiction Society and his travels for the organization. 1998.

Come out the Wilderness: Memoir of a Black Woman Artist     RC 50789

by Estella Conwill Májozo

read by Robin Miles

2 cassettes

An African American poet, artist, and associate professor of English at Hunter College in New York chronicles her childhood years in segregated Louisville, Catholic upbringing, failed marriages, and supportive family. Also recounts her successes in earning one of the first doctorates in African American literature and as cofounder of a Harlem arts center. 1998.

Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977     RC 50791

by James Miller

read by Bill Wallace

3 cassettes

A chronicle of the major turning points in rock history--from Wynonie Harris's record "Good Rockin' Tonight" in December 1947 to the death of Elvis Presley in August 1977. Discusses the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and many others. 1999.

Wynton Marsalis: Skain's Domain; a Biography     RC 50800

by Leslie Gourse

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

Authorized biography presents Marsalis's 1960s New Orleans childhood, determination to master the trumpet, friendships and feuds with other performers, and cofounding of Jazz at Lincoln Center in the 1990s. Gourse relies heavily on interviews with the musician and others. Subtitle recalls a composition that signaled a change in musical style. 1999.

Animal Underworld: Inside America's Black Market for Rare and Exotic Species      RC 50805

by Alan Green

read by Robert O'Keefe

2 cassettes

An exposé of the underground trafficking in wild and exotic animals. Reveals that even prestigious zoos and laboratories send their surplus animals to disreputable zoological parks, managed hunting ranches, private homes, and meat markets. Outlines a world of abuse and greed that profits from misery. 1999.

The Feejee Mermaid: And Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History     RC 50806

by Jan Bondeson

read by Peter Johnson

3 cassettes

Ten essays investigating curiosities and oddities in natural history. A research physician presents his findings on real phenomena, such as odd showers of fish or frogs falling with rain; and unreal specimens, such as the Feejee mermaid--a fraudulent creature assembled from fish and animal parts. 1999.

Yeats's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats     RC 50808

by Brenda Maddox

read by Terry Donnelly

3 cassettes

Concentrates on the last twenty-two years of the poet's life, beginning in 1917 when Yeats was fifty-one. Examines his marriage to a young woman who was a spirit medium and the influence she exerted over him through her "automatic writing." Discusses how his romances inspired his poetry. 1999.

Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda     RC 50817

by Rosamond Halsey Carr

read by Lisette Lecat

2 cassettes

A former New York fashion illustrator, Carr tells of moving to east central Africa with her husband in 1949. Her marriage did not last, but her love for Rwanda and its people endures, even beyond the 1994 genocide. She recalls fifty years of experiences, including her friendship with primatologist Dian Fossey. 1999.

The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order RC 50822

by Francis Fukuyama

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

A sociological assessment of the postindustrial society that evolved from the mid-1960s to the 1990s. Traces a pattern of moral decline through this period, alleging a connection between social disruption and the developing information economy. Avers that a new social order is emerging, one better suited to the new age. 1999.

Fat Man in a Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics     RC 50832

by Jack W. Germond

read by Frank Coffee

2 cassettes

A veteran print and media journalist known for his honesty and candor recounts highlights of his forty years reporting American politics. Reminisces on his experiences covering national figures from governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1950s to president Bill Clinton through the 1990s, complete with insider observations and anecdotes. Some strong language. 1999.

Sonnets from the Portuguese     RC 50839

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

read by Anne Chodoff

1 cassette (Reissue)

Love lyrics by the nineteenth-century English poet, expressing her love for her husband, Robert Browning. Includes her best-known sonnet, which begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." For senior high and older readers. 1850.

A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War     RC 50850

by Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett

read by Roy Avers

6 cassettes

A comprehensive analysis of military operations during World War II and an assessment of military leaders on both sides. Explains battlefield performances of armies, navies, and air forces. Examines decisions made by admirals and generals in extreme circumstances. Within the historical overview is a discussion of the reciprocal influence of strategy and operations. 2000.

Soul Stories     RC 50883

by Gary Zukav

read by Gary Roan

1 cassette

Zukav offers fifty-two anecdotes to illustrate the concept of multisensory perception, which he discussed in The Seat of the Soul (RC 36911). Using his own and others' accounts of personal evolution, Zukav shows how this new understanding of authentic power can transform a person's life in countless ways. Bestseller 2000.

Go East Old Man: Adventures of a Runner in His Seventies Traveling Twenty-Two Western States     RC 50900

by Paul Reese

read by Ted Stoddard

3 cassettes

A retired marine and septuagenarian describes running across twenty-two states west of the Mississippi River. Summarizes his experiences in eight western states from the 1990 cross-country run detailed in Ten Million Steps (RC 37672) and gives daily accounts while crossing fourteen new states over five summers from 1992 to 1996. 1997.

Secret War in Shanghai     RC 50947

by Bernard Wasserstein

read by Ralph Lowenstein

3 cassettes

Account of criminals, spies, and adventurers in Shanghai during the years 1937-1945, when thousands of emigrants--German Jews and White Russians among them--lived in China's largest city. Concentrates on the clandestine activities of the Allied and Axis powers, as well as describing the brutalities of the Japanese after their invasion. 1998.

The Great Black Jockeys: The Lives and Times of the Men Who Dominated America's First National Sport     RC 50954

by Edward Hotaling

read by Jake Williams

3 cassettes

A social historian and Emmy-winning writer recalls the importance of African American jockeys in the field of horse racing in the 1800s--even when many were slaves. Explains that by the end of the century, athletes who had once won the Kentucky Derby were vanishing from America's most popular sport because of racism. 1999.

The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning     RC 50960

by John T. Bruer

read by Erik Sandvold

2 cassettes

The author disputes the widely publicized theory of the mid-1990s that the crucial window of opportunity to properly stimulate a child's brain occurs before the third year. Examining research, he asserts that this is not the only critical period; the brain continues to develop throughout childhood and beyond. 1999.

A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, 1996-98     RC 50961

by Alec Guinness

read by Jamie Horton

2 cassettes

In this sequel to My Name Escapes Me (RC 45867), British actor Guinness continues his journal entries. He comments on the death of Princess Diana, the election of Tony Blair, and his life in the country, and he reminisces about Star Wars and other films. 1999.

Fit for Life: A New Beginning; Your Complete Diet and Health Plan for the Millennium      RC 51027

by Harvey Diamond

read by Randy Davidson

3 cassettes

Author of Fit for Life (RC 22980) describes a program he believes will prevent cancer and other health problems by strengthening the lymph system. Components include walking, rebounding on a mini trampoline, periodic monodieting with fresh fruits and/or vegetables and juices, reducing animal product consumption, and exploiting the mind-body connection. 2000.

Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions, and Healing Cures     RC 51033

by Joe Nickell

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

A forensic investigator of paranormal events examines the evidence relating to specific claims of the miraculous. His inquiries include the Shroud of Turin, speaking in tongues, Jeane Dixon's predictions, and many other such phenomena. He finds the evidence unconvincing. 1993.

Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve, and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise      RC 51034

by Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff

read by Kerry Cundiff

3 cassettes

A science writer and her cardiologist husband explain how to use exercise to improve health and fitness. They discuss various systems, examine the effects of disease, describe moves that may prevent or relieve ailments, and present a detailed workout to allow the body to function properly. 2000.

Life on the Mississippi     RC 51079

by Mark Twain

read by Gary Telles

4 cassettes (Reissue)

Memoir of Twain's career as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River in his youth before the Civil War. Twenty-one years later he returns for a trip from St. Louis to New Orleans, reminiscing about the changes and the cities he encounters. Includes a history of the river. 1883.

Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving     RC 51086

by Freeman Miller and Steven J. Bachrach

read by Margaret Strom

5 cassettes

An overview of the nature of cerebral palsy; addresses issues faced by children with the condition and those who care for them. Discusses health insurance, caregiving techniques, patterns of physical involvement, associated medical problems, assistive equipment, and tips on using the legal and educational systems. Includes a brief medical encyclopedia. 1995.

Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865     RC 51090

by Brooks D. Simpson

read by Robert Sams

5 cassettes

Evenhanded account of the enigmatic Union general, nicknamed the "American Sphinx," through the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Probes the nature of Grant's extraordinary character while detailing his personal and professional lives, including his financial and business failures, his military career, and his successes on the battlefield. 2000.

The Emperor's Giraffe and Other Stories of Cultures in Contact      RC 51091

by Samuel M. Wilson

read by Michael Consoli

2 cassettes

An anthropologist presents twenty-three essays examining the historical and contemporary significance of the "contact period"--when different cultures interact, seeking to negotiate their coexistence. Grouped by theme into sections on Columbus, early exploration in the Americas, encountering European values, Caribbean connections, and cultural diversity. Many selections first appeared in Natural History magazine. 1999.

Mailer: A Biography     RC 51100

by Mary V. Dearborn

read by David Elias

4 cassettes

portrait of the pugnacious celebrity writer Norman Mailer. Chronicles the trajectory of his career, from his 1948 bestseller The Naked and the Dead (RC 13465) to the publication of his collected writings fifty years later, and relates his work to his colorful public life. Some strong language. Bestseller 1999.

Crochet Your Way: A Learn-to-Crochet Afghan, Over Forty Projects for Home and Family, Easy-to-Understand Text and Symbols, Special Instructions for Left-Handers, EZ Reference Crochet Shorthand Chart     RC 51102

by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin

read by Madelyn Buzzard

3 cassettes

Basic instructions for novices and techniques to extend the skills of experts. Presents step-by-step directions for creating an afghan using a different stitch in each block. Other projects range from sweaters, hats, and shoulder bags to bath mats and similar items. 2000.

Long-Distance Genealogy     RC 51103

by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

read by Randy Atcher

3 cassettes

A guide to genealogy for beginners and for those who cannot travel, emphasizing the principles of research and the types of records that can be accessed without leaving home. Includes sample letters and charts, addresses for pertinent associations and agencies, suggestions for the Internet, and tips on hiring a professional. 2000.

The Washington Monument: It Stands for All     RC 51104

by Thomas B. Allen

read by Jack Fox

1 cassette

A history of the monument that commemorates the country's first president and is the tallest freestanding structure in Washington, D.C. Contains a brief biographical sketch of Washington, a chronology of the monument's construction and its 1998 restoration, and highlights of events that happened nearby on the Mall. 2000.

The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos     RC 51106

by Mario Livio

read by Butch Hoover

2 cassettes

Astrophysicist affiliated with the Hubble Space Telescope explains why the concept that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate is challenging former precepts and is causing a reexamination of some fundamental theories in cosmology. 2000.

Disney's Family Fun Crafts     RC 51107

edited by Deanna F. Cook and others

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

Collection of five hundred creative activities for parents to share with their children. Offers ideas on setting up an area for crafts and suggests supplies, including recyclables and inexpensive materials, to keep on hand. Sample projects include spooky spiders, pencil toppers, finger puppets, splatter shirts, and holiday gifts. 1997.

Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment     RC 51120

by David P. Schippers

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

The Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee in 1998, a Democrat from Chicago, reveals why President Bill Clinton was not removed from office despite massive evidence of obstruction of justice, perjury, and witness tampering. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

The Best That I Can Be: An Autobiography     RC 51121

by Rafer Johnson

read by Jake Williams

2 cassettes

Autobiography of the African American gold medalist in the 1960 Olympics. Johnson describes his childhood in Texas and California, his achievements while attending UCLA, and his subsequent victory in the decathlon in Rome. Continues with his media and political career since his athletic days. Introduction by Tom Brokaw. 1998.

The Valachi Papers     RC 51136

by Peter Maas

read by Robert O'Keefe

2 cassettes (Reissue)

From his cell in a Washington, D.C., prison, gang member-turned-informer Joseph Valachi remembers his life in the Mafia. The book is filled with his detailed recollections of the organization's ritualistic way of life, with its oaths, beatings, revenge, murders, and unsolved crimes. Violence. 1968.

The Rise and Fall of the House of Barneys: A Family Tale of Chutzpah, Glory, and Greed     RC 51137

by Joshua Levine

read by Peter Johnson

2 cassettes

A senior editor at Forbes details the rise of a secondhand store into an international retail empire and its eventual collapse and resurrection. Describes the founding family's vision in the 1920s; asserts that the initially successful men's fashion enterprise failed because of greed, arrogance, extravagance, and unsound business practices. 1999.

And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs, 1969-     RC 51142

by Elie Wiesel

read by Ken Kliban

3 cassettes

The 1986 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize begins this concluding volume of his memoirs where All Rivers Run to the Sea (RC 45516) ended--on his wedding day in Jerusalem in 1969. Wiesel describes his work as a writer, humanist, and political activist while voicing the concerns of a Holocaust survivor. 1999.

Out of the Crater: Chronicles of a Volcanologist     RC 51144

by Richard V. Fisher

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

Scientist recalls fifty years of studying volcanoes all over the world--in Hawaii, Martinique, Europe, Mexico, China, and elsewhere. Describes a visit to Washington's Mount St. Helens three weeks after its eruption in 1980 and a trip to the still-active Mount Vesuvius in Italy. 1999.

Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal     RC 51154

by Richard Wightman Fox

read by Jill Ferris

4 cassettes

Chronicles the nineteenth-century trial of a respected clergyman, Henry Ward Beecher, who was accused of adultery with a parishioner--the wife of a close friend. Examines media portrayals of the affair and the popular response; argues that the scandal hastened the decline of Victorian-era morality in the United States. 1999.

A Concise History of Brazil     RC 51179

by Boris Fausto

read by Robert Blumenfeld

3 cassettes

This 500-year history of Brazil focuses on its colonization, population, and politics. Discusses the wars with the indigenous peoples, the importation and enslavement of Africans, and the influx of immigrants. Addresses the ongoing conflicts between conservationists and business groups. 1999.

Islam: A Short History     RC 51183

by Karen Armstrong

read by Robert Blumenfeld

2 cassettes

Author of The Battle for God (RC 51131) among other works describes the origin and spread of the religion of Islam. Discusses Muhammad and his family, the Crusades, and the powerful Moghul and Ottoman Empires. Explores Islam's divergence into sects and the creation of a modern fundamentalist movement. 2000.

Saffron Sky: A Life between Iran and America     RC 51185

by Gelareh Asayesh

read by Yolande Bavan

2 cassettes

The reminiscences of a young woman caught between two cultures, recorded as she travels back and forth trying to assimilate the best of both worlds. She describes an immigrant's feelings of alienation and nostalgia but seeks to resolve her ambivalence by marrying an American and starting a bicultural family. 1999.

Careers for Persuasive Types and Others Who Won't Take No for an Answer RC 51195

by Jan Goldberg

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette

Describes career possibilities for those with persuasive personalities, including sales, public relations and fundraising, marketing and advertising, politics, law, and education. Emphasizes the training necessary, the salaries, and the job outlooks. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

Careers for Scientific Types and Others with Inquiring Minds     RC 51196

by Jan Goldberg

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette

Describes the attributes and education necessary to become employed in the sciences. Analyzes various careers available in biology and medicine, the physical sciences such as chemistry and meteorology, agriculture, engineering, computers, or mathematics. Also considers salaries and job outlooks. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

Careers for Aquatic Types and Others Who Want to Make a Splash     RC 51197

by Blythe Camenson

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette

Highlights careers for those who love the water, including service in the navy and coast guard and opportunities in aquatic science, fishing, transportation and cruise industries, safety and rescue work, and sports. Provides information on professional organizations, salaries, and job outlooks. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s     RC 51208

by Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin

read by Barry Bernson

3 cassettes

An examination of political, social, and cultural developments of the 1960s by historians Isserman of Hamilton College and Kazin of Georgetown University. They survey the growth of activism among young people, the search for a more authentic spirituality, the Civil Rights movement, planning for the Great Society, and Vietnam. 2000.

Still the New World: American Literature in a Culture of Creative Destruction      RC 51214

by Philip Fisher

read by Kerry Cundiff

2 cassettes

portrays American culture as ever-changing; suggests that the popular emphasis on technology, novelty, innovation, mobility, and immigration has produced an environment that is "always new." Reviews works by Twain, Whitman, and other nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers on social change; argues against using literature alone to analyze issues of race, gender, and ethnicity. 1999.

Hating Whitey: And Other Progressive Causes     RC 51215

by David Horowitz

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

A radical turned conservative criticizes civil rights leaders who have betrayed Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a color-blind society by espousing antiwhite racism. Deplores the demonization of European and American culture in higher education and the damaging effects of leftist ideas. Some strong language. 1999.

Through the Eyes of Innocents: Children Witness World War II     RC 51216

by Emmy E. Werner

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

European, Asian, and American children's firsthand descriptions of the violence and social upheaval of World War II, told in anecdotes, diary entries, letters, and other eyewitness accounts. Includes the experiences of teenagers in battle, as well as young people who survived blackouts, air raids, sieges, evacuations, and internment camps. Violence. 2000.

Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James     RC 51218

by Peter J. Levinson

read by Jack Fox

3 cassettes

The life and times of acclaimed big band leader and trumpeter, Harry James. Chronicles his childhood in the circus, his start in dance bands, and his road tours with Benny Goodman and others. Relates James's long-term marriage to Betty Grable as well as his addictions, friendships, and musical criticisms. 1999.

Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell     RC 51221

by Eileen Farrell and Brian Kellow

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes

Farrell recounts how her unusual singing career took off when she landed her own radio show in 1941 at the age of twenty. Since then the classically trained singer has been successful in opera, blues, and pop. She also discusses her life as mother and policeman's wife. Some strong language. 1999.

The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company     RC 51229

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

read by Patricia McDermott

2 cassettes

In this sequel to the bestselling The Hidden Life of Dogs (RC 37305) the anthropologist-owner of a multitude of pets continues her observations of their behavior. Theorizes that if canines cannot live only with their own kind, they will establish family relationships with humans and other household pets. 2000.

Every Day's a Party: Louisiana Recipes for Celebrating with Family and Friends      RC 51231

by Emeril Lagasse

read by Gary Tipton

2 cassettes

The author celebrates his adopted state's heritage by presenting menus and recipes that depict Louisiana's unique culture and cuisine. Describes historical events that are important in local areas; suggests foods and delicacies that are popular at festivities throughout the year. 1999.

Inventing Al Gore: A Biography     RC 51235

by Bill Turque

read by Butch Hoover

3 cassettes

Biography of the former senator from Tennessee and vice president under President Bill Clinton. Concentrates on his political views as well as his childhood and rise to power. Questions some behavior such as the 1996 fundraising scandal and his penchant for grandiosity. 2000.

The Rules II: More Rules to Live and Love By     RC 51239

by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider

read by Madelyn Buzzard

1 cassette

Following the success of their bestseller The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right (RC 44036), the authors give more advice about dating and answer some frequently asked questions. Also discusses long-distance, same-sex, platonic, and office relationships. Bestseller 1997.

The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy      RC 51240

by Robert G. Hagstrom

read by Butch Hoover

2 cassettes

The author of The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor (RC 39493) presents a plan for building and managing investments. Advocates a low portfolio turnover; provides advice on how to select businesses that are operated efficiently and financially sound. Includes appendixes and notes. 1999.

Expedition WHYDAH: The Story of the World's First Excavation of a Pirate Treasure Ship and the Man Who Found Her     RC 51241

by Barry Clifford

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

The author recounts his lifelong fascination with the legend of pirate Sam Bellamy and his ship Whydah, which wrecked off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. Details the expedition to locate the ship and develop an archaeological record of the artifacts. 1999.

The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand     RC 51243

by Howard Gardner

read by John Richardson

3 cassettes

Harvard University cognition and education professor proposes methods for teaching students to achieve objectives. Suggests that cultures convey to youth the artistry, truths, and virtues they value. Outlines several approaches to scholarship, arguing that individuals can learn in multiple ways. 1999.

The Change in the Weather: People, Weather, and the Science of Climate     RC 51244

by William K. Stevens

read by Kerry Cundiff

3 cassettes

A New York Times science reporter charts the history of understanding climate and weather. Explores the ways changing climatic conditions have shaped human evolution. Interviews leading climatologists about the debate on global warming and whether human consumption of fuel resources contributes to the problem. Speculates about future trends. 1999.

The Iliad     RC 51266

by Homer

read by Alexander Scourby

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Robert Fitzgerald's translation of the Greek epic poem written during the eighth century B.C. and attributed to the Ionian poet Homer. Relates the events of a few days of battle near the end of the Trojan War. Focuses on Achilles' withdrawal from the fight and its disastrous effects on the Greek campaign. 1974.

Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom     RC 51271

by Bob Woodward

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

Traces Alan Greenspan's years as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; explains the group's functions and the ramifications of its decisions. Follows his career through such crises as the stock market crash of 1987 and the economic turmoil in Mexico and Asia during the 1990s. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Paris to the Moon     RC 51276

by Adam Gopnik

read by Ted Stoddard

3 cassettes

In 1995 an American writer moved with his wife and young son to Paris, fulfilling a childhood dream. He recorded his expatriate family experience and views on French culture and society during their five-year stay. Bestseller 2000.

Natural Blonde: A Memoir     RC 51277

by Liz Smith

read by Jacinda Bronaugh

3 cassettes

Autobiography of the gossip columnist from Ft. Worth, Texas, who wrote about the rich and famous for over five decades. Describes her childhood and rise to prominence, and dishes out gossip about past and present celebrities--both bluebloods and Hollywood types. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

A Little More about Me     RC 51281

by Pam Houston

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes

Autobiographical essays explore the author's adventures, emotional and spiritual experiences, and observations of art and nature during her travels. She describes whitewater rafting in the Rockies in "Powerhouse by the Book" and envisions trekking on the Himalayas in "In Bhutan There Is No Way to Be Famous." Some strong language. 1999.

Chainsaw: The Notorious Career of Al Dunlap in the Era of Profit-at-Any-Price      RC 51284

by John A. Byrne

read by Gary Telles

3 cassettes

A writer from Business Week details the career of Al Dunlap--"Chainsaw Al"--who used massive layoffs and questionable business practices in attempts to resurrect failing companies such as Scott Paper and Sunbeam. Chronicles Dunlap's decline after it became uneconomical to downsize solely for the benefit of short-term investors. 1999.

Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood     RC 51286

by Leonard Pitts

read by John Hammock

2 cassettes

Based on his own experience and interviews with African American men and children, a journalist explores the nature of black fatherhood in the United States. Analyzes the low marriage rates and dominance of female-headed households; discusses impacts of racism. Encourages black men to be involved in managing their children's lives. Some strong language. 1999.

Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible     RC 51291

by Joseph A. Amato

read by Mark Ashby

2 cassettes

Traces the social and scientific history of these minute particles of matter from the Middle Ages to the modern era of microtechnology. Examines changing ideas about dust: a normal condition, an enemy of sanitary civilization, a gauge of smallness, and a metaphor for human life. 2000.

The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats: The Beat Generation and American Culture     RC 51296

edited by Holly George-Warren

read by Steven Carpenter

4 cassettes

An anthology of essays and interviews on the post-World War II Beat movement in America. Discusses the origins of Beat culture in fiction, poetry, and music; the major figures--Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg--as well as a host of minor characters; and their legacies in popular art and rock 'n' roll. 1999.

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers     RC 51298

by Loung Ung

read by Nanette Savard

2 cassettes

Survival story of a middle-class Cambodian girl who miraculously escapes the genocide of two million people by the communist Khmer Rouge. Describes her family's struggle for survival, beginning in 1975 with their exile to the countryside. Ung grows from an innocent five-year-old into a tough survivor. Violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Day Traders: The Untold Story of the Extreme Investors and How They Changed Wall Street Forever     RC 51300

by Gregory J. Millman

read by Jim Johnston

2 cassettes

A business writer traces the development of day trading on Wall Street, covering the legal, political, and technological changes that hastened its birth. Explains that online trading allows investors to place their bets on the minute-by-minute fluctuations in stock prices, with profits and losses often coming from one-eighth-point movements. 1999.

The End of Privacy     RC 51306

by Charles J. Sykes

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

A journalist evaluates challenges to individual privacy posed by information technology, media interference, governmental and business encroachments, and many Americans' willingness to share their experiences with strangers. Chronicles circumstances that have eroded citizens' control over personal information in the workplace, in health care, and in electronic commerce, and advises people to resist. 1999.

Clint Eastwood: A Biography     RC 51309

by Richard Schickel

read by Steven Carpenter

5 cassettes

In-depth biography by a Time film critic based on interviews with his subject. Emphasizes the screen icon's professional achievements--culminating in an Oscar for directing Unforgiven--though Eastwood's relationships with his partners and children are also explored. Includes a filmography. Some strong language. 1996.

Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies     RC 51311

by Richard Schickel

read by Terence Aselford

2 cassettes

Essays from the Time film critic concerning the state of the cinema and its future. Examines past great talents such as silent film director King Vidor, Greta Garbo, Frank Capra, Irene Dunne, Bette Davis, and Laurence Olivier. Also discusses film festivals and later trends in movies. 1999.

The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction     RC 51313

by Linda Gordon

read by David Elias

3 cassettes

History professor describes how racial politics caused a social upheaval in 1904. The New York Catholic Foundling Hospital placed children with Mexican American families in the Clifton-Morenci, Arizona, mining area. Infuriated, local Anglos took the fair Irish American orphans from their new Hispanic homes. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the vigilantes. 1999.

Colors of the Mountain     RC 51314

by Da Chen

read by Robert Sams

3 cassettes

Born in southern China in 1962, the now-American author describes growing up in a once-prominent family that fell out of favor under the Mao regime. When citizens were unexpectedly allowed to compete for college acceptance, the sixteen-year-old truant and his farmer brother studied nonstop for months. Some strong language. 1999.

Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife     RC 51334

by Sylvia Browne

read by Lindsay Ellison

2 cassettes

Expanding on The Other Side and Back (RC 48861), Browne discusses the journey beyond death to "home," where loved ones reside between incarnations. She also reminisces about her career as a psychic and how she came to accept her inherited gift. Bestseller 2000.

Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain's Queen     RC 51345

by Sarah Bradford

read by Kristin Allison

5 cassettes

An in-depth portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Offers inside views--including scandals--of her parents and other forebears, sister, husband, and four children. Tells how the queen copes with the pressures of being head of state, wife, and mother in an era of tumultuous political and social change. 1996.

Communion with God     RC 51348

by Neale Donald Walsch

read by Bill Wallace

2 cassettes

In this companion to his Conversations with God series, Walsch discusses the "ten illusions of humans." He asserts that by understanding the illusions of need, failure, disunity, insufficiency, requirement, judgment, condemnation, conditionality, superiority, and ignorance, one will no longer be caught up in them and can move toward authentic communion with God. Bestseller 2000.

In Tuscany     RC 51349

by Frances Mayes

read by Suzanne Toren

1 cassette

In this companion to Bella Tuscany (RC 48030) and Under the Tuscan Sun (RC 44847), Mayes continues to recount her love of the Tuscan countryside. She describes the pleasures of living in Italy that she experienced in homes, fields, markets, and restaurants and at festivals. Includes many recipes. Bestseller 2000.

Self-Nurture: Learning to Care for Yourself as Effectively as You Care for Everyone Else     RC 51391

by Alice D. Domar and Henry Dreher

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Asserts that self-nurturing, "the essence of effective stress management for women," is about self-care, not selfishness. The director of a women's mind and body center presents a yearlong, season-by-season program to practice the skill. Each chapter includes steps for nurturing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. 2000.

The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A Twenty-Five Year Landmark Study     RC 51404

by Judith Wallerstein and others

read by Jill Fox

3 cassettes

This followup to Second Chances (RC 29593) continues the study of children of divorce that was begun in 1971. Compares seven now-adult subjects to peers from intact families in the same community; offers suggestions for strengthening marriage and minimizing the damage of broken homes. Bestseller 2000.

The Meme Machine     RC 51405

by Susan Blackmore

read by Butch Hoover

3 cassettes

Building on geneticist Richard Dawkins's notion of "memes"--small parcels of cultural meaning--Blackmore proposes a model of human behavior based on the transmission and replication of memes through imitation. She offers examples and anecdotes to support her claim that all behavior is meme-driven, and that memes can explain large brains, language skills, and sense of self. 1999.

Merry Christmas! Celebrating America's Greatest Holiday     RC 51412

by Karal Ann Marling

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

Art history professor focuses on the materialistic aspects of Christmas in America. She writes of the images of trees, holiday scenes, packages, food, and family that make the holiday special. She also covers wrapping papers, store decorations, parades, gifts, and Santa Claus. 2000.

My Father's Daughter: A Memoir     RC 51413

by Tina Sinatra

read by Jill Fox

2 cassettes

A portrait of Frank Sinatra by his youngest daughter, Tina. Focuses on his home life, marriage to teenage sweetheart, Nancy, and his loyalty to his three children. Also describes the entertainer's tempestuous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, and his last years with domineering wife Barbara Marx Sinatra. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Katie.com: My Story     RC 51429

by Katherine Tarbox

read by Erin Jones

1 cassette

A cautionary account by the first minor to prosecute an adult for misuse of the Internet. Katie was a lonely, neglected thirteen-year-old who met her online love interest at a hotel only to discover that he was an older pedophile. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

No Such Thing as a Bad Day     RC 51438

by Hamilton Jordan

read by Brian Conn

1 cassette

Memoirs of the former presidential aide under Jimmy Carter who survived three different types of cancer before the age of fifty. Jordan reminisces about growing up in the South, encountering Agent Orange in Vietnam, his time at the White House, and surviving his illnesses. Offers ten tips for patients. Some strong language. 2000.

The Consolations of Philosophy     RC 51489

by Alain De Botton

read by Steven Carpenter

2 cassettes

University of London philosopher finds practical advice on coping with life's challenges in the writings of some of the world's renowned thinkers. Each of the six sections poses a problem and suggests a source of inspiration. For example, Socrates offers consolation for unpopularity, and Epicurus, for poverty. 2000.

Under the Sign of Saturn     RC 51490

by Susan Sontag

read by Faith Potts

2 cassettes

Essays written between 1972 and 1980 exploring the relationship between moral and aesthetic ideas. Sontag discusses the work of such figures as Paul Goodman, Antonin Artaud, Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Benjamin, and Roland Barthes. 1980.

Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life     RC 51687

by Nancy L. Snyderman and Peg Streep

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

Physician and medical correspondent Snyderman uses her personal life to illustrate the process of learning from experiences. Discusses her college rape, the serendipitous adoption of her first child, the pregnancy discovered during her second divorce, the marriage of her dreams at forty-one, and becoming pregnant at forty-two. 2000.

The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language      RC 51875

by Ernest Freeberg

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Chronicles the life of Laura Bridgman, who, born into a New Hampshire farm family in 1829, became deaf and blind at the age of two. Freeberg recounts Laura's transformation into a woman who voraciously absorbed the world around her under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. 2001.

Cassettes Fiction

Murder Gets a Life: A Southern Sisters Mystery RC 49044

by Anne George

read by Cyn Delafield

2 cassettes

Petite retired-teacher Patricia Anne and her portly, well-to-do, thrice-widowed sister, Mary Alice, have another adventure when Mary Alice's son, Ray, unexpectedly marries. Checking out the new bride, Sunshine Dabbs, and her odd family, the sisters find a murdered man in the Dabbs's trailer. Some strong language. 1998.

Black Sheep RC 49351

by Georgette Heyer

read by Liz Solar

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Twenty-eight-year-old Abigail Wendover has been sought after by many eligible suitors, but none appealed to her. Now as she attempts to save her young niece Fanny from the fortune-hunting Stacy Calverleigh, Abigail is drawn to his socially unfit uncle, Miles Calverleigh. 1966.

Stigmata RC 49527

by Phyllis Alesia Perry

read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley

2 cassettes

When fourteen-year-old Lizzie inherits a trunk containing her great-grandmother's diary and a quilt made by her grandmother, her life changes forever. For Lizzie begins having out-of-body experiences that transport her back to the days of slavery, from which she awakens with bloody scars on her back and wrists. Some strong language. 1998.

The Man in the Box RC 49528

by Thomas Moran

read by Bruce Nelson

2 cassettes

In 1943 Austria, teenager Niki Lukasser's family hides a Jewish physician in a secret room in its barn. Niki and his blind girlfriend, Sigi, take care of the doctor and try to relieve his loneliness. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Man to Send Rain Clouds: Contemporary Stories by American Indians RC 49582

edited by Kenneth Rosen

read by Jim Zeiger

1 cassette (Reissue)

Short stories and poems by Native American writers. They range from fictional reminiscences of Kit Carson and Geronimo to a portrayal of the plight of an Indian who stops overnight in Gallup, New Mexico. The title piece recounts a traditional burial that is altered to incorporate an additional act by a Catholic priest. Some strong language. 1974.

Island of Ghosts RC 49715

by Gillian Bradshaw

read by David Elias

3 cassettes

Second century A.D. Having been defeated by Rome, the Sarmatians swear allegiance to the emperor. Lord Ariantes and his Sarmatian cavalry are assigned to patrol restless Britain. As Ariantes struggles with his Roman identity, he falls in love with a British lady and averts a druid revolt. Some violence. 1998.

Command a King's Ship: Richard Bolitho Novels, Volume 6 RC 49769

by Alexander Kent

read by Jim Zeiger

3 cassettes (Reissue)

In 1784 Captain Richard Bolitho is sent on a delicate semipolitical mission to the waters of colonial India. There he is to install a testy British governor at an isolated trading post recently relinquished by Spain. Sequel to To Glory We Steer (RC 49768). 1973.

Brandenberg RC 49780

by Glenn Meade

read by Chuck Benson

3 cassettes

British intelligence agent Joseph Volkmann is investigating an apparent drug-smuggling case involving the murder of a reporter in Paraguay. When Volkmann uncovers a cache of bomb-grade uranium, his focus shifts from narcotics to an international neo-Nazi conspiracy. Sequel to Snow Wolf (RC 43906). Violence and some strong language. 1997.

Ariadne's Web: Book of the Gods, Volume 2 RC 49938

by Fred Saberhagen

read by Erik Sandvold

3 cassettes

In this sequel to The Face of Apollo (RC 49937) young princess Ariadne becomes captivated by a treacherous pirate who was implicated in the death of her father. Hoping to aid Ariadne, a soldier dons the Face of Dionysus, a mask that confers divine powers. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Speak RC 49958

by Laurie Halse Anderson

read by Celeste Lawson

1 cassette

Melinda starts high school ostracized after she called the police during a summer drinking party. What everyone doesn't know is that she was raped and the boy still taunts her in school. Eventually, Melinda chooses to confront the pain and tell someone. For senior high and older readers. Some violence. 1999.

Rules of the Wild     RC 50058

by Francesca Marciano

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

A young Italian woman, Esmé, a member of the expatriate community in Nairobi, Kenya, tells her story of self-discovery. Describes her love for two men: Adam, who leads safaris and shows her the natural beauty of Africa; and Hunter, a reporter covering the massacres in 1990s Rwanda. Some strong language. 1998.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection     RC 50082

edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

read by John Horton

6 cassettes

Collection of thirty-eight stories and eight poems covering a range from fairy tales to gothic horror. Authors include Kelly Link, Stephen King, Jane Yolen, Steven Millhauser, Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Straub, Charles de Lint, Ilan Stavans, and A.S. Byatt. 1999.

Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn as Told by a Friend     RC 50209

by Thomas Mann

read by Gary Telles

5 cassettes

Mann's modern reworking of the Faust legend occurs in the decades preceding World War II in Germany. Portrays the tragedy of a composer who loses his capacity for compassion in exchange for gaining musical inspiration. New translation by the award-winning John E. Woods. 1947.

The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea     RC 50222

by James Fenimore Cooper

read by Ted Stoddard

4 cassettes (Reissue)

A nineteenth-century sea story suggested by an episode in the life of John Paul Jones, which combines romance, intrigue, betrayal, near-shipwreck, and sea fights. 1823.

I Who Have Never Known Men     RC 50231

by Jacqueline Harpman

read by Celeste Lawson

1 cassette

Of forty women incarcerated underground for over twelve years, the youngest leads the group to freedom when the male guards suddenly disappear. But above ground they find themselves in the middle of nowhere and their explorations uncover no life. The leader outlives the other women to contemplate her fate. 1997.

The Magestone: Witch World     RC 50244

by Andre Norton and Mary H. Schaub

read by Mary Kane

2 cassettes

Dales trader Mereth is searching for clues to locate the missing magestone. A maniacal baron has stolen it from Kasarian's father--an Alizonder hound lord--and plans to use it to unleash the dark wizards of Escore. Now two foes have a common cause. 1996.

Saving Agnes     RC 50249

by Rachel Cusk

read by Cyn Delafield

2 cassettes

Agnes Day, a recent college graduate, moves to London with two former classmates and takes a job with a trade magazine. As she recovers from her first love affair, she struggles to find her place in the adult world by trying to control everything around her. Some strong language. Whitbread First Novel Award. 1993.

Blonde     RC 50255

by Joyce Carol Oates

read by Laura Giannarelli

7 cassettes in 2 containers

In this fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe, Oates chooses to elaborate on symbolic events in the actress's life and to explore her interior world. She presents her interpretation of Monroe's childhood in Los Angeles, her marriages, and major roles in movies. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

The Girls     RC 50294

by Helen Yglesias

read by Mimi Bederman

1 cassette

Eighty-year-old Jenny travels to Miami to take care of her older sisters Eva, Naomi, and Flora. Once there, she reminisces about their New York childhood while surveying the ruin of the natural landscape and the variety of inhabitants including her fellow elderly Jews. Some strong language. 1999.

The Talented Mr. Ripley; Ripley under Ground; Ripley's Game     RC 50315

by Patricia Highsmith

read by MaryBeth Wise

6 cassettes

Three complete psychological crime novels featuring the well-mannered and unscrupulous Tom Ripley. In the first, Ripley is commissioned to persuade a young expatriate in Italy to return to his family in the States. But Ripley is so taken with Dickie Greenleaf and his comfortable existence, he decides to become Dickie--by murdering him. Some violence. 1974.

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol     RC 50339

by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

read by Michael Scherer

3 cassettes

Thirteen stories newly translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Four from Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (1831-32): "St. John's Eve," "The Night before Christmas," "The Terrible Vengeance," and "Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt." From the Petersburg tales: "Nevsky Prospect," "The Diary of a Madman," "The Nose," and "The Overcoat" among others. 1998.

Nothing but the Truth     RC 50500

by John Lescroart

read by Ray Foushee

3 cassettes

Attorney Dismas Hardy's wife, Frannie, is in jail after refusing to reveal a friend's secret to a grand jury. The friend is Ron Beaumont, whose politically connected wife, Bree, has been murdered. To spring Frannie quickly, Dismas searches for proof that Ron is innocent. Some strong language. 1999.

The Angry Angel: Sisters of the Night, Volume 1     RC 50510

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

read by Barbara Caruso

3 cassettes

1500. Kelene, fourteen, has been blessed with dreams of God's militant angels telling her how to keep her family safe. But as they flee toward Sarajevo to escape the advancing Ottomans, Kelene--on the verge of womanhood--finds her dreams being invaded by a dark angel. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Soul of an Angel: Sisters of the Night, Volume 2     RC 50511

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

read by Barbara Caruso

4 cassettes

The Zucchars are wealthy shipping merchants in sixteenth-century Venice. Their sons' tales of adventure entice daughter Fenice to travel, even though her parents insist upon marriage. After she stows away on a family ship and is discovered, she finds herself alone in a city besieged by a bloodthirsty demon. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

A Recipe for Bees     RC 50556

by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

read by Anne Hancock

2 cassettes

Retired beekeeper Augusta Olsen reminisces about her past life on a remote, hardscrabble British Columbia farm, while she awaits the outcome of her son-in-law's surgery. She recalls rebelling against her mirthless husband and father-in-law, working at desperate jobs in town, befriending the local minister, and having an affair. 1998.

The Intuitionist     RC 50558

by Colson Whitehead

read by Lindsay Ellison

2 cassettes

In this allegorical mystery set in the 1940s, Lila Mae Watson, the city's first minority woman elevator inspector, works by psychic intuition. When an elevator fails on her watch and her empiricist rivals seek her undoing, Lila conducts a secret probe that yields a startling discovery. Some strong language. 1999.

Outfoxed     RC 50586

by Rita Mae Brown

read by Miranda Daniloff

3 cassettes

Jane Arnold, master of Virginia's Jefferson Hunt Club, must name an assistant to lead the hounds. Vying for the prestigious job are dissolute native Fontaine Buruss and wealthy Yankee Crawford Howard. When Fontaine is murdered, many of the members become suspects. Meanwhile, the neighborhood "critters" observe--and discuss--the humans around them. Some strong language. 2000.

The Shepherd Kings     RC 50612

by Judith Tarr

read by Barbara Caruso

5 cassettes

In ancient Egypt, Kemni--gifted with dreams of future events--travels to Crete as King Ahmose's envoy to seek an alliance against the Shepherd Kings who hold Lower Egypt. He enjoys amorous adventures with the local priestesses but dreams of Iphikleia, who will become his queen. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Playing God     RC 50620

by Sarah Zettel

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

Lynn Nussbaumer and her company, Bioverse Incorporated, are hired to cleanse an entire planet of a plague that was caused by the fierce feuding among rival factions of the matriarchal Dedelphis. Lynn attempts to relocate the inhabitants onto spaceships, but the Dedelphis distrust humans and take her hostage. Some violence. 1998.

Cheaters     RC 50637

by Eric Jerome Dickey

read by Peter Jay Fernandez

3 cassettes

Stephan, influenced by his promiscuous father, sabotages relationships. Darnell, hurt by his wife's disapproval of his writing, contemplates an affair. Chanté, a Stephan castoff, becomes hardened. But these young, affluent African Americans in Los Angeles are all eventually helped through soul-searching and friends. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1999.

Lovers for a Day     RC 50755

by Ivan Klíma

read by Kimberly Schraf

2 cassettes

Twelve short stories written between 1962 and 1994, portraying new, old, or mismatched lovers. In "A Baffling Choice," a twenty-six-year-old married mother astonishes her husband (and the divorce court judge) by having an affair with a neighbor who requires crutches to walk and is many years her senior. 1999.

Kinship     RC 50759

by Trudy Krisher

read by Laura Giannarelli

2 cassettes

Kinship, Georgia; 1961. Pert Wilson, fifteen, lives with her mother and brother in a trailer park. Residents are upset about a recent law rezoning the park for permanent housing. Suddenly, Pert's long-absent daddy returns with big schemes to save the park. Companion to Spite Fences (RC 41946). For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

The Hades Factor     RC 50768

by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds

read by Bob Askey

3 cassettes

Dr. Jon Smith and his fiancée, Dr. Sophia Russell, at the army's institute for infectious diseases investigate a virus that is creating a deadly epidemic. Jon is soon warned off by the FBI, while Sophia contacts a colleague in Peru where a similar disease wiped out a tribe. Some violence. Bestseller 2000.

Headlong     RC 50790

by Michael Frayn

read by David Hartley-Margolin

3 cassettes

Philosopher Martin Clay and his art-historian wife, Kate, are spending time at their English country cottage. While dining with neighbors, he notices a painting he believes to be a lost Dutch treasure by Bruegel. But Martin's investigation, without Kate's knowledge, leads to more trouble than he expected. Some strong language. 1999.

Hummingbird House     RC 50804

by Patricia Henley

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes

Feeling burned-out after eight years of nursing in Nicaragua, Kate breaks up with her gunrunner lover to return to the States. Stopping over in Guatemala, Kate finds romance with a Catholic priest and commits herself to supporting the human rights of homeless orphans and victimized indigenous people. Some strong language. 1999.

Faded Coat of Blue     RC 50818

by Owen Parry

read by Nick Sullivan

2 cassettes

Washington, D.C.; 1861. Captain Abel Jones--a Welshman late of Queen Victoria's service--is assigned by General George McClellan to investigate the murder of a young abolitionist officer. While probing the crime, Jones uncovers corruption, graft, drugs, and illicit sex, and he is eventually ordered off the case. Some strong language. 1999.

The Golden Child     RC 50837

by Penelope Fitzgerald

read by Andy Chappell

1 cassette (Reissue)

A London museum official is sent to Russia when the museum suspects there may be fakes among the treasures in a popular "Golden Child" exhibit. He learns that all the real golden treasures are in the Kremlin and returns to find the old archaeologist who first uncovered them murdered in the museum library. 1977.

The Bear and the Dragon     RC 50854

by Tom Clancy

read by David Hartley-Margolin

7 cassettes in 2 containers

Newly elected U.S. president Jack Ryan is quickly embroiled in complex political situations with cataclysmic implications. Among them, the discovery of vast gold and oil resources in Siberia, which attracts the covetous attention of China, could lead to dire consequences. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Gay Courage     RC 50861

by Emilie Loring

read by Anne Mullen

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Nancy Caswell, daughter of a respected clergyman, attracts the attention of wealthy, polo-playing Geoffrey Hilliard when she tumbles from a hayrack in a rainstorm. 1928.

Not a Day Goes By     RC 50887

by E. Lynn Harris

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

As this sequel to Abide with Me (RC 48031) and others opens, former football star Basil Henderson calls off his wedding to actress Yancey Braxton. The story backtracks to describe their romance and the secrets that ultimately cause the breakup. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Krondor: The Betrayal; the Riftwar Legacy, Book 1     RC 50912

by Raymond E. Feist

read by Gary Tipton

3 cassettes

Set in the land of Midkemia, this saga chronicles the adventures of Squire James, Squire Locklear, and those who accompany them--an apprentice magician, a sorcerer, and a renegade dark elf--as they face various evil plots. Prequel to Krondor the Assassins (RC 50913). 1998.

Aftermath     RC 50923

by Charles Sheffield

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

A supernova disaster in 2026 causes worldwide devastation and computer failure, leaving survivors with different agendas: an American movement vying to control the globe; three cancer victims reviving a serial-murderer doctor from "judicial sleep" to treat them; and a Mars expedition becoming cult prisoners. Prequel to Starfire (RC 50924). Strong language. 1998.

SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare     RC 50931

by Tom Clancy

read by L.J. Ganser

2 cassettes

Fifteen episodes of undersea combat aboard a nuclear sub, based on interactive computer game scenarios. Captain Mackey and his crew aboard the U.S.S. Cheyenne are dispatched to the Spratley Island chain in the South China Sea after the discovery of oil puts America and China on a deadly collision course. Bestseller 1996.

The Hanging Garden: A John Rebus Mystery     RC 50932

by Ian Rankin

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes

Edinburgh detective inspector Rebus investigates a suspected Nazi criminal, as well as a gang war between local mobs who are importing prostitutes from eastern Europe. When his daughter is injured in a hit-and-run accident, Rebus suspects it's a payback. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

Morgan's Run     RC 50934

by Colleen McCullough

read by Jim Zeiger

6 cassettes

In 1787 Bristol gunsmith Richard Morgan is wrongly accused of a crime and transported to the newly discovered territory of Australia. After almost a year at sea, the convicts arrive in a desolate land where Morgan learns to survive and finds love again. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Pagan Babies     RC 50935

by Elmore Leonard

read by Chuck Benson

2 cassettes

Father Terry Dunn exacts revenge against murderers of his parishioners in Rwanda. Returning to Detroit, he meets Debbie Dewey--newly released from jail. Together they concoct a scheme to raise money--supposedly for African orphans. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2000.

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3     RC 50939

by Philip Pullman

read by Suzanne Toren

3 cassettes

In this continuation of The Subtle Knife (RC 45857) Lyra is hidden in a cave by her mother, Mrs. Coulter. Two angels want Will and his magic knife to accompany them to Lord Asriel, but Will is determined to find Lyra first. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller 2000.

Faith of the Fallen: The Sword of Truth, Book 6     RC 50941

by Terry Goodkind

read by Nick Sullivan

5 cassettes

Following her ordeal in Soul of the Fire (RC 49220), Kahlan is nursed back to health by Richard Rahl, who then instructs her in swordplay. When Richard is captured by the emperor's mistress, he and Kahlan must struggle separately against the forces of the Imperial Order. Violence. Bestseller 2000.

Evans Above     RC 50945

by Rhys Bowen

read by Graeme Malcolm

1 cassette

Evan Evans, the newly assigned North Wales constable for the village of Llanfair, is searching for two missing hikers who are later discovered murdered. While hunting for a possible serial killer, Evans also contends with two local ladies who are vying for his attentions, as well as with competing ministers' wives. 1997.

Red Sky in Mourning     RC 50946

by Patricia H. Rushford

read by Judith Ann Gantly

2 cassettes

Ex-policewoman Helen Bradley leaves Oregon for the coast of Washington state to finish writing a travel guide. There she learns that the author of an earlier edition has been murdered--maybe because of what she discovered during her research. Soon Helen is working with the Coast Guard, investigating a fisherman's death. Some violence. 1997.

The Conqueror's Child: Holdfast Chronicles, Book 4     RC 50948

by Suzy McKee Charnas

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

In this sequel to The Furies (RC 41695) and the two-title volume Walk to the End of the World; and, Motherlines (RC 41694), the women are still enslaving the men who once ruled them. Alldera Conqueror's estranged daughter, Sorrel, has rescued a small boy. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Dune: House Harkonnen; Prelude to Dune, Volume 2     RC 50949

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

read by J.P. Linton

5 cassettes

This sequel to Dune: House Atreides (RC 49477) continues the prequel to Dune (RC 44126). Shaddam is currently ruler of the Known Universe, but his position is threatened by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who, in his desire for dominance, is plotting against the House of Atreides and the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. Bestseller 2000.

Down All the Days     RC 50955

by Christy Brown

read by Graeme Malcolm

2 cassettes (Reissue)

A disabled boy observes the people and happenings in his poor Dublin household and neighborhood. Not wanting to miss out on any adventures, he sometimes travels through the streets by boxcart--hauled by his brothers. By the author of My Left Foot (RC 29488). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1970.

Two for the Lions: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel     RC 50956

by Lindsey Davis

read by George Holmes

3 cassettes

Rome, A.D. 73. Following Three Hands in the Fountain (RC 50618), Falco begins work for the census, searching for tax evaders. Then the emperor's favorite lion is killed, leading to an investigation of the gladiators. And Falco's lover, Helena, must go to Africa, where the lions originate, to help her brother. Some violence. 1998.

Avalon     RC 50957

by Anya Seton

read by George Holmes

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Romance and political intrigue in late-tenth-century England. French prince Rumon falls in love with Merewyn, a Cornish girl of peasant and Viking blood. Rumon has also fallen under the spell of powerful Alfrida, who becomes queen of England. Once freed, he learns that Merewyn is in the North American lands colonized by Norsemen. 1965.

Murder Being Once Done     RC 50959

by Ruth Rendell

read by Graeme Malcolm

1 cassette

Detective Chief Inspector Wexford is recuperating from an illness at his nephew Howard Fortune's London home. Fortune is also a policeman heading the case of a young girl found murdered in a cemetery. Wexford, bored, begins to investigate the crime on his own. Some violence. 1972.

Lady of Sherwood     RC 50965

by Jennifer Roberson

read by George Holmes

3 cassettes

In this sequel to Lady of the Forest (RC 36560) King Richard, returned to the throne by Sir Robert of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep, dies after naming two successors, princes John and Arthur. When John becomes king, Robert--as Robin Hood--and Marian become outlaws in a quest for justice. 1999.

Sun Mountain: A Comstock Memoir     RC 50966

by Richard S. Wheeler

read by Bob Askey

3 cassettes

On January 1, 1900, journalist Henry Jackson Stoddard, age sixty-one, begins his recollections of people encountered and events witnessed in Virginia City and the Comstock Lode since his arrival there in 1861. Among his acquaintances was Samuel Clemens when he was a young reporter, and a mining town was the place to be. 1999.

Xone of Contention     RC 51025

by Piers Anthony

read by Sharon Murray

3 cassettes

Computer designer Edsel and his wife, Pia, are having marital problems. When Edsel accidentally enters the O-Xone (a link between Earth and Xanth) and meets Breanna of the Black Wave, they devise a plan to save the marriage--Edsel and Pia will exchange identities with Xanth inhabitants. But an unexpected surprise awaits. 1999.

Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place     RC 51035

by Grace Metalious

read by Madelyn Buzzard

5 cassettes

Two novels that relate stories of incest, rape, murder, adultery, and betrayal among the residents of a small, seemingly placid New England mill town in the late 1930s and 1940s. The books were regarded as lurid and scandalous when first published. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1959.

Blackmail     RC 51041

by Parnell Hall

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Hapless private detective Stanley Hastings becomes involved in a blackmail scheme that leads to multiple murder--with himself as the prime suspect. Assisted by his wife, Stanley pursues the investigation--despite being led astray by red herrings. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1994.

Prodigal Summer     RC 51048

by Barbara Kingsolver

read by Carole Jordan Stewart

3 cassettes

At Zebulon Mountain in southern Appalachia, reclusive ranger Deanna Wolfe allows young hunter Eddie Bondo into her cabin and private space. In the valley two other women redefine their roles while championing ecological issues. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

The Prometheus Deception     RC 51052

by Robert Ludlum

read by David Hartley-Margolin

4 cassettes

After fifteen years in the field, spy Nick Bryson is forced to retire and becomes a college teacher. Years later the CIA informs him that the ultraclandestine agency he had worked for is not part of the U.S. government. Recruited to reinfiltrate the organization, Nick isn't sure who to trust. Strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Frank Mildmay; or, The Naval Officer     RC 51070

by Frederick Marryat

read by Ted Stoddard

3 cassettes

Traces the nineteenth-century adventures of Frank Mildmay, who is delighted to leave school and join the Royal Navy. He experiences sea battles against French forces, endures storms and hurricanes, and enjoys the ladies on shore. Some violence. 1829.

Atlas Shrugged     RC 51074

by Ayn Rand

read by Michael Scherer

10 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)

Dagny Taggart, manager of a transcontinental railroad, opposes executives who relinquish control over their enterprises in exchange for security through government regulations. Espouses the clear-cut social values of the author's philosophy of objectivism within a fictional story line. Thirty-fifth anniversary edition with new introduction in 1992. Some strong language. 1957.

Mr. Midshipman Easy     RC 51080

by Frederick Marryat

read by Vanessa Maroney

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Jack Easy, a pampered, undisciplined, and unruly student, is sent off to sea. As a midshipman in the Royal Navy, Jack participates in many a vicious sea battle around the world, falls in love, and eventually returns home a hero. Some violence. 1836.

Arthurian Romances     RC 51087

by Chrétien de Troyes

read by Corrie James

5 cassettes

Romantic tales of chivalry, adulterous passion, and first love in which the shadowy author, a twelfth-century French court poet, provides a "brilliant portrait" of the "society that gave him his livelihood." Translation and introduction by D.D.R. Owen. 1993.

Natchez: A Novel of the Deep South     RC 51092

by Pamela Jekel

read by Nanette Savard

4 cassettes

Traces four generations of women in the Natchez region of Louisiana, beginning in 1775 with the arrival of Josiah Fleming. After losing his family, Josiah remarries and his daughter continues to build his acreage into a thriving plantation. Also follows the activities of various fauna in the area. 1995.

Actual Innocence     RC 51096

by Barry Siegel

read by Mark Ashby

2 cassettes

A judge requests that California attorney Greg Monarch look into a death row case. The environmental activist prisoner is a troubled former lover of Monarch's, and he fears she may well have murdered a geologist--or perhaps she was framed. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Betsy     RC 51098

by Harold Robbins

read by Maria Pino

3 cassettes (Reissue)

The founder of the Hardeman dynasty and Bethlehem Motors, now part of a giant monopoly, is still powerful at the age of ninety-one. He challenges the leadership of his grandson by making plans for a dream car to be called the Betsy. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1971.

Shining King: The Children of the Lion, Volume 18     RC 51108

by Peter Danielson

read by John Horton

2 cassettes

The Scholar recalls the death of King Saul, then speaks of David, the Shining King, who is to secure his kingdom, and of the Child of the Lion who will fight by his side. Sequel to The Death of Kings (RC 38505). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Golden Age     RC 51122

by Gore Vidal

read by Jim Zeiger

4 cassettes

Fictional coverage of the American cultural and political scene from 1939, when the United States debated entering World War II, until 1954 after the Korean War. Caroline Sanford, producer-actress and Washington newspaper publisher, and her journalist nephew provide insider views on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's terms of office. Bestseller 2000.

Peel My Love like an Onion     RC 51125

by Ana Castillo

read by Gabriella Cavallero

2 cassettes

Carmen becomes a professional flamenco dancer in Chicago, despite a leg crippled by childhood polio. She tells the story of her midlife crisis and a romantic triangle--herself; Augustín, an older married lover; and Manolo, a younger dancer--including their desertion, and how she wins them back. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Cruel as the Grave: A Medieval Mystery     RC 51126

by Sharon Kay Penman

read by Barbara Caruso

2 cassettes

London, 1193. Justin de Quincy is entrusted by Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to learn whether her son, the imprisoned crusader-king Richard Lionheart, is still alive. Meanwhile, a neighbor asks Justin to investigate the murder of a young Welsh girl. Sequel to The Queen's Man (RC 47849). Some violence. 1998.

Graveyard Dust     RC 51129

by Barbara Hambly

read by Richard Davidson

3 cassettes

New Orleans, 1834. Free man of color Benjamin January's voodoo queen sister, Olympia Corbier, is accused of poisoning a white man. Ben is determined to free her from the squalid jail as yellow fever sweeps the city. His investigation uncovers the intermingled Creole lineage of the deceased. Some violence. 1999.

All Tomorrow's Parties     RC 51134

by William Gibson

read by Robert O'Keefe

2 cassettes

Colin Laney--from Idoru (RC 42981)--discovers another nodal point on his computer. A universe-altering event will occur on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, now a squatters' shantytown after structural damage. Laney hires ex-cop Rydell--from Virtual Light (RC 37441)--to stop a killer and prevent billionaire Cody Harwood from taking over the world. Strong language. 1999.

The Seventh Man     RC 51135

by Max Brand

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes (Reissue)

They said Dan Barry was the man no one could kill, that his dog was a tamed wolf, and that his horse was the fastest in the West. Vic Gregg knew all this: Barry had once saved his life. But now the law tells Vic he must betray Barry--or die. Some violence. 1921.

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You     RC 51140

by Kasey Michaels

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Cold feet over her upcoming wedding sends socialite Shelby Taite on a quest to experience real life. Escaping to a small town and a job in a diner, Shelby doesn't realize her family sent security expert Quinn Delaney to anonymously protect her. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Return to the Heartland: Heartland Heritage Series, Book 4     RC 51141

by June Masters Bacher

read by Jill Ferris

3 cassettes

California, 1945. After the war twenty-year-old aspiring writer Marvel Harrington and her family are finally able to return home to Texas. Although her first love, Titus, is presumed dead, Marvel continues to believe that her faith in God might bring his return. Sequel to Where Lies Our Hope (RC 36466). 1993.

Honey Moon     RC 51147

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

read by Kristin Allison

3 cassettes

Orphaned sixteen-year-old tomboy Honey Moon is unexpectedly picked by fortyish cowboy actor Dash Coogan to costar in his television show. Over the following decade the relationships between Honey and Dash, and between Honey and a third costar, Eric Dillon, go through dramatic changes. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1993.

Pacific Vortex!     RC 51151

by Clive Cussler

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Deep-sea expert Dirk Pitt is put to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the "Pacific vortex," a fog-shrouded zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is a nuclear submarine. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1982.

Knight of the Demon Queen     RC 51152

by Barbara Hambly

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Dragonshadow (RC 50394) Jenny Waynest still suffers from her past possession by the demon Amayon. Now her husband, Lord John Aversin, is blackmailed by the cruel Aohila, the Demon Queen, to assist Amayon on a quest into a strange land. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Red Rover     RC 51156

by James Fenimore Cooper

read by Erik Sandvold

4 cassettes

Classic maritime adventure set in the years just before the American Revolution. Disguised as a common sailor, Lieutenant Henry Ark sets out to trap an elusive pirate called the Red Rover. Following a storm and a mutiny, Ark--along with a charming young woman and her governess--is rescued by the pirate himself. 1827.

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled     RC 51161

by Dorothy Gilman

read by Suzanne Toren

1 cassette

Part-time CIA agent Mrs. Pollifax and cohort John Farrell are dispatched to Syria to find the young woman who, after thwarting an airplane hijacking, was kidnapped by terrorists. 2000.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Poirot's First Case     RC 51162

by Agatha Christie

read by Tom Martin

2 cassettes

In Hercule Poirot's first case the retired Belgian police detective investigates the death of Emily Cavendish, an elderly heiress, who, to the distress of her stepchildren, had recently married a fortune hunter. 1920.

The Day We Met     RC 51165

by Barbara Bretton

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Lonely, single mother Maggy O'Brien falls in love and has a whirlwind romantic weekend in Atlantic City with divorced policeman Conor Riley. But once back home, they encounter disapproval from their families. Will their mutual attraction stand the test of time? Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

The Perfect Gift     RC 51167

by Christina Skye

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

Nicholas Draycott has hired jewelry designer Maggie Kincade to showcase an international gem exhibition. But her late father is suspected of being a jewel thief, and Nicholas implores his friend, Jared MacNeill, to investigate. Sequel to Bride of the Mist (RC 45317). 1999.

Rage of Eagles: Eagle Series, Book 5     RC 51172

by William W. Johnstone

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Western territories, late 1870s. Falcon MacCallister, with a reputation as a cold-blooded killer, is searching the northwest for Nance Noonan, who ambushed Falcon's father, Jamie. Unfortunately, Noonan believes he has nothing to fear from his pursuer. Sequel to Scream of Eagles (RC 49665). Violence and strong language. 1998.

Cherokee Dragon: A Novel of the Real People     RC 51184

by Robert J. Conley

read by Robert O'Keefe

2 cassettes

A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe, who envisions the unification of all Native Peoples to block the westward expansion of Europeans in the United States. His efforts to achieve this and to preserve ancestral lands incorporate many Cherokee beliefs and traditions. 2000.

Winter's Heart: The Wheel of Time, Book 9     RC 51203

by Robert Jordan

read by Roy Avers

5 cassettes

In this sequel to The Path of Daggers (RC 47082), the final encounter between the Light and the Shadow is imminent. Rand al'Thor, the dragon reborn, has been forced into hiding as both sides seek to control his participation in the last battle. Some violence. Bestseller 2000.

Nop's Trials     RC 51205

by Donald McCaig

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Nop, a champion border collie, faces a new kind of trial when he is kidnapped. Behind the snatching is a jealous stockdog handler who begrudges the trophies and acclaim received by the dog's owner, Lewis Burkholder. Prequel to Nop's Hope (RC 45745). 1984.

Disguised Blessing     RC 51206

by Georgia Bockoven

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

When Catherine's fifteen-year-old daughter is burned in an accident, she learns the true character of her fiancé--and cancels the wedding. Then Catherine meets Rick Sawyer, a fireman and mentor in the burn unit, who is also a college friend of her brother's. Together they struggle to repair the teen's life. 2000.

After Innocence     RC 51207

by Brenda Joyce

read by Sharon Murray

3 cassettes

by 1901 when she is twenty, Sofie O'Neal has her life mapped out. She will support herself as an artist and never marry. Her mother agrees, believing suitors would be turned off by Sofie's limp from a childhood injury. They are both shocked when handsome rake Edward Delanza begins encouraging Sofie otherwise. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1994.

The Black Swan     RC 51209

by Mercedes Lackey

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

Young Prince Siegfried, a known womanizer, falls in love with Princess Odette, whom sorcerer von Rothbart has transformed into a white swan by day. But the sorcerer pays a high price for misjudging women, especially his daughter Odile. Based on the story of the ballet Swan Lake. Some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Seasons under Heaven     RC 51217

by Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock

read by Janis Gray

2 cassettes

Each mother living on Cedar Circle has her own concerns. One is a single mom, another suffers from empty-nest syndrome, the third wants a career, and the fourth faces an uncertain future. As they bond together to save a dying child, they discover the preciousness of life. 1999.

Nightfall and Other Stories     RC 51219

by Isaac Asimov

read by Fred Major

3 cassettes (Reissue)

Twenty science fiction stories written between 1941 and 1967. The title piece, considered a classic of the genre and later expanded into a novel (RC 32812), tells of a civilization on the planet Lagash, where night falls once in two thousand years. Asimov's comments and notes precede each story. 1969.

To Love and to Honor     RC 51222

by Emilie Loring

read by Mitzi Friedlander

2 cassettes

Twenty-four-year-old heiress Cindy Clinton was married (by proxy) to the son of her father's business partner. As soon as both older men have died, Cindy begins divorce proceedings. Then a handsome, mysterious emissary from her husband arrives in town and begs her not to leave him. 1950.

The First Time     RC 51223

by Joy Fielding

read by Erin Jones

3 cassettes

Jake, who married Mattie sixteen years ago because she was pregnant, leaves her for his latest mistress. Meanwhile, Mattie experiences odd symptoms and learns she has Lou Gehrig's disease. When Jake insists on moving back in, the couple's relationship slowly changes. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Here Comes the Sun!     RC 51227

by Emilie Loring

read by Ann Hodapp

2 cassettes (Reissue)

On her way to meet her prospective husband, Julie Lorraine leaves the train to rescue a dog. She is followed by James Trafford, who believes the dog belongs to Julie. Suddenly, Julie finds herself married to James and involved in a world of political intrigue and heartrending doubt. 1924.

Henrietta     RC 51228

by Marion Chesney

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

Twenty-six-year-old Henrietta Sandford seems destined for spinsterhood, which suits her unwed vicar brother, Henry, who wishes her to serve as his hostess. But when she receives a sizable inheritance from their great aunt, Henrietta travels to London with plans to conquer high society. 1979.

Thumbsucker     RC 51230

by Walter Kirn

read by Bruce Huntey

2 cassettes

Still a thumbsucker in high school, Justin Cobb is finally hypnotized by his hippie dentist into losing his habit. Anxious to find a replacement, Justin tries smoking, drinking, Ritalin, debating, fly-fishing, and religion, but finds solace nowhere. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

A Rag, a Bone, and a Hank of Hair     RC 51238

by Jonathan Gash

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Lovejoy is hired by a criminal associate to find out who is flooding the market with fake gemstones. When Lovejoy discovers that a London friend has been murdered and his business seized by an unscrupulous dealer, he helps the widow and son avenge the wrong. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

Greenhouse Summer     RC 51242

by Norman Spinrad

read by Chris Parente

2 cassettes

The world is on the brink of environmental disaster with global warming. At the United Nations environmental conference in Paris, spin doctor Monique Calhoun realizes "Condition Venus" is imminent, and, with the aid of an assassin, rushes to save the world. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1999.

Communion Blood: A Novel of Saint-Germain     RC 51245

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

read by Fred Major

4 cassettes

When his employer, Olivia Clemens, died a true death, vampire Niklos Aulirios inherited her property. But his claim is being questioned by someone purporting to be a relative of Olivia's husband. Niklos invokes the help of fellow vampire Ragoczy Sanct' Germain, who also knows Olivia was never married. 1999.

The Ditched Blonde: A Carl Wilcox Mystery     RC 51246

by Harold Adams

read by Fred Major

1 cassette

Itinerant sign painter Carl Wilcox is in Greenhill, South Dakota, when the sheriff asks him to investigate the four-year-old case of a pregnant teenager's murder. But soon after Wilcox starts asking questions, another homicide occurs. Some violence. 1995.

Lead, So I Can Follow: A Carl Wilcox Mystery     RC 51248

by Harold Adams

read by Fred Major

1 cassette

Itinerant sign painter Carl Wilcox and his wife Hazel--who met in No Badge, No Gun (RC 50444)--are spending their honeymoon camping, when they hear a murder committed. They are soon hired to investigate that death along with a suspicious suicide. Both cases lead to beautiful women. Some violence. 2000.

Portrait of a Lady     RC 51264

by Henry James

read by Patricia Beaudry

4 cassettes (Reissue)

As an American traveling abroad, wealthy and attractive Isabel Archer discovers both the beauty and deception of European society. And in the process she gains self-knowledge. 1881.

One Police Plaza     RC 51265

by William J. Caunitz

read by George Guidall

2 cassettes (Reissue)

New York City police detective Dan Malone becomes suspicious of the murder of a low-level clerk who inexplicably had access to an elite club. When Malone discovers other odd contradictions in the victim's background, he is removed from the case but decides to solve the crime alone. Strong language. 1984.

The Mark: The Beast Rules the World     RC 51272

by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

Three days into the Great Tribulation, Nicolae Carpathia is proclaiming himself the true Christ. Yet many see him as Satan. The Tribulation Force struggles to survive, as Carpathia orders all people to receive the Mark (a visible tattoo and an implanted biochip) or face the guillotine. Sequel to The Indwelling (RC 50275). Bestseller 2000.

Code to Zero     RC 51273

by Ken Follett

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

In January 1958, as the United States prepares to launch its answer to Soviet satellite Sputnik, key space scientist Luke Lucas wakes up in a public toilet with a hangover and amnesia. Luke must reconstruct his identity in order to thwart a sabotage plot--and the clock is ticking. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

From the Corner of His Eye     RC 51274

by Dean Koontz

read by Chuck Benson

4 cassettes

Junior Cain feels rejuvenated after pushing his beloved bride to her death, but he senses enemies in a spooky cop and a boy named Bartholomew. As Cain ruthlessly seeks Barty, the gifted boy uses quantum physics to overcome his blindness. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Dr. Death     RC 51275

by Jonathan Kellerman

read by David Hartley-Margolin

3 cassettes

Los Angeles detective Milo Sturgis seeks help from psychologist Alex Delaware when a doctor who is known for mercy killing is murdered in his "suicide van." Suspects include the relatives of his victims and his own son. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2000.

Chaos Theory     RC 51279

by Gary Krist

read by Gregory Gorton

2 cassettes

Two seventeen-year-old Washington, D.C., friends--white Jason Rourke and black Dennis Monroe--venture into a seedy neighborhood to buy marijuana. But the transaction sours and the next day they learn that the dealer, an undercover cop, has been found dead. Although innocent, the two are soon on the run. Violence and strong language. 2000.

The Ladies Auxiliary     RC 51280

by Tova Mirvis

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

Young, widowed Jewish convert Batsheva Jacobs moves with her child to the Orthodox community of Memphis, Tennessee, where she shocks the staid social order with her fresh ideas and unconventional ways. The straitlaced women ostracize Batsheva as a bad influence on their teenage daughters. 1999.

Equal Love: Stories     RC 51282

by Peter Ho Davies

read by Steven Carpenter

1 cassette

A dozen stories about the bonds of family ties. In "The Next Life" Lim, a young Chinese American and dutiful son, hires professional mourners to keep vigil with his father's casket. Joining them in a high stakes poker game, Lim surprises all with his change of luck. Some strong language. 2000.

Silent Justice     RC 51283

by William Bernhardt

read by Gregory Gorton

3 cassettes

Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid and his student assistant, Christina McCall, represent the parents of eleven children who died from cancer caused when a local machinery corporation dumped toxic chemicals into the town's drinking water. Meanwhile, a serial killer is murdering employees of the company. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Station Wagon Set     RC 51285

by Faith Baldwin

read by Colleen Delany

3 cassettes

Six interconnected stories set in a fictional suburban town. Little Oxford "is definitely gentry and definitely county," and Baldwin relates tales of these commuters and weekenders whose lives are concerned mainly with love affairs and marital entanglements. 1938.

The Stick Game: A Gabriel Du Pré Mystery     RC 51287

by Peter Bowen

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

Du Pré finds a connection between two investigations: the disappearance of a teenage boy and the frequency of birth defects among Native Americans living near the Persephone gold mine. The first case begins as Du Pré and longtime companion Madelaine visit a Crow people's fair in Montana. Strong language. 2000.

Scream in Silence     RC 51288

by Eleanor Taylor Bland

read by Nanette Savard

2 cassettes

Detective Marti MacAlister and her partner Vic Jessenovik investigate a serial arsonist who is terrorizing Lincoln Prairie, Illinois. In one house the body of a former classmate of Vic's is discovered. Meanwhile, Marti has remarried and lives with a blended family, while Vic copes with his sick wife. Some strong language. 2000.

Boredom     RC 51292

by Alberto Moravia

read by Rick Rohan

2 cassettes

Dino, an Italian artist from a wealthy, pampered background, recalls having always felt "bored" or detached from reality. Now in his mid-thirties, he becomes fixated on Cecilia, a young model, and sets about trying to "own" her, blurring the distinctions between sex, money, and love. 1960.

Host Family     RC 51293

by Mameve Medwed

read by Laura Giannarelli

2 cassettes

For twenty years Daisy and Henry Lewis have been hosts for foreign students attending Harvard University, until Henry leaves with the last one. Daisy, in turn, takes up with Truman Wolff, while their two respective children fall in love together. But which relationships will stand the test of time? 2000.

Chill Factor     RC 51294

by Chris Rogers

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

Attorney-turned-bounty-hunter Dixie Flannigan is shocked when she witnesses Edna Pine, an old friend and neighbor, rob a bank and die in the process. When two other "granny bandits" are also killed, the subsequent investigation leads to a mysterious "Shepherd" and his network of associates. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Contempt     RC 51299

by Alberto Moravia

read by Christopher Walker

2 cassettes

The story of an Italian screenwriter whose frustrations provoke a marital crisis. His suspicions and relentless questioning of his wife's feelings push her into the betrayal he so fears. Basis for the film Le Mépris by Jean-Luc Godard. 1954.

Career by Proxy     RC 51301

by Faith Baldwin

read by Margaret Strom

2 cassettes

Joan Armstrong, twenty-two, has been raised in luxury, is well-traveled, and speaks several languages. But she is restless and wants a job. When former secretarial school classmate Adelaide becomes ill, Joan jumps at the chance to fill in until Adelaide can return to work. 1939.

Some Old Lover's Ghost     RC 51302

by Judith Lennox

read by Vanessa Maroney

4 cassettes

British biographer Rebecca Bennett, following a miscarriage and romantic breakup, is hired to write the life story of elderly dame Tilda Franklin--a popular social activist. Rebecca falls for Tilda's grandson. Their relationship is threatened when she uncovers many family secrets--including a murder. 1997.

For All Your Life     RC 51304

by Emilie Loring

read by Annie Wauters

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Anne Kendrick, a contented New York career woman, suddenly becomes the heir of a wealthy woman she has never met. When Anne goes to claim her large estate on a wild mountain top, she has no idea of the nightmare that awaits her. 1952.

The Contract Surgeon     RC 51305

by Dan O'Brien

read by Robert Sams

2 cassettes

Fictionalized account of the friendship between Dr. McGillycuddy and Sioux leader Crazy Horse. McGillycuddy, a private physician working under contract for the army, must decide whether to act as a doctor or a friend when the seriously wounded chief faces cruel imprisonment. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

A Daughter of the Land     RC 51307

by Gene Stratton-Porter

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Kate Bates, the youngest daughter in a large family of rich Indiana farmers, resents the fact that she is not to be educated or given her own land. Kate finally rebels and spends years struggling to achieve her dreams. 1918.

The Conformist     RC 51315

by Alberto Moravia

read by Faith Potts

2 cassettes

As a young boy Marcello feels a conflict between pleasure in violent acts--like killing lizards--and his desire to be "normal." His struggle continues into adulthood during the Mussolini era, until he receives an assignment that causes him to lose control. Basis for the 1970 film by Bernardo Bertolucci. Some violence. 1951.

Ciara's Song: Witch World     RC 51316

by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie

read by Mary Kane

2 cassettes

Ciara's parents and siblings are killed when she is nine--she survives because of her mother's foresight. After being rescued and cared for by Lord Tarnoor, she eventually falls in love and marries his son Trovagh, and they begin raising their own family. Then an evil sorcerer threatens to destroy everything. 1998.

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born     RC 51318

by Ayi Kwei Armah

read by Michael Scherer

2 cassettes

A dedicated and honest middle-class civil servant in a newly independent African country is scorned by his wife and fellow citizens for his truthfulness and good intentions. Widespread popular cynicism and disillusionment are being fueled by the corrupt political regime in the nation's capital. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1968.

Perish Twice     RC 51335

by Robert B. Parker

read by Constance Crawford

2 cassettes

In this sequel to Family Honor (RC 48857) Boston P.I. Sunny Randall is hired briefly by a feminist lesbian to protect her against a stalker, but a murder and puzzling loose ends keep Sunny unofficially on the case. Meanwhile, both Sunny's sister and a good friend experience troubling breakups. Strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Heart of the Sea     RC 51351

by Nora Roberts

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

Wealthy American Trevor Magee returns to his ancestral village of Ardmore, Ireland, and falls in love with ambitious Darcy Gallagher. But the native ghosts have their own plans. Sequel to Tears of the Moon (RC 50766). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

The Stanislaski Brothers: Mikhail and Alex     RC 51352

by Nora Roberts

read by Kristin Allison

3 cassettes

Relates the tempestuous love affairs of the Stanislaski brothers. In Luring a Lady, Mikhail is attracted to the owner of the rundown apartment building in which he lives. In Convincing Alex, Bess McNee must convince Officer Stanislaski that she is really a scriptwriter. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Protect and Defend     RC 51353

by Richard North Patterson

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

4 cassettes

A death on the Supreme Court enables new president Kerry Kilcannon, from No Safe Place (RC 47001), to nominate pro-choice judge Caroline Masters, from The Final Judgment (RC 41627). But Masters has just been involved in a controversial case involving a pregnant fifteen-year-old with pro-life parents. Some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Too Far to Go: The Maples Stories     RC 51354

by John Updike

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes (Reissue)

A collection of seventeen stories about Richard and Joan Maples, written between 1956 and 1979. Traces the decline and fall of their marriage, from its buoyant early stages, through the child-rearing years, to the confession of infidelities and eventual divorce. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1979.

Rich Girl, Poor Girl     RC 51355

by Faith Baldwin

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

In Riverport, a small town just across the river from Canada, Doc Ballard is retiring, and Jonathan Kimber, the son of an old friend, is taking over his practice. When Jonathan meets Doc's niece, Rose, he likes her immediately. But the daughter of the town's wealthy ex-state senator wants him for herself. 1936.

The Orchid Hunter     RC 51357

by Jill Marie Landis

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

Growing up on an African island, Joya Penn often has nightmares about someone who looks like her. In London, Janelle Mandeville has the same experience. The arrival of orchid hunter Trevor Mandeville on Joya's island helps uncover a long-kept secret about these two women. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Scent of Water     RC 51360

by Elizabeth Goudge

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes (Reissue)

Middle-aged businesswoman Mary Lindsay retires to an English country home, left to her by an eccentric cousin (whom she never met). Seeking solutions to her own problems, Mary helps her neighbors solve theirs. At the same time, she begins to understand her cousin's enigmatic personality. 1963.

Angel of Hope     RC 51369

by Lurlene McDaniel

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

In this sequel to Angel of Mercy (RC 50608) Heather comes home from Africa and persuades her mother, a physician, to return to Uganda with her. But Heather becomes deathly ill and her younger sister Amber agrees to go in her place. For senior high readers. 2000.

Murphy     RC 51376

by Gary Paulsen

read by L.J. Ganser

1 cassette

Al Murphy, thirty-two, is the sixty-four-dollar-a-month sheriff of Cincherville, Colorado. When twelve-year-old Sarah Penches is found raped and murdered in the livery stable, Murphy sets out to find the culprit. But before he can, several more people are killed. Prequel to Murphy's Gold (RC 28863). Some violence. 1987.

Tough Cookie     RC 51377

by Diane Mott Davidson

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

2 cassettes

When her kitchen is shut down by inspectors, Goldy Schultz begins hosting a TV cooking show and working as a personal chef. She also plans to sell a valuable pair of skis to ex-boyfriend Doug Portman. Then Doug's body is found on a ski slope and everything goes terribly wrong. Includes recipes. 2000.

The High Road     RC 51389

by Faith Baldwin

read by Jill Ferris

2 cassettes

Jill Hamilton, twenty-five, has had a multitude of jobs during her seven years in New York. Currently, she is companion to a wealthy man's two spoiled granddaughters and niece. When Jill reencounters Dan Hardy, whom she originally met on a cruise, she leaves her work and follows him to South America. 1937.

Follow the Stars Home     RC 51392

by Luanne Rice

read by Martha Harmon Pardee

3 cassettes

Dianne had one date with pediatrician Alan McIntosh before his sailor brother, Tim, swept her off her feet and then bolted when he learned their unborn child would be disabled. Now, as Alan helps Dianne with eleven-year-old Julia, they both hide their feelings. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Blue Deer Thaw     RC 51397

by Jamie Harrison

read by Jim Zeiger

2 cassettes

Corpses begin to surface with the spring thaw in sparsely inhabited Absaroka County, Montana. Sheriff Jules Clement investigates the circumstances while courting his deputy, Caroline Fair, and contending with the wedding of his best friends in the newly renovated hotel outside Blue Deer. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Abduction     RC 51403

by Robin Cook

read by Richard Hauenstein

2 cassettes

Perry Bergman's marine exploration company encounters problems drilling into a sea mountain under the Atlantic Ocean. He joins a diving team on a submersible craft, and they discover a subterranean world far beyond anything they'd imagined. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Off Keck Road     RC 51410

by Mona Simpson

read by Jill Fox

1 cassette

A novella venturing into the hearts of three women--Bea, June, and Shelley--who have ties to Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the opening vignette, Bea drives her Christmas-present car to pick up the more-popular but less-wealthy June while both are home from college in 1956. Bestseller 2000.

Cousin Rosamund     RC 51414

by Rebecca West

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

London, 1920s. In this sequel to This Real Night (RC 24538), twins Rose and Mary Aubrey despise their cousin Rosamund's new husband. They move into an inn on the Thames to live with family friends. Mary finds contentment in her music, and Rose falls in love. Some strong language. 1985.

Command the Sun: The Liberty Bell, Book 7     RC 51415

by Gilbert Morris

read by Jack Fox

2 cassettes

Boston, 1779. In this sequel to The Right Hand of God (RC 49661) Matthew Bradford regrets having claimed the title Sir Matthew Rochester. In England he becomes entangled with Claude Aumont and Aumont's niece, Stella, and loses his fortune. Matthew then returns to America and finds true contentment. 2000.

Slab Rat     RC 51417

by Ted Heller

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Zachary Arlen Post changed his name and his entire resume to snag his associate-editor position at It magazine. He covets promotions and hopes to marry into a prestigious family. But now a newly hired Harvard man threatens to outpace him. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Blackout     RC 51418

by John J. Nance

read by Jack Fox

3 cassettes

Airliners are suddenly being shot down by unknown terrorists. When investigative reporter Robert MacCabe--from The Last Hostage (RC 48369)--survives one such crash in Vietnam, he discovers that the culprits are after his laptop computer. FBI agent Kat Bronsky joins him in the search for the shadowy group. Violence. 2000.

The Special Prisoner     RC 51430

by Jim Lehrer

read by Richard Hauenstein

2 cassettes

Fifty years after being a Japanese POW, retired Methodist bishop John Quincy Watson spies his chief interrogator and torturer at an airport and tracks him to his hotel room. As Watson confronts his old enemy, he finds his faith and pastoral training tested by the desire for vengeance. Violence and strong language. 2000.

Inversions     RC 51433

by Iain M. Banks

read by Richard Hauenstein

3 cassettes

On a distant planet two strange travelers become assistants to separate rulers. Doctor Vosill, a lowly female, becomes physician to ailing King Quience, while warrior DeWar is the personal bodyguard to General UrLeyn. Both are mistrusted as outsiders and, although they never meet, both are connected. Violence and strong language. 1998.

Greenwich     RC 51441

by Howard Fast

read by Bruce Huntey

1 cassette

Wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut, residents Richard and Sally Castle host a dinner party that includes as guests a priest and a nun--Monsignor Donovan and Sister Pat Brody. Richard is an ex-government employee with a dark secret and before long the past catches up with him. Violence and strong language. 2000.

Fencing the Sky     RC 51442

by James Galvin

read by Fred Major

2 cassettes

Modern-day western centers on rancher Mike Arans, who kills a long-hated neighbor known for injuring cattle with his ATV-induced stampedes. As Arans flees on horseback, flashbacks illustrate the problems faced by small-time ranchers in the late twentieth century. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat     RC 51464

by Lilian Jackson Braun

read by Bob Askey

2 cassettes

Moose County awaits the first snowfall, hoping it will end the drought that may be the cause of a rash of fires. Columnist Jim Qwilleran suspects arson when his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum demand his attention with catfits. Then a murder occurs, and the local bookstore goes up in flames. Bestseller 2001.

Hiding in the Shadows     RC 51472

by Kay Hooper

read by Laura Giannarelli

2 cassettes

Awaking from a coma, Faith Parker learns that all her bills--hospital and personal--were paid by Dinah Leighton, who is now missing. Then Faith begins to dream of a man she doesn't remember and of a violence that seems very real. Companion to Stealing Shadows (RC 51473). Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2000.

The Last King of Texas     RC 51477

by Rick Riordan

read by Robert Sams

3 cassettes

A medievalist is murdered at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Just after private investigator Tres Navarre is asked to replace the deceased professor, a mail bomb explodes and the sleuth accepts the job his mother called "safe." Navarre tracks the killer into the Mexican drug underworld. Some strong language. 2000.

House of Illusions     RC 51486

by Pauline Gedge

read by Annie Wauters

3 cassettes

In this sequel to Lady of the Reeds (RC 45180) Thu, Pharaoh Ramses' former concubine, has been exiled to her village for plotting his death. Thu seeks redemption but jeopardizes her life as well as her son's when she contacts the royal court. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1997.

Now It's Time to Say Goodbye     RC 51492

by Dale Peck

read by Steven Carpenter

3 cassettes

Multilayered portrayal of a town in crisis. A disillusioned homosexual New York couple emigrate to an isolated Kansas town only to find the people violently divided by race and divergent perspectives on life. Their arrival triggers additional acts of rape, murder, and general mayhem as the community struggles with long-pent ills. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1998.

Do unto Others     RC 51495

by Kristin Lattany

read by Michele Schaeffer

2 cassettes

Forty-nine-year-old Zena loves her hair salon, her husband Lucius, her best friend and employee Vy, and all things African. Initially overjoyed when given the chance to act as mother to a visiting young African woman, Zena soon changes her mind. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

L.A. Dead     RC 51598

by Stuart Woods

read by Gregory Gorton

2 cassettes

Lawyer Stone Barrington leaves his Mafia fiancée, Dolce Bianchi, in Italy when his true love, Arrington Calder, calls for help from Los Angeles. Arrington is a suspect in the murder of her movie-star husband, Vance. Dolce is not happy. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2000.

Skinhead     RC 51697

by Jay Bennett

read by Bob Askey

1 cassette

A midnight phone call summons nineteen-year-old Jonathan Atwood to meet a dying stranger across the country. Intrigued, Jonathan agrees, only to run afoul of a vicious neo-Nazi gang when he reaches his destination. The trip is to change his life and his attitudes forever. For junior and senior high readers. 1991.

The Clothes They Stood Up In     RC 51770

by Alan Bennett

read by Suzanne Weintraub

1 cassette

When Mr. and Mrs. Ransome return home from a night at the opera, they discover their flat has been burgled. Nothing is left--not even a roll of toilet paper. And then, just after the insurance company has settled their claim, they receive an interesting letter about their belongings. Some strong language. Bestseller 1998.

P Is for Peril     RC 51899

by Sue Grafton

read by Mitzi Friedlander

3 cassettes

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired by prominent physician Dowan Purcell's ex-wife to find him. Medicare investigators are looking for the elderly doctor, too, although his current wife isn't. Also, Kinsey is curious about her office landlord's past when she discovers he's suspected of patricide. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Books for Children

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

Cassette books are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order books, fill out the order form and send it to your cooperating library.

Cassettes Nonfiction

Very Best (Almost) Friends: Poems of Friendship RC 48703

compiled by Paul B. Janeczko

read by Mimi Bederman

1 cassette

Anthology of twenty-four poems about people who occupy your thoughts, especially friends but also enemies. Titles like "Another Poem to Send to Your Worst Enemy" and "If I Could Put a Curse on You" are balanced by "Friendship," "Summertime Sharing," and "To You." For grades 3-6. 1999.

Formula One Racing RC 48823

by Richard Huff

read by Larry Shapiro

1 cassette

An introduction to the world's fastest sport--formula one racing. Includes biographies of famous drivers including Germany's Michael Schumacher, Brazil's Ayrton Senna da Silva, and Canada's Jacques Villeneuve. For grades 5-8. 1998.

When I Was Your Age: Original Stories about Growing Up, Volume 2 RC 48846

edited by Amy Ehrlich

read by Ray DiZefalo

1 cassette

Another ten writers offer original autobiographical stories. The authors in this volume are Norma Fox Mazer, Rita Williams-Garcia, Paul Fleischman, Jane Yolen, E.L. Konigsburg, Howard Norman, Michael J. Rosen, Kyoko Mori, Karen Hesse, and Joseph Bruchac. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers RC 49188

by Deanne Durrett

read by Bill Wallace

1 cassette

Describes the role of the Navajo marines, nicknamed the Code Talkers, who developed a code based on their Native American language during World War II. Explains that this information system provided a means for secured communications among American forces in the Pacific during the warfare. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Do Stars Have Points? Questions and Answers about Stars and Planets     RC 50250

by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger

read by Miriam Wagner

1 cassette

In a question and answer format, the authors explore various aspects of stars and our solar system, including the Sun, planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Questions include "How are planets different from stars?" and "Why is Mars red?" For grades 2-4. 1998.

Deep Space Astronomy     RC 50251

by Gregory L. Vogt

read by Miriam Wagner

1 cassette

Describes various celestial objects, where they are located, and how they are measured and observed from Earth and from spacecraft. Discusses recent discoveries made possible by such technologies as the Hubble Space Telescope. Concludes with predictions of future developments in astronomy. For grades 5-8. 1999.

The Story of the Olympics     RC 50298

by Dave Anderson

read by Phil Regensdorf

1 cassette

Traces the history of the Olympics from its beginning in 776 B.C. to modern times. Relates stories about medal-winning athletes who participate in events such as track and field, gymnastics, swimming, diving, figure skating, skiing, and speed skating. For grades 5-8. 2000.

How to Talk to Your Cat     RC 50302

by Jean Craighead George

read by Cyn Delafield

1 cassette

Cats, being independent creatures, like to initiate conversations on their own terms, the author explains, through touch, scent, sound, and body language. She also discusses appropriate responses and special ways to speak to a cat first. For grades 2-4. 2000.

How to Talk to Your Dog     RC 50303

by Jean Craighead George

read by Cyn Delafield

1 cassette

The author explains how dogs convey meanings to their owners through touch, smell, body language, and sounds. Suggests that kids who understand what their dogs are indicating can also communicate ideas back to them. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Here We All Are     RC 50343

by Tomie De Paola

read by Bruce Nelson

1 cassette

In this sequel to 26 Fairmount Avenue (RC 49410) future author-illustrator Tomie and his family have just moved into their new house. He tells of kindergarten adventures, dance class, and the anticipated arrival of a hoped-for baby sister. For grades 2-4. 2000.

Coyote: North America's Dog     RC 50344

by Stephen R. Swinburne

read by Gary Telles

1 cassette

Examines the member of the dog family known to Native Americans as the Trickster. Highly adaptable and "the most effective large predator in America," the forty-pound coyote has expanded its habitat to include most of the continent. Enemies include ranchers and wolves. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Senegal     RC 50577

by Elizabeth L. Berg

read by Len Mailloux

1 cassette

Describes the geography, history, economy, society, and religion of this west African nation and former French colony. Also provides information on lifestyle, languages, festivals, and foods. Includes "quick notes"--basic facts--and a glossary. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Gary Paulsen     RC 50699

by Stephanie True Peters

read by Michael Kramer

1 cassette

Episodes from the life of the adventure and survival-tale writer. Each chapter begins with a quote from one of Paulsen's books, showing connections between his writing and his own experiences as a farmhand, soldier, trapper, and traveler by boat, motorcycle, and dogsled. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Barbados     RC 51081

by Marie Louise Elias

read by Bob Moore

1 cassette

Discusses the geography, history, government, economy, and people of Barbados--a small Caribbean island nation located in the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Barbados was at one time an English colony. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Colombia     RC 51123

by Marion Morrison

read by Gabriella Cavallero

1 cassette

Introduces the geography, history, government, economics, and culture of the South American country. Includes information on the biodiversity of the land as well as on the problems created by the cultivation of coca for cocaine production. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1999.

James Herriot's Treasury for Children     RC 51132

by James Herriot

read by Bob Askey

1 cassette

The rural English veterinarian's animal stories for children are collected in one volume including "Moses the Kitten," "Only One Woof" (also RC 24632), "The Christmas Day Kitten," and "The Market Square Dog" among others. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1991.

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices, and Growing Up for Kids Ages Nine-Thirteen     RC 51269

by Jack Canfield and others

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

A collection of true stories by and about preteens dealing with such topics as friends, family, death, decisions, love, and growing pains. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 2000.

Wow Canada! Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast     RC 51325

by Vivien Bowers

read by Gregory Gorton

1 cassette

Written as a humorous journal by Guy (a thirteen-year-old based on the author's son) as he travels with his parents and younger sister through each province in Canada. Factual asides provide additional information about animals, food, history, language, terrain, culture, and more. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1999.

Rabies     RC 51326

by Alvin Silverstein and others

read by Michael Consoli

1 cassette

Describes the treatment and prevention of rabies, as well as the history of the disease and the discovery of a vaccine by Louis Pasteur. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1994.

They Walk the Earth: The Extraordinary Travels of Animals on Land     RC 51367

by Seymour Simon

read by L.J. Ganser

1 cassette

Discusses the movement and migration of mammals: caribou (reindeer), lemmings, and polar bears from the Arctic lands; African elephants; and North American bison (buffalo). There is also a brief description of nomadic humans and amphibians such as frogs. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Juvenile Arthritis     RC 51420

by Judith Peacock

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Discusses different types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is diagnosed in about fifty thousand youngsters each year. Explains various treatments and possible complications of the disease. Provides examples of how young people cope and manage the pain. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Kids' First Cookbook: Delicious-Nutritious Treats to Make Yourself!     RC 51428

by American Cancer Society

read by Patricia McDermott

1 cassette

Fifty-three recipes with step-by-step instructions to help you follow the guidelines of the food pyramid. Features drinks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, as well as snacks and desserts. Includes Easy Monkey Bread, Taco Layer Dip, Yummy Veggie Pizza, Chicken Swords, Sloppy Dogs, and Tornado Swirls. For grades K-3. 2000.

Living with Cerebral Palsy     RC 51437

by Paul Pimm

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette

Presents four young people between the ages of nine and eighteen who have varying degrees of cerebral palsy. Discusses possible causes, effects, and treatment of the condition. Explains how these four individuals deal with school, work, and daily activities. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Bangladesh     RC 51480

by Mariam Whyte

read by Michele Schaeffer

1 cassette

Describes the history, geography, people, and culture of the impoverished Asian country of Bangladesh, which had once been part of both India and Pakistan. Traces its development as an Islamic nation and discusses its socioeconomic problems. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Yemen     RC 51484

by Anna Hestler

read by Michael Consoli

1 cassette

Information about the geography, history, government, and people of this Middle East country located on the southwestern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Describes Yemen's Islamic society as well as past foreign occupations and internal wars. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1999.

Friendship Bracelets     RC 51552

by Camilla Gryski

read by Jill Fox

1 cassette

Provides step-by-step instructions for creating bracelets in a variety of designs using embroidery thread. Explains how to start with the simplest pattern, a diagonal stripe. Discusses selecting materials, measuring the thread for different-sized wrists, and forming the basic knot. Progressively harder projects follow. For grades 3-6. 1993.

Life without Light: A Journey to Earth's Dark Ecosystems     RC 51603

by Melissa Stewart

read by Gary Telles

1 cassette

A science journalist describes some unfamiliar habitats and proves that life can exist in total darkness. Explains how scientists discovered remote ecosystems in caves, the deep sea, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, underground aquifers, and rock buried deep below Earth's surface. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Walt Disney: Creator of Mickey Mouse     RC 51624

by Michael D. Cole

read by Bob Moore

1 cassette

Examines the life and career of Walt Disney, the entertainment industry pioneer and Disneyland founder. Recalls that he was the first to apply sound and color to film cartoons, and that through his efforts characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Pinocchio became familiar to children around the world. For grades 4-7. 1996.

Feathered Dinosaurs     RC 51695

by Christopher Sloan

read by Ken Kliban

1 cassette

Discusses the theory that birds are modern evolutionary descendants of dinosaurs, comparing their skeletons and bone structure. Describes the 1996 discovery in China of theropod fossils showing feathers. Explains the functions of various feathers and possible evolution of arms to wings. For grades 4-7. 2000.

Cassettes Fiction

Strudel Stories RC 49331

by Joanne Rocklin

read by Grace Ragsdale

1 cassette

Lori is upset after her Grandpa Willy's death, but her sister, Jessica, finds the right way to help Lori. They make apple strudel using Grandpa's recipe, and they tell the family stories he told about their Jewish relatives who made the same strudel in other times and places. For grades 3-6. 1999.

The Birthday Room RC 49749

by Kevin Henkes

read by Mimi Bederman

1 cassette

When twelve-year-old Ben visits his uncle in Oregon for the first time in ten years, he becomes caught up in the strained relationship between his mother and her brother. Ben also becomes interested in the girl next door and in making his future as an artist. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Preacher's Boy RC 49750

by Katherine Paterson

read by Phil Regensdorf

1 cassette

Vermont, 1899. Robbie Hewitt, a minister's son, gives up being a Christian six months before the turn of the century because he wants to pack a lot of living in before that "Dread Day." But mostly Robbie winds up causing trouble for his father and friends. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Which Witch? RC 49756

by Eva Ibbotson

read by Gillian Green

1 cassette

Weary of being a wizard, Arriman has been waiting hopefully for his replacement to arrive. He finally resigns himself to marrying a witch who can give him a successor. Beautiful Belladonna wishes to become his bride, but she must first turn her white magic black. For grades 5-8. 1979.

Ira Sleeps Over RC 49758

by Bernard Waber

read by Cyn Delafield

1 cassette (Reissue)

Ira is delighted with his first invitation to spend the night at his friend Reggie's house, until his mischievous older sister asks if he is taking along his teddy bear. For preschool-grade 2. 1972.

It's All Greek to Me RC 49774

by Jon Scieszka

read by Ray Hagen

1 cassette

As they are about to go on stage, Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported back to the time of Zeus and the other gods of Greek mythology, who, strangely enough, behave much as the characters in the trio's class play. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Francie     RC 50019

by Karen English

read by June Carter

1 cassette

Twelve-year-old Francie yearns for the day she and her family will join her father in Chicago, where he has gone for work. Meanwhile, in segregation-era Alabama Francie teaches sixteen-year-old newcomer Jesse to read. When Jesse is accused of a crime, Francie decides to help him escape. For grades 5-8. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 1999.

Gus and Grandpa     RC 50246

by Claudia Mills

read by Phil Regensdorf

1 cassette

As Gus turns seven and Grandpa turns seventy, the two continue to enjoy each other's company around the house, out on errands, finding Grandpa's lost car, and celebrating their birthdays. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 1997.

Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies     RC 50247

by Claudia Mills

read by Phil Regensdorf

1 cassette

Having baked six dozen Christmas cookies for themselves and been given many more from the neighbors, Gus and Grandpa find a rewarding solution to the problem of disposing of their extra holiday treats. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 1997.

Anna All Year Round     RC 50295

by Mary Downing Hahn

read by Gillian Green

1 cassette

In this fictionalized account of the author's mother's childhood in Baltimore, Anna turns nine in 1913. During the year she gets caught cheating at long division, takes her first ride in an automobile, throws herself a surprise party, and breaks up a dog fight. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Stevie     RC 50437

by John Steptoe

read by Chuck Young

1 cassette (Reissue)

When Stevie, a younger boy, comes to stay at Robert's house, Robert considers him a pest. But then Stevie moves away with his family, and Robert, an only child, remembers the good times they had together. For grades K-3. 1969.

The Case of the Firecrackers: Chinatown Mystery, Volume 3     RC 50507

by Laurence Yep

read by MaryBeth Wise

1 cassette

In this sequel to The Case of the Lion Dance (RC 50506) Lily accompanies her actress great-aunt Tiger Lil to the filming of a television show in Chinatown. When a prop gun fires real bullets, Lily and Tiger Lil must prove Lily's brother was not responsible. For grades 4-7. 1999.

The Little House     RC 50547

by Virginia Lee Burton

read by Kimberly Schraf

1 cassette (Reissue)

The story of a pretty little house built for a family by a man who never wanted it to be sold. The seasons and the years pass, and gradually a city surrounds the little house until it is rescued in a wonderful way. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1942.

Stone Soup: An Old Tale     RC 50548

retold by Marcia Brown

read by Chuck Young

1 cassette

When three hungry soldiers in a strange land ask some villagers for food, they are told there is none. So the soldiers decide to show the townspeople how to make soup from water and three round stones. For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor Book. 1947.

Ereth's Birthday     RC 50763

by Avi

read by Kimberly Schraf

1 cassette

Feeling neglected by Poppy and her children on his birthday, Ereth, the cantankerous old porcupine, sets out looking for his favorite treat to cheer himself up. Instead, he finds himself acting as "mother" to three young fox kits. Sequel to Poppy and Rye (RC 46767). For grades 3-6. 2000.

Lord Brocktree     RC 50859

by Brian Jacques

read by Brian Conn

3 cassettes

The mountain of Salamandastron needs the help of Brocktree, the badger lord, and Dotti, a young haremaid, when evil comes in the form of the wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his Blue Hordes. This is the thirteenth tale in the Redwall series. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Jake's Orphan     RC 50862

by Peggy Brooke

read by Dick Jenkins

1 cassette

North Dakota, 1926. Twelve-year-old orphan Tree Smith is chosen by dour Mr. Gunderson to work on his prairie farm for a year to see if Tree is adoptable. But when his wild younger brother Acorn shows up on the ranch, Tree's security is threatened. For grades 5-8. 2000.

The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1     RC 50907

by Lemony Snicket

read by Laura Giannarelli

1 cassette

The Baudelaire siblings--Violet, fourteen; Klaus, twelve; and Sunny, a teething toddler--are charming and clever, but "magnets for misfortune." In short order, they are orphaned, denied access to their inheritance until Violet comes of age, and sent to live with a repulsive relative, Count Olaf. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 1999.

The Reptile Room: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2     RC 50908

by Lemony Snicket

read by Laura Giannarelli

1 cassette

After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf in The Bad Beginning (RC 50907), the Baudelaire orphans go to live with Uncle Monty, a kindly herpetologist. For a brief time they are happy, but then Count Olaf reappears. Some strong language. For grades 4-7. Bestseller 1999.

The Bungalow Mystery     RC 50916

by Carolyn Keene

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Nancy Drew has a terrifying experience in a deserted bungalow, while trying to help a friend in trouble. For grades 3-6. 1930.

Mary Poppins Opens the Door     RC 50919

by P.L. Travers

read by Anne Flosnik

1 cassette

In this sequel to Mary Poppins Comes Back (RC 50918) Jane and Michael light off a fireworks rocket. But instead of producing a starburst in the sky, the flare's single spark turns out to be Mary Poppins, who takes the Banks children on more marvelous adventures. For grades 4-7. 1943.

Mary Poppins in the Park     RC 50920

by P.L. Travers

read by Anne Flosnik

1 cassette

This sequel to Mary Poppins Opens the Door (RC 50919) contains additional adventures of the amazing English nanny and her charges that "should be understood to have happened during any of the three visits of Mary Poppins to the Banks family." For grades 4-7. 1952.

Dragon War     RC 51040

by Laurence Yep

read by Madelyn Buzzard

2 cassettes

The dragon princess Shimmer and her companions fight a war against the evil Boneless King in order to rescue their friend Thorn and restore the dragons' underwater home. Sequel to Dragon Cauldron (RC 39669). For grades 5-8. 1992.

Four Fantastic Novels     RC 51075

by Daniel Pinkwater

read by Gregory Gorton

3 cassettes

Four complete stories, originally published separately. Borgel is a 111-year-old time-traveling uncle who moves in with unsuspecting relatives. Other unusual characters appear in Yobgorgle: Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario, The Worms of Kukumlima, and The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror. For grades 4-7. 1992.

Black Hearts in Battersea     RC 51119

by Joan Aiken

read by Tom Martin

2 cassettes

While on his way to meet a friend at an art school in London, Simon of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (RC 30653) meets instead dukes, scoundrels, and wolves. With the help of his friend, Sophie, and the newly met waif Dido, Simon withstands some perilous encounters. For grades 5-8. 1964.

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break     RC 51160

by Lensey Namioka

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

Ailin's life takes a turn when she defies Chinese tradition by refusing to have her feet bound. When Ailin is forced to leave school upon the death of her progressive father, she shocks her family by migrating to San Francisco with American missionaries. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Sunwing     RC 51163

by Kenneth Oppel

read by Kristin Allison

2 cassettes

The young Silverwing bat Shade and his friend, Marina, share many adventures in their search for Shade's father, including an unfortunate encounter with war-making humans. They also struggle to prevent the evil cannibal bat Goth from wiping out the sun. Sequel to Silverwing (RC 46163). For grades 3-6. 2000.

Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition     RC 51170

by Joseph Bruchac

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

The story of the Lewis and Clark expedition to open the American Northwest (1804-1806) is told through the alternating narratives of Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and expedition captain William Clark. Includes excerpts from Clark's actual journals. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Over the Wall     RC 51232

by John H. Ritter

read by John Polk

2 cassettes

Thirteen-year-old Tyler escapes his gloomy family to spend the summer with relatives in New York City, where he practices for an all-star baseball team. But Tyler's uncontrollable temper holds him back until the coach, a Vietnam vet, starts the boy thinking about violence, war, and tragedy--including his family's. For grades 6-9. 2000.

The Girls' Revenge     RC 51236

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

read by John Polk

1 cassette

In this sequel to Boys against Girls (RC 39680) Caroline Malloy has a plan to further irk the annoying Hatford brothers. She will give Wally Hatford something disgusting wrapped as a Christmas gift. Meanwhile, she has to be nice to him so he won't suspect anything. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Joey Pigza Loses Control     RC 51237

by Jack Gantos

read by Gary Tipton

1 cassette

In this sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (RC 48254) Joey is spending the summer with his long-absent alcoholic dad, who convinces Joey to stop wearing his medication patches. Soon wired again, Joey clashes with his dad's own out-of-control personality. For grades 5-8. 2000.

A Traitor among the Boys     RC 51328

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

read by John Polk

1 cassette

In this sequel to The Girls' Revenge (RC 51236) the Hatford brothers are instructed to treat the Malloy girls "like sisters," but the boys' definition differs greatly from their mother's. Meanwhile, the youngest Hatford is leaking information to the enemy. For grades 3-6. 1999.

A Spy among the Girls     RC 51329

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

read by John Polk

1 cassette

In this sequel to A Traitor among the Boys (RC 51328) Beth Malloy's crush on Josh Hatford first disgusts her sister Caroline, but then inspires her. To prepare for her acting career Caroline should experience love--and she picks Wally Hatford as her target. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Annabel the Actress Starring in Just a Little Extra     RC 51347

by Ellen Conford

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette

When Annabel learns that a movie is being made in her town, she is determined to be in it. Although she is only an extra in a crowd scene, Annabel makes the most of it. Beginning chapter book. Sequel to Annabel the Actress Starring in "Gorilla My Dreams" (RC 50048). For grades 2-4. 2000.

Paddington Treasury     RC 51361

by Michael Bond

read by Erik Sandvold

3 cassettes

Thirty-five Paddington stories collected to mark his fortieth year in America. Tales recount the adventures and misadventures of a very rare sort of bear from darkest Peru, who was found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown in 1965 on the Paddington Station railway platform. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1999.

Midnight's Choice     RC 51401

by Kate Thompson

read by Ann Hodapp

1 cassette

In this sequel to Switchers (RC 47997) Tess, who has the ability to change into animal forms, must choose between good and evil as she tries to decide whether to "switch" into a phoenix like Kevin or into a vampire like Martin, because at fifteen her decision becomes final. For grades 5-8. 1999.

The Hardy Boys Casefiles     RC 51408

by Franklin W. Dixon

read by Brian Conn

2 cassettes

Three mystery stories featuring brothers Joe and Frank Hardy, entitled Beyond the Law, Spiked!, and Open Season. The boys investigate crooked cops, compete in a deadly volleyball tournament, and struggle to survive a cross-country ski trek. For grades 4-7. 1992.

The Borrowers     RC 51409

by Mary Norton

read by Kerry Cundiff

1 cassette (Reissue)

Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floors of an old country house, borrowing what they need from humans. When Arrietty encounters a human boy, the endangered Borrowers must relocate. Prequel to The Borrowers Afield (RC 42266). For grades 3-6. 1952.

Tucket's Home     RC 51419

by Gary Paulsen

read by Gary Tipton

1 cassette

Francis, Lottie, and Billy carry along the Spanish treasure of gold and silver found in Tucket's Gold (RC 49864) as they survive a series of hair-raising adventures while heading west. Francis never doubts that he will find his family again. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell     RC 51613

by Claudia Mills

read by Rick Foucheux

1 cassette

Gus despairs of coming up with something to take for his second-grade class's show-and-tell that's as interesting and impressive as the things classmate Ryan Mason brings in. Then, while visiting Grandpa, Gus is struck with a great idea. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 2000.

The Secret of Red Gate Farm     RC 51719

by Carolyn Keene

read by Kristin Allison

1 cassette (Reissue)

A reluctant saleswoman, a very expensive bottle of perfume, a girl who faints on a train, and a crude stranger on the same train pull Nancy Drew into a mystery that involves her with the Secret Service. For grades 3-6. 1931.

The Hockey Sweater     RC 51882

by Roch Carrier

read by Robert Blumenfeld

1 cassette

Like all the boys in a small Quebec town, Roch wears his ice-hockey hero's Montreal Canadiens sweater, number nine, until he outgrows it. He is horrified when his mother insists he wear the new Toronto Maple Leafs sweater sent in a mail order mix-up. For grades 3-6. 1979.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

Santa Evita     RC 50712

por Tomás Eloy Martínez

leído por María Pino

3 cassettes

Ya moribunda, Evita Perón, le pide a su esposo que no deja que la olvidaran. Así, con su muerte, Evita cobre una forma mítica y santificada, y el cuerpo de ella se transforma en un afiebrado símbolo de la nación argentina que la llevará a una post-vida estupenda e increíble. (On her deathbed Eva Perón asks to be remembered by her husband, Juan Perón, and by the Argentine people. As a result, Evita becomes a national obsession, firing the imagination of Argentinians and making her a much greater and more saintly figure in death than in life.) 1995.

Veronika Decide Morir     RC 50977

por Paulo Coelho

leído por María Pino

2 cassettes

Veronika es una joven como cualquiera. Es guapa, cuenta con un buen trabajo, y no le faltan pretendientes. Su vida transcurre sin grandes sobresaltos. Sin embargo, Veronika es desesperadamente infeliz. Por eso, en la mañana del 11 de noviembre 1997, Veronika decide morir. (Veronika is a young woman like any other. She is pretty, has a good job, and attracts her share of suitors. She has experienced no great upheavals in her life. However, Veronika is desperately unhappy. Therefore, on the morning of November 11, 1997, she decides to die.) 2000.

Papeles de Pandora     RC 50978

por Rosario Ferré

leído por Juan Ramírez

2 cassettes

La autora puertorriqueña presenta veinticuatro cuentos y poemas fantásticos de corte psicológico. Con estas obras Ferré introduce temas tales como la venganza en "La Muñeca Menor," los celos en "El Cuento Envenenado" y el amor más allá de la muerte en "Cuando las Mujeres Quieren a los Hombres." [Twenty-four psychological and fantastic short stories and poems by the Puerto Rican author, dealing with such themes as revenge, jealousy, and love beyond the grave. Includes "La Muñeca Menor" ("The Smallest Doll"), "Cuando las Mujeres Quieren a los Hombres" ("When Women Love Men"), and "El Cuento Envenenado" ("The Poisoned Story")]. 2000.

Por Estas Calles Bravas     RC 50979

por Piri Tomás

leído por Juan Ramírez

3 cassettes

El autor recuenta la historia de su vida como adolescente puertorriqueño en Harlem hispano. La probreza le conduce hacia las drogas, las pandillas juveniles, y una série de actividades criminales, por los cuales es encarcelado en Sing Sing. Fue desde ahí que empezó su vida de rehabilitación. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (The author recounts his life as a Puerto Rican growing up in Spanish Harlem. Forced by poverty into drugs, street gangs, and crime, he ends up in Sing Sing prison where he finally begins to put his life in order. Violence and strong language.) 1998.

Dejados Atrás: Una Novela de los Postreros Días de la Tierra      RC 50980

por Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

leído por Juan Ramírez

3 cassettes

Capitán de aviones Raimundo Steele guía su avión por el Atlántico, cuando Patty Durán, la jefa de azafatas del vuelo, le comunica la extraña noticia que la mitad de los pasajeros han desaparecido. Pronto averigua que han desaparecido millones de personas por todo el mundo. Raimundo, un sacerdote y otras personas se reunen para integrar el Comando Tribulación, y así empieza la lucha contra el Anticristo. (As Captain Steele pilots a plane across the Atlantic, his senior flight attendant gives him the shocking news that half the passengers have disappeared. Before long, he learns that people are missing all over the world. Steele, his priest, and several others form the Tribulation Force to fight the Antichrist.) 1997.

Bendíceme, Ultima     RC 50981

por Rudolfo Anaya

leído por Juan Ramírez

3 cassettes

Ultima, una anciana curandera, viene a quedarse con la familia de Antonio, en un pueblecito de Nuevo México. Ultima cura y proteja con hierbas y magia, y le enseña a Antonio los secretos del legado pagano que forma parte de la cultura hispana del suroeste. Contiene lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de violencia. (Ultima, an old herb woman, comes to live with Antonio's family in a small New Mexico town. From her he learns about healing and protecting with herbs and magic, and about the pagan legacy that is so bound up with the Hispanic culture of the Southwest. Violence and strong language.) 1992.

Bienvenidos a la Casa de la Muerte     RC 50982

por R.L. Stine

leído por María Pino

1 cassette

A Amanda, una muchacha de doce años, a su hermano, Josh, de once años, y aún a Petey su perro no les gusta la nueva casa adonde acaban de mudar. Es vieja y grandote, y se sitúa en el extraño pueblo de Dark Falls. La padre de ellos heredó la casa de un tío de quien ya no se acuerda, pero intenta instalar la familia allí, dejar su trabajo aburrido y perseguir una nueva carrera como escritor. No saben que los habitantes del pueblo son muertos vivos que traen la nueva familia a "La Casa de la Muerte" para alimentarse de la sangre de ellos. Para grados 4 a 7 y lectores mayores. (Amanda and Josh hate the house their dad inherited, but a free house means Dad can concentrate on his writing career. What they don't realize is that their new town is peopled with the living dead and that their family is slated to provide fresh blood. For grades 4-7 and older readers.) 1995.

Talking Book Magazines

Cassette

For a free subscription to these magazines, contact your cooperating library.

American Heritage (8 issues)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (11 issues)

Asimov's Science Fiction (11 issues)

The Atlantic Monthly (11 issues; combined issue July-August)

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (German; 12 issues)

Bon Appetit (monthly)

Buenhogar (Spanish; monthly)

Choice Magazine Listening (on loan from cooperating libraries, bimonthly)

Consumer Reports (monthly)

Contemporary

Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (bimonthly)

Cricket (for children, on one cassette with National Geographic World, monthly)

Diabetes Forecast (monthly)

Discover (monthly)

Ebony (monthly)

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (11 issues)

Foreign Affairs (6 issues)

Good Housekeeping (monthly plus special issues)

Health and Nutrition Newsletters (includes Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing, Healthline, The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter--Health after Fifty, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and Nutrition Action Healthletter, monthly)

Journal Français (French; monthly)

Magazine of the Month (monthly)

Money (monthly plus special issues)

The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)

The Nation (47 issues)

National Geographic (monthly)

National Geographic World (for children and teens, on one cassette with Cricket, monthly)

National Review (25 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

Outdoor Life (10 issues; combined issues June-July, December- January)

People Weekly (weekly plus special issues)

QST (monthly)

Quarterly Music Magazine (quarterly)

Selecciones del Reader's Digest (Spanish; monthly)

Selections du Reader's Digest (French; monthly)

Smart Computing (monthly)

Sound & Vision (10 issues)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (monthly)

Sports Illustrated (weekly plus special issues)

Sports Illustrated for Kids (monthly)

Talking Book Topics (bimonthly, also contains selections from NLS News irregularly)

Teen People (10 issues)

Travel Holiday (10 issues)

True West (monthly)

U.S. News and World Report (weekly)

The Writer (12 issues)

Young Adult Magazine of the Month (monthly)

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